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Saudi journalist accuses mainstream newspaper of theft of his story…

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Saudis Risk New Muslim Division

Saudi journalist accuses mainstream newspaper of theft of his story...

The Saudi government has ploughed billions of pounds into the redevelopment of Mecca, with the aim bettering facilities to accomodate the annual influx of at least 15 million pilgrims, increasing by seven per cent a year.

A British newspaper this week was being applauded for ‘breaking’ a story, which was headlined “Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb”.

The article published by ‘The Independent’, talked about fears of segregation across the Muslim world if Prophet Muhammed’s (pbuh) tomb, which is housed under the Green Dome at the al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque, was to be destroyed. It suggested that the Prophet’s body would then be relocated to an anonymous grave in the nearby al-Baqi cemetery.

The Independent is claiming the story as an exclusive, and many have credited the paper as breaking the story.
Now, Mowafaq al-Nowaysar - the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Saudi Arabian ‘Makkah’ newspaper has slammed the newspaper accusing ‘The Independent’ of ‘theft’, claiming they have ‘robbed’ one of their journalists of his story.

Furthermore, al-Nowaysar says that ‘The Independent’ ‘fell in the trap of misunderstandings’ after it ‘mistranslated’ the Arabic article that was posted on 25th August.

Speaking to Al Arabiya News, Omar al-Mudhwahi, the Saudi journalist who wrote the ‘Makkah’ article said: “If they insist on stealing my work, at least they should allow me to provide them with an accurate translation… I would be glad to.”

It transpires that the ‘61-page document’ submitted to the Saudi government by an Islamic academic was in fact a post-doctoral paper compiled by Dr. Ali bin Abdulaziz al-Shabal submitted to the committee of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques. It had been completed for a Saudi Arabian university in order for him to reach the level of adjunct professor.

Although ‘The Independent’ newspaper mentions that there has been no sign that any decision has been taken to act upon the so-called ‘plans’ to relocate the Prophet’s grave, it’s clear that the article focuses of sectarian divide fears if such an event was to take place.

Asian Express contacted ‘The Independent’ Deputy Managing Editor Will Gore who maintains that the article wasn’t ‘stolen’, as al- Nowaysar has alleged.

Mr Gore said: “We made it quite clear there is no suggestion that any decision has been taken to act on the proposals.

“Nonetheless, the paper puts forward some controversial ideas that have inevitably raised concern, especially in the context of previous development in Mecca and Medina. We felt it was important to report on this.”

Al Arabiya has obtained acomment from The General Presidency of the Two Holy mosques, which has denied reports of plans to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed in Madinah.

Saudi government sources have confirmed that the issue is nothing more than a ‘proposal by an academic which was published in a specialised magazine and is not a government decision’.

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ADMIRABLE: Bradford man changes racist views of unemployed man

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A Muslim from Bradford says he was determined to look past racism after he helped a homeless man, who shouted racial slurs at him, find a home and employment.

30-year-old Aminur Chowdhury, from Manningham, did what very few others would do when confronted by a racist term, he engaged in active conversation with the culprit and befriended him.

FRIENDS: Aminur helped Ben get a job and find an apartment, despite initially engaging in conversation due to an ‘uncharacteristic racist remark’

FRIENDS: Aminur helped Ben get a job and find an apartment, despite initially engaging in conversation due to an ‘uncharacteristic racist remark’

Not only that, but the following day, Aminur phoned up his new acquaintance, who was unemployed at the time, and helped him get a job at one of his friend’s businesses.

The guilty party on this occasion was 27-year-old Ben Gallon, from Frizinghall, Bradford, who had been drinking through the day.

Both men now acknowledge this action was ‘completely out of character’ and Aminur says he knew from the very start that Ben was a ‘smart man’ and just wanted to help someone who he could tell ‘didn’t have a vicious bone in his body’.

“Ben’s been a pleasure to know really,” he said. “From the first time I met him at The Delius I could tell that I was speaking to someone who is very passionate.

“I was scared for him at first because there were two police officers there and I felt that they could have taken him away because of the racist language, but I certainly didn’t want to see that happen.

“He has a very good grasp of ideologies and I was very impressed so I thought I’m going to engage with this person because he’s like a counter-copy of myself.”

RESPECT: Aminur Chowdhury and Ben Gallon are now very close friends and believe their story of friendship should be replicated across Bradford

RESPECT: Aminur Chowdhury and Ben Gallon are now very close friends and believe their story of friendship should be replicated across Bradford

After speaking at the venue, both men handed over contact details and Ben says he didn’t even know whether they would ever meet again.

“When I met Aminur in The Delius, I was in a bit of a predicament; I was technically homeless, without a job and had just moved back down from Edinburgh,” he said.

“We spoke at the pub and he mentioned about a job but I thought he might have just been being polite.

“But true to his word, the next day he gave me a call, said ‘can I come pick you up Ben, I’ve got an interview for you’. That same day, he came round to get me, drove me down to the place on Canal Road and then within ten minutes I had been offered the job.”

Ben had been working as a cleaner in Scotland before moving back to Bradford to be closer to his family after his contract expired.

Having no permanent residence, Aminur has now also helped arrange for the Bradford-born resident to move into an apartment in Frizinghall, whilst their friendship continues to strengthen.

“He really is a diamond, I don’t have a single bad word to say about him,” Ben added.

“He is a fantastic bloke and we may have only known each other for a week but we are already very close. I can’t really thank him enough for the help he has given me over the past week.”

Both men now agree that they want to see their circumstance replicated in the city, and help improve relations between different cultures and religions in Bradford.

“Ben and I together now can hopefully help challenge issues, like racism in society, in a positive way,” Aminur added. “The way I've done it for Ben, I now know he would do the same for me, and that way of thinking is all we need to achieve great things here in Bradford.”

Ben added: “We really are singing from the same hymn sheet. Being from Bradford we know racism is the key issue and we’ve both seen it from different angles. Now we just want to tackle that subject and help make Bradford the great place we know it can be.”

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ZAYN MALIK: In a smoke of bother as he’s caught on camera smoking weed?

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Bradford sweetheart Zayn Malik along with bandmate Louis Tomlinson are in a smoke of trouble, quite literally!

As the footage of Zayn and Louis happily puffing away on what looks like a marijuana cigarette has gone viral, One Direction’s spokesperson Mike Navarra, of Columbia Records has refused to answer any questions stating: “Our only comment at the moment is the whole situation is in the hands of our lawyers.”

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TROUBLE: Zayn Malik and a voice believed to be bandmate Louis Tomlinson caught smoking what seems to be marijuana

The pair were en route to their ‘Where We Are Tour’ concert at Estadio Nacional in Lima, just outside Peru on April 27th along with three other people. They are seen talking about ‘something’ and when apparently Louis catches on to what they’re going on about, he says: “It’s about the joint. What a great thing to capture in a different language. They were just asking if it’s OK,” he says.

One of the other men asks: “Are we allowed to talk contraband in this?” a voice believed to be Louis replies: “Yes, that's what it is about.”

VOCAL: Louis Tomlinson can be heard bragging in the footage about smoking the illegal substance

VOCAL: Louis Tomlinson can be heard bragging in the footage about smoking the illegal substance

Louis is then heard saying he wants to “light up” as the car drives out of a parking lot, with a rolled cigarette appearing to be lit on camera.

“So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” he can be heard saying.

At times members of the band’s team can be heard talking about ‘chicken.’ It isn’t clear what is meant by ‘chicken’ as the guys joke and laugh in increasingly high spirits.

To make matters worse, the five-minute film seems to be shot by Louis himself, how it’s been leaked still remains a mystery.

The teenage heartthrobs are thought to be in serious trouble with their record label and who knows what Simon Cowell’s reaction will be.

Fans have been split on how they feel about this leaked clip. Many have ripped up pre paid tickets to ‘One Direction’s’ concerts. Some have taken to social media stating that Zayn and Louis have been hugely irresponsible to their young fanbase where others have said that people should leave them alone.

Possession of a small amount of cannabis is not illegal in Peru.

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