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Een probleem naar aanloop van Ramadan …

In het vorige bericht hadden we het al over het inzien van onze fouten en de bereidheid tot het verbeteren ervan. In dit bericht gaan we in op een fout die velen van onze broeders en zusters moeten erkennen om vervolgens te werken aan verbetering; het nalaten van het gebed.

Wij moeten onszelf afvragen, aangezien deze gezegende maand snel naderende is, wat willen wij bereiken met het vasten? Is het niet Allah’s vergiffenis en Zijn tevredenheid. Zoals de profeet salla allaho ‘alaihi wa sellam zegt:

“Wie Ramadan vast met geloof (in Allah)en hoop (op Zijn beloning), diens voorgaande zonden worden vergeven.”  [Bocharie]

Of hebben wij van deze maand een culturele aangelegenheid gemaakt, waarbij volop wordt geëxperimenteerd in de keuken om rond etenstijd gezamenlijk aan een mooie versierde eettafel plaats te nemen.

Daar is in principe niks mis mee aangezien de Islam samenhorigheid en gastvrijheid heel hoog heeft staan. Maar dat moet ons niet de kern en achterliggende gedachte van het vasten doen vergeten.

Tijden zoals Ramadan heeft Allah met Zijn Genade voorgeschreven om ons te helpen bij bewustwording en inkeer en dan nog laten wij ons afleiden? Dan nog zijn we niet in staat tot verbetering?

We hopen met het vasten op Allah’s tevredenheid en vergiffenis, maar we zijn Hem ongehoorzaam in één van Zijn grootste geboden …

We gehoorzamen Allah met het laten van ons geliefde eten en drinken, maar daarna zijn we laks met het gehoorzamen van Allah in het verrichten van de vijf verplichte gebeden …

Het gebed is de tweede zuil van ons geloof, beste broeders en zusters, en het eerste waarover we worden gevraagd op de Dag des Oordeels:

“Het eerste waarover de dienaar op de dag des oordeels verantwoording af zal leggen van zijn daden is zijn gebed. Als het correct is, dan behoort ie tot de succesvolle en als het incorrect is behoort ie tot de verliezers.” [Tirmidhi]

Het gebed is zo belangrijk dat het nooit komt te vervallen, zolang het verstand aanwezig is. Zelfs degene die zo ernstig verlamd is dat ie niks kan bewegen, dient het gebed met de intentie te verrichten.

Het gebed is geen last beste broeder of zuster, het is verlichting voor jouw hart en ziel. Allah is de Almachtige, de Behoefteloze; als de hele wereld ongelovig zou zijn, zou dat Zijn heerschappij niet verminderen. En als de hele wereld gelovig zou zijn, zou dat Zijn heerschappij niet vermeerderen. Allah gebiedt of verbiedt de mensen niet omdat Hij dat nodig heeft of om hen in hun vrijheden te beperken, maar om hen te leiden naar hét geluk. In dit leven en in het hiernamaals.

Allah heeft ons bevoordeeld met dit gebed. Dit gebed waarmee wij onze band dagelijks met Hem onderhouden, waar wij onze rust uit putten en dat onze steun is in moeilijke tijden. Als al die mensen die vandaag de dag leiden aan hevige depressie, tot zelfmoord aan toe, eens wisten wat dit geloof te bieden had …

Wanneer we kijken naar de oorzaak achter het nalaten van het gebed, zien we vaak dat dat komt door het niet op tijd bidden, nooit de moskee bezoeken en niet in gezelschap zijn dat bidt. Daar komt natuurlijk bij onze geringe kennis over het geloof. Breng verandering in deze zaken en kijk dan is hoe goed het gaat.

Beste broeder of zuster, deze gezegende maand nadert met de dag en jij zit met een probleem. Een probleem dat jou om een snelle oplossing vraagt. Ben je het gebed verleerd, maak je niet druk. Spreek de eerste de beste broeder of zuster om jou heen aan en hij/zij zal het een eer vinden om jou te helpen.

Abulfadl, student aan de Universiteit van Medina. Saudi Arabië.

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Sources: Sabbahy has persuaded the Salafis to support ElBaradei as PM

Hamdein Sabahy, an Egyptian presidential hopeful, as he is welcomed by labor leaders, Misr Spinning and Weaving Company Social Club, Gharbeia, September 20, 2011. Sabahy's meeting is part of his presidential tour all over Egypt in a bid for Egypt's most anticipated elections since ousted president Hosni Mubarak's downfall. 

Official sources within the Popular Trend political party have said that their leader, Hamdeen Sabbahy, held a closed meeting on Saturday with Younis Makhyoun, leader of the Salafi Nour Party, and Yasser Borhamy, vice president of the Salafi Daawa, and succeeded in persuading them to support the appointment of Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said that all parties agreed to put aside their differences during the transitional phase so as to comply with the demands of the revolutionary forces, especially those of the Tamarod movement, and to avoid any divisions.
The sources added that the presidency was informed of the agreement.
The presidency had earlier announced ElBaradei’s appointment as prime minister. The Nour Party had originally consented to his appointment, but the announcement was later revoked when the party changed its mind, which had raised speculation that they were coordinating with the Brotherhood.
Both Makhyoun and Borhamy have said that they adhere to Article II of the Constitution and warned against making any changes to it.
(Source / 07.07.2013)

Egyptians throng Tahrir in support of army-backed revolt

Egyptian air force acrobatic jets fly above protesters marching towards Egypt’s landmark Tahrir Square, on July 7.

CAIRO (AFP) — Opponents of Egypt’s deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi packed Tahrir Square in their tens of thousands on Sunday to show the world his ouster was not a military coup but the reflection of the people’s will.

Staged as a counter-demonstration two days after Islamist rallies exploded into deadly violence, the protest raised the stakes as the country’s interim leaders struggled to put together a new government.

As the crowds grew, wave after wave of military aircraft skimmed over the capital, with one formation leaving behind long trails of smoke in black, white and red — the colors of the Egyptian flag.

“We are on the street to show the world that it was a popular revolution and not a coup that overthrew” Mursi on Wednesday, said a beaming teacher who gave her name as Magda.

Many banners showed the protesters’ anger with the United States for what they perceive as its support for Mursi, as well as American media coverage depicting his ouster as a coup.

“America shame on you! This is a revolution, not a coup!” read one, echoing a chant heard in Tahrir, again and again. Others carried portraits of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general behind Mursi’s ouster.

President Barack Obama insisted overnight that the United States was “not aligned” with any political party or group in Egypt following Mursi’s ouster.

“The future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people,” the White House quoted him as saying.

The Tamarod movement, which engineered the June 30 rallies that culminated in Mursi’s overthrow, had led calls for people to gather at Tahrir and Ittihadiya presidential palace to “complete the revolution”.

The anti-Mursi crowd swelled in the iconic square as people poured in from side-streets, some unfurling a giant national flag emblazoned with the words “Go away” — a slogan used widely on June 30.

There were similar scenes in Alexandria on the Mediterranean and in other major cities across the Arab world’s most populous country.

Their Islamist rivals staged their own huge demonstrations in Cairo, where police armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles watched over the pro-Mursi demonstrators.

Carrying pictures of the deposed president, the Islamists erected barricades and set up checkpoints across the capital, where tens of thousands of them blocked the main road to the international airport.

Mursi’s single year of turbulent rule was marked by accusations he failed the 2011 revolution that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak by concentrating power in Islamist hands and letting the economy nosedive.

The rallies came as a coalition that backed Mursi’s ouster wavered over the choice of Nobel Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister to lead the country out of the bloody crisis.

In an interview published on Sunday, ElBaradei called for “inclusion of the Brotherhood in the democratization process”.

“No one should be taken to court without a convincing reason. Former President Mursi must be treated with dignity,” the former UN nuclear watchdog chief told German news weekly Der Spiegel.

The official MENA news agency said on Saturday that caretaker president Adly Mansour had appointed ElBaradei, only for his office to later deny any final decision had been taken.

Salafi Islamists, who backed Mursi’s overthrow, were holding out against ElBaradei’s appointment, officials close to the talks told AFP.

Presidential adviser Ahmed al-Muslimani said ElBaradei remained the “strongest candidate”.

“He is on top of the list of names,” Muslimani told AFP.

But after another round of talks on Sunday, a senior Salafi politician said his Al-Nour party would not accept ElBaradei.

“Our position is simple. There are two reasons to reject ElBaradei: we need a technocratic economic figure; and we need to end polarization on the street,” said Nader Bakkar.

“We can’t talk of national reconciliation and then make Morsi’s most ardent opponent prime minister.”

An official close to ElBaradei conceded there were fears of alienating Al-Nour, which won almost a quarter of votes in a 2011 parliamentary election, and “driving them” into Mursi’s camp.

Mursi, who has been in custody since overnight on Wednesday, had issued a defiant call for his supporters to defend his “legitimacy” as Egypt’s first freely elected president, in a recorded speech released shortly after his ouster.

Violence that killed at least 37 people following Friday’s Islamist rallies came despite talk of peaceful protests, with Cairo and second city Alexandria the hardest hit.

The bloodletting continued, with gunmen on Saturday killing a Coptic Christian priest in the Sinai Peninsula and militants on Sunday blowing up a gas pipeline to Jordan as Islamists fired on the security forces.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin warned the stand-off threatened to degenerate into a civil war.

“Syria is already in the grips of a civil war, unfortunately enough, and Egypt is moving in that direction,” news agencies quoted him as saying.

(Source / 07.07.2013)

Palestinian Bedouins attacked by right-wing Israeli settlers near Nablus

An armed gang of around 50 Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian Bedouin community of shepherds in Huwwara area, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Saturday.

Bedouin community near Nablus (image from flickr)
Bedouin community near Nablus

This is not the first time that settlers from the nearby Itamar and Yitzhar religious Jewish Israeli settlements have attacked Palestinian civilians – in the last three years, these attacks have become more and more frequent occurrences, according to local residents. The attacks often take place on Saturdays, after religious services in the settlements.

In Saturday’s attack, the gang of armed settlers descended on the Bedouin community and began uprooting trees and plants and smashing the glass of vehicles belonging to the Bedouins. They also tried to steal sheep from the Bedouin shepherds.

The Bedouin community in Huwwara is made up of several families living in tin huts and tents in extremely impoverished conditions, trying to make a living by herding sheep.

The Palestinian monitor of settlement activity in the West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, called on the Israeli liaison office to investigate the incident.

(Source / 07.07.2013)

The bankrupt Ramallah regime ~ by Khalid Amayreh

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The PA regime in Ramallah proves everyday that it is absolutely worthy of a prominent place in the dustbin of history. The matter here goes far beyond the scandalous groveling of that regime at Israel’s and America’s feet despite the latter’s blatant hostility to Palestinian rights.

In fact, the Ramallah regime has effectively lost whatever moral compass it may claim to have. Its ignominious behavior at various levels leaves no doubt as to its moral bankruptcy.

Last week, the PA regime allowed the organization of a permissive concert in Ramallah. During the concert, drunken young men and women mingled rather promiscuously. Some of the scenes at the concerts were so offensive to the Palestinian culture that the organizers had to abruptly end it, ostensibly to prevent further chaos.

Unrepentant, the organizers sought to take the show to al-Khalil, the largest and most conservative town in the West Bank. However, community leaders in al-Khalil warned the local governor that permissive concerts were a red line.

“We are not in Las Vegas or Frankfurt ; we are Muslims living in al-Khalil, in the vicinity of the Patriarch Ibrahim and not far from the Aqsa Mosque. Such promiscuity and permissiveness are unacceptable to our community since they contribute to corrupting our young generations,” said a statement read by the local community and civic leaders.

Eventually, the governor, Kamel Humeid, heeded the local community’s call, and decided to ban the organization of the concert in the city.

The decision was widely viewed as a victory by the Islamist camp over Fatah, the political backbone of the PA.

Another indelible badge of dishonor for the PA took the form of granting a non-Palestinian Arab singer a special Palestinian passport. The symbolic measure contradicts the vociferous objections voiced by Fatah and the Ramallah leadership to the granting by Prime Minister Ismael Haniya earlier this year of a diplomatic passport to Dr. Yousuf al-Qaradaw, the prominent Muslim scholar and thinker.

Al-Qaradawi is the author of more than sixty books and is widely considered one of the prominent living Muslim scholars. The 85-year old scholar spent the bulk of his life defending Palestine so much that Europe and North America declared him persona non grata under Zionist pressure.

The PA went as far as asking Interpol to arrest al-Qaradawi for carrying “a false passport.” The measure was largely symbolic and intended to harass the prominent scholar and embarrass the Islamist government in the Gaza Strip, but it showed the extent to which the depraved regime was willing to go in defying Muslim sensibilities.

The fact that the PA leadership sees that an insignificant singer is more deserving of Palestinian honor than a great Muslim scholar underscores the depravity and moral bankruptcy of the entire PA apparatus.

Of course, the moral downfall of the PA is not a recent phenomenon. When the PA was established following the scandalous Oslo Accords in the early 1990s, the first thing it did was building a large casino for gambling in the town of Jericho. This, too, will be an indelible mark of shame on the Ramallah group.

It is really difficult to pinpoint an achievement or honorable behavior that would vindicate the PA.

A few days ago, PA media displayed a euphoric jubilation over the military coup against the elected Egyptian president Muhammed Mursi. Gleeful gloating over the overthrow of the legitimate Egyptian head of state was conspicuous on PA-run TV as if the new military dictatorship in Cairo would liberate Jerusalem and free al-Masjidul Aqsa (the Aqsa Mosque) from Zionist bondage.

It obviously didn’t occur to the Palestinian leadership that military coups can only bring disaster to their countries and people and can never be a genuine asset for Palestine and its struggling people.

We in the Arab world have been living under military dictatorships or military-backed tyrannies for ages. And the result has been indisputably disastrous to put it mildly. Just look at what is happening in Iraq , Syria , Yemen and Egypt . Fifty years ago, the latter was at the same socio-economic level of countries such as South Korea . Now, South Korea is an economic superpower whereas Egypt is having trouble feeding its own people.

This is the direct result of the inherent impotence of military dictatorships.

Unfortunately, military dictators obviously have their fans, mostly ignorant people who are duped and beguiled to believe almost anything. To my chagrin, there are a lot of such people in Palestine and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Well, who says that only dynastic tyrannies in the Arab world have imbecile citizens who content themselves with following the adage “feed me today, kill me tomorrow.”?

The stark realties in the Arab world, including occupied Palestine, remind us of another adage: “If knowledge is a sea, ignorance is an ocean.”

(Source / 07.07.2013)

March in Ramallah stands in solidarity with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners

Palestinians, including former prisoners, prisoners’ families and activists marched in Ramallah on July 7, 2013, demanding freedom for Palestinian political prisoners and solidarity with the hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. The march was organized by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, as well as the Higher Follow-Up Committee for Prisoners. For more information and updates on the hunger strikers, please see this update.

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Atheïst

By Marianna Laarif

Een jonge vrouwelijke leerkracht met duidelijke liberale tendensen legt haar klas van kleine kinderen uit dat ze een atheïst is. Ze vraagt of er ook atheïsten in haar klas zijn. Niet echt te weten wat atheïsme is, maar natuurlijk willen de kinderen worden als hun lerares en zien haar als voorbeeld, schieten de handen als vuurwerk in de lucht. Er is echter een uitzondering. Een prachtig meisje met de naam Zainab is niet meegegaan met de klas. De leerkracht vraagt haar waarom zij haar hand niet heeft opgestoken. Het meisje antwoordt: “Omdat ik geen atheïst ben”.
Dan vraagt de lerares: “Wat ben jij?” “Ik ben een moslim.” De lerares is nu een beetje geschrokken, haar gezicht wordt rood. Ze vraagt Zainab waarom ze een moslim is. “Nou, ik was opgevoed met het kennen en liefhebben van Allah Subahanahu wa Ta´ala. Mijn moeder is een moslim en mijn vader is een moslim, dus ik ben een moslim.”
De lerares is nu boos. “Dat is geen reden”, zegt zij luid, “Wat als je moeder een idioot was en je vader een idioot was ?, Wat zou je dan zijn?” Het meisje zweeg en glimlachte. “Dan” zegt Zainab, “Zou ik een atheïst zijn.

Child prisoners suffer from spread of skin disease in Hasharon

childprisoner483Children and youth prisoners at Hasharon prison reported on Saturday, July 6 that skin diseases were spreading throughout their ranks in the prison, calling for intervention by international medical and human rights organizations.

In a message leaked from inside the prisons, Wael Fakhri Turkman, a prisoner held in Hasharon, said that the youth prisoners in Hasharon were being denied legal and medical visits after the dramatic spread of the infectious skin diseases.

There are dozens of child and youth prisoners in the section, Turkman said, and he called upon all human rights, humanitarian and medical associations to work to introduce medications to eliminate this disease.

There are 234 Palestinian children and youth held as prisoners in Israeli prisons,reported Palestinian researcher Abdel Nasser Ferwana.

(Source / 07.07.2013)

Israel upbraids Dutch over ‘preposterous’ Mideast report

Official document laments Palestinian suffering while ignoring terrorism, critics say; calls for talks with Hamas and sanctions against Israel
Dutch report on the Middle East conflict that paints Israel as the sole aggressor drew a harsher-than-normal response from Jerusalem recently, in a challenge to its traditionally close ties with the Netherlands. The report, published in March by the Advisory Council on International Affairs, has also been harshly criticized by pro-Israeli Dutch politicians, who charge that it is full of factual errors and unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinians. Among other shortcomings, critics bemoan that the report, entitled “Between Words and Deeds: Prospects for a sustainable peace in the Middle East,” calls for sanctions against Israel because of settlements yet advocates talking to Hamas and omits any reference to Palestinian terrorism.
“I must conclude that this has to be a fake report. Either that, or a particularly daft parody of a ‘typical European Middle East policy’ report,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, wrote to The Times of Israel.
“Were this a real position document, it would not have made so many elementary mistakes in its basic assumptions. This error-rich flatbed engenders, by logical deduction, a whole set of expectedly misled and misguided analytical statements, which in turn bring the text to some uproarious conclusions.”
The Netherlands is considered one of Jerusalem’s closest allies in Europe, being the only country on the continent to list both the military and civilian wings of Hezbollah as terrorist organizations. The Dutch embassy in Ramat Gan refused to comment either on the report or Palmor’s response, referring to the Foreign Ministry in The Hague. But ministry spokesman Ward Bezemer also opted to remain silent. “I’m afraid we’re not interested to react,” he wrote in an email to The Times of Israel. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who visited Israel earlier this month, has not publicly spoken about the report, though he was scheduled to deliver a reaction before July 5, when the Dutch parliament’s summer recess begins.
The Advisory Council on International Affairs, which is based at the Dutch Foreign Ministry, is an “independent body which advises government and parliament on foreign policy,” according to its website. “Between Words and Deeds,” a report that includes nonbinding policy recommendations, was commissioned by the Dutch Senate and it is now upon the Foreign Ministry.
to decide whether to adopt its positions.
Han ten Broeke, a senior lawmaker from the Netherlands’s ruling party, VVD, called the 58-page report [Dutch] an “astonishing combination of wishful thinking and biased and unrealistic recommendations.”
The text “is unbalanced and unfair,” he said in a statement. “Unbalanced because it presents a list of iron-clad demands of Israel, couched in objective international law requirements which, according to the report, Israel does not meet, while the same point of departure is not applied to  the Palestinian dialog partners in the West Bank and Gaza,” ten Broeke said. His party is critical of certain Israeli policies as well, he added, but it does also have a list of demands to the Palestinians.
Wim Kortenoeven, a former lawmaker for Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom and pro-Israel activist, was one of the first Dutch politicians to slam the report. “Despite its lofty references to international law and justice, it is nothing but a vicious indictment of the Jewish State; ignoring the Islamic root of the conflict; omitting crucial historical data; denying or omitting the legal rights of the Jewish people in Palestine; and manipulating facts, figures and UN resolutions,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Times of Israel.
“It is silent on Israel’s terrible dilemmas, predicaments and territorial constraints, and it even ignores such essentials as the Islamic threat and Palestinian incitement against Israel and peace. In its conclusion, the AIV calls for the imposition of sanctions against Israel and for establishing (Dutch and EU) relations with Hamas, which is an organization that calls for the genocide of all Jews.”
The authors of “this piece of unbelievable incitement against Israel” include special UN rapporteur on Israel John Dugard, and former European Commissioner and Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek, who are both involved in anti-Israel advocacy, according to Kortenoeven. “These socalled experts did not only go to the extremes in trying to blacken the Jewish State, they also showed a stunning ignorance where it concerns the basics of the conflict Israel is involved in,” he said in a statement, recommending the Dutch government dismiss the report.
Among the many grievances critics have with this report is the very first sentence of the foreword: “The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, which has been ongoing for decades, is accurately described as a conflict between ‘the victims and the victims of the victims.’” Although a footnote explains that this phrase is derived from French political scientist Dominique Moïsi, critics note that it seems to compare the Holocaust with Palestinian suffering.
Israel’s establishment in 1948 and victory in the 1967 war caused “great injustice” to the Palestinians, the controversial document states, yet fails to refer to Israeli civilian casualties inflicted by Palestinian terrorism. Moreover, the Western boycott of Hamas, the report claims, “constituted additional complications in peace talks.” The authors also write that, “As long as Israel’s actions in occupied territories do not change, there is no reason for the Netherlands to promote bilateral relations with Israel… Rather, those actions are reasons to freeze or limit these relations, especially in economic and military areas.”
So far, however, bilateral relations remain solid. Earlier this month, Timmermans, the Dutch foreign minister, agreed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the establish a bilateral Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Forum. “The Forum’s objective is to strengthen bilateral relations by increasing cooperation in the field of innovation and by bringing together representatives from the business sector, academia, civil society and the government, and to explore new fields of possible cooperation,” according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The report, in an embarrassing mistake, confuses a United Nations General Assembly Resolution with one made by the UN Security Council. The authors suggest that a “just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem” would be based on the “Security Council Resolution 194 from 1948.”
They are of course referring to UN General Assembly resolution 194, which resolved that “the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.” On the refugee question, the council “considers it desirable to negotiate with all relevant parties, including (the democratically elected) Hamas movement,” the report states.
Hamas gained a parliamentary majority in a 2006 election, following which it launched a violent coup to take over as sole de facto power in the Gaza Strip.
In light of such errors and controversial positions, Jerusalem rejects the report in its entirety. “Of course, one cannot take seriously the underlying implication of this document, that is — that prestigious Dutch experts can be so fundamentally ignorant (and prejudiced?) regarding the basic facts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Palmor, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times of Israel.
“Can anyone believe that serious specialists can mistake UNGA resolution 194 for a Security Council resolution?! Or that they can deliver a full report on the conflict without even mentioning (let alone take into account) the strategic threat posed by suicide bombings, radical Islamists and Iranian instigated violence?! Can anyone believe that professional peace-seekers can ever ignore the Hamas coup in Gaza and its permanent armed challenge to the [Palestinian Authority], as a basic obstacle to political compromise, both Israeli-Palestinian and inter-Palestinian?!”
Calling the report’s allegations “preposterous,” Palmor suggested the Dutch government shelve the document before it can do more damage to the prestigious council. “The question of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict is far too serious to be referred to by such a bizarre text,” he said. “It is high time it gets the serious treatment it deserves.”
(Mail / 07.07.2013)