العدد 1875- الإثنين 27 ذو الحجة 1425 هـ إسلامية-أسبوعية- جامعة NO 1875 MON 27 Dhul Hijjah 1425H 07 Feb 2005
Kuwaiti security forces on Monday killed five al Qaeda militants and captured three, including a suspected
leader, in the fourth clash with militants bent on destabilising
"Parliament unanimously passed this law on weapons collection, which is valid for two years," lawmaker Abdullah al-Roumi told Reuters.
After militant violence in early January, a government draft was rushed through procedures that often take months. Parliament, which dedicated Tuesday's session to debating the security situation, said in a statement it backed the crackdown on extremists "until the complete eradication of this tyrannical faction and uprooting it from existence."
The new law makes it easier for police to obtain a warrant to search a private house for illegal weapons - at present; they can get a warrant only after extensive investigations. The law also allows women inspectors to search women's quarters in private homes, off limits to men because of Islamic rules.
Under the new law, the prosecutor or a deputy "can
allow police in writing to search persons, houses and public or private places
and transport facilities in a specified area in a specified period of time,"
for illegal weapons or ammunitions.
Last week, the
MAKKAH - The Director of Tokyo Islamic Centre Dr. Salih Mahdi Alsamarraee,
who is also leader of
During a meeting here today with the Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsin Alturki, Dr. Alsamarraee also lauded the call of Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier and Commander of the National Guard, to hold an extraordinary Islamic summit in Makkah to tackle the reasons of the current weakness of the Islamic nation. He hoped that such a meeting would achieve the demands of Islamic peoples and minorities of the unity of Muslims all over the world.
OIC Praises Muslim Countries, Organisations
JEDDAH - The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has disclosed new information on the extent of aid from Muslim countries to the victims of the tsunami disaster in south and southeast Asia, following an appeal by the OIC chief, Prof. Akmaluddin Ihsan Oglu, the secretary-general to the member countries and to the organs affiliated to the OIC.
Some of the donor countries have even sent details and particulars of the extent of their aid to the victims.
In a statement, the OIC said it appreciates all the efforts on the part of Muslim countries and organizations, and hopes that the aid will continue to flow, in the spirit of Islamic solidarity and compassion. - IINA
Islamic Da'awa and Relief Council Holds Extraordinary Meeting
AMMAN - The Relief Committee of the World Islamic Council for Da'awa and Relief has held an emergency extraordinary meeting here, to discuss the situation in the areas of southeast Asia that have been affected by the earthquake and the resultant tsunami disaster.
The committee will also discuss ways and means of ensuring coordination of the relief aid. The secretary-general of the Jeddah-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), Dr. Adnan Khalil Basha, who is chairman of the committee, said the meeting has been hastily convened in response to the appeals made by the victims in the affected areas, adding that the material damage is great. He said the aid, which has been extended to the victims at the start of the disaster was US$ 6.910 billion.
For his part, Sheikh Yusuf Jassim Hijji deputy chairman of the Council, said that the holding of the meeting was an expression of the feeling of responsibility and keenness to help "our brother Muslims and others," in this hour of their need.
Media Bias Against Muslims Deplored
ALIGARH (India) - 'The Western media is presenting Muslims in bad light while the Indian media, due to ignorance of Muslim issues and problems, has lost its balance in presenting Muslims', it was the view of the speakers at a one-day seminar on 'Muslims' image of media' at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). They urged the media to have contact with Muslim intellectuals and youths. While they also observed that it was also incumbent on Muslims to express their views in national press. It is the responsibility of educated people of the community to write for newspapers and journals about Muslim problems.
Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, editor of English fortnightly Milli Gazette, said that the national media paid total indifference towards the Muslim issues. He said Muslim's participation in media was very low and thus they should adopt media as a profession.
Kashmiris Assist Tsunami Victims
English Introduced in the
The Dean of the Shari'a
Supreme Islamic Council Meeting in April
Number of Reverts in
WAMY Continues Relief in Banda Aceh
MAKKAH - In line with the Saudi relief campaign for
helping the Tsunami victims in countries of South and
WAMY has contributed from the first days of the disaster an amount of SR. 300,000 ($80,000) to support the Tsunami relief efforts.
Meanwhile, WAMY has distributed quantities of
food supplies, made up of rice, dates, sugar, oil and flour to more than 300
families of the orphans in
Qutub said WAMY organised a Qur'an memorization contest, attended by 33 students aged between 12-18 years of whom 14 contestants were chosen as winners.
The current interim administration has a Shiite Muslim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, a Sunni Muslim president, Yawar, and Shiite and Kurdish vice presidents, Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways, respectively. Yawar said he believed the ethnic shareout would "remain the same" for the post- election government that must oversee the drawing up of a new constitution, with the Kurds also being given the post of national assembly speaker.
"This is my hunch for the time being during the transitional parliament," Yawar told a press conference, while insisting it should not become a permanent arrangement.
"I hope this will not be the case in the
permanent constitution because this would be really shameful in a country like
He added that he did not think the new government line- up would be announced before the end of February or first week of March. Jaafari, a powerbroker in the main Shiite alliance, which contested the elections, has also suggested top posts could be shared along ethnic lines.
"It is most likely that the next prime minister would be a Shiite, while the president and the speaker of the parliament would be a Sunni and a Kurd," he told AFP in an interview.
But a leading Kurdish official said that the community would not be fobbed off with the speakership but expected the post of prime minister.
If not, "we will not be able to continue working together," warned Asso Ali, a senior official of one of the two main Kurdish factions, the Patrotic Union of Kurdistan. Ali added that he expected the leader of his own faction, Jalal Talabani, to be the Kurds' choice for the premiership. - AFP
WAMY Organises Camp for Students in
MAKKAH - In cooperation with Korea Muslim Federation, the
As many as eight lectures were delivered in this event including "Introduction to Islam", "Religion and My Life", "Brotherhood in Islam", "The way I see Islam" and "The Qur'an and Science". The participants also engaged in open discussions focused on themes such as "Religion and my Life" and "The way I see Islam" and watched a 50-minute video show on the "Miracle of Human Creation".
Dr. Noorwali pointed out that the organisation of the camp came within the framework of WAMY's programmes that aim at spreading awareness among Muslims and non-Muslims, developing their potentials and directing their efforts for the service of their communities.
Most Dutch See Muslims as Threat
The poll, conducted by TNS NIPO in the Netherlands, as well as in Spain and Italy, since the November murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected radical Islamist, showed only 19 percent of Dutch people do not see the presence of Muslims in the country as a threat.
Home to almost one million Muslims or 6 percent
of the population, the
Racial tensions surfaced again this week after a Dutch woman killed a youth with Moroccan roots after he stole her bag. Highlights of the poll, to be launched formally tomorrow, were published by De Volkskrant daily yesterday.
The newspaper said the results were surprising
The survey showed 67 percent of Dutch people had no contact with Muslims and 65 percent hardly know anything about Islam in spite of broad coverage in the media. Those who see Muslims as a threat say they are afraid they will eventually have to live under Islamic religious rules. Those living outside big cities, women and the well educated were more likely to have negative views, the newspaper said.
Half the Dutch polled said they would move house if their neighborhood became more dominated by immigrants and the same proportion said they were afraid women would no longer be able to move about freely in public because of Muslims.
"There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see"
Narrated Abdullah bin Amr: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up all what Allah has forbidden."
العدد 1875- الإثنين 27 ذو الحجة 1425 هـ إسلامية-أسبوعية- جامعة NO 1875 MON 27 Dhul Hijjah 1425H 07 Feb 2005
Palestinians Furious at Israeli Killing of Schoolgirl
resistance groups will resume their attacks against
The Palestinian girl was struck in the head; one witness was quoted by the BBC News Online as saying. "She suddenly screamed and fell to the ground, bleeding. The girls started to run everywhere."
The dead girl's mother told journalists: "We heard talk about a ceasefire. But it seems there is nothing like that on the ground," the BBC News Online said.
"My daughter was lovely. Today she went to school earlier than usual. She said she wanted to play with her schoolmates before class." Another girl was wounded in the hand.
Nuran's death is the second such fatality in the area in two days. A 65- year-old Palestinian man was killed by the Israeli occupation forces as he was walking near an army post Sunday, January 30.
In their statement, the resistance factions accused the Israeli government of violating a fragile ceasefire negotiated by the Palestinian leader.
"We, the armed wings of the resistance
factions, declare that we are running out of patience. The enemy (
Despite the 11-day quiet period observed by the
"Any hudna (ceasefire) cannot be successful without a clear answer from the enemy to all our conditions, which include an end to the aggressions and the release of all prisoners." "We will answer all its aggressions," the statement read.
The statement was signed by the Ezz Edeen Al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (affiliated to Fatah), Abu Al-Reesh Brigades (Fatah), Fatah Falcons (Fatah), Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - PFLP), National Resistance Brigades (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine -DFLP), Saladin Brigades (Popular Resistance Committees), and Ahmed Jibriel Brigades (PFLP- General Command). Saraya Al-Quds, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, did not sign the statement. However, Abu Islam, a Jihad leader, told IOL that the movement supports the stance of the Palestinian factions.
Following a series of marathon talks with leaders
of major resistance factions in
From January 21, Palestinian security forces
started deploying across northern
Islamophobia Spiralling in
"Since 9/11, the Muslim community in
He regretted that hate crimes against Muslims in
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Muslims in several world countries, particularly in the West, complained of being discriminated against simply because of their faith. A May 2004 report released by the US Senate Office Of Research concluded that Arab Americans and the Muslim community in the US have taken the brunt of the Patriot Act and other federal powers applied in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Rehman, a member of the
International Law Association's Committee on Islamic Law and International Law,
lamented "Islamophobia is a worrying development
not just in
Praising people in
He cited attacks of violence "against Asian communities and problems about giving planning permission for mosques."
According to the Irish police statistics, there were 226 racist incidents in 2003, many targeting Pakistani families, including pregnant women. Many Muslim families have fled their homes in Country Armagh under the yoke of such racist attacks.
Rehman regretted the lack of
any effective response to prejudice against
A survey by the
On December 16, the results of a survey by the
Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) showed that four out of five British
Muslims have experienced discrimination in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the
Rehman blamed mounting Islamophobic practices in
"Islamic law is not pro-terrorism and does not encourage violence or terrorism," said the expert, who is a co-organizer of a major London conference in March, which will examine the operation of Islamic states' legal frameworks and how Islamic law deals with issues such as human rights and terrorism.
"The interpretation that is often
"Some claim that Islam is incompatible with democracy, or irrevocably hostile to modernity and the rights of women. And in too many circles, disparaging remarks about Muslims are allowed to pass without censure, with the result that prejudice acquires a veneer of acceptability," Annan added. - IOL
UN Says No Genocide In
UNITED NATIONS - The Sudanese government and allied
militia have systematically abused civilians in
The report by international legal experts,
however, said that some individuals, including government officials, may have
committed "acts with genocidal intent" in the western
The report recommended the U.N. Security Council
refer cases to the International Criminal Court, the first permanent global
criminal tribunal, for trial. The Bush administration vehemently opposes that
court, which Europeans support, and wants to set up a new court in
"International offences such as the crimes
against humanity and war crimes that have been committed in
The Security Council asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan in October to set up a
commission of legal experts to probe human rights violations in
The conflict erupted after rebel groups took up
arms in February 2003, accusing
The 1948 convention on genocide, to which
It said the government contended that any attacks
were for counter- insurgency purposes. The
"We have a copy of that report and they didn't
say that there is a genocide,"
Schily "welcomes all efforts by the regional states to apply the new regulations," an interior ministry spokesman said.
Under the new legislation, a special panel of the
The deportation can be sought by authorities in
the 16 regional states or by federal authorities in the capital
The new immigration law will also make it easier to expel leaders of banned organizations, terrorist sympathizers and persons deemed to be preaching hate.
Der Spiegel's article followed press reports that many foreigners in the country had their German citizenship withdrawn in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Seven citizenships were withdrawn in Hessen state by the Interior Ministry, which accused their
holders of being linked to "anti- constitution" groups. In
Furthermore, citizenship withdrawals have regularly occurred in the Rhein and Baden- Wuerttemberg states.
Immigration and citizenship departments in the 16 states have asked domestic intelligence services to draw up detailed reports on every foreigner applying for the German citizenship.
MPs of the Christian Democratic and Christian Socialist parties have also pressed for withdrawing the citizenship of any foreigner posing a threat to national security.
A study conducted by the
Interior Minister in the state of Bavaria Guenter Beekstein was in the vanguard of officials attacking Muslims, accusing the sizable Turkish community of living in "parallel societies" with their own cultural and social activities. - IOL
Austrian Muslims Gave Udhiyah Money to Tsunami Victims
"I allocated the money of sacrifice this `Eid to the tsunami-hit Asians," Abtel Matin Mahmut, of Turkish origin, told IslamOnline.net.
The massive sea surges, spawned by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, claimed the lives of more than 175,000 people and displaced millions others.
Austrian mosques put at 100 euros the price of the sacrifice sheep this year, urging the Muslim community to give generously to their fellow Muslims in the devastated areas.
A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares six others in sacrificing a camel or a cow as an act of worship during the feast.
Imams said Austrian Muslims are duty bound to save Asian Muslims from Christian missionary groups pouring into their countries under the aid guise.
On Thursday, January 13, The Washington Post
reported that a
Muslim organizations worldwide rushed to counter the missionary activities in the poor devastated areas. Some Muslim groups started arriving in the province within days while donations from Muslims around the world were sent to the disastrous areas.
Muslim groups in
Grief-stricken Palestinians and Iraqis are also
high on the charity list of the Austrian Muslim community. Iraq Relief Agency
Islam, which was officially acknowledged in
Bosnian Premier to Negotiate Release of Guantanamo Prisoners
A Bosnian court released them for lack of
evidence, but Bosnian authorities handed them over to
The Bosnian justice ministry would start a separate procedure for their extradition. Several hundred people from Islamic countries are believed to have travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina during the country's 1992-1995 war to help Bosnian Muslims fight Bosnian Croats and Serbs. Most stayed in the country and were given Bosnian citizenship. - DPA