Muslim, change the world, start with yourself

Again, I do not want to preach, because you all are responsible for your life, but I want to give you some thoughts for next  week. If you – like me – what to change the world and to get a better world for our children, than we have to start within us self.

Why do we create problems within our own society? Why there are different groups within the Islam and we are fighting each other? In different countries there are brothers in Islam fighting each other, it is unbelievable and haram.

In the Holy Qur’an (6: 180) we can read:

“Those who create differences in ‘Deen’ (the way of life prescribed by Allah) and divide themselves into sects (O Messenger of Allah) you have nothing to do with them. Leave their affair for the Law of Allah to decide, which would tell them how they acted.”

Furthermore in 3:104

“Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving clear signs from Allah. For them is a dreadful penalty.”

In the Holy Qur’an there are more written surah’s talking about the same and still we, Muslims, have separated us in groups after reading the Qur’an.   Why is that? Why we do this, what is the meaning of it?
If we want to be an example for the world, and more for our children, and we want to the safe the world for our children so they can have a future, we have to change our attitude against our brothers and sisters. We are all Muslims and we all belief in Allah, and Allah has given us the Holy Qur’an so we can be as brothers and sisters without differences. If you want to be a part of the Ummah we have to say to our brother and sister, that maybe there are differences between us, but these are not important. More important we are all Muslim, let us act as Muslim.

Let us read the Holy Qur’an and pray for our brothers and sisters and not killing people in the world, where they are living.

Again in the Qur’an, 4:92

“ Never should a believer kill a believer, except when by mistake: if one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave and pay compensation to the family of the deceased.”

So stop acting as enemies between Muslims, between believers and go act as brothers and sisters. Be a human being and respect the other; be a human being and take care in a positive way for the ones who needs our help. Be a Muslim and respect the other and protect the other believer.


‘Arabische landen naar V-raad om Syrië’

Een afbeelding van president Assad van Syrië.
Arabische landen stappen volgende week wellicht naar de VN-Veiligheidsraad, als Syrië niet snel voorstellen uitvoert die een einde moeten maken aan het geweld in het land. Dat heeft premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani van Qatar vandaag gezegd.

Volgens de premier is een Arabische oplossing voor het conflict niet meer haalbaar als Syrië de plannen niet uitvoert. De Arabische Liga en Syrië spraken zes weken geleden onder meer af dat Syrië onder voorwaarden waarnemers zou toelaten.

Volgens Sheikh Hamad willen de Arabische landen niet vragen om een militair ingrijpen in Syrië, maar willen ze dat de Veiligheidsraad de plannen en resoluties van de Liga overneemt in plaats van initiatieven van andere landen.

Resoluties tegen Syrië van westerse landen in de Veiligheidsraad haalden het tot op heden niet, omdat China en Rusland die blokkeerden. Dat laatste land kwam echter deze week onverwachts met een voorstelresolutie die het geweld veroordeelt ‘van alle partijen, waaronder buitensporig gebruik van geweld door de Syrische autoriteiten’.

Woensdag is een bijeenkomt van de Arabische Liga waar mogelijk wordt beslist om naar de Veiligheidsraad te stappen. Volgens de Verenigde Naties zijn de afgelopen maanden meer dan 5000 mensen omgekomen tijdens de opstand tegen president Bashar al-Assad.

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‘Mashaal agreed to non-violence, pre-67 borders’

PA president says Hamas leader made deal in context of reconciliation; Hamas, Fatah, to meet in Cairo over elections.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal agreed in the context of reconciliation with Fatah that resistance to Israel must be non-violent and a Palestinian state should be based on the1967 borders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with the Euronews international television network.

Speaking in the interview aired Friday, Abbas said that Mashaal agreed to those two points, as well as to elections in May 2012 when the two met last month.

“We laid down the basis for an eventual agreement. Firstly, Hamas has come around on the following points: peace and calm must be established in Gaza as in the West Bank; resistance must be population-based and not with weapons — frankly, this was a point we agreed on; the solution is a state based on the 1967 borders — there again Hamas agreed.”

Abbas said that the issues would be followed-up in meetings beginning in Cairo on Sunday. He stated that the meetings would have “an important focus on the PLO, which is to be on how all the Palestinian organizations are going to participate in the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which has statutes and commitments; a movement that wants to join the PLO has to accept these engagements. That is what is going to be discussed on 18, 20 and 21 December in Cairo.”

If Mashaal agreed to adopt a non violent stance, then his decision juxtaposed with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s more belligerent comments at the 24th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist group in Gaza City last Wednesday.

There, addressing a crowd of thousands of revelers, Haniyeh called for the formation of an Arab army “to liberate Jerusalem and the Aksa Mosque very soon.”

Haniyeh said his movement remained committed to armed struggle as a strategic option to liberate “all the occupied Palestinian territories,” and that Hamas, “together with all the free peoples, will lead the fight to liberate all Palestine.”

Meanwhile, Hamas and Fatah representatives are scheduled to hold talks in Cairo Sunday to discuss the implementation of the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement between the two parties.

The two sides will also discuss plans to hold presidential and parliamentary electionsin the West Bank and Gaza Strip next May.

Sunday’s meeting is designed to pave the way for a gathering of leaders of several Palestinian groups that support putting an end to the Hamas-Fatah power struggle.

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Radicale moslimbeweging dreigt Atomium af te breken

De radicale moslimbeweging Sharia4Belgium heeft er in een internetfilmpje mee gedreigd het Atomium af te breken. Dat schrijven De Morgen en de kranten van Sud Presse.

In het filmpje roept Abu Imran, de roerganger van Sharia4Belgium, moslims op om ‘zich te bevrijden van afgoden, zoals het Atomium’. Imran, voor de gelegenheid gekleed in legerkledij, houdt zijn toespraak op de Heizel, vlak voor het Atomium. ‘Wij dienen deze monumenten, deze afgoderij, af te breken’, luidt het.

De directeur van het Atomium, Henri Simons (PS), neemt de bedreigingen au sérieux en verscherpt alvast de bewaking.

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4 Gaza workers injured in construction accident

Palestinians children play in the middle of rubble of the al-Tawa mosque in Gaza City
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian men sustained injuries on Saturday after the roof of a mosque they were constructing in the southern Gaza Strip collapsed on them.

Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said firefighters and civil defense teams arrived at the site of the accident in the al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah and dragged them from the rubble.

Abu Salmiya added that the four workers were evacuated to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Medics said the men sustained moderate bruises and wounds, he added.

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Netanyahu backs law to ban loudspeakers at mosques

‘There’s no need to be more liberal than Europe,’ PM says of move that would ban loudspeakers in calls to prayer.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced support for a law that would ban mosques from using loudspeaker systems to call people to prayer.

The so-called Muezzin Law, propsed by MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu ) applies to all houses of worship but the practice is prevalent only in mosques.

mosque - Emil Salman - December 12 2011 A mosque in Kafr Azarya next to the Maaleh Adumim settlement.

“There’s no need to be more liberal than Europe,” Netanyahu said in reference to the law during a meeting of his Likud ministers.

After intense pressure from Likud ministers Limor Livnat, Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan, who harshly criticized the bill, Netanyahu announced that he was postponing the scheduled debate in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

Michaeli has said hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens routinely suffer from the noise caused by the muezzin’s calls to prayer.

“The bill comes from a worldview whereby freedom of religion should not be a factor in undermining quality of life,” she said.

Netanyahu made similar comments to the Likud ministers.

“I have received numerous requests from people who are bothered by the noise from the mosques,” he said. “The same problem exists in all European countries, and they know how to deal with it. It’s legitimate in Belgium; it’s legitimate in France. Why isn’t it legitimate here? We don’t need to be more liberal than Europe.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said there was no need for such a law and that it would only escalate tensions.

Michael Eitan, minister for the improvement of government services, agreed with Meridor, adding that this law was just a pretext for those wishing to legislate against Muslims. “If the desire was to combat sound, then a law against sound in all areas should be introduced,” said Eitan. “But the MK proposing the bill wants to combat religion. I met with her and she tried selling it to me as an environmental law. I said to her, ‘Look me in the eyes. You are not interested in the environment, but in Islam.”

Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat joined Eitan and Meridor, saying anyone who wishes to serve a complaint over noises coming from Mosques can already do so under existing law. “There is an anti-noise law that is supposed to deal with the problem of noise from mosques, if such a problem even exists, but that law is not enforced. There is no need for a new law, rather the proper enforcement of the existing one,” said Livnat.

“None of the ministers came to Netanyahu’s defense or supported his position,” said one minister who participated in the meeting.

Netanyahu realized he would not be able to muster a majority in support of the law among his Likud ministers, and announced that the bill would be removed from the agenda of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which convened a few hours after the Likud meeting.

Netanyahu added, however, the matter would be debated over the coming days and that the bill would be brought before the ministerial committee next week.

As a resident of Caesarea, Netanyahu is particularly familiar with the struggles that exist over noises emerging from mosques. For some time now, Caesarea residents have been acting against the use of loudspeaker systems by mosques in the neighboring village of Jisr al-Zarqa. In the past few years, “round table” teams comprised of members from both villages have been set up to find solutions to various issues. One of the representatives from Jisr al-Zarqa told Haaretz the issue of mosques using loudspeakers has arisen in their meetings.

Head of the Jisr al-Zarqa local council Az-a-Din Amash said Netanyahu did not intervene in the discussions, adding, “We have no desire to clash with Caesarea residents over the matter, quite the opposite. As such, we established a joint committee for dialogue, in which numerous issues relating to mosques use of loudspeaker systems arise.”

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In Photos: Settlement too close for comfort

 International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

Kufr Qaddoum’s resistance is only getting stronger and is showing no signs of slowing down. The resilience of the Kufr Qaddoum residents is remarkable. Every week the Israeli Occupation Forces have increased their aggressive attacks, and yet the people still join together every Friday against the injustices they face. Not only have they lost more than half of their land, but also their right of movement.

Too close for comfort

Kufr Qaddoum has been resisting the closure of one of their main roads since 2003. They have and are still going through court appeals to change this illegal army order. Due to the useless Israeli court appeals, the residents decided to declare their rights through protests.

Although it is not obvious, many of the freedom fighters do have concerns about the increased aggression against them. During the protest several statements were made that the soldiers were firing tear gas canisters directly at participants. This was also visually evident as one canister after another just barely missed a local.

Fortunately today, the only physical contact with a tear gas canister occurred when one grazed a man’s leg.  However, the Israeli Occupation Forces’ policy of shooting tear gas to kill was not enough. After an hour of viciously attacking the village with tear gas, the soldiers forcefully drove through the village. A resident stated that the army jeep appeared it was going to run over an international activist.

Unfortunately, there are many similar stories of army incursion into the village, yet Kufr Qaddoum’s quest for freedom will continue, until they have the right to use all their roads freely.

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Muslim Opens Free Clinic for Carolina Poor

Cookie Washington with the Coastal Interfaith Community congratulates Dr. Reshma Khan on the opening of her free Shifa Clinic.

CAIRO – Giving back to her country and showing the real image of her faith, a Muslim doctor has championed an initiative to open her dream free clinic to serve uninsured women in South Carolina.

“I am just so happy. It is a dream come true for me,” Dr. Reshma Khan, 41, a gynecologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, told The Post and Courier on Friday, December 09.

“The idea was just to serve and help,” she added.

With a vision to help the poor in her city to receive health care, Khan, a local Veterans Affairs doctor, has been working to establish a free clinic in Mount Pleasant.

With help from the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA, which is paying the rent on the three-room clinic located in an office building on Lowcountry Boulevard, Khan was able to fulfill her dream.

The Shifa Clinic will offer free care on Saturdays starting Jan. 7.

“They are helping me set this up,” she said.

After the initial cash infusion from ICNAR, she hopes the effort will become self-sustaining through local donations and grants.

The clinic would offer health care for uninsured women between the ages of 17 and 65, Khan said.

Routine gynecological exams including pap smears, breast exams and mammograms will be available at Shifa Clinic.

Contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy testing will be offered but not obstetrics services.

Khan also hopes of expanding the types of care if other physicians and nurses volunteer.

As the clinic space will be used one day a week, Khan is considering using the space for other purposes, such as tutoring students in biology.

Helping Needy

For Muslims, the Shifa clinic, the first of its kind in the state, showed the true tenets of Islam which urges help for the needy.

“In Islam, we believe that we have to do service and help everyone,” Imam Mohamed Melhem of Central Mosque of Charleston said.

Dr. Ghazala Javed of North Charleston, also welcomed the new clinic as showing patriot spirits of US Muslims.

“This is in the true Islamic spirit. It will make its mark,” said

Not only Muslims.

Rev. Ed Kosak of Unity Church of Charleston also praised the effort exerted by Muslim doctors.

“There are a lot of people who are needing it badly,” Kosak said of the clinic.

Randy Becket of Harvest Free Medical Clinic agreed.

“You are going to be a blessing to the medical community and you will not be short of patients,” he said.

Americans Muslims have launched similar initiatives across the country.

Last year, a group of Ohio doctors opened the Noor Community Clinic, offering free medical check-ups and counseling for people without medical insurance or government help.

More than a decade since its establishment, University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) is now serving about 16,000 US patients of all religious backgrounds.

In 1996, a group of US Muslim students, dissatisfied with the lack of Muslim involvement in solving America’s social issues, launched the first full-time charitable clinic in the US.

The US is the world’s richest nation but the only industrialized democracy that does not provide health care coverage to all of its citizens.

The US spends more than double what Britain, France and Germany do per person on health care.

But it lags behind other countries in life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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