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Day: November 18, 2015

Britain’s First Mosque
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain’s First Mosque

Syed Neaz Ahmad: Built in 1889, the Shahjehan Mosque is a symbol of Muslim history in Britain. A prison, a lunatic asylum and a crematorium hardly provide an deal setting for a sacred institution, but the first mosque to be built in Britain in October 1889 was sited against such a background. The actual first mosque was in a converted building in Liverpool. However, the Shahjehan Mosque in the County of Surrey assumed larger than life proportions in matters of public interest and became a landmark. As a matter of fact, the little known sleepy town of Woking, because of the mosque, became a priority destination for visiting dignitaries and the focus of Islam in England. The story of the Shahjehan Mosque is the history of the site and the wanderings of a Budapest Linguist Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm...
BTRC blocks Facebook, Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

BTRC blocks Facebook, Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) has suspended the operation of social networking platform Facebook, Messenger, Viber and WhatsApp in Bangladesh for security reason. BTRC Secretary Sarwar Alam on Wednesday said they issued the order following a directive from a higher level of the government. Internet services, meanwhile, remained suspended across the country for over an hour from 1 pm fol-lowing the suspension of the operation of the four social networking and messaging platforms. The in-ternet services, however, resumed around 2:15 pm. About the disruption in the internet services, Sarwar said, “The disruption in internet services might have occurred while blocking the four social networking platforms, but there was no BTRC directive in this regar...
SC upholds Mujahid, SQ Chy death penalty: Jamaat calls hartal for Thursday
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

SC upholds Mujahid, SQ Chy death penalty: Jamaat calls hartal for Thursday

    The Appellate Division has upheld the death penalties for war criminals Ali Ahsan Mujahid and Salaud-din Quader Chowdhury after rejecting their review petitions. The 4-member bench of the apex court, led by the chief justice, gave the order today. Jamaat-e-Islami has called a day-long countrywide strike for Thursday protesting protesting Supreme Court’s order that upheld death penalty of its secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed on Wednesday. The court completed hearing on the review petition filed by Mujahid yesterday, and started hearing the review petition filed by of Salauddin today. The International Crimes Tribunal, or ICT-2, which is now defunct, sentenced Mujahid to death on 17th July in 2013. ICT-1 sentenced Salauddin to death on the 1st October the same y...
Chief Suspect Is an ISIS Militant Whose Own Family Wished Him Dead
Arab world, ENGLISH

Chief Suspect Is an ISIS Militant Whose Own Family Wished Him Dead

    When the family of Abdelhamid Abaaoud received word from Syria last fall that he had been killed fighting for the Islamic State, it rejoiced at what it took to be excellent news about a wayward son it had come to despise. We are praying that Abdelhamid really is dead, his older sister, Yasmina, said at the time. Their prayers and the hopes of Western security officials were not answered. Mr. Abaaoud, then 26, was in reality on his way back to Europe to meet secretly with Islamic extremists who shared his determination to spread mayhem. He has since been linked to a string of terrorist operations that culminated with Friday’s attacks in Paris. “Of course, it is not joyous to make blood flow. But, from time to time, it is pleasant to see the blood of disbelievers,” Mr. Abaao...