- Written by REUTERS
Burma President Htin Kyaw’s spokesman said on Friday that the government had not yet seen a highly critical UN human rights report on Arakan State.
The UN human rights office issued a report on Friday that said Burma’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Muslims and burned their villages since October in a campaign that probably amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly “ethnic cleansing.”
“We will review the report from the UN and we will respond, either in an official statement or in an individual response (to questions),” the president’s office spokesman U Zaw Htay said.
- Written by SHIREEN AHMED
Early this week, my only daughter turned 15. She came downstairs excitedly, reading dozens of birthday messages on her phone. I hugged her tight. As I made her a smoothie, I retold her birth story for the umpteenth time.
She likes to hear that she was born so quickly that I had no chance of an epidural. She was really strong and exploded into the world with a force that was telling, then grew into a feisty toddler and precocious child.
We talked about her plans for the day: lunch at a Chinese restaurant with her favourite cousins, chai and cake in the afternoon with her grandparents, followed by soccer practice.
- Written by Adam Garrie
The US-Iran war will take place in Iraq, as it has for years. US Defence Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis has jumped into the Iran fray.Here is what he said: “As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world… I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people.
It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time, I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time… We always have the capability to do so but right now I don’t think it’s necessary”.
- Written by Ali Madeeh Hashmi
Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistan’s unofficial poet laureate, was born almost exactly a hundred years ago, on 13 February 1911, in Sialkot, the home town he shared with Pakistan’s national poet, ‘Allama’ Muhammad Iqbal. Faiz passed away in 1984, aged 73, in Lahore, the city he came to call home during the last years of his life.
While Faiz acquired the status of a living legend in Pakistan and throughout the world, it is not as widely known that his father was also one of a kind, one who led a more colourful life than Faiz himself.
- Written by Nicholas Kristof
Whenever an extremist in the Muslim world does something crazy, people demand that moderate Muslims step forward to condemn the extremism. So let’s take our own advice: We Americans should now condemn our own extremist.
In that spirit, I hereby apologize to Muslims. The mindlessness and heartlessness of the travel ban should humiliate us, not you. Understand this: President Trump is not America!
I apologize to Nadia Murad, the brave young Yazidi woman from Iraq who was made a sex slave — but since escaping, has campaigned around the world against ISIS and sexual slavery.
- Written by By Robert Kahn
All the human disruption and confusion associated with President Trump’s executive order on immigration released on Friday, it is also worth noting the potential for substantial negative macroeconomic dislocation from increased barriers to travel to the United States.
In October of last year, I along with my colleagues Ted Alden and Heidi Crebo-Rediker published a note looking at the economic effects of a Muslim travel ban.
While the title highlighted a prospect of full ban, the central historical experience we drew on for our analysis was the use of intensified security measures after the 9/11 attacks.
- Written by ලතීෆ් ෆාරුක්
අඩ ශතවසක් පුරා මෙහි පැවති යුරෝපා යටත් විජිත පාලනයෙන් පසුව සිරිලකට නිදහස ලැබීමට 1948 වසරෙහි මෙහි වාසය කළ මුස්ලිම්වරුන් විසින් කිසිදු කොන්දේසියක් නොමැතිව එදා තීරණාත්මක දායකත්වයක් ලබා දුන්හ.
ආචාර්ය ටී. බී. ජායා, සර් රාසික් ෆරීඩ්, වෛද්ය එම්. සී. එම්. කලීල්, බදියුදීන් මහ්මූද් වැනි ලාංකික මුස්ලිම් නායකයන් විසින් එදා නිදහස ලබා ගැනීමට සහ දේශයට ස්වාධීනත්වය මෙන්ම ස්වාධිපත්යයද ලබා ගැනීමට උර දුන් සැටි රටේ ඉතිහාසය අමතක නොකළ සියල්ලන්ටම මතක ඇති බවට සැකයක් නැත. මෙලෙසින් එදත් අදත් රටේ ස්වෛරී දේශපාලන ප්රගතියට ශ්රී ලාංකික මුස්ලිම්වරුන් කිසිවිටෙක බාධකයක්ව නොසිටියෝය.
- Written by Latheef Farook
Crucial Muslim support facilitated the process of Sri Lanka gaining independence from British in 1948 and help end almost four and half centuries of European colonial rule in the island.
Many still remember the leading role played by Muslims leaders such as Dr T.B.Jayah, Sir Razik Fareed, Dr M.C.M.Kaleel and Dr Badiduddin Mahmud in the constitutional reforms of this country and their enthusiastic support for the demand of the Dominion Status and independence. They never obstructed the political progress of the country.
- Written by Honor Truth Groups
A picture posted on the Reddit has gone viral which shows a flock of blindfolded falcons seated on a plane around the cabin among passengers, each bird seemingly tied securely down to the seats. Image courtesy Twitter.
In an unusual sight, a Saudi prince is claimed to have bought tickets of a passenger jet for his 80 falcons, according to media reports.
A picture posted on the Reddit has gone viral which shows a flock of blindfolded falcons seated on a plane around the cabin among passengers, each bird seemingly tied securely down to the seats.
- Written by Latheef Farook
by The Ugly Truth
Islam is not an ‘Arabic’ religion nor is it the religion of the Arabs. It is a universal religion, open to whoever wants it. And while Muhammad is the Arab Prophet of God, God is not an Arab. And so we must stop ‘introducing’ God in an Arabic setting, Arabic clothing etc. Doing so will have no effect but to repulse people from it, and particularly those in the west who have been infected with Judaism.
Strangely Muslims in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have developed a fetish with Arab Culture which is causing grave problems for Muslims living as minority in a country like Sri Lanka.