Ashura Processions in Parachinar, while it still bleeds due to 4 years siege By Taliban


JNN 19 Dec 2010 : Tens of thousands of Shia Muslims in a Pakistani tribal region called for end to a 4-year siege of northwestern city allegedly by Taliban militants, as the blockade has increased difficulties of the people.

The demand was made by Shia Muslims in the Ashura day procession in Parachinar, the center of Kurram tribal agency.

Some two hundred thousands Shia Muslims took part in the Ashura procession, which started at 8 a.m. and continued till late night on Friday.

The procession was started from main Imambargah in Parachinar city and after passing via Kurram militia, Turi graveryard, katchery road and hazara graveyard ended in Central Imambargha at night time.

During Aazadari procession juma prayer were offered at central imambarghah while maghreeb prayer at Katchery Chowk near post office.

Through out the route of Procession mourners including all ages and children with addition to non-Muslims even Christians and hindus were beating their chests by doing ‘matam’ and zaadari. Azadars were also chanting Labik Ya Hussain, Down with USA, Down with Israel, Down with Taliban.

Addressing the biggest gathering of aazadars, ulema and scholars told that the people of Parachinar and martyrs set a new example of resisting and defeating the Taliban.

In Aazadari procession certain resolutions were adopted demanding the govt to lift four years of inhuman siege of Parachinar immediately by opening and securing main Thall- Parachinar Road.

They condemned attacks on Shia Muslims in Quetta, Peshawar and Hangu, murdering innocent children and women by yazeddi forces.

They said that if the govt does not lift the four years imposed siege and economic blockade, then they will start armed long march from Parachinar to Thall to open the main road and the responsibility will be on all concern

Malaysia is another Wahabi State, Banning Shia's to Commerate their Religious Activities


JNN 18 Dec 2010 :Dated 15th December 2010, the night of 10th Muharam 1432, a group of approximately 200 Shiites (105 of them are local adults, few from Indonesia, two from Myanmar, and the rest are from Pakistan and Iran, and children) gathered at a premise named after Imam Ali ibni Musa ar-Ridha (Hauzah Imam Ridha, situated in Seri Gombak, the State of Selangor, Malaysia).

The gathering was dedicated to Imam Hussein ibn Ali a.s in commemoration of his martyrdom in Karbala. Commencing at 8:00 pm local time, the event started with the congregational prayers of Maghrib and Isya’, and proceeded with the Ziyarat ‘Asyura and a brief account of the Karbala event.

This was then followed by a speech by Hujjatul Islam Mohsein Radmard of Iranian origin which was translated into Malay by Hujjatul Islam Haji Muhammad Kamil Zuhairi bin Abdul Aziz.The contents of the unfinished speech focused around the characters and attributes of the Muslim believers. At around 10:15 pm while the speech was going on, a group of people came in introducing themselves as enforcement officers from the office of the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS). The officers called off the speech and started reading the search warrant justifying their raid on the premise.

The search warrant however was found to be faulty as it permits search on the premise numbered 11C, whereas the premise where the event took place is 9C. Some of the officers came into the premise with their shoes on. This invited unnecessary anger from some of the members of the congregation to which the officers acted upon and removed their shoes. To cool down the tense, the congregation chanted Salawat on Prophet Muhammad and his family.

The officers then requested the congregation to remain calm and silent while they proceeded with their search procedure. The identity cards and passports of all attendees were collected, together with some of the evidences of Shiite elements which include Turbah, Mafatihul Jinan, Quran, posters, banners, potraits, books and etc. Some of the attendees are lecturers, students, lawyers and government servants.

The attendees were later served with a notice which required them to be present at the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) at Shah Alam to be further investigated individually in private sessions. When attended the sessions, they were again served with notice requiring their presence at the Syariah Subordinate Court scheduled in March 2011.

Both Hujjatul Islam Mohsein Radmard and Hujjatul  Islam Haji Muhammad Kamil Zuhairi bin Abdul Aziz were brought for investigation immediately after the raid which finished at around 2:00 am. They were later required to attend Shariah Court at Kuang at 10:00 am, on 16thDecember 2010 for their details to be taken down. Afterwards, they were released on bail pending for the Shariah criminal proceeding scheduled on 20th January 2011.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the government had banned the Shi’ite teachings as it could mislead the people and contradict the Sunni teachings followed by Malaysians.

“The government disallows the spreading of this (Shi’ite) teaching, following several wrongful propogations which could stir the harmony of the Muslims in this country,” he said.

“If there are two sects in this country, it may lead to bloodshed because the Muslim society will have differences in religious opinion, like what has happened to Muslim societies in Pakistan and Iraq.

JAIS Director Datuk Muhammed Khusrin Munawi at the interviews conducted outside the premise while the raid was going on, said:

1. His office has investigated and followed the activities conducted here since last two years and has enough evidence to relate the group as Syiah before conducting the raid;

2. The raid was considered the biggest raid related to deviated teachings in Selangor;

3. The group shall be brought to their office for further investigation and thereafter be prosecuted. And his office believes that the teaching has been spread throughout other states as well;

4. The raid involves 200 people including foreigners suspected from Iran;

5. We will prosecute them under Section 12(c) (of Islamic Jurisdiction Administration Enactment of 1989) for their violation of the fatwa of the Mufti of Selangor, which decreed that (Shiisme) is deviant from the teaching of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah or from the true teaching of Islam;

6. Among them there are some who allow mutaah (contractual) marriage, a concept which entices some of them to practice shiisme;

JNN To answer to this accusation read: Mut’ ah : Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law

7. Hajj is not compulsory for them; visiting Imam Hussein’s shrine is sufficient for them to get into heaven;

8. They can combine prayers at any time, zuhr and asr together, maghrib, isya’ and subh, without darurat or conditions like travelling 90 ‘marhalah’;

9. Lightening of ibadah is an attraction to their followers.

10. Some of them which are fanatic and believed that we are not Muslims and our blood it is ‘halal’ (permissible) for them;

11. It is a jihad if they could kill Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (followers). For me, this make them the most dangerous deviants compared to other deviant teachings.

12. From the evidences and documents available to us, the group is the shia hardliners, and for me if we let them, it will threaten our national security.

Those points have never been thought in Hauzah Ar-Ridha, but are of his own views on shiisme and most of which are written in the Selangor Mufti’s fatwa. In the news papers, the above points were quoted with addition of some fatwas issued by the Selangor Mufti. This includes the allegations that Shiisme rejects hadith narrated by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah and labels other the companions of the Prophet as kafir. According to the Selangor Mufti’s fatwa, Shiisme is considered a deviant from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah as some of its teachings contradict from aqidah and syariah views of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah.

Khusrin said all those who were detained will be charged under Section 12 (c) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995 which are insulting, rejecting, or dispute the violation of the instructions set out and given a fatwa by the religious authorities.

The full account of the raid was reported in most mainstream written and visual media.

The raid happened while some of the participants of the mourning were the Professors of Universities, Students, Lawyers and Malaysian Government Employees.

Wahhabi’s Influences

It is obvious the Khusrin’s false charges are not true. Though, all these are his opinion that he accused Shia under the influence of Wahhabi thoughts which most of these Fatwas (religious verdicts) are registered in Selangor’s Mufti Fatwas! The Shia are under the pressure of Wahhabis by using the Fatwa as law.

This comments printed as, special issue on Selangors Fatwas, in Selangors newspapers. Among published Fatwas in the newspapers there is a charge that: “Shia rejects the Sunni Hadith and also knows the companions of the Holly Prophet (s.a.w.w) as infidel”. The accusations, repeatedly has been answered and rejected by Shia clerics.

According to Selangor’s Mufti Fatwa, Shia are diverted because some teachings of Shia are different from what Sunni believe in.

Widespread Protests

Extensive protests will be followed by these extreme and unacceptable actions. Thai Shia will protest tomorrow.

Malaysian Students of Qom Seminary will announce their protest in front of Malaysian Embassy in Tehran tomorrow.

Wahhabi extremist threaten Malaysia

Malaysia has about twenty thousand indigenous Shia. While more than thirty thousand Iranians live, work or study in Malaysia. These acts are extreme and false propaganda toward them and their life and security is on risk. Malaysia is playing with their economy and the popularity by these incorrect acts.

Malaysia is divided into 13 states (Negeri) and 3 federal territories (Wilayah Persekutuan). These are divided between the two regions of Malaysia, with 11 states and 2 federal territories on Peninsula Malaysia and the other 2 states and 1 federal territory in East Malaysia. The Federal Kings of Pahang, Selangor, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Kedah, Johor, Perlis and Terengganu and Federal Territories of Malacca, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. All of them have their own law and Selangor is the only State in which these strange Fatwa and rules exists.

Malaysia is another Wahabi State, Banning Shia’s to Commerate their Religious Activities


JNN 18 Dec 2010 :Dated 15th December 2010, the night of 10th Muharam 1432, a group of approximately 200 Shiites (105 of them are local adults, few from Indonesia, two from Myanmar, and the rest are from Pakistan and Iran, and children) gathered at a premise named after Imam Ali ibni Musa ar-Ridha (Hauzah Imam Ridha, situated in Seri Gombak, the State of Selangor, Malaysia).

The gathering was dedicated to Imam Hussein ibn Ali a.s in commemoration of his martyrdom in Karbala. Commencing at 8:00 pm local time, the event started with the congregational prayers of Maghrib and Isya’, and proceeded with the Ziyarat ‘Asyura and a brief account of the Karbala event.

This was then followed by a speech by Hujjatul Islam Mohsein Radmard of Iranian origin which was translated into Malay by Hujjatul Islam Haji Muhammad Kamil Zuhairi bin Abdul Aziz.The contents of the unfinished speech focused around the characters and attributes of the Muslim believers. At around 10:15 pm while the speech was going on, a group of people came in introducing themselves as enforcement officers from the office of the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS). The officers called off the speech and started reading the search warrant justifying their raid on the premise.

The search warrant however was found to be faulty as it permits search on the premise numbered 11C, whereas the premise where the event took place is 9C. Some of the officers came into the premise with their shoes on. This invited unnecessary anger from some of the members of the congregation to which the officers acted upon and removed their shoes. To cool down the tense, the congregation chanted Salawat on Prophet Muhammad and his family.

The officers then requested the congregation to remain calm and silent while they proceeded with their search procedure. The identity cards and passports of all attendees were collected, together with some of the evidences of Shiite elements which include Turbah, Mafatihul Jinan, Quran, posters, banners, potraits, books and etc. Some of the attendees are lecturers, students, lawyers and government servants.

The attendees were later served with a notice which required them to be present at the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) at Shah Alam to be further investigated individually in private sessions. When attended the sessions, they were again served with notice requiring their presence at the Syariah Subordinate Court scheduled in March 2011.

Both Hujjatul Islam Mohsein Radmard and Hujjatul  Islam Haji Muhammad Kamil Zuhairi bin Abdul Aziz were brought for investigation immediately after the raid which finished at around 2:00 am. They were later required to attend Shariah Court at Kuang at 10:00 am, on 16thDecember 2010 for their details to be taken down. Afterwards, they were released on bail pending for the Shariah criminal proceeding scheduled on 20th January 2011.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the government had banned the Shi’ite teachings as it could mislead the people and contradict the Sunni teachings followed by Malaysians.

“The government disallows the spreading of this (Shi’ite) teaching, following several wrongful propogations which could stir the harmony of the Muslims in this country,” he said.

“If there are two sects in this country, it may lead to bloodshed because the Muslim society will have differences in religious opinion, like what has happened to Muslim societies in Pakistan and Iraq.

JAIS Director Datuk Muhammed Khusrin Munawi at the interviews conducted outside the premise while the raid was going on, said:

1. His office has investigated and followed the activities conducted here since last two years and has enough evidence to relate the group as Syiah before conducting the raid;

2. The raid was considered the biggest raid related to deviated teachings in Selangor;

3. The group shall be brought to their office for further investigation and thereafter be prosecuted. And his office believes that the teaching has been spread throughout other states as well;

4. The raid involves 200 people including foreigners suspected from Iran;

5. We will prosecute them under Section 12(c) (of Islamic Jurisdiction Administration Enactment of 1989) for their violation of the fatwa of the Mufti of Selangor, which decreed that (Shiisme) is deviant from the teaching of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah or from the true teaching of Islam;

6. Among them there are some who allow mutaah (contractual) marriage, a concept which entices some of them to practice shiisme;

JNN To answer to this accusation read: Mut’ ah : Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law

7. Hajj is not compulsory for them; visiting Imam Hussein’s shrine is sufficient for them to get into heaven;

8. They can combine prayers at any time, zuhr and asr together, maghrib, isya’ and subh, without darurat or conditions like travelling 90 ‘marhalah’;

9. Lightening of ibadah is an attraction to their followers.

10. Some of them which are fanatic and believed that we are not Muslims and our blood it is ‘halal’ (permissible) for them;

11. It is a jihad if they could kill Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (followers). For me, this make them the most dangerous deviants compared to other deviant teachings.

12. From the evidences and documents available to us, the group is the shia hardliners, and for me if we let them, it will threaten our national security.

Those points have never been thought in Hauzah Ar-Ridha, but are of his own views on shiisme and most of which are written in the Selangor Mufti’s fatwa. In the news papers, the above points were quoted with addition of some fatwas issued by the Selangor Mufti. This includes the allegations that Shiisme rejects hadith narrated by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah and labels other the companions of the Prophet as kafir. According to the Selangor Mufti’s fatwa, Shiisme is considered a deviant from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah as some of its teachings contradict from aqidah and syariah views of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah.

Khusrin said all those who were detained will be charged under Section 12 (c) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995 which are insulting, rejecting, or dispute the violation of the instructions set out and given a fatwa by the religious authorities.

The full account of the raid was reported in most mainstream written and visual media.

The raid happened while some of the participants of the mourning were the Professors of Universities, Students, Lawyers and Malaysian Government Employees.

Wahhabi’s Influences

It is obvious the Khusrin’s false charges are not true. Though, all these are his opinion that he accused Shia under the influence of Wahhabi thoughts which most of these Fatwas (religious verdicts) are registered in Selangor’s Mufti Fatwas! The Shia are under the pressure of Wahhabis by using the Fatwa as law.

This comments printed as, special issue on Selangors Fatwas, in Selangors newspapers. Among published Fatwas in the newspapers there is a charge that: “Shia rejects the Sunni Hadith and also knows the companions of the Holly Prophet (s.a.w.w) as infidel”. The accusations, repeatedly has been answered and rejected by Shia clerics.

According to Selangor’s Mufti Fatwa, Shia are diverted because some teachings of Shia are different from what Sunni believe in.

Widespread Protests

Extensive protests will be followed by these extreme and unacceptable actions. Thai Shia will protest tomorrow.

Malaysian Students of Qom Seminary will announce their protest in front of Malaysian Embassy in Tehran tomorrow.

Wahhabi extremist threaten Malaysia

Malaysia has about twenty thousand indigenous Shia. While more than thirty thousand Iranians live, work or study in Malaysia. These acts are extreme and false propaganda toward them and their life and security is on risk. Malaysia is playing with their economy and the popularity by these incorrect acts.

Malaysia is divided into 13 states (Negeri) and 3 federal territories (Wilayah Persekutuan). These are divided between the two regions of Malaysia, with 11 states and 2 federal territories on Peninsula Malaysia and the other 2 states and 1 federal territory in East Malaysia. The Federal Kings of Pahang, Selangor, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Kedah, Johor, Perlis and Terengganu and Federal Territories of Malacca, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. All of them have their own law and Selangor is the only State in which these strange Fatwa and rules exists.

Bolivia Follows Neighboring Countries in Recognition of Palestinian State


JNN 18 Dec 2010 : Bolivia joined Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay by announcing it recognized Palestine as a sovereign state within the 1967 borders, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported Friday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales made the announcement during the South American trade block Mercosur’s summit which took place in Brazil. Morales was quoted as saying that Bolivia recognized the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Israel.

Ma’an news agency also reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the announcement and thanked the Bolivian president for his support of the Palestinians.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry condemned the announcement, stating it would not assist the peace process. “We oppose actions that might determine the results of negotiations before they started. A move like this does not encourage the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table,” the statement said.

In the last two weeks more significant developments have occurred when several South American countries declared their recognition of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The first was Brazil, and Argentina and Uruguay followed.

On Thursday, Israel harshly condemned Norway for upgrading the standing of the Palestinian representation in Oslo from a ‘general delegation’ to a ‘diplomatic delegation’.

Over the past four months several countries have upgraded the standing of Palestinian representatives. The first country to have done so was none other than the United States. After the U.S., France, Spain, and Portugal also took similar steps.

Bolivia Follows Neighboring Countries in Recognition of Palestinian State


JNN 18 Dec 2010 : Bolivia joined Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay by announcing it recognized Palestine as a sovereign state within the 1967 borders, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported Friday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales made the announcement during the South American trade block Mercosur’s summit which took place in Brazil. Morales was quoted as saying that Bolivia recognized the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Israel.

Ma’an news agency also reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the announcement and thanked the Bolivian president for his support of the Palestinians.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry condemned the announcement, stating it would not assist the peace process. “We oppose actions that might determine the results of negotiations before they started. A move like this does not encourage the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table,” the statement said.

In the last two weeks more significant developments have occurred when several South American countries declared their recognition of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The first was Brazil, and Argentina and Uruguay followed.

On Thursday, Israel harshly condemned Norway for upgrading the standing of the Palestinian representation in Oslo from a ‘general delegation’ to a ‘diplomatic delegation’.

Over the past four months several countries have upgraded the standing of Palestinian representatives. The first country to have done so was none other than the United States. After the U.S., France, Spain, and Portugal also took similar steps.

Ashura Comemorations In Bahrain , Kuwait and Saudia Arabia


JNN 18 Dec 2010 – MANAMA, Bahrain:  Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia marked Ashura on Thursday, commemorating the Martydom of the  grandson of the Prophet Mohammed , Hussein Ibn e Ali A.S with processions and cries of mourning.

In Manama, processions took place in the narrow streets of the old city, which is dotted with Shiite places of worship. Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni dynasty but the majority of its population is Shiite.

A number of Shiites Also attended the Procession from nearby Saudi Arabia, where they make up 10 percent of the population, and Kuwait, where they are about a third of the population, came to Bahrain to participate in the processions.

The colour black dominated the occasion, which marks the martyrdom of Hussein (A.S), a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and the third Shiite imam, in 680 AD by the forces of the Omayyad Caliph Yazid (L.A) in a battle in Karbala, Iraq.

Men covered their heads in dust, crying “Hussein, Hussein,” expressing regret that the faithful did not rescue the imam when he was besieged in the Iraqi desert.

Women, who usually do not participate in Ashura processions, did so in Bahrain this year.

The processions in Bahrain were supervised by volunteers and security services, and no incidents were reported.

Saudi Shiites complain of marginalisation and segregation in the Gulf kingdom dominated by Wahhabism, a strictly puritanical form of Sunni Islam.

In Kuwait, members of the Shiite community marked Ashura inside their places of worship, as street processions are banned.

Sunni Muslims Commemorate Ashura Procession in Indian Province of Hamachal


JNN 18 Dec 2010 : NAHAN, Himachal, India -It is rare to find the Sunni community commemrating Ashura , while here in this town , Ashura is observed by exclusively Sunni Community, As there are no Shia Residents in this town.

Muharram is observed by the “Shia” Muslim community across the world in commemoration of the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussain (pbuh) along with his family and followers, who were martyred in the Battle of Karbala in AD 680 ,but here in this town the day is observed by the “Sunni” community of Muslims which makes the day distinct with other parts of the country.

All Himachal Muslim welfare committee state Chief Naseem Mohammed Didan says the day is observed only by “Shia community all over the world, but it’s really worth appreciable and adoring that in his town, “Suni” Muslim observes Mohrram as a gesture towards the “Shia Muslims. As per previous year Practive, it is remarkable that Muharram is still observed in the same manner even after years and years of Independence.

It is learnt that the town established in 1621 has always set examples of communal harmony. The town did not witnessed communal clash in the history even not during the partition. The member of the Royal family and former MLA Kanwar Ajay Bhadur Singh says this unique tradition was started at the behest of Maharaja Shamsher Parkash, ex ruler of the princely state.

He also said that there is no “Shia community in the town. There are Hindus, Sunni Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities living in harmony and participates in each other’s commemorations and celebrations. Chief of Anjuman e  Islamiya said, for this rare tradition credit goes to ex ruler of the princely state, who invited and brought persons from all section of the society and religion and envisaged perfect understanding between them which still prevails in the town.

There are no Shia residents in the town and No Imambargah , hall of mourning in the town so whole of the ceremony took place in the open spaces in streets.

On Friday rare Muharram was observed in the town, in which almost every family of “Sunni community participated in Tazia procession which started this afternoon from four mosques of the town, with the sun set  the procession was ended at Jamma Masjid katcha tank.

Himachal Pradesh  is a state in Northern India. It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,673 km²),[4] and is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on the south, Uttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. The literal meaning of Himachal Pradesh is Region of snowy mountains.

Saudi Shia's Attacked by local Wahabis on Ashura Procession


JNN 18 Dec 2010 Medina : Shia participants were attacked by local Wahabi’s in Medina, when the Shia Citizens where taking out the Ashura Procession .

Saudi Shia sources said “Saudi security forces failed to provide security to Shia Citizens of Saudia Arabia as they were attacked by the local Wahabi’s  , which may have been avoided if the security forces would have planned earlier to safe gaurd the Shia Citizens who were  attending there Ashura Processin , But the security forces came late and Wahabis attacked the Participants of the Procession of Ashura ,and due to which fights broke out between Shiites and Wahhabis during the Ashura mourning procession in Medina on Thursday”.

According to Saudi Media, Shia Muslims are under severe restrictions and discriminations by ignorant Wahhabi sects, but the Saudi government denies the accusations.

Ignorant Wahhabis attacked number of Shiites with stones when they were perfrming Ashura rituals in Medina, the incident was happened near the famous mosque of Quba.

A journalist said Reuters “Security forces came to disperse the crowds”.

Saudi Wahhabi forces arrested 38 Shia mourner in the holy city of Medina after fighting erupted near Islam’s oldest mosque Al-Quba on the Shiite religious holiday of Ashura, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

“Several people suffered minor injuries in Thursday’s clashes between Wahhbais and Shias”, the press reports said..

Three security officials were also wounded, the Al-Madina newspaper said.

According to Rasid the fighting pitted members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority against majority Wahhbais.

Many of the kingdom’s top Wahhabi clerics have condemned Shiites as having rejected “true” Islam.

 

Officials say that the Shiites make up ten percent of the population of Saudi Arabia, but diplomats estimate the figure more than 15 percent.

Saudi Shia’s Attacked by local Wahabis on Ashura Procession


JNN 18 Dec 2010 Medina : Shia participants were attacked by local Wahabi’s in Medina, when the Shia Citizens where taking out the Ashura Procession .

Saudi Shia sources said “Saudi security forces failed to provide security to Shia Citizens of Saudia Arabia as they were attacked by the local Wahabi’s  , which may have been avoided if the security forces would have planned earlier to safe gaurd the Shia Citizens who were  attending there Ashura Processin , But the security forces came late and Wahabis attacked the Participants of the Procession of Ashura ,and due to which fights broke out between Shiites and Wahhabis during the Ashura mourning procession in Medina on Thursday”.

According to Saudi Media, Shia Muslims are under severe restrictions and discriminations by ignorant Wahhabi sects, but the Saudi government denies the accusations.

Ignorant Wahhabis attacked number of Shiites with stones when they were perfrming Ashura rituals in Medina, the incident was happened near the famous mosque of Quba.

A journalist said Reuters “Security forces came to disperse the crowds”.

Saudi Wahhabi forces arrested 38 Shia mourner in the holy city of Medina after fighting erupted near Islam’s oldest mosque Al-Quba on the Shiite religious holiday of Ashura, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

“Several people suffered minor injuries in Thursday’s clashes between Wahhbais and Shias”, the press reports said..

Three security officials were also wounded, the Al-Madina newspaper said.

According to Rasid the fighting pitted members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority against majority Wahhbais.

Many of the kingdom’s top Wahhabi clerics have condemned Shiites as having rejected “true” Islam.

 

Officials say that the Shiites make up ten percent of the population of Saudi Arabia, but diplomats estimate the figure more than 15 percent.

Ashura puppet show on stage


 

JNN 18 Dec 2010 : The Ashuraopera puppet show, the renowned Iranian playwright and theater director Behrouz Gharibpour, is on stage at Tehran’s Ferdowsi Hall.

TheAshurapuppet show — which went on stage on Dec. 12 and will continue until Jan. 2, 2011 — is a blend of music, puppetry, poetry and Persian passion play (Tazieh).

“We can’t perform the opera at any hall. It should be staged at a hall with certain specifications,” Gharibpour said.

The Iranian playwright pointed out that France’s Charleville-Mézières Puppet Theater Festival has also invited Gharibpour to stage his opera puppet show Ashura at the event, which will be held from September 16 to 25 in 2011.

He also explained that people in France are familiar with traditional Persian performances and Tazieh.

Gharibpour recently attended the Tbilisi Festival of Theater, in Georgia, with his puppet show Rostam and Sohrab.

He is considered one of the pioneers of traditional Persian puppet theatre, and known for his extensive research on Qajar-era puppetry.

 

FBI now spying on your garbage


 

JNN 18 Dec 2010 : Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are helping local authorities turn thousands of garbage collectors into a spy force that reports to the police.

Reports say 100 Waste Management employees have already gone through a training program called Waste Watch, CBS 6 Albany/WRGB reported on Friday.

“Because our job is collecting trash from local neighborhoods and businesses, we are a useful resource to identify illegal activity, or to help prevent a minor mishap from turning into a dangerous situation,” said Ken Bevis, district manager of Waste Management in Albany, New York.

Bevis added that all Waste Management drivers, helpers, and repair technicians have been trained to look out for suspicious activities and respond in the event of an emergency.

Officials believe that garbage collectors who go through the same route every day are able to recognize situations that are not normal.

Police hope that they will be able to help keep streets clear of crime as well. But not everyone is sold on the idea.

Waste Watch is already active in 100 communities across the United States. The total figure of informants could already number at least 10,000 nationwide.

Critics say the program is an example of how the United States is turning into an East German-style informant society.

 

Six more banks out of business in US


 

JNN 18 Dec 2010 : Regulators in the United States have closed six more banks in four different states, raising the bank failure toll this year to 157.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) shut down the six banks with a total of $1.23 billion in assets, Bloomberg reported on Saturday.

The United Americas Bank, Appalachian Community Bank and Chestatee State Bank in Georgia, the First Southern Bank in Arkansas, Community National Bank in Minnesota, and Florida’s Bank of Miami have been seized in the latest closures.

Florida has been hit the hardest by bank failures among other states, losing 29 lenders this year.

The FDIC says that the total assets of this year’s failures would likely be lower even though the number of closures has exceeded that of last year.

The closures have taken place against the backdrop of a deepening financial crisis in the United States and the lenders’ overflow of real estate loans.

Washington Mutual, which had $307 billion in assets when it was seized in September 2008, remains the largest bank to fail during the financial crisis.

Experts believe that more than 500 banks may fail before the economic crisis comes to a close.

The FDIC released its latest quarterly report on the state of the banking industry in November. The corporation says it expects bank closures to peak this year after 140 closures in 2009.

 

Majority of Apps spy on users


 

JNN 18 Dec 2010 : An investigation into smartphone applications has revealed that most the Apps are designed to spy on people, transmitting personal data of device owners to different companies.

According to The Wall Street Journal‘s investigation, 56 of the 101 widely used Apps — including software and games for iPhone and Android phones — transferred the personal details of their users to advertising companies without the consent of users.

Various companies benefit from the personal information in different ways, ranging from finding the users address to their interests and software they use the most.

Forty-seven of these applications transmitted the location of the phone, whereas age, gender and other personal information were sent by five of the Apps. The unique ID number assigned to each phone by the manufacturers was the most widely shared detail.

iPhone sends out more information compared with Androids which typically use Google operating systems, the study found.

TextPlus 4 (iPhone App for text messaging), Pandora (a music App in both iPhone and Android), and Paper Toss (a game in both iPhone and Android) were the applications sharing the most data. The manufacturers of TextPlus 4 and Pandora; however, deny the claim, saying that the Apps share data anonymously and the personal profile, including age and gender, is transferred voluntarily.

Apple, similarly, says iPhone Apps “cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user’s prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used.”

The manufacturers of Smart Phones running Google’s Android operating systems, such as Motorola Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and Google, say the responsibility of handling with user’s information rests with the App-makers. If users do not like a particular application to have access to their data, they can simply choose not to install the app, Google says.

While computer users can block or delete tiny tracking files (cookies), smartphone users are completely powerless in this regard.

“In the world of mobile, there is no anonymity,” says Michael Becker of the Mobile Marketing Association, stressing that a cell phone is “always with us. It’s always on.”

 

'Coup may happen in Saudi Arabia'


JNN 18 Dec 2010 : A political analyst has said that a coup could happen in Saudi Arabia, with the health issues of the elderly monarch providing an opportunity for the plotters.

“It is possible that a coup could happen, and I see nothing to prevent that from happening,” Dr. Kamal Helbawy of the Center for the Study of Terrorism said in an interview with JNN on Saturday.

“Both in Qatar and Oman in the past, the sons of the kings stole the leadership from their fathers, and I think there is a rift in the house of Saud,” he added.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was hospitalized in the United States on November 22 for a debilitating herniated disc, complicated by a hematoma that put pressure on his spine.

Saudi Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah said the state of the monarch’s health was “very reassuring” following the first operation on his disc.

Earlier in the month, US surgeons performed another operation on the monarch’s back, which was reported to have gone smoothly.

“With his old age and sickness, there is suspicion about succession. There has been tension in the family for several decades. I believe there is a political and religious crisis,” Helbawy said.

King Abdullah has left his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, who is thought to be suffering from cancer, at the helm.

The prolonged convalescence of the Saudi ruler has raised doubts about King Abdullah’s succession.

 

‘Coup may happen in Saudi Arabia’


JNN 18 Dec 2010 : A political analyst has said that a coup could happen in Saudi Arabia, with the health issues of the elderly monarch providing an opportunity for the plotters.

“It is possible that a coup could happen, and I see nothing to prevent that from happening,” Dr. Kamal Helbawy of the Center for the Study of Terrorism said in an interview with JNN on Saturday.

“Both in Qatar and Oman in the past, the sons of the kings stole the leadership from their fathers, and I think there is a rift in the house of Saud,” he added.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was hospitalized in the United States on November 22 for a debilitating herniated disc, complicated by a hematoma that put pressure on his spine.

Saudi Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah said the state of the monarch’s health was “very reassuring” following the first operation on his disc.

Earlier in the month, US surgeons performed another operation on the monarch’s back, which was reported to have gone smoothly.

“With his old age and sickness, there is suspicion about succession. There has been tension in the family for several decades. I believe there is a political and religious crisis,” Helbawy said.

King Abdullah has left his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, who is thought to be suffering from cancer, at the helm.

The prolonged convalescence of the Saudi ruler has raised doubts about King Abdullah’s succession.