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Pakistan Lynching Of A Sri Lankan National Over Allegations Of Blasphemy: Over 800 Booked Under Terrorism Charges, 118 Arrested

New Age Islam News Bureau

05 December 2021

 

Pakistan lynching case: Over 800 booked under terrorism charges, 118 arrested

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• Pakistan Lynching Of A Sri Lankan National Over Allegations Of Blasphemy: Over 800 Booked Under Terrorism Charges, 118 Arrested

• No Room For Extremism In Islam: Maulana Tariq Jameel Terms Sialkot Lynching Un-Islamic

• Azhar To Intensify Implementation Of Fraternity Document With Vatican: Grand Imam

• Hanukkah, A Jewish Festival Marks Expansion Of Religious Freedom Across Muslim World

• More Than 20 Countries Deeply Concerned Over Extra-Judicial Killings By Taliban

• Mathura: Security Tightened Ahead Of Babri Mosque Demolition Anniversary Over Threat To Place Krishna Idol In Mosque

 Pakistan

• Islamic Countries To Meet On Afghanistan Crisis On Dec. 19: Pakistani FM

• Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry for new SOPs for industry to avoid fanaticism, violence

• JIT clears Lower Dir judge of rape charge, says case ‘fit for cancellation’

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Arab world

• Incomplete Saddam-Era Marquee Mosque Lays Bare Iraq Divisions

• Jordan: Imam probed for giving Friday sermon while infected with COVID-19

• 8th Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies starts Sunday in Expo 2020 Dubai

• President Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia signals new era in French-Saudi cooperation

• Saudi Translation Forum: Language plays ‘crucial role’ in shaping society

• Saudi aid agency continues health projects in Yemen

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Mideast

• Attempted assassination of Erdogan foiled

• Colonization Of Chile On Mapuche People, Similar To Israeli Colonization Of Palestine

• Iran explosion near Natanz nuclear facility a controlled test

• Call for Paper by Indian Assembly of Ulema: The world after the martyr Qasem Soleimani

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South Asia

• Motaqi discusses trade, humanitarian aids, education with Chinese envoy to Kabul

• Islamic banking now at all City Bank branches

• Five Killed In Past Week, Lowest Civilian Casualties In Past Four Decades In Afghanistan

• Pakistan to host OIC’s extraordinary summit on 19 December: Qureshi

• Afghans lodging most asylum applications in the EU

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India

• Mathura: Security Tightened Ahead Of Babri Mosque Demolition Anniversary Over Threat To Place Krishna Idol In Mosque

• Challenges of Islamism among Shias in Kashmir

• Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad's Call For 'Real Jihad' That Is To Fight Against Poverty And Unemployment In Jammu And Kashmir

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Europe

• School Apologises After Video Shows Muslim Pupils Forced To Pray Outside In The Cold In Manchester School Oldham Academy

• Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization Members Involved In Drug, Human Trafficking In Europe

• Enquiries ongoing after Bournemouth mosque assault incident

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Africa

• Muslim Rights Concern: We Won't Let People Of Other Religions Intimidate Muslims

• Suppliers Of Food Items To Boko Haram In Borno Nabbed

• ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists injure baby in attack on Maiduguri

• Army confirms death of 2 officers, 5 soldiers in battle with Boko Haram

• ISIS claims responsibility for recent attack in Nigeria

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysia, China Agree To Maintain Peace, Stability In South China Sea, Says Saifuddin

• PM Ismail Sabri: Phase Two of Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway will be continued

• Sarawak polls: New faces show parties following current political trend

• A million Malaysian conversations regarding holidays on Twitter last year

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North America

• CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson Targeting New Mexico Mosque

• Northern B.C.'s first mosque celebrates its 10th anniversary

• UN team delivers report on Islamic State atrocities committed in Iraq

• Will not let Iran 'slow walk' over nuclear deal, warns United States

• US State Department phones hacked with Israeli spyware company NSO Group

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Pakistan Lynching Of A Sri Lankan National Over Allegations Of Blasphemy: Over 800 Booked Under Terrorism Charges, 118 Arrested

 

Pakistan lynching case: Over 800 booked under terrorism charges, 118 arrested

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India TV News Desk

New Delhi, December 04, 2021

Over 800 people have been booked under terrorism charges while 13 prime suspects are among 118 arrested so far in the horrific lynching of a Sri Lankan national over allegations of blasphemy in Punjab province of Pakistan after pressure mounted on the government to bring the guilty to justice.

In a shocking incident on Friday, angry supporters of the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) attacked a garment factory and lynched its general manager Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana before setting his body on fire over allegations of blasphemy.

Diyawadana, who was in his 40s and was from Sri Lanka’s Kandy city, was working as the general manager in the Rajko industries (dealing in garments – sportswear) in Sialkot district, some 100 kilometres from Lahore, for the last seven years or so.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation from all walks of life. Police were also chided for reaching the crime scene after the incident. Only a couple of policemen can be seen in one video asking the people to stay back while the body was burning. Meanwhile, Pak Prime Minister condemned the incident and called it "a day of shame."

“The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan. I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress.” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.

Sri Lankan Parliament and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday condemned the lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Pakistan and hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan will keep his commitment to bring all those involved to justice and ensure the safety of the rest of the island nation's expat workers.

A preliminary report of the incident was shared with the media by Inspector General of Police (Punjab) Rao Sardar Ali Khan and the Punjab government spokesperson Hasaan Khawar on Saturday.

“Police have arrested 118 suspects so far, including 13 prime suspects for their involvement in the lynching of the Sri Lankan national,” Khan said, adding that an FIR has been registered against 800 people under terrorism charges.

“A mob of over 800 men gathered at the factory at 10 am Friday on reports that Kumara had torn a sticker/poster (inscribed with Islamic verses) and committed blasphemy. They looked out for him and found him (from the rooftop). They dragged him, beat him severely and by 11.28 am he was dead and the body was set on fire by the violent mob,” he said.

The mob after burning the body of the Sri Lankan national had blocked the Wazirabad road. Police from different stations reached there to control the situation, he said.

Replying to a question, he said, the police were informed about the incident after Diyawadana’s body was set ablaze by the mob.

“We have 160 footage of the incident from different angles that will help determine the role of the culprits,” he said, adding that those who brought stones have also been arrested and more arrests are underway.

When asked about the role of the TLP in the incident, the IGP parried the question. He said the family of the victim was in Sri Lanka.

“We are conducting the investigation on professional grounds and no culprit will be spared,” Khawar said.

Mob killings over allegations of blasphemy have been very common in Pakistan, where the crime can carry the death sentence.

In April 2017, an angry mob lynched university student Mashal Khan when he was accused of posting blasphemous content online. A Christian couple was lynched and then set ablaze in a kiln in Punjab in 2014 after being accused of desecrating the Quran.

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No Room For Extremism In Islam: Maulana Tariq Jameel Terms Sialkot Lynching Un-Islamic

 

Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel

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Web Desk/ 4 Dec, 2021

SIALKOT – Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel has condemned the brutal killing of a Sri Lankan citizen in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy.

As the nation got shell-shocked and disgusted over the brutal killing of a Sri Lankan national whose body was set on fire by a mob in Sialkot, the tragic incident also outraged the Islamic scholars who denounced the heart-wrenching incident.

Tableeghi Jamaat scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel while condemning the incident said the incident of lynching of a foreign national under the guise of Namoos-e-Risalat is unfortunate.

Taking it to Twitter, he said the incident opposed Islamic teachings as there is no room for violence and extremism in Islam. Taking the law into own hands on the basis of the mere accusation is abhorrent.

He also urged scholars to play a positive role to curb rising extremism in Pakistan.

On Friday, the lynching at a factory in Sialkot sent shockwaves through the South Asian country. The mob tortured the man, identified as Priyantha Kumara, to death over blasphemy allegations before burning his body on the road.

PM Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, Chief of Army Staff, and people from all walks of life have condemned the incident saying the vigilante attack has nothing to do with religion while the premier pledged to punish those responsible with the full severity of the law.

PM’s aide on religious affairs and interfaith harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi also strongly condemned the mob lynching and expressed his dismay by saying that he feels ashamed as a Muslim today.

Speaking in a presser, along with Punjab government Spokesperson, Ashrafi termed the killing, ‘inhumane and un-Islamic’. “Those who committed this crime did no service to Islam and Pakistan. As directed by Prime Minister Imran Khan strict legal action will be taken against them,” he said.

Meanwhile, a case had been registered against unidentified people under sections 431, 427, 149, 147, 297, 201, 302, and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act while local cops and agencies have rounded up scores of people.

Raids and operations to arrest the accused are underway since Friday as law enforcers have arrested more than 50 people so far. Punjab Police spokesman said the process of identification and search of the accused is underway with the help of clips doing rounds on the internet.

Source: Dawn

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Azhar To Intensify Implementation Of Fraternity Document With Vatican: Grand Imam

 

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb receives Cardinal Miguel ngel Ayuso, President of the Vatican s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in Cairo, 4 December 2021. Al-Azhar

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Ahram Online

4 Dec 2021

El-Tayyeb, the leader of the Sunni Muslim world’s top religious institution, made the remarks on Saturday as he received Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in Cairo.

The Document of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together was signed in February 2019 by Pope Francis and El-Tayyeb in Abu Dhabi with the aim of reinforcing the principle of coexistence among religions.

The document is the foundation for the planned construction of the Interfaith Abrahamic Family House that is scheduled to open next year in Abu Dhabi, comprising a church, a mosque and a synagogue.

During Saturday’s meeting, El-Tayyeb said the fraternity document has proposed solutions to the problems facing the world today from a religious standpoint, according to a statement by Al-Azhar.

Al-Azhar’s relations with the Vatican remain an effective model for spreading tolerance and peace and fighting extremism, hate, wars and disputes, El-Tayyeb said.

El-Tayyeb added that scholars and religious leaders have a duty to confront negative ideologies that harm the moral health of society.

The path of peace and dialogue is strenuous and hard, El-Tayyeb said, affirming that everyone has to make an effort to take this path.

Cardinal Ayuso hailed joint efforts led by El-Tayyeb and Pope Francis to consolidate peace and stability, affirming that the two leaders’ meetings have sent messages of love and peace to religious followers worldwide.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, to which Ayuso belongs as member and chair of current round of sessions, will work on raising awareness regarding the Document on Human Fraternity, Ayuso said.

The committee will also work on activating the document’s provisions and opening new horizons of cooperation between institutions and officials to adopt the document and convey it to the youth.

Cardinal Ayuso also gave a lecture at Al-Azhar University, where he affirmed that extremists should recognise that dialogue between religions is possible without compromising each religion’s identity and core beliefs.

Signing the Document on Human Fraternity was not easy, Ayuso said. However, the determination and sincerity of El-Tayyeb and Pope Francis have contributed to breaking barriers between Muslims and Christians and resuming dialogue between Al-Azhar and the Vatican after a hiatus of around six years.

The grand imam visited the Vatican and met with Pope Francis last October. They discussed work on the initiatives agreed upon in the Document on Human Fraternity, including the construction of the Interfaith Abrahamic Family House.

Last month, El-Tayyeb and Pope Tawadros II, the patriarch of the See of St Mark and leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, attended a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Egyptian Family House in Cairo’s Nasr City.

The house was established in 2011 to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians, which together constitute the Egyptian nation’s fabric.

The house seeks to restore Islamic and Christian values, nurture Egyptian civilisation and promote a culture of compassion, empathy and tolerance.

Source: English.Ahram

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Hanukkah, A Jewish Festival Marks Expansion Of Religious Freedom Across Muslim World

 

Jews and Muslims pose in front of a menorah at the Israeli pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai, last Sunday on the first night of Hanukkah.

(Photo credit: Satish Kumar/Reuters)

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By Mendy Chitrik

December 4, 2021

In the countries that make up the Muslim world, the festival of Hanukkah annually demonstrates the holiday’s message: freedom to live and worship for everyone – in a very real way. From Istanbul to Dubai to Baku to Nursultan – and of course in the countries who were signatories to the Abraham Accords – the lights of the eight-branch menorah shine into cities where Jews are the minority, but where today their right to live and worship as Jews is promoted, guaranteed and protected.

Far too often, people look at the headlines of the day and assume that Jewish life in our countries is fraught with danger; that people are afraid to show pride in our faith. And while some of this sentiment is true, reality, however, tells us that hundreds and thousands of Jews proudly attend menorah lightings in synagogues and their private homes, as well as in the public squares of cities across the Muslim world. They are met with respect and admiration.

Despite the many ways the pandemic has disrupted day-to-day life, this Hanukkah promises to shine that same light across Muslim-majority countries which are represented in the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States (ARIS). The communities we represent have seen tremendous growth and have thrived through the adversity that the past year-and-a-half has brought to everyone.

Of course, the Jewish people are not without our current challenges. There is a worrisome trend of anti-Jewish rhetoric also among some Muslims, as all too often political opinions targeting a country are turned into personal ones, targeting Jews. There is also a loaded history of expulsion, displacement and persecution of Jews in Arab and Muslim countries, which coincidently we marked this week on November 30.

CANDLE LIGHTING at the Jewish Council of the Emirates’ Hanukkah party last year, with the participation of Hamdan Al Kindi of AC (Abrahams Consultancy) Partners, considered a close friend of the Jewish community, with Elie Abadie, senior rabbi of the Jewish Council (L), looking on. (credit: Jewish Council of the Emirates)

But that shouldn’t be viewed as the day-to-day norm for the 100,000 Jews still living in Muslim countries. What should be “normalized” is that Jews and Muslims live peacefully, side by side. We already see so much of that in our own countries, and it is an example that should be taken to heart across the world.

IN ISTANBUL, Turkey, where I am privileged to serve as a rabbi, as in previous years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a Hanukkah message congratulating the country’s Jewish citizens, and extending his best wishes. “Turkey will continue to set an example to the entire world with its vast culture of tolerance and its tradition which sees differences as richness,” he said. This sentiment has been echoed by many other government and municipal officials across the Muslim world.

It is why, while we still have a way to go combating antisemitism, and while we are struggling with an economic crisis and the outcome of a pandemic that devastated community services and participation in communal events, Jewish life is able to flourish in countries across the Islamic world.

In Nursultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, a menorah very fittingly shone in front of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation; in Dubai last year the menorah stood in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and this year lighting the menorah takes place every evening of Hanukkah at the Expo 2020 in Dubai. In Morocco, government officials attended the menorah lighting and expressed their support and admiration for the Jewish community. Istanbul, too, will hold a public Menorah lighting, in the historical Jewish district of Balat.

This year, those countries – and many others across the Islamic world –  are once again hosting public menorah lightings attended by crowds of onlookers and well-wishers, both from the Jewish community and the Islamic community.

What really makes a community are its people: community members who live a Jewish life, lay leadership who assure that institutions and daily life continue to expand, and of course rabbis who provide spiritual leadership and guidance. And the people of the countries we call home have shown us who they are. They are warm, welcoming, respectful and eager to learn about our faith and culture. They are glad for our proud Jewish communities, and they recognize that diversity makes us all stronger.

Recently, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahayan visited Israel’s pavilion at the Dubai expo – and was escorted by Rabbi Levi Duchman, a member of ARIS. Anyone who doubts the vibrancy of Jewish life in Islamic countries need do no more than take a look at the pictures of Rabbi Duchman engaged in lively conversation with Muslims in kandura and gutra. A culture of mutual respect, one of learning from each other’s differences, shines forth.

Hanukkah reminds us that when we are confronted with darkness, we don’t need to push it away. We simply have to shine our own light, and the darkness will disappear. Across the Islamic world, the light of friendship and tolerance is shining bright this Hanukkah.

Source: jpost

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More Than 20 Countries Deeply Concerned Over Extra-Judicial Killings By Taliban

 

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not commented on the allegations 

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By Najibullah Lalzoy

05 Dec 2021

More than 20 countries including the US have expressed deep concern over the extra-judicial killings of former Afghan military personnel and their disappearance by the Taliban.

The countries in a joint statement said that the summary killings of the former men in uniform are clear abuses of human rights and in contradiction with the general amnesty announced by the Taliban.

The countries include the United States of America, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

The world is expressing worry after Human Rights Watchdog released a report alleging the Taliban fighters of retaliatory killings and disappearance of military personnel of the previous Afghan government.

The joint statement called on the Taliban to fully enforce their general amnesty equally on common Afghan and former Afghan security forces and government officials.

“Reported cases must be investigated promptly and in a transparent manner, those responsible must be held accountable, and these steps must be clearly publicized as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances.” Reads the statement.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not commented on the allegations yet.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mathura: Security Tightened Ahead Of Babri Mosque Demolition Anniversary Over Threat To Place Krishna Idol In Mosque

Security personnel conduct a flag march after some right-wing groups threatened to install an idol of Lord Krishna inside the Shahi Idgah mosque on December 6   | Photo Credit: PT

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Press Trust of India

December 05, 2021

Mathura: Security has been tightened in Mathura to avoid any untoward incident ahead of 6 December, the date on which the Babri mosque was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992, officials said on Saturday.

Four right-wing groups, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Srikrishna Janmabhumi Nirman Nyas, Narayani Sena and the Srikrishna Mukti Dal, had earlier sought permission to hold non-traditional programmes on the day.

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha had sought permission to install a Krishna idol at the deity's "actual birthplace", which it claimed is in a mosque close to a prominent temple here.

District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal had turned them down, saying the question of granting permission to any event that may potentially disrupt peace does not arise.

One of the groups had said that it would install the idol in the Shahi Idgah after a "maha jalabhishek" to "purify" the place.

In view of these, Mathura was divided into three zones for security purposes, the officials said, adding that the area in which the Katra Keshav Dev temple and the Shahi Idgah falls has been demarcated as the red zone, where the deployment of security personnel is the highest.

"Adequate force has also been deployed at every entry point of Mathura," senior superintendent of police Gaurav Grover said. He said checking at these entry points has been intensified.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC are already in place in Mathura. The section prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area.

The threat to perform the ritual inside the Shahi Idgah comes at a time when the local courts are hearing a series of petitions seeking the "removal" of the 17th century mosque.

President of Shahi Idgah committee professor Z Hasan, however, said that he has been living in Mathura for over 50 years and has always found the environment cordial and affectionate. The suits seeking the shifting of the mosque is pending in courts, and their judgement will be honoured, committee members of the mosque said.

Source: Firstpost

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Pakistan

Islamic Countries To Meet On Afghanistan Crisis On Dec. 19: Pakistani FM

December 5, 2021

Pakistan's foreign minister announced an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to review the Afghanistan crisis later this month.

The meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries will be held in Islamabad on Dec. 19, with delegations from the European Union and the so-called P5 group of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China also invited.

Source: EN.abna24

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Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry for new SOPs for industry to avoid fanaticism, violence

Waseem Ashraf Butt

December 5, 2021

GUJRAT: The business fraternity of Sialkot has decided to formulate new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for production operations in factories to avoid tragic incident like lynching of a Lankan factory manager in future.

Moreover, the export-based companies having foreign nationals among their staff have also been asked to take special security measures for the foreigners, besides training security guards to cope with any such situation in future.

Source: Dawn

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JIT clears Lower Dir judge of rape charge, says case ‘fit for cancellation’

Manzoor Ali

December 5, 2021

PESHAWAR: A joint investigation team has cleared a senior civil judge in Lower Dir district of a rape charge.

In a related development, the accused, Jamshed Kundi, was granted bail by district sessions judge Shoaib Khan on Saturday.

Source: Dawn

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Arab world

Incomplete Saddam-era marquee mosque lays bare Iraq divisions

5 December 2021

It was meant to compete with the Taj Mahal in grandeur, but former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's monumental Al-Rahman Mosque project was never completed.

Instead, the half-finished edifice of grey concrete stands in the heart of Baghdad as testimony to the sectarian and political strife that has shaped much of Iraq's modern history.

Source: Daily Mail

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Jordan: Imam probed for giving Friday sermon while infected with COVID-19

Tawfiq Nasrallah

December 04, 2021

Dubai: A Jordanian Imam of an Irbid mosque is under investigation for allegedly giving the Friday sermon while infected with COVID-19, media in jordan reported.

The Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs and Holy Sanctuaries said it is investigating social media reports that alleged that a COVID-infected Imam in Irbid has given the Friday sermon.

Source: Gulf News

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8th Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies starts Sunday in Expo 2020 Dubai

05-12-2021

DUBAI (WAM) -- The 8th Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies starts tomorrow at Al Wasl Plaza until December 7th in Expo 2020 Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Presided by Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Emirates Fatwa Council, the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies brings together leading Islamic scholars, religious leaders and advocates of peace under the theme "Inclusive Citizenship: From Mutual Coexistence to Shared Conscience".

Source: WAM

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President Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia signals new era in French-Saudi cooperation

ARAB NEWS

December 05, 2021

JEDDAH: A joint statement covering a wide range of issues and the signing of a slew of agreements were the highlights of a visit to Saudi Arabia by French President Emmanuel Macron during the final leg of a two-day Gulf tour.

The agreements related to economic cooperation were announced by Saudi and French companies on Saturday while Macron held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The crown prince met Macron at Al-Salam Palace, where they discussed bilateral cooperation and held a telephone call with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Translation Forum: Language plays ‘crucial role’ in shaping society

RASHID HASSAN

December 05, 2021

RIYADH: The first Saudi Translation Forum recently concluded in Riyadh, wherein translation experts, both local and international, gathered for the two-day event to examine the main issues and challenges facing the global translation industry.

The forum was held under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, minister of culture, and organized by the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission at the Ministry of Education.

The forum was inaugurated by the commission’s CEO Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan, who, in his opening speech, emphasized the importance of translation and the need to modernize the industry.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi aid agency continues health projects in Yemen

SPA

December 05, 2021

ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center is supporting a nutrition project for children under the age of 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the Yemeni governorates of Aden, Lahij, Taiz, Hodeidah, Hadramout, Hajjah and Marib.

The project, which aims to provide nutritional therapy, health care and counseling, has helped 26,887 people in one week.

Source: Arab News

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Mideast

Attempted assassination of Erdogan foiled

December 5, 2021

According to Turkish media reports, an explosive device was found at the site of the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's speech in southern Turkey.

Source: EN.Abna24.Com

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Colonization of Chile on Mapuche People, similar to Israeli colonization of Palestine

December 5, 2021

Arson attacks, armed attacks, and the death of both Mapuches and Chilean farmers and policemen, committed by hooded men are some of the serious events that have characterized the latest events in Chile.

Source: EN.Abna24.Com

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Iran explosion near Natanz nuclear facility a controlled test

By Maziar Motamedi

4 Dec 2021

Tehran, Iran – A loud explosion was heard near Iran’s main nuclear facilities in Natanz, which have previously been targeted by sabotage attacks, but state media said it was part of a controlled test.

A major explosion and flash of light in the sky were reported around 8:15pm local time (16:45 GMT) on Saturday in Badroud, 20km (12 miles) from where the enrichment facilities are located.

Nournews, an outlet close to Iran’s security forces, confirmed an air defence missile was fired and exploded in the sky, but said it was part of a rapid reaction test.

Source: Aljazeera

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Call for Paper by Indian Assembly of Ulema: The world after the martyr Qasem Soleimani

December 5, 2021

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Haj Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, a call for paper was issued by the Indian Assembly of Ulema (religious scholars).

Source: EN.Abna24.Com

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South Asia

 

Motaqi discusses trade, humanitarian aids, education with Chinese envoy to Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

04 Dec 2021

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi called on the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu in the Afghan foreign ministry on Saturday, December 04.

Spokesman of the ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a series of Twitter posts said that parties discussed political and trade relations, humanitarian aids, development, and the provision of technical education to Afghan students.

Source: Khaama Press

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Islamic banking now at all City Bank branches

Star Business Report

Dec 5, 2021

City Bank, one of the oldest banks in Bangladesh, yesterday rolled out its Islamic banking service in all branches and sub-branches throughout the country.

The move comes at a time when the market share of Islamic banks, in terms of assets, financing and deposits of the total banking sector, continues to register strong growth owing to increasing demand and supply of Shariah based products.

Source: The Daily Star

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Five killed in past week, lowest civilian casualties in past four decades in Afghanistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

05 Dec 2021

A spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Ahmadullah Wasiq said that the level of civilian casualties has dropped to zero showing the lowest level ever in the past 40 years.

Pajhwak News Agency-Afghan news agency- has reported five killings in the past week.

Source: Khaama Press

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Pakistan to host OIC’s extraordinary summit on 19 December: Qureshi

By Najibullah Lalzoy

05 Dec 2021

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that his country will be hosting OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers’ session on Afghanistan on 19th December.

Qureshi in a Twitter post said that Pakistan supports the Saudi Kingdom’s suggestion over holding a special session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that will be concentrated on Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghans lodging most asylum applications in the EU

By Najibullah Lalzoy

04 Dec 2021

European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has said that the asylum requests by Afghan people to Europe have increased dramatically and is now the biggest country that lodges the highest number of asylum requests in Europe.

Syrians were previously the largest asylum seekers for the past seven years consecutively who have now made 50% lesser requests compared with Afghans.

Source: Khaama Press

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India

Security High In Mathura Over Threat To Place Idol In Mosque On December 6, The Date On Which The Babri Masjid Was Demolished

By PTI

05 Dec 2021

Security has been tightened in Mathura to avoid any untoward incident ahead of December 6, the date on which the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992, officials said on Saturday.

Four rightwing groups—the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Srikrishna Janmabhumi Nirman Nyas, Narayani Sena and the Srikrishna Mukti Dal—had earlier sought permission to install a Krishna idol at the deity's “actual birthplace”, which they claimed is in a mosque close to a prominent temple in Mathura on December 6.

Source: The Week

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Challenges of Islamism among Shias in Kashmir

December 5, 2021

Kashmir has been in the news for atrocities of the Indian state and violence against its Muslim population for a while now. Studies suggest that the Kashmir question is a perplexing issue that needs the attention of activists of international repute and intellectuals. Kashmir issue has multiple dimensions, and each dimension needs a careful examination.  The rising Islamophobia in the world and Shiaphobia within the Muslim world is alarming, and violence under these manifolds is on the rise. Shias are an internal minority within Muslims and face multiple vulnerabilities due to constant othering. Kashmir is a region that has a substantial Shia population and has lived apparently a cordial life along with the Sunni population that dominates the area. With the widespread Islamic awakening during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Shia and Sunnis of the region also developed brotherly relations of mutual respect and tolerance. The brotherhood, reflected in modern politics, aided with the Sufi past of the area.

The princely state of Jammu and Kashmir came into being after the Amritsar Treaty between The British East India Company and a Hindu Raja, Raja Ghulab Singh, in 1846. After the sub-continent was partitioned into India and Pakistan on religious lines, the then Hindu ruler, Raja Hari Singh, along with other communists, secularists and liberal politicians, acceded the state with India, undermining the majority Muslim population of the region. This unnatural alignment ignited resistance in the region, and the Muslim population broke into various movements influenced by liberal, secularist, and Islamist ideas. The movements were sabotaged from time to time by the oppressors, but they could never extinguish the love for freedom from the people’s hearts.

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Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad's Call For 'Real Jihad' That Is To Fight Against Poverty And Unemployment In Jammu And Kashmir

December 04, 2021

Ramban, Jammu And Kashmir: The real "Jihad" is to fight against poverty and unemployment, rather than against any leader, party, or religion, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Saturday.

Addressing a public rally in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban, he reiterated the demand for the restoration of the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir before assembly elections, saying the bureaucracy is no match to popular rule in fulfilling the aspirations of the people.

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Europe

School Apologises After Video Shows Muslim Pupils Forced To Pray Outside In The Cold In Manchester School Oldham Academy

By Lucy Skoulding

4 Dec 2021

A school has apologised after a video showing Muslim pupils praying outside in the cold weather sparked anger after allegedly being "kicked out" of a classroom.

Oldham Academy North said pupils couldn't pray inside because severe flooding had caused 15 classrooms to have to be closed due to the damage.

Source: Hausa TV

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Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization Members Involved In Drug, Human Trafficking In Europe

December 5, 2021

Several members of the anti-Iran Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK, NCRI or PMOI) terrorist group were detained in Europe for money laundering and drug and human trafficking.

Albanian newspaper 'Exit' reported that a document, addressed to a foreign diplomatic recipient, bearing the signature and stamp of the Director of the Criminal Police Department in the State Police, gives details of a serious rap sheet of offences, reportedly involving MKO members.

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Enquiries ongoing after Bournemouth mosque assault incident

By Andrew Goldman

05-12-2021

As reported, Dorset Police received a report at 6.33am on Wednesday December 1 of a man acting aggressively at the Bournemouth Islamic Centre and Central Mosque in St Stephens Road.

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Africa

Muslim Rights Concern: We Won't Let People Of Other Religions Intimidate Muslims

By: Michael Adesina

4th December, 2021

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights group, has said it won’t stand akimbo while people of other religions attempt to intimidate Muslims.

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Suppliers Of Food Items To Boko Haram In Borno Nabbed

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

DEC 04, 2021

The North East Chairman and Commander of Hunters/Vigilantes (Sarkin Baka) in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, Shawulu Yohanna, has arrested some people supplying food to Boko Haram and recovered N6.050million in their possession.

The development followed calls by concerned residents in Hawul and other communities of Garkida town of Adamawa State including Ishaku Yakubu, Mohammed Madu, Isa Mwajim and Peter John demanding Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume, and Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, to deploy troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ to the axis to protect lives and property of people as ahead of yuletide.

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ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists injure baby in attack on Maiduguri

By Duku JOEL

Dec 4, 2021

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) on Saturday launched five mortar bomb attacks into Maiduguri from the outskirts.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Army confirms death of 2 officers, 5 soldiers in battle with Boko Haram

By: Kazeem Ugbodaga

4th December, 2021

The Nigerian Army on Saturday confirmed the death of two officers and five soldiers during gun-battle with insurgents in Borno on Friday.

He said troops of Sector 1 Joint Task Force(JTF) North East(NE), Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) neutralized scores of Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists who infiltrated Kala Balge town mounted on gun trucks and motorcycles on Friday, 3 December 2021.

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ISIS claims responsibility for recent attack in Nigeria

December 5, 2021

ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in Nigeria, the militant group said on Saturday in a statement posted on an affiliated Telegram account.

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia, China agree to maintain peace, stability in South China Sea, says Saifuddin

04 Dec 2021

ZHEJIANG (China), Dec 4 — Malaysia and China have emphasised on the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Speaking to the media in a joint press conference with China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, here, on Saturday, Saifuddin said both sides agreed that the South China Sea is a small compartment of both countries’ deep-rooted bilateral relations.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri: Phase Two of Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway will be continued

05 Dec 2021

SERIAN, Dec 5 — The Federal government will ensure that the construction of Phase Two of the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway from Pujut to Lawas is continued, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The construction of the second phase of the mega project had previously been approved by the Federal government under Barisan Nasional, but was cancelled when the Federal government changed hands after the 2018 General Election.

Source: Malay Mail

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Sarawak polls: New faces show parties following current political trend

05 Dec 2021

KUCHING, Dec 5 — The selection of candidates for the 12th Sarawak state election shows that major parties in the state are receptive to the current political trend and more willing to accommodate the wishes of voters.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) assistant vice-chancellor of leadership and development Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said this was evident from the slate of fresh faces put forward for the polls, with some parties even making a bold move to change incumbents in several seats.

Source: Malay Mail

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A million Malaysian conversations regarding holidays on Twitter last year

04 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — Malaysia saw nearly a million holiday-related conversations via Twitter last year and the chatter started around October, two months before the actual holiday season.

Twitter’s Asia Pacific Research and Global Export director Martyn U’ren said based on a Southeast Asia Twitter Survey, the factors sparking the conversations were year-end promotional offers from various brands, Christmas-themed media publications involving celebrities and television channels as well as expectations for the new year.

Source: Malay Mail

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North America

CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson Targeting New Mexico Mosque

Ibrahim Hooper

December 4, 2021

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate fires set at an Albuquerque, N.M., mosque as a possible hate crime.

Surveillance video shows a woman setting multiple fires near the prayer hall of the the Islamic Center of New Mexico Monday morning. Mosque members believe the fires were started by a woman who came to the center last week expressing hostility. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the FBI or the Albuquerque Police Department.

Source: Cair.Com

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Northern B.C.'s first mosque celebrates its 10th anniversary

Winston Szeto

Dec 04, 2021

Though Lila Mansour, 22, is currently studying law in Toronto, thousands of kilometres away from her hometown of Prince George, B.C., she says she still remembers the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the city's mosque a decade ago.

It was the first ever mosque built in the province's northern region, and for Mansour, it was also key to forming her identity as a Muslim woman, she says.

Source: CBC.ca

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UN team delivers report on Islamic State atrocities committed in Iraq

M. Tyler Gillett

DECEMBER 4, 2021

The head of the United Nations team investigating Islamic State crimes in Iraq Thursday delivered his report to the Security Council, accusing Islamic State (IS) actors of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Source: CBC.ca

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Will not let Iran 'slow walk' over nuclear deal, warns United States

Dec 04, 2021

The United States warned Saturday that it would not allow Iran to "slow walk" international negotiations over its nuclear program, a day after heaping blame on Tehran for the stalled process.

Source: Hindustan Times

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US State Department phones hacked with Israeli spyware company NSO Group

December 5, 2021

Phones used by US State Department employees have been hacked by an unknown assailant using spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group.

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