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‘He is wanted’: India raises Zakir Naik FIFA invite issue with Qatar

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A day after Qatar sought to clarify over the issue, India on Thursday (November 24) said that it has raised with issue of Zakir Naik being invited by the middle-eastern country for FIFA 2022 event.

Responding to a question during a regular press briefing in New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said,”Issue of Zakir Naik being wanted in India has been raised with Qatar.”

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The statement comes after reports said Qatar has informed India through diplomatic channels that Naik has not been officially invited to attend the opening ceremony of FIFA 2022. Qatar reportedly said that deliberate ‘disinformation’ was being spread by third countries to spoil India-Qatar ties.

Naik, a televangelist who is facing multiple cases in India, reportedly left the country in 2016 and moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. India had sent a request to Malaysia for his extradition.

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Zakir Naik is already banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech against other religions.

The government had extended ban on Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in India by five years in 2021. The IRF was first declared an unlawful organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) by the central government on November 17, 2016.

The IRF has been indulging in activities which are prejudicial to the security of the country and have the potential of disturbing peace and communal harmony and disrupting the secular fabric of the country, the Union Home Ministry had said in a notification while extending the ban on IRF.

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Women pilgrims can perform Hajj, Umrah without ‘mahram’: Saudi Minister

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Cairo, Oct 11: Putting an end to the controversy about whether ‘mahram’ is required to accompany women while performing Hajj or Umrah, Saudi Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said that it is no longer mandatory, the Saudi Gazette reported.

During a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo yesterday, the minister made it clear that women from any part of the world can perform Hajj or Umrah without ‘mahram’.

Giving the details of the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, he said that it is the largest-ever expansion. The total cost has crossed SR 200 billion.

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Speaking on Umrah visas, he said that there is no cap on the number of visas. He also said that Muslims from any part of the world who come to the Kingdom on any visa can perform Umrah.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other four pillars are Shahadah, Salat, Zakat and Sawm.

It is mandatory for Muslims to perform the pilgrimage once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially capable of it.

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Saudi Arabia announces first day of Muharram 1444 Hijri

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Srinagar, Jul 29: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that the first day of Muharram 1444 AH will be on Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

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The court said the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the new Islamic year-1444 AH, could not be seen in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.

According to the Ummul Qura calendar (Hijri calendar), Friday, July 29, 2022, will be the last of the Islamic year- 1443 AH and the 30th day of Zul Hijjah.

Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic new year or the Hijri new year.

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The Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of twelve months beginning with Muharram, and ending with Zul Hijjah. Each month starts with the sighting of the moon.

The calendar has been observed for more than 1,440 years and is used to date important Islamic events including the start of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and the beginning of Haj pilgrimage. Kiswah (Ghilaf-e-Kaaba) to be replaced on Muharram 1 i.e; tomorrow.

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29 dogs shot dead in Qatar by gang of armed men claiming one of them bit child

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Srinagar, Jul 20: A gang of armed men attacked a gated area in Qatar, murdered 29 dogs, and injured several other dogs after learning that someone had reported that the animals had bitten a child.

The assailants showed up at a protected factory area and threatened security personnel with guns before forcing their way into the facility, which is a place where stray dogs can be fed according to Doha-based rescue organisation PAWS Rescue Qatar. The men shot 29 dogs, including puppies, while also injuring a number of others.

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PAWS Rescue said to NDTV, “Security team were rightfully scared as two of the men were holding guns. The security team tried to stop the men from shooting a group of beautiful friendly neutered dogs, but they realised that they were also putting themselves in danger also. These dogs posed NO harm to anyone, they were well looked after, very friendly and well-loved”

This incident has caused an outrage on the internet, the people are claiming that this act was barbaric and are also questioning the gun laws in Qatar.

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