Monday , 21 January 2019

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East Asia

If China Is Anti-Islam, Why Are These Chinese Muslims Enjoying a Faith Revival?

Beijing bans some Muslims from observing Ramadan, or boarding public transport while veiled, but it allows millions of others to practice their religion without hindrance The road to Linxia, in China’s vast, sere northwest, is known locally as the Quran Belt, with a profusion of newly built mosques and Sufi shrines lining the motorway. Some are built in a traditional ... Read More »

Japan’s rich Muslim past and present

A Muslim boy residing in Japan has his iftar, breaking of fast meal, during the holy month of Ramadan at Tokyo Camii mosque in Tokyo

In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan’s Muslims. Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Camii, or the Tokyo Mosque, is a curious sight, both stunning and subtle. Despite the grand Turkish design, the mosque hides between apartment blocks in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Yoyogi Uehara. Construction of the current incarnation of the ... Read More »

Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta, for the inauguration of President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo’s presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State ... Read More »

Two million Muslims begin Haj today


Over two million Muslims, including 136,000 Indians, will begin Haj when they assemble in the valley of Mina as Saudi authorities said preparations have been completed for the world’s largest annual gathering after the city underwent a multi-billion overhaul. Mecca governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah said preparations were complete for Haj which begins on Thursday. “The plan for welcoming pilgrims ... 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 »

Malaysia Airlines Urged to Allow Hijab


CAIRO – Members of Malaysia’s largest political party United Malays National Organization have called for allowing hijab for Malaysia Airlines stewardesses and an alcohol ban, calls that were endorsed by state officials and MAS managers. “We suggest that the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) management allow or require their Muslim air stewardesses to wear a headscarf and uniforms that cover the ‘aurat’,” ... Read More »

The Arab Empire


map has circulated showing the Islamic State’s five-year plan: a caliphate that stretches from the Iberian peninsula to western China, including all of India, north Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, and southeastern Europe. It’s an ambitious agenda. According to an Islamic State spokesman, the map doesn’t show lands to be captured but, rather, lands to be liberated: “We will ... Read More »

Malaysian Police Investigate Teen Boy for Liking Israel

While Malaysia wracks its collective soul over its responsibilities for the downing of two planes belonging to the national carrier, more menial though no less disturbing problems are continuing to surface, highlighting this country’s problems and its inability to deal with sensitive issues. In Penang a teenage student simply hit “like” on an “I love Israel” page on Facebook. Teachers ... Read More »

Indian MP force-feeds Muslim man on fast


There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted catering supervisor, Arshad Zubair, at the new Maharashtra Sadan, The ... Read More »

Malaysian Plane boeing 777 shot down in ukraine


A Malaysia Airlines plane with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board was “shot down” in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday, media reports said. Citing sources, the Malaysian Star said that the Boeing 777, which was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was “shot down” while cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet. It crashed in ... Read More »