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Muslims seek travel permits to distribute meat for Eid

Muslims seek travel permits to distribute meat for Eid

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ISLAM, Religion, UGANDA
Hear Uganda, a humanitarian organization is set to slaughter over 400 cows for distribution to different vulnerable Ugandans countrywide to mark the celebration of Eid al-Adha on July 20.     For this Eid, animals including sheep, goats, cows, or camels are slaughtered for their meat and shared over three days. The meat is divided into three parts in an act known as Qurbani (togetherness). One portion is given to the poor, one to the immediate family at home while another portion is reserved for relatives. Sheikh Haidari Kizza, the vice chairman of Hear Uganda says they are seeking travel permits from the ministries of Health and Works to distribute the animals and meat to different people across the country.  Former Supreme Mufti, Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa advis...
Only church businesses, investments surviving in Nigerian economy – Bishop Oyedepo

Only church businesses, investments surviving in Nigerian economy – Bishop Oyedepo

Born Again Christians, Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Religion
Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel has said only church investments are currently surviving in the Nigerian economy. Oyedepo said church investments are doing well because there are no wrong additions. Addressing his members on Sunday, the preacher, observed that other establishments and investments may be manipulated to look flourishing but are not. Oyedepo pointed out that “believers” are doing well in the employment of labour in Nigeria. He said: “Remove the products of revival from Nigeria economy, there is nothing remaining. “Let me say this and I am saying this very boldly; the only thing remaining in Nigeria today are the investments of God’s people. The only one. “You know the other people are busy killing themselves. No plan, no purpose, no forward-l...
TB Joshua: I can’t be friends with all ministers of God – Oyedepo

TB Joshua: I can’t be friends with all ministers of God – Oyedepo

ADVOCACY, Born Again Christians, Entertainment, Religion
General Overseer of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said he loves all Ministers of God but cannot be friends with every one of them. “I love Jesus and I am telling you by the Holy Ghost, do not be the enemy of your destiny. Act smart and walk in the truth. I love all ministers but I am not a friend to every minister. No I cannot be,” Oyedepo said. Oyedepo said this at a time when popular ministers of God were called out for not attending the burial of Prophet T.B Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The clergyman, while preaching in his church, advised his members to be wary of who they associate with as it can make or mar their destiny. ”People who scorn your God can’t add value to your life. There are people you mu...
Jihadists attack Christians in Niger

Jihadists attack Christians in Niger

AFRICA, CHRISTIAN, ISLAM, NIGER, Religion, TERRORISM
According to ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021, the area has become one of the hotspots for militant jihadism in Africa. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has received news of a jihadist attack on Fantio and Dolbel, two towns in the Tillabéri region in southwestern Niger. Survivors of the attack fled to the Dori region of Burkina Faso, sources told ACN. It is a group of women with small children and babies. According to these witnesses of the attacks, the terrorists attacked the towns twice, killing the men. The two towns were abandoned by the rest of the inhabitants. In Fantio, the jihadists took a statue of the Virgin Mary, liturgical books and musical instruments and burned them. They then desecrated the Blessed Sacrament by throwing the sacred hosts on...
Pope Francis doing well after intestinal surgery, Vatican says

Pope Francis doing well after intestinal surgery, Vatican says

CATHOLIC, HEALTH, POPE, Religion, VATICAN
84-year-old pontiff 'responded well' to the scheduled operation for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of his study overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis is doing well following intestinal surgery, the Vatican said on Sunday after the 84-year-old pontiff was hospitalised for the first time since his election in 2013. Spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the pontiff "responded well" to the surgery, which was done under general anaesthesia and which the Vatican had said earlier had been scheduled and not prompted by an emergency. He gave no further details about the surgery or how long it lasted and did not say how long the Pope would remain in Rome's Gemelli hospital. T...
EULOGY IN TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF BISHOP STEPHEN SSENFUMA

EULOGY IN TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF BISHOP STEPHEN SSENFUMA

AFRICA, Born Again Christians, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, Religion, UGANDA, WORLD
About 30 years ago, I received an invitation to minister for a week in a new church being planted in Kasubi. The church was a peel away from another church located in Nakulabye led by a friend of mine and village-mate Steven Ssozi, who went to be with the Lord some years ago. Elders of what was then called Heritage Church had protested the Pastoral leadership of Ssozi, who had changed the ministry and surrendered to another leader. This group of elders told me about a young Pastor under the Heritage ministry who was doing a good job in a village called Zengebe - Lwampanga, Nakasongola. They said he was the right person to come to Kampala and lead the remnant members of the scattered Heritage Church. They later on brought Stephen Ssenfuma to me and invited me to speak for a week to the ...
India police summon Twitter chief for video on Hindu men attacking a Muslim

India police summon Twitter chief for video on Hindu men attacking a Muslim

HINDU, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INDIA, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, POLITICS, Religion, Social Media, Twitter, USA
The video causing the furore shows Hindu men forcibly shaving the beard of an elderly Muslim man, with India claiming Twitter should remove it to prevent incitement of communal hate. Police in India have summoned Twitter's top official in the country to answer allegations that the US firm failed to stop the spread of a video that allegedly incited "hate and enmity" between Hindu and Muslim communities. An official police notice, seen by Reuters, showed a case had been registered in Ghaziabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state over a video of a few men, apparently Hindu, beating an elderly man believed to be a Muslim and cutting his beard. The police report names Twitter Inc, its local unit and seven others for their alleged roles in disseminating a video that was deemed insultin...
African Methodist Church leaders hold summit in Meru

African Methodist Church leaders hold summit in Meru

AFRICA, CHURCH, KENYA, Religion
President of the Africa Methodists Council Bishop Joseph Ntombura addresses journalists flanked by church heads from across the continent during an ongoing summit at Kenya Methodist University on June 15, 2021.  Methodist Church leaders from across Africa have announced plans to develop joint initiatives to help the continent overcome the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The heads of various churches under the Africa Methodists Council (AMC) said they would forge stronger partnerships with governments, regional and international organisations to address the challenges facing the continent. They spoke at the sidelines of the Africa Methodists Council five day Heads of Conferences Summit that is going on at the Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) main campus in Meru. The summit b...
North Kigezi diocese bishop dies of Covid-19

North Kigezi diocese bishop dies of Covid-19

AFRICA, ANGLICAN, CHURCH, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, Religion, UGANDA
The North Kigezi diocese Bishop Rt Rev Benon Magezi has died a week after he tested positive for Covid-19 before he was admitted at Mbarara regional referral hospital.  The news of his death was first broken by the Rujumbura county MP Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi through his Facebook page and WhatsApp group of Rukungiri District leaders at 10:15pm on Tuesday. He quoted the bishop’s widow, Ms Gladyce Magezi who he said had been taking care of him at the hospital when he passed on. “Dear brothers, it’s sad to announce the demise of Bishop Benon Magezi of North Kigezi diocese. The wife rang me and was calm and strong, but pray for her at such a time as this,” Gen Muhwezi said. Magezi was consecrated as the fifth bishop of North Kigezi diocese on January 8, 2017, replacing Bishop ...
Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion
Community members, leaders slam planned movie for not focusing on the victims of the attack which killed 51 Muslims. . The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the Linwood mosque, where he killed seven more [File: EPA] A planned film about the 2019 Christchurch mosque killings has sparked an intense backlash in New Zealand, with community members and leaders slamming the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The film, “They Are Us”, aims to focus on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the horrific shootings in March 2019 when a white supremacist gunman ran amok at two mosques during Friday prayer, killing 51 and seriously injuring another 40.The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the ...
Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PILGRIMAGE, Religion, WORLD
Mecca will be off limits to the vast majority of Muslims this year, after Saudi Arabia announced that only a select few, all from within the country, would be allowed to participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The religious ceremony, which begins in mid-July, will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims between the ages of 18 to 65 who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday. All participants must either be citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia.  The restrictions reflect Riyadh’s “constant concern for the safety and security of pilgrims, as well as the safety of their countries,” the ministry explained.  All Muslims who can perform Hajj are required to do so at least once in their lifetime, and d...
Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, Religion, USA, WORLD
The US congresswoman denies she drew ‘a moral comparison’ between the US, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban. US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has hit back after a rare rebuke from her Democratic Party colleagues over her remarks that seemed to place the United States and Israel in the same category as the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and the Afghan armed group Taliban. The Muslim American congresswoman on Monday tweeted: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban”, drawing bipartisan condemnation and even seeing her accused of “anti-Semitism”. “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she tweeted, along with a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony...
Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Israel, JUDAISM, PALESTINE, POWER, Religion, WORLD
More than 100 buildings housing about 1,500 people in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem face demolition. Silwan, Occupied East Jerusalem – Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli religious theme park where the Israelis believe King David had a garden in biblical times. About 1,500 people living in more than 100 buildings in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat. On Monday, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, accompanied by Israeli forces, delivered notices to demolish at least 13 of those homes and structures within 21 days, after an Israeli court ruled earlier they had been constructed without building permits. “Stating that the orders were delivered is somewhat ...
Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

CANADA, CRIME, CRISIS, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion, TERROR, WORLD
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the killing of four members of a Muslim family in Ontario a ‘terrorist attack’. Montreal, Canada – Like so many others have done during the coronavirus pandemic, the Afzaal family was out for an evening walk. But on Sunday, as they waited to cross a street in London, Ontario, they were run down by a driver police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. For members of Muslim communities across the country, the Islamophobic attack that killed four people, including a teenage girl, and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy, harkens back to painful memories of a deadly assault on a Quebec mosque more than four years ago. It is also a sign that something is terribly wrong. “The sentiment that I’m hearing across the board, and I think everybody...
What pilgrims will miss from their favourite place

What pilgrims will miss from their favourite place

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, ANGLICAN, CATHOLIC, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, ISLAM, PAN AFRICA, Religion
KAMPALA, Uganda Mr Edward Sebalimba has for the better part of his life been walking from Kabale District in Western Uganda to Namugongo in Wakiso District, a distance of about 520kms to celebrate Martyrs Day. “I used to take about 11 days walking from Kabale to Namugongo and I was much prepared to walk for this year’s celebrations,” he says. Mr Sebalimba is sad that he has not been to Namugongo for the second year running. “Besides spiritual healing, the annual walk has always been a spiritual and healthy walk,” he says. Mr Mike Ssajjabbi, a catechist at Kitovu Catholic Parish in Masaka Diocese, has also for the last 16 years been trekking to Namugongo for the celebrations. “In 2016, when I moved to Namugongo, I asked the martyrs to intercede on my behalf for God ...
Martyrs day: Archbishop Kazimba asks Christians to respect Covid-19 guidelines

Martyrs day: Archbishop Kazimba asks Christians to respect Covid-19 guidelines

AFRICA, ANGLICAN, CATHOLIC, ISLAM, PAN AFRICA, PILGRIMAGE, Religion, UGANDA
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Kaziimba has asked Christians to respect the Covid-19 guidelines as they celebrate the Martyrs day. Kaziimba on Tuesday addressed journalists at his residence in Namirembe ahead of the commemoration of Uganda Martyrs Day on Thursday 3rd June. In previous years, millions of people from within and outside Uganda thronged both the Anglican and Catholic Shrines to commemorate the martyrs, a brave group of young men who died while defending their faith. At the Catholic Shrine, Christians start accessing the centre on May 25, when a Novena which is often prayed nine days earlier in preparation for a feast or a specific intention is recited. The earlier arrivals of both national and international faithful’s has also previ...
Biden again calls out antisemitism; Congress pushes appointment of special envoy

Biden again calls out antisemitism; Congress pushes appointment of special envoy

ADVOCACY, Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, Religion, USA, WORLD
FILE - Pro-Israel supporters chant slogans during a rally in support of Israel outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. A larger debate is playing out nationwide among many U.S. Jews who are divided over how to respond to the violence and over the disputed boundaries for acceptable criticism of Israeli policies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file) US president says he won’t allow Americans to be attacked because of who they are; bipartisan letter signed by 132 lawmakers urges more forceful response to targeting of Jews US President Joe Biden spoke out Friday for the second time in days against a rise in attacks targeting Jews across the US, as 132 members of Congress made a bipartisan plea for him to appoint a special antisemitism envoy. “I will not allow ou...
Egypt said to convey to Hamas long-term truce with Israel must see prisoner swap

Egypt said to convey to Hamas long-term truce with Israel must see prisoner swap

Asia, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, Religion, WORLD
Clockwise from top left: Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu, Hadar Goldin and Hisham al-Sayed (Flash 90/Courtesy Israel reportedly demands ceasefire and reconstruction discussions include negotiations on return of captives; Egyptian intelligence head to visit Israel Sunday for talks with PM Clockwise from top left: Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu, Hadar Goldin and Hisham al-Sayed (Flash 90/Courtesy) Egypt has notified the Hamas terror group that Israel says any long-term truce negotiations must include the subject of a prisoner exchange between the sides, according to a Saturday report. Hamas has so far insisted on separating prisoner negotiations from any discussions related to a potential long-term truce or the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, sources told the London-based Al-Araby Al-J...
TANZANIA: Muslims In Fear Of Missing Hajj Due to Delayed Vaccination 

TANZANIA: Muslims In Fear Of Missing Hajj Due to Delayed Vaccination 

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Religion, TANZANIA, TOURISM, TRAVEL, World Health Organization
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Saudi Arabia is requiring all pilgrims for the scaled-back, annual Hajj in July to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In Tanzania, where vaccinations have not yet begun, Muslims hoping to go to Mecca are urging authorities to start jabbing. Omar Aboubakar, like many other Muslims in Tanzania, wants to make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. It’s an integral part of the Muslim faith, but for now only those immunized against COVID-19 can take part in this year’s Hajj. Aboubakar is worried because vaccinations in Tanzania have yet to be approved. “The time remaining is limited but still, we haven't given up,” he said. “We expect our top leaders to check on the issue of vaccination carefully so we can accomplish this holy w...
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