Nearly 19M Indonesians insist on going home for Eid despite ban

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia’s transportation minister said Wednesday that as many as 18.9 million people or 7% of the total population would insist on heading for their hometowns for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, defying a coronavirus-related ban. Budi Karya Sumadi cited a recent survey which found that travelers intended to take part in the homecoming exodus, locally called mudik, before the ban is imposed from May 6-17. “After the ban is imposed, mudik travelers will constitute 7% of the population. However, the number is still quite high, at around 18…

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Islamophobic populism worries Muslims in France’

STRASBOURG, France Praising Strasbourg Municipality in northeastern France for offering 2.5 million euros ($3 million) for the construction of a mosque, Bekir Altas, secretary-general of the Turkish-Muslim association IGMG, expressed concern at the rising Islamophobic tendencies driven by political exigencies. Speaking to Anadolu Agency during his visit to French city Strasbourg near the German border, Altas also dismissed accusations against the IGMG by the politicians. He said that the construction of the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Strasbourg, near the German border, will continue, even as its completion needs an additional…

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Indonesia: man teaches Quran wearing clown garb

JAKARTA, Indonesia After donning clown garb, Yahya Edward Hendrawan is sitting in front of a mirror, finishing his make-up. He is not going to a party; instead, he is preparing to teach the Quran, the Muslim holy book, to children at an orphanage near his home in Tangerang, the third-largest city in the Greater Jakarta metropolitan area. He discovered this unique method while teaching the Quran at the Darussalam An-Nur orphanage, where he has been working for the past 13 years. “It is been 11 years since I started dressing…

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German philosopher Habermas rejects UAE’s Zayed Book Award

BERLIN The prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas said Sunday he will not accept a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision. The 91-year-old, who is considered Germany’s most eminent contemporary philosopher, told the German news site Spiegel Online that “I declared my willingness to accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby.” In the statement, which his publisher Suhrkamp Verlag passed on to Spiegel Online, Habermas added “I didn’t sufficiently make clear to myself the very close…

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International Quds Day; A wise idea to awaken Muslims

By Ashraf Zaidi On this day, Muslims across the  world take to the streets to condemn the illegal occupation of Palestine by the Israeli Zionist regime, and the crimes it commits against humanity by bombarding civilian targets and systematic killing of the young Palestinians demanding Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories. Palestine is the land of prophets and the first Qibla for the Muslims. For its special standing, it has always been attacked by others. 70 years ago, a regime was formed in the Holy Land with the support of…

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