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official religious institution tasked with drafting edicts has found 3,000
Fatwas (religious edicts) issued by extremists that incite the destruction of
churches in the country, Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Dr. Shawki Allam, said on Friday.
Allam rejected the existence of these fatwas, saying: “human diversity is
inevitable and divine … the oppression of religions is rejected by law because
human relations are a divine formula to achieve coexistence and renounce
extremist Fatwas rejected coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.
the end of 2016, 25 people were killed and 31 wounded in an explosion that
targeted the Cathedral of Saint Mark in the Abbasia district in Cairo.
Mufti said that “all attempts aiming to divide between the Muslims and
Christians of Egypt have failed.”
added: “Muslims had never destroyed any kind of heritage after their historic
victories in foreign countries, in contrary to what ISIS and other extremists
are doing now.”
said that they have also found “Fatwas inciting the demolition of Cairo and
Giza heritage sites, in an explicit violation to the way Islam deals with
head of the delegation of the Supreme Commission of the Syrian opposition in
the Geneva negotiations Nasr al-Hariri said that the only way to achieve a
diverse Syria is by eliminating tyranny and extremism.
said that they discussed the electoral procedures that are supposed to take
place at the end of the transitional period and presented their vision of the
political transition to UN envoy Staffan de Mistura.
also said: “Our goal is to form a transitional government and we have not yet
found a partner in the negotiations.”
peace talks on Syria concluded on Friday in Geneva amid expectations of no
tangible progress, where UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura met the
participating delegations in the negotiations.
told Al-Arabiya that this round of negotiations won’t be prolonged.
comes as the Kurdish National Council announced that it has suspended its
participation in the current round held in Geneva as part of the Supreme
Commission’s negotiating team.
Ambassador to the United Nations, Nicky Healy, said Thursday that Washington is
no longer focused on overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but rather
seeking ways to end the war in Syria. Yet, the Syrian opposition rejects any
plan involving al Assad in power.
choose the battle we want to fight,” Healey told reporters. “When we look at
it, it’s about changing priorities, and our priority is no longer overthrowing
minister blames European media for anti-Muslim sentiment
Minister and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik on Friday criticized the European
media for propagating the misperception that "all terrorists are
at a panel on the European Anti-Muslim Report (EIR) 2016, prepared by the
Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), the EU minister
marked the refugee crisis and Daesh terror as the main reasons for anti-Muslim.
the misconception that there were links between acts of terrorism and Muslims,
the EU minister said, "Daesh had a huge impact on the European public and
their politicians manipulated the negative events against Muslims in
also noted that terrorist incidents could not be systematically evaluated in
accordance with Islam.
the words of Islam and terror side by side only strengthens Daesh
ideologically. European politicians, who see radicalization as something
particular to Muslims, are also misled. This kind of idea deepens the divide
and discrimination [in society] and damages all Muslims," the minister
added, while criticizing European politicians over the upward movement in
anti-migration and anti-Islam rhetoric begins to dominate European politics while
far-right politics gain ground all across Europe, Çelik pointed out that
anti-Muslim was becoming a real threat to the basic principles of the EU and
see anti-Erdoğan, anti-Turkey, anti-Islam and xenophobic movements in Europe,
which are based on racist politics," the minister said.
said the perception that refugees would occupy Europe,was a view manipulated by
some fascist politicians, who using the media, wanted to create a fear of
Muslims among Europeans.
warns Israel on ‘unrestrained’ settlement building
- The United States warned Friday that
“unrestrained” building of settler homes could hinder peace, after Israel
approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank for the first time in a
Palestinians reacted angrily as what is widely seen as the most right-wing
government in Israeli history presses ahead with settlement expansion in
defiance of international concern. US President Donald Trump’s administration
refrained from criticising the new settlement, which was approved by the
Israeli security cabinet late Thursday, but warned that further expansion could
undermine peace efforts.
the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further
unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace,” a White House
forward... the Israeli government has made clear that Israel’s intent is to
adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes President Trump’s
concerns into consideration.”
Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Friday he is “disappointed and alarmed”
by Israel’s approval of the construction of its first completely new settlement
in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank in 25 years.
secretary general has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for
Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security,” UN spokesman
Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
[Guterres] condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, threaten
peace and undermine the two-state solution,” he added. Israel’s so-called
security cabinet on Thursday unanimously voted in favour of the new settlement
in two decades.
Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Israel “continues to destroy the
prospects of peace.”
also criticised the UN, European Union and United States for not doing enough
to punish Israel for continuing to expand settlements in the West Bank. “Peace
is not going to be achieved by tolerating such crimes,” he said.
than 400,000 Israelis live in existing settlements considered illegal under
new settlement will be constructed north of the former wildcat Jewish outpost
known as Amona, which was razed in February in accordance with an Israeli High
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to build a new settlement for its
residents after their eviction.
promised to create a new community and we are going to respect that commitment
and create it today,” he said ahead of Thursday’s security cabinet meeting.
Revivi, chief foreign envoy for the umbrella body representing settlers,
welcomed the decision.
will be monitoring the government very closely to see that these plans come to
fruition, enabling a new era of building,” he said in a statement.
minister Uri Ariel also welcomed the announcement, saying it would allow the
“development of Judaea and Samaria,” using a term right-wing Israelis apply to
the West Bank. It will be the first entirely new settlement that an Israeli
government has approved since 1991, the anti-settlement NGO Peace Now said. In
recent years, construction had focused instead on expanding existing
Now said the new settlement’s location deep in the West Bank was “strategic for
the fragmentation of the West Bank,” which Palestinians see as the bulk of
their future state.
is held captive by the settlers, and chooses his political survival over the
interest of the state of Israel,” the NGO said, adding it was pushing Israelis
and Palestinians closer to “apartheid.”
international community regards all Israeli settlements in the occupied
Palestinian territories as illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.
Israel draws a distinction between those it sanctions and those it does not -
cabinet also invited tenders for nearly 2,000 new homes in existing settlements
and discussed retroactively legalising three outposts, Peace Now said. Ronen
Bergman, senior correspondent for Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper, said
Netanyahu, who has faced corruption allegations, has been dragged further right
to keep his government together.
far-right pro-settlement Jewish Home party, part of Netanyahu’s coalition, is
often dictating the government’s agenda, he added. “He has been shifted more
and more to the right since being re-elected. “(Netanyahu) is not calling the
agenda, he is chasing the agenda,” Bergman told AFP.
former US administration of Barack Obama was deeply opposed to Israel’s
expansion of the settlements and in December withheld its veto from a UN
Security Council resolution condemning the policy.
since Trump took office in January, settler leaders have been emboldened by his
far less critical stance and Israel has since announced more than 5,500 new
homes in existing settlements.
has been in discussions with the Trump administration on how to move ahead with
has pledged unstinting support for Israel but has also urged Netanyahu to “hold
back on settlements for a little bit” while his administration looks for ways
to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks.
claiming Muslim support for Ram Mandir uses photo of Pune cleric ‘without his
Chandan Shantaram Haygunde
banner in support of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, put up outside
the UP Assembly premises in Lucknow by BJP leader Kunwar Syed Iqbal Haider, has
sparked a controversy as it features Maulana Dr Shabih Ahsan Kazmi, a religious
leader from Pune.
said his picture was used without his knowledge or permission, and he didn’t
even know about the banner that “went viral on social media”.
banner features Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, among
others. Kazmi’s photograph is displayed on the banner, along with the statement
“Ho janmabhumi par mandir nirman, Muslimo ka yahi armaan” (Let the temple be
constructed at Ram’s birthplace, that’s what Muslims wish for).
a religious leader with Reza Trust in Guruwar Peth area of Pune, said his
photograph was used with “mischievious intent”, to show that he had extended
support for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
have not made any such comment regarding the Ram Mandir issue, which is
sub-judice. The order of the Supreme Court on the issue will be final and I
will accept it,” said Kazmi.
banner also has images of Ram, a temple, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as well as Kunwar Syed Iqbal Haider himself.
to Haider’s Facebook page, he is running a campaign in support of Ram Temple,
and has held a press conference in Uttar Pradesh as part of his campaign. An
image on his FB page, posted on Friday, shows the banner on display behind
Haider as he addresses the media.
said he got to know about the banner from Anjum Inamdar, a social worker, on
Friday. “The banner was part of a report on a Hindi news channel. I have
nothing to do with this banner. I was not asked for permission before printing
my name on it. I don’t know the people who have used my photograph on the
banner. After the news report, images of the banner went viral on social media.
There were many negative comments on it… I was harassed and mentally disturbed by
said he had approached police to file a complaint on the issue. “I have filed a
complaint application with the Pune police commissioner, seeking legal action
against the culprits. I have also contacted the news channel’s correspondent in
Pune, clarifying that I had nothing to do with the banner. I have been working
in the social and religious fields in Pune for the last 31 years. I travel all
over India to spread the message of social harmony. It is wrong to misuse my
name in such a manner,” he said. When contacted, Haider told The Indian Express
over the phone, “We got Maulana Kazmi’s photograph from his representative
Hussain Raza in Lucknow, that’s why we used it. The Supreme Court wants the Ram
Mandir issue to be resolved through talks. We are doing the same thing.
Thousands of Muslims in India are joining our campaign and supporting the
construction of Ram Mandir. We appeal to Maulana Kazmi… he too should come out
openly to support it…”
Abbas Chand, president of the BJP minority wing in UP, said Haider had been a
member of the party state executive for almost eight months, and he had been
associated with the party for over a year.
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530 militants will stay here. They are giving up fight against the army and
will be granted full rights as ordinary people,” Governor of Homs Province
Talal al-Barazi said according to TASS.
militants in Al-Wa'er district in the Northwestern outskirts of Homs city did
not want to take advantage of the amnesty however, he added.
the rest will be transported to the North of the country within the next six
weeks together with their family members, he stated.
the government, we tried to persuade the militants to stay here, but they did
not want to do this, so they are leaving,” the governor said.
the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units and the Russian fighter jets
targeted the terrorist groups' strongholds in Northern Homs on Thursday,
killing and wounding a number of militants.
missile units opened heavy fire at terrorists' defense lines in the outskirt of
Talbiseh town, leaving a number of militants dead or wounded.
the army's artillery units targeted the positions of terrorist groups in Tir
Syrian warplanes, meantime, targeted the military sites of the terrorists in
the village of Za’aferaneh and Tir Ma'ala in Northern Homs, while the Russian
bombers raided the positions of the terrorists near the town of Rastan.
- The White House said on Friday that the United States must accept the
political reality that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to
the Syrian people and the US focus in the region must be on defeating Islamic
respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept in terms
of where we are right now. We lost a lot of opportunity the last administration
with respect to Assad,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing.
need to focus on now defeating ISIS,” he said, using an acronym for the group.
“The United States has profound priorities in Syria and Iraq and we’ve made it
clear that counterterrorism, particularly the defeat of ISIS, is foremost among
top diplomat demands Nato allies pay up
Brussels, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pressed Nato allies Friday to
ramp up military spending and denounced Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine,
toughening the Trump administration’s tone toward Moscow.
delivered the message as he met fellow Nato foreign ministers for the first
time ahead of a May 25 summit to be attended by leaders of the 28-nation
alliance, including President Donald Trump.
President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the US to
maintain a disproportionate share of Nato’s defence expenditures,” Tillerson
said in Brussels.
urged his fellow foreign ministers to agree at the May summit to produce plans
by the end of the year to meet the spending pledge.
countries originally agreed at a summit in Wales in 2014 to contribute the
equivalent of two percent of their gross domestic product to defence.
to draw a line under the funding row, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has sought to
play down concerns that Trump is less committed to the alliance than his
see a strong US commitment to Nato, to the transatlantic bond not only in words
but also in deeds,” Stoltenberg said, citing increased US military deployments
in eastern Europe.
remarks were tougher than those previously made by Trump or his cabinet
officials who have stressed better US relations with Moscow after they had sunk
to a low under former president Barack Obama over the crisis in Ukraine.
want to have a discussion around Nato’s posture in Europe, most particularly in
eastern Europe in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere,”
Tillerson told reporters.
his speech, Tillerson added that Nato was “fundamental to countering both
non-violent, but at times violent, Russian agitation and Russian aggression.”
officials said Tillerson would work with Nato allies to press Russia to fulfil
its obligations under the Minsk agreements to end the war in eastern Ukraine.
in 2014 annexed Crimea from Ukraine and backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
have been alarmed at the prospect of Trump seeking to improve relations with
Russia at the expense of support for the pro-Western government in Ukraine or
Nato allies in former Soviet parts of eastern Europe.
concerns were reinforced when Tillerson initially planned to skip the Nato
meeting, citing various commitments including a trip to Russia.
Tillerson, a media-shy former oilman who had friendly ties with Russian
President Vladimir Putin, agreed to attend when Nato moved the meeting forward
to Friday from next week.
army launched a powerful assault on the positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at in
Arzeh village from their positions at Tal Shihah.
to army reports, the charge led to a series of intense clashes that lasted for
several hours on Thursday and early Friday.
reports said the army soldiers and their allied forces restored security and
stability to the villages and towns of Eastern Arzeh, Western Arzeh, Qusai’ya,
Belhosain and Kharbat al-Hujamah and took control over the Shihah hill North of
Hama province following the clashes.
relevant developments in the province on Thursday, the Syrian Air Force and
artillery units targeted the positions of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah
al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in 13 different villages and
towns in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
warplanes and artillery units hit the movements and concentration centers of
Al-Nusra Front in the villages and towns of Atashan, Skeik, Latamina, Souran,
Taybat al-Imam, Ma'ardes, al-Majdal, Khattab, Qatish, Heybat, Kafar Naboudeh,
Tal Huvash and Jaberiyeh in Northern Hama and inflicted heavy losses on the
Syrian Army men engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in al-Sonouf hill on the
Taym Road, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their military
the meantime, intense battles erupted in and around Deir Ezzur as the Syrian
Army prepares to launch a massive offensive on ISIL positions in the Western
regions of Deir Ezzur.
the army soldiers repelled another powerful offensive of ISIL around the
sources said that the ISIL has launched several "desperate" attacks
against the Syrian Army in the past few days, but retreated from the
battlefield after brief battle.
sources also mentioned that the army soldiers are attempting to seize the
provincial cemetery and al-Thardah Mountain which overlook the Deir Ezzur's
military sources disclosed on Thursday that the Syrian Army troops were
preparing for a large-scale attack on ISIL's defense lines in the Western and
Southern countryside of Deir Ezzur province.
sources said that the army's 104th Airborne Brigade and Al-Qassem Group would
lead the assault on ISIL's concentration centers, alongside the 123rd Brigade
of the 3rd Division and 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.
to the military source that cited Russian drone footage, many of the militants
from the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield Operation have left Northern Aleppo after
the closure of the base.
military source added that with the large influx of militants in Western Aleppo
and Northern Lattakia lately, it is very likely that these militants came from
the coming weeks, the terrorists are expected to launch several attacks across
Syria, so this transfer of militants will benefit them greatly in the manpower
department," he said.
sources reported earlier this month that ISIL members joined the Turkey-backed
militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation.
news website released images of ISIL Emir Mostafa Abi, nom de guerre Abu
Ayesheh, along with two of his comrades in Homs province, and reported that he
was a member of al-Mo'tasem Bellah group.
to Hawar news, the other two ISIL militants seen in the image were members of Jeish
al-Izzah terrorist group.
the news website released an image of militants in ISIL uniforms standing among
the Euphrates Shield Operation forces.
news had reported earlier this month that the Turkish Army troops were forcing
Arab citizens in Northern Syria to join the Ankara-backed militants of the
Euphrates Shield Operation, killing those who do not obey.
Russian cruise missiles reportedly struck several sites along the
Lattakia-Idlib road on Thursday, causing significant damage on the strongholds
of Tahrir al-Sham near the town of Jisr Al-Shughour in Southern Idlib.
to a local source in Lattakia, the cruise missile strikes could be heard from
as far away as the provincial capital and the Southern city of Jableh, where
the Russian Air Force is stationed.
powerful attack by the Russian Navy was in response to the rocket assault on
the Humeimim Military Airbase conducted by the terrorists earlier this week.
relevant developments on Thursday, the Syrian Air Force carried out more than a
dozen combat flights over terrorist groups' positions in Northeastern Lattakia,
inflicting major losses on the militants.
warplanes targeted the terrorists' concentration centers in Kabani town and its
surroundings in the Kurds Mountain, killing and wounding a number of militants.
fighter jets also pounded terrorists' gathering centers during heavy night
raids in the villages of Tafahia and Yunesiya located on an important supply
route between Idlib and Lattakia near the Turkish border North of Lattakia.
raids resulted in the destruction of a convoy of gunmen heading towards the
Lattakia countryside near the Yunesiya crossing, destroying more than 10 SUVs
with heavy machine guns loaded with weapons and ammunition.
pray outside to protest mosque closure in Paris
of Muslims have taken to praying on the streets of a Paris suburb to protest
the closure of the hall they had been using as a prayer room.
gathered outside the town hall of the northern Paris suburb of Clichy on
Friday. The Muslims were protesting the loss of their prayer hall which the
mayor, Rémi Muzeau, plans to turn into a multimedia library for Clichy’s 60,000
hall had been rented by the Union of Muslim Worship and Cultural Associations
of Clichy-la-Garenne (UAMC) since May 2013, but their lease expired in 2016. A
court of appeal then ruled against the UAMC, who have been negotiating with the
council to keep their old prayer space ever since.
a result from taking the hall from the UAMC, 300 children now cannot attend
Arabic or Islamic history classes formerly being held there.
social and educational role of our association is important, both for newcomers
and for younger people,” Soraya, a local mother, told the newspaper 20 minutes.
“Our literacy classes offer a means of integration so that French becomes the
language of choice in place of Arabic.”
authorities have argued that Muslims can use the new Clichy Muslim Cultural and
Worship Center (ACCCMC) that was inaugurated last year. But after visiting the
new center – located next to a car pound – last year, UAMC’s supporters say
it's too small and too far away.
women, the elderly and children who travel by foot or by public transport in the
evenings, it will be difficult for us to get there," Rabiaa, a member of
the UAMC, told 20 minutes. "We will be out of the way and risk losing
practitioners along the way."
have been gathering outside the town hall for ten days now, and have vowed to
stay every day until the issue is resolved.
are an estimated five million Muslims in France, and street prayers are
becoming more frequent due to a shortage of mosques. Far-right presidential
candidate Marine Le Pen has pointed to such outdoor prayers as an example of
Muslim encroachment on French secular values.
New Zealand study has linked listening to, watching and reading the news to
greater anger towards Muslims.
from Auckland, Otago and Victoria universities used data collected from the
20-year New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, covering the responses of more
than 16,000 Kiwis.
didn't matter whether they saw themselves as liberal or conservative - the more
news they consume, the more likely New Zealanders are to show both increased
anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims.
association of prejudice towards Muslims with more media exposure holds across
the political spectrum, and is specific to Muslims," says lead author Dr
John Shaver of the University of Otago.
indicates that it is widespread representations of Muslims in the news that is
contributing to lower Muslim acceptance, rather than any partisan media bias.
The media, regardless of politics, tend to publish violent stories because
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Joseph Bulbulia of Victoria University, one of the study's co-authors, said
there are "real-world" consequences for Muslims, who already
"encounter prejudice across their daily routines, at the workplace, and in
their children's schools".
war seeks to install puppet regime in Yemen: Houthi
leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement says Saudi Arabia's military
aggression against the impoverished country aims to install a puppet regime
serving the kingdom’s interests.
Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said in a televised speech in Sana'a on Friday that
the aggressors seek to install a weak and puppet regime in Yemen to protect the
interests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
added that the United States and the Saudi and Emirati aggressors seek to
dominate Yemen’s wealth and territory as well as Bab-al-Mandeb Strait.
also stated that the Saudi campaign aims to strip the Yemeni people of their
leader further said Yemen’s people would continue their fight till they
liberate all Yemeni areas. The people of Yemen will not give in to occupation,
also dismissed as mere lies the claims that the Saudi war aims to counter
underlined that this war was not against Iran but a war against the Yemeni
nation. The Houthi leader praised Iran’s honorable stance towards the Yemeni
Arabia has been leading a destructive and deadly campaign against Yemen since
March 2015 in an attempt to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the president who
has resigned, and crush the Houthi movement. Riyadh has failed to achieve its
goals and suffered setbacks as a result of Yemen's resistance and retaliatory
attacks by Yemeni fighters.
campaign has seriously damaged Yemen's infrastructure. Local Yemeni sources
have put the death toll from the Saudi war at over 12,000, including many women
Arab coalition launched several air strikes on Houthi militia and
ousted-president Saleh loyalists on the outskirts of Sanaa.
sources revealed that 17 raids have struck security camps and weapons’ caches
affiliated with Saleh militias in suburbs south of the capital.
other raids also struck weapons’ caches in al-Zindani farms in Bani al-Harith
district north east of the Sanaa.
also struck several Houthi grouping locations in Arhab province, and north of
Nahm in al-Matoun in al-Jawf providence.
35 militants were killed and injured in other raids on al-Jawf region.
United Nations has warned against a possible military action against Yemen’s
Houthi-controlled port city of Hudaydah, where over 70 percent of the nation’s
food imports and relief aid is delivered.
a Friday panel discussion on Yemeni crisis at the Washington-based Middle East
Institute, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed
said he was “extremely concerned” over a potential military operation on the
vital Saudi port.
as the United Nations are advocating that no military operations should be
undertaken in Hudaydah,” Ahmed said.
warning comes days after the Saudi-led coalition, which has been engaged in a
deadly military campaign against Yemen over the past two years, threatened to
attack Yemen’s western port city.
is part of a broad battlefront where Saudi-backed forces are fighting the
Yemeni army and its Houthi allies, which control most of northern and western
is while recent reports say Washington is considering a more assertive role in
the war on Yemen by providing more assistance to the Riyadh-led military
alliance by conducting an operation in Hudaydah aimed at removing the Houthi
fighters and allied army and popular forces.
previous US administration, which had been wary of operations involving the
port, rejected a proposal by the Saudi Kingdom last year to assist a push to
take control of the Red Sea port near the Bab al-Mandab strait, through which
nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily.
UN envoy further warned that any military action in the area would “need to
take into account the need to avoid any further deterioration in the
repeated assaults and heavy bombardments, Saudi Arabia has failed to wrest
control of the strategic port. On March 19, Riyadh called for jurisdiction over
Hudaydah to be transferred to the UN.
world body, however, flatly rejected the call.
development came nearly two weeks after a reported Saudi strike hit a boat
carrying 145 Somali refugees near the port, killing 42 and injuring nearly 30
more, prompting international rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) to condemn
the move as a “war crime.”
Turkish army said Friday it will keep a military presence in Syria despite
officially ending its offensive in the country’s north against the ISIS
activities continue for the protection of our national security, to prevent any
undesirable entity, to allow our displaced Syrian brothers and sisters to
return to their country, and to ensure security and stability in the region,”
the military said. The Turkish armed forces said in a statement this “phase” of
its operation against ISIS and “terrorists” in the region was “successfully
completion of the operation dubbed “Euphrates Shield” had been announced by
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday, who nevertheless did not rule out
new military campaigns inside Syria.
the time, neither Yildirim nor the top advisory national security council had
said whether or not there were plans to withdraw Turkish troops.
launched in August its unilateral operation with Syrian rebels to remove ISIS
from its border and to halt the Kurdish militia advance.
of Turkish soldiers were killed by ISIS during clashes and attacks as
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters recaptured towns including Jarabulus,
Al-Rai, Dabiq and Al-Bab.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Friday the completion of
the military operation did not mean Turkey would ignore what takes place on its
has censured a terrorist bomb blast near a mosque in Pakistan, saying “steely
determination” and “collective cooperation” are required to eliminate terrorism
and extremism at both international and regional levels.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday terrorism would be
eradicated in the region and across the world only through steely determination
to stop financial and spiritual support for terrorism and extremism.
added that a successful campaign against the scourges also requires the
engagement of all countries in a mechanism based on “collective and honest”
long as some individuals deploy the rhetoric of bullying, carnage and massacre
instead of logic and dialog as a means to achieve their own ominous goals and a
few countries in the region [also] see their interests in the spread of
insecurity, terrorism and extremism, there is no hope for uprooting this
cancerous tumor,” he added.
expressed confidence that those who are spreading violence and terror would pay
a heavy price for their criminal acts.
Iranian spokesman expressed his sympathy with the Pakistani government, nation
and the bereaved families of the victims.
least 22 people were killed after a powerful bomb attack targeted a mosque in
the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Friday.
recent approval of a first settlement in the occupied West Bank in 20 years has
been met with strong denunciations from major European governments.
Thursday, Israel’s so-called security cabinet unanimously voted in favor of the
construction of a settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah. It is
supposed to house some 40 Israeli families reluctantly evicted from Amona, an
outpost razed in February because of a court ruling that structures built on
privately-owned Palestinian land — like Amona — be removed.
one day before the new settlement was approved, state members of the Arab
League had called for Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories and the
formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the borders that had
been designated before 1967, the year when the West Bank, and other
territories, were occupied by Israel.
a statement released on Friday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
described the new Israeli construction plan as “contrary to international law,”
stressing that it “seriously” undermined the prospects of the so-called
urge Israel not to take steps such as these, which move us away from our shared
goal of peace and security and make it harder to achieve a different
relationship between Israel and the Arab world,” he said.
French Foreign Ministry separately said that Israel’s settlement announcement
was “extremely worrying” and that Paris “firmly condemns these decisions that
threaten peace and risk exacerbating tensions on the ground.”
reiterates that settlements are illegal under international law, notably under
Resolution 2334 of the UN Security Council. It calls on Israel to respect its
international obligation,” the French ministry statement read, referring to a
historic December 2016 resolution condemning Israeli settlement activities as a
“flagrant violation of international law.
German Foreign Ministry adopted a similar stance and emphasized that Berlin
expected Tel Aviv “to clarify which solution they are pursuing for a lasting
peace with the Palestinians.”
will not recognize any change in the 1967 lines, which has not been agreed
between the parties,” the spokesperson added.
European Union (EU)’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, also issued a statement
reiterating that, “All settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory… are
illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten
to make a two-state solution impossible.”
that have typically been supporting Israel in the past seem to be growing
restless with the regime in Tel Aviv because of its defiant settlement
activities on occupied territory. Such impatience was displayed in the passing
of the Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), during which the United States
— Israel’s staunchest ally — uncharacteristically decided not to wield its veto
power and allowed the adoption of the text with a mere abstention, much to the
chagrin of Tel Aviv.
14-0 in the 15-member Council, the resolution calls on Israel to immediately
and completely cease all settlement activities on occupied Palestinian
territory, including the West Bank.
the new US administration has denounced the former administration for letting
the resolution go through, the Israeli regime now seems to be seeing more
friction with other Western governments.
on Friday, the United Nations (UN), too, expressed its disapproval of the new
has not ruled out the possibility of yet another military intervention in
war-torn Syria despite officially announcing the completion of a months-long
offensive in the Arab country, claiming that the end of a military operation
does not mean that “threats” against Ankara have been eliminated.
the need arises and a threat occurs against Turkey's security, Turkey will not
hesitate to conduct other operations in order to eliminate this threat,” said
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik on Friday, two days after Prime Minister
Binali Yildirim announced the end of Turkey’s major military operation on
August 2016, Turkey began a unilateral military intervention in northern Syria,
code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, sending tanks and warplanes across the border.
Ankara claimed that its military campaign was aimed at pushing the Daesh
Takfiri terrorist group from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the
advance of Kurdish forces, who were themselves fighting Daesh, but Damascus
denounced the operation as a breach of its sovereignty.
the end of Operation Euphrates Shield does not mean the threats against Turkey
are completely over,” Isik further told reporters in the eastern Black Sea
province of Gumushane.
Turkish minister also claimed that the operation had cleared 2,000 square
kilometers from the presence of Daesh, adding that the Kurdistan Workers' Party
(PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD)’s “dream of merging cantons” in
northern Syria had been crushed. Ankara has listed the PKK, and its Syrian
offshoot, the PYD, as terrorist organizations.
in Turkey seek life sentences for more than 40 people stationed at an air base
outside Ankara, from where plotters allegedly led the attempted coup of July
to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, the prosecutors formally charged the 45
along with 436 others in a 4,658-page indictment issued on Friday.
generals stationed at Akinci Air Base as well as 25 pilots who are charged with
commandeering F-16 jets that flew low over the cities of Ankara and Istanbul or
dropped bombs on key government installations are among the 481 suspects.
indictment needs to be approved by an Ankara court before a trial date is
slogan of “Mandir Wahin Banayenge” echoed once again, but in Mumbai. At a press
conference on Friday evening, VHP office-bearers said Muslims must voluntarily
return the “Ram Janmabhomi” site in Ayodhya to Hindus. Citing the observations
of the Allahabad High Court and quoting various orders, the VHP claimed it was
very clear that the place was the birthplace of Lord Ram and was of religious importance
to the Hindu community.
a firm stand, VHP’s Dr Surrendra Jain said, “The Ayodhya Ram Janmabhomi is as
important for Hindus as Mecca and Madina are for Muslims. Considering this,
Muslims must voluntarily return the land to the Hindu community. The government
of India too must keep up with its promise, and clear the 70-acre land and hand
it over to Hindu community for Ram Mandir,” Jain said.
also appealed that a law should be enacted in Parliament for Ram Mandir on the
lines of the Somnath temple.
added that the Archeological Survey of India too was of the view that the
masjid was built after demolishing a structure. “Everybody knows it was the
Lord Ram temple and thus belongs to the Hindu community,” he said.
said, “Though the temple was demolished, the Hindu community still worships at
that place. The Ayodhya controversy is not the issue of temple and mosque but
it is the struggle to get back our Ram Janmabhomi. It is the right of the Hindu
Indian nationals have been arrested in Karachi during census exercise with
Pakistani authorities claiming they were living illegally in the city for the
last eight years.
enforcement agencies are questioning the duo from Gujarat who had been arrested
from Gulshan-e-Iqba and Saddar areas of Karachi on Monday during the ongoing
countrywide census, Sindh Census Commissioner Abdul Aleem Memon said.
found them during census checks in Karachi this week,” Memon said.
census officials alerted the authorities about the presence of the two Indians
which led to a raid by police and intelligence agencies.
to officials, the two men have been living in the city for the last eight
have been identified as Hassan Ahmad, a resident of Ahmadabad and Waseem Hassan
from Gujarat, local Dunya TV reported.
the persons are living in the country without any legal documents.
have no legal documents to support why they are living in Karachi and they were
unable to respond to our questions properly. One of them also had a diary which
we confiscated and handed over to the authorities,” Memon said.
began its first census in about two decades with the assistance of over 200,000
troops and civilian officials on March 15 to collect crucial data that will be
used for key policy decisions, including delimitation of constituencies.
Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Friday brought Indian Mujahideen (IM)
terrorist Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal and his accomplice
Asadulla Akhtar alias Haddi to the city on a transfer warrant in connection
with their alleged roles in 2008 serial bomb blasts.
officials said that they would seek their remand for further interrogation from
metropolitan court where both would be produced on Saturday. “The duo is key
accused in the case, right from doing a recce of the spots, planting bombs and
exploding them. As many as 56 persons had died while nearly 200 suffered
injuries,” said an officer.
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were quick to note a new friendship which appears to be blossoming between
Pakistan and Russia. The Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General
Israkov Sergi Yuryevich was hosted by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Nazir
Ahmed Butt on a visit to North and South Waziristan just a few days ago.
is it too soon to draw any conclusions about the relations between the two
states, especially given the complicated history?
is an interesting and unusual development. The military relations between the
countries are growing rapidly but we cannot be so forward as to call it an
alliance yet," Pakistan's former military attaché to Afghanistan Brigadier
(retd) Saad Muhammad said during a talk show on Dunya News.
Saad reminded viewers about the proxy war the two nations were fighting in
Afghanistan in the 1980s. He the relationship only started to mend in 2014 when
Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu visited Pakistan in November 2014
"and signed a defence cooperation contract with us."
elaborated on the growing military cooperation between the two countries,
saying, "Last year's military exercise is an example of the countries'
conjoined interests, apart from that the naval forces of both countries
participated in 'Arabian Monsoon' exercises in 2014 and again in 2015."
was referring to September 2016, when around 200 military personnel of both
countries participated in the drills. The special operations drills codenamed
‘Druzhbha-2016’ — a Russian word meaning “friendship” — saw Russian troops and
Pakistani special forces working in close cooperation.
Saad pointed out, however, that an alliance between Pakistan and Russia would
not be without China, a mutual friend, "The prospect of an alliance
between Pakistan and Russia will not be possible without their mutual friend —
China," he said and did not stop there but went on to say that Turkey too
is interested in such an alliance.
is also interested to be part of the group and I know for a fact that President
Erdogan has shown his willingness in the matter," Brig Saad added.
this will be a four-way alliance between China, Turkey Russia and Pakistan and
there is a lot of restlessness in the US regarding this prospective alliance
and we cannot rule the US factor out as they are sitting in Afghanistan right
now," Brig Saad cautioned, but also said, "The game is on."
- Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has urged upon the
Muslim Countries to devise a unified strategy in information technology to
handle the online blasphemous material against Islam and Holy Prophet (Peace Be
expressed these views while addressing the luncheon hosted in honour of
diplomats of Islamic countries in connection with the Pakistan Day by him at
the Parliament House on Friday.
said that the Muslim Ummah needs to shun its differences and unite for a common
cause of peace and prosperity and utilize its potential for uniform growth of
deputy speaker said that Islam accords equal respect to all other religions,
however, in the garb of freedom of expression, Muslims are subjected to
ridicule and hate speeches. He said that this issue poses a major challenge to
all of us that needs to be handled collectively.
said that Parliament of Pakistan is determined to play a leading role in
restraining the onslaught of hatred against Islam. He said that the engineered
propaganda against Islam and its religious symbols necessitates for a unified
front. He asked the guest diplomats to highlight this critical issue in their
respective countries’ parliament.
Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan’s relationship with the Muslim countries forms
the cornerstone of our foreign policy. He said that Muslim Ummah today stands
at the cross roads of its history and the confronting unprecedented challenges.
said that Pakistan is fast emerging as a linchpin in fostering regional
connectivity in the form of transcontinental game-changing corridor of
terrorist of TTP Sajna group killed in security operation: ISPR
high-value terrorist and his accomplice from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) Sajna group were killed in an operation by security forces near South
Waziristan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.
Hassan alias Khwaja Madni and his accomplice were killed in the cordon and
search operation carried out in the Frontier Region of Jandola.
security personnel recovered weapons and ammunitions from the terrorists'
hideout, said the ISPR statement.
raid is a part of ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, which the army launched last
month following a spate of terror attacks in the country, which claimed more
than a hundred lives and left hundreds others injured.
operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of
terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and
further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.
ur rehman shows displeasure on Tahir Ashrafi's presence during media talk
Fazal ur Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) questioned Maulana Tahir Ashrafi,
former Chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, presence in the room during
his media talk, reported a private channel.
ur rehman was visiting Darul ullum Zakria in Tarnol where an Islamic
congregation was being held. Media had requested JUI-F leader to spare sometime
for them. When Fazal ur Rehman entered the room, where he was to talk to the journalists,
he saw Maulana Tahir Ashrafi sitting next to his chair. Fazal ur Rehman asked
him what was he doing there? Upon which Tahir Ashrafi took his chair into a
corner and sat there along with his followers.
- The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Friday said that those who wished to isolate
Pakistan should see how Pakistan was actually valued and honoured by its global
army chief said that terrorism was affecting the whole world and required a
to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army
chief made these remarks during his visit to the National Counter-Terrorism
Centre (NCTC) Pabbi near Mangla where troops from 10 foreign armies are
participating in the 2nd Pakistan Army Team Spirit Competition (PATS).
from armies of China, Indonesia, Jordon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka, Turkey, Thailand and the UK are participating in the event.
competition is aimed at testing survival skills and physical endurance, spread
over 72 hours and includes 23 field events focusing on counter-terrorism
COAS interacted with foreign teams and highlighted importance of physical
fitness and spirit of team work.
said that Pakistan was a peace-loving country and had significantly contributed
towards peace and stability.
Bajwa said that the world acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in this regard and
“your presence here is the evidence”.
TERRORIST KILLED IN SWA
Reporter from Peshawar adds: A high-value terrorist along with another militant
belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s Sajna group, were
killed on Friday in South Waziristan Agency (SWA).
During the recent polio campaign held in the capital it was observed that a
large number of educated people did not want to vaccinate their children.
Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Abdul Sattar Isani termed the situation unfortunate
and claimed that all possible steps would be taken to ensure that every child
was administered the polio drops.
said even cases were registered against those who refused the vaccination.
Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said
she was not in favour of registering cases as the administration of polio
vaccine was a continuous process.
requested the media to play a role to create awareness that polio vaccine is
the current year environmental samples collected from different parts of
Islamabad and Rawalpindi were found positive for the poliovirus.
a result, a special polio campaign was launched on March 27 in the high risk
areas of the twin cities.
official of the polio programme, requesting not to be quoted, said teams were
formed to administer polio drops to every child.
it was strange that we faced a strong resistance from even well-educated
people. Though they did not have religious reasons but were not in favour of
vaccinating their children. A majority of them claimed that they had
administered polio drops privately but failed to produce a vaccination card or
certificate,” he said.
an incident, he said a resident of Sector G-7/2 refused to vaccinate his son.
tried our best and even a representative of the district administration was
sent to the house to convince him. However, the citizen started threatening the
team after which an FIR was registered against him with the Aabpara police,” he
Khan, a duty officer at the Aabpara police, told Dawn that though the citizen
was arrested and an FIR registered against him, he could not be detained as it
was a bailable offence.
initial impression was that the person against whom the FIR was registered
would be totally illiterate but I was shocked to see that he was well
educated,” he said.
official of the polio programme said the polio team faced an awkward situation
when a deputy secretary of a ministry refused to administer polio drops to
children present in his house.
supports Taliban’s call for withdrawal of all foreign forces
has endorsed the Taliban militants group’s call for the withdrawal of all
foreign forces from Afghanistan, it has been reported.
endorsement was reportedly made by Russia’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir
Kabulov during an interview.
course it’s justified” for the Taliban to oppose the foreign military presence,
Kabul was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
further added “Who’s in favor? Name me one neighboring state that supports it.”
latest remarks by Kabulov came as concerns are on the rise by the American
officials regarding the growing attempts by Moscow to strengthen links with the
American defense secretary James Mattis has said Washington is concerned regarding
the ties between Moscow and Taliban group.
said Washington is informed regarding the ties between two but did not comment
further regarding the alleged supply of weapons to the group by Russia.
commander of the United States Central Command earlier had accused Moscow of
supporting the Taliban insurgency.
top US commander in Afghanistan who is also leading the NATO-led Resolute
Support Mission had also expressed concerns regarding the growing interferences
by the neighboring countries of Afghanistan.
senior army officer who headed the intelligence wing of Bangladesh’s elite
security force died Friday, days after he was injured in a bomb attack claimed
by the Islamic State group.
Colonel Abul Kalam Azad was on life support and flown to Singapore on Sunday a
day after he was critically injured in an explosion near a militant hideout.
was flown back to Dhaka Wednesday and admitted to a military hospital after his
condition remained unchanged.
died very early on Friday,” said Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, a spokesperson of the
Rapid Action Battalion.
prides itself on being a mainly moderate Muslim country. But that perception
has been damaged by a series of gruesome killings of atheist bloggers,
foreigners and religious minorities.
Azad, 41, was the intelligence director of the RAB, which has been at the
forefront of Bangladesh’s fight against militancy. He was the highest ranked
military officer to have been killed in the country’s more than a decade-long
fight against extremism.
Saturday six people including two police officers were killed in twin
explosions that targeted a crowd and security officers who were watching army
commandos storming an militant hideout in the northeastern city of Sylhet.
took credit for the attack while the Bangladeshi government and police blamed
the blast on a homegrown militant outfit. About a dozen more police and
security officers were also injured in the attack. Army commandos said they
later shot dead four extremists including one of their top leaders after a
Thursday police’s counter-terrorism officers and SWAT raided another insurgent
hideout in a village in the northeast and found bodies of up to eight people.
Police believed they blew themselves up in an explosion to avoid being
leader of a Rohingya Muslim insurgency against Myanmar's security forces
yesterday said his group would keep fighting "even if a million die"
unless the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, took action to protect the
on Myanmar border guard posts in October last year by a previously unknown
insurgent group ignited the biggest crisis of Suu Kyi's year in power, with
more than 75,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in the ensuing army crackdown.
his first independently conducted media interview, Ata Ullah, who has been
identified by analysts and local people as the group's leader, denied links to
foreign Islamists and said it was focused on the rights of the Rohingya, who
say they face persecution at the hands of Myanmar's Buddhist majority.
we don't get our rights, if 1 million, 1.5 million, all Rohingya need to die,
we will die," he said, speaking via a video call from an undisclosed
location. "We will take our rights. We will fight with the cruel military
United Nations report issued last month said Myanmar's security forces have
committed mass killings and gang rapes against Rohingya during their campaign
against the insurgents, which may amount to crimes against humanity.
military has denied the accusations, saying it was engaged in a legitimate
one will be above the law," said Suu Kyi's spokesman Zaw Htay, responding
to questions from Reuters on Friday about the insurgent leader's comments.
"If they attack us violently, we will respond the same way. Nowhere in the
world would violent action be tolerated."
than a million Rohingya live in northwestern Myanmar's Rakhine State, where
they are denied citizenship, freedom of movement and access to services such as
healthcare. Serious ethnic clashes between Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine
Buddhists erupted in 2012 in which more than 100 people were killed and some
140,000 were displaced.
2012, lots of things happened and they killed us, so we understood at that
time, they would not give us our rights," said Ata Ullah.
report by the International Crisis Group in December said the insurgent group,
which at first called itself Harakah al-Yaqin, Arabic for "Faith
Movement", was formed by Rohingya living in Saudi Arabia after the 2012
identified Ata Ullah, who appeared in a series of videos claiming
responsibility for the Oct. 9 attacks on security forces, as the group's
Ullah said decades of resentment at their treatment had prompted hundreds of
young Rohingya men to join him after he returned to Rakhine following several
years in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
can't turn on the lights at night. We can't move from one place to another
during the day too. Everywhere checkpoints. That is not the way human beings
live," he said.
refugees Reuters has spoken to in camps in Bangladesh have said that many
initially sympathised with the insurgents, but that the violence their campaign
has unleashed had cost them support. Some have described how suspected
government informers were killed by fighters.
SURVIVE BY SELLING COWS"
the earlier videos, Ata Ullah had cited Koranic verse and called for
US Secretary of State Rex Tiller has said the work of the alliance in
Afghanistan remains critical as he insists continued support to the Afghan
forces to enable them fight terrorist groups and prevent the country from
becoming the safe haven of the terrorist groups.
work in Afghanistan remains critical. The United States is committed to the
Resolute Support Mission and to our support for Afghan forces,” he said in his
intervention remarks at the NATO Foreign Ministerial.
Tiller further added “NATO’s “Train, Advise, And Assist” mission is essential
to our shared goal of ensuring that Afghanistan develops the capability to
contribute to regional stability and prevail over terrorist threats, including
al-Qaeda and ISIS.” He said “The ongoing commitment of NATO Allies and partners
to peace in Afghanistan, including to an eventual settlement between the Afghan
government and the Taliban, protects this Alliance’s interests, and, when
successful, ensures that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for
comes as the menace terror being faced by Afghanistan is on the rise with the
insurgency led by a resurgent Taliban and other terrorist networks operating in
the country, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and
Slap For Malays, Umno & Pas: Singapore, China More Islamic Than ‘So-Called’
Muslim Nation Malaysia – U.S. Report
than write on politics or economics/corporate or government policy, we like to
be spiritual on this third day of Rejab and a Friday.
morning, we received a message and it checked out to be true. It was something
we used to say that in a certain aspect, the German and Japanese imbued Islamic
value better than the Muslims in a certain endeavour but without the Islamic
how committed Markel is on human rights and her support to Malaysia on fighting
for the fate of the Rohingya, the German Chancellor is more Islamic than some
of true Islamic countries
Islamic are the Islamic Countries: A study conducted by Prof. Hussain Askari of
George Washington University entitled “How Islamic are the Islamic Countries”
showed that most of the countries that apply Islamic Principles in their daily
lives are not ones that are traditionally Muslim.
ranked 1st, Denmark 2nd, Luxemborg 3rd, Sweden and UK 4th, New Zealand 6th,
Singapore 7th, Malaysia 33rd, Kuwait 42nd, Bahrain 61th and the surprise,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked 91st.*
study, published in the Global Economy Journal might be shocking to most of us
but when we look around us and see the reality of the situation, we find that
the results of the study are accurate and true.
Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious
Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the
Qur’an and the Hadiths, but we don’t practice what we espouse.
listen to religious lessons and sermons more than the other people on the face
of the earth, but we are still not the best of Nations. In the last 60 years,
we have listened to 3,000 Friday sermons.
Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me and ask me to put fake
international labels and brands on their goods. When I invite them to eat, they
refuse because the food is not Halal. So it is Halal for them to sell fake
Japanese Muslim said: “I traveled to the West and saw Islam in practice applied
in the daily life of non-Muslims. I traveled to the East, I saw Islam but did
not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how Muslims act.”
should not be reduced to Prayer and Fasting. It is a way of life and it is
about how we treat others.
a religious obligation is up to you and it is something between you and Allah.
However, good ethics is something between you and other people. In other words,
if we do not put Islamic ethics into action and practice, corruption will
become rampant and disgrace will be our future.
should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he
might be a hypocrite.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with
prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth,
shedding and beating others.
JAYA: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has cautioned that the move to
amend Shariah law in Malaysia may be revived within the next 15 years after
Umno is powerful enough to impose it.
Kota Sentosa assemblyman said despite the announcement by prime minister and
Umno president Najib Razak that the government would not take over and table a
private member’s bill on the matter, the Umno-led administration will likely
proceed with it when the party can withstand political opposition to such a
said the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) ran the risk of losing Sarawak and
Sabah in the next general election if it had gone ahead with the Shariah Courts
(Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355.
is a real risk that Najib cannot afford to take,” Chong said in a statement
a result, the Hudud Bill is thus postponed to another date. But surely this is
only a temporary measure.
whole issue may again be revived in another five, 10 or 15 years when Umno
becomes more powerful,” he said.
claimed that Umno has, through “indoctrination of racism and religious bigotry
in our education system”, churned out more bigots in the country.
import of West Malaysian Islamic religious teachers into Sarawak is just
another example of such brain-washing projects of Umno on the Sarawak
populace,” he said.
stressed that there will be more Sarawakian Muslims thinking the same way as
“bigots” in Umno and PAS who have been pushing for the bill.
would then be even more leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, that
currently heads Sarawak, having the same mentality as present Umno leaders, he
would then be able to table such a bill with stronger support even in Sarawak
because of the increase in the Muslim population there.
brain-washing programmes will turn more Muslims into agreeing to the
implementation of hudud law in Malaysia,” he said.
unfair electoral re-delineation exercise would also contribute to Umno always
having more MPs in its favour, he added.
Sarawak may have objected to the implementation of hudud law in Sarawak.
if we continue to allow Umno to import its ideology into Sarawak, in another 10
or 20 years, when those subject to Umno indoctrination programmes have grown of
age, will the Sarawak government continue to object to the implementation of
pointed out that there were now more than 1,000 West Malaysian Islamic
religious teachers teaching their version of Islamic values in Sarawak.
we truly want to defend and preserve the secularism under our Federal
Constitution, Umno must be made the opposition in the coming general election,”
is only when Umno is made the opposition that it can no longer implement its
Undeterred by the arrest of hardline protest leaders, tens of thousands of
Muslims marched in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, calling for the jailing of
the city’s minority Christian governor.
Friday prayers, the protesters were marching from Istiqlal Mosque in central
Jakarta to the nearby presidential palace, which was under heavy police guard.
against Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama have snowballed since September when
he was accused of blaspheming the Quran and subsequently charged. His trial is
turnout for Friday’s protest was relatively small compared with the hundreds of
thousands who answered the call of hardline Islamic groups to flood central
Jakarta for demonstrations in November, December and February.
Friday, Indonesian police said they had arrested Muhammad Al Khaththath, the
leader of the Muslim Peoples Forum umbrella group, and several other activists
for suspected treason.
are not cowed by the arrest of our leaders,” said a protester who identified
himself as Wahyudi. “We’ll keep fighting for the dignity of Islam. There’s no
room for kafir to lead in this nation.”
blasphemy case and the ease with which hard-liners attracted huge numbers of
people to protest Ahok have undermined Indonesia’s reputation for practicing a
moderate form of Islam and shaken the secular government as well as mainstream
is a criminal offense in Indonesia, punishable by up to five years in prison.
will compete in a runoff election for governor next week against a former
cabinet minister backed by conservative Muslim clerics.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang will still table the bill to amend the Syariah
Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or better known as Act 355, during the
current Parliament sitting.
said even though the Barisan Nasional government had decided not to table the
bill, PAS was firm on tabling it as a private member’s bill and hoped the
government would support the move.
is up to the Speaker to decide a suitable time according to the Order Paper.
call upon all Muslim MPs to support the bill and for non-Muslim MPs to respect
the Federal Constitution which clearly states that this is a right related to
Muslims only,” he told reporters after delivering a weekly lecture at Rusila
bill was first tabled by Hadi, who is also Marang MP, in the Dewan Rakyat in
May 2016 with a view to empower shariah courts in the country.
Diana San Juan
Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is teaming up with the Commonwealth Club
for a free speaker series in hopes of creating a better understanding of Islam.
will co-host and moderate the “Understanding Islam” panel discussion with
experts and activists from the Islamic community.
only will it lead to greater understanding of the various interpretations of
Islam, but it will create a beneficial dialogue between those of the Muslim
faith and others in our community,” Commonwealth Club President Dr. Gloria
speaker series comes as Islamic communities battle an uptick in hate crimes and
federal policies hostile to immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority
countries. Zahra Billoo, head of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the speaker series could not have
come at a better time.
Valley residents are encouraged to attend the event to hear from Muslim leaders
in their shared community. Organizers hope the forum will be beneficial not
only to those in the Muslim faith, but to everyone else by encouraging an open,
lucky to live in one of the most diverse places in the country,” Simitian said.
“But without understanding the diverse cultures around us, misconceptions
is a list of dates and locations for each part of the speaker series.
does it mean to be Muslim? The basics.
April 3, Lucie Stern Community Center Theatre, Palo Alto
the first part of the series, speakers will tackle misconceptions of Islam in
modern America and abroad. The panel will feature The Muslim Next Door author
Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Islamic Networks Group Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi,
Bayan Claremont Islamic Networks Group President Jihad Turk and Santa Clara
County Supervisor Joe Simitian as the moderator. Though the program is sold
out, a waiting list is posted on the Commonwealth Club website.
of a Faith: Sharia, Surveillance, Terrorism, The Muslim Ban. What’s real, and
May 9, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
politics and current events will be the focal point of the second part of the
series as speakers shed light on facts and fiction. Santa Clara County
Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate a discussion led by panelists Ameena
Jandali, founding member of the Islamic Networks Group, and Jihad Turk,
president of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School.
May 22, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
panelists return for the last forum of the series to discuss what it mean to be
a Muslim woman and how Islam intersects with gender today. The Muslim Next Door
author Sumbul Ali-Karamali and Islamic Networks Group Executive Director Maha
Elgenaidi join moderator Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, along
with additional panelists who are yet to be determined.
leader compares plight of Muslims in America to that of Jews in Nazi Germany
prominent American Muslim leader suggested earlier this month that American
Muslims could face persecution similar to what the Jews endured in Nazi
Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, made
the comparison during a March 23 speech at Wake Forest University in
Winston-Salem, N.C., according to the Triad City Beat.
past two years, ladies and gentlemen, so many minorities have been attacked,”
Awad said. “Latinos. Mexicans. Women have been denigrated. African-Americans.
People with disabilities. You name the minority, and they have been attacked in
the past two years.”
Muslim leader blamed President Donald Trump and his “Islamaphobic” policies for
the alleged “denigration” of minority communities.
weeks after taking office, Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning
travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries in the Middle East: Iraq, Syria,
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. A federal judge in Washington state
halted the order, prompting the administration to later remove Iraq from the
list of seven countries in a new, revised executive order. A federal judge in
Hawaii put a restraining order on the revised travel ban.
is becoming dangerous because we see Islamaphobic policies are being produced,
proposed and implemented,” Awad said, according to the Winston-Salem Chronicle.
“This is not only threatening to American Muslims, it’s threatening to what
America is and our values.”
called it “unfortunate” that some people resort to what he called
“fear-mongering for political reasons,” noting, however, that “it works.”
selling fear is effective. Fear is abhorred, is rejected by people with common
sense,” he said. “For people who don’t know, it is a very selling product. In
fact, it is a very profitable business to sell hate.”
announced on Thursday it will extend for three months its mission against ISIL
where it is part of a US-led international coalition.
deploying forces to Iraq in the summer of 2014, Canada has twice extended its
mission for another year and expanded it to include Syria.
Minister Harjit Sajjan said the North American country will now extend its
participation in the fight until June 30 of this year.
"scope and mission of Canada's military contribution will remain the same
over the next three months," namely providing "advice" and
"assistance" to Iraqi Security Forces, according to the National
photographs from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released by the
FBI this week show the massive devastation that faced first responders.
pictures from that day depict the crushed walls, blazing fires and eviscerated
interiors of the seat of the US Department of Defense.
American Airlines jet that struck the Pentagon was one of four airliners
hijacked by Al-Qaeda teams and used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack
ever on US soil.
the Pentagon was hit, two other airliners had already been flown into New
York's World Trade Center; the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania
after passengers rose up against the hijackers.
poignant shot shows an American flag tangled in concrete-and-rebar wreckage
being cleared by a tractor.
shows rescuers crouched as a blaze consumes part of west side of the building.
urges new efforts to defeat Boko Haram and tackle hunger
NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council called for stepped up efforts Friday to
defeat Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State extremists in Nigeria and the
Lake Chad region and tackle the humanitarian crisis that has left millions
facing hunger and possible famine.
resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N.'s most powerful body strongly
condemned attacks by the militant groups and encouraged greater support to
strengthen the capabilities of the multinational force trying to rout them. It
said the force needs logistical, mobility and communications assistance and
equipment, and better ways to share information.
expressed "grave concern at the ongoing terrorist attacks" by Boko
Haram and Islamic State militants and at "the dire humanitarian situation
across the region caused by the activities of Boko Haram."
resolution urged the immediate disbursement of the $458 million in humanitarian
assistance pledged for the Lake Chad region for 2017 at a donors conference in
Oslo and called on those who haven't donated to contribute urgently.
Security Council visited the Lake Chad region in early March for a firsthand
look at the impact of the extremist attacks and the humanitarian crisis.
U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, said putting a spotlight on Lake Chad Basin
will fail the people of the region if we do not respond to what we saw, if we
don't take tangible actions to bring real relief, real respite to the
suffering, the hunger, the instability," he told the council after the
and foremost, Rycroft said, the international community and the United Nations
must scale up their response to the looming humanitarian disaster.
we act now, famine can be avoided," he said.
tackle the crisis, Rycroft said, the root causes must also be addressed
including "economic inequalities, countering violent extremism, and
empowering women." And he stressed that humanitarian aid must be
accompanied by economic development.
the surface, Donald Trump's earnest support from a group of secessionists in
Southeastern Nigeria might seem odd, especially when one of the biggest charges
being hurled at his administration is anti-Black racism. However, the Biafran
support of Donald Trump is nuanced. They don't agree with him on everything-
but they don't feel they have to.
was a short-lived secessionist state in Southeastern Nigeria that lasted from
30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970. A military coup in January 1966 saw the
assassinations of Northern Nigerian leaders like Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa
Balewa and Northern Premier Ahmadu Bello. Their deaths sparked the killing of
thousands of Igbos and members of other ethnic groups from Southern Nigeria in
anti-Igbo pogroms across the north of the country. Millions of southerners fled
the North, abandoning their homes, businesses and employment. The pogroms led
to secession and the Nigerian Civil War, which only ended when Biafra conceded
defeat and rejoined the country.
Biafran secessionists believe that the conditions that led to the Nigerian
Civil War are still present today. However, unlike the original movement, the
secessionists, led by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement
for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), feel the
people of Southeastern Nigeria are economically and socially marginalized by
pro Donald Trump rally held by Biafran activists in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in
January 2017, left over 20 people dead at the hands of the police. A lot of my
American friends couldn't understand why any Nigerians would come out in
support of Trump when his administration has been charged with xenophobic
immigration policies and the appointment of staff who have ties to white
from dialogues I have had with many Biafra supporters,the reason for Trump's
overwhelming support is actually multifaceted. They don't support his
immigration policies, xenophobia or his anti-Black racism, but they are willing
to overlook them based on his stance on radical Islam, Brexit, and his
statements on the self-determination of nations.
all, the argument Biafran activists have been putting forward is that if
European countries can have referendums for independence, then why can't
23 June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum that saw it break away from
the European Union. This has become known as Brexit. The next day, on 24 June,
is the sacred right of all free people's [sic], and the people of the UK have
exercised that right for all the world to see."
is the sacred right of all free people's, and the people of the UK have
exercised that right for all the world to see. - Donald J. Trump
(@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
statement became a rallying cry for the secessionists who took it as a sign
that Trump would support their cause. After all, the argument Biafran activists
have been putting forward is that if European countries can have referendums
for independence, then why can't Nigeria?
other reason for Biafran activists' support of Trump is his tough stance on
radical Islam. The mostly Christian Igbos have long cited cultural
incompatibilities with the largely Muslim ethnic groups in Northern Nigeria,
and growing Islamic fundamentalism in the North has been a major point of
contention for Biafran activists. Many states in the North have implemented
strict Sharia laws, which many Christians have seen as a violation of the
constitution of what should be a secular country. For Biafrans, Trump is one of
the few leaders bold enough to address the issue head on.
fundamentalism in Northern Nigeria has been a major point of contention for
Koshe landfill has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa dry wastes for more
than 50 years. Hundreds of waste-collectors are believed to work at the site
every day, picking garbage from about 4 million residents. Thousands of tons of
waste are collected each year from the capital to be dumped at the Koshe
part of the largest pile of this rubbish had disastrously collapsed demolishing
dozens of residential houses of people living there. Grieving families of the
dead and every Ethiopians, the landslide had claimed the lives of waste-collectors.
the saddening news, citizens took no time in expressing their condolence to the
bereaved and in sympathizing with them. So far, several individuals, investors
and state heads have granted millions of Birr to undertake rehabilitative
activities for those who survived from the dump avalanche.
residing in every corners of the country have been doing their level best to
support victims and their family members . Addis Ababa City Administration,
Ethiopian Red Cross Society and various NGOs are also providing emergency aid.
It is also disclosed that City dwellers are joining hands to help victims
personally and in groups.
City Administration had undertaken swift measures to bury the dead pulled out
of the debris, rehabilitate the survivors and undertake rescue and search
activities. Efforts are still underway to provide shelter and food to the
attention has been attached to rehabilitating survivors and relocating them. To
this end, a task force has been established to coordinate relief efforts and
provide lasting solutions to the problems associated with dump disposals. The
task force is being chaired by the Mayor. The task eyed at giving quick
responses and properly addressing the problem.
visit by President Dr. Mulatu Teshome testifies the people and government of
Ethiopia have stood by the victims' sides. During his visit, he confirmed his
government's commitment to work on rehabilitating the victims by relocating
people in and around the dump yard in a more sustainable manner.
of differences, Ethiopians have a common soul of caring for others. This
sentiment has been witnessed at various times. They never wait for others to
lend them a hand in time of disasters; rather they are always willing and ready
to help each other. No matter how empty their pocket or their belly might be,
they are accustomed to the culture of helping others. This was also becoming a
reality when drought surfaced at different parts of the country.
Ethiopians have special room in their hearts and minds for others. Such
affectionate bond was witnessed recently when the people around Koshe landfill
were exposed to unexpected tragedy.
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