Moving the Prophet’s grave would be the first step towards destroying Islam
US Church Hosts Muslim Worshippers
Obama’s Inheritance: an
Muslim women versus ‘women in Islam’ by Khaled Ahmed
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Changing The Face of Makkah
"The main objective of the design studies is to enrich our discourse on how we should address the future architecture of the Haram and its growth," a source close to the project told the British weekly Architects' Journal.
"These design exercises in addition to other investigations will be subject to an exhibition to his Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz by the end of the month," the source said.
The top-secret plans focus on expanding Al-Masjid Al-Haram and its surrounding area.
Under the plans, the capacity of the holy mosque will be increased in the first phase to cater for 1.5 million worshippers from only 900,000 at present.
The mosque's capacity will later go up to three million worshippers with the completion of several phases over the following five to 10 years.
Al-Masjid al-Haram is Islam's holiest shrine and home to the Ka`bah, the direction Muslims take during prayers.
The plans also envisage 'revisiting the whole area of the central district' of Makkah.
The Saudi British Bank, one of the kingdom's biggest lenders, has said that £15 billion will be invested by foreign and Saudi companies in construction and infrastructure in Makkah by 2012.
It said about 130 skyscrapers will be established, including the Abraj Al Bait Towers, which is to be one of the world’s biggest buildings.
Millions of Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim — who can financially afford the trip — must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.
The Satan is back: Destroying Islam
comment by Shah on Nov 30, 2008
If they try to move the Prophet Mohammed’s (pbuh) grave, that would be the first step towards destroying Islam.
Satan works slowly and taking people away from Islam. The Saudi's have been destroying the true Heritage of Makkah for years, and are know letting the Kaffah come in and destroy it even more.
Hajj is a sacrifice not a 5 star hotel holiday, even you want that go to the kaffah places there are lots of them. Next there will be no tents and Mina just 5 star hotels if you have the money, so Hajj will just are for the rich and the poor will get neglected, this is what Islam came to stop.
Hajj knows seems to be more about money then about Islam.
If they try to move the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) grave, that would be the first step of destroying Islam.
Money is not the answer, as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was given what ever he desired by the Quresh if he gave up the message of Islam, but he refused and suffered for the sake of Islam.
Tehran (AFP) —
Prosecutor Ali Akbar Heidari-Far said Mohsen Eslamian, 21, and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 -- both university students -- and Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32, would be hanged in Shiraz once the sentence was confirmed by the supreme court.
"A revolutionary court in
The three men were tried over the bombing of a packed mosque during evening prayers in Shiraz and also faced charges of "belonging to a terrorist group," cooperating with hostile armed groups, seeking to overthrow the Islamic system and planning to launch other attacks.
"This verdict has been sent to the supreme court for validation and as soon the confirmation of the sentence returns they are going to be hanged in Shiraz," Heidari-Far added.
According to Iranian penal law, all death sentences have to be approved by the Supreme Court.
"The rest of the accused in this case will be tried later," the prosecutor said.
"Due to the graveness of this terrorist atrocity which has martyred and wounded many Shirazi people, it is necessary to carry out the execution in public and in front of the mosque,"
The authorities had initially announced the arrest of 15 suspects and the judiciary said in October that the prosecution wanted the death penalty for seven people for causing the blast that also wounded more than 200 people.
The strike in
Heidari-Far last week said the accused had ties with a monarchist opposition group outside
Heidari-Far said the men in
He also said the case remains open against the monarchist group's chief Foroud Fooladvand, who frequently attacks leaders of the Islamic republic in foreign-based satellite broadcasts.
Fooladvand heads an opposition expatriate group named the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, which claimed responsibility on its website for the
Iranians have a sizeable Diaspora community in
US Church Hosts Muslim Worshippers
"We're very grateful to the church," said local Muslim leader Ajaz Qhavi.
The Faith Presbyterian Church in
Since last week, Muslims have gathered at the Church's Sunday school space to perform the Fajr (Dawn) and `Isha` (night) prayers.
The Islamic Center of Milwaukee pays a nominal rental fee to cover church expenses.
The move was taken as there are no close mosques for Muslims to perform their prayers.
The prayers can be performed anywhere, at home, outside, at the airport, said Isa Sadlon, the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Milwaukee.
But many Muslims prefer to pray with others, and five daily trips to the mosque can be burdensome, he said.
The prayer sites, Sadlon said, allow them to meet their obligations closer to home or work.
There are 150 Muslim families in
Muslims pray five times a day at the appointed times: Fajr (dawn), Zhuhr (noon), `Asr (mid-afternoon), Maghrib (sunset) and `Isha' (night).
Prayer is one of the most important obligations of Islam, being one of the five pillars of Islam.
Allowing Muslims to pray at the church drew a mixed reaction from church members.
"I think we're doing this, not because of what they believe, but because of what we believe," said Pastor Rev. Deb Bergeson-Graham.
She said the church decision drew an overwhelming support from parishioners, adding that the move is in line with the Christian teachings.
"It's what Christ would have us do."
But the decision was objected by some church members.
"I told him, 'I'm sorry you feel this way, and I hope you continue to worship with us,' " said one older member.
Sadlon, the Islamic Centre Executive Director, was not surprised.
"We don't take it personally," said Sadlon, who was raised Catholic but reverted to Islam about 20 years ago.
"Sometimes your worst enemy becomes your best friend. But it takes time."
Muslim women versus ‘women in Islam’
Khaled Ahmed, November 30, 2008
Book review: Women in Islam and the
Edited by Ruth Roded
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Pp293; Price £15.99
Available in bookstores in
The problem is that you can’t begin to discuss the plight of Muslim women without someone throwing in the cliché ‘but Islam gives more rights to women than other religions’. Muslim women are worse off than the women of other religions. Should we not discuss them without getting religion thrown in? The painful truth is that Muslim women too start attacking you for bringing up their cause. Is there no solution to the problem of maltreatment of Muslim women?
Sindhis kill their women when they feel they don’t like them any more or want to lighten the household and make place for another woman. They call it the tribal tradition of karo-kari, which is a crude and shameless practice if accusing your wife or sister of having had sexual intercourse with another man, even your father or your brother, after which you kill the luckless creature and bury her in a pariah graveyard. Needless to say, the co-accused father or brother goes free.
The prouder the tribesman the more shameless is the practice of killing women. The Baloch bury their women alive if they dare express the wish to marry of their own accord. The proud Pashtun take the lowest rung of honour: they give away their women to satisfy the passion for revenge of a wronged party and call it swara. And when you try to legislate against these practices, brave sardars get up and claim all these shameless practices as rituals of tribal tradition.
You can encounter a situation where a women who has been deprived of her right to property and is beaten up for nashuz (disobedience) is ready to claw your eyes for insulting Islam after you have spoken of the issues facing other women like her. The book under review therefore handles the theme carefully, talking of all sorts of women in Islam, from Khadija, Ayesha, Fatima, Zainab to, yes, Hind, the wife of Abu Sufiyan and mother of Muawiya, who fought like a wildcat against the Prophet PBUH in the battle of Uhud.
The book finds the subject neglected although most Muslim scholars dealing with the normative rather than the real think otherwise. The norm is established by the Quran and the Prophet PBUH but the problem is that this norm is ‘interpreted’ in different places in different ways. Muslims get red around the collar discussing this subject and are not placated even by a reference to different sharias in different places. Talk of allowing female circumcision in
We all agree on the Islamic norm of rights of women but disagree on the details or how this norm is to be interpreted. How much is a nashiza wife to be beaten? The less civilised Muslim in
Hadith is more problematic: what do you make of the saying that a people whose affairs are managed by a woman will not prosper?
The Salafiya movement under the Egyptian grand mufti Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905) did something commendable by returning to the Quran and the Prophet PBUH to cut out the different cultural rites that had become accreted on the Islamic practice. His interpretation, based on praxis in early Islam, revealed the woman was treated better than in the 20th century. So the reform took us back to the period of the Prophet and his Companions. His Quranic extrapolations favoured monogamy but unfortunately later on the Salafists that branched off from his school derived polygamy from the same source.
Hind is praised for her feats at the 7th century Battle of Yarmuk which resulted in
The Shia respect for women is derived from their reverence for the family of the Prophet.
There is also the woman of our times. Halide Edib Khanum, the Turkish women who welcomed the Kemalist revolution in
Our own Hamida Akhtar, in her beautifully written memoir, tells us how she got to meet Halide when she was in exile in
Obama’s Inheritance: an
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, November 29, 2008
Here’s a story you don’t see very often.
That’s not all. The Iraqi newspaper Al-Umma al-Iraqiyya carried an open letter signed by 400 Iraqi intellectuals, both Kurdish and Arab, defending Alusi. That takes a lot of courage and a lot of press freedom. I can’t imagine any other Arab country today where independent judges would tell the government it could not prosecute a parliamentarian for visiting
In the case of
I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect
Al Qaeda has not been fully defeated in
If Iraq can keep improving — still uncertain — and become a place where Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites can write their own social contract and live together with a modicum of stability, it could one day become a strategic asset for the United States in the post-9/11 effort to promote different politics in the Arab-Muslim world.
In 2003, the
In the last year, though, the
That is the
I’m sure that Obama, whatever he said during the campaign, will play this smart. He has to avoid giving Iraqi leaders the feeling that Bush did — that he’ll wait forever for them to sort out their politics — while also not suggesting that he is leaving tomorrow, so they all start stockpiling weapons.
If he can pull this off, and help that decent
Recently a BBC announcer was sacked/fired for requesting a "non Asian taxi driver" to transport her young unaccompanied 14 year old daughter. (Out of concern for her daughter's fears/mental well being & safety)
Of course, the "racist" club was trotted out by the mainstream media and others to verbally bludgeon Sam Mason for having the audacity to demand an "English driver". But was Sam Mason really exposing her racism or was she reacting, as any mother would, to the facts that there is a ongoing epidemic of Muslim taxi driver rapes in the
Not surprising - the mainstream media, is aiding and abetting these rapes, by refusing to "connect the dots" and report on the clear evidence: The growing numbers of predatory Muslim taxi drivers (some posing as taxi drivers) raping British girls and women.
Here are some - but far from all - examples of Muslim taxi driver rapists:
Abul Mlik. 29. Raped 19 yr. old female student - he was angry she didn't have all the fare money - Oct 2008
Salam Rahman, 27, and his friend, 26-year-old Mohammed Elahi - along with two other men - gang raped two women - a newlywed and a city worker - Aug 2002 (Police said after the case that they feared these were not isolated cases and appealed for any woman who may have suffered a similar attack to come forward.)
Assadullah Razaq, 31, raped 28 yr. old secretary - Mar 2003
Mohanid Al obaydi, raped 22 yr old woman (was found guilty), Apr 2005
Ghulam Haider, 49, brutally raped 16 yr old girl Aug 2006
Murtaza Mateen, aged 47, lured 42 year old woman into his taxi & raped her, Jan 2007
Shahjahan Islam, 27, linked by DNA to attempted rape of lone young woman, Nov 2008
Rami Kayyali, 26, found guilty of raping young woman, Nov 2008
Asian - bogus taxi driver, in his mid-20s, wanted for attempted rape of 18 yr. old girl, Mar 2008
Asian male, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, wanted for brutal rape of 24 yr old woman, Aug 2008
Asian "taxi driver", in his 40s, sought in rape of teenager, Nov 2008
Also disgustingly prevalent are examples of dhimmi members of the British police denying and intentionally obfuscating the epidemic of Muslim taxi drivers raping British women:
"Speaking after Kayyali's conviction, Detective Sergeant Andy Willmott said: “Thankfully these types of crimes are very rare, but that makes it no less distressing for the young woman subjected to an attack by this man."
"Detective Inspector Terry Sweeney, from Stockport CID, said: "This was a horrifying experience that no woman should ever have to go through. While we like to reassure women that incidents like this are relatively few and far between, nonetheless a woman has been raped and the man responsible is still at large. So women should be very careful when getting into taxis and make sure they are legitimate."
Denial is bad but some other members of the law enforcement were crass & negligent enough to place a semi naked woman - who police believed had just been raped by a taxi driver - back into a taxi ALONE rather than providing her with safe transportation home.
So can we really blame Sam Mason for being worried about her 14 year old daughter traveling alone with an "Asian" driven mini cab/taxi? Was she being "racist" - or is she a realist?
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November 29, 2008
A senior Nigerian Red Cross official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that 218 bodies were lying in the main mosque here awaiting burial.
“There are many other bodies in the streets,” the official said. That death toll did not include hospital figures, victims already buried, or those taken to other places of worship, meaning the final count could be much higher, officials said.
About 7,000 people fled their homes and were being sheltered in government buildings and religious centres, the Red Cross said.
The authorities extended a curfew and ordered the army to shoot on sight on Saturday to stop more clashes. The governor of Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, imposed a 24-hour curfew on neighbourhoods of the city that have been racked by violence in which rival gangs burned churches and mosques, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
Gunfire and explosions heard early in the morning died down, and many streets in the city, which lies at the crossroads between
The clashes between gangs of Muslims and Christians were set off by a disputed local government chairmanship election.
Residents said people of the Hausa ethnic group began protesting Friday after rumours spread that their candidate, from the All Nigerian Peoples Party, had lost to the federal governing People’s Democratic Party.
Hundreds were killed in ethnic and religious Street fighting in Jos in 2001. The tensions in Plateau have their roots in decades of resentment by indigenous minority groups, mostly Christian or animist, toward migrants and settlers, many of the Muslims, from the Hausa-speaking north.
Unrest in the state has in the past led to reprisal attacks and tit-for-tat killings among groups in other areas of the country.
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