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Islamic World News ( 13 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

PAK-ORIGIN BARONESS SAYEEDA IS UK MINISTER

40 Taliban killed by Afghan, NATO troops

Cop dies in Hyderabad shootout, SIMI hand suspected

Now a Deoband fatwa against Muslims working in banks

India: Urdu press tears into latest Deoband fatwa against women

Deoband needs to catch up

Deoband Fatwa is stupid, say Muslim working women in Bangalore

FBI arrests 'several people' in Times Square case

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties

Obama: Pak realises its top worry is terror, not India

Obama gets tougher over terrorism

US will soon burn, threatens Pakistan Taliban

Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

Banned Malaysian sect Al-Arqam leader with 38 kids dies

U.S. not to abandon Afghanistan

Karzai Tries To Ease Mistrust

AND NOW, THE SINGING BHUTTO

Bhutto kids defend father, poke fun at cousin Fatima

UK school brands student truant for not dressing like a Muslim

Did Omani carry out Mumbai recce for 26/11 before Headley?

Civil war takes a toll on Pak psyche

Iran eases grip on Al-Qaeda

Pakistan: The last chance for a great generation

Prophet Muhammad: Ensuring peace within the community

Aspects of Islamic Faith: When an order admits two interpretations

Mohammed honours Arab journalism award winners

73-yr-old hangman willing to come out of retirement to hang Kasab

Digvijay triggers Samjhauta row

How to counter terror? Ask France

‘Honour killing’ in Allahabad

'No scientific basis to gotra allergy of khaps'

Despite political uncertainties in Iraq, U.S. sticking with drawdown plan

Eight dead in blast in Dagestan 

SIALKOT : Rapist’ held on victim’s identification

Operation completed, but forces to stay in Kala Dhaka

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/pak-origin-baroness-sayeeda-is-uk-minister/d/2844

 

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PAK-ORIGIN BARONESS SAYEEDA WARSI IS UK MINISTER

ASHIS RAY

May 14, 2010

LONDON: She's colourful and feisty, even a little controversial. But 39-year-old Sayeeda Hussain Warsi is, uniquely, Christian Britain's first Muslim cabinet minister. The youngest member of the House of Lords, she was, on the recommendation of now PM David Cameron, conferred the title of Baroness of Dewsbury in 2007.

Warsi has made a virtue of being a daughter of a Pakistani immigrant millworker. "Its terribly humbling,'' she said as this diminutive figure demurely walked through the British capital's government district of Whitehall to attend her first cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Thursday.

Warsi shot into British media limelight after she, among others, successfully secured the release of a British school teacher, Gillian Gibbons, in Sudan in 2007. The latter had been convicted and imprisoned for permitting her pupils name a teddy bear Mohammed. Warsi is, arguably, a beneficiary of a drive by British political parties to woo Britons of Islamic faith, mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin, but of Middle Eastern and North African extraction, disaffected since the United Kingdom's 2001 intervention in Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Last year, she was pelted with eggs by militant Muslims in Luton. They accused her of not being a proper Muslim and supporting the death of Muslims in Afghanistan. Warsi called them "idiots who do not represent the majority of British Muslims.''

Warsi will doubtlessly have to tread carefully. But if skilful, she has the potential of becoming a powerful voice for Muslims within the British cabinet as well as influential of matters concerning Pakistan, not to mention Kashmir.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5928525.cms?prtpage=1

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40 Taliban killed by Afghan, NATO troops

May 14, 201

KUNDUZ: Around 40 Taliban-linked terrorists were killed in separate raids by Afghan and NATO troops in northern and central Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday. In the biggest single raid in weeks, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said two dozen insurgents were killed in the northern Kunduz province. “The Afghan and international security forces killed more than two dozen insurgents and captured several others while pursuing a senior Taliban commander in Kunduz last night,” it said in a statement. The rebels were killed in clashes, which erupted after the troops came under fire from a mosque and nearby woods, the military said. An operation to disrupt the movement of terrorists in the province was continuing, it added.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\14\story_14-5-2010_pg7_8

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Cop dies in Hyderabad shootout, SIMI hand suspected

May 14, 2010

HYDERABAD: A policeman was killed and two others were injured when two people on a motorcycle opened fire on a police picket in the old city of Hyderabad on Friday. A high alert has been sounded across the city.

The incident took place this evening near Volga Hotel in Shahali Banda area, about a km from the historic Charminar and Mecca Masjid.

Eye witnesses said two people on a motor cycle opened fire on a police picket deployed as part of the security arrangements ahead of the third anniversary of the blast at the historic Mecca Masjid (May 18). The assailants fled after attacking the policemen.

Constable Ramesh, of the Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP), died while being shifted to Osmania Hospital while two other policemen were being treated for their injuries.

Police have put up barricades at several points in the city and started checking vehicles and frisking people.

The incident sent shock waves as it came despite the continuing search operations by police for over a fortnight amid intelligence warnings of possible terror attacks and close on the heels of the arrest of a terror suspect.

Last year, on the second anniversary of the blast, a policeman was killed and another injured in a similar attack when assailants opened fire on police at Falaknuma area of the old city.

Police believed Viqaruddin, an alleged terror operative, was involved. Two policemen were injured Dec 3, 2008 in the attempt to arrest Viqaruddin, when one of the two people accompanying him opened fire at the policemen. The trio managed to escape.

The bomb blast during on Friday prayers in the 17th century mosque May 18, 2007 killed nine people. Five people died in the subsequent police firing on protestors outside the mosque.

Police on May 3 arrested an alleged terror suspect belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Police said 34-year-old Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq was planning to cause explosions in busy areas of the city.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Cop-dies-in-Hyderabad-shootout-high-alert-in-city/articleshow/5931405.cms-

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Now a fatwa on men working in banks

By Piyush Srivastava

May 14, 2010

AFTER the flip- flop over the fatwa on women working in offices, the Darul Uloom Deoband has come out with a fresh diktat.

And this time it is the men who will be facing the heat.

On Thursday, India’s foremost Muslim seminary prohibited men from working in banks and insurance companies, terming it un- Islamic.

Darul Ifta, the fatwa department of Darul Uloom Deoband, has passed this decree following an online question posed by a person working in a private company.

“ I want to know about bank jobs. Can Muslims do jobs in banks or insurance companies?” the person had asked on March 29.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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Urdu press tears into latest fatwa

Mohammed Wajihuddin

May 14, 2010

MUMBAI: The Urdu press has slammed the Darul Uloom of Deoband's fatwa which decreed earning of Muslim women was haraam (prohibited) and asked them not to work with men in public/private organisations. Though the fatwa was just an opinion and not binding on Muslims, it could derail the community's efforts to empower their women, observed Urdu dailies.

In its stinging editorial titled, "Kya Deoband sun raha hai? (Is Deoband listening?)", The Sahafat (May 13) attacked the Islamic seminary's lack of understanding about contemporary world. "Which world do these people who issue such fatwas inhabit? If they think they spoke for today's world, they have missed the train," commented the editorial.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Urdu-press-tears-into-latest-fatwa/articleshow/5928678.cms

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Deoband needs to catch up

Zia Haq

May 14, 2010

THE FATWA ON WOMEN AT WORKPLACES, HAS SHOWN THAT DEOBAND HAS FAILED TO RECONCILE ISLAM WITH MODERNITY          

Even Muslims are smarting under the April 4 fatwa issued by Islamic semi- nary Darul Uloom, Deoband, which said women should shun workplaces that require them to mingle with men.

It's being asked, “is this what Islam makes of women?“ If one knew where Deoband came from, “fatwa no. 21031“ would neither be surprising nor unexpected.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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It's stupid, say the Muslim working women in Bangalore

Bindiya Carmeline

14 May 2010

Muslim working women in city lash out against Darul Uloom Deoband's reported ruling that terms it unislamic for women to work with men

A day after Darul Uloom Deoband reportedly deemed it unislamic for Muslim women to work alongside men, MiD DAY asked Muslims in the city - working women as well as scholars - for their take on the influential seminary's ruling.

Nuzhath Jabeen (27), a mother, homemaker and entrepreneur who runs her own event management company, said she disagreed with the ruling.

"I quit school in Std VI to help out at my father's tailoring shop because I had to fend for my family of eight. I find the Darul Uloom's ruling totally wrong. The Quran places no restrictions on working women. Moreover, when it comes to married women working with men, it is all a matter of trust, and my husband trusts me completely."

Full report at:

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2010/may/130510-Darul-Uloom-Deoband-Muslim-Women-Bangalore.htm

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FBI arrests 'several people' in Times Square case

May 14, 2010

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Eric Holder has told Congress that "several people" had been taken into custody for immigration violations in the Times Square case.

In describing the development at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, the attorney general said the arrests came as investigators looking into the bombing attempt in New York's Times Square executed search warrants at locations he did not identify.

Holder said the latest action came on Thursday and was "the product of evidence gathered in the investigation" of the Times Square bombing attempt.

Federal agents conducted morning raids in Massachusetts and New York in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb, federal authorities and witnesses said on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/FBI-arrests-several-people-in-Times-Square-case/articleshow/5927712.cms

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Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect

By Greg Miller

May 14, 2010

The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the man accused of trying to bomb Times Square, U.S. officials said.

The suspect, whose arrest has not been previously disclosed, provided an "independent stream" of evidence that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the attempt and has admitted helping Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect, travel into Pakistan's tribal belt for bomb training.

Officials familiar with the investigation cautioned about inconsistencies in the two suspects' accounts. Federal authorities expanded their search for evidence Thursday, carrying out raids in four northeastern states, and arresting three people suspected of funneling money to Shahzad.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/13/AR2010051305032_pf.html

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Obama: Pak realises its top worry is ‘cancer’ of terror, not India

S Rajagopalan

May 14, 2010

US President Barack Obama believes that Pakistan has finally come to recognise that its chief worry is not India but the ‘cancer’ of terrorism in its midst as extremist groups allowed to use its territory as a base in the past are now threatening its own sovereignty.

In comments to the media after talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama said he is encouraged by what he has seen from the Pakistani Government over the last several months, but felt it would still take some more time for Islamabad to effectively deal with the extremists.

“I think there has been in the past a view on the part of Pakistan that their primary rival, India, was their only concern,” Obama said in reply to a question from an Afghan journalist who brought up the issue of Pakistan not being honest in its dealings vis-à-vis Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/255636/Obama-Pak-realises-its-top-worry-is-%E2%80%98cancer%E2%80%99-of-terror-not-India.html

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Obama gets tougher over terrorism

By Jonathan Mann

May 14, 2010

 If you've seen enough American cop shows on TV there's a phrase that may sound familiar:

'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law..."

That world-famous American warning to criminal suspects about their constitutional rights may be about to change.

Sixteen months after taking office and inheriting the Bush administration's war on terror, Barack Obama may be turning out just as tough as his predecessor.

He's pulled back from his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, maintained Bush war policy in Iraq, escalated the effort in Afghanistan and authorized ongoing drone attacks in Pakistan as well.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/05/14/mann.constitutional.rights/

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US will soon burn, threatens Pakistan Taliban

May 14, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon "burn" while calling for Pakistan's rulers to be overthrown for following "America's agenda".

The United States is convinced Pakistani Taliban militants allied with al-Qaida and operating out of northwestern Pakistani border regions were behind an attempted car bomb attack in New York's Times Square on May 1.

The Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing. If confirmed, it would be the first time their members were involved in an an attempted attack in the West.

A Pakistan Taliban spokesman, in a video message said, repeated a claim of responsibility, saying: "The movement proved what America could not have even imagined ... It was just an explosive-laden vehicle which did not explode. "But it (America) will see, all imperialist forces will see that it will explode also and America will also burn," said the spokesman, Azim Tariq, sitting cross-legged on the ground in front of a rock face and speaking in Urdu.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-will-soon-burn-threatens-Pakistan-Taliban/articleshow/5931116.cms

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Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

14 May, 2010

UNITED NATIONS, May 13: Libya was elected on Thursday to the United Nations Human Rights Council, over the objections of numerous NGOs that said the country was unfit to serve on the body.

A group of 37 human rights organisations had called on the UN’s 192 members not to allow Libya a seat on the Geneva-based council, the UN’s main body dealing with human rights.

They described the regime of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi as “one of the world’s most brutal and longest-running tyrannies.” “Colonel Qadhafi belongs in jail, not on the world’s highest human rights body,” they added.

But the appeal fell on deaf ears, and a General Assembly secret ballot produced 155 votes in favour of adding Libya to the council, significantly more than the 97 votes needed.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/libya-elected-to-un-human-rights-council-450

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Banned Malaysian sect Al-Arqam leader with 38 kids dies

May 14, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The founder of a banned Islamic sect has died in Malaysia, leaving behind three wives, 38 children and about 200 grandchildren, his daughter-in-law said Friday.

Ashaari Muhammad died Thursday of a lung infection in a hospital in northern Perak state, his daughter-in-law Rohaya Mohamad said. He was 73.

Ashaari, who used to head an Islamic sect that was deemed heretical and banned in 1994, shot into the limelight again last year when his fourth wife founded a "Polygamy Club" to promote the practice in Malaysia.

Malaysian Muslims, who make up two-thirds of the country's 28 million people, are allowed to have up to four wives though polygamy is not widespread. Non-Muslims can only have one spouse.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jnzi9xOmDiTXZzu76ROa0YOTErBwD9FMC2600

 

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U.S. not to abandon Afghanistan

May 14, 2010

Washington: Insisting that recent tensions between the two governments were “overstated”, U.S. President Barack Obama has moved to mend fences with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai stating that America will not cut out and run from the nation.

Reassuring Mr. Karzai that U.S. will not abandon Afghanistan after its proposed troop withdrawal next year, Mr. Obama gave Afghan President an effusive welcome at the White House saying the two nations shared a common objective of eliminating terrorism.

Mr. Obama's conciliatory remarks were apparently aimed at ending months of sniping between Washington and Kabul and Mr. Karzai on his part said that frankness would only contribute to strengthening relations between the two countries.

“There are moments when we speak frankly to each other, and that frankness will only contribute to the strength of the relationship,” said Mr. Karzai at the joint White House press conference.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/14/stories/2010051455391800.htm

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Karzai Tries To Ease Mistrust

May 14th, 2010

Polished politicians both, Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai spoke directly to one another’s constituencies at a White House appearance, hoping to ease mistrust straining their war alliance.

Mr Karzai arrived in Washington after a series of spats with US officials, which saw him pilloried in the media and Congress as either a bumbling incompetent or a kind of political gangster unworthy of support. His four-day visit was elaborately scripted, with Mr Karzai offered the full pomp of a White House visit on Wednesday, in an apparent bid to build his standing among US voters and to show that Mr Obama’s Afghan troop stra-tegy was on track.

Both Mr Obama and Mr Karzai appeared to appreciate the political strains weighing the other down, in apparent recognition that their fates are intertwined.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/karzai-tries-ease-mistrust-013

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AND NOW, THE SINGING BHUTTO

May 14, 2010

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari has released nine songs in mother Benazir's memory My mom -- she was the catalyst behind every track, even if it had no relation to her.

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, the elder daughter of slain former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari, is quietly documenting her pain in the world of music.

While her fiery cousin Fatima Bhutto makes head- lines by her memoir on the Bhutto dynasty, Bakhtawar has released nine songs, mostly in her mother's memory, and one on the many dead members of the Bhutto family.

Bakhtawar's musical talen first got noticed when she released a song, I'll take the pain away, on the internet on her mother's first death anniversary.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Bhutto kids defend father, poke fun at cousin Fatima

May 14, 2010

Slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto’s children are using the social networking website Twitter to defend their father President Asif Ali Zardari and to settle scores with their cousin Fatima Bhutto. “The man lampooned unfairly by the country’s powerful establishment as ‘Mr 10 per cent’ has in fact given 110 per cent back to the country,” read a tweet by Benazir’s elder daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.

“For the first time in the history of this country, a democratically elected President has voluntarily given up his power...”

Bakhtawar tweeted when Zardari signed into law a landmark Constitution reforms package which stripped the President of his sweeping powers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/255617/Bhutto-kids-defend-father-poke-fun-at-cousin-Fatima.html

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UK school brands student truant for not dressing like a Muslim

May 14, 2010

London : A fourteen-year-old British girl was branded as truant because she refused to dress as a Muslim and visit a mosque.

Amy Owen and her classmates were instructed to wear a headscarf, trousers or leggings and cover their arms for the “compulsory” field trip to promote “community cohesion”.

She was asked to make a three-pound contribution towards the trip to the Al Rahma mosque in Toxteth, Liverpool, last month, but when she objected to the dress code, head teacher Peter Lee told her the visit was “as compulsory as a geography field trip”.

But after she objected and boycotted the outing, she was told her refusal was being treated as non-attendance and it would be marked down as an “unauthorised absence” in the school register, the Daily Express reported.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/uk-school-brands-student-truant-for-not-dressing-like-a-muslim/618421/

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Did Omani carry out Mumbai recce for 26/11 before Headley?

Josy Joseph

May 14, 2010

NEW DELHI: David Coleman Headley was not the only 'foreigner' deployed by Lashkar-e-Taiba for organizing the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, ongoing investigations reveal. In a fresh twist to the 26/11 attack investigations, credible evidence is emerging that some of the logistics for the LeT plot may have come from the Gulf region.

According to dependable sources in the security establishment, an Omani national, Abdul Aziz al-Hooti aka Ali, may have played a major role in assisting LeT execute the operation. As of now, the investigators believe that Ali provided some of the SIM cards used in the Mumbai attacks by the 10 terrorists who landed in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Ali is currently in the custody of Oman authorities for plotting to carry out terror attacks in Oman.

A source in the Indian security establishment told TOI that they were in touch with the Oman authorities for further cooperation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Did-Omani-carry-out-Mumbai-recce-for-26/11-before-Headley/articleshow/5927524.cms

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Civil war takes a toll on Pak psyche

May 14, 2010

Rifaat Ramzan lay in still traumatised weeks after losing his best friend, Noman, to a suicide bomber.

“He had just told me how it is good to dream and we will achieve our dreams,“ said Ramzan, who began sleeping with a gun under his pillow, fear- ful he too will be killed in Pakistan's relentless violence. In the conflict between Taliban insurgents and Pakistan's army, thousands have been killed in bombings of everything from military and police facilities to crowded street markets; even a volleyball match was attacked.

Countless others have been wounded. “This is alarming us,“ said psychologist Najam Younes.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Iran eases grip on Al-Qaeda

May 14, 2010

 

Al-Qaeda operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current US intelligence officials say.

This movement could indicate that Iran is re- examining its murky relationship with Al-Qaeda at a time when the U.S. is stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan and weakening the group's leadership.

Hindustan Times

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Pakistan: The last chance for a great generation

Zaair Hussain

May 14, 2010

Our young elite are our future leaders. They, too, must be nurtured, must be directed and beyond all must be given hope that, with them, their country stands a chance. Hope is the air without which patriotism cannot blaze

This aphorism oft rings like a bell without a clapper: hollow and pointless. After all, children were also our past, and our present plainly and evidently leaves a great deal to be desired.

But there are moments in history that breathe life into tired phrases, and it is a matter of great excitement and anxiety for those with the fortune — good or ill — to live in these pivotal times.

A recent British Council report, ‘Generation Next 2010’ reveals that such a moment is upon Pakistan, produced by a conjuncture of demographics: over half our population is under 20. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\14\story_14-5-2010_pg3_3

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Prophet Muhammad: Ensuring peace within the community

By Naushad Shamim Al-Haq

May 14, 2010

The Prophet (peace be upon him) melded a society in which all people were equal.

When Makkah fell to Islam without a fight, eight years after the Prophet and his companions had to seek refuge away from it as a result of a sustained persecution campaign, Bilal, a black companion of the Prophet and a former slave, stood on top of the Kaabah to make the call to prayer. One of the chiefs of Makkah said to another: “I am glad that my father had died before he could see this taking place.” What he did not wish his father to see was that a former slave doing such an honourable action. Class distinction was so important to those people, as it has always been in many human societies.

Islam, on the other hand, takes a very different view. All human beings are equal. They distinguish themselves by their deeds. Those of them who are more God-fearing achieve a better position in God’s standards.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/islam/article53340.ece

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Aspects of Islamic Faith: When an order admits two interpretations

By Adil Salahi

May 14, 2010

Abdullah Ibn Umar reports: “When we returned home after the siege by the confederate tribes was ended, the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered us: ‘No one should offer the Asr prayer except at the Qurayzah quarters.

Some of us were still on the way when Asr was due. Some said that they would not pray until they have arrived at Qurayzah, while others said that they would pray on the way, because the Prophet did not wish anyone to delay prayers until its time was over. The Prophet was told of this, and he did not reproach either group.” (Related by Al-Bukhari).

The siege referred to in this Hadith was when the combined forces of major Arabian tribes, together with their Jewish allies, besieged Madinah, with the declared aim of exterminating Islam and all Muslims. The Prophet and his companions dug a moat along the area where these forces could come into Madinah, which was wide and deep enough to prevent any breach of their lines. The Muslims were able to hold on indefinitely because their enemy could not force entry, no matter how much they tried. It was only after the Jewish tribe of Qurayzah, which was bound by a treaty of friendship and alliance with the Muslims, decided to switch sides and attack the Muslims from behind that the Muslims were in real danger. Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/islam/article53342.ece

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Mohammed honours Arab journalism award winners

14 May 2010

 Shaikh Mohammed honoured the winners of the 9th Arab Journalism Awards at a gala ceremony that marked the conclusion of the Arab Media Forum 2010.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, presented the ‘Media Personality of the Year 2009’ award to Abdulla Omran Taryam, chairman of the Board of Directors for the UAE-based Dar Al Khaleej Press, Printing and Publishing. Taryam was selected for his contribution to journalism since the 1950s, when he started his career with his brother Taryam Omran in establishing and developing Al Khaleej newspaper as well as six daily, weekly and monthly publications.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/May/theuae_May393.xml&section=theuae

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73-yr-old hangman willing to come out of retirement to hang Kasab

May 14, 2010

PUNE: Seventy three-year-old Arjun Bhika Jadhav says it will take him 27 seconds to hang Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist sentenced to the gallows in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attack case.

As the last official hangman at Yerawada central prison in Pune, Jadhav should know. He has put the noose around the necks of 101 convicts and pulled the lever to hang them in his 33-year stint. Jadhav retired in 1996.

Among those whose fate he has sealed were the assassins of General Arunkumar Vaidya— Harjinder Singh ‘Jinda' and Sukhdev Singh ‘Sukha' in 1992.

Jadhav, unmindful of his age, is willing to come out of retirement just to hang Kasab. "I do not mind if anybody shoots me dead after I hang Kasab. I am ready to do it for free. Don't go by my age. I still have the capacity to execute him in just 27 seconds," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Pune/73-yr-old-hangman-willing-to-come-out-of-retirement-to-hang-Kasab/articleshow/5919492.cms

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Digvijay triggers Samjhauta row

May 14, 2010

After slamming the Centre’s policy towards Maoists, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has triggered another controversy by debunking the UPA Govern-ment stand on Samjh-auta Express blast.

Speaking in Ajmer on Wednesday, Digvijay Singh claimed that groups linked to the RSS were behind terror attacks like Samjhauta train blasts. The Congress leader said RSS and VHP have been training activists in bomb making and that the pattern behind Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts was similar. Singh said, “I have been saying that groups linked to the RSS were behind the Ajmer Dargah blasts. The same groups were behind the Samjhauta blasts, Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad and the 2006 Malegaon blast. The pattern in all these blasts is the same. They used iron pipes filled with a mixture of Ammonium Nitrate, TNT and RDX. Mobile phones were used to trigger the blasts.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/255654/Digvijay-triggers-Samjhauta-row.html

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How to counter terror? Ask France

May 14, 2010

 The tip from Spain was only a vague warning. But it was enough for France's domestic intelligence agents to go to work, tapping phones, tailing suspects and squeezing informants. Before long, they rolled up a group of Muslim men in a provincial French town who, beneath a tranquil surface, were drawing up Al- Qaeda-inspired plans to set off a bomb in the Paris subway.

The plot was one of 15 planned terrorist attacks by jihadist cells in France that have been thwarted in recent years, according to a count by the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence, France's main antiterrorism force. The antiterrorism policing has been conducted for the most part in the dark, and in a style that sets France and other European countries apart from the U.S. As U.S.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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‘ Honour killing’ in Allahabad

By Piyush Srivastava

May 14, 2010

AN 18- YEAR- OLD girl in Allahabad was allegedly killed by her family after she refused to marry the boy of their choice and got pregnant with her lover’s child.

Rajni Sahu was found dead at her house in Allahabad. The police initially thought she had committed suicide by hanging herself. They even recovered a suicide note, ostensibly written by her, which stated that she was not interested in life because her family members were not allowing her to meet her lover, Vipin Kaserwani.

But later, Rajni’s postmortem examination threw up some questions, leading the police to investigate if this was a case of murder.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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No scientific basis to gotra allergy of khaps'

Rukmini Shrinivasan

May 14, 2010

NEW DELHI: Khap leaders and Haryana politicians have now begun invoking science in their advocacy for a ban on intra-gotra marriages. But scientists assert that there is no scientific basis to their demand, and that 'gotra' should be recognized as a purely social construct.

The Hindu Marriage Act prohibits marriages between a man and a woman who are within the degrees of prohibited relationship or 'sapindas' of each other, unless the customs they follow permit it. The first refers to relationships between parent-child, brother-sister, aunt/uncle-nephew/niece and cousins. Sapinda refers to the third generation of ascendants on the mothers side and fifth on the fathers side and bans marriages between two persons if one is a lineal ascendant of the other within these limits.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-scientific-basis-to-gotra-allergy-of-khaps/articleshow/5928698.cms

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Despite political uncertainties in Iraq, U.S. sticking with drawdown plan

By Ernesto Londoño and Craig Whitlock

May 14, 2010

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military is on track to draw down to 50,000 troops in Iraq by the end of the summer, but it now faces the long-dreaded prospect that its exit could coincide with a power vacuum similar to the one that drove the country to civil war in 2006.

Approaching what it calls the end of its combat mission in Iraq, the U.S. military will maintain substantial firepower here for the near future. But it will have to adjust to waning resources, influence, mobility and money like never before. And it will be drawing down amid a political standoff in the wake of the March 7 parliamentary elections that has no end in sight.

American commanders are watching the sluggish government formation process closely and warily. The risks are high, with U.S. and Iraqi military commanders expressing fears ranging from a possible resurgence of Shiite militias to the splintering of security forces along sectarian lines.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/13/AR2010051305655_pf.html

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Eight dead in blast in Dagestan

14 May, 2010

MOSCOW: Eight people were killed on Thursday in a bomb attack in Russia’s southern region of Dagestan, the latest unrest in the troubled North Caucasus, officials said.

“At around 10:30 (0630 GMT), an explosive device went off as repair workers drove by in a vehicle,” the investigative committee of Russian prosecutors said in a statement.

“As a result, eight people died and four police officers escorting the workers were wounded.” The victims were workers who were sent to fix a cell phone mast that had been blown up the previous day by unidentified attackers in the district of Sergokalinsk, investigators said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/eight-dead-in-blast-in-dagestan-450

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Rapist’ held on victim’s identification

14 May, 2010

SIALKOT, May 13: Daska police on Thursday arrested a man after a minor rape victim identified him as her abductor and rapist during an identification parade.

District Police Officer Waqar Ahmad Chohan told a press conference held at Daska ASP office the victim girl identified Abdul Razzaq, 28, as the man who abducted her from near her Hameed Colony house on April 26 and raped her at his outhouse.

The DPO said the police had produced six suspects before the girl during an identification parade.

He said the accused took the girl to his havelli (outhouse) located in Daska’s congested Islampura locality near Eidgah, where he raped her and later threw her in the fields near Chak Gillan village, considering her dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/rapist-held-on-victims-identification-450

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Operation completed, but forces to stay in Kala Dhaka

14 May, 2010

PESHAWAR, May 13: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said law-enforcement agencies have completed house-to-house search operation in Kala Dhaka and arrested several wanted people.

Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, he said weapons, explosives and suicide jackets had been recovered in the search operation.

He said curfew had been relaxed in several areas of Kala Dhaka. He said the Frontier Constabulary and police had searched 124 villages in the provincially administered tribal area.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/operation-completed,-but-forces-to-stay-in-kala-dhaka-450

 

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