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Islamic World News (09 Apr 2013 NewAgeIslam.Com)



Convert to Islam or die: The 20 year long nightmare of a Punjabi Christian family in Pakistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The battle for the heights in Tirah Valley of Khyber tribal region. (Reuters)

 

Pakistan

Convert to Islam or die: The 20 year long nightmare of a Punjab Christian family

Islam allows marriage by choice, no room for control or force in marriage: Islamic Scholar

30 Soldiers, 97 Militants Killed In Clashes in Northwest Pakistan

LHC Judge Washes hands of blasphemy case, referred the petition to the CJ

Four killed in Karachi; Rangers conduct operations

90% potential suicide bombers arrested: IG Islamabad

Malala Yousafzai inspires Canadian filmmaker

‘Attacks won’t stop us from educating our children’

Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns Pervez Musharraf treason hearing

Musharraf was advised not to return home: Report

Mehsud vows jihad to implement Sharia in Pakistan

69 vying for 10 reserved seats of non-Muslims

Nawaz advised against JI, JUI-F alliances in Punjab, Balochistan

Taliban threats: QWP’s Fata candidates forsake party affiliation

 

Southeast Asia

Islamic extremists and local authorities target Ahmadis in West Java

Almost Half of Indonesia’s Prisons Are Filled with Drug Offenders

Religious Minorities in Indonesia Band Together for Tolerance

Police Arrest Five Suspected of Raping a Teen for Two Days

6 Types of People You Meet at Indonesian Wedding Party

Transparency questioned in high-profile molestation case

Malaysia arrests 32 Filipinos trying to join incursion

Presidential Insult Ban to ‘Instill Respect’

Indonesian Family Planning Program a Failure: Minister

 

Mideast Asia

7 dead as tribesmen, army deserters clash in Yemen

Iran announces uranium mining after nuclear talks fail

600,000 'tricked and trapped' into labour in Middle East: ILO

Al-Qaida denies its number 2 in Yemen was killed

Islamic Jihad prisoner freed from Israeli jails

Earthquake hits near Iran's nuclear city Bushehr, many feared dead

 

Arab World

Egypt tense after sectarian clashes claim 7 lives

Saudi Arabia denies paralysis punishment

Video shows Syrian Sunni cleric’s exact moment of death

Iraqi al-Qaida and Syria militants announce merger

Syria rejects 'broadening' of UN chemical weapons probe

Saudi beheaded after killing 3 in car chase

Egyptian President Morsi’s imitative to support women’s rights

Jihad Erupts On Egypt’s Christians, Again

Egypt's Christian Pope blasts Morsi for his handling of sectarian violence

Massive development of holy sites to ease Haj

AIDS awareness campaign kicks off in Jeddah

Exhibition chronicles Prophet’s life

Son of UAE coup plot suspect jailed for tweets

 

India

Antony warns Army against threats from China, Pakistan

Wikileaks shows PoK as part of Pakistan

Islam is the most perfect message to mankind: rector of Darul Uloom Deoband

Nixon sought to repair Indo-US ties after 1971 war

Pakistani man, two others get ten years of jail for spying

India, Pak must step in to revive Afghanistan: Report

Witness suicide: ATS denies allegation of harassment

Five Indian peacekeepers killed in South Sudan

Iran was critical of India’s 'negative policies’ towards Pak post-71 war: Wikileaks

Indian workers to get legal assistance in Saudi Arabia

Repatriated from Pakistan, Ram Kumar joins family after 21 years

 

Europe

UNHCR asked to quickly resettle Rohingyas in third country

Nuke talks: Kazakhstan as the ‘n’ factor

EU won’t monitor polls in Balochistan, Tribal Areas

UN reopens Gaza food centres after compound attack

 

Africa

Muslim clerics meet to discuss friction in religions

Mali becomes first African country to give away domain for free

Decision on Qaddafi kin extradition appealed

Police detain Nigeria reporters over story: Newspaper

How Changing Cultural Attitudes Will Give Senegal's Street Children a Voice

Mali crisis: French troops 'begin withdrawal'

 

North America

Muslim Fraternity Confronts Negative Stereotypes

Obama approves US military assistance to Somalia

Bin Laden 'aide' trial may be delayed by US budget row

Ex-US soldier who 'fought in Syria' could face execution

 

South Asia

Bangladeshi Islamists Protest Amid Demand for Blasphemy Law

Violence during Bangladesh strike leaves one dead

Two US troops killed in Afghanistan copter crash

Bangladesh: They rise above all political rivalry to fight social evils

Buddhist Monks Incite Muslim Killings in Myanmar

Maldivian State F M requests S C review legitimacy of 11 opposition MPs

Foreign workers locked in house for “refusing to work and attempting to flee” in Maldives

Bombs explode as shutdown disrupts city life in Dhaka

Last Royal Marines leave Afghanistan

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Convert to Islam or die: The 20 year long nightmare of a Punjab Christian family

Jibran Khan

04/08/2013 

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - For more than 20 years, a Pakistani Christian family has been living in a constant state of fear, the victim of threats from extremist groups and under constant pressure from the radical fringe to convert to Islam. A tragic story in a country increasingly hostage to the Islamists, in which young people prefer Sharia law and the military to the democratic model proposed by the West and branded as "corrupt." In recent times, threats and pressures against the Zafar family have increased. And the father has been forced to lock one of his daughters indoors for fear she will become a victim of kidnapping, as was the case in 1998 when her older sister was abducted and subjected to torture.

Sadiq Masih Zafar, born in Muridke, a town in the district of Shaikhupur, in the province of Punjab, was appointed to oversee the construction of a church between 1988 and 1989, by the Lahore Church Council that had previously purchased the land. Since then Islamic extremist groups have showered him with threats and injunctions, ordered him to stop building places of worship and convert - with his family members - to Islam.

In 1990, a raid of fanatics led to the demolition of the structure and the confiscation of the land. In the context of the assault, the Islamists also violently attacked Zafar and some relativesHis reporting of the incident to police proved futile, who closed the case without proceeding to any investigation. A similar result, a few months later, when the man filed a complaint against the daily threats of fundamentalists who want him to convert to Islam.

In 1998, Zafar's daughter, Sarwat Naheed was kidnapped while returning home and subjected to violence and torture that resulted in the breaking of her legs and deep wounds to the head. The girl also had signs of strangulation and was found abandoned and unconscious in a field. A few days later his son Azeem Zafar was stopped by a group of people, who beat him up.

These two incidents prompted the Zafar family to flee to Lahore, in search of a quiet place. However the extremists hunted them down, and discovering their new home, continued to threaten them with death. On 27 March 2004 the threats became facts: masked men burst into the house and took the family members hostage, threatening them with death. The raid ended with no casualties or injuries, but even this time the police refused to open an investigation.

After a few years of relative calm, the nightmare of the extremist threat returned to haunt the Zafar family, forcing the father to isolate his daughter Asma Tosheeba at home for fear that she too could be kidnapped by criminals and suffer the same violence as her brother and sister. Speaking to AsiaNews, Fr. Suleman John, priest and activist in Lahore, appeals to the authorities to protect the safety of the family. "It's a very serious case - says the priest - and result of religious intolerance. Extremists do what they want, knowing they will go unpunished. Punjab remains the epicenter of sectarian persecution."

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Punjab,-convert-to-Islam-or-die:-The-20-year-long-nightmare-of-a-Christian-family-27597.html

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Islam allows marriage by choice, no room for control or force in marriage: Islamic Scholar

April 09, 2013 

 Head of Madrasa Arif-ul-Hussaini, Maulana Allama Syed Muhammad Jawad Hadi, has highlighted the importance of marriage and criticized forced marriages, which is not allowed in Islam. In a statement issued to media here Maulana Hadi said, "Islam lays special emphasis on marriage and the relationship between husband and wife. Islam recognizes the importance of companionship and promotes marriage as being the foundation of families. Furthermore, marriage also protects individuals from immorality and legitimizes natural desires."

Maulana Hadi dispelled the widely held notion of arranged and forced marriages being acceptable in Islam. He said, "Islam allows marriage by choice. There is no room for control or force in marriage." "Arranged and forced marriages are a part of Pakistani society. Marrying children to settle debts, blood feuds and in exchange for money, property or power are equally common, particularly in the rural echelons. Child marriages - or those in which the 'bride' or 'groom' are below the legal age (as per the Muslim Family Law Ordinance of 1961), are freely and frequently practised. Islam is erroneously quoted to justify these, and similar, illicit acts," he pointed out.

"Parents cannot force a girl to marry a man (against her will) nor can they force a boy to marry against his will," Maulana Hadi stressed. He continued, "The best way of starting the journey (of marriage) is for a girl and boy to independently, but with the guidance of their parents, get married." He also said that it was important that they saw and got to know about each other, which even Islam encouraged. "Parents are allowed to interfere only to the extent of providing guidance. They cannot force them [girls and boys] to get married," Maulana Hadi continued.

Maulana Hadi also advocated for the proper guidance of children and advised parents to help them properly channel their natural emotional and physical traits as per Islamic injunctions. Maulana Hadi stated, "Mankind has certain natural emotional traits. Those natural traits must be properly channelised." He added, "Certain natural emotions like sexual desires reach their climax at puberty. Islam does not advocate suppressing those desires. It rather encourages addressing them but within the confines of Islamic teachings."

"It is natural for girls and boys to develop feelings towards each other during puberty. The solution is not to make laws that prevent them from expressing their natural desires and feelings [towards each other]. The better way is to follow the precise Islamic injunctions and laws to manage these issues," Maulana Hadi added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013

http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1172968/

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30 Soldiers, 97 Militants Killed In Clashes in Northwest Pakistan

Apr 09 2013

Islamabad: At least 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants have died in heavy fighting in a remote tribal region of northwest Pakistan as security forces battled pro-Taliban rebels to gain control of strategic heights, according to media reports today.

The battle for the heights in Tirah Valley of Khyber tribal region intensified yesterday as fighter jets and gunship helicopters targeted militant positions.

Reports from the region said the death toll for both security forces and the Lashkar-e-Islam was "very high".

At least 30 security personnel and 97 militants had died in the fighting, military sources were quoted as saying on the website of Dawn newspaper.

The militants were killed in strikes by ground forces backed by artillery and mortar fire.

Lashkar-e-Islam and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan positions at several places in Tirah Valley were overrun by troops and a fierce battle was continuing.

The militants were putting up stiff resistance since the offensive was launched on Friday, the military sources said.

Security forces had taken their "heaviest toll in one of the bloodiest and most difficult operations in Tirah Valley", unnamed security officials were quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.

The officials acknowledged that officers, including one from the Special Services Group, were among the dead.

The death toll could not be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from reporting from the tribal region.

"Fighting has been heavy on the first two days. Resistance is still there. (But) security forces are making steady progress," a security official was quoted as saying.

The elite Special Services Group has been pressed into the battle for the strategic Tirah Valley, which sits astride the famed Tora Bora mountain range in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

Pro-Taliban fighters fleeing an operation in Orakzai Agency had overran Tirah Valley last month and taken control of the region from the pro-government Ansar-ul-Islam militant group and causing an exodus of over 40,000 people.

Over 500 militants from Orakzai, Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur tribal regions and the Swat Valley and some Uzbeks were present in Tirah Valley.

"The fall of Tirah was a huge setback for us. Just when we thought the militants were all holed up and had nowhere to run to, they managed to break the siege and take control of Tirah," a senior unnamed government official said.

Tirah's fall set alarm bells ringing in Peshawar, which is a short distance from Bara, a plain area in the foothills of Khyber Agency.

"Peshawar is just an hour's drive. This will make (the security) situation (in the city) all the more precarious," one official said.

Meanwhile, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the Lashkar-e-Islam was fighting security forces and the Taliban would support the group when needed.

He claimed only five Lashkar-e-Islam cadres, including a commander, had been killed.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/30-soldiers-97-militants-killed-in-clashes-in-northwest-pakistan/1099753/

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LHC Judge Washes hands of blasphemy case, referred the petition to the CJ

April 9, 2013

LAHORE: Justice Khalid Mehmood of the Lahore High Court refused to pass judgement on Monday after hearing arguments on the bail petition of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy and referred the petition to the chief justice for fixing it before another judge. 

Investigating Officer SP Chaudhry Hanif told The Express Tribune that Ghazala Khan had been accused of conspiring with Zafar Bhatti, the main accused in the case, to send blasphemous text messages and make phone calls from a SIM registered under Khan’s name. SP Hanif said it appeared that Bhatti had sent all the texts and made all the phone calls, but the fact that the SIM was registered in Khan’s name pointed towards her connivance. He said phone records showed that they had been in touch during the period.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/533013/delaying-tactics-judge-washes-hands-of-blasphemy-case/

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Four killed in Karachi; Rangers conduct operations

 April 9, 2013

KARACHI: At least four people were killed in different incidents of violence in the city, whereas 33 people were detained in a targeted operation led by Rangers and police personnel in Sherpao Colony, Patel Para and Jehangir Road Baloch Para, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/09/four-killed-in-karachi-rangers-conduct-operations/

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90% potential suicide bombers arrested: IG Islamabad

 April 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Ninety percent of the potential suicide bombers in the Capital have been arrested and the police was keen to dismantle terrorist networks, claimed IG Islamabad, Bani Amin. He said police mobiles were ready all the time to provide emergency help to the citizens of Islamabad. The federal capital was distributed in three zones for making security measures against terrorist activities, he said. He said that 22 police check posts were established in red zone area of the capital to ensure peace. The IG said that Anti Terrorism Law would help with strict action against militants. The police force was functioning effectively with the resources at its disposal, he added.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\09\story_9-4-2013_pg11_3

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Malala Yousafzai inspires Canadian filmmaker

Barbara Brown   

2013/04/09

Pakistan-Canadian journalist Mohsin Abbas is soaring high on the wings of a new passion – a documentary film he is making about the remarkable courage of a 15-year-old school girl from his native Pakistan.

“Malala: A Girl from Paradise” tells the story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot last October while on a school bus with classmates.

Abbas recently spent four months in Pakistan with a four-member film crew. They interviewed friends and family of Malala for their documentary. He said insurgency in the volatile tribal regions make it one of the most dangerous areas in South Asia for working journalists.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/09/malala-yousafzai-inspires-canadian-documentary-filmmaker/

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‘Attacks won’t stop us from educating our children’

2013/04/09

KARACHI: A week after losing its principal to a hand grenade attack by extremists, the Nation Secondary School in Baldia’s Ittehad Town reopened on Monday. However, on Tuesday, there were not many students and the school had to be closed earlier than the usual time.

With half of its structure reconstructed after three hand grenades were lobbed on the school building on March 30, there is an apparent calm as school staff goes about their work like any other day. However, the men inside the school are conscious and aware of the threat that looms around them.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/09/attacks-wont-stop-us-from-educating-our-children-be-they-of-any-gender/

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Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns Pervez Musharraf treason hearing

AFP | Apr 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's top court on Tuesday granted former dictator Pervez Musharraf a breathing space in his battle against treason allegations dating back to his time in power.

Lawyers are petitioning the Supreme Court to have the 69-year-old retired general put on trial for treason for subverting the constitution during his 1999-2008 rule.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Supreme-Court-adjourns-Pervez-Musharraf-treason-hearing/articleshow/19458515.cms

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Musharraf was advised not to return home: Report

PTI | Apr 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's powerful security establishment had advised former military ruler Pervez Musharraf not to return to the country just days before he ended his self-imposed exile of nearly four years, according to a media report today.

"No one wanted him (Musharraf) to come back," an unnamed official was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

The primary reason that the military opposed Musharraf's return was threats to his life, and the army feared his homecoming could lead to other political controversies, the official said.

There was consensus among all stakeholders - including the civil leadership and the military establishment - that Musharraf should not have returned home at this stage.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Musharraf-was-advised-not-to-return-home-Report/articleshow/19456381.cms

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Mehsud vows jihad to implement Sharia in Pakistan

 April 9, 2013

WITH a little more than a month to go for Pakistan’s general election, Tehrik- e- Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud has described democracy as “ a system of kafirs ( nonbelievers)” and vowed to wage jihad to implement Islamic law in the country.

In a video message issued on Monday, Mehsud said the “ Taliban want the enforcement of Shariah ( or Islamic law) in Pakistan”. Pakistan’s Geo News channel quoted Mehsud as saying that he does not favour democracy.

Full report at: Mail Today

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69 vying for 10 reserved seats of non-Muslims

 April 9, 2013

Non-Muslim members are elected in proportion to the number of general seats won by political parties.

ISLAMABAD: Sixty-nine candidates, seven of them women, are vying for 10 seats reserved for non-Muslims in the National Assembly, according to the final list issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here on Monday.They have been nominated by 18 political parties in order of preference under Section 47A of the People’s Representation Act, 1976.The ECP had received 161 nomination papers from all over the country, but rejected 92 because the candidates had not been nominated by any political party.Non-Muslim members are elected in proportion to the number of general seats won by political parties in the elections.Article 51(6e) of the constitution says: “The members to the seats reserved for non-Muslims shall be elected in accordance with law through proportional representation system of political parties’ lists of candidates on the basis of total number of general seats won by each political party in the National Assembly.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/09/69-vying-for-10-reserved-seats-of-non-muslims/

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Nawaz advised against JI, JUI-F alliances in Punjab, Balochistan

 April 9, 2013

LAHORE: Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have warned their party chief Nawaz Sharif against forming an alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Punjab and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Balochistan and Hazara division.

In stark contrast, however, they endorsed a seat adjustment pact reached with other political parties in Sindh, sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

Nawaz, his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of the PML-N central parliamentary board held a meeting on Monday in Lahore, during which they discussed reports of the party’s expected alliance with other political parties.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/533054/pml-n-parliamentary-board-nawaz-advised-against-ji-jui-f-alliances-in-punjab-balochistan/

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Taliban threats: QWP’s Fata candidates forsake party affiliation

 April 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Following death threats issued by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, Qaumi Watan Party activists in Fata have decided not to contest the upcoming polls under their party’s banner. Instead, they will now stand as independent candidates.

“All our activists in Fata are avoiding party tickets, due to Taliban threats,” said Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) President Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao. “The party leaders who contest as independents, due to the fear of Taliban reprisal, will rejoin the QWP after winning elections.”

Sherpao, who has survived two suicide attacks in the past, cited the example of Asghar Wazir, a candidate for a National Assembly seat from South Waziristan, who returned his ticket after TTP intimidation.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/533057/taliban-threats-qwps-fata-candidates-forsake-party-affiliation/

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Southeast Asia

 

Islamic extremists and local authorities target Ahmadis in West Java

Mathias Hariyadi

April 09, 2013

In Tasikmalaya Regency, hundreds of fundamentalists storm a school causing serious damage to the building. Before that, Bekasi authorities sealed off the al Misbaq mosque where a group of Ahmadis are holding out against its closure.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Extremist groups and local authorities in West Java province have again targeted the Ahmadi Muslim minority. Deemed heretical by mainstream Muslims, Ahmadis have had two of their facilities, a school and a mosque, shut down. In one case in Tasikmalaya Regency, hundreds of Islamic fundamentalists attacked yesterday a religious school, causing major damage to the building. Before that, the authorities in Bekasi, under pressure from fundamentalists, blocked the al Misbaq mosque in Jatibening sub-district.

Extremist groups took aim at the Ahmadi Islamic Boarding School in Tasikmalaya, a facility that teaches Islam to boys and girls. The boarding school (Pesantren in Indonesian) suffered heavy damage and the students are still in shock. During the attack, the angry mob called for the ouster of the school's teacher (guru), Ridwans, who runs the facility.

Full report at:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/West-Java:-Islamic-extremists-and-local-authorities-target-Ahmadis-27592.html

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Almost Half of Indonesia’s Prisons Are Filled with Drug Offenders

April 09, 2013

Drug offenders make up more than 40 percent of the 150,000 people detained in jails across the country, according to the deputy justice and human rights minister.

Denny Indrayana, the deputy justice and human rights minister, said that the composition of detainees in jails across the country showed that drug-related crime was on the rise.

“This affects the capacity of existing penitentiaries,” Denny said when he was in Kupang to address candidates for employees of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry's East Nusa Tenggara Regional Office, as quoted by Antara news.

While the deputy minister admitted that jails across Indonesia were quickly reaching capacity, he said that expanding facilities was not the answer to the problem. Instead, Denny said that authorities needed to work on lowering crime rates.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/almost-half-of-indonesias-prisons-are-filled-with-drug-offenders/584597

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Religious Minorities in Indonesia Band Together for Tolerance

Sandra Siagian & Rebecca Lake | April 09, 2013

So often the victims of intolerance in Indonesia, Christians, Ahmadiya and Shia Muslims on Monday marched together in Central Jakarta to urge the government to take a stand against religiously motivated violence and discrimination.

The 300 protesters held a shared prayer service before singing the national anthem as the marched along Jalan Gerag Pemuda toward the gates of the House of Representatives.

Pastor Torang Simanjuntak, from the HKBP Taman Sari church in Bekasi, which was demolished after an order from the regional government on March 21, was among the demonstrators.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/religious-minorities-band-together-for-tolerance/584509

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Police Arrest Five Suspected of Raping a Teen for Two Days

Fana F.S. Putra | April 09, 2013

East Jakarta Police have arrested five out of the seven people who allegedly gang-raped a 14-year girl for two days in East Jakarta.

Police said that based on the victim’s testimony, the rape was likely premeditated.

“If [you] look at the chronology, they must have conspired [to commit the rape],” East Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Mulyadi Kaharni said after a media conference on Monday.

Mulyadi said that the five detainees denied planning the crime, but that investigators were still developing the case.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/police-arrest-five-suspected-of-raping-a-teen-for-two-days/584504

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6 Types of People You Meet at Indonesian Wedding Party

April 09, 2013 | by Awis Mranani

1. People who come to the party with empty stomach and they are so ready to eat

 This type of people believe that it is their right to eat every single food available at the party. So they would gorge themselves with foods. The thing is that if they can finish them, it’s fine. But most of the time, they can’t. They just take a bunch of food on their plate because they probably think they would run out of food if they didn’t take them as soon as possible.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/talkback/6-types-of-people-you-meet-at-indonesian-wedding-party/584603

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Transparency questioned in high-profile molestation case

Fikri Zaki Muhammadi

 April 09 2013

Cleric Hasan Ja’far Assegaf’s molestation case might have escaped the national and local media spotlight, but anxiety among the victims and their families remain, thanks to the sluggish pace of the police investigation.

The Jakarta Police claim that cases of molestation are difficult because most of the testimonies can only be gathered from victims and suspects.

Hasan, leader of the Nurul Musthofa group, was accused of sexually abusing some of his male students in December 2011 and is said to have abused students since 2002, groping his disciples and performing oral sex on them in what he claimed was “therapy”. The victims filed reports with the Jakarta Police in December 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/09/transparency-questioned-high-profile-molestation-case.html

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Malaysia arrests 32 Filipinos trying to join incursion

9 April 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian security forces yesterday stopped a boat carrying 32 armed Filipinos who were trying to join a two-month-old incursion into the east Malaysian state of Sabah, police said.

Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said the group, armed with guns and machetes, was arrested about 12 nautical miles from the state's east coast, less than an hour away by boat from the southern Philippines.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447460

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Presidential Insult Ban to ‘Instill Respect’

Markus Junianto Sihaloho | April 08, 2013

Legislators have come out in defense of a controversial push by the government to reinstate criminal charges for insulting the president, a provision that was previously struck down for being unconstitutional.

Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party at the House of Representatives, said on Sunday that it was essential to restore the article to the Criminal Code to protect the presidency.

“This article will provide protection to the president and protect his human rights,” she said during a discussion as quoted by Detik.com.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/presidential-insult-ban-to-instill-respect/584244

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Indonesian Family Planning Program a Failure: Minister

Jakarta Globe | April 09, 2013

Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has called Indonesia’s family planning program a failure for its inability to control the country’s fertility rate.

“In 2012, the fertility rate in Indonesia was still at 2.6, which means our family planning program over the last 10 years has failed,” Nafsiah said on Tuesday in Batam, as quoted by the state-run Antara news agency.

http://www.antaranews.com/berita/367900/menkes-program-kb-gagal

As mentioned in the country’s Millennium Development Goals, Indonesia aimed to reduce its fertility rate to 2.1 by 2014. The rate indicates the average amount of births per Indonesian woman.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesian-family-planning-program-a-failure-minister/584639

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Mideast Asia

 

7 dead as tribesmen, army deserters clash in Yemen

9 April 2013

SANAA: Seven people were killed in clashes between army deserters and tribesmen in south Yemen yesterday, officials and residents said, in another sign of disorder in a country of multiple conflicts.

In a separate incident, tribesmen blew up the main Maarib oil pipeline in south Yemen only two weeks after it was repaired, the Interior Ministry said.

Local officials and residents reported the clash between deserters and tribesmen in the southern province of Al-Bayda.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447486

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Iran announces uranium mining after nuclear talks fail

April 09, 2013

Iran said on Tuesday operations had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant and that Western opposition would not slow its nuclear work, days after talks with world powers made no breakthrough. Iran opened the Saghand 1 and 2 mines in the central province of Yazd and the Shahid

Rezaeinejad yellowcake plant in the town of Ardakan in the same region to mark the country's National Nuclear Technology Day, state news agency IRNA said.

Yellowcake can be further processed into enriched uranium to make fuel for nuclear power plants, Iran's stated aim, or to provide material for atomic bombs if refined much more, which the West fears may be the Islamic Republic's ultimate goal.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Iran-announces-uranium-mining-after-nuclear-talks-fail/Article1-1039704.aspx

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600,000 'tricked and trapped' into labour in Middle East: International Labour Organisation

AFP | Apr 9, 2013

AMMAN: An estimated 600,000 people are "tricked and trapped" into both forced employment and sexual exploitation in the Middle East, the UN's labour agency said today.

The International Labour Organisation, issuing the findings of a two-year study based on 650 interviews, called for an overhaul of employment practices in the region, notably an end to the "kafala" system of sponsorships.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/600000-tricked-and-trapped-into-labour-in-Middle-East-International-Labour-Organisation/articleshow/19460693.cms

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Al-Qaida denies its number 2 in Yemen was killed

AP | Apr 9, 2013

SANAA (YEMEN): Al-Qaida in Yemen has posted a statement on militant websites saying that its second-most senior commander has not been killed. It's the second time the group has denied Saeed al-Shihri's death.

The Saudi national, who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, is "alive and in good health," according to a senior al-Qaida cleric in Yemen and the group's media arm, al-Malahem.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Al-Qaida-denies-its-number-2-in-Yemen-was-killed/articleshow/19452116.cms

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Islamic Jihad prisoner freed from Israeli jails

By Thomas Whittle

08/04/2013

GAZA, April 8 — Israel on Monday released a Palestinian prisoner from the Gaza Strip after he ended 27 years imprisonment in Israeli jails.

Palestinian security sources in Gaza said that Ibrahim Baroud was brought by an Israeli police vehicle early Monday to Eerz Crossing between northern Gaza Strip and Israel and was handed to the Palestinian side.

Full report at:

http://www.nzweek.com/world/islamic-jihad-prisoner-freed-from-israeli-jails-58511/

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Earthquake hits near Iran's nuclear city Bushehr, many feared dead

 Apr 09 2013

Dubai : Three people were killed by a powerful earthquake in southern Iran on Tuesday, close to the country's only nuclear power station, state television reported.

The magnitude 6.3 quake struck 89 km (55 miles) southeast of the port city of Bushehr at 1152 GMT at a depth of 10 km, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. It was felt strongly on the other side of the Gulf.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/earthquake-hits-near-irans-nuclear-city-bushehr-many-feared-dead/1099860/

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Arab World

 

Egypt tense after sectarian clashes claim 7 lives

PTI | Apr 9, 2013

CAIRO: Egypt was tense on Monday after sectarian violence claimed seven lives over the weekend.

Police was deployed outside the cathedral in the central neighbourhood of Abbassiya, where two people were killed in clashes on Sunday.

Mourners had packed the cathedral on Sunday for prayers to honour four Copts who had been killed in sectarian clashes late on Friday in a town north of the Egyptian capital that had also left one Muslim dead.

The number of policemen injured in the violent incidents at Abbassiyah Cathedral increased to 25, said a well-placed source at the Interior Ministry. Nine of them were injured with bird shot pellets, a security source told MENA news agency.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-tense-after-sectarian-clashes-claim-7-lives/articleshow/19451637.cms

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Saudi Arabia denies paralysis punishment

Apr 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia has denied reports that a court in the kingdom has ordered a punishment of paralysis for a man who caused the paralysis of a friend.

A Saudi justice ministry spokesman said the reports about the sentence were completely false.

The justice ministry said on its twitter account that the judge in the case decided to dismiss demands for such a sentence.

Reports of the sentence sparked widespread condemnation.

Amnesty International, the human rights organisation, called for the sentence to be annulled.

Britain's Foreign Office described it as "grotesque" and a spokesman insisted that such punishments were prohibited under international law.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22080539

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Iraqi al-Qaida and Syria militants announce merger

AP | Apr 9, 2013

BEIRUT: Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within Syria's rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.

A website linked to Jabhat al-Nusra confirmed on Tuesday the merger with the Islamic State of Iraq, whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi first made the announcement in a 21-minute audio posted on militant websites late Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraqi-al-Qaida-and-Syria-militants-announce-merger/articleshow/19460904.cms

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Video shows Syrian Sunni cleric’s exact moment of death

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A video uploaded on Monday night shows the exact moment when a prominent Sunni cleric in Syria was killed in a Damascus mosque in March.

Syrian activists uploaded the video on YouTube, which shows Sheikh Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti preaching from his chair when a loud explosion was heard.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/09/A-video-proves-Bouti-was-assassinated-by-gunfire-not-explosion-.html

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Syria rejects 'broadening' of UN chemical weapons probe

Apr 9, 2013

Syria has rejected what it calls an attempt by the UN to broaden a probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country's conflict.

The investigation was prompted by an incident in the village of Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province last month.

A UN inspection team is in Cyprus waiting for permission to enter Syria to investigate the claims.

But state-run media said Syria had rejected moves by the UN to broaden the probe to cover the whole country.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22071201

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Saudi beheaded after killing 3 in car chase

Apr 9, 2013

RIYADH: Saudi authorities beheaded a citizen in the northern town of Hael today after he was convicted of intentionally causing the deaths of three people during a car chase, the interior ministry announced.

Talal bin Fayez al-Shemmari "intentionally hit the car" carrying three men — Abdelkarim al-Shemmari, Mufawaz bin Falhi al-Shemmari and Walid bin Radi al-Shemmari — during a high-speed car chase "due to a dispute between them," the ministry said.

The three men being pursued were killed in the crash, said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-beheaded-after-killing-3-in-car-chase/articleshow/19459721.cms

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Egyptian President Morsi’s imitative to support women’s rights

Anwaar Abdalla

April 8, 2013

CAIRO, Egypt, April 7, 2013 - On March 25, 2013, President Morsi invited over 100 women to meet with him to support his initiative on women’s rights and freedom. The invitees spanned a diverse cross-section of civil society, syndicates, organizations and political parties.

President Morsi announced to the group his primary objective was to support women’s rights and freedoms. He listed illiteracy, unemployment and sexual harassment as the primary problems currently facing Egyptian women. He noted that according to the latest statistics, 61% of women in Egypt are illiterate. Unemployment among women, especially single mothers, is more than 27%. Finally, he explained that sexual harassment not only is a current problem, but also threatens the future of women’s political/social participation. Acc

The main goal of Morisi’s initiative is to empower women, validate their role and resolve their most pressing challenges. Morsi said that the revolution of 25 January brought democracy to the country, which gives women the chances to participate in politics.

Full report at:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tahir-square-tales-

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Jihad Erupts On Egypt’s Christians, Again

By: Raymond Ibrahim        

4/8/2013

Over the weekend, Muslims launched yet another all-out jihad, replete with cries of “Allahu Akbar,” on Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority — the inhabitants of Egypt before Muslims invaded in the 7th century. Different reports are citing different sources as prompting this latest Islamic assault: some say Muslim children drew swastikas on a mosque, which prompted the imam and others to scapegoat and attack Christians; some say the source of the conflict is a feud between a Christian family and a Muslim family (over the latter’s sexual harassment of Christian girls).

Full report at:

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/04/08/jihad-erupts-on-egypts-christians-again/

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Egypt's Christian Pope blasts Morsi for his handling of sectarian violence

 April 9, 2013

The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church on Tuesday blasted the country’s Islamist President over his handling of the recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo.

The remarks by Pope Tawadros II underscore rising Muslim - Christian tensions in Egypt. They were Tawadros’ first direct criticism of President Mohammed Morsi since he was enthroned in November as the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Orthodox Christians. They are also likely to fuel the political turmoil roiling the country for the two years since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

Tawadros said Mr. Morsi had promised him in a telephone conversation to do everything to protect the Coptic cathedral, “but in reality he did not.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/egypts-christian-pope-blasts-morsi-for-his-handling-of-sectarian-violence/article4598377.ece

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Massive development of holy sites to ease Haj

 9 April 2013

Studies are under way to set up 60,000 fireproof tents in Arafat at a cost of SR 2 billion, and expand Mina to house seven million pilgrims as part of government’s efforts to improve services to the guests of God.

Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif has instructed the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to conduct studies on setting up permanent fireproof tents in Arafat, prepare its designs and estimate its cost.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447529

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AIDS awareness campaign kicks off in Jeddah

9 April 2013

The Saudi Charitable Association for AIDS Patients (SACA) has conducted an awareness campaign in Jeddah amidst efforts to create awareness about the disease.

The first phase of the three-month campaign ended on Saturday, where it conducted various programs including social, psychological, religious and health forums that consisted workshops and lectures, in addition to clinical testing and patient-counseling.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447516

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Exhibition chronicles Prophet’s life

 9 April 2013

An exhibition on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Madinah has attracted a large number of visitors. The show is staged as part of festivities marking the selection of Madinah as the capital of Islamic culture.

The exhibition features models and posters portraying life during the time of the Prophet (pbuh). Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman opened the show organized by the mayoralty.

There are more than 150 posters giving insights into the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), highlighting his relation with God and the family and his migration to Madinah.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447517

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Son of UAE coup plot suspect jailed for tweets

AP | Apr 8, 2013

DUBAI: An activist says a court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced to 10 months the son of one of 94 suspects on trial for alleged anti-state conspiracies because of his Twitter posts from the courtroom.

Today's decision could lead to further restrictions on attendance at the mass trial, which started last month. Only hand-picked media has been allowed to attend and others, including rights groups, have been blocked.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Son-of-UAE-coup-plot-suspect-jailed-for-tweets/articleshow/19446844.cms

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India

 

Antony warns Army against threats from China, Pakistan

Rajat Pandit, TNN | Apr 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: India's deep unease over China's growing military might and assertiveness as well as intransigence about the boundary dispute resonated at a military brass conclave on Monday, with defence minister AK Antony also underlining the threat posed by the expansive nexus forged between Beijing and Islamabad.

China's approach to India on the long-standing boundary dispute and other issues, even after the recent leadership change in Beijing, "is not likely to change" in the foreseeable future. Consequently, the Indian armed forces need to "constantly develop" their capabilities to achieve "minimum credible deterrence" against China, said Antony.

The minister, addressing the closed-door Army commanders' conference, did point out the government was trying to resolve issues with China in a "peaceful" manner, and also cited the new bilateral boundary management mechanism as "a positive development".

But Antony also stressed it was crucial to modernize the armed forces to counter China's "military assertiveness", including its massive development of military infrastructure along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) as well as in other neighbouring countries, like the Gilgit-Baltistan areas of Pakistan, said MoD sources.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Antony-warns-Army-against-threats-from-China-Pakistan/articleshow/19450161.cms

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Wikileaks shows PoK as part of Pakistan

PTI | Apr 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: Whistleblower website Wikileaks has shown Pak-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan in it's recently released global map.

There is no mention of the Line of Control as is the common practice to refer to the two sides of LoC as India-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

The interactive map was released by Wikileaks yesterday, so as to help people to search into it's 1.7 million cables in a user-friendly manner.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Wikileaks-shows-PoK-as-part-of-Pakistan/articleshow/19454275.cms

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Islam is the most perfect message to mankind: rector of Darul Uloom Deoband

 April 09, 2013

JEDDAH — Islam is the most perfect message to mankind for which we should be thankful to the Almighty Allah.

Islam as a way of life can save humanity from the decadence and decline.

Humanity can progress if it adopts the path shown by Allah’s beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The human psychology and the history of the civilizations are an example of renewal and progress.

And Islam is the most progressive religion and to progress, God has shown us some principles.

Many ancient religions lost their pivotal position they earlier had due to amendments made by humans, but Islam is still leading the human race and it will continue to lead because it’s not the religion of the Muslims as it’s generally known but the Qur’an and the Islam is for the whole humanity.

Islam believes in the peaceful coexistence and progress due to its continued emphasis on the learning and self-control and love of God and the humanity. Salim advised Muslims to refrain from “Takfeer ideology” and pointed out this fact of history that different schools of thought emerged from the progress of knowledge.

He gave many examples of the early Islamic era when continued learning of the Qur’an and the Sunnah paved the way for “Ijtehad” and “Qayas,” progress and development.

The difference of opinions never bothered scholars and the Ummah and in that golden era the humanity progressed under the standard of Islam.

The standard-bearers of Islam and its followers had the respect of other religions because the Muslim Ulema were righteous and God-fearing.

Muhammad Salim Qasimi is the great grandson of Muhammad Qasim Nanotavi, founder of Darul Uloom Deoband.

Qasimi is the rector of Darul Uloom Deoband (Waqf), the vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and the permanent Member of the Fiqh Council of Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt.

Qasimi is also the chairman of Imam Muhammad Qasim Al-Nanotavi Educational Foundation.

He recently spoke at a special gathering of Ulema and intellectuals at the residence of Rafiq, a respected Pakistani community figure.

Qasimi advised Ulema to be a model of learning, God-fearing and patience for the Ummah.

He gave examples of Qasim Nanotavi, the founder of Darul Uloom Deoband and Mahmoodul Hasan in this regard.

The persecution of the British colonials didn’t deter these grand Ulema to spread the knowledge of Islam.

The reason for their success was their sincerity. Qasimi lauded the role of All India Muslim Personal Board in uniting and leading Indian Muslims.

His answer to a question regarding the reservation for Indian Muslims was that the Muslim community is already reserved for man-made calamities and the communal riots but he was optimistic that the Muslims are facing the hostile circumstances with grace and courage due to their faith in the Almighty God and Islam’s golden principles.

He said that his famous seminary Darul Uloom Deoband (Waqf) has the traditions of famous Madrsah Rahimiya Delhi, Lucknow and Khairabad in serving the Qur’anic and Hadith knowledge.

He warned the attendee scholars that the knowledge is always famous for changing its centers.

He gave many examples of Baghdad, Cordoba, Delhi and Lucknow in this regard.

If the ancients centers of knowledge face decline due to their lack of respect then they can face this crisis too.

The scholars should pay respect to knowledge because the Prophet (PBUH) had taught this valuable principle, he said.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130409160530

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Nixon sought to repair Indo-US ties after 1971 war

TNN | Apr 9, 2013,

NEW DELHI: Whatever then US President Richard Nixon and secretary of state Henry Kissinger may have thought of Indira Gandhi within two years after the Bangladesh war, Washington was reaching out to India. Nixon had sent his first letter to Gandhi through the US ambassador to India, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. "We wish now to resume relations that were interrupted in mid-1971 on the basis of this new situation," he had said.

Accepting the "new situation" in South Asia — with Bangladesh as a sovereign nation — Nixon's letter was at pains to assure India that the US's military ties with Pakistan would not affect New Delhi. It's another matter that a few years down the line, the US reverted to arming Pakistan once again.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nixon-sought-to-repair-Indo-US-ties-after-1971-war/articleshow/19450496.cms

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Pakistani man, two others get ten years of jail for spying

PTI | Apr 8, 2013

BHOPAL: A Pakistani national and his two Indian associates have been sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a local court today on charge of spying for the neighbouring country.

The court also imposed a collective fine of Rs 20,000 on the trio.

The Pakistani spy, identified as Imran Qureshi from Karachi, had rented a house in Mangalwara area and was sending secret information through internet and other means to Pakistan. Based on a tip-off, the local police arrested him in January 2008, the prosecution said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-man-two-others-get-ten-years-of-jail-for-spying/articleshow/19447457.cms

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India, Pak must step in to revive Afghanistan: Report

Apr 09 2013

New Delhi : A new report on the future of Afghanistan has suggested that efforts be made by India and Pakistan to revive the region. The report, authored by Radha Kumar and Kailash Prasad, and published by Delhi Policy Group, a think-tank, has said that such an effort needed to be “propelled” by culture and backed by infrastructure. It has called for joint initiatives by three countries to organise common cultural activities, that could be developed into structured events after some time.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-pak-must-step-in-to-revive-afghanistan-report/1099604/

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Witness suicide: ATS denies allegation of harassment

Apr 09 2013

Pune: The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Monday denied allegations that Mirza Rizwan Baig, a witness in the 2012 Pune serial blasts, had committed suicide due to harassment by the agency. Baig had hanged himself at his residence in Chaush Colony, Aurangabad, on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Baig’s family claimed his body after the Aurangabad police assured them of an in-depth probe.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/witness-suicide-ats-denies-allegation-of-harassment/1099707/

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Five Indian peacekeepers killed in South Sudan

AFP | Apr 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: Five Indian peacekeepers escorting a United Nations convoy in South Sudan have been killed in an ambush by rebels, the Indian foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.

"Five peacekeepers from India with UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) killed in ambush in Jonglei," foreign ministry spokesman SyedAkbaruddin wrote on Twitter.

He confirmed the deaths to AFP and said the soldiers had been killed while "escorting a UN convoy".

Jonglei has been the scene of widespread ethnic conflict since South Sudan became independent in July 2011. Much of the trouble has been in Pibor county, where the UN peacekeeping force is based.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Five-Indian-peacekeepers-killed-in-South-Sudan/articleshow/19459820.cms

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Iran was critical of India’s 'negative policies’ towards Pak post-71 war: Wikileaks

TNN | Apr 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: Iran was extremely critical of India's "negative policies" towards Pakistan in the aftermath of the creation of Bangladesh, even warning that any further "territorial ambition" against Islamabad would be treated by Iran as an act of war. The disclosure has been made by a newly-released Wikileaks cable, dated March 8, 1973, which quotes then Iranian deputy foreign minister Mir Fendereski criticizing New Delhi for its aggressive policies in the region.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Iran-was-critical-of-Indias-negative-policies-towards-Pak-post-71-war-Wikileaks/articleshow/19451114.cms

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Indian workers to get legal assistance in Saudi Arabia

 9 April 2013

Indian workers facing problems legalizing their status in Saudi Arabia will be given the services of local attorneys to help them avert deportation or prison sentences, Sibi George, deputy chief of the Indian mission, said here yesterday.

“The embassy will shortly set up a panel of legal firms to assist those workers who seek initial legal assistance for correcting their status,” said Geroge.

He said Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao had a meeting with social workers on Sunday.

Amid worries that Saudi Arabia’s Nitaqat policy would affect thousands of workers in the Kingdom, Rao urged workers to use the three-month grace period announced by Saudi Arabia to correct their status.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447520

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Repatriated from Pakistan, Ram Kumar joins family after 21 years

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Apr 9, 2013

AMRITSAR: It was like reincarnation of 46-year-old Ram Kumar when someone of his blood relation embraced him and took him to his native village after 21 years of disappearance.

Ram Kumar was one among 19 Indian nationals who were repatriated by Pakistan on August 14, 2007, after completion of their jail terms. Since most of them were mentally-challenged and didn't remember their addresses, they were admitted in Amritsar's Institute of Mental Health for treatment. It was believed that Ram Kumar and others was subjected to physical and mental torture by Pakistan police as well as jail authorities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Repatriated-from-Pakistan-Ram-Kumar-joins-family-after-21-years/articleshow/19456984.cms

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Europe

 

UNHCR asked to quickly resettle Rohingyas in third country

 April 09 2013

A number of Rohingya refugees currently living in the Pasar III temporary shelter on Jl.Jamin Ginting, Medan, North Sumatra, have asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to immediately resettle them in a third country.

M.Habib, 43, one of Rohingya refugees in Medan, said on Monday that he had never made a problem out of which third country they would be resettled to. This issue would fully depend on the UNHCR’s policy because it was the only institution that had been dealing with issues concerning the Rohingya refugees so far, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/09/unhcr-asked-quickly-resettle-rohingyas-third-country.html

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Nuke talks: Kazakhstan as the ‘n’ factor

New York Times

Apr 09 2013

David M Herszenhorn

Plopped in a chair in a fifth-floor suite at the Rixos Hotel here, his eyes red from exhaustion, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov of Kazakhstan spoke humbly about playing host to international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.

“To put it in a nutshell, our role is very simple and very modest,” Idrissov said. “We have to prepare a nice coffee and nice tea, for the parties to be happy and have a really good atmosphere to focus on the issues of substance.” As if to illustrate the point, he sat in front of a lavish spread of pastries and finger cakes, but left them untouched in favour of an electronic cigarette.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nuke-talks-kazakhstan-as-the-n-factor/1099386/

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EU won’t monitor polls in Balochistan, Tribal Areas

By Farooq Awan

 April 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The European Union on Monday launched its observation mission to monitor general election in Pakistan due to be held on May 11, but announced that none of its 110 observers will be posted in Balochistan and the Tribal Areas due to security concerns.

“It is with regret that I must say that we are not able to have observers in important parts of the country such as FATA and Balochistan. While we will still follow events in these areas, we will not be able to have observers on the ground seeing things directly,” Michael Gahler, head of the mission, told journalists. He, however, hoped that his team would still be able to work effectively and get a good sample nationally.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\09\story_9-4-2013_pg1_6

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UN reopens Gaza food centres after compound attack

Apr 9, 2013

The UN says it is reopening its food distribution centres in the Gaza Strip after they closed following violent protests over aid cutbacks.

The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) closed the centres on 4 April after a compound was stormed by protesters.

The protests came as the agency said a budget deficit was forcing it to cut cash payments to some of Gaza's poorest families.

Unrwa confirmed it was reopening all of its centres on 9 April.

But it warned that they could shut again if there was further unrest.

Unrwa spokesman Chris Gunness said the decision was based on assurances "received from different local parties'' that its property and staff would be safe.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22078020

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Africa

 

Muslim clerics meet to discuss friction in religions

BY CORRESPONDENT DAVID

8th April 2013

The Foundation of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars of Tanzania has said that religious leaders should put concerted efforts to ensure that lasting solutions are found for the ongoing religious intolerances in the country.

Secretary General of the Foundation of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars of Tanzania Sheikh Khamis Mataka made the remark in a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Mataka told journalists that the ongoing religious differences in the country should be addressed by all people in the country regardless of religious beliefs.

He said for many years Tanzanians have been living together in peace regardless of their religious beliefs but presently religion has became the subject and source of conflicts.

“It is high time for religious leaders from both religions to discuss and come up with an everlasting solution to these religious based conflicts,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=53292

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Mali becomes first African country to give away domain for free

Mali has announced its little known .ML domain will be free from July, a move it hopes will put the country on the map

Afua Hirsch, West Africa correspondent

 8 April 2013

Its domain currently ranks 177th in the world, less than half of the country have mobile phone coverage, and only 4% of the population are online. But Mali could be set to become one of the world's most popular internet destinations after it became the first African country to give its domain away for free.

Mali announced on Monday that its little known .ML domain – which is currently used by fewer than 50 active websites – will be free from July, in a move which it hopes will bring much needed outside investment, and give a boost to Malian businesses.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/08/mali-first-african-country-free-domain

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Decision on Qaddafi kin extradition appealed

9 April 2013

TRIPOLI: Libya has appealed an Egyptian court decision barring the extradition of a cousin of Muammar Qaddafi, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said, adding Tripoli was also seeking the handover of the ousted dictator’s former foreign minister elsewhere.

Last week, an Egyptian court ruled Qaddafi’s cousin Ahmed Gaddaf Alddam should be tried in Egypt. Alddam, who is wanted in Libya for alleged counterfeiting, forgery, fraud and money laundering, is also under investigation on suspicion of attacking Egyptian police during his arrest.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/447483

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Police detain Nigeria reporters over story: Newspaper

AP | Apr 9, 2013

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Two journalists were detained on Monday by police after their newspaper published a story about supposed plans by the nation's presidency to disrupt opposition parties and potentially raise the price of subsidized gasoline in the country, the publication said.

The detention of journalists from the Abuja-based daily newspaper Leadership comes as security agencies still routinely harass and hold reporters over the stories they publish, despite the democratic nation's laws clearly calling for civil trials over libel claims. Meanwhile, other underpaid journalists have been threatened, killed, beaten by thugs or succumbed to the enticement of bribes to color the stories they write, despite the nation having a largely unshackled free press.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Police-detain-Nigeria-reporters-over-story-Newspaper/articleshow/19452266.cms

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How Changing Cultural Attitudes Will Give Senegal's Street Children a Voice

 09/04/2013

Jane Labous

Five year-old Ngagne is filthy; his shorts, two sizes two big, crusted with grime; the slogan on his t-shirt completely obliterated by stains and dirt; snot running out of his nose, face smeared with dust and dirt. The little boy misses his parents and, he whispers in Wolof as flies buzz and crawl around us, gets scared at night.

The marabout in charge won't let me take photos of his daara, or Koranic school, or of the 25 or so girls and boys like Ngagne who live there in his care. I can only describe how angry and depressed I feel looking around at the rusting corrugated iron shacks where the children sleep; the rubble and dirt, the sheep enclosure made of wooden sticks; the wall where someone has scrawled: MARABOUT and a telephone number. The air smells of woodsmoke cut through with the tang of urine and sheep wool. A woman stirs the cooking pot on the fire with a clang. But the dish is for the marabout. Boys like Ngagne must beg for their supper or starve.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jane-labous/senegal-street-children_b_3021122.html

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Mali crisis: French troops 'begin withdrawal'

Apr 9, 2013

France has begun to withdraw troops from Mali where they have battling Islamist militants, the French defence ministry has said.

Around 100 of the 4,000 sent to the West African nation in January have been withdrawn to Cyprus, it said.

France intervened after saying the al-Qaeda-linked militants who had taken over northern Mali threatened to march on the capital, Bamako

A regional African force is in Mali to help its army provide security.

The French-led operation drove Islamist groups out of northern cities and towns, but some fighters have retreated to desert hideouts in the vast northern region.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22079290

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North America

 

Muslim Fraternity Confronts Negative Stereotypes

By EMILY DERUY (@emily_deruy )

April 8, 2013

A Muslim fraternity at the University of Texas at Dallas recently took to the streets in protest of domestic violence against women.

Members of Alif Laam Meem, the founding chapter of the new Alpha Lambda Mu Fraternity, held signs that said "Muslims Say No to Domestic Violence" and "Muslims Say Yes to Women's Rights" at the Men's Rally Against Domestic Violence in Dallas on March 24 to protest the abuse of women and to put a positive face on a religion they say is often misunderstood.

"Muslims are always on defence," fraternity president Ali Mahmoud said in a phone interview on Monday morning. "We usually get called in to explain ourselves and instead we decided to take the offense and tell people what Islam is instead of what it isn't."

A sophomore who was "born and raised in Dallas" on Spongebob and the occasional fast food meal just like a lot of other young Americans, Mahmoud thinks people often have the wrong idea when it comes to Islam and domestic violence.

Full report at:

http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/muslim-fraternity-confronts-negative-stereotypes/story?id=18906879&page=2

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Obama approves US military assistance to Somalia

Apr 9, 2013

President Barack Obama has cleared the way for the US to provide military assistance to Somalia as it rebuilds itself following years of conflict.

Mr Obama issued a memo to Secretary of State John Kerry saying it would "strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace".

The move now gives Mr Kerry the option to provide defence aid to Somalia.

Last month, the UN Security Council agreed to partially lift its ban on selling arms to Somalia for a year.

The decision allows Somalia's new government to buy light arms to help it in its fight against the al-Qaeda-aligned al-Shabab Islamist militant group.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22077833

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Bin Laden 'aide' trial may be delayed by US budget row

Apr 9, 2013

US budget cuts are threatening to hold up a terrorism trial for Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, a court in New York has heard.

A judge said it was "stunning" that lawyers might not be ready for the case because of unpaid leave imposed by the so-called sequester.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith last month denied charges in New York that he helped plot the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22075101

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Ex-US soldier who 'fought in Syria' could face execution

Apr 9, 2013

They told a court that Eric Harroun, 30, could face execution if his actions are found to have caused a death.

During interviews with the FBI, Mr Harroun allegedly said he had shot 10 people in Syria, but was not sure if he had killed anyone.

He was denied bail at Monday's hearing in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mr Harroun, who has been charged with using a weapon outside the US, allegedly fought in Syria with the al-Nusra Front.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22073042

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South Asia

 

Bangladeshi Islamists Protest Amid Demand for Blasphemy Law

By Arun Devnath

April 08, 2013

A Bangladeshi Islamic group bid to enforce a shutdown across the country today as it demands the government introduce new anti-blasphemy laws to punish bloggers it says have defamed Islam.

Hefajat-e-Islam, a radical group based in the southern seaport city of Chittagong, rallied as many as half a million supporters in central Dhaka on April 6. Roads in the capital were almost empty today and some bus services to the city weren’t operating. Private businesses were shut, while government offices opened. Clashes were reported in Chittagong.

Hefajat’s protest is backed by another Islamist outfit, the Jamaat-e-Islami, whose leaders are on trial for war crimes committed during the country’s independence struggle in 1971.

Full report at:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-08/bangladeshi-islamists-vow-shutdown-amid-demand-for-blasphemy-law

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Violence during Bangladesh strike leaves one dead

April 09, 2013

Rock-throwing protesters enforcing a general strike in Bangladesh on Tuesday clashed with police, detonated home-made bombs and attacked vehicles, leaving one person dead and dozens injured.

A local police official said a truck driver died early Tuesday from fatal head injuries after being hit by rocks. The attack that killed the driver and injured several other people occurred in Bogra district, 175 km (110 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak publicly.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/violence-during-bangladesh-strike-leaves-one-dead/article4598462.ece

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Two US troops killed in Afghanistan copter crash

April 09, 2013

A NATO helicopter crashed in a field in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two American service members.

The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force said the cause of the crash is under investigation but initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.

It did not immediately identify the nationalities of those killed. But a senior U.S. official confirmed they were Americans. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to release the information ahead of a formal announcement.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/two-us-troops-killed-in-afghanistan-copter-crash/article4598709.ece

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Bangladesh: They rise above all political rivalry to fight social evils

 April 9, 2013

A committee comprising local leaders of ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP jointly organise a human chain in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat district yesterday demanding stern action against stalking, illegal drug peddling and other crimes in the area. PHOTO: STAR

The leaders, activists and supporters of ruling Awami League (AL) and main opposition BNP in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat at a human chain programme yesterday vowed to jointly fight stalking, illegal drug trade and other crimes in the bordering upazila.

 Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/they-rise-above-all-political-rivalry-to-fight-social-evils/

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Buddhist Monks Incite Muslim Killings in Myanmar

Jason Szep | April 09, 2013

Meikhtila, Myanmar. The Buddhist monk grabbed a young Muslim girl and put a knife to her neck.

“If you follow us, I’ll kill her,” the monk taunted police, according to a witness, as a Buddhist mob armed with machetes and swords chased nearly 100 Muslims in this city in central Myanmar.

It was Thursday, March 21. Within hours, up to 25 Muslims had been killed. The Buddhist mob dragged their bloodied bodies up a hill in a neighbourhood called Mingalarzay Yone and set the corpses on fire. Some were found butchered in a reedy swamp. A Reuters cameraman saw the charred remains of two children, aged 10 or younger.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/buddhist-monks-incite-muslim-killings-in-myanmar/584593

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Maldivian State F M requests S C review legitimacy of 11 opposition MPs

By Neil Merrett | April 9th, 2013

State Finance Minister Abbas Adil Riza has asked the Supreme Court to determine the legitimacy of 11 opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs he alleges are in breach of the constitution.

Citing clause 74 of the constitution, Abbas told Minivan News he had filed a case invoking the Supreme Court’s authority to decide on the legitimacy of the opposition MPs, claiming that there was evidence to support allegations they had breached it.

The nature of the 11 MP’s alleged offences remain unknown, with Abbas declining to detail the exact charges at time of press.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/state-finance-minister-requests-supreme-court-review-legitimacy-of-11-opposition-mps-55939

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Foreign workers locked in house for “refusing to work and attempting to flee” in Maldives

By Minivan News | April 8th, 2013

Police have discovered six foreign workers locked in a house after they were reportedly accused “of refusing to work and attempting to flee”.

All six of the male workers were found in a house located in the Male’ neighbourhood of Henveiru, according to local media.

While responding to a report made by a foreigner, the police discovered the the workers at approximately 10:30am Monday (April 8).

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/foreign-workers-locked-in-house-after-allegedly-refusing-to-work-and-attempting-to-flee-55920

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Bombs explode as shutdown disrupts city life in Dhaka

 April 9, 2013

Several crude bombs were blasted Tuesday morning at different parts of the capital as the country stepped into the first day of the opposition-enforced 36-hour hartal (shutdown).

To add further to the woes of the city dwellers, especially the poor ones, Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, called for another day of shutdown on Thursday.

The BNP-led 18-party alliance called the 36-hour shutdown demanding immediate release of its leaders and activists while Shibir complimented it with Thursday’s hartal for what it said “in protest of torture” on its president Delwar Hossain during remand.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/shutdown-continues-amid-blasts/

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Last Royal Marines leave Afghanistan

Apr 9, 2013

The last group of Royal Marines to serve in Afghanistan is returning to the UK, after more than 10 years of deployments there.

Members of 40 Commando Royal Marines leave the Nahr-e Saraj district as the UK continues the winding down of operations in the country.

The 7,200-strong Royal Marine Corps has deployed units there 12 times.

The UK government is committed to a timetable of withdrawing most of its troops from Afghanistan by 2014's end.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22075772

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   89


  • So that in the conference you can come with bomb to finish off all of them together. 

    I have seen that when someone fails in argument, then starts speaking a language that means not much, bringing out all kind of scientifics from imagination. so is happening with you. 
     
    It must be your concern that how well or unwell NAI is doing, here we are happy, that it is causing pain to a wahabi, and sad that the wahabi is saying that he doesn't know that it is because of his wahabism he is being rediculed and not because we are jadeed Islami who damn care for neither wahabism nor barelvism.
    We set our own agenda and time frame. for us the war has begun, it will continue till the end of the days. it is to be a continuous process needing not to be excited about volumes. At least one sane voice should be there, like one continuously burning flame to spread as and when needed. 

    By sadaf - 4/18/2013 1:15:28 AM



  • what wrong will it be to call them wahabi? and phir wohi dhak ke teen paat, again blaming barelvism. that shows you are a Wahhabi. Here at least two star commentator are not Barelvis.  Another One is, and another two have not supported Barelvism anywhere. I am not Barelvi, not even as much as you have links with Barelvi, so you are just fooling yourself. Here, assuming that in anyway, we are advancing the cause of Barelvism. We are jadeed Islami, not your outdated sectarian concept of Islamist and we will keep blaming Wahhabis even if we may include others as well on some later date.
    By sadaf - 4/18/2013 12:41:39 AM



  • On facebook you find the like/dislike button which makes sense as agree/disgree is misleading because most people agree to what they like and disagree with what they dislike.

    So when someone praises an article or a comment, most often it only means  that the prejudices match which triggers the like button which then results in a comment which says 'I agree' when they should be saying `I like'. 

    You can be sure that when certain words are used, the person is relying on feelings rather than on reason to drive home his point. The words most often used  dishonestly except when these are used as a conclusion are:

    Red herring, diversion, conspiracy theory, illogical, biased, any word in the nature of a personal attack.

    If something is irrelevant, it can be shown why it is irrelevant before concluding that the person is using diversionary tactics.
     
    An alternate theory to explain some event cannot become a conspiracy theory unless you can show how implausible the alternate theory is. The main theory is also a hypothesis (although it may have official backing)  unless proved beyond doubt and until such time, it is necessary to have alternate theories to make sure that no angle is left unexplored and  people arrive at the right conclusions.

    Any discussion  on a website gets pulled in every direction when people jump in and the main point is lost sight of and those who do not want to answer the main point escape by not answering.

    The main point of the discussions were:

    1. What is the objective of NAI
    2. What are the measures to test how well it is doing on this objective.

    My own view is that the objective should be to bring all well meaning Muslims, irrespective of the sect they belong to, on a common platform to promote positive values.

    The measures to test how well it is doing is to organize conferences where meaningful discussions are held on topics of interest. The size of the participation is a good measure of success. The number of active contributors by way of comments and exclusive articles by people who are not staffers of NAI is another good measure.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/18/2013 12:37:45 AM



  • Does Satan really exist? Or is it just a model which helps us to fight the evil within us by externalizing it? If we tell people "look what Satan made you do", they realize that what they did was wrong and quickly correct themselves. Instead, if we tell them "look how badly you have behaved", they feel bad about it but instead of correcting themselves, they defend themselves. It is also easier to fight an external enemy than an enemy within. So it is easier to purify ourselves by thinking that we are ridding ourselves of satanic influences rather than by thinking that we are overcoming our own passions. Fighting an external enemy strengthens our will to fight. We are very weak fighting against ourselves.

    So blaming all the evil in Muslim society on Wahabism even if it is from the Barelvis or Shia etc. is a great concept, except that every sunni sect except the Barelvi sect is labeled as Wahabi by this website and others. So when you blame it on Wahabism, you are attacking all Deobandis, Ahle-Hadith, Salafi etc. - as a matter of fact every sunni sect other than the Barelvis. I do not think that there are Muslims who consider themselves Wahabi but it is a label used by the sectarian Barelvis for every other sunni sect. So blaming it all on Wahabism is not so innocent and free of mischief. 

    Why not blame it on Satanism and call the militants Satanists? Calling them Satanist has many advantages. Without saying it in so many words, we make it very clear that we consider these people as worshipers of Satan and destined for hell. There cannot be anything more effective for denouncing them and their activities. We can then discuss and denounce their ideologies as Satanic ideologies.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/17/2013 11:45:10 PM



  • How many years is the difference between 1974 and 1979? Declaring Ahmediya sect as Non-Muslim in 1974 was the result of growing wahabisation which had its root even much earlier.

    In any case can a fixed date be given that petro-dollar thing started in 1979? We can better still push the date to few more years earlier. I in my assessment blame petro-dollar to 1980’s, but perhaps that’s the time around which I notice all gadbad jhala started to happen. May be wahabism was the starting point sometime earlier and which got fuelled by petrol by that time.

    As for Ahmad Raza Barelvi, he is of course not the top boss one need to refer to. I damn care who he was. In fact, the first person to put me off was Muhammad Qutub, brother of Syed Qutub, because Syed Qutub’s writing that I had read prior to reading his brother’s did not seem much wrong to me but I found his brother unnecessarily aggressive and playing blame game with the West.

    Of course, when someone is identified as opponent, then the opponent is always demonized. I felt extremely bad when I read a book blaming Syed Qutub authored by an author from the ‘West’. I am not naming the book just as Dr. Zakir Nayak doesn’t name New Age Islam, saying some wrong kind of websites will get advertised if he named so and restricts himself by giving hints that some Muslim named fellows Sultan, Babar, Akbar write there. But if he is ser, I am sawa ser. And please do not ask me to go an argue with him in his darbaar. Better ask him to come to my darbaar on New Age Islam to argue if at all he is such an argumentative fellow. Now if at this you say that every dog acts lion in its street, then the same applies to Dr. Zakir Nayak, as he cannot argue his case on any channel other than his. Anyway.

    So my point is that portraying Syed Qutub as villain just the way the ‘western’ author did is not the objective of portraying his damaging influence. At least I or we do not blame his sexuality for what he thought and wrote as the western author suggested. The west cannot think anything beyond that. We are talking about his ideology.

    About Maududi; his writing did not come up to the standard that I expected. I had heard his name well before from elders, but lo! Much to my surprise, his standard was much poor than I expected.  Yet if he was a hero to masses, then you have already heard before that masses are asses.

    About mentioning who Bhutto was is just your tactics to divert attention. I am beyond that. Be it Shia, be it Sunni, be it Deobandi, be it Barelvi, be it Wahabi, all act the ‘Wahabi’ way if they do such and such things which they are not entitled by Allah to do. If you have objection to the name ‘Wahabi’ that I give to them, then I wonder why do you object and then if you agree that I call them ‘Shitti-Shit’ instead of Wahabi then I will wonder even further that how come saving ‘Wahabi’ is helping you. And then won’t I infer that the germ of ‘Wahabi’ inside you is trying to save itself.

    The 1953 act may not be the petro-dollar thing, but that is the reason why blame Wahabism more than the petro-dollar for all acts done before petro-dollar became the pre-dominant reason. They day they will run out of gas, things will change, but by then lot damage would already have happened.

    About country’s partition; it has got nothing to do with all this as it was purely, political issue because of egoistic Jinnah and anti-national Jansanghis. Communals had lots of fun those days. Please do not mix up issues and ask mischievous question ‘where were the petro-dollar then?’

    One has to be blind not to see that the present day extremism/terrorism starts with training 300000 civilians to fight the war in Afghanistan in which volunteers from 35 countries took part, who then spread this culture of violence to the rest of the World were all sponsored by Jihadi mindset whom I name ‘Wahabi’ or ‘Shitti-Shit’. While all were the poor nations, only Saudi were the rich one who could afford to play the war game all for its sectarianism against Shia Iran. Don’t tell me Shia Iran was also volunteer and even if it was then don’t they too have radicals and whom I love to say ‘Wahabi or Shitti-Shit’.

    But all this was happening in the war zones and was not reflected on everybody’s face in India. It all started when earliest of expats returned. I don’t know what did the Arabs made them smell there with. May be camel’s dung. They may not be violent, but such changed and brainwashed they returned, that they started stopping people from every kind of activity saying ‘haram’, biddah’,  etc etc. that it was bound to create divisions.

    Tell me whatever they call haram or biddah is it really haram or biddah? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you are also brain washed. If you say ‘no’, or even say ‘God knows’, then you are not. But these weak minded unfit-for-stiff-competition-in-Indian-jobs-fellow were easily brainwashed and they could not realize that what Saudi’s were doing was itself Biddah and Haram if rules are applied fairly. The Saudi’s were not the Arabs of earliest of Muslims. They were the Arabs of ‘rumble mein mangal’ doing type, totally corrupt with institutionalized corruption, where the King would be the dacoit number 1 and everything belonged to him, while rest were institutionalized kameena with them not even needing to force their women to wear hijab, even the naked women of the west visiting there were made to wear it.  They complained against non-muslims eating publically during fasting time of Muslims, and they coerced every non-Muslim to become Muslim and there is a long list of complain against them. Either they take corrective measures or they be known as ‘Wahabi’, that is the situation they brought with the strange and nayi nayi baat kind of Islam.

    The fools who returned back on high dosage of learning did not realize that when they had gone to Saudi, were they not Muslim? But perhaps they were not. So were they made to believe. That they were inferior. And that their beliefs and practice of Islam was deficient. They were not having that murderous zeal against non-Muslims. These fools did not realize that such murderous zeal of Arabs and intolerance of Arabs was their deficiency because they had not interacted with the world as their direct ancestors were either lazy or incapable to go anywhere beyond their desert periphery and they know nothing how Islam is applied in real life everywhere in the world. The bhondus returned with lots of ill-learning and unlearnt what they had learnt through generations of experiences of their adventurer fore-fathers who dared to travel beyond their backyard or their converted fore-fathers who realized the beauty of Islam.

    So far these guys haven’t become as much violent as their masters are in Saudi are and those from 35 nations all under influence of Saudis, but with people like Dr. Zakir Nayak- the stooge of Saudi; spewing venom against non-Muslims; soon they all will become violent. And that is the last thing we should be having before we all are destroyed.

     Coming to your another post about if anywhere it is proved that Sufis/Barelvis are neither inclusive nor syncretic but continue to harbour animosity towards other religions and other sects of Islam, then I call such Sufis and Barelvis Shitti-Shit or Wahabi. You will ask why I do not let them be called Barelvi instead? My answer is: what wrong it is to call them Wahabi instead? Why are you so concerned about Wahabi? Why are you defending Wahabi? For me, all Wahabi, all Barelvi, all of them who harbour animosity towards other religions and other sects of Islam are Shitti-Shit and whether I call them Wahabi or Barelvi how does it matter, when I know who is going to be hit hard.

     

    May I ask you why you insist it is the Barelvis in Pakistan who are in the forefront of persecuting minorities using the blasphemy laws and it is Sufis who are actively engaged in forcibly converting Hindu girls? Your divisive stand makes me take this divisive stand that all criminals be called Wahabis. I was not at all into this Wahabi, Barelvi issue, but I see you are a sectarian and derailing the agenda of New Age Islam by giving it your sectarian angle. New Age Islam speaks what I speak but only much politely than me. New Age Islam is against those “who are in the forefront of persecuting minorities using the blasphemy laws and those who are actively engaged in forcibly converting Hindu girls”. New Age Islam takes the name of Wahabi, only to push the silent and peaceful Wahabis to take a stand and oppose these people and say that Wahabism is either not what these people are doing or they are leaving Wahabism and going to join New Age Islam or Barelvism if such people do not stop being violent.

     

    Sufis/Barelvis being peaceful or inclusive is only there  conceptually, but if they too are violent and also insistent, then they are Sufi/Barelvi just in name and actually they are Wahabi or someone with both the ills in them.

     

    About charging any sect of partition or riots of India is only your tactics to come on front foot. There is no such history. The issue was between Muslims of Congress and Muslims of League and post partition, Muslims how much divided they were and they still are, they all are united vote bank and act almost as one community, politically.

     

    I agree that moderate Muslims must dissociate from all sects and disown all their Pirs and ideologues including their Arab masters and their crooked minded servants from the subcontinent.


    By sadaf - 4/17/2013 12:06:29 PM



  • I have recently gone through the three latest comments by Mr. Naseer Ahmed, Mr. Sadaf and Mr. Ghulam Ghaus Sahiban in this thread discussing about the possible or token practice of Qbar-parasti. Mr. Naseer insists upon the point making it clear again, “My fight is not against Barelvis but it is against Barelvi sectarianism on this website and against the unfair targeting of other sects”, I would like to advise him he should ponder upon his opinion again and consider the clear-cut policy and agenda of New Age Islam so that he may get close to the very straightforward motive of this site. As far as my understanding is considered, I have come to know through various clarifications given by Mr. Sultan Shahin that this site is not against any particular sect or practice rather it tries to expose any threat, danger or terror posed towards humanity, it is against any un-Islamic practice that is unlawful, inhuman which may be a danger for the entire humanity in general and against the Muslims’ peaceful existence in particular.

    Exceptions are everywhere and in everything, we can’t deny it, for this reason it is clear that the un-Islamic practitioners are to be found in every sects; the only thing to be noticed is that; in some sects there are various wrong practices, and in some sects, there may be few, but there are some people, of course, who are deviated and doing some sorts of wrong practices which are harming us and bringing shame and criticism for the sect and Islam as well.

    Mr. Sadaf too is quite straight-forward and exact when he says, Even if I am wahabi, I am not condemning myself, but those who insist of waging Jihad and killing Non-Muslims and declaring even Muslims as Non-Muslims and then talking about killing them or without talking but silently killing them. I am talking about those guys” It is clear he is also not against any particular sect in general, but he is against those few criminals who are deviated from the path of Islamic teaching and have become a threat to the Islamic world and humanity.

    Mr. Ghaus says, ‘Let alone Qabrprasti even Taazimi sajda is strictly prohibited and Haram as is mentioned in the fatawa Razvia written by Imam Ahmad Raza” According to him, it is clear that Qabar-parati is not an ideological problem of the Brelavis, but it is being practiced by some people at certain places in the form of Taazimi sajda or for showing reverence to the dead person. In some cases, the illiterate people are being misguided by the greedy mis-interpreters of Islam for the sake of their earning from “Fatiha and “Chadhawa”. Of course, it is to be condemned as no sec of Islam approves it in any form.

    Then, the question arises, where lies the problem? I think the problem lies in lack of basic learning of Islam, the true and exact knowledge of Qur’an, and to a great extent our failure in imparting the significant codes of belief of Islam to our offspring. Thanks to everybody for the worthy discussion.


    By Raihan Nezami - 4/17/2013 12:05:01 PM



  • There is no compulsion in the religion (Al-Baqara 256) 
    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 4/17/2013 11:34:36 AM



  • Muslims must boycott those so called mullas who in the name of Islam are forcing the human beings (non-muslims) to convert to Islam. There is compulsion in Islam as clearly mentioned in the holy Quran, so why they are forcing Punjab Christian family. The government should punish such fanatics
    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 4/17/2013 9:55:23 AM



  • Mr Harsh you are right Islam denounces sects but wahabis often compel us to talk about sects. They have appeared during 12th century hijri to divide ummah and since then they are stuck to make deep rooted conspiracy against muslim ummah. These people have started sects and misguided poor common muslims.


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 4/17/2013 9:54:26 AM



  • What would be the case of blindness more than that even mr Naseer sahab increasingly appears to be claiming or charging not Barelvism but Ahlesunnah wal jamat (sawade azam) with Qabrparasti. If there had been Qabrprasti among Sunni Barelvis, there would be written account of this Qabrparasti in the books of sunni barelvis. On the contrary to that, there is no such Qabrparasti, both theoretically and practically, Qabrprasti is shirk (polytheism) in the documents of Sunni Barelvis.

    Let alone Qabrprasti even Taazimi sajda is strictly prohibited and Haram as is mentioned in the fatawa Razvia written by Imam Ahmad Raza.  Sunni Barelvis follow Imam Ahamad raza.

    According to Imam Ahmad Raza ra, it is by far the best for a visitor of a holy shrine to stand about two yards away from the shrine while reciting the Fatiha.

    Despite that, some people like Wahabis accuse Sunni Barelvis of Qabrprasti. Has this accusation not been a kind of violence against sunni barelvis? Under the pretext of this false accusation, lots of the holy shrines of Aulias and the Prophets have been demolished so far. This is sheer terrorism and nothing else.

    History proves that such false accusation has begun since Abdul Wahab Najdi appeared, whereas before his era many Auliyas of Allah visited the holy shrines. The prophet Muhammad pbuh visited the shrines and he never ordered his holy companions to demolish the prophets’ shrines already found prior to his own era.

    What a sheer ignorance! Likewise Wahabis have divided Muslim Ummah into different parts.

    I have come to know that in the last century Wahabis have attacked the dignity of prophets and Auliyas, divided Muslim Ummah and now are committing acts of violence.

    Mr Naseer sahib I want you to be positive regarding Sunni Barelvis who have considered Qabrprasti polytheism (shirk). Sunni Barelvis are loving people of Auliyas and not the ones what you believe or blame.


    By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث - 4/17/2013 9:50:29 AM



  • Agreed, and as you have been told earlier, that I too say things but I have no disrespect for anyone of you in my heart. Only my zubaan is like that.

    I too have no issues with Wahabis who are peaceful. But I have issues with anyone calling himself anything but is insistent and/or violent. 

    Not being qabarparast is one thing. Even I am not. But justifying every nonsense of Saudi's and labelling it the practice of the earliest Muslims is factually wrong, a lie, and believing such is foolish, and behaving like Saudi's is a sure shot way to be killed in India. It is India not Saudi and here the rules of Indians will be applied. Muslims of India have become Muslims following the great stalwarts of Islam who were peaceful people like all the Buzurg and Aulias, and we need not do grave worship of theirs, but we acknowledge that they were the ones who were the real followers of the earliest of peace loving Muslims and not the present Saudis or their forefathers who were dacoits of Nejd (which you of course know is in central Arabia). The ideology they follow of some twisted mind of earlier times is certainly a deviation from the practices of the earliest of Muslims. The ideology that I am hitting at is asking someone to not visit graves, asking someone to do something their way or not do some otherway. Basically Barelvism was already a problem but now Wahabism (This is just a coinage and as I said this ism can also be called Shitti-Shit) has also become a problem and it has become a problem which is endangering Muslims directly and indirectly. There are people who declare you  kafir and kill you. This barelvi guy did this to Salman Taseer, proving himself the shittishit he is or  wahabi he is or may be both. The bastard must be visiting graves as well before killing people so he is both. Such people are the Wahabis against whom I am saying things. I am not saying things against me even though I am not a barelvi and by some illogic, I am understood to be wahabi. Even if I am wahabi, I am not condemning myself, but those who insist of waging Jihad and killing Non-Muslims and declaring even Muslims as Non-Muslims and then talking about killing them or without talking but silently killing them. I am talking about those guys. The are a menace to the world coming from Muslims quarters and before the world will take action, we need to take action for 1.spoiling our name 2. for being a threat to us.Whether they pray or not pray that is God's job to se, we are not declaring them Non-Muslims, but if they threten to kill those who do not pray or those who visit grave, then their attempts would be thwarted and they would be killed in defence. Whatever make them think, that others deserve to be killed or even declared non-Muslim, that too would be destroyed, even if it means destroying the faulty translation and faulty interpretation of Quran they have.

    You are starting an unnecessary debate defending them, or their ideology and later saying that you are not defending them but you are also against them however you are against our anathema to them and that not everyone following that ideology is wrong. I wonder what ideology you start talking about. When I am talking about their ideology of killings and their being anti Non-Muslims or their being anti-qabar parast, without blaming those silent wahabis who simply choose not to go to qabar, why do you bracket those criminals with peaceful ones and try to confuse others. Here you are interacting with people who are no street people who can be confused easily. I at least am a determined opponent of such criminals who threaten world peace by considering the whole world as enemy without taking blame on themselves. If you think, you should still side with them then you too are my enemy and chances are that i may not get those wahabis but I'll catch you because you are near and so far dear as well.

    By sadaf - 4/17/2013 6:22:31 AM



  • Dear Sadaf,

    You have got me entirely wrong. I have said this before that I offer my Friday Prayers in a mosque lead by a Barelvi imam although there are two other Deobandi mosques which are closer. My Grandfather had Quadri as part of his name which my father discontinued as he did not like such exhibition of one's lineage. My GF was the Janashin and Sajjada of a historically famous Khanqa of a famous sufi. My wife is a Barelvi, my son-in-law is a Barelvi etc etc. I visit Dargahs frequently since my father, grandfather etc are buried in those Dargahs.

    My fight is not against Barelvis but it is against Barelvi sectarianism on this website and against the unfair targeting of other sects. I know that when I attack any sect, I am attacking Islam itself and it pains me. But  it has become necessary to make others realize what they are doing. 

    In my opinion, a person who calls himself a Barelvi or Deobandi or Wahabi is an inferior Muslim. A Muslim is just a Muslim. Every Muslim follows the Quran and the Prophet's Sunnat and can describe himself as Ahle-Hadith or Ahle-Sunnat. A Salafi is one who says that he follows the Islam of the earliest Muslims. So can a Muslim deny that he is a Salafi as well as Ahle-Hadith as well as Ahle Sunnat? There is also a great deal of variation between one Ahle-Sunnat and another. So to me none of these labels mean much. I therefore condemn none.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/17/2013 5:45:06 AM



  • "Govt to examine clemency demand for Khalistani terrorist Bhullar: Home minister
    PTI | Apr 16, 2013, 04.49 PM IST
    However, I may point out that no clemency was shown to the Islmist terrorist, Afzal Guru after his mecy petition was rejected and he was hanged secretly.  In view of this, no clemency should be shown to Khalistani terrorist, Bhullar whose mercy petition has already been rejected by the President last year.  The Supreme Court has also rejected his appeal.  Since Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians are same in the eyes of God, Bhullar should also be immediately hanged like Afzal Guru. By Satbir Singh Bedi - 4/16/2013 6:34:24 AM"

    Kudos to Mr. Satbir Singh Bediji for having such sense of judgement. Like Vajpayees 'Rajdharm' or like Premchand's 'Panch Parmeshwar' a judgement if made should be made being fair to all and keeping in mind the garima/dignity of the position from where judgement is being made. 

    Here I have a small anecdote from Prohet Muhammad's life. (Peace be upon him). Once it so happened that that was a treaty done by two sides who were at cross with each other. One was led by the Prophet and the other by Meccans. One point was that if anyone switch sides, then the other camp will have to return the fellow and it goes without saying that what was expected to happen with the fellow at Meccan end as this condition was insisted by the Meccans and quite reluctantly accepted by the Medinians (The Prophet's camp).

    What happened after some time that a guy, who was a slave ran away from his Meccan master and turned up to the Prophet saying that he too is Muslim and he should be accepted there and be given refuge. Now it was a Dharam sankat kind of scene there. Soon the people hunting for the guy too arrived and claimed the guy and reminded that in case he is not retuned to them then it would be considered breach of treaty. 

    Imagine the scenario. Here a person was most likely going to be killed for running away from his master as he was his slave and the master had full authority over his life and death. More than that he had run away to the enemy camp. And if he was returned then most likely he would be killed or at least be beaten brutally. But then Prophet had to that if the treaty is broken, then it would have long term consequences for everyone apart from jeopardizing his reputation of being fair and truthful.

    He asked the fellow in front of him and the people who had reached in search of him that since they (The Medinians) were in convenant with the Meccans which the fellow must be aware of, and which has to be honoured. He also said  that since "in our religion, we are not permitted to cheat, you should therefore return to your people and God is great and will grant you ways and means of emancipation." 

    You know the guy objected that he would be punished and made to leave Islam. 

    The Prophet at this repeated what he said and the case was dismissed. 

    For weak-hearted, let me add little bit of what happened to the guy later. He survived but became an outlaw of Mecca as he escaped again killing his captives.

    By sadaf - 4/17/2013 5:42:37 AM



  • : "The concept of Amir is central to Islam. At the highest level is Amirul Momineen or the Caliph. At the lower level would be the ruler of the state/ country. Islam encourages discipline and collective action. The offering of prayer in jamaat five times a day facing the Qibla promotes this idea of collectivism. Anarchy and disobedience of authority is highly discouraged. The battle of Uhud is an early lesson to the Muslims on the ills of using one's own discretion and disobeying explicit orders of the leader."


    Bakwaas. And selectively unacceptable. Not totally. Where ever there is insistence, that is unacceptable. Islam asks for discipline, but it is about self discipline, not the discipline that needs to be imposed on the other.




    By sadaf - 4/17/2013 3:14:17 AM



  • Dear Mr. Naseer Ahmad Sir, I don't understand why you are hell bent on fighting against Barelvism. Perhaps because for you the defect in the practices of Muslim in following Islam arises from Qabar Parasti, while pushing someone even by a hint to read Namaz five times a day doesn't seem so to you. 

    Remember, I have used the word 'pushing' because that is what Wahabis do, because otherwise 'suggesting' someone to read Namaz is not an issue. Not just that they 'push' only for Namaz, but they push you also for 'a specific kind of Dramabaazi' which they name, Sunnat. Wear Burqa, wear Daadhi, wear utang, act in an utpatang way. Bloody who the hell they are to 'insist' on doing things. And then the stupidest of them 'pass judgement' as if they are entitled to do that- that the fellow is 'not on Islam'. 

    If I am to 'pass judgemet' on them then I would also say that they are 'not on Islam'. But that would be being stupid and really un-Islamic to push aside Allah from doing His job.  I would also be a Wahabi, if I insist someone to wear Burqa or Daadhi and I would be a super Wahabi, if I insist on wearing both. (I hope, now Dear Mr. Sultan Shahin must be clear about what I mean to say, when I say I am super-Wahabi.) The  more stupidI get, the more Wahabi, I become. The more I insist, the more Wahabi I become. I do insist that Wahabis have gone off track in their zeal to see everyone rushing for Namaz five times a day in their Burqa or Dadhi, be they Muslim or be they nothing else at all. They have no scope of having people other than being Muslim. And till the time someone is yet not a Muslim, then make him stay hungry publicly. I insist that they all should run for Namaz five times a day wearing both. Or may be, women would be exempted from wearing beard, which otherwise they too could have done by sticking a false beard and non-Muslim should not be given Namaz-break and later be held up for longer working hours in lieu of Namaz break. Non-Muslims should also be served snacks by fasting Muslims.

    If Barelvism is wrong for being unscientific and thus unIslamic, Wahbism is more wrong for being unaccommodating and thus being unsocial before being unIslamic. If Barelvis are fools, Wahabis are Kameena. And for sure, no body is going to be impressed by either. In fact, Wahabis would be beaten down for what they are.

    I understand that all this is rhetoric for you, but all that you write is also rhetoric of a Wahabi for me.I can say you a Wahabi and prove it, but you cannot prove me a Barelvi, even if you say it.

    And why don't you believe, that the long mail was my limitation to say things in short and that you should not hit me below the belt for that? You should also believe that I have got no time to write that much long everyday. I have got some money to make and no Wahabi or Barelvi can bribe me with gold coins given my stand that I will not be bribed by Wahabis or Barelvis and then be under obligation to pay back by supporting their Wahabism or Barelvism. 

    Both the 'ism' are passe now. These are outdated sategorisation and now onwards it will be between Jadeed Islami and (what do you call in Urdu for puratatv vibhag? yes) Ateet Islami. Asserting Wahabism over Barelvism or Barelvism over Wahbism is being Ateet Islami. Jadeed Islami talks about the violence Muslims have started committing even after being under oath of Islam to not do so however temptative violence may be or however someone may expose them to guns and permit them play with it. You should infer, at least that, I am not with you on this, and you fail to convince me with you limited logic and weak communication skills.You may be good in your IT field and I have no comments to make on that.



    By sadaf - 4/17/2013 3:02:13 AM



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