Blasphemy law is being misused, says Mufti Naeem
Should Be Done To Muslim Women, Says PM Narendra Modi on Triple Talaq
Have 'Constitutional' Right to Implement Muslim Personal Law: AIMPLB
State Holding More Than 3400 Yazidis since 2014: Kurdish Official
Muslims in Jordan Volunteer To Protect Christians As They Pray
from All Sects Should Unanimously Condemn Misuse of Blasphemy Law: Mufti Naeem
Is a Mashal In Every Home': Father of Mardan Student Calls for Unity, Tolerance
of 'terrorist' killed in Lahore encounter 'joined IS': CTD sources
Pakistani militants also killed in Nangarhar
'blasphemy' lynching in Pakistan, fear of fake Facebook pages being created
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misusing triple talaq will face social boycott, says Muslim board
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from all sects should unanimously condemn misuse of blasphemy law: Mufti Naeem
Naeem, head of JamiaBinoria, on Saturday said ulema from all sects in the
country should unanimously condemn acts of violence originating from the misuse
of the blasphemy law.
also said the ulema should issue a statement stating that killing an individual
over blasphemy allegations is "against the Shariah as well as the law of
said this while speaking on a DawnNews programme regarding the murder of Mashal
Khan, a 23-year-old journalism student who was stripped, shot, thrown from the
second floor of the hostel and brutally beaten to death by an angry mob in
Mardan over allegations of blasphemy.
Blasphemy and the death penalty: Misconceptions explained
of violence over blasphemy allegations are becoming common in Pakistan, the
religious scholar said. "The blasphemy law is being misused in the
are losing the value of this (blasphemy) law," the mufti added, saying
that religious extremism could only be eliminated if the judicial system in the
country is strengthened.
said if an individual is found guilty, punish them rather than dragging the
case for years in court, and if they are innocent, let them go free.
scholar further said the media needs to stop playing the ulema from different
sects against each other.
[media] make them fight like parrots," he added, saying unless there is
unity among the religious scholars, such incidents will continue to happen.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf said
that though blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned, no one will be allowed to
take laws into their own hands.
minister further said the government would ensure that the blasphemy law was
not misused and those doing so were brought to justice.
least 65 people have been murdered over blasphemy allegations since 1990,
according to figures from a Center for Research and Security Studies report and
local media, and dozens more convicted of the crime are currently on death row
in local jails.
March, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued an order for the removal of
blasphemous content online, and said anyone who posted such content should face
“strict punishment under the law”.
PTI | UPDATED: APR 16, 2017, 06.36 PM ISTPost a Comment
Raising the ‘triple talaq’ issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said
justice should be done to Muslim women.
Prime Minister said if there are social evils, the society should be woken up
and efforts made to provide justice to the victims.
his address to the BJP national executive here, he said there should not be any
“conflict” in the Muslim community over this issue.
(Modi) talked about social justice. He said our Muslim sisters should also get
justice. Injustice should not be done with them. Nobody should be exploited.
do not want that there is conflict within the Muslim community over this issue.
What we have to do is that if there are any scial evils, we have to wake up the
society and make efforts to provide justice to them (Muslim women). That was
the Prime Minister’s spirit,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said while briefing
State holding more than 3400 Yazidis since 2014: Kurdish official
(IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State is still holding more than 3400 people from
Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority since 2014, according to a Kurdish official.
quoted KhairyBozani, Kurdistan endowments ministry official in charge of
Yazidis affairs, saying that IS militants had kidnapped 6417 Yazidis, including
3547 women, from Sinjar region in 2014.
added that those who were set free from captivity stood at 2963, including 1070
women and 1571 children.
who are still in IS grip are 3454, according to Bozani, who pointed that the
total of Yazidis in Iraq had stood at 550.000, 360.000 of whom have been
displaced and 1293 killed.
total of 30 mass graves containing the relics of Yazidi victims currently
standsa 30, while hundreds of individual graves were found, according to
Bozani. He said 68 holy Yazidi shrines were detonated by IS militants.
of Yazidi Kurds fled Sanjar, a Mosul region on the borders with Syria, to
nearby mountain areas following its fall to Islamic State militants in August
2014. The Kurdish-speaking community came to the spotlight when Islamic State
militants, taking over large parts of Iraq, victimized its members, committing
massacres and subjecting them to forced conversions, sexual slavery and other
U.S.-backed Iraqi command fighting IS in Mosul since October has said IS
currently controls less than seven percent of Iraq. The war in Mosul has
displaced more than 500.000 people, according to the government.
Muslims in Jordan volunteer to protect Christians as they pray
April 16th, 2017
the attacks on two churches in Egypt last week, Muslim Jordanian youth launched
an initiative to protect churches all over the Kingdom on Easter Sunday, in an
act of solidarity, they said.
claimed responsibility for the attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt’s Tanta
and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, which killed around 44 and injured more than 100
worshippers, many of whom were children.
wrote: “On Sunday, our Christian brothers and sisters will be in churches
[performing] religious [rituals], [and] extremists [are] threatening our
national security… My Muslim friends and I will be in Balqa Governorate,
protecting its churches and people.”
have been no direct threats by terrorists to attack churches in Jordan,
although Daesh has been repeatedly issuing statements of threats against the
Balqa resident, Fayez Ruqeidi, added the vigilante act is meant to “underline
the unity of Jordanians and to give everyone the freedom to practise their
religion without restraints or fear”.
Madaba, Hazem Al Fouqaha said many Muslim residents will stand as guards in
front of churches to ensure the safety of Christians inside.
Abu Mahfoud from Zarqa Governorate, some 19km east of Amman, announced his
willingness to protect churches in the area, along with other activists to show
solidarity with Christians celebrating Easter.
in Ajloun voiced a similar stand to “show the world the harmony and
conviviality in Jordan” and to present a model of a fight against extremism,
xenophobia, and radicalism.
are always proud to say Jordan is made up of harmonious pieces of mosaics; it’s
truly sad to see such security measures taken out of necessity in Jordan. We
live in a small country and we know everyone here,” Amman resident HalaSaadi
told The Jordan Times.
security checkpoints were installed on the gates of some churches around the
country, as a way to ensure protection of worshippers.
Rifat Bader from the Amman-based Catholic Centre for Studies and Media said
installing checkpoints at church gates is only a normal measure “to help the
security personnel, who are always present on every religious occasion”.
Sunday in Jordan was trouble free.
[media] make them fight like parrots," he added, saying unless there is unity
among the religious scholars, such incidents will continue to happen.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf
said that though blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned, no one will be allowed
to take laws into their own hands.
is a Mashal in every home': Father of Mardan student calls for unity, tolerance
Jan, the father of a university student in Mardan who was lynched by a
vigilante mob earlier this week over allegations of blasphemy called for unity
and tolerance in an appearance on DawnNews.
message is for people to unite. On the path to peace and love, we will have to
bring people together," Jan said on DawnNews' programme 'Do Raaye'
son, Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old student of Abdul Wali Khan University was
attacked and killed by a mob, incited by rumours, that grew to several hundred
was brutally killed. But he can never die, he is alive," Jan said.
"In every house, there is a mashal (torch) of education. We have to
protect them," he added.
said that in order to tackle intolerance in the country, "poisonous
elements that teach conflict will have to be removed from [university]
should respect everyone, no matter what religion they belong to. We as Muslims
should be respected and those who are not Muslims should also be respected.
These are the things they should include in the curriculum" Jan said.
his son's childhood, Jan said Mashal had never troubled anyone, either at home
or in the neighbourhood.
would just watch some cricket on TV," Jan said, explaining that his son
had a keen interest in education.
was very passionate about his studies. He would study for 15 hours a day. He
believed education could become a source of great strength," Jan said,
adding that Mashal would encourage his brothers and sister to study as well.
was a peaceful, tolerant person."
explained that Mashal had studied engineering in Russia for one year.
unable to pursue his education abroad due to the family's limited financial
resources, Mashal had returned to Pakistan where he began his studies in
asked his views on the judicial inquiry ordered by the government in the
aftermath of the incident that took his son's life, Jan said that he believed
that justice could only be expected when the government was pressured by rights
groups and society.
judicial inquiry is a good thing, the Supreme Court's suomotu action is also a
good thing. But when will we be able to expect justice from the
government?" he asked.
our civil society organisations, organisations for justice, professors and
human rights activists pressure the government, then maybe something will
happen," he said.
called those who took his sons life "pioneers of darkness".
drown out the light. How long will they do this for? The light should be able
to shine through."
added that they, however, "are also the children of this country",
and therefore, the only way to prevent such tragedies from happening in the
future is by bringing change in society.
are people of this society. We will have to bring change. Bring change in
yourself," Jan asserted.
called on people to raise their voices to protect other children like Mashal.
is a Mashal in every home," he said.
was laid to rest on Friday in his village in Swabi district.
wife of a suspected militant killed in an encounter in Lahore, NaureenLeghari,
allegedly went missing from her family home in February this year, according to
in the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed that the woman identified as
NaureenLeghari was a student of Liaquat University of Medical and Health
Sciences in Jamshoro, Sindh.
had disappeared from there a few months ago ‘to join the militant Islamic State
group’, the sources said.
CTD spokesman claimed that a joint team of CTD and intelligence agency men
carried out a search operation in the Punjab Housing Society on Friday at
raiding team was attacked from one of the houses in the locality. The team
fired back and an encounter ensued. When the firing stopped, the raiding team
entered the house and found Ali Tariq, 32, dead.
sources claimed Naureen had come to Lahore and married Tariq. They added that
the woman had physically taken part in the encounter and had engaged police
personnel for about an hour.
Naureen's brother, while speaking to DawnNews, confirmed that his sister had
been taken into custody by police following a raid conducted by law enforcement
agencies in Lahore's Factory Area on Friday night.
claimed his sister went missing on Feb 10, 2017, and the family had informed
the police of her disappearance.
informed the family six days later that Naureen had joined the militant Islamic
State group, but the family had dismissed the claims as baseless, as they had
no reason to believe this to be the case, Afzal said.
Four ‘senior commanders’ of the groups that have moved to Afghanistan from
Pakistan were among the 94 suspected militants killed by a US bomb dropped at a
hideout in Nangarhar this week, official sources told Dawn.
Thursday, the United States dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb at a tunnel
complex of the militant group Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK). Known as the
‘mother of all bombs’, the weapon is officially called the GBU-43/B Massive
Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) and carries 22,000 pounds of explosives.
army officials said earlier that at least 36 militants were killed in the
attack but on Saturday they increased the number to 94, adding that all
belonged to the ISK.
head of public affairs for the 201st Corps of the Afghan security force in
Nangarhar province, where the GBU-43B was detonated, told a US military
newspaper, Stars and Stripes, that “four main commanders are among the 94
killed” in the attack.
did not identify them but official sources in Washington said they were from
the groups that previously operated from Pakistan but had moved to Afghanistan
when Islamabad launched a series of military offensives against them. Most of
those killed in the bombing were also from similar groups, the sources added.
John Nicholson, commander of the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, told a
congressional hearing in February that most ISK fighters were former members of
the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP). The TTP carried out dozens of terrorist
attacks in Pakistan, including the December 2014 assault on the Army Public
School in Peshawar, which killed 148 people, mostly children.
TTP now maintains several bases inside Afghanistan and uses them for carrying
out attacks in Pakistan.
bombing annoyed former Afghan president Hamid Karzai who urged the government
in Kabul to stop Americans from using its territory for launching such assaults
but his successor, Ashraf Ghani, said he had approved the bombing because it
would help clear the militants from the area.
Nicholson also defended the bombing, saying that the GBU-43 bomb was the “right
weapon” to use against the tunnel complex as Afghan and US ground troops were
finding it difficult to do so.
ZalmayKhalilzad, who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations and
Afghanistan in the Bush administration, urged Washington to launch similar
strikes at alleged militant sanctuaries in Pakistan as well.
claimed that attacks on US and Nato forces in Afghanistan were launched from
those sanctuaries and “if we are attacked from those places… They would be
legitimate targets for a response.”
Khalilzad, who was speaking at a seminar at a Washington think-tank, the Hudson
Institute on Friday, also called for changing the balance on the ground from
the one of stalemate that had favoured the Taliban to one that favoured the
Afghan government and the coalition forces.
Raphel, a former assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs,
however, opposed the idea of an “all-out war” against Pakistan. “In my view, at
the end of the day there has to be a negotiated political solution in
Afghanistan, which would undoubtedly include some of the conservative elements
including the Taliban in the government,” she said.
a former Pakistani ambassador to the US and the director, South and Central
Asia, at the institute, who moderated the discussion, said the Taliban were
| Updated: Apr 16, 2017
DELHI: Following the mob-lynching of an allegedly 'blaspheming' student in
Pakistan+ , social media users there are panicked that someone will create fake
Facebook (FB) profiles of them, The Express Tribune reported today.
don't have another Facebook account and if someone sends you a request with my
ID and display picture, please report to me," is the status message that
has started trending on local Facebook in Pakistan.
because Mashaal Khan, the 23-year-old student murdered last week over online
'blasphemy', had said on FB in December that someone had made a fake profile in
his name to malign him.
related to blasphemy are a serious offence in Pakistan, and penalties range
from small fines to the death sentence. While some politicians have condemned
the student's murder, not many religious or political heads have called for
repealing the 'blasphemy law' in the country.
Mashaal's FB status message from December 23:
has made a fake account with my name. And the person seems to be amongst our
friends who is trying to send fake texts from the id with my name to His
another fake id which is on a girl's name and is trying to blackmail me with
that. Watch out friends. Someone is trying to show my image negative."
December FB status of Mashaal's is also trending on FB in Pakistan.
Thursday, the 23-year-old journalism student was murdered by a screaming lynch
mob on his university premises at the Abdul Wali Khan University in the
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The mob believed Mashaal has posted 'blasphemous'
only did the lynch mob beat to a pulp and then shoot dead Mashaal, it then
continued to pound the boy's lifeless body with sticks - all of this in the
clear light of day. The alleged participants in Mashaal's murder were allegedly
fellow students and "thousands of students reportedly participated in the
lynching", according to the Tribune.
video of the murder has reportedly been widely shared and watched, and has
panicked FB users in Pakistan.
senior security official told the Tribune they investigated Mashaal's cell phone
communication and his social media pages and did not find any "offensive
at Mashaal's funeral, the imam at the local mosque refused to lead the last
rites, Reuters reported. "A technician who was asked to do so in the
cleric's place was confronted by several people afterwards," reported
least 65 people have been murdered over blasphemy allegations since 1990,
according to figures from a Centre for Research and Security Studies report and
local media, and dozens more convicted of the crime are currently on death row
in Pakistani jails, Reuters reported.
| Apr 15, 2017, 06.30 PM IST
China has handed over to Pakistan a 600-tonne patrol ship, the third of its
kind, to safeguard the country's maritime interests at a time when both nations
are pushing forward with the CPEC project.
ship which was handed over to Pakistan's maritime safety authority in
Guangzhou, Guangdong province is the third of its kind, was built by China
Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding
Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd.
two ships have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance
during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions
in Pakistan, state-run People's Daily reported.
maritime safety authority expressed great appreciation for the quality of the
ships and for sound cooperation with Chinese ship manufactures, who have
promised to provide after-sale services, it said.
ships are key to consolidating close relations between China-Pakistan, protecting
Pakistan's sea transportation and pushing forward the China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and Road Initiative, it said.
CPEC project will link the Pakistani city of Gwadar to China's Xinjiang via a
vast network of highways and railways. The project was launched in 2015 with
USD 46 billion but later the investment increased to USD 55 billion.
| TNN | Updated: Apr 15, 2017
An Urdu version of Chinese president Xi Jinping's book, 'The governance of
China', was released in Pakistan on Friday, according to state media in
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was present at the book launch, said, "We
cherish President Xi's unfailing love and affection for Pakistan, which he
[has] showed when he visited Pakistan two years ago and also on many other
book is expected to build on China's influence in Pakistan which has been
generated due to high expectations thrown up by the China-Pakistan Economic
the same time, it is surprising that it took a long time for the Urdu version
to be produced since December 2014 when the book was first released in English.
It has since been published in several languages with Thai and Cambodian
versions coming out early this month.
book contains 79 speeches, talks, interviews, notes and letters by president Xi
between November 2012 and June 2014.
this book, we learn how China has transformed itself in the last four
decades," Sharif said.
Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong, said the book opens a new window for the
people of Pakistan to understand and access China, and it tells stories of
mutual benefit and win-win cooperation between China and its neighbours.
16 Apr 2017
a defiant posture on the contentious issue of triple talaq, the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today asserted that it had the
"constitutional" right to implement Muslim personal law.
the Babri Masjid issue, AIMPLB General Secretary MaulanaWaliRehmani said the
board would accept the Supreme Court's decision on the matter while stressing
that "no outside settlement was acceptable".
the talaq issue, he said that the board has decided to issue a code of conduct
and warned that those who give talaq (divorce) without 'Sharia' (Islamic law)
reasons will face social boycott.
code of conduct for talaq is being issued. With its help, the real picture of
Shariat directives will be brought out on the talaq issue. If talaq is given
without Shariat reasons, those involved will be socially boycotted,"
Rehmani told reporters here.
board is issuing appeals to all maulanas and imams of mosques to read out the
code of conduct during Friday 'namaz' and emphasise on its implementation, he
Board has made it clear that it will not tolerate any interference in the
Shariat laws, and claimed that majority of the Muslims in the country do not
want any change in their personal law.
had earlier said that in the recent signature campaign initiated by the AIMPLB
across the country, both men and women have said that the Constitution of India
guarantees them the provision to practice their own religion.
had also urged that no roadblocks should be put in the implementation of the
Union government had on October 7 last year opposed in the Supreme Court the
practice of triple talaq, 'nikahhalala' and polygamy among Muslims and favoured
a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, had referred to constitutional
principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious
practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to advocate
that the practice of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon
afresh by the apex court.
more inclusiveness for backward among muslims: Modi at BJP national meet
Apr 16, 2017
Two resolutions have been passed in the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) national
executive meet in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, the second day of the conclave.
resolution was passed thanking Prime Minister NarendraModi for the commission
of the OBC Bill and it was seconded by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister DharmendraPradhan and
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
Minister NarendraModi earlier made an intervention on a discussion about the
backward commission, saying that more inclusiveness is necessary for backward
made the comment at the BharatiyaJanata Party’s national executive meet during
a strategy session regarding the new bill which sought to give constitutional
recognition to the backward commission. The centre had planned to replace the
National Commission for Backward Classes with a constitutional entity. The
commission for backward classes was set up by a 1993 law.
new bill allows the Parliament to include any community as a backward
community. While the bill was passed in the LokSabha, it has been stuck at the
resolution also condemned the manner in which Congress and other parties are
playing politics in this connection and stalling the bill.
national executive meeting focused on the government schemes for poor and party
should only be working towards the poor.
two-day BJP national executive meeting is expected to underline strategy for a
big saffron push in states like Odisha, Kerala, West Bengal where it has
traditionally been weak.
president Amit Shah on Saturday said the BJP's golden era will begin only when
it had chief ministers in every state and held power from the Panchayats to the
Reservation Bill passed in Telangana Assembly, BJP MLA's suspended
Reservation Bill aimed at enhancing the quota for backward sections in Muslims
under BC-E category from existing 4 to 12 percent and Scheduled Tribes from 6
to 10 percent taking the total reservations to 62 percent has been passed unanimously
here on Sunday during a special one day session.
Congress, Majlis and the Left supported the Bill, five members of BJP have been
suspended from the session for protesting in the well of the house.
the house that the state government will take all necessary steps to get
Centre's nod, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who introduced the reservation
bill in the house said that care has been taken to replicate the Tamilnadu
reservation hike bill word to word to escape legal scrutiny. “Centre will have
to give assent as 69 per cent quota is already under implementation in Tamil
Nadu,” KCR stated.
Congress differed with KCR, arguing that the increased reservations
incorporated in the 9th Schedule of Constitution was specific to Tamilnadu and
can’t be applied to Telangana. “The government very well knows that its claim
holds no water, but this is only to divert the attention of Muslims in the
state who are highly backward in education and employment,” Congress MLA Jeevan
Floor leader Kishan Reddy terming the Bill communal said that the Bill is
against spirit of Indian constitution. “Even Dr Ambedkar said that there should
be reservations when there is discrimination among castes, in the case of
Muslims there is no such caste system,” Kishan Reddy argued. BJP said that the
fate of the present bill will be similar to that of earlier Bills in the court
of law and the party would seek legal recourse.
Assembly also passed two more bills, the state specific GST Bill and Heritage
Bill incorporating heritage status to for all the structures in the state, not
just Hyderabad which was covered by the earlier legislation.
launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul
News Agency) - An Iraqi military officer says ISIS militants have launched a
gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.
officer with the anti-terrorism forces said Saturday that the attack occurred
the night before in the al-Abarneighborhood, when ISIS fired a rocked loaded
with chlorine. He said seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were
treated in a nearby field clinic.
officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release
forces are currently battling ISIS militants in the more densely-populated western
half of Mosul. Iraqi officials say more than half of western Mosul has been
retaken. The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq's
second-largest city, in January.
Commander: Terrorists Using Chemical Weapons in Hama Battles
(FNA)- A senior commander of Syria's Baath battalions revealed that the
terrorist groups have used chemical weapons against the army in Hama, noting
that the ISIL and al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the
Levant Liberation Board) launch gas attacks against the government forces
whenever they are losing their ground.
liberation and cleansing operations in the village of al-Majdal in Hama
province, we witnessed use of chemical weapons by the terrorists,"
Mohannad al-Haj Ali, also a member of the Syrian parliament, said on Sunday.
that Jeish al-Izza terrorist group has used chemical weapons, including the use
of chlorine gas, he said, "Most members of the group are foreigners and
since they have more knowledge about such weapons compared with other groups,
they have been supplied with them."
regret that this is not the first time such dangerous weapons are being used by
Jeish al-Izza terrorist group, al-Haj Ali said that the current battles in Hama
are aimed at making the army busy and deviate its focus from the battles in
Aleppo and Homs.
a relevant development today, the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units
along with the country's warplanes targeted the defense lines and movements of
Al-Nusra Front in six different regions in Northern Hama, inflicting major
losses on the terrorists.
artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the strongholds of Al-Nusra in
the towns of Souran, Taybat al-Imam, Atshan, Tal (hill) Bazam and Tal Skeik in
Northern Hama, killing or wounding a number of terrorists and destroying their
military vehicles and equipment.
the meantime, the army aircraft carried out several combat flights over the
Al-Nusra positions in al-Latamina, Taybat al-Imam, and areas near Souran in
Northern Hama, killing a number of terrorists.
reports said on Saturday that the Russian fighter jets launched massive air
raids on terrorists' positions and gathering centers in Northwestern Hama,
inflicting major losses on the militants.
(FNA)- Arab media outlets reported that terrorists in Eastern Ghouta are
preparing to use chemical weapons against the Syrian Army troops.
Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted local sources in Eastern Ghouta
as saying that the terrorist groups are getting ready to use chemical and
poisonous gases against Damascus.
further added that the terrorist groups have deployed a large number of gas
masks among their members and their families in Eastern Ghouta.
Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow has data that new
provocations are planned in Syria with the goal of putting the blame on
Damascus for allegedly using chemical weapons.
President made the comments after talks with his Italian counterpart Sergio
Mattarella on Tuesday, TASS reported.
have information from different sources that these provocations, I cannot call
them otherwise, are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the
southern suburbs of Damascus where there are plans to throw some substance and
accuse the official Syrian authorities," Putin said.
believes that supporting US strikes on Syria, European countries seek to
establish relations with the administration of Donald Trump, whom they
criticized during the election campaign on the advice from the then President
want to restore relations with the Western community after many European
countries had taken anti-Trump position during the election campaign in the US
due to the former US administration," Putin said.
very good platform for consolidating, Syria, Russia, there is a common
enemy," he noted. "Wonderful. We are ready to be patient. But we hope
that this will get at a certain point to some positive trend of
cooperation," he added.
went on to say that US missile strike on Syria reminds of its attack against
Iraq in 2003 that led to the emergence of the ISIL.
the US strike on Syria strongly reminds of the 2003 events when US
representatives in the UN Security Council showed allegedly chemical weapons
found in Iraq," the Russian president said.
that, a military campaign started in Iraq and it ended with the destruction of
the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the emergence of the ISIL
on the international scene, no more and no less," Putin said.
same is happening now," the Russian president said.
believe that any incident of this kind should be officially investigated,"
Putin said. "We plan to turn to the United Nations bodies in The Hague and
call on the global community to thoroughly investigate into this incident and
make balanced decisions based on the investigation’s outcome," the Russian
News Agency) - Yemeni soldiers and allied Houthi fighters have killed four
Saudi troops in sniper fire in the kingdom’s extreme southwest in retaliation
for new attacks on the impoverished nation.
allied forces gunned down one Saudi trooper at the al-Mo’annaq military outpost
in the kingdom’s Jizan region on Saturday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television
network reported. Separately, Yemeni sharpshooters killed three more Saudi
troops in a blitz against military bases in Najran.
Saudi military vehicle was also destroyed while traveling in the Midi Desert in
published a video, released by Yemen’s War Media, showing mercenaries fleeing
the al-Qavieh base in Jizan on board two vehicles, leaving behind their
equipment. A Yemeni army unit then goes there and takes away some of the
forces have been responding to Saudi Arabia’s more than two years of invasion
launched in support of a former government. Thousands of civilians have been
killed in the war which has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and put the
country on the brink of a famine.
Yemenis have stepped up their retaliatory strikes against Saudi mercenaries,
who have been trying to push deeper into the impoverished country after
occupying the Red Sea port of Aden.
Saturday, loyalist forces backed by Saudi Arabia launched an assault to seize
the KhaledIbn al-Walid base from Houthi fighters and their allies near Yemen's
least 25 loyalists of former president AbdRabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi
fighters were killed in clashes around the key military located 30 kilometers
from the Red Sea town of Mokha which pro-Saudi forces captured in February.
and medical sources told the French news agency AFP that Saudi warplanes had
bombed Houthi positions as they tried to push back the advancing mercenaries.
Houthi fighters were killed and two others wounded in twin Saudi airstrikes
targeting three vehicles bringing reinforcements to the camp, the report said.
A further 12 Houthis and four Hadi loyalists were killed in fighting overnight,
camp, one of the biggest in Yemen, sits on a key road linking Mokha to the
Houthi-controlled port city of Hudaydah and Ta’izz.
News Agency) - The Yemeni army's missile units targeted the movements of a
large number of Saudi-led troops along the al-Khazra corridor in the kingdom's
Jizan province with Zelzal-2 missiles.
home-grown Zelzal-2 missiles hit the convoys of the Saudi vehicles and
inflicted heavy damage and casualties on the kingdom's army and allied forces.
reports said the Yemeni ground troops then pounded the passage with several
rounds of Katyusha and artillery fire, inflicting several casualties on the
senior commander of Yemen's army underlined earlier this week that his country
will be among the region's most powerful states in manufacturing advanced
a wise leader and relying on its young people's scientific power, Yemen will
turn into one of the superior missile powers in the region in 10 years,"
AbdolmalekIssa said on Monday.
is the only deterrence power possessed by the army and the popular committees
at the strategic level which has inflicted the most severe blows to the
aggressive enemy and its mercenaries," he added.
Yemeni defense ministry last month unveiled a new missile named 'Asif 1' that
it said would be used in the war against Saudi Arabia.
news website reported that the missile was test-fired in action after it hit a
military base in Saudi Arabia's Najran province.
missile units of the army targeted Rajla military base in Saudi Arabia’s
Southwestern border region of Najran with three Asif 1 missiles and the
missiles precisely hit the target," a Yemeni military source said.
relevant remarks in March, the official spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces,
Brigadier General SharqLuqman, underlined that the country is in possession of
advanced missiles which can hit the Saudi capital.
have been able to develop our weapons and make progress so that they can hit
the Saudi capital," Luqman told al-Mayadeen news channel.
that Borkan-2 missile was the first missile which could target King Salman
airbase, he said that new missiles are underway.
said that after hitting Riyadh, the war in Yemen will enter a new stage and all
equations will change.
said earlier this month that Yemen's popular forces and their allies in the
country's army fired a long-range ballistic missile at an airbase in the Saudi
capital Riyadh, marking the second such attack on the city.
Borkan-2 missile accurately struck King Salman Air Base.
a statement carried by Yemen's official Saba news agency, a Yemeni military
official close to the Ansarullah group said the missile attack came in
retaliation for the criminal Saudi war on Yemen.
the Yemeni army pledged that missiles would target the Saudi territory until
the regime’s bombing campaign stops.
further announced that 108 ballistic missiles have been fired at positions held
by Saudi invaders inside and outside Yemen so far.
Yemeni popular fighters targeted with a Zelzal-1 missile a gathering place of
Saudi mercenaries in the al-Ramzah district in the kingdom’s SouthwesternJizan
also launched a missile attack against positions held by the mercenaries in
al-Maton district of Yemen’s Northern Jawf province.
(FNA)- A local source in Northern Aleppo confirmed that over 90 militants have
been killed or wounded in clashes between the Ankara-backed gunmen of
al-Shamiyeh Front and Suleiman Shah fighters near a border town.
source from al-Shahba region reported that three days ago after the Turkish
army appointed Abu Hatem al-Dayeri as the commander of al-Shamiyeh Front,
clashes restarted between al-Shamiyeh and members of Suleiman Shah in al-Shahba
region West of the border town of Jarabulus in Northern Aleppo.
source further added that the clashes between the rival terrorists expanded up
to the Central part of al-Qandoureh region West of Jarabulus, adding that 40
militants have been killed and over 50 others have been wounded from both
source pointed out that the clashes are still underway.
militant commander in Northern Syria disclosed on Saturday that Ankara
initiated a plan to purchase large swathes of land in Northern Aleppo to annex
them to Turkey.
commander revealed that Turkish officials formed a committee, that also
includes several local people, to satisfy and persuade civilians to sell their
buildings in return for a large amount of cash.
committee was duty bound to persuade the owners of the lands in Northern town
of al-Bab that the buyers would only own the buildings and the lands would
remain under their ownership.
committee promised to give residential buildings in al-Rai region at
Turkey-Syria border to those people who would sell their buildings to Turkish
buyers, the terrorist commander further disclosed.
further added that Turkey had a detailed plan to annex vast parts of Northern
Syria to its soil, adding that Ankara intends to divide the regions under the
control of its affiliated forces into two regions affiliated to Turkey's Kilis
and Gaziantep regions to monitor and run tasks and affairs in Northern Syria.
in a later stage, the annexed regions would start developing economic links
with Turkey and would start using Turkish lira in their trade
(FNA)- The Syrian Army's artillery and missile units pounded the positions of
Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation
Board) in different neighborhood of the Southern city of Dara'a, destroying a
main command post of the terrorists and killing 10 of them.
artillery and missile units pounded the concentration centers and positions of
Al-Nusra South of al-Manshiyehneighborhood, near Katakit building, al-Masri
square, Tariq al-Saad (way to dam) neighborhood and North of Seida carpet
company in Dara'a city, killing and wounding over 10 militants and destroying a
main command post, a mortar launcher, a cannon and a military vehicle.
said on Thursday that the Syrian army warded off an attack by the Al-Nusra
Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board)
against several military points in Dara'a, inflicting heavy casualties on the
Syrian army units engaged in fierce clashes with al-Nusra terrorists who had
attacked a number of military positions near al-Manshiyeh district in Dara'a
from the direction of al-Khansa school and al-Bajabejeh district, and repulsed
the clashes, the army soldiers also blew up 2 TOW missile bases of the
terrorists, 2 tanks and a military vehicle and killed and wounded a large
number of militants.
the Syrian army units launched heavy artillery and missile attacks on al-Nusra
Front bases in al-Sad district, al-Talabiyeh square, the Southern parts of
Basari square and areas near the refugees camp in Dara'a, inflicting several
losses on the militants and smashing their weapons and ammunition.
least 43 people were killed on Saturday in a car bombing targeting a convoy of
evacuees from two pro-regime villages in northern Syria, a monitoring group
of others were injured in the blast near buses being used for the evacuation
outside the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Rahman Hassan, a spokesman of the White Helmet Civil Defence group, put the
death toll at 100. He told dpa that another 55 people were injured.
state news agency SANA said that scores of civilians, mostly women and children,
were killed and injured in the car bombing.
agency said that "terrorists" – a reference to rebels - had loaded
the booby-trapped car with food items for children and parked it near the
evacuation buses in Aleppo's suburb of al-Rashedeen.
published by SANA showed heavily damaged buses with black smoke coming out of
some of them, with some bodies lying on the ground.
operation to transfer the evacuees resumed after a brief halt, the observatory
transporting people evacuated the day before from the rebel-besieged villages
of Foua and Kefraya in Idlib in north-western Syria headed into Aleppo, which
is controlled by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
buses carrying evacuees from the government-encircled towns of Madaya and
al-Zabadani near Damascus were on their way to Idlib, which is mostly
controlled by the rebels, the observatory said.
reported that buses carrying people from Foua and Kefraya had already begun
arriving in Aleppo's Jebrin area, where the government has set up a temporary
housing centre for them.
Saturday, thousands of evacuees were stranded in Aleppo due to a dispute
between the government and Islamist rebels over a swap deal that came into
effect on Friday, the watchdog reported.
was not immediately clear how the dispute had been resolved.
evacuation deal, brokered by Iran and Qatar, aims to move government opponents,
mostly Sunnis, from Madaya and al-Zabadani to Idlib.
return, government supporters - mainly Shiites - who live in Foua and Kefraya
would be moved to government-held areas.
convoys had been stuck a few kilometres apart at bus stations in Aleppo after
the al-Qaeda-linked alliance, the Levant Liberation Body, demanded the return
of 100 civilians already evacuated from Foua and Kefraya and their replacement
with 100 pro-government fighters, according to the observatory.
the deal, at least 4,000 people will be evacuated from Foua and Kefraya, where
some 20,000 people are estimated to be living under a rebel siege.
25,000 people are estimated to be living in Madaya and al-Zabadani, which have
been under siege by government forces and allies from the Lebanese Hezbollah
movement since 2015.
Syrian opposition has described the swap deal as forced displacement and a
demographic change in the war-torn country.
February, the United Nations said around 4.7 million people live in
hard-to-reach locations across the country, including more than 640,000 in
conflict began in 2011 with demonstrations against al-Assad's government and
spiralled into a multilateral civil war that has claimed hundreds of thousands
of lives and displaced about half the pre-war population of 22 million.
Hamlo and WeedahHamzah
News Agency) - The Iraqi Army’s Central Command said on Friday that an airstrike
on the ISIS headquarters in Mosul killed one of the group’s prominent
airstrike on the neighborhood of al-Rifai on the right side of Mosul has
destroyed ISIS headquarters and killed the group’s Mufti Abdullah al-Badrani,”
the Iraqi command said in a statement.
was the head of the ISIS Sharia institution, named as the group’s Mufti.
strike also killed ISIS member Abdul Rahman al-Talib, known as Abu Obaida and
is of Arab origins.
Awni al-Hayali, known as Abu Baraq, who is ISIS leader in al-Rifaineighborhood
was also killed.
is worth noting that the Iraq security forces are fighting to liberate the
right side of Mosul.
(FNA)- A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has
denounced the pro-Israeli policy adopted by the administration of US President
Donald Trump, saying the White House is now inhabited by Israeli settlers.
a PLO executive committee member, said on Saturday that Israel’s far-right
stance dominates the US government, Al Manar reported.
used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right
that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. But today we say there are settlers
inside the White House,” she said.
administration “has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and which supports the settlements,”
remarks came amid reports that a delegation of Palestinian Authority officials
will visit Washington later this month, in preparation for a meeting between
Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
main goal here is to reach understandings that would make the president’s visit
a success and that it will come out with positive results that would serve the
Palestinian cause,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said earlier
- Alizz Islamic Bank continues to provide innovative Shari’a compliant products
and services and its latest product, Hasalti Children's Savings Account has
been received well by the public.
Hasalti Children’s Savings Account is based on the Shari’a principle of
Mudaraba and the bank aims to educate children about the value of saving and
planning ahead for the future in methods that are Shari’a compliant.
Accordingly, Alizz Islamic Bank invests the funds deposited in the Hasalti
Children’s Savings Account in Shari’a compliant investment activities to create
the best possible returns.
minimum of 50 Omani Rials must be deposited to the account every month to make
the account eligible for the various special offers and benefits. The Hasalti
Children’s Savings Account is opened in the name of the child along with
his/her guardian's name until the child reaches puberty, i.e. 18 years of age
and 21 years of age for a child who has a legal guardian.
an average balance of 50 Omani Rials in the Hasalti Children’s Savings Account
ensures that the account holder will be entered in the monthly draw giving them
an opportunity to be one of 5 monthly winners of a prize of 100 Omani Rials
each as (hiba) gift from the shareholders' funds. The winners of the monthly
draw are then announced via the bank’s social media channels. The prize amount
of 100 Omani Rials is deposited into the account of each winner within two
to the financial prize, the account holder will receive a free Hasalti
membership card when opening the account and this can be used to avail special
offers and discounts across Oman, all of which are listed on the bank’s
the primary account holder (the guardian) will receive free Life Takaful equal
to two times the average of the monthly balance available in the account, with
a maximum cover of 20,000 Omani Rials (for example, if the average of the
monthly balance is 5,000 Omani Rials then the Takaful cover will be 10,000
Omani Rials, and if it is 20,000 Omani Rials then the Takaful cover will be
20,000 Omani Rials). Alizz Islamic Bank will bear the contribution of the
Takaful cover and it will not be a burden to the account holder. Hasalti
Children’s Savings Account customers will also be eligible for a preferential
rate on Education Finance when the account holder turns 18.
the features of the Hasalti Children’s Savings Account, Mohammed Al Ghassani,
head of retail distribution and wealth management at Alizz Islamic Bank said
“At Alizz Islamic Bank, we always strive to promote the culture of saving
amongst children and adults; and we are proud that with the launch of the
Children’s Savings Account this can be taught in the very early stages of
childhood. Good habits are best instilled when young and we believe in
encouraging the development of our children to be the best that they can be.
the many benefits that our young clients will receive from their Hasalti
Children’s Savings Account is that they will receive monthly payments of the
generated profits in addition to a preferential rate for Education Finance when
the account holder turns 18 years old. This is alongside the amazing discounts
and special offers at various merchants.”
(FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Ahmad Reza
Pourdastan downplayed the US officials' military threats, and said the Iranian
Army and other Armed Forces will give a crushing response to any possible enemy
Iranian Army and Armed Forces are so capable and strong that the enemies (even)
don’t think of aggression but if they make a mistake, the Army will give them a
very decisive and crushing response which deserves the Islamic Republic of
Iran's name," General Pourdastan said in an interview with the state-run
TV on Saturday night.
that all foreign vessels sailing in the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the
Caspian Sea are monitored by the Iranian Armed Forces, he added, "Also, We
have designed proper defensive plans to give a crushing response to the
aggressors based on our defense doctrine."
relevant remarks earlier this month, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces
Major General Mohammad HosseinBaqeri underlined that the country's Armed Forces
are prepared to give a rigid response to any possible aggressive act by the
are ready to take speedy reaction against enemy's possible threats and
deepening intelligence superiority over enemy's movements is our top
priority," General Baqeri said.
reiterated that Iran's missile strength is admirable.
in February, General Pourdastan underlined that the country's Armed Forces are
always ready to give a crushing response to the aggressors, adding that nothing
can surprise them.
the preparedness of the Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and
other Armed Forces, they cannot be surprised in any conditions and if any
threat emerges, certainly the threatening force will regret its action,"
General Pourdastan told reporters in the Southern province of Khuzestan.
to different drills held and underway in Iran by the Iranian Armed Forces, he
said, "The objective of such wargames is warning those who have the
illusion of aggression against Iran."
Islamic Bank (SIB) posted a net profit of AED 139.1 million for the first
quarter of 2017 compared to AED 131.4 million for the same period last year, a
5.9 % increase. Total assets reached AED 34.6 billion at the end of the 1st
Quarter 2017 compared to AED 33.5 billion at the end of 2016.
assets reached AED 8.1 billion or 23.5% of the Balance Sheet at the end of the
1st Quarter 2017 compared to AED 7.8
billion or 23.4% at the end of 2016, reflecting the strong liquidity position
of the Bank and the strength of its financial position. Net customer
receivables of the bank amounted to AED 17.6 billion at the end of the 1st
Quarter 2017, an increase of 2.9% or AED 490.8 million compared to the yearend
securities increase by 8.5% to reach AED 4.5 billion at the end of the 1st
Quarter 2017 compared to AED 4.1 billion at the end of December 2016.
Islamic Bank was successful in attracting more deposits during the 1st quarter
of the year as the total customer deposits reached AED 19.7 billion by the end
of the 1st Quarter 2017, growing by 1.4
billion or 7.6% compared to AED 18.3 billion at the year end of 2016.
the Bank’s statement of profit or loss, net Operating Income reached AED 237.8
million compared to AED 219.2 million in the same period 2016, an increase of
(annualized) on Average Shareholders’ Equity (ROAE) reached 11.28% by the end
of the 1st Quarter 2017 compared to
9.68% at the end of December 2016, while Return (annualized) on Average Assets
(ROAA) was 1.63% by the end of the 1st
Quarter 2017 compared to 1.46% at
the end of December 2016.
Islamic Bank is strongly capitalized. Total shareholders’ equity reached AED
5.0 billion or 14.5% of total assets by the end of the 1st Quarter 2017., and
maintain a strong capital adequacy ratio of 21.04% by the end of the 1st
youths at a demonstration against the Palestinian President in Rafah, Gaza,
April 14 2017 (AFP/Said Khatib)Palestinian youths at a demonstration against
the Palestinian President in Rafah, Gaza, April 14 2017 (AFP/Said Khatib)
> Adel al-Mashwakhi, Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Pennsylvania, The
PA, to Ma’an News Agency, United Nations, West Bank
was plunged into darkness late Friday as the territory's Hamas-run power
authority cut electricity across the besieged enclave in protest against the
who control Gaza, and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, have for years
blamed each other for an electricity crisis in the besieged coastal enclave.
power alternates on eight-hour cycles, with those who can afford it using
generators in the down times.
Friday, Gaza's power authority cut electricity in the coastal territory from 7
pm until 11 pm in protest against the PA's recent decision to cut public sector
salaries for Gaza employees and tax disputes over the import of fuel.
PA responded by saying Hamas was attempting to create a "new crisis"
in Gaza, according to Ma’an News Agency.
in April, a decision by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to impose pay
cuts on its civil servants in Gaza sparked widespread anger.
of thousands took to the streets in Gaza to protest the 30-percent pay cut,
with demonstrators calling on PA president Mahmoud Abbas to sack his
PA says it was forced into the move because its budget has been hit by falling
foreign aid. PA salaries in the West Bank, however, remained untouched.
sole power plant is on the verge of shutting down as Qatari and Turkish fuel
supplies run out. Gazan authorities have no other choice than to buy additional
fuel from the PA, but say recent tax hikes make it unaffordable.
January, thousands of Gazans took the streets to protest chronic power
shortages in one of the largest unauthorised protests in Gaza since Hamas took
power in 2007.
security forces quickly suppressed the demonstration and blocked journalists
day earlier, a local comedian was arrested for making a satirical video
criticising power cuts. "There is no work, no (border) crossing points, no
food, no water and also no electricity," Adel al-Mashwakhi said in the
video clip, which amassed over 250,000 views.
has been under a suffocating Israeli-Egyptian blockade for over 10 years,
severely damaging the enclave’s economy.
2015, the United Nations warned that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if
current political and economic trends caused by Israeli policies continue.
International Islamic Human Rights Conference which was aimed to present an
Islamic model for human rights wrapped up its work at the University of Tehran
on April 15.
day-long international gathering was also aimed at preparing an academic ground
for eliminating the hegemony of Western human rights concepts and distancing
from inaction in the face of this reality.
major themes including Foundations, Concepts, Distinctive features and
Priorities of Islamic human rights were discussed during the international
the gathering Dean of Faculty of World Studies of the University of Tehran
Saeid Reza Ameli underlined the human rights is considered as a global rule for
the life of all human beings and has no border or limitation.
described war as the most inhuman measure which is occurring most frequently.
professor of philosophy and theology at Baqir al-Olum University Ahmad Vaezi
said clearly understanding the Islamic image of human freedom requires paying
attention to principles and teachings from a rational framework based on which
the Islamic interpretation of freedom is shaped.
said freedom is primarily a “natural right” dedicated to human beings as a
result of incorporating choice and liberty and free will.
the conference, elected imam of the Islamic Center of Washington, member of the
World Forum for Proximity of Islamic School of Thought, Tehran and member of
the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) Mohammad H. Asi said the
absence of justice and not the absence of “human rights” is what is the root of
the problems in many countries around the world whose governments come out
sugar-coating and disguising their self-centric policies by raising the issue
of human rights.
noted that the attitude of racism and the policies of racism which is one of
those central issues of human rights springs from the fact that racists and
bigots are incapable of honoring God’s will when HE decrees that some infants
are born in a certain color, ethnicity, race, nationality, etc…
his address, Malaysian Director of Citizens International Mohideen Abdul Kader
said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has become an instrument
for attacking, defaming and demonizing Islam and Muslims, and for subverting
Islam’s values and the culture it produced.
Kader said the West claims that its concepts on human rights are universal and
should be adopted by every other society.
noted the US is the greatest violator of human rights, committing aggression
against sovereign nations, killing thousands of civilians and imposing cruel
member at Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at university of Tehran and
special assistant to the President in Civil Rights Affairs ElhamAminzadeh noted
that right of freedom is mentioned in Islam as the first and foremost human
underscored that freedom of thought is guaranteed through the rule that prohibits
imposing ideas over others because, according to this rule this kind of
imposition is neither possible, nor correct.
added in Islamic law, citizenship rights are referred to as what is public’s
rights, and nation’s rights. “Of course, Islamic law does not possess a merely
materialistic and horizontal approach; rather, it also attends to the vertical
zenith of human beings.”
speaker, the Spokesman of Guardians Council and Professor at Faculty of Law and
Political Sciences at University of Tehran AbbasaliKadkhodazadeh addressed the
conference; his remarks focused on “Precaution; A Conventional Principle in the
English News Staff Writer
suicide bombers and car bomb eliminated in East of Afghanistan
KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Apr 16 2017
suicide bombers and a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) were
eliminated in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
provincial police commandment said the suicide bombers were looking to target
the police commandment of Achin district.
suicide bombers and the VBIED were eliminated in an airstrike conducted by the
US forces based in Afghanistan, the police commandment said.
also added that the local residents and security personnel did not suffer any
casualties in the airstrike.
is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the
anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency
activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.
comes as the Afghan forces conducted counter-terrorism operations in the
restive districts of Nangarhar under the Hamza operations launched nearly two
United States on Thursday launched a major airstrike against the terror group
using the Mother of All Bombs, GBU-43 bomb to destroy the tunnels network and
other hideouts of the terror group in Achin district.
provincial government said Saturday that 94 ISIS militants including four
leaders of the terror group were killed in the airstrike and no casualties were
incurred to the local residents.
strike’s message to neighbors ‘Take ISIS presence seriously’: Gen. Murad
use of GBU-43 bomb also known as the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was a
requirement and the message delivered with the strike to the neighbors is that
the threat posed with the presence of ISIS terrorist group should be taken
Murad Ali Murad, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army made the
remarks during a press conference in Kabul today.
said the MOAB strike in MohmandDara was a serious requirement and the militants
of ISIS offshoot, ISIS-K, have suffered heavy casualties in the strike.
to Gen. Murad, the operation against the terrorist group still continues in the
vicinity of Achin district.
Murad further added that the death of at least 95 militants have been confirmed
so far as clearance operations are underway.
said the number of the deaths is far more as the security forces are busy
clearing the area and the exact number will be released later.
airstrike has resulted into the elimination of the strategic hideout of the
terrorist group in Nangarhar, Gen. Muad said, adding that the civilians did not
suffer any casualties.
bomb was dropped around 7:30 pm local time on Thursday, a move which was widely
welcomed by the local residents and tribal elders of Nangarhar.
number of the tribal elders appeared in a gathering after the airstrike was
conducted on Friday and urged for further strikes to clear the province from
the presence of ISIS militants.
least two militants were killed as they were planting an Improvised Explosive
Device in a seminary in Logar province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the incident took place in the vicinity of
qala-e-Wazir area of Logar.
Ministry further added that the explosives device went off prematurely as the
two insurgents were planting the bomb, leaving two insurgents dead.
anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not
commented regarding the report so far.
Taliban insurgents and militant belonging to other militant groups frequently
use IEDs as the weapon of their choice to target the Afghan security forces and
in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides the
security forces and government officials are killed.
UN mission said it documented 11,418 civilian casualties between 1st January
2016 to 31st December, 2016.
to the report, 61 percent of all civilian casualties were incurred through
attacks by the anti-government elements which includes a total of 6,994
civilian casualties (2,131 deaths and 4,863 injured).
adviser of the Chief Executive has been fired for his remarks regarding the US
airstrike involving the massive GBU-43 bomb on ISIS militants in eastern
Office of the Chief Executive in a statement said DaudAsas has been fired for
his irresponsible remarks regarding the airstrike on ISIS militants in
statement further added that Asas was fired based on a decree issued by Chief
Executive Abdullah Abdullah, emphasizing that the government will fight against
all terrorist groups without any distinction.
least 94 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
terrorist group offshoot were killed after the US forces dropped the massive
GBU-43 bomb also called as Mother of All Bombs on ISIS targets in Achin
district on Thursday evening.
important hideout of the terror group and large cache of weapons, ammunition,
and explosives were also destroyed during the operations, local officials in
Nangarhar said, adding that the ISIS leaders killed during the operations have
been identified as Hamza Abu Bakar, Mohammad Ibrani, Hamid Kunari, and Walkin
the brother of Hafiz Saeed are among those killed during the operations.
former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with the Russian Ambassador to
Afghanistan on Saturday evening in his office, hours after taking a hard stance
against the US military for the use of massive bomb against the ISIS militants.
Office of the Former President in a statement said the Russian Ambassador
briefed Karzai regarding the latest regional summit hosted by Moscow regarding
the Afghan peace process.
emphasized that the only way to ensure peace and stability in the country would
be through Afghan-led negotiations.
the Moscow for its initiative regarding the Afghan peace process, Karzai said
war and use of weapons will be in the loss of the Afghan people.
expressed hopes that Moscow will continue to its efforts bring peace and
stability in the country.
in the day, Karzai had vowed to step up efforts in a bid to oust the US military
from the country following the massive airstrike in AchinNangarhar against ISIS
terrorists involving the non-nuclear GBU-43 bomb.
slammed the government for allowing the US forces to carry out the strike and
insisted that the move would be a national treason if the government had
approved the use of the massive bomb.
also raised questions regarding the increased US airstrikes against ISIS,
saying ‘Why the US waited for two years to start bombing Daesh?’
least ten rockets were seized by the Afghan security forces before the
militants manage to fire them on Kabul city.
Kabul police commandment said the rockets were placed and were prepared for the
attack in Khak-e-Jabar district.
rockets were transferred to Hesarak district of Nangarhar to Khak-e-Jabar for
the attack, the police commandment said, adding that the rockets were of BM1
anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report
comes as the militant groups are attempting to increase their insurgency as the
weather gets warm across the country, specifically in capital Kabul.
suicide attack rocked Kabul city last week leaving at least six people dead and
around five others wounded.
incident took place in the vicinity of the second police district of the city
close to the ministry of defense compound after a suicide bomber detonated his
explosives near a vehicle carrying the government workers.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot operating
under the name of ISIS-Khurasan in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated a grand mosque on
DaanMogot Road in West Jakarta on Saturday (15/04), expressing his hope that
the place of worship will strengthen and promote the spirit of moderate and
after Indonesian ulamaHasyimAsy'ari, founder of the world's biggest Muslim
organization, the NahdlatulUlama (NU), the 17,000-square-meter mosque can
accommodate 12,500 people.
HasyimAsy'ari Grand Mosque is the first one founded by the Jakarta government,
which allocated Rp 170 billion ($12.8 million) to its construction.
without a reason the mosque is called the Kiai Haji HasyimAsy'ari Grand Mosque.
He is our national hero, who loved the republic with all his heart," the
Joko'Jokowi' Widodo with Minister of
Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, right, Jakarta City Council speaker
Prasetyo Edi Marsudi, second right, and HasyimAsy'ari's descendants examine the
new mosque. (Antara Photo/PuspaPerwitasari) President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo with
Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, right, Jakarta City
Council speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi, second right, and HasyimAsy'ari's
descendants examine the new mosque. (Antara Photo/PuspaPerwitasari)
added that by founding the NU in 1916, Hasyim had strengthened Indonesia's
tolerant and inclusive Islam.
president was welcomed by acting Jakarta Governor Soemarsono.
attendance were Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin,
Presidential Chief of Staff TetenMasduki
and high-profile NahdlatulUlama figures such as Hasyim's family members
Solahuddin Wahid and Yenny Wahid, and the local government officials.
the inauguration was scheduled for Sunday, but, according to Sumarsono, the
date had to be adjusted to the president's schedule. He added that the change
of the date had no political links. On Sunday, however, Jakarta Governor Basuki
"Ahok" TjahajaPurnama returns to the office after taking obligatory
leave preceding Wednesday's gubernatorial election.
launched the mosque's construction in June 2013.
are two more grand mosques in Jakarta — the Istiqlal Mosque and SundaKelapa
Mosque, both in the city center.
| Published — Saturday 15 April 2017
The Philippine military announced plans to create all-Muslim fighting units on
Saturday, with quotas from the Catholic country’s largest religious minority,
as it looks to bolster efforts to tackle Islamic insurgents.
percent of all new applications will be allocated for Muslims under the new
order, military spokesman Col. EdgardArevalo said in a statement, adding the
eventual aim was to have a dedicated brigade or division to be deployed in the
country’s troubled south.
Philippines is battling Muslim extremist militants in lawless southern regions,
some of whom have pledged allegiance to the Daesh group.
said the Muslim quota, which roughly reflects the proportion of the religious
minority in the population, would help the army operate in areas where it has
been previously viewed with suspicion by local people.
of our Muslim brothers and sisters perceive the deployment of almost 100
percent Christian soldiers in their communities as invading or occupational
forces,” he said, adding that fellow Muslims would be more aware of religious
or cultural “sensitivities.”
statement did not give details of the existing numbers of Muslims in the
southern region of Mindanao, the ancestral homeland of the Philippines’ Muslim
minority, has been locked in a separatist insurgency since the 1970s, with the
conflict claiming more than 120,000 lives.
the major rebel organizations have for years observed a cease-fire with the
government as part of peace efforts, there are breakaway factions opposed to
compromise and other gangs that have declared allegiance to the IS.
this week, security forces clashed with suspected Islamic militants from the
Abu Sayyaf kidnap group on a popular resort island, the first attack on a key
Philippine tourist destination in recent years.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to visit Indonesia next
week, where he will meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to
discuss peace-building efforts in Afghanistan, a Foreign Affairs Ministry
official said on Thursday (30/03).
first official visit to Indonesia on April 5-6 is expected to strengthen
relations between the two countries, FerdyPiay, director general for South and
Central Asia at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said.
Afghan president wants to see Indonesia’s experience in conflict resolution as
an example of 'best practice' that can be applied to current troubles in
Afghanistan, in the hopes that our input might support reconciliation processes
there," Ferdy said during a press briefing in Jakarta.
added that Indonesia is eager to continue its ongoing support for
peace-building processes in Afghanistan by enhancing programs meant to
strengthen national institutions.
cited collaboration in police and anti-money laundering training as essential
to supporting peace-building in that country.
is also expected to learn about Indonesia’s counter-terrorism efforts and
deradicalization programs in the hopes of applying new techniques to his own
regards to future economic links between the two Muslim-majority nations, there
is reason to be hopeful.
Affairs Ministry spokesman ArrmanathaNasir said that although trade between
Indonesia and Afghanistan is limited – annual trade measured only $16 million
in 2016 – the Central Asian country is a potential market for Indonesian
said Afghanistan’s position as a landlocked nation has made monitoring trade
more difficult, as most of Indonesia’s export goods are forced to travel
through a third country, such as Pakistan or Iran, before they can reach
also cited banking transactions as another factor slowing trade with
trade-related issues are expected to be addressed at a business forum,
scheduled for April 6, between the Afghan delegation and their Indonesian
is also expected to sign four memoranda of understanding with Jokowi on
collaborations in education, agriculture, statistics and public administration
Afghan leader will also hold a meeting with religious scholars from Indonesia's
two largest Islamic associations – NahdlatulUlama and Muhammadiyah – at the
Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta during his visit, Ferdy added.
to Ferdy, scholars from some of Indonesia's smaller Islamic organizations are
expected to attend.
visit to Jakarta is part of an international tour to the region, including
stops in Australia and Singapore.
From 19th Century Will Be On Display At KL Jamek Mosque Gallery
LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- A total of 63 headstones from the 19th century
which were found embedded in the construction site of the fountain in the
compound of the Kuala Lumpur Jamek Mosque (KLJM) in April last year, will be
put on display for public viewing at the mosque s gallery.
head of management Mohd Faisal Tan Mutalib said the mosque was currently
undergoing renovation to create space for the gallery.
headstones with names and dates written in Jawi script were found by the
contractor of the 'River of Life' (ROL) project, a National Transformation
Programme aimed at transforming eight rivers located in the Greater Kuala
Lumpur area, since the restoration work along the Klang and Gombak rivers
commenced in 2015
has no place in Islam – Sultan of Sokoto, AlhajiSa’adAbubakar
Sultan of Sokoto, AlhajiSa’adAbubakar, said on Saturday that begging has no
basis in Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find legitimate
means of earning a living.
made the remark in Sokoto at the graduation of 2000 women trained in various
skills by the Wife of Sokoto State Governor HajiyaMairoTambuwal.
training was conducted in collaboration with Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment
Commission to empower the women drawn from the 86 districts of the state.
Sultan said, “our women should always desist from street begging, as it has no
base in Islam and it only generates more harm than good among the society.
have always been the pillars for any societal development, so we need to do
more in encouraging and supporting their living standard in order to yield a
empowering women is one of the positive base to a better, secured and
commended Mrs Tambuwal for initiating the programme and admonished the
beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to enhace their livelihood.
the governor’s wife had expressed appreciation to the Sultanate Council, the
state government and Zakkat commission for supporting the initiative.
said that the skills training was principally to make women in the state self
Tambuwal, who was represented by HajiyaHauwa Muhammad, called on the
beneficiaries to apply the new skills they acquired to uplift their economic
status and contribute to the overall development of the state.
Overseer of the Zakat commission, MalamLawalMaidoki, said that the 2000 women
were carefully selected and empowered to live above the poverty line.
indigenes of Kano State have reacted to some statements by the Emir of Kano,
MuhammaduSanusi II, with some describing them as critical and inflammatory
comments on religious and family issues.
a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, recently called for the
regulation of marriage to second wives. He warned men who could not cater for
their family not to marry more than one wife.
foremost traditional ruler also criticised conservative northern leaders who
discouraged attitudes and activities that, he said, would have developed the
also criticised Governor AbdulazizYari of Zamfara State for saying the outbreak
of meningitis in his state was God’s punishment for peoples’ sins, insisting
“That is not an Islamically correct statement to make.”
had also called on governors of northern states to use mosques as primary
schools, especially in the villages.
separate interviews with PREMIUM TIMES, the Kano residents asked the
traditional ruler to stop making statements, some of which they said were
critical of Islamic teachings.
former presidential aspirant on the ticket of the Labour Party, Isa Tijjani,
asked Mr.Sanusi to moderate his public utterances so as not to send wrong
signals to people.
give it to you that you are educationally sound in both the western education
and our religious (Islamic) education,” he said.
Highness, I want to say that education must be accompanied with wisdom to
achieve a desired goal which in this case I understand it to mean your genuine
concern for the deplorable state of affairs in the north.”
to Mr.Sanusi’s claim that the northwest and northeast geo-political zones were
the poorest in the country, Mr.Tijjani, an activist, said the emir’s definition
and understanding of poverty might be different from his own because he (emir)
was an economist.
this world where basic survival is the greatest challenge, if a society is able
to feed itself without intervention from any donor organisation, it cannot be
classified as poor.
any case, 90 per cent of our people do not aspire to lead an elite’s life if
that is the yardstick of measuring poverty.”
the Kano rail project, Mr.Tijjani cautioned Mr.Sanusi against condemning
policies and programmes of the state government at public fora, saying it was
dangerous no matter how the foremost traditional ruler felt about such
a security officer, said Islam had a position on the issue of marriage and
therefore by his comment, the emir was promoting divorce.
said, “Don’t forget the same person was crying against rampant divorces but at
the same time he is saying a wife should slap back her husband whenever he
slaps her. What do you think this would cause? Indeed, rampant break of more
the family bond that allows for intervention whenever there is misunderstanding
between couples has been clearly spelt out in the Holy Quran.”
Mr.Sanusi’s position on education and poverty, Mr.Gamsuwa claimed that the emir
had merely supported the position of southern Nigerians against the north.
to him, the south had always believed that the north was a parasite and the
traditional ruler’s comments seemed to have supported that position.
(Sanusi) exaggerated the situation by linking our Islamic religion to the whole
problem as responsible of our predicaments,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.
the south was talking only on the poverty and probably education but had never
attacked our religion because they know the sensitivity of that.”
argued that Mr.Sanusi had forgotten that Nigeria never witnessed the Type C
meningitis before now and therefore no governor in the country could have
prepared for the new disease.
teacher, Umar Labu, described as “unfair” Mr.Sanusi’s critical stance on state
governors over the outbreak of meningitis, saying they (governors) were not
prepared for the type of disease that broke out.
however, said the governors should not be totally absolved of blame because
they ought to have established laboratories that would frequently conduct tests
on various diseases with a view to identifying the new ones.
also said though the issue of Almajiri was a social problem that exposed the
north’s economic backwardness, the region had been a hub of commercial
activities and produces some essential commodities for the country.
I think the emir should help provide the means of how the problems of Almajiri
would be solved so that we will stop being portrayed as being beggarly,” he
also advised the emir to help reform Islamic teachings which for hundreds of
years clearly gave a position on family issues. He called on Islamic faithful
to stick to the teachings, warning that “any move by the emir to change that
will not be accepted.”
a businessman, SaniAbdullahi, defended Mr.Sanusi’s positions on the various
issues, saying he did not see anything wrong in what the traditional ruler
told this newspaper that the elected leaders had for a long time disappointed
the electorate and therefore critics like Mr.Sanusi should speak up.
wondered why a governor would allow over 300 people in his state, including
children to be killed by a disease and went ahead to blame it on punishment
salute Emir Sanusi, our revered leader, for being bold in attacking these
people,” Mr.Abdullahi said.
Mr.Sanusi’s comment on poverty and education in the north, Mr.Abdullahi said,
“What is the lie about the position of the Emir? Is it not true that the north
is suffering from all angles of poverty, lack of education?
have these elected persons done for all these years they ruled us? Where is the
money they have been allocated? So why shouldn’t a leader in Emir Sanusi stand
up to say the truth?”
also backed the emir’s position on some family issues, saying marriage should
be a partnership.
stand with the emir because there should be a deviation from the old barbaric
way we live with our families, with the husband feeling he is all and all, while
even the religion clearly stated that marriage is a partnership. So, why should
a partner subject his other half to severe punishment?
speaking, the Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, NEC, TankoYakasai,
challenged Mr.Sanusi and other traditional rulers in the north to contribute
five per cent of any funds allocated to them to address the region’s education
traditional rulers who are receiving substantial amount of money from the
public coffers need to come in here to address the problems of backwardness in
terms of western education,” Mr.Yakasai, a former presidential aide, said.
in Morocco: Jews Who Trust Their Muslim Neighbors
York – The vast majority of people in the Christian and Muslim world know
little, or nothing at all, about the history of the Jewish communities in the
Muslim world. The only thing most Jews know about this fourteen-hundred-year
history, is that Jews in North Africa and the Middle East were not persecuted
as much in Muslim countries as they were in European Christian countries.
would be a major mistake to judge from
the Palestinian-Israeli political conflict in the 20th century that
Jewish-Muslim relations have usually been poor. The opposite is true. Prior to
the rise of secular political nationalism in the last half of the 19th century,
and the rise of politicized religion within Judaism and Islam in the last half
century; Jewish-Muslim relations were usually characterized by neighborliness
and amity. Yes amity; as witnessed by the North African Jewish celebration of
Mimouna (pronounced Meemouna) shows.
North African Jewish festival of Mimouna, a 24-hour food centered celebration,
begins right after the week of Passover ends. For many centuries Moroccan
Jewish homes were emptied of leavened bread and flour during the week of
Passover. At the end of the week of Passover, Jews could eat leavened bread and
pastry again, but they had no ordinary flour at all in their homes to bake
resident Shaul Ben-Simhon, who immigrated to Israel in 1948 at age 18, said
that in Morocco the holiday brought Jews and Muslims together each year. “Our
home was open to everyone, including Arabs,” he said. Ben-Simhon recalled the
tradition of Arab neighbors bringing flour to his home, so his mother and
grandmother could make baked goods.
this was the same flour that Jews had given to their Muslim neighbors a day
prior to the start of Passover, so Jews could rid their homes of all leavened
flour, prior to Passover. When, after the end of Passover, Muslims came to
Jewish homes to return the flour, they were always invited to stay for a few
hours and enjoy the soon to be baked goodies.
Jewish homes were filled with neighbors, friends and family exchanging
traditional Arabic blessings of good luck and success; while awaiting the laden
trays of delicious Mimouna baked goods.
celebration often was repeated the next day with even more pastry and joy. According to
ElishevaChetrit, a historian of Moroccan Jewry, in Morocco the yearly
celebration began with the Jews eating
nuts, dates and dried fruit, just as Muslims did when braking the daily
fast during the month of Ramadan. Then their Arabs neighbors would arrive with
the flour needed to prepare bread and pastry and the celebration would begin.
Israel unfortunately, for the first two decades of statehood, the festival was
hardly observed at all. “In the early days of the state, we Moroccans were busy
with absorption and working hard, often in construction. We didn’t have the
energy or self-confidence to celebrate Mimouna,” said Shaul Ben-Simhon.
changed in 1968, when Ben-Simhon, at age 38 and a high-ranking official at the
Histadrut, Israel’s trade union alliance, organized a Mimouna celebration in
Lod in a bid to help the integration of Moroccan immigrants into Israeli
effort to raise the community’s morale attracted 300 participants. The next
year, Ben-Simhon moved the celebration to Jerusalem, got then-mayor Teddy
Kollek’s support, and managed to draw a crowd of 5,000. This grew into a major
celebration in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park that today draws over 100, 000 people.
This event inspired the revival of Mimouna all across Israel.
throughout the state of Israel, Moroccan Jews and Israelis of all ethnic
backgrounds flock to smaller public and private celebrations. A special law
even requires bosses to grant employees unpaid leave on the day of Mimouna if
they want to carry on celebrations from the previous evening. Since the Torah
states that a Jewish home must not contain any leavened bread during the week
of Passover; many Jews “sold” their regular household flour to a non-Jewish
friend or neighbor; who then “sold” it back after Passover.
the Orthodox Rabbinical bureaucracy has arraigned for the formal “sale” of all
the leavened flour in Jewish homes throughout the State of Israel to a few Arab
Muslims or Christians, so the much more personal, private transfer to one’s
Arab neighbors rarely takes place today in Israel. Perhaps, a restoration of
this part of the Passover tradition would help bring Jews and Arabs in Israel
closer together. Ben-Simhon believes that Mimouna promotes unity between
families and neighbors. In Morocco, it was a day when people would visit each
other to bury grudges.
are several theories regarding how the celebration got the name Mimouna. I
think it comes from the Arabic word Amina and the Turkish word Emina that both
sound similar to the Hebrew word Emunah. Indeed, Emin, Emina and Ahmina are names in Turkish
and Arabic, meaning a faithful or trusted one.
trusted their Muslim neighbors to guard the flour faithfully during the week of
Passover from becoming impure, and their Muslim neighbors always did so.
the revival of the Jewish-Muslim celebration of Mimouna in Israel, could
stimulate Muslims and Jews in other parts of the world, to reach out to each
other and share traditional pastries made from both leaven and unleavened
flour. Passover starts on the evening of April 10, 2017 and ends after sundown
on April 17 for all Jews in Israel and for Reform Jews worldwide, and on April
18 for Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel.
would be wonderful if Jewish and Muslim groups or individuals invited each
other to this “Celebration of Muslim-Jewish Amity”.
and Christians in premodern Europe never shared food because so much of the
Christian foods, even baked and fried pastry goods, were prepared with pork
lard. In Muslim lands, Jews and Muslims knew that they could trust each others
baked goods 51 weeks a year. During the week of Passover, that trust extended
to the very flour itself. I pray this custom may help bring Jews and Muslims
closer to the neighborliness and amity we shared together in past centuries.
kindergartens cause a stir in Austria
(AFP) - A debate is raging in Austria after a study suggested that Islamic
kindergartens in Vienna were helping to create "parallel societies"
or even produce the dangerous homegrown radicals of the future.
to its author, EdnanAslan, a Turkish-born Austrian professor at Vienna
University, some 10,000 children aged two to six attend around 150 Muslim
preschools, teaching the Koran much like Christian ones do with Bible studies.
least a quarter are backed by groups propagating arch conservative strains of
Islam like Salafism, or organisations that see religion not just as a private
matter but integral to politics and society, Aslan believes.
are sending their kids to establishments that ensure they are in a Muslim
setting and learn a few suras (chapters from the Koran)," Aslan, a
respected researcher into Islamic education, told AFP.
they are unaware that they are shutting them off from a multicultural
society," he said.
study, published last year, has been jumped on by critics of immigration -- not
least the far-right Freedom Party -- in the wake of attacks such as Paris and
Brussels perpetrated by Muslims who grew up in Europe.
many reject Aslan's findings, questioning its methodology.
magazine Biber, which writes for and about minorities, sent a veiled Muslim
reporter undercover posing as a mother looking for a place for her son at 14
found no evidence to back up Aslan's suggestions that they were churning out
"little Salafists" or that things like the children singing --
frowned upon by ultra-strict Muslims -- were banned.
around a third were according to the magazine "problematic",
"cutting off or isolating children" from mainstream society. It also
voiced concerns about the "openness" of some staff and the level of
City Hall has since sought to calm the situation by commissioning an in-depth
study involving a six-strong research team which will be published later this
the first problem is establishing how many Islamic kindergartens there are.
Vienna has 842 registered kindergartens, 100 of them Catholic-run and 13
Protestant, but the number of Muslim ones is not known.
of the reason is that there has been an explosion in the number that are
privately run, stretching the ability of the authorities to keep tabs and
allowing some to operate under the radar.
City of immigrants -
is home to 1.8 million people, half of whom have a parent born abroad or who
were born abroad themselves. Ever since it was the capital of a vast empire, it
has been a magnet for outsiders, not all of them always welcome.
what is new in recent years has been the religious aspect of the debate about
integration," said Thomas Schmidinger, political scientist and Islam
specialist at Vienna University.
a nation of 8.7 million people, has received more than 130,000 asylum
applications since 2015 following the onset of the European Union's biggest
migration crisis since World War II.
Freedom Party is riding high in the polls. Surveys suggest that public
attitudes to Muslims have hardened. Attacks on migrant shelters soared last
ruling centrist coalition has moved to the right with plans to ban full-face
veils in public and oblige migrants to sign an "integration
representing Austria's 700,000-strong Muslim population say that in this
context, Aslan's flawed report has only fanned the flames.
study feeds populism and forces Muslims to justify themselves constantly,"
said Murat Gurol from newly created pressure group the Muslim Civil Society
45-year-old IT worker said he sent his own son to a Muslim kindergarten in
order to learn "the values of solidarity, humanity and
a child he went to a Christian preschool, and "I don't see why that should
be allowed for one religion and not for another", he told AFP.
UK has bombed Syria and Iraq on more than two-thirds of days this year
UK bombed Iraq and Syria 69 out of 99 days in 2017 up until April 9 as part of
military operations targeting the Islamic State [Daesh].
British parliament authorised airstrikes against IS in Iraq in September 2014,
and just over a year later, backed airstrikes against IS in Syria.
Ministry of Defence releases weekly updates of military operations, but not
statistics on bombings.
analysis of those updates by the BBC shows that British forces dropped 216
bombs and missiles in 2017, although that number is likely much higher as the
MoD does not specify how many bombs are used in each strike.
UK has carried out over 1,200 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of its role
in a Global Coalition committed to defeating IS, more than any other country
expect the United States. In 2016, the US dropped 12,192 bombs on Syria and
12,095 in Iraq.
most common weapon used by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) is the Paveway IV,
a precision guided bomb, according to the BBC. At least 129 were dropped in
Syria and Iraq in 2017, at a cost of £22,000 each.
Hellfire missiles, 20 Brimstone missiles, and 30 unspecified bombs were also
used. Brimstone missiles cost more than £100,000 each.
focus of operations in Iraq at present is the fight against IS for control of
Mosul. In Syria, the RAF has been supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
in their battle against IS.
Thursday, a misdirected airstrike by the US-led coalition killed 18 fighters
from the SDF, its ally. The coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates
by partner forces, the US central command said.
September, the UK admitted to taking part in US-led airstrikes that mistakenly
killed up to 90 Syria soldiers and threatened to scupper a fragile ceasefire.
this year, Amnesty International said that US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria
had killed over 300 civilians, although other estimates put the number of
deaths as high as 1,000.
year, the British government said the coalition air campaign against IS was the
most "precise" in the history of warfare.
16 April 2017
Maltese are split in half on the teaching of Islam in state schools but the
majority disagrees with teaching of Islam in church schools, would not vote for
a Muslim or atheist candidate in a general election and want to uphold Roman
Catholicism as Malta’s official religion. These views are shared by both
churchgoers and by non-churchgoers.
is the picture emerging from MaltaToday’s Easter survey based on a sample of
450 respondents contacted by telephone last week.
were asked whether Muslim students attending state schools should be given the
opportunity to attend classes on Islam during the same time allocated to the
teaching of Catholic religion to other students.
survey also shows a relative majority of respondents (48%) agreeing to making
the teaching of ethics compulsory. The subject, which helps students recognise
right from wrong from a perspective based on universal values, is currently,
only offered to students whose parents exempt their children from learning
religion. Most of these (40%) still want children to learn religion as a
want Catholicism enshrined in constitution
indications on various front that Malta is becoming a more secular society, the
survey also shows strong support for retaining Roman Catholicism as Malta’s
official religion among all age groups and levels of education. This may
suggest a tension between the more open Catholicism preached by Pope Francis
and Archbishop Charles Scicluna and a resurgent traditionalism, which may
accept more civil liberties but defends symbols of identity.
87% of the general population supports retaining the Roman Catholic religion as
Malta’s official one, support is also strong among those who do not attend
Sunday mass (82%) and is lowest among under 34 year olds (74%).
hparker1 | Posted: April 16, 2017
small-scale mosque has been allowed to continue welcoming worshippers.
mosque on the first floor of a building in Waterloo Road, Burslem, is used by
Stoke-on-Trent's Kurdish community for prayers.
it has been granted retrospective planning permission from Stoke-on-Trent City
Council to continue after the building was previously used for storage.
a statement, Alisha Adams said on behalf of the KI Centre which runs the
mosque: "No external amplification is proposed and the prayer is not
'noise intensive' like Sunday congregational worship with hymns."
| Apr 15, 2017
An Islamic State militant linked to the deadly 2015 attack on French weekly
Charlie Hebdo could be still be alive, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.
el-Hakim was reported by American defence officials to have been killed in
November, in a US drone strike in Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in
intelligence supplied information to the Syrian airforce to carry out a series
of strikes on Islamic State headquarters and hideouts in Syria, including one
believed to belong to el-Hakim, an Iraqi military statement said.
from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's airforce targeted several locations in
Raqqa and Albu Kamal, near the Iraqi border, said the statement, without
indicating the location of el-Hakim's headquarters or the date of the raids.
Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters el-Hakim's headquarters were destroyed
but it wasn't clear if he was killed.
2015, Iraq and Syria established a joint committee with Russia and Iran,
Assad's main foreign backers, to share intelligence about Islamic State.
was believed to have been involved in planning the January 2015 attack on
Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for its satirical covers ridiculing political and
Islamist militants broke into an editorial meeting of the weekly, raking it
with bullets, killing 17 people. Another militant later killed a policewoman
and took hostages at a supermarket, killing four before police shot him dead.
State declared a "caliphate" spanning parts of Iraq and Syria after
it captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in mid-2014.
hardline Sunni group has since lost most cities it captured in Iraq and its fighters
are now surrounded in parts of Mosul by U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces.
US-backed offensive is also under way to capture Raqqa, involving a Syrian
Kurdish-Arab militia alliance.
at Muslim school says student called Boston bombers ‘Jews’
Susan Edelman April 16, 2017
public teacher working in a private Queens Muslim school was shocked when kids
called the Boston Marathon bombers Jews.
Kossman, who taught English at the Razi School in Woodside, once asked her
students: “Do you know what happens when people start hating each other for
student answered, “My parents said they [the Boston bombers] were bad people.
They were Jews.”
was shocked,” said Kossman, who was removed from Razi last month after she
told students the Adam and Eve story is a myth.
News Agency) - The United Nations Saturday condemned the attack on 5,000
evacuees traveling to government-controlled areas in Syria on the same day.
condemn the attack today in Rashideen, west Aleppo, on 5,000 evacuees traveling
from the towns of Foah and Kefraya to government-controlled areas," said
StephaneDujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a
express our condolences to the families of the victims of the incident and wish
those injured a speedy recovery," he said.
evacuations were being conducted in accordance with the Four Towns Agreement
covering Foah, Kefraya, Madaya and Zabadani, said Dujarric.
call on the parties to ensure the safety and security of those waiting to be
evacuated," he said, adding that "those responsible for today's attack
must be brought to justice."
least 70 people were killed and 128 others wounded in a blast on Saturday
targeting the gathering point of buses transporting Shiites evacuating from two
pro-government towns in northern Syria.
blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck,
rocked the Rashideen area in Aleppo province.