For zumrat dawut’s three children, Fridays were terrifying. That was the day when officials would question students at their schools in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The interrogators were looking for clues about their lives at home. They wanted to know whether parents prayed or used Islamic greetings at home, or talked to the children about the prophet Muhammad. The information they gleaned could result in a family member being sent to a “vocational training centre”, the government’s euphemism for a camp in Xinjiang’s new gulag…MORE:economist
The 75 year old aid worker, as well as two Italian citizens and a prominent Malian politician, regained their freedom after being held captive by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Upon her release on Thursday Pétronin declared that she would pray for Mali “to implore the blessings and mercy of Allah because I am a Muslim,” before continuing “you say Sophie, but it is Mariam that you have in front of you… I’m going to go to France, Switzerland and then I’ll come back to see what is going on here [in Mali]”….MORE:5pillarsuk / reddit
…These aren’t the first accusations of widespread human rights abuses by the Chinese government in Xinjiang. Up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to have been placed in mass detention centers in the region, according to the US State Department, where they have allegedly been subject to indoctrination and abuse….MORE: CNN
A teacher coerced into giving classes in Xinjiang internment camps has described her forced sterilisation at the age of 50, under a government campaign to suppress birth rates of women from Muslim minorities. Qelbinur Sidik said the crackdown swept up not just…
The man facing sentencing for 51 murders and terrorism charges appeared to show emotion this afternoon as the mother of one of his victims offered her forgiveness.Convicted terrorist Brenton Tarrant is being sentenced in the High Court for the murder of 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques on 15 March 2019. The hearing is expected to take four days. Details of the attack were made public as the summary of facts was read for the first time.
The court also heard from 24 victims of the attack…rnz:
Mujahid said that Abdullah ibn Amr slaughtered a sheep and said: Have you presented a gift from it to my neighbour, the Jew, for I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: Gabriel kept on commending the neighbour to me…
A Times video investigation identified Chinese companies using a contentious labor program for Uighurs to satisfy demand for P.P.E., some of which ended up in the United States and other countries…more: NYTIMES