A hijab-wearing lawyer has been appointed to the Queen’s Counsel, the first criminal barrister to do so. Sultana Tafadar QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers in London, celebrated taking silk at a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. The Luton-born lawyer with Bangladeshi roots hopes her success will provide inspiration and confidence for other female lawyers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
YouTube has surrendered to the pressure of Israeli media outlets and taken down the official channel of Dr. Israr Ahmed which was named “Dr. Israr Ahmed’s Official Channel.” The biggest video sharing website, YouTube, has taken down the official web channel of Islamic scholar Dr Israr Ahmed over allegations of carrying anti-Semitic comments.
Tesla Inc. added about $84 billion to its stock-market value, more than Ford Motor Co.’s entire market capitalization. The company is the biggest gainer on the NYSE FANG+ Index this year. On Monday, the shares closed up 8% at $1,091.84, the highest level since Jan. 12. The value addition took place after the electric-vehicle maker said it is planning a second stock split in about two years.
The first taraweeh prayer was performed at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul after more than eight decades. For two years since the pandemic began, mosques had been closed to worship for tarawih prayers as part of Covid-19 preventive measures. The historic place of worship was converted into a museum in 1934, and it regained mosque status in 2020.
The official match-ball for the FIFA World Cup 2022, named, ‘Al Rihla’ was unveiled by FIFA recently. Made in Pakistan, Al-Rihla is manufactured by the second largest sports manufacturer in the world, Adidas. Pakistan has been the official makers of the official match-ball since the 1982 FIFA World Cup. However, Pakistan did not provide the footballs for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.
The Pakistan pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai has won the BURJ CEO Award for “Best Pavilion Exterior Design,” the pavilion’s official Twitter account said on Monday. The Burj CEO awards recognize business excellence. Rashid Rana, the brains behind the exterior, was also honoured with the third-highest civilian award Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his contributions to Pakistan in art.
An Indian restaurant in Islamic country Bahrain’s Adliya has been closed by the authorities after it allegedly denied entry to a veiled woman. The incident came to the fore after the video of a restaurant staff blocking a veiled woman went viral on social media platforms. The restaurant authority has put out an apology statement on social media expressing regret for the incident.
Aitekaf at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will resume during Ramazan after two years, the Saudi government has announced. The religious ritual of staying in mosques for the sole purpose of worship and meditation is observed during Ramazan. As many as 100,000 worshipers perform Aitekaf at the two holy mosques during last 10 days of the holy month.
A U.S. military aircraft with four people on board crashed on Friday in northern Norway. The MV-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps was taking part in a NATO military exercise called Cold Response when it was reported missing. Because of the bad weather, the rescue aircraft could not land. Instead, police and rescue services were trying to reach the site by land.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that proclaims March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia. The resolution was sponsored by 57 members of the OIC, and eight other countries, including China and Russia. Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the Muslim ummah on the development.