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Sajda-e-Shukr, Morocco in the World Cup and What We Still Don’t Know About Muslim “Ummah”

New Age Islam News Bureau

18 December 2022

 

Players of Morocco kneel in Sujood prayer after their 0-2 loss against France in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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• Sajda e Shukr, Morocco in the World Cup and What We Still Don’t Know About Muslim “Ummah”

• Saint-Chamond Church In France Is Open Every Day - Thanks To A Muslim Abdelkader Zennaf

• Islamic Relief Canada Prepares Winter Kits For Metro Vancouver Homeless Population

• Palestine Liberation Organization Warns Of Israeli Plan To Divide Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Now Madhya Pradesh's Ulema Board Slams Shah Rukh Khan's Film

 

Africa

• Supreme Court affirms Sharia law on blasphemy – MURIC

• Why I Will Never Backs Christian-Christian Or Muslim-Muslim Ticket – Dogara

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Europe

• Dewsbury pub to become Islamic Education Centre and prayer room

• Kazakh Officials No More Successful than Russian Ones in Defining ‘Traditional Islam’ Despite that Being the Only Kind They Like, Experts Say

• Masjid imam killed by gunmen in northern Daraa governorate

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North America

• New Jersey Politicians Show Solidarity With Muslims After Mosque Harassment

• How A Restaurant In Montalcino Is A Harnessing The Local Wine Mecca To Redefining Local Cuisine

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Mideast

• Scores of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Hanukkah

• Iran Calls UNGA Resolution On Human Rights Violations 'baseless Accusations, Hypocritical'

• Iran never to back down from its redlines: Envoy

• Turkey’s Courts To Fix Any Errors After Imamoglu Jailing: Erdogan

• CIA head: Russia looking to support Iran, posing threat to US allies in Middle East

• Iran Says Enriched Uranium Capacity Hits Record

• Iran central bank governor blames protests for currency's fall

• War on Iran Out of Question: General

• Turkish jets respond to Greek intervention on joint NATO drill

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India

• Maharashtra: Special Court Grants ATS 30-Day Extension To File Charge-Sheet Against 5 PFI Members

• Dalit-Muslim Groups, Bhim Army And Moolniwasi Muslim Manch, Oppose Launch Of Book On Col Purohit

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Pakistan

• Islamic Economic System Based On Welfare Of Humanity, Says Pakistan Religious Affairs Minister

• Pakistan Needs To Take Lead In Recognising Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Govt: Speakers

• 4 cops martyred, as many injured in midnight siege of police station in KP’s Lakki Marwat

• NA summoned on 20th, likely to pass tweaks to Reko Diq investment bill

• Bentley probe comes to dead end due to diplomatic immunity

• Fate of assemblies to be sealed on 23rd: Imran

• NAB initiates inquiry into alleged corruption in PSQCA

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South Asia

• Bangladesh Made Tremendous Progress Under Sheikh Hasina: Asian Lite International Reports

• Bright prospects for Bangladesh despite short-term challenges

• Pakistan Summons Afghan Diplomat over Chaman Border Shelling

• Andrew Quilty’s ‘August in Kabul’ is an incomplete story of Taliban

• Bangladesh commerce minister Tipu Munshi to visit India next week

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Arab world

• 'Qatar 2022 A Milestone In Football History, And A Source Of Pride For Arabs, Muslims'

• With World Cup, Qatar sees opportunity to offer visitors an introduction to Islam

• Saudi sport minister hosts world football leaders at Saudi House in Qatar

• Muhajir initiative documents Prophet’s journey from Makkah to Madinah

• Second Emirati-Saudi Productive Families Exhibition launched

• Saudi leaders congratulate PM Karins after new Latvian government approved

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Southeast Asia

• Muhyiddin Says Did Not Take Single Sen As NRC Chief, Denies Puad Zarkashi's Claims

• Indonesia firm on becoming Muslim fashion hub

• Serian MP Riot: Give PM Anwar a chance to serve full term

• Ministry of Local Govt Development to address sick, abandoned housing projects nationwide, says deputy minister

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/sajda-shukr-morocco-muslim-ummah/d/128655

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Sajda e Shukr, Morocco in the World Cup and What We Still Don’t Know About Muslim “Ummah”

 

Players of Morocco kneel in Sujood prayer after their 0-2 loss against France in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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December 17, 2022

By Dilshad Ali

(RNS) — To say the Muslim “Ummah” (global community) has been united under the banner of red and green in supporting and standing with Morocco’s football team at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar doesn’t begin to properly describe it. Even in their semi-final defeat to France on Wednesday, the joy, pride and love for Morocco’s footballers never wavered.

Athletes engaging in open forms of prayer or religious ritual prior to, during or after a game or match is not uncommon — whether an athlete is crossing herself before a big play, lifting a finger up to acknowledge God, kneeling on one knee with head bowed in prayer or prostrating on the ground in Sujood. The latter, a practice done mainly by Muslims during ritual prayer (and also as a gesture of submission and thanks — called Sajda e Shukr — to God outside of ritual prayer), has especially ignited the hearts of Muslims worldwide during this year’s World Cup.

The Muslim Sujood, or prostration, as elegantly described by Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, is a five-point floor contact position: Forehead, nose, hands, knees, toes. “Each of these body parts signifies something that has been put in surrender to God. The forehead (my will). The nose (my ego). My hands (my work). My knees and toes (my steadfast forward motion). It means I surrender all of me to Him.”

She goes on to elaborate, “And what about the heart? This is the beautiful thing. In the sajdah (or Sujood), the heart is above the mind, signifying that the heart is king, not the mind. The mind understands according to the state of the heart. Bitter hearts have minds who suspect everyone. Pure hearts have minds who see the good. And in this state of surrender, the heart is superior.”

This is why, as Morocco continued it’s epic advance into the semi-final match, our Muslim hearts swooned to see them not only win, but do so while being unapologetically Muslim on the field: from reciting Surah al Fatiha, to players hugging and dancing with their mothers on the field (begetting what seemed like a million shared images of son-mother joy with some form of the caption, “Your mother, your mother, your mother,” invoking a popular hadith in Islam that pays honour to mothers), to prostrating at the end of matches.

It was a joyous expression of Muslimness in front of a world audience on a global sporting stage the likes of which many of us hadn’t seen in recent memory.

Many media outlets rushed to capture this story and describe what was unfolding on and off the pitch with breathless descriptions. But in doing so, mixed in with the haste of churning out constant stories under tight deadlines, some fell short in understanding what they were writing about, a problem I’ve certainly faced myself on occasion in my more than two decades as a religion journalist and editor.

ESPN.com published a story after the semi-final match in which the first iteration of the story described the Sujood of the Moroccan players after their loss to France: “Almost as one, they bowed to their supporters. Not like concert pianists after a performance, but on all fours, heads down, appearing to kiss the ground of Al Bayt stadium. It felt solemn. It felt genuine. And the crowd roared mightily in approval.”

Please note that the story, as it is live now, does not include this description of the prostration because Muslims reacted in droves to how it was originally written, suggesting that the prostration, which was for Allah, was instead for the fans.

Nancy A. Khalil, an assistant professor in the Department of American Culture in the Arab and Muslim Studies program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, felt the error was egregious enough that she reached out to the journalist. “It was a good article, and that made me feel like it was worth reaching out to the journalist. (The erroneous description of sujood) could’ve easily been avoided and the implication was very offensive, even to the players who were grieving a loss.”

The journalist enthusiastically responded to Khalil, thanking her for pointing out the error, and two iterations later, the line now reads, “Almost as one, they bowed on the pitch in prayer, and then thanked their supporters. It felt solemn. It felt genuine. And the crowd roared mightily in approval.”

Mistakes happen all the time in reporting and writing, despite our best efforts as journalists. By reflecting on this, I don’t mean to call out or belittle the ESPN journalist. But, as Khalil told me, “It’s an interesting moment because a lot of people still think this is connected to Islamophobia. Bias is implicit.”

The journalist, Khalil said, may not think he was being Islamophobic but may have thought, “‘I’m going to describe it as I see it, and that’s OK.’ And there wasn’t a push from (his editors) to ensure that he was correct.”

In all my years of covering and coordinating coverage of Muslims in America, I’ve questioned numerous times if I need to publish yet another article on some aspect of hijab or how Muslims pray or how Muslims condemn terrorism. But time and again, the necessity to do so is proven when I read reported articles and columns that get wrong things that should be pretty easy to factually and accurately write. 

“What I don’t want to get lost here,” said Khalil, “is how this whole context of anti-Muslim bias and orientalism is systemic, and this is how it unfolds.”

For Khalil, it feels all the more insidious when it comes from allies. “Even someone who is writing a good piece like (the ESPN.com) one, perpetuates it. The rest of the article was really good, but we couldn’t focus on that.”

Perhaps the biggest lost opportunity in all this was for journalists and non-Muslims to understand how even in loss, Muslims will do sujood, when it is more common to see some Muslim athletes prostrate after a victory.

“Because this is what victory, real victory is,” said Mogahed. “It means you thank (God) when you win and when you lose. You thank him for getting you this far. You thank him for keeping you fighting until the last moment. You thank him for keeping you hopeful and unapologetically who you are through a process and a world that steers you away from your truth at every turn. This is winning.”

Source: Religion News

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Saint-Chamond Church In France Is Open Every Day - Thanks To A Muslim Abdelkader Zennaf

 

Abdelkader Zennaf in front of St. Ennemond church (Saint-Chamond, Loire)

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12/17/22

In the town of Saint-Chamond, Abdelkader Zennaf, a Muslim, is a local celebrity. He has been honoured several times by the press because of his strong involvement in the life of the city and his impressive collection of aluminium kitchen utensils: 4,500 pieces, the second largest collection in France! “I didn’t build it up out of idleness or a passing fancy,” he explains, “but out of an obsession with passing on tradition. For me, memory is sacred: preserving heritage seems fundamental.”

Abdelkader Zennaf is one of the oldest inhabitants of his neighbourhood. Just imagine: he has lived there for 73 years, in the house where his parents took up residence one year after their arrival from Algeria in 1948. It happens to be right in front of the neighbourhood church.

He’s always been familiar with the parish, not only because he can see the church’s massive silhouette from his windows, but also because he attended activities there as a child. “My parents enrolled me in youth activities on Thursday afternoons,” he recalls. “After the activities led by the priest (films, games, hikes…), we all attended catechism classes, including the Muslims. I remember being very impressed by the miracles of Jesus. I even participated in processions dedicated to the Virgin Mary.”

Born a Muslim, Abdelkader has never intended to change his religion. But when one of his relatives fell seriously ill, he went to church, at the age of 12, to implore God to heal her. God heard his prayer. He will never forget it.

The years went by, he got married and started a family (they have 7 children), and he didn’t frequent the familiar church anymore. However, sometimes he ran into his neighbour Pierrot, who opened and closed it every day. When Pierrot died in May 2004, St. Ennemond started leaving its doors closed during the day without Abdelkader noticing. Shortly afterwards, though, he saw an old woman climbing the steps of the house of God and pushing the heavy door in vain: “The scene gripped my heart,” says the septuagenarian.

“The Church had opened its arms to me when I needed them, and now this woman found the door closed! I asked a Catholic friend in the neighbourhood to suggest to the parish priest that he entrust me with the keys so that I could volunteer to take over the role formerly held by Pierrot. He agreed.”

Since then, he has been opening and closing the church every day of the year, and even gives tours to curious visitors. “When I see a lit candle,” he says, “it makes me happy: someone thought of God for a moment. It doesn’t matter which God: I’m not practicing, but faith has a big place in my life.”

When some of his co-religionists are surprised, he replies that he owes a debt to this church and that this is his way of paying it back — to the great satisfaction of the successive parish priests!

“I’m delighted with these links forged between believers of different faiths,” says Fr. Gilbert Thollet, who was appointed here two years ago. “Abdelkader even wanted to take charge of the restoration of a statue damaged by bad weather! I argued that it was the role of the town hall, but was very touched. In the Holy Land, aren’t Muslims the ones who open and close the Basilica of the Resurrection?”

Source: Aleteia.Org

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Islamic Relief Canada Prepares Winter Kits For Metro Vancouver Homeless Population

 

Photo: Flip Board/ Winter kits for Metro Vancouver homeless population

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Ben Nesbit

Dec. 18, 2022

SURREY, B.C. - Members of Islamic Relief Canada spent their Saturday afternoon preparing hundreds of winter kits for the Metro Vancouver homeless population.

The kind gesture comes at a crucial time, as Environment and Climate Change Canada has predicted that temperatures could fall five to 10 degrees below the seasonal average in the coming days.

“We know, around the winter months when it gets cold, how much people are in need out there,” said Tahir Sattar, the organization's community liaison for B.C.

“They’re living on the streets in horrible conditions, so we're just here to help lighten it up a little bit and give them what they need,” added volunteer Soraya Elchehimi.

For the organization, which serves communities internationally as well as domestically, it’s the sixth annual national Winter Warmth campaign.

They include gloves, socks and blankets; hygiene products like soap, shampoo, sanitary pads and deodorant; as well as energy bars and $10 gift cards to local grocery stores.

In addition to Metro Vancouver, kits will also be distributed in Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna, Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley.

“In our religion, in Islam, charity is one of the fundamental aspects for us,” said Elchehimi. “It’s a duty upon each and every one of us to give back to our community.”

Source: Bc.Ctvnews.Ca

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https://bc.ctvnews.ca/islamic-relief-canada-prepares-winter-kits-for-metro-vancouver-homeless-population-1.6199633

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Palestine Liberation Organization Warns Of Israeli Plan To Divide Al-Aqsa Mosque

 

Photo: Dunya Bulletin

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December 17, 2022

RAMALLAH, (WAFA) – Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hussein al-Sheikh, warned today that calls by far-right Israeli Jewish organizations to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound en masse during Hanukkah aim at dividing the holy site between Muslims and Jews.

Al-Sheikh held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the consequences of this development, saying: "The Arab and Islamic worlds, and the international community, must assume their responsibilities towards the holy city."

Source: English.Wafa.Ps

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https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/132388

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Now Madhya Pradesh's Ulema Board Slams Shah Rukh Khan's Film

 

‘Pathaan’ Instagram

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By Nivedita

18 DEC 2022

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham's starrer film 'Pathaan' has been in the middle of multiple controversies since the release of its song "Besharam Rang'. After the VHP raised strong objections to the film's release, Madhya Pradesh's Ulema Board expressed its displeasure and demanded the movie should not be out in theatres. The board's chief said that 'Pathaans' were a highly respected community and the movie disrespects Islam.

The board has demanded a boycott of the film Pathaan and the board's president Syed Anas Ali said that the film should be stopped from hitting the theatres over the 'obscenity' in the movie, reports India Today.

Stating that he has received several calls and complaints about the vulgarity in the movie, Syed Anas Ali said that Islam has been propagated with an incorrect approach.

"A film named Pathaan has been made in which Shah Rukh Khan is the hero, people see him and like him. But we have received calls and complaints and they have expressed anger over the obscenity that has been spread inside this film and Islam has been propagated wrongly," Syed Anas Alis said.

"We also appeal to the people of the government, the jawans, not to watch this film," he said, while stating it was their right to let anyone compromise on how Islam should be perceived.

"If someone presents the wrong definition of Islam, then it is our responsibility to present the correct definition of our religion. I strongly appeal to the censor board and want to tell all the cinemas across India that they should not let this film be screened anywhere. Because this will send a wrong message, peace will be disturbed and the sentiments of all the Muslims in this country will be hurt and we will be made fun of," Syed Anas Ali said.

He further appealed to 'everyone' not to watch Pathaan and said, "Such films are made to make fun of Islam and Muslims. They should be opposed. Pathans are a highly respected community but they have been portrayed in a very wrong way in the film."

Since the release of the song 'Besharam Rang', several outfits have raised objections to the 'obscenity and vulgarity' that has been picturised in the song. Previously, MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra denounced Deepika Padukone's saffron bikini and admonished the chemistry that has been depicted between the actors.

Source: Out Look India

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https://www.outlookindia.com/art-entertainment/-block-pathaan-s-release-now-muslim-board-slams-shah-rukh-khan-s-film-news-245925

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Africa

Supreme Court affirms Sharia law on blasphemy – MURIC

17th December 2022

By Segun Adewole

The Muslim Rights Concern has said that the Supreme Court affirmed Sharia Law on blasphemy.

MURIC said this while commending the Upper Sharia Court of Kano for sentencing one Abduljabbar Nasiru to death for committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad of Islam.

The statement read, “MURIC Sokoto chapter commends the Upper Sharia Court in Kano which sentenced Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara to death by hanging for his many blasphemous utterances.

Source: Punchng.Com

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https://punchng.com/supreme-court-affirms-sharia-law-on-blasphemy-muric/

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Why I Will Never Backs Christian-Christian Or Muslim-Muslim Ticket – Dogara

18-12-2022

Sir, you led a forum of Northern Christian APC Leaders that opposed the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC which culminated into the adoption of the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, can you tell us why you took that step?

Our journey started with the adoption of what is now popularly known in Nigeria as the same faith ticket by the APC. Before that happened, the church through CAN, had come out with a position which was later reinforced by a group of Christians from the 19 northern states and the FCT who were of the APC. Well, we held meetings upon meetings which led to a summit. At that summit, we took a crystal clear decision compelled by our vision of a united Nigeria – involving both men and women of all faiths – Christians, Muslims, even those who do not subscribe to any creed – uniting to build this country in a way that guarantees peace and prosperity; we will not support same faith ticket and same faith voting.

There was no way we could support the position of the APC and as such, we came up with a communique that addressed the need for us to do a wider consultation and to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters for us to jointly search for a pan-Nigerian platform  to adopt and push across the finish line in order to better serve our collective interests as Nigerians for peace, unity, progress and development of this our great country.

Source: Pleader Ship

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Europe

Dewsbury pub to become Islamic Education Centre and prayer room

By Abigail Marlow

18-12-2022

The Nelson Inn on Slaithwaite Road, Thornhill Lees, had been on the market for three years before it closed in March 2020.

In February 2021, the council approved an application to change the buidling’s use to an education centre and prayer room, though this never materialised. At present, the original building is substantially demolished with new premises to be built on site.

The new building will have a similar footprint to the previous pub but will be half a metre taller. Despite this, the new build is said to have “no adverse impact on residential amenity.” It will also come with a six-space car park to the side.

Source: Dewsbury Reporter

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https://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/people/dewsbury-pub-to-become-islamic-education-centre-and-prayer-room-3956678

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Kazakh Officials No More Successful than Russian Ones in Defining ‘Traditional Islam’ Despite that Being the Only Kind They Like, Experts Say

December 17, 2022

Paul Goble

Staunton, Dec. 15 – Participants in a recent meeting of experts on the evolving relationship between Islam and secularism in Kazakhstan were unanimous in saying that most of the problems Astana faces in the religious realm arise from its failure to define what “traditional Islam” is despite that variety being the only kind they like and support.

As a result, they say, there is a very low level of religious literacy among the population and among officials while there is at the same time an increasing number of conflicts between the faithful and the government over how each should relate to the other (paperlab.kz/islam-i-svetskost-v-kazahstane-v-poiskah-novogo-balansa and qmonitor.kz/society/4637).

According to the experts who took part in the meeting, the Kazakhstan government acts on the basis of the conviction that any “’non-traditional’” Islam is by definition extremist, even though evidence for that is non-existent. And as a result, the state’s actions are producing exactly the opposite of what they intend, leading those who disagree toward radicalism.

Source: Windowon Eurasia2

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http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2022/12/kazakh-officials-no-more-successful.html

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Masjid imam killed by gunmen in northern Daraa governorate

December 17, 2022

Mohammad Atta Bakkar al-Sa’di, the Imam and Khatib (orator) of a masjid in Kafr Shams town in the northern suburbs of Daraa governorate, was shot dead on December 14, 2022, by gunmen we have not been able to identify yet who raided his home in the town, which is under the control of Syrian regime forces.

The Syrian Network for human Rights is still trying to locate eyewitnesses to obtain more information about the incident.

Source: News.Snhr.Org

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https://news.snhr.org/2022/12/17/masjid-imam-killed-by-gunmen-in-northern-daraa-governorate-december-14/

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North America

New Jersey politicians show solidarity with Muslims after mosque harassment

Brooke Anderson

17 December, 2022

New Jersey politicians, including the governor and a senator, as well as religious leaders of different faiths are showing solidarity with Muslims over harassment at four mosques in the state.

In the incidents of harassment, a truck drove up to mosques with a lighted digital billboard with pictures of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. All the incidents took place on 26 November, the 14th anniversary of the bombings and shootings committed by extremists from Pakistan that killed 175 people.

Though no one was harmed during the harassment, the act of a truck bearing inflammatory images and pulling up to crowded mosques was unsettling for congregants, who were taken by surprise and had no idea what was going to happen next.

Source: New Arab

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https://www.newarab.com/news/new-jersey-politicians-stand-muslims-after-harassment

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How A Restaurant In Montalcino Is A Harnessing The Local Wine Mecca To Redefining Local Cuisine

Valentina Di Donato

Dec 16, 2022

To get to the hilltop town of Montalcino in the region of Tuscany, you have to drive across picturesque rolling hills lined with Cyprus trees, many still growing since the ancient Roman era. Along the drive, you will see sprawling vineyards of Sangiovese Grosso that produce ideally on the sloped terrain. Montalcino is right next to the village of Chianti and south of the Amiata forest; the perfect microclimate is found thanks to luck or God, depending on who you speak to. All of this creates the perfect ecosystem for one of the world's most coveted grapes, the Sangiovese Grosso, to make Brunello.

What was once known as a simple agricultural province of Tuscany since the 1980s boomed into a refined wine mecca of both locals of Montalcino with an international presence. Now, one wine producer is working with young chefs and sommeliers to help elevate the dining space.

"Brunello's arrival in America changed everything for Montalcino; their fortune was also to have a beautiful territory. They exported their product to far away places. Montalcino is very international despite it having a population of only 5,000," explains chef Matteo Piscopo, 24, who recently took over the Drogheria Franci restaurant of Fabio Tassi, wine entrepreneur of Tassi Montalcino.

Source: Forbes.Com

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/valentinadidonato/2022/12/16/how-a-restaurant-in-montalcino-is-a-harnessing-the-local-wine-mecca-to-redefining-local-cuisine/?sh=7bbf1f734f82

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Mideast

Scores of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Hanukkah

18/December/2022

JERUSALEM, Sunday, December 18, 2022 (WAFA) – Scores of Israeli settlers guarded by police stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem this morning, under the pretext of celebrating Hanukkah holiday.

The Islamic Waqf, the Jordan-run authority in charge of the holy site, said scores of Israeli settlers broke into the holy site in groups on the first day of the Jewish holiday, and that more groups of settlers are expected to break into the holy site during the day.

It said the Israeli occupation authorities imposed strict restrictions on the presence of Muslims in the holy site coinciding with the incursions by Israeli settlers.

Source: English.Wafa.Ps

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https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/132394

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Iran Calls UNGA Resolution On Human Rights Violations 'baseless Accusations, Hypocritical'

By Digital Desk

18th December, 2022

Iran on Saturday criticised the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution against its human rights violations by calling it “hypocritical and devoid of legitimacy”. “The hypocritical approach of sponsors of this resolution in exploiting international institutes to exert pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran is a clear example of abusing sublime human rights concepts and values to pursue short-sighted political objectives,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani as per a statement. The UNGA adopted a series of regulations on Thursday including one condemning the human rights violations in North Korea as well.

Thirty six countries in the UNGA drafted the resolution calling out the violations regarding the “promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives”. The resolution passed by a recorded vote of 80 in favour and 29 against, with 65 abstentions. Kanaani stated that these efforts were part of the “western countries” agenda to promote the “Iranophobia project” and “psychological war” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The resolution was a mere repetition of “baseless accusations” against Iran drawn based on “misinformation” and “dishonest generalizations,” Kanaani said while further calling the resolution “one-sided” and “unrealistic”.

The resolution expressed serious concern at the significant increase in use of the death penalty in Iran; disproportionate application of the death penalty to persons belonging to minorities; and continuing disregard for protections under Iranian law or internationally recognised safeguards relating to the death penalty. It also urged Iran to eliminate all forms of systemic discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls; ensure women’s and girls’ equal protection and access to justice, including by prohibiting so-called honor killings and child, early and forced marriage. The resolution further called on the regime to lift restrictions on women’s and girls’ equal access to primary and secondary education; and remove legal and cultural barriers to women’s equal participation in the labour market and all aspects of economic, cultural, and political life.

Source: Republic World

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https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/middle-east/iran-calls-unga-resolution-on-human-rights-violations-baseless-accusations-hypocritical-articleshow.html

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Iran never to back down from its redlines: Envoy

Dec 18, 2022

In a meeting with several Lebanese media activists, Amani touched upon Tehran-Beirut relations and the Vienna negotiations on lifting the illegal sanctions imposed by the West against the Iranian nation.

"We are eager to respect the will of the Lebanese people and will not interfere in their internal affairs in any way," the Iranian envoy cited.

Referring to the negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, Amani stressed that Iran will never give up on its redlines, which will secure the interests of the Iranian people.

Source: Mehr News

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https://en.mehrnews.com/news/195032/Iran-never-to-back-down-from-its-redlines-Envoy

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Turkey’s courts to fix any errors after Imamoglu jailing: Erdogan

17 Dec 2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the courts would correct any mistakes in an appeal process after a court sentenced the mayor of Istanbul to more than two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of insulting members of the Supreme Electoral Council.

Erdogan made his first direct comments after the court on Wednesday sentenced Ekrem Imamoglu, a key opposition politician and a potential challenger to Erdogan, to two years and seven months in prison and handed him a political ban.

Imamoglu was prosecuted for insulting public officials in 2019 when he criticised a decision to cancel the first round of municipal elections that he won and became the mayor of Istanbul. His win was seen as a blow to Erdogan and his AK Party.

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CIA head: Russia looking to support Iran, posing threat to US allies in Middle East

By TOI STAFF

17 December 2022

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said in an interview broadcast Friday that Russia was looking to help Iran, which would pose a threat to US allies in the region.

“What’s beginning to emerge is at least the beginnings of a full-fledged defense partnership between Russia and Iran, with the Iranians supplying drones to the Russians, which are killing Ukrainian civilians as we speak today,” William Burns told PBS.

“The Russians are beginning to look at ways in which, technologically or technically, they can support the Iranians, which poses real threats to Iran’s own neighborhood, to many of our friends and partners in Iran’s neighborhood as well,” he said, without naming any of the countries.

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Iran Says Enriched Uranium Capacity Hits Record

December 17, 2022

TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran said Saturday its uranium enrichment capacity has increased to record levels, a day before United Nations nuclear monitors are set to visit the country.

"Currently, the enrichment capacity of the country has reached more than twice the entire history of this industry," Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

"Nuclear energy and atomic power production have great economic savings for the country and are effective in reducing fossil and non-renewable fuel consumption and environmental problems," he added.

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Iran central bank governor blames protests for currency's fall

December 18, 2022

DUBAI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Iran's central bank governor on Saturday partly blamed recent anti-government unrest for the fall of the Iranian currency to record lows, while authorities detained a prominent actress who had voiced support for protesters.

The unrest, which poses one of the biggest challenges to theocratic rule in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, also saw groups of oil workers holding protests on Saturday to demand higher wages, according to reports on social media.

The wider unrest currently gripping Iran was triggered by the Sept. 16 death in detention of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for wearing "inappropriate attire" under Iran's strict Islamic dress code for women.

Authorities on Saturday detained Taraneh Alidoosti, star of "The Salesman" which won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2016, after she voiced support for the protests and posted a photo of herself without a head scarf with a sign reading "Woman, life, freedom" - a main slogan of demonstrators.

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War on Iran Out of Question: General

December, 17, 2022

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s success in gaining “full deterrent” power has made military onslaught against the country a non-viable option for the enemies, the head of the Civil Defense Organization of Iran said.

Regular war games, measures to strengthen Iran’s defense power, and achieving the full degree of deterrence have taken the option for a military war off the enemies’ table, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said.

He added that the Islamic Republic has become so powerful that no enemy would dare to pose a threat to the country considering the costs of a military strike.

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Turkish jets respond to Greek intervention on joint NATO drill

BY DAILY SABAH

DEC 17, 2022

Greek fighter jets tried to intercept NATO's tactical-level exercise Nexus Ace in the Aegean Sea but Turkish Air Forces responded and ensured the completion of the exercise, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

In a statement, the ministry said Turkish fighter jets and NATO's AWACS jets were carrying out the Nexus Ace exercise in the international airspace around the Aegean Sea, but Greek fighter jets attempted to intercept the exercise.

However, Turkish jets did not let the interception attempt interrupt the NATO exercise and successfully completed the mission, the ministry said.

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India

Maharashtra: Special Court Grants ATS 30-Day Extension To File Charge-Sheet Against 5 PFI Members

By: ABP News Bureau

17 Dec 2022

A Mumbai special court on Saturday granted a 30-day extension to the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) to file a charge sheet in connection with the arrest of five members of the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) for alleged unlawful activities and waging war against the country, news agency PTI reported.

The five were among 20 people detained by the ATS across the state in September as part of a statewide multi-agency raid led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The investigating agency had applied to the special court for a 90-day extension to file the charge sheet, stating that the investigation was still ongoing.

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Dalit-Muslim Groups, Bhim Army And Moolniwasi Muslim Manch, Oppose Launch Of Book On Col Purohit

Dec 17, 2022

By HT Correspondent

Two Pune-based Dalit-Muslim organisations-Bhim Army and Moolniwasi Muslim Manch have opposed the launch of ‘Lt Colonel Purohit: The Man Betrayed?’, a book on the controversial army officer and an accused in 2008 Malegaon Blasts case scheduled to take place at Lady Ramabai Hall in SP College at 4 pm on Sunday.

According to the invite, the book penned by author Smita Mishra will be released by former Pune police commissioner Jayant Umranikar, BJP MP and former IPS officer Satyapal Singh and former Mumbai CP Sanjay Barve in presence of publisher Renu Kaul Sharma and event anchor Major (retd) Gaurav Arya, defence expert and television anchor.

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Pakistan

Islamic Economic System Based On Welfare Of Humanity, Says Pakistan Religious Affairs Minister

Our Staff Reporter

December 18, 2022

LAHORE- Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor said on Saturday that work on the Hajj quota for the members and workers of the chambers of commerce and industry was well under way. He disclosed this in a meeting with businessmen here at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), where LCCI President Kashif Anwar highlighted various issues being faced by the Hajj and Umrah operators. Lahore Chamber’s Senior Vice President Chaudhry Zafar Mahmood, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani and Convener LCCI Standing Committee Abdul Jabbar Anjum also spoke. The federal minister said that the ministry would soon find a way for Hajj and Umrah quota system for the LCCI members and staff. “Our relations with the business community are very close to our heart,” he said and added that all suggestions and demands, presented by the LCCI, would be forwarded to the platforms concerned. He said that the suggestions related to Ministry of Religious Affairs should be forwarded in writing so that these could be resolved as soon as possible. He said that Islamic economic system was based on welfare of humanity. The business in a right way is also worship and the ranks of righteous businessmen are high in Islam, he added. He promised to take up all Hajj related matters with Saudi authorities in consultation with 65 ministers of Muslim countries. LCCI President Kashif Anwar said that keeping in view the current economic situation, there is an urgent need for amnesty scheme so that the dollars, that people have in Pakistan but not declared, could be circulated in economy. By encouraging people through amnesty scheme, the government could bring a lot of foreign exchange into the country. He requested the federal minister to raise this proposal in the National Assembly. Kashif Anwar said that there was a dire need to revamp the system of monitoring of private Hajj organisers. Apart from this, while fixing the package of the private Hajj scheme, other expenses inclu

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Pakistan Needs To Take Lead In Recognising Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Govt: Speakers

Staff Reporter

December 18, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan should take lead in recognising the government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, said experts at a conference here.

The roundtable ‘Transformation of Taliban from militia to military: prospects, challenges and implications for regional security’ was organised by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

Apart from academia, the conference was also attended by diplomats from Saudi Arabia, France, Hungary, Japan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Romania, Iraq, and Palestine. The speakers discussed the ongoing transition of the Taliban militia into a regular army.

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4 cops martyred, as many injured in midnight siege of police station in KP’s Lakki Marwat

Sirajuddin

December 18, 2022

Suspected militants attacked the Burgi police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lakki Marwat early Sunday morning, leaving four policemen dead and injuring as many, according to a police official.

“At midnight, militants attacked the police station and tried to enter the building,” Lakki Police spokesperson Shahid Hameed told Dawn.com, adding that more than 60 policemen were on duty at that time.

He further said that the policemen engaged the militants for almost 45 minutes after which the attackers escaped, taking advantage of the darkness.

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NA summoned on 20th, likely to pass tweaks to Reko Diq investment bill

Amir Wasim

December 18, 2022

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday summoned the National Assembly session on Dec 20, which will apparently pass the bill seeking amendment to the Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Act aimed at pacifying the estranged allies in the ruling coalition.The bill has already been passed by the Senate.

The joint sitting of parliament is also scheduled to be held on Dec 20. Sources, however, said the government might delay it yet again as it had already been delayed many times since its convening in May.

The government had to present the amendment bill seeking to limit the law’s scope to the Reko Diq project in the Senate despite getting it approved last week from both houses of parliament after two of its main allies — the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) — protested over it and there were reports that the former was even considering an option to quit the eight-month-old coalition.

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Bentley probe comes to dead end due to diplomatic immunity

Naeem Sahoutara

December 18, 2022

KARACHI: Mystery shrouds the investigations into a scam involving import of Bentley Mulsanne, said to have been stolen in the United Kingdom and registered here in the name of a European diplomat, as diplomatic immunity has complicated the investigators’ as well as prosecution’s job, it has emerged.

In early September, Customs authorities recovered the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne V8 (valued Rs41,439,322) from a house in Defence Housing Authority. The local buyer of the high-end vehicle, Jameel Shafi, along with Naveed Bilwani, who allegedly illegally facilitated the clearance of the four-wheeler were taken into custody.

Documents seen by Dawn had suggested that the high-end vehicle was imported by a European diplomat stationed in Islamabad in 2019. The vehicle carried the number plate BRS-279 and a quick search of the registration number on the Sindh excise department’s online vehicle verification portal reveals that it was registered on May 21, 2020 in the name of “H. E. Aleksandar Borisov Parashkevov”.

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Fate of assemblies to be sealed on 23rd: Imran

Mansoor Malik

December 18, 2022

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan finally announced the date for the dissolution of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies and disclosed that both houses would be disbanded on Dec 23 (Friday) to force the government for early elections.

During his virtual address from Zaman Park in Lahore, the former prime minister lashed out at former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and accused him of toppling the PTI government allegedly in league with “foreign hands”. Imran Khan claimed that Mr Bajwa did not allow him to hold the plunderers and corrupt accountable.

“Gen Bajwa committed a mistake but he never realised it, not even after seeing the reaction of the nation [which] sided [with PTI] soon after the toppling of my government,” the PTI chief said.

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NAB initiates inquiry into alleged corruption in PSQCA

Kalbe Ali

December 18, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated inquiry into alleged corruption cases in the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), worth around Rs1 billion by the officers who deposited the money in personal accounts to get profit and made improper investments.

Since the PSQCA is an attached department of Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the accountability watchdog has asked the ministry to provide required documents and details to complete forensic audit related to around 55 suspicious transactions worth around Rs1 billion between 2014 to 2017 from various bank accounts.

The NAB report claims that the amount was transferred to several bank accounts reportedly for PSQCA investment but such transactions and suspicious investments were in violation of government rules and directives.

The latest letter has been forwarded by the MoST this week to the director general of PSQCA on Dec 13, 2022, demanding detailed information to conduct forensic audit of the PSQCA Investment Fund on an urgent basis.

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South Asia

Bangladesh Made Tremendous Progress Under Sheikh Hasina: Asian Lite International Reports

December 18, 2022

Dhaka [Bangladesh], December 17 (ANI): The last 14 years of the Awami League Government under Sheikh Hasina has been transformative for Bangladesh, reported Asian Lite International.

Within this relatively short period of time, Bangladesh has gone from being a low-income and least-developed country to a lower-middle-income-developing country.

From pulling millions of people out of the clutches of poverty and exhibiting over 6.6 per cent average economic growth to sheltering over a million displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar, the days of Bangladesh being in the headlines only for natural disasters are long gone.

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Bright prospects for Bangladesh despite short-term challenges

Md Fazlur Rahman

Dec 18, 2022

Bangladesh is going through some short-term challenges like the rest of the world largely for the external factors but the medium-term prospects for the country remain bright, said Standard Chartered Bank Group Chairman José Viñals.

"In order to materialise the prospects, Bangladesh needs to address the short-term challenges," he told The Daily Star in an interview in Dhaka on Thursday.

Last week, he was in the capital on a four-day visit, when he met regulators, senior government officials, economists, and clients, among others.

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Pakistan Summons Afghan Diplomat over Chaman Border Shelling

By Arif Ahmadi

December 17, 2022

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan summoned an Afghan diplomat over “unprovoked” artillery fire at their border, according to reports, as tensions have ratcheted up between the South Asian neighbors near the southern border.

This came days after increased tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan near the southern border of Chaman in Balochistan province, which inflicted injuries to both sides.

“Afghan Chargé d’Affaires in Islamabad was called to the foreign ministry and Pakistan’s strong condemnation was conveyed over recent incidents of unprovoked cross-border shelling resulting in a loss of life, injuries and damage to property,” the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday, as Aljazeera quoted.

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Andrew Quilty’s ‘August in Kabul’ is an incomplete story of Taliban

Dec 18, 2022

Vivek Katju

ANDREW QUILTY is an Australian photojournalist who lived in Afghanistan from 2013 till the ignominious end of America’s ‘forever war’ in August 2021. In this notable work, he examines the calamitous impact of America’s presence and final failure on the lives of Afghans, especially those who worked with it.

He does so by focusing on the situation of some, including women. He looks at the deficiencies of the Afghan Republic’s armed forces. Without the crutch of American support, they proved simply incapable of confronting the Taliban. This, too, he does through an account of what happened in a particular area in Wardak province, close to Kabul. Quilty also looks into the causes that led some Afghans to join the Taliban. And he gives vivid accounts of developments at the Presidential Palace in the dying days of the Republic and also the almost fortnight-long tragic chaos at the Kabul airport when the Taliban re-captured the city after two decades on August 15.

The collapse of the Afghan Republic was both a failure, long in the making, of the country’s political elite and that of America’s persistently confused diplomatic and military policies in Afghanistan. Quilty notes: “...those who allied with the Americans and the government they installed under president Karzai… now saw an opportunity not only to gather wealth and power but to exact revenge.” This was so because these persons had suffered, as had all sections of Afghan society at one time or another, after the end of the Afghan monarchy in 1973. What was now needed was a visionary Afghan leader who would be able to knit the country together and also carry Washington with himself. Neither Karzai nor his successor Ashraf Ghani even remotely had such capabilities. It was ironic that America and its allies put their faith in them as they permitted the rigging of elections to bring them or let them continue in power. Quilty should have examined these aspects to enrich his work, but does not.

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Bangladesh commerce minister Tipu Munshi to visit India next week

By: Sidhant Sibal

Dec 17, 2022

With focus on deciding the negotiation roadmap for India-Bangladesh Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), Bangladesh's commerce minister Tipu Munshi will be on India visit next week. He will hold talks with Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal on 22nd and 23rd December during the visit. Both countries have already finalised a Joint Feasibility Study when it comes to CEPA.

The CEPA pact, when signed, will be the first major such accord Dhaka has with any big country in Asia. The India-Bangladesh joint statement issued after Bangladesh PM Hasina's India visit earlier this year and meeting with PM Modi had a key emphasis on signing of the trade pact. The joint statement said that the leaders "directed trade officials on both sides to start negotiations within the calendar year 2022 and to complete these at the earliest, in time for Bangladesh’s final graduation from LDC status."

Bangladesh is India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia and India is the second biggest trade partner of Bangladesh in Asia. Despite the disruptions due to Covid pandemic, bilateral trade grew at almost 44% from US$ 10.78 billion in FY 2020-21 to US$ 18.14 billion in FY 2021-22. India is also Bangladesh’s largest export destination in Asia.

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Arab world

'Qatar 2022 a milestone in football history, and a source of pride for Arabs, Muslims'

18 Dec 2022

Doha: Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the State of Qatar H E Dr. Mustafa Boutoura has said that this year’s National Day celebrations are special and outstanding as they coincide with the country’s hosting of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the world’s major international sporting event.

In a statement to QNA, he extended congratulations to Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the government and the people of Qatar on this happy occasion, adding that Algeria, through these celebrations and associated events and activities, shares the pride and joy of brotherly Qatari people amid their huge internal and external achievements.

He also noted the great success that distinguished the World Cup opening ceremony that grabbed the attention of the whole world and large-scale acclaim over its widely acknowledged dazzling organisation and smooth movement inside and outside stadiums and arenas and squares that hosted the World Cup-associated various cultural and artistic events.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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With World Cup, Qatar sees opportunity to offer visitors an introduction to Islam

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO

17 December 2022

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Fatima Garcia donned a headscarf and a black abaya — a long, loose-fitting robe — over her clothes as she walked into a mosque in Doha to learn about Islam.

In Qatar to enjoy the World Cup with friends, the Salvadoran visitor took a day off from soccer to go sightseeing at the Katara mosque, where preachers have been introducing Islam in multiple languages to curious fans from around the world.

“Qatar is my first exposure to Islam,” Garcia said inside the house of prayer, also known as the blue mosque for its beautiful turquoise tiles. “Qatar has been a life-changing adventure because it gives you a perspective on different cultures.”

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to Qatar during the World Cup. For many, it’s their first visit to a Muslim country. Those who don’t venture far beyond the stadiums and Doha’s glitzy hotels will have only limited exposure to the country’s religion, such as hearing the call to prayer at a distance or witnessing Muslims prostrate at prayer rooms in stadiums, airports and hotels. But for those who are curious to find out more about Islam, Qatari authorities and religious officials are eager to help.

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Saudi sport minister hosts world football leaders at Saudi House in Qatar

SPA

December 17, 2022

DOHA: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sport Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal on Friday hosted a number of international football sports federations and Qatari officials at the “Saudi House” zone.

The zone was founded by the Saudi Football Federation in the Doha Corniche to coincide with the FIFA World Cup 2022 being hosted by Qatar.

Source: Arab News

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Muhajir initiative documents Prophet’s journey from Makkah to Madinah

TAREQ AL-THAQAFI

December 17, 2022

MAKKAH: The team behind the Muhajir (Arabic for ‘migrant’) initiative announced that it has documented the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Thawr Cave in Makkah to the Quba Mosque in Madinah, including more than 20 stops.

Mohammed bin Samel Al-Salami, a professor of history and the Prophet’s biography — and a member of the Muhajir team — told Arab News that the team had relied heavily on the books of the Prophet’s biography for research purposes.

Some of the routes the Prophet took on his flight from the conspiracy against him in Makkah, Al-Salami said, were unknown at the time.

Source: Arab News

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Second Emirati-Saudi Productive Families Exhibition launched

ARAB NEWS

December 18, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank launched the second Emirati-Saudi Productive Families Exhibition, held in Riyadh from Dec. 15-20.

Inaugurating the exhibition were Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Emirati minister of community development, and SDB CEO Ibrahim bin Hamad Al-Rashid.

The latter said the expansion of the Productive Families Support Program has enabled 150,000 Saudi families to enter the labor market with financing amounting to SR2 billion ($532 million), and has trained over 50,000 families in all Saudi cities.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi leaders congratulate PM Karins after new Latvian government approved

ARAB NEWS

December 17, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulated Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins after a new government was approved by lawmakers this week, the Saudi Press Agency reported early on Saturday.

A majority in Latvia’s parliament on Wednesday voted to confirm the country’s proposed coalition government, allowing Karins to stay in power following his win in the October general election.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

Muhyiddin says did not take single sen as NRC chief, denies Puad Zarkashi's claims

By Ida Lim

18 Dec 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has denied receiving any money when he was the chairman of the National Recovery Council (NRC), clarifying that the advisory body does not receive any government funding.

Muhyiddin, who was chairing the NRC, reportedly took his lawyer’s advice and resigned from the position before the 15th general election.

Source: Malay Mail

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Indonesia firm on becoming Muslim fashion hub

18-12-2022

Indonesia has reinforced its goal of becoming the world’s Muslim fashion center, in line with the growth of the nation's children's work in the industry these past few years.

Recently, during the opening of the Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week 2023, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said that he wanted to see Jakarta or other Indonesian cities rank first in terms of Muslim fashion, like London, Paris, and New York, which have been global centers of fashion since long ago.

In the first half of 2022, the contribution of Muslim fashion to the trade balance was quite significant at US$2.8 billion. The value reflected an increase of 39.86 percent compared to the same period in 2021, when it was recorded at US$2.04 billion.

Source: Antara News

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Serian MP Riot: Give PM Anwar a chance to serve full term

18 Dec 2022

SERIAN, Dec 18 — Malaysians should give a chance to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to serve his full term, said Serian MP Datuk Sri Richard Riot Jaem.

“I hope there is no such thing as ‘Sheraton Move’. Because in order for the country to progress, we have to make sure the unity government is supported by all,” he said referring to the political manoeuvre in 2020 that led to the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Riot also said the formation of the unity government led by Anwar was decreed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after none of the political blocs gained a sufficient majority in the 15th General Election (GE15).

Source: Malay Mail

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Ministry of Local Govt Development to address sick, abandoned housing projects nationwide, says deputy minister

18 Dec 2022

JOHOR BARU, Dec 18 — Addressing the problem of ’sick’ and abandoned housing projects across the country will be the main focus of the Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT), said its Deputy Minister Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir.

According to him, housing issues were already being studied when he became a Member of Parliament and before he was appointed deputy minister of KPKT.

“The issue of ‘sick’ projects or houses with problems should be the focus, even though Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming himself has stated that he will take the initiative to revamp the National Housing Policy (NHP).

Source: Malay Mail

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