Video Of Muslim Man Offering Namaz In A Gurudwara Is A Beautiful Lesson On
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fatwa issued by Muslim Brotherhood cleric Youssef al- Qaradawi about the annual
Hajj pilgrimage has sparked condemnation from across the Muslim world.
Qatar-based cleric tweeted that “Allah has no need for the Hajj. Any duty that
He imposed is aimed at enriching his followers so that they can transcend to
their maker on the spiritual, moral and psychological levels.”
Muslims feeding the hungry, treating the sick and sheltering the homeless are
better viewed by Allah than spending money on the Hajj and Umrah every year,”
the above would grant Muslims greater spiritual gratification than
circumambulating around the holy Kaaba, he remarked.
the annual Hajj is among the five main pillars of Islam that every able Muslim
is expected to perform at least once in their life.
on Qaradawi’s controversial tweets, advisor at the Saudi royal court Saud
al-Qahtani said: “Those who know the history of this mercenary will not find
his fatwa unusual.”
media activists condemned his fatwa, accusing him of trying to undermine one of
Islam’s main pillars.
also interpreted it as an attempt to lift the pressure off the authorities in
Qatar after they barred their people from performing this year’s Hajj
was not the first time that the Doha regime attempts to undermine the massive
efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia’s leadership and people in servicing the holy
pilgrimage, they noted.
also accused Qaradawi of seeking to spark division among Muslims and exploit
religion to achieve his interests.
cleric made his tweets soon after the Kingdom hosted yet another successful
Hajj whereby the pilgrims were able to perform their duties with the greatest
of ease and amid great security.
all thanked the Kingdom and its people for all the facilitations they have been
was placed on the terrorist blacklist by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on June 8, 2017.
a video that has been going viral on social media, a Muslim man was seen
offering Namaz while a Gurbani was being recited in a Gurudwara in Malaysia.
And the Sikhs inside the Gurudwara didn't seem to mind at all.
fact, the popular Facebook page Sikh Inside, which posts activities from
Gurdwaras around the world and shared that video, was actually pretty
supportive of the Muslim 'brother', saying that 'god is one'.
has been winning thousands of hearts online.
many people were triggered by the praying man's actions, the video mostly
received love and support, showing the world that religious harmony exists.
the video that was recorded by a local at the Gurdwara Sahib Bercham in Ipoh,
the Muslim man was seen completing his prayers for two minutes and then
(August 20), a Muslim brother spotted doing Namaz. Probably he couldn't find a
mosque and drop by Gurdwara to complete his Namaz (sic)," Sikh Inside
wrote on their Facebook.
TOWN, Malaysia—It was a swelteringly hot afternoon in George Town, the capital
city in the northern Malaysian state of Penang, but that didn’t dissuade the
hundreds of Muslim protesters gathered outside the Masjid Jamek Shaik Eusoff
mosque after Friday prayers on July 20.
protesters, all men and mostly members of Islamic groups like Institut
al-Qayyim and Perkasa, were demonstrating in support of Zakir Naik, a hugely
popular Islamic preacher. According to his fans, he’s a respected Muslim
scholar who belongs in Malaysia. The Indian government, however, says he’s been
spreading hate speech, laundering money, and funding terrorism. Penang Deputy
Chief Minister Ramasamy Palanisamy wants him deported back to his native India
to face trial.
supporters say he’s done nothing wrong. They want his right to preach Islam,
Malaysia’s official religion, to be safeguarded, and demand Ramasamy be
arrested for challenging the religion. This isn’t the first time Ramasamy’s
been caught on the wrong side of Naik’s supporters. He’s been calling for
Naik’s expulsion for years, and one of his offices was even firebombed in 2016
after he posted unflattering comments about Naik on Facebook.
cleric’s stay in Malaysia has always been a contentious one, but it became a
renewed flashpoint after news that the authorities had failed to act on an
extradition request filed by India in January. But now, Malaysia has a new
government. The Alliance of Hope (PH) came into power three months ago in a
shocking election win heralded as a “victory for Asian democracy.” Ramasamy and
others want the new ruling coalition to honor the country’s extradition treaty
a wanted man in India and even barred from the United Kingdom, the
physician-turned-televangelist still commands the admiration of millions of
Muslims around the world, including in Malaysia. That presents the government
with a tricky dilemma. It’s trying to move away from the Malay ethno-nationalist
and religious politics pushed by fallen Prime Minister Najib Razak, now facing
corruption charges. But in a country that’s more than 60 percent Muslim, and
where fundamentalist views like Naik’s have made disturbing inroads, handling
the rogue preacher is a challenge.
first came to Malaysia in 2012, settling down for good in 2016 when India began
its investigations. He lives in a lakeside condominium in the country’s
administrative capital, Putrajaya. From early on, he developed a close
relationship with former federal and state officials, as well as religious
leaders. This led to him being granted permanent residence in 2012 and an award
for his contribution to the development of Islam in 2013.
was even offered three islands by the chief minister of Terengganu, a
conservative state in eastern peninsular Malaysia. Meanwhile, up north, besides
the Penang protesters, his defenders include Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, the
respected mufti, or religious advisor, of the state of Perlis. It’s no
surprise, then, that Naik is revered by a large number of local Muslims, with
audiences of tens of thousands of people for his live talks.
Zakir Abdul Karim Naik in Mumbai in 1965, Zakir qualified as a physician but
traded in surgical gloves for Islamic preaching in 1991. He founded the Islamic
Research Foundation (IRF) that year and a nonprofit English-language satellite
television network, Peace TV, in 2006. Peace TV has claimed to reach over 200
million viewers, but there is little independent data to back this up.
has given thousands of talks around the world, most of them in English.
Appearing in his signature business suit, and known for his rapid speech and
thick Indian accent, the cleric has earned praise and ire in equally large
numbers for quoting science, as well as scriptures from other
religions—including Hindu Vedas and the Bible—in his lectures on Islam.
critics accuse him of misinterpreting the religious texts he spouts, and say
some of his preaching borders on hate speech. Others say he defends terrorism,
pointing to infamous quotes such as his defense of Osama bin Laden: “If he is
terrorizing America, the biggest terrorist, I am with him. Every Muslim should
be a terrorist. The thing is that if he is terrorizing a terrorist, he is
following Islam,” Naik said in a video.
of propagating terrorism grew after the 2016 Islamist terrorist attack in
Dhaka, when a Bangladesh newspaper reported that one of the attackers had once
posted a Zakir quote on Facebook. India’s counterterrorism agency soon began
investigating Zakir for funding terrorist activities via the IRF; the
foundation was banned for five years and formal charges were filed late last
meanwhile, consistently denies the charges against him. He has condemned acts
of terrorism and says his preaching have often been taken out of context.
Zakir’s Malaysian lawyer, Shaharudin Ali, meanwhile, says his client will not
speak with reporters. Indeed, Naik, now 52, communicates only through Facebook
updates and press statements sent through his lawyer. In a recent such
statement, he said accusations that he incited terrorism were meant to
“demonize Islam and Muslims.”
a viewpoint many of his supporters here agree with. In Malaysia, ethnic Malays
form over half the population and are legally mandated to follow Islam under
the country’s complex system of national and religious balance. The previous
government, led by the once-powerful United Malays National Organisation
(UMNO), had for decades wielded Islam and the promise of Malay superiority as a
blunt yet effective political tool to keep other races in check and to stay in
power. It doesn’t take much for criticism against anything linked to Islam to
be deemed un-Islamic and therefore, a threat to the Malay population.
leaves new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad walking a tightrope. The 93-year-old
Mahathir once headed UMNO for 22 years, part of the National Front coalition he
toppled in May. He, himself, admits to having played the religion card in the
past, demonizing rivals (including his current allies) as “anti-Malay” for
political gain. But the new government he leads has promised to shed the race
and religion-based politics that was the hallmark of Malaysian governance for
more than six decades.
gave the powerful Finance Ministry portfolio to an ethnic Chinese leader of one
of PH’s component parties, the Democratic Action Party, to which Ramasamy is
also a member. This is just one of many high-profile appointments for
non-Malays, almost all of which have been questioned by Islamist politicians.
Deporting Naik could be one moderate step too far.
is a litmus test for the new government,” said Bridget Welsh, a political
science professor at John Cabot University and an expert on Malaysian politics.
“The new government has come into power in a different Malaysia and they are
now facing a difficult task navigating this minefield, given the high level of
politicization. I think the new government does not wish to set off that bomb
too early.” Send the cleric back to India, Welsh said, and PH risks being seen
as giving up, making it an easy target for attacks by far-right conservatives
seeking to gain political leverage.
for the time being, Mahathir has repeatedly refused to extradite Naik, saying
last month that Naik is protected by his permanent residence status unless he
breaks any local laws. Yet as well as public sensibilities, Mahathir also must
deal with divisions within his own administration. This includes ethnic Indian
politicians who supported Naik’s expulsion in the past but now have to toe the
federal government line, leaving Ramasamy seemingly the lone voice for this
of the most prominent critics is Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy, a Hindu-rights
activist who is now the minister of national unity and social well-being.
Waytha Moorthy was one of 19 plaintiffs in a 2017 case that sought to have Naik
declared a national threat and expelled. But Waytha Moorthy’s spokesman now
says he can’t speak about Naik due to the court case, which was thrown out in
February. Others leaders include Gobind Singh Deo, M. Kulasegaran, and Xavier
Jayakumar, all of whom are now senior members of Mahathir’s new cabinet.
some believe the government is being too cautious. Saravanan Murugan, a Hindu
member of parliament who was a deputy minister in the Najib government,
questions the silence of these ministers who once criticized his own Malaysian
Indian Congress party, part of the ousted National Front coalition, for doing
nothing on Naik. He is certain Malaysia will survive life after Naik and said
that most Muslim Malays here will understand the decision to extradite. After
all, he said, Malaysians are very tolerant and respectful of the different
faiths and cultures—a trait he said Naik does not share.
like Saravanan say failing to act endorses Naik’s incendiary preaching and
sends mixed signals on new Malaysia’s commitment to upholding rule of law.
Mustafa Izzuddin, a fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in
Singapore, points to the possibility of this being used as a “diplomatic
precedent” by other countries to refuse Malaysia’s extradition requests in
so, Abdul Wahed Jalal Nori, a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and
International Studies Malaysia, said the government will achieve more by doing
less, and needs to treat Naik as a relatively minor issue. After all,
expectations are high for it to solve much bigger problems, such as stabilizing
its resources and fighting corruption.
has a big number of followers locally and abroad. What do you think will happen
if Malaysia decides to send him back to India? The opposition will pick that up
and invest in this. Muslim communities in other countries will begin to
question what is happening in Malaysia—so it will become a bigger issue which
could lead to greater instability,” he said.
the end, what is actually solved?”
Pakistan-India drills leave Sidhu critics red-faced
DELHI: Hindutva groups have slammed former Indian cricketer-turned-politician
Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa recently, but a
joint military exercise against terrorism under way in Russia involving
contingents from India and Pakistan has left the critics red-faced.
Minister Imran Khan has praised Mr Sidhu’s friendly gesture for being present
at the swearing-in ceremony where the latter embraced Gen Bajwa who had made
friendly comments about peace between the two countries.
activist Sudhir Kumar Ojha, known for indicting celebrities, alleged in a
petition filed with Muzaffarpur’s chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Hari Prasad
that Mr Sidhu insulted the families of Indian soldiers killed by Pakistan’s
army by hugging General Bajwa and sitting next to Azad Kashmir’s president
Masood Khan on Saturday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Mr Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan, especially his
hug with Pakistan army chief, was “shameful”. Mr Sidhu is a minister in the
Congress government in Punjab.
Sidhu clarified his stand on the issue.
someone (referring to Gen Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the
same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th
Prakash Parv (birth anniversary), what else I could do?”
Sidhu while responding to the media queries: “If you are invited as a guest of
honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere
else but they asked me to sit there,” he added.
Ojha said it was unbecoming of Sidhu to attend the celebrations in the
neighbouring country at a time when the nation was mourning the death of former
prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
have urged the court to book Siddhu under IPC sections 124 A, 153 B and 504 for
hurting the nation’s sentiments and order for his arrest,” he said.
Khan on Tuesday came out in support of Mr Sidhu.
want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pakistan for my oath taking. He was an ambassador
of peace and was given amazing love and affection by people of Pakistan,” Mr
Khan tweeted soon after Sidhu’s press conference.
in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the
subcontinent — without peace, our people cannot progress,” Mr Khan said.
move forward, he said Pakistan and India must engage in dialogue and resolve
their conflicts, including the Kashmir issue.
best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to
resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading,” he said.
Sidhu during the press conference said his visit to Pakistan was not
“political” but just on a “warm invitation from a friend”.
a first such event, military personnel from India and Pakistan are participating
in an anti-terrorism exercise organised by the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) in Russia. The exercise is aimed at enhancing cooperation
between member states to deal with the growing threat of terrorism and
exercise will see tactical-level operation being carried out in an
international counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism environment.
3,000 soldiers from India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
Kazakhstan are taking part in the exercise.
Indian contingent has 200 personnel, mainly from the infantry and other arms
along with some from the Indian Air Force.
training schedule for the Indian contingent includes target practice, house
intervention drills, tactical and heliborne operations and combat conditioning,
said the joint drills will build mutual confidence, interoperability and
sharing of knowledge among troops of SCO members.
previous editions, only Central Asian nations participated.
India and Pakistan joining the exercise, SCO’s counter-terrorism mission has
expanded to South Asia, a region in a grip of terrorism and extremism.
army officials loyal to the BJP were at a loss to explain why it was wrong for
Mr Sidhu to hug the Pakistan army chief when contingents from the two countries
were trying to sort out the menace of terrorism jointly.
Launched Into 'Soldiers Of God' Dolls in 'Image Of Former ISIS Leader'
probe has been launched into 'Soldiers of God' dolls that are claimed to look
like a former ISIS leader.
of the dolls reportedly represent former leader of the so-called Islamic State,
Abu Waheeb, while others are supposed to represent women who support
dolls are made in Cologne, Germany, and sold online.
official report said the dolls are produced by members of the Salafist
community, and has voiced concerns about radicalisation in the Salafist
Salafist movement is a branch of Sunni Islam that advocates a return to the
traditions of the salaf, who are the first three generations of scholars after
Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has confirmed they are
monitoring online distribution of dolls made in Cologne in the western German
state of North Rhine-Westphalia in order to radicalise young children.
of the dolls are posted on social media backed up with stories about polygamy
or prisoners in Germany declared as victims and martyrs.
woman who allegedly manufactures the dolls, identified only as J.D, wrote on
social media: "Another aspect is that our little lions and lionesses learn
natural modesty already during playtime."
dolls are advertised as "Jundullah" which means "Soldiers of
God," according to reports.
Sukhni, Master in Islamic Studies at Cologne University, told German TV station
WDR that one doll reminded him of Waheeb, who was killed in a targeted
airstrike in Iraq's western Anbar province in 2016.
the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North
Rhine Westphalia Burkhard Freier told WDR: "Salafism is becoming more
violent and younger."
to the Office, about 100 Salafist families live in the state and raise their
children to follow the ideology from a young age.
warned that radicalisation of children should be taken seriously "because
it can create a new generation of Salafists who are ideologically much more
deeply rooted" than those radicalised at an older age.
feels that this way "the world is divided into those who are on the right
path and all the others who are on the wrong path" and meaning the
children are left in isolation.
of Salafism in North Rhine-Westphalia can get help in the prevention program
against violent Salafism called "Guideposts" ("Wegweiser"),
where "about 75%" are "minors," according to Frier.
King Fahd Complex puts a modern spin on the ancient traditions of Islamic texts
King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an was established in 1985
by Saudi Arabia to produce and distribute Islamic print and audio publications,
as part of the leading role played by the Kingdom in serving Islam and the
needs of Muslims worldwide.
the name suggests, the plant prints the Qur’an. It also records recitations in
a variety of styles popular across the Islamic world, offers translations and
interpretations, presents the sciences of the Qur’an, publishes the Prophet’s
sunnah and biography, along with Islamic research, and delivers its work
through global networks.
priorities include maintaining the highest levels of quality and precision,
translating the Qur’an into a wide range of languages, and distributing
publications in print and online to Muslims around the world. It adopts a
unique surveillance and supervision method unlike any used by other printers
around the world to ensure accuracy in the Qur’an’s text.
complex can print up to 13 million publications each year, and to date has
produced more than 327 million copies of Islamic works.
250,000-square-meter facility includes a mosque, administrative and maintenance
buildings, a printing press, warehouses, transport facilities, housing and
entertainment facilities, a clinic, a library, restaurants and other services.
copies of its publications are handed out during Hajj each year as gifts from
King Salman to pilgrims. It also distributes more than 1.8 million copies a
year at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Seaport, Prince
Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, and other travel
complex and its work are a reflection of the importance Saudi Arabia places on
preserving, printing and distributing the Qur’an to Muslims around the globe,
while also keeping up with the latest technological developments. To this end,
a special committee was formed in 2007 to review and oversee the production of
e-books, including digital and audio versions of the Qur’an.
committee is authorized to grant digital certificates, prevent the publication
or distribution of flawed texts, and provide appropriate electronic
alternatives. It considers the latest technological advances and developments,
and works with other groups and bodies to decide the resultant
responsibilities, develop required procedures and implement projects.
complex also operates a dedicated digital research center for the Holy Qur’an
and its sciences, which reviews projects, work, locations, programs and digital
applications relating to the Qur’an, whether produced in-house or by third
center has provided revisions for educational apps produced by third-party
organizations for touchscreen devices, including a Qur’an teaching app produced
by the Family Center for Trading and Marketing in Riyadh; a transliterated
Qur’an on Apple’s App Store; the Ayat application by the Deanship of
e-Transaction and Communication at King Saud University; the Innovation of
Qur’anic Science; the references to Qur’anic surahs in the Holy Qur’an; and the
e-Qur’an website, which included a few errors in Qur’anic verses.
King Fahd Complex is overseen by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and
Guidance, through a supreme council that is responsible for developing plans,
objectives and application policies, studying proposals by the complex’s
general secretariat, and adopting procedures for producing Qur’an publications
and translating them.
complex welcomes more than half a million visitors from around the world each
Muslim conference reaches out to counter extremism
Five hundred Muslim scholars from 67 countries took part in the Muslim World
League conference entitled “The Concept of Mercy and Consideration in Islam” on
Wednesday at the MWL building in Mina.
Al-Harbi, the league’s spokesman, said that the objective behind the conference
is to raise the awareness levels of the Ummah and start implementing the
solutions to the problems it faces within a scientific, conscious and
added that the conference discusses two important themes: “Mercy and
consideration: Meanings and milestones” as well as “Mercy and Consideration:
Evidence and impact.”
pointed out that the theme of the conference highlights the concepts of mercy
and consideration in Islam; which are unquestionably an integral part of the
religion, practiced by the Ummah, visible in its intellect and behavior as a
clear reflection of the message of Islam, which came as mercy and benevolence
for the worlds.
stressed that compassion, kindness and affection are prominent characteristics
in Islam and are present in its rulings, ethics, customs and traditions of
those who adhere to it. These characteristics are practiced with ease and
spontaneity and without any burden, which serves as a proof that they are very
much a part of the Islamic civilization the culture of Muslims and this cannot
be missed by a keen unbiased observer.
conclusion, Al-Harbi said that the MWL extends its thanks to King Salman and
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their keenness to provide the best
services to the guests’ of the Two Holy Mosques.
of the Islamic and Cultural Center in Porto, Portugal, Abdul Rehman Manga, told
Arab News that MWL is doing very important work in combatting extremism.
cannot be associated with Islam and Muslim. Islam means peace, and peace is a
name of Allah. The league is doing a great job in introducing Islam to those
who know nothing about it,” said Manga.
added that this year’s theme demonstrated how Muslims should be merciful to all
from around the globe have responded to the call of Allah to perform Hajj to
the holy sites and they are behaving in mercy toward each other, as Allah, the
most Merciful, has demanded them to act,” he said.
El-Noubi, Professor of comparative literature at Kyushu University, in Fukuoka,
Japan, said that all Islamic organizations worldwide work under the
nongovernmental MWL umbrella.
came from Islamic and non-Islamic countries not only to perform Hajj but also
to sit together in order to exchange views and experiences. With its lectures,
the MWL adds a lot to our knowledge,” El-Noubi added.
are here equal in the Hajj; no difference between the poor and the rich, nor is
there a variation between an old person and a young one. Moreover, the Hajj
event is not only for performing Hajj, but is rather a give-and-take occasion
or trade-in, but also to exchange ideas about the moderation of Islam,” he
urges its followers to show mercy to plants, animals and even the materials
that we use. It is enough to say that Allah is the most Merciful, the most
Gracious,” El-Noubi said.
Shishah, a Portuguese language instructor at Lisbon University, Portugal, said
that the conference plays a major role in fighting extremism and in countering
media lies about Islam.
MWL is doing its best to show the true bright image of Islam. It has been
clarifying and explaining to the whole world that Islam is not what (it) is
being introduced (as being) in the western media channels,” he added.
of the Mauritanian Sahara Media Group, Abdullah Mohammadi told Arab News that
the MWL has succeeded in gathering big names from the Muslim world.
elite group of scholars can help come up with ideas to reduce calamities in the
Islamic nations. The MWL has succeeded in choosing the right topic for this
conference to discuss,” he said.
said that Muslims urgently need to embrace moderation, which is what the true
teachings of Islam are based on.
deviant ideologies have spread a sort of terrorism that is treating Muslims and
non-Muslims alike. The MWL is playing a major role in fighting these divergent
ideologies and spreading moderation. We should all support the League in
spreading the moderate message of Islam,” he said.
a scorching August afternoon, an angry crowd besieged a mini-truck loaded with
meat of two slaughtered cows amidst the ruins of what was the last Islamic
State (IS) bastion in Mosul.
a desperate scramble, they grabbed beef from a man standing in the open back of
the truck and, after it pulled away, some stayed on to descend on the next one
of an annual ritual of Eid al-Adha celebrations, the deliveries did little to
satisfy people living in the rubble of Mosul's Old City more than a year after
IS was ousted in a final battle reduced many inhabitants to homeless beggars.
are many residents who need aid in getting food and rebuilding their
houses," 24-year-old Ali Sharif said on Thursday after taking a plastic
bag with meat from one of the cars. "Everyone here was affected by
Iraqi forces celebrated victory over IS, life for the Sunni Muslim inhabitants
of ancient west Mosul, some of whom welcomed IS's arrival in 2014, has hardly
improved. That has left them no happier with the Shi'ite-led government in
Baghdad they long accused of treating them like second-class citizens.
will give this to the poor people here to help them and we ask God to bless us.
Our government doesn't do anything (to help them)," Ali Aga, a local
logistics specialist, said as he headed into a labyrinth of alleyways in Mosul's
ancient Old City to knock on doors and hand over packets of fresh beef.
of the Old City's narrow streets remain inundated by wreckage left by the air
strikes of U.S.-led coalition forces that helped Iraqi government forces drive
out IS after nine months of devastating urban warfare.
remains of some walls look like they are about to collapse. Decayed body parts
can still be seen, and smelled, amidst the debris where the most severe
fighting raged west of the River Tigris that bisects Iraq's second city.
help towns laid to waste in fighting that broke IS's grip on a third of Iraq,
Baghdad set up the Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terroristic
reconstruction plan for Mosul and the whole of surrounding Nineveh governorate
targeted 78 projects for 2017-2018 worth 75.5 billion Iraqi dinars ($63.69
million), supplemented by a 135-million-euro ($154.4 million) loan from
Germany, according to ReFAATO figures published on Aug. 20.
experts say rebuilding Mosul alone - which had a pre-war population of 2
million and now has 646,000 homeless - is expected to cost billions of dollars.
budgets compared to size of damage" pose a major challenge, ReFAATO said
in a statement this month.
OUT NEAR THE DEAD
early August, Hazem Mohammed, 52, and his family returned to a heap of debris
that used to be his home next to a heavily damaged former football field, a few
minutes' walk from deserted ruins still reeking of unrecovered human remains.
settled down in a tent pitched outside his old house, affording his family a
little shade in the 43 Celsius summer heat. On Thursday, his wife boiled water
on an open fire outside the tent with small children playing inside.
decided to live with my family in this tent to encourage the Iraqi government
and humanitarian organizations to rebuild my house and other destroyed houses
in the Old City," he said.
are a poor family. We don't have money to live in dignity. We suffer from lack
of food and we don't have enough furniture because it is under the ruins of our
passing car stopped at the tent and the driver, who gave his name as Mohammed
Saleh, handed out a bag of Eid meat.
afraid that the government's failure to rebuild infrastructure could bring a
return of extremism," Saleh said.
municipal officials and Western donors are concerned that the slowness of
reconstruction might rekindle Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian grievances that Islamic
a walk through an upscale district of eastern Mosul, which escaped the worst
fighting and where life has largely returned to bustling normality, can be
Mohammad al-Julani Starts Al-Nusra-ISIL Coalition Against Syrian Army
has briefed the ISIL commanders on the region's geography in line with the
imminent battle there," local sources in Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib
said, pointing to the relocation of the ISIL terrorist commanders from Idlib to
the borders with Turkey in Northern and Western Idlib.
sources said that al-Julani's convoy accompanied by the ISIL terrorist
commanders has moved towards terrorist-held areas between Jisr al-Shughour and
meantime, said that al-Julani in his meeting with a number of Turkistani
terrorist commanders in Jisr al-Shughour has stressed the need for merging with
has divided the terrorist-held areas in Idlib into three distinct regions
administered by Turkistani, Tahrir al-Sham Hayat and the ISIL terrorist groups.
Syrian army has also dispatched fresh troops and military hardware to Jisr
a relevant development in mid-August, Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at transferred a large
number of ISIL terrorists to a region near border with Turkey to take part in
the battle against the Syrian Army in Idlib.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted local sources as saying that Tahrir
al-Sham paved the ground for the dispatch of a large number of ISIL terrorists
to the towns of Atmah, al-Dana, Harem, Salqin and Darkoush and other villages
and farms in Jisr al-Shughour region in the last few days.
further said that Tahrir a-sham plans to use ISIL terrorists, deployed in the
towns and villages in Western Idlib, in the incoming battles with Syrian army
in Jisr al-Shughour and Northern Lattakia.
Syrian government troops seized different types of state-of-the-art scanning
and imaging devices which were made in Israel," field sources reported.
comes as repots on supports by the US and Israel as well as other western
countries for terrorists are revealed every day.
early July, the Syrian army captured a vast area in Dara'a province, and
discovered several tons of weapons and ammunition, including western and US
arms from terrorists.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Syrian Army General Nazar
Ismail as saying on Thursday that hundreds of weapons and several tons of
ammunition have been left by the terrorists who were forced to flee Dara'a
during the army operations.
added that the militants have likely smuggled the weapons via the border with
said that 3 T62 tanks, 100 tanks from other types, a large number of military
vehicles, different military equipment, 2 air defense systems, 40 anti-tank
missiles, a large number of machine-guns and light weapons, over 1,000 land
mines and 1,300 boxes of ammunition were seized in the town of Azra'a.
added that samples of French and Canadian arms, a large amount of US-made
foodstuff and first aid and Australian, German and Italian mine-finders were
among the weapons.
a relevant development also in early July, a large number of Israeli and
American missiles were handed over to the Syrian army troops by the militant
groups under a reconciliation agreement in the Southern province of Dara'a.
militant groups that laid down arms and joined a peace plan in Southern Dara'a
surrendered their US-made anti-tank missiles to the Syrian soldiers.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen News Channel quoted a field
commander as reporting that several Israel-made missiles were also among the
arms and ammunition that the militants handed over to the Syrian army in
army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Um Marzakh and Tal Qanem and
managed to advance towards Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida in
the meantime, other units of the army also engaged in clashes with the
terrorists in Qabr Sheikh Hossein flanks and seized control of more regions.
the army's artillery units and aircraft pounded ISIL's positions and movements
in Toloul al-Safa region, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
field source said that the army has pinned down ISIL behind its positions in
Toloul al-Safa, and is tightening noose on the terrorists.
a relevant development last Friday, the army men advanced against terrorists in
Tal Alam and joined hands with their comrades in Qabr Sheikh Hossein in Badiyeh
army men further imposed control over Southwestern Toloul al-Safa after
advancing 12 km towards North.
the meantime, other units of the army clashed with a group of ISIL terrorists
deployed in Qabr Sheikh Hossein and Um Mazrakh and attacked Toloul al-Safar,
killing a sum of ten terrorists and destroying their military equipment.
Islamic Organisation Calls For Greater Tolerance
biggest Islamic organisation called for greater tolerance on Friday as it
criticised a court that jailed a mother of four for blasphemy after complaining
that a mosque in her neighbourhood was too loud.
44-year old ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman, named Meiliana, was found guilty and
sentenced to 18 months in prison by a court in Medan on Sumatra island earlier
members of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), a moderate Islamic organization that boasts
over 40 million members across the country, added their voice to a chorus of
criticism denouncing the verdict.
the volume of the call to prayer is too loud, in my opinion, is not blasphemy,”
said Robikin Emhas, head of the NU’s legal division.
Muslims, such opinions should be received as constructive criticism in a
pluralistic society,” he added.
International has described it as “ludicrous”, and an online petition calling
for the woman’s release had received nearly 100,000 signatures by Friday.
has the world’s largest population of Muslims, and sizable Buddhist, Christian
and other religious minorities, but the propagation of conservative and
hardline interpretations of Islam in recent years has fanned fears that the
secular nation is becoming less tolerant.
2017, Jakarta’s ex-governor, an ethnic Chinese Christian, was tried and jailed
for blasphemy after several Muslim groups accused him of insulting Islam when
he said his political rivals were using the Koran to deceive voters.
asked if President Joko Widodo would intervene on Meiliana’s behalf, his
spokesman Johan Budi said the president does not get involved in judicial
lawyers will appeal against the jail sentence.
maintain that she had made remarks in a private conversation in 2016 on the
volume of mosque loudspeakers.
remarks were twisted to appear like she was objecting to the call to prayer
itself and repeated in the community and on social media, her legal team said
in a Facebook post.
are hundreds of thousands of mosques across the vast Indonesian archipelago and
most use loudspeakers to play the ‘azan’ or call to prayer, which lasts a few
countries want to emulate Malaysia's haj management
Several countries, impressed with Malaysia's management of the haj and its
pilgrims, have expressed an interest to learn from Tabung Haji (TH).
was conveyed to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of
religious affairs, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, during a dinner with ambassadors
and ministers of haj and religious affairs of various Muslim countries here
dinner was hosted by Saudi Arabia's King Salman Abdulaziz al-Saud.
said Malaysia's organisation of the haj could be a role model for other Muslim
added that Algeria, among others, wanted to learn from TH as it was interested
in its innovative haj management model.
wants to emulate TH's smooth and efficient haj operations and Islamic financial
services," he told Malaysian media here before departing for Kuala Lumpur.
said that Palestine also expressed interest in learning from Malaysia.
added that TH would help those interested in adopting its model of haj
good record of TH has led to Malaysian pilgrims enjoying more privileges this
Saudi Arabian government made the fast-track immigration process possible this
year under its 'Mecca Road' initiative.
arrival process in both Madinah and Jeddah, for pilgrims going straight to
Makkah, have been
faster thanks to a new pre-clearance system.
Madinah, it took just about 45 minutes from disembarkation to pilgrims boarding
buses to their hotel, compared to the previous three to six hours.
Jeddah, it took only one hour compared to the four to 14 hours previously.
haj pilgrims also enjoyed a more comfortable and less dusty living space with
ceramic tile flooring inside their tents in Mina this year, as well as new
double storey toilets in Arafah and Muzdalifah.
militant, two others in IS beheading video blacklisted by US
Aug 25 — Three Southeast Asians who appeared in a 2016 Islamic State video
showing the beheading of a captive were added to the US Treasury’s sanctions
Treasury said Malaysian Mohamad Rafi Udin, Indonesian Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz
and Filipino Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram all took part in the June 2016 video
made in Syria in which Islamic State members execute a prisoner.
Mandelker, Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence,
said the video was “part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join
militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia.”
52, is a well-known Malaysian militant, having been detained in 2003-2006 for
his association with the radical Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
of last November, he was believed to be the seniormost Malaysian in the Islamic
State in Syria, the Treasury said.
49, was imprisoned in the Philippines for nine years on explosives and weapons
charges. After being released he travelled to Syria in 2014 and joined Islamic
LUMPUR, Aug 24 — A group of 20 Indian trans women urged the government today to
change their gender status on their identity cards (ICs), claiming it was
within their religious rights as Hindus.
the Hindu temples can acknowledge and permit marriages between a trans woman
and a cisgender male — where both individuals are considered heterosexual — why
can’t the government acknowledge this and let us change the gender marker in
to the Federal Constitution, we can propagate our religious rights. If our
religion doesn’t restrict us from being who we truly are, why should the
government?” transgender advocate Sharan Manthira Naidu said at a press
who was introduced to inter-faith discourse by her family as a child, said that
Hinduism has had a long history involving transgender people.
said her studies found that a Hindu devotee identifying as female from a young
age may seek to proceed with sex reassignment surgery upon performing a special
you received signs from the deity after the pooja, you can proceed with the
surgery. Then you will start your confinement period of 45 days, where
subsequently, you will be recognised as a female,” she said at a press
conference at Pertubuhan Kesihatan dan Kebajikan Malaysia (PKKUM) here today.
reassignment surgery is a surgical procedure to transition and reshape male or
female genitalia to the desired gender of the individual.
said it is important for the government to allow gender change on ICs to avoid
is difficult having a female appearance, and for some of us, even female
genitalia, but we are still identified as male in our legal documents.
are constantly exposed to public humiliation and potential sexual harassment.
We have been manhandled at immigration checkpoints and even placed in male
wards at public hospitals where we do not belong... all because our ICs say
‘male’,” she said.
added this would also cause difficulties for many married Indian transwomen
when they want to register their adopted children in school.
only the transwoman would become the subject of bullying, but so will the
child. The child’s peers would probably tease him or her about the ‘male’
status in the mother’s IC,” she said.
transwoman, who only wants to be known as Bhavani, said she was constantly
mocked by some members of society who assume that she is a man merely playing
being so unhappy with your own body... knowing that it’s the wrong body and
then being ridiculed for embracing the real you. It is humiliating and saddening,”
who referred to herself as Kirthi, said she was also rejected by many landlords
when she was looking for a place to open a business due to the identity
I was in Singapore, I lived a happy life as a transwoman and I didn’t have to
worry about my safety and security.
job opportunities are already scarce and when I tried to create my own source
of income, only god knows the trouble I had to go through with the tenancy
agreement,” she said.
also spoke at length about the importance of educating the public on different
terms, such as gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual behaviour, which
are often misinterpreted.
government should take it upon itself to educate the public on the actual definition
of these terms, instead of lumping us all in one group — LGBT. Teach the public
so that they will not stay ignorant.
gay and bisexual, for instance, is sexual orientation, while transgender is
sexual identity. One is not the same as the other.
Americans, who coined the term LGBTQIPA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer, intersex, pansexual and asexual), were actually referring to a group of
individuals who constantly face similar discrimination and violence,” she said.
founder Elisha Kor Krishnan questioned the lack of positive stories involving
trans people in Malaysian media.
said the group has been misrepresented by stories about transvestites that were
mostly sensationalised for being associated with the sex industry.
take Cikgu Erin, for example. If he really was a transwoman and had gender
dysphoria, how would he have the desire to marry a cisgender woman?
kind of representation confuses society and makes them point fingers at us.
People will say if Cikgu Erin can change, why won’t the rest of us change too?”
she said, referring to Mohd Khariri Mohamad Ramli, a former transvestite who
has de-transitioned and is now becoming a Muslim preacher.
illegal Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Bengaluru
The Sarjapur police have arrested 13 Bangladeshi nationals, including four
women, who had allegedly illegally entered India, based on information provided
by officials of the Internal Security Division (ISD). The police have seized 33
empty cartridges from one of them.
police said the ISD officials had passed on information to them about illegal
immigrants from Bangladesh staying in Kommasandra village and doing odd jobs.
Following this, Mohammed Shobikul Islam (20) was detained. He did not produce
any documents and confessed that he, along with other Bangladeshis, had entered
India a few years ago.
also led the officers to a temporary shed at an agricultural land where 12
other Bangaldeshi nationals were living. None of them have valid documents and
they were arrested. One of them is absconding.
Shobikul Islam hailed from Khulna district in Bangaldesh and when his shed was
searched, 33 empty cartridges of a 7.62 mm pistol were found. These were seized
and he is being interrogated,” the police added.
Bangladeshi travel agent held
another operation, the Hebbagodi police arrested Mohammed Morshadulla Alam
(28), who had come to Bengaluru in 2011 on a student visa and was running a
tourism business. Police said Alam, who hailed from Noakhali district in
Bangaldesh, had come to the city to pursue engineering. He did not complete the
course but started ‘Alam Medical Tourism’ in Bommasandra and was living in an
apartment in Chandapura of Anekal taluk. “He had used fake documents to procure
an Indian Passport, Aadhaar card and driving licence,” the police said.
Like Muslim Brotherhood: Rahul Gandhi
DELHI: Addressing the audience at the International Institute of Social Science
(IISS) in London on Friday, Congress president Rahulm Gandhi equated Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the Muslim Brotherhood and accused the BJP of
diluting the autonomy of country's institutions.
idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world," said
Gandhi, while addressing a gathering in London's IISS.
is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven't tried to capture
India's institutions. RSS's ide… https://t.co/1m8OEFXvvw
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the uninitiated, the Muslim Brotherhood, also referred to as MB, is an
Egypt-based Islamist Organization, which believes in implementing Islamic law
and is banned by the governments of several countries, such as Bahrain, Egypt,
Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
also alleged that the right-wing organization has tried to overrule key
structures of India. "The idea of demonetization came directly from RSS,
bypassed the Finance Minister & RBI, and was planted in Prime Minister's
head," said Gandhi.
idea of demonetisation came directly from RSS, bypassed the Finance Minister
& RBI, and was planted in Prime Mi… https://t.co/Z5035Ceuo1
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Congress president is on a four-day visit to the United Kingdom and European
Union, and was addressing an event organized by the Indian Overseas Congress, a
frontal organization of Congress party, to strengthen its outreach among the Indian
was the Congress leader's first major foreign policy address, since he took
over the reins of the Congress as president.
sect of Sunni Muslims torch minority Ahmadi's place of worship in Pakistan
A spokesman for Pakistan's minority Ahmadi sect says a mob of Sunni Muslims
have torched the group's place of worship.
assault in a village near the eastern city of Faisalabad in Punjab province is
the latest sectarian attack on the Ahmadis in Pakistan.
says six people from the Ahmadi sect were injured in the attack.
say the situation is under control today and that police are investigating.
make a tiny minority of Muslim-majority Pakistan and are often targeted by
Sunni militants who consider them heretics.
Ahmadi sect was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in the Indian subcontinent in the
followers believe he was a prophet.
declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974.
Discretionary funds for politicians have been abolished and ministers will no
longer be allowed to travel first class, after Pakistan’s federal cabinet
adopted a range of austerity measures during its meeting on August 24. The
decisions were in keeping with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s pledge to cut
government expenditure and improve the efficiency of state institutions,
according to the government.
of the biggest decisions was to abolish the discretionary funds previously
available to presidents, premiers and members of parliament. Information
Minister Fawad Chaudhry described it as “a historic decision.” He added that
the former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government spent PKR 51 billion
in discretionary funds during the past year.
had announced his intention to ban the funds, which he considers to be among
the biggest sources of corruption, during one of his initial speeches after
winning last month’s general elections. He also promised to strengthen the
third tier of government, emphasizing the importance of local governments to
improve the overall system of governance in the country.
also revealed that the prime minister will no longer use a special plane for
foreign trips, and that Khan, cabinet members and other state officials will
travel in business class, not first class.
also promised to investigate the mass transit systems in Islamabad, Lahore and
Multan. PML-N frequently highlighted these projects as evidence that it was
working for the benefit of ordinary citizens. While the party’s leadership
maintained that the projects were being carried out in a fair and open manner,
Chaudhry said the new government will investigate and evaluate this claim.
dismissed the idea that the new administration might shut down the public
transportation services, but added that the operational costs of the buses and
trains are too high and they are losing a lot of money. If any financial
irregularities are discovered, he added, the Federal Investigation Agency will
look into them.
the overall efficiency of government departments, Chaudhry said that there had
been some debate among cabinet members about whether public servants should get
Saturday as one of their weekly days off. After much deliberation, they decided
that these state employees should work from 9am to 5pm. Chaudhry also noted
that many public servants shorten their working day after leaving their offices
for Friday prayers, but this would not be tolerated from now on.
other decisions, the federal cabinet also decided to launch a massive urban
tree-planting project in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, emphasizing the
importance of environmental projects in a country where many people die each
year due to heatwaves. Ministers also decided to set up a task force to
formulate a strategy for a major nationwide clean-up drive.
The Aug 19 speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he spoke, among other
issues, about the delay in the adjudicatory process has again highlighted the
perception that the judicial system in the country is not delivering.
seized with a staggering backlog of over 1.8 million cases in different tiers
of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, high courts and district courts,
the state of affairs is not something to be appreciated.
his speech, the prime minister had showed his intention of meeting Chief
Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar for bringing reforms in the judicial
system so that cases could not take so long and at least long pending cases of
widows could take final shape within a year.
speech has also triggered a debate among members of the legal fraternity.
to justice in our society is largely perceived to be slow and expensive,”
commented Advocate Raheel Kamran Sheikh, a senior member of the Pakistan Bar
it consumed generations and even rich and powerful litigants might not
necessarily have access to justice without obstructions, he deplored, adding
that presently at the levels of the bench and the bar, there was no
accountability for being insufficient.
Sheikh said reforms in the judicial administration and expeditious dispensation
of justice required a certain amount of will and relentless efforts for a
considerable length of time even if the requisite will and wisdom were there.
was perhaps for these reasons that no chief justice of Pakistan, in the recent
past, had devoted himself completely to such reforms; rather they had focused
more on judicial activism and instant justice in important matters of high
media value, he added.
wonders if recourse to judicial activism, among others, is a strategy employed
to distract the people from calling in question the administration of justice
and inefficiency of the judicial process?” he asked.
so, it had worked well so far, but won’t work for long, he said, adding that
the bench and the bar would have to take responsibility, adequately address and
fix failures of the system and ensure expeditious and efficient justice before
it was too late. “What the prime minister had said in his speech is a gospel
truth, but some people turn blind and some find courage to point it out,”
commented a senior judicial officer.
concern about the delay in the adjudicatory process has never been contested
and even the chief justice himself had acknowledged on a number of court
proceedings that being the head of the judicial organ, he had failed to put his
house in order.
realisation that the image of the judiciary among the masses is not something
to be celebrated was also accepted by the chief justice when, during a meeting
of the administrative tribunals and special courts in the Supreme Court
building, he regretted that with a total budget of Rs4.3 billion and a total of
330 special courts and administrative tribunals, including the accountability
and banking courts, the pendency of cases is still at 159,243.
an average disposal of cases by these tribunals or special courts varies from
four to seven a month, the chief justice had regretted. He highlighted that the
average salary of the presiding officers of these tribunals or special courts
was Rs1.18 million if they were retired high court judges or Rs330,000 to
Rs420,000 if they were sessions court judges.
the Supreme Court is also seized with a petition seeking fresh rules for lower
courts for deciding suits, petitions and appeals within a stipulated time
The members of Christian community exchanged Eid greetings and pleasantries
with Muslims on the annual Muslim festival of a three-day Eidul-Azha, and also
shared messages of peace and solidarity for the country.
Diocese of Hyderabad Church of Pakistan Christian leader Bishop Kaleem John
felicitated Pakistanis and the whole Islamic nation.
the occasion of this Eid, we should share feelings, difficulties and sorrows of
each other. We should shun intolerance and hatred, and support eradication of
terrorism, extremism and discrimination in the society, and work as a whole for
the development and prosperity of Pakistan,” he said in his message.
urged the new government to formulate and implement 100-day reforms of Prime
Minister Imran Khan for a ‘real’ change in the country.
During a joint operation of police and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in
Bhakkar at least two terrorists were arrested on Saturday.
to reports, the operation was conducted in Jhagar graveyard located at Behal
Road of the city.
hand grenade and suicide jacket have also been recovered from the terrorists,
security forces reported.
terrorists are identified as Shehzad and Anas and a case has been registered
against them in CTD police station Faisalabad.
terrorists were allegedly involved in a planning of a destructive activity,
however, the security forces arrested them and moved to some unknown place.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) nominee for president’s post Dr. Arif Alvi on
Friday met Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leaders at Rizvia House for their
support in the upcoming presidential election.
MNA Abdul Shakoor Shad and Jamal Siddiqui were also present in the meeting.
the other hand, TLP leaders said that their main mission is to safeguard
have also advised the federal government to review their relations with the
Netherlands over the issue of blasphemous content.
However, PTI’s Dr. Arif Alvi said that blasphemous
content is an act of war with the Muslim world.
team, approved a year ago, starts work on ISIS crimes in Iraq
UN investigative team that will collect and preserve evidence of acts by ISIS
in Iraq that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide started
work this week, nearly a year after the Security Council created it.
last September’s annual UN gathering of world leaders, the council unanimously
adopted a British-drafted resolution - after a year of talks with Iraq - asking
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to create the team “to support domestic
efforts” to hold the militants accountable.
experts had warned in June 2016 that ISIS was committing genocide against the
Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the minority religious community through
killings, sexual slavery and other crimes.
notified the 15-member Security Council in a letter that the UN team, led by
British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, would start work on Aug. 20.
announced in May that he had appointed Khan after the Security Council approved
the scope and limitations for the team in February. He said in the letter,
released on Thursday, that Khan visited Iraq earlier this month.
of evidence collected by the team in other venues, such as international
courts, would “be determined in agreement with the Government of Iraq on a
case-by-case basis.” Evidence is for primary use by Iraqi authorities, followed
by “competent national-level courts,” according to the 2017 UN resolution.
human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who was
enslaved and raped by ISIS fighters in Mosul, have long pushed Iraq to allow UN
investigators to help.
which until last year controlled large areas in Syria and Iraq, has since been
driven into the desert by successive defeats in offensives by international
allies in both countries. The UN investigative team’s mission does not include
faces a growing threat from children raised in Salafist families, according to
the country’s domestic intelligence service.
recent report issued by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution
(BfV), warned that these children are “educated from birth with an extremist
world view that legitimizes violence against others and degrades those who
aren’t part of their group.”
radicalization of youngsters is happening faster and earlier, according to
Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s BfV.
Jansen, a journalist with Berlin’s centrist paper Der Tagesspiegel, and an
expert on extremism in Germany, notes that most of the Salafist minors in the
BfV report are younger than eight-years-old. According to Jansen, the report
calls these children ticking time bombs.
education is especially fanatic when militant parents propagate holy war,”
is an Islamist ideology that advocates the replacement of democratic government
and law with a theocratic state based on Sharia. Since it first appeared in
Germany in 2004, the number of Salafists has nearly tripled to 10,800, with
nearly a quarter of them under the age of 26. It is the fastest growing
Islamist trend in Germany.
not all Salafists advocate violence, the report stresses, the affirmation of
violence is an inherent part of Salafist ideology.
Salafists are German converts to Islam. Others come from Turkish Muslim
families who have lived in Germany since the late 1960’s. The report does not
take into account the 1.5 million Muslim refugees who came to Germany from
Syria and Afghanistan in 2015-16, according to a BfV spokesman.
has special allure for marginalized Muslim adults and youth.
like an ersatz family for some youths,” said Claudia Dantschke, an expert on
Islam and head of the Office for Islamism and Ultra-Nationalism, a Berlin-based
NGO. “It’s where they find recognition and security.”
also appeals to those who feel they are victims of bias in German society. The
movement asserts that devotion to Islam enables Muslims to have an
identification beyond the nation where they live.
recruiters are effective because, unlike the imams at most German mosques who
preach in Arabic or Turkish, they preach in German, often using teenage slang.
The indoctrination and radicalization are also effective because recruitment
often takes place in small circles and online, according to the report.
growing infiltration of the Berlin public schools also corresponds with an
increase in anti-Semitism in the classrooms, according to an August 2017 study
by the American Jewish Committee Office in Berlin.
is an essential element in the ideology of the entire Islamist spectrum,
according to the BfV report. This propaganda uses age-old stereotypes and
prejudices, prevalent from medieval times through the Nazi era.
members of the German parliament have reacted to the Salafist threat with a
call for police monitoring of Muslim children under age 14, the lowest age
currently permitted in most German states. Civil rights organizations, however,
have voiced strong objections to such surveillance. Humanist Union, a civil
rights group, says it is unreasonable to consider children a threat because
their ideas and opinions are not fully developed and are subject to change.
is not about criminalizing people under the age of 14,” counters Patrick
Sensburg, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union,
“But about warding off significant threats to our country.”
Nordbruch, co-head of Ufuq, a German-based organization that deals with primary
prevention in the realm of religious extremism, objects to the amount of
attention that is being focused on Salafist youngsters.
noted that the 24,000 rightwing, neo-Nazi extremists in Germany are more
numerous than the Salafists and sworn to a more visible violence. No one would
consider investigating their children, he said, pointing out that the debate
stigmatizes Muslim youngsters and makes them afraid to talk about the things
that are relevant to them.
acknowledging that the relatively small number of Salafists may be reaching as
many as 300,000 people through social media, Nordbruch is working to train
teachers to engage constructively with vulnerable children.
summer, tens of thousands of people flood the small central Moroccan town of
Moulay Driss Zerhoun to honour a Sufi saint buried here 12 centuries ago, in
what is known as the "pilgrimage of the poor."
town, nestled between two hills covered in olive groves, is where Idriss I, a
descendant of the Prophet Muhammed who founded Morocco's first Islamic dynasty,
was laid to rest in the late eighth century.
the main square, pilgrims grouped in "brotherhoods" from a host of
countries walk in a procession to mark the start of the "moussem"
(season), an annual homage that lasts for over a month.
many Moroccans it is an alternative to the major Muslim hajj pilgrimage to holy
sites in Saudi Arabia.
who can't afford to travel to Mecca come here to pray at the grave," says
Fatmi Chbihi, who belongs to a town committee made up of descendants of Idriss
faithful walk towards the green-tiled sanctuary, reciting Quranic verses with
their hand on their heart.
advertising the event are plastered across the town, while whitewashed
buildings house modest shops selling candles as offerings to the saint.
from Sale, a town near Rabat and about three hours away by car, a pilgrim
wearing a red fez who gave his name only as Zakaria said he has been coming for
wouldn't miss it for the world," Zakaria, who is in his 40s, told AFP,
adding that the pilgrimage gives him a "sense of spiritual renewal".
a mystical strand of Islam with hundreds of millions of followers, breaks with
Salafism, Wahhabism and other austere interpretations of Sunni Islam that view
the reverence of saints as heresy.
advocates inner transformation, encouraging self-knowledge as a path to the
understanding of others and God.
is especially popular in Morocco, which sees itself as protecting an
"Islam of the middle ground".
Islam practiced in Morocco is... open and free of all fundamentalism,"
said Chbihi, dressed in an immaculate white robe.
brothers play a significant role in promoting this moderate Islam," he
picture of King Mohammed VI hangs at the entrance in front of a white arch of
monarch, the "commander of the believers," paid pilgrimage here after
he was enthroned, as did his father Hassan II.
sign reminds people that the site is forbidden to non-Muslims, like all of
Morocco's mosques and religious sanctuaries.
pass beneath a wooden beam that serves as a barrier and crowd in front of the
marble commemorative plaque details the history of the mausoleum as far back as
the 18th century.
inscriptions adorn the ceramic walls, while a giant copper chandelier hangs
over the tomb.
kiss or place a hand on the gilded silk fabric covering the tomb when they seek
the saint's blessing.
night falls, the brotherhoods of pilgrims meet in private homes, taking part in
ceremonies full of mystical songs and divine pleas.
the town's population of 12,000, the annual wave of pilgrims "reinvigorates
the local economy," says guesthouse owner Zakia El Hanaoui.
Hajj 2018 comes to an end, this year has revealed further improvements by the
Saudi authorities to support the wellbeing and experience of the pilgrims,
according to a statement released by the British Hajj Delegation (BHD).
2030 Vision for the Kingdom is gradually coming to life as the Saudi local
authorities enhance and develop new facilities to udate the welfare of pilgrims
from around the world,” said the statement.
Hajj Delegation, the original and largest British Hajj organization that has
provided on the ground medical care with NHS doctors in Mecca and Mina during
Hajj, has commended the way Saudi
Authorities have ensured the health and wellbeing of pilgrims.
Shamsuz Zaman, a General Practitioner and BHD officer in Mecca this year, said
“that following a sandstorm last Sunday the local authorities reacted
efficiently and effectively to avoid injuries to pilgrims but also to ensure
their experience was not affected”.
Mohammed Jiva MBE, a GP and CEO of BHD, highlighted that the delegation is
opening a new unit to explore and address Hajj fraud within the UK as well as a
new research unit.
United States said Friday that it had canceled more than $200 million in aid
for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, leading their ambassador
to accuse President Donald Trump's administration of being
senior State Department official said the decision, made "at the direction
of the president," came after a review of aid programs to the Palestinian
funding previously allocated for programs in the West Bank and Gaza will
"now address high-priority projects elsewhere," said the official.
move "takes into account the challenges the international community faces
in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas control endangers the lives of
Gaza's citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic
situation," he said.
January, the United States had already made drastic cuts to its contribution to
the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA.
between the US administration and the Palestinian Authority took a nosedive
after Trump announced the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
Palestinians have suspended contacts with the administration and consider that
it can no longer play a mediation role in the Middle East peace process.
administration is dismantling decades of US vision and engagement in
Palestine," Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian General Delegation to
the United States said in a statement.
Jerusalem and UNRWA, this is another confirmation of abandoning the two-state
solution and fully embracing (Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin) Netanyahu's
decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a humanitarian crisis in Gaza,
which has seen a surge of violence since Palestinian protests began in March.
least 171 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations
near the border with Israel.
US administration is pressing on with work on a peace plan that has been under
discussion for months, leaving a vacuum in the Middle East in the meantime.
humanitarian and developmental aid as political blackmail does not work,"
a recommitment from this administration to the long-held US policy of achieving
peace through the two-state solution on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem,
the capital of the state of Palestine, and respecting international resolutions
and law will provide a way forward."
Senator Patrick Leahy accused the White House of engaging in a "series of
provocative and harmful acts" instead of coming up with a coherent policy
to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to draft
the peace proposals, saying earlier this week that there would be something
"very good" for the Palestinians.
Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited Iran, Russia and Turkey to
talks due to be held in Geneva next month on forming Syria's Constitutional
Committee, a UN spokeswoman says.
Envoy de Mistura continues his consultation on the establishment of a
Syrian-led, Syrian-owned and UN facilitated Constitutional Committee within the
framework of the Geneva process and in accordance with Security Council
Resolution 22-54 2015," Alessandra Vellucci said at a news conference on
this context, Special Envoy de Mistura has invited Iran, the Russian Federation
and Turkey for formal consultations at the United Nations office at Geneva on
11 and 12th September 2018 to work on the Constitutional Committee," she
talks on forming a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria will be made
up of representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.
negotiations are expected to be followed by parallel UN talks involving United
States; however, no exact date has been fixed yet.
Russia and Turkey, as guarantor states for a peace process in Syria, expressed
their firm determination in late July to counter any plot aimed at partitioning
the Arab country.
Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey
confirmed their strong adherence to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and
territorial integrity of Syria," Russian Special Envoy for Syria Alexander
Lavrentiev said while reading a joint statement at the end of the tenth round
of the two-day International Meeting on Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian
government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are
aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
initiatives with the purpose of putting an end to Syria's seven-year-old
conflict have failed so far.
ninth round of crisis resolution talks between the Syrian government and armed
opposition, mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, came to an end in the Kazakh
capital of Astana in May, building a positive outlook for momentous follow-up
Muslims on Tuesday marked the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca with the
four-day festivities of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's most important religious
did fellow Muslims around the world, many Muslims in the United States started
their celebration with a morning prayer at mosques and Islamic centers.
some Muslims near Washington, D.C., found themselves in a church Tuesday
Peace Islamic Center in Burke, Virginia, could not accommodate the large
numbers of people who wanted to come for prayers. As it did in past years, the
center arranged to hold large gatherings at nearby St. Andrew's Episcopal
Zerwal, a Moroccan-American Muslim, welcomed the idea of the Eid prayer in a
were able actually to pray and accomplish our Eid prayer and our goal of
getting closer to God, even though it is actually in a church. So personally, I
am proud to be part of this message that, if anything, shows tolerance that
exists in this community," Zerwal said.
the Rev. Tim Heflin, the second rector of St. Andrew's, sharing the church
space is a way to open up interfaith dialogue and foster tolerance.
are all people of the book — Jews, Muslims and Christians. And so for me, it is
very easy to welcome people of the book, who worship God into our place,"
al-Adha, the "Feast of Sacrifice," follows the Hajj, or pilgrimage.
It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith.
believe Ibrahim's faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only
son, Ismail. Ibrahim was prepared to submit to the command, but God spared his
son with a sheep to be slaughtered instead. The teachings of both Christianity
and Judaism also honor the prophet's test, although he often is called Abraham
in their holy books.
the holiday, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute part of the meat to the
poor. Eid is a time for prayer, sharing meals, handing out gifts and wishing
one another well.
Wali owns a halal meat company. He provides animals to be slaughtered according
to Islamic teachings.
bought the lambs, goats and cows about a month ago and prepared them for
everybody to slaughter for Eid al-Adha," he said.
are using the occasion of Eid to remember Muslims suffering in conflicts from
Yemen to Syria and Iraq to Nigeria.
relief organizations encourage Muslim Americans to spread the joy of Eid to
Muslims living in such regions.
Southeast Asians in Daesh beheading video blacklisted by US
Three Southeast Asians who appeared in a 2016 Daesh video showing the beheading
of a captive were added to the US Treasury’s sanctions blacklist Friday.
Treasury said Malaysian Mohamad Rafi Udin, Indonesian Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz
and Filipino Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram all took part in the June 2016 video
made in Syria in which Daesh members execute a prisoner.
52, is a well-known Malaysian militant, having been detained in 2003-2006 for
his association with the radical extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
of last November, he was believed to be the seniormost Malaysian in Daesh in
Syria, the Treasury said.
49, was imprisoned in the Philippines for nine years on explosives and weapons
charges. After being released he traveled to Syria in 2014 and joined Daesh.
in New Mexico announced new charges Friday against two adults previously
arrested at a compound linked to “extremist Muslims" regarding the death
of a missing 3-year-old boy.
Ibn Wahhaj, the boy’s father, and Jany Leveille were charged with abuse of a
child resulting in the death of a child and conspiracy to commit abuse of a
child, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a Friday news release.
new allegations come after health officials last week revealed a child’s
remains that had been located at the compound were positively identified by the
Office of the Medical Investigator as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the defendant’s son.
cause of death was not released.
has been a very involved and lengthy process, but it is the only lawful way to
build a solid criminal case,” Hogrefe said. “We now know the child died on
December 24, 2017 and was concealed at the compound, which was suspected early
in the investigation.”
who earlier this month was transferred to the custody of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS), was returned Thursday to the custody of Taos County, “where
she is still being held on Federal immigration charges, as well as state
charges for eleven counts of child abuse,” authorities said.
boy went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia. His mother reportedly told
authorities he went missing after his father took him to a park in Clayton
County and didn't return for several days.
discovered the child's body on Aug. 6, days after a raid at the compound, located
near the Colorado state border. Taos County Sheriff's deputies discovered 11
children, who were taken into the custody of state child-welfare workers.
adults were arrested in total, including Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille.
a court hearing this month, prosecutors said the children were trained to use
firearms and were taught tactical skills in order to kill teachers, law
enforcement and other institutions they deemed corrupt.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan
in a phone call to take “decisive action” against “terrorists” operating in
Pakistan, the State Department said Thursday.
wished Khan success in the wake of his being sworn in as prime minister in
Islamabad Saturday after a victory in national elections on July 25, said State
Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a
productive bilateral relationship,” Nauert said in a statement.
also “raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all
terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan
has pressured Pakistan for years to crack down on the branches of the Taliban
and the notorious Haqqani network operating the country, both of which have
been designated as terror groups by the United States.
with the US cooled in January when President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of
“lies” and “duplicity” in the war on terror, suspending military assistance
worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
has raised concerns that he will remain tolerant of the groups, willing to hold
talks with the militants and having sought support in the election from
United States has canceled over $200 million in funds for the Palestinian
Authority, leading Palestinian officials to denounce the move as “blackmail.”
a statement released on Friday, a senior US State Department official said that
the decision came following a review of US assistance to the Palestinian
Authority ordered by US President Donald Trump.
have undertaken a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in
the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US
national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer," said the
official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.
a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will redirect
more than $200 million in FY2017 Economic Support Funds originally planned for
programs in the West Bank and Gaza, " he added, noting that the funds
would "now address high-priority projects elsewhere."
unnamed State Department official also stressed that the US administration
would "work with Congress to redirect these funds to other policy
a similar move back in January, the US government announced that it would
withhold $65 million of a $125 million aid installment to the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO), condemned the fresh US aid cut, accusing Washington of
using "cheap blackmail as a political tool."
Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb
to coercion," she said. “There is no glory in constantly bullying and
punishing people under occupation.”
Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation, censured the US aid cut,
warning, "Weaponizing humanitarian and developmental aid as political
blackmail does not work."
Jerusalem [al-Quds] and UNRWA, this is another confirmation of abandoning the
two-state solution and fully embracing [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin]
Netanyahu's anti-peace agenda," he said.
US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when US President Trump declared
Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer
the embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
contentious move led Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare
that the Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve
the conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). The move sparked angry reactions by the
Palestinians and drew the criticism of the international community.
chief: US cut aid to punish Palestinians
on Friday, the UNRWA head suggested that the US had slashed the agency's budget
to punish the Palestinians for their criticism of Washington's recognition of
Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s "capital."
can say with a great degree of confidence that the decision was not related to
UNRWA’s performance because in November I had received very constructive and
openly positive feedback on those issues,” Pierre Kraehenbuehl told the
few weeks later, tensions increased around the question of Jerusalem
[al-Quds],” he added. “It appears that the humanitarian funding to UNRWA got
caught up in the deep polarization around that question.”
this month, the American magazine Foreign Policy obtained emails written by
Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, to senior US officials in
which he pressured Jordan to remove the refugee status of millions of
Palestinians in a bid to disrupt UNRWA's work.
however, warned that the Palestinian refugee issue would not go away, saying,
“One cannot simply wish 5 million people away."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed concern over reports of death
sentences for human rights activists in Saudi Arabia, saying his country will
continue to stand up against human rights violations in the kingdom.
have expressed our concern with the sentence handed down by Saudi Arabia, our
concern for defending human rights and our shared values all around the world,”
Trudeau said Thursday.
whose government has been engaged in a diplomatic dispute with Riyadh, said
however that his government would continue to "engage diplomatically"
rights groups say Riyadh is seeking the death penalty for five Saudi human
rights activists, including Israa al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman, for the first
are accused of inciting protests in the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province.
Rights groups say the execution threat is aimed at stifling dissent.
and Saudi Arabia are locked in a diplomatic dispute triggered by Canadian
criticism of the Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
weeks ago, the Canadian embassy in Riyadh sparked a fury in the kingdom by a
tweet that expressed grave concern over a spike in the arrests of human rights
campaigners in the kingdom.
by the tweet, Riyadh expelled Canada’s ambassador and ordered home many
students studying in Canada.
also suspended all flights to and from Canada, halted their trade with the
country, and ordered its patients receiving treatment there to go elsewhere by
the next month.
warns military solution in Syria's Idlib will 'cause catastrophe'
- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Russia on Friday that
seeking a military solution in Syria's last rebel-held province of Idlib would
military solution there will cause catastrophe," Cavusoglu said at a press
conference in Moscow with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, before meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
only for the Idlib region but for the future of Syria, it will cause catastrophe
and the clashes may last a long time," he warned. Speculation is
increasing that there could be a Russian-backed government assault on the
northwestern province, home to Syria's last major rebel stronghold. Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad's regime still holds Idlib's southeastern tip and he
has set his sights on retaking control of the region, which borders Turkey,
calling this one of his priorities. Cavusoglu warned of the risk heavy fighting
would pose to the large civilian population. "Civilians will be harmed.
Where will the 3.5 million civilians go?" he asked, as Turkey has already
taken in more than three million refugees from Syria.
is one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones set up as a result of
talks by Russia, Turkey and Iran last year. Cavusoglu stressed the need to keep
the de-escalation zone in place "to halt any refugee influx".
"It's also important for Turkey because they are on the other side of our
border. They pose a threat to us first," he added. Nonetheless
rebel-backer Turkey considers "it is very important that those radical
groups, terrorists are rendered ineffective," he said. Putin later met
both the Turkish foreign and defence ministers in Moscow.
televised comments the Russian leader said that through the efforts of Russia,
Turkey and other countries, they had "managed to seriously move forward in
settling the Syrian crisis". Yet the situation in Syria remains one of the
"burning questions" for Russia, he admitted. Russia's Lavrov on
Friday called the situation in Idlib "multi-faceted" and called for
separating out "the healthy opposition from terrorist structures".
"When the de-escalation zone was created in Idlib, no one proposed using
it for terrorists to hide behind the civilian population like a human
shield," he said.
as they aren't just lying low there. Raids are constantly coming from there as
well as firing on the positions of the Syrian army".
Turkish foreign minister said Ankara would still rely on talks with Russia and
Iran, known as the Astana peace process, widely seen as an attempt to
circumvent largely fruitless UN talks on Syria.
high-level visit to Russia by Turkish ministers comes as Turkey is feuding with
NATO ally United States over an American pastor held for two years on terror
charges. US President Donald Trump this month announced sanctions against
Turkey that caused the lira to plunge in value. Idlib is a strategically
important province adjacent to Latakia, a regime stronghold on the Mediterranean
coast that is home to Assad's clan.
jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance controls around 60 percent of
Idlib while other Turkey-supported rebel groups hold most of the rest.
say any regime offensive will probably be limited to a small area of Idlib,
with a deal between Russia and Turkey likely to determine the fate of the rest
of the province.
than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war
started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
began a bombing campaign in support of Assad's regime in September 2015 and has
helped him win back large parts of the country.
children killed by coalition strikes in Yemen: UN
Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen have killed at least 26 children, UN
officials said Friday, renewing calls for an independent investigation of
attacks targeting civilians in the three-year war.
least 22 children and four women died in an attack Thursday while fleeing
fighting in the Al-Durayhimi district, south of the rebel-held city of Hodeida,
UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said.
addition to that strike, four other children were killed in a separate air
strike in Al-Durayhimi, also on Thursday.
is the second time in two weeks that an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition
has resulted in dozens of civilian casualties," Lowcock, the
undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said in a statement.
coalition attack on a bus in the northern rebel stronghold of Saada on August 9
killed 40 children, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call for
an independent investigation.
renewed the UN appeal for "an impartial, independent and prompt
investigation" and said "those with influence" over the warring
sides must ensure that civilians are protected.
rebel-run Saba news agency said the air strike on Thursday hit a bus and a
house but the United Arab Emirates, a key partner in the coalition, blamed the
Huthi rebels for the attack.
lies some 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Hodeida, and has seen two weeks of
fighting between the rebels and pro-government forces backed by the UAE.
had hoped that the outrage that followed the Saada attack in Yemen two weeks
ago would be a turning point in the conflict. Yesterday's reported attacks in
Al-Durayhimi, killing 26 children, indicate that it was not," said
Henrietta Fore, the director of the UN children's agency UNICEF.
urged the warring sides, their foreign backers and the Security Council to
"take action and end this conflict once and for all."
up war crimes
widespread condemnation of the August 9 bus attack, the coalition announced
that it was opening an investigation, but rights groups insist any probe should
a 90-page report, Human Rights Watch said the coalition had failed to properly
investigate war crimes allegations stemming from attacks on civilian targets.
Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said the coalition's investigators
"were doing little more than covering up war crimes."
European Union urged Yemen's warring sides to "prioritise the protection
of civilians in all instances" following the attacks in Al-Durayhimi and
stressed the need to end the war, according a statement from the EU foreign
talks between Yemen's government and the Huthis are to open in Geneva on
September 6 — a first step toward resuming peace negotiations that broke down
two years ago.
Security Council has called for a "credible" investigation of the bus
attack in Yemen, but did not demand an independent probe.
of the five permanent council members — Britain, France and the United States —
are supporting the coalition in its military campaign, while non-permanent
member Kuwait is part of the coalition.
by Saudi Arabia , the coalition has been fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen since
2015 to return President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.
Hussein Sheiba Bazli, one of the founders of the Houthi militia, was killed in
an attack in Maran, south of Saada, according to an update from Yemen.
a Yemeni military source revealed that 13 members of the Houthi militia were
killed and many others were injured in intense fighting on Friday between the
Yemeni national army and the Iranian-backed militia at al-Malajim front north
of al-Bayda governorate.
source said that the fighting broke out on Friday morning after a group of
Houthi militias tried to infiltrate into the positions of the army in al-Bayad
junction of al-Malajim Front, killing 13 Houthis and injuring dozens. The
bodies of the militias are still scattered around the area.
another development, Arab coalition fighter jets launched an air strike targeting
Houthi reinforcements, destroying a
fleet, killing all those on board, as well as destroying an arms depot,
the source said.
a prominent Houthi leader , Abdullah
Mohammed Ali al-Dulaimi, was killed in an air strike launched by the coalition
in al-Maljim front in the province of al-Bayda.
Arabia’s air defense was successful in intercepting and destroying four
ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militias on Saudi cities during this year’s
precautions, Saudi Air Defense deployed a Patriot surface-to-air missile system
for the first time, all around the holy city of Mecca, to protect Hajj
has been targeted by two Houthi missiles before, sparking anger all over the
first one was at the end of October 2016, and the second was days before the
end of January 2017, which means approximately a month before last year’s Hajj
air defense was able to intercept both missiles.
The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees suggested that the US
slashed his budget early this year to punish the Palestinians for their
criticism of the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but he
warned that the Palestinian refugee issue will not go away.
comments by Pierre Kraehenbuehl came amid signs that the US, with Israeli
support, is aiming to abolish UNRWA in an apparent attempt to remove one of the
most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the
cannot simply wish 5 million people away,” Kraehenbuehl, commissioner of the UN
Relief and Works Agency, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
January, the US, the largest donor to the agency, slashed some $300 million
from its annual contribution to UNRWA, prompting what Kraehenbuehl called an
unprecedented financial crisis.
he has made up some of the deficit by raising money from other countries, the
agency still lacks over $200 million. It recently laid off over 100 people in
the Gaza Strip and cut back the hours of 500 other employees. The upcoming
school year for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children across the Middle
East has been threatened.
said he was caught off guard by the American decision, which came just weeks
after he had held what he described as a successful meeting with Jared Kushner,
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Mideast adviser.
said he still has not gotten a straight answer from the Americans about why
they made their decision.
he said he believes it is connected to the uproar over the US recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. The Palestinians, who seek east
Jerusalem as their capital, condemned the decision and severed nearly all ties
with the Americans.
can say with a great degree of confidence that the decision was not related to
UNRWA’s performance, because in November I had received very constructive and
openly positive feedback on those issues,” he said.
few weeks later, tensions increased around the question of Jerusalem,” he
added. “It appears that the humanitarian funding to UNRWA got caught up in the
deep polarization around that question.”
State Department said it is reviewing funding to UNRWA and has not decided
whether to restore support in the future. It repeated its position that the
agency’s repeated financial crises are “unsustainable” and called on it to find
other countries to share the funding burden and to undertake “fundamental
privately, there are signs that the American agenda runs deeper and that the
Trump administration seeks to abolish UNRWA altogether.
an internal email recently published by Foreign Policy magazine, Kushner called
for a “sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA.”
(agency) perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help
peace,” he reportedly wrote.
Palestinians fear the US is putting pressure on host countries to absorb their
refugee populations and eliminate the issue from future peace negotiations. The
White House says it is working on a regional peace plan, though it has not said
when it will be released.
was established in the wake of the 1948 Mideast war surrounding Israel’s
creation. An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their
homes in the fighting.
the absence of a solution, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly renewed
UNRWA’s mandate. The agency now provides education, health care and social
services to more than 5 million refugees and their descendants. It serves
populations in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
by the Palestinians and most of the international community as providing a
valuable safety net, UNRWA is viewed far differently by Israel.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the agency of perpetuating the conflict by
helping promote an unrealistic Palestinian demand that refugees have the “right
of return” to long-lost homes in what is now Israel. He has said UNRWA should
be abolished and its responsibilities taken over by the main UN refugee agency.
in Israel have even tougher criticism, accusing UNRWA of teaching hatred of
Israel in its classrooms and tolerating or assisting Hamas militants in Gaza.
said Israel has raised similar concerns for years, but that there has been a
“strong intensification” of the criticism now that the Trump administration
appears to be in agreement.
rejected the Israeli claim that his agency is perpetuating the conflict, saying
that it is carrying out a UN-mandated mission that reflects the will of the
said that Israeli claims that the Palestinians are the only people to pass down
refugee status to their children also are unfounded, saying that Afghan
refugees displaced decades ago have the same status.
also noted that UNRWA has a committee to monitor the content of its classrooms
and has condemned attempts by Gaza militants to use UNRWA facilities for cover.
said the best way to solve these matters is to find a “political solution” to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that addresses the fate of the refugees.
the meantime, he said UNRWA’s focus is for its schools to open on schedule in
early September. For now, he said there are enough funds to keep the schools
running only until the end of the month. An aggressive fund-raising effort is
under way to ensure the schools operate for the entire academic year.
Protest For 'Justice' On Crackdown Anniversary
of Rohingya refugees staged protests for "justice" Saturday on the
first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown that forced them to flee to
camps in Bangladesh.
700,000 of the Muslim minority poured across the border after attacks by the
Myanmar military and Buddhist groups that the United Nations has likened to
held peaceful marches and attended rallies chanting "We want justice from
the UN." At the Kutupalong camp, a giant banner proclaimed: "Never
Again: Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day. 25 August, 2018."
wore bandanas emblazoned with the slogan "Save Rohingya" while others
marches and gatherings were planned across what has become the world's biggest
refugee camp, activists told AFP.
militants staged attacks on Myanmar police posts on August 25 last year,
sparking a bloody crackdown in Rakhine state. Nearly 7,000 Rohingya were killed
in the first month alone, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
fled the region, arriving in Bangladesh on foot or in flimsy boats. Many
brought horrific stories of rape, torture and villages burned to the ground.
authorities have insisted their forces only targeted insurgents. They have made
an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate refugees but only a handful have
leaders insist the exiles will not return home unless their safety is
home, no hope
civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week said it was up to Bangladesh
"to decide how quickly" repatriation of the refugees can be
accomplished and insisted the "terrorist threat" posed by Rohingya
militants remains "real and present".
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which has been blamed for attacks in Myanmar,
issued an anniversary statement in which it condemned Myanmar's "terrorist
government and genocidal military".
Hossain, a 40-year-old protester at Kutupalong, said: "We are here
remember to August 25. We want justice.
want them (Myanmar) to recognise us as Rohingya. We are very sad because we are
not in our native land."
Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship decades ago by Myanmar and have
been hunted from the country in successive convulsions of violence. About
300,000 were already in camps in the camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district
and the latest arrivals pushed numbers to one million.
Malek, a 27-year-old refugee who fled an attack on his village last year, said
the plight of the Rohingya was far from over.
one year is just the beginning of many more to follow," he told AFP.
Rohingya and aid agencies are most worried about the uncertain future of the
refugees, who are stateless and seemingly unwanted in Bangladesh while
conditions in their Rakhine homeland remain dangerous.
to healthcare and freedom of movement remain out of reach for the Rohingya left
the Rohingya exodus from western Myanmar continues today, with refugees still
trickling over the border throughout this year.
UN and international rights groups say conditions are not ready for their
may be decades until they can safely return to Myanmar, if ever," said MSF
head of mission in Bangladesh Pavlo Kolovos in a statement.
have mounted for Myanmar's military to be held responsible for the campaign,
with security forces accused of torture, rape and murder.
US has sanctioned two army brigades and several commanders who oversaw the
have been calls for an International Criminal Court inquiry but Myanmar has
bristled at international criticism.
agencies spearheading the relief effort in Bangladesh say just one third of the
roughly $1 billion needed for the refugees until March has been raised.
Afghanistan reject Russian-sponsored peace talks
- The United States and Afghanistan both say they will not attend Russia-hosted
peace talks scheduled for next month, with Kabul asserting it prefers instead
to hold direct talks with the Taliban.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi told RFE/RL on August 22 that
the decision not to participate in the planned Moscow conference was made after
consultations between President Ashraf Ghani and other officials - a move that
could lead Moscow to call off its planned gathering of a dozen countries.
being specific, an unidentified official working with the Afghan Foreign
Ministry was quoted as saying that the government in Kabul would “hold direct
talks” with the Taliban without the direct involvement of foreign powers.
a State Department spokesman confirmed earlier reports that the United States
would not take part in the meeting scheduled for September 4, saying the talks
were “unlikely to yield any progress toward” a peace settlement. Russia says it
has invited the Taliban and 12 countries, including Afghanistan and the United
States, to the Moscow talks.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the militant group will send a
delegation to Russia.
unidentified Taliban commander was quoted as saying that the delegation will be
led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Islamist group’s political
office in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
commander said Taliban delegates also would be sent to other countries in the
region - including Pakistan and China - “to take them into confidence and
address their concerns.” The US decision not to attend the Moscow talks drew an
angry response from Moscow.
Russian Foreign Ministry said on August 22 that Washington’s “refusal to attend
the Moscow meeting on Afghanistan shows Washington has no interest in launching
a peace process in Afghanistan.”
have learned with regret from the United States Department of State’s statement
that the Americans will not take part in the Moscow” meeting, the ministry
said. “Admittedly, this step does not cause great surprise.”
Russian Foreign Ministry said other countries invited to the talks include
Pakistan, China, Iran, India, and the five former Soviet republics in Central
also rejected the claim, made by Afghanistan’s ambassador to Russia, Abdul
Qayyum Kochai, that Russia aims to use the Taliban to fight against the Islamic
State (IS) extremist group.
Foreign Ministry said that the allegation “completely distorts the meaning of
Russia’s policy on Afghanistan.”
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was fighting the IS militants “with
all means available.”
support Syria in that struggle, we help equip the Iraqi Army for the same goal
and we naturally would like to see the people of Afghanistan getting rid of the
IS affiliate in Afghanistan has staged a series of major attacks in recent
years and has repeatedly clashed with Taliban fighters.
Afghan branch of the IS has been seen as threatening to Russia and the former
Soviet republics in Central Asia because it includes many battle-hardened Uzbek
President Vladimir Putin supported the US invasion of Afghanistan after the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Moscow has been stepping up its own diplomatic outreach across the region, and
has grown increasingly critical of US actions, as relations with Washington
have deteriorated in recent years.
Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban
and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most NATO combat troops in
Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in
Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson says Afghanistan has ‘unprecedented’
opportunity for peace.
with the reporters in Washington via teleconference from Kabul, Gen. Nicholson
said “For the first time in 17 years, the Afghan people, the Afghan security
forces and the Taliban all celebrated Eid al-Fitr together in peace.”
is an unprecedented opportunity for peace right now, and Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani is working to take advantage of it,” “Nicholson said, adding that
“He offered a second cease-fire on Aug. 19, and while this first cease-fire was
in response to the [body of religious scholars’] call for peace, this second
call represents the entirety of Afghan society.”
the meantime, Gen. Nicholson expressed concerns regarding the freedom the
Taliban enjoys while travelling between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
response to a question regarding the Taliban havens in Pakistan, Gen. Nicholson
said the Taliban militants free move to Pakistan and treat their injured
comrades in the hospitals of the neighboring country.
he said the Afghan government and the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan are engaged in talks.
Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
(NDS), stormed a key hideout of the ISIS terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar
provincial government media office in a statement said the hideout was used by
the militants of the group as a launch pad for the attacks in Jalalabad city.
statement further added that the operation was conducted late on Wednesday
night in the vicinity of Kandi Bagha area of Chaparhar district.
least one ISIS group member was killed during the operation and two others were
arrested alive while six other suspects were also rounded up on charges of
having links with the terror group, the statement added.
the meantime, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), says the Special
Forces have also confiscated and destroyed some explosives while three Ak-47
rifles were seized.
source further added that the local residents and the security personnel have
not sustained casualties during the operation.
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed militants have been attempting to
expand their foothold in this province during the recent years.
A suicide attacker killed at least three people on Saturday by detonating
explosives near the office of Afghanistan's election commission in the eastern
city of Jalalabad, where dozens of protesters had gathered, an official said.
protesters had gathered in support of a parliamentary candidate who electoral
officials had disqualified over his suspected links with illegal armed groups.
people were also wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion happened
when supporters of the disqualified candidate were trying to shut down the
election commission office.
had requested the protesters to stop their demonstrations because they could be
targeted by militants but they rejected our security message," he said.
suicide bomber blew himself up outside an Afghan election office in the capital,
Kabul, earlier this month when protesters gathered to challenge the
commission's decision to disqualify 35 candidates from contesting upcoming
police official was killed in that attack.
ban on dozens of Afghan strongmen and lawmakers from running for parliament
because of suspected links to illegal armed groups has spurred threats and
protests to disrupt a general election that is already at risk from worsening
Taliban have warned people not to vote in the October polls and dozens of
people have been killed in militant attacks on voter registration centres.
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in the country have hailed President Peter Mutharika as a "truly tolerant
leader" who is poised at making sure that the whole citizenry enjoys the
freedom of worship without any setbacks.
to some Muslims who spoke with Nyasa Times on the sidelines of Eid-al-Adha on
Wednesday, the fact that Mutharika has been repeatedly seen with Muslim leaders
in various events over the years proves the point.
Rafiq Abdullah of the Karonga mosque said the relationship between the Muslim community
and the current leadership is great.
Muslim knows what I mean. We no longer face any discriminatory acts. Even our
prominent leaders in the Muslim community are satisfied with the cordial
relationship," said Sheikh Abdullah.
added: "He [Mutharika] cares for his people, and is not biased towards a
certain section of the population."
the national day of prayers in Mzuzu during the 54th independence celebrations,
almost all religions participated including the Muslims.
Mutharika also participated in the Muslim celebrations of Eid El-Fitr a few
Sheikh Abdullah, who prayed for the nation ahead of the May 2019 tripartite
polls, said he wished the current situation continued beyond 2019.
we are asking is that God should see us through the elections. We want this
religious tolerance to continue," he said.
Muslim, who was part of the prayers, Fahad John, said the current leadership
has made it possible for them to connect with their associates from other
is not possible in other countries, and we thank Allah that we enjoy so much
tolerance in the country," he said.
many other religions, Muslims have contributed significantly towards education,
health and social economic development.
Times understands that the Islamic Zakaat Fund (IZF) in Malawi has provided
scholarships over the past years to help underprivileged Muslims access
education both locally and international.
attack on a checkpoint between the Libyan capital and the town of Zliten killed
four soldiers of the UN-backed unity government on Thursday, the town's mayor
attack was carried out with grenades and light weapons at 7:45 AM (0545 GMT).
Four people were killed and five wounded," Mayor Moftah Ahmadi told AFP.
lies 170 kilometers east of the capital in an area of western Libya under the
control of the beleaguered Tripoli-based government.
mayor said the attackers hit a checkpoint manned by special forces from the
interior ministry, on the main highway along the Mediterranean coast.
to preliminary reports, there were three attackers and one of them was killed
in the exchange of fire with the forces manning the checkpoint," Ahmadi
security chief Mohammed Abu Hajar told Libya's Al-Nabaa television that the
attack was the work of the Daesh group, although there was no immediate claim
of responsibility from the militants.
took advantage of the anarchy that reigned in Libya after the NATO-backed
overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 to establish
footholds in several parts of the country.
June 2015, they seized control of Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, only ceding it
in December of the following year in the face of an offensive by the
Tripoli-based government's forces and allied militias.
militants have continued the fight from rural areas of western Libya, including
around Zliten, and in April the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord
(GNA) launched a campaign to flush them out.
GNA has struggled to assert its authority outside western Libya since its
formation in 2015.
Mohamed Ahmed and Charles Lwanga
Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar has led Muslims in marking Idd-ul-Adha prayers in
was the second day of prayers conducted to mark the celebrations after a
section of the faithful held their prayers on Tuesday.
Wednesday prayers at Ronald Ngala Grounds in Mombasa were led by former Chief
Kadhi Hamad Kassim.
his sermon after the prayers, Sheikh Kassim slammed those who attacked Sheikh
Muhdhar over differences in marking the celebrations.
the two Muslim leaders called for coexistence and tolerance among the faithful.
you think you are on the right direction there is no need of attacking others
and throw tantrums at them. We have to respect our fellow Muslims," said
Kadhi Muhdhar said Muslim faithful should use the celebrations to relate with
each other in harmony.
Tuesday, some Muslims in parts of the country defied Sheikh Muhdhar's advice to
mark the Idd-ul-Adha on Wednesday.
faithful flocked various mosques and open grounds for prayers, marking their
Malindi, Muslim faithful on Wednesday thronged mosques for the celebrations.
faulted the National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale for criticising the
faithful, led by their imams and preachers told Mr Duale to decist from
politicising Islamic matters and also stop speaking on Islamic matters on
behalf of Muslims.
spoke to journalists outside Jamia Mosque in Malindi after attending morning
prayers to mark the holiday.
Faisal Mohammed, who led the celebrations, called upon Mr Duale to respect
religious leaders who have been mandated to perform their duty as per the
to Islamic teachings, Idd-ul-Adha is observed upon [sighting] the moon and not
issues to do with Saudi Arabia as proposed earlier. We will defend our Kadhi on
all matters," he said.
further said Muslims coming out to observe the day as per the chief Kadhi's
decision is an indication that they respect him as their leader.
Shariff Swaleh called on Muslims to desist from issues that will bring hate and
the Chief Kadhi perform his duty as mandated," he said
decision to observe the day on Wednesday was according to Islamic
announcement by Sheikh Muhdhar elicited a bitter exchange among the Muslim
debate ensued last week on whether the celebrations should be marked on Tuesday
is after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i declared Tuesday as a
Arabia — Eight Nigerian Muslim scholars were among the dozens of the new
leadership of the Union of African Ulama (scholars) which emerged at the just
concluded second International Conference of the union in Makkah Saudi Arabia.
National Coordinator of the Riyadh-based Committee of Dawah Program (CDP) in
Nigeria, Imam Sufyan Abdallah Malumfashi, told Daily Trust that over 250
scholars from over 46 countries across the continent participated in the
conference sponsored by Prince Bandar bin Salman.
of the Nigerian scholars who emerged as the head of the Media and Publicity
Committee and also a lecturer at the Iman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dr.
Elkhidiru Abdul Baaq Mohammed, listed other Nigerian who emerged as Dr Bashir
Ali Umar of the Bayero University Kano (BUK) as the Vice President and Dr Abdul
Rasaq Abdul Majeed Alaro of the University of Ilorin as the head of committee
on Research and Translation.
US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab
extremists, killing two fighters.
US Africa Command statement says the strike was carried out on Tuesday about
46km northeast of the port city of Kismayo.
US has carried out 20 such strikes this year against the Somalia-based
al-Shabaab. The al-Qaeda-linked group is the deadliest Islamic extremist
organisation in sub-Saharan Africa and it often targets Somalia's capital,
Mogadishu, with deadly attacks.
Nigerian Army said it had successfully neutralised three Boko Haram insurgents
during an ambush in Mayanti Village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State
yesterday. This emerged as the Police Command in Akwa Ibom said its officers
had killed four of the five suspected armed robbers who robbed a fuel station
in Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom on August 21.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, disclosed this in a
statement released in Maiduguri. Chukwu, who said the terrorists were
neutrialised by troops of 151 battalion, said weapons which include three AK 47
rifle, 3 Magazines, 32 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one motorcycle and two
android phones were recovered from them. He said efforts were made to get the
other fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists. Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom
State Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who made the disclosure at
a news conference in Uyo, said the four suspects were gunned down in a gun
battle with police while one of them was arrested after sustaining injuries due
to gunshot. Ogunjemilusi said the masked gunmen were killed during an operation
in a bank at Ikot Ekpene after robbing ATM users and shop owners at gunpoint in
a broad daylight.
men of Ikot Ekpene Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Benjamin
Achegbani, trailed and engaged the suspects in a fierce shootout. “Four of the
suspected armed robbers were shot dead while one was arrested with an AK47 with
60 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.
recovered from them include five locally made pistols, eight live cartridges,
and two rounds of 5.5mm ammunition. The others he said are one AK47 magazine,
three expended cartridges, two masks, six assorted phones, three motorcycles
and N63,000. “Our investigation revealed that the same suspected armed robbers
were those responsible for the robbery at Gulfsafrin Filling station located at
Ukana Ikot Ntuen close to the residence of Sen. Godswill Akpabio.”
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There are so many problems besetting
the whole humankind today, but all that the devout Muslims millions are
doing is spending billions in an oil rich kingdom just to go round
and round a cubical structure with defiled 'black stone' pieces
cemented in its wall, and praying to its absent landlord for absolution
for their sins. kaabah is in bewilderment:
kaabah khud iss chakkar may hai, yeh
kis chakkar may hain'??
GM, I too am with you.