No No, I’m Not A Citizen: Terror Fugitive Zakir Now In
Malaysia Where He Cannot Be Extradited?
At Least 126 Daeshi Terrorists Killed In Mosul Operations
Amended Shariah Bill Not Applicable to Kelantan’s Hudud
Enactment, PAS Says
We Won’t Let Palestine Inmates Be Preys of Israel:
India Sets Up Muslim Registry to Deport 20 Million
Special Trains between Vijayawada, Ahmedabad for Islamic
Muslims Hold Huge Rally in Nanded, Demand Quota
India sees General Qamar Javed Bajwa's Ahmadiyya link
with 'Muhajir' Pervez in mind
Delhi: Dalit-Muslim Mahasangram Rally at Ramlila Maidan
Two Mass Graves of Iraq’s Yazidis Found near Mosul
Syria regime takes two more rebel districts in Aleppo
Egypt rejects reports on military presence in Syria
Domino of Militants' Collapse in Eastern Aleppo
Continues: Bustan Al-Pasha Freed
Terrorists' Strategic Military Bastion Collapses in
Terrorists' Offensive on Gov't Positions in Hama Repulsed
by Syrian Army
Damascus: Army Starts Implementation of Peace Plan in
Report: Senior Russian Military Officers Meet Hezbollah
Commanders in Aleppo
Terrorists' Religious Leader Begs Turkey to Continue
Military Invasion in Syria
Turkish Army Deploys Anti-Aircraft 'Stinger' Missile
System in Syria
More than 4,000 flee rebel-held east Aleppo
Kabul police raid shisha cafes in debauchery crackdown
Syrian information ministry denies Assad assassination
'Jihadpreneurs’ To Foil Growth of Radicalism in Indonesia
Philippines Military Pounds Positions of Daesh Affiliate
Group in South
China asks Muslims to oppose religious extremism, reject
Stay off Hadi’s Bill or Muslims may derail divorce law
reforms, PAS warns non-Muslims
Two men charged with trying to join Islamic State in
Jakim wants more preachers, religious teachers to master
Jokowi supporters present evidence in lawmaker's
Nearly 100 Israeli Settlers Break Into Al-Aqsa Mosque
Abbas' Fatah in rare congress as succession talk builds
Israel kills four IS-linked gunmen after Golan attack
Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria
Israel to expand fleet of next-generation F-35 fighter
New US troops arrive in Yemen’s Aden: Footage
‘Jamaat-e-Islami Pursuing Plan of Peaceful and Prosperous
Pakistan, Turkey Agree To Intensify Mutual Cooperation in
Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf calls for Pakistan to sever
trade ties with India
Five Muslims Sentenced to Death for Killing Christian
Couple in Pakistan
New army chief brings no change in policy: Asif
Militants kidnap six Pakistanis working for Polish oil
firm in Dera Ismail Khan
US, UK welcome top military appointments
Pakistan’s anti-terror role acknowledged
US Airstrike Kill 7 ISIS Militants in East of Afghanistan
Bangladeshi Hindus Seek Trump's Intervention to Save
Mother Teresa prize goes to Bangladeshi Muslim hero
6 militants arrested after infiltrating among Afghan
forces in Kandahar
2 ISIS suicide bombers arrested in Kabul city
Afghan and Turkmen presidents formally inaugurate Asian
Mass Wedding Holds in Abuja Suburb Attacked Twice By Boko
8 killed as car bomb hits Mogadishu market
Libya rejects OPEC production cuts
UN: 4mn children orphaned due to violence in Congo
6 soldiers injured as Boko Haram ambush local government
US Mosques Receive Letters Threatening Muslims
Will sue Trump if create a Muslim registry: NYC Mayor
Hamilton Muslim group donates gift of life at blood
Swiss Probe Top Muslim Leader over Propaganda
Morocco’s Religious Diplomacy in Africa: Well-Timed Royal
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
November 28, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 ? On-the-run televangelist Dr Zakir
Naik has laughed off claim he was awarded Malaysian citizenship by the Indian
According to Islamic preacher, whose current whereabouts
is unknown following an investigation by India’s National Investigation Agency
(NIA) back home, the claim was just another rumour.
“Not true at all,” Dr Zakir said through his spokesman,
Arif Malik, to Indian news portal Janta Ka Reporter, when asked about his
“Till a few months ago, the Indian media had been saying
I was banned in Malaysia, and now they’re saying I’ve got Malaysian
citizenship. That’s ridiculous. And there’s no truth in the Malaysian
Indian news outfit Hindustan Times cited unnamed
representatives of Dr Zakir as saying that the Mumbai-based televangelist’s
so-called Malaysian citizenship had come as a “package” together with his
“Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award that he received from Malaysia in 2013.
The publication also claimed that Dr Zakir now holds dual
Indian-Malaysian citizenship although Malaysia does not allow such a thing.
Hindustan Times said the fact that Dr Zakir is
purportedly a Malaysian citizen on Malaysian soil would complicate
investigations, as Malaysia has not allowed any extradition to India despite
signing a treaty in 2010.
The Muslim preacher is believed to be currently in
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed dismissed
the report last night, saying Malaysia does not automatically confer citizenship
on anybody, unless said person is born in the country to Malaysian parents.
Earlier this month, Times of India reported that the
Indian government had imposed a five-year ban on Dr Zakir’s NGO, the Islamic
Research Foundation (IRF).
The daily reported that India’s NIA is mulling terror
charges against Dr Zakir, reportedly based on testimonies of about 50 terror
suspects and convicts recorded from various jails, with those caught citing him
as their motivation and source of inspiration.
In April this year, the state of Terengganu offered Dr
Zakir three islands for the preacher to open a branch for IRF, in addition to a
At least 126 Daeshi terrorists killed in Mosul operations
Nov 27, 2016
A total of 126 Daesh terrorists have been killed during
operations by the Iraqi army, anti-terrorism forces, and police aimed at
liberating the city of Mosul.
According to a commander of the anti-terrorism forces,
Abdel Wahab al-Saedi, 40 of the terrorists were killed as they were trying to
block the advancement of Iraqi forces in the city’s eastern regions on
The Iraqi Defense Ministry also announced that 54
Takfiris were killed during government airstrikes in the city’s southern
neighborhoods. It noted that several terrorist vehicles were destroyed in the
Earlier in the day, Iraqi military intelligence announced
that at least 32 militants were killed during airstrikes which targeted
terrorist positions located to the west of the city.
Iraqi army soldiers, backed by pro-government fighters
from Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched an
operation on October 17 to retake Mosul from the Daesh terrorists.
Members of Iraqi army gesture and chant slogans during an
operation against Daesh militants southeast of Mosul, Iraq November 26,
Mosul fell to Daesh two years ago, when the terror outfit
began its campaign of death and destruction in northern and western Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed that
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, will be fully recaptured by year-end.
Amended Shariah Bill not applicable to Kelantan’s hudud
enactment, PAS says
BY MELATI A. JALIL
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — A new Bill to upgrade Shariah
courts by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will not be used with
Kelantan’s so-called hudud enactment passed last year, secretary-general Datuk
Takiyuddin Hassan said today.
Takiyuddin said even if the private member's Bill by Hadi
is passed in the Parliament, it is up to each state if they wish to adopt the
federal law in their Shariah enactments.
“It is not automatically applicable to states. The state
law that will be in accordance with Act 355 is the 1985 Syariah Criminal Code.
The one that will be used is 1985 enactment.
“Not the Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment 1993, which
was said as Hudud,” he told reporters at a press conference at the party's
The Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 that
Hadi aims to amend is also known as Act 355.
Kelantan currently enforces the Syariah Criminal Code
1985, while the 1993 enactment that specifies severe punishments for hudud
crimes specified in Quran.
Takiyuddin’s remark came even after a PAS MP said
yesterday that Hadi’s amended Bill would allow the implementation of “real”
punishments for three out of the six Shariah offences covered by hudud.
According to Datuk Dr Khairuddin Aman Razali, the three
offences — “zina” (illicit sex) for unmarried Muslims, “qazaf” (false
accusation of zina), and consumption of alcohol — are already governed by
Shariah criminal offences enactment in all states.
The Kelantan state legislative assembly passed in March
2015 amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment, which was first
introduced in the state in 1993, to pave way for the implementation of hudud.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang read Thursday
his motion for the amended version of his private member’s Bill to amend Act
355 in a bid to expand the punitive powers of the Shariah courts, but he
deferred it to the next time Parliament convenes in 2017.
The amended version of Hadi’s Bill seeks to increase the
Shariah punishment ceiling to 30 years’ prison, a RM100,000 fine and 100 lashes
of the cane.
Shariah courts are currently only allowed to mete out a
three-year jail sentence, a RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the cane.
Nov 28, 2016
Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad
has warned Israel that it will not remain indifferent to the mistreatment and
abuse of the Palestinians languishing in the regime’s prisons.
On Sunday, the movement organized a sit-in at the Erez
border crossing in the north of the enclave in protest at what it denounced as
the regime’s unjust imprisonment of Palestinians and its prolongation of their
detention periods under unwarrantable pretexts, Palestinian Ma’an News Agency
Addressing the event, resistance leader Daoud Shihab
warned Israel against “manipulating Palestinian prisoners’ lives” and cautioned
the regime’s courts against issuing rulings, which could result in their
“The Erez checkpoint is the closest point separating us
from our occupied lands, and we will not leave our prisoners to be preys of the
Israel Prison Service (IPS) and Israeli court practices which kill and execute
them,” he asserted.
He also lashed out Israel’s policy of administrative
detention, under which Tel Aviv has been detaining “suspects” without charge or
trial and based on evidence, which it claims it can withhold for “security”
concerns. Detention, in line with the controversial method, is also
Shihab said the method seeks “to break down the
Palestinian people’s determination, but that Palestinians would not be broken
nor defeated,” Ma’an wrote.
The sit-in protest was held amid reports that two
hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, who have been refusing food for over 60
days, are now in a dire condition.
Tel Aviv is reported to be holding some 7,000
Palestinians in its prisons across the occupied territories.
Some 720 of the inmates are being held in administrative
detention. Scores have also launched hunger strikes in the past year amid
threats by prison authorities to feed them forcibly.
Indian officials are registering all illegal Muslim
Bangladeshi residents in the state of Assam in an apparent bid to reduce the
“The Hindu rate of population growth is declining. But
the Muslim rate is rising. Most of the Muslims here are from Bangladesh. If
this continues, the Assamese Hindus will become a minority soon — we will lose
our language, our culture, our identity,” Assam’s finance minister told The
Assam shares a long border with Bangladesh, with much of
it consisting of wetlands easily crossed by boat. The majority of the Indian
army and its border force are positioned hundreds of miles away on the
Pakistani border, particularly clustered over the disputed territory of
The registration and deportation effort is known as
“detect-delete-deport.” Indian officials are now concerned that Bangladeshi
Islamic terrorist organizations, like the Islamic State, can infiltrate India
by posing as illegal immigrants. Officials say detecting illegal immigrants
from Bangladesh will be exceedingly difficult, as some have false identity
papers and have even voted. “As soon as they arrive, their priority is to enter
their names into the voter list somehow. They forge all kinds of documents and
pay bribes for this,” an Indian judicial official confirmed.
Special trains between Vijayawada, Ahmedabad for Islamic
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
The South Central Railway (SCR) will run four special
trains between Vijayawada and Ahmedabad and Hyderabad and Ahmedabad as per the
following schedule to clear the extra rush of passengers participating in the
Muslim congregation, Ijtema, at Ahmedabad.
No. 07139 Vijayawada-Ahmedabad special train will leave
Vijayawada at 00.55 a.m. on December 1 and reach Ahmedabad at 9.20 a.m. the
next day. In the return direction, No. 07140 Ahmedabad-Vijayawada special train
will leave Ahmedabad at 11.25 p.m. on December 4 and reach Vijayawada at 4 a.m.
on December 6.
These special trains will stop at Madhira, Khammam,
Mahabubabad, Warangal, Kazipet, Jammikunta, Ramagundam, Bellampalli,
Sirpurkaghaznagar, Balharshah, Wardha, Badhinera, Akola, Bhushaval, Jalgaon,
Amalner, Nandurbar, Surat, Bhanuch, Vadodara, Anand and Nadiad stations in both
The above two trains will be clubbed at Kazipet and run
as one train up to Ahmedabad. While returning too, they will run as one train
up to Kazipet and thereafter get separated and head for the two destinations –
Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
Full report at:
Muslims hold huge rally in Nanded, demand quota
AURANGABAD: Close on the heels of peace rallies organised
by the Maratha and dalit communities across the state, an umbrella organization
of various political parties and social and religious organizations of Muslims
on Sunday conducted a peace rally in Nanded to press their long-pending demand
for reservation for Muslims.
The rally was organised under the banner of Muslim
Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti, and the organisers claimed that more than 5.5
lakh people, including a large number of women, youth and senior citizens,
participated in the event. Representatives of the Marathas and dalits also took
part in the first of its kind rally held in Nanded city.
The peace rally that began around 11.30am from New Mondha
passed through ITI chowk, Shivaji Nagar flyover, Kalamandir, Vazirabad chowk
and culminated at Shivji Putla about 3.30pm. The rally took four hours to cover
the distance of 4km . Later, the representatives handed over a memorandum to
Nanded district collector Suresh Kakani.
The rally was organized in a disciplined manner and the
participants did not raise any slogan and no community flag was used by the
organizers. Only one national flag mounted on an open jeep was leading the
The organisers claimed that it was the first time in
Maharashtra that a large number of women participated in a rally. Religious
scholars, lawyers, teachers, students, healthcare professionals, businessmen
and engineers were at the forehead of the rally.
The main demand of the agitators was 10% reservation for
Muslims. The other demands were, protect the Muslim Personal Law, stop attacks
on Muslims and dalits in the name of 'gauraksha', not target innocent Muslim in
the name of terror, award death sentence to culprits of rape and murder cases,
implement Swaminathan Aayog and provide reservation to the Maratha community
without disturbing the quota of OBCs.
Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Muslims-hold-huge-rally-in-Nanded-demand-quota/articleshow/55653887.cms
NEW DELHI: The Indian establishment is in a 'wait and
watch' mode over the new Pakistani Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa+ . The
government advisors maintain too much cannot be read into his repeated tenures
in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the officer is expected to continue the
policies of his predecessors. The low-key General was previously in charge of
training and evaluation of the Pakistani Army.
While the officer is considered to be a thorough
professional, the vicious attacks on General Bajwa by hardliners in Pakistan —
who accuse his relatives of being from the Ahmadiyya community that they
despise as heretics — are being watched closely by observers in New Delhi.
The caution comes from the background of similar attacks
on General Pervez Musharraf who as Army Chief perpetuated the last major
conflict with India, the Kargil war of 1999. While Musharraf had no Ahmadiyya
connection, he was a muhajir (a person who moved to Pakistan after the division
of India) and his Kargil misadventure has been read by some as an attempt to
shrug off the label and prove his 'nationalism'.
While there is no reference in his public profile on
where he was posted during the Kargil war, Gen Bajwa has been described as an
experienced PoK hand, having commanded the Pakistani X Corps in 2014-15, when a
fresh round of hostilities started on the Line of Control. "Just because
he is well versed with J&K, we cannot assume that things will go worse or
get better. The reading is that he will pursue the same policies. As an Army
chief, he cannot be very different," a senior government advisor told ET.
Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-sees-General-Qamar-Javed-Bajwas-Ahmadiyya-link-with-Muhajir-Pervez-in-mind/articleshow/55658460.cms
Jamiat-ulama-e-Hind on Sunday organised a Dalit-Muslim
Mahasangram Rally at the Ramlila Maidan.
Attended by Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis, the rally
demanded budgetary allocation for Dalits, Adivasis and minorities in proportion
to their population, representation of all three in constitutional and public
institutions, end of caste-based discrimination and speedy unbiased justice to
victims of caste and communal violence.
Full report at:http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-dalit-muslim-mahasangram-rally-at-ramlila-maidan-4398847/
Two mass graves of Iraq’s Yazidis found near Mosul
ERBIL - Two mass graves of at least 18 members of Iraq’s
Yazidi minority, thousands of whom have been killed and kidnapped by Islamic
State, have been discovered as security forces fight to dislodge the militants
from Mosul, a local official said. Kurdish peshmerga forces found the grave
near the Shababit junction in northwestern Iraq while scouting the area. It
contained bones and identity cards that appeared to have been covered over with
sandy earth by a bulldozer. Islamic State systematically killed, captured and
enslaved thousands of Yazidis in the summer of 2014 as they overran the Sinjar
area, where many of them lived. United Nations investigators have said that
constitutes genocide. The mayor of Sinjar, Mahma Xelil, said the latest
discovery brought the number of Yazidi mass graves found so far to 29,
estimating the total would rise to more than 40 as the militants are driven
back further. Numbering about 400,000 people, Yazidis are a religious sect
whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions.
The Office of Kidnapped Affairs in Duhok, a department
backed by the Kurdistan regional government, says about 3,500 Yazidis are
believed to still live in areas controlled by Islamic State, many of them women
and children. Last Wednesday, 18 escaped from the town of Tal Afar in northern
Iraq as Shi’ite paramilitaries cut it off from the south and west.
27 November 2016
Syria regime forces on Sunday seized two new rebel-held
districts in Aleppo a day after they retook the largest opposition-controlled
neighborhood in the second city, a monitor said.
“The army and its allies retook control of Jabal Badro
and Baadeen”, both adjacent to Masaken Hanano which was retaken on Saturday,
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In less than 24 hours, the regime has seized three
districts from the rebels just 13 days into an assault to retake the entire
East Aleppo has been under rebel control since 2012.
Full report at:https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/11/27/Syria-regime-takes-two-Aleppo-rebel-districts.html
Egypt has denied Arab media reports claiming that Cairo
has military presence in Syria.
"These claims only exist in the imagination of those
who promote them," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement
issued on Sunday.
On November 24, Lebanese As-Safir newspaper quoted
"well-informed Arab sources" as saying that Egypt had dispatched
pilots to an airbase in Syria's western city of Hama on November 12, adding
that the contingent was joined by four senior Egyptian military figures upon
The paper added that two Egyptian major generals had also
been operating at the Armed Forces Staff Headquarters in the Syrian capital,
Damascus, since last month. They have been touring frontlines, including the
so-called southern front in the city of Quneitra, the report said.
The daily also quoted one source "close to the Syria
file" as saying that a large deployment of Egyptian troops will arrive in
Syria in late January 2017 to take part in military operations "not
limited to air support at Hama airbase."
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi recently expressed
support for the Syrian military, saying it was capable of restoring stability
Sisi's remarks reportedly irked Saudi Arabia and some
Persian Gulf Arab monarchies that back Takfiri terrorist groups, including
Daesh, which are operating to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar
Full report at:http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/27/495448/Egypt-military-presence-in-Syria
The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces, who captured Hanano
quarter on Saturday and Jabal Badrou, al-Ard al-Hamra, al-Saroukh districts on
Sunday, continued their military operations and managed to push back a large
number of terrorists from more vital bastions in the Eastern parts of the city.
According to some Arab media outlets, militants of Fateh
Halab (Aleppo Conqueror) factions have abandoned Bustan Al-Pasha as well as
Haydariyah and Baeedin districts after huge defeats of their comrades on
Moreover, army and popular forces recaptured Jandoul
FACTORIES, Ayn Al-Tal district and large parts of the Hallak Fuqani and Hallak
Tahtani districts amid reports of the militants' mass retreat from the Northern
section of Eastern Aleppo.
The army soldiers freed the district of Jabal Badrou and
al-Ard al-Hamra after hours of non-stop battle with the terrorists on Sunday.
Then, they continued their advances in the Eastern part of Aleppo and managed
to seize back one of the most IMPORTANT strongholds of the terrorists in the
area; Al-Saroukh district.
The recapturing of al-Sakhour region divided the areas
under the terrorists' control into the two Northern and Southern regions,
leaving the Jeish al-Fatah militants disconnected from North to South.
Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency SANA reported that
Army units secured departure route for 1500 people from the Eastern
neighborhoods of Aleppo city.
The Russian Defense Ministry's Peace Cooperation Center
in Syria said Sunday that infighting between terrorist groups in Aleppo has
intensified as militants are trying to prevent other comrades from leaving the
Clashes between militant groups have intensified because
some militants, who are controlling Eastern Aleppo, wanted to leave the city
but were encountered by the most hardline groups," the center's statement
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001554
The army units and their allies beat back terrorists from
al-Sakhour region and started purging the region of terrorists just one day
after capturing Hanano Housing Project and the district of Jabal (mount) Badrou
earlier on Sunday.
The seizure of al-Sakhour region divided the areas under
the terrorists' control into the two Northern and Southern regions, leaving the
Jeish al-Fatah militants disconnected from North to South.
The Syrian army and allied forces started a new phase of
their military operations in areas North of the Eastern districts of Aleppo
city on Sunday.
The Syrian army started fresh military operations in
Baeedin district just to the North of the Eastern districts in a bid to
increase pressure on the terrorist groups already besieged by the government
troops in those areas.
In the early hours of the military operations, Iraqi
popular forces managed to take control of nearly 40 residential complexes from
the terrorist groups.
Syrian Army troops and popular forces inflicted major
casualties on Jeish al-Fatah in the Eastern battlefields of Aleppo city on
Sunday, capturing two more districts
Syrian government forces, who captured Hanano quarter on
Saturday, freed the district of Jabal Badrou and al-Ard al-Hamra after hours of
non-stop battle with the terrorists
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001413
Hundreds of terrorists, equipped with heavy military
hardware, stormed the army's defense lines in the Western side of al-Salamiyah,
but their offensive was fended off by the army soldiers who had the militants'
movements under constant watch.
In the meantime, some units of the army had set up
several ambush attacks on the militants in al-Satahi'yat region and preempted
Tens of militants were killed or wounded in the failed
attack, but there is no accurate report on their number.
The terrorist groups, who have carried out different
offensives Southern Hama and Northern Homs, have thus far been unsuccessful in
weakening security of al-Salamiyah region.
Al-Salamiyah is of paramount IMPORTANCE due to its
proximity to the main path used by the terrorists to transfer fighters and
equipment from Central Syrian to the Northern parts of the country.
In relevant developments in the province on Friday, the
army troops inflicted major casualties on the terrorists and drove them out of
a village and its surrounding hills that they lost to the militants a couple of
The army soldiers stormed terrorists' defense lines in
the town of Ma'an and managed to recapture the small village of Zarat al-Aliyeh
and its nearby hilltop after fierce battle with Jeish al-Izzah.
Over 20 militants were killed and a number of armored
vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft machine-guns were destroyed in the army
Also, the army repulsed two attacks launched by the
terrorist groups against their positions in Northern Hama and could advance in
new areas in a counterattack.
As Syrian army units continue their massive operations in
the Northern parts of Hama, terrorists conducted a heavy attack on their
positions in Ma'an and Souran but the Syrian soldiers could ward off the
attacks and inflict heavy damage and casualties on the militants.
After repelling the terrorists' attacks in the Northern
parts of Souran town, the Syrian army launched a counterattack and targeted
their positions and supply routes with artillery and missile fire, and advanced
in new districts of al-Basatin region in the Western parts of Ma'an town.
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001351
The source said that the first paragraph of the plan
includes the terrorists' surrender of heavy, smi-heavy and light weapons to the
army and the start of their relocation to Idlib on Monday.
According to the source, the Syrian army has agreed to
grant amnesty to those militants who want to remain in the region but those who
want to leave Khan al-Sheih should surrender all their weapons, equipment,
ammunition, maps of their tunnels and planted mines to the army first.
Meantime, local sources reported that a number of buses
have been sent to the nearby areas of Khan al-Sheih.
The Syrian Army's devastating attacks and advances in
Western Ghouta forced the terrorist groups in Khan al-Sheih region to ask the
government forces for a revival of the negotiations after they pushed the last
round of peace talks into failure.
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001240
A report by the Arabic-language al-Hadath news website
said Hezbollah commanders were invited to a first time bilateral meeting with
senior Russian army generals because of their outstanding role in defeating the
terrorist groups' 'Great Epic Operation' in the Western districts of Aleppo to
break the siege of the Eastern parts of the city.
According to the report, presence of Hezbollah forces was
IMPORTANT to Russia since they greatly helped repel the first and second waves
of the terrorists' attacks and conduct counterattacks which led to the
immediate collapse of Jeish al-Fatah defense lines, capture of a number of regions
and tightening of siege on the militants in a number of districts.
According to al-Hadath, while Kremlin had stopped its
airstrikes in Aleppo, a meeting was held between Hezbollah field commanders and
senior Russian officers in Aleppo as their first direct and official meeting.
The website said the two sides had earlier had contacts
only through their representatives in the Baghdad intelligence sharing center
or through the Syria operations room and any exchange of intelligence on the
battlefield was made only through Syrian army coordinators.
Media reports claimed mid-November that the (Lebanese)
Hezbollah resistance movement sent more troops to Syria to take part in the
fight against the terrorists in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001215
The Saudi Mufti (religious leader) called on the Turkish
air-defense units, deployed at Turkey's border with Syria, to target the Syrian
Al-Muhaysini acknowledged the militant groups' defeats in
both phases of their Great Epic Operation in Aleppo, and demanded the Turkish
army to change military equation against the Syrian army in the Northern part
of the war-hit country by intensifying military interference in the country.
He further lashed out at Arab armies that are spending
their funds on holding military drills and festivals and urged them to instead
spend their money to back militant groups in Syria and removal of Syrian
government forces' siege on the militant-held districts in Aleppo city.
Al-Muhaysini said that 3,500 militants are now in Aleppo
and urged the youth to take up arms and join them instead of escaping the city.
He went on to say that if the militant groups do not
unite they will be forced to withdraw from the entire Levant.
Al-Watan said in a report that al-Muhaysini's demands
prove that every thing has ended for the militant groups in the Eastern
districts of Aleppo and the Saudi Mofti and other terrorists face no fate but
death to surrender.
Some representatives from the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
along with their counterparts from Jeish al-Fatah held a meeting in Turkey
earlier this week, the information center of E'elam al-Harbi quoted a source at
the Joint Operation Room of Syrian Army and Popular Forces as saying.
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907001024
Ahmad al-Khatib, a journalist with close links to the
Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorist group, disclosed on his twitter page that
Turkey is equipping its affiliated forces stationed near the strategic city of
al-Bab with Stinger missile system.
The Turkish media had also reported on Saturday that a
number of trucks carrying air defense systems were moving from Oguzeli region
in Gaziantep towards the Syrian borders.
Tensions between Damascus and Ankara have gone so high
that Syrian sources report army's preemptive strike in the Northern parts of
Syria to block the Turkish army's attempts to establish a buffer zone in the
After liberation of 25 farms and villages from the
terrorists' control in Aleppo, the Syrian army forces continued to advance in
the region to surround the strategic city of al-Bab from its Southern and
The ISIL stronghold city of Al-Bab Northeast of Aleppo is
on the verge of a major war among the Syrian army, the Kurds and the
Turkey-backed forces that are part of Turkey's Euphrates Shield Operation.
Reports said if the Euphrates Shield Operation forces
reach the gates of al-Bab city, the ISIL terrorists will withdraw without any
resistance which will pave the ground for the Turkey-backed groups. The ISIL
has adopted the same strategy in a number of villages and towns in the Northern
parts of Aleppo.
Meantime, possibility is high for direct clashes between
the Syrian and Turkish armies as the Turkey-sponsored forces that are backed up
by the Tukish army tanks stress that they are resolved to take al-Bab.
Saturday reports said that the Syrian army had inched
closer to one of the most IMPORTANT strongholds of the ISIL in the Arab
country, and were only three kilometers away from the Northern Syrian city of
al-Bab in Aleppo province, while the Ankara-backed militants are also racing
towards the city.
According to the Al-Mayadeen TV channel, the army troops
managed to dislodge ISIL terrorists from six settlements near al-Bab, and are
approaching the ISIL's stronghold city.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) supported by the Turkish Air
Force and armored vehicles has also launched an offensive to push terrorists
out of the vital Bastion of ISIL as capturing the city is of strategic
importance to Ankara in order to prevent the Kurds' reunification.
Military sources had disclosed in mid September that a
large number of Syrian soldiers are deployed at Kuweires airbase to start
military operations against the terrorists in al-Bab.
"Hundreds of Syrian soldiers are now in Kuweires
airbase 40 kilometers to the east of Aleppo city to start al-Bab military
operations against the ISIL terrorist group," the Arabic-language media
quoted an unnamed military source as saying.
Also, another source said in mid November that the Syrian
army has sent around 1,000 reinforcement troops to the Eastern countryside of
Aleppo to start the operation that aims to create a safe zone in areas in the
vicinity of Kuweires airbase, including al-Bab, adding that the Syrian
government troops' military operation in al-Bab region is also meant to block
further advances of the Turkey-backed terrorists in al-Bab region.
After recapturing Manbij from ISIL by the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), al-Bab and Deir Hafer have turned into the largest
bases of ISIL in Aleppo province.
Full report at:http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950907000955
BEIRUT: More than 4,000 civilians have fled eastern
Aleppo in the past 24 hours as regime forces advance against rebel-held
districts of Syria's second city, a monitor said on Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nearly
1,700 civilians had fled to government-held parts of western Aleppo and another
2,500 to the Kurdish-controlled northern district of Sheikh Maksoud.
The Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a wide
network of sources inside Syria for its information, said earlier more than 500
civilians had fled east Aleppo towards government-held areas of the divided
Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/More-than-4000-flee-rebel-held-east-Aleppo/articleshow/55653872.cms
KABUL - Afghan police and health officials raided cafes
and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and
paraphernalia in a campaign to halt “debauchery and vulgarity”. Critics say the
campaign will only distract police from the Afghan capital’s deteriorating
security situation, while doing little to change the pervasive smoking culture
in the long-term. Shisha cafes, where customers inhale fruit-flavoured tobacco
using pipes that draw the smoke through water, are popular public gathering
spots for Afghan men. The Afghan authorities, however, say the cafes can be
breeding grounds for petty criminals. Led by the health ministry, authorities
plan to go through each Kabul neighbourhood this week to enforce, for the first
time, a two-year-old law banning indoor smoking in restaurants. “We have to
have control over shisha cafes, which promote debauchery and vulgarity in
society,” Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters outside one of
the many restaurants raided by police.
“This is a religious and Islamic society and our young
generation should not waste their energy in a wrong way,” he added while
standing near two pick-up trucks full of confiscated shisha pipes.
Full report at:http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Nov-2016/kabul-police-raid-shisha-cafes-in-debauchery-crackdown
28 November 2016
The Syrian information ministry said the news piece that
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was subjected to an assassination attempt is
completely false and was published after its website was hacked.
The ministry made this announcement via its Facebook page
few hours after a news piece on its official website claimed that Assad was
poisoned and was suffering from a severe health problem.
The website has since then stopped providing any of its
services to readers.
The news piece detailed how Assad was poisoned and how he
suffered from a dangerous contagious disease, adding that a group of doctors
was treating him.
Full report at:https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/11/28/Turkey-detains-wanted-Kurdish-female-militant-at-Istanbul-airport.html
'Jihadpreneurs’ to foil growth of radicalism in Indonesia
With over 2,800 Islamic boarding schools, known locally
as pesantren, spread across the country, the “jihadpreneur” program is seen as
a way to bring economic prosperity and divert students away from radicalism.
DRESSEDin a simple green batik shirt, M. Zakki talked
proudly about his pesantren, Mukmin Mandiri, which is located in Sidoarjo, East
Java, and its curriculum that helps his students gain agribusiness skills,
specifically in the coffee industry.
“Nowadays you have to understand both religion and
entrepreneurship. Now is the time to nurture that [understanding] in pesantren
and eventually we will be able to produce ‘jihadpreneurs’,” he said on Friday
after meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Merdeka Palace.
Zakki was one among dozens of people involved in small
and medium enterprises (SME) invited by Jokowi to discuss the ups and downs of
SMEs during uncertain economic times.
“Jihadpreneurs won’t be associated with [violence]
because they are people who are productive and have economic value,” he said.
The program impressed Jokowi so much that he ordered the
Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry to introduce similar
programs at other pesantren. It has come at the right time, with the country
facing rising radicalism that threatens peace and stability.
A recent study conducted by the Analytical and Capacity
Development Partnership (ACDP) — a European Union-funded organization — found
that numerous values related to peace, tolerance and democracy could be found
in Islam’s holy scriptures, but teachers of Islamic studies lacked the ability
to convey these principles to their students.
The study also says that radical teachings can enter high
schools through student participation in radical mass organizations in the
community or through the extracurricular programs in Islamic education that are
usually controlled by radicals.
Noor Huda Ismail, terrorism expert and founder of the
International Institute of Peace Building, said radicalism flourished among
tight-knit communities and small social circles, such as low-income people.
Around 80 percent of all Indonesian terrorists became
involved because of their social networks, he said.
“However, in business you cannot choose your customers,
you have to be more open,” he said, adding that the jihadpreneur program would
be a positive move to thwart radicalism as it provided students with
opportunities to develop themselves.
To become a student or santri at Mukim Mandiri, an
applicant must undergo a Quran reading test and an entrepreneurship interview.
If they qualify, they will study a curriculum that consists of 25 percent
entrepreneurship theory and 75 percent practical studies.
Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister
Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga said he would visit Mukmin Mandiri next month
to run a pesantren entrepreneurship program there, before embarking on a
jihadpreneur mission to other schools.
Zakki is not alone in his efforts to make young santri
more business-minded. Since 2012, the Indonesian Santri Entrepreneurs
Association (HIPSI) has created workshops and training programs at pesantren in
15 provinces across the country in hopes that one million santri entrepreneurs
would be produced by 2022.
HIPSI chairman M. Ghozali said the association — which
was established by Indonesia’s largest Muslim association Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)
— focused on providing training in several domains, namely agribusiness,
maritime, culinary, information technology and creative industries.
Providing entrepreneurship training to students is deemed
IMPORTANTbecause many schools do not provide official graduate certificates,
making finding a job difficult. Graduates also often find themselves jobless
because they lack the skills needed to maintain a job.
“We want to increase the number of Muslim entrepreneurs
in Indonesia. There’s not enough of them,” Ghozali told The Jakarta Post. HIPSI
currently has 7,000 members with approximately 1,500 active members.
Samuel Asset Management economist Lana Soelistianingsih
lauded the jihadpreneur program, saying it would lead to the creation of more
jobs, which would “definitely help our economic growth because people can learn
to work for themselves”.
She also urged the government to integrate
pesantren-rooted SMEs to larger existing industries to nurture business talent.
Philippines military pounds positions of Daesh affiliate
group in south
The military in the Philippines has shelled the positions
of a terrorist group affiliated to Daesh in the south of the country, killing
and wounding a number of combatants.
Intelligence showed that 11 militants were killed and
five were wounded in the Sunday shelling, said Brigadier General Restituto
Padilla, a spokesman for the Philippines’ armed forces.
The bodies of the slain members of the militant group,
named Maute, had not yet been recovered, he said.
Clashes began between the army forces and Maute
militants, which have sworn allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group on
Padilla said that two soldiers had been wounded in the
During previous clashes with troops, Maute militants had
been seen carrying black Daesh flags and bandannas bearing the militants’
insignia were found in a militant base, the military said.
The army deployed reinforcements to the region to
dislodge the Maute militants, who had occupied the town hall and other building
in the town of Butig on the restive Mindanao Island.
Many residents of Butig, a town of 17,000 people, fled
after the town hall was occupied by the militants.
Full report at:http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/27/495371/Philippines-military-shelling-Maute-Daesh
BEIJING: China has asked its Muslim population to
"resolutely oppose religious extremism" and adhere to the concept of
"socialism with Chinese characteristics" while practicing their
The statement came from Wang Zuo'an, chief of the state
administration for religious affairs, at the 10th National Congress of Chinese
Muslims. Wang indicated that the government was worried about foreign influence
over Muslims in China at a time when major acts of terrorism were being carried
out by terrorists in different parts of the world.
Wang also expressed concern about new mosques being in
Muslim populated areas were copying designs from shrines in foreign countries
instead of relying on Chinese traditions in mosque building. New mosques should
demonstrate Chinese characteristics and national features, he said.
China's Communist officials have often said that Muslim
fundamentalism, which has overseas influence, is responsible for the growth of
terrorism in Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan.
The government would disallow any attempt by Muslim
religious groups to interfere in the process of governance, Wang said. Any
"religious interference" in the fields of politics, justice and
education is "intolerable", the official media said on Sunday quoting
from Wang's speech.
China has been apprehensive about the rise of Muslim
fundamentalism in Pakistan, which borders the western Chinese region of
Xinjiang that has a vast Muslim population. Communist leaders have earlier
indicated that terror camps in Pakistan have supplied arms and other forms of support
to separatists in Xinjiang who occasionally indulge in grave violence.
Wang's statement came two days after a government order
asking people with passports in Xinjiang to hand over the documents to local
police stations for "examination and management".
Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-asks-Muslims-to-oppose-religious-extremism/articleshow/55651529.cms
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 ― Non-Muslims must “play fair” by
refraining from interfering with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s
private member’s Bill to upgrade the Shariah courts, party secretary-general
Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said today.
Continued opposition to Hadi’s Bill may see Muslims
retaliate by opposing the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and
Divorce) Act 1976 that would bar unilateral conversion of children into Islam,
“If Act 355 is being interfered with, we worry that the
Muslims will not agree with the [proposed amendments] to the Law Reform [Act]
which also has something to do with Muslims,” he said in a press conference,
referring to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
“We must play the fair game, don't disturb the rights of
Muslims, and Muslims will not trouble the non-Muslims.
“If they want to play like that, we can also go against
the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act,” he
De facto law minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said last
week submitted the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill that
proposes to prevent single spouse conversions to Islam from unilaterally
affecting either civil marriages or the children born from these.
The new Bill, which also specifically addressed the
“Religion of a Child” in civil marriages where one spouse has converted to
Islam, said that the child will remain in the religion of the parents at the
time of marriage until the child is 18 years old, when he many choose his own
Full report at:http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/stay-off-hadis-bill-or-muslims-may-derail-divorce-law-reforms-pas-warns-non
KANGAR, Nov 28 — A welding assistant and a FACTORY
technician were today charged in the Magistrate’s Court, here, with attempting
to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria recently.
Zufadli Jafri, 24, from Kampung Bakam, Miri and Mohd
Ridwan Mohd Musa, 29, from Parit Bengkok in Gresik, Tangkak, Johor were charged
under Section 130JA of the Penal Code and read together with Section 511.
They face a jail term of up to 30 years and a fine, if
According to the charge sheet, the two accused took a train
at the Padang Besar railway station at 2.46pm on October 23 to Bangkok and then
flew on Gulf Air to Turkey before going to Syria to allegedly commit a terror
However, no plea was recorded from both after the charge
was read out to them before magistrate Mohd Azhar Hamzah, who then set January
5 for mention before the case is transferred to the High Court.
Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Fadzlan Mohd Noor from
Putrajaya appeared for the prosecution while the two accused were
Full report at:http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/two-men-charged-with-trying-to-join-islamic-state-in-syria
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — The Department of Islamic
Development Malaysia is to train more preachers and religious teachers to
master sign language to communicate with hearing-impaired Muslims in the
Jakim deputy director-general (human development) Paimuzi
Yahya said today there was a shortage of preachers and religious teachers to
translate Islamic teachings into sign language.
He said there were 45,000 hearing-impaired people in the
country and the government, through several agencies, was attended to their
“The majority of them are Muslims. Jakim and the state
Islamic affairs departments have conducted programmes for them. We have the
facilities and are prepared to assist them.
“We will have discussions with the Malaysian Deaf Muslims
Association on how to train the preachers and religious teachers to master sign
language,” he said to reporters after the opening of the 2nd International
Conference of Deaf Muslims here.
The two-day conference is an annual meeting of Global
Deaf Muslims based in the United States. This year's conference is organised by
the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf in cooperation with the Malaysian Deaf
Carrying the theme “Islam for the Deaf: Our Community,
Our Future,” the conference has drawn the participation of 269 hearing-impaired
Muslims from 27 countries to, among others, strengthen understanding and
appreciation of the Islamic teachings among hearing-impaired Muslims.
Full report at:http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/jakim-wants-more-preachers-religious-teachers-to-master-sign-language
November 28, 2016
Supporters of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo
presented evidence in their first police interrogation on Monday regarding the
alleged incitement committed by House of Representatives deputy speaker Fahri
Hamzah during a mass rally on Nov. 4.
The Red and White Solidarity Group (Solmet) chairman
Silver Matutina said the group would present video footage from Fahri's
official website that showed Fahri making controversial remarks about Jokowi
during the rally called to demand the prosecution of Jakarta Governor Basuki
"Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy.
"We hope that this report can provide a deterrent
effect and warn people not to incite others during any protest. No one has
impunity from the law, including Fahri as a House deputy speaker," Silver
said at the Jakarta Police office, adding that his group would also present
eyewitnesses named Trijahja Budi Wibowo and Iwan who heard Fahri's speech
during the rally.
Full report at:http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/28/jokowi-supporters-present-evidence-in-lawmakers-incitement-case.html
Nearly 100 Israeli settlers break into al-Aqsa Mosque
Nov 27, 2016
Nearly a hundred Israeli settlers have once again stormed
the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds amid simmering
tensions between Israeli military forces and Palestinian protesters in the
Mahmoud Abu Atta, the media coordinator at the al-Aqsa
Foundation for Waqf and Heritage, told Arabic-language Safa news agency that 96
illegal settlers, escorted by several groups of Israeli troops and led by a
number of guides and rabbis, entered the site through the Bab al-Maghariba on
The settlers staged lengthy stopovers in various parts of
the al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard during the incursion.
Abu Atta added that Israeli soldiers were heavily present
at the entrance gates to the mosque; and thoroughly checked the identity cards
of arriving worshipers.
The settlers finally left the al-Aqsa Mosque compound
through Bab al-Selseleh.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint Islamic site,
which is holy to Jews and Christians as well. The mosque is Islam’s third
holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed
tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of
Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem
al-Quds in August 2015.
More than 260 Palestinians have lost their lives at the
hands of Israeli forces in the tensions since the beginning of last October.
The violence has also killed at least 32 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean
and a Sudanese.
BY HOSSAM EZZEDINE
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party holds its first
congress since 2009 on Tuesday as the 81-year-old leader seeks to close ranks
and fend off a key rival.
While Abbas's advisers insist the congress is being held
because it is overdue, some analysts see it as an opportunity for him to sideline
allies of his exiled longtime rival Mohammed Dahlan. Talk of who will
eventually succeed Abbas as Palestinian president has intensified, with the
ageing leader not having publicly designated a successor.
A recent hospitalisation for a heart test has only added
to such talk, but Abbas has maintained that he has no intention of stepping
down anytime soon. Arab nations have reportedly been pressuring Abbas to allow
Dahlan to return in hopes that it will help lead to a smooth transition.
The congress to last up to five days in the occupied West
Bank city of Ramallah is expected to be key for the future of the secular party
and the Palestinian Authority it controls. It is to include elections for
Fatah's 23-member central committee -- in which Abbas serves as president --
and its 132-member revolutionary council, considered Fatah's parliament.
The 1,400 Fatah officials invited to attend the congress
are to vote for 18 members of the central committee and 80 seats on the
revolutionary council, while the rest are to be nominated.
Observers see the reduced number of officials to vote --
down from more than 2,000 in 2009 -- as part of a move to exclude Dahlan
supporters. Now in exile in the United Arab Emirates, Dahlan was expelled from
Fatah in 2011 and has faced a series of legal cases since.
Abbas's term as Palestinian president officially ended in
2009 but there has been no election since due to an ongoing dispute between his
party and its main rival, Islamist movement Hamas.
The Palestinian parliament has not met since 2007. Fatah
-- which controls the West Bank -- and Hamas have been at loggerheads since the
latter seized the Gaza Strip in a near civil war in 2007.
Dahlan fell from grace in June 2007 after the humiliating
rout of his forces by Hamas in week-long street battles that saw the Islamists
expel Fatah from the coastal enclave. The Gaza-born politician was expelled
from Fatah in 2011 over allegations of financial corruption and murder.
The Palestinian high court in 2015 upheld a presidential
decree lifting Dahlan's parliamentary immunity, sparking condemnation from
civil society activists.
Full report at:http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Nov-2016/abbas-fatah-in-rare-congress-as-succession-talk-builds
JERUSALEM - Israeli forces killed four gunmen linked to
the Islamic State group after they fired on soldiers Sunday, the military said,
in the first such attack on the occupied Golan Heights.
The Israeli soldiers were targeted with machinegun fire
and mortars and they shot back, before the air force bombed the vehicle
carrying the gunmen identified as members of “Shuhada al-Yarmouk, an IS
affiliate”, said spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner.
The soldiers, from the Golani Brigade, were beyond the
fence separating Israeli-occupied Golan from Syria but on Israeli territory,
Lerner told AFP, noting none was wounded in the clash. Since the beginning of
the internal Syrian conflict in 2011, stray fire from government and rebel
forces has hit Israel, as have attacks by the Lebanese Shiite militant group
Hezbollah and its affiliates.
Sunday’s clash marked the first time Syria-based
jihadists opened fire on Israeli soldiers on territory under Israeli control,
according to a retired general, but probably did not mark a change in the
strategy of the IS group. “A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on
Israeli side of border — this is the first time,” reserves general Nitzan
Nuriel told reporters. Nuriel said Israel has a policy of preventive action
that it uses from time to time in the “grey zone” — the term he used to
describe “pockets between the security fence along the border and the official
(demarcation line) between us and our neighbours.”
DUBAI:- Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or
Syria in the future, as distant footholds might be more valuable militarily
than nuclear technology, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said in
remarks published on Sunday. “We need distant bases, and it may become possible
one day to have bases on the shores of Yemen or Syria, or bases on islands or
floating (bases),” said General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri. –Reuters
Israel on Sunday said it will expand its fleet of
next-generation F-35 fighter jets in a move that officials believe will help
maintain the country’s qualitative military edge over its Mideast neighbors for
years to come.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced that
his Security Cabinet has approved the purchase of 17 additional F-35s. In all,
it said, the acquisition will bring the number of planes the air force will get
The F-35 is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons
program, with an estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. Israel is among a small
number of allies slated to receive the plane, with the first F-35 expected to
arrive in about three weeks.
A senior Israeli air force official described the arrival
of the F-35 as a game-changing development that will give Israel a “strong and
effective tool” in dealing with challenges across the region.
He said its ability to “integrate” various-cutting edge
systems would preserve Israel’s ability to act freely in hostile airspace. He
cited its long range capability, its ability to provide pilots with critical
data in real time and a stealth system that can evade or delay detection by the
world’s most sophisticated radar systems.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under
military briefing guidelines, said Israel would begin training with the new
planes immediately, but that it would take “more than a few months” for the
first planes to be operational.
He did not specify what missions Israel might make with
the planes, but said the F-35s are expected to meet all of Israel’s needs. In
recent years, Israel has reportedly carried out long-range airstrikes as far
away as Sudan, and is believed to have struck Hezbollah-bound weapons shipments
in neighboring Syria.
Israel has also hinted in the past at making plans to
strike Iran, some 1,000 kilometers away, if the Islamic Republic presses
forward with a nuclear program it considers suspect. The threat of Israeli
action in Iran has dropped following the international community's deal with
Iran last year to curb its nuclear program.
A report says more American military forces have arrived
in Yemen’s port city of Aden to join the contingent of US troops allegedly
fighting al-Qaeda militants in the country’s south.
On Sunday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel
published footage showing American troops arriving in Aden.
The report further said the new batch is apparently
linked to the US troops already deployed to al-Anad Airbase and other Yemeni
areas, adding that the deployment is aimed at reinforcing the US forces
claiming to be fighting al-Qaeda terrorists.
The TV report added the development reveals the true
intention of the US-backed Saudi aggression against Yemen, which is to gain
dominance over the Arabian Peninsula state and loot its wealth.
The deployment of US troops to Yemen, the report said,
shows Washington is pursuing its own interests in the war-torn country and
seeks to expand its military presence there.
The Pentagon has been providing logistics and
surveillance support to Saudi Arabia in its military aggression against Yemen,
the kingdom’s impoverished southern neighbor, which has killed at least 11,400
civilians since its onset in March 2015, according to a latest tally by a
Yemeni monitoring group.
KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Sirajul Haq said on
Sunday the JI has been pursuing the agenda of a peaceful, prosperous and
He was addressing a two-day workers convention at
Siraj said the Supreme Court should be asking for
evidence from those who have hidden country's money in London, Panama and Qatar
rather than asking him in the Panamagate case. The rulers have harmed Pakistan
which even an enemy would have not done. "Today the youth have degrees but
still they are frustrated," he said. Rulers fly abroad for their treatment
whereas hospitals in Lahore have a shortage of beds, he said.
Siraj said he would fight the case of Sindh in and
outside parliament. He criticised the rulers for following their monetary
benefits, instead of pursuing collective goal of the country's development and
He warned both the federal and Sindh governments to mend
He asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to reveal the
offshore assets of its leadership. A crystal clear probe in Panamagate case is
the voice of Pakistan, he demanded. "Jamaat-e-Islami is not an ordinary
political party but a revolutionist movement, struggling for a peaceful Islamic
revolution," he added.
Karachi was a role-model, leading the country in the
terms of revenue, academics, industry and intellect, he said, adding that the
incompetent leaders have ruined the city.
He flayed the Sindh government for making 'shady'
legislations against the teachings of Islam and the constitution of the
He expressed his disappointment that the party of
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was mulling to breach the constitution, being bestowed by
its founder. Sindh JI chief Merajul Huda said Sindh was pushed against the wall
and the city of lights has been facing darkness since long.
He vowed that the JI would not only bring back the lights
of Karachi but would also bestow the province its lost glory. He said they
would bring reforms in the agriculture sector if the JI came to power in Sindh.
Earlier JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman also
addressed the final session of the convention. In his address, he talked about
the political vacuum evident in Karachi and Sindh.
Pakistan, Turkey agree to intensify mutual cooperation in
November 27, 2016
ANKARA: Minister for Religious Affairs & Inter Faith
Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, met with the President of Religious Affairs of
Turkey (Diyanet), Prof Dr Mehmet Gormez, and exchanged views on ways to further
deepen bilateral cooperation, particularly between their respective institutions.
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf highlighted the deep-rooted,
multifaceted fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey, anchored firmly in
common faith and shared history.
Sardar apprised the Turkish dignitary of the measures
taken by Pakistan in the domain of religious affairs - such as establishment of
Ulema and Mashaikh Council for promoting religious and inter-faith harmony,
reform of religious education, and enhanced arrangements for Hajj and Umra.
He also informed about the International Seerat Conference
being organised on Eid Miladun Nabi at Lahore and personally delivered an
invitation to Prof Dr Mehmet Gormez to participate.
Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan-led
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has urged its government to immediately sever trade
ties with India over the death of 13 people including three soldiers in alleged
Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC).
"Indian forces are killing innocent civilians and
our army personnel along the LoC but our prime minister is fondly eating
bananas being imported from India. It is high time we sever trade ties with
India and unite on one platform to pat the enemy in the same coin,"
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.
Qureshi said Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif, who
should have been at the border to defend the country, was defending Sharif in
the Panamagate case in the apex court.
Qureshi, at a public meeting in Chhachhro town, said that
the Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N) government "had no courage to
respond to Indian prime minister's bluff and called for immediately severing
trade ties with India", Dawn reported.
In Umerkot, he told journalists that despite Indian
bombing along the LoC, the Sharif-led PML-N government had not broken trade
ties with the "belligerent neighbour" and urged the UN to get its
resolutions on Kashmir implemented, it reported.
Five Muslims Sentenced to Death For Killing Christian
Couple in Pakistan
A Pakistani court has handed down the death sentence to
five Muslims convicted of torturing and killing a Christian couple over
allegations of burning the Koran, according to Morning Star News.
Hundreds of villagers in Kot Radha Kishan, Pakistan were
involved in the assault of 26-year-old Shahzad Masih and his five-month
pregnant wife, Shama, 24, who were thrown into a burning brick kiln.
The villagers were incited by Muslim leaders calling for
violence against the couple over allegedly burning the Koran.
Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Chaudhry Azam handed
death sentences to Irfan Shakoor, Muhammad Hanif, Mehdi Khan, Riaz Kamboh and
Hafiz Ishtiaq, earlier this week, along with a fine of 200,000 rupees or
Eight others were sentenced to two years in prison.
Attorney Riaz Anjum, who represented the father of the
deceased woman, told Morning Star News that although more than 50 people had
been originally charged in the lynching, most of them were acquitted after
family members of Shahzad Masih sent in statements denying that they were
present at the scene.
ISLAMABAD: There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan’s
military policy under the new army chief, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said.
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring Army Chief Raheel
Sharif when his three-year term ends on Tuesday.
Talking to Geo TV, Khawaja Asif said: “The military
policy will continue and there will be no immediate change in it.”
“The legacy of General Raheel Sharif would continue in
the light of the examples he set,” he added.
The United States on Sunday issued a statement,
welcoming Gen Bajwa’s appointment and said it wanted to assist Pakistan with
its domestic and regional counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts. In a
statement, the US embassy in Islamabad also said it wanted to help “Pakistani
authorities to honour their pledge to prevent the use of Pakistan’s soil for
terrorist attacks against its neighbours”.
Six Pakistanis working for a Polish oil and gas surveying
company have been kidnapped near Dera Ismail Khan, military sources told
Reuters, years after a Polish engineer from the same company was beheaded by
The six Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched from their
vehicles on Saturday afternoon on a road near the village of Drazinda, about
80km from the city of Dera Ismail Khan, two officials with security forces in
the area said.
One of the officials, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, provided Reuters with the names and national identity card numbers
of the workers.
Geofizyka Krakow, a subsidiary of Poland's state-run gas
firm PGNiG, could not be immediately reached for comment. On its website, the
PGNiG local unit said it had gone into liquidation in August 2016.
“They were sub-contractors providing works for Geofizyka
Krakow, a company which is now in liquidation. They were not Polish,” a PGNiG
spokesman said. He declined to give any more details.
A Polish foreign ministry spokeswoman tweeted that there
were no Polish citizens in the group and that the Polish embassy in Islamabad
is monitoring the situation.
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the
kidnappings. In the past, militants from the Pakistani Taliban group have
kidnapped people in the region for ransom or to bargain for the release of
The area where the workers were kidnapped is close to
South Waziristan, part of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(Fata) bordering Afghanistan.
Geofizyka Krakow has a long history of seismic survey
work in Pakistan.
In 2008, a Polish engineer working for the firm was
kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban near the northwestern city of Attock, and
beheaded several months later.
ISLAMABAD - The United States and the United Kingdom on
Sunday welcomed appointment of Lt-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new chief of
They also congratulated the new Chairman of the Joint
Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Lt-Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat.
In a statement issued by the US embassy, the United
States congratulated the outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif
upon the conclusion of his tenure.
The US lauded General Raheel Sharif's efforts to combat
Washington also recognised the dedicated service of
outgoing CJCSC General Rashad Mahmood.
General Sharif will hand over command of the army to
Lt-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29 after completing tenure of three years.
In a separate statement, the British High Commission
welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appointment of Lt-Gen Qamar Bajwa as the
new Chief of Army Staff and General Hayat as the new CJCSC.
SIALKOT/SAMBRIAL-Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana said that
Pakistan is not isolated as the world has acknowledged our sacrifices and the
frontline role in the war against terrorism to ensure peace across the globe.
Pakistan’s armed forces have successfully broken the
network and nexus of the militants, he said while addressing the annual prize
distribution ceremony of Cadet College in Sambrial.
The governor stressed a need for promotion of
knowledge-based education and character building of the students. He highly
hailed the role of the teachers, saying that the good and dutiful teachers are
precious asset of the society. He said that teachers are the builders of
He said that there could never be an alternative to
teachers. He said that the government was striving to remove the darkness of
the ignorance through spreading the light of knowledge through public-private
US airstrike kill 7 ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
Nov 28 2016
At least 7 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike carried out by US
forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
According to the local security officials, the airstrike
took place on Sunday afternoon in Haska Mina district.
The officials further added that three militants of the
terror group were also wounded in the airstrike.
Several weapons and ammunition belonging to the terror
group were also destroyed in the airstrike in the airstrike, the officials
The officials also added that the airstrike did not incur
any casualties to the local residents.
The loyalists of the terror group have not commented
regarding the report so far.
Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes
against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.
Bangladeshi Hindus seek Trump's intervention to save
New York: In the wake of atrocities laid on their
community, Hindu Bangladesh nationals rallied on Sunday in front of Trump Tower
in New York demanding the intervention of President elect Donald J Trump to
save the non-Muslims in their country.
The rally was taken out by the Hindus of Bangladeshi
origin demanding that President elect Trump should save the non-Muslim
populations there from the hands of militant Islam.
"We had voted for Trump and now we want to appraise
him that the Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are routinely
persecuted with no end of it in sight," Organizer Sitangshu Guha said.
MUMBAI, India - Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of
Calcutta, always was a figure admired across religious divides, so it seems
only fitting that an international prize named in her honor went this year to a
Muslim who died in Dhaka, Bangladesh, trying to save two friends from a
On Nov. 20, the family of 20-year-old Faraaz Hossain was
presented with the 2016 Mother Teresa International Award for Social Justice
during a Mumbai ceremony.
Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, and Sister
Priscilla of the Missionaries of Charity, handed over the award to Faraaz’s
mother Simeen Hossain and elder brother Zaraif Ayaat Hossain. The honor is
bestowed by an Indian NGO dedicated to preserving Mother Teresa’s legacy, and
this marks the first time it’s been awarded to a non-Indian posthumously.
In the wake of the July terrorist attacks in Dhaka by
Islamic militants, which targeted an upscale neighborhood in Bangladesh’s
capital city, Hossain’s story spread quickly around the world, hailed as a
model of bravery and selflessness.
Hossain, a student at Emory University in Atlanta,
Georgia, was visiting family back home in Bangladesh when he was caught up in
the 10-hour hostage crisis on the evening of July 1. When gunmen professing
loyalty to the Islamic State insisted on separating Bangladeshis from
foreigners, Hossain refused to desert two female friends.
Those friends were Abinta Kabir, a Bangladesh-born U.S.
citizen and a fellow student at Emory University, and Tarishi Jain, an Indian
student at the University of California, Berkeley - with whom he had gone to
the café on that fateful night.
The gunmen were looking for “infidels,” offering a test
as to who could recite verses from the holy Quran and who couldn’t. Hossain
passed and was given a chance to leave but refused, and his body was later
discovered with wounds suggesting he had tried to fight back against his
He has since become a symbol of Bangladesh’s resistance
to extremism, with posters around the country insisting, “Faraaz is
Receiving the award, Simeen said, “I wanted to raise my
son as a good human being, and this was the darkest moment of my life. Yet it
was the proudest moment of my life.
Faraaz was a practicing Muslim, and looking evil in the eyes he said,
‘No I will not leave my sisters behind’.”
Nov 28 201
At least six militants have been arrested after they
managed to infiltrate among the Afghan forces to conduct insurgency by
disguising as security personnel.
The provincial government media office in a statement
said the militants were arrested by the operatives of the provincial
intelligence department, National Directorate of Security (NDS).
The statement further added that the militants had
managed to join the Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police forces.
According to the local officials, the militants have in
the past killed a number of the religious clerics, government officials, and
The Afghan intelligence operatives launched a covert
operation to identify the militants who were arrested based on a tip off, the
Two suicide bombers recruited by the loyalists of the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were arrested by the
Afghan intelligence operative in Kabul city.
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
(NDS), said the two young men were arrested from the vicinity of the 5th police
district of the city.
A statement by NDS said the two men have been identified
as Jalil Ahmad son of Syed Ahmad and Hamid son of Aminullah.
The statement further added that the two men were
arrested before the terrorist group deploy them to Nangarhar for further
The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated
the Asian International Railway during a special ceremony organized in
Turkmenabad area of Turkmenistan.
Calling the inauguration of railway as ‘historic’,
President Ghani said the Afghan government remains committed to turn all the
bordering provinces of the country into major economic hubs.
President Ghani further added that the inauguration of
the railway connects Afghanistan with Turkmenistan as he hoped that the country
will be connected via railway networks with Iran in the West and some other
regional countries, including India.
In his turn, the Turkmen President Gurbanguly
Berdimuhamedow said the inauguration of the railway is a major achievement.
Berdimuhamedow said the Imamnazar-Akina terminal could a
play key role for the traders, specifically the oil traders as modern
equipments have been installed in the port.
The Turkmen President further added that the terminal can
hold around 500 tons of trade commodities and will be a big success for the oil
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in Turkmenabad
area on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by high delegation to join his Turkmen counterpart
for the inauguration of the railway.
Mass wedding holds in Abuja suburb attacked twice by Boko
Despite the fear of insecurity and past incidents of
terrorist attacks in this town near Abuja, New Nyanya is peaceful as it
witnesses social and religious activities.
It was indeed a day of joy for parishioners of St.
Sylvester Catholic Church New Nyanya in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa
State as 80 couples were given the sacrament of matrimony by the Catholic
Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Mathew Audu.
In a statement signed by the public relations officer the
Church, Ewache Ajefu, the church said that the ceremony was unique and historic
in the history of St. Sylvester Catholic Church.
The marriage ceremony and the Sacrament of Confirmation
put together by the Parish Priest of St. Sylvester Catholic Church New Nyanya,
Lawrence Anyembugu, were part of the key activities lined up for first pastoral
visit of the Bishop to the Independent Mission.
Speaking at the occasion, the Bishop admonished the
couples to cloth themselves with the love of Christ in order to have a
sustainable marriage life, stressing that marriage without love is meaningless.
Citing many examples of causes of breakage in marriage
life, Bishop Audu called on them to avoid pitfalls that would lead to regrets,
adding that exemplary Christian life was key to successful marriage.
New Nyanya is a town in Nasarawa State. It is a district
of Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, and is among the towns that make
up the Karu Urban Area, a conurbation of towns stretching into the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT). New Nyanya is loosely considered as part of the
metropolitan area of Abuja.
MOGADISHU : A car bomb exploded near a busy market in
Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police
said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher.
"We have counted about eight civilians so far who
were killed in the blast and more than 10 others wounded but the death toll
could be higher because the area is a market and it was so densely populated
when the blast occurred, most people who were wounded have serious
injuries," said police official Ibrahim Mohamed. Medical sources suggested
nearly 30 people had been killed, but this was not confirmed by authorities.
"Our ambulances have collected 13 wounded civilians
and 28 dead bodies, the toll could be higher because of the density of the
location where the blast occurred," Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adem,
director of the AMIN ambulance service, told AFP.
The blast took place in the densely populated Afisiyone
area in southern Mogadishu.
"There was chaos and severed dead bodies strewn
around the street, the market was so busy with people shopping when the blast
ripped through the area. I saw many dead bodies but I could not count, I have
helped collect more than 10 of them," said Abdulahi Osman, who witnessed
Another witness, Ismail Mohamud told AFP: "I can't
count all, but, I can tell that I have collected about 20 dead people with my
hands, also, there have been other people collecting with me both dead and
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack,
but immediate suspicion fell on the Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab group, which is
locked in battle with the Somali government and regularly mounts attacks in the
Libya says it cannot be part of an imminent deal by
members of the Organization of the Petroleum EXPORTING Countries (OPEC) for
cutting down oil production levels, saying it will push for increased income to
make up for the militancy and political uncertainty in the country.
“Libya is in such a dangerous economic situation, there
is no way it can participate in OPEC production cuts for the foreseeable
future,” Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla
said on Sunday.
OPEC members are to gather this week in Vienna to
finalize output cuts which were agreed to in a meeting in Algiers in September.
The initiative is meant to boost prices in the market after nearly two years of
Sanalla said the unrest in Libya, which has gripped the
country since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, makes it impossible
for Tripoli to contribute to any OPEC output cuts.
“The IMPORTANT thing now is that all Libyans should
benefit from increased revenues. This will be the real test of whether we can
pull through our current political crisis and keep our oil flowing,” he said.
More than 4 million children have lost at least one
parent in Congo over the past two decades, the silent victims of continuous
cycles of violence
The UN said in a report that a total of more than 26 million
children have also been orphaned in West and Central Africa, where the DR Congo
This is the second highest number of orphans living in
the world behind South Asia, according to the report.
“They are the orphans with a story of violence since 1994
— it’s a generation of victims that continues,” says Francisca Ichimpaye, a
senior monitor at the En Avant Les Enfants INUKA center. And the children “lose
their story in the violence,” Ichimpaye said.
Orphans are forced to look after themselves as well as
their younger siblings.
In addition, many of them are vulnerable to recruitment
by armed groups whilst others face sexual exploitation in a country where rape
has become commonplace.
The DR Congo, which faces poverty and crumbling
infrastructure, has been plagued by ethnic conflict and a fight over valuable
minerals since 1998. Civilians are the main victims of the ethnic strife.
At least six soldiers were injured on Saturday when they
ran into an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents while escorting a convoy of Gwoza
Local Government Area officials.
The ambush occurred along Maiduguri-Bama road, close to
Bama, sources told PREMIUM TIMES.
A gang of about 40 Boko Haram members opened fire on the
convoy that was being escorted by soldiers of the 121 Task Force Battalion,
Pulka, our sources said.
Confirming the incident, the caretaker council chairman
of Gwoza, Saeed Sambo, told journalists that the soldiers fought back fiercely,
killing about 20 of the attackers.
He said they came under attack at about 10 a.m. when they
were heading for Gwoza from Maiduguri.
US mosques receive letters threatening Muslims
WASHINGTON: Amid reports of spurt in hate crimes against
Muslims after the electoral victory of Donald Trump+ , several mosques in the
US have allegedly received threatening letters and emails against the community
in the country.
An anonymous handwritten letter, which so far has been
received by three mosques in California and one in Georgia, warned Muslims to
"pack your bags and get out of dodge as Trump is going to cleanse America
and make it shine again".
"There's a new sheriff in town — President Donald
Trump. He's going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he's going
to start with you Muslims," the letter states, according to Council on
American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. "And, he's going to do to you Muslims
what Hitler did to the jews (sic)."
The document has prompted council chapters in California
to appeal for stepped-up police protection of mosques.
"This hate campaign targeting California houses of
worship must be investigated as an act of religious intimidation, and our
state's leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that
leads to such incidents," said Hussam Ayloush, leader of the council's Los
Since Trump — who railed against Muslims and immigrants
during the campaign+ — was elected on November 8, more than 100 anti-Muslim
incidents have occurred across the country, said CAIR.
It quoted the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which
monitors hate crimes, as saying over 700 incidents targeting different minority
groups had been documented since election day.
After being elected as the 45th president of the US,
Trump has spoken against all kinds of hate-crimes.
However, there has been no response from him in the
aftermath of the series of hate letters being received by mosques in different
parts of the country.
Washington: Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio will
sue the federal government if President-elect Donald Trump goes forward with
his plan to establish a “Muslim registry.”
In a speech delivered on Monday at The Cooper Union
before hundreds of supporters, De Blasio slammed Trump’s controversial
policies, said, “We will sue to block it.”
“We will use all the tools at our disposal to stand up
for our people.” If all Muslims are required to register, we will take legal
action to block it,” De Blasio said.
Thunderous applause, standing ovation and cheers followed
as he spoke. “We don’t consent to hatred and we will fight anything we see as
undermining our values,” de Blasio said.
Saboor Farha is a bit jealous her husband could donate
blood, and she couldn't, at the Canadian Blood Services donor clinic on the
Farha and husband Mohammad Mateen Akhtar were part of a
Hamilton group who gave blood on Saturday as part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Jama'at Canada's "Muslims for Life" campaign.
The local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at community is
represented by the 700-member Baitun Nur Mosque at King Street East and
Parkdale Avenue North.
Farha wanted to donate in the past but didn't know the
process, she says. Her mosque's initiative made it comfortable for her to try
it at the regular donor clinic on Stone Church Road in Ancaster.
"Now the community is doing it and making all the
arrangements. So okay, that's easy (I thought). Let's do it, even though I'm
not sure I can give…If I can help the community, why not."
She was not sure because of her anemia two years ago —
and in the end, she was indeed turned down out of concern that giving blood
wound made her anemic again. So she was a bit jealous that her husband could
donate, she said.
Rehan Tanvir, 27, is used to giving. Although this was
his 16th time donating, he was there specifically Saturday for his Ahmadiyya
"In the holy Qur'an, it states that anyone who saves
one life, it's like you've saved mankind," Tanvir said while giving blood.
"And given what's going on in the world today, it's a good gesture."
Swiss probe top Muslim leader over propaganda
GENEVA : Swiss federal prosecutors said Saturday a
criminal probe into suspected militant propaganda has been expanded to include
the leader of the country's largest Islamic organisation.
The office of Switzerland's attorney general confirmed in
an email to AFP that Nicolas Blancho, of the Islamic Central Council of
Switzerland (ICCS), was under investigation.
The ICCS slammed
the move as "political" and said it was ready to "counter the
accusations in a courtroom."
Prosecutors opened the case last December, charging that
an ICCS board member - German national Naim Cherni - had violated "the
prohibition of groups like Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and similar organisations."
He was suspected of creating "for propaganda
purposes" a video from a trip into parts of war-ravaged Syria,
"without having explicitly distanced himself from Al-Qaeda
activities" in the country, last year's statement said.
On Saturday, the attorney general's office said its probe
"has been expanded to the president of the ICCS and to one other ICCS
committee member," who was identified by the organisation as its
spokesman, Qaasim Illi.
In an interview with the NZZ daily on Friday, Attorney General
Michael Lauber said the case was "of high priority, because we want to
know how far freedom of expression goes when it comes to criminal propaganda
for a terrorist organisation."
Cherni's video included an interview with a senior member
of the jihad umbrella organisation Jaysh al-Fath ("Army of
Conquest"), which counts as a member the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front,
which has renamed itself Fatah al-Sham. He insisted the film was a documentary
and was not meant as propaganda.
The ICCS has continued to promote the film, which remains
accessible on YouTube. It has been viewed more than 100,000 times over the past
Lauber told NZZ he hoped the case would go before
Switzerland's federal criminal court next year.
ICCS chief Blancho said in a statement on the
organisation's website he would welcome his day in court to defend Muslims
against "political bullying".
Morocco’s Religious Diplomacy In Africa: Well-Timed Royal
BY SAID TEMSAMANI
Morocco is continuing to promote its moderate version of
Islam as a counterweight to the widening jihadist menace in sub Saharan Africa
by training hundreds of imams from affected countries. Moreover, and in June
2016 King Mohammed VI chaired in the nation’s spiritual capital Fez the
installation ceremony of the Higher Council of the recently set up Mohammed VI
Foundation for African Islamic scholars. During that ceremony the King stated
that ” I view the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema as an institution
for cooperation, for the exchange of experiences and for the Ulema to make
concerted efforts to fulfill their duty and turn a spotlight on the true image
of the pristine Islamic faith as well as on its open-minded values, which are
based on moderation, tolerance and coexistence. The aim is to make sure those
values help us promote security, stability and development in Africa.”
He added, “I am convinced the Foundation, through its
branches in African countries, and together with other religious institutions,
will play its role in disseminating enlightened religious precepts and in
combating extremism, reclusiveness and terrorism – which our faith does not
embrace in any way – but which are advocated by some clerics, in the name of
Moroccan spiritual diplomacy has been very successful in
West Africa due to the country’s historic Maliki School through Sufi channels
and methods of reaching worshipers in the sub-Saharan region and West Africa.
The Tijaniya sufi order widely operating in West Africa was founded in North
Africa during the 18th century. Other Sufi orders – including the Qadiriyya and
Chadiliya orders – soon followed, gaining large numbers of devotees who
identified heavily with Morocco, where the tomb of Sheikh Ahmed Tijani, the
founder of the Tijaniyyah order, is buried.
Sufism attracts more young Africans because of its
tolerance, due to the easy interpretation that gives to the Qur’an, its
rejection of fanaticism and its embrace of modernity. Young people are the
principles of” beauty” and” humanity”. Sufism balanced lifestyle that allows
them to enjoy arts, music and love without having to abandon their spiritual or
religious obligations. Sufi orders exist throughout Morocco. They organize
regular gatherings to pray, chant and debate timely topics of social and
political, from the protection of the environment and social charity to the
fight against drugs and the threat of terrorism.
Apparently Morocco’s religious authority – Imarat
Lmouminin – is highly venerated by many Africans, whether in Mali, Senegal,
Cote d’Ivoire… In all his trips in Africa, King Mohammed as Commander of the
Faithful, receive all leaders of major Sufi orders. In all his trips in Africa,
he provided thousands of copies of the Quran issued by the Mohammed VI
Foundation for Holy Quran Publishing to be distributed mosques and other major
Muslim institutions. In short, a credible and very successful spiritual
diplomacy led by the King to promote a tolerant Islam that teaches respect,
love to other religions and contribute efficiently to counter all extremist
voices who unfortunately seem to gain ground in some countries in West Africa.
In March 2015, King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Mohammed
VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidines, and Morchidates in the
capital, Rabat. The religious training center that aims to instill the values
of Morocco’s open, moderate form of Islam, based on the Maliki rite and Sunni
Sufism, in the next generation of Muslim religious leaders (imams) and
preachers (morchidines and morchidates) from across the region and the world.
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