1. Turkish president recites Muslim prayer at the Hagia Sophia
ISTANBUL – Turkey's president has recited an Islamic prayer in the Hagia Sophia, a historic Istanbul landmark that has become a symbol of interfaith and diplomatic tensions.
Speaking for an art festival opening Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited the Quran's first verse, dedicating the prayer to the "souls of all who left us this work as inheritance, especially Istanbul's conqueror."
The Hagia Sophia was built during the 6th century Christian Byzantine Empire and served as the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church. It was converted into an imperial mosque with the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453.
2. Austria Has Issued 50 Fines For Violation of Burqa Ban Law in Six Months
Central European Austria has issued 50 fines to transgressors of the full face covering ban in the first six months since it was enacted, each carrying a punishment of up to €150.
In a sign of how effective the ban has been in changing behaviour and discouraging the garment in public places in the nation, the majority of the 50 fines issued were in the first two months after October 2017 when the ban came into effect.
The fines were also predominantly localised to Vienna — Austria’s capital and most cosmopolitan city, with just nine in Lower Austria, and six in Tyrol, reports top Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
3. UK: Voters may have to show ID to combat voter fraud in “vulnerable” areas
Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud could have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.
The Government has announced it will invite applications to participate in pilot schemes under which voters would have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of “endemic corruption” and protect the democratic process.
The voter ID scheme may be trialled in 18 areas which have been identified by police and the Electoral Commission as being “vulnerable” to voting fraud, including Bradford and Birmingham. The pilot schemes would be implemented during local elections in May 2018 before being rolled out nationwide. [...]
The Government is also considering checking people's nationality to prevent immigrants who are not entitled to take part in UK elections from voting. [...]
Pilots may also take place in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Bristol, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Luton, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall, and Woking.
4. Imprisoned, Tortured French Teen Was Forced to Use Knotted Sheets to Escape Illegal Migrant Boyfriend
An 18-year-old French girl escaped the captivity of her illegal migrant boyfriend using a knotted bed sheet to climb down from a ninth-floor apartment balcony after he had held her prisoner and tortured her.
The victim had been brutally tortured by the 24-year-old illegal migrant for three days before she managed to escape and found refuge with her neighbour on the eighth floor of the apartment located in the Nantes suburb of Saint-Herblain, Le Parisien reports.
During the three-day period, the migrant had brutally beaten the teen with a rod and cables, had shaved part of her skull, and had dipped her hand into boiling water in what is being described as an act of torture. The girl’s body is reported to have been covered in bruises and her face badly swollen.
She had lived with the migrant for ten months, and the man was soon arrested after the teen escaped. He told police that he vaguely remembered aspects of the story, claiming he had been drunk at the time. Police say that the migrant was already well-known to them.
5. JuD Amir reiterates move to launch “jihad” against India
Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Terror mastermind Hafiz-Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) has reiterated his desire to launch a jihad or holy war against India from Pakistani soil.
Addressing a gathering of over 4,000 people during “Friday sermon” in Rawalpindi recently, Maulana Abdul Rahman, Amir of the JuD, said Pakistan being an Islamic state is a centre of jihad loving people who would love to launch a jihad against India.
He said, “Pakistan is a centre of preparation of battle against India under `Ghazwa-e-Hind'. Also, it is a centre of jihad loving people. Why we should not foil the conspiracies of infidels being hatched against Islam. Infidels only want liberalism and openness to be prevailing in Pakistan.”
“But now lovers of Pakistan will certainly rise and foil their all conspiracies. We will sacrifice our lives but will not allow infidels to become successful in their conspiracies', said Rahman in his address.”
6. South Africa: Cape Town Imam Calls on All Muslims to Support Jihad in “Palestine”
JNS.org – In a Friday sermon delivered at the Masjid Al Furqaan in Cape Town, South Africa, Sheikh Riyaad Fataar said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was “slipping from the hands of the Islamic nation … because the plans of the Jews are moving [ahead].”
Quoting Saladin — the Muslim military and political leader during the Crusades — and saying that Muslims “are staying in jihad in order to get rid of the Zionist occupier,” Sheikh Fataar, Deputy President of the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa and the imam of the Husami Masjid in Cravenby, a suburb of Cape Town, called upon all Muslims in the world to support them and 'show your help in whatever different ways there are.
7. We're not a French toilet! Italy protests RAGE against Macron as French cops INVADE border
ITALY’S parties are coming together to protest against Emmanuel Macron after the French police entered without authorisation an Italian migrant centre in a “brutal act” of violence which may cause an international incident.
[...] Lega leader and potential Italian next prime minister Matteo Salvini said: “We should expel French diplomats rather than the Russian ones.
“When we will have formed the government, Italy will raise its head in Europe, Macron and Merkel don't have anything to teach us, and we will take back control of our borders.”
Augusta Montaruli, right-wing Brothers Of Italy MP, also protested against the action taken by the officers.
She said: “We are not Macron’s toilet.”
8. Muslim beauty queen will become the FIRST Miss England contestant to wear a hijab - and reveals she might NOT take part in the competition's swimwear round
A Muslim beauty queen is set to become the first Miss England contestant to compete wearing a hijab.
Maria Mahmood, 20, came runner-up in the Miss Birmingham heat and has made it through to the semi-finals of the national competition.
If she is successful, Maria will then take part in the Miss England finals, with the winner going on to represent the nation in Miss World.
9. ISIS Growing Presence And Violence In Kashmir
The chickens have come home to roost for pro-Pakistan ideology. The weapon, that is Islam, that they used to crush pro-Azadi militants is being turned against them.
“Where is Islam in Pakistan?” and “How are you a martyr if you die for Pakistan?” is the new refrain. “Sharia or Shahadat” (implementation of Sharia Law or martyrdom) is the new slogan.
The black flags of ISIS which shocked with their appearance in the Valley a few years ago are no longer a huge anomaly. Originally, the ISIS flags were dismissed by intel agencies and the administration as misguided youthful exuberance. Then the men carrying them and others wielding guns declared their allegiance to dreaded global terror groups.
Al-Qaeda affiliate leader Zakir Musa has become a new militant heartthrob and is raised in the sloganeering of every protest and procession. This despite him threatening to hang top separatist leaders at the Clock Tower of Lal Chowk. Audio and videos recordings of ISIS describe these leaders as apostates and slaves of Pakistan’s ISI.
10. Germany: Syrian Sets House On Fire, 17 Wounded, 1 Dead
Source German article.
Excerpt of English translation:
A Syrian set fire to an apartment house in Leipzig in the early morning hours of Good Friday, killing one person and wounding 17. [...]
When police searched the house on Friday afternoon with a thermographic camera, they found what they initially thought was a male body. But the autopsy later revealed that it was a female body. Police also found several dead pets in the house.
Police confirm that the arsonist is a 32-year-old Syrian, a resident of that very house, and that he will be charged with arson and murder.