Israeli troops kill unarmed Palestinian on Gaza border

(Reuters) – Israeli troops killed a Palestinian who crossed in from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, fearing he was a security threat though he proved to be unarmed, military sources said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, had first drawn soldiers’ suspicions by digging into the ground on the Gazan side of the fortified border fence, where Palestinian gunmen have in the past mounted ambushes, an army spokeswoman said.

He then clambered over the fence, carrying an item that the troops could not see clearly, she said. They shot him dead after he ignored their calls to turn back as well as warnings shots.

The army spokeswoman did not give further details on what the Palestinian was carrying. An Israeli military source said, however, that no weapons were found on him.

While the Gaza-Israel border has been a flashpoint of fighting, especially during flare-ups such as the November mini-war in the coastal enclave, such violence has abated recently.

In an effort to isolate the hostile Islamist Hamas government, Israel controls commercial traffic across the border, contributing to economic hardship in Gaza. Palestinians there have on occasion sought to slip into Israel for work.

(Source / 10.08.2013)

Apartheid Train-Israel‘s multi-billion dollar railroad plan in the West Bank

The Israeli Civil Administration is promoting a plan for the construction of a grandiose railway system in the occupied Palestinian territories.  The proposed plan, expected to be completed in 2035, will include the construction of 473 kilometres of rail, 30 stations and 11 separate railway lines.

The Palestinian Authority refuses to take part in the plan, which includes construction of the railway in areas A and B, under the PA’s jurisdiction.

In normal circumstances, an improvement in the transportation system would arouse public consent. Yet in Palestine, an Israeli railway running through land defined by international law as temporarily occupied reaffirms the Israeli objective of permanent dominion.

Serving settlers’ needs

The map proposed for the rail network clearly reflects the settler population’s needs. The central line will link Palestinian cities with the highest settlement presence – Jenin, Nablus, and Hebron – to the outskirts of Jerusalem and to the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva in the Negev desert. A latitudinal line will run through Hebron, Jericho and Tulkarem, connecting the illegal West Bank settlements of Ariel, Kiryat Arba and Ma’ale Adumim to Israel.

The huge investment entailed in the plan – estimated in 27.8 billion dollars – reaffirms Israel’s intention to secure its control on the disputed land of occupied Palestinian territories.

If completed, the ease of access between Israel and the West Bank will encourage more Israelis to live in the occupied territories as well as facilitate movement of Israeli troops within Palestinian land.

The huge investment entailed in the plan – estimated in 27.8 billion dollars – reaffirms Israel’s intention to secure its control on the disputed land of occupied Palestinian territories.

Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), defined the Israeli railway plan as the “ultimate attempt to annex the West Bank”.

Apartheid railway?

Israeli media stresses the benefits for commuting Palestinians, who are not formally restrained from accessing the trains. However, it is not clear how the current extensive system of checkpoints and travel restrictions imposed on the Palestinian population will be applied without compromising the whole purpose of a fast track.

If no ethnic separation is enforced, settlers – who live in inaccessible enclaves and are authorized to carry weapons – and Palestinians would find themselves sitting side by side in train cars. From 2004 to 2011, episodes of violence committed by settlers increased 315%.  According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 90% of monitored complaints regarding settler violence have been closed without indictment.

Even if Palestinians are not legally prevented from accessing the trains, travelling in conditions that do not grant Palestinian security might lead to the voluntary exclusion of the local population.

Economic and environmental cost of the plan

Some 1 million Israeli shekels (NIS) have already been invested in the planning process. This large investment is in stark contrast to the absence of financial aid to Area C of the Palestinian territories, which are under Israeli full civil and security control.  As an occupying power, the Fourth Geneva Convention legally requires Israel to fulfil the local population’s basic needs. Despite this, the Israeli Civil Administration has rejected several urgent infrastructure plans proposed by the Palestinian Authority.

The plan entails a permanent alteration of the landscape, something that is explicitly prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The lack of funds will likely postpone the start of construction for several years.  However the mere existence of the plan virtually occupies the lands on which it is supposed to develop, as building along the future railway track is prohibited.

The plan entails a permanent alteration of the landscape, something that is explicitly prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Furthermore, Israeli planners have arbitrarily decided the railway path without the consultation of Palestinian officials. Even though the plan will be open to objections in the coming weeks, hiring lawyers and planners to ensure the maximum safeguard of Palestinian land will be detrimental to the Palestinian Authority’s diminishing budget.

Implications on the peace talks

The plan was approved only days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s most recent attempt to resume the peace talks, raising doubts on Israel’s true intentions.

Additional distrust is due to the recent statement made by Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz in which the MK member said:  “a Palestinian state is unacceptable, mainly because of our right to this land.”  This is troubling considering Katz is one of the main supporters of the Railway plan.

The new railway system seeks to further integrate Palestinian geography and economy into Israel, dashing the already feeble hopes for a two-state solution

The new railway system seeks to further integrate Palestinian geography and economy into Israel, dashing the already feeble hopes for a two-state solution. In her article for Haaretz, Rachel Neeman suggests that the plan might encourage the realisation of a bi-national state.

However, Palestinian reactions suggest a different ending to the peace talks. Secretary General of PNI Mustafa Barghouthi views the approval of the railway plan as a new attempt to foil Palestinian demands and further implement an Apartheid regime in Palestine.

(Source / 10.08.2013)

Rohingya refugees attempt escape


SOME 260 Rohingya refugees who have been held captive for almost seven months tried yesterday to break out of the Phang Nga Immigration Centre to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The riot began at about 9am when some inmates tore down the doors separating three detention cells.

They reportedly shouted and stormed the main gate to get out of the building. A team of about 300 officers rushed in to control the situation.

Negotiators including a religious leader and representatives of human-rights groups were sent in to calm them down but the detainees insisted on joining the Hari Raya Eid-al-Fitri celebration outside.

Pol Maj-General Chalit Kaewyarat, provincial police chief, said the men were upset that they were not allow to celebrate outside and since the facility was short on staff, some Rohingya incited a mob to press their demands.

Authorities managed to disperse the rally at about 3pm. The protesters were divided into small groups to be sent to police stations in Phang Nga province.

Previous attempt

Last month, 18 Rohingya escaped from the Phang Nga Shelter for Children and Families and five were recaptured in Chumphon.

From January 14 to March 26, Phang Nga has apprehended 953 Rohingya boat people who had fled their restive state in Myanmar to seek a new start in Malaysia and Indonesia. The Immigration Centre took custody of 261Rohingya while the Shelter for Children and Families accommodated 43 Rohingya

(Source / 10.08.2013)

Tunisia’s secularist opposition to unveil alternative government

Tunisia’s secular opposition will announce an alternative “salvation government” next week, a challenge the Islamist-led ruling coalition that could make it harder to negotiate a political compromise.

The head of the transitional parliament suspended the legislature’s work last Tuesday until the government starts talks with the opposition which has been holding daily protests after the murder of two prominent secularist politicians.

Emboldened by the army’s toppling of Egypt’s Islamist president, Tunisia’s opposition wants to bring down the government led by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, and on Saturday said it would announce an alternative cabinet in the coming days.

“The consultations are continuing between the parties to the National Salvation Front, to choose a candidate for new prime minister and a salvation government,” Mongi Rahoui, a leading member of the opposition grouping, said.

He said the candidate for prime minister would be announced early next week and cabinet members could be named by the end of the week.

The Salvation Front is a coalition of more than a dozen opposition parties that came together after the murder of prominent secularist politician Mohamed Brahmi on July 25, six months after another leftist figure was gunned down.

Opposition leaders have said they had no interest in reconciliation with Ennahda and have demanded it step down.

Ennahda’s party chief Rachid Ghannouchi told Reuters in interview that the party was open to dialogue but that removing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh or dissolving the Constituent Assembly were out of the question, and he challenged the opposition to a referendum to decide the matter.

Tunisia is the birthplace of the “Arab Spring” revolts across the Middle East that began with a 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

(Source / 10.08.2013)

Israeli liberals call for federation of two equal peoples

Once again demonstrating that the discourse about the conflict in Israel is far ahead of the discourse in the United States, Uri Avnery’s latest column advocates a “federation” in historic Palestine, based on human rights, and involving, initially, two states drawn strictly on the ’67 lines with Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Last week Haaretz published an article in which [Avraham] Burg proposed linking the “two-state solution” with a two-state federation. He used the metaphor of a building, the first floor of which would consist of human rights, the second floor would host the two states, Israel and Palestine, and the third the federation.

…Since Burg likened his proposal to a building, it follows that it must be built floor after floor, from the bottom up. That’s how I see it too.

The first floor is the two-state solution. This must be implemented first of all. Any idea about what may come after is meaningless without it.

This means the foundation of the State of Palestine along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as a free, independent and sovereign nation-state of the Palestinian people.

As long as this basic idea is not implemented, and the solution of all the connected problems (“core issues”) agreed upon, nothing else has much meaning.

The occupation is a bleeding wound, and it has to be healed in the framework of peace before everything else. There can be no meaningful talk about federation between oppressor and oppressed. Federation presumes partners of equal status, if not of equal strength.

Avnery says the original UN partition plan called for federation. And he cites a long history of liberals calling for federation. But he says he stopped using the word federation because it scared people, including Zionists:

In the course of time, I dropped the word “federation”. I had come to the conclusion that it frightened both sides too much. Israelis feared that it meant diminishing the sovereignty of Israel, while Palestinians suspected that it was another Zionist ruse to keep up the occupation by other means.

Avnery adds: “But it seems clear that in a small land like historical Palestine, two states cannot live side by side for any length of time without a close relationship between them.”

That underlines Ali Abunimah’s point, that Israel and Palestine are one country.One country, with two peoples in it. This was also the bottom line in tragic Algeria. Efforts to partition it, even by French President de Gaulle, were roundly rejected. How could you divide Algiers? Until there is more open discussion inside the France of this conflict, the U.S., of the visible living failure of partition– apartheid and Bantustans–and the alternatives to it, we will be driving this conflict toward an Algerian outcome, in which one expulsion replaces another.

(Source / 10.08.2013)

War in Syria (explained on Twitter)

In sha Allah i’ll be doing #StoryTime now explaining the Syrian Revolution. This is brief explanation. In sha Allah this helps. Bismillah..

1) #StoryTime : SYRIAN REVOLUTION March 2011 #Syria Kids from Dara wrote on their school wall- “The people want to topple the regime”

2)This kids heard this from the previous revloutions going on in the world- Egypt Tunisia Libiya etc. Syrian Intelligence came and took these

3)kids from their homes-families of these children went to the intelligence chief(cousin of president)begging their children, chief refused.

4)Syrians began to protest and after 14 of the 15 kids were returned. These kids were ofcourse tortured, some returned alive, some returned

5) dead and some not returned. One of the children known as Hamza Al Khatib. His Body was Mutilated by the Syrian Regime. Beaten, pulled

6)nails,Gunshots, Broken Bones etc.The regime brought back the children to their parents in this state, Syrians ofcourse did not accept this

7) so All of Syria rose. The Syrians began to peacefully protest demanding a better world. No weapons, No violence for around 6/7 months.

8) The syrians didn’t even think about using weapons until the things began to escalate.The Syrian Regime began to shoot at the men

9)protesting, kidnap them and torture them, bomb them etc. why? Because we wanted a better world. We wanted Freedom. The Syrians thought

10) protesting would put an end to the revolution within a few months. But now.. its nearly 3 years. But unfortunately it turned out that

11)Syrians didnt have a president, they had a criminal making the People of Syria’s only option to take up arms and drag bashar out.

12)The people of Syria started their own army after the violence they experienced from Assad.Army is known as ‘jeysh lhir’ Freedom Army= FSA

13)The media began to give the FSA a reputation of being ‘extremists’ ’terrorists’ etc. This was not the case FSA was formed to protect the

14)women and children of Syria All we wanted was freedom. After some time the war no longer became about getting rid of Assad as such.

15) It became Shia/Alawites killing Sunni Muslims. SHias from Iran/Iraq/Lebanon etc. Came to back Assad in killing sunnis.

16)Before this There was no such thing in Syria as ‘sects’ everybody got along with everyone no matter what ‘sect’ you was from.

17)Assad caused this hatrid. ‘hezbollah’ aka hezbolat/hezbshaytan started come in hundreds to back Assad in fighting the ’terrorists’

18)Which was all a lie set up by Assad and followed on by the media. more and more lives were taken every day.

19) More massacres. Baniyas, Tartous, douma, Al Bayda- the list goes on. Shabiha (Assad thugs) would storm these areas, killing, raping,

20)torturing, burning, etc. Sunni muslims why? Because they were sunnis. No reason except for their own sick enjoyment.

21)Now.. today 2013 these crimes are still happening. why? Because people wanted freedom. Look at Syria today ya Ahlus Sunnah..

22)This is the truth about Syria. We are Human. We don’t deserve this. No one does. All we wanted was freedom.

23) Is the cost for freedom young girls being raped? Is the cost for freedom our mothers being beaten?

24)Is the cost for Freedom our brothers being tortured? Is the cost for freedom our younger siblings being burnt alive?

25) Bashar Al Assad is doing this to us in Syria. Wake up World. Please.

Guantanamo inmates fear Yemen scare will delay release

A US military member mans one of the watch towers at the US Detention Center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (AFP) — Shock-waves from the threat of new attacks by Al-Qaeda’s Yemen wing have reached the cells of Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of Yemeni detainees are waiting to be sent home.

Of the 166 detainees remaining at the US naval base at Guantanamo — where a prison camp holds detainees from the “war on terror” — 84 are from Yemen, and 56 of these have been cleared for release.

Despite this decision, they remain locked away because of a moratorium imposed after an Al-Qaeda affiliate with former detainees in its ranks launched a failed attack in 2009.

Last week, Yemen’s Al-Qaeda affiliate — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — was once again in the news, when Washington issued a worldwide terror alert.

Washington closed some two-dozen embassies across the Middle East and Africa in response to what US officials said were intercepted communications indicating AQAP is planning a major attack.

In Guantanamo, the news caused a stir among the inmates, particularly the Yemenis, who fear the controversy could delay or derail their transfers back to their homeland.

A Jordanian-born translator who works with the detainees and goes by the name “Zak” said they were upset by reports that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had communicated with AQAP about plotting an attack.

“It’s not to their advantage,” he told AFP. “They say, ‘I wish he didn’t open his mouth… Why didn’t he just wait until we left?'”

“They have been very hopeful,” he added. “They have seen the announcement of two Algerians leaving.”

Rear Admiral Richard Butler, the new commander at Guantanamo, said he keeps a close eye on news from Yemen and the broader Middle East to see how it affects the detainees.

“When I hear news like that I think, what’s going to be the impact in Guantanamo Bay, in the camp, both for the detainees and especially for the men and women in the guard force,” he told AFP.

“The detainees, it affects them. We want to know how it affects them in terms of their behavior so we can keep the guard force aware as well.”

Butler confirmed preparations were under way for the transfer of the Algerians, but declined to give their names or the expected date of their transfer, citing official protocol.

Some 779 detainees have passed through the prison since it was established in early 2002 to hold terror suspects apprehended on foreign battlefields or handed over by other governments. Of those, 619 have been transferred to other countries.

The Pentagon estimates a 25 percent rate of recidivism, which has fueled resistance in the US Congress to the administration’s plans to eventually close the facility.

In May, US President Barack Obama said he would revisit the moratorium of the release of Yemeni suspects that was imposed after a failed plot to blow up a passenger plane in December 2009 by a man wearing explosives in his underwear.

The plot was traced back to AQAP, which has repeatedly tried to attack the US homeland.

Obama also renewed his four-year-old vow to close Guantanamo, which has been roiled by a hunger strike carried out by dozens of inmates to protest against their indefinite detention.

Yemen-based AQAP is seen by US officials as the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network founded by Osama bin Laden, and includes former Guantanamo detainees among its ranks.

AQAP is again in the news following the closure of the embassies, but David Remes, an attorney representing 15 Yemeni detainees, said they should not be made to suffer over the volatile situation in their homeland.

“The deteriorating security situation in Yemen is irrelevant to whether Yemeni detainees should be sent home,” he said.

“My own released clients returned to their loved ones, started families, and found jobs… It’s inhumane to keep these men locked up for fear of what others might do if released.”

(Source / 10.08.2013)

6 dagen van Shawaal vasten

By Marianna Laarif

Assalamo alaikom warahmatu Allah wabarakatuh

Alhamdolillah wassalato wassalam ala mawlana rassoel allah wa ala aalihi wa as-habihi ajmaain waman tabi3ahom bi ihssan ila yawmi addin

Bismi Allah Arrahman Arrahim

Het vasten van 6 dagen in de maand Shawwaal

De maand Ramadan helemaal vasten + 6 dagen van de maand Shawal = 360 dagen gevast = 1 Jaar

Het vasten van zes dagen van Shawwaal na het verplichte vasten van de Ramadan is Sunnah Mustahabbah, niet waajib.

Het is aangeraden voor de moslim om zes dagen van Shawwaal te vasten en hierin is een grote deugd en een immense beloning.
Degene die deze zes dagen vast, zal een beloning opgetekend krijgen alsof hij het hele jaar gevast had, zoals is overgeleverd in een sahih hadith van de Profeet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salaam).
Abu Ayyub (radiAllahu ‘anhu) heeft overgeleverd dat de Boodschapper van Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) gezegd heeft:

“Degene die de Ramadan vast en het opvolgt met zes dagen van Shawwaal, het zal zijn alsof hij een heel leven gevast heeft.”
(Overgeleverd door Muslim, Abu Dawud, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i en Ibn Maajah)

De Profeet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) legde dit uit toen hij zei:

“Degene die zes dagen na (Eid) al-Fitr vast, heeft het jaar voltooid: degene die een goede daad (hasanah) verricht, zal tien hasanaat krijgen).”

Volgens een andere overlevering:
“Allah heeft voor elke hasanah tien anderen gemaakt, dus een maand is als het vasten van tien maanden en het vasten van
zes dagen voltooit het jaar.”
(al-Nisaa’i en Ibn Maajah. Zie ook Sahih al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/421).

Het is ook overgeleverd door Ibn Khuzaymah met de woorden:
“Het vasten van de maand Ramadan levert de beloning van tien (maanden) op en het vasten van zes dagen levert de beloning van twee maanden op, en dat is het vasten van
het hele jaar.”

De Hanbali en Shaafa’i fuqaha’ hebben verklaard dat het vasten van zes dagen van Shawwaal na het vasten van de Ramadan ervoor zorgt dat het is alsof men een heel jaar van verplichte vasten gevast heeft, want de vermenigvuldiging
van de beloning is zelfs van toepassing op naafil-vasten, want elke hasanah levert de beloning van tien hasanat op.

Een ander belangrijk voordeel van het vasten van zes dagen van Shawwaal is
dat het tekortkomingen in het verplichte vasten van de Ramadan van een persoon goedmaakt, want niemand is vrij van tekortkomingen of zonden die een
negatief effect hebben op het vasten.

Op de Dag der Opstanding zullen een aantal van zijn naafildaden genomen worden om de tekortkomingen in zijn
verplichte daden goed te maken, zoals de Profeet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) heeft gezegd:
“Het eerste waar de mensen op de Dag der Opstanding
voor ter verantwoording zullen worden geroepen, zal hun salaah (gebed) zijn.
Onze Heer, Geprezen en Verheven is Hij, zal tegen Zijn engelen zeggen (hoewel Hij het het beste weet):
‘Kijk naar de salaah van Mijn dienaar, of het volledig of onvolledig is.’
Als het perfect is, zal het als perfect opgetekend
worden en als iets tekortschiet, zal Hij zeggen:
‘Kijk of Mijn dienaar een aantal vrijwillige (naafil) gebeden heeft verricht.’
Als hij een aantal vrijwillige gebeden heeft verricht, zal Allah zeggen:
‘Voltooi de verplichte handelingen van Mijn dienaar met zijn vrijwillige handelingen.’
Dan zullen al zijn handelingen op een vergelijkbare wijze behandeld worden.”
(Overgeleverd door Abu Dawud).

Je kunt beginnen met het vasten van zes dagen van Shawwaal vanaf de tweede dag van Shawwaal want het is haram om op de dag van Eid te vasten.
Je kunt de zes dagen op elk moment van Shawwaal vasten, hoewel de beste goede daden
degenen zijn die het snelst gedaan worden.

Het permanente comité ontving de volgende vraag:

Zou het vasten van de zes dagen onmiddellijk na de Ramadan verricht moeten worden, na de dag van Eid, of is het toegestaan om het een paar dagen na Eid in de maand van Shawwaal te doen of niet?

Ze antwoordden als volgt:

Deze dagen hoeven niet onmiddellijk na Eid al-Fitr gevast te worden; het is toegestaan om één of meer dagen na Eid te beginnen met het vasten ervan en het mag achtereenvolgens of apart gedaan worden tijdens de maand van Shawwaal; het hangt ervan af wat gemakkelijk is voor een persoon.
Er is genoeg bewegingsruimte in deze kwestie en het is niet verplicht, het is Sunnah.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 10/391

Als iemand een aantal dagen van de Ramadan gemist heeft, zou hij deze eerst in moeten halen en dan de zes dagen van Shawwaal vasten, want hij kan het vasten van de Ramadan niet opvolgen met zes dagen van Shawwaal tenzij hij zijn Ramadan-vasten eerst voltooid heeft.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 10/392


Wat moet een vrouw eerst doen; de zes aanbevolen dagen van Shawwaal vasten of de dagen die zij nog moet inhalen van de maand Ramadan, vanwege haar ongesteldheid?


Alle lof zij Allah.

Als zij de beloning wilt verdienen die wordt genoemd in de overlevering van de Profeet (vrede zij met hem):
“Wie (de maand) Ramadan en daarop zes dagen van (de maand) Shawwaal vast, het is alsof hij het gehele jaar heeft gevast.”

Dan dient zij eerst de dagen van de maand Ramadan in te halen en vervolgens de zes dagen van de maand Shawwaal te vasten, zodat de overlevering ook op haar van toepassing zal zijn en zij de genoemde beloning zal verdienen.

Wat betreft de toelaatbaarheid van het uitstellen van het inhalen van de dagen van de maand Ramadan, dit is toegestaan, zolang zij deze maar voor de volgende Ramadan inhaalt.

Sheich Mohammed Saalih al-Munajjid

Aanbevolen dagen om te vasten (over het hele jaar) (Mandoeb)

Het vasten gedurende 6 dagen in de maand Sjawaal.
De Boodschapper van Allah (vzmh) heeft hierover het volgende gezegd;
“Voor wie gedurende de maand Ramadan vast en daarbij op 6 dagen in de maand Sjawaal, is het alsof hij het hele jaar heeft gevast”.
(Bedoeld wordt dat hij of zij door Allah beloond zal worden alsof hij of zij het hele jaar had gevast).
(Het maakt niet uit hoe deze dagen gedaan worden, los van elkaar, in kleine blokjes of als een blok.)

De Dag van Arafah, de 9e dag van de maand Dzoel Hiddjah. Deze dag wordt door alle bedevaartgangers die de hadj verrichten in aanbidding doorgebracht op de vlakte van Arafah. Het is aanbevolen voor hen die niet op bedevaart zijn, deze dag te vasten.

De Dag van Asjoera, de 10e dag van de maand Moeharram. De profeet (vzmh) heeft gezegd:
“Het vasten op de 9e dag van Dzoel Hiddjah, de Dag van Arafah, verwijdert de zonden van het afgelopen jaar en het volgende jaar, en het vasten van Asjoera verwijdert de zonden van het afgelopen jaar”.

Het vasten op de 15e dag van de maand Sja’baan, omdat de profeet (vzmh) gewoon was een gedeelte van deze maand te vasten.

Het vasten op de “ayyaamoei baidh”, “de witte dagen”.
Dit is de 13e, 14e en 15e dag van elke maand, (volgens de Islamitische jaartelling).

Abie Dzar zei:
“De Profeet (vzmh) raadde ons aan om 3 dagen van elke maand te vasten en wel op de 13e, 14e en 15e dag van elke maand en zei vervolgens dat het vasten op deze dagen gelijk was aan een heel jaar vasten”.

Het vasten op maandag en donderdag.
De Profeet Mohammed (vzmh) was gewoon op deze dagen te vasten.

Het om de dag vasten.
De Profeet (vzmh) zei hierover:

Allah houdt van het bidden en vasten zoals Dawoed (David) dat gewoon was te doen; hij bleef tweederde deel van de nacht op om te bidden en vasten om de dag”.

Afgeraden dagen om te vasten (Makroeh)

Uitsluitend op vrijdag, wanneer het vrijwillig vasten betreft.
Uitsluitend op zaterdag, in geval van vrijwillig vasten.
Op de Dag van Arafah, voor hen die de hadj verrichten.
Verboden dagen om te vasten (Haraam)
Op de feestdagen ‘Iedoel fitr en ‘Iedoel adha.

Op de 3 Tasrieq-dagen; 11, 12 en 13 Dzoel Hiddjah.
Dit zijn de dagen volgende op het offerfeest ‘Iedoel adha waarop het overgebleven vlees van de offerdieren wordt geroosterd.

Op de 30e dag van de maand Sja’baan.
Deze dag wordt “jaumoes-sjak” genoemd, “dag van de twijfel”, vanwege het feit dat er twijfel kan bestaan of het nog de 30e dag van Sja’baan is, of de 1e dag van Ramadhaan.

Shaumoel wishaal.
Dit is het vasten van twee of meer dagen achteréén, zonder verbreking na zonsondergang.

Shaum wishaal addahr.
Dit is het hele jaar door vasten zonder een dag van onderbreking.
Volgens een overleving zei de Boodschapper van Allah (vzmh):

“Wie vast zonder onderbreking, vast niet”.

En Allah weet het het beste.!!!

Israel Refuses to Sign any Agreements with EU Based on Settlement Guidelines

Netanyahu will state Israel’s position during an upcoming phone conversation with Catherine Ashton.

Netanyahu will state Israel’s position during an upcoming phone conversation with Catherine Ashton.

Israel refuses to lend its signature to any future agreements which restrict EU funding to Israeli bodies that have connections to occupied territories and which would limit the country to its 1967 borders, a cabinet meeting decided.

The decision comes in response to a new EU policy in which European assistance grants – including funds, stipends, scholarships and investments – would be restricted from Israeli entities with any direct or indirect connection to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights, Haaretz reported.

Israel will also refrain from signing any agreements that require it to recognize that its sovereignty does not extend past its 1967 borders. Under new guidelines taking effect on January 1, the EU would require the inclusion of a clause indicating that the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights are not a part of the state of Israel.

A cadre of top ministers were called to a meeting early Thursday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. It was determined during the talks that Israel would state its position during an upcoming phone conversation between Netanyahu and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton.

A spokesman for Aston, Michael Mann, said Brussels was willing to clarify the new guidelines in talks with Israel.

“We stand ready to organize discussions during which such clarifications can be provided and look forward to continued successful EU-Israel cooperation, including in the area of scientific cooperation,” Mann told Reuters on Friday.

The decision comes ahead of scheduled August 14 negotiations with EU representatives on a scientific cooperation agreement known as Horizon 2020. Under that plan, the EU is expected to invest over 600,000 euros in Israeli high-tech companies.

“We will not sign the guidelines in their present form,” said a senior official present at the meeting. “On the other hand, we want to conduct negotiations with the EU so that the Horizon 2020 agreement for scientific cooperation, as well as other agreements, can in fact be implemented.”

The EU guidelines were first publicly reported on July 18. A senior diplomatic source present at the meeting believed that the guidelines would significantly undermine the current peace process with the Palestinians.

“It was agreed that we will request additional clarifications from the EU in order to better understand the significance of the guidelines,” the diplomatic source told Haaretz.

“We will work with EU headquarters in Brussels and with all 28 capitals of the member countries and explain that this is a genuine crisis situation that requires a solution,” said the senior official.

Israel has in the past reacted strongly to suggestions that the country should adopt its pre-1967 borders, which it believes would leave the country “indefensible.”

A 2011 speech prepared for President Obama stated that a cornerstone of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be for a slightly modified return to Israel’s 1967 borders. After learning this, Netanyahu demanded that all references to the borders be cut from the President’s comments. The request was made during a telephone conversation with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Israel has defined both East Jerusalem and most of the Golan Heights as falling within its sovereign borders since the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War during which it fought against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The West Bank, which had been controlled by Jordan prior to the conflict, is considered a Palestinian territory although some 60 per cent is effectively controlled by Israel.

An Israeli official confirmed to Reuters on Thursday that initial plans to build 800 additional settler homes on the West Bank had gone through the day prior, although final approval from the government is needed before construction can begin.

Palestinians previously demanded a freeze on all Israeli settlement construction before peace talks could resume, though Israel rejected the preconditions.

Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestine Liberation Organization executive and former peace negotiator, told Reuters that Israel was “deliberately destroying the two-state solution and killing any sort of hope.”

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki addressed new settlements in a Thursday statement.

“The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and opposes any efforts to legitimize settlement outpost,” Psaki said.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to engage in their first peace talks in almost three years in Jerusalem on August 14. According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, both sides have given themselves about nine months to try and reach an agreement.

Settlements in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem are now home to some 560,000 Israelis. Direct talks between Israel and Palestine collapsed in late 2010 over Israel’s building of settlements in the West Bank.

(Source / 10.08.2013)

Longest-serving administrative detainee Omar Barghouti released from Israeli prison

omar-barghouthiIsrael released Omar Barghouti, the currently longest-serving Palestinian administrative detainee on Wednesday, August 7, after 34 months of imprisonment without charges or trial.

Barghouti, age 60, is from the town of Kobar near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights notes that Barghouti had spent nearly 26 years of his life in Israeli prisons in repeated arrests.

Omar Barghouti’s brother is the former longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, Nael Barghouti, who spent 34 years in occupation jails. Omar is the father of four children; his son Asim is currently serving an 11-year sentence in prison.

(Source / 10.08.2013)