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Lucknow-Educated Chinese Cleric, Hai Weiliang, Lit The First Jihad Fire In Xinjiang; Provided Intellectual Ground For Global Jihadist Movement

New Age Islam News Bureau

05 June 2022

 

Representational image | ANI

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• Lucknow-Educated Chinese Cleric, Hai Weiliang, Lit The First Jihad Fire In Xinjiang; Provided Intellectual Ground For Global Jihadist Movement

• Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University To Launch Bachelor's Degree Program In Cinema And Theatre

• Ahmad Usman, Nigerian Man Burned to Death After Argument With Muslim Cleric For Alleged Blasphemy

• 'We Can Still Love Each Other,' First LGBTQIA Mosque To Be Opened In Houston

• Efforts On To Demoralise Muslims In The Country, Says Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen

 

South Asia

• Taliban willing to send Afghan troops to India for training: Mullah Yaqoob

• Fire in the Forests of Nooristan Spread to the Forests of Kunar

• The Taliban Sends A Delegation to Doha

• Fire, explosion at Ctg depot: Death toll now 19

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Arab World

• Saudi Space Agency Training Program Ready For Lift-Off

• Nobel laureates glimpse KSA efforts to save ‘cultural treasures’

• President Sisi Orders Drafting Personal Status Law For Muslims

• Saudi Arabia welcomes first foreign Hajj pilgrims since COVID-19 pandemic hit

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Africa

• There were turbulences before I became OAU VC – Ogunbodede

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North America

• From Domestic Terrorism, Khalistani US Groups Have Evolved To Political Manipulation

• UN: As the Weather Warms, ISIS and the Resistance Front Increase Their Attacks on the Taliban

• McDonald’s restaurant accused of intentionally serving bacon to Muslim family

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India

• Muslim Clerics, Civil Society In Kashmir Valley Condemn Killings Of Minority Members

• Mosque Committee Chairman Booked For Allegedly Threatening Lawyer In UP: Police

• Hindu Activists Defy Prohibitory Orders, Recite Hanuman Chalisa Near Karnataka Mosque

• 29 arrests over Kanpur violence, 9 other cases pending against key accused

• Bihar BJP chief brings up Rohingyas, Muslims in State’s caste count

• Claim over mosque: Police thwart VHP’s ‘Srirangapatna Chalo’ programme

• Nitish Kumar silent on BJP’s Rohingya, Bangladeshi Muslim clause for Bihar caste count

• Hindu group recognises ‘Shivling’ in Gyanvapi mosque, begins performing rituals in Lucknow

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Southeast Asia

• Muslims Told To Accept Pandemic As Divine Plan

• FT minister says KL's flood mitigation plans underway, invites critics to see progress

• GE15: Careful planning needed to take back govt, says Bung Moktar

• Warisan polls: Shafie Apdal open to leadership challenge

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Mideast

• Iran Supreme Leader Says 'Enemy' Triggering Unrest To Weaken Islamic Republic

• Leader: ‘Naïve’ foes suffer from illusion that Iranians have lost faith in Islamic Republic system

• Palestinian official: Imam Khomeini made Palestine axis of Islamic unity

• Iran Marks Demise Anniversary of Imam Khomeini

• Islamic Development Bank focuses on food supply, green investments: Turkish FinMin

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Europe

• Public Booed Boris Johnson Because They Are Fed Up Of His Government – Starmer

• Russian accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko reportedly dies from Covid-19

• London's Trafalgar Square evacuated due to suspicious vehicle, police conduct 'controlled explosion'

• Rapper Hypo stabbed to death in London at Jubilee party - as Met Police appeal for people who filmed it

• Silent protest held against ‘provocative’ film

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Pakistan

• Refusing assent, president returns election, NAB bills

• PTI moves court to get money spent on govt ads recovered

• Ali Zaidi wants Sindh LG polls after delimitation

• Authorities scramble to avert disaster as fires ravage KP districts

• Indus annually delivers 10,000 tonnes of macro-plastics to Arabian Sea: WB

• PTA at odds with ISPs over domain policy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Lucknow-Educated Chinese Cleric, Hai Weiliang, Lit The First Jihad Fire In Xinjiang; Provided Intellectual Ground For Global Jihadist Movement

 

Representational image | ANI

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Praveen Swami

5 June, 2022

Two thousand, five hundred kilometres from his home in rural China, just edging into his teens, Hai Weiliang stood on the docks of Kolkata. The light of his faith had led him there, abandoning his voyage home from the Haj pilgrimage, but now he had no idea which way to turn. Finally, a kindly cleric found him a cheap room at an inn near a mosque. Arming himself with a Chinese-to-English conversation book for travellers, Hai began conversing with local seminary students.

Late last month, new evidence emerged on the brutal incarceration of thousands of Xinjiang residents at China’s internment centres, set up to stamp out religion-fuelled secessionism. Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan felt compelled to use repression against resurgent Islamist networks, whose lethal reach extends from the Ferghana valley to Europe’s heartlands.

The extraordinary story of the Chinese Muslim teenager who arrived in Kolkata shows how India, a century ago, provided the intellectual ground from which this global jihadist movement grew.

Ethnic-Turkic Muslims, Hai wrote in a 1934 essay, “could have an Islamic state not limited to Kashgar and its environs, but extending from the eastern borders of Afghanistan all the way to the Great Wall of China.” Islamic nations, he exhorted, ought to help them, and “cut off the Chinese heathens living there, be they merchants or workers, and refuse Chinese consulates unless they are staffed by Chinese Muslims.”

Little but fragments of Hai’s life have survived; in English, there is but one significant biographical account, by scholar John Chen. Hai was born in 1912, in Hunan’s Zhimushan village—close, interestingly, in both space and time to a certain Mao Zedong. Early in life, his impoverished mother sent him to study at a local madrasa. A talent for language gained him admission to Peach Orchard seminary in Shanghai. In the mid-1920s, Hai was selected for the Haj pilgrimage, and the unplanned stop in Kolkata.

Impressed by Hai’s prodigious intellect, Zakir Husain, the founder of New Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia, allowed him to attend classes at the now-famous institution. Later, he joined the Aligarh Muslim University, writing a thesis on the Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen.

Then, just after his teens ended—and having mastered Arabic, Persian, Urdu, as well as English—Hai moved to the Dar-ul-Uloom Nadwat-ul-Ullema seminary in Lucknow.

Fin de siècle ideologues in China had begun the process of importing ideas of Islamic purity through Haj journeys. Imam Ma Wanfu, historian Jonathan Lipman has recorded, proselytised to replace local Muslim cultures in north-western China with a new, normative Islam. For Hai’s generation, though, the question was different: The relationship between faith, power and Muslim political aspiration.

Likely, Hai first encountered the ideas of poet Muhammad Iqbal in Lucknow. Early theologians at Nadwat-ul-Ulama, scholar Mashal Saif has noted, were infatuated with Iqbal and his peans on Islam’s glories. Hai translated Iqbal’s famous 1930 address in Allahabad—the Pakistan movement’s moment of birth—and advocated for the wider relevance of his ideas.

To his audience, Hai explained his project thus: “To lead all Muslim peoples in doing away with the bounds placed on Muslim countries and advocating the re-establishment of the caliphate.”

Like in India, Muslims in China were a sizeable minority, with enclaves of demographic dominance but scattered across the country. Like in India, Hai seemed to suggest, they had reason to fear a centralised State controlled by the religious majority.

Then, in 1934, Hai moved to Cairo, to study at the great seminary of al-Azhar—drawing the attention of anti-colonial Right-wing theologians like Rashid Rida. Along with his contemporaries, Hai had brought China to the centre of the pan-Islamic movement.

Early in the last century, Hai Weilang wasn’t the only Turkic student engaging with new ideas in India’s seminaries. The Kokand-born preacher Muhammad Rustamov arrived at the famous Dar-ul-Uloom seminary at Deoband around 1925, having earlier studied at religious institutions in Bukhara and Ajmer. Likely, the work of historian Michael Fredholm suggests, he was recruited by Deoband missionaries who had begun visiting central Asia from 1925.

The religious message Rustamov brought from Deoband did not impress the KGB. He was arrested several times and eventually sent to a prison camp in Siberia.

Emerging in 1943, to fight as a soldier in the Soviet army, Rustamov went on to settle in Tajikistan. He worked as a State-employed cleric, and then at the Tajik Academy of Sciences.

From the mid-1970s, though, Rustamov began setting up clandestine preaching groups. His students would form the vanguard of the jihadist movement in central Asia. Inspired by ideologues like the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb and Pakistani Abul Ala’ Maududi, Vitaly Naumkin has written, they sought Islamic revolutions. The Taliban’s rise in Afghanistan provided military muscle for these ideas—sparking off savage insurgencies, journalist Ahmad Rashid has written, across central Asia.

Xinjiang’s jihadists, too, cut their military teeth in Afghanistan. From the mid-1980s, economic development in Xinjiang, brought in a flood of migrants. The demographic pressure, scholar Graham Fuller has noted, led many Uighurs to conclude that progress was “placing their very existence as a people under threat.” From the mid-1990s, communal violence broke out, leading China to crack down on revivalist clerics. That, in turn, fuelled jihadist recruitment.

Ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang, and their counterparts from central Asia remain active in jihadist battlefields from Syria, as well as Pakistan’s north-west. Hai’s vision of an Islamic State stretching across central Asia, from Afghanistan to the Great Wall, is still alive—in the minds of jihadists who never read his work.

Like all revolutionary ideologies, jihadism involves intellectual traditions. Historian Ayesha Jalal’s work shows jihadism had deep roots in pre-colonial India. Syed Ahmad of Rai Barelvi fought wars against the Sikh empire, which still transfix the jihadist imagination. Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar Alvi retreated to the site of his last battle, Balakote, to seek inspiration for a disquisition on the Quran. Eighteenth-century jihadists, Stephen Dale has recorded, staged suicide attacks on colonial powers in south India.

Long ruled by ethnic-Han warlords, Xinjiang’s leaders—many inspired by pan-Islamism—created the independent East Turkestan Republic in 1933. The rebellion was crushed by Ma Zhongying, a cousin of the Chinese Ma warlord family and commander of the nationalist Guomindang. There are estimates that several thousand civilians were slaughtered by Guomindang forces. Hai was heartbroken.

Poet Iqbal’s engagement with Hindu-Muslim tensions led him to advocate dividing India into “one or more states, without which the imposition of sharia’t is impossible.” “The only alternative,” he grimly wrote, “is civil war.” Xinjiang had seen just such a war break out—but both sides were Muslims. Elite Muslims in China, Yufeng Mao has argued, came to the opposite conclusion of Iqbal: The best hope of security, they concluded, lay in enmeshing themselves in a strong central State.

Hai had planned to remain in Cairo, and return only after acquiring further theological qualifications. Early in 1940, though, he was recruited by Guomindang-affiliated Muslims, eager to demonstrate their community’s contribution to the war against Japan. In 1942, Hai was posted to China’s mission in Tehran, and transferred to New Delhi five years later. Following the revolution in China, he served Guomindang-ruled Taiwan for three decades.

“To the most sublime Emir,” reads the dedication of Hai’s last work: A bow to the warlord Ma Bufeng, the butcher of Xinjiang. Exiled by revolutionary China, Ma ended up making friends with Hai; the scholar tutored the warlord’s children in Arabic. Till the end, Hai hoped the warlords and the rebels who formed the East Turkestan Republic would unite to form an Islamic State.

Source: The Print

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Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University To Launch Bachelor's Degree Program In Cinema And Theatre

 

Students of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University will get access next academic year to a new bachelor's degree program in cinema and theater.

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June 04, 2022

RIYADH — Students of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University will get access next academic year to a new bachelor's degree program in cinema and theatre.

The Dean of the College of Media and Communication Prince Dr. Saad Bin Saud, said: “The college is putting the final touches to the program, which has been set up to keep pace with the development of the cultural, artistic and entertainment sectors in the Kingdom.”

“We will contribute through this program to creating practical paths for culture and arts in the Kingdom to ensure the provision of an educational environment that incubates creative national talents," he added.

The dean pointed out that the program has been developed by international experts in accordance with the latest international practices, to qualify its graduates to work in many professional jobs in the fields of script writing, films and theater directing, dramatic production, animation production, and theatrical and cinematic performance skills, audio-visual effects, art management, and others.

He said that the College of Media and Communication would continue next year to offer a set of postgraduate diplomas in media classified professions by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Ahmad Usman, Nigerian Man Burned to Death After Argument With Muslim Cleric For Alleged Blasphemy

 

(Image for representation) Blasphemy in Nigeria Photograph:( AFP )

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By Reuters

June 4, 2022

ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian man was burned to death by a mob in the capital Abuja on Saturday following an argument with a Muslim cleric, police said.

Josephine Adeh, police spokesperson for Abuja, said Ahmad Usman had an argument with an unidentified cleric, which turned violent. Police who arrived at the scene took him to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

"The heated argument degenerated into an outbreak of violence that led to the murder and setting ablaze of Ahmad Usman by the enraged mob mobilized by the clergy numbering about two hundred," the police spokesman for Abuja said.

Last month, a female college student was beaten to death and set on fire by fellow students who said she had posted "blasphemous" statements in a student WhatsApp group. Two students have appeared in court over the matter.

Nigeria is a secular nation but some states in the mostly Muslim north observe Islamic sharia and have courts that punish those accused of deviating from its practices.

Source: Reuters

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'We Can Still Love Each Other,' First LGBTQIA Mosque To Be Opened In Houston

 

Houston to open LGBTQUIA inclusive mosque

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By Tiffany Justice

June 3, 2022

HOUSTON - Erum Rani, a Muslim LGBTQIA activist in short order, tells FOX26 that they will be opening the first affirming mosque in Houston, a dream she’s been working on for a few years.

"Pride month is a great month for us in the LGBTQ community to show our pride, our color and who we truly are," Erum Rani, Founder.

"I don’t want any community, South Asian or Muslim whatever it is, I want them to embrace their children and I want them to embrace who they are," Rani said. "I have personally been judged very harshly, I go to the mosque I've been to."

For some queer Muslims, she says it's not always easy to balance their sexual identity with respect to religion, or even accept themselves as they are.

"We feel like sometimes we go to our own mosque, and we are not really welcomed," said Rani. "I want to be able to have them come in and feel welcomed and make sure they are welcomed and safe."

There are only a few mosques like this in the U.S., the largest and most well known being in Chicago. Erum hopes to create a similar safe and inclusive space.

Source: Fox7austin

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Efforts On To Demoralise Muslims In The Country, Says Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen

 

Kerala Nahdatul Mujahideen

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JUNE 04, 2022

A State leadership summit of the Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen (KNM) has cautioned against efforts to demoralise the Muslim community in the country.

A release said on Saturday that some extremist organisations and fascist forces were constantly trying to weaken the self-confidence of Muslims. The organisation sought steps to resist this through intellectual means. Those who wished for the solidarity and welfare of the minorities should utter words that inspired confidence in them, the KNM leaders added.

Source: The Hindu

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 South Asia

Taliban willing to send Afghan troops to India for training: Mullah Yaqoob

By News Desk

June 05, 2022

KABUL: Afghanistan’s all-powerful Defence Minister Mullah Yaqub, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has expressed his willingness to send Afghan army personnel to India for military training, saying they “don’t have any issue with it”.

Source: Yeni Safak

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https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/963573-taliban-willing-to-send-afghan-troops-to-india-for-training-mullah-yaqoob

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Fire in the Forests of Nooristan Spread to the Forests of Kunar

By Saqalain Eqbal

04 Jun 2022

On Saturday, June 6, Mawlawi Najibullah Hanif, the Taliban’s Director of Information and Culture for Kunar province, told the media that fires in the Dikal area of Chape Dara district had started two days ago and that efforts were being made to put them out.

The fire has been burning for more than ten days in the Nurgram district of Nooristan

Source: khaama Press

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The Taliban Sends A Delegation to Doha

By Saqalain Eqbal

04 Jun 2022

The delegation traveled to Doha, Qatar’s capital, for a number of important events, according to a tweet from Bakhtar News Agency on Saturday, 6th June.

The news agency did not provide any additional information about the trip, but it appears

Source: khaama Press

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Fire, explosion at Ctg depot: Death toll now 19

Star Digital Report

Jun 5, 2022

The death toll in the fire and subsequent explosions at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda upazila of Chattogram has gone up to 19 while hundreds of people, including police and fire service personnel sustained burn injuries in the incident.

Chattogram Divisional Commissioner Ashraf Uddin confirmed the development to The Daily Star from the spot.

Source: The Daily Star

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https://www.thedailystar.net/news/bangladesh/accidents-fires/news/fire-explosion-ctg-depot-death-toll-now-19-3039761

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Arab World

Saudi space agency training program ready for liftoff

SPA

June 04, 2022

RIYADH: The Saudi Space Commission will launch a major training initiative aimed at new graduates seeking careers in the space sector.

As part of the Madar program, theoretical and practical courses will be offered to 1,000 male and female trainees from various scientific specialties.

SSC Chairman Abdullah Al-Swaha recently held talks with heads of US space companies on the exchange of expertise and technologies, as well as enhancing joint capabilities in the sector.

Source: Arab News

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/2096591/saudi-arabia

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Nobel laureates glimpse KSA efforts to save ‘cultural treasures’

DEEMA AL-KHUDAIR

June 04, 2022

ALULA: Protecting humanity’s common heritage is more critical than ever, as conflicts threaten historical sites and an obsession with economic growth endangers ecosystems, a conference of global intellectual leaders in AlUla has been told.

Issues of identity and the disruption facing communities through rapid change were highlighted in a panel discussion titled “Safeguarding Our Civilization: How to Prevent the Erosion of Our Common Heritage” at the Hegra Conference of Nobel Laureates and Friends 2022 on Saturday.

Source: Arab News

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President Sisi orders drafting personal status law for Muslims

Egypt Independent

June 4, 2022

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Minister of Justice Omar Marawan on Saturday, and discussed following up on the ministry’s efforts regarding the drafting of a personal status law according to presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Sisi ordered the formation of a committee of legal and judicial expertise specialized in family cases and courts, in order to prepare a draft personal status law for Muslims.

Source: Egyptin Dependent

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Saudi Arabia welcomes first foreign Hajj pilgrims since COVID-19 pandemic hit

ARAB NEWS

June 04, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed foreign Hajj pilgrims to Islam’s second holiest city on Saturday, the first since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.

The pilgrims, who arrived at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah from Indonesia, were presented flowers, dates and Zamzam water bottles upon arrival.

Source: Arab News

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Africa

There were turbulences before I became OAU VC – Ogunbodede

By Musliudeen Adebayo

June 4, 2022

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, has revealed that there were a lot of turbulences before he assumed office of the Vice Chancellor.

Ogunbodede made this revelation while speaking during the commissioning of agricultural value addition and entrepreneurship centre and send forth programme organised in his honour at Institute Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) Ibadan.

Source: Daily Post

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North America

From domestic terrorism, Khalistani US groups have evolved to political manipulation

Jun 05 2022

New York, Jun 5 (IANS): In the mid-1980s Khalistanis brazenly set up a terrorist training camp in the US and cooked up an elaborate plot to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi and Bhajan Lal, who was then the Haryana chief minister, when they visited the country.

But in 1985 just before Gandhi's visit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) busted the plotters, who had sought the help of a decorated former US Navy urban guerilla warfare expert.

Source: Daiji World

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UN: As the Weather Warms, ISIS and the Resistance Front Increase Their Attacks on the Taliban

By Saqalain Eqbal

04 Jun 2022

According to the report, ISIS and “guerrilla attacks by former Afghan government security personnel,” have been the major threats to the Taliban.  Citing the Taliban’s tight ties to the fanatical al-Qaeda organisation, the report furhter states that al-Qaeda could not carry out international attacks and operations by 2023, “with or without the Taliban support.”

Source: khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/un-as-the-weather-warms-isis-and-the-resistance-front-increase-their-attacks-on-the-taliban458409/

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McDonald’s restaurant accused of intentionally serving bacon to Muslim family

By Associated Press

June 2, 2022

BOSTON — Workers at a McDonald’s restaurant in Massachusetts intentionally put bacon on a fish sandwich that a Muslim woman had ordered for one of her children, a civil rights organization said Wednesday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a discrimination complaint on the woman’s behalf with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Source: Nypost

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India

Muslim clerics, civil society in Kashmir Valley condemn killings of minority members

Peerzada Ashiq

JUNE 05, 2022

Top religious leaders in the Kashmir Valley, including the grand mufti, on Saturday condemned the targeted attacks on members of the minority communities in the Valley.

Shia cleric Aga Syed Hassan Mosavi, president of the J&K Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian, denounced the killing of minorities, especially teachers.

Source: Newindian Express

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Mosque Committee Chairman Booked For Allegedly Threatening Lawyer In UP: Police

04 JUN 2022

The Agra police have booked the chairman of Shahi Jama Masjid's management committee here over a purported audio clip in which he allegedly threatens a lawyer who claimed that expensive idols taken from a temple were buried under the mosque premises.

Mathura-based lawyer Mahendra Pratap Singh had recently sent notices to the Archaeological Survey of India and the Centre claiming that the idols of Keshav Dev temple in his district were buried under the staircase of Sahiba Begum Masjid in Agra's Shahi Jama Masjid complex by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he allegedly destroyed the temple in 1670 and sought their recovery.

Source: Outlook India

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https://www.outlookindia.com/national/mosque-committee-chairman-booked-for-allegedly-threatening-lawyer-in-up-police-news-200403

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Hindu Activists Defy Prohibitory Orders, Recite Hanuman Chalisa Near Karnataka Mosque

04 JUN 2022

In defiance of prohibitory orders and amid heightened security arrangements, a large number of right-wing Hindu activists took out a motorcycle rally in Srirangapatna town in Karnataka's Mandya district and recited Hanuman Chalisa and Ram Bhajan at a temple near the town's Jamia Mosque.

The right-wing organisations have demanded that the mosque should be returned to Hindus, alleging it was a Hanuman temple razed by the 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan. The activists were responding to Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) 'Srirangapatna Chalo' campaign.

Source: Outlook India

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29 arrests over Kanpur violence, 9 other cases pending against key accused

Santosh Sharma

June 5, 2022

Kanpur Police have arrested a total of 29 people involved in the violence that erupted in the city’s Parade Chowk area on Friday, June 3. The local Muslim leader, Hayat Zafar Hashmi, was identified by the police as the main conspirator behind the violence.

Police said Hayat Zafar Hashmi, who is the national president of the Maulana Muhammad Jauhar Ali Fans Association, called for the market shutdown to protest the remarks made about Prophet Mohammed by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma during a TV news debate.

Source: India Today

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https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/accused-kanpur-violence-case-arrested-1958553-2022-06-05

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Bihar BJP chief brings up Rohingyas, Muslims in State’s caste count

Amarnath Tewary

JUNE 04, 2022

Days after the Bihar Cabinet approved a caste count in Bihar, Sanjay Jaiswal, State chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), flagged two issues over it. He said the caste count should ensure Rohingyas and “people from Bangladesh” should not undertake the exercise as a “cover for fake citizenship”, and 27% reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) should not be compromised as a large section of the Muslim population in the Seemanchal (border) areas of Bihar come from the forward castes but avail OBC reservation.

When asked about the issues Mr. Jaiswal had raised, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar responded curtly with, “ Pata nahin (I’m not aware)”, and walked away.

Source: The Hindu

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Claim over mosque: Police thwart VHP’s ‘Srirangapatna Chalo’ programme

The Hindu Bureau

JUNE 04, 2022

The ‘Srirangapatna Chalo’ programme of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Hindutva groups to lay siege to the 18 th century mosque in the island town and perform puja was thwarted by the Mandya district authorities on May 4.

While a prohibitory order under Section 144 was in force since June 3 evening, the police had posted personnel in Srirangapatna, and the road leading to the mosque was out of bounds for the general public, forcing the activists to stage an agitation on the outskirts of the town. Roads within the town were barricaded and a large posse of police personnel were omnipresent.

Source: The Hindu

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Nitish Kumar silent on BJP’s Rohingya, Bangladeshi Muslim clause for Bihar caste count

Rohit Kumar Singh

June 4, 2022

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appears to be on the back foot after the BJP raised objections to head counting of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims, who are staying illegally in the state, in the proposed caste-based census.

The Bihar CM on Saturday maintained a stark silence when journalists questioned him regarding BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal's objection to head counting of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims staying illegally in Bihar when caste-based survey will start in the state.

Source: India Today

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Hindu group recognises ‘Shivling’ in Gyanvapi mosque, begins performing rituals in Lucknow

The Hindu Bureau

JUNE 04, 2022

With the Gyanvapi Mosque-Kashi Vishwanath Temple dispute pending in Varanasi court, the plaintiffs in the suit, under the banner of the Hindu Samrajya Parishad, on Friday officially recognised the alleged discovery of a ‘Shivling’ inside the mosque premises and started worshipping it, organising a religious event in Lucknow to mark the occasion.

Advocate Ranjana Agnihotri, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case, said that the event began by preparing Raj Bhog and performing other rituals that are supposed to be done when the Lord Adi Vishweshwar has appeared before the people.

Source: India Today

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Southeast Asia

Muslims told to accept pandemic as divine plan

June 5, 2022

Rokiah Mahmud COVID-19 has impacted people not only economically and socially but also psychologically.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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FT minister says KL's flood mitigation plans underway, invites critics to see progress

By Soo Wern Jun

05 Jun 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has given assurance that the government’s efforts to tackle flash floods in the national capital are not just empty promises.

For the short term, he said the government will be pumping water, monitoring affected areas, and placing sandbag as barriers at places where rivers overflow.

Source: Malay Mail

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GE15: Careful planning needed to take back govt, says Bung Moktar

05 Jun 2022

KOTA KINABALU, June 5 — Barisan Nasional (BN), especially the coalition in Sabah, must seriously consider if it is ready for the coming 15th general election (GE15).

Sabah BN chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Bung Moktar Radin stressed that several factors and aspects must be looked into and consider as the coalition prepares for the election.

Source: Malay Mail

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Warisan polls: Shafie Apdal open to leadership challenge

04 Jun 2022

KOTA KINABALU, June 4 — Parti Warisan (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has expressed his openness to any challenge for his position during the party elections at the 2022 Warisan Annual General Meeting scheduled for August.

The Semporna MP said the party practises democratic principles, meaning that all leaders at every level, including himself, can be challenged in party elections.

Source: Malay Mail

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Mideast

Iran Supreme Leader Says 'Enemy' Triggering Unrest To Weaken Islamic Republic

June 04, 2022

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused the "enemy”-- a reference mainly to the United States -- of seeking to use protests to destabilize the Islamic Republic.

"Today the enemy counts on popular demonstrations to strike the Islamic system," Khamenei said in a speech on the anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 4.

Source: En.Irna

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Leader: ‘Naïve’ foes suffer from illusion that Iranians have lost faith in Islamic Republic system

June 5, 2022

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of the demise of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic system.

The Leader said the people’s “belief and interest in the Islamic Revolution and the religion has grown even more than the first day,” citing the huge funeral procession for legendary anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020 as a concrete example.

Source: Tehran Times

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Palestinian official: Imam Khomeini made Palestine axis of Islamic unity

Jun 4, 2022

Al-Majid explained that those efforts included the handover of the Israeli embassy in Tehran to Palestinians and the designation of the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. 

“Putting such emphasis on the Palestinian issue, since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution victory, has been the main reason behind the empowering of Palestine, and that happened while some Arab countries were normalizing relations with occupiers,” he told IRNA on Saturday.

Source: En.Irna

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Iran Marks Demise Anniversary of Imam Khomeini

June, 04, 2022

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran held commemorative events on Saturday to pay tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, on the 33rd anniversary of the popular leader’s demise.

The main commemorative ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran. It was addressed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Source: Tasnim News

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Islamic Development Bank focuses on food supply, green investments: Turkish FinMin

04 JUNE 2022

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group works to eliminate problems in the food supply and boost green investments, Turkey's treasury and finance minister has said.

Nureddin Nebati noted at the group's annual meeting in Egypt that almost half of the bank's members are from low-income countries and that the bank is taking steps to meet their needs.

Source: Yeni Safak

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Europe

Public booed Boris Johnson because they are fed up of his Government – Starmer

By Patrick Daly

05-06-2022

Boris Johnson was jeered by the public during Platinum Jubilee celebrations because they are “fed up” with the Conservative Government, according to his political rival.

The Prime Minister was booed by some in the crowd as he arrived with his wife, Carrie Johnson, to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Source: Standard

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https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-keir-starmer-government-prime-minister-queen-b1004088.html

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Russian accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko reportedly dies from Covid-19

By Pa Reporters

05-06-2022

One of the men accused of killing former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London has died of Covid-19 in Moscow, it has been widely reported.

Dmitri Kovtun was one of two men who a UK inquiry ruled had poisoned Mr Litvinenko’s tea with a rare radioactive substance in 2006.

Source: Standard

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London's Trafalgar Square evacuated due to suspicious vehicle, police conduct 'controlled explosion'

By Timothy H.J. Nerozzi

05-06-2022

Local authorities received reports of a vehicle parked near Trafalgar Square. The area is scheduled to host a slew of visitors Saturday for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.

"Officers are currently at Trafalgar Square, where they have evacuated the scene," police wrote on social media. "Please do not travel to the area."

Source: Standard

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Rapper Hypo stabbed to death in London at Jubilee party - as Met Police appeal for people who filmed it

Anna Fox

04 June 2022

Rapper Hypo has been stabbed to death at a Jubilee party in Woodford Green, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

Paramedics attended a party at an address in Chigwell Road just after midnight, after a fight reportedly broke out.

Source: Standard

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Silent protest held against ‘provocative’ film

By Shuiab Khan

4th June,2022

British made, The Lady of Heaven is directed by Eli King and written by cleric Yasser Al-Habib. Filming began in 2019 and the production was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.

It has now been released nationwide including towns with high Muslim populations such as Blackburn, Bradford and Manchester through mainstream cinema chains such as Vue, Cineworld and Showcase.

Source: Asian Image

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Pakistan

Refusing assent, president returns election, NAB bills

Amir Wasim

June 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Continuing to create hurdles for the coalition government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday refused to assent to the bills recently passed by the two houses of parliament, seeking amendments to the accountability and election laws, and returned the two pieces of legislation to the government for “consideration and detailed deliberations” by parliament and its committees.

The president, who belongs to the former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has returned the two crucial bills using his powers under Article 75(1) of the Constitution, according to an official handout issued by the President’s Office.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1693218/refusing-assent-president-returns-election-nab-bills

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PTI moves court to get money spent on govt ads recovered

Ikram Junaidi

June 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) with the request to recover public money the current government spent on expensive and “agenda-specific” advertisements and deposit it in the treasury.

The PTI has requested the court to dec­lare the advertisements given by the government illegal and unconstitutional as it negated the decision of the Supreme Court.

Source: Dawn

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Ali Zaidi wants Sindh LG polls after delimitation

Staff Reporter

June 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader from Karachi Ali Haider Zaidi petitioned the Supreme Court on Saturday to set aside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to hold the first phase of local government elections on June 26 in 14 districts of Sindh.

The petition pleaded that the elections could not be scheduled by the ECP and balloting could not occur until constituencies’ delimitation.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1693212/ali-zaidi-wants-sindh-lg-polls-after-delimitation

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Authorities scramble to avert disaster as fires ravage KP districts

Umar Bacha

June 5, 2022

SHANGLA: Four members of a family were reported killed and another injured as wildfire ravaged five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday.

The provincial forest department, Rescue 1122, civil defense and local volunteers had launched rescue efforts and mobilised firefighting teams trying to protect forestland in affected areas.

Source: Dawn

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Indus annually delivers 10,000 tonnes of macro-plastics to Arabian Sea: WB

Amin Ahmed

June 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The River Indus delivers around 10,000 tonnes of macro-plastics to the Arabian Sea each year, according to a World Bank survey made available on Saturday.

The survey, titled ‘Plastic Waste: A Journey Down the Indus River Basin in Pakistan’, is a first-of-its-kind field study undertaken along the Indus river basin to quantify the amount of waste, particularly plastics, leaking into the river system.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1693184/indus-annually-delivers-10000-tonnes-of-macro-plastics-to-arabian-sea-wb

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PTA at odds with ISPs over domain policy

Kalbe Ali

June 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Serious differences have cropped up between the telecom sector regulator and internet service providers (ISPs) as the former wants to implement the central DNS (Domain Name System) while the latter are concerned that the move will make the internet speed slow and its rate costly.

The DNS is a coded system consisting of 12 digits used to identify internet protocol addresses, which translates them into letters to identify a website.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1693213/pta-at-odds-with-isps-over-domain-policy

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