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"We Will Work To End Fertiliser Jihad": Himanta Biswa Sarma

New Age Islam News Bureau

21 May 2023

 

Himanta Sarma said that the use of bad fertilisers leads to adverse health effects

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• "We Will Work To End Fertiliser Jihad": Himanta Biswa Sarma

• Saudi Arabia: 8 Pakistani pilgrims killed and six injured in massive Mecca hotel fire

• Kashmiri group stages protest against G20 meet in held Srinagar

• Former Shabak chief calls haredi, religious, MKs 'the Jewish jihad'

• J&K government’s G20 propaganda goes awry, Bangladesh road showcased as Srinagar

• RBLF personnel embraces Islam

• Erbil archbishop: Christian community reviving after the Islamic State and the great exodus

• Islam And Judaism Teach: Vicegerents Need One Another – OpEd

• Repentant Boko Haram member arrested for stealing employer’s wrappers

 

India

• UP Minister Danish Ansari Accuses Oppn SP, BSP Of Misleading Muslim Community

• Centuries-old mosque, 4 temples among 8 places razed in Dahod

• Muslim family buying house from a Hindu creates row in Rajasthan

• Congress ignored Dalits and Muslims in Karnataka, says Mayawati

• On cam: Muslim activists in the UK disrupt screening of ‘The Kerala Story’, bully viewers

• Raj Thackeray's 1st Comments On Trimbakeshwar Dargah Row Favours Muslim Devotees

• India: Kilakari Juma Masjid, crowning jewel of amazing cultural confluence

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Arab world

• Arab League Submit’s declaration promises bright future for Muslim Ummah: Ashrafi

• Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Cameroon on His Country's National Day

• Al-Jarwan attends annual meeting of Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group

• Total assets of Islamic banks and windows rise by 10%

• Islamic banking needs to speed up on its digital-driven changes

• Saudi authorities issue weather warning across the Kingdom until Thursday, call for caution

• Health minister heads Saudi delegation to 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva

• Changing face of Arabic poetry

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Pakistan

• Pak condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Showing distrust of judiciary, Maryam backs military courts

• FIR lodged against suicide attack on JI convoy

• IHC judges’ call on top SC judges fuels speculations

• Imran posted AI-generated image to mislead people: minister

• Indian troops kill AJK man

• LHC orders release of 123 PTI workers in Faisalabad

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Mideast

• How Israel exposed and destroyed Islamic Jihad rocket production sites in Gaza

• Iran's top leader warns of foreign bids to cause tensions between Iran, neighbours

• Ties between Russia, Muslim countries accelerating, says Tatarstan leader

• Against enemies' desire, maintain policy of honorable ties with neighboring, Islamic, friendly countries: Supreme Leader

• Israeli regime's new sacrilege of Al-Aqsa Mosque due to defeat by resistance forces: Iran

• What is behind Iran's progress on locally-built aircraft? - analysis

• Iran Hangs 3 Men Convicted Of Killing Security Forces During Protests, Draws Flak From West

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South Asia

• Why is international community responsible to continue the flow of humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh?

• Import of MMF by Bangladesh increasing amidst rising demand

• Democracy is Bangladesh’s best bet

• NCGG completes capacity building prog for civil servants of Maldives, Bangladesh

• India To Set Up Startup Exchange Programme With Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan

• Tripura: Five Bangladesh nationals, including two minors, held

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Southeast Asia

• RBAF gifts funeral rites room for mosque

• King: Malaysians should treat unity as national asset for better future of country

• From cendol to refuge in malls: Malaysians find ways to escape hot spell

• Immediate repairs to schools damaged in Friday’s storm, says Education Ministry

• Report: Umno must accept state election results, whatever the outcome, says Rahman Dahlan

• Cops in Seberang Perai conducting further probe into two bullying cases in school

• Wisma Putra provides aid to bring body of Malaysian climber down from Mt Everest, one still missing

• DPM Fadillah: Trans Borneo Highway Project offers option to road users to bypass Brunei

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Europe

• Muslim Council condemns National Conservatism conference extremism

• Main threat to Europe is a resurgence in Islamic terror attacks, warns French interior minister ahead of hosting Olympics next year

• Dodik comments on the Agreement of the Islamic Community with the State

• France asks US for extra protection from resurgent Islamist terror threat

• President of Islamic Republic of Mauritania sends congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President

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North America

• Suspect Says He Set Fire to Mosque to Protest Homelessness, Affidavit Says

• CAIR-MN to Join Community Solidarity Event for St. Paul Mosques Targeted by Arson

• Coalition of N.J. mayors demand apology after Muslim politician uninvited to White House

• Islamist Threat to Central Asia Increasing and May Soon Spread into Russia, Shestakov Says

• Why popular Muslim figures facing serious allegations escape accountability

• "Democracies can deliver...": Biden on strengthening low-middle-income countries at G7 Summit

• Biden aims to reassure world on US debt standoff as he consults with Indo-Pacific leaders

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Africa

'Seems the bullies have found their equals' - 4 alleged 'Boko Haram' gangsters shot dead in Mamelodi

AFRICA/TOGO - Catholics and Muslims together inaugurate the 'Msgr. Marion De Brésillac' medical and social center in the suburbs of Lomé

Muslims in Ondo protest marginalisation under Akeredolu’s Government

Tinubu’s Cabinet: Muslims lobby president-elect for more ministers than Christians

Sudan: RSF targets Islamists tied to former regime with wave of arrests in Khartoum

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 "We Will Work To End Fertiliser Jihad": Himanta Biswa Sarma

 

Himanta Sarma said that the use of bad fertilisers leads to adverse health effects

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May 20, 2023

Guwahati (Assam): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, pointing out the adverse effects on health of excessive use of fertilisers, on Friday stressed the use of natural and organic farming.

Chief Minister Sarma was speaking at the inauguration of the Natural Farming Conclave at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

Addressing the event, Chief Minister Sarma said, "Last year, I and honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi had various meetings, where the PM suggested increasing organic farming in Assam. Recently we have seen in the documentary that there is so much potential in our land that if we try to use it efficiently, and then we will not need any Urea, Phosphate, Nitrogen, etc."

Today, the honourable governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat explained logically that natural farming is healthier than fertiliser farming, and also brings more yield to the farmers.

The Chief Minister further said that the use of bad fertilisers leads to adverse health effects on the people, and stressed natural farming.

"When we started governing Assam, we mentioned that due to the use of bad fertilisers, there is an increase of heart diseases, kidney diseases, etc. Also, during the campaign, we have mentioned earlier that we will work to remove the fertiliser jihad," he said.

The Chief Minister added, "We should use fertiliser but too much use will affect the health. If natural farming produces more within the same plot of land where crops are sowed with fertiliser, then I believe there is no alternative to natural farming."

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana are serving as a great help for a state like Assam which suffers from perennial floods.

It may be noted that financial assistance to the tune of ₹ 236 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Yojana was provided to over 3 lakh farmers of the state in the last three seasons.

Source: Ndtv.Com

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Saudi Arabia: 8 Pakistani Pilgrims Killed And Six Injured In Massive Mecca Hotel Fire

 

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May 20, 2023

Dubai: A massive fire engulfed a hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing at least eight Pakistani pilgrims and injuring six, according to a statement from the Foreign Office of Pakistan.

In response to media inquiries, the spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We have reports of eight deaths and six injured Pakistanis in the incident. Our Mission in Jeddah is in contact with local authorities to provide relief to the victims and their families.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic incident, offering his condolences to the bereaved families.

“The Prime Minister prayed for the highest ranks for the departed souls and for the families to bear the loss with fortitude,” the PM Office Media Wing said.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to care for the health of the injured pilgrims and to provide all possible assistance to the affected families.

Pakistan’s Mission in Jeddah said it is in close contact with Saudi authorities to coordinate relief efforts for the victims and their families.

Source: Gulf News

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Kashmiri Group Stages Protest Against G20 Meet In Held Srinagar

 

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May 21, 2023

MUZAFFARABAD: A Kashmiri outfit on Satur­day organised the last of a series of rallies against Delhi’s decision to hold a meeting of the G20 tourism working group in Sri­n­a­gar, capital of India-held Jammu and Kashmir, calling upon all member sta­t­­es to boycott the con­troversi­­al moot like that of China.

The rally was held in Pallandri, district headquarters of Sudhnoti, un­­der the aegis of Pasban-i-Hurriyat Jammu and Ka­­s­hmir (PHJK), an organisation of post-1989 migrants from India-held Kashmir.

Participants of the rally held banners and placards inscribed with slogans against Indian machinations to mislead the international community by holding the G20 huddle in occupied Srinagar from May 22.

“India is responsible for innocent killings in occupied Kashmir; G20 member states should boycott its summit if held in disputed Kashmir,” read one banner.

The participants, who were also carrying black flags, chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans as they paraded from local courts to the town’s grand mosque.

PHJK chief Uzair Ahmed Ghazali said the G20 me­­eting, being hosted by an occupying country in an internationally acknowledged disputed territory, should be unacceptable for all the countries that believe in the sanctity of the United Nations and the resolutions passed by its Security Council.

Expressing gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, he called upon other countries to take a similar position regarding the meeting.

“The statement by the Chinese government is a true reflection of the act­ual position. It has touched our hearts. We are grateful to our great neighbour and friend,” Mr Ghazali said.

He announced that a grand rally would be held in Burhan Wani Chowk of Muzaffarabad on Monday to condemn Indian conspiracies and military oppression in the disputed territory.

Meanwhile, describing Beijing’s announcement of boycott of the G20 meeting and decision by Ankara and Riyadh to skip registration for it as a major breakthrough, PPP regional president Chau­dhry Mohammad Yasin expressed the hope that remaining member states, including European Union, would follow suit.

Speaking at a meeting, he maintained that China had not only kept alive its exemplary friendship with Pakistan but it had also categorically decla­red the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Similarly, he said, Turkiye and Saudi Arabia had also proved themselves to be the leaders of the Ummah by refusing to participate in the controversial G20 meet.

“All those nations which believe in the inherent rights of oppressed people should not fall prey to India’s wiles, because their participation in G20 meeting will not only enc­ourage India to carry on its brazen disregard of the UN Security Council resolutions and international conventions and treaties but will also render them equally responsible for the destruction of peace in the region,” he said.

Source: Dawn

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Former Shabak Chief Calls Haredi, Religious, MKS 'The Jewish Jihad'

 

Carmi Gillon

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Itzik Brandwein

May 21, 2023

Former Shabak (Israel Security Agency) chief Carmi Gillon, under whose watch the agency failed to protect the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, participated Saturday evening in a leftist protest against the proposed judicial reform.

"The haredi and more Religious Zionist politicians are the Jewish jihad," Gillon was quoted by Haaretz as saying. "They are an absolute existential threat to the State of Israel."

Turning to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gillon added, "Bibi, you're over with politics. Go home with a mark of shame on your forehead, and you will be remembered forever as the prime minister who nearly succeeded in causing Israel's destruction."

On Friday, television host Galit Gutman accused the haredi community of "sucking our blood" and "milking" secular society. She later apologized for her statements, explaining that they were made in the context of a discussion on the State budget and that she had not intended to hurt the entire sector.

Source: Israel National News

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J&K Government’s G20 Propaganda Goes Awry, Bangladesh Road Showcased As Srinagar

 

The picture that was passed off as the Boulevard Road in Srinagar.

The Telegraph

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Muzaffar Raina

21.05.23

The Jammu and Kashmir government’s propaganda blitz over a high-profile G20 meeting in Srinagar seems to have gone awry after its official handles posted a picture of a swanky Bangladesh walkway to showcase the city's development.

The picture that was widely shared by the official social media handles over the last two days suggested a “magnificent makeover” of Srinagar’s Boulevard Road.

Dozens of foreign dignitaries who are participating in the G20 meeting on tourism from May 22 to 24 are scheduled to take the Boulevard Road, which semi-circles the Dal Lake, to reach the venue at Sher e Kashmir International Convention.

Boulevard Road has been embellished in view of the G20 meeting, along with Srinagar city and some other stretches, but the controversial picture has reportedly originated from Jhautala in Bangladesh’s Patuakhali.

The image shows a walkway decorated with colourful paver blocks and illuminated by floodlights. It was shared by BJP leaders, pro-government activists and the Right-wing ecosystem to showcase Srinagar's transformation since the scrapping of the special status in 2019.

Caught on the wrong foot, Counter Disinformation Centre, a Twitter handle reportedly enjoying the official patronage, stepped in on Saturday to debunk the claims.

"A picture is being shared by some official handles, politicians and social media users with the false claim that Boulevard Road, leading to the venue for G20 Summit in Srinagar has been given a new look to welcome G20 delegates,” the centre tweeted.

"Fact: Upon @JKCDC_ research, we found that the picture is from Patukhali Bangladesh and was shared by various social media handles from Bangladesh in February,” it added.

Dozens of handles that had shared the picture to showcase Srinagar’s beauty included Information & PR, J&K and its social media accounts for Budgam, Bandipora and Kulgam districts.

"Isn't this a pleasant surprise. This Boulevard Road in Srinagar has been given a magnificent makeover to welcome delegates from across the world for the #G20Kashmir summit,” BJP’s national spokesman R.P. Singh tweeted.

Source: Telegraph India

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RBLF personnel embraces Islam

May 21, 2023

Private Najziem bin Juani from the Royal Guards Regiment, Royal Brunei Land Force (RGdR RBLF) embraced Islam by reciting the Syahadah at his family residence in Kampong Lamunin, Tutong District yesterday.

Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan was present at the event.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Mu’minun, verses 1 to 11 by Private Awangku Zahwan bin Pengiran Mohammad from RGdR RBLF and continued with the recitation of Syahadah by Private Najziem.

It continued with Dikir Marhaban and the sprinkling of scented flowers by the RBAF Commander and guests. The event concluded with the recitation of Doa Selamat.

Private Najziem chose Muhammad ‘Adzim bin Juani as his new name. He is the first RGdR RBLF personnel to convert to Islam since its establishment last year.

Source: Borneobulletin

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Erbil archbishop: Christian community reviving after the Islamic State and the great exodus

05/20/2023

The prelate spoke about the situation in Iraq during a recent trip to the United States. Some of those who fled to Western countries are coming back, especially to Kurdistan, hoping to raise their families in a Catholic environment. Since the defeat of the Islamic State, the number of Chaldean families has doubled to 4,000 out of a total of 8,000 Christian families.

Erbil (AsiaNews) – Iraq’s Christian community is showing some signs of renaissance and hope after a steep decline that began with the US invasion of the country two decades ago, which sparked an exodus that drove most into exile.

At least, this is happening in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where the community is growing, this according to Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, who heads the Eastern Catholic Archeparchy of Erbil.

The rising numbers are not only due to migration within the country, but also to Christians who had fled abroad to escape poverty, extremist violence, and the rise of the Islamic State (IS) group in the summer of 2014.

In a recent visit to the United States, the prelate spoke about the many struggles and hardships experienced by Christians and Iraqis in general, especially under the reign of terror of the Islamic caliphate.

Although not as intense, such challenges and difficulties continue even today with government corruption as the main obstacle to the country’s true revival.

In the United States, Archbishop Warda received an honorary doctorate from Walsh University, a private Roman Catholic university in North Canton (Ohio), and met with officials from various Catholic universities to discuss cooperation with the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE), which he founded after the Islamic State’s rise.

The Christian population in Iraq once exceeded a million, but has dropped to about 200,000, he told Aleteia, an online Catholic news and information website. However, some of those who fled to the countries of the diaspora, especially in the West, have chosen to return, many of them stopping in Erbil, in the north, where the situation is calmer.

Asked about the reason for their return, many say they wanted to raise their children in a truly Catholic environment, the 53-year-old Warda explained, adding also “Because we live in the safe area of Kurdistan in northern Iraq”,

Since the Islamic State’s defeat, the number of Christian families in Erbil doubled from 2,000 to 4,000. In addition, “we welcomed in the area Churches that had not been there before. So today, the Christian area of what we call Ankawa has the Assyrian Church, Syrian Catholic Eparchy, Syriac Orthodox Eparchy, Armenian Church, Latin Church, different Churches.”

The visit of Pope Francis in March 2021 also boosted the Christian presence, giving further impetus to existing projects. The archeparchy, for example, has opened a hospital and four new schools. The Syriac Orthodox Church opened its own school. In total, the city has 18 Christian educational establishments (pictured, Catholic school in Kurdistan).

Muslims like these establishments as well, and many send their children to Catholic schools because they trust them for their high quality of teaching.

After being under Islamic State rule, “everyone realized that using religion or using violence in the name of God and religion is a devastating fact and it’s going to affect all,” Archbishop Warda explained.

When the group took over, it displaced about 125,000 Christians and more than three million Sunnis and killed many Shias. So many reacted thinking, “enough [is] enough”, when it comes to “using the name of God and religion and spreading violence.”

The pontiff's visit also made it possible to speak of Iraq for something other than violence and attacks, namely a journey and an encounter based on dialogue and fraternity.

“We thank God that we passed the difficult times, but the challenges are still there, and we look on our Christian brothers and sisters [in the West] to really help us maintain this kind of help, support, solidarity so [that] we can continue.

Source: Asia News

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Islam And Judaism Teach: Vicegerents Need One Another – OpEd

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

May 21, 2023

Islam teaches that humans are vicegerents under God in managing our personal and social lives on this planet. Mankind is the vicegerent of Allah on earth. (Qur’an 2:30) The word vicegerent means to act in such a way so as  to improve the world for and on behalf of Allah, to rule people justly, to apply the laws of Allah to people, animals and even non-living things.  

The Qur’an tells us that just before Allah created Adam He told all the angels: “Surely I am about to place a khilafah- vicegerent on the Earth.” (2:30) The angels reply that unlike angels, who are always busy worshipping God and thus almost unable to commit sins, humans will do all kinds of terrible evil things on earth. Allah says, “I surely know what you do not know.” (2:30)

Khilafah means succession referring to the humans who will succeed the Jinn and will be responsible for improving life on earth because they will know the names that Allah will teach them. This knowledge will enable humans to tame their own wild inclinations; and submit to the words of Allah as brought to them by their prophets.

Ali Unal, a Turkish elucidator of the Holy Qur’an, writes that: “Since the angels do not have to struggle against sins, they do not progress spiritually.” Human males and females were created by Allah to be partners and helpmates in the moral struggle that leads to spiritual progress.

As the Qur’an states:  “He is the one who created you from a single being; and from that being He created his mate, so that he might find comfort with her.” (Qur’an 4:1, 7:189, and 39:6)  The same teaching comes from the Torah of Moses, which also relates the events concerning the creation of Adam and Eve (Havvah in Hebrew, Hawwa in Arabic).

In the Jewish religious tradition the great events of the Torah are often retold and re-imagined in order to gain clearer insights for later generations. A good example of this process (called in Jewish tradition; Midrash), as applied to the archetypal humans, is this account of how and why God’s gift to Adam was Eve: At first, Adam was all alone. He didn’t have parents and he didn’t have children. He did not even have a brother, a sister or a friend  to talk to. Adam was lonely, and he was unhappy.

God said to Adam, “It is not good for you to be alone.(Genesis 2:18) But now you are free to do whatever you want to do. When you are alone you don’t have to share things with others. You don’t have to stop talking and just listen when someone else needs to talk to you. You don’t have to help when others need help. You don’t have to care about how someone else feels. If you had a sister or a brother or a good friend, you would have to do all these things and many more.” 

“I don’t like being lonely” said Adam, ” I have lots of things for fun and games; but I get bored with them after a while. I have several pet animals, but even having animals is not good enough for me. I still feel lonely and all alone. I need someone who is like me but at the same time is different. I need a partner. Someone to stand by my side and be my best friend. I need someone I can take care of, and who will care for me.”

God knew just what Adam needed. “What you need is a helpmate. A person with a different personality, who can grow together with you in love, and help you become a responsible, kind and loving human being. I am going to form her right out of your side, so she will stand side by side with you as your equal partner, your help mate.(Genesis 2:21-23)

The Hebrew word for helper or help-mate is ezer. Traditional male religious scholars thought a helper was like an assistant, which would mean a lesser partner. But female scholars have pointed out that God is Himself called ezer when He comes forth in times of need to help the People of Israel. (Genesis 49:25 and Psalm 37:40)

The two of you will be like one pair of hands. You know, one hand cannot wash itself. But two hands can always wash each other. You will have to be responsible for and to each other. You will no longer be independent. You will not be free to do whatever you want anymore. You will have to think about another person’s feelings. You will have to listen to what she tells you. You will have to think less about yourself and more about another. I will give you a blessing to help you become a couple.

God looked down and saw that Adam had fallen into a deep sleep. God hoped that when Adam awoke he would remember all that God had told him. Even if Adam and all his descendants didn’t always tame their self centered inclinations, and become the loving responsible help mates that God wanted them to be, God thought they would become much better by trying.

And those who were fully responsible partners and help mates would become God’s blessing for each other. Then the sons of Adam, instead of claiming that Eve caused Adam to sin and thus introduced original sin into human life, would realize that the daughters of Eve (Havvah in Hebrew, Hawwa in Arabic) were meant to become blessings from God. 

Also without Eve men’s health declines greatly. A pooled analysis of data from 34 studies published between 1963 and 2015 involving more than 2 million people aged between 42 and 77 from Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia revealed that, compared with people who were married, those who weren’t (never married, divorced, widowed) were at heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease (42%) and coronary artery heart disease (16%).

Not being married was also associated with a heightened risk of dying from both coronary heart disease (42%) and stroke (55%). The analysis showed that divorce was associated with a 35 per cent higher risk of developing heart disease for both men and women, while widowers of both sexes were 16 per cent more likely to have a stroke. While there was no difference in the risk of death following a stroke between the married and the unmarried, this was not the case after a heart attack, the risk of which was significantly higher (42%) among those who had never married.

To sum it up: “It is better to live outside the garden with Eve than inside it without her. Blessed be the One who brought us near together and taught me to know the goodness of her heart and the sweetness of her soul!  “Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.” From Mark Twain

Source: Eurasiare View

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Repentant Boko Haram member arrested for stealing employer’s wrappers

May 20, 2023

The Borno state police command says it has arrested one Baba-Goni Mohammed Ibrahim, a repentant Boko Haram member, for stealing the wrappers of his employer.

According to the commissioner, Ibrahim was arrested for stealing eight wrappers and some other apparel belonging to one Lami of Mashidmari who employed him as a home help.

The suspect, who repented from terrorism three years ago, told journalists that he stole the property as compensation for his alleged unpaid salary.

Umar said six of the suspects were arrested for rape, five for kidnapping, five for robbery, 29 for criminal conspiracy and theft, and 15 for culpable homicide.

He added that some repentant Boko Haram insurgents hide under joblessness to commit crimes.

Source: Thecable.Ng

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India

UP Minister Danish Ansari Accuses Oppn SP, BSP Of Misleading Muslim Community

20 MAY 2023

Minister of State for Minorities Welfare of Uttar Pradesh Danish Azad Ansari on Saturday accused the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of misleading and cheating the Muslim community.

Speaking to reporters at the district headquarters here, Ansari said, "The SP and the BSP formed the government after taking our votes but did not do any work for the progress of the Muslim community."

Source: Out Look India

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Centuries-old mosque, 4 temples among 8 places razed in Dahod

By: Express News Service

May 21, 2023

A mosque, believed to be around a century old, was among eight places of worship razed Saturday by the Dahod Smart City administration in Gujarat. Amid huge police deployment, the massive demolition drive began at Nagina Mosque around 4.30 am.

Source: Indian Express

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Muslim family buying house from a Hindu creates row in Rajasthan

MAY 20 2023

Posters accusing a Congress councillor of an alleged exodus of a Hindu family in the Kishanpole area here triggered a row, following which police were deployed, officials said on Saturday. Recently, a Hindu sold his house near Purohito Ka Chowk to a...

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Congress ignored Dalits and Muslims in Karnataka, says Mayawati

May 20, 2023

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Saturday pointed fingers at Congress for neglecting Dalits and Muslims in Karnataka after Siddaramaiah was sworn in as the chief minister and state Congress president D K Shivakumar, as his deputy on Saturday.

"After the Karnataka assembly elections, Congress made DK Shivakumar the deputy chief minister to suppress tussle within the party to some extent, but why has it ignored Dalit and Muslim communities, both of whom voted Congress to power?," she said in a tweet.

Source: Times Of India

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On cam: Muslim activists in the UK disrupt screening of ‘The Kerala Story’, bully viewers

May 20, 2023

While the film ’The Kerala Stories’ claims to show the stories of girls who were allegedly lured by the ISIS, there has been opposition to the film from Opposition parties and activists in India. However, radical Muslims in India and elsewhere are also opposing the film. A group of radical Muslims in the UK tried to disrupt a show of the film in Birmingham. Muslim activists led by Islamist Shakeel Afsar barged into the theatre and bullied the audience. However, when the audience refused to be cowed down and shouted back at him, he had to back down. He was later escorted out of the hall and the show continued.

Source: Times Of India

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Raj Thackeray's 1st Comments On Trimbakeshwar Dargah Row Favours Muslim Devotees

May 20, 2023

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray has urged that it is not right to break a century-old tradition of offering `incense` (dhoop) by Muslims at the famed Trimbakeshwar Temple, here on Saturday. "It`s a hundred-year-old custom... It`s not right to break it, the traditions should not be stopped..." urged Thackeray - the estranged cousin of former Chief Minister and Shiv Sena (UBT) President Uddhav Thackeray. Simultaneously, he issued a veiled warning that "outsiders should not interfere in this" and "it is for the local townsfolk to take a decision in the matter".

"Let the local villagers take the decision... Does anybody want riots over this? We must speak up when things go wrong," he said, arriving on a two-day visit to this town. Flaying the incident of May 13-14 night when some Muslims taking part in the annual `Urs` of Hazrat Pir Syed Gulab Shahwali Baba Dargah were prevented from offering `incense` at the temple entrance, Thackeray said that such an old ritual must not be disturbed or ended and the matter must be resolved through discussions.

He wondered what was the problem if some people were merely following the old traditions and "whether our (Hindu) religion is so weak that someone coming there would make any difference". Thackeray also pointed fingers at the social media for blowing such things out of proportion, spreading misunderstandings and said the police must ensure that there is no violence over such things.

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India: Kilakari Juma Masjid, crowning jewel of amazing cultural confluence

Shafaat Shahbandari

May 20, 2023

Bengaluru: Being home to one of the oldest civilisations and having always been among the culturally, spiritually and intellectually richest nations in the world, India has consistently attracted travellers and talents from different parts of the world.

Like an appreciative mother, the vastness of India absorbed every incoming tradition, adding new strands to the already rich tapestry of Indian cultural heritage.

The confluence of cultures added new dimensions to the landscape of India, giving new expressions to the language of Indian art, craft and architecture.

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Arab world

Arab League Submit’s declaration promises bright future for Muslim Ummah: Ashrafi

May 21, 2023

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Ulema Council Chair­man and Prime Minister’s Spe­cial Representative on Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, on Saturday highlight­ing the significance of the Arab League summit’s declaration, said it promised a bright future for the Muslim Ummah.

Addressing a press conference, he said the declaration offered a promising outlook for the future of Muslims worldwide. During the conference, Ashrafi addressed several pressing issues faced by the Muslim Ummah, particularly focusing on the challenges in Kashmir and Palestine. Notably, he emphasized Saudi Arabia’s role as the head of the Organiza­tion of Islamic Cooperation and expressed hope that practical steps would be taken to address the Kashmir and Palestine issues promptly. He raised concerns about India’s plan to hold the G20 meeting in Indian illegally Occu­pied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), which he attributed to China. He called upon Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other nations to refrain from participating in this perceived il­legitimate act by India. Further­more, Ashrafi highlighted Paki­stan’s sovereignty, stressing that no country or its representatives should interfere in its internal af­fairs. As the President of the In­ternational Interfaith Harmony Council, he conveyed Pakistan’s commitment to maintaining inde­pendence in its internal matters. He commended the Arab Sum­mit’s declaration as a permanent plan of action to promote unity among Arab Islamic countries.

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Cameroon on His Country's National Day

20 May, 2023

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya on his country's National Day.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished the Cameroonian president continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of the Republic of Cameroon steady progress and prosperity.

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Al-Jarwan attends annual meeting of Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group

20-05-2023

KZAZAN, 20th May 2023 (WAM) -- Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan, President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, emphasised the importance of global cooperation in promoting a culture of tolerance and peace.

Al Jarwan made the statements as he addressed the annual meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, which was held in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, in the presence of Rustam Minnikhanov, Head of the Republic of Tatarstan, Chairman of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, representatives from over 46 Islamic countries, delegations of global religious, and cultural organisations

Al-Jarwan underscored the great importance attached by the Council to promoting the values of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and love, and underpinning the spiritual and human principles of revealed religions.

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Total assets of Islamic banks and windows rise by 10%

20/May/2023

Muscat: The total assets of Oman's Islamic banks and windows combined increased by 10 percent to about OMR6.6 billion at the end of March 2023 compared to the same period last year.

In terms of market share, Islamic banking assets now make up 16.4 per cent of total banking sector assets as of the banking sector in the Sultanate of Oman.

The total balance of financing granted by the Sharia-compliant banking entities in Oman engaged in this activity increased by 13.4 percent to reach about OMR5.6 billion.

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Islamic banking needs to speed up on its digital-driven changes

George Haimar

May 20, 2023

The consumer banking industry has undergone a tremendous change, creating a major shift in how customers access financial services. A the heart of this has been the emergence of a generation of customers for whom smartphones and technology are an extension of their lifestyle through which they access every service they need.

From traditional banks building digital platforms to the rise of neo-banks, the financial sector continues to change. For newer and younger customers who are getting their first bank account, digital services will remain their default entry-point to accessing financial services.

While mainstream banking continues to forge ahead, Islamic banking lags in terms of digital adoption and market penetration. Despite being built primarily for the 2 billion global Muslim population, the $1.9 trillion Islamic banking sector has only a 6 per cent share of the global banking market.

Source: Gulf News

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Saudi authorities issue weather warning across the Kingdom until Thursday, call for caution

ARAB NEWS

May 21, 2023

RIYADH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia called for caution against thunderstorms in most regions of the Kingdom, starting from Sunday until Thursday, the state-run SPA news agency reported on Saturday.

The General Directorate of Civil Defense said that the Makkah region will be affected by medium to heavy rains that may lead to torrential rains, hail and brisk winds that will stir up dust, including Taif, Maysan, Adham, Al-Khurmah, Al-Ardiyat, Turbah, Rani, and Al-Muwiyah.

Moderate rains and downward winds with active speeds that will raise dust are expected in the Riyadh region, including the capital, Diriyah, Al-Majma’ah, Al-Zulfi, Al-Ghat, Rimah, Thadiq, Shaqra, Afif, Al-Dawadmi,Al-Quwaiyah, Al-Muzahimiyah, Dhurma, Huraymila, Al-Aflaj, Wadi Al-Dawasir, Al-Sulail, Al-Kharj, Hotat Bani Tamim, Al-Hariq, Al-Bajadia and Al-Dalam.

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Health minister heads Saudi delegation to 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva

ARAB NEWS

May 20, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health Fahad Al-Jalajel will head the Kingdom’s delegation at the 76th World Health Assembly at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The 76th session, which begins on Sunday and continues until May 30, will be held under the theme “WHO at 75: Saving lives, Driving Health for All,” and will discuss several issues related to global health.

A series of strategic round tables will be held with the participation of health ministers from around the world, delegates and experts from WHO, partner agencies and civil society, to discuss current and future priorities for public health issues of global importance.

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Changing face of Arabic poetry

HAIFA ALSHAMMARI

May 20, 2023

RIYADH: Arabic poetry has a long and rich history that dates back to pre-Islamic times. Before the advent of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, poetry played an important role in Arab society, serving as a means of communication, entertainment and cultural expression.

The early poems of the pre-Islamic era were often composed in a form known as the “Qasida,” a long poem with a fixed rhyme scheme and meter that was typically recited in public gatherings. These poems often celebrated the virtues of tribal heroes, described the beauty of the natural world, or expressed the grief and longing of a lover.

One of the well-known markets was Souq Okadh, located in Taif, on the northeast side of the city. It was one of the three major Arab markets in pre-Islamic times, in addition to the Majna market and Dhul-Majaz market.

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Pakistan

Pak condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

May 21, 2023

Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned storming of Al Aqsa Mosque by a member of the Israeli occupation authority and members of the Knesset under protection of Israeli occupation forces.

“Pakistan calls upon the international community to take urgent action to put an end to Israeli transgressions in the occupied territories that have been conspicuously ascendant since the beginning of this year,” Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press statement.

Violation of the sanctity of one of the holiest sites in Islam constituted yet another reprehensible event in a series of escalatory Israeli actions disrespectful to religious sentiments of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, it was added.

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Showing distrust of judiciary, Maryam backs military courts

Zulqernain Tahir

May 21, 2023

LAHORE: A day after former prime minister Imran Khan asserted that PTI workers cannot be tried in military courts, ruling PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz on Saturday fully supported the trial of those involved in the May 9 attacks under the Army Act.

“I fully endorse the trial of the May 9 arsonists in the military courts. Although these cases should go to the civilian courts, but they are facilitating the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders,” she said while addressing the party’s ulema wing here on Saturday.

The PML-N chief organiser said attacking the military installations was a heinous crime and punishment should also be accordingly. “Why are they objecting to military courts.... see the civilian courts are giving bails and stays to the PTI leaders. How come we trust them (civilian courts). These courts’ orders have become a joke,” she lambasted.

Source: Dawn

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FIR lodged against suicide attack on JI convoy

May 21, 2023

QUETTA: The Counterterrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday registered an FIR against unidentified people over a suicide attack targeting the convoy of Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq in Balochistan.

On Friday, Mr Haq narrowly escaped the suicide attack near his vehicle while travelling with party workers to Zhob town from Quetta to address a public meeting. The blast left seven people injured.

Officials said the FIR was registered against unknown people, and the CTD and police launched a joint investigation into the incident.

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IHC judges’ call on top SC judges fuels speculations

Malik Asad

May 21, 2023

ISLAMABAD: A meeting between five judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial has become the talk of town with some connecting it to an apparent division within the judiciary, while others viewing it as a routine get-together.

The five judges of the IHC — Justice Miangul Hassan Aura­n­gzeb, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sat­tar, Justice Arbab Mohammad Tahir and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz — visited the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday.

According to the informed sources, the judges held separate meetings with CJP Bandial and Senior Puisne Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Source: Dawn

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Imran posted AI-generated image to mislead people: minister

May 21, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sat­ur­day said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan posted an AI-generated image of a woman on his Twitter handle to accuse law enforcement agencies of targeting his female supporters.

Addressing a press conference, Ms Aurangzeb clarified that no such incident took place and his false claim was exposed by a TV channel, France 24.

“On May 19 in a tweet, Imran Khan uploaded pictures of Rangers and police in front of a woman’s picture created by artificial intelligence,” she said, adding that Mr Khan and his party attempted to create a false perception that their female supporters were being targeted by law enforcers.

However, the French TV channel exposed the truth, stating unequivocally that no one’s fundamental rights were violated during the crackdown on May 9 arsonists, she added.

Source: Dawn

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Indian troops kill AJK man

Tariq Naqash

May 21, 2023

MUZAFFARABAD: A 25-year-old inadvertent crosser from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) was shot dead by Indian troops at the Line of Control (LoC) in what was the second such killing on their part in less than a week, reports said on Saturday.

An Indian media outlet claimed that a “Pakistani intruder” was shot to death in the Balakot area of Mendhar subdivision of Poonch district when “he was attempting to slip into their side of the LoC.”

According to them, Mr Ta’araf had left his home in Lanjot village of Kotli district’s Nakyal sector at 10am on Friday to graze domestic livestock in the nearby forests along the unmarked dividing line as a matter of routine.

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LHC orders release of 123 PTI workers in Faisalabad

May 21, 2023

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Saturday ordered the release of over 120 PTI workers from Faisalabad who were detained for alleged participation in the May 9 violent protests.

Mr Habib’s counsel contended that the 123 PTI workers were arrested by the police from their homes and later their detention orders were issued under Section 3(1) of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

The counsel argued that police had no evidence to place before the deputy commissioner who was the competent authority to sign off the detention orders. He claimed that the detained workers were not involved in any anti-social activity.

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Mideast

How Israel exposed and destroyed Islamic Jihad rocket production sites in Gaza

By AMIR BOHBOT

MAY 20, 2023

As soon as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fired rockets from Gaza about two and a half weeks ago towards Sderot, as a sign of solidarity with the death of security prisoner Khader Adnan, the IDF's OC Southern Command Col. Liron Batito was asked to pull out the secret attack plan: "Black Cloak" - a booklet of dozens of pages that included quality targets for the attack including photos on PIJ senior officials and terrorist infrastructures.

"About a hundred rockets in the middle of the day in Sderot? The sheer scope surprised us," said an IDF senior officer, adding that "with Hamas, we were quite upset with Islamic Jihad because they did not live up to their commitment. It was clear that Israel could not be complacent and that a different kind of response was required."

The Military Intelligence Directorate stated that not only did Hamas have no part in the rocket barrages, but that the senior Hamas leaders in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Deif, had no intention of taking part in the escalation if it erupted, and therefore the IDF had focused only on Islamic Jihad commanders.

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Iran's top leader warns of foreign bids to cause tensions between Iran, neighbours

2023-05-21

Tehran, May 21 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said that some foreign sides seek to cause problems in the country's relations with its neighbours, calling on Iranian officials to prevent the implementation of such policies.

The leader made the remarks on Saturday in a meeting held in Tehran with the Iranian Foreign Ministry's officials as well as the country's ambassadors, elaborating on Iran's foreign policy principles and priorities, according to the leader's website.

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Ties between Russia, Muslim countries accelerating, says Tatarstan leader

Sibel Morrow

20.05.2023

Tatarstan's head of state Rustem Minnihanov said Russia's relations with the Islamic world are gaining special importance with the growing share of international trade.

Speaking at the plenary session of the 14th International Economic Forum "Russia – the Islamic World: KazanForum" held in Tatarstan’s capital city of Kazan, Minnihanov said "against the backdrop of cardinal shifts in the international arena and the big challenges for our country, relations with the Islamic world are gaining special importance."

Minnihanov reiterated close ties between Russia and Muslim countries and pointed to Russia's intention to become a member of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).

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Against enemies' desire, maintain policy of honorable ties with neighboring, Islamic, friendly countries: Supreme Leader

20 May 2023

Tehran (ISNA) - In meeting with the Minister and senior officials of Iran’s Foreign Ministry and also with ambassadors and representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran in other countries on Saturday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei emphasized the importance of maintaining honorable relations with neighboring, Islamic, and friendly countries.

During the meeting, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution delineated the meanings of the three keywords "honor, wisdom, and expediency" in Iranian foreign policy.

"Honor is the negation of imploring diplomacy, both in words and in content' and the avoidance of pinning hopes on the words and decisions of foreign officials," he said.

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Israeli regime's new sacrilege of Al-Aqsa Mosque due to defeat by resistance forces: Iran

2023/05/20

Desecration of the Al Aqsa Mosque and chanting racist slogans by the Zionists against the Palestinians and Muslims is a reaction to their fiasco defeat against the heroic resistance of Gaza and it is doomed to failure, Kanaani tweeted.

Does the International Community still have doubt about the apartheid nature of the Zionist regime?, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman asked.

Kanaani's remarks came a day after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the compound -- which is Islam's third-holiest site -- in al-Quds' Old City amid heavy protection provided for them by thousands of Israeli troops.

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What is behind Iran's progress on locally-built aircraft? - analysis

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

MAY 20, 2023

Iranian media suggested over the weekend that the country continues to make progress on a locally-made passenger plane. The article at Iran’s Tasnim suggested the plane is undergoing eight stages of testing. It was not entirely clear when the 72-seat plane would actually be ready. 

According to this report, the plane will be designed and then its systems will be examined for reliability. Then, a prototype will be built and a final assembly of all the systems before the plane will conduct 1,500 hours of flight time under various conditions.

“In this stage, the defects and problems are evaluated and corrected, and the inspectors of the highest-ranking Civil Aviation Organization [will examine it].”

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Iran Hangs 3 Men Convicted Of Killing Security Forces During Protests, Draws Flak From West

20 May 2023

Iran executed three men, convicted of killing security force members during protests triggered by Mahsa Amini's death last year, on Friday, as reported by the news agency AFP. The executions drew condemnation from Western governments. Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi, and Saeed Yaghoubi were found guilty of "moharebeh" or waging "war against God" for shooting dead three members of the security forces at a demonstration in the central city of Isfahan on November 16, the judiciary said on its Mizan Online news website.

Following the death of 22-year-old Amini, an Iranian Kurd who was arrested for an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic's strict dress rules for women, Iran witnessed waves of nationwide protests. During the protests, which Tehran labelled as foreign-instigated "riots", thousands of Iranians were arrested and hundreds killed, including dozens of security personnel. According to AFP, the hangings that took place on Friday brought the total number of Iranians executed in connection with the demonstrations to seven.

The executions also drew flak from the European Union. EU condemned the executions "in the strongest possible terms", foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement, as reported by AFP. He called on Tehran to "refrain from applying the death penalty and carrying out future executions", adding that authorities should abide by "their obligations under international law" and respect "the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," as quoted by AFP.

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South Asia

Why is international community responsible to continue the flow of humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh?

May 21, 2023

The Rohingya crisis has all but receded into memory as far as Western financial commitments are concerned. The political process of the refugees’ repatriation back to their homeland now looks uncertain, especially with no letup in brutal crackdown on pro-democracy forces after the democratically-elected government was overthrown. With so much going on in that country in terms of turmoil and the West’s preoccupation with the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis involving a million Rohingya people living in Bangladeshi camps seems to have taken a backstage.

Other than paying lip service about what a brilliant job Bangladesh and its government have done to save a people from deliberate persecution, the foreign powers have been depressingly stingy with their collective purses to fund this ongoing humanitarian crisis. It is now plain that funding is no longer on the priority list for the Rohingya refugees “who are almost fully dependent on food assistance”. While it may be politically expedient for Western powers to stop short of making funding available and simply sticking to diplomatic communiques about what the Bangladesh government should be doing for their healthy upkeep, it is time to set certain facts in order.

Several international organisations are working with the stranded Rohingya. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) states in a press release in March, 2023 that “cuts to the food rations received by one million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh will increase their risk of malnutrition and have a serious impact on their health.” That statement is further reinforced by MSF country representative in Bangladesh, who said that “Funding has gone down. Donors must reprioritise the Rohingya and reaffirm their funding commitments”.

Source: Nagaland Post

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Import of MMF by Bangladesh increasing amidst rising demand

20-May-2023

Import of manmade fibre (MMF) of the likes of viscose staple fibre (VSF) and polyester staple fibre (PSF) is rising in Bangladesh as more and more garment makers start making value-added apparel.

This is as per media reports, which citing data from the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), maintained between January and April of the current year, Bangladesh imported 30,653 tonnes of PSF worth around Taka 330 crore even as in last year (2022), local spinners imported 1.10 lakh tonnes of PSF at a cost of about Taka 1,243 crore while in 2021 around 1.34 lakh tonnes of PSF were imported, costing around Taka 1,280 crore.

Meanwhile, as per BTMA increased production of non-cotton apparel by the garment makers in a bid to bargain better price points and grab a bigger share of the global market (for this segment) has resulted in increased import of MMF.

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Democracy is Bangladesh’s best bet

Deevakar Anand

May 20, 2023

Global attention at the national elections of a country is natural. When a city corporation election in the backyard of a South Asian country’s capital city garners international interest, it is certainly a crucial one. On 25th May, close to Bangladesh capital Dhaka, industrial hub Gazipur is going for its civic polls even as the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Japan are keeping a close attention. No less than the country’s Chief Election Commissioner himself is calling for cooperation from all stakeholders.  A successful election in Gazipur, will in many ways set the tone for General Elections slated in January next year. It will be a microcosmic test of the country’s institutional ability in holding a free, fair and peaceful elections. One would think why it is so.

Parties at loggerheads with each other is a basic element of any election anywhere in the world.  In Bangladesh though, it comes with a more fundamental fraught. The two main parties, Awami League which currently rules the country and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) have been in a constant confrontation over the very ecosystem in which elections be conducted.

General Elections in Bangladesh next year is an overwhelming priority domestically and the international community too is similarly showering deserved attention to it. The US, the UK, the EU, Japan have been consistently vocal about underlining the significance of free and fair elections in Bangladesh considering the criticality of it not just for the country but the whole region. Only last month, when US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abdul Momen at Washington, the opening statement by the former indicated the world’s concern at Bangladesh’s next election.

The ruling Awami League and the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are visibly and obviously not at the same page on how to go about the next elections. BNP wants an unelected caretaker or national government under which the elections get conducted. The party along with its ideological partner Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) has been lobbying hard to have the international community by the side of its demand. However, Bangladesh and the region requires reflections on some important background and the country’s troubled track record while it has tried hard to hold on to the flag of democracy.

Source: Times Of India

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NCGG completes capacity building prog for civil servants of Maldives, Bangladesh

21 May, 2023

New Delhi [India], May 21 ( ANI): The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) concluded the 2-week capacity building programme for three batches of civil servants of the Maldives and Bangladesh in New Delhi, said Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions on Saturday.

Addressing the valedictory session on Friday, VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, highlighted the shared history, culture, and values among Bangladesh, Maldives and India, emphasising their inter-connectedness due to shared borders and shores, added the statement.

Paul emphasised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 2047, which revolves around building a prosperous, inclusive, and self-reliant India, as per the statement

By embracing the principles and objectives of PM Modi’s vision for 2047, he urged civil servants to chart paths as per the needs of their respective countries towards inclusive development, high economic growth, technological advancement, managing urbanisation, environmental sustainability, and global cooperation.

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India To Set Up Startup Exchange Programme With Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan

By Chetan Thathoo

21 May'23

To foster entrepreneurship in the region, India reportedly plans to roll out a startup exchange programme with its neighbouring countries.

Government officials privy to the matter told the Economic Times that such an exchange framework has already been established with Bangladesh, while plans are afoot to rope in Bhutan and Nepal for such an initiative as well.

The officials said that while some exchange programmes have already been conducted with startups from Nepal and Bhutan, the new initiative has been designed to build a more structured and broader annual cohort with the two countries.

They added that the programme will boost entrepreneurial cooperation in the region. As per information available about the contours of the partnership with Bangladesh, the initiative will back exchange visits between 50 startups from India and the neighbouring nation.

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Tripura: Five Bangladesh nationals, including two minors, held

by Mrinal Banik

May 20, 2023

Agartala: Tripura Police arrested five Bangladesh nationals from the Belonia area under the South Tripura district in a late-night raid conducted at the residence of one Tamal Mallik on Friday midnight.

Police sources said the raid was launched when Mallik and his accomplices were trying to cross over the borders to pass consignments of garments and hair oil. All five Bangladeshi nationals detained from the spot reached Mallik’s house located near the Indo-Bangladesh borders.

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Southeast Asia

RBAF gifts funeral rites room for mosque

May 21, 2023

James Kon

The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on Friday handed over a new funeral rites room at Kampong Selangan Mosque in the Temburong District as part of its charity project.

The ceremony was attended by Joint Force Commander of the RBAF Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Alirupendi bin Haji Perudin, and Temburong District Officer Pengiran Muhammad Ameer Mubaarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim. The project, commenced on December 15 2022 led by the Combat Engineer Squadron of the Support Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force, focussed on constructing a new separate room for the public to perform funeral rites.

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King: Malaysians should treat unity as national asset for better future of country

By Sulok Tawie

21 May 2023

KUCHING, May 21 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah today called on all Malaysians to value unity as a national asset in the interest of the country’s future.

Among those present at the launch were Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf and federal and state ministers.

In his speech earlier, National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang stressed that everything that the federal government has carried out to date is a form of a huge investment for future generations.

Source: Malay Mail

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From cendol to refuge in malls: Malaysians find ways to escape hot spell

By Muhammad Yusry

21 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — As the final bell of SK Sultan Alam Shah 2 bell rang, children could be seen rushing out through the primary school’s main gate — most of them with water bottles that were already empty.

“My mum would make sure I carry a 1.5-litre water bottle to school every day. Even though it's quite heavy to carry around, sometimes it won't be enough for me. I have to refill again in the canteen,” said Standard Four student Muhammad Khairul Amin told Malay Mail.

Illustrating his point, Malay Mail saw some parents giving out just-bought cold drinks to their children as soon as they get into their respective cars.

Source: Malay Mail

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Immediate repairs to schools damaged in Friday’s storm, says Education Ministry

By Soo Wern Jun

21 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — The Education Ministry has given its assurance that repairs will be carried out immediately on the 27 schools in the Klang Valley that were damaged during last Friday’s thunderstorm.

The Federal Territory and Selangor Education Department along with Education District Offices will carry out further assessment of the damages with assistance from the Public Works Department (JKR).

“The Public Works Department will then submit an accompanying evaluation report that details the cost estimation to the Education Ministry.

Source: Malay Mail

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Report: Umno must accept state election results, whatever the outcome, says Rahman Dahlan

By Soo Wern Jun

21 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — The results of the coming polls involving six states must be accepted by all, especially Umno, whatever the outcome, the party’s former supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said.

“The gap is short, that is why we have to say it many times that this is not only the best choice for Umno for now, but also for Umno and Barisan Nasional’s (BN) survival.

“I understand it is not easy to convince the people. That’s why we need a little more time. That’s why the Unity Government National Convention was important and must not stop there. It needs to move on to the grassroots level; otherwise, this concept will not be successful, and whatever the outcome of the state polls might be, Umno must accept it,” Abdul Rahman said in an interview with Utusan Malaysia published today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Cops in Seberang Perai conducting further probe into two bullying cases in school

21 May 2023

BUTTERWORTH, May 21 — Initial police investigations revealed that the two bullying incidents at a secondary school here last Friday happened hours apart and involved two different victims, one a Form One boy and the other, Form Two.

Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Mohd Asri Shafie said police were conducting further investigations into the two cases.

“The two incidents occurred on the same day, May 19, involving two victims who were beaten up by several other students in the boys’ toilet.

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Wisma Putra provides aid to bring body of Malaysian climber down from Mt Everest, one still missing

20 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — The Foreign Ministry through the Malaysian embassy in Kathmandu is currently providing the assistance to bring down the remains of Kedah Malaysian Civil Defence Force director Lt Col Awang Askandar Ampuan Yaacub who died during the Malaysia Everest 2023 (ME 2023) mission yesterday.

The ministry said in a statement today that the body of Awang Askandar would be brought down from Mount Everest to a hospital in Kathmandu for a post-mortem and funeral arrangements.

“The Foreign Ministry conveys its condolences to the family of the deceased and prays that his soul will be blessed and placed among the righteous,” according to the statement.

Source: Malay Mail

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DPM Fadillah: Trans Borneo Highway Project offers option to road users to bypass Brunei

20 May 2023

MIRI, May 20 — The Trans Borneo Highway project, formerly known as Pan Borneo Phase Two of Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR), will give the option to road users between Miri, Limbang, Lawas and also Sabah to bypass Brunei.

“The government understands the predicaments and challenges faced by the people, especially those in Limbang and Lawas who have to pass through Brunei to get to Miri and beyond,” said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah said the government is currently looking into accelerating its construction, instead of using international tender approach which could take up to a year.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

Muslim Council condemns National Conservatism conference extremism

by Agency Reporter

May 21, 2023

FOLLOWING A SPEECH by UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman at the National Conservatism Conference in London this week, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has asked if it is time for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to examine the Conservative Party’s “persistent drive towards division and discrimination”.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) today called on the Conservative Party to take firm action against the radical right-wing extremism that is now infecting its ranks.

This manifested itself this week with the Home Secretary Suella Braverman endorsing the hard-right polemicist Douglas Murray during her speech at the National Conservativism Conference. Murray’s shocking views were on full display at the event with his statements on Germany and the two world wars, reducing the horrors of fascism and the Holocaust to a “muck up”.

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Main threat to Europe is a resurgence in Islamic terror attacks, warns French interior minister ahead of hosting Olympics next year

THOMAS BROOKE

May 21, 2023

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has asked the U.S. government for greater intelligence sharing and warned of a resurgence in Islamic terrorist threats in Europe ahead of France hosting global sporting events in the coming year.

During a two-day trip to Washington and New York this week, the French minister asked for more efficient Franco-American counter-terrorism cooperation and claimed Islamic terrorism remains the biggest threat to national security in Europe.

“We have come to remind them that for Europeans and for France the primary risk is Sunni Islamist terrorism and that anti-terrorist collaboration between intelligence services is absolutely essential,” Darmanin said in an interview with Agence France-Presse.

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Dodik comments on the Agreement of the Islamic Community with the State

May 20, 2023

”At the session of the SNSD Executive Committee, we discussed the way of cooperation with partners at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), ” said SNSD President and President of Republika Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik at a press conference.

”If that happens, SNSD representatives will not be able to vote for any other projects at the BiH level. It would be better for everyone if there was a complete unblocking,” explained Dodik.

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France asks US for extra protection from resurgent Islamist terror threat

By Campbell MacDiarmid

20 May 2023

France’s interior minister has appealed to the US for increased security assistance, saying that Islamist terrorism remains the “primary threat” to Europe ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Paris....

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President of Islamic Republic of Mauritania sends congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President

20 May 2023

President of Islamic Republic of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani sent a letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azernews reports.

The letter reads:

"Your Excellency and dear Brother,

On the occasion of your county`s Independence Day celebrations, I am pleased to express the warmest congratulations to Your Excellency, wishing to the friendly people of Azerbaijan more progress and prosperity.

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North America

Suspect Says He Set Fire to Mosque to Protest Homelessness, Affidavit Says

May 20, 2023

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — A man charged with setting a fire at a Minnesota mosque told authorities he is Muslim and set the fire to protest homelessness, according to court records.

Said Murekezi, 42, is charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary of a religious building and fifth-degree drug possession in the fire Wednesday at the Oromo American Tawhid Islamic Center in St. Paul.

The arson was one of at least six acts of vandalism or arson against mosques in Minnesota this year and prompted Muslim and government officials to call for the state's residents to stand in unity with Muslims.

A probable cause statement said Murezeki was released from jail 36 hours before the fire. Court records show he has several past convictions, including one for arson at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul in 2020. He has also undergone several mental health evaluations.

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CAIR-MN to Join Community Solidarity Event for St. Paul Mosques Targeted by Arson

Ibrahim Hooper

May 20, 2023

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/20/23) – On Sunday May 21, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join leaders and members of the Muslim community for a solidarity event for St. Paul mosques targeted by arson.

Last week, CAIR-MN held a news conference with Minnesota Muslim leaders to respond to arson attacks targeting two mosques in Minneapolis.

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Coalition of N.J. mayors demand apology after Muslim politician uninvited to White House

By Jackie Roman

May. 20, 2023

A coalition of more than 20 mayors from across New Jersey have signed a letter demanding the White House apologize for denying the state’s longest-serving Muslin mayor entry to a White House celebration and disband the discriminatory watch list that allegedly caused his exclusion.

The letter was presented during a press conference held Friday night in Teaneck with over 70 community members, including mayors and council people from throughout the state, who voiced support for Mayor Mohamed Khairullah of Prospect Park.

“As mayors who value transparency and the U.S. legal system of due process, we urge you to provide Mayor Khairullah with substantive reasons as to why he was denied admission. We also ask you to issue a formal apology to Mayor Khairullah, initiate a review of his status on the watchlist, and to extend another invitation to him to meet with President (Joseph) Biden to proudly represent his constituents,” the letter reads.

“Finally, we urge the Biden Administration to disband the unjust watchlist once and for all as it unfairly profiles, mistreats, and discriminates against 1.5 million people,” the demands conclude.

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Islamist Threat to Central Asia Increasing and May Soon Spread into Russia, Shestakov Says

May 20, 202

Paul Goble

Staunton, May 16 – Because of the heightening of international tensions as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, the threat of Islamist extremism coming into Central Asia is on the rise and may soon spread beyond that region into Russian Federation, according to Central Asian and Russian specialists.

At a Bishkek conference last week, Iogr Shetakov, a Russian specialist on Central Asia who works at the Oy Ordo Center, said that extremist and terrorist groups are now entering Central Asia in such numbers that they will likely move on into Muslim region of the Russian Federation as well. Central Asian speakers agreed with him.

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Why popular Muslim figures facing serious allegations escape accountability

By Zainab Iqbal

20 May 2023

When Yasmin was younger, her Quran teacher inappropriately touched her. Every time she made a mistake in her recitation, he would slap her on one of the most sensitive spots of her body.

She kept quiet and eventually grew up and no longer needed to be taught by a Quran teacher. But her experiences from that class never left her. It didn't help that she stayed in that same community. It didn't help that her Quran teacher became an imam of the local mosque in Chicago. And it didn't help that she felt that she could tell nobody.

Six years ago, in New York, where she now lives with her husband and three children, her mom called her. It was a routine call until her mom said something that caught her off guard.

"It was the same man. Apparently, a few women spoke out in the community about what he had done to them when they were young," Yasmin said. The women are around 35 now, which makes them Yasmin's age.

Yasmin didn't know those women, but she knew they were telling the truth. Because the man who was supposed to watch over them did the same to her.

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"Democracies can deliver...": Biden on strengthening low-middle-income countries at G7 Summit

May 21, 2023

HIROSHIMA: United States President Joe Biden, on Saturday, said that all democratic nations can deliver opportunities and prosperity to strengthen infrastructure in low-middle-income countries.

Addressing the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Biden said, "During the G7 meeting, we're addressing a range of issues, climate change, food security, gender inequality, economic resilience, digital connectivity and global security. We're tracking these challenges together and I think we're beginning to make some important progress."

"But if we don't move to do more to strengthen infrastructure in low-middle-income countries to help nations deliver opportunities and prosperity for their people, our impact is going to be limited. That's how critical this partnership is, that's how important our investments are," he added.

The US President said that all developing nations need to find ways to maximize their investment. He further stated that they need to maximise because it will do a lot, not only for that particular undertaking, but it has an impact across the entire region. Maximising the investment will also unlock even more public and private capital.

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Biden aims to reassure world on US debt standoff as he consults with Indo-Pacific leaders

By JOSH BOAK

May 21, 2023 

HIROSHIMA: President Joe Biden tried to reassure world leaders on Saturday that the United States would not default as he consulted with the heads of Australia, Japan and India in a meeting of the so-called Quad partnership that had been hastily rescheduled because of the debt limit standoff back in Washington.

Hoping to avert an outcome that would rattle the global economy and prove to be a boon to Beijing, Biden opened his third day in Japan at the annual Group of Seven meeting of the world's most powerful democracies with a briefing from his staff on the latest fits and starts in talks over how to raise the federal debt limit.

The president also squeezed in meetings aimed at challenging China's buildout across the Indo-Pacific. The Quad members originally had planned to meet in Sydney next week, but got together instead on the sidelines of the G7 so Biden could return to Washington earlier on Sunday in hopes of finalizing a deal to increase the U.S. borrowing limit before the government runs out of cash to pay its bills.

"The first meetings weren't all that progressive, the second ones were, the third one was," he said before a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. "And then, what happens is the carriers go back to the principals and say, 'This is what we're thinking about.' And then people put down new claims. I still believe we'll be able to avoid a default and we'll get something decent done."

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Africa

'Seems the bullies have found their equals' - 4 alleged 'Boko Haram' gangsters shot dead in Mamelodi

Cebelihle Bhengu

20-05-2023

Four men were shot dead in Mamelodi on Friday afternoon, allegedly as a result of an ongoing turf war between the Boko Haram group and other gangs in the area.

Speaking to News24, Mamelodi East Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Eddie Mnguni said that he was called to the scene a few minutes after the gunshots rang out.

"When I arrived at the scene, it looked like a massacre had happened. And from what we heard, after the suspects shot the Boko Haram members,  [they] further went on to smash

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AFRICA/TOGO - Catholics and Muslims together inaugurate the 'Msgr. Marion De Brésillac' medical and social center in the suburbs of Lomé

20 May 2023

Apessito (Agenzia Fides) - "A few days ago we inaugurated the Msgr. Marion De Brésillac Medical and Social Center in Apessito in the large suburb of Lomé.

The Muslim village chief, the Iman, and the chief of the local police were present at the inauguration and underlined the collaboration between Catholics and Muslims for the common good", said Father Silvano Galli to Fides. "A few official documents are still missing, but the structure is open and operational", added the priest of the Society of African Missions who is

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Muslims in Ondo protest marginalisation under Akeredolu’s Government

By Seye Olumide

21 May 2023

A dangerous trend is gradually brewing in Ondo State, which might escalate into religious face off between the Christian and Muslim faithful under the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led government of All Progressives Congress (APC), unless concerned stakeholders address the issue on time.

While it looks as if both sides are waiting for the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed before they perfect their game from what The Guardian gathered, some observers described the development as ‘a storm in a tea cup’ that will subside immediately after the incoming government might have finalised its appointments.

A group, under the aegis of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Ondo State Area unit, recently raised an alarm that is spurring the Muslims into a sort of rebellion against the incumbent governor.

In an open letter to the governor, President of the Muslim group, Engr. Olaleye Sulaimon, said Akeredolu’s political appointments are skewed and it precipitated injustice and unprecedented inequality against Muslims in the state.

Although the group commended Akeredolu’s brilliant outing in the last general election, which it described as unprecedented. The group however said it was surprised that the Ondo State governor came out boldly to challenge the zoning formula of the ruling party in regards to the elections of principal officers of the National Assembly.

The group said, “You did not mince words when you described the zoning formula as a “skewed arrangement that reinforces Injustice and enhances inequality. You believe that the content, intention and motives of the zoning formula represent early signs of steps aimed at attempting to cabin the hard-earned Presidency” of Bola Ahmed Tinubu by a few individuals with eyes on Aso-Rock Power Button.”

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Tinubu’s Cabinet: Muslims lobby president-elect for more ministers than Christians

May 21, 2023

By Dickson Omobola

There are six states in each of the six geo-political zones viz South-South, South-West, North-Central, North-East and North-West.

The 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that each of the 36 states of the federation must have one native in the federal cabinet.

Section 6, Part 1, Section 147 of the Constitution, titled, ‘Ministers of Federal Government’, says specifically: “3 – Any appointment under Subsection 2 by the President shall be in conformity with the provisions of Section 14 (3) of this Constitution: provided that in giving effect to the provisions aforesaid the President shall appoint at least one Minister from each state who shall be an indigene of such state”.

The implication of the Muslims’ lobby is that any geo-political zone where people of their own faith are in the majority, Muslims should have four Ministers in the Tinubu cabinet while Christians should be contented with two.

The lobby is coming on the heels of the controversy generated by the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which won the February 25, 2023 election.

Those in favour of the ticket had said what was important was the competence of the presidential candidate and his running mate while those in opposition said the development would embolden Muslim hardliners to try to Islamize the country.

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Sudan: RSF targets Islamists tied to former regime with wave of arrests in Khartoum

Abdelhameed Awad

20 May, 2023

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have launched a campaign of arrests across Khartoum targeting civilians linked to the former regime of ousted ex-president Omar Bashir, as well as supporters of the army, retired officers, and Islamist leaders.

The latest arrest was of Mohamed Ali al-Jazouli, chair of the Broad Islamic Current coalition, an alliance of several Islamist parties with links to the former regime.

According to al-Jazouli's office, four RSF military jeeps suddenly arrived at al-Jazouli's residence in Khartoum on Wednesday. RSF fighters then threatened to strike the building, forcing him to come out of his house, at which point he was arrested alongside four of his relatives.

Source: New Arab

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