By Marianna Laarif
Het is van de sunnah om het vasten direct te verbreken zodra de zon onder is gegaan en de tijd van het magrebgebed is binnengetreden.
De profeet -salallaaho ‘alayhi wa sallem- zegt: “Het gaat goed met de mensen zolang zij haast maken bij het verbreken van het vasten.” [al-Boecharie]
Die goedheid is er omdat zij de sunnah van hun profeet volgen door het vasten direct te verbreken.
Een andere sunnah is om het vasten te verbreken met dadels en als die niet aanwezig zijn dan met water:
Anas, metgezel van de profeet , overlevert dat de profeet -salallaaho ‘alayhi wa sallem- zijn vasten verbrak vóór dat ie magreb bad met rotab (dadels die nog wat rauw zijn), als die er niet waren gewone dadels, en als die er niet waren nam ie wat slokjes water. [Abu Dawoed]
Het is ook veel beter voor de maag om met dadels te beginnen, te rusten en dan later verder te gaan met ander eten.
In een andere authentieke overlevering zegt de profeet -salallaaho ‘alayhi wa sallem- : “Voor de vastende zijn er twee vreugdes; een vreugde wanneer ie zijn vasten verbreekt en een vreugde wanneer ie zijn Heer ontmoet.” [al-Boecharie]
De eerste vreugde is omdat hij blij is dat ie de vastende dag heeft afgerond en weer mag eten. De tweede vreugde is wanneer ie zijn Heer ontmoet en ziet wat zijn beloning is. Moge Allah ons die tweede vreugde schenken net zoals Hij ons de eerste vreugde schenkt.
Een ander gegeven wat de gelovige verheuging brengt, is dat Allah met elke iftaar mensen van het Vuur verlost. De profeet salla allaho ‘alahi wa sellam zegt:
“Allah verlost ten tijde van elke iftaar (mensen van het Vuur). [ibn Maajah]
Moge Allah ons tot één van hen doen behoren.
Ook is het sterk aanbevolen om de vastende te voorzien van eten waarmee het vasten wordt verbroken. De profeet salla allaho ‘alaihi wa sellam zegt:
“Wie een vastende te eten geeft, heeft dezelfde beloning als hem. Zonder dat het de beloning van de vastende (die te eten is gegeven) verminderd. [Tirmidhi]
Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door jouw huisdeur gesloten te houden voor familie, vrienden en met name onze bekeerde broeders en zusters. Dit is de maand van vrijgevigheid en samenhorigheid.
Beste broeders en zusters, het is mooi om te zien hoe de familie gezamenlijk het vasten verbreekt. Maar wat nog mooier zou zijn is dat ook de hele familie na de iftaar het magrebgebed gezamenlijk verricht.
Een hulpmiddel hierbij is dat iedereen vóór aanvang van de iftaar al de wodoe heeft verricht, zodat direct na de iftaar kan worden deelgenomen aan het gebed.
Een ander hulpmiddel is dat het vasten eerst met iets lichts wordt verbroken, zoals dadels en wat water. En dat dan na het gebed het eten wordt geserveerd. Maar mocht dit leiden tot rellen thuis, dan kan daar natuurlijk altijd vanaf worden gezien …
Abulfadl, student aan de Universiteit van Medina. Saudi Arabië.
GAZA, (PIC)– The ministry of education in Gaza said on Tuesday that construction work in 39 schools in the Strip came to a halt due to the renewal of the blockade and closure of tunnels.
It said in a report that the halt to the construction of those schools would negatively affect the educational process in the coastal enclave.
The ministry pointed out that the closure led to shortage in construction material such as cement, iron, gravel, tiles, wood, paint, aluminum, and electric appliances.
The report detailed the situation saying that work in 12 schools under final stages of construction came to a halt while two others were in the medium stage of construction were halted.
It added that contracts for the building of 25 others schools were terminated for the same reason.
The report said that all seven water wells affiliated with the ministry’s various directorates were closed due to fuel shortage.
(Source / 10.07.2013)
BEIRUT (AFP) — The new leader of Syria’s opposition National Coalition called on Wednesday for international pressure on President Bashar Assad to accept a truce in the central city of Homs for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
“We in the (opposition) National Coalition call on the international community to pressure the regime and its allies to accept such a truce, to stop the bloodletting of Syrians during the holy month,” Ahmad Assi al-Jarba said.
(Source / 10.07.2013)
By Peter Clifford © (http://www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-news-2)
“I look forward to your reports like a child waiting for Xmas” – AD
Now in its 11th day, the brutal regime assault on Homs continues with constant rocket and shell fire.
While Assad’s forces have broken into the Khalidiyeh district and control around 30% of the area, they have not taken the whole neighbourhood and armed resistance is still strong.
Another Deadly Airstrike on Khalidiyeh, Homs
Following their policy first used in Qusair, Government forces are pounding the Opposition held areas with heavy rocket and shell fire and then sending in bulldozers to clear the rubble before they send in ground troops.
With no buildings to protect them, Opposition fighters are forced to retreat and to give ground.
In the lastest assaults over the last 24 hours, the Homs National Hospital was destroyed and this is all that remains,HERE:
Houses were also set on fire in Khalidiyeh and so was the covered market, HERE:
An artillery officer who defected from Assad’s ranks and is now fighting on the side of the Opposition in Homs describes the types of munition that the Syrian Army is using and their devastating effects, (English sub-titles) HERE:
TURNING THINGS ON THEIR HEAD FSA SIEGE OF WESTERN ALEPPO LEADS TO ACCUSATIONS OF CREATING “FAMINE”:
In Aleppo, the Opposition forces continue to make slow but firm headway and have now broken through into the district in the western suburbs known as “New Aleppo”.
In this video footage, fighters are seen entering the some of the upmarket apartments in the area, many of which have clearly been vacated in a hurry (glasses of tea still on the table for example),HERE:
Aleppo – These Used to be Homes
In the Al Nasr district Opposition fighters are targeting Assad army installations with Grad missiles launched from the back of a small truck, HERE: and in this clip the FSA is firing on a Syrian Army post from one of its own tanks HERE:
Predictably, the recently Opposition captured Rashidin district has come under Government rocket fire and further out of the city Kafra Hamra and Azaaz have come under large caliber machine-gun fire.
With the “shoe on the other foot” as they say, things in Aleppo have rather turned round with eastern districts controlled by the Opposition with plenty of supplies but the western regime controlled suburbs, cut off from the rest of Syria, facing food shortages and a siege.
This has led to disputes at the “border crossing” where the two sides of the city meet in the central area of Bustan Al-Qasser. FSA allies posted a banner across the street telling those crossing not to take over certain items and saying, “Food, medicine, oil, babies’ products, milk, vegetables, meat, bread: completely forbidden (from crossing).”
This led to a peaceful protest on Tuesday night which Opposition fighters dispersed with shots into the air and local people describing the decision as “inhumane”. One 50 year old man was reported dead and some others wounded, though some reports suggest they had been shot shortly before by regime sniper fire.
Until now citizens of Aleppo have regularly crossed between the 2 sides to get or trade food and to meet friends and relatives. Now the Government controlled western Aleppo, still containing an estimated 2 million people, is under siege and some bakeries are reported to have shut down because of a lack of flour.
Farmers from the countryside are now also reluctant to enter from the west as fighting escalates and makes it difficult for them to safely transport their produce. The prices of some basic foodstuffs have tripled and others have disappeared from the shelves altogether. Water is also reported to be in short supply.
There is a video of the demonstration, which disperses in a panic as guns are fired, HERE:
Better Days in Syria When Food Was Plentiful
Other Opposition sources supporting the food embargo say residents of western Aleppo should protest against the Government for closing the south-western entrance to the city from the blocked Damascus – Aleppo highway, saying that the “famine” is contrived.
Latest reports this evening, Wednesday, say the rules have been relaxed and food is moving through the border crossing again.
WHILE RUSSIA TRIES TO DUMP “CHEMICAL WEAPONS ” ACCUSATIONS ON FSA, RUMOURS ABOUND OF ANOTHER ISRAELI STRIKE:
In Damascus, Opposition fighters announced the start of another offensive for Ramadan, which started yesterday, called “Southern Storm” in order to try and make headway in the southern suburbs of the capital.
In Deir Ez-Zour Opposition fighters displayed an apparently functioning ZSU-23-4 Chelka-tank and radar anti-aircraft unit on video, HERE:
In Deraa, the Opposition continued their advance, yesterday and today, liberating areas in the regional capital around the Bilal Mosque, HERE:
And in the Bosra Sham district, fighters claimed that they had blown up a building occupied by Hezbollah, HERE:
Remains of Car Bomb in Hezbollah District, Beirut
A car-bomb exploded in the Bir al-Abed district of Beirut yesterday, a well known stronghold of Hezbollah, wounding at least 53 and provoking fears of further sectarian strife in Lebanon, embroiling it in the Syrian conflict further.
In Tartous on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, satellite images have revealed that for the first time the dry-dock at the Russian base there is empty, confirming that the Russians have probably withdrawn.
At the same time, there have been several suggestions that the major blasts early last Friday morning at military facilities near Latakia have been caused by Israeli strikes against Assad’s recently acquired stocks of anti-ship missiles, though there is no real confirmation of this assertion and the Israelis are neither confirming or denying.
The FSA said they did not have the firepower to cause such damage and the Assad regime described the incident as a “technical fault”! You can read more, HERE:
Meanwhile, Russia has supplied the UN with a dossier of “evidence” showing that the Opposition carried out an alleged chemical weapons attack on the Aleppo suburb of Khan al-Assal in March.
Both the FSA and the USA have asserted that the Opposition did not have the capability of delivering such a warhead and have called for an independent UN investigation, something that so far Assad will not allow because it may look into other incidents involving Government forces too.
At the start of Ramadan yesterday, both the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon and the newly elected leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC), Ahmad Assi Jarba , called in vain for a “month-long” cease fire, while the SNC continued to writhe in discontent with the resignation of Ghassan Hitto their Prime Minister designate.
Hitto’s appointment had been opposed by Jarba back in March and in the 4 months since then the PM had failed to form a Government-in-exile.
In Damascus, Assad on Monday undertook some “political housekeeping” of his own, replacing every member of the Ba’ath party Central Committee except himself. The 16 new members are noticeably younger than the “old guard” they replace, who included the Vice-President (VP) Farouk al-Sharaa.
Sharaa who is sometimes seen as a moderating influence, while losing his Ba’ath Party seat, retains his position as VP. The Ba’ath Party has been in power in Syria continuously since March 1963.
Lastly, Alaa Morelli, a 23 year old university student from Latakia who was arrested last June accused of preparing leaflets calling for revolution against Assad, has described how she spent 2 months in prison being psychologically harassed and moved from one place to another.
But conditions for others were a lot worse she says. “I saw a cell packed with some 40 women, all naked, blindfolded and handcuffed. They weren’t allowed to sit, they could only stand.”
Morelli was release after activists started a campaign and the FSA arranged a prisoner exchange. Between 30,000 to 40,000 people are still thought to be held in Assad’s prisons, detained without trial and often subject to torture.
FSA Fighters Pray in Saleddine, Aleppo, July 9th
July 9th not only marks the 8th anniversary of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, but also the 9th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Advisory Opinion that found the Israeli construction of the Separation Wall in the occupied territories to be illegal. In that opinion the ICJ called on Israel to 1.) stop the construction of the wall in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem; 2.) dismantle the structure built in the occupied territories; and 3.) make reparations for all damage caused by the wall’s construction.
The BDS call was in fact issued a year to the day of the ICJ opinon as a call for accountibilty in the face of inaction on the court’s recommendations. The official BDS call begins, “One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel’s Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal; Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court’s decision.” Nine years later, of course, the Wall continues to stand and Israel continues to evade official accountability.
To mark the anniversary, the UNRWA has published the stories of two Palestinian refugee families impacted by the Wall. UNRWA explains, “These families are both experiencing dispossession and compromised freedom of movement. Their stories highlight the day-to-day impact on Palestinians of Israel’s ongoing refusal to comply with the ICJ ruling.”
The Nijim family in Qatanna
The Nijim family has lived in their home on the outskirts of the village of Qatanna since 1967. Qatanna is one of the eight Palestinian villages comprising the ‘Biddu enclave’ in the oPt and surrounded to the north, east and west by the Barrier. Following the construction of the Barrier, the Nijim family found itself located on the ‘Israeli side’ of the Barrier, encircled on three sides and isolated from the rest of the village, and living in the “Seam Zone”. The ‘Seam Zone’ refers to West bank territory that is located between the 1949 Armistice Line (or “Green Line”) and the Barrier. Because they live in the Seam Zone, every member of the Nijim family is required to obtain permits from the Israeli authorities in order to reside in their own home.
In 2009, the Israeli authorities built an ‘enclosed,’ gated concrete bridge over the Barrier’s patrol road to allow the family access to the ‘West Bank side’ of the Barrier. Until 2011, the Nijim family held the key to the gate that locked them onto their property. However, that year, without any warning, the authorities replaced the lock with an electronic surveillance system, complete with five video cameras and an intercom system. Now, every entry and exit from the Nijim property is controlled remotely by the Israeli Border Police. On many occasions, the family is stuck waiting for hours for the Border Police to open the gate.
The isolation of the Nijim family has had significant impact on their daily lives. Because access to their home is prohibited by the Israeli authorities to anyone other than the 18 primary inhabitants, they are not able to celebrate even the most important of events, such as family weddings, in their home. With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, the family will once again be unable to host guests. Furthermore, their ability to come and go depends on the whims of the remote operators of the electronic gate that controls access to their home. In light of the access constraints, when the press team tried to interview the family, it could only do so by phone.
“We will remain here and keep fighting through the difficulties we face until the end,” asserts Mr Nijim when asked how much longer he believes he can live through these restrictions on his family’s movement. “My home has become a group prison for me and my family, but we are not going anywhere.”
The Hajajeh family in Al Walaja
The story of Omar Hajajeh of Al Walaja, a village between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, adds a counterpoint to that of the Nijim family in Qatanna. Mr Hajajeh, his wife and their three children are living in a house located along the route of the Barrier. Once the construction of the Barrier has been completed, the Hajajehs’ house will be completely isolated from Al Walaja. The only access point for the family between their home and the village will be through the tunnel built under the Barrier by the Israeli authorities.
The family has recently been told that a gate will be constructed to allow them access to their home. Mr Hajajeh fears that the introduction of a gate will further diminish his freedom of movement and increase his isolation from his ancestral lands. As with the Nijim family, access to and from the house will be completely in the control of the Israeli authorities. Once the construction of the gate is complete, the family’s guests will have to coordinate their visit with the Israeli authorities some 12 hours in advance of their arrival. Furthermore, no one other than the primary inhabitants of the Hajajeh house will be allowed by the Israeli authorities to stay in their household overnight.
Although construction of the Barrier was halted for several months, work resumed from April 2010 until early 2013 on the eastern, northern and western sides of Al Walaja. The Barrier is now in its final stages of construction.
(Source / 10.07.2013)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A Palestinian human rights activist accused the occupation authorities of targeting Jerusalemite children as they have arrested since the beginning of the year 2013 more than 170 children.
Professor of International Law Dr. Hanna Issa said in a press statement on Tuesday: “The detention of children and the house arrest imposed on them represents the first Israeli plans to kill childhood.”
“The arrests of Jerusalemite children have turned the child who is looking for and defending his rights to a child completely deprived of his rights and homeland. The child starts to suffer from psychological problems, hair loss and psychological trauma caused by the circumstances of his arrest, amid his parents’ inability to protect him”, Issa explained.
He noted that the neighborhoods of Tur, Issawiyya, Silwan and the Old City have witnessed many cases of child arrests, noting that the arrests are always carried out at night by the special forces, which deliberately break into the child’s house in a brutal way.
Issa also pointed out that the Israeli forces expose the children to psychological and physical torture during the investigation in order to force them to confess to throwing stones.
He added that the occupation authorities impose house arrest for long periods on dozens of Palestinian children in the occupied Jerusalem, noting that this procedure puts the child and his family in a hard situation and deprives the child from going to school.
(Source / 10.07.2013)
Canadian and European activists are planning to launch a flotilla from the Gaza Strip to Europe to break the Israeli naval blockade imposed on the strip, Yediot Ahranot Israelii newspaper reported Tuesday.
Charlie Anderson, a Swedish activist who was on board the Gaza-bound Estelle last year, said because Israel has banned the entry of ships into Gaza, the group was planning to break the Israeli naval blockade in a different and peaceful way by launching a flotilla that will carry Gazan produce and textiles from the strip to Europe.
He told Yediot Ahranot that the flotilla, which is currently a fishing boat, is being converted to a cargo ship and is set to sail in September. Adding, the activists were not concerned that the Israeli Navy would stop the boat.
“If it does,” Anderson said, “it will find it very difficult to explain to the world why it’s stopping a Gaza cargo ship carrying civilian products meant for Europe.”
“This is a civilian, independent project, whose aim is to raise public awareness to the issue of Gaza’s maritime blockade and the activists have no intention of confronting with the Navy in case it tries to stop the shift,” said Mahfouz Havriti, one of the Palestinian organizers in the project while stressing that Gaza’s Hamas government has nothing to do with the project.
For his part, the IOF Spokesperson said that Israeli Occupation Forces aim to pursuing its mission to secure Israeli borders, including Israel’s naval border.
(Source / 10.07.2013)
“The Supreme Judicial Council decided to approve the nomination of Hisham Barakat,” the source told AFP, adding that Abdel Meguid Mahmud had resigned on Tuesday.
The controversial former prosecutor had said on Friday that he would step down, days after being reinstated, citing possible conflicts of interest in future prosecutions.
A longtime prosecutor under former dictator Hosni Mubarak, Mahmud was sacked by now deposed president Mohamed Mursi in November as part of a decree in which the Islamist head of state granted himself sweeping powers.
The decree was eventually repealed under intense pressure from street protests, but the decisions stemming from it were protected by the constitution that was passed in December.
Ben Gurion International Airport
On two occasions last week Israeli officials at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport refused entry to members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) who traveled to Israel to join CPT’s team in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
On Tuesday July 2 a CPT reservist from the Netherlands was interrogated and held in the airport for 14 hours before being placed onto a flight home. Three days later a CPT reservist from the United States was also interrogated and held for 10 hours before being placed onto a flight home. Each CPTer had visited Israel-Palestine once or twice before. Both volunteers cooperated with the intensive questioning of Israeli security officials, who seemed most concerned with visas from the government of Iraqi Kurdistan that had been stamped in both CPTers’ passports in connection with their past CPT work.
CPT’s sudden inability to get team members into the country is especially worrying given Israeli authorities’ recent ban on CPT activities near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil, apparently intended to halt international nonviolent protective presence in the most sensitive and volatile area of the city — one of the vital functions of CPT’s Palestine project.
Since May 10, Israel’s Border Police have prohibited CPTers from wearing their uniform vests and hats, and from recording the obstructions imposed on Palestinians’ daily life, anywhere between the two main checkpoints that control Palestinian movement past the mosque complex, which also includes a synagogue and visitors’ center frequented by settlers.
Additionally, Israeli journalist Amira Hass reported in May that Israel is now forbidding “tourists from the United States and other countries to enter the territories under Palestinian Authority control without a military entry permit.” It is still unclear how Israel will enforce this restriction, or where and when it will facilitate permit applications.
Other international human rights organizations have been increasingly impacted by Israeli access restrictions. In recent months two members of Operation Dove, an Italian group working in the South Hebron Hills, were also stopped on arrival at Israel’s airport and turned back. Two others were constrained to a one-week visit, and could not extend their visas.
In response to these developments, CPT’s team in Palestine would like to initiate a quick “surge” of volunteers traveling through Israel to join its project within the next few weeks. This will help CPT better staff the project and uphold critical commitments in this interim period of very few team members. The results of this initiative will also help CPT to ascertain whether or not it is being targeted for removal by Israeli authorities.
1. Make a contribution today to help CPT fund several volunteers traveling to join its Palestine team in very quick succession. CPT relies primarily on individual donations to fulfill its travel and operating costs. Your gift of $20 or more will make a difference. Remember to designate “Palestine project” with your donation.
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3. If you are a CPT reservist and able to come to Israel-Palestine within the next few weeks, please contact us. A scholarship may be available to reduce your fundraising obligations.
(Source / 10.07.2013)