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‘Madrasa Teachers as Terror Operatives’: How an Imam Led Cops to Ansarullah Bangla Team, Al Qaeda Modules in Assam

New Age Islam News Bureau

21 August 2022

 

The ABT is said to have make inroads in the north-eastern states of India along the Bangladesh border, particularly in Assam and Tripura. (Representative image/PTI)

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• ‘Madrasa Teachers as Terror Operatives’: How an Imam Led Cops to Ansarullah Bangla Team, Al Qaeda Modules in Assam

• Al-Aqsa Mosque To Remain Centre Of Anti-Zionist Resistance: Iranian Spokesman

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad Condemn And Reject Israeli Incitement Campaign Against President Abbas

• Imran Fires ‘Warning Shots’ At Police And Judiciary

• Rashtriya Ekata Abhiyan Of Nepal Holds Protest Rally Calling To Scrap BRI Pact, Muslim Commission That Embraces, Promotes ‘Jihadi’ Ideology

 India

• Beyond Religious Barriers, This Kerala Muslim, Sirajudeen P, Teaches Bharatanatyam

• Funds To Be Raised By Islamic Foundation For Construction Of Mosque, Hospital, Library, Community Kitchen And Research Institute In Ayodhya

• Karnataka: Priest in Tumakuru issues ad on converting to Islam for family reasons, retracts

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Mideast

• Assassination attempts: Iran threatens, targets dissidents on American soil

• Senior Iranian Commander Reportedly Led Attempts to Kill Israelis in Turkey

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn German investigation of Abbas

• Iran reformist coalition calls for release of politician Mostafa Tajzadeh

• Iran Pledges to Cooperate With SCO in Anti-terrorism Fight

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Arab world

• Saudi Ministry Of Islamic Affairs Organizes A Training Course For Imams And Heads Of Islamic Centres In Thailand

• Saudi Defence Ministry Celebrates Graduation of " Insight and Jihad" Batch

• Islamic Jihad denies rift with Hamas

• Prominent Saudi Sheikh Causes Stir By Calling MbS 'Crown Prince of Muslims'

• Jeddah hosts art workshop for people with intellectual disabilities

• Saudi artisan showcases traditional Hail beadwork art

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Pakistan

• 12 more dead as Balochistan reels from rains

• Setback for Karachiites as Sindh govt cuts key routes of Peoples bus

• Strict security as no polling station in NA-245 deemed ‘normal’

• ‘Digital diplomacy’ launched to boost trade with African countries

• Imran’s papers for NA-118 by-election challenged

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South Asia

• None Did What Sheikh Hasina Has Done For Islam in the Country: Bangladesh I&B Minister

• Turmoil in Afghanistan to Stall Multibillion Dollar Project

• Bangladesh-India ties champion the people’s benefit

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Southeast Asia

• Nazri Aziz Strikes Back, Infers MIC President The Real ‘Political Prostitute’

• Can Indonesia's Muslim leaders help combat climate change?

• Malaysian Cultural Icon Azah Aziz Honoured On Google Doodle Today

• MACC investigation paper on Justice Nazlan that allegedly leaked not with us, says AG

• PM Ismail Sabri’s govt determined to do more for Keluarga Malaysia

• Apex court may rule even without submissions in Najib’s case, say lawyers

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Europe

• Michael Gove Savages Liz Truss And Bows Out Of Frontline Politics

• Zelensky warns of 'ugly' Russian attack as Ukraine prepares to celebrate Independence Day

• Eight-day strike begins at UK’s biggest container port Felixstowe as 2,000 workers walk out over pay

• More Rail Strikes ‘Very Likely,’ UK Union Boss Warns

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North America

• Lawsuit Brews Over SF School Board Decision To Close Schools on Two Muslim Holidays

• Albuquerque murder suspect in slayings of Muslim men held in jail; 'Incapable of following the law'

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Africa

• Gov. Buni Reacts To Murder Of Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Aisami, Demands Investigation

• Police arrest two soldiers over murder of Islamic cleric

• Muslim-Muslim ticket in order, says Okhue Iboi

• Buhari is doing his best to fix Nigeria — Miyetti Allah leader

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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‘Madrasa Teachers as Terror Operatives’: How an Imam Led Cops to Ansarullah Bangla Team, Al Qaeda Modules in Assam

 

The ABT is said to have make inroads in the north-eastern states of India along the Bangladesh border, particularly in Assam and Tripura. (Representative image/PTI)

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By: Niloy Bhattacherjee

AUGUST 21, 2022

In a continuous operation over the past two months, the Assam Police has unearthed several Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and al Qaeda modules and sleeper cells that use Madrasa teachers as terror operatives across the state.

It all began with the arrest of Abbas Ali, 21, an imam from Pakiuruwa village of Assam’s Goalpara, on July 24 for his alleged links to the ABT and al Qaeda. The busting of the Goalpura module led to the exposure of the Morigaon and the Barpeta modules.

The ABT is said to have made inroads in the north-eastern states of India along the Bangladesh border, particularly in Assam and Tripura.

Acting on the leads provided by Ali, the Goalpara police on August 19 picked up Abdus Subahan and Jalaluddin Sheikh, who acted as conduits for the ABT in Assam. After a day of interrogation, the police arrested them. Subahan had been serving as an imam in Tinkoniyapara mosque for two years and also taught at Tinkoniyapara Madrasa, while Sheikh was an imam at Maitya Tilapara mosque.

“They were directly linked to the Barpeta and Morigaon modules. In Subahan’s house, we found posters, books, incriminating documents, secret phones and SIM cards, while Arabic literature was recovered from Sheikh’s residence. Both were providing logistical support to ABT and AQ, including sheltering the recruits. They were organising sessions for ABT operatives from Bangladesh and were handling funding for these events. Sheikh organised talent hunts for recruitment drives and formation of sleeper cells. Subahan later confessed that he had joined al-Qaeda in 2018 and Sheikh was his brother,” said Rakesh Reddy, superintendent of police, Goalpara.

Meanwhile, the search for Abu Tallah, an ABT operative from Bangladesh, is on. His wife, Johura Khatun, has been arrested by Dhubri police.

Tallah stayed in Goalpara as an imam of Abu Bakar Siddique Masjid in Morigaon and also used to teach in Jamiul Huda Madrasa run by Mufti Mustafa. The Madrasa has been brought down by the government, while Mufti Mustafa, who was running a sleeper cell for the ABT, is in custody, along with his wife Asmina Khatun and brother Jakaria Ahmed, said police.

A video of Tallah, along with five other members, sleeping on a bed perched on a luggage-carrying vehicle has been doing the rounds. This, sources say, means that they are trying to radicalise more people. Several others have been arrested from Morigaon, including the caretaker of Noor Mohamed mosque, where Abu Tallah is said to have taken shelter.

The arrest of Khatun shows that women, too, are being used in the ABT operation. The ABT is also using the Dark Web and Dark sites to get more recruits. Acting on Tallah’s instruction, Khatun, who had studied till Class 8, operated the Dark Web and destroyed a mobile hand set once the police crackdown began.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had mentioned that the radicals associated with the modules use highly sophisticated technology that even cyber experts find difficult to monitor.

“They have messaging systems with peer-to-peer encryption, unknown apps for one-time use and deletion and self-destruct programmes. Their financial transactions have also been in small doses to avoid suspicion,” he said.

The ABT and AQ operatives in Assam receive money from certain accounts in Bangladesh and other foreign countries in tranches frequently, he added.

On August 2, the Assam Police arrested another person in Barpeta district for alleged link with the ABT; previously, nine more persons with links to jihadi organisations were arrested, along with one Sofique Uddin Ahmed. On July 28, the Assam Police detained 11 persons on suspicion of having ties to terrorist groups. Several electronic devices and incriminating documents were also recovered from their possession.

“…It has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that Assam is becoming a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalists. When you bust five modules and the whereabouts of the other five Bangladeshi nationals are still not known, you can imagine the gravity,” Sarma told a press conference.

“We are on a mission to completely uproot the jihadi network in Assam and steady progress is been made in the right direction,” said Ashok Singhal, Urban Development Minister of Assam.

As per police sources, the search for the five Bangladeshi nationals is on. The Union Home Minister, too, has alerted the Director General of Police of the state, which shares international border with Bangladesh, to be on alert on the rise of radicalisation in the border districts.

Source: News18

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Al-Aqsa Mosque To Remain Centre Of Anti-Zionist Resistance: Iranian Spokesman

 

Photo: Tasim News Agency

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Aug 21, 2022

In a tweet on Sunday, Nasser Kan'ani wrote, “53 years ago on August 21, 1969, the Zionists set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first Qibla of Muslims, and this was not the first and last crime of the occupiers of Palestine.”

He described resistance as the only way to save Palestine, adding that Al-Aqsa Mosque and all mosques in the world will remain the centre of anti-Zionist resistance until the complete liberation of Palestine.

On August 21, 1969, the mosque was set on fire by an Australian settler in coordination with Israeli officials and military forces. The fire gutted the southeastern wing of the mosque.

Source: Mehr News

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn and reject Israeli incitement campaign against President Abbas

 

President Mahmoud Abbas.

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20/August/2022

GAZA, Saturday, August 20, 2022 (WAFA) – Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements today strongly condemned and rejected the Israeli-led incitement campaign against President Mahmoud Abbas following his remarks at a press conference last week in Germany.

Husam Badran, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a statement that Hamas rejects and condemns the German Police’s announcement of opening an investigation into President Mahmoud Abbas in light of his remarks relating to the crimes of the Israeli occupiers against the Palestinian people.

“Once again,” Badran added, “the international powers prove their bias towards the Israeli occupation and their denial of the historical rights of our Palestinian people, and their suffering for more than seven decades, which began with the uprooting of our people from their land and forcing them to live as refugees in exile. This is in addition to dozens of massacres against Palestinian civilians, women, children and others, and the arrest and injury of hundreds of thousands of our people over the years.”

The Hamas official said that no matter how these powers try to distort the truth and turn a deaf ear about what has befallen the Palestinian people and deal in double standards, they will not obliterate the Palestinian narrative, no matter how long it takes, and they do.

Khaled al-Batsh, a senior official of the Islamic Jihad, also denounced in a press statement the German Police’s opening of an investigation against President Mahmoud Abbas, considering what President Abbas had said “is part of the national Palestinian narrative that our people are defending against the entire world in order to expose the crimes of the occupiers.”

Source: English.Wafa

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Imran Fires ‘Warning Shots’ At Police And Judiciary

 

This image shows PTI chief Imran Khan during a rally in Islamabad on Saturday. — Photo courtesy" PTI Instagram

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Staff Reporter

August 21, 2022

ISLAMABAD: After threatening to file cases against the police, bureaucracy, the Election Com­m­ission of Pakistan and political opp­o­nents over the treatment allegedly meted out to his chief of staff, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday warned the judiciary against its “biased” attitude towards his party, saying that it should brace itself for the consequences.

Despite the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC and Section 16 of the MPO in the federal capital, a large number of residents came out to attend the rally led by Mr Khan. The procession started from Zero Point and reached F-9 Park where the party leadership and their ally, former minister Sheikh Rashid, also addressed the participants.

Addressing a party rally in the capital’s F-9 park to express solidarity with embattled leader Dr Shahbaz Gill, Mr Khan called out Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Mr Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she should prepare herself as action would be taken against her.

He also pointed out that there was no action against Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, who he claimed had also made statements against the armed forces. He said if a case could be registered against Gill, the PTI would file cases against “everyone”, including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.

Mr Khan again called on the “neutrals” (a euphemism he uses for the military establishment) to stand with the nation rather than the “gang of thieves”, in reference to the ruling coalition. He said he wanted to ask the neutrals if they were “really neutral”. He also alleged that the Islamabad police was taking orders for action against his party leaders from ‘someone’.

“When I asked the police to ‘tell me what did you do to Shahbaz Gill’, they said ‘we did nothing, we got a boot from behind to follow orders’,” he said while announcing to move the Supreme Court against the alleged torture on Gill.

Moreover, he alleged that when the PTI-backed government in Punjab started taking action against police officials involved in torturing party workers on May 25 during their long march, the authorities got scared as they started receiving calls asking them not to touch the law enforcers.

On the other hand, the PTI chief said, Gill was caught and tortured to send a message and frighten people that if he could be broken mentally then anyone could be. About his decision to hold the rally on a 24-hour notice, Khan said it was because Gill was being treated inhumanely and restrictions were imposed on the service of ARY News.

At the end, the former premier announced that he would present a roadmap to the public in the party’s rally at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on Sunday (today), adding he planned to take to the streets across the country from today. “I’m going to take the nation along and tell them, including children and women, that Pakistan cannot become the country it was meant to be as envisioned by Allama Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah until we break the shackles of slavery,” he concluded the rally.

After Mr Khan’s speech, the electronic media regulator slapped a ban on all satellite TV channels from carrying the PTI chief’s speeches live. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) communiqué – issued late at night – held that channels had failed to implement a time-delay mechanism which could curtail such occurrences.

In a four-page document that included a specific reference to Mr Khan’s speech on Saturday night, where he had targeted police and judicial officers, the regulator said that only recorded speeches could be telecast, and those too would only be allowed if a time-delay mechanism was in place.

Although the order was not posted on Pemra’s official Twitter account at the time of going to print, a senior government functionary confirmed its authenticity.

In a separate statement, PML-N, PPP, MQM Pakistan and JUI-F called on the judiciary to take legal action against Imran and his aides for threatening a female judge and intimidating police officers, APP reported.

Source: Dawn

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Rashtriya Ekata Abhiyan Of Nepal Holds Protest Rally Calling To Scrap BRI Pact, Muslim Commission That Embraces, Promotes ‘Jihadi’ Ideology

 

Photo: Khabarhub

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Khabarhub

August 20, 2022

KATHMANDU: The Youth Department of Rashtriya Ekata Abhiyan has held a protest rally demanding the revocation of the agreement on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Muslim Commission.

Hundreds of youths participated in the rally taken out from Maitighar. The rally turned into a corner assembly after reaching New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.

The youth wing of the civil society organization accused the BRI agreement of being anti-nationalistic and the Muslim Commission of embracing and promoting ‘Jihadi’ ideology.

Protesters chanted slogans such as “Scrap the jihad promoting Muslim Commission”, “Revoke anti-national BRI agreement,”, “Put an end to Chinese expansionism”, “Establish Nepal as Hindu nation”, among others, during the protest rally.

In the corner meeting at Baneshwor, Rastriya Ekata Abhiyan Chairman Binay Yadav called on the government to revoke both BRI agreement and Muslim Commission.

Similarly, Ekata Abhiyan’s central members Rajesh Hindu Samrat, Chandra Yaduvanshi, Youth Department Chairman Krishna Yadav, Spokesperson Rajnish Pandey, members Preeti Pandey, Muskan Yadav, Bhagya Narayan Thakur, Bodh Narayan Yadav, National Student Council General Secretary Pappu Yadav, among others, stressed that the BRI agreement and the Muslim Commission should be revoked at the earliest.

Source: English.khabarhub

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India

Beyond Religious Barriers, This Kerala Muslim, Sirajudeen P, Teaches Bharatanatyam

21st August 2022

By Ajith Kannan

KOZHIKODE: Born into an orthodox family, Sirajudeen P was bound to follow all religious customs. That he did with fervour. But practising a temple artform? That was something none of his family members could possibly have imagined. His irrepressible desire to learn Bharatanatyam, however, impelled him to break all religious barriers and begin dance practice at 15. And he has gone on to master kuchipudi, mohiniyattam and perani natyam as well.

Now 42, this passionate dance teacher from Vadakara, popular as Siraj, has trained more than 1,500 students belonging to various age-groups over the years despite criticism from many religious outfits. “After the SSLC exams, I told my mother of my wish to learn bharatanatyam,” Siraj recalls. “Instantly, she replied ‘no’, claiming that dance is restricted in our religion.”

Source: New Indian Express

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Funds To Be Raised By Islamic Foundation For Construction Of Mosque, Hospital, Library, Community Kitchen And Research Institute In Ayodhya

By: PTI

August 21, 2022

An action plan is being prepared to garner funds for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya’s Dhannipur village on the five-acre land given to Muslims on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The Indo Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), which has been set up for the construction of the mosque, will build a mosque along with a hospital, library, community kitchen and research institute, on the land.

Source: Indian Express

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Karnataka: Priest in Tumakuru issues ad on converting to Islam for family reasons, retracts

Aug 21, 2022

An advertisement issued by a 61-year-old temple priest in Tumakuru district stating that he was willingly converting to Islam sent everyone, including senior political leaders and seers, into a tizzy. But before it could snowball into a communal issue, the priest retracted his claim on Saturday.

The priest is HR Chandrashekaraiah at Omkareshwara Temple in Hirehalli village, 60km from Bengaluru. He issued a notification in a local daily on Friday, stating that he had converted to Islam on Thursday because of personal problems and has been rechristened Mubarak Pasha. Photographs of him wearing a skull cap and praying in a masjid soon went viral on social media as the news spread.

Source: Times Of India

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Mideast

Assassination attempts: Iran threatens, targets dissidents on American soil

By Peter Aitken

August 20, 2022

Members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran exclusively told Fox News Digital of the lengths the current regime in Tehran will go to try to kill them, even on American soil.

"Since the start of the uprisings in Iran in 2017, Tehran stepped up its terror plots abroad, particularly against our movement because of the increase in its appeal among the protesters," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the U.S. Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Source: Fox News

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Senior Iranian Commander Reportedly Led Attempts to Kill Israelis in Turkey

Aug 20, 2022

Jawad Ghafari, an Iranian general in the Revolutionary Guards and former commander of the Quds Force in Syria, spearheaded the recent attempts to harm Israelis in Turkey, the Iran International website reported on Saturday.

Source: Haaretz.Com

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn German investigation of Abbas

Aug 21, 2022

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations on Saturday strongly condemned Germany’s announcement about an investigation against Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas over Holocaust denial, claiming Germany caved to an “Israeli-led incitement campaign”.

On Friday, German police opened an investigation against Abbas after he said Israel committed "50 holocausts" against Palestinian Arabs during a meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Source: Israel National News

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Iran reformist coalition calls for release of politician Mostafa Tajzadeh

20 August ,2022

Iran’s leading reformist coalition on Saturday called for the release of politician Mostafa Tajzadeh, held since July over accusations of undermining state security.

“In the name of the Reform Front of Iran, I urge you to release (Tajzadeh) as soon as possible,” the head of the coalition, Behzad Nabavi, wrote in an open letter to the judiciary.

Source: English.Alarabiya

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Iran Pledges to Cooperate With SCO in Anti-terrorism Fight

20 August 2022

Iran has expressed its readiness to maintain cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the fight against terrorism.

On Friday, Tashkent (Uzbekistan) hosted the 17th meeting of the secretaries of the SCO Security Councils, during which the heads of delegations considered a number of issues aimed at combating new challenges, including terrorism.

Source: Telesur English

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Arab world

Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs Organizes a Training Course for Imams and Heads of Islamic Centers in Thailand

20 Aug, 2022

Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Islamic Affairs Awwad bin Sebti Al-Enezy opened here today during his current visit to the Kingdom of Thailand a training course for some 100 Imams and heads of Islamic centers in Thailand.

The several-day event aims to spread the values of toleration and co-existence of religions in the world of today, focusing on the moderation of Islam.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Saudi Defence Ministry Celebrates Graduation of " Insight and Jihad" Batch

21/August/2022

SANA'A, Aug. 21 (Saba) - The Training and Rehabilitation Authority of the Ministry of Defence celebrated the graduation of the " Insight and Jihad " batch.

At the closing ceremony, the Assistant Minister of Defence for Human Resources Affairs, General Ali Mohammed Al-Kahlani, stressed the importance of continuing rehabilitation and training programs and establishing specialized and qualitative courses for members of the armed forces in various regions, and forces and military and combat units.

Source: Saba.Ye

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Islamic Jihad denies rift with Hamas

Ahmad Melhem

August 20, 2022

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Following the Egyptian-brokered truce between the Islamic Jihad and Israel on Aug. 7 after three days of fighting, news spread about a rift between Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

The news claimed Islamic Jihad was discontented with Hamas for not fighting along its side in the latest round. No official position or statement is issued so far about this supposed discontent.

Source: Al-Monitor

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Prominent Saudi sheikh causes stir by calling MbS 'Crown Prince of Muslims'

Arab Staff

20 August, 2022

A prominent Saudi religious figure has caused controversy after referring to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman as the "Crown Prince of Muslims".

Sheikh Saleh bin Awad al-Maghamsi, formerly imam and preacher at the Quba mosque in the holy city of Medina, praised the Saudi crown prince in a tweet on Tuesday.

Source: English.Alaraby

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Jeddah hosts art workshop for people with intellectual disabilities

MOHAMMED AL-KINANI

August 20, 2022

JEDDAH: The two-day “Chromosome” entertainment and training program, hosting 30 children with intellectual disabilities to help them integrate into society, has concluded in Jeddah.

According to Kawakib Al-Najjar, the event coordinator, the activities, held at the Arty Café and organized by the “Volunteers for Them” team, were planned to empower the participants to become independent and help them in the future.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi artisan showcases traditional Hail beadwork art

SPA

August 20, 2022

HAIL: The art of beadwork is an ancient craft passed from one generation to another in Hail.

House of Hail, supervised by Hail Municipality in Aja Park, features a corner for making prayer beads by a local artisan, Mohammed Al-Obaida.

Source: Arab News

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Pakistan

12 more dead as Balochistan reels from rains

Saleem Shahid

August 21, 2022

In view of the worsening situation, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor, who heads the Southern Command, to assist the provincial government in rescue and relief operations.

A family of five in Goth Mir Khan Sobdrani in Gandakha area of Jaffarabad was killed instantly as the roof of their mud house caved in, official sources confirmed.

Source: Dawn

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Setback for Karachiites as Sindh govt cuts key routes of Peoples bus

Imran Ayub

August 21, 2022

KARACHI: The fast crumbling city infrastructure, poor road conditions and damaged thoroughfares following a few spells of monsoon rains have started taking toll on the recently launched Peoples Bus Service as in less than two months of its launch, the Sindh government has compelled to suspend its one route, cut short another and faces a serious challenge in completing the journey of its third route after several parts of the road are no longer ‘motorable’.

The already dilapidated roads in the metropolis got further damaged after the rains which destroyed the sewerage system and left thousands of potholes on main arteries.

Source: Dawn

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Strict security as no polling station in NA-245 deemed ‘normal’

Imtiaz Ali

August 21, 2022

KARACHI: As many as 2,630 policemen are deployed for NA-245 by-poll today to control any untoward incident and provide security to over 500,000 voters in coordination with Pakistan Rangers while Army will be on standby to meet any eventuality, said city police chief Javed Odho.

The seat of National Assembly has fallen vacant after the death of PTI leader and TV personality Aamir Liaquat Husain in June. The polls were postponed in July due to heavy rains.

Source: Dawn

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‘Digital diplomacy’ launched to boost trade with African countries

Staff Reporter

August 21, 2022

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad-based think tank has launched a ‘digital diplomacy’ initiative in coordination with the foreign office and business community to boost trade and cultural ties with African countries as well as for image building of Pakistan there.

Mr Khan spoke about the relations of Pakistan with various African nations and also gave the historical view of Pakistan-Morocco relations.

Source: Dawn

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Imran’s papers for NA-118 by-election challenged

Wajih Ahmad Sheikh

August 21, 2022

LAHORE: An appeal has been filed with an appellate tribunal challenging the nomination papers of former prime minister Imran Khan for by-election in NA-118, Nankana Sahib.

Dr Shezra Mansab Kharal, a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from the constituency, filed the appeal, saying the returning officer ‘illegally’ accepted the nomination papers of Mr Khan.

Source: Dawn

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South Asia

None Did What Sheikh Hasina Has Done For Islam in the Country: Bangladesh I&B Minister

20 Aug 2022

DHAKA, August 20, 2022 (BSS)- Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said no previous government had done what the Awami League (AL) government led by Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has done for Islam in the country.

"BNP and Jamaat use religion only. But they didn't do anything for the religion rather they try to create religious conflict. Everyone should remain alert against them,” he said.

Source: Bssnewsb

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Turmoil in Afghanistan to Stall Multibillion Dollar Project

By Saqalain Eqbal

20 Aug 2022

Faizali Samiyev, the chairman of the Tajik project implementation office, stated that while work on the project, which was initially planned to be completed next year, progressed in three other countries but not Afghanistan, it had been suspended there, Reuters reported.

According to Samiyev, funding for the CASA-1,000 project, which was intended to supply Pakistan with 1,000 megawatts of power and Afghanistan with 300 megawatts, has been stalled.

Source: khaama Press

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Bangladesh-India ties champion the people’s benefit

Aug 21, 2022

Every effort of both Bangladesh and India to deepen their partnership is based solely on the understanding that it will benefit the people of both countries, said Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami yesterday.

"The future of our friendship is with the people first and foremost. And yes, it is based on the values and goals that you set for yourself in the first years of your independence," Doraiswami said.

Source: The Daily Star

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Southeast Asia

Nazri Aziz strikes back, infers MIC president the real ‘political prostitute’

By Ashley Yeong

21 Aug 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz today hit back at MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran’s “political prostitute” comment.

According to a report by Astro Awani, Nazri defended himself by saying that the phrase “political prostitute” is better applied when used to describe those who have made several attempts to capture a constituency but failed.

Source: Malay Mail

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Can Indonesia's Muslim leaders help combat climate change?

BY MICHAEL TAYLOR

Aug 21, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – From packed mosques during Friday prayers to the classrooms of thousands of Islamic boarding schools, Indonesia's Muslim leaders have been urged to use their sermons and influence to boost conservation efforts and win over climate change skeptics.

The country's top Muslim representatives met last month at Southeast Asia's biggest mosque, the Istiqlal in the capital Jakarta, to discuss ways to raise awareness about global warming and develop climate solutions linked to Islamic teachings.

Source: Japan Times

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Malaysian cultural icon Azah Aziz honoured on Google Doodle today

By Ashley Yeong

21 Aug 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Today, Malaysian internet users who hop on the Google search engine might notice someone different greeting them. It is none other than Malaysian cultural icon Azah Aziz.

Google Doodle heralded what would’ve been the 94th birthday of the late Azah Aziz, considered the Tokoh Budayawan Melayu or the figure of Malaysian culture.

Source: Malay Mail

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MACC investigation paper on Justice Nazlan that allegedly leaked not with us, says AG

By Yiswaree Palansamy

21 Aug 2022

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 — The investigation paper on the trial judge who heard Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s case over the misappropriation of RM42 million of government-owned firm SRC International Sdn Bhd is not with the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), Tan Sri Idrus Harun said.

“I don’t know. It is not with us,” he said when met at the sidelines of the Keluarga Malaysia Symposium here, at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri’s govt determined to do more for Keluarga Malaysia

21 Aug 2022

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 — As he leads the Keluarga Malaysia government into its second year, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has strengthened his resolve to enhance the government administration and national economy for the benefit of the people.

Opening the ‘Keluarga Malaysia Symposium: Achievements and Hope’ here today, the prime minister stressed that there were many more matters on the agenda of his government that could be implemented to help Keluarga Malaysia.

Source: Malay Mail

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Apex court may rule even without submissions in Najib’s case, say lawyers

21 Aug 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — There is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s final appeal over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case following his lawyer’s refusal to make any submissions to defend the former prime minister.

On Friday (Aug 19), Najib’s lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik informed a five-member bench of the Federal Court led by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat that he would also not even present oral submissions for his client.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

Michael Gove savages Liz Truss and bows out of frontline politics

Sean Seddon

20 Aug 2022

The high profile Tory MP accused the frontrunner to be the next prime minister of taking a ‘holiday from reality’ and pulled apart her plans to cut taxes.

He accused his former cabinet colleague of putting ‘the stock options of FTSE 100 executives’ ahead of the needs of society’s poorest.

Source: Metro.Co.Uk

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Zelensky warns of 'ugly' Russian attack as Ukraine prepares to celebrate Independence Day

21-08-2022

President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Ukrainians to be vigilant in the coming week as they prepare to celebrate their Independence Day, as fresh blasts hit Crimea and a missile wounded 12 civilians near a nuclear power plant.

In this handout picture taken on 20 March 2022 and released by the Ukrainian Presidency Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a video address in Kyiv.Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: AFP / Ukrainian presidential press service / handout

Source: Rnz.Co.Nz

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Eight-day strike begins at UK’s biggest container port Felixstowe as 2,000 workers walk out over pay

By Asher McShane

21 August 2022

Around 1,900 members of Unite at Felixstowe are walking out for eight days in a dispute over pay. It is the latest outbreak of industrial action to hit a growing number of sectors of the economy.

Workers including crane drivers, machine operators and stevedores are taking action after voting by more than 9-1 in favour of strikes.

Source: Lbc.Co.Uk

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More Rail Strikes ‘Very Likely,’ UK Union Boss Warns

By Alexander Zhang

August 20, 2022

A British trade union boss has said it is “very likely” to see more rail strikes as the government and train operators have been unable to satisfy the unions’ demands.

The UK’s rail network has been paralysed yet again on Saturday after tens of thousands of members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT), the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), and the Unite union walked out in a dispute over pay, jobs, and conditions.

Source: The Epoch Times

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North America

Lawsuit Brews Over SF School Board Decision To Close Schools on Two Muslim Holidays

By Evan Symon

August 19, 2022

A decision earlier this month by the San Francisco School Board to allow two days off this year for two Islamic holy days in April and June faced multiple new legal challenges this week as many parental, religious, and legal groups have fought back against what many see as an illegal action.

On August 9th, at the behest of many Muslim and Arab community groups, the School Board voted 5-1 to close all schools and offices on the  Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holy days beginning during the 2023-2024 school year. According to the resolution, the measure will “foster an environment of diversity and tolerance,” make Muslim students feel more accepted, prevent Muslim students from missing class due to religious issues, and ensure that the schools will “maintain equal access to educational opportunities.”

Source: California Globe

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Albuquerque murder suspect in slayings of Muslim men held in jail; 'Incapable of following the law'

By Stephanie Pagones

21-08-2022

The New Mexico man suspected of murdering four Muslim victims – and charged so far in the deaths of two of them – has been ordered to be held without bond pending trial as prosecutors argued that he was a danger to his own family and the greater community.

Muhammad Syed, a 51-year-old Afghan refugee, appeared in New Mexico district court for a detention hearing on Wednesday, when prosecutors argued that the man is "incapable of following the law, period."

Source: Fox News

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Africa

Gov. Buni reacts to murder of Islamic cleric, Sheikh Aisami, demands investigation

By Shehu Usman

August 21, 2022

Governor Mai Mala Buni has condoled with the family, people of Bade Local Government Area and the entire State over the death of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami.

Buni in a statement via his media aide, Mamman Mohammed described the circumstances surrounding the death of the cleric as sad, regrettable and most unfortunate.

Source: Daily Post

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Police arrest two soldiers over murder of Islamic cleric

By Joe Hemba

August 21, 2022

The police in Yobe have arrested two soldiers over the murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Gashua.

Mr Gashua was killed on Friday night near Jaji Maji in Karasuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Source: Premium Timesng

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Muslim-Muslim ticket in order, says Okhue Iboi

By Ephraim Oseji

August 21, 2022

The spokesperson for the White Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria, WITZAM, Chief Okhue Iboi, has said that there was nothing wrong with the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the 2023 election.

Citing Abiola-Kingibe ticket that won the 1993 presidential election, the popular trado-medical practitioner, however, noted that the APC standard bearer, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, would encounter some challenges from opposition parties.

Source: Vanguardngr

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Buhari is doing his best to fix Nigeria — Miyetti Allah leader

August 21, 2022

By Tony Nwankwo

Alhaji Mohammed Labar, the Sarikin Fulani of Abeokuta, Ogun State and Secretary, Fulani Council of Chiefs, South-West, Nigeria, is also the Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the apex organization for Fulani herdsmen in the country. He spoke to Sunday Vanguard. Excerpts:

Actually, a meeting like this is one of the many that we normally hold in respect of our communities in the South-West, to showcase the core existence between us and our host communities in our quest to have harmonious relationship. Even though the information that is going around, the rumors about herdsmen and all that, we have been trying to make sure that we calm things down and relate positively with every community. We try to assure everybody that we should be calm because this is one nation too many. We desire good relationship between our members in the South-West and the host communities.

Source: Vanguardngr

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