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Several Muslim Organisations And Intellectuals To Muslim Youth: Make It A New Year Resolution To Join Armed Forces, Serve Nation

New Age Islam News Bureau

01 January 2023

Syed Tanveer Ahmed, national secretary, of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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• Several Muslim Organisations And Intellectuals To Muslim Youth: Make It A New Year Resolution To Join Armed Forces, Serve Nation

• Dubai, Riyadh And Beirut The Cities Of Choice For Arab World's Celebrities To Mark New Year's Eve

• Council On American-Islamic Relations Invites Elon Musk To Meet Muslims Following His 'Bigoted' Tweet

• Quran Teaching As A Compulsory Subject Extended Up To Higher Secondary Level In Punjab, Pakistan

• Mehdi Bahman, Author Sentenced To Death Amid Renewed Nationwide ProtestsOn 'Espionage' Charges

 

India

• Killing of Hindus in Pakistan is against Islam, Mufti Qasmi says – Muslim organizations should raise their voice

• Lies, Insistence and Disregard for Evidence: The Journey of 'Love Jihad' Laws

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Arab world

• Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack In Ismailia, First In Mainland Egypt In 3 Years

• Madinah museums shed light on Prophet Muhammad’s journey, showcase rare artefacts

• HM King exchanges New Year good wishes with leaders of Arab, Islamic, friendly countries

• Art gallery transports Riyadh Season visitors to Saudi Arabia’s rich past

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Europe

• Card Sako: Benedict XVI was a 'great theologian' and 'prophet' of relations with Islam

• Tunisia: Head of secular party calls for Egypt's Sisi to eliminate Islamists

• New Year Honours list 2023 in full: Everyone who has received an MBE, OBE, CBE, knighthood and damehood

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Pakistan

• Judges shouldn’t care about people’s wishes in their verdicts: ex-CJP

• SBP issues Islamic Banking license to Faysal Bank Limited

• Three MPAs, other BAP leaders join PPP

• ‘The best of times, the worst of times’: Pakistani politicians reflect on the year that was

• PTI, JI supporters reach polling stations in Islamabad only to find them locked

• Bilawal sees sweeping LG poll victory after ‘record performance’ in Karachi

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Mideast

• Iran top court accepts protester’s appeal against death sentence

• Iran Tests Military Drones in War Games Near Strait of Hormuz

• Iran Bus Crash: One Dead, 30 Injured as Two Vehicles Collide outside Airport

• Will 2023 be the year Iran is held to account by int’l community? -analysis

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South Asia

• ‘Left To Die’: Fates Of 5 Rohingya Boats Across Asia Spotlight Enduring Crisis Of Stateless Muslim Minority

• In Afghanistan, Coal Mining Relies On The Labour Of Children

• Russia and India can help in intra-Afghan dialogue: Zamir Kabulov

• The 20 Global Humanitarian Crises We Cannot Ignore In 2023—Afghanistan, Pakistan To Syria

• Afghan War Orphan Remains with Marine Accused of Abduction

• New Omicron subvariant detected in Bangladesh

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North America

• Islamic State Group Has 'Army' Of Fighters Detained In Iraq, Syria: US Military

• Islamic State Claims Attack on Police in Suez Canal City

• What Pope Benedict got wrong about Islam

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Africa

• Catholic Church, CAN, Islamic Scholar Eulogise Pope Benedict XVI’s Virtues

• HURIWA warns G5 governors against endorsing, Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim ticket

• Cleric cautions Muslims against imitating western styles of marriage

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Southeast Asia

• Sarawak DAP Chairman Urges State Govt To Take Steps To Stabilise Pork Prices

• Education Ministry to continue monitoring pupils at risk of dropping out, says Fadhlina

• Muhyiddin urges govt to take swift action to protect people from new Covid variant

• Premier: Sarawak will continue to prioritise regaining rights under MA63 in 2023

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/muslim-organisations-new-year-armed-forces/d/128769

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Several Muslim Organisations And Intellectuals To Muslim Youth: Make It A New Year Resolution To Join Armed Forces, Serve Nation

01st January 2023

By Mohammed Yacoob

Syed Tanveer Ahmed, national secretary, of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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BENGALURU: Several Muslim organisations appealed to Muslims to make it a New Year resolution to encourage youngsters to join the armed forces.

“We want one or two members of the community from every locality to join the armed forces and serve the nation. Career counselling during matriculation is also needed,” Syed Tanveer Ahmed, national secretary, of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) told TNIE.

MOULANA Maqsood Imran Rashadi, chief cleric of Jamia Masjid in Bengaluru said that he is planning to send out an appeal to all 300 plus masjids in Bengaluru to highlight the importance of joining the armed forces during Friday congregation and to give out details of the exam dates and notifications.

Individuals and institutions must come together to provide guidance and coaching to those who lack the means and resources, said Wing Commander (retd) Md Shamim Akhtar. “It is also important for the community leaders to engage with the state and central governments.

The task at hand is challenging and demands immediate action,” he said. AneesKutty, the defence career counsellor, appealed to the leaders and members of the community to spread awareness about the importance of studying in Navodaya residential schools and schools run by the defence ministry to inspire children.

“The masjids should also consider the option of opening its doors for members from other communities for combined preparation for competitive exams, after prayer time,” said Kutty. Mohammed Asifuddin, chairman, of Wisdom Group of Institutions in Bidar, said that his group is planning to arrange special lectures on careers in the armed forces to encourage youngsters.

Source: New Indian Express

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Dubai, Riyadh And Beirut The Cities Of Choice For Arab World's Celebrities To Mark New Year's Eve

Katy Gillett

Jan 01, 2023

Stars of Riyadh Season's Trio Arabic Night. Photo: Riyadh Season

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While stars from the West headed to St Barts, Maldives and the Bahamas for New Year's Eve, the Arab world's celebrities spread out across the region to usher in 2023.

Egyptian singer Amr Diab spent the evening tracking his new single's success, as Emirati star BalqeesFathi appeared on Lebanese channel LBC International in a special episode with Rodolph Hilal.

Some of the most famous international stars performed on Saturday night in Dubai, from Kylie Minogue at Atlantis, The Palm to Armin van Buuren at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Taking in Enrique Iglesias's gig at Nammos Dubai was Egyptian superstar Mohamed Ramadan, who partied the night away with friends at the beachside restaurant in Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

Also in the UAE were Emirati megastar Hussain Al Jassmi and Iraqi singer Aseel Hameem, who both put on a spectacular performance at the amphitheatre in Al Jassmi's home town of Khor Fakkan, Sharjah.

Al Jassmi is one of the Middle East’s top-selling artists. He released his first single Bawadaak in 2002, followed by Walla Ma Yeswa and Bassbor Al Fourgakom. However, it was 2014’s Egyptian shaabi tune BoshretKheir that he is most known for.

Hameem's song Ser Al Hayat was the most streamed track by a female Arab artist on YouTube in 2020, now with more than 255 million views.

With Riyadh Season in full swing, some of the region's best-known stars headed to the Saudi capital to perform on the last day of the year.

At the Mohammed Abdo Arena in Boulevard Riyadh City, 12 famous faces graced the stage, including Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram, alongside pal and fellow countrywoman Elissa.

Tunisian singer, actor and composer SaberRebai was also there, alongside fellow Tunisian Latifa, plus Egyptian stars Angham and Bahaa Sultan.

Rounding out the star-studded set for the concert called Trio Arabic Night was Lebanese stars Najwa Karam, Nawal El Zoghby, Assi El Hallani, Walid Toufic and Wael Kfoury.

Lebanon's capital was just as busy as Saudi Arabia's, as several regional stars descended on Beirut for a night of glitz and glamour.

Controversial Moroccan singer-songwriter Saad Lamjarred performed alongside Lebanese-Egyptian singer Haifa Wehbe, while beloved Iraqi singer and composer Kadim Al Sahir, fresh from a concert at Dubai Opera, also treated fans to a night of tunes.

Saad's currently riding a wave of success after his video for the song Wasa3 Wasa3 hit the YouTube top video charts and reached 121 million views after five months.

Source: The National News

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https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/pop-culture/2023/01/01/how-the-arab-worlds-celebrities-marked-new-years-eve-from-mohamed-ramadan-to-elissa/

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Council On American-Islamic Relations Invites Elon Musk To Meet Muslims Following His 'Bigoted' Tweet

Brooke Anderson

31 December, 2022

After Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, the site has seen a sharp increase in hate content [Getty]

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Following a meme that mocks multiple beliefs, including Islam, posted on Twitter by the company's CEO Elon Musk, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is suggesting that the billionaire meet Muslims and learn about their faith.

The meme in question shows a black figure wearing a surgical mask, their body covered with logos and symbols of companies and movements often associated with the political left.

Among the logos and symbols are those of Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, CNN, syringes, a hammer and a sickle, Google, YouTube, Facebook as well as Twitter itself.  The figure appears to be holding a trans-inclusive pride flag with a crescent and star – the symbol of Islam – printed on top.

To the right of the figure is a man with light hair holding an American flag. The man on the left says, "They brainwashed you," to which the man on the right asks, "Really?"

While the meme is presumably meant as a joke, it is difficult to estimate the effects it could have on the marginalised groups that it is mocking.

Multiple studies have found correlations between bigoted social media posts and hate crime. There have also been numerous examples of people overcoming prejudices through personal interactions.

"American Muslims can take a joke, but this was a very dumb joke," CAIR's national deputy director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said in a public statement.

"We invite Elon Musk to meet with American Muslims and learn about the truth of Islam. This will not only help him respect and better serve his diverse customers, but also perhaps bring him closer to the peace that money and fame can never buy."

Source: New Arab

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https://www.newarab.com/news/cair-invites-elon-musk-meet-muslims-after-bigoted-tweet

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Quran Teaching As A Compulsory Subject Extended Up To Higher Secondary Level In Punjab, Pakistan

Imran Gabol

January 1, 2023

NA approves compulsory teaching of Quran in schools

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LAHORE: The Punjab School Education Department has directed all divisional, district and chief executive officers of the schools to extend teaching of the Holy Quran as a compulsory subject from primary to higher secondary.

The notification says teaching of the Holy Quran has already been introduced as compulsory subject in all public & private schools (up to primary level). Now the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has also issued the scheme of studies regarding the teaching of the holy book.

It states now this subject is compulsory for all levels of classes i.e. Class-I to XII in primary, elementary, high and higher secondary level schools, under the 2018 Act Amended in 2021.

The notification said some necessary directions and guidelines regarding teaching of the Holy Quran had been circulated in the field from time to time to ensure implementation in true spirit.

It directed all heads of institutions, supervisory staff and district education authorities to “get the School Education Department policies implemented in letter and spirit and further to ensure that regular classes/period of the compulsory subject are observed as per timetable in all the schools (public & private) under their domain /jurisdiction.”

It further directed all the divisional directors and additional directors to monitor the teaching and learning process of the subject in the schools throughout the division and reports on a monthly basis should be submitted to the directorate on a regular basis till the 5th of every month.

It also directed the Punjab Examination Commission CEO to prepare a question bank for the compulsory subject in the sense that quality of teaching and learning could be determined..

Punjab Teachers Union leader Rana Liaqat told Dawn that earlier, the schools were teaching Holy Quran for 20 minutes and not as a subject.

He said the directors of district and division were directed to start teaching Holy Quran as a subject. “We have to give 8 lectures in school on a daily basis but after teaching Quran as a subject we would have to arrange nine lectures per day,” he said.

He said that the government had created new vacancies of Quran teacher for every school but they did not have any Quran teachers in almost 47,000 schools of the province.

He said that the government should appoint more than one Quran teacher in high and higher secondary schools of the province to teach Quran to students of grade 1 to 12.

BILL: On May 4, 2018, the Punjab Assembly passed a bill making the teaching of the Holy Quran compulsory in schools across the province.

Earlier, the National Assembly passed a bill making the teaching of the Holy Quran compulsory in educational institutions owned and controlled by the federal government.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1729236/quran-teaching-as-a-compulsory-subject-extended-up-to-higher-secondary-level-in-punjab

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Mehdi Bahman, Author Sentenced To Death Amid Renewed Nationwide Protests On 'Espionage' Charges

By: Trisha Pathak

Jan 01, 2023

Bahman's death sentence followed his interview with an Israeli television channel. Authorities arrested him soon after the interview, during which he criticised the regime in Tehran, imposition of Islamic law, and called for peace between Israel and Iran. Photograph:(Twitter)

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The anti-regime protests in Iran, initially flamed in the Kurdish regions and later spread across the nation, have crossed more than a hundred days. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, these have been the longest-running protests the country has witnessed. Even though the events have stunned the administration, it has brought huge loss to human life in Iran.

People across societies are participating in the unique protests, and women are leading the way under the slogan, Women, Life, Freedom. But, according to the Human Rights Activists' news agency (HRANA), more than 500 protestors, including 69 children, have been killed and two executed.

People have taken immutable steps leading to their arrest, exile, and even death sentences. In the turn of events, Iran has sentenced a dissident author, Mehdi Bahman, on 'espionage' charges.

Bahman's death sentence followed his interview with an Israeli television channel. Authorities arrested him soon after the interview, during which he criticised the regime in Tehran, imposition of Islamic law, and called for peace between Israel and Iran. Apart from Bahman, Iran has already death sentenced 11 protestors and has detained more than a hundred amid the protests.

In his works, Bahman talks about religious co-existence. He has worked with Shia cleric Masoumi Tehrani for years to create artworks from various religions. Shortly after Bahman's, ran administration also arrested Tehrani.

While the Iran administration blames Iran International, a Persian language news channel, for sparking nationwide protests, the media outlet has denied all allegations. Iran International identifies itself as ' an independent new portal with no political affiliation.'

The 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish MahsaAmini's death during custody in September flared protests across Iran. She was in detention for breaching the strict dress code for Iranian women.

MajidrezaRahnavard, 23, was sentenced by a court in Mashhad for using a knife to murder two members of the security forces. On December 12, the Iran government publicly executed him from a crane. Many people have tried to kill themselves after suffering gruesome torture in detention.

Source: wio News.Com

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https://www.wionews.com/middle-east/iran-author-sentenced-to-death-amid-renewed-nationwide-protests-548446

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India

Killing of Hindus in Pakistan is against Islam, Mufti Qasmi says – Muslim organizations should raise their voice

Pkb News

01-01-2023

The killing of Hindus in Pakistan is against the ideals of Islam. Muslim organizations in India should also oppose the persecution of minority Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan. This is what the president of RashtriyaSarvadharma Ekta Parishad Mufti ShamunQasmi said. Qasmi insists on that Pakistan And no one is raising voice against the oppression and persecution of the Hindu and Sikh minorities in Bangladesh. Government of India should strongly protest against killing of Hindus in Pakistan. Killing any innocent is against the principles of Islam, against humanity and is not allowed in Islam.

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Lies, Insistence and Disregard for Evidence: The Journey of 'Love Jihad' Laws

Chander Uday Singh

30/DEC/2022

A hydra-headed monster that’s revived time and again by a not-so-subtle conspiracy between Hindutva forces, the executive, and the judiciary, it is making yet another come back at the close of 2022.

This time its a multi-pronged effort, starting in March with a new anti-conversion law in Haryana, followed by Karnataka on September 30 with its Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022, and wrapping up the year with the Uttarakhand governor’s assent to making the draconian Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 even more stringent, the Maharashtra Cabinet’s notification to snoop on interfaith marriages and relationships, and the Supreme Court eagerly trying to wade in on the wings of a fourth-attempt petition by a serial litigator from the BJP.

Some, like Himachal in 2019 and Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in 2021, have enacted stringent new replacements for their old ‘Freedom of Religion’ Acts, aimed especially at preventing Hindu women from marrying outside the faith.

Orissa (1967), Chhattisgarh (1968), Arunachal Pradesh (1978) and Jharkhand (2017) have statutes to control religious conversions, but those Acts do not enter the private sphere of marriage.

Source: The Wire

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Arab world

Islamic State claims deadly attack in Ismailia, first in mainland Egypt in 3 years

By AFP

01-01-2023

CAIRO, Egypt — The Islamic State jihadist group said Saturday that it had carried out a deadly attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia the previous day.

“A cell of soldiers of the caliphate managed to attack an Egyptian police roadblock… with a machine gun,” the jihadist group’s Amaq news agency said.

Source: Times Of Israel

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https://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-claims-deadly-attack-in-ismailia-first-in-mainland-egypt-in-3-years/

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Madinah museums shed light on Prophet Muhammad’s journey, showcase rare artifacts

JASMINE BAGER

December 31, 2022

MADINAH: Madinah has long been a beacon of light and knowledge. Pilgrims and visitors can attest to the peace they find in a holy city immersed in a halo of light. 

Madinah has made great strides in recent years to establish itself as an ideal venue for museums and a place of learning. Scholars flock here to navigate the path that the Prophet Muhammed walked and to study the landscapes and manuscripts housed within the city.

The King Abdulaziz Complex for Endowment Libraries, located within the Islamic University of Madinah, is a light-colored opulent building whose walls bear intricate Arabic inscriptions.

Source: Arab News

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HM King exchanges New Year good wishes with leaders of Arab, Islamic, friendly countries

31 Dec 2022

Manama, Dec. 31(BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa exchanged congratulatory cables on the New Year 2023 with leaders of Arab, Islamic and friendly countries.

HM the King expressed sincere congratulations on the occasion, wishing them abundant health and happiness and further progress and prosperity to their countries.

Source: Bna.Bh

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Art gallery transports Riyadh Season visitors to Saudi Arabia’s rich past

ARAB NEWS

December 31, 2022

RIYADH: Located in a long corridor inside the Souq Al-Zal zone, an art gallery recreates scenes from Saudi Arabia during the 1970s and 1980s through a display of antiques, carpets, locally manufactured shoes and clothes, swords, tools and utensils.

Part of the third Riyadh Season, the zone offers a glimpse into the Kingdom’s rich heritage through events that celebrate its folklore, restaurants and cafes, and displays of unique vintage items.

Souq Al-Zal at Al-Masmak Palace is one of the oldest traditional markets in Saudi Arabia and is famous for selling old collectibles, cloaks, furs, leather, shemaghs and various types of incense.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

Card Sako: Benedict XVI was a 'great theologian' and 'prophet' of relations with Islam

by Dario Salvi

12/31/2022

Milan (AsiaNews) – As pontiff, Benedict XVI was “prophetic” in his relationship with Islam; he was also a “great theologian” with “clear and understandable" expressions, not to mention a pastor "close to Iraq and the Middle East,” said Card Louis Raphael Sako, speaking to AsiaNews.

It was during the pontificate of the late pope emeritus that the cardinal was chosen to be the patriarch of Baghdad of the Chaldeans in January 2013, shortly before Benedict XVI resigned.

“I have great esteem for Benedict XVI," Card Sako noted. “He is a man of God, with a luminous face. Perhaps one day in the history of the Church he will be proclaimed a doctor, for all that he has left in the field of theology. We don't have a scholar of his weight today!”

Source: Asia News

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New Year Honours list 2023 in full: Everyone who has received an MBE, OBE, CBE, knighthood and damehood

By Sally Guyoncourt

December 31, 2022

England’s Lionesses, Queen guitarist Brian May, artist Grayson Perry and fashion designer Dame Mary Quant are among those selected for the King’s first ever New Year’s Honours.

Leah Williamson, Captain of the Euro 2022-winning England football team, has been made an OBE while her teammates Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead and Ellen White are all made MBEs.

Musician and animal welfare campaigner Sir Brian, who famously played “God Save the Queen” on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Golden Jubilee before performing again at the Platinum Jubilee two decades later, has been appointed a knight bachelor for services to music and charity.

He said: “I regard it as a kind of charge, like a kind of commission to do the things that one would expect a knight to do – to fight for justice, to fight for people who don’t have any voice.”

Sir Grayson, the 62-year-old artist, writer and broadcaster known for his tapestries, ceramic works and cross-dressing, is knighted for services to the arts and fashion designer Dame Mary Quant is made a Companion of Honour.

Source: Inews.Co.Uk

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Pakistan

Judges shouldn’t care about people’s wishes in their verdicts: ex-CJP

Irfan Aslam

January 1, 2023

LAHORE: Former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Jawwad S Khawaja said he never cared about how his judgements were received, as a judge should not write verdicts according to the wishes of the people.

“I have written a lot that was controversial. But what’s a controversy? If I write something that’s not liked by someone, it would become a controversy,” he said while speaking at the launch of his book, Slaughtered without a Knife, at the Kitab Ghar Literary Festival on Saturday.

“I have given many references (of cases) in the book where I knew the verdicts I was writing will not be accepted generally, but (the question is) should I care about it? A judge has to buck the trend,” he maintained.

Source: Dawn

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SBP issues Islamic Banking license to Faysal Bank Limited

DECEMBER 31, 2022

Karachi: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued an Islamic banking license to Faysal Bank Limited, which is now the second-largest full-fledged Islamic bank in Pakistan with the new name Faysal Islami.

After the successful conversion from a conventional to Islamic bank, the bank will be operating a total of 639 Islamic banking branches. The bank had converted deposits of 500,000 accountholders worth over Rs600 billion (or 94%) into Islamic deposits in July 2022 compared to only 11% at the end of 2015.During the process, assets worth over Rs700 billion (or 86%) are converted into Islamic assets in July 2022.

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Jameel Ahmed said, “The conversion of the Faysal Bank Limited to Faysal Islami is a benchmark for Pakistan’s banking industry. Faysal Islami in their conversion, have provided a perfect road map to convert Pakistan’s financial structure on 100% Islamic system as per the vision put forward by the government of Pakistan.” He further added that State Bank is proud to have been a significant partner in this endeavour and looks forward to seeing Islamic Banking gaining ground in Pakistan.

Source: Daily Times.Com.Pk

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Three MPAs, other BAP leaders join PPP

Imran Ayub

January 1, 2023

KARACHI: A number of BalochistanAwami Party (BAP) leaders on Saturday parted ways with the ruling party in Balochistan and joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after weeks of talks spearheaded by former president Asif Ali Zardari.

The announcement to join Sindh’s ruling party was made after a meeting with Mr Zardari at Bilawal House in Karachi. A brief statement issued by the Bilawal House said MPAs Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khosa, and Arif Muhammad Hasani called on the PPP leader.

Other BAP leaders incl­uded Haji Malik Shah Gorej, Mir Wali Muham­mad, Mir Asghar Rind, Mir Faiq Jamali, Sardarzada Faisal Jamali, and Agha Shakeel Durrani.

Source: Dawn

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‘The best of times, the worst of times’: Pakistani politicians reflect on the year that was

Dawn.com

January 1, 2023

Pakistani politicians rang in the new year with messages of solidarity as some figures reflected on the intense politicking that took place in the outgoing year while others spoke about the human toll of the catastrophic floods.

President ArifAlvi said the nation faced various challenges last year but overcame difficult situations with “hard work, sacrifice, determination and resilience”.

In remarks published by Radio Pakistan, the president said: “In the new year, as a nation, we must set our priorities correctly to overcome the challenges facing the nation.”

Source: Dawn

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PTI, JI supporters reach polling stations in Islamabad only to find them locked

Ikram Junaidi

January 1, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Some voters, mostly belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), reached polling stations on Saturday, only to find the gates of educational institutions, in which polling stations had to be set up, locked.

They criticised the coalition government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not holding the elections.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday had directed the ECP to hold the local government (LG) elections in the capital on Dec 31, setting aside its notification on the postponement of the polls.

Source: Dawn

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Bilawal sees sweeping LG poll victory after ‘record performance’ in Karachi

Imran Ayub

January 1, 2023

KARACHI: After seeking delay of the crucial electoral exercise for multiple times, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for the first time sounded prepared on Saturday to contest the Jan 15 local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions when its chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari vowed to win the polls and to install a Jiyala as the next city mayor.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari also asked the Sindh chief minister to ensure polling as per schedule on January 15 as there’s no more challenges like floods to the government that would hamper the electoral process.

Showing full confidence on his party, he told a convention of party candidates at the CM House that the free and fair polling of the local government in Karachi would bring a ‘Jiyala mayor’ who would serve Karachiites with heart and soul.

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

Iran top court accepts protester’s appeal against death sentence

By: Reuters

December 31, 2022

Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted a protester’s appeal against his death sentence for allegedly damaging public property and sent his case back for review, the judiciary said on Saturday, as a rights group said more clashes had broken out in the west of the country.

Sahand Noor Mohammadzadeh, 25, was arrested on Oct. 4 and sentenced to death two months later on a charge of “waging war against God” for allegedly trying to break a highway guardrail in Tehran and setting fire to a rubbish bin during anti-government demonstrations.

Iran has executed two people involved in mass protests that erupted in September after the death in custody of Kurdish Iranian woman MahsaAmini, who was arrested by morality police enforcing the strict dress code for women.

Source: Indian Express

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Iran Tests Military Drones in War Games Near Strait of Hormuz

December 31, 2022

Iran's military tested new attack drones in the coastal area of the Gulf of Oman and near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Saturday as part of its ongoing annual drill, state TV reported.

Meanwhile, anti-government protests underway for more than three months continued. Videos on social media showed protests in Tehran's grand bazaar and several cities and towns including in the Kurdish area. Part of Tehran's bazaar closed in the wake of the protests, which authorities cracked down on.

State TV said the Ababil-5 attack drone was used during war games for the first time and successfully hit its target with a bomb after traveling 400 kilometers. Iran has tested many other military drones over the past decade.

Source: Voa News

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Iran Bus Crash: One Dead, 30 Injured as Two Vehicles Collide outside Airport

DECEMBER 31, 2022

At least one person was killed and more than 30 were injured when two busses collided at Iran’s main international airport near the capital Tehran, state media reported.

“Unfortunately, in this incident we had one fatality," a police official at Imam Khomeini International Airport told state TV.

“Over 30 people were injured in the incident," the state broadcaster reported without specifying their nationalities.

Source: News18.Com

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Will 2023 be the year Iran is held to account by int’l community? -analysis

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

DECEMBER 31, 2022

Iran’s supply of drones to Russia, as well as its crackdown on protesters, has caused many countries to finally confront the Tehran regime’s abuses.

Source: Jpost

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South Asia

‘Left to die’: Fates of 5 Rohingya boats across Asia spotlight enduring crisis of stateless Muslim minority

Amy Sood

1 Jan, 2023

From the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, Rohingya activist Mohammed Rezuwan Khan watched for weeks in hope and dread as the fishing boats carrying his sister and niece drifted south without sufficient food, water or safe harbour, but targeting a fresh start thousands of kilometres away.

Their boat was one of at least five to set out in late November, Khan said, in information backed up by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The desperation and relief of the emaciated survivors were captured on videos shared online as they staggered onto the beach in Aceh’s Pidie district, crying as they made solid ground for the first time in over a month.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority persecuted in Myanmar and taken in huge numbers by Bangladesh but unable to live and work freely outside their vast camps.

Source: Scmp.Com

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In Afghanistan, coal mining relies on the labor of children

AREZOU REZVANI

December 31, 2022

NAHRIN, Afghanistan — On weekdays, when most kids around the world are at school, 12-year-old Mansour is in the middle of a grueling shift at the coal mines.

Deep inside a tunnel carved into the side of a blackened mountain, the young boy waits under the flickering glow of his headlamp as older boys pry coal out of the earth by pickaxe and hand, while others shovel the piles into sacks strapped onto the backs of donkeys.

From there, it is Mansour's job — from dawn until dusk — to lead the coal-laden donkeys out of a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels down the mountain in this remote part of Baghlan province, 180 miles north of Kabul. Here, the so-called black gold is bagged and loaded onto trucks, mostly bound for neighboring countries.

Source: Npr.Org

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Russia and India can help in intra-Afghan dialogue: Zamir Kabulov

KALLOL BHATTACHERJEE

January 01, 2023

Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov is one of the most distinguished diplomats of Kremlin with vast experience in Afghan affairs stretching from the 1980s till now. He has served as Russia’s ambassador to Kabul during 2004-‘09 and is the driving force behind the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan. He answered questions from The Hindu on various aspects of the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

Source: The Hindu

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The 20 global humanitarian crises we cannot ignore in 2023—Afghanistan, Pakistan to Syria

DAVID MILIBAND

31 December, 2022

“As well as being a warning, Watchlist 2023 is intended as a roadmap for how we can choose to strengthen the guardrails meant to limit the impact of these crises.”

Every year for the past decade, the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) crisis response teams analyze swathes of quantitative and qualitative data to uncover the countries most at risk of humanitarian conflagration in 2023.

More than 100 million people today are on the run from conflict and disaster. 340 million are projected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023 — a figure that has grown fourfold in the past decade.

Source: The Print

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Afghan War Orphan Remains with Marine Accused of Abduction

December 31, 2022

The Afghan woman ran down the street toward her friend’s apartment as soon as she heard the news: the White House had publicly weighed in on her family’s case.

Surely her child, who she says was abducted by a U.S. Marine more than a year ago, would now be returned, she thought. She was so excited that it was only after she’d arrived that she realized she wasn’t wearing any shoes.

Yet two months after an AP report on the high-stakes legal fight over the child raised alarms at the highest levels of government, from the White House to the Taliban, the baby remains with U.S. Marine Corps Major Joshua Mast and his family. The Masts claim in court documents that they legally adopted the child, and that the Afghan couple’s accusations are “outrageous” and “unmerited.”

Source: Voa News

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New Omicron subvariant detected in Bangladesh

January 1, 2023

The new, seemingly more contagious Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus, BF.7, has been detected in Bangladesh amid concerns about a fresh surge in Covid cases.

The presence of the Omicron subvariant was found in the genome sequence reports of one of the four Covid-infected Chinese citizens who had come to Bangladesh from their country recently.

The Chinese nationals had RT-PCR Covid negative certificates with them, but rapid antigen tests found them to be positive for Covid, according to health officials.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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North America

Islamic State group has 'army' of fighters detained in Iraq, Syria: US military

The New Arab Staff

31 December, 2022

The Islamic State militant group has an 'army' of fighters held at detention facilities in Iraq and Syria, according to the US military.

The thousands of Islamic State fighters, also known as IS or ISIS could rejoin the militant group if they were able to escape, according to a statement from CENTCOM, the US military command responsible for the Middle East as well as Central and South Asia.

"There is a literal 'ISIS army' in detention in Iraq and Syria," CENTCOM commander General Michael "Erik" Kurilla was quoted in the statement as saying.

Source: New Arab

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Islamic State Claims Attack on Police in Suez Canal City

December 31, 2022

CAIRO — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack Friday on a police checkpoint in Egypt's Suez Canal city of Ismailia. At least four people, including three police officers, were killed, officials and state-run media said.

The attack also wounded 12 others, mostly conscripts who were taken to a hospital, according to a casualty tally document at the hospital.

The dead included three police officers and a still unidentified person, the hospital document obtained by The Associated Press showed.

Source: Voa News

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What Pope Benedict got wrong about Islam

December 31, 2022

By Mark Silk

(RNS) — In a barbed valedictory, my colleague Tom Reese portrays the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as the quintessential German professor, a brilliant theologian “who was not interested in listening to people who had other views.” I couldn’t agree more, and, as Reese points out, few episodes from his papacy show that better than the controversy Benedict stirred up by taking a swipe at Islam in the lecture he gave on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in 2006.

It is hard to resist seeing the commotion stirred up by Pope Benedict XVI’s speech as an example of the perils of putting professors in positions of power. The temptation to value provocation over discretion, to wing it on subjects outside your proper ken, to show that you’re the smartest guy in the room — these would appear to have gotten the better of a pontiff returning to the academic podium where, 35 years earlier, he discoursed on theology to all comers.

What got Benedict into trouble was his quotation of a nasty put-down of Islam by the learned Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, delivered in a debate with a Persian professor on the relative merits of Christianity and Islam near the end of the 14th century. But even before trotting out the quote, the pope took aim at the principal proof text used today to claim Islam is committed to religious tolerance.

Manuel, Benedict mused, must have known the Koranic verse (Sura 2.256) that proclaims, “There must be no compulsion in religion.” Explained the pope, “According to the experts, this is one of the suras of the early period, when Muhammad was still powerless and under threat.”

Source: Religion News

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Africa

Catholic Church, CAN, Islamic Scholar eulogise Pope Benedict XVI’s virtues

December 31, 2022

Rev. Fr. Anthony Omodunbi, the Director of Social Communication Commission, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Osun, has described the death of Pope Benedict XVI, as the death of a man of great faith.

Recall that former pope Benedict XVI died at the age of 95, the Vatican announced Saturday, almost a decade after he became the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.

Benedict XVI passed away at 95 at about 9. 34 a.m in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, as announced by the Vatican on Saturday.

Source: Vanguardngr

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HURIWA warns G5 governors against endorsing, Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim ticket

By Dachen Isaac

January 1, 2023

Civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has warned the G5, the group of five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against endorsing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ahead of the 2023 presidential election because of the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party.

The National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, who gave this admonition in a statement on Saturday, said if the rumoured endorsement of Tinubu by the G5 was true, then it would be a “betrayal of constitutional democracy and a gross injustice which negates the Federal Character principles”

Speculations have been rife that the G5 would throw their weight behind Tinubu and his running mate, KashimShettima after the group met the former Lagos State Governor in London last week.

Source: Ripples Nigeria

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Cleric cautions Muslims against imitating western styles of marriage

By Salisu Sani-Idris

December 31, 2022

The Chief Imam of Area 10 Garki Abuja Mosque, Yahya Al-Yolawi has cautioned Muslims against imitating western styles of marriage and other ceremonies that were not acceptable in Islam.

He stated that Islam was very clear on activities that were lawful and forbidden, adding that innovation in Islam was the creation or addition of any religious matter.

Al-Yolawi said that such additions were not originally found in Islam or from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and his companions.

Source: News Diary Online

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Southeast Asia

Sarawak DAP chairman urges state govt to take steps to stabilise pork prices

By Sulok Tawie

01 Jan 2023

KUCHING, Jan 1 — Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen today urged the state government to take steps to stabilise pork prices which have gone up considerably since last year.

He said the Federal Agriculture and Food Security Ministry does not have any control over the prices of pork in the state that has autonomy over the matter.

He noted that Agriculture and Food Security deputy minister Chan FoongHin had announced two days ago that the pork prices would not be increased before the Chinese New Year after a series of meetings with pig farmers, butchers and all stakeholders.

Source: Malay Mail

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Education Ministry to continue monitoring pupils at risk of dropping out, says Fadhlina

01 Jan 2023

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 1 — The Education Ministry will continue to monitor and provide intervention for pupils who are at risk of dropping out so that they continue to stay in school until they complete Form Five, says Minister FadhlinaSidek.

She said the move was aimed at ensuring the rights of every child to educational equality and that this is achieved no matter where they are.

“The MoE is very aware of the problems faced especially the issue of dropout among students and will continue to find ways to resolve it until we achieve zero dropouts,” she said in her 2023 New Year message posted on her Facebook today.

Describing education as a gateway to a vast galaxy of knowledge, Fadhlina said the search, construction and gathering of knowledge should be made into an exploratory culture that is character-building in nature to the brain and the person.

Source: Malay Mail

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Muhyiddin urges govt to take swift action to protect people from new Covid variant

01 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has urged the government to take immediate action to ensure the people are protected from the new Covid-19 variant which has been detected in several countries.

In his 2023 New Year Message uploaded on his Facebook account, the former prime minister also hoped that the government would implement the necessary measures to ease the people’s burden, especially in facing the challenging economic situation this year.

“The poor are increasing due to the hardship of life. More than 60 per cent of our country’s population actually belongs to the poor and low-income groups. (Therefore,) they need immediate protection from the government,” said the Bersatu president.

Source: Malay Mail

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Premier: Sarawak will continue to prioritise regaining rights under MA63 in 2023

01 Jan 2023

KUCHING, Jan 1 — Regaining the rights of Sarawak as stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will continue to be the priority in 2023, said Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Abang Johari also said his GabunganParti Sarawak (GPS) government remains committed to bring the developments in Sarawak to greater heights, especially when the state celebrates 60 years of the formation of Malaysia this year.

“It is our wishes that our rights under MA63 will be honoured as we achieve 60 years of independence next year (2023). There are some rights listed in the agreement which are non-negotiable,” he said when officiating at the state-level official 2023 countdown event at Stadium Perpaduan, Petra Jaya last night.

Abang Johari pointed out the Sarawak’s rights under the MA63 that are non-negotiable are matters related to the state’s land boundaries and continental shelf, as well as immigration autonomy.

Source: Malay Mail

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