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Iran Police Crackdown On Headscarf Violators; “Removing Hijab Is Considered A Crime Within The Framework Of The Law”

New Age Islam News Bureau

16 April 2023

Iran's police forces stand on a street amid the implementation of the new hijab surveillance in Tehran, Iran, April 15, 2023. (REUTERS)

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• Iran Police Crackdown On Headscarf Violators; “Removing Hijab Is Considered A Crime Within The Framework Of The Law”

• Taliban Bans Video Games, Music, Foreign FilmsBranding Them As un-Islamic In Afghan Cityof Herat

• Muslims Turning The Tide In The School Culture Wars; Stuyvesant High School, New York City

Cancels Single-Sex Swim Lessons

• Islamic Cleric, Christian Politician Advocate Religious Tolerance At Ajadi Ramadan Lecture

• Indonesian Islamic Organization Expects Indonesia-China Relations to Set Groundwork for Peace

 

Mideast

• Iranian Official Blames School Poisonings on Students

• Iranian FM Spokesman Condemns Desecration Of Holy Quran In Denmark During Ramadan

• Jerusalem's Islamic And Christian Holy Sites Are A Red Line: President Abbas

• Iran successfully tests anti-tank guided missile: Media

• Pakistan, Iran Agree to Boost Trade, Energy Cooperation

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South Asia

• Dhaka: Students and Youth Protest During Mangal Shovajatra, Bangladesh's New Year Event

• ICB Islamic Bank suffers losses in January-March quarter

• Roundup: China's position paper conducive to peace and development in Afghanistan, experts say

• Homelessness to hope: How Ashrayan project is enabling Bangladesh’s inclusive growth

• BGMEA calls on all stakeholders to continue supporting development of Bangladesh apparel industry

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North America

• Interfaith community welcomes the new Muslim Mosque in Woodland

• 'Almost Like Shopping For Christmas': Muslim Community Gathers For Pre-Eid Bazaar

• UVA Dine makes adjustments to better accommodate students observing Ramadan

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Africa

• Al-Sunni is following the preparations of the United Nations in New York to support the upcoming elections.

• “He was not seen anywhere in Mecca” – Sowore speaks on Tinubu’s whereabouts

• Muslim Students' Association offered free meals to help students trying to balance exams with Ramadan

• Pray for Nigeria, Sultan urges Muslims

• Sustain Lessons Of Ramadan As Eid-El-Fitr Beckons, Muslims Urged

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Southeast Asia

• Terengganu Health Dept issues 222 compound notices to Ramadan bazaar traders for various offences

• What Happens To Leftovers From Ramadan Bazaars? It All Starts As Soon As Maghrib ‘Azan’ Goes Out

• Mat Sabu: All depts, agencies under Agriculture and Food ministry on alert amid current hot spell

• Registered schools eligible for water tariff rebate from Penang Water Supply Corp, says CM

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Arab World

• Qatar Foundation’s Siraj Uses Storytelling, Animation To Teach Children About Islamic Values

• Al-Murtada reveals third & final batch of Ramadan deal for prisoners swap

• Around 30,000 People Visit Prophet’s Mosque Exhibitions during First 20 Days of Ramadan

• Ministry of Tourism Increases Inspection Tours of Lodging Facilities throughout Month of Ramadan in Makkah and Madinah

• Winners of MoECC Ramadan football tournament crowned

• Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for Development of Historical Mosques to Renovate Al-Rumaila Mosque

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Europe

• Animal Rights Protesters Delay UK's Grand National Horse Race, 118 Arrested

• Unions Split As RCN Rejects NHS Pay Deal But UNISON Backs Offer

• Defying protests, Macron signs France pension law raising retirement age to 64

• More Than 6,000 Personnel To Take Part In King Charles III's Coronation

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India

• Kanpur Man Arrested For Driving His Lover To Suicide After She Refused To Embrace Islam

• Muslim children more anaemic, stunted than any other community in Rajasthan: Asaduddin Owaisi

• Know Your City: Ahmedabad’s Sidi Saiyyed mosque and its intricate ‘jaali’ work

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Pakistan

• Balochistan Assembly Passes Resolution Strongly Condemning Israeli Attacks On Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Ramadan Unifies Islamic Ummah In Belief, Thought & Practice: ‘Paigham-e-Ramadan’

• KP Governor lauds religious scholars for preserving Islamic ideology in Pakistan

• PTI constitutes 3-member committee for dialogue on political crisis

• JI chief meets Imran, Shehbaz to end impasse

• Mufti Shakoor dies in traffic accident

• Does Gulzar Imam’s arrest mean much?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Iran Police Crackdown On Headscarf Violators; “Removing Hijab Is Considered A Crime Within The Framework Of The Law”

April 15, 2023

Iran's police forces stand on a street amid the implementation of the new hijab surveillance in Tehran, Iran, April 15, 2023. (REUTERS)

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TEHRAN: Police in Iran said on Saturday they have implemented a plan to deal with women who violate the country’s dress code.

The number of women defying the dress code that headscarves must be worn in public has increased since a protest movement triggered by the death in custody last year of Kurdish-Iranian MahsaAmini, 22, for allegedly flouting it.

A statement on the police website on Saturday said action would be taken “from today” over violations in public places, in cars and other “sites where hijab is sometimes removed.”

“Removing hijab is considered a crime, and the police deal with social anomalies within the framework of the law,” the statement quoted Security Police chief Hassan Mofakhami as saying.

A wave of civil protest swept the Islamic republic after Amini’s death last Sept. 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police.

Thousands of people were arrested, hundreds killed — including members of the security forces — and four people executed because of the civil unrest following Amini’s death, with Iran labelling the protests as foreign-instigated “riots.”

He said in such cases a warning would be issued, but “if the warning is repeated, the closure of the business will be on the agenda.”

Car owners would also receive a warning text if any passengers violated the dress code, and their vehicles would be seized if the offense was repeated.

In late March, the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, said “removing hijab amounts to enmity toward values and people who commit such abnormality will be punished.”

Source: Arab News

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Taliban Bans Video Games, Music, Foreign Films Branding Them As un-Islamic In Afghan City of Herat

16 Apr, 2023

Flag of Islamic Emirate of AfghanistanTwitter/ @TalibanUpdates

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Kabul: The Taliban-led Afghan government has banned video games, foreign films and music in the western city of Herat, branding them as un-Islamic, the media reported.

The ban imposed by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which came without warning, has forced more than 400 businesses in Herat to close, RFE/RL reported.

It followed crackdowns on other forms of leisure and entertainment that clash with the Taliban's extremist interpretation of Islamic Shari'a law.

In October 2022, the group shut cafes offering hookahs -- the smoking of which is a popular pastime among Afghan men -- across the country.

Earlier in May, the Taliban banned men and women from eating together in Herat's restaurants and shut down women-owned and women-run restaurants in the city, RFE/RL reported.

The impact of Taliban restrictions on businesses is conspicuous in Herat, an ancient centre of cultural and intellectual life in the Muslim world that lies at a strategic crossroads leading to Iran and Turkmenistan.

Source: Greater Kashmir

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Muslims Turning The Tide In The School Culture Wars; Stuyvesant High School, New York City

Cancels Single-Sex Swim Lessons

By BETSY McCAUGHY

16-04-2023

McCaughey

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In a slap to Muslim girls at Stuyvesant High School, the school is cancelling single-sex swim lessons, even though swim instruction is required to graduate. That forces the girls to choose between preserving their modesty and getting a diploma.

Count on Muslim families to fight back and likely prevail. Nationwide, Muslims are taking up the battle in schools to protect traditional religious values, including modesty.

Move over, Roman Catholics, evangelical Christians and conservative Jews. Reinforcements have arrived, and they’re turning the tide.

Even in the Ivy League. After weeks of protests by female Muslim students, Yale University is switching its campus housing policy for the coming academic year to offer single-gender dorms and bathrooms.

From Michigan to Virginia, Muslim parents are showing up at local school board meetings to oppose graphic sex education and gender fluidity indoctrination. Their engagement is impacting politics. More Muslims are voting Republican, concluding that the Democratic Party is trampling Islamist values.

In Dearborn, Michigan, left-wing Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib opposed the Muslim parents in her district protesting sexually explicit materials in school.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues its lurch to the extreme left. President Joe Biden’s Department of Education announced double-barreled rule changes last week, one favoring transgender athletes in elementary and middle school, and the other revoking a Trump-era commitment by the department to protect religious clubs and associations on college campuses. Flipping the bird to people of faith twice in a single week.

Sexual modesty is a core value in Islam. Muslims observe a dress code and guard against physical contact between sexes once students reach adolescence.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects an employee’s right to practice religion in the workplace, but there is no comparable statutory protection for students. Muslims are waging the battle one campus demonstration and school board meeting at a time, often winning.

Muslims are powerful at Yale. In 2021, undergrads elected a Muslim woman to be student body president. And on March 10, Yale acceded to demands from the Muslim Student Association, Orthodox Jews at Yale and other religious groups to provide single-sex campus housing. Muslim women students had protested that with men in the bathroom, they couldn’t even remove their hijab.

Modesty is the issue at Stuyvesant High School, too. Brian Moran, assistant principal of physical education, told the student newspaper that the girls’ single-sex swim classes clashed with other scheduling priorities. He made it sound like a mere scheduling inconvenience was justification enough for the change, and told the girls to wear full-body burkinis. Sorry, but those still cling to the body when wet.

New York City’s Board of Education website promises trans students “alternative arrangements” for anyone with “a need or desire for increased privacy.” Why should Muslim students get less? One in every 10 students in the city’s school system is Muslim.

Last September, Muslim women at Syracuse University waged a battle for swim time without men in the college pool and won a concession that starts next fall.

In Utah, the Muslim Civic League worked with the Sikh and Jewish communities to pass a state law in February allowing school athletes to wear turbans, hijabs and modest pants and tops in competition instead of the regulation form fitting uniforms.

Luna Banuri, the league’s executive director, said: “All faiths have modesty standards. We believe this affects multiple communities.” Maryland and Illinois recently passed similar laws.

In Bethel, Ohio, a coalition of Muslim and Christian parents are suing to preserve single-sex bathrooms and locker rooms and halt a rule change that would allow biological boys to use the girls’ facilities.

Most Muslims still vote Democratic, but the shift is beginning. According to a Wall Street Journal exit poll, 28% voted Republican in the 2022 midterms, a double-digit increase over the 2018 midterms.

Source: Postand Courier

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Islamic Cleric, Christian Politician Advocate Religious Tolerance At Ajadi Ramadan Lecture

By: Ayo Esan

April 16, 2023

Renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Buhari Omo Musa and the Managing Director of Bullion Go-Neat Global Limited and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, Ambassador Olufemi AjadiOguntoyinbo, have advocated for religious tolerance among Nigerians, irrespective of their beliefs and ethics affiliations, for peaceful coexistence.

They stated this during the maiden edition of the Ramadan lecture organised by Ambassador Olufemi AjadiOguntoyinbo through his NGO, Ajadi Movement, at the weekend, at Ibafo, Ogun state.

Delivering his sermon, Buhari Omo Musa said there might be little difference in the doctrine of Islam and Christianity but both pray and worship the same God, hence, the need to tolerate one another for peaceful coexistence in the country.

The renowned Islamic preacher noted that religious sentiment has eaten deep into the society, which is not in the best interest of the country and the way forward for Nigerians.

He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the peaceful coexistence, love and unity of the country, which has almost eluded the country due to personal and political gains.

He appealed to political leaders in the country at various levels to keep working for continued peace, unity and progress in the country, arguing that, “no one can lead without a united and peaceful country”.

Also speaking to journalists at the lecture, Ajadi, a Christian and frontline politician in Ogun state, said he organised the Ramadan lecture to demonstrate one of the leadership traits of not being sentimental about religion.

The NNPP guber candidate in Ogun state disclosed that he had lived most of his life with Muslims to the extent that the love, accorded him, made him learn Arabic studies.

“But of recent, even within religions, you will see that we have factions. We should not allow religion to disintegrate us instead of uniting us. Religion should not be an instrument of disintegration but of harmony and peace. Religion is given to man by God for our edification and not otherwise.

“We really need to pray for our dear country. Years back, this country was not like this. Now people, for their personal or political gains, have decided to tour along a religious line, which is dangerous and really sad. I am a Christian, lived with Muslims, I attended Quranic school, we never knew differences in religion.

“We were together and played together. Your best friend could be a Christian if you are a Muslim or Muslim if you are a Christian. Even we have both religions as members of the same family. So, we need to tolerate each other for the betterment of this entity call Nigeria”.

Ajadi also used the occasion to launch multi-million naira musical instruments for the benefit of upcoming musicians at an avoidable and subsidizing rate.

Source: The Will News

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Indonesian Islamic Organization Expects Indonesia-China Relations to Set Groundwork for Peace

16 April 2023

ndonesian Islamic Organization Friendship Institute (LPOI) Head Said Aqil Siradj and the Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, Lu Kang, at a public discussion on civilization and mass iftar at Al-Tsaqafah Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) in South Jakarta on Friday (April 14, 2023). (ANTARA/Melalusa Susthira K/nbl)

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia-China relations must become the foundation for world peace and realizing a better world order, according to Indonesian Islamic Organization Friendship Institute (LPOI) Head Said Aqil Siradj.

"Indonesia-China relations are expected to support world peace toward a better, civilized, and mutually beneficial global order," he said during a public discussion and mass iftar with the Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, Lu Kang, at Al-TsaqafahPesantren (Islamic Boarding School) on Friday (April 14, 2023).

Siradj, who served as the head of Nahdlatul Ulama from 2010 to 2021, said that given their strong historical and spiritual ties, the relations between Indonesia and China must be bolstered to realize a better future for all.

To achieve the goal, Indonesia and China must strengthen their collaboration, interconnection, and convergence, as well as relations and brotherhood between their people, the cleric added.

He also highlighted the need for enhancing business relations and collaboration between Indonesia and China in the education sector.

"We also need to strengthen inter-government partnership with a futuristic vision to ensure Indonesia and China can unite in cooperation as inseparable as two sides of the same coin," he said.

Indonesia and China's strategic positions in geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geostrategic aspects could be the main capital for realizing a common movement to script a better future, the LPOI head stressed.

"In the future, the stakeholders of the two nations must be interconnected individually or collectively so that we can together tackle all threats and attacks that have or will occur," Siradj said.

The cleric further said that as a developed country with superiority in various global aspects, China could lead Asia to realize a better and outstanding civilization.

On the same occasion, Siradj also conveyed the LPOI and Indonesian Religious Organizations’ Friendship Institute’s (LPOK’s) appreciation of the Chinese government’s initiative to mediate the thawing of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Source: En.Tempo.Co

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Mideast

Iranian Official Blames School Poisonings on Students

April 15, 2023

Dozens of schools in several provinces of Iran have been targeted by gas and chemical attacks that began in November, but now two officials in President Ebrahim Raisi's government are asserting the spate of school poisonings was "the mischief of the students."

"The few cases of poisoning that occurred in [the] girls' schools were very limited. The mischief of some students was to close the classes," Seyyed Majid Mirahmadi, deputy minister of the Interior Ministry, said Saturday.

"In the statements of the Ministry of Interior regarding the recent events in some schools, everything has been explained, and with the beginning of the school year, all the schools are active, and all the students are studying," he added.

However, VOA's Persian service observed credible reports of incidents in 14 cities on April 14. Those reports, which VOA cannot independently verify because it is barred from reporting in Iran, came from the cities of Amol, Borujerd, Ganaveh, Isfahan, Kamyaran, Karaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Oshnavieh, Shahin Shahr, Tabriz, Tehran, Urmia and Zanjan.

Source: Voa News

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Iranian FM Spokesman Condemns Desecration Of Holy Quran In Denmark During Ramadan

16 April 2023

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani strongly condemned the repeated desecration of the Holy Quran in Denmark.

Kanaani said this sacrilegious act that was done at the hands of an extremist group in the holy month of Ramadan, in which the Quran was revealed, constituted an affront to the divine religion of Islam and a gross insult to all world Muslims.

Source: En.Isna.Ir

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Jerusalem's Islamic and Christian holy sites are a red line: President Abbas

15/April/2023

RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 15, 2023 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed today that Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites are a red line, and that the Palestinian people and leadership will not tolerate Israel's attacks on worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

"The attacks that we saw today on our people celebrating Holy Saturday in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in occupied Jerusalem, as well as the preceding attacks on worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the desecration of its courtyards, are condemned and rejected," said the President during a Ramadan Iftar banquet at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

He said these Israeli attacks "reveal the dishonesty of the [Israeli] occupation, which claims to allow freedom of worship in the holy places."

Source: English.Wafa.Ps

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Iran successfully tests anti-tank guided missile: Media

2023-04-16

Tehran, April 16 (IANS) Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully tested its newest top-attack anti-tank guided missile, state media reported.

Dubbed Sadid-365, the missile is an anti-armour projectile with a range of 8 kilometre, which is capable of destroying different armoured military vehicles, Tasnim quoted Ali Kouhestani, the head of the Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization of the IRGC Ground Force, as saying on Saturday.

He stressed that Sadid-365 is an optically-guided missile capable of hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy, Xinhua news agency reported.

Source: In.Investing.

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Pakistan, Iran Agree to Boost Trade, Energy Cooperation

By NigarBayramli

April 15, 2023

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have expressed their readiness to expand economic and energy ties.

In a telephone conversation, Raisi referred to the friendly and long-standing relationship between Tehran and Islamabad and hoped to develop bilateral ties further, the official website of the Iranian president reported on April 13.

Source: Caspian News

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South Asia

Dhaka: Students and Youth Protest During Mangal Shovajatra, Bangladesh's New Year Event

15 Apr 2023

Dhaka: With the wish to spread harmony among all and Rabindranath Tagore's song 'BarishodhoraMajheShantir Bari' as the theme, the Bengali New Year's procession was held at Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

On Friday (April 14), the Mangal Shovajatra was taken out from the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University at nine in the morning. The procession ended at the Shahbagh junction and returned to the campus.

Fahim Ahmed Chowdhury, general secretary of the Democratic Student Council, one of the alliance partners of the student union, said that the Mangal procession started as part of the cultural protest against the former dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

"The dictatorial Ershad government fell 30 years ago. But the country is still not free from autocracy. A new fascist regime is upon us. We have been raising the issue of people's rights since the march to the present day as part of the cultural protest against the fascist regime."

Source: news click.in

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ICB Islamic Bank suffers losses in January-March quarter

Apr 16, 2023

ICB Islamic Bank Limited posted a Tk 10.64 crore loss in the first quarter of 2023.

Thus, the bank reported earnings per share of Tk 0.16 negative for the January-March quarter against Tk 0.13, also in negative, for the same three-month period of 2022, according to the un-audited financial statements.

The net operating cash flow per share improved to Tk 0.27 in January-March against a negative Tk 0.29 in the same quarter a year ago.

Source: The Daily Star

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Roundup: China's position paper conducive to peace and development in Afghanistan, experts say

2023-04-15

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Being in line with the interests of the Afghan people and the expectations of the international community, China's position paper on the Afghan issue will help Afghanistan achieve peace and development at an early date, as well as play a positive and constructive role in maintaining regional prosperity and stability, said experts.

In the position paper released on Wednesday, China expressed support for prudent governance and reconstruction of Afghanistan and its counter-terrorism efforts. It also urged the United States to live up to its commitments to and responsibilities for Afghanistan and called for international and regional coordination on the Afghan issue.

Afghan Taliban appreciates and welcomes China's release of the position paper on Afghanistan, and respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting foreign minister of the Afghan interim government, who thanked China for its long-term political support to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan understands China's security concerns, will never allow any forces to use the Afghan territory to harm China's national interests, and will spare no efforts to protect the safety of Chinese institutions and citizens in Afghanistan, Muttaqi said on Thursday during a meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Source: English News

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Homelessness to hope: How Ashrayan project is enabling Bangladesh’s inclusive growth

Sahidul Hasan Khokon

Apr 15, 2023

By Sahidul Hasan Khokon: Moksedul, a brick kiln labourer, was given birth to in someone else's house. His son, too, was welcomed in a house that did not belong to Moksedul. For 30 long years, Mokseful waited for a house that he can call his own. His long-desired wish has been fulfilled at last, after he has been allotted a semi-furnished house under his own name. All modern facilities, including electricity and drinking water, are available in the house. Moksedul is on cloud nine after receiving this gift from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He said he can live very well with his family now.

Sixty-five-year-old Piara Begum is a resident of Patharghata in Barguna, the southernmost town of the country, built on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Thirty years ago, her family was lost in the river. Afterwards, she would build a house on the bank of the river. After marriage, her husband did not have any property or house and the couple continued to live on the banks of the river. But 16 years ago, her husband died of cancer. As she had no children, Begum was left to her own devices.

Finally, Piara Begum's misery has come to an end after she is allotted a house built by the Bangladesh government on the occasion of ‘Mujib centenary’ under the ‘Ashrayan' scheme.

Source: India Today

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BGMEA calls on all stakeholders to continue supporting development of Bangladesh apparel industry

15-April-2023

Seeking collaboration and support from all the stakeholders concerned to help the Bangladesh garment industry stay on course and keep the momentum of sustainable and responsible business practices continuing, the President of the apex garment makers’ body of BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association), Faruque Hassan underlined the industry was now preparing for the next growth phase.

The BGMEA chair maintained this during a recent meeting, attended by the buyers, foreign diplomats (posted in Dhaka), and heads of financial institutions.

“We are giving more importance to product and market diversification, value addition, technology upgradation, innovation, circularity,” reportedly opined Faruque Hassan while adding the industry was looking forward to working more closely with the stakeholders in these areas.

Source: Apparel Resources

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North America

Interfaith community welcomes the new Muslim Mosque in Woodland

April 15, 2023

With completion scheduled to conclude sometime in 2023, a new banner in front of the new site of the Muslim Mosque in Woodland, located on the northeast corner of East Street at Oak Avenue, is now visible.

Faith representatives joined city Mayor Victoria Fernandez, City Manager Ken Hiatt and Deputy Police Chief Anthony Cucchi on Saturday, March 18, as members of the Muslim community opened their doors for a tour of the largely completed Mosque. The tour was capped by the hanging of the banner.

The Mosque has been under construction since the groundbreaking in May 2019. The current Woodland Mosque & Islamic Center is still located on North Street near East Street and is basically a converted home. The new Mosque is scheduled to be completed within the year.

Source: Daily Democrat

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'Almost like shopping for Christmas': Muslim community gathers for pre-Eid bazaar

Dan Vadeboncoeur

April 16, 2023

Manitoba's Muslim community gathered this weekend for an afternoon of shopping, celebration, and preparation for an upcoming holiday.

The Pre-Eid Bazaar took place Saturday at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque, 2445 Waverly Street. Local Muslim-owned businesses sold clothing, jewellery, and food while attendees perused the marketplace.

"The community is eager to get together, to celebrate, to talk about Ramadan and the celebration of Eid," said Ruheen Aziz with the Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA).

Source: Winnipeg.Ctvnews

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UVA Dine makes adjustments to better accommodate students observing Ramadan

By Jacob Phillips

Apr. 16, 2023

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A program at the University of Virginia is making some changes to help accommodate students participating in Ramadan.

“I think on just a basic level, it’s something that the students need,” Muslim Student Association President MuaazLuqman said. “I think it’s a responsibility of the university, especially one as large and as privileged in so many natures such as the University of Virginia.”

Source: Nbc29.Com

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Africa

Al-Sunni is following the preparations of the United Nations in New York to support the upcoming elections.

2023-04-15

New York, April 15, 2023 (LANA) - The representative of Libya, Ambassador "Taher Al-Sunni", met at the headquarters of the permanent Libyan mission to the United Nations in New York, the team of the United Nations Election Support Department and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping, within the framework of the Libyan mission's follow-up to the United Nations' preparations to support the upcoming elections.

It also comes in response to the national unity government's request to send the UN team to assess needs and the Security Council's recent support for this request.

The mission stated that the UN team provided an overview of their work and preparations to send the needs assessment team to Libya during the coming period, where the discussion took place on technical and logistical matters and ways to secure the elections in cooperation with the High Elections Commission and the concerned Libyan state institutions.

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“He was not seen anywhere in Mecca” – Sowore speaks on Tinubu’s whereabouts

Adeola Bodunrin

April 15, 2023

Omoyele Sowore, a presidential candidate in the 2019 and 2023 elections, on Saturday said contrary to claims by some of his handlers, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect of Nigeria, was not seen anywhere in Mecca, Saudi Arabia recently.

POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that in March, after the 2023 presidential election, the president-elect travelled to Europe, precisely Paris, France. He was expected to visit Saudi Arabia before coming back to Nigeria.

Although some blogs have claimed that the incoming president, 71, travelled abroad for medical attention, the All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesperson, Felix Morka, said earlier this week that Tinubu is only away from Nigeria “to rest”.

Source: Politics Nigeria

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Muslim Students' Association offered free meals to help students trying to balance exams with Ramadan

Apr 15, 2023

The university centre on Memorial University's campus is busy with students picking up takeout meals.

It's been like this for a week now. Most — but not all of the students — are Muslim, getting ready for their iftar meal, the breaking of the daily dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

This year, the fasting, the prayer, the public service — all staples of Ramadan — are competing with the students' rush to prepare for, and finish, final assignments and exams.

"But y'know what? They also look relieved, because they don't have to make food at home," she said. "So they're like 'OK, I can come here, get my food, and I don't have to worry.'"

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Pray for Nigeria, Sultan urges Muslims

By Sulaimon Salau

16 April 2023

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of  Jama’atuNasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to use the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan to pray for the country’s well-being, stability, security, development and economic propensity.

JNI, in a statement issued by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said the last ten days come with the most sacred of nights, the ‘night of majesty’, better than a thousand nights.

Source: Guardian.Ng

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Sustain lessons of Ramadan as Eid-el-fitr beckons, muslims urged

By Guardian Nigeria

16 April 2023

As Nigerian Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr this week, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting, Muslim clerics have stressed the need for the faithful to consolidate the lessons learnt during the period. They have also reminded political leaders to discharge their constitutional obligation of governance, which is welfare and security of the citizenry.

The National Missioner/Chief Imam of Ar-Rahmat Islamiyyah Association of Nigeria, Ikeja, Lagos, Sheikh Ishaq Adebayo Tejidini, who acknowledged the fact that the period of Ramadan indeed offered so much for the Muslim faithful, appealed to every Muslim who participated in this year’s Ramadan not to go back to evil any more, but should sustain the faith and fear of God they received during Ramadan.

In his words: “There’s no doubt, we learnt so much during the period. The period is indeed a spiritual aspect of our life, which comes only once in a year. And every true Muslim must have benefitted from this spiritual obligation, which we embarked for 29 or 30 days abstaining from eating, drinking and fleshly desires, all this is to impact the spiritual aspect of life and if truly it is observed as it is supposed to be, by now every Muslim must have achieved many things from it and what that means, is that, as Muslims our faith and fear of God have increased. He continued: “For instance, a wealthy Muslim who has everything will witness how the poor people are managing and what they are going through because they have food and drink but can’t eat it, or drink it, as they want throughout that period. I think such adherents who deny themselves from bodily pleasures have increased their faith, unless the person is not sincere with his or her spiritual life. So in a nutshell, your faith and fear of God should be

“Then, looking at the impact of this on Nigerians, I think is that since it is a spiritual obligation from Almighty Allah even those who are not Muslims they respect the period and truly the air of that spiritual reward is blowing on everybody who cares. They would know that during this period, things have changed for good. During this period, evil is reduced because Allah’s injunctions are being adhered to. That is the impact it has on Nigerians as a whole.”

To sustain the lessons, the Chief Imam noted that the devil is powerful and can deceive anybody who is not spiritually alert. Tejidini said: “We should know that the devil is powerful and can deceive anybody who is not spiritually alert, and so every Muslim should make up his or her mind not to go back to those evil things Allah has enabled us to overcome during the Ramadan period. Adherents of the faith should try to be a good person from now on, otherwise if you go back to those evil things you have abandoned during the period in question, it will not profit your spiritual life and that is not the desire of Allah for any true Muslim. And I pray and hope that majority of us who have participated in this year’s Ramadan will not go back to evil any more. It reduces evil from the minds of the people most especially those who practise that spiritual aspect of it sincerely. I’m a Muslim is not a mere worship or lip service, it must reflect in your actions as well.”

Musa said: “Islam is a religion for all times. All the acts of worship during Ramadan including fasting should be continued on a voluntary basis in the other months of the year. It is noteworthy that many political leaders fulfilled their covenant with Allah during Ramadan. Some even embarked on the Umrah (Lesser Hajj). They should keep their promises to the people.”

He added that, “Allah says, “O believers, Honour your obligations” (Quran 5:1). The poor and the needy who have been honoured and supported within the fasting month should not be abandoned after Ramadan. There should be strategic plans to permanently lift the vulnerable out of poverty. Mosques and other worship centres should be able to partner with government and philanthropists in the identification and care for the downtrodden.

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Southeast Asia

Terengganu Health Dept issues 222 compound notices to Ramadan bazaar traders for various offences

16 Apr 2023

KUALA TERENGGANU, April 16 — The Terengganu Health Department (JKNT) has issued a total of 222 compound notices against food traders at Ramadan bazaars statewide, from the first day of Ramadan until April 14.

State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman, Datuk Dr Alias Razak, said that compound notices totalling RM24,800 involve various offences, including not wearing an apron, not maintaining personal hygiene and not attending food handler training as required.

He said that other offences include employing food handlers without training and typhoid injections, and others which violate the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 and the Food Act 1983 (Act 281).

Source: Malay Mail

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What happens to leftovers from Ramadan bazaars? It all starts as soon as Maghrib ‘azan’ goes out

By ShahrinAizatNoorshahrizam

16 Apr 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — During Ramadan, the “azan” or call to prayer at dusk during the Maghrib time indicates the time for Muslims to break their day-long fast.

Part of a nationwide programme called Malaysia Save Food Programme (MySaveFood), the group called Gema Youth Organisation Malaysia would collect unsold items in Ramadan bazaars every Maghrib — ready to redistribute various types of excess food and drinks to the less fortunate including the homeless, low-income families, low-cost flats and mosques.

“Since we have been doing this for three years straight, the traders already expected us and it made the process a lot easier,” said Adamsyam Daniel Syamsyawal, who heads the collection team for the Kampung Baru bazaar here.

“The traders already know that we are coming so they put their unsold items, nicely packed, on a table, so we can just say thank you and put the food or drink in our tote bags,” he said as he wiped off the sweat on his forehead.

When Malay Mail caught up with them last week, the team made of 15 to 20 Gema volunteers were converging at Restoran Rose, an Indonesian diner which was more than happy to allow them to use it as a temporary headquarters.

Source: Malay Mail

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Mat Sabu: All depts, agencies under Agriculture and Food ministry on alert amid current hot spell

16 Apr 2023

KLANG, April 16 — All departments and agencies under the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry are monitoring the current hot spell that is expected to affect the country’s agriculture sector.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu, said the country’s agricultural stock is still under control, and the ministry would ensure an adequate supply of daily necessities.

“Our officers, such as at the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), the Farmers Organisation Authority and the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, are monitoring the situation from time to time to ensure that our stocks are available and sufficient,” he told reporters after launching the AgroMadani Sales Programme at Kampung Johan Setia here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Registered schools eligible for water tariff rebate from Penang Water Supply Corp, says CM

16 Apr 2023

GEORGE TOWN, April 16 — Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) has been directed to offer water tariff rebate for non-domestic consumption to registered schools in the state.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said all registered government, private, international schools, colleges, religious schools and kindergartens may apply for the rebate.

“The 30 per cent rebate for schools, categorised under non-domestic consumers, is for six months from April to September this year.

“School administrators must apply for the rebate from PBAPP before September 30. Applications are open from today and the form can be downloaded from PBAPP website (https://pba.com.my/penang-water-tariffs/),” he said in a statement today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab World

Qatar Foundation’s Siraj Uses Storytelling, Animation To Teach Children About Islamic Values

16 Apr 202

Doha: This Ramadan, Qatar Foundation is screening a series of special episodes of Siraj, its 3D edutainment TV series, that are religiously significant and offer an engaging way for children to learn Islamic values and morals.

Sulaiman Timbo Bah, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at MinareteinCenter (Education City Mosque), helped review the religious content of Siraj. “In this digital age, with technology and the internet being a big part of our lives, it is essential to have a program like Siraj for our children. It is a much-needed initiative that provides them with an opportunity to learn moral and ethical values.

“The programme’s series on the Prophets and their teachings provides an excellent opportunity to instil values that are essential for children’s overall growth and development. Each episode focuses on a specific ethical or moral value, such as patience and courage, from an Islamic perspective. It is a great way to teach children about the attributes of the Prophets and how to emulate them in their lives. Although Islam provides us with a wealth of resources, I believe that some of these resources lack the element of fun. That’s where we come in. We aim to unpack these values and stories in a way that’s both enjoyable and informative for children.”

According to Bah, when the content was created, they focused on using language that is simple and accessible to young audiences, and also tried to imagine how viewers would perceive the stories, as some of them require certain background knowledge to fully appreciate and understand the lessons.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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Al-Murtada reveals third & final batch of Ramadan deal for prisoners swap

16/April/2023

SANA'A April 16. 2023 (Saba)- The head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdul Qadir Al-Murtada, revealed on Saturday that the third and final batch of the Ramadan deal for the prisoners swap will arrive on Sunday.

Al-Murtada said in a tweet on the social networking site "Twitter": "Tomorrow, Sunday, we will receive at Sana'a International Airport the third and final batch of the "Ramadan deal" for 105 of our prisoners in Marib prisons."

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Around 30,000 People Visit Prophet’s Mosque Exhibitions during First 20 Days of Ramadan

15 Apr, 2023

The General Presidency for Exhibitions and Museums Affairs has reported that during the first twenty days of Ramadan, the number of visitors to the Prophet's Mosque Building Exhibitions has reached 20,500, with 28 VIP delegations and five media coverage events.

The figures revealed that 4,017 visitors attended the Prophet's Sunnah exhibition along with 19 delegations, while the exhibition of Manuscripts of the Prophet's Mosque had 4,276 visitors and 26 delegations.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Ministry of Tourism Increases Inspection Tours of Lodging Facilities throughout Month of Ramadan in Makkah and Madinah

15 Apr, 2023

The Ministry of Tourism has intensified its inspection campaigns of lodging facilities and travel service providers in Makkah and Madinah to ensure the quality of services offered to Umrah performers and visitors, and to address complaints directly during the holy month of Ramadan.

With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Ministry has confirmed an increase in the work capacity of the operating rooms it has set up, especially for this purpose in Makkah and Madinah. This has led to an increase in inspection tours, which have exceeded 2,057 thus far, within the framework of the Ministry's commitment to verifying and ensuring that the level of inspection is raised.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Winners of MoECC Ramadan football tournament crowned

APRIL 15, 2023

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) has concluded its first Ramadan football tournament, crowning the winners at Aspire Zone Foundation in the presence of HE the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani, alongside a number of ministry officials and employees and a large gathering of fans.

The Public Relations Department team emerged the champions after winning the final 4-2, with the Financial Affairs Department finishing second.

Accordingly, HE Sheikh Dr Faleh honoured the top three teams and the distinguished players and referees of the final and third-place play-off.

Source: Gulf-Times

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for Development of Historical Mosques to Renovate Al-Rumaila Mosque

15 Apr, 2023

The Al-Rumaila Mosque, built over 100 years ago in the Al-Dhahirahneighborhood of Riyadh, will undergo renovation as part of the second phase of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for Development of Historical Mosques. The mosque is considered one of the oldest historical mosques and was built in an area with palm trees planted during the 13th century AH.

The renovation aims to restore the mosque's religious and cultural role and preserve its old architectural style by utilizing sustainable environmental methods and natural elements.

The Al-Rumaila Mosque will be rehabilitated according to the original Najdi style, increasing its area from 1184.69 square meters to 1555.92 square meters, with a capacity to accommodate 657 worshipers. The mosque represents a model of the urban style of ancient mosques in Riyadh. Its development will combine antiquity and beauty to transfer the historical legacy from previous centuries to the future.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Europe

Animal rights protesters delay UK's Grand National horse race, 118 arrested

Apr 16, 2023

By Reuters: The start of the annual Grand National horse race was briefly delayed on Saturday after a large group of animal rights protesters forced their way into the Aintree grounds to disrupt one of the highest-profile sporting events in Britain.

Police said they had arrested 118 people on suspicion of offences including criminal damage and causing public nuisance after protesters sought to scale the perimeter fence and access the track to prevent the 40 horses from starting the race.

Officers were seen pinning some protesters in pink tops to the ground while others were pulled from ladders. Television footage showed a few protesters making it on to the track and trying to attach themselves to a fence, before being dragged away by officers.

Source: India Today

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Unions split as RCN rejects NHS pay deal but UNISON backs offer

Katie Neame

Royal College of Nursing members have voted to reject a pay deal from the government, after UNISON members in the NHS voted in favour of the offer – with the nursing union announcing a further 48-hour walkout later this month.

The RCN revealed this evening that its members have voted to reject the government’s deal, with 54% voting against the offer on a 61% turnout. UNISON announced earlier today that its members had voted to accept, with almost three-quarters voting in favour of the deal on a turnout of 53%.

The government’s pay deal includes a one-off payment of 2% of members’ salaries plus a Covid recovery bonus of 4% for the financial year 2022/23, along with a 5% pay increase for 2023/24.

Source: LabourList.Org

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Defying protests, Macron signs France pension law raising retirement age to 64

By BAPTISTE PACE

16-04-2023

PARIS (AFP) — French President Emmanuel Macron signed his unpopular pension reform into law on Saturday, prompting accusations from unions and the left that he was showing “contempt” for those behind a three-month protest movement.

The amendments became law after the text was published before dawn in France’s official journal, with the livid opposition claiming that Macron had moved to smuggle it through under cover of night.

The publication came just hours after the approval on Friday by the Constitutional Council of the essence of the legislation, including the headline change of raising the retirement age from 62 to 64.

The standoff with unions and the left has become the biggest challenge of the second mandate of Macron, who will now address France on the crisis on Monday evening, the Elysee presidential palace said.

Source: Times Of Israel

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More than 6,000 personnel to take part in King Charles III's coronation

16th April 2023

More than 6,000 men and women of the UK Armed Forces will take part in the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Saturday 6 May.

Later on, more than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will conduct a flypast over The Mall in Central London.

The coming weeks will see military personnel busy in rehearsals for a display of "pageantry, professionalism and pride" to honour their new Commander-in-Chief, King Charles III, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said.

Source: Forces.Net

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India

Kanpur Man Arrested For Driving His Lover To Suicide After She Refused To Embrace Islam

15th April 2023

KANPUR: A 24-year-old man has been arrested allegedly for abetting a woman to commit suicide after she refused to convert her religion and marry him, police said on Saturday.

According to police, the accused, Shahrukh, was in a relationship with the victim, also 24, and had given her the option to either convert or kill herself to avoid "social humiliation."

The woman hanged herself from a ceiling hook in her house here on Wednesday, Assistant CP (Collectorganj) Tej Bahadur Singh said.

Source: New Indian Express

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Muslim children more anaemic, stunted than any other community in Rajasthan: Asaduddin Owaisi

by Hamza Khan

April 16, 2023

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that more Muslim children are anaemic and stunted than children from any other religious group in Rajasthan.

Source: Indian Express

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Know Your City: Ahmedabad’s Sidi Saiyyed mosque and its intricate ‘jaali’ work

by Leena Misra

April 15, 2023

In the heart of Ahmedabad, on the eastern end of the Nehru bridge that opens into the old city, stands the Sidi Saiyyed mosque. Considered a unique piece of Indo-Islamic architecture, the mosque has no dome or minaret.

Source: Indian Express

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Pakistan

Balochistan Assembly passes resolution strongly condemning Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque

April 15, 2023

The session of Balochistan Provincial Assembly, chaired by Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Musakhail, was held in Quetta on Saturday.

During the session, the Assembly unanimously passed a resolution which strongly condemned the recent brutal attack on Masjid Al-Aqsa by Israeli forces.

Source: Radio.Gov.Pk

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Ramadan Unifies Islamic Ummah In Belief, Thought & Practice: ‘Paigham-e-Ramadan’

April 15, 2023

Radio Pakistan's special transmission ‘Paigham-e-Ramadan’ is achieving milestones by attracting larger audience from across the country as it is providing a platform for spiritual guidance, education, and community building. 

This special transmission can be accessed on all social media platforms of Radio Pakistan including Radio Pakistan's Podcast.

People across the country can participate in the live transmission by calling at 051-9208940 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Source: Radio.Gov.Pk

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KP Governor lauds religious scholars for preserving Islamic ideology in Pakistan

April 15, 2023

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali has lauded the role of scholars belonging to all schools of thought in preservation of Islamic ideology in Pakistan.

Talking to a nine-member delegation of leading scholars in Peshawar on Saturday, he said it is necessary to enlighten the young generation about the Prophet's biography.

The Governor underlined the need of paying special attention to religious studies along with contemporary education in all educational institutions.

Source: Radio.Gov.Pk

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PTI constitutes 3-member committee for dialogue on political crisis

April 16, 2023

A day after Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq launched a “consensus offensive” aimed at bringing the government and opposition closer, the PTI on Sunday constituted a three-member committee to hold a dialogue “on the ongoing political crisis in the country”.

According to a statement issued today, PTI leaders Pervaiz Khattak, Ejaz Chaudhry, and Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed will hold a dialogue with Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

The development comes after the JI chief held meetings with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at their residences in Lahore.

During the meetings on Saturday, Haq suggested that a committee should be set up to develop a larger consensus for holding elections in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and eventually the whole country.

Source: Dawn

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JI chief meets Imran, Shehbaz to end impasse

Mansoor Malik

April 16, 2023

LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq launched a “consensus offensive” on Saturday, holding meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PTI chief Imran Khan within a span of a few hours and reported “positive response” from both sides to his initiative, aimed at bringing the warring sides closer to holding talks on the issue of elections.

Mr Haq first called on PM Shehbaz, and later met Mr Khan at their residences in Model Town and Zaman Park, respectively, a JI press release said.

While party sources see the Zaman Park meeting as a major development on the way to prospective consultations among the two parties, Mr Khan said PTI is always ready for dialogue within the ambit of the Constitution, just not with the corrupt and looters of national wealth.

Source: Dawn

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Mufti Shakoor dies in traffic accident

Ikram Junaidi

April 16, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) leader Mufti Abdul Sha­koor died in a road accident in the capital’s Red Zone area on Saturday evening.

According to the police, the minister, 55, was heading towards Secretariat Chowk on Constitution Avenue when his car was hit by a Hilux vehicle with five passengers on board.

Source: Dawn

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Does Gulzar Imam’s arrest mean much?

Imtiaz Gul

April 16, 2023

Pakistani authorities recently announced the arrest of Gulzar Imam, the mastermind of the separatist militant organisation Baloch National Army (BNA). His “arrest” came about through a sting operation that was, according to official claims, spread over several geographical locations. Authorities did not name the countries but we can assume the arrest happened somewhere in Turkiye. BNA sources had claimed Imam went missing in November last year.

Does this mean anything at all in the multi-pronged insurgency that various Baloch insurgent groups, including BNA, are currently engaged in? Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) is the other alliance comprising the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), Baloch Liberation Army (Bashirzeb Baloch faction), Balochistan Liberation Front, and Baloch Republican Guards.

On July 25, 2020 BRAS had stitched up an operational alliance with Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA), a Sindhi ethno-nationalist militant group, followed by similar cooperation with TTP and ISKP in 2021-2022. No surprise that Baloch groups now deploy suicide attacks as one of the tools to inflict loss on the security apparatus in particular. Who Is Gulzar Imam ? Gulzar Imam alias (Shambay), 45, belongs to the Panjgur-Parom area of Balochistan.

Source: Tribune.Com.Pk

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