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Border And Exchange Sweets On The Occasion Of Eid-Ul-Fitr
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this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion and peace in our
everyone be blessed with happiness,' Prime Minister Modi said.
Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and
Harmony Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the
Jama Masjid in New
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished
the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr calling for peace and harmony in the
society. "May this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion
and peace in our society. May everyone be blessed with happiness," he
Have a blessed Id-ul-Fitr.
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Minister Amit Shah also greeted the nation and hoped the festival would bring
peace and happiness for everyone. "Extend my warm greetings on the
occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival bring peace, joy and happiness in
everyone's life," he tweeted.
warm wishes of the festival, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wished the people,
saying, "Warm greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating
Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival strengthen the bonds of peace, harmony and
brotherhood in our society."
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also joined the league of leader wishing the
country as he wrote on Twitter, "May the pious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr
bring peace, prosperity and harmony in every part of the world."
the people on the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, Congress President Rahul Gandhi
said, "Eid Mubarak and my best wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of
Indian and Pakistani Armies Reiterated Their Resolve, To Ensure Peace along the
Border and Exchange Sweets On The Occasion Of Eid-Ul-Fitr
Express News Service
June 5, 2019
defence officials, not politicians should talk about military actions”
indian army, pakistan army, indian and pakitani army exchange sweets on eid,
loc, india pakistan border, jammu and kashmir
and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. (Express
Army and Border Security Force (BSF) Wednesday exchanged Eid greetings and
sweets with their Pakistani counterparts at nearly a dozen places along the
Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.
defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that Indian and
Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Chakkan Da
Bagh along the Line of Control in Poonch.
were also exchanged between BSF and Pakistani Rangers at various places along
the IB from Kanachak to Kathua in Jammu region. Both the sides on the occasion
also reiterated their resolve to ensure peace along the border.
Eid was celebrated with fervour all over the region including border areas,
with Muslims offering Eid prayers in mosques. The borders remained peaceful
during the day.
white roses offer Eid solidarity to Muslims
Buddhists handed out white roses to Muslims heading to pray Wednesday to mark
the end of Ramadan -- the culmination of a rare show of solidarity in a country
where Islam is often vilified.
lined up outside Dargah mosque in eastern Yangon, giving flowers to scores of
devotees heading inside to mark the Eid festival, weeks after a mob of
hardliners had tried to shut down Ramadan prayers.
motorbike courier Tin Myint, 42, said the gesture had raised spirits in the
Buddhists really helped protect us," he told AFP.
white rose campaign started three weeks ago after a mob of some 200
ultra-nationalists descended on three sites hosting Ramadan prayers in Yangon,
forcing them to stop.
responded in the following days by offering protection to the shocked
worshippers and an arrest warrant was issued for one protest leader.
moderate monk Seindita also came to plead for their patience, handing out white
roses in solidarity and triggering the campaign.
team of some 100 volunteers gave out around 15,000 flowers to Muslims at 23
locations across the country during Ramadan.
Win, 33, explained the roses were a "warning to extremists that many in
Myanmar don't share their unjust views".
three to four percent of Buddhist-majority Myanmar's population is Muslim
although the religion traces its roots in the country back centuries.
brutal 2017 military crackdown forced some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to
discrimination against the Muslim community -- which includes people from many
ethnic groups -- goes back further.
say Muslims were particularly targeted by changes to Myanmar's laws in 2015,
which heavily restricted inter-faith marriages.
joint-secretary of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council Myanmar, said the
white rose campaign had really helped after years of degradation of their
used to live like brothers and sisters with each other (alongside
Buddhists)," he said, adding the problems were created for "political
vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a
signs of Eid celebrations after crackdown that has seen a reported million
Uygurs and other minorities interned in camps
in far western Chinese region say they are now ‘too scared’ to practise their
faith in public
leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFPWorshippers
leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
corner where Heyitkah mosque in China’s far western region of Xinjiang once
hummed with life is now a car park where all traces of the tall, domed building
have been erased.
Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities
this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights
the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily
the car park in the city of Hotan, the slogan “Educate the people for the
party” is emblazoned in red on the wall of a primary school where students must
scan their faces upon entering the razor-wired gates.
mosque “was beautiful,” recalled a vendor at a nearby bazaar. “There were a lot
of people there.”
situation here is very strict, it takes a toll on my heart,” said one Uygur,
who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals. “I don’t go any more,” he added,
referring to mosques. “I’m scared.”
the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, no longer does the sunrise call for
prayer echo throughout the city – a ritual the manager of the city’s central
mosque once proudly shared with tourists.
Wednesday, locals celebrating Eid al-Fitr quietly filed into the entrance of
state-approved Idkah Mosque – one of the largest in China – as police and
officials fenced off the wide square surrounding the building and plain clothes
men monitored every person’s actions.
was another low-key Ramadan for Muslims in Xinjiang, where restaurants were
busy serving food to customers throughout the day, a time when practising
Hotan on Friday – a holy day for believers – the only mosque in the city was
empty after sundown, an important prayer session when Muslim families typically
break their daily Ramadan fast.
in the day, at least 100 people attended a midday session but the vast majority
were elderly men.
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ruling Communist Party “sees religion as this existential threat”, said James
Leibold, an expert on ethnic relations and policy in China at La Trobe
the long term, the Chinese government wants to achieve “the secularisation of
Chinese society,” he told AFP.
Xinjiang government told AFP that it “protects religious freedoms” and citizens
can celebrate Ramadan “within the scope permitted by law”, without elaborating.
authorities have thrown a hi-tech security net across the region, installing
cameras, mobile police stations and checkpoints in seemingly every street in
response to a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Islamic extremists and
separatists in recent years.
estimated one million Uygurs and other Turkic-speaking ethnic groups are held
in a vast network of internment camps.
initially denying their existence, Chinese authorities last year acknowledged
that they run “vocational education centres” aimed at steering people clear of
religious extremism by teaching them Mandarin and China’s laws.
those centres, it was a different Ramadan.
Xinjiang government told AFP that people in the centres are not allowed to hold
religious activities because Chinese law forbids it within education
facilities, but they are free to do so “when they return home on weekends”.
recent years, Chinese authorities have ramped up controls on public displays of
religion and Islamic traditions in Xinjiang.
reporters did not see any veiled women and few men sporting long beards during
a week-long visit to the region. Former internment camp inmates have said they
were incarcerated for these outward signs of their religion.
of worship too have become targets of Beijing’s draconian security measures.
Rights Watch decodes surveillance app used to classify people in China’s
the satellite images analysed by AFP and Earthrise Alliance, 30 religious sites
were completely demolished while six had their domes and corner spires removed.
reporters visited about half a dozen sites, and found that some mosques had
been repurposed into public spaces.
officers blocked journalists from entering Artux, just north of Kashgar, where
the town’s grand mosque and dozens of other community mosques were destroyed.
area is some 22 kilometres (14 miles) away from an enormous complex believed to
be a re-education centre. Visible from a nearby village, the facility has
razor-wired walls, watchtowers and imposing block buildings.
Kashgar, two cameras perched on the columns of a former mosque point at its
entrance. There is no minaret or dome – instead, a shop selling dresses lies to
its right alongside houses.
demolished mosque in Hotan has been converted into a garden, paved with
concrete walkways and sparsely planted trees.
the outskirts of town, situated between a cemetery and sand dunes, two white
flags and a pile of burned refuse and debris was all that was left of an old
shrine named Imam Asim.
top Xinjiang official Chen Quanguo should face sanctions over alleged abuses,
US lawmakers say
consider these mosques and shrines “their ancestral heritage,” said Omer Kanat,
director of the Uygur Human Rights Project.
Chinese government just wants to erase everything … that is different from Han,
everything which belongs to Uygur culture or Islamic culture in the region,” he
the official imam of Idkah Mosque, told AFP in an interview arranged by the
propaganda department that the demolition of mosques “has never happened here”.
our government has proceeded to protect some key mosques,” he added, and said
that the city of Kashgar has over 150 mosques.
Beijing’s restrictions on religious piety, such as fasting, are not new,
observers say conditions have deteriorated to the point where celebrations for
the holy month in Xinjiang are reduced or largely invisible.
greetings and openly fasting in public are no longer permitted, said Darren
Byler, a lecturer at the University of Washington who focuses on Uygur culture.
there are Uygurs who continue to practise their faith, they are “internalising
it at this moment – they’re not expressing it openly,” he said.
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China’s Xinjiang and Tibet policy
state-backed mosques, religious activity is controlled as Beijing pursues a
five-year plan to “Sinicise” Islam as the “only way for a healthy development
of Islam” in the country, said Yang Faming, president of the state-backed
Islamic Association of China, in January.
signs with slogans such as “love the Party, love the country” hang at many
Yengisarcounty, south of Kashgar, one mosque hung a photo of Chinese President
Xi Jinping inside its premises, where most posters were dedicated to warning
against religious extremism and promoting ethnic harmony.
and stability is a blessing,” read a red banner draped across the wall.
“Division and turmoil is a disaster.”
(FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei,
in a Wednesday meeting with ambassadors of the Islamic countries and Iranian
government officials on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, underlined that
Palestinians will reclaim their motherland in the very near future.
Khamenei said that relying upon the assistance of the Almighty God, Palestine
will definitely be returned to its nation in the very near future.
pointed to the message of Eid al-Fitr and said, “Establishing unity and amity
among Muslim countries and returning to the concept of 'Islamic Ummah' is the
salient message of this auspicious feast.”
this meeting, the Leader also referred to the plots waged by enemies against
Islamic countries and said, "Instead of standing against one another,
Islamic countries should unite against criminal acts of the Israeli regime in
of some Islamic countries are trying to reach a compromise with the Zionist
regime and sow seeds of discord among other Muslim nations, he warned, and
called on all Islamic states to make their utmost efforts to foil conspiracies
orchestrated by enemies.
on the day, addressing worshipers in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei reassured that
the so-called “Deal of the Century” plot of the US against Palestine will never
Khamenei, delivering a sermon at Imam Khomeini’s Mosalla in Tehran this morning
after leading Eid al-Fitr’s prayers there, underlined that the upcoming
US-devised deal, known as the “Deal of the Century”, on the Palestine issue is
doomed to fail and will “never materialize.”
Leader further rejected US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled deal on
the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “a betrayal of the Muslim
Khamenei further denounced the Bahraini regime for agreeing to host a
conference, where Washington is set to unveil parts of the plan later this
Palestinian groups — along with the United Nations and several other countries
— have boycotted the event.
objective of this conference is to materialize America’s wrongful, treacherous
and evil scheme for Palestinians — which they (Americans) have called ‘the deal
of the century.’ However, this will not happen, and this plot will never get
off the ground, by divine grace,” the leader said.
Khamenei described the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation as the
“number one issue” on the agenda of the Islamic world, thanking those who have
voiced opposition to the so-called “peace” deal and the relevant event in
treachery of some Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain set the stage
for such an evil plot,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “I wish Bahraini and Saudi
rulers would (eventually) realize what a quagmire they are stepping in and what
damages this will do to their future.”
economic portion of the so-called deal of the century is set to be unveiled
during a conference in Manama, Bahrain, on June 25-26. All Palestinian factions
have boycotted the event, accusing Washington of offering financial rewards for
accepting the Israeli occupation.
a recent speech broadcast on Palestine TV recently, Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas rejected both the “Deal of the Century” and the Trump
administration's upcoming economic summit for the Palestinians in Bahrain,
noting that Palestinian officials will boycott the summit in Bahrain.
President Donald Trump acknowledged that his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s
doubts about his so-called “Deal of the Century” “may be right”.
a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, Pompeo conceded that the plan might
be rejected, according to an audio recording of the private meeting obtained by
The Washington Post.
to the audio recording of the private meeting between Pompeo and Israelis, the
US top diplomat is heard suggesting that the plan is “unexecutable” and it
might not “gain traction”.
may be rejected. Could be in the end, folks will say, ‘It’s not particularly
original, it doesn’t particularly work for me’, that is, ‘It’s got two good
things and nine bad things, I’m out’,” the former CIA chief stated, adding,
“The big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real
conversation about how to build this out.”
unveiling of the plan has been repeatedly delayed, a point Pompeo stressed.
has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might
— to put it lightly,” he stated at a meeting on Tuesday of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a group that addresses
concerns of the Jewish community.
secretary of state said that there are “no guarantees that we’re the ones that
unlock it", referring to the frozen conflict between Israel and Palestine.
He added, “I hope everyone will engage in a serious way.”
also revealed that the administration never believed achieving a lasting peace
agreement would be easy.
also recognized the popular notion that the agreement will be one-sided in
favor of Israel.
get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could
love,” he stated, noting, “I understand the perception of that. I hope everyone
will just give the space to listen and let it settle in a little bit.”
president’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has noted
that the deal would be unveiled at the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a new
administration in the wake of reelection. The timeline could change as the
Israeli parliament (Knesset) voted to dissolve last week, forcing the premier
to runs for the post in a second election this year.
detain Afghan peace marchers
June 05, 2019
Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained
by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement said on Tuesday.
so-called People’s Peace Movement attracted international attention last year
when they walked across Afghanistan and into the capital Kabul in an attempt to
reduce the record levels of violence across the country.
of civilians have been killed or injured in the past 18 years of fighting
between the militant group and US-backed forces.
30 members of the People’s Peace Movement started a new walk on May 27, when
they set out from Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.
to Abdul Malik Hamdard, a peace march supporter, the Taliban forced four
members of the group to accompany them in vehicles on Sunday night as they
crossed into Taliban territory in the south of the country. Then on Monday,
Taliban fighters returned and took the rest of the group, except for a few
older members, he added. About 25 marchers were detained in total, he said.
(the Taliban) told us that ‘we will talk to them’,” Hamdard said.
have had no news from them since then.” After refusing to comment about the
marchers’ plight for more than 36 hours, the Taliban on Tuesday released photos
of four of the group including its leader, Iqbal Khyber, and said the men were
safe and would not be harmed.
do not know for what purpose the Taliban fighters have taken our members,”
another supporter, Bacha Khan Muladad, said.
don’t know whether they have been taken hostages or are negotiating with them.”
Muladad added he had been unable to contact any of the members directly because
their phones were switched off.
the marchers’ spokesman who is now among the detained group, last week said
that the group aims to express to the Taliban the pain and suffering of
Afghans, and call for a ceasefire over the festival of Eid, which began on
group had initially planned to march to MosaQala, a Taliban’s stronghold some
130 kilometres from Lashkar Gah.
to the UN, almost 4,000 civilians — including more than 900 children — were
killed in Afghanistan last year, with more than 7,000 wounded. It was the
deadliest year on record.
in Dawn, June 5th, 2019
attack Donetsk mosque, blame Ukrainian servicemen for that
attacked a mosque in Donetsk, and then they blamed Joint Forces Operation unit
for that, as Joint Forces Operation HQ reported.
June 4, 2019 under the information received from OSCE Special Monitoring
Mission, Russia’s armed formations in Donetsk region accused Armed Forces of
Ukraine of shooting at Donetsk mosque,” the message reads.
it was reported, on June 4 no attacks at Ukraine’s positions from Donetsk were
performed. Ukrainian units did not respond.
is noted that if one analyzes it, the direction of shooting and actual distance
from the mosque to the nearest position of Ukraine’s Armed Forces which was 5,5
km, and maximal distance of shooting from 82mm mortar (4 km), including
existing dispersion during shooting, one concludes that it is impossible to hit
the dome of the mosque with four mines.
insolence of the occupants, there are reasons to state that another shooting
was planned in advance, when a lot of people were in the mosque. As a result,
one can conclude that Russian occupational administration tried to discredit
Ukraine’s Armed Forces before the people of Donbas and its Muslim part,” the HQ
iftars allow US Muslims to mainstream their faith
IqbalUpdated June 05, 2019
Efforts to mainstream Muslims and their faith marked the month of fasting in
the United States this year — as Muslims and their Christian and Jewish friends
reached out to other Americans with a message of unity.
there was no better platform than an interfaith iftar to convey this message.
Churches and synagogues joined mosques across America in hosting interfaith
iftars while some also encouraged their followers to attend regular iftars at
their neighborhood mosques.
last iftar, on the Eid evening, at a Presbyterian church in Fairfax, Virginia,
brought a large crowd, which dispersed quickly as most Muslims were already in
a festive mood. There were three Chand Raatmelas in Virginia alone, each packed
to capacity. People often had to wait for more than two hours to get in as the
Fire Department only allows a certain number of people inside a building. So,
the organisers had to push people out to get new comers in.
Trump administration joined the celebrations with an Eid message:
and synagogues joined mosques in hosting interfaith iftars
behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all
Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr,” said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a
message released on Chand Raat.
you attend Eid prayers, share gifts, and visit each other’s homes on this
joyous occasion, we extend our best wishes to you. Eid Mubarak,” he wrote.
Pakistan Embassy was among the first to host an interfaith iftar — bringing
together representatives of the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and
Buddhist communities to share a traditional Pakistani iftar dinner, with
pakoras and samosas.
Donald Trump hosted his second iftar this year. In 2017, Mr Trump broke the
tradition that President Bill Clinton started in 1996 and did not host a
addressing his host, Mr Trump introduced Vice President Mike Pence and other
members of his cabinet to his guests, mostly Muslim diplomats.
is a time when people joined forces in pursuit of hope, tolerance, and peace.
It is in this spirit that we come together tonight,” he said.
the iftar that was the talk of the town was the one hosted at the Capitol, as
American lawmakers used this opportunity to encourage American Muslims to come
forward and join the mainstream. The congressional iftar also provided an
opportunity to three Muslim lawmakers — Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and André
Carson, all Democrats — to explain their faith to their colleagues.
Washington Post noted that this “break-the-fast meal in the halls of Congress
included a hefty serving of politics alongside the naan and kebabs”.
New York Times even listed the food served at this iftar: “Dates, spiced rice,
baked pumpkin, salad and fruit — and cans of whipped cream for sundaes.”
Guardian noted “the fast was the first to be organised by three Muslim members
of Congress and be attended by party leadership”.
included the House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, Senate minority whip, Dick
Durbin, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive star and
close friend of Ms Omar’s and Ms Tlaib’s, the first-ever Muslim women in
Ocasio-Cortez condemned the targeting of Ms Omar and Ms Tlaib, stating: “We
know these divisions are a distraction, and they are rooted in the subjugation
of all the communities involved that are being pitted against one another.”
wanted to bring a different lens that hasn’t been at the table. “And we’ve had
to do it courageously, even under attack,” Ms Tlaib said.
Khan — a Pakistani American whose son Humayun Khan was captain in the US Army
and was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War — was a guest of honour.
Majority Hoyer told the mostly Muslim audience, “The Bible doesn’t tell me to
love my neighbour if they’re Christian ... The Bible tells me to love my
Durbin told the guests that “your religion gives you values and inspiration”
and pledged to work with them to stop those who attack Muslims because their
“rhetoric is so hateful, so divisive, so deadly”.
official said the room would be functional by July to aid the "millions of
mothers who visit with their babies”.
Archeological Survey of India has announced that the iconic Taj Mahal will soon
boast of a breastfeeding room for mothers, becoming the first Indian heritage
site to boast of such a facility.
official Vasant Kumar Swarnkar told Reuters that the room would be functional
by July in order to aid the "millions of mothers who visit with their
they had arrived at the decision after he spotted a mother hiding under a
stairway in order to feed her child. "“I could see it was so difficult for
her (to feed her child) which is a basic motherhood right. So I thought we have
to do something.”
in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as an ode
to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It has since become an iconic heritage site
which attracts up to 8 million visitors annually.
have praised the move, saying it is a necessary step towards destigmatising
breast feeding and allowing mothers greater ease to move freely in public
| Updated: Jun 5, 2019
is not immediately known whether Mahmood would meet any Indian officials or
leaders during his stay here
was Pakistan's high commissioner to India before he assumed charge of the top
post in mid-April. His children were studying here
is scheduled to return to Pakistan on Friday along with his family, sources
foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood and Pakistan's acting high commissioner to
India, Syed Haidar Shah o...Read More
DELHI: Pakistan foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood arrived here on a three-day
private visit on Tuesday night, diplomatic sources said.
Wednesday, he offered Eid prayers at historic Jama Masjid here.
was Pakistan's high commissioner to India before he assumed charge of the top
post in mid-April.
is not immediately known whether he would meet any Indian officials or leaders
during his stay here.
children were studying here.
is scheduled to return to Pakistan on Friday along with his family, sources
returning to Pakistan on April 14, Mahmood had told PTI that dialogue between
India and Pakistan was the only option to understand mutual concerns and ensure
peace, prosperity and security in the region.
said Pakistan was hoping for "re-engagement" with India after the Lok
engagement and structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand
mutual concerns and differences, resolve outstanding disputes and build the
edifice of durable peace, security and prosperity in the region," he said.
between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the
nations were almost on the brink of a war after India's military planes struck
a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 and Pakistan
carried out a counter-offensive the next day.
the ice in bilateral ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 26 spoke
to Modi over phone and expressed his desire to work together for peace and
prosperity in the region.
on his part called for creating trust and an environment free of violence and
terrorism for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.
| Updated: Jun 5, 2019, 5:14 IST
The J&K Police on Tuesday busted a terrorist hideout in a forest area of
Poonch district and recovered a pistol along with 214 pieces of ammunition.
action comes a month ahead of the commencement of Buddha AmarnathYatra to Mandi
in Poonch. “A joint operation was launched on the basis of input about a terror
hideout in forest area of Sanai. The hideout was successfully busted and
recoveries were made,” sources said.
Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and
festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang
highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in
the heavily policed region.
they break their fast, Muslims reflect on how Ramadan taught them patience and
devotion to their faith
Philippines – As the Islamic world marked the end of Ramadan with the feast of
Eid’lFitr, Filipino Muslims reflected on the value of the monthlong celebration
in attaining lasting peace. (READ: IN PHOTOS: Filipino Muslims break fast at
start of Eid'lFitr)
the morning of Wednesday, June 5, Islamic scholar Abdul Fattah Tanog reiterated
the essence of Ramadan as he joined hundreds of Muslims who flocked to the
Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila.
is a monthlong period of fasting from sunrise to sunset, where Muslims devote
time to seeking forgiveness, exercising self-control, and doing charity. (READ:
FAST FACTS: What you should know about Eid'lFitr, end of Ramadan)
celebration encourages us] to be more spiritual and to be more attentive to the
devotion, and [to] focus one's self to spiritual enhancement over worldly and
material things, and if possible, to eliminate the bad traits or spiritual
ailments especially arrogance and envy,” Tanog said in a mix of Filipino and
to him, the lack of spirituality is the root cause of all conflicts – from
marriage disputes to wars between nations. "Everyone is thinking that they
are superior than the rest and that they have the desire to bring down others,”
June 5 (Bernama) – Muslims in southern Thailand today celebrated 1 Syawal in
calm and festivity without any untoward incidents.
was much welcomed atmosphere in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and
Narathiwat compared to the uneasiness in the last 10 days of Ramadan.
than 5,000 Muslims flooded Pattani Central Mosque here for Aidilfitri prayers
with family members and relatives including Malaysians visiting relatives in
mosques and suraus were decorated with arches to give the festive mood in the
city while Muslims were seen greeting each other after the prayer.
Muslims proceeded to visit the graves of loved ones after that.
from that, they were busy visiting the houses of relatives in conjunction with
month Ramadan in southern Thailand this year was rocked by several incidents of
bombings and shootings in the three provinces among them was the explosion at a
Ramadan bazaar in Pattani which killed two and injured 14 others.
in BANGKOK, the Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand also held a simple Hari Raya
Aidilfitri gathering for embassy staff and their families.
array of hariraya delicacies such as rendang, lemang and laksa were served to
treat all present.
Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Jojie Samuel and his wife Datin
Catherina Cherian Samuel attended the ceremony and also presented ‘duitraya’ to
children embassy staff.
economic portion of the so-called deal of the century is set to be unveiled during
a conference in Manama, Bahrain, on June 25-26. All Palestinian factions have
boycotted the event, accusing Washington of offering financial rewards for
accepting the Israeli occupation.
June 05, 2019
Military police and forensics in white overalls deployed in the northern
Lebanese city of Tripoli on Tuesday after a lone gunman went on an overnight
shooting spree, killing four security personnel before blowing himself up in an
apartment in a residential building.
rare shooting, in which the gunman used a motorcycle to move around, opening
fire on police and army vehicles, shook the predominantly Sunni Muslim coastal
city on the eve of the EidulFitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramazan.
Minister Raya El Hassan told reporters that the gunman, identified as
Abdul-Rahman Mabsout, is a former member of the militant Islamic State group
and now a “lone wolf.” She said the situation was under control.
shooting began late on Monday with Mabsout first firing at a branch of the
Lebanese Central Bank, then driving around, shooting at police and later at an
army vehicle, killing four.
police in hot pursuit, opening fire and using tear gas, Mabsout then drove to a
residential building, where he shot his way up the stairs and into an empty
apartment on the fourth floor and barricaded himself inside.
hours-long standoff ensued, culminating with security forces storming the
apartment. Cornered, Mabsout detonated his explosives vest, killing himself
Tuesday, there were multiple signs of battle. At least four civilian cars and
one police car were heavily damaged, their windshields smashed and pocked by
police and forensics removed bullets from the street. Tear gas canisters were
still on the ground.
nine-floor apartment building where Mabsout died was shell pocked and the
apartment itself partially destroyed.
owner of the apartment said he and his family were not in the house when the
gunman stormed the building, but that his flat was left largely destroyed by
the explosion. He said the attacker entered his building after shooting one
person in the street.
God there was nobody in the house, and my door is not made of steel, it is a
wooden door so I think he broke the door and he walked in,” Kamal Ferri said.
Mabsout is a former member of the IS group who fought with the extremist
movement in Syria. He had been detained when he returned to Lebanon in 2016 and
was released a year later.
Lebanese army announced earlier that it has increased security around the country
because of the holiday, when people go out to celebrate.
which is Lebanon’s second largest city, has in the past seen clashes between
rival groups that support or oppose the Syrian government of President Bashar
Assad. The city is also home to some extremists who fought against the Lebanese
army in the past.
militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda-linked militants have claimed
responsibility over the past years for attacks in different parts of Lebanon
that killed dozens of people. Such attacks have been rare recently.
(FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the remarks made
by US officials against Iran are baseless and leaves no impact on the resolute
determination of the people and officials in Tehran.
the enemy has changed its tactic in the region although these baseless and
unfounded statements of US officials will have no effect in the strong will of
Iranian people, President Rouhani stated in a meeting of Iranian government
officials and ambassadors of Islamic countries with the Leader of the Islamic
Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, today, on the occasion of auspicious Eid
pointed to the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, also known
as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said, “US President
Trump pulled his country out of Iran’s nuclear deal last year and expected Iran
to leave the deal like itself in order to easily enforce the international
sanctions against Iran without paying a cost but perseverance and patience of
Iranian government and people foiled conspiracies waged by the United States
against the country."
went on to say that US was forced to shoulder the responsibility for violating
the agreement which led to the political and social victory of Iran in the
the enemy can never bring the noble nation of Islamic Iran to its knees, and
the Iranian people and government will come out victorious with their
patience,” he added.
seized this opportunity to express his sincere congratulations to the noble
nation of Islamic Iran and all Islamic communities in the world and said, “Eid
al-Fitr is the feast of freedom, liberation and also get rid of the Divine
in his remarks, President Rouhani pointed to the economic problems
overshadowing the country caused by US sanctions and said, “effective steps
have been taken by the government in line with resolving problems facing the
noble nation of Islamic Iran.”
government will make its utmost efforts to settle economic problems that the
people of the country are facing, Rouhani emphasized.
month, Chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Seyed Kamal
Kharrazi, who served as the country’s top diplomat between 1997 and 2005,
underlined that the behavior of US President Donald Trump has made Tehran
certain that Washington is completely untrustworthy and the call for talks is
cannot trust the US anymore and President Trump's call for negotiation is
propaganda, Kharrazi said on May 12 in Paris referring to the US withdrawal
from the nuclear deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
made the remarks in a meeting with French think tankers' officials and staff.
proved that he has no respect for previous US government's agreements as well
as the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Iranian official added.
noted that Iran's decision to suspend parts of its commitments is based on the
JCPOA articles and the Europeans should show their commitment to the nuclear
deal by execution of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
country will negotiate its deterrence power and Iran's ballistic missiles are
for deterrence and non-negotiable, Kharrazi said.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said a day
earlier that Donald Trump and his administration are needed to shift policies
and correct their approach to get rid of the present crisis instead of sending
his phone number, saying ironically that "Americans have our number if
media reports said on May 10 that the White House had contacted Swiss officials
and given them a phone number for Iran to directly call Trump as tensions rise
between the two countries.
like to see them call me,” Trump said a day before that, referring to the
reacted to the report and Trump's remarks, saying, "There is no need for a
mediator or phone number for Trump to get rid of the hard and critical
conditions that he has created for himself and the US."
stressed the necessity for Washington to correct its policy and behavior to get
out of the crisis and tensions that it has created, adding that the entire
world has admitted that the White House policies, its withdrawal from the
nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions against Iran, are wrong.
(FNA)- Russia rejected another demand by Turkey to bring to a halt its military
operations in Northern Syria as Damascus army troops are making fresh advances
in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib, media reports said.
terrorist groups' commanders and the Turkish Army's officers have recently
attended a joint meeting in Northern Syria, the pro-militant Arabic-language
al-Wasl news website quoted some special sources as saying.
sources also told al-Wasl that Turkey continues logistical support and arms
shipments to the terrorists, including anti-Tank missiles.
the Syrian Army completed its mop-up operations in the villages of al-Hawash
and Tal Hawash after fierce clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) North of the town of al-Jaberieh in
Syrian Army' Air Defense systems for the fourth consecutive day targeted and
destroyed several drones of the terrorists that tried to target JabalRamleh
Airport in Northwestern Hama.
a relevant development on Tuesday, Ankara dispatched a large number of
militants to reoccupy the vital al-Qassabiyeh-al-Habit road in Southern Idlib
after its affiliated militants sustained a heavy defeat from the Syrian army in
close to the terrorists reported that hundreds of the so-called Free Syrian
Army (FSA) special forces and military equipment have been sent to Southern
Idlib to take control of the town of al-Qassabiyeh from the Syrian army.
a Syrian military source said that the terrorists' supply route from the town
of al-Qassabiyeh to the strategic region of al-Habit has been cut off during
the Syrian army operations on Monday, and added that the army forces plan to
take back control of al-Habit by advancing from the two fronts of KafarNaboudeh
and farms between al-Habit and al-Qassabiyeh.
added that the army troops have killed tens of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at
terrorists and other militants fighting under Ankara's command during the
operations to liberate al-Habit.
the Syrian army targeted the positions and moves of Tahrir al-Sham in the towns
of al-Naqsir, Tarmila, Ma'aratHarmah, Ma'ar Zita, KafarSajnah and Ma'aratNuman
in Southern Idlib with missile and artillery fire, destroying several of their
positions and military vehicles.
Syrian army on Monday seized control of the first region in the Southern parts
of Idlib province during a major offensive on Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group in
Arabic-language service of Sputnik reported that the Syrian army, supported by
heavy artillery and missile fire and air force, attacked Tahrir al-Sham's
positions in the town of al-Qassabiyeh in Southern Idlib from the Northern
parts of the town of KafarNaboudeh, taking back control of the town after heavy
a military source underlined the Syrian army troops' control over the hills
near the town, saying that the army forces could extend the security umbrella
over KafarNaboudeh from the North.
terrorists had transferred their first defense lines to this region after
losing KafarNaboudeh in Northwestern Hama.
(FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif categorically denounced
Western governments’ thirst for selling more arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia
and its allies who are blatantly involved in war crimes against civilians in
in a tweet on Tuesday, once again slammed Western governments for pushing
through arms exports to Saudi Arabia and its allies, which are used in the
devastating Yemen war.
Iranian top diplomat said the Western-made weapons are being used by Saudi
Arabia and the UAE to perpetrate war crimes in Yemen.
said the Western governments’ arms sales continue despite calls from their
publics and legislatures for an end to the war on Yemen.
also noted how Iran’s offers of a political way out of what he called "the
evil cycle", has been repeatedly rebuffed.
figures show that France increased its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by 50
percent last year despite growing international concern about the atrocities
committed in a Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Tuesday, an annual report by the French government showed that the country sold
1 billion euros’ worth of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2018, with the main item
being patrol boats.
Saudi-led coalition has widely used French boats and at least two ships in
placing a tight siege on Yemeni ports, particularly Hudaydah, a lifeline for
the war-ravaged country’s crippled economy.
French government has faced massive criticism for complicity in the war but has
so far resisted pressure from rights groups to stop the lucrative arms trade
with the two Persian Gulf countries, denying that the weapons are being used
against the Yemenis. Paris claims that the arms are being deployed in “self-defense.”
is while in mid-April, a classified note from the French military intelligence
service (DRM) estimated that over 430,000 Yemenis lived within the range of
French artillery weapons on the Saudi-Yemeni border. It further estimated that
French weapons had resulted in civilian casualties.
revelation about the increased sales last year is expected to deepen mistrust
in France’s position on the war.
last month, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the war on Yemen as a
“dirty war” and said that it “has to be stopped,” even as his country continued
to mostly quietly sell weapons to both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on a large scale.
Arabia and a number of its allies — mainly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) —
invaded Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing a former Yemeni client
regime back to power. The ongoing war has killed tens of thousands and
disrupted the lives of millions by causing widespread famine as well as
Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan,
launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall
Yemen’s former president AbdRabbuh Mansur Hadi.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000
people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the
impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly
campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and
blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
of Muslims in Jerusalem perform Eid prayers converging on iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque
in east Jerusalem celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, a three-day festival
that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
120,000 Muslims converged on the iconic c -- which for Muslims represents the
world's third holiest site -- to perform Eid prayers.
Muslims in Malaysia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Iran
and Azerbaijan attended Eid al-Fitr prayers on the first day of the holy
festival in their respective countries.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Wednesday, 05 Jun 2019
Afghan security forces carried out separate operations in southern Kandahar and
Uruzgan provinces inflicting casualties on Taliban militants.
205th Atal Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the 1st Brigade of
205th Army Corps carried out artillery strikes in ShahwaliKot of Kandahar.
statement further added that the artillery strikes left two Taliban militants
dead and three others wounded.
the 4th Brigade of 205th Atal Army Corps conducted mortar strikes in Uruzgan
province killing 3 Taliban militants.
operation was conducted in KhasUruzgan district of the province, the 205th Atal
205th Atal Corps also added that the mortar strikes also wounded nine Taliban
security forces also destroyed two motorcycles and a vehicle during the same
Kandahar and Uruzgan are among the relatively volatile provinces in the South.
Taliban militants are active in remote and restive areas of the two provinces.
the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism
operations against the anti-government armed groups in the two province.
the U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country
to suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with members of the Afghan National Army
Trust Fund Board
NATO allies and partners on Tuesday reaffirmed their steadfast support to
financial sustainment of the Afghan forces.
reaffirmed their support at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army
Trust Fund Board.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the donors agreed to extend their
funding support through 2024 at Brussels summit last year.
also added that the international community had earlier made similar
commitments in Chicago and Warsaw Summits.
Mr. Stoltenberg said “It is difficult to overstate the political significance
of the demonstration of long-term commitment by the international community to
Stoltenberg also added that it would be difficult to overstate and how much
this commitment is influencing the Taliban’s considerations to enter into a
discussion on a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.”
he said “The Afghan National Army Trust Fund plays an important part in linking
this international commitment with worthwhile projects that improve the
capabilities of the Afghan forces and help keeping them in the fight.”
also highlighted that today’s meeting “is evidence of strong and continued
commitment to the financial support of the Afghan security forces, improving
chances for a negotiated solution to the conflict and for peace that all
of 15 May 2019, total contributions made to the Trust Fund amount to 2.8
billion U.S. dollars. The ANA Trust Fund is open for contributions by the
broader International Community, according to a NATO news release.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Tuesday, 04 Jun 2019
Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in north-western Ghor province of
Afghanistan and released nine hostages from a Taliban prison.
Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces stormed the
Taliban prison in SurkhBalagh Village located in Pasaband district.
statement further added that the Special Forces rescued nine hostages during
the same operation.
Afghan Special Forces had earlier rescued nine people from a Taliban prison in
comes as the security situation in some districts of Ghor province has
deteriorated during the recent months.
militants are active in remote and restive areas of the province and often
conduct terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the
terrorist groups in this province.
U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to
suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
(FNA)- The Syrian army captured villages in four regions in Northwestern Hama
on Tuesday during its major offensive against Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the
Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in the region.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian army operations
continue in Northwestern Hama, adding that army forces have advanced in several
added that the villages of al-Qayroutiyeh, Qirateh, al-Hamirat and al-Hardaneh
have been set free by the army from militants' control, noting that heavy
clashes are underway between the Syrian army forces and Tahrir al-Sham
terrorists in Northwestern Hama.
reports from Hama said late last week that the terrorist groups prevented
civilians from leaving areas under their control in Idlib to regions controlled
by the Syrian army in Northern Hama as government forces continued advances in
Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists of Tahrir
al-Sham and the National Liberation Front (NLF) who had attacked the government
forces' military positions in al-Karkat and al-Hawiz in Northern Hama last
Syrian army foiled the terrorists' attacks after killing a large number of them
and destroying several of their military vehicles, including bomb-laden cars.
the Arabic-language website of Russian Sputnik News Agency reported that Tahrir
al-Sham,Harrasudin and Ajnad al-Qafqaz have blocked the roads leading to Khan
Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and Mourek in Northern Hama as well as the Western
section of Abu al-Dhohour crossing.
Arabic-language service of Russia Today also reported that hundreds of Syrian
families gathered near the corridors declared by the Syrian government in Hama
and Idlib, and demanded exit from areas under control of terrorists which faced
terrorist groups' opposition.
a member of the National Peace Committee in Syria Omar Rahmoun also reiterated
that the terrorists blocked civilians' move through confiscating their assets,
arresting and torturing them.
terrorist groups also launched rocket attacks on the town of Qamhaneh in
(FNA)- Ankara has dispatched a large number of militants to reoccupy the vital
al-Qassabiyeh-al-Habit road in Southern Idlib after its affiliated militants
sustained a heavy defeat from the Syrian army in the region.
close to the terrorists reported on Tuesday that hundreds of the so-called Free
Syrian Army (FSA) special forces and military equipment have been sent to Southern
Idlib to take control of the town of al-Qassabiyeh from the Syrian army.
added that the army troops have killed tens of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the
Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists and other militants
fighting under Ankara's command during the operations to liberate al-Habit.
the Syrian army targeted the positions and moves of Tahrir al-Sham in the towns
of al-Naqsir, Tarmila, Ma'aratHarmah, Ma'ar Zita, KafarSajnah and
Ma'aratNo'eman in Southern Idlib with missile and artillery fire, destroying
several of their positions and military vehicles.
- Syrian President Bashar al Assad appeared in public on Wednesday at a mosque
on the outskirts of Damascus to celebrate the first day of the festival of Eid
al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
state news agency SANA and other government media gave widespread coverage to
the fact that Assad spoke with local religious dignitaries and the Grand Mufti
of Syria, Sheik Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.
Grand Mufti is the highest Sunni religious position in Syria and is nominated
by the government.
recent years for Eid al-Fitr, Assad went to mosques situated in other cities in
Syria marked directly and indirectly by the effects of the ongoing civil war.