US COMMISSION: PUT INDIA, RUSSIA ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BLACKLIST

Thu 22 April 2021: An independent United States’ commission has called for India, Russia, Vietnam and Syria to be added to a State Department blacklist on religious freedom. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government panel that gives recommendations to presidential administrations and Congress, said the four countries should be designated as […]

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MALAYSIA ISSUES WORLD’S FIRST SOVEREIGN US DOLLAR SUSTAINABILITY SUKUK WORTH $800 MLN

Thu 22 April 2021: Malaysia has issued $800 million worth of 10-year trust certificates, billed as the world’s first sovereign U.S. dollar sustainability sukuk as the proceeds will be used exclusively for green projects, the finance ministry said on Thursday. In addition, the Southeast Asian nation also issued $500 million 30-year trust certificates, the ministry […]

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QUEBEC COURT STRIKES DOWN PARTS OF CONTROVERSIAL ‘RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS’ LAW

Tue 20 April 2021: A court in the Canadian province of Quebec has struck down parts of a law that bars some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab on the job – but upheld most of the contentious legislation. In a lengthy decision issued on Tuesday morning, Quebec Superior Court […]

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PAKISTAN PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON EXPELLING FRENCH AMBASSADOR

Tue 20 April 2021: After violent protests across the country, Pakistan government will ask parliament to vote on whether to expel the French envoy over offensive caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad published in France last year, the interior minister said. The Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) group has waged an anti-France campaign ever since Macron vehemently supported […]

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MUSLIM ADVOCACY GROUP CAIR EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH SIKHS AFTER FEDEX SHOOTING

Sun 18 April 2021: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim advocacy organization, expressed solidarity with the Sikh community after four members of that faith were murdered in a mass shooting at an office of FedEx, an American delivery services company, in Indianapolis, Indiana. “We offer sincere condolences and prayers at this time […]

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PM IMRAN ASKS WESTERN GOVTS ‘OUTLAW DISRESPECT FOR PROPHET MUHAMMAD’

Sun 18 April 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday asked the governments of Western countries to “penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims” by disrespecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the same way that they had “outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust”. Expressing concern over a rising wave of Islamophobia, particularly […]

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PAKISTAN BLOCKS SOCIAL MEDIA IN CRACKDOWN ON VIOLENT PROTESTERS

Fri 16 April 2021: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked social media sites for four hours in Pakistan Friday morning, Samaa TV reported A temporary ban has been imposed on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Telegram, Tiktok, WhatsApp, and YouTube. They will resume working at 3pm. In a brief statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced “complete access to social […]

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WHO EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT RISING COVID-19 RATES DURING RAMADAN

Thu 15 April 2021: The World Health Organization expressed concern Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen in the Middle East and North Africa during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Detected cases of COVID-19 infection in the region rose 22% last week, while deaths rose 17%, said Ahmed al-Mandhari, the Cairo-based chief of the […]

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