Fears of food and water poisoning after Damascus gassings

A man sits in a hospital near two children who activists say were affected by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus August 21, 2013.

Days after a suspected poison gas attack killed hundreds of people in crop-growing suburbs, residents of the Syrian capital say they are afraid their food and water supplies may be contaminated.

Western countries believe President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out the worst chemical weapons attack since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in 1988. Syria’s government denies any role in the deaths and blames rebels.

Whoever is to blame, grandmother Hana said her three daughters were now fretting about what to feed their children.

“They keep calling me throughout the day, and they are frantic. They ask: ‘Mum, what about the watermelon? Does it absorb the chemicals? What about the milk?’ I try to calm them down, but I’m very worried myself. What if it takes years for any effects to show up in the children?” she said.

The poison gas hit the Ghouta area, where acres upon acres of agricultural land supply the capital of 3 million people with fresh vegetables, meat and dairy.

“I hope God will protect us. Because I would really rather plant my own tomatoes and vegetables, but how will they grow in my third floor apartment? I don’t even have a balcony,” said Um Hassan, another grandmother.

She it was the first time she was seriously worried about food contamination since the U.S.-led invasion of neighboring Iraq made Syrians fear contamination of imported food.

The Syrian authorities have yet to respond with any clarity about whether people need to take special precautions to protect themselves from possible contamination.

It is not yet clear what poison or mixture of poisons were responsible for the killings.

Sarin, which the United States and France believe was used in previous, smaller incidents in Syria, mixes with water. People can be exposed to it by touching or drinking contaminated water, according to the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People can also be exposed by eating contaminated food.

“Do we have to keep our windows closed? How long does the poison stay in the air? I hear different things from people,” said 40-year-old man who works as a physical therapist and lives less than a 15-minute drive from one attack.

“Do we have to worry now about leaving the city? Are we considered contagious?” he said.

Unusual ferocity

Damascenes say the night of the poisoning, before dawn on Aug. 21, saw some of the loudest and most continuous bombardment of the war.

“Where I live, we usually hear missile fire, and we hear it pierce the air above us, and we hear it land in a thud and explode,” said a resident of Rukn al Din, where government artillery fires upon nearby Jobar, a rebel-held area in Ghouta.

“But on Wednesday, I swear we heard it from new angles and new places. It felt like the missiles were firing from all over the city onto Ghouta,” he said.

Whether Damascenes blame the government or the rebels for the poisoning generally depends on which side they support.

“I couldn’t say who did it … But each side speaks with the same conviction, blaming the other side. And we just want this to end. We’re exhausted,” said Um Hassan.

Now that U.S. President Barack Obama is considering a response, residents also have the prospect of Western military action to contend with, after two and a half years of a war that has already killed 100,000 people.

Ahmad, displaced for months into Damascus from Moadamiyeh, another of the suburbs where the chemical attack took place, said he no longer “cares what happens.”

He now shares one room with his wife and their five children in the basement of a downtown Damascus building where he works as a superintendent.

“We’ve lost so much. We have no idea what the status of our home is. We can’t reach our neighbors who still live in our street … And you’re asking me what I think about America coming? Things can’t get much worse.”

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh sentenced to 60 days and 1000 NIS fine

 

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh on her previous release from prison

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh on her previous release from prison

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh was sentenced today to 2 months (60 days) in Israeli prisons for entering without a permit, and a fine of 1000 NIS. Myassar Atyani’s detention was continued until Wednesday, August 28 when she will face another hearing. Earlier, Leena Jawabreh was sentenced to 1 month (30 days) and a 1000 NIS fine on the same charges. For more info and to take action on their cases, see:http://samidoun.ca/2013/08/action-alert-three-leading-palestinian-women-prisoners-activists-arrested-take-action/

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh is a former prisoner who was last released from administrative detention on October 18, 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange.

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Irish fears over worsening conditions in Gaza

Irish activists have expressed growing concern about the dire consequences in Gaza due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, at the border with Egypt.

While deploring the violence in Egypt and the appalling behaviour of the military regime there, members of Gaza Action Ireland (GAI) have reiterated that the people of Gaza must not be forgotten and abandoned.

“Palestinians in Gaza are fully locked in by this siege, with the opening of their only two border crossings dependent on the whims of Israel at Erez and Egypt at Rafah,” said Zoë Lawlor, a spokeperson for GAI who visited Gaza earlier this year. “The Israeli blockade is being enforced on all sides and the lifeline via the Rafah crossing into Egypt is no longer operational. The Rafah crossing is now almost permanently closed and the military regime in Egypt is refusing to allow people to enter and exit.”

The already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza has become more precarious after the ouster of Mohammed Morsi in July, with the Egyptian authorities destroying many of the tunnels which provide a lifeline to the people of Gaza.

The tunnels are often the only means by which Palestinians in the Strip can access goods, so many of which are not allowed to enter due to the illegal Israeli blockade.

Since July, many Palestinians arriving in Cairo in order to access Gaza through Rafah have been sent back to the countries from which they arrived, and people have been stranded on both sides of the Rafah crossing, denied entry and exit for days.

Prior to the military coup in Egypt, as many as 1,200 people per day crossed legally between Egypt and Gaza. That number fell to 50 after the coup, and last Monday [19 Aug] the crossing was closed completely after an unrelated attack on Egyptian police in Sinai by Egyptian insurgents.

“It really is criminal that the people of Gaza are being collectively punished by the Egyptian authorities and now are effectively completely locked in,” Lawlor said, noting that while the world is looking at Egypt, the humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating alarmingly.

“Of course, the root cause of this is Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza, which has created a situation whereby the people there are subject to the whims of two different states.”

Lawlor added: “There has been a worrying and sustained campaign in some sections of the Egyptian media and state to demonise the Palestinians in Gaza, even blaming them for attacks on Egyptian forces in the Sinai. This adds to their vulnerability.”

GAI also pointed out that Egypt has banned Gazan fishing boats from its waters and they are routinely attacked by Israel when fishing in their own waters, most recently last Tuesday [20 Aug] when the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the northern coast. The previous week, Israeli forces arrested three civilians from al-Shati’ refugee camp who were swimming off Beit Lahia shore. To date they have not been released.

GAI

Last year the UN issued a report that openly wondered whether Gaza will actually be livable by 2020. Now the people of Gaza are being subjected to further cruelty by the new closures.

GAI calls on the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah crossing immediately and to guarantee free passage for Palestinians into and out of Gaza. Further it reiterates the longstanding call for the Irish Government and the EU to demand that Israel abide by international law and end the siege of Gaza.

Gaza Action Ireland is a new organisation (with origins in Irish Ship to Gaza) that has forged links in the Palestinian territory with sports clubs, artists, fishermen, journalists, human-rights activists and providers of emergency services

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Nigel Kennedy’s Open Letter to the Palestine Strings

Dear Friends in the Palestine Strings,

I was so happy to see the work we did on dynamic contrast, intonation and really listening to each other being realized at such an extraordinary level. Congratulations! I am looking forward to working on Bach with you and other styles of music in which we can further progress the musical parameters we have already established. Your performance at the Royal Albert Hall was something to be proud of and demonstrated the benefits of people being treated equally as opposed to being decimated and robbed by an apartheid system.

As you have seen, there is huge support for stopping the abuse of your human rights. There are many people who are neither infatuated nor indoctrinated by the evil of Zionism.

The sequence of events as described so succinctly by my brother Roger Waters seems to imply that the Head of Radio 3 is at the beck and call of Baroness Screech (who has undermined his position with no right to do so) but we should remember that he gave us the chance to play that beautiful concert. Perhaps we should also remember, title, or no title, Baroness Screech’s opinion is no more important that yours or mine, so one would have thought that none of us should have the right to censor the BBC or the general media in any way. The myth that the BBC is too pro-Palestinian, by the way, has obviously been completely dispelled when a few relatively innocuous words from a violinist can so easily be deleted from a TV broadcast. My short comment was purely observational and humanist. It surely wouldn’t have been censored if it had been referring to the benefits of the demise of the apartheid in South Africa when playing with an African ensemble.

Many thanks however to the people mentioned above and everyone else for giving a world platform to the important discussion concerning Zionist apartheid.

I hope life is treating you ok. We all miss you over here. I’m sorry to hear that the “normal” treatment of Palestinian people by the Israeli authorities led to you being detained for twelve hours. I am looking forward to playing with you again soon and to the days when we can play on a level playing field in Palestine and throughout the world.

Love and respect,

Nigel Kennedy

PS Mostafa – I really look forward to playing Melody in the Wind with you in Hyde Park on September 7th. See you at rehearsals on the 5th

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Islam and Sects

Praise be to Allaah.

Propeht Muhammad (PBUH) told us that there will be 73 groups in my Ummah according to hadith’s given below
Wahb ibn Baqiyyah told us from Khaalid from Muhammad ibn ‘Amr from Abu Salamah from Abu Hurayrah who said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Jews were divided into seventy-one or seventy-two sects, and the Christians were divided into seventy-one or seventy-two sects, and my Ummah will be divided into seventy-three sects.” This was narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan, Kitaab al-Sunnah, Baab Sharh al-Sunnah

In an other narration, It was reported from Awf ibn Maalik who said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The Jews were divided into seventy-one sects, one of which is in Paradise and seventy are in the Fire. The Christians were divided into seventy-two sects, seventy-one of which are in the Fire and one is in Paradise. By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, my Ummah will be divided into seventy-three sects, one of which will be in Paradise and seventy-two will be in the Fire.” It was said, O Messenger of Allaah, who are they? He said, “Al-Jamaa’ah.”

Sunan Ibn Maajah, no. 3982.

What is meant by al-Jamaa’ah is the ‘aqeedah and actions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his Companions.

Also few more references from quran about sects

“Verily those who split up their religion and became sects, you have absolutely nothing to do with them.” [Holy Qur’an 6:159]

[30:32] (Do not fall in idol worship,) like those who divide their religion into sects; each party rejoicing with what they have.

[42:14] Ironically, they broke up into sects only after the knowledge had come to them, due to jealousy and resentment among themselves. If it were not for a predetermined decision from your Lord to respite them for a definite interim, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the later generations who inherited the scripture are full of doubts.

So we can see clearly Allah Warned about sects 1400 years ago and today we can clearly see the sects in islam are more than 72

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not die before he had shown the way clearly to his ummah [nation]. At the end of the last Hajj [pilgrimage] performed by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) there was revealed the aayah [verse] (interpretation of the meaning):

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [al-Maa’idah 5:3]

Now BIG Question is how can we know that we born in right sect family? andhow we know that we are on the right path?
Everyone claiming to be right here and no one even wants to think about anything else.

First I will say Allah gave us a brain to use. We can’t just believe blindly on the sect (group) we have born. On judgment day we can not just blame to our parents, brothers or sisters and this will not help us in anyway.

I have seen and heard from new muslims (who converted from other religions to islam) that how they researched and found the right path. If you listen to them then you will find that there first big question mark when they converted to Islam was?


which group to follow?

But they tried, studied and prayed from Allah and find the right path So condition is that we have to try our best ( by learning quran and hadith) and then keep praying from Allah. Inshallah Allah will guide us (Ameen).

Because we already born as a muslim so we have more knowledge compare to new muslims and we have to try more by learning quran and knowledge of hadith. Quran gives us a direction in every parts of life. So understanding of quran is must. Think that how can we correct our life according to quran ? if we do not have any knowledge of quran. Leaving our habits as they are we can not find the right path.

As Quran says itself:

And hold fast, all together to the rope of Allah(Quran) and do not separate. Al-Imran:103)

The last sermon of the prophet witnessed by the thousands has three versions are listed below.

1) I leave with you Quran and Sunnah Muwatta, 46/3

2) I leave with you Quran and Ahl al-bayt Muslim 44/4, Nu2408; ibn hanbal 4/366; darimi 23/1, nu 3319.

3) I leave you for the Quran alone you shall uphold it. Muslim 15/19, nu 1218; ibn Majah 25/84, Abu dawud 11/56.

NOW IF YOU LOOK AT PROPHET’S HADEETH OR ABOVE VERSES. THEY STRESS ON TWO THINGS QURAN & SUNNAH

FIRST QUESTION? QURAN

HOW MANY KNOWS THE QURAN?

WE HAVE TO READ AND THINK ABOUT QURAN VERSES. JUST READING ARABIC WE CAN NOT UNDERSTAND AND GET ON RIGHT PATH.

LOOK AT MANY EDUCATED PEOPLE THEY HAVE SPENT 20 YEARS OF THEIR BEST PART OF LIFE SPENT ON EDUCATION AND THEY DONT KNOW QURAN. I SEEN MANY HIGH QUALIFIED PEOPLE DOING TAXI, WORKING IN FACTORIES ETC. SO WORLDS HIGH QUALIFIED EDUCATION COULD NOT FOUND FOR HIM GOOD JOB SO ITS NOT A GAURENTEE THAT IF SOMEONE IS HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND HE WILL GET A JOB OF HIS FIELD.

BUT IF WE LEARN QURAN THEN IT WILL GIVE US HIDAYAT IN THIS WORLD, SHAFAT IN JUDGEMENT DAY. QURAN DESCRIBES THAT DEGREE HOLDER ARE UNEDUCATED PEOPLE (READ CHAPTER ONE WORD USED UMEYOON). SCIENTIST ARE PROVING THEIR THEORIES ACCORDING TO QURAN. SCIENTISTS THEORIES COULD BE WRONG BUT NOT THE QURAN. IT IS BECAUSE QURAN IS ALLAH ‘S WORD AND THERE IS HIDAYAT AND LIGHT FOR EVERYONE IF HE/SHE WANTS TO GET IT. A VERY GOOD SCHOLAR OF TODAY SAID HE WAS ON FIRST FEW CHAPTERS OF QURAN WHEN HE ACCEPTED ISLAM. SOME LISTENED ONLY ONE VERSE AND ACCEPTED ISLAM.

BUT LOOK AT THOSE WHO READ WHOLE QURAN EACH YEAR BUT STILL CAN NOT GET OUT FROM GROUP. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY DONT TRY TO LOOK AT TRANSLATION AND THEY DON’T TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT. WHEN WE LEARN AND COMPARE QURAN WITH OUR LIFES THEN WE CAN FIND MISTAKES IN US AND CAN CORRECT OURSELVES. THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY QUESTION THAT QURAN IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. IF A NON MUSLIM CAN READ, UNDERSTAND AND CONVERT TO ISLAM THEN WHY NOT WE? TODAYS QURAN CAN BE FOUND IN ALL MAJOR LANGUAGES.

LOOK AT EXAMPLE OF NEW MUSLIM I HAVE MET HIM. HIS COMPUTER WAS FULL OF QURAN AND HADITH DOWNLOAD AND LOOK AT OUR COMPUTERS?

So my first advice for myself and for everyone is to read and understand quran with translation and then implement it in on our lifes. Because when Sahaba when learn some ayat then they implement it on themselves. That is the actual learning.

Second thing is SUNNAH.

QURAN SAYS READ NAMAZ BUT HOW TO READ NAMAZ IS NOT IN THE QURAN. SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT PROPHETS LIFE (BY READING HADEETH). IT IS VERY SAD TO SAY SOME SECTS DENIED HADITH. AFTER PROPHET MUHAMMAD(PBUH) DEATH, COMPANION OF PROPHET, TABEEN AND TABA TABEEN LIVED THEIR LIVE ACCORDING TO QURAN AND HADITH. WHEN ANY ISSUE ARISEN BETWEEN THEM THEN THEY SOLVED ACCORDING TO QURAN AND HADITH. ALL MAIN FOUR IMAM GAVE FATWA ACCORDING TO QURAN AND FROM HADITH THEY KNEW. HADITH AT THAT TIME WAS NOT WRITTEN IN BOOKS AND NOT EVERYONE HAS MEMORISED ALL OF HADITH’s. IMAM BUKHARI WAS THE FIRST AUTHOR WHO WROTE FIRST BOOK IMAM BUKHARI.

It is said that al-Bukhari collected over 300,000 hadith and included only 2,602 traditions in his Sahih.At the time when Bukhari saw [the earlier] works and conveyed them, he found them, in their presentation, combining between what would be considered SAHIH AND HASAN and that many of them included DAIF hadith. This aroused his interest in compiling hadith whose authenticity was beyond doubt.

HADITH COLLECTION (MEAN IN BOOK FORM Like Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood etc) STARTED ABOUT 300 YEARS AFTER PROPHET’S (PBUH) DEATH.

MANY GROUPS NOW FOLLOW IMAMS (E.G IMAM HANIFA, IMAM AHMED, IMAM HANBAL) WHICH ARE TABEEN AND TABA TABEEN

WHO ARE TABEEN AND TABA TABEEN?
PEOPLE WHO SAW PROPHET(PBUH) CALL SAHABA AND PEOPLE WHO SAW SAHABA CALLED TABEEN AND PEOPLE WHO SAW TABEEN ARE CALLED TABA TABBEEN (SO three generation after Mohammad (PBUH)).

BECAUSE ALL HADITH WERE NOT WRITTEN IN FORM OF BOOK SO ISSUED ARISEN. ALSO THEIR WERE MANY HADITH WHICH WERE DAI’F. SCHOLARS OF THAT TIME (LIKE IMAM BUKHARI) STARTED COLLECTION OF HADITH (LIKE BUKHARI, MUSLIM ETC.)
TO OVERCOME ARISING ISSUE(NAMAZ ETC. ) THE IMAMS OF THAT PERIOD STARTED GIVING FATWA (CALLED IJTIHAD) IN LIGHT OF HADEETH THEY KNEW.
E.G IF IN UK WE HAVE INSURANCE ISSUE MEAN ITS ALLOWED OR NOT ALLOWED THEN OUR IMAMS IN LIGHT OF HADITH GIVE SOME FATWA ETC. BUT AS SOON THEY KNEW CLEAR HADITH FROM BOOK (RELATING TO INSURANCE) THEN THEY SAID THIS HADITH EXPLAINS MORE BETTER SO DO IT ACCORDING TO THIS HADITH. NOTE: I AM GIVING THIS EXAMPLE ONLY TO UNDERSTAND A VIEW OF PREVIOUS TIME BECAUSE INSURANCE STARTED FEW YEARS AGO.

SO ALL IMAMS(IMAMA HANIFA, IMAM AHMED, IMAM SHAFI ETC) OF THAT PERIOD TOLD THAT IF YOU FOUND ANY HADITH ABOUT THIS MATTER THEN YOU LEAVE MY SAYING FOR THAT MATTER AND DO ACCORDIND TO HADITH. THIS SEEMS BECAUSE OF TWO REASONS. EACH IMAM KNOWS A CERTAIN NUMBER OF HADITH E.G IF ONE KNOWS 90,000 HADITHS THEN HE WILL GIVE GIVE FATWA OR STATEMENT ACCORDING TO 90,000 HADITH HE KNEW. ALSO THERE ARE SO MANY HADITH WERE DAI’F. SO THERE IS A WAY TO CHECK AUTHNTICITY OF EACH HADITH. E.G IN “SAHIH BUKHARI” ONLY THOSE HADITH ARE ADDED WHICH IMAM BUKHARI BELIEVED TO BE SAHIH AND HASAN. HE TOOK SO MUCH CARE IN ADDING ANY HADITH IN HIS FIRST BOOK.

SO WHEN ISLAM SPREAD OUT TO OTHER COUNTRIES PEOPLE OF THAT IMAM KEEP PRACTICING ACCORDING TO WHAT THEIR IMAMS SAID. BUT A GROUP OF PEOPLE KEEP CHANGING THEMSELVES ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY RECIEVED A HADITH ABOUT THAT MATTER ( BECAUSE OF AFTER BUKHARI MANY OTHER HADITH BOOKS ARE WRITTEN LIKE TIRMIDI, MUSLIM, ABU DAWOOD, ETC.).

E.G The madhhab of Abu Haneefah (may Allaah have mercy on him) is the most widespread madhhab among the Muslims, and perhaps one of the reasons for that is that the Ottoman caliphs followed this madhhab and they ruled the Muslim lands for more than six centuries. That does not mean that the madhhab of Abu Haneefah is the most sound madhhab or that every ijtihaad in it is correct, rather like other madhhabs it contains some things that are correct and some that are incorrect. What the believer must do is to follow the truth and what is correct, regardless of who says it.
NOW YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY IF YOU GO TO DIFFERENT COUNTRY THEY FOLLOWING A DIFFERENT IMAMS. E.G IN USA AND UK THERE ARE PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD SO YOU CAN SEE MORE GROUPS IN USA AND UK COMPARE TO OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE PAKISTAN. THIS IS BECAUSE GROUP IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN, IRAQ, LEBANON, AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. E.G IF YOU GO TO LEBABNON THEN PROBABLY THEIR WILL BE MALIKI (IMAM MALIK FOLLOWER), PAKISTAN DEOBAND(IMAM HANIFA FOLLOWER), SUNNI(IMAM AHMED FOLLOWER) AND SAME EXAMPLE CAN BE SEEN IN IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA, IRAQ ETC.

AFTER 1400 YEARS MEAN TODAY YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE WHO BEEN FOLLOWING IMAM ARE STILL FOLLOWING OR DOING MORE THAN WHAT THEIR IMAM SAID(e.g eid milad, Khatam, Giyarvi Sharif etc. ). MANY THINGS AS I MENTIONED (MILAD, KHATAM, GRAVE WORSHIP, PROSTRATION IN FRONT OF GRAVE ETC.) ARE NOT IN ANY OF IMAM MADHAB BUT PEOPLE ARE ADDING THEM UP. ANYTHING ASSOCIATING WITH ALLAH IS SHIRK AND IT TAKES HIM/HER OUT OF ISLAM AND PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT THIS ACTION CAN TAKE THEM TO HELL FIRE FOREVER.

QUESTION? Why are there differences of opinion among the imams concerning fiqhi matters? Is it essential to follow one of the madhhabs?

The Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them) used to refer to two sources(QURAN AND SUNNAH), then after the death of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), they took on the mission of teaching the people their religion. They scattered throughout the regions, and there is no doubt that they were not all the same in their memorising the Sunnah of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). The fatwas of those who had memorised more were in accordance with the Sunnah, and those that had not memorised as much strove to work out the correct opinion. Hence the differences in the extent to which they had memorised became a cause of the differences between their fatwas.

Moreover, the same text may have been memorised by two Sahaabis, but each of them understood it differently from the other, and the text itself was such that it could be interpreted differently by each.

Then knowledge spread far and wide, and there emerged in this religion imams of knowledge and guidance, including the four imams (Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafa’i and Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on them). So other reasons for their differences emerged, other than those mentioned above, such as their differences as to whether a hadeeth was sound or weak, and their differences with regard to the principles of understanding the text. This is what is called usool al-fiqh.

As for the reasons for the differences among the scholars, there are many, for example: none of them encompassed all of knowledge, so things that were known to others may have been hidden from one of them, and he may have understood the texts in a way that others did not understand them because the clear evidence was hidden from him.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 2/178

Thus the following becomes clear:

1.     It is obligatory for a Muslim to follow that which is in the Holy Qur’aan and that which is proven of the Prophet’s Sunnah, and he does not have to follow a specific fiqhi madhhab.

2.     There are many reasons for the differences between scholars, and these differences have been compiled in the book Raf’ al-Malaam ‘an al-A’immat al-A’laam, by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him), and Asbaab Ikhtilaaf al-‘Ulama’ wa Mawqifuna min dhaalika by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him).

3.     The imams of Islam are not only four; rather they are many, but Allah has caused these four imams to become famous; may Allah have mercy on them.

4.     The way of these four imams and other imams of the Muslims is based on following and revering the texts, and they enjoined us to do that and forbade us to imitate them blindly. The one who is pleased with them as imams should be pleased with their way. None of the imams of Islam called on people to adopt his view and give it precedence over the views of anyone else, and Allah has stated that they are above that. Indeed it is proven from all of them they warned against doing this and advised people to follow the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

5.     These madhhabs are like schools of understanding of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. The imams strove to work out the rulings that they thought were closest to the Qur’aan and Sunnah and there is nothing wrong with the Muslim following one of these madhhabs, but that is on the condition that if it becomes clear to him that the Sunnah of the Prophet is something other than what he has learned from his madhhab, then what he is required to do is to ignore the view of the madhhab and follow the Sunnah. This is the advice of these imams, as Imam al-Shaafa’i (may Allah be pleased with him) and others said: If the hadeeth is saheeh, then that is my madhhab.

6.     People are not equal in their study of the texts of Revelation and they are not equal in their ability to understand those texts. Hence many Muslims are content to follow these imams. As these four imams became famous and had students who propagated their views, therefore you find some people following the Hanafi or Maaliki or Shaafa’i or Hanbali madhhab. Usually the madhhab of the common folk is the madhhab of their Shaykh in their city or village. There is nothing wrong with what the common folk do, because they are enjoined to ask the people of knowledge. But they do not have the right to denounce others for adopting a different opinion or to issue fatwas or to adhere fanatically to the words of their Shaykh. Rather when the truth becomes clear to him he must act upon it and not do anything other than that.

HOW CAN MOHAMMAD’S (PBUH) UMMAH CAN BE TOGHTER AGAIN WHEN THEY ARE DIFFERENT IN SECTS, DIFFERENT IN LANGUAGES AND LIVING IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES?

LIKE OUR PROPHET SAID

1) I leave with you Quran and Sunnah Muwatta, 46/3

AND THIS QURAN AND SUNNAH WILL BE TAUGHT BY IMAM MEHDI AND JESUS (A. S).

MAIN POINT TO REMEMBER THAT SAHABA, TABEEN, TABA TABEEN ALL PUT EFFORT TO DO THEIR ALL ACTIONS ACCORDING TO QURAN AND SUNNAH.

NOT EVERYONE IS EDUCATED WELL AND NOT ALL CAN UNDERSTAND QURAN AND HADITH. THERE ARE MANY HADITH WHICH ARE DAI’F. SOME SCHOLAR TAKE A TEXT OF QURAN AND HADITH AND TRANSLATE IT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN DESIRE/WHIM. I ASK PEOPLE THAT DO NOT MAKE YOUR RELIGION A BUSINESS. ANY ACT OF WORSHIP WE DO SHOULD BE ACCORDING TO QURAN AND SUNNAH.

NECASSARY STEPS:

1). ARABIC IS FIRST FUNDAMENTAL AND BASIC STEP BEFORE YOU START UNDERSTANDING ISLAM. NOT EVERYONE BUT ATLEAST ASK YOUR IMAM? DID HE KNOW ARABIC? DID HE UNDRSTAND AND LEARNED QURAN IN ARABIC LANGUAGE?. I HAVE SEEN MANY PEOPLE BLINDLY FOLLOWING IMAMS AND I HAVE REALIZED FROM THEIR IMAM SPEECH THAT THEY DON’T KNOW EVEN BASICS OF ISLAM. THEY SAYING SHIRK AND PEOPLE ARE HAPPY WITH THEIR SPEECH. THIS IS BECAUSE NONE OF KNOWS ARABIC. WHEN IMAM RECITES QURAN IMAM AND THEIR FOLLOWER BOTH DON’T KNOW WHAT ADVICE QURAN IS GIVING. E.G IN EACH SURAT FATIHA THEY SAY “O ALLAH WE ONLY ASK HELP FROM YOU AND WE ONLY WORSHIP YOU”. BUT WHEN LOOK AT THEIR LIFES THEY ASKING FROM GRAVES, WORSHIPPING THEM, THEY HAVE THEIR SAINTS(PHEER) WHO TELL ABOUT FUTURE ETC. ABOUT FUTURE ITS ONLY ALLAH WHO KNOWS AND IT IS VERY CLEAR VERSE OF QURAN. BUT THEY GO TO FIND OUT THEIR NEEDS LIKE ALLAH SAYS IN QURAN

Whoever goes to a soothsayer and believes what he says has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad” is that the one who asks a soothsayer a question, believing that he tells the truth and that he knows the unseen, has committed an act of kufr, because he has gone against the Qur’aan in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allaah” [al-Naml 27:65].

 

ONCE SOMEONE KNOWS ARABIC WELL THEN SECOND STEP IS UNDERSTANDING OF QURAN ACCORDING TO TEACHING OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) BY READING HADITH. NOT LIKE THOSE WHO TRANSLATING IT ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING/DESIRE. SOME SCHOLAR KNOWS THE TRUTH BUT THEY CONCEAL IT BECAUSE IN THAT CASE THEIR BUSINESS OF LOOTING PEOPLE WILL BE ENDED. WE KNOW IN EACH LANGUAGE ONE SENTENCE CAN MAKE MANY MEANING SO UNDERSTAND QURAN ACCORDING TO CORRECT TEACHING OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD(PBUH) IS VERY IMPORTANT. E.G READ IBN KATHIR IS,

E.G TAFSIR IBN KATHIR. ( http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsir%20Ibn%20Kathir/Index.htm)

SECOND CHECK YOUR EACH ACTION ACCORDING TO QURAN AND SUNNAH (IF YOU REALY WANT TO GO TO PARADISE). ANY FESTIVAL OR IBADAT YOU DO SHOULD HAVE A REFERECE FROM QURAN AND SUNNAH. DO NOT SUPPORT WEAK HADITH WHEN YOU HAVE MAJORITY OF SAHIH HADITH IN FRONT OF YOU. THERE ARE MANY CASES THAT SOME PEOPLE GIVE PREFRENCE TO ONE/TWO WEAK HADITHS AGAINST MAJORITY OF SAHIH HADITH. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THEN DISCUSS DIFFERENT SCHOLAR AND FIND THE TRUTH. ITS NOT HARD TO FIND THE TRUTH. DO DUA FROM ALLAH AND INSHALLAH IF YOU ARE SINCERE THEN HE WILL HELP YOU.

THIRD I HAVE SEEN MANY WAY OF IBADAT WHICH IS NOT PRACTICED BY MAJORITY. EVEN IMAM YOU FOLLOWING NEVER DID THAT BUT PEOPLE ARE DOING IT. IT MEANS THAT IS CLEARLY INNOVATION. SO SAVE YOURSELF FROM INNOVATION AND ALL INNOVATION ARE MISGUIDANCE AND TAKE TO HELL FIRE.

HOPE THIS MY SMALL EFFORT GIVE YOU SOME KNOWLEDGE.

MAY ALLAH SHOW US RIGHT PATH (AMEEN)

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Ahmad Qatamesh’s administrative detention extended for seventh time

qatameshPalestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh‘s administrative detention was extended for the seventh time on in an Israeli military court on August 24, 2013. No reasons were given for the extension.

Qatamesh, a Palestinian political writer and university lecturer, was taken from his home by Israeli forces on April 21, 2011. Prior to his current administrative detention, he spent a previous six years, from 1992 until 1998, in administrative detention.

Amnesty International, among many others, has called for his release.

Qatamesh’s lawyer noted that the policy of administrative detention violates international law and is a flagrant violation of basic human rights to know why one is detained and be given the opportunity to defend himself. He demanded an end to the policy of administrative detention.

Article by Ahmad’s daughter Haneen about his arrest: http://electronicintifada.net/content/when-israeli-soldiers-came-arrest-my-father/9901

Addameer profile of Ahmad Qatamesh:
http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=156

1998 interview with Ahmad Qatamesh:

http://www.freearabvoice.org/interviewSeniorAdministrativeDetaineeQatamesh.htm

In 1999, Ahmad Qatamesh was detained by the Palestinian Authority for joining a protest against corruption: http://www.phrmg.org/pressrelease/1999/04dec1999.htm

Write to Ahmad Qatamesh:
Ahmad Qatamesh, Ofer Prison, Givat Zeev, PO Box 3007, via Israel

(Source / 25.08.2013)

University Professors in Palestine call Abbas to suspend negotiations

Gaza, Alray – Palestinian University  Professors Association  called on Palestinian negotiators in Ramallah to end the negotiation rounds with Israelis , noting that Palestinian people were deceived by the peace process.

 Palestinian University  Professors Association  press release

The head of the Association  Dr. Hossam Adwan said in a press release on Sunday ” we are  astonished with  Palestinian negotiators stance , they are seeking disastrous plan which will end the future of Palestinian cause.”

He called on PLO factions to take decisive actions against resuming negotiation with Israel.

He stressed  the importance of organizing public activities protesting negotiation approach and exert pressure on Palestinian authority to suspend negotiation process.

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Three Palestinians arrested in West Bank

Gaza, Alray – Israeli military forces(IMF) arrested on Sunday three Palestinians from different districts in the West Bank.

The Israeli soldiers attacked Bani Naem town to the east of Hebron city and detained Issa Ahmed Abu Sakur after raiding his house.

The IMF also detained a Palestinian youth while he was crossing a military checkpoint going to Al-Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, claiming that he was holding a knife. He was transferred to an  interrogation center.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli troops arrested Mohammed Obeid,21, from Al-Isawia and took him to Al-Maskoubia investigation center western the city, according to the Jerusalem Monitoring Committee.

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Al-Nusra Front to target Alawite faith, Assad ‘over chemical attacks’- recording

 

A rebel fighter holds an improvised mortar shell, one of many stacked at a factory in the city of Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital, on July 7, 2013.(AFP Photo / Jm Lopez)A rebel fighter holds an improvised mortar shell, one of many stacked at a factory in the city of Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital, on July 7, 2013.

The head of the Syria-based and Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusa front has vowed unrestrained rocket attacks on Alawite communities, alongside attacks on President Bashar Assad’s government in revenge for an alleged chemical strike, according to a new recording.

“For every chemical rocket that had [has] fallen on our people in Damascus, one of their villages will, by the will of God, pay for it,” said Jabhat al-Nusra leader, Abu Mohammed al-Golani in the audio footage released on YouTube on Sunday. It was posted on a militant website which usually broadcasts the views of Al-Qaeda and similar extremist groups.

It simultaneously appeared on the group’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, suggesting that it was authentic. However, it could not immediately be verified for its authenticity.

“On top of that we will prepare a thousand rockets that will be fired on their towns in revenge for the Damascus Ghouta massacre,” al-Golani continued.

Assad’s government is largely comprised of Alawite Muslims – a branch of Shi’ite Islam whose villages’ al-Golani swore he would target. Alawites make up roughly 12 percent of Syria’s population.

The Al-Nusra front’s existing actions against minorities in northern Iraq have prompted concern after witness reports of kidnappings, rape and murder emerged in early August. The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) issued reports that “hundreds of Kurdish civilians have been kidnapped, tortured and their houses have been looted and burned down.”

The Al-Nusra Front’s Sunni Muslims have claimed to be behind some of the most lethal bombings in Syria’s two-and-a-half year conflicts and have led some effective rebel offensives over the period. In April it declared that it was joining with Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq group. It is considered a terrorist organization by the US.

Al-Golani’s vengeful comments come in the wake of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday in an eastern suburb of Damascus. Death tolls from the reported assault vary from 136 to as high as 1,300.

On Saturday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported that 355 had been pronounced dead, while hours later, the NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the number at 322.

 

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 24, 2013 shows bags of what the Syrian government claims to be materials used to make chemical weapons discovered in Jobar on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.(AFP Photo / SANA)A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 24, 2013 shows bags of what the Syrian government claims to be materials used to make chemical weapons discovered in Jobar on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

It was also just hours after UN disarmament chief, Angela Kane, arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus to apply pressure on the Syrian government to grant access to the site of the reported attack in the Damascus suburbs that took place on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Syria has given the “green light” for UN experts to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb, state TV reports, citing the Foreign Ministry.

Both the US and France have accused Assad’s forces of carrying out the alleged attack.

A report released on Saturday indicated that the Pentagon was already making “initial preparations”for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces.

Moscow has commented that it was monitoring events surrounding the alleged attack. “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said in a statement on Friday.

“In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action,” he said.

(Source / 25.08.2013)

Syrian state TV: Hama province governor assassinated in car bomb blast

Governor of Hama province in central Syria, Anas Abdel Razzaq al-Naem (R), was appointed by President Bashar al-Assad on July 2011.

The governor of the Hama province in central Syria was assassinated in a car bombing on Sunday, state television reported, in an attack it blamed on opposition fighters, Agence France-Presse reported.
“Terrorists assassinated Anas Abdel Razzaq al-Naem, the Hama governor, in a car bomb attack in the Jarajma district of Hama,” AFP quoted state television as saying.

Al-Naem was appointed by President Bashar al-Assad on July 2011 after the dismissal of the previous governor.

While state television said people were killed and others were injured, it did not provide a death toll figure.

The blast comes after another car bomb attack reportedly exploded late Saturday in the capital’s Christian-dominated Burj al-Rous district.

(Source / 25.08.2013)