By Latheef Farook
A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in the Marichchikatti village in the Musali division in the Mannar District. They were involved in paddy cultivation and other such work. In keeping with their religious requirement they built their own mosque there. To help continue with their cultivation work, the government even built a dam – before 1970.Read more
from Ceylon Today
At a time when few practice what they preach, Lankan scholar, writer and social activist Dr. E.W. (Edward Winifred) Adikaram (1905-1985) was an illustrious exception.As a public intellectual, he had the courage of his convictions to speak out on matters of public interest – even when such views challenged widely held dogmas or went against populist trends. As a sceptical inquirer as well as a spiritualist, he always 'walked his talk.' He never
Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh
Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi chose to begin his presidential campaign in Egypt by riding a bicycle valued at 40,000 Egyptian Pounds in an empty street with no vehicles other than a parked bus and exactly eight individuals. They were, of course, his guards. I am intrigued by those who doubted that Al-Sisi would run for the presidency. He is the man who carried out
by Ram Puniyani
This time around (2014) the practitioners of sectarian politics had projected as if they will harp only on the issues related to development and Governance. But that surely is for sayings sake. While propaganda of development of Gujarat, strong leader, good governance is on the forefront, there is a lurking doubt that many a people may be by now realizing that
By A.M. Faaiz
It is almost five years since the military victory of May 2009 brought an end to three decades of armed conflict. Yet, the prospects for securing a stable and inclusive peace in Sri Lanka appear bleak. The first victim of ‘peace’ was the APRC. This long and important process for developing a consensus-based political solution was marginalized and shelved. The
by Jerome Taylor
The authorities in Saudi Arabia have begun dismantling some of the oldest sections of Islam’s most important mosque as part of a highly controversial multi-billion pound expansion. Photographs obtained by The Independent reveal how workers with drills and mechanical diggers have started demolishing some Ottoman and Abbasid sections on the eastern
by Greg Mitchell
April 09, 2014 "ICH" - "The Nation" - On the morning of this day eleven years ago, in 2003, I happened to be sitting in the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans waiting for Dick Cheney. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, perhaps with a musical or culinary kicker, but the punch line in this case is quite tragic. I was covering a newspaper
by Felicity Arbuthnot
Not only is Middle East "Peace Envoy", Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for another overthrow and mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him. Not any old Archbishop either, Blair's latest recruit is son of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, who heads both
by Chris Carlson
Hamas said today [Wednesday, April 9, 2014] that Palestinians in the West Bank should "give full rein" to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. (Ma'an/AFP) The move comes just hours after Israeli goverment officials to stop cooperation with Palestinian officials as part of a round of sanctions on the PA, as
by Tariq A. Al-Maeena
Siddhartha Gautama, who became universally known as the sage Buddha, was born some 2,500 years ago in Nepal. He was a human being who became acutely enlightened in understanding life and explaining it in its simplicity. It is said that he once sat under a peepal tree for 40 days and nights to attain understanding and enlightenment and once he reached that stage he felt
by Ira Chernus
When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times, sees no difference between Israelis and Palestinians. When it comes to covering the U.S. - supervised talks between the two neighbors, the Times treats
by Yasmeen Astab Ali
Peace is a state desired not only on a personal level but also on national level and in relationships between nations. Yet it continues to elude at all levels. On a very general level it may be defined as, ‘freedom from disturbance; tranquility.’ Yet, how many of us, at an individual level have ‘complete’ peace? Not many, is my bet. Each one of us has those gray
By Aisha Nazim
Nestled in the heart of Colombo Fort, the Ghaffoor Building is one of the oldest and definitely one of the most derelict structures left over from Sri Lanka's colonial era. Constructed in the early 1900s – in 1907 to be precise – the building is of immense historical value, and according to the Archaeological Department, is also a Protected Monument under the
from the Island
Can there be a more loathsome sight on earth than that of rampaging Buddhist monks in saffron robes? The sight is made doubly loathsome, because a ‘rampaging monk’ is a contradiction in terms – something that cannot be. The Buddhist expectation is that a monk in particular will have at least an outward demeanour of restraint. Those familiar with
The first Saudi lady joined the "ID Revolution" in which a number of Saudi citizens posted separately posts in YouTube attacking the regime. The following is a translation of the clip posted on Youtube by a lady calling herself Ali'niziyah (From the tribe of '): English translation of the video below.
By Tony Cartalucci
The UN and the United States have laid blame squarely on the Syrian government for blocking international aid convoys from reaching victims of Syria’s ongoing conflict. The BBC in its article, “Syria crisis: UN says no aid improvement despite vote,” claimed: The UN has said that there has been no humanitarian improvement for millions of Syrians since the
by Dr. Vacy Vlazna
The velocity with which the US and EU imposed economic sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea is equal to the mass of hypocrisy on Israel’s creeping annexation of Palestinian land through colonial-settlement expansion. The ongoing expansion is seen as a war crime ”falling into the provision of Article 8 of the International Criminal Court
by Maryam Hedayat
Every single day, we come across numerous instances of how a man stabs his brother to death on a dispute of land, how a husband kills his wife just on some baseless suspicion or personal quarrel, how a son murders his father because he is not allowing him to marry the girl he wishes to. When we rise in the morning and watch the news on TV or read the
by Paul Craig Roberts
Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve’s declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge of the Fed’s illegal price rigging spreads. The evidence of massive amounts of naked shorts being dumped into the paper gold futures market at times of day when
by Houssain Kettan
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is unincorporated, organized territory of the United States with area 13,790Km2. It has been under US control since 1898, when it was captured from Spain. It is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and over a 100 smaller islands mostly to the east of the main island and almost all are uninhabited
by Carol Kuruvilla
A Muslim group received approval on Thursday from Syracuse city (in New York) officials to remove six crosses from a century-old Catholic church that is being turned into a mosque. Syracuse’s Landmark Preservation Board approved the North Side Learning Center’s request to make changes to the architecture of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church — but not before it drew the ire of several residents.
However Ven Watareka Thera vowed to unite the nation
By Latheef Farook
A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in the Marichchikattui village in the Musali division in Mannar district. They were involved in paddy cultivation and other such works .In keeping with their religious requirement they built their own mosque there. To help continue with their cultivation works the government has even built a dam before 1970. Life was simple but they remained contented lot. In 1990 when the Tamil tiger terrorists ethnic cleansed the Muslims in the north, these Muslim families in the Marichchikati village too were driven out. They too lost all their belongings and ended up with empty handsRead more
by Latheef Farook
Abandoned by the government, Muslim politicians and threatened by Sinhala extremists who are law unto themselves Buddhist monks leading the campaign to solve Muslim squatters’ housing problem at Wilpattu, Janatha Vimukthi Permanuna, JVP, fighting for the rights of the Muslims and the Muslims carrying the coffin of a Buddhist monk at a funeral procession provide glimmer of hope for the country torn apart by a few hundreds of Sinhala extremists.
I suspect these extremists as mercenaries of local and foreign forces with their own agenda against the island’s Muslims as part of the ZionistRead more
Spain and America converted it into a Christian majority.
By Lather Farook
Philippines was predominantly a Muslim country until Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, followed by America, and turned it into Christian majority. About seven centuries ago Filipinos were, by and large, animists though there were records of the presence of Buddhism and Hinduism. Islam was the first monotheistic religion to enter Philippines. In 1380 Karim ul Makhdum, the first Arabian trader to enter Philippines, reached the Sulu Archipelago and Jolo and laid the foundation for Islam in the country. Since then the number of traders from the Persian Gulf, Southern IndiaRead more
Is Sri Lanka heading towards a Rohingya type attack on island’s besieged Muslims?
By Latheef Farook
The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island.
This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims,Read more
Letter to H E Mahinda Rajapakshe from Civil Society
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse,
As your Excellency is aware, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has been inciting hatred against Muslims for some time now. We wish to bring to your kind attention thatthe latest target of the BBS is the Muslim Resettlers in the Northern Province.
by Rajan Philips The UNHCR vote on the Sri Lankan resolution divided along continental boundaries. Europe (Western and Eastern) and America (North and South) were the overwhelming supporters of the resolution. No country from these continents abstained on the vote; only three (Russia, Cuba and Venezuela) voted against, and the remaining 18 accounted for
Zionist war criminal Ariel Sharon died after eight years in death throes.
Western leaders’ responses demonstrate their powerlessness in the face of Jewish crimes. by Latheef Farook
Israel’s former prime minister Ariel Sharon, known for his massacres and genocides of Palestinians ,destruction of their properties and accused by an Israel commission
by Mohammed Jehan Khan
Islam is concerned with man’s well-being in both body and soul. Hence it encourages all kinds of sports which strengthen the body and maintain good health as well as provide relaxation and leisure, such as swimming, archery, horse-riding, sword-fighting and wrestling etc. All these sports are encouraged by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).In the current
by Felicity Arbuthnot Not only is Middle East "Peace Envoy", Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for another overthrow and mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him. Not any old Archbishop either, Blair's latest recruit is son of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, who heads both
from middleeastmonitor Putin continues to deny the Syrian regime's responsibility for the chemical weapons attack, stating that 'the attack used an old Soviet shell of a kind no longer used by the Syrian army'Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the big question that has been the elephant in the corner as the debate continues about Syria's possession and use of chemical weapons: What about Israel's nuclear weapons? Putin was speaking in defence of Moscow's position on the Syrian crisis, in particular the chemical weapons issue. Observers were surprised
By Zafarul-Islam Khan Kandhla/Budhana/Kairana:Uttar Pradesh saw over 200 small and big communal riots since Samajwadi Party came to power in February last year. The UP government itself conceded on the floor of the state assembly that 27 serious riots have taken place since it came to power. The riot party is well-known. Their weapons too are well-known: lies and rumour-mongering, now made much more easy with electronic
by Adam Plowright and Annie Banerji AYODHYA: Some recoil at his name, while others still refuse to acknowledge his popularity. India’s Muslims have watched the rise of election front-runner Narendra Modi anxiously and are now united in their wariness. Many of the worshippers at the Jama Masjid Terhi Bazaar mosque in Ayodhya, a kilometre from India’s most notorious religious flashpoint, were too
from Ceylon Today At a time when few practice what they preach, Lankan scholar, writer and social activist Dr. E.W. (Edward Winifred) Adikaram (1905-1985) was an illustrious exception.As a public intellectual, he had the courage of his convictions to speak out on matters of public interest – even when such views challenged widely held dogmas or went against populist trends. As a sceptical inquirer as well as a spiritualist, he always 'walked his talk.' He never
By Pepe Escobar Life is good if you're a member of the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, officially known as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). You can crush the Arab Spring at will. You can hire goons all across dar-al-Islam to advance a sectarian Sunni-Shi'ite divide. You can be deeply implicated in the destruction of Syria. You can treat a significant part of your own population as third-class citizens. Not only you get away with it; you get rewarded with expensive toys. And in one
By Shaik Zakeer Hussain Bangalore: When a low intensity bomb exploded on April 17, about 100 meters away from the Karnataka BJP headquarter in Malleswaram, Bangalore, the incident was termed an act of terror and eventually ended up in the arrest of 11 suspects, all belonging to the Muslim community. Six months later, the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, ordered the release of three persons arrested by the police in the case.
By Alex Pasternack The drone war is obscure by design. Operated by armchair pilots from clandestine bases across the American west, the Predators and Reapers fly over Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan's Tribal Areas at invisible heights, where they are on orders from the CIA to kill "high value" targets with laser-guided "surgical" precision thousands of feet below. But because of where the Hellfire missiles land, and because the program is operated in secret, verifying their precision and their lasting effects isn't easy.
by Sherwood Ross Key points in the government's version of 9/11 events do not stand up to scientific scrutiny, according to McKnight Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jim Fetzer, a distinguished philosopher of science, who has more than 20 books on scientific reasoning, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Fetzer formerly taught at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
by Kyaw Min By 1990, 15 years before I went to prison, the ruling generals had been in power in Burma for almost 30 years. In those days I was an elected member of the Burmese Parliament. Then in 2005, my family and I were arrested by the police. My wife, son and two daughters and I spent the next seven years in prison. They said our "crime" was declaring our rights as ethnic Rohingya. My jailers told me that speaking up for the Rohingya was giving Myanmar "a bad name" internationally.
by Greg Mitchell April 09, 2014 "ICH" - "The Nation" - On the morning of this day eleven years ago, in 2003, I happened to be sitting in the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans waiting for Dick Cheney. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, perhaps with a musical or culinary kicker, but the punch line in this case is quite tragic. I was covering a newspaper
by Shohret Hoshur Authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have shot dead up to a dozen Uyghurs and wounded 20 others in a raid on what they said was a "terrorist" facility, according to local officials and residents. Police confirmed the shooting in Poskam county (in Chinese, Zepu) near the Silk Road city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, home to some 9 million ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs who say they have long suffered discrimination and religious controls under
by Muhammad Wajid Akhter No one can know the depth of pain and suffering that a true Muslim goes through. There are the usual ups and downs of life that every person on the planet goes through – failure, poverty, ill health and even death. There are the long term issues that worry anyone – economy, environment and quality of life. But for a Muslim that truly sees others across the globe as his or her brothers and sisters in Islam, there is so much more that makes us seem to
by Tharik Hussain Tharik Hussain also known as ‘The Wandering Musulman’ has uncovered 5 Islamic Secrets of Europe. As he embarked on a unique trail of discovery to uncover the hidden Islamic secrets of Europe, he uncovered amazing and bizarre clues about the cultural interchange between Europe and Muslims. It has convinced him that his own identity as a modern European
from Middleeastmonitor Egyptian activists have published through social media networks a list of university professors who have been detained since the military coup which ousted the country’s first elected civilian president, Mohamed Morsi. Since the beginning of the coup, professionals of various disciplines including; lawyers, engineers, doctors, journalists and technicians have been arrested, as well as school and university students and a large number of women and young girls.
by UNICEF While the staff at UN organisations have confirmed that the Syrian child Marwan "did not cross the Jordanian border alone and that he was 20 feet away from his family", UNICEF also revealed that "about 8,000 out of the one million Syrian children who have fled to neighbouring countries have crossed the border alone since the beginning of the crisis." The photo of four-year-old Marwan that was published by Arab and
by Seumas Milne The generals are beside themselves, Whitehall's in a panic. After generations of continuous warfare, the British public has had enough. They're war-weary, the mandarins fret, and believe the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have been bloody failures. Worse, multicultural Britain is increasingly hostile to troops marching into countries from which British citizens or their families came, defence ministry officials complain,
Compiled by Latheef Farook Marwa El-Naggar (Reading Islam) In Islam, Jesus is considered one of the five greatest prophets sent by God to mankind. Muslims’ knowledge about Jesus is based on the two main sources of Islamic knowledge: the Quran and Hadeeth (prophetic sayings). In the Quran, Jesus is referred to as Isa ibn Maryam, or Jesus, the son of Mary. The story of Mary and Jesus is best described in the Quran in chapters 3 and 19.
by Lakshman I.Keerthisinghe The British in the guise of human rights crusaders are demanding an international investigation on purported war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the ethnic conflict. On February 11, 2014, the Guardian (London) reported (written by Ian Cobain, Ewen MacAskill and Katy Stoddard) an account of the century of conflict the British created all over the world. The British forces are set to withdraw
By Melissa Perez I was born into a very traditional Catholic family that observes and practices all kinds of innovations that are not even related to the real teachings of the Bible. All of my family, from my great grandparents to the youngest grandchildren, are all Catholic and most of my friends and neighbors were also Catholic.
By Col. R. Hariharan It would be facile to describe the swearing-in of C.V. Wigneswaran as the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) at 'Temple Trees,' by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 7 October 2013, as a breakthrough in the troubled relationship between the Sinhala majority and the Tamil minority. Both the communities have many more miles to go before they can forge a new relationship. After all the pre-election
by Syed Zubair Ahmad When Arvind Kejriwal was delivering his inaugural speech as Chief Minister of Delhi I was sitting in another room and listening to him. All of a sudden I heard him saying ‘Mai Allah Ka Shukrya Ada Karta Hun’, I got confused and went to the room where the TV set was on. O my God, it was Kejriwal who uttered this sentence of gratefulness. I did not hear such
by Raine Wickramatunga and Renuka Sadananden Since the dawn of independence in 1948, Mumtaz Mahal has gained eminence as the official residence of the Speakers of Sri Lanka's Parliament. A tradition that began with the colorful figure of Sir Francis Molamure, the first Speaker of Independent Ceylon, is carried on today by present Speaker MH Mohamed, who, interestingly is a kinsman of the man who built this splendid dwelling by the sea.
By Heather Shaw I was raised in a religious Christian family where religion was intertwined with all aspects of life. As a result, even at a very young age, I took religious matters seriously, and played a role in teaching the other children at church. This was also facilitated by the fact that we didn't have a television at home (for reasons of principle) and thus I would spend a great deal of time reading anything I could get my hands on,
by B M Mukthar The 'Dharga' at Dharga Town where His Holiness Aseeikhu Hassan Ibunu Uthumanul Mahdoomi (Ral) was enshrined stands as a monument to the spiritual development of the Muslims especially of the down south. Consequently devotees in their hundreds pay visits to the shrine of this great saint who was affectionately known as Alim Sahib Appa (religious scholar) by the disciples and the devotees.
By Fahim Masoud Is there a new “Great Game” springing into existence in Central Asia? Many pundits and journalists who write on the region and its global importance argue that there is. In fact, after the Cold War and the birth of the five republics of Central Asia, this debate has dominated much of the analysis of the region.
by Andy Human being. A notion as old as earth, known to everyone of us. A notion that "hides" my destiny, your secrets, and their personalities. Humans, that's us! Yes, all of us. None of us asked to come in this world, however we're already here. People may ask themselves: "Why am I right now and right here in this place? Why was I born? What is my mission?"
By Ann Jones In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized. Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.
by William A. Cook Now that our President has handed over the resolution of the Syrian debacle to the United Nations, perhaps justice demands that he hand over resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to that international body as well. One can turn to the reality of the illegal machinations of the Israeli Zionist government any day of the week and see and know and feel the terror that exists for the occupied people who are defenseless
By Latheef Farook Kashmiri Muslims and their supporters worldwide observe “Kashmir Solidarity Day” on Wednesday 5 February 2014. As part of this program the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka has organized a photographic exhibition and a seminar to mark the occasion. According to latest figures issued by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Indian troops have killed, since 1989, 93,975 , custodial killings 7010, destroyed 1,05,991 houses and shops , arrested 121,978, orphaned 1,07,46 children, raped 10,083 women and widowed 22,776 women.
By Shazia Arshad Ahead of Mahmoud Abbas's speech to the United Nations today, 100 US Jewish leaders wrote to the Palestinian president urging him to announce publicly that he is giving up the "right to return" to his home. The letter was sent by the Israel Policy Forum to President Abbas and said that such a statement would show "publicly to the entire international community and emphasising the Palestinian people's willingness to live in peace with Israel would be important steps to improve the environment affecting the peace process."
by Daniel A Medina It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is dominated by one subject. It's what gets left out that is often more telling than what everyone (or at least the news) is talking about. Remember the food stamp fight? It was only two weeks ago that the Republican-controlled
by Nick C. The crackdown on Islamist group Al-Islah has been widely linked to the geopolitics of the Arab Spring. But while the regional ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood may have added urgency, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed has long had the country’s Islamists in his sights. In the midst of a major and unprecedented crackdown on Islamists, human rights activists and targeted members of Islamist
by Tariq Ramadan When it comes to religion, it may well be over the women’s issue that tensions, contradictions, and concerns are most frequent and complex. This involves human relationships, deep-seated representation, and relationship logic that, beyond scriptural sources themselves, have to do with age-old cultural and social heritages that remain deeply ingrained and highly sensitive.
by Omar Samad Afghanistan experienced yet another defining moment as millions of Afghans braved suicide attacks, roadside bombs, intimidations and even unexpected stormy weather conditions on Saturday, to take part in the presidential (and provincial council) elections - expected to produce the country's first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. That is if, in spite
by Helena Malikyar The nation hasn't felt such euphoria since 1964 when the Afghan king declared the country a constitutional monarchy. Afghan women and youth constitute the biggest stakeholders and stand to lose more should the country return to a conservative and traditional system, "I am voting today to secure my grandchildren's future," said an
by Borhan Osman Many observers are looking with hope at the progress in terms of education of Afghan youth and often describe it as a safeguard of democracy during the political transitions ahead. This, however, means painting Afghan youth with an all–too-broad brush and closing eyes to undercurrents that try to undermine further democratisation, says AAN’s Borhan
By Yasmeen Aftab Ali The question deals less with which candidate wins the presidential race and more with the legitimacy and acceptance of the election results by theAfghan Elections multiethnic population of Afghanistan. The Afghan election system follows that of the French. There are a total of 11 candidates in the run and it is not possible for any one of these aspirants to
By Charitha Ratwatte An analyst has commented after reviewing the People’s Republic of China’s recent economic and political incursions into the continent of Africa that “Africa is China’s honey pot. Where else would China find political leaders so easy to buy!?” China has over the last 10 years carried out a sustained political and investment push into Africa. Visits have been
by Finian Cunningham For more than six decades since its creation in 1948, the Israeli regime has hidden its crimes against native Arab people with the façade of “national security”. The Israeli usurpers have systematically stolen land from the native Palestinians, killed them, brutalized them, and pushed millions into exile or into squalid ghettos.
by Maryam Hedayat Every single day, we come across numerous instances of how a man stabs his brother to death on a dispute of land, how a husband kills his wife just on some baseless suspicion or personal quarrel, how a son murders his father because he is not allowing him to marry the girl he wishes to. When we rise in the morning and watch the news on TV or read the
by TodaysZaman As Syria's civil war rages into its third year, millions of children in the country are at risk of malnutrition and face severe food shortages, an international aid organization has warned. Save the Children said four million Syrians -- more than half of them children -- are unable to produce or buy enough food. Thousands are trapped in battle zones in and around Syria's major cities, such as Aleppo in the north and in the central city of Homs, cut off from access to all but the bare minimum foodstuffs needed to survive, the US-based group said in a dramatic report released on Monday.
by Adil Salahi With the latest news about infant marriage in Yemen and the sad event of the death of the bride on her wedding night. The issue is related to Islam and what was Aishah's age when she married the Prophet? The report commonly known among Muslims is that Lady Aishah was nine years of age when she married the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
by A F Dawood If not how did Prophet speak of scientific facts? All-Quran which was revealed to Prophet Mohamed 1440 years ago in Mecca and Medina over a period of 23 years is a miracle, although the non-Muslims, specially the Christians and the Jews, attribute that Al-Quran was written by Mohamed was copied from the Bible.
by Ahmed Elkaoud One of the main reasons for the eruption of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was the people's rejection of Israel's control over the Hosni Mubarak government, particularly the police, army, judiciary and media. These are the four most influential aspects of the government. Mubarak's regime took a very pragmatic stance in regards to both Israel and resistance organisations such as Hamas.
by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who is considered the spiritual reference for the Muslim Brotherhood, has said that General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has lost his relevance and will not be president of Egypt. He also suggested that the upcoming constitutional referendum is "absurd", and said that the Muslim Brotherhood will emerge stronger from this confrontation, after having already defied two previous presidents, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Hosni Mubarak.
Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi chose to begin his presidential campaign in Egypt by riding a bicycle valued at 40,000 Egyptian Pounds in an empty street with no vehicles other than a parked bus and exactly eight individuals. They were, of course, his guards. I am intrigued by those who doubted that Al-Sisi would run for the presidency. He is the man who carried out
by Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami Egypt's de facto ruler, field marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi along with his foreign minister Nabil Fahmy paid a two-day long visit to Russia from 11 to 12 February; this reciprocate trip came into effect after last November’s visit of Russian foreign and defense minister to Egypt. Sisi's visit has multitude of meanings as he is looking for international recognition before assuming the presidential position in the country; if he wishes
by Zerwaq Naseer Whatever the readings, descriptions, analyses or interpretations of the events in Algeria may be, and whatever motives, tests of will, conflicts, interest or privileges are, in the end the reality of the situation is a political system in crisis and a tragedy for the nation. The Algerian political system (by which I mean the decision-making process) does not possess
World Bulletin / News Desk Nicknamed ‘the Wise King’, Alija Izetbegović was born on 8 August 1925 to a Muslim family. When he was in college he became curious about his religion and joined a Muslim youth club, before becoming a member of an organization for the development of ideas when he was just 15 years of age. This organization, which was originally founded for the debate and exchange of ideas, later became a leading organization for education and charitable
By: Dr. Spahic Omer The entire universe worships its Creator with paramount joy and pride, with neither fatigue nor boredom ever befalling it. This is a truth which humans, owing to their restricted aptitude, will never be able to comprehend. As a result of their arrogance and ignorance though, human beings have developed their own perceptions in relation to many a secret of
by Michele Moses Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there.He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island from Emory University, where he had just finished
by Nicola Nasser 'In the context of Latin America, USAID does not have any respect for the sovereignty of the countries in which it has projects and does not avoid interfering in the internal affairs of these countries'.The US Vice Secretary of State for Eastern European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, did not leave any room for doubt when she confirmed that America and Europe
by Amanda Murphy WASHINGTON — Seeking to make a bigger impact in American politics and to better protect their civil rights, 10 Muslim groups have banded together under a new umbrella group: the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.Many of the leaders of the new organization called the campaign for increased unity among Muslims an unprecedented step for the
by Francis Boyle It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in charge of conducting American foreign policy.Historically, this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. Then
by Ira Chernus When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times, sees no difference between Israelis and Palestinians. When it comes to covering the U.S. - supervised talks between the two neighbors, the Times treats
By Tony Cartalucci August 22, 2012 - Mistakenly considered by many as the final word on human rights worldwide, it might surprise people to know that Amnesty International is in fact one of the greatest obstacles to real human rights advocacy on Earth. In its most recent 2012 annual report (page 4, .pdf), Amnesty reiterates one of the biggest lies it routinely tells:"Amnesty
By Mohanned Rahman The Abbasids ruled a vast empire from Baghdad when it was the thriving capital of the Islamic world. For about five hundred years the city boasted the cream of intellectuals and culture, a reputation gained during the reigns of the Caliphs al-Rashid (809 CE), al-Ma’mun (833 CE), al-Mu’tadhid (902 CE) and al-Muktafi (908 CE).At the end of 2013, the latest
"Indeed our words will remain lifeless, barren, devoid of any passion, until we die as a result of these words, whereupon our words will suddenly spring to life and live on amongst the hearts that are dead, bringing them back to life as well." Sayyid Qutb There was a man called Fawad Dajawi – the coward, who claimed to be a judge (even though he was an ignorant commoner), he would make judgments upon the Ikhwanis’ in court. To show how much of a coward he was; when he went to fight the Jews in 1956, and the Jews surrounded the Muslims, he joined the side of the Jews against the Muslims. So the Jews let him go due to his betrayal of the Muslims.
By Abdel Bari Atwan The most striking development in Syria over the past few days has been the role of al-Nusra – which officially declared allegiance to al-Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri – as mediator between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the other rebel factions which are battling to root it out. ISIS is itself an offshoot of the al-Qaeda network but al-Nusra has sometimes joined the other factions to fight it.
This is an appeal sent to the Human Rights Council Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland by Sohail Siddiqui on behlaf of the victiims of the Anti-Muslim Violence Muzaffarnagar. by Sohail Siddiqui Submission of Complaint regarding Human Rights Violations in India of Muslims of Uttarpradesh Western UP from last three months in Anti-Muslim Violence and subsequent migration of Muslims from 192 villages to Refugee Camps of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts.
By Thalif Deen Saudi Arabia’s unyielding opposition to last week’s interim nuclear agreement with Iran has triggered speculation about its own projection of military power in the Middle East. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi ambassador to the United States, warned in 2011 that nuclear threats from Israel and Iran may force Saudi Arabia to follow suit. Credit: cc by 2.0
by Robert Fisk Odd Karsten Tveit was always a very obsessional chap. Every story he covered, he always wanted to dig deeper, study further, hear one more tale of horror, one more joke, one more historical fact. We all covered the story of Israel’s wars in Lebanon, in 1978, in 1982, in 1996, in 2006. Over the years, I covered the story of Israel’s torturers in Khiam jail in southern Lebanon, the massive Ansar prison camp in 1982,
from Middleastmonitor Following the coup against President Morsi last July, relations between the two countries has once again deteriorated against the backdrop of Turkish support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its rejection of the results of the 30 June coupSince 1925, when Egypt and Turkey exchanged diplomatic representatives, relations between the two countries have gone back and forth between apathy and warmth.
by Tariq A. Al-Maeena Siddhartha Gautama, who became universally known as the sage Buddha, was born some 2,500 years ago in Nepal. He was a human being who became acutely enlightened in understanding life and explaining it in its simplicity. It is said that he once sat under a peepal tree for 40 days and nights to attain understanding and enlightenment and once he reached that stage he felt
By V.A. Mohamad Ashrof We live in a world inhabited not only by humans but also by countless other creatures that share the world with us. Animals provide resources and services that we use. They form part of the life-support system of the earth on which all life depends. Every kind of thing is produced on the earth in due balance and measure. The mineral kingdom supports the vegetable, which in turn support the animal kingdom,
by Ahmad Barqawi Welcome to yet another “useless” Arab League summit, here’s what one should expect: feudalistic political back-stabbing, cheap exploitation (and exacerbation) of ongoing human tragedies, indecipherable hoarse voices reading out poorly translated transcripts of American dictates, cosmic levels of hypocrisy and a false sense of self-importance.
by Izeth Hussain There should be a broad consensus in Sri Lanka that something effective should be done to halt the anti-Muslim campaign that has become what looks like a permanent feature of our political landscape. There have been statements against it by a wide range of civil society institutions, by our political parties, and our newspapers have been full of editorials and articles against it. Hardly anyone has declared
By Abayomi Azikiwe For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi. After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a so-called “no-fly zone” in which only their planes could fly, the
by Prof. Nur Masalha 'Publicly the British establishment chooses a "neutral position" on Palestine which often takes the form of silence or selective amnesia. In view of Britain's historic responsibility for the Palestinian catastrophe, there can be no such neutrality or indifference about the injustice in Palestine' The Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917 was central to the wartime British-Zionist alliance and a powerful Zionist-Jewish propaganda tool. As the centenary of the Declaration approaches it is timely for a reassessment of the impact of the statement and British policies towards Palestine and its indigenous people. This essay also calls on the United Kingdom to acknowledge its historic responsibility for the disastrous consequences of Zionist
By Ramzy Baroud Challenging the falsehoods and simplifications that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring from the very start doesn’t necessarily mean that one is in doubt of the very notion that genuine revolutions have indeed gripped various Arab countries for nearly three years.
Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on Friday for all Palestinians to put an end to their division and unite before being devoured by Israel. During his Friday sermon, Al-Qaradawi also criticised Arab leaders, who are busy in "deterring and terrorising" their nations, while the borders of their countries are being left for Israel to do whatever it wanted in them.
by Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi I do not want the approval of the late great thinker, Mohammad Abed al-Jabri, in my use of the term 'Arab mind'. This term is problematic because it gives the assumption that there is one common 'mind' shared by all Arabs regardless of their ancestry and origin. However, one cannot deny that there is a common superstitious belief among many Arabs, especially modernists, who believe that America possesses
By Khalid Amayreh Israel has markedly escalated its aggressive practices against the Palestinians, especially since Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Egypt's only democratically-elected president Dr. Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Observers in Occupied Palestine notice that the coup in Egypt — and also the genocidal massacres carried out by the Bashar el-Assad regime in Syria, especially the chemical carnage at the eastern suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21 — have had an "emboldening effect" on Israeli behavior vis-à-vis the Palestinians.
by Jonathan Cook Forty-two years late, another Israeli war crime emerges from the shadows. In this case, dozens, and more probably hundreds, of Israeli soldiers kept a decades-long vow of secrecy. One of them is Shlomo Gazit, today a respected (in Israel, at least) academic at Tel Aviv University. In January 1972, Ariel Sharon decided that 3,000 Bedouin were in the way of a massive military exercise he wanted to conduct in the
by Yousef Munayyer There are few individuals in the modern history of Israel/Palestine whose actions have been as consistently destructive as those of Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who died on January 11, had been involved in Israel's war machine as early as 1948. He was known for his cut-throat attitude on the battlefield, often with wanton disregard for civilian lives. Time and again, Sharon left some of the bloodiest marks on the history of Palestine. Perhaps the earliest instance in this trend was the events of Qibya in 1953.
by CHARLIE SMITH INDIAN AUTHOR ARUNDHATI Roy wants the world to know that her country is under the control of its largest corporations. "Wealth has been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands," Roy tells the Georgia Straight by phone from New York. "And these few corporations now run the country and, in some ways, run the political parties. They run the
by Zee Media Bureau Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that there may be more attacks on him in future and that he might also get killed. Talking to the media in the national capital, he questioned as to why only he was being attacked and wondered as to who was the mastermind behind them. “In coming days I apprehend more attacks on me. I might also
by Dr. Javed Jamil Arvind Kejriwal has proved to be a master strategist. In my view, the shrewdest politician is one who makes the people believe that he is no politician. Relinquishing power in politics more often than not brings back greater power. Kejriwal has mastered the art of relinquishing for his grand objectives. First he “relinquished” his job for the “cause” of the people and became an activist that gave him greater power than he
Dr Abdul Hamid Omran 'During the October War, Israel faced two united armies that were highly trained and well armed, led by seasoned leaders of economically strong and independent countries in Syria and Egypt. The picture is very different today'. It is important for analysts to be absolutely accurate in their deliberations and data if they are to retain any credibility. Likewise, it is important for the analysis itself not to be slanted to favour
By Ramzy Baroud Since the Hamas election victory in January 2006 — and particularly after the Hamas-Fatah clashes and split between Gaza and the West Bank in the summer of 2007 — Gaza has undergone a disturbing human experiment, whose toll is unprecedented in the history of the impoverished Strip. The plotters involve the usual suspects, each with a clear set of objectives behind the isolation and targeting of Gaza.
by Oliver Wainwright Two million Muslims have flooded into Saudi Arabia's Mina Valley from Mecca for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage this week. Dressed in simple white garments and freed from their worldly possessions, they are following in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad. But in Islam's holiest city, there is increasingly little sign of the prophet's legacy – or the frugal life he espoused. “The authorities are trying to destroy
By TCN News, Swami Aseemanand, incarcerated in Ambala Central Jail for abetting terrorist attacks on various targets between 2006 and 2008—Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Hyderabad Mecca Masjid (May 2007), Ajmer Dargah (October 2007) and two attacks in Malegaon (September 2006 and September 2008)—which together took the lives of 119 people, has made a revelation to The Caravan which has been published in the latest issue of the magazine.
from World Bulletin A single family has ruled Syria for over 40 years, but this week sees the fourth year of war to unseat the Al-Assad clan. The Syrian civil war enters its fourth year this week having claimed more than 100,000 lives as well as forcing millions of people to seek shelter abroad.The fighting, which began as popular protests against the rule of President Bashar al-
Dr Ihsan Cetin With no end to the conflict in sight, it is reasonable to expect that Syrian refugees are going to be in Turkey for some time, so they have no option but to become part of the labour force in order to earn a living'Photographs smuggled out of Syria earlier this year and released by an international team of lawyers purported to illustrate the systematic and widespread torture used by the Syrian regime against its opponents. They will be recorded in the history of the Middle East as evidence of the time when "fear of Allah" was lost in a supposedly Muslim society. The pictures showed skeletal human beings who
By Zulfakar Mohamad Shariff On August 4, 2013, the first day of the official elections campaigning period, opposition leader Tony Abbott spent his evening having Iftar with Muslim community leaders in the Western Sydney region. At the event, Mr. Abbott praised Australia’s multiculturalism as a “beacon of hope to a troubled and divided world”. His counterpart, leader of the Australian Labour Party and Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, recorded a message a few days later to wish Australian Muslims an Eid greeting after a month of “introspection and prayer.”
By Dr. Ruslan Kurbanov Two non-presumable news came this December about Azerbaijan - the Muslim post-Soviet Republic located between Iran and Russia. Recently Iranian channel Press-TV informed that Azerbaijan uses ultra-light Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles "Orbiter" and "Hermes-450" to patrol the border with Iran and Nagorno-Karabakh.
from Cobrapost Coming up with yet another expose, the investigative website Cobrapost claims that the Babri Masjid demolition operation that was recorded on December 6, 1992 was not a case of disorderly mob going berserk abruptly, as projected till date by the Sangh Parivar and various Hindu organizations, but result of a bigtime conspiracy – that included trained volunteers
by Gulfnews.com Newly crowned Miss World Yu Wenxia of China after she won the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant at the Ordos Stadium Arena in inner Mongolia, China. One of Indonesia’s most influential Islamic groups is urging the government to cancel the Miss World pageant scheduled for next month, saying the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings, an official said Monday.
by Tasnim Nazeer Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne's call for a national debate into banning the veil is yet another show of religious intolerance and disrespect for freedom of choice. Ironically Mr Browne told the Telegraph that, "I think this is a good topic for national debate. People of liberal instincts will have competing notions of how to protect and promote freedom of choice." Taking away the right for a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the face veil on her own
from Crescent An American journalist that co-authored the story about Saudi intelligence chief’s supply of chemical weapons to the rebels in Syria is being threatened. Dale Gavlak who works for the Associated Press, has received threats from the Saudis to “end her career”. The story carried on the Minnesota-based Mint Press website on August 29 was filed by Yahya Ababneh from Syria and apparently translated and edited by Gavlak. Ababneh is a Palestinian student/reporter.
By Yusuf Fernandez During his recent visit to Moscow, some weeks ago, Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Saudi-controlled militants in the Caucasus will not disrupt the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi only if Russia backed away from its support for Syria. Putin reportedly rejected the proposal. “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade.
by Mahin Khan After 40 years, the Bangladesh government is hosting an International War Crimes Tribunal (ICT). These trials are aimed at individuals who allegedly committed war crimes during the brutal nine-month civil war that rocked the country and culminated in its formation in 1971. This has been controversial in numerous ways, from being conducted by a country wholly inexperienced in dealing with such legal proceedings to the serious criticisms from international lawyers.
By Abdullah al-Ahsan On January 30, 2014 Matiur Rahman Nizami was awarded the death sentence by a Bangladesh court for smuggling arms to facilitate insurgents in neighboring India. For years, the political situation in Bangladesh has been marred by deaths in imprisonment, in police custody, in the streets, and in people’s houses. After the 1971 war for Bangladesh’s independence, the recent years have witnessed the highest
by Zacki Jabbar Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday demanded that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Secretary Galagodawatte Gnanasara retracts the recent defamatory allegations levelled against him and tenders an apology or face a Rs.500 million law suit. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Bathiudeen said that that if Galagodawatte