Senator wants U.S. Navy to help block flotillas to Gaza

Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois sure is earning the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Israel lobby dumps into his coffers.  In a report based on a recent “fact-finding” trip to the Middle East, Kirk calls for U.S. naval and special operations forces to support Israel in combating the upcoming flotilla to Gaza.

Kirk’s report reads:

The IHH plans to send a second flotilla to breach Israel’s coastal security later this month. To prevent further violence, the United States should:

1) immediately designate the IHH as a terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224, which targets “terrorists, terrorist organizations, and those providing financial, technological, or material support to terrorists, terrorist organizations, or acts of terrorism”;

2) make available all necessary special operations and naval support to the Israeli Navy to effectively disable flotilla vessels before they can pose a threat to Israeli coastal security or put Israeli lives at risk; and

3) make it clear to Turkish President Erdogan that Turkey will be held accountable for any actions that support or enable the IHH to launch its flotilla.

The flotilla, set to sail to Gaza at the end of this month, aims to nonviolently challenge the Israeli blockade that has suffocated the Gaza Strip.  Kirk’s call for the U.S. Navy to provide “special operations and naval support to the Israeli Navy” to stop the flotilla is particularly alarming because a contingent of American citizens will be a part of the flotilla.  Kirk would have no problem, it seems, with the U.S. Navy being deployed against U.S. citizens aiming to break the blockade, which has been termed “collective punishment” by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

(  / 18.06.2011)

Jamal El-Khudari, frontrunner for Palestinian premiership due in Cairo Sunday

Ahead of Tuesday, when the new Palestinian premier will be named, Jamal El-Khudari will arrive to Cairo Sunday, with sources saying the issue of who will follow Fayyad is almost resolved


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) stands between Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (L) and senior Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan during the letter of appointment ceremony in Gaza in this February 15, 2007

Jamal El-Khudari, who has emerged as the most likely candidate for the Palestinian premiership, is expected to arrive to Cairo Sunday.

Al-Khudari has been avoiding comment on the prospects of his being the future prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, instead speaking of the necessity of reaching consensus over the premiership.

Al-Khudari, an independent political figure and head of the committee for breaking the siege on Gaza, is one among five names that were discussed in Fatah-Hamas talks held in Cairo last week.

According to Al-Khudari, the mission of any future prime minister should be to implement what has been agreed upon in the national reconciliation agreement struck between Fatah and Hamas, and to deal with the vast sufferings of the Palestinians.

According to informed sources that spoke to Ahram Online, the dispute over the naming of the new prime minister has almost ended, with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing the name of his preferred candidate, Salam Fayyad, to avoid accusations of obstructing implementation of the reconciliation agreement.

Al-Khudari’s arrival will come two days before a ceremony expected to take place in Cairo Tuesday to announce the new prime minister. The event is to be chaired by Abbas and Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal.

( / 18.06.2011)

“Hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakil” 500 Times A Day

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Allah is sufficient for us against all kinds of troubles and misfortunes that we suffer. He is such a nice friend and disposer of affairs. a person who says , “Hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakil” (For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs) takes refuge in Allah and remembers the verse, “…and it was due from us to aid those who believed”(ar-Rum, 47) and goes on without being hampered by obstacles even if the events have huge waves like mountains. He interprets the events favorably, sees the life from an optimistic point of view and relaxes by thinking, “A person who sees the good in things has good thoughts. And he who has good thoughts receives pleasure from life. ” Said Nursi.

WE WILL RECITE 500 TIMES A DAY “Hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakil” (For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs

Syria forces storm border town near Turkey

Town under attack by forces loyal to President Assad provided food to refugees fleeing conflict.

Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border on Saturday, burning houses and arresting dozens, witnesses said, in a persistent military campaign to crush popular revolt.

The latest assault followed another Friday of protests, which have grown in size and scope over the last three months, despite Assad’s violent clampdown on public dissent. Activists said security forces shot dead 19 protesters on Friday.

“They came at 7 a.m. to Bdama. I counted 9 tanks, 10 armoured carriers, 20 jeeps and 10 buses. I saw shabbiha (pro-Assad gunmen) setting fire to two houses,” said Saria Hammouda, a lawyer living in the border town, in the Jisr al-Shughour region, where thousands of Syrians had fled to nearby Turkey after the army clamped down on the area earlier in the month.

Bdama is one of the nerve centers providing food and supplies to several thousand other Syrians who have escaped the violence from frontier villages but chose to take shelter temporarily in fields on the Syrian side of the boundary.

“Bdama’s residents don’t dare take bread to the refugees and the refugees are fearful of arrests if they go into Bdama for food,” Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters.

Another witness said government troops were also burning crops near hillsides in an apparent scorched earth policy.

European powers initiated a detente with Assad prior to the street unrest to try to draw the authoritarian Syrian leader, whose family has dominated Syria for 41 years, away from Iran and also stabilize Lebanon.

But they now say Damascus should face tougher sanctions over the violence against demonstrators seeking more political freedoms and an end to corruption, the impunity of political leaders and their allies, and poverty.

Syrian rights groups say at least 1,300 civilians have been killed and 10,000 people detained since March.

“Security grip is weakening”

Tens of thousands rallied across Syria on Friday, defying Assad’s repression and ignoring a pledge that his tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf, a symbol of corruption among the elite, would renounce his business empire and channel his wealth to charity.

Witnesses and activists said people rallied in the southern province of Deraa where the revolt began, as well as in the Kurdish northeast, the province of Deir al-Zor, which borders Iraq’s Sunni heartland, the city of Hama north of Damascus, the Mediterranean coast and suburbs of the capital itself.

“The security grip is weakening because the protests are growing in numbers and spreading. More people are risking their lives to demonstrate. The Syrian people realize that this is an opportunity for liberty that comes once in hundreds of years,” opposition figure Walid al-Bunni told Reuters from Damascus.

The worst bloodshed on Friday was in Homs, a merchant city of 1 million people in central Syria, where the Local Coordination Committees, a main activist group linked to protesters, said 10 demonstrators were killed.

State television said a policeman was killed by gunmen.

One protester was also reported killed in the northern commercial hub of Aleppo, the first to die there in the unrest.

The state news agency SANA said nine people, including civilians and police, were killed in attacks by gunmen.

The Syrian government has barred most international journalists from the country, making it difficult to verify accounts from activists and officials.

Syrian authorities blame the violence on “armed terrorist groups” and Islamists, backed by foreign powers.

Two towns on the main Damascus-Aleppo highway north of Homs were also encircled by troops and tanks, residents said, five days after the army retook Jisr al-Shughour, sending thousands fleeing across the border into Turkey.

Refugees from the northwestern region said troops and gunmen loyal to Assad known as “shabbiha” were pressing on with a scorched earthed campaign in the hill farm area by burning crops, ransacking houses and shooting randomly.

The International Federation for Human Rights and the U.S. based Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies said in a statement that, according to local sources, Syrian forces had killed more than 130 people and arrested over 2,000 in Jisr al-Shughour and surrounding villages over the last few days.

The number of refugees who have crossed over from Syria has reached 10,114, and another 10,000 were sheltering by the border just inside Syria, according to Turkish officials.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 300 soldiers and police have also been killed.

Security Council deadlock

Assad has responded to the unrest with a mix of military repression and political gestures aimed at placating protesters.

He has faced international condemnation over the bloodshed, and has seen the first signs of cracks in his security forces after a clash in Jisr al-Shughour earlier this month in which the government said 120 security personnel were killed.

There have been no mass desertions from the military, but the loyalty of Sunni Muslim conscripts might waver if the crackdown on mainly Sunni protesters continues.

Assad’s family and many military commanders are members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. In a spillover of the unrest into Lebanon, Sunni and Alawite gunmen clashed in the northern city of Tripoli and four people were killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, trying to break a deadlock over a proposed UN Security Council resolution to condemn Assad’s crackdown on protesters.

Russia and China dislike the idea of any Council judgment on Syria and have played little role in discussions on a draft resolution.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France and Germany had agreed to lobby for stronger sanctions against Syria for “unacceptable actions and repression” of demonstrators.

( / 18.06.2011)

Medical Care in Gaza Under Siege



Under siege, Israel continues to strangle Gaza. Poverty and unemployment are extremely high. Over 70% of the population requires humanitarian aid. Virtually everything is in short supply. Except for minimal amounts of some fruits, vegetables and flowers, exports are prohibited. Israel prevents access by sea and air. It’s blockade is illegal but persists because Western powers and regional neighbors allow it.

Egypt’s recent Rafah Crossing opening falls short of meeting Gaza’s needs. On June 16, Gaza Gateway listed 10 reason why:

Crossings to Egypt remain limited, several hundred daily while 10,000 wish to travel. Moreover, it’s for designated people only, not goods. Those allowed enter through Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The situation on both sides of the border is uncertain and unstable, including whether or not the opening will continue and under what conditions.

Rafah doesn’t enable travel or movement of goods to the West Bank. Moreover, Gaza ID holders can’t enter through Jordan.

As explained above, most exports are prohibited.

Except for approved international organization projects, importing construction materials is prohibited.

Gazans needing unavailable medical care, are restricted in getting it in Egypt, the West Bank or East Jerusalem. Moreover, many can’t make a long trip.

It’s deeply troubling because Gaza’s hospitals and other medical facilities are running out of medications and vital supplies, requiring cancellations or postponement of dozens of needed surgeries and other treatment. In fact, medications and other medical necessities haven’t been supplied since February.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 178 medications and 123 categories of medical supplies are exhausted. Moreover, 69 other medications and 70 types of supplies will run out in three months.

As a result, emergency measures have been taken, including canceling or suspending pediatric, ophthalmological, cardiac catheterization, endoscopic, urological, orthopedic, and other surgeries, as well as dental care, outpatient services, primary care, lab tests, medical imaging, children’s and women’s services, occupational health, and more.

In fact, a growing crisis threatens all Gazans needing care. Hospitals and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) report growing shortages and unavailability of many medications and supplies for ICUs, premature infant nurseries, operating rooms, anesthesia and recovery, emergency facilities, cardiac catheterization, hematology, oncology, nephritic diseases, and pediatrics.

Gaza City’s Ophthalmology Hospital director said eight surgeries in the past two days were postponed and others suspended for months. On June 12, Ramallah’s Ministry of Health Public Relations and Information Department Director-General, Dr. Omar al-Nasser, said the Egyptian Medical Association would supply 19 vital medications soon.

He also said arrangements would be coordinated with Israel to provide other medications and supplies from its own Ramallah and Nablus warehouses shortly, including 81 medications, surgical tools, and 130 other items.

Under siege, conditions are very uncertain with no assurance Israel or Egypt will accommodate vital needs, including life or death ones.

A Final Comment

On June 14, Huwaida Arraf, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), committed to Palestinian liberation, emailed followers an update on Freedom Flotilla II, a 15 ship convoy with over 1,500 activists sailing in late June to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“Unfortunately and incredibly,” she said, “Israel is threatening to” interdict it with “even greater violence” than against Freedom Flotilla I in May 2010, slaughtering nine or more activists and injuring dozens more.

This time “Israel’s threats include the use of snipers and canine units. Even more deplorable, world leaders, rather than demanding that Israel halt its provocative behavior towards us and refrain from again attacking unarmed civilians, have called the Flotilla initiative a provocation and have asked countries….to prevent us from sailing.”

Nonetheless, “(w)e are determined to sail to Gaza. Our cause is just and our means are transparent. (We present no) imminent threat to Israel nor do we aim to contribute to (an anti-Israeli) war….thus eliminating any claim by Israel to self-defense….We will – and must – continue to sail until the illegal blockade….is ended and Palestinians have the same human and national rights those of us sailing enjoy.”

Four supportive women Nobel Peace laureates, including Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum, sent UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an open letter asking him to:

“support the people of Gaza with two key actions. First, by appointing a representative to inspect and seal the cargo of the (flotilla’s) boats,” providing proof it contains humanitarian supplies, and to “call on all governments to support the (flotilla’s) safe passage….”

Sadly, Ban is an imperial tool, serving Western/Israeli interests. As a result, he’ll do more to discourage the initiative than support it.

( / 18.06.2011)

Cobban to young Gazan writers: The internet is your Tahrir Square

by Yousef M. Aljamal on June 16, 2011

Helena Cobban addressing an audience at The Center for Political and Development Studies. (Photo: Yousef M. Aljamal)

On Wednesday, June 15th The Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS) in Gaza invited Helena Cobban, a well-known veteran journalist and author, who owns and publishes Just World Books, to talk about her experience in writing, and to raise Gaza’s academics and journalists’ awareness of the best way to get published in the West. Cobban talked about her experience in blogging and writing before dozens of academics, journalists and students who attended the event.

The seminar began with an opening speech by Iman Abu Issa, who welcomed the visitor and the audiences. Cobban thanked the audience for coming and CPDS for organizing the event. She talked about her experience in the field of journalism and the importance of writing as a weapon to fight with.

“One of the most powerful things is to have public voice. It’s stronger than weapons, Because it allows you to talk to other people”, She stressed. “I published my first book in 1984 and it was entitled “Palestinian Liberation Organization: People, Power and Politics” by conducting a lot of interviews and research.” She added, “The most powerful thing is that it’s still read until now.”

Cobban awarding Mohammed Rabah Suliman with a copy of Laila El-Haddad’s book Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between

Realizing the powerful effect of new technology, Cobban had the idea of working with good bloggers, putting their posts in order, organizing them coherently and making a book out of them. Recalling the significant role of social media, she listened to her son’s advice and started her own blog. She added, “Two of the best blogs from Iraq During the US invasion were ‘Baghdad Burning’ and ‘A family in Baghdad’”.

Blogging and the anti-war movement

Blogging has helped the Anti-war Movement in the US. It explained to Americans why it’s wrong and clarified its consequences. It crosses the borders easily and reaches to peoples’ minds and hearts. The first person testimony can do what all others can’t.

“The power of firsthand testimony that is well-written, direct, fresh and honest is great. It can cross the borders easily. If you write in English, that’s wonderful. But the question is how to get this published and distributed. English is important to talk to all people all over the world, not only English speakers”, She assured.

How to get published

Many people write perfectly, but some of them they don’t follow the best way to get their works published out. Publishing one’s work is as important as writing it. “You should create a blog that attracts the community around. Twitter is a very powerful, especially when you talk about current events. If you are proud of your work, you need to sell it. The Internet is your Tahrir Square” Cobban said.

US Misadventures in Palestine

The American policy toward Palestine has been characterized by bias to Israel. This is clear in the US more than any other place else. Though, some changes have happened recently, particularly after the US has invaded Iraq.

“I found that the culture in the US is more Zionist than it is in Britain. Some important changes happened recently in the US regarding Palestine and Iraq. Americans didn’t know what occupation is until they invaded Iraq. There is anti-war movement. Some important people started raising these matters”, Cobban said.

“A large part of the society is outside the beltway. There are people who are ready to listen to Palestinians as mainstream Churches such as the Quakers. The churches played an important role in anti-war movement in Iraq and Vietnam. Those who criticize Israel are called anti-Semitic and Jews are called self-hatred. This accusation is used to refute any discussion about Israel”, She added.

Jews for Free Palestine

The Jewish community in the US has recently witnessed the activism and creation of organizations of young people, who support Palestinians’ rights and condemn Israel’s violations of human rights, its atrocities against civilians and its suffocating siege imposed on Gaza, especially after the Gaza-23 day war that took the lives of more than 1400 Palestinians, most of them civilians and one-third of them children, and the murder of 9 Turkish activists on The Freedom Flotilla a year ago in the international waters.

“There are many Jewish groups in the US that observe what’s going on and stand in solidarity with Palestinians such as “Jewish Voice for Peace”, she stressed. “There are a lot of young people in the Jewish community who are supporters of Palestine. Jewish People are not the main supporter of Israel. The main supporter is the Evangelical Christians”, She mentioned

The role of donors in US elections

Donors determine who and how long a congressman shall stay in his/her office. Raising money to finance the election campaign plays an important role in the process of decision-making. This vividly explains why congress men stood for 30 standing ovations to Netanyahu, while he was addressing them.

“Congressmen thinking of re-running the election once more and they look for money. That’s why they stood up many times while Netanyahu were talking to the Congress. The President needs to be elected once every 4 years and he has better chance to be a leader more than congressmen”, Cobban said referring to how money plays a great role in the election.

US Power Waning

The US has recently suffered from budget deficit and crisis. This pushed thinkers to question its role in supporting Israel and its war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The US power is waning for many reasons: the financial collapse in 2008, people started to understand that our ability to govern the world is waning and there are new raising economies such as Brazil, India, Turkey, and Russia”.

Palestinian Reconciliation

Hamas and Fateh have recently signed a pact in Cairo ending the four-year rift among the Palestinians. At the end of her speech, Helena cobban asked the audience” what are your hopes and expectations about Palestinian Unity?”

Dr. Hani Albasous, CPDS vice chairman and a political analyst from Gaza, answered: “There has been hope here after Hamas and Fateh signed the unity pact. Most people were happy and thought that implementation will come soon within 1 year. Some Palestinians have a lack of hope and they felt that this would not be implemented on the ground. Now, and after rounds of talks, both parties have reached an agreement on some points; we are going to see most likely the announcement of Palestinian Government next week. It’s not an easy thing to fix the rift. I hope things will be completely fine, unless we have pressure from Israel and the US … this will take more time.”

Meanwhile, some analysts believe that the pact provides an opportunity to reach a real peace agreement. Others see that Israel is not ready to take the risk of accepting the Palestinian unity pact. “Israel prefers a weak side more than a stronger one. Unity disturbs the US and Israel”, added Dr. Esam Adwan, well-know figure in Gaza.

At the end of the seminar, Helena Cobban introduced to the audience and talked briefly about its role and directors: Phil Weiss and Adam Horowitz. Cobban cheeringly handed the Mondo Awards winners in Gaza their singed copies of Laila El-Haddad’s book: Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between.

(  / 18.06.2011)

Flottille de la Liberté, les menaces d’Israël doivent être condamnées

Plus le départ de la Flottille de la Liberté approche, plus les pressions et les menaces de recours à la force de la part du gouvernement israélien se renforcent. Le gouvernement français et les Nations unies doivent prendre leurs responsabilités et protéger les participants de la flottille. Comme en mai 2011, le gouvernement israélien n’a aucun droit d’utiliser la force.

La coalition internationale de Flottille de la Liberté II a appris que le gouvernement israélien avait annoncé à la Turquie et à la Grèce son intention d’utiliser la force contre les bateaux de la Flottille. Des pressions économiques sur la Grèce, en pleine crise économique, seraient aussi exercées afin que son gouvernement interdise le départ du bateau grec.

Le gouvernement français et les Nations unies doivent condamner de telles menaces contre une mobilisation citoyenne et non violente et assurer la protection des participants de la flottille. Ils doivent tenir compte des milliers de soutiens qui se sont exprimés au cours de la campagne Un bateau français pour Gaza.

La Flottille internationale est une action de la société civile, que la continuation du blocus de Gaza et l’absence d’actes de nos gouvernements a rendu nécessaire. Les Nations unies ont une nouvelle fois mis en cause le blocus. Pour le porte parole de l’UNRWA (1), « il est difficile de comprendre la logique d’une politique pensée par l’homme qui appauvrit de façon délibérée tant de gens et qui condamne des centaines de milliers de personnes potentiellement actives à une vie de misère ». Il ajoute : « le nombre de gens qui viennent à nous, vivant dans une pauvreté absolue avec à peine plus de 1 dollar par jour, a triplé depuis que le blocus a été imposé, il s’élève à 300.000 personnes, tandis que de nombreux projets de reconstruction sont toujours en attente d’approbation. L’avenir s’annonce sombre. »

Le gouvernement israélien a été clair, il utilisera la logique de la force, nous lui opposerons celle du droit. Face à l’intimidation, nous répondrons par notre détermination.

( / 18.06.2011)


Actie tegen komst moskee

LEIDEN – Een moskee aan de Ter Haarkade. Na jaren vergaderen komt deze met de verhuizing van de ROC locatie naar de Lammenschanspark dichterbij. Buurtbewoners zijn niet positief. De petitie Mosk-Nee is gestart in een poging de nieuwbouw tegen te houden.

Op de plek waar zich nu nog ROC leerlingen over hun proefwerk buigen, zullen straks islamitische gelovigen voor hun gebed buigen. Ten minste, dat is het plan van de Stichting Moslimgroep Leiden die een nieuw onderkomen voor de Al Hijra moskee aan de Ter Haarkade wil bouwen. De huidige plek aan de Rembrandtstraat is te klein en wordt daarmee vervangen. De nieuwe moskee zal een opmerkelijk contrast vormen met de nabijgelegen houtzaagmolen d’Heesterboom op het Noordman terrein aan de Leidse Rijn. Molen en moskee naast elkaar, zo’n plaatje zal het goed doen ter illustratie van allochtone inpassing in het autochtone landschap.


Als het aan een groep buurtbewoners ligt, zal het niet zover komen. De groep Mosk-Nee is een petitie begonnen die door 261 verontruste inwoners is ondertekend (stand 10 juni: In de petitie staan een reeks van praktische bezwaren tegen het islamitisch centrum, zoals geluidsoverlast, parkeer- en verkeersproblemen en waardedaling van huizen. Ook meer principiële bezwaren tegen het islamitische gedachtegoed ontbreken niet. Zo spreekt de petitie over ‘aantrekkende werking op immigranten uit islamitische landen’ en ‘er worden standpunten uitgedragen die niet passen bij onze tolerante samenleving (vrouwen-en homorechten)’. Een vrouw, lopend op de Ter Haarkade naar haar huis in de Schrijversbuurt, zegt iemand van de petitie aan de deur te hebben gehad. Ze wil anoniem blijven, maar wil wel kwijt dat ze heeft getekend: ‘Ik moet die herrie niet’. Buurtwinkel Verboon op de hoek van de Borgerstraat en de Da Costastraat behoort tot het soort buurtsuper dat veertig jaar geleden nog overal in Nederland bestond, maar tegenwoordig bijna is verdwenen. De reacties van klanten over de moskee zijn ook niet enthousiast: ‘Niemand is positief’ en ‘je krijgt altijd overlast’.

Geen donder

De nieuwbouwmoskee zou de derde zijn in Leiden, na de bestaande in de Kooi en de bijna voltooide naast de voormalige Groenoordhallen. Uitbreiding van islamitische gebedshuizen is een landelijke trend, maar elders gebeurt dit slechts beperkt via nieuwbouw. ‘Stad van vluchtelingen’, blijkt geen loze leus. Het plan voor een islamitisch centrum aan de Ter Haarkade loopt al enige jaren. In 2006 hebben de gemeente en de Stichting Moslimgroep Leiden een intentieverklaring voor verhuizing en bouw getekend. In 2009 volgt de koopovereenkomst van de grond en een anterieure overeenkomst. Alhoewel nog diverse procedurele stappen genomen moeten worden, is het de vraag of de nieuwbouwmoskee tegengehouden kan worden.

Eén van de buurtbewoners (65) denkt het zijne over de effectiviteit van de acties: ‘Het helpt geen donder’. Die aan de Willem de Zwijgerlaan heeft men ook niet kunnen tegenhouden, tot en met de Raad van State aan toe’. ‘Dan sturen we alles toch naar Wilders’, roept iemand. Inderdaad is het niet moeilijk te voorspellen dat de steun voor zijn partij in Leiden niet kleiner wordt met deze ontwikkelingen.

( / 18.06.2011)

Jesus in the Glorious Qur’an

The Qur’an tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus. As a result, believers in the Qur’an love Jesus, honour him, and believe in him. In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace.

…The Qur’an says that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he spoke while he was still only a baby, that he healed the blind and the leper by God’s leave, and that he raised the dead by God’s leave.

What then is the significance of these miracles? First, the virgin birth. God demonstrates his power to create in every way. God created everyone we know from a man and a woman. But how about Adam, on whom be peace? God created him from neither a man nor a woman. And Eve from only a man, but not a woman. And, finally, to complete the picture, God created Jesus from a woman, but not a man.

What about the other miracles? These were to show that Jesus was not acting on his own behalf, but that he was backed by God. The Qur’an specifies that these miracles were performed by God’s leave. This may be compared to the Book of Acts in the Bible, chapter 2, verse 22, where it says that the miracles were done by God to show that he approved of Jesus. Also, note that Jesus himself is recorded in the Gospel of John to have said, “I can do nothing of my own authority” (5:30). The miracles, therefore, were done not by his own authority, but by God’s authority.

What did Jesus teach? The Qur’an tells us that Jesus came to teach the same basic message which was taught by previous prophets from God—that we must shun every false god and worship only the one true God. Jesus taught that he is the servant and messenger of that one true God, the God of Abraham. These Quranic teachings can be compared with the Bible ( Mark 10:18; Matthew 26:39; John 14:28, 17:3, and 20:17) where Jesus teaches that the one he worshipped is the only true God. See also Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, and 4:27 where we find that his disciples knew him as Servant of God.

The Qur’an tells us that some of the Israelites rejected Jesus, and conspired to kill him, but Allah (God) rescued Jesus and raised him to Himself. Allah will cause Jesus to descend again, at which time Jesus will confirm his true teachings and everyone will believe in him as he is and as the Qur’an teaches about him.

Jesus is the Messiah. He is a word from Allah, and a spirit from Him. He is honoured in this world and in the hereafter, and he is one of those brought nearest to Allah.

Jesus was a man who spoke the truth which he heard from God. This can be compared with the Gospel According to John where Jesus says to the Israelites: “You are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God” (John 8:40).
The Virgin Birth of Jesus
Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. When the angels announced to Mary (peace be upon her) about Allah’s promise that she will have a son, she was surprised, since she was a virgin. “How can this be?” she thought. She was reminded that it is easy for Allah to create whatever he wills.

She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is (Qur’an 3:47).

It is not difficult for Allah to do anything he wants. He can create a child with both human parents or only one. No miracle is beyond His power. After all, He had created Adam (peace be upon him) from neither a man nor a woman. He created the rest of us from both man and woman. What is so hard if Allah decides to create a human being from a woman only? He only commands “Be!” and it occurs.

Some people think that since Jesus, peace be upon him, had no human father then God must be his father. The Qur’an rejects this view. The position of Jesus with Allah is comparable to the position of Adam with Allah. Just because Adam had no human parent does not mean we should call him the Son of God.

Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is. (Qur’an 3:59).

According to the Qur’an, everyone except Allah are His servants.

And they say: the Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a Son. Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing, whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall to ruins, that ye ascribe to the Beneficent a son, when it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent that He should chose a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave. (Qur’an 19:88-93)
The Miracles of Jesus
According to the Qur’an, Jesus, on whom be peace, performed the following miracles by Allah’s leave:

1. Spoke while he was only a baby.
2. Healed those born blind.
3. Healed the lepers.
4. Revived the dead.
5. Breathed life into a bird made of clay.

In the Qur’an Allah quotes Jesus, peace be upon him, as saying:

Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird by Allah’s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce to you what you eat and what you store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you if you are to be believers.
And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me. Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path. (Qur’an 3: 49-51).

Again, in the Qur’an Allah tells us about the situation on the Day of Judgement:

In the day when Allah gathers together the messengers and says: What was your response (from mankind)? they say: We have no knowledge. Lo! Thou, only Thou art the Knower of Things Hidden.
When Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My favour unto you and unto your mother; how I strengthened you with the holy Spirit, so that you spoke unto mankind in the cradle as in maturity; and how I taught you the Scripture and Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and how you did shape of clay as it were the likeness of a bird by My permission, and did blow upon it and it was a bird by My permission, and you did heal him who was born blind and the leper by My permission . . . (Qur’an 5:109-110)

Not all of these miracles are recorded in the canonical gospels, the four gospels contained in the Christian Bible.

The fact that Jesus spoke while he was yet a baby is not written anywhere in the Bible. This should not be surprising, because none of the Gospels can claim to recover every single event in the life of Jesus. Instead, the gospel According to John seeks to emphasize that the events were too many to record.

Similarly, the miracle of breathing life into a bird made of clay is not attested by the Christian Bible. This too should not make us wonder. It is obvious that the writers of the gospels could write down only the tradition that was available to them. Furthermore, they could not write down everything they knew about Jesus for they were writing on papyrus material that were very limited in length.

What is worthy to notice here is that the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, was honest enough to promulgate this information about Jesus. The religion taught by God through Muhammad would deny the divinity of Jesus. Any human being, therefore, who wished to deny the divinity of Jesus would have tried to belittle Jesus. Since Christians looked upon the miracles of Jesus as a proof of his divinity, we might expect that any human being who tries to deny the divinity of Jesus would not have informed people of miracles not previously known to them. He might have even tried to deny some of the miracles recorded in the canonical gospels. On the other hand, the prophet Muhammad honestly conveyed the message delivered to him from Allah. (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)

Allah tells us the truth without fear. Human beings trying to win followers tell us only what is conducive to winning us over. They usually withhold information that could lead to opposite conclusions. On the other hand, Allah informs us about the miracles of Jesus even if people use this information to support their prior commitment to the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus. Allah does not need to win worshippers. Those who worship Allah does so for their own good. And those who worship false gods do so to their own detriment.

What Allah emphasizes, though, is that the miracles of Jesus do not prove he was divine. The miracles he performed were a sign, a proof, that he was God’s messenger. He performed them with God’s help and permission. Those who use his miracles as proof of his divinity would choose to forget the following sayings of Jesus:

I can of my own authority do nothing. (John 5:30)

They also forget the declaration of Peter:

Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves know. (Acts 2:22 KJV).

These passages suggest that Jesus did not do miracles on his own. These, rather were accomplished by God’s leave. Allah reminds us of this. Jesus also constantly repeated to his audience that the miracles he performed were by God’s leave.

( / 17.06.2011)


zaterdag 9 juli · 18:00 – 21:00

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