Jerusalem City of occupied Palestine

Jerusalem Arabic: القُدس  al-Quds (The third holiest city in Islam) In Sunni I…slam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest city after Makka and Madina.. It became the first Qibla, the focal point for Muslim prayer (Salah) in 610 CE, and, according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad PBUH made his Night Journey there ten years later. As a result, and despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometres (0.35 sq mi), the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them , the Western Wall (Buraq Wall), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.Lees verder
This is Jerusalem City of Occupied Palestine which is considered from the most holy places in the world ..AT THE HEART OF JERUSALEM is the Noble Sanctuary, Al-Haram al-Sharif, enclosing over 35 acres of fountains, gardens, buildings and domes. At its southernmost end is Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its centre the celebrated D…ome of the Rock (the golden Dome). The entire area is regarded as a mosque and comprises nearly one sixth of the walled city of Jerusalem….The Noble Sanctuary is one of the three most important sites in Islam, and a showcase for Islamic architecture and design from Umayyad to Ottoman times that continues as an important religious and educational centre for Muslims to the present day. =================================================  Al-Aqsa Mosque = the Farthest Mosque Arabic:المسجد الاقصى. [ʔælˈmæsʒɪd ælˈʔɑqsˤɑ]       al-Masjid al-Aqsa ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ   also known as al-Aqsa, is the third holiest site in Sunni Islam and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site which includes the mosque (along with the Dome of the Rock), also referred to as al-Haram ash-Sharif or “Noble Sanctuary,” is the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, the place where the Temple is generally accepted to have stood. Muslims believe that Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during the Night Journey. Islamic tradition holds that Muhammad led prayers towards this site until the seventeenth month after the emigration, when God directed him to turn towards the Ka’aba. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ  Al-Aqsa Mosque was originally a small prayer house built by the Rashidun caliph Umar, but was rebuilt and expanded by the Ummayad caliph Abd al-Malik and finished by his son al-Walid in 705 CE. After an earthquake in 746, the mosque was completely destroyed and rebuilt by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur in 754, and again rebuilt by his successor al-Mahdi in 780. Another earthquake destroyed most of al-Aqsa in 1033, but two years later the Fatimid caliph Ali az-Zahir built another mosque which has stood to the present-day. During the periodic renovations undertaken, the various ruling dynasties of the Islamic Caliphate constructed additions to the mosque and its precincts, such as its dome, facade, its minbar, minarets and the interior structure. When the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099, they used the mosque as a palace and church, but its function as a mosque was restored after its recapture by Saladin. More renovations, repairs and additions were undertaken in the later centuries by the Ayyubids, Mamluks, Ottomans, the Supreme Muslim Council, and Jordan. Today, the Old City is under Israeli control, but the mosque remains under the administration of the Palestinian-led Islamic waqf.  ================================================= For more information about Jerusalem and  Al-Aqsa Mosque click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Aqsa_Mosque ================================================= The Palestinian territories comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank territories that were from 1948 Israeli war of independence until the 1967 Six Day War occupied by Jordan and Egypt. The international community and the Palestinian Authority regard East Jerusalem as part of the West Bank, and consequently a part of the Palestinian territories; but Israel regards it as an integral part of Israel as a result of its annexation in 1980. ‘Palestinian territories’ is one of a number of designations for these areas. =================================================   المسجد الأقصى هو واحد من أكثر المعالم قدسية عند المسلمين، حيث يعتبر أولى القبلتين في الإسلام. يقع المسجد الأقصى داخل البلدة القديمة لمدينة القدس في فلسطين. وهو اسم لكل ما دار حول السور الواقع في أقصى الزاوية الجنوبية الشرقية من المدينة القديمة المسورة، ويعد كل من مسجد قبة الصخرة والجامع القبلي من أشهر معالم المسجد الأقصى. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ وقد ذكر في القرآن حيث قال الله: ﴿سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آَيَاتِنَا إِنَّه هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ﴾«‌17:1». وهو وأحد المساجد الثلاثة التي تشد الرحال إليها، كما قال رسول الله محمد ” لا تشدُّ الرحال إلا إلى ثلاثة مساجد، المسجد الحرام، ومسجدي هذا (المسجد النبوي)، ومسجد الأقصى”(البخاري 1189 ومسلم 1397 واللفظ للبخاري). يطلق العامة تسمية “الحرم القدسي الشريف” على المسجد الأقصى، ولكنها تسمية خاطئة لا تصح، ففي الإسلام حرمان فقط متفق عليهما هما: المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ يقدس اليهود أيضا نفس المكان، ويطلقون اسم “جبل الهيكل” على ساحات المسجد الأقصى نسبة لهيكل النبي سليمان المفترض. وتحاول العديد من المنظمات اليهودية المتطرفة التذرع بهذه الحجة لبناء الهيكل حسب معتقدها. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ المسجد الأقصى هو المنطقة المحاطة بالسور المستطيل الواقعة في جنوب شرق مدينة القدس المسورة والتي تعرف بالبلدة القديمة. وتبلغ مساحة المسجد قرابة الـ 144 دونماً (144 ألف متر مربع) ويشمل قبة الصخرة والمسجد القبلي ذو القبة الرصاصية حسب الصور المرفقة، وعدة معالم أخرى يصل عددها إلى 200 معلم. ويقع المسجد الأقصى فوق هضبة صغيرة تسمى هضبة موريا وتعتبر الصخرة هي أعلى نقطة في المسجد وتقع في موقع القلب بالنسبة للمسجد الأقصى الشريف.  وتبلغ قياسات المسجد:  من الجنوب 281م ومن الشمال 310م ومن الشرق 462م ومن الغرب 491م. وتشكل هذه المساحة سدس مساحة البلدة القديمة، وهذه الحدود لم تتغير منذ وضع المسجد أول مرة كمكان للصلاة بخلاف المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي اللذان تم توسعيهما  عدة مرات. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ شاهد هذا الفيديو للتعرف على المسجد الأقصى http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1760898796122&comments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrhDhGP0yo ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ وللمسجد الأقصى أربعة مآذن هي مئذنة باب المغاربة الواقعة الجنوب الغربي، مئذنة باب السلسلة الواقعة في الجهة الغربية قرب باب السلسلة، مئذنة باب الغوانمة الواقعة في الشمال الغربي، ومئذنة باب الأسباط الواقعة في الجهة الشمالية. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ المسجد الأقصى هو واحد من أكثر المعالم قدسية عند المسلمين، حيث يعتبر أولى القبلتين في الإسلام. يقع المسجد الأقصى داخل البلدة القديمة لمدينة القدس في فلسطين. وهو اسم لكل ما دار حول السور الواقع في أقصى الزاوية الجنوبية الشرقية من المدينة القديمة المسورة، ويعد كل من مسجد قبة الصخرة والجامع القبلي من أشهر معالم المسجد الأقصى.  وقد ذكر في القرآن حيث قال الله: ﴿سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آَيَاتِنَا إِنَّه هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ﴾«‌17:1». وهو وأحد المساجد الثلاثة التي تشد الرحال إليها، كما قال رسول الله محمد ” لا تشدُّ الرحال إلا إلى ثلاثة مساجد، المسجد الحرام، ومسجدي هذا (المسجد النبوي)، ومسجد الأقصى”(البخاري 1189 ومسلم 1397 واللفظ للبخاري). يطلق العامة تسمية “الحرم القدسي الشريف” على المسجد الأقصى، ولكنها تسمية خاطئة لا تصح، ففي الإسلام حرمان فقط متفق عليهما هما: المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي. ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ يتكون المسجد الأقصى من عدة أبنية ويحتوي على عدة معالم يصل عددها إلى 200 معلم منها مساجد وقباب وأروقة ومحاريب ومنابر ومآذن وآبار وغيرها من المعالم.   المساجد:  * الجامع القِبلي (بكسر القاف وتسكين الباء):الجامع القبلي هو الجزء الجنوبي من المسجد الأقصى المواجة للقبلة ولذلك سمي بالجامع القبلي، وهو المبنى ذو القبة الرصاصية. ويعتبر هذا الجامع هو المصلى الرئيسي للرجال في المسجد الأقصى، وهو موضع صلاة الإمام. بني هذا المسجد في المكان الذي صلى فيه الخليفة عمر بن الخطاب عند الفتح الإسلامي للقدس عام 15هـ. وقد بدأ بناء هذا المسجد الخليفة عبد الملك بن مروان، وأتم بناءه ابنه الوليد بن عبد الملك.  * المصلى المرواني:يقع المصلى المرواني تحت أرضية المسجد الأقصى، في جهة الجنوب الشرقي. * الأقصى القديم:يقع الأقصى القديم تحت الجامع القبلي، وقد بناه الأمويون ليكون مدخلاً ملكياً إلى المسجد الأقصى من القصور الأموية التي تقع خارج حدود الأقصى من الجهة الجنوبية.  * مسجد البراق: عند حائط البراق.  * مسجد المغاربة  * مسجد النساء ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ على عكس ما يعتقد البعض أن المسجد الأقصى بناه عبد الملك بن مروان – وهو اعتقاد خاطئ حيث أن عبد الملك بن مروان بنى (قبة الصخرة) فقط. أما المسجد الأقصى فهو قديم, فهو أولى القبلتين, وثاني مسجد وضع في الأرض، بنص الحديث، وفي اعتقاد المسلمين ان الأرجح أن أول من بناه هو آدم، اختط حدوده بعد أربعين سنة من إرسائه قواعد البيت الحرام، بأمر من الله. وجاءت هجرة إبراهيم من العراق إلى الأراضي حوالي العام 1800 قبل الميلاد. وبعدها، قام برفع قواعد البيت الحرام، ومن بعده إسحاق ويعقوب، المسجد الأقصى. كما أعيد بناؤه على يد سليمان حوالي العام 1000 قبل الميلاد. ومع الفتح الإسلامي للقدس عام 636م (الموافق 15 هجرية)، بنى عمر بن الخطاب المصلى القبلي، كجزء من المسجد الأقصى. وفي عهد الدولة الأموية، بنيت قبة الصخرة، كما أعيد بناء المصلى القبلي، واستغرق هذا البناء قرابة 30 عاما من 66 هجرية/ 96 هجرية-685 ميلادية /715 ميلادية، ليكتمل بعدها المسجد الأقصى بشكله الحالي ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ  أصبحت القدس مدينة مقدسة بالنسبة للمسلمين بعد حادثة الإسراء والمعراج وفق المعتقد الإسلامي، وبعد أن فُرضت الصلاة على المسلمين، أصبحوا يتوجهون أثناء إقامتها نحو المدينة، وبعد حوالي 16 شهرًا، عاد المسلمون ليتوجهون في صلاتهم نحو مكة بدلاً من القدس، بسبب كثرة تعيير اليهود لمحمد وللمسلمين بسبب إستقبالهم لقبلة اليهود، ولأسباب أخرى. في عهد عمر بن الخطاب والفتوحات الإسلامية، أًرسل عمرو بن العاص وأبو عبيدة بن الجراح لفتح فلسطين عامة ونشر الدعوة الإسلامية فيها، لكن القدس عصيت عليهم ولم يتمكنوا من فتحها لمناعة أسوارها، حيث اعتصم أهلها داخل الأسوار. وعندما طال حصار المسلمين لها، طلب رئيس البطاركة والأساقفة، المدعو “صفرونيوس”، طلب منهم أن لا يسلم القدس إلا للخليفة عمر بن الخطاب بشخصه. فأرسل عمرو بن العاص يخبر عمر في المدينة بما طلبه صفرونيوس رئيس الأساقفة المسيحيين في القدس فاستشار الخليفة عمر بن الخطاب أصحابه فكان أول من تكلم عثمان بن عفان فقال: “أقم ولا تسر إليهم فإذا رأوا أنك بأمرهم مستخفن ولقتالهم مستحقر فلا يلبثون إلا اليسير حتى ينزلوا على الصغار ويعطوا الجزية”. وقال علي بن أبي طالب: “إني أرى أنك إن سرت إليهم فتح الله هذه المدينة على يديك وكان في مسيرك الأجر العظيم”. ففرح عمر بن الخطاب بمشورة علي فقال: “لقد أحسن عثمان النظر في المكيدة للعدو وأحسن علي المشورة للمسلمين فجزاهما الله خيراً ولست آخذاً إلا بمشورة علي فما عرفناه إلا محمود المشورة ميمون الغرة”.  فقصد عمر بن الخطاب وخادمه ومعهما ناقة إلى بيت المقدس في رحلة شاقة. وما أن وصلا مشارف القدس حتى أطل عليهما صفرونيوس والبطاركة وسألوا من هذين الرجلين فقال المسلمون إنه عمر بن الخطاب وخادمه، فسأل أيهما عمر فقيل ذاك الواقف على قدميه إذ كان خادمه ممتطيا الناقة فذهلوا بهذا لانه مذكور في كتبهم، فكان الفتح العمري لبيت المقدس. كتب عمر مع المسيحيين وثيقةً عُرفت باسم “العهدة العمرية” وهي وثيقة منحتهم الحرية الدينية مقابل الجزية، وتعهد بالحفاظ على ممتلكاتهم ومقدساتهم، وعرض صفرونيوس على عمر بن الخطاب أن يؤدي الصلاة في كنيسة القيامة بعد أن حان موعدها أثناء زيارته لها، فخرج من الكنيسة وصلى على مبعدة منها وعاد. ولمّا سأله البطريرك صفرونيوس عن السبب أجابه أنه يخاف من أن يتخذ المسلمون من فعله ذريعة فيما بعد للسيطرة على الكنيسة فيقولون من بعده “ها هنا صلّى عمر” وبالتالي يحولون الكنيسة إلى مسجد للمسلمين. سمح المسلمون لليهود بالرجوع للسكن في المدينة بعد فتحها، وطبقوا عليهم ما طبقوه على المسيحيين من حماية لمقدساتهم مقابل الجزية. أقام المسلمون مسجدًا في الموقع الذي صلّى به عمر بن الخطاب، بالقرب من مدخل كنيسة القيامة اليوم، وقال الأسقف الغالي “أركولف” الذي عاش في القدس من سنة 679 حتى سنة 688، أن مسجد عمر كان عبارة عن مبنى خشبيّ مربع الشكل بُني على أنقاض بعض المباني والمنشآت، وكان يتسع لحوالي 3,000 مصل.  قام عمر بن الخطاب بعد فتح المدينة بالبحث عن مكان المسجد الأقصى المذكور في القرآن والصخرة المقدسة واضعًا نصب عينيه الرواية التي سمعها من النبي محمد (ص) ليلة الإسراء، وسأل الصحابة وكعب الأحبار،وهو من اليهود الذين أسلموا، والبطريرك صفرنيوس،وكان عمر بن الخطاب يراجع المرافقين له حين يدلونه على مكان لا يجد أوصافه تنطبق على ما لديه قائلاً: “لقد وصف لي رسول الله صلّى الله عليه وسلم المسجد بصفة ما هي عليه هذه”. وقد عثر الخليفة على مكان المسجد الأقصى والصخرة المقدسة في وقت قصير، وكان المكان مطموراً بالأتربة التي تكاد تخفي معالمه. وأمر عمر بن الخطاب بإقامة مسجد موضع المسجد الأول، وإقامة ظلة من الخشب فوق الصخرة المقدسة،وعندما جاء الخليفة الأموي عبد الملك بن مروان بنى قبة الصخرة فوق الصخرة المقدسة عام 691، ثم بنى الخليفة الوليد بن عبد الملك المسجد الأقصى عام 709. يقول المؤرخ من القرن العاشر، محمد بن أحمد شمس الدين المقدسي، أن عبد الملك بن مروان بنى قبة الصخرة وجعل منها ذهبية كي تطغى على قبب الكنائس المنتشرة في القدس، ولتصبح معلمًا بارزًا يلفت نظر الزائر أوّل ما يراها.اهتم الأمويون والعباسيون بالمدينة فشهدت نهضة علمية في مختلف الميادين، لكن شهرتها سرعان ما تضعضعت بسبب عدم الاستقرار الذي شهدته الدولة العباسية وانقسامها إلى دويلات عديدة. ========================== للمزيد اضغط على الروابط التالية: http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AC%D8%AF_%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%B5%D9%89http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B3 ==========================
(Facebook / Ashraf Almohajer / 19.11.2011)

Palestinian News 19.11.2011

Update: Resistance fired a mortal shell towards Nahal Oz. #Gaza

Update: Apparently internal explosion  took place near the Shejaeyya neighborhood.  #Gaza

BREAKING NEWS : BIG EXPLOSION HEARD EASTERN GAZA CITY ,,

@FreeFalasteen 😉 same here…. you know ??  Hani Siliman Salamah BREAKING NEWS : BIG EXPLOSION HEARD EASTERN GAZA CITY ,UPDATES COMES SOON

News from Eypte 19.11.2011

RT @Egyptocracy: Heavy firing in Kasr Al Aini street. #Egypt #tahrir

Independent #Egypt sat channel @ontveg reports 4,000 people protesting in Nile Delta city Mahalla, want to sit in at security HQ.

state tv reporter in #alexandria saying at least 1,500 people protesting there, other sources there telling me much more

Or politicking RT @monakareem Fucking Salafis issued a statement calling on people not to go to #Tahrir. Once a coward, always a coward.

BREAKING: #Egypt protester reportedly killed by gun shot in #Cairo‘s Tahrir Square named as “Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud”.

It seems the Egyptian police either provoked or overreacted to a small no of protestors. It also seems they miscalculated. Huge backlash.

An Egyptian woman sits praying against the violence in the midst of riot police in Tahrir Square

Turkish papers highlight contingency plans for Syria

(Reuters) – Turkish newspapers said on Saturday Ankara had contingency plans to create no-fly or buffer zones to protect civilians in neighboring Syriafrom security forces there if the bloodshed worsens.

Turkey opposes unilateral steps or intervention aimed at “regime change” in Syria, the reports said, but it has not ruled out the possibility of more extensive military action if security forces began committing large-scale massacres.

The reports, based on a briefing by Turkish officials to selected journalists, came on the day of an Arab League deadline for President Bashar al-Assad’s government to end its repression of anti-government unrest and comply with a peace plan.

“It’s almost certain that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is going down, all the assessments are made based on this assumption. Foreign Ministry sources say that the sooner the regime goes down, the better for Turkey,” columnist Sedat Ergin wrote in Hurriyet newspaper.

“It is out of the question that Turkey carries out a military intervention to change the regime. However, it takes a flexible stance on opposition groups running activities in Turkey.”

Several thousand Syrians have fled to Turkey in the wake of the repression launched after pro-democracy protests erupted in March. Among them were soldiers who say they deserted rather than shoot their own people, and are now part of the armed resistance against Assad’s forces.

Turkey, along with other powers, fear that if Syria slips into civil war it would ignite sectarian and ethnic conflict that could spread elsewhere in the region.

Ruled by the Assad family for more than 40 years, Syria’s power circle is based around the Baath party and members of the minority Alawite sect to which the Assad family belong.

The Radikal newspaper’s columnist Murat Yetkin quoted one of the Turkish officials saying: “We believe that with each day that passes under the Assad regime, the threat to stability increases. We believe stability in Syria and in the region will only be possible again under a democratic government.”

The Arab League, and non-Arab Turkey, have threatened economic sanctions unless bloodshed stops. And Turkish officials told the journalists they expected Assad’s government to implode under popular pressure.

BUFFER ZONE

Turkey wants to avoid a massive influx of people across the border, having been inundated by 500,000 people from Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.

Radikal’s Yetkin said the Turkish military could establish a buffer zone if the Syrian army advanced on a city, like Aleppo, close to the Turkish border.

Columnist Asli Aydintasbas of Milliyet newspaper wrote: “Foreign ministry sources added that Turkey could set up a no-fly buffer zone within Syria if Syrians fleeing the army create a mass wave of migration to Turkey.

“A more extensive military intervention could come on the table only if Syrian regime starts a large-scale massacre in a big city such as Aleppo or Damascus,” Aydintasbas added.

“Ankara could take a role in a military intervention against Syria only with the international community and following a U.N. Security Council decision.”

Having once cultivated Assad’s friendship, Turkey turned sharply critical during the eight-month-old uprising, as Damascus repeatedly ignored advice to end the violence and make reforms demanded by the people.

Attacks on their diplomatic missions in Damascus last weekend, prompted non-Arab Turkey and Arab governments to escalate pressure on Assad.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Syria was responsible for the breakdown in the relationship.

“Unfortunately, the Syrian regime was reluctant and insincere in carrying out reforms it had promised to. Furthermore, they wanted to quash the opposition through inhumane methods, by shedding blood,” he told a business forum.

“If there’s a policy change, it’s not Turkey’s but Syria’s change of policy. Syria has not kept the promises it made, neither to the Arab League nor the world,” he said. “Its actions have not been sincere and trustworthy.”

(www.reuters.com / 19.11.2011)

Involvement in politics

Question: I am a Muslim deeply involved in American politics. However the Muslims I go to school with are trying to convince me that it is haraam. They tell me such cliched things as we must only govern by Allah’s laws, that there is no room for compromise in Islam, and that we must have a Caliphate. Please explain to me what my response should be. Also I intend to run for public office as soon as I am out of college. Please advise me on how I can be involved in the cleaning of my soul and still be invovled in politics.

Answer: What are those Muslims doing in that school, absorbing its values day after day for years, if they are averse to fulfilling the duties of citizenship in American society? Are they learning Qur’an and Sunna there or are they learning Locke and John Stuart Mill?

Sad to see, many misguided Muslim students switch to computer science pretending that it is a religion-neutral major, abandoning medicine, law, and politics to the enemies of Islam! Would that they at least spoke other than poor English and searched for ways to purify their souls with the same diligence with which they obtain U.S. degrees and green cards but no. What will Americans want to do with their Islam?

You must continue your work – actually, it is jihad – to effect change in the way of Allah inside the prevalent structures with wisdom and heart and know that those cliches you mentioned will always accompany you.

Your response should be that involvement in politics in order to effect change is by far a lesser evil than defeatist isolationism and in fact is a duty for it is _the_ most effective way to “change something wrong by hand or by word…” – as the Prophet ordered – in the American system.

Postponing obedience to this hadith – which also represents Allah’s Law – on the grounds that we should have (their idea of) Khilafa or nothing, is really a satanic design to keep Muslims out of the decision-making process.

They want Muslims forever disorganized, stultified, alienated, discordant, recycling conspiracy and other truisms (“We must practice Islam as an ideology”) and illusions of grandeur, uninformed of what is going on and impotent to do anything about it.

Countless sincere Muslims have worked intelligently within corrupt systems and have been empowered to do good by the grace of Allah. While many of those who go on and on about khilafa do not begin to show a true concern for Islamic ethics in the first place, nor is the understanding of the fundamentals in the best of the modern-Khilafa advocates – those who try hard to formulate coherent solutions – the correct one.

As for your last question, you should look for a murshid – a spiritual guide – and take up a wird/wazifa – a spiritual discipline – to complement your daily religious obligations.

Hajj Gibril

(www.livingislam.org / 19.11.2011)

What is the islamic view on democracy?

From his [= the Prophet’s ] time, democracy has consisted of a “shura” or council. With “shura”, people sit together, consult with one another and decide on one person to represent them. From the beginning, Islam has mandated democracy through a “shura”. The biggest evidence of democracy in Islam is what happened when the Prophet  passed away without appointing anyone to succeed him. Sultans and kings appoint their elder sons as their successors, but the Prophet didn’t appoint anyone and left it for the Muslims to decide.

Hajj Gibril

(www.livingislam.org / 19.11.2011)

Change the world … start with yourself

I am not preaching and I do not want to preach, but I want to give you some thoughts to
think about … thinking about a better world, better for us, but speciallybetter for our children.

All days and every day we are exposed to challenges and every day we make good or wrong decisions, but we are self responsible. We are telling our family and friends that we want to change the world, but In the meantime we are doing wrong things, the emotional sins. And in that way, we want to change the world? Just wake up baby …

Let me tell you a story. A man was working in a small office with a colleague. The last one was younger, higher in ranking, but with a big mouth and very arrogant. Every time the older man gets upset and get angry and months the two men did not speak to each other. Until a certain day the older man thought why should I act like that, I have to be sorry for this younger man, maybe it is a shield of protection, maybe he is not certain of himself.

From the moment that the older man found out this, he felt sorry for the younger man and talked again. With this attitude the older man got not angry again or upset. He felt much better again and went happy again to this small office. Furthermore there was communication between the two men.

What I want to tell here, act to another person, as you want they act to you. Have respect for the other, even when they have a big mouth, is arrogant or have other ideas or plans. Everybody is free to choose his way of life; in Qur’an can be read that there is no pressure and so we have to act to other people too.

More important we have to act as good human being to other people, but special too
people of the Book, meaning the Thora, the Bible and the Qur’an. In this line it is so difficult to understand that brothers and sisters in Islam don’t accept that there are Muslims who follow another directions. And again: how can we change the world to the better, if we don’t accept our own brothers and sisters?

I want to give you some thoughts for the next days:

  • Act as a good human being to another human being
  • Respect that there will be other people with another religion
  • Respect that there are brothers and sisters who follow another road in their life
  • Take distance of chaos, violence, war and weapons
  • It is better to talk in politics than stand in defeatist isolationism
  • Be an example for your family, friends, colleagues and the whole world
  • Don’t be arrogant or don’t have a big mouth
  • Be an example in help people who need our help
  • If you want to change something, don’t create a chaos but take the way of
    reflection
  • Look at yourself before you talk about the other

@ KhamakarPress

Israel shuts down Palestinian groups in Jerusalem

Israeli policies are pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem in favor of Israeli settlers.

The recent forced closures of Palestinian nonprofit organizations in Jerusalem is an example of the Israeli authorities’ continued attacks on the city’s Palestinian identity and their attempts to maintain control over occupied East Jerusalem, according to local human rights groups.

“The purpose is to control and undermine the role of Palestinian civil society and [its] efforts in Jerusalem,” Rashad Shtayyeh, the activities coordinator at the Civic Coalition to Defend Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem (CCDPRJ), told The Electronic Intifada by email.

“Also, [this Israeli policy] tries to restrict anything that might help in protecting the Palestinian identity in Jerusalem, as a part of the Israeli Judiazation project in occupied Jerusalem,” Shtayyeh explained.

On 25 October, Israeli police presented closure notices to four Jerusalem-based organizations — Shua’a Women’s Association, al-Quds Development Foundation, Saeed Education Center and Work Without Borders — for a one-month period.

Given thirty minutes to leave

Dr. Nufuz Maslamani is the director of the Shua’a Women’s Association, a group that was founded in 2008 with the goal of empowering women in Jerusalem to achieve their social, political and economic rights. She told The Electronic Intifada that Israeli police gave volunteers at the association thirty minutes to leave their office before they locked the door.

“I said, ‘Why do you want to close it?’ I said that we are a women’s association and that we are working with women, with gender issues. [The police officer] said, ‘No, you are doing activities for the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP],” Maslamani explained.

“As always, they have a lot of reasons to close any association, to stop anyone who is working in Jerusalem. They continue their policy to make Jerusalem empty of the Palestinian people. This is their policy. That’s why they closed the association,” she said.

Maslamani said that the closure has already had a negative impact on the Palestinian women and children who take courses through the association.

“This is really a problem because we now have women who are taking computer courses, and other courses. These women feel that they have a purpose and that they can do anything,” she said, adding that she feared the one-month closure order would be arbitrarily extended.

“The most dangerous thing is that the Palestinian people can’t live or do what is right for them. This is our right, to continue our lives in Jerusalem, as all women and people in the world.”

History of closures in Jerusalem

According to the Civic Coalition for Defending Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem (CCDPRJ), since August 2001, the Israeli authorities have closed approximately 28 organizations serving the Palestinian community in Jerusalem, including the Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) former headquarters in the city, the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce and the Arab Studies Society.

In 2009, the Israeli authorities also banned numerous Palestinian cultural and educational events scheduled to celebrate the declaration of Jerusalem as the “Capital of Arab Culture” for that year.

“The closure of these and other Palestinian institutions are part of a broader policy through which the Israeli authorities seek to stifle Palestinian development in Jerusalem and increase the strength of Israel’s occupation over East Jerusalem,” explained Shtayyeh. “These closures relate to the overarching policy that includes violations of housing rights, revocation of residency, and ultimately results in the forced displacement of Palestinians from Jerusalem.”

Most Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have residency rights, not full Israeli citizenship, since they refused to take Israeli passports on principle shortly after Israel began occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.

As such, Palestinian Jerusalemites have the right to live and work in Israel yet are denied other provisions that come with full Israeli citizenship. For instance, unlike citizenship, permanent residency is only passed on to a person’s children if certain conditions are met, including most notably proving that one’s “center of life” is in Jerusalem.

Since 1967, it is estimated that more than 14,000 identification cards have been revoked from Palestinian Jerusalemites, who have thereby lost their residency rights and the ability to live in the city.

Widespread attack on human rights groups

The Jerusalem-area closures come as the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, is expected to pass two new bills that would make it harder for human rights groups in the country to receive funding from foreign governments.

On 13 November, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted in favor of two new bills. The first, officially known as the Associations Law (Amendment — Banning Foreign Diplomatic Entities’ Support of Political Associations in Israel), would bar human rights groups from receiving donations of more than 20,000 NIS (roughly $5,400) from foreign state entities.

The second bill, an amendment to the Israeli Income Tax Order, would make funding from foreign state entities to Israeli nongovernmental organizations subject to a 45 percent taxation rate. This is more than three times more than the taxation rate incurred by private organizations.

On 10 November, 18 human rights groups in Israel, including Adalah — the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Arab Association for Human rights, released a statement condemning the bills.

“This is not the first time Knesset members target foreign funding as a way to silence civil society and human rights organizations. The bills are a part of a calculated policy to silence voices of dissent and criticism and go hand in hand with attempts to restrict Israel’s judicial system, media outlets and activists,” the statement reads (“NGOs in Israel: Urgent call regarding severely restrictive funding bills,” 10 November 2011).

“A vibrant civil society is an essential part of a healthy democracy,” the statement adds. “These organizations promote transparency, public debate and accountability regarding government policy, and ensure essential protection of more vulnerable communities.”

According to the Mossawa Center, a group representing Palestinians in Israel, the bills would have the biggest impact on organizations working for the rights of Israel’s Palestinian citizens.

“Many Israeli NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] do not receive funding from the Israeli government because of their work with the Palestinian Arab minority. They are forced to rely on foreign state entities, like the EU and European government-sponsored organizations, for a majority of their funding,” Mossawa explained in a statement (“The Mossawa Center calls on the international community to condemn bills that restrict funding for human rights organizations in Israel,” 16 November 2011 [PDF]).

“While the NGO bills directly hinder the ability of Arab and human rights NGOs to operate independently within Israel, right-wing organizations that violate international law by supporting settlements in the West Bank are not limited in the proposed legislation,” Mossawa adds. “Most right-wing organizations are funded by the state and/or foreign private donations, which the bills’ sponsors do not consider foreign interference. It is clear that the proposed legislation would conceal the state’s human rights violations and advance the government’s right-wing agenda without impediment.”

Protected under international law

In Jerusalem, CCDPRJ’s Rashad Shtayyeh explained that “East Jerusalem is incontrovertibly recognized under international law as an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory over which the Palestinian people are entitled to exercise their right to self-determination.”

Indeed, the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honor, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs.”

Article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights also stipulates that “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

In his email to The Electronic Intifada, Shtayyeh explained that these protected rights — as well as freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly — are regularly denied to Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

“We call upon the international Community, the United Nations and the European Union to take responsibility to uphold their obligations towards the protected persons under occupation in Jerusalem,” he said. “We demand that the international community obliges the Israeli government to refrain from closing the Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem.”

(electronicintifada.net / 19.11.2011)

Israel confiscates Palestinian land north of Jordan Valley

 

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority has confiscated hundreds of Palestinian dunums north of the Jordan Valley and annexed them to a Jewish Kibbutz called Merav, according to Hebrew press reports.

Ha’aretz daily said that the path of the separation wall to the northeast of Jordan Valley was amended to allow the annexation of 1500 dunums of Palestinian farmland.

David Yisrael, the leader of the Kibbutz, said that the land was being farmed by the settlers for decades, claiming that the matter was settled with the land of Israel department.

However, a spokesman for the department denied knowledge of the step.

The annexed land is owned by Palestinians who left the West Bank in the wake of the Israeli invasion in 1967 and did not come back. Their land, according to the Israeli law, is under state guardianship and not allowed to be transferred to the settlements.

(mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com / 19.11.2011)

Palestine Forgive Us

Truth has no author, only witnesses who speak or who hide.

‎”Palestine, forgive us;

for forgetting that you are our mother

and we your children.

Forgive us for forgetting that our unity

is what kept us strong,

and that we abandoned you the day

we chose your killer over our brothers

and sisters for the sake of a throne,

a red carpet and a fake “Authority”.

Forgive us for forgetting that we are one

and we remain one only through you,

that your love was the bond that kept us together.

Forgive us for forgetting that there was a time

when we stood as one,

and had one name: Palestinians.

We didn’t call ourselves Muslim nor Christian

nor Jew nor Atheist: we were Palestinians.

‎We didn’t call ourselves

Fathawi nor Jabhawi nor Hamsawi:

we were Palestinians.

We didn’t call ourselves local or returnee:

we were Palestinians.

We didn’t call ourselves

moderate or leftist or extremist:

we were Palestinians.

Forgive us for we stripped ourselves off

of the names you gave us,

and exchanged “freedom fighter” for “peace activist”

and “Palestine” for “Palestinian Territory”

and “submission” for “negotiation”

and “oppression” for “peace”.

And for the sake of a throne and a Mercedes

we allowed your killers to classify us:

“peace activist”, “terrorist”, “moderate”, “extremist”.

Forgive us Palestine,

for their opinion was more important

and yours didn’t matter anymore,

for it is them who pay

and you are the goods to be delivered.

 

‎”Palestine, forgive us;

for forgetting that you are the first

and you are the last,

that you are the beginning

and you the end,

that from you we emerged

and that to your bosom we return.

You gave us a name,

and we used your name to promote ourselves

and to build firms and businesses.

You gave us a home, and we desecrated it

by shaking hands with your usurpers

and allowing them into your heart

in the name of “peace” and “being moderate”.

You loved us freely,

and we asked for a price for that love so

“we can continue our struggle for you”.

You forgave our falls and our mistakes,

but we continue to use your suffering

so we can increase our bank accounts,

drive a Mercedes and live in a villa.’

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we exchanged a homeland for a throne.

We exchanged your green valleys for the red carpet.

We exchanged your flag wrapped around

the sacred bodies of your martyred children

for an imitation hoisted half mast

opposite the gun of an Israeli sniper.

We exchanged the fight for freedom

for a fight for more “ministers”,

more “initiatives” and more “road maps”,

and swore to negotiate, negotiate and negotiate

till the last breath of your children,

till the last rain drop falls on your fields,

till the last poppy blossoms on your hilltops.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we believed in figures and symbols

more than we believed in you.

We made them our “Gods”

and allowed them to guide us

from one “process” to another,

from one “initiative” to another,

from one concession to another

and from one catastrophe to another.

We made them more important than you.

We allowed them to set the criteria

for what is to be “Palestine”

and what is not to be “Palestine”,

what is acceptable as form of “resistance”

and what is not acceptable as form of “resistance”,

who is to be our “enemy”

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we forgot who we are, and what we are.

We forgot who you are and what you are.

We allow others to speak in our name,

be our voice and we forget that you gave birth

to Ibrahim Touqan, to Ghassan Kanafani,

to Naji Al-Ali, to Mahmoud Darwish and so many others.

We allow bias Zionist-run media to talk for us,

to talk of us and to use us the way it chooses

in return for the fame and publicity that is promised us.

We allow them to paint our past, present and future

as if we had no saying in it,

as if we had no identity.

We talk, write and sing of Mohammad Jamjoum,

Fu’ad Hijazi and Ata Al-Zeer,

of Lina Nabulsi and Dala Al Mughrabi

and the thousands of your children

whose body is mingled with your sacred earth,

but we forget that they remained loyal to you

till the last breath, that they chose death over betraying you.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we the children of Canaan

allow the Zionists to erase our identity,

our history, our roots in the land of Canaan.

We allow them to turn your paradise into a desert,

we allow them to uproot your ancient olive trees,

we allow them to kill your poppies.

We stand still while you are being disfigured

by distorted structures that are alien to you,

while your forests are being destroyed,

while your natural wealth is being stolen,

while your fields are being razed.

The beauty of you

that was the scene of our childhood

fades away and your body

is infected with colonial cancer,

and we stand still as it eats your body

and console ourselves with the few tiny bits

here and there where we are still allowed to touch you.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for forgetting your pain

and thinking only about our pain,

for justifying our acceptance

of your desecration and

for using your children as excuse

for accepting any “peace” that is forced upon us.

Forgive us for not wishing to know,

for not wishing to acknowledge,

that any peace other than a just peace

won’t bring a decent life to our children.

Forgive us for hiding behind our children,

and claiming we want a future for them.

Forgive us for choosing to ignore the fact that

as long as there is an occupation,

our children, your children,

will have no peace and no future.

Forgive us for accepting concessions with the excuse:

”this is the best offer we will ever get”,

as if we were discussing a watermelon

or a used car we are about to buy.

Forgive us for forgetting that the land is OURS

and that no fake history,

no flown-in immigrants

and no Apache, Merkava or Demona

should make us ever forget that!

Forgive us, for we demanded explanations

from your children who were forced out of their homes

under Zionist gun threat as you were raped in 1948

and blamed them for our current state,

and today we are participating in this rape

in the name of negotiations,

a statehood and a president

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we forget what you are,

where you begin and where you end.

We draw you complete as you should be;

from the river to the sea,

but we define your borders

according to the will of your usurper.

We define Palestine as East Jerusalem,

Ramallah, Gaza, Nilin and Bilin,

and choose to forget your Jerusalem,

Haifa, Yaffa and Acca and

every single millimetre of your precious soil.

We replace Palestine with Palestinian Territory,

Jerusalem with Abu Dees and the

Aqsa with the Muqata’a. Palestine,

forgive us, for we are negotiating

with your murderers and

we are selling your body to the highest bidder.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we prefer to immigrate to Canada,

to the US and to Europe,

and leave you alone with your murderers.

We prefer to enjoy the blue sky and the sun,

while your skies are clouded with tear gas and bombs.

We prefer to enjoy the stars at night,

while your nights are lit up with phosphorous bombs.

We prefer to enjoy the parks and the gardens

and forget your hills and valleys

usurped by American and European colonists.

We choose to leave you

and escape your pain and suffering,

while so many of your children stay steadfast

despite Zionist terror.

We forget that many of your sons and daughters

never saw you and cry blood for the wish of seeing you,

and we, who have been blessed with Jerusalem,

Hebron, Haifa and Gaza want to give them up and immigrate.

 

Palestine, forgive us

for we place individual interests

above our national interests.

We fight each other instead of fighting our enemy.

We have made brothers of your enemies,

of our enemies,

and we have made enemies of your children,

of our brothers.

We threaten your children

with a bloody revenge after a squall,

but shake the blood-soaked hands

of the killers of your children.

We swear that none of your children

other than us would ever have

a saying over 20% of your sacred soil,

but agree to let your usurpers rape 80% of your body.

We declare proudly that we never raised even a stone

against your usurper and announce

a century of resistance to be “terrorism” and “futile”.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we stand by and watch

as your children are murdered on the way to school,

on the way home, on the way to the olive fields,

as your children are thrown out of their homes,

as your children are locked up in torture cells,

as your children starve to death,

as your children are burned by white phosphorous.

Our towns, homes, shops are full with Zionist products,

while your children search for food in garbage dump.

We, your children, who helped build neighbouring countries

with our brains, our blood and our sweat,

have become a people dependent on donor conferences.

We have been reduced to Beggars!

We congratulate ourselves for baking the largest Knakeh,

for sewing the longest dress,

but watch as Zionist colonists

burn down our homes and our fields,

while they kick us out of our homes.

We watch as IOF soldiers humiliate us

at every checkpoint,

kidnap our brothers and sisters every single day,

every single night.

We watch as our brothers and sisters still live in tents,

don’t have fresh water to drink,

sit in the darkness at night.

 

Palestine, forgive us;

for we are partners in the crime,

through our silence, our acceptance

and the concessions of those who claim to represent us.

Your soil is angry, your sky is mourning,

your children are crying, shedding blood,

for through our current silence, our current subsidence,

we betrayed their souls and left the path

they have paved for us with their lives.

But Palestine, you know us, for you are our mother.

You know that we are steadfast

and will remain steadfast to the last breath

and to the last drop of blood.

You know us, and you know that the road is full of obstacles,

it might take us some time,

we might be slow,

every step might cause you and us so much suffering,

so much loss, but it is our destined road and are taking it.

We are taking every step, no matter how painful,

no matter how many of us fall,

because every step brings us closer to you,

every step liberates your fields and hills,

every step heals your wounds.

Palestine, our memory is still intact,

our hearts still throbbing with your love,

we are still alive. You know, Palestine,

we rose up one time after the other,

we never gave up no matter.

We will rise up again,

and again and again till the world realizes

that without our freedom, your freedom,

there is no freedom.

 

So, rest assured, Palestine,

your loyal children, our grandparents and parents

planted your love in our hearts,

their blood, your blood, runs in our veins and

as they gave you their word never to forget

and never to give up, we give you our word:

we walk on the footsteps

of your loyal sons and daughters,

we will carry their message

and their memory in our hearts,

we will continue their struggle,

will continue to resist,

will remain steadfast until total liberation.

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