PA triggers outrage donating medicine to Venezuela not Gaza

Hugo Chavez with Mahmoud Abbas in Venzuela on November 2009 [file photo]

Hugo Chavez with Mahmoud Abbas in Venzuela on November 2009

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is facing sharp criticism from online activists and social media users after it sent pharmaceutical aid to Venezuela while Palestinians in Gaza are suffering from a shortage in medical supplies and electricity as well as salary cuts.

Palestinian activists strongly criticised the PA, accusing it of contradicting itself by sending aid to a country located thousands of miles away from occupied Palestinian territory at the same time as contributing towards the suffering of its own people in Gaza, which is located only 83 kilometres away from the West Bank.

Read: PA hindering Gaza hospitals, but services continuing

The dispatch of pharmaceutical supplies to Venezuela was supervised by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki and Health Minister Jawad Awaad.

Al-Maliki said in a press statement that the Palestinian aid “came in response to a call made by the Venezuelan government due to the difficult circumstances that the country is going through”.

He added that his government – under the supervision of President Mahmoud Abbas – wants to return the favour to the Venezuelan people as their country has made donations to Palestine over the years, such as establishing the Hugo Chavez ophthalmologist hospital in the West Bank.

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Palestinians mark 48 years since Al-Aqsa arson attack

Pal worshipper al-Aqsa

A Palestinian worshipper prays at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the first Friday since Israeli restrictions were lifted on 4 August 2017

Forty-eight years ago today, Denis Michael Rohan, an extremist Christian from Australia, set fire to East Jerusalem’s iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a Monday statement marking the attack anniversary, Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas both reiterated their condemnation of Israel’s long history of antagonism towards the mosque complex.

In separate statements, the two movements called on Arabs and Muslims worldwide – along with the international community – to shoulder their responsibilities regarding occupied East Jerusalem in general and the Al-Aqsa in particular.

“As an occupying power, Israel has no sovereignty over East Jerusalem, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its environs,” the West Bank-based Fatah movement declared in its statement.

“Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa, is an integral part of the Palestinian land occupied [by Israel] in 1967,” the movement asserted.

Hamas, for its part, lamented that the flashpoint mosque complex continued to groan under the “burden of Zionist occupation, which violates our holy sites, demolishes our shrines and continues to dig tunnels under the [Al-Aqsa] mosque”.

Hamas went on to praise the “steadfastness” of the Palestinian resistance against what it described as “the machinations of Israel’s extreme right-wing occupation government”.

On this day: Remember the arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque burning after arsonist Denis Michael Rohan started a fire in 21 August, 1969 [Wikipedia]

“The crimes of the Zionist enemy and its continued violations against our people, land and holy sites will only serve to strengthen our resolve and our refusal to recognize the Zionist entity,” the Hamas statement read.

Rohan’s arson attack, which occurred on Aug. 21, 1969, destroyed several parts of the historic mosque, including a 1,000-year-old wood-and-ivory pulpit dating back to the time of celebrated Muslim conqueror Saladin.

The blaze also destroyed the mihrab (prayer niche) of Muslim Caliph Omar bin al-Khattab, along with large sections of the mosque’s heavily-ornamented interior and gilded wooden dome.

Two days after the attack, Rohan was arrested by the Israeli authorities, who said he suffered from severe mental illness, eventually deporting him back to his native Australia.

Muslim countries responded to the incident by establishing the multilateral Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which was later renamed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

On 15 September 1969, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 271, which condemned the destructive attack on the mosque and chastised the Israeli government for failing to respect UN decisions.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming it had been the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Israeli court rejects appeal to release family of Palestinian jailed for deadly attack

Omar al-Abed 19

19-year-old Omar al-Abed

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s military court at the Ofer detention center in the central occupied West Bank again ordered to extend the remand of a Palestinian family, who were detained after their relative, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, broke into an illegal West Bank settlement and stabbed and killed three Israelis in July.

Lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Fadi al-Qawasmi said that the court rejected an appeal to release al-Abed’s mother, father, two of his brothers, and uncle on Monday, and extended their detentions until August 27, when the court would convene on the case again.
Palestinians face a 99.74 percent conviction rate in Israel’s military courts, according to Human Rights Watch.
Following the deadly attack in the illegal Halamish settlement, Omar’s mother Ibtisam spent a week in Israeli custody over accusations of “aggravated incitement” due to a video in which she allegedly praised her son’s actions, before being released on a 10,000 shekel ($2,801) bail, only to be redetained some two weeks after.
The six family members now faces charges of having advanced knowledge of the attack. Meanwhile, Omar, who was shot and seriuosly injured at the scene of the killing, has himself yet to be formally charged for the attack — but Israeli forces punitively demolished the al-Abed home anyway.
Meanwhile, some Israeli ministers have demanded that Omar be executed for the killings, despite Israel having only officially carried out the death penalty once — against a Nazi war criminal — since the state was established almost 70 years ago.
The deadly settlement attack took place on the same day as three Palestinians were killed — two of them by Israeli police and one by an Israeli settler — when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in occupied East Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes, in which hundreds more unarmed Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces, over heightened Israeli security restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Rights groups have often called Israeli responses to Palestinian attacks a form of “collective punishment” by punishing family members and entire communities that are not accused of wrongdoing.
(Source / 21.08.2017)

Israeli police shut down work site for hiring undocumented Palestinians

Construction site closed

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police shut down a construction site in Jerusalem after police discovered that the site had allegedly hired three Palestinian workers who did not have Israeli-issued permits to work in the city, according to a Monday statement from Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri .

Al-Samri went on to say that Israeli police were conducting efforts “to face the phenomenon of entering Israel illegally” and that police will hold accountable people who assist undocumented workers by “shutting down work locations and even houses, confiscating vehicles, imposing huge financial fines and long prison sentences in order to maintain security and stability in the region.”
Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the occupied West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.
Israeli authorities have imposed a massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming in March 2016 that “a large proportion of (Palestinian) attackers were present in Israel illegally or infiltrated into Israel illegally” since the beginning of a wave of unrest in the fall of 2015.
However, few Palestinians attackers were in fact workers in Israel, and the recent crackdown on undocumented workers has been condemned by rights groups as a political game, unlikely to affect the violence yet economically harmful to both Palestinians and Israelis.
(Source / 21.08.2017)

PA under fire for sending medical aid to Venezuela amid Gaza crisis

Al-Maliki about medical aid

PA foreign minister Riad al-Maliki talks to reporters in front of medical aid bound for Venezuela

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority (PA) has come under fire from Palestinians and Israeli alike after it announced it was sending medical supplies to Venezuela, amid accusations that the Ramallah-based government is responsible for creating the worst medications crisis the besieged Gaza Strip has seen in years through recent debilitating budget cuts.

Upon an order from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, three truck-loads of medical supplies were sent to Venezuela, which Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki said was an effort to “repay what it can for what the Venezuelan government has presented to the Palestinian people,” citing the donation of 15 million dollars that was used to construct an eye hospital in the Ramallah-area.
The aid delivery faced a wide backlash from Palestinians on social media, fueling anti-PA sentiment that has mounted in recent months due to a number of policies seen as a deliberate attempt to send the impoverished Gaza Strip further into a humanitarian catastrophe — by slashing funding for Israeli fuel, medicine, and salaries for civil servants and former prisoners — in order to wrest control of the territory from rival faction Hamas.
As the PA has restricted medicine deliveries to Gaza, it has also allegedly drastically reduced the number of permits it grants to Palestinians in the blockaded coastal enclave to get life-saving medical treatment abroad.
A recent public opinion poll showed that 62 percent of the Palestinian public want Abbas to resign, and also documented widespread public rejection the cuts to salaries and Israeli-supplied fuel in Gaza.
Despite this, Abbas has doubled down on his policies against the Gaza Strip, and threatened further repressive measures should Hamas not unconditionally abide by the PA’s demands to resolve the decade-long intra-Palestinian conflict.
The aid delivery to Venezuela also drew ire as it required PA coordination with Israel to ship from Israel’s Ashdod port. This comes as Abbas has also claimed to have upheld a freeze on all coordination with Israel, including its controversial security coordination — another primary source of anti-PA anger among Palestinians.
“While the health services has collapsed in Gaza (sic), Palestinian President Abbas has decided to send medical assistance from Ashdod to Venezuela,” the Twitter account for the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish-flagged ship that took part in the aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010, admonished on Monday.
Ahmed Jarrar, a freelance journalist in Gaza wrote on Facebook: “Venezuela is in our head, and helping them is a duty, but cutting the aid to Gaza and sending it to Venezuela — the same aid that was given to help Palestinians — it’s not logical and completely mad.”
Meanwhile, Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), responsible for enforcing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, quipped on Facebook: “We draw the Palestinian Authority’s attention to the fact that traveling from Ramallah to Gaza is only one hour, while the distance between Venezuela and Ramallah is more than 10,000 kilometers.”
However, despite Israel’s best efforts to wash its hands of the ever worsening crisis in Gaza, with multiple officials describing it as an internal Palestinian issue between the Fatah-led PA and Hamas, rights groups — while acknowledging the PA’s role in exacerbating the humanitarian situation — have insisted that Israeli siege bears the brunt of responsibility for what the UN has described as an “unlivable” environment.
Israeli NGO B’Tselem has blamed the blockade for putting Gaza “in the throes of a humanitarian disaster,” adding that Israel was “consigning (Gaza’s) residents to living in abject poverty under practically inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world.”
“This is not some sort of natural disaster,” B’Tselem added. “Had that been the case, Israel would have likely sent in a humanitarian aid mission. Instead, the reality in Gaza is the result of Israel’s handiwork, achieved by its decade-long implementation of a brutal policy.”

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Abbas says he still ‘can’t understand’ the US position on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Mahmoud Abbas and Trump

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In a meeting with the left-wing Israeli Meretz party on Sunday in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly expressed his confusion regarding the US stance on Israel and Palestine, saying he “can’t understand” the Trump administration’s position on the conflict.

Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that during the meeting with the Meretz delegation, Abbas discussed previous meetings he had with US envoys, saying that while “he heard that they support a two-state solution to the conflict and a settlement construction freeze,” the officials have yet to state such demands publicly or to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States,” Haaretz quoted Abbas as saying, citing “notes taken by some of the meeting’s participants.”
“Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained. They said they would consider it but then they didn’t get back to me,” Abbas reportedly said.
Abbas allegedly expressed doubts regarding an upcoming visit to the region by an American delegation, led by president Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner — a former real-estate developer — who Trump has tasked with bringing peace to the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel, and the wider Middle East region.
According to Haaretz, Abbas told the Meretz delegation that he intends to again ask Kushner “to have the White House express its commitment to a two-state solution and to demand a halt to settlement construction.”
Last week, Abbas’ foreign affairs adviser Nabil Shaath reportedly said he was “not optimistic” regarding the upcoming visit of the American delegation, saying “there are no great expectations about what will come out of this visit,” according to official Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency.
According to Wafa, Shaath told Voice of Palestine radio that his lack of optimism came from the US president’s refusal to give “any special attention or references to the two-state solution and the right of Palestinians in Jerusalem, or even the rejection of Israeli settlements.”Shaath told the radio station that Trump’s foreign interests were instead focused on Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea.Trump has repeatedly said peace between Israelis and Palestinians was something he could achieve as president. “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said in April. “There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians — none whatsoever.”While Trump has maintained on many occasions that, under his auspices, the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict will be solved, his administration has painted a rather unclear pictureregarding Trump’s plans in the region, while a number of high-profile US officials, including Kushner, are known to be staunch supporters of Israel.
In February, Trump said that when it came to a solution for the decades-long conflict he could “live with either” a one- or two-state solution, in a significant departure from the US’ publicly held position in favor of a two-state solution to the conflict.
However, his elusiveness has not belied the fact that Trump and his administration have maintained their pro-Israel stance, despite stated efforts to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which he said in the past was “not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Al Mezan: Suspected Cause of Death of Child is Sea Pollution and Delayed Medical Referral

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Palestinian child Mohammed Salim Al-Sayis, 5, from Az-Zaytoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza City died on Saturday, 29 July 2017, at around 2 am. He was diagnosed with Ekiri syndrome, which caused lethal toxic encephalopathy. He died as a result, according to the diagnosis in his medical report.


While at the Gaza City beach, Mohammed and his siblings swam in areas close to Ash-Shaikh Ejleen on 19 July 2017. The next day, they showed symptoms of illness and were rushed to the hospital.


“Because of the electricity blackouts and heat, I decided to take my children to the beach”, said Salim Al-Sayis, Mohammed’s father, in a statement to Al Mezan’s field worker. “My brothers and some relatives joined us on the beach on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Our children swam in the sea and played on the beach. After we returned home, some of my family members started feeling very sick—at around 2:00 am. Mohammed spent the night either vomiting or sleeping. When I tried to wake him up at 8 am on Friday, 21 July 2017, he did not respond. I immediately took him to Al Dorra Pediatrics Hospital in eastern Gaza City, and siblings and relatives who felt unusual fatigue came along with us. When we arrived at the hospital, Mohammed fell into a coma, while the doctors were taking a CT scan. Then, his health deteriorated drastically and he was placed in the intensive care unit. On Sunday, 23 July 2017, he was transferred to Al Rantisi Pediatrics Hospital in Gaza City, where he received another CT scan. Doctors confirmed that he was suffering from Ekiri syndrome, which results in brain edema. They produced a diagnostic report and tried to request an urgent referral for Mohammed to a hospital outside Gaza. I went to the Department  for Treatment Abroad in Gaza City to request financial coverage for my son’s hospitalization. I provided all of the required documents, including the diagnostic report and the doctors’ recommendation for referral. I was asked to wait for an hour for the decision to be made by the responsible staff at the Ministry of Health in Ramallah. However, no matter how many times I asked, I was constantly told that no decision had been made or communicated. For a whole week, I kept trying to secure the referral to cover Mohammed’s medical treatment outside Gaza, and I sought the help of different figures to speed up the decision at the Ministry of Health in Ramallah to approve our request. Nevertheless, no approval was granted.”

Mohammed was then re-admitted to the intensive care unit at Al Dorra Pediatrics Hospital. His condition continued to deteriorate until he died at 2 am on 29 July 2017.

Al Mezan deeply regrets the death of 5-year-old Mohammed Al-Rayis—a death that evidences the constant struggle of the population in the Gaza Strip.

Al Mezan reminds local and international actors that a breadth of issues make up the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and include the desperate lack of electricity since April 2017 and severe levels of water pollution. These conditions leave Palestinians in Gaza deprived of access to basic rights to the extent that the dignity of the population is impacted. Immediate solutions to these problems must be implemented in order to avoid similar deaths.

Al Mezan calls on the Palestinian Minister of Health to investigate the delay in the urgent medical referral of Mohammed Al-Rayis for life-saving treatment outside of Gaza.

Both Palestinian and international actors must overcome political divisions and take serious and immediate steps to seek an end to this crisis, which impacts, in particular, patients in need of medical access.

Within the context of the intra-Palestinian political divide, Al Mezan warns against the use of the population’s basic rights and services as tools to further political agendas.

Al Mezan also urges the international community to assert the human rights of the Palestinian population, and to respond to the pressing needs of the health sector in the Gaza Strip, including by seeking an end to the electricity crisis and reminding all actors that finding solutions to these problems is more efficient and effective than managing their catastrophic consequences.

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Israeli court indicts Palestinian woman for anti-occupation stabbing

Fadwa Hamada indicted

Jerusalem prosecutors filed indictments Monday against a Palestinian woman accused of injuring two people in an anti-occupation stabbing attack in Occupied Jerusalem, Israeli sources reported.

According to the Times of Israel daily, Fadwa Hamada, 29, was indicted at the Jerusalem District Court on two counts of committing an anti-occupation act, attempted murder, and being in possession of a knife.

Prosecutors say Hamada, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, attempted to kill Israeli settlers.

According to the indictments, on August 12 Hamada took a cab to the area of the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, bringing a knife with her in order to carry out the attack.

After exiting the vehicle she saw an Israeli settler. Hamada rushed at the man and tried to stab him before he started to run away.

Hamada was restrained and then arrested by the Israeli police.

The attack occurred on Sultan Suleiman Street near Damascus Gate.

Hebrew-speaking media reported at the time that the woman’s husband was arrested following the attack and that police raided the couple’s home in Sur Baher.

(Source / 21.08.2017)

Gezegende dagen in aankomst!

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor eid ul adha 2017

Alle lof zij aan Allah onze barmhartige Heer. Als gunst aan Zijn dienaren heeft Hij bepaalde dagen van het jaar verkozen boven de overige dagen.

Onlangs hebben we mogen genieten van de gezegende dagen van de maand Ramadan en nu mogen we weer een aantal gezegende dagen verwelkomen.

Afhankelijk van het waarnemen van de nieuwe maan, is over een aantal dagen de aanvang van de islamitische maand Dhul-Hidjah. De eerste tien dagen van deze maand zijn gezegende dagen. De tiende dag van deze maand is ‘Ied ul-Adha (offerfeest)! Allah heeft in de Koran bij deze gezegende dagen gezworen. Allah zegt:

“Bij de tien nachten” [89:2]

Met nachten kan in de Arabische taal ook worden verwezen naar de dagen.

Veel geleerden zijn van mening dat de beste nachten van het jaar, de nachten van de laatste tien dagen van Ramadan zijn en dat de beste dagen, de eerste tien dagen van de maand Dhul-Hidjah zijn.

De profeet vrede zij met hem zei over de verdienste van deze tien dagen:

“Er zijn geen dagen waarin de goede daden geliefder zijn bij Allah dan deze tien (dagen) …” [Hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari]

Dit houdt in dat de moslim deze tien dagen extra goed benut om dichter tot Allah te komen met het verrichten van allerlei goede daden. De goede daden in deze dagen hebben namelijk een grotere beloning bij Allah dan in de overige dagen van het jaar.

Hieronder een opsomming van wat goede daden met haar regelgevingen:

Een vrome daad die je kan verrichten gedurende deze gezegende dagen is het vasten. Wie daartoe in staat is, kan de eerste negen dagen van Dhul-Hidjah vasten. Er is overgeleverd dat onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem deze dagen heeft gevast. Als negen dagen vasten als te zwaar wordt ervaren, vast je datgene wat je aankan. Al is het slechts één of twee dagen.

Dag die je niet mag missen
Sterk aanbevolen is het vasten van de negende dag van de maand Dhul-Hidjah, de dag vóór het offerfeest. Dat is de dag waarop de bedevaartgangers in de plaats‘Arafah verblijven. De profeet vrede zij met hem werd gevraagd over de verdienste van het vasten van deze dag, waarop hij antwoordde:

“(de kleine zonden van) Het vorige en het komende jaar worden daardoor kwijtgescholden.” [Hadith in Sahih Moslim]

Gedenken van Allah
Allah zegt:

“Zodat zij (de bedevaartgangers) voordelen opdoen (met de Hadj) en de Naam van Allah gedenken in de Ayyaam Ma’loemaat (‘bekende dagen’) [22:28]

Deze ‘bekende dagen’ zijn de eerste tien dagen van de maand Dhul-Hidjah. En in een ander vers:

“En gedenkt Allah gedurende de Ayyaam Ma’doedaat (‘beperkte dagen’). [2:203]

Deze ‘beperkte dagen’ zijn de elfde, twaalfde en dertiende dag van de maand Dhul-Hidjah, ook wel Ayyaam Attachrieq genoemd.

Uit de twee voorgaande verzen maken we op dat het aanbevolen is om sinds aanvang van de maand Dhul-Hidjah, tot aan zonsondergang van de dertiende van de maand, Allah veelvuldig te gedenken met o.a. de Takbeer (prijzen van Allah’s grootheid). Een vorm van de Takbeer is:

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْدُ

(Allaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallaah. Allaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar Wa Lillaahilhamd)

Deze Takbeer is tweesoortig:

  • Takbeer die je vanaf het begin van de maand Dhul-Hidjah tot aan de dertiende gespreid over de dag kan uitspreken en niet tijdsgebonden is.

Deze kan je bijvoorbeeld onderweg naar school, naar je werk, wachtend op het openbaar vervoer en andere gelegenheden uitspreken. De moslim maakt gebruik van dit soort momenten en laat ze niet onbenut.

  • Takbeer die gebonden is aan de vijf verplichte gebeden. Dit betekent dat deze na het gebed meerdere keren wordt herhaald.

Deze ‘gebonden Takbeer’ begint vanaf het fajrgebed van de dag van ‘Arafah (dag voor offerfeest) tot aan zonsondergang van de dertiende dag. Dus tot aan het ‘asrgebed van de dertiende dag.

Allah zegt:

“Verricht het gebed voor jouw Heer en slacht.” [108:2]

De sunnah is om op de dag van al-‘Ied een offer te slachten. Sommige geleerden zijn van mening dat het verplicht is voor degene die daar financieel toe in staat is.

Het slachten beperkt zich niet tot de dag van ‘Ied, maar kan tot drie dagen na ‘Ied. Om precies te zijn: tot aan zonsondergang van de dertiende van de (islamitische) maand.

Één schaap volstaat voor jezelf en de mensen die jij onder één dak onderhoudt. Voor degene die op zichzelf woont en in zijn eigen onderhoud voorziet, is het aanbevolen om een eigen schaap te slachten. Dit geldt ook voor de vrouw.

Er mag ook een koe of kameel worden geslacht. Één koe of kameel volstaat voor zeven personen (en hun gezinnen).

Verder dient degene die van plan is om te offeren, man of vrouw,  zich te onthouden van het knippen van het haar en nagels zodra de eerste dag van de maand Dhul-Hidjah aanbreekt, totdat het offer is geslacht. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

“Als de tien (dagen) aanbreken en iemand van jullie van plan is om te offeren, laat hem dan niet van zijn haar en nagels nemen.” [Hadith in Sahih Moslim]

Het verbod op het knippen van haar en nagels beperkt zich tot degene die van plan is om te offeren en geldt niet voor zijn familie.

Bedrag offer doneren
Sommige moslims komen, goedwillig, met het idee om in plaats van een offer te slachten, het bedrag te doneren aan een goed doel. Dit is tegenstrijdig met de sunnah van onze profeet Muhammed vrede zij met hem. Het offeren met ‘Ied is een grote aanbidding en een van de gewijde tekenen van Allah. Allah zegt:

“En wie de gewijde Tekenen van Allah (waaronder het offeren) eer bewijst; voorwaar, dat is (teken) van Taqwa (Godsvrees) in de harten.” [22:32]

De gewijde tekenen van Allah dienen in stand te worden gehouden door de moslims. Dit geldt des te meer voor de moslims die verblijven in de landen van de niet-moslims, zodat hun kinderen daarmee opgroeien en dit weer door zullen geven aan hun kinderen.

Daarnaast kan, zoals in sha Allah in een vervolgmail aan bod zal komen, een deel van het offer worden gedoneerd aan de armen en behoeftigen. Zo praktiseer je én de sunnah van het offeren én verricht je liefdadigheid.

‘Ied ul-Adha
De tiende dag van de maand Dhul-Hidjah is ‘Ied ul-Adha (offerfeest).

In een vervolgmail zullen we in sha Allah uitgebreider stilstaan bij deze grote dag en haar regelgevingen.

Andere vormen van goede daden gedurende deze gezegende dagen zijn het reciteren van de Koran, het geven van sadaqah aan de behoeftigen en het verrichten van vrijwillige gebeden.

Ben jij je niet al te bewust van deze gezegende dagen door de omgeving waarin je leeft, misschien dat het een handje helpt om je te beseffen dat miljoenen mensen vanuit de hele wereld zich deze dagen in en rondom Mekka verzamelen voor één doel; het aanbidden van Allah alleen hopend op Zijn vergiffenis.

(Source: / 21.08.2017)

Syrians Reiterate Assad Must be Brought to Justice Marking 4th Anniversary of Ghouta Massacre

Syrian protestors on Monday commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Ghouta massacre which was committed by the Assad this day four years ago claiming the lives of about 1,200 civilians, mostly children and women.

Syrian activists organized dozens of demonstrations and sit-in across Syria and in the diaspora, holding placards that called for brining Bashar al-Assad to justıce for being behind the orders that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

On August 21, 2013, the Assad regime forces shelled eastern Ghouta and the district of Muwadamiya in western Gauta in the Damascus suburbs with sarin-filled rockets, killing about 1,200 civilians, mostly women and children.

In a report issued on August 14, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said it had recorded a total of 207 chemical weapons attacks since 2011, 174 of which took place after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2118 on September 27, 2013. The resolution threated measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter of the United Nations in the case non-compliance.

The Syrian Coalition called upon the UN Security Council and the international community to assume their responsibilities to hold accountable hose responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and all other crimes against civilians. It also called for taking urgent action to ensure these crimes are stopped.

“Despite the continued inaction by the international community, the Syrian people will remain true to the blood of their fallen heroes. This inaction will only increase their determination to achieve the goals of the revolution of freedom, justice and dignity,” the Coalition said in a press release issued on Monday.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 21.08.2017)