Israeli Air Force Bombards Brick Factory In Gaza

The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Saturday at night, an air-strike targeting a brick factory, east of Gaza city; damage was reported, no injuries.

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Eyewitnesses reported that at least one missile directly hit the factory causing excessive damage, and also inflicting damage to nearby homes.

Medics and civil defense personnel arrived at the scene following the bombardment to asses the damage and reported no physical injuries among the residents.

Besides damages to the factory, the bombardment led to cracks in the walls of civilian homes, shattering their windows and doors.

The latest Israeli military attack comes only a few days after the Israeli Air Force killed two fighters in Al Masdar village, in central Gaza.

( / 10.07.2011)

Tunisians protest against Israel ties

TUNIS — Around 600 people rallied in Tunis Sunday threatening to out leaders believed to support normalisation of diplomatic ties with Israel.

“Death to all Tunisians attempting to normalise relations with Israel,” said Ahmed Kahlaoui, who chairs a committee opposing the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

“We will denounce them and publish their names,” he said, speaking at a meeting organised at a conference hall in the Tunisian capital and attended by hundreds of people, some of them waving anti-Israeli banners.

Earlier this month, the authority in charge of political reform following the January ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years of dictatorial rule adopted a “republican pact” meant to form the basis of a new constitution.

It rules out a normalisation of ties with Israel but some members of the commission that drafted the text were reportedly in favour of leaving the issue out of the document.

“We can no longer trust this body’s members, which includes academics who support normalisation with Israel and have had ties themselves” with the Jewish state, Kahlaoui said.

Songs, dances and poems were performed during the meeting and Tunisians veterans who took part in the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict gave testimonies.

The meeting was mainly attended by pan-Arab nationalist political groups and NGOs but the Islamist Ennahda party was not represented.

After several years of warming ties, the Israeli and Tunisian authorities opened interest sections in each other’s countries in 1996 but Tunis broke off all relations in 2000 after the outbreak of the second intifada.

( / 10.07.2011)


Australia Veil Law Targets Muslim Women

CANBERRA, Australia — Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia’s most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive.

A vigorous debate that the proposal has triggered reflects the cultural clashes being ignited by the growing influx of Muslim immigrants and the unease that visible symbols of Islam are causing in predominantly white Christian Australia since 1973 when the government relaxed its immigration policy.

Under the law proposed by the government of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, a woman who defies police by refusing to remove her face veil could be sentenced to a year in prison and fined 5,500 Australian dollars ($5,900).

The bill – to be voted on by the state parliament in August – has been condemned by civil libertarians and many Muslims as an overreaction to a traffic offense case involving a Muslim woman driver in a “niqab,” or a veil that reveals only the eyes.

The government says the law would require motorists and criminal suspects to remove any head coverings so that police can identify them.

Critics say the bill smacks of anti-Muslim bias given how few women in Australia wear burqas. In a population of 23 million, only about 400,000 Australians are Muslim. Community advocates estimate that fewer than 2,000 women wear face veils, and it is likely that even a smaller percentage drives.

“It does seem to be very heavy handed, and there doesn’t seem to be a need,” said Australian Council for Civil Liberties spokesman David Bernie. “It shows some cultural insensitivity.”

The controversy over the veils is similar to the debate in other Western countries over whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear garments that hide their faces in public. France and Belgium have banned face-covering veils in public. Typical arguments are that there is a need to prevent women from being forced into wearing veils by their families or that public security requires people to be identifiable.

Bernie noted that while a bandit disguised with a veil and sunglasses robbed a Sydney convenience store last year, there were no Australian crime trends involving Muslim women’s clothing.

“It is a religious issue here,” said Mouna Unnjinal, a mother of five who has been driving in Sydney in a niqab for 18 years and has never been booked for a traffic offense.

“We’re going to feel very intimidated and our privacy is being invaded,” she added.

Unnjinal said she would not hesitate to show her face to a policewoman. But she fears male police officers might misuse the law to deliberately intimidate Muslim women.

“If I’m pulled over by a policeman, I might say I want to see a female police lady and he says, ‘No, I want to see your face,'” Unnjinal said. “Where does that leave me? Do I get penalized 5,000 dollars and sent to jail for 12 months because I wouldn’t?”

Sydney’s best-selling The Daily Telegraph newspaper declared the proposal “the world’s toughest burqa laws.” In France, wearing a burqa – the all-covering garment that hides the entire body except eyes and hands – in public is punishable by a 150 euro ($217) fine only.

The New South Wales state Cabinet decided to create the law on July 4 in response to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s call for greater police powers. Other states including Victoria and Western Australia are considering similar legislation.

“I don’t care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a burqa, niqab, face veil or anything else – the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear,” State Premier Barry O’Farrell said in a statement.

The laws were motivated by the bungled prosecution of Carnita Matthews, a 47-year-old Muslim mother of seven who was booked by a highway patrolman for a minor traffic violation in Sydney in June last year.

An official complaint was made in Matthews’ name against Senior Constable Paul Fogarty, the policeman who gave her the ticket. The complaint accused Fogarty of racism and of attempting to tear off her veil during their roadside encounter.

Unknown to Matthews, the encounter was recorded by a camera inside Fogarty’s squad car. The video footage showed her aggressively berating a restrained Fogarty and did not support her claim that he tried to grab her veil before she reluctantly and angrily lifted it to show her face.

Matthews was sentenced in November to six months in jail for making a deliberately false statement to police.

But that conviction and sentence were quashed on appeal last month without her serving any time in jail because a judge was not convinced that it was Matthews who signed the false statutory declaration. The woman who signed the document had worn a burqa and a justice of the peace who witnessed the signing had not looked beneath the veil to confirm her identity.

Bernie, the civil libertarian, said the proposed law panders to public anger against Muslims that the case generated on talk radio and in tabloid newspapers, which itself is a symptom of the suspicion with which immigrants are viewed.

Muslims are among the fastest-growing minorities in Australia and mostly live in the two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. There are many examples to suggest they are not entirely welcome.

Muslim and non-Muslim youths rioted for days at Sydney’s Cronulla beach in 2005, drawing international attention to surging ethnic tensions. Proposals to build Islamic schools are resisted by local protest groups. The convictions of a Sydney gang of Lebanese Muslims who raped several non-Muslim women were likened by a judge to war atrocities and condemned in the media.

In 2006, then-Prime Minister John Howard published a book in which he said Muslims were Australia’s first wave of immigrants to fail to assimilate with the mainstream.

Government leaders have also condemned some Muslim clerics who said husbands are entitled to smack disobedient wives, force them to have sex and for suggesting that women who don’t hide their faces behind veils invite rape.

“I wouldn’t like to go and say this is Muslim bashing,” said Ikebal Patel, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, of the proposed New South Wales laws.

“But I think that the timing of this was really bad for Muslims,” he said.

( / 10.07.2011)

U.S. official: Obama won’t cut military aid to Israel

General (Ret) James David (who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media) sent through the following as well:

Our politicians on both sides are discussing ways to cut spending, including social security, medicare, defense, veterans, etc. and each side seems to get blasted for their suggestions.  In order to compromise and agree on keeping our government from defaulting, both sides will make compromises and sacrifices but there is one area that neither has the nerve or authority to suggest cutting.  Wouldn’t it be refreshing if just one person had the nerve to ask why?  I think the oath that these politicians took to AIPAC shortly after their election forbids them to ever question the aid we give to Israel. Ron Paul is one exception.  Our founding fathers would never approve of such a massive giveaway of national wealth or tolerate the heavy handed influence of the Israeli lobby.

( / 10.07.2011)

Belgium arrests 60 activists are heading to Gaza

Belgian security authorities arrested the morning of Sunday 60 politically active in the field of human rights, and the Brussels Airport, to prevent them from boarding a plane, and go to the occupied territories to enter Gaza. And aims to activists demanding an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza, and to allow international aid campaigns to enter Gaza, and to provide the required assistance needed by the besieged Palestinians.
The Belgian authorities explained their disposal, that the detainees of the 300 political activists were among those on the list of Israeli black, and is not allowed to enter the occupied territories, and therefore, under the request from Tel Aviv will not be allowed to leave Brussels directly to the entity.
She pointed out that the Belgian authorities in each of the airports of Charles de Gaulle in France, and Contran in Switzerland, has been implementing the same procedures, to prevent those on the list of Zionism from leaving the airport to Tel Aviv.
It is noteworthy that Greece has recently banned 20 ships from sailing through its ports to go to Gaza, along the lines of last year’s flotilla, which led to the failure of a campaign of humanitarian aid to the sector.
International activists insist on running the campaign again in the coming weeks.

( Facebook / 10.07.2011)

Israeli Settler Runs Over Palestinian Child in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, July 10, 2011 (WAFA)- An Israeli settler Sunday ran over a Palestinian child, 6, in Khirbet ‘Beit Sakarya’ located in central of ‘Gush Etzion’ settlement compound, south of Bethlehem, according to witnesses.

Head of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement in Bethlehem, Hasan Zawahra, said that the child’s condition is serious and he was taken to ‘Hadassa’ hospital in Israel.

( / 10.07.2011)

Greek President happy with strong Israel ties.

Greek President Karolos Papoulias will arrive on Sunday night for a visit symbolizing the dramatic upgrade in Israeli-Greek ties that was evident last week when Athens refused to let Gaza-bound vessels set sail from its ports.

President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are expected to heap praise on Greece for its actions, which effectively put an end to the hopes of the flotilla’s organizers to sail for Gaza.Papoulias, who will be here for 48 hours, will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos, and Deputy Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis.

During his visit, the Greek president will go to Ramallah for meetings with the Palestinian leadership.

Papoulias, who served two stints as foreign minister in the late 1980s and mid-1990s, when Greece was considered one of the least friendly countries in Europe to Israel, was a close associate of the late prime minister Andreas Papandreou, the father of the current prime minister, George Papandreou.

The elder Papandreou was widely considered pro-Palestinian, and Papoulias was among those who built Greece’s strongly pro- Arab foreign policy at the time.

Now Papoulias is considered in Jerusalem as a supporter of Greece’s realignment of its policy toward Israel.

Ahead of his arrival, The Jerusalem Post conducted an email interview with Papoulias, in which he answered eight of 16 questions posed to him. While he did discuss the upgrade in Greek- Israeli ties, he did not answer questions such as whether Greece’s cold-shoulder toward Israel in the 1980s was a mistake, whether he thinks the dramatic improvement in ties with Israel reflects the attitude of government only, or the entire country, and what is Greece’s position regarding the PA’s statehood bid at the UN in September.

Why are good ties with Israel important for Greece?

Greece and Israel have rich and diverse ties – shared history in the wider Mediterranean area; shared pain through the extermination of Greek Jews by the Nazis. We are now involved in an intensive process of cooperation. Our ministers and officials systematically consult and work together on all levels and in key areas: energy, defense and security, agriculture, tourism. We are also working together on international issues and matters of regional concern to both countries. We are pursuing a strong relationship – strong on trade, strong on investment, strong on political and security cooperation.

Why are close ties with Greece important for Israel?

I would say that this question would best be answered by Israeli officials.

Greece and Cyprus offer a safe and secure route towards Europe and the West. It is safe because it is not based on the good political climate between our two countries alone. Relationships based on politics may change, as we are all aware of. Our relationship is built on the more solid foundations of our common culture. The Greek route offers a safe environment for Israeli tourists, possibilities of increased economic cooperation, trade development and two-way investment, political and military cooperation that can benefit both our countries.

The delimitation of an Exclusive Economic zone between Cyprus and Israel, the discovery of major reserves of natural gas off the coast of both countries, and the possibility to export via Greece changes the geo-economic situation in our wider region. It offers Israel a secure route to Europe.

What are you most interested in? Strategic ties? Military ties? Economic ties?

I do not see relations with Israel as developing in piecemeal fashion. Relations between countries are not static.

For example, as I mentioned, the discovery of major reserves off the coast of Cyprus and Israel changes the geo-economic situation in the region. It opens up new opportunities for cooperation between Greece, Israel and Cyprus. That is why it is now strategically even more important that a viable solution be found to the Cyprus problem, and we are counting on the support of Israel to achieve this.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been speaking to world leaders and urging them to support your country’s economic recovery plan. Has this helped?

I would like to warmly thank the Israeli leaders for their support, which is so important in these times.

Greece is traversing a difficult and painful economic crisis.

Whilst not underestimating its seriousness and the reforms we need to adopt, I believe that, to a great extent, it reflects the systemic crisis of the euro.

The Eurozone does not have the political institutions to properly manage the problems that have arisen. This leaves us at the mercy of credit rating agencies as we have failed in our pledge to curb their powers. We have to ask ourselves serious questions about the role they are playing.

Today it is Greece. Tomorrow it could be another country. In the absence of common economic governance and [with] political unification without procedures and measures that will promote economic convergence, the Eurozone will undoubtedly reach a dead end.

Quick-fix responses will not solve the problem.

Earlier this year, Greece hosted the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Why is it important for Greece to have ties with the Jewish Diaspora? In what way can the Jewish and Greek diasporas cooperate?

Both Greece and Israel have large and vital diasporas, which closely monitor and support their respective homelands on issues of national interest.

Improved ties between Greece and Israel have also brought Jewish and Greek communities in the diaspora closer. This rapprochement clearly provides them with an opportunity both for local cooperation and for enhancing the mutual support of our national interests.

There are those who argue that the improvement in Israeli-Greek ties is a result of the deterioration in Israel- Turkish ties. Is there anything to that?

In diplomacy there are always connections, influencing factors, objective and subjective criteria, changing geopolitical and geoeconomic factors that shape relationships. What I want to assure you (and this, I believe, is the crucial point), is that our relations are now on solid ground. Of course it is up to our governments and our officials to strengthen ties and to assure a solid, long lasting relationship that will be to the benefit of both our countries.

I understand that you will be traveling to Ramallah after coming to Jerusalem. What message will you be bringing to the Palestinians?

Greece has always been present in the Middle East. Large Greek communities live here.

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem is here. We have an interest in a stable, secure and prosperous Middle East. The political deadlock in the peace process remains and affects the wider region. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict also deeply affects the people in the area. They are the ones to suffer. It is their future that is at stake.

In substance we support a two-state solution – a democratic Palestinian state alongside Israel within secure borders. As far as the process is concerned, I remain convinced that direct negotiations between the two sides are the only way to achieve a comprehensive and viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through its good relations with all countries in the wider area, Greece has contributed to the peace process and will continue to do so. Ultimately, of course, it is up to the parties involved to make the hard choices that will be necessary in order to achieve results.


You will be attending an economic conference in Israel. What is the goal? What type of investments are you looking for from the Israeli private sector?

The Greek-Israeli Business Forum on Investment and Trade to be held in Tel Aviv on Tuesday is an opportunity to further our trade and investment relations.

It is a key priority. During the conference, business people from both countries will have the possibility to expand trade and investment, promote tourism and create new opportunities in both our nations. This year we expect 400,000 tourists from Israel. I would like to thank the Israeli people for their choice. In a concrete way they are showing their solidarity with Greece and the Greek people.

 ( / 10.07.2011)
















Ibn ‘Oemar verhaalde dat de boodschapper van Allah (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) zei: “Een moslim is de broeder van een moslim; hij doet hem geen onrecht aan en hij geeft hem niet over aan de vijand. Wie zich bezighoudt met het bevredigen van de behoefte van een broeder, zal ondervinden dat Allah zich bezighoudt met het bevredigen van zijn behoefte. Wie de tegenspoed van een moslim doet verdwijnen, zijn tegenspoed zal op de Dag des Oordeels verwijderd worden. En wie (de tekortkomingen van een) moslim verbergt, (zijn tekortkomingen) zullen door Allah op de Dag des Oordeels verborgen worden.” (Overgeleverd door Boekhaarie en Moeslim)

Soebhaan Allaah, dus alles wat jij voor een zuster doet; het bevredigen van haar behoeften, haar tegenspoed laten verdwijnen en haar tekortkomingen verbergen, zal Allah de Verhevene ook voor jou doen! Laat eens echt tot je doordringen hoe mooi dit is!

En het kan zo eenvoudig zijn. Wanneer je weet dat een zuster je hulp kan gebruiken, aarzel dan niet en biedt haar je hulp aan, zelfs al ken je haar niet goed of helemaal niet. Ze zal dit zeker waarderen. En wanneer je merkt dat een zuster haar zwakke kanten heeft, zoals wij allemaal, en ze wel eens dingen doet die niet goed zijn; houdt je mond erover en vertel het aan niemand. Op deze manier zal Allah de Verhevene jouw zonden, en we hebben er heel wat, verborgen houden, terwijl Hij beter dan wie ook weet wat wij openlijk en verborgen doen.

En alle tegenspoed die we in deze Doenya, dit wereldse leven ondervinden, valt in het niet bij de tegenspoed die wij, Allah verhoede het, zullen ondervinden op Yaum al-Qiyama, de Dag der Opstanding en omwille van onze zusterliefde zal Allah de Verhevene ons beschermen.

De profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) heeft gezegd: “Het is eer genoeg voor degenen die van elkaar houden omwille van Allah, zowel mannen als vrouwen, om te weten dat hun Almachtige Rabb voor hen zal zorgen op de Dag des Oordeels. Allah zal op de Dag der Opstanding zeggen: ‘Waar zijn degenen die van elkaar houden omwille van Mijn Glorie? Vandaag zal Ik hen beschermen in Mijn schaduw, vandaag is er geen schaduw behalve Mijn schaduw.’”

Soebhaan Allaah! Kun je je voorstellen dat op Yaum al-Qiyamah je Allah’s Stem zult horen en jij op moet staan om je beloning in ontvangst te nemen? Een beloning die op die Dag enorm groot is, namelijk het mogen vertoeven in Zijn Schaduw wanneer er een allesverzengende hitte heerst en dorst iedereen kwelt! Je zit daar dan met al die anderen waar jij van houdt en die van jou houden enkel omwille van Allah de Verhevene! Dit betekent dat wanneer onze zusterband sterk genoeg is, we elkaar met Allah’s toestemming in het Hiernamaals weer zullen tegen komen in aangename omstandigheden. Ya Rabb, laat ons oprecht van elkaar houden omwille van U en geef ons bescherming in Uw Schaduw op een dag dat er geen schaduw is dan bij U! Amien.

Om deze Doe’a (smeekbede) werkelijkheid te laten worden, is er slechts een voorwaarde waar we aan moeten voldoen en dat is dat onze liefde voor elkaar enkel en alleen omwille van Allah de Verhevene is.

Aboe Hoerayrah (moge Allah tevreden zijn met hem) verhaalde dat Allah’s boodschapper(Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) zei: “Een man ging op bezoek bij zijn broeder in een ander dorp. Allah stuurde een engel die hem opwachtte langs de weg. Toen de man langskwam, vroeg de engel hem: ‘Waar ga je naar toe?’ Hij zei: ‘Ik ga een broeder bezoeken die in dit dorp woont.’ De engel vroeg: ‘Heb je hem een gunst verleend?’ (Hij bedoelde: kom je je beloning halen?) Hij zei: ‘Nee, alleen maar omdat ik van hem houd omwille van Allah.’ De engel vertelde hem: ‘Ik ben een boodschapper voor jou van Allah. Ik ben gestuurd om je te vertellen dat Hij de Verhevene van jou houdt zoals jij van je broeder houdt omwille van Hem.’” (Overgeleverd door Moeslim)

Je kunt iemand mogen omdat het een vriendelijke vrouw is en dit is mooi, maar valt niet onder zusterschap.

Zusterschap is de liefde die je voor iemand voelt omdat deze moslim is, omdat deze persoon tot dezelfde Oemmah (gemeenschap) als jij behoort en getuigt dat er geen god is dan Allah, en dat Mohammed Zijn dienaar en boodschapper is. Zelfs al ligt deze persoon je niet en zelfs al heb je heel veel aan te merken op haar praktiseren van Islaam, dan zet de zusterband je aan haar te adviseren, vriendelijk met haar om te gaan en haar te wijzen op een zo goed mogelijke manier op haar tekortkomingen ten opzichte van haar Rabb.

Deze zusterband maakt ook dat je niet snel ruzie met iemand krijgt en niet lang boos op iemand kunt blijven; de profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) heeft gezegd: “Twee mensen die van elkaar houden vanwege Allah of vanwege de Islaam, laten kleine beledigingen van een van hen niet tussen hen in komen.” (Overgeleverd door Boekhaarie)

En verhaald door Aboe Hoerayrah (moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn) dat de profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) heeft gezegd: “Het is voor een moslim niet toegestaan zijn moslimbroeder te verlaten (niet tegen hem te spreken) voor meer dan drie dagen. Als zij elkaar ontmoeten en de een wendt zijn hoofd naar een kant af en de ander wendt zijn hoofd naar de andere kant; de betere van de twee is degene die begint met de Salaam (de Islamitische groet: Salaam Aleikoem – vrede zij met jullie) te geven.” (Overgeleverd door Boekhaarie).

Dus koppigheid of langslepende ruzies waar dan programma’s als “het spijt me” of “het familiediner” aan te pas moeten komen, kunnen niet bestaan tussen moslims die zich aan de Soennah houden. En zoals uit de voorgaande Hadith blijkt; wanneer jij als eerste groet met de Salaam, zijn de Hasanaat (beloningen) voor jou; wat de ander doet, is dan eigenlijk niet belangrijk meer.

Een van de veelgenoemde namen van Allah de Verhevene is Ar-Rahiem, de Meest Vergevingsgezinde. Hoewel wij geen van Allah’s Eigenschappen kunnen evenaren, kunnen we wel sommige van Zijn eigenschappen op ons menselijk niveau proberen toe te passen.

Het kunnen vergeven van je zusters wordt in de Islaam als een heel nobele karaktereigenschap gezien. Zo staat in de Qor-aan (Soerah 3:134): “Zij (de Moettaqoen, de godvrezenden) zijn het die uitgeven in voorspoed en in tegenspoed en die de woede inhouden en vergevers van de mensen zijn. En Allah houdt van de Moehsinien (weldoeners).”

Het hoogste niveau van Imaan, van geloof, is Ihsaan. Men kan een moslim zijn, iemand die getuigt dat er geen god is dan Allah en dat Mohammed Zijn dienaar en boodschapper. Men kan een Moe-emin zijn, iemand die de geboden van Allah de Verhevene naleeft en Zijn Verboden nalaat. En men kan een Moehsin zijn, en al het voorgaande doen met het altijd aanwezige besef dat Allah hem ziet. En Allah de Verhevene zegt in de voorgaande aayah dat Hij van de Moehsinien houdt en dat een van de kenmerken van de Moehsinien is dat zij hun woede inhouden en anderen vergeven.

Vaak staat onze trots ons in de weg; we vinden echt dat wij gelijk hebben en dat de ander fout zit. We verlagen onszelf niet door toe te geven dat wij zelf fout zaten of nog erger, door aan de ander toe te geven terwijl wij wel gelijk hadden!

Maar weet lieve zusters, dat het jezelf verlagen voor Allah de Verhevene, je in status verhoogt bij Allah de Verhevene!

De profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) heeft gezegd: “Als Zijn dienaar (iemand) vergeeft, dan zal Allah zijn eer juist laten toenemen. Niemand is nederig vanwege Allah zonder dat Allah zijn status verhoogt.” (Overgeleverd door Moeslim)

En ook hier geldt dat je dit doet omwille van Allah de Verhevene en misschien, en zelfs waarschijnlijk, niet eens omwille van die ander. Je zult zien dat Allah de Verhevene Zijn belofte nakomt in dit leven en in het Hiernamaals. Want wanneer je je trots inslikt en de ander vergeeft, wordt jouw hart en dat van de ander zachter en het geeft de zusterschap weer een kans. En het versterken van de zusterschap en van de gehele Oemmah is een groot goed in deze tijd waarin zoveel Fitna (beproevingen) en verdeeldheid heerst.

Het van elkaar houden omwille van Allah de Verhevene is niet zomaar iets moois dat je kunt nastreven of niet; het is een voorwaarde voor Imaan en voor het betreden van het Paradijs. Luister goed lieve zusters; zonder liefde voor elkaar heb je geen kans op het Paradijs, het houden van elkaar omwille van Allah de Verhevene is een VOORWAARDE om in al-Djennah te komen!

Aboe Hoerayrah (moge Allah tevreden zijn met hem) verhaalde van de profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem): “Jullie zullen het Paradijs niet binnengaan totdat jullie geloven en jullie zullen niet geloven totdat jullie van elkaar houden…” (Overgeleverd door Moeslim)

Het elkaar groeten met de groet van de Islaam, de groet van de Hemelse Vrede, is een eerste stap om tot zusterschap te komen.

Aboe Hoerayrah (moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn) heeft verhaald dat de boodschapper van Allah (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) zei: “Bij Allah, in Wiens Handen mijn leven is, jullie zullen al-Djennah niet binnengaan totdat jullie geloven (in al-Islaam) en jullie zullen niet geloven totdat jullie van elkaar houden. Zal ik jullie iets vertellen waardoor jullie van elkaar zullen houden? Verspreidt de Salaam tussen jullie.” (Overgeleverd door Moeslim)

En verhaald door Abdoellah ibn `Amr (moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn): “Een man vroeg de boodschapper van Allah (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem): ‘Welke Islamitische werken zijn het beste?’ De profeet (Allah’s vrede en zegeningen zijn met hem) zei: ‘Geef eten aan de mensen en geef Salaam aan degenen die je kent en aan degenen die je niet kent.’” (Overgeleverd door Boekhaarie).

Dit geeft weer dat de liefde omwille van Allah de Verhevene zich uitstrekt over de hele wereld. Niet alleen de zusters in je nabije omgeving zijn zusters, ook de zusters in andere delen van de stad, van het land, van de wereld, zijn je zusters. Dit is waarom wij huilend voor de tv zitten bij de beelden van Palestina, waarom we, Inshaa-e ‘Allaah, van binnen de drang voelen om iets te doen voor de onderdrukte moslims; omdat wij broeders en zusters zijn. En ook al zijn wij als moslims tegen iedere vorm van onderdrukking en uitbuiting, en voelen wij verdriet bij ieder menselijk drama; de loyaliteit en het gevoel gaat dieper bij onze broeders en zusters omdat Allah de Verhevene liefde in onze harten heeft geplaatst voor hen die net als wij van Hem houden.

En nog mooier; Allah de Verhevene zegt van ons te zullen houden als wij van elkaar houden omwille van Hem.

(Facebook / Fikria Oulad / 10.07.2011) 

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Peace Activists Enjoy zionist Hospitality Together With Rats

Cowardice, deafness, dumbness and blindness hit the EU governments and made them silent about the brutal arrest by zionist forces of Europeans peace activists, who were placed in cells in several prisons on charges of supporting justice and peace for the Palestinians. No condemnation statement or official comment has been issued by any EU government until this moment about the barbaric zionist operation that led to the arrest of more than one hundred Europeans at Ben Gurion airport, which has been turned into a concentration camp for the European peace activists during the last few days.

According to our sources fromBienvenue Palestine – Welcome to Palestine, the organizer’s activity in France, more than a hundred peace activists in the international “Bienvenue Palestine – Welcome to Palestine” were held Saturday in israeli jails.

These are the comrades who had traveled Friday on planes from several European cities, among them Paris, Geneva, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Budapest.

The volunteers stated where they were jailed at Ben Gurion airport: “Upon our arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv, the israeli officials of the Border Police asked us “Where are you going in Israel?” We replied, “We received a honorable invitation from our friends in Palestine, and we are going to meet them in Bethlehem”.

This righteous and short answer earned the activists automatic refusal to go further, being interned at holding cells at the airport, and then having them transferred to other places of detention. This is exactly what Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are subject to for political reasons. This confirms what was already obvious, that it is indeed political, in our case that being sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinian people is enough reason for being refused entry and interned into detention cells.

The French sources added: “As long as their cell phones were not confiscated from the French, British or Belgian prisoners, they told us something about the beginning of welcome they were given in their detention in the so-called “only democratic state in the Middle East”. Our detainees said: “about 20 soldiers escorted the internationals, standing, screaming… There was at least one case of beating, many more cases of jostling, etc …”

Regarding the French detainees, the coordinators of the French part of the mission were not able to access their consular authorities. The same picture emerged for the Belgians and British. For example, Israel supplied to France on Saturday morning a list of names of 44 citizens who they admitted were held in jails. This list was then sent to “Bienvenue Palestine – Welcome to Palestine”.

According to the organizers, “It confirms, but only in part, the identification of people who arrived in Tel Aviv over the last twenty-four hours. About some other people we have every reason to think that they have arrived in Tel Aviv, but they were not yet on this list of 44 French citizens sent by Israel”.

Saturday late morning, the Consul General of France in Tel Aviv had not been able to visit French detainees. These French activists were divided and sent to at least two centers of detention in Ramle (near Tel Aviv) and “Bersheva” (Naqab / Negev) in the southern part of the West Bank, a concentration camp where Palestinian political prisoners are usually sent. Lawyers were also unable to reach the detainees at the zionist detention centers.

With regard to other internationals, we have no confirmed figures. We only know that Nadia and other Belgians were arrested, along with Mick and other British.

Israeli media on Saturday reported a total of 69 arrested on Saturday, of 4 who were immediately and effectively were expelled, plus 25 others who were arrested when arriving by plane the previous night on a Lufthansa flight from Munich.

The solidarity activists from France, Belgium and elsewhere with the Palestinian people are mobilizing to demand the immediate release of our comrades as they mobilize to bring airline collaborators of the israeli terror state, their respective governments, which of course include France’s Sarkozy, Juppe, Guéant and company, to meet their minimum responsibilities. They expect that political parties, associations, elected officials, etc. who officially support solidarity with the Palestinian People will move their ass a little more than they have done so far in terms of the missions of the BienvenuePalestine flotilla, the CAPJPO – EuroPalestine – BienvenuePalestine – Welcome to Palestine.

Meanwhile, Mike Nyblr, a Scottish peace activist who arrived in Palestine last week and has lived since then in Bethlehem, said: “Whoever had doubts that the Israeli policy is based on lies and distortion, is now sure. The Israelis have coordinated a campaign of lies against us. It was very difficult for us to understand.

They said that we belong to Palestinian and European extremist organizations, but the fact is that we are not organized in political parties or movements, and most of us belong to movements and associations defending human rights around the world.

They also said that we are anti-semitic and centered on Israel while ignoring what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Libya, etc., but the fact is that there are many Jews among us, and it is ridiculous to accuse jews of being anti-Semitic. Furthermore, we are active against the bloody crackdown practiced by several regimes, especially in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

They also said that we plan to demonstrate and establish chaos at Ben-Gurion, and this also is not true. We wanted to use this airport as a means of transportation, a better and faster way to access the West Bank occupied cities. Now we have brought more notice to the facts of the israeli policies, lies, propaganda and crimes”.

( / 10.07.2011)