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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Muslims in Europe rally against extremist violence

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In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists don’t speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun. This week’s videotaped beheading of a French mountaineer by militants linked to ISIS ... Read More »

Emirates Red Crescent’s Eid Al Adha gift targets 55,000 families

The Emirates Red Crescent hopes to provide more than 55,000 families in 57 countries with sacrificial animals for Eid Al Adha. The charity’s Their Joy Our Eid campaign will reach out to poor families across the globe when Eid begins, probably on October 4. ERC is asking for donations to help provide food for more than 18,500 families across the ... Read More »

Pre-Hajj departure operation begins

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KARACHI: The pre-Hajj departure of intended pilgrims from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi started from Thursday, and will continue for about a month, that is, till September 28, 2014. The first Hajj flight No. PK-201, a PIA Boeing 772, departed at 0700 hours. Besides PIA, Shaheen Air Fly, NAS and Saudi Airlines will also air lift intended pilgrims. Special arrangements for ... Read More »

Hajj pilgrims promised sensitivity

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Pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj will be treated with sensitivity and as little delay as possible at Australian airports, the government has promised. But customs officers will still target those heading overseas to fight an illegal war as their top priority, Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison says. Last week, Muslim leaders were fuming at what they claimed ... Read More »

Airfare Monopoly Hurdles Bangladeshi Hajj

Restrictions Cut Bengali Pilgrims Number

Bangladeshi would-be pilgrims have been complaining of increasing security restrictions imposed by the government on hajj visas and travel, seeing the government’s monopoly of hajj airfare as shattering the dreams of many aspiring pilgrims. “We have filed a case in court to open the third carrier for Hajj pilgrims,” Ibrahim Bahar, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), told ... Read More »

Bangladesh and India

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THE river delta that is Bangladesh has plenty of sand but few stones. As the country’s cities are yet to accommodate the majority of its 160m people, this is no small problem. The capital Dhaka, one of the world’s ten largest cities, has begun to rid itself of its one-buffalo town infrastructure. An estimated 35,000 people move to urban areas ... Read More »

Southeast Asia awaits jihadist ripples from Syria and Iraq

The founder of Islam once advised a companion to fight in the area that makes up modern-day Syria and predicted that Allah would send an “army of mujahedeen” to the region, Ahmad said. He said he’s there to avenge Muslims tortured and killed by President Bashar Assad’s regime. “We are portrayed as terrorists but I don’t care as this affair ... Read More »

ISIS Goes to Asia

There is a clear precedent for this scenario. During the 1980s, many young Muslims from Southeast Asia went to Pakistan to support the Afghan mujahideen’s so-called jihad against Soviet occupation. Many of these recruits subsequently stayed in the region, mingling with like-minded Muslims from all around and gaining exposure to al Qaeda’s militant ideology. Many eventually returned to Southeast Asia ... Read More »

Handbook aims to keep Muslim youth from extremism

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“We do not see this phenomenon of terrorism as only a policing issue,” Siddiqui told reporters during a news conference. “We see it as a social issue, we see it as a community issue, and we see it as a media issue.” The booklet has five sections, including a chapter devoted to challenging extremist messages of violence through the Qur’an ... Read More »

Hindu-Muslim Family’s Choice of Cremation Arouses Anger

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Friends and family remember Shafayet Reja as an affectionate young man who stayed up late to write poetry, danced exuberantly at weddings and explored the faiths of his father and mother with an openheartedness that led him to declare on his Facebook page, “I never get tired of learning the new things that life has to offer.” Shafayet Reja, left, ... Read More »