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Kerala Islamic Seminary, Academy Of Sharia And Advanced Studies, Sets Example In Coexistence By Teaching Sanskrit And Hindu Religious Texts

New Age Islam News Bureau

13 November 2022

 

While there has been no objection from parents of the students or anyone else, a major challenge has been finding good faculty to teach Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, etc., properly to the students.(File/ REpresentational)

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• Kerala Islamic Seminary, Academy Of Sharia And Advanced Studies, Sets Example In Coexistence By Teaching Sanskrit And Hindu Religious Texts

• Sands Of Time: Christian Monastery, Possibly Pre-Dating Islam, Found In UAE Dunes

• Islamic State-Khorasan’s Transition Into A Trans-Regional Threat

• One In Five British Muslims Have Used Food Banks Due To Rising Living Costs

• Are Red Flags About Islamic State In South Africa Alarmist?

 

India

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• Construction Of Ayodhya Mosque Likely To Be Completed By December 2023: Trust

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• Why India’s ‘secular’ parties are struggling to mobilise Muslims

• Ahead of Rampur bypoll, BJP connects with Azam Khan’s Muslim vote bank in his bastion

• Narendra Modi Government Working To Empower Pasmanda Muslims: UP Deputy Chief Minister

• Centre On Why Scheduled Castes' List Excludes Dalit Christians, Muslims

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Arab world

• Saudi University Partners With Global Community To Counter Terrorism Activities

• Lebanon extradites to Iraq ‘Saddam grandnephew’ accused of Islamic State link

• Failure Of 11/11 Protests Is A Slap On The Face Of The Muslim Brotherhood: Media Host

• 'Tash Ma Tash' to return to Saudi households during Ramadan after hiatus of 12 years

• Holocaust survivor tells her story to Muslims in Dubai

• Saudi crown prince, French president discuss Mideast security in phone call

• SIDF chief stresses importance of increasing women’s labour market roles

• Saudi Arabia arrests 16,493 illegals in one week

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South Asia

• US Special Envoy Says Taliban’s ‘Extremism’ Leads to Unrest, Hardship, and Exodus

• Taliban Burns Expired and Substandard Food in Western Afghanistan

• Taliban Denies Claims of Desecrating Tomb of Late Jihadi Commander

• ‘No Single Group’ In Afghanistan Should Hold Power By Itself ‘Alone’; Permanent Representative Of Iran To The UN

• Find foreign partners for technology transfer, PM tells businessmen

• PM Hasina opens Made in Bangladesh Week

• Tiruppur city police arrest three Bangladeshi nationals for illegal stay

• Marwari horses exported for first time; to serve in Bangladesh President entourage

• Finding Halal food is still a struggle for Seoul's Muslim students

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Europe

• The top five questions asked by Teessiders as mosque opens its doors to the public

• Two aircraft crash after colliding at a World War II airshow in Texas

• Queen Elizabeth II's service and duty praised at Festival of Remembrance

• Tory MPs defend Dominic Raab amid claims he created ‘culture of fear’

• UK and France set to strike deal to stop migrants crossing Channel next week, say British media

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Africa

• Are Red Flags About Islamic State In South Africa Alarmist?

• Thousands of Islamists renew protests against UN in Sudan

• Emotions run high during first four days of reopening of inquest into Imam Abdullah Haron’s death

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Pakistan

• SBP Files To Withdraw Appeal Against Federal Sharia Court Islamic Banking Verdict

• Pakistan Institute Of Medical Sciences Committee Summons Officials Over Leak Of Arshad Sharif's Autopsy Pictures

• No breakthrough in backdoor talks, Alvi admits

• Over 4,000 file nomination papers for LG polls in Islamabad

• PTI boycotts parliamentary body formed to probe Azam Swati’s allegations

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Mideast

• IDF nabs wanted Islamic Jihad member in daylight raid near Jenin

• Putin, Raisi discuss deepening ties between Russia and Iran

• Iran pushes back against protest scrutiny at the UN

• Iran charges 11 over killing of Basij paramilitary member

• Iran Dissidents Praise 'Ground-breaking' Macron Talks, Urge Action

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Southeast Asia

• Halal In Hong Kong: Muslims Cheer KFC’s Move, Hope More Fast-Food Chains, Restaurants Will Cater To Community

• PAS the one using Malays to fish for Malay votes, DAP hopefuls tell Hadi

• In Tambun, a two-horse race with youth vote still in the air

• Ismail Sabri urges Umno, BN candidates to show solidarity, preserve good name of party

• Azmin says Perikatan confident of winning two-thirds majority in GE15

• Khairy: Malaysia 'fastest growing economy in Asean,' political stability crucial

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North America

• Cambridge Mosque holds Remembrance Day ceremony

• One man dead following stabbing at Islamic Community of Greater Killeen

• Papal Muslim Engagement Makes Demands On Asian Bishops

• US Muslim organisations see bright future for community's candidates

• Inside LA’s Secret Black Market Weed Packaging Mecca

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Kerala Islamic Seminary, Academy Of Sharia And Advanced Studies, Sets Example In Coexistence By Teaching Sanskrit And Hindu Religious Texts

 

While there has been no objection from parents of the students or anyone else, a major challenge has been finding good faculty to teach Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, etc., properly to the students.(File/ REpresentational)

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Press Trust of India

November 13, 2022

Thrissur: Students in long white robes and white head-dresses in an Islamic institution unwaveringly reciting ‘shlokas’ and ‘mantras’ in Sanskrit under the watchful gaze of their Hindu gurus, is what sets apart a Muslim educational organisation in the Thrissur district of central Kerala.

“Gurur brahma gurur vishnu, Gurur devo maheshwara, Gurur saakshaat param brahma, Tasmai shri gurave namaha,” one such student recites on being asked to do so in Sanskrit by his professor.

“The objective behind teaching Sanskrit, Upanishads, Puranas, etc. is to inculcate in students’ knowledge and awareness about other religions”, Onampilly Muhammad Faizy, the principal of the Academy of Sharia and Advanced Studies (ASAS) run by Malik Deenar Islamic Complex (MIC), said.

Another reason, and the main one, for teaching Sanskrit to the students at MIC ASAS was Faizy’s own academic background as he had studied Shankara philosophy.

“Therefore, I felt that students should know about other religions and their customs and practices. But an in-depth study of Sanskrit as well as the ‘Upanishads’, ‘shastras’, ‘vedantams’ would not be possible during the eight-year study period,” he told PTI.

Important portions of the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Mahabharata, and Ramayana are selectively taught in Sanskrit to the students over a period of eight years after they pass out of Class 10, he said.

The selective teaching of these texts is because the institution is primarily a Sharia college where other languages, like Urdu and English, are also taught besides a degree course in Arts as it is affiliated with Calicut University.

“The academic workload is huge. Therefore, we take in students who can handle it and also maintain strict standards. There is an entrance exam for admitting students,” he said.

Some of the students recently told the media that initially it was tough to learn Sanskrit, just like Arabic, but by continuously studying and practising, it becomes easier over time.

“It is a tough task initially. Just like Arabic. But if we study it continuously, and repeatedly practice it, just like with Arabic, it becomes easier over a period of time. The regular classes and the tests also help us to learn it,” one of the students said.

While there has been no objection from the parents of the students or anyone else, a major challenge has been finding good faculty to teach Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, etc., properly to the students.

“That is why we were able to start teaching Sanskrit just seven years ago and it is also the reason that it is being taught only at this branch — one of seven”, principal Faizy said.

“The response from the side of the students too has been encouraging as they have shown an interest in learning Sanskrit”, the principal added.

One of the faculty, Professor KK Yatheendran, told the media when he was invited to teach there, Faizy “was concerned whether I would have reservations about teaching in an Arabic institution as I was a Hindu”.

“I said there is no Hindu or Muslim issue here. I am coming there ready to teach. So, I have no such reservations,” he told the media.

He also said that when people see him walking toward the institute with sandalwood ’tilak’ on his forehead, they ask why I am going there.

“They have not even learnt it in school. But as we move from one phase to another, the students are able to speak a little in Sanskrit, learn ‘padams’ and are able to understand some ‘slokas’ also,” according to him.

The other faculty members are Dr CM Neelakandan, a retired professor of Sanskrit Literature from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit and Dr Shamseer PC, assistant professor, department of Sanskrit, Kerala University, according to the Facebook page of MIC ASAS.

At a time when political parties in Kerala are at loggerheads over the alleged saffronisation of higher education institutions or them becoming centres of communism, this Islamic institution is setting an example by teaching its students Sanskrit and the Bhagavad Gita along with Arabic and the Quran.

Hafiz Aboobacker, one of the coordinators at the institute, told a media channel that it was important to learn about Islam, but knowledge about other religions was also important and that is also a reason for including Sanskrit in the syllabus.

“It would help students to learn about and understand another religion through their history and Puranas. It would also help to sync our religious views with theirs. It would help to create a new beginning for a new India. That is the goal behind including Sanskrit in the syllabus,” according to him.

Source: Firstpost

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Sands Of Time: Christian Monastery, Possibly Pre-Dating Islam, Found In UAE Dunes

 

Sheikh Majid bin Saud Al Mualla, chairman of the Umm Al Quwain Department of Tourism and Archaeology, front right, with Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, during a visit to the ancient Christian monastery on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates, November 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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By JON GAMBRELL

13-11-2022

SINIYAH ISLAND, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An ancient Christian monastery, possibly dating as far back as the years before Islam spread across the Arabian Peninsula, has been discovered on an island off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, officials announced this month.

The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. It marks the second such monastery found in the Emirates, dating back as many as 1,400 years — long before its desert expanses gave birth to a thriving oil industry that led to a unified nation home to the high-rise towers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The two monasteries became lost to history in the sands of time as scholars believe Christians slowly converted to Islam as that faith grew more prevalent in the region.

Today, Christians remain a minority across the wider Middle East, though Pope Francis arrived in nearby Bahrain earlier this month to promote interfaith dialogue with Muslim leaders.

For Timothy Power, an associate professor of archaeology at the United Arab Emirates University who helped investigate the newly discovered monastery, the UAE today is a “melting pot of nations.”

“The fact that something similar was happening here a thousand years ago is really remarkable and this is a story that deserves to be told,” he said.

Emirati officials visit an ancient Christian monastery on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates, November 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The monastery sits on Siniyah Island, which shields the Khor al-Beida marshlands in Umm al-Quwain, an emirate some 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Dubai along the coast of the Persian Gulf. The island, whose name means “flashing lights” likely due to the effect of the white-hot sun overhead, has a series of sandbars coming off of it like crooked fingers. On one, to the island’s northeast, archaeologists discovered the monastery.

Carbon dating of samples found in the monastery’s foundation date between 534 and 656. Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was born around 570 and died in 632 after conquering Mecca in present-day Saudi Arabia.

Viewed from above, the floor plan of the monastery on Siniyah Island suggests early Christian worshipers prayed within a single-aisle church at the monastery. Rooms within appear to hold a baptismal font, as well as an oven for baking bread or wafers for communion rites. A nave also likely held an altar and an installation for communion wine.

This March 14, 2022, handout photo shows an ancient Christian monastery uncovered on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates. (Nasser Muhsen Bin Tooq/Department of Archaeology and Tourism of Umm al-Quwain via AP)

Next to the monastery sits a second building with four rooms, likely around a courtyard — possibly the home of an abbot or even a bishop in the early church.

On November 3, the site saw a visit from Noura bint Mohammed al-Kaabi, the country’s culture and youth minister, as well as Sheikh Majid bin Saud Al Mualla, the chairman of the Umm al-Quwain’s Tourism and Archaeology Department and a son of the emirate’s ruler.

The island remains part of the ruling family’s holdings, protecting the land for years to allow the historical sites to be found as much of the UAE has rapidly developed.

The UAE’s Culture Ministry has in part sponsored the dig, which continues at the site. Just hundreds of meters (yards) away from the church, sit a collection of buildings that archaeologists believe belongs to a pre-Islamic village.

Elsewhere on the island, piles of tossed-aside clams from pearl-hunting make for massive, industrial-sized hills. Nearby also sits a village that the British blew up in 1820, before the region became part of what was known as the Trucial States, the precursor of the UAE. That village’s destruction brought about the creation of the modern-day settlement of Umm al-Quwain on the mainland.

Historians say early churches and monasteries spread along the Persian Gulf to the coasts of present-day Oman and all the way to India. Archaeologists have found other similar churches and monasteries in Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, left, and Sheikh Majid bin Saud Al Mualla, chairman of the Umm Al Quwain Department of Tourism and Archaeology, third right, listen to one of the staff during a visit of the ancient Christian monastery on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates, November 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

In the early 1990s, archaeologists discovered the first Christian monastery in the UAE, on Sir Bani Yas Island, today a nature reserve and site of luxury hotels off the coast of Abu Dhabi, near the Saudi border. It similarly dates back to the same period as the new find in Umm al-Quwain.

However, evidence of early life along the Khor al-Beida marshlands in Umm al-Quwain dates as far back as the Neolithic period — suggesting continuous human inhabitance in the area for at least 10,000 years, Power said.

Today, the area near the marshland is more known for the low-cost liquor store at the emirate’s Barracuda Beach Resort. In recent months, authorities have demolished a hulking, Soviet-era cargo plane linked to a Russian gunrunner known as the “Merchant of Death” as it builds a bridge to Siniyah Island for a $675 million real estate development.

Power said that development spurred the archaeological work that discovered the monastery. That site and others will be fenced off and protected, he said, though it remains unclear what other secrets of the past remain hidden just under a thin layer of sand on the island.

Source: Times Of Israel

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Islamic State-Khorasan’s Transition Into A Trans-Regional Threat

 

Courtesy: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

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By Atal Ahmadzai

November 11, 2022

The rise of the Taliban to power did not bring peace to Afghanistan. Quite the reverse, different forms of political violence have either continued or emerged, including the Taliban regime’s extrajudicial executions, the anti-Taliban armed resistance, and the indiscriminate and targeted violence of the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP). The latter is a cross-regional subsidiary of the previously Iraq and Syria-based Islamic State in the broader historical Khorasan region, which encompasses parts of modern Western, South, and Central Asia. Despite expanding the scope of its operations in these regions since the fall of Kabul in 2021, much information about ISKP is contradictory.

The Taliban regime has continued to downplay the threat of ISKP and claim that they have rooted the organization out in Afghanistan. Similarly, some Western experts assert that the threat of ISKP is modest or is in decline. Regional and global actors, such as Russia, China, and India, as well as U.S. intelligence sources, on the other hand, warn about the growing tentacles of ISKP in the surrounding regions. The striking contrast in insights about the capabilities and potential of ISKP has been persistent. In addition, each stance assumes the truth of the conclusion.

A few fundamental questions need an in-depth probe: Why is ISKP shrouded in secrecy? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the organization? And what potentials could transform it into a regional and global threat?

The discrepancies in information about ISKP stem from various avenues. Some of these are related to uninvestigated aspects of ISKP, including its organizational structure, its ideological convergence with the Taliban, as well as the emerging opportunities for ISKP in the northern regions of Afghanistan. As such factors have remained unexplored, they have shrouded the organization in secrecy.

Beyond what is known about the organization as being composed of local Pashtun fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan, ISKP is a transnational group with fighters from Central and South Asia and the Middle East. What continues to be overlooked about the group is its local-foreign structural duality. Given the nature of the organization’s origin and the ensuing challenges to its existence since 2014, ISKP has adopted a pragmatic structure of unfused outer and inner layers. While the local elements (Afghan and Pakistani Pashtun fighters) serve as the public face of the group, the core is a loosely connected network of foreign elements composed of foreign militants from the aforementioned regions.

The fragmented origin of ISKP in late 2014 facilitated the future duality of its structure. Initially, the organization came into being as the result of three separate processes of recruitment, resettlement, and repositioning. In 2014, local and foreign terrorist groups dispersed from northern Waziristan due to a military operation by the Pakistan Army. Some high-level operatives of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) reemerged in Northwestern Pakistan, namely the Tirah Valley, pledged allegiance to the then newly created Islamic State, and recruited thousands of local Pashtun tribesmen.

In a parallel move right before the operation, the Taliban resettled hundreds of foreign fighters, including those related to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), into eastern and southern Afghanistan. Soon after the establishment of ISKP, the Islamic State repositioned some of its operatives from the Middle East into the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Eventually, all three groups reconvened in the southern districts of Nangarhar province.

It is worth mentioning that in these districts, ISKP fighters were reorganized in small groups composed of both local (Pashtun) and foreign elements. While the Pashtun militants were the public face of the group, its foreign fighters mostly remained stationed deep in the valleys, unengaged with the local population, and protected by the local fighters. 

Strategically, the duality in the organizational structure provided ISKP with resilience, survival capacity, and the ability to quickly adapt. The group has survived the parallel wars waged by the U.S., the former Afghan Republic government, and the Taliban insurgency against it from 2018-2020. It has reemerged quickly every time it was declared defeated. Soon after rising to power in Kabul, the Taliban regime instigated a brutal campaign against the organization. However, while the outer layer of ISKP has remained the exclusive target, the Taliban has persistently denied the existence of foreign elements within ISKP.

For the Taliban, the brutal campaign against ISKP’s local elements is not ideological but strategic. By liquidating hundreds of local ISKP militants, the Taliban regime aims to eliminate domestic challengers to their extremist Islamic rule in the country. The Taliban knows that the foreign elements of ISKP do not have the political ambitions to gain or claim authority in the country. Furthermore, the ideological convergence between ISKP and the Taliban drives the latter to protect the core of the former in Afghanistan. 

Unlike the dominant assertion about an ideological divergence between the Taliban and ISKP, Taliban literature actually reveals a convergence between the two organizations. First and foremost, the Taliban neither opposed the creation of the Islamic State nor its subsidiary in the region. On the contrary, the initial rapport between the two was cooperative. The Taliban welcomed the creation of the Islamic State and instructed Afghan media to avoid disseminating damaging materials on the group. Reciprocally, the Islamic State allocated a section of its global media outlet for reports and news on the Taliban insurgency.

The cordial relationship deteriorated when the Islamic State rejected the Taliban leader’s plea for the allegiance of ISKP to the Taliban Amir al-Mu’minin, instead of Al-Baghdadi. They claimed that such a courtesy would keep the jihad front united in Afghanistan. In response, the Islamic State not only rejected the plea but belittled the Taliban’s leader. The deteriorating relationship, however, did not stop the Taliban ideologues and clergy from revealing their convergence with the Islamic State on the issues of global jihad and the significance of an overarching political authority for the Muslims (the caliphate).

On the issue of global jihad, the ideological sources of the Taliban acknowledge its sanctity, moral imperative, and strategic necessity. However, unlike the Islamic State, the Taliban strategize and prioritize different fronts of global jihad at various times. They assert that while there are no boundaries for global jihad, there are for its various battle fronts. In response to ISKP’s harsh criticism of the Taliban’s truce with the U.S. in Doha, the Taliban justify it as a tactical move within the larger jihad. They argue that both Hanafi and Shafii schools of Islamic jurisprudence legitimize truces with infidels for broader and strategic jihadi goals.

Another area of ideological convergence between ISKP and the Taliban is the creation of an overarching political authority or caliphate for the Muslim community. The Taliban acknowledge the moral and ideological imperatives of this vision. They, however, diverge with ISKP on the unsystematic and drastic approach of the Islamic State in proclaiming the caliphate. On the same page as al-Qaida, the Taliban do not consider the Islamic State caliphate illegitimate, but instead premature and counterproductive. They assert that there is always a proper time for the realization of such a sacred dream. The Taliban’s vision of either being part of a caliphate or establishing one of their own is clear based on their enduring relationships with regional and terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, TTP, and the foreign operatives of ISKP.

In general, the ideological convergence between ISKP and the Taliban on global jihad and the re-establishment of an overarching caliphate have led to an ambiguous relationship between them. The Taliban regime, acting strategically to eliminate potential domestic rivals, has instigated a low-profile war exclusively against ISKP’s outer layer – its local fighters. In a broader context, the Taliban knows that ISKP’s objective is to infiltrate the surrounding regions, including Central, South, and Western Asia. Such a goal does not contradict the Taliban regime’s internal legitimacy or strategic imperatives, at least in principle. On the contrary, there is a moral imperative for the Taliban to be at least an indirect part of ISKP’s broader global ideological scheme.

Realizing its strategic vision of expanding to the surrounding regions, ISKP has systematically shifted out of Eastern Afghanistan and infiltrated the Northern and Western provinces of the country. In these regions, the organization is morphing its outer layer by replacing Pashtun militants with Tajik and Uzbek recruits from Afghanistan and across the border from the Central Asian republics. In addition, the shift has also brought ISKP into strategic proximity to the Central Asian republics and Iran – two targets for the Islamic State.

The ideological, ethnolinguistic, and political factors of contemporary Afghanistan serve ISKP with the potential for expansion and growth. The Taliban regime’s continued oppression of ethnic and religious minorities instigates dissension. As such, ISKP can be a relevant avenue to channel dissent into active resistance. In addition, the ongoing anti-Taliban armed resistance in northern Afghanistan has the potential to facilitate an environment for ISKP militancy to grow.

Ideologically, Salafism has had a relatively visible presence in the northern region of Afghanistan, mainly in Takhar and Badakhshan provinces, since the Afghan jihad years in the 1980s. Thousands of kids from these provinces enrolled in Salafi madrasas in Pakistan. Upon their return, they planted the seed of Salafism by establishing new madrasas or sending more kids to their alma maters in Pakistan. The shift of ISKP to northern Afghanistan can attract many local Salafists. That said, the brutal crackdown of the Taliban on the Pashtun fighters of ISKP seems to be a blessing in disguise for the organization. Ever since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, ISKP has reemerged and has been evolving systematically.

Early in 2022, ISKP warned of a new era of global jihad. In the following months, it not only expanded its operation across the Amu Darya in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, but it also targeted the Russian embassy in Kabul, liquidated several leading Taliban clerks and ideologues, and carried indiscriminate violence against civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In its September issue, the Voice of Khurasan, ISKP’s online magazine, reported statistics on a month of operations, including killing 53 Taliban fighters, 15 rafida (a pejorative term used for Shi’a Muslims by the Salafis), 12 Pakistani soldiers, and two Russian diplomats.

In assessing the potential of ISKP, the need is to acknowledge that the organization is not an insurgency seeking territorial gains. On the contrary, ISKP is the transregional subsidiary of the Islamic State that is steadfast in its determination to proliferate its ideological, strategic, and tactical reach to the surrounding regions. Evidence suggests that the group has managed to move toward realizing its mission; its tentacles have begun spreading across Khorasan.

Sourse: The Diplomat

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One In Five British Muslims Have Used Food Banks Due To Rising Living Costs

 

The study, supported by Algbra and the National Zakat Foundation, surveyed over 1,500 Muslims living in the UK

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Furvah Shah

13-11-2022

Around one in five British Muslims have had to use food banks since last August due to the rising cost of living, according to a new report.

Research by Muslim Census revealed that over half of British Muslims had some difficulty when paying at least one of their household bills, with a further 65 per cent having to take out some form of debt to manage everyday costs.

Around 50 per cent of the Muslim population in Britain are considered to be in poverty, compared to 18 per cent of the national population, according multiple reports.

The study, supported by Algbra and the National Zakat Foundation, surveyed over 1,500 Muslims living in the UK on how they have been impacted by the cost of living crisis.

They found that 54 per cent of British Muslims faced difficulty in paying at least one of their household bills since August 2021, with a further 13 per cent experiencing difficulty every single month in the same time period.

To manage these difficulties, 65 per cent of Muslims had to take out some form of debt to manage their everyday costs and bills since August 2021.

This included relying on their credit cards, utilising an overdraft or a buy now, pay later scheme or having to take out a long-term or pay-day loan, with those in low household incomes and in receipt of benefits, social or council housing disproportionately impacted.

Some 40 per cent of British Muslims have also had to choose between paying one bill at the expense of another, and almost one-third have reporting having to miss a meal to afford their household bills in the last year.

A further 19 per cent of respondents said they have relied on food banks in the last 12 months, with the majority of those – 65 per cent – using food banks within the last three months.

This worsens to almost half – 48 per cent – for British Muslims with household incomes of between £20,001 and £40,000, in comparison to 8 per cent of Muslims with household incomes over £100,000.

The survey also found disparities within ethnic background and location, with Black, African British Muslims and those living in the North West most affected by rising living costs.

One in five Black, African British Muslims struggled to pay at least one of their bills every month compared to 13 per cent of all those surveyed, and those living West Midlands (38 per cent) and the North West (40 per cent) reported missing meals to afford bills at a higher rate to those in London (30 per cent).

British Muslims have said that their hopes are “gone” amid the cost of living crisis and they are very “worried” about their futures.

“My hope of owning a house on my own has now gone,” said one respondent. “I have two dependents who get no benefits and [with] the cost of food and energy increasing, [I’m] worried about my long-term financial management.”

“The cost of living crisis has personally changed how I feel about spending money on myself and treating myself. I almost feel guilty and worry about how it could get so much worse,” shared another.

Digital finance platform Algbra, who supported the study, said: “We know the current financial system is not doing enough for [diverse] communities and this report highlights how one such community is disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis.”

Sourse: Independent.Co

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Are Red Flags About Islamic State In South Africa Alarmist?

 

Photo: Head Topics Sourth Africa

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By Peter Fabricius

November 13, 2022

Alarm bells about the threat of terrorism in South Africa have recently been sounding more stridently and more often. Are these false alarms or is the danger growing?

This question is complicated by the fact that the warnings are largely from foreigners, especially the United States (US). To many, this indicates alarmism or even outside interference. To others, panic buttons are being pressed because South Africa’s law enforcement, intelligence and prosecution services aren’t doing their jobs well enough.

This week, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on South African-based brothers Nufael Akbar and Yunus Mohamad Akbar, as well as Mohamad Akbar and Umar Akbar. It said they were ‘members of an [Islamic State] cell operating in South Africa who have provided technical, financial, or material support’ to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS).

All four, the US Treasury added, were associated with Farhad Hoomer, whom it described as the leader of the Durban-based cell. The US had sanctioned Hoomer and three others in March for similar offences. This week’s sanctions included four South Africa-based companies connected to Nufael and Yunus Akbar and four owned or controlled by Hoomer.

Meanwhile the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a global intergovernmental watchdog of money laundering and terrorist financing – seems likely to add South Africa to its grey list soon. This is partly because ‘South Africa has failed to demonstrate that it is effectively identifying, investigating or prosecuting terrorist financiers or addressing terrorism finance through alternate measures.’

And in July this year, the UN Security Council warned in a report that South Africa was increasingly being used as a conduit for terrorist funding, mainly to Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The two sets of US sanctions against Hoomer and his associates, in particular, raise the question of whether Washington feels obliged to act because Pretoria isn’t doing so effectively.

South African authorities arrested Hoomer, Mohamad Akbar and 10 others in 2018 for planting incendiary devices at a Shia mosque in Verulam and shops and a horse race in Durban. The cell members were also charged with murdering a worshipper, stabbing the imam, and kidnapping a Tanzanian. The case was thrown out of court because of prosecution deficiencies, official sources told ISS Today. It seems unlikely they will be reinstated.

US actions against IS in South Africa are creating tensions with the authorities. In October President Cyril Ramaphosa criticised the US for issuing the Sandton terror alert without consulting his government – although US sources hinted that Pretoria had been informed. This week, South African government sources told ISS Today that the US had warned Pretoria that it would be announcing sanctions.

In March this year, some South African security officials were apparently angered by the US sanctions against Hoomer and the others. Revealingly though, the finance and justice ministries acknowledged the sanctions and committed to working with other states to stop money laundering and terrorism financing. This sentiment was repeated on 9 November by Mondli Gungubele, Minister in the Presidency Responsible for State Security, in response to the recent sanctions.

Some officials acknowledged privately to ISS Today that they believe Hoomer is a local IS kingpin and remains free only because of missteps by South African law enforcement. They were also concerned about the slow progress of the caseagainst Sayefundeen Aslam Del Vecchio, his wife Bibi Fatima Patel and their accomplice Mussa Ahman Jackson. They are standing trial for the murder of elderly botanists Rod and Rachel Saunders in KwaZulu-Natal in 2018.

Evidence was found in the accused’s home, but they weren’t charged with terrorism. Law enforcement sources told ISS Today that the case had recently been jeopardised by the presiding judge recusing herself after signing an Asset Forfeiture Unit order brought against the accused.

South Africa’s failure to deal effectively with IS and terrorist financing has a host of causes. These include problems in the intelligence, detection and prosecution services still recovering from the ravages of state capture during Jacob Zuma’s presidency. The South African government’s own Mufamadi and Africa reports have acknowledged these failings.

Apart from increasing the risk of violence, these failures could damage South Africa economically. The threatened FATF grey listing would probably lead to a ratings downgrade, followed by decreased investment and reduced trade.

The implications are also felt beyond South Africa’s borders. The March US Treasury sanctions suggested Hoomer’s IS cell was mainly raising funds for IS operatives elsewhere, like Mozambique and the DRC.

The apparent lack of coordination between the US and South Africa presents other risks, like provoking people while they remain free to retaliate. On 9 November News24 quoted Hoomer as saying about the latest round of US sanctions: ‘When you put a person in a corner, and you keep tramping on their toes, you are going to get a reaction that might not be too good. And then later on, they will say this person is a terrorist because look how they are reacting.’

And the Sunday Times quoted anonymous police officials claiming that the US Sandton terror alert had blown the cover off an advanced investigation into the preparations for the same attack.

The impression created by recent events is that Washington rather than Pretoria is steering counter-terrorism operations in South Africa. That obviously can’t be good.

South Africa needs to take control of its counter-terrorism but can only do that by restoring international and domestic confidence in its ability to do so. Determined and concerted action is needed by all government agencies involved – including better cooperation with other governments.

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 India

Non-Disclosure Of Imams' Salaries: Central Information Commission Summons Officials Of Delhi LG, CM Offices

Nov 13, 2022

NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has summoned officials of the offices of the lieutenant governor, chief minister, and chief secretary over the non-disclosure of information on salaries paid to Imams of mosques in Delhi under the RTI Act.

Information Commissioner Uday Mahurkar has also issued notices to officers of the Delhi Waqf Board on the plea of activist Subhash Agrawal.

Agrawal wanted complete information, including the file notes, on the decision to pay salaries to Imams in Delhi mosques through his application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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Construction Of Ayodhya Mosque Likely To Be Completed By December 2023: Trust

Press Trust of India

November 13, 2022

Lucknow: The construction of a mosque in Ayodhya, being built pursuant to the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, is expected to be completed by December next year, the trust entrusted with the task has said.

"We hope to get approval to the map of the proposed mosque, hospital, community kitchen, library and research centre from the Ayodhya Development Authority by the end of this month. Soon after we will start the construction of the mosque," Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation Trust secretary Athar Hussain told PTI.

The construction of the Dhannipur Ayodhya Mosque is likely to be completed by the end of December 2023, while the remaining structures on the five-acre Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah Complex will be come up subsequently, he said.

The Supreme Court, in its verdict in the long-standing Ayodhya dispute, ordered the construction of a Ram temple on the 2.77-acre plot where the Babri Masjid once stood, and directed that five acres be allotted for building a mosque in the Uttar Pradesh district.

The 'bhoomi pujan' for the temple was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2020 and, according to the temple trust, it is likely to be opened to devotees in January 2024.

The timing of the completion of the temple and the mosque is significant as the next parliamentary election is scheduled for early 2024.

The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation Trust, formed by the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board for the construction of the mosque, has also decided to build a hospital, community kitchen, library and a research institute.

"The trust will start the construction of all proposed structures simultaneously and the mosque is likely to be completed first because of its small size. Although no deadline has been fixed, it will hopefully be constructed within a year's time," Hussain said.

Mr Hussain said the hospital will begin with 100 beds and later upgraded to a 200-bed facility. The community kitchen will initially have the capacity to serve 1,000 people daily and subsequently expanded to cater to 2,000 people.

He said the trust decided to build an Indo-Islamic Research Centre and a library so that the people of the area can benefit from them.

Mr Hussain said that about a month ago, during perusal of the application for obtaining NOC from the fire department for the mosque and other facilities, the department had objected to the narrow approach road.

Taking prompt action, the administration has completed the process of measurement of additional land to be given to widen the approach road, the trust secretary said.

He said the land given by the government to the Waqf Board is recorded in the revenue records as agricultural land, so no construction can be done on it without changing its use.

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Stripped, beaten, sexually assaulted: What happened to Himank Bansal, Hyderabad student forced to chant ‘Allah Hu Akbar’

Nov 13, 2022

In a recent harrowing video that surfaced on social media, a male student was seen being brutally bullied by other students in the hostel, forced to chant slogans of ‘Allah hu Akbar’ in a Hyderabad law college, sparking a huge wave of criticism.

The viral video shows Himank Bansal, a student of IBS law college Hyderabad, being beaten and assaulted by other students in a hostel room. Bansal was also forced to chant ‘Allah hu Akbar’ in the video while a person could be seen slapping him.

The assault on Himank Bansal sparked a lot of backlash on social media, with members of the Bhartiya Janta Party terming it an act of terrorism. In the FIR filed against the students, Bansal narrated his shocking ordeal of bullying by peers.

According to the FIR, the incident took place on November 11 in the Boys Hostel at IBS College in Ranga Reddy district in Telangana. In the FIR, Himank said that not only was he brutally thrashed, but he was also sexually assaulted by the other men.

Bansal said that he was physically and sexually assaulted by a group of 15 to 20 men who had barged inside his hostel room on Friday evening. He also said that he was stripped naked, with his clothes torn off and he was kicked and punched.

The FIR states that the accused pushed and mishandled Himank Bansal by punching him in the face, slapping him, kicking him on the abdominal areas, touching his genitals, and forcing him to eat certain chemicals and powders.

One student, named Reva (3rd Year BBA Student, IBS Hyderabad) even attempted to put his genitals into the victim’s mouth. They further tried to tear his clothes, strip him naked, and kept beating him one after the other with the slogan "beat him till he dies”.

Bansal said that even after the video surfaced on social media, the accused threatened to keep abusing him if any action is taken against them. In the viral video, Bansal can be seen chanting Allah hu Akbar after getting slapped and assaulted.

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Why India’s ‘secular’ parties are struggling to mobilise Muslims

Asim Ali

13-11-2022

In 2018, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi addressed a media conclave and outlined the reasons behind the party’s drubbing in the 2014 elections. Among other factors, she emphasised the ability of the Bharatiya Janata Party “to convince people, to persuade people that the Congress party is a Muslim party”. The speech reflected the Congress leadership’s acceptance of the diagnosis of the AK Antony report, which had first espoused the view that perceived minority appeasement was behind the Congress’ electoral decline.

The Congress has certainly not been the only party grappling with this apparent need to correct for a “Muslim bias”. Many other secular parties, particularly in northern India, have internalised the notion that any visible presence of Muslims or “Muslimness” in their political platforms has become a toxic commodity in the prevailing political culture.

However, secular parties still imagine the Muslims as a homogenous community with clear political interests, and do not forswear their claim on this Muslim “vote-bank”. Nevertheless, the rise of the BJP dominant system has destabilised the pattern of relationships of these parties with their Muslim constituents.

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Ahead of Rampur bypoll, BJP connects with Azam Khan’s Muslim vote bank in his bastion

By Manish Chandra Pandey

Nov 13, 2022

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday displayed attempts to breach Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s bastion as it organised the first-ever ‘pasmanda (backward)’ Muslim meet in the Rampur Sadar assembly constituency where a bypoll is scheduled for December 5.

The Rampur Sadar assembly by-election has been necessitated by Azam Khan’s disqualification following his conviction in a 2019 hate speech case on October 27.

The Rampur Sadar assembly has always eluded the BJP. Khan has won the seat 10 times. His sole loss in the Rampur Sadar assembly constituency came in 1996.

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Narendra Modi Government Working To Empower Pasmanda Muslims: UP Deputy Chief Minister

12 NOV 2022

Ahead of the December 5 Rampur Sadar assembly bypoll, Deputy Chief Minister Brijesh Pathak on Saturday said while the Narendra Modi government is working to empower Pasmanda Muslims through its schemes, other political parties have used the community just for votes.

The seat in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur district, which has a large Muslim population, fell vacant after Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan was disqualified as an MLA following his conviction and three-year jail sentence in a hate speech case.

"Since independence, the respect that you should have got as brothers of this nation got entangled in the maths of votes, which means you could not get the respect and no one was ever worried for your honour," Pathak said at a conference of beneficiaries belonging to the Pasmanda Muslims community.

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Centre On Why Scheduled Castes' List Excludes Dalit Christians, Muslims

Press Trust of India

November 12, 2022

New Delhi: The Centre has defended the exclusion of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims from the list of Scheduled Castes, saying historical data shows no backwardness or oppression was ever faced by them.

Contending that Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims cannot claim benefits which Scheduled Castes are entitled to, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in an affidavit in the Supreme Court said the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order of 1950 does not suffer from any unconstitutionality.

The affidavit was filed in response to a plea of NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking extension of reservation and other benefits to people from Dalit communities who converted to Islam and Christianity.

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Arab world

Saudi university partners with global community to counter terrorism activities

ARAB NEWS

November 12, 2022

RIYADH: The Naif Arab University for Security Sciences signed a number of memoranda of understanding with the French National Institute for Industrial Property, the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit, and the Spanish National Police Academy.

The MoUs and adopted agreements strengthen the joint efforts between the university and its partners in supporting the global community’s endeavors to build national, regional and international capacities to counter terrorism, extremism and organized crime, among other criminal activities.

Abdulmajeed Al-Banyan, the university’s president, said that the MoUs are the result of years of joint work and cooperation and demonstrate the university’s commitment to supporting international work to achieve security and stability.

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Lebanon extradites to Iraq ‘Saddam grandnephew’ accused of Islamic State link

13 Nov 2022

BAGHDAD, Nov 13 — Lebanon extradited a man said to be a grandnephew of Saddam Hussein to Iraq, where he is accused of involvement in a massacre by the Islamic State group, a security source said yesterday.

Abdullah Sabawi, dubbed the “grandnephew” of the executed dictator by Iraqi media, was extradited on Wednesday, the security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“He is accused of having been a member of IS and having participated in the Speicher massacre” of 2014, in which up to 1,700 air force cadets were executed by the jihadist group, the source added.

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Failure Of 11/11 Protests Is A Slap On The Face Of The Muslim Brotherhood: Media Host

Egypt Independent

November 12, 2022

The quiet, peaceful streets on Friday, November 11 were a slap to the face of the Muslim Brotherhood, remarked Media host, Ibrahim Eissa, commenting on the failure of the brotherhood’s call to protest on that date.

During his talk show “Hadith al-Qahira” (Cairo Talk) on the “al-Qahira wal Nas” (Cairo and the People) channel, Eissa said that the world must know the heavy and resident failure of MB, who he said are emotionally and mentally isolated from the workings of Egyptian society.

Eissa added that the MB’s failure to take to the streets to demonstrate on 11/11 reinforces the political stupidity that has run the organization since its inception in 1928.

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'Tash Ma Tash' to return to Saudi households during Ramadan after hiatus of 12 years

November 12, 2022

RIYADH — Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), announced the return of the popular Arab satirical comedy Tash Ma Tash series to Saudi households during the next Ramadan, which begins in the last week of March 2023.

He said the production and broadcasting of the hit comedy series that won hearts of Saudis for several years will be supported by GEA and will be aired on MBC channel.

The Saudi duo -Abdullah Al-Sadhan and Nasser Al-Qasabi, the most renowned actors of the series, will once again appear on the most famous Saudi comedy series.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Holocaust survivor tells her story to Muslims in Dubai

By ILANA SHTOTLAND

NOVEMBER 12, 2022

Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler has told her story throughout the world for decades, but when she told her story on Wednesday, she was especially moved. It was the first time that Kugler, 91, recounted in an Arab country the events of Kristallnacht that she had witnessed as a little girl.

Kugler came to Dubai as part of a series of simultaneous interfaith events under the “Let There Be Light” campaign organized by the International March of the Living, marking the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

On the night of November 9, 1938, a pogrom against Jews and their property was carried out throughout the Third Reich, Germany and Austria.

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Saudi crown prince, French president discuss Mideast security in phone call

ARAB NEWS

November 13, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appreciates France's rejection of threats that undermine the stability of the region, state media said early Sunday.

The crown prince expressed his appreciation during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, the Saudi Press Agency said.

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SIDF chief stresses importance of increasing women’s labor market roles

HEBSHI ALSHAMMARI

November 12, 2022

RIYADH: The CEO of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund expects an increase in the number of women occupying leadership positions in the fund.

In an interview with Arab News, Ibrahim Almojel stressed the importance of policymakers, government organizations and enterprises creating environments that contribute to empowering women.

“Improving the status of women in the labor market is an economic and social necessity, and the Kingdom cannot achieve its comprehensive goals for economic and social transformation unless it invests in the capabilities of all segments of society,” he said.

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Saudi Arabia arrests 16,493 illegals in one week

SPA

November 12, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 16,493 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Nov. 3 to 9, a total of 9,441 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,580 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,472 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 480 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 63 percent were Yemeni, 33 percent Ethiopian, and 4 percent were of other nationalities.

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South Asia

US Special Envoy Says Taliban’s ‘Extremism’ Leads to Unrest, Hardship, and Exodus

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 13, 2022

The US official Amiri stated on Twitter on Saturday, November 12, that the Taliban’s policies against girls and women are alarming as the group has deprived women and girls of education, work, and even the “small joys” of going to a park.

“This extremism will lead to instability, poverty & more population flight,” Amiri wrote on Twitter. “Those who fear a radicalized Afghanistan should be alarmed by the Taliban’s policies against women & girls”

The Taliban’s most recent restriction bans women from entering amusement parks, public baths, and athletic clubs in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and other provinces.

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Taliban Burns Expired and Substandard Food in Western Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 12, 2022

The Taliban amassed and burned some 6,000 kilograms of spoiled food from different areas of the province, according to the Farah province’s Taliban police chief, who was quoted by the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar state News Agency on Saturday, November 12.

To ensure the health of the people, Taliban officials previously incinerated five tonnes of substandard food in Kabul province, the capital of Afghanistan, two months ago.

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Taliban Denies Claims of Desecrating Tomb of Late Jihadi Commander

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 12, 2022

Reactions have followed the desecration of Mullah Naqibullah Akhund’s burial. He was one of the previous Jamiat-e-Islami jihadist commanders, and his gravesite is in Kandahar’s Arghandab district.

Photographs that demonstrate the destruction of the commander’s tomb have been shared on social media, which the social media users claim constitutes intentional vandalism and flagrant desecration.

The mausoleum of Mullah Naqibullah was allegedly disrespected by hurtful people, according to the Jamiat-e-Islami Party led by Salahuddin Rabbani, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

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‘No Single Group’ In Afghanistan Should Hold Power By Itself ‘Alone’; Permanent Representative Of Iran To The UN

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 12, 2022

The establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan based on a constitution is the “only way” for the country to escape its current predicament, according to Amir Saeed Iravani, the permanent representative and ambassador of Iran to the UN.

“In a multi-ethnic and diverse society such as that of Afghanistan, no single group, party, or faction, can claim to hold power by itself alone,” Iravani said during the General Assembly’s meeting of Thursday, November 10, on violation of human rights and violence in Afghanistan.

The Iranian official said that the formation of an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan that ensures the rights of all Afghan people including women, and ethnic and religious minorities is the only recipe, “a prerequisite and critical component for international recognition.”

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Find foreign partners for technology transfer, PM tells businessmen

November 13, 2022

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called upon the country's businessmen to find out their foreign partners to utilize their technology and knowledge in the local industries.

“To welcome the foreign investment, I would like to urge the local businessmen to find your foreign partners. You can utilize their technology and knowledge in our industry. An excellent investment climate prevails in our country. Avail this opportunity,” she said.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the “Made in Bangladesh Week” organized by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Center.

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PM Hasina opens Made in Bangladesh Week

November 13, 2022

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated "Made in Bangladesh Week-2022", aiming to showcase the capability of the country's apparel sector before the world.

The week-long event was opened this morning at the Hall of Fame of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Dhaka with the theme of "Care for Fashion" which will continue till November 18.

Promoting "Made in Bangladesh" is the main objective of the event as the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) wants to keep its market share and also increase the market share of Bangladeshi apparel in the global market.

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Tiruppur city police arrest three Bangladeshi nationals for illegal stay

NOVEMBER 12, 2022

The Tiruppur City Police on Friday arrested three Bangladeshi nationals, who were staying in the city without proper documents.

When the police attached to Anupparpalayam station were on the regular patrol near Kuppaiyangadu, three men on the street started running after seeing the police. When they were caught and inquired, they confessed to the police that they were immigrants from Bangladesh and working in a garment company in Tiruppur without proper documents such as passport and visa, the police said.

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Marwari horses exported for first time; to serve in Bangladesh President entourage

13 November, 2022

Jodhpur, Nov 13 (PTI) Six Marwari horses have been exported from Jodhpur to Bangladesh where they will be used for carrying the cart of Bangladesh’s President, an official of the All India Marwari Horse Society said.

Jangjeet Singh Nathawat, Secretary of the All India Marwari Horse Society and Marwari Horse Stud Book Registration Society (MHSRS) of India, said that all these six horses reached Bangladesh on September 29.

All six horses belong to Marwar Stud of Bal Samand Lake Palace, governed by the Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur, and have been registered as a ‘Marwari horse’ with the MHSRS.

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Finding Halal food is still a struggle for Seoul's Muslim students

November 13, 2022

Many Muslim students who come to study in Korea find themselves in a completely new world that works very differently from what they are used to, and finding Halal food is one of the biggest challenges.

According to the Korea Economic Institute, Korea had an estimated population of 150,000 Muslims in 2021 — 45,000 Koreans and 105,000 foreigners. As Seoul is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign students, with the number of international students enrolled in degree programs here rising by 20 percent from 2019 to 2021, that Muslim student population is bound to increase as well.

Islam Street, the nickname given to an area of Itaewon in Yongsan District, central Seoul, that includes Usadan Street, is home to the city's only mosque, the Seoul Central Masjid.

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Europe

The top five questions asked by Teessiders as mosque opens its doors to the public

By Anna Ferguson

12 NOV 2022

A Teesside mosque has opened its doors for people to enter and learn more about Islam.

Central Masjid, on Southfield Road in Middlesbrough, hosted a day of tours, Q&A sessions with snacks and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Teessiders were able to experience what happens inside their local mosque as part of the local initiative 'Discover Middlesbrough'.

People of all ages, gender and religion stepped inside to learn something new and find answers to questions they had been wanting to know about the Islamic community.

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Two aircraft crash after colliding at a World War II airshow in Texas

13-11-2022

The two vintage military planes collided in midair on Saturday at a World War II commemorative airshow in Dallas, federal officials said, crashing to the ground before exploding into flames.

The incident early on Saturday afternoon involved a World War II-era Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter that were flying at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

Emergency crews rushed to the site of the crash, airport officials said on Twitter, but it was unclear how many people were aboard the two aircraft, the FAA said.

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Queen Elizabeth II's service and duty praised at Festival of Remembrance

13 November 2022

Queen Elizabeth II's dedicated service and duty have been hailed at the annual Festival of Remembrance attended by the King and other members of the royal family.

King Charles III and his siblings, the Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex, watched on as archive footage of their late mother was played at the Royal Albert Hall.

In one clip, the Queen was heard speaking of the "tremendous contribution" the Armed Forces had made to Britain’s "standing and reputation" throughout the world during her reign.

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Tory MPs defend Dominic Raab amid claims he created ‘culture of fear’

Amy Gibbons

13-11-2022

Tory MPs have come out in defence of Dominic Raab after the deputy prime minister was accused of being “rude” and “aggressive” towards civil servants.

Rishi Sunak is facing further questions over his judgment as allegations emerged about Mr Raab’s behaviour during his previous stint as justice secretary – with staff reportedly offered a “route out” of his department when he was reinstated in October.

Multiple sources have alleged the Cabinet minister created a “culture of fear” in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), according to The Guardian.

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UK and France set to strike deal to stop migrants crossing Channel next week, say British media

By Euronews

12/11/2022

The UK and France are on the verge of striking a deal to tackle migration across the English Channel, with an agreement possibly coming as early as Monday, British newspapers reported on Sunday.

The agreement will significantly increase the number of French officers and volunteers who operate on the Channel's beaches, while France will aim to prevent a "much higher" proportion of migrants from leaving its shores, according to the Telegraph.

London wants to secure France's help in stopping migrants from making the perilous crossing across the waterway. Critics have said the UK should instead open up more legal routes for people to come to the country.

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Africa

Are red flags about Islamic State in South Africa alarmist?

BY PETER FABRICIUS

11 NOV 2022

Alarm bells about the threat of terrorism in South Africa have recently been sounding more stridently and more often. Are these false alarms or is the danger growing?

This question is complicated by the fact that the warnings are largely from foreigners, especially the United States (US). To many, this indicates alarmism or even outside interference. To others, panic buttons are being pressed because South Africa’s law enforcement, intelligence and prosecution services aren’t doing their jobs well enough.

This week, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on South African-based brothers Nufael Akbar and Yunus Mohamad Akbar, as well as Mohamad Akbar and Umar Akbar. It said they were ‘members of an [Islamic State] cell operating in South Africa who have provided technical, financial, or material support’ to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS).

All four, the US Treasury added, were associated with Farhad Hoomer, whom it described as the leader of the Durban-based cell. The US had sanctioned Hoomer and three others in March for similar offences. This week’s sanctions included four South Africa-based companies connected to Nufael and Yunus Akbar and four owned or controlled by Hoomer.

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/are-red-flags-about-islamic-state-in-south-africa-alarmist

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Thousands of Islamists renew protests against UN in Sudan

November 12, 2022

Thousands of Islamists gathered Saturday for the second time in two weeks to protest "interference" by the United Nations mission in Sudan, an AFP journalist reported.

The demonstrators have objected to UN efforts to mediate between the country's military and civilian leaders following last year's coup staged by army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Saturday's demonstrators also expressed anger at a transitional constitution proposed by the Sudanese Bar Association, calling for a civilian government to pull the country out of its current political crisis.

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Emotions run high during first four days of reopening of inquest into Imam Abdullah Haron’s death

Genevieve Serra

13-11-2022

Cape Town - It was a week of high emotions for the family of late anti-apartheid activist Imam Abdullah Haron as for the first time in decades they were given an insight into the final moments of his life.

The inquest into his death started earlier this week at the Cape Town High Court and saw his daughter Shamela Shamis taking the witness stand.

The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that Haron’s three daughters would be taking the stand during the duration of the inquest, which is expected to end on November 18.

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Pakistan

SBP files to withdraw appeal against Federal Sharia Court Islamic banking verdict

ZULQARNAIN IQBAL

13-11-2022

The central bank on Saturday filed in the Supreme Court an application to withdraw its applications against the verdict of the Federal Sharia Court directing to make the banking system in the country Islamic within five years.

Filed through Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah, the application to withdraw the Civil Sharia Appeal read that no date had been fixed for hearing the appeal;

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Pakistan Institute Of Medical Sciences Committee Summons Officials Over Leak Of Arshad Sharif's Autopsy Pictures

Ikram Junaidi

November 13, 2022

ISLAMABAD: At least a dozen officials of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) have been summoned by the inquiry committee formed to probe the leak of the autopsy pictures of slain journalist Arshad Sharif which were featured in a TV show on a private media outlet.

The Pims management has also decided to approach the Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take action against Dunya News for airing the pictures of the late journalist taken during the postmortem at the hospital.

According to a document available with Dawn, the two-member inquiry committee headed by Dr Naveed A. Sheikh summoned officers, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Civil Servant Ordinance 1973, on Nov 14 (Monday) at 9:30am in the conference room of the hospital.

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No breakthrough in backdoor talks, Alvi admits

Zulqernain Tahir

November 13, 2022

LAHORE: At a time of tense rel­a­tions between the military establishment and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) following PTI chief Imran Khan’s multiple accusations against senior military officers, President Dr Arif Alvi confirmed his ‘backdoor’ efforts to reach out to all political players as well as the powers that be to find a workable solution to end the chaos, though he admits his efforts haven’t borne fruit as yet.

Amidst the charged political scenario, President Alvi and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa were both in Lahore on Saturday, and there was speculation that the two along with Mr Khan would meet ‘behind closed doors’ for ‘negotiations’, but no such huddle had taken place till the filing of this report by Saturday night. Dr Alvi has already facilitated at least one direct meeting between Gen Bajwa and Mr Khan at the Presidency a couple of months ago, by his own admission.

Replying to a question on the all-important appointment of the new army chief expected in the next few days, President Alvi told journalists at the Governor House on Saturday that the Constitution did not allow consultation over the appointment, in reference to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s reported discussions with his elder brother Nawaz Sharif who was a convict. However, he added there was no harm in certain consultations either (with stakeholders).

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Over 4,000 file nomination papers for LG polls in Islamabad

Iftikhar A. Khan

November 13, 2022

ISLAMABAD: As many as 4,403 candidates have filed nomination papers for the upcoming local government elections in the federal capital scheduled to take place on Dec 31.

According to details, 1,074 individuals have filed nomination papers as joint candidates for chairman and vice chairman for the total 101 union councils while 1,945 have submitted nominations for 606 general seats-- six each for every union council.

As many as 546 candidates intend to contest for 202 reserved seats for women, 344 for 101 seats reserved for youth, and 348 and 146 for 101 reserved seats for labours, peasants and 146 for 101 seats for non-Muslims.

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PTI boycotts parliamentary body formed to probe Azam Swati’s allegations

Amir Wasim

November 13, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Sticking to its decision of boycotting the special committee formed by the Senate chairman to probe the alleged leak of an “objectionable” video of Senator Azam Swati, the PTI on Saturday asked the committee’s convener Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri to avoid any statement on the matter.

Referring to the criticism by Mr Haideri on Mr Swati for skipping committee meetings, Opposition Lea­der Senator Shahzad Waseem in a statement said the PTI had already “rejected” the committee formed by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani for the very reason that Mr Swati wanted justice from the Supreme Court.

Moreover, Dr Waseem said a joint parliamentary party meeting of the PTI and the opposition’s coalition parties, held on Nov 7, had also rejected the committee through a resolution and decided that they would not be a part of its proceedings.

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Mideast

IDF nabs wanted Islamic Jihad member in daylight raid near Jenin

By EMANUEL FABIAN

12 November 2022

A prominent member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in the northern West Bank was arrested by Israeli troops on Saturday morning, the military said.

According to a joint statement by the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service, the suspect, Muhammad Abu Zina, was arrested during a daylight raid in the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin.

The statement said Zina, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, was previously jailed in Israel over his activities in Islamic Jihad. He was released in August this year.

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Putin, Raisi discuss deepening ties between Russia and Iran

12 Nov 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, President Ebrahim Raisi, have discussed deepening political, trade and economic cooperation in a phone call on Saturday, their governments said in separate statements.

The two leaders “touched upon some pressing bilateral issues with a focus on how to build up cooperation in the political, trade and economic areas, including in the field of transport and logistics”, the Kremlin said.

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Iran pushes back against protest scrutiny at the UN

By Maziar Motamedi

12 Nov 2022

Tehran, Iran – Iran has pushed back against efforts spearheaded by Western countries to scrutinise at the United Nations its handling of weeks of protests across the country.

Germany and Iceland said on Friday they submitted a request on behalf of 42 countries to hold a special session of the UN Human Rights Council later this month on the continuing demonstrations in Iran – which would signal the first time such a meeting is being convened on Iran.

The request calls for the session to “address the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially with respect to women and children”, and has the support of more than one-third of the council’s voting members, which is required to convene a gathering outside the body’s normal schedule.

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Iran charges 11 over killing of Basij paramilitary member

AFP

November 12, 2022

TEHRAN: Iran has indicted 11 people over the murder of a Basij paramilitary force member during a ceremony last week in honour of a slain protester, a judiciary official said Saturday.

The incident happened on November 3 in Karaj, capital of Alborz province, when mourners were paying tribute to Hadis Najafi at the cemetery to mark 40 days after she was killed in the city.

Her death on September 21 came five days into nationwide protests that erupted after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest for an alleged breach of Iran's hijab dress rules for women.

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Iran Dissidents Praise 'Groundbreaking' Macron Talks, Urge Action

NOVEMBER 12, 2022

Iranian women dissidents who met President Emmanuel Macron praised the talks on Saturday as a historic move from Paris, while urging France to lead concrete action against the Islamic republic.

Macron had on Friday held a previously unpublicised meeting with four prominent women campaigners as anti-regime protests sweep Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini who had been arrested by the morality police.

The four included US-based activist Masih Alinejad who for years has led a campaign encouraging Iranian women to remove their obligatory headscarves.

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Southeast Asia

Halal in Hong Kong: Muslims cheer KFC’s move, hope more fast-food chains, restaurants will cater to community

Yanni Chow

13 Nov, 2022

It was lunchtime on Friday and the KFC restaurant just minutes from the Kowloon Mosque in Tsim Sha Tsui was packed with customers relishing their fried chicken meals.

Among them was a family of four who had come all the way from Yuen Long, because this was the fast food chain’s first halal-certified outlet in Hong Kong.

“We are very excited,” said Aslam, 50, a Muslim who had brought his wife and two children, and asked to be identified by his first name only. “Mostly, we cook at home.”

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PAS the one using Malays to fish for Malay votes, DAP hopefuls tell Hadi

By Justin Ong

12 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang was demeaning the intellect of Malay-Muslims by suggesting they did not look beyond skin colour when voting, said DAP election candidates from the community.

Responding to Hadi’s “concern” yesterday that they were only being used to fish for Malay votes, the group said the PAS president must realise that Malay-Muslim voters were capable of mature and nuanced views.

“Hadi Awang continues to look down on the ability of Malay Muslims to think when choosing their leaders and elected representatives,” they said in a joint statement.

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In Tambun, a two-horse race with youth vote still in the air

By John Bunyan

13 Nov 2022

IPOH, Nov 13 — Four candidates are vying for the Tambun parliamentary seat in the 15th general election, but for a section of young and first-time voters, there may as well just be two.

In an informal poll, voters from these categories Malay Mail met in the constituency were able to identify just the Perikatan Nasional incumbent Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, or Peja as he prefers to be known, and Pakatan Harapan chairman and candidate, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

While the Gerakan Tanah Air and Barisan Nasional candidates should be concerned that neither was known to these voters, they could take solace in knowing that most were still undecided how and if they would vote.

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Ismail Sabri urges Umno, BN candidates to show solidarity, preserve good name of party

13 Nov 2022

BERA, Nov 13 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today advised Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates in the 15th General Election (GE15) to always display a spirit of solidarity and to preserve the good name of the party.

Ismail Sabri, who is an Umno vice-president, said the people would be watching them throughout the campaign period and any bickering among leaders could give rise to speculation on candidates and the party.

He said the main focus of the party and its leaders now should be to work for a victory for all BN candidates so that the coalition could win enough seats to form the federal government.

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Azmin says Perikatan confident of winning two-thirds majority in GE15

By Zarrah Morden

13 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — Perikatan Nasional (PN) is confident that it can net a two-thirds majority in the 15th general election (GE15), its election director Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.

The coalition is certain that it can get the minimum of 112 seat that it needs to form the next federal government, he told reporters at an event in Gombak according to a report by Malaysiakini.

"We are confident that PN will get a number of seats positive enough for us to form a government this November 19. Of course, we aim higher, but at least 112.

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Khairy: Malaysia 'fastest growing economy in Asean,' political stability crucial

13 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — Malaysia’s economic growth is the fastest among six Asean countries in the third quarter and also the first nine months of this year, and the country is “building resilience to face strong global headwinds,” said caretaker Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Facilitated by decisive measures in transitioning to endemicity, we are building resilience to face strong global headwinds,” he said in his latest posting on Twitter.

Citing data from various sources in Asean, he noted Malaysia’s stellar 14.2 per cent gross domestic product growth in the third quarter (Q3).

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North America

Cambridge Mosque holds Remembrance Day ceremony

Daniel Caudle

Nov. 13, 2022

The commemoration of Remembrance Day continued Saturday afternoon with a special ceremony at a Cambridge mosque.

“Muslims for Remembrance started about 12 years ago in Canada by our organization, which is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at,” said event organizer Nabeel Rana. “This is the first time we have brought it to the Region of Waterloo.”

The day was to honour all Muslims who took part in various wars, who belong to different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and groups.

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One man dead following stabbing at Islamic Community of Greater Killeen

By KWTX Staff

Nov. 13, 2022

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Killeen Police Department is investigating the death of a man after a stabbing incident Saturday afternoon.

The police responded in the afternoon to the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen at the 5600 block of South Highway 195.

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Papal Muslim Engagement Makes Demands On Asian Bishops

By Ben Joseph

November 13, 2022

(UCA News) — Christian-Muslim relations are far from cordial in Asia, as Muslims generally see Christianity as a Western religion, which is opposed to its religious and political ideologies.

The Western world’s perception of Muslims across the globe supporting a political global Islamic caliphate, spearheaded by the Islamic State (IS), makes relations even worse.

The imagined caliphate stretches beyond the Middle East to include Andalusia, Turkey, the Balkans, Iran, South Asia, Central Asia, and Xinjiang in China. The absurdity of such a vast land under one central Islamic authority, with Arabs as natural rulers of the Muslim world, is serious for sections of the world’s population, increasing tension and violence.

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US Muslim organisations see bright future for community's candidates

Brooke Anderson

12 November, 2022

Looking at the long-term prospects of political leaders in their community, organisers with Muslim groups see a bright future for Muslim candidates.

While this year's midterms didn't see the slew of wins for Muslims that the previous two elections did, what it did show was resounding victories of incumbents at the national level as well as small but steady gains at the state and local levels.

"What I think we're seeing is a lot of people running for office at lower levels," Mohamed Gula, executive director at Emgage-Action, a Muslim advocacy group, told The New Arab.

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Inside LA’s Secret Black Market Weed Packaging Mecca

BY ZACH SOKOL

NOVEMBER 12, 2022

Cash Only visited downtown LA’s wholesale cannabis packaging district—a micro-neighborhood where smoke shops and black market weed ops can get the materials to make counterfeit products such as mylar bags, flower jars, vape carts, edibles packaging, and much more.

If you want to start an underground weed brand—or bootleg an established brand like Cookies, Jeeter Juice, or Raw Garden—this is where you design and buy your wares in bulk. It’s essentially an IRL Alibaba.

The district’s accessibility has enabled a game of cat-and-mouse between licensed cannabis brands and savvy entrepreneurs looking to profit off the former’s likeness. If a legal brand adds something to its packaging, such as a QR code or holographic sticker, the bootleggers can purchase the updated product at a legal dispensary, bring it to the wholesale packaging area, and have the item copied and counterfeited that very same day.

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