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Maryam Dharas, Sakina Dharas and Ali Dharas were booted from an esayJet flight after being wrongly accused of being ISIS members.

Muslim siblings falsely called “ISIS” then booted from easyJet flight

By: AMITA JOSHI Source: getwestlondon Three Muslim siblings from London were marched off an easyJet flight by armed security after being falsely accused of supporting ISIS. 19-year-old Maryam Dharas, 24-year-old Sakina Dharas and their sibling Ali Dharas, 21, had boarded the Naples bound plane from Stansted airport on August 18, where they were confronted by air cabin crew before take off. In an interview with The Guardian , they recounted the moment when they were asked, “Do you speak English?” by officers who they said grilled them for hours. Maryam, who will be reading English Literature at King’s College London in September, said she has no doubt they were racially...

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New Zealand publishes its “Halal food guide”

By: Ni Nyoman Wira Source: The Jakarta Post Muslims traveling to New Zealand will have less to worry about as the country’s tourism board has released a halal food guide. Curated by Kiwi Muslim Directory and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), the guide consists of general information about New Zealand, halal outlets that have been certified by FIANZ, halal outlets that are owned by Muslims and places to enjoy vegetarian dishes. The list itself is divided into bakeries/snack foods, meat stores/grocery stores and restaurants/takeaway. New Zealand foods are more than just fish and chips. For instance, in the country’s largest city Auckland, travelers can...

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Tokyo leans more into halal tourism

By: Richard Smith Source: The National Halal is a growing sector with major potential in Japan. One spur has been the Japanese government’s 2013 waiving of visa requirements for tourists from Malaysia, and an extension from 15 to 30 days of the maximum stay for multiple-entry visas for Indonesian travellers. Another factor is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is expected to see Muslim visitor numbers increase both in the run up to and during the world’s biggest sporting event. In addition, the 2015 Tokyo meeting of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation and the Alliance Forum Foundation voiced support for the growth of the halal food industry in Japan. At the meeting, the Malaysian prime...

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