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Assam’s latest identification proposal, for Assamese Muslims, raises new questions


A panel from the Government of Assam recommendation to identify Assamese Muslims as a separate group has raised questions about whether it will benefit the community or fuel further divisions among Muslims, and what indigenous means in a state whose demographics have been shaped by waves of migration over decades.

Last week, the panel recommended the issuance of notification and identity cards or certificates, as well as a census to “identify and document” the Assamese Muslim community. Considered distinct from the Bengali-speaking Muslims who migrated from present-day Bangladesh, the “indigenous” Muslim community is divided into four main groups who claim to trace their origins to Assam centuries ago. These groups are the Goriyas and Moriyas (from Upper Assam), the Deshis (from Lower Assam) and the Julha Muslims (from the tea gardens).

The panel was created last July after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma meeting with Assamese Muslims from various fields – writers, doctors, cultural workers, lecturers, historians and musicians, among others – to discuss the socio-economic challenges facing the community. The stated goal of Sarma’s outreach was the welfare of the community. At the meeting, he emphasized that “the uniqueness of indigenous Assamese Muslims must be protected and preserved”.

Divided into seven sub-committees, the panel delivered its report on April 21. He also made suggestions on issues related to education, political representation, health, skills development and women’s empowerment. Accepting the recommendations, the chief minister said they were “achievable” and added that the committee had also defined Assamese Muslims. “We have accepted the definition…now the target group will be clearer, and what work needs to be done for them,” he added.

Some members of the community see official recognition as a way to end their “identity crisis”, as they are often mistaken for Bengali-speaking Muslims. BJP member Syed Muminul Aowal, who heads the Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad (JSPA), an umbrella body of more than 30 “indigenous” organizations, said Assamese Muslims have “the same names as Bengali Muslims and are often bludgeoned with them”.

“Among the 1.3 major Muslims in Assam, Assamese Muslims are a minority. We have virtually no political representation. A step like this will help indigenous Assamese Muslims to benefit not only from Term 6 but also from other programs,” said Aowal, who previously served as chairman of the Assam Minority Development Council. He was referring to Clause 6 of the Assam Agreement which grants “constitutional, legislative and administrative guarantees” to the “Assamese people”.

Highlighting the tense nature of an attempt to define “indigenous” in a state like Assam, and the ambiguity of the term, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) lawmaker Aminul Islam said the panel’s proposals were part of a “political rhetoric”. to “further isolate Bengali Muslims”.

“They want to bring yet another division among Muslims, that’s why they are doing this. So far, we don’t have a base year to define who is an Assamese. More than that, there are many marriages between Assamese and Bengali Muslims. How do we identify these families? He asked.

A Congress lawmaker, who did not wish to be named, agreed that the measure was not good news for Bengali Muslims. “But it is also true that Assamese Muslims have long felt deprived of benefits and for them this is a good step. But yes it will create division and further isolate Bengali Muslims,” he said. added.

Push for a census

A census of Assamese Muslims was first proposed in February 2020. After a meeting with members of the community, then Minister of Minorities Ranjit Dutta confirmed his intention to organize the census based on the 2019 budget which included a “development society for indigenous Muslims” for the “holistic development” of the community as well as a “socio-economic census”.

There was no movement on the issue until April 2021, when the government-independent JSPA of Aowal launched a website to conduct a census of Assamese Muslims “modeled on the National Citizens Register ( NRC)”. But the exercise did not take off.

Last week’s development shows that the census could indeed be brought forward. The congressional lawmaker said there had been some noise about various such efforts, but it was a topic “nobody wanted to touch on, given that it was a hot potato “. “However, the Chief Minister is a shrewd politician and he knows this will help him politically,” he added.

Aowal said the recommendations were good but added that they needed to be revised. He added: “In their current form, the recommendations refer to the identification of ‘Assamese Muslim’ – but it is important that specific groups such as Goriyas, Moriyas, Deshis and Julas are identified, given that the definition of aboriginal is unclear. ”

Islam said it would “ultimately not be implemented” as it was not “constitutionally legal” and warned that “damage would be done and further marginalize the Bengali Muslim community“.

The state‘s Minorities Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary, said the whole idea was currently at “recommendation stage”.

“The reports of the seven commissions will be forwarded to the Chief Minister. After that it will be discussed and he will give instructions,” he said, adding: “Yes, he said the recommendations were all doable, but he also added that it would be done in three phases – short term, medium term and long term. term – and things would be taken (advanced) accordingly.

India: Is Politics Fueling Attacks on Muslims? | TV shows


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A wave of violent attacks on India’s Muslim population has the community on edge. In recent weeks, hundreds of people have been injured and a handful killed amid rising communal violence across the country.

Last week, a number of Muslim-owned shops were razed in New Delhi before bulldozers were ordered to stop by India’s Supreme Court. Officials say they were targeting illegal buildings and not a specific religious group.

But critics say it is the latest attempt to harass India’s Muslim minority, which makes up around 14% of the country’s 1.4 billion people. The Hindu majority represents 80%.

Human rights watchers say recent inflammatory rhetoric from politicians of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is helping to fuel the country’s growing religious polarization. However, India’s Minority Affairs Minister has tried to downplay recent upheavals by saying religious intolerance is not worsening in the country.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss what causes violence and what can be done to bring peace.

On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Arfa Khanoum Sherwani, @khanumarfa
Editor-in-Chief, The Wire

Kavita Krishnan, @kavita_krishnan
Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association

The LeBron James-Skip Bayless Interview That Never Happened


LeBron James was supposed to have an interview with his biggest media critic, Skip Bayless, in 2008. On the latest episode of “The Skip Bayless Show,” Bayless opened up about how he was feeling before the scheduled interview, saying:

“I certainly wasn’t scared to face LeBron, I certainly wasn’t dreaded to face LeBron. In fact, I was looking forward to it. I’ll say it more time. I never hated LeBron – from afar, I really liked him as a guy.

The interview was canceled and Skip Bayless was never explained why. Bayless then recalled that James had said nice things about her in the years since. Some have called Bayless her Howard Cosell.

Howard Cosell was a journalist who followed Muhammad Ali’s career, asking him tough questions about his life both in and out of the boxing ring. The two were very fond of talking and did so through pre-game and post-game talks.

However, Bayless thought the comparison was less than ideal and said:

“I enjoyed that comparison, but only up to a point.”

“LeBron, just a quick note for you. I’m sorry, you never were or ever will be in my eyes Muhammad Ali, whom I, if you remember recently, put on my all-time Mount Rushmore. LeBron no, Ali yes.

Four-time champion LeBron James is one of the most talked about superstars. Playing at 37, and at such a high level, is unheard of. Despite a disappointing season with the LA Lakers, James’ individual contribution has sparked debate over who the GOAT is.

Players with multiple FG go-aheads in the last 10 seconds in the last 5 playoffs: – Trae Young – LeBron James https://t.co/z7f1rGMApF

LeBron James has broken multiple records this season, becoming the oldest player to achieve multiple statistical milestones. However, one person who is always the first to choose Michael Jordan over James is sports analyst Skip Bayless.

Bayless has often pointed out James’ downsides as a player, especially when it comes to having a winning mentality.

Skip Bayless reiterates why he chooses Michael Jordan over LeBron James

The main reason why Bayless prefers Jordan is his ability to shut down games. According to Bayless, James avoids big game moments quite often, especially the free throw line in clutch situations.

Bayless pointed to a recent comment from Shaquille O’Neal, which indicated that no one was afraid of LeBron James. Bayless said:

“That’s the essence of my argument against LeBron and for Michael Jordan as a GOAT – is that LeBron was never basketball’s cold-blooded killer and closer than Jordan was, Kobe Bryant was or Shaq was.”

“LeBron never had that to give me the ball and get away from the closer mentality it takes to be a Jordan or a Kobe or even a Shaq.”

James doesn’t seem to care about Skip Bayless’ comments, but an interview between the two might have revealed their true feelings.

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Religious leaders must save Nigeria from security challenges – Islamic scholar


Islamic scholar and chief executive of the Kaduna Interfaith Mediation Centre, Imam Nurain Ashafa has called on religious leaders to save Nigeria from its myriad security problems.

Ashafa made the call in Kaduna on Monday during a one-day Interfaith Dialogue on Preventing Violent Extremism in Kaduna State, jointly organized by ActionAid Nigeria and Global Peace Development as part of the Capacity Building Project. system and structure against radicalization towards violent extremism (SARVE III).

Ashafa pointed out that religious leaders remain the saving grace for Nigeria after the failure of the security apparatus to successfully tackle insecurity. He urged religious leaders to spring into action by working tirelessly to inculcate God consciousness in the people, with a view to rebuilding a Nigerian society where everyone becomes the keeper of his brothers and where leaders rule with the fear of God. .

He noted that only religious leaders can play such a role, as the rich and the poor, as well as the leaders and the ruled, depend on religious leaders for their spiritual guidance.

Speaking on the SARVE III project, the representative of Global Peace Development, Ms. Chat Sunday Adamu said the meeting was imperative for the promotion of peace and harmony in Kaduna State in the face of security challenges in the state, especially as the 2023 general election gathers steam.

She said Kaduna and Kano were selected for the project due to the population and volatility of the two states in the North West region.

“We want religious leaders to carry the message of peace to their congregation in churches and mosques in both states and we believe this would go a long way in preventing violent extremism among young people in the northwestern states,” Chat mentioned.

A director of the Interfaith Mediation Center, Reverend Bitrus Dangiwa, in his presentation called on religious leaders to preach against religious politics but encourage their congregations to vote based on the ability and credibility of the leaders running for office. .

The San Antonio Mosque at the forefront of sustainable development


At a mosque on the north side of San Antonio, as the sunset prayer for Ramadan is over and dozens of people begin to leave to finally eat a full meal, Uzair Iqbal jumps in front of the crowd and grabs a microphone.

He promises his faithful companions that if they stay two minutes, it will be worth it.

Some people stop. Others move slowly towards the door but listen. Most members of Muslim Children Education and Civic Center and Almadinah Masjid know him as Uzair the recycling guy or Uzair the ad guy or his favorite – Uzair the guy “I recycle now because you got it for me said”.

“I want you to be proud to make this your home and keep it clean. Let’s be proud and bring your own water bottles from home or recycle disposable ones from here. Let’s be proud that we don’t waste food and clean up around us,” he said. “Let’s make this Ramadan the best ever and make other mosques jealous of us. I want them to use us as an example of a model community.

Men visit the Muslim Children’s Civic and Education Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio for the Maghreb sunset prayer on Friday evening.

Sam Owens, Staff Photographer/San Antonio Express-News

Iqbal has been giving speeches since the start of Ramadan in early April, and he will continue to do so every night until the end of the month of fasting. He is a member of MCECC and a volunteer on its Go Green committee, which this year began pursuing sustainability.

Such green initiatives are increasingly common in Muslim communities. Mosques with green committees, community gardens and sustainable practices have been popping up across the country, such as in Houston and Chicago. In San Antonio, the MCECC is leading the charge. This month is all about composting, recycling and addressing the Ramadan crowd every night, reminding them to think green. Next month they will start gardening.

“We’re trying to make a culture change this year,” Iqbal said. “It will be a big improvement.”

Kassim Ahmed Mudassar, right, and another volunteer cut a watermelon on Thursday to prepare for the Ramadan service at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio.  All watermelon rinds are put in the MCECC compost bin.

Kassim Ahmed Mudassar, right, and another volunteer cut a watermelon on Thursday to prepare for the Ramadan service at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio. All watermelon rinds are put in the MCECC compost bin.

Sam Owens, Staff Photographer/San Antonio Express-News

A green mosque

Earlier this year, Sarah Samreen, who chairs the MCECC board, secured reusable water bottles for the mosque for Ramadan. In previous years, the mosque distributed disposable plastic bottles during dinner every night, but with the sustainability initiative, the green committee and Samreen wanted to do something different.

During Ramadan – a Muslim observance involving fasting, prayer and community – the MCECC holds iftar, when the sun goes down and Muslims can break their fast for the day. From sunrise to sunset, those observing Ramadan cannot eat or drink. At MCECC, community members and restaurants donate food and drinks to the mosque for iftar. Thursday night was chickpea sauce, chicken and rice with naan.

In the dining room, there are hundreds of disposable plastic water bottles, which were ordered before Samreen received the reusable bottles. She said the fact that there are so many disposable bottles left means people are using the reusable ones instead.

Next year, in addition to having only reusable bottles, the mosque plans to have compostable dishes. It will be more expensive, says Samreen, but it is well worth the mission.

Earlier in the day, before mosque members started arriving for iftar, volunteers chopped watermelon for dinner. Traditionally, MCECC members eat watermelon and dates first, say the first prayer of the night, and then eat the largest meal.

A volunteer cuts watermelon as people break the fast and celebrate Ramadan together at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center in San Antonio on Thursday.

A volunteer cuts watermelon as people break the fast and celebrate Ramadan together at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center in San Antonio on Thursday.

Sam Owens, Staff Photographer/San Antonio Express-News

Watermelon is cheap, full of water and an easy-to-distribute fruit to many people, said Tanweer Akhtar, who chairs the Go Green committee. It is also easily compostable.

A few weeks ago, the committee assembled a 6′ x 6′ wooden compost bin at the edge of the property. The children of the mosque, including that of Akhtar, built it, which he says is a great way for them to learn about green practices. After the watermelon is cut, the volunteers carry the peels to the trash. Coffee grounds, paper and dried leaves from the grounds also go in there.

Another project the children are working on is a community garden next to the mosque, which the committee hopes to complete and plant by May.

“We want our children to enjoy the environment now,” said Aafreen Akhtar, who is also active on the Go Green committee. “By having them build these gardens and the compost bin, they will grow with it.”

Anything left over from dinner that night is donated to refugees at the Refugee Services Center through a program coordinated by Iqbal’s father, Munawar. Iqbal said it’s a way to do something good and avoid wasting food – another of the Go Green committee’s agenda items.

“Everyone is fasting every day, so you don’t want to see that food wasted now,” Iqbal said. “It defeats the purpose. Our official duty is to be stewards of the planet.

Men line up for an iftar meal Thursday during a Ramadan service at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio.

Men line up for an iftar meal Thursday during a Ramadan service at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio.

Sam Owens, Staff Photographer/San Antonio Express-News

“A little for you can mean a lot”

Throughout the mosque there are reminders to go green.

Just above the water cooler, on which a water bottle faucet was recently installed, a sign says to bring a reusable water bottle, recycle plastic bottles in the blue bins, don’t take only enough food and practice wudu – an Islamic cleansing process before worshiping at home to save time and water.

Islam is a way of life. It affects every little thing we do,” Samreen said. “It is actually written in the Koran that we must conserve our resources, especially water. Rain comes from the sky, and even if you wash in a river, you must not waste this water.

Another sign hung in the women’s and men’s areas depicts a plate with just a piece of food on it. The design of the plate depicts hundreds of hungry people searching for a single piece. He says, “A little for you can mean a lot.”

It means a lot to Aafren Akhtar. Children don’t always understand that what they eat and what they waste has such a big impact on the Earth. The question is what can we do with this food.

“That’s what I told my kids,” she said, pointing to the picture. “We can’t waste it, because look at this.”

The entire Go Green committee agrees on this, and they agree that this is just the beginning of sustainability at MCECC.

A volunteer Friday cleans cutting boards that are reused every night to prepare the iftar meal during Ramadan at the Muslim Children's Civic and Education Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio.

A volunteer Friday cleans cutting boards that are reused every night to prepare the iftar meal during Ramadan at the Muslim Children’s Civic and Education Center and Almadinah Masjid in San Antonio.

Sam Owens, Staff Photographer/San Antonio Express-News

Next, the team plans to install solar panels on the mosque and a monitoring system to assess the amount of water used by the mosque and check for leaks. The mosque has already installed energy-efficient floodlights and is considering other ways to save energy.

By next Ramadan, the committee hopes to have more sustainable practices in place across the mosque, incorporating changes that impact the whole community and personal decisions.

“It’s funny because all my friends call me the recycling guy and say, ‘I’m not going to recycle,'” Iqbal said.

Last week, however, a friend of his ran through the entire mosque for recycling and attributed this to Iqbal’s weekly announcements.

“If you can change your buddies,” he said, “you’re on the right track.”

Elena Bruess writes for the Express-News through Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms. ReportforAmerica.org. [email protected]

Perak Religious Council chairman says food-wasting Ramadan buffets are un-Islamic


Previously, we shared how a Malaysian urged Muslims in the country to be more respectful of Ramadan by avoiding overspending and wasting food, which garnered a lot of support from netizens. Well, it seems that sentiment is shared by Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini, Chairman of the Malay Islamic Religious and Customs Council of Perak (MAIPk), who pointed out that wasting food is against Islamic culture.

As reported by The Vibes, Annuar expressed disappointment at Muslims indulging in lavish food as the holy month of Ramadan was meant to teach believers about the pain and suffering of the poor. Furthermore, the MAIPk President said that from an Islamic point of view, Muslims are encouraged to go to mosques to perform their prayers rather than indulging in Ramadan buffets which sometimes even feature live music. live and singers.

Annuar asserted,

“You (buffet operators) drag people to stay with entertainment and music. They will stay and eat more when encouraged to bring mosques to life. When they start bringing kids (to the buffets) they are teaching the younger kids bad values ​​and culture.

President of Maipk, datuk seri mohd annuar zaini in 2020.

He further said that it was wrong for companies to market the term “Ramadan buffet” and charge exorbitant fees to customers. He said it can be seen as taking advantage of people’s hunger after a long day of fasting.

What do you think of the MAIPk President’s statement? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Read also : M’sian urges Muslims to be more respectful of Ramadan and avoid overspending and wasting food

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Utah’s Orrin Hatch was a true original who got things done | Opinion


From a poor pugilist in Pittsburgh to a politician in Utah who served longer than any other Republican senator in history, Orrin Hatch was a true rag picker to riches. Horatio Algiers hit.

Or perhaps he is best described as the originator of the “Utah way,” a rock-ribbed conservative who not only had the courage to cross the aisle, but was able to shamelessly forge steel cable suspension bridges across it.

Hatch, who died Saturday at the age of 88, not only co-sponsored groundbreaking legislation, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, along with liberal icon Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, he forged a true friendship with Kennedy. He helped Kennedy through a difficult time in his life, then wrote a love song for Kennedy and his wife, Vickie; a Hatch told the Deseret News he had tears in his eyes at the Massachusetts senator.

Later, Kennedy spoke to about 200 missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Faneuil Hall in Boston. When Hatch’s mother died, Kennedy and his wife unexpectedly flew to Utah to attend the funeral.

There was nothing wrong with that friendship, or with the principles Hatch had adopted. The New York Times quoted Hatch as saying the two were an “odd legislative couple”. But together they reached agreements on laws affecting “public health, biomedical research, AIDS, child care, summer job programs and civil rights for people with disabilities.”

It would be hard to imagine someone with that kind of political courage today — a Republican who would dare to partner with, say, Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Yes, Hatch served in a time before today’s ultra-partisan political cynicism gripped state houses and the nation’s capital. But her propensity to cross the aisle still required courage, and she was copied by few, if any.

But it got things going.

The compromises that Hatch and Kennedy forged resolved some controversial issues. Today’s endless battles over issues such as health care and immigration could use such a spirit of cooperation.

Hatch’s greatest legacy isn’t that he served 42 years in the US Senate. He was an efficient legislator.

But then Hatch leaves many legacies. Among them was his work for religious freedom. He sponsored the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law, which prevents federal officials from interfering with religious practices without cause, has become more prominent in recent years as Washington has attempted to interfere in the free exercise of religion. In 2020 the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty honored Hatch as a Canterbury Medalist.

At the time, Becket Chairman Mark Rienzi said: “Hatch’s legacy of advocating for the protections of people of all faiths – and working across partisan lines to do so – has significantly strengthened the freedom religious in the United States.

Hatch also knew how to have fun along the way. Among his other famous friends was boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Press accounts said they met in 1988 when Ali came to Hatch’s office to thank him for helping a friend get a federal job.

Older Utahns will remember how a fiery Ali came to Utah later that year to help Hatch campaign for re-election against Democrat Brian Moss.

“I think he (Hatch) is the tallest, with the tallest with a ‘capital G'” Ali told The Associated Press in 1988. “I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe the respect I have for him as a human being.” The two remained friends for decades, and Hatch spoke at Ali’s funeral.

As unlikely as this friendship might have seemed to the world, it was natural for Hatch, who had been an amateur boxer.

Hatch was born into poverty. As the Deseret News described him in 2003, he grew up in Pittsburgh “in a ramshackle house that used a billboard for a wall.” He learned to fight for survival against bullies who laughed at his poverty. But, of course, he also learned to make friends, and he learned to rise above them.

It’s safe to say that Utah and the United States have never seen a leader like Orrin Hatch before and are unlikely to see one like him again. Whether they agreed with his policy or not, Americans could not dispute his sincerity, tenacity and determination.

There’s also no denying that he left this world much better than he found it.

Former student leader Mirajul Islam Abbasi commemorated


At a commemoration meeting, politicians and former student leaders on Saturday called on all opposition political parties to unite to restore democracy and democratic rule in the country.

Sonar Bangla Party organized the meeting at the National Press Club to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of the party’s founding chairman, Mirajul Islam Abbasi.

Sonar Bangla Party Chairman Sheikh Abdun Nur chaired the meeting.

Nagarik Oikya organizer Mahmudur Rahman Manna said it would not be possible to hold free and fair general elections by keeping the Awami League government in power.

He called on all opposition political parties to launch movements to force the Awami League government to step down from power.

Bangladeshi Secretary General Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Nazmul Haque Prodhan said that without the supervision of an interim government, it would not be possible to hold free and fair national elections.

“We want the restoration of the people’s right to vote in elections,” Prodhan said.

The central leader of the Democratic League and also the former student leader Saifuddin Moni said that Mirajul wanted a democratic Bangladesh, where people could exercise their right to vote.

Sonar Bangla Party Secretary General Syed Harun-or-Rashid, Bangladesh NAP Secretary General Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, Politicians Abdul Monayem, Munjur Hossain Esha, Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury, Akbar Khan, Former Student Leaders Raju Ahmed Khan, Mostafizur Rahman and others took part in the memorial meeting.

Met’s Heirloom Project Brings Indian and Arabic Jewelry to Its Store – Robb Report


Since Christie’s successful sale of the Mughal Al Thani jewelry collection in 2019, gemstones with Indian influences have become a rare commodity. This auction, which included exceptional Golconda diamonds and all kinds of jeweled objects from the Indian royal court, became the second highest-grossing sale of a private jewelery collection (surpassed by the estate of Elizabeth Taylor ) and thrust the art of oriental jewelry design into the limelight. . Now, to commemorate 10 years of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s reimagined Islamic galleries, the museum shop features creations from some of India’s foremost contemporary jewelers as well as a trove of collectible antiques.

Renewing its commitment to Islamic art, the museum has enlisted renowned designer and textile connoisseur Madeline Weinrib to curate a selection of modern artisans from across the Islamic world. Weinrib, who is best known for her former carpet shop and for reinvigorating the luxurious El Fenn in Marrakech, has brought together a wide range of makers who carry on the centuries-old art featured in the Met’s collection.

Enamel and gold earrings by Munnu Gem Palace and tableware by Good Earth.

The Metropolitan Museum, Stuart Tyson

There are hand-embroidered linens by Al Nour of Morocco, glassware by Orient 499 of Lebanon, and intricately embroidered cashmere-style scarves among many other designs exclusive to the Met store (and, we might add, are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts). But, for collectors, it is the jewels on offer that are the most attractive. Weinrib enlisted pieces from the historic Munnu Gem Palace in Jaipur, jeweler to the Indian Maharajas since the 18th century; cult designer Hanut Singh, who renders traditional Indian motifs with graphic modernity; and Brazilian designer Silvia Furmanovich’s exquisite wood marquetry jewelry collection drawing inspiration from Egyptian and Indian craftsmanship.

Earrings by Hanut Singh and a vintage carnelian and silver ring of Middle Eastern origin.

Earrings by Hanut Singh and a vintage carnelian and silver ring of Middle Eastern origin.

Metropolitan Museum, Mahnaz Collection

Although a selection of Heirloom Project products are available online, the really good stuff can only be found in-store. And on April 22 and 23, jewelry dealer Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos will host a chest exhibit featuring a range of rare vintage and antique jewelry made or inspired by various Muslim cultures. “I wouldn’t call it Muslim jewelry, per se,” Ispahani Bartos clarifies, “but certainly the designs and the stones came from a time when Muslim rulers such as the Mughals or the Ottomans ruled and set the parameters. of high culture.” Her offering includes everything from silver talismans engraved with the elaborate designs of the Berber, Tuareg and Turkmen peoples to a table-cut ruby ​​and diamond ring set in typically Indian high-karat gold.

An Indian table-cut diamond cuff and a ruby ​​and diamond ring, offered by Mahnaz Collection.

An Indian table-cut diamond cuff and a ruby ​​and diamond ring, offered by Mahnaz Collection.

Mahnaz collection

Particularly collectable, says Ispahani Bartos, are works with Indians meenakari the enamel work, such as a particularly stunning diamond bracelet from his collection, and “the spectacular interactions between Western jewelers such as Cartier and the great Indian Muslim nawabs and maharajas”.

In any iteration, bejeweled or not, the Heirloom Project features a slew of beautiful objects that bring a bit of Mughal magnificence to everyday life.

Death toll in Afghan mosque bombing rises to 33, Taliban says – Press Enterprise



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban official said a bomb attack on a mosque and a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 33 people, including students at a religious school.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s deputy culture and information minister, said the bombing in the town of Imam Saheb, Kunduz province, also injured 43 other people, including many students.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the Islamic State‘s Afghan affiliate on Friday claimed responsibility for a series of bombings that had taken place a day earlier, the worst of which was an attack on a Shia mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif who killed at least 12 Shia Muslim worshippers. and the wounded count more.

Earlier, Kunduz provincial police spokesman reported two dead and six injured at Malawi’s Bashir Ahmad Mosque and Imam Saheb Madrassa compound. Mujahid then tweeted the higher number of victims tweeting “we condemn this crime. . . and express our deepest condolences to the victims.

Friday’s bombing is the latest in a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan. Mujahid called the perpetrators of the Kunduz attack “seditionists and evil elements”.

The United Nations called the attack “horrific”. Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov said in a tweet that “the killings must stop now and the perpetrators brought to justice.”

Since coming to power last August, the Taliban have been battling the upstart Islamic State affiliate known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province or IS-K, which is proving to be a challenge for insoluble security for the Afghan religious government.

Last October, IS-K also claimed responsibility for a brutal bombing in the northern province of Kunduz against a Shiite mosque that killed at least 50 people and injured more than 100. In November, the Taliban intelligence unit carried out sweeping attacks on suspected IS-K hideouts in eastern Nangarhar. province, where the murderous branch is headquartered.

In a statement on Friday, IS-K said the explosive device that devastated the Sai Doken mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif was hidden in a bag left inside among dozens of worshippers. As they knelt in prayer, he exploded.

“When the mosque was filled with prayers, the explosives detonated from a distance,” the IS statement said, saying 100 people were injured.

The Taliban say they arrested a former IS-K leader in the northern province of Balkh, of which Mazar-e-Sharif is the capital. Zabihullah Noorani, head of Balkh province’s information and culture department, said Abdul Hamid Sangaryar was arrested in connection with Thursday’s mosque attack.

IS-K had been relatively inactive in Afghanistan since last November, but in recent weeks it has intensified its attacks in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, targeting Shia Muslim communities vilified by Sunni radicals.

Earlier this month, two bombs exploded in the Shia neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, killing at least seven students and injuring several others.

IS-K established its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and has been blamed for some of the worst attacks in Afghanistan, including a brutal attack on a maternity hospital and school that killed more than 80 girls in 2021, months before the Taliban. took power.

IS-K also took responsibility for a brutal bombing outside Kabul International Airport in August 2021 that killed more than 160 Afghans who had pushed to enter the airport to flee the country. Thirteen American servicemen were also killed while overseeing America’s final withdrawal and the end of its 20-year war in Afghanistan.

In recent months, IS-K has also intensified its attacks in neighboring Pakistan, targeting a Shiite mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar in March. More than 65 worshipers were killed. The upstart affiliate also claimed several deadly attacks on the Pakistani military.

In the city of Faisalabad in central Punjab, Pakistan, local police issued a threat warning on Thursday, saying “it has been learned that ISIS-Khas are planning to carry out terrorist activities in Faisalabad”, advising people to “be extremely vigilant”. The police warning did not give details.

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, a Pakistani soldier was killed in the southwestern province of Balochistan after militants attacked a security outpost. No one has claimed responsibility. The area has been targeted by both IS-K as well as the violent Pakistani Taliban militants known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also based in neighboring Afghanistan.

The militant groups’ safe havens in Afghanistan have raised concerns for Pakistan, which earlier this month carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan, killing at least 20 children, according to the United Nations Education Fund ( UNICEF).

Pakistan did not confirm the strikes but warned the Afghan Taliban to stop using its territory to attack across the border from Pakistan.

In separate incidents, five children were killed in Faryab province in northern Afghanistan on Friday while playing with unexploded ordnance. In one incident, three brothers died when they found an unexploded device and attempted to dismantle it. In a second incident in another village, two children, aged 7 and 8, were killed while playing with a device, said Shamsullah Mohammadi, provincial information and culture officer in Faryab.

After more than four decades of war, which included two invasions – one by the former Soviet Union and one by the US-led coalition – Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world and littered unexploded ordnance.


Gannon reported from Islamabad. Associated Press writer Tameem Akhgar in Islamabad, Asim Tanvir in Multan, Pakistan and Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report

Bilal, Rizwan and 2 other SDPI employees arrested for the murder of an RSS employee in Palakkad, Kerala


On Friday, Kerala Police stopped four members of the Islamist organization Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) for the murder of an RSS leader in the Palakkad district of Kerala last week. The defendants were identified as Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Rizwan, Riyassuddin and Sahad.

The SDPI is the political wing of the radical Islamist organization PFI.

The murder victim, SK Sreenivasan, was a former RSS physical education instructor. He was murdered by a group of 6 assailants who arrived on three bicycles. They hacked him to death inside his shop in the Melamuri district of Palakkad with edged weapons. According to eyewitnesses, the assailants were armed with machetes and attacked him several times, inflicting multiple fatal injuries.

BJP head of state Krishnakumar had said the radical Islamic organization Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) was behind the attack. SDPI is the political wing of the Islamist organization Popular Front of India (PFI) which is banned in several parts of India. The BJP leader had further said that he had received threatening calls after the murder of SDPI activist Subair. Police also suspected that the RSS employee’s death was a retaliatory attack. According to reports, the leader of the RSS was assassinated within 24 hours of the death of Subair, an SDPI worker.

According to reportsKerala Police had launched a massive manhunt to catch the culprits who had fled after brutally murdering SK Sreenivasan on April 16. Police had also warned that tough action would be taken against those who try to incite communal tension via social media backdrops. of the Palakkad murders.

As a result, the state police chief had issued instructions to monitor social media activity in the state to control the spread of fake news that could have caused community tensions. However, this is not the first time that SDPI workers have targeted BJP or RSS leaders.

Earlier in December last year, SDPI workers allegedly assassinated BJP leader Ranjith Sreenivasan in Alappuzha district of Kerala. The perpetrators broke into Sreenivasan’s house in the early hours of December 19 and killed him with axes. Additionally, on November 15, A. Sanjith, a 26-year-old RSS worker, was hacked to death, apparently by SDPI goons. Sanjith from Elappully was killed on his way to work on his motorbike with his wife.

Police arrested four of the six killers in the recent case on Friday and secured the arrest of the other two members of the group. The police charged the culprits under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Contemporary Muslim artists continue to adapt Islamic models to challenge ideas about fixed culture


What is culture? In today’s globalized world, we are used to seeing various cultural objects and ornaments outside of their original location or context.

If culture is not fixed and tied to a particular place, how does culture move and change?

Ornamentation in Islamic art – patterned decoration or embellishment seen on objects or in architecture – is a prime example of such a culture movement that can now be found across the world.

Over the centuries, Islamic geometric patterns and arabesque motifs (Islimi) – otherwise known as biomorphic floral patterns – moved from east to west.

These models were constructed and adapted, and as such may not even be recognized as bearing the imprint or influence of Islamic societies.

Influence of Islamic art on Western design

What may appear to some viewers in some contexts as quintessentially British design, such as the patterns on William Morris’ “Holland Park” rug, is in fact inspired by Islamic arabesque (Islimi) ornamentation.
(Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rawpixel)

For example, the 19th century English designer William Morris — renowned for his designs which became known in fabrics, furniture and more Arts and Crafts Movement decorative arts – was inspired by the biomorphic floral motifs of Islamic arabesque ornamentation (Islimi).

A recent exhibition Cartier and Islamic art: in search of modernityto Decorative Arts Museum in Paris highlights the influence of Islamic art on French jewelry designs creator of Maison Cartier.

What is fascinating about this exhibit is the pairing of jewelry and precious objects with artifacts from Islamic lands like a Iranian mosaic from the 14th and 15th centuries who were Cartier’s first sources of inspiration. This exhibition travels to Dallas Museum of Art in May 2022.

“Cultural Translation”

Part of the reason for this shift in culture is the mobility of people and the portability of ornamental items.

The notion of “cultural translation”, forged by cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha, is the act of translation, which is neither a cultural tradition nor the other cultural tradition, but the emergence of other positions. The root of the translation of the English word comes from Latin translation meaning “to carry” or “to cross”.

The movement resulting from migration gives rise to acts of cultural translation of people. Translation is the negotiation born of the meeting of two social groups with different cultural traditions.

For Bhabha, cultural difference is never a finished “thing”. The experiences of migrants exist at the borders or borders of different cultures and are constantly changing. Therefore, acts of translation of language or visual signs and symbols are an act of constant negotiation between cultures.

In this process, the struggle of the migrant operates in a process of transformation in the in-between of cultures. called the third space. The third space is a hybrid space for negotiating cultural interactions.

Diaspora Muslim Artists

A good example of these types of cultural negotiations occurs in the works of contemporary artists from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Western (diasporic) societies.

For diaspora Muslim artists, traditional Islamic art forms contextualize their connections to their cultural origins within broader social, political and cultural concerns – concerns such as migration, cultural identity and diversity.

Pakistani-Canadian Artist Tazeen Qayyoum uses the language of traditional Islamic ornamentation in his work as A waiting pattern (2013) to investigate what it means to live between two cultures.

At first glance, the viewer perceives an aesthetically pleasing geometric design reminiscent of the arabesque tiles of Islamic architecture. However, closer inspection reveals that the ornamental pattern is a repeat of cockroach silhouettes.

In a recent article for black flash magazineQayyum explains this work:

“I also intricately painted a set of airport lounge chairs representative of the liminal space of an airport, where migrants and refugees are neither here nor there, but rather await clearance at their arrival at Pearson airport. The title “holding circuit” reinforces this thought because it evokes an aircraft waiting for authorization to land. It is a state of expectation that refers to my own displaced identity of living between two cultures, always in transit and never really at home.

“Intermediate Space”

Theoreticians of contemporary culture, as Sara Ahmed and Bhabha have argued that these artists enter a mode of cultural translation.

The goose engraved with a pattern is examined by a spectator wearing a hijab, seen from behind.
What do you see in this golden connective pattern engraved on geese and mallard ducks?
(Soheila Esfahani), Author provided

The artists destabilize the idea of ​​a monolithic culture and instead construct works influenced by places of cultures that reflect an “in-between space”: a site of dialogue reflecting these interconnected influences.

I have recently created artworks in which I investigate cultural translation and question the displacement, diffusion and reinsertion of culture by recontextualizing culturally specific ornamentation. This work is intended for an exhibition of three people, The art of living: on community, immigration and the migration of symbols, Jude Abu Zeineh, Soheila Esfahani, Xiaojing Yancurator Catherine Bédard, at the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris (opening May 12, 2022).

In my work mallard ducksa vintage wooden sign featuring a flock of Canada geese and mallard ducks flying over a marsh at sunset has been laser engraved with an arabesque design.

By placing the arabesque design on the wooden cutout of Canada geese and mallard ducks — a vintage “Canadiana” object — I aim to question the origin of culture and the role of ornamentation. I acquired this item from a local business where I live in Waterloo Region, Ontario that salvages and salvages wood materials. At one point, the sign was apparently hanging in a restaurant.

This motif is reproduced from sections of the mosaic design of the inner dome of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.

Highly detailed ornamentation, in shades of gold, tan, teal and brown, is arranged in circular patterns, against a cobalt blue ceiling.
Detail of the interior dome of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
(Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA

This mosquealso known as the Royal Mosque, part of a complex of buildings in an urban square designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site.

Experiences, cultures inform readings

As noted by art historian Oleg Grabar in his book The mediation of ornament“…ornament is the ultimate mediator, paradoxically questioning the value of meanings by channeling them towards pleasure. Or is it possible to argue that rather than providing pleasure, ornament also gives the viewer the right and freedom to choose the meaning?

My work aims to become a mediator allowing the spectator to enter the third space and revolves around an act of negotiation. Viewers’ unique experiences and cultures inform their reading of the work. This allows them to “enter the third space” by engaging in cultural translation: viewers transport their culture through and onto the artwork and vice versa.

I am interested in the notion of third space not only in contemporary art/culture, but also as a means of opening a space for dialogue between fields of study in order to mobilize multiple perspectives.

Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, four-time MP for Muttahida, has died


Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P), died on Tuesday following surgery. He was 64 years old.

The late politician was elected to the National Assembly for four consecutive terms in the general elections of 2002, 2008, 2013 and 2018. In the 2002, 2008 and 2013 polls, he won by NA-256. After further demarcations, he won his seat from the NA-240 district of Korangi in the last general elections.

He also served as Federal Housing Minister between 2008 and 2013 when the MQM joined the coalition government of the Pakistan People’s Party. Khan’s family members said he underwent open-heart surgery last month after which he could not recover.

MQM-P leader Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi and other party leaders expressed grief over the MP’s passing and remembered him as a committed party worker. His funeral prayers would be offered after Zuhr prayers today at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Jama Masjid Farooqi near the DC East office.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Haleem Adil Sheikh also offered their condolences on the parliamentarian’s passing. In their separate statements, they prayed for the soul of the deceased.

As COVID-19 shutdown lifts, Mecca pilgrims revive Islam’s holiest city


MECCA, Saudi Arabia (RNS) – Mariam sips a box of juice as she sits on the steps outside a hotel not far from the Grand Mosque in this holiest city for Muslims. Mariam first says she’s 10, but then decides she’s 8.

Her mother, in a veiled black abaya, sits a few steps away on the sidewalk, selling scarves to a group of pilgrims.

It’s 6.30am and dozens of pilgrims stop by as they walk back to their hotels after playing fajrmorning prayer at the Grand Mosque.

Mariam’s mother is one of many vendors who sell an assortment of items to passing pilgrims. This is the first time in over two years that they have been able to do so, after Saudi Arabia recently relaxed most COVID-19 restrictions.

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“She’ll be done soon and then we’ll go home and sleep,” Mariam said, her eyes glued to her mother the whole time. “It’s going to be too hot to be outside anyway.”

An hour later, Mariam’s mother packs up the few scarves she couldn’t sell and is ready to go home.

Umrah pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque one morning during Ramadan in mid-April 2022, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A Grand Mosque expansion project can be seen in the background. Photo by Rabiya Jaffery

“It was very difficult for two years,” she says politely, despite an obvious reluctance to speak to a stranger. Mariam and her mother, who declined to be named for security reasons, are of Somali descent and are among the 5 million undocumented migrants living in Saudi Arabia.

“It’s not much easier now for us either. We just make ends meet until we are arrested and deported. But alhamdulillah” – glory be to God – “we had at least a normal Ramadan again. Hopefully we will also have the hajj before being expelled.

For two years, as COVID-19 raged around the world, the Saudi government, guardian of the holy sites in Mecca, closed the country to foreigners, banning those who come to make the Umrah pilgrimage during Ramadan and the more than 2.5 million pilgrims who, in a normal year, make the required visit to Mecca, or hajj.

Along with spiritual deprivation, the shutdown has severely shaken the country’s gross domestic product and pinched traders such as Mariam’s mother who depended on pilgrims.

But the worst may be over: the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that the limits for this year’s hajj, which begins in July, have been relaxed to one million pilgrims – more than the 50,000 authorized in 2021 and the 1,000 in 2020, at the height of the pandemic. Occupancy rates at major hotels in Makkah have already increased to 95% in the first week of Ramadan.

Hundreds of Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba, the cubic building of the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, July 29, 2020. During the first rites of hajj, Muslims circle the Kaaba seven times counter-clockwise while reciting supplications to God, then walk between two hills where Ibrahim's wife, Hagar, is said to have ran as she fetched water for her dying son before God caused a well to flow to that day.  (AP Photo)

Hundreds of Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba, the cubic building of the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo)

But there are still difficulties for street vendors. For many years the government had an unspoken policy of tolerance towards these communities, but deportations increased dramatically a few years ago. In 2017, a campaign called “Nation Without Violators” was launched as part of a new economic agenda.

Mariam’s mother, who has been selling scarves to pilgrims for 15 years, says it has become increasingly risky since then.

“We would sometimes leave our things and run away if we saw the police coming to check,” she said. “It’s always been illegal to sell if you don’t have a real store. But if you are illegal yourself, you don’t just get fined. You go to jail and then you are sent back to your own country.

The risk was worth it during the Ramadan and hajj seasons, especially when the millions of pilgrims brought many blessings, she said. Then the pandemic arrived and everything changed.

“For the past two years, I have returned home. I couldn’t make any money at all,” she said. “But no one else either. Not even large companies and markets. It’s as if God cursed them for making it so difficult for us.

Many businesses in the city have never recovered from months of confinement and no pilgrims and have closed permanently.

A closed market remains idle during the month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in April 2022. Pandemic travel restrictions have deeply damaged the tourism industry.  Photo by Rabiya Jaffery

A closed market remains idle during the month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in April 2022. Pandemic travel restrictions have deeply damaged the tourism industry. Photo by Rabiya Jaffery

Khaleel Rehman, one of the most 11 million legal immigrants in the country, has a small shop not far from where Mariam and her mum were sitting where he sells rosaries, henna and a wide selection of toys and souvenirs. After closing the store for almost two years, he is selling the stock he put away in 2020 when the first lockdown started.

Rehman, born in southern India, has worked in Saudi Arabia for 23 years, 20 of them managing his store. But before the pilgrims returned, he took odd jobs, such as driving for the local wealthy.

Like others in the city, he hopes the pilgrimage industry will finally fully recover as restrictions ease. “Before, we earned more in hajj two weeks than in regular three months combined. Ramadan is also three times a normal month. I hope it will be possible again.”

Abdulrehman Kuraishi, a 21-year-old Saudi, said the hospitality of the pilgrimage runs in his blood. His grandfather owned a date farm and for years pilgrims brought dates home as gifts. Her father is now a distributor of imported food products to grocery chains in Makkah. During Ramadan and the hajj, the son says, “wWe collect the dates and distribute them free of charge to pilgrims and the poorest neighborhoods. I don’t think the Ramadan spirit is back overall, but it’s much better than 2020.”

He is currently on an internship with his father’s company as they prepare for the one million extra people who will be buying food for the two-week hajj.

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But like his father, Kuraishi hopes to leave the family business to seize the opportunity in the growing demands for technology in saudi arabia pilgrimage sector.

“I think the way to meet the needs of pilgrims evolves over time, but the people of Makkah will always find prosperity,” he said.My mother says Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) prayed that Makkah would always be blessed. I believe that to be true.”

But often for migrants from Makkah, like Mariam and Rehman’s mother, the city’s blessings are a little harder to reap.

Cinema box office sales in Saudi Arabia exceed 30.8 million tickets in 4 years


RIYADH: During Ramadan, podcasts provide a welcome diversion for many Muslims who want to take a break from listening to music to be entertained and, perhaps, learn more about issues related to their faith.

Here are six of the best, most interesting, entertaining, informative or useful podcasts that the Arab News team has found. They cover a wide variety of topics, from discussions of Islamic issues to cultural viewpoints, mentoring, children’s storytelling and charity.

“The Digital Sisterhood” is a female-led, Islamic faith-based podcast that aims to unite Muslim women around the world. It addressed many stigmas and debunked false beliefs surrounding women’s views in Islam. It also covers many other broader topics, including mental health awareness, the struggle to strengthen one’s faith, marriage, and courtship.


● Next on our list is “Freshly Grounded”, which shares stories and ideas about business, lifestyle and current affairs with its international audience, while raising awareness of many international Muslim charities.

● ‘Muslim Central Podcasts’, a private podcasting platform that hosts a number of shows on a variety of topics, including expert discussions on understanding the Islamic faith and modern conflicts facing young Muslims can be faced.

In its two seasons so far, the podcast has attracted 1.6 million listeners worldwide. Its producers say their goal is to represent Muslim women and share their untold stories in an authentic way. It’s a perfect listening choice for Muslims and non-Muslims who want to hear real stories from strong Muslim women around the world and learn more about them and the issues that affect them the most.

Next on our list is “Freshly Grounded”, which shares stories and insights on business, lifestyle and current affairs with its international audience, while raising awareness of many international Muslim charities.

The podcast, hosted by British Muslims Faisal and Sam, launched in 2017 and has produced over 274 episodes to date. In addition to its entertainment value, the podcast also raises funds to sponsor orphans, build schools, and conduct numerous philanthropic initiatives through the charity Supporting the People of Tomorrow, or SPOT for short.

If you’re interested in a fun and engaging podcast that’s also on a mission to help those less fortunate, “Freshly Grounded” is a great choice.

Then we have Muslim Central Podcasts, a private podcasting platform that hosts a number of shows on a variety of topics, including expert discussions on understanding the Islamic faith and the modern conflicts that young Muslims can struggle.

Two of the platform’s most popular podcasters among young audiences are Mufti Menk, who has produced over 2,041 episodes to date, and Mohammed Hoblos, who has recorded 89. They recently went viral on TikTok and Instagram with their moving lectures on the challenges facing young Muslims living in the West. Muslim Central is a great choice especially for young people trying to find their place in the modern world.

Mindful Muslimah Speaks, which has produced over 325 episodes to date, aims to empower Muslim women to achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves. He helps them achieve this by providing guidance in a Muslim context on a wide range of topics including parenting, mindfulness, organization, love and relationships. It also seeks to create a global community of online support groups.

“Once Upon A Crescent: Muslim Kids Podcast” is a podcast for young listeners hosted and produced by Ms. Hashimi, a Muslim elementary school teacher. It shares stories of characters such as warrior princesses who offer helpful messages and advice on conflict resolution and more, all wrapped up in fun Islamic bedtime storytelling. The podcast started in 2020 and so far has over 35 stories for parents to choose from.

“Yaqeen Institute’s Quran 30 for 30” delves into the 30 sections of the Quran during the 30 days of Ramadan. Hosted by Sheikh Omar Suleiman and Sheikh Abdullah Oduro, the show explores the complex messages and lessons of the Quran in detail through the narration and discussion of life lessons linked to sections of the text. A new episode is released every day during the holy month, featuring guest speakers from various areas of the Islamic world.

Faith in religious harmony! Muslims offer water and juice to Hindus during Shobha Yatra in Noida


Several states in India have reported instances of religious disparities during the celebration of Ram Navami, later followed by Hanuman Jayanti. At the same time, depicting the other side of the story, several instances of communal harmony were also reported where Hindus and Muslims celebrated their festivals together.

In Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Muslims recently distributed water, soft drinks and juices to hundreds of Hindus who took part in a religious procession on Sunday April 17, a day after clashes in Jahangirpuri from Delhi.

Members of the Hindu community took part in the ‘Shobha Yatra’, held a day after Hanuman Jayanti on April 16, amid high police alert following clashes in the nearby town of Delhi.

A Twitter user shared the video of the same, stating that Hindus and Muslims were peacefully running the Shobha Yatra, which passed through Baans Balli market in Noida.

Several Hindu women dressed in saffron garments also gathered, showering rose petals on the men leading the procession. Rahul Dubey, Media Officer of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Noida, told PTI: “The Shobha Yatra started from Sector 45 and went through Sectors 37, 18, 5, 8, 9, 12-22, finally culminating at the Hanuman Mandir in Sector 34. At the Bamboo Market in Sector 9, the Shobha Yatra was welcomed by members of the Muslim community who offered juice, cold drinks and water to the Hindus,” quoted The New Indian Express.

He called the Shobha Yatra a great success which went smoothly with peace, gathering massive supporters and ensuring no trouble during the procession.

Heavy deployment of the police

According to The Week, the event happened in the presence of a large police deployment with barricades and other security measures in place as a precaution.

About 300 police officers were posted on security duty. At the same time, senior Noida officials constantly assessed the situation as hundreds of saffron-clad men on foot, two-wheeled vehicles and four-wheeled vehicles roamed the city’s roads.

Videos of Muslims serving water, soft drinks and juices during the Hindu procession have gone viral on social media in what netizens have described as an example of “community harmony”. Amid the unrest that has erupted in several Indian states, where attempts are being made to undermine the unity and diversity of the country, such examples are a beacon of hope for a progressive India and for Indians in general.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov congratulates Belal Muhammad on winning UFC Vegas 51


Following his impressive decision victory over Vicente Luque on April 16, Belal Muhammad was congratulated by Khabib Nurmagomedov, a man widely regarded as the greatest lightweight of all time.

“The Eagle” walked away from the octagon after his shock post-fight retirement nearly two years ago. Overcoming Justin Gaethje to make his third and final defense of the 155-pound title, the 33-year-old left the sport with a perfect 29-0 record.

In support of the Chicago native, Khabib took to Instagram to congratulate the welterweight on his performance against a tough opponent.

Khabib Nurmagomedov congratulating Belal Muhammad (Image credit: @khabib_nurmagomedov on Instagram)

The Russian has always been a supportive figure to those around him, and having trained with Belal Muhammad in the past, the two share a notable respect for each other.

After managing to level the score with Vicente Luque while hosting a grappling clinic, the Roufusport rep has set his sights on Colby Covington in a game that could see the winner earn a chance at the strap of Kamaru Usman.

Gilbert Burns appears to be a more realistic option for Muhammad’s return to the cage as UFC President Dana White has openly stated his preference to pit Khamzat Chimaev against ‘Chaos’ next.

With one more win under his belt, “Remember the Name” could live up to his initial potential and find himself competing in his first-ever UFC title fight.

Where is Khabib Nurmagomedov and will he compete in the UFC again?

Despite rumors of a return, Khabib Nurmagomedov is apparently content with life away from the octagon and seems fully focused on his coaching and management roles.

Since hanging up the gloves, the Dagestanis have played an influential role in the growth and development of many fighters in the mixed martial arts. Although he didn’t win the award, many thought the former UFC lightweight champion should have been considered the 2021 Coach of the Year.

His expertise has helped a handful of athletes across multiple promotions, but coaching isn’t all Nurmagomedov has done. He previously acquired Eagle Fighting Championship and successfully ran the MMA company over the years.

After having set foot on American soil with the Eagle FC events, the judo black belt has her hands full. It seems highly unlikely that he will return to competition anytime soon, although longtime training partner Islam Makhachev appears to be carrying the torch in his absence.

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Meet the gay Muslim artist making waves for Montenegro at this year’s Venice Biennale


Dante Buu’s point of view is as unique as the pieces he is producing for the Venice Biennale this year.

Her colorful embroideries are sculptural pieces affixed to flexible metal rods that can be manipulated to cause the pieces to change shape. Buu himself constantly transforms his forms of expression. Using video, performance art, photography, text and textiles, Buu challenges notions of alienation, sexuality, intimacy and identity.

His works will represent Montenegro at the “Art World Olympics” in 2022.

“I am the first artist of Muslim origin to come out publicly as gay in the Balkans,” Buu insists. “It’s a concept with a specific wording that I use. Of course, there are others and I do not deny their existence. It’s about making a statement to the world.

Originally from Rožaje, which borders Serbia and Kosovo, Buu grew up feeling lonely, due to his homosexuality and his Muslim faith. Books and movies were and still are his comfort.

His loneliness shines through in the photograph “If you want to fuck me, you don’t have to pretend it’s for the art”, in which a dapper Buu is enveloped by men in suits who offer to light his cigarette . It is a direct reference to the film ‘Malèna’ by Guiseppe Tornatore in which the character of Monica Bellucci pulls out a cigarette and men demand to light it. At that time, she decides to prostitute herself to survive. Malèna’s husband is said to have been killed in the war, she is short of money. It’s a precious moment, in Buu’s eyes, of empowerment.

“Every human being in this world is relevant. There is no person supremacy. Unfortunately, we live in a world where wealth dictates supremacy.

Minority in Montenegro

Dating his parents at the age of 14, he credits the support of his family for strengthening his sense of self. Buu also spent some time in Sarajevo before securing an artist-at-risk grant from the Martin Roth Initiative, arriving in Berlin in 2021. He still regularly returns home to Rožaje.

“I come from two minorities in Montenegro. I was constantly bullied and bullied as a child. In fact, there is no difference between children and adults in this way.

Buu sees his existence as a resistance to uniformity, a feeling that shines through in his works.

“I stand up for myself given my background and then, in the face of the art world which also has abuse and abuse of artists.”

After coming from the sidelines, Buu won major scholarships and awards. He has become artist-in-residence at venues such as KulturKontakt Austria and Ankara’s Queer Art Program. This fall, he will join CEC ArtsLink in New Orleans.

More recently, he was selected for one of the most important contemporary art residencies in Germany, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Christoph Tannert, artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, calls Buu’s art “true and beautiful”.

“He buries himself in the wounds of the soul”, notes Tannert “All he exudes is an almost tender humility which he shows to all who enter into dialogue with him.”

Performing Arts and Social Affairs

Buu’s performance works are meant to challenge our sense of intimacy as well as the art world’s emphasis on production and theme. He values ​​lasting performances because they are not just objects to be purchased or seen casually without the presence of the artist. For Buu, each performance is different, ineffable, impossible to reproduce exactly.

“He is driven by a desire for truth that is often so deep and existential that it leaves you speechless,” says Tannert.

“The international art scene is characterized by routine. Dante Buu relies on breaking the norm.

One of his most notable performances took place in 2015 at the , a center for contemporary art in Graz, Austria. Entitled The Winner Takes It All, it features Buu in front of a video monotonously singing ABBA’s famous song with its melancholy harmony, supported by two pasted videos: one shows homosexuals dancing happily in a new-fashioned nightclub. York girl and the other, in stark contrast, is from a YouTube video of a group of Russian men beating up a gay man.

Russian “gay hunters” have been known to lure gay men into attacks by hiding in gay chat groups.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Buu admits. “The video is both executioner and victim. That’s what happens in life. We all have a personal responsibility to each other, but I find that people don’t. There’s a moment in the YouTube video where a man tries to stop the beatings, and then they explain to him why they’re doing it and he joins them.

At the Bethanien in Berlin, Buu confronted the audience with two performances. One, entitled “and you, you die happy? featured Buu in a window, standing in the middle of a phone call with watery mascara running down her face, four hours a day for eight days. A performance he repeated twice in different places in the city. While at thigh height, he displayed some of the embroidery he has been working on since 2020 while showing off motionless for 27 days, five hours a day.

“I’m obsessed with time and what it means for artwork. With the performance, we see the time, but the work is ephemeral. With the embroidery, we see the result, but we have a fleeting idea of ​​how long it took to produce – the first one I did took four years,” Buu explains.

Buu’s embroidery work began in 2014 after her father fell from a cherry tree. While her mother waited in the hospital for her father to wake up, Buu, who has seen her grandmother, aunts and mother embroider throughout their lives, started a piece in black. It ended up being 2 meters long.

Embroidery and class in Montenegro

“It’s a job that’s denigrated because if you’re poor in a place like Montenegro, you have to make things, and the women did that, it’s also part of their dowry. This is the kind of women’s work that is made invisible.

Buu invited her mother, in anticipation of the Biennale, to create a new piece of embroidery. She starts at one end and they meet in the middle. They take anywhere from three months to years to complete depending on their different sizes.

“I just tell her to pick the colors randomly and go with her feelings. There’s no planning and she’s the only one who can do it.

Five of Buu’s pieces will feature in Montenegro’s contribution to the Venice Biennale from April to November.

It has been a difficult journey from Rožaje to the Biennale, where Buu’s work will be in the international spotlight, but he remains firm, reluctant to meet the needs of mainstream audiences.

“Artists often have to say that they are influenced by such – from the canon of Western European art by straight male artists. But what is art history? It’s not that .

“It’s something we were sold and it’s not the truth.”

Will the Karauli riot polarize Rajasthan ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections?


“If Yogi Adityanath was here, the bulldozers would have already crushed the property of Muslims,” ​​said Yogesh Garg, whose store in the town of Karauli in Rajasthan was set on fire during the April 2 communal violence.

That day, a bicycle rally to celebrate the Hindu New Year had gone wrong. As the rally entered Atwara, a Muslim-majority enclave in the town of Karauli, revelers played and danced to incendiary songs, which spoke of slashing Muslims. In response, slabs of stone were reportedly dropped on the gathering from Muslim homes. As things got worse, a large number of shops were set on fire and at least 35 people were injured.

While an uneasy calm has been restored, the April 2 rally may have left long political shadows in Congress-run Rajasthan, which heads to the polls next year. Increasingly, Karauli became a battleground between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The administration has foiled several attempts by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bharatiya Janata Party and various other Hindutva outfits to hold more rallies in the district. On April 13, he prevented Tejasvi Surya, national leader of the BJP Yuva Morcha, and 250 others from entering the district for a “nyaya yatra”, or justice rally.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the BJP of trying to create a community-laden atmosphere in the state. “That’s why they go to Karauli and do deceptive things, so the tension remains,” he said. He added that the state government has ordered the administration to take strict action against anyone who tries to disturb the peace.

In Karauli district, Hindus have become increasingly restive, voicing grievances at the state government’s handling of the riots, accusing it of appeasing Muslims. Many predict that the events of April 2 will consolidate Hindu support for the BJP. But this is complicated by the social realities of Rajasthan, where caste divisions are almost as pronounced as those of religion.

Brijal Dikoliya, head of the BJP’s Karauli district, claimed that the Congress had failed to maintain law and order. Photo credit: Aishwarya S Iyer

“Gehlot saab seat is missing”

Some Hindus who suffered losses in the riots feel the Congress government has turned a blind eye to them.

“You tell me, is that right?” asked Ramesh Chand Gupta, whose grocery store was set on fire. “Not only were we attacked with large [stone] slabs in the procession first, not only were our stores vandalized and looted for no good reason, but now people don’t even accept our reality anymore.

Their grievances are not limited to the government. Many Hindu traders also feel that the media has been biased in reporting their losses. “Even now, some local newspapers haven’t even published a single story about us,” said Suresh Garg, 60.

Scroll.in met several Hindu traders who claimed to have suffered damages worth Rs 15 lakh, which they said the district administration was reluctant to acknowledge. All complained that the first information reports from Muslim traders were recorded within two days of the violence while their FIRs were not recorded until around 8 or 9 April.

“Why make us run so much?” asked Hemant Agarwal, 35. “When we go to the collector, they send us to the SP [superintendent of police]when we go to the SP, they send us to the collector.

Former Karauli District Collector Shailendra Singh Shekhawat, who was transferred after the riots, said the district administration had sent compensation claims of Rs 2.25 crore to the state government. Shekhawat said the amount was to be split between seven Hindu traders and 73 Muslims. Many Hindu traders claimed that the administration simply did not count their losses. On the ground, however, it was difficult to determine whether the number of damaged Hindu properties was significantly higher than what the administration had recorded.

Nevertheless, these complaints resulted in anger against the state government. “Gehlot saab seat is gone,” Garg said, as he predicted Hindus would unite behind a BJP candidate.

The riots left behind a polarized environment seething with hatred against the minority community. This ties in with the belief that a BJP government would have punished Muslims for their alleged wrongdoings. Take Rajesh Garg, 38, a small businessman who suffered no losses in the riots, although many of his clients did. A BJP government, he said, would have hit Muslims so hard “that their cheeks would have swelled four inches”.

Muslim homes on Atwara Road are locked and cordoned off. Photo credit: Aishwarya S Iyer

“Pressure to leave”

Muslims, meanwhile, fear the consequences of the riot. Some Muslim houses are now padlocked. In others, only women remain. It would appear that at least a few Muslim men, fearing police intervention, are on the run.

Among those awaiting compensation is Abdul Hamid, 46, who owned a shop on Madan Mohan Temple Road in Karauli. Like many other Muslim traders on this road, he is owned by the Maniyaar community and sells lac bracelets. “We mainly deal with Hindus. If I were having a wedding today, 80% of the people would be Hindus,” he said, bursting into tears.

The April 2 riots disrupted many of these daily social and economic exchanges. A taxi service owner said he fired two Muslim drivers after the violence, and a hotel manager said Hindus who rented shops from Muslims on National Road 44 asked them to leave.

Irfan Khan is worried about his own business prospects – the men’s clothing store he owned was burned down – as well as those of his uncle, who was renting his store from a Hindu landlord. “There is pressure to leave,” Khan said.

Like Haji Jaleel, 44, whose shop was also burned on April 2, they fear that if the BJP comes to power, daily violence will force them to leave their homes in Karauli. However, Jaleel hoped things would improve over time.

Hamid, too, bases his hope on the social ties that have endured despite the violence. “For me, the person who ransacked and burned down my store is not a Hindu,” he said. “The person who rented his store to me and told my son he would help rebuild the store is a Hindu.”

The men at the rally, he said, made it their “task to spread poison”. “That’s not what a Hindu does,” Hamid said.

Congress District Chairman Haji Rukhsar said alliances between castes and communities would blur sharp religious divides. Photo credit: Aishwarya S Iyer

Caste calculations

Nonetheless, local BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh units may be trying to turn the polarization left by the riot into political gains.

“The incident shows that the government of Rajasthan, not only in Karauli but in the whole state, is failing in maintaining public order,” said Brijal Dikoliya, Karauli district chief of the BJP. He pointed out that Gehlot held the interior minister’s portfolio and that voters noted that the chief minister was “not capable of managing the state”.

Before his plans were foiled by the district administration, Keshav Singh Naruka, 65, deputy secretary of Vidya Bharti of Rajasthan, the education wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, had planned several other rallies. Despite the hitch in his plans, Naruka predicted that things would soon change in Rajasthan.

This may not be a wild conclusion to draw – after all, Rajasthan has a strong history of anti-incumbency, with Congress and the BJP alternating in government.

However, the political calculations in Rajasthan are complex. According to local estimates, the two main electoral blocs in the assembly constituency of Karauli are Meenas and Gujjars. The two communities have often been at loggerheads in Rajasthan. While the Meenas have Scheduled Tribal status, the Gujjars have a long-standing demand for the same reservations, which they say has helped Meenas advance.

Congress District Chairman Haji Rukhsar said Lakhan Singh Meena, who won the 2018 election on a Bahujan Samaj party ticket before moving to Congress, won the support of Muslims, Meenas and voters in the listed caste. Rukhsar hoped these alliances would blur the stark divisions between Hindus and Muslims that the BJP hoped to take advantage of.

Many Muslims in Karauli are still grateful to Lakhan Singh Meena for ensuring that a Muslim councillor, Rashida Khatoon, was elected president of the municipality, even though the community represents only 22.5% of the population of the city. city.

Sanju Genghat, who is the district head of the Akhil Bharatiya Anusuchit Jati Yuvjan Samaj, which works to spread education and political awareness among Dalit communities, said the allegations of religious polarization were overblown. “These BJP people are just spreading rumours, the reality is always different,” Genghat, 34, said.

Sanju Genghat felt the claims of religious polarization were exaggerated. Photo credit: Aishwarya S Iyer

He had been a member of the BJP’s Yuva Morcha, or youth wing, but left it five years ago. Genghat claims this was after he suffered caste discrimination in the morcha. “The others had a problem with me and my friends having water from a particular tank. I left the party soon after,” he said.

Genghat said caste discrimination was endemic in Karauli. “When a child is born with us, the first thing he [upper-caste Hindus in the BJP] do is say stay away from this mehtar [low caste individual]“, he said.

While Karauli voters recognize caste differences, many upper-caste Hindus say the riot has blurred these divisions. “The fire that was lit – it was not lit in our stores but in our hearts,” said Rajesh Garg. “When it comes to being a Hindu, the importance of caste comes to an end.”

UFC World and Belal Muhammad defend prominent MMA journalist Helen Yee after failed shaming attempt


Social media can be an unpleasant place. As good as it is for quickly communicating the news, some people use it wrongly. Mainly in the MMA/UFC space, some MMA Twitter members have been known to knock people off.


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From fighters to officials to members of the media, no one is safe from these random internet trolls. Recently, prominent MMA journalist Helen Yee shared such an incident.


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Helen Yee posted a tweet that takes unnecessary digs at the reporter, which is why she asked, “Why does every time people try to pursue something out of the ordinary, they get pissed off?”

The Schmozone podcast co-host added, “I think it’s comical to stir up hate just trying to fulfill a childhood dream.”

“The internet is a fun place. Anyway, I hope you are all having a great day,” concluded Helen Yee Sports representing.


Prominent sports journalist Helen Yee seeks to pursue her childhood dream – asks fans for help

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Although the Twitter user tried to poke fun at the reporter, she still hasn’t revealed her identity.

MMA/UFC community reacts to online abuse

Many in the MMA community reacted to the post and had nothing but encouraging messages for the rising reporter.

UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad posted, “Pathetic people say pathetic things.”

Additionally, fellow MMA reporter James Lynch suggested, Ignore them. As I have said @WillHarrisAOAF a few months ago, it’s like a garbage collector giving medical advice to a doctor. People like that act that way because they don’t deal with their own problems and try to bring you down to their level.

A top MMA content creator, Will Harris, said: All the facts, ignore them @HelenYeeSports . Anyone who tries to do something good in their life will always be hounded by people who don’t have the balls to pursue their own passions and dreams.

Another member of the media, Amy Kaplan, wrote: “Wow what an act a**t.”

Alex Behunin said, “Jealousy at its finest, what a loser.”

Additionally, UFC veteran Jake Shields said: “You should have seen all the skeptics when I told people I was going to be a pro fighter.”

MMA fans weren’t left out to show their support

Not all fans share the same sentiment of putting people down. Thus, many fans supported the promising journalist.


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Islamic leaders in Michigan urge vigilance after thwarting potential attack


A leading Michigan civil rights organization is urging Islamic communities to step up their security.

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police arrested a Minnesota man who allegedly threatened to blow up mosques in the Detroit metro.

Police say he also intentionally rammed 11 cars that were allegedly driven by people of color.

He is now imprisoned in Van Buren County.

The incident comes in the middle of Ramadan, a holy time in Islam for fasting and prayer.

Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter executive director Dawud Walid is urging Islamic organizations to review their security procedures.

“We are certainly more suspicious at the time of Ramadan, unfortunately, because we know there are people of bad will who would target our mosques as they are packed with worshipers every night,” Walid said.

Walid adds that it is important to be aware of the mental health of others.

“When we engage in conversation and know each other’s state of well-being, maybe we can intercede and not have incidents like what happened in West Michigan” , did he declare.

The incident comes two months after a 37-year-old man started a fire at a Dearborn mosque and was later killed in a shootout with police.

The FBI is investigating both cases.

As India hurtles towards a terrifying endgame, the foreign policy community cannot remain silent


It is an unspoken norm among large swaths of the Indian foreign policy community to steer clear of commentary on domestic politics and society.

In reality, however, India’s relationship with the world has a lot to do with its internal character and more specifically, the health of its democratic order.

India might not have used ‘democracy’ as a precondition for its foreign policy in the first decades after independence. But, implicitly, he always deployed his own democratic credentials as a key argument in the world. This was supported by independent India’s central worldview of resistance to discrimination and domination – by the strong, by the weak.

After the end of the cold war, India redoubled its efforts in starting to base its relations with the West (in particular the United States) on shared values ​​of democracy. In fact, it was AB Vajpayee who, while discussing Indo-American relations in 1998, said: “We are the two largest democracies in the world, and have similar political cultures, a free press and the rule of law.

The liberal West, too, has viewed the resilience of India’s multi-party system, social pluralism and respect for the rule of law with great admiration. Geopolitically, he saw a liberal India as a compelling counterweight to ascendant illiberal Asian regimes, such as communist China.

The entirety of this theoretical premise is now under unprecedented stress. But India’s foreign policy community doesn’t give a damn.

Even as India continues to rapidly and visibly regress to a violent majority state, the community continues to look the other way. The prevailing thought is that foreign policy is far above the “petty politics” of the homeland or that internal affairs have no bearing on global diplomacy. At best, foreign policy voices are content to endorse the values ​​of democracy and pluralism solely for geostrategic purposes.

That the rest of the world, especially the crusading West for democracy, has so far given Narendra Modi’s India a free pass has only furthered this culture of silence and willful ignorance. . He seems to have lulled our foreign policy commentators into the illusion that no matter what, India can go on reciting its beloved fable of liberal democracy over and over, to the point where it becomes a fairy tale. irrefutable – almost mesmerizing.

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi and US President Joe Biden met virtually before the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries met for their long-awaited 2+2 meeting. There was noble speech on “the shared commitment to democracy and pluralism” and the two democracies – one the oldest, the other the largest – delivery “opportunity, security, freedom and dignity” to their peoples.

This happened just two days after a Hindu group vandalized Muslim vendor carts in the Dharwad district of Karnataka. Previously, the chief minister of the state had himself called for a economic boycott of Muslim merchants. During this weekend, at least nine places across the country reported massive violence against Muslims (which is in the middle of the holy month of Ramzan) as Indian Hindus celebrate the birth of Lord Ram.

Screenshot from a video of the Dharwad temple site. Photo: Twitter/@harishupadhya

But, except for one lukewarm and arguably broad commentary on “some concerning recent developments in India, including an increase in human rights abuses by some members of the government, police and prison officials” by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the Biden administration has refused to talk about the naked display of sectarian violence, majoritarianism and the human rights abuses that resulted in Modi’s India.

Nor did he mention the growing legal intimidation and censorship that vocal critics of the government, like Rana Ayyub and Aakar Patel (who was recently banned to travel to the United States), are facing India today.

Today, the United States could look away from the alarming situation in India. But, that in itself should come under critical scrutiny for scholars and observers of India’s foreign policy – who are supposed to offer unbiased analyzes of India’s relationship with the world and how that can be guaranteed for the long term, not write praise like court jesters. or scribes.

After all, if foreign policy is the projection of “national interests” onto the international stage, then its students have every reason to be concerned with the fundamental character of the “nation” from which those interests derive. They should also ask themselves for whom are they defending “national interests” – those of every Indian or only the religious majority?

It was refreshing to see former diplomats speak out against anti-Muslim hate speech earlier this year. But, it was, positively speaking, a rare occurrence. Most scholars or foreign policy observers have not bothered to denounce the Hindu monks call for genocide against their fellow citizens or publicly threatening to rape muslim women in the presence of police.

If empathy is so outdated, then at the very least why should India’s foreign policy commentators care about India’s democratic backsliding, as it could severely erode its diplomatic capital and, by extension, affect its interests.

Foreign policy is a sum total of many things, one of which is the character of domestic policy – ​​even for a supposedly “non-aligned” and non-interventionist Asian middle power like India. So an administration in the White House or Number 10 might not care too much about the situation in India today, but that doesn’t guarantee a smooth ride for an increasingly illiberal India forever.

It should be noted that even the Union Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Washington DC for the 2+2, mentioned that India has “vital roles to play in the Indian Ocean region and the wider Indo-Pacific” as a “democracy”. It might be a deceitful position for him, but it shows that even the Modi government, whose ministers and cheerleaders often mock the West for preaching about democracy, knows full well what the West values. for India.

In fact, just two days after his visit, the United States Department of State released its annual reports on human rights practices, which provide detailed and overwhelming information on the various forms of human rights violations taking place in India. This includes attacks on Muslims, the violent expulsion of Bengali Muslims (miya) in Assam and the prolonged detention of political activists.

All of this becomes especially relevant today as Western governments and intelligentsia drag India to the witness stand for its neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

As New Delhi defiantly refuses to denounce Vladimir Putin’s cross-border aggression and buys Russian oil, some heads are turning. Modi is equated with Putin – certainly on Twitter, and probably behind closed doors. Washington sends emissaries to New Delhi with ominous warnings. The sanctity of his commitments as a member of the Quad is scrutinized. Apparently Germany considering dropping india from its guest list at the next G7 meeting in Bavaria on the latter’s position on Russia-Ukraine.

None of this means that the West will soon abandon India. In fact, the depth of the recent 2+2 between India and the United States shows that Washington still sees great value in empowering India, as its recent report also shows. Indo-Pacific Strategy. But India’s abrupt turn towards a staunchly authoritarian and majority future means it has one less insurance against global censorship, and a tested one.

U.S. President Joe Biden, seated with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar holds a video conference call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Washington, U.S. April 11, 2022. Photo : Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

With all its intellectual capital and access to global networks of knowledge and influence, if the Indian foreign policy community remains silent as a stone today, it will also be responsible for encouraging the terrifying endgame towards which the ruling regime in New Delhi is pushing India.

And those who fully understand the gravity of the situation in India must decide for good how they view the nation’s foreign policy – as a meaningful extension of Indian interests in which every citizen is an equal stakeholder or a public relations exercise of ivory tower that only represents the majority.

Choudhury angshuman is a senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is also a member of the Indo-Pacific Circle and works on Indian foreign policy, Myanmar and Southeast Asia.

Bangladesh sentences four to death for murder of prominent writer | News on the death penalty


A court in Bangladesh has sentenced four people to death for the murder of prominent writer and scholar Humayun Azad in 2004.

Azad, 56, was hacked with cleavers by members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on February 27, 2004 as he was returning home from a book fair in Dhaka.

He died in August of that year while undergoing treatment in Germany. Amid outrage over the murder, the JMB was banned the following year.

Azad’s killing is believed to be the first in a series of brutal killings of scholars, writers, bloggers and lay people in Bangladesh a decade later – between 2013 and 2016 – by right-wing Muslim groups. Most of them were killed in broad daylight with machetes.

Announcing the verdict in a crowded courtroom on Wednesday, Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Al-Mamun said the convicts – Mohammad Mizanur Rahman Minhaz, Anwarul Alam, Nur Mohammad Shamim and Salehin Sani – had committed a ” heinous crime”.

Among them, Sani and Shamim are on the run. A fifth suspect in the case, Hafez Mahmud, was killed in an alleged shootout with police in 2014.

Azad was an award-winning author and Professor of Bengali Literature at the University of Dhaka [Mahmud Hossain Opu/Al Jazeera]

“Justice Delayed”

“It is better to get justice delayed than no justice at all,” Azad’s eldest daughter, Mauli Azad, told Al Jazeera after the verdict was announced.

“It took 18 years to get a verdict. I’m still happy. I want the government to find the two who are on the run and bring them to justice as well.

Azad was an award-winning author and professor of Bengali literature at the University of Dhaka.

He has over 60 publications to his credit, including seven books of poetry, 20 novels and dozens of non-fiction books. In 1986, he received the Bangla Academy Award, the country’s highest literary honor.

In 1995, her book on modern feminism, Nari, was banned, three years after its publication, for offending “Muslim religious sentiment”. The ban was lifted after a five-year long legal battle.

In 2004, his novel, Pak Sar Jamin Sad Bad (Blessed be the Holy Land), which criticized religious fundamentalism, angered right-wing Muslim groups in Bangladesh, who began threatening him.

A week before the fatal attack on Azad, Muslim preacher and then MP Delwar Hossain Sayeedi told the house that the writer’s work should be banned and a blasphemy case should be filed against him.

Sayeedi’s speech in parliament reportedly led to the murder of the writer, although charges against the radical politician were dropped.

“He [Sayeedi] should have been involved,” Azad’s younger brother, Manjur Kabir, told Al Jazeera.

In 2014, Sayeedi’s death sentence for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War was commuted to life.

Dhaka-based journalist Shariful Hasan was a second-year student at Dhaka University when Azad was attacked. Hasan said he was present at the scene and took the blood-soaked professor to the hospital.

“It was the first incident in Bangladesh when machetes came out against the compound. Before that, it had never happened,” he told Al Jazeera.

According to Hasan, religious intolerance began to grow in Bangladesh after Azad’s murder.

“About a decade later, we saw how writers and bloggers were attacked and killed. If we could have brought justice to Azad’s murder sooner, the other murders could have been stopped.

Conversion to Islam no protection against bigamy


Dear PAO,

My wife and I have been married for about 10 years now. Due to the nature of my job as a member of the military, I only visit my family in Mindanao once in a while. At my workplace, I fell in love with a fellow soldier. We would like to get married. Please enlighten me if we can convert to Islam so that we can enter into a marriage safely without fear of being charged with bigamy.

sergeant. John

Dear Sergeant. John,

The Family Code of the Philippines and the New Civil Code of the Philippines primarily govern the marriage and property relations of Filipino spouses. As an exception, for Filipino Muslim spouses or where only the husband is a Muslim, and the marriage was solemnized in accordance with Muslim laws, their marital relations are governed by Presidential Executive Order (PD) 1083, otherwise known as of “Code of Muslim Personal Laws“. of the Philippines.” Article 349 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) on bigamy provides:

“Will be punished with the penalty of mayor of prison anyone who has contracted a second marriage or a subsequent marriage before the first marriage has been legally dissolved, or before the absent spouse has been declared presumed dead by a judgment rendered in good and due form. “

On the other hand, Article 180 of PD 1083 provides:

“Applicable law – The provisions of the Revised Penal Code relating to the crime of bigamy do not apply to a person married under the provisions of this Code or, prior to its entry into force, under Islamic law.” Article 180 of the Muslim Code should be read in conjunction with Article 3 of the same Code which states that “the provisions of this Code apply only to Muslims and nothing herein shall be construed as acting to the detriment of ‘a non-Muslim’.

This interpretation is supported by the Supreme Court’s latest decision in Francis Malaki v. People (GR 221075, November 15, 2021), written by Associate Judge Marvic MVF Leonen, who concluded:

“Article 3 of the Muslim Code declares that its provisions should not be interpreted to the detriment of a non-Muslim. Certainly, granting a Muslim convert, like the petitioner François, the remedy provided for in Article 180 would be detrimental to the abandoned wife, and the State, injured party in the criminal proceedings.

In addition, Article 186 of the Muslim Code directs its prospective application to past acts, and that nothing “shall affect their validity or legality nor have the effect of extinguishing any rights acquired or any liability incurred thereby “, unless otherwise specified. Acts performed before the entry into force of the Muslim Code remain governed by the Civil Code, the then pre-existing law of general application. Likewise, any protection that the Muslim Code may afford to petitioner Francis when he converted to Islam – that is, when the Muslim Code became applicable to him – must also be applied prospectively.

Indeed, in case of conflict with a general law, the Muslim Code prevails. However, Article 13(2) of the Muslim Code explicitly states that the Civil Code governs marriages in which the party is non-Muslim and which have not been celebrated according to Muslim rites. There is no conflict here with common law. The nature, consequences and incidents of the applicant Francis’ prior and admittedly continuing marriage to Nerrian remain well within the scope of the Civil Code and its corresponding penal provisions in the revised Penal Code.

Whether the petitioner François converted to Islam before or after his marriage to the petitioner Jacqueline, the subsequent marriage consummated the crime of bigamy. He cannot successfully invoke the exculpatory clause of Article 180, considering that the Muslim Code finds no application in his then subsisting marriage with Nerrian, a marriage recognized by law which prohibits and penalizes a subsequent marriage.

Applying the above, it is clear that you must have your previous marriage dissolved before you can enter into another marriage. You cannot invoke the exculpatory provision of Article 180 of the Muslim Code because your previous marriage is governed by the Family Code and not by the Muslim Code.

We hope we were able to answer your questions. This advice is based solely on the facts you have related and our assessment of them. Our opinion may change when other facts are changed, altered or expanded.

Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily chronicle of the public ministry. Questions for Chef Acosta can be sent to [email protected]

Launching OIC National Brands Against the World | Salaam Footbridge


Nine Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries feature in the bottom third of the latest survey reflecting national reputations.

A new survey, in which the nine countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) fared relatively poorly, found that it is almost as difficult to spoil a positive image of a country as to reinforce one. negative.

Published in October 2021, the latest Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index (NBI) (https://www.ipsos.com/) ranked Germany, Canada and Japan among the top three nations considering six dimensions of national jurisdiction of the country.

The Global National Brand Survey examines images of nations each year via online interviews with adults aged 18 and over in 20 core panel countries. It takes into account exports, governance, culture, people, tourism, immigration and investments to give an overall indication of the country’s reputation.

Launched in 2005 by national image specialist Simon Anholt, it was the first time the NBI published the full list of country rankings and scores and revealed that OIC nations were only in the bottom third . Anholt is the author of six books on countries, cultures and globalization.

“What people call branding is nothing but prejudice. This can be a positive bias; it can be a negative bias, but it’s something we get from the culture around us,” Anholt told Salaam Gateway.

By 2021, NBI’s global sample size has tripled to 60,000 interviews per year. Each country in the panel, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, corresponds to a three-fold increase in samples to 3,000 interviews. Ten more countries have been included, bringing the 2021 figure to 60.

Anholt said there was increased interest in the concept from poorer states, as an improved image could create more favorable conditions for foreign direct investment, tourism, trade and even political relations.

The impact of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s concerted effort to diversify its economy saw the Kingdom launch Vision 2030 in 2016 and open its doors to international visitors and investors. However, despite hosting international business and sporting events and producing tourism campaigns entirely led by women, the Kingdom only ranks five countries from the bottom with a score of 51.74.

Describing Vision 2030 as “one of the most rigid national national strategies I’ve ever read”, Anholt cautions against short-sightedness, but thinks Saudi Arabia has the potential to improve its image.

“If Saudi Arabia chooses collaboration, enlightened self-interest and multilateralism, the fight against climate change and religious intolerance and misunderstanding, it could become one of the most beloved countries in the world, because it straddles the fault lines of these hugely important issues.”

However, changes are needed for the Kingdom to meet the objectives of its pre-pandemic national tourism strategy. This requires increasing annual tourist stays from 41 million (2019) to 100 million by 2030; providing 1 million Saudi jobs and increasing the share of gross domestic product (GDP) from tourism from 3% (2019) to 10% by 2030.

Saudi Arabia’s tourism revenue fell nearly 70% to $5.96 billion in 2020, or 0.85% of the total GDP of $700 billion reported by the World Tourism Organization, according to the World Tourism Organization. the World Bank. This makes the Saudi target of 5.3% of GDP via tourism an ambitious target in 2022.

“Tourism is the quintessential soft power activity,” Anholt said. “You won’t get mass tourism or even niche tourism in Saudi Arabia unless you do something for the image of the country.”

A fine performance from newcomer Morocco, but Palestine finish the list

After Egypt (position: 36) and Turkey (38), the newcomer Morocco (42) slipped ahead of Indonesia (43) to rank third among the best OIC nations. Anholt said Morocco was added to the survey because North Africa had generally been insufficiently covered.

The World Travel and Tourism Council said travel and tourism contributed 6.2% to Morocco’s economy of $113.55 billion in 2020, less than half of what the country obtained the previous year.

Anholt said Palestine’s inclusion in the index was based on establishing strong data on the country’s performance. He was “often asked” about global perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and found it “fascinating to have proper survey data on this topic.”

“It was time, even if only for a year, to collect concrete data.”

However, he said the image of any country involved in a conflict, whether the nation is seen as the aggressor or the victim, is tarnished by the association.

“One hypothesis I wanted to test was whether Israel and Palestine equally suffer from being associated with conflict and that public opinion doesn’t necessarily blame one much more than the other,” Anholt said.

Palestine ranks last with a score of 46.73. Already present in previous years, Israel (47) scored 54.11.

Changing Perceptions

According to Anholt, it is almost as difficult to spoil a positive image of a country as to improve a negative one. Germany, which is in first place for the seventh time overall and the fifth year in a row, is teaching the world a lesson in what it takes to build a strong national brand.

Its reputational strengths lie in exports, immigration, investment, governance and culture. Respondents were particularly optimistic about buying German products; the attractiveness of investing in German companies; government initiatives to fight poverty and the country’s ability to excel in sport. Collectively, these have placed Germany in the top two in all five categories in 2021.

Anholt believes that only world-renowned leaders and consumer brands have the power to raise a nation’s profile. Propaganda seems to go nowhere, but getting national brands to become global and ambassadors of a country takes patience.

“You need a lot of it, and it takes a long time,” Anholt said.

On propaganda, Anholt, who has advised presidents, prime ministers and governments of 63 countries since 1998, has only one recommendation.

“Don’t tell people what you did. Don’t tell people what you are going to do. Just make your country useful to the world and keep doing it,” he said.

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UMich teaching on recent hijab ban in Indian schools


The Indian Muslim Student Association, in conjunction with the South Asian Outreach Network and the Sikh Student Association, held a seminar at the Trotter Multicultural Center on Thursday evening in response to the outcome of the recent Resham v. State of Karnataka. In March, the highest court in India’s Karnataka state upheld a hijab ban in schools and colleges, with the court ruling that the hijab was not ‘essential’ for self-identifying Muslim female students. like women to wear to school.

The case came to the Karnataka High Court after six Muslim women were denied entry to the Udupi Women’s PU College in Udupi town in January. The students claimed they were discriminated against for wearing a hijab, which was not part of the assigned school uniform. The refusal prompted students to file a petition against the school, claiming the decision was a violation of Articles 14, 15, 19, 21 and 25 of the Indian Constitution.

At the Trotter Workshop, eight guest panelists – including UM students and faculty – shared their thoughts on the legality of India’s hijab ban. Meenu Deswal, a student at Rackham, spoke first and said several legal scholars and activists had criticized the court’s decision. She quoted the words of the jurist Gautam Bhatia, who notably criticized the decision rendered on March 15.

“He’s a jurist who says ‘the crucial mistake the court made is that they sanctify the uniform instead of sanctifying the education,'” Deshwal said. “The judgment raises a number of important issues relating to the interpretation or misinterpretation of fundamental rights and freedoms, the reading and misreading of constitutional provisions by the judges of the Karnataka High Court.”

Articles 14 and 15 guarantee the equality of all Indian citizens, protecting them from discrimination based on religion, race, sex, caste or place of birth. Article 19 guarantees the freedom of expression of all citizens. Article 21 protects the right to life, liberty and education for all citizens. Article 25 guarantees the free practice of religion for all citizens of India.

The three judges who upheld the ban said the hijab is not essential to Muslim religious practices. They ruled that school uniforms are reasonable restraints and are therefore constitutionally permitted. The move comes after the Bharatiya Janata Party – one of Karnataka’s two main political parties – was accused of turning a blind eye to crimes against Muslims in the state.

Following the ruling, Muslim citizens, students and other communities in India started protesting the decision. As the protests grew, protesters found themselves met by right-wing Hindu counter-protesters. The protests led the Karnataka government to temporarily close schools for three days.

Deshwal said the decision illustrates the ongoing militarization and politicization of Muslim women’s rights, since the policies are justified as liberating Muslim women, but in reality take away agency and religious expression from Muslim women. She provided historical examples of policies that sparked debate on Muslim women’s rights in India, such as the Shah Bano judgment (1985), which granted Muslim women the right to divorce; the Protection of Rights in Divorce Act (1986); the Shayara Bano case (1985); and the Muslim Women (Protection of Marriage Rights) Act (2019).

“Judges affirm that banning hijab in classrooms is a step in the direction of women’s empowerment and more specifically towards access to education,” Deshwal said. “So they claim it’s a progressive step, but how can a decision like this empower women when it doesn’t even recognize women’s choice?”

Freshman LSA student Bilal Irfan, another of the panelists and president of the LSA student government, said that recent cases regarding the Muslim Personal Law Enforcement (Shariah) Act of 1937 have been used to allow the majority Hindu government to regulate Islamic practices.

“You see a case of Indian jurists actively interpreting Islamic law, and judging and acknowledging what is essential practice,” Irfan said. “I think that’s really where this legal question comes in… (about) the right of Muslims to interpret their own law.”

LSA senior Ramneet Chauhan and LSA freshman Gurleen Chauhan, members of the Sikh Student Association, also spoke about bills that have marginalized Indian minority communities. They mentioned the exclusion of Muslims from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, which created a naturalization process for members of certain religious communities fleeing to India from neighboring countries.

Ramneet Chauhan also pointed out that members of the Sikh community were required to remove their turbans to enter state schools in Karnataka.

“This single decision to ban the hijab can also extend to other religions,” said Ramneet Chauhan.

LSA Senior Nabighah Azim, President of IMSA, said in an interview with the Michigan Daily that she was inspired to create the course to educate members of the Ann Arbor community about anti-Muslim discrimination in India. She also said Trotter served as a safe activist space for teaching.

“We (the organizers) chose to make this event a lesson because a lot of people are not informed about what is happening in India and especially not to this extent,” Azim said. “I really wanted this (event) to be something where there is a moment of togetherness here because this (hijab ban) is not something that only Muslims should just sit and talk about. There are so many marginalized communities that unfortunately are not defended. We should all be working on community awareness and advocacy. »

Daily journalist Nirali Patel can be contacted at [email protected] and Daily News contributor Alec Hughes can be reached at [email protected].

Kashmir: A question Imran Khan must answer | By Dr. Muhammad Khan


Kashmir: a question Imran Khan must answer

From 1949 to 2019, India dared not change the status of its illegally occupied parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

During these seven decades, the Illegally Occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) has maintained a special status through a special provision under Article 370 of the Indian constitution which was ratified by the Constitutional Assembly of Occupied Indian Kashmir before its dissolution in 1957.

The question arises as to what prompted India in 2019 to suddenly decide to cancel the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and illegally and unilaterally annex it to the Union of India as a two separate Union Territories; Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The worst thing about this illegal annexation is that there was no reaction from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government except a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2019 and demonstrations in Pakistan to convince convinced them.

No diplomatic efforts were made on this illegal Indian act by the PTI government of Imran Khan, although he pledged to be the Kashmir ambassador for the resolution of the dispute in Kashmir.

It is worth mentioning that the closed meetings of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by China did not even condemn the Indian illegal act.

Furthermore, there was no statement from the UN Security Council, stressing the restoration of the special status of the IIOJK during its meetings behind closed doors.

The people of Pakistan and Kashmir around the world have the right to ask Mr. Imran Khan three questions; a) why did his government adopt a policy of silence on Kashmir, after India’s unilateral act of annexation of the IIOJK on August 5, 2019, b) what was agreed between Imran Khan and the former US President Trump on the future of Kashmir during his White House visit in July 2019, c) why the nation of Pakistan and Kashmiris were kept in the dark, if there was any agreement on the future of Kashmir between Imran Khan, Trump and India.

The nation of Pakistan and Kashmiris have real rights to put these questions to ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan, as Chief Executive of Pakistan and Ambassador to Kashmiris.

It is worth mentioning that former US President Donald Trump alienated and threatened Pakistan in his Afghanistan Policy (South Asia Policy) published in August 2017.

In this policy, Trump underlined a major role for India in Afghanistan by compelling Pakistan to make a statement in words; “lies and lies”.

Later in his new National Security Strategy (NSS) unveiled in December 2017, President Trump again bullied Pakistan along with Russia and China while appreciating India’s role.

In December 2018, impulsive US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking for Pakistan’s help in resolving the Afghan crisis.

Following this letter, Pakistan extended its full support to the United States and brought the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, which resulted in an agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020 and later to the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

All of this was done according to the wish and will of the United States, which means that Imran Khan followed American directives.

In July 2019, President Trump surprisingly invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington where, apart from other issues, the Kashmir dispute was at the center of attention.

President Trump has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. During a media interview, President Trump said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him (Trump) to “mediate or arbitrate” over the seven decades of conflict in Kashmir.

“If I can help, I would like to be a mediator. “It was an open statement on Kashmir by Trump in which Imran Khan was mysteriously calm.

Nevertheless, a few days after this visit, India illegally and unilaterally annexed the IIOJK to the Indian union as two union territories after removing its special status.

This Indian action clearly speaks to that; The roots of the IIOJK’s annexation to the Indian union go back to the meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 22, 2019.

This argument is further strengthened when analyzed from the events that occurred between August 5, 2019 and April 2022.

India has put the Kashmiris of the IIOJK under a full siege and under a very strict curfew while brutalizing the masses through mass murders of young Kashmiris, torture, arrests and demographic changes in the IIOJK.

While all this was happening at the IIOJK, no tangible steps were taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to end the illegal and atrocious Indian acts at the IIOJK.

Instead, he officially arrested the Kashmiris of Azad Kashmir to surrender to the IIOJK for helping their brothers.

In fact, the protests and statements sponsored by the PTI government were simply aimed at covering up the Indian illegal act and massive human rights abuses in the IIOJK through a deceptive campaign aimed at betraying the masses. Pakistanis and the people of Kashmir.

Kashmir is not only a matter for the survival of Kashmiris, but a matter of national security and national interest of Pakistan without which Pakistan is incomplete.

Therefore, no one has the right to compromise on Kashmir’s future and Kashmir’s right to self-determination.

The nation of Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to ask Mr. Imran Khan what concessions were made to India on the future status of the occupied Indian parts of Jammu and Kashmir during his meeting with former US President Donald Trump on July 22. , 2019.

Indeed, this infamous meeting turned out to be the precursor to another occupation and annexation of the IIOJK to the Indian union.

— The author is a professor of politics and international relations at the International Islamic University in Islamabad.

Fishy Rishi Could Learn a Thing or Two About the Economics of Islam – 5Pillars

Rishi Sunak. Editorial credit: Cubankite / Shutterstock.com

Dr Abdul Wahid, chairman of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, says the embattled Chancellor of the Exchequer could learn a lot from the Islamic economic system which prioritizes wealth for the many and not the few.

“Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.” — Henry Kissinger

For 18 months it felt like the UK Chancellor could do no wrong. Armed with historically low interest rates, an unlimited checkbook and a free key to the Bank of England vault, he could spend like an entire fleet of drunken sailors – and he did.

Now the party is really over. First he was caught off guard, seeming to have no idea how to pay for gas with a debit card – and now his family’s tax affairs are in the headlines. It seems that “dishy Rishi” has become more of a “fishy Rishi”.

Not only had his ‘Non-Dom’ wife paid no UK tax on her £50m overseas dividends in previous years – despite living in Downing Street at taxpayers’ expense – there are new revelations that until recently the chancellor held an American Green Card – something you would expect if he lived in Richmond, Virginia, rather than his constituency of Richmond-upon-Thames.

Now, if Rishi Sunak was a pharmacist or owned a corner store, we might be able to overlook where he and his family live and pay their taxes. But given that he sets taxes for everyone, there are obvious accusations of hypocrisy and conflict of interest.

A rabid reader of the Daily Telegraph wrote:

“Self-interest manifested itself in his tax policies: a) With the country desperate for funds due to his largesse, he did not tax the assets of the non-domiciled, he taxed the assets of the private retiree. b) It did not tax the income of non-residents, it taxed the income of the middle classes and private sector employees. c) He did not tax the benefits of those who have grace and houses of favor, he taxed those who must heat and finance theirs.

Government of the elite, by the elite, for the elite

This chancellor clearly has no idea what the average voter faces: if you’re a relatively higher income taxed at marginal rates of around 70% when all taxes are taken into account; or a lower income struggling to finance daily inflationary life.

Indeed, the Chancellor is not a bad apple, but part of the value of an apple orchard, which has led to the MP spending scandal, Panama papers and tax havens, encouraging investment and the residence of Russian oligarchs, the EPP donor fiasco and “Partygate” where Number 10 staff engaged in booze-fueled karaoke parties while forcing tens of millions of others into lockdown.

The British political class – the political heirs and descendants of the British colonial elite – have once again demonstrated that democracy is government of the elite, by the elite, for the elite. It is the barrel itself that makes the apples rot because liberal democracy is singularly exposed to the manipulation of the owners of capital. As the American columnist and writer PJ O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling is controlled by legislation, the first things to buy and sell are the legislators.

Only Islam has codified laws of fairness, justice and equality before the law. Unlike human-made systems like democracy which can be rigged, the tenets of Islam are divine and cannot be manipulated.

The Islamic economic system sees the human being as a human being – not as a machine, nor as a commodity or mere resources to be used by others. We believe that the fundamental problem is how to make wealth flow faster for the many, rather than how we should create wealth for the few, which should trickle down to the humble citizen.

Our belief is that a society where the rich retain their wealth is a society where society stagnates. That’s why we believe the system shouldn’t be rigged for the elite, capital shouldn’t be hoarded, and legitimate commerce should thrive. Islam would abolish taxes on income and expenditure and replace them with levies based on wealth and land. It would break up cartels, monopolies and vast tracts of land that remain unused.

It would also abolish excessive risk taking in finance and encourage true innovation in science, engineering and manufacturing; getting rid of limited liability and flawed corporate governance and making partners responsible and accountable for the decisions they make, not hiding behind non-national tax laws, offshore havens or state bailouts as they did so in 2008. The Islamic system would stop lobbying – a sanitized word that encompasses a mixture of bribes and intimidation – which contaminates the regulatory framework and allows those with the most money to write the rules to profit from it.

Sayiduna Abu Bakr al Siddiq, may Allah be pleased with him, the first Caliph, set a standard for Islamic governance in his first inaugural speech, when he said: “The weak among you is considered strong by me, until I come back to them which is rightfully theirs, insha Allah. And the strong among you are considered weak by me, until I take away what is rightful from them (someone else), insha’Allah.

What Rishi, Boris and the others don’t understand is that ordinary people are now seeing in high resolution that the Western political system is not Abraham Lincoln’s system, but a “Jimmy Savile system” – all flashy and shiny on the outside, but completely rotten on the inside.

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These Philadelphia teens run small businesses and want to inspire their peers to do the same


A group of black teenage business owners gathered for a block party on Saturday — selling everything from custom hijab headwear and vegan skincare products to Buffalo chicken dip — to rise up each other and inspire other young people in the Philadelphia area to pursue their dreams.

“I want this to show people that not all the teenagers on our streets are running around doing things they’re not supposed to do,” said 17-year-old Qawyyah Powers, who organized the event as part of of his senior project at the Science Leadership Academy. at Beeber. “We are trying to make a name for ourselves.”

Her hope through the “Stop the Violence Teen Pop Up Shop,” she said, was to show her peers that there is a community available to support their ambitions.

“The street isn’t the only way people get out,” she said. “I want to support my people and I want my people to support my people.”

The teens set up block party-style tables in the Mantua neighborhood in partnership with Dimplez 4 Dayz, a youth empowerment nonprofit created by now-university student Akayla Brown who started the organization in 2016 to give back to his community through positivity. .

Here is some information about each of the young entrepreneurs and how you can support them:

After losing a close friend to gun violence in early 2020, Sanaya Moore, 18, started painting to cope with the pain. Moore, a senior at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, started selling her paintings before switching to crochet. Today, she sells bespoke clothing, ranging from hats and ski goggles to full outfits.

“Doing this feels like a triumph over my trauma,” she said.

Product: Crochet clothes

Price: $25 and up

How to buy: Instagram @ShopNavinchi

Kalea Dickerson, 17, started selling custom hijabs last August to better connect with her Muslim culture and make new friends, she said. Dickerson, a Simon Gratz High School senior, uses rhinestones and iron-on patches to embellish the headgear, designing each item by hand from her North Philly home. She accepts custom orders and has a few prefabs.

“I want to focus on making people feel beautiful,” she said.

Product: Personalized hijab headwear and scarves

Price: $12 and up

How to get in touch: Instagram @_.islamicPeacebyKD or email [email protected]

Garvin Train, 14, just started his restaurant business about a month ago, and he can’t wait to show off his cooking skills in Philadelphia. Garvin, an eighth-grader at Belmont Charter School, says his specialty is steak, but he’ll cook anything you ask. That means everything from quesadillas to chicken Alfredo.

He was inspired to start the business after completing the Dimplez 4 Dayz Youth Workforce Development Course and has mostly supported its events thus far.

Product: Everything your heart desires

Price: Varied

How to order: Instagram @Mainn_Catering_LLC

sierra jones17, turned her nickname, CeCe, into a business.

Jones, a senior George Washington Carver, handcrafts sweatshirts and other apparel in her West Philly home, and adds inspirational messages. She has items in stock and takes custom orders.

“I try to show people that life doesn’t have to be so miserable if you see everything more clearly,” she said. “You don’t have to go into this cycle of mutual destruction.”

Product: Tie dye clothing

Price: Varies, but sweatshirts are $40

How to order: Instagram @ceeverythingclearly

Founder Qawyyah powers, 17, from Olney started selling her homemade banana pudding about two years ago after friends and family complimented it so well. She added Buffalo Chicken Dip to the menu, which she says is the best in town. People can order different sizes for pickup and delivery.

Product: Homemade Banana Pudding with Buffalo Chicken Dip

Price: $7 to $14

How to order: Instagram @_.kastreats

After exploring her own spiritual journey, Kiersten Williams, 18, decided to look into the power of crystals. The First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School senior has been making crystal jewelry for seven months.

Product: Crystal bracelets and necklaces

Price: $8 to $25

How to buy: Instagram @healingwithKW

For Elijah Barker, 17, her natural skincare business started out bored during the pandemic and watching YouTube videos. The Science Leadership Academy senior taught himself how to make vegan soaps and body scrubs – with scents like lavender honey, white tea and ginger – in the kitchen of his North Philly home.

Product: Soaps and body scrubs

Price: $6 to $10

How to buy: Instagram @ShopSkinCafe and on Etsy.

Angelo Walker, 19, and Michael Cleaves, 20, gave away free haircuts at the pop-up event. They plan to go to Dimplez 4 Dayz, at 3509 Haverford Ave., every two weeks to offer free haircuts to anyone in the 19104 zip code, to help local youth feel comfortable and confident. and look professional, they said.

You can find them at Faheem’s Hands of Precision in South Philly during the week.

Product: Haircuts

Price: Free

How to get in touch: Walker’s Instagram is @Lo.Cutzz and Cleaves’ Instagram is @MikeDiced

Quba: Islam’s first mosque to grow tenfold, crown prince says


MAKKAH/JEDDAH: The Quba Mosque in Medina, the first place of worship built by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), will increase in size tenfold, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced.

In 2018, the crown prince ordered the restoration of 130 historic mosques, which is part of the government’s national revitalization programme.

The Crown Prince believes in the importance of these ancient mosques, for their rich religious, social, cultural and architectural significance.

The structure will undergo the largest development in its history, expanding to 50,000 square meters.

Named after King Salman, the project aims to increase the mosque’s capacity to 66,000 worshippers.

Its current prayer area is 5,000 square meters, with the building and facilities occupying 13,500 square meters. It has a total capacity of 20,000 worshippers.

The crown prince said the plan would ensure the mosque could accommodate large numbers of worshipers during peak seasons.

It will preserve the architectural style of the mosque and other nearby monuments.

Shaded courtyards will be built on four sides, which will connect to prayer areas that are not structurally attached to the current building.

The Crown Prince said the revitalization would enhance the devotional and cultural experience for visitors.

This would further solve overcrowding and improve the safety of worshippers. In addition, the road network would be reorganized to facilitate access to the mosque.

No less than 57 sites, including wells, farms and orchards, are to be developed or rehabilitated as part of the project.

The Crown Prince commended King Salman for his commitment to these preservation initiatives, which is part of the goals and objectives of Vision 2030.

During his visit to Medina, the Crown Prince prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque, including the Rawdah, an area between the Sacred Chamber (known as the Prophet’s House) and the Prophet’s minbar (or pulpit). .

He was accompanied by Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Medina, and several senior officials.

He also visited and prayed at the Quba Mosque.

Later, at Taiba Palace in Medina, the Crown Prince met with prominent scholars and leaders, as well as a group of citizens who came to greet him.

The Quba Mosque is located 5 kilometers south of the Prophet’s Mosque. It was the first place of worship in the history of Islam and built in 1 AH (622 AD).

It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad prayed frequently in the Quba Mosque, especially on Saturdays. He also urged his companions to do so.

There is a Hadith about the mosque, with the Prophet saying, “Whoever performs ablution in this house and offers prayer there, will be rewarded with the equivalent of one Umrah.” This is why the mosque remains of considerable religious and historical significance to Muslims.

The mosque was renovated during the time of the two Caliphs Othman bin Affan and Omar ibn Al-Khattab. The latter was the first to add a minaret to the structure.

A number of benefactors over the years have renovated the mosque, including in 1057, 1177, 1293, 1355, 1462 and 1503. This includes several times during the Ottoman era, the last of which was during the reign of Sultan Abdul Majid.

During the Saudi era, the Quba Mosque, as well as other places of worship, were regularly revitalized. In 1968, its north side was extended, and then in 1985 King Fahd ordered several expansions, while maintaining the building’s historically significant architectural features.

Abdul Haq Al-Uqbi, an architect specializing in mosque architecture in Medina, hailed King Salman’s development project, which he said would not only increase the capacity of worshipers, but also ensure that its cultural and religious significance would be strengthened.

An additional positive element was that the entire Quba complex and its surroundings would be revitalized. This is part of the “exceptional” urban regeneration program that the government has launched across the country. Many visitors could now learn about the 57 historically significant sites around the mosque, he said.

Dr. Hamza Al-Muzaini, writer and scholar, agreed that the expansion was of considerable social and cultural significance and suited the city of Medina, which is a center of such symbolism and history for Muslims around the world.

He added that residents of Madinah could comfortably attend prayers in the mosque during Hajj and Eid Al-Fitr, when the number of pilgrims visiting the city normally increases.

More than 1,500 books have been banned from public schools and a US House panel asks why


For Muslims, the fight for an abolitionist future is necessary for survival


Yusuf Gaddafi Al Basir Mu’min had been incarcerated at Garner Correctional Institution for 15 years when he was released last December. However, after serving his sentence, he was returned to custody for violating parole charges. Abolition Ummah, a Connecticut-based organization run by Muslim women, fought for Mu’min’s release and highlighted the abuse and Islamophobia he endured during his sentencing.

In a report by Muslim Advocates in 2019, Muslims made up about 9% of all state prisoners in 34 states and Washington, DC, despite making up only about 1% of the US population. Inmates converted to Islam while serving their sentences in order to find rehabilitation and peace. Muslim prisoners also alleged that their right to practice was violated. In addition, the report stated that incarcerated Muslims were denied religious food, the Quran, head coverings, prayer mats and beads.

Inmates have had to fight to make faith a priority in prisons. While challenging the prison system for their religious rights, Muslims built a community that provided them with the support and care they needed to survive. While incarcerated Muslims fight for their rights inside the prison, Muslims outside are persistently struggling in the ongoing struggle for abolition.

Abolition Ummah is one of many Muslim abolitionist organizations in the United States. The Muslim abolitionist organization has uplifted members of the Muslim community affected by the prison state. Their efforts include holding conferences on Islam and abolition, fundraising for Muslims in pretrial and immigration detention, and writing letters to prisoners during Eid and throughout the year. A Muslim abolition organization in Chicago bailed out 73 Muslims from incarceration and raised more than $600,000 to free people during their four-year existence.

Formed by a group of Muslim scholars and community members who sought to implement abolition as a religious practice, Believers Bail Out is an abolitionist collective that began in 2018 by depositing bonds in the prison of Cook County in Chicago, the largest single-site prison in the United States, and currently posts pretrial incarceration and immigration bonds across the country. The organization seeks to create lasting change by focusing on three broad areas of concern: the prison-industrial complex, anti-Muslim racism, and anti-blackness.

“Abolition and transformative justice are rooted in Islamic tradition,” said Ayesha Patel, a volunteer with Believers Bail Out. “Mercy is so central to Islam that we start everything with ‘Bismillah hir Rahman ar Raheem’ (In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful). Abolition is really about practicing that mercy and compassion in everything we do.

One of the five pillars of the Islamic faith is Zakat, an obligatory form of charity used to relieve the suffering of millions of people. Muslims believe that continuing the abolitionist movement fulfills their duty as Muslims; Believers Bail Out donated Zakat money as an approach to freeing their siblings from remand and immigration detention.

“In Chapter 9 of the Quran, Surah Al Tawbah (“Repentance”), eight uses of zakat are specified, including helping the poor and needy and freeing slaves or captives,” Patel adds. “By paying their bail and releasing them, Believers Bail Out restores the presumption of innocence. It is our ability and our duty as Muslims to help end this unjust bail system that criminalizes poverty and is inherently racist.

In studying the teachings of Islam, it is consistent that they reflect those of a world without incarceration. For example, restorative justice, as well as Zakat, are both crucial in the Quran as they are in abolition. Justice in the Quran pays attention to restorative justice to deter crime in the future and enable victims to receive full retribution. Furthermore, by focusing on justice for the victim and rehabilitation of the offender, Islamic law emphasizes a sense of community where individuals can seek repentance and be productive members of society.

“There is nothing about the binary, punitive, anti-Black and colonial prison logics governing our ‘justice systems’ that are remotely Islamic,” said Maha, founder of the Queer Muslim Resistance project. “Working on the functioning of Islam as a faith of compassion, mercy and radical love allows us to understand the importance of cultivating networks beyond state apparatuses that truly value all of God’s creations .”

Born out of frustration with the lack of accessible critical queer Muslim engagements with transformative politics, Maha says she was drawn to the transgressive power of queer and its crucial role in dismantling colonial, carceral, cis-heteropatriarchal norms. Centering black abolitionist critique to inform their commitments, the Queer Muslim Resistance podcast serves to “highlight the interconnectedness of structures of domination and how these must be challenged in constructing radically different worlds.”

The history of Islam and abolition goes back to the Nation of Islam’s work on prisoners’ rights. Abolition of the prison-industrial complex is crucial for Muslims and their survival because Muslim inmates are sentenced longer than any other faith group, especially black Muslims. Therefore, engaging in the dismantling of anti-Blackness is essential in all Muslim abolition practices. The Black Muslim Coalition is one of many black-led organizations serving black Muslims during the COVID-19 pandemic and working toward a future with abolition.

“Prison and policing are literally rooted in anti-black, white supremacist values ​​and dehumanizing practices… Queer and trans-black people are specifically targeted by these structures,” adds Maha.

For Muslims whose families have suffered the repercussions of the prison system, being an abolitionist is an integral part of their being and goes hand in hand with their faith. The abolition of prisons is essential to the survival of Muslims, especially those who are black, queer and trans; liberating our brothers and sisters from this violent system is the only path to liberation. As abolitionists have said, the only barrier between abolition is the audacity to dream of a different world. For Muslims, their fight is not only about abolition, but about survival.

As Maha puts it, “Abolition is a practice, or process, that involves a critical rethinking of the human relationships we should have, and how we can co-create the conditions to maintain those need-based relationships. , a mutual desire and will”. radical love.

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah” [27:62]

Rapper Muhammad Shah to Debut in Fawad Khan & Sanam Saeed’s Web Series


Director Asim Abbasi has just announced a very unexpected new collaboration for his upcoming web series Zee5. The currently untitled series will feature rapper Muhammad Shah, from Karahi butt Fame, who is making his acting debut in the industry (in Pakistan and India simultaneously) through the show.

Asim Abbasi’s highly anticipated series is attracting attention for more than one reason. First, it features a power couple of Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed as the main pair. Second, Asim has introduced new faces that feature in his web series in an innovative way on his social media.

For those unfamiliar with Shah, the director featured him in detail on Instagram.

“Our story is not that of Garmi, Hania or Alia. But these are the ingenious song titles/subjects of the very witty, and very strange Muhammad Shah – his absolute uniqueness caught our eyes and ears during the casting phase. Watching his first audition tape confirmed that this one is an eccentric in the best sense of the word,” he wrote.

Shah shot to fame when he got a shoutout from Alia Bhatt after he made a rap video about her. The actress had enjoyed the video and had commented “Bahut hard” on her video. This comment went viral on the internet, making Shah popular across the subcontinent, including India.

“Shah was both mysterious and hilarious over the many months we spent together in Hunza. His hard work, commitment and unwavering energy, even in the toughest places, was always great fun to watch. Truly a chameleon in the way he would adapt. His impromptu dialogue-to-song remixes were the icing on the cake,” Asim explained.

“I miss your presence, Shah… Alone in the hotel lobby…. Those piercing eyes… The knife in your hand,” he concluded on a mysterious note.

Shah, is a rapper with a comedic streak, which is quite evident in his songs. However, his Instagram post is proof that Asim made the right casting decision.

“When I was told that Asim Abbasi desperately wanted me in his new web series, the first thing I did was check my schedule (I’m never busy). Eventually I agreed and voluntarily stayed in Hunza for almost a year I’m a method actor as you all know so I was in character all the way I started a life there I got married and I became a farmer,” he wrote.

“But like all good things, this too had to come to an end. With a heavy heart, I left my new family with my character in Hunza at the end of filming. I miss them sometimes but the life of an actor is quite difficult. But if I was someone who had never really played before, I would have been really grateful for this opportunity… especially if I was doing “songs” on garmi or Karahi butt.”

“PS: Alia Bhatt and I have more in common now,” he added and we agree!

Read: This is the end of Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s upcoming Zee5 web series

Popularly known for his original videos and social media content, Muhammad Shah will play a vital role in the series, according to the official press release.

Speaking about the series, Muhammad Shah commented, “This show is very close to my heart, especially because I tried something very different from what I was used to. I am looking forward to the audience’s response, so was the love and recognition I received for my rap compositions. I’m very happy to work alongside veteran actors like Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed and I’m happy to have this opportunity.

Asim Abbasi’s show blends magical realism and supernatural fantasy in a family reunion setting and deals with themes of love, loss and reconciliation.

The series will launch on ZEE5 later this year.

Islam Khalil hypnotizes us with a new jewelry collection


Here’s a collection for all the bohemian babes, all the girls and boys in Dahab, and especially all the aunts with a deep affinity for big rings. Islam Khalil’s new collection, “Illusions,” is a silver-encrusted daydream adjacent to hypnosis.

Often described as the mark of free and independent spirits, Islam Khalil’s designs are inspired by the soul-binding powers of nature, allowing those who wear them to express themselves by immersing themselves in their surroundings and letting go of their limiting perceptions.

Growing up among silver artisans, Khalil began to dabble in jewelry design at the age of 14. After years of sketching, computerizing and crafting his designs, the budding jewelry designer had mastered the ins and outs of craftsmanship, and with that realization began to push his passion further with a collection of designs from point.

Khalil accepted custom design requests from clients, and as he unraveled varying tastes, he found inspiration in juxtapositions. In 2015, Khalil managed to release her first and best-selling collection to date, “The Sun Collection”.

Entangled in the finest stones and handcrafted silhouettes, Khalil’s designs blend traditional dexterity with modern geometric designs; simultaneously ensuring his expertise and passion dialogue with each other as he captures his creative vision.

Ramadan and Huzur debates held in the Ottoman era


Annual discussions on religious and civic matters took place in the presence of the Ottoman sultans for more than a century until the practice was abandoned with the end of the Caliphate in 1924.

One of the main reasons for the survival of the Ottoman Empire for over 600 years was its strong focus on maintaining Islam as an integral part of its rule. While the Turkish-ruled empire grew rapidly after inheriting the Muslim caliphate from the Abbasid dynasty in 1517, it maintained a strong emphasis on scientific consensus on social and religious issues.

Therefore, by 1759, the concept of “Huzur-i Humayun Lectures” had taken official form. Conducted in the presence of the Ottoman Sultan during the month of Ramadan, the lectures were participatory by design, as Muslim scholars interpreted various Quranic verses and answered questions from students and other audience members.

Huzur’s annual lectures were usually held inside Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, the highest seat of the Ottoman Empire. This tradition continued for 165 years until the abolition of the caliphate in 1924 made it go down in history.

The idea of ​​encouraging debate on sensitive religious issues dates back to when the Ottoman state was in its infancy. The sultans held meetings with scholars and religious leaders to revive scientific and religious life and to ensure that the Ottoman state and dynasty adhered to Islamic values.

For this same reason, the Ottoman sultans placed importance on inviting well-known religious scholars of their time to their palace along with students. They even adopted some of them as private teachers.

Fatih Sultan Mehmed (Mehmed II), who ruled the empire with decisive military victories between 1451 and 1481, took this tradition of consensus to a new level. He ensured his presence in these debates and placed the utmost importance on the encouragement of religious and scientific thought in Ottoman society.

So how did the Huzur conferences go?

At least six scholars participated in the first lesson between noon and afternoon prayers.

These lessons acquired the name “Huzur-i Humayun Lectures” because they were held in front of the sultan, who listened to what was being said.

There are very few religious and cultural programs throughout history that have continued steadily and for so long.

Scholars who read the course in Huzur lectures were called “mukarrir” (a person who explains a subject), and scholars who raised questions and debated the merits of the lectures were called “muhatap” (interlocutors). For each mukarrir, there was The number of lecturers increased or decreased from time to time, as did the number of classes, days, hours and duration.

The whole event was administered by the Sheyhulislamlik (the office of the Sheikh al Islam), which had the highest authority to issue fatwas. The suras and verses to be performed at the annual event were announced by the Sheyhulislamlik fifteen days before Ramadan. They would then prepare their requests.

The courses took place in complete scientific freedom. A verse was read and interpreted by the mukarrir, who then answered questions posed by the muhataps. The sultan listened to everything, from lectures to discussions. Most scholars have framed their presentations based on the works of Qadi Beydawi, a 13th-century Persian jurist, theologian, and Quran commentator.

What made this exercise so critical was that scholars interpreted Quranic verses in the light of hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), fiqh (full understanding), and historical and geographical relevance. It was an honest and intellectually rigorous activity that enhanced the rational and spiritual thinking of the Ottoman dynasty.

It was common for Huzur scholars to be rewarded with gifts from the sultan.

The meeting place of the assemblies was determined by the sultan. Here the mukarrir sat to the right of the sultan and the muhataps sat next to the mukarrir in a semicircle.

The names of the men and women who would remain to listen to lectures in the presence of the sultan were approved by the sultan.

During the reign of Abdulhamid II, lectures were held at Yildiz Palace two days a week during the month of Ramadan. Some deputies and politicians were also invited.

During the reign of Sultan Vahdeddin and Caliph Abdulmecid Efendi, classes continued at Dolmabahce Palace. The last was in May 1923.

In the Istanbul University Library there are more than twenty perfectly handwritten and illuminated “Huzur Reading Notebooks”, probably from the Yildiz Palace Library.

Today, in the presence of the Moroccan sultan, courses similar to the Ottoman Huzur lectures, in method and content, are held during Ramadan. These are published in Arabic and English languages ​​under the name Aldurus Alhasania. Religious scholars from all Islamic countries including Turkey are invited to this event.

Source: World TRT

Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss talks about his Muslim faith during Ramadan and the impact of the Muslim Athletes Charter | Soccer News


Wolves defender Romain Saiss spoke about being a top player in the Muslim Premier League and the different experience of Ramadan this year as his club signed the Muslim Athletes Charter.

Having joined Wolves in 2016, he told Sky Sports News what Ramadan means to him as a professional footballer.

“It’s really important for me, as a Muslim, it’s a good time to spend with family and then also to improve your faith and your knowledge of Islam,” he said.

Ramadan has already started and is expected to last until Sunday, May 1. During this period, Muslims must fast from sunrise to sunset for about a month. The period also involves regular daily prayers, acts of charity, and self-reflection.

Saiss says he finds it difficult not being able to drink during the day during Ramadan

In September of last year, Wolves signed the Muslim Athletes Charter encourage the involvement of Muslims in sport. This means better access to halal food, places of worship and Muslim athletes consulted on their faith-based needs.

“It means a lot to a player like me and the other Muslim players so we know we can have another food option, now we are training a bit later so sometimes we missed prayers so that’s good for me. ‘have a prayer room here to do it,’ he said Sky Sports News.

During the day, Muslims do not eat or drink until sunset each day. The Premier League has several athletes who will fast throughout the period.

Asked about the most difficult aspects, the Wolves defender said: Maybe the drink, not drink because we spend a lot of time on the court, working hard and even outside in the gym.

“So I think it’s more the drink for me. I think it’s different for every player. The easiest thing to do is not to think about it, even if it’s difficult sometimes.

Saiss, who joined Wolves in 2016, is happy the club have signed the Muslim Athletes Charter
Saiss is delighted that the club has signed the Muslim Athletes Charter

The Moroccan captain goes on to talk about his experiences discussing faith in the club dressing room.

“If they want to know something about Ramadan; ‘how do you handle food and drink during the day?’ Those kinds of questions, or just asking why we do Ramadan in our religion, so it’s a conversation nice to have, and you can learn a lot from each other.”

Saiss goes on to mention how the holy month makes him more sensitive to the struggles faced by people around the world.

“You can see, for example, the importance of food and drink. You can even teach your children, you can see that we don’t eat, we don’t drink. It’s really hard to imagine the people who struggle to eat every day.”

Romain Saiss celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton
Saiss spoke to Sky Sports about the impact of the holy month

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Families celebrate together by feasting and exchanging gifts.

The Wolves player says he really misses his grandmother’s food, and even though he’s not with his extended family, he’s still making the most of the family festivities in England.

“I miss Eid a lot because most of the time we train or go to games, but normally it’s just a good day. Going to the mosque in the morning for prayers, having food and gifts for the children,” he said. added.

“That’s normally what we do but now it’s a bit different. We try to have a good day when I come back from training for example.”

Did Shahid Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez decide to run for office on the PTI ticket?


Political conflicts have been raging in Pakistan for several days. Against this backdrop, versatile stars Muhammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi decided to enter politics. The two all-rounders intend to join Captain Imran Khan’s political backing.

Earlier, Afridi, who has shown an interest in entering politics later in life, took to Twitter to voice his support for the current government, citing Khan’s ousting as a potential source of instability in the nation. south asian.

The 42-year-old former cricketer, considered one of the best players in the country, said Pakistan had been independent for 74 years.

“Let at least one elected government complete its constitutional term for God’s sake,” his message read.

While imploring political leaders to give the PTI government a chance, Afridi said that correcting the “wrongdoings” of the past 74 years will take time.

His remarks came as scores of celebrities took to social media to show their support for the prime minister.

Furthermore, Pakistani great drummer Mohammad Hafeez has also backed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance on the country’s integrity.

He took to Twitter to share his views and wrote: “With all due respect, I want to make it clear to all political leaders that we are a proud nation and we cannot make compromise on this. I have my differences with PM @ImranKhanPTI but on his position of Pakistan integrity I am with him. #M_a_proud_Pakistani #Beggars_Cant_be_Choosers. »

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Islamic Military Campaigns in Ramazan – Perspectives


Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is observed by Muslims around the world as a time of fasting and prayers. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam but since the advent of the religion, Muslims have been subjected to head-on battles.

Ghazwa is the battle in which the Holy Prophet ﷺ (MPBUH) himself participated. The first Ghazwa was in the second year of Hijri, i.e. the date of migration to Medina. It is known as the Battle of Badr, which was fought on 17 Ramazan two years after Hijrah, between the Meccans and the Muslims, considered outcasts, supported by the Ansar of Medina, who had provided refuge to the Holy Prophet ﷺ.

The economic strength of the Muslim Muhajerin (refugees) was still weak while the Meccans continued to trade and enrich themselves. The Muslims would resort to targeting Meccan caravans, rationalizing their raids as compensation for the mistreatment meted out by the Meccans.

The background to the Battle of Badr is that the Meccan leader Abu Sufyan led a wealthy trade caravan, returning to Mecca and the Muslims planned to plunder it. Abu Sufyan got word of the impending attack through an informant, so he changed his route but a Meccan army was sent under the command of Amr ibn Hishām, better known as Abu Jahl , perhaps the fiercest enemy of Islam among the Meccan rulers to teach the Muslims a lesson.

The Battle of Badr amply demonstrated the Holy Prophet ﷺ’s astute strategic planning skills and his prowess as a military commander. The Muslim army comprised 313 followers, who were apparently no match for the Meccans three times as numerous, far better equipped and battle hardened.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ tactically led his army to occupy the wells of Badr, to deprive the Meccans of water. He then placed his forces in such a position that in the ensuing bloody battle many leaders of the Quraish were killed, including Abu Jahl and Umayyah ibn Khalaf.

The battle resulted in a decisive victory in favor of the Muslims and enhanced Muhammad ﷺ’s status as a leader. The Ansar of Medina eagerly joined his future expeditions, and the tribes outside Medina openly allied themselves with Muhammad ﷺ. The battle has been described in Islamic history as a decisive victory attributable to divine intervention and the leadership qualities of the Holy Prophet ﷺ.

The second battle that took place in Ramazan 6 Hijri is the expedition to Wadi Al-Qura under the command of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. The circumstances of this battle are that Zaid bin Harith went on a trading expedition to Syria laden with goods for the Companions of Muhammad ﷺ.

As he approached Wadi Al-Qura, he was attacked by a group from the Fazara tribe of Banu Badr, who martyred a number of Muslims and looted all the goods. Zaid bin Haritha was carried injured from the field. After recovering from his wound, Abu Bakr ordered the raid on the enemy and attacked him at Wadi al-Qura and inflicted heavy casualties on him. Some of them were killed and others captured. A total of 30 horsemen were killed, including the leader who was an old woman named Umm Qirfa.

Perhaps the most important campaign carried out by Muslims during the holy month of Ramazan is the “Conquest of Mecca”. The genesis of the expedition is that the Meccans violated the treaty of Hudaybiyyah and forced the hand of the Muslims.

On 10 Ramadan 8H, the Prophet ﷺ left Madinah marching towards Makkah with 10,000 soldiers and conquered Makkah without a battle. He smashed the 360 ​​idols of the Ka’bah, showed unprecedented humility and mercy to a people who were once determined to exterminate him and his followers – he forgave them.

The result was that the entire population embraced Islam. The leader of the Quraish, Abu Sufyan, who entered the bosom of Islam on this march to Makkah, commented to Al-Abbas, the uncle of the Prophet ﷺ, upon seeing the great Muslim army: “I swear by Allah that the sovereignty of your brother’s son has become too powerful to resist.” Al-‘Abbas replied, “It is rather the power of prophethood.” Abu Sufyan agreed. (Raheeq Al-Makhtoom).

The next Islamic military campaign was the Battle of Al-Andalus fought in Ramadan 92H. The Muslim commander was the brilliant young general Tariq bin Ziyad, who liberated Spain’s al-Andalus in a battle that sent major ripples through the annals of history.

Tariq bin Ziyad, leading an army of only 12,000 soldiers, bravely faced and defeated King Roderic’s army of 90,000 and established Islamic rule in Spain.

In Ramadan 582H, Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi, one of Islam’s most revered heroes, defeated the Crusaders and brought Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem back into the fold of Islam.

History tells us that in 492H the Crusaders took control of Jerusalem, slaughtered over 70,000 Muslims and committed horrific atrocities. A weak caliphate in Baghdad was forced to retaliate an appropriate response due to violent infighting. Egypt, at that sad time, was ruled by the Shiite Fatimid Empire, which is said to have cooperated with the Crusaders to the detriment of the rest of the Muslims. Emboldened by their maneuvers, the Crusaders invaded Egypt in an attempt to conquer it.

Nur ad-Din Zengi, the emir of Aleppo and Mosul, decides to send his army to support the Muslims in Egypt under the command of Shirkuh, who takes his nephew Salahuddin with him. The army defeated the crusaders in Egypt, but Shirkuh died of stomach disease and Salahuddin became ruler of Egypt.

Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi set in motion plans to unite Muslims in an attack on the Crusaders. In a grand campaign, albeit outnumbered, Salahuddin’s army liberated the Holy Land from the Crusaders.

The last Islamic Ramazan battle discussed here is the Battle of Ain Jalut, in which the Muslim army defeated the dreaded Mongols on the 25th of Ramazan in 658H. The background to the battle is that in the seventh century Hijri, the Mongols under Genghis Khan, razed Samarkand, Ray and Hamadan. His grandson Halagu Khan continued the plague and destruction. Baghdad, the capital of the Muslim world was also razed and according to some estimates around 1,800,000 Muslims were slaughtered in this carnage.

Following such a horrific disaster and with the looming threat to the entire Muslim world and then Europe suffering the same fate, the Mamluk of Egypt, Saifuddin Qutuz, seized the opportunity and united the Muslim army and met the Mongols at Ain Jalut on 25 Ramadan 658H. Despite enormous difficulties, the Muslim army fought unflinchingly and crushed the Mongol army and reversed this tidal wave of horror. The Mamluks captured Damascus five days later after Ain Jalut, followed by Aleppo within a month.

The Islamic battles in the holy month of Ramazan resulted in glory and success and were mentioned in the history of epic battles.

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Dressing the Caliphate: Clothing Cultures of the Early Islamic Period


In this lecture, Professor Jochen Sokoly will examine the clothing worn during the time of the early Islamic Caliphates – between the 7th and 11th centuries – and examine the various cultural influences that shaped them. A brief introduction to the exhibition Social fabrics: inscribed textiles from medieval Egyptian tombs will also be presented.

The conference will take place in Menschel Hall, lower level. Please enter the museums through the Broadway entrance. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

After the conference, guests are invited to visit the Social fabrics exhibition on level 3, until 8:30 p.m.

Please note that while face coverings are optional in all other Harvard Art Museum spaces, they are required for participants in all Menschel Hall programs. Museums will provide visitors with disposable masks who will not bring their own. Please see our general visitor policies, including details of covid– related precautions.

Free admission, but limited places. Reservations can be arranged by clicking on the event on this form from Sunday April 10 after 10 a.m.

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BARMM chief cuts working hours for fasting Muslim government workers


FILE PHOTO: The seat of government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is located in the city of Cotabato. Photo by Bong Sarmiento

CITY OF COTABATO — Workers in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) can return home as early as 3:30 p.m. during the fasting month of Ramadan, as ordered by its Chief Minister Ahod “Kagi Murad” Ebrahim .

In his memorandum to all Muslim officials in BARMM, Chief Minister Ebrahim announced the modified working hours for officials and employees during the fasting month which started on Sunday April 3 and would end on May 2.

“Muslim officials and employees who are required to observe fasting during the holy month are permitted to observe flexible working hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” Ebrahim said in his circular memorandum No. 0051.

He said working hours would continue during the supposed lunch break.

“After the end of Ramadan, all civil servants and employees will resume their respective regular working hours from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m.,” Ebrahim’s memo reads.

In his Ramadan message, he urged everyone in Bangsamoro to spread love.

He also urged the public to continue to observe physical distancing since the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was still there.

“We have overcome the pandemic, I believe the time will come when this pandemic will end,” he said in the vernacular.

While the month of fasting is the holiest month among Muslims around the world, it came at the height of the campaign trail for the country’s national and local elections this year.

“I hope peace will prevail during and after the local and national elections, I hope patience and understanding of our political position will prevail,” Ebrahim said.

“Let’s not let the political season disrupt our fasts and religious activities,” he added. “Let’s not let differences in (our political choices) affect our fast.”


The holy month of Ramadan begins on April 3 in PH – Bangsamoro mufti

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Muhammad Musa Bello tells political appointees to be disciplined


Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, FCTA, urged FCTA public office holders to exercise discipline and focus in carrying out their duties.

The Minister made the remarks at the end of a three-day retreat for FCTA political figures in Abuja.

“Public service” requires a lot of discipline, and “as a political office holder, you will find that much of that discipline has to come from within.

He advised them to develop the ability to resist the efforts of their relatives and associates to compromise their integrity and violate public service laws, including procurement processes and the acceptance of gifts.

Bello urged them to create gift registries to keep track of all gifts given, received and by whom, in accordance with applicable standards and regulations.

The Minister reminded them that they were legally responsible for all their activities in the public service and commended the FCT Permanent Secretary and other senior officials for organizing the retreat and bringing in high-level resource persons and highly qualified.

Malam Bashir Mai Bornu, Chief of Staff to the Minister, urged the political figures to reaffirm their commitment to the administration of the FCT and to assist the Minister of the FCT in carrying out his duties.

Also addressing Mr. Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, said that during the retreat, participants studied many facets of the FCTA, including government rules and regulations, as well as a dive depth in the President’s 13-objective mandate.

Mr. Adesola went on to say that the retreat looked at where the FCTA was in terms of fulfilling these responsibilities and how political appointees could best succeed in ensuring that the FCTA achieves its goals in these areas.

He also said that the retreat achieved its objectives in enabling participants to better equip themselves for more effective and efficient service delivery, and that all presentations, discussions and resolutions will be available on a microsite to which those responsible for the administration concerned can easily refer if the need arises.

Engineer Shehu Hadi Ahmed, Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), said the retreat had greatly benefited his organization as the presentations by the resource persons had enhanced the capacity of government officials, which helped to better understand what to do in situations such as emergency procurement, variations in contract performance, etc.

Dr. Bashir Mohammed, Director of the FCTA’s Human Resource Management Department, said the administration expects to see better adjustments in the conduct and performance of civil servants in the future.

Professor Olusegun Olasope, senior consultant for the retreat, commended the FCT administration for its efforts to develop the capacity of its staff and expressed optimism for significant changes in the performance of their duties in the coming months.

Dr. Mohammed Kabir, the Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, and Dr. Samson Jonah, President of the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria, both spoke on the last day of the retreat, reminding participants that they were ultimately accountable to God in the performance of their duties.

The presentation of certificates to the participants was also part of the closing ceremony.

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Winning Time Episode 5 in-depth look at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The series changes focus a bit in this episode.

Photo: HBO

Which makes winning timeThe tapestry of exciting stories is how it reflects the chaotic jazz of our lives. Each character is at odds with the world and with themselves. Magic, Jerry Buss, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, each is waging a private war. For many of them, it is a war of the spirit against the flesh. That’s why an episode may open with John C. Reilly’s Buss fingering a girl in a restaurant, while this episode, “Piece of a Man,” opens with an Islamic ceremony of a new disciple, a young Lew Alcindor, bonding with a spiritual rebirth.

The great mosaic of life is like this. It is both perverse and profane. As humans, we oscillate between the two all the time. Basically, that’s what winning time is poised, albeit with a bit of sensationalism, to mirror what the Showtime Lakers used to be.

This leads to a perfect segway to talk about the show’s theme song. While “My Favorite Mutiny” is a moving jamboree, a deeper militant message resonates. Its writer and creator, Boots Riley of The Coup, collaborates with Black Thought of The Roots and Talib Kweli to create the perfect treatise on mid-2000s rap. Upon release, the song was in direct opposition to the ringtone rap that dominated the airwaves. Three of the game’s fiercest lyricists have united as brothers in arms against the music industrial complex.

Against the backdrop of Los Angeles, the creative team behind winning time shows us the excess and absence that rocked the city in the late 70s and early 80s. The opening montage reflects the state of America at the time, a chasm between the haves and The poors. Riley and her bandmates probably never imagined their soundtrack scenes of white women brunching, aerobics and parasailing. But we also see righteous citizens protesting in the streets, a homeless man smoking crack, and even a scene of African Americans enjoying brunch. Shit is everything, all at once. As Black Thought punctuates the edit with righteous indignation, we as audiences are primed for the fusion of the specific brand of American absurdity.

Kareem’s ignoring Magic’s budding tweet before the Lakers’ opener embodies the clash of ideologies at the dawn of the ’80s. Some saw the promise of Reaganomics as a framework for loot and plunder. At the same time, American Nightmare veterans knew how the chapter would end. Magic wanted to impress the old head with the creative mesh of their two games, while Jabbar was just looking to make enough money to step away from the game and escape the conveyor belt, an insidious mechanism poignantly laid bare by the author William C. Rhoden in his book, Forty million dollar slave. The treadmill sees the NBA monolith pulling inner-city black kids out of their communities and planting them on the path to riches and distracting them from the troubles they left behind. Then it isolates and isolates them from the outside world so that they lose empathy towards their fellow human beings. They began to take an “I” versus “we” approach to life, further disconnecting them from the common lot of family, friends, and neighbors. At the end of the belt, you find yourself with a lone figure, alone among its millions, too scared to talk or cause trouble for fear of losing comfort. Jabbar was the antithesis of that. He talked so much that he made his own teammates, those unaware of their place on the treadmill, uncomfortable.

In this episode, we are told how and, more importantly, why Lew Alcindor became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Essentially it boiled down to what should drive any of us crazy enough to, as Black Thought says in the intro,

“Move, if you have the nerve

Go wild for your just desserts’”

Then, as now, killer cops murdered innocent African Americans. Seems like little has changed in today’s America, where killers with badges are rarely brought to justice for their murderous crimes. As a young man, Jabbar struggled with his father as a transit policeman as a means of earning a living for his son and his family. Cap, as his colleagues affectionately called him Kareem, was at odds with his father’s Christian faith and law and order mentality. winning time shows us, obviously in a table scene, Jabbar’s early rejection of a white Jesus and his principles of “turning the other cheek” that would fuel his outspoken views on war, police brutality and justice race throughout his life. It also made him an enigmatic teammate to those he was with in the trenches, especially Magic and new coach Jack McKinney.

Just when you thought the roster was overflowing, the series adds another new player in Spencer Haywood, played by Wood Harris, of The Wire and Empire. As Haywood, Harris becomes the bridge between Jabbar and the rest of the Lakers. Haywood had sued the league and won the right to skip college and go straight into the NBA to support his family. He set the stage for Moses Malone, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant to enter the NBA right out of high school.

In Haywood, Jabbar saw an ally, a fellow soldier willing to stand up for his beliefs in the face of racist power structures. But as the two share a joint in the back of Jabbar’s estate, we learn the consequences of such a moral war on Haywood’s mind. Wood delivers a heartfelt and poignant monologue about realizing he had a second chance at life, which is unfortunately cut short by a manic edit. It would have done Wood’s performance justice, if the camera had stayed on him in one take, to let us see his expressions and ticks merge. Nonetheless, Wood did some of the best work of his career and should be remembered as a time in Wood’s long and illustrious career.

The battles we fight, external and internal, and their results are what will define us. In winning time, we witness the diversity of characters in the trenches of these wars, public and private. So far, we’ve seen them try to fight as lone soldiers. Private losses, in particular, carried them before they even played their first game. Near the end of the episode, as their first home game begins, we finally see Cap reaching out in solidarity as well. History tells us the Lakers take a 9 and 2 record to start the season. And just as Coach McKinney takes his trusty bike ride through his neighborhood, they finally form a team. It’s safe to say that whatever wars are to come, McKinney’s head injury – the arrival of Larry Bird, Magic’s HIV diagnosis – they will face them together.

There’s more to the month of fasting than how it’s spelled


In recent years, before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan/Ramzan, a debate erupts (largely in the English-language media) over the difference between Ramzan, the Urdu spelling at the time, and Ramadan, its spelling Arab. Writers with no language training have claimed without any evidence that the use of the spelling “Ramadan” is a sign of “Islamic radicalism” in India.

In a previous article, I wrote about the political motivations behind the controversy and highlighted the role played by globalization and the contact between Indian languages ​​and Arabic in the Gulf countries, where Indians form a percentage important in the workforce.

There is, of course, more to the month than the spelling controversy. Muslims around the world engage in particular religious practices during this month. A look at Ramzan vocabulary will help to understand not only their practices but also how they affect their social behavior in schools, colleges and workplaces this month.

Vendors arrange dried fruit and vermicelli, or sewaiyyan, at a market in Guwahati, Assam, in this photo from May 2017. Credit: Reuters
  1. The month in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk is called Ramzan in Urdu, which is the Urdu pronunciation of the Arabic word Ramadan, which literally means “excessive heat”. The Arabic word Ramḍā’, meaning “baked in the sun”, is derived from the same root. The etymology of the Arabic word reflects the hot and dry climatic conditions of the southern Arabian Peninsula, where Islam originated.

    Other Indian languages ​​have different words for the month. For example, in Malayalam, which is not influenced by Arabic and Persian, like Urdu, it is called nomb masam – “fasting month”, in addition to Ramsan, a variant spelling of Arabic Ramadan.

    There are two reasons why the month is considered holy. First, all adults observe the obligatory fast for the whole month as it is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. Second, it’s also special because the Quran was revealed this month. Therefore, Muslims read the Quran much more this month than any other month, and so you can find them reading the Quran in public places.

  2. Fasting is called roza, which is an act of worship in which Muslims do not eat, drink or have sex during the day. The word roza in Urdu comes from Persian (not Arabic) which is derived from the word pink which means “day” or “daily”. The original Arabic word in the Quran for roza is sawwhich means abstaining from things, which reflects the act of worship in a more transparent way than the Urdu word roza.

    Muslims also refrain from evils such as lies, backbiting and fighting. There is a narration in which the Prophet advised Muslims to politely say, “I am fasting”, if someone insulted them or started a fight. Here the phrase refers to the broader sense of abstaining from evils in general. In Malayalam, the word for fast is nomb or vratham, borrowed from Sanskrit.

  3. At sunset, Muslims gather in mosques and other places to end their day of fasting and have their first meal, called iftar/iftari in Urdu. Although both words come from Arabic, Arabs use future, word derived from the same root. In some Bihari dialects, the word is roj-kholia which means “something on which you break your fast”. The word combines the Persian word pink with the Indian word kholna.

    Unlike Urdu, in Malayalam the word for the evening meal is nomb thura, literally “the opening of the fast”, which is not borrowed from Arabic or Persian. As iftar is a form of prayer, Muslims can be seen rushing home to join their families for the evening meal. Hosting Iftar parties has become a common event in many political circles in India, which aims to form alliances and solidarity.

  4. After Muslims break their fast at sunset, they offer evening prayers. Later at night, they offer a special prayer called taraweeh, which only takes place during Ramzan. This prayer is rather long and done in congregation, so it is not surprising to see large numbers of Muslims gathering in mosques at night. In many Muslim neighborhoods, the mosques and surrounding businesses become quite festive at night, especially after prayers.
  5. After this prayer, Muslims go back to bed and get up at dawn for their last meal before starting their fast the next day. Many Muslims may stay up all night and go to bed after the morning meal. This meal in Urdu is called sehri, derived from the Arabic word sahara, meaning “breaking dawn”. The Urdu word sehri in Arabic means “magical”, which shows how the word has undergone semantic change in the Indian context.
  6. At the end of the fasting month, Muslims are required to pay alms to the poor called zakat al-fitr also known as fitra in South Asia. The amount of zakat must be paid in kind and is calculated based on an Arabic system of measuring dates and grains called saa’a, which translates to two and a half kilos of local produce or its equivalent. Charity should be paid before Eid celebrations.

    While the benefit of fasting is limited to the person observing it, the fitra affects society. The purpose of almsgiving is to ensure that the poor do not go hungry and to share the festivities of Eid Al-Fitr with others. The most striking cultural icon of Eid among South Asian Muslims is sweets made from sewaiyyan, vermicelli. The word comes from the Sanskrit Śamita, meaning “rice powder”, which changed to samia in Prakrit.

North Indian Muslims begin the Arabic month of Ramzan/Ramadan by observing the Persian roza and end it with the celebration of Arabic Eid sharing the Sanskrit-derived sewaiyyan with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Rizwan Ahmad is Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics at Qatar University. He tweets at @rizwanahmad1

Unable to prohibit anyone from adopting a child on the basis of their religion, the Delhi court authorizes a Muslim prisoner to complete the adoption formalities


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  • No one can be banned from adopting a child just because they believe in Islam: Delhi court
  • Jailed Muslim man had approached court asking for parole to complete adoption formalities

New Delhi: In a major development, a Delhi court has allowed a Muslim prisoner to adopt a child. the Patiala house courtyard ordered the prison warden to take the man to the adoption office to complete the formalities where his signs were required.

The court of additional sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana said that no one can be stopped from adopting a child just because they believe in Islam.

Earlier, the prosecution had opposed the argument that Islam has no provision allowing a Muslim to adopt a child, according to an article in the Hindi daily Hindustan.

The judge said a person cannot be denied the right to adopt a child just because they are from the Muslim community. Everyone has the same right to adopt a child.

A jailed Muslim man had approached the court through his lawyer Kausar Khan asking for parole to travel to Nuh district in Haryana to complete adoption formalities.

The formalities required her signatures on the adoption documents.

Opposing this argument, the prosecution had argued that Islam does not allow Muslims to adopt a child because Muslims are subject to personal laws.

However, counsel for the petitioner argued that although Muslim personal laws do not allow Muslims to adopt a child, the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 allows anyone to adopt a child. After hearing the argument, the court granted the man custody.

IGM vs PHT Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update – Sharjah Ramadan T20 League


IGM vs PHT Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update of Sharjah Ramadan T20 League match between Interglobe Marine and Prim Height Transport. They will play against each other for the first time in this Sharjah Ramadan T20 League season.

Prediction GT vs DC Dream11

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Details:

The 14thand Sharjah Ramadan T20 League match will see Interglobe Marine take on Prim Height Transport on 3rd April at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.

For all Dream11 tips and live Fantasy Cricket updates, follow us on Telegram channel from Cricketaddictor.

This game is scheduled to start at 1:15 a.m. IST and the live score and commentary can be seen on the FanCode and CricketAddictor website.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Preview:

This game will see the clash between the two teams from Group B of this season’s Sharjah Ramadan T20 League.

Interglobe Marine will face Prim Height Transport for the first time in the fourteenth game of this Sharjah Ramadan T20 League season.

Interglobe Marine is currently placed at the top of the points table for this season in the Sharjah Ramadan T20 League, while Prim Height Transport is currently placed at second place in the points table.

Interglobe Marine have played one game this season of Sharjah Ramadan T20 League where they have won this game while Prim Height Transport have also played one game this season where they too have won this game.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Weather Report:

The temperature is expected to hover around 26°C on match day with 86% humidity and a wind speed of 6 km/h. There is no chance of rushing during the game.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Overview Report:

The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium track is a batting-friendly surface and should stimulate batters in both innings. The Pacers could get help towards the second half of the game while spinners will be crucial in the middle stage.

Average 1st innings score:

The average score of the first innings on this wicket is 166 points.

Hunting team record:

The team that beats second doesn’t have good records here. They have a winning percentage of 60 at this track.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Injury Update:

(Will be added when there is an update)

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Likely XIs:

Marine Interglobe: Asif Mumtaz©, Amjad Gul, Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan, Harry Bharwal, Mohammad Zahid, Muhammad Taimoor, Sandeep Singh, Vishnu Sukumaran, Yasir Kaleem(wk), Attaullah, Shahnawaz Khan

Transport at optimum height: Rafeeq Zaman©, Abdul Latif Ayoubi, Farid Ghulam, Irfan Ullah, Mohad Gul, Muhammad Dawood, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Arshad, Sagheer Afridi, Rahman Gull(wk), Riaz Khaliq

Top Picks for Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Asif Khan is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler for Interglobe Marine.

Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan is a left-handed batsman and orthodox left-arm spinner for Interglobe Marine.

Sagheer Afridi is a right-handed drummer from Prim Height Transport. He accumulated 58 points in the last game.

Mohammad Bilal is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler for Prim Height Transport. He grabbed 3 wickets in the last game.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Captain’s and Vice-Captain’s Picks:

Captain – Mohamed Bilal, Asif Khan

Vice captain – Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan, Sagheer Afridi

Suggestion to play #1 XI for IGM vs PHT Dream11 team:

Guardian – Rahman Gul, Yasir Kaleem

Drummers – Sagheer Afridi, Asif Khan, Bilal Hameed

Versatile – Muhammad Bilal (C), Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan (VC), Toukir Riyasat

Bowlers – Muhammad Arshad-I, Imran Tahir, Muslim Emir

Prediction IGM vs PHT Dream11

Suggestion to play XI #2 for IGM vs PHT Dream11 team:

Guardian – Rahman Gul, Muhammad Dawood

Drummers – Sagheer Afridi (VC), Asif Khan (C), Bilal Hamid

Versatile – Muhammad Bilal, Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan, Touqeer Riyasat

Bowlers – Muhammad Arshad-I, Imran Tahir, Farid Ghulam

IGM vs PHT Dream11 Prediction Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 Team Sharjah Ramadan T20 League
Prediction IGM vs PHT Dream11

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Expert Tips:

Muhammad Bilal will be a sure captain choice for the mini big leagues. Muhammed Dawood and Farid Ghulam are among the top picks here. The best suggested fantasy/Dream11 combination for this game is 2-3-3-3.

IGM vs PHT Sharjah Ramadan T20 League Match 14 Likely winners:

Interglobe Marine should win this match.

Iranians commemorate Islamic Republic Day


Yusef Jalali

Press TV, Tehran

The Iranian flag was hoisted high in Tehran on a day remembered as a milestone in Iran’s history. April 1, 1979 was the day the Islamic Republic replaced three millennia of monarchy in Iran.

It came in a referendum held months after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the former Pahlavi regime. The ballots contained “Yes” or “No” to the Islamic Republic, and more than 98% of eligible voters chose to vote “Yes”.

The event also invited the ambassadors to Iran who took part to congratulate Iran on the occasion. Led by Imam Khomeini, the Islamic Revolution was driven by anti-imperialist sentiments, as former Iranian monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was seen as heavily dependent on Western powers, particularly the United States.

Iranian officials claim that independence is one of the achievements brought by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic has faced many challenges; from the Western-funded war in Iraq to the harsh sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and Europe.

Authorities in the Islamic Republic say the establishment has come of age in its fourth decade of existence and will not bow to Western pressure.

The Islamic Republic revolutionized everything in Iran, even its flag, which once bore the emblem of the lion and the sun as a symbol of the monarchy, and later was replaced by the name of God, Allah; a reflection of the Iranians’ Islamic beliefs, which they say were not addressed during the Shah’s time.

Beware the resurgence of Russophobia | Russia–Ukraine War


“Vladimir Putin loves Fyodor Dostoyevsky,” I read in an article recently. “A careful reading of the legendary author’s texts reveals that the feeling could have been mutual.”

Shortly after, I also read that in Italy a university had canceled a literature course on Dostoyevsky regarding the Ukrainian crisis. If the world were left at the mercy of such acts of youthful madness, we would sooner lose the moral parameters of our earthly existence than the environmental conditions of human survival. What does Dostoyevsky have to do with Putin? Might as well ban Faulkner because we oppose the Ku Klux Klan – or stop reading Emile Zola because we don’t like Marine Le Pen. What pure sophomoric childishness is this?

People around the world appalled by the barbarism of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine (as they were by Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq) must be very careful not to fall into this trap. “A plague on both your houses,” we should rather say to Putin and his nemesis as we grab our copies of masterpieces of Russian literature to re-read in protest, starting of course with Dostoyevsky. .

Years ago, I was on the jury of a film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, where a Russian colleague generously showed me around the neighborhood where Dostoyevsky had lived during his writing Crime and Punishment (1866), a book I first read when I was a poor undergraduate student in Tehran, not too different from the novel’s main character, Rodion Raskolnikov – less, of course, the murder of any Iranian counterpart pawnbroker of Alyona Ivanovna.

I walked through this neighborhood like a pilgrim retracing every inch of it, honored by memories of an enduring monument to one man’s literary genius, a novelist whom Nietzsche had praised as “the only psychologist I had anything learn”, the imposing moral figure on which Freud wrote his emblematic essay, “Dostoyevsky and Parricide.

Slander an entire civilization

Extract Dostoyevsky from our moral memories and we’ll get a little closer to Dante’s Inferno. Dostoyevsky is irreplaceable. Please leave him alone.

The problem, however, is not just Dostoyevsky. There is an alarming, positively pathetic rise and resurgence of Russophobia in Europe and the United States – almost immediately after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Blame Putin for Ukraine, like you blame George W Bush for Afghanistan and Iraq or anywhere else on his “war on terror” map.

Take Putin, Bush, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu and a whole bunch of related thugs, put a leash around their necks by sending them all to the International Criminal Court and charging them with war crimes and crimes against humanity. ‘humanity. But this juvenile demonization of an entire culture is pathetic.

I remember that in January 2020, US President Donald Trump threatened to bomb 52 Iranian sites, many of which are considered World Heritage monuments. The barbaric mentality that recently targeted Iran and Islam has now turned to Russia.

It’s one thing for the European and American media to shed their thin veneer of journalistic neutrality and go downright vulgar in their partisan coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is quite another thing for classic European and American Russophobia to rear its ugly head and reconnect to its fascist roots to demonize Russians with dizzying speed and insidious tenacity. We Muslims, who are still fighting against Islamophobia in Europe and the United States, are terribly familiar with the mechanism of action of this renewed Russophobia.

We denounce Putin’s murderous invasion of Ukraine, and we love reading Dostoyevsky’s novels, watching Andrei Tarkovsky’s films and marveling at the philosophical genius of Mikhail Bakhtin. Repeat these few phrases three times a day and leave the world alone.

Propaganda policy

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an act of military aggression straight out of the American playbook. With all its brutality and vulgarity, the Russians haven’t done anything that the United States and its European and regional allies haven’t done for decades and centuries – most recently in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere‌ – or what that their client Arab states like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have not made it to Yemen. So what’s the problem ? It’s all right when they do it to blacks and browns everywhere. The world is coming to an end if someone does the same to white people with blue eyes and blond hair.

None of this justifies Putin’s military adventurism in Ukraine – but the United States and its European allies are the last entities on planet Earth with any moral authority to point the finger at Russia. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rightly won the greatest admiration from people around the world for staying put and leading his country into a battle for survival against Putin – but it’s the same man who is a solid Zionist all behind it. the continued robbery of Palestine and murder by Israel. of the Palestinians. Why this failure to see the bigger picture?

If we were to remain free from political propaganda on both sides and focus on the human costs of such madness, the demonization of regional and global cultures would reveal itself for the absurd gibberish that it is. The best of Russia is the best of our humanity. The worst of Russia looks suspiciously like the worst we’ve seen in Europe and the United States. We have not stopped reading Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens or Jane Austen when the United States and its European partners unleashed their barbarism on Afghanistan and Iraq. We won’t stop reading Leo Tolstoy or Ivan Turgenev or Nikolai Gogol now that Russia has done the same in Ukraine.

Malignant (generic) anti-Russian sentiments in Europe and by extension the United States date back at least to the Napoleonic Wars when Russia was portrayed as the barbaric antithesis of “Europe”. The fictional document known as “The Testament of Peter the Great” (forged in the early 19th century and repeatedly revived whenever there is a war in Crimea) attributed to the Russian emperor the desire to conquer Europe and subjugate its people. The same delusional phobia will then be recycled for Arabs and Muslims “reconquering Europe”.

No doubt there are fanatical Russian nationalists who want to expand the territorial domains of their former empire. But how is that different from the infamous Project for New American Century of Neanderthal neoconservatives like William Kristol and Robert Kagan who, under Bush, plotted to take over the entire planet under the American flag? Delusional Europeans and their American counterparts are very limited in their conspiratorial imaginations and not so smart at inventing new scary fantasies, so keep recycling the old ones. According to them, Arabs want to conquer Europe, Muslims want to conquer Europe, Turks, Africans, Russians, ad absurdum, want to conquer Europe – meanwhile they don’t seem to notice that they are the ones who bomb Asia and Africa at will.

hollywood at work

It’s impossible to overstate how gullible a whole spectrum of Americans are at such times, drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid without the slightest doubt or hesitation, acting like robots commanded one way or the other. “Russian restaurants are feeling the impact of war,” reports The New York Times, “most owners are anti-war, and many of them are from Ukraine. But the number of customers is still decreasing. What did beef Stroganoff, borscht or pirozhki do to you anyway? They are delicious. Far better, in fact, than the horrible burgers that McDonald’s obviously decided to stop feeding Russians in retaliation for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Like many other cultures around the world, American culture can only be understood by demonizing a constellation of others. A fictional white interlocutor stands at the epicenter of all these systematic acts of alienation and relentless demonization of others. All that is needed is a clue to trigger the machinery into action.

Throughout its history, Hollywood has established itself as the main barometer of American propaganda, constantly branding and targeting perceived enemies of the “American way of life”. From Hollywood blockbusters like the Rocky and Diehard series to spy thrillers of successive generations, Hollywood thrives on demonizing Russians.

“In Hollywood,” Michael Idov recently wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “the ‘bad Russian’ stereotype has not returned. He never left. Nina Khrushcheva, a film scholar at New York University, even makes the perfectly plausible claim that Putin’s self-image is in fact influenced by Hollywood’s portrayal of Russian villains. In the movie Equalizer (2014), the main Russian villain is called Vladimir Pushkin. A relationship with Alexander Pushkin perhaps – the greatest Russian romantic poet and playwright of all time?

Whenever Hollywood, as the main propaganda machine of the United States and Europe, crumbles, the world must rise. Today is the best time to rediscover the masters of Russian cinema: Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov – and countless other masters are waiting for you. While you’re there, get to know a few Ukrainian artists as well. Start with Taras Shevchenko, their glorious Kobzar, then discover their many other poets, artists and folklorists. As Russia is not only Putin, Ukraine is not only Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.

Banner banning Muslim vendors removed in Sagar



Banner banning Muslim vendors removed in Sagar

Tahasildar Mallesh B Pujar clarified that the taluk administration has not put up such a banner and has not imposed restrictions on vendors on the basis of religion.

Credit: special arrangement

A banner stating that vendors belonging to a non-Hindu religion are not allowed to set up stalls at the Maha Ganapathi fair to be held in the city from April 2-28 was taken down on Thursday after going viral on networking sites social.

Tahasildar Mallesh B Pujar clarified that the taluk administration has not put up such a banner and has not imposed restrictions on vendors on the basis of religion.

Stalls have been auctioned off in the city. Dharmika Datti Parishat member Raghavendra Bhat said sellers who get stalls in the auction should set up the same and they should not allow others to set up stalls in the fair. If stalls are given to non-Hindus, they will be seized.

He said the Muzrai department has made it clear that non-Hindus are not allowed to do business at Hindu fairs and religious festivals. “We have no enmity towards other religions.”

A seller from the Muslim community said that “although the taluk administration has not officially issued any order prohibiting non-Hindus from setting up stalls at the fair, we did not participate in the auction in view of the current situation”.

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On this day: Ken Norton smashes Muhammad Ali’s jaw, stuns ex-champion with decision win


It was one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history.

On March 31, 1973, the then-unheralded Ken Norton scored a stunning 12-round split decision victory over Muhammad Ali at the San Diego Sports Arena, shattering the great ex-champ’s jaw and, for many, ending all hope. he had to regain the title.

Norton, best known for being a sparring partner of Joe Frazier, was a 29-1 contender. However, nothing on the ex-Marine’s resume suggested he beat Ali, who was on a 10-game winning streak after his first loss to Frazier in March 1971.

Ali had come in heavy at 221 pounds. He had developed a bad habit of training up to competition level and it cost him against Norton. The Adonis-looking Californian, who was trained by Eddie Futch, was stylistically the stuff of nightmares. He could match Ali’s jab – a rarity – and his cross defense proved difficult for the former champion to penetrate.

When Ali’s jaw was broken in that fight, it was a subject of great speculation. Ali’s camp insisted it happened in the second round, a session his opponent won with explosive punches. Team Norton, however, were convinced Ali’s jaw was completely broken on the 12th and final lap, which the underdog completely dominated. There’s evidence on the original ABC show that Ali was struggling earlier than that.

Either way, Norton did the damage with punches and the night was his.

A large margin of growth for the Islamic banking sector


PETALING JAYA: According to Moody’s Investors Service, Malaysia’s Islamic banking system has plenty of room to grow despite the sector having reached a relatively mature stage.

The international rating agency noted in its new report that strong balance sheets, underpinned by prudent underwriting and a focus on less risky retail funding, would continue to allow the country’s Islamic banks to grow as the government is taking steps to further develop syariah- compliant banking.

“Malaysia has one of the most advanced Islamic banking systems among Muslim-majority countries, with room for further growth. Islamic banking forms an important part of the country’s banking system due to government policies aimed at developing the sector and the “Islamic-first” strategies that major banking groups have adopted to support state efforts.

“Yet Syariah-compliant banks still make up far less than half of the overall banking system, giving the sector plenty of room for growth,” he said.

After weathering the pandemic on solid foundations, Islamic banks have maintained strong balance sheets necessary for growth.

“Although the government program that allows debt repayment deferral will expire by June 2022 for most borrowers, the increase in impaired Islamic finance will be limited due to the economic recovery, and Islamic banks have built up ‘significant reserves against potential losses over the past two years,’ explained Moody’s.

“The focus of Islamic banks on the less risky consumer segment will also support the quality of their assets. Strong profitability will allow Islamic banks to remain well capitalized, while large deposit bases will continue to provide them with ample liquidity for expansion,” he added.

Islamic banks in Malaysia will continue to benefit from the government’s efforts to develop the sector.

Former Syrian War Refugee Expresses Gratitude to Red Deer Residents as Ramadan Approaches – Red Deer Advocate


Having lost her 12-year-old brother during the war in Syria, refugee Hasna Swid has found much to be grateful for since arriving in central Alberta.

The month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which begins on April 2, is a time to express gratitude to God, she said, for, among other things, the peaceful community that welcomed her.

“It’s a time for charity, for giving to the poor and thinking of others,” Swid said.

This week, the 22-year-old plans to visit the classrooms of her two younger brothers at Annie L. Gaetz School. She will hand out sweets and small gifts and educate young students about Ramadan as a way to share culture and spread understanding.

“I want the community to get to know their Muslim friends,” Swid said.

She was 18 when she arrived in Alberta with her parents and surviving siblings in January 2018.

Swid remembers never being so cold, but relieved that her family could live in peace. They would no longer have to share a kitchen and bathroom with others – or report their every move to the authorities.

Her large family had spent the previous five years in a refugee camp in Turkey, a cramped place with no personal space or space for children to play, Swid recalls.

Thousands of refugees received food and water from aid agencies. Every time someone had to go into town, they had to get special permission, she recalls.

Swid’s family had crossed the border into Turkey to escape from Aleppo, Syria, after his 12-year-old brother, Mohammad, was killed in a bomb attack. “He was at the market, buying stuff…”

She still doesn’t know who was to blame. The Syrian civil war has drawn forces from Russia, the United States and Iran.

“We searched for his body for three days,” Swid recalls. “As soon as we buried him, we fled to Turkey.”

Losing her older brother “was very difficult”, she recalls – “especially for my parents…”

The family was overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received in Alberta, recalls Swid.

Although more and more incidents of racism and isolationism have been making headlines lately, Swid said she had only one negative encounter with an individual.

“We didn’t expect Canadians to be so nice…”

Swid now works in a long-term care home while her younger siblings go to school and her parents study English. She is proud of her younger sister, Shimaa, who is expected to graduate from high school this spring at the age of 16.

Starting Saturday, the Swid family, like others of the Muslim faith, will fast from sun to sun for the entire month of Ramadan. Swid said even water cannot be consumed during this period, which can last 15 hours.

Ramadan is the month when Muslims believe the Quran began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The start of the holidays is based on the Islamic calendar and the crescent moon.

Followers refresh their beliefs by reading the Quran and reflecting on their spirituality. Swid will reflect on all that she is grateful for and ways to give back to the community, especially those less fortunate.

She admitted TV footage from the war in Ukraine brought back bad memories of the kind of violence she escaped. “I know what they are going through and I want them to be safe.”

Once Ramadan ends on May 2, Muslims will observe the three-day celebration of Eid, which involves special prayers, food, family visits and more gifts and charity.

The money is donated, especially to children, Swid said, so there’s never a need for returns or exchanges.

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Edited video shared as visuals of the late Bollywood actor Om Puri describing Islam as the only true religion in the world


A video is being shared on social media claiming it as visuals of the late Bollywood actor Om Puri describing Islam as the only true religion in the world and asking people around the world to accept Islam. Let’s check the assertion made in the message.

The archived version of the message can be seen here.

To claim: Video of the late Bollywood actor Om Puri praising Islam.

Made: The video shared in the post is an edited video. This video shows Om Puri’s old interview with a Pakistani news channel in 2014. In the interview, when the reporter asked about the image of Muslims in India, Om Puri said that a false impression has been created on Muslims in India that they are extremists and that they think there should be no other religion but Islam and the whole world should accept it. Om Puri later said that this impression created on Muslims is not true. Part of this complete conversation has been cut and is shared with a fake story. Therefore, the claim made in the message is FALSE.

By searching the details of this video using relevant keywords, a video with similar visuals was found posted on a YouTube channel with the title “The real video in which Om Puri talks about Islam and its beliefs”. At 2:23 minute of the video, when the reporter asked about the image of Muslims in India and other Western countries, Om Puri said that a false impression was created about Muslims in India that ‘they are extremists and they think there should be no other religion but Islam and the whole world should accept it. He later said that this impression created on Muslims is not true.

When we searched for more details, we found that Om Puri made the comments during an interview with Pakistani news channel “Dunya News” on March 27, 2014. The full video of the interview uploaded to Dunya News channel can be seen here. We were able to see the same conversation from 13:48 minutes into the video. Part of this full conversation was cut and shared with a fake story in the post. Om Puri in the interview proclaimed himself as a Hindu who respects all other religions.

To sum up, an edited video is being falsely shared as visuals of the late Bollywood actor Om Puri describing Islam as the only true religion in the world.

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Paul Felder calls on Sean Brady and Belal Muhammad to confuse Kamaru Usman, says Khamzat Chimaev still has something to prove


If Paul Felder thinks it would take a “monster grabber” to beat Kamaru Usman, it seems few rising title contenders fit that description better than Chechen phenom Khamzat Chimaev.

The 27-year-old from the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden, battled his way through UFC middleweight in the welterweight divisions with 12:44 fight time over four fights . And after his latest victory, a first-round submission to Li Jingliang, he now looks set to be in contention for the title – with a fight against former challenger Gilbert Burns, at UFC 273 on April 9.

But, while Chimaev’s results so far have been nothing short of stunning, Felder isn’t quite convinced he’s ready to be a title contender just yet. If for no other reason than questions surrounding the 6’2” fighter’s ability to consistently hit the 170lb limit.

“Even though we are all in agreement right now that [Khamzat Chimaev is] the best guy in the division, hands down,” the UFC commentator and former lightweight fighter explained on a recent episode of MMA Fighting The fighter against the writer podcast, “You have to prove to me first — and I’m sure the UFC staff — that you can make welterweight easier than you did last time around,” Felder said. “It was a shit show.”

Despite his obvious talents, the ‘Irish dragon’ also made it clear that he thought Chimaev had to ‘beat some of those guys who worked’.

As for the current suitors who might bother Usman? It’s no huge surprise that the two men Felder is most excited to see compete for the belt are two of his longtime training partners, from Renzo Gracie Philly and Roufusport – Sean Brady and Belal Muhammad.

“Those two guys for me are,” Felder explained, “after what Belal showed in his last performance with [Stephen] ‘Wonder Boy’ [Thompson] and what Sean has shown throughout his career, I think he’s one of those two guys going forward [fighting for the title].

“I don’t think that’s the case yet. I think Leon is next and should be next. But what about someone who will really challenge [Usman] in the future, I think this is one of them.

While Edwards would appear to be the next slated opponent for Usman, a title fight between the two men has yet to be officially announced. Edwards’ manager Tim Simpson told MMA Fighting in February that he was confident his client would fight for gold this summer.. But that the UFC is currently waiting on while Usman recovers from a hand injury.

The Sufi saint who promoted the cultural blend of Shaivism and Islam


Srinagar, March 28 (IANS): Lalleshwari, affectionately known as ‘Lal Ded’ (Mother Lalla), is among the most prominent Sufi saints in Kashmir who promoted a cultural blend of Shaivism and Islam, which teaches tolerance, coexistence and brotherhood between communities.

She was born in the early 1300s. Through her verses, those relating to daily life and life in the afterlife, Lal Ded became so popular among the people of Kashmir that at one point , the local Pandits considered her an incarnation.

She practiced Shaivism, but her message of brotherhood made her one of the most revered Sufis in her country. Local Muslims called it ‘Lal Arifa’.

His mystical poetry is called “Vakhs”, which literally means “word”. His verses are the first poetic compositions in the Kashmiri language and as such constitute an important part of the history of Kashmiri literature.

Lalleshwari’s mystical musings continue to have a profound impact on the psyche of the Kashmiri people.

Lal Ded got married when she was 12 years old. She left home at the age of 24 to take ‘Sanyas’ (renunciation).

His meeting with another great Kashmir Sufi saint, Sheikh Nooruddin Wali, called “Nund Rishi” by local pundits, is famous throughout Kashmir.

It is said that after his birth, Nund Rishi refused to be breastfed by his mother.

Lal Ded came and said to the child, “If you are not ashamed of being born, why are you ashamed of being breastfed?

The Rishi is then believed to have been nursed by Lalleshwari as an adoptive mother.

One of his famous “Vakhs” reads in translation as follows:

“The soul like the moon, is now, and always new again

And I saw the ocean, continually creating

The day will fade into night

The ground surface will extend outward

The new moon will be swallowed

In eclipse, and the mind in meditation”

Lal Ded’s influence on Nund Rishi’s life and teachings was so profound that many Kashmiris believe that the Rishis absorbed Sufism and renunciation through Lal Ded’s milk.

Local Muslims and Pandits have never in their history distinguished between the Sufi saints of Kashmir on the basis of religion.

For Kashmiris, the true message of the Sufi saints has been their love for God’s creation and the preservation of peace, tolerance and brotherhood among communities.

The enemies of this traditional brotherhood have momentarily shaken its structure.

It is hoped that these enemies of Kashmir’s eclectic culture called “Kashmiriyat” will not succeed in demolishing the centuries-old mutual faith that the two communities have coextensively.

As a Muslim Woman, I Won’t Watch the Oscars This Year – Here’s Why


The Oscars are facing a ratings crisis. Last year, their number fell from around 40 million to just 9.85 million. Yet efforts to deal with declining popularity simply aren’t working.

Indeed, the rapid decline in viewership is particularly significant among young viewers who are acutely aware that cinematic representation has significant implications for society. It’s no coincidence, then, that viewership numbers started to plummet in 2016 when #OscarsSoWhite trended, then plummeted again in 2017 when the media industry was rocked by #MeToo allegations.

Right now, the debate revolves around the Oscars, which still fail to accurately represent minority voices.

Surprisingly, in a post #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter era, the Academy – despite its best efforts – still fails to understand that diversity is sought after more than ever. And it’s not just a performance, it’s a true story about minority life. Stories that accurately portray – and reward – the complexity and nuance of BIPOC experiences.

Currently, Oscar-related headlines are dominated by the Spielberg star West Side Story, Rachel Zegler, a Latino actress who, despite the film’s seven nominations (including Best Picture), was only invited to attend the event this week after public outcry. Is Zegler’s experience, representing a community representing nearly 20% of the American population, proof that the Academy’s efforts to be more diverse are smoke and mirrors?

As far as Muslims are concerned, the numbers speak for themselves.

A recent USC Annenburg report found that while Muslims make up nearly 25% of the world‘s population, only 1.1% of the 100 highest-grossing American films from 2017 to 2019 included Muslim characters, a number that still has decreased for black Muslims and Muslim women. And even when these groups were represented, it was for all the wrong reasons.

Normally, these depictions stereotype and defame Muslim communities. Islam is often “essentialized” or generalized, conjuring up negative and biased caricatures. For example, the vast majority of Muslim characters are racially profiled, male, and either perpetrators or victims of violence. And this complete lack of diverse Muslim experiences – extending to issues of gender, sexual orientation and disability – has consequences.

Given that few Americans have ever interacted meaningfully with a Muslim, these stereotypes are not trivial. On-screen portrayal influences broader global issues by mitigating harmful rhetoric and misinformation directed at minority groups. Given the epidemic of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US, including where I call home, and the spread of conspiracy theories surrounding Muslims during Covid, Hollywood should – and must – do better. .

Strategies to bridge the obvious gap in Muslim voices have already been implemented elsewhere, such as the UK’s famous ‘Rice Test’, named after one of the first Muslims – Riz Ahmed – to be nominated for an Oscar. . This test assesses the portrayal of Muslims on screen – calling on filmmakers to rely on toxic and damaging stereotypes. The test challenges us to think about more than just including Muslims in stories. It encourages us to see Muslims as…well, human.

On Oscars Day – which is also Muslim Women‘s Day – a coalition of organizations including Muslim Casting, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the Pillars Fund will launch the “Surviving” to Thriving program: Muslim Women On-Screen Test’ which assesses how films portray Muslim women. It’s a welcome innovation, and could ensure that incoming projects – like the highly anticipated Ms Marvel series adaptation starring America’s first Muslim superhero – practice due diligence.

In my own award-winning film, American-American, which is written, directed and produced by a diverse group of Muslim women, we reject the exhausting trope of the shy and repressed Muslim woman by portraying the nuances of our lives through humor. The characters struggle to balance their professional goals, family circumstances, personal ambitions, religious commitments, and desires for intimacy and companionship, in a real way. They are funny, imperfect and human.

However, all of this is still just the start of a long process to undo years of screen damage for Muslims, especially Muslim women.

We need more than the film industry to act. It’s ultimately about empowering underrepresented voices to tell their own stories. On their own terms.

This is why we need entirely new creative platforms that give minority groups like Muslims a platform to showcase their diversity and richness.

Take for example the world’s largest Muslim lifestyle app, Muslim Pro. Originally designed to do nothing more than provide observant Muslims with prayer times and services related to Islamic rituals, the app’s chief executive, Fara Abdullah, recently hinted at big plans to launch a content and entertainment service enabling people from all walks of life to access creative content produced by Muslims.

This, she claims, was inspired by the realization that not only Muslims wish to tell their own (sometimes complicated) stories in a way that would appeal to audiences (Muslim or not) – but also by her own experiences. . People, she explains, are often surprised to discover that the head of one of the largest Muslim tech companies in the world is a young woman. And one of the reasons for this instinctive presumption, she says, is the lack of stories showcasing the complexity of Muslims around the world – a void that allows one-dimensional stereotypes to persist.

Slated to launch later this year, such ventures are a vital part of the effort to help tell the stories Hollywood has for too long ignored how to tell and could serve as vital gateways where the mainstream film industry can begin. to remedy its injustices.

The film and creative industries need to take concrete steps to improve representation, because as we know, it’s about more – it’s about having a voice in society.

Until then, I won’t be watching the Oscars.

Marriyum warns PM against using religious card in politics


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday warned Prime Minister Imran Khan against using religion for political gain.

Addressing party workers ahead of the start of the “Mehngai Mukao march”, she said Imran Khan would be held accountable for the consequences of exploiting people’s religious feelings for his petty, selfish and superficial political interests.

She said it was time to oust the ‘king of looters’, ‘captain of inflation’ and ‘gift of corruption’ as the motion of no confidence was the Pakistani people’s defiance of this incompetent tyrant and corrupt. She said the march was the consequence of nearly four years of unbearable inflation, unemployment, incompetence and corruption by the Imran government.

“Imran destroyed the national economy, broke the backs of the Pakistani people by stealing their sugar, wheat, flour, medicine and mandate. He sold Kashmir, and now he was hiding behind religion. He was using religion as a political tool, which is a dangerous and highly condemnable act,” she added.

Marriyum said the people of Pakistan are not asking for Imran’s faith and religion; they were demanding accountability for his corruption in sugar, LNG, gasoline, drugs and all other sectors of government that had pushed Pakistanis to the brink of starvation.

The former information minister criticized Imran Khan for using government resources for political rallies and public meetings to insult and insult his political opponents while declaring himself the religious saviour. She said Imran Khan claimed it was a battle between good and evil, but the truth was that it was the battle for the rights of the people of Pakistan that had been violated and usurped by the disastrous regime of Imran Khan. .

The people of Pakistan have decided to rise up against this government’s gang of looters, mafias and thugs, she added.

Avoid Injustice, Muhammad, Bauchi State Guber Aspirant Warns Party Leadership


By Paul Orude Bauchi

Alameen Sani Muhammad, an aspiring governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Bauchi State, has warned the organizers of the party’s national convention being held in Abuja against injustice and treatment unfairness of delegates and aspirants, saying the Convention is a litmus test for the 2023 general election.

Muhammad gave the warning in a goodwill message he made available to reporters in Bauchi on Friday.

“They must bear in mind that the only clues to success are fairness and justice and that it would be too dangerous to turn the other side of this harsh reality at this time,” he said. warned.

“I call on all candidates for various executive positions in our great party to be very orderly and law-abiding, which is expected of the civilized, educated and highly enlightened person everywhere.

“I call on the ultimate victors to be magnanimous in victory and to lead inclusive governance that will carry everyone along.

“Let the loser be good losers who will accept defeat for good and for good. Let us know that in all healthy and fair competitions, there must be winners and losers.

He also called on Convention managers and all APC leaders to provide an enabling environment and healthy ground for all competitors.

“That no competitor be intimidated or have reason to feel intimidated,” he advised.

“Party leaders should not lose sight that this Convention is a litmus test for the outcome of the upcoming general elections in 2023.

“I pray that the convention will produce people of unquestionable character, people of high nobility and integrity.

“Those who will ultimately be arbiters who will produce true leaders who have the nation at heart and truly appreciate the plight of the poor.

“Those who will tackle the quagmire of the nation.

“These leaders who will confront, head on, the harsh reality of the unprecedented insecurity that is gripping the Nation and will uproot the harsh reality of the incongruous poverty, economic hardship and social contempt that have gripped the nation! This country is divided and broken like never before. It really needs selfless leaders who will fire and replace those brazen thieves who have perpetrated corruption in high places. Those who will replace those navigators in deception. Those who have perfected nepotism and patronage in governance. Our country is on the precipice!This country needs to be saved and now.We all MUST know that Nigerians are no longer those of the years 2014/2019 who were gullible and oblivious.We have a more enlightened mass who are ready more than ever to herd up all these government vagabonds. We all MUST wake up.”

15 Islamic State fighters killed in Mali: France


Anti-jihadist forces killed 15 members of the Islamic State group after being spotted by a Reaper drone from the French military operation Barkhane on Thursday.

15 members of the Islamic State group were killed after being hit by an airstrike [Getty]

French anti-jihadist forces in Mali have killed 15 members of the Islamic State group near the volatile border area with Niger, a French army spokesman has said. AFP Friday.

The team, traveling in a motorbike convoy, was spotted by a Reaper drone operated by the French military operation Barkhane on Thursday and then hit by an airstrike.

“Verification of various intelligence data confirmed that they were part of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), en route to the Ménaka region,” said the army spokesman, the Colonel Pascal Ianni.

France has around 2,400 troops in Mali and 4,500 across the Sahel region as part of Barkhane’s deployment to bolster regional governments against Islamic militants spread across large parts of the semi-desert sprawl .

French President Emmanuel Macron last year announced a withdrawal from Barkhane, hoping European allies would step in with more troops while local authorities beefed up their own security forces.

Yet in February France announced it would withdraw all its troops from Mali after a breakdown in relations with the ruling junta, ending a nearly 10-year deployment against jihadist groups that pose a growing threat in Africa. from West.

Earlier this month, an attack by hundreds of jihadists on a military camp in central Mali left 27 soldiers dead, while the Malian army had killed 47 “terrorists”.

Ramadan bazaar offers authentic Muslim products for the holy month


A strip of White Oaks Shopping Center in London, Ontario. has been converted into a Ramadan bazaar, reminiscent of Muslim markets in Africa or the Middle East, offering authentic cultural products for the holy month.

The Ramadan market, which begins at the mall’s southern entrance, has around 25 vendors set up shop through Sunday.

“Before Ramadan, we are holding the Ramadan Market at White Oaks Mall to prepare everyone for Ramadan,” said Khanssa El-Sayegh of Events Co., the group that organizes the bazaar.

“People can come and shop for Eid gifts or they can shop for Ramadan itself, from dates to sweets and other things: clothes, decoration, you know, items that we don’t not usually found in ordinary stores.”

Khanssa El-Sayegh is with Events Co., which is the company that organizes the bazaar. (James Chaarani/CBC)

There are around 33,000 to 35,000 Muslims living in London, many of whom will observe Ramadan. It is an Islamic holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for about 30 days, and this year it starts at the beginning of April.

“At the same time, we want to provide a space for kids to see themselves and connect with Canadian society, and feel excited about their vacation,” El-Sayegh added. “And that’s really why we’re doing this.”

“Help us welcome Ramadan”

Sahar Zimmo (left) is co-owner of House a Hijabs, which sells a variety of colorful hijabs and qurans. (James Chaarani/CBC)

Sahar Zimmo is co-owner of House of Hijabs and another bazaar vendor. Her company sells colorful qurans and hijabs in a variety of colors, materials and textures.

“We are very blessed, lucky and honored to be part of the Ramadan market here at White Oak Mall, as it helps us with our Muslim identity and helps us welcome Ramadan,” Zimmo said.

House of Hijabs is a relatively new company, launched a year ago.

“We started it during COVID, like a lot of people starting their first Instagram or online business,” she said. “And we started it because we felt there was a need for accessible, beautiful and pretty hijabs, accessories, qurans and accessories,” she said.

“We wanted to bring this to London and make it fun for girls and women to wear the hijab as well as connect with our holy book, the Quran.”

Mervat Latif sells authentic Egyptian products. (James Chaarani/CBC)

Mervat Latif is another vendor in the market, selling everything from Egyptian decor and art to glassware.

“It’s like visiting Egypt during Ramadan,” she said of her stand. “And that’s a vibe that I have in my store. Like, bringing it back here for people. If you don’t have to travel to Egypt, you can come to my store. You feel the vibe. You feel the vibe. ‘old traditional trick.’

Ramadan begins in Canada on the evening of April 1.

Minneapolis City Council recognizes Ramadan and supports Islamic call to prayer


The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the Islamic month of Ramadan and supporting the year-round public reading of the call to prayer, a first in the city’s history.

Minneapolis Ward 6 council member Jamal Osman introduced the resolution, which also informs mosque leaders that they are permitted to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, in their neighborhoods during the day. The adhan, which usually lasts about five minutes, invites Muslims to pray five times during the day.

“It’s a wonderful honor — the city’s first recognition of Ramadan — and to recognize that the call to prayer can be broadcast in Minneapolis,” Jamal said at the meeting.

Inside a mosque, a community leader recites the call to prayer. Outside a mosque, Muslims have usually heard a pre-recorded adhan on their phone or alarm clock. For the first time, residents of Minneapolis can hear the adhan played year-round from a speaker at their local mosque.

Jamal led the council’s new Muslim caucus, which includes Ward 10 council member Aisha Chughtai and Ward 5 council member Jeremiah Ellison, to push the resolution forward.

“Minneapolis has become home to one of the largest populations of Somalis and East Africans in the country, and their Muslim faith is welcome here.”

Minneapolis City Council Resolution

“Muslims have been part of the fabric of America for more than 400 years, since America’s first Muslims arrived as slaves,” the resolution reads in part. “Minneapolis has become home to one of the largest populations of Somalis and East Africans in the country, and their Muslim faith is welcome here.

“Mosques around the city can celebrate this Ramadan, and every day with the age-old call to prayer observed by Muslims around the world.”

This year’s Ramadan begins on the night of April 2 and lasts for 30 days. Muslims who are able to do this quickly from dawn to dusk, refraining from consuming food and water. It is also a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, reading the Quran and spending time with family.

“Our city recognizes and respects people of the Muslim faith as leaders,” Ellison told the Sahan Journal ahead of Thursday’s meeting. “It reflects on our city council. This is reflected in my father’s election [Keith Ellison] back in ’06. This is reflected in the Congressional leadership we now have with Ilhan [Omar]. But we still have people in our community who really feel invisible. I hope it’s one of those many actions that make people feel seen.

Chughtai became the first Muslim woman elected to the Minneapolis City Council in November and said she looks forward to expanding politics to meet the needs of the city’s Muslim community. Estimates place Minnesota’s Muslim population at nearly 200,000. Much of the community lives in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

“We frequently talk about Ramadan as a time for reflection, a time for us to look within,” Chughtai said at the meeting. “It is also a moment of reflection as a community.

Yusuf Abdulle, director of the Islamic Association of North America, joined the meeting to talk about the importance of Ramadan, especially to the congregation at his Minneapolis-based mosque.

“It is very important for us as Muslims to commemorate and remember those who have less to eat, those who are thirsty, those who suffer,” Yusuf said. “I am very excited and thrilled that we are hosting this Ramadan with the support of the City of Minneapolis.”

The Council confirms that the broadcasting of the adhan is authorized

The resolution says that playing the adhan is legal. According to a previously passed city ordinance, sounds associated with religious worship that last no more than 10 minutes per hour between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. are exempt from noise violations. It does not specifically designate a time of year, such as Ramadan, nor does it name holidays or religions.

The ordinance allows the adhan to be played year-round, which is practiced only in three other US cities: Paterson, New Jersey; Hamtramck and Dearborn, Michigan. In Muslim-majority countries, the adhan is usually heard over a loudspeaker all year round.

“We come into this world with a call to prayer. We leave this world with a call to prayer.

Minneapolis Ward 10 Council Member Aisha Chughtai

Muslims pray five times during the day in the early morning, around noon, in the afternoon, at sunset and in the evening. The adhan is recited in Arabic all over the world. He begins by saying that God is great, there is no God but Allah, and says to the Muslims: “Come and pray. Come to salvation.

Yusuf said the ability to play the adhan gives his congregation an opportunity to build bridges with neighbors.

“It harmonizes the community of our beautiful city and it contributes to mutual understanding of people of different faiths,” he said.

The Islamic call to prayer was heard for the first time citywide in 2020. The city partnered with the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota and a local mosque to play it on a loudspeaker during Ramadan in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, which has a large East African population. As mosques were closed at the time due to COVID, Muslims in the region could hear the adhan while celebrating Ramadan from home.

Chughtai emphasized the importance of the adhan during the city council meeting. She added that she looks forward to expanding the state‘s definition of daytime hours, which does not allow the adhan to be played before sunrise for morning prayers.

“When Muslim children are born, the first thing we do is read the adhan to them. And when they die, we do the same,” Chughtai said. “We come into this world with a call to prayer. We leave this world with a call to prayer. We start each morning at Fajr, the morning prayer, with this same call. And we end each night in the same way.

The Super Eagles star and Kannywood actress welcomed their first child


Nigerian footballer, Shehu Usman Abdullahi, who currently plays for Cypriot Premier League team Omonia, is currently in high spirits as he welcomed his first child with his wife, Kannywood star, Naja’atu Muhammad Suleiman.

The Super Eagles defender and his wife have welcomed a baby boy. The 29-year-old took to his verified Instagram page to tell fans the happy news. He further noted that the newborn and the mother are doing well.

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Sharing a cute photo with his wife, the proud dad wrote, “We are delighted to announce that our baby boy, mother and baby are in good health. We thank Allah! We were blessed with the arrival of our son this morning. We appreciate your prayers.

On June 18, 2021, the former Kano Pillars defender married his sweetheart, Naja’atu Muhammad, popularly known as Murjanatu Yar Baba. They got married quietly in Kano State after the Juma’at prayer.

Naja’atu Muhammad Suleman made his debut in a hit film ‘Murjanatu’ which also featured stars like Ali Nuhu and Hadizan Saima. She has also acted in films like Auren Gaja, Hakkin Rai, Harira among others.

Naja’atu started acting when she was 10 years old.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Afghanistan to attend a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation


China shares a rugged 76-kilometre (47-mile) border strip with Afghanistan, but Beijing has long feared its neighbor could become a jumping-off point for minority Uyghur Muslim separatists

Kabul: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Kabul on Thursday, a week before Beijing is to host a meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors to see how they can help the country after it was taken over by the hardline Islamist group .
“The Chinese foreign minister arrives in Kabul for talks with the leaders of the Islamic Emirate,” said Ahmad Yasir, a senior Taliban government official.

Yi arrived in Kabul from Islamabad where he attended a two-day meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

China shares a rugged 76-kilometre (47-mile) strip of border with Afghanistan, but Beijing has long feared its neighbor could become a jumping-off point for minority Uyghur Muslim separatists in Xinjiang.

Even before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, Beijing sought to maintain ties with the group as US-led forces withdrew.

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Black Studies Minor Launched Through Student-Led Advocacy


For the Spring 2022 semester, Pratt Institute has introduced a new minor in Black Studies to engage students in aesthetic philosophies and design practices, Black culture, history, and politics. The creation of the minor was a student-led effort and its interdisciplinary courses in history, theory, media, society and design are based in campus departments to amplify education on the African Diaspora.

“African and African Diaspora students deserve to see themselves represented in their curriculum,” said Sarah Kanu, BFA Communications Design (Illustration) ’21. “Blackness is the blueprint for much of American culture, art and design and black people have a history on the lands Pratt occupied and on the very campus we navigate on a daily basis. The minor forces all departments at Pratt to de-center whiteness in academia as it relates to history, art, design, and representation.

Kanu was a leader in the development of the Black Studies minor while a student at Pratt, serving as President of the Black Student Union and Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Pratt Student Government Association. In May 2020, amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality, the need for black studies at Pratt was included in a letter sent to the administration signed by more than 670 students and alumni.

“A big part of advancing the minor involved meeting with the administration, but also getting feedback and feedback from the students, as they were the driving force for me to do this work,” Kanu said. As part of the Fall 2020 Social Justice Praxis Lab class led by Caitlin Cahill, associate professor of social science and cultural studies, Kanu hosted a discussion on creating the black studies minor that led to a recap and a guidelines document.

“More than 40 people showed up to engage in meaningful dialogue,” Cahill said. “What was evident was the care with which Sarah built opportunities for reflection and conversation, how she did outreach to ensure that not only students but alumni were present, and how center the voices of students, and black students in particular.

It was important to Pratt’s students that the minor situate Black Studies within the framework of a creative practice, providing a critical approach that they could bring to their own work. Especially since American colleges have long focused art history on white European artists, it was essential to tell a fuller story of the culture and its history while taking into account the legacy of the white supremacy.

“The next generation of black designers needs access to their history,” said Apollo Lomba, BFA Communications Design (Illustration) ’24. “With the creation of this minor, I feel like it’s an opportunity to catch up with my story. For the first time in a long time, I feel inspired by discovering these artists who share my point of view and my experience. of life.

Learning in the minor includes stories about the lasting impact of slavery and colonialism as well as current issues of race in global capitalism, migration, and incarceration around the world. There are also examinations of political and social movements that have resisted racial oppression. Although education is at the heart of the minor, it further strengthens community and conversation by bringing students together around this scholarship.

Professor of humanities and media studies, Jayna Brown is the coordinator of the minor. “I’m thrilled to be part of this initiative,” Brown said. “African-American and African diaspora artistic training and cultural practices are not simply complementary. They demand that we fundamentally reframe our understanding of European aesthetic traditions. I hope that all Pratt Institute departments will accept the student challenge to expand their curriculum. I know that this initiative will grow, for the benefit of all students.

Some of the courses regularly available in the minor include “Contemporary Arts from Africa and Arts in a Changing World” from History of Art and Design, “Women in Muslim Worlds and the Caribbean Experience” from Social Sciences , “Race, Gender, Internet” from Humanities and Media Studies, and “Socially Engaged Media” from Photography. Other courses range from “Black Liberation” taught by Brown to “Afro-Fantastic: Visualizing Contemporary Black Imaginaries” taught by Tashima Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor of History of Art and Design. By joining these diverse courses in the minor, students are offered a deeper understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have informed and shaped not just the black aesthetic, but the world as well.

Saudi Arabia. Detained Uyghur men at risk of torture should not be extradited to China


Saudi authorities must halt plans to extradite two Uyghur men to China, where they will face a high risk of torture in a brutal crackdown on Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, said Amnesty International today.

Religious scholar Aimidoula Waili and his friend Nuermaimei Ruze, who have been detained in Saudi Arabia since November 2020 without explanation, were transferred to the capital Riyadh last week and are now at risk of forcible return to China.

“If sent to China, it is highly likely that these two men will be subjected to arbitrary detention and torture in the repressive network of internment camps or prisons in Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of others Uyghurs have faced serious human rights violations,” said Lynn Malouf. , Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Under international law, the Saudi government has an obligation not to extradite Waili and Ruze to China because of the risk they face of being tortured. Saudi authorities should end any plans to deport the men and immediately release them from detention unless they are charged with a recognizable criminal offence.

Family members of the two Uyghur men told Amnesty International that Waili (also known as Hamdullah Veli) and Ruze (also known as Nur Muhammed Rozi) were transferred from Jeddah to Riyadh on March 16 – a move they say signals their impending extradition to China.

“We are extremely worried about our father, what would happen to him if he were sent to China. We need everyone to help immediately to stop this extradition,” Waili’s daughter Sumeyye told Amnesty International. .

“It is almost certain that my husband would be subjected to torture in China. Please stop this extradition,” Ruze’s wife added.

Waili, who had previously been tortured in prison in Xinjiang, traveled to Saudi Arabia from Turkey in February 2020 to perform Umraha religious pilgrimage, with his friend Ruze.

In early November 2020, Waili learned from a friend who had spoken to a Saudi official that the government planned to repatriate him to China. A few days later, he and Ruze were arrested.

The two Uyghur men have been detained since November 20, 2020 and were held at Jeddah Dhahban Central Jail before being transferred to Riyadh. Saudi authorities have not given Waili and Ruze the reason for their arrest or informed them of the charges against them.


Article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment states that no state party shall extradite a person to another country where he or she would be in danger of being subjected to torture. Saudi Arabia became a party to the convention on September 23, 1997.

Aimidoula Waili was previously arrested in Xinjiang in August 2013 for allegedly inciting an uprising by one of his factory workers. In early November 2020, Waili told Amnesty International that he had been tortured in prison: electrocuted and forced to stand on ice wearing only slippers and underwear for up to three hours a day.

After his release in 2016, Waili traveled to Turkey where he obtained residency documents that allowed him to stay in the country indefinitely. Earlier in February 2020, Waili and Ruze entered Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa to perform Umrah, a religious pilgrimage.

In June 2021, Amnesty International released a report revealing how hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are subjected to mass arbitrary detentions, indoctrination and torture.

Testimonies from former internment camp detainees have detailed the extreme measures taken by Chinese authorities since 2017 to essentially eradicate Islamic religious beliefs and traditions, as well as the cultural practices and local languages ​​of Muslim ethnic groups in the region.

The Chinese government has gone to great lengths to cover up the human rights abuses taking place in Xinjiang and to prevent members of the Uyghur diaspora from talking about them. Amnesty International has documented numerous cases where Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkish Muslims in Xinjiang have been detained simply for living, traveling or studying abroad or for communicating with people abroad. Many were detained simply because they were “in contact” with people who lived, traveled, studied or communicated with people abroad.

Amnesty International has launched an international campaign calling for the closure of internment camps, with more than 70 detailed files on some of those believed to be currently detained. As of September 2021, more than 300,000 signatures have been collected worldwide demanding the release of all people currently held in Xinjiang’s internment camps and prisons.

Ideology of Pakistan and beyond | By General Raza Muhammad Khan (right)


Ideology of Pakistan and beyond

THE BRITISH ruled India for more than a century after deposing, displacing or marginalizing Mughal and other Muslim rulers, exploiting the disunity and dispersion among them, in collusion with the Hindu Rajput and Maratha monarchs.

But as descendants of a conquering and ruling people in India for 800 years and followers of Islam, Muslims found it difficult to accept British rule and hated Hindu rule which epitomizes caste discrimination and pantheism, as opposed to the monotheistic faith of Islam.

In 1885, the Indian National Congress was born, which aspired to gain supremacy in a one-man, one-vote democratic dispensation all over India, in the future.

This gave rise to a consensus among Muslims that if the Islamic way of life could not be preserved in a pan-Indian configuration, it should be saved, as far as possible.

This sentiment was therefore theorized by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 1886, who said that Muslims and Hindus were two separate nations.

When Bengal was partitioned in 1905 for administrative reasons by the British, Congress vehemently opposed it, as it gave preponderance and benefited the Muslims.

To protect the interests of Muslims and strengthen their political power in British India, the All India Muslim League (AIML) was born in Dhaka in 1906, at the residence of Nawab Salim Ullah, who was appointed its first vice-president and Aga Khan III, elected as the first President of the AIML, (a position he held competently for 12 years).

Although the division of Bengal was reversed six years later to appease the Hindus, it gave impetus to Muslim nationalism and the “two-nation concept” in India.

In 1926 the RSS was secretly established, to fight the Muslims and it grew exponentially on this manifesto.

This led, in 1929, to Quaid’s Fourteen Points, constitutional reforms to safeguard the political rights and defense of Muslims in a self-governing India.

Additionally, in 1930, Iqbal, as president of the AIML, envisioned a separate homeland for Muslims, through the merger of the Muslim-majority provinces of India.

Finally, these notions were formalized by the AIML resolution of March 23, 1940.

On this occasion, the Quaid said, “…Muslims should have their own separate homeland outside of Hindu-majority India, where Islam is the dominant religion.”

Subsequently, this resolution became the beacon of the Pakistani movement, until the partition of India.

Moreover, subsequently, the Muslim League, led by the Quaid, developed into a formidable political organization with unity of command, executive structure, communication framework, legal powers, ability to persuade and the consistency needed for the creation of Pakistan.

In 1944, Gandhi offered to jointly gain independence from the British and settle the Pakistan issue later, but Jinnah rejected it.

In 1946, when the British Cabinet Mission asked to rationalize the request for the creation of Pakistan, the Quaid said: “Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religions, cultures, philosophies, social customs and literature…

they are inspired by different historical sources; they have different epics, different heroes and lifestyles.

To assemble two such nations under one state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and the eventual destruction of any fabric which may thus be constructed for the government of such a state.

Unless there are essential unifying forces – how to put it – Muslims with a majority, whose way of life is so different?

In 1946, the AIML secured most Muslim votes in the elections for the interim government in India, which further legitimized Pakistan’s claim.

To prevent the creation of Pakistan, Gandhi even offered the post of Prime Minister of an interim government of India united to the Quaid, but he rejected it.

Ultimately, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Founding Fathers (including Liaquat Ali Khan, Abdur Rab Nishtar, Zafarullah Khan, Khwaja Nazimuddin, Huseyn Suhrawardy, AK Fazlul Huq, Khaliq uz Zaman, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Ms. .

Fatima Jinnah and others) for more than 60 years, Pakistan appeared on the world map. After the establishment of Pakistan, the Quaid called it “the first Islamic state – a bulwark of Islam” with a sense of joyful and genuine pride.

He also said: “Our constitution must be democratic, embodying the essential principles of Islam.

Our decisions in affairs of state will be guided by — consultation, as the Almighty teaches.

These issues were enshrined in the constitution by the Goals Resolution of 1949 and have remained untouched ever since.

The birth of Pakistan also came at a cost unprecedented in history, when one million innocent people were killed by Hindu and Sikh mobs and 11 million displaced.

This sacrifice must never be in vain. Did the East Pakistanis abandon the two-nation theory in 1971?

Not really, because the breakup of Pakistan was encouraged by India and a host of militant pro-Indian Hindu intellectuals from East Pakistan, among 23% of the Hindu population.

The two nations became “three” after 1971, which is analogous to two Muslim brothers deciding to build separate houses without giving up their religious affinities.

Moreover, Bengali nationalism cannot unite Indian Bengal with Bangladesh. Consequently, Bangladesh joined the OIC in 1974 and their masses have never repudiated Islamic nationalism, despite external and internal efforts to secularize the country.

In fact, the “two-nation theory” has been revalidated by the current Indian rulers, through their policies of discrimination, victimization and hiduization, of their Muslim population.

This calls for our deep gratitude to the Almighty and our ancestors, for our freedom, despite resistance from the British majority, Hindus and even some Muslim scholars.

Let us also resolve, on this Pakistan Day, to follow the Quaid’s advice: “We have won the battle for the freedom of Pakistan, but the darkest war for its preservation and the building of Pakistan on more solid foundations must be carried out”.

Muslims must also recognize that the major challenges they face globally, such as Islamophobia, mistreatment of Muslims, Kashmir and Palestine, can only be addressed through pan-Islamic sisterhood .

—The author is former NDU President.

The assailant in the deadly Beersheba attack was a terrorist who supported the Islamic State


The terrorist who carried out a deadly stabbing and spurring attack in Beersheba on Tuesday has been identified as an Israeli Arab from the southern Bedouin town of Hura, a former school teacher and supporter of the Islamic State, who served a prison sentence for terrorism.

Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an, 34, has been identified as the man who killed four people and injured two others in the attack outside a shopping mall in the southern city, before being shot dead by a bus driver and another passerby.

He died of his injuries, doctors said.

A resident of the nearby Bedouin town of Hura, Abu al-Qi’an was a primary school teacher before being sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for affiliation with Islamic State and attempting to recruit people into the jihadist group. .

He admitted while in police custody to having created a secret group that would hold clandestine meetings linked to the Islamic State and to having planned to leave Israel under the pretext of a pilgrimage to Mecca, but with the real objective of joining the fighters of IS in Syria.

Abu al-Qi’an, who was indicted in 2015 along with two other teachers and several others for supporting IS, also gave sermons to community members – including minors – promoting IS and claiming that the extremist group had not moved away from Islam.

The attacker, shot in Beersheba on March 22, 2022. (Screen capture: Channel 13)

According to the Haaretz daily, during his sentencing, Abu al-Qi’an, then a father of five children, told the judge that he regretted his actions and wanted to return to his family.

It was not immediately clear what Abu al-Qi’an had been up to since his release from prison in 2019.

Tuesday’s knife attack was hailed by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups. Neither claimed him as a member. There was no initial reaction from the Islamic State.

The local council of Hura “condemned in every possible way the deadly attack”.

“Attacking innocent civilians is a criminal and despicable act of terrorism,” he said in a statement. “The council calls on the Arabs and Jews of the Negev to maintain the neighborly relations between the two parties that have existed until now.”

The rampage was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians since June 2016, when two terrorists opened fire in Tel Aviv’s Sarona market, killing four people and injuring 16.

The attack came amid a series of attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Officials have warned of a possible outbreak of violence during Ramadan next month.

Tensions have risen after nine Palestinians were killed in violent clashes with Israeli troops in recent weeks, including in shootouts with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank during raids, as well as in attempted attacks.

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OIC Foreign Ministers to Discuss Challenges Facing the Muslim World

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi greets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi upon his arrival at the Foreign Ministry on Monday.—APP

ISLAMABAD: The 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opens here on Tuesday (today) to discuss challenges facing the Muslim world and emerging opportunities .

The two-day annual meeting of the 57-member body from Muslim countries is held under the theme “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development”. Around 46 Member States will be represented at ministerial level at the meeting. The rest will be represented by senior officials.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet welcoming the participants to the meeting, said, “Under the general theme of ‘unity, justice and development’, the OIC-CFM will have wide-ranging deliberations.”

Senior representatives from the United Nations and other international bodies, including the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council, will also attend the meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi would also attend as a special guest

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is attending the meeting as a special guest. It is the first time that a Chinese foreign minister will attend a meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said China’s participation in the event and interactions with member states will further strengthen their commitment.

Besides China, foreign ministers are expected to discuss OIC cooperation with the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the European Union.

The agenda of the meeting focuses on a review of developments affecting the Muslim world since the last CFM held in Niamey in 2020 and the efforts undertaken by the secretariat for the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the previous sessions in particular on Palestine. and Al Quds.

Participants will also deliberate on the situation in Afghanistan and Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting, the OIC said, represented “the second most important activity of the OIC after the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers held last December on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan”.

The Kashmir issue will also be discussed at a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Contact Group on the sidelines of the event.

Issues relating to Africa and Muslims in Europe and developments in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Syria will also be discussed at the meeting.

The agenda further includes Islamophobia and issues related to international terrorism and cooperation in the economic, cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific fields.

The Islamabad ministerial meeting, the foreign ministry said, would consider and adopt more than 100 resolutions on a wide range of issues, including peace and security; economic development; cultural and scientific cooperation; and humanitarian, legal, administrative and financial matters.

Pakistan, he said, had been a strong supporter of the OIC. Pakistan, he recalled, has been instrumental in cementing bonds of unity and solidarity, upholding respect for the principles of international law and fostering economic, scientific and cultural partnerships.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed Azerbaijan’s contribution to the OIC, especially as an active member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, who met with him on Monday, Prime Minister Khan expressed the desire to further expand brotherly relations with emphasis on the bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. While noting the strong and solid defense ties between Pakistan and Azerbaijan, Mr. Khan commended the leadership and people of Azerbaijan for the liberation of their occupied territories, and appreciated Azerbaijan’s efforts in pursuing the goal of peace and prosperity in the South Caucasus, the media wing of the Prime Minister’s Office said. said in a statement.

Mr. Hasanov conveyed the Azerbaijani President’s greetings to the Prime Minister.

He informed that a contingent of Azerbaijan Armed Forces will participate in the Pakistan National Day parade on March 23.

Posted in Dawn, March 22, 2022

Uttar Pradesh: Aligarh Muslim University Students Protest Karnataka HC Decision on ‘Hijab’ Ban | Agra News

AGRA: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students staged a protest march on the university campus on Monday to oppose the Karnataka government order and High Court judgment barring female Muslim students from wearing a “hijab or headscarf” in educational institutions.
The protesting students submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the local government, demanding an ordinance to “preserve the right to religious freedom prescribed by the Quran and hadith” and protect citizens under the constitutional principles.
In the memorandum, the students wrote: “It creates a vague ban on garments that disturb equality, integrity and public order. Unity in diversity is one of India’s distinguishing characteristics. ”
The memorandum further stated that covering the body with clothing is a “dignified practice”. “Wearing the hijab does not create dissent, does not conflict with constitutional morality or disturb public peace,” he said.
The memorandum added: “The essential doctrine of religious practice must be applied in the light of the sacred scriptures and if such a question arises before the honorable judiciary, the bench may take the assistance of the Shariah expert for a better assessment of these issues.
Urging the government through the president, the students said the proposed measures must be adhered to for the “protection of the interests of the minority for their existence as individuals and as a society”. They demanded that the government decree be rescinded.
The students said, “If people of other religions are allowed to follow their customs, why are Muslim girls prevented from wearing a hijab in schools and colleges? Our hijab is our protection and we feel safe while covering our body.
The protests came days after a three-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi delivered a 129-page verdict in the contentious case. The petitioners have now appealed to the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict.

RSC visits teacher Ahmed Muhammad Akbari at his home

Sharjah24: Al-Rahmaniya Suburb Council (RSC) of the Department of Suburban and Village Affairs visited teacher Ahmed Muhammad Akbari at his home in Kashisha 2.
His Excellency Ahmed Al Matrooshi, Chairman of Al Rahmaniyah Suburban Council, accompanied by a number of members, visited Akbari to talk about the establishment of education in the UAE and the progress made by the UAE over the past five decades.

At the beginning of the visit, Ahmed Muhammad Akbari, welcomed the visit of the delegation of the Rahmaniyah Suburb Council and their concern to communicate with the population, stressing that this visit strengthens the bonds of relations of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, with residents of the emirate.

Akbari then spoke about education between the past and the present and the progress the UAE has seen in all areas, especially the field of education, the spread of counseling and the development of curricula.

At the end of the visit, His Excellency Ahmed Al Matrooshi, Chairman of the Rahmaniyah Suburb Council, emphasized the importance of the visit that took place to teacher Akbari at his home, and the members of the suburbs communicated with him , in addition to opening an exciting conference on the renaissance of the Emirates in the field of education.

WATCH: A shy Khabib Nurmagomedov alongside a baby-faced Islam Makhachev answers candid questions from female fans


Khabib Nurmagomedov is as shy and reserved outside the octagon as he is furious inside. Unlike many successful athletes, he refrains from bragging. Besides, he remains silent most of the time, and when he talks; he only talks about the game.


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However, this throwback video caught the candid side of Khabib Nurmagomedov enjoying himself during an interview with the Russian press. In the short clip, Nurmagomedov is seen sitting with a young Islam Makhachev, responding lightheartedly to female fans.


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When asked how he spends his time outside of fighting, “The Eagle” replied: “I’d like to sleep. I don’t involve or spend time with girls. I’m married.”

He expressed his passion for food, but also shared that he had to control it being an active fighter then. “Yes, I like to eat, but I control it. Because when you get to 90 kg, but after that it’s more difficult to lose weight. That’s why I control myself. I like to eat too because that I am also human, Nurmagomedov said.

Later, when asked about his fancy shirt, he alluded to Makhachev. “Brother forces me to buy the shirt,” he said as everyone, including him, laughed.

Nurmagomedov can be a little wary of women and refrains from making any controversial statements. Therefore, it was heartwarming for fans to know another side to the former UFC lightweight division champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov on UFC Ring Girls

The former Russian MMA fighter has never outright opposed UFC ring card girls. However, when he bought his own MMA promotion, he was not eager to have ring girls.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: UFC Octagon Girl Red Dela Cruz performs a round during UFC Fight Night event inside The Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE United Arabs. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov bought Russian MMA promotion Gorilla Fighting Championship after retiring in 2021. He renamed it Eagle Fighting Championship, after his own nickname, “The Eagle”. During a press conference on the same subject, he deemed ring girls unnecessary.


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He cited cultural differences and said he had no problem with people liking them in other promotions. But also said that he too can have his own opinions.

He noted, “Each person has their own preferences – culture and values. I am not against [having ring girls]. If you want, you can do it. But don’t force it on me. Do it aside. There are places designated for this. I don’t think it should be mixed up. It’s my opinion.”


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Financial independence, work-life balance among top aspirations of Muslim women in S’pore: study


SINGAPORE – Gaining financial independence and becoming a better Muslim are among the top personal aspirations of Muslim women in Singapore, according to a study released Saturday (March 19).

The study, conducted by the non-profit organization Singapore Muslim Women’s Association (PPIS), which focuses on supporting Muslim women, also found that work-life balance is one of the main career goals for them.

It was released on the occasion of the organization’s celebration of its 70th anniversary and International Women’s Day, which included a panel of speakers made up of high-achieving Muslim women.

PPIS Chairperson Hazlina Halim said: “Most importantly, we need to be mindful of the lived realities of Muslim women in Singapore, so that we can better support each other in achieving our goals.”

She added that the study findings can help shape programs and services that can contribute to the national conversation on women’s issues.

The study found that Muslim women want financial independence because it gives them greater control over life and gives them options, such as breaking free from an abusive relationship. Financial independence also means they can take care of themselves in retirement, for example.

Meanwhile, in terms of career aspirations, Muslim women would like to have a better work-life balance.

The report said: “Such a culture (of unrest) leads to the norm of working hours which eat away at personal time, especially during the pandemic (Covid-19), when the boundary between work and personal life is often blurry.

“Respondents also find it can be difficult to succeed at work while achieving a healthy work-life balance, and that they would have to sacrifice one to achieve the other.”

He added that there should be a change in work culture so that the emphasis is on efficient work rather than long hours.

Organizations like PPIS can provide affordable and accessible childcare for working parents, while employers should have flexible work arrangements to meet the needs of working parents.

These are also among the areas the government is focusing on when it comes to women’s issues, State Minister for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling said in her opening address to virtual attendees on Saturday. event.

“First, equality in the workplace. We are committed to creating fair, inclusive and progressive workplaces and breaking down the barriers that prevent women from entering, staying and thriving in their careers” , she said.

To improve equality at home and in society, the government will also provide increased support for women who bear heavy care burdens.

More will also be done to protect women from violence and harm, Ms Sun added.

She noted that some of the recommendations of the PPIS study echo the ideas of a White Paper on concrete proposals to tackle women’s issues, which will soon be tabled in Parliament.

“Efforts to promote the development of Singaporean women go beyond policies and regulations. A whole-of-society effort is needed to bring about changes in mindset,” she said.

At the event, a panel of successful women also shared their personal experiences of reaching the top despite gender stereotypes and challenges.

Among them was the International Monetary Fund’s chief information officer, Shirin Hamid, who studied computer science at university.

She said: “Being in a male-dominated industry was actually the norm for me because that was how it was when I was in college. What kept me going was the passion and … the recognition that the world is changing, with the importance of technology.”

The panel also included entrepreneur and tech founder Anisa Hassan and Paralympic powerlifter Nur Aini Mohamad Yasli.

Ms Anisa said: “I think investing in myself and investing in a support network that can help me grow my business will always be very important.

“As entrepreneurs, we have to get things done on our own. I won’t sit around waiting for support to come to me.”

Muslim students are the largest demographic in public elementary schools in Milton, Oakville and Burlington


By Lucy Mazzucco

Published on March 18, 2022 at 3:09 p.m.

According to a new Halton District School Board (HDSB) survey, Muslim students represent the largest demographic group among public elementary school students in Milton, Oakville and Burlington.

The HDSB’s 2020-2021 student census, which is the first census the board has conducted for students and staff, found that of primary school respondents, 7,667 (27%) said they were followers of the Islam.

A total of 6,991 students (23%) said they were Christians, while a total of 6,234 (22%) said they followed no religion.

Census data also revealed that students self-identified as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, while several others self-identified as atheists or agnostics.

David Boag, Associate Director of Education, said insauga.com that since this is the first year that the council has conducted the census, there is no historical data to compare these results to.

“The HDSB conducted the voluntary census of students and staff to collect and report identity-based data as required by the anti-racism law, 2017 and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan. This is the first time the HDSB has conducted a student or staff census, so we don’t have any past data to compare,” Boag said.

The numbers, however, appear to reveal Halton Region’s shift from a historic Christian-based society to one with more diverse and ethnic backgrounds.

“The results of the student and staff census are intended to help each community ensure that we are meeting the needs of all HDSB students and staff,” Boag said.

“This data provides us with new insights into who our students and staff are to fully understand the needs of all staff, students and families. This will help support achievement and well-being, identify and eliminate discriminatory practices, systemic barriers, and biases to provide equitable opportunities and outcomes, and allocate resources to support students and programs where the needs are greatest.

The study, conducted over a six-month period, shows that Christianity is still the most important religion for 3,427 (23%) high school students. Next come people with no religious affiliation with 3,007 (22%) and Muslims with 2,336 (17%).

The student census also confidentially collected data on student identity, including mother tongue, ethnic and racial background, gender identity and, for older students, sexual orientation.

According to the HDSB, the census, with the help of the board, continues to “examine disparities and disproportionality in opportunities and outcomes for students and staff, prepare action plans that align with the HDSB multi-year strategic plan 2020-2024 and to continue to engage with stakeholders.

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BRI vs PIC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update – European Cricket League T10


BRI vs PIC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update of European Cricket League T10 match between Brigade and Pak I Care. They will play against each other for the first time in this European Cricket League T10 season.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Details:

13and European Cricket League T10 Champions Week match will see Brigade take on Pak I Care on the 18thand Walk to Cartama Oval, Cartama.

For all Dream11 tips and live Fantasy Cricket updates follow us on Cricketaddictor telegram channel.

This game is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM IST and the live score and commentary can be seen on the FanCode website and CricketAddictor.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Preview:

This match will see the battle between the two teams in this season’s European Cricket League T10 Champions Week.

Brigade will face Pak I Care for the first time in the thirteenth match of this European Cricket League T10 Champions Week season.

Brigade is currently placed at the second position on this season’s European Cricket League T10 points table while Pak I Care is currently placed at the third place on the points table.

Brigade have played three matches this season of the European Cricket League T10 where they have won two matches while Pak I Care has also played three matches this season where they too have won two matches.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Weather Report:

The temperature is expected to hover around 17°C on match day with 67% humidity and a wind speed of 11 km/h. There is a 72% chance of precipitation during the match.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Overview Report:

The Cartama Oval pitch is a batter-friendly surface and should spur batters in both innings. The pacers could get advantages towards the second half of the game while the spinners will have to play close lengths for help.

Average 1st innings score:

The average score of the first innings on this wicket is 102 points.

Hunting team record:

The second-strike team has excellent records here. They maintained a winning percentage of 60 on this court.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Injury Update:

(Will be added when there is an update)

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Likely XIs:

I-Care package: Muhammad Babar, Muhammad Ihsan (wk), Mohammad Yasin, Sikandar Ali, Sheroz Ahmed ©, Asad Abbas, Majid Hanif, Atif Muhammad, Adeel Shafqat, Muhammad Kamran, Aabid Mahboob

I-Care package: David Barr, Graeme McCarter, Adam McDaid, Iftikhar Hussain, Andrew Britton ©, Ryan Barr, David Murdock, Nick Gray, Ryan MacBeth, Simon Olphert (wk), Oisin Reynolds

Top Picks for Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Iftikhar Hussain-I is a right-handed batsman and a medium right-arm pacer for Brigade who can contribute with both bat and ball. He has scored 3 runs and taken 1 wicket in this tournament so far.

Mohammad Babar is a right-handed batsman and right-arm middle pacer for Pak I Care. He has made 31 runs and grabbed 2 wickets in this tournament so far.

Mohammad Kamran is a right-handed batsman and left-arm fast bowler for Pak I Care. He has scored 13 runs and chased 2 wickets in this tournament so far.

Chehroz Ahmed is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast pitcher for Pak I Care. He has hit 20 runs and scalped 2 wickets in this tournament so far.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Captain and Vice-Captain Picks:

Captain – Muhammad Babar, Shehroz Ahmed

Vice captain – Iftikhar Hussain-I, Muhammad Karman

Suggestion to play #1 XI for BRI vs PIC Dream11 team:

Guardian – Mohammad Ihsan

Drummers – Sikandar Ali, Adam McDaid, David Murdock

Versatile – Muhammad Babar (C), Muhammad Kamran (VC), Shehroz Ahmed, Iftikhar Hussain-I

Bowlers – David Barr, Atif Muhammad, Adeel Shafqat

BRI vs PIC Dream11 Prediction

Suggestion to play XI #2 for BRI vs PIC Dream11 team:

Guardian – Simon Olphert

Drummers – Sikandar Ali, Adam McDaid, Majid Hanif

Versatile – Muhammad Babar, Muhammad Kamran, Shehroz Ahmed (VC), Iftikhar Hussain-I (C)

Bowlers – David Barr, Ryan Barr, Adeel Shafqat

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BRI vs PIC Dream11 Prediction

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Expert Opinion:

Muhammad Babar will be a good captain choice for the mini big leagues. Simon Olphert and Majid Hanif are among the kicking picks here. The best suggested fantasy/Dream11 combination for this game is 1-3-4-3.

BRI vs PIC European Cricket League T10 Champions Week Match 13 Likely winners:

Pak I Care should win this match.

India criticizes the Organization of Islamic Cooperation of the Group of Islamic Nations for inviting Hurriyat conference president to a meeting in Pakistan


The Center said that India takes actions aimed at subverting the unity of the country very seriously. (File)

New Delhi:

India on Thursday criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for inviting All-Party Conference President Hurriyat to attend its foreign ministerial meeting in Islamabad next week.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said New Delhi does not expect the OIC to encourage actors and organizations engaged in terrorist and anti-India activities.

In a press conference, he said that India considers very seriously such actions which are aimed at subverting the unity of the country and violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It is very regrettable that the OIC continues to be guided by the political agenda of a single member rather than focusing on important development activities, Bagchi said in an indirect reference to Pakistan.

“We have repeatedly called on the OIC to refrain from allowing special interests to exploit the platform to comment on India’s internal affairs,” he said.

Bagchi was responding to a question on the OIC reports inviting All Parties Conference President Hurriyat to attend the grouping’s Council of Foreign Ministers meeting on March 22-23 in Islamabad.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Ms. Marvel is the superhero Muslim girls have been waiting for


Growing up as a brunette Muslim girl in America, it was hard to relate to female characters on the big screen – none of them looked like me, to begin with. A year after I was born, Disney released Aladdinand because of her skin color and Middle Eastern-sounding name, Princess Jasmine, by default, has become the Disney heroine of choice for many young girls like me.

Princess Jasmine, however, was hardly a heroine. She was a secondary character, not a main role, seemingly oppressed by her life in the palace, and had to be shown “a whole new world” by a man. Not to mention that she was strongly orientalized; one of the only Disney Princesses to be portrayed in a harem-inspired costume instead of an elegant dress.

I remember trying to accessorize a teal-toned shalwar kameez while dressing up as Princess Jasmine one Halloween. A few years later, I bought myself a pink Power Ranger costume. Popular, relatable female characters that didn’t fit cultural or gender stereotypes were clearly lacking in the ’90s.

Now, 30 years after Disney’s debut of Princess Jasmine, we’re witnessing the birth of a new female character – one who’s unabashedly dark, Muslim, and blessed with majestic superpowers. Ms. Marvel, an original series from Marvel Studios, will begin streaming on Disney+ in June, and its main character is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani teenager living in New Jersey who gains the miraculous ability to harness cosmic energy.

The trailer, which was released yesterday, gives a glimpse into the world of this American Muslim teenager as she navigates high school life. In less than two minutes, viewers see Kamala’s name mispronounced, her personal style criticized, a congregational prayer in the mosque and a split second of a Bollywood dance sequence. She’s a girl who has crushes on boys and daydreams, but also fantasizes about a bigger life, as she discovers her true identity. “It’s not really the brunette girls of Jersey City saving the world,” she says, expressing impostor syndrome insecurities that are all too common among women of color in real life.

Not only the creators of Ms. Marvel cast a brownface as its female superhero, but they cast Iman Vellani, a young Pakistani-Canadian Muslim woman who shares many similarities with her on-screen character. The series was created by British Muslim screenwriter Bisha K Ali and stars Emmy Award-winning Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as one of the female directors.

More exciting for me is the prospect of introducing my own daughter to the mainstream media that portrays Muslim women in a positive, not to say powerful and light-hearted way.

Muslims have long awaited a more authentic portrayal like this in Hollywood, where our cultures are given the nuance and layers they deserve, and our characters are played by real members of our communities. While shows such as The fat guy created fictional Muslim women with more complexities, Ms. Marvel seems like a more balanced and relevant role for younger audiences.

More exciting for me is the prospect of introducing my own daughter to the mainstream media that portrays Muslim women in a positive, if not powerful, light. For when it comes to the rare inclusion of Muslim women on screen, the result is usually one of two extremes – terrorists and dehumanized fundamentalists, or ultra-liberals who might even denounce their faith outright. .

But filmmakers and TV directors are now heeding the call for more diversity and better representation, thanks in large part to people of color in the industry who understand the need for more depth and precision when it comes to is about representing brown communities. Just last year, Mindy Kaling and Amazon Studios announced they would be adapting Hana Khan continues, a romantic comedy novel by Muslim writer Uzma Jalaluddin, in theaters. And with the literary world awash with outstanding Muslim fiction novels aimed at young adult readers, the industry is ripe with more stories to translate from paper to screen.

The movement is certainly gaining momentum in the upper echelons of Hollywood. Last summer, Oscar-nominated Muslim actor Riz Ahmed launched the New Muslim Media Representative Initiative to help rectify what he called “the problem of misrepresentation of Muslims on screen.”

Although it is still too early to understand how much Ms. Marvel could address and combat Islamophobic stereotypes throughout the series, I think it’s safe to say that this “whole new world” offers a lot more magic to Muslim women than the very limited typographies we’ve been confined to by the past film and television productions.

Updated: March 16, 2022, 11:53 a.m.

Why Muslims and the BJP Need to Talk and Talk Fast


The effort should be to try to strike a balance between minority rights and the sensitivities of the majority community, which she says have been ignored in the name of secularism

The Complex Muslim Debate. Representative image from Reuters

As the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections approached, a distant cousin of mine – a former Congress loyalist – who lives in a small town in eastern Uttar Pradesh, called to make a “confession”, as he put it. He said he planned to vote for the BJP for the first time in his life but had not told anyone yet for fear of being “ostracized” by members of his community. The reason, he explained, why he leaned towards the BJP was simple: Congress had no chance of winning and he did not want to “squander” his vote once again; and the candidates presented by the other two main non-BJP parties (the Samajwadi party and the Bahujan Samaj party) had a bad reputation.

Sounding almost conspiratorial, he said: “Just look between you and me, I’m seriously thinking about voting BJP.”

A few weeks later, however, I received a WhatsApp message from him saying that ultimately family and community pressure proved too much and he was “forced” to vote for SP. “I just couldn’t handle the pressure at the end. I didn’t want to end up an outcast in my own family,” he wrote.

His story can be read in two ways. On the one hand, it confirms the vast, seemingly unbridgeable gulf between Muslims and the BJP and the underlying mutual distrust. But there is also an optimistic side: it shows that despite this, are Muslims, though a tiny minority, who privately rally around the idea that Muslims cannot remain in a state of permanent confrontation with the BJP, especially given its near total dominance over the political landscape of the country, as proven once again by his victory in three of the five states that recently went to the polls.

In Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims have particularly high stakes, the BJP has returned to power despite opposition efforts to create a united front against it. Yogi Adityanath became only the fifth chief minister in the long history of UP elections to win a second consecutive term. The results again revealed the impotence of rival “secular” groups that Muslims have chosen to trust.

Assembly Poll Results and After Why Muslims and BJP Need to Talk and Talk Fast

File image of Yogi Adityanath. ANI

As someone who has always advocated for a Muslim-BJP dialogue, I see people like my cousin as the harbinger of a ray of hope. The current stalemate is simply not sustainable. Besides its impact on democratic politics, it’s bad for Hindu-Muslim relations which, despite occasional dips, have historically remained largely cordial. Recently I argued with an old (Hindu) friend on Facebook after he suggested that what was happening to Muslims was simply a case of the empire hitting back. But after some testy exchanges, he writes: “Allahu-Akbar… Jai Sri Ram… Hindus and Muslims in India have a shared centuries-old heritage… [the] years to come, the good old days will return. This is my prophecy.

The episode showed that despite all the apparent hostility, there is still a grudging acknowledgment of what my friend called “a centuries-old, shared heritage.” And offers a glimmer of hope that all is not yet lost. For any dominant community, especially one the size of the Muslim community (over 200 million and growing), it is tactically shortsighted to retreat into a shell and refuse to engage with the dominant political force, regardless of no matter how wronged she feels. And, to be fair, Muslims have legitimate grievances as they fight the fallout from right-wing majoritarianism based on the idea of ​​a Hindu India in which non-Muslims take a back seat.

But here’s the thing. Precisely because the stakes are so high for Muslims facing an existential crisis, it is all the more important for them to try to find a way out of it, even if it means making difficult compromises. The point is that the current standoff is hurting them, not the BJP, and so it is in their own interest to open a dialogue. There’s a crude old adage that you can’t afford to be an enemy of the biggest fish in the pond.

The Muslim response to the majority challenge has tended to be more emotional than pragmatic. And their liberal and secular friends didn’t help by expressing their sense of grievance, exaggerating the “threat” to their safety, and effectively discouraging them from speaking to the “enemy,” while portraying themselves as saviors even then. they are struggling for their lives. Act together.

The whole Muslim-BJP and Hindu-Muslim question has become bogged down in a meandering debate over secularism versus communalism. Confusing the two has led to a deepening of the sectarian divide, sparking a politically charged culture war. What Muslims need is an uncompromising pragmatic approach. Which means we stop dreaming of a secular utopia and endlessly arguing about the past – and instead try to make the best of a bad situation.

Assembly Poll Results and After Why Muslims and BJP Need to Talk and Talk Fast

The galvanization of the BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi is the culmination of a long process. Image courtesy of News18

Politically isolated and facing an uncertain future, Muslims have few options. The question is whether they want to prolong the agony or try to find a dignified outcome. There is an urgent need to seek agreement on the basis of common citizenship and shared history rather than faith – a settlement underpinned by hard-line realism. The effort should be to try to strike a balance between minority rights and the sensitivities of the majority community, which she says have been ignored in the name of secularism.

For any dialogue to succeed, the Hindu sense of grievance will have to be addressed. Which could even imply the recognition of Hinduism as the official religion of India. There is a misconception that the only alternative to a secular state is a theocracy. A state can have an officially recognized religion while remaining secular in practice by treating all citizens equally and ensuring that their religious and civil rights are protected by law, as in many western liberal democracies. , including Britain, where the state is Christian, but the government practices are secular. Exploring a mutually acceptable framework that would be seen as fair to all without abandoning the essential elements of a secular society can be a good starting point for dialogue.

Some might see this as a “surrender”, but it will actually allow Muslims to withdraw at a time of their choosing rather than having a solution imposed on them. In return, they can insist on constitutional/legal guarantees around the protection of the rights of Muslims as equal citizens of India.

Let’s be clear: there is no Godot coming to our rescue. Muslims are alone and time is running out. But, of course, it takes two to tango. For any Muslim initiative to take off, the BJP and the RSS will also have to reach out to them – starting with reining in bullies operating in the name of defending Hinduism and Hindu culture. It will be much easier for moderate Muslims to persuade the community to ask for peace.

The writer’s book on Hindu-Muslim relations is due out soon. The opinions expressed are personal.

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Belal Muhammad reveals how he went from potential main event against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC London to Vicente Luque rematch


Belal Muhammad was one of the only fighters on the entire UFC roster to call out undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev – and it turns out he almost got his wish.

After picking up a dominating victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson to extend his unbeaten streak to seven fights, Muhammad got the call he wanted with a chance to headline the upcoming UFC London card.

“It’s crazy because it was maybe three or four weeks after my fight, [my manager] Ali [Abdelaziz] called me up and said, “They’re offering Khamzat in London as a main event,” and I was like, “Let’s go, book it,” Muhammad revealed to MMA Fighting. “He’s like, ‘Are you sure you’re down? he’s [ranked] No. 11, ‘and me [said] I want this fight, let’s go. He said, ‘OK, but don’t say anything yet’.

“Three or four days later I’m sitting there messaging my family, they’re looking for tickets to London and getting ready to book, and [I said] don’t do anything until we get a contract because you never know.

It turned out that Muhammad’s family were smart to avoid booking air travel or hotel rooms in London, because that’s when Muhammad got another call that put the fight of Chimaev in danger.

“All of a sudden they called me back and said, ‘We have some problems,'” Muhammad said. “Gilbert [Burns] and Vicente [Luque] are very good friends and they will never fight, so we have a problem, so it’s going to be something between you three. It’s you, Gilbert, Luque and Khamzat”, they want to match us to these three somehow.

“So he’s like, ‘Out of these three, which one do you want the most?’ I want Khamzat. He’s the one I want the most. You get the most hype beating a guy like that even if he’s not the top-ranked, and especially getting the chance to make the front page of the O2 arena, I think that would have been huge.

As firmly as Muhammad felt about fighting Chimaev, the UFC needed to look at the bigger picture in the welterweight division, with Gilbert Burns and Vicente Luque being close friends who have repeatedly said they don’t. would not face each other.

Because there were so many potential options available, Muhammad soon realized that he probably wouldn’t get the fight against Chimaev no matter how badly he wanted it. Instead, Muhammad is now set to fight Luque in the main event of an upcoming UFC APEX event in Las Vegas on April 16.

“All of a sudden it was like [I’m] will fight Gilbert, Luque will fight Khamzat,” Muhammad said. “It was like okay, whatever, Gilbert is [ranked] No. 2. Then two days later it was, ‘Okay, it’s you against Luque,’ and I was like, ‘Just send me a contract, I don’t care.’

“Obviously I gain a lot from fighting one of the three guys. It’s all tough tests anyway, so I don’t care which of the three it is. Let’s go. He said, “Okay, it’s going to be Luque”, so I said of course.

Muhammad certainly has the motivation to face Luque after suffering a knockout loss to him at UFC 205 in 2016, but that didn’t satisfy Muhammad’s thirst for a possible showdown with Chimaev. Due to the attention Chimaev has received since joining the UFC, Muhammad knows the Chechen-born welterweight is on the fast track to the title and may only need a little more. more win to secure a shot against defending champion Kamaru. Usman.

“If I beat Luque and [Khamzat] go out there and beat Gilbert, they’re gonna give him a title shot,” Muhammad said. “If I go over there and beat Gilbert and he beat Luque, they’re going to give [Chimaev] a title shot.

“I don’t want to be ignored by him in any way, so let me go straight to him. Fight the guy they all want to see fight [Kamaru] Usman next and they’re all buzzing. I’m like, I’d rather just fight this guy then.

Although he didn’t end up with Chimaev as his opponent, Muhammad is still more than happy to headline a UFC card for the second time in his career while hoping to avenge a loss on his resume at the same time.

A win over Luque will always be huge, but Muhammad can’t deny that beating Chimaev would have been satisfying as well.

“Khamzat is the guy who talks trash – Luque is so nice,” Muhammad said with a laugh. “Luque even helped me a few times for my fight against ‘Wonderboy’. We fought.

“It would have been a [more fun] build with Khamzat, but of course I’m super happy to fight a guy like Luque, who’s #4, who’s on a huge streak, who just got a huge win against [Michael] Chiesa, and a guy who weighed in to be the title fight backup when Colby [Covington] and Usman fought. So the UFC obviously thinks highly of him.

With Chimaev out of sight and out of mind, Muhammad is eager to make a statement against Luque as he looks to build even more momentum towards a possible title.

He will also have the chance to finally silence the doubters who still wonder if he is the real deal at the top of the welterweight division.

“I don’t even really consider it revenge,” Muhammad said. “I consider it a brand new fight because I’m a brand new fighter. That’s why I wanted this fight, to prove that I’m a whole new fighter and a different fighter. It will be a whole different fight. So obviously I gain something from this fight.

“If I go over there and finish [Luque], beat him, there is nothing that can deny me too. Even when I beat [Demian] Maia, they said he was old. When I beat “Wonderboy”, everyone said he was old. Now I’m fighting a guy who knocked me out, a guy who’s young, a guy who knocks everybody out, who finishes everybody, I go out and finish him – what excuse can you give now?

Karnataka HC Verdict is Bad Judgment, Hijab Essential to Islam: Lawyer AM Dhar | Latest India News


Stating that the High Court’s decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court, Dhar said there was hope that justice would prevail in the end.

The Karnataka High Court’s verdict on the hijab is a bad judgment and wearing the headscarf is an essential practice in Islam, said lead attorney AM Dhar, one of the petitioners in the case.

Stating that the High Court’s decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court, Dhar said there was hope that justice would prevail in the end.

Earlier today, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a batch of petitions challenging a government order banning the hijab in schools and colleges in the state.

“Wearing the hijab is an essential practice in Islam. Karnataka HC’s verdict on hijab is a bad judgement. We will challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court. We hope justice will prevail in the Supreme Court,” Dhar was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.

In its decision, the High Court observed that the Holy Quran does not mandate the wearing of the hijab. It is “a cultural practice and used as a garment as a measure of social security”, according to the bench, made up of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi.

“At most, the practice of wearing this garment may have something to do with culture but certainly not with religion. This gains credence from Yusuf Ali’s note 3764 in verse 59 which goes as follows: ‘.. .the times were ones of insecurity (see next verse) and they were asked to cover themselves with outer clothes when walking abroad.It was never envisaged that they would be confined to their homes as prisoners,” the court said in its order.

A batch of petitions were filed against the state government‘s order in the High Court by some students after invoking the Karnataka Education Act earlier in February. The law prohibits any piece of fabric that is not prescribed by the uniform standards and undermines harmony, equality and the public in educational institutions.

This sparked intense protests and sometimes violent clashes in parts of the state, with Udupi being the epicenter. Counter-protests were also organized by some right-wing groups.

Hearings that had lasted a few days had ended on February 25 and the court had reserved judgment for today.

Kwara Hijab crisis: 151 students could miss WAEC, director at panel says


The committee set up by the Kwara state government to investigate the circumstances leading to the recent violence at Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, began meeting in the state capital Ilorin on Monday.

It is just as the headmaster of the beleaguered school said about 151 of his students are ready to write WAEC while the school is still closed.

In its inaugural session, the panel’s chairman, Dr Shehu Omoniyi, explained that it was not about chasing anyone, but about critically assessing the situation and making specific recommendations to the government. to prevent this from happening again.

He sought out a company and urged guests to tell the truth whenever called upon, adding there is no need to try to mislead the panel.

“We want to work with the fear of God and I hope that in the end all parties will be satisfied with our recommendations,” he said.

Dr Omoniyi called for religious tolerance and understanding for peaceful coexistence.

In his memoir, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Francis Lambe, who recounted what happened in the school between Wednesday, January 19, 2022 and Thursday, February 3, 2022, when the hijab issue took a another dimension, said resistance to hijab was strictly from the Christian body of the community.

Mr. Lambe explained that several meetings he held with some stakeholders to allow peace to reign in the school did not yield any results.

He said the government owns the school and is responsible for paying its teachers, saying the only role the Baptist plays is to advise the government on the choice of headmaster, as has been the culture in the schools. originally owned by missionaries.

The principal, who revealed that the school was 47% Muslim and 53% Christian, agreed that the wearing of the hijab by consenting Muslim girls had no negative effect on the school.

“What I will recommend to the government is to invite CAN and relevant Muslim stakeholders and make them understand that politics is politics and pacify both sides. Now our school is closed. We have our SS3 students about 151 students ready to write WAEC,” he added.

The beleaguered school had been under lock and key for more than a month following the crisis that erupted when some members of a Christian group banned some Muslim female students wearing the hijab from entering the school.

The incident came just after a year since the state witnessed a similar incident on the same issue in 2021.

Jews, Muslims and Christians all face workplace discrimination in different ways, study finds


Houston, TX- New research reveals just how common religious discrimination is in the workplace. A team from Rice University says two-thirds of Muslims, half of Jews and more than a third of evangelical Protestant Christians all say they face some form of discrimination related to their religious beliefs at work. While discriminatory experiences differ between religions, these findings suggest a broader and troubling trend regarding religion in the workplace.

“When we conducted interviews, we were able to dig deeper into how people experience religious discrimination,” says study lead author Rachel Schneider, a postdoctoral fellow in Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP), in a university statement. “We found it wasn’t just about hiring, firing and promoting, which is what people usually think about.”

In general, members of all three faiths reported experiencing workplace negativity, social exclusion, stereotyping, and even harmful or demeaning comments. Specifically, both Muslims and Jews say they feel particularly targeted by “anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic rhetoric related to being seen as part of a larger group”.

Evangelical Christians, on the other hand, reported feeling “isolated” when discussing various topics due to their moral views.

“Sometimes they were called ‘Ms. Holy’ or ‘Holy Roller’, and many evangelical Christians felt they were perceived as being judgmental, narrow-minded and/or right-wing,” Schneider adds.

Study co-author Denise Daniels, Hudson T. Harrison Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wheaton College, adds that many Christians reported feeling isolated at work because of their religion.

“It was due to their co-workers’ assumptions about the kinds of conversations or events outside of work that they would want to participate in,” she explains.

Stigma around the celebration of religious holidays

All three faiths said they felt particularly uncomfortable at work if they asked to observe a religious holiday or wore religious clothing at work, specifically citing “negative experiences” with senior managers and direct colleagues. This was especially true among Muslims and Jews.

“Identity concealment is often used by people who are part of stigmatized groups,” comments study co-author Deidra Coleman, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. “It’s a proactive way to ‘deal’ with anticipated religious discrimination, but it can have negative effects on mental health.”

According to lead researcher Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of the RPLP and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice, this study should prompt employers to reconsider how they discuss, manage and prevent religious discrimination in the workplace. .

“I think a good lesson for human resources divisions is that for people to feel welcome and comfortable in the workplace, it takes more than specialty foods and places to pray,” concludes -she. “These day-to-day interactions between co-workers are incredibly important, but it’s harder to address without proper training. Workplace training should include exercises that specifically target all forms of religious discrimination.

The study is published in the journal Socius: Sociological research for a dynamic world.

Challenges Facing Balochistan Province | By Dr. Muhammad Khan


Challenges Facing Balochistan Province

In Pakistan’s post-independence history, the province of Baluchistan has been primarily defined by its geo-economic considerations and vast fields of valuable nature reserves.

While it is true that this province has been endowed by Almighty Allah with exceptional natural resources, the geopolitical position of the province as a crossroads of civilizations, cultures and a political center of power of the great and superpowers has been more pronounced. and significant.

What makes the province of Balochistan hugely important to Pakistan’s strategic stability can be gauged from the interests of three contemporary powers that are vying for global ascendancy in one way or another?

First; from Tsarist Russia to the communist Soviet Union and present-day Putin’s Russian Federation, Moscow has always viewed the strategically located province of Balochistan as the core part of its strategic expansionist theory.

Having failed to control the region through hard power politics during the Cold War, Russia moved closer to Pakistan through diplomacy and political engagement early in the 21st century.

Second; From its gradual rise to international power status, the United States maintained its key interests in the region that formed (post-colonial) Pakistan and its strategically positioned province of Balochistan as a strategic legacy of British India.

This was more pronounced during the Cold War when the United States engaged Pakistan in strategic treaties such as the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO), Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and the lesser known Middle East Defense Organization (MEDO).

Furthermore, the US war against the USSR in the 1980s and the global war on terror from 2001 to 2021 provide ample evidence of Washington’s interests in Pakistan and its key province, Balochistan.

The current militancy in the province has its direct and indirect link with the interests of the American and Western powers for their strategic penetration in the region.

Three; After years of geopolitical investigations and analysis, the People’s Republic of China has chosen Balochistan as the key area for the implementation of its international influence through a mixture of geoeconomics and geopolitics.

Indeed, as a smart power, China has found Gwadar and CPEC to be the most crucial elements for the success of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); the soft power tool that China uses to achieve international supremacy.

Visible Chinese interests are delineated to the economic uses of port and corridor facilities (Gwadar and CPEC), however, there are strategic aspects deeply entangled in secret economic theory.

This will give China an excess in the Indian Ocean (IO), where India has already entrenched itself, strategically holding key IO locations with the United States as its main ally.

Gwadar and CPEC are alternatives to the Chinese Malacca dilemma which the United States and India oppose by all military and non-military means through direct and indirect modern warfare strategies.

As during the Cold War, the ultimate target of this great power competition is Pakistan, and the current phase of militancy in Balochistan province is a manifestation of Pakistani suffering.

In a way, the competing interests of major powers and regional states have created a strategic dilemma for Pakistan that Islamabad needs to address with great wisdom and foresight.

The threats to Balochistan province are indeed of a serious nature and have a direct impact on the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.

Although there is no direct threat from the conventional and traditional point of view of warfare, the transformed nature of these threats seriously compromises provincial autonomy, its security, the safety of the masses and its stability.

Over the years, militancy and terrorism have held the province and its masses hostage.

Indeed, the direct victims of non-traditional security (NTS) are the inhabitants of the province; aspects of human security.

The format of warfare used by rival forces in the province today is a mixture of terrorism and hybrid warfare; a total transformation in the format of conventional and traditional warfare.

While the sectarian aspect was confined to the Hazara community at the hands of foreign-sponsored militants to create chaos in the province, the sub-nationalists appear to be deeply rooted and formally trained, funded and harbored for decades.

Pakistan’s security forces have been actively involved in defeating this internationally planned scheme against the province and state of Pakistan over the years.

As a result, there has been a rise in the campaign of politicization and vilification of the Pakistani military at the level of various political forces, several non-state actors and social groups.

These groups use mainstream media as well as social media for their disinformation campaigns aimed at defaming the military, FC and its premium intelligence agency (ISI) in particular.

This campaign has two dimensions; create horror at the national level against the security forces and project them abroad as violators of human rights, as has been the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

Today, Balochistan Province faces myriad challenges to its security in the form of terrorism mainly by sub-nationalists.

Due to its strategic positioning, major powers and regional states directly and indirectly play their active role in keeping the Pakistani state in turmoil by waging war in the province.

Besides terrorism, the hallmark of these challenges is a war of narratives, perceptions and opinions against the state and its institutions, implemented through hybrid warfare.

Moving forward, the government must devise strategies for direct social engagement with the masses of the province while addressing their socio-economic concerns and restoring their trust in the state.

Through a visionary strategy and sincere determination, this must be ensured at the earliest.

— The author is a professor of politics and international relations at the International Islamic University in Islamabad.

Obasanjo confides in his journey in Islam


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed his knowledge of the Islamic religion, reports Naija News.

The former leader, speaking to a group of Islamic scholars on Sunday, said his Islamic journey ended as a child after he ran away from Arab school because of flogging.

According to Obasanjo, the fear of being tortured by his Koranic masters at the time made him abandon the Arabic school better known as Ile-Kewu in Yorubaland.

The eldest statesman, who holds a doctorate in Christian theology, revealed this while delivering a speech during the inauguration and turbaning of Sheikh Salis Alao Adenekan as Grand Caliph of the Tijaniyyah for the Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states today.

Naija News understands that the event held today in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, saw the presence of leaders and members of the Tijaniyyah sect from all South West States, Edo and the Delta as well as the representative of the sons of Cheikh Ibrahim Niass, from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Cheikh Abdullah Baye Ibrahim Niass.

In his brief remarks, Obasanjo enjoined those present at the Islamic gathering to strive for Al-Jannat (paradise) as the final abode of the righteous.

He maintained that anyone who considers heaven his final resting place would not mess with his religious beliefs and practices.

Obasanjo said, “I am here to greet you. What we have come together to do has to do with religion. And one of our main goals, while living on earth, is to create Al-Janat. Anyone who knows there is Al-Janat, whether or not he jokes about religious practices while on earth.

“I thank you all for honoring and celebrating our leader in Islam, Sheikh Adenekan. May your reign bring blessings to you and the organization.

Sharing his Islamic knowledge, Obasanjo said “When I was young, I repeatedly told the story that Koboko (the whip) did not allow me to learn Kewu (Arabic) effectively. But despite that, I still remember a lot of those songs that we used to make.

The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun who was also the guest of honor at the event described Ogun as the “religious capital of Nigeria.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salis, Governor Abiodun instructed Muslims to ensure they fulfill their civic responsibility in the 2023 election to ensure “leaders who can bring prosperity to the country are elected.

He described the newly turbaned Grand Caliph of Tijaniyyah as a “pious, a man of honor, integrity and worthy ambassador of the Islamic religion.

Meanwhile, a popular Lagos-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Sulaimon Faruq Onikijipa while delivering his message, warned the leaders against abuse of power, saying they would all be held accountable for their management on the day of reckoning.

Onikijipato Grand Mufti of Ilorin also challenged the members of the Tijaniyyah sect for a common front and to remain united as a body to fight for the interest of the ummah and also to claim their rights from the government.


Extract from the book: Nothing will be forgotten: from Jamia to Shaheen Bagh


Now it seems like I never belonged there
I’ve always been homeless, never belonged in this place
~ Yellow Elia

The university’s image in India has suffered significant damage since at least early 2016. In January 2016, there was an attack on Hyderabad Central University (HCU) as part of the institutional murder response of the Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula. A month later, a sedition case was filed against JNU Student Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others, accusing them of chanting anti-national slogans. In December 2019, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) came under attack ahead of Karnataka’s elections over a portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah that hung in the university’s student union lobby. These attacks damaged the image of the university. Universities were branded as anti-national, lafde wali yaga, deshdrohi university, and so on. Parents have become reluctant to let students study at these top public universities.

I felt lucky. I used to say to my friends, “Jamia didn’t suffer this kind of attack. Even the government knows that Jamia is a small university with less ability to influence people. That’s why the government doesn’t care about us. I knew that if such an attack happened, the students at Jamia would not have the resources to deal with it. Jamia is different from Aligarh Muslim University, Central Hyderabad University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadavpur University and Pondicherry University. These universities have a large residential campus, with thousands of students in residence who can rise up to defend their campus. They are also rich with an active student political life, with several social and cultural platforms that have tied students into a single thread – in a campus society. Jamie is different. Most students do not live on campus. At some point in the evening, we come home. The campus has not had a rich political life, nor a social life that binds students together in a single thread. Students simply attend class and then spend time in the canteen before returning home.

After the crackdown on December 15, I slipped through the cemetery wall and reached the Batla House chowk. It is known as a place where you can buy sumptuous food until late at night. We used to sit in the library reading room during our exam periods and then leave hungry around 2am to get food in the Batla House area. It is known for its hustle and bustle, 24 hours a day. But, when I entered the area, Batla House was desolate.

Poets easily measure pain. I usually recite poetry when something hits me hard. That day, when I arrived at Batla House, the famous couplet by Mirza Ghalib came to mind:

Koi umeed bar nahi ati
koi surat nazar nahin ati,
age ati thi hal-e-dil pe hansi
ab kisi beats by nahi ati

I see no hope in the living,
I see no solution in sight.
Earlier I laughed at the dilemma of my heart
but now nothing amuses me.

I felt helpless. I felt the Jamia community was powerless. I was all alone and unable to help my friends. I didn’t know the police evacuated the campus. I had no idea who was where, whether the injured had been in the hospital or Thana (blocking). I got hundreds of messages from everywhere: someone stuck in a building, someone jumping over a high wall, someone in a load of lathi, someone locked in a toilet.

I felt helpless because of Jamia’s situation. At other universities, students stay on campus and develop a campus culture, which creates a legacy among graduates. We are kicked out of our campus after a few hours. We couldn’t save our campus. That evening we watched videos of the police breaking chairs and tables inside the library. They broke everything: the furniture, the windows, the bones of the students! I was filled with anxiety. I asked, ‘are they going to allow us to function as a university again?’ What we have witnessed in recent hours is extraordinary for the university and its students. Later, the University authorities said that the police violence resulted in damages that cost Rs 2.66 crores.

Nothing Will Be Forgotten by Nehal Ahmed, published by LeftWord Books, Delhi, Rs 250.

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Russian crackdown on Crimean Tatars portends wider crackdown | Russo-Ukrainian War


At 6 a.m. on Thursday, a group of seven Russian soldiers raided the home of Leila Ibragimova in Melitopol, southeastern Ukraine.

Ibragimova, an ethnic Crimean Tatar, is a well-known figure in the city, which fell under Russian military control after Russia invaded Ukraine. A deputy of the Zaporizhzhia regional council and director of the Melitopol municipal museum, she was a strong advocate for her constituency, including the local population of around 12,000 Crimean Tatars – a Muslim group indigenous to neighboring Crimea, an annexed territory by Russia in 2014.

The soldiers allegedly placed a bag over Ibragimova’s head and forced her into a car, driving for some time before taking her to an unspecified location for questioning.

They asked him about Azad, a local Crimean Tatar organization, and the names and addresses of activists and opinion leaders in his area. Ibragimova refused to give the men any information and told them their actions were illegal. It’s still Ukraine, she said, and Russian law doesn’t apply.

Ibragimova was released later that day and the Russian occupation forces decided not to press charges against her.

However, analysts say the arrest could give insight into Russia’s long-term plans for the territories it has taken control of over the past two weeks, and the tactics it could use to to achieve.

Crimean Tatar men wait for the start of Friday prayers at a mosque in Sary-Su, Crimea [File: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo]

“The purpose of the detention was to threaten Ibragimova, to obtain as much information as possible about her contacts and to identify the people and organizations that the Russian forces should then target. These are methods well known to the Russian security services. They’ve been doing the same thing in Crimea since 2014,” Nedim Useinow, a political scientist at the University of Warsaw’s faculty of European Islam, told Al Jazeera.

Useinow said Russia’s plan appears to grab territory to permanently cut off Ukraine’s access to the sea and connect the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk to the Russian mainland and Crimea.

“They also want to secure access to water from the Dnipro River because they still haven’t solved the problem of water scarcity in Crimea,” he said.

“They also started bringing in Crimean Tatar collaborators to organize unrest in the Kherson region.”

Persecution of activists

A closer look at Russia’s policy in annexed Crimea towards the Tatars may provide an indication of what may be happening to activists, officials and community leaders in other southern Ukrainian territories who are recently fell under Russian control, according to analysts.

“The situation of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea has been difficult since the beginning of the occupation. Russia has persecuted all activists who are against the occupation and the organized purges,” Lenur Kerymov of the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights told Al Jazeera.

“So far, around 20 people have disappeared in Crimea. They were taken away by the security services and they are probably dead. This had a huge impact on people’s morale. Russia’s policy towards the Crimean Tatars is one of terror.

Analysts say that if the repression of the Crimean Tatars is partly due to religion, it is also because many members of the community protested against the Russian annexation and criticized it in the media.

Over the past eight years of Russian presence in Crimea, the homes of activists have been raided, nearly all Crimean Tatar independent media have been shut down, and local journalists have been forced to leave or turn away from politics to entertainment . Censorship of local media is total.

The policy of Russification was also in full force. While on paper Crimea has three official languages, namely Russian, Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian, local activists and experts say schools are discouraged from teaching in Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian.

Kerymov says the policies are aimed at eliminating all traces of Tatar identity and culture and thwarting any civil movement.

“There are more than 100 Crimean Tatars whom we consider prisoners of conscience in Russian prisons with long prison terms. The majority of these people are religious Muslims,” Kerymov said.

“The Russians claim to be members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir [an Islamic political party], which is banned in Russia. In Ukraine, the party is legal and there is no evidence that any of its members in Ukraine or Crimea have been linked to criminal activities, terrorism or extremism. They are simply people who believe differently.

In some cases, people have been imprisoned simply for possessing a Quran, Kerymov says.

Kerymov’s predictions of what might happen next in the newly occupied Ukrainian territories are far from optimistic.

“All activists and people who could lead mass protests will be threatened, there will be imprisonment. I hope there will be no killings, but we also have to be prepared for that,” he said.

“These are typical methods that Russia uses to punish and threaten local populations.”

Malacca bets on ecotourism to attract visitors: Muhammad Jailani


ALOR GAJAH: Ecotourism activities will be the fifth tourism focus to boost industry in Malacca after family, heritage, gastronomy and shopping, said Chairman of the National Tourism, Heritage and Culture Committee, Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis.

He said this was due to the many unexplored natural treasures in the state, thus allowing nature lovers to enjoy the beauty of nature.

He added that the ecotourism activity would be based on the concept of glamping, or glamorous camping, which is rapidly gaining popularity.

“Glamping will not negatively affect the ecosystem and ecology of a place, ensuring nature lovers enjoy their stay,” he told reporters after chairing the 2022 Raptor Watch program. in Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest here today.

Muhammad Jailani said that so far, two sites have been identified to implement the concept of glamping, namely in Pulau Besar and Pulau Nangka.

Commenting on the migration of predatory birds, also known as raptors, Muhammad Jailani said some 8,000 species of birds, namely eastern buzzard, grey-faced buzzards and Japanese hawks, have been seen crossing the strait from Melaka in the last five days.

He said the Raptor watch has attracted between 300 and 400 visitors this year.

Raptors are birds that have hunter and predator characteristics such as light wings, sharp eyes, hooked beaks, and large, sharp claws.

In winter in the northern hemisphere, when food resources in the breeding grounds dwindle, raptors migrate to the warmer south where food is more readily available. Among the birds of prey that often migrate to the Straits of Melaka in March every year are the Oriental Buzzard, Black Baza, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Northern Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, and Grey-faced Buzzard. — Bernama

Russian soldiers kidnap Ukrainian mayor, president compares him to Islamic State


10 Russian soldiers yesterday abducted Mayor Ivan Fedorov from the Ukrainian town of Melitopol. Members of Ukraine’s parliament say soldiers kidnapped him while he was at the city’s crisis center to deal with supply issues. Last night in a video message, the President of Ukraine confirmed the kidnapping and described the mayor as a brave man who stands up for his community.

“It’s obviously a sign of the invaders’ weakness… They’ve moved on to a new stage of terror…”.

The president went on to say that Russia’s actions will be viewed “like those of the Islamic State terrorists.” He said the kidnapping was a crime against democracy because officials like the mayor are legitimate representatives of local Ukrainian authorities.

A tweet from the Ukrainian parliament also spoke of the mayor’s bravery, saying he refused to cooperate with “the enemy”.

On Wednesday, Russian forces shelled a maternity hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The attack came as Russia agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire to allow civilians to flee towns and villages. Pregnant women and children are believed to be buried under the rubble. At least 17 people were injured in the attack.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Buffalo ICC calls for Islamic leave for students


BUFFALO, NY – Nishat Obaid is a senior at DaVinci High School in Buffalo. Nishat says it is important for her to celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid-al-Fitr.

“Eid is important to me because it is a holiday for Muslims where we can spend time with our families and enjoy after the month of Ramadan, or just be able to be grateful for the blessings we have. and create fellowship with praying and creating new memories,” Nishat said.

There are two main holidays celebrated in Islam, Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha. But celebrating Eid the way they want isn’t always possible for Muslim students in Buffalo. Eid al-Fitr usually falls during the school year, which is why the Islamic Cultural Center of Buffalo is requesting that Buffalo Public Schools provide Muslim students with vacations.

“This year our Eid is May 2 or May 3, depending on the lunar site, because Eid is. We follow the lunar calendar. If Eid is May 3, we have [an] The AP exam begins on May 3. So if we miss the day, we miss the exam and this exam is really important for our children,” said Fakiha Tanha, Nishat’s aunt.

Nishat echoes this concern. She says that even though it is not an AP exam day, she should still miss school to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

“We constantly have to choose whether or not we’re going to go to school for that day or not. If we don’t go that day, we miss out on valuable information, and homework piles up, and we also waste time with our family if we go to school,” Nishat said.

Leaders of the Buffalo Islamic Cultural Center sent a letter to Lovejoy Councilman Bryan Bollman, whose district is in the center, requesting the Islamic holiday. Councilor Bollman is also chairman of the Buffalo Common Council Education Committee.

“I thought it would be a good place to talk about it and talk about it and bring it to the fore,” Councilor Bollman said.

ASM Sirajul Islam is the imam of the Buffalo ICC. He says it’s important because the local Muslim population is growing.

“Every year, [there are] lots of people moving from different states to Buffalo. Especially a lot of Muslims migrate here from different cities, from different states. Right now in Buffalo, the city is growing. There is diversity here, like all kinds of religions,” he said.

The next step is a discussion with the school district to see how the request could be translated and implemented in Buffalo.

In a statement, the Buffalo Public School District said, “This would not require NYSED approval. Our board has the authority to develop a schedule, but it must meet NYSED requirements for instructional days/hours. per year. Additionally, we have limits on the number of holidays we can include due to BTF contract restrictions.”

UP Assembly sees increase in number of Muslim deputies


Lucknow: The number of Muslim MPs has increased in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, which has 403 newly elected members. The number increased by 12.

During the UP’s 17th Assembly, the number of Muslim deputies was 24 and has now risen to 36.

In percentage terms, newly elected Muslim MPs make up 8.93% of the state‘s total 403 legislators.

Some of the prominent Muslim deputies in the state are Mohd Azam Khan, his son Abdullah Azam Khan, Mukhtar Ansari’s son Abbas, and nephew Mannu.

Surprisingly, the number increased despite the fact that this time the SP fielded a much smaller number of Muslim candidates.

Muslim deputies at the top

Ten UP ministers fail to win their seats

Meanwhile, 10 ministers of Yogi Adityanath’s government failed to win their seats in the elections.

Even Sirathu Keshav’s deputy chief minister and BJP candidate Prasad Maurya lost to Pallavi Patel of the Samajwadi party by 7,337 votes.

Other ministers who do not retain their seats are

  1. Sugar Cane Minister Suresh Rana
  2. Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Minister of Revenue
  3. Rajendra Pratap Singh, Minister of Rural Development
  4. Minister of State for Public Works Chandrika Prasad Upadhyay
  5. Anand Swaroop Shukla
  6. Sports Minister Upendra Tiwari
  7. MoS Ranveer Singh Dhunni
  8. Lakhan Singh Rajput
  9. Basic Education Minister Satish Chandra Dwivedi.

Did Muslims vote for the BJP in the UP elections?

Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), affiliated with the RSS, claimed that the BJP had managed to secure more than eight percent of the Muslim vote in the UP elections.

Hailing the victory of the saffron party in the UP, the MRM said the people of the state reject the “negative politics” of the opposition parties and rest their faith in the “Modi-Yogi style of governance”.

Previously, MRM activists had gone door to door in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand. He had campaigned for the BJP in four states.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s reaction

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who fielded 100 candidates in UP polls, said he respects the public’s decision.

Dismissing the claims of some political leaders, Owaisi said the outcome of the result was not due to EVM’s fault. The party will continue to work within the UP, he added.

Stating that their morale remained high, the AIMIM leader said the party would also contest assembly elections in Gujarat, Rajasthan and other states.

Sultan Al Qasimi inaugurates greenhouse project in Al Dhaid


His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, affirmed that the natural environment in the central region has contributed to the establishment of high-end projects related to agriculture and livestock, aimed at achieving food self-sufficiency and ensuring the production of the best agricultural products and meat as well as its derivatives.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

Sheikh Sultan stressed that the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by him with the government of Murcia, after four years of cooperation in agricultural projects with Murcia, will benefit both Sharjah and Murcia in various fields such as agriculture, technology and several other fields.

Specialized department to be created

Sheikh Sultan mentioned that a specialized department concerned with agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries would be created to deal with the three areas that ensure food self-sufficiency and support the preservation of the environment.

Sheikh Sultan explained that the project aims for an area of ​​8 hectares to produce enough for Sharjah, pointing out that the prefabricated greenhouses have an area of ​​one hectare. The rest of the greenhouses will be built in the future, emphasizing the vitality of educating farmers on proper farming methods, preventing them from using chemicals that are harmful to agricultural products.

Challenges Facing Farmers

Sheikh Sultan also mentioned the challenges faced by farmers, such as lack of knowledge and experience in the use of chemicals and fertilizers that can lead to serious illnesses. He underscored Sharjah’s keenness to take care of agriculture in all its aspects regarding guidance, education, ensuring conditions that may affect farms and their production, and other aspects.

He also added that animal husbandry will be further improved by providing care, food, treatment, monitoring pastures and providing new varieties of animals with good breeds.

In the fisheries sector, Sheikh Sultan explained that fishermen face various challenges, such as the resolution of a specialized department by the new Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and climate change such as hurricanes.

The breakwater project in the Kalba Sea helps to break the waves, preserve the city and cultivate sea corals, thus creating an attractive environment for fish.

Modern facilities

His Highness visited the greenhouses to see the modern facilities and equipped machinery.

The project aims to create development and agricultural communities and produce high quality organic agricultural products. The importance of greenhouses is highlighted as one of the most important modern technologies that have succeeded in providing suitable growing conditions, protecting crops from weather fluctuations and pests and helping to produce various types of agricultural products in abundance. and out of season.

It also includes housing for workers and employees, an irrigation system, warehouses, administrative offices, meeting rooms and toilets.

The project uses the latest technologies in agriculture, including irrigation and fertilization system, cooling system, ventilation system and humidity control systems.

The inauguration was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Seaports, Customs and Free Zones Authority, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Sharjah Community Development, several senior government officials and others.

Turkish imam helps convert to Islam in the Netherlands


Bünyamin Yıldız, a Turkish imam born in the Netherlands, is proud to have helped 150 people convert to Islam during his time in the country. Working in mosques run by the Dutch Diyanet Foundation associated with the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs (DIB), Yıldız says the words of the Prophet Muhammad guide him to bring more people to Islam.

During his nine-year tenure at two mosques in the European country, his efforts converted people from the Netherlands, as well as Poland, Russia and China, to Islam.

Yildiz, 34, hopes to convert more people in his latest post as imam of the Ulu Mosque in Bergen op Zoom, a city in the south of the Netherlands.

Yıldız told Anadolu Agency (AA) that his inspiration was “sahabe” (sahabah – companions of Prophet Muhammad who spread Islam in different countries). “I have the same intention and I get the results. I feel blessed to help others,” he said. He attributes the conversions to the conduct of Muslims. “My guide is the hadith (saying) of the Prophet who urges the devotees to ‘make it easy for people, calm them down with good news and not push them away’.”

Sydney Zandwijken, a 21-year-old man, is among the Muslim converts he has mentored. The two met at the Mevlana Mosque where Yıldız previously worked in Rotterdam. He says he was influenced by his Muslim friends and Yıldız helped him convert. “I was looking for peace and Islam brought it to me,” he said.

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Cornel West sees spiritual decay in culture


A few days after my first conversation with Cornel West, one of America’s foremost public philosophers for three decades now, he gave a short impromptu interview to gossip and celebrity news outlet TMZ. West was in Los Angeles at the Sunset Plaza mall, and a TMZ reporter, recognizing him, asked his opinion on a comment by Kanye West, who had recently insisted that Black History Month be forever. changed to “Black Future Month”. “Kanye’s idea was that we had talked enough about slavery and the various other horrors of the past. “Ohhh, Kanye is wrong,” West—Cornel, that is—told TMZ. “Each performance is a license for a future, in the midst of the present, trying to reclaim the best of the past,” he said, spouting out the tripartite thought quickly and with great animation, as if had practiced several times. before, just waiting for this moment. “You get that in Kanye’s music, but you don’t get it in his rhetoric. There is a sense in which his art is much deeper than his rhetoric.” The second time he said “rhetoric,” West forced his voice into a half-melodic, fully ironic sigh that he sometimes uses to punctuate a funny sentence. In response to Kanye, and others who might harbor the fantasy of pure futuristic blackness, West said that “as long as white supremacy exists, you need to emphasize black love, dignity black, black history – those things that are excluded and silenced!

The quick encounter between the tabloids and the media perfectly encapsulated what makes West’s career and demeanor unique. He is a product and longtime resident of the academy, having taught tenured positions at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Union Seminary. But he took pride in applying his analysis to popular culture and, on occasion, doing so in popular forums. After writing scholarly manifestos such as “Prophesy Deliverance!: An African-American Revolutionary Christianity” (1982), he achieved a new level of fame with “Race Matters”, from 1993, a collection of self-consciously populist essays dealing with such hot topics. key topics like the Rodney King Riots, affirmative action and Black-Jewish relations. More recently, he joined online adult education juggernaut MasterClass to teach a philosophy course. In 2016 and 2020, he served as a tireless surrogate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, delivering stem winders across the country.

When we spoke, he was in California, preparing to return to New York to resume teaching at Union Seminary, the place where he began his teaching career, in 1977. Last year, West argued with Harvard, where he had been a tenured professor more than a decade earlier, over being tenured again; he eventually quit and took the opportunity comment the “decline and decadence” and “spiritual bankruptcy” in the academic elite. The pointed note, addressed to its Harvard dean, opened cordially: “I hope and pray that you and your family are doing well! This summer is hot! It was characteristic of West, who often starts conversations this way, allowing them to radiate outward from the personal and the close. He started our conversation by asking about my family, then about a book I write, about R.&B. music – which I had mentioned, via email, in a cheeky little, from West, in his exuberant lectures, uses music (John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Curtis Mayfield, and so on) as a symbol and model for his ruminations on religion, politics, and race. The rest of our conversation seemed to take place under the hood of this warm familiarity, as we discussed the crisis of secular confidence, the meaning of public philosophy, the apparent convergence of radical and reactionary attitudes towards interventionism. American, and many other things. We spoke twice: once, at length, before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and once, briefly, afterwards. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Cornel West: How are your loved ones, man?

Everyone is fine, thank God. It’s just trying to keep track of everyone, you know?

No, I hear you. Bro, are you writing a book on rhythm and blues, man?

Yes sir.


Well, it always comes together. I’m finishing a novel first. I’m just, right now, immersed in research and thinking about – I mean, a lot of the things you’re talking about: how R&B loves music, that it’s about bringing communities together.

Absolutely, man. Oh, it’s beautiful. And what is your novel about?

Well, as a young man I worked on Obama’s campaign – I met you while I was doing that.

Is it correct? What city, what city?

At New York. I was on the fundraising team, and you organized an event for Obama at the Apollo.

Oh, I remember.

I was backstage and you welcomed me very warmly. Of course, I was the youngest, sweetest person around. But I never forgot it. The book is about a young man working on a presidential campaign and reflecting on his religion and his changing ideas about politics and the country, things like that.

And where were you born, raised and raised, my brother?

I was born in New York. My parents met in a Baptist church. My father was a musician. My mother was a singer in the choir, and he was a choir director and organ player.

wow. What church was it?

White Rock Baptist Church, the hundred and twenty-seventh.

Oh, it’s Ashford and Simpson.

Ashford and Simpson, that’s right. Many of my mother’s friends knew them very well.

Lord. You got so much nobility coming from White Rock, man.

All the time when I was a kid, someone would come on TV and my mom would say, “You know they came to White Rock and sang.” Have you visited there a lot?

I mean, I’ve been there, but I just remember reading all the Nickolas and Val books. And, when we finally met, we did something special at… I think it was the Schomburg or the Apollo, I can’t remember. Both worked with Maya Angelou.

Work with her on what?

A big album together. And when I did an interview with Maya Angelou, she brought them there. And so I finally had the chance to meet them. We all went out, we went to a club, we danced. I actually asked Nick, I said, “Man, I just want to be very respectful of things, but do you think it’s okay to dance with Val? I know she’s a free woman and all, but I just want you to know. It’s just a dance, man. She’s so beautiful.” “Oh, man. Go ahead and do your thing, bro. Go and do your thing. Me and Val went out, and, bro, it was a Baryshnikov thing, you know?

She danced you on the floor?

We both danced, man. “I didn’t know you danced like that. You got things out of Val. I said, “Man, I was trying to stick with it. Because Val has so much style, it oozes out every second.

It’s funny – during the Bernie campaign, there were several videos of you hitting the dance floor.

Is it correct? See, you got me – I didn’t even remember. i remember i was dancing with sister Nina Once.

I think that could have been it.

Yeah. I remember. It’s true.

This is your second time at Union. Is it different to be in a specifically religious environment, as opposed to Harvard, a secular space? Does it change the way you approach not only your teaching but also your public presentation?

In many ways, no doubt, because a sense of calling is a given at Union, people have a deep sense of calling. Not everyone is Christian: we have Buddhists, we have Jews, we have Hindus, and so on. But they have a deep sense of purpose, whereas at Harvard you have a site for training professional managers. And so they are related to profession, but not so much to vocation – they are related to career, not so much to vocation. But my sense of vocation and my sense of calling are the same no matter where and what I do. It could be at Harvard, at Union, at the White House, at the crack house, at our mom’s house. You know what I mean?

But at Union, because it’s taken for granted, I’m able to be a lot more direct. Because, when you’re in a liberal educational space, it’s nice to let people know where you’re from, but you don’t really have the kind of prophetic Christian or revolutionary Christian orientation all the time. You are one voice among a host of other voices in this secular space. And that makes a difference.

Do you think seminary students these days feel intimidated or more beleaguered? They enter a world that might be less receptive to the fruits of their training.

I started teaching at Union in 1977. At that time, secularism was much higher, and was much more important. Secularism has suffered tremendous wounds and bruises over the past thirty years, because commodification is almost taking over – and so when we think of secularism, we don’t immediately think of scientific authority, to scientific breakthroughs. When you think of secularism these days, you think of careerism, opportunism, hedonism, selfishness, individualism – and how science seems to be driven by the greed of businesses, seems to be headed for planetary explosion or environmental collapse. So the profane has a much different resonance today than it did in ’77. It’s almost as if everyone recognizes the spiritual decay and moral decay of the culture. And then the question becomes, Well, what blame do we give to religious institutions for accommodating empire, accommodating capitalism, accommodating white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, having accommodated the anti-Jewish, the anti-Arab, the anti-Muslim or anti-Palestinian orientation?

religious runner exalts victory over athletes expression | Sports News



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Noor Abukaram’s elation at finishing one of her first varsity cross-country races quickly turned to disappointment when she couldn’t come up with her name among those of her high school teammates on the results list.

Much to Abukaram’s shock, she learned that she had been disqualified for something she had done all season as a Muslim athlete: wearing a hijab.

“My worst nightmare just came true,” Abukaram said this month as he recalled the October 2019 race in which his team from Sylvania Northview in the suburbs of Toledo qualified for the regional championships of the United States. ‘Ohio.

At the time, Ohio High School Athletic Association rules prohibited most headgear and caps unless competitors received religious exemption waivers in advance. Abukaram’s coach admitted he made a mistake in not getting a waiver but said he didn’t think it was necessary as it hadn’t been an issue in previous races.

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Abukaram’s experience and his efforts to prevent similar episodes elsewhere have recently drawn national attention. Last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced that it would no longer require state approval to allow soccer or volleyball players to wear religious head coverings during the games.

Later that year, the association approved the same rule change for basketball, softball, track and field, field hockey, and spirit. Previously, state athletic associations had to approve all headgear.

In Ohio, Abukaram didn’t have long to wait before the world learned of his disqualification thanks to a viral Facebook post from his cousin. And soon after, her plight caught the attention of State Senator Theresa Gavarone, a Bowling Green Republican outraged by the girl’s treatment.

Gavarone, who is Roman Catholic, recalled the experience of his hockey and lacrosse player son who was allowed to wear a Christian cross under his pads as long as he stuck it to his chest. Anger over Abukaram’s situation has sparked her “inner hockey mom,” the senator said.

“No student-athlete should ever have to choose between exercising their deeply held religious beliefs and participating in the sport they love,” Gavarone said.

Gavarone’s first bill protecting these beliefs died in 2020, but by then the high school athletic association had changed its rules to allow referees to approve the use of religious headgear if a coach requests it before a competition, without formal renunciation.

“For decades this waiver was just a normal process of head covering, for medical, religious, cultural reasons, it was just part of the sport,” said Tim Stried, director of media relations. at OHSAA.

Stried said Abukaram’s disqualification led organization officials to question the need for the early waiver.

“Why would we have the waiver there if it’s natural to wear that?” he said. “So that led to some pretty quick changes.”

Gavarone hoped that such attention to the matter would settle the matter. Then, in the spring of 2020, Abukaram was wrongly asked for a waiver before competing in the 1600 meter relay in a track race. She was allowed to compete but, fearing it could happen again, she contacted Gavarone.

“We need to reintroduce this because it’s clear that the rules are subject to change, and once discriminatory policies are put in place, people will continue to enforce them,” Abukaram said.

Gavarone reintroduced the bill in May 2021. The House and Senate approved the legislation that year with broad bipartisan support, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law in February.

Abukaram, 18, is now a freshman at Ohio State studying fashion design and the sports industry — and still a runner. She was encouraged not only by bipartisan support for the bill, but also by support from other religious groups, including Christians and Jews.

“It was kind of like a no-brainer that what happened to me was a form of discrimination and that religious freedom is something everyone can agree on,” Abukaram said.

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Muhammad delivers a state of the city address


Benton Harbor is a city in transition. It’s a message from Mayor Marcus Muhammad, who delivered his annual State of the City address on Tuesday. Muhammad said that as the city moves into the future there will be growing pains and it is important not to leave people behind. He spoke about the city’s ongoing lead problems, telling residents that the city’s mission will not be complete until all lead water pipes are replaced.

“The City of Benton Harbor has allocated $33 million to address the problem of lead service lines in the City of Benton Harbor,” Muhammad said. “We have recruited contractors, and they are already in the field to eliminate the lead.”

Muhammad highlighted recent achievements, saying the Department of Community and Economic Development has expanded, new housing developments are coming, the summer youth program has been reinstated and work is underway. to repair the streets of the city.

“We will have a schedule, a monthly schedule and a weekly schedule online, and the city manager, we will work closely with him to let residents know when we will be working and coming to a block near you.”

Beyond the water crisis, Muhammad said the city will eventually work to help residents replace lead water pipes that may be inside their homes, going beyond the simple line from the street to the house. He also noted that the city has nearly $6 million in federal ARPA funds that will be used for more infrastructure work.

Khabib protege Islam Makhachev rules out Conor McGregor return with title shot as UFC star ‘drunk all day’


ISLAM MAKHACHEV has claimed Conor McGregor can’t come back with a UFC title shot – because the Irishman was ‘drunk all day’.

McGregor has been sidelined since July after breaking his shin but is expected to return to the cage this year.


Khabib Nurmagomedov pictured with his protege Islam MakhachevCredit: Instagram / @islam_makhachev
Islam Makhachev claimed that Conor McGregor couldn't come back with a title shot because he was


Islam Makhachev claimed Conor McGregor couldn’t come back with a title shot because he was ‘drunk all day’Credit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma

He teased a shot at the lightweight belt in his impending return to the octagon this year.

But highly touted candidate Makhachev – mentored by McGregor’s arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov – criticized the idea.

He said ESPN“I think it’s wrong for the fans; it would make it interesting but I think it’s wrong.

“I think it will be very difficult for him to gain 155 pounds because he is drunk all day.”

McGregor was forced to undergo surgery last year after breaking his shin in July against 33-year-old Dustin Poirier.

He made steady progress while rehabilitating and insisted the setback would be just a small bump in his legendary road.


But Makhachev, 30, who watched Nurmagomedov, 33, submit McGregor in 2018, warned the former two-time champion will NEVER be the same again.

He said: “A lot of people are going to crush him in this division. He’s just going to fight Nate Diaz or old people to make money.

“He will never be a champion and he will never compete at this level.

“He’s just playing the game, he’ll never take this fight with me because he knows it’s going to be a long night for him, after what Khabib did to him.

“He’s not the same now, when he fought Khabib he was fit and not too drunk but now he has to retire.

“This guy has money and everything, but if he wants to come back, let’s do it. I’m going to break it.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018


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The elusive urban forest that lies beneath Toronto


Although several trails already exist, the full loop will take users through nearly a third of the city’s ravines and over 20 diverse neighborhoods across the city. It will also connect and support the Meadoway, a continuous, multi-use pathway that will become one of Canada’s largest urban linear parks and ultimately connect downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park, the country’s first national urban park. .

With over 27,000 acres of ravines stretching across the city, there’s an experience for every type of traveler. A must-do hike is the Lower Don Trail, a three-mile route that winds north to south along the eponymous river. With multiple hotspots throughout downtown, it’s ideal for those who came for Toronto city life but want a quick escape into nature.

The Rosedale Ravine Trail, accessible at the corner of Yonge and St. Clair streets in downtown Toronto, takes adventurers beneath the city into a forest where sightings of red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife are almost guarantees.

Scarborough’s Doris McCarthy Trail, about a half-hour drive from downtown Toronto, offers a moderate six-mile hike to Scarborough Bluffs, a towering bluff with picturesque views of Lake Ontario on the waterfront east of Toronto.

For something less crowded, Koa Thornhill, program manager at Park People, a group that mobilizes Canadians to get into outdoor spaces, says Birkdale Ravine in Scarborough is well worth the trip. “It’s a bit off the beaten path, but it’s what I consider a hidden gem,” she says, especially in the spring to see the rows of cherry blossoms offered by Sagamihara, Japan (sister city of Toronto).

Discrimination against Sikhs has increased, says rights expert in US Congress


Workplace discrimination harms Sikhs in a range of public and private sector jobs, the lawyer said.


Religious discrimination and hate crimes against the Sikh community in the United States have increased in recent years, a leading human rights expert tells lawmakers urging the administration and the US Congress to take action to address it. end.

“Congress must act,” Amrith Kaur Aakre told members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties at a recent congressional hearing on discrimination and civil rights.

Aakre is Legal Director of the Sikh Coalition.

“Discrimination at work harms Sikhs in a range of public and private sector jobs, including transport, entertainment, health care, military and law enforcement, by allowing interpretation and application biased by government policies and laws.

“We have seen Sikhs willing to risk their lives to defend their cities and their country, only to be told that uniform and grooming policies prohibit their articles of faith,” she said.

“We have seen Sikhs forced to cut their hair for work-related drug tests, even when alternative means are readily available.

“And we have seen Sikh first responders in the fight against COVID-19 forced to shave their religiously mandated beards instead of being provided with proper and safe personal protective equipment that does not interfere with their faith,” Aakre said. .

Regardless of the specifics, time and time again these policies are interpreted in a way that disproportionately impacts minority communities and our system allows that to continue, she said.

“We also receive reports from Sikh travelers of inappropriate requests to remove Articles of Faith, discriminatory comments from TSA agents and other profiling profiles at our airports,” she told reporters. legislators.

“This is a humiliating barrier for Sikhs and other religious and racial minorities, members of the transgender community and others. And additional discriminatory practices like the no-fly list and lingering effects of the previous administration’s Muslim ban continue to perpetuate profiling against too many people,” she said.

Responding to a question, Aakre said TSA profiling for Sikh Americans and other minority groups has always been a problem.

Bias against travelers is prevalent at every stage of the travel process and it starts with TSA agents not receiving adequate training in TSA policies or cultural competency, which is evident from the moment where many stigmatized groups arrive at the airport and have to go through behavioral screening before reaching security.

In response to another question from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, she said American Sikh students experience high rates of bullying and harassment in our country’s public schools and continue to receive and document national reports on school bullying.

“Sikh boys who wear turbans are called terrorists and girls are mocked for having long hair. And many of these children are subjected to violence.

“Our research shows that the majority of Sikh children, over 50%, have experienced bullying at school. Over two-thirds or 67% said they had been bullied at school and Sikh children with turbans been bullied at more than double the national rate,” Jackson Lee said.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who is the first and only South Asian American woman elected to the House of Representatives, said 9/11 forever changed what it means to be Muslim, Arab or South Asian American in America. .

“In the days and weeks that followed, I received chilling calls from individuals in the Sikh, Muslim and Arab American community who were being attacked for wearing turbans or hijabs. I heard from moms and dads who were afraid to send their children to school, a fear I shared for my own child,” she said.

Jayapal declared his resolution, H Res. 629, recognizes the climate of hatred that Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Sikh communities have experienced since 9/11 and calls for action to address the lasting impacts of the event.

“I hope this hearing will become one step among many to examine and ultimately dismantle 9/11-era policies that have perpetuated and exacerbated discrimination against these communities,” she said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

If you want change, you must participate in elections — Muhammad Ali Pate –


As the 2023 general election gathers momentum, Muhammad Ali Pate, professor of public health leadership at Harvard University and former health minister, has joined others in a bid to encourage young Nigerians eligible to register and collect their voter card for the elections.

According to Professor Pate, who currently serves as the World Bank Group’s Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, “Widespread poverty, insecurity and youth unemployment are the direct results of the political system that Nigeria uses to elect its leaders. If you want to change the results, you must participate in the elections. Otherwise, your decision not to participate is a decision to continue a failing political system,” he said.

The position of the Anap Foundation Advocate is also timely as it comes at a time when the Anap Foundation is launching its Go Nigeria-themed enlightenment campaign, a campaign aimed at sensitizing young Nigerians to participate in the electoral process. leading to the election of visionary leaders. .

The Anap Foundation will partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other advocates, celebrity ambassadors, corporate bodies as well as volunteers to ensure huge success is achieved in encouraging young people to understand that their votes count to have the right leaders at the helm of the affairs of the country.

The campaign is in full swing with early advocates from the Anap Foundation stepping up efforts to encourage young Nigerians to register and collect their PVCs to vote in next year’s general elections to ensure good governance and to access the true dividends of democracy.

The first defenders are Aisha Yesufu, an active Nigerian citizen; Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute, Islamic Education Trust; Dike Chukwumerije, poet; Folarin Falana (Falz), musician, actor and artist; Atedo Peterside, Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank + President and Founder, Anap Foundation; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Catholic Church, Sokoto; Arunma Oteh, President, Royal African Society and Scholar, University of Oxford; Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Connected Development (CODE); Tomiwa Aladekomo, National President, Youth Party; Osita Chidoka, Founder UnlockNaija, Former Minister, Aviation & Corps Marshal FRSC; and Dr. Tony Rapu, MD and pastor.

Others include ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, EiE Nigeria; Muhammad Ali Pate, professor of public health leadership at Harvard, former minister and former global health director of the World Bank; HH Muhammad Sanusi II, 14th Emir of Kano and Grand Khalifa of the Order of Tijjaniya; Dr Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, former Minister, former Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Chairman, Higher Education Trust Fund [TETFUND] and President, King’s College Old Boys Association; Ayisha Osori, author; and Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri, former DMD NLNG/GED of NNPC + member of the House of Representatives in 1983 at age 25.

Sanusi makes stunning revelations about Islamic banking in Nigeria and reveals those who oppose it

  • Former CBN Governor and Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi has once again shed light on Islamic banking in Nigeria and how some prominent figures in the country are bent on lying using disguised religion
  • According to Sanusi, the Islamic bank is in no way related or linked to the Islamization of the country and there are no plans to do so
  • The former monarch further said that the benefits of the Islamic banking model were significant while noting that ten years on, the narrative has changed and is embraced by non-Muslims.

The 14th Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has accused some Nigerians of manipulating religion to conceal the truth.

He made this claim while reacting to the backdrop of controversy that followed the introduction of the interest-free financial system otherwise known as Islamic banking.

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Sanusi, who was a guest at the 5th National Companion Address, an association of Muslim men in business and professions, held at the University of Lagos, said CBN was trying to explain people that there was no such thing as the Islamization of the countryside, Daily Trust reports.

Sanusi: Nigerians are manipulating religion to conceal the truth
Sanusi talks about Islamic banking in Nigeria. Photo credit: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Those who are against

However, he said the CBN could not stop because of the few people who refused to listen to the apex bank’s explanations, noting that the benefits of the Islamic banking model were enormous.

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According to him, non-Muslims later embraced it after considering the huge benefits that come with it, as 40% of those who initially subscribed to Jaiz Bank shares are non-Muslims.

He said:

“We’ve had people who either know the truth or don’t want to know the truth but choose to manipulate religion for other reasons.”

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2023: Are politicians ready for tough times as Sanusi sounds the alarm again?

At almost every corner of the city centers, Nigerians are engaged in continuous permutations, discussions and debates over what kind of leadership the country deserves.

Some agree with the idea that a country deserves the leadership it gets. They argued that Nigeria deserved a leader who would not succumb to public sentiment, but one who only acts on the policy of his administration. Others, however, are of the view that a listening leader who takes into account the opinions of Nigerians would do better.

According to the latter’s school of thought, the country is where it is today because the rulers have refused to listen to the masses when they cry out. They believe that if this continues, those who come to power in 2023 will have more problems to face than the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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2023: Sanusi talks about his seat as president

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Sanusi denied considering a seat for the presidency in 2023, saying he was content to be the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyyah.

He said this in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, in response to a question at a reception marking the 80th birthday of Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi.

The former CBN Governor noted that he had held various positions in the past and present “and I will be eternally grateful to Allah”.

Source: Legit.ng

Pakistanis pledge to find organizers of mosque attack


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Officials vowed on Saturday to hunt down and arrest the organizers of the deadly attack on a mosque in Pakistan the day before that killed 63 people and injured nearly 200.

The Islamic State militant group said the lone suicide bomber was from neighboring Afghanistan. He shot two police officers guarding the Shia Muslim mosque in northwest Peshawar before entering the building and detonating his device, the group said. The attack took place as worshipers knelt for Friday prayers.

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, who fight the Islamic State, condemned the attack.

“We condemn the bombing of a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. There is no justification for attacking civilians and worshippers,” Taliban Deputy Culture and Information Minister Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted. He declined to comment on the Islamic State‘s claim that the suicide bomber was Afghan.

The death toll is expected to continue to rise, said Asim Khan, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. At least four of the 38 patients still hospitalized were in critical condition, he said.

Hundreds of mourners attended funeral prayers for 13 victims on Friday night and another 11 on Saturday at Kohati Gate in Peshawar.

“These were human beings and worshipers inside the mosque, and they were brutally killed at a time when they were busy praying to God,” Hayat Khan told reporters late Friday night as he was burying a relative.

One of the officers who was shot outside the Kucha Risaldar Mosque died instantly, and the second later died from his injuries, police officials said.

Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said three investigation teams had been set up to study forensic evidence and CCTV footage to track down the organizers of the attack.

An investigator involved in the case told reporters that footage showed the attacker arrived at the site in a motorized rickshaw with two other people, who are wanted. Sketches were made of the individuals, he said, asking to remain anonymous.

A provincial government spokesman, Mohammad Ali Saif, told reporters that the rickshaw driver had been apprehended and the search for accomplices was ongoing.

In CCTV footage seen by reporters, the lone assailant is shown hiding his bombshell under a large black shawl. Footage shows the suicide bomber moving quickly down a narrow street toward the entrance to the mosque. He shoots at the policemen protecting the mosque before entering the building.

Within seconds there is a powerful explosion and the camera lens is obscured by dust and debris. The device was filled with ball bearings, a deadly method of constructing a bomb to inflict maximum carnage as it sprays projectiles over a large area. The ball bearings caused the high death toll, said Moazzam Jah Ansari, the top police official in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.

Information for this article was provided by Tameem Akhgar and Maamoun Youssef of The Associated Press.

Gallery: Mourning the victims of the bombing of a mosque in Pakistan

Can schools in Bangladesh require students to wear hijab as part of uniforms?


Even before that, the government had said in a notice that no student could be punished for not wearing a burqa or hijab.

However, some institutions in Muslim-majority Bangladesh still require students of all religions to wear the burqa, topi or hijab, arguing that religious dress is part of the uniform.

Ad-din Sakina Medical College is one of them. Female students of all religions at the Jashore institution are required to wear the hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women.

Girls must submit written consent to this upon admission.

The issue of institutions forcing students to wear the hijab, or topi for men, has made headlines in Bangladesh after recent protests against the ban on Muslim headscarves in educational institutions in India’s Karnataka.

Although institutional authorities associate religious dress with uniforms, sociologists consider such clothing to be religious symbols.

Sadeka Halim, a sociology professor at the University of Dhaka, believes that clothing helps create religious identity. People wear clothes such as the hijab as part of the practice of purdah, a religious and social tradition of seclusion of women.

She thinks the decision to mandate a uniform involving such clothing comes from a religious perspective.

“Some schools require students to wear a hijab or topi. Students of other religions are also required to wear them as part of their school uniform,” she said.

Dress codes in schools and colleges generally aim to facilitate equal treatment of all students. Requiring students to wear religious attire may defeat this purpose.

Sumona Biswas, a teacher at Nalanda High School in Dhaka, said uniforms should blur all distinctions between students, regardless of what religion they belong to.

“Everyone will have distinct clothing, religious and political preferences in their personal lives. But with a group, they all seem equal if they look alike. The differences are diminishing. »

The High Court says no one can be forced to wear religious clothing and the Department of Education supplements the directive with its own instructions. But the practical implications of these rules are absent in the Ad-din Medical College dress code, which is a concern of the Ad-din Foundation.

He fixed different dresses for students up to the fifth grade. All include head coverings like hijabs.

Principal Kamal Uddin Ahmed insists that these are long scarves.

“Dress code includes salwar kameez and headscarves. A particular color is for each year to help identify students by their session,” he said.

“The permanent wearing of a scarf around the head is not compulsory. There is no such rule. Some wear it around their necks, others on their heads,” said Kamal Uddin.

According to him, 58 of the medical school’s 330 students are non-Muslims, while 87 come from abroad, mainly India. Some of them come from Nepal.

Other educational institutions under the Ad-din Foundation also have hijab mandates.

Although the rules of Ibn Sina Medical College in Kalyanpur are similar, Principal Mohibul Aziz seemed oblivious to them.

“I see a lot of them wearing [hijab]. I didn’t really notice. The girls wear them voluntarily.

A student from the Banasree branch of the Ideal Institute Faizur Rahman said those who don’t have a topi or hijab are not allowed to attend classes at the institute.

Several students at Motijheel Ideal School and College said that arriving at school without a topi or hijab is met with criticism from teachers.

However, Abu Hena Morshed Zaman, chairman of the institution’s board of trustees, claimed that the mandate to wear the religious blankets was lifted in 2020 and made voluntary.

Mentioning that students should not be treated harshly for not wearing them, the government secretary said, “It is true that there are devout teachers at Motijheel Ideal School. They probably feel the need to continue this practice [of rebuking students for not wearing topi or hijab] regardless of the new school rules.

Tania Haque, professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Dhaka, said: “We always associate the topi and hijab with Muslims. It represents religion, as well as culture.

She suggested that more research is needed on the recent surge of girls wearing hijab to find out if fear of violence and fashion trends are major factors.

“The educational institutions use their power to force them to wear religious clothes.”

In 2010, the Rani Bhabani Women’s College in Natore made headlines by imposing the burqa as its uniform.

Later that year, Judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury and Judge Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain delivered a verdict declaring that everyone has religious freedom in Bangladesh, which is a secular state. Thus, no one can be forced to wear religious clothing such as the burqa and the taqiyah, a cap, against their will.

The order came on the back of a suo-moto rule earlier that year by the same bench which stated that no woman may be forced to wear the burqa at work and in educational institutions and that She cannot be prevented from taking part in cultural or sporting activities.

The Ministry of Education had previously issued a notice ordering all institutions to make religious clothing voluntary and prohibiting any harassment or punishment of female students in this regard.

Authorities threatened an investigation and legal action if the orders were violated.

Justice Shamsuddin, who retired as an appeals division judge, said institutions are violating court orders by forcing students to wear religious attire. In this case, the injured parties or the victims can file contempt of court charges against them.

“Everyone is obligated to follow court orders. People who violate these orders should be imprisoned. Because they commit a punishable offence.

“The Education Secretary has been tasked with ensuring that all schools follow orders. If he does not take action against this, he too should be punished. Someone needs to write a letter to the secretary asking him why he is not enforcing the orders stating that he is also in contempt of court.

Professor Sadeka Halim also believes that the administration should take action against such violation of the rules.

“The state needs to determine if all schools should require students to wear headscarves. Many voluntarily wear the hijab, it’s different. But no one can be forced.

Professor Tania said: “Educational institutions cannot introduce [burqa, hijab, topi] as a uniform. The Ministry of Education will decide. We send our children to school to educate them. If the authorities impose something on them, the state must take responsibility.

Attempts to contact the Secretary of the Secondary and Higher Education Division, Md Abu Bakar Siddique, went unanswered.

Muhammad drops 57 points as San Miguel shocks Meralco in 26-point comeback


Former NBA player Shabazz Muhammad turns in stunning performance to keep San Miguel in playoff contention for two-time quarterfinal bonus

MANILA, Philippines — Shabazz Muhammad put San Miguel on their backs as they came from 26 points down to shock Meralco, 115-110, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, March 5.

The former NBA player wasted 57 points and 19 rebounds in a jaw-dropping performance that kept the Beermen in the playoffs, who improved to 7-4, in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus at twice.

Given the go-ahead to shoot, Muhammad waxed hot for 21 points in the fourth quarter, including 4 clutch points in the final 30 seconds as San Miguel wrapped up the elimination with straight wins.

The Bolts still held a 110-109 lead with a minute remaining until Muhammad rebounded from his own missed free kick and scored the kickoff.

Chris Ross then forced a turnover in the next game, clearing the way for Muhammad to seal victory with a pair of foul shots, 113-110, as Chris Newsome and Allein Maliksi missed their potential hat-tricks for Meralco.

Sheet music

San Miguel 115 – Muhammad 57, Fajardo 16, Manuel 13, Lassiter 10, Romeo 9, Perez 6, Tautuaa 4, Brondial 0, Ross 0, Cruz 0.

Meralco 110 – Bishop 29, Quinto 18, Maliksi 16, Banchero 13, Black 13, Almazan 9, Hugnatan 7, Newsome 5, Hodge 0.

Quarters: 28-36, 46-70, 83-92, 115-110.

– Rappler.com

Prime Minister Imran Khan failed to enforce Islamic law in Pakistan: Siraj-ul-Haq

Siraj-ul-Haq, Pakistani leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Photo: Twitter
  • Imran Khan has taken no concrete steps to enforce Islamic law, says Siraj-ul-Haq.
  • JI’s struggle is for the application of the Islamic system in Pakistan, he said.
  • JI Pakistan workers hold a sit-in outside the Sukkur Press Club.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sira-ul-Haq said on Friday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had been shouting slogans to transform the country into the state of Medina for many years but had taken no concrete steps to implement Islamic law or change interest-based policy. economy, The news reported.

Hundreds of workers from Jamaat-e-Islami, a politico-religious party, organized a protest demonstration and then a sit-in in front of the Sukkur Press Club against inflation and the government’s “anti-people” policy.

Addressing the sit-in, Siraj-ul-Haq and other JI leaders said the party leadership was pursuing a continuous statewide movement against inflation, unemployment and slavery of the IMF. They said that the participation of the masses in their protests against the PTI government was a success for Jamaat-e-Islami.

Haq reiterated that JI’s struggle is for the enforcement of the Islamic system and the protection of people’s basic rights.

He said JI rallies and sit-ins against the “incompetent government” would continue and that his party had a long history of defending human rights.

While condemning the Peshawar mosque attack and blaming the PTI government, Siraj-ul-Haq said people who spent government funds on rallies and disbursed money to the public should understand that the nation has had enough.

He said that in rejecting the Peca order, Jamaat-e-Islami stood with the journalists during their struggle.

He claimed that the rulers were suppressing the media through fascist means. He said that the PTI and the PPP organize long marches in order to safeguard their political interests and their respective governments. The country’s economy is on the verge of collapse due to the PTI’s adherence to IMF guidelines.

He demanded that State Bank Governor Raza Baqir be immediately sacked for allowing the IMF takeover of the central bank. He said MQM should be held accountable to the nation for who used them in the May 12 tragedy.

I talked about drinking alcohol as a Muslim woman on TikTok – the response shocked me


I am a feminist – and a Muslim woman. I have always been outspoken about my feminist beliefs, and in my later adult years tried to live an authentic and unapologetic life. I wanted to stop hiding my life choices, so this week I posted a TikTok about the first time I tried alcohol during my college years.

I quickly forgot about the video and went to a Boom Cycle class with one of my best friends. When I got back to my apartment I saw that I had gained a few YouTube subscribers and one of the comments prompted me to check out TikTok. As soon as I opened the app, my heart sank.

There were hundreds and hundreds of comments under my video telling me that I was going to hell, that I was a whore and that I was no longer a Muslim Where Somali. A few years ago, I probably would have deleted the video, but today my resolve is much stronger.

As a young girl, I knew early on that my feminist views would meet with some resistance from members of my own community. Many nuclear Somali families are essentially patriarchal; and I grew up in a semi-strict Somali family so I was never taught to fully express myself or have free will or will.

Now, as a freelance multimedia journalist, part of my job is to develop an online platform. Over the past year, I’ve gone viral a few times whenever I’ve posted a job or career update on some of my social media channels.

It’s great, right? Well, yes and no. Every time I see a tweet that’s doing particularly well, I’m filled with a mix of emotions. While on the one hand I am happy to be recognized for my hard work; I’m also very tense as I know the first engagements I get will always be nasty comments from men (and some women, but mostly men) from my own Somali Muslim community here in the UK .

‘Cover up’, ‘you look like a whore’ and ‘you’re not Somali if you don’t wear the hijab’ are some of the most frequent comments I receive. To contextualize, I identify with the Islamic religion but I don’t wear a hijab. Also, like many other young women my age, I have a penchant for crop tops and mini skirts in the evening.

The Somali community in the UK identifies so strongly with the Islamic religion that if I don’t look ‘Muslim’ enough to some of these men then they not only try to exclude me from my religion – but of my culture altogether. It looks like a special type of erasure, reserved only for Somali Muslim women due to the community’s strong connection to religion.

Although I am shocked and sickened by the comments, I refuse to hide or change the way I communicate online. By stepping into the shadows, I would only reinforce these archaic and sexist views of women with deep patriarchal roots. I have no doubt that the people behind these comments want me do not to share my experiences – and I won’t be bullied into hiding my life choices or living my life for someone else.

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On my Youtube channel, I started creating content about sex, sexuality and Somali women to normalize these vital conversations because I feel like if someone was talking about these issues when I was older young, that would help me a lot. I also believe that if more Somali women stand up and make themselves visible, we can fight some of the most pernicious Somali men behind their keyboards.

It can be an exhausting struggle, especially when you exist at the intersection of so many conflicting identities. The discrimination I receive from my own community is compounded by being a black, Somali, Muslim woman living and working in the UK, with all the subtle and unsubtle forms of discrimination that come with being from of a marginalized community.

What encourages me to continue normalizing these conversations and breaking these stigmas is the amount of messages I get from young women of Somali descent telling me how much I make them feel seen and how much my content is relevant.

And reader, that makes all trolling miniscule in comparison.

Experiences from Nigeria on the protection of holy sites; Role of religious leaders and communities – Islamic perspective


This is another presentation by Imam Fuad A Adeyemi during a workshop on the protection of holy sites organized by Interfaith Dialogue for Peace IDFP on February 15, 2022 at Ajuji Greenwich Hotels Gudu District- Abuja:

This article intends to tackle this topic from the meaning of key words on the street, highlighting the reason why religious sites are being destroyed in Nigeria. It will also briefly examine the idea of ​​holy sites and its treatment from the Islamic religious point of view and finally offer solutions on how to protect holy sites by inferring from the Islamic point of view.

Protection is a means of preserving a person or a thing.

Holy places will now mean a place of worship for any group of people. Religious leaders would now mean those who lead these religious groups, while the community will be the generality of people and the place where these holy places are.

Importance of holy places

Nigeria is one of the countries around the world where religion plays an important role in the lives of most people. According to PEW research, the two main religions of Islam and Christianity and African Traditional Religion (ATR) influence the lives of at least 95% of Nigerian citizens. This means that all religious groups would naturally have places of worship. I haven’t done any research on this but I think Nigeria has the highest number of holy sites in the world considering the number of religious houses including unregistered ones in homes and even shopping malls anywhere in towns and villages in the countryside.

Holy places are mostly the symbol of religion. When a particular religion is mentioned, the image of its place of worship is visualized in his mind.

Most followers of a particular religion attach a lot of emotions to the place of worship, they believe that when they are inside or around the house/site they are close to the God/deity that they love. Their holy places are mostly the symbol of their God, every time someone does on that site affects them emotionally. When the follower of a particular religion speaks of spiritual emotions, it is sometimes about his place of worship. When an adherent walks in, they feel different, they feel they are around the deity/God they worship. They feel that their prayers will be answered when they get to their holy places faster and better in their holy places or place of worship.

The concept of worship for most religious people is primarily attached to their holy places or religious houses.

Most of the time, holy places are not only a religious gathering place, it is also a social center, most religious people find their place of worship to be a convenient place to socialize.

Why the destruction of holy places in Nigeria?

  1. The division between Muslims and Christians in the country is now used by politicians, ethnic and tribal fanatics to achieve their goals.
  2. The simple economic principle of resource scarcity is now religionized.
  3. Poor and insensitive governance is another major cause of the crises that led to the destruction of holy sites – the formation of Boko haram in Borno.
  4. Lack of adequate information or education – The burning of the Nsukka Mosque links Islam to a tribe.
  5. Selfish, ignorant, relevance-seeking religious leaders.
  6. Unnecessary competition between the two religions – the building of the mosque of the late General Adisa in the government house in Ibadan.
  7. Injustice
  8. Terrorism – for the sole purpose of causing disaffection between religions – bombardment of the northeast and the Christmas season of Madalla.
  9. Press/media – Lagos announces the destruction of a church.
  10. Government/Development – ​​Construction of Oyo Road in Ibadan.

The Islamic approach to holy places

Islam not only recorded successes in protecting holy places early in its life; it also constitutionalizes the protection of holy places in times of peace as well as in times of war.

Islam seriously frowns upon and criminalizes the destruction of holy places and symbols.

Islam has made the protection of mosques, churches, synagogues, temples and all other holy places an obligation at all times.

No wonder almost everyone who was present when the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW) took over Makkah accepted Islam, besides the prerogative of mercy he employed to forgive all who fought against him as well as to the Muslims, how and how he treated their holy site, now Kaabah.

He respected the holy places, he cleaned them and made them more spiritual, these convinced the inhabitants of Mecca at that time and attracted Islam to them.

When the Islamic State was established in Medina, the Prophet did not just say it, he documented it. The Prophet (SAW) is said to have said, “Indeed, Najran and his allies are under the protection of God and the guarantee of the messenger of God. They must be protected in their wealth, their lives, their lands and their religion. This includes their priests, their monks, those who are absent and others among them and their delegation, etc. They will not be forced to change this (faith) they are on and none of their rights shall be lost. No monk, priest or servant among them should lose what is in his possession, whether abundant or scarce, and no fear or anger will threaten them” (quoted by Imam Abu Yusuf Hanafi in Al-Kharaj 78)

During the reign of the second Khalipha of Islam 632AD – 634AD, Sayidina Abubakr As-Siddeeq, whenever an army went on a military expedition, he always gave special instructions to the army commanders: – Do not spread the corruption on earth and do not disobey orders; Do not drown or burn date palms; Do not kill any animal, Do not cut down any fruit tree; Don’t tear down a church; Do not kill children, old people or women, soon you will come across people who isolated themselves in groups, let them engage in what they isolated themselves for them (Reported by Imam Bayhaqi in sunan-al-kubra, Imam Malik in-muwatta)

The divine command to consciously protect the holy places is given in the glorious Quran chapter 22 verse 40 where Allah says

[They are] those who have been expelled from their homes without right – only because they say: “Our Lord is Allah.” And if Allah had not controlled people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques in which the name of Allah is mentioned a lot. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Surely Allah is Mighty and Mighty. »

Roles of Religious Leaders and Communities in Protecting Holy Places: The Islamic Perspective

  • Ongoing outreach by and religious leaders
  • Educate the religious faithful from the pulpit and elsewhere
  • Physical respect for holy sites by religious and community leaders
  • Interfaith visit
  • Government or institutional support
  • Joining forces to build and rehabilitate holy places
  • Media support

Imam Fuad A. Adeyemi

National Chief Imam

Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society

The life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best guide to securing human rights and social welfare standards: PM


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that to ensure human rights and social standards, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best way to achieve the goals.

Addressing a ceremony held in Islamabad to mark the full operationalization of the Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority, the Prime Minister said a transformational journey towards morality and ethics would help the nation emerge as a strong entity in the world, adding that one of the main reasons for establishing the authority is to guide the younger generation on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for real success in this world and the next. -of the.

He said the last address of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the charter of human rights which emphasizes rights and responsibility towards each other.

He stressed the importance of building the character of the new generation, adding that a morally strong society does not allow the powerful and the elite to loot public money through corruption.

He mentioned that corruption leads to the downfall of a nation and regretted that society accepted corrupt practices and failed to distinguish between good and evil.

He said cases of rape and child abuse were increasing in the country, while families of victims were reluctant to report them.

He underscored the need for the involvement of various segments of society to unite against sex crimes by promoting the culture of ethics and morality.

He said that the Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority has been made functional, where scholars would play their part in educating the society on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He expressed his belief that the scholars of the Council of Islamic Ideology and the International Islamic University would contribute immensely to the authority with their positive intellectual input.

He mentioned that the national health insurance card and the Ehsaas programs with foster homes and soup kitchens are the best steps towards achieving the goal of a social welfare state.

The Prime Minister also congratulated and appreciated the Chairman of the Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority, Dr. Anis Ahmad, on the occasion of preparing a comprehensive roadmap which details the short, medium and long term steps. organization to achieve these goals.

He assured the President of the full support of all relevant government departments, including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Education, in the authority’s efforts to implement the roadmap aimed at the formation of the the character and education of young people, the protection of the family system and the promotion of interfaith harmony.

Beneil Dariush opts against surgery and targets Islam Makhachev this summer


Beneil Dariush will not undergo surgery on his leg.

Dariush, who broke his fibula and injured his ankle, was forced out of his UFC Fight Night 202 headliner against Islam Makhachev. The short-notice replacement was Bobby Green, whom Makhachev TKO’d in the first round.

After consulting with doctors, Dariush (21-4-1 MMA, 15-4-1 UFC) received the good news that his recovery time will be shorter than he originally expected.

“Physiotherapy comes in for the ankle,” Dariush said. ESPN. “The ankle right now is going to get weaker and it’s going to get lazy. And also certain ways of sleeping and certain things that you do, it’s going to get tighter. Thus, the ankle descends. Physical therapy is really just to keep the ankle healthy and if the ankle is healthy I should be able to be 100% – six to eight weeks or so they say.

“At first they were talking about four months just to start training again. So when I heard six to eight weeks, I almost started crying.

Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) was preparing for a title shot in the fall. But when Rafael dos Anjos lost his opponent for Saturday’s UFC 272 co-main event, Makhachev offered to step in and the promotion was all for her.

UFC President Dana White felt dos Anjos vs. Makhachev was a done deal, but revealed that Makhachev ended up turning down the fight. As a result, White now wants to book Makhachev against Dariush, much to Dariush’s delight.

“I really want to see this fight too,” Dariush said. “So I’m so happy. Yes, thank God we are going to be rescheduled. I feel bad for Islam. I’m sure he’s not very happy with the situation, but it’s the perfect situation for me to get this fight rebooked.

“I would like to have another 10 weeks for this camp, if possible. But if it’s shorter, it’s shorter. But that would be ideal. June, July – these are good dates.

Muslim women build cultural understanding of Australia through AFL training in Indonesia


After watching a taped Aussie Rules football match on TV from her home in Indonesia, Siti Nurbaeti became interested in the sport.

“The shape of the ball isn’t even round, it would…a weird bounce,” Ms Nurbaeti said.

She also thought Australian rules football looked “very difficult”, so she grew concerned when a friend asked her to join an AFL training clinic in Central Java.

“It turned out to be quite fun,” Ms. Nurbaeti said.

“I learned to kick and pass the ball.”

Siti Nurbaeti is one of many young Indonesian Muslim women learning Aussie Rules football. (Provided)

The 19-year-old student is one of a growing number of women in Indonesia who are picking up a football not just to get in shape, but also to try to better understand Australian culture.

“I want to keep playing football and I hope to have the opportunity to play in Australia,” she said.

According to AFL Asia, there has been “a huge increase in female participation” in the sport in Jakarta and Bali over the past two years.

AFL Asia also reported a 99% increase in development program participation across Indonesia from 2020 to 2021, despite pandemic challenges that have slowed growth in other Asian countries.

This jump in Indonesia is attributed to the growing popularity of mixed national teams, such as the Jakarta Bintangs and the Bali Geckos.

AFL Asia Data Photo
AFL Asia operates AFL development programs in many Asian countries. (Provided)

“I felt welcomed and enjoyed the game”

The AFL in Indonesia will be one of the topics discussed at a seminar on sports diplomacy and Australia-Indonesia relations hosted by Monash University today.

Among the speakers at the seminar is Indonesia’s first AFL-accredited female coach, Ana Surjanto, who will share her experiences on coaching women’s football.

Ms. Surjanto has educated hundreds of young Muslim women like Ms. Nurbaeti, both from her university and other Islamic boarding schools in Central Java.


“They usually have free time at the weekends, and I want them to understand this Australian culture,” she said.

She recently resumed her training courses in Indonesia after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

Ms Surjanto was exposed to football when she studied at Monash University in Victoria in 2016.

“I wanted to be active in sport and I saw that Melburnians really liked footy,” she said.

She contacted the Krakatoas Football Club, whose members are mostly Indonesian football fans in Melbourne, and started watching and learning to play games.

“When I finally watched a live football match at the MCG for the first time, I was amazed,” Ms Surjanto said.

“I saw people from different backgrounds mingling to support their team.

She took that experience home to Indonesia and made it her mission to use football to build “self-confidence and teamwork” in women.

“I’m passionate about empowering women,” she said.

Photo of Ana Surjanto and her friends
Ana Surjanto says women are empowered by learning to play soccer.(Provided)

Ms Surjanto obtained her AFL Level 1 accreditation in 2018 after passing an exam organized by AFL Indonesia with Australian examiners.

She said running the training program presented many challenges, including the need to train “hundreds of women”.

Ms Surjanto is now seeking more funding to support her soccer clinic and expand its sessions to include online training programs.

Iain Shearer AFL Indonesia photo
Krakatoas Football Club founder Iain Shearer (far right) says football has grown in popularity in Indonesia in recent years.(Provided: Krakatoas Football Club)

AFL aims to grow the game in Indonesia

Iain Shearer, of AFL Indonesia and founder of Krakatoa’s, said soccer is not as popular as football in Indonesia, but has seen continuous growth with high participation rates.

“AFL Indonesia aims to grow the game in the country,” Mr Shearer said.

“We had around 8,000 students who went through our development program [in Asia].”

The Bali Geckos said they plan to hold a women’s tournament in Bali later this year with other teams from Asia, and possibly Australia, coming to play.

US sanctions alleged Islamic State fundraising – CBS17.com


CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday announced financial sanctions against four men in South Africa it accuses of being recruiters and fundraisers for the Islamic State group.

Three of the men raised funds for the extremist group in Iraq and Syria, the Treasury Department said, and the fourth helped move money and buy weapons for an IS branch in Mozambique, southern African countries.

Attacks by Islamic extremists in the province of Cabo Delgado, in the far north of Mozambique, caught the world‘s attention in 2020 due to mass beheadings, including of children.

The United States has since labeled extremists operating in Cabo Delgado as an offshoot of the Islamic State.

IS and IS-linked groups have been behind attacks in West and East Africa for years, but the attacks in Mozambique have underscored the growing reach of extremists in Africa.

ISIS “has recently attempted to expand its influence in Africa through large-scale operations in areas where government control is limited,” the Treasury Department said in a statement. IS supporters in South Africa, who have rarely been connected to the group before, are playing an “increasingly central role” in facilitating the transfer of money to branches across Africa, the department added. .

Undersecretary of the Treasury Brian E. Nelson said the United States was working with African partners, including South Africa, to “dismantle” IS financial support networks.

The four men in South Africa identified on Tuesday used a range of tactics to raise money for the group, including kidnapping for ransom, extortion and training members to commit robbery, authorities said. Two of them are South African nationals, one an Ethiopian national and the other a Tanzanian national.

The sanctions freeze any property or other assets the four men have in the United States or have placed under the control of a US citizen. They also prohibit US entities from receiving or sending money to any of the four.

One of the men, Farhad Hoomer, trained and led an IS cell in the South African city of Durban, the Treasury Department said.

Hoomer and his associates were arrested in 2018 and charged with plotting to plant a series of bombs at various sites in the city and attacking a mosque where worshipers had their throats slit. The case against Hoomer and the other suspects was eventually dropped in 2020 due to prosecution delays in presenting evidence, South African media reported.

Another of the suspects, Abdella Hussein Abadigga, had close ties to an IS leader in Somalia, the Treasury Department said.

Muslim community radio Unity FM leads campaign against youth violence inspired by Muhammad Ali


Local Muslim community radio station Unity Fm has launched a campaign against youth violence inspired by boxer Muhammad Ali’s “Me, We Poem”. The poem’s meaning of “community and appreciation of unity” became the basis of the campaign.

Unity Fm, along with the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit and Faith Alliance, have come together to support a radio campaign tackling rising youth violence in Birmingham. He particularly focused on the inner city areas of East Birmingham.

The campaign started with the poem “Me, We”, created by boxer Muhammed Ali, and is known to be the shortest poem in English. The campaign will last six weeks.

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Nassar Mahmood, manager of UnityFm station based on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook, told BirminghamLive: “Muhammed Ali’s poem resonates with so many in our community in this area and of all faiths.

“This radio station has a unique audience and spans different ethnicities and nationalities – we broadcast primarily in English, but in Urdu, Somali and Bengali. We have the community’s trust to inform our audiences on issues such as this campaign ‘Me We’ and the we want to give local

“This is an epidemic that we must tackle and we need the whole community, including believers and non-believers, to come together to build a cohesive society.” he said.

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“We have already received messages from concerned parents discussing the uncertainty of whether their children will come home from school in the morning being victims of this violence.”

A listener and parent raised concerns about the level of youth violence on the radio – he said: “Is it our fault, our children’s fault or the community’s fault? As a father, i worry every time my children go to school or the masjid and i don’t know if they will come back.we need to unite and stop this violence.

Listeners can tune in to the Friday Drive Show at 5pm where speakers from the Faith Alliance, West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit, Sparkhill’s Concord Youth Center will discuss the campaign and how they are tackling the issue.

Clare Gollop, Director of the Violence Reduction Unit, told BirminghamLive: “Our faith communities and spaces are powerful tools for reducing violence. When tragedy strikes, many will look to their faith leaders for comfort. and hope for a better and safer future.Our Six Weeks encourages people to believe in the power of hope and shines a light on the incredible work of faith communities across the region working to protect our children and young people.

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Ohio Religious Freedom Bill Becomes Law | Local News


Gov. Mike DeWine on February 28 signed bipartisan state legislation backed by Ohio’s Jewish communities into law requiring high schools to meet religious needs, particularly with respect to clothing and head coverings. during sports competitions.

Senate Bill 181, which was also backed by Christian and Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union, won the unanimous support of the state legislature, passing the House 89-0 and the Senate 33-0.

The bill states that “no public or non-public school, school district, interscholastic conference, or organization that regulates interscholastic athletics shall adopt any rule, regulation, or other regulation prohibiting or obstructing the wearing of religious attire. when competing or participating in interscholastic or extracurricular sports. activities, including the requirement that participants obtain prior approval, written waivers or other authorization.

Howie Beigelman, executive director of the OJC, told the Cleveland Jewish News that the issue concerns all religious groups and sends a powerful message.

“Federal and state case law is clear: the rights of individuals to freedom of expression without undue burden are broad,” he said. “Congress has even enacted laws that extend this freedom of expression in areas such as local zoning ordinances and the rights of sentenced prisoners to duly certified food and worship opportunities. The US Department of Justice and some state attorneys general maintain offices dedicated to prosecuting free speech violations, including in Ohio. We believe that students who participate in interscholastic sports deserve this right just as much as anyone else. »

The legislation is the result of a 2019 incident when Muslim high school student Noor Alexandria Abukaram was disqualified from her high school cross-country competition for wearing a hijab, and other similar incidents for other students. This brought support for the bill from the OJC, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Ohio, the evangelical group Center for Christian Virtue, the ACLU of Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

At the time, Beigelman testified that it was a matter of First Amendment protections. Moreover, said Beigelman, the legislation sends the message that “hate is un-American.”

“I can easily imagine that Jewish students have similar problems,” he said, adding, “At a time when there is so much hatred and intolerance,” it sends the message that “you are the welcome here and you are equal and you can be whoever you want to be, and whom your faith tells you to be and be a full part of whatever is happening.