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    I thought I was the only Muslim at work, until something absolutely astonishing happened

    I would like to share a pleasant incident that happened to me yesterday.

    I was working on my desk when a staff came in and said he wanted to discuss a work related problem with me. As always I agreed to help. We looked at all places in our office to sit and discuss but, because we didn’t have a booking, every place was occupied.

    So he said, let’s go on the rooftop and discuss? That was an odd request given the weather but we had no choice. So we went to the rooftop and started discussing.

    Half way during the discussion, I couldn’t believe my ears. I was hearing something that sounded like azaan. So I told my colleague to stop talking for a minute. He couldn’t hear anything.

    Since I’m the only Muslim in my company I always pray alone and the only time I can get to pray by jamaat is jummah. So I never hear anything close to adhan ever at work.

    At the rooftop, I thought I’d gone mad and started hearing stuff because my colleague couldn’t hear a thing. But no, it continued.

    When it came to “Hayya Ala Salaah” I couldn’t control myself so I just started moving in the direction of the sound.

    As I got closer, I realized that in fact that was adhan and someone was reciting it in a very beautiful way one floor below us. So I went up to that brother and stood behind him and waited till he finished his adhan and then greeted him afterwards.

    It was really amazing for us both to see a fellow Muslim to pray together with.

    Afterwards, we started talking. He said he is a renovation worker on a temporary contract in this building. He doesn’t usually give adhan before praying because he’s the only one praying.

    But at that moment, he just felt like giving adhan so he started reciting it in loud voice.

    I couldn’t thank Allah enough for this. Just look at this story brothers and sisters. So many things happening in perfect order just so Allah could make us both pray together.

    My colleague coming to me at the right time, not being able to find a place in office to discuss, going to the rooftop at the right time, a person feeling like he needs to give adhan at that time…

    Allahu Akbar I can’t imagine how Allah’s plans work.

    This incident has made me think about it the whole night. Indeed Allah has a plan for everything. We just need to trust Allah.

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    In response to the Jerusalem issue, Hong Kong Muslim organisations send Letter of Condemnation to the United States of America Consulate of Hong Kong

    On Wednesday, Donald Trump made the most controversial declaration to date of his presidency by announcing the sacred city of Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the revered city. This has naturally outraged the Muslim community worldwide as well as numerous non-Muslim too including world leaders.

    We, at Muslim Council of Hong Kong, have once again taken on board to voice out our sentiments when injustice and oppression is being done to a Muslim community worldwide. And alongside this letter, we are also raising funds to support the people of Palestine with the upcoming winter, please click here to donate.

    We have sent a letter of condemnation to the U.S. Consulate of Hong Kong, which is similar to what MCHK did in response to Myanmar government’s barbaric treatment of the RohingyaRussia’s support of Bashad al-Assad chemical air strikes in Syria and British parliament voting in support of air strikes in Syria.

    It is hoped with this letter we are able to make a stance against a wrong being done, create awareness of the issue at hand and remind those in power to be responsible of their actions.

    Kurt Tong

    Consul-General

    U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau,

    26 Garden Road,

    Central, Hong Kong

    Date: 8th December, 2017

    Letter of Condemnation in relation to the United States of America’s President declaring Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

    Dear Mr. Tong,

    In view of the recent announcement by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump officially proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, we at the Muslim Council of Hong Kong, alongside Muslims and Non-Muslims in Hong Kong and worldwide, wish to express our utmost shock, downright condemnation and utter dismay over this highly sensitive issue.

    Since you represent the identity here in Hong Kong, for the United States of America, we duly hope our message will be communicated to those responsible in your government. To that end, I am writing to express our disappointment and angst in your government’s deliberate act of aggression against the people of Palestine and Muslims at large in clear violation of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions, particularly UNSCR 478 of 1980.

    This extremely controversial decision could never sit well with the Muslim community worldwide considering the status of Jerusalem for the community from a religious and cultural point of view. It’s as important and sacred to us as the cities of Makkah and Madinah are in Saudi. Thus, this move by Donald Trump is only going to further undermine any peace ongoing process and in fact it will worsen the situation even more, creating more tension and unprovoked violence.

    For a nation that champions itself to be a peacemaker and fighter for human rights of all, this statement is anything but an incitement by the President, which won’t go down well with those who truly want peace in the land entrenched with a history of oppression and injustice by the illegal state of Israel.

    The Muslim community of Hong Kong, alongside billions of others, unequivocally condemn the declaration, demands the USA to immediately end its hateful foreign policies and withdraw this decision which has no legal, moral or historic grounds.

    We therefore humbly request key individuals with authority within the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau to pursue means of defusing this situation and allow common sense to prevail.

    Yours sincerely,

    Adeel Malik

    Chairman

    Muslim Council of Hong Kong

    If anyone in Hong Kong would like to send this letter as a PDF to the Consul General of U.S. in Hong Kong personally, please send us a whatsapp message on (+852) 6848 5966 or email and we will email you the letter.

    Such an action is inspired by what Islam teaches in terms of when we see an evil as Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

    “Whoso- ever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”

    [Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) | Narrated in Muslim, Hadith number 49]

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    7 tips from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to save yourself from the Hellfire

    Ask any Muslim what they fear most and the answer will be the fire of hell.

    But the great thing is that Allah and His beloved Messenger Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have informed us exactly how to save ourselves from the blazing fire by Allah’s mercy and will.

    Here are 7 tips from our Prophet (peace be upon him) to save yourself from Hellfire in sha Allah.

    1) Performing 4 rak’aat before Dhuhr salah and 4 after it

    Umm Habibah, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him), heard Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) saying:

    “Whoever maintains four Rak’aat before Dhuhr and four after it, Allah makes him prohibited for the Fire.”

    [Sunan At-Tirmidhi 428, Sahih]

    According to the scholars, the 4 rak’aat should be performed by 2 prayers of 2 rak’aat.

    2) Fasting

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said :

    “Whoever fasts a day in the way of Allah, then Allah will move his face away from the Hellfire by a distance of seventy years.”

    [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

    Try to fast some Mondays and Thursdays outside Ramadan in order to get further away from Hellfire. Also the three white days (13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month), and many other recommended voluntary fasting days.

    3) Making dua which will make Paradise and Hellfire supplicate for the believers

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    “Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times, Paradise will say: O Allah, admit him into Paradise. Whoever seeks protection from Hellfire three times, Hellfire will say: O Allah, save him from the Hellfire.”

    [Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2572, Sahih]

    The dua is as follows:

    Allahumma inni as’aluka al-jannah, Allahumma ajirni min al-nar

    Try to say these duas regularly in sha Allah.

    4) Whoever has faith, prays and fasts will enter Paradise whether he fights in Jihad or not

    Abu Huraira (may Allah have mercy upon him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    “Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger, establishes prayer, and fasts the month of Ramadan will have a right upon Allah that he will be entered into Paradise whether he strives in the cause of Allah or remains in the land in which he was born.”

    [Sahih Bukhari 2790]

    That’s three pillars of Islam being believed in and being put into practice.

    5) Having a good behaviour

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    “Shall I not tell you for whom the Hellfire is forbidden? It is every person accessible, polite, and mild.”

    [Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2488, Hasan]

    It means he is accessible to people, he is against harshness, easy-going in his character and generous in his personality.

    6) Giving charity

    According to Ady Ibn Hatim (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    “Guard yourself from the Hellfire even with half of a date in charity. If he cannot find it, then with a kind word.”

    [Sahih Bukhari 1417 and Sahih Muslim 1016]

    7) Crying out of fear of Allah

    It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

    “A man who weeps for fear of Allah will not enter Hell until the milk goes back into the udder, and dust produced (when fighting) for the sake of Allah and the smoke of Hell will never coexist.”

    [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 1633]

    The last part of the hadith is a metaphor for it being impossible, as in the verse where Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “and they will not enter Paradise until the camel goes through the eye of the needle” [7:40].

    These are just seven of many other ways of saving ourselves from the hellfire. The most important actions are to correctly believe in the Oneness of Allah and status of the Prophet (peace be upon him) followed by the five times salah.

    May Allāh Azzawajal protect us and our loved ones from His wrath, forgive our wrongs and have mercy upon us all.

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    More than HK$100,000 raised by MCHK’s first charity football tournament to support five suffering Muslim communities

    Football and fundraising. It has never happened within the Hong Kong Muslims community. However, last Saturday, on the 18th of November, Muslim Council of Hong Kong arranged its first all day football charity event in Chai Wan Sports Ground, bringing together 12 teams and raising more than HK$100,000 in donation money.

    The tournament was aptly named “Goals For The Suffering Ummah” keeping in mind the key aims. MCHK wanted the event to be a means of bringing together the Hong Kong youth, especially the Muslims, while using the entry fees and other creative means to raise money which would help the most persecuted, oppressed and suffering Muslims of Rohingya, Yemen, Syria, Palestine and Somalia with the upcoming winter.

    Ehtsham, MCHK Youth Club Supervisor was excited from the start

    From the point of advertising the event till today, Muslims and a few non-Muslims in Hong Kong and even overseas came together to support the event through their wealth and physical presence. Adeel Malik, the chairperson and founder of Muslim Council of Hong Kong said:

    “The accumulated HK$100,000 amount was through the teams’ entry fees, each team’s amazing fundraising efforts, generous sponsoring money from the 25 Muslim run organisations in Hong Kong and many kindhearted individual donations including goals drive.”

    Live draw in the morning with the 12 captains

    He further commented:

    “Honestly, we are just overwhelmed with how the event has gone. The support has been fantastic with people of different talents, skills and expertise coming together, knowing it’s all for a noble cause.

    A huge thank you to everyone who were involved including the volunteers and the special guests and we are sure to do such sporting events again even including cricket and basketball in shā Allāh.”

    Respected Hong Kong Imam Tufail was a special guest and was in full support for such events.

    Featuring players were as young as eighteen and as old as forty. There were secondary school students, universities students and working force.

    Team Ummah United, having the eldest players yet determined

    They came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds including local Chinese, Turks, Indonesians, Africans, Indians, Pakistanis and Europeans as well.

    Team Syria Superstars, representing Hong Kong Muslim University Students Association

    100 percent of the proceeds raised were being donated directly to partner charities on-the-ground in the countries aforementioned.

    Team Somalia Spectaculars included university students

    The 12 teams were given special names in line with the theme. These included Rohingya Risers; Syria Superstars; Palestine Protectors; Yemen Youngsters; Somalia Speculators; Rohingya Racers; Syria Scorers; Yemen Yellers; Somalia Strikers; Ummah United; and Ummah Unbreakables.

    Team Ummah Unbreakables

    Khalid Khan, who entered Ummah Unbreakables and Yemen Youngsters said after the event:

    “Everything went very well and everyone did their best to get the tournament completed in the best shape. It was great to have such a charity event.”

    Team Yemen Youngsters

    A total of 19 matches were played with each match lasting around 20 mintues and 45 goals being scored in the tournament.

    There were 4 groups of 3 teams in each group. After 15 matches at group stage, the top 2 teams from each group went to the quarter-final stage, followed by the semis and the final.

    Games were played with a lot of passion and intensity

    A total of 45 goals were scored with the final being contested by Palestine Protectors vs. Syria Superstars. It was a nail-biting 1-0 victory for the Palestine Protectors and were deservedly capped as the inaugural champions of this year’s charity event. Though everyone was a winner for such a noble event.

    Team Palestine Protectors being presented their champions trophy and medals
    Team Palestine Protectors being presented the champion trophy and medals

    The event was also used as an opportunity to remind the Muslims about the importance of doing things for the sake of Allah and also to show the importance of the five times prayer.

    Dhuhr, Asr and Maghrib prayers were all prayed in congregation

    19-year-old Umair, captaining Yemen Yellers, the youngest team said about the tournament:

    “Me and my team had lots of fun and want to thank MCHK for organising such an event. I would love to be part of future such sports events.”

    Team Yemen Yellers

    Another captain, Ali Farooqi of Syria Scorers which was representing Hong Kong Univeristy’s Muslim Students Association wanted more such events too:

    Team Syria Scorers

    “I’d like to congratulate you all on success of this event. Our main purpose was Alhumdullilah fulfilled. Please do organize such events regularly!

    Team Palestine Powerhouses

    Ghazali, captaining Palestine Powerhouses of Serving Islam Team Hong Kong reviewed the event by stating:

    “We were definately surprise of the number of youth who participated. Many of these youth are out there everyday with their friends and we have not seen them before. Thus, this platform had served its purpose in us getting to be around them.”

    Team Rohingya Racers

    Shehzad of Rohingya Racers, originally from London and also one of the business supporters of the event was impressed with the inaugural tournament:

    “MCHK organised the event and did it very well In my opinion considering it was their first time. They took all feedback before and during the tournament and did the best with the experience they had to do what they felt was best for the day.

    It was a great feeling to see the young team in yellow play so well and get to the semi final. A highlight for me!“

    Team Rohingya Risers

    Many more words of praise was given to the organisers while some constructive feedback was also given on how to make such events better in future.

    Again, Muslim Council of Hong Kong are grateful to all 12 teams, the 25 organisations, the volunteers, the special guests and every other individual who donated and supported.

    The 25 supporting and sponsoring organisations were as follows:

    Air 1 Travel | Bismillah Fried Chicken | Discover Islam Hong Kong | Emaan TV | Friends of Palestine Hong Kong | Globenet Exchange | Halal Planet | Hong Kong Muslim University Student Association | HKU Muslim Students’ Association | HKUST Muslim Students’ Group | Indonesian Muslim Association Hong Kong | Indonesian Muslim Students’ Association | Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College | Lai & Chaudhry Solicitors LLP | Musfila Filipino Association | Muslim Youth Association | Pakistani Students Association | Pakistan Tehreek–e-Insaf  Hong Kong | Pakistan Women Association HK | R.K. Interpreting Co.Hong Kong | Serving Islam Team HK | UK Money Exchange  | United Muslim Association HK

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    Muslim father forgives his 22-year-old son’s murderer in USA, stating it’s due to Islam’s teachings on forgiveness

    What would you have done if someone killed your son? Would you have forgiven the murderer? Well, that’s exactly what a Muslim father did as his son who was stabbed to death when he was delivering pizza.

    Before Trey Alexander Relford was sentenced Tuesday to 31 years in prison for the 2015 stabbing death of a Pizza Hut delivery driver, the victim’s father forgave him during an extraordinary hearing.

    Later, Relford and the victim’s father, Abdul-Munim Sombat Jitmoud, hugged as an astonished courtroom audience watched and some were put to tears including the judge.

    The Muslim father, holding back his emotions while showing a compassionate heart.

    The elder Jitmoud said during the hearing, which lasted almost three hours,

    “Forgiveness is the greatest gift of charity in Islam.”

    This is what Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said regarding forgivnesss in Musnad Ahmed 7001,

    ”Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.”

    Relford, 24, pleaded guilty last month to complicity to murder, complicity to robbery and attempted tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Salahuddin Jitmoud, 22.

    Photo Credit: Salahuddin Jitmoud’s Facebook profile in 2014.

    Had Relford been convicted at trial, he could have faced the death penalty.

    Jitmoud was Muslim, and his death shook Lexington’s Muslim residents, who feared that it was a hate crime.

    Prosecutors, defense attorneys and Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard, who attended the hearing, said it was highly unusual for the family of a slaying victim to extend forgiveness to a defendant. Public defender Shannon Brooks-English said,

    “Out of something that is so tragic, there is really something beautiful here that is beyond really all of us.”

    “It’s a testament to Salahuddin that his family is able to forgive,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kathy Phillips.

    Salahuddin Jitmoud, shown here in a 2014 photo from his Facebook page, was stabbed to death in Lexington while delivering Pizza Hut pizzas.

    Sombat Jitmoud has spent a career as a principal at Islamic schools around the country, including at Lexington Universal Academy on Nicholasville Road. During the hearing, he was called to the witness stand to give a routine victim-impact statement before sentencing.

    Jitmoud, who now lives in Thailand, addressed Relford directly and said, “I’m not angry at you.”

    “I’m angry at the devil, I blame the devil, who misguided you to do such a horrible crime.”

    Then, as a transfixed courtoom audience listened, Jitmoud told Relford:

    “I forgive you on behalf of Salahuddin and his mother.”

    Salahuddin’s mother, Jamilah Linda Kay Kolocotronis Jitmoud, died in 2013, before Salahuddin was killed.

    After Jitmoud gave his statement, Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell wiped a tear and called for a break in the hearing.

    When the hearing resumed, Relford’s mother, Gail Coote Bird, was called to the witness stand. After giving some history about her son, including his descent into drugs, she directly addressed the Jitmoud family.

    She acknowledged that the Jitmouds had agreed to a plea deal that allowed her son to avoid a possible death sentence. Bird said,

    “I am deeply sorry for your loss, I thank you so much for comforting me and my family.”

    When asked whether he had a statement to make before sentencing, Relford stood and addressed Jitmoud’s father.

    “I’m sorry about what happened that day,” Relford said, wiping his eyes on the collar of his orange jail uniform.

    “I do applaud you because it takes a powerful man to know that someone has hurt them and to get up there and say what you just said. I can’t imagine the hurt, the pain. There’s nothing I can do … I thank you for your forgiveness.”

    Sombat Jitmoud stood, took a step or two toward Relford, and extended his hand to offer a tissue. Then the two shook hands, and before long the handshake became a full-fledged hug. Sobbing members of the Relford and Jitmoud families joined in a brief group hug.

    Nevertheless, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kathy Phillips said, the forgiveness “doesn’t change responsibility.”

    “This defendant still hasn’t accepted responsibility,” Phillips said. She cited evidence that Relford, along with two other men, called pizza delivery restaurants and stalked other delivery drivers before finally targeting Salahuddin Jitmoud for robbery.

    In a pre-sentence report, Relford’s only statement was that “some associates and I drove around making crank phone calls to Pizza Hut. On the second call, someone killed and robbed the guy.”

    “This was a premeditated, planned and violent crime,” Phillips said. “His actions, not the drugs, brought him here.”

    Bunnell sentenced Relford to 31 years in prison.

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    “IKTMC, an Islamic school, was key to my success”, says Max Wong, a non-Muslim Chinese awarded as Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2017

    For Hong Kong people, education plays a vital role in determining the future success and career paths.

    Since 1970, the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (“JCI Hong Kong”) has been running a prestige award project in order to acknowledge The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection (“TOYP Selection”) for each year, taking into account their educational and work achievements.

    For the year 2017, Mr. Max Wong, has been honoured to be one of the awardees. The special feature about Mr. Wong is that he completed his secondary school studies at Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College and continues to hold a special place in his heart for the school.

    Muslim Council of Hong Kong took the opportunity to know more about Mr. Wong’s life and how he has become in inspiration for the many youth of Hong Kong, especially the ethnic minority.

    1) Short background of yourself

    I studied in IKTMC for in secondary 6-7 from 2004 to 2006. After that, I graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2011.

    My major was Bachelor in Physical Education and Recreation Management. In order to enhance my professional development, I completed my master degree in social work in 2014 at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, I am a registered social worker.

    I had been working as an auxiliary police officer in 2008 and then I was promoted to being a Police Inspector this year.

    My position at IKTMC is the head of the discipline and counseling department.

    Read Also: Several IKTMC Hong Kong Muslim Students attain the top 5** and 5* levels at HKDSE exams

    2) How big and important is the reward?

    In Hong Kong, the Ten Outstanding Young Person Selection (“TOYP Selection”) organized by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong is the most well recognized award in Hong Kong for the youth.

    3) How has IKTMC helped you achieve this accolade?

    I was a person who was not good in academic studies and discipline before I was admitted to IKTMC. Under the care and encouragement of the teachers in IKTMC, I began to work hard to study and established my career plan to become a teacher.

    When I worked in IKTMC, Ms Zareenah Ho, the Principal, give me a lot of opportunities to extend my talent. No doubt, she is a key factor for me achieving this award.

    4) Do you feel the ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong can win such award in the future?

    I believe that there is equal opportunity for the ethnic minority to take on such an award. It is very important for the EM to establish their own future career plans and strive to work hard for their own dreams.

    Obviously, the person should not only gain achievement for his/hers personal attainment, but also be able to serve the society in an efficient way.

    5) What’s your plan for the future?

    I wish to help the EM to integrate within the society better and elevate the social harmony in Hong Kong.

    In addition, the career planning for the EM is also an essential work for finding a satisfied work for the future of EM students.

    I intend to organize a job opportunity platform for the EM and the employers to link them with one another.

    MCHK would like to congratulate Mr. Wong for his success and wish him the best for his future.

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    Hong Kong Muslim community including leaders and Imams generously helping the Rohingya refugees with nearly HK$2 million raised so far

    More than half a million Rohingya people have fled to the southwest of Bangladesh in the last two months fleeing the violence and persecution from the Burmese soldiers and lynch mobs.

    Women bring with them stories of gang rapes, their children being burned in front of their eyes and other horrible barbarity.

    The Rohingya Muslims are undoubtedly world’s most persecuted minority and what’s happening to them is unquestionably an ethnic genocide.

    As the world community came forward to help the ever-growing refugees numbers in futile camps in Bangladesh, Muslims in Hong Kong likewise have been coming together to assist in easing the plight of their fellow brothers and sisters in faith and humanity.

    Read Also: In solidarity with the Rohingya, 16 Hong Kong Muslim organisations and public sent a powerful letter of condemnation to the Myanmar Consulate in Hong Kong

    Muslim Council of Hong Kong, established in mid-2015, have been providing emergency aid to the Rohingya refugees on a regular basis.

    In May, 2015, they partnered with Indonesia’s registered charity organisation Dompet Dhuafa and managed to raise more than HK$100,000 which went towards food, clean water, medical aid and education support for the Rohingya refugees living in camps in Indonesia.

    Then, during the period of December, 2016 to April, 2017, they worked together with UK’s registered charity organisation One Nation and raised more than HK$103,000 to help the Rohingya community inside Burma.

    Read Also: Who are the Rohingya?

    And now, with the recent crisis, MCHK has been collaborating with another UK’s registered charity organisation Ummah Welfare Trust, through which more than HK$144,000 has been raised thus far, and as well as with a Bangladesh’s registered charity organisation Self-Reliant Society, succeeding in fundraising nearly HK$200,000.Click here to donate.

    Besides MCHK, the long-serving, the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong alongside the Islamic Union of Hong Kong and other key Muslim organisations have achieved in raising much awareness and as a result so far managed to raise more than HK$2 million in donation money from the community.

    The Muslim community in Hong Kong have not just raised their hands in prayers, shed tears in pain but also gave from their wealth to help the most needy Rohingya people.

    Some even gave their long-term savings and highly valuable jewellery stating what’s good in them if they can’t help the Muslim Ummah.

    Local Hong Kong Imams, including the Chief Imam Mufti Muhammad Arshad, Mufti Muhammad Shoaib and Mufti Zamaan had all sacrificed their time and went to the refugee camps in person to provide the aid.

    They were well supported by other Imams such as Imam Suleiman Wang and Imam Tuffail.

    The meetings they had with the Rohingya people were incredibly distressing as they witnessed with their own eyes and ears the horrifying stories and events the people have underwent reaching the camps.

    Emergency food aid, building of water pumps and providing better sanitation systems have been implemented with the donation money so far.

    Moreover, clothes, shelter homes and education support have also been put into action, keeping in mind short-term and long-term goals.

    It goes without saying, no matter how much the world community help the Rohingya people with humanitarian support, it will never be enough as their numbers are growing while their living conditions are devastating.

    We pray for their struggle to be eased and those responsible for allowing this travesty to be held accountable.

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    China bans Uyghur Muslims to stay as guests in hotels across the country and will fine those who keep them

    Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong have fined the manager of a hotel in the border city of Shenzhen for breaking a ban on ethnic minority Uyghur guests ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly congress later this month.

    An employee who answered the phone on Monday at the hotel in Shenzhen’s Lo Wu district, near the internal border with Hong Kong, confirmed the fine as reported by RFA.

    The employee said, in a euphemistic reference to the mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uyghur ethnic group.

    “According to rules set by the local police station, we had to pay a fine for accepting a guest from (the Muslim majority region of) Xinjiang,”

    “Security has been much tighter now that it’s the 19th party congress, and there is a ban on people from Xinjiang,” she said, adding that the hotel had been fined 15,000 yuan (U.S. $2,260) for breaking the rule.

    “I know that you can’t generalize about an entire group of people, and that any group has bad people in it, but we are being told [by police] that we can’t have guests from Xinjiang.”

    An employee in a sauna in Shenzhen’s Futian district said all service businesses had been required to demand IDs from customers since late September, as part of new security regulations linked to the 19th Party Congress.

    Read Also: China’s police force will punish Xinjiang Muslims if they don’t voluntarily hand in copies of the Quran, prayer mats and any other religious symbols

    The details would be immediately available to police via a shared database, and police could veto any guests they believed to be a threat, the employee said.

    “They definitely have to register, and we can’t have people from Xinjiang, but Han Chinese from Xinjiang can come in once they have registered,” the employee said.

    An employee who answered the phone at the Dongpu Tianhe branch of the 7Days Inn hotel chain in Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou confirmed the ban was across the hospitality industry.

    “For the time being, we can’t accept Uyghur guests,” the employee said.

    Read Also: China bans ‘extreme’ Islamic baby names among Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims

    The ban appears to have been imposed nationwide, with an employee who answered the phone at the Senlin Commercial Hotel in the central city of Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan province, confirming that similar rules are in force there.

    “Not at the moment … only Han Chinese,” the employee said, when asked if the hotel was accepting Uyghur guests. “This started on National Day [on Oct. 1] and has been that way ever since.”

    “There have been similar requirements in the past, but they weren’t quite as strict as this,” he said.

    ‘Stability maintenance‘

    China’s nationwide “stability maintenance” regime is no stranger to ethnic profiling.

    Last week, Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) city, said there are now special “green lanes” for Han Chinese drivers to bypass security on roads leading into the city, while Muslim Uyghurs submit to inspections that include ID checks and body searches.

    One Uyghur businessman told RFA’s Uyghur Service that similar checkpoints with separate lanes “are everywhere” leading into Hotan city—the seat of Hotan prefecture, where two deadly attacks took place in Qaraqash (Moyu) county in December 2016 and in Guma (Pishan) county in February this year.

    Beijing blames some Uyghurs for a string of violent attacks and clashes in China in recent years, but critics say the government has exaggerated the threat from the ethnic group, and that repressive domestic policies targeting their religion and culture are responsible for violence that has left hundreds dead since 2009.

    Previously, Tibetans and Uyghurs have been placed on security watchlists when they seek hotel rooms in major Chinese cities during periods of high alert, with staff informing local police stations when they try to check in.

    However, the bans were previously applied more unevenly across the country, with some Han Chinese residents of Xinjiang telling RFA that they have faced similar security restrictions because of their place of residence.

    Meanwhile, authorities in Xinjiang have brought in new security rules restricting the sale of kitchen knives, local residents told RFA.

    “When we buy a knife, we have to register [with our name and ID card number],” a resident of Hotunsumul (Hejing) county, in Xinjiang’s Bayin’gholin Mongol (Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture, told RFA. “There is a QR code embossed on every knife now.”

    The new rules began to be introduced “a few months ago,” and are enforced by police, he said.

    Meat vendors at markets in the county, and in neighboring counties in the prefecture, are also gradually having their knives and choppers stamped with identifying codes, according to a post on the local police department’s official WeChat account.

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    University professor and Imam in Makkah passes away straight after prayer

    A Saudi university professor passed away on Wednesday, October 4, a few seconds after concluding Asr prayer in his mosque in Makkah. Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Elayhi Rajeoun.

    Shaykh Dr. Khaled Al-Qurashi, the professor of Da’wa ‘Islamic Call’ and Islamic Culture, was leading prayer in the mosque in Al-`Awali district in Makkah. He was Um Al’Qura University in Makkah.

    Concluding the prayer, he sat to make the remembrance of Allah when he suddenly went on one side and passed away in peace.

    The imam was buried on Thursday after performing funeral prayers in Al-Masjid Al-Haram.

    Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

    “The angels keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his praying place and he does not pass wind (Hadath). They say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him.”

    (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

    Last July, Syrian Mu’adhin Abdul Haq al Halabi passed away while waiting to call the adhan for Fajr prayer at a Jeddah mosque.

    Al Halabi, 60, was sitting reciting the Qur’an and passed away with just minutes left before the time of Adhan.

    May Allah have mercy upon our dead, guide us to be busy with such deeds and grant us all such a beautiful ending.

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    Many appalled, yet not surprised, as the deadliest mass shooting in US history, the Las Vegas attack, is not being labelled as terrorism

    At least 59 people have been killed with more than 450 injured by a 64-year-old white American, Stephen Paddock who went on a shooting spree in Las Vegas, USA. After undergoing the assault, he was found to have committed suicide by shooting himself. His home and hotel were found to have more than 40 firearms.

    Yet, after all this, he is still not being labelled as a terrorist, rather as it has been the case for many similar massacres where it’s a white man who is not a Muslim, it’s noted as a lone wolf attack, a mentally sick killer or simply just pure evil.

    Famous figures and other social media users, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, took upon themselves to expose the double standards and hypocrisy of the mass mainstream media and government figures, most notably Donald Trump, at how this event is being treated compared to when the killer is ‘found’ to be a Muslim.

    Every innocent life killed in such a manner should never be accepted regardless of it being in USA, Syria, UK or Yemen. Terrorism is to cause terror to public which leads to bodily harm or death, this is what the Nevada law itself states. Yet, the term is only used when the killer is a Muslim.

    Thoughts with those who have suffered from this tragedy and all other similar tragedies.

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    China’s police force will punish Xinjiang Muslims if they don’t voluntarily hand in copies of the Quran, prayer mats and any other religious symbols

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned.

    Officials across Xinjiang have been warning neighborhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims must hand in the items or face harsh punishment if they are found later, sources in the region said.

    A Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told RFA on Wednesday:

    “Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qurans and the special mats used for namaaz [prayer]. Pretty much every household has a Quran, and prayer mats.”

    Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, said reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week.

    “We received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home, including Qurans, prayers and anything else bearing the symbols of religion,” Raxit said.

    “They have to be handed in voluntarily. If they aren’t handed in, and they are found, then there will be harsh punishments.”

    Raxit said announcements are being made by the police via popular social media platform WeChat.

    “All Qurans and related items must be handed into the authorities, and there are notices to this effect being broadcast via WeChat,” Raxit said.

    “The announcements say that people must hand in any prayer mats of their own accord to the authorities, as well as any religious reading matter, including anything with the Islamic moon and star symbol on it.”

    “They are requiring people to hand in these items of their own accord,” he said.

    Three Illegals

    Earlier this year, Xinjiang authorities began confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

    The Qurans were appropriated as part of the “Three Illegals and One Item” campaign underway in Xinjiang that bans “illegal” publicity materials, religious activities, and religious teaching, as well as items deemed by authorities to be tools of terrorism—including knives, flammable objects, remote-controlled toys, and objects sporting symbols related to Islam, they said.

    The Kazakh source said that earlier directives calling for the confiscation of Qurans and other religious items hadn’t been effective, and so the authorities are now stepping up the pressure and placing the onus on individual households to hand them in under a compulsory program.

    He said confiscation drives targeting Uyghurs are now also being extended to the country’s ethnic Kazakh population.

    At the same time, any products from neighboring Kazakhstan or bearing the Kazakh language or symbols have also been outlawed, sources said.

    A leaked police notice from Changji prefecture called on local officials to search for any items bearing any writing or symbols linked to Kazakhstan.

    “Any items bearing writing or any other traces of Kazakhstan, including street signs or graffiti, store decorations, arts and crafts items, T-shirts and so on, must immediately be investigated … and a detailed report made to higher authorities by Sept. 25,” the notice, dated Sept. 22, it said.

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    An ex-Christian Greek, aged 36, embraced Islam after being inspired to read the Quran from the infamous Islamophobe Tommy Robinson

    Hatred towards Islam and labelling it to be violent, barbaric and incompatible with the 21st century has become a norm in many societies.

    However, in the midst of all the propegenda towards demonising Islam by the far-rights and xenophobics, those who sincerely read into the religion, they end up embracing the way of life.

    Earlier this year in June, a well-known Islamophobe, an ex-EDL member Tommy Robinson appeared live on British TV channel, ITV’s Good Morning Britain show with a copy of the Qur’an in the English language claiming the book preaches violence and terrorism.

    Photo Credit: Good Morning Britain

    Piers Morgan, the show host blasted Tommy Robinson calling him ‘a bigoted lunatic’, to which Tommy replied ‘have you even read this book, read the Quran and you will find out.’

    Photo Credit: Good Morning Britain

    As it has happened many a time, people did read the Islamic sacred book of God Almighty and one of them was 36-year-old Christos Onassis, a Greek Christian who posted a series of tweets stunningly revealing how he was guided to Islam through Tommy’s show and is now called Abdul Bari Onassis:

    He then tweets about how he has actually read the exact same translation that Tommy had brought with him to the show and it’s what guided him to become a Muslim:

    When Muslim Council of Hong Kong got in touch with Abdul Bari to find out more about his journey to Islam and his future plans, here’s what he said:

    1) What made you become a Muslim?

    “An Islamaphobic person was on British TV saying read this Qur’an, it makes people kill. I read it, and found it was the truth.

    God perfected his religion through the Qur’an. So I became a Muslim.”

    2) What was your life before Islam?

    “Before me coming to Islam, I was a Christian. Us Greeks are manly Christians. We like good food, the odd drink and music.

    Obviously for me now, no more beer, raki & music.”

    3) What’s your plans for the future?

    “I plan to try and learn as much about Islam as possible.”

    4) Any advice for non-Muslims or Islamophobes reading this?

    “My message to Islamophobes is ‘Life is to short to be full of hate. Islam will be around a lot longer after we all long gone.

    Non-Muslims I say read the Qur’an and have an open mind.”

    All praise and thanks belong to Allah how He continues to guide people to His faith despite the continous efforts of those who wish to extinguish it. And thus, Allah says in the Qur’an 61:8:

    “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.”

    May Allah keep him steadfast and enlighten the hearts of others in a similar fashion.

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