Not Only Muslims Fast , followers of Other Religions also fast


Fasting in the Religions of the World

JNN 29 June 2016 Karachi : For millions of Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection and abstinence. It is a time when those who follow Islam are supposed to clear their minds of distractions and dedicate more of their attention to their faith. Continue reading

Custodian of the Holy Mosque Responsible for the Destruction of Holy Prophet’s Birth Place


SAUDI-RELIGION-ISLAM-HAJJJNN 15 Nov 2014 Riyadh : Concerns are rising among Muslims over Saudi Monarchy’s controversial plan to demolish the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the holy city of Mecca. Continue reading

Saudi Govt Systematically demolishing Masjid al-Haram’s holy sites of Mecca


Saudi Govt Demolishing Holy Sites of Masjid Al HaramJNN 19 Mar 2013 Riyadh : New photos taken by activists show that the Riyadh regime has demolished many holy sites at the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca under the cloak of a development plan implemented by Osama bin Laden’s family business. Continue reading

Millions flock to Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage, Sign of Muslim Unity, followed by Eid Ul Azha the readiness of Muslims to Sacrifice


JNN 24 Oct 2012 MOUNT ARAFAT: The annual hajj pilgrimage started in earnest Wednesday, with more than two million Muslims thronging roads on foot and by bus for a five-day journey of faith most have spent their entire lives waiting for. Continue reading

Ramzan will start in Pakistan ,Iran, India and Majority of the Nations of the World from Saturday 21 July 2012


JNN 21 July 2012 Najaf : Grand Ayatollah Sistani announced that  Saturday is the first day of Ramadan in Iraq and neighbouring countries, Arabic countries, Australia, New Zealand, African Countries, America, South American countries and Countries in Central AmericaThe Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in Pakistan announced on Friday that the moon of the holy month of Ramazan has been sighted in the country. Continue reading

Chinese Built Light Rails whisks One Million Hajis to Mecca from Mina, Arafat & Muzdalifah


JNN 19 Nov 2010 Mecca : The Mecca Metro in Saudi Arabia has carried more than one million pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage, builder of the line China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) said Saturday.

During the five-days of activity, the metro ran more than 700 times, said CRCC, which will also run the line for three years.

The Mecca Metro, the first dual-track light railway in Saudi Arabia, began operating on Nov 13, 2010 to ease congestion during pilgrims’ visits to Mecca.

The 18-kilometer-long line with nine stations links Mecca and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. It can carry up to 72,000 passengers in one hour.

The project is expected to operate at 35 percent capacity in the first phase and reach full capacity by May 2011. But it operated at over 50 percent capacity when it began operation.

The US$1.8 billion in line was the first cooperation project between China and Saudi Arabia after the two countries signed an agreement in June 2008 to enhance cooperation in infrastructure construction.

The line was the first light rail system built by Chinese companies in the Middle East.

The Oldest Haj Pilgrim for 2010 was Born on 14th Aug 1890


JNN 07.11.10 The Oldest Haj piligrim this year will be Munni Begum who is 120years old as she  was born 14th August  1890 , and is  now a resident of  Jaipur , Rajasthan , India .

Munni Begum is 120 year old and is all set to go for Haj, after special permission as her name didn’t figure in the draw of lots.

 

The old woman who gave birth to eight sons and daughters, heads a huge family that lives in Kho Nagorian locality of Jaipur.

 

Family members say that Munni Begum was born in August 1890. She has 52 grandsons and granddaughters apart from 96-odd great grandsons and great granddaughters other than two dozen great-great-grandchildren [and even their kids].

The elderly woman has seen three centuries. And now she is all set for the pilgrimage she has waited for all her life. On Saturday she reached the office of Haj Committee to fill the form. The Central Haj Committee officials from Delhi gave her special permission.

The Rajasthan Haj Welfare Society has requested the Saudia Arabia government that special attention should be paid to her because of Munni Begum’s age.

Munni Begum is perhaps the oldest woman on record to embark for the holy journey. She says that she had the wish to go for Haj ever since she was married in her teenage, and thus her wish is going to be fulfilled after over a century.

The previous world record of the Oldest Haj Piligrim is also with a Jaipuri Rajasthani Man , who Performed his Haj , at the age of 138 years , which shows and proves the tendency of Jaipuri people to live longer , a healthy life .

Earlier, Habib Miyan had gone for Haj at the age of 134. He had suddenly drawn international attention after it was found that he had been drawing pension for over 65 years.

Habib Miyan had retired in 1938. He went for Haj in 2004 when he was 134. Though birth certificates were unknown in the olden days, the bank records proved his age.

As per the pension papers, Habib Miyan was drawing pension since 1938. The documents clearly showed him as born in 1878 and this made him the world’s oldest man alive until his death at the age of 138 in 2008. The bank officers delivered his pension at his home.

Now it’s Munni Begum’s turn though she is not a ‘Munni’ in the literary sense. [Munni means little in Urdu] In India, it was the tradition that mostly older persons went for Haj, after they had fulfilled their worldly responsibilities.

In recent years the pilgrims have begun going at a comparatively younger age, still a large number of Indians who go to Hejaz [Arabia] are over sixty. And Munni Begum clearly beats them as well. One hopes that along with other Hajis, she also manages to perform the Haj and returns safely. Ameen.

Her Date of Birth which is also the Independence day & the Day of the Birth of our Beloved Home land Pakistan , proves that the people and states born on that date are there to live longer even after facing all the difficulties of this world , but finally will achieve there goal of prosperity , and will eventually fulfill all the duties the Almighty have asked them to perform.

God Bless Pakistan

Long Live Pakistan

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.

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.


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.

Russian Muslims go on Hajj


Russian Muslims have set off for Hajj. First flights delivered hundreds of pilgrims to the Saudi Arabia on Saturday, while those who prefer surface transport are leaving on Monday.

A quota for Russian pilgrims, who are due to cross the Saudi Arabian border on 12 November, remains unchanged: 20,500 people.

Traditionally, residents of the Russian southern republic of Dagestan make the bulk of pilgrims travelling to Mecca.

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.

Translation of “Embryology and Quran” Published in Tajikistan


Written by Hojat-ol-Islam Abdul-Karim Biazar Shirazi, the book “Quran, Embryology and Conversion of Some Embryologists to Islam” was translated into Tajik language and published in Tajikistan.

Written by Hojat-ol-Islam Abdul-Karim Biazar Shirazi, the book “Quran, Embryology and Conversion of Some Embryologists to Islam” was translated into Tajik language and published in Tajikistan.

The book has been translated by Seifollah Monajanov and published in Tajik Cyrillic alphabet by Iran Cultural Center in Tajikistan.

The introduction of the book, which has been published in 1000 copies, is in both Persian and Cyrillic scripts.

Hojat-ol-Islam Shirazi has got a PhD in Quran and Hadith Sciences, an MA in Islamic History and Civilization from McGill University in Canada, as well as an Ijtihad certificate from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

His other published works include the 8-volume collection of “Kashef Exegesis” in Persian and Arabic, “Islamic Sects’ Solidarity”, and “Islam; Religion of Solidarity”.

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.


Blast rocks Yaum-ul-Quds rally in Quetta, 22 killed


QUETTA: At least 22 people were killed, over 100 were injured when a blast detonated at a rally held to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Quetta on Friday.

According to the details, Yaum-ul-Quds rally, comprising of hundreds people was taken out at Meezan Chowk, Quetta, when an explosion went off right in the middle of the rally, killed at least 22 people while 50 others were injured.
The deceased and injured are being taken to Civil Hospital. Dr Shabeer, the RMO of the Civil Hospital, also confirmed that 22 people were martyred and almost 50 others injured. He said that the hospital management was ready to face such emergency.

Several injured have also been taken to the Combined Military Hospital. The hospital management has requested to donate blood.

The law enforcement agencies including the Frontier Constabulary cordoned off the area.

The nature of the bomb was not known yet.

“No adequate security arrangements were made on the routes,” said sources.

Intense firing started soon after the blasts.

Rallies are held across Pakistan every year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to support Palestinian demands for a separate homeland.

Security beefs up on Youm-e-Ali


KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to pay special attention to the role of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Anti-Violent Crime Unit (AVCU) et cetera, as well as intelligence outfits of the law enforcement agencies while devising a security strategy on the occasion of `Youm-e-Ali’.

At least 10 walkthrough gates and scanners would be installed along with a command and control room in Nishtar Park for foolproof security measures.

Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza also directed for security cameras be installed along the routes of the procession which should be monitored. There should also be complete sweeps of procession routes by the Bomb Disposal Squad.

“The parking of vehicles should also be banned along the routes of the processions,” he directed.

He instructed for the security of all mosques, imambargahs and madaris to be beefed up. Snap checking and police patrolling should also be enhanced.

The Home Minister said that for effective security measures, suggestions should also be sought from the managements of the mosques, imambargahs and madaris.

Dr. Mirza said that a special plan would be devised to regulate the flow of traffic on the occasion of Youm-e-Ali, and people be apprised of alternative routes.

Grand Shia Cleric: Libya Liable for Moussa Sadr Abduction


Top Shia Cleric “Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi” says Tripoli should take responsibility for the abduction of a Lebanese Shia leader, who went missing on Libyan soil more than three decades ago.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency, “If an Israeli soldier hides somewhere, the issue is immediately investigated, but on the abduction of a great character like Imam Moussa al-Sadr there is no action,” Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi said on Thursday.

Speaking to a high-ranking Lebanese delegation on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the abduction of Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the prominent Iranian cleric described the Lebanese leader as an icon who belonged not only to Lebanon but to the whole Muslim community.

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi hailed Imam Moussa al-Sadr’s contributions to Lebanon, the Islamic Revolution in Iran and all Muslims, and called for more active investigation into his disappearance.

Khalil Hamdan, the head of the Lebanese delegation, thanked Tehran for its continued efforts to discover the fate of the senior Lebanese cleric.

Hamdan further referred to inquiries by the Lebanese judiciary authorities and the Iranian parliament, insisting that the cleric was “alive and held in Libya.”

It is widely believed in Lebanon that Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the founder of the Lebanon’s Amal movement, was kidnapped on the orders of senior Libyan officials while on an official trip to Libya in August 1978.

Accompanied by two of his companions, Mohammed Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddin, Sadr was scheduled to meet with officials from the government of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2008, the government in Beirut issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi over Sadr’s disappearance.

Millions descending to Holy Karbala for Shabaniyah Festival


HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Ziyarah Ash-Shabaniyah or the Shabaniyah festival, which climaxes on Wednesday Shaban 15 July 28, marks the birth anniversary of the Imam of Era Al-Imam Mohammed Al-Mahdi (A), the 12th infallible descendant of Prophet Mohammed (S) and the Last Proof of Allah, who disappeared in the 9th century.

Amid tight security, millions of devotees are flooding to the holy shrine of Al-Imam al-Hussein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (AS) in the holy city of Karbala to observe Ziyarah Ash-Shabaniyah, which is the best amal (deed) of the blessed night of 15 Sha’ban.

Atmosphere in the holy city is filled with further spirituality, bliss and happiness. Wholecity is beautifully bedecked with lights, colorful buntings and flowers.

Since the beginning of the month of Shaban, devotees from across the country and other parts of the world – young and old, men and women, mostly on foot, some individually, some in caravans -, carrying white, green and red banners inscribed with ‘Al-Ajal Ya Imam Al-Asr (AS)’ were heading to the holy city to achieve the honor of visiting Imam Al-Hussein (AS) marking 15 Sha’ban.

Narrations from A’immah Ahlul Bayt (AS) tell that fifteenth night of Sha’ban (night between 14 and 15 Sha’ban) is the best after the night of Qadr. The birth of Prophet Muhammad (S)’s last descendant Al-Imam Al-Hujjah bin Al-Hassan Al-Mahdi Al-Montadhar (AS) in Sorra Mann Ra’a, Iraq, in 255 AH, further increased the honor and excellence of this night.

According to a saying of Chief of Prophets Prophet Muhammad (S), Al-Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) will return to deliver humanity from darkness and strife, and he will fill the earth with justice and equity as it would have been filled with oppression and injustice.

The fifteenth Sha’ban A’maal will culminate with the floating of thousands of candles and scented letters to Imam Al-Mahdi – Imam of the Era (AS) – on a river in Holy Karbala at 15 Sha’ban pre-dawn.

Residents of holy Karbala cook unique meals in giant pots at open places for the devotees outside the Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) shrine. Food and drink stands have been set up for the pilgrims.

30,000 Security Personnel Deployed for Holy Karbala Pilgrimage


Holy KARBALA, Iraq: More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in nine intersections of Karbala within preparations for the Shiite pilgrimage of al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya, according to the province’s police chief on Sunday.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency , Holy KARBALA, Iraq: More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in nine intersections of Karbala within preparations for the Shiite pilgrimage of al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya, according to the province’s police chief on Sunday.

“Some 30,000 fighters were deployed all over the province, in addition to 4,000 others in civvies and 5,000 from the Quick Response Department (QRD), anti-riot police personnel and 2,000 policewomen for inspection purposes,” Maj. General Ali Jassem al-Ghariri said in a press conference attended by Aswat al-Iraq news agency correspondents.

Meanwhile, the Karbala Operations Command (KOC) chief, General Othman al-Ghanimi, revealed during the press conference that intelligence reports referred to plans targeting pilgrims in Karbala from al-Anbar and northern Babel.

“Some reports also referred to the entrance of toxic substances in the drinks to be offered to the pilgrims,” said General Ghanimi.

The al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya, literally the mid-Shaaban visit, is a pilgrimage to revive the memory of the birth of the Messiah-like Imam al-Mahdi, the 12th holiest figure for Shiites Muslims.

Karbala, with an estimated population of 572,300 people in 2003, is the capital of the province and is considered to be one of Shiite Muslims’ holiest cities.

The city, 110 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, is one of Iraq’s wealthiest, profiting both from religious visitors and agricultural produce, especially dates.

It is made up of two districts, “Old Karbala,” the religious centre, and “New Karbala,” the residential district containing Islamic schools and government buildings.

At the center of the old city is al-Masjid al-Husseini, the tomb of Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, grandsone of the Prophet Muhammad (pbut) by his daughter Fatima al-Zahraa and Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (pbut).

Imam Hussien’s (AS) tomb is a place of pilgrimage for many Shia Muslims. On April 14, 2007, a car bomb exploded about 200 meters from the shrine, killing 47 and wounding over 150.

3rd Shaban, Birthday of Our 3rd Imam Hussain (A.S.)


Imam Husain ibn ‘Ali (peace be upon him)

Name: Husain ibn ‘Ali
Titles:
Sayyid-as-Shuhadaa (Leader of Martyrs)
Kuniya:
Abu Abdullah
Birthdate:
Thursday, 3rd Shaban 4 A.H. in Madina
Father:
Imam ‘Ali Al-Murtaza (peace be upon him), 1st Holy Imam
Mother:
Hazrat Fatima (daughter of the Holy Prophet) (PBUT)
Died:
(Martyred) Date: Friday, 10th Muharram, 61 A.H.
Place:
Kerbala, IraqAge: 57 years
Cause:
Massacred along with some of his family members and companions by the army of Yazid ibn Mu’awiya L.A
Buried: Kerbala, Iraq

Birth

On the third of Sha’ban in the year 4 A.H. (1) the city of Medina witnessed the birth of a boy in the house of Lady Fatimah (PBUH) and Imam Ali (PBUH); he was later nicknamed the “Master of Martyrs.” This newly born baby was the second son of a family whom the Prophet of Islam (PBUH&HP) saluted by the name of “Ahl al-Bayt” (people of the house of the Prophet). They were referred to as Ahl al-Bayt after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) received the verse of Tat’hir (Purification) (The Holy Quran, 33:33). His mother was Lady Fatimah (PBUH), one of the greatest women in history, whose deep knowing, morality, purity, and other great characteristics are well known to all, a mother whose rank and status is described by the Holy Quran in a whole chapter.

His father, Imam Ali (PBUH), hugged his newborn second son in his arms. Imam Ali (PBUH) was the first person who became Muslim, most knowledgeable in religion, and most eloquent in the Arab language. As his exceptional record of self-sacrifice and courage in defending the religion of Allah (SWT) was passed down with the rise and expansion of Islam. He was the one whom Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) constantly announced as his successor by the command of Allah (SWT).

Naming

On such an auspicious day, Imam Ali (PBUH) took his son to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), as was the custom of respect, in order for a name to be chosen for his newborn son, just as he had done for his first son. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) named him ?Hussain? by the order of Allah (SWT). Hussain is the Arabic equivalent of Shubayr in Hebrew. Shubayr was the name of the second son of Haroun/Aaron, the successor of Musa/Moses (PBUH).

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) once informed Imam Ali (PBUH) about the similarity found between Muhammad and Musa, Ali and Haroun, Shubbar and Hassan, Shubayr and Hussain: “O Ali, your status with respect to mine is equivalent to the status of Haroun with respect to Musa, except there will be no prophet after me.”

The Prophet’s flower

Hussain (PBUH) spent his childhood with Lady Fatimah (PBUH), Imam Ali (PBUH), and especially with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). The love and affection Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) had towards Hussain (PBUH) was so unique that all the companions were aware of it, had frequently seen its manifestation, and had heard of it repeatedly. Moreover, historians have recorded incidents and narrations in this respect. In one account it has been said that the Prophet’s prostration took longer than usual in his prayer. People came to the Prophet and asked, “Were you receiving a revelation or order from Allah during prostration?” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) replied, “No, my son Hussain had climbed onto my back; I waited until he wished to come down.” This is an example showing how the best creature of Allah (SWT) treated Hussain (PBUH) while he was in the best state of worship.

The companions had seen Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) repeatedly put Hassan and Hussain (PBUT) on his shoulders and play with them. At other times he would kiss Hussain (PBUH) and say, “Hussain is from me, and I am from Hussain. May Allah love him who loves Hussain.” In other traditions the Prophet would say, “Hassan and Hussain (PBUT) are my two aromatic flowers from this world.”

Nonetheless, most people knew that the Prophet’s love for his two grandchildren, especially for Hussain (PBUH) was not a usual love of a grandfather for his grandchild. According to the Holy Quran, the Prophet’s (PBUH&HP) actions and words are apart from his desires: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow …” (The Holy Quran, 33:21) On the other hand, although Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) had other adopted daughters and a son, the specific affection and recommendations were only shown towards Hassan and Hussain (PBUT).

Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH&HP) recommendations and affections for Hussain (PBUH) were in fact portraying an important fact. He would repeatedly inform people that salvation and prosperity can only be found through the friendship and love of Imam Hussain (PBUH). Umar Ibn Khattab narrates from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP): “Hassan and Hussain are masters of the youth in heaven. Whosoever loves them has loved me, and whosoever has animosity with them, is my enemy.” In another account the Holy Prophet has also said, “You came to awareness by me; you found the right path and were guided by Ali; you were given blessings through Hassan; but your eternal salvation is with Hussain. Be aware that Hussain is a door from the doors of heaven. Whosoever has animosity towards him can never enter heaven.”

In the mirror of Allah’s book

Imam Hussain (PBUH) was still a child when several verses of the Holy Quran were revealed either about or referring to him. One of those verses is referred to as the verse of Mubahilah (3:61). On the day of Mubahilah when a spiritual contest between Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and the Christians of Najran was set up to invoke the curse of Allah (SWT) on the liars, Hussain (PBUH) and his family were the only ones accompanying the Prophet. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) had orders from Almighty Allah (SWT) through the verse of Mubahilah to take Hassan and Hussain (PBUT) as his children with him.

Hussain (PBUH) was one of the five people in regards to whom the verse of Tat’hir (Purification) was revealed. He, his father, brother, and mother were under the Prophet’s cloak when Allah (SWT) revealed to His Messenger: “Verily Allah desires to remove all kinds of uncleanness from only you, O Ahl al-Bayt (people of the house), and to definitely purify you.” (The Holy Quran, 33:33) This verse of the Holy Quran is clear proof of the infallibility of this family and their separation from all sins and mistakes.

In another verse, Allah (SWT) commands all Muslims to love those closely related to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP): “Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives?” (The Holy Quran, 42:32). When the companions asked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) who these “near relatives” were, the Prophet (PBUH&HP) replied: “They are Ali, Fatimah and their two children.”

Years of youth

Unfortunately, the sweet years of Hussain’s childhood were soon over. He was about seven years old when the Prophet departed from this world, after having said his final words about his Ahl al-Bayt. Alas the Islamic world mourned.

The Prophet’s burial ceremony was not over yet, when the conspiracies were applied to rob the caliphate. People ignored all the numerous commandments and recommendations the Holy Prophet had made in regards to his successor. The great event of Ghadir had been veiled by negligence and disregard, and despite Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH&HP) frequent emphasis on Ali (PBUH) as his successor, his right for Islamic governorship was usurped. Even Fadak, a fertile land given by the Prophet to his daughter, was seized from the Prophet’s progeny by the government. The Prophet’s basil witnessed the harms and injuries caused upon his mother over the conflicts of allegiance, and as a result, lost his mother at the age of eight because of the crisis. The loss of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and Imam Hussain?s (PBUH) mother on the one hand, and the oppression upon Imam Hussain?s (PBUH) father on the other hand, in addition to the pressures he faced from the government, were bothering Hussain’s (PBUH) clean soul. This period coincided with the three caliphates’ era.

During this time Hussain (PBUH), as a Muslim and a follower, followed the path of Ali (PBUH) and was determined to defend truth with any opportunity he received, even though he was in his youth. He would warn people about the alterations made to Islam after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). In the best of manners Hussain (PBUH), his father, and brother would express their objection to the alterations rulers of their time had made to the religion. In one of the cases for example, the third Caliph had exiled Abu Dhar, a close companion of the Prophet, for the ?wrongdoing? of expressing his complaints about the Caliph’s deviation from the path of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). Although the Caliph had banned all from bidding farewell to Abu Dhar, Imam Ali, Hassan, and Hussain (PBUT) all went to bid their farewells to Abu Dhar to express their objection. Upon departing, Hussain (PBUH) turned to Abu Dhar and said,

“Dear Uncle, the Almighty Lord is powerful and able. He can change everything that has happened to you. These people seized your comfort, world, and life. Yet, you protected your religion from their deviations; truly you are not in need of this world and the people dependant upon this world. Their world has no value in your eyes, even though they are in great need of your way in life. Strengthen your heart and refrain from greediness and lowliness. Do not fear, and seek refuge in Allah, for perseverance is a sign of faithfulness and greatness.”

Hussain (PBUH) supporter of father

Hussain (PBUH) was about 32 when authority over Muslims was handed back to its rightful owner, as people paid their allegiance to Ali (PBUH). After some time, Imam Ali (PBUH) migrated to Kufah with his sons, and therein established the new capital of the Islamic government. During the span of his father’s rule, Hussain (PBUH) was a true supporter and close assistant to his Imam and father in all political and military stages. He showed his utmost respect to his father and remained obedient to his commands at all times.

Hussain (PBUH) was trained and raised by the greatest defender of Islam; he had learned courage and bravery from his father; and he was seriously involved in the three wars during his father’s Caliphate. In the battle of Jamal, Hussain (PBUH) was responsible for commanding the left side of the army of Amir al-Mu’minin (PBUH). He also achieved the first victory for the army of Ali (PBUH) in the battle of Siffin, where he and his companions freed the Furat (Euphrates) River.(2) Moreover, his role as a witness in the Hakamiyah arbitration between Muawiyah and his father, Imam Ali (PBUH), is clear proof of his active participation in the society.

Hussain (PBUH) a follower of his brother

After the martyrdom of Amir al-Mu’minin (PBUH), Imam Hassan (PBUH), by the will of Allah (SWT) and the recommendations of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), became the Imam and leader of the Muslims. He took responsibility in leading the Islamic society and in preaching the religion of Allah (SWT).

As in the case of his father, Hussain (PBUH), like a true follower, continued to obey and respect his brother, while remaining firmly obedient in even the smallest matters. His manners and obedience towards his brother was so exemplary that historians have acknowledged and recorded many of the cases. In one example, they have recorded a narration from Imam Baqir (PBUH) as follows: “Due to the high respect that Imam Hussain (PBUH) held for his brother, he refrained from walking ahead of or talking before his brother, Imam Hassan (PBUH).”

As mentioned, Hussain (PBUH) was always in a state of obedience and support to Imam Hassan?s (PBUH) actions in political and social matters, especially concerning peace treaty with Mu’awiyah. Despite the unfaithfulness of all Muslims towards Imam Hassan (PBUH), Hussain, the son of Ali (PBUT), a known character in the world of Islam, defended Imam Hassan’s (PBUH) decision on the peace treaty. Imam Hussain (PBUH) believed peace was the key factor in Islam’s maintenance.

After the peace treaty, Hussain (PBUH) and his brother moved from Kufah to Medina, their birth place and city, in which the Prophet’s shrine was built. In Medina, they continued to educate, enlighten, interpret, and explain the commandments of Allah (SWT) to the people. Not long after, however, Imam Hassan (PBUH) was poisoned and martyred by the order of Mu’awiyah. As Imam Hassan (PBUH) departed this world, the divine position of Imamate was once again passed to the most deserving. His brother Hussain (PBUH) became the next Imam in Islam.

The Status of Imam Husain (A.S.)

Imam Husain (Abu Abdulla) (A.S.) had a lofty position in the Qur’anic verses which mentioned his high position with the position of Ahlul-Bait (A.S.). next to the verses of the Glorious Qur’an like the verse of Purification, Malediction, Affection and others, we quote statements, from the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) as additional evidence expressing the lofty position occupied by Imam Husain (A.S.) in the world of Islam and the Muslim Ummah.

Some of them are:
In the Sahih of Tirmidi, The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said:
“Husain is from me and I am from Husain, Allah loves whoever loves Husain.”

2. Salman Farsi is reported to have said: I heard the Prophet of Allah (S.A.W.) saying:
“Hasan and Husain are my two sons. Whoever loves them, then he loves me and whoever loves them then Allah loves him. And whomsoever Allah loves, He will make him enter Paradise. And whoever dislikes them then dislikes me. And whoever Allah dislikes, He will throw him into hell face downward.”

Ali bin Husain (A.S.) said, on the authority of his father, on the authority of his grandfather (A.S.), “The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) took the arms of Hasan and Husain and said, ‘Whoever loves me and loves these two and their father, he will certainly be with me on the Day of Judgement.”

Aspects of His Character:

Under the supervision of his grandfather (S.A.W.), his father, and his mother, al-Zahra’ ( peace be upon them all), the aspects of his characters fused together personifying the Message of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, in thought, action and conduct. Here, we cite some examples regarding him:
Shu’aid bin Abdul-Rahman is reported to have said:
“On the way to Taf (Battle of Karbala’), wherein he was martyred) a mark was seen on the back of Husain bin Ali (A.S.). Imam Zainul-Abideen (A.S.) (his eldest son, and the son who survived the battle) was asked about it. “It is the trace,” he replied, “of the bag, which he puts on his back (carrying food) to the house of the widows, orphans and the poor.”

Another example, reflecting his humble nature is that of his acceptance of an invitation to having food with the poor. He encountered a number of poor men. Having had their food they hastened to ask him to share with them. He dismounted from his horse saying: “Surely, Allah does not like the haughty.” He partook of their food and said: “I have accepted your invitation won’t you accept mine?”
“Certainly, we will,” said they. He took them to his house and said to al-Rabab, his wife, “Bring us what you have been storing.”
One day he was asked, “How great is your fear of your lord?”
“No one would be secure on the Day of Judgement except those who feared Allah” he replied.”

The night before the tenth of the month of Muharram, Imam Husain (A.S.) asked the Ummayad army to delay the battle till the following morning. He said: “This night we want to offer our prayers to our Lord, and we want to ask His forgiveness. He knows that I love to offer my prayers to Him, recite His Book, and pray much asking for His forgiveness.”

25th Rajab Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Musa ibn Ja'far al-Kazim (A.S.)


Imam Musa ibn Ja’far al-Kazim(A.S.),the Seventh Holy Infallible Imam of the Shi’ites whose matchless devotion and worship of God has earned him the titles of “Abd-e-Saleh” and “Bab-ul-Hawaij” (The Door to Fulfilling Peoples’ Needs).

The Holy Imam (A.S.) was confined in prisons for 14 years by the ruling Abbasid caliphs and was finally martyred by poisoning in the prison of Baghdad on 25th Rajab, 183 A.H., by the tyrant and cruel Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid.

On this heartbreaking and sad occasion we extend our Heartfelt Sorrow and Condolences to all the Shia Muslims and the Lovers of Holy Ahlul Bayt(A.S.) in the world.

Translation of Quran and Hadith into Pashtu on Al-Mustafa University’s Agenda


According to Mirsane’i, head of the University’s education and research office in Afghanistan, the translation will be done the aim of promoting the culture of the holy Quran and Hadith in Afghanistan and in other countries where Pashtu is spoken.

The Al-Mustafa International University also plans to hold general and specialized Quranic courses in Afghanistan including Quran reading, Tajweed, Lahn, Sowt, Quranic concepts and interpretation, he noted.

He said that since Afghanistan is an Islamic country, there is a lot of potential for training a large number of individuals in the field of Quranic activities and paving the way for the dissemination of thoughts and teachings of the Book of God.

Mirsane’i went on to say that the new approach of Al-Mustafa University aims to promote Quran and Hadiths in the world through organizing scientific, seminary-related and international Quranic activities.

Nat’l Quran Contest Held in Zimbabwe


The contest was held in the two categories of Quran memorization and recitation, with a number of diplomats from Islamic countries, scholars and thinkers and Iranian residents attending the event.

The contest began with the welcome talk of Asadi Movahed, Iran Cultural Attaché in Zimbabwe, followed by a speech by Sheikh Hassan, Egyptian Quran master and referee of the contest, about the need for the youth to follow Quranic instructions.

After the first stage which was held in the category of Quran recitation among 15 participants, Sheikh Ismaeel Doa, deputy of Zimbabwe’s Supreme Muslim Council, gave a speech about the important role of praying and following religious instructions in life.

The contest was then resumed in the category of Quran memorization.

A comprehensive report about Iran’s Quranic activities was given at the end by Asadi Movahed.

The first three winners of each category were later introduced and awarded. The top winners in each group have qualified for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international Quran contests to be held in Tehran.

“Islam and Society” seminar held in Turkey


ccording to Medya 73, the event was held with the aim of discussing on the relationship between Islam and society.

Islamic tenets, a sound society from the perspective of the great Prophet (PBUH) and the great Muslim figures, and the criteria of a sound Society were among the themes discussed in the seminar.

Mardin University professor, Kadir Yildrim, was among those who addressed the event, Rohama reported.

He condemned the recent deadly Israeli raid on the flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza and stressed support for the besieged people of Gaza.

In his speech, Kadir Yildrim also noted that Islam is the only religion that gives importance to the leading role of spiritual values in societies.

the Holy Month of Ramadan to start on August 11, Kuwaiti astronomer says


A Kuwaiti astronomer said the first day of Ramadan would fall on August 11 and that Muslims should get ready to fast up to 15 hours.

“The first day will be August 11 and the last day should be September 9,” Dr Salah Al Ajuri said.

“Although it is still too early to talk about Ramadan, many people want to know more about its start and finish so that that they can plan their trips and holidays abroad,” the astronomer said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency.

Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual activities from sunrise until sunset during their most sacred month which, based on the lunar calendar, is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year.

“All the fasting days will be during the hot days of the summer, so Muslims should get ready for it. They will fast 15 hours on the first day and 14 hours on the last day,” Al Ajuri said.

Humidity will reach high levels during the Eid days, celebrated to mark the end of the holy month, he said.

Some scholars insist on the naked-eye sighting of the new moon to start or end the month, while others rely on astronomical calculations.

Once again, the Israeli enemy proves to be scared and perplexed… Israel in State of Alertness Because of… Imam Hussein Ensign! + PIC


While showing the peace activists its “muscles” and claiming to be the strongest ever, the Israeli enemy finds itself unable to “hide” its state of alertness and panic whenever there’s some activity in South Lebanon…

Thus, on Saturday, the Zionist entity was in a state of alertness and mobilization at the Lebanese-Palestinian border. Israeli soldiers were dispatching patrols while Zionist vehicles were moving all over the region separating the borders.

The Israeli state of alertness was, however, “justified”: Hezbollah was raising the ensign of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in the southern town of Maroun Al-Rass.

From the highest point facing the Palestinian occupied territories, and specifically in Iran’s park in Maroun Al-Rass town, the town that played a major role in the Israeli defeat in 2006, a group of the Islamic Resistance members raised the flag coming from the holy city of Karabala in Iraq.

The ceremony, which was unprecedented in the southern town, also came in support with the Freedom Flotilla convoy en route to free and end the siege on Gaza.

Hezbollah official in South Lebanon Sheikh Nabil Qaouk spoke during the ceremony and stressed that the Resistance party will not allow that Palestine is left alone in the era of resistance’s victories, referring that betting on the US policies is misguiding a deceiving.

Sheikh Qaouk expressed belief that sixty-two years of occupation, and four years of blockade, is more than enough to reveal that betting on international community, international resolutions, and Arab conferences, is only an illusion. “The real bet is only on the resisting heroes in Maroun Al-Rass, Gaza, and all Palestine”, Sheikh Qaouk emphasized.

The Hezbollah official, meanwhile, said Turkey was today more Arabic than most of the Arab countries. “Gaza is tired of all speeches, conferences, international and Arab resolutions, and it misses the will of the free and the resistance and martyrs”, Sheikh Qaouk said.

According to Sheikh Qaouk, Hezbollah will always be in the lead of supporting Palestine and Gaza, “and whether they like it or not, Maroun Al Rass and Gaza will be the doors to liberation.”