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Today's World Census Report
The Most Advanced Public Education in Greater Middle East
Fresh-faced World Census agents infiltrated schools with varying degrees of success in order to determine which nations had the most widespread, well-funded, and advanced public education programs.
As a region, Greater Middle East is ranked 6,142nd in the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
|1.||The Federal Republic Yugoslavia of Dvaistic Republic of Serbia||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Brotherhood and Unity”|
|2.||The Divine Armed Kingdom of Vlakistonia||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Not All Are Created Equal.”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Stolkland||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“För Sverige – i tiden”|
|4.||The Republic of Colombia of Santiland Repubilc||Left-Leaning College State||“Libertad y Orden”|
|5.||The Imperial State of Afsharid Persia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Long Live Persia! | !زنده باد ایران”|
|6.||The Holy Roman Emirate of Nasara||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“ثِقُو أَنَا قَدْ غَلَبْتُ الْعَالَمَ”|
|7.||The Kingdom of Spainard||Capitalist Paradise||“Plus Ultra”|
|8.||The Republic of Nova Iran||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Unity, Freedom, Justice”|
|9.||The Islamic Republic of The Persian Empire of Iran||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“I am Cyrus who won the Persians their empire.”|
|10.||The Free Land of Ciltyn||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Our Land, Our Pride.”|
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- : The Principality of Soras Orchestra of the region The World Today cancelled the closure of its embassy in Greater Middle East.
- : The Imperial State of Afsharid Persia proposed constructing embassies with Blackstar.
- : The Imperial State of Afsharid Persia proposed constructing embassies with North Africa.
- : The Imperial State of Afsharid Persia proposed constructing embassies with Grace of Gaia.
- : The Imperial State of Afsharid Persia proposed constructing embassies with Union of Globalized States.
Greater Middle East Regional Message Board
DANGEROUS EXTREMIST DISSIDENTS PEACEFULLY PUT DOWN BY BRAVE DAKAR POLICE
On Satuday evening, a band of extremist ruffians took to the streets to whine about the policies of the benevolent Premier Yorima. The counterrevolutionaries quickly began to aggressively stand in the Plaza of the Proletariat, waving obscene signs. The brave police of Dakar, assisted by Territorial Defense troops, were dispatched to the Plaza, where they gently disbanded the counterrevolutionary riot with their weapons.
The counterrevolutionaries have been taught the error of their ways, and are currently in the re-education program. Premier Yorima commented on the situation, commending the heroism of the police and the territorial defense troopers who dealt with the rioters. To prevent further unrest stirred up by the dangerous extremists, a curfew has been enacted in Dakar, Pikine, and Ruufisque. All citizens must be inside of their homes from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
A reminder to all citizens that insolent whining about Premier Yorima will not be tolerated, and is punishable by imprisonment or neutralization.
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Launching of the Type 003
The PLAN has officially launched its first Type 003 aircraft carrier, the Fujian, following 6 to 7 years of hard work.
The aircraft carrier was launched in Shanghai, where it is scheduled to conduct mooring tests and other sea trials before it is officially inducted into military service. It will complement the PLAN's 2 other carriers, which are the Type 001 Liaoning and Type 002 Shandong. The two utilize ski-ramp technology to propel planes off the flight deck, whereas the new Type 003 utilizes electromagnetic catapults and CATOBAR technology to do so.
Construction on the Type 003's successor, the Type 004, has been supposedly underway since 2017-2018.
The Type 003 differs from its predecessors in several aspects beyond aircraft launching and recovery. For starters, it is the country's first aircraft carrier with a fully indigenous design, whereas the previous two were adapted from the Soviet Admiral Kuznetsov carrier design. It also displaces approximately 80,000 tons, which permits it to carry a wider range of weaponry and aircraft, such as the new KJ-600 AWACS aircraft, various drones, and new variants of pre-existing aircraft which have been reconfigured for carrier operations.
With a formidable number of vessels in the water, the PLAN now sets its sights towards strengthening its backbone even further to ensure smooth and reliable naval operations in the future. Part of this will include the recruitment and training of an additional 30,000 sailors over the next 2 years to help man these new additions, assisted by a prior expansion of maritime training apparatus. The PLAN aims to gradually expand its personnel numbers from 300,000 sailors to 400,000 by the end of 2025. Another key policy will be to integrate unmanned vehicles, such as the modular JARI USV, into its arsenal, to reduce total manpower needs. With such changes, the PLAN will be able to resolutely improve its ability to safeguard the country's sovereignty, protect its territory, and lend assistance to allies if needed.
Indian government to go ahead with new military recruitment plan this month despite protests
DELHI: Enrolment under India's new armed services recruitment plan will begin this month, top defence officials say, despite protests against a scheme that will drastically cut tenure and offer fewer service benefits at the end of contracts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on June 14 set out a policy called Agnipath, or "path of fire", designed to bring more people into the military on four-year contracts to lower the average age of India's 1.38 million-strong armed forces.
The scheme sparked violent protests in northern and eastern parts of the country, with thousands of young men attacking train coaches, burning tyres and clashing with officials, after which the government tweaked some of the rules. Defence experts have also criticised the plan, saying it could weaken the structure of the forces and have serious ramifications for national security in a country that shares often-tense borders with both Pakistan and China. However, top defence officials say Agnipath is a transformational reform being implemented to revamp security infrastructure.
Under Agnipath, 46,000 cadets will be recruited this year, and only 25 per cent will be kept on at the end of their four-year terms. The cadets will go through training for six months and will then be deployed for three and a half years. One of the biggest concerns is the fate of the soldiers after they finish their term, but Lieutenant General Puri said the government would ensure those enrolled under the scheme found suitable jobs when they were discharged.
He said anyone participating in violent protests would not qualify for the defence services under the scheme. On Sunday, the federal Home Ministry said it would reserve 10 per cent of vacancies in the paramilitary forces and the Assam Rifles, a unit in the Indian army, for those who have passed out of the army under the scheme. The Defence Ministry said it would reserve 10 per cent of its vacancies for those who have completed the scheme.
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Type 022 Missile Boat
CONGOLESE NAVY CONCLUDES DEAL AHEAD OF PLANNED ANTI-PIRACY DRIVE
Writer: Junior Samba
Kinshasa - Calling the Congolese Navy 'modest' would have been a massive understatement. Having only a total of six patrol boats, piracy had became a major problem by the turn of the century as Congolese oil began flowing outside of the country and exported to various customers. In these conditions, the Congolese suffered greatly. However as part of the planned national military reform, President Kabila has indicated that the Air Force will not be the only one who is going to benefit from a rise of investment.
The first of such investment is the acquisition of 4 Type 053 frigates from the Tai Navy. In addition to 2 Tapi Corvettes. These are the first ships of their kind to operate in the Congolese Navy, marking the first upgrade.
The second is the acquisition of 4 squadrons (each squadron is composed of eight vessels each; for a total of 32) of the Type 022 Missile Boat. Each missile boat is outfitted with eight of the subsonic YJ-83 for anti-ship missiles, and AK-630 for the close in weapons system With an estimated top speed of more than 36 knots, these can attack with their missiles with a range of 200 km. These boats will form the foundations of the navy and heavily advance littoral warfare capabilities
Tai Navy advisors will arrive to help train the Congolese Navy and serve as military advisors for a period.
Arabian News Daily |أخبار عربية يومية
CFP, IRSP, SDP, and PIC Announce Candidates for President
22 Dhul Qi'dah, 1443 AH
MEDINAH, Nazahah Arabiya- With elections still scheduled to be held on 7 Rabi Al-Akhar 1444 (1 November 2022 in Western calendar) in shaa Allah, the Islamic Republican Socialist Party, Conservative Faith Party, and Party of Islamic Cooperation have all announced their candidates for what may well turn out to be a very contested election.
The IRSP re-nominated Abdullah al-Karim and its Central Committee unanimously approved his candidacy last weekend, as he is still by far the strongest and most experienced member of the Party, despite some reservations by the more conservative sections of the Party about his style of governance. His approval rating amongst IRSP members is 68%, and amongst the general public it is around 53%, down 5 percent since the diplomatic scandal regarding Afxan and Turikstani.
The CFP nominated well-respected Hanafi scholar and former professor of Islamic Jurisprudence at Abu Bakr (RA) College, Shaykh Ibrahim ibn Muwayyia al-Hashimi, a member of a prominent Hashemite family in NA. He has promised to "restore the caliphate, discard any Western-influences in government and the country, fully implement a moderate Islamist system, and re-vitalize pan-Islamism in the Islamic world to build unity amongst the Ummah (global Islamic community).
The PIC nominated a controversial far-right Islamist and "neo-Salafi", the former governor of Taif and political activist Imam Mahmoud al-Shariqiyya, who has been imprisoned for advocating for armed jihad in the past and was only released from prison last year. He vocally supported the Qutbist insurgency of 2014-16 in the country, and was in prison from 2015 to 2021 for "promoting extremism, sheltering insurgents, calling for jihad against the government, and praising al-Qaeda". He has since renounced support for armed jihad, and has denounced ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other such groups as "tafkiri" in the recent past. He has promised to "legalize Salafism and Wahhabism so long as these remain peaceful and politically neutral in the country, encourage a stricter interpretation of Shariah', replace socialism with an Islamic welfare system and a mixed economy rooted in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salaam), and revitalize traditional Arabiyan values and morals in all areas of society".
In a very stark contrast to the previous two candidates, the Socialist Democracy Party announced human rights campaigner and women's rights activist Jamila al-Fattah as their candidate, the first female candidate for president in 20 years in the country. She has pledged to "encourage increased female participation in government and the economy, promote green economics and Islamic socialism, bring Islamic law into accord with the universal values of egalitarianism and social equity to make it fit for the 21st century, and make it easier for women to get loans, jobs in the STEM sectors of the economy, and to speak openly about their concerns and views regarding society".
In the visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, today, he signed with his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, a two-year trade agreement that includes customs reductions on goods exchanged between the two countries, namely liquefied petroleum gas from Egypt and cars from Italy. The customs reduction will be 10%, it is mentioned Egypt has bought two LPG tankers from Greece so that Egypt can use them to export LPG to Italy.
This trade agreement seeks to increase economic ties between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Italy by cutting tarrifs and increasing trade between the 2 signatory nations.
Article 1. OBJECTIVES
1. Reduction of tariff 10% to Egyptian Liquefied petroleum gas by Italy 2. Reduction of tariff 10% to Italian cars by Egypt 3. Both nations agree to tariffs Reduction and duties on the affromentioned products within 2 years.
2. Reduction of tariff 10% to Italian cars by Egypt
3. Both nations agree to tariffs Reduction and duties on the affromentioned products within 2 years.
Article 2. COMMITMENTS
1. Strengthen and expand the parties' economic trade and investment cooperation. 2. Progressively promote free trade as well as create a transparent, liberal, and facilitative investment regime. 3. Establishing a framework for future bilateral cooperation and improvement of the business environment.
2. Progressively promote free trade as well as create a transparent, liberal, and facilitative investment regime.
3. Establishing a framework for future bilateral cooperation and improvement of the business environment.
Egyptian Minister of Foreign affairs
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Rappler Philippines | Delivering the Truth
The Punisher's Final Act: Reviewing Rodrigo Duterte's administration in its final days
22 June 2022
Six years ago, on 30 June 2016, a 71-year old, rough, conservative, extremely outspoken Davao City mayor by the name of Rodrigo Duterte ascended to the presidency, in a victory that shocked many. The entire country had been expecting former president Benigno Aquino III's 'anointed successor', Mar Roxas (grandson of former president Manuel Roxas) to ascend to the Palace in a landslide. However, the failure of the 'Dilawans', as the faction of the Aquinos and the Liberal Party is now known, to deliver the change they had been promising since the presidency of Cory Aquino following the 1986 People Power Revolution, as well as the dividing of the centrist and left-leaning vote between Roxas and fellow candidate Grace Poe, an independent, led to Duterte ascending as the unlikely 'People's President'.
The presidency of Rodrigo "Roa" Duterte is now, six years later, coming to a rather tumultuous end. Duterte's presidency has been swamped in controversy and criticism, for its brutal and lethal war on drugs, its crackdown on press freedoms and his political opposition, and his openness in criticizing everybody and anybody, from the president of the United States to the Pope of the Catholic Church. Human rights watchdogs claim his war on drugs has led to the deaths of over 30,000 people, nearly none of which have been formally investigated despite pleas from the families of the victims and international organizations vocal in their criticism of the brutal crackdown by Duterte.
As of April 2022, an estimated 25,000 barangays (lowest level of government, below a city council or mayor) have been 'cleared', according to the government authorities, but over 10,000 remains 'infested', official documents show. Under Duterte, however, it is true that crime has collapsed in frequency, as he had promised on the 2016 campaign trail. Some estimates show that since he has taken office, crime rates nationwide have dropped by over 70%, similarly to what Duterte did as mayor of Davao City, turning it from the murder capital of the Philippines to a relatively peaceful Mindanao tourist destination.
The fight against the communist rebels and insurgents in Visayas and Mindanao was fought harshly under the term of Rodrigo Duterte, but they were not crushed completely nor did they surrender en masse, as he had promised. Instead, the fight against the communists was turned into the fight against center-left and left-leaning members of the opposition, through red-tagging, or the marking of individuals as members of communist guerilla groups who opposed the national government. Red-tagging contributed not to peace in the country, but to the crushing of the opposition as Duterte has done so efficiently and successfully, through a mix of lies, corruption and his nationwide popularity. Celebrities, journalists, progressive lawmakers — all have been targeted by red-tagging by the Duterte government.
However, not all of Duterte's regime was necessarily evil.
The outgoing President's "Build, Build, Build" initiative created a surge in funding for infrastructure development of all kinds, from 1.5-2% of the GDP in 2016 to a massive 6% of the GDP at the end of his term, in April 2022. Roads, highways, railways, bridges — billions upon billions were spent to build up infrastructure to both boost economic activity and convince the general public in areas affected by communist rebellion that the federal government was in fact not abandoning them and leaving them behind economically and socially. Tens of billions worth of loans from China, Japan and other countries ballooned the national debt, but nonetheless economic growth under Duterte was seen, despite all odds. However, only 12 out of 119 Build, Build, Build flagship projects have been completed.
Duterte's largest accomplishment for Mindanao was the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or BARMM, the crown atop decades of peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), started by former president Fidel V. Ramos in the late 1990s and sealed under former president Benigno Aquino III in the early 2010s. With the peace agreement's implementation, MILF rebels laid down their arms and began the work of running what many envision will be a more efficient and effective autonomous government in a region long plagued by fighting and crisis.
In education, however, Duterte against the advice of his Cabinet economists signed a law providing for free tertiary education and a law increasing pension for the elderly. He also signed a Universal Health Care Law that sought to provide healthcare for all Filipinos in a way that ensures that their financial problems don't prevent them from accessing or receiving medical attention if needed.
During the pandemic, Duterte ensured that the government paid for the hotel stays of thousands of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) who waited in quarantine for weeks for their test results. He also oversaw the establishment of a Department of Migrant Workers.
His government gave out monthly cash assistance, known as "ayuda", to poor families in lockdown areas, supporting tens of millions suffering in poverty, their woes exacerbated by the onset of the pandemic and the crash in economic growth.
The Duterte administration's efforts to bring down poverty worked partially, with the poverty rate dipping to 16.6% in 2018. That represents over six million Filipinos lifted from poverty since 2016. However, the pandemic ruined these gains, sending the poverty rate to 23.7% in 2021.
His policies have been brutal. Others have been promising, others controversial. His policies have placed immense fiscal strain on the economy, which his successor will have to deal with and with urgency. The cries from the victims of the war on drugs will have to be answered. Corruption and political dynastism will have to be crushed.
Rodrigo Duterte was controversial, to say the least. But he has left his imprint on Philippine history, and that imprint will remain for years to come.
Macron's Legislative Election loss should be a wake-up call for the President
The 2022 Legislative Elections in France were set to become a referendum for President Emmanuel Macron's first term. While he had been re-elected with a comfortable majority in the second round of the Presidential Elections, the real test would come when the French people voted for their representatives in the French Parliament. While polls predicted that Macron's recently renamed Renaissance party would be able to retain its majority in the National Assembly, the electorate had other plans. As results came in on the night of June 19th, Macron's centrist coalition had lost more than 65 lawmakers, placing it well below its previous 346 seat majority. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Mélechon's far-left coalition and Marine Le Pen's far-right coalition won seats, boosting their presence within the National Assembly. The referendum was clear: Many French rejected Macron's reforms.
As Macron's first term came to a close, he found many enemies among France's left and right. His towing of the center had made the 40-year old President appear as if he had no direction. Many felt his policies were directed by what was popular at the time. However, others were more concerned over his reforms. Macron tackled French unions head on, cracking down upon them in an unprecedented move never before seen in modern France. The National Assembly, practically controlled by Macron's allies passed legislation that not only reformed the pension system, but also extended the retirement age and moved to reform France's current labor system. While France was rocked by strikes and protests, Macron held on against the siege and eventually emerged on top. Among his supporters, President Emmanuel Macron's policies received widespread support while his detractors became increasingly critical of not just his policies but also his personality.
When the pandemic came, Macron's popularity dipped even as France fared better than most. Unlike the United States and other countries, France had high vaccination rates and its healthcare system remained stable throughout the pandemic. However, many rejected the lockdowns imposed by his Administration, triggering protests which produced violent imagery in the media. Many called Macron a dictator while others sought to take advantage of a moment of weakness to boost their popularity ahead of the elections.
In the present day, we see the effects of Macron's centrist and reformist agenda. While his base of support remains stable, many French people have become disillusioned with the once popular President. Many hate him for who he appears to be, an arrogant, out-of-touch technocrat who appears to care little for the common French people. Others simply expected more, while some are desperate as the world seems to slip into more and more crises. The rise in popularity of the far-left and far-right should be a wake-up call to President Macron. As he enters his second term, Macron must learn to adapt to the new reality France faces. Not only does he need to improve his public image, but he must also heed the voices of the French people and adjust his reforms accordingly.
Jean-Luc Melechon struggles to keep NUPES together as Le Pen consolidates her National Rally
As Macron opens negotiations for a possible alliance with the center-right Union of the Right and Centre (UDC), other opposition parties have begun to consolidate in an attempt to seize the top opposition spot. Both the New Ecologic and Social People's Union (NUPES) and the National Rally (RN) became the second and third largest parties in the National Assembly with similar gains, putting them both in a position to become the primary opposition. While Marine Le Pen has been able to easily rally members of the RN and its allies into a tight alliance, Jean-Luc Mèlechon has struggled to keep his NUPES alliance stable, especially after expressing his desire to form a proper parliamentary group and a united policy agenda.
While NUPES was able to garner the second highest amount of votes during the Legislative Elections in the first and second rounds, Mèlechon has pushed the alliance into increasing instability. In recent weeks, he has reiterated his position that he wishes to see a united front of leftist parties which could become a major opposition force within the parliament.
"NUPES cannot survive without a united vision or a united policy. The left must remain united if we are to work for the benefit of the French people." Mèlechon told supporters in Paris shortly after the Legislative Elections. His words, however, were not received very well by some members of his alliance.
The Ecologist Pole (ECF) and the French Communist Party (PCF) dismissed any potential formation of a united left-wing front in the National Assembly. Both parties expressed their desire to work together, but emphasized that they would not give up their party identities. The PCF was particularly adamant on this point, with its leadership discarding the idea outright with "no chance for negotiation or middle ground." While some members of the Greens appeared open to the idea, its leadership has consistently rejected the formation of a parliamentary group.
While NUPES appears to be poised to become the main opposition, some observers have predicted that Mèlechon's attempts at unity may backfire, leading to a breakup of the alliance. Should NUPES dissolve, it would allow the RN to easily establish itself as a powerful opposition force, further legitimizing the far-right in France. Regardless of the outcome, its effect on Macron and his policies will likely hinge on whether or not he is able to secure an alliance with the UDC. If talks are successful, Macron could secure a more comfortable majority allowing him to push aside the RN in the National Assembly.
East African Broadcasting Corporation
The African Union in a vote late last week established the Anti-Piracy Expedition in Guinea Sea (APEG).
As the once infamous piracy along the Somali coast has become almost nonexistent since the 2010s, the EAF, and Africa as a whole, has looked to their last stronghold of piracy on the continent, the Gulf of Guinea. The lucrative trade region with some of the largest oil reserves in Africa and location of African economic powerhouses of Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire, has been plagued by piracy. The piracy in the Gulf is worse than anywhere else on the globe and puts significant strain on the development of African economies.
In a unanimous vote, the African Union voted to create APEG, with the sole goal to eradicate piracy on the African continent. This move comes as the first united naval military act of the African Union. While the African Union has missions across the continent, focusing on regions affected by terrorism and civil war, but this will be the first AU-wide naval mission.
The contributing nations to APEG currently consist of Nigeria, the Congo, Egypt, and the East African Federation. With the current nations, every major region of Africa is represented by its major players, excluding Southern Africa. This sort of cooperation from Africa’s major players is said my many as a step in a new direction for the African Union.
Foreign powers steadily increase their presence on the African continent.
However, this move of cooperation does not ignore the continued inter-fighting on the African continent. While majority of nations on the African continent have taken a neutral stance on the international stage to protect African interest and sovereignty, Africa is more than ever the playing field of the big game.
With Egypt joining the Pattaya Alliance (PA), the Congo purchasing massive amounts of ships from the PA in exchange of rights for precious minerals, and Nigerian allowance of a heavy British presence, the continent of Africa is nothing but neutral. While President Suluhu denounced Egypt’s joining of the PA saying, “Egypt has lost their path in following the Third-Way and have succumbed to the Big Game,” Suluhu has made little to no response to the growing presence of foreign powers on the African continent beyond that.
It is believed that the Suluhu government is moving forward with her Third-Way stance, but is warming up to Pan-African cooperation. From the beginning of her announcement of the Third-Way, Suluhu has been consistently vocal about the importance of the periphery powers of the world to bind together to fight the Big Game, as seen with the governments extremely close ties to Ankara; however it seems that Suluhu will begin working more closely with nations within the periphery that have succumbed to the Big Game within Africa. In following the Third-Way, the EAF can lessen these nations’ dependence on foreign powers and defeat the Big Game in a more indirect approach, eradicating it from continental Africa.
In a first step to Pan-African cooperation the EAF coordinates the largest naval exercises in Africa to start out APEG mission.
With over 70 ships from the participating nations, the APEG mission is kicking off with Africa’s largest naval exercise to date. The fleets, mostly consisting of missile boats, will also be joined by some of Africa’s best frigates and one of Egypt’s carriers.
This show of cooperation is a new direction for Africa, with never before seen military cooperation from the continent. In a statement by President Suluhu announcing the exercises she said, “The Gulf of Guinea is a critical nexus for African prosperity and that of the entire globe because of the economic resources that flow from it and through it. The work we do here together as part of APEG is important to overcoming regional threats that threaten that prosperity. If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”
Ministry of Religion | وزارة الدين
Bismillah ar-Rahman, ar-Rahman, as-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
With the blessed and glorious month of Dhul Hijrah less than a week away, the final applications for Hajj 1443 are being reviewed, approved or denied, and necessary accommodations and subsidies for lower-income or older pilgrims and families are being finalized as well. In shaa Allah, this year will see Muslims from around the world able to participate in their first pilgrimage, second, third, or fourth and beyond if they are able to do so.
Also, to avoid local businesses and vendors from using the holy month of Dhul-Hijrah to increase prices especially regarding souvenirs and food near the Masjid al-Haram, price controls have been set and there will be more police presence near the area of the al-Haram compound to crack down on illegal vending, re-sellers, scammers, and pickpockets. The purpose of Hajj is not to be a cash-cow for the tourist industry, though there are certainly many sales made to pilgrims who voluntarily wish to purchase things when in Medinah and Mecca, we hope in shaa Allah that this will not detract from the significance of taking the sacred journey from Medinah to Mecca to visit and circumambulate the Ka'bah, which we as Muslims believe was originally the site of the worship of Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail thousands of years ago.
Masha Allah, applications were received from 70 countries, notably Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afxan, Pulai, India, Egypt, and Turkiye. We here in Nazahah Arabiya hope that this gathering of the Ummah can help, even if just in this month, to bridge divides between countries, ethnicities, races, and regions of the world in the name of worshipping Allah and paying tribute to the lifetime of the Prophet (ﷺ). May the blessings and peace of Allah SWT be with all.