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Why was the Imam of a French mosque dismissed by the ministry? Read Here.

The Imam of a French mosque was dismissed for delivering a sermon on Eid-ul-Adha, which was said to be “contrary to the values of the Republic”. Mmadi Ahamada, who is the imam of the Saint-Chamond Grand Mosque, located in France’s Loire region, was sacked on the directives of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. Reason for dismissal: The grounds cited for his dismissal were that the Quranic verse from Surah Ahzab and hadith Ahamada shared were “contrary to the values of the Republic”. According to aTurkish publication, Ahamada shared verses addressing the…

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The man who clothed the Kaabah first.

As Kaabah gets draped in new Kiswah (cloth) in the annual ceremony held on Sunday, we go through history and read about the man who clothed Kaabah first. Kiswa refers to the embroidered piece of cloth that is used for covering the Kaabah, the centre of Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah. Every year the old Kiswa cloth is replaced with a new one on the ninth day of the month of Du al-Hijjah (the month of Hajj). This tradition is considered very significant in Islam and is quite sacred among Muslims. The…

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Danish Siddiqui- Reuters journalist, winner of Pulitzer Prize killed in Afghanistan.

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander said. Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist since earlier this week with Afghan special forces based in the southern province of Kandahar and had been reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters. “We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement. “Danish was an…

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Taliban sends warning to Turkey against extending troops in Afghanistan.

Taliban warned Turkey against extending its military presence in Afghanistan when US-led forces leave the country. “The decision … is ill-advised, a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity and against our national interests,” the group said in a statement, days after Turkey promised to provide troops to protect Kabul airport when foreign forces leave next month. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said on July 9 that Turkey and the US agreed on the scope of how to secure Kabul airport under the control of Turkish forces after Washington’s withdrawal…

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UAE becomes the first Middle East nation to open an embassy in Israel.

UAE became the first middle east nation to open an embassy in Israel. The gulf nation inaugurated its offices in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. UAE’s envoy hailed the trade and investment opportunities that closer ties would bring at a flag-raising ceremony also attended by Israel’s president. Brought together by shared unease about Iran, the UAE and Bahrain normalised relations with Israel last year under the ‘Abraham Accords’ crafted by the administration of then-US president Donald Trump. This follows the inauguration of Israeli embassy in the UAE last month. What did…

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