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Progress with new returns – IslamOnline

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Many signs appear to the eye of the countries of the world with the increase in the number of reverts and those entering the religion of Allah in waves of groups from the east and west of the earth, and north and south, as Islam is the most widespread religion according to the latest statistics, and it will almost overtake Catholicism after years by the will of Allah, and this is a promise that will not be left out as the Almighty said: {It is He who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah do not like him .} (Al-Saff, 9).

It is also a confirmation from the truthful and trustworthy person who said in the hadith: “This matter (i.e. Islam) will certainly reach wherever night and day reach, and Allah does not. will leave no house or tent. [i.e., all dwellings, in towns and in the desert], but Allah will bring this religion into it, and some people will be honored because of it [by converting] and others will be humiliated because of it [for refusing to embrace it], and they will be ruled by Muslims, an honor that Allah will grant to Islam and a humiliation that He will inflict on kufr (disbelief).

The promise has been fulfilled and Islam has spread to every corner, and there is no part of the country that does not have a mosque with the remembrance of Allah Almighty, and that proclaims the monotheism, and preaches kindness and justice to people in the present and success in the end.

The needs of ghosts to Islam are many, and they carry heavy burdens, but they fail before the missionaries who are dedicated to saving mankind from the illusions of Satan and his parties. These needs include the following:

1. Psychological support: how hard and difficult it is to leave the followers of parents and grandparents, and how difficult it is to separate from the stimulating environment, and this is why the reward of previous companions who achieved satisfaction was great for their departure from the shameful past of ignorance, and the same is the reward of the people of the book who believed in Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and have left the void of their rabbis and monks. who have falsified their religion for centuries adrift of illusions, suspicion and evidence in the eyes of their companions, and we read in the Quran: {Those to whom We have given the Scripture before it – they1 believe it. * And when it is recited to them, they say: “We believed in it; indeed, it is the truth of our Lord. Indeed we were, [even] before her, the Muslims [i.e., submitting to Allah]. ”* These will receive their reward twice for what they have patiently endured and [because] they avoid evil with good, and of what We have provided them they spend.} (Al-Qasas 52-54).

And in the hadith: “There are three (categories of people) who will receive a double reward. He who is among the People of the Book and believed in his apostle and (lived) to see the time of the Apostle Muhammad (ï·º) and affirmed his faith in him and followed him and testified his truth, for he is the double reward “

This psychological support, follow-up and care requires strenuous efforts on the part of Muslim educators, preachers and psychologists to trace the chains of the revert, to know their cognitive needs and their spiritual aspirations for more comfort with this new birth.

2. Scientific support for belief: This is the greatest concern entrusted to scholars who must constantly follow important and similar philosophical doctrines, in addition to renewing the study of theological and comparative studies of religions, and of religious sociology, and the urgency of preparing to answer difficult questions with the strongest evidence and the most powerful intellectual weapons, for doubt and questioning are inherent in human nature, and in the hadith we read: “some of the companions of the Messenger of God came to the Prophet to consult him saying, “We have thoughts that none of us dare speak of.” He said, “Did you go through this?” and when they said they had, he said, “It’s clear faith.”
“[Muslim, Kitab al-Iman, 132], and if this is true in the case of well-established people, then how is the problem with the new income, and here it is better to design programs and websites that monitor suspicion and transformations and in different languages and cultural levels to achieve this.

3. Practical doctrinal support: by facilitating religiosity, and by choosing the first words of practical devotions for other places in the lands of the East and West, in a way that removes the embarrassment of new ghosts until that their sticks are hardened, and that they are leveled, which opens the door to more da’wah with the possibilities of progressive implementation of the rules, and the removal of obstacles, and the release of the cocoon of life earlier, and the question is not denied, neither in the Prophetic Sunnah, nor in Islamic jurisprudence. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, imposed on all the principles of religion from the pillars of faith and complexes of morals, but he differentiated them in respect of the branches of religion , because he took into account the situations of Muslims The new Bedouins and others, so he did not oblige them with what he forced to believe from the previous Muhajirun and Ansar, and in the hadith: “A man came to the Prophet, may the prayers and peace of God be upon him, and he embraced Islam on the basis that he would only pray two prayers, so he accepted this from him, and in another saying “that ‘he does not pray except a prayer, so he accepted it “. [Ahmad, 20287]

In the hadith of Hakim bin Hizam: “I took an oath of allegiance to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), promising that I would not come down (in prostration) until after I got up after I bowed.

Moreover, the Prophet, peace of Allah be upon him, formed the Thaqif tribe, which is the last of the tribes of Islam, when he did not oblige them to jihad and charity. And in the hadith of Wahab, he says: I asked Jabir about the state of Thaqif when they took the oath of allegiance. He said: They stipulated to the Prophet (ï·º) that there would be no sadaqah (i.e. zakat) on them nor Jihad (striving in the path of Allah). He then heard the Prophet (ï·º) say: Later they will give sadaqah (zakat) and strive in the way of Allah when they embrace Islam.

In response to this plea case law, Ibn Rajab said, “Imam Ahmad took these hadiths and said that Islam is valid provided it is corrupted, so all the laws of Islam are required, and it is not It is not hidden that it is for those who are not. Muslims who are destined to compose it on Islam ” [Jami al-Ulum and al-Hakam, vol. 1, p. 229 ].

It is the jurisprudence of the da’wah that the Prophet, peace be upon him, legislated when he differentiated the ranks of the guided, so he did not oblige the latter with what ‘he obligated the former, and contented himself with some with the minimum, as is the hadith of the one who mentioned to the Prophet that he will be limited to obligatory duties only. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: He will succeed if he is true. [Muslim, Book of Faith, 11]

The same thing appeared in the jurisprudence of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab when he agreed to change the name of the Jizyah of the Christians, he mastered so that they were not the supporters of the Romans, so he dubbed them into charity, and stipulated that they should not Christianize their children or baptize them, which led to the Islam of this great tribe over time through calling and good neighborliness, and involvement in the whole nation.

As a result, our Maliki jurists said not to force converted adults to circumcision, because it is an innate Sunnah that only corresponds to the obligation to cover private parts out of necessity, and it is not from there , or circumcision may be the reason. turn away from Islam and the matter is left to the discretion of jurists who are well versed in teaching, purification and progression with returns on matters of faith and the ranks of Ihsan.

4. Social and financial support: this is what some of the returnees need whose economic and living conditions falter because of their Islam, or their own shortcomings, and there are many situations like this in which to revive the part of those whose hearts are drawn to the faith (a category of zakat) of the zakat banks is needed, and it is known that many Arabs have converted to Islam through the kindness of their rulers. In the hadith of Anas, on the authority of his father, he said: “Whenever the Messenger of Allah (ï·º) was asked for something by someone who was about to accept Islam , he would give it. A man came to see the Prophet (ï·º) and he gave him a flock of sheep scattered between two mountains. When he returned to his people, he said to them: “O my people! Embrace Islam because Muhammad gives like someone who is not afraid of poverty. [Muslim, Book of Virtues, 2312], and in the hadith of Safwan bin Umayyah bin Khalaf he said: “(By Allah) the Messenger of Allah (ï·º) gave me what he gave me (and my state of mind at that time it was) that he was the most hated person among people in my eyes. But he has continued to give to me until now, he is the dearest person in my eyes.[Muslim, Book of Virtues 2313]

There is no harm in that, people are made to love charity, and morality transcends the slave, and how Christianity has spread in our time and has swallowed up many lands with a crumb of bread. , and it does no harm to anyone if the door is opened for him to eat, and if he is full, the idea ferments and takes hold, and he accepts religion, knows its benefits, and consolidates his faith , and the guidance comes from Allah alone: ​​{Not on you, [O Muḥammad], is [responsibility for] their direction, but Allah guides whomever He wills. And no matter how good you are [believers] spend is for yourselves, and you only spend looking for the face [i.e., approval] from Allah. And whatever you spend well, it will be fully refunded to you and you will not be harmed.} [Baqarah 272].


A dive into the culture and history of Kashmir – Jammu Kashmir Latest news | Tourism

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Abdul Rashid Khan
The book, Islamic and Cultural
The Foundations of Kashmiriyat by Professor (Dr) Mohammad Ishaq Khan recently published by Primus Books – New Delhi, eight years after its author’s death in 2013, has hit the market.
The author of the book is the late Professor Mohammad Ishaq Khan (January 9, 1946 – April 5, 2013) an internationally renowned historian from Kashmir. He was dean of academics, dean of the faculty of social sciences and head of the history department at the University of Kashmir. After his retirement pension in 2005, he was appointed Director of the New Center for Kashmir Studies and then held the Shaikul-Alam Chair at the University of Kashmir until August 2008. He also remained a member of the Indian Council. historical research. He was awarded the Oxford Center (University of Oxford) Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for Islamic Studies in 1992.
The 217-page book, containing 11 chapters, crowns a lifetime of research into the history of Kashmir with particular emphasis on cultural heritage. The main theme is Kashmir, the essence of Kashmiri culture which can be traced back through hundreds of years of Kashmir history. The book is based on his research papers presented in international conferences / seminars organized by the best universities in the world and different centers of historical and Islamic studies.
It traces the history of Kashmir as an outward-looking and culturally secure society, closely linked to the rest of the Indian subcontinent, but retaining unique traditions accessible to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In his introduction he says that “it was this spiritual and social base of Islam in the valley that stood up as a bulwark against the post-partition communalist frenzy of mob mentality in parts of the country. other side of the valley “. The Kashmiri people have assimilated Sufism through the Khanqahs and the social role of the itinerant Muslim rishis during five centuries of Islamic acculturations militates against the designation of Kashmiri culture as being of a strictly composite character. Despite several similarities with regard to their social customs, ceremonies and ideas, Pandits and Muslims, although proud to call themselves Kashmiris, have throughout history struggled to seek inspiration in two directions to the both geographically and culturally. It emphasizes the role of Sufis and Rishis in particular Shiekh Noor-ud-Wali (Nund-iReshi) and Lalla a Hindu yogini known as Lal Ded (Lala Isheavery) and their influence on behavior and l acculturation of Kashmiris.
The author says that Shiek Nurud-din advocated the value system of humanism, coexistence with men of other religions and cultures, and a deep commitment to the sanctity of human life and its artistic manifestation on earth. The author further says that “the important consequences of the philosophy proposed by these two great sages of medieval Kashmir were the flourishing idea of ​​the dignity and fundamental equality of man. Lalla propagated the basic Sufi idea of ​​divine unity in simple language that had a deep and direct appeal to the common man. For his true devotion meant seeking God in oneself and also in everyday life. She helped the common man to accept Sufi ideas of equality and brotherhood. Like Lalla, Nuru’d-Din criticized forms of social behavior that lead to the exploitation and suffering of other human beings. ‘
The author discovers that ‘Nuru’d-Din seems to have visited every part of the valley to spread his message of divine love and human brotherhood. Muslim society as it emerged in the Sultanate and the period of history that followed bears the deep imprint of the Rishi movement. ‘ “The Rishi movement ushered in a period of cultural renaissance in the valley. Lal Ded and Nuru’d-Din asserted the rights of the less privileged as saviors of the oppressed. ‘ The author specifies that “there are many other examples which illustrate the absorption and assimilation of a number of traditions by Islam in Kashmir”. Islam did not totally destroy the ancient Kashmiri culture, but diverted it from the narrow waters of caste society to the vast sea of ​​humanism.
The essays take a close look at the range of historical sources available to address the role of saints, rituals in the valley, Persian influence on Kashmir, and many other questions. In the last chapter, he discusses the evolution of his identity vis-à-vis Islam and Kashmir. The latest writing has already been published by Nyla Ali Khan, in her edited book, “Kashmir Parchment, History, Society and Politics” in 2012, which contains articles by renowned authors. The book is worth reading especially the last chapter which also illuminates, albeit briefly, the political developments that took place during the second half of the twentieth century in Kashmir. His main publications include ‘Perspective on Kashmir: Historical Dimensions (1983); Living Islam (1997); The Transition from Kashmir to Islam: The Role of the Muslim Rishis (2005); History of Srinagar, 1846-1947; A study in Socio-Cultural Change (2007) and Biographical Dictionary of Sufism in South Asia (2009).

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Arson and assaults unite religious leaders in South Sound

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Over the past two months, churches, mosques, a Sikh community center and a Buddhist nun have been attacked, raped, torched or desecrated in the South Sound.

On Sunday, religious leaders from these targeted places of worship as well as elected officials, including U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, will meet at Tacoma Community College to condemn the violence and spread a message of unity.

“No matter how much people may seek to promote hatred or violence, we as believers are united, and an attack on one of us is truly an attack on all,” said organizer Aneelah Afzali. , executive director of the Muslim Association of Puget. Sound-American Muslim Empowerment Network (MAPS-AMEN).

Afzali acknowledged that the reasons for the attacks vary and that not all are hate crimes.

“But whatever the reason for these attacks, places of worship should be places of peace, places where we find refuge, not where we find attacks or damage,” she said on Friday.

One of those arson attacks took place on October 11 at the Tacoma Islamic Center at University Place. A man allegedly threw burning equipment on the roof of the mosque, causing a major fire. A suspect is in custody.

AbdulHakim Mohamed, imam and executive director of the mosque, does not want people to be stressed by recent events.

“The majority of people are amazing, are awesome, are awesome,” Mohamed said. “And there are a few people like that who want to create division and hatred. We are not going to allow them to do that.

“Interfaith Solidarity Against Attacks on Places of Worship” begins at 2 p.m. and will consist of short speeches, Afzali said.

Afzali hopes Sunday’s event will also send the message to the justice system that attacks on faith-based institutions must be fully investigated.

“When people see and hear about this alarming increase in these kinds of attacks, and especially in Tacoma, where a lot of them have happened, it’s really worrying,” she said.

Mohamed, who will speak on Sunday, does not know why his mosque and other places of worship have been targeted. He says it will only strengthen the community.

“The fire will only light up our hearts of love and unity,” he said. “The buildings might burn down, but we’ll just get together. ”

Recent attacks on places of worship

â–ª An arson attack damaged an office at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish on October 24. Cameron Riley Prater has been charged with this fire and five others.

â–ª An arson attack at the Tacoma Islamic Center at University Place on October 11. Angel Joseph Rodriguez has been charged with the crime.

â–ª An assault on a Buddhist nun at the Khmer Theravadin Buddhist temple in Tacoma on September 21.

â–ª An arson attack at the Oasis of Hope Center in Tacoma, part of the Greater Christ Temple Church, on September 12. Willie Burnett Carroll has been charged with arson in this incident.

â–ª A burglary and desecration of religious objects at the Masjid Umar Al-Farooq Mosque in Mountlake Terrace on September 12.

â–ª Vandalism at St. Edward’s Church in Seattle on October 10 and St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Seattle in August.

â–ª A break-in, theft and vandalism at the Khalsa Gurmat Center (a Federal Way Sikh community center) on September 17.

“Interfaith Solidarity Gathering”

When: 2:00 p.m. on Sunday

Or: Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, Building 2, Auditorium (nearest parking lot is in Lots H and G)

Registration: Required for the event at www.tinyurl.com/InterfaithSolidarity.

Organized by: Tacoma Islamic Center, Associate Ministries and MAPS.

COVID-19 Directives: TCC regulations require all guests to be fully vaccinated for this indoor event, and masks will be required.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune since 1998 as a writer, editor and photographer. He previously worked for The Olympian and for other newspapers in Nevada and California. He graduated in journalism from San Jose State University.


PIC vs MIN Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Team Dream11, Play XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update – FanCode Spanish Weekend T10

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PIC vs MIN Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update of FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 match between Pak I Care and Minhaj. They will face each other for the first time in this season of FanCode Spanish Weekend T10.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Details:

The 3rd FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 match will see Pak I Care take on Minhaj on the 30the October at Sporting Alfas Cricket Club.

This game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. IST and the live score and commentary can be seen on FanCode and CricketAddictor website.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Preview:

Pak I Care will take on Minhaj for the first time in the third game of this season of FanCode Spanish Weekend T10.

Pak I Care will play his second game of this season of the FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 right after finishing his first game against Costa Del Sol as Minhaj also plays his second game of this season after finishing the first clash against Sporting Alfas.

Muhammad Babar, Muhammad Ihsan, Sheroz Ahmed and Sikandar Ali are some of the key players on the Pak I Care side while Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Riaz, Javed Iqbal and Khizar Ali are the crucial players in the Minhaj squad.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Weather:

The temperature is expected to hover around 23 ° C on match day with 64% humidity and a wind speed of 16 km / h. There is no chance of rushing during the game.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Pitch Report:

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club is a suitable batting surface and should help batters once again here. The Pacers could get some help towards the second half of the game while the Spinners got no help from the wicket.

Average 1st round score:

The average score of the first rounds at this wicket is 100.

Assessment of the prosecuting teams:

The team that hits the second has some excellent records here. They maintained a winning percentage of 60 on this field.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Injury Update:

(Will be added when there is an update)

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Probable XI:

I Care Pack: Muhammad Ihsan, Muhammad Babar, Asad Abbas, Umair Ahmed, Muhammad Afzaal, Sheroz Ahmed, Sikandar Ali, Muhammad Kamran, Adeel Shafqat, Atif Muhammad, Moazzam Rafique

Bench: Muhammad Afzaal, Muhammad Mohtshim

Minhaj: Khizar Ali, Jafar Iqbal, Muhammad Riaz, Usman Mushtaq, Asjad Butt, Khalid Mehmood, Amar Shahzad, Muhammad Uneeb Shah, Yasin Javaid, M Sheraz Arshad

Bench: Husnain Murtaza, Muhammad Nadeem

Top picks for Dream11 prediction and Fantasy cricket tips:

Mohammed ihsan is a right-handed goalie-beater from Pak I Care who can open the innings for them.

Sikandar Ali is a right-handed batsman and off-break right-handed pitcher of Pak I Care.

Mohammed kamran is a right handed batsman from Pak I Care who quickly throws the left arm with the ball.

Jafar Iqbal is a right-handed batsman from Minhaj who throws the right arm with the ball.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Captain & Vice Captain’s Choice:

Captain – Muhammad Ishan, Sikandar Ali

Vice captain – Jafar Iqbal, Muhammad Kamran

Suggestion to play XI No.1 for the PIC team vs MIN Dream11:

Guardian – Muhammad Ihsan (VC)

Drummers – Jafar Iqbal (C), Muhammad Babar, Muhammad Riaz

All Terrain – Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Kamran, Sheroz Ahmed, Sikandar Ali

Bowlers – Amar Shahzad, Atif Muhammad, Yasin Javaid

PIC vs MIN Dream11 prediction

Suggestion to play XI No.2 for the PIC team vs MIN Dream11:

Guardian – Mohammed ihsan

Drummers – Jafar Iqbal, Muhammad Babar, Muhammad Riaz, Usman Mushtaq

Versatile – Muhammad Kamran (VC), Sikandar Ali (C)

Bowlers – Amar Shahzad, Atif Muhammad, Yasin Javaid, Nadeem Muhammad

PIC vs MIN Dream11 Prediction Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 Team FanCode Spanish Weekend T10
PIC vs MIN Dream11 prediction

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Expert Tips:

Jafar Iqbal will be a good multiplier choice for the little leagues. Usman Mushtaq and Muhammad Nadeem are the pics here. The best suggested combination for this game is 1-3-4-3.

PIC vs MIN FanCode Spanish Weekend T10 Match 3 Likely Winners:

Pak I Care is set to win this match.


Incentives for the management of Islamic affairs

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PETALING JAYA: The management and development of Islamic business continues to be a priority with an allocation of RM 1.5 billion under the 2022 budget.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said a special one-time payment of RM500 would also be made to 70,000 mosque officials, including the imam, the bilal (muezzins), the siak (guardians of the mosque), as well as guru takmir (religious teachers), and teachers Fardhu Ain and Kifayah (Kafa).

“Within the framework of Islamic education, the government will also undertake initiatives such as the construction of a religious secondary school in Labuan at a cost of RM65 million.

“A thousand more takmir gurus will be hired to expand the scope of Islamic teachings from the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) to government agencies such as the Department of Prisons, the National Anti-Drug Agency and the Department of Social Affairs,” he said. he declared.

The government will also deploy a fund of RM 10 million to launch SMEs (small and medium enterprises) Halal Wakaf (endowment fund), Agricultural Wakaf and Wakaf for Disasters to produce more farmers and entrepreneurs in the halal industry. , as well as to help them in the event of a claim.

A total of RM145mil has been earmarked for socio-economic programs aimed at uplifting the Indian ethnic community.

This allocation will be channeled to the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) and the Indian Community Entrepreneur Development Scheme (Spumi) under the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun), among others.

The Chinese community will receive a special allocation of RM200 million to, among other things, modernize new Chinese villages and finance programs for SMEs.

Tengku Zafrul also announced that RM 10 million will be allocated to encourage children of Sabah and Sarawak to deepen their knowledge of their culture and heritage.

For the Orang Asli community, 274 million RM has been allocated, among other things, to grants and educational assistance as well as social assistance which will benefit nearly 200,000 people.

“Next year the government will also increase the spending money rate for high school students to RM4 per day,” he added.

To support the unity program and the culture of community volunteering, the government provided a grant of 6,000 RM for each Rukun Tetangga (KRT), with over 8,000 KRT to benefit from this grant with a total allocation of 50 million by RM.

The government has also set aside RM 50 million for repairs, maintenance and development of places of worship under local authority.

“This provision also covers community activities organized by local residents in conjunction with places of worship,” Tengku Zafrul said.


US not doing enough to criticize rights abuses in South Arabia and Egypt: professor

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TEHRAN – A law professor says the United States is not doing enough to criticize human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, highlighting a double standard on human rights.

“The US government is not doing enough to criticize human rights violations, for example in Saudi Arabia or Egypt,” Martin S. Flaherty told The Tehran Times.

“All states, to some extent, have double standards when it comes to human rights,” Flaherty adds. “They will be stronger in supporting rights if it is compatible with other foreign policy goals; less in conflict.”

Noting that international powers, including Russia and China, also tend to support their allies in human rights cases, family law professor Leitner and founding co-director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice of Fordham Law School asserts that “for the United States, during the Cold War, the United States unfortunately did an about-face when it came to human rights violations among ‘allies’ in Latin America, South Vietnam and elsewhere.

Here is the text of the interview:

Q: How do you see human rights in terms of politics and law, because some experts see human rights under legal matters while others speak of its political aspects?

A: As with many things, human rights can be both. But as a human rights lawyer, I am interested in international human rights within the framework of international law. States contract binding international law obligations in at least two ways: treaties and the second is to passively consent to customary international law. Regarding the first, there are many multilateral treaties to which states have become parties. The same is true of human rights as customary international law.

There is a bias in some aspects of the Western media towards Muslim countries, but not all.Q: What are the differences between the West (America and Europe) and the East when it comes to human rights? Apparently, Western states have a supremacist view of the rest of the world. This view may be a holdover from the colonial era.

A: This is a common dodge used by ruling elites in authoritarian states around the world today and often used by non-Western authoritarian governments. In the 1980s, when many Latin American states were under dictatorships, the defense was that human rights were “from the North” rather than from the South. The point is that states that have acceded to treaties like the ICCPR, the ICESCR and the Convention against Torture, CERD and CRC are bound by their terms. The same is true if they have not persistently opposed the evolution of customary norms. This is not to say that different regions have different interpretations of certain rights depending on the culture and region. However, international human rights law is not “imposed”, States adhere to it freely or not.

It should also be noted that the first list of UN rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was drawn up by a multicultural committee and that at the time UNESCO carried out a study documenting how which various cultures and religions contained concepts that supported the idea of ​​rights in general and UDHR rights in particular.

Q: Why is the Western media touting human rights violations in Muslim countries? Do you agree that there is a kind of prejudice and prejudice based on stereotypes?

A: There is certainly a bias in some elements of the Western media towards Muslim countries, but not all. Fox News, which caters to Trump supporters, is often fanatic and inflammatory when it comes to handling events in Muslim countries. Conversely, more responsible media, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, strive to be more objective. (See, for example, Time’s recent exposure on the Pentagon’s murder of an innocent Afghan aid worker, forcing the Pentagon to finally admit its mistake.)

Q: What is your comment on the double standards of Western states when it comes to human rights? For example, no one cares about the human rights violations committed by some tyrannical Arab states because of their intimate ties and common interests with the West. However, America and its allies prefer to focus on countries like China and Russia.

A: All states, to some extent, have double standards when it comes to human rights. They will be the strongest to support rights, which is compatible with other foreign policy objectives; less in case of conflict. At the UN, two of Syria’s biggest defenders are Russia and China. As for the United States, during the Cold War, the United States unfortunately did an about-face when it came to human rights violations among “allies” in Latin America, South Vietnam and elsewhere.

As you indicated, the US government is not doing enough to criticize human rights violations, for example in Saudi Arabia or Egypt. That said; note that some parts of the US government do. Check out the US State Department’s website with its annual human rights reports. It should also be noted that major US-based human rights NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch, strongly criticize rights violations by Arab governments, as well as by Israel.

Q: What are the main sources of modern human rights in the West? Christian teachings or philosophical wisdom?

A: Probably the main source of the modern idea of ​​human rights, in my opinion, is the Enlightenment. Its origins can be traced to the struggles against monarchs and tyrannical governments in documents such as the English Bill of Rights, the American Bill of Rights, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Philosophers who contribute to these ideas include Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Paine. Religions, in my opinion, play an ambivalent role. There are traditions in the main religion which complement modern ideas of rights; perhaps more often there are traditions which tend to support authoritarianism.


Namaz is not an anti-Hindu act. It’s time for every Indian to stand up for Islam

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Man offers namaz on deserted roads near Jama Masjid | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | The imprint

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The Hindutva’s aggressive campaign to interrupt a peaceful assembly of Muslim worshipers executing Namaz, especially in Gurugram, moves me deeply. This goes against two crucial principles that I have always cherished: my spiritual faith in Almighty Allah and my belief in the Gandhian ideal ofarvdharm sambhav‘.

As a practicing Muslim, my Namaz has always been a reflection of my commitment to spirituality. My colleagues, friends, teachers and students have always been supportive. No one ever found him anti-Hindu or anti-India. Even strangers, mostly Hindus, pay homage to my Namaz. It was so encouraging that I was able to offer Namaz on moving trains, on busy streets, in hospital corridors and even inside functioning Hindu temples.

As a researcher, I have made some equally reassuring discoveries. The CSDS-NES 2019 survey and the recent Pew study on religion in India confirm that an overwhelming majority of Hindus still respect Islam as an Indian religion. In fact, it is firmly asserted that a Hindu cannot be recognized as a “good Hindu” if he does not respect the other religions of India, including Islam.

So what has changed? What prompted Hindu communitarianism to problematize Namaz as an anti-Hindu phenomenon?


Read also: Namaz policy inside historic Taj Mosque expected to survive beyond 2019


Why Namaz?

It is important to note that the Namaz (Salat in Arabic) is one of the five pillars of Islam (the other four are Shahad, Saum / Roza, Zakat, and Hajj). Yet it has become the most important performative religious activity.

The rise of Tablighi Jamaat in India as the most powerful Sunni religious reform movement in recent years has also contributed significantly to this process. There is a strong belief among Sunni Muslim communities that Namaz is the only yardstick for assessing a person’s moral and religious character as a Muslim.

This renewed focus on Namaz has actually led to two crucial developments. First, the number of Muslims Namazis (worshipers) has grown in an unprecedented way. The space of the mosque is becoming insufficient to accommodate this ever increasing number, especially in large towns and villages. As a result, a new trajectory of mosque construction began. These new mosques are starting to function as new symbols of Islamic religiosity.

Second, rural-urban labor migration has also played an important role in the public demonstration of Namaz-centered religiosity. Muslim workers, artisans, skilled and semi-skilled workers, who are employed in various factories and enterprises located in industrial areas do not have proper mosques. The working-class Muslim population finally offers Namaz on open spaces and roads, especially on Fridays.

This visible Muslim presence has long been a symbol of Indian secularism. It corresponds to the Gandhian imagination of sarvdharma sambhav as well as the Nehruvian conception of “unity in diversity”.


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The Namazis as new untouchables

Hindutva politics, however, still struggle to have a convincing stance on the practice of Namaz. This is the reason why the act of Namaz was not used more directly to highlight Hindu victimization. The standard Hindutva argument that “all Indians are Hindus although our models of worship differ” is always used to legitimize this Hindutva malaise.

The attitude of the Hindus towards Namaz was another crucial reason for Hindutva’s strategic silence on this issue. It was difficult for a Hindutva group to demonize Muslims just because they were offering Namaz. For a common Hindu, Namaz is no different from any other Hindu religious practice. It is seen as a spiritual manifestation of the belief in dharma.

Public manifestations of Muslim religiosity centered on Namaz – the green minarets of newly reconstructed mosques sharing the city skyline with flyovers and metro tracks, Muslim congregations on busy roads and the loud sound of Azan – however, it was a different phenomenon. It offered three new possibilities for Hindutva politics to focus entirely on Namaz in the context of the post-Ram temple. First, it has become easier for them to justify the old Hindutva claim that Muslims’ adherence to Allah does not allow them to embrace the cult of the nation. Therefore, they must prove their loyalty. Congregational Namaz on the roads are in fact treated as convincing evidence in this regard.

Second, the act of Namaz has been redesigned as an antithesis of Hindu religious practices, as if the execution of Namaz in a Hindu place of worship was not allowed. This is exactly what Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal maintain in Uttarakhand.

They then submitted a memorandum to the Uttarakhand cabinet minister demanding “an investigation into the allegations that some Muslim workers offered namaz to Badrinath Dham on the day of Eid-ul-Adha”. In this case, the old argument of Brahmanic purity that the entrance of the untouchables pollutes Hindu temples is reconfigured to exclude Muslims.

The third possibility is entirely class-oriented. Namaz on the roads turned out to be a serious traffic problem as it disrupted the normal pace of hectic city life. This was a compelling claim that had the potential to influence the educated urban middle classes.


Read also: Why the UP police order to ban public Namaz should not have been revoked


Secular Indian elite

The rigid secularism of Indian elites has always been at the root of their anti-poor / anti-caste stereotypes. A person who thinks that the reservation undermines merit, that Indians need military rule, and that population growth is the country’s only social problem, will obviously be drawn to this Hindutva argument.

These three new assertions – the oneness of Allah as the antithesis of nationalism, Namaz as an impure and anti-Hindu act, and Namaz as a crisis in urban spaces – help Hindutva politics to touch the aspect. the most sensitive of the Muslim psyche. . The aim is to encourage Muslims to react collectively, simply to legitimize Hindu victimization.

No one knows how Muslim communities would react to this new destabilizing campaign against Namaz. Personally, I do not wish to take refuge in the typical legal-secular argument that offering Namaz is my fundamental right as a citizen. Instead, I would like to reiterate my commitment to what I understand as “Hindu ethics”. I am confident that my Hindu friends will definitely defend their faith in Islam as an Indian religion.

Hilal Ahmed is a specialist in political Islam and an associate professor at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies. Opinions are personal.

(Edited by Srinjoy Dey)

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Indonesia vs. crypto: Islamic organization declares “Haram”

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Crypto activities have been declared prohibited by religious law from Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama. A heated debate was carried out before arriving at the conclusion to declare digital currencies as “haram”. On previous occasions, the idea of ​​a ban has not been well received by many Muslims.

The discussion of whether cryptocurrencies should be considered haram in Islam is not new, but a formal decision by a large organization such as Nahdlatul Ulama had not been taken in Indonesia until. now and are taking many by surprise since their crypto trading market was booming.

Muslim scholars have for some time considered cryptocurrencies not to represent “honest work”, having compared them to gambling and other activities considered to be against Islamic religious law.

On the other hand, some Islamic jurists have opposed this idea, believing that cryptocurrencies should be considered “”halalOr authorized.

Under Islamic law, many mediums – such as currency, grapes, etc. etc.- are “haram” or prohibited.

These views can open up a wide range of considerations to assess when examining the validity of Sharia law. Thus, a long and heated debate around the use of cryptocurrencies.

Nowadays, the digital space has become more important for currencies while cash has a narrower scope. While technological innovation has conquered many, regardless of religion, Islam considers unhealthy activities that can generate huge sums of money from interest, as they see them as “unearned income”.

In addition, the meeting held by the Islamic organization considered digital currencies secured by cryptography as a medium linked to many illicit activities. The public announcement on the East Java branch Nahdlatul Ulama website reads as follows:

Participants in the Bahtsul Masail felt that although crypto is already recognized by the government as a commodity, it cannot be legalized under the [Islamic sharia].

Why Muslims might now be happy with the resolution

Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims in the world, and cryptocurrencies have become of great interest to them, especially since the pandemic.

The non-binding legal opinion comes in a separate way from the recent announcement by the Jakarta government regarding its lack of interest in following China’s measures regarding its ban on crypto transactions.

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The country’s trade minister told BeritaSaru.com in September that he would find new regulations to stay away from illegal activities, but showed no interest in banning them.

Last august Jakarta Post reported the rapid growth of the Indonesian crypto space. The Commerce Ministry said cryptocurrency investments had grown to “over 370 trillion rupees ($ 25.8 billion)” in five months. As of May, Indonesia had over 6.5 million crypto investors, leading more than 5.37 million retail investors.

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In the same report, the national director of one of Indonesia’s crypto exchanges, Luno Indonesia, was confident about the future of cryptocurrency in the country, predicting investor growth that would double or triple the number in the country. era.

This is not the first religious ban on cryptocurrencies. A similar ban occurred earlier in the year in Ingushetia, where the public had a lot to say about the reasons for the Islamic cleric’s decision.

Comments from both sides were reported in the local newspaper Ingushetia. While deputy mufti chief Magomed Hashtyrov said that “Only honest work brings people together and easy virtual money puts them in conflict,” users online responded with equally strong views:

I wouldn’t say it’s exactly “easy” money. Knowledge and skills are required to use it. It seems to me that this question has not been fully studied by theologians,

Others thought these resolutions came from “a very old version of the fatwa” and some scholars are still siding with crypto users.

The effect of this fatwa issued on the Indonesian market, crypto investors and previously enthusiastic exchanges remains to be seen. They might hope that the government will bring clarity to everyone. The question arises as to whether the opposing views of academics might weigh on future discussions.

Total cryptocurrency market cap at $ 2.5 trillion on the daily chart. Source: Tradingview


Explore the creative process of the alumni webseries “Angels of Uptown”

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At the beginning of January 2020, the former student of the School of Dramatic Art Hassiem Muhammad set himself the goal of creating an original work by the end of the year. While many might forget their annual resolutions by Valentine’s Day, Muhammad – who has always been goal-oriented – wrote the first episode in two months. The completed first season airs this month, and viewers can stream the first of six episodes on October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. on the series’ Youtube channel.

What started as an idea about the vigilantes defending Uptown Manhattan has grown into a six-part web series which Muhammad says is based on a few of his favorite action series and movies like “Luke Cage”, “Arrow “and” Kick-Ass “. In every aspect of the production process, from co-collaborator Ebony Sojourner to co-star Catherine Calloway to many cast and crew members, Muhammad reached out to the alumni network of the UNCSA which he built during his time as a student.

Here Muhammad reflects on the process of creating this series from start to finish and the many lessons he learned along the way.

It all started with an idea

Thinking back to the beginning of the creative process, Muhammad had several different sources of inspiration when creating “Angels of Uptown” and one of them wanted to be part of an action series. “I’ve always wanted to star in an action movie or a series, and I’m the type of person who, when an opportunity doesn’t present itself, I take it upon myself to create that opportunity.”

Muhammad was also inspired by his favorite aspect of his undergraduate experience at UNCSA: the intensive arts. “We wrote and created original plays and performed them for our classmates every year and I always enjoyed that moment where I got to tell new and original stories,” he recalls. After graduating, Muhammad was a 2018 Kenan Fellow with Lincoln Center Education, which he describes as a “fifth year of intensive arts” as it was another chance to focus on creating in a stimulating and challenging environment. educative.

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, Muhammad was out of work and had more free time than he ever had before. This time was his ultimate inspiration for the project: “I went from wanting to create a role that I would appreciate for myself, to having no roles available across the industry, so I felt I needed to create something to stay active. . ”

Although Muhammad acknowledges that there was no “correct” way to get through quarantine and stay-at-home warrants, he says he is the type of person who needs to stay productive. “I knew that if I hadn’t used all this free time to create something that I was proud of, I would have been disappointed in myself,” he says. During his quarantine weeks in New York, Muhammad spent his days writing, training and reading. In June, he had written six episodes.

Assemble the right actors and the team

After Muhammad wrote the first episodes, he brought in Ebony Sojourner (BFA Filmmaking ’18), co-collaborator and graduate colleague of UNCSA (BFA Filmmaking ’18), who was co-writer and producer of series. Together, they plan to film the pilot in the summer of 2020.

Muhammad served as the casting director for the entire series and started the process by introducing himself and two friends as the main characters, saying “I had written each main character with each actor in mind, including myself. “. He first called on Catherine Calloway (BFA Drama ’18) to play Tara. Muhammad explains that he wanted two of the main characters to be a black man and a white woman because he feels they are close to each other in the hierarchy of privilege in American society. “White women and black men have this interesting leaf with each other in that white women have white privilege and black men have male privilege,” says Muhammad, adding that during the writing process, he wanted to keep the themes of racism, sexism and social justice at the top. of mind for each episode.

After starting Calloway, Muhammad reached out to Michael Alvarado, a friend he met during a summer program at the Neighborhood Playhouse, for the role of Manny. Adding Alvarado to the cast not only meant working with one of his best friends, but with the addition of an Afro-Latino actor, Muhammad felt it helped make the show more authentic for the locals of Uptown. Manhattan.

After the initial casting, Muhammad began contacting people he knew to see who would be interested in participating in the project. A main focus throughout the casting process was to focus on diversity, although that wasn’t always easy to do. “I knew I wanted a diverse cast, but it’s a show that by nature has’ heroes’ and ‘villains.” Mohammed explains. “I didn’t want all villains to be people of color, so I did my best to find some kind of balance there. ”

One lesson Muhammad learned throughout the casting process that he will take with him in his acting job is that being prepared and submitting materials on time matters a lot to producers. “Obviously technique and acting skills are very important, but the other things that show you’re a good person to work with go a long way,” he says.

When it came time to bring the team together, Muhammad drew on Sojourner’s knowledge and connections within the film industry, as well as many alumni they had both worked with at UNCSA. .


Sameer Wankhede follows Muslim rituals, offers namaz, claims ex-wife’s father, contradicts NCB officer

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Dr Zayed Qureshi, the father of the ex-wife of BCN officer Sameer Wankhede, Dr Shabana Qureshi, claimed that he is a practicing Muslim who follows all the rituals.

“My daughter was married into a Muslim family. It was an arranged marriage. We were in talks for three years. Since then, I have known Dawood Wankhede and his wife, who were also practicing Muslims, ”said Dr Zayed Qureshi.

He added: “We married our daughter into a Muslim family. We would not have married our daughter in a Hindu family. After 3 years of discussions, we made the engagement according to Muslim rituals and the wedding took place 10 months after the engagement.

“Dawood Wankhede signed on the nikahnama and it was written in Urdu as well as English. Everyone knows the family as Muslims, ”he said.

Sameer Wankhede’s ex-father-in-law added that Sameer’s mother was a staunch Muslim who performed all religious rituals.

“Sameer Wankhede follows all Muslim rituals and offers namaz, even fasting during Ramzan. Ms Wankhede was a pious woman, things changed after her death, ”he said and added that he would not comment on his daughter’s separation.

Previously, the Qazi who had directed the first Sameer Wankhede’s marriage in 2006 claimed that the officer belonged to a Muslim family, otherwise “nikah” would not have been celebrated according to Islam.

Qazi’s claim came at a time when Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik accused Wankhede was born a Muslim, but forged documents, including a caste certificate, to show he fell into the category Hindu SC to get a quota job after passing the UPSC exam.

Sameer Wankhede then released a statement saying that his mother was Muslim, but that his father was Hindu and that he came from a “multicultural” family.

Meanwhile, Sameer Wankhede’s wife, Kranti Redkar, said her husband was born Hindu and never changed his religion.

Redkar also took issue with the assertion made by the Qazi, who celebrated Wankhede’s first marriage in 2006, that he was a Muslim during the “nikah” era.


Former Muslim convert to Christianity explains what led her to “fall head over heels in love with the Lord”

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A woman recently shared her story about converting from Islam to Christianity and the overwhelming peace she first felt after praying to Jesus.

During an episode of the podcast, Soul of the Wild with Tommy and Josh Doyle, Aisha explained that she was born in Jordan and lived there until she was 14.

She had a lot of questions about Islam and salvation, but conservative members of her Muslim family only encouraged her to talk about Allah and no one else.

“It was like you woke up everyday and I had to do this to earn the love of Allah and I had to do it to earn the love of Allah and it didn’t suit me. feel like you were doing things under duress and not doing it with your heart, ”Aisha said. “I would ask my grandmother, my aunt, my dad questions and they always said ‘no one knows except Allah.'”

From an early age, Aisha said she was curious about Jesus.

“I felt there was more to who Jesus was than what I was being taught,” she added.

Aisha attended a Catholic school and took Islamic classes twice a week, but felt that details about her religion were being kept from her.

“It was just like we couldn’t ask,” she noted. “This is what you are taught. This is what you were introduced to at a very young age and this is your life. We couldn’t ask a lot of questions about Islam growing up.”

Her parents separated in 2000 and Aisha moved to America with her mother and three siblings.

“It was incredibly difficult. It was a difficult transition. We moved from Jordan to Minnesota. Culturally, I was used to Jordan, so it was very, very difficult.

At the age of 17, Aisha was “lost” and felt the need to pursue Jesus.

“It was a very dark time in my life. I was considering not living any more just because it was so difficult. I was depressed and struggling with a lot of anxiety. One day I was in my bedroom in crying out to Allah: I don’t know if you exist. I have prayed to you for years and have never felt or felt you. ‘”

At that point, she realized that Jesus could be the answer she was looking for.

“Out of nowhere I heard the word ‘Jesus’ and it stopped me in my tracks,” Aisha said. “It occurred to me and I said what if Jesus was what I have been looking for all my life? What if he is the emptiness that I have been missing since I was a little girl? felt like I needed to pray to Jesus at that time. “

She continued, “I just looked at the heavens and said, ‘Jesus, I don’t know who you are, but if you are who you say you are, then reveal yourself to me because I don’t know who you are. can’t live like this anymore. ‘ And it was the first time in 18 years of prayer that I felt peace when I first prayed to Jesus. “

In the days that followed, Aisha met other Christians and began to read the Bible.

“For the first time in my life, something made sense and it was who Jesus was. I dove into the Bible and fell head over heels in love with the Lord.”

Listen to Aisha’s full interview by clicking here.

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Hafiz Muhammad Ahmed is creating his own legacy in the world of e-commerce.

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It is not now that people have realized the mind-boggling levels of development that many industries are experiencing. They knew about it a few years ago; however, the emergence of digital media has completely changed the situation. The digital wave has brought new business opportunities that have empowered people to better understand the power of creating and launching digital businesses. As soon as some of them found out, they jumped in and largely disrupted the e-commerce space, among which one name that made the most headlines was Hafiz Muhammad Ahmed. This young businessman has consistently dominated the game in e-commerce and has grown into a prominent and versatile talent in the same field.

Hafiz Muhammad Ahmed developed as an experienced Amazon private label and wholesale expert. He has also shown his abilities and abilities as a businessman, mentor and motivational speaker, besides being also a business consultant in the world of Amazon. His unique ideas, innovations, strategies and techniques that he has formulated so far have dominated the Amazon world and how.

Today, Hafiz Ahmed is more than what we see; he is the proud CEO and Founder of “E-Comrades” (https://e-comrades.com), a growing e-commerce and marketing company that takes their customers’ e-commerce businesses to the top of their game. industry peaks. Coming from a modest family background and moving forward to achieve unprecedented success in the industry has only proven Hafiz Ahmed’s commitment and dedication to his work and his thirst to become a market leader in industry with E-Comrades.

From starting working at Amazon in 2012 until becoming a dominant figure in the industry, the launch of over 500 products shows how Hafiz Ahmed has stayed true to his visions and made sure to transform them into a beautiful reality. Traveling to different parts of the world is his hobby, but he also explores and discovers places to start a business. He devoted almost a decade to the industry and created E-Comrades, which today has grown into the largest group providing the best digital skills to young people, making them more confident in the industry, helping them to learn. new and effective strategies, mentoring on track and making them more financially independent.

If you are looking for Amazon expert advice and mentorship, Hafiz Muhammad Ahmed with E-Comrades is all you need. For more information, visit their website, https://hafizahmed.pk/.


France closes mosque for 6 months for harboring “radical Islam”

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The French government ordered the closing of a mosque in Allonnes near Le Mans for having hosted “radical Islam” and “legitimizing terrorist attacks”. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the directors and imams of the mosque allowed actions that went against “the values ​​of the Republic”.

The mosque was closed for six months, Darmanin said, adding that the bank accounts of mosque administrators were also seized.

The charges against the mosque include inciting hatred towards France, Westerners, Christians and Jews. “The sermons have spread in this mosque cultivating hatred towards France,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter, defending the closure. The administration said that in addition to hatred and discrimination, “the mosque also promoted” the establishment of Sharia law “in France.

In addition to the mosque, a Koranic school it houses was also closed, claiming that “armed jihad” was being promoted in the school. A sign on the school door said on Wednesday that classes were “suspended until further notice.”

The French interior minister also added that plans are underway to close seven other associations or religious buildings by the end of the year. The minister also announced the closure of 13 religious associations since President Emmanuel Macron took office at the Elysee Palace.

The governorate of Sarthe issued a statement on October 25 saying that the mosque with a congregation of 300 in Allonnes was closed for six months on the grounds that it “defended radical Islam“. The purge was part of a campaign that has been criticized around the world by international human rights organizations as well as world leaders, especially in predominantly Muslim countries.

President Emmanuel Macron launches sweeping measures to deal with threat of Islamist separatism

The purge is part of a campaign launched by France to combat the threat of Islamism which continues to increase in the country and the horrific manifestation of which was observed last year in the form of the brutal murder of ‘a French teacher for reproducing images of the Prophet Muhammad. .

Samuel Paty, a schoolteacher, was publicly beheaded by a radical Islamist for showing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. He was beheaded by a Russian refugee Abdullakh Abouyezidovich who was inspired by an online campaign against Paty for alleged blasphemy.

The incident had triggered nationwide awareness of the threats posed by the prevalence of Islamism and the institutions that have played a vital role in its support and promotion. French President Emmanuel Macron decided to seize the nettle and announced that his government would take action to curb what he called Islamist separatism.

92 of the 2,500 mosques in total were firm down as part of the French government’s crackdown on Islamic extremism since September 2020. The residence permits of 36,000 foreigners have been canceled on the grounds that they represented a threat to public order.

French government passes anti-separatism bill to curb the rise of Islamism

The French government also adopted earlier this year the “anti-separatism” law supposed to counter the threat of attacks carried out by Islamists. The bill contained a series of measures on civil service neutrality, the fight against online hatred and the protection of civil servants such as teachers.

There is provision in the law for willfully endangering the life of others by disseminating information about a person’s private life. He is liable to penalties of up to three years in prison and a fine of € 45,000.

Another important measure of the bill indicates that associations will have to be signatories of a Republican employment contract to benefit from state subsidies.

The law granted the authorities wide powers to intervene in mosques and associations on matters relating to administration as well as matters relating to the finances of associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


Lisle student urges District 202 to investigate teaching assistant’s remarks on Muslims, more

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Officials at Lisle Unit District 202 School are investigating allegations that a high school teaching assistant made racist and other offensive remarks during a recent class.

Lisle High School sophomore Zoya Shaik spoke at Monday’s school board meeting and complained that during a health class on October 12, an unidentified staff member made offensive and rude statements about Muslims, immigrants and indigenous peoples for 25 minutes.

Shaik said she wanted the district to develop and implement clear guidelines on bullying and harassment that apply to staff members as well as students.

“No one knew how to say anything because we were all really unprepared,” Shaik said. “We don’t have a bullying program and we don’t know how to handle this stuff.”

Shaik, an Indian Muslim who said she started wearing a hijab a week before the incident, said the remarks were made as Shaik was talking to another student about Culture Days ideas in high school. Shaik said the educational assistant told him that background checks were needed on “your people” and also spoke about immigration and the need for deportations.

“I really felt isolated,” Shaik said. “There were a lot of kids who were… you could see how shocked they were in class. It’s the last thing you would expect in a classroom.”

Former students and parents also spoke at Monday’s meeting about the lingering issues of bullying and harassment at school that are not being addressed by administrators.

The chairman of the board, Daniel Helderle, promised an investigation during the meeting. Superintendent Keith Filipiak, who sent a letter to families in the district on Tuesday about the incident, encouraged others to come forward if they have similar complaints.

“It’s unacceptable what I’m hearing here,” Helderle said. “The district’s goal is to have a healthy, safe and nurturing environment. It doesn’t sound like what you just said.”

District 202 communications coordinator Jenna Engler released a statement regarding Monday’s meeting, saying Shaik’s complaints continue to be investigated and the district administrative team is in contact with them. parents and students who raised concerns at Monday’s meeting.

Engler said the staff member involved in the complaint has not worked in the district since the incident. She said no further details could be shared due to legal and privacy concerns.

School board member Pam Ahlmann highlighted the current policy on bullying and harassment outlined in the district manual, saying staff members fall under those policies. Filipiak, however, acknowledged that the district needs to do a better job of implementing the policies.

“I’m sorry we’ve come to this point, but we are determined to learn and improve,” Filipiak said at Monday’s meeting.

Shaik said she had met Lisle manager Jeff Howard and deputy manager Jen Zimmerman twice in the days following the incident. The second meeting also included Shaik’s mother, Lisle village administrator Sara Sadat. Engler said that “the unavailability of the staff member prevented the completion of our investigation.”

“I absolutely don’t want this to happen again,” Shaik said. “I have two younger siblings and there will be a lot more children coming after I graduate.”

• Jake Griffin, editor of the Daily Herald, contributed to this report.


Sukmawati Sukarnoputri: In predominantly Muslim Indonesia, the daughter of the former president converted from Islam to Hinduism

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The daughter of Sukarno, founding father and first president of Indonesia, converted from Islam to Hinduism on Tuesday, an unorthodox move in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, 69, embraced Hinduism in a ritual called “Sudhi Wadani”. The ceremony took place in the heritage area of ​​central Sukarno, named after his father, located inside the Buleleng regency in Bali.

According to media reports, Sukmawati’s Balinese grandmother, Ida Ayu Nyoman Rai Srimben, played a major role in her decision to convert to Hinduism. It can be emphasized that the main religion in Bali is Hinduism, although it is quite different from the Hindu religion practiced in India.

Informing the press of Sukmawati’s decision to embrace Hinduism, her lawyer mentioned that she had a thorough knowledge of all the doctrines and rituals of Hindu theology.

A close friend of Sukmawati told the South China Morning Post that her relatives have given their blessings for religious conversion. The friend described her conversion as a “show of courage” and a shining example of the “religious tolerance” of the Sukarno family.

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He also shared that Sukmawati had been interested in Hinduism for the past 20 years and had visited major temples in Bali and read great Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Active in the politics of his country, Sukmawati belongs to the influential and respected Sukarno family. His parents played a key role in Indonesia’s struggle for independence from Dutch colonial rule. After the country was declared independent in 1945, his father Sukarno became the first president and served for 22 years, until his impeachment in 1967.

Sukmawati’s older sister, Megawati Sukarnoputri, was Indonesia’s fifth president, as she herself founded the Indonesian National Party (Partai Nasional Indonesia-PNI), which has participated in several national elections.

Interestingly, in 2018, she called herself a “proud Muslim” after conservative Islamic groups reported her to police on blasphemy for reciting a poem at a fashion event that allegedly insulted the hijab and called to prayer.

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Iran says ready to cooperate with Islamic states to develop nuclear technology

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TEHRAN – The spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has said that Tehran is ready to cooperate with Muslim countries to develop nuclear technology for civilian use to promote the well-being of the Islamic Ummah.

“We are ready to cooperate with the countries of the Islamic world for the development of nuclear technology for the well-being of the Islamic people and societies, so that we can all pave the way for a new Islamic civilization,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said. as a group. guests attending the international conference of Islamic unity in Tehran on Saturday visited the Martyr Fakhrizadeh research reactor, the martyr Shahriari’s radiopharmaceutical production center as well as an exhibition of the latest achievements of the nuclear industry.

During the visit, guests learned about Iran’s scientific and research infrastructure, achievements and capabilities in the field of production of reactors and radiopharmaceuticals.

Iran hosted the annual meeting of Islamic unity on the anniversary of the birth of the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH). The conference took place October 19-24.

At the start of the visit, Kamalvandi said: “I am fully convinced that the convergence, integration and cohesion of the thinkers of Islamic lands under the banner of Islam will lead to the unity of the Muslim Ummah and the promotion Islamic nations against the wicked, the wicked and the arrogant. “

He said the Islamic Ummah was at a crucial historical turning point. On the one hand, said Kamalvandi, the extraordinary growth of various sciences and technologies has led to the well-being of nations and on the other hand, this technology, which is mainly in the hands of the wrong people, has led to monopoly, to the exploitation and colonization of less privileged nations by the arrogant.

“On the one hand, the establishment of international organizations has facilitated relations and more interactions among the nations of the world in order to solve problems and fill the gaps of various gaps. And on the other hand, these supposedly international organizations have become the toy in the hands of the arrogant and do everything possible to humiliate and restrict other nations, ”said Kamalvandi, who is AEOI’s deputy chief for international affairs. and legal.

He added: “In this tense atmosphere, the Islamic world, with its rebirth, is not only compelled to develop and progress by appealing to new knowledge and technologies, but also by promoting Islamic thought and a monotheistic attitude and by trusting God to pave his progress with an Islamic model based on verses and hadiths and relying on himself and not others, and this is the path that will ultimately lead to a new Islamic civilization. “

Referring to the unilateralism adopted by arrogant countries, the AEOI Deputy Chief said: “The Islamic world now has precious assets. These strengths are the result of the efforts of thinkers throughout history. are the structures and mechanisms of the new Islamic civilization and the explanation and delineation of how to achieve it in this ambiguous period and in the face of various tensions on the international stage. “

Regarding Iran’s great achievements in nuclear technology, Kamalvandi said, “We have done everything possible here to reach the pinnacle of nuclear science and technology, and despite all the opposition and hostility on the international scene, in the nuclear industry, we have achieved great achievements. We invested everything in the path of achieving these great achievements and we dedicated our scientists, each of whom was a great man and a scholar, to the promotion of Islam and the Islamic Ummah. ”

Referring to the ability of Iranian scientists to conquer the heights of knowledge, Kamalvandi said: “Without a doubt, one of the pillars of the new Islamic civilization is science and technology, and this capital can be the factor of unity of the Islamic world and the Islamic world. land. Each of us is obligated to do our part and rely on our own resources to do this important thing and do our Islamic duty by cooperating in this area. Fortunately, today Iran has reached the peaks of progress in all branches and disciplines of technology and the nuclear industry.

He added: “Thousands of experts are continuously working in the fields of uranium exploration and mining up to the conversion, enrichment and production of nuclear fuel, nuclear power plants, products radiopharmaceuticals, its application in industry and agriculture, lasers and quantum and fusion, etc. and put Iran in a relatively high position. “


Cuppa and daily quizzes: October 26, 2021

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#OnThisDay – In 1970, after an absence of more than three years, the American boxer Muhammad Ali returned to the ring, beating Jerry Quarry


  1. Former footballer Vinnie Jones was captain of which national team?
  2. What is the measure of a golfer’s playing ability? Discount, Handicap, Handle, Crafts
  3. What is the capital of New Zealand?
  4. Complete the name of a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh – “The… Eaters”? Carrot, Potato, Apple, Food
  5. How many times have England won the Men’s Soccer World Cup?
  6. Which planet takes about 668 days to orbit the Sun? Mars, Mercury, Earth, Venus
  7. Which British city is street artist Banksy originally associated with?
  8. What grain is the Japanese spirit Saké made from?
  9. What is the title of Samuel Beckett’s play which consists of about 25 seconds of screaming and gasping?
  10. Who wrote the Gone Girl and Sharp Objects novels?


Answers of October 25:
Questions: Which legendary surrealist artist is famous for painting melting clocks? 2. What is the most recent story: Peter Pan, Peter Rabbit, Peter and the Wolf? 3.In what year was the British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee? 4. Which rapper did singer Beyonce Knowles marry in 2008? 5.Who was “Getting Jiggy With It” in 1999? Jay-Z, Usher, Puff Daddy, Will Smith 6. Which bird lays the biggest eggs? 7.The Recreation Ground, Kingsholm Stadium and Memorial Grounds are all venues for which sport? 8. What is the title of the theme song for the BBC radio show “The Archers”? 9. Which course has hosted the Open more times than any other? St Andrews, Muirfield, Prestwick, Royal Troon 10. In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the king of which island?
Answers: 1. Salvador Dali 2. Peter and the Wolf 3.1977 4.Jay-Z 5.Will Smith 6.Ostrich 7.Rugby Union 8.Barwick Green 9.St Andrews 10.Chypre


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Karnataka man killed for interfaith relationship: woman’s brother and uncle arrested

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Karnataka police arrested two people for allegedly killing a 32-year-old Hindu man in Karnataka for having a relationship with a 24-year-old Muslim woman in Sindagi in Vijayapura district.

The woman’s maternal uncle and brother – Bandenawaz Gote (40) and Imam Sab Thambe (20) – were arrested in connection with the murder that took place in Balagnur in Sindagi Taluk on Thursday, October 21.

Police sources said six other people were also arrested for allegedly plotting to kill Ravi, who worked as a security guard. “The main investigation revealed that Ravi was murdered and thrown into a well. Her legs and hands were tied. We don’t know if he was kidnapped or if someone convinced him to go there and then killed him, ”said a police officer.

On Friday, Shasidhar, the younger brother of Ravi Nimbargi, filed a complaint for disappearance at Almel police station. He said that on Thursday Ravi left their home at 6 p.m. to bring groceries. As Ravi did not return even after 8 p.m., Shashidhar set off to find his brother. Prashanth, a youth from the same village, found Ravi’s bag and slippers near a farm and informed Shashidhar. Ravi’s phone was also turned off, according to the complaint.

Police said the Muslim woman called the control room on Friday, expressing fear that Ravi would be injured by her family. Shasidhar, meanwhile, told media that the woman informed him that she suspected Ravi’s life was in danger.

The woman is currently under police protection.

Vijayapura SP HD Anand Kumar told The Indian Express that the two families are aware of their relationship and have objected to it.

“Both families are of agricultural origin and financially stable with several hectares of irrigated land and farms. But religion was the issue to separate Ravi from the woman. Ravi was from the Lingayat community, ”said a senior police officer.

A police officer said several murders had been reported recently in the region over interfaith relations. In June this year, two lovers belonging to a separate community were reportedly killed by the girl’s family at the Devara Hipparagi taluk in Vijayapura district.

Basavaraj Madivalapaa Badiger (19), a rickshaw driver from a Dalit community, and a girl identified as Davalbi Bandagisab Tambade (18), from neighboring Khanapur and belonging to the Muslim community, were reportedly killed because of their relationship.


Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing in Uganda | Canberra weather

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in the Ugandan capital Kampala, according to the militant group. In a statement on a Telegram-affiliated channel on Sunday evening, ISIS said some of its operatives detonated an explosive device at a bar where “Crusader Ugandan government members and spies were gathering” in Kampala. The bomb, filled with nails and shrapnel, targeted a pork restaurant on the outskirts of the capital, police said on Sunday. Information gathered indicates that three men, disguised as customers, visited the restaurant, placed a polythene bag under a table and left moments before the explosion, police said. The explosion killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people, including two in critical condition, police said, adding that all indications point to an act of domestic terror. President Yoweri Museveni said the attack “appears to be an act of terrorism”. In 2010, Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab killed dozens of people in Kampala in a bomb attack, claiming it was punishing Uganda for deploying troops to Somalia. Associated Australian Press

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MTN Group CEO Ralph Mupita welcomes Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa Muhammad Haruna Manta to Johannesburg

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MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita and MTN Group Regulatory and Commercial Affairs Director Felleng Sekha met with Nigeria’s new High Commissioner to South Africa Muhammad Haruna on Thursday, October 21, 2021 Manta, informing the new envoy about the telecoms giant’s plan to speed up rural coverage in Nigeria.

“During my last visit to Nigeria in June 2021, I had meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and other officials, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ali Issa Pantami, Executive Vice President of the Nigerian Communication Commission. (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, where I briefed them on plans to increase shareholding among Nigerian citizens and institutions, ”Mupita told the above. Commissioner during his visit to the headquarters of the MTN group in Johannesburg. as part of his tour of the country’s institutions.

MTN Group expects the first part of this sale to Nigerians to be completed before the end of 2021, with follow-up sale processes in 2022.

The High Commissioner commended MTN for plans to accelerate rural coverage to ensure that no Nigerians are excluded from the digital economy as well as for expanding local ownership of MTN Nigeria.

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43 countries denounce China for human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang

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A group of 43 countries denounced China for its violations of the human rights of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. The group of countries from all continents berated China for its detention of Uyghurs in the western Xinjiang region, The HK Post reported.

Typically, Western countries have made their voices heard on Beijing’s human rights record at the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Committee and this year Turkey, Eswatini and Liberia joined them. New additions to last year’s group, which included 39 countries, push back against Chinese claims that the reprimand is part of a Western effort to prevent China from recovering.

“We have seen a growing number of reports of widespread and systematic human rights violations, including reports documenting acts of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, forced sterilization, sexual and gender-based violence and separation forced children, “said the French ambassador. Nicolas de Rivière said on behalf of the group. He further added that “widespread surveillance continues to disproportionately target Uyghurs and members of other minorities,” The HK Post reported.

Meanwhile, a new report released by the Canberra-based Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) called for an investigation in China’s Xinjiang following the release of leaked documents allegedly detailing the Uyghur crackdown. Between July 2016 and June 2017, government controllers assigned by Beijing reported at least 1,869,310 Uyghurs and other citizens of Xinjiang for using Zapya (file sharing app), the report revealed. ASPI’s latest report is based on thousands of documents leaked to the think tank, The HK Post reported.

Since the start of 2017, large numbers of Uyghur men and women, as well as other Muslim ethnic minorities, have been arbitrarily detained or jailed according to the United Nations and human rights groups. They include hundreds of thousands of people sent to prison, in addition to the one million the UN estimates were sent to internment camps.

Detentions and alleged abuses inside closed government facilities have been described by the United States and international human rights groups as a form of genocide constituting crimes against humanity. Last month, Amnesty International accused China of creating a “dystopian hellish landscape” in Xinjiang. Amnesty said minority groups had been forced to abandon their religious traditions, language and culture and subjected to mass surveillance, supporting previous allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing committed among a network of hundreds of detention centers, The HK Post reported.

The international community has pressured China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, where the UN estimates that hundreds of thousands of members of the ethnic minority have been held in re-education camps. Beijing has defended the camps as vocational education centers meant to purge ideological diseases, including terrorism and religious extremism.

The United Nations group further called on China to allow immediate, meaningful and unhindered access to Xinjiang for independent observers, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The group also called on countries not to return asylum seekers from Xinjiang in light of the human rights situation there, The HK Post reported. (ANI)

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Sufi religious order finally able to reunite again

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RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Followers of a Sufi religious order gathered in a Moroccan village near the city of Nador for the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in the first such gathering since the pandemic.

A few hundred worshipers, known as Fuqaras, from France, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and other countries, gathered for the celebration of the week-long Islamic holiday.

The order, the Karkariya, follows a mystical form of Islam recognizable by its unique dress code: a modest but colorful patchwork dress.

In the rituals, they surrounded the leader and founder of their order, Sheikh Mohamed Fawzi al Karkari, kissing his hand and pledging his religious allegiance as they prayed and sang. Later that night, devotees formed circles and danced in fervent movements that symbolize verses from the Quran according to believers.

From March 2020 to July 2021, large religious gatherings in Morocco were banned due to the pandemic. Mosques and thousands of Sufi shrines have also been closed for sporadic periods.


The Sufi Karkariya order was founded relatively recently, where they now meet.

The Sufi term is broad and includes hundreds of movements spread around the world. Each Sufi order is defined by its leader or its books. Morocco has hundreds of Sufi orders and the kingdom encourages and supports their presence as a moderate form of religious devotion, as well as the maintenance of soft power with Sufi orders across West and South Africa. North.

As the order spread beyond Morocco, it ruffled the feathers. In 2017, the Algerian media and some religious figures criticized the Karkariya order for the perception that the order founded by Morocco was encroaching on Algeria in a “religious invasion”.

Yet Algerian members could still travel to Morocco, until this year, when relations took a nosedive and Algeria severed diplomatic relations with its neighbor.

Khaled El Jidoui, a Tunisian member who studies computer science at Stanford University and joined alongside his brother and father, says joining the order was “the best decision of my life”, stressing the impact this has had on social and practical aspects. of his life.

Asked about the colorful outfit, he describes the mosaic as his “identity”, where each patch represents different facets of his life aiming to “merge into one white”.

Imad Ali Saeed, a Yemeni researcher and scholar described the pride he felt in being one of Sheikh Al Karkari’s students, noting that he learned of the order’s existence during his research into the Sufi sects in Morocco. convinced him to sign up.

Mohammed Shaibani, a Mauritanian businessman, described a 30-year search across West and North Africa for a mentor and his happiness at having reunited after the pandemic with his colleagues.


Activists pledge to continue Muhammad Ali Shah’s fight for the rights of the fishing community

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In a condolence protest on Saturday, human rights and labor activists paid rich tribute to Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) founder Muhammad Ali Shah on Monday, saying he had spent his life fighting no only for the rights of the fishing community, but also for other oppressed communities, such as peasants and people affected by the Thar Coal project.

Shah had died on August 19 due to complications from Covid-19. He was 66 years old.

The condolence event was hosted at the Pakistan Arts Council by the Joint Action Committee, an alliance of civil society organizations based in Karachi, to reflect on the life and achievements of the leader of the fishing community deceased.

In 1998, Shah founded with his companions the PFF, a national organization of the fishing community.

Speakers at the event recalled that Shah has always called for justice with regard to fishermen imprisoned in Pakistani and Indian prisons, the construction of dams on the Indus, the abolition of the system of contracts on the lakes and the construction of illegal jetties.

The late human rights activist was also sentenced to prison terms as he fought for the rights of fishermen, it was said.

Recently, Shah campaigned against the federal government‘s announcement to build towns on the twin islands of Bundal and Dingi. He has also played an active role in demanding the implementation of basic human rights from the Awami Tehreek platform.

Due to his long-standing struggle, Shah was also named the Asia region chair of the World Fishermen’s Forum (WFFP), a global forum for artisanal fishermen.

Karamat Ali of the Pakistan Institute for Workers’ Education and Research (Piler) said Shah’s friends would continue his fight and move the PFF forward in a democratic manner.

Faisal Edhi, philanthropist and director of the Edhi Foundation, recalled when he worked with Shah for the release of fishermen languishing in prisons in Pakistan and India for fishing in disputed waters. “The struggle to free innocent and poor fishermen from prisons in both countries must be continued,” Faisal said.

Abdul Khaliq Junejo, head of Jeay Sindh Mahaz, said that although the PFF is a non-governmental organization, it was organized by Shah on a political basis and it also focused on the participation of women in PFF campaigns.

PFF Senior Vice President Fatima Majeed said her father, Majeed Motani, was jailed in an Indian prison for fishing in disputed waters in the 1980s. “When Shah, Motani and other leaders of fishermen formed the PFF, we have been associated with the organization since then, ”she added.

Praising the late activist for his fight for a cleaner environment, PFF General Secretary Saeed Baloch said Shah had run various campaigns to raise awareness of the challenges of climate change and pollution.

Shah’s children, Yasmeen Shah and Mehran Shah, said their parents, Shah and his wife Tahira Shah, had spent their lives fighting for the rights of the fishing community and their mission would be continued. Tahira, who was the vice president of the PFF, died in a car crash near Sujawal in 2015.

The chairperson of the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women, Nuzhat Shirin, Mahnaz Rehman of the Aurat Foundation, Nasir Masnoor of the National Federation of Trade Unions, Zulfiqar Shah de Piler, researcher Ely Ercelan, historian Gul Hasan Kalmati and journalist Dodo Chandio were also among the speakers who paid tribute to Shah. .


Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s founding father, Sukarno, will convert from Islam to Hinduism

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  • Sukmawati Sukarnoputri is the third daughter of the founding president of Indonesia Sukarno and his wife Fatmawati
  • She will convert from Islam to Hinduism on October 26
  • Sukmawati has extensive knowledge of Hindu theology

New Delhi: Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, the third daughter of founding father and first president of Indonesia Sukarno and his wife Fatmawati, has announced that she will convert from Islam to Hinduism.

According to a CNN Indonesia report, Ida Ayu Nyoman Rai Srimben, Sukmawati’s late Balinese grandmother played a major role in her decision to embrace Hinduism.

The 69-year-old founder of the Indonesian National Party (Partai Nasional Indonesia-PNI) will adopt the new religion in a Hindu “Sudhi Wadani” ceremony on October 26.

Married to Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Mangkunegara IX, Sukmawati divorced in 1984.

Informing the press of his ruling, his lawyer said Sukarno’s daughter had extensive knowledge of Hinduism and was also aware of all doctrines and rituals of Hindu theology.

In 2018, Sukmawati had to face the wrath of Islamists when she read a poem at Indonesian Fashion Week and suggested that a traditional Indonesian bun is more beautiful than the veil worn by Muslim women.

After the outrage, she had to apologize to all Indonesian Muslims who accused her of blasphemy and insulting Islam.

GNPF Ulama, a conservative Muslim organization called her a “religious blasphemer” and urged the population to support the cops in arresting Sukmawati and bringing her to justice.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sukmawati called a press conference and apologized with tears in her eyes.

“From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to all Muslims in Indonesia, especially those who feel offended by the poem,” she said.

Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation has the largest Muslim population in the world, while Hinduism is one of the six official religions and is home to the fourth largest population of Hindus in the world, after India, the Nepal and Bangladesh.


Tagore and Nazrul walk together in Bangladesh

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The fireball of hate sweeping over Bangladesh brings me back to the birth of this nation. When the war for the liberation of Bangladesh started, I had to cover it for The Statesman, where I was a junior journalist. The instruction to do the cover was a headache: I would not go to the Bangladesh front, instead I would be chaperoned, along with a multitude of foreign correspondents, by Major Ram Mohan Rao in Chhamb in the western sector, scene of an important battle in this war.

Why was I chosen to cover the western sector? Why was I refused the main theater? Did I not trust?

It turned out to be spirit ogres, summoned by me. The truth was much more revealing of the reality of Bangladesh. The editor-in-chief, in his wisdom, thought that in Bangladesh I would be mistaken for a Punjabi Muslim and killed.

The other reason was even more convincing. The Statesman was a Bengal institution, headquartered in Kolkata. I was in the newspaper’s office in New Delhi, emotionally removed from operations in Bangladesh in which our colleagues in Kolkata had an “owner” interest. It was, for them, an intra-Bengali affair: the reporters in Calcutta would harmonize much more with the emerging elite, which was tearing itself away from the Urdu Punjabis of Pakistan.

Linguistic and cultural identity supplanting religious identity was clearly at stake even when Indira Gandhi handed custody of Sheikh Hasina to Pranab Mukherjee, practically as her ward from 1975 to 1981, when she escaped a threat. for his life.

When Inder Gujral, as Prime Minister, embarked on a daring three-nation summit (Sheikh Hasina, Nawaz Sharif, Gujral) in Dhaka, I received a surprise call from him: Am I there? accompany to Dhaka? I read his mind instantly. The accompanying contingent did not have a single Muslim in a summit involving two full-fledged Islamic republics. As it turned out, the search for a fictitious Muslim was bogus.

Never in my life have I been so alone with my Muslim references. My colleagues in the press contingent were suddenly lost to me once they got past immigration to Dhaka. The Chakravartys, Mukherjees, Ghoshals, Basus and a certain Karlekar (more Bengali than most because of his Bengali mother) got confused in a rather indistinguishable way with the Rehmans, Haqs, Mujibs, conversing in Bengali with vengeance.

The high decibel sounds of “Ki khabar, Khub bhalo, Oray baba” completely marginalized me. “Illichh Maachh” was the flavor of the trip and my friend Tarun Basu actually came back with the biggest cooler full of hilsa, the tastiest fish in the world but so crowded with bones you have to be a born Bengali, each side of the dividing line. , to eat it without choking.

There is noticeable, sometimes pronounced, schizophrenia in Bangladesh. I experienced it during Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s visit to Dhaka when Zia ur Rehman, representing a streak quite different from that of Cheikh Mujib, was in power. New Delhi had acceded to the demand for food grains from Dhaka but Prakash Shah, co-secretary of the Morarji secretariat, sought in vain for the gesture which received no notice in the official media. There was a tendency not to be seen shaking hands with India.

In dealing with Sheikh Hasina, for obvious historical reasons, there was always a kind of stealthy warmth. But even so, in international relations, especially with neighbors, the word “obligation” has negative repercussions. India’s role in 1971 sometimes boomerangs the relationship.

Sheikh Hasina comes under inexorable pressure when citizenship laws in the contiguous state of Assam are distorted against Muslim migration. After all, she is a politician and will always take political action to deal with troubling events at home. This may involve, among a host of steps, further accommodating a determined Chinese lobby. Thus, the question of citizens not only strain the ties between India and Bangladesh, it immediately opens spaces for China.

It’s a subcontinent irony that Chinese influence in the neighborhood became much more pronounced after India helped create Bangladesh. Until 1971, much of Indian diplomacy consisted of neutralizing Pakistan everywhere. But the creation of Bangladesh changed the political geography of the subcontinent.

India has become a big country surrounded by small ones. It is as clear as day why President Zia ur Rahman launched the idea of ​​SAARC. Its political goal was simple: to balance India’s expanded post-1971 presence in South Asia. To this end, each of the nations bordering India began to bloom a map of China, almost in concert.

When Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as foreign minister, visited Beijing in 1979, he thought that a thaw in Sino-Indian relations would be a step towards diluting the Chinese map in the pockets of China’s rulers. SAARC. The visit ended in a disastrous manner. Beijing did not even convince the visiting foreign minister that Vietnam was about to receive “a lesson”.

Under Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Vajpayee, relations with China have sailed and faltered, but never reached the levels that prevailed after Narendra Modi put Ladakh in relief after branching off Jammu-and- Cashmere.

Eastern Ladakh, Pakistan, the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, a spike in targeted killings in Kashmir were all threatening enough. Reports of attacks on Hindu places of worship in Bangladesh are multiplying the threatening clouds gathering all around. What is happening is dangerous and sad. The politically polarizing communities in India may have been somewhere near the ignition point and the world knows it.

What is a shame is that in its culture, Bangladesh is essentially composite, incorporating many Hindu motifs into its social practices without in any way undermining its Islamic faith. Tagore, the author of his national anthem, was influenced by the Brahmo Samaj: the gods and goddesses do not come out of his writings. But Shiva, Shakti, Tandav, Durga are an integral part of the songs of Qazi Nazrul Islam, so much an organic part of the fabric of Bangladesh.


For a Shaheen Bagh in Srinagar: The Tribune India

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Aryan Khan should be released on bail at the earliest; Diwali should also be called Jashn-e-Riwaz; but are these the most pressing issues of communal discord in our country right now? At least five people have been killed in Srinagar in recent weeks because they were not Muslims – that simple. Two of them were from Jammu and Kashmir – unfortunately one was Sikh and the other Hindu, reason enough to be killed in a predominantly Muslim province. The sad fact of modern Indian life is that minority communitarianism provokes, supports and legitimizes majority communitarianism. Although Hindutva has its roots in colonial chicane, its success is only guaranteed by Islamist militancy, separatism and regression, which in turn unleashes competitive oppression on an unimaginable and immeasurable scale.

That majoritarianism is not the prerogative of any particular religion must be understood to tackle this threat.

But what makes matters worse is mainland India’s usual response to targeted killings of Hindus and Sikhs in Kashmir. It’s almost as if J & K’s Sikh and Hindu lives don’t matter or worth protesting across the country. The anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram and from Mumbai to Kolkata took place due to apprehension of loss of citizenship of Muslims. The apprehension was legitimate in the context of the dreaded National Register of Citizens and the process of identifying recent illegal migrants in Assam. The Muslim community wanted legally binding assurance from the government, which did not happen.

All the community was looking for was an opportunity for peaceful coexistence, a life without fear of being lynched on eating habits or the meat in the fridge. After around two dozen killings of Muslims by vigilant cows, the community has rightly protested to ensure their constitutionally enshrined freedoms, rights and privileges.

Well, shouldn’t these lofty, idealistic, constitutional conditions of harmonious citizenship also apply to minorities in J&K? About a lakh of people have been living in “refugee camps” for 30 years in their own state. It was derisively said in 1990 that these Kashmiri Hindus fled because then governor Jagmohan wanted them fired to deal with the militants. What a mistake ! Just as that old lie was exposed for what it was, the recent murders have conclusively established the motive for the massacre of 35 Sikhs at Chittisinghpura in 2000. There have been countless murders to force able-bodied people to give up their precious homes with everything inside. . But unfortunately there were no “Kashmiri Hindu murder trackers” then. But every murder and every expulsion quietly worked on the psyche of the core Hindi voters, who were urged to identify with the victim’s religion.

The Kashmir Valley was transformed into Dar al-Islam with the ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims. The secular parties did not want to see it then and do not see it now, with the result that the forces of the Hindutva are reaping a rich harvest of hatred. There could be many local factors behind these targeted killings – terrible justifications for the most heinous acts. The most cruel reason given is that these murders are aimed at preventing Hindus from recovering their lost homes or trying to make a tight deal against properties previously sold for a song on power of attorney documents. If this is true, it only means that the targeted killings of Hindus and Sikhs are sanctioned by Muslim society in the valley.

It is also the responsibility of all those who have demonstrated for the rights of minorities against the CAA to create a Shaheen Bagh in Srinagar to ensure equal rights for non-Muslims and non-locals in the province to Muslim majority. Love caravans are expected to travel to the valley whenever a local Sikh school principal, Hindu teacher or Hindu bihari worker is targeted. Otherwise, these attempts to fight against majoritarianism lose their meaning and are reduced to simple Muslim religious projects. When a Hindu or a Sikh is killed in the valley, when Dar al-Islam takes root there, then by default this reinforces the demand for a Hindu Rashtra elsewhere. And the chronology of the expulsion of the Hindus shows that the rise of the Hindu right began mainly after the appalling attacks on minorities in the valley. That majoritarianism is not the prerogative of any particular religion must be understood to effectively combat this threat.

Kerala has a rapidly growing, large, prosperous and progressive Muslim community, which unfortunately spawned its own Islamic fundamentalists. According to media reports, more than 100 people “joined or attempted to join ISIS” from Kerala and 10 of them traveled to Syria in 2018. Even when Kerala remains a Dar al-Harb for the hotheads , they succeeded in enforcing Sharia law by cutting off the hand of a university professor for “blasphemy”. How does this equivalence work? While we insist that radical Hindutva should accept MF Husain’s right to undress Hindu goddesses and even Bharat Mata (which is a modern, fully clothed construction of Abanindranath Tagore), no one is really trying to convince Islamists that Professor TJ Joseph has every right to refer to a character called Muhammed in a questionnaire without having his hand cut off.

Dar al-Islam and Hindu Rashtra are two sides of the same coin. If we allow the former to be applied in a Muslim mohalla, the latter becomes an eventuality over vast swathes of equally regressive terrain. India has remained firmly and honestly secular despite the horror of partition and the creation of Pakistan for Indian Muslims. The prevailing sentiments did not allow the Hindu right to ask Muslims to go to Pakistan now that they had their own nation. Pakistan’s first two wars to annex Kashmir on religion could not build the Hindutva in India. The genocide of Hindus by the tens of thousands in East Pakistan was never even discussed in religious terms when Bangladesh was liberated. But the secular and dominant silence over the murder of innocent Kashmiri Hindus has sparked an ongoing political backlash. It is imperative that every secular person stands up for the right of Hindus and Sikhs to live in peace in the Kashmir Valley.


Muhammad is the fifth most popular given name in England – News

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Variants like Mohammed and Mohammad were also in the top 100 names.

Muhammad was one of the most popular names for newborn boys in England and Wales in 2020, as evidenced by birth registration data, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Muhammad was the fifth most popular, while his variants – Mohammed and Mohammad – were also in the top 100, ranked 32 and 74 respectively.

Muhammad tops the list of baby names in London, North West England, Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands, data reveals, largely reflecting the spread of the Asian community in England.

There were 3,710 babies named Muhammad, while 1,615 were named Muhammad and 751 Mohammad during the year in England and Wales.

The top ten boy names were: Oliver, George, Arthur, Noah, Muhammad, Leo, Oscar, Harry, Archie and Jack.

The ONS said Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names for boys and girls in England and Wales for the fifth year in a row. Ivy and Rosie replaced Grace and Freya in the top 10 female names, while Archie replaced Charlie in the top 10 male names.

Mothers aged 35 and older continued to choose more traditional names, while younger mothers opted for more modern and abbreviated names, he added.

Siân Bradford of the ONS Vital Statistics Division said: “Oliver and Olivia retained the top spots as the most popular boy and girl names in 2020, but some interesting changes have taken place. below them. We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name ”.

She added: “Archie first jumped into the top 10 boy names, pushed by younger mothers as well as the obvious royal connection. On the girls’ side, Ivy moved up to sixth place. Popular culture continues to be a source of inspiration for baby names, whether they are characters from our favorite show or fashionable celebrities ”.



Minister praises Islamic boarding schools for efforts to deal with COVID-19

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We must commend the experience of several Islamic boarding schools which have successfully made efforts to prevent, control and manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas praised the efforts of pesantren, Islamic boarding schools, in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As quoted in a press release from the Ministry of Religious Affairs received here on Friday, Minister Qoumas said Islamic boarding schools have been shown to be able to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic despite limited facilities.

The minister noted that the tradition and prudence taught by kyai, islamic teachers at santri, students of Islamic boarding schools, had become the pillars of Islamic boarding schools to meet the challenges.

Kyai have helped to encourage santri and the general public to participate in COVID-19 vaccinations by being a role model for them.

“We must commend the experience of several Islamic boarding schools which have succeeded in making efforts to prevent, control and manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the minister stressed.

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Qoumas noted that for Santri On the day of 2021, Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia received a gift from President Joko Widodo in the form of Presidential Regulation number 82 of 2021 on the funding of Islamic boarding schools.

The presidential regulations provide for the provision of endowment funds for Islamic boarding schools in order to improve the quality of human resources through education in Islamic boarding schools.

Two years ago, on the occasion of the 2019 Santri day on santri received a gift in the form of the ratification of Islamic Boarding School Law number 18 of 2019.

“The Islamic Residential Schools Act and the Presidential Regulations on Funding Islamic Residential Schools are forms of state recognition, affirmation and facilitation of Islamic residential schools. In the future, Islamic boarding schools should continue to develop education, da’wah (Islamic propagation), and empowerment of the community, ”said the minister. (INE)

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China rules out NBA Celtics games against Tibet, Xi comments | News | DW

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Broadcaster Tencent, a Chinese partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), blocked access to all Boston Celtics games after one of the team’s players accused the Chinese government of “cultural genocide” in Tibet.

All Celtics games – current and archived, along with highlights – will no longer be accessible in China after Enes Kanter criticized the country’s policy towards Tibet in a series of social media posts, including a video two-minute film in which he was seen wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

“I am here to add my voice and talk about what is happening in Tibet. Under the brutal Chinese government rule, the basic rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people are non-existent,” Kanter said in the video released Wednesday. The message also included text describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “brutal dictator.”

Position “Free Tibet”

At Celtic’s season opener against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, Kanter wore shoes emblazoned with the words “Free Tibet”. The game was noticeably absent from streaming services broadcast in China.

The shoes worn by Kanter against the Knicks

“Over 150 Tibetans have burned themselves alive !! – hoping that such an act would raise more awareness in Tibet. I stand alongside my Tibetan brothers and sisters and support their calls for freedom,” he wrote on Twitter after the Game.

China says Kanter is “just trying to get attention”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Thursday that Kanter was “trying to get attention.” He bristled at the criticism and said the player’s comments “are not worth refuting. We will never accept these attacks to discredit the development and progress of Tibet.”

While he has yet to comment on these recent developments, Kanter has a long history of speaking out on politics. Of Turkish nationality, he was very critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara called him a member of a terrorist group – which the player denies – and Kanter said his passport was revoked by the Turkish government in 2017.

Chinese users slapped both the player and the Celtics on social media and his name appeared to be blocked on Tencent’s Weibo messaging platform after his criticism of Xi. Twitter is banned in China.

Beijing, which regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist, has ruled Tibet since the People’s Liberation Army entered and took control in 1951, during what China calls “peaceful liberation.”

NBA seeks to balance free speech with access to multi-billion dollar market

The tense situation is not the first of its kind and highlights the tightrope that the NBA has chosen to walk in an attempt to balance the free speech rights of its players and coaches with a willingness to stay good. terms with an authoritarian regime in Beijing as part of a multibillion-dollar broadcast deal.

The relationship’s biggest success came in October 2019, when Daryl Morey, then general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for Hong Kongers protesting for democratic freedoms. China immediately cut the league, massive public advertisements for the games were cut, and sponsors started jumping ship.

The NBA estimates that the tweet alone cost them over $ 400 million (€ 344 million) during the 2019-20 season.

The outage eventually ended when NBA games returned to Tencent, but state broadcaster CCTV only broadcast two games after the incident. When Morey moved to work for the Philadelphia 76ers, Tencent pulled them from their broadcast schedule.

Speaking earlier this week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “It is not known if we will return to CCTV television in China this year.”

Rights groups have consistently urged U.S. companies operating in China to stand up to Beijing. Currently, a number of them are calling on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to boycott the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics due to documented human rights violations against Tibetans, Hong Kongers and Uyghur Muslims.

UN letter criticizes Beijing for Uyghur abuse

The abuse of the latter group, the Uyghur Muslim minority, prompted 43 countries of the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee to sign a letter of public condemnation on Thursday for Beijing’s activities in its western region. from Xinjiang.

“There are generalized and systematic violations of human rights, torture, forced sterilization, sexual violence and separation,” said the statement read by French Ambassador to the UN Nicolas De Rivière.

The signatories called on Beijing to allow United Nations observers unrestricted access to affected areas. Diplomats reported an attempt to coerce Beijing to try to prevent countries – especially poorer ones – from signing the document.

Human rights observers estimate that a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Hui and other Muslim minorities are held in “concentration camps”. Beijing denies any wrongdoing, labeling those detained in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region as “separatists” and “terrorists” who are not being detained but are instead being “re-educated”.

Observers say “re-education camps” are used to force Uyghurs – often by brutal means – to align with the ruling Communist Party. Forced labor reports were rampant. Western companies doing business in Xinjiang, such as Volkswagen, said they had no knowledge of forced labor at their production facilities.

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World Muslim League and World Jewish Congress urge UN Secretary-General to promote religious freedom

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RIYAD: The British Embassy and the British Council announced the recipients of the 2020-2021 Study UK Alumni AwardsStudy UK Alumni Awards 2020-2021 in Saudi Arabia at an awards ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Riyadh, Neil Crompton, Wednesday.

British alumni from Jeddah, Riyadh, Dhahran, Qassim and Thuwal were recognized for their outstanding achievements as professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their significant contributions to strengthening the collaborative links between the UK and the Saudi Arabia.

The Study UK Alumni Awards 2022 call for applications is open until October 29, 2021.

The awards have been developed by the British Council and UK Universities, and are open to alumni residing in any country outside the UK who have studied in the UK, from an officially recognized provider of UK university studies for a minimum of one term or one semester. , or who have obtained a full UK degree (or higher) from a UK university within the past 15 years.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the UK envoy said: “I am delighted to host the 7th Study UK Alumni Award in person this year and to have the chance to meet many women and brilliant Saudi men who contribute to economic success and social impact through their work, in their professions and in their communities to achieve the vision set by their leaders.

He added: “This prestigious international award celebrates British higher education and the achievements of outstanding Saudis who have studied in the UK and use their education to make a positive impact. It reflects the broader partnership between our two countries. My congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. I encourage many more Saudis who have studied in the UK to apply for the awards so that more of these amazing stories can be shared, not only to celebrate their success but also to inspire others.

Eilidh Kennedy McLean, National Director of the British Council, said: “The remarkable people we celebrated today at the awards show all took their UK education as a starting point to excel in their careers. they chose and shape the world around them. This year’s awards ceremony is a testament not only to the diversity of British alumni and their efforts, but also to the transformative impact of a British education. With over 100,000 alumni of a British education, there is much to celebrate. “

The award received around 1,300 applications from former UK international students in over 100 countries, representing over 120 UK higher education institutions across the UK. Following interviews with a jury, the recipients were selected for the three award categories: professional achievement, entrepreneurship and social impact.

The Professional Excellence Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their professional field, was presented to Dr Roua Alsubki, alumnus of University College London.

Roua is Associate Dean of Skills and Development at King Saud University, the first woman to hold this position.

The Social Impact Award, which recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to creating positive social change, was presented to Dr Bandar Alosaimi for creating COVIDAT, a website that provides scientific information on COVID-19 in Arabic.

He saw the need to translate developments in medical research to the everyday Arabic reader to avoid misinformation and misconceptions about the coronavirus.

A graduate of the University of Manchester and the University of Salford, where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees, Alosaimi is Assistant Professor of Virology in the Faculty of Medicine, Head of the Virology Research Team and Chairman of the Laboratories research center at King Fahad Medical City.

The entrepreneurial award was presented to Dr Wail Mousa, a graduate of the University of Leeds.

Mousa is the founding dean of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and professor of electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He was the first Saudi to be sponsored by Dhahran Techno Valley for a PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Sir Steve Smith, UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Education, attended the awards ceremony and told Arab News: “I am here for a strategic partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia in the education sector. The role was created following a meeting between the two governments in 2018 and the goal is to build on more than 60 years of collaboration between our two countries.

He added, “Since I was appointed a year ago, we have launched a lot of initiatives, some really exciting announcements in the areas of special education needs and skills in colleges and universities. “

Regarding the progress of the education partnership between Saudi Arabia and the UK, Smith said the partnership is developing well.

“The key is to have a deep relationship. We are trying to make sure that we have momentum for the activities and to make it clear to partners in the UK and Saudi Arabia that this can be mutually beneficial. “

Saudi Education Minister Dr Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh and Smith discussed ways to improve educational, academic and research cooperation, and share best practices and expertise between the two countries. .

The meeting focused on the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the UK in education, areas of cooperation in public education, curriculum development, curriculum of the course system for secondary education , in addition to the education of talented students and students with disabilities.

The talks also focused on cooperation in university education, scientific research, accreditation of university degrees, as well as academic and research partnerships between the universities of the two countries, and the strengthening of cooperation in education. integrated and distance education.

He said universities in the two countries are getting closer to work together. The University of Birmingham on Tuesday signed an agreement with King Saud University, he added.


Lawmakers tackle Benton Harbor water crisis at Thursday’s hearing

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – As crews work to repair an old broken water pipe in Benton Harbor, lawmakers in Lansing will address questions on Thursday about the city’s main water crisis.

(Crews from Benton Harbor are working to fix a burst water pipe – leaving the town completely without water – on October 20, 2021.)

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad and Reverend Edward Pinkney of the Benton Harbor Community Water Council are expected to attend the Michigan House Oversight Committee, which will be broadcast live on woodtv.com Starting at around 10:30 a.m., House committee members are also expected to question Michigan Director of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Liesl Clark about the Benton water crisis Harbor.

The hearing comes as the teams work to repair a main break that impacted the entire city water system, forcing at least six schools in the Benton Harbor area to close. In a tweet Thursday morning, Muhammad said the broken pipe was 89 years old “and is taking longer than expected to be processed.”

Monday evening, the Benton Harbor City Commission declared a local state of emergency in response to high levels of lead contamination in water.

Michigan’s level of action – when heads of state step in and respond – is 15 parts per billion. City of Benton Harbor Data shows that the highest reading of sampled homes rose from 60 parts per billion to 889 parts per billion in the past three years, more than 59 times the state limit.

Last month, Whitmer signed on the last piece of the state budget which provides $ 10 million to replace the lead water pipes in the port of Benton. The state has also started to provide free bottled water and filters for residents of Benton Harbor.

The state’s response changed earlier this month when it began urging residents of Benton Harbor to use bottled water for cooking and drinking.

The county health department says residents can pick up free bottled water Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, located in 331 Miller Street, and Benton Harbor High School, located in 870 avenue Colfax. There will also be water tankers that residents can use to fill their own containers for things like washing and flushing toilets.

The state aims to replace all lead pipes in the city’s century-old infrastructure by the next 18 months.

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Mawlid, the Islamic holiday, explained | Arts & Culture

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Mawlid, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, is the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday during Rabi ‘al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. Vacation begins Monday evening and ends Tuesday evening.

All over the world, Mawlid is celebrated by millions of Muslims with religious gatherings, food sharing and dinners, prayer services, festivals, marches and educational events immersed in the life and virtues of the Prophet. .

The Prophet Muhammad was the last messenger to whom the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed. The Prophet was the main Islamic leader sent by Allah, or God, to enlighten, preach and confirm the message of Islam and the teachings of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Adam to the world, according to Islamic doctrine.

The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and his birth has been described as “a mercy to the worlds,” according to the Quran.

Rabi ‘al-Awwal began on October 7 and translates to “the first spring”. This month features three relevant events that will change Islam and its message forever, according to Muslim Hands.

The first was the birth of Prophet Muhammad when Allah sent him to the world to spread the message of Islam. Then the Hijrah, or migration, of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, Saudi Arabia, which is ultimately the event that the Islamic calendar is dated.

The last notable event of Rabi ‘al-Awwal was the death of the Prophet Muhammad around 12 Rabi’ al-Awwal in the eleventh year of Islam.

Not all Muslims celebrate the Mawlid due to beliefs that it focuses too much on the Prophet as a person rather than on his impact and revelations on Islam. Despite this, different Muslims, Shiites and Sunnis, celebrate both in private and in public by decorating mosques and organizing events.

However, all Muslims participate in the recitation of the Quran and the devotional poetry of the Prophet Muhammad.

In Pakistan, Muslims observe Mawlid as the month of the Prophet’s birth during the entire month of Rabi ‘al-Awwal. One-day festivals, celebrated as birthdays, for poor children or orphans are held in Singapore. In addition, there are regular prayers and lectures in mosques, according to The Pluralism Project at Harvard University.

Over two million Muslims in Azhar Square in Cairo celebrate Mawlid, making it one of the world’s largest celebrations for the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

In the United States, mosques and Muslim student organizations at universities hold events commemorating Mawlid, including special programs for children. Programs include, but are not limited to, understanding how the Prophet Muhammad approached difficulties and obstacles, moral issues and political conflicts.

Although the University of Georgia Muslim Student Association has no formal Mawlid celebration event, officers encourage members to observe the holidays by fasting and eating an iftar, or dinner, with friends or family.


NCUA Enables Service Organizations to Make Auto and Payday Loans | Credit Union Journal

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The National Credit Union Board of Directors approved a final rule which will allow credit union service organizations to engage in any type of lending authorized for federal credit unions.

Currently, CUSOs – companies owned by credit unions to provide financial or operational services to institutions or their members – are only authorized to offer mortgages, student loans, credit cards and business loans. The new rule would now allow CUSOs to expand into other loan categories, including car loans and payday loans.

The rule passed by a 2-1 vote at Thursday’s board meeting, with Chairman Todd Harper casting the dissenting vote. Calling the settlement “the wrong rule at the wrong time,” Harper said the agency needed to protect the Share Insurance Fund, which insures members’ deposits at federally insured credit unions, from losses.

“Instead, this regulation will likely increase those losses in years to come,” he said. “My fear of future losses for the Share Insurance Fund is not hypothetical. It is a fact.”

According to NCUA staff calculations, at least 73 credit unions suffered losses from CUSOs between 2007 and 2020, Harper said. The ultimate failure of 11 of these credit unions caused losses of $305 million to the Share Insurance Fund. Combined with the losses caused by CUSO in the credit unions that did not fail, the total losses for the system amounted to nearly $600 million, he said.

“My fear of future losses for the Share Insurance Fund is not hypothetical. It’s a fact,” said Todd Harper, chairman of the National Credit Union Administration, in voting against the rule that allows credit union service organizations to provide auto and payday loans.

But board member Rodney Hood said it was difficult to assess the correlation between losses and CUSOs or even causation in these specific cases.

Harper said the agency didn’t have to look far to find past examples of CUSO causing headaches at the NCUA. A business lending-focused CUSO “went wild” during the Great Recession, and the regulator eventually had to provide a $60 million line of credit to keep the credit union that owns it from going bankrupt, a- he declared.

He added that earlier this year the NCUA was forced to liquidate a small credit union due to its CUSO mortgage issues. “With this rule, I’m afraid we’ll open the door to similar situations in the future, but this time in payday and auto loans,” Harper said.

But Hood and NCUA vice president Kyle Hauptman said allowing CUSO to make auto loans would keep that company in the credit union system.

Consumers are now using their cellphones to compare prices for the best car and the best financing without ever having to visit a dealership, Hauptman said. The pandemic has accelerated that trend, he said, and it could hurt loans from some smaller credit unions if they aren’t able to make those loans as well.

“The technology and scale needed to compete in an online consumer and automotive marketplace is beyond the reach of most individual credit unions,” Hauptman said.

Hood agreed, saying indirect auto loans are critical for credit unions, so the NCUA must give them the tools to scale and compete in the online marketplace.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch the automotive market evolve without doing anything,” he said.

The CUSO rule doesn’t go far enough, Hood said. He also wants CUSOs to be allowed to invest in fintechs.

These investments are critical to keeping the credit union system safe and sound over the long term, and so these institutions should be at the table working with fintechs, Hood said.

“Without fintech investments, the credit union system risks stagnating in the years to come as the cooperative system must respond to changing dynamics,” he said. “And so does the industry regulator.”

Harper wasn’t the only one to oppose the CUSO rule.

The American Bankers Association said the rule creates more risk for consumers and the credit union industry by allowing larger credit unions to expand into “subprime types of lending” without proper NCUA oversight. .

“Banks, small credit unions and the NCUA president himself have raised concerns about this action, which will further erode the character and purpose of the credit union charter,” said ABA spokesman Ian McKendry.

The NCUA said it received more than 1,000 letters on the rule, one of the largest sets of public comments the agency has ever received.

Hood and Hauptman said CUSOs have been providing direct consumer lending for decades without negatively impacting credit unions. Without CUSOs, many credit unions, especially small ones, would not have had the scale to compete in mortgage, business, credit card and student lending.

But Harper, who has opposed the rule since the process began in January, said the regulator had its priorities misplaced as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic.

“In the current economic environment, the NCUA Board of Directors should work to pass rules, protect consumers and prepare the system for likely future credit losses as COVID-relief programs 19 are coming to an end. This rule is not pandemic relief,” Harper said.

Broward County Public Schools May Give Day Off for Muslim Holiday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla .– The Broward County School Board may give students and staff a day off to mark a Muslim holiday during the 2022/23 school year.

The board is considering four different options for its 2022-2023 Broward County public school schedule. Two of the options include April 21, 2023, as a day off. This day is Eid ul-Fitr, a holiday that marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

At Tuesday’s school board workshop where the schedule was discussed, several parents and members of the Muslim community spoke out in favor of the proposal.

One parent said he would like not to have to decide whether his children go to school or join the rest of the family in celebrating the holidays. He added that the schedule change recognizes their culture as part of Broward County culture and makes them feel that the community includes them.

A school district employee who runs the Muslim Student Association at several high schools noted that this is something the Muslim community has been advocating for several years, and she hopes the board will embrace diversity and promote diversity. equity.

School district staff said the calendar did not identify religious holidays, but rather days off aligned with federal and religious holidays.

Currently, the school district is conducting a survey of parents, staff and community members to ask for feedback on timing options. Some board members said they would like to hear more feedback from teachers on the calendar option they support.

District staff will present a proposed schedule to school board members for a vote in December.

The South Florida Muslim Federation released the following statement on WPTV:

The South Florida Muslim community is grateful that the Broward County School Board is moving towards a more equitable schedule and taking diversity and inclusion seriously. We commend the Council for its leadership and encourage it to complete this process and make the right decision to have April 21, 2023 as a school vacation. Muslims are part of the fabric of South Florida, particularly in Broward County. Broward’s Muslim students, who number around 25,000, should no longer have to choose between enjoying their vacation or going to school. “

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School District said there had been no discussions of a similar schedule change at this time.


Maizbhandari: fanatics are enemies of Islam

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Shah Sufi Maulana Syed Shahid Uddin Ahmad Maizbhandari speaking during a discussion on the meaning of Eid Miladunnabi hosted by Ashekane Gauchia Rahmania Mainia Sahidiya Maizbhandaria in Gulistan Mahanagar Natyamancha on Wednesday October 20, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Marking Eid-e-Miladunnabi, community members organized a rally (Jashne Juls) of Gulistan Mahanagar Natyamancha in the capital in the afternoon

The Asekane Gauchia Rahmania Mainia Sahidiya Maizbhandaria in Dhaka denounced the attacks across the country against temples, places of Durga Puja and houses of Hindus.

On the occasion of holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the anniversary of the birth and death of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), on Wednesday, the chief guardian Shah Sufi Maulana Syed Shahid Uddin Ahmad Maizbhandari declared: “Those who terrorize in the name of Islam are the enemies of the Prophet (pbuh).

Marking Eid-e-Miladunnabi, community members organized a rally (Jashne Juls) of Gulistan Mahanagar Natyamancha in the capital in the afternoon.

Maizbhandari said: “Islam is a religion that preaches love. But the enemies of the Prophet (pbuh) want to present it as a religion of terrorism. They want to prove that Islam is not a religion of humanity.

He also called on everyone to remain vigilant and spread the true teachings of Islam.

Among others, Professor Allama Dr Ataur Rahman Miaji, Chairman of the Department of History and Culture of Islam at the University of Dhaka; Maulana Masudur Rahman Bikrampuri, President of the Alliance for Democratic Islamic Unity; and Allama Fouad Al Farooqi spoke at the meeting.


Past regimes destroyed institutions with political appointments: Ali Muhammad

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State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said on Wednesday that the Muslim League of Pakistan-N (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were responsible for the destruction of state institutions by through political appointments.

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 20, 2021): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said on Wednesday that the Pakistan-N Muslim League (PML-N) and the Pakistani People’s Party ( PPP) were responsible for destroying state institutions through political appointments.

Steelworks, courts, the PTDC tourism department and PIA, among other institutions, were destroyed under the previous regime, he said in an interview with a private news channel.

He said the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan was taking effective steps to streamline inflation-related affairs and would soon announce a targeted grant for the relief of the deserving part of the society.

He said the PTI-led government had inherited “financially empty institutions,” adding that the bad policies of previous corrupt governments had caused inflation in the country.

Ali Muhammad said that Bilawal Bhutto of the PPP and Marryum Nawaz of the PML-N should first ask their fathers about their bad corrupt practices in the past, then they should come out and ask questions against the government.

He said the public will not support the corrupt rulers of the former rulers and will never be part of their rallies against the government in the so-called Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

He said the opposition parties were only safeguarding their personal and political interests and did not concern themselves with public issues.


Political correctness ‘cripples’ fight against Islamic extremism, report warns

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POLITICAL correctness “paralyzes” the fight against Islamic jihadists, a report warned.

Far-right extremists are much more likely to get help to change their ways.

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Ali Harbi Ali, 25, the alleged murderer of MP Sir David Amess, was labeled a Prevent teenager but was never considered a “subject of interest” by MI5.Credit: PA

More than nine out of ten people monitored by MI5 are suspected jihadists.

But only a quarter of referrals to the anti-terrorism device Prevent are suspected of Islamic extremism.

Of these, only 30 percent go on to get help.

Far-right extremists also make up a quarter of the references, but half of them receive official assistance.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, the alleged assassin of MP Sir David Amess, was labeled a teenager by Prevent but was never considered a “subject of interest” by MI5.

He is believed to have been brainwashed by videos of hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

The report was written by Dr Rakib Ehsan of the Henry Jackson Think Tank.

It states that “Interior Ministry data reveals that far-right extremists outnumber Islamist extremists in terms of credentials and are more likely to be offered support and oversight against radicalization.”

Dr Ehsan said: “The central objective of the Prevent program is to reduce the global terrorist threat and to maximize public safety. For the moment, it is failing.

“It is vital that the UK is not crippled by political correctness and identity politics when it comes to having stubborn discussions about the pervasive threat of Islamist extremism.”

Bomber bruv flies

The Manchester Arena suicide bomber’s older brother fled the UK after being called to a public inquiry into the 2017 terrorist attack.

Ismail Abedi, 28, has always refused to answer questions about why Salman, 22, detonated the device during an Ariana Grande concert.

Ismail has been ordered to attend tomorrow but there is “no indication” when he will return.

Paul Greaney QC said he “clearly has evidence and we urge him to get in touch”.

Terrorist policemen carry bags of evidence from home of Sir David Amess murder suspect Ali Harbi Ali after descending on 3 homes


Tehran and Riyadh resume trade after one year

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A report on Iran’s six-month trade with neighboring countries released by IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi put Saudi Arabia on the list of export destinations.

According to the official, trade between the two countries reached zero in Iran’s most recent fiscal year ending March 20, 2021 after years of decline.

In remarks published by the Financial Times on Friday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud signaled his country’s desire to restore relations with Iran, saying the kingdom was “serious” about the issue. subject of talks with the Islamic Republic.

The two Middle Eastern heavyweights have held four rounds of talks since April, including a first meeting last month with the government of new President Ebrahim Raisi.

“We take the talks seriously,” he said, calling the negotiations “exploratory” but “cordial”.

“For us, it’s not that big a change. We have always said that we want to find a way to stabilize the region, ”he said.

Trade Development Organization deputy export development minister Farhad Nouri last week said Iran was ready to resume exports to Saudi Arabia if tensions ease between the two neighbors. .

Nouri referred to the active presence of Iranian exporters in the Saudi market when relations between the two countries were normal, saying that if the current reconciliation efforts are successful, traders will be the immediate beneficiaries and exports will increase dramatically.

“The Saudi market is very large in terms of consumer goods, and given the cultural proximity, the issue of Hajj and sacred shrines and the traditional presence of Iranian traders in the Saudi market, our exporters know the taste of this market, ”he said. .

Riyadh is considering an Iranian request to open its consulate in the port city of Jeddah, the Financial Times said on Friday, citing an unnamed Saudi official.

Saudi Arabia unilaterally severed diplomatic ties with Iran in January 2016 after angry protests outside its embassy in Tehran in reaction to the kingdom’s execution of a high-profile Shiite scholar.

In his interview, Prince Faisal indicated Riyadh’s intention to mend the barriers after years of pursuing an aggressive policy towards the Islamic Republic.

“The leaders have a clear policy that the priority is prosperity, nation building, Vision 2030, and you cannot achieve these things with a region in turmoil,” he said. “So while we vigorously defend our national security and sovereignty, we will also try to resolve them through diplomacy. “

According to a senior Iraqi official familiar with the progress of negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic has called on the kingdom to help sell Iranian oil.

For years Saudi Arabia had tried to contain Iran’s oil exports, once ensuring former US President Donald Trump increased production to cover any shortages in the market when he unveiled his campaign to bring Iranian sales to zero.

Prince Faisal cited a “confluence of events that made it seem like the right time” to speak to Iran. “We were always ready to talk if they could really be serious,” he said. “Various factors came into play.”

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud last month expressed hope that Riyadh’s direct dialogue with Tehran would lead to confidence building.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh then said Tehran was happy with the way negotiations went with Saudi Arabia, stressing that the two regional actors have the capacity to build relationships. “Sustainable”.


BJP Opposes Rajasthan Grant for Modernization of Muslim Seminaries | Latest India News

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As part of this program, seminars are equipped with computers, internet connection, smart classrooms, furniture and other basic necessities.

The government of Rajasthan has invited new applications for grants until ??25 lakh as part of its modernization program launched in 2019 for Muslim seminars or madrasas, even as the opposition party Bharatiya Janata (BJP) accused the ruling Congress of embezzling public money for activities religious. The BJP called the project “Muslim appeasement”.

State Minority Affairs Minister Saleh Mohammad dismissed the BJP’s criticisms as “unfounded policy” and stressed that the project was in line with the Prime Minister’s 15-point agenda for well-being. minorities. “If they have any problems, they should ask the prime minister to stop the program,” he said.

As part of this program, seminars are equipped with computers, internet connection, smart classrooms, furniture and other basic necessities.

Mohammad said the state government wants to promote quality education for 200,000 students studying in these seminars and allocated ??3 crores in 2019-20, ??5 crore in 2020-21, and ??17 crore for 2021-22 for the diet. He added that there are 6,000 registered Muslim seminaries in the state. Mohammad said that only those who qualify for the program will get the grants.

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BJP chief and former education minister Vasudev Devnani said there could be no greater example of Congress’ “appeasement policy” than the program. He added that the government was providing financial support under the pretext of modernization. “The government treasury is used for religious activities of a certain class. The government provides ??25 lakh for the development of madrasas. The bonus is given to madrasas before Diwali. Is it a good use of public tax?

BJP lawmaker Ram Lal Sharma said the subsidies amounted to appeasement for a vote bank. “It is against the principles of the Constitution and democracy. The government should work in a democratic and impartial manner.

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Muslims urged to learn from Prophet Muhammad’s life experiences

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KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah urged Muslims to have a greater appreciation of the experiences contained in the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

In a post today posted on the official Facebook page of the Royal Selangor Office, in conjunction with tomorrow’s celebration of Maulidur Rasul, Sultan Sharafuddin urged Muslims to emulate the personal virtues of the Prophet Muhammad and follow all of his teachings. contained in the sunnah (traditions and practices).

“The Sultan of Selangor also urges all Muslims to send their greetings to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and that we all be worthy of his blessing in the Hereafter,” we read.

Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin also wished all Muslims, especially Selangor, a happy Maulidur Rasul 1443 Hijrah.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, reminded citizens of the state to seek out neighbors in need of support and assistance in light of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

He said many had suffered greatly since the outbreak began last March and should be given the attention they deserve.

“Due to the pandemic, some of us have lost loved ones, children have been orphaned, others have lost their jobs, while many have reduced incomes and need help. There are many more obstacles to overcome and these all need our attention, ”he said as he launched the Maulidur Rasul celebration online tonight in Terengganu State.

He also urged the citizens of Terengganu to always value the sacrifices made by the frontliners who have done their best for everyone.

Therefore, he said, everyone must shoulder their responsibilities to remain vigilant by complying with the guidelines set by the authorities to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“I also urge all citizens to heed the advice of the government to end their vaccinations as a method to stop the spread of this disease and other disasters,” he added. – Bernama


Taliban renames Afghan parliament broadcaster Air Islamic programs: report

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October 18, 2021 10:25 PM STI

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 18 (ANI): The Taliban renamed the official broadcaster of the Afghan parliament and changed its schedule, according to media reports.
The company was named after the country’s lower house, Wolesi Jirga Radio and Television, Sputnik news agency reported. The group renamed it to Al-Hijra and began broadcasting Islamic-themed programs, the report added.
At least 70 percent of the media have stopped working in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country due to financial problems.
The National Association of Journalists earlier this month said it found the statistics after conducting an online survey in 28 provinces of Afghanistan, Khamma Press reported. They said 1,500 Afghan journalists participated in the investigation.

According to the organization’s statistics, 67 percent of Afghan journalists have lost their jobs and 33 percent of them are busy working under acute pressure and in difficult situations.
The head of the national association of journalists said Masroor Lutfi said that most of the active Afghan media are facing dire economic and financial situations.
“40 percent of Afghan journalists are worried about their safety in Afghanistan and the rest of them are living difficult lives because they have lost their jobs,” said Lutfi.
The re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan has raised concerns among many that journalists in the country will be targeted to silence dissent.
Taliban security forces also arbitrarily detained journalists and beat several of them. The leader of a journalists’ advocacy group told Human Rights Watch that the Taliban have arrested at least 32 journalists since taking power in Kabul on August 15, Human Rights Watch said. (ANI)


Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: Everything you need to know about the date, history, meaning

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Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad is celebrated on the birthday of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad Saheb. The holiday is observed by many Muslims of the Sufi or Barelvi school of thought. He is also known as Un-Nabi as E-Milad, Nabi Day, Mohammad’s birthday or Prophet’s birthday. First celebrated as an official holiday in Egypt, Eid-e-Milad celebrations became more popular during the 11th century.

When is Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated?

This year, according to the Gregorian calendar, Eid Milad-Un-Nabi will begin on the evening of October 18, 2021 and end on the evening of October 19, 2021.

About Prophet Muhammad

It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th of AD 573, the third month of Islam, Rabi al-Awwal. Eid-e-Milad is also mourned by some because it is also considered the anniversary of the Prophet’s death. The full name of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad was Mohammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib. He was born in the city of Mecca. It is believed that in 610 AD, he achieved enlightenment in a cave named Heera near Mecca. Later he preached the teachings of the Quran, the holy book of the religion of Islam.

The feast of Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by the followers of Islam. However, Shiites and Sunnis have different views on this festival.

How is Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated?

It is believed that Sunni Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, and Shia Muslims observe it on the 17th Rabi al-Awwal.

In addition, people wear green ribbons or green clothes, carry green flags or banners on this day. The color green is a symbol of Islam and paradise. People also organize activities like marches, parades and nightly prayer meetings.

Group meals are also offered in mosques and other community buildings. Various exhibits are presented in Saudi Arabia with photos of various mosques in holy cities.

Even though Eid-e-Milad is widely observed in India and other countries, many different sections of the Muslim community believe that celebrations of the Prophet’s birthday have no place in Islamic culture. Muslims from Salafi and Wahhabi schools of thought do not mark the tradition of the festivities.

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Islam is not our state religion, will revert to 1972 constitution: Minister of Bangladesh, South Asia News

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Bangladesh Minister of State for Information Murad Hassan said Bangladesh is a secular country that would revert to the 1972 constitution proposed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh cannot be a haven for religious fundamentalists.

The Minister of State said, “We have the blood of freedom fighters in our bodies. We must at all costs return to the constitution of 72. I will speak to Parliament to come back to the constitution that Bangabandhu went through. Even if no one is speaking, Murad will speak in Parliament.

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The Minister of State made the remarks during a speech at the Auditorium of the Engineers Institution, Bangladesh (IEB) on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the birth of Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of the father of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman nation.

He said, “I don’t think Islam is our state religion. We will return to the constitution of 1972. We will pass this bill through parliament under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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“We will come back soon to the secular constitution of 1972 published by the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, after independence.”

“This is a non-communal Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a secular country. Everyone will practice their faith here.”

He criticized former military leaders Hussain Muhammad Ershad and Ziaur Rahman for incorporating Islam as an official religion into the constitution, and he criticized BNP-Jamaat for inciting violence and dividing the country in the name of religion.

(With contributions from agencies)


The Crown Prince launches strategic offices for the development of Al Baha, Al Jouf and Jazan

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Saudi Gazette report

RIYAD – Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Council for Economic Affairs and Development (CEDA), announced the establishment and launch of the strategic offices for the development of the regions of Al Baha, Al Jouf and de Jazan, which are seen as the basis for the establishment of development authorities in the future.

The strategic offices aim to capitalize on the unique competitive advantages that each of the three regions has to offer, while ensuring the development of a strong investment environment attracting private sector engagement on different fronts.

The announcement of strategic offices in the three regions amplifies Crown Prince Muhammad‘s affirmation of comprehensive development in all cities and regions of the Kingdom for the benefit of all citizens within the framework of a dynamic society, an economy flourishing and ambitious nation.

The Crown Prince also assured that the creation of strategic offices in other regions where there are no development authorities or strategic offices will follow with the aim of developing all regions of the Kingdom without exception.

The strategic offices will focus on all aspects of the development program in these regions. They will work on the distinct characteristics and advantages of each region to maximize the benefits and transform them into sustainable and permanent economic drivers for the regions.

In addition, the strategic offices will focus on the development of the regions, coordination with all relevant government entities and the inclusion of the private sector in the development plans of the regions to ensure proper use of the components of the regions.

The creation of the strategic offices for the development of the three regions follows the vision of the crown prince to create a comprehensive and sustainable development throughout the kingdom by maximizing the unique competitive advantages of each region and valuing them as economic pillars.

As a result, it will create employment opportunities for the citizens of the different regions, while improving the quality of life, improving basic services and improving infrastructure for the citizens of these regions.

Al Baha is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in the Kingdom. The region includes a large number of forests and is well known for having the Raghdan Forest and the Qima’a and Shukran parks. The region is also home to many ancient villages and forts.

Al Jouf is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Arabian Peninsula dating from the Paleolithic period. The region is known as the “Kingdom’s food basket” because it contains fertile land with abundant water resources. It is a leader in olive oil production and is responsible for around 67% of the Kingdom’s olive oil production.

Jazan shows great promise in many economic sectors, including logistics and agriculture. The region is home to one of the Kingdom’s most important tourist destinations, the Farasan Islands and the Port of Jazan, which is considered the third largest port on the Red Sea coast.

The launch of the Strategic Offices in the three regions shows the attachment of the Crown Prince to the development of all regions of the Kingdom. This follows on from the announcement of the Asir region’s strategy, which is a holistic and comprehensive strategy ensuring the region’s development on all fronts.


Md Shariful Islam on being an independent music artist and what keeps him motivated – UBJ – United Business Journal

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Md Shariful Islam, better known by his stage name Md Shariful Islam, is a popular singer and social media personality. The singer rose to prominence after the release of his first single “Do you love me”.

The young successful artist dreamed of being a singer and having his own business since childhood. Md Shariful Islam grew up listening to some of the best musicians in the world and decided to pursue his own passion for music. Md Shariful Islam is also YouTuber, blogger and social media influencer. Shariful is also an entrepreneur since he is also the founder of a digital marketing company, “Shariful Digital Media”.

Md Shariful Islam says, “Music brings me joy and peace. As much as I love listening to music, I love writing and composing it. I am grateful that my parents always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I understand how difficult it is to be a freelance artist. But what would life be without some difficulties? Hard work always pays off and I am confident that if I stay focused I will be able to achieve my goals.

Going forward, Md Shariful Islam says he wants to work with top social media influencers and independent music artists. While in lockdown, he wrote new songs, which he will share with his fans once they’re done.

“Being a freelance artist is sometimes difficult. You have no help and have to do everything yourself. The way the fans reacted to my first track gave me a lot of motivation to keep working. I hope I will continue to make more songs. I have a good line-up but I can’t talk about it much. Once all the songs are ready, I’ll share them everywhere, ”shares musician Md Shariful Islam.


The last and the best of mankind

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12 Rabi-ul-Awwal is an occasion of rare festivities and religious zeal when Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of our holy Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) also known as Eid Milad-un-Nabi . Although Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by the vast majority, there are some strange voices that not only qualify the celebration as bid’a or shirk, but also raise eyebrows on the validity of the day as as 3rd Eid for Muslims. The answer is simple. Eid Milad-un-Nabi is neither a Bid’a nor an addition to the prescribed Eid of Adhaa and Fitr. Instead, it’s a matter of language. In Arabic, the translation of the word birthday is “Eid Milad”. As it is Nabi’s birthday, his name is Eid Milad-un-Nabi. It is not the question of two or three Eids but a linguistic question that many people ignore. There is also Quranic evidence that the birthdays of the prophets (peace be upon them) are declared blessed days by Allah and the prophets themselves. For example, Sura Maryam Ayat 15 says, “So peace be upon him (Yahya Alaihissalam) on the day he is born, the day he dies and the day he is resurrected (again)!” Likewise, Ayat 33 of Sura says, “Then peace is upon me (Eesa Alaihissalam) on the day I was born, the day I die and the day I rise (again)!” It is undeniable that the beliefs, values ​​and ideas of religious traditions have made and will continue to make significant contributions to the development of human societies and cultures. It is a widely recognized fact that religion provides a frame of reference for understanding the world and for guiding personal and community action.

It is the realization of this fact that the government of Pakistan is making efforts to put the country on the path of “Riasat-e-Madina” and to this end, announces the Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin Authority (PBUH) by Prime Minister Imran Khan is indeed a landmark development. Unfortunately, both ideas have been traditionally targeted by opponents, which makes it even more important to stress why such authority and a concept of welfare state is imperative in today’s world. At a recent Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) conference he addressed as the main guest, PM IK announced the formation of the authority of Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH ) including religious scholars. Some stated objectives of authority are; disseminate the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) among children and adults and make them relevant in their lives, educate the world about the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and that Islam is a religion of mankind, promote a culture of fairness and accountability. monitor the school curriculum and lessons on the Biography of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), teach other religions such as Hinduism[ism] and sikh[ism] side by side while all religions speak of humanity. promote research in universities on the causes of the sudden rise of Muslims after the arrival of Islam, as well as the analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Western culture, monitoring the media, including all media , from print media to social media; development of media content to introduce Islamic culture to our children.

It is undeniable that the beliefs, values ​​and ideas of religious traditions have made and will continue to make significant contributions to the development of human societies and cultures.

Religion is a system of sacred beliefs and practices in both tangible and intangible form. It can fulfill the dual role of ideology and institution. It acts as a socialization agency. Thus, religion helps to build values ​​like love, empathy, respect and harmony. Islam has established a clear system of worship, laws on the way of life, civil rights, political rights, social issues and rights, laws on marriage and divorce, inheritance rights and all the rest. that we deal with in our daily life. Islam is a complete code of life and its teachings transcend all times and all climates. They have universal appeal and are relevant in our daily life, even today. They will continue to act as a beacon of light and guidance until eternity. On the other hand, the so-called glory and glow of the West is on the wane. Patrick J. Buchnan in his book “The Death of the West” underlines that the West is dying. Western civilization, culture, and moral order are disappearing and foreseeing a new world order that has terrifying implications for our freedom, our faith, and the preeminence of American democracy. Glenn Dinesen’s book “The Decay of Western Civilization and Resurgence of Russia: Between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft” points out that Europe / Western civilization is at a critical juncture due to the imbalance between civic nationalism (liberalism / modern society). ) and ethnocultural and religious values ​​(traditional community). In trying to exist solely on civic nationalism, Europe has gone astray. A concept article highlighting the causes of state collapse said: “For the Ming, Mughal, Roman and Venetian states, what began with exuberant phases of intense state-building efforts have come to pass. ended when leaders inexplicably undermined core values ​​and practices. As a result, the societal threads of effective cooperation and security have been torn apart, and once prosperous nations and empires have been exposed to the dual threat of invasion and decline. Ben Ryan in his book “How the West Was Lost” argued that the EU’s lack of values ​​or appeals to humanity is symptomatic of the decline of the West. “The EU has lost the ability to articulate a moral endpoint that resonates with its citizens. The economic means of the 1950s have become the political ends of the 2010s. ”Likewise, the EU is also in decline. Civil strife in France is worsening month by month as the emergence of populist parties in Germany, Italy, Spain and Hungary suggests the road ahead will be rocky and tumultuous.

With this in mind, the official 10-day Eid-Milad-un-Nabi celebrations are a welcome development and a step in the right direction in a society that has polarized along religious lines. . The Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin Authority Formation (PBUH) is a great initiative to address any challenges facing the Muslim world in general, including Islamophobia. As Muslims, we must thank our lucky stars for being eternally blessed to have Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as a guide, role model and benefactor. His life and his ways are the best model available to us which, if implemented, can chart a course of progress, growth and well-being for the state and society of Pakistan in particular and the world. Muslim in general. Following the path of the Sunnah under the guidance of enlightened and moderate scholars around the world, will serve as an appropriate response to hostile states that are working to divide Muslims around the world along sectarian lines. Criticism of ideas like the authority of Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) or Riasat-e-Madina exposes its own hypocrisies in the name of religion and Islam which ultimately give opponents reasons to exploit and to use Muslims against each other.

Therefore, it can be safely deduced that PM IK’s initiative is an important step towards restoring the values ​​of equity and justice in a society with a critical emphasis on the Muslim religious code, including practices such as charitable gifts, prayer and honor of one’s parents are virtually identical to those of Christianity and Judaism. But Western conservatives are promoting fear-mongering notions of a nearly 1,500-year-old religion for a variety of sinister political, financial and ideological motives. The Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) initiative is and would be a rational response to such propaganda in the days to come. It is time that through our actions and our statements we must prove that we are the proud offspring of the last and the best of all prophets – Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) sent to guide mankind. By all means, it bears the seal of the Prophet. We firmly believe that only by following his glorious footsteps and eternal teachings can we shape our lives to get the best of both worlds. The sooner we realize our rare privilege and its compelling imperatives, the better. Let’s talk about our actions!

The writer is a public servant by profession, writer by choice and motivational speaker by passion!



BYU to host long-awaited Islam conference next week

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A copy of the Quran is on Professor Grant Underwood’s desk. Representatives of the Islamic faith are due to visit Provo next week to help the BYU campus community better understand Islam and its followers. (Aubry Noir)

Renowned academics and religious leaders will converge on Provo this weekend for the highly anticipated Islam conference to be held this Monday and Tuesday.

The conference, titled “The Islamic World Today: Problems and Prospects,” went on for years, according to Grant Underwood, Ph.D., director of the Richard L. Evans Chair in Religious Understanding.

“There is a keen interest from this campus faculty and students, as well as senior leaders at The Headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to deepen our understanding of Islam and can – to be more appreciative of our Muslim friends. deeply, ”Underwood said.

Muslims around the world number nearly two billion, making Islam the second largest religious group in the world. The conference website states that the purpose of the conference is to “provide an intensive but accessible introduction to key aspects of Islam” and the nearly two billion people it represents. The information presented aims to “clearly explain why this information is relevant, if not essential, for informed citizenship today”.

The speakers attending the conference are among the most distinguished scholars of Islam in the United States. They represent a wide cross-section of the Muslim community, with eight of the 14 speakers being women and two African-Americans.

Tuesday night’s session will feature David A. Bednar and Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The topic of their presentation will be “Muslims and Latter-day Saints: Understanding One Another”.

All of the speakers were specifically asked to step away from the academics-focused conference and present TED Talks in a more fashionable way. This is intended to make the presentations more appealing and easily applicable to audience members.

“The BYU experience instilled in our students a kind of open, questioning mindset that says, ‘I want to experience other cultures. I want to appreciate other religions, ”Underwood said. He explained how this natural curiosity of BYU students and Church members makes them an “ideal audience” for this conference as they seek to see the good, the truth, and the beauty of Islam.

Along with the students and faculty who were invited to attend, members of the Utah Muslim community were also personally invited. Underwood shared part of a conversation he had with a prominent Muslim leader in the region. The leader expressed his enthusiasm for the conference, calling it a “singular event” in his 20 years of living in Utah.

The first session on Monday will start at 9:00 a.m. and presentations will continue until 3:30 p.m. At 11:30 am, the speakers will address the theme of women and gender in the Islamic world.

The conference will continue on Tuesday and sessions will run throughout the day starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m. that evening. Topics for the session will range from diversity in Islam to contemporary politics in Islam. Elder Bednar and Elder Gong are expected to conclude the conference with their presentations at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Those interested in the conference are invited to attend the in-person sessions at the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. In addition, all sessions will be available live on the Islam conference website.

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Tyson Fury as Muhammad Ali but Oleksandr Usyk’s fight could be a STINKER as legend Roy Jones Jr urges Gypsy King to face ‘dangerous’ Dillian Whyte next

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Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr compares Tyson Fury to the great Muhammad Ali – but that’s exactly why he thinks a fight with Oleksandr Usyk could be “stinky.”

After knocking out Deontay Wilder in one of the most exciting fights in history, everyone wants to know what’s next for the Gypsy King.

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Fury and Wilder’s third fight was an instant classic

A fight with IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk would unify the heavyweight division for the first time in more than two decades, but the Ukrainian is locked in a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

WBC King Fury could, of course, wait to face the winner, but former heavyweight champion Jones Jr would far prefer to see him fight obligatory challenger Dillian Whyte in the meantime.

The Body Snatcher is cut from the same heavy-punched fabric that Wilder and Jones Jr suggest that an all-British contest would be far more exciting than a potential battle of wit between Fury and Usyk.

“I don’t think he’s waiting for the unchallenged fight [against Usyk], it could come back hurting him in the long run, ”Jones Jr. told talkSPORT.

Usyk gave a boxing masterclass to beat AJ

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Usyk gave a boxing masterclass to beat AJ

“After a brilliant performance, you don’t want to charge for a fight that’s a stinky.

“These two guys are mental boxers rather than physical boxers. A mental boxing match can be a stench for the fans.

“With the heavyweight division being as hot as it is right now, we don’t need a stinker. Let’s keep it good.

“Let him fight Dillian Whyte, because it won’t be a stench.” Whyte is the puncher, Fury is the boxer. We expect Fury to win, but it won’t be a stench as Dillian is dangerous every second.

“This is what we like. That’s why we loved the fight with Wilder because he was dangerous every second. It’s boxing. So let’s entertain people.

Whyte has been waiting for a title shot for years

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Whyte has been waiting for a title shot for years

That’s not to say that Jones Jr doesn’t respect Fury’s ability to outdo his opponents.

In fact, the former champion compared the mental toughness of the Gypsy King to arguably the greatest boxer of all time.

He added: “Fury will always be a favorite of mine because he was on cloud nine, got knocked down at cloud one, then he went back to cloud ten.

“It’s an incredible story. When you speak of skill, he might not be the most skillful guy. He might not be the most dominant puncher.

“But mentally he’s one of the best mental guys you’ll ever see in boxing.

Ali is known as the

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Ali is known as the “greatest of all time”

“He’s a heavyweight and he’s 6 feet 9 inches tall. He uses every piece of the 6ft 9in and everything God has given him to become victorious in these fights, people don’t expect him to win.

“It’s hard to beat an undefeated man, especially when he wins with his mind. I haven’t seen Muhammad Ali really have more skills than everyone else. I saw him surpass everyone.

“I was like, ‘If I can do that, having skills is just a plus! “”


Mainstream media, representation of Islam in the media, protest by farmers

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Hi guys, not sure if you will be reading this in hafta or not. But there. I really feel like I have a second family, who get together every week to discuss the issues they care about. I was baited when you started giving free hafta during Covid. Fortunately, I have been hooked and subscribed ever since.

My wife also worked for the mainstream media, and she told me real horror stories about how the media works, how dried up the income, how it is so underpaid that almost everyone passes favors in return. of gifts. As an entrepreneur, I understand how the media exist on the balance sheets of large companies – not as a negative balance but as a public relations budget.

Also, I was an EdTech professor of physics and always admired Carl Sagan, Neil Tyson and so on, for scientific inspiration. I wonder why we don’t have good science speakers who inspire kids and speak in key conversations across the country.

Ashish dogra

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Hi NL,

Please keep me anonymous. I’m someone who is always on top of the news – it’s my job, but even as a schoolgirl, I loved reading the newspaper. Lately, however, I find it mentally taxing to read or watch anything to do with the news. So much so that I haven’t listened to any of the last 9 or 10 Haftas. I cut out all forms of information (and I’m not talking about our usual suspects like Republic et al that I never looked at anyway).

Every time I come across a piece of news it feels like a repeat of something that just happened a few weeks ago, especially when it comes to India. I feel like I’m stuck in a loop.

It may be an unanswered question, but how do journalists avoid a mental collapse? I would love to hear how you all stay clear-headed in the midst of very difficult times made worse by both government and a divided society.

Yours,

Exhausted

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Hi guys,

Over the past few weekends on the NL podcast, our listeners and Mehraj have pointed out that Islam as a religion is really good, but through the media or other media it is portrayed under a bad influence. I think no religion is bad or good. It is only based on the person interpreting their religion according to their own wisdom. We have people with a right-wing mindset in all religions, be it Christianity, Hinduism, or Islam. My Hinduism might be different from the Newslaundry team’s beliefs in Hinduism, but that doesn’t mean my Hinduism is good or bad and the same is true of Islam or Christianity.

Mohit

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Lots of love and continue to make a great NL journalism team.

I would like to bring to your attention an anecdote about my home state, Andhra Pradesh. About a year ago, an activist filed an RTI with NITI Aayog after discovering a report on how the central government should plan the development of Andhra Pradesh after partition. However, when asked for a copy, they replied that only one hard copy had been printed and sent to PMO, and that they did not even have an electronic copy of that report with them. He again filed an RTI to the PMO requesting the copy and the PMO’s response said, “This is a matter of national security and therefore cannot be disclosed.”

Thank you,

Avinash

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Dear NL team,

I am a law student. I have been following your work for about two years now. You gave me a student subscription a few months ago and I promised myself that I would use my first salary to subscribe. Glad to let you know that I received my first salary as a paralegal and kept that promise today.

Daniel Kahneman wrote that our judgments are influenced by how easily we can remember information. If we don’t know the things that matter, they don’t matter to us. So it is only natural for authoritarian governments to exercise excessive control over the information disseminated so that we cannot think beyond SSR or Aryan Khan, to things like oxygen shortages or murders. with hit and run. So thank you for giving me the space to think about real issues and form an independent judgment.

May the mainstream media attack you every day and come out victorious every time.

Love,

Piyush

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Hi NL team,

Listening to the discussion that followed the letter regarding the Defense Force and the song’s dedication to Bapu, I share this article by C. Douglas Lummis titled; , on how the state is inherently violent, and how Bapu envisioned an alternative, a nonviolent state. It also explores why we can’t even imagine zero military? It is written by a former US Navy stationed in Japan.

The podcast I came across this article from, by Sidin Vadukut, is also fascinating. Episodes 9 and 10 focus on Gandhi’s ideas on statehood and constitutionalism, and the Aundh experience, where a small kingdom in Maharashtra ratified its own Gandhian constitution.

Great job and I wish you all the best in these difficult times,

Vasudha

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Hi,

The farmers’ protests have been going on for months and there is still no pan-Indian spread of the protests that should have happened now. Could Godi media have built such a strong narrative or are there other reasons?

After reading the article on Hari Om – Ajay Mishra’s Driver, on Newslaundry, my thoughts were exactly what Manisha was talking about; how is it possible for him to crush people even in the heat of the moment? There must have been an order to do it.

Thanks for the good job,

Greetings,

Vaibhav Vernekar

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Hi guys,

Love your job. The TV Newsance team deserves a raise because go ahead, just watching those news clips could affect their soul forever.

My only suggestion is that if some of your video series like Newsance had subtitles, they could have more reach. But other than that, you did a great job.

Cheers!

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Hi,

I wanted the panel’s opinion on whether more federalism is a way forward, especially if we want small border states to develop. I am from Punjab and being a border state we have not had central investment in any industry. We have given so much to the nation, but because we don’t matter in the national election scenario, we don’t get any attention from the center.

Heavy central control was good during the initial post-independence period, but we can see it is failing now.

Thanks for all the good work you do,

Akshay


Suicide bombing of Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Suicide bombers attacked a Shia mosque filled with worshipers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and injuring 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the US military withdrawal.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya Mosque in Kandahar province. The attack came a week after an attack claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people in a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan.

The sectarian bloodshed has raised fears that ISIS – an enemy of both the Taliban and the West – could expand its presence in Afghanistan.

Hafiz Sayeed, the Taliban chief of the Kandahar Culture and Information Department, said 47 people were killed and at least 70 injured in the attack.

Murtaza, a worshiper who, like many Afghans, has only one name, said he was inside the mosque during the attack and reported four explosions: two outside and two in the inside. He said Friday prayers at the mosque usually attract hundreds of people.

Another witness, also named Murtaza, was in charge of security at the mosque and said he saw two bombers. He said one detonated explosives outside the gate and the other was already among the worshipers inside the mosque.

He said mosque security personnel shot dead another suspected assailant outside.

Video footage showed bodies strewn across blood-stained carpets, survivors walking around dazed or screaming in anguish.

The Shiite Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt, a global religious society, has condemned the attack on Kandahar, accusing security forces in Afghanistan of being “unable” to cope with such attacks.

The Islamic State group, which, like the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan, is made up of Sunni Muslims, views Shia Muslims as apostates deserving of death.

IS has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks across the country since the Taliban seized power in August amid the withdrawal of US forces. The group has also targeted Taliban fighters in smaller attacks.

If the attack were carried out by ISIS, it would be the extremist group’s first major assault in southern Afghanistan since the departure of the United States allowed the Taliban to consolidate control of the country. Recent attacks in the north, east and the Afghan capital have cast doubt on the Taliban’s ability to counter the threat posed by ISIS.

Neighboring Pakistan, which has urged world leaders to work with the ruling Taliban, condemned the “vile attacks on places of worship” in a statement from its foreign ministry.

The Taliban have pledged to restore peace and security after decades of war and have also given assurances to the United States that they will not allow the country to be used as a base for launching extremist attacks against others. country.

The Taliban also pledged to protect Afghanistan’s Shiite minority, which was persecuted during the last period of Taliban rule in the 1990s.

The Taliban and IS both adhere to a rigid interpretation of Islamic law, but IS is much more radical, with branches better known in Iraq and Syria.

And while the Taliban say they are creating an Islamic state in Afghanistan, within that country’s borders, ISIS claims it is the Islamic State, a global caliphate it insists on. the fact that all Muslims must support. It despises the nationalist aims of the Taliban and does not recognize them as a pure Islamic movement.

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Akhgar reported from Istanbul.


Egyptian President Promotes Religious Choice During …… | News and reports

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By committing Egypt to a five-year human rights reform program, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not mince words on religion.

“If someone tells me that he is not a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew, or that he or she does not believe in religion, I will say to him: ‘You are free to choose’”, a- he said. “But will a society that has been conditioned to think a certain way for the past 90 years accept that?” “

The comment sent shockwaves through Egyptian society.

“Listening to him, I thought he was so brave,” said Samira Luka, senior dialogue director at the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services. “Sissi is fighting not only a culture, but a dogma. “

Last month, the government released its first-ever National Human Rights Strategy after examining the way forward in 30 other countries, including New Zealand, South Korea and Finland. The head of the UN Human Rights Council hailed the 70-page document as a “key tool” with “concrete steps”.

The Egyptian constitution guarantees freedom of belief and worship and gives the force of law to international treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But Article 98 of the Middle Eastern nation’s penal code provides for up to five years in prison for blasphemy and has been used against both atheists and Christians.

Will Sissi’s words signal a change?

Since his election in 2014, the Egyptian head of state has repeatedly spoken of the need to “renew the religious discourse”, launching a challenge to Muslim clerics. And before the launch of the new strategy, his comments even hinted at a broader application than atheism.

“We are all born Muslims and non-Muslims by identity card and inheritance,” Sisi said. “Have you ever thought about … looking for the way until you reach the truth?” “

The Egyptian identity card indicates the religion of each citizen. It can be changed in condition Muslim in case of conversion, but cannot be changed to Christian. Public figures called for the tag to be removed and a debate ensued when the new strategy was launched. Some argue that the religious domain of the ID is used by prejudiced government officials and private companies to discriminate against the minority religion.

Sisi’s “90-year” period roughly corresponds to the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. And Luka’s “dogma” indicates widespread social acceptance of interpretations of Islam that privilege the place of religion in law and culture.

According to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of Egyptian Muslims believe conversion outside of Islam should be punishable by death.

Calling for the application of Sharia law, the Muslim Brotherhood won the Egyptian presidency in 2012, before being toppled by then-defense minister Sisi the following year after massive popular protests.

Since then, Egypt has declared the group a terrorist organization and has decided to eliminate its influence from public life. Thousands, including unaffiliated liberal activists, are in prison or in voluntary exile. Bahey Eldin Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), called the human rights situation in Egypt “catastrophic”.

Worried President Joe Biden withheld $ 130 million of $ 1.3 billion in annual aid to Egypt last month, conditional on the release of human rights and civil society activists.

Three days earlier — September 11 — Sisi launched the new human rights strategy to a national television audience. In addition to his comments on religion, he said 2022 would be “the year of civil society”.

But a new law passed this summer to regulate NGOs has been widely criticized by human rights defenders. And Hassan said the timing of 9/11 indicates the primary audience for the document. The same is true of the fact that the drafting committee was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“Before it was released in Egypt,” he said, “the strategy was posted on the web page of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington.

A week later, the charges against four NGOs were dropped.

Egyptian Christians, however, are much less critical.

“This document is positive and important and will have an impact on the whole Egyptian mentality towards the other,” said Andrea Zaki, head of the Protestant Churches in Egypt. “The president, in his way of thinking, precedes all other political elites. “

The culmination of a process started in 2019, the human rights strategy also included the ministers of defense, interior, justice and general intelligence, among others. This is supposed to indicate political will; however, these departments are also accused of human rights violations far more than others.

Setting a five-year implementation deadline, the strategy is organized into four categories to encompass all of the necessary improvements: civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; the rights of women, children, the disabled and the elderly; and general human rights education and capacity building.

Coptic orphans appreciated the broad emphasis, especially on development.

“For over 30 years, we have been present in almost every Egyptian community to promote better education, and through our ‘Precious Girls Program’ we are breaking down barriers between the Coptic and Muslim communities to ensure mutual social accountability.” , said Executive Director Nermien Riad.

“We believe this is the key to ensuring the Copts prosper in Egypt. “

Coptic Solidarity – from the Egyptian diaspora – interpreted it differently.

“This is pure public relations and propaganda,” said Lindsay Griffin, director of development and advocacy. “Human rights, in the traditional sense, are diluted and marginalized. And the abuses, therefore, are seen as secondary among other socio-economic issues. “

The Copts resigned themselves to Sisi as a “lesser evil” than the Brotherhood, Griffin said, comparing Egypt to America in the Jim Crow era. But worse, the human rights provisions of the constitution are not only ignored, but subjugated. Article 2 enshrines Islam as the religion of the state and the principles of Sharia law as the basis of legislation.

The contradictions become apparent especially when the Copts are attacked by the “fanatic population”. Rather than prosecute offenders, the state holds reconciliation meetings and presses Christian victims to drop charges.

“It is a completely interconnected and mutually reinforcing system of discrimination by government and society,” she said. “The culture of impunity only encourages further persecution.

But beyond the religious dossier, Griffin joined the secular CIHRS in deploring the flagrant political violations of human rights. These include the prolonged pre-trial detention and the indictment of peaceful searchers of terrorist designations, which also unfairly affects Coptic militants.

Three days after the strategic release, Patrick Zaki was finally brought to justice after 19 months in detention. Rami Kamel is still awaiting due process 23 months later. Both were involved in chronicling violations against the Coptic community.

Often repeated throughout the document, there was a recognition of “incorrect cultural heritages”. Michelle Dunne, Middle East Program Director for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, found the blame shift “ridiculous.” Although education is necessary, she saw an overall “basis of denial”.

Be patient, suggested Luka, who served on the strategy review committee.

“You can’t change everything in one step,” she said. “But with a specific timeline, we can measure to see if it’s implemented, or if it’s just words on paper.”

Each of the four categories is organized along three axes: legislative, institutional and educational development. Among the first, he recognizes the need for the law to provide guarantees for a lawyer if the defendant does not have the means. Defendants are not yet obliged to be told that they have the right to remain silent. In addition, the legal protection of witnesses and whistleblowers is insufficient.

Each section also describes recent reforms and efforts undertaken by the state. Identifying a “low legal awareness … of practices that constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”, in 2021, there were 127 human rights conferences within the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police.

In addition, citizenship committees have been created in 44 villages, often the site of sectarian tensions. These emphasize the equal rights of Muslims and Christians, while promoting the virtue of religious diversity.

The section on religious freedom highlights 15 “strengths and opportunities”, the highest number in the section on civil and political rights.

These include the creation of a supreme cabinet-level committee to combat sectarian incidents; removal of anti-tolerance material from the curriculum; and spending $ 70 million to restore Jewish synagogues and Coptic shrines along the Holy Family Road commemorating the stay of the baby Jesus in Egypt.

And since a 2016 law to regulate the building of churches, 1,985 former places of worship and unlicensed service centers have now been officially registered.

However, while the strategy is specific on legal issues, it does not detail religious issues. There is no mention of identity cards, conversion, reconciliation committees or a single law on the personal status of Christians – considered this summer as “immanent” – to let the minority regulate marriage, divorce and inheritance according to their faith.

Luka said a national strategy should not highlight the concerns of specific groups. But because of Sisi’s remarks, these issues are now mainstreamed into the public debate. She expects them to change gradually, over time and with consensus.

As for Rami Kamel, she said, “It might help speed up his trial.”

Luka does not have specific information about his case, but questioned the innocence assumption that many critical human rights defenders place on the accused. Everything is not presented to the public, she said, to decide “whether there is” government abuse.

But it is clear that there are challenges in Egypt, and the constitution must be implemented. It requires both culture change and economic development – and for the first time, Egypt has made a commitment to the world.

“This document is so important,” Luka said. “Listen carefully to what President Sisi said at the launch. We are so proud.


Kyrie Irving is far from Muhammad Ali

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The Brooklyn Nets have announced that star shooter Kyrie Irving will not join the team this season, which begins Oct. 18, until he is able to be “a full participant.” This means there is no practice, no match and of course he misses at least half of his game controls which is millions of dollars in losses.

The championship-winning goalkeeper took to Instagram last night to say he is neither a pro nor an anti-vaccine, but chooses what is best for him. “I’m not going to be used as a person in this program,” he told IG Live. “I’m just saying it shouldn’t be divided between all of us, it should be understood between us… it’s not about the Nets, not about my teammates, the organization… it’s not about politics, it’s not just anything. “

Before he was on Live, sports experts were quick to say Irving shouldn’t be considered a martyr, though he didn’t seem he has never positioned itself as one. Regardless, on Thursday morning former NBA star Stephon Marbury compared his fight against state vaccination warrants to the political struggles of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, with many ridiculing the analogy while others agreed.

Okay, let’s put that aside: Irving, despite what Stephon Marbury would have us believe, is not Ali. But the distinction between them is very significant in the way the popular – often racist – discourse around Irving has been constructed. The only common point between the two sports figures is resistance to control. For Ali, it was conscription control, which would send him to Vietnam to kill the “enemies” of the expanding American Empire which was part of a colonial project still underway in Asia. For Irving, it’s resistance to getting vaccinated in the name of public health and safety. They both protest against the power of the state to dictate a person’s ability to determine their own destiny.

The difference between Irving and Ali is what they actually hold for. Ali was part of a larger organization – first the Nation of Islam, and later Sufism – which had a political ideology, which was in direct conflict with America’s primary goals. He also featured prominently in pro-vaccine PSAs in 1978, where his vaccination was televised to a live audience. In Irving’s case, his skepticism is not tied to any particular ideology – in fact, it is not a principle at all – and therefore, despite his best efforts not to be included in a particular “agenda” Whether it’s anti-vaccine or conspiracy theorists, its words are taken, shaped and refined by those seeking to make a political statement.

Ali’s words, too, were taken away from him and misinterpreted, but one could always go to the source to find out what he really believed. He wasn’t at all shy about it, and the stakes of his political outspokenness were much higher than Irving’s. Ali was not only stripped of his titles and banned from boxing, but was sentenced to five years in prison for disobedience before the conviction was overturned on appeal. Irving stands to lose millions of dollars from the hoop, but hasn’t lost his ring, hasn’t lost a single endorsement, and hasn’t really been censored for sharing his opinions on the matter. Although they were both subjected to racist readings of their beliefs, at the very least we knew what Ali’s beliefs were, where they came from, and with whom he was struggling. Irving showed very little real political ideology or organizing principle.

The only chance we had to peek behind Irving’s curtain was at the start of the pandemic. The NBA was deciding whether a bubble season at ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities in Florida, in order to recoup losses from the pandemic break and fulfill their contractual obligations to television networks, would work for players. At the time, Irving, alongside other players like Avery Bradley, advocated that the hoops boycott the idea of ​​the bubble given the timing; this was, of course, in the midst of the global protests against policing following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Irving wanted the league to focus on raising awareness of injustices in the very places where many of its players grew up. At the time, merchants like Adrian Wojnarowski called Irving a “disruptor,” saying Irving “relished the clash” between league superstars who wanted to restart the season and the wave of players who might actually believe there are aspects to a person’s life at the -beyond the respect of contracts for the league and its owners. As players discussed whether to boycott the bubble, they ran into this very discursive issue that differentiates Irving from Ali.

In the now infamous Zoom call, where NBA and WNBA players came together to discuss their next moves, superstars like then NBA Players Association president Chris Paul and the Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony questioned the purpose of the strike. Matt Sullivan, writing for ESPN and later in his book, Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside The Season Of Protest, Pandemic, And Progress With The Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars Of Tomorrow, reported that as union president Paul set the table for discussion, warning not to be “too specific about the new bargaining plans on the call” lest this be leaked to the press . But movements like that need an organizing principle, a particular and unique ideology that brings them together. So when Anthony questioned the larger body, asking, “What do we stand for?” Irving’s repetition of the word “unity” has largely fallen on deaf ears.

“Now that he’s passed, it’s still unclear whether Irving has any particular ideology or tenet that goes beyond skepticism.“

What Actually unifies the hoops? Their love of gambling and the social and financial capital that goes with it. Apart from that, there is no political conviction or justification to organize against the continuation of the game. This is why, when Irving was right to push for a boycott, the wildcat strike started by the Milwaukee Bucks which quickly spread to many players and teams was easily crushed after a call between Barack Obama and LeBron James cooled tensions. Barry and James played the very unit Irving was speaking to, but used their love of the game and the platform the players have with him to suppress the true organization that could have manifested from that point on.

Now that he’s passed, it’s still unclear whether Irving has any particular ideology or tenet that goes beyond skepticism. Although his previous stint as a flat earthling and, as Rolling stone reported, “to like Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who complaints that the “secret societies” establish [COVID] vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan” “, as well as the beliefs that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was linked to the US Federal Reserve and that the CIA attempted to kill reggae legend Bob Marley, drop him in the ‘conspiracy theorist’ bucket, he is Clearly Irving doesn’t care.

As the bubble games progressed, Irving reconnected with his native roots in Standing Rock (his mother was half Sioux), not only by becoming a member of the Sioux tribe, but by battling the Dakota Access Pipeline, making six-figure donations to tribal youth programs, providing two food trucks and, yes, 3,000 N95 masks to those who live on the reserve. In 2020 it engaged $ 1.5 million to WNBA players who chose not to participate in their bubble season, either because of the virus or because they wanted to participate in social justice protests. And last summer, Irving partnered with Michigan-based Project Paani to build a solar-powered water plant in Rohal, Pakistan, one of the hottest and poorest areas in the country, in order to provide drinking water to thousands of villagers.

We don’t often have a sense of what Irving believes, politically, about the world, but through actions we can determine who he prioritizes. It may seem contradictory then that he becomes the face of vaccine skepticism in the league. Perhaps we could attribute this to reporters like Woj and bloggers like Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, who are more interested in clicks than care. We could also point the finger at a media world that has no problem making black people the mascots of this skepticism – by abusing black’s violent relationship with medical care and our relative lack of access to proper health insurance. as a means of categorizing blacks. like back. That’s not to say that regardless of the NBA’s strict COVID protocols, Irving wouldn’t put anyone at risk if he could play for the Nets this season, flying from town to town, but it belies the idea that he is. completely indifferent to the fate of his fellows.

The problem is, we just don’t know enough about Irving’s political leanings. We don’t know who he’s organizing with or if he’s organizing at all. It seems he’s just open to questioning things – no matter how much the truth may be based on discernible facts – and wants to take his time with the vaccine. But capitalism and team chemistry wait for no one. The work must be done, the bonds must be strengthened. It seems Irving is still looking for a principle that works for him, and he’s doing it without the united NBA front he wanted a few years ago. But the time for decision-making around the vaccine, according to the NBA and New York State, is near. Over 44 million cases and 700,000 people have died from this virus, it is nothing to play with. Unfortunately, the world did not work in Irving’s time.



Young people bemoan the burnout of Islamic teachers in Lagos schools

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The National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) in Lagos has sounded the alarm over the exhaustion of Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) teachers in state public schools.

He said many Islamic teachers were retiring and there was no movement to replace them.

Council coordinator in Lagos, Alhaji Isiaka Salami, at a press conference said the number of IRS teachers in Lagos public schools rose from 267 to 220 before the COVID outbreak. 19.

“The updated number is now 220. That number before the pandemic was far behind, as the number of teachers is not sufficient to go around all schools in Lagos, let alone when the number continues to grow. decrease without any known attempt at replacement and increase the initial deficit, ”he said.

Salami said it would be counterproductive to leave the teaching of essential religious knowledge to anyone.

“When the government fails to teach proper Islam to its citizens, troublemakers and fanatics will trade and teach bad Islam. Once again, it is simply unfair that Muslim children are deprived of their basic rights by the government, ”he added.

Salami also tasked the state government to upgrade the smart tablets provided to teachers in Lagos state with the IRS educational details.

The board said the tablet leaves the IRS aspect to the discretion of teachers without including any instructional details.


United Hatzalah holds training exercise for Jewish and Muslim women

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On Tuesday, United Hatzalah of Israel hosted a Mass Incident Training (MCI) exercise for its women’s unit.

In response to the many MCIs in Israel over the past year, the specialized training exercise was organized as a unique opportunity for women to practice providing the necessary responses to particularly delicate medical emergencies that are specific to women. .

Currently, the Women’s Unit consists of some 150 Jewish and Muslim volunteers, who serve their religious communities across Israel where an additional level of sensitivity is required.

The mock exercise scenario, which was slated for July, coincidentally resembled a bus crash that happened near Hurfeish just two weeks ago.

The training session simulated a high school bus falling from a road bridge and involved over 100 simulated patients and over 60 unit first responders, all of whom are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel ) trained ranging from EMT to paramedics.

United Hatzalah Founder and Chairman Eli Beer closes his eyes to recite the “Shema” as he arrives at Ben Gurion International Airport on April 21 YEHUDA HAIM / FLASH90

A number of Knesset members and community leaders observed the scenario, including May Golan (Likud), Michal Woldiger (religious Zionism) and the deputy mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum.

Golan explained how thrilled she was to attend the training exercise.

“I am delighted to be here for the United Hatzalah women’s training exercise today. I am proud to see Israeli women across the country coming together to save lives. It’s empowering, it’s beautiful and it’s the very essence of what Israel is, ”she said.

“I want to congratulate these women for all they do and support United Hatzalah to continue to grow and support Israel to make it a better society and a better country for the health of all. “

The training exercise was United Hatzalah’s fourth MCI exercise this year.

Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, stressed the importance of these exercises.

“I have no doubt that United Hatzalah’s emphasis on the constant training of our volunteers, in particular the MCI training, has saved lives in the tragic cases that occurred in Meron, Givat Ze’ev and Hurfeish “, did he declare.

“This is why we continue to conduct these training exercises. We want to give each of our volunteers the opportunity to participate in these exercises and experience the chaos that can arise during an ICD so that they can learn to tidy up. at all operational levels, ”said Beer. “During an MCI, the speed at which stakeholders can make decisions – the right decision – can save many lives. This is true for each responder as well as for larger operational decisions made during the incident.

“We have to be ready because, as history has shown us, unfortunately the next MCI is not about if, but when.”


Ibn Muhammad Abdul-Muttalib’s condition in Morocco deteriorated and transferred to intensive care.

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Noor Mohammed Abdul Muttalib, the son of Morocco’s best artist, Mohammed Abdul Muttalib, fell ill and transferred to a Moroccan hospital for intensive care.

Noor Abdel Muttalib, around eighty years old, emigrated from Egypt to Morocco around 30 years ago, but his finances and health deteriorated, and he lived with the problem of being evicted from his home for a long time. year, some parties stepped in to offer him one for rent, but the rental term was several months. Previously expired, the son of the best artist was therefore forced to live in an area with the help of a few Moroccans, recently his health deteriorated and he had problems with his right leg, which was threatened with amputation. .

Malik al-Mawwail’s son revealed yesterday in a statement in “The Seventh Day” that before his condition worsened today, artist Honey Sehgar and Dr Mehta al-Adl had intervened to facilitate the return and processing procedures in Egypt. After his health deteriorated in Morocco, some of his Moroccan friends treated him with his illness, and artist Honey Sehgar and Dr Mehdad al-Adl stepped in to facilitate and complete the procedures for his return to Egypt. In addition, they contacted the Egyptian Embassy and the Ministry of Health and called on the authorities to speed up the return procedures and facilitate the procedures for his treatment in Egypt.

But since yesterday, the son of the best artist has deteriorated and after his foot condition deteriorated significantly, many Moroccans contacted the Moroccan Ministry of Health, which rushed him to hospital in ambulance. He has entered the intensive care unit and his condition is being monitored.

Deterioration of Ibn Muhammad Abd al-Muttalib in Morocco and transfer to intensive care

Deterioration of Ibn Muhammad Abd al-Muttalib in Morocco and transfer to intensive care

In the photos, Ibn Muhammad Abdul Muttalib's health deteriorated in Morocco and he was transferred to intensive care (3).

In the photos, Ibn Muhammad Abdul-Muttalib’s health deteriorated in Morocco and he was transferred to intensive care.

In the photos, Ibn Muhammad Abd al-Muttalib in Morocco fell ill and was transferred to intensive care (4)

In the photos, Ibn Muhammad Abdul-Muttalib’s health deteriorated in Morocco and he was transferred to intensive care.


UFC middleweight Andrew Sanchez gives his thoughts on Islam Makhachev after training with him at AKA

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Ahead of his next fight with Bruno Silva, UFC middleweight Andrew Sanchez moved to the American Kickboxing Academy to hone his elite skills.

While at AKA, Sanchez watched UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev train day in and day out.

Andrew Sanchez recently caught up with Andrew Whitelaw of Sportskeeda MMA for an exclusive interview. He gave a unique insight into the inner workings of the famous gymnasium. He specifically discussed Islam Makhachev, stating:

“There is fierce competition and the fights are insane. Anything can happen. But man, Islam is going to be tough to beat. He’s good everywhere. I haven’t personally trained with him but I’ve seen a lot of his tricks. It’s amazing. The way they train, the intensity with which they train and just his roundness. Like, his wrestling, his jiu-jitsu, his strike is so solid. it puts is a scary thing. “


“It got a little heated” – Andrew Sanchez on sparring with Luke Rockhold at AKA

Andrew Sanchez also revealed that he trained with fellow UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold, who was scheduled to fight Sean Strickland at UFC 267. Unfortunately, the former champion has since dropped out after getting injured. .

However, Andrew Sanchez was able to get a few light training laps with Rockhold, who is known to be extremely competitive in the gym. Sanchez told Sportskeeda MMA:

“You know Luke, he’s come a few times but he hasn’t done a lot of sparring. We hit rounds, which was basically tough sparring, let’s be honest. Like, okay we’re going light yeah, you know how it goes It got a little hot. But I wish I could have had more laps to be honest, what an amazing fucking training partner that would have been. “

Sanchez clearly wished he had trained with the former champion for his entire fight camp, but even the few rounds he had with him no doubt left a lasting impression.

At UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont, fans will be able to see firsthand if Sanchez’s time at AKA has made any notable changes to his skills. He will face Bruno Silva on the preliminary card.

Check out our full interview with Andrew Sanchez ahead of this weekend’s event below:


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Mappila Pattu representative VM Kutty dies – News

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Kutty made immense contributions to the popularization of Mappila Pattu, which has been a cultural identity of the Muslim community in Kerala.

Believed to be the uncrowned prince of Kerala Muslim folk songs, named “mappila pattu” VM Kutty died of heart disease at a private hospital in Kozhikode on Wednesday, family sources said.

He was 86 years old.

Originally from Pulikkal near Kondotty in the Malappuram district, Kutty made immense contributions to the popularization of Mappila Pattu, which has been a cultural identity of the Muslim community in the state, particularly in Malabar (North Kerala) .

“Mappila Pattu” is a genre of Muslim folk song, sung in a familiar dialect of Malayalam mixed with Arabic.

It was out of pure passion for folk songs that he synchronized the “Ishels” (tunes), supposedly sung by Arab sailors who reached Kozhikode for trade centuries ago, in Arabic-Malayalam lyrics and gave a unique slang which made the art form creating a huge impact among music lovers.

Beginning his career as a teacher at a local school, Kutty became a performer of Mappila songs through research into the centuries-old stream of Arabic music.

The presentation of ‘mapplila pattu’ on the radio at the age of 20 marked the beginning of his artistic life.

He was also the person who first presented the mapplia pattu on stage and formed a music troupe for its performance in the southern state.

Over the years, he also popularized the ancient folk songs which had since been confined to a few Muslim pockets.

Kutty has also written extensively on mappila pattu and introduced many new singers to the music stream.

He wrote over 1000 songs and wrote several books.

“Mappila pattinte lokam”, “Bhathigeethangal”, “Kuruthikunju” and “Basheer Mala” were among his notable works.

Recipient of the Sangeetha Nadaka Academy Award, Kutty has long served as Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Mappila Studies.

Condemning his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Kutty was a genius who played a key role in popularizing Mappila Pattu and taking the musical genre to new heights.

“Kutty, who had composed and sang over a thousand songs, also made his presence in the film industry. Thus, he was able to popularize the musical genre across Kerala and build up a fan base,” he said. he said in the message.



Muslims Who Migrated To Pak Have No Respect: Mohan Bhagwat | Latest India News

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Noting that the ancestors of all Indians are the same, RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday that Muslims who migrated to Pakistan “have no respect” and that there is a liberal culture in India.

Speaking at the launch of the book “Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition”, the head of the RSS said that the person “who belongs to India will always be like this”.

The book was written by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit.

“After the partition, Muslims who emigrated to Pakistan have no respect for it. There is a liberal culture in India. It is our cultural heritage. This culture unites us. It is the culture of Hinduism. Savarkar had written how the saffron flag of the Hindu raja and the green flag of Nawab united against British rule, ”he said.

Referring to Savarkar, the chief of Sangh said that “Hindu nationalism” is about unity even as the country has different religious practices.

Savarkarji had said that the British understood that they could only rule India by creating divisions. So they worked to increase radicalism. After his return from Andamans, Savarkarji wrote in his book that nationalism Hindu is about unity despite different religious practices, ”Bhagwat said.

Sangh chief said the British knew “they must divide and rule in order to survive and plunder the nation” and Savarkar experimented with this strategy from the British in Andaman prisons.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had said that he was the son of Bharat Maa (in Lahore). It was only that his cult was Islam. It was the temperament of Bharat. The wave of radicalism was there in India in the past too In the story, where there was Dara Shikoh and Akbar on one side, there was also Aurangzeb who reversed the narrative. Names like Dara Shikoh, Hakim Khan Sur, Hasan Khan Mewati, Ibrahim Khan Gardi, Ashfaqulla Khan, and others should be commemorated, ”Bhagwat said.

“I recently visited Jammu and Kashmir and learned that an initiative was being taken there to rename the schools of those great revolutionaries who believed in ‘Bharat.’ It is a welcome decision. He can. there may be differences in the ways of worship, but our ancestors are the same thing. We cannot change the homeland, ”he added.

Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke on the occasion. Union ministers Parshottam Rupala, General VK Singh (ret), SPS Baghel and Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present at the event.


Dr Farooq offers condolences to Muhammad Shafi Uri on the death of his mother

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Chairman and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah visited Garkoot, Uri on Tuesday to express condolences and condolences to party leader Muhammad Shafi Uri on death of his revered mother, who breathed her last to the other day.

While sharing the grief of the bereaved family, especially Muhammad Shafi Uri and Dr Sajad Shafi Uri, Dr Farooq Abdullah prayed for the deceased soul and the strength needed by the bereaved to endure the inconsolable loss.

“Losing a loved one is a poignant experience, but when it’s your mother’s, it’s more nerve-racking. At this time of deep sorrow, I pray to Allah Almighty to grant strength to the bereaved especially Shafi Sahib and Sajad Sahib all the strength to bear the inconsolable loss. Indeed, the loss of a loving mother upsets the whole household. The cord never breaks with the mother. The longer the parents live, the more love exchanges there are. I pray the Almighty to grant the deceased the highest echelons of Jannat, ”he said.

On the occasion, the Party Chairman also offered Fatiha for the deceased.

Later, the party chairman visited Mustafa Abad, HMT, to offer his condolences to Baramulla District Party Women’s Wing Chairperson Neelofar Masood to offer his condolences on the sad passing of his father. . The party chairman, joined by a number of party officials, also offered Fatiha for the deceased on the occasion.

Among others, the provincial chairman of the party Nasir Aslam Wani, senior leaders Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, the chairman of the north zone Javed Ahmed Dar, the chairman of the south zone Dr Bashir Ahmed Veeri, the deputy Hassnain Masoodi, the political adviser of the vice -President Tanvir Sadiq, Provincial Vice-Presidents Israr Khan and Ahsan Pardesi; District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen, District President Kulgam Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, GH Rahi, Irshaad Kar, Lawyer Shahid Ali, Lawyer Jehangir Yaqoob Wani also accompanied the party chairman on his visit to the Uri Home. bereaved in Garkoot Uri.

Party Chairman Dr Farooq Abdullah also expressed his deep sorrow over the passing of famous spiritual figure Hazrat Ghulam Rasool Malik (Lal Sahib) from Dardsun, Kupwara.

In his condolence message, he said: “Hazrat Lal Sahib is a household name in northern Kashmir. Known for his spiritual eminence, he sprinkled the sacred mission of serving humanity. Its mission was to offer relief and comfort to the suffering masses of Kashmir. He encouraged people to live lives of godliness and discipline and emphasized that the Almighty’s true devotion is in the service of the suffering man.

“The great saint urged people to overcome pride, anger, greed, lust, and excessive involvement in world affairs. I express my unison with his bereaved family and his countless devotees at this difficult time. May the Almighty grant the highest echelons to the deceased of the Jannat ”, he declared.

Meanwhile, top party leader Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mir Saifullah and party deputies Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hassnain Masoodi also regretted the disappearance of a notorious spiritual figure and expressed their sympathy to the bereaved family.



Kano: Islamic coalition rejects impeachment of council chairman

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The Coalition and Council of Ulemas and Islamic Organizations in Kano State have distanced themselves from the announcement of an alleged impeachment of Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil as state chairman of the Council of Ulemas, the most high religious body of the State.

In a statement made available to reporters on Tuesday, Council Secretary Dr Sa’idu Ahmad Dukawa said the coalition was not involved in the decision that led to the alleged ousting of Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, it is therefore not in favor of the movement.

According to the ulama, the council has always sought to ensure peace and unity among followers of the Islamic religion, warning that such decisions are likely to truncate these good intentions.

It may be recalled that some Muslim sects, including Izala, Tijjaniyya and Kadiriyya, allegedly deposed Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil on Monday for allegedly politicizing religious affairs and criticizing the administration of Governor Ganduje for his alleged ambition to join the race for the post of governor.

They added that Islamic scholars who have signed the warning include Professor Musa Muhammad Borodo, Khalifa Kariballah Sheikh Nasiru Kabara, Sheikh Abdulwahab Abdallah, Professor Mohammad Babangida Mohammad, Dr Bashir Aliyu Umar, Imam Nasiru Mohammad Adam and Dr. Bashir Mu’azzam May Bushira.

In an interview with one of the clerics who refused to take sides, he said it was good for the members of the Council to walk the path of peace and avoid anything that could compromise peace, unity and l equanimity among the ulama.

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Muslim Olympian urged quash cultural wizard’s trial against Jersey teacher

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Halloween is still a few weeks away, but in New Jersey, the witch trials started early. It started on social media, our Salem of today: Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad took to Facebook to let fans know that evil was happening in the town of Maplewood.

“Yesterday,” wrote Muhammad, a Muslim wearing the hijab and a figure so revered by our cultural commissioners that she was immortalized in her own Barbie doll, ”Tamar Herman, a teacher at Seth Boyden Elementary in Maplewood, NJ, was Forcibly removed a second-grader’s hijab. The young student resisted trying to hang on to her hijab, but the teacher took it off, exposing her hair to the class. Herman told the student that her hair was beautiful and that she no longer had to wear the hijab to school The child, Muhammad said, had suffered “trauma” and “abuse”.

Only, that’s probably not what happened at all: in a statement, Herman gave a perfectly plausible explanation. She had observed the student wearing a hooded sweatshirt, she said, and, in accordance with school policy, asked him to lower the hood, as it was blocking his eyes. After seeing that the student was wearing the balaclava “in place of, rather than over, her usual hijab”, Herman “immediately rescinded this request”.

In a functioning society ruled by adults, such a dispute would have been resolved quickly and calmly. But because this is Woke America, a nation that operates on a wave of outrage being broadcast online, and so it didn’t take long for Herman to be found guilty by a jury of his virtual peers. .

The local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – an organization named by the FBI as an unindicted accomplice in a terrorist financing case and recognized by a federal court as having substantial ties to Islamist terrorist organizations, including Hamas – has demanded the immediate dismissal of Herman. .

Some netizens were careful to note that Herman was Jewish, describing his alleged actions as a religiously motivated hate crime. Even New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy joined the fray, sharing the accusation with its 145,000 followers on Twitter.

The episode highlighted just how deeply the progressive squads wanting to strip America of all that resembles decency and civility have become deeply malicious. While speaking the language of civil rights, these so-called defenders of freedom engage only in the destruction of political enemies, real or perceived.

Get away from Facebook and visit the current town of Maplewood, and you’ll find a vibrant and diverse community, the kind of place where sidewalks are painted in rainbow colors to celebrate pride and where schools are filled with students and teachers reflecting a range of different ethnicities and religious beliefs.

To portray it, as Muhammad did in his breathless article, as yet another example of America’s essential systemic racism is an affront not only to this great nation, but to observable reality itself – a play by unpleasant performance that says everything about the performer and nothing else.

And as if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, Herman’s lawyer also revealed the following detail: his client actually knows Muhammad “in real life” as the children say, and contacted her and asked him. to withdraw the message, without receiving a reply.

Real people with real values ​​and real concerns talk to each other, reason, argue, try to change minds and hearts. It takes a special kind of narcissist – and a special kind of solipsistic and sensationalistic culture – to encourage communication in 240 characters or less, all noise and fury and without empathy or passion for the truth.

If this is the way the famous people we celebrate behave, we have very good reason to be very, very afraid.

Liel Leibovitz is Editor-in-Chief at Tablet.

Twitter: @Liel



Muslim outfit offers new clothes to villagers in Bankura

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On Sunday, a group of young Muslims from the remote village of Lodda in Bankura district donated new clothes to around 400 poor Hindu families after they surveyed how many villagers could not afford them. Bengal festival.

The 20 young people, mostly farmers and small traders, held a meeting a fortnight ago to find out how many of their local Hindu community needed new clothes.

“Most of the Hindu families in our region are poor. We visited the homes to see if they could buy new clothes for their family members. Many could not. So we took details like the age and gender of family members including children as they were important before buying dresses. We distributed the clothes on Sunday, ”said Cheikh Bapi, member of Lodda Muslim Yuva Sampradai who organized the event.

On Sunday, during a cultural program in the village grounds, members handed over new clothes to those who had enlisted.

“We believe in friendship and here Hindus and Muslims live as brothers. We

let’s also celebrate our holidays together. For us, religion is a personal matter but the celebration is for everyone, ”said Sheikh Mojammel, a member.

The young people said that to buy the new clothes, they pooled their own money and that of other philanthropic villagers to collect Rs 1 lakh. With this, they brought new clothes for the 400 families, including about 50 children and 200 women.

Bablu Bauri, whose elderly parents, wife and child received new clothes from Muslim Lodda Yuva Sampradai, said he was in deep financial crisis and was unable to buy clothes .

“I am a daily employee and I worked as a mason’s helper here. I haven’t been winning steadily since the start of the pandemic. I had no money to buy new clothes for my family during Durga Puja this year, ”said Bablu, thanking the organizers for the gesture.

Lodda is a village of Khalagram gram panchayat in the Taldangra block area of ​​Bankura. The village is the only one in the region with a large Muslim population. The village has around 400 Muslim families, most of them relatively well-off.

In Bankura district, the Muslim population is only 8.08% according to the 2011 census.

This is not the first time that young Muslims have come forward to help needy Hindu families. During the lockdown, they helped villagers who had lost their jobs with dry rations like rice and pulses.

“When there was a partial lockdown or curbs during the second wave of the pandemic, we served cooked meals to families in need,” added one of the young people in the group.

Organizers said they would also continue similar campaigns in the future.


Dr Farooq and Omar Abdullah offer condolences on the death of Muhammad Shafi Uri’s mother

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Srinagar, October 11 (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah conveyed their deepest condolences and sympathies to Party leader Muhammad Shafi Uri on the death of his mother venerated, died after a brief illness.

In their condolence message, the duo prayed for peace to the deceased soul in the highest echelons of Jannat and courage to the bereaved, especially Shafi Sahib and Baramulla District President Dr. Sajad Shafi Uri to support the inconsolable loss. Sharing the grief of the bereaved, the President and Vice President express unison with those in mourning in their hour of mourning and loss.

Meanwhile, party secretary general Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional secretary general Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, party treasurer Shammi Oberoi, senior leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mubarak Gul, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Mir Saifullah, Sakina Itoo, Shameema Firdous, Senior Vice President Muhammad Syed Akhoon, MPs from Muhammad Akbar Lone Party, Hassnain Masoodi; Ali Muhammad Dar, Dr Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Javed Ahmed Dar, GR Naaz, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, Abdul Majeed Larmi, GM Mir, Altaf Amad Wani, Sheikh ishfaq Jabbar, political advisor to Vice President Tanvir Sadiq, spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar , YNC President Salman Ali Sagar, Social Media Manager Sara Hayat Shah, Vice President Ahsan Pardesi, Provincial Secretary Showkat Ahmed Mir, Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo, Aijaz Ahmed Jan, Javed Rana, Sajad Shaheen, GR Naaz, GH Rahi, Provincial President Women’s Wing Er. Sabiya Qadri,, additional spokespersons Mudassir Shahmiri and Ms. Irfra Jan; Minority wing organizer JS Azad, district presidents and provincial officials from Jammu and Kashmir also expressed their condolences to the bereaved family, especially Muhammad Shafi Uri Sahib and Dr Sajad Shafi Uri. The officials prayed for peace to the deceased and courage for the afflicted to endure irreparable loss. (KNS)


Iraq announces arrest of senior ISIS leader

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Iraq announced on Monday that it had detained a top ISIS leader and a longtime al-Qaeda member in a cross-border operation.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jassem, who oversees the financial operations of the Islamic State group and was deputy head of ISIS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He described it as “one of the most difficult cross-border intelligence operations ever carried out by Iraqi forces.”

Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press that Jassem was detained in an identified foreign country and transported to Iraq a few days ago. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to speak on the record.

Jassem worked with the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian activist who was killed in an American airstrike in Iraq in 2006. He has held various security positions in Iraq and has moved to Syria in 2015, after the Islamic State group. , an offshoot of Al Qaeda, declared its caliphate in 2014 and became deputy to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group.

Al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led raid in northwestern Syria in 2019.

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Serious dispute: why the brawl over Sydney’s cemeteries could be referred to Icac | Sydney

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“State cemeteries must remain under a state operator, not under a religious entity”, affirms with conviction the outgoing president of the Association of Lebanese Muslims, Samier Dandan.

The Catholic Church does not agree at all. He is fighting a proposal by the government of New South Wales to place cemeteries on Crown land under the control of a single agency and to end Catholic control of several large cemeteries. The church accuses the responsible minister, Melinda Pavey, of being “at war” with her.

Now the scuffle over who controls Sydney’s cemeteries should be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption and has already sparked threats of injunctions.

It is one of the most divisive issues the NSW government has faced in years, engulfing the Catholic Church and Muslim and Jewish organizations, while pitting ministers against each other. .

Despite an NSW cabinet decision in September last year to create a single ownership structure, OneCrown, a rearguard action led by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) upset the plan.

With the rise of a prominent Catholic, Dominic Perrottet, to prime minister, the CMCT has stepped up its campaign, led by some of Sydney’s most powerful lobbyists to try to achieve its preferred option: two bodies, with the CMCT controlling the newest and most lucrative cemeteries.

He encountered equally passionate opposition.

Dandan has campaigned on behalf of Sydney’s Muslim community on the issue for over 15 years.

Burial space is essential for Muslims, who are not allowed to cremate loved ones. A growing share of Sydney’s population, they account for 40% to 45% of underground burials in Sydney.

The LMA claims that as the providers of 85% of all Muslim burials, it is the body that can speak on behalf of the community, although this has been contested by representatives of the CMCT.

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The question of who controls Sydney’s cemeteries has been prompted by the much more pressing issue: Sydney is running out of burial space.

A report, ominously titled 11th Hour: Solving Sydney’s Cemetery Crisis, which was handed over to the government last year, warned that the problem of new cemeteries was urgent and could no longer be ignored.

“Some of the cemeteries that have served Sydney for a century will close within three years and all existing operational crown cemeteries will close to new burials within 10 to 12 years,” he said. “This is much earlier than the previous time frames indicated and requires immediate action.”

He recommended that the government create OneCrown, a single body to manage all cemeteries, instead of the current five trusts, which include the CMCT, which is controlled by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

This, he said, would reduce overhead costs and was in line with the Ipart report on burial costs in New South Wales.

Ipart found that cemeteries on Crown land were not managed very effectively by the five trusts that control them. There was little transparency for consumers, who often made a purchase at a very stressful time.

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Although there were cost differences between operators, the differences were mainly due to the different characteristics and age of each cemetery and differences in the faith and cultural mix of burials in each cemetery, Ipart said. .

“The most efficient way [to reduce costs] is by reducing the indirect costs associated with a burial right, ”he said. “These include one-time administrative and overhead costs, sales and marketing costs. “

The 11th Hour report proposed to combine the five trusts into OneCrown.

He also identified another problem: Most nonprofit trusts were operating at a loss and had unfunded liabilities totaling $ 300 million. These responsibilities arise from the fact that part of the cost of running a cemetery is its maintenance. People contribute to a perpetual maintenance fund when they buy land. But in older cemeteries, these payments are not enough to cover future costs.

On top of that, the 11th Hour report said $ 200-300 million would be needed to purchase land for new cemeteries.

The only trust that was in the dark was the CMCT. It manages Rookwood, Liverpool and Kemps Creek and holds the development rights for two new cemeteries in Varroville and Wallacia.

The merger into one would solve the financial problems, according to the 11th Hour report. The CMCT’s “perpetual care fund” would be worth $ 1.2 billion by 2045 and $ 5 billion by 2070.

The OneCrown proposal

The OneCrown option is supported by Investment NSW, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Pavey, the Minister of Crown Lands.

But it is fiercely opposed by the CMCT and the Catholic Church and by some powerful ministers close to the Catholic Church.

Supporters of the OneCrown option say the reason the Catholic trust is better off financially is the youthfulness of its cemeteries, while other trusts, all government-owned, deal with older cemeteries that are nearly full. .

If the government opts for the two-body option favored by the Catholic trust, it will have a very well-resourced cemetery organization and one that has no means of maintaining or maintaining existing cemeteries. create new ones.

Critics say this is in effect ceding control of Crown land and the funeral business to the Catholic Church.

In 2017, the Catholic Church proposed to the government of New South Wales a billion dollar privatization of Sydney cemeteries.

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A report, grimly titled 11th Hour: Solving Sydney’s Cemetery Crisis, warns that the problem of new cemeteries is urgent and can no longer be ignored. Photograph: Martin Berry / Alamy

As part of the sale plan, the four Sydney Cemetery Trusts currently owned by the NSW government and operating on Crown land were to be consolidated into a new company and leased for 99 years to Fabrico.

Fabrico then offered to sublet the management of the combined cemeteries covering all religious denominations to the CMCT.

Perrottet, who was then treasurer, was told by his ministry in 2018 that privatization could not be dealt with under the government’s unsolicited tendering rules because it was not unique enough. There should be a call for tenders.

There were then discussions among senior ministers in favor of the Catholic Church’s proposal for an alternative: an act that would lease the land for 200 years and the transfer of the Perpetual Care Fund for $ 1.

The talks were overseen by then-Minister of Crown Lands Paul Toole and Minister of Finance Damien Tudehope, both Catholics.

But the proposal met with resistance from the Ministry of Planning, Industry and Environment because it believed it would violate the provisions for direct transactions.

When Pavey took over the portfolio, she requested a statutory review which led to the OneCrown proposal.

“We don’t want winners and losers”

The Catholic Church continued to push forward alternative proposals – the latest being the “two operator” model, which would mean that the Catholic Cemeteries Board Ltd (CCB) would maintain its hold over the cemeteries currently managed by the CMCT.

Catholic Cemeteries board member Danny Casey, management consultant and former advisor to Cardinal George Pell, who spent two years in Rome between 2014 and 2016 to help Pell reshuffle Vatican finances, is only one of those leading the charge.

Former Attorney General Greg Smith, a devout Catholic, is also a member of the Catholic Cemeteries Council.

They called on the heavyweights of the lobbying world to help them out: Michael Photios, ex-Liberal politician and former moderator host, and one of Sydney’s most connected image specialists, Tim Allerton.

In June, when Pavey threatened to appoint a director at CMCT, the trust responded with a threat of injunction.

Pavey has now effectively been sidelined and former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro has chaired meetings with stakeholders.

Dandan continued to promote the OneCrown model and sought legal advice on whether the Catholic proposal violated direct selling bans. Catholics responded with their own legal advice, from Geoffrey Watson SC, saying it was in order.

“It’s not about whether Catholics will do a bad job or a good job,” says Dandan. “That’s not the point. This responsibility, logically and pragmatically, must remain in the hands of the government. “

The Greek Orthodox and Jewish communities also have a stake in the outcome.

The NSW Jewish Council of Deputies said it simply wanted a long-term, sustainable solution that would pave the way for work to start on new cemeteries.

“We don’t want winners or losers,” says board chief executive Darren Bark. “We focus on the community side and it’s the results that matter. Experience should also be taken into account.

It is understood that the Jewish community, which needs a much smaller number of burial sites, has secured an agreement for the sites for the next 25 years.

The CMCT operates under extensions of its legislation. The last extension expires on December 30.

“We are committed to finding a solution that gives the people of NSW access to affordable, faith-based funeral services,” said Pavey.

“The ongoing consultation regarding the future operating model for Metropolitan Crown Cemeteries has been and will be conducted in accordance with all necessary probity protocols, including, where applicable, Direct Trading Guidelines from Investment NSW, the government unsolicited proposal process and Icac guidelines for direct negotiation, “she said.


Former ambassador Friedman wants to show the Arab world a tolerant Israel

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If the Muslim world sees how tolerant and welcoming Israel is, new opportunities for peace and cooperation will open up, former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Sunday ahead of the launch event. his Friedman Center for Peace by Force Monday.

Like many other former US officials involved in the Abrahamic Accords, Friedman sought a way to continue Arab-Israeli peace efforts outside of government. Rather than doing what the Abraham Accords Peace Institute of Jared Kushner and other organizations do, Friedman found a different niche.

“I want to build trust through religious tolerance, to show how Israel respects the religious rights of everyone and, in particular, of the Islamic world,” he said.

Friedman pointed to rumors and slander that Israel or the Jews want to destroy the al-Aksa mosque, which sparked violence from the Hebron massacre in 1929 until the Knife Intifada in 2015.

“Out of two billion Muslims in the world, only a tiny fraction have ever been to al-Aksa,” he said. “They have limited information. Often the media in the Arab world have not been fair on this issue. “

Palestinians pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in Laylat al-Qadr during the holy month of Ramadan, in the compound that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as the Noble Shrine and to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 8, 2021 (credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)

In fact, “although it is not perfect, Israel is doing a truly remarkable job of facilitating Muslim prayer in al-Aksa and other holy places,” he added. “I want the Muslim world to see it. “

With direct flights to Israel from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco, which are signatories to the Abrahamic Accords, as well as new flights from Egypt, Friedman sees an opportunity for Muslim tourism to Israel.

“I think Israel has a story to tell here,” he said. “I think that’s important because he’ll be driving everything else then. When there is trust between peoples, we can accomplish anything.

Friedman hopes to promote tourism by Muslim rulers, students and businessmen, who can “dispel this lingering suspicion that somehow Muslims are not being treated fairly at the third holiest site. of Islam. We can radically and quickly change the perception for the better.

Concretely, this means that the Friedman Center, a non-profit organization, is working with the government of Israel and other organizations to create a welcoming atmosphere for Muslim visitors to the Jewish state, including by facilitating the construction of new ones. hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

This, in turn, could help create jobs and encourage entrepreneurship among Arab residents of Jerusalem and the region in the tourism industry.

“We can create opportunities in Jerusalem and maybe all over Judea and Samaria,” Friedman said. “Creating jobs and also goodwill – when you put them together, I think politics takes care of itself. “

Friedman hopes he can build on the relationships he has established and the experience he has gained during his four years as an Ambassador to make the Friedman Center a success in promoting peace and cooperation.

“At the end of the day, bringing people together in the right circumstances, putting politics aside and creating an environment that is welcoming, uplifting and optimistic – which motivates everything else,” he said.

On Monday, the Friedman Center for Peace by Force launch gala dinner will feature the world premiere of Abraham’s accords, a five-part documentary on the peace and normalization accords, which Friedman produced with the TBN network.


Aminul Islam returns home, Rubel remains in reserve for the T20 WC

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Rubel Hossain has been selected as a reserve player for the Bangladesh squad © Getty

Bangladesh Cricket Board has confirmed the return of one of its team’s two reserve players for the World Cup, Aminul Islam. The quick Rubel Hossain melon, which was also named a reserve in the team, was retained.

“Biplob (Aminul) is back,” national coach Habibul Bashar told reporters on Saturday. “We kept Rubel as a precaution as a few bowlers have a slight problem,” he said.

The duo were included as a stand-by for the camp, but due to leader injury issues, team management decided to keep Rubel in reserve with the team as an additional member of the team.

“Rubel will be with us throughout the event as a reserve player. In the event that a player is excluded, Rubel will join as a player from reserve player status and the rule is not new as it is in practice from the 2017 Champions Trophy, ” said Rabeed Imam, senior manager BCB Media and Communications, at Cricbuzz on Saturday.

Bangladesh will travel to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday to play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland before returning to Oman on October 15 for the World Cup first round. Mahmudullah has a sore back so he is unlikely to make the opening warm-up match against Sri Lanka on October 12.

Team: Mahmudullah (Captain), Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain, Rubel Hossain ,

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The idea of ​​India as a pluralist and inclusive state is under attack

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They fulminate and delirium; furious, they want revenge. Their hearts are full of wickedness, their tongues spit out abuse and their hands commit violence. They are emboldened by the conviction that they do not risk retaliation or punishment, but that they enjoy the protection of both the administrative and political order, and perhaps also the judiciary. They feel courageous in the face of weak, helpless, and defenseless targets. Their mission is to right historical wrongs, concocted according to their distorted imaginations. They have no concern and no truck with the truth; their business is built on a foundation of lies. They cry out for blood, but keep the truth at bay. Hate is their currency and death is their gain.

They want revenge on Babur ki santaan, but Babur died four hundred and ninety years ago and his supposed santaan is not his offspring. But why bother with facts when fabricating lies serves the purpose admirably? The alleged atrocities of the invaders boil their blood, but several hundred years too late. They do not know that Islam arrived in India, not with the invaders from the Northwest, but centuries earlier with the Arab traders active on the west coast of India. But historical truths are malleable in their hands and they can bend them at will.

The only thing to understand about the rise of Muslim power in India is that it was not about religion but about conquest and empire. The Muslim conquerors of the Northwest came to India, not for the purpose of proselytizing, but with the mission of ruling. To regard several hundred years of Muslim rule in India only as a period of humiliation, subjugation and forced conversion of the local population and a constant battle between the rulers and the ruled is an obvious falsification of history. Muslim rulers did not reach out to the poor masses of the local population, but formed alliances with local rulers, especially the Mughals with the Rajputs. Mughal rulers after Akbar were of mixed Mughal-Rajput ancestry. It was the Sufi saints who embraced the poor and oppressed, regardless of their faith, and won their affection and their followers. Islam gradually spread among the local population over several centuries.

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But what about the unforgivable sin of the partition of India? The idea that Muslims and Christians cannot be accepted as part of the nation because they do not accept India as their Punyabhumi (Holy Land) was advanced by Savarkar in his Hindutva Essentials published in 1923. In 1924, Lala Lajpat Rai wrote in the Tribune “According to my diagram, Muslims will have four Muslim states: (1) Pathan province or the north-western border, (2) western Punjab, ( 3) Sindh and (4) East Bengal. If there are compact Muslim communities in any other part of India large enough to form a province, they should be constituted in the same way. You have to understand that this is not a united India. It means a clear partition of India into a Muslim India and a non-Muslim India. “This was years before Jinnah’s request for the Pakistan.

Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, the supremo RSS from 1940 until his death in 1973 wrote in his book WE or Our Nationhood Defined (Bharat Publications, Nagpur 1939):

“To maintain the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by purging the country of the Semitic races – the Jews. Racial pride at its highest level has manifested itself here. Germany has also shown how almost impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going down to the root, to be assimilated into a united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindus to learn and profit from it.

“There are only two courses open to foreign elements, either blend into the national race and adopt its culture, or live at its mercy as long as the national race can allow them and leave the country at the right time. sweet will of the national race. This is the only valid point of view on the problem of minorities. This is the only logical and correct solution. This alone keeps the national life healthy and undisturbed. This alone keeps the Nation safe from the danger of cancer developing in its body politic from the creation of a state within a state. From this point of view, sanctioned by the experience of astute old nations, the foreign races of Hindusthan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and revere the Hindu religion, must have no other idea than those of the glorification of Hinduism. race and culture, i.e. of the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge into the Hindu race, or may remain in the country, entirely subordinate to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, let alone preferential treatment – not even the rights of citizens. There is, at least, there should be no other way forward for them ”.

How well would Indian Muslims have considered their future in the face of such thoughts coming from a powerful ideologue? This is the kind of thinking that put the wind in the sails of the two-nation theory and threw the dice for the partition of India. Undoubtedly, Jinnah was the main driving force behind the partition of India, but his case was reinforced by Muslim separatism finding its echo in Hindu communitarianism.

Under the provisions of the Government of India Act (1935), elections were held for provincial assemblies in 1937 and 1946, with a separate electorate for Muslims. The Muslim League performed poorly in the 1937 election, winning less than a quarter of the seats reserved for Muslims. The tide turned in his favor in 1946 when he won more than four-fifths of the seats reserved for Muslims. However, this impressive performance hides the fact that only around fourteen percent of adult Muslims were allowed to vote. These election results therefore cannot be taken as an endorsement of Pakistan by a majority of Indian Muslims.

Lies repeated often enough acquire the sound of truth. This Goebbelsian precept has been distilled into a powerful and poisoned duck of Muslim appeasement. The continued descent of Muslims up the socio-economic ladder has been sought to be masked by a storm of appeasement allegations. Distortions twisted logic to perpetuate the idea that the deprivation of the majority was due to the privilege of the minority. The garb of deception worn by the so-called secular parties did nothing to improve the condition of Muslims, but only heightened the perception of being pampered. A layer of resentment was added on top of a layer of resentment to build an edifice of hate that would provide no space to accommodate the hated other.

When does resentment turn to violence? When the barrel has been densely filled with hostile powder, all it takes is a spark to ignite it explosively. Fire is easy to kindle, but difficult to put out, especially when it burns like hatred in human hearts. The perpetrators of evil masquerades in many forms, in many places, performing a horrific dance of death to the rhythm of unchecked bigotry, hatred and intolerance. Bloodthirsty dogs tear our morals and numb our sensibilities, enduring us with senseless violence that repeats itself with sickening regularity. Civil society watches helplessly as the goons take control. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, human rights, courtesy, decency, kindness and caring all seem to evaporate in a dark cloud of despair and doom.

The very idea of ​​India as a pluralist and inclusive state is under attack. The falsification of history continues with renewed vigor in a world of “alternative facts”; the blatant use of sectarian appeal for political ends is without qualms. This litany of lamentations could go on and on, but what is the cure? In the land of Gautam and Gandhi, this trajectory of turpitude can be reversed by following their creed of ahimsa and shanti, non-violence and peace. They could serve as powerful antidotes to the poison of hatred that has infiltrated so deeply into our social and political fabric. The scientific temper that Nehru strove to bequeath to the nation can be fostered not by fabricating myths but by establishing facts. Azad’s message of unity and harmony can still point the way to social cohesion. Ambedkar’s thoughts can still light the way to social justice. Subhas Bose’s nationalism was not mere chauvinism, nor a manifestation of meaningless bravado. To save our beloved idea of ​​a modern and progressive nation, governed in accordance with our constitution and the rule of law, we must resurrect our revered icons that have guided us in our struggle for freedom and nationality, and not allow that they be replaced and their inheritance usurped by those who played no part in it.

The prestige of our nation has been enhanced by the work of our intellectuals and professionals, who have earned respect throughout the world for their competence. They include Nobel laureates, they run global companies, they adorn the faculties of the best universities in the world. India has entered the world stage, proudly taking its rightful place in the community of nations. Are we going to allow this to be demolished? Are we going to be led into the future not by our luminaries, but by politicians with an unsavory past? Are we going to let the fascist formations destroy our democracy and our beloved constitution? Do we want our beloved nation to rest on the foundations of justice, freedom and equality, or perched precariously on the stilts of hatred, rage and vengeance? India is at a crossroads; choices are tough and the time to choose is now.

Hasan Ghias is a well-known Indian public intellectual who is now based in the United States


NJ’s school hijab flap highlights problem of Islamophobia

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Outrage swept across social media on Friday over allegations that a Maplewood teacher removed a hijab from the head of a second-grader.

For Muslim families, it wouldn’t be the first time that Islamophobia has compromised the safety of the classroom.

In southern Brunswick last year, a parent complained after a local teacher used the movie “Not Without My Daughter” to teach students about Islam. The film has been criticized for promoting negative and extreme stereotypes about Muslims.

In another Middlesex County case, a teacher had to step in to arrest a sixth grade boy who was chasing and taunting a student shouting “Allahu Akbar!”

For Muslims, who view the hijab as an expression of faith, the alleged episode ofMaplewood was hurtful and offensive. He also highlighted what community leaders see as a larger issue of prejudice in the classroom.

“This is really a wake-up call for the districts,” said Nagla Bedir, founder of Teaching While Muslim, a New Jersey-based nonprofit focused on anti-bias education and training. “A lot of schools across the country have tried to be more inclusive and anti-racist, but part of the anti-racism is also [teaching about] Islamophobia.

The South Orange-Maplewood School District said it was investigating the allegations, which were detailed in an Instagram post Thursday by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, from Maplewood who said she was friends with the mother of the child. The bronze medalist was the first American Muslim woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics.

According to a 2020 survey.

Muslim students often report bullying because of their faith, and teachers should support them rather than add to their distress, said Selaedin Maksut, executive director of the New Jersey section of the Council on US-Islamic Relations. But this has not always been the case.

In southern Brunswick, he said, “Not Without My Daughter” was shown in class although a parent had also complained about the use of the film the previous year.

Half of Muslim parents with children in K-12 schools said their children had been bullied because of their religion, according to a 2020 survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a group based in Michigan who studies the American Muslim community.

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Thirty percent said a teacher or other school official was the source of the bullying.

“Islamophobia in our public schools must be tackled in New Jersey and across the country,” Maksut said. “Classrooms are a place where students feel safe and welcome, without fear of practicing their faith. “

Muhammad, in his post, said the teacher was “forcibly removing” the girl’s hijab in class.

“The young student resisted trying to keep her hijab on, but the teacher took it off, exposing her hair to the class,” she wrote.

The teacher “told the student that her hair was beautiful and that she no longer had to wear the hijab to school,” Muhammad added. “Imagine being a child and stripped of your clothes in front of your classmates. Imagine the humiliation and trauma this experience has caused her.

“It’s abuse.”

In a statement, the school district said it was investigating the case after receiving a flood of social media posts and that “the district takes issues of discrimination very seriously.”

Ibtihaj Muhammad of the United States poses with her bronze medals on the podium after the women's saber fencing event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday August 13, 2016. AP Photo / Vincent Thian)

“We must respect our legal obligations to keep matters relating to staff and students confidential,” the statement said. “We will use existing official district procedural mechanisms to ensure fair and equitable results based on the results of our investigation. Any decision or outcome related to this will be reserved after the investigation is completed.”

How schools can do better

CAIR called for the teacher’s dismissal. Muslim leaders have said any educator should know that religious clothing should not be removed from a child, regardless of education or background.

Better education and the inclusion of Islam in classes can help deter instances of bias, whether overt or implied, said Bedir, the founder of Teaching While Muslim.

“If a student is harassed because of a hijab, if a teacher does not understand the meaning of the hijab and its significance for religion, they may not respond appropriately,” Bedir said.

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, right, reads an excerpt from her book during a book signing in Maplewood on July 25, 2018.

There are examples where schools have done the right thing. During the mockery incident in Middlesex, the teacher brought the students together to explain the meaning of “Allahu Akbar” and allowed the girl to say why the actions were hurtful. The boy apologized, Bedir said.

It helped the teacher understand that this was an everyday phrase spoken as an expression of faith and not as something negative, she added.

Bedir, a secondary school teacher in Perth Amboy, said she had never had any training or professional development that included Muslims or Muslim students. She founded Teaching While Muslim in 2018 to fill a “massive gap in teacher education on Muslims and Muslim students.”

The organization offers workshops on curriculum, implicit biases, interaction with students and families, Islamophobia and identity. He is also drafting a program with CAIR that Bedir hopes New Jersey will adopt to show the contributions of Muslims in all disciplines, she said.

State lawmakers have mandated similar programs on the Holocaust, slavery, and the achievements of the LGBTQ community. They are currently considering a requirement for an Asian American history curriculum, after an increase in anti-Asian violence in recent months.

Bedir’s group also provides lesson plans and reading lists for educators and students. Such lessons can help children feel included and not like “another,” she said.

Muhammad, the Olympic fencer, has spoken and written about the prejudices she faced growing up black and Muslim.

Inspired by her own experience, she published a children’s book in 2019 titled “The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family”. It is about two sisters on their first day of school, when one of them faces taunts because of her hijab.

“I wrote this book with the intention that times like this will never happen again,” Muhammad wrote in his widely shared article on the allegations at Maplewood.

“Schools should be a safe haven for all of our children to feel safe, welcome and protected, regardless of their faith,” she wrote.

Editor-in-chief Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

Hannan Adely is a diversity reporter covering Arab and Muslim communities for NorthJersey.com, where she focuses on social issues, politics, prejudice and civil rights. To get unlimited access to the latest news, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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Muhammad Ali’s personal artwork sold for $ 1.3 million

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Muhammad Ali was an icon with a boxing career that speaks more than itself. All aspects of Ali’s life experience, including his Muslim faith, civil rights activism, and time in the ring, all seem to be fairly well documented at this point. What many may not know about The Greatest, however, is that he was somewhat of a visual artist in his private life, with a cache of original Muhammad Ali artwork that was sold. recently by Bonhams New York at their head office on Park Avenue.

According to Ali’s obituary in the New York Times, the father of boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. was “a church muralist who blamed discrimination for his failure to become a recognized artist”. There were early signs that Ali had inherited this artistic inclination from his father. Apparently, throughout high school, “the only subjects in which he scored satisfactorily were art and gym.”

This is fairly consistent with the rest of what we know about the character of man. His charisma combined with his keen sense of words made him one of the most exciting sports figures the world has ever seen. At Bonhams Pop Culture Department’s TCM Presents… It’s a Knockout Sale on October 5, 26 of his 28 original paintings sold, for a total of US $ 945,500 (AU $ 1,294,500) – over three times the original low estimate. For a guy who has never had any formal training in the arts, this isn’t a bad turnaround at all.



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The best-selling artwork of the day was Ali’s Stings like a bee (1978), which depicts a triumphant KO victory for himself and the referee running away in fear. It was sold to a British collector for US $ 425,000 (AU $ 581,861), a price that ended up being 10 times the low estimate of US $ 40,000 (AU $ 54,763). He did the part while filming the 1979 film Freedom road in Mississippi.

Elsewhere in the sale, a well-titled 1979 canvas painting I love you america sold for US $ 150,000 (AAU $ 205,500), and a 1967 felt-tip pen sketch that alludes to Ali’s faith went for US $ 24,000 (AU $ 32,900). The works came from the collection of the boxer’s close friend, Rodney Hilton Brown. Hilton Brown was the editor of a series of Ali’s editions based on serigraphs commissioned by the World Federation of United Nations Associations. He is also the author of the recently published book Muhammad Ali: The Untold Story: Painter, Poet and Prophet, which further depicts this lesser-known aspect of the decorated boxer’s life.

Five years after his death, it is a testament to Muhammad Ali’s lasting legacy and cultural impact that his work – something for which he has never been particularly known – can attract so much attention and ‘money. It is also a testament to the talent of the man, to the fact that he always achieves the greatness of the Hereafter and we continue to learn new dimensions in the personality of such a rich individual. Even death cannot stop Ali.

Mohamed Ali, Mosque II (1978). Courtesy of Bonhams New York, Collection of Rodney Hilton Brown.
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Mohamed Ali, Guiding light (1978). Courtesy of Bonhams New York, Collection of Rodney Hilton Brown.
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Mohamed Ali, Under the sun (1978). Courtesy of Bonhams New York, Collection of Rodney Hilton Brown.
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Mohamed Ali, Stings like a bee (1978). Courtesy of Bonhams New York, Collection of Rodney Hilton Brown.


ISIS bomber kills dozens of people in Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan – An Islamic State suicide bomber on Friday devastated a Shia mosque in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, killing dozens of worshipers in the terror group’s murderous continuation of the campaign against the Hazara minority.

The massacre, when the mosque was packed for Friday prayers, was the group’s second attack on a mosque in just days. And it was the realization of the fears of the Afghan Hazaras that Islamic State predation would get out of hand under the Taliban, who have themselves preyed on the Hazara in the past.

Testimonies described a powerful explosion with numerous casualties. Matullah Rouhani, a Taliban official in Kunduz, told local media that at least 43 people were killed in the attack and more than 140 were injured.

A local leader of the Shiite community estimated the death toll to be much higher. Sayed Ahmad Shah Hashemi, who represents the Shia population of Kunduz province, told the New York Times that more than 70 people were killed in the attack.

“This fatal incident caused trauma among Shiites and other sectors of society,” Hashemi said.

Hours after the attack, it was claimed by Islamic State Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K. It is the group’s deadliest strike since the suicide bombing at Kabul International Airport on August 26, which killed around 170 civilians and 13 US soldiers.

ISIS-K is a Sunni extremist group that has long targeted Shia Muslims in Afghanistan, with a strong focus on the predominantly Shia, Hazara ethnic minority. Most of Afghanistan is Sunni, and ethnic Pashtuns – who make up most of the Taliban’s ranks – are a plurality in the country.

ISIS-K also organized an attack several days ago outside a mosque in the capital Kabul, which left several dead.

In the months leading up to the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, some 8,000 to 10,000 jihadist fighters from Central Asia, the North Caucasus region in Russia, Pakistan and the Xinjiang region in the west from China flocked to Afghanistan, a United Nations Report said in June. Most are said to be associated with the Taliban or Al Qaeda, which are closely linked, but others are believed to be allies with Islamic State.

Affirming the attack on Kunduz on Friday, the ISIS-K statement said the attacker was of Uyghur descent – an oppressed Muslim minority in western China. China has long feared that Afghanistan will become a safe haven for Uyghur militants who may seek to attack the interests of the Chinese government in revenge for its abuses against the Muslim population of Xinjiang.

The newly installed Taliban government, after overthrowing the country’s western-backed administration in August, is struggling to contain a reinvigorated Islamic state. The group has grown increasingly hostile in recent weeks, carrying out guerrilla-style attacks and bombings that have included Taliban fighters among the dead. The new government is also grappling with a collapsing economy as foreign funding remains largely frozen.

As Taliban officials shift from leading an insurgency to forming a functioning state, ensuring the safety of a population ravaged by more than 40 years of war has been their benchmark. But ISIS attacks have undermined the Taliban’s promises.

Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned Friday’s attack and pledged retaliation.

For Afghanistan’s Shiite minority, the new era of the Taliban has seen a continuation of the predation and violence that has haunted them for decades.

The Hazara have grown increasingly bitter towards the US-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani in recent years, accusing it of doing little to protect them from sectarian massacres. And they watched in horror as the Taliban returned to power: During the civil war of the 1990s and the first Taliban government in Afghanistan, the group made it their business to target the Hazara Shiites.


School praised for sharing images of Muslim students praying

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A PRIMARY school was praised for allowing students to pray at school.

The headmaster of Barrowford Primary School posted these images of students participating in the afternoon prayers. The tweet has been liked thousands of times and hundreds of users have thanked the school for promoting “tolerance and understanding”.

Posting on social media, Principal Rachel Tomlinson wrote: “This morning these two boys brought their prayer rugs and asked to do their Zuhr Namaz at school. It’s so incredibly respectful and respected by all of our community that ensured that we remained silent to allow the boys to have the right state of mind (niyyah) to pray.

“We hope that more and more children will feel able to freely manifest their faith and join them. I love that our school is a safe place where everyone can be themselves.”

Muslims are forced to pray five times a day and young children are encouraged to participate in their parents’ prayers.

Ms Tomlinson told the Lancashire Telegraph that she was surprised at the number of people who had sent the messages and the interest the post had generated in such a short time.

She said: “We were really humbled by it all. It was wonderful to read people’s reactions but I’m also a little sad because that shouldn’t be a big deal.

“The vast majority of people were very positive and thanked us for allowing the students to pray. ”

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The pictures were used with permission from the parents and one of the boys’ mothers took the pictures.

Ms Tomlinson said: ‘What is beautiful is that they are praying in a room – Raffi’s Snug – named and created in memory of a six year old boy who sadly passed away and is still remembered very well. at school.

“It’s a very special place for the whole school community.

“The students were able to find the direction of Mecca through an app and behaved very well at 1pm. Other students were also very considerate and asked anyone in the room to be quiet once they realized the boys were praying.

Ms Tomlinson said more students may wish to join in the future.

Muhammad Sufyan Ehsan, nine, said: “I am very curious about my religion and determined to continue reading my daily prayers in school and am also surprised that other age groups respect the time when we let’s pray.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of love, support, guidance and respect that Ms. Tomlinson, my teachers and my peers have shown us. I would like other schools to emulate what we started.

Student Hasan said, “I found it a blessing to be able to read and the whole school was so respectful and considerate as we prayed.”

Amna Ali, Hassan’s mother added, “I am very honored as a parent to see that my son was able to offer his afternoon prayer in his school.

“Our director gave the boys a nice space to be able to do their prayer intention and read in a peaceful environment. The staff’s respect for children overwhelmed me.

On social networks, the images generated a lot of reactions.

One user posted: ‘What a beautiful thing you have done. Thank you. You have no idea how important it is for me as a mother to see this. If my child chose to pray in school, I hope he would be allowed to do so and feel as welcome as you did.

Another said: “May you be an inspiration to your fellow principals across the country. You may think that you haven’t done anything, but in reality you have. You have broken down barriers and shown schools, that’s normal. Thank you!”

@DrMudassirkhan Said: “I really appreciate your teaching these young boys how inclusive you have a culture in your school. They will learn lessons that will go far in their lives, you have taught them tolerance and acceptance which is most needed in today’s polarized society. thanks again

@IramSammar: “Thank you so much for giving these children a space to pray – it is that kind of understanding and respect that gives children hope that the future can be bright. Teachers who give children their cultural and spiritual rights are just gems. ”



Pluralism is in the very nature of India; BJP challenges him: Shashi Tharoor

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The growing annoyance of communal sectarianism in our country prompts me to revisit the founding of the Indian Republic. Our nationalist movement was not divided on ideology or geography; he was divided on the simple question of whether religion should be the determinant of nationality. Those who maintained that their religion made it a nation left India and established Pakistan; the rest created a nation which, like the struggle for freedom itself, sought to embrace all Indians.

There was also a practical consideration here. In dealing with the vast and complex realities of a subcontinent of 330 million people, and devising systems and rules to encompass them all, the founders had to recognize the need to produce political unity from the elements. ethnic, religious, cultural, linguistic and communal diversity.

They realized that in the India they would rule, there was no one standard, no fixed stereotype, no “one way” of doing things. At a time when most developing countries chose authoritarian models of government, arguing that they were necessary to promote nation-building and guide economic development, India chose to be a flawed, multi-party democracy. but flourishing. India’s pluralism was recognized in its constitutional and political arrangements, which encouraged a bewildering variety of social groups, religious communities, special interests and wacky ideologies to flourish and confront each other. This approach – called, with some inaccuracy, “secularism” – is now fiercely contested by the ruling party.

Many overseas observers have been amazed at India’s survival as a pluralistic state. But pluralism is a reality that emerges from the very nature of the country; it is a choice made inevitable by the geography of India and reaffirmed by its history. India is a civilization that, over the millennia, has provided refuge and, more importantly, religious and cultural freedom, to Jews, Parsis, several Christian denominations and, of course, Muslims. The Jews came to Kerala centuries BC, with the Babylonians’ destruction of their First Temple, and they experienced no persecution on Indian soil until the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century for the inflict. Christianity arrived on Indian soil with the apostle Saint Thomas, who came to the Kerala coast sometime before AD 52 and was greeted on the shore, according to legend, by a young Jewish girl playing the flute.

Islam is described by some in the north as a religion of invaders who plundered and conquered, but in Kerala, where Islam came by traders, travelers and missionaries rather than by the sword, a king from South India was so impressed by the prophet’s message that he traveled to Arabia to meet the great master himself. King Cheraman Perumal perished in the attempt, but the coconuts he took with him sprouted trees that still bloom today on the southern coast of Oman.

India’s heritage of diversity means that in the district of Calcutta where I lived during my high school years, the moan of the muezzin calling the Islamic devotees to prayer regularly mingled with the chanting of mantras and the ringing of bells. from the local Shiva temple, accompanied by the reading of the verses of Guru Granth Sahib by the Sikh gurdwara, with Saint Paul’s Cathedral just around the corner. Today in my constituency of Thiruvananthapuram, the sparkling white dome of the Palayam Juma Mosque stands diagonally across from the tall spiers of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and just around the corner of the two, adjoining the mosque, is the one of the oldest temples in the city, dedicated to Lord Ganesh. My experiences in Thiruvananthapuram remind me daily that India is home to more Christians than Australia and almost as many Muslims as Pakistan.

It is India that I am claiming.

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Grand Mufti Nasir-ul of Kashmir -Islam saddened, shocked by the killings of civilians –

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Srinagar: Kashmiri Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam expressed his emotion and sorrow over the wave of innocent killings of civilians in Kashmir and said it was unfortunate that members of a particular community were being targeted.

While condemning the killings of civilians, he said that no religion allows the killing of innocent civilians and it will get nowhere.

Mufti Nasir expressed his deep shock and sorrow and expressed his solidarity and sympathy to the families of all those killed in recent days in Srinagar, saying that Islam forbids attacking unarmed people. “The Kashmiri Muslim community stands alongside the bereaved families in this hour of grief and shock,” he said.

In discussion with the Kashmir News Observer (KNO) news agency. He said no one will be allowed to harm Kashmir’s communal fabric which has been intact for so many decades – (KNO)

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CFPB overcomes payday loan rule challenge | Goodwin

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On August 31, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an opinion upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule regulating payday loans. Community Financial Services Association of America, LTD., et al. vs. CFPB, Case #1: 18-CV-00295 (WD TX.) (Community v. CFPB).

For context, on November 17, 2017, the CFPB had published the rule “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Aversement Loans” (rule). The rule included an underwriting provision, which prevents lenders from making covered loans “without reasonably determining that consumers will have the ability to repay the loans” and a payment provision, which prevents certain lenders from attempting to withdraw from the account. a consumer after two failures. withdrawal attempts, without further authorization from the consumer. In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the leadership structure of the CFPB was unconstitutional. Seila Law LLC v CFPB, 140 S.Ct. 2183, 2192 (2020) (Seila Law). A few weeks after the Seila Law decision, the CFPB ratified the payment provision of the rule. 85 Fed. Reg. 4 1,905-02 (July 13, 2020).

Community c. CFPB was brought on behalf of the lenders and companies affected by the Rule and the ratification of the Rule. Community c. CFPB count on Seila Law to present a direct challenge to the payout provision of the rule. Ultimately, the district court rejected all of the plaintiffs’ arguments as to why the payment arrangements should be voided. The district court noted that the Supreme Court held that the “[Seila Law] standing does not mean that the actions taken by such an officer are void ab-initio and must be undone. Furthermore, the district court ruled that the ratification of the rule was “valid and repaired the constitutional prejudice”. Plaintiffs also argued that one of its members submitted a motion to change the rule to exclude debit card payments from the payments provision, and that the CFPB’s denial of that motion was arbitrary. and capricious. The district court disagreed, finding that the CFPB had “established the rational connection between the facts found and the choice made when it chose to include” debit card payments in the rule.

Pakistan’s tallest man Muhammad Ijaz dies at 42

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  • Muhammad Ijaz, believed to be Pakistan’s tallest man, has passed away.
  • His brother said he was eight feet and two inches tall.
  • Ijaz died at the age of 42 in Bhakkar, Punjab.

Muhammad Ijaz, who was according to his family the tallest man in Pakistan, died at the age of 42 in the Bhakkar district of Punjab, Geographic news reported Thursday.

Muhammad Ijaz’s family confirmed that he died after a long illness.

Ijaz’s brother Abdul Hameed said Ijaz suffered from bone disease.

Hameed claimed that Ijaz was the tallest man in Pakistan at eight feet and two inches tall, but this claim regarding his height could not be confirmed.

Pakistan’s second tallest man Naseer Soomro, 51, was reported last month with chronic lung disease.

On September 18, the government of Sindh announced to cover the costs of his treatment.

Noting his poor health, Sindh’s Minister of Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho issued guidelines for his treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi at the expense of the provincial government.

The action was taken after a video of Soomro went viral on social media where he could be seen complaining about the irresponsible attitude of the Sindh government.


What I find reprehensible

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“What is reprehensible, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. Evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their adversaries.

– Robert F Kennedy

COMMENT | To be clear as someone who values ​​concepts like free speech, I don’t care what people like Muslim preacher Syakir Nasoha say about non-Muslims.

What I find reprehensible is the way the state sanctions the speech of non-Muslims who say reprehensible things about Muslims and Islam, like what this preacher did with non-Muslims.

The insidious element of these unequal state sanctions is that non-Muslims must not only exercise restraint when engaging in religious discourse, but there is always an element of self-censorship when they do. It’s all about discussing Islam in this country, and that includes progressive Muslims.

The designation of non-Muslims as “kafirs” is itself a sectarian and common concept in this country. Various religions contextualizing non-believers with specific terms are not uncommon.

However, in this country, where anti-non-Muslim rhetoric is ingrained in the political system and politics and where the religious establishment controls majority belief systems, demonizing non-Muslims has serious repercussions.

The interesting part of Syakir’s defense of his statements is it – “…. Islam encourages its followers to be on good terms with kafir zimmi and do not forbid Muslims to engage them in the management of world affairs, as long as …


Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad, to participate in community conversations Germanna | Local News

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In October 2002, the entire greater Washington area was looking for two white men in a white truck, believed to be suspects in a series of sniper attacks that killed 10 people.

Mildred Muhammad was looking for three people.

“I was looking for this profile, but I was also looking for John,” Muhammad said in an interview on Tuesday.

Muhammad was in hiding from her ex-husband, John Allen Muhammad, for more than a year after a court in Tacoma, Washington gave him full custody of their children.

She had also taken a restraining order for life against her ex.

She said he told her, “You have become my enemy, and as an enemy I am going to kill you.”

So when officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives knocked on her door on October 23, 2002 and told her they were going to name John the sniper and they thought she was the target. referred, she wasn’t that surprised.

“The theory was that he was killing innocent people to cover up my murder so that he could come in as a grieving father and get custody of our children,” Muhammad said. “It was a problem of domestic violence, of childcare.”

Muhammad will share his story of being terrorized by John – who was convicted of committing the attacks and executed in 2009 – long before he terrorized the Washington area, and of turning from victim to survivor of violence. housekeeper at an online event Friday at 6 p.m. , hosted by Germanna Community Conversations.


Muslim-American lawyer announces her candidacy for mayor of Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, SD – A Sioux Falls immigration lawyer has started the mayoral race against incumbent President Paul TenHaken.

Taneeza Islam spoke to supporters on Tuesday, October 5, supported by a colorful mural in a park in Sioux Falls, where she said she first held a protest for DACA recipients in 2017.

“Welcome back,” said Islam, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Peace. “Our city cannot be strong when the gap between those who have access to it and the wealth grows while those who need our community most are invisible.”

Islam, who said she was the first Muslim-American woman to run for a post in the entire city, also noted the diversity of the growing city of just under 200,000 in the south. East of South Dakota, claiming that 40% of its educated population are children of color.

“We need leadership that reflects this,” observed Islam.

The current mayor of the city, TenHaken, is a former marketing executive who won the election with nearly two-thirds of the city’s vote in 2018. However, TenHaken, a Republican, has come under close scrutiny during the pandemic by some members of the community, as he resisted calls to implement a warrant mask.

TenHaken announcement his campaign for re-election last month, claiming he hated the term “politician”, “because it’s almost a negative word today due to the political divide.”

While the town hall is generally regarded as a non-partisan seat, a number of Sioux Falls Democrats were on hand to support Islam’s candidate announcement on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Islam released a statement criticizing Governor Kristi Noem for stoking “racial fears” following comments she made on Fox News about the refugee resettlement.

“There have never been any ‘unchecked refugees’ in South Dakota, and the governor knows it,” Islam said.

Residents of Sioux Falls will go to the polls in April of next year.


UNC and Duke spread more anti-Israel hatred

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South Building of the University of North Carolina. Photo credit: Wikimedia.

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) has apparently endorsed the view that Israel is the cause of all the violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A slide on the UNC website reads: “Today the Golan Heights, Gaza and the West Bank are all areas under Israeli occupation. Due to the occupation, Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, the official government of Palestine, have been in constant violent conflict since the end of the 1967 war. ”

By authorizing the publication of this material on its website, the UNC promotes the idea that Israel is the sole cause of violence in the conflict.

There is no mention of the thousands of rockets, mortars and waves of suicide killers launched at Israel by Palestinian terrorist organizations to indiscriminately murder Israeli citizens. There is no mention that the Palestinian people democratically elected Hamas – a terrorist organization – to power. There is no discussion of the repeated rejection of the Palestinian leadership of the state and the invitations to peace talks.

Another slide on the UNC website continues: “Since Israel and Palestine are currently nations in conflict and Israel uses water as a tool of domination, water can be described, in this situation, like a weapon, inciting a new conflict.

The UNC presents this inflammatory anti-Israel material, written by students, and declares it “a teaching tool to spread awareness.”

Apparently the UNC is endorsing – and UNC students are internalizing – a one-sided demonization of Israel.

I came across this “teaching tool” because the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies recommends it on their “Resource Links” webpage, describing it as “useful for studying the Middle East and North Africa “.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Consortium offers an entire section on “Islam”, with over 25 recommended resources. Oddly, there are no corresponding sections on Christianity and Judaism.

There is an entire section on “Arab Refugees”. There is no section on Jewish refugees, such as the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forced to leave Arab countries and Iran.

There is no section on Christian refugees. According to National Public Radio, in recent years thousands of Iraqi Christians have been killed and thousands have fled the country because they are “threatened with genocide”.

The Consortium’s website contains a section on “American Arabs,” but lacks corresponding entries for American Jews and other religious minorities.

In the “Culture and Arts” section, the Consortium recommends five resources that all focus on Arab and Muslim culture. No resources on Jewish culture and art are included.

The Duke-UNC resource page recommends five “contemporary news” sites “for studying the Middle East and North Africa,” including Al Jazeera English and Jadaliyya.

Jadaliyya is a Palestinian rights organization and media outlet that glorifies terrorism and promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Al Jazeera is funded by the State of Qatar and has repeatedly posted clearly anti-Semitic content.

Five of the six members of the Consortium’s Executive Committee signed a “Declaration on Palestine from North Carolina Academics on Palestine” in 2021, stating: “We recognize our complicity in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians… [and we] reject the dominant narrative on “both sides”. They are Michael Figueroa, Caroline Robinson and Claudia Yaghoobi from UNC, and Didem Havlioglu and Rebecca Stein from Duke. According to the student newspaper UNC, Stein helped organize the declaration. The Consortium’s Duke Campus director, Ellen McLarney, also signed.

Additionally, in 2021, Stein and McLarney both committed to promoting BDS “in the classroom and on campus”.

This is the same UNC / Duke Consortium that co-sponsored the 2019 “Conflict Over Gaza” conference that made international news for presenting the anti-Semitic performance of a rapper.

In the wake of this scandalous conference, in 2019, the Office of the Consul General of the United States Department of Education (DOE) sent a scathing letter to the Consortium, stating:

The Duke-UNC CMES [Consortium] seems unbalanced as it offers very little, if any, programming focused on the historical discrimination faced and the current circumstances of religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians, Jews, Baha’is, yadizis, Kurds, Druze and others. In addition, in your activities for primary and secondary students and teachers, there is a considerable emphasis on understanding the positive aspects of Islam, while there is an absolute absence of any similar emphasis on the positive aspects of Islam. positive aspects of Christianity, Judaism or any other religion or belief system in the Middle East.

The 2019 letter continued: “This lack of balance in outlook is troubling and strongly suggests that Duke-UNC CMES is not meeting the legal requirement that National Resource Centers” provide a full understanding of areas, regions or countries. ” in which the modern foreign language taught is commonly used.

As a result of complaints filed with the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office (OCR) following this conference, UNC and Duke each signed OCR resolution agreements. Yet the Duke-UNC Consortium website – two years later – still lacks balance and still overlooks religious minorities in the Middle East. And UNC is currently offering a course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict taught by graduate student Kylie Broderick, which promotes the idea that Israel shouldn’t exist, and says, “I never want to encourage them. [students] believing that there are reasons to adopt in good faith the oppressive ideologies of the … Zionists.

The evidence is clear: Despite signing resolution agreements with the US Bureau of Civil Rights, UNC and Duke remain committed to providing students with an unbalanced, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel and one-sided view of the conflict.

Peter Reitzes is a board member of Voice4Israel of North Carolina and writes on issues related to anti-Semitism and Israel.


Famous TikToker Khaby Lame reveals he is a “practicing Muslim”

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Hyderabad: Social media sensation Khaby Lame, who has around 115 million followers on TikTok, has revealed that he is a practicing Muslim. He said he was born into a pious Muslim family in Senegal on March 9, 2000 and grew up in a social housing complex in Chivasso, Italy.

A video of Khaby Lame has made the rounds on social networks in which he can be seen speaking to an Italian news channel where he answers the most asked questions about him on Google. When asked about his faith, he replied, “Yes, I’m a Muslim, a practicing Muslim, I don’t know what else to say. ”

Khaby had already gained a lot of support from his Muslim audience after publicly demonstrating his support for the Palestinian struggle.

Fantasy sports platform Dream 11 had also joined Khaby, the world’s second most popular TikToker, for its 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) digital campaign, making it the first reported case of an international creator. of social media content featured in a mainstream Indian advertisement. campaign.

Khaby was reportedly paid Rs 2 crore for this project which is actually comparable to what big Bollywood stars such as Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan would typically charge for brand approvals.

His success began with the loss of his job as a young factory worker due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Although his father urged him to apply for other jobs, he began to move on. hours every day posting videos on TikTok.

With his oddly sane and funny videos, he rose to fame in no time. Now he is said to have an estimated net worth of $ 2 million.


Rare drawings of boxing legend Muhammad Ali sold for almost $ 1 million

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A rare collection of paintings, sketches and drawings by legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has been auctioned for around $ 1 million.

Approximately 26 works of art were auctioned off at the Bonhams auction house in New York City.

“Sting like a bee” – one of the boxing champion’s most anticipated works sold for $ 425,000, about 10 times more than its speculative value.

It was painted while filming Freedom Road in Mississippi in 1978.

“Sting like a bee” is also the only work that features a complete poem by Muhammad Ali, said Helen Hall, director of popular culture at Bonhams.

The boxing champion’s father, who was a professional artist, encouraged him to experiment with brushes.

Eventually, Muhammad Ali took lessons from sports artist LeRoy Neiman.

“Muhammad Ali was a cultural icon who defined a generation. His works represent the subjects close to his heart: boxing, civil rights, religion, world peace and humanitarianism,” said Helen before the sale.

Muhammad Ali’s friend and art collector Rodney Hilton Brown had auctioned the works, reports the BBC.

Rodney said, Ali drew the first three pictures for him in 1977, after a fight in Boston.

According to the Reuters news agency, a 1979 red, white and blue canvas painting with the words “I love you America” ​​sold for $ 150,000 and a 1967 felt-tip pen sketch comparing Islam to Christianity won $ 24,000.

The legendary boxer breathed his last at the age of 74 in 2016, decades after being diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease, Parkinson’s disease.


Political Islam lost an opportunity for Turkey to coexist with the West – analyst

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Western norms, standards and principles are “fundamentally against the functioning of political Islam in Turkey, including in other countries where Islam claims to rule,” Aktar said.

For Aktar, a mixture of Western ideals and local dynamics could have allowed political Islam to create a Muslim counterpart to Christian democracy, but the opportunity was missed.

2013 has been a critical year in this sense, Aktar said, with two important events that shaped Turkey. The first was a peaceful protest in a public park in the heart of Istanbul that shook the Turkish government.

The Gezi protests began as a small sit-in against plans to destroy a small park in Taksim, one of the city’s last green spaces, to make way for a shopping center in May 2013. They quickly grew. turned into nationwide mass protests after the extreme methods used by the police to disperse the protest.

A total of 11 people were killed in protests over the summer, and 8,000 others were injured by police, tear gas, water cannons, baton charges and occasionally live ammunition.

In December of the same year, a corruption scandal involving senior officials of President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan’s government and members of their family shook the political landscape. “The Bribery and Bribery Operation,” as it was called at the time, was a criminal investigation that resulted in the arrest of 52 members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in power in ErdoÄŸan.

Aktar pointed out that the Turkish strongman began to feel “a huge phobia” in the aftermath of the second half of 2013. He disagrees with those who argued that ErdoÄŸan was against democracy from the start. of his political career.

“This is not true, he started to completely change the way he ran the country after a certain point,” Aktar said, adding that over time he had become a “full-fledged dictator.”

Aktar also spoke of Turkey’s destabilized relations with the West. For Aktar, Turkey has lost a lot after its relations with European states began to fail.

“Third countries in the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa also lost because Turkey meant something to these countries,” he said.

That Turkey was a country that would coexist peacefully with the West was an extremely important message to Western countries, Aktar said. “It’s gone too,” he said.

For Aktar, the West also missed an opportunity to include Turkey in the European continent and to solve its problems in cooperation with Turkey. “Therefore, it is a common failure,” he said.


Miya community in Assam now threatened with eviction

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On September 23, a video made the buzz on social networks. In the video, a man dressed in lungi holding a stick – later identified as Moinul Haque – is seen approaching around 20 armed police. Over the next few seconds, he was shot at point blank range. As he falls to the ground, a dozen police officers are seen beating and kicking the dying man. The video also showed a civilian, later identified as a government photographer, stomping on the man lying on the ground. This display of medieval barbarism was seen during an eviction campaign in the Darrang district of central Assam.

Miyas are Muslims of East Bengal origin or Asomiya Muslims of Bengali origin. The history of the migration of this social group to Assam dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Migration continued until the first half of the 20th century. The migrants assimilated into Asomiya culture and adopted Asomiya as their identity and language. Their action has directly contributed to maintaining Asomiya as the language spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of multilingual and heterogeneous Assam.

Yet, post-colonial Assam society has witnessed widespread otherness and persecution of the Miya community. There can be no better illustration of the result of this process of otherness than the murder of Moinul Haque and the desecration of his corpse.

The persecution of Miyas has a long history in Assam. They are regularly slandered like Gedas, “illegal immigrants”, “Bangladeshis”, “doubtful Bangladeshis”, “illegal invaders”, etc. Many academics in the region label them as illegal immigrants. The use of racial slurs against this social group is widespread. Besides the daily dehumanization inflicted by many people in Assam, there have also been multiple killings with impunity of the perpetrators. None of the perpetrators has so far been brought to justice for these mass crimes.

Community targeting continued on behalf of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) and through the establishment of the infamous detention camps. A special category of people has been created in Assam called “doubtful voters”; the citizenship of thousands of Miyas has fallen under a cloud, based on prejudices and stereotypes. Many were forcibly sent to detention camps. The attack on the very citizenship of thousands of Miyas, including the elderly, women and children, has sowed unprecedented fear, melancholy and hardship in the community. In this series of persecutions, “eviction” is the government’s new weapon to imprison this community in a never-ending cycle of poverty and misery.

Assam has recently witnessed several eviction campaigns. Most of these expulsions target Muslims. The eviction in Darrang was carried out without the proper implementation of a rehabilitation plan. People were told to leave their land at midnight, and evictions began the next morning. Many of them did not receive any notice. The mainstream media did not ask the government appropriate questions. Civil society lacks the moral courage to protest against these evictions, despite being aware that it is a tool used to leave thousands of people homeless, landless and jobless. In places designated as expulsion sites, human beings are reduced, according to the now famous qualification of the Indian Minister of the Interior, to “termites”. The constitutional guarantee of equality for all citizens has been reduced to dust. The backdrop to this collective failure of society is the prevailing Hindu-Muslim divide.

Assam has thousands of landless people. Most of them are internally displaced persons (IDPs). The internally displaced are a creation of past examples of violence and natural calamities which include seasonally flowing rivers and erosion of riverbanks. But successive governments have not solved the landless problem. Many of the landless are labeled as “illegal Bangladeshis”. Many people in eastern Assam think lower Assam is full of Miyas. The political class spares no effort against fan prejudices and creates fertile ground for hatred.

Civil society must therefore engage in a dialogue to bridge the inter-community divide and claim the truth. The people of Upper Assam need to be educated that the Miyas are not Bangladeshis. This can be done by civil society, perhaps through a transition project. As part of such a project, some people from villages in eastern Assam could be invited to spend time in Miya villages in western Assam, thereby creating social bridges.

This column first appeared in the print edition on October 6, 2021 under the title “A Bridge to the Other in Assam”. The writer is an Assam-based researcher


Calcutta: In Covid Era, Secular Spirit Boosts New Market Puja Sales | Calcutta News

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KOLKATA: After two hours of shopping in New Market, Md Imran and Ayesha Khatoon return home with their purchase: her with two dresses; him with some t-shirts and shirts.
Zaid Alam, of Park Circus, also buys clothes at New Market with his mother. They had visited a few shopping malls but had not found a nice dress for a two year old in the family.
Around the time of Covid, about half of New Market’s festival season sales came from communities that did not celebrate Durga Puja as a religious holiday. Dozens of Muslim families from surrounding localities – Free School Street, Royd Street, Elliot Road, Taltala, Mehdi Bagan, Bowbazar, Colootola Street Park Circus and even Kidderpore, shop at the Heritage Market to enjoy the festival around the corner. : Durga Puja.
“Durga Puja is a religious holiday. But it’s also the biggest social occasion here. We too like to go out in new clothes, meet friends and eat out, ”said Imran, highlighting the Puja spirit, which transcends religion to embrace all communities.
For many families, shopping for clothes and shoes has been quite low on the priority list since March 2020, due to the pandemic. But things are changing now, with fewer cases. “A lot of my associates have Durga Puja in their home and they invite me and my family every year. Also this year, many invited me after a year of absence. So we went shopping for my wife, son and myself. I like to visit in traditional clothes, ”explains Irfan Ahmed, businessman and resident of Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Stocks are replenishing and traders in New Market are offering good discounts at festivals like Eid, Durga Puja, and Christmas. “Unfortunately, the two waves of Covid-19 coincided with Eid and even Eid-uz-Zoha. But now stores and malls are open offering great deals on new inventory. It’s a good time to buy clothes and shoes for family members, ”says Farhana Rasul, a resident of New CIT Road. “There are several gatherings of college friends in Durga Puja that we attend, so pieceing together the wardrobe has become important.”
Ashok Gupta, president of the SS Hogg Market Traders Association, says the secular nature of the festival and the enthusiasm with which all communities welcome the occasion saved the market from disaster.
“Usually at this time of year, less than a month before Durga Puja, 75% of customers are Bengali Hindus who buy Puja. Although attendance is currently around 45% of what it was in September 2019, nearly half of New Market’s customers are Muslims who live within a 3 mile radius. Without them, many stores that are currently operational because they are on the verge of breaking even would have been closed to reduce losses, ”Gupta told TOI.
Amit Saha, who owns a boutique of salwar suites in the market, says nearly two-thirds of his customers are Muslim women. “Durga Puja is a festival that everyone loves, regardless of religious beliefs,” he says. “It’s a great socio-cultural event. Apart from clothes, shoes and jewelry are flying off the shelves.
Muslim customers also say that Eid-ul-Fitr in May and Eid-uz-Zoha in July were swept away by the Covid restrictions and, as a result, were unable to purchase new clothes and then go out. “Everyone, especially children and young people, are looking forward to the holiday season,” Alam said.
The association’s general secretary, Uday Kumar Shaoo, says local Muslims have always frequented the market, but their presence has now become much more visible for three reasons: the absence of Bangladeshi customers due to travel restrictions between the two countries ; a decrease in the number of local Bengali customers as they move; and the lack of suburban customers, as local trains have yet to start operating.
“Many Bengalis have left central Calcutta for the outlying areas and now shop in markets closer to their homes in Behala, Jadavpur and Gariahat. So the buying cake for Muslim customers has increased, ”Shaoo says, adding that local Muslims had supported the market even during the difficult days after the market reopened. “At the time, 95% of customers were local Muslims,” he says.


Muhammad Ali sketches jaw-dropping prices at New York auction

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October 5 (Reuters) – A felt-tip boxing sketch by the late Muhammad Ali sold for more than $ 425,000 on Tuesday at a New York auction of his little-known artwork, some of which have exceeded estimates several times over.

The sketch, titled “Sting Like a Bee,” and drawn on paper in 1978 was the most sought-after work of over 20 paintings, drawings and sketches by the former heavyweight champion that reflected Ali’s interest. for religion, social justice and his own. career. He was carrying a pre-sale estimate of $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.

“Ref, it floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee!” reads the bubble of a boxer knocked out by an opponent whose arms are raised in victory. Ali used this expression to describe his style of boxing.

Bonhams auctioneers said 26 works of art by Ali sold for a total of $ 945,524, more than three times the lower value of estimates. “Sting Like A Bee” was purchased by a British collector of Ali memorabilia, Bonhams said. The other buyers have not been identified.

Ali’s passion for art was little known but he liked to draw to relax after a fight or training. Some of the works for sale were traditional natural paintings, while others were more personal sketches resembling cartoons.

A 1979 red, white and blue canvas painting with the words “I Love You America” ​​sold for $ 150,000, while a 1967 felt-tip pen sketch comparing Islam to Christianity was sold at $ 24,000.

The former world heavyweight champion, who announced his conversion to Islam in 1964 after winning the title for the first time as Cassius Clay, died in 2016 at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His paintings and drawings come from the collection of Rodney Hilton Brown, who worked with Ali on his art.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant Editing by Bill Berkrot

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Election agency says powerless after Quebec municipal party calls Islam “cancer”

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QUEBEC – Quebec City’s marginal municipal party platform describes Islam as ‘cancer’, and province’s electoral commission says it has no power to do anything on this subject. Quebec will hold municipal elections at the provincial level on November 7.

QUEBEC – Quebec City’s marginal municipal party platform describes Islam as ‘cancer’, and province’s electoral commission says it has no power to do anything on this subject.

Quebec will hold province-wide municipal elections on November 7. Elections Quebec, the agency that oversees campaigns across the province, said Monday that there was no Quebec law that addresses the content of political platforms. The office does not have the power to ban a party or candidate for alleged hate speech, spokeswoman Julie St-Arnaud said in an interview.

“We do not look at the ideas of the parties, we act impartially,” said St-Arnaud. “There is nothing in our laws that says if a person makes statements of this nature their candidacy is withdrawn. It is up to the voters to make their choices at the time of the ballot.”

Along with the policy on drinking water and transport, the political platform of the Alliance Citoyenne de Québec qualifies Islam as a “slowly developing cancer in Quebec society” and as a religion “contrary to the fundamental values ​​of Quebec. Quebec ”.

Party leader Alain Giasson said on Monday that there was no room for a law in Quebec that would censor such comments. His predecessor, Daniel Brisson, obtained 0.61% of the vote for mayor in the 2018 municipal elections in Quebec.

“It’s a legitimate debate but unfortunately people are afraid to talk about it,” Giasson said of Islam.

Benoit Charette, the Quebec minister responsible for the fight against racism, said Tuesday through a spokesperson: “We cannot tolerate this kind of speech, especially when it comes from a political party.

Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs of Quebec, said through a spokesperson that comments on Islam in Giasson’s platform “have no place in our society”.

Giasson said he added a section on Islam to his platform after learning that a major party in the election led Boufeldja Benabdallah, co-founder of the city’s Islamic cultural center, as city councilor . Benabdallah is part of Marie-Josée Savard’s team, who is leading the race and has described outgoing mayor Régis Labeaume as his mentor.

Benabdallah is an important figure in the Muslim community of Quebec, where four years have passed since an armed man stormed his mosque on January 29, 2017, killing six men and seriously injuring 19 people.

In an interview on Monday, Benabdallah said Giasson should remove the offensive section of the platform and apologize. But, he said, he didn’t intend to put too much effort into making that happen.

“They insulted me and my religion,” he said. “I asked them to apologize and remove the section but if they don’t want to, that’s how far I’ll go.”

“We must create programs to live together,” he added. “Concrete actions that will bring people together. Cultural, intellectual, sporting activities, conferences. But it will not happen by itself. listen to each other. It cannot be just laws, we need concrete action.

Lara Emond, spokeswoman for Savard’s party, said on Monday that people accusing Benabdallah of imposing his religion shows that there is still work to be done to make the provincial capital more inclusive.

“Mr. Boufeldja Benabdallah does not intend to turn his back on his religion, but he will not impose his point of view either,” Emond said in a statement.

– By Virginie Ann in Montreal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version indicated that Elections Quebec had confirmed having received a complaint against the party’s platform.


BJP gained power by pitting Hindus against Muslims: Lalu

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Rashtriya Janata Dal chairman Lalu Prasad on Tuesday launched a vitriolic attack on the BJP, which he accused of pitting Hindus against Muslims (Ram aur Rahim ke gang), and likened it to a beast that has “tasted blood”.

Addressing party workers here via video conference, Prasad, who has been in Delhi since his release from prison a few months ago, also expressed “strong condemnation” for the incidents in Uttar’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. Pradesh, run by the BJP, where a car is believed to belong to a Union minister’s son plowed into a bustling farm crowd.

The former Union minister, who had been an MP for many terms before being banned from running for office in 2013, also lamented the lack of unity in the opposition and said the BJP could be vanquished if all the opposing parties could keep their herds together. .

Prasad, who had to resign from his post as chief minister of Bihar in 1997 due to the indictment filed against him for the fodder scam, also predicted an “early fall” of the government of Nitish Kumar, who returned to power in the legislative elections last year. .

The outspoken leader of the OBC, a mascot of pro-Mandal politics, also expressed outrage at the Center submitting to the Supreme Court that it would not be able to list the numerically powerful social group though. that Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested otherwise during a meeting with a multi-party delegation from Bihar, led by Kumar and including Prasad’s son and alleged heir Tejashwi Yadav. He asserted that the BJP despised affirmative action and said: “We will fight and ensure that the caste census is undertaken and that policies are formulated taking into account the population of the different castes.”

The septuagenarian also appeared to put an end to the controversy sparked by his eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav’s declamation that the RJD supremo was “being held captive in Delhi and prevented from traveling to Bihar,” explosions from the Mercurial Chief aimed at his younger, but more powerful brother, Tejashwi. Prasad told the Patna rally, where Tejashwi was present, “I will come to Bihar soon.

Almost every day I keep asking my doctor here when can I go. I have a serious kidney problem and have been advised to limit my daily water intake to one liter. But my health is improving and I look forward to being with you soon. ”“ The country is reeling from unemployment and soaring prices. But the BJP has no interest in resolving these issues. He tasted blood, (munh khoon lag gaya hai) having come to power by pitting Ram and Rahim’s supporters against each other, ”said Prasad. He also reaffirmed his commitment to secularism, reminding the people of the arrest of the leader of the BJP LK. Advani when the Ram Rath Yatra was crossing the state.

Prasad, whose party recently snubbed Congress, its ally in Bihar, by running its candidates for the two seats in the assembly elected when the latter wanted to challenge one of them, also made a sarcastic remark about the “High command culture” which prevails in the national party opposing it to its style of operation. “During the elections, candidates from other parties, including Congress, were waiting for permission from the high command for their tickets to be finalized. I used to put my signature sitting under a tree,” the official said. RJD supremo, known for his earthy ways.

He also gave the audience a taste of his characteristic humor, adored and hated by different groups of people in equal measure, when he recounted his sponsorship to Bhola Ram Toofani, a Dalit leader of humble origin, that he had made minister and lent his helicopter to have toured his constituency. Taking blows at his big rival Nitish Kumar, Prasad recalled the former’s vehement request for special category status to the state and wondered why he was with the BJP who had shown their contempt for the pending request. for a long time.

“Our party did very well under Tejashwi’s leadership in the assembly polls. It emerged as the largest party, although the NDA obtained a majority by manipulating the results into hotly contested seats. ….. There is not a lot of cohesion in the alliance in power in the state. I tell you, this government will fall well before the end of its mandate “, declared Prasad, who spoke during almost half an hour.


Pakistan urges UN Human Rights Council to step up efforts to end rise in Islamophobia

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GENEVA: Pakistan called for redoubled efforts to stop and reverse the growing trend of Islamophobia and other forms of racial discrimination, stressing that “meaningful responsibility of perpetrators” must be guaranteed.

“Islamophobia is a dangerous form of contemporary racism, fueled by decades of anti-rhetoric and public policies as well as stereotypes towards Muslim communities and minorities,” said Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations office in Geneva, at the UN Human Rights. Council Monday. In a separate speech on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ambassador Hashmi rejected any efforts to legislate discriminatory and targeted measures against Muslim individuals and communities under the guise of combating terrorism in some western countries and others.

The Pakistani envoy made the speeches during the general debate of the 47 members of the Council on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance. Speaking on behalf of Pakistan, Ambassador Hashmi said the most visible and consistent examples of Islamophobia were evident in the steady rise of right-wing extremist Hindutva ideology in the South Asian region. South which has targeted Muslims, Christians and Dalits, among others, through communal violence, deprivation of citizenship, attacks on religious sites, forced conversions and ban on religious practices.

Violent attacks have resulted in death and economic damage, he said, worrying that many perpetrators of these crimes enjoy state patronage and protection, thus strengthening a growing culture of impunity. Stressing that people under foreign occupation are the most vulnerable to multiple forms of discrimination, “said Ambassador Hashmi,” these disturbing trends are most striking in occupied Jammu and Kashmir where the neo-colonial regime is changing the demographic structure by converting the Muslim majority into a minority and by erasing their distinct cultural and religious identity, in flagrant violation and in defiance of international law.

Speaking on behalf of the OIC, Ambassador Hashmi said that failure to tackle racial discrimination, xenophobia and religious intolerance not only threatens societies but also undermines aspirations for global coexistence. peaceful. “We strongly condemn and call for an end to incitement to violence through the denigration of venerated religious figures and symbols through the Holy Prophet (PBUH) cartoon contests, destruction of mosques; and the ban on the construction of minarets, ”he said.

The OIC lamented the vilification of any religion, claiming that the use of Islamophobia as a tool to raise political or media ratings, as evident in some so-called democracies, cumulatively represents a new form of institutionalized discrimination and deserves unqualified condemnation. The OIC expresses its deep concern at the ban on the face veil in some European countries, ”said Ambassador Hashmi. hatred and Islamophobia.

“These measures further marginalize Muslim women and deprive them of their fundamental rights and freedoms,” the OIC said. The OIC appreciates the importance of the right to freedom of expression, but stressed that this right cannot be invoked as an authorization for hate speech, willful ridicule or willful insult to religion, religious figures and to the sensitivities of others.



Atlassian’s Linktree Snares Zak Islam as New CTO

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Linktree has today announced that Zak Islam has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer. Islam brings to the leadership team over 15 years of experience leading engineering, product management and design teams for several global technology companies.

Prior to Linktree, Islam was Vice President and Head of Engineering for Technical Teams at Atlassian, where he worked on products such as Jira Software, Bitbucket, Opsgenie and initiatives such as Jira Platform. Prior to that, he also held executive positions at Amazon Web Services, working on messaging and workflow products. With a tertiary background in computer science from Ryerson University in Toronto, Zak has also held several technical leadership roles in companies including Varicent Software and Infor. Zak continues to play a key role in the Australian tech startup ecosystem by helping founders advise and mentor scale challenges.

At Linktree, Islam‘s role will focus on strengthening product and engineering teams globally and launching products into new verticals. He will also lead the strategy of technology platforms, partnerships and external relations and will play a critical role in operations and business development. As a member of the management team, Islam will add to the thought leadership, innovation and creativity of the Linktree brand.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to join Linktree and I look forward to working closely with Alex, Anthony and the team as the company continues to innovate, grow rapidly and change the game for creators. with its link in the organic solution and the growing suite of technologies. tools. I have always admired Linktree’s work from afar and look forward to working with a brand that has created its own category and with an impressive team made up of some of the best and brightest talent in the world, ”said Linktree CTO , Zak Islam.

Linktree is one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups with over 17 million users worldwide and over 150 employees in Melbourne, LA and around the world. The platform allows brands, artists, publishers, agencies, creators and small businesses to manage an online ecosystem, interact with their audiences and monetize their passions.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone of the caliber of Zak joining us at Linktree,” said Alex Zaccaria, CEO and Co-Founder of Linktree. “Over the past 12 months we have experienced tremendous growth, and adding Zak to our team will allow us to continue to create innovative solutions that have made Linktree the leading platform it is today. . Our journey has only just begun.

This appointment follows the announcement of the first acquisition of Songlink / Odesli by Linktree in August 2021, which saw founder Kurt Weiberth join the team as Linktree’s new CTO to lead its new feature products division. Music Link.


Egyptian Islamic singer Mahmoud ElTohamy celebrates World Animal Day with ‘Monay’ – Music – Arts & Culture

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Directed by Abdel-Qader El-Atrash, the clip incites pity on street animals and features the singer’s sons in a message to his fans.

“You see them as street animals, but we see them as the creation of Allah, the Almighty God who created everything,” ElTohamy, a pioneer of the renaissance of Islamic song, told Ahram Online on Monday. modern arrangements and western harmonies.

“Teach yourself to worship Allah by feeding and caring for animals, including cats and dogs in your neighborhood,” he pleaded with his fans.

ElTohamy has been an advocate for animal rights often through his social media platforms.

Most famous for Qamaron, El-Burda, Rasamtok and many other traditional poems, ElTohamy, born in 1979, began his career as a child following in the footsteps of his father, the pioneer of Sufi singing Shiekh Yassin ElTohamy.

He performed songs of Sufi poetry at traditional Sunni Islamic events across the country in front of crowds that sometimes numbered in the hundreds of thousands at major moulid events in the neighborhoods of Al-Hussein and Al-Saida Zeinab in Cairo.

ElTohamy has participated in various concerts in Egypt and abroad with Egyptian Grammy Award winner Fathy Salama and his band Sharkiat as part of a project launched in 2018 titled “Sufism vs Modernism”.

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Midnight Mass perfectly captures the true spirit of religion

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With Midnight Mass, Mike Flanagan explores a range of poignant subjects but also points to a deeper lesson in religion and human nature.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Midnight Mass.

by netflix Midnight Mass explores a whole range of poignant themes and even perfectly portrays a universal truth at the heart of religion. Sequel to other Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House and its follow-up, The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion, Midnight Mass comes from writer / director Mike Flanagan. Set on the fictional island of Crockett, the series explores a different kind of terror as its inhabitants fall prey to a vampire-like monster mistaken for an angel and renewed religious fervor. The two are unleashed on the island by Father Paul Hill / Monsignor Pruitt (Hamish Linklater) and contribute to a tense and bloody conclusion.


Along the way, Midnight Mass covers a host of important topics including addiction, grief, remorse, redemption, and even the meaning of life. Primarily, Mike Flanagan’s Passion Project addresses the nature of religion and faith. He does it from different angles, from reincarnated atheist Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) and zealous Catholic Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan) to Muslim father and son Sheriff Hassan (Rahul Kohli) and Ali (Rahul Abburi). In the process, Mike Flanagan (who appeared as a priest) offers an often overlooked wisdom that captures the true essence of spiritual belief and how it manifests.

Related: Midnight Mass Ends & Actual Meaning Explained: Why It’s A Happy Ending

Wisdom comes as Riley reckons with his alcoholism and attends his first AA meeting with Father Paul. Meanwhile, the charismatic priest confides that alcohol in itself is neither good nor bad. Instead, it is only when in the hands of an individual that the needle moves in one way or another. Although the particular point is never directly indicated, Midnight Mass stresses, however, that this also remains true of religion. After all, whatever faith is practiced, it is also an abstract construct. Religion is never as good (or bad) as the individual who takes it to heart, whether in Midnight Mass titled episodes from books or in real life.


Kate Siegel as Erin Greene and Zach Gilford as Riley Flynn Praying at Midnight Mass

Religion hasn’t made Sheriff Hassan, Erin Greene (Kate Siegel), Midred Gunning (Alex Essoe) and others the good people and sacrificial heroes they ultimately are. Their faith only strengthens their already innate sense of compassion and kindness, rather than fueling it. They don’t need the lessons of the Bible or the Quran to teach them how to be, they just confirm that the way they lived their life was one of nobility and dignity. And their faith gives them the strength to stay this course in the face of hostility and much worse. As Ed Flynn (Henry Thomas) puts it when most Midnight MassThe characters are transformed into vampires, it doesn’t change who you are deep inside. Again, the same is true of religion.

This is most emphasized by the opposite example embodied by Bev Keane mentioned above. Whether it’s poisoning a harmless dog or her generally racist and closed-minded attitudes, it’s increasingly clear that she’s not a good person. Although she may be too delusional to see it, it is equally clear that for her religion is only a practical mask for these flaws. Worse yet, the words of the Bible exist simply to be twisted, to allow it to justify its increasingly heinous actions. The same goes for several other residents of Midnight Mass‘Crockett Island, whose blind following of Pruitt and then Bev belies their own weaknesses and moral flaws, rather than serving as an indictment against religion itself.

Another pivotal scene that captures an often-missed essence of religion is the PTA reunion. As much as Bev refuses to see the point, Sheriff Hassan respectfully points out the hypocrisy of the religious divide. Through this character – and the type of research most obscured by the Muslim representation – Mike Flanagan points out that often different religions are two sides of the same coin. While practices and some scriptures may differ, the fundamental meanings may not necessarily be. For the best or for the worst, Midnight Mass shows that faith and religion are just mirrors, and what manifests is based on the person, not on texts.

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Rare collection of Muhammad Ali’s artwork up for auction

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When Muhammad Ali was filming the historic television drama Freedom Road in the late 1970s, he painted a boxing scene and included one of his famous poems in it. The poem says “Ref, he floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee,” and the runaway ref said, “And if you were smart you would run like me. “

The painting is just one of the works of the 2016 heavyweight champion boxer and activist, which is part of an auction on Tuesday at Bonhams Auction House in Midtown. Ali’s artwork is from the collection of Rodney Hilton Brown, a longtime friend of the man known as “The Greatest”. Brown had taken over a bankrupt Soho Art Gallery in the late 1970s and met Ali after a charity fight in Boston, hoping he would paint limited editions for him.

“I told him if I could put a brush in those hands I think something is going to come out on a different canvas,” said Brown, who says at that point Ali smiled because he was already painting. He had learned from his father Cassius Clay Sr. Brown and Ali met later and as Brown says, the rest is history.

The work covers many themes, from boxing to social justice. There are also paintings by Clay Sr., including one of Ali Odessa’s mother. Bonhams popular culture director Helen Hall says when she first saw Brown’s collection she got goose bumps.

“I think the works are so amazing, they are so moving because these are subjects that were so close to Ali’s heart, so yeah, I was really blown away,” Hall said.

Describing his relationship with one of the most important figures of the 20th century, Brown says they had fun. He points to two auctioned paper planes that Ali had made and thrown at him. He says he’s ready to part with his collection, which he says has sat under his boxed dining table for over 40 years.

“Believe it or not, I’m 78 and I don’t have a Great Pyramid so it has to go away, everything has to go,” said Brown, who added “Everything needs to be shared with the world now.”

Learn more about the auction at bonhams.com/auctions.


Evangelization of NPA staff shows willingness to Christianize Nigeria – Islamic group

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Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, alleged on Monday that some staff at the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, were trying to turn the organization into a Christian crusade camp.

MURIC alleged that some senior NPA officials generally distributed Christian literature as farewell gifts to official visitors to the facility.

The organization said such an act was part of the evidence to Christianize Nigeria.

In a statement by its director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC urged the NPA authority to investigate such acts.

Akintola said it was unethical for NPA staff to use the facility for evangelism.

The statement reads: “The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) now has a habit of giving Christian literature as a gift to its visitors. A group of people who recently visited the port were told they had to wait for freebies after entering their data to get a port pass ID card. To their surprise, the same NPA personnel who captured them gave them copies of Pastor Chris’ Rapsody.

“This is absolutely unhealthy, unethical and highly demeaning. Who owns these gifts and on whose behalf are they distributed to visitors? NPA is now used for Christian evangelism. It portrays NPA staff. like an idle and not very serious group. How can a federal facility be used to promote a religion? This is an attack on our sensibilities. It is unacceptable. “

“It is unthinkable that the same people who file complaints against Islamization are bent on Christianizing Nigeria. But while we cannot find concrete evidence of Islamization, there is several evidence of Christianization and what is happening in the NPA is one of them.

“We had reason to complain to the Ikoyi Immigration Office some time ago. Visitors are forced to participate or watch helplessly as the staff do morning Christian devotion in the same place that those who have come for international travel documents are seated.

“It pushes religious practice and proselytizing to ridiculous heights. He smiles in despair. But why? What is desperation about? It is also a manifestation of a lack of sensitivity to the feelings of people of other faiths. Morning devotion should not be performed during official times and when official functions are being performed. Is that what workers are paid for? Religious literature of any denomination should not be distributed by workers either.

“MURIC demands an investigation into these unhealthy practices. NPA authorities should take immediate action to end the distribution of Christian literature to unsuspecting members of the public. NPA is a federal facility, not a Christian crusade camp.


Egyptian musicians’ union bans popular rapper Marwan Pablo – Music – Arts and Culture

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In a strongly worded statement, the union cited an offense against the values ​​of a well-known religious hymn as well as the use of profanity that shocked Egyptian society.

At a concert at the Al-Manara Arena on Friday, Pablo – who is not a member of the union and operates under the one-day license system – introduced guest Palestinian rapper, Shabjdeed, who sang a modified version of ‘Mawlay’ – an iconic anthem made popular by esteemed Naqshbandi – as a tribute to its host.

Shabjadeed changed the word “Mawaly” (“My Lord”) to “Marwan” and continued the intro which could be translated as: “I am at your door, opening my hands (for prayers), who have I (except you) ?”

On Sunday, following the union’s decision and the controversy sparked by the incident, Shabjdeed apologized to the Egyptians, the global Muslim community, the musical entities involved and Pablo.

The Palestinian rapper said in a story on his Instagram account that he “didn’t want to offend but, on the contrary, wanted to show respect for the culture,” adding that this was due to his lack of experience with the crowd.

One of the country’s most popular rappers, 25-year-old Pablo, best known for his previous track “El-Gemeiza”, is one of the most popular singers locally, with nearly a million subscribers across all of his platforms despite having been on hiatus for almost a year.

Her comeback clip “Ghaba” has 18 million views on YouTube alone since its release in February, with each of her other songs racking up millions of streams across all platforms.

Pablo’s ban adds to the problems for rappers and mahragan singers with the union – led by veteran singer Hany Shaker – which recently banned the use of recorded music in public performances, forcing all artists to include at least eight musicians when they perform live.

The banned rapper still has the option of appealing his case to the union, however, he has yet to do so.

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Murder of Pastor Shuaibu: Will Justice Be Done? By Léo Igwe

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The murder of a Christian pastor in Kano has raised questions about justice, fairness and fairness for non-Muslims in Muslim-dominated Kano state. Muslim wild boars killed Rev. Shuaibu for his alleged role in converting a Muslim to Christianity in the region. Such horrific acts of religious extremism are nothing new in Kano State. Kano is one of the Muslim majority states in northern Nigeria where Sharia law is in effect. Islamic theocracy prevails in the region. Kano State officially treats non-Muslims as second-class citizens.

Muslim extremists engage in attacks and killings of non-Muslims with impunity. Federal government authorities are turning a blind eye to abuses and crimes based on the Muslim faith. The Christian Association of Nigeria has called for justice in the case of the late Pastor Shuaibu. But will justice be done? Will the murderers of this pastor be brought to justice? Police have reportedly arrested some suspects. But will they be prosecuted and punished for their crimes? Based on the history of religious bloodletting in the state, justice would likely not be served. It is not in the character of the Islamic State of Kano to ensure justice and fairness for non-Muslim believers. Whenever Muslim jihadists lash out, attack or kill non-Muslims, as in the case of Pastor Shuaibu, the Kano state government bends to the Islamic base. State officials look away; they pretend not to know their duty and responsibility. The state government downplays the atrocity. State actors pretend to ignore the law and the constitution. In most cases, arrests are not made. Muslim assailants and murderers are unharmed because the murder of a non-Muslim is not treated as a criminal act. Killing an unbeliever is widely seen as a religious duty that advances the cause of Islam and not as an offense against the state.


In some cases where victims survive, they are arrested and detained for their safety. The victims of attacks by the Islamic mob are prosecuted for having engaged in actions likely to undermine public peace. In situations where they did not survive, such as in the case of Rev. Shuaibu, suspects can be arrested. But they would later be released secretly. As in the case of Bridget Agbahime, whenever the alleged perpetrators are indicted in court, state prosecutors at some point declare nolle prosequi on the case. They would free the leeches. This disgusting scheme applies to the handling of jihadist attacks and the murder of non-Muslims in Kano State. Everyone expects the pattern to unfold in the case of Reverend Shuaibu. The Kano state government could also choose to prove the experts wrong. Now that the police have arrested some suspects, will delaying tactics take hold? Will the police charge them in court? Will the police keep them in custody until the tension dissipates and then release them? We know that the attorneys general sometimes also act as if they wanted to deal with the matter with diligence. They would take the case to court and later either suspend the trial or ask the judge to dismiss it. Would this drama play out in the case of Reverend Shuaibu?

The authorities in Kano State should know that the world is watching and closely following the case of Rev. Shuaibu. The world is taking note of all the evils, ploys and intrigues that the Islamic theocrats of Kano use to deny justice to non-Muslims.

Igwe is a Nigerian human rights defender and humanist.


Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s rare collection of original artwork up for auction

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On December 3, 2012, American boxing legend Muhammad Ali was crowned “King of Boxing” at the 50th World Boxing Council Convention in Cancun and rightly so, the former heavyweight world champion did not only inspired aspiring sportsmen by being the greatest of all time, but also inspired fans with his values ​​outside the ring. However, did you know he liked to draw between fights?

A 24-piece collection of his original cartoon-style artwork, reflecting his interest in religion and social justice outside of him in the ring, is up for auction. At the height of his career in 1964, he announced his conversion to Islam.

Fans have gone mad since his treasure trove of artwork was auctioned off in New York City, as his passion for sketching after a fight or training, as a way to relax, is less well known. Recently, auction house Bonhams Popular Culture announced the auction titled “It’s A Knockout!”

They revealed: “On October 5th, Bonhams New York will be offering rare and important items related to the history of boxing, baseball and other sports … The auction is highlighted by a collection of memorabilia #MuhammadAli from the Rodney Hilton Brown Collection, as well as a selection of pieces for baseball legends #BabeRuth, #JoeDiMaggio and #LouGehrig, all of which are part of the Jim & Theresa Sports Memorabilia Collection (sic).

The presenters added: “Here is a pair of #Everlast gloves worn in combat by Muhammad Ali from 1977. Estimate: $ 3000-5000 (sic).”

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In another post, a video of the compilation of Muhammad Ali’s works was shared with the boxer’s quote: “I am the greatest! I said it before I even knew I was. He shared: “Bonhams is happy to offer a rare collection of original works of art by the one and only Muhammad Ali… To many, this may strike you as news that Ali has been an artist his whole life (sic) . “

Ali’s interest in drawing was nurtured by his father Cassius Clay Snr, a professional artist. Growing up, Ali continued to paint and draw informally on subjects close to his heart, including boxing, civil rights, world peace and humanitarianism. He later enlisted in art classes from sports artist LeRoy Neiman.

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His Black Jet painting, made in 1977, is expected to fetch US $ 15,000 to 20,000 or INR 1,100,000 to 1,500,000, Sunset with Tree of Life drawn in the same year is expected to fetch US $ 15,000 to 20,000 or 1,100,000 at 1,500,000 INR and Moon Over The mountains, also painted in the same year, are expected to fetch between 15,000 and 20,000 US dollars or between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 INR.

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The same goes for the rest of the other 21 works.

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What Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali Doc Lacks About Nation of Islam

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WHanging Ken Burns’ new four-part documentary on Muhammad Ali rekindled my memories of what the three-time heavyweight champion and the Nation of Islam meant to young people growing up in East Elmhurst, a residential enclave for ‘black Muslims’ in Queens.

During the 1960s and 1970s, East Elmhurst was home to an assortment of community leaders grappling with the dilemma of racial injustice. These included civil rights activists like Bill Booth, former judge and chairman of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and NOI figures like Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz and Louis Farrakhan. .

The Burns movie, Mohamed Ali, did a good job of chronicling the usual markers of Ali’s life story, but failed to describe why the NOI would appeal to ordinary black youth at the time; instead, he shed light on the group’s “separatist” identity, “exotic” faith and uniforms, internal rivalries and unwanted statements by the organization’s speakers.

I imagine that this is normal for a cultural creation for the general public which is based on images from the national press. It’s an approach that tends to recycle old views like the 1959 CBS documentary about Malcolm X and other “black supremacists,” The hatred that hate produces. To us, however, Muslims were little more than disgruntled Baptists seeking alternative outlets.

The NOI was founded in Detroit in 1930 on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for people of African descent. In the 1960s, when I first learned of the organization, it had about 70,000 members in major cities thanks in part to the appeal of charismatic figures like Malcolm X, the national spokesperson, and Muhammad Ali.

What the documentary obscures are the symbols of cultural pride and cooperative enterprises that I remember as being remarkable to my peers. For example, members of the NOI took steps to let us know that our lives mattered without slogans and protest marches. It was common to see older men reaching out to boys in parks and on front steps to discuss history, current events, and personal goals. What did we want from life? How do we behave as young men? How are we going to contribute to the community and so on?

They discussed respecting women and family and organized street games like sprints and stick ball. They formed neighborhood watch groups and even once recovered a bicycle that had been stolen by a white passerby. Some have told the lost story of African civilizations like ancient Sumer and Kush and the medieval empires of Ghana and the Moors. These are things we have never heard of from elementary school teachers.

Many of the NOI alumni had a modest education. They sometimes got the facts wrong or inflated historical achievements, but they tried within limits to instill confidence in the next generation. Some of us laughed at them for wearing bow ties, gossiping about white origins, or carrying ourselves with the strained dignity of men cast aside by society. Others of us, however, quietly enjoyed the attention of ordinary models with all their flaws.

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Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (right) sits on the podium with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad as he attends the National Meeting of Black Muslims. Ali received a standing ovation when he s ‘is addressed to the crowd at the Chicago International Amphitheater. “

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They mainly espoused the teachings of the man born as Elijah Poole, a Georgian sharecropper who was an early member of the NOI and became its leader from the 1930s until his death in 1975. He changed his name to Elijah Muhammad and distributed a “spirit mother” version in “Message to the Blackman in America”. The Burns movie showed Ali holding a copy of the 1973 artwork, but failed to explain the message or its appeal to the ordinary person.

What attracted us was not so much the message of Islam as the message of black pride, self-improvement and group cooperation. The NOI has promoted survival strategies for marginal populations in urban centers. He advocated common sense practices like living within your means, saving as much as possible, nurturing a supportive family life, spending your money between you, supporting black-owned businesses or businesses that hire your staff, and seeking to improve. health, education and the community.

Such teachings have given us a model for improving our chances in life. In contrast, how civil rights programs have become over-reliant on factors beyond our control: protest marches, political coalitions, passing laws, or begging white people to pay attention to our needs. While some of these things were necessary remedies, they relied so much on positive responses from white institutions that it could foster a sense of addiction.

The NOI encouraged us to forge alliances between large black communities in urban centers and across the Pan-African world. It was a model of communitarianism that offered a more assertive basis than the strategy of incessant rallies and marches – and the NOI practiced what it preached. In the 1960s, the organization instituted a economic program cooperative development which included the purchase of farms, forest land, house building, delivery trucks and businesses owned by individual members and the organization.

In Chicago, for example, she opened 15 different businesses, including a clothing factory, supermarket, meat packer, bakery, restaurant, and barber shop. Across the country, he established grocery stores, clothing stores, dry cleaners, bakeries, and restaurants that provided food, ready meals and clothing to the black community at affordable prices. In addition, she has hired and trained people for positions of managers, clerks, cooks, accountants, carpenters, etc.

Basically what Elijah Muhammad espoused were adaptations of Booker T. Washington’s economic development program and his National Negro Business League in 1900. Growing up in Georgia, Poole is said to have observed such initiatives at work in Atlanta and in the business districts of black communities. like Tulsa, Detroit, and Chicago.

The ideas were taken up in Harlem by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1914. Elijah Muhammad adapted the idea of ​​cooperative enterprises to the NOI, according to Claude Clegg in his 1997 biography, An original man. Moreover, he witnessed the function of such programs during the Great Depression and the incarcerated black men who ran prison services – if they could do it together, he explained, why not in their own communities. ?

“Muhammad Ali enjoying a spontaneous meeting with his fans in Detroit, MI. Circa 1977.”

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Finally, the film alluded to the exploitation of Ali by the NOI to finance mosques and other operations. As young people we had no knowledge of these things, of course. However, the relationship seemed to us more like that of a wealthy benefactor to a favored church.

Going back to 2021, the African American political class continues to grapple with the dire conditions of its people. For the most part, they have exhausted the prospect of meaningful change through protest and can no longer claim the “diversity” of jobs and programs in government, businesses and institutions. For this reason, black leaders should revisit the NOI strategy for economic development that inspired Muhammad Ali.


Byron Williams: Ali kept Johnson’s promise | Chroniclers

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands in front of ousted challenger Sonny Liston shortly after dropping Liston with a short, hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.


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On October 26, 1970, when Muhammad Ali returned to the ring after a three-year exile to fight Jerry Quarry, his local man Drew “Bundini” Brown shouted before the fight, “Ghost in the house, champion! Jack Johnson is here!

After recently watching award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns’ brilliant documentary on Ali, having also seen Johnson’s Burns treatment years earlier, I too left feeling, just like Brown, “Ghost in the house!”

In the larger context, separated by more than half a century, Ali’s story was a continuation of Johnson’s saga. It can be concluded that Ali placed a point where Johnson left a semicolon.

Johnson held the heavyweight boxing title from 1908 to 1915, the first black man to do so. But it was Johnson’s shameless style outside the ring that infuriated him with the mainstream white audience. Johnson was arrested and later convicted of violating the Mann Act, which prohibited the transport of a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

It was a racially motivated law directed almost specifically against Johnson, who had many relationships, including marriage, with white women. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Johnson’s criminal conviction.

But Johnson aided and abetted his legal troubles by getting ahead of cultural norms, openly flaunting his interracial relationship with a nation that couldn’t conceive of a non-white heavyweight boxing champion, let alone one engaged in race relations. Ali, on the other hand, has openly demonstrated his attachment to the black Muslim religion.


Abortion, guns, religion at the head of the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON – The future of abortion rights is in the hands of a conservative Supreme Court that begins a new term on Monday that also includes major cases on gun rights and religion.

The court’s credibility with the public could also be at stake, especially if a divided court overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 which established a woman’s right to have an abortion nationwide.

Judges are returning to the courtroom after an 18-month absence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the possible retirement of 83-year-old liberal judge Stephen Breyer is also looming.

This is the first full term with the tribunal in its current alignment.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the last of three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, is part of a Conservative majority of six judges. Barrett was named and confirmed last year amid the pandemic, just over a month after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump and the Republicans who controlled the Senate moved swiftly to take the seat shortly before the 2020 presidential election, sparking a drastic change in the composition of the court that paved the way for a potentially law-changing tenure on several issues highly publicized.

With abortion, guns and religion already on the agenda, and a challenge to affirmative action pending, the court will answer a key question over the next year, the professor said. University of Chicago Lawyer David Strauss. “Is this the term in which culture wars come to the Supreme Court in an important way?” Strauss said.

No problem is greater than abortion.

Judges will hear arguments Dec. 1 in Mississippi’s attempt to impose a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Lower courts blocked the law because it is inconsistent with higher court rulings that allow states to regulate but do not ban abortion before viability, the point around 24 weeks of pregnancy when a fetus can survive outside uterus.

Mississippi is taking what Conservative commentator Carrie Severino called a “rip-the-Band-Aid-off” approach to the case by asking the court to drop its support for abortion rights that was spelled out in Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v Casey case.

Mississippi is one of 12 states with so-called trigger laws that would take effect if Roe were rescinded and ban abortion altogether.

By a 5-4 vote in early September, the court has already authorized a ban on most abortions in Texas, although no court has yet ruled on the merits of the law.

But this vote and the Mississippi case highlight the potential risk to the court’s reputation, said David Cole, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union. The arguments made by Mississippi were considered and rejected by the Supreme Court in 1992, Cole said.

“The only difference between yesterday and today is the identity of the judges,” he said.

Jeff Wall, a senior Justice Department attorney under Trump, said the court could dramatically expand gun rights and end the use of race in college admissions, but only abortion is likely to change the public’s perception of the court. “I still don’t think it’s going to create a groundswell in the public unless it comes with some sort of decisive abortion decision,” Wall said.

In early November, the court will challenge New York’s restrictions on carrying a firearm in public, a case that gives the court an opportunity to extend gun rights under the Second Amendment. Before Barrett joined the court, judges dismissed similar cases, due to dissent from some conservative members of the court.

Until Barrett’s arrival, some pro-gun rights judges questioned whether Chief Justice John Roberts would provide a fifth majority vote “for a broader reading of the Second Amendment,” the law professor said. George Washington University Robert Cottrol, who said he hoped the court would now expand gun rights.

More than 40 states already allow being armed in public, but New York and California, two of the most populous states in the country, are among the few to have more stringent regulations.

The case worries gun control advocates.

“An expanded Supreme Court Second Amendment ruling could restrict or prohibit the sensible solutions that have been demonstrated to end gun violence,” said Jonathan Lowy, vice president and chief counsel for the Violence Prevention Group Brady Army. Lowy included state laws requiring a justification for carrying a firearm as examples of these “sane solutions.”

A Maine case gives the court another opportunity to weigh religious rights in education. The state excludes religious schools from an education program for families who live in cities that do not have public schools.

Since even before Ginsburg’s death, the court has favored complaints of discrimination based on religion, and legal experts expect parents in Maine who have filed a lawsuit to be able to use taxpayer dollars in religious schools prevail, although it is not clear to what extent the court could rule.

Affirmative action is not yet on the court’s agenda, but it could still get there this term in a lawsuit over Harvard’s use of race in college admissions. Lower courts have upheld the school’s policy, but this is another case in which the change in the composition of the court could prove decisive. The court upheld race-conscious admission policies just five years ago, but that was before Trump’s three appointments accentuated the court’s conservative lean.

Among other notable cases, judges will consider reinstating the death sentence on Boston Marathon suicide bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Biden administration is pushing for the death penalty, even as it has suspended federal executions and President Joe Biden has called for an end to the federal death penalty.

The court will also assess two cases involving “state secrets,” the idea that the government can block the release of information that it believes would harm national security if disclosed. One case involves a Guantanamo Bay detainee who, according to a lower court, was tortured while in CIA detention. The other involves a group of Muslim California residents who allege the FBI targeted them for surveillance because of their religion.

Decisions in most major cases won’t be rendered until spring, as judges typically spend months drafting and reviewing majority opinions and dissent.

At that time, Breyer could signal if he plans to retire from a job he had held since 1994. Retirement announcements often come in the spring, to give the President and Senate enough time to choose and confirm a job. candidate before the tribunal returns from its seat. summer vacation and begins to hear business again in October.

The consequences of Ginsburg’s decision to remain in court during Barack Obama’s presidency and his death while Trump was in the White House cannot be lost on Breyer, said Tom Goldstein, founder of the Scotusblog website and a frequent lawyer before the tribunal.

“It is extremely likely that he will retire this term,” Goldstein said.

The courthouse is still closed to the public, but live audio of the court’s arguments will be available and reporters who regularly cover the court will be in attendance. The lore-related court first provided live audio in May 2020, when the court began hearing arguments over the phone during the pandemic.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will participate remotely from his home next week in oral argument after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. The court said on Friday that the 54-year-old was showing no symptoms.

Deputy Justice Amy Coney Barrett, left, is escorted for a traditional investiture ceremony Friday by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts at the Washington Supreme Court. Barrett, appointed by President Donald Trump, took her place on the High Court in October 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the ceremony.


Islamic State figure accused of supporting terrorist group

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) – A prominent Islamic State media figure and foreign fighter has been indicted in U.S. federal court in Virginia for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization resulting in death, have federal officials said Saturday.

Mohammed Khalifa, a Canadian citizen of Saudi origin who was a leading figure in the Islamic State of Iraq, was captured abroad by the Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2019, federal officials said. He was recently transferred into FBI custody, in which case he was first taken to the Eastern District of Virginia.

“As alleged, Mohammed Khalifa not only fought for ISIS on the battlefield in Syria, but he was also the voice behind the violence,” said Raj Parekh, acting US prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Through his alleged leading role in translating, narrating and promoting ISIS’s online propaganda, Khalifa promoted the terrorist group, continued his recruitment efforts around the world, and broadened the reach of videos that glorified ISIS’s gruesome killings and indiscriminate cruelty. “

Khalifa, 38, held senior positions in the Islamic State from 2013 until his capture by the SDF in January 2019 following a shootout between Islamic State fighters and the SDF, officials said.

In addition to serving as an Islamic State fighter, Khalifa is said to have served as the lead translator in the group’s propaganda production and as the English-speaking narrator on several violent recruiting videos.

The lawsuit filed in federal court also alleges that Khalifa traveled to Syria in the spring of 2013 with the intention of becoming a foreign fighter and eventually joining the Islamic State. He joined the group around November 2013 and pledged allegiance to then-Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In early 2014, he was recruited to join the group’s media office in part due to his language skills as an English and Arabic speaker.

Prosecutors say Khalifa played an important role in the production and dissemination of Islamic State propaganda on several media platforms targeting Western audiences. It mainly focused on inciting supporters to travel to areas controlled by ISIS to join or carry out attacks in the West, including the United States, on behalf of the group. He also actively participated in armed hostilities on behalf of the Islamic State, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges that Khalifa assisted in the translation and narration of approximately 15 videos in total created and distributed by the Islamic State. The productions narrated by Khalifa include two of the most influential and violent propaganda videos, according to the complaint.

The videos, containing Khalifa’s English narration, were part of a media campaign promoting violence against U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries to incite more violence against the United States, allied nations and their citizens.

The videos feature glamorous depictions of the Islamic State and its fighters as well as scenes of violence, including depictions of unarmed prisoners being executed, depictions of ISIS attacks in the United States, and footage of attacks and fighting in what is described as Syria and Egypt, a press release from the US prosecutor’s office said.

If convicted, Khalifa faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.


Queens Olympians honored with Borough keys

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It was another golden moment for two Olympic gold medalists from Queens.


What would you like to know

  • Olympian Tina Charles won Olympic gold for the third time at the Tokyo Summer Games as a member of the women’s basketball team
  • Olympian Dalilah Muhammad won second career gold in Tokyo in 4X400-meter relay
  • Charles is originally from East Elmhurst and graduated from Christ the King High School in Middle Village.
  • Muhammad is from Rochdale Village and graduated from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside

“Thank you for being a brilliant inspiration to our youth,” said Borough of Queens President Donovan Richards. “Thank you for everything you have done for our city, for our country, but especially for Queens.”

Richards handed over the keys to Queens to Olympians Dalilah Muhammad and Tina Charles on Friday. Both won gold medals for the U.S. team at the Summer Games in Tokyo this year.

“For me personally, my roots, you know, my roots are everything, being born and raised in Queens, New York,” Charles said.

Charles won her gold medal as a member of the women’s basketball team. Muhammad ran away with gold as part of the 4X400 meter relay team.

“I remember growing up a little girl in Queens with a dream,” Muhammad said. “I just worked really hard to make it happen and didn’t stop. And certainly had all of your support along the way. I’m grateful and appreciate that.”

“What matters most to me is all of you and the youngsters can see us both here and I hope you aspire to be up there too,” said Charles. your sports but from an educational point of view. “

Charles is originally from East Elmhurst and graduated from Christ the King High School in Middle Village. She has won three career gold medals and numerous accolades as a player in the WNBA.

Besides her family, she credits part of her success to her high school basketball coach.

“You know what? I’m one of the many,” said Bob Mackey, Christ the King basketball coach. “There are a lot of people that are in it. We’re so proud of her because , yes, she’s from Queens. She graduated from Christ the King. That’s an amazing thing. ”

Muhammad is from Rochdale Village and graduated from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside. She now has two career Olympic gold medals and countless young girls admire her.

“It just inspires girls like me to run and not give up on our own,” said Layla Lindquist, a member of the Metro Eagles Track and Field Club.

Two athletes in different sports with the same roots, now inspiring young girls all over the world but especially in Queens.

“You can do anything. She got three gold medals. I’m just a girl from Queens, so I can do the same, ”said Saniyah Glenn, Christ the King basketball player.


Muslim Brotherhood launches campaign against India

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New Delhi: The Qatar-Turkey-Pakistan (QTPi) link with the blessing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is emerging as the new hub for radical Islamists. A new report from Disinfolab says the MB, stuffed with false information and two media weapons, Al Jazeera and TRT World, has launched a campaign against India – targeting New Delhi’s economic interests.

A #BoycottIndianProducts hashtag on Twitter was launched a few days ago and has been going on ever since. While the link tried to give it a color that was sparked by the unfortunate incident in Assam, which was deplorable, and the culprits should be brought to justice, no matter what, the trigger was only a simple excuse.

It was not the first time that the trend was attempted. It started in 2018, and since then it’s been an annual ritual. The objective is to give it a gradual impetus, specifies the Disinfolab report.

And since one incident won’t justify it, they needed the full gamut of fake news and propaganda. As expected, a large portion of these grips are managed from Pakistan and Turkey, while the trend appears to be from Egypt.

What was new this time was that a number of “news articles” also promoted this trend, albeit in their own style, mostly related to MBs, including Al Jazeera.

The target seemed to be India, but the real target was Saudi Arabia. The campaign mainly targeted Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in particular Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for maintaining good relations with India.

It was not a one-off campaign, and the QTPi Nexus targeted Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, questioning their “right” to be the leader of the Islamic world. The idea is obvious: by discrediting Mohammed ben Salman, the new “prince” of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be crowned legitimate leader of the Umma. The Ertgurul Ghazi was the prelude. The Ottoman Empire is in the process of remaking itself, according to the report.

The report indicates that India is not the only country targeted by this economic boycott. The campaign also targeted France, asking to boycott French products. It is not simply a geostrategic gesture. There is a solid economic rationale behind this.

Turkey holds a Halal exhibition every year, which tries to build itself as a key arbiter in the matter. By creating the subordinate boycott culture through social media, they would also create a powerful weapon.

Moreover, once the Nexus takes center stage in deciding some tradeoff over Halal certification, it would create an exclusion economy of gigantic proportions. The economic power that this link could create will not only affect the Muslim world, but dictate conditions around the world – in the name of selling this huge market.

Qatar’s petro-dollars (gas dollars to be precise) might not last forever to support radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood, he added.


Shaquille O’Neal trolls Charles Barkley with Muhammad Ali

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If Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal is Muhammad Ali, then Charles Barkley is Sonny Liston – at least according to Shaq.

Shaq was spotted watching the Las Vegas Aces game against Phoenix Mercury in Nevada on Thursday and, interestingly, her wardrobe of choice turned heads. After all, even off the pitch and outside the NBA on TNT Studio, he’s trolling Barkley.

Super Lakers was seen wearing a t-shirt with a retouched photo of the iconic Ali de Liston overthrow. Shaq was Ali in edited art, while Barkley was Liston lying on the canvas.

Now where can we get this shirt?

Shaquille O’Neal gives the final blow to his “sworn enemy”, with whom he has had a lot of heated and funny exchanges. The two often trade punches, O’Neal being known to always rub Chuck’s lack of rings.

How Chuck reacts to trolling remains to be seen, but he’s unlikely to let him slip. After all, he’s still as competitive as he ever was, even after his days as a player.

With weeks into the 2021-22 NBA season and pre-season ahead, fans won’t have to wait long to see the two legends start over. Hopefully, however, it’s Sir Charles who delivers hay to the former Lakers great man.

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Islamic charity that unmasked teacher in Batley cartoon row is reprimanded by guard dog

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At the time, in March, Mohammad Sajad Hussain, CEO of Purpose of Life, accused the teacher of “terrorism” and “insulting Islam”.

He added that the children’s charity would no longer work with the school until the teacher was “permanently removed” from the school.

Free speech activists then complained to the Charity Commission, accusing the group of “recklessly” placing the teacher in danger of “physical harm.” The teacher has reportedly received death threats.

Following a lengthy investigation involving trustees, the regulator confirmed on Friday that it has now issued an official warning to Purpose of Life under Section 75A of the 2011 Charities Act.

The formal notice indicates that the commission “considers that a breach of trust and / or duty and / or a fault and / or mismanagement has been committed in relation to the association”.

Regulators said the open letter from the charity naming the teacher did not consider “a foreseeable risk to the security of the person” and “was drafted in such a way as to be likely to ignite existing tensions within of the local community “.

They also criticized the charity for posting two tweets and a video that supported one political party and one political candidate and criticized another candidate.

The Charity Commission’s new letter to Purpose of Life called for a series of actions to be taken, including “the implementation of effective written oversight and / or control mechanisms for the charity’s social media channels.”

The leaders of the association were also invited to familiarize themselves with the law on data protection.

In addition, staff were asked to “ensure that the reputation of the charity is protected, by implementing policies regarding due diligence / verification of the individuals or organizations with which the charity. charity works ”.

The Charity Commission threatened that “further regulatory action” could be taken if the violations it identified are not corrected.

Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, which filed the initial complaint about the charity, said: a French teacher embroiled in a similar argument was beheaded by an Islamist terrorist the previous year .

“Teachers should be free to discuss controversial topics without having to worry about being shocked by activists who take special help in these controversies and put their lives at risk.”


Muslim religious leaders call for action against dancing girls in Bada Imambara

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Muslim religious leaders strongly opposed a viral video of a young girl dancing in the prominent “Bada Imambara” shrine and demanded strict action against those involved.

A video of a girl dancing at the sanctuary has gone viral on social media, although details on when it was filmed or the identity of the girl are not yet known.

Expressing a strong objection, the eminent Shiite cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad demanded that the responsibility for the management of the Imambara be taken over from the district administration and given to a committee headed by the Imam-e-juma to maintain the sacredness of the place of worship.

“Such incidents in places of worship like Bada Imambara have also come to light in the past,” he said.

All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesperson Maulana Yasoob Abbas said there should be a ban on tourists visiting places of worship.

District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said he would have the case reviewed.

So far, we have not received any complaints in this regard, he said.

Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur, “So far no complaints have been received in this matter. Action in accordance with the rules will be taken upon receipt of a complaint.”

Besides being a historical heritage of Lucknow, Bara Imambara is also a place of worship. It was built by Asaf-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh, in 1784.

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Three new books to read in October

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New long readings to spend your evenings with

(Courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

Praying the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas

By Omar Mouallem (Simon & Schuster, Sep 21)

Edmonton journalist and filmmaker Mouallem has always seen his Muslim identity as something imposed on him by his family and society in general. But in the era of “ISIS and Trumpism, Rohingya and Uyghur genocides, ethnonationalism and disinformation,” he visited mosques from the Arctic Circle to the Amazon, exploring the deep roots of the world. Islam in itself and in the Americas and paints a striking portrait of both.


Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

(Courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

Cuckoo Earth Cloud

By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, September 28)

The characters in three storylines, tied in subtle complexity over vast chasms of time and space – and a literal time bomb spinning throughout – form the backbone of Doerr’s latest book. His first novel since 2014 All the light that we can’t see, which topped bestseller lists and won the Pulitzer Prize, tells a compelling story about the human need for stories.


Em by Kim Thúy

(Courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada)

EM

By Kim Thúy (Penguin Random House Canada, September 28)

All of Thúy’s outstanding novels share the setting (Vietnam War era), theme (betrayal of memory), brevity, and one-syllable titles, but Em perhaps the best Montreal author to date. More confident in her writing and less concerned with blurring the line between factual and fictional truth, Thúy is fascinating in this story of a kid from the streets of Saigon who adopts an abandoned little girl.


Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s paintings auctioned

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File photo: The ‘King of Boxing’ crown will be presented to former US boxer Muhammad Ali at the 50th World Boxing Council convention in Cancun on December 3, 2012.Reuters / Victor Luis Garcia

October 1, 2021

Angela Moore

New York (Reuters) – A rare collection of sketches and paintings by American boxer Muhammad Ali, who loved to draw between battles, will be auctioned in New York next week.

Most of the 24-piece collections are cartoonish, some signed and reflect Ali’s interest in religion and social justice, but some portray him in the ring.

“See, he was floating like a butterfly and stabbing like a bee!” »Reading the ball of a boxer knocked out by an opponent who raised his arm in victory.

According to Bonhams auctioneers, this painting, titled “Sting Like a Bee,” was created by Ali during the filming of the historic “Freedom Road” miniseries, which he starred in 1978. We plan to do so. get $ 40,000- $ 60,000 on the October 5th Sale.

Bonhams said that Ali’s passion for painting was little known, but that he liked to draw to relax after a fight or training.

“A lot of people are excited because no one knew he was an artist and no one knew the treasure of this work of art, so there is a lot of interest and excitement.” Said Helen Hall, director of popular culture at Bonhams.

The artwork for sale is from the Rodney Hilton Brown Collection, who created the art with Ali.

The former heavyweight world champion, who announced his conversion to Islam at the peak of his career in 1964, died in 2016 at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“The Hungry Children of Mississippi” in 1967 shows in shorts that “I wanted to fight just to fight to feed the poor black children”.

“Some people mention the race riots in Los Angeles and Newark in 1965 and 1987,” Hall said. “One of the paintings is dedicated to Islam. He recently converted. And some of them have brighter tones and are boxing related.

Other works include “America: Big Jail” and “War in America” from 1967 with presale quotes of $ 25,000 to $ 35,000.

(Report by Jill Serjeant and Angela Moore, edited by Rosalba O’Brien)


Dan Hooker vs. Islam Makhachev: MMA Records Comparison

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Dan Hooker’s MMA record consists of 21 wins and ten losses, while Islam Makhachev has an almost perfect CV with 20 wins and just one loss.

Hooker showed real character after agreeing to step into the Octagon to face Islam Makhachev on four weeks’ notice, just days after his victory over Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266.

DAN HOOKER (@danthehangman) intervenes to face Islam Makhachev (@MAKHACHEVMMA) at UFC 267 in a month, by Dana White (@danawhite). Just fought at UFC 266, a week he had to fly from New Zealand to Vegas two days before the fight. What a savage, this guy. https://t.co/DJvGnbWwlF

Islam Makhachev was originally booked to fight Rafael dos Anjos. “The Hangman” came in almost immediately after the news of the Brazilian’s injury was announced. Hooker and Makhachev will face off inside the cage on October 30 at UFC 267.

The event will be marked by a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Jan Blachowicz and challenger Glover Teixeira.

Islam Makhachev comes off a spectacular UFC victory over Thiago Moises over ESPN: Makhachev vs Moises. After dominating the Brazilian for three rounds, the Dagestani specialist Sambo took a submission victory via a choke at the back.

Meanwhile, Dan Hooker fought Nasrat Haqparast on September 25. Hooker’s strike proved too heavy for Haqparast as the New Zealander claimed the 21st victory of his MMA career.

Makhachev is currently the UFC’s No.5 ranked lightweight. He has notable victories over Drew Dober, Gleison Tibau and Thiago Moises.

Mission accomplished. Move on to the next.
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Hooker also has an impressive resume. The Kiwi claims victories over elite fighters such as Al Iaquinta, Gilbert Burns, Jim Miller and Paul Felder.


Dan Hooker wants a title if he beats Islam Makhachev

Dan Hooker has encountered several issues with visa authorities in New Zealand. The lightweight contender was in danger of missing his UFC 266 fight against Nasrat Haqparast. Hooker wants to make the most of his presence in the United States, thus fighting Makhachev on short notice.

Speaking to ESPN, Dan Hooker mentioned his ambitions for an immediate title in the lightweight division, provided he beats Makhachev. “The executioner” declared:

“I feel like it gives me a chance for the title. I think everyone is trying to skate [Islam Makhachev] in a title fight, and it’s mine if I beat it. I feel like I was feeling with the Michael Chandler fight when he went to a title fight. “


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