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Reflection and Joy Brought by Eid-ul-Adha Celebrations Around the World

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  • The Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha has begun as millions across the globe celebrate Prophet Abraham’s faithfulness to Allah and the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Eid-ul-Adha is a 3 day celebration and one of 2 major Islamic holidays, the other being Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • Muslims around the world attend Eid prayers, visit friends and family, eat delicious food, and dress up in new clothes to celebrate Eid. 
  • Eid celebrations bring joy to many, however they are also a time for reflection as much of the Muslim world faces conditions in which they are unable to properly celebrate the holiday.
  • The delta variant of Covid-19 continues to surge around the globe, severely limiting interactions and pushing many countries to restrict Eid prayers and subsequent celebrations.
  • Mauritania, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia have completely banned collective Eid prayers as precautionary measures against Covid-19. 
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan will hold Eid prayers under tight restrictions in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.
  • The crisis-hit economy of Lebanon serves to stifle most Eid celebrations, leaving large festivities for a privileged few. 
  • Palestinians that have suffered repeated violence and loss in the conflict between Gaza and Israel welcome Eid with grieving hearts.
  • Afghanistan suffers similar conditions as their Eid celebrations are marked with increased Taliban activity, repeated armed conflict, a third wave of Covid-19, and high political tension regarding US troop withdrawal.
  • Eid provides a moment of respite for countless Muslims around the world as they are given an opportunity to escape from the harsh conditions they may be presented with in favor of a joyous holiday. 

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  • Lebanon’s financial crisis has caused intense food and medicine shortages leaving much of the country in economic despair.
  • The crippled economy coupled with the nation’s failing political system has been a cause for great frustration for Lebanese citizens as many protest the government’s handling of the crises.
  • Nearly 50% of the Lebanese population lives below the poverty line and plunging currency rates have rendered most salaries incapable of covering basic living costs.

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  • The U.S. and it’s Western allies have only strongly condemned the Chinese government and have yet to place any formal sanctions on the Eastern country.
  • China denies all claims; a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that the claims were nothing but “groundless accusations” and that China “firmly opposes and combats cyberattacks and cyber theft in all forms.”

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SKM Leader Starts Fast Unto Death in Hopes that Police will Release Arrested Farmers 

  • Sardar Baldev Singh Sirsa, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader, began his fast with only lemon and water and stated he would not eat until the five farmers arrested in a sedition case were released from jail.
  • Farm activists have continued to protest discriminatory farming laws that the BJP placed in early August and are now in Delhi outside of the Parliament building where more than 30,000 police personnel have been deployed.
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  • Khashoggi was a US-based Saudi critic who was murdered in Turkey in 2018. The spyware is able to access text messages, calls, emails, and the phone’s microphone and camera. It was used to monitor people in Khashoggi’s inner circle before and after his death.
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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
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