World Bulletin / News Desk
Nationalist monks in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar are to launch a campaign to boycott a Qatar-owned telecommunications company on Saturday because it is "from an Islamic country."
U Parmaukha, a radical Buddhist abbot based in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, told the local Irrawaddy news website this week that the boycott has been organized to “protect the integrity” of Myanmar and Buddhism.
“We doubt that we will have freedom when talking over their mobile network because the company is from an Islamic country,” he added.
The boycott is of Ooredoo, a telecoms giant owned by the Qatari government - one of two foreign firms - the other being Norwegian firm Telenor - awarded contracts to run mobile phone services in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation last year.
Decades of isolation under a military dictatorship that enforced eye-watering prices for SIM cards to clamp down on communications considered dangerous to state apparatus turned Myanmar into one of the least connected countries in the world.
But a reformist government installed in 2010 now hopes to bring mobile phones to the masses, and wants three quarters of the country’s roughly 60 million citizens to own the devices by 2015 - the year of a landmark general election.
The recent reforms have seen Myanmar undergo widespread economic liberalization – but have also been blamed for unleashing a wave of anti-Muslim violence - Rohingya Muslims are believed to form around 4 percent of the population.
A group called the Burmese Nationalist Youth will start distributing leaflets and CDs in Yangon on Saturday urging people not to buy Ooredoo’s SIM cards when they go on sale at some point from July. They also want supporters to refuse to answer calls from people using the company’s services.
Wali Ullah, a Muslim activist based in Yangon, said the boycott could “damage national development” and called on Myanmar’s government to intervene.
“Myanmar needs good telecommunications… it’s very important we don’t let extremists ruin things,” he told the Anadolu Agency on Friday.
It is no known secret of the tremendous contribution of Muslim scientists to the world of astronomy. Amongst them is the astronomical table including data that was first set up by Arab astronomer Ibn al-Shatir that is almost 700 years old. Ibrahim Muteferrika, a Hungarian priest who converted to Islam was the first to bring the printing press to the Ottoman Empire as well Ibrahim Tiflisi providing detailed descriptions of a solar eclipse.
Local Muslim community in Belgium calls for recruiting chaplains who can educate youth about religion.
Australian Muslim TV studio, Islam TV, aims to counter media 'bias'. Aims to offer opposition to what it sees as negative representations of Islam in country's mainstream media.
Growing up in a large lower middle-class family on his father’s teaching salary, Makbul Patel said he learned early the value of a dollar. In his private practice, he saw that people were in need and wanted to help them, saying that this project is something that is close to his heart
In a historic first for the United States, an American Muslim college has now joined the nation’s community of accredited institutions of higher education.
After a spate of negative press on Canadian Muslims, the Choudry family have devised a unique way to tackle Islamophobia.
Various religious and civil rights organizations have filed friend-of-the-court briefs backing Samantha Elauf, who was denied a sales job because she wears a head scarf
Bosnian-American Indira Kaljo has successfully petitioned FIBA to allow the wearing of the hijab in domestic games, but not in international competition, yet.
Certification company boss says online videos claimed he supported terrorism
Sr Dunia Shuaib is a marriage therapist based in Dallas, Texas and marriage educator/coach, radio show host (Deen with Dunia) and lecturer. On her Facebook page, she recounts a recent experience with a non-Muslim woman while shopping at her local organic store and explains that courage despite prejudice and stereotype can overcome hatred and foster new friendships in the unlikeliest of places.
A Muslim dentist in Stockton, California, has been working to save his local library from being sold to a private buyer.
Footage of a drone that has recorded the amazing sights and sounds of the ezan, the Muslims call to prayer at the Prophets Mosque in Medina, note how it also captures the sounds of the birds.
New campaign, "Share a Quran" launched to help dispel Islamophobia as well as a guide provided to dispel misconceptions about Muslims.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo has reawakened the controversial issue of depicting Prophet Muhammad which has often angered Muslims across the world.
First phase of annual Biswa Ijtema event closes in Bangladesh.
A number of Muslim scholars have responded to the Paris attacks and have slammed the incident as un-Islamic and have said that their actions will hurt Islam and Muslims.