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Hadith 12: Het laten van datgene wat je niets aangaat

Aboe Hoerayrah overlevert: “De Profeet  zei:
“Wat blijk geeft van iemands goede Islam, is dat hij datgene laat wat hem niet aangaat.”  

(Een goede overlevering. Overgeleverd door at-Tirmidhi en anderen)

Uitleg

Deze overlevering is één van de grondslagen van de Islamitische gedragscode en is een leidraad voor iedere moslim. De moslim wordt geacht zichzelf niet te vermoeien met datgene wat hem niet aangaat en dient zich alleen te concentreren op zijn eigen zaken.

 

Wat leert deze overlevering ons?

 

  • De mate waarin de regels van de Islam worden nageleefd, kan van persoon tot persoon verschillen. Het laten van datgene wat een persoon niet aangaat, geeft blijk van iemands goede Islam.
  • Het zich niet bezig houden met andermans zaken stelt de dienaar in staat om zijn tijd beter te gebruiken voor bijvoorbeeld het aanbidden van Allah.

(moslima.ansaar.nl / 06.01.2012)

News from Syria 06.01.2012

#Syria 44 Arab League observers have left Cairo heading to #Damascus tonight

#Syria #Homs: Heavy gunfire by the security forces in Al-Wa’er area right now

#Syria #Homs: 3 military vehicles have entered Al-Bayadah a while ago, and 3 civilians have been severely wounded

#Syria Saraqeb, #Idlib: The security forces are shelling the area around Al-Hasan Hospital in the town right now

#Syria #Latakia: The security forces are carrying out a random detention campaign in Al-Skantori neighborhood

Brigadier-General Mustafa Ahmad Al-Sheikh Defects

#Syria A press release by the Syrian National Council: The Regime is Responsible for the Bombings

#Syria Saraqeb, #Idlib: The military is shelling the sit-in area in the town right now

Ugarit News || #Syria || [6 Jan 2012] Al-Bab , #Aleppo : A footage showing the presences of the pro-regime military forces in the city.

(01-06-12) Hama | (GRAPHIC) Martyr Shot and Killed by Assad Forces

(01-06-12) Nawa | Daraa | Assad Forces Wait Outside Mosque

#Syria Abu Kamal, #Deir ez-Zor: Several civilians were wounded by the attack of the security forces

Ugarit News || #Syria || [6 Jan 2012] Dariya , #Damascus : A footage showing the pro-regime gangs “Shabbeha” stopping the civilians’ cars and checking them.

Ugarit News || #Syria || [6 Jan 2012] #Damascus : [IMPORTANT] A clear footage showing the pro-regime troops raiding Al-Qadam district and opening fire.

PA forces raid Israeli-controlled area

Palestinian Authority officers take part in their graduation ceremony at the Academy for Security Sciences in Jericho.
HEBRON (Ma’an) — For the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established, its security forces on Friday raided an area under Israeli control in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

PA forces entered Mount Johar, an area in Hebron under Israeli military control, and detained eight Palestinians, a PA security officer told Ma’an on condition of anonymity.

The three-hour raid was coordinated with the Israeli army, he added.

The officer said the detainees were wanted on criminal charges and had been hiding in the area, which is beyond the jurisdiction of Palestinian police.

PA security forces came under fire during the raid and shot back injuring two gunmen, he said.

The officer said police had been requesting permission from Israel to enter the area for several years, adding that the neighborhood had become a safe haven for criminals to escape prosecution.

Under the Oslo Accords, PA police can only work freely in Area A — around 17 percent of the West Bank.

( www.maannews.net /06.01.2012)

Blast kills 25, injures several in Syria

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens of others have been injured in a terrorist bomb attack in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to Syrian sources, an unknown attacker detonated explosives at a traffic light in the densely populated neighborhood of al-Midan on Friday.

Most of the victims are reported to be civilians, but some security personnel were also among the casualties. Authorities say that the toll could increase since some of the injured are in critical condition.

So far 63 people have been injured in the powerful explosion. The Syrian Interior Ministry has blamed al-Qaeda for the bomb attack.

This is the second such incident in Damascus in the past two weeks. On December 23, two bombings killed at least 44 people outside Syrian intelligence buildings.

The violence comes as Arab League observers are in the country to investigate Syria’s months-long unrest and to monitor the implementation of a peace initiative presented by the Arab bloc to put an end to the country’s crisis.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March and according to the UN, more than 5,000 people have been killed in the country over the past nine months.

While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

(www.presstv.ir / 06.01.2012)

8th ‘Miles of smiles’ convoy en route to Gaza

A police officer stands on an aid boat in the Gaza sea port.

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Around 100 international activists will arrive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the eighth “Miles of smiles” convoy bringing medical aid to the besieged population, coordinator Isam Mustafa said.

The activists will bring medicine worth 3 million Egyptian pounds ($497,000) as well as ambulances and cars adapted for people with disabilities, Mustafa said in a statement.

Activists from Tunis, Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, Algeria, France, Poland and Britain are traveling with the convoy to show solidarity with Palestinians and break Israel’s illegal siege of the enclave.

Israel intensified its land, sea and air blockade of Gaza in 2007 when Hamas took control of the coastal strip.

In May, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing on its border with Gaza, allowing some residents to leave for the first time in years. The terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods, and residents still rely on underground tunnels to smuggle in goods from Egypt.

(www.maannews.net / 06.01.2012)

Internet fuels Palestine free expression

Ramallah – Inspired by the role of social media in the Arab Spring, Palestinians have harnessed the same tools, under the wary gaze of the authorities in the West Bank and Gaza.

In both parts of the Palestinian territory, ordinary people and activists have taken to social networking to share their hopes, mobilise demonstrations and call for government reform.

Sabri Saydam, former Palestinian minister for technology, says the use of social media to bring about political change was bound to happen, given the high number of Facebook users across the territories, particularly in Gaza.

“We have one million Palestinian subscribers to Facebook in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem,” he told AFP.

“Usually, people [in the region] would have been inspired by the Palestinian cause, but in 2011 things changed and the Palestinians were inspired by the Arab revolutions and started using that, even though the atmosphere and the environment were different.”

Early in 2011, as the Arab uprisings were beginning, activists in the West Bank and Gaza used Facebook, Twitter and text messaging in a campaign to end the bitter split between the rival national movements, Fatah and Hamas.

Their efforts culminated in massive March 15 protests, and six weeks later the factions said they were patching up their differences and ending years of bloody rivalry, driven in no small part by the huge public protests.

Since then, new technology has played a central role in rallying the Nakba border protests on the anniversary of Israel’s creation, the bid for full UN membership and the campaign to boycott products made in Jewish settlements.

Although activists already use social media to document and expose rights abuses by settlers or clashes with the Israeli army, its use for domestic political activism is more limited.

Everyone monitored

And its emerging role as a platform for everyone from the politically motivated to the spiritually disillusioned has not gone unnoticed by Gaza’s Hamas rulers or by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Jillian York, director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a US-based internet rights watchdog, says Palestinian social media face both surveillance and self-censorship.

“You have people arrested here all the time, of course, but it’s really hard to know who is being monitored,” she told AFP on the sidelines of the first Palestinian social media conference in Ramallah last month.

In 2010, Walid Hassayen from the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya was arrested on charges of blasphemy, becoming perhaps the most high-profile example of a Palestinian being sanctioned for online activities.

On his Facebook page, written in the name “Allah,” Hassayen allegedly poked fun at the Koran, and he also ran a blog in which he discussed religion.

He was arrested in October 2010 and sentenced to three years, raising cries of alarm from rights groups.

Last September he was released. But since then, he has rarely stepped out of the family home and now no longer goes online.

“I was accused of insulting religion and religious sentiments and of causing sectarian unrest,” he told AFP by phone.

“There is nothing called freedom of speech in the Palestinian territories as I was only practising my right to freedom of expression and belief.”

Libel, slander and defamation

More recently, radio journalist George Cannawati found himself on the wrong side of the law after he criticised the government-run health authority in a posting on Facebook.

“I posted something on Facebook criticising the way the employees treated me and I was shocked to learn that Bethlehem governor Abdel Fatah Hamayel was suing me for libel, slander and defamation,” he told AFP.

His posting was picked up by several Palestinian news websites, prompting the governor to take legal action, which ultimately failed on a technicality.

“They invaded my privacy and read the posting on my personal Facebook page, but I have the right to freedom of expression,” he said.

In Gaza, users face an array of restrictions, including blocked pages, Israeli and Hamas surveillance and the possibility their posts will be used against them.

“The online surveillance is only a small component of what is happening,” York said.

“It’s very rare that somebody is only going to be targeted for something they’ve said online. In Palestine, it’s like you’re already an activist and they use something that you’ve said online against you.”

In April 2010, 22-year-old Assad al-Saftawi was arrested by Gaza’s Hamas rulers and charged with “slander” and “promoting lies inciting against the government” after he criticised them in a Facebook posting picked up by Al-Ayyam newspaper.

Self-censorship

He was handed a six-month suspended sentence. A year later, he spent four days in detention over his role in organising the mass demonstrations of March 15.

Now he sometimes hesitates before posting, he says.

“In addition to Hamas surveillance, I also practise self-censorship to please my family which is worried about me,” he told AFP. “But sometimes when you are angry, you just can’t control it.”

Hamas did not respond to requests from AFP to comment on the issue of online surveillance.

Saftawi says he no longer cares about being detained for speaking his mind.

“Now I am apathetic about being arrested,” he said.

“If we all remain silent in the face of injustice, who is going to speak up?”

(www.news24.com / 06.01.2012)

Egyptian activists demand swift power transfer, brace for 25 januari demo

[Alaa Abdel Fatah brings Twitter down the streets for a tweet panel. Image from Ahram Online]
Alaa Abdel Fatah brings Twitter down the streets for a tweet panel.

Anti-SCAF revolutionaries mull means of mobilising masses in run-up to planned 25 January Tahrir Square demonstration.

Dozens of revolutionary activists, including several high-profile Egyptian bloggers and tweeps, gathered on Kasr El-Nil Street in Cairo’s Downtown district on Wednesday night to call for the speedy transfer of power of from Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to a civil authority and to brainstorm new means of mobilising the public behind their cause.

“Revolutionaries will be back on 25 January!” they shouted in reference to a planned demonstration scheduled to coincide with the first anniversary of the popular uprising that led to the February ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

“It doesn’t matter who won the parliamentary polls,” declared prominent blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, @alaa, a chief speaker at the event. “All I know is that there’s no need to keep Mubarak’s SCAF now that we have an elected parliament.”

Abdel-Fattah went on to call for the swift transfer of power to Egypt’s elected parliament, stressing the public’s obligation to maintain pressure on elected MPs to implement outstanding revolutionary demands. “Our responsibility doesn’t end at the ballot box,” he said.

Not everyone present, however, agreed on the viability of delegating power to the incoming national assembly.

Haitham El-Shawaf, general coordinator of the Alliance of Revolutionary Forces (which consists of 60 revolutionary political parties and movements), rejected the notion of surrendering executive authority to Egypt’s incoming parliament, in which Islamist parties – especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – will play a leading role.

“The Muslim Brotherhood has given its full loyalty to the SCAF,” El-Shawaf said. “The date announced by the SCAF for handing power over to parliament is the day the revolution will die.”

“Considering the poor economic state of the country, we can’t afford the millions paid to cover SCAF salaries until it hands over power,” he added, calling for the election of a president “as soon as possible.”

Activists also issued recommendations on how to mobilise the masses in advance of the planned Tahrir Square demonstration on 25 January. “This is a now-or-never situation,” said one young revolutionary who spoke to those in attendance. “We should all be ready to die.”

On Tuesday, scuffles broke out between SCAF supporters and organisers of the revolutionary Kazeboun (“Liars”) campaign on Cairo’s flashpoint Mustafa Mahmoud Street. The campaign, which aims to raise public awareness about SCAF violations, was first launched by activists following last month’s clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces outside Egypt’s Cabinet building that left 18 dead.

“State-hired thugs were waiting for us on Mustafa Mahmoud. They knew we were coming,” said one campaign organiser about Tuesday’s melee. “We need to find an alternative to social-media networks; a more discreet means of getting the word out.”

Prominent activist Asmaa Mahfouz, @Asmaamahfouz, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat in parliament in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls, suggested launching a pamphleteering campaign to inform the wider public about the goals of the campaign.

Activist Ziad Aly, @ziadaly, founder of the recently launched Masrena initiative (devoted to “protecting the goals of the revolution”), for his part, expressed disappointment with the event’s low turnout.

“I look around and all I see are the same faces,” he complained. “We won’t be effective until more people join our ranks.”

(www.jadaliyya.com / 06.01.2012)

Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel

Reuters / Nir Elias

Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran.

Tensions between nations have been high in recent months and have only worsened in the weeks since early December when Iran hijacked and recovered an American drone aircraft. Many have speculated that a back-and-forth between the two countries will soon escalate Iran and the US into an all-out war, and that event might occur sooner than thought.

Under the Austere Challenge 12 drill scheduled for an undisclosed time during the next few weeks, the Israeli military will together with America host the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries. Following the installation of American troops near Iran’s neighboring Strait of Hormuz and the reinforcing of nearby nations with US weapons, Tehran authorities are considering this not a test but the start of something much bigger.

In the testing, America’s Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system will be operating alongside its ship-based Aegis system and Israel’s own program to work with Arrow, Patriot and Iron Drone missiles.

Israeli military officials say that the testing was planned before recent episodes involving the US and Iran. Of concern, however, is how the drill will require the deployment of thousands of American troops into Israel. The Jerusalem Post quotes US Commander Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc as saying the drill is not just an “exercise” but also a “deployment” that will involve “several thousand American soldiers” heading to Israel. Additionally, new command posts will be established by American forces in Israel and that country’s own IDF army will begin working from a base in Germany.

In September, the US European Command established a radar system in Israel.

With America previously equipping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with weaponry to wreck any chance of an Iranian nuclear weapon program from close by, the US will now have added forces on the ready in Israel and Germany under what Tehran fears is a guise being merely perpetrated as a test-run. RT reported last week that the US is equipping Saudi Arabia with nearly $30 billion F-15 war planes, a deal that comes shortly after Washington worked out a contract with Dubai to give the UAE advanced “bunker buster” bombs that could decimate underground nuclear operations in neighboring Iran.

Since the US surveillance mission over Iran that left overseas intelligence with a captured American drone aircraft, tensions have only escalated between the two nations. After Iran threatened to close down the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial path for the nation’s oil trade, the US dispatched 15,000 marines into the area.

(rt.com / 06.01.2012)

Jewish settlers break into Muslim shrines to perform Talmudic rituals

Thousands of Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, have filled a Palestinian village in order to perform Talmudic rituals. A spokesman for Kafl Hares municipality said that the soldiers cleared the streets and established guard posts on the roofs of various buildings around the village.

According to Ma’mon Boze, the settlers then arrived in dozens of buses, wandering around the village singing and shouting. The villagers, said Mr Boze, were alarmed and disturbed throughout the night. The number of settlers on this occasion is estimated to have been around 10,000.

The settlers claim that the village contains Jewish shrines, but Mr Boze explained that the only religious sites in Kafl Hares are Muslim shrines linked to important personalities mentioned in the Qur’an. “No Jewish connection has ever been made,” he added, pointing out that Jewish settlers invade the village on a frequent basis – more than 46 times in the past year – and, as the keys for the shrines are held by Palestinians, the Israeli soldiers break the locks and doors every time.

(www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk / 06.01.2012)

Student krijgt 10 voor scriptie over ‘fascistische’ PVV

Student Henk Bovekerk van de Universiteit van Tilburg heeft een tien gekregen voor zijn scriptie waarin hij de PVV van Geert Wilders analyseert. Volgens Bovekerk zijn Wilders en zijn beweging het prototype van het hedendaagse fascisme.

De partij van Wilders is volgens Bovekerk fascistisch

De partij van Wilders is volgens Bovekerk fascistisch

Voor zijn scriptie heeft de student het boekjeDe eeuwige terugkeer van het fascisme van Rob Riemen, directeur van het prestigieuze Nexus Instituut, gebruikt. Het Nexus Instituut is verbonden aan de Universiteit van Tilburg.

Gevorderd
Bovekerk bestudeerde naast het boekje van Riemen werken van Geert Wilders, PVV-Kamerlid Martin Bosma en historicus Robert O. Paxton, bericht de onafhankelijke websitevan de Universiteit Tilburg.

Hij concludeert dat Nederland heeft te maken met een fascistische partij in een gevorderd stadium, namelijk de PVV.

Slachtoffers
In het essay van Riemen zegt hij dat het populisme van Wilders vergelijkbaar is met de begindagen van het fascisme in de jaren dertig. Hij omschrijft fascisme als ‘de politisering van de rancuneuze massamens, die geen geestelijke waarden erkent’.

Volgens Riemen zijn PVV-kiezers ‘slachtoffers’ en bedrijft Wilders ‘demagogie’. ‘Hij zoekt zondebokken, hij liegt in zijn programma. Dat maakt hem de volmaakte anti-democraat,’ zei Riemen eerder tegen NRC.

(www.elsevier.nl / 06.01.2012)