Photo: The commander of Iraqi popular mobilization forces in Anbar Province said that postmortem checks on ISIL terrorists' dead bodies have revealed that the terrorist group probably forced its members to use drugs and hallucination pills in the city of Fallujah in Western Anbar province.
Jaish Terror Module Busted In Delhi, 12 Detained
Islamic Preacher BANS Text Emojis for Muslims Because They Are Blasphemous
Pakistan Oppose Military Action against Afghan Taliban Leaders in Its Soil
ISIL Forces Fighters to Use Drugs, Hallucinations Pills
Saudi IS Members Killing Their Own Relatives
Scores of Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Army's Artillery Shelling South of Idlib
Syrian Army, Allies Push Terrorists Back, Restore Security to Aleppo Districts
Syria Condemns Norwegian Deployment of Forces to Train Militants
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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Wed May 04, 2016
TEHRAN (FNA) - The commander of Iraqi popular mobilization forces in Anbar Province said that postmortem checks on ISIL terrorists' dead bodies have revealed that the terrorist group probably forced its members to use drugs and hallucination pills in the city of Fallujah in Western Anbar province.
The commander of al-Hashed al-Sha’abi's Fallujah brigade, Khamis Bahr Halbusi, said in a press statement that “the dissections of ISIL fighters corpses has shown a level of toxic materials in the bodies, which indicate the group possibly forced militants to use drugs and hallucinations pills in Fallujah, al-Karma district and some areas in Saqlawiyah, North of Fallujah,” Iraqi News reported.
“Autopsy on dead bodies of ISIL members were conducted on the bodies of fighters killed in the cleansing battles in Anbar province, especially in Fallujah,” Halbusi added,
He continued to say that “ISIL members were probably forced to use these drugs in order to be unaware of what is happening to them during the attacks,”
Previously, the commander of the Tigris Operations, General Abdul-Amir al-Zaidi reported that, ISIL forces its elements to use specific drugs in order to control them, pointing out that the suicide bombers are receiving three doses of drugs before carrying out operations.
Al-Zaidi added “We have confirmed information that ISIL forces its elements to use specific types of drugs in order to increase addiction to get them under control and push them into the abyss of death,” noting that, “most of ISIL dead in battles were found in possession of pills and narcotic drugs.”
Jaish terror module busted in Delhi, 12 detained
May 4, 2016
W DELHI: In a major breakthrough, the Intelligence Bureau and the special cell of the Delhi Police have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror module active in the national capital. The cops have detained 12 suspects from Delhi, NCR region and Deoband in Uttar Pradesh.
Sources say 8 of the 12 Jaish-e-Mohammed suspects have been nabbed from Delhi, while four of them have been picked up from Deoband.
Bomb-making material and IED devices have been recovered from the suspects who are being interrogated at special cell's headquarters at Lodhi Colony.
The identity and nationality of the suspects have not been disclosed.
Senior cops said involvement of at least five of the suspects was certain. The rest, they said, were found tagging along the main suspects and hence have been detained so that their involvement can be probed.
The special cell has registered an FIR against the suspects for being members of an unlawful group (Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act, UAPA) and under the Explosives Act and for criminal conspiracy.
May 04, 2016
An Islamic preacher has warned fellow Muslims not to use certain emojis on messaging apps because they are blasphemous.
Saudi-based preacher Wajdi Akkari, 36, said it was 'Haram' - or forbidden - for Muslims to use the angel, 'anything devilish' or even the prayer symbol.
In a video seen by MailOnline, a very animated Akkari told his audience: 'You have to be selective in these emojis. Not everything is Halal [permissible] to share.'
The Lebanon-born preacher moved to the United States and joined a rap group when he was 18.
He later relocated his wife and children to Saudi Arabia where he teaches Arabic, delivers Friday prayers and holds lectures in some hospitals.
In a video shared by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), he said the angel with a halo was a Christian interpretation of the entity and therefore 'haram'.
He added: 'When someone wants to share their innocence or say, "I'm a good boy", they send that yellow smiley face with a halo. No!
'Do we believe that angels in Islam are like the angels in Christianity... Absolutely not.'
Akkari, who has a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies and now lectures in Saudi Arabia, claimed using any 'devilish' emojis are also out of bounds for Muslims.
He said: 'We don't know what Satan and the devil look like. Therefore, we are not allowed to draw him.
'These emojis that are devilish in their nature are not allowed, even if you are trying to say that "you are being a bad boy or a bad girl".'
Akkari also took issue with the 'prayer' emoji. Pressing both palms together, he said: 'This one - many people send it as a prayer and this is, again, used among Buddhists and Christians.
'In Islam, how do you make Du’a [prayer]? You have your hands facing heaven like this... Maybe they do it in karate or something too.'
He then invited his audience to fact check what he was telling them on Google, saying it was 'halal' to do.
Finally, he introduced the 'devil hands' hand gesture once used by revellers at heavy metal concerts.
He demonstrated the gesture and asked: 'Do you know this one? This is also a symbol of the devil. These are the two horns of Satan.
'This is one of the hand symbols on WhatsApp. People don't know what it means. They just send it. You cannot send this one.'
In 2011, Akkari extraordinarily claimed that saying 'Merry Christmas' was worse than 'killing someone', 'fornication' and 'drinking alcohol'.
He said in the YouTube video: 'It is the concept that God was born on the 25th of December. That's as polytheistic and heretic as you can get.'
On his website, 'One way to paradise', Akkari credits Islam for saving him from a life of self destruction and 'humiliation'.
As a young man in America, he joined an rap group called 'Scums of the Earth' with whom he 'got into all kinds of Hollywood-like situations'.
He wrote: 'I suffered a lot for 5 years internally even though externally I appeared to be living a lavish life and enjoying myself.'
Pakistan oppose military action against Afghan Taliban leaders in its soil
Wed May 04 2016
Sartaj AzizThe Pakistani authorities have opposed military action against the Afghan Taliban leaders days after President Ghani called on Islamabad to take actions against the group’s leaderships based in Peshawar and Quetta cities.
The country’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz has said such a policy had not brought results for 14 long years.
“Afghanistan has been insisting that if the peace negotiations do not start, then other option should be tried. But that option has been used for 14 years but it has not produced any result,” he said.
President Ghani ordered the Afghan security institutions to start crackdown against the Taliban groups pursuing violence and asked Islamabad to take actions against the sanctuaries of the groups in its soil.
The remarks by President Ghani followed a deadly attack in capital Kabul on a VIP protection unit which left at least 64 people dead and 347 others wounded.
In his remarks to announce the government’s stance towards peace efforts and fight against terrorism, President Ghani also added that Kabul expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table”.
However, Aziz said “Results cannot be achieved in weeks but it takes time. I do not see any other option to bring peace to Afghanistan.”
The remarks by Aziz comes as a Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States representatives was formed to revive the stalled Afghan peace talks.
However, the Taliban group rejected the proposed direct peace talks and announced their spring offensive earlier last month.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000572
Saudi IS members killing their own relatives
Nov. 3, 2014
The Islamic State's (IS) influence has penetrated Saudi Arabia so successfully via social media that some Saudi youth are being persuaded to kill soldiers and police, even when they are family members.
Salafists — ultraconservative Muslims — believe in the concepts of al-wala wal-bara, which some scholars interpret as loyalty to all that is Islamic and disavowal of everything not considered Islamic. They believe these concepts are a main pillar of monotheism and the basis of Islam and are an expression of the love of God. IS is often said to adhere to "Salafi jihadism."
Much like al-Qaeda, IS accuses Saudi Arabia of being an infidel country and describes its rulers as tyrants, apostates and being loyal to the Crusaders. Both organizations believe Saudi soldiers in the army and security services are killing the mujahedeen, or holy warriors, and are just as much infidels as the country's rulers.
Full report at: al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/05/saudi-arabia-isis-al-qaeda-killing-soldiers-religion-islam.html
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army's artillery units, tipped off by the intelligence agents, opened heavy fire at a secret meeting of al-Nusra Front's commanders in the militant-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, leaving several terrorists dead and many more wounded.
The Syrian artillery units, deployed to Suran and Ma’an (14 kilometers away from Khan Sheikhoun) shelled the meeting of a number of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front's field commanders gathered in a former driving school in the Eastern part of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which claimed the lives of at least 25 terrorists.
Ahmad Naddaf, Khaled al-Bakri and Ibrahim al-Barazi were among the killed terrorists in the attack.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000548
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters, backed up by the country's fighter jets and Russian artillery units, repelled the terrorist groups' offensives and in a rapid coordinated counterattack stormed the militants' positions and drove them back from the districts of Aleppo.
At least 70 members of the terrorist groups of al-Nusra Front, Nouriddeen al-Zinki movement and Jeish al-Muhajireen Wal Ansar were killed and many more were wounded in their failed attacks on the government forces' strongholds across Aleppo's Northern and Northwestern districts.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000391
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria denounced the statements made by the Norwegian Prime Minister on her country’s intention to send 60 special forces to train what she called “Syrian fighters” under the pretext of fighting ISIL.
Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement, Published by Syrian state new agency, SANA, that the country denounces these statements and asserts that any decision that the Norwegian government intends to take in this context contradicts international legitimacy and the Security Council’s resolutions on combating terrorism which call for coordinating with the governments of the states involved in fighting terrorism.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000303
TEHRAN (FNA)- The second phase of the military operations by the Iraqi joint forces in the Southern part of Fallujah region in Anbar province kicked off on Wednesday.
"The fresh operations to win back new villages and regions in Southern Fallujah started today," Commander of Anbar Province Operations Brigadier General Esmayeel al-Mahlavi announced on Wednesday.
The Iraqi joint forces comprising army, police and popular forces started massive operations to win back the regions located between al-Ameriya and al-Salam regions in Southern Fallujah.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000669
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists stormed the strongholds of their rival group of al-Nusra Front in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in the Southern countryside of the capital and drove them back from a main street of the camp.
The ISIL targeted the al-Nusra Front's strongholds around Ja’ouneh Street, Haifa Street and the Palestine Roundabout and killed or injured several al-Nusra militants.
The ISIL reportedly seized part of Haifa Street from al-Nusra after hours of fierce clashes.
Clashes are still ongoing between the two terrorist groups, with the ISIL on the move along Ja’ouneh Street.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000686
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 170 ISIL terrorists were killed and many more were wounded in the joint offensives of the Syrian Army troops and the Russian Air Force in an oil-rich region in the Eastern part of Homs province.
The Syrian-Russian coordinated heavy attacks on the ISIL positions near al-Hail oilfield ended in the killing of at least 170 militants, while the terrorist group's military hardware sustained major damage too.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000645
TEHRAN (FNA)- The official in charge of media activities of the terrorist group of Nouriddeen al-Zinki Movement was killed in exchange of fire between the Syrian Army troops and the militants in one of the neighborhoods of the Northern city of Aleppo.
Abdu Amin, known as Khattab Abu Omar, was killed in clashes between the Syrian government forces and terrorist groups in Family House neighborhood.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000586
TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani appreciated the Iranian government and nation for assisting the Kurdish civilians to overcome ISIL threats and other security crises in Iraq.
"Iran has played a very positive role during the ISIL attack on Iraq's Kurdistan region," Barzani said in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayeefar in the city of Irbil on Tuesday.
He reiterated that Iran has helped Iraq's Kurdish people in suppression of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
The Iranian ambassador, for his part, renewed Iran's continued support for Iraq in the anti-ISIL war.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000496
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Border Guards Brigadier General Qassem Rezayee reiterated Tehran's tight control over the country's bordering areas.
"The borders in the Western, Northwestern, Southern and Southeastern parts of the country are in favorable conditions," General Rezayee said.
The Iranian Border Guards commander reiterated that the security in Iran is in the midst of the prevailing insecure conditions in the neighboring countries.
In relevant remarks in August, Iranian Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri reiterated full control over the country's borders, and said the terrorists active in Iraq, including the ISIL, did not dare to pose a threat to Iran.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950215000439
May 04, 2016
India has strongly rebutted charges by a U.S. Commission that religious freedom is on a “negative trajectory” in the country.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released a report saying “religious tolerance deteriorated and religious freedom violations increased in India" in 2015.
India’s Foreign Ministry said it would take no notice of the report, which it said “fails to show a proper understanding of India, its society and its constitution.”
"India is a vibrant pluralistic society founded on strong democratic principles. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens including the right to freedom of religion,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup.
Full report at: voanews.com/content/india-rebuts-us-charges-of-deteriorating-religious-freedom/3314681.html
NEW DELHI: With China blocking India's bid at the United Nations to proscribe Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, government on Wednesday said it is exerting diplomatic pressure to remove the "technical hold" and get a ban imposed on him.
Minister of state for external affairs V K Singh told the Lok Sabha that India has also told China that there cannot be selective approach when it comes to terrorism.
Last month, China had blocked India's bid at the UN to ban Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief and mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack.
During Question Hour, Singh said the move to ban Azhar is on "technical hold" at the UN. "Hum zor dal rahe hai (we are putting pressure)" through diplomatic channels to ensure that it is done away with, he noted.
China is among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and has veto powers. The others are France, Russian Federation, the UK, and the US.
The UN had banned the JeM but India's efforts for a ban on Azhar after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack also did not fructify as China did not allow the ban.
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-exerting-diplomatic-pressure-to-ban-Masood-Azhar-Govt/articleshow/52106803.cms
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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat accounts for over a third of the total Muslim detainees in the country, Union home ministry figures show.
Of the country's 658 Muslim detainees, 240 are in PM Narendra Modi's home state. Tamil Nadu is a close second with 220.
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Gujarat-has-over-a-third-of-Indias-Muslim-detainees/articleshow/52100294.cms
Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3571462/Islamic-preacher-BANS-text-emojis-Muslims-angels-don-t-halos-don-t-know-devil-really-looks-like.html
UK's covert propaganda bid to stop Muslims joining Isis
May 02, 2016
The UK government has embarked on a series of clandestine propaganda campaigns intended to bring about “attitudinal and behavioural change” among young British Muslims as part of a counter-radicalisation programme.
In a sign of mounting anxiety across Whitehall over the persuasiveness of Islamic State’s online propaganda, a secretive Home Office unit has developed a discreet multimillion pound counter-messaging operation that it says privately is running at “industrial pace and scale”.
However, the methods of the Research, Information and Communications Unit (Ricu), which often conceal the government’s role, will dismay some Muslims and may undermine confidence in the Prevent counter-radicalisation programme, which already faces widespread criticism.
Full report at: theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/02/uk-government-covert-propaganda-stop-muslims-joining-isis
Nov, 4, 2014
Clerics Bujar Hysa, Genci Balla and Gert Pashja, were found guilty of recruiting people for terrorist purposes, inciting hatred and making public calls for terrorist acts.
The trio preached in mosques not controlled by the Muslim Committee and are believed to have recruited most of the 100 people for the Syrian Civil War.
Cries of "Allahu Akbar" rang out in the chamber when the judge sentenced the clerics along with six other defendants.
Hysa shouted as he left the courtroom: "These American dogs did it", looking towards a US Embassy official who has been attending the court hearings.
Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/666859/Muslim-clerics-jailed-Islamic-State-recruit-ISIS-jihadis-fighters-Syria-ISIL
May 03, 2016
The European Union is finalizing new rules, adopted by bureaucrats, not the EU parliament, that would establish fines for European countries which refuse to take the Muslim migrants / refugees that are flooding into Europe. This in spite of the rash of sexual assaults perpetrated by those migrants and the involvement of some of them in terrorism. The proposed fine in 250,000 euros per migrant.
Already in some eastern European countries the EU is being referred to as the ''EUSSR'' making an analogy between the eurocrats and the old Soviet Union. A number of eastern European governments including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic have drawn a line in the sand against taking any migrants. Hungary has called a referendum to let its people speak on the issue.
After the British vote to leave the EU, there may be other countries lining up to also take that path.
STUTTGART, Germany — Defense Secretary Ash Carter began talks here Wednesday with members of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, as defense ministers examine ways to bolster the military campaign against the Islamic State group as well as terror threats facing Europe.
The meeting, at U.S. European Command headquarters, also is expected to look at the threat the Islamic State now poses in Libya, where the group has gained a foothold. Libya has been a failed state with multiple governments since 2011, when NATO’s military intervention ousted the regime of former strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
Allies, such as Italy, have pressed for more direct involvement in Libya, where unrest is contributing to a migrant crisis in Europe. During a news conference in Stuttgart on Tuesday, Carter said more direct, expansive involvement in Libya would have to be at the invitation of the still fragile government there.
Full report at: stripes.com/news/europe/carter-allies-mull-war-effort-against-islamic-state-1.407712
TEHRAN (FNA)- Anti-Muslim acts in France tripled in 2015, with peaks in activity coming after two sets of deadly terror attacks, a government advisory commission said.
A total of 429 anti-Muslim threats or hate crimes were reported last year, up from 133 in 2014, according to a report from France's National Human Rights Commission (CNCDH), Agence France-Presse reported.
Overall, complaints of hate threats or crimes saw a "consequential increase" of just over 22 percent to 2,034 in 2015, the commission noted in its annual report on the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
Two "peaks" in abuse came after attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and a subsequent terrorist assault in November that killed 130 people in Paris, said CNCDH president Christine Lazerges.
However, anti-Semitic hate acts in France fell in 2015 to 808, a five percent drop over the previous year.
Still Lazerges pointed out that the results include only reported crimes and that the true rates are much higher.
"Day-to-day racism is much more subtle," she said.
Full report at: khaama.com/pakistan-oppose-military-action-against-afghan-taliban-leaders-in-its-soil-0831
Taliban commander among 7 killed during clash with Afghan police in Zabul
Tue May 03 2016
At least seven Taliban insurgents were killed including a commander of the group during a gun battle with the Afghan police forces in southern Zabul province.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said at lest four Taliban militants were also wounded during the clash which took place in Meezan district.
“During an armed conflict between Afghan National Police and armed Taliban, seven armed Taliban were killed including a commander of armed Taliban named Ahmad Agha,” the statement said.
Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-commander-among-7-killed-during-clash-with-afghan-police-in-zabul-0829
At least 5 militants were killed and 11 others were killed during a clash with the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the gun battle between the militants and Afghan forces erupted during a clearance operation in Chak district.
A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted as part of Badr Operation of 203rd Corps of Afghan National Army.
At least 4 motorcycles used by the anti-government armed militants were also destroyed during the operation, MoD added.
The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
Full report at: khaama.com/5-militants-killed-11-wounded-during-a-clash-with-afghan-army-in-wardak-0833
It’s hard to get far in the holy cities of Mecca and Madinah without somehow consuming China. Made-in-China trinkets of questionable quality dominate the wares of the hawkers who throng Islam’s major pilgrimage sites. Chinese-brand handbags, perhaps purchased at the local Carrefour, grace the arms of lower- and middle-class women. City residents pad around their homes wearing Chinese-made slippers and Chinese-brand pajamas, and using made-in-China water boilers to brew tea they serve from made-in-China tea sets. They blow their noses with Chinese-made tissues and pray on Chinese-made rugs.
But one major domain of mass consumption in Saudi cities remains largely untouched by the bountiful reach of China’s factories: the food aisles. This is true even though Saudi Arabia imports more than 90 percent of its food products. Biscuits from Europe, cooking oil from Malaysia, and tuna from Thailand fill up shelves in Saudi supermarket and convenience store shelves alongside locally made juices and canned meat. Yet China’s space on those shelves is negligible, limited mostly to the occasional packet of halal-certified gummy candy produced by a German-owned factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Full report at: internationalreportingproject.org/stories/view/china-wants-to-feed-the-worlds-1.6-billion-muslims
The Afghan intelligence operatives foiled attack plots by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network in Kabul city, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.
According to a statement by NDS, a group of 3 suspects were arrested in connection to the attack plots.
The statement further added that the suspects were involved in plotting and coordinating the attacks in crowded parts of the city.
No further details were given regarding the exact location where the suspects were looking to carry out attacks but NDS said 8 Improvised Explosive Device, a pistol and 11 mobile phone sets were confiscated from the suspects.
Full report at: khaama.com/haqqani-network-attacks-foiled-in-kabul-city-3-suspects-arrested-by-nds-0836
The Afghan lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost is well known for his hard stance against the government since serving as MP in the Lower House of Parliament, Wolesi Jirga.
In his latest approach to protest against the government, Bashardost changed the color of his suit from normal white color to black.
Speaking during the general session of the parliament on Wednesday, Bashardost, said he is mourning the political death of the government and government leaders.
Bashardost further added that the change of color his suit raised questions among certain lawmakers.
Full report at: khaama.com/bashardost-says-mourning-political-death-of-govt-leaders-by-wearing-black-suit-0835
Days after a tragic incident in United king involving the suicide of a former Afghan translator who had served with the British forces in Afghanistan, two more translators are facing deportation after receiving warnings from the authorities.
According to the local media reports, the two translators who have previously served with the British forces in Afghanistan have applied for UK asylum after fleeing Taliban and paying people-smugglers to bring to Europe.
The two translators were arrested and held at immigration centres before being released and told they could be deported to the first European country where they were fingerprinted, according to MailOnline.
Full report at: khaama.com/2-more-afghan-translators-of-british-forces-face-deportation-from-uk-0832
‘Disgracing’ Sikh youth’s turban: Five blasphemy accused granted bail
SAHIWAL: Chichawatni Civil Judge (magistrate) Tahir Manzoor on Tuesday granted bail to the five accused who were arrested on blasphemy charges on the complaint of a Sikh youth, Mahinder Pall Singh.
Mr Singh in the FIR (169/16) lodged with Chichwatni city police had said six attackers (employees of a transport company) publicly disgraced his turban, considered sacred in Sikh religious code, and humiliated him for making a genuine complaint about a bus that broke down while he was traveling by it from Faisalabad to Multan.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1256157/disgracing-sikh-youths-turban-five-blasphemy-accused-granted-bail
Muslim farmers in Pakistan help Catholics rebuild church
In a show of generosity, Muslim farmers have contributed to the fundraising efforts of Catholics who are building a church in Khalsabad, a village, near Gojra, in Pakistan's Punjab province.
Eight Christian families live in the village, and their mud chapel was swept away in the last monsoon rains. Given the option of praying at home, they chose to build a church and asked their neighbors for help, reported AsiaNews.
"I learned about the project in a community meeting last month," said Dilawar Hussain, a Muslim shopkeeper. "A church is also a house of Allah; praying is what matters. We worship the same God."
Full report at: ucanews.com/news/muslim-farmers-in-pakistan-help-catholics-rebuild-church/75938
MUSLIM UMMAH SHOULD ADOPT COMMON STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM: PRESIDENT
Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said that the time has come for the Muslim Ummah to adopt a common strategy to deal with terrorism, as terrorists were tarnishing the image of Islam with their misguided ideology.
The President said this while talking to Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri, Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The President said that Islam was a religion of peace that believed in the sanctity of human life and did not allow the killing of people.
He said that misguided elements had disgraced Islam and Islamic countries need to work together to address this menace.
Full report at: pakobserver.net/2016/05/04/muslim-ummah-should-adopt-common-strategy-to-deal-with-terrorism-president/
LAHORE: At least six schools in various parts of the city were evacuated and closed for the day following a series of hoax calls about a bomb threat on Wednesday, police said.
The guards of two schools in Gulshan-i-Ravi ─ Government Girls' High School in G block and Saeeda Butt Private School ─ were alerted of a threat by a motorcyclist, after which the administration was informed and a call was made to 15 around 10:55am. The school was evacuated following the hoax, school sources said.
Government Boys High School in Chandni Chowk Sanda, Himayat-i-Islam school near Yateem Khana Chowk and two other schools in the Millat Park and Township areas were also alerted of threats, police officials confirmed.
Fear and panic spread following the hoaxes, with students trying to evacuate as swiftly as possible. Concerned parents also reached schools to pick their children up. The schools that received hoax calls were closed for the day.
Superintendent Police Iqbal Town Shaista Nadeem told Dawn, "Five or six calls were received [on 15] but no bomb was found. We even sent a Bomb Disposal Squad team to search them. We will identify the callers and arrest the people responsible."
Parents and students across the country have been edgy following the attack on Bacha Khan University in January, which brought back memories of the tragic Army Public School attack.
ISLAMABAD: The trial for Imran Farooq’s murder case is slated to commence from May 12, and will be held in the premises of Adiala Jail due to security reasons.
The challan submitted in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was accepted today, after having been objected upon previously. The defence counsel will be provided a copy of the challan.
Khalid Shamim and Moazzam Ali are co-accused in the case, but were not presented before the presiding judge, Kausar Abbas Zaidi.
The London police had named Mohsin Ali Syed and Mohammad Kashif Khan Kamran as wanted men in connection with the murder as they were in the UK when Dr Farooq was murdered. They arrested the three men during the last five years but released them later without filing any charges.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1256219/imran-farooq-murder-trial-to-commence-may-12
KARACHI: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the death of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Aftab Ahmed, who died in the custody of Rangers paramilitary force under controversial circumstances.
While directing to hold an inquiry into Ahmed's death, the army chief instructed "justice must be done", the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Rangers said in a press release they suspended an unspecified number of officials for their 'suspected involvement' in Ahmed's death. Director General (DG) Rangers Maj Gen Bilal Akber set up an investigation team to probe the cause of Ahmed's death and "reveal the facts", it said.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1256206/coas-orders-inquiry-into-mqm-workers-custodial-death-as-rangers-suspend-officials
Muslims in Canada Increasingly Proud of and Attached to Canadian Identity, Says Report
A new report reveals that the Muslim population of Canada, most of whom are immigrants, have a strong attachment to Canada and feel that the country is heading in the right direction. A full 83% of Muslim Canadians report being ‘very proud’ to be Canadian, compared to 73% of non-Muslim Canadians.
The report was carried out by the Environics Research Group, a polling and market research firm based in Toronto.
Other key findings from the report include the following:
Muslims are as likely as non-Muslims in Canada to say their Canadian identity is very important.
Full report at: cicnews.com/2016/05/muslims-canada-increasingly-proud-attached-canadian-identity-report-057935.html
There are 1.9 billion Muslims worldwide, and Muhammad, or one of its variants, is the most common name in the world. In America, 3.3 million people identify as Muslim, according to a recent Pew study. While former GOP contender Ben Carson would “absolutely not agree” with the US being run by a Muslim president, we wanted to know what some Muslims living in New York City thought about the remaining candidates … and who they view as “God’s candidate”.
Muslim women voters
Full report at: theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/03/muslim-american-voting-presidential-candidate-us-election
Navy SEAL Is Killed in Northern Iraq in Fight With ISIS
WASHINGTON — Islamic State fighters killed a member of the Navy SEALs on Tuesday after they broke through Kurdish defenses in northern Iraq, in what military officials described as the militant group’s biggest offensive in months.
Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona identified the serviceman as Charlie Keating IV, the grandson of the Arizona financier Charles H. Keating Jr., who was imprisoned in the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s.
He is the third American service member to die in combat since a United States-led coalition began fighting the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014. The death was also the third such casualty in combat since the American troop withdrawal from Iraq in 2011.
He was two to three miles behind the front lines when he was killed by small-arms fire, United States military officials said. American advisers have been assisting Iraqi security forces and Kurdish pesh merga fighters as they push to reclaim territory from the Islamic State.
Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/05/04/world/middleeast/us-service-member-killed-iraq-isis.html
One soldier killed, 10 wounded in PKK bomb attack in Turkey’s southeast
One soldier was killed and 10 others were wounded on early May 4 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bomb attack in the southeastern province of Mardin.
PKK militants attacked the Üçyol Gendarmerie Station located between the Derik district of Mardin and the Viranşehir district of the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa with a bomb-laden car at around 1 a.m., killing one soldier and wounding another 10.
A number of firefighters, paramedics and other rescue teams were deployed to the scene as the wounded soldiers, two of whom were reportedly in critical condition, were taken to hospital.
Some houses in the Kovalı village near the station were also damaged due to the explosion.
Security forces conducted a large-scale operation in the region following the attack. The Derik-Viranşehir motorway was also closed to traffic during operations.
The Mardin Governor’s Office issued a statement following the attack, confirming that one soldier was killed and 10 were wounded in the car bomb attack.
Turkey hits ISIL in Syria, Russia ‘concerned’
As the Turkish army once again responded on May 3 to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) deadly cross-border shelling of its southern province of Kilis, Moscow has expressed “concern” over Turkey’s military action in Syria.
“Russia is concerned by Turkish shelling of Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Seregi Lavrov said after a meeting with the United Nation’s envoy on Syria in Moscow.
“The task of closing the Turkish border with Syria is becoming more urgent,” Lavrov said.
Six ISIL militants were killed in shelling by the Turkish army after two more rocket projectiles hit the border province of Kilis on May 3. Turkish artillery units responded to the attack by shelling ISIL positions and firing multiple rocket launchers after unmanned aerial vehicles spotted where the rockets were fired - the Bab region of Syria, which ISIL currently controls.
Militants were killed and two Katyusha rocket positions were destroyed, according to the Turkish army.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-hits-isil-in-syria-russia-concerned.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98686&NewsCatID=352
Israel’s Temple Mount Policy Faces Renewed Questions After Latest Tensions
May 03, 2016
As both the holiest site in Judaism and home to a 1,400-year-old mosque, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound is a natural flashpoint of Jewish-Muslim tension. But the conflict over the holy site has been particularly heated over the past year, with the latest incidents coming during the recent Passover holiday.
In late April, a group of Muslims were removed from the Temple Mount for chanting “Allahu akbar” (“God is greater”) at nearly 1,000 Jewish and Christian visitors who had ascended the site during the Passover holiday. Prior to that incident, 13 Jews were removed from the Temple Mount for illegally praying at the site.
Following those incidents, Jordan’s government warned of “serious consequences” for Israel over what it has described as “the invasion of settler groups and Israeli occupying forces in the Al-Aqsa mosque.”
Full report at: algemeiner.com/2016/05/03/israels-temple-mount-policy-faces-renewed-questions-after-latest-tensions/
Police detained one demonstrator on May 3 as part of a legal process initiated against a group of demonstrators who took off their clothes during a police body search as they were entering the May 1 celebration area in the Aegean province of İzmir.
The demonstrator, identified as F.K., was detained to be interrogated as he was suspected of committing “exhibitionism” during the group’s demonstration on May 1. F.K. will be freed after his interrogation, police said, adding that four other demonstrators were also going to be detained.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/legal-action-to-be-taken-against-izmir-anarchists-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98712&NewsCatID=509
Two Katyusha rockets fired from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-controlled territory in Syria hit the southeastern border town of Kilis early on May 4.
Several farm animals were killed and wounded while a number of buildings were damaged when the rockets hit the gardens of the Forest Management Directorate and the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate.
Ambulances and fire department teams were sent to the area.
Security measures were increased after the attack.
The Turkish army responded by firing howitzers toward ISIL targets, reportedly destroying two ISIL Katyusha positions.
Turkish military sources claimed to have killed three ISIL militants.
Turkey has been hit by a series of rocket attacks originating from ISIL-held Syrian territory since mid-January. A total of 20 people have been killed and scores have been wounded by rockets fired at the border province since Jan. 18.
The central Turkish city of Konya, the adopted home of the renowned Muslim mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin al-Rumi, which was designated the Islamic capital of tourism by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is hosting a two-day event about halal tourism. Dubbed the largest event for the thriving halal tourism industry and bringing together thousands of industry professionals from around the world, the event kicked off Tuesday at Konya's Mevlana Cultural Center.Turkey is the third most popular destination in the global Muslim travel market, according to the most comprehensive research yet released on this sector. The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016, which covers 130 destinations, saw Turkey take third place on the list of OIC destinations behind Malaysia, which retained its primary position followed by the Emirates.
Full report at: dailysabah.com/nation/2016/05/04/halal-tourism-event-opens-in-islamic-capital-of-tourism
MANILA, Philippines- Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man when their multi-million dollar ransom demands were not met.
In a video circulated Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, the captives from Canada, Norway and the Philippines pleaded for the Canadian and Philippine governments to heed the Abu Sayyaf militants' demand.
Six heavily armed Abu Sayyaf fighters stood behind the hostages, who were made to sit in a clearing and spoke briefly before a camera. A black flag hang in the backdrop of banana trees and lush foliage.
4 MAY 2016
The world's first Islamic venture capital fund will take shape at the end of this month, with Malaysia taking the lead. Treasury secretary general Tan Sri Irwan Siregar Abdullah said Malaysia Venture Capital Bhd is finalising the US$100 million deal with Islamic Development Bank (IDB). "Discussions to finalise the deal are ongoing in Jeddah and it (the structure) will be disclosed at the IDB board meeting in Jakarta at the end of the month," he said at the launch of a nurturing programme "Elevate" by Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd. He noted that the growth pace of start-ups in the Islamic world was still slow although there has been a significant change in mindset. "With the fund, we hope to see the growth of start-ups accelerate in Malaysia and Indonesia and the region." "Elevate" will see 20 companies selected by MDV from a pool of 8,000 existing technology-based young companies, to be coached for a year. It will provide a pre-approved financing facility of up to RM2 million to the top graduates of the programme.
The move follows increasing dissent from nationalist protesters after the US embassy released a statement expressing condolences for victims of a boat sinking accident who were reported to be Rohingya.
Nationalists swarmed the US embassy in an unauthorised march along University Avenue Road on April 28. The nationalist activists and monks, backed by Ma Ba Tha – or the Committee to Protect Race and Religion as it is formally called in English – demanded the embassy retract the statement and accused the US of interfering with Myanmar affairs.
Rohingya are not recognised as among the 135 official ethnic groups and are referred to as “Bengalis” by those who do not support their right to self-identification.
In a statement released on May 2, Ma Ba Tha encouraged people to ignore the US embassy statement, and treat the country as if it had broken diplomatic ties with Myanmar. The term “Rohingya” is “fake” and those who use it violate the sovereignty of the state, the statement said.
Full report at: mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/20099-us-embassy-asked-to-refrain-from-using-rohingya-official.html
The International Monetary Fund, IMF, has challenged Sub-Saharan African countries, to reset their economic policies in order to return to the path of growth.
It said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa has been hit by multiple shocks, especially falling commodity prices and drought which has hit several nations on the continent.
It said that commodity exporting countries, where fiscal and foreign reserves are being rapidly depleted and financing is constrained, the response to the shock needs to be prompt and robust to prevent a disorderly adjustment.
Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201605040235.html
LAHORE: AlHuda will hold third African Islamic Finance Summit in Dar es Salam - Tanzania on May 19-20, 2016. Delegates of more than 11 countries are expected to participate.
Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda CIBE, said that the summit will help to open gates for Foreign Direct Investment in the country.
The aim of this summit is to explore the untapped market of Africa and to adopt the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in Islamic Finance industry of Africa.
Expansion of Islamic finance industry in Africa is expected to bring favorable new opportunities in trade progress and business interactions with the Middle East.
Full report at: thenews.com.pk/print/117227-Third-African-Islamic-Finance-Summit-from-19th
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