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Total Fertility Rate Dips, Sharpest Decline among Muslims: National Family Health Survey -5 Data

New Age Islam News Bureau

09 May 2022

 

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• Total Fertility Rate Dips, Sharpest Decline among Muslims: National Family Health Survey -5 Data

• Petitioner, Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh, Decides to Withdraw Varanasi Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri Temple Case

• Grand Ayatollah Sobhani: Destruction of Jannat Al-Baqi by Saudi ‘A Second Ashura’

• French Muslim Footballer Karim Benzema Sues French Far-Right Politician, Damien Rieu

• Shia Ulema Council of Pakistan Organizes Martyrs Photo Exhibition at Numaish Chowrangi

 

India

• ‘Muslims Should Be Set Ablaze Just as Hindus Burn Ravana Effigies on Dussehra’: Bihar BJP MLA

• Hanuman Chalisa Played At Temples in K'taka against Use of Loudspeakers at Mosques

• Shiv Sena, MNS locked in race to visit Ayodhya amid tussle over loudspeakers in mosques

• Malappuram mosques lend a hand blurring religious borders

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Mideast

• By Teachings Of Prophet: France's 1st Environment-Friendly Mosque

• Erdogan talks with 21 leaders during Muslim holy month of Ramadan

• Over 100 fanatic Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque

• Israeli occupation to demolish building in Silwan, south of Aqsa Mosque

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Europe

• How a Neo-Conservative Think Tank Defined British Muslims

• Portland Journalist Arrested For Vandalizing Two Synagogues and A Mosque

• Putin uses Victory Day parade to praise ‘heroism of troops defending Russia’

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Pakistan

• JUI-F flays attacks on seminaries, mosques

• Sea of people to remove hurdles en route to Islamabad: Imran

• Street crime data released by police paints rosy picture of Karachi

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South Asia

• An Online Petition Made to Request the Cancellation of Former Afghanistan NSA’s Speech at the Oxford Union

• U.S. Envoy Dubs Taliban New Policy ‘Affront to Human Rights’

• Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Is a Reality Need to Be Admitted: Uzbekistan

• ‘Delta Plan-2100 crucial for Bangladesh’: PM seeks ADB’s support

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Southeast Asia

• PKR President: Time to Strengthen, Protect Malaysia’s Judiciary from Further Abuse

• Ex-AG Apandi says Dr Mahathir has no right to question settlement in wrongful dismissal suit

• Federal Court to hear Najib’s final appeal against SRC conviction in August

• Saifuddin: Doors for negotiations must be open as long as party’s principles intact

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Arab world

• World Council of Muslim Communities Conference Kicks Off In Abu Dhabi

• Islamic State Claims Attack that Killed 11 Egyptian Soldiers

• Qatari jewellery brand Noudar’s collection inspired by Islamic culture and Henna designs

• Saudi Royal Court: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques undergoes Colonoscopy

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North America

• Chester Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Jihad Perry In Connection To Fatal Shooting

• Northern Ireland parties vow to work together after Sinn Fein win

• With Marcos Jr. tipped to win, Philippines at tenuous moment

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Africa

• Be Kind to Humanity, Anambra state chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross Society Begs Boko Haram, Bandits, Gunmen

• High Court Takes on Muslim Matter After Mediation Collapses

• Sudan Islamists Struggle to Choose Turabi's Successor

• 7,000 Boko Haram Members Surrender: Is Rehabilitation Good Enough?

• Under inefficacy of Buhari regime; Bandits kill 48 in northwest Nigeria

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Total Fertility Rate Dips, Sharpest Decline among Muslims: National Family Health Survey -5 Data

 

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By Esha Roy

May 9, 2022

Muslims’ fertility rate has seen the sharpest decline among all religious communities over the past two decades, shows data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In keeping with the downward trend seen over the years, the community’s fertility rate dipped to 2.3 in 2019-2021 from 2.6 in 2015-16. While all religious communities have shown a decline in fertility, contributing to a dip in the nation’s total fertility rate, the fall has been sharpest in the Muslim community, from 4.4 in NFHS 1(1992-93) to 2.3 in NFHS 5(2019-2021).

The Muslim community’s fertility rate, however, remains the highest among all religious communities, with the Hindu community following at 1.94 in NFHS 5, down from 2.1 in 2015-16. The Hindu community had a fertility rate of 3.3 in 1992-93. NFHS 5 has found that the Christian community has a fertility rate of 1.88, the Sikh community 1.61, the Jain community 1.6 and the Buddhist and neo-Buddhist community 1.39—the lowest rate in the country.

An accelerated decline in Muslims’fertility rate has taken place twice – between 1992-93 and 1998-99 as well as between 2005-6 and 2015-16, when it dropped by 0.8 points.

“The fertility gap between Hindus and Muslims is narrowing. High fertility is mostly a result of non-religious factors such as levels of literacy, employment, income and access to health services. The current gap between the two communities is because of Muslims’ disadvantage on these parameters. Over the past few decades, an emerging Muslim middle class has been realising the value of girls’ education and family planning,’’ said Poonam Muttreja,

The percentage of Muslim women who have had no schooling reduced from 32 per cent in NFHS 4 (2015-16) to 21.9 per cent in NFHS-5 (2019-21). In contrast, for Hindus, it saw marginal change—from 31.4 per cent in NFHS 4 to 28.5 per cent in NFHS 5.

The NFHS 5 report said the number of children per woman declined with women’s level of schooling. Women with no schooling have an average of 2.8 children, compared with 1.8 children for women with 12 or more years of schooling. Women in the lowest wealth quintile have an average of 1.0 more children than women in the highest wealth quintile, and economic betterment organically leads to lower fertility rates, the report has found.

“The data also shows that Muslims are increasingly conscious of family planning. The use of modern contraception among Muslims increased from 37.9 per cent in NFHS 4 to 47.4 per cent in NFHS 5. The margin of increase was higher than in Hindus,’’ said Muttreja.

Muslims have also increasingly adopted modern spacing methods of contraception—from 17 per cent in NFHS 4 to 25.5 in NFHS 5, which is the third highest after Sikhs (27.3 per cent) and Jains (26.3 per cent). Spacing refers to how soon after a pregnancy a woman gives birth again.

“A higher percentage of Muslim men showed a better attitude towards family planning. About 32 per cent of Muslim men feel contraception is women’s business, which men should not worry about. This number was higher for Hindus—at about 36 per cent. As per NFHS 5, the use of contraceptive pills is highest among Muslims, while the use of condoms is third highest among Muslims, after Sikhs and Jains. Thus, it is important to recognise the community’s adoption of family planning and acknowledge that Islam is not an impediment to family planning in any way. The

Muslim populations in Indonesia and Bangladesh have also seen lower fertility due to a greater number of spacing methods in their public health systems. India needs to do more and expand its basket of contraceptive choices and include implants as well in its family planning programme,’’ Muttreja said.

The total fertility rate in rural areas has declined from 3.7 children per woman in 1992-93 to 2.1 children in 2019-21. The corresponding decline among women in urban areas was from 2.7 children in 1992-93 to 1.6 children in 2019-21. In all NFHS editions, irrespective of the place of residence, the fertility rate peaks at the age of 20-24, after which it declines steadily.

Thirty-one states and Union Territories, including all states in the south, west, and north regions, have fertility below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman. Bihar and Meghalaya have the highest fertility rates in the country, while Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar islands have the lowest.

Source: Indian Express

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Petitioner, Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh, Decides to Withdraw Varanasi Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri Temple Case

 

Gyanvapi Masjid (PTI photo)

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Qazi Faraz Ahmad

NEWS18.COM

MAY 08, 2022

The Varanasi district court had ordered to conduct videography and survey of areas outside Gyanvapi mosque. The petitioners had moved the court last April seeking to restrain opponents from damaging the idols

The Gyanvapi Masjid and Shringar Gauri Mandir case has taken a new turn as Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh announced on Sunday that it will withdraw the petition filed in the court for regular Darshan of the temple located in the famous mosque complex of Varanasi.

Sanatan Sangh chief Jitendra Singh Bisen told News18 that Rakhi Singh, his niece and one of the give women who filed the petition in Varanasi district court, will withdraw the case. However, he did not give the reason behind the move.

The district court had ordered earlier to conduct videography and survey of the shrine on a petition, filed by Rakhi and others, seeking permission to perform daily puja and rituals at the temple. The petitioners had moved the court on April 18, 2021 seeking to restrain the opponents from damaging the idols.

On their plea, the court commissioner appointed had videographed and conducted a survey of some areas outside the Gyanvapi mosque on Friday. Later, the other side had filed a petition to replace the commissioner appointed by the court, which was heard by Varanasi Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar on Saturday morning.

The counsel for the mosque management committee (Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid), Abhay Nath Yadav said the court had not given any order to do the videography inside the mosque but to do it till the ‘Chabutra’ (courtyard) outside the barricading. Yadav said, “The videography and survey started at around 4.00 pm on May 6 and the videography was done till the ‘Chabutra’ on the western side of the mosque. “After that, when the commissioner made an effort to go inside the mosque by getting its entrance door opened, I opposed it, pointing out that the court has not given any such order under which videography can be done inside the mosque," he said.

“The court-appointed commissioner claimed he has the orders to open the locks and get videography done. But, the truth is that there is no such order like this, hence I raised questions on the impartiality of the court commissioner," Yadav said.

Litigant friends of the Hindu side Vijay Shankar Rastogi said, “The court while hearing the plea seeking to change the court commissioner, has reserved its order." “The court-appointed commissioner is discharging his responsibility with honesty. An application was moved on behalf of the Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid Committee to create hurdles for him, accusing him of colluding with petitioners," he added.

Source: News18

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Grand Ayatollah Sobhani: Destruction of Jannat al-Baqi by Saudi ‘a second Ashura’

 

Ayatollah Sobhani

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May 9, 2022

Ayatollah Sobhani said: “The anniversary of the destruction of Jannat al-Baqi is a second Ashura and Muslims around the world, especially Shi’as, must express their hatred toward the perpetrators of this crime and convey it to the people of the world.”  On the 90th anniversary of the Saudi destruction of tombs of four of the twelve Imams buried Madinah’s Jannat al-Baqi cemetery, Grand Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani had issued a statement on (July2016) stressing that the Muslims of the world, especially Shi’as, must express their hatred toward the perpetrators of this crime to the world.

The statement by the revered source of emulation is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The anniversary of the destruction of the heavenly shrines of the Ahlul-Bayt, the Family of the Prophet [Muhammad], and the desecration of the mausoleums of the Infallible Imams [buried] in Jannat al-Baqi, is a second Ashura and Muslims around the world, especially Shi’as, must express their hatred toward the perpetrators of this crime and convey it to the people of the world.

On this day, the army of ignorance and deviation, armed with shovels and picks aggressively stormed the holy shrines of the four Imams and other relatives of the Family of the Messenger [buried] in al-Baqi and razed them to the ground.

Another time when indecent acts and hatred were committed was when al-Mutawakkil, the Abbasid caliph, destroyed the dome and the tomb of Imam Husayn. While striking the ground, he repeated: “They desire to put out the light of God with their mouths, but God will perfect His light though the faithless should be averse” [The Holy Quran 61:8]

The Noble Quran calls the Muslims of the world toward the promotion and glorification of the houses which are the centres of the praise of God and says: “In houses God has allowed to be raised and wherein His Name is celebrated…” [The Holy Quran 24:36]

In his book Dur al-Manthur, Jalaluddin al-Suyuti writes that the Holy Prophet recited this verse in the mosque. The man asked the meaning of the world “buyut,” the Prophet said: “this means the houses of the prophets.”

At this time, while referring to the house of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra, Abu Bakr asked: “Is this house also one of these houses?” The Prophet answered: “Yes, this is one of the greatest of them.”

The Askariyayn Shrine [in Samarra] was destroyed for the same reasons.

In their homes, the Imams and their dear mother [Lady Fatimah al-Zahra] spent their time worshipping God Almighty. Unfortunately, instead of upgrading and repairing the shrine, it was destroyed.

The customs of the wise men of the world, even the customs of the followers of former religions, revere the graves of their elders and scholars and build shrines over their graves as a tribute to them. Even now, the Prophet Abraham’s grave in Occupied Palestine and the other tombs of prophets and their successors in Jordan Syria, Egypt and Iraq are evidence of this fact.

Unfortunately, the Arabs of Najd are far from Islamic culture and rather than act on the verse: “Say, ‘I do not ask you any reward for it except the love of [my] relatives’” 42:23], they have been antagonistic and they destroyed the shrines, along with dozens of monuments related to the Family of the Prophet and other religious personalities.

Now, not a day goes by where Islamic historical monuments are not destroyed near the Two Holy Shines under the pretext of expanding the shrines and nothing remains but that the cities of Makkah and Madinah are two western cities in all their meaning.

The Muslims of the world call on the rulers of Najd and Hejaz to give liberty and freedom to the Two Holy Mosques to allow the return of peace and order, permission for the lovers of the Ahlul-Bayt to rebuild their shrines, for all Islamic nations to be free to carry out their duties at the time of Hajj and Umrah so the Holy Shrine is a place of divine security sanctuary for all.

Source: RASA

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French Muslim Footballer Karim Benzema Sues French Far-Right Politician, Damien Rieu

 

Muslim French Footballer Benzema

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May 9, 2022

French Muslim footballer Karim Benzema is suing a far-right politician who had linked him with extremism.

The 34-year-old striker is suing Damien Rieu, a member of French far-right party Reconquête, for defamation for two tweets Rieu posted in 2020, according to French daily Le Parisien.

In one of the tweets, Rieu posted a photo of Benzema with Nourdine Mamoune, an imam for the French town of Meaux, east of Paris.

"Interesting to discover @benzema visits Imam Nourdine Mamoune, [whose home] has just been raided," Rieu said on 23 October 2020.

Just hours before Rieu's tweet, Mamoune's home had been raided by French police, a few days after French schoolteacher Samuel Paty was executed by an Islamic State sympathiser. The police took no further action against Mamoune after the raids, Le Parisien reported.

A month later, Rieu posted a tweet with a photo of Benzema posing with his index finger raised - a gesture of faith for Muslims.

The photo of Benzema was posted along with three other photos of armed men - some of them members of the Islamic State -making the same gesture.

"I think @benzema wants to send us a message," Rieu's tweet read.

Rieu posted an image of his court summons to Twitter on Tuesday, saying: "Karim wants me to shut up... tell him I've won all my trials."

Far-right parties have increasingly become part of France's political mainstream. Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party, came second in the French presidential elections, winning more than 40 percent of the votes.

France's centrist government has been accused of implementing Islamophobic policies.

Benzema, who was born in France and is of Algerian descent, has had his share of court troubles.

The striker was convicted last year for complicity in a bid to blackmail former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape. He has appealed the ruling.

Source: The New Arab

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Shia Ulema Council of Pakistan organizes Martyrs photo exhibition at Numaish Chowrangi

 

The Shia Ulema Council of Pakistan (SUC) organized a Photo Exhibition at Numaish Chowrangi in the memory of the Martyrs of Pakistan, Palestine, and Kashmir.

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May 9, 2022

The Shia Ulema Council of Pakistan (SUC) organized a Photo Exhibition at Numaish Chowrangi in the memory of the Martyrs of Pakistan, Palestine, and Kashmir. This event was attended by the leaders of various Political, Religious Parties. In which Central Secretary General of SUC, Allama Shabir Misami, Allama Hasan Zafar Naqvi, Allama Nazir Abbas Taqvi, Jaffer Hussain (PSP), Asadullah Bhutto (Jamat e Islami), Kazi Ahmed Noorani (JUP), Mufti Fazal ur Rehman (JUI), Sabir Abu Maryam (Palestine Foundation), Allama Sadiq Jafferi, Razi Haider Rizvi, S.M. Naqvi, Shams ul Hasan Shamsi, and others were also present. They paid homage to all Martyrs and supplicated for peace and tranquility in eternal life.

On this occasion, Allama Nazir Abbas said that the sacrifices of innocent martyrs will never go in vain. Our nation stands with oppressed Palestinians and Kashmiri Peoples. He ruled out accepting the illegitimate state of Israel at any cost. He accused the international community of playing a criminal role in resolving the Palestinian standoff. He also condemned the silence of UNO, OIC, and the Arab league on aggression against innocent Palestinians and Kashmiris. He said that a few Arab States have invited their downfall by accepting Israel and days of their monarchy have been counted.

Other Leaders said that we will never forget the Martyrs of Pakistan, who sacrificed for peace in our beloved homeland. We are celebrating cherished moments of Eid ul Fitr with the bereaved families of Martyr to please them despite the absence of their beloved departed souls.

Source: Shiite News

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India

‘Muslims Should Be Set Ablaze Just as Hindus Burn Ravana Effigies on Dussehra’: Bihar BJP MLA

The Wire Staff

09-05-2022

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Haribhushan Thakur Bachaul has said that Muslims should be set ablaze just as Hindus burn Ravana effigies during the festival of Dussehra.

“We need a Hanuman ji so that our youth could be strong, the people of our country could be strong. Just like Ravana’s Lanka was burnt by Hanuman ji, the demon-like Ravanas, who are hovering over Bihar and the country, should also be burnt,” he told reporters. A video of his comments is available on social media.

Source: The Wire

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Hanuman Chalisa played at temples in K'taka against use of loudspeakers at mosques

May 9, 2022

Bengaluru: Hanuman Chalisa, Suprabhata, Omkara and devotional songs were played at temples in different parts of Karnataka on Monday morning as part of a campaign by Hindu groups including Sri Rama Sene, alleging failure on part of the state government to take action against loudspeakers installed at mosques.

Recorded versions or bhajans being recited by those present at the temples were played out at around 5 AM to counter the morning Azaan being recited on loudspeakers at mosques.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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Shiv Sena, MNS locked in race to visit Ayodhya amid tussle over loudspeakers in mosques

8 May, 2022

Mumbai: After the battle of videos over the legacy of Bal Thackeray, it’s race for Ayodhya for the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

The Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray are locked in political rivalry following the loudspeaker row.

Source: The print

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Malappuram mosques lend a hand blurring religious borders

by Abdul Lateef Naha

MAY 08, 2022

Thirty-eight year-old Ragesh Babu stopped running his autorickshaw about five months ago, and is currently recuperating at MIMS Hospital, Kozhikode, after a major kidney surgery. On Friday last, 20 mosques within the limits of Malappuram municipality joined a fund-raising drive for Ragesh’s treatment. And those mosques raised ₹1.38 lakh within minutes after the Juma prayers.

Source: The Hindu

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Mideast

By teachings of Prophet: France's 1st environment-friendly mosque

BY ANADOLU AGENCY

MAY 08, 2022

Known as France's first environmentally friendly mosque, the Great Mosque of Massy stands out with its energy savings and effective use of natural resources, as it is poised to be the first environmentally friendly mosque in France all through following the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

The mosque, which was built in Massy, a southern suburb of Paris, draws attention with its glass dome, mostly glass minaret and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Source: Daily Sabah.

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Erdogan talks with 21 leaders during Muslim holy month of Ramadan

05 MAY 2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with the leaders of 21 countries and the UN chief during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met in the Turkish capital Ankara on April 25. They reaffirmed their "common objective" of ending the war in Ukraine "as soon as possible.”

Source: Yenisafak

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Over 100 fanatic Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque

May 9, 2022

Dozens of fanatic Jewish settlers escorted by police forces desecrated the Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, amid restrictions on the entry of Palestinian citizens, especially young men and women, to the Islamic holy site.

According to local sources, at least 106 settlers entered the Mosque in different groups through its Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards under tight police guard.

Source: Palestinian Info C.

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Israeli occupation to demolish building in Silwan, south of Aqsa Mosque

May 9, 2022

The Israeli occupation municipality in al-Quds notified the al-Rajabi family on Sunday that their building in Silwan, south of the Aqsa Mosque, will be demolished under the pretext of construction without permit.

Press sources in al-Quds reported that the Israeli municipality handed the al-Rajabi family a notice ordering the demolition of their two-story building containing five apartments in Ein al-Louza neighborhood of Silwan.

Source: Palestinian Info C.

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Europe

How a neo-conservative think tank defined British Muslims

9 May 2022

In the wake of the calamity of the Iraq invasion of 2003, one might have supposed that the ideology which lay behind Tony Blair and George W Bush’s bloody misadventure would have been discredited. This has not happened. Neo-conservatism has continued to set the parameters for a great deal of policy discourse, and its supporters have continued to occupy many of the most prominent positions in British (and American) public life.

There are a number of reasons for this resilience. In the UK, Policy Exchange, a London-based think tank, is one organisation which kept the neo-conservative flame burning. Though its public profile is small, it has exerted prodigious influence in political circles. In conventional politics, Policy Exchange was at first associated in particular with ‘marketisation', an ugly word which describes how the disciplines of the private sector have been introduced into the education system and the wider civil service. The think tank’s most enduring achievement, however, has probably been the reshaping of government policy towards British Muslims.

The British government, police and intelligence services originally saw their job as enforcing the law rather than policing ideology or personal beliefs

Source: Middleeast Eye

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Portland journalist arrested for vandalizing two synagogues and a mosque

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

MAY 9, 2022

Michael Bivins, a freelance journalist in Portland, Oregon, was charged on Saturday with one count of arson and three counts of criminal mischief for his acts of vandalism on two synagogues and one mosque.

Source: Jpost.Com

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Putin uses Victory Day parade to praise ‘heroism of troops defending Russia’

Laura O'Callaghan

May 09, 2022

President Vladimir Putin praised troops “defending Russia” in Ukraine as he addressed the nation during the 77th Victory Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square.

In his highly anticipated speech, he told soldiers they were “fighting for your people in Donbas, for the security of our motherland, Russia”.

Source: The National News

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Pakistan

JUI-F flays attacks on seminaries, mosques

Bureau Report

May 9, 2022

PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl has condemned the attacks on seminaries and mosques in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa allegedly by workers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, and provocative statements of former federal ministers inciting violence against the clergy.

According to a statement issued here on Sunday, the party’s provincial executive council and cabinet met in Peshawar to discuss the current political scenario in the country.

Source: Dawn

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Sea of people to remove hurdles en route to Islamabad: Imran

Rashid Javed

May 9, 2022

ABBOTTABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday once again called on people, especially his party workers, to get ready for his call to reach Islamabad, saying a sea of people would remove all hurdles and barricades that would be set up by the “imported” government.

He was addressing a public gathering at a postgraduate college here in connection with his mass public contact drive to invite PTI loyalists and workers to the ‘Islamabad march’.

Source: Dawn

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Street crime data released by police paints rosy picture of Karachi

Imtiaz Ali

May 9, 2022

KARACHI: While there was no decline in the number of people killed in the metropolis by armed muggers upon resistance during this year’s Ramazan from the previous year’s Ramazan, Karachi police claimed a decrease in other crimes — snatching / theft of cell phones, cars, motorbikes, etc — during the same period.

Official data reviewed by Dawn indicted that a total of seven persons were shot dead when they resisted mugging bids in 30 days of Ramazan in 2022.

The overall crime figures remained alarming for citizens of Karachi as during the 30 days of Ramazan this year, seven people were gunned down and 43 wounded over resistance; 1,812 cell phones, nine cars and 149 motorbikes were snatched at gunpoint and 112 four-wheelers and 1,519 two-wheelers were stolen from different parts of the metropolis.

Source: Dawn

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South Asia

An Online Petition Made to Request the Cancellation of Former Afghanistan NSA’s Speech at the Oxford Union

By Saqalain Eqbal

09 May 2022

A number of students, academics, and civil and political activists have signed an online petition to the Oxford Union calling for the cancellation of a speech by Hamdullah Mohib, the former government’s National Security Adviser, at the Oxford Union in Britain.

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, has been invited to speak at the Oxford Union on May 11 about current events in Afghanistan.

Source: khaama Press

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U.S. Envoy Dubs Taliban New Policy ‘Affront to Human Rights’

By Arif Ahmadi

09 May 2022

Kabul, Afghanistan – United State Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West dubbed the latest hijab policy by the Taliban government “an affront to human rights”, warning the group on its negative impact to their relationship with international community.

This came after the so-called Islamic Emirate, in a formal decree under the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, announced Saturday that it is “required for all respectable Afghan women to wear a hijab.”

Source: khaama Press

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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Is a Reality Need to Be Admitted: Uzbekistan

2022-05-08

KABUL (BNA) The Special envoy of Uzbekistan President for Afghanistan acknowledge the Islamic Emirate as a political reality in Afghanistan and stressed interaction with the standing rulers in the country.

“Uzbekistan is interacting with the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan on a large scale,” said Ismatulla Irgashev. “He called the Islamic Emirate a reality that needs to be admitted.”

Source: Bakhtar News

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‘Delta Plan-2100 crucial for Bangladesh’: PM seeks ADB’s support

BSS, Dhaka

May 9, 2022

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement Delta Plan-2100, saying, "It is very important for Bangladesh".

The premier made the request when Vice President of ADB (Operations-1) Shixin Chen paid a courtesy call on her at her official Gono Bhaban residence in the capital this morning.

Source: The Daily Star

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Southeast Asia

PKR President: Time To Strengthen, Protect Malaysia’s Judiciary from Further Abuse

BY R. LOHESWAR

08 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said that the country’s judiciary has been abused and used by powerful people to escape from punishment and that the public’s trust in the system is eroding.

Source: Malay Mail

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Ex-AG Apandi says Dr Mahathir has no right to question settlement in wrongful dismissal suit

BY KENNETH TEE

09 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — Former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has no right to question the settlement made between him and the federal government over his RM2.23 million wrongful dismissal suit.

Apandi, who is also a former Federal Court judge, claimed that Dr Mahathir seemed to be deliberately stirring up attention by raising the issue when the out-of-court settlement had been concluded some three weeks ago.

Source: Malay Mail

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Federal Court to hear Najib’s final appeal against SRC conviction in August

BY IDA LIM

09 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — The Federal Court will be hearing in August former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s final appeal against his conviction and jail sentence and RM210 million fine over the misappropriation of RM42 million in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.

This is based on an April 29 letter sent by the Federal Court to both the prosecution and Najib’s lawyers, to notify them of the hearing dates.

Source: Malay Mail

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Saifuddin: Doors for negotiations must be open as long as party’s principles intact

BY R. LOHESWAR

09 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9  — When it comes to the ‘big tent’ approach, PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said closing all doors for negotiations with other parties is not the right thing to do.

He said PKR’s priority is to strengthen Pakatan Harapan (PH) heading into the 15th general election and in the case it can’t form a government it was important to send a signal that the coalition is open to discussions.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

World Council of Muslim Communities Conference kicks off in Abu Dhabi

09-05-2022

ABU DHABI, 8th May, 2022 (WAM) -- Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and coinciding with the fourth anniversary of its founding, The World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC) kicked off Monday, featuring representatives of over 150 countries, to discuss the topic of Islamic unity.

The two-day event, being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), is addressing the challenges related to belonging to contemporary Islamic society, confirming the pioneering role of scholars and thinkers in leading the nation and providing intellectual and legitimate proposals.

Source: Wam.Ae

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Islamic State Claims Attack that Killed 11 Egyptian Soldiers

MAY 09, 2022

The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack the previous day that killed 11 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

It was the heaviest loss of life the Egyptian army had suffered in years in its long-running campaign in and around the Sinai against militants loyal to the jihadist group.

Source: News18

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Qatari jewellery brand Noudar’s collection inspired by Islamic culture and Henna designs

May 08 2022

The brand name Noudar derives from the ancient Arabic word for gold.

Noor Ali Hussain Alfardan, founder and designer of Noudar Jewels, combines influences from the timeless treasures of Arabian civilisation with a modernist take on luxury jewellery.

Source: Gulf-Times

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Saudi Royal Court: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques undergoes Colonoscopy

May 08 2022

The Saudi Royal Court announced on Sunday that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia underwent at noon on Sunday a colonoscopy at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, and the result was fine.

A statement by the Court, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), added that the medical team decided that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will spend some time in the hospital for rest..

Source: Gulf-Times

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North America

Chester Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Jihad Perry In Connection To Fatal Shooting

By CBS3 Staff

May 7, 2022

CHESTER, PA. (CBS) — Police have issued an arrest warrant for 43-year-old Jihad Perry in connection to a deadly shooting in Chester. The victim was found on Widener’s campus.

Police say Perry shot and killed Robert Dungee on Thursday in the 1100 block of Hyatt Street. His body was discovered in the area of East 14th Street.

Source: Philadelphia

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Northern Ireland parties vow to work together after Sinn Fein win

MAY 8, 2022

The U.K., U.S. and Irish governments have urged rival parties in Northern Ireland to come together to resurrect its power-sharing government after Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein scored a historic victory to become the biggest party in Northern Ireland's Assembly.

Sinn Fein, which seeks union with Ireland, won 27 seats in the 90-seat legislature, beating the Democratic Unionist Party, which secured 25 seats. It's the first time in Northern Ireland's history that an Irish nationalist party has topped the voting.

Source: Cbs News

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With Marcos Jr. tipped to win, Philippines at tenuous moment

BY JIM GOMEZ

MAY 09, 2022

Filipinos stood in long lines to choose a new president Monday, with the son of an ousted dictator and a champion of human rights the top contenders in a tenuous moment in a deeply divided Asian democracy. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the strongman ousted in a 1986 army-backed “People Power” uprising, held a seemingly insurmountable lead in pre-election surveys. But his closest challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, has tapped into shock and outrage over the prospect of a Marcos recapturing the seat of power and harnessed a network of campaign volunteers to underpin her candidacy. Eight others are in the presidential race, including former boxing star Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and former national police chief Sen. Panfilo Lacson. Long lines of voters turned up early across most of the country, with the start of voting delayed by a few hours in a few areas due to malfunctioning vote machines, power outages, bad weather and other problems. Thousands of police and military perso

Source: Miami Herald

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Africa

Be Kind To Humanity, Anambra state chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross Society Begs Boko Haram, Bandits, Gunmen

By Michael Ovat

May 8, 2022

The Anambra state chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross Society has appealed to those behind Boko Haram, banditry in the North and South West and gunmen in South East, South-South regions of Nigeria to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue with the federal government and other relevant stakeholders for the sake of God and humanity.

Delivering a message to mark the opening ceremony of the 2022 Wold Red Cross Day celebration, in Awka, on Sunday, the state chairman of the society, Professor Peter Katchy, urged well-to-do Nigerians to strive toward putting smiles on the faces of those who are victims of the situation to reflect the theme of this year’s celebration “Be Human Kind To Achieve Truce And Peace.”

Source: Tribune Onlineng

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High Court takes on Muslim matter after mediation collapses

By Daniel Chege

May 9th 2022

The High Court in Nakuru will determine a Muslim Association leadership case after efforts to resolve the matter outside court failed.

Presiding Judge Joel Ngugi had advised two Muslim groups fighting to be leaders in the Muslim Association of Nakuru (MAN) to resolve the matter without involving the court since it was a sensitive leadership wrangle.

Source: Standard Media

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Sudan Islamists Struggle to Choose Turabi's Successor

Mohammed Amin Yassin

8 May, 2022

Sudan's Islamist parties, the National Congress and the Popular Congress parties, will soon begin a new chapter in their conflict. The new development comes two weeks after Islamist parties, except the Popular Congress, signed a new political charter to establish the "Broad Islamic Current."

Source: English.Aawsat

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7,000 Boko Haram Members Surrender: Is Rehabilitation Good Enough?

Amanda Thomson

May 8, 2022

On March 24th, approximately 7,000 Boko Haram troops and Islamic State West Africa Province members surrendered in Northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram was originally centered in Maiduguri, but in 2014, the terrorist group was eventually pushed out of the city by the Civilian Joint Task Force and relocated to the countryside. Despite the moderate slowdown, violence is still common in Nigeria. According to weekly updates from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Boko Haram Security tracker, approximately 18 attacks occurred between March 19th and 25th, 2022, with violence ranging from kidnapping for ransom and murder. Still, the mass surrender may be a sign that the conflict is diminishing.

Source: Theowp.Org

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Under inefficacy of Buhari regime; Bandits kill 48 in northwest Nigeria

May 9, 2022

Gunmen have killed at least 48 people in attacks on three villages in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a local official and residents said.

Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles entered the three villages in coordinated attacks, shooting people as they tried to flee, Aminu Suleiman, administrative head of Bakura district where the villages are located, said on Sunday.

Source: En.Abna24

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