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Daily Archives: March 19, 2017

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Kim Jong Un murder: Malaysia hunting for more North Korean suspects

Malaysian police said today that they are hunting for more North Korean suspects over the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Orly airport: Attacker phoned father to say ‘I screwed up’

The gunman told his father he had “screwed up” with a gendarme before going on to the airport.

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North Korea’s rocket engine test: World will ‘soon witness’ significance

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new high-thrust engine seen as a “great leap forward” for the country’s rocket industry, state media reported.

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I don't take link up rumours seriously, says Athiya Shetty

After venturing into Hindi cinema in 2015, she was linked to her "Hero" co-actor Sooraj Pancholi and later, there was buzz that she was dating actor Arjun Kapoor, with whom she will be seen sharing screen space in "Mubarakan". But actress Athiya Shetty says she doesn't take these rumours seriously.

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Gulshan Devaiah 'mildly jealous' of Rajkummar Rao

Actor Gulshan Devaiah admits he experiences "mild jealousy" of the consistency maintained by Rajkummar Rao in his performances.

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Somalia wants Saudi probe of refugee boat attack

Somalia has called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate an incident in which dozens of Somali refugees were shot dead on board a boat.

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Shah Rukh Khan's 'late night' discussions with Imtiaz Ali

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is immersed in the work for filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's upcoming movie.

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Pictures: People in Upper Egypt mourned a deceased man with dance & drum music!

Asyut – Marking the demise of an alleged man of God, a large funeral procession was held to accompaniment of drum music and Mizmar dance in almost unheard-of precedent in Egypt, according to local witnesses from Asyut governorate, located 320 kilometres from Cairo.

The funeral marchers claim that the deceased was a holy man and a miracle worker who led a life of utmost spirituality and worship. In order to account for playing folkloric music at the funeral, the marchers said that the late was chosen as a saint whose holy soul would not ascend to heaven except to the accompaniment of mizmar music and mournful dirges which they were playing.

Mizmar is any single or double reed wind instrument. Mizmar dance is a traditional Egyptian folkloric dance, well-known to the southern Egyptians, in which a group of musicians, usually a duo or trio, play a mizmar instrument along with one or two double-sided bass drums, known in Arabic as tabl baladi or simply tabl. Mizmars are usually played in Egypt at either weddings or as an accompaniment to belly dancers; however, to see it at funeral ceremonies was considered ‘the impossible possibility’ with good measure.

For his part, Sheikh Mansour Mandour, the head Imam of Ministry of Religious Endowments and Affairs (al-Awqaf), expressed his disapproval of this incident, saying:  “This act bespeaks that part of the Egyptian society may have relapsed into an age of darkness whose hallmarks, among others, were paganism, deification and idolization of human beings, raising the frightening specter of ignorance, superstition and backwardness that might prevail out there,” Mandour said in a phone call with the “90 Minutes” TV Show on Saturday evening. 

Sheikh Mandour quoted a Prophetic Tradition, i.e. Hadith, in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was reported to have said: “May Allah’s curse be upon people who built places of worship at the graves of their prophets and righteous men,” as if Prophet Muhammad was warning his followers against doing such acts.”

 “In fact, there are a number of mercenaries who promote such myths about righteous late men only to make the people build sanctuaries in their memory through which they can make a living by cheating and deceiving others,” Sheikh Mandour warned.

Sheikh Mandour shamed such groups for spreading lies and promoting superstition, called on security forces to criminalize such fraudulent activities, and de-license their marches which should never be held in any Islamic milieu or whatsoever, especially as Al-Azhar institution has made itself clear that is totally against that.


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Egypt condemns attack on mosque in province of Marib

Cairo – The Arab Republic of Egypt has condemned a missile attack carried out by the Houthi-Saleh militia against a mosque in the Sirwah Directorate in Marib Province, killing and wounding scores of innocent worshipers.
It is worth to mention that Death toll reached to 34 deads, and 100 wounded. 
In a statement issued by the ministry yesterday, Ahmed Abu Zeid, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, expressed the ministry’s condemnation of the attack on a mosque in the strongest terms.