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Tablighi Jamaat Case: Court Slams Delhi Police; 'Your Officers Don't Deserve To Be Investigating Officers; Was It Illegal To Host Tablighi Foreigners Before Lockdown?'

New Age Islam News Bureau

07 December 2021

 

(Photo Courtesy: The Times of India)

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• Pakistan Prime Minister's Office to Hold Condolence Reference Today For Sri Lankan Man Lynched In Sialkot

• Treat Us like Human Beings, Say Afghan Refugees Who Have Received Lack Of Support From British Authorities

• Facebook Is Sued For £200billion Over Claims It Fuelled Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

• Turkey Says Mosque Attacks on Cyprus Won't Go 'Unanswered'

 

India

• Wasim Rizvi, Former Shia Waqf Board Chairman Converts To Hinduism, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati Rechristened Him as Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi

• Construction Of Alternative Babri Mosque Awaiting Clearance In India

• Uttar Pradesh police gets land in Deoband for ATS unit

• Bengaluru cop suspended for allegedly assaulting Muslim youth, making him drink urine

• Kerala: As IUML-led mosque protest fizzles out, questions over hold on community

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Pakistan

• Sindh Sees Increase In Girl Child Marriages Despite Legislation: Report

• Islam Propagates Peace And Protection, Says Usman Buzdar, Punjab Chief Minister

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South Asia

• 34,000 Afghans still living on military bases of US

• Ahmad Masoud reportedly meets Blackwater Chief in Tajikistan

• Indonesia may reopen embassy in Kabul

• Head of UNAMA meets Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister

• UN confirms Ishaqzai as Permanent envoy of Afghanistan

• Fifty years of India-Bangladesh ties a ‘precious achievement’: Singaporean diplomat

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Europe

• Environmental Actions at Bristol Mosque Win National Recognition

• School apologises after freezing Muslim students made to pray outside

• Barge Inn Demolition Progressing As Pub Becomes Islamic Centre

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Mideast

• Yemeni community in Germany condemns Saudi-led coalition crimes

• Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed, 5 wounded in attack blamed on Islamic State

• Iran To Launch Takaful Insurance For Sunni Population

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Africa

• Libyan Fund Fails In $12m Claim against ‘Associate' Of Saif Al Islam Qaddafi

• Kidnappers Abduct Five-Year-Old Pupil in Kano after Giving Her A Lift From Islamic School

• Peta Credlin says sorry to South Sudanese, but would she have done so to Muslims?

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Southeast Asia

• Brazil Eyes $1.17 Trillion Halal Food Market, Keen To Boost Its Share In Trade

• Govt has implemented various initiatives to help Muslim entrepreneurs impacted by Covid-19 pandemic, says minister

• Blinken to Visit Indonesia and Malaysia Next Week

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North America

• WHO Donates 260 000 Packs Of Intravenous Solutions to Islamic Republic Of Iran

• Rep. Omar 'very confident' Pelosi will take action against Boebert this week after anti-Muslim remarks

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Arab World

• Ministry of Islamic Affairs Stresses Necessity of Wearing Mask and Social Distancing in Mosques

• ADIB becomes world’s first Islamic bank to launch digital ecosystem for auto sector

• Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness

• 154 KSrelief food aid trucks sent to Yemen

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Tablighi Jamaat Case: Court Slams Delhi Police; 'Your Officers Don't Deserve To Be Investigating Officers; Was It Illegal To Host Tablighi Foreigners Before Lockdown?'

 

(Photo Courtesy: The Times of India)

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December 06, 2021

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday sought to know from the Delhi Police that was there any prohibition on Indian nationals from housing attendees of last year's Tablighi Jamaat congregation who entered the country on a valid visa when there were no COVID-19 related restrictions.

The high court sought an affidavit from the Delhi Police if there was any prohibition on Indian nationals from providing accommodation to foreign nationals when the lockdown was imposed.

It also pulled up the investigating agency for not being able to state the specific date on which the Jamaat attendees sought refuge at the petitioners' premises.

Justice Mukta Gupta, who was hearing a batch of petitions to quash the FIRs registered against the hosts, said she would pass appropriate orders after the material is placed before the court.

While some of the pleas for quashing of FIRs are by individuals who had provided refuge to the foreigners who had attended the event and could not travel owing to the subsequent lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, others are by persons like managing committee members or caretakers of different mosques, who have been accused of providing housing facilities to the foreign nationals in the mosques under the jurisdiction of Chandni Mahal police station.

FIRs were registered for the alleged commission of offences under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly enforced by public servant), Section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection), and other offences under the Indian Penal Code.

The prosecutor told the court that when the police went to the "spot", the locals did not inform about the date on which the attendees came to reside in the premises in question.

"Then your officers don't deserve to be IOs (investigating officers)," responded the court which observed that the police could have checked the passport entries of the foreign nationals and their call record data to ascertain their location.

The court added that "filing half-baked things" before it would not work and asserted that police has to "show that after lockdown, they (attendees) were moving here and there".

"They came under valid visa. They were staying there then you can't say they were violating these provisions," it stated.

Counsel for the petitioners claimed that the investigating agency has not specified the date of entry into the premises in the FIR or the charge sheet.

The lawyer informed that the crime branch of Delhi police had also registered an FIR concerning the Nizamuddin Markaz against its organisers for the alleged violation of certain provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Epidemic Diseases Act, etc.

The court directed the concerned DCP to file an affidavit disclosing if any of the petitioners are also accused in the crime branch FIR.

"The affidavit of DCP will also indicate as to whether there was any prohibition for any Indian national to keep a foreigner at his residence who had come to India on a valid passport and visa at the relevant time," the court said.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on January 4 and asked that the police status reports in the matter be brought on record.

In their plea filed through advocates Ashima Mandla and Mandakini Singh, two petitioners -- Feroz and Rizwan, who had each provided accommodation to four women Tablighi attendees, have contended that shelter was given to them as they had nowhere to go during the lockdown.

They and other petitioners have also contended that there is no documentation on record in either the FIR or charge sheet to indicate that they had been infected by COVID-19 and therefore, they could not have been accused of spreading the disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

In his petition, Rizwan has alleged that the instant case is a classic example of case wherein unsubstantiated allegations have been embellished and exaggerated.

Earlier, the court had asked Delhi police to file a status report indicating the role of each accused and as well as the duration of their stay and whether the housing facility was given after or before the prohibitory orders issued by the authorities given COVID-19.

On the last occasion, the court had questioned the Delhi police as to what offence was committed by the Indian nationals when they housed foreigners, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation last year, during a nationwide lockdown and observed that the government notification did not impose any bar on persons residing at any particular place.

Source: ND TV

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Pakistan Prime Minister's Office to Hold Condolence Reference Today For Sri Lankan Man Lynched In Sialkot

 

The condolence reference at the Prime Minister's House will be marked by the laying of a wreath at Priyantha Kumara's portait. — APP

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December 7, 2021

The Prime Minister's Office is to hold a condolence reference today for Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched to death by a mob in Sialkot last week.

A mob comprising hundreds of protestors, including the employees of the factory Kumara was the manager of, had tortured him to death on Friday and later burnt his body over blasphemy allegations.

A first information report was registered against 900 workers of Rajco Industries on the application of Uggoki Station House Officer (SHO) Armaghan Maqt under Sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The incident was followed by national outrage across the country, which led to calls and reassurances for retribution and justice from government officials. Kumara's remains were repatriated to Sri Lanka on Monday with state honours.

The condolence reference today will be marked by the laying of a wreath at the deceased's portrait. The event is being held in solidarity with Kumara's family and the Sri Lankan nation and government.

The event will be attended by federal cabinet members, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, members of think tanks, academicians, religious scholars and celebrities.

In addition, a certificate of appreciation will also be awarded to Malik Adnan — Kumara's colleague who had tried to save his life.

In videos of the incident shared on social media, Adnan was seen trying to calm the mob down and later shielded Kumara when the matter escalated, but in vain. The workers overpowered Adnan and dragged the Sri Lankan national out on the road.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken notice of the brave attempt and lauded Adnan's "moral courage and bravery" on Sunday. He had also announced that Adnan would be honoured with the Tamgha-i-Shujaat.

Source: Dawn

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Treat Us Like Human Beings, Say Afghan Refugees Who Have Received Lack Of Support From British Authorities

 

Hamid Hakimi and his wife Maryam Orfani, refugees from Afghanistan. (Photo by Teri Pengilley for i)

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By Amy Walker

December 6, 2021

Some newly-arrived Afghan refugees regret fleeing the Taliban and certain death because of a lack of support from UK authorities, i has learned.

People who fled Afghanistan amid the takeover by the extremist militant group say their fears for loved ones who they had to leave behind has also made starting a new life in Britain extremely difficult.

i has been told by several Afghan refugees who worked for the British government and military in the country that they have been moved to unsuitable accommodation or left to languish in bridging hotels.

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One couple, who are expecting a baby, were moved at short notice to the remote town of Wick in the Scottish Highlands, which does not have a mosque or a halal food store.

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Hamid Hakimi, 26, a former interpreter for the British armed forces, said he is having to take a costly two and half hour bus journey to Inverness to stock up on halal food once a month.

But his main concern is for his wife, Maryam Orfani, 19, who is 12 weeks pregnant and suffering with acute depression which she says is because she feels isolated from friends and family who were also evacuated to the UK and are now at least an eight-hour journey away.

“One week I took her to the A&E department at a hospital three nights in a row. She fell over, she wasn’t eating or drinking, she was dehydrated and they gave her liquids,” he said.

Still struggling to keep food down after her hospitalisation, Ms Orfani has lost 1.5st since arriving in the UK despite her pregnancy.

“I’m scared of what will happen to my child if I continue to live in that situation, I really need peer support,” said Ms Orfani. “There is no one around me [aside from my husband] to speak to or share my concerns with and this is giving me such a difficult time, it’s giving me depression.”

A Government spokesperson said:

“The Government has undertaken the UK’s biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history, helping over 15,000 people to safety.

“There is a huge cross- government effort underway to secure permanent homes for Afghan families to allow them to settle and rebuild their lives, and to ensure those still temporarily accommodated in hotels have access to healthcare, education, essential items, benefits such as Universal Credit and employment opportunities.”

“Councils have been given integration funding of £20,520 per person over three years to support those starting a new life in the UK, with additional funding for children entering education and to ensure people can access healthcare.”

A Government spokesperson said:

“The Government has undertaken the UK’s biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history, helping over 15,000 people to safety.

“There is a huge cross- government effort underway to secure permanent homes for Afghan families to allow them to settle and rebuild their lives, and to ensure those still temporarily accommodated in hotels have access to healthcare, education, essential items, benefits such as Universal Credit and employment opportunities.”

“Councils have been given integration funding of £20,520 per person over three years to support those starting a new life in the UK, with additional funding for children entering education and to ensure people can access healthcare.”

Compounding her mental health is the fact that her father – who worked for the coalition forces – and other family members are stuck in Afghanistan, frequently moving homes to evade retribution from the Taliban.

They have attempted to contact Highland Council about being moved from their current home, which is so damp that the wallpaper they put up has fallen off, to another local authority.

Less than half the homes needed for evacuated Afghan interpreters have been secured

Despite their efforts, including a letter from Ms Orfani’s midwife to the council stating that relocating them to somewhere where they have peer support would reduce both her and her unborn child’s “vulnerability”, they claim the council has rejected to support such a move.

Instead, they have allegedly been told to use their own money to move elsewhere, but Mr Hakimi cited the lack of prospects in the town. He has attempted to apply for a handful of available jobs, including as a temporary Christmas worker at Tesco, but has so far been rejected.

Despite the likelihood that he would have been killed by the Taliban because of his work with the British military, Mr Hakimi said the couple had at one point unsuccessfully begged to be sent back to Kabul.

“In Afghanistan, we might die in one year or in a month, but in Wick we die every day,” he said.

“We helped the British government, that’s why they brought us here. We put our lives in danger and our families lives in danger. Then we lost everything because we worked for them. They should treat us like human beings.”

In response to the claims about their housing situation, Highland Council said it did not comment on individual cases.

Another former interpreter, who was also brought to the UK under the government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), said he had been told he and his family will be moved from affordable temporary housing in London to private-rented accommodation.

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He fears this will swallow up the majority of their allowance until he is able to find work, with £240 a month currently going towards energy bills because they were placed on an unfixed tariff. Despite trying to contact a caseworker – which are assigned from councils to refugees who have been moved into the community – to express his concerns, he said they had been “unresponsive”.

“If I knew I’d end up in the situation I’m in now, I would not have come here. I would rather stay there with my family, be it that the Taliban would kill us, because being here is difficult every minute,” he said. “I spend all of my time thinking about my future, and the future of my children.”

In response, his local authority said refugees were given priority for council homes, alongside other groups, but a lack of stock meant that some would be placed into temporary accommodation before being able to access social housing.

Nasima Karimi, 33, a former HR officer at the British embassy in Kabul, said she had been living with her mother in a bridging hotel since arriving in the UK on 25 August.

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Having yet to be assigned a caseworker, she said she did not know who to turn to with her concerns and had no knowledge of when she might be moved into longer-term accommodation.

Her brother and sister were not evacuated, despite the house they shared with Nasima and her mother previously being attacked by the Taliban and the threat they face for their indirect association with the British government.

“I’m thankful for being evacuated, but the safety doesn’t mean I’m ok. We do not feel good. We have a lot of worries and anxieties for my siblings,” she said.

“My mother is ill, I want to get a job and pursue my education but now I have to look after my mother alone because no-one else is here to help me. I don’t have any opportunities here.”

Refugee Action said it was aware of Afghans being sent to “places that do not easily support their integration”, as well as a lack of support being offered to those in bridging hotels.

“Refugees need to be matched carefully to places and environments where they have family links, friendship and employment prospects,” said Louise Calvey, head of services and safeguarding.

“The Government is not investing enough in the support to people in hotels, understanding their needs and finding the right new homes for them. This will inevitably lead to isolation and distress for the families involved.”

Refugee Council said the speed at which evacuation efforts took place before and after the Taliban takeover of Kabul, as well as the sheer number of refugees, meant some considerations may not be being made when matching people to homes.

“At the moment, [the Home Office] has got thousands of people in hotels, they’re trying to move them into local authorities as quickly as they can and the main consideration is matching the size of the family unit to the size of available accommodation,” said head of advocacy, Andy Hewitt.

A government spokesperson said: “The Government has undertaken the UK’s biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history, helping over 15,000 people to safety.

“There is a huge cross- government effort underway to secure permanent homes for Afghan families to allow them to settle and rebuild their lives, and to ensure those still temporarily accommodated in hotels have access to healthcare, education, essential items, benefits such as Universal Credit and employment opportunities.”

“Councils have been given integration funding of £20,520 per person over three years to support those starting a new life in the UK, with additional funding for children entering education and to ensure people can access healthcare.”

Source: Inews UK

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Facebook Is Sued For £200billion Over Claims It Fuelled Genocide Of Rohingya Muslims

 

Rohingya refugee women who fled Myanmar are seen queuing for aid in Indonesia

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7 December 2021

Facebook is being sued for more than £200billion over claims it fuelled the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

In a landmark case, lawyers have launched legal action on both sides of the Atlantic seeking 'reparation-style' compensation from the firm on behalf of victims and survivors.

They said Facebook had 'fanned the flames of hatred' by repeatedly ignoring warnings that the platform was being used to share hate speech in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

The lawyers, who are working with a number of charities, said court action was needed to stop the company from 'running the world with impunity'.

Britain leads condemnation of Myanmar's junta after Aung San Suu Kyi conviction

Britain  led condemnation last night of Myanmar's junta after Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted in the first of a raft of cases against her.

In a trial decried as a 'sham' by the UN, the ousted leader, pictured, was jailed for two years for inciting dissent and breaching Covid rules.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the sentence was 'another appalling attempt by Myanmar's military regime to stifle opposition'.

It is thought to be one of the largest group claims launched against a private firm.

As many as 25,000 Rohingya were killed and more than 800,000 forced to flee to Bangladesh after violence erupted in 2017.

The attacks were launched by the predominantly Buddhist country's military alongside local death squads in reaction to low-level attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts.

The UN warned of 'frenzied blood-letting and mass rape' in the Rakhine province in the west of the country, including the routine abduction of women and girls.

Despite the UN describing the military response as a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', campaigners said that Facebook failed to stop anti-Rohingya propaganda.

In a letter of notice to Facebook's UK arm, lawyers notified the company of the intended action in the High Court.

The formal claim for negligence and breaching a duty of care, due to be filed later this month, will say Facebook 'used algorithms that amplified hate speech' and failed to invest in local moderators.

It will also accuse the US company of failing to remove online posts and accounts that incited violence.

Jason McCue of McCue Jury & Partners, which is leading the claim, said the case was an attempt to 'stop this juggernaut of a company that is out of control'.

He added: 'Whilst on duty, it allowed toxic hatred and ethnic cleansing to be deployed at will by the Myanmar regime and its supporters within its extremist hate speech chat forums.'

Facebook did not responded to a request for comment.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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Turkey Says Mosque Attacks On Cyprus Won't Go 'Unanswered'

 

[File: Murad Sezer/Reuters]

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that attacks on Muslim houses of worship on Cyprus would “not go unanswered” following reports of an attempted arson attack on a mosque on the southern, internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot part of the divided Mediterranean island.

Turkey’s pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper said at least one suspect was detained following a Dec. 2 attempt to burn the Grand Mosque in the city of Larnaca. No one was hurt in the incident.

“Unfortunately, there was an (attempt) against our mosques in southern Cyprus. Of course, this operation in southern Cyprus, will not go unanswered,” Erdogan told reporters before departing for Qatar on a two-day visit.

“This is what we are telling southern Cyprus: do not carry out such acts of sabotage against our houses of worship. The price you will have to pay for such acts of sabotage will be heavy,” he said.

Cyprus split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkey is the only nation to recognize a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north of the island and does not recognize Cyprus as a state.

A Cypriot law enforcement official said authorities arrested a 27-year-old Syrian man in connection with the attack that caused some damage to the mosque’s wooden door before fire crews put it out. He faces a charge of attempted arson.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the suspect’s motives are believed to stem from having his request to stay overnight at the mosque rejected by the imam.

A witness told police the suspect used Greek-language newspapers as kindling to light the fire.

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AP writer Menelaos Hadjicostis contributed from Nicosia, Cyprus.

Source: Washington Post

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 Wasim Rizvi, Former Shia Waqf Board Chairman Converts To Hinduism, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati Rechristened Him as Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi

Dec 6, 2021

GHAZIABAD: Former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi — who a month ago had stirred controversy when he released a controversial book titled ‘Muhammad’ criticizing Islam — on Monday accepted Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma) in a ceremony held at Ghaziabad’s Dasna Devi temple in UP.

The ceremony was presided by chief priest of Dasna Devi temple Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati who also gave a new name to Rizvi who will now be called Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.

Forehead smeared with sandalwood paste and tilak Wasim Rizvi —Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi now — emerged after the ceremony with Yati by his side as he proclaimed that he had adopted a new religion and requested not to be addressed by his former name.

“It will take time for people to get used to my new name Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, but with time it will happen,” said Tyagi.

When asked if it is his ‘Ghar Wapsi’ he replied it is not .

“I have not left Islam but I have been ousted from Islam. I wanted certain aspects in the religion to be changed and was voicing my opinion against the malpractices prevalent in the religion, but instead of doing an introspection, they started to hound me, so I chose to adopt Sanatan Dharma,” he said.

“Now I will work to strengthen Hindusim and will work hand in hand with Narsinghanand ji to defeat the jihadist forces,” added Tyagi.

Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati who stood close to Tyagi nodded in affirmation as he spoke.

Speaking to the gathering Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati faltered at least thrice while addressing Tygai with his former name which he only corrected himself midway.

“Wasim Bhai..jo ab Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi ho gaye hai (Wasim bhai who is now Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi) has accepted Sanatan Dharm out of his free will and anyone who will try to harm him will be dealt with all the force we have our command,” warned Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.

Source: Times of India

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Construction Of Alternative Babri Mosque Awaiting Clearance In India

Adil Ahmad  

06.12.2021

An alternative mosque set to be constructed as part of the settlement of the Babri Mosque case in India is awaiting government clearance, according to officials.

The 16th-century mosque in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh was demolished in 1992 by Hindu hardliners, who claimed the site was the birthplace of one of their gods, Lord Ram.

In 2019, the decades-long dispute between the Hindu and Muslim populations in the country was settled after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a temple at the site.

The court ordered the allotment of 5 acres of land to the government-run Sunni Central Waqf Board to build a new mosque in the northern state of Ayodhya.

To proceed with the construction of the mosque, the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation trust was formed by the court.

In January, the trust officially launched the alternative mosque located in Dhannipur village with a flag hoisting ceremony along with the planting of tree saplings.

On the Dec. 6 anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Mosque, members of the trust said construction has not begun because mosque officials have not received clearances.

"There are approvals which we have to get before we can start the construction work," Athar Hussain, secretary of Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation, told Anadolu Agency.

"We hope to receive them very soon," he added.

Athar said apart from the mosque, a hospital will be constructed -- an undertaking which is expected to cost $14 million. "These facilities are much needed in the nearby area and population," he said.

No to new mosque

Many community representatives said Muslims have not accepted the move to construct an alternative mosque.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a Muslim body in India, has rejected blueprints for the mosque that were announced by the trust.

"The Muslims have already rejected the proposal to accept the land at any other place. The mosque (by the trust) is against Shariah," said Zafaryab Jilani, secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Uttar Pradesh police gets land in Deoband for ATS unit

Dec 7, 2021

LUCKNOW: The state government has allotted 2000 square metre land to the Uttar Pradesh police for the construction of the Anti-Terror Squad unit in Noorpur village of Deoband in western Uttar Pradesh.

The land, belonging to Uttar Pradesh Small Industries Corporation Limited (UPSIC), has been allocated free of cost. The state cabinet had given its nod to the unit on December 2.

The UP ATS, which has its headquarters in Lucknow, has units in 17 districts of the state. Two recent additions have been made in Bahraich and Shravasti. Deoband will be the 18th unit of the ATS.

will be deployed in the unit along with a small unit for intelligence gathering and operations.” “A dog squad, bomb disposal squad and a wireless trapping unit along with a group of combat unit will be a part of it,” said Goswamy.

“The ATS unit was planned in Deoband because of its strategic location as it falls in the border area of the state. It will also increase depth, operational capability and strength in west UP,” he added.

Source: Times of India

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Bengaluru cop suspended for allegedly assaulting Muslim youth, making him drink urine

Written by Kiran Parashar

December 7, 2021

The Bengaluru city police has suspended a police sub-inspector for allegedly assaulting a 23-year-old Muslim youth in a police station and forcing him to drink urine.

The suspended police sub-inspector, Harish K N, was attached to the Byatarayanapura police station.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil told The Indian Express an interim report was submitted on Monday, based on which Harish was suspended for dereliction of duty, not reporting to the police station, and for not registering the case. A departmental inquiry has also been ordered to probe the allegations made by the victim’s family.

Tausif Pasha (23) was taken to the police station on Thursday at around 1 am over a quarrel with a neighbour. Tausif’s father Aslam Pasha said his son was assaulted, and the cops demanded money for Tausif’s release. “But we never knew that Tausif was subject to brutal torture till he came out of the police station,” said the father.

Tausif said Harish and two other police constables, including one from the crime team, hit him in the abdomen with a bat, forcibly cut his beard and forced him to drink urine. “They hit me with cricket bat at least 30 times and when I asked them for water to drink, they made me drink urine. They also cut my beard. I begged them not to do so as it was part of my faith, but they said this (police station) was not a religious centre. They also made me clean the police station,” he said.

Aslam said Tausif was released after the intervention of MLA BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan. The victim’s family said Tausif was admitted to Victoria Hospital and was discharged on Monday. They also showed images of bruises on his back, thighs, and other parts of his body.

DCP Patil, who had sought a report from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of the sub-division, submitted the report on Monday evening.

Source: Indian Express

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Kerala: As IUML-led mosque protest fizzles out, questions over hold on community

Written by Shaju Philip

December 7, 2021

The fact that the IUML chose to hold the protest at mosques is a new language for Kerala's largest Muslim party that has largely stayed in the left-of-centre space of Kerala politics and been part of the UDF coalition for the last 40 years. (File photo)

THE DECEMBER 3 protest at mosques organised by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) against the LDF government has put the spotlight on the Opposition party as it attempts to retain its hold over the community.

The IUML, a chief constituent of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, had rallied several Muslim religious and social groups to deliver talks during Friday prayers at mosques against the CPI(M)-led government’s decision to hand over Wakf Board recruitment to the Kerala Public Service Commission. But a day before the scheduled protest, the Samastha Kerala Jemiyyathul Ulema, popularly known as Samastha, a powerful body of pro-IUML Muslim scholars in Kerala, pulled out, with the outfit’s president, Syed Muhammad Jifri Muthukoya Thangal, saying in Kozhikode that they don’t want mosques to be turned into protest venues.

While the protest went ahead with only mosques associated with the Mujahideen movement and Jamaat-e-Islami participating, the scaled-down event was a major loss of face for the IUML, exposing it to the allegation that it had joined hands with right-wing and fringe Muslim outfits.

The fact that the IUML chose to hold the protest at mosques is a new language for Kerala’s largest Muslim party that has largely stayed in the left-of-centre space of Kerala politics and been part of the UDF coalition for the last 40 years.

The IUML has been credited with politically empowering Muslims in the state and has always taken the lead in championing the cause of the community. The IUML sensed one such opportunity in the Wakf Board recruitment issue, while also being able to take on the LDF. But the fizzling out of the mosque protest has challenged IUML’s ability to take on the leadership mantle on issues affecting Muslims in Kerala and raised questions on the party’s hold over its vote base.

The party suffered a jolt in the 2021 Assembly elections, winning only 15 of the 27 seats it contested, down from 18 seats of the 23 seats it contested in 2016.

The IUML would also be worried about how the CPI(M) is fast gaining ground in the community. During the anti-CAA protest, despite reservations expressed by the IUML, Samastha leaders had shared the dais with the CPI(M), including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Samsatha had also hailed the Vijayan government for passing a resolution in the state Assembly against CAA, the first legislature to do so.

Read |IUML says will take protests to state’s mosques

What should also worry the IUML is the CPI(M)’s aggressive reaching-out to the community. The CPI(M) has been giving leadership roles in the party and its feeder outfits to community members, among them P A Mohammed Riyas, the CM’s son-in-law who is a prominent member of the Vijayan Cabinet and an emerging Muslim face of the party. Besides, A A Rahim, a prominent Muslim face in the CPI(M) youth wing DYFI, was recently made the outfit’s national president. Also, while the IUML hasn’t managed to send Muslim women to the Assembly so far, CPI(M)’s Kanathil Jameela won from Koilandy constituency earlier this year.

The Samastha’s backing out from the protest is another sign of the CPI(M)’s increasing hold over the community. What made the Samastha abandon the protest was an assurance from the Chief Minister that the government would consider the concerns raised by the Muslim community on the Wakf Board recruitment.

Source: Indian Express

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Pakistan

 

Sindh sees increase in girl child marriages despite legislation: report

Faiza Ilyas

December 7, 2021

KARACHI: Despite having the Child Marriage Restraint Act since 2013, Sindh has seen an overall increase in girl child marriages between 2014-15 and 2018-19 with Jacobabad topping the list followed by Tando Allahyar, Ghotki and Hyderabad in terms of the highest percentage increase in girl marriage under 15 years.

Within the most urban district of Karachi, an increased number of girl child marriages under 18 years are reported from all zones/sub-districts except Malir. Few cases of child marriage are reported to the law enforcement agencies.

These findings are part of a report — Child Marriage in Sindh: A Political Economy Analysis — launched on Monday at a local hotel.

Organised by the Population Council with support from United Nations Fund Population Fund (UNFPA), the programme was attended by members of the Sindh Assembly, senior government officials, civil society representatives, health practitioners and journalists.

Child marriage perpetuates gender inequality and slows economic, social development

According to the study, 22 per cent of women of ages 20-24 years reported being married before reaching their 18th birthday in 2018-19 whereas about 7.5pc of them reported being married before 15 years of age, which is higher than national average of 18.3pc and 3.6pc, respectively.

The reported prevalence of girl child marriage rose by 1.3pc for girls married under age 15 and by 2.2pc for girls married before the age of 18 years, between 2014 and 2018-19, in the province.

Across Sindh, 14 districts out of the total 29 districts show an increase in girl child marriage for either girls under 15 or those under 18 years, and nine districts are seeing a rise in both to varying degrees.

Districts Jacobabad (46pc) and Kashmore (42.9pc) in the north of Sindh and district Umerkot (40pc) in the south are hotspots in terms of the highest percentage reported cases of child marriage under 18 years.

Only Sindh has criminalised child marriage

The report highlights Sindh is the only province in Pakistan to formally criminalise child marriage for both girls and boys under18 years of age under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act (SCMRA), 2013.

“While the minimum age for marriage for girls has been increased from 16 to 18 years vide amendments to the federal law on child marriage, there is limited discourse on the subject in the province beyond legal solutions, and less emphasis on girl-centered care planning and prevention,” it said.

Maternal mortality ratio, the report points out, which is intricately linked to child marriage, remains high in Sindh.

“Strategies to end girl child marriage in Sindh need to be tailored to sub-provincial contexts and address the political economy drivers of such marriages as the practice is not consistent across districts and may be the result of a combination of different factors that come into play locally,” Sara Zaman, the report’s author, said in a presentation.

She shared evidence on how child marriage perpetuates gender inequality in multiple spheres and slows economic and social development by preventing girls and women from contributing fully to society.

Ms Zaman also presented legal, policy and institutional mechanisms to address the issue emphasising on implementation of laws related to child marriage, promote greater investment in institutional strengthening, and raising public awareness through parents and community leaders.

Need for inclusive approach

SZABIST president and ex-MNA Shahnaz Wazir Ali underscored the need for a multi-sectoral and inclusive approach to address the issue and find rights-based solutions to prevent child marriage. “The government, relevant ministries, civil society and media must come together for collective and transformational change,” she said.

Source: Dawn

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Islam Propagates Peace And Protection, Says Usman Buzdar, Punjab Chief Minister

December 07, 2021

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that Islam is a religion of peace and safety and there is no room for evils like terrorism, sectarianism, and fanaticism in it. In a statement issued on Monday, the CM termed the lynching of a foreigner a gruesome act that had saddened the whole country. “Nobody is allowed to take law into his own hands,” he said and asserted that the culprits of the Sialkot incident had badly damaged the national image. “The culprits will be given exemplary punishment,” he assured.

On the direction of Punjab CM, a monocle was put on the statue of Quaid-e-Azam under the supervision of Vehari Deputy Commissioner Khizr Afzaal Ch.

Source: The Nation Pakistan

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South Asia

 

34,000 Afghans still living on military bases of US

By Najibullah Lalzoy

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021

Spokesman of the Pentagon John Kirby said that there are still 34,000 Afghan evacuees who are living in seven US military bases now after three months of evacuation.

Initially, there were 53,150 Afghan refugees housed in eight military bases of the US among them Fort Lee stopped operations and now left only seven of those bases.

As per information, nearly 20,000 Afghan evacuees have so far been processed and are now living in different states of the US.

“We now have we have fewer Afghans on military bases than ever before, and more now have processed out than we have waiting to get processed,” Kirby said.

Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Fort Pickett and Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia are the installations that have house Afghans since the completion of the US withdrawal on August 30.

John Kirby said that majority of the Afghans who had come to the US have now been processed out of camps but did not say anything about how long the mission in military camps will continue and which camp will be the next to end its refugee support operation.

Source: Khaama Press

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Ahmad Masoud reportedly meets Blackwater Chief in Tajikistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021

Leader of the so-called anti-Taliban resistance front and son of the slain Ahamd Shah Masoud, Ahmad Masoud has met with the head of the notorious private militia- Blackwater- Erik Prince in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

Reports have only confirmed their meeting but details have not been disclosed yet.

Blackwater is a notorious private American militia that gains contracts to secure US diplomatic missions and diplomats abroad.

Ahmad Masoud fled Afghanistan after the defeat of his-led anti-Taliban front and the collapse of Panjshir province to the Taliban.

Panjshir, in the north of Kabul that was known as the resistance front against the Taliban was not collapsed during the five-year rule of the Taliban in the 90s.

The province was fully packed with different large and small scale American and Russian weapons that have been seized by the Taliban and are being delivered to Kabul.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that there are still hundreds of trucks of weapons that were kept in caves during the soviet-mujahideen war in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Indonesia may reopen embassy in Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021

Indonesian media have cited officials in the country’s Foreign Ministry saying that they will soon reopen their embassy in Kabul and commence constructive engagement with the Taliban.

Jakarta announces its diplomatic mission resumption at a time when the de-facto leaders-the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan- is yet to be formally recognized by them.

Indonesia has now become the third Asian country after India and Saudi Arabia that announces the move just in the past ten days.

Along with nearly all foreign embassies in Kabul, Indonesia also shut its embassy after the US chaotic withdrawal and had been running the mission in Islamabad since then.

Abdul Qadir Jailani, a senior authority in the ministry of foreign affairs of Indonesia said that they will initially engage with the Taliban in the areas of humanitarian assistance, assistance to women, and academic scholarships but acknowledged that the engagement does not mean recognition of the Taliban.

Source: Khaama Press

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Head of UNAMA meets Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister

By Najibullah Lalzoy

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021

UN Secretary General’s special representative for Afghanistan and head of United Nations Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Deborah Lyons met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai on Monday.

Spokesperson of the foreign ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a Twitter post said the Lyons expressed assurance of security and added that the UN plans to expand their mission in Afghanistan.

As per the spokesperson, Deborah Lyons added that all their local and international staff are back to their jobs.

“UN plans to expand their operations and exert efforts towards unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets and for world countries to reopen their embassies in Kabul.” Reads a Twitter post.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi added that the Deputy Foreign Minister thanked the UN for their endeavors, assured them of the education sector, and called for their cooperation in paying salaries for teachers.

Source: Khaama Press

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UN confirms Ishaqzai as Permanent envoy of Afghanistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

Monday, 06 Dec 2021

United Nations General Assembly confirmed that the former permanent representatives of Afghanistan, Venezuela, and Myanmar will hold their seats and will continue their jobs as in the 193-member world body.

The decision was made on Monday, December 6 but none of the representatives talked in UNGA.

Based on the decision, the permanent representative of Afghanistan’s former government Ghulam Muhammad Ishaqzai will be continuing his job as the country’s envoy in the UN.

It comes days after a special committee of accreditation in the UN deferred the seats of Afghanistan and Myanmar at least until 2022.

The Taliban who have been ruling Afghanistan since August 15 have nominated Suhail Shaheen as their permanent representative in the UN who called the UN’s decision unprincipled and unjust and hoped the Afghan people to be given the right later.

In the meantime, a number of diplomats in the UN have told Reuters that it seems unlikely for the Taliban to get a seat.

Source: Khaama Press

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Fifty years of India-Bangladesh ties a ‘precious achievement’: Singaporean diplomat

DECEMBER 07, 2021

If all countries can live in harmony with their neighbours, it would be a major contribution towards peace, a top Singaporean diplomat has said while lauding India and Bangladesh for having 50 years of good bilateral relations, which he said was a “precious achievement” worthy of celebration.

‘Maitri Diwas’ was observed on December 6 to mark India recognising the newly-formed country Bangladesh in 1971. The day was celebrated across 18 countries.

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“Singapore has a very good relation with both Bangladesh and India. So, we are happy to join in this celebration,” Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh said at an event held at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall in Singapore on Monday to mark the occasion.

“Bangladesh and India are neighbours. We should celebrate the fact that these two neighbours have enjoyed 50 years of good relations. This is a precious achievement,” he said.

“A lot of trouble in the world is caused by conflict and quarrels between neighbouring countries. If all countries can live in harmony with their neighbours, it would be a major contribution towards peace,” Mr. Koh said at the programme organised jointly by the High Commissions of India and Bangladesh in Singapore.

The top diplomat recalled that in 1971, on his return from UN posting, he had helped the United Nations Association of Singapore raise money for the refugees from the then East Pakistan.

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“We succeeded in raising a substantial amount of money. I was surprised to see one of our famous philanthropists giving me a bundle of cash saying this is for refugees. The people of Singapore felt for the people of East Pakistan and empathised with them,” he said.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in March to attend the country’s national day, it was decided to commemorate December 6 as ‘Maitri Diwas [Friendship Day]’.

Ten days before the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan, India had recognised Bangladesh on December 6, 1971. India was one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh.

Mr. Koh noted that one of the things that unite the people of the two countries is the Bengali language, literature and songs.

It is truly remarkable that the national anthems of both Bangladesh and India were composed by the same person – Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

“Tagore won the Nobel Prize for literature at a time when India was not divided, so I can say he belonged to both Bangladesh and India,” Mr. Koh said.

Appreciating that the event was organised at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall, he said Gandhi was his childhood hero and his teachings continue to inspire people around the world.

“Gandhi represents peace and non-violence...inter-religion dialogue and harmony. Gandhi was a champion of the marginalised and the minority,” Mr. Koh noted.

Indian High Commissioner P. Kumaran and Bangladesh envoy Md Tauhedul Islam addressed the gathering.

Source: The Hindu

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Europe

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS AT BRISTOL MOSQUE WIN NATIONAL RECOGNITION

By ELLIE PIPE

Monday Dec 6, 2021

The grassroots efforts of a community working to highlight and tackle climate change have gained national recognition.

Easton Jamia Mosque received the ‘Best Green Initiative’ award at the fourth British Beacon Mosque Awards Ceremony, which seeks to showcase positive work within towns and cities across the UK.

Leaders of the St Mark’s Road mosque worked in collaboration with residents and Eastside Community Trust to facilitate grassroots solutions to the climate crisis and highlight the need for individuals to take positive action.

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As part of this work, Easton Jamia Mosque released ‘A Muslim’s Guide to Climate Change’ to highlight links between Islam and the responsibility to protect our environment.

Abdul Malik, chair of Easton Jamia Mosque being interviewed by Junior Sheikh, director of the MTM Awards, about the environmental initiative – photo courtesy of MTM Awards

Speaking after accepting the award on Saturday, Abdul Malik, the chair of Easton Jamia Mosque, said he – and the mosque community – was humbled and honoured to receive the national recognition.

“Climate change is something that affects us all and needs our care and attention,” Malik told Bristol24/7.

“The Mosque feels that the responsibility is upon them to propagate the true message of Islam, which teaches about sustainability, productivity and unity in tackling such issues that face our coming generations.

“We are honoured that we won this award on Saturday night as we were amongst multi-million-pound projects in many cities that have far greater Muslim populations than that of Bristol. Winning shows how Bristol’s Muslims are at the forefront of innovation and creativity when it comes to issues that face our nation and humanity as a whole.

“We thank all those who nominated us and who have been voting and encouraging us to make such a difference in our truly diverse and inspiring community.”

Easton Jamia Mosque has received a national award – photo by Ellie Pipe

The mosque was nominated for the award by members of the Easton community.

Source: Bristol247

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School apologises after freezing Muslim students made to pray outside

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A school has apologised after images emerged of Muslim pupils praying outside in freezing weather.

The footage of several male students praying in the cold has been labelled 'disgusting', the MEN reports.

The Oldham school has since explained that the students were not able to use a room indoors as floods had closed 15 classrooms.

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Bosses at the school have also offered a 'wholehearted apology'.

A joint statement from Oldham Academy North, Oldham Council, and the Oldham Interfaith Forum read: "Earlier this week photos on social media began to circulate of students at The Oldham Academy North praying outside.

"The Oldham Academy North, Oldham Interfaith Forum and Oldham Council would like to address the understandable concern this has caused.

"Firstly, the academy would like to offer a wholehearted apology.

"The school is proud of its diversity and would never stop students from praying or ask them to pray outside.

"This situation arose due to a lack of space in the school, caused by a flood which created a huge amount of damage and made 15 rooms unusable.

"A room has since been found for students to pray in, and we understand they are happy with the space.

"The academy is writing to parents today to fully explain what has happened, and are happy to meet with any members of the community who are concerned."

Oldham Council Leader, Arooj Shah, added: “When we were made aware of the issues raised at the Oldham Academy North, we acted quickly to speak with the school to understand what had happened.

"Having spoken with the school leaders I am glad they have apologised to those who were affected and will be writing to parents to explain.

“Oldham is a proud and diverse borough and I know that the Oldham Academy North sees this as a strength for the school.

Source: Stokesentinel UK

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Barge Inn demolition progressing as pub becomes Islamic centre

By Matthew Critchell

DEMOLITION work is progressing at pace on a £250,000 project to transform a 400-year-old pub into a new religious centre.

The South Essex Islamic Trust is converting the former Barge Inn on High Road, Vange into a Islamic community centre.

The charity says it’s fundraising £250,000 for the refurbishments of the site.

Outbuildings have already been demolished at The Barge Inn after the plans were given the green light following years of debate.

The South Essex Islamic Trust was given the go-ahead to convert the pub in High Road into “a place of worship and a community centre” in September.

Echo:

A spokesman for the charity said: “South Essex Islamic Trust has successfully begun construction to establish the first ever Islamic Centre in Basildon for our Muslim community.

“The charity which was formed in 2012, having purchased the facility in 2019, it has taken two long years to obtain permission from Basildon council.

“Based on the approval, it is required to meet the planning permission conditions hence further funding is required.

“We urge all our Muslim community to donate as much as possible for this historic and noble cause of having our very own home, our very own first Islamic Centre in Basildon.”

Yetunde Adeshile, Tory councillor for Vange, said she’s working to ensure the whole community is able to use the new facility.

She said: “As far as I know the downstairs will be used for a pray area with three rooms upstairs being used for community groups and projects.

“It will be open for the whole community and everyone. I still think it’s the wrong place for this but they are making good use of the site.

Source: Echo News

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Mideast

 

Yemeni community in Germany condemns Saudi-led coalition crimes

December 7, 2021

The Yemeni community in the German state of “Schleswig-Holstein” on Monday condemned in the strongest terms the continued bombing of civilians by “the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression coalition”.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Yemeni community in the German state of “Schleswig-Holstein” on Monday condemned in the strongest terms the continued bombing of civilians by “the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression coalition”.

The latest of those crimes was the bombing of Al-Anab neighborhood in the capital, Sanaa, and Al-Hakimah village in Maqbna district of Taiz province, which led to the death and injury of 42 civilians.

A media statement, issued by the Yemeni community, denounced the shameful silence of the international community and United Nations on the coalition’s continual crimes against the Yemeni people.

Source: ABNA24

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Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed, 5 wounded in attack blamed on Islamic State

6 December 2021

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Four Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were killed in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, a security official said Monday, the third such assault in less than two weeks.

Five other peshmerga fighters were wounded in the violence late Sunday in northern Iraq that targeted an outpost north of Kirkuk, the source said.

Kurdish army forces confirmed the deadly attack but did not say how peshmerga fighters were killed in wounded, in a statement accusing IS of responsibility.

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It was the third attack blamed on IS jihadists in less than two weeks against the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.

On Thursday, IS claimed responsibility for an assault south of the Kurdish capital of Arbil that killed at least nine peshmerga fighters and three civilians.

At the end of November, five peshmergas were killed in a roadside bombing also claimed by the jihadist group.

Source: Times of India

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Iran To Launch Takaful Insurance For Sunni Population

2021/12/07

A major Iranian insurer will launch limited Takaful insurance services for the country’s Sunni population after finance minister Ehsan Khandouzi said that there is a demand for the product in Iranian market.

Dana Insurance chief Ebrrahim Kardgar said on Monday that the company will introduce Takful for a first time in Iran.

"The (Iranian) Insurance industry has lagged behind in this field and based on talks have had with the finance ministry it has been agreed that we launch Islamic takaful insurance," said Kardgar, according to remarks covered by ILNA news agency.

Unlike conventional insurance, Takaful policyholders can benefit from a pool of fund claims they have contributed to if it is left in surplus.

The system has not been used in Iran mainly over deficit concerns and also because religious authorities in the Shia-dominated country have not fully endorsed the system.

Iran reduces by 30 times the starting capital needed to set up an offshore bank in the country’s FTZs.

Takaful is currently the dominant system of insurance in Malaysia while it has been introduced in limited forms in some Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

Kardgar said that Dana’s takaful services would specifically target Iran’s Sunni population of less than 10 million.

He said that Sunni clerics in the country had approved the use of the insurance service by members of the community.

“Fortunately, a Sunni community fatwa was issued over the past few days endorsing the implantation of Islamic takaful insurance,” he said without elaborating who had issued the edict.

Source: Ilna News

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Africa

 

Libyan fund fails in $12m claim against ‘associate' of Saif Al Islam Qaddafi

Paul Peachey

Dec 6, 2021

Libya’s sovereign wealth fund has failed in an attempt to sue the purported right-hand man of presidential hopeful Saif Al Islam Qaddafi over alleged secret backhanders of $12 million to secure a large investment contract.

Walid Mohamed Ali Al Giahmi – a businessman said to have close links to the Qaddafi family – pocketed the cash after hiding his involvement in the $200m investment agreement struck between the Libyan Investment Authority and investment bank Credit Suisse, it was claimed.

The Libyan was paid two separate tranches of $6m when the five-year investment was set up in 2008 and a year later when it was restructured – but the LIA claimed that it knew nothing about his role in the investment at the time.

But a London judge has ruled that the LIA cannot sue Credit Suisse, the businessman and three other companies linked to the deal because of its failure to conduct a timely and thorough investigation into the corruption allegations.

The claim against Credit Suisse was the latest brought by the LIA against international banks over its foreign investments after discovering “steep declines” in their values since the revolution that unseated Libya's former dictator Col Muammar Qaddafi.

Some had involved supposed “secret” payments from the banks to Mr Al Giahmi that were said to be the price of obtaining agreement for the projects from the LIA, court papers said.

The LIA claimed that the businessman had bribed or intimidated senior members of the fund from 2007 to 2009.

A long-running series of legal claims has included action against Goldman Sachs – which did not involve Mr Al Giahmi – that was dismissed in 2016, while the fund settled with Societe Generale (SocGen) for $1 billion in 2017.

As part of the settlement, SocGen admitted that Mr Al Giahmi was a “fraudster and payer of bribes”, court papers in London said. Mr Al Giahmi – described by the LIA as a “close political or commercial associate” of Saif Al Islam Qaddafi – denies the claims.

A claim against JP Morgan Chase was settled in June 2020 after a judge in London ruled that too much time had passed before it was made.

The claims followed the downfall of the Qaddafi regime in 2011 that led to Saif Al Islam being held in custody between 2011 and 2017.

The new chief executive of the LIA, Mohsen Derregia, instructed consultants in 2012 to investigate its poorly performing investments and whether payments to third parties could be clawed back through legal action.

London’s High Court heard that corruption and bribery through third-party payments was a source of concern to the LIA’s board as far back as 2007. The LIA said it faced difficulties in investigating corruption associated with the Qaddafi regime before the revolution.

But the High Court in London was told that the LIA did not write to Credit Suisse until nine years after the original investment deal was struck, when it claimed it “may have been a victim of a fraudulent and corrupt scheme involving bribery and intimidation”.

Judge Mark Pelling ruled that the LIA had failed to undertake “reasonable diligence” that would have uncovered potential corruption before November 2013, the limit for claims to be made.

“I have to decide whether the claimant has a real prospect of establishing at trial that it was not on notice of something that merited investigation as to whether there has been a fraud or concealment or mistake,” he wrote. “In my judgment the LIA does not have such a prospect.”

The ruling comes as Saif Al Islam Qaddafi prepares to stand for president in elections this month.

Source: The National News

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Kidnappers Abduct Five-Year-Old Pupil In Kano After Giving Her A Lift From Islamic School

DEC 06, 2021

Afive-year-old girl identified as Hanifa Abubakar has reportedly been abducted by kidnappers at Yankaba, Kwanar Dakata Unguwar located at Kawaji in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.

It was gathered that the little girl was whisked away to an unknown destination while coming back from an Islamiyya school known as Dahiru Bauchi, on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Hanifa's uncle, Suraju informed SaharaReporters that the incident occurred around 5 pm, adding that the abductors came in a tricycle, locally called Keke Marwa.

He stated that the unknown abductors promised to give the girl and some other children coming from the Islamiyya school a lift home but she was taken away.

Suraju said the other children who witnessed the incident told him how Hanifa was abducted.

"They closed from school around 5:30 pm; the distance from her home to the Islamiyya school is not far. So children normally trek to the school in groups. After dropping the children off, they then asked Hanifa to enter again for an 'extra' ride, and then zoomed off with her," he said.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Peta Credlin says sorry to South Sudanese, but would she have done so to Muslims?

TITO AMBYO

DEC 07, 2021

I’m a bad Muslim. I love a good roast pork, I drink alcohol, and I skip the prayers five times a day.

But Islam is a big part of me, especially in my formative years. As a teenager in the city of Bandung, Indonesia, my holy grounds were the mosque and mosh pits of punk concerts — and my favourite band was Bad Religion.

But I also learnt a great deal about Islam and used it in my daily life to guide my actions. I still do. I also still get annoyed at narrow-minded views of Islam, especially when it happens in journalism, an industry I love and do research on as an academic.

And despite welcoming the actions of the South Sudanese complainants to the Human Rights Commission that led to Peta Credlin’s apology, I wonder: would Sky News have apologised if the South Sudanese, as Credlin falsely thought, were dominantly Muslims? Would it then air “positive” news stories about the community as it has promised? Or would it have revelled in the complaint and dug deeper into the well of fear towards Islam it conscientiously dug in the past few years?

I applaud Sky News for wanting to tell the stories of South Sudanese communities, but in this I am reminded of former PM Tony Abbott’s saviourism when he prioritised Syrian Christians as accepted immigrants in Australia and playing into the good immigrant/bad immigrant talking point that has been used by other politicians in wealthy countries.

Will these stories of South Sudanese Australians be an example of media saviourism, where only good immigrants, as defined by conservative Australia, are portrayed? I certainly hope not. I hope they will tell stories that delve into the complexities of the South Sudanese people as humans, many of whom have experienced tragic conflicts.

The deep well of fear towards Muslims built by media in Australia has not been built exclusively by Sky News, but what’s available online from Credlin’s history of commentary could give us a sense of what’s in the well. The one that sums up the problem is a video from November 2018 in which she commented on the Bourke Street attack that killed Melbourne café owner Sisto Malaspina.

In that video, Islam Must Learn Modernity and Pluralism, what grated on me was Credlin’s call for Islam to have “its own version of enlightenment” while contrasting the story of Malaspina, who indeed was a great man, with the “monster that killed him”, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who was inspired by the Islamic State, again playing into the bad immigrant/good immigrant framework.

I would also call Shire Ali a monster, but I would not be so quick, as Credlin was, to command Australian Muslims, like me, to have serious conversations about terrorism. Because we already do. This is our story, too. Even as a bad Muslim, this is my story. We are already feeling under siege and defensive every time there’s news of violence. We already have serious conversations about this every day.

Moreover, enlightenment and democracy are not a one-off project — even in Western countries these are continuous projects that Muslims have been a part of in upholding around the world. I feel silly saying this, since it sounds so obvious, but maybe it isn’t for Credlin — who thought it was OK to attack South Sudanese people when she thought they were Muslims who broke COVID rules at the end of Ramadan and did not speak English.

Source: Crikey

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Southeast Asia

 

Brazil eyes $1.17 trillion halal food market, keen to boost its share in trade

By Ana Mano

SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Brazil, the world's largest exporter of foodstuffs like coffee and soybeans, is keen to increase farm product exports to Islamic countries, said Flavio Bettarello, deputy trade secretary at the Agriculture Ministry.

Speaking at a business conference in Sao Paulo on Monday, Bettarello said Brazil is in talks with Indonesia, Lebanon and Morocco to access their markets and sell agricultural products other than corn, beef, chicken and raw sugar.

"There is a concern relative to the types of products exported and the destinations," Bettarello said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which comprises 57 members, imported $190.5 billion of food items including wheat, corn, sugar, rice, milk and dairy products in 2020, according to data compiled by the Arab Brazil Chamber of Commerce. Of that, Brazil accounted for $14.1 billion or some 7.5%, the data showed.

Bettarello said only five OIC nations get about 50% of Brazil's agricultural exports, citing Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh as the biggest importers of the group.

"China is our main trade partner and our share in the Chinese market is 21%," he said referring to food exports. "We know there is room for us to expand our participation in OIC countries and the Islamic world."

The government's desire to negotiate reflects Brazil's quest for a bigger share of the global food trade.

The country is already the world's biggest exporter and producer of halal meats including beef and chicken, which are made according to Muslim dietary requirements. Brazil's exports of halal beef and chicken totaled a combined $4.7 billion last year, according to government data compiled by industry groups Abiec and ABPA.

Source: Reuters

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Govt has implemented various initiatives to help Muslim entrepreneurs impacted by Covid-19 pandemic, says minister

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — The Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) has implemented various initiatives to assist Malaysians, especially Muslim entrepreneurs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its minister Idris Ahmad said among the initiatives implemented were the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) Musa’adah Tijariyyah aid programme, with 1,391 applications approved involving RM4.113 million, surpassing the key performance indicator (KPI) target of 700 individuals.

“This is the KPI that I have submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office to help 700 recipients, involving about RM2.1 million. But due to overwhelming requests, Alhamdulillah, we have approved 1,391 applications,” he said during the Ministers’ Question Time session at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

He was responding to a question by Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman (PAS-Kuala Krai) who wanted to know the type of efforts taken by the government to ensure Muslims in Malaysia were not left behind under the Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) concept, especially in assisting Muslim entrepreneurs within the first 100 days of them being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) and SME Bank, through the Asnaf Ishraf 2.0 Entrepreneurship programme helped 79 participants who received aid amounting to RM10,000 from SME Bank, in addition to training and consultancy services provided by YaPEIM, Idris said.

“In addition, Tabung Haji, through its corporate social responsibility programmes has assisted 1,620 petty traders, involving a cost of RM810,000. YaPEIM has also provided training to some 8,600 participants to increase the scale of their businesses so that they can compete, especially in this pandemic environment,” he said.

Answering Abdul Latiff’s supplementary question on efforts being taken to look after the welfare of imams and takmir teachers nationwide, Idris said the government was very concerned about their plight.

Following this, several initiatives, especially from the welfare aspects, have been taken, including providing them with Social Security Organisation (Socso) protection and a one-off payment of RM500 to imams, bilal, noja masjid and takmir teachers.

Source: Malay Mail

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Blinken to Visit Indonesia and Malaysia Next Week

Dec. 6, 2021

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week as the Biden administration ramps up engagement in Southeast Asia, a bloc it sees as central to its efforts to counter China's growing influence.

I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesia's director general for American and European Affairs, told reporters on Monday that Blinken will visit Jakarta on Dec. 13-14, the third and most senior U.S. official to visit the region in two months.

Two Southeast Asian diplomatic sources, who requested anonymity, said Blinken was also expected to visit Malaysia on Dec. 14-15 in his maiden trip to the region.

During his Indonesia leg, Blinken is due to deliver a speech on health, investment, and infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific, Ngurah said. Blinken will also participate virtually in the Bali Democracy Forum on Dec. 9.

It was not immediately clear whether Blinken will be visiting other countries in the region. A U.S. embassy spokesman in Jakarta declined to comment.

At a meeting https://www.reuters.com/world/us/blinken-says-us-soon-will-release-new-strategy-indo-pacific-region-2021-09-23 with Southeast Asian foreign ministers at the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September, Blinken said Washington would soon release a new strategy for the wider Indo-Pacific region, that would build "on our shared vision for a free, open, interconnected, resilient and secure region."

Source: US News

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North America

 

WHO donates 260 000 packs of intravenous solutions to Islamic Republic of Iran

Monday 6 December – In response to a temporary shortage of intravenous (IV) fluids in the country, the World Health Organization has procured and delivered 260 000 packs of various types of IV fluids to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The shipment containing US$ 156 000 worth of IV solutions was released from Customs in Bandar Abbas in the southern province of Hormozgan last week and arrived in the capital city of Tehran on Monday 6 December.

"The supply of these life-saving IV solutions to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education at a time when health systems are under pressure due to COVID-19, will greatly assist the Ministry in providing timely health services to the Iranian community as well as Afghan refugees," said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative and Head of Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It contains 160 000 of ringer's solution packs, 50 000 sugar solution packs, and 50 000 saline solution packs, all of which are essential to medical care and treatment of various inpatient and outpatient medical conditions.

The procurement is intended to help remedy a brief unavailability of IV fluids following a surge in hospitalized COVID-19 patients during what was called the fifth wave of the epidemic in the country in August in September.

The entire 166-ton shipment of 11 containers was delivered to the Ministry to be further distributed among public medical centres across the country.

Source: Relief Web

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Rep. Omar 'very confident' Pelosi will take action against Boebert this week after anti-Muslim remarks

Daniella Diaz

By Daniella Diaz, CNN

December 5, 2021

Signs held by abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters are visible as they demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on abortion law

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with 40 world leaders in the East Room of the White House April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

New report discusses exodus from VP Kamala Harris' office

DeSantis proposes Florida civilian military force that he'd control

US President Joe Biden speaks about the November Jobs Report from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2021.

A gravelly voiced Biden says he has a cold

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'Wrong, wrong, wrong': John King responds to GOP lawmaker

Rep. Omar: McCarthy is a liar and a coward

NYC to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for all private sector workers

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Peachtree Dekalb Airport on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. As early voting begins, Perdue is facing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a runoff election. The results of two Georgia Senate races will determine the party that controls the majority in the U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

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Lawmaker reacts to Cawthorn's 'earthen vessels' abortion remarks

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GOP lawmaker: Marjorie Taylor Greene is a 'tattletale' for running to Trump

Signs held by abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters are visible as they demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on abortion law

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with 40 world leaders in the East Room of the White House April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

New report discusses exodus from VP Kamala Harris' office

DeSantis proposes Florida civilian military force that he'd control

US President Joe Biden speaks about the November Jobs Report from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2021.

A gravelly voiced Biden says he has a cold

People demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Bash on abortion case: This is why so many conservatives stick by Trump

'Wrong, wrong, wrong': John King responds to GOP lawmaker

Rep. Omar: McCarthy is a liar and a coward

NYC to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for all private sector workers

What this Christmas card says about congressional dysfunction

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Peachtree Dekalb Airport on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. As early voting begins, Perdue is facing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a runoff election. The results of two Georgia Senate races will determine the party that controls the majority in the U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

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(CNN)Rep. Ilhan Omar said Sunday she is "very confident" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take "decisive action" against Rep. Lauren Boebert over the Colorado Republican's anti-Muslim remarks.

"I've had a conversation with the Speaker and I'm very confident that she will take decisive action next week," she told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "As you know, when I first got to Congress, I was worried that, you know, I wasn't going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me that she'd take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She made another promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her."

She said Boebert should be punished for her racist anti-Muslim rhetoric directed at Omar.

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"I think it's important for us to say this kind of language, this kind of hate cannot be condoned by the House of Representatives, and we should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language by doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that if the Republicans are not going to be adults, and condemn this, that we are going to do that."

Source: US CNN

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Arab World

 

Ministry of Islamic Affairs Stresses Necessity of Wearing Mask and Social Distancing in Mosques

06 Dec, 2021

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance stressed the need to take precautionary measures, apply social distance between worshipers in mosques, and wear masks, to preserve their health and safety from the Coronavirus and its modifications.

Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance explained that the ministry constantly follows up on all the instructions received from the concerned authorities related to precautionary measures and works to implement them, calling on imams and preachers to educate society about the importance of maintaining public health and adherence to regulations and instructions to ensure the safety and health of worshipers.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily

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ADIB becomes world’s first Islamic bank to launch digital ecosystem for auto sector

by Ashwani Kumar

Mon 6 Dec 2021

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) has become the world’s first Islamic bank and the first bank in the region to launch Turbo – a new one-stop digital platform for the auto industry.

Residents can log onto turbo.auto website for all car-related requirements like buying and selling cars at competitive prices, booking a test ride, getting insurance offers, applying for auto finance, car registration, accessories and more.

As part of its digital transformation strategy, ADIB has launched Turbo, a free-of-charge platform in collaboration with Drive Ninja – a fintech company, and in partnership with key dealers and service providers such as Al Masood automobile, Al Ghandi, You drive, Carasti, Yallacompare and Car 24.

“Turbo is a one-stop solution, which brings together several auto industry partners on one digital platform to facilitate and centralise consumers’ car-related needs,” Philip King, global head of retail banking, ADIB, said during a press conference.

“This platform offers car listings from key dealers and provides all relevant services and information required by consumers in their car purchase or sales journey. Turbo marks the first integrated, digital ecosystem by ADIB and the bank is planning to launch other ecosystems in the near future.”

With Turbo, consumers can arrange for pre-owned car evaluation service, check on-site car budget calculator to know the estimated finance amount the buyer is eligible for and find a list of cars based on their budget. They can then select a car they are interested in, and arrange a test drive with the seller directly in just a few clicks.

King noted that ADIB’s auto finance market share is 14 per cent with 60,000 auto finance customers.

“Our new car ecosystem Turbo will transform the way that people choose to buy and sell cars in the UAE and exemplifies how ADIB is reimagining the future of finance, using digital innovation to extend beyond banking,” King added.

Phase one of the platform includes listings from 35 car dealers with more than 750 cars available for consumers to choose from. ADIB aims to roll out more features including partnering with more dealers, service providers and government entities to provide services such as car maintenance, road assistance, fuel, car rides, traffic payment, car import and export and car registration.

Source: Khaleej Times

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Saudi Arabia, Oman agree to strengthen media and business competitiveness

December 07, 2021

DUBAI: Oman and Saudi Arabia signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding in the field of media related to strengthening cooperation between the two countries in news, audio-visual and print media, Oman’s state news agency reported.

Another memorandum aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of national industries and marketing research, encouraging joint activities and developing countries’ ease of business and e-commerce index was also signed.

The latest round of cooperation comes a day after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman arrived in Muscat to meet with Sultan Haitham bin Tarik as part of his official tour of GCC states.

Source: Arab News

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154 KSrelief food aid trucks sent to Yemen

December 07, 2021

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), inaugurated the launch of 154 relief trucks from Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The convoy included 30,399 food baskets (3.252 tons) for distribution in 15 Yemeni governorates.

The food aid is the first to be sent by KSrelief to Yemen as part of the comprehensive “Yemen Food Security Support Project”, which will continue into 2022.

In comments to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Al-Rabeeah stated that this convoy comes as an extension of the commitment of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide ongoing assistance to the Yemeni people and to support them during their current humanitarian crisis.

Al-Rabeeah added that Monday’s convoy from KSrelief is part of the center’s impartial, comprehensive assistance to people in need in all parts of Yemen, and that all aid is provided according solely to need and without any other motive.

He added that the 154-vehicle convoy is the first in what will amount to a total of 973 trucks carrying more than 192,000 food baskets (20.540 tons) for a total cost of $29,978,000. The goal of the massive food aid delivery project is to alleviate the suffering of crisis-affected families across Yemen.

Al-Rabeeah said the aid will help to increase food security and improve the quality of life of Yemenis, adding that this aid is particularly important in light of the additional challenges being posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stressed that KSrelief was keen to ensure that all aid reaches its targeted beneficiaries, and that the food baskets would be distributed through United Nations organizations and local partners in coordination with Yemen’s High Relief Committee.

Source: Arab News

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