• Saudi Arabia Asks Muslims To Wait Before Making Haj Plans Amid
• Tablighi-Jamaat's Markaz Leadership Agreed to Vacate
Nizamuddin Mosque After NSA Ajit Doval's Intervention
• Covid-19 Lockdown: Police File Case Against Islamic Scholars for
Flouting Govt Orders in Delhi
• Coronavirus Outbreak: Only Five or Less People Can Offer
Congregational Prayers in Mosques, Rules KP Government
• Saudi-Led Forces Airdropping Virus-Infected Masks In Yemen:
• Indonesians Advised to Perform Idul Fitr, Ramadan Tarawih
Prayers At Home Amid Coronavirus Concerns
• Afghan Religious Affairs Ministry Urges People to Avoid Mosques
During Coronavirus Lockdown
• Start-Up Payment Platform Jumah Pay Seeks UK Rollout To Help
Mosques And Charities Manage COVID-19
• Trump's Travel Ban Is Right: Coronavirus Won’t Harm Muslims, Say
Many Muslim Clerics
• Education City Mosque of Qatar: A Spiritual Place Combining
Modernity And Heritage
• Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank shareholders approve lifting foreign
• Tablighi-e-Jamaat's Markaz Leadership Agreed to Vacate
Nizamuddin Mosque After NSA Ajit Doval Intervention
• Covid19 Lockdown: Police File Case Against Islamic Scholars for
Flouting Govt Orders in Delhi
• Maharashtra Police Books Mosque Trustees for Hiding Foreign
Nationals Who Attended • Tablighi Jamaat Event in Delhi's Nizamuddin
• Tablighi Jamaat: The Core Of The Islamic Ecosystem And The
Danger It Poses
• Coronavirus: Delhi SHOs told to check mosques
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• Nizamuddin congregation participants stayed in 16 mosques in
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Arabia Asks Muslims To Wait Before Making Haj Plans Amid Coronavirus Breakout
Saudi Arabia is urging Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual
Haj pilgrimage until there is more clarity about the deadly coronavirus
pandemic, the kingdom’s minister for Haj and Umrah said on Tuesday.
2.5 million pilgrims usually flock to the holiest sites of Islam in Makkah and
Medina each year for the week-long ritual, which is a once-in-a-lifetime duty
for every able-bodied Muslim and a major source of income for the kingdom.
the coronavirus infected cases surged to over 846,000 and over 41,500 deaths
with over 3,900 new deaths reported across the world on Tuesday.
the other hand, about three out of four Americans are now, or about to be,
under some form of lockdown, as more states tighten measures to fight the
coronavirus. Maryland, Virginia, Arizona and Tennessee became the latest states
to order citizens to stay at home, meaning 32 of 50 states have taken such
steps, reported BBC on Tuesday.
governors are quarrelling with President Donald Trump about the availability of
testing kits. The US has more than 175,000 confirmed virus cases and over 3,400
US now has more COVID-19 fatalities than China, where the illness was first
reported. Some 245 million people are already under orders to stay at home, or
facing such orders which come into effect later on Tuesday.
two-thirds of states have issued directives for their citizens to stay put,
while the remaining states have localised orders in effect. In general, the
"lockdowns" allow people to only go out to get essential supplies and
medicines, or limited forms of exercise.
a large religious gathering in New Delhi has sparked a manhunt across India for
suspected coronavirus cases after being linked to dozens of infections and
several deaths. The gathering emerged as one of India´s major virus hotspots
after thousands flocked to an Islamic religious centre in the Nizamuddin West
neighbourhood of Delhi.
returned home to other states after the gathering, but many remained in the
vicinity, saying they were trapped because public transport had been shut down
due to the virus.
than half of the 1,800 people who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat
congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin came from two states - Tamil Nadu and Assam
- officials have said. The Jamaat’s headquarters in Nizamuddin area has emerged
as one of the biggest coronavirus disease hotspots in India with 24 people
testing positive and nearly 200 others showing symptoms of COVID-19.
statewise break-up of the number of people present at the congregation held
earliest this month, officials said that 510 people came from Tamil Nadu, 281
from Assam, 156 from Uttar Pradesh, 109 from Maharashtra, 107 from Madhya
Pradesh, 86 from Bihar, 73 from West Bengal, 55 from Telangana, 46 from
Jharkhand, 45 from Karnataka, 34 from Uttarakhand, 22 from Haryana, 21 from
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 19 from Rajasthan, 15 each from Himachal Pradesh,
Kerala and Odisha, nine from Punjab and five from Meghalaya.
Monday and Tuesday, the warren of lanes near the religious centre -- near
several prominent Sufi shrines -- were taped off by officials in hazmat suits.
More than 1,000 people were taken in buses from the area by police, with 335
admitted to hospital and the rest quarantined, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar
Jain told reporters Tuesday.
least 10 attendees -- including six in southern Telangana state and three in
Delhi -- have died from COVID-19 in the past few days, authorities said. The
Press Trust of India said around 8,000 people took part in the event, with
Telangana officials saying at least 1,000 attendees were from that state alone.
in other states and territories have also been linked to the gathering. Delhi
officials estimated that almost 300 foreigners attended the gathering, the
Press Trust of India reported.
again, Spain hit a new record with 849 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours on
Tuesday although health chiefs said the rate of new infections was continuing
its downward trend. After Italy, Spain has suffered the world´s second most
deadly outbreak which has now claimed 8,189 lives there. The latest figures
came a day after the death toll fell slightly, raising hopes the epidemic could
the same period, the number of confirmed cases rose to 94,417 after another
9,222 people tested positive: a nearly 11-percent increase. That figure was
seen as a setback after a week in which the rate had been steadily failing,
with Monday´s figures having shown a rise of just over 8.0 percent. "It´s
true that today we have a slight increase in the number of cases," said
Maria Jose Sierra, from the health ministry´s emergencies coordination unit.
But the downward trend "is continuing", she added.
has also ordered millions of euros worth of supplies to support its health care
system, on the brink of collapse following the massive influx of seriously ill
patients and a growing number of medical staff falling sick with the virus.
a UN human rights expert called on Tuesday for lifting international sanctions
against countries ranging from Iran to North Korea and Venezuela to ensure that
food supplies reach hungry populations during the coronavirus pandemic.
under sweeping US sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes, is among the
hardest-hit by the new pathogen. Venezuela has notified 113 cases to the World
Health Organization (WHO), while isolated North Korea, which borders on China
and South Korea, has yet to report any. “The continued imposition of crippling
economic sanctions on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, and, to a lesser degree,
Zimbabwe, to name the most prominent instances, severely undermines the
ordinary citizens’ fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food,” Hilal
Elver, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement.
an independent expert, said that it was a matter of “humanitarian and practical
urgency to lift unilateral economic sanctions immediately.” France, Germany and
Britain have exported medical goods to Iran in the first transaction conducted
under a trade mechanism set up to barter humanitarian goods and food after the
US withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal, Germany said on Tuesday.
death toll from coronavirus has reached 2,898, with 141 deaths in the past 24
hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV on Tuesday,
adding that the total number of infections has jumped to 44,606.
Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a proposal for the lifting of tough
Venezuela sanctions, including on the vital oil sector, in exchange for the
creation of a power-sharing transitional government made up of members of the
opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party.
Markaz Leadership Agreed To Vacate Nizamuddin Mosque After NSA Ajit Doval
Tablighi-e-Jamaat's Markaz in Nizamuddin West, one of the major Covid-19
hotspots in the country, has now been cleared by the Delhi Police. Initially,
however, authorities met resistance from the Markaz leadership after they
refused to vacate the premises.
was only after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval intervened that the
leadership cooperated with the police and agreed to vacate the building on the
intervening night of March 28-29.
to sources in the government, NSA Ajit Doval had been in touch with
representatives of the Jamaat in Nizamuddin. A delegation from Markaz also held
a meeting with the NSA on March 28, during which he tried to defuse the tension
amid fears of spread of novel coronavirus.
sources added that it was after Doval's intervention that the Jamaatis
cooperated and agreed to vacate the building in Nizamuddin.
government has been using NSA's good relations with the Muslim leadership in
the past as well while trying to defuse communal tensions. Most recently, Ajit
Doval was roped in to diffuse communal tensions during Delhi riots.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said that out of the
2,361 people who have been evacuated from the area, 617 have been admitted to
hospitals while the rest quarantined.
medical staff, administration, police and DTC staff worked together in this
36-hour operation, putting their lives at risk. Hats off to all of them,"
the deputy chief minister said in a tweet.
120 cases include 24 people who took part in a religious congregation at the
Markaz in Nizamuddin West earlier this month. Till Monday night, the number of
cases of the deadly Covid-19 (coronavirus disease) stood at 97, including two
Lockdown: Police File Case Against Islamic Scholars for Flouting Govt Orders in
Delhi (Sputnik): On 16 March, an Islamic organisation had organised a religious
gathering in the national capital with participants from Malaysia, Indonesia,
Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan. But around 1,400 people continued to stay at the
venue even after New Delhi ordered a 21-day lockdown, risking their health in
in Delhi have registered a case against Islamic preacher Maulana Saad and other
members of Islamic movement Tableeqi Jamaat for hosting a religious event and
allegedly violating Government orders in view of the national lockdown due to
senior police official said, “We have registered a case under relevant sections
of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section of Epidemic Disease Act against
Maulana Saad and other of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin police station.”
organisers had violated government directions regarding restriction of social
or political or religious gathering and for taking safety measures, including
social distancing for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 viral
infection," the police officer said.
Delhi Police has written to the city government to request taking immediate
action with regard to persons, including foreign nationals, associated with
Tableegh Jammat and those presently staying at various mosques and places in
was requested against a total of 157 people, including 94 from Indonesia, 13
from Kyrgyzstan, 9 from Bangladesh, 8 from Malaysia, 7 from Algeria and one
each from Tunisia, Belgium and Italy. The others are Indian nationals.
in the day, describing the congregation at the Markaz Tablighi Jamat in the
Hazarat Nizamuddin area as a criminal act, Delhi State Chief Arvind Kejriwal
wrote to the lieutenant governor to register a case against the Nizamuddin
stated that over 1,000 people have been evacuated from Nizamuddin centre.
Meanwhile, local residents blame authorities for not acting on complaints
against gathering at Markaz (centre).
media through video conferencing, the Delhi state chief said that 1,107 people
who had attended the religious congregation in the Nizamudddin area have been
of 97 cases of coronavirus in the city, 24 were those who took part in the
congregation earlier this month," said Kejriwal.
slammed the organisers of the religious gathering, saying it was "highly
irresponsible" on their part to hold such an event at a time when
thousands have died in other countries due to the pandemic.
further said that any lapse in the performance of the officers related to the
Nizamuddin case will not be tolerated and strict action will be initiated.
the residents of Nizamuddin area on Tuesday accused the civil and police
administrations of not heeding their complaints about a large number of people
converging at the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Markaz Nizamuddin, the international headquarters of Tabilghi Jamaat for close
to 100 years, in a statement said that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi
announced the public curfew on 22 March, they discontinued the ongoing
programme immediately. But a large number of people could not leave the
premises due to the closure of railway services.
outbreak: Only five or less people can offer congregational prayers in mosques,
rules KP government
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday issued directives on Tuesday
according to which only five or less persons will be allowed to offer
congregational prayers inside mosques across the province.
notification issued by the KP government's Relief, Rehabilitation and
Settlement Department said that an Emergency and Section 144 had already been
imposed in the province to ensure social distancing.
more: Coronavirus updates, March 31: Latest news on the coronavirus pandemic
from Pakistan and around the world
five or less people designated for Masjid (Muazzin, Pesh Imam, Speaker) shall
offer prayers by Jamaat and that the general public will offer their prayers at
their respective homes and that this order shall be effective immediately and
shall apply to all congregations, till further orders," read the
directives come after the Sindh government banned congregational prayers in mosques
by more than five people last week and urged masses to pray at their homes.
Ulema have appealed to the masses to offer prayers at home in the wake of the
pandemic, which has killed more than 20 people in Pakistan and infected more
than 1,800 persons.
for social distancing have increased after the pandemic killed more than 35,000
people worldwide and infected more than 750,000. Governments around the world
are scrambling to control the virus as economies and industries bear the brunt
of the coronavirus.
forces airdropping virus-infected masks in Yemen: Minister
information minister has raised the possibility of the facemasks airdropped by
Saudi-led warplanes in Sana’a and other cities being infected with the new
coronavirus, urging media outlets and activists to spread awareness of the
al-Shami said given the fact that the Saudi-led coalition has turned Yemen into
the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis through years of lethal
military aggression, it is a big surprise to see coalition forces distributing
masks across the capital and several other Yemeni provinces, the Middle East
Monitor press observatory organization reported on Tuesday.
official added Yemen had not yet identified any cases of the infection in the
war-torn country amid the pandemic, which has affected almost all world states
and has claimed more than 42,000 lives worldwide.
he concluded, the Saudi aggressors would be responsible for any emergence of
the outbreak in Yemen. They have already displayed their intention to afflict
Yemen with the virus by targeting a quarantine center in al-Salif District of
the western province of Hudaydah Province, the minister added.
on Sunday, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency cited the country’s Supreme
Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as
confirming the coalition’s new tactic of airdropping “various supplies” across
warned that the aggressors were trying to use the outbreak “as a means of war
on our people and the targeting of Yemen, which is by far one of the three
countries in the world completely free of the coronavirus outbreak.”
al-Masirah news network, meanwhile, ran an article comparing the tactic to
historical allegations that the British forces contributed to the genocide of
Native Americans in 1763 by distributing infected blankets among them.
of thousands of Yemenis have died since the beginning of the war that Saudi
Arabia and its allies launched in 2015 to restore power to Yemen’s former
Riyadh-allied officials. The aggression has also brought entire Yemen to the
edge of famine.
United States and many of its allies have been providing political, military,
logistical, and advisory support for the war.
Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “an immediate
global ceasefire in all corners of the world” amid the pandemic. Guterres
warned that health systems in war-torn states had collapsed and the small
number of health professionals left on the ground were often targeted.
popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the nation in the
face of the war, has welcomed the proposal.
advised to perform Idul Fitri, Ramadan terawih prayers at home amid coronavirus
(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesia's second-largest Muslim
organisation, Muhammadiyah, has issued a circular advising Muslims to perform
terawih (a night prayer during the fasting month of Ramadan) at home should the
Covid-19 pandemic show no sign of improving in the coming month.
organisation also suggested that the Idul Fitri prayers, usually performed in
congregations at mosques or in open fields to mark the end of Ramadan, not be
held during the health crisis.
highlighted in the letter that such prayers were not obligatory, but rather
sunnah (a voluntary act of worship).
the Covid-19 situation remains (until the end of Ramadan), the string of events
marking the Idul Fitri festivity shall not be organised, including the mudik
(exodus)," according to the circular signed by members of the Muhammadiyah
central executive board's lawmaking and reform councils on March 21.
suggestion came a week after President Joko Widodo called on all Indonesians to
engage in social distancing, by working, studying and worshipping at home to
curb the spread of Covid-19.
Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia, had also suggested
Muslims living in Covid-19 red zones temporarily stop engaging in mass prayers
at mosques to flatten the infection curve.
government has marked most areas across Java Island as Covid-19 red zones after
than 50 positive cases were recorded. Jakarta is the hardest-hit region with
747 cases recorded as of Tuesday.
religious affairs ministry urges people to avoid mosques during coronavirus
Haj and Religious Affairs on Tuesday issued a fatwa that advises people to
avoid going to mosques for congregational prayers during coronavirus lockdown.
to the fatwa, since fear could be a legitimate reason for not attending
congregational prayers, refusing it will not carry sin.
said that congregational prayers including weekly Friday ones could be
performed with the least number of participants including those based in the
mosques and their immediate surroundings.
fatwa also says that people who have died from coronavirus could be buried
without having them washed or wrapped in winding-sheet.
payment platform Jumah Pay seeks UK rollout to help mosques and charities
- UK-based payment platform Jumah Pay, which enables Muslims to pay their zakat
and sadaqah via their mobile phone, plans to roll out across the UK on April 6.
national launch coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic across the UK and with
less than a month to go before Ramadan. The fasting month this year is expected
to start towards the end of April.
are aiming to help mosques cover their costs during the COVID-19 period,”
Siddique Esmail, Jumah Pay European CEO and co-founder, told Salaam Gateway.
have staff and running costs,” said Esmail. “On Jumah Pay a charity can
register within 48 hours. It enables them to get the message out quicker and
start receiving donations.”
app enables users to donate to charity through the mobile phone using QR-Code
technology. It also contains a built-in Gift Aid application programme
created an app with GPS, E-wallet and much more which allows you [the user] to
save your favourite and historical logs, said Esmail. “It helps work out your
tax and works out the tax rate. If you go to Winchester or Oxford, it will tell
you of the local charitable causes.”
Pay is registered as a limited company in the UK. It also has a Gift Aid agency
status for all charities in the country, which stands at around 170,000. Gift
Aid allows charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations
by the donor.
platform’s revenue model works by charging 5% on Gift Aid made via the app. If
there is no Gift Aid then Jumah Pay does not take anything, according to
company is regulated by the General Data Protection Regulation and by the EU as
a transnational relief- EU-charity passporting organisation.
Pay works with international clearing house National Westminster to ensure
payments are verified by the banks. The user’s card details are stored by the
bank and then the clearing house gets involved in the transaction. The app does
not require a Merchant ID.
system can work out the gift aid automatically as having wrote an API and we
record some key details to ensure that you don’t have to repeat the process,
such as personal information, workplace, address and post code which can be
saved for future usage,” said Esmail.
said the company is looking at developing code to gauge the feedback of
charities as well provide messages and a monthly report to donors to keep them
in the loop, aside from the online accounts they can view.
transaction is safe and secure,” said Esmail. “Our own software meets all the
banks’ protocol as well as Apple’s and Google’s requirements.”
Pay is open to all charities, whether Islamic or non-Islamic, that are
registered and approved by the Charity Commission UK and have a charity number.
uphold their Shariah credibility, JumahPay has their own in-house scholar to
verify the charities and internal processes.
lot of Muslims are professionals and tech savvy. They understand the policy and
procedures,” he said. “Masjids are now on the path of technological
advancements meaning they understand and use new technologies to their
in 2017, Jumah Pay relaunched and went fully live in March 2018 with an updated
database. The company has made £4,500 in revenue so far, and has yet to break
even, according to Esmail. He expects to break even by the end of July, with
new members being signposted.
have bankrolled the project by ourselves, using savings and also keeping
part-time posts [jobs],” he said. “The
monthly costs are £1,200, with the major costing being the cloudservers.”
start-up has a modest team with three people based in Southampton in the UK.
The company also works with Moftak Solutions (based in USA and Pakistan) to
help with coding.
says that £50,000 will be used for salary to hire someone and the other £50,000
will be used for other costs like marketing.
money will be used for marketing, hiring of staff to enrol charities and
further development of software,” explained Esmail. “We are looking at
investment houses and potentially crowd funding, but we believe word of mouth
is the best source of marketing.”
to the future, Jumah Pay aims to provide its application for use in different
countries on a lease basis by working with governments, telecoms, and financial
want to scale in the UK and then take it to Europe. From there we will concentrate
on the Middle East and North Africa regions whilst also start working on the
USA and Canada,” he said.
example in South Africa, Jumah Pay will work with the National Zakat Foundation
to be the exclusive smart payment mechanism. He said they aim to sign the
memorandum of understanding (MoU) imminently.
addition to international aspirations, Esmail said they are also looking at
different forms of payment, such as cryptocurrency.
may consider accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment,” he said.
“[However] we are not in a position to accept it at the moment, but this is a
possibility to be considered.”
Travel Ban Is Right: Coronavirus Won’t Harm Muslims, Say Many Muslim Clerics
Muslims around the world aren’t worried at all about the coronavirus. While
much of the Western world is in quarantine and many fear that the worst is
still yet to come, some Muslim clerics and lay believers are sure that Allah
will protect them from the plague. As a result, they’re gathering in large
numbers, thereby endangering their coreligionists and infidels alike, showing
the wisdom of Trump's travel ban on several countries, including several
majority-Muslim countries, that cannot or will not provide adequate information
about people wanting to enter the U.S.
in countries not affected by the travel ban, dangerous magical thinking
prevails, making a case for an expansion of the countries covered by the ban.
In Iraq, Shi’ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr declared: “One of the most appalling
things that have caused this epidemic is the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Hence, I call on all governments to repeal this law immediately and without any
hesitation.” In the meantime, hundreds of his followers gathered in a mosque
and chanted “coronavirus has terrified you.” What could possibly go wrong?
of Muslims also defied quarantine regulations and crowded into mosques in
Cameroon; of them, a student named Koulanya Abo, declared: “This is a time
people have to go to the mosque and pray ceaselessly. Anything out of that will
not be tolerated by Allah, because this is a period where people are facing a
lot of difficulties due to the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19.”
to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Yemeni Islamic scholar
Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi explained that many of these difficulties people were facing
were the fault of, you guessed it, the Jews. He explained that Jews, working
with Americans, had cooked up the coronavirus as part of their nefarious plan
to seize control of the two holiest sites in Islam, the mosques in Mecca and Medina.
This was, he said, all part of the larger scheme to “Judaize” Mecca and Medina
that led the Jews to place the House of Saud on the throne of Arabia 100 years
weapons-grade conspiracy paranoia, and it isn’t al-Ubeidi’s alone. In Pakistan,
jihad group leader Hafiz Aakif Saeed said that the coronavirus was “the wrath
of Allah Almighty, befalling largely on the developed world and their oppressor
rulers who had subjected innocent Muslims to persecution and genocide over the
last 50 years.” And in Nigeria, a Muslim leader, Sheikh Sani Jingir, claimed
that coronavirus was a Western conspiracy designed to prevent Muslims from
performing the rites of their religion. Jingir “insisted that coronavirus was
not real,” and “said any Muslims who believed in Trump and stopped praying at
the Holy Mosque in Mecca should seek for God’s forgiveness.”
similar vein, according to MEMRI, an imam in Gaza, Jamil Al-Mutawa, preached a
sermon in which he said that Allah was afflicting non-Muslims with coronavirus while
sparing Muslims. Allah “has sent just one soldier,” he said, referring to the
coronavirus. “What would happen had he sent 50 like the coronavirus? He has
sent just one soldier and it has hit all 50 [American] states. An hour ago,
they said on TV that in California… They said that they expect 58% of
California to be infected within two months. They talk about 25 million
infected people in just one of the 50 states. Allah be praised. Look how anyone
who schemes against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being shattered to smithereens by the
soldiers of Allah.” He spoke about Israel in the same way: “Look how empty the
[Israeli] cities are. Look how empty their streets are and look how crowded
this mosque is. Who is it that has given us security and terrified them? Who is
it that has protected us and harmed them? It is,” he said, triumphantly drawing
added: “The Muslims are the people who are least infected. The only country
where nobody has died… When I entered this mosque, I received a text message
that the 56 people who had been quarantined in Bethlehem have been completely
healed by the grace of Allah. Brothers, before I entered the mosque, I
contacted senior doctors, and they told me that as of this moment, there is not
a single case in Gaza.”
next day, coronavirus cases were confirmed in Gaza, but that is not likely to
have changed al-Mutawa’s mind: he knows his dogmas are truer than the data of
when reality is uncomfortable, one can simply fabricate a world that is more to
one’s liking. India’s Alt News reported Thursday that a video claiming that
President Trump is participating in Islamic prayers in order to ward off
coronavirus has gone viral. The text accompanying the vide says: “The world’s
most powerful country also acknowledged the power of the Quran and read the
Quran in the White House and prayed for Crona [sic], share this, respect every
religion.” However, you may be surprised to learn that the President is not
really turning to Islam: the video is really from an interfaith service Trump
attended in 2017.
and wishful thinking are terrible tools for confronting the coronavirus. The
worst part of all this is that others who have been more prudent may be
infected by those who have given themselves over to these fantasies. While the
Muslim clerics who say that coronavirus won't infect Muslims are not in the
U.S., the infections they have enabled could easily spread here. Trump's travel
ban is right. More, please.
City Mosque of Qatar: A Spiritual Place Combining Modernity And Heritage
and designed in a way that connects heritage with modernity and originality,
the Education City Mosque – one of the landmark buildings of Qatar Foundation,
and of Doha – is a special place as well as a spiritual one.
the fifth anniversary of the building – now named Minaretein – being marked
this month, its architects Ali Mangera and Ada Yvars Bravo returned to Qatar to
share their experience of designing an architectural masterpiece that has
already won global acclaim.
is interesting is that, in Qatar, they have retained a sense of spirituality
while wanting to embrace new ideas,” said Mangera. “There are not many places
that want to do new things when it comes to a building that must retain the
essence and the core of Islam.”
project is unlike any other we have been involved in so far. One of the things
we wanted to do was to create a very contemporary building in order to
illustrate that Islam is compatible with modernity, and reflect this in the
we also wanted to ensure we draw in people who have a more traditional outlook,
and the way we set about doing that was to use Islamic calligraphy and
different verses from the Qur’an which is integrated into the fabric of the
idea is to enable people to associate modernity with these verses and the architecture,
to understand that this is a contemporary building, but it has at its heart a
message which is at the heart of Islamic tradition.
felt it would be inspiring to do a project which is related to faith, but to do
something different with it.” Mangera – who, with Bravo, is a director of
Mangera Yvars Architects – comes from an Islamic background, which gave him
insight into different Muslim societies. But he says that people from all over
the world, regardless of their religion and culture, have taken an interest in
the idea of faith.
place of faith should be embraced and invite people in, and this was our goal
when we worked on the Education City Mosque,” he explained.
was always was in our minds: what we can do that goes further? How do you make
this place more welcoming for people from different religions?
think that, as architects, we can make the world a better place, and also
create a better understanding between faiths.”
about the response from people who have visited the building simply to explore
and admire it, Mangera says: “I’m really happy and proud of the comments we
have received – someone told me it was one of the main tourist attractions in
Qatar and it brings in non-Muslims as well as Muslims, enabling them to
familiarise themselves with Islam and see it as a contemporary faith.”
emphasised that this wider audience helps to break down barriers and spread
knowledge and understanding, saying: “I believe we can educate people about
faith through architecture, and we’ve done a lot already to change the way
way we set about doing this was to choose to incorporate elements such as
calligraphy, and project messages, which are quite subtle.
the same time, the components of the building have so many stories – such as
the five pillars that it stands on, representing the five pillars of Islam.
Once people understand these meanings, they will embrace them.
a modern building based on very established principles: a place for learning
and praying, a home for colleges where people can study Islam. The idea was to
reenergise existing historical psychology. We unwrapped the learning space and
put the mosque at one end, with the courtyard in the centre, and essentially
this is the same layout as a historic building,
But I feel it’s how the spaces are sequenced which makes it a little bit
who is Mangera’s wife and partnered with him to design the Education City
Mosque, says the combination of learning and worship makes the building unique.
not just about going to a mosque, it’s about absorbing knowledge and
interacting with people, and what we also aimed to do was design it in a way
that ensured it blends it with the universities and the community that surround
has been amazing to see the building become to reality, and what we really love
is how people around QF and Qatar use it, how people around Doha and beyond
come here to pray, and this is one of the main achievement for us.
of the architectural language of the building came from the idea of teaching.
That’s why the artwork explains the different facets of Islam, so everything
about visiting it involves an experience – the experience of Islam.”
for the emotions the building stirs in those who created it, Bravo says:
“Starting from the design and all the way through to construction, I think
everyone enjoyed working on this project because it was something different and
was a mega-project for us in terms of architecture. And it taught us a lot and
gave us such an experience as well.”
Dhabi Islamic Bank shareholders approve lifting foreign ownership cap
Dhabi Islamic Bank secured shareholders’ approval to raise its foreign
ownership limit to 40 per cent, up from the current 25 per cent, as the lender
looks to expand its investor base.
also approved a dividend of 27.38 fils per share for 2019 at its annual general
meeting, the bank said in a statement on Sunday.
marked another successful year for ADIB with a healthy increase of profit and
revenues across key businesses,” Mazin Manna, ADIB group chief executive, said.
has been complemented by our discipline in managing costs across the bank by
implementing a number of optimisation initiatives, resulting in a flat expense
base. In addition, our investment into digital transformation has proven
successful, enabling us to maintain a seamless service to customers at a time
when we are all trying to limit our movement.”
profit for the 12-month period ending December 31 reached Dh2.6 billion.
Operating profit increased 4.4 per cent to Dh3.26bn, boosted by a 30.7 per cent
increase in investment income. A 23.6 per cent rise in foreign exchange income
also contributed to a rise in annual operating profit.
move to increase its foreign ownership limit is in line with other financial
institutions that are raising ownership caps on their stocks to attract more
global investors, after the UAE eased restrictions last year.
Police Books Mosque Trustees for Hiding Foreign Nationals Who Attended Tablighi
Jamaat Event in Delhi's Nizamuddin
Maharashtra Police on Tuesday booked two trustees of a mosque in the Nevasa
area of Ahmednagar district for hiding 10 foreign nationals who had attended
the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizamuddin and not informing the
authorities about it. The 10 foreign nationals who were mostly from countries
in the African continent had been inside the mosque premises.
had received information that some foreign nationals were present inside the
mosque and so, we carried out a search and found 10 persons in the mosque
premises. They were part of the same group that had attended the Tablighi
Jamaat event at Nizamuddin in Delhi and then went to Tamil Nadu and then came
to Ahmednagar for some religious purpose," Ahmednagar SP Sagar Patil said.
added, "Despite an advisory and repeated appeals by the government
regarding the disclosure of persons with foreign travel and details of persons
visiting Maharashtra from the foreign countries, the mosque trustees did not
provide the information and tried to hide the persons amidst the ongoing
pandemic of Covid-19."
Ahmednagar Police had on Sunday detained around 19 foreign nationals from two
mosques in Jamkhed and Mukandnagar area and admitted them to the quarantine
wards of the district hospital.
these, two were from Ivory Coast and France. They tested positive for
coronavirus and this led to further checks being carried out by police
regarding other persons who had attended the event in Delhi.
10 persons in Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) who had attended the
event at Nizamuddin have died of Covid-19. More than 300 have been quarantined
while several hundred are being traced by the authorities so that they could be
quarantined to contain the spread of the infection.
total of three cases have been registered by Ahmednagar Police against the
trustees of the three mosques where the 29 foreign nationals were provided
shelter and kept hidden from the authorities. The trustees have been booked
under several sections of the IPC and Disaster Management Act.
the authorities across the country are now trying to trace persons who had
attended the event of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi earlier this month so that the
community spread of Covid-19 could be contained and stopped further.
to sources, over 1,500 persons attended the event and then travelled to various
states in the country.
Jamaat: The core of the Islamic ecosystem and the danger it poses
Delhi, Apr 01: Back in 2016, the National Investigation filed a chargesheet in
connection with an Islamic State related case. In its chargesheet, the NIA
speaks about the role played by both the Tablighi Jamaat and the
Jamaat-e-Islami. The Tablighi is currently in the news after over 2,000 tested
positive for coronavirus from among the 4,000 who had gathered at the Markaz
Nizamuddin in Delhi. The ISIS may be a new phenomenon, but some members of the
group today had taken a radical path several years ago thanks to sermons issued
by the above mentioned groups. What is the Tablighi Jamaat and how does it
function For several years now, the Intelligence Bureau has been warning about
the role of the Tablighi Jamaat or JeI. They have played a vital role in the
radicalisation of the youth. It would not be entirely correct to say that the
ISIS changed the perception of these youth. The ground work was laid several
years back and the ISIS only became a vehicle for them to drive across their
point. The NIA chargesheet states much before the ISIS came into existence,
members of the Tablighi would circulate propaganda material. At that time
around the distribution of such material was not on the internet. They were
sermons issued in select Mosques and pamphlets and compact discs were
distributed. While going through the chargesheet it becomes clear that the
ground work was laid several years back. In this context it would be
interesting to explore the book written by Abhinav Pandya, "
Radicalisation in India, An Exploration.Pandya, a Cornell University graduate
in public affairs, is a policy analyst specialising in counterterrorism, Indian
foreign policy and Afghanistan-Pakistan geopolitics. He has written for the
Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), a premier think tank of India in
national security. For VIF, he has written critical papers on post-ISIS
terrorism-scenario, terror- financing and the use of bitcoins in terror
financing. 57 new COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu; 50 linked to Nizamuddin
congregation Pandya through his book attempts to explore the phenomenon of
radicalisation in India, where counter-terrorism approach has primarily focused
on military and law-enforcement measures. The study of Islamic radicalisation
has by far remained on the sidelines. While it is highly encouraging that even
with the world's third-largest Muslim population, merely 104 youngsters have
attempted to join ISIS from India, yet this may be a mere tip of the proverbial
iceberg. Most of the research work of the Indian scholars and policy
specialists are focused on those individuals who got radicalised through online
channels and attempted to join ISIS. However, India and the other South Asian
nations are going through a different kind of radicalisation that happens in
the remote rural and urban areas of India through Tablighi activity and Wahhabi
missionaries. Pandya says, The core of Islamist ecosystem of Kashmir is today,
constituted by hardline religious and fundamentalist organisations such as Jamaat-i-Islami
(JI), Hurriyat Conference, Jamiyat Ahle-Hadith (JAH), Tablighi Jamaat (TJ),
Tahreek-ul-Mujahideen (TUM), and local-cum-Pak sponsored terrorist
organizations like Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Al Badr, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT),
Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM, Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), Ansaar
Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGUH), transnational terrorist groups like Al Qaida (AQ),
ISIS, Pak-based 'charity' groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Pakistani
establishment controlled by ISI.
Delhi SHOs told to check mosques
Mahender Singh Manral
many as 205 foreign nationals who attended a religious gathering at a mosque in
Nizamuddin West – which is now one among the 10 COVID-19 hotspots in the
country — have been traced by Delhi Police’s special branch unit.
where they are staying are for common use. No social distancing would be
possible there, causing grave danger to public health,” said DCP (special
branch) Suman Nalwa in her letter to the health secretary.
Police chief S N Shrivastava has also directed special branch teams to check
all mosques in the capital, with help from local police, to find out if foreign
nationals are still in Delhi. Police teams are also trying to identify those
who attended the programme at the mosque, in order to screen them and send them
into quarantine if required.
direction came after Nalwa sent a list to Shrivastava, stating that “as per our
information, persons/foreigners associated with Tablighi Jamaat are presently
staying at various masjids in Delhi. They had been sent from Tablighi Jamaat
headquarters situated at Masjid Banglewali, Hazrat Nizamuddin.”
have so far traced 23 Indians; 127 Indonesians; 9 from Bangladesh; 13 from
Kyrgyzstan; one each from Italy, Belgium and Tunisia; eight from Malaysia;
seven Algerians; and seven others,” said a senior police officer.
identifying them, police are informing the district administration concerned
and shifting them to quarantine centres for further medical help.
Delhi Police have arrested two men after they found eight Kyrgyzstan nationals
staying at his flat in Northwest Delhi’s Bharat Nagar.
administration picks up over a dozen Jamaat members from a mosque
happened in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi has raised questions on the sincerity
of the Delhi-based Tablighi Jamaat which hosted thousands of Muslims from all
over the world and kept them hidden despite developing symptoms of novel
coronavirus, while allowing several others to leave and carry Covid-19 infection
to as far as Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Jamaat sends hundreds of Islamic preachers in groups to a mosque in Kotwali
area of Agra, from where they spread out all over the district, making the
local mosques as their temporary abode. Every Sunday, meetings of these
preachers are held, but the district administration has always turned a blind
eye to this activity.
now, after Nizamuddin event made national headlines, local administration is
cracking down on those preachers who are still in Agra.
large group of these people is suspected to have arrived in Agra before the
Janata Curfew announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they are suspected
to be living in various mosques of the district.
three local members of the Jamaat have been identified who had attended the
conclave in Nizamuddin and could be infected with the deadly virus.
the Masjid Taal Habibullah of Hing Ki Mandi area of Agra, over a dozen Jamaat
preachers were taken into custody by the police and sent for medical tests.
preachers had arrived here from Bengaluru and were hiding in the mosque. There
were unconfirmed reports of several other preachers being taken into custody
from several other prominent mosques of Agra and its border villages.
congregation participants stayed in 16 mosques in Delhi: Police to state govt
Delhi Police Special Branch on Tuesday wrote to the city government for taking
immediate action with regard to people, including foreign nationals, who stayed
in 16 mosques in the national capital after taking part in a religious
congregation at Nizamuddin which has turned out to be a Covid-19 hotspot,
communique said there were 157 such people -- 94 from Indonesia, 13 from
Kyrgyzstan, 9 from Bangladesh, 8 from Malaysia, 7 from Algeria and one each
from Tunisia, Belgium and Italy. Remaining are Indian nationals.
team of district administration, police and health department is visiting
mosques and evacuating foreign nationals and shifting them to quarantine. They
were part of Markaz and to decongest the building they had been shifted to
various mosques in the national capital," said a police officer.
social distancing would be possible at those places. It may cause grave danger
to public health and the objective of containing Covid-19, the communique said.
Minister Arvind Kejriwal said 24 people who attended the religious congregation
at Tabligh-e-Jamaat's Markaz earlier this month have tested positive for
coronavirus, while 1,548 have been evacuated and 441 hospitalised after they
showed its symptoms.
intensifies for Delhi's Nizamuddin-linked cases as tally crosses 1600 across
launched a nationwide search on Tuesday for participants of a huge religious
gathering held earlier this month in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, which has become
the new epicentre of the deadly coronavirus pandemic amid fears that thousands
present there could have carried the infection to the length and breadth of the
of participants of the Tablighi Jamaat held in mid-March in Nizamuddin, which
also is home to a famous Dargah, are known to have returned to their homes in
virtually every state including Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat.
Many of these states have reported Covid-19 cases linked to this congregation.
fresh cases of infection were reported on Tuesday from Delhi, Maharashtra,
Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar, among
other places, taking the nationwide tally well past 1,600 with at least 47
consolidated official tally marked an increase of over 282 positive cases and
five deaths since Monday night -- two in Punjab and one each in Maharashtra,
Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. The total number of cases stood at 1,611.
this apparently did not include six deaths reported by the Telangana government
last night, all of who had attended the Nizamuddin congregation.
Tuesday, Tamil Nadu saw the biggest one-day spike in Covid-19 cases, with 57
fresh cases. The Tamil Nadu state government put its aggregate number at 124,
with at least 77 of them having links to the Tablighi Jamaat.
officials have been saying that some mismatch in daily tallies occurs due to
delay in assigning certain cases to a particular state after doing necessary
to the Indiatoday.in daily tracker data, active Covid-19 cases in the country
stand at 1,445, while 150 people have been either cured or discharged and one
also reported 7 new cases, taking the total number of those affected in the
state to 241. The state also reported its second death from Covid-19.
Union Health Ministry lamented that the number of hotspots has risen due to
"lack of people's support and delay in timely detection" of the
Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the government is using cluster
containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in these hotspots to
check the virus from further spreading.
Health Ministry lamented that the number of hotspots has risen due to
"lack of people's support and delay in timely detection" of the
cases. (Photo: PTI)
the national capital, more than 1,100 people who attended the congregation have
been quarantined while at least 441 have been hospitalised. The government is
screening all those who participated in the event, officials said.
the national capital alone, at least 24 people who took part in the religious
congregation, Tablighi Jamaat, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus,
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, as he slammed the organisers for
being "highly irresponsible" on their part to hold such an event at a
time when thousands have died in other countries due to the pandemic.
Home Ministry said approximately 2,100 foreigners visited India for 'tablighi'
activities this year, including those from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand,
Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan.
also said that all state police have been asked to locate Indian Tabligh Jamaat
workers from local coordinators, followed by their medical screening and
far, 2137 such people have been identified and are being medically examined and
quarantined, while more would be located, the Ministry said.
state governments, including in West Bengal, Assam and Manipur, said they are
taking steps to locate participants of the Nizamuddin event.
government said 54 people from the state had attended the event, out of which
13 have been identified but they have tested negative for the Covid-19.
police also launched a probe to identify all the attendees from the state and
said primary investigations have revealed that some persons from Bhavnagar had
attended the congregation.
Srinagar-based businessman is being seen as the "super-spreader" in
this entire case as he travelled by air, train and road to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
and back to Jammu and Kashmir before he died of Covid-19 on March 26, raising
fears he may have infected many others along the way, officials said on
to officials, other states from where the attendees had come include Tamil
Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Uttarakhand, Haryana, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha,
Punjab and Meghalaya.
Andhra Pradesh, officials said more than half of the 40 people who have tested
positive for coronavirus in the state were linked to the Nizamuddin event.
police registered an FIR against Maulana Saad of the Nizamuddin centre under
sections of Epidemic Disease Act and other sections of the Indian Penal Code
for violating government orders on the management of the Markaz in relation to
a social, political or religious gathering.
reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 after a Malaysian woman who came
to Ranchi on March 17 by train tested positive for the virus, an official said
22-year-old woman was traced to a mosque at Hindpiri on Monday, where she was
staying with 23 others. All of them have been sent to a quarantine facility.
52-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam's Silchar on Tuesday,
making it the first case of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state, Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
undergoing treatment at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital. There is no
need to panic as the patient's condition is stable, Sarma tweeted.
central government separately told the Supreme Court it has taken
"proactive and preemptive timely steps" to deal with the coronavirus
pandemic, but termed fake news as the biggest hindrance and sought a direction
for the media not to publish any Covid-19 information without ascertaining
facts with authorities.
apex court asked the Centre to prevent migration of people due to coronavirus
and to set up within 24 hours a portal for disseminating real-time information
on the pandemic to counter the panic being spread through fake news.
also said, "panic will destroy more lives than the virus" and asked
the Centre to get trained counsellors and community leaders of all faiths to
calm down the migrants, rather than the police to avoid the use of force and
government, however, asserted that there is no shortage of medicines to combat
the deadly virus outbreak and the Department of Pharmaceuticals is regularly
monitoring the distribution and addressing issues with the help of other
departments, states and Union Territories.
cooperation from the public to fight the pandemic, the Union Health Ministry
officials said there was no need to panic. They also said not everyone needs to
wear masks and that following social distancing is more important to prevent
the spread of Covid-19.
a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and
authorities concerned to provide free of cost testing facility for Covid-19 to
all citizens in the country.
plea has also sought a direction to the authorities for ramping up the testing
facilities for Covid-19 at the earliest "given the escalating mortality
and morbidity rate across the country".
the Covid-19 tally has crossed 8 lakh confirmed cases, while more than 37,000
people have died.
To Vilify Muslims": Omar Abdullah On COVID-19 Cases At Delhi Event
Delhi: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday claimed the detection
of coronavirus in scores of people who attended a weeks-long event organised by
Tablighi Jamaat at a famous Delhi mosque has provided an opportunity to
"some to vilify Muslims". The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister
said those tweeting with hashtags like "Tablighi virus" are
"more dangerous" that any virus nature can conjure up.
the #TablighiJamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims
everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world," he said
in a series of tweets.
first glance it would appear the #TablighiJamat were nothing if not
irresponsible in the way they went about things but that's not unique to them.
The majority of Muslims in India have heeded government guidelines and advice
the same as anyone else," he added.
to read the statement that was put out by #TablighiJamat clarifying all the
steps they took to implement the government guidelines. I tried to get it in a
format I could share directly here but that wasn’t possible so sharing this
tweet instead. https://twitter.com/umarganie1/status/1244923974024228865 …
management at #NizamuddinMarkaz , Delhi issued a detailed statement about the
linking of several cases to the recent #TableeghiJamaat congregation at the
centre, says it had kept authorities informed from Day 1 of lockdown.
the record this was the statement put out by them clarifying their position
& the steps taken by them. The stink of communalism in a lot of the
criticism is nauseating.
the #TablighiJamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims
everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world.
tweeting stuff with hash tags like Tablighi virus are more dangerous than any
virus nature could ever conjure up because their minds are sick while their
bodies may very well be healthy.
people who attended the event at Delhi's Nizamuddin from March 1-15 have tested
positive for the virus. Seven people have died because of the disease
contracted at the function.
2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the
congregation and stayed at a building adjacent to the religious place. 1100
have been evacuated and quarantined in the national capital. A massive manhunt
is on to trace those who have gone back.
statement, Markaz Nizamuddin defended itself saying the event was cancelled
when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the "Janata Curfew" for
March 22. Members could not leave, it said, because trains were suddenly
Modi last week said social distancing was the only option to fight the virus;
he also announced a 3-week nationwide lockdown to check the spread.
Trains, Thousands Of Passengers Being Traced For Delhi Mosque Event
Delhi: Railways is scrambling to provide information regarding thousands of
passengers who travelled on five trains with people who participated in the
Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, many of whom have tested positive.
these trains began from Delhi between March 13 and March 19 - the Duronto
Express to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, the Grand Trunk Express to Chennai, the
Tamil Nadu Express to Chennai, New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express and the AP
Sampark Kranti Express.
there are yet no definite numbers with the railways on the actual number of
people who could have come in contact with the participants of this event,
sources told news agency Press Trust of India that each train carried around
1000-1200 passengers and other staff members which could put them all at risk.
officials said that the railways is providing lists of passengers to the
district authorities which are being compared to the list of participants of
the event to ensure contact tracing.
the contacts being traced, one is the case of 10 Indonesians who took the AP
Sampark Kranti Express back to Karimnagar district after the event on March 13,
and subsequently reported positive for coronavirus.
60 passengers who travelled on the New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express in the
same B1 coach as a Malaysian woman who tested positive for the virus, believed
to be part of the Nizamuddin Tablighi cluster, are under the scanner with the
district authorities scrambling to find their whereabouts.
woman who travelled on the train on March 16 with 23 others tested positive and
is Jharkhands first confirmed case of COVID-19.
to inputs from states, two people who attended the congregation and later
tested positive travelled by the Duronto on March 18 in the S8 coach along with
"two companions", two of them travelled by the Grand Trunk Express in
the S3 coach with two minors, while a couple of others took the Tamil Nadu
is making the contact tracing of these individuals a herculean task for both
the railway and district authorities is the fact that they moved around freely
at that time as it was before any restrictions were imposed.
Hazrat Nizamuddin stations and the New Delhi railway station are one of the
busiest railway stations in the country.
Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi, sees 56 long-distance trains departing
every day and 130 trains from other sources halt here, 62 trains originate and
76 trains halt at the New Delhi railway station every day.
the former has a footfall of about two lakh every day, the latter has a daily
footfall of around 5 lakh.
rulers should repent: Chaudhry Shujaat
Muslim League (PML-Q) president and former Prime Minister Ch Shujaat Hussain in
his video statement issued here on Tuesday advised all the Muslim rulers to
visit Khana-e-Kaaba and Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) for protection against
said Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa should
take all leaders of Muslim Ummah to Khan-e-Kaaba and Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) and
while paying their respects there, all the rulers should seek forgiveness then
hopefully their prayers will be granted.
said until love of Almighty Allah and Holy Prophet (PBUH) is near till then no
work will be done, the conquerors of the world through atom bomb and missiles
do not know that the planner is someone else, planning of all the big planners
of the world is nothing before the planning of Almighty Allah. He said pandemic
of corona proves that Almighty Allah is annoyed and He will be appeased only
with tearful forgiveness only then ‘we will get rid of this epidemic and
Almighty Allah's creatures will have a breath of comfort’.
Operations wing checked 57,912 citizens at more than 229 pickets and contained
unnecessary movement of 51,000 citizens. Similarly, 1,157 FIRs were registered
as 2,252 people were arrested over violations of Section-144 during the partial
Chief Secretary for expediting cleaning and disinfecting of roads, mosques
Chief Secretary Azam Suleman Khan has directed that the ongoing disinfection
campaign should be divided into two zones and the process of cleaning and
disinfecting roads, mosques and public places be completed at the earliest.
CS issued these directions while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday to review
coronavirus situation, establishment of field hospitals and available stock
position of wheat, flour, rice, disinfection drive and administrative matters
in the province. Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat, IG Police Shoaib
Dastgir, Commissioner Lahore Division, CCPO Zulfiqar Hameed and officers
concerned were also present in the meeting.
meeting decided that strict implementation of SOPs regarding social distancing
would be ensured at banks, offices, trucking points and grocery stores. The commissioner
briefed that spray at 372 places and washing of 236km roads has been completed
in Lahore. It was also decided that disinfection cabins would be set up at all
public places and fruits and vegetable markets across the province. The chief
secretary further ordered the officers to keep a strict check on flour stocks
in mills and on prices of commodities in big grocery stores. He said that
donations from philanthropists must be documented to help the poor in a
also issued instructions to the field officers to conduct visits to jails along
with police officers as part of measures to contain spread of coronavirus.
Police Shoaib Dastgir said that in order to get required results, checkpoints
all over the province would be made more effective. CCPO Zulfiqar Hameed told
the meeting that so far 229 checkpoints have been set up where almost 56,000
persons, 45,183 cars, motorcycles, rickshaws and other vehicles were checked
and issued warnings to 53,000 persons. He said they also registered 529 cases
over violation of section 144.
Covid-19, Karachi facing another healthcare crisis due to OPDs’ closure
With authorities trying to confront the coronavirus challenge, Karachi is
facing another health crisis as hundreds of thousands of patients suffering
from other ailments have been left without regular treatment due to the closure
of outpatient departments (OPDs) of both public and private hospitals, it
emerged on Tuesday.
many emergency departments are reluctant to give treatment to patients out of
fear, panic and severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) among
doctors and health staff.
situation emerged almost two weeks ago when the Sindh government announced its
social-distancing campaign with orders to close educational institutions for
the next two months as well as shutting shopping malls, markets, major business
centres, parks, cinemas and other public places. This had pushed the hospitals
both in public and private sector to reduce their regular operations, which
later on finally came to almost a complete closure.
contacted, a health department official said that there was no advisory from
the government to hospitals to suspend their regular operations. However, the
official agreed that the practice was going unchecked resulting in hardship of
hundreds of thousands of people suffering from several other diseases and many
of them were high-risk patients, who required frequent medical consultation and
are only advised to follow the guidelines for their doctors and health workers
to keep their regular business as usual but unfortunately the situation is not
what we expected,” said the official without mentioning any particular reason
for such a negative trend.
experts and professionals have shown concern and advise immediate measures both
from the government and the institutions as well.
the situation [emerging in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic] has stirred a state
of panic among healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country,” Dr
M. Shamvil Ashraf of the Indus Health Network told Dawn. “Almost all outpatient
departments are closed and many emergency departments are reluctant to give
treatment out of fear that a patient maybe a Covid-positive one.
is a widespread fear among healthcare professionals of contracting the
coronavirus infection. This concern is genuine to a large extent but there are
guidelines for protection to prevent transmission,” he added.
said that doctors and health workers needed to take all possible measures to
protect themselves while dealing with suspected cases but hospitals could not
deny care because of panic and fear.
will be responsible for the health deterioration or complications, which can be
fixed through a simple regular treatment, in a patient of diabetes or
hypertension when not entertained just because of fear?” Dr Ashraf asked.
public and private hospitals in the city have even closed their emergencies and
those hospitals operating their emergency departments have not been taking
patients or providing them any other treatment.
regular appointments of senior consultants and physicians have been cancelled
and the patients are told to contact later without giving any specific time
large number of people, who are showing respect for doctors and health workers
for playing a front-line role, also question the professional approach of those
avoiding seeing their regular patients out of fear.
people suffering from the current situation and the health professionals find
the government role crucial in the emerging crisis for the patients of other
diseases, urging the authorities to provide the doctors all due PPE and then
make sure they are doing their jobs.
health workers who are treating or handling coronavirus patients are doing an
extremely great service and they need to be protected,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad
of the Pakistan Medical Association. “We have been appealing both the
provincial and federal governments to provide PPE to all those health workers
exposed to the virus due to their professional contribution. Once they are
equipped and protected, they would not show any fear to meet the challenge.”
lockdown in Raiwind city
Apprehending outbreak of coronavirus, the law enforcement agencies completely
locked down the entire Raiwind City on Tuesday.
entire 0.2 million population of Raiwind City has been restricted to their
residences by shutting down all kinds of commercial activities and placing a
strict ban on all public and private transport movement.
extraordinary situation has been declared here due to high possibility of more
new confirmed cases from the Tableeghi Jamaat Markaz”, a senior police official
said an alert was generated on Sunday when 27 out of 33 Jamaat preachers had
tested positive. As this situation had the potential to spread the virus,
health teams were dispatched to the Markaz.
said no body could leave home unless he/she required healthcare. The security
would be relaxed for a couple of hours for grocery shops everyday.
Rangers and the police personnel have been deployed on main roads while
patrolling of armed officials has also been intensified in the streets to
ensure security guidelines
a statement issued by Home department said the decision was taken by the Punjab
government during today’s cabinet meeting for health after multiple cases of
the virus were reported in Raiwind.
commissioner Adnan Rashid told media that action has been taken in light of the
worsening situation in the area. “Initially, this complete lockdown will be in
force for three days,” he said.
aims for frontline role in Lebanon's coronavirus fight
Hezbollah showed its preparedness on Tuesday (March 31) to combat the outbreak
of coroanvirus in the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut.
has dispatched its frontline medics and scaled up hospitals and facilities
around Lebanon, a country where economic crisis has threatened the capacity to
Lebanese group has mobilized some 25,000 people as part of a plan to help
confront the coronavirus in Lebanon, the head of the Shia group's executive
council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine said last week.
is deploying 1,500 doctors, 3,000 nurses and paramedics and 20,000 more
activists in its plan, Safieddine said. It had dedicated a Beirut hospital it
owns to treating coronavirus patients, rented four disused hospitals, prepared
32 medical centers across Lebanon and laid plans for three field hospitals if
needed. It has also rented hotels to be used for quarantine, Safieddine added.
plan includes monitoring those confirmed to be infected with the virus to
ensure compliance with guidelines and following up on those in quarantine or
isolated at home.
has recorded 463 coronavirus cases so far, out of which 35 cases had recovered
by Tuesday (March 31) and twelve people that have died from the respiratory
disease. The government, formed with backing from Hezbollah and its allies, has
declared a medical emergency.
academics call for prosecution of top US, European officials over sanctions
group of Iranian university lecturers has called for the prosecution of top US
and European officials for committing crimes against humanity even as the
Islamic country battles the new coronavirus pandemic despite Washington’s
letter to the United Nations chief, the heads of the UN General Assembly, and
the UN human rights council on Tuesday, the academics called for the trial of
US President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, and their cabinet
ministers among others.
group blasted the US’s anti-Iran sanctions as a “blatant violation of the
international law,” arguing that the restrictions deprived Iranians of medicines
and protective equipment they need to fight the deadly virus outbreak.
Iranian university lecturers said the bans have posed serious risks to chronic
patients in the country and have led to the death of many others. The letter
also blamed some European countries for collaborating with the US and following
in Washington’s footsteps in imposing illegal sanctions on Tehran.
with the coronavirus outbreak, Iran is facing sweeping American and European
Union sanctions targeting every aspect of the Iranian economy.
countries call on the United Nations chief to ask for the lifting of unilateral
sanctions on various countries that are hindering the global fight against the
has sought to counter the US bans restricting much needed aid by stepping up
the development of its own necessary medical equipment and supplies.
March 7, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at US
President Donald Trump for tightening "illegal" sanctions against
Iran, saying such a move is aimed at draining the Islamic Republic's resources
required in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
new coronavirus, a respiratory disease known as Covid-19, initially emerged in
China late last year and is now spreading across the globe. Worldwide, there
have been more than 856,000 confirmed cases of the virus and over 42,000
Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour reported on Tuesday 3,111 new
infections and 141 more deaths from the virus over the past 24 hours.
total, 44,606 Iranian have contracted the disease and 2,898 have died, he
pointed out, saying 14,656 patients have recovered so far.
related development on Tuesday, the United Nations called for the lifting of
sanctions on such countries such as Iran and Venezuela amid the coronavirus
Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said the continued
imposition of economic sanctions “severely undermines the ordinary citizens’
fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food” as the two countries
struggle to contain the flu-like pathogen.
countries are already under stress and cannot handle the additional burden of
sanctions. As the world exhibits new bonds of solidarity in response to the
pandemic, it is now a matter of humanitarian and practical urgency to lift
unilateral economic sanctions immediately,” Elver added.
has time and again blamed the US for hampering its efforts to import medicine
and other medical supplies to confront Covid-19. Venezuela also says US sanctions
have caused fuel shortages and hindered the delivery of food amid the
military activities in Iraq ‘violation of national sovereignty’: Iran
has censured the recent US military movements in Iraq as a violation of the
Arab country’s national sovereignty, raising the alarm that the actions could
precipitate insecurity and danger in the entire West Asia region.
regard the military activities that the Americans carry out in Iraq as contrary
to the will of the Iraqi nation, government and parliamentarians, also against
a bill passed by the Iraqi parliament,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Iran's Foreign
Ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday.
consider the activities in violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty and regard
them as a cause for insecurity and danger in the whole region,” Mousavi added.
Sunday, Iraqi security sources said new US troops had been deployed to Ain
al-Asad in the western Iraqi province of Anbar amid reports that the Pentagon
was preparing for a new escalation.
security sources say new US troops have been deployed to Ain al-Asad in the
western Iraqi province of Anbar amid reports that the Pentagon is preparing for
a new escalation.
Almaalomah news agency cited a security source as saying that planes carrying
American soldiers and military advisers had landed at the base.
reported deployment came after the New York Times said last week that the
Pentagon had ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American
combat in Iraq.
American officials told the paper that the Pentagon had ordered planners at the
Central Command and in Iraq to draw up a strategy to dismantle Kata'ib
Hezbollah, which is part of the anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or
US has time and again targeted PMU's positions, blaming the major anti-terror
force for rocket attacks against American troops based in Iraq over the past
few months, a charge the popular group has strongly denied.
lawmakers unanimously approved a bill on January 5, demanding the withdrawal of
all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country following
the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the
Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, along with Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the PMU, and their companions in a US airstrike
authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport two
on January 9, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the former Iraqi prime minister, called on the
United States to dispatch a delegation to Baghdad tasked with formulating a
mechanism for the move.
to a statement released by his office at the time, Abdul-Mahdi “requested that
delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement the parliament's
decision for the secure withdrawal of (foreign) forces from Iraq” in a phone
call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
78-year-old politician said Iraq rejects any violation of its sovereignty,
particularly the US military's violation of Iraqi airspace in the assassination
management of Sabah church’s appeal on ‘Allah’ ban set for April 30
LUMPUR, April 1 — The case management for Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church’s
appeal on the discovery of documents pertaining to the Cabinet’s decision in
1986 which prohibited the use of the word “Allah” in non-Muslim publications,
has been rescheduled to April 30.
federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, when contacted by Bernama today, said it was
earlier fixed for today before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Jalidah Hamid,
but it was vacated.
received an email from the court notifying that the case management for SIB’s
appeal which was scheduled today, has been vacated. The next case management
has been fixed on April 30 at the Court of Appeal,” he said.
Oct 16, 2017, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur dismissed the church’s application
for the documents, ruling that the documents were classified under the Official
Secrets Act (OSA) and could not be released.
documents were requested by the church and its president, Datuk Jerry WA Dusing
@ Jerry W. Pate, in a judicial review application filed on Dec 10, 2007 against
the Home Ministry and the government over their right to use the word Allah to
refer to God in their religious publications.
application was also filed to challenge the decision of the Royal Malaysian
Customs to seize religious books brought in from Surabaya, Indonesia, which
contained the word Allah, at the low cost carrier terminal in Sepang on Aug 15,
are seeking a declaration that they have a constitutional right to use the word
Allah in their Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia-translated Christian bibles
and in all their religious publications and materials.
Oct 1, 2014, the Court of Appeal gave the nod to the church to initiate a
judicial review application over the right to use the word “Allah” in all its
religious publications and materials after Kuala Lumpur High Court on May 5,
2014 dismissed the SIB church’s leave application to commence a judicial
the Court of Appeal’s decision, the matter was remitted to the High Court for
hearing on the merits of the church’s judicial review.
the merits of the judicial review have yet to be heard at the High Court as SIB
had first applied to obtain documents.
Ramadan bazaars in Selangor this year due to Covid-19, says MB
ALAM, April 1 — Ramadan bazaars throughout Selangor will be cancelled until
further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri
Amirudin Shari today.
will be cancelled until further notice, or until the Health Ministry gives the
green light for it to be held, subject to stringent policies including social
distancing and the like,” Amirudin said during a press conference at his
official residence in Seksyen 7.
follows in the steps of Melaka, Negri Sembilan, and Terengganu — all who have
cancelled this year’s Ramadan bazaars as part of their efforts to stem the
number of Covid-19 positive cases from increasing.
CM: No decision yet on Ramadan bazaars
TOWN, April 1 — The Penang state government is still undecided on whether to
allow the operation of Ramadan bazaars when the fasting month starts later this
will continue to monitor the situation before a decision on it is made,” he
said, referring to the movement control order (MCO) until April 14 which was
implemented following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
the quarantine procedures for returning Malaysians from overseas at the Penang
International Airport, Chow said the state health department is still awaiting
instructions from the National Security Council (NSC).
of those arriving back from overseas will arrive at KLIA but if those arrive
direct to Penang and the order to send them to immediate quarantine is
implemented, then we will prepare a quarantine centre to comply,” he said.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said all Malaysians returning to the
country will be immediately quarantined for 14 days at government quarantine
centres effective from April 3 onwards.
who attended the NSC meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin
Yassin, said he had raised the proposal of operation hours for wet markets to
be limited from 6am to 12pm and for wholesale markets from 4am to 10am and this
was agreed by the council members.
operation hours are also applicable in Penang but I understand that some
wholesale markets in Penang face challenges in operating within these hours as
they have to wait for supplies coming in from other states,” he said.
said these wholesale markets can submit their proposals to the city councils
and a decision will be made after considering their proposals.
added that the Economic Action Council (EAC) will study the proposals by small
and medium enterprises (SMEs) and assist this sector in facing the challenges
caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
regard to this, the state government will also look into the suggestions raised
by the representatives of the Penang SMEs and I will make an announcement on
our decision the soonest possible,” he said.
called on all to be strong and to remain indoors, reduce outdoor activities,
practice social distancing and obey the instructions given by the authorities
so that the MCO can end after April 14.
members of a family killed, wounded in an explosion in South of Afghanistan
roadside bomb explosion killed or wounded at least ten members of a single
family in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Helmand Police Headquarters in a statement said a roadside bomb exploded in
Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, killing at least 8 civilians and wounding 2
women and children were among those killed or wounded in the explosion, the
Helmand Police Headquarters added in it statement.
delegation arrives in Kabul for the first time since 2001
delegation of Taliban representatives arrived in Kabul for the first time since
2001 to follow up on the release of prisoners.
Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said the delegation consists of three
representatives who arrived in Kabul on Tuesday.
further added that the delegation will follow the release of the prisoners and
take necessary steps in this regard.
Office of the National Security Council had earlier confirmed that the Afghan
government will host the Taliban delegation in Bagram prison to discuss the
release of prisoners.
comes as efforts are underway to release at least 5,000 Taliban prisoners from
the Afghan jails following the signing of peace deal between the United States
release of the prisoners is expected to pave the way for the launch of
intra-Afghan peace negotiations aimed at finding a negotiated political settlement
to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan.
took own life after horrific tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq
commando of the Royal Marine took his own life after horrific tours of duty in
Afghanistan and Iraq, it has been reported.
39-year-old Stu McBrearty shot himself and his dead body was found in his room
in Kabul in October 2019, an inquest was heard.
Hughes, McBreary’s wife, told Hampshire Coroner’s court the trigger was the
death of his close friend, Luke Griffin, according to BBC.
and four other security workers of G4S security workers lost their lives when
Taliban gunmen stormed their base.
people in Afghanistan are not taking coronavirus seriously?
was confirmed to have spread to Afghanistan when its first case, in Herat was
confirmed on 24 February 2020. According to the Ministry of Public Health
Afghanistan, until now 174 cases are confirmed across the country.
and Self-quarantine are some of the measures undertaken by the Afghan
government and most of the countries across the world to slow down the spread
of the virus.
World Health Organization (WHO) outlined the bellow six steps that each country
should implement to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
were taken by the Afghan government for slowing down the spread of the
coronavirus. On 14 March, President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, told the
public to avoid large public gatherings and to pay attention to hygiene to
prevent the spread of the disease. On 18 March, the Ministry of Interior
Affairs banned all large gatherings, including the closure of venues that
attract large crowds such as entertainment places, sports grounds, swimming
pools, fitness clubs and wedding halls.
Khandahar, Logar and Kabul provinces are lockdown, the Afghan government began
to limit the movement of residents in Farah, Nangarhar and Nimruz provinces,
praying in mosques was suspended to prevent any possible spread of the virus,
On 26 March, the government announced the release of 10,000 prisoners that were
aged over 55 to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
on the 3rd day of the lockdown in the capital Kabul, you can see the streets
are full of people doing their daily work, below are some of the reasons that
why people are not taking the precautions seriously.
is one amongst the poorest countries in the world and according to the Afghan
government, 42% of the people are living under the poverty line. Currently, the
poverty line is defined as an income of 70 afghanis a day, which is equivalent
to about 1 U.S. dollar. The Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey (ALCS)
reported that the national poverty rate has risen from 38% in 2011-12 to 55% in
2016-2017, with the slowing economic growth and a deteriorating security
situation as two causes. Over half of the population is living off less than a
dollar a day and this is why you can see the streets are still crowded, people
are out to find food for their families.
has gone through wars and internal conflicts for more than three decades. As a
result of war, the education system collapsed and several generations of
Afghans became illiterate. The education system restored after the Taliban
regime (2002) but we are far from the rest of the world. More than half of the
population is illiterate.
awareness is the public’s level of understanding of the importance and
implications of Coronavirus safety precautions in cities and communities.
Raising public awareness is not the same as telling the public what to do – it
is explaining issues and disseminating knowledge to people so that they can
make their own decisions and to take precautions seriously. The Afghan
government has already stepped in for public awareness through press
conferences, TV, social media Facebook, Twitter, the lockdown of the cities and
etc. but the most important is that the message should be delivered to the
people by the language they know so they can understand the message better.
and Dari are official languages of Afghanistan and from the beginning of the
public awareness program the high officials are only presenting the message to
the people in Dari which can cause misunderstanding between the people who
don’t understand Dari, for example, the Minister of Health visited Nangarhar
Province on 29 March 2020, where more
than 90% people are Pashtuns and speak Pashto,
in a Press Conference he delivered the message to the people only in
Dari, for the better understanding of the people the message should be
delivered in both languages and even in Uzbeki, Pashai and Nuristani.
gradual and unchecked rise in prices of common use products has created serious
problems for the poor where more than half of the population lives under the
poverty line. Differences and fluctuations in prices of different commodities
are very strange and cannot be compared to any country in the world. It is
necessary that the government body responsible for setting up the prices should
establish prices of different commodities in a rational manner because very low
prices can drive the shopkeepers into losses. It is also necessary that the
government body should work incessantly and vigilantly on the shopkeepers and
sellers of commodities so that the things should be sold on the permitted
the start of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the capital one bag of 50 KG
flour rose from 1500 Afghani to 2500 Afghani and in some areas to 3000 Afghani,
1 KG of Lemon rose from 50 Afghani to 300 Afghani and the same with other
commodities. Therefore it is very important that strict steps should be taken
by the government to control the prices and if such steps are not taken, the
life of the public would get more difficult with every passing day.
Hillock Road City Mosque Car Park To Become Temporary Mortuary During
is underway to install five specialist refrigerated units at the Central Jamia
Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Golden Hillock Road.
volunteers will bring bodies to the mosque, where they will be prepared for
burial in accordance with the Islamic faith.
Hussain, a 58-year-old funeral director, said: “We have a large car park and we
are converting that for a large-scale funeral service operation to cater for 50
to 70 deceased at any one time.
are hoping to do the funeral prayer at the cemetery and not at the mosque to
keep smaller numbers of mourners, in accordance with social distancing.”
who was the first Islamic funeral service in the city, said volunteers will be
assigned specific defined roles to prevent the spread of infection.
one or two relatives will be allowed on to gated secure sites with their loved
ones with half a dozen mourners at the cemetery, in accordance with guidelines.
Hussain said: “We’ve started the recruitment process for volunteers and we will
be needing about 60 to 70 at the peak. If it does get worse, we will need
spokesman from Zia ul Quran Funeral Services said: “Early preparations have
been made by the funeral services setting up cold storage facilities,
purchasing personal protective equipment and implementing the necessary
education and training in accordance with government guidance.
funeral services are working tirelessly behind the scenes and working
collectively so adequate preparations are in place to cover any eventuality.
schoolboy youngest COVID-19 victim in UK
Mohamed Abdulwahab from Brixton, south London died at King’s College Hospital
early Monday after testing positive for COVID-19 last Friday.
started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to
King’s College Hospital. He was put on a ventilator and then put into an
induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning,” his family said in a statement.
is with great sadness to announce that the younger brother of one of our
teachers at Madinah College has sadly passed away this morning (Monday 30th
March 2020) due to being infected with COVID-19,” the page read.
was only 13 years old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he
died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of
COVID-19,” it said.
than 1,800 people have died in the U.K. from the coronavirus, 393 of them
within the past 24 hours, according to official figures from health officials.
first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least
179 countries and regions, according to U.S-based Johns Hopkins University.
data shows the confirmed number of cases worldwide have surpassed 850,000 with
the death toll over 41,600 and more than 176,000 recoveries.
Easter, Passover and Ramadan near, religious leaders adapt holiday observances
during the coronavirus pandemic
synagogues and mosques are closing to contain the coronavirus global pandemic,
and religion is traversing a new virtual world without roadmaps for prayer and
celebration. As such, religious leaders are employing artistic license and
bending holy rules while families create new rituals that respect social
week, Pope Francis was depicted praying alone in a haunting photograph captured
in Rome’s St. Peter's Square while public celebrations for Holy Week festivities
(Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday) will pivot to livestream, per the
Vatican website. And “considering the rapidly evolving situation” of the
pandemic, a decree called “In time of COVID-19” outlines resources to amend
April holidays, including Easter.
are holding “drive-thru” services, and a New Jersey bishop has eased rules for
the remainder of Lent (until April 9), permitting the consumption of meat on
Fridays, except on Good Friday, “given the difficulties of obtaining some types
of food and the many other sacrifices which we are suddenly experiencing given
the coronavirus,” according to a tweet from the Diocese of Metuchen.
bar and bat mitzvahs, large Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies which demand years
of vigorous studying and preparation, have been moved online or postponed. And
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has encouraged Jewish, Christian and
Muslim citizens to “avoid family visits” during respective April holidays.
Georgia, St. Anne Catholic Church in Columbus provides virtual-only services on
social media (an option since January 2019 to include elderly, homebound or
military members), but speaking to empty naves, not friendly faces, got lonely.
So last week, leaders taped photographs of congregant faces onto their pews.
the altar, there’s now a sea of photos,” Rev. Emanuel Vasconcelos tells Yahoo
Lifestyle. “It’s a way to stay united in prayer, not look out into an empty
a fair seating chart for 650 photos was hard, as regulars have their preferred
places, but the church did its best. “This has been a challenge for everyone —
we’ve never faced anything like this in our lifetime,” he says. When pandemic
restrictions are eventually lifted, there may be a ceremonial photo removal.
March 15, the Clackamas United Church of Christ (UCC) in Milwaukie, Ore. closed
for the first time since its inception in 1895. “This is a political,
economical and spiritual crises and everyone is anxious,” Pastor Adam Ericksen
tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It brings up a lot of questions about where God is in
study and prayer meetings via Zoom haven’t been easy for everyone, so Ericksen
has personally counseled his 70 communicants over the phone and created a phone
tree pairing “buddies” together for spiritual support. There are plans to
organize a multi-church online Easter service and possibly a 72-hour “Easter
Triduum” from the evening of Holy Thursday to Easter morning with pastors
taking shifts to lead continuous prayers.
the church posted an outdoor sign displaying the phone number for a “senior
loneliness line” during isolation. “Nothing will go smoothly but we have to
embrace the mess and go with the flow,” says Ericksen, who is planning an
at-home Easter egg hunt for his three children.
Josh Stanton of the East End Temple in Manhattan has brought his entire
synagogue online, including bat-and-bar mitzvah tutoring and Shabbat services.
“Judaism is 4,000 years old and records that date back to plagues and
quarantines have guided us,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “We’ve had this in our
religious discourse for generations.”
of Passover, which falls between April 8 and 16 and observes the freeing of
Israelites from slavery in Egypt, Stanton says “we’re trying to host the
world’s largest virtual seder that’s open to the world — singing, eating and
reflecting together, even if it’s not at the same table. This Passover could be
holier than any other time in our lives.”
traditionally abstain from or donate leavened bread (which contains yeast) and
avoid technology, but Stanton dismisses perfectionism. “What matters is
intention and in circumstances like this, creativity.” When food is scarce, he
says, there’s little reason to discard bread, and technology is permissible for
online seders provided cameras are activated one hour before sundown.
not have a virtual seder with someone in Israel or South America?” says
Stanton. “This might forever change Passover.”
the holy month of Ramadan, this year from April 23 to May 23, Muslims
self-reflect and perform good deeds, and pray and fast from dawn to sunset.
“This is done in groups, however while living in our comfort zones, we can rely
on online services,” Imam Tahir Kukaj, vice president of the Albanian Islamic
Cultural Center in Long Island, N.Y. and chaplain of the New York Police
Department, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
the end of the month, a celebration called Eid al-Fitr breaks the month-long
fast. Typically held in mosques or outdoor areas, it’s marked by a feast with
lamb, desserts and other dishes. “We have to play by the rules in isolation,”
says Kukaj. “This year, how about we celebrate modestly and donate any money
toward finding a cure for this virus? Why not invest in science?” says Kukaj,
adding that celebrators can “eat whatever is available to you.”
fake news being circulated during coronavirus lockdown
series of posts shared on social media this week have claimed that Muslims are
‘breaking the lockdown’ and they are ‘getting special treatment from
Midlands police said a mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham was closed despite a
video claiming to show 'worshippers entering the building'.
statement from West Midlands Police read, “We're aware of a video circulating
that appears to show a group of people leaving a mosque in Small Heath since
the government introduced restrictions last week.
we can confirm the footage was filmed in Small Heath, our officers have
conducted enquiries and are satisfied that the mosque is currently closed.
neighbourhood team have spoken to many residents living on the street, who all
confirmed that the mosque has not been open since the restrictions were
announced last Monday (23 March).”
Neil Russell (@russ634) asked, “Called my local Mosque in Shrewsbury to see if
it was closed as per the new law and government guidance. Horrified to discover
that they are still open and allowing people in!! These idiots will be super
spreaders of the Virus! @ShropCops why
are you not closing them down?”
Police replied, “Probably because there is no Mosque in Shrewsbury. There is a
prayer centre & it has been checked and is fully compliant with the current
user suggests that Muslims are roaming the streets, "Can anyone in office
explain to me why MUSLIMS are roaming the streets, attending mosques and
gathering . I thought we were in lockdown ?"
which user @offshorelegal99 replied, “A very wide sweeping assumption how do
you not know they're not on the way to work for the NHS or essential workers
volunteers for the Muslim UK community. Many British Muslims have volunteered
to help the NHS we stand united during these times all faiths as one. NHS as
trying to block messages of real information from Iran: Analyst
US social networking service Twitter’s temporary suspension of the account of
the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei aims
“to block messages of real information,” says an American author and radio
Lendman told Press TV that the incident was no “mistake” and it was part of the
efforts of US President Donald Trump and his lackeys to stop the “real
information” from getting to the people.
Trump regime's aim to block messages from anybody, especially leaders of
nations, that the US does not want to have heard by ordinary people, whether in
the US, or in Iran, or anywhere else,” Lendman said.
American author and radio host said blocking the leader and other top Iranian
officials was part of the Trump administration’s orchestrated efforts to
suppress free speech of the Iranian nation.
said the new outlets that try to spread the message of truth and the voice of
the oppressed nations, such as Press TV, were also placed under limitations and
restrictions by the US government.
only want the information they want broadcast and put out [by] themselves
through established media in the US and other western countries ... and Israel,” Lendman noted.
group of Republican senators in the US Congress sent a letter to Twitter last
month, urging the American social media platform to suspend the accounts of
Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
the letter signed by Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) and others, the senators
claimed that allowing the message of
Iranian leaders’ to get through to the people of the world was providing the
leaders with “assistance”.
which states its company's mission as the promotion of “free and global
conversation ... to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and
information instantly without barriers,” has said in its blog that it would not
remove accounts of world leaders.
a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide
important information people should be able to see and debate," it said
previously in a blog post in 2018.
recent incident suggests that Twitter has has given in to the political
pressure and violated its own stated mission.
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