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OIC Sawt Al-Hikma launches Ramadan Campaign to highlight values of tolerance and mercy of Islam

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The OIC Center for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding (CDPU), with Sawt Al-Hikma (the Voice of Wisdom) as its operational arm, has launched its Ramadan campaign under the name of “Rahmaniyat Ramadan” or Mercies of Ramadan on Twitter and Facebook platforms to highlight the values of tolerance, love, and mercy of Islam, which are manifested in the holy month of Ramadan.

The Sawt Al-Hikma’s “Rahmaniyat Ramadan” campaign is being executed through the posting of texts from noble Hadith and sayings of early scholars that highlight these aspects of worship in the form of posters and graphics image, which could be shared easily on social media outlets.

Ramadan, the month of mercy and forgiveness, has unfortunately been exploited by Daesh and other terrorist outfits recently and turned it into an opportunity for shedding the blood of Muslims and others claiming that the heinous acts will bring them closer to Allah, said Director of the Dialogue and Outreach department of the OIC Dr. Bashir Ansari.

To counter such narratives and promote the values of tolerance, love and mercy which the month of Ramadan has embodied throughout the history of Islam, the Voice of Wisdom Center launched its Ramadan campaign on social media under the name “Rahmaniyat Ramadan” to highlight these values and remind Muslims of them, he added.

The “Rahmaniyat Ramadan” campaign is running on the Voice of Wisdom’s platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet:

The OIC Center for Dialogue, Peace, and Understanding (CDPU), is an important contribution by the OIC in the war against international terrorism and violent extremism. It works through the internet and social media to delegitimize and deconstruct the extremist narratives propagated by terrorist and extremist forces.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Karnataka, India: Congress gets first ‘win’ over BJP in four years, Congress targets PM Modi

In India, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka’s chief minister on Saturday, minutes before a Supreme Court-ordered trust vote and two days after he was sworn in.

I’m resigning as chief minister. I’m grateful to the speaker for giving me this opportunity, Yeddyurappa said in the Karnataka assembly after it became clear that the BJP wouldn’t get the support of enough MLAs to support his government.

The trust vote was ordered by the Supreme Court on a petition by the Congress and JD(S) challenging governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove his majority in 15 days after election results were announced on Tuesday.

The Congress won 78 seats and the JD(S) 37. One seat went to JD(S) ally BSP, and the others to a local party and an independent. Voting was held on May 12 in 222 out of the state’s 224 seats.

The BJP on Saturday admitted that its Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa resigned as his government did not have the numbers for simple majority to win the trust vote in a hung Assembly.

In Karnataka, Congress gets first ‘real win’ over BJP in four years, but electoral challenge persists

While analysts give Congress credit for outmanoeuvring the BJP, they point out that the party still needs to up its electoral game. After all, it did see its tally in the Karnataka assembly go down from 122 to 78

Source: Radio Pakistan

16 died in FATA, KPK due to heavy rains

Sixteen people died and twenty others injured in heavy rains related incidents in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today (Saturday).

According to details, nine people died and fifteen injured when a roof of a Madrassa collapsed in Mamond area of Bajaur Agency due to heavy rain.

Four persons died in Khyber Agency and two in Nowshwera.

Similarly, one person died and five injured at Alpuri in Shangla District.

The injured have been shifted to the nearby hospitals for treatment.

Source: Radio Pakistan

41 killed in Kenya dam burst

Nairobi, (UNA-OIC) – At least 41 people have been confirmed dead in Kenya after the Patel Dam in the town of Nakuru located in the Great Rift Valley region burst as a result of heavy rains that have been pounding the region, police said.

In a statement, the police noted that 20 of those killed were adults while 21 were children. The water released from the dam flooded villages, sweeping away homes and leaving residents chest-deep in water.

“The rains started yesterday at night and then we heard a crack then a loud bang, soon there was water everywhere and the electricity went out, said Beatrice Wanyonyi, a resident from the village of Subukia, according to Anadolu Agency.

“The number of the people who died is likely to increase,” she added. “So many people are yet to be found.”

Abbas Gullet, secretary general of Kenya Red Cross, said: “The effects of the floods countrywide has now reached a proportion of a national disaster and its severity will be seen when the rains are over.

Majority of the counties affected are the same ones that were affected by the drought, prior to these rains. It is a double tragedy and these communities have been rendered more vulnerable because of the cyclical disasters and their coping mechanisms has been totally depleted,” Gullet added.

Earlier, a team from the Red Cross, which is handling the rescue operations with members from the county government said in a statement that 39 people [were] taken to hospital last night after Patel Dam in Subukia, Nakuru County, broke its banks affecting nearby villages.

A government statement released earlier this week had put the number of people displaced by floods in Kenya at 222,456, a number that is likely to increase following the thousands who have been left homeless in Nakuru County.

The Kenyan government has so far used $6 million to purchase food and medicine which has been distributed to the affected in 32 counties out of the 42 that make up Kenya.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Press Release

The Government of Pakistan condemns multiple missile attacks on Jazan and Riyadh by Houthi militia. The successful interception of the missiles by the Saudi forces prevented loss of innocent lives and is commendable.

Pakistan reiterates its solidarity with Saudi leadership and people and stands by Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and threats against Harmain Sharifain.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Pakistan

Police Say Pakistani-Italian Woman Was Strangled; Family Members Arrested

Pakistani police say a 25-year-old woman who died under suspicious circumstances last month was strangled in a suspected honor killing case.

Police in the eastern city of Gujrat launched an investigation into the death of Sana Cheema — an Italian national of Pakistani origin — after suspicions were raised on social media that she might have been murdered by relatives in a so-called honor killing spread online.

Authorities exhumed the woman’s body on April 25 to perform an autopsy.

“It has now been confirmed that she was strangled to death. And according to the [forensic] report, her neck was also broken,” Irfan Sulehri, a senior police officer in Gujrat, Punjab Province, said on May 9.

Cheema’s father, brother, and uncle have been arrested and are being investigated, police said.

Cheema’s family members claim she died in early April from an unspecified illness.

Police say Cheema’s father brought her back to Pakistan to marry her off to a relative. Italian media reports said Cheema was murdered because she wanted to marry a man in Italy against her family’s wishes. The family denies the claim.

Hundreds of women are killed every year in Pakistan in so-called honor killings by their own relatives for allegedly bringing shame on their families in the deeply conservative society.

If confirmed that her murder was a so-called honor killing, Cheema’s case will be the second such case recently publicized in Punjab.

In 2016, the father and the ex-husband of a British-Pakistani woman, Samia Shahid, were charged by Punjab police in connection with her rape and murder.

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