Rubric Islam

Islam
by Shafique Khokhar

The Catholic Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism organised an Iftar, the dinner that breaks the Ramadan fast, together with other minorities. For Archbishop Benny Mario Travas, the event is a testament to the values of compassion, empathy, and mutual respect that bind everyone.

| 27/03/2024
| PAKISTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Isis cell in the region between Afghanistan and Central Asia sees Russia as the main support for its two worst enemies, the regimes in Kabul and Tehran. While in Tajikistan, President Rakhmon stigmatises the high number of Tajiks among the militia, but according to his opponents their radicalisation is the effect of his twenty years of repression.

| 27/03/2024
| RUSSIA-TAJIKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

On the strength of their triumph in Ayodhya, nationalists linked to the BJP took the case of the Kamal Maula, an Islamic place of worship that allegedly stood where there was a temple of the goddess Sarasvati in the 11th century, to the local High Court. Local Muslims: we will continue to pray here five times a day.

| 23/03/2024
| INDIA

Security forces foiled the assault by a commando linked to the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). Many Chinese companies are active in the economically strategic, mineral-rich region. The port is a strategic component of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

| 21/03/2024
| PAKISTAN – CHINA

Arrivals, especially from Ethiopia and Somalia, are up as peace prospects appear to improve. According to OCHA, the total number rose from about 27,000 to over 90,000 from 2021 to 2023. The country remains one of the main transit points, but Houthi attacks have kept ships away from the Red Sea, resulting in an extra 100,000 barrels of oil burnt per day.

| 21/03/2024
| GULF – YEMEN
by Joseph Masilamany

A gesture by a car dealership saleswoman mirrors a society divided between tolerance and fundamentalism. Internet users divided between those who appreciate the acceptance of the Hindu blessing and those who attack her for committing a grave sin for a Muslim. The case of the team consisting of a Hindu surgeon, a Buddhist anaesthetist and Muslim nurses who operated on a Catholic priest. 

| 20/03/2024
| MALAYSIA

Today's headlines: Senior doctors in South Korea join trainee doctors’ protest. India's foreign exchange reserves reach their highest level in two years. Iran is beset by a severe nursing shortage with more than 3,000 emigrating abroad a year. Thailand is considering legalising casinos. The Chinese are quietly occupying Siberia, raising concerns among local Russians.

| 16/03/2024
| ASIA TODAY

The extremist group plans to release Israeli hostages, including female soldiers, in exchange for a truce and the release of a thousand Palestinian prisoners. Smotrich attacks the White House over sanctions against settlers. Gideon Sa'ar leaves Gantz's centrist alliance, weakening the alternative to Netanyahu. 

| 15/03/2024
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Dario Salvi

Over the weekend, the bells at Ibrahim Al-Khalil Church chimed for the first time. Its inaugural Mass will take place by Easter. Speaking to AsiaNews, the engineer who conceived and financed its construction calls for peace in Gaza, saying that the Church will be a place full of symbolism to "show the world" our Christian "identity”. Many now hope that it will draw pilgrims to “rediscover their land”.

| 12/03/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST

At least 4,000 suspected “terrorists” have been arrested since 7 October, pushing up the number of Palestinians in jail from about 5,200 to about 9,000 thanks to the widespread use of administrative detention. Clashes break out overnight between police and Muslims at the start of Ramadan near al Aqsa. Israeli police limit access to the holy site despite pledges to the contrary.

| 11/03/2024
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Dario Salvi

On 20 February, the Chaldean Patriarch took part in the Saudi government's third forum on the media as "bridges" of peace, the Kaiciid a partner in the event. The relationship between Christians and Muslims in a nation in "evolution". The call for a form of 'synodality' also for Islam. The "wise" position of Riyadh in the war in the Holy Land. And to the Holy See: "We must dialogue, discuss" with the Saudis.

 

| 05/03/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST

About 41 per cent of 61 million eligible voters cast their ballots for the 12th parliament of the Islamic Republic and the 88 seats of the Assembly of Experts, the lowest turnout since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Pro-reform groups, who did not take part in the election, praise former President Mohammad Khatami for refusing to vote.

| 04/03/2024
| IRAN
by Shafique Khokhar

On Monday, the Pakistani Senate voted on the Christian Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2023. For Christians, the legal age of marriage goes from 16 to 18 years of age. The battle to protect young women and girls from the practice of child brides and forced conversion began in November 2022. Now many hope it can be extended to all religions.

| 01/03/2024
| PAKISTAN

Tomorrow the country will pick 290 lawmakers as well as the 88 experts who will choose Khamenei's successor. Some 61 million people are eligible to vote, but turnout could be less than 40 per cent. From prison Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi calls for a boycott.

| 29/02/2024
| IRAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Office is becoming more inclusive, Religious Affairs Minister Qoumas announced, with services available to "all Indonesian citizens”, not only Muslims. Its premises will be open for weddings of members of religious groups that do not yet have places of worship.

| 26/02/2024
| INDONESIA

The authorities have completed the transformation of one of the most symbolic places of Chinese Islam. The minarets have been torn down, while a sentence at the entrance invites obedience and gratitude to Beijing. A change that also affects other mosques in the area, where a large Hui Muslim community lives. As for the churches, children are forbidden to enter.

| 23/02/2024
| CHINA

The government set the deadline for 31 December. For some, the date leaves the federal parliament too little time to legislate in such a sensitive matter. Two visions confront each other as to the place of state secularisation and Islamisation.

| 20/02/2024
| MALAYSIA

Victims often do not report for fear of further harassment. In 2023, at least 166 arrests were made, but only a fraction were made public. Pressure and repression continue even after release. In Turkey, an Iranian Christian who fled in 2013 risks deportation and, in case of repatriation, imprisonment.

| 19/02/2024
| IRAN - TURKEY
by Fady Noun

After two years of voluntary exile yesterday, the former premier attended celebrations marking the 19th anniversary of the assassination of his father Rafic. Analysts and observers point to his re-election bid in 2026, but the regional scenario presents new tensions and challenges. A rapprochement with the Saudis and relations with the Christian bloc the decisive factors.

| 15/02/2024
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

A mob attacked an Ahmadi place of worship in Kotli district, sending the caretaker to hospital with serious injuries. Previously, they had given the authorities an ultimatum to demolish the Ahmadi mosque. Despite CCTV footage, police have yet to make any arrests. “We want justice,” Ahmadi leader told AsiaNews.

| 14/02/2024
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

From February, the term 'Isa al Masih' will no longer be used, but the more appropriate 'Jesus Christ'. For the outgoing leader, it is a desire to show the plural and open face of the country. And to file away the controversy and protests over support for his Defence Minister Subianto and his son, the vice-presidential candidate (ahead in the polls).

| 10/02/2024
| INDONESIA
by mons. Paolo Martinelli

US attacks against Houthi targets in Yemen continue. Stalemate over negotiations between Israelis and Hamas for a ceasefire in Gaza. Five years after Francis' trip to the Gulf, Mgr. Martinelli speaks of a "dramatic moment" in the history of humanity and the region. The document signed with the imam "prophetic" in a peace perspective.

| 05/02/2024
| UAE - YEMEN - VATICAN
by Dario Salvi

Several factors explain the attack by the Islamic State against the Santa Maria Church, but the root cause is the failure to resolve the Palestinian question, which periodically inflames the region. For Bishop Bizzeti, there is a “domino” effect that stems from oversimplification and short-sighted policies. He criticises the "irresponsible" decision to halt funding to UNRWA in Gaza.

| 02/02/2024
| TURKEY

Out of 7,000 families that once made up the community, only 350 remain today. Out of 17 churches, at least nine have been closed and two set on fire. Many chose to emigrate to Iraqi Kurdistan or the diaspora. From those who are left comes a call for expats to return, for this is also "our land".

 

| 31/01/2024
| IRAQ

A protest linked to the death sentence carried out yesterday on four Kurdish prisoners. Activists call the Islamic Republic a "repression machine" that is working "full steam ahead" and with "brutal methods". Meanwhile, the Supreme Court confirmed the death penalty for six more political prisoners.

| 30/01/2024
| IRAN

The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack against the Latin church. The two attackers were arrested trying to escape. The community is "terrified, shocked", said Bishop Palinuro. The incident raises questions "about the future of the Christian presence". Vicar of Anatolia notes that the government arrested 25 terrorists who wanted to attack churches and synagogues, but "they did not warn us".

| 29/01/2024
| TURKEY
by Dario Salvi

Pope Francis promulgated the decree recognising the heroic virtues of the Turkish bishop. For Bishop Bizzeti occasion of joy as "recognition" of the history of a people. His family exterminated during the First World War, but his story "goes beyond the Armenian genocide". Even today those who bear witness to the Gospel encounter 'difficulties, resistance'. After 14 years in February, the Turkish bishops visit the pope for an ad limina visit.

| 26/01/2024
| VATICAN - TURKEY

One of the protesters is Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi. The protest is a response to a wave of executions, including that of Mohammad Ghobadlou, a young man with mental issues, executed in connection with events associated with Mahsa Amini’s death. Meanwhile, the Guardian Council excludes pro-reform Rouhani from running for a seat in the Assembly of Experts.

| 24/01/2024
| IRAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

In Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, more and more documentaries, television series, publications and conferences present early 20th century currents such as Jadidism and the Alash Party as a source of inspiration. Between a 'moderate' image in the eyes of the world and a religious aura with which to cloak authoritarian regimes.

| 24/01/2024
| CENTRAL ASIA
by Dario Salvi

Iran struck first in Iraqi Kurdistan, then into Pakistani territory, fuelling tensions with Islamabad, while China calls for "restraint". A Christian businessman from Mosul was among the victims in Erbil. In solidarity with the victims, Pope Francis calls for "good relations between neighbours." For the Chaldean primate, Card Sako, Iraq is a "divided" country, its people "tired and beaten”. The path of diplomacy is increasingly fragile.

| 17/01/2024
| IRAQ – IRAN – PAKISTAN
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| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
 
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| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
 
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