Malik Ishaq Founder of LeJ & SSP Terrorist Organisations , with 2 Sons & 11 other accomplices Killed in encounter in Muzzaffargarh, Pakistan


Malik Ishaq KilledJNN 29 July 2015 LAHORE : Malik Ishaq, chief of banned Sectarian Terrorist outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, his two sons Usman and Haq Nawaz, and 11 attackers were killed in an alleged exchange of fire with police personnel late on Tuesday night. Continue reading

Tehrik e Taliban Nominates Imran Khan , Sami Ul Haq, and 3 other to Negotiate on their Behalf


TTP Mulla Fazalullah , Shahid ullah Shahid and NomineesJNN 02 Feb 2013 PESHAWAR: The Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan ( TTP ) have nominated the names of five political and religious leaders to mediate peace talks with government negotiators, their spokesman said on Saturday. Continue reading

The Sorry State of Shia Leadership


Shia Leadership of PakistanJNN 6 March 2013 Karachi : The Shia Nation has been 3rd time badly hit by the terrorist Network since 12th Jan, 2013’s  Twin Bombing on the Alamdar Road in Quetta, in a short span of time, i.e about 50 Days time 255 Shia Men , Women and Children are being alone Martyred in these 3 incidents of Bomb Blast of Karachi and Quetta, rest of about 50 Shia Men who lost their lives in the continued Target Killing across Pakistan in the same period , make the figure even higher , as the Patient Shia Nation has borne this Killing and atrocities for about last 30 – 35 years in Pakistan , and have since then waited for a reliable and credible Shia Leadership , since the Loss of Allama Arif al Hussain Al Hussaini , who really worked Day in and Day out for the Shia Nation and created a Sense of security in the Common Shia Public , as they were confident that they are not speechless in this time of Misery and Disaster , as there is some body to speak for their rights and the atrocities being done against them .

But the Establishment of Pakistan who at that time was busy minting money coming from US , Saudia and UAE , was not interested that any body should disturb them , while they are busy counting their Foreign Exchange reserves , and they were least Bothered if it costed them Shia Body bags or even at the cost of the Whole of the Shia Nation .

As this was the time when the Disgruntled Shia Nation was Looking for a Reliable and Credible Leadership , that Can take the charge , and can take a Stand Like Mufti Jaffer Hussain or can be brave and and Unite the Shia Nation like Allama Arif Hussain , But Alas!

So Many Climbed and Claimed the Benefits of the Status , But Non Delivered as per the Inspiration and the Necessities and complexities of the Situation, and the time Passed away .

Finally a Group of Revolutionary Minded Clerics , took a step forward and launched a Shia Political cum Religious Party , under the Banner of Majlis e Wahdat e Muslimeen, which took its time in organizing , the Party on National Level , and the Best Part of the Party was that they talk of Unity of the Shiite Nation , and discarded Nation being divided in parts and groups .

As we all saw that the Alamdar Road Blast was the Turning Point , in the Shiite History also that regardless of Differences among different Parties and groups , Whole of the Community rose above their Personal and Party Differences and took a firm stand on the Issue , and whole of the Pakistani , rather the International Community , saw that whole of the Pakistani Shia Nation was committed and United for the Cause , and that sent tremors waves in the Political , Administrative and Establishment of Pakistan.

And the result was that the Government has to Bow and surrender to the Legitimate Demands of the Community , and the Governor Rule was imposed in the Balochistan Province.

The Misery was not yet over , as the 2nd Kirani Road, Hazara Town Blast , Once again Shook the Shia Nation , and the Act of Unity and Show of Shia Strength was Once again Shown and Proven , And this was the time when the Political Parties , which were now really disturbed by the Unity and the Massive Show of Strength took their Stand and Started to Play a game of Politics and the Lead Players were the So called Owners of Karachi , as this is the first time in History that any group or Party has shown such a Massive Show of Strength and Unity in Karachi, that the City was almost Paralyzed by the Protest Sit Ins on about 32 different Places  ,so their strategy was first by Painting the Picture as ethnic , instead of Sectarian , Just to create division in the United Shia Stand ,and secondly gain the Benefit of sympathies of a whole constituency , where they can achieve their Provincial and National Assembly Seats , and that also in the troubled Province of Balochistan, and if they win to do that then can be also be spokes person for the Shia community Partly if not wholly.

Any way as the Shia Community have seen so many conspiracies, from Within and Outside that they completely rejected which was a great set back for them , and then they got ready for their Plan B, and sent their good wishes to the enemies of the Shia Community , and Paid Visits in the name of reconciliation and Harmony among different sects.

But This reconciliation and Harmony gave a Present in shape of a Huge Bomb Blast in a Shia Neighborhood of Karachi , which resulted in the casualty of about 55 Men , Women, and Children , Total destruction of about 200 Homes , and 100 Shops , and among the victims of all this disaster , the Majority which bore this Burn was now again the Shia Community.

As Shia nation is not afraid of the Martyrdom and Destruction , as they have been going on through this for the Last 14 Centuries , and as per their Believe they ‘ll will have to face this till the Dooms Day , except in the Reign of the Present Imam Mehdi AJTF, who will rule the Whole World with such a Justice that No One has to bear any Injustice , regardless of its color , cast , creed or Religion.

But the Question and the fight of the Shia Nation is that the Cost of any Death and Destruction to the Community should be such Huge , that even the Blood thirsty enemy should think twice , before committing such a Henious crime , and to fix the Price of Death and Destruction to the Community , is the work and thought of the Leadership is to decide as How the Enemy should be Nailed that it has to pay the Price .

As in the case of the Bomb Blast in Abbas Town , Karachi , the Biggest City of Pakistan , The whole of the Shia Nation was eyeing and was Pin Drop Silent to hear the Strategy of their Leadership , as What has to be done to Stop this Menace in the First Place , and How the Enemy should be encountered , and secondly , as whole of the Shia Nation was ready to March along side their Leader ship , but they looked like speech less.

As per the sources the Political Leadership of Karachi was very Much annoyed and disturbed by the earlier two Protest Sit Ins in Karachi and across Pakistan , each of which lasted for several days , paralyzing the whole city and the Nation for Several Days .

So On the Direct Orders of the Governor of Sindh the Shia Leadership was asked not to give any call for such Protest , while they were given fake assurances , we don’t know whether the Leadership followed on the given Instructions willingly or Under Pressure, but as the Shia Community has suffered a Huge Loss ,not only by losing their loved Ones , but also losing their Shelter and Businesses , but till now the Leadership which they have entrusted and backed , has uptill now , not come up with any thing concrete steps, that may heal up the wounds of the Shia Nation and specially the victims of the Bomb Blast , who are now homeless Orphans.

In a Situation like this the Leader ship should take the nation in confidence , by sharing their future and Present strategy , instead of Hiding behind the curtains , as it raises the eye Brows of Many , who are ready to infiltirate the system and to derail the Unity Band wagon , which has been achieved by the Nation after a very Long time , and after Paying a Huge Cost.

It is a very crucial time for All the Active Players of the Leadership , whether it may be Shia Ulema Council (SUC) , Majlis e Wahdat e Muslimeen (MWM) , Shia Action Comitte (SAC) , Jafaria Alliance Pakistan (JAP) , Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) or other regional & City level Groups should sit together and Urgently formulate a United Policy, which can be Implemented across Pakistan Unilaterally for the safety and well being of whole of the Shia Community to fight against the Evil forces .

As with the every Passing Moment , the Political Parties which have been threatened by the Shia Unity and Strength are trying to Infiltrate and create disintegration among the shia Nation, so the formula is Sooner the Better. Rather than for Waiting for Next Disaster to come up and shaken the confidence of the Nation in the Leadership.

15th International Halal Food Conference in US


International Halal Food Conference 2013JNN 26 Feb 2013 Chicago : Organized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, the conference will be attended and addressed by the renowned scientists, scholars, industries executives, Halal authorities from around the world.  Continue reading

Anti Islam US Movie ” Innocence of Muslims” Banned after Protests erupts around the Muslim World , Made to hurt & incite Muslims


JNN 13 Sept 2012 Karachi  : After protests erupted across the Middle East and Afghanistan blocked video sharing website and social media network YouTube, the site took off “Innocence of Muslims”, a film that claims to take a satirical view of Muslims and Islam. Continue reading

Anti Islam US Movie " Innocence of Muslims" Banned after Protests erupts around the Muslim World , Made to hurt & incite Muslims


JNN 13 Sept 2012 Karachi  : After protests erupted across the Middle East and Afghanistan blocked video sharing website and social media network YouTube, the site took off “Innocence of Muslims”, a film that claims to take a satirical view of Muslims and Islam. Continue reading

Top Shia Cleric “Grand Ayatollah Makarim” Warns Saudi Arabia of Wahhabism


Iran’s senior cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has warned the Saudi Arabian government against siding with anti-Shia extremists in the Arab kingdom.

Iran’s senior cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has warned the Saudi Arabian government against siding with anti-Shia extremists in the Arab kingdom.

“Reports from Saudi Arabia indicate that Wahhabi extremists have not abandoned offense against Shia Muslims and are writing and publishing more books against the Shia faith than the past years,” ISNA quoted Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi as saying on Wednesday.

“An anti-Shia Persian channel has [also] been launched,” the prominent cleric regretted.

“Our message to Saudi rulers is that they [should] separate their stance from Wahhabis,” he urged, warning Riyadh against confronting Shiism, which he described as the dominant faith in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi called on Saudi leaders to “reach out to Shias in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and stand up against Zionists and the enemies of Islam.”

“It would be in your interest and for the good of Islam and the region that you separate your stance from the Wahhabis and avoid confrontation with Shias,” he reiterated.

He criticized the “ignorant” Wahhabi extremists for their “inhuman acts” and resorting to violence against Shias. “If your logic is strong, why do you avoid a debate for the fear of a response?” he questioned.

Wahhabism is an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, which gained momentum after the discovery of oil in the kingdom in 1938.


Top Shia Cleric "Grand Ayatollah Makarim" Warns Saudi Arabia of Wahhabism


Iran’s senior cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has warned the Saudi Arabian government against siding with anti-Shia extremists in the Arab kingdom.

Iran’s senior cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has warned the Saudi Arabian government against siding with anti-Shia extremists in the Arab kingdom.

“Reports from Saudi Arabia indicate that Wahhabi extremists have not abandoned offense against Shia Muslims and are writing and publishing more books against the Shia faith than the past years,” ISNA quoted Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi as saying on Wednesday.

“An anti-Shia Persian channel has [also] been launched,” the prominent cleric regretted.

“Our message to Saudi rulers is that they [should] separate their stance from Wahhabis,” he urged, warning Riyadh against confronting Shiism, which he described as the dominant faith in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi called on Saudi leaders to “reach out to Shias in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and stand up against Zionists and the enemies of Islam.”

“It would be in your interest and for the good of Islam and the region that you separate your stance from the Wahhabis and avoid confrontation with Shias,” he reiterated.

He criticized the “ignorant” Wahhabi extremists for their “inhuman acts” and resorting to violence against Shias. “If your logic is strong, why do you avoid a debate for the fear of a response?” he questioned.

Wahhabism is an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, which gained momentum after the discovery of oil in the kingdom in 1938.


Hezbollah Condemns Attack on Church


Hezbollah vehemently condemned on Monday the attacks on the Archeological Baptist Church in Al Quds and Sayyidat Al Najat -Our Lady of Deliverance- Church in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which resulted in tens of victims, some of which were worshippers in the Church.

Hezbollah vehemently condemned on Monday the attacks on the Archeological Baptist Church in Al Quds and Sayyidat Al Najat -Our Lady of Deliverance- Church in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which resulted in tens of victims, some of which were worshippers in the Church.

In a statement it released, Hezbollah said that the malicious Zionist hallmarks in this crime are clear as the Zionist scheme is based on fragmenting this region into feuding entities in order to dominate it.

37 Christians along with seven security force members were killed Sunday night when US occupation soldiers and Iraqi forces stormed a Baghdad cathedral to free dozens of hostages as an Al-Qaeda group claimed the attack.

In its statement, Hezbollah said that this region has never witnessed such a heinous crime, where it had always been a land of meeting, forgiveness, and coexistence, until the US occupation came to Iraq, and triggered incitements and sectarian conflicts.

The Resistance party concluded its statement by expressing belief that the malicious Zionist enemy is clearly behind this crime, in reference to the Zionist scheme in dividing the region into rival entities and peoples in order to impose its dominance.


iran condemns Jewish settlers' assault on Jerusalem church in Holy Quds


Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned burning an old church in Holy Quds by Zionists.

Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned burning an old church in Holy Quds by Zionists.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran regards the recent provocative measure of Zionists in desecrating an old church in occupied Quds as another evidence of Zionist regime’s insult to divine religions and religious,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

“Zionist regime has already shown that it does not respect divine sources and its followers with desecrating religious sites of Muslims, Christians and al-Aqsa Holy Mosque.”

He called for the international community to denounce the Zionist measure and take steps to stop such insulting actions.

A group of extremist Jewish settlers set fire to a one hundred year old Christian church in holy Quds on Friday causing substantial damage to its first floor.

Australian politician rails against Islamic banking


An Australian lawmaker has urged fellow members of parliament to block legislation that would allow financial products that met the Islamic banking principle prohibiting the payment and collection of interest.

An Australian lawmaker has urged fellow members of parliament to block legislation that would allow financial products that met the Islamic banking principle prohibiting the payment and collection of interest.’Sharia finance is one aspect of sharia law, or Islamic law, and I reject it entirely,’ the opposition Liberal Party’s Cory Bernardi said Tuesday. ‘We shouldn’t be changing our legal system or our legal framework to accommodate a system of laws that is wholly incompatible with Western values.’

Face to Face with Tony Blair's sister-in-law "Lauren Booth"


British ex-premier Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has inspired mixed reaction in the West after converting to Islam following a visit to the Iranian holy city of Qom.

British ex-premier Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has inspired mixed reaction in the West after converting to Islam following a visit to the Iranian holy city of Qom.

Lauren Booth, a broadcaster with Iran’s English-language Press TV news network, has talked about her “journey” to Islam on a Press TV program which will be aired next Sunday.

The journalist and human rights activist was recently in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to cover the Quds Day solidarity march held annually on the last Friday of Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan.

She explains in details how she later traveled to a place which led her to one of the most important decisions in her life.

She said she “did not know that she was on such a journey” until she reached “a mosque” in the holy Iranian city of Qom, 156 kilometers southwest of Tehran. It was there that she “felt it” as she kept vigil all through the night.

As for what started it all, she reminisced about her encounters with Muslims, especially Palestinians in Gaza and Ramallah whose rights she has actively defended during much of her adult life.

The 43-year-old half-sister of Cherie Blair now wears hijab outside her home and prays five times a day.

Booth, who had moved to France with her husband and two daughters in 2004, returned to Britain after her husband suffered a sever brain injury following a motorcycle accident in April 2009.

In an hour-long appearance on Press TV’s Face to Face program, Lauren revealed all about her conversion to the world’s fastest growing religion and shared with the world all the feedback she has received from Muslims, non-Muslims as well as her own beloved family and friends.


21 Shia Muslims Martyr by Suicide Bomber in North of Baghdad


BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt martyred at least 21 people on Friday in a town north of Baghdad, shattering what had been weeks of relative calm, the town’s mayor said.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt martyred at least 21 people on Friday in a town north of Baghdad, shattering what had been weeks of relative calm, the town’s mayor said.

The suicide bomber blew himself up inside a popular cafe in the town of Balad Ruz, 45 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, said the town’s mayor, Mohammed Maaruf. An additional 65 people were injured, he said.

The neighborhood where the explosion occurred is home to many Faili Kurds, a small sect of ethnic Kurds following the Shia branch of Islam, and many of the dead were Shias.

Feyli Kurds are largely a Shiite community living in Baghdad and Iraq around Khanaqin and Mandili. There are an estimated 2-3 million Feylis living in Iraq.


Iraqi Main Shia Bloc Rejects Saudi Offer


National Alliance turns down Saudi monarch’s offer to host all-party talks to break Iraq’s political impasse.

he National Alliance, Iraq’s main Shia bloc, has turned down a Saudi offer to host all-party talks to resolve months of deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government.

The offer was turned down on Sunday after some politicians voiced fears over foreign interference. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had a day earlier volunteered to host the talks in November.

The National Alliance, a coalition of Shia blocs, including that of incumbent prime minister,
Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition, said that a deal in Baghdad was close after the highest court ordered parliament to resume sessions last week.

“Though we express our appreciation to Saudi Arabia for its concern about the situation in Iraq and its willingness to provide support, we would like to confirm Iraqi leaders are continuing their meetings to reach a national consensus,” a statement issued by the alliance, said.

According to a senior member of al-Maliki’s bloc, the Kurdish Alliance also supports this statement.

The Kurdish alliance has 57 seats in parliament and al-Maliki’s camp is working closely with them to form a coalition government.

The Kurdish bloc was not immediately available for comment.

A spokeswoman for the rival Iraqiya list, led by Iyad Allawi, the former prime minister, however, welcomed the Saudi monarch’s initiative.

“We ask all political blocs to welcome the initiative, preventing Iraq’s security situation from deteriorating” amid continued political deadlock, Maysoon al-Damluji, a prominent member of the bloc, said.


A Shia cleric and two mosques' administrators were detained by the Saudi authorities


Saudi police arrested since Tuesday a cleric and two other people from Qatif city on allegations of establishing a memorial ceremony on the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Al-imam Al-Khomeini.

According to reliable sources, Saudi authorities detained Sheikh Saeed al Bahhar, the imam of Imam Reza Mosque in Tarot Island, and the administrator of the mosque Mr. Mohammad Hassan al Hubail.

In a similar event, Saudi police also arrested the administrator of Imam Al-Hadi Mosque in the village of Sanabis, Mr. Hussien al Dubaisy.

Family sources said that the three arrests were under the pretext of establishing a memorial day to commemorate the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Al-Imam Al-Khomeini.

According to some sources attributed to Sheikh Saeed Albahhar and some people known to be close to him, indicated that he had never organized or participated in any memorial service of that kind recently.

Sheikh al Bahhar was called in on Monday by the Saudi police at Tarot Island police station and was subjected to a lengthy investigation before being released on the same day.

However, on the following day after the first call, he was called in again accompanied by Mr. Hussien al Dubaisy and Mr. Mohammad Hassan al Hubail , where they were all taken to custody at Al-Qatif Police Station. Since then, they still remain in the detention center.

According to family sources, arrest warrants were issued by the office of the Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, the governor of the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, many observers noticed the ambiguity and contradiction that surrounds the circumstances and justification for the arrests.

It is noteworthy to indicate that Sheikh Albahhar was just grant a passport since few days ago after the travel ban against him that lasted more than fourteen years.


Sunnis lose Bahrain Parliament Majority


Sunnis in the Bahraini government have lost control over the parliament after independent candidates extended their lead to 13 seats

Sunnis in the Bahraini government have lost control over the parliament after independent candidates extended their lead to 13 seats.
The results of the second round of the country’s legislative elections were announced early on Sunday.

Shia opposition group al-Wefaq had already secured 18 out of 40 seats in the first round of the legislative elections in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Shias and independent candidates now have most seats in Bahrain’s new parliament.

The results are a major blow to Sunnis, who had dominated the last two parliaments.

A total of 127 candidates were competing in the elections, which came in the wake of a crackdown on Shia opposition activists.

Bahrain’s National Assembly is made up of two chambers. The lower house has 40 elected members and the upper house has 40 members appointed by the country’s King.

The Shia opposition refuses to recognize the 2002 constitution and has called for an electoral boycott.

The Shias comprise the majority of Bahrain’s population. They have, however, long complained about being discriminated against by the Bahraini government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

Amnesty International has criticized Manama over the pre-election crackdown on the Shia opposition figures and rights activists.

The Human Rights Watch and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) — a non-profit body with the stated aim of promoting democratic standards in the region — have also noted the campaign of suppression ahead of the polls.


Palestinian female captive on hunger strike for the third day running


JNN 30.10.10 The Mandela Foundation that caters for Palestinian captives said that Lanan Abu Ghalma who is detained at Hasharon prison has started a hunger strike three days ago to protest the prison’s administration refusal to unite her with her sister Tagrid who is detained in another Israeli occupation jail.

 

The Mandela Foundation that caters for Palestinian captives said that Lanan Abu Ghalma who is detained at Hasharon prison has started a hunger strike three days ago to protest the prison’s administration refusal to unite her with her sister Tagrid who is detained in another Israeli occupation jail.

Head of the foundation, lawyer Buthaina Duqmaq, said in a statement on Friday that Nada Derbas, another Palestinian female captive, went on hunger strike in solidarity with Lanan.

Daqmaq further called on local and international human rights organisation to pressure the Israeli occupation to release the two sisters Lanan and Tagrid Abu Ghalma.

Lanan was arrested last April and placed under administrative detention and a heavy fine was imposed on her sister Tagrid on top of her detention.

Lanan was one of twenty Palestinian female captives freed in October 2009 in return for a two and a half minute video of Gilad Shalit in which he appeared to be fit and well both mentally and physically.


Head of Al-Azhar to Meet Grand Ayatollah Sistani


JNN 30.10.10 The Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida yesterday said that Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, president of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University plans to meet with Shia source of emulation grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani.

The Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida yesterday said that Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, president of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University plans to meet with Shia source of emulation grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani.

According to Nun website, Al-Tayeb will visit Iraq after the new Iraqi government is formed.

He will also meet with other Shia sources of emulation to discuss ways for proximity among Shia and Sunni schools of thought.

His trip is expected to be a step towards holding an international conference of Shia and Sunni scholars and thinkers.

Located in Cairo, Egypt, Al-Azhar University is the main centre of Sunni Islamic learning in the world.


'Bahrain's Shia trials not to be fair'


A Bahraini activist says the trial of Shia opposition detainees in Bahrain will not be fair as the Judiciary is totally swayed by the kingdom’s ruling family.

“I do not think there is going to be a fair trial. You cannot have a fair trial when the judge is accused himself,” Saeed al-Shahabi from Bahrain Freedom Movement said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

“In Bahrain the judge is appointed by the ruling family and he could be one of them. So, he is charging and trying people who he thinks are enemies,” he further explained.

During the trial of 27 Shia opposition activists at Bahrain’s High Criminal Court on Thursday, defendants complained that they were tortured by Bahraini authorities while in detention.

Defense attorneys argued that defendants had been abused while in detention. They also faced beatings and electric shocks and kept in solitary confinement.

Al-Shahabi ruled out the possibility of a just and lawful hearing while at the same time the defendants have been subject to torture and abuse.

” … You have these serious allegations of torture, and today they have proved to be not just allegations but facts when people expose their bodies to show serious wounds and one of them, Jaafar al-Hasabi, has said explicitly that he was sexually assaulted,” al-Shahabi went on to say.

The trial comes less than one week after the country’s parliamentary elections, which saw thousands demonstrating against what they insist is discrimination by the Sunni-led government.

Shias say they are discriminated against in housing, health, and education, in addition to government sector jobs.

Shias comprise 70 percent of Bahrain’s population, yet hold only 17 of the 40 seats in the directly-elected lower house of parliament.

Additionally, the upper house, or Shura Council, also has 40 members that are entirely appointed by the Bahraini King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and has vetoing power.

Moreover, the Bahraini king appoints all the country’s ministers.

The government came down hard on the Shia opposition and human rights activists leading up to the elections in August and has arrested more than 250 dissidents that were protesting the election campaigns.


21 Shia Muslims Martyr by Suicide Bomber in North of Baghdad


BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt martyred at least 21 people on Friday in a town north of Baghdad, shattering what had been weeks of relative calm, the town’s mayor said.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt martyred at least 21 people on Friday in a town north of Baghdad, shattering what had been weeks of relative calm, the town’s mayor said.

The suicide bomber blew himself up inside a popular cafe in the town of Balad Ruz, 45 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, said the town’s mayor, Mohammed Maaruf. An additional 65 people were injured, he said.

The neighborhood where the explosion occurred is home to many Faili Kurds, a small sect of ethnic Kurds following the Shia branch of Islam, and many of the dead were Shias.

Feyli Kurds are largely a Shiite community living in Baghdad and Iraq around Khanaqin and Mandili. There are an estimated 2-3 million Feylis living in Iraq.


Ibrahimi mosque closed for Muslim worshipers as settlers celebrate "Chaye Sarah"


Scores of Jewish settlers converged on al-Khalil on Friday afternoon to celebrate “Chaye Sarah” closing the mosque in the face of Muslim worshipers for the length of the festivity.

Scores of Jewish settlers converged on al-Khalil on Friday afternoon to celebrate “Chaye Sarah” closing the mosque in the face of Muslim worshipers for the length of the festivity.

The festivity will last until Saturday evening, where both parts of the Mosque have been opened for the settlers.

IOF troops intensified their presence inside the city, especially the old city and roads leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Israeli occupation authorities had earlier informed the Islamic Awqaf department in al-Khalil of the intended closure of the mosque for Muslims on Friday and Saturday.

Although Chaye Sarah is not an official Jewish holiday, settlers made it a yearly celebration saying that as they read in the Torah the story of Ibrahim (PBUH) buying the caves of Machpela, as they are trying to gradually take over the Ibrahimi Mosque.


210 embrace Islam in two months in Dubai


DUBAI – The Information Centre of Dar Al Ber Society in Dubai registered conversion of 210 people into Islam in September and October.

The Information Centre of Dar Al Ber Society in Dubai registered conversion of 210 people into Islam in September and October.Yusuf Al Saeed, manager of the centre, said the new converts included individuals and families of different nationalities. “Their hearts are touched by the tolerance, greatness, mercy and consistency of Islam,” he added.

“Special programmes organised by the centre had attracted around 1100 people to Islam this year so far. Most of the conversions took place in Ramadan, with 250 new Muslims, basically due to the spirit of the holy month,” Al Saeed said. He noted thousands of people come to the centre willingly to know about Islam. “The information on teachings and principles of Islam, provided in the books being gifted to thousands of truth-seekers, quench their thirst for the true religion,” he said.

Dar Al Ber Society has always been very keen to spread the peaceful message of Islam without any coercion since its establishment in Dubai 30 years ago.

“The branches and offices of the society in the emirates of Dubai, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah receive applications for conversion on a daily basis,” Saeed said.

The centre had distributed over 67,000 copies of the Holy Quran as well as 9,000 translated introductory books, audio cassettes and CDs on Islam in different languages, including Chinese, Russian, Tagalog, English, Urdu and others.

“The centre has further distributed more than 300,000 copies of Dar Al Ber editions of the Holy Quran to the masjids, Islamic centres and individuals inside the country and abroad this year,” Saeed said.

Millions of lives still at risk in Pakistan, warns Oxfam


Funds for the UN Pakistan disaster appeal are drying up and threatening millions of lives three months after floods devastated the country, international development agency Oxfam has warned

Funds for the UN Pakistan disaster appeal are drying up and threatening millions of lives three months after floods devastated the country, international development agency Oxfam has warned.

The British charity said that cases of disease are increasing with large areas of the worst-hit region, the southern province of Sindh, remaining underwater.

As winter approaches, seven million people are still without adequate shelter, it said.

The warning follows similar comments from the UK Disasters Emergency Committee and other development organisations, calling on the donor community to fund Pakistan generously in its time of need and help the emergency response across all flood-affected areas.

“The crisis is far from over. Parts of southern Sindh, the worst-hit area, still remain a disaster zone,” said Neva Khan, Oxfam’s director in Pakistan.

“When the world’s attention was focused on Pakistan’s flood victims there was a chance of seeing substantial aid being delivered. But as the worst of the flood waters have receded so has the promise of significant funding”, Khan said.

The slow response to the UN emergency appeal has been widely criticised and remains less than 40 per cent funded.

Oxfam said many of the world’s richest countries are “failing the flood victims, who are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.”

According to the United Nations, 10 million people are in need of immediate food assistance. The funding shortfall is so serious that existing regular food rations to 3.5 million people could be in jeopardy.


Interfaith Panel to Meet in Clearwater, US to Discuss Islam


The construction of an Islamic center near the site in New York City where the World Trade Center twin towers were toppled in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a Gainesville minister’s threat to have a public burning of the Quran , both have sparked nationwide controversy about Islam in recent months

The construction of an Islamic center near the site in New York City where the World Trade Center twin towers were toppled in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a Gainesville minister’s threat to have a public burning of the Quran , both have sparked nationwide controversy about Islam in recent months.

On Wednesday night, the Interfaith Coalition of Tampa Bay will host a panel discussion focusing on the Muslim religion titled “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. The public is welcome to attend.

Featured speakers from different Islamic communities will discuss how Muslims practice their faith, organizers say. They will answer questions about Islam and address responses from other faith leaders.

It’s the first in a series of programs to promote interfaith understanding and cooperation.

“What we’ve seen over the years is that there is a hunger to learn more about others’ faith,” said the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. “We held a series like this about three or four years ago and averaged 150 people.”

Janamanchi, 41, of Safety Harbor has been senior minister at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater for 12 years and will serve as panel moderator.

After a question-and-answer period, participants will split into groups for discussions under the direction of Roy Kaplan, an associate professor of Africana studies at the University of South Florida.

From 1989 to 2004, Kaplan was executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice Tampa Bay Region.


Israeli workers to go on general strike


Israeli public sector workers are set to go on a general strike next week, which will shut down all public services, including public transport.

“From next Tuesday we will embark on an open-ended public sector strike,” Israeli main trade union, the Histadrut labor federation, said on Thursday.

The union is demanding a 3.5 percent annual wage raise for all 750,000 public sector employees over three years, an almost 11 percent increase.

However, Head of the Finance Ministry’s Wage and Labor Agreements Department Ilan Levin has offered a 0.5 percent annual increase.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Ofer Eini, the chairman of the Histadrut labor federation, are scheduled to meet on Friday over the issue.

If the strike goes ahead, it would shut down all offices, companies, the seaports and airports, university administrations, and other public institutions.

The extent of the strike could also depend on the progress in the negotiations between the Histadrut and the treasury.


'Israel hogging Gaza water sources'


More than 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip lack access to basic humanitarian supplies such as shortage of water resources.

Many Palestinians are forced to purchase bottled water for their daily needs, as water coming from their taps has run dry, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

The Gaza aquifer is the only source of water for residents of Gaza. Reports show that 90 percent of its water is not suitable for human consumption due to high levels of nitrate and salinity.

In an interview with Press TV, public health coordinator Tracey Wise said, “Because of such limited amounts of water in Gaza that’s acceptable for human consumption, mostly this is the shallow, coastal aquifer, and this aquifer is being over-pumped, so much water is being taken out to supply the needs of Gazans, that you have much more intrusion of sea water.”

“And then also you have upwelling of this very, very old water that has high salinity and high concentrations of other pollutants,” she added.

Meanwhile, Israel has installed huge pumping stations all along the shared border, diverting water before it reaches the aquifer of Gaza.

Israel has imposed a blockade on the region since June 2007, preventing the entry of hundreds of items, including essential industrial materials needed to repair the water infrastructure.

During the Gaza war, bombs completely destroyed three water wells and much of the water system infrastructure in Gaza.

The Coastal Municipal Water Utility (CMWU) has reported Israel’s daily water consumption per capita at around 320 liters while the consumption of Palestinians in Gaza is less than 90 liters.

“We need to start to think about unconventional water sources, [such as] the sea, along with other solutions,” said CMWU Director Munzer Shuplaq.

According to recent statistics conducted by CMWU, residents of the coastal enclave will not find healthy water to drink by the year 2015.


'Bahraini Shia freedom only for praising govt.'


An activist says freedom in Bahrain is only for admiring the ruling monarchy and the Shia majority will face repression if they talk of the kingdom’s problems.

“Freedom is there only if you want to praise the regime … [But] when you want fairness and equal opportunities to all; when you want the stopping of denaturalization or retaining the land that is occupied by the ruling family, then you will become terrorist, enemy to the country and so on,” Saeed al-Shahabi from Bahrain Freedom Movement said.

“What you have is absolute monarchy which wants to rule, [as it] wants everybody to be silent towards these repressive policies,” he added.

Al-Shahabi described the elections in the Sheikhdom as “incidents that last for a week or so as we had before in 2004 and 2006 and nothing has changed.”

“The rule of law is absent. The constitution is imposed by the polls and there is direction in who will appear in front of the law and who is excluded from that law,” he opined.

Al-Shahabi also warned that as long as there is “discrimination against the majority who are Shia, we will continue to have this repression and oppression.”

Last week, parliamentary elections were held in Bahrain, which saw thousands demonstrating against what they insist is discrimination by the Sunni-led government.

Shias say they are discriminated against in housing, health, and education, in addition to government sector jobs.

Shias comprise 70 percent of Bahrain’s population, yet hold only 17 of the 40 seats in the directly-elected lower house of parliament.

Additionally, the upper house, or Shura Council, also has 40 members that are entirely appointed by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifathe and has vetoing power.

Moreover, the Bahraini king appoints all the country’s ministers.

The government came down hard on the Shia opposition and human rights activists leading up to the elections in August and has reportedly arrested more than 250 dissidents that were protesting the election campaigns.


Moscow Muslims Pray on Sidewalks for Want of Mosques


It is a typical Friday scene — worshippers kneeling in the rain outside Moscow’s biggest mosque, forced to use their shoes to anchor their prayer rugs to keep them from blowing away in the autumn winds.

It is a typical Friday scene — worshippers kneeling in the rain outside Moscow’s biggest mosque, forced to use their shoes to anchor their prayer rugs to keep them from blowing away in the autumn winds.

The scramble for a place inside is a weekly headache for Muslims in the Russian capital, a city with one of the biggest percentage of Muslims in Europe but with only four mosques.

And their plea for more space to worship is stirring tension with Russia’s resurgent nationalists.

“When I can get here early, I can find a place inside. Otherwise I need to stay outside,” said Abdyl Ashim Ibraimov, 30, a regular at the Sobornaya mosque, Moscow’s largest.

Thousands of faithful descend upon the site each Friday for the Islamic day of prayer, but the green building topped with gold crescents — wedged between blocks of apartments and an immense stadium in central Moscow — can only hold up to 800 people.

Once full, worshippers filter into its nearby administrative offices, then the interior courtyard and finally spill onto neighbouring sidewalks.

“Friday prayers are very important. That’s why we come here, whether it’s raining or snowing,” said Ashur Ashurov, a silver-haired man in his sixties.

Estimates vary for the number of Muslims in Moscow, a vast city of 10.5 million. Russian officials put it at about 1.2 million but the Council of Muftis, the official Muslim organisation in Russia, says it is closer to two million.

With only four mosques, “there is a catastrophic shortage of place,” said the Sobornaya mosque’s imam, Ildar Khazrat Alyautdinov. “It is not enough to accommodate those who want to come and pray.”

“We are asking, and even demanding, that there be a mosque in every borough, ideally in every neighbourhood,” Alyautdinov said.

According to Alyautdinov, a project to add a second building to enlarge the Sobornaya mosque site has been blocked by the absence of “one small signature from a bureaucrat” needed to finish the work.

And fierce protests from residents have thwarted other plans to build an enormous new mosque in the city’s southeast designed to hold up to 5,000 people. Moscow officials had promised to hand over land in a park to build this new facility.

Alexei Malashenko, an expert on Islam with the Moscow Carnegie Centre, a think-tank for nonpartisan research and analysis, said the root of the problem is a lack of tolerance among Moscow residents.

“Moscow is a cosmopolitan city… and the city with the biggest Muslim population in Europe. People need to get used to seeing mosques,” he said.


New Muslim school planned in fight against extremism in UK


MUSLIM leaders have announced plans to open a secondary school in Derby which would be at the vanguard of the fight against extremism.

MUSLIM leaders have announced plans to open a secondary school in Derby which would be at the vanguard of the fight against extremism.

The faith school could open by 2012. It would ensure children can pray facing Mecca and teach a GCSE in Islamic Studies.

A leader of Normanton’s Islamic community involved with the scheme said that, by stressing the peaceful nature of Islam, he believed the school could turn children away from extremism.

Community leader Shahban Rehmat said: “If you are teaching people the ways of Islam and the true cause of Islam, then it stops negativity and it stops people saying the wrong thing.”

He stressed that non-Muslim teenagers would be able to attend the school and would not have to pray if they did not want to.

The school would teach the National Curriculum “in a religious atmosphere”.

The idea is the brainchild of community education group An-Noor Institute and Normanton’s Jamia Mosque.

The institute has been running a successful nursery in a community room next to the mosque, in Whitaker Street, since 2008.

In July the Telegraph revealed the institute’s plans for a Muslim primary school in the mosque building.

Plans for the secondary school have now been announced, although that would be in another building in Rose Hill Street.

It wants both schools to be part of the coalition Government’s free school scheme which enables any group to start a school without permission from local councils, funded by the Department for Education.

Mosque secretary Mr Rehmat said anyone could attend the new secondary school and would not have to pray if they did not want to.

He said it would be “un-Islamic” to force them.

Mr Rehmat said children at faith schools often had more respect for their education and, in this case, would be more likely to become good Muslims.

He said: “Various different groups all over the UK believe in terrorism. The teachings at the school would show people what truth means.

“An education like this would put people off fundamentalism and terrorism.

“It’s the same at any religious school – Jewish, Christian – you often find the children are more respectful.”

Mr Rehmat said that plans to maintain small class sizes and have more one-to-one tuition at the school may also attract non-Muslims.

He said: “Currently you get classroom sizes of between 30 and 40 kids. We would be aiming for the new classrooms to be smaller – capped at about 20.”

He said the school would have between 200 and 300 pupils.

Ziad Amjad, the project organiser, said the school could be open by September 2012.

He said that the institute was now planning to send out its free school applications for the primary and secondary schools to the Department for Education together.

These will be alongside a petition, already signed by more than 1,000 mainly Muslim people, calling for the secondary and primary schools to be opened.

The Government believes the free-school scheme will give parents more choice, narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor youngsters and drive up standards because of the element of competition it will create.

These schools are not obliged to teach the national curriculum.


Gunmen Shoot Dead 4 Shia Muslims in Quetta


An unidentified gunman shot dead four people belonging to the Shia community on Masjid Road in Quetta on Thursday evening

An unidentified gunman shot dead four people belonging to the Shia community on Masjid Road in Quetta on Thursday evening.“The four Shiites had just closed their shop and left for home when an unknown gunman opened fire on their car and ran away,” killing two people on the spot, senior local police official Hamid Shakeel told AFP.

He said the other two people died of their injuries on the way to hospital.

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack, Shakeel added. A second police official, Shaukat Ali, confirmed the incident.

Meanwhile, heavy contingents of police cordoned off the area and started investigations.

Shia Inhabitant in Parachinar/Afghanistan border blockaded


While the paths of the Shia region of Parachinar to the interior part of Pakistan are closed and insecure, Pakistan’s military has blockaded a strategically important district in the country’s north and because of that there is no way to enter the food, fuel and medicine to the region.

While the paths of the Shia region of Parachinar to the interior part of Pakistan are closed and insecure, Pakistan’s military has blockaded a strategically important district in the country’s north and because of that there is no way to enter the food, fuel and medicine to the region.

After Colonel Tausif Akhtar of the Pakistani security forces announced the move on Monday evening at a news conference in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram – Kurram tribal district, near the Afghan border-, five border crossing points- Terimangal, Spina Shaga, Khairlachi, Burki and Shahidano Dand- have been shut, with security beefed up.
“We have done this due to internal security concerns, because there have been sectarian clashes in Kurram and we do not want miscreants from outside to exploit the situation,” said Akhtar.

The blockade comes amid reports that the Turis have once again refused to allow the militants to enter Afghanistan via Kurram. But by this, the only way of entering the food, fuel and medicine to the region is blocked. Tausif Akhtar is notorious among Shia Muslim of the region; he has killed and kidnapped many Shia.

“Colonel Tausif Akhtar is a big liar. What he’s done is not to bring the security to the region, but to torture and hurt Shia in Parachinar. The government enters some amount of food to Parachinar, but it’s not enough for the people, so we have to get most of our food from Afghanistan. I believe the government blocked the border to bring Shia to their knees.” A Parachinari Shia told ABNA.

“By this, they blocked the only way to enter the food for Shia in Parachinar. After the victory of Shia over Taliban in Shaluzan and Khivas, it’s a trick by Colonel Tausif Akhtar for Shia to make them tired and bring them to their knees and do whatever he wants to, but we don’t.” Another Parachinari Shia said .

It should be mentioned that, it’s more than 4 years that all the paths to Parachinar is blocked and people have to use Afghanistan land to take to other cities of Pakistan. If the border remains blocked, by approaching the cold season in Kurram Agency, we should predict a new disaster against Shia in the region.

Dengue Virus has Killed 26 people till yet , No steps taken for its eradication by the Govt. of Pakistan.


JNN 27.10.10 AN outburst of mosquito-borne dengue fever has been reported in some parts of Pakistan. A total of 4,561 dengue cases have been reported, which are estimated to further increase from October to December.

Dengue, like malaria and other vector-borne diseases, is circulated by the reproduction of mosquitoes in stagnant water. With the recent flood outbreak and general poor hygiene conditions in various municipalities` pools of stagnant water have led to the increase and spread of this disease.

It is always the poor who suffer in silence, while the elite and the rich can afford better. Be it food, shelter or even expensive medical treatments and healthcare. Education is the key.

The government should step up efforts to save lives and to let these poor devastated people know the real dangers of their situation so that they can make simple changes in their day-to-day living to save themselves.

An acute shortage of platelet kits at public health institutions is aggravating the plight of patients tested positive for dengue, and private facilities have started cashing in on the situation by charging exorbitant rates for the kits.

According to medical experts, a dengue patient having platelet counts below 50,000 is declared critical and needs immediate platelets transfusion and any delay may prove fatal for the patient.

“A dengue patient or recipient requires six to seven platelet concentrates per day for at least two weeks to bring his platelet counts normal,” a senior doctor said.

“A kit worth Rs8,000 is being sold against Rs30,000 in the black market these days,” sources claimed. The situation has exposed the government’s tall claims of provision of free treatment to patients at public sector hospitals.

SYMPTOMS
High fever and severe body pain, itching and red spots,Then after some time bleeding from nose and teeth, severe pain behind eyes.

PRECAUTIONS
Promptly cover the pots having water, e.g. bath buckets and drums etc. Use coils, mats and special sprays.

FACTS
Dengue mosquitto attacks during 6am to 9am and from 4pm to 10pm.

TREATMENT
Patients should use paracetamol only, never use aspirin / dispirin.
And In case of  Fever , No Antibiotique Medicine should be taken prior to Blood test , as in case of infection by  Dengue Virus , if the person have already taken Antibiotique Medicine, then even the Dengue Virus Infected Person’s  test will report Negative, while in the presence of the virus, which is very lethal and can be life threatening ,so extra care should be taken during fever these days , as the Blood test is necessary , to check the infection of Dengue Virus.

Dengue virus Infection can be cured by grinding the PaPaya leaves on the conventional Stone grinders by Hand and its juice and grinded leaves should be administered to the patient once a day for atleast a week to fortnight , which instantly starts giving rise in the Plattlet level of  the patients.

Six people killed in Iraq violence


At least six people, including three security forces, have been killed in the new wave of bomb attacks in Iraq, interior ministry sources say.

In the first incident, three policemen lost their lives on Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded in the Hamreen region of Baquba province, AFP reported.

An interior ministry source says another bomb went off near the Sunni Endowment’s headquarters in Baghdad and killed two guards and left four other people injured.

The source added that a magnetic “sticky bomb” targeted a car and claimed a live, wounding four other people.

The attacks came a day after seven people have been killed by bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital and the country’s eastern province of Diyala.

Seven years after US raid on Iraq, casualties from bomb attacks still remain part of daily life in the war-torn country.

The classified documents released by the whistleblower website Wikileaks have shed light on a spate of crimes and offences committed in Iraq over the past few years, including assassinations and murders.

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of having weapons of mass destruction, but such weapons were never found.

Saudi student punished for being Shia


Shia students at an elementary school in Saudi Arabia have been subject to physical punishment and insults over their faith by a Salafi teacher.

The report, which was first published by the Saudi Arabian Rasid News Network, said the punishments traumatized the students and inflicted emotional and psychological damage.

The teacher identified as Shaher al-Aatibi, is a hard-line member of the Salafi sect working at the Jafar ibn Abi Talib elementary school in Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Al-Aatibi repeatedly calls Shia students ‘infidels’ and ‘idolaters,’ saying they support Iran and the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini.

According to the report, the teacher also physically punishes students over unwarranted issue such as wearing rings, causing a rift among the different tribes of the area.

A 2009 report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the Saudi government over its “systemic state discrimination” against Shia Muslims across the Kingdom.

Jafar ibn Abi Talib elementary school has a total of 600 staff and students, a vast majority of whom are Shia.

Qatif has the largest concentration of Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

Israel passes another discriminatory law


In another discriminatory move, an Israeli parliamentary committee has approved a bill which allows Israeli communities not to admit Palestinians.

The Knesset’s so-called Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the second and third readings of a bill which allows communities having less than 500 people to appoint admissions boards capable of rejecting residents if they do not meet the criteria of “suitability to the community’s fundamental outlook.”

The proposal provoked anger among Israeli-Arab lawmakers, who said the bill paves the way for Jews to reject Palestinians from their communities.

Many Arab lawmakers described the bill as discriminatory and racist and walked out of the Knesset debate in protest.

“This law allows the establishment of Jewish communities that want to prevent Arab residents from entering. All of the bill’s stipulations exist only in the Jewish sector,” said lawmaker Taleb El-Sana from the United Arab List — Ta’al.

“As a sign of protest, we are leaving. We will not be a part of a debate on this racist and fascist law. This is disgraceful — you have crossed the line,” he added.

The bill, which was proposed 10 years ago, is due to be presented before the Knesset in the coming weeks.

Imam Reza (AS) Cultural Artistic Festival Underway in Lahore


Organized by Iran Cultural House in Lahore, Imam Reza (AS) Cultural Artistic Festival is now underway at the center.

Organized by Iran Cultural House in Lahore, Imam Reza (AS) Cultural Artistic Festival is now underway at the center.

The 5-day festival includes the Razavi Exhibition as well as poetry recitation ceremonies.

The opening ceremony which was held on Wednesday, October 20, started with the recitation of a few verses of the Quran followed by eulogies for the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) by a number of religious poets from Lahore.

Mehran Eskandarian, cultural expert of Iran Cultural House, also presented his supplication and poems.

Abbas Famuri, Iran’s cultural attaché and head of the country’s cultural house, was the next speaker who, congratulating Imam Reza’s (AS) birth anniversary, said that Imam Reza’s real name and epithet are Ali and Abu-Al-Hassan respectively, while his most well-known title is Reza meaning ‘contentment’.

He further referred to Imam’s ethical and virtuous characteristics adding that he treated all people with respect and kindness in a way that even his enemies stood in awe of him.

Another speaker was Ghahraman Soleimani, head of Persian Language and Literature Development Center, who referred to the extensive cultural relations between Iran and Pakistan noting that Persian speakers do not have much difficulty understanding the words and grammatical structures in Urdu since the two languages have many rules in common.

People of the Subcontinent used to narrate their life stories in poems and that’s why poetry has always been the voice of spirituality especially in Shia communities, he added.

Poetry had also a lofty status at the time of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) when poets had a grand responsibility to serve Islam through their poems, he went on to say.

Muslim students try to clear misconceptions through Islam Awareness Week


In light of the recent controversy over a planned mosque near the site of Ground Zero, MU’s Muslim Student Organization is prepared to set the record straight with Islam Awareness Week.

COLUMBIA

– In light of the recent controversy over a planned mosque near the site of Ground Zero, MU’s Muslim Student Organization is prepared to set the record straight with Islam Awareness Week.

From Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, the organization will host multiple events to spread the word about the religion of Islam and its practices.

Islam Awareness Week is an annual event, typically held in the spring. Because of recent mosque burnings nationally and negative discussion about American Muslims in relation to Ground Zero, however, the group made the decision to move the date of the event.

“We really just want to educate people about what Islam in America really is, especially because nowadays people get the wrong impression of Islam when they only watch 30-second clips on Fox News or CNBC,” said Mahir Khan, the Muslim Student Organization’s public relations chair. “Islam and America are not that conflicting, they are actually more hand-in-hand than most people understand.”

Mark Scott, a religious professor at MU, teaches a class on major world religions.

“It’s important to cultivate appreciation of all world religions,” Scott said. “Every religion has the capacity for peace and the capacity for violence.”

The first event, “Muslims in the Media,” will include a panel of Muslim community members hosting a discussion about the portrayal of Muslims in the news. The event will be held on the MU campus in 110 Memorial Union South.

“Conceptions about Islam are so widespread and often relate to terrorism,” Scott said. “I can see why this event would be very valuable.”

On Tuesday, the group will screen the film “Billal’s Stand,” a Sundance Film Festival selection.It tells the story of Bilal, a young black Muslim, living in Detroit.

“We picked this movie because it portrays a story that a lot of American Muslims go through when they struggle to keep their faith in this environment,” Khan said.

The film will play at 7:30 pm in Ellis Auditorium.

In addition to promoting Islam awareness, the Muslim Student Organization plans to support another cause at its third event on Wednesday. The organization will host a Women in Islam panel, which comprises Muslim women within the Columbia community.

The panelists will discuss their stories of adjusting to Islamic life in the U.S., especially in the context of common stereotypes and negative images that surround Islamic women in America.

Khan said each Muslim woman will be encouraged to wear a pink hijab, in honor of breast cancer awareness. This tradition started in Columbia a few years ago, and has now become a national phenomenon. Each attendee will also be encouraged to wear pink and contribute to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Mumford Hall, room 133.

The final event for Islam Awareness Week will feature Suhaib Weeb, a former gang member who converted to Islam. Webb is now a prominent Islamic figure, who Khan described as a “huge force in the American Muslim community.”

“He embodies the American values of fixing yourself, getting out of a bad situation and pulling yourself up from your bootstraps,” Khan said. “He also embodies Islamic ideals like dedicating yourself to your religion, and the more you learn about him the more you fall in love with him.”

The Muslim Student Organization expects this to be the most popular event of Islam Awareness Week, and anticipates a crowd of about 100 people.

Khan said he hopes that these events raise awareness and understanding of Muslims as regular people.

German companies offer housing units in holy Karbala


German companies offered to implement 1,000 low-cost housing units within an integrated housing neighborhood project for a total cost of $16.5 million, a local spokesman said on Saturday.

German companies offered to implement 1,000 low-cost housing units within an integrated housing neighborhood project for a total cost of $16.5 million, a local spokesman said on Saturday.

“A delegation representing a German consortium offered to Karbala Governor Amal al-Din al-Hirr and Provincial Council Chief Muhammad Hameed al-Moussawi a project of 1,000 low-cost housing units, each consisting of three rooms,” Emad Muhammad

Hussein, the Karbala Province’s information director, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

For his part, the chairman of the board of the German consortium said the delegation was acquainted on conditions in the city and was encouraged to offer readiness to implement the project, which would take place near the green belt southwest of Karbala city.

“The contract will be signed during the next few days to start the project by German technicians while the working hands will be Iraqi,” he added.

The holy Shiite city of Karbala lies 180 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Italy exhibits Islamic artworks


Italy has mounted an exhibition of Islamic artworks in the city of Milan, which features pieces from the dawn of Islam until the modern era.

Italy has mounted an exhibition of Islamic artworks in the city of Milan, which features pieces from the dawn of Islam until the modern era.

Organized by Milan Municipality, the event displays Islamic artworks from Egypt, Iran, India and Spain.

The exhibition aims to provide those living outside the Islamic community with a better understanding of the Muslim world.

Muslim immigrants of Italy were provided with the chance to “show their art and go proud saying that we had and we have a very big civilization and we can show it,” director of the exhibition Giovanni Curatola told Press TV.

Over one million Muslims currently live in Italy where Islam is the second largest faith after Catholicism in the European country.

In recent years many Muslims have immigrated to Italy from Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia.

In 2005, the Italian Minister of Interior founded the Council for Italian Islam composed of Muslim people.

“We tend to learn about other people, other religions and other civilizations through our own prejudices and stereotypes,” cultural assessor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory said.

“This is wrong,” he added, saying “Culture is all about questioning our convictions and this exhibition offers people a look at a civilization from a geographical, historical and anthropological point of view but without involving ideologies.”

Milan’s Islamic Art Exhibition will run until the end of January 2011 at the city’s Palazzo Reale.

Bahraini Shia Muslim party wins 18 seats in vote


The opposition has won nearly half of the parliamentary seats in the Saturday’s elections in thePersian Gulf state of Bahrain, the electoral commission says.

The opposition has won nearly half of the parliamentary seats in the Saturday’s elections in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain, the electoral commission says.

Election authorities said on Sunday that Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group, the Islamic National Accord Association (INAA), won 18 of the parliament’s 40 seats.

The 18 candidates of INAA were elected in the first round of the legislative polls, electoral commission chairman Abdullah al-Buainain told AFP.

Nine seats remain up for grabs in the second round of voting which is to take place on October 30, he went on to say.

Earlier, the opposition had criticized the process, saying Shia voters had been turned away from polling booths. The head of the largest Shia bloc lodged allegations of irregularities just less than an hour before voting closed.

Manama rejects the charges, amid concerns that even small numbers of votes could influence the results in a country with fewer than 319,000 eligible voters.

Head of the al-Wefaq party Sheik Ali Salman said that at least 890 voters were turned away from polling stations in mostly Shia areas because their names were not on electoral lists.

“This is not the full number,” Salman said at a news conference. “We expect it to be higher.”

Nabeel Rajab, the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said the government intended to make sure the country’s Shia majority would not gain power.

Hundreds of Shia people have been arrested since August, and at least 23 top opposition figures have been charged with plotting against Bahrain’s Sunni-dominated government.

Bahrain authorities have not allowed international election monitors, adding to worries among Shias of possible fraud and vote rigging.


Anti-Human Rights Bahraini Government Arrests Family of Shia Activists


Bahraini security forces have arrested the family members of opposition activists who have spoken out against the government’s growing violence against the country’s Shia community.

Bahraini security forces have arrested the family members of opposition activists who have spoken out against the government’s growing violence against the country’s Shia community.

According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahraini security forces raided the house of Hasan Mushaima — one of the leaders of Shia Haq political party — last week and arrested his son Mohammed Mushaimea without any specific charge.

The arrest came a few hours after his father, who is currently in the UK for medical treatment, appeared on a TV channel and criticized the deteriorating situation of human rights in Bahrain.

Mushaimea’s family said security forces entered their house and searched everywhere without holding a search warrant. Security forces also confiscated their computer.

In another incident, Bahraini security forces arrested football player Mahdi Sa’ad and banned him from traveling abroad after her sister appeared on the BBC Arabic and slammed Manama’s aggressive approach toward detained opposition activists.

Sa’ad’s sister had also criticized Bahraini authorities for failing to inform her family about the condition of her blind brother, Ali Sa’ad, who was arrested in September. She said it is not clear where he is being held and that her family has not been given permission to visit him.

The BCHR argues that arresting and harassing the relatives and family members of those who criticize the government on TV channels or news agencies abroad demonstrate the authorities’ intolerance toward criticism. It is also an attempt by Manama to hide the reality of what is happening in Bahrain from the world’s public opinion.

US soldier to be tried for Afghan murders


JNN 17.10.10 The United States military has said that a US soldier charged with deliberately murdering Afghan civilians will face a court-martial.

Corporal Jeremy Morlock is one of five soldiers accused of killing three Afghan civilians earlier this year.

They allegedly threw grenades and opened fire on unarmed people in Kandahar province. All five deny the charges.

Another seven soldiers have been charged with conspiracy to cover up the alleged murders.

US army officials said on Saturday that Morlock faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. He has reportedly told investigators that his unit’s leader organized the murders.

There also reports that the unit in question was plagued by widespread drug use and was under limited supervision from commanders.

Civilians have been the main victims of the war in Afghanistan, particularly in the southern and eastern provinces.

Pundits have been quick to point out that the rise in civilian casualties in NATO attacks has strained relations between President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies, who are under increasing pressure at home over the unpopular war.

28 killed in Karachi pre-election violence


JNN 17.10.10 At least 28 people have lost their lives in pre-election violence in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, police and health officials say.

Several others were also wounded in separate attacks in Pakistan’s commercial capital as the city is set to hold a by-election for a seat in the provincial assembly on Sunday, Pakistani officials said.

The seat had fallen vacant after a lawmaker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Raza Haider, was killed by gunmen in August.

The killing of the MQM lawmaker triggered violence which claimed the lives of 100 people in a week.

The Bye Election in PS 94 , where Saifullah Khalid is contesting on behalf of MQM, while ANP has boycotted the election, As ANP and MQM  are the Main Rivals in this  Election, where MQM represent the Mohajir Population , and ANP represents the Pashtoon Population of the area. While the third party , which has come in lime light and has been a player in the target Killing is the People Aman Committe, which is self Proclaimed faction , introduced by the Previous well known dacoit of lyari town of Karachi, Rehman Dacait , who was the founder of Peoples Aman Committee, and was killed in an Encounter by the Police Early this year , but the organisation is now run by his successor Ozair, who is now heading the party ,and is running all the illegal businesses of ciy , which were previously run by Rehman Dacait, which comprises of mostly of Baloch youth and men.

While Muttahida Qaumi Movement is the most influential party in Karachi.

'Bahrain continues to suppress Shias'


JNN 10.10.10 Bahrain’s suppression of the Shia opposition figures in the run-up to parliamentary elections has been underlined in a new report by rights groups.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) — a non-governmental organization which has been raising awareness about the country’s political crisis — and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) — a non-profit body with the stated aim to promote democratic standards in the region — addressed the issue in a joint report a copy of which was obtained by Press TV on Saturday.

The report focuses on the Bahraini government’s arrest of hundreds of Shia since August.

The organizations said that among the detainees, “at least 23 well-known political activists and Shia clerics” had been charged “with acts of terrorism. Many are vocal critics of the government, and appear to have been targeted for what they say rather than for anything they have done.”

“The charge sheet is replete with accusations of ‘spreading false information’ and ‘inciting contempt against the regime,’ as well as more recognizable criminal offenses,” the report added.

“Persons who have seen the detainees claim they complained of torture, and lawyers have not been able to meet with their clients, in violation of Bahraini law.”

The Shia opposition refuses to recognize the 2002 constitution and has called for a boycott of upcoming parliamentary polls, due to be conducted on October 23.

The Shias enjoy demographic predominance in the kingdom. They, however, have long complained about being discriminated against by the Bahraini government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

The Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRC), which became the country’s first human rights organization when it was founded in 2000, recently reported out the apprehension of the 23 Shias for criticizing the Sunni-dominated government.

BHRC had its board subsequently suspended and was forced to take in Manama’s choice of director. The Amnesty International said the suspension was part of Manama’s crackdown on the Shia opposition figures and rights activists.

HRW and POMED also reminded that the Bahraini body had its board suspended “just weeks before elections.”

They also said that the government had “closed down the newsletters and websites of the main opposition political societies. The government has rejected international elections monitoring, and with the takeover of the BHRS, this leaves local monitoring mainly in the hands of groups close to the government.”


Karachi: 2 Blasts near Ghazi's shrine, 10 martyred


JNN 07.10.10 KARACHI: At least ten people have been killed and over 80 others wounded in three explosions near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine late Thursday evening.

Rescue teams and law enforcement agencies have reached the spot. The area has been cordoned off by the police and the rangers. Police have found the head of the suicide bomber.

Rescues and hospital sources said that the injured include women and children. The death toll can rise as several injured are in critical condition.

The first blast took place at the walk-through gate and the second blast occurred within the next few minutes outside the office of the Manager Auqaf in the shrine premises.

Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza has confirmed blasts as suicidal.

He visited the shrine with other high officials and gathered information.

More than 50 injured including women and children have been taken to Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre.

Federal Minister for Religious Affiars, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, condemning the suicide blasts at Ghazi’s shrine said that suicide bombers are not Muslims.

“Fool proof security was provided at Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine. We can’t provide more security.” Zulifqar Mirza said, “I want closure of all shrines at least for a year. Terrorists want to destabilize the country.”

Security has been beefed up across the city, especially at shrines situated in different areas. All shrines in the city have been closed upon the orders of Sindh’s Home Minister.

Born in 109 Hijra, Abdullah Shah Ghazi, according to devotees, was a grandson of Hazrat Imam Hassan (AS). He migrated to Karachi in 138 Hijra during the Umayyad dynasty. Considering him a threat to their dynasty, the rulers hunted and martyred him with his many followers in 151 Hijra. His followers chose the hillock for his burial.

At that time, the hillock was surrounded by the sea and potable water was not available. Devotees believe that it was his miracle that a fountain of drinking water emerged from the bottom of the hill that continues to flow to this day.

LAHORE

Security has been beefed up in Lahore soon after the blasts at Ghazi’s shrine.

Law enforcement agencies have been deployed at sensitive places including Bibi Pak Daman’s shrine and Data Darbar. Visitors are not allowed to visit Bibi Pak Daman’s shrine

Thousands of people visit the shrine on Thursday night.

An emergency has been imposed in the city’s major hospitals.

Bilawal House, President Asif Ali Zardari’s house, is near the shrine.And President Asif Ali zardari was present in his Clifton Residence at the time of the Blast .

Tehrik e Taliban have claimed the responsibility of the Twin Suicide Attacks at the shrine of the Abdullah Shah Ghazi.

These Bombing and attacks in Pakistan has opened the eyes of Majority Population of Pakistan . As Pakistan and its forces took part in the break away and cleansing of Russian forces from Afghanistan, and the Breakaway  of the former USSR for which all the benefits were enjoyed by the Planner of whole of this episode the Americans which are here in our neighboring Afghanistan now for at least 8 years with about more than two Hundred thousand american and allied forces personnel presence in Afghanistan on the plea of just for the elimination of Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden, who is a listed CIA agent , and this Prove either the greatest super Power has miserably failed to apprehend these criminal while having the best intelligence agency CIA , on there side , but still no one of such a high value target has been achieved by them , Or it shows that they have never come to catch Osama Bin Laden or Mullah Omer, but they have come here to destabilize   and  disintegrate  Pakistan , with the help of there created and financed TTP, SSP, , Lashkar e Jhangve and groups like Jundullah who are bombing and fighting a gurilla warfare in Pakistan.

Which is on  One side trying to Destabilize and Disintegrate Pakistan the Only Nuclear Power in the Islamic World , and on the other hand trying to defame Islam , as it is known to be the fastest growing religion in the world.