Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bishop Converted to Islam and Turned Church into Mosque...बिशप ने इस्लाम स्वीकार किया और चर्च को मस्जिद बनाया

Nairobi - A Kenyan bishop has converted to Islam and turned his church into a mosque.
"My church was known as Nyalgosi God’s Call Church of East Africa, but it is now Nyalgosi Jamia Mosque,” Bishop Charles Okwany, now Ismael Okwany, told The Nairobian. 

"During my tenure as a Bishop, I travelled to Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Tanzania to preach the word of God. 

"I used to take advantage of the opportunity to study the conduct of both Christians and Muslims living in the areas, and it made me conclude that Islam is better,” he added. 

Okwany began his journey to Islam by visiting a Muslim leader in Kisii County to whom he explained his intentions. He was then referred to Rangwe Imam, Mustafa Saoke. 

On September 26, Okwany converted to Islam and was joined by 23 other members of his church. 

Currently, the mosque has a population of 63 people after 30 Muslims who were in the entire Kagan ward decided to register their membership. 

Becoming Muslim, Okwany wants to study to know more about his faith. 

"I will go for a theological training on Islamic religion to enable me to preach the word of God in Islam,” he added. 

"I had never joined a theology class but this will be my starting point.” 

यह घटना नाइजीरिया में हुई, जहां बिशप चार्ल्स ओकवैनी ने इस्लाम स्वीकार करने के बाद अपना नाम इस्माइल ओकवैनी रख लिया। उनके चर्च का नाम न्यालगोसी गाड्स कॉल चर्च अॉफ ईस्ट अफ्रीका से बदलकर न्यालगोसी जामा मस्जिद हो गया है। इस्लाम की शिक्षा को उन्होंने बहुत गौर से पढ़ा, परखा और इस नतीजे पर पहुंचे कि इससे अच्छा धर्म और कोई नहीं हो सकता।

Systematic Murder, Rape and Burning in Myanmar : Amnesty International

New Delhi, India - More than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning, Amnesty International said today in its most detailed analysis yet of the ongoing crisis.

‘My World Is Finished’: Rohingya Targeted in Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar describes how Myanmar’s security forces are carrying out a systematic, organized and ruthless campaign of violence against the Rohingya population as a whole in northern Rakhine State, after a Rohingya armed group attacked around 30 security posts on 25 August.

Dozens of eyewitnesses to the worst violence consistently implicated specific units, including the Myanmar Army’s Western Command, the 33rd Light Infantry Division, and the Border Guard Police.

“In this orchestrated campaign, Myanmar’s security forces have brutally meted out revenge on the entire Rohingya population of northern Rakhine State, in an apparent attempt to permanently drive them out of the country. These atrocities continue to fuel the region’s worst refugee crisis in decades,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International.
“Exposing these heinous crimes is the first step on the long road to justice. Those responsible must be held to account; Myanmar’s military can’t simply sweep serious violations under the carpet by announcing another sham internal investigation. The Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, must take immediate action to stop his troops from committing atrocities.”

Crimes against humanity

Witness accounts, satellite imagery and data, and photo and video evidence gathered by Amnesty International all point to the same conclusion: hundreds of thousands of Rohingya women, men, and children have been the victims of a widespread and systematic attack, amounting to crimes against humanity.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court lists 11 types of acts which, when knowingly committed during such an attack, constitute crimes against humanity. Amnesty International has consistently documented at least six of these amid the current wave of violence in northern Rakhine State: murder, deportation and forcible displacement, torture, rape and other sexual violence, persecution, and other inhumane acts such as denying food and other life-saving provisions.

This conclusion is based on testimonies from more than 120 Rohingya men and women who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, as well as 30 interviews with medical professionals, aid workers, journalists and Bangladeshi officials.

Amnesty International’s experts corroborated many witness accounts of the Myanmar security forces’ crimes by analysing satellite imagery and data, as well as verifying photographs and video footage taken inside Rakhine State. The organization has also requested access to Rakhine State to investigate abuses on the ground, including by members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the Rohingya armed group. Amnesty International continues to call for unfettered access to the UN Fact-Finding Mission and other independent observers.

Murder and massacres

In the hours and days following the ARSA attacks on 25 August, the Myanmar security forces, sometimes joined by local vigilantes, surrounded Rohingya villages throughout the northern part of Rakhine State. As Rohingya women, men, and children fled their homes, the soldiers and police officers often opened fire, killing or seriously injuring at least hundreds of people.

Survivors described running to nearby hills and rice fields, where they hid until the forces left. The elderly and people with disabilities were often unable to flee, and burned to death in their homes after the military set them alight.

This pattern was replicated in dozens of villages across Maungdaw, Rathedaung, and Buthidaung townships. But the security forces, and in particular the Myanmar military, appear to have unleashed their most lethal response in specific villages near where ARSA carried out its attacks.

Amnesty International documented events in five such villages where at least a dozen people were killed: Chein Kar Li, Koe Tan Kauk, and Chut Pyin, all in Rathedaung Township; and Inn Din and Min Gyi, in Maungdaw Township. In Chut Pyin and Min Gyi, the death toll was particularly high, with at least scores of Rohingya women, men, and children killed by Myanmar security forces.

Amnesty International interviewed 17 survivors of the massacre in Chut Pyin, six of whom had gunshot wounds. Almost all had lost at least one family member, with some losing many. They consistently described the Myanmar military, joined by Border Guard Police and local vigilantes, surrounding Chut Pyin, opening fire on those fleeing, and then systematically burning Rohingya houses and buildings.
Fatima, 12, told Amnesty International that she was at home with her parents, eight siblings, and grandmother when they saw fire rising from another part of their village. As the family ran out of their house, she said men in uniform opened fire on them from behind. She saw both her father and 10-year-old sister get shot, then Fatima was also hit in the back of her right leg, just above the knee. 
“I fell down, but my neighbour grabbed me and carried me,” she recalled. After a week on the run, she finally received treatment in Bangladesh. Her mother and older brother were also killed in Chut Pyin.
Amnesty International sent photographs of Fatima’s wound to a forensic medical expert, who said it was consistent with a bullet wound that “would have entered the thigh from behind.” Medical professionals in Bangladesh described treating many wounds that appeared to have been caused by gunshots fired from behind –matching consistent witness testimony that the military fired on Rohingya as they tried to run away. 
In Chein Kar Li and Koe Tan Kauk, two neighbouring villages, Amnesty International documented the same pattern of attack by the Myanmar military.
Sona Mia, 77, said he was at home in Koe Tan Kauk when Myanmar soldiers surrounded the village and opened fire on 27 August. His 20-year-old daughter, Rayna Khatun, had a disability that left her unable to walk or speak. One of his sons put her on his shoulders, and the family slowly made its way toward the hill on the village’s edge. As they heard the shooting get closer and closer, they decided they had to leave Rayna in a Rohingya house that had been abandoned. 
“We didn’t think we’d be able to make it,” Sona Mia recalled. “I told her to sit there, we’d come back… After arriving on the hill, we spotted the house where we left her. It was a bit away, but we could see. The soldiers were burning [houses], and eventually we saw that house, it was burned too.”  
After the military left the village in the late afternoon, Sona Mia’s sons went down and found Rayna Khatun’s burnt body among the torched house. They dug a grave at the edge of that house’s courtyard, and buried her there.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Karbala Conference in Kashmir

 Srinagar - A conference was held in the Kashmir to pay tribute to Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and his family and other companions.

The Conference themed as “Karbala Conference” was organized by Muthari Fikri wa Saqafati Markaz a religious organization in Central Kashmir’s Pandrethan area of Capital Srinagar. 

Conference was attended by a galaxy of academicians, students, and Islamic scholars from different Islamic schools of thought. 

The speakers at the conference emphasized on the philosophy of Karbala. Speakers said that the battle of Karbala was a defining movement in the history of Islam that continues to inspire people regardless of their religious beliefs. 

Further they said the message of Karbala is as relevant today as it was at the time of Imam Hussein. They said that the martyrs of Karbala proved in action that one should stand up for a righteous cause regardless of consequences. 

Scholars speaking on the occasion said that Imam Hussain is the greatest symbol of unity and brotherhood for the Islamic world, and a real tribute to the martyrs of Karbala would be to follow their path of truth and righteousness in letter and spirit. 

On the occasion a competitive exam of a book namely “ Karbala ka zindagi saaz paigham” was also held in which hundreds of youths took part. The speakers who spoke on the occasion include Molana Ahmad Sultani, Molana Meer Mustafa, Molana Gulam Mohammad Gulzar, Dr Peer Sameer Siddiqee, Molana Agha Syed Mohammad Rizvi, Molana Touseef Ahmad and Molana Gulam Hussain Mattoo.

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei donated 10 Billion Rials

On Catastrophic status of Myanmar Muslims the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei donated 10 billion rials (1 dollar=33,000 rials) to help the refugees. 

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has already sent two consignments of medicine and foodstuff to Bangladesh border with Myanmar. 

The Iranian officials have also voiced the IRCS readiness to dispatch more humanitarian aids for displaced Rohingya Muslims. 

Some 800,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since the beginning of the violence of the Myanmar forces against the minority on August 25. 

The Myanmar government has also been indifferent to the global warnings and requests by international organizations and world public opinion on stopping the violence against the minority community in the country. 

Myanmar has so far refused to give access to UN fact-finding missions to investigate on accusations of torture, fire attacks and massacres against Rohingya Muslims in the southeast Asian nation. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Iran slaps ban on hookahs in holy city of Qom

     Tehran, Oct 5 - Iranian courts banned the use of hookah water pipes in public in the holy city of Qom and northern province of Alborz, in a fresh crackdown on smokers, media reported today.

    "Consuming tobacco or using hookah pipes are forbidden in coffee houses, traditional eateries, restaurants, cafes, hotels, hostels, parks and all other public places," prosecutor Mehedi Kahe said.

    Kahe said the ban -- set to be made public in the next few days -- was taken on health grounds and warned that any establishments breaking the rules will be shuttered.

    In the northern province of Alborz that neighbours Tehran, the public prosecutor said: "The police will close all establishments that serve hookahs."

    Haji-Reza Shakarmi said smoking in all its forms was prohibited in public places in the province.
    "The law is in force and all institutions have to comply," he said, quoted by the Mehr and Tasnim news agencies.

    Smoking tobacco in public places, except for in the street, has been officially forbidden in Iran since 2006, but the measure is often violated.

    In 2008, the government reversed a plan to ban hugely popular hookah pipes in traditional coffeehouses after protests by owners who complained it would deprive them of the vast bulk of their income.

    The city of Qom, some 120 kilometers south of Tehran, is a major Shiite theological centre and one of the most conservative cities in Iran.

    According to the latest World Health Organisation figures, some 20 per cent of men and 0.6 per cent of women among Iran's population of 80 million smoke every day.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

18 killed in suicide attack at Shia shrine in Pakistan

    Karachi, Oct 5 - A suicide bomber today blew himself up at a Shia shrine packed with devotees in Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province, killing at least 18 people and injuring 25 others, police officials said.

    The attacker tried to enter the Dargah Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan and detonated his explosives vest when he was stopped by the police at the main entrance, Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Kakar told the media.


    Kakar said an assistant sub-inspector of police was killed while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the shrine. Two other policemen were also injured.

    No group claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban usually target shrines as they consider it un-Islamic.

    Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti told the media that 18 people including a police constable and three children were killed in the blast.

    "The brave police constable stopped the suicide bomber from entering the shrine after which he blew himself up. If he had managed to enter the shrine there would be have been greater casualties," Bugti said.

    The minister said that around 25 people were injured in the blast and they were shifted to different hospitals.
    Dr Rukhsana Magsi at the Gandawah hospital in Jhal Magsi, about 400 kms east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, confirmed 15 bodies were brought to the hospital.

    Rescue officials fear that the death toll could rise as the blast took place when there was a heavy rush of devotees who had gathered at the shrine to pay their respect.

    Devotees gather at the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in a sufi dance called 'dhamaal' and prayers.

    Bugti said the shrine was holding its annual Urs and hundreds of devotees from all over the country had come to the place to pay their respects.

    A bomb attack on the same shrine killed 35 people in 2005.

    The local administration declared an emergency at hospitals in Sibbi and Dera Murad Jamali.
    Earlier, Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said 13 people had been killed. "We have confirmed reports it was a suicide attack," he said.

    Initial probe showed that the blast occurred when 'dhamal' was going in the premises of the shrine.
    Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack and vowed that his government will act against militants with full might.

    Today's attack is the second major strike at a shrine in Balochistan where in November 2016, at least 52 people were killed and 102 injured in a blast at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district.