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Wanted in India, Zakir Naik says he has not broken any law

KANGAR: Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in his home country of India, said he has not broken any Indian law and was being targeted by the “enemies of Islam,” in a rare public speech in Malaysia where he has sought refuge. Naik, 53, is facing charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, where authorities last year accused him of “promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through public speeches and lectures”. The preacher has been living in Malaysia, where he has permanent…

With more Islamic schooling, Erdogan aims to reshape Turkey

ISTANBUL: On a hill overlooking Istanbul is a religious school where, 50 years ago, a boy from a working class district attended classes in Islam. The boy was Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s future president. The school was one of the first Imam Hatip schools, founded by the state to educate young men to be preachers. At the start of the 2017-2018 academic year in September, Erdogan returned to his old school, now renamed the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Anatolian Imam Hatip upper school after an $11 million redevelopment. He recalled…

Saudi Arabia kicks off Islamic counter-terrorism summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia gathered officials from 40 Muslim countries on Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance, a move Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared a "clear signal" to extremism. "In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination" among them, he said in his keynote speech. "This ends today, with this alliance." Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the 40 countries were sending a "clear signal" that they would "work together to support the…

These Islamic baby names have been banned in Muslim province of China

Chinese government in the northwestern Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang has banned parents from giving their children dozens of Islamic names, as part of an ongoing crackdown on alleged 'extremism' in the area.  According to Radio Free Asia, the official list of banned names had previously been circulated in Hotan, south Xinjiang, in 2015, but it seems to be rolled out in the entire region now. Published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party as 'Naming Rules For Ethnic Minorities', the document's rules now appear to…

IS cell busted, operatives arrested in Sialkot

SIALKOT: The counter-terrorism department claimed to have busted a cell of global terror outfit – Islamic State – in Sialkot and arrested eight suspects as well as seizing weapons, explosives and other gadgets to be used for terrorism activities.

In Australia, seeds of Islamic radicalism sown early

SYDNEY: The Australian government's focus on national security and the war on terror to tackle Islamic extremism, rather than social cohesion and inclusion, has helped create an environment for radicalised Muslim youth to emerge in disproportionate numbers, experts say.