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Jamia Shooter – Who Cannot Be Named For Legal Reasons – Now Amplifying Hindutva ‘Hate’ Music Videos Featuring Violence Against Muslims

New Age Islam News Bureau

01 May 2022

 

 The shooter brandishes a gun outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India, January 30, 2020. His face has been blurred as he was a minor at the time. Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

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• Jamia Shooter – Who Cannot Be Named For Legal Reasons –   Now Amplifying Hindutva ‘Hate’ Music Videos Featuring Violence Against Muslims

• Hindu Caretaker Of A 350-Year-Old Mosque, Char-o-Dervish, Of Varanasi Says: ‘It’s One God For Everyone’

• Islam Is All About Unity: More than 400 Volunteers Close Out Ramadan Packing 125K Meals in Alexandria for Families in Need

• Blinken Gauges Taliban Promises on Girls Education in Afghanistan

• "Blessed Eid": Eid Al Fitr To Begin In Suffolk As Holy Month Of Ramadan Draws To A Close

India

• UCC row: Assam CM calls for implementation of UCC, says Muslim women want it

• Kerala Leader PC George arrested for controversial remarks against Muslims, gets bail

• Appeal to Hindus and Muslims to maintain peace, says Maha HM ahead of Raj Thackeray rally

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North America

• RCMP In Surrey, B.C., Say Incident At Mosque Not A Racially Motivated Hate Crime

• Today in History: May 1, Americans hear of bin Laden’s death

• Muslim Community In North Carolina Holds Ramadan Food Giveaway

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South Asia

• Bomb blast leaves five people killed, injured in Kabul

• ISIS claims attack on Kabul mosque

• Analyst Credits Efforts by Taliban Gov’t in Controlling Drug Trafficking

• Nahid murder: 5 Dhaka College students sent to jail after 2-day remand

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Europe

• Blackburn Council Boss Fasts For The Day Alongside Non-Muslim Colleagues As Part Of Cohesion Campaign

• Flexi Hours, Prayer Breaks And Goody Bags - How Hospitals Back Health Workers In Ramadan

• Nancy Pelosi meets Ukrainian president in Kyiv

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Pakistan

• Case Registered Against Imran, Other Top PTI Leaders Over Incident At Masjid-i-Nabwi

• 86 Attacks On Press Recorded In 2021-22

• Pakistan, Saudi Arabia To Discuss 'Augmenting' Kingdom's $3bn Deposit: Joint Statement

• Banners in support of armed forces appear in Islamabad

• PPP considering including MQM-P in Sindh cabinet after Eid

• LHC suspends single bench observations against Alvi, Omar

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Africa

• “Ramadan Does Not Disturb My Job — Veteran Actor,  Saidi Balogun

• Sule, JNI, NSCIA felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el-Fitri

• Eid-El-Fitri: Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Muslims, Preaches Peace, Religious Tolerance

• Lagos Government Implores Muslims To Pray For Successful Elections In 2023

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Mideast

• Resistance Groups Should Be Ready for Big Battle for Al-Aqsa Mosque: Hamas

• Palestinian Islamic Jihad thank Imam Khamenei remarks on Quds Day

• Palestinians Perform Last Friday Prayer Of Ramadan At Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Iran Defends Palestinian Cause In Intl Community: Mubarakah Al-Brahimi

• Imam Khamenei condoles passing of veteran filmmaker Talebzadeh

• Imam Khamenei agrees with pardoning, commuting over 1,500 prisoners' sentences

Lod imam arrested yet again

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Southeast Asia

• MMA Says Domestic Trade Ministry’s Random Premise Checks Not Necessary, Will Only Cause Resentment

• Khairy Tells Public To Oblige If Politely Asked To Wear Mask At Crowded Places

• PM Ismail Sabri Announces Goodies In Conjunction With Labour Day 2022

• In Labour Day message, DAP’s Chin Tong proposes five-year roadmap for Johor to create jobs with decent pay to retain skilled Malaysians

• Fire Dept D-G says fully prepared for emergencies following transition to endemic phase, Raya celebrations

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Arab world

• Dubai's Veteran Imams And Muezzins Granted Golden Visas Who Have Served In The Emirate For More Than 20 Years

• Third Expansion Of Makkah Grand Mosque Receives 19 Million Worshippers

• 520 mosques, prayer grounds in Qatar ready to host Eid Al-Fitr prayers

• Saudi king receives Kuwaiti speaker, Saudi officials, calls from Arab leaders on Eid Al-Fitr

• Saudi Arabia reports 90 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Jamia Shooter – Who Cannot Be Named For Legal Reasons –   Now Amplifying Hindutva ‘Hate’ Music Videos Featuring Violence Against Muslims

 

The shooter brandishes a gun outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India, January 30, 2020. His face has been blurred as he was a minor at the time. Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

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Alishan Jafri

01-05-2022

New Delhi: Uploading “music” videos featuring the assault and abduction of Muslim men is the latest turn that the communal career of the Hindutva extremist known as ‘Jamia shooter’ has taken, but the police continues to ignore his violent activities.

The young man – who cannot be named for legal reasons –  first burst to prominence two years ago when, as a juvenile, he opened fire on unarmed protestors from Jamia on January 30, 2020. Since then, he has been made a number of anti-Muslim hate-speeches and gained a large following on social media as a poster-boy for Hindutva, advocating mass violence in pursuit of the cause of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra. He is also an associate of the known militant Hindutva leader Deepak Tyagi, who goes by the alias of ‘Yati Narsinghanand’.

His latest actions involve the amplification of ‘music videos’ that show the abduction, assault and armed intimidation of Muslims at different locations. Some of his associates who had participated in the recent anti-Muslim mahapanchayats in Haryana uploaded these “music” videos, at least four of which are doing the rounds on social media in the Hindutva hate ecosystem.

While videos showcasing violence against Muslims are regularly uploaded by these groups, what marks uploads as distinct is that they appear to have been made for entertainment. One of the Jamia shooter’s “music” videos  on his Instagram page has the following lyrics: “Chamak Rahi Talwar Hai, Chamak Raha Trishul Hai. Hindu Ko Kamzor Samjhna Dushman Ki Bhool Hai (The Trishul and sword are shining. It was the enemy’s mistake to think that Hindus are weak).”

In the first video that was uploaded on the Jamia shooter’s Instagram page and also shared on one Monu Manesar’s account, a man who can barely walk is being dragged by a group of Hindutva workers at gun-point. The caption reads, “Taking away the cow-smuggler.” The man in the video is then forcefully loaded into a white Scorpio car from Haryana which is registered in the name of ‘Development & Panchayat’.

In the second video, an armed convoy of Hindutva nationalists passes through a village in Haryana’s Mewat – where there is a sizeable Muslim population – threatening children and unarmed women with weapons as they run away.

In yet another video, men can be seen assaulting a Muslim scrap-picker with bamboo sticks. The man’s motorcycle and scrap was flipped over and the mob pinned him to the ground after which blows were rained on him. The caption claims that these are scrap-pickers who attack Hindu festivals and Bhagwa-soldiers.

In the final video uploaded on Monu Manesar’s Instagram account, an old Muslim man with blood all around him is begging for mercy in a car. Later, he falls unconscious.

Monu Manesar, who posted some of these videos, is a self-styled Gau Rakshak (cow vigilante) with thousands of followers on social media. Manesar was introduced by the host of the anti-Muslim Haryana Mahapanchayat in July 2021 as someone, “who shoots and gets shot while protecting cows”.

Manesar had also spoken at the Pataudi Mahapanchayat and his solution to the  ‘love jihad’ issue was a direct call to murder. He demanded in his speech that Muslim men who commit love jihad should be killed and sought a list of ‘love jihadis’ to be killed by his team while referring to the “big brother”, seemingly a reference to the BJP, who would ‘save’ his team, presumably from the law.

‘Love jihad’ is the term Hindutva groups use to describe an imaginary conspiracy by Muslim men to seduce Hindu women in order to convert them to Islam.

Manesar and the Jamia shooter had posted several such videos and photos of violence on their social media, The Wire had reported. It was at this same event that the Jamia shooter led a massive mob of hundreds of men into the Ramlila ground, the venue of the Pataudi mahapanchayat. They chanted slogans that included ‘Mullo ka na qazi ka, ye desh hai veer Shivaji ka (This country belongs to brave Shivaji, not to Muslims or qazis)’. “When Muslims are murdered, they will shout Ram Ram,” he said in his virulent speech* at the Pataudi event. When the speech went viral on social media, triggering outrage, he was arrested and let out on bail swiftly after.

Before this, on May 30, he had made an incendiary speech via Facebook Live at a mahapanchayat in Indri village, Haryana, calling upon Hindus to assemble in support of the accused in the case of the kidnap, lynching and murder of a man named Asif Khan on May 16.

Asif, who was from Khera Khalilpur village in Nuh, Haryana, had been kidnapped on May 16 and then lynched by a mob. When the Nuh police named Hindus among the accused in Asif’s murder, a ‘Hindu mahapanchayat’ organised reportedly by the Karni Sena at Indri on May 30, justified Asif’s murder.

He was charged under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code. At the time, the Gurgaon court said its “conscience was utterly shocked” on viewing a video recording of the incident, and that Indian society needed to tackle “… these kind of persons… who, if given a chance, would organise a mass murder to kill innocent lives based on their own religious hatred…”

“The accused standing before the court is not a simple, innocent young boy knowing nothing… rather (his actions) show that (with) what he has done in the past…. now become capable of executing his hatred without fear… and that he can move the mass to involve his hatred.”

He was released on bail again after a month on the condition that he stop making communally charged statements. However, the Jamia shooter has repeatedly made calls for violence against Muslims on multiple occasions.

Two months after his bail, he made hateful and sexualised abuses against actress Urfi  Javed, after which the National Commission for Women took cognisance of the matter and its chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote to the DGP of Maharashtra to file an FIR and complete the investigation in a time-bound manner, a report of which was sought by the commission.

While this is not the first time that the Jamia shooter has glorified acts of anti-Muslim violence, his recent ‘music’ videos showcase criminal activities that the Haryana Police has yet to take any action against the perpetrators for. While The Wire cannot conclusively identify who the men in these videos are, their faces can clearly be seen. Only a proper police investigation can tell us whether the Jamia shooter also played a role in the videos that he posted on his social media accounts. On Twitter, he claimed that he has nothing to do with the videos and that Mewat has become a hub of ‘thousands of cow-killings daily.” In an interview to a local channel, Monu Manesar also claimed that he was not present at the site and those brandishing guns are policemen.

Source: The Wire

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Hindu Caretaker Of A 350-Year-Old Mosque, Char-o-Dervish, Of Varanasi Says: ‘It’s One God For Everyone’

 

Bechan Baba has been tending to the shrine in Banaras since he was a boy. Photo: Ravi Tripathi

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Nilosree Biswas

1 May, 2022

The first call to prayer floats out of the dainty, whitewashed mosque, infusing the cold morning air of Banaras.

Wrapped in a blanket and a coarsely knitted cap, Bechan Yadav sits near the entrance of the Dargah, a Muslim shrine, enjoying the warmth of a dying fire of twigs and branches.

Bechan, a devout Hindu popularly called Bechan Baba, is the caretaker of the Chowkhamba mosque – also known as Anarwali Masjid and Char-o-Dervish, literally meaning “four Sufi saints”.

Source: scmp

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Islam Is All About Unity: More than 400 Volunteers Close Out Ramadan Packing 125K Meals in Alexandria for Families in Need

 

 

By Solangi Sosa

April 30, 2022

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, a non-profit organization and a Northern Virginia community came together to pack up more than a hundred thousand meals for people in need in the region.

"I feel hungry and thirsty as I’m sure everyone does, but the energy of helping out and helping people, it just overcomes it,” volunteer Aseer Ahmad said.

Community members and people affiliated with the organization Islamic Relief USA and Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, joined forces Saturday evening, and for many, the effort was more than a volunteer opportunity, but also a family event.

The Islamic Relief USA yearly Ramadan event made its comeback bigger and better than before, after taking a two-year break due to the pandemic.

"What we are doing here today is we’re going to try to package as many meals as we can to provide those to people in need, primarily in the D.C. metro area but even beyond,” the organization’s Assistant Director of Volunteers Said Durrah said.

News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey has been covering this side of the state since joining NBC4 in 1992. She's joined by reporter Drew Wilder.

More than 400 volunteers of all ages, culture, and religious backgrounds arrived in the afternoon to Episcopal High School grounds ready to pack meals for some of their most vulnerable neighbours.

"That's what we love to do with these guys. We like to bring them and show them these types of things so they understand what the world really is about," Michael Alvarado said.

And together, they all met their goal of packing 125,000 meals, to share with community-based organizations and food banks for families in need.

"Unity is the first word that comes to my head. Islam is all about unity, and this just shows here in this small community, we all come together for the same cause of helping our brothers and sisters in need," Ahmad said.

Source: Nbcwashington

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 Blinken Gauges Taliban Promises on Girls Education in Afghanistan

 

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/Pool

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By Arif Ahmadi

30 Apr 2022

Kabul, Afghanistan – The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Islamic Emirate government fell back on its promise to reopen secondary and high schools for girls’ education, according to sources, marking the remarks before the US senate committee Friday evening.

Earlier this month, the Taliban’s first Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, gave hope on girls’ education, saying the issue was pending for a better decision.

“We have seen, including most recently, the Taliban fall back on its commitment that it had made to ensure that girls can go to school above the six grade,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.

When asked by Senator Lindsey Graham about the presence of Daesh and al-Qaeda groups in Afghanistan, Blinken responded there is a “very small number” of al-Qaeda in the country.  

“ISIS-K is as you know is of course an enemy of the Taliban and the issue there is not the will of the Taliban to take them on, it is their capacity,” he said. “When it comes to the al-Qaeda, the Arab al-Qaeda core, there are a very, very small number of people.”  

Meanwhile, an Afghan female rights activist Shahla Arifi, underscored women and girls in Afghanistan have been deprived of their basic rights, including the rights to education, saying they play constructive role in shaping the country’s future.

“The women and girls of Afghanistan are the future makers of the country and have not been provided with educational, social and political rights,” she said. 

Earlier this month, a German member of the European Parliament Hannah Neuman, called for reconsideration to reopening of girls’ school amid firm restrictions that has deprived female students of their fundamental right – the right to education.

“Girls going back to school on March 23 with hopes for the future being turned down with tears in their eyes, going back home, and some of these families literally used their last penny to allow them to go to school–buy these backpacks, buy these books…” Neuman said, as TOLOnews quoted.

Criticizing the groups leadership in Afghanistan, Neuman elaborated the knowledge and skills needed to lead a country that represents citizens of the nation.

“The Taliban are good fighters apparently because they managed to take over a country, but governing a country needs a rather different set of skills, it especially needs leaders that listen to the citizens that they want to represent,” she explained.

This came at a time the Islamic Emirate has shut down all-girls school across the country since beginning of the Afghan new year in late March, where both private and government sectors mark a new school calendar as well.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the first Deputy Prime Minister, gave hope on girls’ education in Afghanistan, saying the issue is pending for a better decision.

However, he did not shade brighter light on the status of the decision in progress or the flexibilities the Islamic Emirate may consider on female education across the country.

“A good action will happen in this [education] regard,” Baradar said, according to local media. “There may be goodness in this [education] regard.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) expressed preparedness to comply with the final decision made under the current leadership should they announce reopening of secondary and high school for girls.

“This is in the authority of the Islamic Emirate’s leadership. The Ministry of Education has made preparations—whenever the leadership of the Islamic Emirate orders, the schools for female students from grade 7-12 will be reopened,” said Aziz Ahmad Riyan, a spokesman of the MoE, as TOLOnews quoted.

Last month, the Islamic Emirate on a formal decree banned female students of grade six and above from attending classes in schools across the country.

Source: khaama Press

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"Blessed Eid": Eid Al Fitr To Begin In Suffolk As Holy Month Of Ramadan Draws To A Close

 

Communities come together to celebrate Eid with large feasts. File image (Image: Manchester Evening News)

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By Holly Hume

1 MAY 2022

The holy month of Ramadan has today (May 1) come to an end, as the new moon is sighted and Ed al Fitr celebrations begin tomorrow morning. There are two Eid holidays each year in the Islamic calendar and the first is to mark the end of Ramadan with a celebration of prayer, feasting and acts of charity.

Eid is held on a different date each year as it follows the lunar chart, beginning in each country when religious authorities spot the new moon in the sky. Also known as the lesser Eid, it follows a month of sunrise to sunset fasting for millions of Muslims across the world and culminates in festivities which can last between one and three days, dependent on the country. In the UK it will last from tomorrow (May 2) until Wednesday, May 4.

Eid Mubarak is an Arabic phrase meaning "Blessed Eid" and is used for greetings during the religious holiday, however, there are different phrases for other cultures, such as Urdu, Malay and Spanish speakers. Celebrations involve several activities, including feasting, prayer, gift-giving, acts of charity and home decoration. One of the biggest elements of the celebration is the feasting, as it comes after a long month of fasting, which is one of the five 'pillars' of Islam. Eid is the reward for Allah's gift of strength and endurance and is something which Muslims look forward to during Ramadan.

Prayers begin the Eid celebrations and many Muslims travel to their local mosque to join in. Ipswich Mosque has a full schedule of prayers times on Monday, May 2, from 8am to 10.30am. There are also a number of other mosques across Suffolk which will be holding prayers, as well as those taking place in community spaces.

Another tradition of the day is Zakat-ul-Fitr - an act of charity to provide those in poverty with the opportunity to celebrate. 'Zakat' is to be generous to the stranger, the orphan, the widow and the poor. Donations of £5 minimum can be made at Ipswich Mosque before Eid begins, while others can donate or participate in different ways.

Once prayers have been finished the feasting begins, sometimes known as Sweet Eid or the Sugar Feast, and food is a common theme across all Muslim cultures. Rich and sweet foods are consumed within large family and community units, with everyone wearing their finest clothes for the occasion.

Children from Muslim families will likely take the religious holiday off school, while adults take it off work. Large get-togethers will be taking place across Suffolk for Eid, with many travelling to local mosques and community centers to celebrate with loved ones.

Source: Suffol klive

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India

UCC row: Assam CM calls for implementation of UCC, says Muslim women want it

1st May 2022

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stressed the importance of implementing the ‘Uniform Civil Code’ in the state on Saturday, saying that the legislation is required to provide justice to all Muslim women.

During his visit to New Delhi, Sarma interacted with media and stated, “Everyone wants to go to UCC. No Muslim lady wants her husband to have three wives at home. Any Muslim woman will tell you that. UCC isn’t just a problem for me; it’s a problem for all Muslim women. UCC will have to be brought if they are to be awarded justice following the repeal of Triple Talaq.”

The Chief Minister distinguished between indigenous Muslims and migrant Muslims in Assam, saying that the former do not want to be merged with the latter.

Source: Newsx

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Kerala Leader PC George arrested for controversial remarks against Muslims, gets bail

By Simran Kashyap

May 1, 2022,

The senior politician's arrest was formally recorded after he was brought to Thiruvananthapuram via road from his residence and thereafter, he was produced before a duty magistrate who granted him bail.

After he was granted bail, George told reporters outside the court that he has been asked by the magistrate not to interfere with the investigation, not to influence witnesses or make any hate speeches or get involved in any controversies.

Source: Oneindia

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Appeal to Hindus and Muslims to maintain peace, says Maha HM ahead of Raj Thackeray rally

May 01, 2022

Ahead of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's rally in Aurangabad, Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil  said that Maharashtra Police was on alert. "Permission for the rally has been given with certain terms and conditions, and we expect those conditions to be followed. I want to appeal to Hindu and Muslim communities to maintain peace," Patil said.

The state has been witnessing a political slugfest between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, and the opposition BJP. Recently, Raj Thackeray sought to corner the Shiv Sena, which swears by Hindutva, by demanding that loudspeakers on mosques be removed.

Source: The Week

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North America

RCMP in Surrey, B.C., say incident at mosque not a racially motivated hate crime

The Canadian Press

Apr 30, 2022

Police in British Columbia say an episode involving a vehicle outside a mosque that had been called a "disturbing incident'' directed at the Muslim community was not a racially-motivated hate crime.

A news release Saturday from the Surrey RCMP says the two suspects are teenagers who belong to the Muslim community and are co-operating with the investigation.

Source: Nbcwashington

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Today in History: May 1, Americans hear of bin Laden’s death

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Apr 30, 2022

Today is Sunday, May 1, the 121st day of 2022. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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Muslim community in North Carolina holds Ramadan food giveaway

May 1, 2022

The Islamic Association of Raleigh in the US state of North Carolina, which serves as a mosque and gathering place for the Muslim community, is stepping in to make sure every person who is fasting has a happy Ramadan.

The Eid celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan is on Monday, May 2. With the Islamic holy month nearing an end, the Muslim community is coming together.

Volunteers at the center work together in a team, from the chef in the kitchen cooking up a hot meal to those who pack up meal boxes, to give away food to people in need.

Source: spectrum local news

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South Asia

Bomb blast leaves five people killed, injured in Kabul

May 1, 2022

Five people were killed and injured when a passenger car exploded in western Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has witnessed explosions and terrorist attacks in recent days in various parts of the country, including Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kunduz mosques, killing and injuring hundreds. Most of these explosions were carried out by the ISIS terrorist group.

The Taliban group, which has been in power in Afghanistan since August 15, 2021, has promised to establish security throughout the country.

Source: Iran Press

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ISIS claims attack on Kabul mosque

01 May ,2022

ISIS on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul a day earlier that killed at least 10 worshippers.

They had detonated an explosive device placed near a bus in Kabul’s Sector 6, the group said in a message posted on its Telegram account.

Source: English

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/05/01/ISIS-claims-attack-on-Kabul-mosque

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Analyst Credits Efforts by Taliban Gov’t in Controlling Drug Trafficking

By Arif Ahmadi

30 Apr 2022

Kabul, Afghanistan – Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation (MTCA) said Saturday its department sees a significant drop on trafficking of gold, cash and drugs at Kabul airport over the past 8 months – a timeframe the Islamic Emirate has been ruling the country since the takeover. 

A spokesman for the MTCA stressed they have taken measurable steps to prevent these assets from being trafficked outside Afghanistan, saying “we have scanners and a committed team” for the job.

Source: khaama Press

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Nahid murder: 5 Dhaka College students sent to jail after 2-day remand

Star Digital Report

May 1, 2022

A Dhaka court today sent five Dhaka College students to jail after they were produced before it on completion of their two-day remand in a case filed over the death of Nahid Mia during the students-traders clash in Dhaka's New Market area on April 19.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mehedi Hasan passed the order after Md Tariqul Alam Jewel, an inspector of Detective Branch of Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before it with a forwarding report.

Source: The Daily Star

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Europe

Blackburn council boss fasts for the day alongside non-Muslim colleagues as part of cohesion campaign

By Bill Jacobs

1 MAY 2022

A Blackburn council boss has joined other non-Muslim town hall staff in observing the Ramadan fast for a day.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's chief executive Denise Park and dozens of the council’s staff took the step on Monday as part of an annual community cohesion campaign.

Source: Suffol klive

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Flexi hours, prayer breaks and goody bags - how hospitals back health workers in Ramadan

By Jane Haynes

1 MAY 2022

Hospital staff have praised health chiefs for 'making life much easier' for those observing Ramadan - with the 'little things' adding huge value to their experience this past month. Thousands of healthcare workers across Birmingham and the Black Country have been delivering frontline services while observing a fasting and prayer schedule, with a supportive network of colleagues 'vital', said Frieza Mahmood, chief people officer at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

At Sandwell and City Hospitals, staff and patients observing the Islamic holy month have also received little bags of spiritual goodies, including tasbeeh prayer beads. It's all designed to help make the Ramadan experience the best it can be, said Frieza.

Source: Birmingham Mail

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Nancy Pelosi meets Ukrainian president in Kyiv

01 MAY, 2022

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led a Congressional delegation to Kyiv to meet Ukraine’s president before heading to Poland for talks with officials there.

Ms Pelosi, a California Democrat and second in line to the presidency after the vice president, is the highest-ranking American leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, and her visit marks a major show of continuing support for the country’s struggle against Russia.

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Pakistan

Case Registered Against Imran, Other Top PTI Leaders Over Incident At Masjid-I-Nabwi

Tahir Naseer

May 1, 2022

A case was registered in Faisalabad against PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan and other top figures of the previous government, it emerged on Sunday, days after pilgrims converged on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's delegation and chanted slogans in Masjid-i-Nabwi.

The FIR, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, has been registered under Sections 295 (harming or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult a religion), 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs), 296 (disturbing religious assembly) and 109 (Abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Source: Dawn

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86 attacks on press recorded in 2021-22

Dawn Report

May 1, 2022

KARACHI: At least 86 cases of attacks and violations against media and its practitioners, including journalists, took place in Pakistan over the course of one year — between May 2021 and April 2022.

While the overall number of documented violations in the preceding year have gone down several notches, there is a continuing trend of targeting journalists wor­king for digital media, accor­ding to the research and analysis report by Freedom Network, an award-winning Pakistan-based media rights watchdog that tracks violations against journalists and attacks on freedom of expr­ession on an ongoing basis.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to discuss 'augmenting' kingdom's $3bn deposit: joint statement

Reuters

May 1, 2022

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will discuss the possibility of "augmenting" the kingdom's $3 billion deposit in Pakistan's central bank by extending its term “or through other options,” a joint statement said on Sunday.

Last year, Saudi Arabia deposited $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan to help support its foreign reserves. With a yawning current account deficit and foreign reserves falling to as low as $10.8 billion, the country is in dire need of external finances.

Source: Dawn

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Banners in support of armed forces appear in Islamabad

Munawer Azeem

May 1, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Banners inscribed with slogans in favour of armed forces appeared in different areas of Islamabad on Saturday.

During a visit to different localities, dozens of banners were found hanging on poles installed at the road dividers and trees on Expressway and Faisal Avenue from Faizabad to Faisal Masjid, Dhokri Chowk, I-9 and Srinagar Chowk. So far it is yet to be established as to who hung these banners.

Source: Dawn

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PPP considering including MQM-P in Sindh cabinet after Eid

Imran Ayub

May 1, 2022

KARACHI: While City Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab said on Saturday that there was no proposal on table for inclusion of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan in the provincial cabinet, government sources said there was a strong possibility that the latter might be formally invited after Eidul Fitr by the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party to join the Sindh government.

Confiding this to Dawn, the sources said that the provincial government would offer two ministers, an adviser and a special assistant to the chief minister to the MQM-P, which is expected to join the Murad Ali Shah-led cabinet after Eid.

Source: Dawn

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LHC suspends single bench observations against Alvi, Omar

Wajih Ahmad Sheikh

May 1, 2022

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Saturday took up a hurriedly filed intra court appeal (ICA) of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and suspended the observations regarding the conduct of the president of Pakistan and the Punjab governor passed by a single bench in an order for oath taking of Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz.

Sibtain Khan and 16 other MPAs of the PTI filed the appeal challenging the order by the single bench on a third petition of Hamza Shehbaz against the delay of his oath taking by the president and the governor. The legal team of the PTI also gathered outside the LHC after 11pm on Friday to file the appeal. However, the appeal was filed on Saturday morning and marked before the division bench for a same day hearing.

Source: Dawn

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Africa

“Ramadan Does Not Disturb My Job — Veteran Actor,  Saidi Balogun

Blessing Enenaite

1 May 2022

Ramadan is regarded as the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. The period dedicated to fasting is one when Muslims are expected to be in a sober mood and keep away from certain activities. For entertainers who have to be in close contact with members of the opposite sex and alcohol in the course of doing their jobs, it is expected that Ramadan could limit things that entertainers can get involved in.

However, veteran actor, Saidi Balogun, says the holy month does not limit the kind of roles he plays. He told Sunday Scoop, “Ramadan does not disturb my job. I only limit the time I spend on set during that period. It does not stop the kind of roles (I play).”

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Sule, JNI, NSCIA felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el-fitri

By Linus Oota

May 1, 2022

Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule has felicitated with all Muslim faithful in the state, Nigeria and across the globe on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-fitri.

Governor Sule in a statement he personally signed enjoined all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan by adhering to sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness.

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EID-EL-FITRI: Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Muslims, Preaches Peace, Religious Tolerance

By Victoria Ojugbana

May 1, 2022

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has congratulated Nigerians, especially Muslim faithful in the country, as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, which marks the end of the 30 days of Ramadan fasting and prayers.

He enjoined Muslims in Lagos State to continue on the path of spirituality, peaceful co-existence and to remain tolerant of other religious denominations in the State, saying that Lagos was noted for religious harmony.

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Lagos Government implores muslims to pray for successful elections in 2023

By Gbenga Salau

01 May 2022

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has implored Muslims across Nigeria to take advantage of the last few days of the Ramadan to pray fervently to God for a successful election in 2023.

Speaking at the Laylatul Quadri Ramadam Service, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, noted that the last 10 days of Ramadan is very important in the lives of Muslims. He said as the 2023 general election draws closer, Muslims should use the Ramadan period to raise supplication to Allah for a free, fair and peaceful elections.

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Mideast

Resistance Groups Should Be Ready for Big Battle for Al-Aqsa Mosque: Hamas

May, 01, 2022

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Palestinian resistance groups should be fully prepared as the “big battle” for Al-Aqsa Mosque will begin after the holy month of Ramadan if the Israeli regime does not cease its aggression, the Hamas resistance movement’s leader said.

“The battle to protect al-Aqsa Mosque will begin after the month of Ramadan because the Zionists have a number of events when they will try to breach the mosque,” Yahya Sinwar said at a conference of Palestinian academics in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Source: Tasnim News

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad thank Imam Khamenei remarks on Quds Day

May 1, 2022

While appreciating all freedom-seeking people of the world for participating in International Quds Day rallies on Friday, Spokesman for Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement thanked Iranian Leader’s remarks delivered on this day.

Spokesman for Saraya al-Quds Brigades, an armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Resistance Movement Abu Hamza emphasized that participation of millions of freedom seekers in the world, who responded to the call of Bait al-Moqaddas (Al-Quds), raised glimmers of hopes for the liberation of Palestine and defeat of Zionist regime in international arenas.

Source: Mehr

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Palestinians perform last Friday prayer of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque

29 APRIL 2022

Palestinian worshippers performed the last Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque despite Israeli restrictions.

"160,000 worshippers performed the fourth Friday prayer of the month of Ramadan in Al-Aqsa Mosque," Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, director general of the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, told Anadolu Agency.

Source: Yeni Safak

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Iran defends Palestinian Cause in Intl community: Mubarakah Al-Brahimi

May 1, 2022

Saying that the reason for Iran’s loyalty to the Palestinian cause is its belief in the legitimacy of the cause, the former member of the Tunisian parliament stated, “Iran strongly defends the Palestinian cause in the international community.”

The webinar “Palestine; our first cause” was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, on the eve of the International Quds Day, by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and with the participation of the Center of the United Ummah.

Source: ABNA

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Imam Khamenei condoles passing of veteran filmmaker Talebzadeh

May 1, 2022

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has expressed condolences over the passing of Nader Talebzadeh.

Source: Khamenei.ir

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Imam Khamenei agrees with pardoning, commuting over 1,500 prisoners' sentences

May 1, 2022

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution agreed with the terms of pardoning or commuting the punishment of over 1,500 eligible convicts.

On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution agreed with the terms of pardoning or commuting the punishment of some 1,542 convicts.

Source: Iran Press

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Lod imam arrested yet again

Israel National News

01.05.22

Sheikh Yusuf Albaz, the imam of the Great Mosque in Lod, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of inciting Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount against local police.

Albaz was summoned to the police station in Lod, where he was arrested, and will be brought before a judge on Sunday for a hearing on an extension of his detention.

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Southeast Asia

MMA says Domestic Trade Ministry’s random premise checks not necessary, will only cause resentment

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY

01 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) today said that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s announcement that it would be conducting unannounced checks at premises to ensure the businesses, workers and patrons comply with the new relaxed standard operating procedures (SOPs) is not necessary.

In a statement today, MMA president Dr Koh Kar Chai said that there is no need for such “heavy enforcement” which can even be viewed as regressive and would invite resentment from both business owners and the public.

Source: Malay Mail

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Khairy tells public to oblige if politely asked to wear mask at crowded places

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID

01 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has encouraged people to still wear their masks outdoors if the location becomes visibly crowded.

He said people should think about protecting those still vulnerable to Covid-19, especially the elderly, even after public health authorities begin loosening the mandatory mask requirement.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri announces goodies in conjunction with Labour Day 2022

01 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — In recognition and appreciation to the workers in generating the nation’s progress, the government has agreed to give ‘rewards’ in conjunction with the Workers’ Day 2022 celebration, themed ‘Pekerja Tonggak Keluarga Malaysia Dalam Pemulihan Negara.’

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the rewards included the government to bear 80 per cent of the total contribution of self-employed individuals through the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) with a target to benefit at least one million individuals.

Source: Malay Mail

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In Labour Day message, DAP’s Chin Tong proposes five-year roadmap for Johor to create jobs with decent pay to retain skilled Malaysians

BY KENNETH TEE

01 May 2022

PETALING JAYA, May 1 — Johor’s Perling assemblyman Liew Chin Tong today proposed a five-year roadmap for retaining skilled Malaysian workers in Johor while urging the state government to place good jobs with decent pay at the centre of all its economic activities as a start.

In his Labour Day message, Liew said it was imperative for policymakers, employers and employees to recognise that the current conditions for workers in Johor and beyond are not conducive for the economy and more crucially, the well-being of Johoreans.

Source: Malay Mail

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Fire Dept D-G says fully prepared for emergencies following transition to endemic phase, Raya celebrations

01 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has taken full preparatory measures in dealing with emergency situations and hazards following the country’s transition to the endemic phase that began on April 1 and also the upcoming Aidilfitri celebration.

Fire and Rescue director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the government had wanted the department to be fully prepared by also looking at risk assessment aspects.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Dubai's Veteran Imams And Muezzins Granted Golden Visas Who Have Served In The Emirate For More Than 20 Years

Salam Al Amir

May 01, 2022

Dubai has announced it will be issuing golden visas and giving financial rewards to imams, preachers, and muezzins who have served in the emirate for more than 20 years.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, issued the order under directives from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

Source: the National News

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Third expansion of Makkah Grand Mosque receives 19 million worshippers

ARAB NEWS

May 01, 2022

JEDDAH: Almost 19 million people worshipped in the third expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The director of the General Administration of the Third Saudi Expansion at the Grand Mosque, Walid Al-Masoudi, said the expansion had received more than 500,000 worshippers per hour at a rate of 250,000 inside the expansion and more than 250,000 in the squares.

Source: Arab News

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520 mosques, prayer grounds in Qatar ready to host Eid Al-Fitr prayers

May 1, 2022

Qatar is ready to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, with traditional religious gaiety and fervor.

As many as 520 mosques and prayer grounds have been prepared for Eid al-Fitr prayer. Public parks, beaches and other picnic points have been readied to receive the visitors during the holidays.

Source: the peninsula qatar

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Saudi king receives Kuwaiti speaker, Saudi officials, calls from Arab leaders on Eid Al-Fitr

ARAB NEWS

April 30, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The king also received Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid, adviser to the royal court and member of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Permanent Committee for Issuing Fatwas, the imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the the general president of the affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia reports 90 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

ARAB NEWS

May 01, 2022

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19-related deaths on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 9,088.

Saudi health authorities confirmed 90 cases in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 754,011 people have now contracted the disease.

Source: Arab News

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