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The Institute of Islamic Development Bank (IsDBI) Launches the 1st Online Arabic Language Course on Converting Conventional Banks to an Islamic Bank on the edX Platform

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The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) (https://IsDBInstitute.org/) offers its first Arabic online course on introducing the concept of transforming conventional banks to operate in accordance with Islamic Sharia by presenting all the practical and applied aspects of the transformation process.

This course is the first of its kind designed for capacity building to combine theory and practice with creation and video lectures to transform conventional banking into operations under Islamic principles and Shariah compliance.

The course which is open to all interested professionals and specialists in Islamic finance from 15e August 2022, is only designed to provide participants with the statement of legal and regulatory requirements and their modification in light of the bank’s new Islamic identity, illegal activities and transactions, cancellation mechanisms and the transition of alternatives legitimate.

Divided into seven modules, the training program of the course clarifies how to prepare and develop the information system, the accounting system of the new bank, how to design and develop the Shariah governance system and train the human cadre working in the bank Islamic.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to determine the differences and understand the nature of activities and transactions between the conventional banking system and the Islamic banking system, in addition to the use of new alternative financing products and services. sharia law for conventional products to individuals and businesses.

This course is offered free of charge to promote Islamic banking and finance on IsDBI’s edX school portal (https://bit.ly/3bjMWo4).

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Unique Features of Hyderabad

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Posted: Posted Date – 11:23 PM, Mon – Aug 1, 22

Hyderabad: This article is a follow-up to the last article devoted to the Nizams and the modernization of the State of Hyderabad.

Most visitors to the state were struck by the unique feature of general community friendship in Hyderabad. Walter Monckton, a British politician, on his first visit to the city, remarked during a morning walk that “Muslim mosques and Hindu temples stood side by side and worshipers of both creeds seemed to co-exist in peace” . The situation was similar even under the Qutb Shahis. It continued and reached its peak under the sixth and seventh Nizams, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan and Mir Osman Ali Khan. It was not hard to see how Hindus and Muslims joined each other’s processions so easily, entering each other’s houses at a happy time and attacking each other without anything lethal only garlands of flowers, perfumes and colored water.

The life of the average citizen was also the same. Sarojini Naidu described life in Hyderabad in the following terms: “Hyderabad has a way of affixing the seal of its particular traditions to all its sons and daughters, investing them, regardless of their communities and creeds, with a particular kinship.” It was a land where graceful and beautiful women dressed in magnificent clothes, carrying filigree paan boxes in henna-stained hands bristling with laziness and serenity far from the stormy centers of the world.

Hyderabad under the Asaf Jahis consisted of different communities and classes and never projected itself as a Hindu or Muslim cultural center. It was a synthesis of all religions built on a sense of common nationality and culture for the progress of the state.

Until the end of the state in 1948, the state administration continued to fund and oversee important Hindu institutions and events, and it publicly proclaimed its role in the face of increasingly communal politics both inside and outside the state. In 1943, the State Information Bureau issued another publication highlighting photos and brief descriptions of two important places of worship, shrines and religious buildings in Hyderabad. In the city, the temple of Ramchandraji built in the time of the second Nizam by Baba Balak Das is included, with a photo of the birthplace donated to the temple by Nizam Ali Khan; the text mentions a jagir given to him by the fourth Nizam. Kishen Bagh Temple is included; his jagir of Rs 18,000 per year and his good relationship with the ‘Durgah of Kishen Bagh’ are mentioned. The Sitaram Bagh temple is included; its jagir of almost Rs 50,000 per year, its annual jatra and its government-supervised management committee are mentioned. The temple of Jham Singh in the locality of Kulsampura Karwan Sahu is included; its jagir of the third Nizam of Rs 8408 per year, its jatra and its management committee supervised by the Ecclesiastical Department are mentioned. Finally, the temple or math (monastery) of Baba Khaim Das is included; its grant of Rs 11,521 per year.

The founding and development of Hindu temples in Hyderabad, with the full support of Muslim rulers and the Nizam state, engaged nobles, officials and other key figures of the Nizam administration in the creative construction of a plural society. This plural society shared characteristics with the ancient Indian Hindu and Muslim kingdoms of the subcontinent. Similarly, the Nizams of Hyderabad employed Hindu as well as Muslim officials and institutions to expand and tame the urban borders of Hyderabad. Bansi Raja and the Keshavagiri temple best illustrate the mutual empowerment of state and religion. Social relations, infrastructure development, language and literature, education and learning both economically and socially represented the quintessence of the cultural traditions of his domain. Much of the credit goes to Mir Osman Ali Khan for raising the status of Hyderabad State.

Professor Adapa Satyanarayana

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Department of History, Osmania University
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A call for global action against religious intolerance – By: .

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By Wale Odunsi

It is a long-established reality that religion – the belief and worship of God or gods – has polarized households, tribes, communities, cities and nations. The world cannot continue to act as if all is well amid the dangerous dimension that religious differences have routed us. But how did the act of practicing the faith lead to so much hatred, division, persecution and death?

I come from a family where more than 90% of the members are Muslim. My parents converted to Christianity in the 1970s after their marriage in Igbesa, Ogun State, Nigeria. Mom had been seriously ill for weeks, but was well within days of finding healing in a church. Dad was always happy to share the story with everyone; the whole family had no problem with the couple regarding their choice of belief.

Growing up, we expected to see the same chord; alas, the grass is not always greener on the other side. In many parts of the sphere there are stories of brutality and heinous crimes committed by extremists, but many are unknown. While I agree that de-radicalizing and accommodating humans is difficult, influential international organizations need to devote more energy to engendering mutualism.

With over 200 million people, Nigeria has two regions (North and South) and six geopolitical zones (South-East, South-South, South-West, North-Central, North-East and North-West). The predominantly Christian South has a population of Yoruba and Igbo ethnic groups. The North is predominantly Muslim; the Hausa and the Fulani are the dominant groups. Sometimes disagreements snowball into crises accompanied by destruction.

In May 2022, Deborah Samuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, was lynched for blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) after speaking out against posts in a WhatsApp group created for updates. up-to-date on academic activities. Male colleagues seized her from school security, stoned her to death and set her body on fire. This kind of cold-blooded killing must not continue.

Reacting to the execution, the famous cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi said that the Prophet Muhammad – in whose name Deborah died – never took life despite the insults. “Anyone who kills a non-Muslim with whom he has agreed to live in peace will not smell the scent of paradise for 40 years,” he proclaimed. We need to spread messages like this on the world stage.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, an American think tank based in Washington, DC, the number of countries experiencing remarkably high hostilities rose from 10 in mid-2007 to 15 in mid-2010. In the analysis of 197 countries and territories, five countries – Egypt, Nigeria, Palestine, Russia and Yemen – were added to the “very high” category.

For decades, West Africa’s powerhouse has witnessed myriad religious violence and killings in virtually all 36 states and the capital Abuja. Recent events have prompted foreign countries to issue travel advisories to their citizens. The situation is not improving as the prevalence of attacks remains high; the same is true in climates where there are tensions over doctrines.

The Global Exchange on Religion in Society (GERIS), an initiative supported by the European Union (EU), strives to connect positive experiences of coexistence between people of different faiths or without religion. The platform consists of more than 120 civil society leaders, experts and journalists eager to see a united humanity, regardless of their religious backgrounds.

During the trip of the GERIS “Living together” team to Belgium, the Center against Islamophobia in Brussels expressed its disappointment at the “discrimination against Muslim students in high schools”. In separate meetings with AIF+ in Limburg and the Almadina school in Antwerp, officials complained that women wearing the hijab do not get jobs despite their qualifications.

However, we have made pleasant observations about the institution. I admired the passion of the founders and staff, including citizens of Middle Eastern countries such as Syria and Iraq; their determination to ensure that young people receive a quality education in an environment where they feel comfortable. Equally fascinating is the tutoring of child ‘green activists’ on climate and the environment. Groups can replicate this initiative in their area.

As a matter of urgency, leaders must bridge the gap and try to achieve lasting peace; the first starting point is the immediate environment. People should be allowed to practice their faith while adherents should do so modestly. In Genk, in the east of Belgium, the Maison d’Abraham affirmed its support for cohesion. The organization, which promotes solidarity, has also suggested regular interfaith dialogues.

Here, many religious leaders agree that intolerance is a problem that needs to be addressed holistically. The establishment of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in 1999 was one way to foster fellowship. The association, made up of 50 members (25 Christians and 25 Muslims), is statutorily directed by the outgoing sultan of Sokoto and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

On the subject, CAN reiterated its support for concerted efforts to promote understanding. Christian leadership demands an end to segregation. “Followers shouldn’t feel left out. The actions of political leaders and government should not favor one section. If there is bias, issues that can be settled amicably can escalate and spiral out of control,” warned the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Joseph Hayab.

The Nasrul-Lahi-il Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) said the role of leaders has always been essential in providing direction on the way forward for people and nations. The Islamic organization advised governments to magnify voices speaking for unity, connect with political and religious leaders to create a movement for harmony, and create spaces/facilities for interfaith collaboration.

“Religious leaders can be an inspiration to others. To fulfill their God-given role, they must rise above religious, ethnic, and other parochial sentiments and speak truth to power. They should be the conscience of the devotees and cooperate with national leaders for world peace,” said Imam Ibrahim Olalekan Shodehinde, the Area Missionary in Ondo State.

Citing research, the Advocacy Initiative for the Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa (ADAPHAI) observed that people who live together in harmony tend to earn more, unlike those who live in acrimony without end. The civil society group insists cordial coexistence remains fundamental as day-to-day activities lead to “intrinsically unavoidable” conflict.

“Citizens should build a formidable conflict resolution mechanism, demonstrate tolerance and mutual respect. Countries must genuinely guarantee justice and equity. They must be fair, regardless of language and religion; build and maintain a system that treats everyone equally without any feelings. They must constantly preach peace through vibrant institutions,” said Olaniyi Owolabi, the national coordinator.

The Executive Director of the Women and Youth Empowerment Initiative (WOYEIN), Husna Ibrahim, stressed that no country can survive or develop without peace. “It is necessary for everyone to take responsibility and ensure peace. Governments must implement inclusive programs and policies and be neutral in their dealings. When people have a certain level of security and social protection, there is less of a crisis,” she argues.

Undoubtedly, the religious split is a challenge that affects all genders, young and old, citizens and nations; all hands must be on deck to make the world a better place. It is high time that those who run the business took more deliberate steps to defuse tensions, ensure order, inclusion and reduce polarity between members of religions.

The unity of purpose the world has shown during the COVID-19 pandemic was proof enough that the goals are achievable if the majority works in unison. Although the issue of faith is personal and the outlook of humans less likely to change, religious, political and government leaders should collectively take global action to encourage tolerance. The Holy Books preach peace, so why don’t we tolerate each other?

Wale Odunsi tweets from @WaleOdunsi; email: [email protected]

Punjab: AAP adviser Muhammad Akbar Bholi shot dead in Malerkotla | News Ludhiana

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MALERKOTLA: Two unidentified miscreants shot and killed an AAP counselor at a Malerkotla gym on Sunday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Muhammad Akbar Bholi, 55, of Sirhindi Gate, who won his first election to City Council on Ward Congress ticket number 18 in February 2021 and moved to the AAP ahead of the elections in the Punjab Assembly.
Police officials said Muhammad Akbar was jogging in his gym near the Ludhiana Bypass around 8 a.m. Sunday morning when one of two unidentified miscreants wearing black t-shirts entered. They added that within seconds, as the deceased approached the masked miscreant, he pulled out a gun and shot him.
Cops said the deceased died at the scene after being shot in the heart area. They added that after the incident, the miscreant fled the scene with other defendants on a motorbike.
Police officials said CCTV captured the footage of the defendants who appeared to be between the ages of 20 and 25. They added that the accused had parked the motorcycle some distance from the gymnasium.
Meanwhile, after the police got information about the incident, the police arrived at the scene and started to investigate the case.
Police then registered a case on the statement of the wife of the deceased against the unidentified accused under Articles 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in pursuit of a common intention) of the ICC and articles of the law on weapons.

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Islamic council raises demand in presence of NSA Doval

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New Delhi: Organizations like the People’s Front of India (PFI) and any other similar front, which engage in anti-national activities and create discord among our citizens should be banned and action taken against them in accordance with the law, a interfaith dialogue organized by All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC) said during its resolution here on Saturday. The resolution was passed in the presence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The resolution stated that targeting any Gods/Goddesses/Prophets in discussions or debates by anyone should be condemned and dealt with according to law.

Hazrat Syed Naseeruddin Chishty, chairman of the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council, said in his address that radical organizations should be checked. He also called for PFI to be banned.

“…We condemn when an incident occurs. It’s time to do something. Need one hour to curb and ban radical organizations. Whether they are radical organisations, including PFI, they should be banned if there is evidence against them,” Chishty said.

The AISSC resolution proposed to create a new body, inclusive of all denominations, to spread the message of peace and harmony and fight against radical forces.

The resolution recommended that any person or organization found guilty of spreading hatred among communities by any means should be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law.

In his remarks, Ajit Doval said that some elements are trying to create an environment that is hampering India’s progress.

“Certain elements are trying to create an atmosphere that vitiates India’s progress. They create acrimony and conflict in the name of religion and ideology, it affects the whole country while spreading outside the country as well,” Doval said.

“Instead of being silent spectators, we must work on the ground on our differences while strengthening our voices. We must make every sect in India feel that we are a country together, we are proud of it and every religion can be freely professed here,” he added.

The objective of the dialogue was to have a rigorous discussion between representatives of different faiths – Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jain – on the growing religious intolerance in India.

AISSC said in its statement that the nation is going through difficult times because of some anti-social elements and groups who are trying to distort the image of India as a shining example of unity in diversity.

“India has been the country of various religions and faiths for centuries. We share the history of peaceful co-existence. All religions basically teach to love our fellow countrymen without any discrimination. Islam and Sufism have also endorsed this idea even in India since the 12th century. There is no room for hatred and agitation against any religion in India,” the resolution reads.

“Organizations like PFI and any other similar front, which engage in anti-national activities, pursue a divisive agenda and create discord among our citizens must be banned and action must be taken against them in accordance with the law of the land At the same time, we strongly recommend that any person or organization found guilty of spreading hatred among communities by any means be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law,” he noted.

The resolution states that it has been observed that social media platforms are used to promote hatred against religions and their followers. “We call on the government to take serious note of this and take appropriate measures to stem the threat,” he said.

The resolution states that Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism and all other religions teach respect for all human beings, aspiration for the common good of humanity.

“In these difficult times, it is the duty of all religious and community leaders to be role models for present and future generations. All religions and communities must thrive and co-exist in harmony for our country to realize its potential,” he said.

“We propose to create a new body, inclusive of all denominations, to spread the message of peace, harmony and the fight against radical forces. We seek everyone’s support as we pursue our mission,” he added.

The Indian Sajjadanashin Sufi Council said that it has decided to organize various events at state and district levels on a regular basis, to spread the message of social and cultural harmony and brotherhood in India.

AISSC is an Islamic, social, voluntary and cultural organization dedicated to the service of humanity and the dissemination of the teachings of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammed.

“We want to convey the message that all religious leaders have a responsibility to guide their community and especially the youth to aspire to become responsible citizens of India. We will initiate an awareness program, motivate our youth to cherish and follow the ideals of our constitution. Duty to the nation is the most sacred duty for all. We firmly profess the concept of ‘HubbulWatani’,” the resolution reads.

The Kerala High Court had observed in May in an order rejecting the plea seeking a CBI investigation into the murder of an RSS worker that the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the People’s Front of India (PFI) were extremist organizations engaging in serious acts of violence. . (ANI)

Sheikh Zayed Grand welcomes over 1.5 million worshipers and visitors in the first half of 2022

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received 1,520,697 guests including 454,339 worshipers and around 1,033,045 visitors in the first half of 2022.

About 19% of visitors were from the United Arab Emirates and 81% were tourists. To elaborate, 51% of visitors were male, 49% were female, and the majority were between the ages of 25 and 35, constituting 32% of the total worshipers and visitors who flocked to the mosque globally. Indian visitors top the top three countries visiting the mosque, followed by France and the United States.

During the first half of the year, the number of people using the mosque’s jogging track reached over 33,000 users.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) has been able to convey the mosque’s cultural message of tolerance that emanates from the preaching of Islam through the free cultural tours it offers to its visitors. The Centre’s cultural tour specialists organized 2,075 tours in Arabic, English, Spanish and Korean, and 21,633 visitors from around the world.

Over the past few years, the Center has kept pace with the steady progress of the United Arab Emirates in various fields, which is manifested in the continuous increase in its visitor numbers, which has been accompanied by a continuous improvement in the visitor experience offered to them.

The mosque has made vast achievements, maintaining its leading position as an iconic global cultural destination. The Grand Mosque was recently selected for TripAdvisor’s 2022 “Travelers’ Choice Award” in the “Best of the Best” category, which ranks the world’s top 25 attractions.

The Grand Mosque ranked first in the “Top Attractions – Middle East” category, fourth in the “Top Attractions – World” category for its unique artistic and architectural splendor, and ninth in the “Top Cultural and Historical Tours – World” category. “, for the rich and versatile experiences and services it offers that meet the needs of visitors; allowing them to spend an entire day at the mosque and take advantage of what it has to offer.

Visitors from all walks of life recognize the mosque’s leading position as a global cultural and tourist destination and praise its integrated working system. Visitors to the mosque, through their reviews on Trip Advisor, have praised the integrated package of services and system of facilities they enjoyed during their visit.

A visitor from the United States, in his review, mentioned: “The architectural design and aesthetics of the mosque are breathtaking, and the flow of tourists is perfectly managed, from the arrival of visitors on the parking lots, until they reach the mosque riding on the golf cart spread around the course.They have allocated photo stops for visitors to stop and take pictures at the mosque to ensure a flow flow of visitors, and golf carts are available to take you back to the ‘Souq Al Jami’ shopping mall and car parks at the end of the tour.”

Another visitor from the UK said: “The Grand Mosque was amazing. We enjoyed our tour with one of the cultural tour specialists; it was one of the most outstanding experiences at the mosque. I participated to many sightseeing and cultural tours in various sites around the world, but the tour given to us by the tour specialist at the mosque was the best of all, and I was extremely impressed with the level of skill and passion which she demonstrated during the visit.”

As a visitor from Russia commented, “This grand mosque is a grand structure, embodying the values ​​of tolerance and spirituality. It allows you to experience Islamic culture like you never have before.”

Visitors to the mosque enjoy a variety of unique experiences through programs, activities and initiatives centered on Islamic culture, its sciences and the arts.

SZGMC is constantly striving to improve its facilities aimed at meeting the needs of visitors and enabling them to spend a full day at its premises and enjoy what it has to offer. A rich visitor experience begins with the “Visitor Center”, which includes exhibition halls, an auditorium and a library, ending with the “Souq Al Jami'” which includes an assortment of shops, entertainment areas and restaurants that meet their needs and allow them to spend a memorable time at the mosque.

Visitors can also visit the mosque’s jogging track, which allows all members of the community from diverse groups and cultures to exercise, enjoy the services it offers, and experience the unique atmosphere surrounded breathtaking landscapes.

The Center implements an integrated system of work, executed by specialized and qualified cadres in various fields and under well-formulated plans that effectively provide an exceptional cultural experience to its visitors from different cultures of the world. Cultural tours offered by the Emirati cultural tour specialists at the Center in Arabic and English are among the most popular experiences at the mosque. Cultural tours in Arabic and English sign language are also offered.

The Center is currently working on training its cultural tour specialist to offer tours in Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Turkish and French. SZGMC is committed to developing the capabilities of its executives and improvising their performance in various fields to deliver the highest level of services and experiences.

Illinois has the most Muslims per capita in the United States

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Illinois has the most Muslims per capita of any state in the country, and a report written three years ago dives deep into the community to help leaders better understand how to serve the country’s rapidly growing and diverse Muslim population. State, the Muslim of Illinois. Civic Coalition said Thursday.

The coalition partnered with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Institute of Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop the report Illinois Muslims: Needs, Assets, and Opportunities, a project that took three years to collect survey responses, according to a coalition press release.

The coalition and its partners will host an event Thursday at the university to discuss the report’s findings as well as what can be learned from the data on the Muslim community. Elected officials, community leaders and more are expected to join the discussion, such as Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, State Senator Ram Villivalam, 8th, and State Representative Theresa Mah, 2nd . To register click here.

The report shows that Illinois is also home to a Muslim population that is representative of many races, ethnicities and other demographics, making the understanding of the community here mirror the understanding of Muslims in America, according to the press release.

“The report describes a vibrant and diverse Muslim community in Illinois – a community that brings tremendous benefits to the civic, economic and cultural spheres of Illinois, but is often underrepresented and has significant and urgent needs” , according to the press release.

Some of the community needs identified in the report are increased access to culturally appropriate mental health services, solutions to a “distressing” level of religious discrimination, and a desire for more affordable halal options.

Additional findings in the report not only show that Muslims in Illinois are the most diverse religious community in the state and nation, the largest Muslim population per capita is also the youngest religious community in the state and from the country.

The report also shows that 75% of Illinois Muslims are registered to vote, 83% have donated to organizations or causes associated with their faith community, and 12% of Illinois Muslim respondents identified as self-employed or ran their own business, creating more than 350,000 jobs, or nearly 6% of all jobs in Illinois.

They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 – Patterson Belknap’s Muhammad Faridi

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They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 – Patterson Belknap’s Muhammad Faridi

Please describe two of your most substantial recent victories in practice.
I won two trials this year. While both were important, the first was a judge’s decision. The second was a jury verdict where our client was awarded $2.036 billion. There’s something special about standing anxiously next to your colleagues and your client as the verdict is read. And then the hugs that follow.

The other significant victory this year was in a pro bono case where we sued the government for refusing to grant US citizenship to a Muslim religious figure from Sudan. Victory was made sweeter when we received our attorney fees, which our firm will donate to worthy causes focused on immigrant and refugee rights.

What is the most important lesson you learned as a freshman lawyer and how does it influence your practice today?
During my first year as a lawyer, I clerked for the judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. During my externship, I had the honor of assisting Judge Weinstein, among other things, in the preparation of the Cardozo lecture at the New York City Bar Association. In this lecture, Judge Weinstein highlighted the role of empathy in the practice of law. As Judge Weinstein said in that lecture, “The empathy component – of humanity, of human minds – is vital to upholding the rule of law, yet it often goes unnoticed, ignored and even ridiculed. in the legal profession where the focus is primarily on law and facts, he implored members of the bar not to overlook its importance as “it gives life and meaning to our work as lawyers”.

This is perhaps the most valuable lesson I will ever learn as a lawyer. I have tried to heed Judge Weinstein’s warning over the years in my representation of businesses as well as pro bono clients. In my corporate and pro bono work as a trial lawyer, Judge Weinstein’s lecture served as a constant reminder not to overlook the role that emotion, experience and perspective play in decision-making. in corporate and personal environments. This has allowed me to better represent my clients, listen more carefully to their concerns, write better factums, conduct more effective deposition and trial interviews, and understand the dynamics in the courtroom.

How do you define success in your practice?
I define success as something very simple: being able to go to bed at night knowing that you have helped a client through a difficult situation. This is true both in my corporate and pro bono practice. On the occasions when I feel like I haven’t been able to help my client or my client made the wrong decision despite my advice, I feel like a failure – and those are the nights I struggle. to fall asleep.

What are you most proud of as a lawyer?
I take pride in the fact that my work has helped make the lives of my pro bono clients a little easier. These clients usually come to me during the most difficult times of their lives. I couldn’t help all of them, but there are a few I helped. This includes my very first pro bono client, an immigrant family from Honduras who lived in Spanish Harlem and whose children suffered from physical ailments, such as asthma, resulting from poor maintenance (e.g., lack of remove mold) from their apartment. Thanks to a written plea, I was able to get the landlord to make repairs to the apartment. The joy I felt when the customer called me after the repairs is what drives me to keep doing this kind of work.

Who is your greatest legal mentor and what have you learned from them?
I had many great mentors. On my first day at Patterson Belknap, I was assigned to work on a case with Erik Haas—a partner who is now head of global litigation at Johnson & Johnson. He led by example, and I tried to do what he did: work hard and be a zealous advocate for our customers. I have tried to emulate his commitment to his clients, whether corporate or voluntary.

Here’s an example of his involvement: I worked with him on a pro bono case where we represented a grandmother who was being kicked out of her home because her mentally challenged grandson had avenged against his attackers. After spending all night in the office working for a client company, he showed up at Housing Projects in Yonkers at 8:30am to meet the client and me. This is the type of lawyer I wanted to be. I would be remiss if I did not name my parents as my legal mentors, Munir Fatima Faridi and Mohammad A. Faridi. They are not lawyers, but they nonetheless framed me in the law through their courage and strength, and emphasizing through their life experiences that struggle is a necessary part of success.

Just for fun, tell us your two favorite songs on your summer music playlist.
My musical tastes are stuck in the late 1990s. So Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” has been and will continue to be on the playlist forever.

My children also force me to listen to popular music today. We’re all big fans of Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves,” a song we sing along to when it’s on the radio.

Mohamed Faridi specializes in high-impact cases involving breach of contract and commercial crimes. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States from Pakistan and worked as a taxi driver in New York City while attending City University of New York School of Law. He co-chairs his firm’s Employee Resource Group for Lawyers of Color and a New York Bar committee focused on retaining diverse attorneys.

Religious figures in Uzbekistan react to Karakalpakstan unrest – The Diplomat

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As protests unfolded in Karakalpakstan in early July, popular religious figures and representatives of religious institutions rushed to remind the Uzbek people that peace is the greatest blessing.

Islam has a profound influence on the people of Uzbekistan and its role in society is only growing. The State Committee for Religious Affairs in Tashkent estimates that 94% of the country’s inhabitants are Muslim. The US government places its own estimate slightly lower, with Muslims making up around 88% of the population. As of 2020, 2,097 of the 2,281 officially registered religious entities across the country are Islamic entities (mainly mosques), including 15 centers and 13 educational institutions. For comparison, there are only 38 registered entities of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Karakalpaks took to the streets on July 1 and 2 to protest proposed constitutional changes that would remove the region’s self-governing status. Immediately afterwards, popular religious figures and representatives of the country’s Islamic institutions began to make public speeches about the situation. In most cases, they prioritized peace and unity over possible casualties. On July 2, Shamsuddin Bahauddinov, qozi (judge) of the Muslim judiciary of Karakalpakstan, in a video message calling on people to appreciate the time of peace, because “peace is a great and priceless blessing”. On July 3, Mufti Nuriddin Kholiqnazarov, chairman of the Muslim Council of Uzbekistan, who was in Makkah at the time, filmed a video address for the Uzbek people, reiterating that “the country’s peace and prosperity are the most important question”.

Notably, they did not assign blame to any side for the unrest.

These public comments are important because they highlight the growing importance of Muslim leaders in Uzbekistan. In everyday life, excluding political and security issues, adherence to the canons of Islam has become important to locals over the past two decades. The public turns to Muslim scholars for advice on various issues. Given the respect the religious leaders enjoy among locals and their growing following, it is also possible that Bahouuddinov and Kholiqnazarov were asked to make public statements about the unrest.

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In Uzbekistan, Muslim religious scholars and imams generally do not discuss political issues or offer their analysis of political situations, whether global or local. They mainly teach on socio-economic issues, such as the Islamic way of life, behavior, economic activities (trade, loans, business), marriage and divorce, food, etc. Yet amid Karakalpakstan’s unrest, some other popular Muslim preachers have gone a step further calling for peace.

Abror Mukhtor Aliy, a well-known blogger, deputy director of the “Teaching Quran Tajweed” department at the Muslim Council of Uzbekistan and honorary doctor of the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, reminded his audience that there are ” politicians’ jackals who eye Central Asia, including Uzbekistan. He blamed conspiracies and inciting unrest, constantly referring to an unnamed “alcoholic, disreputable” person who provokes others. “The conspiracy is like a sleeping snake. Whoever wakes him up will be cursed by Allah,” he concluded in a video that has been watched by more than a quarter of a million people so far on YouTube alone.

In his next speech on July 3, Aliv called on everyone to stay home, urged parents to prevent young people from joining protesters and urged young men to go home for the love of Allah. . Specifically blaming “globalists, homosexuals” and bloggers inside the country, Aliy argued that “everyone who tries to ‘liberate’ the people of Karakalpak is traitor. Because the Karakalpak are not slaves. Although Aliy specifically mentioned the reporter Agnieszka Pikulickael-tuz (a local online satirical newspaper), Ko’zgu.uz (a local online media) and a few others, accusing them of intermittent provocations on different topics, he did not name anyone in particular whom he considered responsible unrest in Karakalpakstan.

Another famous Muslim scholar, Mubashshir Ahmad, in a speech written on July 3, called on the people of Karakalpakstan to be “calm”, “cautious” and not to fall under the influence of “external forces”. He also noted that given the ongoing environmental crisis in the Aral Sea basin and socio-economic problems, “the demand for independence could lead to many losses.”

The latest relevant article on the importance of peace was published on the official website of the Muslim Council of Uzbekistan on July 19. In this short article, the Imam of the Sayfiddin Boharzi Mosque in Bukhara, Ravshan Kamolov, quoted some hadiths on how Muslims should not fight. Recalling the unrest in neighboring Kazakhstan (not the unrest in Karakalpakstan), Kamolov noted that the riots caused a lot of grievances “in that country” and “as a result many innocent people died, children were left without a father , women were left without husbands.”

It should be noted that while some prominent religious figures have pointed the finger at all sorts of “others” – both among fellow citizens and outsiders – for the unrest, there is no clear evidence to date of outside influence on the Karakalpakstan protests.

Muhammad Ali’s Rare ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ Belt Sells For $6.1 Million

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Muhammad Ali’s Rare ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ Belt Sells For $6.1 Million

An NFL Owner Just Bought A Rare Championship Belt Won By Mohamed Ali in the legendary 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight for millions of dollars.

Sunday, July 24, the Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed that he purchased Ali’s historic WBC belt for $6.18 million.

“Proud to be the steward!” Irsay tweeted after his auction purchase.

Ali won the WBC heavyweight championship belt on October 30, 1974 by defeating George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), by CNN.

The heavyweight champion won the title using his dope rope tactic for the very first time. Ali leaned against the ropes to look tired, only to knock Foreman out in the eighth round with a barrage of shots.

A crowd of 60,000 watched the fight known as “Rumble in the Jungle”. The legendary fight was reportedly watched by 1 billion viewers worldwide, making it the most-watched live TV broadcast at the time.

“Rumble in the Jungle” is also seen as Ali’s return to boxing after his boxing license and World Boxing Association title were taken due to the champion’s refusal to join the United States Army during the World War I. Vietnam.

“Why should me and other niggers go 10,000 miles from our home here in America to drop bombs and bullets on other innocent Brown people who never bothered us, and I’ll say straight no, I will not go 10,000 miles to help kill innocent people,” Ali said at a press conference at the time.

The “Rumble in the Jungle” belt is one of two WBC belts owned by Ali after the fight known to exist, CNN reports. The remaining belts are kept in a private collection.

Irsay’s purchase marks the highest price for a sports collectible sold at Heritage Auctions.

“After several hours of watching two bidders back and forth on this belt, it turned out to be a battle worthy of the Rumble itself,” Chris IvyHeritage’s director of sports auctions, said in a statement.

“We are delighted that this extraordinary piece of boxing history – of sporting history, of cultural history – has found such an exceptional goalkeeper who will now share him with the rest of the world.”

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Hindu woman fights to reverse unjust conversion of children to Islam

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A Malaysian Hindu mother who won custody of her children after her ex-husband took them and unilaterally converted to Islam is now challenging her children’s forced conversion to Islam. Loh Siew Hong, a 35-year-old Chinese Hindu in Malaysia, won custody of her children on February 21 this year after a three-year legal battle.

However, Loh’s ordeal is far from over, with his lawyers compete that the conversion of children to Islam was illegal. Some traditionalist Muslims argue that now that young people have converted, there is no turning back. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, an Islamist group that is part of the national government, advised Loh not to challenge the conversion. The punishment for apostasy in Islam is death.

“If we can meet her, we will persuade her to allow children to practice Islam,” the group’s information officer, Khairil Nizam Khirudin, told AFP. Loh encounters hostility in his efforts to convert his children back to their original faith. Loh’s case is similar to several others in which the wife is tortured before her children are unilaterally converted by the husband.

Background to the case

Loh Siew Hong filed for divorce and separated in March 2019 from her husband after years of domestic abuse at the hands of her Indian-born spouse Nagahswaran Muniandy. Loh was then hospitalized for an extended period following injuries inflicted by her ex-husband. Her children were taken away by her ex-husband, who had by then converted to Islam.

While in hospital, her ex-husband Muniandy moved her 10-year-old son and 14-year-old twin daughters to Perlis State where he converted them to Islam with the help of an Islamic NGO. As the children were minors and Loh Siew Hong’s consent was not sought, the conversion was considered “one-sided”.

Hong failed to find her children and asked for help from the police. “In December 2019, she was granted interim custody of her children pending divorce, but her trial was delayed when Malaysia was locked down by Covid-19 in March 2020; she finally got an order granting him full and sole custody in March 2021,” reported Malay Mail.

Meanwhile, her ex-husband Muniandy has been arrested and sentenced to Kelantan Jail for a drug-related offence. The NGO refused Loh Siew Hong’s request to meet her children. The youngsters were then transferred to a children’s home in Kedah.

The legal battle

Loh Siew Hong filed a habeas corpus petition in the Kuala Lumpur High Court on February 13 this year. Following the filing of the application, the children were entrusted to a “neutral” party, the Perlis Welfare Department.

Hong said in her application that an Islamic preacher named Nazirah Nanthakumari Abdullah confined her children to the Hidayah Center Foundation in Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and would not allow her to meet them. The Islamic NGO instead transferred its children to a children’s home.

In the court order, Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah noted that Loh was granted custody of his 3 minor children by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in December 2019 (interim ex parte order) and March 2021 ( final order). He declared, “Judicial decisions should not be treated with impunity. I accept the request pursuant to the first attachment (writ of habeas corpus)…The three children are to be released immediately into the sole custody, care and control of the applicant. »

Difficult unilateral conversions

Although Loh has been united with her children, her struggle continues as she faces opposition from Islamic society to have her children’s conversion overturned. The topic has become another flashpoint between increasingly vocal Islamist extremists and those who defend minority rights.

Decades of Malay-friendly policies, critics say, have strained ties, with the country’s generally moderate Islam losing momentum to growing radicalism. According to human rights organizations, most cases of unilateral conversion go unreported and only come to light when a parent takes legal action. The case of Loh is an example.

EDITORIAL – Culture of violence

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The attack was not random but premeditated, and the target was not a student. Yet widespread dismay and concern greeted the murder of former Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay by physician Chao Tiao Yumol during the Ateneo de Manila Law School graduation ceremony in Quezon City. last Sunday afternoon.

Furigay’s assistant Victor George Capistrano and Ateneo security guard Jeneven Bandiola were also killed in the gun attack. Furigay’s daughter, Hannah, and another person were injured. Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, was reportedly on his way to the university when Yumol opened fire.

Furigay’s camp said Yumol had held a grudge against the former mayor since 2018, when she carried out an order from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shutting down the doctor’s clinic for allegedly operating without a license across the Lamitan Town Hall in Basilan where he is a resident.

Yumol then allegedly posted on social media insinuations of wrongdoing against Furigay, the then vice mayor, and several other city government employees, which prompted more than 70 cyberlibel complaints. In September 2019, Yumol surrendered to the police on 26 counts of cyber defamation.

In a chance television interview, Yumol accused Furigay and her husband Roderick, the current mayor of Lamitan, of being involved in drug trafficking. Yumol also filed a complaint against the couple with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, but it was dismissed for lack of evidence. In January last year, Yumol filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against PACC leader Greco Belgica.

Last Sunday afternoon, Yumol would have arrived on the Ateneo campus in a service vehicle of the transport network. Upon seeing Furigay, whose daughter Hannah was among the graduate students, Yumol opened fire.

The only positive aspect of this tragedy is the capture of Yumol as he was fleeing, first in a stolen car and then in a utility vehicle. The tragedy, however, invites closer examination of mental health issues and the circumstances that may cause a doctor to resort to deadly violence. This aspect deserves as much attention as the assessment of the security situation in the country and the ease of obtaining weapons.

Fashola endorses Tinubu, says religion should have no place in public space

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Nigerian Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasholadeclared his support for choosing his former principal as his running mate ahead of the 2023 election.

Mr Fashola, in an interview broadcast on Channels Television on Sunday, endorsed the choice of Kashim Shettima as the running mate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.

MM. Tinubu and Shettima are Muslims and their candidacy has been criticized by many Nigerians and groups including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Of all the 18 parties that will contest the 2023 presidential election, the ruling APC is the only party with a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

Mr Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos, however, defended his choice, saying Mr Shettima, a former Governor of Borno, was chosen on the basis of his competence.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Fashola said religion should be put aside for competence when Nigerians elect their next group of leaders in 2023.

He argued that those leading the debate against Mr. Tinubu’s candidacy should face the real political and socio-economic issues and avoid religious sentiments.

“In my opinion, Asiwaju is the best person to drive this vehicle because I have worked with him closely and I know his abilities. I know his tenacity. And I sometimes think that we have to test certain hypotheses and the opportunity to test that assumption is there,” said Mr. Fashola, who served as Mr. Tinubu’s chief of staff when the latter was governor.

“My position on religion has been broadcast on different platforms. I believe religion should leave the public space and return to where it belongs – in homes and religious centers.


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“There is too much religion in our public life and there is no nation that I know of that values ​​religion. It’s a private thing. I think we should just stop them. When you are in the office, just go and do your job,” the minister said.

He argued that winning elections is about numbers and some decisions can seem irrational. He said Mr Tinubu made his calculations based on what he thought would favor him in the next poll.

“Sometimes we should stop being afraid of fear itself. If it’s something that’s real, the votes will eventually show it. Who really cares? We both drank water here and didn’t ask who was making the water. People want good schools, good health care. People want infrastructure. They want to be secure.

“If you go both ways, there was a Christian vice president under a Muslim president. Unfortunately, people were killed in the church. Priests were murdered the same way Muslims were murdered. Neither the President nor the Vice President likes these things to happen. Me no, you no but it has very little to do with our faith,” Mr Fashola said.


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The Loop: COVID reinfections, ‘explosive’ California wildfires and huge price tag for Muhammad Ali’s belt

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Hi it’s Monday July 25. Here’s what you need to get started today.

One thing to know now

It has been revealed that prosecutors have dropped a major child abuse case against the former director of a Brisbane Boys Private School – who abused a child years later. Here’s more from the ABC Rory Callinan:

  • The ABC uncovered the 2004 ruling as part of an investigation into the activities of alumni Nudgee St Joseph’s College director, Stephen David McLaughlin
Christian brother Stephen McLaughlin was also the principal of Nudgee College.
  • The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said it had dropped the child abuse case, saying there was little chance of a conviction
  • The former Christian brother is also said to have been associated with Denis Norman Douglasan “old boy” Nudgee who confessed to being a child molester in the 1990s
  • McLaughlin was sentenced earlier this year of abusing a child he was babysitting in 2015. His lawyers say he denies the offenses and they have appealed
  • The Christian Brothers announced an investigation into the allegation

Read the full story here.

One thing you’ll hear more about: COVID reinfections

If that’s not you, then you probably know someone who has faced their third (or more) bout with the virus. So what do we know?

  • Whereas Omicron appears to cause more reinfections than other variants, there are not enough substantial data to draw conclusions about the severity of reinfection
  • The states hardest hit by COVID-19, such as New South Wales and Victoria, have ballpark numbers detailing reinfections in the tens of thousands
  • But the states whose queensland do not track reinfections at all
  • Lyndall Heather, a Darwin nurse, has long COVID symptoms and has had the virus three times in two years. She says there’s a ‘very real chance I could get it again’
A woman in a green top sitting in her living room
Lyndall Heather contracted COVID for the third time in May.(ABC News: Hamish Harty)
  • And one COVID survey begin today – it examines the deaths of 19 elderly residents during an outbreak in Sydney Newmarch House

News while you slept

Let’s get up to speed.

  • More … than 6,000 people were ordered to clear out like a fire moving fast near Yosemite National Park in California continues to spread. The state‘s governor has declared a state of emergency for the county – and CalFire says “explosive fire behavior” is challenging firefighters. The Fire Oak is now one of the biggest wildfires of the year in California
A firefighter extinguishes the flames in an enclosure
More than 2,000 structures are threatened by the fire.(PA: Noé Berger)
  • The New South Wales Parliament could be recalled for an emergency sitting this week, due to the government’s inability to produce documents regarding John Barilaro appointment to a plum business job in New York (from which he has since retired). Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet acknowledged delays in handing over documents to a parliamentary committee, but insists more will be handed over

The news Australia is looking for

  • Jonas Vingegaard: He is now the first Dane to win the Tour de France in over 20 years. It wasn’t such a good day for the Aussie Caleb Ewanwho missed the final sprint to the Champs-Elysées, finishing eighth

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  • North Queensland Cowboys: This is the NRL side’s controversial victory against Western Tigers. Trailing by one point, the Cowboys requested a review with one second remaining, claiming the winger Kyle Feldt was hindered. They got it – and kicked for one 27-26 win
A group of rugby players in orange and black kits watch in anguish from the touchline of a crowded stadium
The Wests Tigers players are deflated as a late penalty goal sees North Queensland snatch the full-time win. (AAP: Scott Radford-Chisholm )

One more thing: a *huge* prize for Ali’s historic belt

It is without a doubt one of the most memorable moments in boxing – when Mohamed Ali released the dreaded George Foreman to win the heavyweight title.

Now the “Rumble in the Jungle” championship belt was sold for a huge (US$6.18 million) $8.9 million.

The happy owner? Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner:

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Auction company director Chris Ivy said:

Maybe, but we bet that no blow was struck.

That’s all for the moment

We’ll come back later with more.

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Charles Oliveira knocks out doubters against Islam Makhachev at UFC 280: ‘I’ve fought tougher people’

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Charles Oliveira remains focused on the task at hand.

At UFC 280, Oliveira will face Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title he was forced to relinquish after losing weight to Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. It’s a fight that was rumored for some time but who was not Oliveira’s first choice. After beating Gaethje, “Do Bronx” said Makhachev needed another win before a title challenge, and instead called for a fight against Conor McGregor. That obviously wasn’t the case, and with an opponent now locked in, Oliveira is putting all his energy into reclaiming his title.

“He’s falling on a wave, and that’s what he’s supposed to do,” Oliveira said of Makhachev at the UFC 280 press conference. “But if you’ve seen my record, I’ve fought tougher people, and I’m here to prove I will do it again.

“I am here to fight. That’s what I’ll do, and you’ll know who’s the champion once again.

The fight is sure to be one of the most anticipated of the year – the uncrowned champion against the man many believe will become the new lightweight standard bearer. It also seems to be a delight for grapplers, as Makhachev is the No. 1 ground-and-pound specialist in the lightweight division, while Oliveira has the most submissions in UFC history. Oliveira has previously said he has no problem going to the ground with Makhachev, and “Do Bronx” remains convinced that he is the best fighter in this position.

“The field is his territory, so he will definitely try to do it, but if he does, will he want to make and bring down the best bidder in UFC history? I’m not sure,” Oliveira said. “The name of the champion is well known, and his name is Charles Oliveira.

“We’ve seen that he’s the type of guy who tries to take the fight to the ground, but that doesn’t bother me at all. So I’m ready for whatever it brings.

If Oliveira defeats Makhachev and reclaims the title, a world of opportunity will open up for him, including the possibility of a defining fight against lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some have suggested that if Oliveira defeats Makhachev – Nurmagomedov’s friend and anointed successor – it could be the catalyst to persuade ‘The Eagle’ to come out of retirement for one last fight. And while the proposal of that might be enticing to fans, for Oliveira it’s merely a distraction from the task at hand.

“That’s a question you have to put to him,” Oliveira said when asked if Khabib could return to fight him. “He retired, for good reason. My focus is on fighting in October and then returning to Brazil to fight in January.

“We have to respect the opinions, the decisions of the people. Of course, I respect what he has done over the years. If he chooses to fight me, I’m there.

Nurmagomedov’s fight isn’t the only one that could be stalking Oliveira, however. A win could set up “Do Bronx” for the lucrative Conor McGregor fight he was aiming for.

“I have no particular affection for [McGregor]said Oliveira when asked about him. “It’s business and if he makes money, great. He’s a bit heavier. I could meet him there if needed. I think McGregor just wants to enjoy life. My goal now is Islam and what comes next.

Of course, there’s also another possible opponent for Oliveira, should he beat Makhachev at UFC 280: featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who campaigned for a shot at the 155-pound belt, and even suggested that they could fight for the supposed return of the UFC. in Australia next year.

It doesn’t quite fit with what Oliveira has planned, which is to beat Makhachev this fall and then defend his title on home soil next year, something he’s never done before.

“No baby. My focus now is on October and Islam,” Oliveira said. fighting in Brazil for a long time. I believe that after defeating Islam, maybe I could bring the fight to Brazil.

UFC 280 takes place on October 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Muslim-Muslim post: Focus should be on good governance, not religion, says Inuwa Yahaya

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Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe, said Nigerians should focus on the achievements that leaders can bring rather than their religion.

Yahaya said this while speaking on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim ticket in an interview published by BBC Hausa on Saturday.

The governor said leadership affects everyone, regardless of religion or tribe.

On July 10, Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Borno State, was announced as the running mate of APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for the 2023 elections.

“There are a lot of things to consider before choosing a running mate,” Yahaya said.

“What I do know is that the policy itself and the management of an administration are guided by laws.

“The law allows it; in fact, the law didn’t even mention religion in this matter, and what I believe is that people should understand that one who will be fair, righteous and visionary who can look back and identify the right people who to team up with in order to Succeed is someone we should be concerned about, not religion.

“If you say it’s only for Christians or Muslims, what about traditional worshipers or those who don’t even have a religion? they also exist in Nigeria.

“What we want is to win the elections and form an administration that will rule with fairness, justice, a government that will give a poor Nigerian a life of ease and peace.

“What we are looking for is APC success.”

Scotto’s latest: Muhammed, Murray, Chandler, Maine Celtics

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Former lottery choice Shabazz Muhammad should be part of veteran free agents Lakers organize training sessions, according to league sources Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

The 14th selection in the 2013 draft, Muhammad is attempting a return to the NBA after being out of the league since 2018. He recently worked for the Kings and said the Mavericks have also shown some interest.

Still just 29 years old, Muhammad holds career averages of 9.0 PPG and 2.8 RPG on .473/.319/.751 shooting in 278 games (17.2 MPG). He played in China for a few seasons after leaving the NBA, and last season played a few G League games in the Showcase Cup before joining a team in the Philippines.

Here are some additional notes from Scotto:

  • Jamal Murray should make his return at the start of next season for the Nuggets after missing all of 2021/22 with a torn ACL. He called the prolonged absence a “learning experience and a test of patience” but he is ready to make a difference next season. “A championship mindset, a winning attitude and raising everyone’s level of playMurray replied when Scotto asked him what he would bring to Denver when he returned. “It’s what I do best.”
  • Former NBA veteran Wilson Chandlerwho played 12 seasons in the league, had “exploratory” discussions with the timber wolves about joining their front office, according to Scotto, who notes that Chandler has had four overlapping seasons under the new Wolves chairman Tim Connelly while the two were with the Nuggets. Chandler has had a productive career, averaging 12.5 PPG and 4.3 RPG on .443/.341/.770 in 676 games (483 starts, 30.0 MPG).
  • Affiliated with the G League of Boston, Maine Celticspromote Jarell Christian to GM of the head coach, and Alex Barlow, Christian’s associate head coach last season, will take his place, sources told Scotto. Christian was previously an assistant coach for the Wizards, according to Scotto.

Irish Islamic convert Lisa Smith imprisoned for her membership in the Islamic State

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A former Irish soldier who traveled to Syria and became an Islamic State bride was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a Dublin court on Friday.

Lisa Smith, 40, from Dundalk, County Louth, was found guilty in May of being a member of the ISIS terror group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019, after a nine-week trial at Dublin’s Special Criminal Court .

But she was cleared of a separate group finance charge.

Smith is the first person to be prosecuted and convicted in Ireland for terrorist offenses committed outside the country.

Smith served in the Irish Defense Force between 2001 and 2011. She converted to Islam in 2010 and left the army the following year after being refused permission to wear the hijab.

According to another convert to Islam, Carol Karimah Duffy, who testified in court, Smith started talking to an ISIS recruiter online and she was focusing on the “brutal end of Islam”.

Smith visited Syria in October 2015 after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to visit the country.

Although she knew she would end up being a housewife in Syria, Smith believed it was her religious obligation to live in the Islamic country, she later told Irish police.

In Syria, Smith married British jihadist Sajid Aslam, who Smith says was killed in action, and gave birth to a daughter in 2017.

After the fall of ISIS in 2019, Smith and her daughter were repatriated to Ireland and she was arrested at Dublin Airport.

Smith’s lawyer had previously argued that Smith should receive a suspended sentence, citing the abuse she suffered during her marriage to Aslam, the detention she endured in a Syrian camp before being sent back to Ireland and the strict bail conditions imposed on him for two years. and a half years in Ireland.

O’Higgins SC also asked the court to consider Smith’s child and argued that the psychological reports on Smith presented “a picture of an extremely vulnerable person, but with that vulnerability comes a great level of stoicism. in terms of the treatment of the hand with which it was treated.”

During Smith’s sentencing, Presiding Judge Tony Hunt said he was confident Smith was unlikely to reoffend.

The judge acknowledged evidence showed Smith had “follow rather than lead”, but said she was determined to go to Syria.

“She may have been easily led, but then showed characteristics of resilience – rejection by her family, the trip to Syria and staying there until the end,” he said.

He also said Smith had “a difficult time in Syria”, but that it was a “foreseeable consequence” of his joining ISIS.

Hunt said the three judges took into consideration Smith’s previous “good character” and the fact that she had made a “positive contribution to society during her military service”.

The judges also acknowledged that life in the Syrian camps was “arduous” and “equivalent” to being in prison, and that they awarded a “substantial” remission of Smith’s sentence because of it.

The maximum sentence for the offense is eight years.

PA Media contributed to this report.

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Cooperation among Muslim countries vital to fight Islamophobia: Iranian envoy

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ISLAMABAD: Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, on Thursday stressed the need for close cooperation among Muslim countries to deal with the hype of Islamophobia and incidents of blasphemy.

“Pakistan’s role in countering the threat of Islamophobia around the world on diplomatic fronts is commendable.”

Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini expressed his views during a meeting with Federal Minister for Human Rights Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday.

On this occasion, the Iranian Ambassador addressed his congratulations to the Minister for his assumption of office and congratulated him for the successful accomplishment of his various political missions. He said Iran was willing to strengthen mutual cooperation in the field of human rights and especially judicial cooperation.

Human Rights Secretary Afzal Latif and other senior ministry officials were also present at the meeting. During the meeting, the two parties reaffirmed their willingness to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights.

Pirzada said Pakistan and Iran are bound by brotherly relations spanning more than seven decades and based on cultural, religious and historical commonalities.

The Iranian ambassador said the Iranian government is particularly focused on women’s rights and empowerment. He stressed having strong economic and trade ties and maximum cooperation in prisoner exchange. He invited the minister to visit Iran to attend a ceremony in August where a side meeting would also be organized to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights. He mentioned about two memorandums of understanding between the two governments on extradition/exchange of prisoners and on the protection and promotion of human rights.

The Minister of Human Rights underlined the tremendous opportunities for cooperation that exist between the two neighboring countries. He said the people of Pakistan have deep devotion and respect for Iran because of the warmth and facilities that the Iranian government has provided for pilgrimages, especially at the Taftan border.

“We are inspired for human rights by the teachings of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). But now the world is ruled by these promulgators of human rights who have themselves committed grave human rights violations that can never be erased from the dark chapters of human history,” Riaz emphasized. Pirzada. He also praised the Iranian government for its perseverance and struggle in the face of decades of propaganda and economic sanctions imposed by the West and the United States.

Isfahan is the second destination for guests of the Islamic Republic, according to the governor general

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TEHRAN – Over the past decade, Isfahan has been the second-largest destination for guests from the Islamic Republic of Iran, its governor-general said.

“Isfahan is the second destination for foreign guests from the Islamic Republic of Iran… Over the past decade, hundreds of foreign officials, including presidents, prime ministers, speakers of parliament and ministers, have visited Isfahan and its attractions after their visits to Tehran,” Seyyed Reza Mortazavi said on Tuesday.

Mortazavi made the remarks during a meeting with provincial tourism chief Alireza Izadi and several other local officials, saying more efforts are needed to develop tourism in the central province.

“Efforts to introduce tourist attractions are an important step that should be taken to help develop the tourism-based economy in Isfahan province.”

“I think Isfahan’s existing abilities weren’t brought in the way they deserved,” Mortazavi said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the official attached great importance to the role that the private sector can assume in the development of an economy dependent on tourism.

Steeped in a rich history, Isfahan was once a hub of international trade and diplomacy in Iran and is now one of Iran’s top tourist destinations for good reason. It abounds with many architectural marvels such as unparalleled Islamic buildings, bazaars, museums, Persian gardens and tree-lined boulevards. It is a city for strolling, getting lost in its labyrinthine bazaars, dozing in beautiful gardens and meeting people.

The ancient city is famous not only for the abundance of great historical bridges, but also for its “life-giving river”, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has long given the city its original beauty and fertility. Ispahan has long been nicknamed Nesf-e-Jahan which translates to “half of the world“; which means it is relevant to see half the world. At its height, it was also one of the largest cities in the region with a population of nearly one million.

The cool blue tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings and the city’s majestic bridges contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside that surrounds it. The huge Imam Square, better known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”), is one of the largest in the world (500 m by 160 m), and a majestic example of town planning. Built in the early 17th century, the UNESCO World Heritage Square is dotted with Isfahan’s most interesting sights.

Modern Isfahan is home to heavy industry, including steel mills and a nuclear facility on its outskirts, however, its inner core wants to be preserved as a priceless gem. The city is also home to a gigantic, professional and technologically advanced healthcare city, which is a major destination in the field of medical tourism.

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Said Naqvi | North vs South: For Muslims, the experience is totally different

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In the North, daily manufactured incidents keep communalism in continuous turmoil and people gather and wonder what the future holds.

The poet Ghalib aspired to “fursat ke raat din(nights and days of doing nothing). He must not have known the lucid expression in Malayalam: “Nalla Irippu(pleasant session, doing nothing).

This blessed state is a boon bestowed on Aruna, my wife and I at Kottakal Ayurvedic Centre, Kozhidoke. Having subjected ourselves to the magic of Ayurvedic herbs, oils, concoctions, decoctions through every orifice, we are too cleansed and delicate to immediately resume our frenetic life. “Nalla Irippu” is obligatory!

Kottakal, in the heart of Muslim-dominated Mallapuram, symbolic in itself, gave us another bonus: a southern perspective on North Indian communalism.

One of the female masseurs told Aruna that she would be taking the day off on Sunday; she must visit the Muslim houses of Bakrid! It would be wrong to compare the enthusiastic interfaith participation on occasions like Id or Onam at Mallapuram to our experience in South Delhi.

In New Delhi, ours is the only Muslim house in a predominantly Punjabi colony of those who came after partition. I am usually invited to raise the flag on August 15. But there are no spontaneous identity visits because Muslims are generally not part of their daily experience as they are mine.

This obvious and little noticed fact is essential to understanding the Hindu-Muslim equations. Hindu is part of the daily life of the Muslim – from the newspaper boy, vegetable sellers, shopping malls, restaurants and, above all, workplaces. The Hindu, on the other hand, has no opportunity to come into contact with a Muslim. My friend of 60 years whom I have to identify as Hindu (too bad, because our religious origins have never mattered all these years) has never known a Muslim except me.

A Hindu without any Muslim experience is prone to be afflicted with an apartheid of the spirit. For years I tried to persuade Hindu friends to come with me to Jama Masjid during Ramzan to see Muslim congregations, mill crowds, authentic kebabs and not even an iota of female harassment. Friends were reluctant. Politicians and TV stations have portrayed Muslims as such murderous monsters that friends make excuses and walk away.

That communalism as a political project did not succeed in Kerala is not for lack of attempts by RSS cadres and Congress leaders like the late K. Karunakaran. The Congress had two distinct approaches to the RSS-BJP. In Madhya Pradesh, Arjun Singh fought the BJP tooth and nail; Karunakaran made tacit adjustments with the RSS to inject its 1% vote for UDF candidates to thwart the left. Like center-right parties everywhere, the Congress too is more comfortable with Hindu nationalism than with the Communists.

In the North, manufactured daily incidents keep communalism in a turmoil and people gather and wonder what the future holds. For this batch, I have good news. They are guilty of extrapolating from their experience in the North and theorizing for the rest of India. UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, part of Maharashtra and Bihar are under BJP control. I am not counting Assam and Tripura as a different set of circumstances operate there.

Even if you add the two together, a total of nine BJP-ruled states, minus Rajasthan for now, is far from a full saffron hue out of 29 states and eight union territories. If roadblocks in the BJP’s path in the North were caste politics, it will face linguistic and ethnic headwinds in the rest of the country. The federal spirit is a huge obstacle.

The political culture in the North is essentially conditioned by identity politics. Pardon my prejudices, but Kerala is truly God’s Country in every way, including the charms of Kottakal. A deep-rooted leftist movement gave the people a sense of dignity never seen in the North. Much of the credit for the saturation of the state through education must go to the Church.

One of Kottakal’s invigorating “treatments” is an oil massage. Four men in blue uniforms sit on either side of the massage table. An oil, laden with herbs, simmers on a stove. Hand towels, practically cooked in oil, are taken out of the container, shared by the masseurs who proceed to press the warm oil on the body. They slide the hand up and down over the part of the body that has fallen under the part of the particular masseur.

To break up the rhythmic monotony of the massage, I asked if they were all vegetarians, the only food available in Kottakal. They protested. In fact, it was the prelude to a conversation about politicians and their favorite restaurants. Turns out Rahul Gandhi, ostensibly on his way to Wayanad, his constituency, never misses an opportunity to visit Paragon, which even has my vote as the country’s top restaurant. The exceptionalism of Kerala is not limited to the culinary knowledge of the masseurs. They even savored Paragon’s food.

The 14 day exemption in Kottakal from pollution, evil policies and stories of police excesses in the North reminded me of something I had learned during my five years in the South, headquartered in Chennai: the whole Muslim experience in the South is at a considerable gap with the North.

Northern Muslims came as invaders who established empires. In the South they came as traders. Accepting local cultures was good business as well as great public relations. It was to help the traders pursue their new religion that Cheruman Perumal, a Hindu nobleman, built a mosque for their namaz in 629 AD near Kochi, three years before the death of the Prophet, making it the first mosque in India and among the first six in Islam.

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Look beyond religious sentiments, APC leader urges voters

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The All Progressives Congress, Kogi State chapter, has instructed its supporters to look beyond religious and ethnic considerations in electing the party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

Tinubu introduced Shettima, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.

APC Kogi State Chapter Chairman Abdullahi Bello in a phone conversation with our correspondent in Lokoja, Kogi State threw his weight behind the Muslim-Muslim ticket party.

He described it as an indication that the political system has risen above religious and ethnic sentiments.

Bello said: “I don’t see anything wrong with Asiwaju’s choice of Shettima as his running mate. At best, the development is just history repeating itself as there was a similar scenario in 1993 when MKO chief Abiola ran on a joint ticket with fellow Muslim Babagana Kingibe.

“It is common knowledge that the best election ever held in the history of this country was a Muslim-Muslim ticket. There is nothing special about the current situation. Rather, it shows that our democracy is rapidly evolving and rising above religious and ethnic considerations.

He called on voters to set aside religious considerations and vote for jurisdiction for the good of the country.

“We should not focus on the religion or ethnicity of Tinubu and Shettima, but on their pedigrees as indisputable winners of their respective rights.

“Tinubu more than any politician has built human capacity and should be given the chance to repeat such a feat at the national level,” Bello said.

He added: “No one could fault Tinubu and Shetima for being outstanding personalities and experienced politicians who had both touched lives in various ways while serving as governors of their states, adding that they would do the same when they had the chance.”

Also speaking, ex-legislator Duro Meseko, in an interview with our correspondent, said that no one can say that Tnubu is a religious fanatic, he participated in church programs. His wife of several years is a Christian and even a senior pastor of the redeemed Christian church. He had not imposed his religion on any member of his family.

Meseko, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Kogi State, said the Nigerian should not consider the religious backgrounds of the two individuals, rather Nigerians should consider what they have done in their respective statement when they were there as governors.

Conflict with Prophet Muhammad: Nupur Sharma offers new plea to SC for protection from arrest

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The Supreme Court will hear a plea from former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Tuesday seeking a stay of her arrests in connection with nine FIRs filed against her in police stations across the country for her remarks against the Prophet Muhammad. on a TV channel. Her plea is listed to be heard by the same bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, who had made damning submissions against her while denying her relief on July 1. The bench had held her singularly “responsible for what is happening in the country”. .”

After withdrawing her plea, Sharma filed a new motion requesting that all FIRs go to Delhi, while citing that death and rape threats have increased against her after SC’s remarks. She also asked for the extinction of the scathing statement made by the same bench on July 1.

In her new petition, Sharma pointed out that the Kolkata police issued a “watch circular” against her a day after the higher court’s observations. She also cited several threats from West Bengal “after a statement on this matter was made by the Chief Minister”, and claimed that it would be “completely dangerous for her to go to West Bengal and seize the state courts”.

While rejecting her call to bludgeon all FIRs and move them to Delhi, the holiday bench had said, “What is her job to make these remarks?… The way she has sparked emotions across the country… This lady is solely responsible for what is happening in the country. »

The top court also held Sharma responsible for the gruesome beheading of a Udaipur tailor for expressing support for him in the dispute over his comments against the Prophet. “She actually has a loose tongue and has made all kinds of irresponsible statements on TV and set the whole country on fire. Yet she claims to be a 10-year-old lawyer. She should have immediately apologized for her comments to the whole country,” observed the holiday bench of Judges Pardiwala and Kant.

The remarks have since been criticized by several former judges and bureaucrats who issued a statement and alleged that the bench had “crossed the Lakshman Rekha”.

Commonwealth Games and Islamic Games contingents are named

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KARACHI: According to the official final document, a Pakistani contingent of 103 members will participate in the Commonwealth Games and a national contingent of 114 members will participate in the Islamic Games.

The Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 28-August 8 in Birmingham and the Islamic Games are scheduled to be held in Konya, Turkey, August 9-18. The country will compete in the Commonwealth Games in swimming, athletics, para-athletics, badminton, boxing, women’s T20 cricket, gymnastics, hockey, judo, squash, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Chef de Mission for the Commonwealth Games contingent is Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and former IG Abid Qadir Gilani. Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Colonel (Ret’d) Asif Zaman, Chairman of Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF), Major (Ret’d) Majid Wasim will serve as Deputy Chief of Mission during the event quadrennial.

There are ten contingent officials who will perform different duties during the CWG. Out of the CWG’s contingent of 103 members, 56 are supported by Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), 27 by POA and federations.

Of the contingent of 114 members for the Islamic Games, 73 members are financially supported by the PSB and 41 by the POA and the federations. There are nine officials in the Islamic Games contingent. IPC Secretary Ahmed Hanif Orakzai will serve as Chef de Mission for the Islamic Games contingent, while Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) President Mohammad Jehangir will serve as Deputy Chef de Mission.

In the Islamic Games, Pakistan is expected to participate in archery, athletics, fencing, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball- ball, weightlifting and wrestling.

CWG Teams: Wrestling: Zaman Anwar, Ali Asad, Tayyab Raza, Mohammad Inam, Mohammad Sharif Tahir, Inayatullah (all wrestlers)

Officials: Ghulam Fareed (coach), Chaudhry Abdul Mobeen (team official)

Weightlifting: Haider Ali, Hanzala Dastgir Butt, Nooh Dastgir Butt (all weightlifters), Irfan Butt (coach)

Table tennis: Fahad Khwaja (player), Irfanullah Khan (coach)

Squash: Nasir Iqbal, Tayyab Raza, Amna Fayyaz, Faiza Zafar (all players), Asif Khan (coach)

Judo: Qaiser Khan Afridi, Shah Hussain Shah (both judokas), Faisal Saleem Butt (team official)

Gymnastics: Mohammad Afzal (gymnast), Pervez Ahmed (team official)

Boxing: Ilyas Hussain, Zohaib Rasheed, Nazeerullah Khan, Suleman Baloch, Mehreen (all boxers), Arshad Hussain (coach), Mohammad Asghar Baloch (coach)

Badminton: Murad Ali, Mohammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti, Mahoor Shahzad, Ghazala Siddique (all commuters), Zafar Tasneem (coach), Pervez Habib Butt (team official)

Athletics: Arshad Nadeem, Shajjar Abbas, Jamshed Ali, Aneela Gulzar (all athletes), Sadaf Siddiqui (team official)

Swimming: Bismah Khan, Jehanara Nabi, Mishael Aisha Hyat Ayub, Haseeb Tariq (all swimmers), Ahmad Ali Khan (team official), Farzana Sabir Mehdi (team official)

Para-athletics: Anila Izzat Baig (athlete), Ali Imran Shami (team official)

Islamic Games teams: Wrestling: Mohammad Nouman, Muhammad Inam, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Asad Butt, Inayatullah, Haider Ali Butt (all wrestlers), Muhammad Sajjad Iqbal (coach), Javed Ali Memon (manager)

Weightlifting: Nooh Dastgir Butt, Hanzala Dastgir Butt, Haider Ali (all weightlifters), Irfan Butt (coach), Abdul Khaliq (coach)

Volleyball: Usman Faryad Ali, Nasir Ali, Musawar Khan, Murad Khan, Muhammad Kashif Naveed, Muhammad Hamad, Mubashar Raza, Hamid Yazman, Bilal Khan, Asif Nadeem, Aimal Khan, Ahmad Mustafa Khan, Afaq Khan, Abdul Zaheer, Muhammad Ismail Khan, Khalid Waqar (coach), Cristiano Rodrigues Campos (coach), Ahmed Saeed Kazi (manager)

Taekwondo: Zoya Sabir, Wajid Ali, Shahzaib, Noor Rahman, Sarah Rahman, Naqsh Hamdani, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Arbaz Khan, Mazhar Abbas, Haroon Khan, Hamzah Omar Saeed, Fatima-tuz-Zuhra Khawar, Yousef Karami (coach), Najia Rasool (coach), Shamim Akhtar (manager)

Table tennis: Hoor Fawad, Haiqa Hassan, Muhammad Taimur Khan, Fahad Khawaja, Ejaz Ali (coach), Yasrab Shah (manager)

Swimming: Amaan Siddiqui, Mishael Aisha Hyat Ayub, Jehanara Nabi, Fatima Adnan Lotia, Daniyal Ghulam Nabi, Bisma Khan, Ghulam Murtaza (coach), Ruby Khalid (manager)

Shooting: Zafar-ul-Haq, Usman Chand, Farrukh Nadeem, Khurram Inam, Asif Mehmood, Amin Ullah, Razi Ahmad Khan (coach), Muhammad Khaliq (manager)

Para table tennis: Altaf-ur-Rahman (player), Umer Ali Mughal (coach)

Para-athletics: Naeem Masih (athlete)

Karate: Saadi Abbas, Naseer Ahmed, Nargis, Murad Khan, Kulsoom, Imran Ali, Fakhar-un-Nisa, Shah Muhammad (coach), Andleeb Sandhu (coach)

Judo: Shah Hussain, Qaisar Afridi, Haseeb Mustafa, Toshiki Komichi (coach)

Gymnastics: Shah Jahan Barkat, Muhammad Sohail, Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Shahbaz (coach), Muhammad Nadeem (manager)

Fencing: Mujaded Awan

Athletics: Jamshaid Ali, Shajar Abbas, Ahmad Saeed, Abdul Moeed, Shafaqat Ali, Sharoz Khan, Arshad Nadeem, Arooj Kiran, Seemi Rizvi (coach)

Archery: Umme Kalsoom, Sadia Mai, Muhammad Noman Saqib, Kiran Muhammad, Abdur Rehman Hafiz, Sarah Nisar (coach).

Magroob Ahmed of PFI arrested for anti-Indian radicalization activities

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On July 16, Patna Police arrested a member of Popular Front of India (PFI) identified as Margoob Ahmad alias Danish Tahir from Munir settlement in Saguna More under Rupaspur Police Station area. According to the police, he has links with terrorists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Yemen and the Gulf countries. Notably, Phulwari Sharif, which is located on the outskirts of Patna, has a large Muslim population. There are several madrasas and old mosques.

Margoob had studied at a Madarsa in the Phulwari Sharif region. Later he went to Dubai and stayed there for 12 years. After returning from Dubai, he started teaching the Quran to local youths. He was a member of a WhatsApp group named ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ and used the Pakistani flag on the map of India as his icon. The FIR registered against Margoob said: “This group provides information about Ghazwa-E Hind, the persecution of all Muslims and also gives information about all special events in the world.”

Moreover, this anti-Indian WhatsApp group was started in Pakistan with a Pakistani manager. The members of this group came from Pakistan, Yemen and other Islamic countries. In the group, members regularly shared acts of Islamic terrorism and glorified terrorists. They pushed the young members of the group to establish an Islamic nation in India.

One of the group’s messages read, “I urge the Muslims of Bangladesh to prepare for the conquest of India.” They also urged members of the Muslim community not to observe Hindu traditions and culture. A call for a boycott of Indian products has also been launched. Interestingly, the group also spoke out against AIMIM and urged young Muslims not to support the political party.

Margoob was active on different social media platforms. He created three groups on WhatsApp to spread Islamic propaganda. In one of the groups there were 181 members, while the other two had 10 and 11 members respectively. Margoob has over 2,000 followers on Facebook and he actively posts anti-Indian material on the social media platform.

In one of the posts, he wrote, “India will end. My Nabi’s name will reign everywhere. Insha’Allah, Insha’Allah. He also used to share anti-Indian and jihadist posts from other people. He was a member of the “India will end” movement on social media platforms.

Searching his social media accounts and gadgets, police discovered he had posted anti-Indian posts on June 12, urging his followers to “boycott India”. In that message, he had used an image of the Indian national flag with a cross on it. He had urged supporters to boycott Indian products and show their love for ‘Nabi’.

Police also noticed a Pakistani number registered as “Markhob” on his cell phone. Police are investigating whether the owner of the number is operating from Pakistan or someone from India is using it.

Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Patna, Manavjeet Singh Dhillon, said: “Videos of terrorism in Kashmir and civil unrest in countries including Syria, as well as videos of alleged repression of minorities have been released. on the whatsapp group with the aim of getting people to . Most of the numbers associated with the WhatsApp group used aliases or fake names, the investigation to identify them will continue. We will seek the help of sister security agencies to probe the angle of terrorist financing.

Several training centers for Islamists

A report by Dainik Bhaskar suggests that the defendants told police that PFI had opened offices in 12 districts of the state. Raids at these locations are ongoing. Athar and Armaan, who were recently arrested, revealed details of PFI’s plan to train young Muslims in the use of weapons. The police formed eight teams to investigate the sleeper cell modules. On Sunday, police raided different places including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, East Champaran, Motihari, Saran, Darbhanga and others.

Useless Ruckus on Running Mate

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Since the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, announced that Senator Kashim Shettima would be his running mate in next year’s presidential election, there has been sharp vituperation against the decision from inside and outside the party. It is just as there was a vigorous defense of the choice by the party and part of the supporters. All the ruckus he caused is mainly due to the fact that Tinubu and Shettima are Muslims.

Explaining his reason for choosing the former Borno state governor, Tinubu said it was based on skill and background, and he wanted a deputy who could help him execute his mission to turn around. the fortunes of the country and on that basis, Shettima was fit. for purposes.

No sooner had Tinubu announced his choice than a cacophony of voices resounded to condemn his decision to have two Muslims on the APC presidential ticket in a country divided in two between two regions – North and South – and two religions – Christianity and Islam.

Northern Christians, both as individuals and as groups, rose in unison to reprimand Tinubu for, in their view, showing callousness and neglect towards Northern Christians, from where he was obliged to choose his deputy.

Former Federation Government Secretary (SGF) Babachir Lawal led other prominent figures to reject Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim while the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) led releases for other groups. They all pointed out that the presidential ticket of the same faith did not respect the diversity of the country and its principle of federal character. On the issue of competence cited by Tinubu for his decision, they argued that it was a mistake for him to insinuate that competent hands could not be found among Christians in the 19 Northern States and Abuja. In fact, some of the opponents told Tinubu to take advantage of the remaining period for the submission of running mate names to replace Shettima with a Christian from the North, while other very aggrieved party members announced their separation from the party.

In fact, it was expected that there would be opposition to a Muslim-Muslim ticket. Even before Tinubu made his choice, several voices had warned against such a move. It is for this reason that Tinubu took five weeks after winning the presidential primary before announcing his choice.

As a newspaper, we would like to state that it is the prerogative of a presidential candidate, whether Tinubu or anyone else, to choose their running mate. And to make that decision, he must carefully weigh all the options that could help him not only win the presidential election but also govern the country if he wins. Recent comments attributed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo that he made the wrong choice for vice president in 1999 underscore the need for the presidential candidate to choose an MP he can work in harmony with to fulfill his mandate. if he ultimately wins the election in order to avoid the cat-and-mouse relationship Obasanjo had with Atiku Abubakar.

The fact that Tinubu also had to consider the religious balancing act – which all naysayers have pointed out – is also a valid point. However, his reference to the June 1993 experience of the Muslim-Muslim ticket when MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe ran for the presidency of the abortive Third Republic without any complaints from anywhere does not apply: Nigeria 30 years ago is very different from Nigeria today. which is deeply divided along regional and religious lines, a situation not helped by murderous rapacious Islamist extremists and terrorists waging a bloody war against the Nigerian state, with a mission to enthrone radical Islam on the Nigerians. The botched execution of the war against Boko Haram, ISWAP and Ansaru Islamic terrorists and the failure of the current administration to rein in herders and rogue bandits across Nigeria, in addition to the skewed appointments to Sensitive posts by President Muhammadu Buhari in favor of a religion have fueled fears among Christians, particularly in the north, of an Islamization agenda. These divisions did not exist at the time of Abiola/Kingibe.

What many have seen as Tinubu’s real reason is that he sacrifices national cohesion on the altar of political expediency – which he believes has a better chance of winning the election with a Muslim MP from the north than with a Christian. And just like the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had argued – abandoning its principle of zoning – that winning power before sharing it was paramount, Tinubu’s first duty to him- same and his party is to win the elections. On this point, those who reprimand him should cut him some slack. This is Tinubu’s election to win or lose and the result of the February presidential poll will decide whether or not it was a political miscalculation.

Even so, for the electorate, they don’t need to lose sleep if religious balance is an issue for them. They have other options on the ballot in the four major parties: Muslim-Christian tickets in the PDP and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and a Christian-Muslim ticket in the Labor Party. It doesn’t have to be APC.

Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah: A Tribute | The star of the day

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Dr Shahiduallah and Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury at an event (late 1960s). Photo courtesy: Tanvir Haider Chaudhury

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Dr Shahiduallah and Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury at an event (late 1960s). Photo courtesy: Tanvir Haider Chaudhury

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Dr. Shahidullah is one of the greatest linguists that the South Asian region has produced. This is a universally recognized fact and one can easily use it as the opening statement of an article about him. This venerable scholar, whose bust photograph most often displayed a white beard and a fez on his head, was once referred to as the “great old man of Pakistani linguistics” (in the overview volume of Shahidullah, ed. by Anwar Shah dil). But it never lent itself to becoming a bone of contention in South Asia, where countries have changed names and identities over the past century, some more than once. Big three namely India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can claim him equally, as he was born (July 10, 1885) in undivided India, adopted then East Pakistan as his home and unfortunately did not not lived two more years to find the birth of Bangladesh, which I am sure had been part of his dream for a long time.

Shahidullah in its early days.

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Shahidullah in its early days.

His original home was the village of Peyara in the then district of 24 Parganas, now North 24 Parganas, in the southernmost part of West Bengal. He comes from a traditionally religious family, following the practices of the Sufi faith. He was the son of ‘Munshi’ Mafizuddin Ahmed and Marguba Khatun. His father was a guardian, attached to the Pir Gorachand shrine. His father’s happy decision for his son to receive a modern education has been a blessing to Bengali society and culture.

It seems that life foreordained Shahidullah to become a polyglot and a linguist. In his early years he was exposed to Arabic, Persian and Urdu at home, then at school, where Sanskrit was the only classical language available for study, he had to take it . And he started to like the language. So much so that he pursued the study of Sanskrit in his intermediate arts (then called early arts) and made it his main course of study (with distinction) during his graduate years. In his early school years, he says, “learning languages ​​became an obsession for me. When other boys spent their time flying kites, tops and the like, I spent it to learn languages.” (Amar Sahitya Jiban). One might want to hazard a guess that the similarities (Persian and Sanskrit, for example) and contrasts (Arabic and Sanskrit) in the components and structures of the languages ​​he was learning may have intrigued him, and probably increased his eager to learn more about this subject. absolute human faculty. The theoretical framework in his time was historical and comparative linguistics, a field in which he would later do important work.

Poverty caused interruptions in his studies after his early arts (1906), and he eventually graduated from City College, Calcutta, with reasonable grades in 1910. He was probably the first Indian Muslim student to pursue study of Sanskrit so far. And he was ready, and he had the right, to push further, that is to say to approach Sanskrit in his master’s course at the University of Calcutta, then the only university in the Bengali-speaking regions.

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He faced a rude obstacle to his plans, a Brahmin (most Sanskritists then usually were) teacher of the Vedas in the Department of Sanskrit named Pt. Satyabrata Samashramee, refused to approve the admission of a Muslim boy in this department of the University and threatened to commit suicide by fasting if allowed. People were stunned, but the University authorities, led by the powerful Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, were powerless against such blackmail. The Bengalee newspaper, edited by Surendranath Banerjee (1848-1925) wrote that “Pundits should be thrown into the Ganges”. But the brahmin must not budge from his dark resolve. He wouldn’t teach the Vedas to a Muslim boy. It can be added here that much later, a Bengali girl, this time a Christian, was not allowed to enter the classrooms of the same department but had to sit on a chair outside its doors to listen to the lessons. His name was Sukumari Bhattacharya, who later turned out to be a great Sanskrit scholar. It should also be added that things have changed now. Today, a number of Muslim girls and boys are studying Sanskrit in postgraduate classes at universities in West Bengal, and it is no surprise if any of them top the exams.

Shahidullah in his study room. Photo: Mohammad Taqiullah

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Shahidullah in his study room. Photo: Mohammad Taqiullah

Sir Asutosh, who would also offer his help to Shahidullah later on, finally found a way out. He proposed to Shahidullah to be admitted to the new Department of Comparative Philology (founded in 1904), which the latter did. And, considering everything, we think it was one of the best choices he made in his learning life. Comparative philology, then a completely new discipline in India (the University’s department was also the first of its kind in Asia), would open up a much wider horizon for Shahidullah, and being tied to Sanskrit alone would not suit his polyglot temperament. . I am sure he thoroughly reveled in the linguistic feast offered to him in his department, and it created a new Shahidullah, far more welcome and beneficial to the university than a mere Sanskrit scholar.

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As was the case in a colonized country, excellent results in a somewhat esoteric discipline were not the promise of a guaranteed good career. He got a law degree with his master’s degree (1912), but that didn’t help much either. He has already had to interrupt his higher studies and accept a teaching position at the Jessore district school. Even after getting her master’s degree, her situation did not improve. A short stint as a director in a Muslim orphanage, practicing law at the Basirhat court in his district – were strenuous attempts to find a secure career. In the meantime, he had to turn down a scholarship for higher education in Germany because, according to some, he was unable to obtain medical clearance.

Sir Asutosh came to her aid once again. He reminded Shahidullah of the law saying that “Shahidullah, the bar is not your place, you have to come back to the university.”, and appointed him a researcher in the department of Bengali, at the university, to help the work of Dinesh Chandra Sen, then head of the department. But an offer of an additional 50 rupees is said to have made him leave his alma mater to join the Bengali and Sanskrit department of the newly established University of Dhaka (then Dhaka) in 1921. This determined the place where his ultimate refuge and place of work was going to be. The loss of Calcutta was, without a doubt, a huge gain for Dhaka.

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In Dhaka, Shahidullah seems to have found security and opportunities to expand his activities and interests in many directions. But first let’s cover his linguistic work. It has already been noted that Shahidullah, like Suniti Kumar Chatterjee (1890-1977), his junior in the department, had to work within the framework of comparative and historical linguistics – “philology” in short. Here his major work was ‘Outline of a Historical Grammar of the Bengali Language’, which was published a year before S.K. Chatterjee’s larger work The Origin and Development of the Bengali Languages ​​(1926). In it, Shahidullah’s original contribution was his emphasis on the non-Aryan connections of the Bengali language. He also did pioneering research in Bengali phonetics, at the University of Paris in 1928, for which he received the “Experimental Phonetics Diploma”. His stays in Paris also earned him a doctorate from the University of the Sorbonne, for his study of the dialect of Charya songs. His articles on the Apabhramsa verse of Ramasharman, the linguistic characteristics of the Asokan edicts, Mundari and Bangla, the Aryanization of Ceylon, the origins of Bangla and Ceylonese, the language of Pashto, the Sumerian language and Urdu and a hundred others, including the dialect of the district where he was born, south 24 Parganas. We are surprised by the range of his centers of interest and his investigations, but also by his rather original declarations on the subjects chosen.

Purba Pakistaner Anchalik Bhashar Abhidhan book cover.

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Purba Pakistaner Anchalik Bhashar Abhidhan book cover.

A noted Bengali scholar, Haraprashad Shastri (1853-1931) was then the head of the Bengali-Sanskrit department at Dacca University, and his association stimulated Shahidullah to broaden his scope. Archeology and folklore were brought into its ever-widening orbit. On the one hand, he wrote articles like “The Gita and the truth about Shrikrishna”, “Bharata, Kanva and Vishwamitra”, “A different version of Shrimadbhagabadgita, etc. East Bengal, where one of its richest deposits in the world was located, by founding a “Lokasahitya Samgraha Samiti” in the Department. The Samiti started collecting items of folklore from different parts of East Bengal, supported by a ‘scarce’ stipend from the University. I’m sure the rich collection of tales, proverbs, ballads, oral history, etc. which was published in East Bengal at the beginning of the Pakistani period, undoubtedly came from the impetus given by Shahidullah. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee assesses the contribution of his elder thus: “I have always appreciated his “scientific” approach [temperament], it is a well-reasoned judgment in its discussion of literature and linguistics. He brought new insights into our common areas of interest, phonetics and philology, some of which I gladly accepted, some of which I could not.” Shahidullah’s most valuable contribution was, according to Chatterjee, “Important deliberations on the language and culture of Bengal, and, furthermore, to ensure the contribution of Muslim Bengalis.”

Deviation teachings committee protects sanctity of Islam, says Idris

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BALING: The National Steering Committee on Combating Deviationist Teachings (Japas) of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) plays a role in protecting the sanctity of Islam from insults or ridicule by irresponsible parties.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad (Photo) said the committee, which is chaired by him, includes the National Security Council (NSC), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the state Islamic Religious Department .

He said the committee had played a crucial role in ensuring that the faith of Muslims was not distorted by the actions of some who ridiculed and insulted Islam.

“When we receive a report (about people insulting Islam), we will act and contact them because we do not want them to deviate from the true teachings of Islam. Muslims must remember that if they turn in derision of Islam, it concerns their faith.

“If it is due to their ignorance, we (Japas) will advise them, but if they are still stubborn, then action will be taken,” he told a press conference after presenting donations flood relief at Sekolah Menengah Agama (SMA) Arab Yayasan. Khairiah near here on Sunday (July 17).

Idris said this when asked about the action of a Muslim who allegedly insulted Islam during a performance at a comedy club in Kuala Lumpur recently.

In another development, he said a total of RM1.3 million had been donated by the Islamic Religious Council of the Federal Territory (MAIWP) to help residents affected by the floods and flood water phenomenon which hit Baling on July 4th.

MAIWP’s contribution is for the reconstruction of three houses, including its furniture, involving RM270,000, cash assistance in the amount of RM672,000, repairs for ADM Arab Yayasan Khairiah (RM300,000) and assistance for surau and mosques (58,000 RM). – Bernama

Muslims have become a persecuted minority in India, experts warn

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At the end of June 2022, an Independent International Panel of Experts (the Panel), composed of three renowned experts in international law, including Sonja Biserko, Marzuki Darusman and Stephen Rapp, launched its report on serious human rights violations against Muslims in India since 2019. The panel concluded that there is credible evidence to suggest that a wide range of international human rights of Muslim communities have been violated by Indian authorities. According to the evidence reviewed, federal and state authorities “have enacted a wide range of laws, policies, and conduct that directly target Muslims or disproportionately affect them.” With respect to violations perpetrated by non-state actors, the state failed to take the necessary steps to prevent, effectively investigate, and prosecute the acts. The Panel further concluded that some of the violations may constitute crimes against humanity, war crimes and incitement to commit genocide.

The Special Group was established examine the available evidence and determine whether there was enough credible information to demand an independent international investigation into the situation of Muslims in India. The Committee has reviewed reliable sources for information, including reports from independent media, civil society organizations and academic institutions.

The Group has found credible evidence suggesting that several human rights are perpetrated against Muslims throughout India, and in particular in Assam, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, including “arbitrary deprivation of life, arbitrary detention, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading acts”. gender-based treatment, violence and discrimination, incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence, discrimination in laws and policies, including nationality and representation, violations of freedom of religion or conviction, violation of freedom of expression, association, assembly, violations of rights to a fair trial and violation of economic, social and cultural rights”.

The Panel concluded that the following incidents may constitute crimes against humanity, as defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: “the crackdown on protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (December 2019 – June 2020) in Uttar Pradesh” and “the government’s crackdown on human rights defenders, journalists and activists in Jammu and Kashmir at the following the change of its special autonomy regime status in August 2019.

The Panel has declared that the killings and torture of civilians in the context of the ongoing non-international armed conflict in Jammu and Kashmir may constitute war crimes.

Finally, the Panel found that a number of public speeches delivered by prominent political or religious leaders in Delhi, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh between December 2019 and April 2022, calling on their audience to kill Muslims or rape Muslim women and girls, could amount to direct and public incitement to commit genocide. According to the Group, “some executives [made] clear references to the eradication, elimination or destruction of the nation’s religious community. The Panel emphasized that such statements warrant further investigation by an independent body. Furthermore, urgent action is required to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

The Panel found that most abuses and violations were not addressed by national institutions, leaving victims without effective remedy. No steps were taken to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, allowing impunity to flourish.

The Group called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigative body to investigate human rights violations against Muslims in India and a territorial mandate of special rapporteur on religious minorities in India. He further called on the Government of India to amend the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, remove discriminatory provisions and ensure effective, independent and impartial investigations into the atrocities among others. Finally, the Group called on social media companies to take proactive measures against hate speech and, among other things, to launch an early warning system to protect vulnerable minorities.

‘every Muslim has the right to pray in the mosque and bury the dead’ | Kochi News

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Kochi: Every Muslim has the right to pray in any mosque and to bury the dead in the public ‘khabarsthan’ (Muslim burial place), the Kerala High Court has ruled in a judgment.
A division bench of Justice SV Bhatti and Judge Basant Balaji handed down the decision while upholding the Ernakulam wakf court order against the decision of a ‘jamaat’ (congregation) to excommunicate 40 Muslims for participating in a religious speech held by Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM), commonly referred to as the ‘mujahid‘ sect.
‘Elappully Erancheri Jamaat Palli’ in Vengodi in Elappully in Palakkad had prohibited members of the ‘jamaat’ from participating in marriage and other ceremonies to be held in the homes of those attending the religious discourse. Excommunicated persons were also not allowed to pray in the mosque or be buried in the mosque’s ‘khabarsthan’.
In the high court, the ‘jamaat’ argued that the religious beliefs and practices of the ‘jamaat’ and the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen are different in many respects and the wakf court order to allow KNM members to offer prayers and to hold funerals in the same mosque and cemetery will disturb public order, morals and the health of the members of the ‘jamaat’. Thus, it violates article 15 (right against discrimination) and article 25 (right to practice a religion), affirmed the “jamaat”.
It has also been argued that the KNM has several religious institutions and wakf properties, including mosques and ‘khabarsthans’, to accommodate their believers and that the excommunicated have no legal right to bury corpses in the ‘khabarsthan’. of “jamaat”. The remedy available to them is to find a separate site without disturbing the members of the ‘jamaat’, it was claimed.
In the judgment (CRP n° 144/2011) handed down on June 29, the court declared: “A mosque is a place of worship and every Muslim offers prayer in the mosque. The 1st defendant (‘jamaat’) does not have the right to prevent a member of the ‘jamaat’ or any other Muslim from offering prayers. The burial of corpses is also a civil right. The cemetery located in the annex property (mosque and its premises) is a public cemetery. Every Muslim has the right to obtain a decent burial according to civil rights and the cemetery under the supervision of the 1st defendant (“jamaat”) is a public cemetery, any Muslim or any member of the 1st defendant has the right to bury the dead . The 1st defendant cannot prevent the plantiffs (those who are excommunicated) from offering prayers in the mosque and burying the corpses of their relatives by stating that they have been excommunicated from the 1st defendant Jama-ath since they followed the Kerala Naduvathul Mujahidhin sect.
Responding to the ‘jamaat’ assertion that the excommunicated, as they became KNM, do not have the right to offer prayers and bury the dead, the court said: “This assertion will not stand not to the law because every Muslim has the right to offer prayers in any mosque or bury dead bodies in a public ‘khabarsthan’.

Shekhar Gupta’s article on Zubair paints blasphemy as an ‘Abrahamic’ issue, but misses it

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SHekhar Gupta’s recent national interest column on AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair is disturbing reading. He chose to frame the issue of outrage at former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s comments on times now and the subsequent arrest of Zubair around the notion of “blasphemy”. In the process, he engages in an unhealthy dose of victim-blaming. When not making sweeping generalizations about different religions and their followers, Gupta finds false equivalences in various instances of “blasphemy.” The article is so devoid of any context that one wonders if the last eight years even happened.

To begin with, he paints blasphemy as a ‘Muslim’ or ‘Abrahamic’ problem, going so far as to claim that it was ‘almost non-existent for the vast Hindu majority’. He says that even though the Hindus were disturbed by the insults to their gods, there were “no consequences” (read the killings). Even if one should ignore all the censorship (voluntary and forced), vandalism and threats of beheading in response to perceived insults towards Hindus, Hinduism and its symbols, as Shekhar Gupta seems to imply, is it true that all murders in the name of gaumata (cow) are actually not examples of blasphemy? Does he believe that the recent wave of ‘beadbi‘ (sacrilege) murders in Punjab are part of a whole other problem?

Even though Gupta has a very specific definition of “blasphemy”, one that excludes any form of sacrilegious act other than speaking and writing, what is the justification for singling it out and treating it as a special type of offense if isn’t it to use it as a stick to beat the followers of ‘Abrahamic’ religions and claim some kind of moral superiority for Hindus? Violence in response to profanity is certainly no worse than other types of communal violence. In a country where Muslims have been the main victim of many instances of majority violence, including murders, this is nothing but a malicious attempt to ignite a beleaguered community.


Also read: Do I have a complaint with Alt News’ Mohd Zubair? Here’s why I have 3 answers, no, no and yes


Nupur was not only blasphemous

While discussing the genesis of Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes insulting religion, Shekhar Gupta discusses the murder of publisher Mahashay Rajpal by Ilm-ud-Din in 1929. Since then, he has never there were hardly any notable incidents of ‘blasphemy’. ‘ killing in India over the past 95 or so years by Muslims, even though their faith and its symbols are regularly ridiculed by all sorts of fringe and mainstream elements.

On the other hand, Muslims and other minority communities in India have faced numerous communal pogroms, targeted killings, destruction of places of worship and other properties in the hands of the Hindu majority, while enduring apathy of State. The situation has become particularly vicious over the past eight years under the Narendra Modi government. Without this important background, the problematization of profanity is at best a futile academic exercise and at worst an excuse to shift some of the blame onto the victim.

However, what Nupur said was not only blasphemous, it was hateful. Although Gupta says context matters in the case of Nupur’s comments, he largely views his comments in isolation, even though it’s obvious they’re part of the avalanche of vitriol that runs through prime time debates. listening to TV screens night after night. Spokespersons and talking heads allied with the ruling dispensation participating in these “debates” deploy everything from whistleblowing to outright hate speech, targeting some of the most vulnerable groups of people living in India.

Nupur’s comments were not a polemical critique of Islam, a la Christopher Hitchens or Sam Harris, nor a deliberately irreverent take on the Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) as The satanic verses or Charlie Hebdo cartoons. As jurist Gautam Bhatia pointed out, here the Prophet is used as a stand-in to bait the wider Muslim community. Anyone who follows Nupur in prime time can attest to his heinous behavior. The statements in question were just the surface of a stinking pile of hateful bile.


Also read: Shekhar Gupta ko gussa kyun aata hai? He is a victim of the anxieties of communism and the cold war


Ignore the Witch Hunt on Zubair

Shekhar Gupta’s most confusing and potentially dangerous comment is reserved for Mohammad Zubair. If one has to hazard a summary, it goes something like this: since Zubair and his organization owe their fame to their “secular-liberal-left” credentials, he cannot resent “blasphemy”. Outrage can only be justified if he spoke as a devout Muslim. And if he was, he cannot “take liberties with other people’s gods.”

There’s so much to unpack here. First is the condescending and moralizing tone of a journalist in a privileged position for a fellow journalist from a minority community who has to risk so much just to do his job. Right now, as Zubair is dragged from one jurisdiction to another by a vindictive state, he is the last person to need a virtuous sermon, especially when Gupta has nothing to say about this witch hunt or the hate party on television. On the contrary, he blames Zubair for having published the video of Nupur’s statements and for having caused an international “kerfuffle” and for having embarrassed “the Modi government”. If that’s not shooting the messenger, what is?

Then there’s the unnecessary confusion of liberal, secular, and leftist values ​​— something you’d expect from a right-wing hack, not a seasoned political journalist like Shekhar Gupta. It serves no purpose other than to classify Zubair and his work. Interestingly, Zubair never claimed these labels for himself. But that doesn’t stop Gupta from claiming that these are Zubair’s main identities. After assigning these identities to Zubair, Gupta has the audacity to challenge him to “say that’s not the case”.

And then there is the puzzling statement that one can only be outraged by an insult to the Prophet as a devout Muslim and not as a ‘secular-liberal’. First of all, the two identities are not mutually exclusive. Those who believe in secularism may very well be religious in their personal lives, but they do not want the state to take sides between different religions. Ironically, this line of argument runs counter to the rest of the article where Shekhar Gupta speaks both as a believing Hindu and as someone who believes in freedom and democracy against the criminalization of blasphemy.

Second, Zubair and the Muslims were not the only ones outraged by Nupur’s comments. Many non-Muslims who would describe themselves as liberals were offended by his hateful remarks. Will Gupta also question their “secular-liberal” credentials?

Finally, there is the dictate of not taking liberties with other people’s gods. Is Gupta referring to Zubair’s post about Honeymoon-Hanuman Hotel here? If so, that’s a shame. While I agree that we should treat all religions and their symbols equally with respect, and perhaps Zubair could have avoided the message, does Gupta think there is even a remote moral equivalence between Zubair’s sarcasm and Nupur’s diatribe? Nobody wonders why Zubair is being persecuted – certainly not for a 2018 tweet featuring a screenshot of a 1983 movie that no one seems to have taken offense all these years.

I had really wished that a journalist of the stature and influence of Shekhar Gupta would unequivocally support Zubair and the remarkable work he was doing and call out the whole ecosystem of hate and vindictiveness for his persecution. Instead, he chose to engage in a gratuitous and misguided debate about “blasphemy”, to throw Zubair under the bus and give fresh fodder to those who unleashed this cruelty on him.

Musab Qazi is the National Secretary of the Islamic Student Organization of India. He tweets @musab1. Views are personal.

This article is a response to ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta’s National Interest column, published July 9, 2022. Read the article here.

(Edited by Prashant)

Sharp reduction in the quota of the Islamic Games in favor of the officials

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has imposed a sharp reduction in the contingent of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya (Turkey) while including an unprecedented number of 10 officials from the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination ( IPC) and Pakistan Sports Council (PSB) in a reduced tour of 76 members.

A well-placed source has confirmed to ‘The News’ that the Islamic Games contingent has been reduced from 122 members to 76 as most athletes and associated support staff have been withdrawn in favor of PSB and Ministry of Health officials. the CPI. In addition to this, the PSB General Manager has also been appointed Deputy Head of Mission for the second consecutive Mega Games. DG PSB has already been appointed Deputy Chef de Mission for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham Games end on August 8. The Islamic Games will start in Turkey from August 10.

The PSB approved the total roster of 76 for the Islamic Games, including 45 men and 8 women, up to 21 male officials and two female officials.

For the Islamic Solidarity Games, IPC Secretary Ahmad Hanif will be the Chef de Mission while DG PSB has appointed himself as Deputy Chef de Mission.

The archery, table tennis and fencing teams were totally withdrawn from the Games while a big reduction was made in the weightlifting, wrestling, taekwondo, swimming and karate teams .

“Amazingly, on the one hand, a big reduction has been introduced in athlete participation, and on the other hand, PSB and IPC officials are all set to have another all-expenses-paid trip. Why were the athletes honored? We deserve to participate in the Games before the officials and it is our right,” said one of the athletes from the abandoned sports, contacted.

He appealed to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) to help in the inclusion of these sports in the Islamic Games. “The POA should help us and include our sports in the Games. We can win medals in the Islamic Games because the field will not be as strong as in any other mega event.

It was only on Thursday that the POA announced that the PSB would only sponsor a contingent of 76 members for the Islamic Games.

Given the urgency of the matter, the POA convened the Executive Committee meeting on Saturday to discuss the pros and cons of the decision.

“Yes, we have convened a 30-member committee meeting on Saturday to discuss the matter which is of the utmost importance. We will examine why the PSB imposed a clean cut and why so many civil servants were brought in contingent,” a POA official said when contacted. No government official was available for comment.

Protests against the hijab: Iranian women publicly remove the veil to make their voices heard

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This year’s “National Hijab and Chastity Day” in Iran was unusual in more ways than one. On July 12, Iranian women took to the streets and publicly removed their veils in protest against the country’s hijab rules. They also posted their videos on social media.

US-based Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejab tweeted her video supporting the protest against the hijab in Iran and wrote: “As we promised! We take off our hijabs and I hope everyone will join us. Forcing women to wear the hijab is not part of Iranian culture. . It is the culture of the Taliban, the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic. Enough is enough. #No2Hijab”



Alinejab launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign on Facebook in 2014, where she shared photos of unveiled women sent to her.

For months, protests against the hijab have been gaining ground in the republic. Human rights foundations had urged women to use “#No2Hijab” on social media, as well as videos. High inflation in Iran, low pensions and unpaid wages have added fuel to the fire.


What is National Hijab and Chastity Day?

Iran has had a strict hijab rule since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Women and girls over the age of 9 must wear a head covering in public.

Every year, July 12 is celebrated as National Hijab and Chastity Day in Iran to promote the veil. The day was chosen as the day of hijab and chastity to commemorate protests that took place in 1935 in Mashhad after Iranian leader Reza Shah banned women from wearing the Islamic veil, according to the Jerusalem Post.

According to a Reuters report, the current government has taken a tougher stance towards hijab rules. Again this year, as protests unfolded across the country, the government held a “chastity ceremony” at a stadium in Tehran.

He also released a video showing 13 women in a “Hijab and chastity” ceremony. The women could be seen wearing green hijabs and long white dresses, dancing to the narration of verses from the Quran.

However, with the protests, Iranian women have found a hero in social media. The #hijab_without_hijab hashtag was reportedly the second most tweeted hashtag in the country.

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Note of the same faith: the manipulation continues

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“Manipulation of Religion in Nigeria, 1977-1987” by the late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman is a book that contains highly revealing analyzes of the specific ways in which various groups within the Nigerian political class have continued to manipulate the inherent religious sentiments of the people. in their life. attempt to seize or retain power. It was with exceptional erudition that Usman, who was a famous professor of history at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and whose arguments were the products of a rare intellectualism, exposed not only the sinister motives of religious manipulators but also the consequences or effects of their actions on Nigeria.

A respected scholar, he was also a great influencer of thought whose radicalism was both a source of inspiration for many young minds and a cause of notable unease among reactionary and conservative elements and groups. His persistent attempt to uncover the divisive plans of power seekers helped enormously to show how certain identities, religion being the most important of all, served as tools of societal disintegration which they used freely at that time. . .

Although the book only covers ten years (1977-1987), mainly for convenience, the issues it contains are still as relevant to a proper understanding of political developments in the country as they ever were. summer, which makes the worry over that they continue to grow. By stating, in the introductory part of the book, that the fundamental questions about the “increasingly violent political campaigns built around religious differences in this country today, can only be fully understood when seen in the context larger picture of what happened in Nigeria”, Dr Usman pointed to a particular situation which not only prevailed during the reporting period, but which would become and in fact became the most dominant feature of Nigerian politics .

Even with the assertion that politics and democracy have already become entrenched and institutionalized processes to which almost all citizens have fully subscribed, the manipulation of people’s religious and other feelings in order to achieve political goals continues. The way in which political parties or, more precisely, individuals seeking power deploy religion as a campaign tool, which is a clear negation of the principles of democracy, shows that the tendency of politicians to religiously manipulate the people is now much stronger.

At the national level and in other states or constituencies where the religious divide among the people is already clear, politicians easily conspire with religious leaders to ensure that simple differences escalate into extreme hostility between followers of Islam. and Christianity. All other factors such as competence, patriotism and service delivery readiness that should ideally always guide the people in choosing leaders are pushed into the background, resulting in a continuous decline in quality leadership and representation.

The ongoing controversy over same-faith banknotes ahead of the 2023 general election is an indication that religion is continually recognized as an important factor in the design and implementation of election strategies. Although somehow unique to the All Progressives Congress (APC), given the adoption of the formula in Kaduna State and even nationally by the party, the same faith ticket is now, without doubt, the most burning question of all. country.

It is, in fact, a strategy that has been hotly debated with each of the contending groups making proposals that clearly conflict with the views of the others. In the process of disputes, the religious sentiments of the conflicting groups or communities are further reinforced and pushed into intolerance.

However, it is continually clarified that a ticket for a political contest, as long as it meets the requirements of the law, whether Muslim-Muslim, Christian-Christian, Christian-Muslim or Muslim-Christian, is valid. The laws of the land are completely blind to the religious conviction of any candidate(s); a fact on which some of the like-minded ticket proponents went on to build their own argument.

It is therefore on the basis of this indisputable fact that many people are genuinely surprised, even disappointed, that such a simple question, which is the sole responsibility of candidates and political parties, has become a source of growing friction between individuals. adherents of both denominations and religious bodies. The confrontational posture adopted by these individuals and bodies, useless as they appear, remains a source of grave concern to all Nigerians concerned about peaceful co-existence in democracy.

But the opponents of the formula, even without clear constitutional provisions favorable to their position, openly rely on the moral factor and, of course, on the absolute necessity of political cohesion which naturally translates into national stability as reasons for their opposition to the ticket of same faith. Some of the results of the interrogation on the reason for adopting the formula which have already indicated a desire by politicians to continue to manipulate the religious feelings of citizens, with all the dangers that such an approach portends for the country, are also a factor that makes complaints about APC’s choice of the same-faith ticket option thicken.

Justification for fears about the intended horrific consequences of party action has somehow been found in the harsh reactions of, for example, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Middle Belt Forum and others. These are reactions that have so far seemed to have dashed hopes of the prevalence of mutual trust between Muslims and Christians, especially in the northern part of Nigeria.

It is also a strategy that can cost the APC electoral fortunes as even in Kaduna State where its experimentation has proven to be a success, the failure of the ticket of same faith to serve the very basic interests of those segments of the population in the state that supported its adoption are a complete game-changer. That means the math that worked for the party in the state in 2019 is no longer reliable.

The same-faith ticket is therefore only a political strategy, but not one to take into account the sensitivity of Nigerians to their most fundamental identity (religion) or to indicate an intention to ensure justice and equity. within the framework of governance. It is this fear and all the reactions it has begun to generate that will effectively fuel the religious mistrust that is prevalent among Nigerians.

This is the kind of situation that is usually created by the manipulation of religion, which unfortunately has become the hallmark of most Nigerian politicians. Religions are not for them ways of life decreed by our Creator, but only instruments of pursuit and acquisition of power, which they easily abuse.

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The Roe v. Wade sheds light on the complexities of abortion under Islamic law – JURIST – Commentary

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Muhammad Hassan, jurist and visiting lecturer at the International School of Law and Business in Lahore, Pakistan, discusses the intersection between the recent Dobbs decision and Islamic law…

This summer has been difficult for human rights activists around the world. Firstly, the High Court of Karnatka upheld the Indian government’s decision hijab ban. Then a French administrative tribunal decided to maintain the burkini ban. And finally, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe vs. Wade. This controversial decision has sparked debates across multiple borders; but an interesting phenomenon has been watching the abortion debate unfold among Muslims. Pro-life and pro-choice advocates have deployed various interpretations of Islamic law in a seemingly desperate attempt to enlist Muslims as foot soldiers in their battle.

Lately, sharia or Islamic law has been censured by some as archaic, overly strict and even barbaric. These criticisms have been ignored by most Muslim scholars as biased, ignorant, generalized and devoid of reasoning statements. Yet people who have made such dubious claims in the past are now flocking to their Muslim counterparts, seeking their support in recent arguments about the predicament of abortion. This is largely due to Muslim writers who painted the issue with a liberal brush and portrayed Islamic law as pro-choice. On the other hand, the anti-abortion right is calling for an “alliance of religions” to fight against this “unholy” practice, hoping that Islam, as the Abrahamic faith, vehemently and absolutely opposes abortion. ‘abortion.

Is there any truth in these two opinions? Yes, although puzzling to a layman, the flexibility and diversity of opinion in Islamic law allows Muslims to have a unique position in this bipartisan debate. Before I get to the subject, let me clarify that, unlike what is happening in states these days, the Islamic debate on abortion is purely scholarly discourse and does not involve angry mobs chanting catchy and incisive slogans.

Islamic scholarship is itself quite diverse, where within the two major sects, the Sunnis and the Shiitethere are quite a few schools fiqh (case law). The Hanafis Where Ahnaafthe Chafisthe Malkisand the Hanabila are the four pillars of Sunni stock market, while the Shiite case law is mainly centered on fiqh Jafria. Although these schools of thought are known to have differing views on many important issues, abortion is not one of them. There seems to be a consensus that abortion is generally illegal, but like all things legal, the devil is in the details.

No universal right to abortion is recognized by any school of thought, it is generally prohibited and is only permitted in exceptional circumstances or in cases where there is a ouzr sharia or lawful excuse. This is the opinion of Ahnafs and the Shiitewho both agree that the “souling” of the fetus takes place after it has reached 4 months of age. Hanabilas term an abortion before 120 days as Makrooh or undesirable, but impose an absolute ban after that time. Malkis are torn between them, some of them believe in an absolute ban whatever the soul is, yet, for them, it takes 40 days for the fetus to acquire its soul. The Chafis seem to be the most liberal of the lot, they believe that abortion is allowed even without a legitimate reason provided both parents agree, but must be performed before the fetus reaches the age of 40 days, which, like the Malkisis the age of the soul.

Now what makes things interesting is the million dollar question “what can be considered a legitimate reason?”, this question does not have a universal answer that satisfies all situations. . In the absence of an exhaustive list, this question is answered on a case-by-case basis. And that’s exactly how it works in practice. If someone needs an abortion, they contact a clerk or a Mufti (a practitioner at dar-ul-ifta or a school fiqh) who would advise them to use Islamic scriptures (the aforementioned schools of thought would usually influence this).

As for some general reasons that can justify an abortion in extreme circumstances, they can range from cases where the life of the mother may be at stake or when the fetus has abnormalities incompatible with life. In other cases, the criteria may also take into account certain social circumstances. A renowned Islamic scholar from the Indian subcontinent Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi argued in his fatwa that a single mother can legally have an abortion; however, and most importantly, he called it legal not for financial reasons, but for the social stigma that single mothers face in South Asian societies.

What makes this Muslim practice relatively open-minded is how it is perceived as a very personal matter. It’s just a matter of going to a cleric for a fatwa or confidential qualified opinion, and a doctor wouldn’t hesitate twice before performing the procedure. There is no state interference at any level.

In light of the discussion above, it is evident that even the most liberal interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence on abortion does not make it pro-choice, nor does Islam prohibit abortion. in all its forms. There are nuances, but almost all “recognized” schools of thought in the Islamic tradition allow abortion in exceptional circumstances. Going back to the United States where the overturning of Roe v. Wade may suppress abortion in some states, to put it into perspective, that would mean that the Islamic view on abortion is more liberal than the American legal regime as it currently stands. This essentially means that the current American discourse on reproductive rights is inferior to that of Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt. Countries that have been labeled by American think tanks as “corrupt societies in need of reconstruction”. Nevertheless, wherever you are in this debate, you can learn a lot from the rich and vibrant Islamic scholarship.

Muhammad Hassan completed a double major in Law and Sharia at the International Islamic University in Islamabad and won a scholarship to pursue a Masters in International and European Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has his own private law practice and is a visiting faculty member at two law schools in Lahore. His research interests include international law, Islamic law, comparative law and human rights. He has worked on expanding the scope of remedial secession in international law and plans to pursue a doctorate to continue his work.

Suggested quote: Muhammad Hassan, Roe c. Wade Debate Highlights Complexities of Abortion Under Islamic Law, JURIST – Academic Commentary, July 13, 2022, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2022/07/Muhammad-Hassan-Roe-v-Wade-abortion-loi-islamique /.


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NIA takes half a dozen suspects into custody

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The National Investment Agency (NIA) arrested half a dozen suspects in the Udaipur murder case on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, including Anjuman Talimul Islam leader Mujeeb Siddiqui and Secretary Farooq. All suspects were brought to Jaipur and are grilled in relation to the horrific murder of Kanhaiya Lal for supporting Nupur Sharma. The NIA team would be ready to arrest them all at any time.

According to the media sources, the NIA searched the residence of Mujeeb Siddiqui near Mukherjee Chowk in Udaipur last night before capturing him. Likewise, the NIA apprehended several other people, including former leader Khaleel Ahmed. According to reports, two lawyers and a Maulana are also detained. At the same time, reports of firearms confiscated from the defendant’s home surfaced.

Anjuman Talimul Islam, according to the media, is the main group representing Muslims in Udaipur. This group was founded 116 years ago. All Muslims in Udaipur follow the fatwas given from there. Under this organization, violent demonstrations were also planned in Udaipur in response to Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad. The organization had also asked the collector to take immediate action against Nupur Sharma.

According to the memorandum they filed, Nupur Sharma’s comments offended the Muslim community. The issue of incitement to Muslims had come to the fore in this whole affair.

It should be noted that when Ghaus Muhammad and Riyaz Attari beheaded Kanhaiyalal, the same outfit, Anjuman Talimul Islam, was seen attractive to the general public for peace and harmony. However, he also played a role in inciting Muslims.

In accordance with the statutory functions of Anjuman Talimul Islam, the dates of Muslim holidays such as Eid and others are announced by this organization. This organization claims to educate the children of the Muslim society, resolve the controversy of the moon sighting during Ramzan, increase the number of madrasas, link the Muslim institutions of the state to Anjuman and help financially the orphans and the destitute of the Muslim community.

After split, patrons of Gyanvapi plaintiffs Jitendra Singh Visen swap barbs | Varanasi News

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Gyanvapi Mosque. (file image)

VARANASI: Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh chief Jitendra Singh Visenwho supports the main plaintiff Rakhi Singh in the Shringar Gauri worship case, accused the father-son duo Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain, who dispute the case of the other four female plaintiffs, to side with the Muslims in the case. The two were contesting the affair together, but separated in May.
Visen, who hired a separate team of attorneys to challenge case no. 693/2021 Rakhi Singh against UP government to demand worship rights for Shringar Gauri and other deities of Gyanvapi Mosque, made serious allegations about Vishnu Jain as he spoke to reporters here on Tuesday morning .
“Vishnu Jain is deeply associated with a lifetime member of an Indian Islamic culture center and plays as his puppet to weaken my movement,” Vishen said.
“Not only that, Vishnu Jain had submitted documents to plead the case of the other four plaintiffs in case no. 693/2021 to seek worship rights for Shringar Gauri and other deities of Gyanvapi Mosque despite being the permanent advocate for the government of Uttar Pradesh which is also one of the parties in this case, in the Supreme Court,” Visen said, saying lawyers for Anjuman Intejamia Masajid (AIM) will try to have the case dismissed on the same grounds.
“To foil this Jain conspiracy,” Visen said, “I filed a motion to inform the district judge of all these facts.”
When contacted, Vishnu Jain said, “Yes, I am the permanent counsel for the UP government in the supreme court. But the UP government gave me a no-objection certificate allowing me to pursue the case as an individual. I had produced the copy of this NOC in the District Court on Tuesday to clarify that there is no conflict of interest. Another fact should also be kept in mind that the UP government is certainly one of the parties in this matter but he does not seek any relief.
Regarding Visen’s other allegation of having an association with a member of the Islamic Culture Center of India, Vishnu Jain said: “In all my life, neither my father nor I have had any association with a non-Hindu organization.”
Jains and Visen had become active in Varanasi with the progress in case no. 693/2021, but differences between them had begun to surface with the start of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the Gyanvapi case after May 6, when Visen’s message to withdraw the case went viral on social networks. But, on May 9, Visen backtracked by announcing that the Shringar Gauri cult case would not be withdrawn.
At the end of May, Visen and Jains went their separate ways. On July 4, Visen announced that a new team of lawyers would challenge the case of Rakhi Singh, Plaintiff-I.
Vishnu Jain said that this decision by Visen had no impact on this case as he and his father continued to dispute the case of four Varanasi-based plaintiffs – numbers 2 to 5 (Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas and Rekha Pathak.
On Monday, the Jain-led group also announced the formation of ‘Shri Asdi Mahadev Kashi Dharmalaya Mukti Nyas (trust). Jain said the trust was formed to challenge all lawsuits related to Gyanvapi, which currently number six, in an organized manner.

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Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister: Promoting “Wasatiyah” Prevents Muslim Divisions

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Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Qoumas stressed that the key to uniting Muslims lies in promoting religious or Islamic “Wasatiyyah,” or moderation.

Adopting this approach will help prevent division between people, he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

On Saudi Arabia’s role in serving Hajj pilgrims, he said the Kingdom’s government continues to provide the best services to pilgrims even during the coronavirus pandemic.

Regarding skeptics of Saudi Arabia’s role in the Hajj, Qoumas said it is not easy to serve millions of people, nor is it easy to please everyone.

Saudi Arabia is doing its best to serve pilgrims, he said.

He revealed that more than 100,000 Indonesian pilgrims have come to perform the rituals this year.

The minister added that his country is known for its diverse traditions, customs and cultures.

Indonesian religious scholars also adopt moderation in promoting religion and approaching cultural diversity, he said.

Qoumas said Indonesia is making efforts to provide the best services to its pilgrims and its work has been recognized by several countries.

These efforts cannot be separated from the role played by academics in raising awareness among Indonesian pilgrims, he continued.

Scholars have passed down their knowledge over the years through Islamic schools, he added.

The minister, however, noted the prevalence of social media and the way people now turn to it to learn more about religion, which poses a challenge for scholars.

Scholars have therefore taken to social media to spread their teachings and prevent people from learning religion from celebrities and social media personalities whose religious education and knowledge is questionable.

The number of Indonesian scholars on social media has therefore increased over the past two years, Qoumas said.

He added that his ministry was also working to launch several social media programs with the aim of spreading moderation and countering extremism.

Islamic leaders and popular bases play a major role in raising public awareness, he stressed.

These two parties work hand in hand in Indonesia for the development of society, including religious life, he revealed.

On Indonesia’s ties with Saudi Arabia, the minister said they cooperate in different forms of religious affairs, including organizing the annual Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud competition for the memorization of the Holy Quran.


Jaish-e-Muhammad Terrorist Kaiser Koka Aid Killed in South Kashmir

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The armed forces on Monday killed Kaiser Koka, a Jaish-e-Muhammad militant, along with his associate during an encounter in Awantipora, south Kashmir.

The meeting took place in the village of Wandakpora, when the police, the 55 RR of the army and the 130 battalion of the CRPF launched a joint operation, following a denunciation concerning the presence of militants in the area. Police said the militants opened fire on the search party, prompting an encounter.

Police officials said Koka from the Kaigam region was killed during the encounter with Ishfaq Ahmad Lone, a “militant hybrid” who was allegedly involved in attacks against armed forces and civilians. Police say they seized weapons and ammunition, including an American-made M-4 Carbine rifle, a pistol and other incriminating items at the meeting site.

“Kaiser Koka has been active since 2018,” said Vijay Kumar, additional police chief in Kashmir. According to police, Koka had infiltrated to Pakistan and after acquiring arms, ammunition and training, he infiltrated Kashmir and was active in several areas of Pulwama district. “Koka was involved in an IED attack on the village of Larmoo in Awantipora in May in which two CRPF members were injured,” police said.

The armed forces have killed around 122 militants in at least 71 clashes in the Kashmir valley so far this year. This includes 33 foreigners, mostly from Pakistan.

After the new series of targeted killings in May and the first two weeks of June, the armed forces intensified anti-militancy operations and engaged in consecutive clashes throughout the valley. Dozens of young people, suspected of being clandestine workers of militants, were interrogated, detained and arrested by the forces.

Buenos Aires Weather | Mecca: the heart of the Muslim world

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As a Muslim by birth, the image of a cubic structure covered with a black cloth has accompanied me since my childhood. I did not know its name or its meaning, but I often saw it on the covers of books, on prayer mats, on the walls of mosques and, above all, the sequence on television where thousands and thousands of people, all dressed in the same white clothes, surrounded him. Over time, I advanced in my religious knowledge and discovered that this place is called “Kaaba” and it is located in Mecca (Saudi Arabia).

In Islam, the pilgrimage to the Kaaba, called “Hajj”, is a unique event in its importance and international relevance. The pilgrimage takes place every year during the last month of the Islamic calendar, which is defined by the lunar calculation. For this reason, the dates according to the Gregorian calendar have an annual rotation of about 10 days and in 2022 the pilgrimage will take place from July 7 to 13. During this period, in pre-pandemic times, more than two million people used to visit the Kaaba. This year, the Saudi government allowed one million Muslims from around the world for the pilgrimage, which is a huge number compared to the previous year when only 60,000 people, exclusively residents of the country, were allowed to perform the pilgrimages. Hajj rituals.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is a mandatory commandment that every Muslim, male or female, must perform at least once in their lifetime. However, this is a conditional command and only applies to those with sufficient financial resources, health to undertake the journey, and those who are safe to travel. Therefore, in times of pandemic, it was not obligatory for all believers. Even some branches of Muslims are still unable to perform Hajj for their own safety and are persecuted in Saudi Arabia, such as Muslims from the Ahmadiyya community.

However, unanimously for all Muslims, the Kaaba is the holiest place and was the first house dedicated to the worship of the One God. Mecca plays a vital role in the daily life of a Muslim and with every prayer one turns to it, which converts it into a constant orientation and a place of unity for the entire Islamic world. Nevertheless, the rituals of the pilgrimage are dedicated to the sacrifices of the prophet Abraham, his wife Agar and their son Ishmael, in order to preserve the Kaaba as a symbol of the unity of God. Devotees who cannot make it to Mecca symbolically join in the celebration of the pilgrimage, called “Eidul Adha” (the celebration of sacrifice), and remember spiritually with their local community the sacrifices of the Prophet Abraham and his family.

In conclusion, for Muslims, the pilgrimage is a symbolic expression of their devotion to the Supreme Being. In turn, Mecca fulfills the function of being a place of union for all humanity, just as the prophet Abraham is considered the trunk and father of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. . Therefore, this year we will celebrate with Jewish and Christian representatives the pilgrimage to Mecca through an interreligious prayer for peace and performing an act of charity for the needy in our society.

* Imam Marwan Gill is an Islamic theologian and president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Argentina.

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The meaning of Eid-e-Qurban in times of Covid-19

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The week of Eid-e-Qurban (Feast of the Sacrifice) in addition to its boundless joys occupies a high position in the spiritual, moral and collective life of the Islamic brotherhood. In this week, millions of flame butterflies of divine mission unite in the land of Hijaz from all corners of the Islamic world to circle the oldest and oldest place of worship and renew the Abrahamic tradition; and there are millions and billions of these Muslims who, though deprived of the chance to make Hajj, also strengthen the bonds of this universal brotherhood by sacrificing their wealth in the right way according to their ability.

But if we think deeply, the Feast of Sacrifice is a sign that invites the devotees of Allah to greater sacrifices than sheep, goats, lambs and camels; but if we give an account of ourselves today and review our national character, neither would we find that desire for sacrifice whose memory we celebrate with great preparation. Nowhere will we find that spirit of the Abrahamic tradition who told Muslims the secret of living for the truth and dying for the truth.

There was a time when we would easily sacrifice our selves, our advantages, our hobbies and comforts, our wishes and desires and the satisfactions and respects of our friends and relatives in the right way. In reality, our whole life denoted the sacrifice of gratification and without a doubt the greatest sacrifice is indeed the sacrifice of gratification, for the relationship of most of the defects of personal and social life indeed joins egoism and sensuality; and whatever person and society has sacrificed their gratification for truth’s sake, they have indeed succeeded in this world and the hereafter and they have understood the correct meaning of the Abrahamic tradition.

The sacrifice is not Kalima (verbal confession of faith), but practical. It can only be evaluated on the standard of the practice, not on the touchstone of words and even on the practice which is related to the higher values ​​of human society. So this practice is not a singular act or an accidental event committed under some compulsive passion to illuminate the pages of history.
Sacrifice is indeed an endless series of virtuous actions, a particular way of living, a particular way of thinking and feeling which influences the whole personality, whether that personality be that of an individual or that of a nation. Today, if a father lays a knife on his son’s neck, the world will call him crazy, because his sacrifice – done with any sincerity – is not in harmony with his whole life. On the other hand, the whole life of Abraham presents a long series of sacrifices in the path of truth; the “great sacrifice” was only the last and most important link in this series. Sacrifice is not inherent in us; I do not accept this.

That our nation is incapable of collective and individual sacrifice is also false. After all, it was the same elite and the poor who did not hesitate to make the greatest sacrifices in the 1857 War of Independence and the Khilafat and Pakistan movements. Ordinary citizens of Pakistan frequently perform sacrifices according to their ability even now. The reality is that without these sacrifices, the preservation and security of the state cannot even be imagined.

But in recent years such traditions of selfishness and self-love have become established that the atmosphere of the whole country has been poisoned and the passion for sacrifice and collective welfare all but buried. These traditions will be broken and God willing, soon. The spirit of sacrifice does not die out, it must wake up, it will wake up.

The week of the Feast of Sacrifice is also the week of Islamic brotherhood and unity and peace and security. During these blessed days, the Islamic world is full of the passion of faith and the center of its heart and sight is this holy place which has the honor of being the birthplace of the Prophet. There is no better time than this to strengthen the bonds of Islamic unity, but alas, there was no such attempt in Makkah nor a practical demonstration of unity and unanimity. from the Heads of Muslim States on the occasion of this international Islamic gathering. .

During the days of Hajj, Muslims arriving from various countries and speaking different languages, undoubtedly meet in the plain of Arafat and while going around the Kaaba their bodies undoubtedly touch each other, but can we say with certainty that mental unanimity is also created in them and that the strings of their hearts also sing in harmony the songs of unity and fraternity?

Alas, the political conflicts of the Muslim states have gradually become so extreme that no possibility of their unity is seen in the near future. But we hope that the circumstances will change and that the desire for unity of the Muslim people will force the heads of Muslim states to come closer to each other; foreign powers that stir up strife and sow discord among Muslims will be defeated; and such a unity will be created among the Muslims of the world whose foundation will be built on the freedom, democracy, peace and prosperity of the Islamic countries.

In closing, with reference to the story of Abraham, I remember the poem The parable of the old man and the young by Wilfred Owen on the First World War, published posthumously in 1920 after Owen’s untimely death, so more than a century old this year; not only because of the Feast of Sacrifice which commemorates it, but also because it is still relevant to the fate of the Muslim world – settled in a gratuitous cycle of war, conflict and bloodshed – at the time of the writing. Owen was only 20 when he was killed in action just before the end of the war.
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‘So Abram arose, and split the wood, and went away,
And took fire with him, and a knife.
And since they were both staying together,
Isaac the firstborn spoke and said: My Father,
Here are the preparations, fire and iron,
But where is the lamb for this burnt offering?
So Abram bound the young man with sashes and thongs,
and built parapets and trenches there,
And stretched out the knife to kill his son.
When here! an angel called him from heaven,
Saying: Do not stretch out your hand on the child,
Or do anything to him. See,
A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
Offer the Aries of Pride in its place.
But the old man would not like this, but killed his son,
And half the seeds from Europe, one by one.

Raza Naeem is an award-winning Pakistani drama researcher, translator and reader based in Lahore, where he is also the President of the Progressive Writers Association. He can be reached at: [email protected]

Ukrainian Muslims pray for victory and an end to the occupation

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At the time of the Russian invasion, 43-year-old Mufti Said Ismahilov, one of Ukraine’s Muslim spiritual leaders, had already decided to step down from his religious duties to fight for his country.

Late last year, as warnings of an impending attack grew louder, Ismahilov began training with a local territorial defense battalion. By then he had served as mufti for 13 years.

Born and raised in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Ismahilov had fled Russia once before, in 2014 when Moscow-backed separatists took over his town. He eventually moved to a quiet suburb outside Kyiv called Bucha – only to find himself, eight years later, in the heart of Moscow’s assault on Kyiv and the site of atrocities that shocked the world. It was as if the threat of Russian occupation would never end.

“This time I made the decision that I would not run, I would not run but I would fight,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in Kostiantynivka, a town near the front lines. in eastern Ukraine where a battle for control of the region is heating up.

Ismahilov began working as a military driver for paramedics evacuating the wounded from front lines or besieged towns. Tasked with driving in very dangerous conditions, but also emotionally supporting seriously injured people, Ismahilov says he sees his new job as “a continuation of my spiritual duty before God.”

“If you are not afraid and you can do it, then it is very important. The Prophet himself was a warrior,” says Ismahilov. “So I follow his example and neither will I run away or hide. I will not turn my back on others.”

Ismahilov was one of dozens of Ukrainian Muslims who gathered at the Kostiantynivka mosque on Saturday to mark Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday in Islam. The mosque is now the last remaining operational mosque in Ukrainian-controlled territory in the Donbass. Ismahilov told the AP that there are around 30 mosques in the area in total, but most are now in Russian hands.

Last week, Russia captured the town of Lysychansk, the last major Ukrainian resistance stronghold in the eastern province of Lugansk. The governor of the Lugansk region said on Saturday that Russian forces were now moving towards the border with neighboring Donetsk region.

Muslims make up nearly 1% of Ukraine’s population, which is predominantly Orthodox Christian. There is a large Muslim population in Crimea – home to Crimean Tatars and illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The numbers there climb to 12%. There is also a large Muslim community in eastern Ukraine, the result of waves of economic migration as the region industrialized and many Muslims immigrated to the Donbas region to work in mines and factories. .

The 2014 conflict forced many Crimean and Donbass Muslims to resettle in other parts of the country where they joined long-established Tatar communities or built new Islamic centers alongside Turks, Arabs and Ukrainian converts.

But the invasion forced many people to flee once again. The Kostiantynivka Mosque once hosted a local Muslim population of several hundred people. On Saturday, few local residents were in attendance, having traveled west with their families. Instead, the congregation was made up of soldiers or combat medics from different units: Crimean Tatars and converted Ukrainians from Kharkiv, Kyiv and western Ukraine.

In his sermon following the traditional Eid prayers, Ismahilov told the congregation that this year’s Eid had symbolic significance in the midst of war, and asked them to remember the Muslims living in the occupied territories, where many lost their homes and several mosques were destroyed. destroyed by bombing. Referring to a series of arrests of Crimean Tartars following the 2014 annexation, Ismahilov said Muslims in the occupied territories do not feel safe.

“There is a lot of fear. … The war continues and we have no idea what is happening in the occupied territories and the situation of Muslims there,” he said.

Ismahilov told the AP he views Russian Muslims invading Ukraine, including Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s infamous Chechen battalions, as “criminals”.

“They commit sins and… they came as murderers and occupiers, to a territory which is the homeland of Ukrainians and Muslim Ukrainians, without any justification. Allah did not give them this right,” says Ismahilov. “They will answer for all this before God.”

Olha Bashei, 45, a lawyer-turned-paramedic from Kyiv who converted to Islam in 2015, said Russia was trying to “wipe Ukraine off the face of the earth”. Bashei began working as a frontline paramedic in the Donbass in 2014. She considers this war to be her “jihad”, a term for a holy war or personal struggle in Islam.

“This war is my war, and I am defending my jihad because I have nephews, I have a mother and I am defending my home. I don’t want my nephews to ever see what I unfortunately saw in this war,” she said.

“Islam even helps me because in Islam, in prayer, you kind of turn away from war because you read the prayer and you have a connection with the Almighty. For me, the Islam is a force that sustains me even in times of war.”

As soldiers prepared the usual sacrificial sheep for the Eid holiday, a residential area of ​​Kostiantynivka, several miles away, came under heavy shelling. The incoming artillery shook the ground. Soldiers ran towards the mosque bunker. Others ignored it and continued to drink their tea and eat dates. The bombardment caused several fires, injuring several residents and reducing roofs to ashes.

Ismahilov said they would pray for victory and the liberation of the occupied territories.

“We pray that our Muslim compatriots are safe, that our families are reunited, that the Muslims killed go to heaven and that all Muslim soldiers who defend their country are accepted as shahids (martyrs) by Allah.”

Tyson Fury is the new Muhammad Ali – he will fight again

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“The game plan was clearly wrong last September [Joshua was outboxed and lost on points to Usyk], but I don’t know if it can change what it does. I was very surprised by his tactics – I thought because of his size and jab, superior reach, he would have posted that on Usyk – but he didn’t.

“I think he’s capable of knocking out Joshua. But I think a lot of people are capable of knocking him out. But if Joshua can win, that would be great for British boxing, and we’d all love that.

Fury, we reason, can still fight Joshua if the Londoner loses. “He can do it, but it depends on how he loses. If he gets knocked out or is completely outclassed again, his earning ability drops drastically, and who knows, maybe he might not want to keep fighting. But it’s still a big fight between Fury and Joshua if Joshua improves dramatically or wins.

Warren also thinks Joyce and Dubois will become world champions, the latter, who is still only 23, has “the age on his side to take over the division in the next five years, but time will tell on Daniel” .

There is no doubt however, according to Warren, that this is a “golden age for British heavyweight boxing, with five of the UK’s top 10”, inspired, the septuagenarian believes, by the brilliant amateur based in Sheffield, managed by Robert McCracken – and the fact that “the greatest American athletes have turned to American football and basketball in the last 20 years”.

“Tyson is the most unique gut I’ve ever worked with”

“The heavyweight division has moved to this side of The Pond,” Warren adds. “We are lucky to have heavyweights. It’s amazing, I never would have thought that in a million years. I grew up with Henry Cooper, Jack Bodell, Brian London, then Joe Bugner who, by the way, was a damn good heavyweight. Very good heavyweight. But it’s a different class now.

For Warren, having promoted Frank Bruno, Naseem Hamed, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe over the years – to name a handful – Fury has given him the most pleasure. “Tyson Fury probably gave me the most satisfaction, because of where he came from and where he is now: he was totally an outcast when it came to boxing, he reached the depths of despair weighing around 28 stone, everyone had given up on him, and i sat with him and looked him in the eye and i knew he was hungry there and the desire and the need to box because boxing was his Saviour.

“If it hadn’t been for boxing he might have killed himself. He was suicidal and boxing gave him that momentum, gave him that sense of direction and for me it was a privilege to to be part of that journey back for him and it’s an amazing story I’ve been very lucky and fortunate over the years to work with some of the great British boxers and boxers around the world but Tyson is a character very unique, unique and love him or hate him, to me he’s the most unique guy I’ve worked with.

So unique, in fact, that Warren compares Fury to Ali, whom the promoter considered, as a boy, to be something very special. “When I was young, that’s what introduced me to boxing – watching Muhammad Ali. He was incredible. An incredible athlete, an incredible sportsman, everything you’ve never seen in sport before: loud, brash, and above all he could fight, colorful, everything was amazing, and I was lucky enough to meet him when he came to the UK as a child, through my uncle. I’ve met him many times. And Tyson Fury is the closest thing we’ve had to Ali in the heavyweight division.

A comparison. “Well, he is,” Warren said. “And he’s head and shoulders above the rest right now.”

RSS meet speaks of ‘Islamic radicalization’ following killings, says ‘need to channel anger’

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At a three-day meeting of its regional officials in Rajasthan, the RSS discussed “growing Islamic radicalization” against the backdrop of the brutal killings in Udaipur and Amravati. The meeting attended by top leaders such as sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and Secretary General Dattatreya Hosabale discussed ways to counter such radicalization and the role of the Sangh in it.

“During these meetings, all contemporary issues are discussed. So naturally, Udaipur and Amravati Incidents were also discussed. There is anger among workers at the incidents… However, this anger needs to be channeled and expressed responsibly. This is where the Sangh has a role to play,” said a senior RSS official who attended the meeting.

The Prant Pracharak Baithak was held from Thursday to Saturday in Jhunjhunu. It was the first physical meeting of regional officials since the start of the Covid pandemic.

After the meeting, RSS Publicity Manager Sunil Ambekar addressed the media. In response to a question about the controversy surrounding a film poster depicting Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, Ambekar said, “While exercising freedom of expression, one must also take care of the feelings of the public.

Regarding the Udaipur incident, Ambekar said, “The brutal murder in Udaipur is totally condemnable. No criticism of the incident would suffice. We have a democracy in our country. If you don’t like what someone says, then there is a democratic way to respond. Civilized society will always criticize such incidents.

Arguing that the Hindu community reacted to the incident in a peaceful and constitutional manner, Ambekar said, “The Muslim community is expected to condemn the incident. Some Muslim intellectuals did. But even the Muslim community in general must come forward and vigorously oppose such things. Such incidents are in the interests of neither society nor the country.

According to the RSS, the meeting took stock of the work done by pracharaks during the pandemic and charted the way forward. Ambekar said that over the past two years, nearly 23,000 people have participated in the RSS training program called Sangh Shiksha Varg. Of these, 18,981 people were under 40 and 2,925 over 40. The RSS has 101 such training centers across the country.

Ambekar said that after the pandemic, RSS’s goal is to restart its regular work with full vigor. At present, the RSS has 56,824 shakhas (branches). He said that the work of the RSS on water management, waste management, environmental protection and cleanliness is progressing well with the participation of the society even as the program of kutumb prabodhan (preservation of values families) received a new impetus.

As the country celebrated the 75th anniversary of independence, the unknown and unsung heroes of the freedom struggle must be remembered and promoted, the meeting said.

Ambekar said that based on discussions at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha Baithak a few months ago, where the idea of ​​self-employment was emphasized, over 4,000 young people have been trained in self-employment by 22 organizations. The RSS will also organize broadcasts to this effect from July 15 to August 21.

As it turns 100 in 2025, the RSS plans to increase the number of its shakhas to 1 lakh.

Turkish officials celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

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Turkish officials marked the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, on Saturday.

“My august nation, my dear brothers and sisters, I greet you with the most sincere feelings and affection. I wholeheartedly congratulate our nation and the Islamic world on Eid al-Adha,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a message.

Referring to the holiday’s tradition of sharing sacrificial meat with the less fortunate, Erdogan hailed those who make Eid an occasion for charity that brings smiles to the oppressed and needy.

“I express my gratitude to all those who respect our custom of observing Eid as days of joy for all our people, from children to the elderly, which we have inherited from our civilization and our culture,” he said. he added.

Noting that Turkey and the world face serious challenges in everything from health to security, he said these critical days make unity, solidarity and brotherhood even more important.

We had the opportunity to take steps to raise Turkey above the level of contemporary civilizations thanks to the solid infrastructure we have built over the past two decades, he said.

The holiday commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son at God’s command, before the last-minute divine substitute of a ram. During the holidays, the sacrificed meat is distributed to the needy.

First Lady Emine Erdogan wished for a holiday where everyone reaches the most beautiful feelings with their loved ones. She said she was praying for God to accept the sacrifices, wishing the best for the Islamic world and the Turkish people.

Vice President Fuat Oktay also wished a happy Eid to the people of Turkey and the entire Islamic world.

“I wish a very happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha to our nation and the entire Ummah [Muslim community]. #Eid Mubarak!” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

In a holiday message, Speaker of Parliament Mustafa Sentop said Eid is tolerance, reunion, days of joy.

Sentop celebrated Eid with the public and members of the press after performing Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul.

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FT’s Islamic Religious Council says it has nothing to do with the case of stranded Haj pilgrims

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A total of 380 would-be Haj pilgrims were stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday after they were suspected of being deceived by a travel agency. — photo by Bernama

Friday 08 Jul 2022 17:41 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 – The Islamic Religious Council of the Federal Territory (MAIWP) today denied involvement in the case involving approximately 380 would-be Haj pilgrims who were stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre, KLIA, yesterday allegedly scammed by a travel agency.

MAIWP Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Daud Bakar said this followed a viral photo showing two people believed to be the travel agency’s staff, holding a banner on the Haj package provided by the company with the MAIWP Healthcare Sdn Bhd logo on it.

“They have nothing to do with MAIWP and MAIWP Healthcare, as our subsidiary only acts as a supplier.

“They (the travel agency) are using the services of MAIWP Healthcare to provide medical equipment there (in Makkah) and it is understood that payments have been made to MAIWP Healthcare,” he said during of a wakaf distribution ceremony here today.

Mohd Daud pointed out that MAIWP and its affiliates are not responsible for the management of pilgrims.

Expressing his regret for the incident, he hopes that the parties involved will take full responsibility for what happened.

The future Haj pilgrims, who were gathered at level 5, KLIA Departure Hall, would have received the furada or private Haj visa to make their pilgrimage without going through Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).

The furada visa is a private visa that would have been issued by Saudi Arabia, without involving the quota allocated to TH. — Bernama

India’s two-sided approach to terrorism – The Diplomat

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Right-wing Hindu party activists protesting the killing of Kanhaiyalal, a Hindu involved in an alleged religious attack in the western city of Udaipur, shout slogans in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Credit: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

On June 28, two Muslim men entered the shop of a Hindu tailor, Kanhaiyalal, in Udaipur, western India, and killed him with meat cleavers. They filmed the gruesome attack, claimed responsibility for the murder, even identified themselves by name as Mohammed Riyaz Akhtar and Mohammed Ghous, and then released the video online.

The killing, they said, was to defend their Islamic faith. Akhtar and Ghous said they killed Kanhaiyalal over a social media post supporting comments by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma insulting the Prophet Mohamed and Islam. Sharma’s comments had sparked a tidal wave of rage across the Muslim world.

Akhtar and Ghous were arrested the night of the murder. Treating the attack as a ‘terrorist incident’, the Union Home Ministry dispatched a team from the National Investigation Agency, India’s counter-terrorism task force, to investigate the killing and more importantly there were international organizations and connections behind the attack. The NIA filed a case against Akhtar and Ghous under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), an anti-terrorism law.

If we define terrorism as violence, whether by state actors or not, that is premeditated and politically motivated, and whose target is not just the immediate victim but the community at large, then the Kanhaiyalal’s macabre murder can be treated as an act of terrorism. Akhtar and Ghous didn’t just want to assassinate Kanhaiyalal but broadcast it. Terrorism is violence with effect; NIA officials said the duo wanted to “sow terror among the masses across the country.”

The police did well to quickly arrest Akhtar and Ghous. The NIA was right to slap the duo with charges under the UAPA.

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However, Indian authorities, whether at the federal or state level, have rarely shown such alacrity or efficiency in countering the violence of Hindutva militants, which can also be characterized as terrorism. Indeed, it is rare that such killers are even called in India for what they are – terrorists.

Attacks by Hindutva militants against Muslims have increased dramatically since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014. Muslim homes, businesses and places of worship have been burned or bulldozed . Hindutva outfits harassed, burned or beat to death hundreds of Muslims, often in the name of defending Hindu values ​​and culture. For example, the Bharatiya Gau Raksha Dal (BGRD), whose militants are also members of Hindutva groups, claims that their attacks on Muslims (who are beef eaters) are aimed at protecting cows, which Hindus consider as sacred.

BGRD gangs have lynched dozens of Muslims to death and, like Akhtar and Ghous, they are recording videos of these gruesome killings and posting them online. As I argued in a 2017 article in The Diplomat, their violence qualifies as terrorism. But these killers are called “gau rakshaks » (cow protectors) and not “terrorists”. None of the attackers have been charged under the UAPA. In fact, few have been arrested.

Unlike attacks by Islamist extremists, where the perpetrators are quickly arrested and charged, when Hindu extremists are involved the wheels of justice have moved slowly, if at all. The defendants roam freely, some even being rewarded with seats in parliament.

Abhinav Bharat, a closed group of right-wing Hindu activists, which was implicated in the Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid terror attacks in 2007 and the Malegaon blasts in 2008, is not on India’s list of banned terrorist groups. Indeed, a list of 36 individuals designated as terrorists under the UAPA does not even include a single Hindu.

A week before Kanhaiyalal’s murder, Umesh Kolhe, a chemist in Amravati in Maharashtra, was stabbed to death. He was allegedly killed for a message supporting Sharma’s comments. Seven men were arrested. On Wednesday, police arrested a cleric, Syed Salman Chisti, for posting an online video offering his house and other possessions as a reward to anyone who beheaded Sharma.

India can expect an upsurge in terrorist violence in the coming months. Uneven enforcement of the law will only accelerate this push.

China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims exposed | Uyghur news

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We hear of a Uyghur American activist directly impacted by the actions detailed in the leaked documents.

China is experiencing a humanitarian crisis. More than a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are forcibly detained in mass detention camps in Xinjian province, where they face countless human rights violations resulting from forced labor, sterilization forced and the destruction of their culture and religious identity.

Recently, unknown hackers broke into Xinjian police servers, leaking thousands of photographs and documents that provide strong evidence of the Chinese government’s policy targeting the Uyghur population.

In this episode, Sami Zeidan speaks with an American Uyghur activist whose family members have been detained by Chinese authorities.

In this episode:

Rushan Abbas (@RushanAbbas), Director of Campaign for the Uyghurs (@CUyghurs)

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This episode was produced by Khaled Soltan, Hayat Mongodin and host Sami Zeidan. George Alwer is our sound designer. Aya Elmileik is our Senior Engagement Producer and Munera AlDosari is our Assistant Engagement Producer. Omar al-Saleh is our executive producer.

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The resignation of Tanko Muhammad and the questions arising from it (1) – The Sun Nigeria

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Permit I would like to begin this discussion with a message of congratulations to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Justice Olukayode Ariwooola. My Lord, I must wish Your Lordship good luck as this heavy burden of leadership falls upon Your Lordship. Please excuse me, rather than setting an agenda for Your Lordship, by engaging in an autopsy or autopsy of the events that led to Your Lordship’s emergence as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. A few days ago precisely on Monday, June 27, 2022, Nigerians woke up to the resignation of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Honorable Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.

Prior to this sudden development, there had been devastating news about the state of affairs within the Supreme Court, allegedly triggered by the internal memorandum drafted by the court’s other 14 justices and personally delivered to the then CJN, complaining about some irregularities and irregularities. in court cases. The said internal memorandum, as it implied, was not meant to be in the public domain as it was meant to be a confidential document between the then head of the supreme court and the other justices of the court. Maliciously, however, the internal memorandum was leaked to the public, allegedly by CJN managers at the time. The essence of the leak would seem to me, as could be inferred from the contents of the press release of the NCJ spokesperson at the time, to be essentially aimed at castigating and chastising the other judges for expressing concerns about the deplorable situation in the Supreme Court. Certainly, the content of the internal memorandum went beyond matters of welfare, which is not a crime, to the root of the administration of justice in the court. For example, part of the allegations or complaints, so to speak, was that the revised rules of procedure intended to improve the administration and delivery of justice were not signed by the former CJN.

As for me, the judges took too long to speak, because the structure almost collapsed. Thank God for eventual wisdom. My summary of the leaked memorandum was in no way a chastisement of the then Chief Justice per se, except for a few snippets of indiscretion allegedly misrepresented by His Lordship, but essentially on the degeneracy of affairs at the within the Supreme Court. So, let the internal memorandum not be construed as a petition, so to speak, against the then CJN. Either way, you can’t ask the respondent to respond to your request and expect them to be the arbitrator as well. It implies, therefore, that what the internal memorandum was intended and sought to do was to seek to remedy the shortcomings of the system, administrative and financial. At best, the memorandum should be viewed as complaints of dereliction of duty by the then Supreme Court chief.

This clarification is necessary in the context of several misleading articles I’ve read on the subject uncritically suggesting that the internal memorandum was acrimonious and purely aggressive against CJN’s immediate past. Far from there. The importance of this clarification lies in the various statements I have read from various quarters indicating the need for and the start of an investigation into the allegations of the other judges against the immediate former CJN. For those calling for such an investigation, if I may say so, where were these entities and individuals before? Do they pretend not to know or to be aware of most of the issues raised in the internal memorandum before the publication of the internal memorandum, in particular the National Assembly? Where was the National Assembly for 14 years that the judicial officers suffered, in particular on the level of their remuneration? What positive steps has the National Assembly taken?

Is it not even as legal action is now being taken to remedy the situation that the National Assembly is once again thwarting the improvement in the welfare of judges? What sort of oversight function do members of the National Assembly want to exercise through the inquiry other than to further exploit the system? I know, in fact, that the most that the National Assembly can claim to be interested in is the inquiry into the expenses of the Supreme Court. Where was the National Assembly before now in the annual assignment to the judiciary? Didn’t lawmakers check the books? Have not legislators exercised routine control over this institution? Has the National Assembly just become aware of the aberrations? Please leave it and engage in other productive pursuits. There are a myriad of challenges facing the justice system.

How many of them has the National Assembly successfully resolved? Virtually none. The infrastructures of all the jurisdictions are broken down, the salaries of judges and judicial staff are not up to date. The last review of judges’ salaries was conducted 14 years ago. But for the various capacity building trainings sponsored by other agencies, what intervention have legislators made in this regard? How many unfinished works have they ensured completion? The Federal High Court in Lagos is a good example of a structure that has been under construction for over a decade and still counts. I am aware that calls have been made for the control of judicial system expenditures from several quarters, including but not limited to the Attorney General of the Federation and certain judicial officers, the most recent being that of the Honorable Justice Ejembi Eko (rtd.) during His Lordship’s Farewell Address. The National Assembly has been blind to all these calls for reasons best known to lawmakers, but certainly not to protect the public interest.

Having served on the National Judicial Council (CNJ) for four years, I can attest to the fact that the judicial grant is still far from ideal. This does not mean that there is no waste or leakage in the system. Even with an eventual blockage of these leaks, the allocation will still fall short of what is needed to give us a dignified and efficient justice system. The judiciary continues to be treated as an agency of the executive, not so different from an agency or parastatal, while the Constitution recognizes it as an arm of government. I think it is crucial, in the future, that the three branches of government always meet before and during the preparation of the budget in accordance with the principles of separation of powers and allocation of resources. A situation where the executive dictates resources to the judiciary only subordinates the institution to the whims and whims of the executive.

The National Assembly, being the ultimate appropriation body, knows how to handle itself best. “Ti won ba fun were loko, a ro’ko si odo ara re”, is the Yoruba saying. Surely even a madman, once given the chance, would do his own thing first. “Tani o m’ogbon ki a fi eran s’enu, k’a wa ti? Who is stupid enough not to know the malice of a glutton? Only God will judge the National Assembly and the executive in this regard. Beyond dangling this power of attribution to torture and pressure on the judiciary, the authoritarian character of the legislature and the executive is now felt in all the operations of the judiciary, whether in judgments, appointments and elevations. Unless we want to pretend now, the appointment and elevation of judges are largely becoming political processes in the hands of the executive and the legislature. So let us not complain about the lame state of justice, which is one of the country’s institutions on the verge of being destroyed by politicians.

There is almost nothing left. As Fela said, E does not end. All institutions have collapsed. This explains the incessant unrest in all sectors. This is a validation of the Yoruba saying, “Egbinrin ote, bi ase n pa’kan, ni ikan n ru.” It is a hydra-headed monster that rejuvenates with each decapitation.

Let us now return to the question of the resignation of the former CJN. Stemming from the internal memo is Judge Tanko Muhammad‘s allegation of nonchalant attitude towards the needs of other judges. Let me clarify that this negligence is not unique to the Supreme Court. It is a disease that widely affects most courts at all levels. It seems to me that the heads of courts, probably because of a certain ease which they enjoy when they reach these posts, often forget their root of ordinary judicial officer.

To be continued next week

Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam pays tribute to Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) – Kashmir Media Service

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Srinagar, Jul 06 (KMS): In illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, on behalf of the institution and its incarcerated chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has paid rich tributes to one of the leading reformers of the Islamic world, preacher and the greatest benefactor of the people of Kashmir, Ameer-e-Kabeer Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (RA), popularly known as Shah-e-Hamadan (RA), during his Urs annual.

Ameer-e-Kabeer Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (RA) was known as Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) in IIOJK.

The Anjuman in a statement in Srinagar while remembering the precious religious, dawah, literary and reforming services of Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) paid glorious tribute to the revered saint and scholar of Islam.

The Anjuman described Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) as “an embodiment of truth, knowledge, truthfulness, reliability, honesty and guardianship, and a great benefactor, compassionate and mentor to Kashmiris in the truest sense of the word”.

Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) traveled from Khatlan region of Iran to Kashmir after extraordinary hardships and struggles and practically invited the people of Kashmir to Islam; and residents of the territory responded to the call of Hazrat Amir-e-Kabeer (RA), according to the statement.

The Anjuman said it was a miracle of the faith and high spirituality of Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan that as a result of his three preaching tours, the source of Islam arrived forever in all the Kashmir Valley. “And not only the history but also the fate of Kashmir has changed forever. Whereas history can be changed but fate cannot,” he said.

“Through the great personality of Hazrat Shah-e-Hamdan (RA), the people of Kashmir not only obtained the priceless wealth of Islam, but the revered saint brought art, crafts, skills and industry which have boosted the economy of Kashmir and brought economies revolution.The people of Kashmir have started to rise on the world stage through these industries which have become their hallmark.Through these skills and craftsmanship, Kashmiris have achieved worldwide fame for hundreds of years,” the statement read.

Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan (RA) was not only a great scholar and religious leader, but also a philosopher, writer and traveler, the Anjuman said.

Ajmer man in viral video

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Jaipur: Days after Kanhaiya Lal Teli was beheaded by two Muslims in Udaipur, Rajasthan, an Ajmer man announced he would donate his property to anyone who beheads suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on the Prophet Muhammad.

The person has been identified as Salman Chishti. In a video message, the Ajmer native is heard saying that the now-suspended BJP leader betrayed the pride of Khwaja Saheb and Mohammad Saheb and would give his house as a reward to anyone who beheads Sharma.

In the viral video, Salman is also heard saying that Muslims are being persecuted and killed across the country.

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Police ensured strict action against the accused and said staff were closely monitoring these instigating videos on social media.

Additional Police Superintendent Vikas Sangwan said he also received this video via WhatsApp. Sangwan said police officials also met with local clerics.

“The attitude of the police administration is very strict regarding this video, Salman Chishti is seen intoxicated in the video. In this regard, the police have also spoken to the officials of Dargah and Anjuman, who order him to prevent this video from going viral,” the police chief said.

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Sangwan informed that Salman is a resident of Chishti Dargah Police Station area. He assured that the cops will soon arrest the accused.

In a shocking incident, Kanhaiya lal, a tailor by profession, was beheaded by two men in the Maldas Street area of ​​Udaipur on June 28 for allegedly sharing a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma.

The now-suspended BJP spokesman allegedly made objectionable comments against the Prophet Muhammad during a televised debate.

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“He was a Hindu, he died a Hindu”

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Did Kishore Kumar convert to Islam to marry Madhubala? The late actress’s sister sets the record straight

Bollywood stars Madhubala and Kishore Kumar married in 1960.e Mughal-E-Azam The actress’s private life has always been talked about in the tabloids, and her marriage to Kumar has also remained in the news. At the time, rumors claimed that the playback singer had changed his religion to marry her. However, Madhubala’s sister Madhur Bhushan finally set the record straight.

Bhushan, who is working on her sister’s biopic, clarified that Kishore Kumar never converted to Islam. While talking about her father’s negative image in a recent interview, Madhubala’s younger sister said he was never against the actress and Kumar’s marriage.

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Responding to the rumours, she said Estimates“He did not oppose Madhu apa’s marriage to Kishore Kumar. In fact, Madhu apa had vomited blood and doctors in Bombay diagnosed him with a heart murmur. They suggested he go to London to get a proper diagnosis and he This is where the hole in his heart was found.Nevertheless, when Kishore bhaiya was supposed to take Madhu apa to London, my father suggested that they get married after the London visitation and diagnosis. But Kishore bhaiya and Madhu apa insisted on getting married first.”

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Speaking about the speculation around Kishore Kumar’s religion, she added, “Many people say that Kishore Kumar converted to Islam to marry Madhu apa, but that is not true. He was a Hindu and he is deceased Hindu. None of the husbands who married in our family have changed their religion.”

Madhubala and Kishore Kumar were married for nine years until the actress’ tragic death in 1969.

New lake park in historic Jeddah showcases cultural destination

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RIYADH: Two Thai pilgrims performing Hajj for the first time have expressed their joy at arriving in Saudi Arabia after not being able to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hajj is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I couldn’t hold back my tears when I first saw the Kaaba. If I am able to perform Hajj after this period, I intend to perform Umrah every year, God willing. Hajj means everything to me,” Arong Samae told Arab News.

Samae from Narathiwat province in southern Thailand is a businessman who is undertaking the pilgrimage with his wife this year.

“I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for their tremendous efforts through which Muslims can visit the city of the Prophet (Madinah) and Makkah again, and I pray to Almighty God to grant- him more prosperity and progress,” Samae said.

The native of Narathiwat province flew from southern Thailand directly to Medina airport. He arrived in Saudi Arabia on June 11 and left for Mecca on June 17.

“I never encountered any difficulties; everything is organized and easy. The Thai Hajj Company provides everything from start to finish, and the Thai government also provides support and facilities at all stages,” Samae said.

“The trip took about eight hours by charter flight, and I did not expect these facilities, because I heard that the pilgrimage trip is tiring and long, starting with car transfers to the capital, then waiting for the flight for two or three days,” he said.

Samae was surprised how fast and seamless the process was: “Thank God everything (was) easy…Less than 12 hours…and I was in Saudi Arabia, thank God,” did he declare.

“I prayed to God that one day I would arrive in Saudi Arabia. I also thank everyone who serves the pilgrims, whether they come from Thailand or Saudi Arabia,” he said.

He said he wanted to perform Hajj two years ago but was unable to do so due to COVID-19 restrictions. The pandemic had “changed everything” they wanted to do, he said.

Mamu Kayah, 58, from Thailand, is performing Hajj with his wife this year. He is an Arabic teacher at the high school in Yala, a city in the south of the country.

“I am very happy to have this opportunity, and I thank God for it day and night. And I am absolutely certain that every Muslim who has come to this pure land shares this feeling with me,” Kayah said.

He told Arab News it was his third time performing Hajj.

“We are very lucky to have a direct flight from the far south of Thailand, Narathiwat state, which is only about 100 kilometers from my home,” he said.

“The Thai Hajj Society and the Thai Hajj Mission have done their duty well; everything is organized and tidy, especially with the presence of electronic platforms which greatly contribute to facilitating the process from the first day until boarding the plane for Medina,” he said.

Kayah took an eight-hour direct flight from Narathiwat to Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina. He thanked the Kingdom and Thailand for providing these routes for pilgrims.

“I heard that arranging the charter plane was not easy, and it can only be done with the great efforts of the two countries, Thailand and Saudi Arabia,” he said. he declares.

Kayah and his wife arrived in Medina on June 12, traveled to Makkah on June 18 and will return to their home country on July 20.

“You could say that this year’s Hajj is very special and completely different from my previous experience,” he said.

“For example, from getting off the plane at Medina airport to arriving at the hotel, the process only took an hour. Every step is quick and orderly, starting with passport procedures, taking luggage, getting on the bus,” Kayah added.

He added that Saudi and Thai employees were available everywhere to help. “Above all, the welcome from the relevant Saudi authority has been very wonderful; we felt like one of the VIPs,” he said.

It was a moving experience for him. “An indescribable pleasure, especially for someone my age. I always cry when I stand in front of the Prophet’s Mosque and the Holy Kaaba, crying with joy, of course, and all thanks to Almighty God,” he said.

“The only issue that worries me and everyone else is the high price of everything; in any case, we understand very well that this thing is not in our hands, so that not only have the costs of Hajj increased but in everything and everywhere in the world. Other than that, there are no difficulties,” he said.

Thailand has a post-pandemic quota of 5,885 pilgrims, according to the Thai Embassy in Jeddah, of whom 3,738 have registered to do so. Before the COVID-19 restrictions, Thailand had a quota of 13,000. In 2018 and 2019, a total of 7,851 and 8,462 pilgrims respectively performed the Hajj.

As of June 20, 1,120 pilgrims have arrived in Medina on Thai Airways charter flights. Four flights arrived in the Kingdom from June 10 to 13. The other 2,618 pilgrims will travel on eight flights from June 29 to Jeddah, including five via Thai Airways and three with Saudi Airlines.

As the first groups of pilgrims arrived in Mecca and Medina on Sunday, Basri Tatif, the deputy head of Thai pilgrim affairs, praised the Kingdom for its organization and said his fellow citizens will be able to perform their rituals safely with all measures in place.

Is it really a question of hijab?

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LLast Friday, I came across lawyer and self-described activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, on Twitter’s audio chatroom, Spaces, and briefly engaged him on his controversial appeal to wear the insignia of an undeclared religious group. at a hearing.

His unusual appearance sparked a debate around the Supreme Court’s agreement with the decision of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which in 2016 overturned the 2014 judgment of the State High Court from Lagos. The latter had said that the decision of the Lagos State government to ban the wearing of hijab in public primary and secondary schools in the state was not discriminatory.

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Mr. Omirhobo’s activism was an attempt to demonstrate the apparent anarchy permitted by the Supreme Court, and he dramatized it in fashion for klieg light. It should be a toast to our democracy, but it didn’t take long before the joke became obvious, with another lawyer taking inspiration from him to wear a pastoral robe in court. The flaw in the message of these “human rights advocates” is this tragic assumption that the hijab, like regalia and dress, is a ceremonial or casual covering. The second error is the commitment to confuse secularism and atheism.

On this Twitter space hosted by the Cable Newspaper, Mr. Omirhobo argued that religion has set the country back and that while other nations are on the way to creating facilities to improve the quality of life of their people. , Nigeria is obsessed with an attachment to beliefs that should have been separated from the state. This theory has been the centerpiece of our ongoing search for the scapegoat of our development dilemma and our inability to unite against the real enemy – the political elite who exploit religious sensitivities and identities to secure their hold on power. Politics.

The projection that any religion is an obstacle to the nation’s ability to compete with the developing world or less endowed countries is sophistry at its worst, and Islam has been the main topic. The same Nigerians who are quick to portray Muslims as a setback are the very characters who are desperate to visit and relocate to Muslim countries like the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and even Morocco to fellowship with residents, neighbors, employers, colleagues wearing the hijab, security guards and other tourists.

It is undeniable that a segment of the Muslim population has deployed the religion wrongly and exploited our security loopholes to wreak havoc in the state, but singling out their existence to demonize about half of the country’s population, most of whom also criticize these offenders. , is a misframing of the religious tensions plaguing the country and it has propelled anti-Muslim bigotry into even the least expected places.

What plays out today as a call for a secular state in Nigeria, which fits the profile of an irreligious state, is a manifestation of our age-old politics of identities and mutual suspicion towards one another. The hijab, which has sparked these clownish pleas by those who do not understand that it is compulsory for practicing Muslim women, is not a problem because the Islamization agenda narrative is true, but because critics feel that Muslims are pampered by the state.

This is why I asked Mr. Omirhobo during the discussion why, as a longtime lawyer, he never wore his religious regalia to attend social functions, participate in sports, visit malls and restaurants and walk barefoot in the evening, as is done. for his court appearance, but he suddenly felt like the Malcolm X of traditional religions because Muslim women won their right to adhere to their faith. Interestingly, the activist chose to dress “normally” in subsequent court appearances, and it doesn’t make her see that it’s not the same for these Muslim women. The hijab is not an option for practicing Muslim women, it is not a fashionable adornment.

When he was reminded that the same Western countries he pointed to as models of secular ideology make room for hijabi athletes and policemen, and I cited the case of the New York Police Department which did not not only allows its female Muslim officers to wear the hijab on duty but had, as a sign of cultural sensitivity in 2020, even prohibited removing the hijab before taking the shots of Muslim women, Mr Omirhobo’s response revealed a contradiction. He said Western-style secularism, which is the obvious inspiration for what he denies as a protest against the hijab, is not a model for Nigeria, and that white people had been interested in destroying the race. black and had deployed HIV/AIDS and the COVID-19 pandemic for this intention and failed. The host had to remind him to weigh his words as a public figure, and he insisted he was entitled to his opinion. Nigeria, he said, must design its version of secular ideals to suit its particular environment.

The world of thought has made laws to accommodate diversity and recognize religious differences, but “human rights lawyers” in a country with about half of its population Muslim believe that depriving such a percentage of their right to worship and participate in non-optional activities and harmless clothing is a calculated pearl of wisdom. It can’t be about the hijab.

I choose to believe Mr. Omirhobo’s assertion that he is not Islamophobic in his response to Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a group whose comments I also find controversial on extreme and problematic national issues, but the inspiration from his latest activism is unlikely to save him from such accusations. On Twitter Space, he also reiterated this position and that he is simply interested in a state without religious representation in public affairs.

The Chinese have the version of the state system that Mr. Omirhobo and his ilk tend to advocate – an irreligious place designed to quell any attempt by any group to identify with a religion. The result is that at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslims are held in extrajudicial concentration camps or sent to prison, with daring journalists and former detainees and residents of the Xinjiang region feeding the world stories of torture, sexual abuse and forced assaults. sterilization in the camps. It is the practice of a state system presented as the solution to Nigeria’s development dilemma.

We need to stop pretending that we don’t know what the problem is and why these Middle Eastern countries are thriving under a more rigid sharia legal system than the gimmick in place in northern Nigeria. We have prosecuted the wrong culprits, and that is the gross lack of responsible and accountable leadership, and we are not fierce in confronting the architects of this bastardization of our democracy as we practice our mutual dislike for one another.

Our democracy is not perfect, but it is enough for any serious people to build a viable country. This form of government offered an umbrella for hawks and eagles to roost on, but we obsess over the color of those birds and the size of their beaks instead of those that let the tree wither and the branches fall off.

YouTuber Shazia Nuzar says you have to worship rapists to be a Hindu

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Making derogatory comments about Hindu religion and Hindu gods has become a fad these days. Without fear of repercussions or reprisals, Hinduism has become a fair target for fanatics of all persuasions. Popular YouTuber Shazia Nuzar has also joined the ranks of Hinduphobic personalities by making outrageously offensive comments about Hinduism.

Nuzar, who runs a YouTube channel with 99,000 subscribers and an Instagram account with nearly 11,000 followers, made the remarks in one of his videos.

Shazia Nuzar YouTube Channel

Taking a sarcastic tone to mock Hinduism, Nuzar said it is not easy to be a Hindu, you have to worship 330 million gods to be a Hindu. She added that to be a Hindu you have to worship someone like Krishna who steals clothes from women taking a bath in a pond. Not stopping there, she goes on to say that you even have to worship rapists to become a Hindu.

Nuzar’s highly offensive video has now gone viral on social media, with users wondering if the court would make a point about her for provoking Hindus by offending their religious beliefs.

After video of her Hinduphobic remarks went viral, Shazia Nuzar posted another video of his Youtube channel trying to give a “context” to his remarks. Nuzar said she made the objectionable comments because someone else on Instagram commented on Islam, so she was just “replying” after doing a Google search.

Ironically, when Nupur Sharma attempted to respond to Shivling’s continued mockery in a current affairs debate, it sparked global outrage and several FIRs across the country against Sharma. Even India’s Supreme Court chose to blame Nupur Sharma for “setting the country on fire” with his “cowardly tongue”.

‘Arabs and Muslims showed off their costumes in true strange glory’ – the pride I will never forget | Pride

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Ohen I was a child in Bahrain, I dreaded family celebrations. Not because I didn’t want to see my loved ones, but because I was too scared to dance. Some Arabic music is more than sumptuous. It’s achingly romantic, dynamic and playful, filled to the brim with the most over-the-top metaphors you’ll ever hear, composed with the lushest instrumentals. The camp melodrama is a gay kid’s dream come true…or worst nightmare, as the opulent emotional sounds almost have you dancing out the door. As a child terrified of the very real repercussions of being found out to be gay, Arabic music was my forbidden fruit at family events, tempting me to reveal myself and thus secure my exile.

As a child, I was particularly obsessed with the music of Umm Kulthum, the 20th-century Egyptian singer whose voice mesmerized the Arab world with her fiery gravitas. Her voice is full of emotion and her lyrics are steeped in drama – listening to her can be an overwhelming experience. I used to watch my mom and her friends dance to it, while I sat in the corner with my brother, my dad, and all the other boys, restrained from moving my body as the music demanded.

‘His voice is full of emotion and his lyrics are steeped in drama’… Umm Kulthum. Photograph: CPA Media Pte Ltd/Alamy

During my teenage years, my sexuality and general behavior became a real problem for my family and community, who feared that I would fall into sin and bring them shame. My behavior was controlled and punished in all kinds of ways. It was an extremely difficult time in my life. Living in the UK since the age of 11, I came to the reductive conclusion that my Arab heritage and my queer identity were incompatible, and so I distanced myself from my cultural roots. Came out the low-budget Walkman CD Umm Kulthum, and the considerably less poetic Blue,.

When I first started going to gay clubs at 18, it was the Madonna, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga soundtrack that allowed me to move my body more naturally, without the fear of family judgment. But no music could ever match the magical theatricality of the Arabic music I grew up around. Everything changed when I attended Black Pride in London in 2018.

Amrou Al-Kadhi at Pride.
Amrou Al-Kadhi at Pride. Photography: Courtesy of Amrou Al-Kadhi

As I was walking, a shy, handsome Arab man walked up to me, telling me he knew about my work and was grateful to have seen queer Arab representation in the media. With a bewitching look, they beckoned me and my friends to come with them to “Pride of Arabia”.

We were guided to a hidden pocket of Black Pride, away from the main stage and large crowds. I soon found myself among a group of queer Arabs and Muslims, sporting the costumes of their past in true queer glory, a lot in drag, belly dancing to Arabic sounds that uplifted them and (for some) shut them out. .

I didn’t think the timing could be better, but the rich, powerful sound of Umm Kulthum’s voice came out of the speakers. And there, on the corner of a south London field, I finally merged my queer identity with my Arab heritage, and danced freely to the music that had orchestrated my childhood.

Muslim and Hindu outfits condemn horrific murder of tailor in Rajasthan | Hubballi News

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Dharwad: Activists from outfits, which transcend affiliation and religious denomination, gathered in Dharwad on Thursday to protest against the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal, tailor, in Udaipur in Rajasthan. Protesters demanded capital punishment for the killers of Lal, Riyaz and Mohammad Gaus,
Members of the Muslim community united under the banner of Anjuman-e-Islam to express their outrage at this heinous crime and their sympathy for the victim and his bereaved family. Participate in a rally that ended at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, where they submitted a memorandum demanding that the attackers receive the death penalty in three months.
Former Anjuman-e-Islam President Ismail Tamatgar sought to remind the people that Islam is a religion of peace, which does not tolerate acts harmful to the interests of the land. “Speaking out against a democratically elected prime minister is a criminal offence. Moreover, an act of such violence proves that Riyaz and Gaus are not followers of Islam. They appear to be involved in terrorist activities,” Tamatgar said.
Meanwhile, activists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and BJP gathered at the Swami Vivekananda Circle, to condemn the barbaric act in Rajasthan. Protesters warned of a massive public revolt against Congress if the Ashok Geholt-led government in Rajasthan fails to curb the activities of life-threatening individuals and organizations.
They highlighted the different avenues available to dissidents to express their opinion in a democratic framework and to express their indignation towards those who had taken the law into their own hands. “Killing someone for little more than expressing support for a BJP leader on a social media site simply cannot be justified,” they said.
They called on the Center to take stern action against those who seek to disrupt order in society. The government must ensure that the killers receive the death penalty.
SUCI(S) members also condemned the horrific murder of Kanhaiya Lal, urging the government to take tough action against Islamic extremists. In a statement released by the party to the media, SUCI(S) made it clear that bloodshed could not be tolerated in society. “Kanhaiya Lal’s murder sparked unrest in society. The two attackers have been arrested and they must be punished. People from both communities should work to establish peace and harmony in society,” the statement said.

KAT and Barr among four ESPY Muhammad Ali Award finalists

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In recognition of the outsized impact Minnesota sports stars have had on the national conversation on issues of equity and social justice over the past year, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Barr are two of four finalists. of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award 2022.

The other two nominees are Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and Brad Stuver of Austin FC. The award celebrates athletes who use sport to impact local, national or global communities.

Nelson Cruz, a member of the Twins at the time, won the 2020 award.

Towns was recently named a finalist to Social Justice Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by the NBA, while Barr was named the Vikings’ Walter Payton 2021 Man of the Year for his community efforts.

Barr is currently a free agent, but the longtime Vikings linebacker started the Elevate the Barr Foundation in 2016 with his mother Lori Barr to provide educational opportunities for single-parent families. They offer scholarships as well as emergency grants for single parent students. Raise the Barr participated in the Jeremiah program in Minneapolis and Barr also worked with the Minneapolis Juvenile Detention Center.

“The Minneapolis community really embraced me as one of their own, and that was just giving back,” Barr said last year. “That’s kind of what we’re trying to do: just show our gratitude for the last five, six, seven, eight years that I’ve been here. It’s heartwarming, man. It makes you want to keep doing good work, because you know it works.”

Towns, the Timberwolves All-Star forward, has been an advocate for equity in health care, especially when it comes to the care and treatment of COVID-19. His mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns died after contracting coronavirus in April 2020; Cities worked with the NBA on public service announcements regarding COVID-19 vaccines and provided 100 COVID-19 test kits to 50 schools in Minnesota and New Jersey. The cities also donated $20,000 to the George Floyd Memorial Foundation in July 2021.

“It is an extremely humbling honor to be named a finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award,” Towns said in a statement after receiving the nomination. “Ali was a true agent of change and a humanitarian in every sense of the word; a social force who fought for the marginalized and inspired much of my community activism. I am honored to be part of this list of ‘athletes who do impactful and inspiring work.’

The winner will be announced as part of the ESPYs on July 20.

The Quran says that no one can limit the freedom of others. Udaipur murder violates Islamic golden rule

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youThe murder of daipur is another incident that casts doubt on the progress that mankind has made since the dark ages. Great minds throughout history have reiterated the role of peace in the development of society. But the incident is an example of the chaos that unleashes when intolerance reigns over reason and brotherhood. This condemnable act has reignited the discussion of how violent extremist actions contradict the fundamental tenets that Islam professes.

The root of the Arabic word for Islam is ‘sm‘, meaning peace. Islam has no place for bloodshed and killing other human beings. The Koran declared that ‘killing one human being is like killing all mankind’ (Qur’an, 5:32).

To kill someone is haraam (forbidden) in Islam. It is illegal for civilians to physically or even verbally attack others. According to Islam, punishment is the prerogative of established courts, not of individuals or non-governmental organizations. If someone commits a crime, their case will be referred to a tribunal created by the laws of a country, and the judge will render his decision after completing the necessary legal steps. Then the competent judicial authorities will execute the order. Civilians cannot do this. Not only the performance of rites, but part of religious duty also makes it necessary for a Muslim to respect and observe the laws of the country in which he resides. Throughout history, Islamic scholars have uniformly agreed that respecting and obeying the law of the land is an essential aspect of faith.


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Islam, a faith of reason

Those who use aggressive methods or words instead of reasoned answers slander their faith. To inflict physical punishment or incite others to do the same on anyone who makes a disparaging remark about the Prophet Muhammad is tantamount to implying that Islam is incapable of providing a reasoned answer, which in itself discredits Islam. .

Islam is an ideology based on reason. All Islamic teachings are based on reason and argument, and they favor logical debate rather than corporal punishment. There can be many reasons why a person may choose negative words against the Prophet and one of them is provocation. The provocation often leads to an exchange of harsh words and the Quran’s golden rule of mutual respect and tolerance (6:108), where he asks his followers not to insult someone else’s faith. , seeks to solve this problem.

According to Quranic teachings, no individual has the power to limit the freedom of others – it is available to everyone. It is not for individuals to decide whether someone has used or abused their freedom. In all aspects of life, the Islamic way is to seek peace and reason. A popular anecdote illustrates this. Once in Medina a man came to the Prophet and said, ‘Teach me something that is not too much for me so that I can comply with it.’ The Prophet replied: ‘Do not be angry.’ The man repeated his request several times, but each time the answer was the same: “Don’t be angry. It is deeply distressing that, rather than heeding this advice, some Muslims continue to resort to violence, passive or aggressive, due to self-inflicted paranoia.


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The responsibility lies with the followers

History shows that any success on the part of an individual or a community has been achieved by adopting a peaceful and conciliatory approach. It gives people the ability to make full use of available options, whereas confrontation only leads to planning the destruction of others. This latter approach is inherently programmed to achieve a destructive result. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved by violence; it can only be attained through understanding.

Despite the fact that no religion encourages violence, some of the most horrific acts of violence in history have occurred in the name of faith. So, whose responsibility is it to be at the forefront of the faith, preventing it from being misinterpreted and distorted? Followers. It is up to them to do whatever is necessary to build a society where peace, freedom of expression and constructive dialogue reign.

Extremist ideology and violent behavior have no place in any society. A heavy burden rests on the shoulders of the scholars and intellectuals of the communities. Leaders must clearly and openly condemn any act of violence and effectively escalate these views to build a peaceful world for generations to come.

The author is an Islamic thinker and author of ‘The true face of Islam‘. Views are personal.

(Edited by Srinjoy Dey)

‘Culture of fear’: Bangladeshi teachers waver as hateful attacks on Hindus continue

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Hindu teachers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh are being targeted in the name of religion for other issues, such as disputes with influential people, educators say, and prominent citizens.

In one of the latest incidents, Swapan Kumar Biswas, acting principal of Mirzapur United College in Narail, was forced to wear a shoe garland last week for what a crowd of Muslim students and locals have called of “insult to Islam”, the same reason cited in similar incidents in the past.

Another Hindu teacher, Utpal Kumar Sarker, was beaten to death in an attack by a class 10 student at Haji Yunus Ali School and College in Savar earlier this week, an incident that sparked outrage shock in the communities of teachers and others.

Although the motive for the murder is unclear, family and police suspect he was targeted for correcting the student for sexually harassing female students.

Many believe that their religion has made them easy targets, especially in the case of Swapan.

In 2016, the incident of Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta being forced to do sit-ups while holding his ears in public by Jatiya party MP Salim Osman for allegedly insulting Islam led to a condemnation widespread.

Despite unprecedented protests across the country, no one has been tried for this incident. On the contrary, it was Shyamal who landed in prison in a corruption case, which has not yet been decided.

Speaking to bdnews24.com, Shyamal, now retired, called the continuation of such incidents “very regrettable”. He blamed the abuse of power by school management committees and local politicians for this.

“Management committees mainly play dirty politics. Managers who follow ethics instead of taking money from them suffer the most. This is undesirable. Teachers are the backbone of a nation, the builders of humanity. Such inhuman acts against them are very regrettable.

Reminiscing about his days at his school after the 2016 incident, Shyamal said, “I had to be careful teaching classes. The classrooms reminded me of humiliation.

“How is a teacher who has been forced to wear a shoe garland going to teach normally? They will hesitate to do anything for fear of being insulted at every step.”

“CULTURE OF FEAR”

Science teacher Hriday Chandra Mondal was arrested in Munshiganj in April for offending students’ religious feelings during a class discussion as a group of angry students and locals launched violent protests. He was released following numerous counter-protests across the country.

In the same month, Amodini Paul, deputy principal of Daul Barbakpur High School in Mohadevpur of Naogaon, corrected some students for not wearing uniforms. She faced anger from locals following rumors that she punished female Muslim students for wearing the hijab.

Many teachers in the minority Hindu community fear that such incidents will happen to them, a thought that prevents them from teaching normally.

Shimul Chandra Das, Deputy Principal of Shahid Joynal Abedin Model High School in Noakhali Subarnachar, said: “These [incidents] are sad and shameful. We now remain cautious when speaking in classrooms. We teach with fear. Teaching has these limits now.”

Ashish Sarkar, Deputy Head of Tetla PGS Secondary School in Banaripara of Barishal, said: “We have never been rude to our teachers. But it’s happening now [students attacking teachers].”

“We cannot correct our students for fear of losing their jobs.”

However, Subrata Pal, the headmaster of Barat Girls High School in Rajbari, said they were not very alarmed by the incidents. “The people of Rajbari live in communal harmony. Such incidents generally do not occur in our region.

WHY HINDU TEACHERS ARE TARGET

Fazle Hossain Badshah, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Education, said: “We have seen for some time now that there is an attempt to create a community situation by targeting minority teachers in schools. education across the country. ”

He cited the Narail incident in the presence of the police as an example of “administrative indifference” and in some cases, he said, local administrations are “biased towards communal forces”.

Professor Neem Chandra Bhowmik, a member of the Presidium of the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council of Bangladesh, believes that religious fanatics, extremists and community groups in society try to create such tensions whenever they see fit. have the opportunity, targeting minorities and torturing them.

“They start with a simple [Facebook] status. They can inform the administration. But they can’t do horrible things like hold their ears up or put a garland of shoes around their neck.

According to Neem, a kind of division is thus created between the students. He called for swift administrative measures as well as socio-cultural resistance to deal with the situation.

Father Tapan Camillus De Rozario, associate professor in the Department of World Religions and Cultures at the University of Dhaka, said: “These incidents are happening in the minority community probably because of past animosity, not faith. in religion”.

“If we analyze the findings of the investigations, we will see that some of the reasons behind the incidents were different [from religious ones]. Overall, there is hatred and intimidation.

He called for proper investigations into whether the incidents were linked to local politics or were orchestrated to destroy community harmony. “If we could bring out the people behind it all, we might have found the root of it.”

“Nothing is happening all of a sudden. I think these are planned events. We don’t want to see this kind of politics, bigotry. We have to stop a repeat of attacks capitalizing on religion,” said Sadeka Halim , professor of sociology at the University of Dhaka.

Demanding that local MPs be held accountable for these incidents, Sadeka said: “Politics becomes different at the local level. The deputies belong to the school’s management committee and the steering committee. Don’t they know that their constituency is changing, that the forces of evil are getting stronger?

“We are also becoming silent, we are not protesting. The teachers in Narail could have protested at the time of the incident, but they did not.”

[Writing in English by Arshi Fatiha Quazi; editing by Osham-ul-Sufian Talukder]

Jamiat condemns murder of Udaipur tailor

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New Delhi: Prominent Muslim organization Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind on Tuesday condemned the heinous killing of a tailor in Udaipur, Rajasthan, saying such an act can in no way be justified and is against the religion of Islam .

Two men slit the throat of a tailor in Udaipur, claiming in a video posted on social media that they were avenging an insult to Islam.

In a statement, Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, general secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, condemned the “brutal murder in Udaipur apparently under the guise of insulting the Prophet” and called it against the law of the land as well as “against the religion of Islam”.

He said whoever perpetrated this incident can in no way be justified and that the act was against the law of the land and “our religion”.

“In our country there is a system of law, no one has the right to take justice into their own hands,” Qasmi said.

He also called on all citizens of the country to exercise restraint and maintain peace in the country.

The men who allegedly carried out the murder in daylight posted videos online admitting to the crime and were arrested by police.

In a video clip, one of the alleged attackers said he beheaded the man and then threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying their knife would also hit him.

Indirectly, the attackers referred to Nupur Sharma, the BJP leader suspended from the party for a remark on the Prophet Mohammad.

Kanhaiya Lal, the tailor, was recently arrested by local police following comments he made on social media.

Nupur sharma allegation on alt news co founder mohammed zubair in prophet muhammad row

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New Delhi: Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair has been arrested by Delhi police for offending religious feelings. Mohammad Zubair, arrested by the Cyber ​​Unit of the Special Police Cell, runs a fact-checking news site and is very active on social media. Recently, the name of Mohammad Zubair has also come up in the famous case of Nupur Sharma. Nupur, who became the reason for outrage among Muslims around the world over controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, had made many serious allegations against him. Nupur Sharma, a former spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), commented on Prophet Mohammad in a televised debate. Violence has taken place in many parts of the country to protest this, and many Islamic countries have also expressed their displeasure. Nupur, suspended from the BJP, had named Mohammad Zubair for the controversy over her statement. He accused him of twisting his statement and even said that if anything happened to him, Mohammad Zubair would be responsible. Nupur Sharma had also filed a complaint with the Delhi Police via Twitter. Apart from that, Zubair has been repeatedly accused of fake news and one-sided fact-checking.Arrest in separate caseHowever, Mohammad Zubair’s arrest is not related to Nupur Sharma’s case. Mohammad Zubair is accused of hurting religious feelings. He was sentenced under articles IPC-153 (acts likely to disturb the atmosphere and cause nuisance) and article-295 (contempt of an object considered sacred by any society). Zubair was summoned for questioning in the case, after which he was arrested.what was the position that led to the arrestIn fact, on the complaint of the duty officer present in the IFSO Unit of Delhi Police Special Cell, this FIR occurred on 20th June. According to the duty officer, he was watching when he saw this Hanuman Bhakt whose Twitter handle @balajikijai had shared a tweet from Mohammad Zubair which contained objectionable material. It was tweeted from Zubair’s account that Honeymoon Hotel before 2014 and Hanuman Hotel after 2014. A photo of the hotel signboard was also posted, in which the honeymoon hotel was shown on the photo of the Hanuman Hotel. Devotee @balajikijai Twitter ID shared this and wrote that Hindus were insulted by comparing Hanuman ji with the word honeymoon he is single. Therefore, action must be taken on this, these tweets were found to create hatred in the society, taking action on which the police registered an FIR against Zubair under IPC 153A and 295.

If you think Denmark is all about Borgen and social equality, take a look at its terrible ‘ghetto’ law | Hettie O’Brien

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Oe get into the habit of idealizing Scandinavia. Living in Britain, a country of damp sandwiches, ramshackle housing and sky-high gas bills, makes it easy to fantasize about places like Denmark, with its bountiful welfare state and 37-hour working week. We praise his social philosophies, adore his politics as dramatized by Borgen on television.

The idealized version of this sounds like a social democratic utopia in which the state takes care of your worries. This is unlike the experiences of Muhammad Aslam, a taxi driver I spoke to recently while visiting Denmark. The story of Aslam is one that Nordic model proponents don’t want you to hear. It reveals a darker side of this cozy ideal. And it shows that when the state sees you as an outsider, its generous provisions can be quickly withdrawn and something dystopian can take its place.

Aslam, 42, has lived in Denmark since 1987. All that time her home has been Mjølnerparken, a leafy public housing estate of squatted red brick blocks in central Copenhagen. His children were born and raised here; one has just finished his law studies, the other is an engineer. From her balcony, Aslam can hear the sound of children playing in the courtyards below, mixed with the chattering voices of their parents and grandparents. Local nurseries use the estate’s green spaces and every summer Mjølnerparken organizes a party for teenagers who have finished school.

More than a domain, it’s a community. But the government has classified Mjølnerparken as a “ghetto” and plans to reduce its social housing stock to no more than 40% of the total. Last month, Aslam received a letter telling him he had until September to leave his home. This all stems from a 2018 law aimed at eradicating all ghettos in Denmark by 2030. And the Danish state decides whether areas are considered ghettos not only by their crime rate, unemployment or education , but on the proportion of residents who are considered “non-Western” – ie recent, first or second generation migrants.

Aslam and most of the other inhabitants of Mjølnerparken are Danish citizens but, since they were not born in Western countries, they are treated as foreigners at home. Aslam’s children were born in Denmark, attended Danish schools and hold Danish university degrees. Because their father was born in Pakistan, they too are considered “non-Western”. It is not a story of gentrification or the hidden hand of the market, which excludes people from inner cities. It’s worse than that. This is actually state-directed population control.

A real estate investor, NREP, has already purchased 260 of the estate’s apartments. Once people like Aslam are evicted, the company plans to raise the rent on their old homes by more than 50%. Residents will be relocated, but they will have no control over location or cost. Their children will have to change schools; their communities will be shattered. “What did my family and I do? Why do we have to be removed? My children and my family did nothing wrong,” says Aslam.

What is happening in this area is far from being a local problem. In 2017, the country’s parliament expressed concern that people they considered to be real Danes were becoming a minority in some areas. The law on the ghettos is passed the following year. By breaking up these communities, the government hopes to confront what it calls “parallel societies”. This phrase comes up so often in Denmark that it borders on collective paranoia: the fear that areas that are home to large numbers of minority and Muslim citizens risk shattering a national culture.

The ghetto law was invented by Denmark’s previous right-wing government. Yet it is now being enforced by the left-leaning social-democratic government, aiming to bolster support among voters who otherwise fear it will be lost to the right.

This counts not only in Denmark, but also in Great Britain. It is often said that left-leaning parties must assuage the cultural anxieties of left-behind voters if they are to stave off the electoral threat from the right. This is visible in the distinction drawn between ‘somewhere’ and ‘anywhere’, the argument that working-class Labor votes have collapsed because people feel like ‘strangers in their own country’ , or in books that give an academic sheen to the disturbing idea. that “racial self-interest” of white citizens is not the same as racism. Some even seemed to suggest, as did the Danish government, that whether you are truly British is defined on the basis of your ethnicity.

The Danish Social Democratic Party has been hailed by British commentators as a lesson in how to achieve integration and as a model for neutralizing the right. Mjølnerparken shows how ugly these ideas look in practice. This should be a lesson: take this path and you will find yourself forcefully tearing communities apart in the name of social harmony.

Few residents of Mjølnerparken would deny that the estate has its problems. Unemployment and crime rates are above average and overcrowding is a problem. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll find plenty of stories that challenge that image: Ibrahim Kadoura, an electrician who’s lived here since 1992, proudly tells me about his son’s place in medical school and his daughter’s leading role in a consulting company. . The government views problems in these areas as the product of failed migrant integration, but residents know it is more complicated. The labor market discriminates against people with Middle Eastern and non-Danish surnames, while many people find it difficult to find a job simply because they live in a stigmatized area like Mjølnerparken. Breaking up the estate would destroy a supportive community and do little to address the discrimination its residents face.

Compliance is at the heart of Danish culture. Believing that people are like you and share your values ​​can be helpful in maintaining support for a welfare state. But there is a darker side implicit in this requirement: if the country’s generous welfare state is uniquely Danish, then migrants and foreigners who are not considered genuinely Danish are easily characterized as a threat to him. “The most important thing when people live together is tolerance – ‘I will accept you, and you will accept me,’” Kadoura said. “I accept the Danish people. But I feel like they can’t accept me.

Dharma Files | Understanding Islam in the Light of Hinduism

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According to the Hindu tradition, we should not do what the holy figures do, but rather do what the holy figures ask us to do.

Indian citizens of Hindu and Muslim faith celebrate the verdict in the Ayodhya case at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 9, 2019. PTI

The Nupur Sharma controversy represents a crisis in Hindu-Muslim relations. It has been said, however, that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Because often a crisis also brings a great opportunity in its wake. Perhaps this moment of crisis in Hindu-Muslim relations can also be a great teaching moment. How could this be possible?

In the heat of the exchanges on the question of the putative discovery of the Shiva-linga in the Gyanvapi mosque, calumnies have apparently been thrown on the personality of the Prophet of Islam. However, no one disputed the accuracy of the statement made during the debate, for which the relevant chapter and verse of Hadith literature (Bukhari 5134) was quoted extensively during the debates. Some videos even show the Islamic evangelist, Zakir Naik, confirming the statement in question. Thus, while the motive behind the statement that was made is questionable, the same cannot be said of the statement, which is apparently textually accurate.

It should now be noted that similar accusations can and have been made against revered Hindu personalities. Sita, by a reckoning it seems, was six years old when she was married to Rama. The Puranas are replete with accounts of the gallantries of the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. Etc. How then does the Hindu tradition teach us to deal with such cases and help us to better understand the situation?

Hindu tradition does this by advising not to do what holy figures do, but rather do what holy figures interrogate it’s up to us to do (na devacaritam caret… devakathitam caret). It thus draws a distinction between the character of the person and the statement made by the person.

Is it a cop? I would like to suggest that a serious argument may be involved here. The reason we admire great figures in history is the contribution they have made in their respective fields. Thus, we admire Einstein for his famous theories of relativity (and not because he was not an ideal husband). We admire Mahatma Gandhi for devising a way to fight for justice without violence (not because he wasn’t an ideal father). We admire President Kennedy for making the right decision during the Cuban crisis (not because he was not a role model family).

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When we think of the Prophet Muhammad, we think of the founder of one of the main religions of mankind, under whose inspiration the hitherto unknown Arabs founded a vast empire less than half a century after his death. . When a Muslim thinks of the Prophet, he thinks of a person through whom the words of God became human words. To invoke the more mundane side of the lives of these major personalities is, in a sense, to diminish them, for we thereby divert attention from their great achievements, for which we cherish them, and compromise their role of inspiration in our lives.

The advice contained in the saying, that we must not do as the wise have done but do as they ask us, it seems to me, expresses this point in a folkloric way. If we take a similar attitude in this case, then we could argue that what really matters about the Prophet is that he was a channel for conveying the word of God to mankind, which he “uttered “the words of God, and that was the great miracle of his life, and that’s what you have to focus on.

My suggestion is however open to a serious objection from the Muslim side, namely that the Prophet is the ideal person whose actions Muslims are encouraged to emulate and that, in distinguishing his prophetic role (speaking for God) from his exemplary role, I am unfair to the Islamic tradition. This objection seems to me well founded and must be taken with the utmost seriousness. One cannot separate the private and public life of the Prophet as one would in the case of an Einstein or a Kennedy, or even a Gandhi, because the two Koran and the Sunna are major sources of sharia. And the Sunna represents what the Prophet said or did.

However, it is clear that Muslims are not supposed to follow the Prophet in everything respects. For example, the ordinary Muslim cannot imitate the prophetic function of the Prophet. Even the number of marriages permitted to a Muslim under Sharia, for example, is limited to four, compared to the many others recorded in the Prophet’s biographical accounts. Again, perhaps Hinduism could help us understand Islam. The Gandhian saint, Vinoba Bhave, points out in his writings that we admire the Maratha leader, Shivaji, for building many forts, which enabled him to become a military force in his time. But if we believe that the country should become a military force in our time, we will not build forts, but rather military training centers or airfields, or similar institutions suitable for a modern army. The obvious point is that when we decide to follow a great leader, we must adapt his model to the contemporary context in order to be loyal to the leader.

The provision for quadrigamy in the Islamic tradition could serve as an example. The revelation, which provides for four wives for one Muslim, came after the Battle of Uhud, in which the people of Medina fought the Meccans, under the leadership of the Prophet, and were able to defend themselves, but at great expense . to human life. This loss of life left many women and children in the Muslim community without support, and it could be argued that the provision for four wives was intended to enable the burden to be shared with the rest of the community. Perhaps the message here is to imagine the best way to achieve this in our time. That is to say: how to better provide for the needs of the widow and the orphan in our society.

How then could Hinduism help us to understand Islam? It could do so first by emphasizing that the details of the private lives of religious figures must not come in our way to heed their teachings; that, if the Prophet married Aisha at the age of six and the marriage was consummated at the age of nine, this fact need not be jeopardize his role as God’s messenger. And Hinduism also helps us to better understand Islam by fostering the awareness that the teachings of religious figures should not be followed blindly, that they should be viewed through a contemporary lens, and that is what that Koran perhaps involves emphasizing aql (its discriminative faculty), as a young Malaysian Muslim scholar once suggested to me at a conference.

The author, formerly of the IAS, is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he taught for over thirty years. He has also taught in Australia and the United States as well as at Nalanda University in India. He has published numerous articles in the fields of Indian religions and world religions. The opinions expressed are personal.

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Merchants call for measures to promote Islamic banking

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PESHAWAR: Traders here on Saturday called for action to promote Islamic banking in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Center of Excellence in Finance (CEIF), Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences) Hayatabad Peshawar and Bank Alfalah KP Region had jointly organized the seminar in the Chamber House.

SCCI Senior Vice President Imran Khan Mohmand chaired the seminar.

Representatives of CEIF IMSciences, Adnan Malik, and Bank of Khyber, Sharia Advisor Qazi Abdul Samad spoke about the growing trend of Islamic banking, getting loans and other important points. CSIC Executive Members Pervaiz Khattak, Fazal Muqeem, Senior Members Saddar Gul, Faiz Rasool, Fazal Wahid, Ihsanullah, Ishtiaq Muhammad, Al-Falah Bank Representatives, Members of the Business Community, Traders, industrialists, exporters and importers attended the seminar.

Traders stressed the need to integrate commercial banking schemes into the Islamic banking system. The keynote speakers said that the trend of Islamic banking has increased in Pakistan and is playing a vital role in global economic development.

Along with the conventional banking system, the panelists said that a large number of people are benefiting from Islamic banking.

A sense of great satisfaction among people attached to various businesses is observed due to obtaining interest free loans and profit through Islamic banking, which is the major reason behind the tendency of people to shift from conventional banking to Islamic banking system, the speakers noted.

A senior SCCI official said the Islamic bank’s share was around 15%. He called for raising awareness about Islamic banking.

Imran Mohmand lamented that commercial banks have declared Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a “red zone” and said their lending in the province is below 2%.

The SCCI Vice Chairman urged the State Bank of Pakistan to play its part in promoting Islamic banking in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and guarantee maximum lending to commercial banks.

He hopes the promotion of Islamic banking will help stabilize the economy and pave the way for the country’s rapid progress. Previously, CSIC Executive Members Pervaiz Khattak, Fazal Muqeem, Ihsanullah and others appreciated the organizers for organizing an information session on Islamic banking.

Later, the representatives of CEIF IMSciences briefed the participants on the steps of promoting Islamic banking, lending procedures, benefits and other key points regarding interest-free banking. In the end, Imran Mohmand and the representatives of CEIF IMSciences agreed to form a joint committee to raise awareness about Islamic banking.

Agnipath: Omen of a nascent chauvinism? | By Dr. Muhammad Irfan

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Agnipath: Omen of a nascent chauvinism?

The MODI government recently announced a short-term recruitment program into the Indian Army seems a capricious move likely driven by dreams of regional hegemony.

As India’s Ministry of Defense claims, this program is mainly aimed at injecting various tech-savvy juveniles into the military to make it look a bit modern.

However, Agnipath would likely be part of a larger agenda that raised reasonable concerns of political and religious exploitation in India as well as the possibility of misuse of trained Agniveers to fuel insurgency and lawlessness in countries. rivals.

Protests have erupted across India since this new recruitment scheme was announced. Miners are more concerned about job insecurity at a time of massive unemployment as the Modi government has failed to deliver on its economic promises; must therefore rely solely on the exploitation of religious and ethnic diversity to prolong its reign.

The protest turned violent as the Indian Army refused to resume this recruitment scheme, it was feared protesters would attack the Indian Parliament and the Prime Minister’s house.

Delhi remains on high alert amid this chaotic situation. The Indian government announced a reservation of 10% of central government jobs for Agniveers who had served four years in the Indian army, but the move has yet to appease protesters.

The major Western economies of the world which had just begun to recover from the destructive effects of the corona pandemic are facing the blows of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict which has led to an increase in the prices of petroleum products around the world, especially in Europe.

It is hard to see how this Agnipath program will help India economically if the move is primarily aimed at reducing the growing burden of permanent employment benefits and privileges.

Economists consider that this decision only adds to the massive unemployment existing in addition to the risk of the unemployed trained Agniveers falling into the hands of drug traffickers, criminal cartels and terrorist organizations.

Another question also raised by former military experts is whether Agniveers will have the same commitment and passion with the military as permanent employees?

Wouldn’t job insecurity and the fear of unemployment after four years of service afflict them? Would they be willing to obey orders despite knowing the future of their jobs?

The chaotic situation in the post-announcement scenario of short-term recruitment is one aspect of the problem.

The other aspects, such as political exploitation at the national level and misuse of trained force at the regional level, are of greater concern and give rise to serious apprehensions.

Political pundits hint at the possibility of political exploitation of Agniveers once they are well trained and unemployed after serving the four years of service.

The BJP has a history of exploiting anti-Pakistani and religious sentiments. Voices are also being raised against the Agnipath program in India and many see it as a plan to form the RSS to bolster the future endeavors of the BJP which plans to prolong its rule in India by pursuing Hindutva ideology.

India’s former Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia (Retired) called the Agnipath program regressive and wasteful and felt that the Agniveers would be risk averse.

Jawhar Sircar, a renowned former Indian administrative service officer and prominent public intellectual of India, felt that Agnipath added to Modi’s list of inglorious mistakes.

Minorities in India, especially Indian Muslims, are facing the worst form of oppression one way or another since Modi came to power.

There are countless incidents of vandalism and mob lynching, especially against Muslims. Banning of Hijab and Adhan, profanity remarks by BJP leaders are the recent incidents of rising hate in India.

Minorities in India, especially Indian Muslims, fear that Agnipath is the long-term blueprint for the genocide of Muslims in the hands of skilled RSS workers.

Many renowned politicians have witnessed speaking publicly about the genocide of Muslims or their forced conversion to Hinduism.

Another Agnipath perspective is the strategic realignments in the midst of US China containment policy.

The question arises whether India can consider training its youth for a possible future war in the region?

The question also arises whether the China-India standoff, also known as Doklam Standoff, is the impetus for this move?

Is India afraid of a possible external invasion from China and therefore considering resilience at the mass level?

As part of the US-led QUAD, the introduction of this short-term Agnipath recruitment program by India would certainly raise valid concerns in China.

A similar move if reciprocated by countries in the region, especially China, would trigger alarm in the West, especially in the Quad countries.

Pakistan should also be more concerned about Agnipath as there are many negative aspects related to it.

Indian efforts for demographic change in the IIOJK in flagrant violation of UN resolutions are not hidden, they are settling Hindus in the valley.

Do they plan to use Agniveers in the same context? Indian interference in Balochistan is also a fact, the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav being a striking example.

The question is, can India consider using Agniveers to fuel the insurgency in neighboring countries?

Can India consider exploiting the situation in Afghanistan abandoned by the international community after the withdrawal of coalition forces?

Nothing can be ruled out regarding India as they have always dreamed of absolute power in the region.

Agnipath certainly cannot limit itself to simply getting rid of an additional burden on the Indian defense budget, it is certainly a decision that has several internal and regional dimensions that must be studied carefully.

Although the Indian army has denied taking over the Agnipath despite violent protests across India, the Modi government will ultimately have to kneel before the protesters if the situation drags on.

The concerns of unemployed youth are quite compelling in India’s prevailing mass unemployment and poverty circumstances.

In any case, the countries of the region, in particular Pakistan, must closely monitor the Indian decision and its possible strategic and security consequences.

Realignments in the region and the display of military might on the South China Sea issue are realities that are likely to escalate into full-scale conflict.

—The author is an Islamabad-based media analyst and quasi-columnist.

Can the ban on abortion infringe religious freedoms?

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The Supreme Court’s six conservatives have expanded the scope of religious freedoms in recent years, blurring or erasing several lines between church and state. These same six judges overturned Roe vs. Wade Friday, deciding there is no constitutional right to abortion — a political outcome long championed by conservative evangelical Christians and Catholics. But could banning abortion also restrict the free exercise of religion?

That’s the argument Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor, in Palm Beach County, Florida, is making in a legal challenge to Florida’s new abortion law. According to Jewish teaching, abortion “is required when necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being of the woman,” among other reasons, the lawsuit says. “As such, the law prohibits Jewish women from practicing their faith without government intrusion and it violates their right to privacy and religious freedom,” threatening “Jewish people by imposing the laws of other religions on Jews.” .

Can prohibiting abortion violate the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion?

Religious Freedom Goes Both Ways

“No faith is monolithic on the question of abortion”, The Associated Press reports. “Yet many followers of religions that do not prohibit abortion are appalled that a view held by a minority of Americans could supersede their individual rights and religious beliefs.” For example, “Jewish leaders across the ideological spectrum” agree that “deeply rooted Jewish teachings indicate that abortion is permitted – and even required – if a mother’s life is in danger.” The New York Times adds.

“If you are an observant Jew, then you live by a principle which says, in Hebrew, ‘Pikuach Nefesh Docheh Et HaKol'”, or “if someone’s existence is in jeopardy, the obligation to remedy the situation precludes any further obligation,” Cornell law professor Sherry Colb writes to Justia. This means that “if a pregnant woman experiences serious medical complications that can only be treated by terminating her pregnancy, then she has an obligation to expel the contents of her uterus”, because according to Jewish teachings, ” the woman is a person and the zygote/embryo/fetus is not.”

These are not sincere religious objections

“Judaism is not a centralized religion,” writes Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston. Raison. “There is no Jewish equivalent of a pope” and “no official or standardized set of teachings”, including on “whether Jewish law in fact imposes any sort of obligation or duty to be abortion to save a woman’s life”. And even if there were such an obligation, the liberal Jews of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor are not in a position to claim it.

“Historically, people who have claimed free exercise tend to be more observant or orthodox,” Blackman says. “Those who are less devout are less likely to be burdened by restrictions on religion.” Under current precedent, you have to prove that a law imposes a “substantial burden” on your practice of religion, and that’s easier to prove for people who take their religion more seriously.

So, for example, a Jew who thinks that keeping kosher and not working on the Sabbath is not binding, but “considers binding the interpretation of halakha [Jewish law] that affects abortion, I think the person’s sincerity can be challenged,” Blackman writes. This person “may sincerely believe that their religion permits – and perhaps even encourages – an abortion in such cases”, but “the legal concept of a ‘substantial burden’, which has been developed in the context of Christian religions, does not correspond perfectly to a Jewish faith which in fact does not impose any requirements on the faithful, but which only proposes ambitious principles.

It’s not just the Jews

In fact, Muslim Americans “are uniquely positioned to condemn abortion bans and their attack on everyone’s constitutional right to religious freedom,” the American Muslim Bar Association and HEART Women and Girls wrote in April.

Muslims have a complex understanding of conception, gestation and life, and “abortion is one of them,” said Zahra Ayubi, professor of religion at Dartmouth College. Religious News Service. Abortion has generally been permitted for up to 120 days in Islam, and restrictive abortion laws, such as the near total ban in Texas, “take away from Muslims the right to abortion in their tradition and their religion”.

Texas law imposes the “moral position of the Christian right and the anti-abortion movement” on other communities with different beliefs, says Abed Awad, an assistant law professor at Rutgers who specializes in Sharia (Islamic law). “It is not only contrary to Sharia, but it is also in many ways contrary to living in a plural religious and cultural society.”

This court only protects conservative Christians

“Proclaiming that my religion allows abortion, or that this law addresses a point of religious disagreement, is not enough,” said Douglas Laycock, professor of religious studies at the University of London School of Law. Virginia. Time. “It’s not what your religion allows that is protected, but what you do primarily for religious reasons.”

For example, “my religion may allow littering”, but “I would almost certainly fail if I said that I am entitled to an exemption from the littering ban because my religion allows me to litter writes Cornell’s Colb at Justia. “As long as my religion does not require me to litter, I can obey my religious rules and comply with the local ordinance at the same time.” But even if you could prove that your religion requires you to have an abortion, she adds, you would still be out of luck with this Supreme Court.

“Why? Because five and maybe six of the judges on the court consider abortion murder, no matter how early in the pregnancy,” Colb writes. Imagine a woman named Vivien telling the court that she has a religious obligation to throw her 2-year-old child into an active volcano. The court would say no, she explains, because “the state‘s interest in protecting innocent people from death will outweigh Vivien’s religious observance, and most of us wouldn’t want that. ‘it be otherwise’.

As long as the court’s conservatives “view an abortion as murder,” Colb writes, “they will treat claims for religious exemption the same way they would treat Vivien’s asserted right to throw her 2-year-old child into a volcano. asset”.

“The bottom line is that despite appearances to the contrary, this tribunal is not particularly sympathetic to claims of free exercise”, only “to conservative Christianity and, therefore, to Judaism and Islam where there is minimal demand or traditions happen to be the same,” argues Colb. “The sooner we understand that the court is all about Christianity rather than a broad vision of religious freedom for all, the sooner we will begin the process of finding solutions to our problem of a modern theocracy that does not ask the court to behave with integrity or consistency.”

America’s religious communities are divided on the issue of abortion: 5 essential readings

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(THE CONVERSATION) Since the first indications that the Supreme Court of the United States could overturn the historic decision Roe v. Wade, following a leaked draft advisory on May 2, 2022, faith leaders of many faiths have worked to preserve access to abortion care, even as others pray that Roe is effectively cancelled. A Texas minister was among those working to coordinate abortion care, including taking women to New Mexico for abortions.

Religious communities in the United States have long been divided on the issue of abortion. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 57% of Americans support legal abortion. A majority of those who identified as evangelicals were opposed to abortion.

Prior to June 24, 2022, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, The Conversation asked several scholars to explain the multiple viewpoints between faith groups as well as the differences within denominations. Here are five articles from our archives:


1. The right to abortion as a religious freedom

Steven K. Green, director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University, explained why restricting abortion interferes with religious freedom.

The strong opposition of some Christian churches, such as the Catholic Church or the Southern Baptist Convention, is based on their views on when the “soul” is, when the soul is supposed to enter the fetus. Conservative Christians believe this happens at the time of conception.

Not all Christian denominations agree. As Green wrote, the United Church of Christ, for example, passed a resolution in 1981 that stated that “every woman should have the freedom to choose to follow her personal and religious convictions regarding the completion or discontinuance of a pregnancy”.

Additionally, other religious groups such as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism have different beliefs about the soul.

2. What the Jewish texts say

Judaism allows abortion and requires it even when a woman’s health is at risk, according to Rachel Mikva, professor of Jewish studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. The majority of the founding Jewish texts affirm that a fetus does not attain the status of a person until birth.

There is some difference of opinion among Orthodox rabbis, but it is possible to consider various perspectives.

Overall, according to a 2017 Pew survey, 83% of American Jews believed abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Even ultra-Orthodox leaders, as Mikva has found, have resisted anti-abortion measures that do not allow religious exceptions.

3. Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist views

Beliefs from other religious traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam also show that religions place the soul at different times and give it varying degrees of importance, according to Samira Mehta, assistant professor of soul studies. Women and Gender and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Muslim scholars and clerics, for example, have varying positions on abortion. “Some think abortion is never allowed, and many allow it until sleep onset, which is often placed at 120 days gestation, just before 18 weeks,” Mehta said. In general, classical Islamic law considers legal personality to begin at birth, and therefore many Muslim religious leaders allow abortion to save the life of the mother.

Opinions in Hinduism and Buddhism are diverse. “Most Hindus believe in reincarnation, which means that although one can enter a body with birth and exit with death, life itself does not precisely begin or end. Rather, any given moment in a human body is seen as part of an endless cycle of life – which makes the question of when life begins quite different from that in Abrahamic religions,” Mehta wrote. . For Buddhists, a decision about abortion is treated with compassion and seen as a “moral choice”, depending on the circumstances.

4. Southern Baptist Change of View

The researchers also pointed out how, in conservative religious groups, beliefs have changed over time. Researcher Susan M. Shaw, who has long studied Southern Baptists, explained that they were not always opposed to abortion.

According to Shaw, the change in opinion among Southern Baptists began in the 1980s, when a more conservative group took over the denomination. At that time, an “abortion resolution” was drafted which declared that “abortion terminates the life of a developing human being” and called for legal measures “prohibiting abortion except to save the mother’s life”.

In addition, as Shaw discovered, another “interesting change” occurred in this resolution – instead of referring to fetal life, as previous resolutions did, the 1980 resolution called on fetuses “to to be born” or “pre-born” human life or “persons”. The fetus, as she wrote, “was no longer a developing organism dependent on a woman’s body, but rather a full human being with the same status and human rights as women.”

5. Reproductive options in premodern Christianity

The researchers pointed out that among premodern Christians as well, views on abortion were more complex. According to religious scholar Luis Josué Salés, methods of preventing and terminating pregnancy flourished in pre-modern Christian societies, especially in the medieval Roman Empire.

Indeed, premodern Christians may have actively developed reproductive options for women, Salés found. Sixth-century Christian physician Aetios of Amida and Paulos of Aigina, who arrived a century later, are said to have provided instructions for performing abortions and making contraceptives.

In the United States, the first restrictions on abortion were not enacted until the 1820s. As Mehta aptly put it, “We tend to think of the religious response to abortion as opposition, but the reality is much more complicated.”

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Indonesian nightlife chain Holywings accused of blasphemy after using ‘Muhammad’ in marketing campaign

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Although the published marketing has been removed, angry Twitter users are spreading it on social media. Photos via Instagram/holywingsindonesia, — Twitter/suandharu

By Anne Grace Savitha

Friday, June 24, 2022 4:19 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA, June 24 – Indonesian nightlife chain Holywings has issued an apology after backlash over what was seen as a blasphemous marketing campaign using Muhammad‘s name.

In the now-deleted post, Holywings promised a bottle of Gordon’s dry gin for men named Muhammad while women named Maria would receive a bottle of Gordon’s Pink Gin every Thursday, reported Coconut Jakarta.

Although Maria is an important figure in both the Bible and the Quran, the outrage centered on the use of the name Muhammad, who is Islam‘s last prophet.

The nightlife chain posted an apology on Instagram yesterday and promised to do better with future marketing campaigns.

“We have taken action against the promotions team, who promoted without the knowledge of management, with heavy penalties.

“We didn’t want to associate religious elements with our promo, so we express our deepest apologies to all the people of Indonesia.”

Many were furious in the comments section saying the marketing team should have known better than to post something related to the country’s main Islamic faith.

“This branding is an insult to the Islamic faith,” @suandharu wrote.

IOUPay strengthens its position in Southeast Asia with KA$Hplus and its Islamic finance offers

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IOUPay is advancing two important projects with the aim of driving new consumer growth and advancing brand loyalty in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Malaysia-focused fintech, IOUpay (ASX:IOU)announced two major product updates that will expand its offering and allow the company to significantly expand its customer base.

The myIOU KA$Hplus co-branded Visa prepaid card has been approved by Bank Negara Malaysia with a Stage 1 rollout beginning in July with the official launch in mid-July.

Meanwhile, myIOU Islamic is in development with a Shariah compliance certification for myIOU BNPL scheduled for Q1 FY23.

KA$Hplus Visa Prepaid Card

The KA$Hplus Visa Prepaid Card is a reloadable prepaid debit card that incorporates Visa payment features and is issued by Virtualflex Sdn Bhd in partnership with Fass Payment Solutions Sdn Bhd.

All KA$Hplus cards, once activated, can be used to purchase goods and services worldwide anywhere a Visa card is accepted or to access cash at ATMs or financial institutions.

Features include prepaid loading, top-up and debit card-style usage, with top-up via bank transfers and e-wallets.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of IOUpay, IOUpay Asia is collaborating with Virtualflex to provide a co-branded myIOU KA$Hplus Visa prepaid debit card, available to select myIOU customers in Malaysia under a collaboration agreement.

The main objectives of the myIOU KA$Hplus Card initiative are:

  • Access merchants not yet integrated with myIOU
  • Provide additional value to myIOU consumers
  • Drive new consumer growth and build brand loyalty
  • Generate additional revenue streams through potential future product enhancements
  • Expand myIOU product coverage to more merchants (local or international)

The myIOU KA$Hplus card is deployed in two stages.

Step 1 – Initial Map Deployment

Stage 1 involves issuing co-branded myIOU KA$Hplus Visa prepaid debit cards to selected myIOU BNPL customers who are currently approved and actively using myIOU Credit+.

These are customers who have qualified for a myIOU BNPL credit limit of at least RM3,500 (~AU$1,100) by passing an additional credit assessment.

In addition, the myIOU KA$Hplus card will also be issued to certain customers of I.Destinasi Sdn Bhd (IDSB), in which IOUpay holds a 42% stakeas part of a cross-sell marketing initiative currently under development.

The company has received from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the central bank of Malaysia, the necessary approvals for the issuance of the myIOU KA$Hplus card, allowing the deployment of stage 1.

The objective of Stage 1, which will begin in July, is to test card issuance and deployment, reward loyal customers, build brand awareness and facilitate special marketing initiatives, e.g. for some IDSB clients.

Step 2 – Integration with myIOU BNPL service

The initiative aims to integrate the myIOU KA$Hplus card into the myIOU BNPL platform.

This will allow customers to purchase goods or services using the card anywhere Visa is accepted and then choose to convert that purchase into a myIOU BNPL transaction seamlessly through their mobile device using the myIOU app.

The integration of stage 2 remains subject to the approval of the BNM for the link with the myIOU BNPL service.

Once central bank approval is complete and onboarding is complete, approved customers will have the ability to manage their personal budgets via their myIOU KA$Hplus card, choosing which payments to cover with 100% cash and which to pay later over time by selecting one of three myIOUs. installment payment plans.

The options will streamline customer account management and personal budgeting, and allow for more flexible buying habits.

Importantly, using the myIOU KA$Hplus card to make purchases and then converting these to short-term BNPL installment payment plans means that customers will not be limited in their choice of purchase to merchants operating on the myIOU platform.

This feature will immediately extend myIOU product coverage to many more merchants, as the Visa Prepaid Card allows purchases to be made at any participating Visa merchant globally.

Project 2: myIOU Islamic – Shariah Compliance

Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular, has large Muslim populations – Malaysian MyCensus data from 2020 shows its proportion of Muslim citizens at 60% and growingwhich means financing options that are compatible with the principles of the faith are essential.

Installment consumer credit products such as BNPL are naturally aligned with the Sharia principles of Islamic finance, given that they are based on interest-free and unsecured credit.

Requirements for compliance with Sharia principles go beyond the non-inclusion of interest charges in the calculation of loan repayments.

In Malaysia, to access Islamic finance and BNPL opportunities under industry best practices for Shariah principles requires certification from a Securities Commission of Malaysia licensed Shariah advisor.

IOUpay has worked closely with a duly licensed independent global Shariah advisory firm to achieve Shariah compliance certification for its myIOU BNPL service offering. Certification is expected in the first quarter of FY23.

After completion of certification, the company will prepare to offer both conventional and Islamic financing.

Islamic financing will require a partition of the myIOU wallet, integration with an Islamic payment gateway as well as separate documentation, policies and procedures, and an Islamic bank account for all Sharia-compliant transactions.

IOUpay plans to offer its Sharia-compliant BNPL service under the name myIOU Islamic with full branding guidelines under development.

The company is currently finalizing a collaboration agreement with a Sharia-compliant payment gateway and expects to complete the integration within 30 days of signing.

The main objectives of the Shariah compliance initiative include:

  • Enter BNPL’s Islamic Market, Serving Islamic Merchants and Consumers
  • Offer an alternative to the classic BNPL
  • Increase brand position in Malaysia and SEA
  • Prepare for territory expansion into other SEA jurisdictions with large Islamic populations

IOUpay’s Independent Non-Executive Director, Datuk Khairul Ismail, said myIOU Islamic would position the business to access new merchant and consumer communities, both in Malaysia and beyond.

“Certification from an independent, licensed, global Shariah advisory firm will assure myIOU Islamic customers that their transactions and purchases will be in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shariah,” says Khairul.

This article was developed in conjunction with IOUpay, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publication.

This article does not constitute advice on financial products. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.

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Miles Franklin 2022: list of finalists revealed for the prestigious Australian literary prize | Miles Franklin Literary Prize 2022

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A self-published book has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award for the first time in the award’s 65-year history, with Michael Winkler’s cult hit Grimmish clearing the final hurdle before Europe’s most prestigious literary prize is announced. Australia on July 20.

Announced Thursday night, Grimmish joins Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Other Half of You, Michelle de Kretser’s Scary Monsters, Jennifer Down’s Bodies of Light and Alice Pung’s One Hundred Days to compete for the $60,000 prize.

Winkler’s “exploded non-fiction novel” Grimmish has been called “tiring” and “repulsive” by publishers he has approached, according to the author’s interview with Guardian Australia last week: “Everyone said there was no way to sell it.”

But the book – a sort of experimental meta-biography of boxer Joe Grim, which opens with a fake review and argues throughout – has found its way to readers through independent bookstores, rave reviews and the word of mouth. It also received praise from writers such as Helen Garner, Murray Bail and JM Coetzee.

In their comments accompanying Miles Franklin’s shortlist, the judges described it as an “unusual novel that is by turns playful, funny, heartfelt and deeply thoughtful… Bold and hilarious, Grimmish is a unique and original contribution to Australian Literature.

Also shortlisted is Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser, a book that’s actually two books, with a different cover on each side that you can read in any order. De Kretser is one of Australia’s most celebrated authors and won the Miles Franklin Award in 2013 (Travel Matters) and 2018 (Life Ahead). The judges described Scary Monsters, her seventh novel, as “a witty, meticulously observed, and boldly imaginative work that rages against racism, ageism, and misogyny.”

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The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmed is the third installment in a self-fiction series exploring the life of a young Muslim boy from western Sydney named Bani Adam. In The Other Half of You, which follows Miles Franklin, The Lebs and Ahmed’s first novel The Tribe, Bani is now a man; the book takes the form of his “murderous and harrowing confessional letter to a child”, according to the judges, who hailed it as “the howl of an Australian voice struggling to be heard”.

Jennifer Down’s Body of Light tells the devastating story of a life on the fringes, beginning with a five-year-old girl’s harrowing journey through the state care system. The book is told through an “astonishing voice that reinvents itself from six to sixty,” the judges said. “With ethical precision, Down insists that we do not look away from the destructive consequences of…decades spent in the shadow of institutionalized neglect, socially sanctioned loneliness, unforgivable poverty, and the abuse that follows from it. ensue.”

Rounding out the shortlist is One Hundred Days by Alice Pung, who this year received an Order of Australia for her services to literature. The novel follows a 16-year-old girl who becomes pregnant and is locked in her housing commission apartment by her Philippine-born Chinese mother for 100 days before birth – a tradition of postpartum confinement in many cultures, which can be read both as an act of love or as an act of psychological violence.

“In this story, mothering practices transcend the ordinary and the intimate, becoming instead an epic site of cross-generational cultural struggle between mother and daughter,” the judges said. “Pung has given us a novel of national significance, making visible the stories of those deemed powerless and vividly shaping the mosaic of Australian literature.”

The Miles Franklin is judged by a panel including literary critics Bernadette Brennan and James Ley, literary researcher Mridula Nath Chakraborty, and author and editor Elfie Shiosaki. The panel is chaired by Richard Neville, Librarian Mitchell of the State Library of NSW, who praised the shortlist for its “dynamic and diverse range of voices that address the experience of pain, intergenerational trauma and intergenerational dialogue with compassion, exceptional and rigorous know-how. non-sentimentality”.

Earlier this month, the Miles Franklin Prize removed John Hughes’ The Dogs from its 2022 longlist, after Hughes apologized for plagiarizing parts of it from a “no-nonsense” Nobel laureate. ‘account for it’, as revealed by an investigation by the Guardian Australia. Other cases of apparent plagiarism were subsequently discovered, notably in The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina and All Quiet on the Western Front. Hughes denied being a plagiarist.

The world must recognize the equality of all religions

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India, the largest democracy in the world, continues to be ruled by a Constitution which embeds secularism in its framework through the “one man, one vote”, equal opportunity offered by the Center to all citizens. , the same protection of the law afforded to all by the relevant state government which exercises autonomous control over law and order, a self-regulating electoral commission which prohibits communal appeals during the election campaign and the mandate that the political executive governing the nation would not bear a denominational seal. The rise of the BJP through the electoral process in recent years has led the opposition to construct certain narratives in an attempt to politically undermine the former – stoking fear of “majoritarianism”, rejecting calls for nationalism and stepping up traditional advocacy. of the “Muslim cause”.

Domestic politics in India has seen many familiar attractions and pressures and breaches of democratic norms, but the heckling over an allegedly disparaging comment on Islam was allegedly made by a BJP spokesperson through a reference to Hadis – the account of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad which had been a subject of protracted research by scholars of Islamic jurisprudence – gave anti-Modi lobbies in India and abroad a handful to escalate the “proxy war”. policy against the BJP regime.

An alleged indiscretion by a ‘party’ official leads to calls for a ‘national apology’ and the protest goes so far as to assert that one religion was above all others in the sensitivity of its followers.

It is true – and this must be respected – that according to the Koranic injunction, Islam was presented as the “perfect” religion and this also for all times to come because the Prophet was Khatimul Anbia – the last of the messengers of God .

However, this is a matter of belief within the Muslim community and it cannot erase the concept of equal respect for all religions that a democratic secular state like that of India follows. There are strong laws against the offense of hurting the religious feelings of a community and creating community discord that apply to all faiths and meet the requirements of a multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

Religion defines an individual’s relationship with his God while culture – which has a positive contribution from religion – harmonizes a person’s relationship with another member of society. Any religion given to excessive exclusivism can become problematic for a democratic regime that draws its strength from a shared culture of the land while respecting all faiths.

India places all religions on an equal footing and does not discriminate among its citizens on the grounds of caste, creed, region, class or gender. This is how Mahatma Gandhi’s call that all gods are the same found expression in his favorite prayer “Ishwar Allah Tero Naam”.

While allowing a free exchange of thoughts on the teachings of religions, this approach tolerated no derogatory remarks about anyone’s faith and gods. The handling of any transgression in this regard by the democratic government of India is an internal matter of the nation. India has the second largest Muslim population in the world and its freedom of religion, including the means to offer prayers and choice of livelihood, is fully protected.

Muslim countries do not have to act as protectors of the Muslim minority in India who have every right to protest against any attack on their religious feelings by any citizen, by any authorized means.

However, if protesters engaged in mass street violence, they would face a chilling response from the state. This is especially important as enemy agents are known to have exploited such situations.

Islamic countries can express concern about an event that violates the religious feelings of Muslims in another country, but they should not go on the offensive against an established democratic system over it.

They would actually help the cause of democracy if they affirmed their acceptance of all religions and their gods, in the first place. It is not advisable to project religion into national and international politics and use an isolated event of indiscretion from a “party functionary” to denigrate India as a nation and join the political lobby against the Modi government as such.

Any offense relating to the propagation of communal hatred punishable under Indian law must be investigated by the relevant state police, whoever the perpetrator is, and the responsibility of the latter cannot be transferred from the state government to the Center. The management of law and order must be kept above politics.

India’s international relations under Prime Minister Narendra Modi are based on the enlightened strategy of developing bilateral friendships for mutually beneficial economic and security interests aligned with the cause of world peace.

This policy has been followed towards democratic states, Islamic regimes and even autocracies, in recognition of the sovereignty of each nation. Hopefully, these relations will not be weakened by acts that place religion above nationality and display the superiority of one religion over another.

India would do well to reaffirm its equality of approach towards all religions and punish any offense of using derogatory remarks against any religion and its gods, strictly under the laws of the nation. Our diplomacy should particularly engage with other countries – including OIC members – to argue that in a democratic and secular dispensation, sensitivities on matters of faith must be equally respected regardless of community. Nothing that divides the world on the basis of religion can do any good – modes of worship may differ, but this must not hinder a culture of unity and must not create division among Indian nationals.

The preamble of our Constitution describes the promotion of the unity and integrity of the nation as its primary objective, even though the Constitution goes on to describe India’s system of governance as a Union of States.

It is unfortunate that the minority policy in this country has led to a tendency to depreciate the very idea of ​​nationalism and to regard the mandate to salute the national flag or to stand during the singing of the national anthem as an “imposition to any minority. It is time for India to move forward on the path of national unity and inter-community harmony and re-emphasize “development for all”. Ordinary people in all communities ultimately have the same concerns about their children’s livelihoods, safety and future prospects.

In a democracy with a one-man-one-vote electoral system, any political party would strive for a majority and power. It is logical that the majority community could return a much larger number of representatives to the assemblies or to Parliament – this would not change the secular mandate that the Constitution confirms.

Any legislation that violates the right to equality will not withstand judicial scrutiny. Beyond personal freedom of worship, all Indians are politically equal. However, the reality of caste, creed and region-based politics prevailed in independent India – one result of this was realpolitik which made opposition parties realize that in the face of a divided majority community of in many ways, the support of the large minority is crucial for elections. The injection of religion into domestic politics is damaging enough – the fallout from the controversy over the alleged ‘insult’ to a religion by a ‘party official’ in India taking the form of a protest by Muslim countries directed against India as a sovereign nation, has created the impression that there is also a projection of religion in international politics.

This should stop in the interest of preserving the identity of the democratic world as a whole. India, for its part, remains committed to establishing mutually beneficial relations with Islamic countries, regardless of their different systems of governance.

(The author is a former Director Intelligence Bureau. Opinions expressed are personal)

Prophet Muhammad feud: No link between riots and current demolition campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi government tells Supreme Court

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Claiming that the ongoing demolition campaign in Uttar Pradesh was wrongly linked to selective targeting of minorities, the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath informed the Supreme Court that the drill was carried out in accordance with applicable law. Citing the Uttar Pradesh Urban Planning and Development Act 1973, the government said demolitions were carried out on the illegal structures after following due legal process. The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind who claimed the government had targeted the minority community of Prayagraj and Kanpur by demolishing their homes following widespread protests in the area.

The submission follows a wave of criticism over the government’s demolition of homes of suspected rioters following violent protests over remarks by now-suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma against the Prophet Muhammad.

While pointing out that the government had taken action against the rioters under a separate set of anti-rioter laws, the state‘s attorney, while urging the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition, criticized the petitioner for having founded the arguments and made sweeping claims against the government. after selectively selecting biased media reports. The state pointed out that the demolition in Kanpur of the two houses in question had been initiated well before the riots and in accordance with the planning law.

In response to the demolition of Prayagraj, the UP government said that the campaign was carried out by the Prayagraj Development Authority, which is an autonomous body, after carefully following all legal procedures, while stating that ‘it had no connection with the actions taken against the rioters.

Last week the petitioner moved SC and asked for instructions on what action to take against the officials concerned after the homes were razed. After hearing the plea, the two-judge bench consisting of Justices AS Bopanna and Vikram Nath ordered the UP government to file its response within three days. The high court also stressed that any demolition must be carried out according to the rules of the art and cannot be of a retaliatory nature. “Expect the authorities to act only in accordance with the law. Provide security so nothing untoward happens,” the high court said.

What India’s Islam Row tells us about its place in the evolution…

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(MENAFN- Syndication Bureau) By Dnyanesh Kamat

In the month since Nupur Sharma, a former spokeswoman for India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), offended Muslims around the world with derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad, Indian diplomats limited the damage – with limited success.

After 18 Islamic countries, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), condemned Sharma’s remarks, the BJP dismissed his remarks as those of “fringe elements”, not not explaining how the official spokesperson of a ruling party could represent a minority point of view.

Given the defense of the Indian government, some questions need to be probed, such as: why have these diplomatic protests erupted now, rather than during previous instances of Islamophobia in India? And how will the BJP temper its responses to future hate speech?

The answers may say as much about the future of Indian democracy and the place of Indian Muslims within it as about its place in the changing world order.

In the short term, the BJP should speak with a more conciliatory and tolerant voice. It’s not a small step. In recent years, BJP politicians and their affiliates have played on the Hindu nationalist ecosystem by failing to condemn and even encouraging attacks on Muslims. Shedding anti-Islamic rhetoric is long overdue, but whether that will translate into more tolerant policies is another matter altogether.

One of the main reasons the BJP will move lightly is that there is too much at stake if it does not. As of March 2022, India’s trade with GCC states stood at $150 billion, of which Indian imports stood at $111 billion. Additionally, the GCC is home to over 8 million Indian workers who send around $26 billion in annual remittances to India.

India has also pursued closer strategic ties with Middle Eastern countries, from trade pacts and investment agreements to joint military exercises. Apart from China, India is one of the few countries that has managed to maintain strong political and economic ties with all GCC members.

Generally, Islamic nations have remained silent on the internal affairs of India. The country’s BJP-led government has, since coming to power in 2014, pursued a series of policies detrimental to the rights of Indian Muslims – such as changes to citizenship laws, erosion of individual freedoms of Muslims and efforts to criminalize interfaith relations. wedding. And yet, these affronts against India’s 204 million Muslims have generated little protest in the Islamic world.

What makes this moment different, however, is that the BJP spokesperson’s insults were aimed at the entire religion and those who practice it – inside and outside the country.

Going forward, the BJP will have to decide whether to curtail its Hindu nationalist sentiment or, on the contrary, use this moment to further fuel the trope that Indian Muslims have transnational loyalties, as evidenced by the list of Muslim countries that have expressed anger. To opt for the latter approach would represent further corrosion of India’s constitution which, on paper at least, promises equal rights to all its citizens.

Eventually, the diplomatic crisis will explode. Criticism of India does not have the same importance in Islamic countries as questioning religious tolerance in Europe or the United States. India, like China, is still considered part of the anti-colonial global South. India has a rich history of Indo-Islamic culture, which is seen by Islamic countries as an extension of their own cultural firmaments. All of this will ensure that barring further explosions, countries protesting Sharma’s quip will continue to ignore what is happening inside India.

GCC leaders may even expand the crackdown on anti-India protests led by Indian expats in their own country, as Kuwait did last week.

Moreover, even ideological regimes like that of Tehran have been forced to backtrack on recent statements, while the government of Bangladesh has opposed them. Iran’s signing of a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement with China, despite Beijing’s treatment of the Uyghurs, is a stark example of how very few countries are willing to let human and religious freedoms precipitate a serious breakdown in diplomatic relations.

The sad truth is that when India and its friends in the Islamic world overcome this crisis, as they no doubt will, the result will be an arrangement similar to that which Moscow and Beijing would favor. China and Russia have long advocated non-interference in countries’ internal affairs at the expense of the West’s adherence to individual freedoms. This outcome will be the true sign of the direction in which the world order is moving.

The United States and some European countries have haphazardly championed liberal democratic values, especially when it comes to Israel. India is a power of cover in a world experiencing great geopolitical fluxes. As the diplomatic crisis between India and the Muslim world passes, left in its wake will be subtle but significant shifts in the global world order, where ethno-national states will converge on a far less liberal view of universal human rights. .

Dnyanesh Kamat is a political analyst focusing on the Middle East and South Asia. He is also a consultant in socio-economic development for government entities and the private sector.

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Cavan Islamic Cultural Society Host Exhibition

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The event took place earlier this month.

Members of the Cavan Islamic Cultural Society recently organized an exhibition, opening doors for the wider community to learn more about Muslims and their culture.

The event took place at the Cavan Islamic Cultural Society building in Creighan earlier this month.

“This exhibition-event provides a platform for much-needed integration into society and communities,” said one of the organizers, Imdad Nadeem. “Furthermore, it helps break down barriers and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. It allows us to fill in the missing gaps with our neighbors, so that we are no longer strangers to each other and build a strong and positive society.The Muslim community, most of whom are entrepreneurs, doctors and professionals in their respective fields, is a very strong part of this beautiful country.

Government has earmarked big budget for agricultural sector, says Governor

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Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said on Monday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has allocated sufficient budget for the agricultural sector in the budget for the fiscal year 2022-23.

LAHORE, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 21, 2022): Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said on Monday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has provided sufficient budget for the sector agriculture in the budget for the financial year 2022-23.

Addressing a delegation from the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) at the Governor’s House here, he said the government was using all the resources for the development of the agricultural sector and providing all kinds of facilities to the farmers.

The delegation included the Chairman, REAP Ali Hassam Asghar, Shehzad Ali Malik and Pir Syed Nazim Hussain Shah, as well as members from across Punjab including the Management Committee and former Chairman (REAP) Samiullah Chaudhry.

Governor of Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said that about 60% of the country’s population belong to the rural areas whose source of livelihood is agriculture and animal husbandry.

He said: “Agriculture has a fundamental role in the country’s economy and by the grace of Almighty Allah, the land of Pakistan is green and fertile. Baligh-ur-Rehman said the economy could be strengthened by modernizing the agricultural sector.

Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said the government is taking all possible measures for the welfare of farmers. He said, “Pakistan is going through difficult times, but thanks to the hard work, dedication and diligent policies of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, we will soon be able to overcome all these problems.” Members of the REAP office informed the Governor of Punjab that REAP exported rice and brought in foreign exchange of 2.5 billion per year to the government. They demanded that the rice exporters association be granted industry status.

The Yogi government has tightened the noose on Maulana Tauqir Raza, who said ‘Modi-Shah accepts Islam.’

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Luck now: Maulana Tauqeer Raza, who has often been embroiled in controversy due to his statements, has now been suppressed by the Yogi government. A case was filed against the Maulana under several headings. In fact, IMC leader Tauqeer Raza had held a rally on Sunday over the arrest of former BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma. After which a complaint was filed against him by the Bareilly Kotwali Police.

It is alleged that 1,500 people were allowed to attend the rally. But the organizers have called thousands of people. City Magistrate Rajiv Pandey had authorized the protest on Sunday June 19 at the request of IMC Corporal Farhat Khan and Mahanagar Chairman Makhdoom Beg. Clear instructions were given in the clearance that a crowd of over 1500 people will not be at Islamia Ground and corona protocol will be followed.

According to the police, the leaders of the IMC violated the authorization conditions. Instead of 1,500 people, a crowd of thousands was called to the rally. A case has been registered under Section 188 against IMC District Chairman Farhat Khan and Chairman Mahanagar Makhdoom Baig in Kotwali on behalf of City Magistrate Rajiv Pandey in this case. At the same rally, Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC) leader Maulana Tauqeer Raza advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah to read kalma and understand Islam. At the same time, the Maulana had also asked him to become a Muslim.

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Saudi Arabia. The UN counterterrorism structure is unable to prevent Islamophobia and racism

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NEW YORK – Saudi Arabia said that the current structure of the United Nations and its international counter-terrorism structure have proven unable to stem the phenomenon of stereotypes against Muslims and have been instrumental in triggering a wave of terrorist attacks against Muslims based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia.

Addressing the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) group at the UN here, Counselor Muhammad Al-Ateeq, Chargé d’Affaires at the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom to the UN, said that t has become clear that the current UN counter-terrorism system structure and tools to counter it are no longer keeping up with evolving threats.

He identified the vacuum in the fight against these threats, in particular those related to new threats arising from racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, carried out by nationalist extremists, the far right and other groups. and ideologies.

These new threats currently pose a major challenge to the international community, he said.

“The OIC Group reaffirms that terrorism should not be linked to any religion, race, belief, value, culture or society, because the experience of the past two decades has shown that the current structure of the United Nations and the structure international fight against terrorism have led to stereotypes of Muslims.

“The agenda for preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism over the past two decades has largely focused on so-called violent Islamic extremism,” he said.

Al-Ateeq noted that such an approach not only undermines the fundamental rights of Muslim communities and Muslims in many parts of the world, but has also triggered a wave of terrorist attacks against Muslims based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia.

The Saudi diplomat stressed the need to distinguish between terrorism and peoples’ exercise of their legitimate right to resist foreign occupation.

“This distinction is stipulated in international law and international humanitarian law, as well as in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and General Assembly resolution 46/51, which also underlines this position”, he said. -he adds.

Javed Anand writes: Read RSS Chief’s Remarks: The Vishwaguru Fantasy

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So who is the real Mohan Bhagwat? The one who, while address the swayamsevaks at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on June 2, advised Hindus not to look for a Shivling in every mosque? Or the one who, during the same speech, outright blamed Indian Muslims for repeatedly testing the patience of Hindus with their provocative words and deeds? Hindu society does not accept any form of extremism, he claimed, while saying the same cannot be said of Indian Muslims. So, is the victim called the accused?

Forget the sad reality of today’s hate-filled and strife-torn India, where Hindutva fanatics continually open new fronts to hunt down and harm Indian Muslims. Welcome to the whimsical and imaginary world of the RSS leader. What is now called the Hindu religion, we are told, is the same ‘world religion’, ‘religion for all mankind’ enunciated by the rishi-munis of India in ancient times. The essence of this world religion lies in love for all, unity in diversity, respect for all forms of worship and faith, belief and practice”manavta, sabka saath, sabka vikaas”. Haven’t we heard this before?

The world today, said Bhagwat, urgently needs a universal vision and the time is near for India to step forward and lead the world, to be the viswaguru. For this to happen, the people of India (religion no bar) must come together. It shouldn’t be difficult. Although Indian Muslims’ form of worship may be “foreign”, they remain our “blood relatives”, share the same ancestry and heritage, the RSS leader said. Equivocal? Still hope for Indian Muslims?

Unfortunately for Bhagwat, by their remarks against Prophet Mohammed, the now-suspended BJP spokesman, Nupur Sharma, and the expelled head of the party’s unity media cell in Delhi, Navin Kumar Jindal ruined the whole show. . The self-proclaimed vishwaguru is currently struggling to convince the world that he in fact respects all religions. Is it all about “world religion”, the high claim of Hindu exceptionalism and the viswaguru the proclamation alone jumla?

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Sharma’s remarks had incidentally made headlines several days before Bhagwat’s meeting in Nagpur. His homilies might have carried some credibility had he named Sharma and lambasted her in his speech for her “un-Hindu” conduct. But then, whether it’s Sharma or Yati Narsinghanand or the many others of their ilk, the head of the RSS never takes names and sticks to generalities that don’t offend anyone. With the governments of 15 Muslim-majority countries demanding a formal apology from India’s BJP-led government, the offensive remarks were sought to be dismissed as coming from “fringe elements”. A tacit admission that the fringe now occupies the Center?

Perhaps the bruised and battered Muslim community should nevertheless be grateful for the small mercies, be grateful to the leader of the RSS for asking Hindus not to fetch a Shivling from every mosque in the country. On the current conflict of the Gyanvapi Mosque, Bhagwat felt that it is one of the few temples that hold special importance (vishesh shraddha) to the Hindus. It would be better for the two parties to come together and reach an amicable solution, otherwise both parties must fully respect the verdict of the courts. RSS leader added that ‘contrary to its nature’, organization got involved in Ramjanmabhoomi movement for ‘certain historical reasons’ but does not intend to be part of such movement now. The question remains: where will the RSS stand when ‘others’ start a movement or when the Narendra Modi government decides to repeal the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991?

In any case, the mandir-masjid dispute is not the only one plaguing India today. Over the past eight years, the Hindutva hate factory has developed the art of constantly manufacturing new problems to target Muslims. Far from acting to contain the threat, forget the others, even the Prime Minister (a former RSS pracharak) effectively supports the hateful agenda of Muslims with its dog whistles from time to time. Only the willfully blind will not see that thanks to the relentless propaganda of Hindutva, today’s Muslims are hated like never before. And to any form of Muslim resistance to the relentless assaults on the community, be it the BJP government at the Center or in the states, the default response is now UAPA, NSA, sedition charge and bulldozer.

While Bhagwat feeds us the viswaguru fantasy, reputable international organizations including Genocide Watch are warning of an impending genocide of Indian Muslims. In December last year, at a meeting inspired by the RSS-VHP, Dharam Sansad, Hindu religious leaders publicly called for violence against Indian Muslims. So far, neither the leader of the RSS nor the Prime Minister has uttered a word to condemn this open incitement to mass murder. Such deafening silence on a matter of life and death makes one wonder if the leader of the RSS lives in a parallel universe or if he is feeding us a lie.

In February 2018, the leader of the RSS made a startling statement during a meeting of the organization in Muzaffarpur: “Preparing an army takes six to seven months but we [RSS cadres] will be ready for combat in two or three days…it is our ability and our discipline that sets us apart.

An impressive army, no doubt. Could it be that no member of his gigantic RSS-spawned national sangh parivar network had anything to do with the relentless attacks on the minority community, or the hateful campaign against Muslims and Islam? of the increasingly escalating Hindutva hate factory? Isn’t all this happening under the watchful eye of the BJP governments at the Center and in the States? What is the BJP other than the political wing of the RSS?

Remember the popular TV commercial from a few years ago in which Amitabh Bachchan tries to trick a little boy into parting with his pop bottle. The boy’s response:Aap mujhe ulloo samajhte hain?(Do you think I am a fool?) Similar is the sentiment of Indian Muslims in response to Bhagwat’s homilies on manavta which go hand in hand with the Hindutva’s continued attack on the community.

The Writer as Lead, Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy and Co-Editor, Sabrang India Online

Asaduddin Owaisi calls for action against Nupur Sharma

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New Delhi: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi speaks during a summit in New Delhi, Friday, June 17, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • “I condemn Nupur Sharma’s remarks about the Prophet Muhammad,” said Asaduddin Owaisi
  • “The Prophet’s wife is the mother of our mothers, how can we keep silent about her?” asked the head of AIMIM
  • “The prophet is our heart. If you cut off my fingers, I will take it; if you hurt me, I will take it; but if you want to come closer to my heart, I will not sit idly by”
Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday condemned suspended Bharatiya Janata party spokesman Nupur Sharma and expelled BJP leader Naveen Kumar Jindal for their alleged objectionable remarks on the prophet Muhammad.

Moreover, he urged Muslims to determine whether or not they are living by the teachings of the Quran. If young people don’t want to go towards their own destruction, they should stop playing video games, going to bars, drinking alcohol and behaving badly around girls and women, Owaisi said.

In Darussalam, Hyderabad, Owaisi addressed a rally at a public meeting titled ‘Jalsa Azmat-e-Mustafa’ organized by the United Muslim Action Committee. Notably, Owaisi leads the United Muslim Action Committee.

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“We gathered here to register our protest against Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad,” Owaisi said.

“I condemn Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad. Thanks to Indian Muslims for their support… Nupur Sharma’s remarks are condemnable, and people ask me why I am in so much trouble. A co-passenger on a theft told me that I give Afterwards I was asked why we were so agitated I asked that if anyone spoke negatively about your mother, would you remain silent The Prophet’s wife is the mother of our mothers, how can we keep silent about her?” said Owaisi.

The AIMIM leader added that the Prophet said “we should pray to Allah and we do… The Prophet Muhammad was socially boycotted for three years by the people of Makkah. The Prophet is like our heart. you cut off my fingers, I’ll take it; if you hurt me, I’ll take it; but if you want to get closer to my heart, I won’t sit idly by.”

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“The Prophet Muhammad is the heart of our Islam,” Owaisi said.

Hitting the BJP to ‘back up’ Nupur Sharma, Owaisi said they had asked the BJP as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against Nupur Sharma but ‘he is not talking’. AIMIM filed a complaint in Hyderabad and an FIR was filed.

He further urged Telangana Police Commissioner and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to send police officers to Delhi and “bring ‘Mohatarama’ (Nupur Sharma)”, asking: “Isn’t it possible to take it with you?”

Speaking about the arrest of a 19-year-old man earlier this week, Owaisi said Akram Ali (a resident of Tetaria village below Khajni police station boundaries) was arrested for allegedly misrepresenting the photo of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and removing it. He further mentioned the case of Brijesh Yadav from Ballia district who was allegedly arrested for sharing a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after 52 days of demonetization.

“You must arrest Nupur Sharma. If anything is said about PM Modi and UP CM Yogi, they will send these people to jail. Nupur Sharma has been heard by 20 million Muslims, and you don’t want to send him to jail,” Owaisi said.

Moreover, he asked the Prime Minister to contact his “childhood friend” Abbas i and ask him what Asaduddin Owaisi says. “If he comes, then he will affirm what Asaduddin is saying is true,” Owaisi said. Notably, the Prime Minister recently recalled his childhood friend Abbas and how his mother treated him like her own son. The Prime Minister recalled in a blog that Abbas is the son of a friend of his father.

“After his untimely death, my father brought his friend’s son, Abbas, to our home. He stayed with us and completed his education… My mother was as loving and caring for Abbas as she was for all of us, brothers and sisters. Every year on Eid day, she used to cook her favorite dishes. During festivals, it was common for neighborhood children to come to our house and enjoy their mother’s special preparations “wrote the Prime Minister.

Owaisi also mocked the ruling government’s campaign slogan, saying, “Acche din yeh hain ki you reduced the recruitment of the army, the navy and the air force to four years”.

“We want an action in line with the Constitution… In the next six to seven months, Nupur Sharma could become an important leader. In fact, Nupur Sharma could be selected as CM candidate from Delhi,” Owaisi said.

The head of AIMIM further questioned why Afreen Fatima’s residence in Prayagraj was demolished. “Why did you do this? It’s because his father organized a protest. The principles of natural justice form the basis of the Constitution. But who will decide? Only the court can decide whether he organized the protest or not The court will do justice and not punish his family.”

Javed Mohammad, the father of Afreen Fatima, is one of the main defendants in the Prayagraj violence which erupted following comments made by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal about the Prophet Muhammad. On June 12, bulldozers demolished Afreen’s “illegally built house” in Prayagraj, where she lived with her family.

“Is this your justice? Owaisi asked.

He also took aim at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, saying that the Sangh Parivar had no role in India’s independence. “Our elders fought for our freedom,” Owaisi said.

“When we say something, they will say go to Pakistan, why do you love Pakistan so much,” the AIMIM leader asked.

NSCDC, INEC praise ‘enthusiastic’ voters for peaceful conduct

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have described the ongoing gubernatorial election in Ekiti as peaceful.

During a visit to the state’s Resident Election Commissioner (REC), Teller Adeniran, shortly after overseeing the exercise, NSCDC Acting Deputy Commander General Haruna Muhammad said voter turnout was impressive and without chaos.

“It’s a sign that people are excited to vote. We have received reports from other local government areas, and it has been positive as voting is happening simultaneously,” he said.

Mr Muhammad said the body would continue to work closely with INEC and other sister agencies to ensure a smooth election process.

“The election looks more like an isolated election. So we don’t want to leave room for violence,” he said, adding that the corps had deployed intelligence officers to possible hotspots for effective intelligence gathering.

“We are ready to protect national assets and we have reserved personnel in case of emergency.

“As the polls close, the men in the field are to be used through the night, while those currently working will rest and be redeployed to their posts,” he said.

In response, Mr Adeniran said INEC officials were deployed in real time as voting booths opened early.

“The main objective and the determination of the commission is to have an open ballot. We had created new units and migrated some names from some voting units. They had their names pasted and they had been informed,” he said. he declares.

Mr Adeniran said this reduced the high number of voters in specific voting units.

He advised security agencies to be more proactive in addressing security issues, especially in emergencies.

The REC appreciated the corps, alongside other security agencies, for diligently securing the electoral process.

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SBC President Bart Barber defends tweet praising Rick Warren’s advocacy for Muslim religious freedom

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Pastor Bart Barber, candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks during its annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Bart Barber defended himself on Twitter over a tweet in which he expressed his gratitude for Pastor Rick Warren. muslim awareness.

“I am grateful for @RickWarrenCourageous advocacy of for full religious freedom for Muslims, notwithstanding our differing views on pastoral complementarism,” Barber tweeted on June 16. “It was a pleasure to meet him this week. #SBC22.”

While some responded positively to the tweet, a number of people reacted negatively, taking Barber’s words as an endorsement of Islam.

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At the annual meeting of the SBC in AnaheimCalifornia This Week Bart Barber defeated fellow candidates Tom Ascol, Frank Cox and Robin Hadaway to win the election for SBC President. His tweet’s reference to “different opinions” with Rick Warren alludes to the decision Warren’s church, Saddleback, made in May last year to ordain women and give them the title “Pastor.”

One of the consequences of this decision was that SaddlebackSBC’s status as an SBC church was questioned at the annual meeting. In discussion Tuesday, June 14, some, including Ascol and the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Albert Mohlerpleaded for Saddleback to be excommunicated for violating the Faith and the Baptist Message 2000 (BF&M). The BF&M states, “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to scripturally qualified men.”

During the debate, the Credentials Committee recommended that a review committee consider how Saddleback’s use of the title “pastor” applies to women on his staff. Hours later, Warren made a surprise appearance, taking seven minutes of a miscellaneous 15-minute commercial slot to read a “love letter” to those in attendance in which he expressed his debt to the SBC for the success of his ministry.

“You’ll never find another Baptist who completely agrees with you on everything,” Warren said, later adding, “But we somehow manage to get along with them. As Western culture grows darker, more evil, more secular, we must decide: are we going to treat each other as allies or adversaries? »

After Warren’s speech, the Credentials Committee announced that it was withdrawing its recommendation to evaluate the Saddleback Church’s use of the title “pastor”, leaving Saddleback in the SBC for the time being. The Credentials Committee will meet throughout this year and may take action on this at a later date.

Bart Barber responds to criticism

Among the negative reactions to Barber’s tweet of appreciation for Warren was one from a user who said, “Americans love lofty ideals whose consequences are lost on them. I don’t think you understand what rampant Islam looks like.

“Celebrating ‘the defense of full religious freedom for Muslims’?” said another. “When did we start celebrating other gods?”

One user commented, “Sir, congratulations on your election victory. How does Mr. Warren’s view of pastoral complementarism fit with the latest BFM?

Yet another asked, “How many other SBC ‘pastors’ (whoever they are) would be given an untethered platform to talk to SBC messengers on the spur of the moment?” To this, Barber replied, “Any of them whose theological fidelity was questioned and whose exclusion from the church was debated. See Robert’s Rules on Trials of Members and on Questions of Privilege.

Morning Report: Belal Muhammad ‘saw weaknesses’ in Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns

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The next UFC welterweight title fight is official as defending champion Kamaru Usman looks to defend his title for the sixth time against Leon Edwards at UFC 278 on August 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the meantime, the next competitor in line will have to be sorted.

Despite Edwards’ long 10-fight unbeaten streak, the Usman duo still isn’t the freshest, considering Usman handed ‘Rocky’ his last loss in December 2015. However, when most of the members of the MMA community think of the most attractive new match- for the champion, Khamzat Chimaev is the first that comes to mind.

Bursting onto the scene in 2020 like no fighter has ever done before, Chimaev dominated his first four opponents with impossible ease. It was not until the appearance of the fifth octagon of “Borz” that he suffered a difficult ascent.

At UFC 273 last April, Chimaev faced former title challenger Gilbert Burns in what turned out to be a contender for Fight of the Year and that night’s fight of the night. . Suffering more damage than he may have suffered in his 11-fight career up to that point, Chimaev continued to prove the hype was real, coming away as the winner by decision unanimous.

Now ranked No. 3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings, Chimaev is increasingly attracting other contenders to face him, such as fifth-placed Belal Muhammad. Impressed with Burns’ performance, Muhammad also noticed a few holes in Chimaev’s play.

“I saw weaknesses in him,” Muhammad said food truck notebooks. “Obviously people are like, ‘Oh man, he’s not as good as we thought he was. But I’m like, ‘Yo, he showed he got the chin, he showed he got the power,’ and it’s like you’re going up against Gilbert Burns.

Although not to the same degree as Chimaev, Muhammad is also on a roll. Undefeated in his last eight outings, Muhammad has earned three straight no-contest wins over the aforementioned Edwards acting as the divider in his fight chain.

After looking better than ever in his last two outings against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Vicente Luque, Muhammad has taken the time to go back and forth with Chimaev on social media. Ultimately, this led to the two agreeing to fight, but the UFC has yet to act to make the fight.

If the fight ends up falling apart, “Remember The Name” has every confidence that he is the one to hand Chimaev his first loss.

“When you get to the top five, if you don’t fight with a strategy, you’re going to lose to the good guys,” Muhammad said. “For me, these last three fights, I showed that I could fight with a strategy because they were all different fighters. I fought Demian Maia, which is – I had to stand. I couldn’t be taken down, so it was all defensive grappling. Then I fought ‘Wonderboy’, and I’m not going to kickbox ‘Wonderboy’, so I’m going to go out there and knock ‘Wonderboy’ down.

“He’s not an easy guy to take down and I don’t have a college wrestling. I’m not a Division I wrestler, but I fight with a strategy, and I’ve dominated more than anyone has ever dominated. Then you fight a guy like Luque, who knocked me out, who has the most finishes at welterweight and he’s good on his feet and good on the ground. How you gonna beat a guy like that? Well, with movement and footwork, then shooting when he least expects it.


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LEMU trains imams in funeral rites in Islam — Files — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

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The Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU) has provided Muslim scholars in Lagos State with adequate knowledge of funeral rites to correct and discourage forbidden innovations (Bidah) introduced in a funeral procession.

Speaking at the seminar, the Chief Imam of the LEMU Mosque, Sheikh Ridwan Jamiu, said that the annual Imams’ conference is a kind of “training of trainers program” intended to improve the knowledge of imams and to promote unity among Muslim religious leaders.

Vice President, LEMU BOT, Captain Abdulateef Lawal; Chief Imam of Lekki Central Mosque, Imam Ridwan Jamiu; Vice President, Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU); Dr Sola Labinjo; Sheikh Tajudeen Abdul Kareem Al-Adaby and the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaimon Abou-Nolla during the annual LEMU Imams Conference

He added that the program also aims to promote cooperation and brotherhood within the Muslim ummah.

According to him, “the program has organized about five or six series since its inception. He has always been well followed and applauded by people.

“It’s a way to promote knowledge among Muslims. It creates a platform through which Muslim scholars can cross-fertilize ideas and learn more about each other, thereby creating friendship and other consequent benefits.

“Imams come from all parts of Lagos State: Ibeju-Lekki, Eti-Osa, Mushin among others. We usually cooperate with the central mosque in Lagos State whose imam would ask them to send delegates. We then provide buses to areas where we have a conglomeration of imams present.

He said their expectation from the program is for Muslim leaders to be on the same page regarding funeral rites in Islam and then go to their congregation to deepen their knowledge.

“We have so many practices that are against Islamic principles and contradict the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). We have raised awareness about this on our own side. But if other Imams do not have this level of knowledge of the Sunnah, every time an Imam says something, somewhere and another Imam contradicts him, it creates confusion in the mind of our audience. But when the imams come together and see the true direction on the subject, everyone is convinced and immersed in it. This therefore means that our congregation will hear the same with regard to funeral rites and practices.

“Our expectation of participants is to be convinced of the message and to have an open mind so that the message can benefit them. And every time they return to their masjid, they have to impart and spread this knowledge to them. Their congregation will also understand Islam better and these foreign and dangerous practices for our faith can be abandoned.

Professor AbdulGaniy Agbarigidoma, a professor at Al-Hikmah University in Ilorin, said death in Islam is not a call for wine and dinner. Saying that prayers should rather be offered for the deceased than organizing unnecessary feasts and celebrations.

According to him, “The Prophet (SAW) said that we should be aware of death. It is part of the remembrance of death to return the rights of people, to ask Allah’s forgiveness and to observe voluntary prayers. We should have at our disposal a registry of people’s assets. Allah Almighty has referred to death in 140 different places in the Quran. This indicates that he wants us to be aware of death.

The university lecturer explained how to take care of sick people in Islam and established that sick people can use different medicines as long as they are halal (lawful/allowed) in Islam. He also sensitized the participants, most of whom are imams of their respective mosques, on how to perform Islamic rites, including ritual baths, shroud and prayers, among others, at the time of death.

“There are consequences of not treating the deceased properly in Islam. Allah says in the Quran that believers should wholeheartedly practice the religion of Islam. Thus, Islam has ethics guiding the birth of ‘a child as well as the death of a soul. These ethics must be respected. When we observe them, it is rewarding. But when we do not, it has consequences for us and for the deceased (if he neglects these rites).

The chairman of the occasion, the president of the Muslim community of Lagos, Professor Tajudeen Gbadamosi, explained that the desire to satisfy cultural pressures and extort material gains are some of the reasons why extraterrestrial practices have introduced into funeral rites among some Muslims.

Why Tinubu will choose a Muslim running mate, By Wale Adebanwi

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In light of all this, if Tinubu had a chance of beating his former political associate and mutual contender for power, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election, he has no choice but to choose a Muslim. of the North – most likely a sitting governor. . It is not the choice of fairness, fairness and justice. We should wish for such a choice in the Nigeria of the future. For now, it is the choice of realpolitik.

There is probably no other politician in Nigeria today who recognizes the imperative of choosing a Muslim from northern Nigeria as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu does. The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has not gone so far in his muscular political career, especially his unfulfilled bid for the presidency, by promoting the doctrine heart cry on pragmatic political consciousness. Those who were convinced that he had no chance of winning the APC ticket, given the combination of monumental conspiracies against him, again underestimate the man’s fearsome practical political intelligence. Tinubu’s tremendous thoroughness on matters of power would most likely lead him to choose a Muslim running mate from the North.

This is not an argument against the “fact” that the “appropriate”, “ethical”, “right” choice, etc., etc. what Tinubu should do is a Christian from the North. Ordinarily, such a choice is justified. In the political balance that was honored in the Fourth Republic, a Christian-Muslim ticket (or the reverse) is the only “correct” and “fair” platform for winning elections by any major party. Indeed, given the nature and pattern of consequences of fundamentalist Islam since the beginning of the Fourth Republic and the ethno-religious stubbornness of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency, a Muslim-Muslim ticket would look like an insolent slap in the face, even violent. Christians, especially northern Christians. However, what those who insist on this position forget is that no Muslim from the South (read Yoruba) has so far been the presidential flag bearer of a major party in the Fourth Republic.

Yet the country’s Christian community, represented by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has expressed its outright opposition to the idea of ​​a Muslim-Muslim ticket. The body’s national president, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, said such a ticket “would be disastrous [for] the nation.” Ayokunle’s operative values ​​in this regard are “righteousness, justice, and fairness.” Other analysts have pointed out why it would be “indefensible” for Tinubu to ignore the religious balance necessary to maintain of the pact that kept the Fourth Republic afloat. However, it seems CAN and others who dismiss the possibility of a Muslim-Muslim ticket are ignoring the most important factor in Tinubu’s thinking about who his running mate would be: election victory.

The immediate concern of the APC presidential candidate is not “justice” and “equity”; his burden is how to win the presidential election of 2023. He can care about justice and fairness after winning the election. This is to make things clear, but not imperceptibly. In fact, the Christian community would do well to recognize what is fundamentally at stake here for Tinubu and those invested in the ameliorative politics that is the best possible outcome of the post-Buhari era. Political scientists, especially those who work on international politics, have a name for this: realpolitik. Decisions of this nature – especially given the very difficult circumstances that led to the emergence of two Muslims from the two converse regions as presidential candidates of the two main parties – are based on practical political considerations, rather than moral or ideological ones. And no one knows it better than the “Lion de Bourdillon”.

Tinubu therefore has no choice but to choose a Muslim from the North, especially since his formidable opponent in the elections is a Muslim from the North. If the North already has a prominent Muslim, i.e. Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as one of its two choices, why should it choose a Muslim from the South as its preferred candidate?

There is one major reason and two subsidiary reasons why Tinubu must choose a Muslim from the North as his running mate if he wants to be the next President of Nigeria. There is only one exceptional circumstance that would recommend him to act otherwise. The main reason is that the northern core of Nigeria (i.e. much of what we call the North West and North East areas and a substantial part of the North Central) will not accept a Christian as his representative on a presidential ticket. It is useless to rise up against this reality. This is the reality of the North as it is presently constituted. Tinubu therefore has no choice but to choose a Muslim from the North, especially since his formidable opponent in the elections is a Muslim from the North. If the North already has a prominent Muslim, i.e. Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as one of its two choices, why should it choose a Muslim from the South as its preferred candidate? What would the Islamic clerics who have, perhaps, the greatest influence on the electoral choices of the popular masses of the North say to their adherents if there are no Muslims from the North on a presidential list?

The first of two subsidiary reasons is that it is easier to address the concerns and fears of (northern) Christians when you have a Muslim-Muslim ticket, than to persuade northern Muslims to accept a northern Christian as their representative in a presidential election. ticket. This is to put it elegantly in the latter case. Those who can be convinced in this context are therefore the Christians of the North who see themselves as the direct victims of both moderate (dominant) Islam and extremist Islamism in the North. They are eager to break the painful cycle of violence and destruction that has plagued their region for so long. Therefore, their greatest need is security. President Buhari has presided over the greatest breach of their safety and security as Christians and as Nigerians. (The same goes for most northern Muslims). Tinubu can respond directly to their fears and reassure them as a Yoruba (Muslim). A candidate who can convince Northern Christians of safety of life and property should be able to get them to see beyond having a Northern Christian on a losing ticket. Also, Tinubu comes from a culture that has 401 gods and therefore has no problem with one more!

It may be hard to articulate explicitly in public, but Tinubu could be the representative of the Christian North (and Christians, in general) on the APC ticket. Nigeria 2022-2023 is not Nigeria 1993. While the country has changed since the Abiola-Kingibe (Muslim-Muslim) ticket, neither the Muslim North nor the Yoruba West have changed much in terms of political sensitivities. And since the APC alliance, and therefore the party’s presidential ticket, is essentially one produced by a pact between southwestern Yoruba and the north, with all the other factors in place, a Muslim-Muslim ticket will not hold in Tinubu’s path to victory, nor will it pose an additional threat to the values ​​and aspirations of (Northern) Christians. Those who think otherwise should go read all the fire and brimstone threats from Christian leaders, North and South, before Moshood Abiola announced Babagana Kingibe as running mate in 1993. They were the first to endorse the ticket by the following. What was most important for Christians was to have a president who would be fair to all Nigerians after the plague who was in power.

The only exception to what I have outlined would be if Tinubu could get Buhari’s full support in choosing a Northern Christian as his running mate. If Buhari could mobilize the mass of northern Muslims who repeatedly backed him in five electoral circles to support Tinubu and his northern Christian running mate, then the Jagaban Borgu would be right to consider a Christian.

The second subsidiary reason why Tinubu would choose a Muslim from the North as his running mate is that in the end, in the absence of the departure (for whatever reason) of the president, the vice-president’s religious affiliation only has a symbolic value. Although I am the first to admit the power of symbols, yet in the practical political challenges facing Christians in the North today, there is more need for a president who would be fair to all than for a vice -Christian president without power or influence. What has Pentecostal Vice President Yemi Osinbajo been able to do for Christians under the de facto rule of Mamman Daura over the past seven years? Therefore, beyond the possibility of anything happening to the President (impeachment, any form of incapacitation or death), there is not much for Christians in the North to have one of their own as vice-president under a Tinubu presidency. The question then would be: “why is this question of symbolism not also true for the Muslims of the North”? This is not true for Muslims in the North not only because they attach greater importance to having a Muslim on a presidential list, but also because they have the electoral power, if not the right of veto, to validate or sanction recognition or rejection of their vision. , respectively.

The only exception to what I have outlined would be if Tinubu could get Buhari’s full support in choosing a Northern Christian as his running mate. If Buhari could mobilize the mass of northern Muslims who repeatedly backed him in five electoral circles to support Tinubu and his northern Christian running mate, then the Jagaban Borgu would be right to consider a Christian. However, anyone who has any doubts about Buhari’s innate inability to commit to anyone else’s project should have been convinced otherwise by the mess he made of the presidential candidate selection process. gone through his baffling hesitation.

In light of all this, if Tinubu had a chance of beating his former political associate and mutual contender for power, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election, he has no choice but to choose a Muslim. of the North – most likely a sitting governor. . It is not the choice of fairness, fairness and justice. We should wish for such a choice in the Nigeria of the future. For the moment, it is the choice of realpolitik.

Wale Adebanwi, author of Yorùbá elites and ethnic politics in Nigeriais the Penn Compact Presidential Professor of African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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To the right of Yogi there is only an abyss. Modi should contain BJP fanatics

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I used to laugh at the ignorance of people who said things like ‘we should never have given secularism to these Muslims’. These days, however, I just want to cry. But first, a bit of history. Jawaharlal Nehru, MK Gandhi and Congress were opposed to the two-nation theory. The British, however, accepted MA Jinnah’s assertion that Muslims could not live in an undivided India and divided the country, giving Jinnah its Muslim homeland.

Our founders now had two choices. They could turn India into a mirror image of Jinnah’s Pakistan and make it a Hindu homeland or they could stick to the ethics of undivided India and treat all Indians as equal citizens regardless of their religion. Given their views on diversity and pluralism, it was not surprising that they rejected the idea of ​​a Hindu homeland.

But there was also the question of pragmatism. In the areas the British partitioned in 1947, around 14.5 million people crossed the new borders to join the religious majority. This massive migration, unprecedented in history, led to bloody riots in which at least two million people died.

If more Muslims did not cross the borders of the newly created Pakistan, it was because they believed that India was not a Hindu homeland, there was a place for them here.

Otherwise, millions more from all over India (and there were Muslims in most states, including the South) would have joined the exodus, which would surely have been accompanied by more bloodshed and more deaths. There were at least 35 million Muslims left in India at the time of partition.

Furthermore, our founders also realized that religion alone was not enough to hold a multi-ethnic nation together. Pakistan split in two in 1971 and even today Baluchis, Muhajirs and others complain about Punjabi domination over the country. So much the worse for a religious homeland!

And Gandhi and Nehru knew that India also had about 7 million Sikhs and 8 million Christians. The only way for the country to stay united was to give each community a stake in the future of the nation.


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The benefits of secularism

Overall, our founders got it right. India has remained a democracy since 1947, although many other newly independent countries (including Pakistan and Bangladesh) have experienced periods of military rule.

Although we have not been entirely immune to sectarian strife (the Christian Nagas attempted to secede in the 1950s and 1960s, and Punjab was rocked by the Sikh secessionist movement of Khalistan in the 1980s) , these have been mostly limited and regional in scope. There was no large-scale Muslim insurgency. (Kashmir may be an exception, but the secessionist movement dates back to 1947 and has its roots in the state‘s troubled history.)

One of our most remarkable triumphs is that relative peace and stability have endured since 1947 despite our failure to provide an equal share of resources or positions to every community in India. Even then, the Indians kept the faith.

The Sachar Committee found that Muslims were lagging behind in many key areas. Their literacy rate (59%) was lower than the national average (65%). Although Muslims constitute about 14% of the population, they are still vastly underrepresented in the bureaucracy, in employment figures, among large industrial companies, etc.

Despite all this (and despite the occasional communal riots), Muslims believe they have a stake in India. For many years we have boasted that very few Indian Muslims joined al-Qaeda or other global terrorist organizations because they were brought up in a peaceful secular tradition. (In contrast, a much higher proportion of Pakistanis have become global terrorists.)

Thus, secularism was not “a favor” that Hindus returned to Muslims. Even if you reject the ideological basis of a policy that separated governance and religion, secularism also makes sense on a purely practical level. He kept India strong and stable and enabled her to progress.

It’s not a parallel I like to use, but those of us who remember the devastation wrought by Sikh militancy across India in the 1980s recognize that only a small minority of violent extremists (the Sikhs make up about 2% of the population and only a tiny minority of Sikhs have participated in the violence) can strike at the heart of India. What if 14% of the population feels they have no interest in India or the system is biased against them?

On some level, the BJP leadership recognizes this. Thus, their rhetoric has mostly been limited to ending “Muslim appeasement” and preventing Muslim migrants from entering India illegally. When their movements led to widespread protests (e.g. CAA), the government had to recalibrate its position. No Muslim can be delighted with the way things are going in India today. But most live their lives as peacefully as possible anyway.


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Need to rein in BJP fanatics

In recent months, however, that has changed. At the forefront of change is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. There is something terrifying about the way his government bulldozes the homes of Muslim protesters without regard to legality. What is even more frightening is the courts’ reluctance to step in and put an end to these blatantly illegal actions.

The UP government seems proud that Muslims are being beaten in police custody and the way CM Adityanath talks about additional penalties for protesters (using bulldozers, getting compensation, withdrawing their ration cards, etc.) is reminiscent of a totalitarian state. The problem is not the punishment of the rioters (of course they must be punished if found guilty) but the manner in which due process is thrown overboard when it comes to Muslims.

There has also been a shift in the rhetoric of BJP spokespersons and semi-official party trolls. Even when religious matters such as Ayodhya were discussed in the past, there was at least a veneer of civility. Now the naked hatred is on full display. It is instructive that no one within the BJP did anything to Nupur Sharma or disavowed his statements about the Prophet Muhammad until there were foreign policy implications for India.

Even on television, the pro-government media’s focus on community issues has taken on a rumbling new vigor that was previously absent. And of course, the BJP will no longer have a single Muslim MP in either house of parliament, and not a single Muslim MP in any of the states it rules; an almost unprecedented situation.

There may be a setback. We are talking about a Muslim vice-president. Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the RSS, made seemingly conciliatory remarks about Muslims. And the government is clearly shaken by the global outcry over Nupur Sharma’s remarks.

It would therefore make sense for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in his pet fanatics, for practical if not ideological reasons. They will line up because they have nowhere to go. To the right of Yogi Adityanath there is only the abyss.

Narendra Modi cannot hope to lead a country where his party has systematically alienated 14% of the population, made Muslims feel targeted and convinced they have no interest in India. He is too smart a politician to want to be seen as a global outlier ruling a dangerously divided country.

He doesn’t have to believe in secularism or even say he’s secular. It is enough for him to be pragmatic and to understand the logic of secularism. Because it makes sense: it’s the only way for a country as diverse as India to move forward; emphasizing progress rather than prejudice.

The author is a print and television journalist and talk show host. He tweets at @virsanghvi. Views are personal.

(Edited by Prashant)

Prophet Muhammad conflict: 29 detained for violence in Ranchi; prohibition orders still in place | Ranchi News

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Police and security personnel hold a flag march in the violence-hit town of Ranchi. (Picture PTI File)

RANCHI: Twenty-nine people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence that erupted in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, after Friday prayers June 10, while investigations are underway to identify the disbelievers and prevent any new community tension, police said Wednesday.
Two people were killed and more than two dozen seriously injured as protests and clashes over controversial remarks by now-suspended BJP leaders rocked the city on June 10.
Tension continues to reign in the capital with CrPC Section 144 restraining orders still in place in parts of the city, and security deployment has been stepped up to prevent a repeat of Friday’s chaos .
“A total of 29 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence. Twelve of them were taken into custody. arrest to prevent the commission of recognizable offences),” Jharkhand police and IG (operations) spokesperson Amol V Homkar told PTI.
Around 3,500 police stand guard in Ranchi, with RAF deployment extended for the week in particularly sensitive areas, he said.
Homkar also said that among those arrested is a certain Nawab Chishti, who is believed to be one of those who provoked the protesters through social media posts.
He said police are monitoring the situation closely.
“The situation is under control…we are investigating the matter. The police are taking all possible measures to prevent any further outbreak,” city police superintendent Anshuman Kumar told PTI.
More than 22 people were arrested by name, along with thousands of unidentified individuals in 25 FIRs after Friday’s violence.
Ranchi Subdivision Magistrate Deepak Kumar Dubey told PTI that restrictions on public movement were still in place in Kotwali, Lower Bazar, Chutia, Daily Market, Doranda and Hindipiri areas.
According to a RIMS official, seven injured people are still being treated at the medical facility, including 24-year-old Nadeem Ansari, who is fighting for his life.
Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais had summoned DGP Neeraj Sinha and other senior Raj Bhavan officials on Monday, seeking to find out why preventive measures or crowd dispersal actions had not been taken during the unrest.
Bais also questioned why police personnel weren’t wearing protective gear during the unrest. He asked the police to release posters of those involved in the protests so they could be identified.
The director general of police, for his part, told Bais that only 150 people were expected at the protest, according to an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report, but that thousands joined.

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Prophet row: After AQIS, Islamic State wing threatens to attack in India following Nupur Sharma’s remarks

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Amid raging controversy over remarks by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on the Prophet Muhammad, the Islamic State has threatened to carry out attacks across India, reports The Indian Express.

The Islamic State’s Khurasan province, operating in the Indian subcontinent, has launched a news bulletin service. According to independent news manager Khorasan Diary on Twitter, the organization’s first newsletter focuses on India and the issue of blasphemy.

“The video features @NupurSharmaBJP, the National Spokesperson for @BJP4India and bulldozing homes of Muslims. It then goes on to present earlier statements by ISKP suicide bombers who were Indian. Threatening to carry out attacks on India in whenever possible,” said a message near the handle.

“It then features @narendramodi and the attacks on Sikhs in Afghanistan followed by animations of a suicide bomber. Ending with a message to carry out attacks very soon,” the post said.

Earlier, the ISKP published a 50-page document on the same subject with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi petting a cow. He had called for attacks on India and on Indian interests.

Last week, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) issued a letter warning of suicide bombings in Indian cities to avenge the insult to the Prophet Muhammad.

In the threatening letter dated June 6, AQIS said it would launch suicide bombings in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat to “fight the honor of the Prophet”. All states were briefed by intelligence agencies on the threat and asked to be on high alert.

The remark on Prophet by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma led to violent protests and street riots in several parts of the country, including outside the Delhi Jama Masjid. The remarks also drew condemnation from more than a dozen Gulf countries.

Woman Tells AIMIM’s Waris Pathan During TV Debate

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On Monday evening, June 13, AIMIM leader Waris Pathan was instructed by a Muslim panelist named Subuhi Khan during a debate on recent violence orchestrated by Islamist mobs over alleged “blasphemy”.

During the ‘Stop the Riot Culture’ debate on Republic TV, Pathan was seen crying foul over the demolition of illegal homes of Muslim rioters in Uttar Pradesh. Instead of answering the questions posed to him, the leader of AIMIM remained obsessed with his monologue.

“He will keep repeating the same things,” noted a co-panellist named Subuhi Khan. At that point, Pathan responded aggressively, “You don’t teach me what to repeat. I never intervened when you made a comment. Khamosh (The silence).”

Apni zabaan sambhal ke baat kijiye (Hold your tongue),” she remarked. The leader of AIMIM replied: “Aree app sambhal ke baat karo. Mujhe tumhare is tamedez nahin sikhna. (You shut up. I don’t need to teach you manners.)”

Subuhi Khan then asked Arnab Goswami to lower the volume of Pathan’s microphone while the latter threatened to leave the debate. “It’s not 1984 and I’m not Shah Bano. And you are Waris Pathan. Stay within your limits,” she stressed.

Hearing this, a red-haired Waris Pathan said, “Shut up and sit down. You and your entire lineage are 2-sided. Speak respectfully. He then claimed that she was not appointed as a BJP spokesperson because she was a Muslim.

“Your name is Subuhi Khan. You weren’t appointed spokesperson for the BJP despite licking his feet,” he continued with his tirade. The Muslim panelist said: “I am not active in politics unlike you. “Stop dreaming and come back to reality. You won’t get anything… Sit quietly, Waris Pathan replied rudely.

Co-Panelist Opposes Waris Pathan’s Indecent Behavior

After about 45 minutes of debate, RSS ideologue and co-panelist Ratan Sharda called on Waris Pathan to apologize to Subuhi Khan for his disreputable remarks. “You are a useless bad person… You are an idiot, a madman,” the AIMIM leader told Sharda.

At that time, Arnab Goswami intervened and ordered Waris Pathan to be careful with his tongue. He also banned her from making personal remarks about a panelist. Subuhi Khan replied: “These men have a habit of confusing every Muslim woman with Shah Bano… This is not 1984 but 2022. He has forgotten that this is a nationalist government.

“I will insult her if she does not stop”, threatened Waris Pathan. Khan asked, “Why are you injured? Does your fragile masculine ego and masculinity get in the way of the debate? »

Towards the end of the show, Subuhi Khan told Pathan that Indian law would not work according to his whims and fancies. She rejected his claims of punishment granted for hurting religious feelings.

At that moment, in a rather childish way, the leader of AIMIM tried to make fun of his Muslim co-panellist by imitating his expressions. “What do you even know?” Chal, Chal? it has been heard.

15 million Muslims can dominate over 100 million Hindus: Waris Pathan

The leader of AIMIM is not new to controversy. In February 2020, Waris Pathan was seen inciting Muslims during an anti-CAA rally in Gulbarga, Karnataka attended by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

In a veiled threat to the Hindus, Pathan resorted to Muslim incitement by declaring that the time had come for the country’s Muslims to unite and “achieve freedom”. He added that even though Muslims only made up 15 crores in the country, they could still dominate over 100 crores of Hindus.

Speaking at an anti-CAA protest rally in Gulbarga in Karnataka, Pathan warned Hindus to be afraid of Muslims and reminded them of the consequences if Muslims unite.

“We have to work together, we have to snatch our Azadi. Now is the time to reach Azadi, if we can’t reach him, we must snatch him. They were laughing at us for hiding behind women (at anti-CAA protests),” he said.

Pathan continued, “Remember, these are lionesses that came out and you are already scared of these women. Be aware and know what will happen if all of us (Muslims) unite”.

“We are 15 crores but know that we can still dominate more than 100 crores Hindus and imagine what we can do to you,” he had threatened.

Muslim World League chief leads religious diplomacy at Geneva summit

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GENEVA: The Secretary General of the Muslim World League took part in a summit of major international organizations to coordinate responses to accelerating global challenges.

The forum, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, was launched under the title: “Cooperation between international organizations in humanitarian fields”.

It included — in addition to the MWL and the World Council of Churches — the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies. Rouge, the World Food Program and a group of distinguished international representatives. humanitarian leaders.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusdirector general of WHO

MWL Secretary General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa gave the opening speech for the forum.

He expressed gratitude for the outstanding humanitarian efforts of WHO in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other international governmental and non-governmental organizations carrying out pioneering humanitarian work.

However, he regretted that “humanitarian work has not reached the required level of solidarity and sympathy, and that the gap between rich and poor remains wide, despite the existence of an international system”.

Al-Issa added: “We do not oppose the existence of the rich and the poor, because it is the nature of life, but we call on the rich to relieve the suffering of the poor by supporting them, especially with the necessities of life. life such as food, medicine and education.

“It is painful, for example, to see the rich get vaccinated against COVID-19 while the poor do not receive it, or only receive it late, or only receive a few doses.

“There is also another reason that animates and even motivates humanitarian work, which is the religious aspect.”

The MWL leader described the religious motive “as one of the strongest, most vital and enduring motivators of humanitarian action”.

He emphasized that this is a heaven-bound motive of faith, “and all that concerns the Creator, glory to Him, has a strong cord that is unaffected by any emergency and cannot be cut.

“That is why we believe that voluntary work is one of the strongest pillars of the work of humanitarian organizations around the world, the most important of which is that which is based on a religious motive linked to the creator. Honest and abstract religious feelings heal wounds, quench thirst, feed the hungry, educate, train and sponsor orphans and widows.

Al-Issa said: “It should be noted that it is important that relevant international organizations have performance measures for countries in the field of humanitarian work, and that they must honor public and private institutions, and individuals who have outstanding efforts in humanitarian work. , whether in the area of ​​food, health, education, training or otherwise, including helping marginalized and abused people, and those subjected to forced labour, in particular crimes of trafficking in human beings.

He reviewed MWL’s efforts in humanitarian work around the world, emphasizing that its premise is “faith and humanity without any discrimination, religious or otherwise. He announced the MWL’s plan to launch an international award to promote the most significant efforts in the service of humanitarian work.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, called for support for medical workers to help them carry out their duties in saving the lives of refugees and displaced people.

He said: “I grew up in a war zone and the smell, sounds and scenes of war dominated my senses. I recall these painful memories every time I visit a combat zone, and I wish it would stop immediately.

UNHCR’s speech, delivered by Kelly Clements, stressed that peace is the “permanent remedy for the displacement crisis”, as well as the cure for many difficulties facing human beings today. Clements warned that the global displacement crisis is so huge that no single organization can handle it alone.

WCC general secretary Rev. Ioan Sauca said that despite the importance of the work of international humanitarian agencies, national and local faith-based organizations are the vanguard and long-term foundations of humanitarian assistance and development. development. He said church members do not do humanitarian work for evangelism or other programs, but to pursue their identity as Christians.

Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the IFRC, said the availability of local leaders for humanitarian work is a vital issue, “and we have seen how health closures and travel restrictions tied our hands in our hands. organizations, and the only bet was on the associations.”

He added that the challenges facing humanitarian work are not limited to wars and conflicts, but include climate change, economic collapse and discrimination in all its forms, in addition to the effects of COVID-19.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley has warned that rising food prices and inflation have pushed more than 48 countries around the world into situations of instability, political unrest, riots and protests .

Kuwait deports expats who protested Nupur Sharma’s comments on Prophet Muhammad

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The government of Kuwait will arrest and bring in expats who staged a protest against former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma who allegedly made insulting remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.

The expats are accused of organizing protests that expats in Kuwait are not allowed to organize. The Arab Times newspaper, which reported on the incident, also said, quoting people close to the development, that after their arrest, the expatriates will be deported to their home countries. The nationality of the protesters has not been revealed.

Kuwait prohibits non-Kuwaiti from organizing sit-ins or demonstrations. Those arrested will also be prohibited from re-entering Kuwait. Detectives arrest those involved.

The development comes amid several Gulf countries summoning respective envoys summoning Indian envoys to lodge their protests against the former BJP spokesperson’s comments made earlier this month at a roundtable hosted by a TV news channel.

The spokesperson and another party member were expelled from the BJP, with the ruling party saying that in India all religions and all groups of people should be respected.

The video shared by Arab Times shows a burly man chanting slogans and urging others to do so, demanding justice for allegedly insulting comments made against the Prophet Muhammad. The identity of the man remains unknown but the gathering around the corner in Fahaheel, as seen in the video, was more than two dozen.

News18 could not verify the authenticity of the video.

India earlier said in Kuwait that strong measures have been taken against those who try to hurt the feelings of people belonging to minority communities. The Indian mission in Kuwait also pointed out that action had been taken against people who posted offensive tweets against minorities on the social media site Twitter.

“The Ambassador indicated that the tweets in no way reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of the fringe elements. In line with our civilizational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, the Government of India grants the utmost respect to all religions,” the spokesperson said, reiterating the BJP’s position on the matter.

There was violence in several cities across India after members of the Muslim community staged protests, which turned violent, condemning Nupur Sharma for his remarks.

(with contributions from Arab Times and ANI)

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StanChart Saadiq Bangladesh Named “Best Islamic Bank for Digital CX”

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Standard Chartered Saadiq Bangladesh has been recognized as “Best Islamic Bank for Digital CX (Customer Experience)” in Bangladesh at the Digital Banker’s Digital CX Awards 2022, according to a press release.

Standard Chartered Saadiq Bangladesh has recently launched several notable products and services. From 2021, Saadiq customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of real-time integration (RTOB). With RTOB, customers can open an account in less than seven minutes from anywhere, anytime.

Standard Chartered Saadiq is the only international Islamic banking proposition in Bangladesh for individuals and businesses. Its network covers Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In recent years, it has been celebrated as Bank of the Year, Best Country Transaction and Best Sukuk at Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Awards, Best Islamic Bank in Bangladesh at Banker’s Islamic Bank of the Year Awards and Best Retail Bank Islam in Bangladesh. by The Digital Banker at the Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards.

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Public and Private “Twilight in Delhi”

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The turn of socio-political events triggered waves of socio-cultural innovations impacting the social configuration. Literature, a powerful torchbearer of such events, functions as the curator of history and allows its readers to enjoy the moment with its power of storytelling.

Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali is one of those masterpieces at a time when the history of the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent was being rewritten and Dili was gradually becoming Delhi. Ahmed Ali was an English teacher and portrayed life around him in Urdu as part of India’s progressive writers movement. He invented his writing in English in the 1940s, but told the story of British intervention in the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent in its early stages. With this account by Ahmed, he became the leading literary voice for Indian Muslims restarting their lives after being forced out of the corridors of power under the dominant and powerful British presence in their hitherto free and independent city.

Throughout Delhi’s history, it has been destroyed, occupied and has seen further socio-cultural changes. Yet this time it was a dominance that would take India’s long-established Muslim culture out of the echelons of power and out of their minds. Delhi’s history bears witness to the precise moment when this process of transformation began. Thus, Mughal Delhi felt the thrust of its socio-cultural twilight under rapidly expanding British power. This twilight in Delhi was not only that of Muslim power but also that of their cultural life. The Muslim way of life had been expelled from the palaces and existed only in Delhi’s alleys and houses. Mir Nihal’s house, still an exhibition of the Mughal Muslim way of life, also felt the cultural intervention entering his house as his son Asghar gradually adopted British living practices with his upbringing, work and dress. His wives were still carriers of Mughal Muslim culture when it came to socio-cultural events like marriage and death ceremonies. Life on the streets of Delhi was still more or less a Mughal Muslim lifestyle with its prayer calls, pigeon flights, kites, night gatherings and meetings, qawwali functions and marketing.

Twilight in Delhi is not just about the dry fall of Mughal culture and history; it talks about love and romance from the first to the last chapter and counts the love between Mir Nihal and Babban Jan Asghar and Mushtri Bai, Asghar and Bilqees and Asghar and Zohra. There are elaborate scenes of imaginative and real romance and love. Some love affairs culminate in marriage and some in death, but some marriages occur without love. Asghar’s marriage to Bilqees is a love affair, Mahru’s is a loveless marriage and Mir Nihal’s love for Baban Jan is unmarried. After the death of his first wife, Asghar falls in love again with Zohra, the younger sister of his deceased wife. Although Zohra was involved with Asghar for some time because of Asghar’s young daughter, her family did not agree to give their second daughter to a home where the first was not so warmly welcomed. Thus, Asghar is left alone with his daughter only after Zohra is married to another family.

Twilight of Delhi is reflected in the stories of several characters, which can be called respective twilights. For example, Asghar’s love life shines for a short time but very soon it falls to twilight when his wife dies, and he longs for Zohra’s love, but this twilight soon gives way to darkness when Zohra is married to someone else. The same goes for Mir Nihal’s love for Babban Jan, which shines for a while, but the cycle of nature proves cruel to her and she dies alone and unattended. This loss remained a source of long-standing pain for Mir Nihal. Similarly, Asghar’s sister, Begum Waheed, was able to enjoy marital bliss for a few years and her husband died at the age of 19, but she decided not to remarry and live as a widow all her life. .

Socio-politically, the twilight of Mughal Muslim rule and culture meant the dawn of British government and civilization in Delhi and its dominance throughout India as part of the strategy of civilization and colonization in India. British Empire. The Indians could witness the scenes of the British presence in the form of their soldiers, guns and official jobs. Indian Muslims saw the coronation of the British king in India instead of many coronations of their Indian kings. Thus, if, on the one hand, the city of Delhi appeared as a British socio-political whole installed in the places of power of the city, on the other hand, it always appeared Mughal in its socio-cultural location, although under the threat of British domination of the hegemonic culture.

The novel reminds us of the established literary traditions of India, especially concerning poetry, which is both mundane and divine. The story of the novel is dotted with various poetic instances, sometimes translated and sometimes transliterated. The writer successfully incorporated them into the structure of the story. These seem to be part of the story, translating and reinforcing its meaning and giving strong and bright color to Indian poetic traditions in Urdu. The novel is a story mixed with a story and must be part of the reading of fiction by Pakistanis in particular.

The author is a professor of English at Government Emerson University in Multan. He can be reached at [email protected] and Tweets at @Profzee


If Prophet Muhammad were alive today…

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Taslima Nasreen has lived in exile for nearly three decades (File)

New Delhi:

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has weighed in on the massive backlash and protests sparked by controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad by former BJP spokespersons, saying he would have been ‘shocked to see the madness of Muslim fanatics in the world”.

Two days ago she wrote:

Taslima Nasreen has lived in exile for almost three decades after her book “Lajja” drew heavy criticism in Bangladesh.

The 59-year-old had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 following death threats from fundamentalist groups who accused her of holding anti-Islamic views.

Although she has Swedish nationality and has lived in the United States and Europe for the past two decades, she has mainly stayed in India on short-term residence permits and has long expressed her wish to live in the country permanently.

Two people have been killed and dozens arrested after protests across the country and clashes in some towns, including Howrah near Kolkata, over remarks made by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and fellow expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal.

The comments made more than two weeks ago sparked anger in India and abroad, with several West Asian countries demanding a public apology, summoning Indian envoys and seeing calls for a boycott of Indian products.

India called them “views of fringe elements”, but that did not appease the anger of Muslim groups in India, who demanded the arrest of the politicians.

On Thursday, Delhi police said they filed a complaint against Ms Sharma and others for “inciting division” on social media.

Taking internal action against the two leaders, the BJP asked the representatives to be “extremely careful” when discussing religion on public platforms and said it does not promote slurs against any sect or religion.

‘If the Prophet Muhammad was…’: Taslima Nasreen amid dispute over controversial remark | Latest India News

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As several states witnessed protests against controversial remarks about the Prophet on Friday, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said the Prophet would have been shocked to see the “folly of Muslim fanatics”.

Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen delved into the ongoing controversy over comments made by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma when she said if the Prophet Muhammad were alive today, he would have been shocked to see the madness of “Muslim fanatics” in the world. The statement came as protests erupted in several states on Saturday, forcing authorities to suspend internet services in some areas. “No one is above criticism, no human, no saint, no messiah, no prophet, no god. Critical examination is necessary to make the world a better place,” said the Muslim author who prefers to call herself an atheist. . Day of protests: From Delhi to Ranchi, the prophet’s remarks shake India

Following protests following Friday prayers, all internet services were suspended in Ranchi in Jharkhand and Howrah in West Bengal. In Uttar Pradesh, people threw stones at police personnel in Prayagraj and Saharanpur as Delhi witnessed a massive gathering of protesters outside Jama Masjid. Internet services were interrupted in the towns of Bhaderwah and Kishtwar and in the city of Srinagar as a precautionary measure. Mobile internet has also been suspended in parts of Kashmir.

The Union Home Office has asked police chiefs in all states and union territories to be prepared and alert after sporadic incidents of violence were reported.

As the row started from a televised debate in which BJP National Spokesperson Nupur Sharma took part and made a controversial remark about the Prophet, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Friday called on Muslim scholars not to participate in the debates of the television channels whose ‘goal is only to ridicule Islam and make fun of Muslims’.


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Sean O’Malley endorses potential lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev

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While Islam Makhachev is yet to achieve stardom, Sean O’Malley believes his potential lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira will be high profile.

There has recently been controversy surrounding Charles Oliveira’s failure to make weight for UFC 274, which was supposed to be his second title defense. The fighter was stripped of his belt afterwards and the top spot has remained vacant ever since.

As the division now remains without a title holder, many speculated that the title would take place between Charles Oliveria and Islam Makhachev. This is after “Do Bronx” returns to the octagon, scheduled for October or November.

During an appearance on a recent episode of his The BrO’Malley Show, Sean O’Malley described the potential fight as a “sick” fight. He also thinks that many people, including himself, will be delighted.

The 27-year-old American UFC fighter said:

“Jesus it will be nice. It’s crazy it’s not like a super, it’s not a massive fight. It will be a… I think it will be good but Islam is not still really a name and Charles is sort of becoming a name. It’s weird…it’s the best division…it’s going to be a sick fight. I’ll be excited for that. I think a lot of people would be excited for that.

You can check out Sean O’Malley’s discussion of the potential lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev below:

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Charles Oliveira is expected to return to the octagon in October this year

In a recent interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, UFC President Dana White gave the expected timeline for Oliveira’s return to the octagon. White declined to divulge the next opponent for ‘Do Bronx’. However, he revealed that Oliveira is expected to return to the octagon in October this year.

Speaking of the Brazilian, Dana White said:

“He will probably fight in October. I already have fights until October 8. Probably October or November.”

Watch Dana White’s full interview with Yahoo Sports below:

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“Do Bronx” last fought Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. He picked up a phenomenal win over Gaethje via first-round submission. However, Oliveira failed to retain the lightweight belt as he lost half a pound in weight and was stripped of his title.

The Brazilian is currently on an 11-match winning streak. He is one short away from holding the record for the longest winning streak in the UFC lightweight division. Rumors have swirled that Charles Oliveira is set to fight Islam Makhachev. However, there has been no official confirmation from the UFC yet.


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‘An Act of Worship’ is an American Muslim’s ‘counter-narrative of our past 30 years’

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The compelling documentary, “An Act of Worship,” chronicles three decades of discrimination and hatred toward American Muslims. By juxtaposing memories of abuse and intimidation with home movies of families celebrating life in America, Pakistani-American filmmaker Nausheen Dadabhoy highlights the cultural and mental health issues that many Muslims – especially young people – have absorbed living in a country that has spoken loud and clear about racism and Islamophobia.

Several interviewees describe movingly how their efforts at assimilation have forced them to “lose their cultural truth”, to discard their religion, headscarf and identity in order to blend in and be less feared. Other segments examine how families were separated or were under surveillance. Dadabhoy chronicles the change in the way Muslims in America have been treated since the days of the Iran hostage crisis, through the 1991 Gulf War, the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, the Patriot Act of 2001, the Boston Marathon of 2013 and the Muslim ban. signed into law under twice-termed President Donald Trump.

In addition to these stories, “An Act of Worship” profiles three young activists – Aber, Khadega and Ameena – who stand up for rights and social justice while trying to maintain a sense of dignity in a country that continues to dehumanize this segment of the population. population.

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Salon spoke with Dadabhoy on the eve of his film’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“This generation of kids born after 9/11 are so much better at being themselves. It’s so cliché, but they are resolutely Muslim.”

I was struck by how the Muslim Americans you interviewed all talked about hiding their religion and culture – as if it was something they were ashamed of – and how their efforts to assimilate and be ” more American” often forced them to lose their identity. and sense of self. One of the subjects of your film crystallizes this when she explains that they “become the very stereotype they were trying to avoid”. Can you talk about this Catch-22?

I feel like this conversation about assimilation has progressed so much. Someone like Khadega and this generation of kids born after 9/11 are so much better at being themselves. It’s so cliché, but they’re resolutely Muslim. There is a lot of me in the film; I’m narrating one of the first voice-over pieces. For my generation – my parents came during the Iran hostage crisis – they got crazy phone calls and were very scared. After 9/11, they received threats. They had neighbors who sent us really nasty letters. I also think it’s important to remember that a large part of this generation of Muslims who came to the United States in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, came after some sort of political upheaval. Otherwise, there were certainly things you couldn’t say about the government. I don’t think my parents know how political this movie is. Their attitude was “Don’t say anything. Don’t rock the boat. Keep your head down. That’s how we’ll stay safe.” A lot of us absorbed that, and my sister was bullied at school for being different, and the only way to alleviate that was to try not to be different.

The film is an exploration to understand why this new generation is so powerful and confident. What happened? I think our community has changed, and they’ve built a lot of power over the last 20 years, so these kids have infrastructure and resources that we didn’t have. My mum went to her first protest in 2020 against the Muslim ban. His generation absorbs what these young children bring into our community. I’m not saying everyone in the community is like that. The people I met had parents who were protesting. It just wasn’t the experience I had.

Likewise, the mental health issues that developed for these Muslim Americans who tried not thinking about identity is very powerful. There is talk of suicide and drug-induced depression. What is your observation of the impact of this on the American Muslim community?

I think there’s a lot of trauma in our community. Which was sad to realize that if I talk to Aber, who grew up in New York — his parents are from Palestine and mine are from Pakistan — there’s a common trauma we can bond over. Sure, there are beautiful things we can bond over, like our immigrant background, but shared trauma is a big part of that. One of the things we realized was that after 9/11, people didn’t say they were Pakistani Americans, but Muslim Americans. It is part of forming our identity in this country. I mean “we” very carefully. The film draws heavily from the setting of parents who came here as immigrants, or [people] who immigrated here. This is from the perspective of the immigrant Muslim community. We haven’t captured the African American or Latin Muslim experience.

“Yes, these terrible things happened but there is also beauty in our experiences. How can we look at them too?”

Part of what we want to do with our film and our impact campaign is to do a lot of healing for our community. How can we begin to decenter the trauma and address it? There is so much unrecognized trauma in the community. We would ask people questions about incidents related to Islamophobia, and they would either brush them off or start crying. How can we begin to address it, recognize it, and heal from it? We hope that storytelling is part of it. Our film is a counter-narrative of our last 30 years, it’s a starting point for people to think about a personal counter-narrative. Yes, these terrible things happened, but there is also beauty in our experiences. How can we watch them too?

What can you say about how people react to or fight against Islamophobia?

I made a movie. I watched the 2016 elections with one of my producers, and I remember seeing a friend the next day, who is a gay Muslim, and he said, “I’m not going back to Pakistan. It’s not an option for me.” He can’t live there openly; he also has a partner here. We have to do something about it. We can do something about it. it was making this movie. Everyone has a different approach. For some people it won’t be activism, but the quiet way they can be who they authentically are or how they just take care of each other in these times of crisis.

Aber in “An Act Of Worship” by Nausheen Dadabhoy (Capital K Pictures)

How did you find the three participants in your film, Aber, Khadega and Ameena?

We found many women working in community organizing spaces and as activists. I worked with CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, in Los Angeles. My sister was a lawyer in the chapter. His boss was Ameena Mirza Qazi, the film’s lawyer. When the protests were happening at the airport, I saw Ameena in action and was impressed. “Let me put a microphone on you and film you.” Fortunately, she was there. We filmed for many years. CAIR LA helped us find other activists. We went to different communities and asked, “Who were the militants? Literally, every community said, “There’s this amazing young woman…”. Where are the men ? There are women leading the charge, so this movie is going to be about them. They are on the front line. I am not exaggerating.

The film touches on the scarf debate. I liked that an interviewee said that she chooses to wear the headscarf as a form of resistance, which makes it a political act. What do you think about this? It can be so polarizing.

I also wore a scarf. This predates September 11. I wore one when I was in high school, and for me it was truly an act of devotion. Talking to the people who make this movie, for some cultures, mainly Arab cultures, it’s just part of the culture. It has nothing to do with religious devotion. In Pakistan, many women do not cover their hair. They cover it differently. That’s culturally how they do it. In some Arab cultures, you hit puberty and start covering your hair; it’s not religious, it’s cultural. But what happened, and I remember having this conversation with a friend of mine after 9/11, it was very political. I want to be outwardly Muslim. I want to show my faith and let people see that I’m a Muslim and I’m not going to hide it. For some people it was, “I’m going to show them the best part of Islam. I will wear the headscarf and be a good person, so now try to come to me with your anti-Muslim feelings. It’s so unfair, the work you have to do to take on all of this. I haven’t, but I think a lot of women have.


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What message of hope do you have for your community?

Ultimately, my film is about creating a different narrative for ourselves and for us to see each other in all the beauty and nuance of our history that hasn’t really been seen enough in American popular culture and media. . But I also remember during one of the versions of Trump’s Muslim Ban, I was touring with Ameena, and I had read about the ban and I was so depressed and I filmed an interview with her, and I I said, “We’ll be okay.” There are amazing people like her and so many more who aren’t going to let things like this stand. I find my hope in our community.

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The Invisible Citizen: Why the absence of Muslim MPs and MPs in the BJP is worrying

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In about a month, the BJP, the self-proclaimed “largest political party in the world”, will stop having a single Muslim MP in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. And that’s not all – the party has nothing Muslim MPs in all 31 states and union territories.

When I mentioned this on social media, one person wrote that the BJP was a truly democratic party that believed in merit. How was the party to blame if no Muslim was deemed worthy of receiving tickets? Only parties like the Trinamool Congress, the “appeasers” so to speak, believed in vote bank politics and not in picking the best person for the job. The BJP was a far too evolved party, free from any dynasty, free from the burden of having to bow to heavy “secular” credentials. The BJP gave tickets to the best people who then won and kept the party in power. And, surely, there was no greater political dharma for a party than winning elections.

Another person wrote that the BJP was just following the Constitution which prohibited discrimination based on religion. He argued that if the BJP had given tickets to Muslims just because they were Muslims, it would discriminate against Hindus.

Most of those who reacted were even more blunt – the BJP, they said, was a Hindu party married to Hindutva, advancing the Hindu cause. Why should he be held responsible for sending Muslims to Parliament?

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The BJP officially sticks to the agenda of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. When cornered, they refuse to officially toe the Hindutva hard line. The Good Cop, Bad Cop routine assures that on the one hand, the official press statement following the Nupur Sharma fiasco said that the BJP was “committed to making India a great country where all are equal and where everyone lives with dignity…”, while on the other hand, party workers and office bearers were actively encouraged to continue the harsh rhetoric.

If BJP supporters are unable to understand why the party does not have a single Muslim when it has 301 MPs (55%) in the Lok Sabha; 95 MPs (38%) in the Rajya Sabha and 1,379 MPs (33%) in various states is a sad reflection on how the rabid fringe has truly taken control of the majority thought process.

The only two questions we need to ask ourselves in the face of the new reality of representation that will emerge on July 7 – when the term of the last Muslim BJP RS MP expires – are: does it matter? And do we care?

Yes, it really matters that in a country of about 204 million Muslims, or 15% of the population, the ruling party, in its third term, does not have a single elected Muslim representative. The “we are merit-based, blind to faith” argument doesn’t hold up: the BJP bends over backwards to get its caste arithmetic in every election, no matter how insignificant. He doesn’t hesitate to drop capable and deserving incumbents to accommodate changing caste equations. As a party, it is acutely aware of the need for caste and sub-group representation within its identified vote bank. As long as they are not Muslims.

Hindus who vote for a Hindu party do so knowing that it is not for Muslims. There is nothing wrong with that. The problem is the BJP’s doublespeak, in which it appeals to millions of Hindus on the grounds that it is not a Hindu party, but an inclusive party that will offer representation and governance to all. It does neither. And this glaring new statistic of zero representation should be a wake-up call to all non-radical BJP voters.

The Constitution of India gives us the right to practice any religion and not be discriminated against for it. The point is not that Muslims should be actively sought out and given tickets by the BJP. According to the simple law of averages, in a country where Muslims make up 15% of the population, a fair and representative process would normally result in the selection of a few Muslims. The fact that this is not so underscores the inalienable truth that the BJP actively discriminates against Muslims. If someone walks into a mall in Delhi, Kolkata or Mumbai and randomly chooses 301 people or even 55% of the people there, the chances of none of them being Muslim are next to zero.

The UK is now home to around 1.4 million people of Indian descent, around 2.5% of its population. On the other hand, it has 15 deputies of Indian origin and 15 deputies of Pakistani origin in the House of Commons. One out of 10 MPs in the House of Commons today belongs to an ethnic minority. If our imperial colonizers can walk the path of better representation and diversity of opinion, how can India’s largest party be so deaf?

As for the second question, how not to worry about Muslims absent from the Treasury benches? The BJP chastised the “elitist” culture of Congress, mocking what they called the “Lutyen gang”. They promised to tear down the walls that excluded so many from the ranks of power. The party goes out of its way to claim to ensure inclusive spaces for all. How then can he justify the exclusion of “sau mein se pandrah” from his own ranks?

There’s a reason people and communities around the world insist on diversity in the decision-making process: their presence and input produce better results. Perhaps the inclusion of Muslims in the BJP’s legislative bodies would have sensitized the party’s spokespersons to a less sectarian world than their own and averted a blunder of international proportions.

To the BJP, I say this: a political party is fundamentally different from a private dinner party; you don’t have the freedom to invite only those you want because you pay for the food. Muslims are an integral part of the blood and body of this country, and any policy that results in their exclusion from decision-making and opinion-forming processes is not an acceptable outcome in the 75th year of independence. from India. It’s important and you should care.

The writer is a Congressman from Trinamool

2 weeks after Prophet Row, case against suspended BJP leader, journalist

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“The FIR is against several individuals who transcend religions,” police said.

New Delhi:

Two weeks after reprehensible statements against the Prophet Muhammad and Islam by two BJP leaders, one on national television and the other on Twitter, police have filed a complaint against several people for hate speech, incitement to groups and creating situations that disturb the peace and harmony of society. Two FIRs were registered, naming BJP spokespersons, a journalist, social media users and members of various religious organizations.

Notably, the police action comes shortly after a huge diplomatic storm caused by objectionable and common remarks, now suspended, BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal, the head of the party’s media cell. in Delhi who was also expelled. While Ms Sharma’s remarks were made during a news channel debate, Mr Jindal has come under fire for a tweet.

The delay in police action has been questioned by many, as similar hate speech has often been made both on television and on social media. The timing, just after more than 16 countries criticized the two BJP leaders’ remarks, also sparked speculation. It is still unclear whether the case was registered on the basis of a complaint or whether the cyber unit of Delhi Police Special Cell learned about it suo motu. Police said they regularly monitor social media for hate speech and incitement to violence.

Several countries in the Gulf region had summoned Indian ambassadors and expressed concern over “growing extremism and hatred”. Many even demanded a “public apology” from New Delhi for the remarks deemed “Islamophobic”.

Among those named in the police or FIR case, registered by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operation (IFSO) unit of the Special Cell, include Naveen Kumar Jindal, the expelled head of Delhi’s BJP media unit , Shadab Chauhan, the chief spokesman of the Peace Party. , journalist Saba Naqvi, Pooja Shakun Pandey, Hindu Mahasabha bureau member, Maulana Mufti Nadeem of Rajasthan, Abdur Rehman, Anil Kumar Meena and Gulzar Ansari, police said.

Pooja Shakun Pandey, who uses the pseudonym “Annapurna Maa”, was recently charged over her controversial call to ban Friday prayers. She was also charged with making a public call to arms and inciting mass murder.

A second FIR was also registered under similar sections against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and other social media users, police said.

“The FIR is against several individuals who transcend religions,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (IFSO) KPS Malhotra said.

“The unit will investigate the roles of various social media entities in promoting false and misinformation with the intent of creating unrest in cyberspace and which has ramifications on physical space, thereby undermining the social fabric of the country,” Malhotra said.

The planned attack on a mosque is a case of teaching Islamic pluralism

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Last March, three Islamic State-inspired extremists plotted to attack a Shia Muslim mosque in Chicago. I am a Shia Muslim and threats of violence against my religious community have occurred throughout my life. But this particular incident hit close to home because Chicago is where my two sisters live, my brother-in-law, and my one-year-old niece.

For many, I am sure this event must cause a great deal of confusion. Often, when seeing the word Shia or Shia, people ask, “What is that?” or occasionally, “Like Shia LaBeouf?” Few people realize that Shias are a minority within a minority in Islam in the United States. Therefore, when I think back to this attack, a question persists: what does it mean for Muslims to plan an attack on other Muslims? And how many would be surprised by that? This potential violence against my religious community reminded me how Islamic pluralismthe various interpretations within Islam, are discussed – and how much it must be.

So what is Shiism? Shia Muslims constitute the second largest branch of Islam. The Shiites revere Ali ibn Abi Talib as the main chosen successor of the Prophet Muhammad. In Sunnism, the largest branch of Islam, worshipers regard Ali ibn Abi Talib as their fourth caliph, or ruler, in Islamic history. This common explanation of the differences between Shiites and Sunnis, however, fails to mention their major similarities in the way they practice Islam, from prayers to fasts. These definitions also overshadow the multiplicity of perspectives inside and outside each branch, which simplifies the whole religion.

Yet many would argue that there simply aren’t enough Shia Muslims in the United States to warrant calls for teaching Islamic pluralism. Even so, Islamic pluralism remains essential as it extends beyond Shia and encompasses diversity within Sunnism and other understandings of Islam.

Yet Shia make up 10-15% of the world’s Muslim population, according to the Pew Research Center, and based on conservative estimatesno less than 400,000 Shiites live in the United States. In fact, we felt the impact of Shia voices in the last presidential election, with a formidable Shia electoral bloc that helped President Joe Biden win the swing state of Michigan. Other research predicts that the number of Muslims in the United States will double by 2050, making their political and social roles all the more consequential.

Beyond the presence and impact of Shia Muslims, however, the need for education on Islamic pluralism also stems from an urgency not to view Islam as a monolith. After growing islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimesunderstanding our similarities, differences and complexities enables us all, as a country, to fight against these divisive forces.

How can the violence produced by ignorance be prevented other than by education? A recent study from 2019 published by Oxford University Press aims to prove the value of education in the fight against Islamophobia in the United States. Senseless violence stems from gross simplifications of histories and identities. Those who view Islam only as a monolith risk viewing its adherents as the same, whether positively or negatively. A deeper understanding not only of Shia Islam and its branches, but also of the various manifestations of Sunni Islam contributes to a pluralistic understanding of Islam and the world.

Pushing to articulate diversity within Islam means confronting both the Islamophobia of non-Muslims and Shiaphobia inside and outside of Islam. I remember hearing stories of my Shia cousins ​​being bullied by Muslims in their school. I remember rushing out of a mosque and hiding my prayer stone when my family noticed strange looks coming from other Muslims. Shia Muslims are persecuted around the world. Overall, this persecution stems from false opinions about what Shias believe. These three Muslims plotting to attack a Shia mosque were teenagers inspired by the Islamic State without having been exposed to Shia Islam. They didn’t know how much we shared or how to value what we differed on.

I hope these words will help foster a dialogue of tolerance and effort in learning more about Islamic pluralism and Shia Muslims in particular. I hope this latest threat of violence will become one of the last. And the only way to do that is to learn Islamic pluralism. Contact Shia organizations in the Chicago area such as sacred roots dialogue with the Shiites in your community.

This year, when I spoke at the Peshawar Circle of the Columbia University Muslim Student Association in memory of Shia Muslims killed in PakistanI said the only way to see us is to know us.

So come see us. And get to know us.

Mohammad Zaidi is a sociology student at Columbia University in New York.

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An ordinary opposition response to an extraordinary political situation

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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is currently facing one of its biggest diplomatic crises following an international outcry over Islamophobic remarks against the Prophet by two official spokespersons for the ruling Bharatiya Janata party.

The pressure exerted on the Union government was such that the BJP, which made anti-Muslim rhetoric its main political argument, was forced not only to remove the two spokespersons from their official positions, but also to provide multiple clarifications on the matter.

For a government that has mastered the skill of scoring political points even from its supposed failures, the situation it finds itself in right now is extraordinary.

But what was an opportune moment for the opposition forces to push the government harder and corner the BJP and its affiliates has been lost. Instead, we received lukewarm – if not ordinary – responses that simply reflected their anger and smugness.

The justification that opposition parties and sections of civil society have found in the controversy is perhaps natural, given how they have been outclassed by the BJP in terms of political tactics and strategy over the past few years. years. Yet the fact that criticism of the government was bound by the same old rhetoric reflects a lack of imagination and the state of vapid leaderships within the ranks of the opposition.

Immediately after the Modi government’s diplomatic defense of blaming hate speech by prominent BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal on “fringe” elements, opposition forces were quick to lay the most obvious question: how can official spokespersons of a ruling party be dismissed as “marginal”.

But having struck at that very loophole, they seem to have missed what could have been a great political opportunity to effectively confront the saffron party in domestic politics.

Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders, as well as those from the Trinamool Congress, left-wing parties and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) voters, while stressing that BJP spokespersons were not ‘marginal’criticized the Saffron Festival for encouraging bigotry which has caused India’s isolation in the international arena.

Most felt vindicated that their criticisms of the ruling party were noted internationally, in what appeared to be a message of self-congratulations to a majority of Indians who chose to hand the BJP two successive victories with an overall majority.

Similarly, the critical section of civil society mostly mocked the Modi government and the BJP for bringing India into disrepute.

Indian minorities, who have been the biggest victims of the BJP’s exclusionary policy, have limited themselves to pushing the government harder to take legal action against Sharma and Jindal, despite the fact that their protests and demands have been mostly belied by the use of state violence in the BJP Regime.

This cocktail of lethargy and longing in the opposition ranks stood in stark contrast to the clever doublespeak of the BJP and the Sangh Parivar’s own opposition to the Modi government. Although caught off guard this time around, the BJP and Sangh Parivar reacted to the situation in a more concrete way.

While the Modi government urged the values ​​of plurality and diversity of the Indian republic in its official statements to fight against the international backlash, the BJP quickly reached out to him in make statements in the media claiming that all of its official spokespersons have been “warned” against criticism of any religion, its symbols or religious figures. The BJP top brass also said that “for no provocation (in TV debates or elsewhere) they cannot violate the party’s ideals.”

At the same time, the Sangh Parivar unleashed an army of social media users to ridicule the Modi government, in what appeared to be an organized attempt to politically contain any opposition within the spectrum of the political right. The Hindutva foot soldiers have taken over social media platforms with a multi-layered campaign against the Modi government that to a large extent has diverted attention from any genuine criticism of the opposition.

Some said it was “cowardly” of the BJP to fire its own spokespersons, some expressed shame at the Union government’s caving in to pressure from “Islamic” countries, while that others have launched a political campaign to boycott Arab countries.

The biggest advantage of such a campaign is twofold.

The binary on the basis of religious affiliations that the BJP successfully created remains the most important knot in Indian politics. The “enemy” is always the Muslim. By emphasizing the backlash from Muslim-majority countries, Hindutva activists have once again advanced the misleading perception that any political assertion by Hindus in Hindu-majority India will only be countered by “Islamism”, including every Muslim, regardless of nationality. , is a follower.

Nuances like rivalries and conflicts within Arab countries or even Saudi Arabia and Iran are lost amid such cacophony.

By highlighting the diversity of viewpoints within its ranks and promoting its majority ideology even in the midst of a government crisis, the Sangh Parivar has effectively kept its majority support intact. In fact, the narrative that the “Hindu assertion” that Modi initiated under his leadership in 2014 faces the greatest threat from Islamists – both inside and outside the country – has not only to harden among Hindutva supporters as India faced international backlash.

Both the Sangh Parivar’s hardline campaign and the BJP’s soft and calculated maneuvers have positioned the Saffron Party as the most dominant political force, if all aspects of the people’s electoral choices are taken into account.

The usual approach of the opposition forces has only helped the BJP to consolidate its political dominance despite its colossal failure to protect India’s democratic credentials internationally. This could have become an occasion where opposition parties and civil society could have offered an alternative constitutional and secular nationalism to the people of India by opposing it to the nationalism of the BJP. The occasion could also have been a good time to strike a chord with people.

The opposition never tires of talking about constitutional nationalism, but may have missed one of the most significant moments to drive home the point. Just last month, the Congress, in its vaunted Chintan Shivir, spoke of its intention to reach the people with its own brand of nationalism and contrast it with the “exclusive and divisive” nationalism of the BJP. But he was lazy enough to let a crucial moment like this slip by when internationally, India is cornered by the sectarian politics of the BJP.

Over the past few years, we have seen strong advocacy for constitutional nationalism during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests and year-long farmer agitation.

But the same civil society groups that waved the flag of constitutional nationalism high during these protests resorted to informal or faith-based responses at a time when their vision of nationalism needed to be effectively communicated.

Only one opposition voice, that of Telangana Rashtra Samithi scion KTRama Rao, stood out in a series of uninspiring opposition responses.

The son of Telangana’s Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao – ‘KTR’ as he is popularly known – laid out his nationalist credentials in no uncertain terms by asking the Prime Minister a pointed question: why should India kneel before the international community for the sins of BJP spokespersons? ?

With the exception of KTR, no opposition leader attempted to construct a political narrative that could have challenged the exclusionary nationalism of the BJP. Rather than just rejoicing in what is indeed a rare “I told you so” moment for the opposition, it was also a time for the opposition to speak with a united voice and present a compelling cultural and political alternative to the BJP.

If an opposition unit is to inspire Indians ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, it can only be assembled at times like these, not when the elections are approaching.

To date, most opposition forces have realized that only by advancing an alternative vision of nationalism – a vision that the founders espoused after independence but which was never truly adhered to in the past. age of free India – that BJP’s brand may be diminished. But more often than not, they are ashamed of the political vigilance of the BJP.

One cannot help but remember how Mahatma Gandhi transformed moments of crisis for the British government into opportunities to override social contradictions such as religion, caste and regional origin among Indians. Based on pure political savvy, he successfully mounted a self-respecting, non-violent pan-Indian nationalist movement. Opposition leaders today never fail to invoke him in their speeches, but none have shown the slightest sign of emulating his political model to confront the Modi-led BJP, which has made its exclusive references its greatest strength.

Devotion Sees No Caste, Faith: Yogi At Samadhi of Muslim Devotee of Krishna | Agra News

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Agra: Amid Kanpur violence over anti-prophet statements by two senior BJP leaders and widespread furor across the world, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the shrine of Agra on Tuesday. ‘a Muslim devotee of Lord Krishna Syed Ibrahim Khan – known by his pseudonym Raskhan — in Mathura.
During his visit, Yogi says, “Bhakti jati-pati nahi dekhti” (there is no caste or religion in devotion). After offering samadhi flowers, the CM ordered relevant officials to organize weekly samadhi cultural programs to attract more visitors.
In the samadhi visitors’ diary of Raskhan, an Indian Sufi poet, Yogi praised the initiative of Braj Vikas Parishad to renovate and beautify the samadhis of the Muslim devotees of Lord Krishna – Raskhan and Taj Bibi (Emperor’s Wife Mughal Akbar).
Raskhan is a widely recognized poet, having dedicated most of his creations to Lord Krishna. In his early years he became a disciple of Lord Krishna, learned bhakti yoga and started living in Vrindavan where he spent the rest of his life. He accepted Lord Krishna as supreme god and became a Vaishnava.
During his two-day visit to Mathura and Vrindavan, the CM offered prayers at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan and Krishna Janmasthan Temple in Mathura. He also ordered officials to work for the empowerment of women from widow ashrams by connecting them to various government programs.

Sean Brady challenges Belal Muhammad, who rejects appeal

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According to Sean Brady, the UFC is trying to rebook him against Belal Muhammad.

Brady (15-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was scheduled to face Muhammad in December 2020, but their fight was scrapped after Brady pulled out. Since then, Brady has picked up victories over Jake Matthews and Michael Chiesa.

Muhammad (21-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), meanwhile, is coming off four straight wins, including back-to-back dominating performances against former title challenger Stephen Thompson and streak Vicente Luque.

“@bullyb170 I know the ufc is calling. pick it up and accept the fight. Nowhere to run now. I’m coming for you.”

Muhammad, who recently entered the top five of the UFC welterweight rankings, is considering fights with Khamzat Chimaev and Colby Covington and doesn’t like to fight backwards.

“Lol didn’t get you out of our first running theft clown..: funny you got fingers on twitter now but were silent when @handzofsteelmma was calling..there’s 4 guys in- above me without a fight that I try to fight.”

Brady also voiced interest in fighting Thompsonbut if he can’t get “Wonderboy” or Muhammad next, he has two other names in mind: fan favorites Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz.

“@WonderboyMMA, @ufc told you to fight me. You said ‘no’ outright, because you’re scared. You cannot stay ranked by refusing to fight a ranked fighter. Get on, let’s go!”

“If @bullyb170 & @WonderboyMMA don’t want to fight how about @GamebredFighter & @nickdiaz209 let’s show this division what’s going on #bmf#badthingshappeninphilly.”

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‘What Nupur Sharma said was the truth, India should not apologize for it’: Dutch leader Geert Wilders

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Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has often taken a strong stand against Islamic fundamentalism in his country, came out in support of former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma. Wilders, in a series of tweets, said Nupur Sharma’s statement about the Prophet Muhammad is fact and not false claims.

Geert Wilders tweet

“It is ridiculous that Arab and Islamic countries are angered by an Indian politician Nupur Sharma’s statement for telling the truth about Prophet Muhammad who indeed married Aisha at the age of six and consummated the marriage at the age of nine. Why is India apologizing?

In another tweet, Wilders said, “Appeasement never works. It will only make things worse. So my dear friends from India, don’t be intimidated by Islamic countries. Stand up for freedom and be proud and steady in defense of your politician Nupur Sharma who spoke the truth about Prophet Muhammad.

Wilders also shared a screenshot of a threatening message from a Pakistani Muslim who threatened to assassinate him and “destroy America and the EU”. Wilders said he receives such death threats every day from Pakistani and Turkish Muslims who want to kill in the name of the “so-called Prophet Muhammad” and that he will never stop speaking the truth.

It should be noted here that Nupur Sharma’s statement on the life of the Prophet Muhammad was considered “blasphemy” and an insult to the Prophet by several Islamic leaders after Alt News’ dog Mohammad Zubair hissed at him. Online campaigns and social media targeting led to controversy and eventually Islamic Gulf nations began to condemn the statement. The Indian government has since clarified that the statement was its own and that the government had nothing to do with it. Sharma was suspended from the BJP after the controversy.

Geert Wilders and his position against Islamic fundamentalism

Geert Wilders has long spoken out against Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism in his country. As an MP, he had opposed mass migration and told parliament that through mass migration the government was bringing “a monster called Islam into the country”.

In an interview, Wilders had earlier said, “I don’t hate Muslims, I hate Islam. He said in the same interview: “Islam is not a religion, it is an ideology, the ideology of a backward culture. In June 2018, Wilders had announcement a “prophet Muhammad cartoon contest” to be held at his party’s parliamentary offices. Later in August, he was forced to cancel the event after threats of terrorist violence grew too great. A number of Islamic leaders had issued a fatwa for his murder.

In 2019, a Pakistani Muslim named Junaid was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an assassination plot against Wilders. Junaid had posted a video on Facebook saying he wanted to send Wilders to hell.

Wilders, a 58-year-old Dutch MP, is the chairman of the Freedom Party in the Dutch parliament. He is a right-wing leader who has strongly opposed the Dutch government’s immigration policies, especially from Muslim countries, and has even said he wants his country to leave the EU. He worked with other conservative European leaders like France’s Marine Le Pen to form a parliamentary group in the European Parliament which now includes parties from 9 EU countries.

Surrey Golf Club welcomes Muslim women as initiation tour begins | Women

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Last weekend something unusual happened at Walton Heath Golf Club, one of the best courses in the world whose first captain was King Edward VIII and which has had four prime ministers including Winston Churchill, among its members.

The prestigious club, located in the middle of the Surrey moors, first hosted the English Women’s Championship in 1914. A century later, it launched a women’s academy to encourage more women to take up the sport.

But the group that took to the fairway on May 29 broke through new barriers. “We are women, we are women of color and some of us are women who cover,” Ambereen Khan said, referring to the hijab she and some of her friends wear.

Khan was taking part in a series of initiation sessions for Muslim women this summer at golf courses in England and Scotland. The Women’s Initiation Tour was organized by Amir Malik, founder of the Muslim Golf Association and advocate for inclusivity in the game.

“Most Muslim women have never had the opportunity to play golf. But it’s the perfect sport for them,” he said. There is no physical contact between players, and modest clothing and headgear are no impediment.

Within days of launching her online roadshow, 180 women had signed up. Another 500 are on a waiting list to participate.

When he approached the clubs about his Muslim Women Introductory Tour, Malik said he had “conversations about diversity and inclusivity. In some clubs there are members with very traditional views who do not want change. Golf is still perceived as elitist and white.

But he was encouraged by those who “opened their doors” to Muslim women. At Walton Heath, the club’s chef offered to prepare a halal meal. “They made us feel comfortable,” said Khan, who signed up for the session with nine friends.

She had never hit a golf ball before. “We were all pretty calm at first, but by the end we were throwing golf terms.”

Shabana Gadit left with her sister. “I had thought about taking lessons, but I felt a little discouraged. It was an opportunity to try in a welcoming environment. Both women have since signed up for a six-week course.

“It would be great to see more diversity in the sport, especially golf. Sport must be accessible to everyone, we must break down barriers and everyone must be welcome,” said Gadit.

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The Muslim Golf Association has partnered with love.golf, which encourages women to get into the game and provides female coaches for the initiation tour.

Malik said, “My mission is to bring women in niqabs to golf courses. It is a sport that is ripe for upheaval.

Alex Woodward, Managing Director of Walton Heath Golf Club, said: “We are fully committed to increasing participation in the game. Every golf club should reflect its community, regardless of ability, age, gender or beliefs. nuns. It was wonderful to see these ladies dipping their toes in the golf course water.

India: Diplomatic storm over BJP staff insulting Prophet Muhammad | Religious News

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An international diplomatic storm has engulfed India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, following the sanctioning of two party spokespersons for insulting remarks the couple allegedly made towards the prophet Muhammad.

BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma was suspended from senior party members on Sunday for comments made during a recent TV debate, while BJP Delhi media operations chief Naveen Kumar Jindal also been expelled, according to BJP and media documents.

Sharma allegedly insulted the Prophet and his wife Aisha during a televised debate last week. Following an outcry over comments made during the debate, Sharma’s colleague Jindal reportedly posted a now-deleted tweet about the Prophet, which also angered many.

The remarks were blamed on clashes in an Indian state and also prompted calls for the arrest of the spokeswoman in India.

India’s ambassadors to Kuwait and Qatar were summoned on Sunday to receive official protest notes over the comments, and Pakistan’s foreign ministry issued a statement condemning the “highly derogatory remarks” and BJP’s response.

“These totally unacceptable remarks have not only deeply hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan, but also those of billions of Muslims around the world,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The BJP’s attempt at clarification and the belated and superficial disciplinary action against these individuals cannot alleviate the pain and anguish they have caused the Muslim world,” the ministry said.

Qatar’s foreign ministry summoned the Indian ambassador to present him with an official note “expressing the disappointment of the State of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation of the controversial remarks”, the Qatari news agency reported. QNA status.

While welcoming the BJP’s statement and the suspension of personnel, Qatar expects a public apology and condemnation of the Indian government’s remarks.

“The State of Qatar calls on the Indian government to immediately condemn these remarks and publicly apologize to all Muslims around the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Mohammed Al Ansari said.

Kuwait also summoned the Indian ambassador and said it had given the ambassador a protest note in which Kuwait rejected and denounced statements made by the BJP official, Reuters reported.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation – the world’s second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations, with a collective population reaching over 1.8 billion – also added its voice to the condemnation.

“The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses its strong condemnation and denunciation of the recent insults uttered by an official of the ruling party in India towards the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him,” the organization said. 57 Member States in a press release. statement.

Saudi Arabia condemned the remarks, calling the spokesperson’s remarks “insulting” and calling for “respect for beliefs and religions”, according to a foreign ministry statement.

“International price to pay”

Delhi-based journalist Saba Naqvi told Al Jazeera that the BJP had previously benefited politically from the “mobilization” against Muslims in India.

“But in this case, there was an international price to pay,” Naqvi said.

“India has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, so it has come to the world’s attention that this is happening,” she said.

In a statement on Sunday, the BJP said it respects all religions and “strongly opposes insulting any religious figure of any religion”.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party is also firmly against any ideology that insults or belittles any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy,” the party said.

“The Constitution of India entitles every citizen to practice any religion of his choice and to honor and respect every religion.”

The statement did not directly refer to the insulting remarks or punishment of the two party officials.

The controversy has drawn the ire of social media users in Arab countries who have called for a boycott of Indian products, denounced the escalation of hatred against Islam and Muslims and accused India of following in the footsteps of the France and China in promoting Islamophobia.

In April, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urged the US State Department, for the third consecutive year, to place India on a list of “countries of particular concern” in terms of religious freedom.

The independent bipartisan panel accused India of “engaging in and condoning systematic, continuous and gross violations of religious freedom“.

“During the year, the Indian government has intensified its promotion and enforcement of policies – including those promoting a Hindu nationalist agenda – that negatively affect Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits and other minorities. nuns,” the commission said in its annual report (PDF).

In its statement, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said it was “also deeply concerned about the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred directed against Muslims in India”.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also weighed in on the controversy, accusing the Modi government of being “allowed to get away with its Islamophobic policies”.

Qatar’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater also said “Islamophobic discourse” had reached “dangerous levels” in India – a country well known for its “diversity and coexistence”. Hate speech against Muslims in India must be officially confronted, al-Khater said.

In a tweet on Sunday, suspended BJP spokesperson Sharma responded to the controversy by saying she had said things in response to comments made about a Hindu god but it was never an “intent to hurt anyone’s religious feelings”, and that she wanted to “unconditionally withdraw my statement”.

In a subsequent tweet, Sharma said a “security threat” had been made against her family.

The Reuters news agency reported that Jindal, his colleague who was expelled by the party, said on Twitter that he had questioned some comments made against Hindu gods: “I only questioned them, but that does not does not mean that I am against a religion”.

Qatar summons Indian envoy, slams BJP official’s ‘anti-Islam’ remarks

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Qatar’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian envoy on Sunday to condemn a BJP official’s remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today summoned His Excellency Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Ambassador of the Republic of India to the country, and handed him an official note, expressing the disappointment of the state of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation of India’s ruling party official’s controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad,” a ministry statement said.

“The State of Qatar has welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India in which it announced the suspension of the party official from carrying out his activities in the party because of his angry remarks of all Muslims around the world Noting that the State of Qatar expects a public apology and immediate condemnation of such remarks from the Government of India, emphasizing that allowing such Islamophobic remarks to continue without sanction poses a grave danger for the protection of human rights and can lead to further prejudice and marginalization, which creates a cycle of violence and hatred,” he said.

The BJP on Sunday suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal for their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, as it sought to defuse the row over the issue.

A communication to Sharma from the secretary of the party’s disciplinary committee, Om Pathak, said she had expressed opinions contrary to the party’s position on various issues, which is in clear violation of its constitution. Meanwhile, a communication from Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta to Jindal said his views on social media vitiate communal harmony and violate core beliefs of the party.

Uyghurs in China now live in a giant open-air prison camp

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A cultural genocide is currently taking place in China against the country’s Uyghur minority. Aggressively policed ​​by Chinese authorities and facing the constant threat of arrest or torture, these Turkic-speaking people of China’s Wild West now exist in the world’s first real digital dictatorship.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the entire province of Xinjiang, an area barely smaller than Alaska, has been turned into a giant open-air prison camp by the Chinese Communist Party. As author Nury Turkel explains in his new book, “No Escape: The True Story of China’s Genocide of the Uyghurs”, every neighborhood in Uyghur cities, large and small, now has its own “community police station”. hastily erected and maintained by “subordinates”. police assistants, who are more muscular than real law enforcement officers. The neighborhoods themselves are surrounded by manned checkpoints, where those who want to leave are forced to squint at a camera for a retinal scan before departure.

Each neighborhood is then divided into small “grids” of 15-20 families, each with a “grid overseer”. As the author writes, each monitor is responsible for spying on their neighbors, reporting suspicious or prohibited activity to the authorities – such as Islamic practices like refusing to eat pork or fasting during Ramadan.

Then come the Monday morning flag-raising ceremonies, where attendance is mandatory. As the red flag of Communist China is raised, writes Turkel, who is of Uyghur ethnicity, Party officials “lead chanted slogans about the greatness of the party and its general secretary, Xi Jinping, and the need for Uyghurs to abandon their faith in anyone but him.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen as the architect of the current Uyghur crackdown, which has used a range of high-tech surveillance methods to monitor their every move.
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“IS THERE A GOD?

In her book, Turkel tells the story of a young woman named Zumrat, who remembers with shudders the first time she was forced to renounce Islam.

“The party apparatchik leading the meeting shouted to the assembled Uyghurs, ‘Is there a God?

The shocked crowd stopped before answering “No”. They had to – members of the neighborhood watch watched their reactions as they stood around the mast. Terrified, Zumrat moved her lips, but didn’t utter the words denouncing her faith this first time.

“Who is your new god?” the meeting leader called.

“Xi Jinping,” dutifully chanted the crowd.

Later, when Zumrat returned home, she prayed to Allah for forgiveness.

Uyghur men walk past the Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China.
Dating back to 1442, the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang is the largest mosque in China and a powerful symbol of Uyghur Islamic history and culture. Hundreds of other Uighur mosques have been destroyed by Chinese authorities.
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But these “old-fashioned” methods of surveillance, most of which have existed in one way or another since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, are just the beginning. The technological explosion gave Xi Jinping ways to monitor the population using artificial intelligence – AI – that the late Chairman Mao could only fantasize about.

The mechanics of how the watch works is absolutely chilling. For the past few years, says Turkel, every adult Uyghur has been summoned to their local police station to undergo “a deluge of scans, tests and examinations… [including] retinal scans and fingerprints…blood or hair samples…for DNA profiling. They also had to “read a set text for forty-five minutes so that their voices could be recorded and identified, so that spies with listening devices parked outside people’s homes would know who was speaking”.

Finally, they are also forced to walk, talk, smile and frown in front of a battery of cameras. The goal is to train the AI ​​program to identify every Uyghur on the surveillance video, which the AI ​​is now able to do even when a person’s face is turned away from the camera. Their very gait betrays them.

Chinese police push protesting Uyghur women down a street.
Chinese police officers jostle Uyghur women during a street protest in Xinjiang. Uyghurs can be arrested by Chinese police for practicing their now-banned Islamic faith.
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But this artificial intelligence deployed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not over; he then instantly determines whether a man’s beard is slightly too shaggy or a woman’s dress is slightly too long. These are signs that a Uyghur man or woman might be secretly practicing their faith; if identified, AI surveillance systems send an arrest warrant to the printer at the local police station. The police take over from there, bringing the suspects in for questioning, binding their hands, feet and necks in what is called a “tiger chair” and asking them, for example, if they believe to the Communist Party or to God. The wrong answer – “I believe in God” – results in torture and a prison sentence.

Communist authorities have also enlisted smartphones in their surveillance network. As the author writes, all Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang had to download an application called “Clean Internet Security Soldier”. This allows the AI ​​to play “I Spy” with your cell phone, monitoring every detail of your life for any signs of “suspicious activity”.

If you buy more groceries than usual, AI alerts the police that you may have unregistered guests and your home is raided. If you buy more gas than usual, the police will stop and ask you where you think you’re going.

the infamous "tiger chair" instrument of torture, which binds its victims by the hands, feet and neck.  The chair is often used by Chinese authorities during violent interrogation sessions.
The infamous “tiger chair” torture device, which binds its victims by the hands, feet and neck. The chair is often used by Chinese authorities during violent interrogation sessions.
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In Zumrat’s case, she made the mistake of sending a friend the common Islamic phrase “peace be upon you.” “Soon after, a security official approached her and told her that the Arabic phrase was now banned. She had to stick to the ‘national language’ – the new official term for Mandarin…Next time, the official warned, things wouldn’t be so easy for her.”

Chinese “big brothers”

But Beijing is not content to simply scan the retinas of Uyghurs before allowing them to cross the street, or to track a Uyghur’s every move on their own mobile phone. Many Uyghur families have been forced to allow communist agents to stay with them – and spy on them – in their own homes. According to Turkel, CCP documents show that hundreds of thousands of police, military or security agents were imposed on families in this way.

Uyghur family in front of their house, Minfeng, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China.
The destruction of the traditional Uyghur family has been central to China’s efforts to erase Uyghurs. Some families have been forced to allow Chinese authorities into their homes to live with them, spy on them, and even abuse them.
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These Han Chinese ‘big brothers’ — they claim they are ‘parents’ using fictitious kinship terms — ban the use of the Uyghur language in the household, try to bribe children to tell their parents and often sexually abuse mothers and their daughters.

Turkel recounts how a woman who “stabbed her ‘relative’ to death after the man sexually abused her and [12-year-old] the girl. She could not go to the police to report the sexual abuse because the state was complicit. … The woman and her daughter disappeared without a trace.

These abuses continue even when Uyghur husbands are still living in the household, as the men are often afraid to intervene. When a woman complained to her husband that their Chinese “relative” was pressuring her to perform oral sex on him, Turkel says, the man “was terrified and insisted there was nothing they could do. The Chinese had broken the dignity of this Uyghur man, to the point that he did not want to protect his own wife, the mother of his child.

Supporters of the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement gather outside the British Embassy.
All over the world, demonstrations have been organized to raise awareness of the plight of the Uyghurs. While many Uyghurs have managed to flee China and find refuge in the West, neighboring Muslim nations have not been as welcoming.
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As Uyghurs are held hostage in their own homes, their history, language, culture and religion are systematically erased in their former homeland. As the author writes, the Uyghur language, closely related to Turkish, is no longer taught in local schools and books on Uyghur history are now banned. Mosques and shrines that have existed for centuries are being razed by the hundreds, and it is a crime to own a copy of the Koran. And even though ethnic Han Chinese women in Xinjiang and elsewhere are encouraged by the Party to have more babies, Uyghur women are told to have fewer – with contraception, sterilization and even abortion which are imposed on them.

Han’s Wrath

As a long-time China watcher, it is clear to me that the Party’s goal is not just to turn surviving Uyghurs into atheists and CCP members. But to give them a entirely new identity as Han Chinese. The same CCP that tried to erase history during the Cultural Revolution is now hacking the brains of an entire people. It’s much worse than forced assimilation: it’s genocide in slow motion.

Thanks to Turkel, we know who ordered this CCP version of the infamous German “Final Solution”. It came from none other than the greatest big brother of them all, Xi Jinping himself. In 2014, Xi visited Xinjiang and said Uyghurs should “show no mercy.” Since then, the Party has become more and more ruthless.

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It is not easy for Uyghurs to escape the giant prison that was once their homeland. Regional Muslim countries, instead of being sympathetic to the plight of their co-religionists, have proven too willing to deport fleeing Uyghurs to China, where they face imprisonment or even execution for daring to leave. Even the oil-rich Sheikhdoms fear the wrath of possible Chinese retaliation.

The only place Uyghurs are truly protected is, ironically, in Western countries, particularly the United States, which were founded by religious freedom advocates and have declared what is happening to Uyghurs to be “genocide.” “. That’s why the “No Escape” author, contemplating his own escape from Chinese tyranny, decided “America was the only safe place to go.”

Steven W. Mosher is president of the Population Research Institute and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Pandemics.”

The Mandir-Masjid issue requires a renewed approach

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By Dr Javed Jamil

Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s latest statement on the Mandir-Masjid issue is welcome. He said that RSS would not participate in any such movement after the Babri-Ram Mandir broadcast. Whether this represents a shift in stance by all components of the Hindu Brigade or just a strategy to stave off RSS while others continue to agitate will be seen in the coming days. If such a statement came from the Prime Minister or the Ministry of the Interior, it really would have meant something. It may be that, strategically, organizations like VHP and Bajrang Dal will continue to agitate on this front while RSS and BJP will adopt a relatively conciliatory position. In all likelihood, the Mandir-Masjid debate will continue to plague the country.

The combined Muslim population of the Indian subcontinent is approximately 30% of the total population. This means that about 30% of Hindus have converted to Islam in the last thousand years. This in turn implies that there would have been a large number of localities where almost the entire population of the locality converted. In this case, if there was a place of worship in this locality owned and built by the people of this region, what would ultimately be the evidence? In all likelihood, these being the owners would transform the place of worship according to their new faith. They might not be very careful not to use parts of the old building in the new building. Of course, they hadn’t anticipated that this would be used by Hindus in the future to claim the building on the grounds that it had been converted in the distant past.

It has always happened and will continue to happen. Whenever there is a change of power, the new cast modifies certain buildings according to their own ideas and plans. The buildings built by the British are used by the Indian government according to their own ideas. Even the buildings constructed by Muslim rulers, the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort being the most notable examples, are used by the Indian government for their own programs.

Masjids in areas like Punjab have been converted by local people in different ways after the migration of Muslims to Pakistan. If, say, in two hundred years more Hindus accept Islam, more temples could become mosques. If Hindu rule increases, more mosques can be converted into temples.

A special case is that of mosques like Gyanwyapi Mosque and Mathura Eidgah which are said to have been built after the demolition of temples by order of Mughal emperors and there are no nearby Muslim localities. But the thing to think about is that if a single mosque was built in a city in this way, although such a claim needs to be proven, while hundreds of other temples remained as before, it there might have been some special reason. These places could have been the ones used by the new Muslims and they could have called on the rulers to help them. The fact that in today’s Varansi and Mathura the ratio of Hindu and Muslim places of worship to their respective percentage in the population is slightly in favor of Hindus supports this. With nearly 3,000 temples and shrines dotting the city landscape, Varanasi is often referred to as the city of temples. Indeed, each lane of this ancient city is home to one or more temples. In contrast, there are only 415 mosques. According to the official 2011 census and 2022 population data of Varanasi district, Hindus constitute 84.52% of Varanasi’s population while Muslims form only 14.88% of the total population. In Mathura, the difference is huge. Islam is the second most popular religion in the city of Mathura with about 17.22% followers. But while mosques are just a few, the existence of over 5,000 temples dedicated solely to Lord Krishna and his love for Radha ensures that millions of devotees visit them each year on pilgrimage.

Bhagwat also talked about the difference between two religions saying that Islam came from outside. I would like him to understand the reality of the origin of Islam. Islam literally meaning peace and defined as total submission to One God, is only the culmination of earlier versions of God’s religion, which included the Indian religions in their original form (and not in their current distorted form ). In fact, Hindus have shown greater stubbornness in sticking to their traditional beliefs, as two-thirds of them have not been enlightened by the new version. In contrast, Arab, Persian, Malay, Central Asian, African, and Indonesian populations showed a much greater appreciation of Islam, which did not condemn ancient religions and scriptures but upheld their truthfulness in their original form. The description of Ram in Valmiki Ramayan and Abraham in the Bible is almost the same. It seems that the Aryans who migrated to India from Central Asia produced and Indianized a version of Abraham. It should be noted that while hardly any large community in India traces its origins to Lav and Kush, the majority of the Middle East, including Israel and the Arabs, trace their roots to the two sons of Abraham. It is ironic that while Abraham is known in biblical and Islamic literature as a great symbol of monotheism who openly campaigned against idol worship, in India his own idols are revered. It had been a tribute to his struggle if Ram Mandir had been built in his name but to worship the One God he worshipped.

As I have always argued, religion is a compelling, not a disintegrating force. The condition is that religious morality rather than religious identity be the driving vehicle. It is religious identity that combines with economic and political fundamentalism to engender communitarianism. Religious morality engenders tolerance, love and fraternity; communitarianism breeds hatred, disunity and destruction. Religion brings peace; communalism brings chaos. Religious people embrace everyone, regardless of faith; communal people drive others away. I believe that sooner or later RSS and other organizations will realize the importance of unity of Hindus and Muslims not only for maintaining peace in India but also for advancing the cause of morality at individual, family and social levels. .

We can only hope that sanity will soon return and India’s democratic and secular values ​​will once again reign supreme.

*Dr Javed Jamil is a thinker and author of over twenty books including his latest, “A Systematic Study of the Holy Quran”. His other books include “Imprisoned Justice”. “Economy first or health first?”, “The Muslim vision of secular India: destination and roadmap”, “The Koranic paradigms of science and society” (first flight: health ), “The most civilized Muslims, but not enough”, “The devil of economic fundamentalism”, “Killer sex”, “Islam is peace” and “Rediscovering the universe”. His email address: [email protected].

The opinions expressed above are personal

Muhammad Ali’s last knockout victory came against British scaffolder Richard Dunn using a special punch learned from Bruce Lee

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Muhammad Ali’s last knockout victory came against brave Bradford scaffolder Richard Dunn, who left the ring with no regrets.

At the time of the fight in 1976, The Greatest was 34 years old and in his second reign as heavyweight champion of the world.

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Dunn was Ali’s last knockout victim

Two years prior, in 1974, Ali had defeated George Foreman to reclaim the crown in the “Rumble in the Jungle” and emerged victorious in his trilogy fight with Joe Frazier – the “Thrilla in Manila” – in 1975.

The first half of the following year saw the champion make three defenses in four months against lesser challengers.

The third of them was to be against the European champion in Munich.

Germany’s Bernd August was lined up for the task and had to put up one last fight with the British and Commonwealth champion to secure his place as Ali’s next contender.

The Briton, Dunn, hasn’t even been able to devote himself fully to boxing, sticking to his job as a scaffolder during his career and not being able to afford sparring partners.

He was thought to be a very winnable fight for August, having already suffered nine defeats in his career, while the German had only been beaten twice before.

Dunn became British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion against all odds

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Dunn became British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion against all odds

However, Dunn had other ideas and produced the performance of his life, stopping August in three sets to win the European title and take his place against Ali.

Therefore, on May 24, 1976, he was the one who traveled to Munich to fight The Greatest, becoming an overnight celebrity when the fight was announced.

Dunn instantly became known locally and was even surprised with an episode of This Is Your Life in the prep.

Ali featured on the program and took the opportunity to address the suggestion that Dunn’s southpaw stance might trouble him.

The famous fantasy speaker replied, “I don’t care if it’s nordpaw, southpaw, eastpaw or westpaw, it doesn’t matter what paw you are when I get you.”

Ali was always convinced he would defeat Dunn

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Ali was always convinced he would defeat Dunn

The pair joked together in the build

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The pair joked together in the build

In the fight itself, Ali was right.

Dunn gave a solid narrative, trying everything he could to confuse the champion and leaving the ring knowing he had done his best.

In the end, however, he was significantly overrun and found himself on the ground five times.

The final knockdown came in round five, as Dunn was crushed by a lightning-fast short right hand that Ali later revealed he learned from taekwondo grandmaster Jhoon Rhee.

Rhee described it as the “AccuPunch” and explained that he learned it from the legendary Bruce Lee, which piqued Ali’s interest.

Bruce Lee was the inspiration for Ali's latest knockout

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Bruce Lee was the inspiration for Ali’s latest knockout

Right hand landed in a flash

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Right hand landed in a flash

The idea was that the “AccuPunch” would be a remarkably fast shot based on human reaction time, which would have to be executed so quickly that it had already landed before the opponent’s brain could react to block it.

Without divulging all the secrets of the technique, Ali said: “It works at the exact moment you decide to strike, and there is no lag time.

“It’s instantaneous. It moves at lightning speed without warning and accelerates like a bullet in flight. You can barely see it.

After being hit with the incredibly fast right hand, Dunn got up on his unsteady legs and referee Herbert Tomser mercifully left the contest while Ali demonstrated by quickly spinning his right arm to delight the crowd German.

There was no shame in Dunn’s loss – in fact, the reaction was quite the opposite.

Ali demonstrated as the fight was canceled

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Ali demonstrated as the fight was canceled

Dunn received a stunning reception

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Dunn received a stunning reception

When he returned home to Bradford after being knocked out he was given a parade as if he had won, thousands of people showed up to congratulate him as he was driven around in a convertible.

“It was the biggest surprise of my life,” Dunn later said of the hero’s welcome, “I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what to say. I was stunned.

For Ali, it would turn out to be the last knockout victory of his historic career.

He once again showed his famous ability to predict in which round he would finish his fights. Written inside one of his gloves were the words ‘Ali wins’, while the other bore ‘Round five’.

The Greatest won three more point defenses before losing and regaining the title in two bouts with Leon Spinks.

When Ali returned after this, he was heavily beaten by Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick, forcing him to retire.

Dunn’s knockout, with help from Bruce Lee, was Ali’s final punch.

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