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A 10-month Umrah season proposed

Cii Radio| Sabera Sheik Essop| 22 September 2016| 20 Zhul Hijjah 1437 A government proposal to extend the Umrah season from the current eight months to 10 is being considered, local media said quoting informed sources. The proposal, according to which Moharram and Shawwal would be included in the Umrah …

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Palestine: Painful Memories Relived

Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 20 September 2016| 18 Zhul hijjah 1437 The month of September carries painful memories for Palestinians. It is marked by revisiting gory details as annual commemoration activities recall horrors of Israel’s brutal and bloody massacres. Without exception, Palestinians as a collective, commemorate tragic events which robbed …

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Least number of Hajis this year

Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| September 2016 Jeddah — This year 54.6% male and 45.4% female foreign pilgrims performed Haj, according to a final data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). Most of the foreign pilgrims arrived by flights (94%), while 5% came through land border crossings, and only …

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Arrest Gulen for ‘ordering’ coup bid,Turkey to US

Cii Radio| Sabera Sheik Essop| 14 September 2016| 12 Zhul Hijjah 1437 Ankara formally demands US authorities to arrest the religious leader for “ordering and commanding” July’s failed coup. Turkey has asked Washington to arrest a US-based religious leader and businessman for allegedly masterminding a failed attempt to overthrow the …

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Palestinians paying thousands in bribes to leave Gaza

Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 05 September 2016| 03 Zhul Hijjah 1437 Gaza Strip – Egyptian officers are asking for bribes of up to $10,000 from Palestinians in Gaza desperate to leave the besieged coastal enclave, according to Gaza brokers who coordinate the bribe payments, former Palestinian border officials and travellers. …

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The ‘obscenity’ of elections

Ebrahim Moosa – Radio Islam    The flurry of coalition talks and the formal election of mayors we have witnessed in several councils across our nation this week marks the culmination of the 2016 election season, and the official commencement of another mandate of governance. The emergence of new trends …

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New York Man Charged for Imams Murder

Faizel Patel, 2016-08-16   A New York man has been charged with second-degree murder for the deaths of a New York Imam and his assistant. The charges against 35-year-old Oscar Morel of Brooklyn, came just hours after hundreds of mourners gathered for the outdoor funeral of the two men. 55-year-old …

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The shocking moral depravity of the Olympic Games

Ebrahim Moosa – 09 August 2016   Every 4 years, the world is taken by storm by the summer Olympic games that sees fever pitch excitement, impressive displays of athleticism, as well as personal and national journeys of hope, triumph and despair being beamed globally. Organisers portray the games as …

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Kashmir… the other Palestine

Cii Radio |Sabera Sheik Essop|29 July 2016|24 Shawwal 1437 The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kashmir is only the most recent in the three decades of Indian militarisation since the 1990s. The death toll is nearly at 60. Toddlers and teenagers have been injured alongside more than 3,500 civilians who are …

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