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Spread Makes Indian Imams Change Their Stand On Collective Prayers
Correspondent New Age Islam
Covid-19 cases in India go past 500 mark with 10 deaths, the country has now
realised the enormity of the pandemic and the devastation it can wreak if not
contained early. The Centre has clamped nationwide Lockdown while the state
governments had already imposed restrictions. Gauging the seriousness of the
situation, the imams of the mosques of the country have also issued advisory to
the Muslims to offer the prayers at home. Earlier, Muslims had reacted and
criticised the decision of the Saudi government to suspend five time collective
prayers and Friday prayers saying collective prayers cannot be suspended in
mosques. The Gulf countries had also replaced the sentence "Hayya
alassala" (come for namaz) in the Azan with the sentence "Assalato Fi
buyutikum" (prayers at your homes). But some prominent religious scholars
of Muslims had said that the collective prayers could not be suspended in
mosques. Mufti Mohammad Mokarram had earlier said, " I cannot tell Muslims
not to come to the mosque for namaz. Muslims should do what the doctors advise
them to." Imam Ahmad Bukhari of the historical Jama Masjid of Delhi had
also said that the collective prayers in mosques could not be suspended.
However, as the disease spread to more areas and the government implemented
lockdown instructing people to stay indoors, even announcing provisions for
punishments to the violators of lockdown, the Imams had to reconsider their
stand. Earlier, in South, some temple and mosque authorities had been penalised
for hosting assembly of people in their premises. Therefore, assembly in
mosques during lockdown had become a law and order issue. Keeping in view the
challenge, the imams and muftis of India unanimously decided to follow the law
of the country and advised Muslims to stay at home as a precautionary measure
and offer prayers at home. But to avoid a religious controversy, they also
decided to follow the middle path. They said that five time prayers will be
held in mosques and only the imam, the muezzin and other staff of the mosque
would take part in it. General Muslims should offer prayers at home. Imam Ahmad
Bukhari, Mufti Mohammad Mokarram and Maulana Arshad Madani made the
announcement on 24th March thus ending the dilemma of the Muslims on the issue.
about the justification of the decision of the imams from the Quran and Sunnah,
Maulana Imdadullah Rashidi of Asansol said that the Quran asks Muslims to obey
Allah and the Prophet pbuh and the people in authority (Oolil Amr). He further
said that during the life of the Prophet pbuh, severe desert storms would
sometimes make visiting mosques for collective prayers almost impossible for
Muslims. On such occasions, the holy Prophet pbuh would advise Muslims to stay
at home and offer prayers at home. "Assalato Fi buyutikum" has been
qouted from the same context.
Indian Muslims cohabit with the followers of other religions in India and India
is a multicultural society, following a rigid line of thought when the
government has implemented laws to contain the spread of the epidemic will
create a wrong image of Islam and Muslims. As Hindus have suspended worship in
temples and the Ram Navami processions scheduled in the first week of April in
West Bengal have been cancelled this year, Muslims have rightly decided to
restrict the number of people in collective prayers in mosques. The Quran also
says that Muslims should take care of their lives (Al Maidah:105) and so taking
precautionary measures to avoid threat to their life is justified by the Quran
and Hadith and also goes along well with the law of the land.
Govt In Limbo Over Banning Congregation Prayers In Mosques Amidst Virus
Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) are set
to begin consultations with ulema from Thursday to decide whether prayers can
be offered at home as opposed to congregations in mosques as the country goes
into lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
almost all Muslim countries combating the virus have banned prayer
congregations in mosques without exception, authorities in Pakistan are yet to
come up with a clear direction on the matter, even as they push for social
distancing amidst unprecedented measures to curb the spread which threatens the
country's healthcare system and economy.
to DawnNewsTV, Chairperson of the CII, Dr Qibla Ayaz said consultations on the
issue will be held via video link a day after tomorrow.
problem isn't the closure of mosques but about offering prayers at home,"
Ayaz said, adding that ulema will be consulted on this matter. The CII chief
did note, however, that immediate consensus would be difficult, fearing a
"long consultation process".
said both the council and the religious affairs ministry agreed on taking the
country's ulema on board before a final decision on this was made.
Dawn.com gives an overview of the on-ground situation with respect to closure
of mosques and mass prayers across Pakistan.
government, which was the first to order a complete lockdown in its province
through a detailed notification, has not announced concrete instructions
regarding prayers in congregations. It did, however, say gatherings were to be
Monday, the first day of the lockdown in Sindh, Dawn.com reached out to various
reporters and citizens from Karachi to see if the mosques in their respective
areas were still holding congregations for the five daily prayers. All reports
from the city suggested that no establishment had taken the decision to suspend
asked about this, Spokesperson for the chief minister of Sindh, Rasheed Cheema
said: "People should understand these matters themselves, not everything
needs to be an express instruction. People have been told that they need to be
careful while visiting mosques."
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where schools and government offices have been shut down
and inter-city travel has been banned, a notification was issued saying that
carpets and mats should all be removed from mosques in order to ensure
cleanliness. A separate notification had earlier been issued saying Friday
prayers should be conducted in two different shifts, in order to ensure less
people-to-people contact within the community.
contacted, Peshawar Assistant Commissioner Sara Rehman said: "Tableeghi
marakiz and madarassahs have been shut. However, mosques are open in the
to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir said the
provincial government was not considering closing mosques at the moment.
personally held a meeting with religious leaders from all sects and was assured
they will follow the instructions [regarding removal of carpets and holding
Friday prayers in two shifts]," Wazir said.
correspondent from Peshawar, on the other hand, said even though mats and
carpets had been removed from mosques in some areas of the city, large
congregations were still gathering at the time of each daily prayer.
are more packed now than before, more people are now home because of the
partial lockdown in the city and in such testing times, their instincts tell
them to go to mosques for prayers and to ask God for help," a member of
the Dawn.com team in Peshawar observed.
reports were received from Shangla district, where Assistant Commissioner
Bisham Khuram said: "Here mosques remained open. However, tableeghi
marakiz are shut."
has been stopped at Swat Tablighi iIjtimah, and all major tableeghi marakiz
have been shut. However, mosques are open but people have been advised to pray
at home," said Deputy Commissioner Swat Saqib Raza.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, an observer told Dawn.com that all mosques are running
operations as usual. "However, many faithfuls are choosing to pray at
observer further said mats and carpets had also been removed from various
mosques in the areas he visited.
mosques in Punjab are also functioning as per routine, even though it has now
been confirmed that at least three foreign nationals were infected with the
coronavirus while attending the Raiwand Ijtama. Two of these cases were the
first two cases of coronavirus to be detected in the Gaza strip.
the capital territory, Islamabad administration had to partially seal a Union
Council when two cases of coronavirus were detected at a mosque in Bhara Kahu.
While it wasn't immediately clear if the two men who tested positive in
Islamabad had attended the Raiwind Ijtima, six others who attended the
congregation or came into contact with those who attended it, also tested
Arabia has banned congregations for five daily prayers, as well as Friday
prayers all over the country except inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the
Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.
top religious authority has also suspended all congregational prayers in mosques,
including traditional Friday prayers, but said mosques will remain open for
those who want to pray individually.
in Kuwait, where prayer congregations are banned, went so far as to transform
the Azaan or the call to prayer slightly — instead of the usual call that
includes Hayya Ala Al salah (come to prayer), muezzins in the country are
announcing Al Salatu Fi Buyutikum (pray in your homes) from mosques five times
transformed call to prayer is rooted in the Sahih Bukhari, which has a
narration from Abdullah bin Al-Harith on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) allowing
for the exact same changes to the Azaan on rainy or muddy days.
and other centres of Muslim faith have also suspended activities at shrines and
holy mosques in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Pakistan, for the past two weeks, President Arif Alvi has been suggesting that
people should pray in their homes if they feel unwell while, Darul Afta
Pakistan, Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and leadership of Wafaq-ul-Masajid,
Madaris-e-Pakistan have unanimously asked the public to take precautions
against coronavirus as per government’s directions as these are in accordance
with the teachings of Shariah.
Uses Hagia Sophia as Mosque for Islamic Prayer Again
Islamic call to prayer was heard in what was once the center of Orthodoxy,
Hagia Sophia, on Monday, as a video calling the former Byzantine cathedral
“Hagia Sophia Mosque” on Youtube shows.
analysts argue that it is no coincidence the act took place only two days
before the anniversary of the declaration of the Greek War of Independence on March
25, 1821 and Greece’s liberation from Ottoman rule.
is the third year in a row that similar acts challenging the supposed status of
Hagia Sophia as a secular museum have taken place in March.
the meantime, Turkey is assisting thousands of migrants to attack Greek forces
at the Turkish-Greek border in Evros. The orchestrated migrant attack began on
Sophia was built in 537 and served for nearly a thousand years as the cathedral
of the Byzantine Empire, later to become the Greek Orthodox Christian
Patriarchal Cathedral. It was converted to an Ottoman mosque on May 29, 1453,
just after the fall of Constantinople, and it remained a mosque until 1931.
years later, the iconic Byzantine basilica, once the very symbol of Greek Orthodoxy,
began operating as a museum, after a decision by the first Turkish President
and founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
in 2006 the Turkish government allowed the allocation of a small room in the
museum complex to be used as a prayer room for Christian and Muslim museum
staff, and since 2013 the muezzin sings the call to prayer twice per day, in
the afternoon from the minarets of the museum.
use of Hagia Sophia as a place of worship has been a thorny issue for years, with
some Turkish politicians insisting that it should be turned into a mosque
again. On July 1st, 2016 Muslim prayers were held again in Hagia Sophia for the
first time in 85 years, an event that sparked strong reactions from the Greek
of 2017 the Anatolia Youth Association (AGD) organized a gathering in front of
Hagia Sophia for morning prayers and called for the re-conversion of the museum
into a mosque.
June of the same year, Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) organized
a special program which included the recitation of the Quran and prayers in
Hagia Sofia, to mark the Laylat al-Qadr. The program was broadcast live by
state-run television TRT.
March 31, 2018 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited the first verse
of the Quran in Hagia Sophia, dedicating the prayer to the “souls of all who
left us this work as inheritance, especially Istanbul’s conqueror,” reiterating
his position to make Hagia Sophia a mosque once again.
March 2019 Erdogan said that he will change the status of Hagia Sophia from a
museum to a mosque, adding that it was a “very big mistake” to turn the mosque
into a museum. However, as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this change would
require approval from UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.
State Asks Allah to ‘Increase Coronavirus Torment’ of Infidels
that nothing is so awful that the Islamic State cannot make it even worse, ISIS
on Sunday reportedly published an article in one of its newsletters asking
Allah to “increase the torment” of infidels from the coronavirus while sparing
Al-Naba newsletter, as translated by the typically pro-Bashar al-Assad Al
Masdar news service, celebrated the coronavirus as an act of divine judgment
for idolatry. According to ISIS, Allah has “imposed something of His painful
torment on the nations of His creation” by conjuring the epidemic.
ask Allah to increase their torment and save the believers from all that.
Indeed He is harsh of punishment against the one who rebels against Him, and
merciful to the one who obeys Him and stands with Him,” the jihadists wrote.
terrorists also praised what they saw as a military retreat by “crusader
nations” because their soldiers were supposedly needed to maintain order within
their own nations during the coronavirus epidemic. ISIS looked forward to “a
great economic catastrophe” befalling the West due to the virus.
UK Daily Mail noted on Tuesday that ISIS previously advised its jihadis to
avoid nations suffering from coronavirus outbreaks and recommended common
protective measures such as thorough hand-washing, but also assured the faithful
that “illnesses do not strike by themselves, but by the command and decree of
Islamic State might have noticed that Iranian mullahs made similar promises of
religious immunity to the coronavirus, which they also portrayed as Allah’s
wrath against the infidels, but Iran wound up with the deadliest outbreak in
the world, and some of the most incandescent of its many fiery clerics have
been felled by the disease.
ISIS theologians would dismiss the Iranian experience as irrelevant because
they are signaling to Allah on the wrong frequency. Last week the Jerusalem
Post puckishly suggested jihadis of all denominations might be among the groups
hardest hit by the epidemic, in part because their leaders seem eager to
demonstrate they are immune to the disease, while the coronavirus seems
completely unmoved by appeals to religious authority.
Welle reported that the coronavirus is having an effect on military operations
against ISIS and other terrorist threats, but it’s also ravaging the
Iraq, NATO announced earlier this month it would suspend training for 60 days
due to the pandemic. As a result, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said he
would scale back the UK’s troop deployment since “the tempo of training has significantly
addition to the moratorium on training activities, coalition members in Iraq
and Syria are having to take precautions to prevent an outbreak among troops.
Although US officials suggested the measures wouldn’t have an impact on operational
continuity, the outbreak is undermining efforts to shore up local capacity to
deal with IS.
the coronavirus pandemic will shift attention and resources away from the fight
against the ‘Islamic State,'” said Colin P. Clarke, a senior research fellow at
the Soufan Center. “The overall focus and attention required to continue
fighting against the group will be understandably distracted.”
[IS] fighters will be vulnerable as well. The militants themselves are clearly
not immune from the virus, and if they are relying on faulty medical or health
information, which is possible, then they could easily lose fighters to the
coronavirus may also cause disruptions in the prison camps where ISIS fighters
are held, giving them a chance to escape, a danger exacerbated by ISIS telling
its recruits they can secure better divine coronavirus protection by conducting
acts of jihad.
Religious Council of Singapore: All Mosques To Remain Closed Until ‘Situation
new measures were announced by the Islamic Religious Council (MUIS) at a press
conference on Tuesday (Mar. 24).
Mufti, Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, stated that the decisions were made unanimously by
the Fatwa Committee, a group of senior religious leaders.
the early decision to close the mosques (was made), there were only about less
than 200 cases. And based on the earlier 14-day closure, the mosques were
supposed to be opened this Friday (Mar. 26). But the cases are now at 509, with
two deaths. Obviously, for the Fatwa committee, it is not right for us to open
earlier today (Mar. 24), Muis announced that all mosques in Singapore will
remain closed until the situation improves.
the mosques continue to remain closed, Muis, however, has opened up small
spaces in 19 mosques across Singapore for individual prayers to be done.
move is mainly targeted to working Muslims, such as taxi and private hire
drivers, who may not be able to find an appropriate space to conduct their
added that these spaces also allow the mosques to build up their precautionary capabilities
in preparation for eventual reopening.
also encourages the community to practice the new norms of safe distancing,
reduced duration, bringing their own prayer items and not shaking hands.
the issue of congregational prayers, including Friday prayers, the Fatwa
Committee observed that Muslim law recognises both illness and fear for one’s
safety as valid reasons not to hold or attend such prayers.
is also no issue of missing three consecutive Friday prayers, as it is not
obligatory under these circumstances.
Committee also noted that under these circumstances, with the risk of infection
still on the rise, it is the “responsibility of every Muslim to help keep
mosques remain closed, MUIS said that essential services will still be provided
to Singapore’s Muslim community via alternative means.
weekly a LIVE classes will continue to be suspended and mosques will shift to
online and home-based learning mode for the duration of the mosque closure.
mosques play an important role in supporting low-income house, who are
recipients of zakat assistance, mosques will continue to support these families
during the closure period.
development officers and the network of mosque befrienders will continue to
reach out to families on long-term zakat financial assistance.
measures are also put in place to protect the health and safety of both clients
and staff of the mosques.
main gates of the Grand Mosque to remain open
— Except the main gates, all other gates of the Grand Mosque in the holy city
will remain closed, Saudi Press Agency reported citing a directive from Sheikh
Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the
Two Holy Mosques.
move is part of the precautionary and preventive measures being taken by the
General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques to curb the spread of the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure the safety of the worshipers and visitors to
the Grand Mosque.
anti-coronavirus measures are being taken in cooperation with the health and
security authorities at the Grand Mosque.
Sunday, prayer rugs spread in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s
Mosque in Madinah were removed from the respective premises as a precautionary
measure at the directive of Sheikh Al-Sudais.
the entry and prayer in the piazzas (outer courtyards) of the Two Holy Mosques
which was suspended earlier on Friday remains in force.
NHS bosses praise Preston community's heart-warming £1m. mission to help tackle
Yousuf Bhaliok pledged £200,000 to help provide food and essential equipment to
NHS staff during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on Saturday morning.
chiefs say the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity has been overwhelmed by
donations and offers of support so far.
Partington, the chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Mr Bhailok and the wider Muslim community
in Preston for their generosity and support in setting up this funding drive.
donations and offers of help will go a very long way in ensuring our staff are
able to continue providing outstanding care during this challenging time.
are overwhelmed by the target, the ambition and the kindness shown by everyone
involved, and their help is truly invaluable.”
pledged £100,000, in addition to another private donation of £100,000, in a
video he posted on Facebook over the weekend.
added that he would also make his BHS store in Fishergate available for
storing, collecting and distributing food and equipment.
second video posted on Facebook yesterday, Yousuf said: "What I saw in the
media was the tremendous effort worldwide made by the doctors, nurses and front
government is doing everything it can to provide them with resources but
locally we must do what we can and give them the discretion to get whatever
is sad to see that throughout the world, this disease has spread and now the
epicentre is Italy, Spain, France and the UK, and these people will be putting
their lives at risk for us.
adds that he hopes every town will do the same to help provide their own local
NHS workers with essential protective equipment.
Imams Suspend Five Daily Prayers Indefinitely
the directive of Kaduna State government that all public gatherings should be
banned, the Council of Imams in the state has suspended five daily prayers and
the congregation Friday service due to COVID-19.
suspension was announced in a statement signed by the council secretary, Yusuf
Arrigasiyyu, on Tuesday.
advice all Juma’at Mosque and all five daily prayers whose population exceeds
20 to suspend congregational prayers until further notice.”
Council insisted that this directive is in accordance with the teaching of
Prophet Muhammad, may peace and mercy of Allah be upon him”, part of the
council also encourage residents to adhere to public health advices.
also urge the people of Kaduna state to ensure strict adherence to public
health advices at all times to avoid contracting and spreading of the
further appealed to “Muslims to intensify prayers for Allah’s intervention to
stop the spread of the virus and cure those already infected”
announces stance as suicide bombers attack Sikh temple in Kabul city
Taliban group announced that the Islamic Emirate is not involved in today’s
attack on Sikh temple in Kabul city.
spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Islamic Emirate has no
link with the attack in Shor Bazar area of Kabul.
Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior confirmed that a group of
suicide bombers intruded into a Sikh temple in Shor Bazar area at around 7:45
am local time.
further added that the security forces rescued the majority of people who were
trapped inside the temple.
also added that the attack has the attack has inflicted casualties but did not
the security sources are saying that the attack left at least 11 people dead
and as many others wounded.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
detain 11 maulvis from foreign countries staying at Ranchi mosque
maulvis (Islamic scholars) from different countries were staying at a mosque
near Rargaon village in Ranchi district's Tamar, Jharkhand.
DSP on Tuesday recieved information that 11 maulvis from China, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, and other countries were staying at the mosque.
DSP, with his team, raided the mosque and the 11 maulvis have been sent for
quarantine at Musabani Police Training Centre.
passports have been seized and now, the police are investigating into the
at home, help fight virus: MLA to Muslims
Mumbadevi MLA Amin Patel made an appeal against congregations in mosques.
"Pray at home and cooperate with the government agencies in fighting the
coronavirus. The Quran says even Allah doesn't help those who don't help
themselves," said Patel in a video message gone viral.
requesting people to pray at home have been pasted on the gates of mosques.
All of India under lockdown for 3 weeks
DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ramped up the fight against
coronavirus by announcing that the entire country was being placed under
lockdown — he called it as good as curfew — for 21 days starting midnight in
order to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and save India from a massive
outbreak that could overwhelm the healthcare system.
there was no other way to save the country from coronavirus, the PM said
nations were facing a growing challenge and even the health care systems of
developed countries like the US and Italy were struggling to respond to the
unprecedented situation resulting from the rapid global spread of Covid-19.
Of Mosques In Pakistan, Ordered
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Local Government Kamran Bangash on
Tuesday directed the department staff to chlorinate all mosques.
directed the village council secretaries to ensure removal of carpets from
mosques. Kamran Bangash directed the officials to ensure spray in all mosques.
special assistant directed the officials to arrange announcements from mosques
loudspeakers to create awareness among the masses about the coronavirus threat.
FM warns European FMs over US sanctions on Iran
News Agency (ABNA): Pakistani Foreign minister in telephonic conversation with
his French and Spanish counterparts said economic sanctions on Iran should be
immediately lifted so that the country could utilize its resources to fight
to foreign ministry statement on Tuesday Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to
his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian had detailed discussions on the
COVID-19 pandemic as well as ways for collective cooperation to combat the
spread of the disease.
said that in view of the situation in Iran, Foreign Minister Qureshi
underscored the need for immediate lifting of sanctions and extending
humanitarian assistance enabling Iranian Government to save precious human
said that COVID-19 has spread to almost all countries of the world, and the
situation demanded a coordinated approach by the international community to
combat its spread.
Foreign Minister said the developing countries have been facing economic
difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak, and Prime Minister Imran Khan
demanded for relaxation in payment of debts by developing countries.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian agreed with the Foreign Minister’s
assessment of the situation in Iran and the need to provide debt relief to
developing countries, and expressed his intention to raise the lifting of
sanctions on Iran with the IMF, as well as providing debt relief to developing
countries at the G-20.
the Foreign Ministers agreed to continue consultative process to deal with the
pandemic and promote bilateral cooperation.
Foreign Minister Qureshi held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of
Spain Arancha Gonzalez Laya on the Covid-19 Pandemic.
ministry statement said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi conveyed deep
condolences over the loss of precious lives in Spain.
Foreign Minister also underscored the need for immediate lifting of sanctions
against Iran and extending humanitarian assistance to enable Iranian
authorities to save precious human lives.
Minister Qureshi further highlighted the Prime Minister’s call for debt relief
for the developing countries to enable them to devote resources to combat the
pandemic, and mitigate its serious economic fallout,” said the statement.
Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya informed that the situation in Iran was
discussed at the EU Foreign Ministers meeting held on 23 March and also
mentioned that the issue of debt relief to developing countries could be taken
up at appropriate forums.
would insist the international community to lift sanctions from Iran as it has
created more problems in their fight against coronavirus,” he said.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday had a telephonic
conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on the COVID-19
case reported in Hyderabad; govt yet to confirm
patient at Liaquat University Hospital (LUH) in Hyderabad has tested positive
for coronavirus, according to LUH focal person Dr Naeem Memon.
to Memon, the patient, who is a resident of Latifabad, had recently travelled
to the United Kingdom.
organisers request PM Imran to grant tax exemptions for a year
Organisers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) has urged Prime Minister Imran Khan
to provide a bailout package and tax exemption for on year.
letter to the premier, HOAP chairperson Shahid Rafiq said that the travel and
tour sector have been hit hard from the coronavirus crisis, which has resulted
in strict travel restrictions. Many tour operators do not even have enough
funds to pay their employees and are shutting down their businesses, He
requested the prime minister to exempt the tour and travel sector from taxes
for a year.
death from local virus transmission in Pakistan
With the first death caused by local transmission of novel coronavirus in
Pakistan on Tuesday, countrywide tally of fatalities has risen to seven and the
Balochistan government has imposed a lockdown across the province for 15 days.
federal government has decided to accept donations and designated the National
Disaster Mana¬gement Authority (NDMA) to use donated funds to combat the
the first death of a coronavirus victim in Lahore, Punjab witnessed a slight
decline in confirmed cases across the province on Tuesday.
to official figures, only 19 more patients tested positive for the virus all
over the province, including seven in Lahore alone, on Tuesday.
Monday, 24 new confirmed cases were reported in Punjab, including 18 in Lahore,
showing a decline as compared to the cases reported on Sunday.
resident of Sheikhupura, the first patient who died of Covid-19 in Punjab, had
no international travel history which means he had been infected locally,
making it the first death from local transmission of the virus in Pakistan.
Health Minister Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid and the spokesperson for the health
department confirmed that the 57-year-old patient died at Mayo Hospital in
Lahore early on Tuesday morning.
patient had visited Azad Kashmir following the death of his relative and most
probably he was infected when he attended funeral prayers there,” Chief
Executive of the Mayo Hospital Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan said.
to Dawn, he said the patient was brought to the emergency ward of the Mayo
Hospital late on Monday in a serious condition. “The doctors on duty
immediately sent his samples to the lab for confirmation of the virus. As his
condition deteriorated, he was immediately shifted to the high dependency unit
and put on a ventilator. Despite all efforts, he died suddenly, just like
sudden deaths of the Covid-19 patients occurring in Spain and Italy.”
Asad said the virus caused rapid spread of infection in the patient’s body and
then led to sudden cardiac arrest. The reports obtained on Tuesday morning showed
the deceased had been infected with the virus, he said.
Balochistan government after getting help of Pakistan Army on Tuesday imposed a
lockdown across the province for 15 days to restrict the movement of the
provincial home and tribal affairs department issued a notification about the
decision the government had taken on Monday night after observing that people
were not confining themselves to their houses in Quetta though a lockdown had
been imposed in the city four days ago.
lockdown started at noon on March 24 and will continue till April 7 in entire
Balochistan,” the notification said.
and other law enforcement agencies deployed in the provincial capital started
taking action against the people and businessmen who were found violating
administration along with police raided different areas and sealed 150 shops,
which were found open despite lockdown.
also arrested 50 people from different areas of Quetta who were found outside
of their homes without any justification. “Local administration has sealed over
300 shops, show rooms and hotels in the last two days,” a senior official of
the district administration said.
of the Quetta city wore a deserted look as all shopping centres, markets, shops,
restaurants and other business establishments remained closed.
medical stores, departmental stores, utility stores, bakeries and bread shops
remained open as they have been allowed to continue their business.
in some areas private vehicles and rickshaws were seen moving on the roads. Law
enforcement agencies continued patrolling in and around Quetta to enforce
provincial capital remained cut off with the three provinces and the federal
capital through air as PIA and private airlines have suspended their flights
for Quetta from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
the Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has once again appealed to the
people to cooperate with the government in fighting the deadly virus and asked them
to stay in their homes.
data of the Ministry of National Health Services shows that 78 per cent
patients infected with the deadly virus have travelled to Iran. Gender-based
data shows that 63pc of the patients are male and 37pc female.
Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza told a news
conference that 918 cases had been confirmed in Pakistan with seven deaths.
many as 407 cases have been reported from Sindh, 267 from Punjab, 110 from
Balochistan, 80 from Gilgit Baltistan, 38 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 from
Islamabad and one case has been reported from Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
SAPM said that a number of individuals, from within the country and abroad, had
contacted him and offered donations and personal protective equipment.
have decided to designate one focal person and e-mail address to collect
donations. That amount will be received by the NDMA and used wherever it will
be required,” he said.
Mirza said in a Tweet: “In #COVID19 emergency. A whole-of-the-Govt approach is
being employed. Any one want to donate to help GoP with the response please
contact: Maj Sajjad Kiani +92 334 5888555 or + 92 3432851914 or +92 51 9201056
sharing international numbers, he said the virus had reached all 195 countries
recognised by the United Nations, around 400,000 people had been infected and
over 17,000 deaths reported around the world.
10 patients of #COVID19 in #Sindh have recovered and their tests have come negative.
Total number of patients who have recovered in Sindh are now 14.
Alhamdolillah,” tweeted Barrister Murtaza Wahab, advisor to the Sindh chief
the lockdown has still not been 100% successful, one can see that less number
of people have tested positive despite an increase in total tests. Imagine the
result if all us pledge to stay home & keep our near & dear ones home.”
is going to donate medical supplies to the Gilgit Baltistan government to help
it contain coronavirus outbreak in the region.
Chinese embassy has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to temporarily open
Pakistan-China border at Khunjerab pass on March 27 to enable China to provide
medical supplies to the GB government.
a letter issued by Chinese embassy in Pakistan, responding to the letter from
GB Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman to the governor of Xinjiang province of
China, Xinjiang would donate a batch of medical material to the GB government,
including 200, 000 ordinary face masks, 2,000 N-95 face masks, five
ventilators, 2,000 testing kits and as many protective gears.
materials were ready to be delivered to GB through Khunjerab pass, it said.
Therefore it is requested to temporarily open Khunjerab pass on March 27.
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote a letter to the interior ministry and the
GB home secretary to consider the request of the Chinese embassy for
temporarily opening Khunjerab pass on March 27 for receiving the donated
Covid-19 positive cases rise to 1000, but PM Imran won’t impose lockdown
announced halting of domestic flight operations after number of cases infected
with coronavirus disease Covid-19 rose to 1000 in the country. The government
said that seven people have died of the disease.
domestic flight ban will begin on Thursday, civil aviation spokesman Abdul
Sattar Khokhar said on Wednesday. Islamabad had previously cut train service
and international flights.
most of those infected were Pakistani pilgrims returning from neighboring
hard-hit Iran, which has seen the Middle East’s worst outbreak of the virus.
Now, the virus is being reported in people with no travel history, officials
than 400 of the infected people are in the southern province of Sindh. The
eastern province of Punjab has the second highest number of cases (296), the
northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 78 cases, Balochistan has 110,
while capital Islamabad has 15, as per media reports.
Sindh provincial government has imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of the
virus, but Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he will not impose a
country-wide lockdown and urged people to go in self-quarantine to fight the
percent of the population of our country lives under the poverty line. Putting
the country under lockdown would mean that my daily-wage workers, street
vendors, small shop-owners would be locked inside their homes. How would they
earn then?” he said in his address to the nation.
country had reported its seventh death on Tuesday, involving a 57-year-old
patient who was undergoing treatment at Mayo Hospital in Lahore.
civil servants were, meanwhile, suspended on Tuesday after they posed for a
selfie with a coronavirus patient in a quarantine centre, an official said.
selfie - widely shared on social media - pictured a group of men around the
apparent patient, several of them smiling broadly and none wearing face masks.
acceptance in Turkey, where a majority of the population is Muslim, is at an
half of people in Turkey think that LGBT+ people should have equal rights, nine
percent more than last year, according to a survey.
purpose is to be able to compare people’s views over time and create a database
for gender studies in the country, where around 60 per cent of the population
the survey, which is called ‘Perceptions of Gender Equality’, people in Turkey
are asked questions about equality between men and women, marriage and LGBT+
is up from 36 per cent in 2019, 44 per cent in 2018, 38 per cent in 2017 and 33
per cent in 2016, the first year the survey was carried out.
77 per cent of the people who took part also agreed with the statement:
“Same-sex relationships are against our social norms.” This is up 15 per cent
from last year.
separate survey by Kadir Has University in 2019 found that 46.5 per cent of
Turkish people wouldn’t want a “homosexual” neighbour. This was slightly down
from 55.3 percent of those asked the same question in 2018.
homosexuality not being illegal in Turkey, there have been a number of
large-scale LGBT+ events that have been banned in the country in recent years.
November 2017, the Turkish government in Ankara banned LGBT+ Pride events
citing “public morality”.
to Euronews, instead of placing an absolute ban over such demonstrations taking
place, an increased level of security “must be ensured”.
in July 2018, officials who had forbidden Istanbul Pride from taking place were
challenged by thousands of defiant marchers – many of whom were waving rainbow
flags in protest – who gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and
the time, it was reported that police were threatening to arrest anyone that
“looks gay, wears rainbows or bright feminine colours, or has on too short of
activists were met with hostility by local officials who used high-pressure
water canons and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
army announces control of strategic locations in battles with “Ansar Allah”
Yemeni army, which is affiliated with the legal government, announced today,
Tuesday, that its forces had made field progress in battles with the “Ansar
Allah” group (Houthis), in the Hajjah governorate, northwest of Yemen.
– Sputnik. The Yemeni news agency “Saba”, which broadcasts from Riyadh, quoted
the commander of the first brigade, Special Forces, Brigadier General Obaid
al-Jar, that “groups of Houthis tried to infiltrate sites in the Haradh front
(northwest of Hajjah), but the army failed the attempt and launched a counter
attack that managed During it progress will be about 3 kilometers. ”
Al-Jar assured that “liberating a number of strategic sites, most notably the
black tab.” He noted, “The army was able to shoot down a Houthi pilot plane at
the Haradh Front.”
the other hand, the Yemeni news agency Saba, which is run by the Houthis in
Sanaa, said that coalition fighters launched 6 raids on the Haradh district,
northwest of Hajjah.
closes Gaza mosques in attempt to stop spread of coronavirus
Health Ministry said 1367 Palestinians in the Strip were in home quarantine,
while 1430 were isolated in special facilities around the territory.
those in the facilities, 29 came close to the pair infected with the virus,
Ashraf al-Qidra, the ministry’s spokesman, said on Sunday.
early March, Abdelnaser Soboh, the head of the World Health Organization’s
sub-office in Gaza, said the territory’s health infrastructure would not be
able to handle hundreds or thousands of cases of the virus.
health system in Gaza is already shaky and barely functioning. It cannot take
on the burden of a large number of cases,” he told The Times of Israel, warning
that such a scenario could contribute to its collapse.
in Gaza frequently lack sufficient medications and medical equipment and often
rely on backup generators to maintain a consistent flow of power.
blockade on Gaza, which has been aided by Egypt, has significantly undermined
the territory’s health sector.
officials maintain that the blockade, a series of restrictions on the movement
of goods and people, is in place to prevent Hamas and other terror groups from
importing weapons, or the means to make them, into Gaza.
said that the health institutions in Gaza carry a total of 2,500 beds and some
50-60 ventilators for adults
regime orders Médecins Sans Frontières out of Iran
March 24, 2020—The mullahs’ regime has called on the Médecins Sans Frontières,
who entered Isfahan with physicians, medicine and equipment, to leave Iran.
Alireza Vahabzadeh, deputy Health Minister in Iran, tweeted on Monday, March
23: “There is no need for foreigners to establish hospital beds and their
presence is cancelled.”
to Arash Najmi, spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University, the
Médecins Sans Frontières team was launching a 48-bed field hospital adjacent to
Isfahan’s Amin Hospital. This field hospital was transferred from France and
arrangements were made for nine MSF physicians and specialists to begin their
work confronting coronavirus.
interview covered by the Fars news agency on Monday, March 23, Hossein
Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Kayhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of
Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, described the regime’s reason
behind the expulsion of MSF team from Iran as the mullahs’ mistrust in this
organization despite the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran.
the MSF delegation to our country may be viewed in negative fashion. However,
if this negative perspective comes from a necessity of being careful, not is it
quite called for but also considered very logical,” Shariatmadari said in his
remarks to Fars news agency, an outlet known to be affiliated directly to the
regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
explained his reasoning of mistrust, saying France is the “main base” for the
Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He went
on to question and threaten those officials who are allowing the PMOI/MEK to
continue their presence in France.
measure goes against the regime’s claims that it is shorthanded in its efforts
to contain the spread of the virus due to U.S. sanctions. On Sunday and Monday,
Khamenei and regime president Hassan Rouhani rejected humanitarian aid from the
U.S., blaming the U.S. for manufacturing the virus and using it as a biological
weapon against Iran. Rouhani also said that the only way the U.S. can help Iran
is by lifting sanctions.
regime’s hysterical opposition to the presence of international aid workers on
Iranian soil further strengthens the argument that Iranian officials are hiding
the real scale of the coronavirus outbreak and are concealing the real figures
of death toll and infections across the country.
the other hand, the regime is holding the people of Iran hostage and rejecting
any aid to force the U.S. to life sanctions and the EU to provide it with cash,
money that will undoubtedly be spent on fueling terrorism and fundamentalism
across the Middle East.
than 10,900 people have died to coronavirus in 219 cities across all of Iran’s
31 provinces as of Tuesday afternoon local time, March 24, according to the Iranian
opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The number of
victims in various provinces include: at least 1,050 in Gilan; over 900 in
Khorasan Razavi; 820 in Mazandaran; 570 in Golestan; 152 in Yazd; and 28 in
North Khorasan, among others.
number of COVID-19 deaths and cases are beyond our previous estimates. We need
to rewrite our scenario on this matter,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Counter
Coronavirus Department in Tehran, on Monday, March 23.
Hosseinzadeh, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), wrote in a letter
to the speaker: “Iran is only a few steps away from historic and humanitarian
catastrophe. Majlis members like myself are tired of begging for quarantine or
other necessary measures, and we have lost hope in firm and effective measures…
We need to adopt an emergency plan aimed at shutting down the entire country
for a month before it’s too late and protect the lives of our compatriots
against the deadly coronavirus.”
opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance
of Iran (NCRI), condemned these measures. “The expulsion of Médecines sans
Frontières is yet another indication that the main problem in Iran is the
existence of a corrupt dictatorship that only thinks of preserving its rule.
Human lives are not of any value to them. The regime seeks only the aids which
could be placed at the disposal of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the
regime’s leaders without any supervision.”
expulsion of Médecines sans Frontières is yet another indication that the main
problem in #Iran is the existence of a corrupt dictatorship that only thinks of
preserving its rule. Human lives are not of any value to them #COVID19
has been a 13-percent increase in coronavirus cases in the Iranian capital of
Tehran, according to Kianush Jahanpur, spokesperson for the regime’s Health
Ministry. An individual dies of COVID-19 every 12 minutes in Iran, he added.
Dean of Ardabil Medical Sciences University says the coronavirus epidemic is
spreading like clusters in this province located in northwest Iran, meaning
when one individual is infected, all members of his/her family are considered
to be involved.
the speedy spread of COVID-19 and especially in the city of Tehran, Mohammad
Imami Amin, deputy of economic affairs in the Tehran governorate said
instructions were issued to have all administrative offices and banks open on
senior official in Tehran Province indicated that the Combat Coronavirus Department
are calling on Tehran International Exhibition authorities to provide the space
in this center to launch a rehabilitation center for COVID-19 patients. This
further indicates the scope of this crisis in Iran despite regime officials
constantly downplaying the entire issue.
Tabriz, head of the local Medical Science University says at least 63 hospital
staff members in East Azerbaijan Province have contracted coronavirus. If this
virus continues to spread, the medical staff and equipment/supplies in this
province will not be able to respond to the locals’ demands.
other news, Mohsen Sharifi, a COVID-19 patient seen in a video shared
extensively on social media where a mullah claims to be treating him using
“Islamic medical practices,” has unfortunately died on Monday, March 23. There
is a high volume of criticism circulating and describing this as second-degree
murder by the mullah who rubbed a lotion on Sharifi’s face under his nose.
Health Ministry deputy in Iran says the speed of coronavirus spreading in
various provinces of Iran, such as Qom and Gilan, is decreasing. In other
provinces, however, such as Isfahan, Khorasan, Mazandaran, and East Azerbaijan,
the velocity of its expansion is higher than the country’s average speed.
Health ministry official says there is no longer a need to announce the
country’s COVID-19 death toll with each province separated. This was necessary
only when some provinces were not certain of having the coronavirus spreading
in their areas. Currently, COVID-19 has expanded across the country, the
than 10,500 people have died of coronavirus in 212 cities across all of Iran’s
31 provinces as of Monday afternoon local time, March 23, according to the MEK
network inside Iran. Over 600 people have died of COVID-19 in the city of
Isfahan and more than 500 in Kashan, adding to more than 1,262 victims in
Isfahan Province. The death toll in various provinces includes: 872 in Khorasan
Razavi; 536 in Golestan; 369 in Khuzestan; 160 in Ardabil; 83 in Zanjan; 41 in
Kohgiluyeh & Buyer Ahmed and 40 in Semnan. This is in addition to the
atrocious death toll in other provinces.
in Gilan Province, northern Iran, are reporting that many of the individuals
released from hospitals have died in their homes in a matter of just one week.
However, they have not been accounted for in the official coronavirus death
Zali, head of the Tehran Counter Coronavirus Department says there has been a
five percent increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in medical centers and
a 12 percent increase in chronic cases in need of being hospitalized. The sound
of ambulance sirens is heard constantly in various parts of Tehran and other
the while, the mullahs’ regime is going the distance to keep a lid on the
number of COVID-19 victims and has launched a wave of arrests in various cities
under the pretext of confronting people who are spreading rumors and publishing
fake news about coronavirus.
March 22, Nasser Khodayari, representative of the Ministry of Guidance, in a
meeting of the Counter Coronavirus Department in West Azerbaijan Province, said
that nine individuals involved in spreading rumors have been arrested.
Shahriar, head of state police in Maku, northwest Iran, said individuals who
insult state officials on the internet will be arrested. Any offense against
officials and publishing what the regime considers "fake news" (about
COVID-19) will be considered a crime and FATA (Iran’s internet police) will be
taking legal action against those involved. A number of people have been
arrested in Isfahan, central Iran, under these bogus pretexts.
Hosseini, head of state police in in Ardabil Province, northwest Iran, said 11
individuals have been arrested for spreading rumors and fake news on the
internet about COVID-19.
the classic army in Iran has received orders from the regime’s Armed Forces
Headquarters to carry out biologic military drills. These orders, obviously
coming directly from Khamenei, come just one day after he accused the United
States of producing and exporting coronavirus. It is now obvious that those
remarks were aimed at preparing the grounds for a new wave of domestic
other news, Majlis (parliament) speaker Ali Larijani said “a large number” of
MPs have tested positive for COVID-19. This further indicates that regime
officials and authorities have lost control and cannot contain the virus.
sister showed signs of coronavirus and she was transferred to the civil
hospital, known previously as Sheer-o Khorsheed Hospital. One of the hospital
staff who apparently knew us told my brother-in-law to take her back home.
There are many sick people here and our supplies and equipment are very low.
Take her home, keep her in quarantine and carry out the doctor’s orders given
to you by telephone.”
from Gilan Province, northern Iran, indicate the governor’s staff are holding
sessions for two days now to decide where to bury COVID-19 victims because they
have no place to bury them. There are measures being taken to transfer them to
other cities. They are discussing the cities of Qazvin and Karaj as options. Of
course, they will be spreading the illness to other cities.
report from Qom, one of the main coronavirus hotspots in Iran, indicates 40
physicians and 130 nurses have been infected with COVID-19. Fifteen of the
infected physicians were hospitalized and one is being held in an ICU section.
Furthermore, three of the 130 nurses are hospitalized.
citizen from Karaj said, “People in the U.S., Spain or France may be receiving
portions of their normal income…. That’s not the case in Iran. Ordinary
workers, employees and those selling goods on the streets, they don’t receive
any such paychecks… And by the way, those countries don’t demand monthly water,
electricity and telephone bills. If we don’t pay these bills here, these
services will be cut off… We’re out of money. Is there any work. Is there a
government?... Will the government provide us with any money? ...”
citizen from Ardabil, northwest Iran, said on Sunday, March 23, that the
situation in this city is very dire due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Locals in
various villages have taken matters into their own hands and closed their
entrances. There are no COVID-19 test kits in Ardabil or its local villages.
All the samples are sent to Tabriz, another city in northwest Iran. There have
been cases that the tested patients have died before their results have
citizen from Najafabad, central Iran, said on Sunday, March 22, “My son checked
around ten drug stores, and none had masks. Its interesting that all the
make-up and hygiene stores have masks and have no other shortages… Locals are
truly abiding by hygiene protocols. From 11 am to 3 pm I toured the entire city
and I saw less than 50 people in the streets… All these reports that the people
are not abiding by hygiene protocols are lies.”
citizen from the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran, said on Sunday, March 22,
that due to coronavirus all the stores and main tourist sites are closed. This
will continue until around April 21. The Imam Reza Shrine is also closed. “This
is a strange year. I believe we will be witnessing many developments that will
change the fate of the Iranian nation. We should prepare for a very defining
year,” one individual said.
report from the city of Amol in northern Iran, indicates that six physicians by
the names of Seyed Mozzaffar Rabie, Dr. Samadi, Dr. Nirouie, Dr.
Ibrahim-nezhad, Dr. Tusan and Dr. Babazadeh, along with four staff members of the
Amol Medical Sciences University, have all lost their lives to COVID-19. The
virus expanded to Amol due to tourists form the city of Qom.
halts settler incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque due to pandemic
occupation authorities have banned Jewish settlers’ incursions at Al Aqsa
Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, citing coronavirus fears, Arab48.com reported on
Monday. Foreign tourists have also been banned from entering the Islamic holy
site for the same reason. Any Palestinians who violate the order face fines of
up to 5,000 new Israeli shekels (NIS), insisted the authorities.
of the Awqaf (Religious Endowment) Department in the mosque are being allowed
to carry out their security duties. Meanwhile, congregational prayers at the
mosque have been suspended on the advice of specialist medical and religious
officials, although the call to prayer will still be made five times a day.
Awqaf Department called upon the Palestinians to understand the religious and
health reasons for the decision to suspend prayers anywhere within the Noble
Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. For the past week, prayers have been held in the mosque
courtyard, while the buildings have been kept closed.
Doctor' In Iran To Be Arrested For Unauthorized Treatment Of Coronavirus
in Iran's northern city of Anzali on Monday said an arrest warrant has been
issued for an "Islamic doctor" who put the lives of several
coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) patients and the public in danger. The self-confessed
doctor administered a "miracle cure" which he called the
"Perfume of the Prophet" to the patients one of who, a young man,
died three days later.
Kohansal, a low-level cleric, posted a video of himself on social media showing
him asking for patients' permission to administer the cure to them. The video
shows him removing their protective masks and rubbing the perfume under their
noses with unprotected, unsanitized fingers. He claimed that the "Perfume
of the Prophet" would make them sneeze and heal from the virus.
to the Prosecutor of Anzali, a port city in the coronavirus-stricken Gilan
Province, the arrest warrant was issued "in coordination with the
Prosecutor of the Special Clerical Court". Clerics in Iran can only be
tried by the Special Clerical Court which is independent of the country's
Judiciary and generally holds its trials behind closed doors.
self-confessed advocates and practitioners of "Islamic medicine" many
of who are clerics use ancient formulas, supposedly used by the Prophet and his
successors, as well special prayers to heal their patients.
Supreme Leader is an advocate of a traditional school of medicine which is now
often referred to as "Islamic-Iranian medicine". Those who advocate
and practice this school enjoy state-funded propaganda and the protection of
the hardliner-dominated Judiciary despite many protests by the country's
of the leading figures of the "Islamic Medicine" practitioners who
has come to be known as "The Father of the Islamic Medicine in Iran"
last week claimed that dropping bitter gourd oil in ears in the morning will
prevent infection with coronavirus while another notorious "Islamic
doctor" who had caused quite a social uproar by burning a standard medical
textbook in January prescribed blocking the anus with a cotton ball dipped in
violet oil to ward off the virus when the epidemic spread in the country.
economy in free fall as corrupt mullahs deny people virus protection
24 (UPI) -- The Iranian economy is plummeting. Spiraling inflation and a
collapsing currency have combined with the coronavirus crisis to bring the country
to a virtual standstill.
active Iranian workforce is 26 million, of whom at least 10 million were
jobless even before COVID-19 struck. Youth unemployment was at a staggering 40
percent. At least 33 percent of the population were already living under the
absolute poverty line unable to meet their essential daily needs. Now the
country is in virtual lockdown, but the theocratic regime is doing nothing to
before the coronavirus struck and before the Trump administration reimposed
tough sanctions, Iran's descent into economic chaos could be traced directly to
the ruling clerical regime and its tyrannical supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Hosseini Khamenei. Their policy of aggressive military expansionism across the
Middle East has seen them consistently pour men and resources into backing
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his murderous civil war, while they
simultaneously drove the genocidal campaign against the Sunni population of
neighboring Iraq through their outright support for the brutal al-Hashd
al-Shaabi, the so-called Shi'ia popular mobilization forces. They have openly
financed and supplied the Houthi rebels in Yemen and continue to provide vast
funding for the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
with the mullahs' own predilection for corruptly lining their own pockets, Iran
has become an international pariah, its religious fascist regime condemned for
human rights abuse and the export of terror, while its 80 million beleaguered
citizens, over half of whom are under 30, struggle to feed their families as
the COVID-19 virus rages across the nation.
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps -- the regime's Gestapo -- controls over 80
percent of the economy, corruptly funneling money stolen from the people into
private banks and using the rest to finance their burgeoning nuclear and
ballistic missile programs. It is reckoned that Khamenei controls a financial
empire worth an estimated $200 billion, resources which could readily be made
available to alleviate the suffering of the Iranian people. But Khamenei has
instead tried to blame Iran's enemies for what he calls "a biological
the virus first appeared in the holy city of Qom, Khamenei declared that there
was no danger and that news of COVID-19 was a plot to deter people from voting
in Iran's parliamentary elections. Now the lies, stupidity and incompetence of
the mullahs have allowed the virus to spread to 199 cities in all of Iran's 31
provinces. It is known that the real death toll from the virus has exceeded
11,000, although the mullahs pretend that just 1,800 have died. Dr Rick
Brennan, the World Health Organization's director of emergency operations,
following a visit to Iran last week, said coronavirus cases in the country were
five times greater than what was being reported.
only reliable information is being provided by resistance units of the People's
Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the democratic opposition to the
theocratic regime. Now, as their own ineptitude has become exposed, and the
real death toll has been widely shared on social media, the mullahs are
beginning to panic. A month ago, President Hassan Rouhani said the coronavirus
would fade away in a matter of weeks. But this weekend, he acknowledged in a TV
interview that 70 percent of the Iranian population would be infected by the
virus, stating that he hoped they would be infected gradually, because the
healthcare system could not cope with a sudden escalation in the infection
for once, was telling the truth. He and his fellow mullahs, with their IRGC
cohorts, have diverted almost all of the available face masks, sanitizers,
protective clothing and other key medical supplies for their own personal use
in their own exclusive private hospitals, leaving Iran's beleaguered doctors
and nurses with little or nothing to protect themselves or to treat the public.
This is why the coronavirus death toll in Iran is accelerating ahead of China
even told his cabinet on Saturday that the virus was a conspiracy by Iran's
enemies aimed at destroying the economy. He claimed that American sanctions
were preventing aid from entering the country, although U.S. sanctions
specifically do not affect medical or humanitarian aid. Rouhani then farcically
said, "The process of production must go on as usual, in order to confront
compounded the farce by stating in his Nowruz (New Year) message that the
coming year will be a year of "surge in production in Iran." His
fatuous comment led one courageous young Iranian to post an observation on
social media saying, "This is nonsense; which surge? What production are
you talking about? This is the year you will all be brought to trial."
80 million Iranian citizens are fed up with their corrupt, fundamentalist
rulers. They are fed up with living in poverty and deprivation as the mullahs
siphon off the country's wealth to fill their coffers and to finance conflict
and terror throughout the Middle East. They demand the release of Khamenei's
stolen billions to pay for proper healthcare and for financial support for
workers who have been forced to stay at home.
Central Bank of Iran has asked the International Monetary Fund for $5 billion
in emergency loans to help contain the virus and mitigate its effects on the
struggling economy. But Iranians are demanding that any such loans be carefully
monitored to ensure they go to helping the population and not into funding
terror or into the mullahs' pockets. Most of all, the people of Iran are asking
the U.N. Security Council to investigate the regime for its ongoing crimes
York Times promotes face-veiling Indonesian Muslim 'Niqab Squad’ as
totally-not-extremist answer to Western feminism
New York Times is singing the praises of Indonesia’s born-again Muslim sects,
profiling a group who mix Islamic doctrine with girl-power platitudes beneath
their niqabs and hailing the garments as the answer to harassment.
woker-than-thou outlet wants readers to know that these Indonesian ladies, who
– unlike the vast majority of their countrywomen – sport the full-face veil
known as the niqab, are anything but oppressed. They’re photographed hitting
bullseyes with bow and arrow from horseback, a feat made all the more
impressive by the billowing folds of fabric that envelop their bodies, hiding all
but their eyes.
women profiled in the piece, many of whom are members of various traditionalist
‘born again’ Islamic sects, are depicted as eager to distance themselves from
the extremism the veil tends to connote, even in majority-Muslim Indonesia, and
the misogyny considered part and parcel of hardline Islamic regimes. But
Indonesia is a secular country, and the Times sings the praises of the
“thousands of mainly urban, middle-class women” who “have made [the choice to
wear the niqab] for themselves,” renouncing modern dress and “practicing sports
that the Prophet Muhammad is thought to have enjoyed” at events around the
Times is hardly able to rein in its enthusiasm for the “Niqab Squad,” the
picture-perfect group of arrow-shooting, horseback-riding women founded by a
clothing designer in 2016 “to promote wearing the veil.” They aren't the first
Western outlet eager to celebrate any morsel of progressivism in Islam that has
been seduced by the photogenic females, and they describe the “peaceful,
born-again” traditional Hijrah movement many of the Squad members follow in
glowing terms. Nor is the Times subtle in its praise of similar (but
unaffiliated) “Islamic purist” movement Tablighi Jama’at, which is banned in
Russia as an extremist group and has been described as a “gateway to terrorism”
by other countries’ analysts in the past. The movement’s leaders insist it is
apolitical, focused merely on returning to a traditional Islamic lifestyle,
though some critics have suggested this (lack of) stance is merely to avoid
setting off alarm bells within host countries.
if those who enjoy horseback-riding in traditional dress like to talk about how
living the seventh-century lifestyle (the usually militantly-pro-vaccine Times
doesn’t seem to mind that one community “disdains” the shots) “improves [their]
chances of going to heaven”? Well, don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it,
reporter Richard Paddock implies with his enthusiastic profile.
not every niqab-clad woman gets to make that choice. While the piece glowingly
describes the traditionalist town of Temboro, “Indonesia’s Medina,” as a
religious haven that “shuts down five times a day at prayer time,” it only
mentions in passing that girls who attend the eight-campus Al Fatah school that
dominates the town have no choice but to wear the veil starting at age 5. Those
who aspire to more than studying the Koran (and teaching others to study the
Koran) would seem to have little to look forward to within its walls, even as
the lifestyle is (according to the Times, at least) attracting worldly-wise
“urban, middle class” women in droves with the help of social media
while the Times clearly wants the reader to see empowered, independent
feminists in these women clad in head-to-toe black fabric, the Temboro
residents’ own view toward sexual harassment echoes the “traditional” outlook,
indicating that even the born-again Muslim women drawn to the town leave their
modern sexual mores behind. One 25-year-old woman said she feared even showing
her hands or eyes in public was risking “unwanted male attention,” and the
outlet itself acknowledges that “unwanted sexual advances” are common.
pious rhetoric of the Niqab Squad suggests these women are plunging into
conservative Islam for more than fashion statements and equestrianism – “we
really want to go to heaven, and so we sacrifice,” founder Indadari Mindrayanti
said, explaining that “part of our sacrifice is not showing our beauty and
covering our body in an Islamic way” – and there’s certainly nothing wrong with
having a healthy respect for tradition. But depicting these fundamentalist
Islamic communities as a haven for empowered women – to a Western audience, no
less – is irresponsible at best, and wildly disingenuous at worst.
Islamic Republic is preparing for a second Trump term
eleventh parliamentary elections, on February 21, were held in quite extraordinary
circumstances, not least in terms of public trust in state institutions,
government credibility, and state-society relations more broadly.
a backdrop of US “maximum pressure,” which commenced in May 2018 after the
Trump administration scrapped the Iran nuclear deal—officially known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—and reimposed blanket sanctions on
the Iranian economy, Tehran witnessed the first major wave of nationwide unrest
instigated in part by sanctions, albeit indirectly. The November 2019 protests
erupted, and were successfully crushed, following a government decision to
compensate for its depleting coffers by sharply raising gasoline prices and
cutting fuel subsidies. The ensuing brutal crackdown left an unprecedented 631
people dead—with the Trump administration citing as high as 1,500—and thousands
more injured. (The death toll has yet to be officially announced.)
than two months later, on January 3, the US assassination of Iran’s top
military official Qasem Soleimani and Tehran’s retaliatory missile strikes
against Iraqi bases housing American forces brought the two adversaries to the
brink of war. On the heels of what Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had
dubbed Iran’s “harsh revenge” for the Soleimani killing, the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger
plane departing from Tehran, killing all 176 people onboard. Worse yet, the
government tried to cover up the real cause of the fatal crash for three days—blaming
it on “technical flaws”—before mounting international and domestic pressure
compelled it to come clean.
parliamentary elections were overshadowed by “maximum pressure” and with a
strategic view to its continuation for another four years—given the potential
likelihood of US President Donald Trump’s reelection in 2020 unless the
coronavirus pandemic upsets the odds—as well as the approaching challenge of
most state officials including Khamenei himself—who were rightly concerned
about a remarkably low turnout—appealed to the disenchanted constituents’ sense
of patriotism and passion for their country to urge “maximum participation” in
who is interested in Iran and its security should take part in the elections,”
the Supreme Leader said in a speech on February 5. “Someone might not like me,
but if they like Iran, they should come to the ballot box [and vote].”
the same centers of power, relying on the Guardian Council—a hardline
constitutional vetting body—did not hesitate to disqualify around 7,000 out of
some 14,000 hopefuls, including a record 90 incumbent lawmakers who aspired to
run for reelection. In fact, despite its desire for a show of legitimacy and
popularity in the face of growing external threats, the Iranian leadership took
an unmistakable step towards cultivating a more homogeneous political system to
be dominated by hardliners.
the campaign trail, even some top IRGC commanders appeared in promotional
videos rooting for prominent hardline candidates, indicating the die was
already cast and the odds were stacked in their favor in a premeditated
fashion. In a stark instance, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the
IRGC’s aerospace division, praised Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf profusely and in
particular highlighted his “unrivaled role” as the former head of the IRGC air
force (1997 – 2000) in the “quantitative expansion” of Iran’s missile industry.
presence of transformationist brothers, jihadi and revolutionary managers of
Qalibaf’s ilk must solve the country’s economic problems,” Hajizadeh asserted.
the result was a 42.5 percent turnout, the lowest in the legislative history of
the Islamic Republic, and, as predicted, conservatives won by a large margin, gaining
221 seats in the 290-seat parliament. A second round of voting, originally
scheduled for April, has now been postponed to September 11, as a precautionary
measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
capital city Tehran, which registered one of the lowest turnouts across the
country at just over 25 percent, produced the most significant victory for
hardliners who won all its 30 seats, with Qalibaf at the top of the
former mayor of Tehran and presidential candidate, Qalibaf is widely notorious
for a long track record of corruption and mismanagement, and yet has been
groomed for the critical post of parliament speaker. In that role, if
successfully secured, he is expected to advance several key strategic policies
in conjunction with the Revolutionary Guards and the executive, which seems to
have ideally been reserved for another principlist loyal to the Supreme Leader.
all intents and purposes, the Iranian leadership is bracing itself for a second
Trump victory in the US presidential elections, in which case his
administration’s “maximum pressure” policy against the Islamic Republic will
probably continue in one way or another for the foreseeable future. This means
if Iran persists with its asymmetrical resistance and retaliation and if
diplomatic efforts fail to achieve deescalation and sanctions relief, two
scenarios will become likely: either a military confrontation between Tehran
and Washington at some point or recurring waves of unrest and ensuing state
if war is averted, thanks potentially to regional mediation and fear of
consequences, continuation of crippling sanctions for a few more years will
only result in further death and destruction in Iran. As the violent
suppression of gasoline protests in November 2019 clearly demonstrated, the
Islamic Republic will not hesitate to kill its way out of popular revolt while
trying to use the public as a buffer against increasing threats to its
survival. The state-sanctioned fuel price spike was arguably an instance of how
the government is transferring the external pressure on to society in critical
circumstances when its grip on power is undermined.
such a ruthless survivalist strategy requires a relatively homogeneous system
of decisionmaking and governance that would ensure maximum cooperation and
synergism among otherwise competing political and security branches of the
state. The synergism is also deemed necessary for a smooth and successful
transition of power if Khamenei, 80-years-old at the moment, passes away at any
moment over the next four years.
is where a hardline-dominated parliament, to be possibly headed by Qalibaf,
will come in handy. In concert with the IRGC, he will do his best to prepare
the ground for the election of a like-minded president who at least does not
hamper the implementation of the aforementioned strategy.
with the addition of the coronavirus pandemic to Iran’s threat basket, and as
experts have already pointed out, the authoritarian tendencies of the Islamic
Republic are likely to strengthen over the coming years, unless external
pressure eases up, creating much-needed breathing room for the Iranian polity,
society and economy alike.
sanctions have caused suffering of Iranian people: China UN envoy
News Agency (ABNA): China’s UN Envoy Zhang Jun said that US sanctions imposed
against Iran has caused suffering of Iranian nation.
twitter message on Tue., Chinese envoy to UN pointed to the Iranian people who
are fighting against coronavirus and wrote, “Iranian people are suffering
severely from the pandemic. The unilateral sanctions made the situation even
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang in a reaction to the US medical
sanctions against Iranian people added, “US sanctions has restricted Iran’s
ability to combat coronavirus global pandemic.”
his daily press briefing in Beijing, he described US sanctions imposed against
Iranian people as ‘inhuman and unilateral’ and added, “Iranian people and
government are fighting against outbreak of coronavirus and these sanctions
hamper Iran’s ability to address the fatal disease seriously.”
went on to say that US sanctions will leave negative impact on sending
humanitarian aids by the UN and other international organizations.
wants US and other countries to lift sanctions imposed on Iran as soon as
possible, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasized.
called on the international community to strengthen cooperation with Iran to
contain the coronavirus global pandemic and protect the regional and
international security jointly.
clarifies Covid-19 fund for everyone in need, not just Muslims
LUMPUR, March 24 — Minister in charge of religious affairs Datuk Seri Zulkifli
Mohamad has clarified today that funds collected by the Malaysian Department of
Islamic Development (Jakim) is not exclusively for Muslims.
said the money was for all the frontliners, adding that thus far, his ministry
has donated more than RM20 million to the cause.
never said the Tabung #MUSAADAHCovid19 was specifically for Muslims. I’ve said
it many times that the funds are for the the undertakers, frontliners, Jakim
and others,” he said in a post of Facebook.
that my department has donated more than RM20 million to students, religious
teachers children, those struggling for money in the Federal Territories and
outside of it regardless of race and religion.”
today, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department launched the fund and
said the government will channel the collections to Muslims in need.
said contributions may be made via the Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad account
number 16027010001528 opened for “Tabung Saadah Jakim Covid-19”.
critics online insisted that any relief fund must not be channelled only to
Muslims as Jakim is a federal agency funded by taxpayers.
Muslims offer mosques to help fight coronavirus
Muslim community in Myanmar on Wednesday called for a unity in fighting the
coronavirus as the country reported three positive cases of COVID-19, so far.
Maung Than, secretary of Islamic Religious Affairs Council Myanmar, said
thousands of mosques across the country could be used in fighting the
are more than 1,000 mosques in Myanmar as well as several Muslim religious
schools. There are also hotels, apartments and buildings owned by Muslim
businessmen. These places can be used temporarily in fighting virus,” he told
Anadolu Agency by phone.
added that the council informed the national and regional governments, and
Ministry of Health and Sports that religious buildings could be turned into
temporary hospitals and quarantine sites, if necessary.
imposed self-quarantine for Myanmar nationals who returned from neighboring
countries such as Thailand, China and Laos through border passes.
council also requested local Muslim community to help those returnees in
self-quarantine in their respective places,” he said.
Ministry of Health and Sports said a 26-year-old Myanmar man, who recently
travelled to U.K and arrived backed in the country on March 21, was tested
positive for the virus and was hospitalized.
country confirmed first two cases of the coronavirus on Monday in its
nationals, who have travel history to the U.S. and the U.K.
authorities have been on high alert since the World Health Organization (WHO)
declared the virus a pandemic earlier this month.
in Myanmar have been preparing makeshift quarantine facilities across the
country as tens of thousands of returnees, mostly migrant workers from neighboring
Thailand and China, continue to arrive through the country's border gates.
public hospitals, apartments, hotels and religious buildings have also been
prepared as possible quarantine facilities as of growing number of suspected
Health Ministry said more than 500 people have been isolated in hospitals and
temporary quarantine sites in the country as of March 24.
first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread
to at least 170 countries and territories. The World Health Organization has
declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.
number of confirmed cases worldwide has now surpassed 423,000 while the death
toll is nearly 19,000 and nearly 109,000 have recovered, according to data compiled
by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
the rising number of cases, most who contract the virus suffer only mild
symptoms before making a recovery.
Mosque and Multi-Purpose Hall in Diyar Al Muharraq Sponsored by Fawzi Kanoo
part of his ongoing commitment to philanthropic projects, the Deputy Chairman
of Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Group and Chairman of Bahrain Philanthropic Society,
Fawzi Ahmed Kanoo, will be sponsoring the construction of a mosque and a
multipurpose hall in Diyar Al Muharraq, north of Bahrain. Fawzi Kanoo and Eng.
Ahmed Alammadi, CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq, signed the construction agreement in
Kanoo Tower located in the Diplomatic Area.
on his new philanthropic initiative, Fawzi Kanoo said: “I come from a family
that takes philanthropy seriously. My father, the late Ahmed Kanoo, as well as
my grandfathers, have all been at the forefront of philanthropy in Bahrain and
the region, and through them I’ve learnt the necessity and importance of giving
back to society.”
Ahmed Alammadi expressed his gratitude by saying: “I would like to thank Mr.
Fawzi Kanoo for his generous and benevolent initiative. The good work carried
out by the Kanoo Family has been ongoing over the years and has reflected
positively on various communities in the Kingdom, as well as other parts of the
GCC.” The CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq added: “Building the mosque and multipurpose
hall comes in line with our vision of creating close-knit communities, adding
significant value to Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the largest and most visionary
modern urban developments in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
mosque will carry Mr. Kanoo’s spouse name, Khulood Mohamed Abdulla Juma, while
the multipurpose hall will carry the sponsor’s full name, Fawzi Ahmed Ali
Kanoo. Construction of the mosque and hall will begin in two months’ time.
of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Bangladesh on Independence
March 25, 2020, SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to President Muhammad
Abdul Hamid of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on the anniversary of his country's
his name and on behalf of the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, the King wished the President constant good health and happiness and
his Government and people steady progress and prosperity.
Holy month of fasting in the Islamic calendar will start from April 24, 2020
Holy month of Ramadan will start from Friday, April 24 this year depending on
the moon sighting.
to the Hijri calendar and moon sighting, Thursday March 26 is the first day of
Shaban which is a month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. The lunar
calendar relies on the observation of the new crescent moon to determine
important events such as Ramadan and the proper time for Hajj.
Shaban, Muslims around the world start preparations for the fasting month of
Ramadan. Some Muslims also fast a few days in Shaban following the Sunnah of
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an Arabic word
that comes from the Arabic word ‘Al Ramad’, which means intense heat and the
dryness that follows. The word reflects the hardship felt by those fasting, as
well as the burning off, as it were, of sins.
during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for all Muslims. Ramadan is one of
the “five pillars” of Islam. Adults who are able to fast are required to avoid
all food and drink from dawn to sunset for the month. Muslims who are sick or
travelling are exempted from observing the fast. They do, however, have to make
up the days they missed, which can be done any time before the next Ramadan
cycle will repeat for the next 29 or 30 days, depending on when the next
crescent moon is sighted, which will mean the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan is not just about fasting, it’s about discipline that comes with the
act of foregoing food for a specified time period.
the discipline for adapting to change — a change in behaviour and in daily life
that involves a different physical, mental, emotional and spiritual outlook.
demands of Palestinian inmates amidst coronavirus outbreak
Arab League has called on international human rights organizations and other
relevant bodies to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli
detention centers in the wake of rising cases of infection with a new
coronavirus in the occupied territories.
Secretary-General of the 22-member regional organization, Said Abu Ali,
highlighted in a press statement that protection of prisoners is an imperative,
especially in times of pandemics such as the current coronavirus crisis across
also called on the international community to pressure Israeli authorities for
the release of around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of
elderly inmates with health issues, 180 juveniles and 43 women before the
number of coronavirus infections in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands
spirals out of control.
Ali also called for the effective protection and proper safety measures for
thousands of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.
prisoners in Israeli detention centers have threatened to go on an open-ended
hunger strike in protest at a ban on meeting attorneys, lack of protective
measures by guards during searches in their cells, and denial of medical
protection gear in the wake of soaring cases of infection with the vitus called
unnamed source close to Palestinian prisoners told the Israeli English-language
Haaretz newspaper that prisoners affiliated with the Islamic resistance
movement, Hamas, returned their breakfast and lunch servings on Thursday, while
those affiliated with Fatah returned some meals during the weekend. They plan
to launch a full hunger strike at the beginning of next month.
prisoners are threatening to go on hunger strike to protest Israeli officials’
failure to enforce measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
prisoners have not been tested for the coronavirus, as Israeli Health Ministry
regulations in place call for a test only in cases where there exist both
exposure to a confirmed patient and symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever,
cough, shortness of breath.
a high-ranking member of Hamas said Israeli authorities were denying
Palestinian prisoners medical protection gear.
Kabha said the Israel Prison Service has ordered the inmates to use their socks
in place of masks in a blatant disregard for their safety and lives.
the overcrowding in Israeli detention centers and the absence of cleaning
products at the prison canteens, Palestinian detainees are now more vulnerable
in light of the coronavirus outbreak,” he commented.
has intensified its abuse of Palestinian prisoners, asking them to use their
socks as masks to avoid the coronavirus disease.
a former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, further noted that most of
the diseases afflicting Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails usually
result from the lack of healthcare and hygiene supplies.
former Palestinian minister said there are 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails
with health problems, including 28 suffering from chronic diseases. This means
they are at a higher contraction risk.
called on concerned local and international human rights organizations to
pressure Israeli authorities to take all the necessary preventive measures that
would ensure the safety of the Palestinian prisoners in the time of the
Israeli police forces have abandoned a Palestinian man suspected to have
contracted the novel coronavirus at a checkpoint in the West Bank.
Palestinian Ma’an news agency posted pictures of a Palestinian worker lying on
the ground near a junction close to Kifl Haris village in the northern West
Bank, located six kilometers west of Salfit and 18 kilometers south of Nablus,
Palestinian worker suspected to have contracted the coronavirus is seen lying
on the ground near a junction and close to Kifl Haris village in the northern
occupied West Bank on March 24, 2020. (Photo by the Palestinian Ma’an news
development took place only a day after a Palestinian man displaying symptoms
of the coronavirus was abandoned by Israeli police forces.
said the man, identified as Malek, went through the Maccabim checkpoint before
collapsing onto the ground on Monday.
told the Israeli Haaretz newspaper he was working in the Israeli-occupied
territories, and that his employer took him to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv
after he felt unwell and developed flu-like symptoms.
officials at the checkpoint called him an ambulance, which arrived about half
an hour after he had crossed through the checkpoint and collapsed on the
news agency posted a video showing Malek lying on the ground, while the Palestinian
ambulance arrives to collect him.
Lavender Heights, Mosque Gives Out Essential Groceries To The Needy Amid
A mosque in Lavender Heights, Senawang is giving out essential groceries to
those who are affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) brought on by the
Gerobok Rezeki programme has distributed groceries in packs that includes rice,
flour, sugar, cooking oil, soy sauce, condensed milk and tea.
to the Ibnu Khaldun Mosque chairman Mohd Asna Amin, the programme was started a
week ago and the response from the public was low in the beginning.
reception from the public has been amazing. In a day, there were almost 100
people who came to collect the grocery packs.”
long as there’s contributions from the community, this ‘Gerobok Rezeki’
programme will continue to help those in need,” said Asna.
that, Asna said they received donations via online transfer to the mosque’s
bank account (mostly came from the local congregation) after the short video
programme covers seven to 10 housing areas near the mosque with most of them
being single mothers and day labourers who are affected by the MCO.
the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the mosque committees are firm in
following the necessary precautionary steps when distributing the packs to the
mosque must participate in the investigation by the House of Representatives
alFitrah mosque in Utrecht must cooperate in the Lower House’s investigation
into unwanted foreign financing. That has been determined by the court in The
Hague. The appeal was brought by the mosque foundation.
now has to provide overviews of bank accounts, donations and people who came to
preach or teach from countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The foundation
is given two weeks to do this. If the foundation does not follow the decision,
the penalty will be one thousand euros per week, per affiliated foundation, for
every information item that is not given.
judge agrees with alFitrah on one point. The parliamentary committee’s research
question, “unwanted influence from unfree countries” is too broad. The
foundations do not have to provide information about persons or financial
transactions that only come from free countries, such as the Netherlands.
Salam of the alFitrah mosque is against the parliamentary inquiry, but did
appear when he was questioned by the committee. This ended in an arguing
situation that yielded little information. Salam called the interrogation a
sham and a puppet show.
Islamic Centre thanks MPs after backtrack on new coronavirus cremation rules
mosque in Lewisham has thanked MPs after an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill
was agreed that would protect faith groups from forced cremations.
emergency Coronavirus Bill, as it stood before the amendment on Monday (March
23), would allow local authorities to disregard section 46(3) of the Public
Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, which prevents them from cremating a body
against the wishes of the dead or their families.
cremation is “strictly forbidden” in Islam and Judaism, prompting Lewisham
Islamic Centre to write to Lewisham and Deptford MP Vicky Foxcroft expressing
“fear and anguish” over the possible changes to the law.
asked her to back an amendment to the Bill which would “reflect the continued
right for all communities to be able to bury their dead according to their
wishes and with dignity”.
amendment, tabled by the shadow minister for women and equalities Bradford West
MP Naz Shah, was formally withdrawn because the Government agreed to put
forward its own amendment to respect the wishes of faith communities.
big thank you from us and the Muslim community for supporting the changes to
the Bill regarding burials, we really appreciate it. Keep safe,” they
Government spokesperson said it had “worked closely with faith groups, MPs and
local authorities to reassure them that we are fully committed to respecting
recognise the huge importance of this and will do everything we can to maintain
the right for a person or their loved one to have their preferences respected
and the wishes of the bereaved upheld.
Bosniak Leaders Condemn Desecration of Zagreb Mosque
March 24, 2020 - The Bosniak National Council in Croatia on Tuesday condemned
the insulting messages which appeared on the Zagreb mosque on Tuesday morning,
saying that this act of desecration was an expression of serious chauvinism and
a time when we are being shaken by the greatest crisis in recent history, when
human solidarity is needed more than ever, conduct like this is impermissible.
We demand that the relevant institutions, even though they are justifiably
involved in managing the crisis caused by the coronavirus and earthquake,
should find the perpetrators," the president of the Council, Armin Hodžić
said in a press release.
warn that this type of desecration to a Muslim place of worship is an
expression of serious chauvinism and xenophobia and it requires urgent action
in order to prevent a chain reaction of dehumanising processes toward minority
groups in Croatia, added Hodžić.
society has to be aware that insulting messages like the one that appeared on a
Muslim place of worship could tomorrow already lead to a new wave of
desecration of religious premises of other religious minorities and of the
serious deterioration of the rights of national minorities, the press release
a time of general crisis, we once again call for solidarity, togetherness and
tolerance and express hope that the majority Croatian population in Croatia
will adhere to the principle of 'love thy neighbour as thyself'," Hodžić
appealed in the press release.
Muslim leaders endorse closure of worship centres in Nigeria
Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria has backed the directives for the
closure of all worship centres to stop the spread of coronavirus.
was made known in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna by its Secretary-General,
Nafiu Baba Ahmed.
urged all Muslims to support federal and state governments’ efforts to curb the
global pandemic which has affected 200 countries.
due consultation, the Council is hereby calling on all Muslim faithful to abide
by the instruction, until counter-notice is issued by the government,” the
praying Allah to relieve the country of this pandemic and others yet known, we
call on all Muslims to be law-abiding and adhere to all precautionary measures
against the pandemic.”
SA Muslim body donates R1m to assist govt's Solidarity Fund
Muslim Community of South Africa has donated R1 million to assist government's
Solidarity Fund achieve its goals to help the poor and vulnerable during the
21-day nationwide lockdown.
body has also pledged support in the form of their own human resources and
civil society organisations.
have immediately expended R1m in aid spending and in-kind resources to assist
with the immediate priorities as announced by the president," the
organisation - which is made up of numerous social welfare, emergency relief
and civil society organisations - said in a statement on Tuesday.
Cyril Ramaphosa announced the creation of the fund in his address to the nation
on Monday. It forms part of strict measures taken to combat Covid-19 in South
FCTA shuts markets, churches, mosques, gives sit-at-home order
Federal Capital Territory Administration has ordered workers at Grade level 1
to 12 to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
also ordered the immediate closure of shops in the markets and neighbourhood
centres, except those selling food items and other essential commodities.
Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello, who announced the measure at a press
conference on Tuesday in Abuja, also ordered the immediate closure of churches
said, “Shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres in the FCT are to be shut
to traders except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However,
pharmacies and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to
remain open but abide strictly by laid down measures.”
noting that the FCTA had raised an emergency response team to tackle the
spread, the minister explained that containing the virus depended largely on
order to better manage cases of infection, the minister said the FCTA would
work closely with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital to expand the
capacity of the current isolation and treatment centre to accommodate more
patients by providing the essential facilities.
added that the Zuba General Hospital would also be converted into an isolation
and treatment centre to accommodate more patients should the need arise.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, who was at the event, promised that
security agencies would enforce the order restricting gathering to not more
than 50 persons in churches and mosques.
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national day of fasting and prayers - Chief Imam instructs Muslims
Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam has called on all Muslims in the
country to observe the national day of fasting and prayers planned for
Islamic leader said all Ghanaians have to come together to seek Allah's face
during this coronavirus pandemic.
call is in line with a declaration made by President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo on Sunday that Wednesday, March 24 should be observed as a national
day of fasting and prayers.
National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr.Usmau Sharubutu wishes to draw the attention of
all followers of the Islamic faith in Ghana that the President of the Republic
of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared Wednesday March 25th 2020 as
National day of fasting and prayer.
the National Chief Imam would like to entreat Muslims of all denominations to
fast on Thursday 26th March 2020, in line with the sunna of the prophet
important to note that the fasting to be embarked upon on those two days is
intended to enhance our collective spiritual struggle to win the ongoing battle
against the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Armiyawo Shaibu, spokesman for the Chief Imam. On behalf of the National Chief
Imam of Ghana, Sheikh Dr Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu.
Taliban militants killed, 33 wounded in Balkh clashes
Afghan security forces responded to coordinated Taliban attacks in three
districts of Balkh province, killing at least 25 Taliban militants and wounding
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan security forces responded to
Taliban attacks in Balkh, Dawlatabad and Chemtal districts of Balkh province
with the support of the Special Forces and Air Forces.
statement further added that the security forces killed 25 Taliban militants
including Mullah Hafiz, one of the commanders of the group and wounded 33
others including Mullah Raihan and Qari Jannat, two other commanders of the
security forces also cleared 12 villages during the clearance operations, the
209th Shaheen Corps added.
leader’ of Ansar Al Islam arrested by CTTC
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police yesterday
claimed to have arrested the leader of the "wolfpack" of militant
outfit Ansar Al Islam, that plotted to kill filmmaker Khijir Hayat Khan.
arrestee was identified as Nazmul Hasan alias Osman Gani. A team of CTTC unit
arrested Nazmul in front of a hotel in the capital's Paltan on Monday night,
Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner of CTTC unit, told The Daily Star yesterday.
was later placed in front of a Dhaka court yesterday with a 10-day remand, and
court granted two days' remand after hearing.
created a group on messaging app Telegram in 2018 for the wolfpack members, and
communicated with each other to plan the murder, as they believed the film
"Mr Bangladesh" -- written jointly by Khijir Hayat Khan and Hasnat
Piash, and starring Khijir -- goes against their ideology and "jihad"
in Islam, according to CTTC officials.
officials, however, managed to foil their murder plot and arrested two members
of the group in 2018. Later, police beefed up the security for Khijir Hayat and
launched a drive to arrest another member of the group, they said.
was in Kuwait at the time of creating the group, but recently came back to Bangladesh and was planning
subversive activities again, said
have managed to arrest nine members of the wolfpack over the last two years. It
takes times, as some of them were found staying in France, Kuwait and
Dubai," said DC Saiful.
said that they have gleaned some more names of the group from Nazmul, and were
trying to arrest them by tracing their location.
used to collect funds through cryptocurrency for jihad. We have also got some
social media accounts details of top bosses of the outfit from Nazmul and their
mode of operation," said DC Saiful.
killed in terror attack on Sikh place of worship in Kabul
11 people were killed and others injured when suspected suicide attackers
stormed a Sikh place of worship in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, triggering
a gun battle with security forces, according to media reports.
attackers targeted a ‘dharamshala’ in Shor Bazar area of Kabul, which has a
sizeable population of the Hindu and Sikh minorities. Some reports said the
attack began at 7.45 am Afghan time.
Afghan news channel Tolo News cited a security source as saying that at least
11 people were killed and 11 others injured in the attack. Three attackers were
still fighting with security forces and one had been shot, the channel
posted on social media by Afghan journalists showed security forces and local
residents evacuating the injured in ambulances.
interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told the media suicide bombers had
entered the dharamshala in Shor Bazar and were fighting with security forces.
“More forces are arriving at the area,” he said.
Afghan security forces had cleared the first floor of the Sikh place of worship
and rescued a “number of people” who were trapped inside the building, Arian
reports said dozens of people were still trapped in the building and there were
fears the attackers had taken hostages.
minister Hardeep Singh Puri “strongly condemned” the attack. “These killings
are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious
minorities in some countries & the urgency with which their lives &
religious freedom have to be safeguarded,” he tweeted.
Shor Bazar area of Kabul was once home to several gurdwaras but they were
destroyed during the fighting in the 1980s. Many Hindus and Sikhs living in the
area also migrated to other countries. Kabul is still home to several thousand
Hindus and Sikhs.
weather kills 3 Taliban militants including an IED maker in Paktia
local authorities in South-eastern Paktia province discovered the dead bodies
of three Taliban militants who had frozen to death in a mountain in Zazai
provincial government in a statement said the dead bodies of the three Taliban
militants, Ehsanullah son of Fazal Manan, Barakatullah son of Mohammad Akbar
and Shamimullah son of Sultan, were discovered from Shin Kond mountain.
statement further added that Shamimullah was also involved in producing
Improvised Explosive Devices.
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