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  1. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30462820 One part that sincerely angered me was the white washing of the true purpose of Imam Hussain and Karbala. It states twice!: "He was killed in a 7th Century battle for the leadership of the Muslim world," Imam Hussain did not fight for leadership!! No! He defended Islam, and was attacked. He fought for Justice, for Allah, for the religion of his grandfather, Muhammad A.S! What kind of man fights for leadership with women, children, and the elderly?! Clearly, this writer had propaganda...
  2. Sandhurst's sheikhs: Why do so many Gulf royals receive military training in the UK? Generations of foreign royals - particularly from the Middle East - have learned to be military leaders at the UK's Sandhurst officer training academy. But is that still a good idea, asks Matthew Teller. Since 1812, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, on the Surrey/Berkshire border, has been where the British Army trains its officers. It has a gruelling 44-week course testing the physical and intellectual skills of officer cadets and imbuing them with the values of the British Army. Alongside would-be British officers, Sandhurst has a tradition of drawing cadets from overseas. Many of the elite families of the Middle East have sent their sons and daughters. Perhaps the most notable was King Hussein of Jordan. Four reigning Arab monarchs are graduates of Sandhurst and its affiliated colleges - King Abdullah of Jordan, King Hamad of Bahrain, Sheikh Tamim, Emir of Qatar, and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Past monarchs include Sheikh Saad, Emir of Kuwait, and Sheikh Hamad, Emir of Qatar. Sandhurst alumni: King Hamad of Bahrain, King Abdullah of Jordan and Sultan Qaboos of Oman Continues here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28896860
  3. "There is evidence at least 20 prominent paedophiles - including former MPs and government ministers - abused children for "decades", a former child protection manager has claimed." BBC Credit: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-28203914 Wow what a world we live in!! May Allah bring justice on that which is deserved inshAllah!
  4. may God destroy them! credit : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28177841: In pictures: Isis destroys Iraq shrinesImages posted on social media appear to show the destruction of about a dozen places of worship across northern Iraq, in areas recently taken over by extremist militants. Some images showed the al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul. Militants used a bulldozer to destroy a shrine known as the "Girl's Tomb" in Mosul. They believe giving special veneration to graves and relics is against the teachings of Islam. Militants also destroyed the Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, approximately 50 km (35 miles) west of Mosul. The militants, believed to belong to Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), are also reported to have attacked churches in Mosul. More images showed the Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in the Mahlabiya district near Tal Afar being attacked with a bulldozer. The militants have attacked Shia and Sunni shrines alike, and have vowed to continue destroying places of worship which they do not approve of.
  5. Complaining Works

    A few days ago BBC News were claiming that Ayatollah Sistani had issued a 'call to arms to fellow Shia'. I complained to the BBC that this was incorrect: Today I got the following reply: Just goes to show that complaining sometimes does work. One of the reasons zionists are so influential in the media is that they are very good at complaining when they see or read something that they don't like. No journalist wants to be accused of making false claims or being biased, so they are more likely to be careful when reporting news that can potentially cause a backlash. Organizations like the BBC are required to investigate complaints, and this is time consuming and costly for them. We need to make journalists feel that there will be a strong negative reaction if they get things wrong when it comes to news about Islam and Muslims and so it's in their interests to get things right. If you read something you disagree with, let them know - don't be lazy!
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar8Nti7CMfU
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22870776 "The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 60 people died in Hatla on Tuesday. The attack appeared to be retaliation for a raid on a rebel position by people from the village, it added. Meanwhile, a government helicopter has reportedly fired three missiles at the northern Lebanese border town of Arsal. Lebanese security officials said one of the missiles had struck the town centre. One told the AFP news agency several people were wounded. Arsal is a predominantly Sunni town about 15km (9 miles) from the Syrian border that is home to some 27,000 Syrian refugees. It is not far from the strategically important Syrian town of Qusair, which was recaptured by the army last week with help from fighters from the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah......."
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22356306 Great article. Nullifies the notion of buddists being peaceful.
  9. Oops, BBC: Iraq photo to illustrate Houla massacre? Screenshot from BBC.News website (www.bbc.co.uk) original picture With the shock of the Houla tragedy ringing across the world, the BBC has released a story with a harrowing picture of rows and rows of children's bodies awaiting burial… But isn’t that post-Saddam Iraq? ­Photographer Marco di Lauro who took the shot grabbed by the BBC says he nearly “fell off his chair” after finding the picture on the network’s website with a caption reading: “Photo from Activist. This image – which cannot be independently verified – is believed to show bodies of children in Houla awaiting funeral.” The picture was actually taken on March 27, 2003; it depicts an Iraqi boy jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad. The image, which is published on Marco di Lauro’s website, is part of his story Iraq, the Aftermath of Saddam. Marco di Lauro takes photographs for Getty Images picture agency, his works have been published across Europe and the US. But the indication that the BBC picked his image from the internet, not from official stock worries him somewhat. “What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn't check the sources and it's willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That's all,” the photographer told The Daily Telegraph. “Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose,” he added. A BBC spokesman says the picture, illustrating Sunday night’s story "Syria Massacre in Houla Condemned as Outrage Grows," was taken down “immediately” when the source was identified. “We were aware of this image being widely circulated on the internet in the early hours of this morning following the most recent atrocities in Syria. We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified,” he added. These words about information “which cannot be independently verified” have become a trademark of media coverage of the 14-month conflict in Syria. Before UN special envoy Kofi Annan brought his peace plan to the troubled Arab country, the Syrian government had remained reluctant to open borders to most international journalists. But even now the bulk of information comes from people calling themselves opposition activists – via amateur videos uploaded to YouTube or eyewitness reports. But sometimes it looks that the mantra “cannot be independently verified” serves as a disclaimer to publish information which wouldn’t stand a chance of ever being verified. http://www.rt.com/news/bbc-iraq-syria-houla-400/
  10. Interesting doco - thought I would share. There's 3 parts to it, here's the first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syw-hM63m1s&feature=related
  11. The British Muslim men who love 'both their wives' BBC News By Perminder Khatkar BBC Asian Network The number of polygamous relationships among British Muslims is increasing, according to British Muslim groups. So what is it like to have two wives or be married to a man and share him with someone else? "I love both of them. Obviously you can love one more than the other. "I spend one day and one night with one, and one day one night with the other," says Imran (not his real name), one of the growing number of second generation British Muslim men who have two wives. Imran was born and brought up in Birmingham, where he runs his own successful business manufacturing Indian desserts. His first marriage was arranged at the age of 18. However, seven years into the marriage Imran says he fell in love with someone else. Instead of having an affair he did the honourable thing in the eyes of Islam and married her - thus taking a second wife. "It's better than a man being married and then having mistresses on the side when we can do it legitimately and it's perfectly allowed," he says. "God has created us the way we are, that mankind desires more in wealth in sexual desires. "The main thing is as long as you are 'just' among them, Islamically what can be more right than that, if you are taking care of them, fulfilling their rights," he says. But Imran did not tell his first wife that he had taken a second wife. His first wife lives with her in-laws. Imran admits the relationship between his second wife and his parents - who are originally from Pakistan, where monogamy is the norm - is at times strained. Initially, Imran didn't tell his first wife he had remarried, but eventually she accepted it and now she gets on with his second wife. The wives regularly go shopping together with all his children. He has four children with his first wife and two with his second wife. And Imran says a number of his friends now also have second wives too. Khola Hassan, a lecturer in Islamic Law and volunteer on the UK Sharia Council says she has witnessed a sense of a right to polygamy develop particularly amongst third generation British Muslims. When she was growing up in Britain 20 years ago she says no-one talked about polygamy as it was incredibly rare. However in the last 15 years she has noticed more polygamous marriages taking place. It is not known exactly how many British Muslims are involved in polygamous marriages. As they are illegal they are not being officially recorded. Bigamy is a criminal offence which for those convicted could mean a maximum jail term of up to seven years. To avoid this, Muslims already legally married instead have a religious ceremony known as a Nikka, which is not registered as a civil marriage, but rather recognises the union in the eyes of Allah. When a Nikka breaks down or someone wants a divorce, it is the UK Sharia Council some Muslims turn to. Its 2010 figures show while domestic violence is the most common reason for divorce cited by women, polygamy is now the ninth most common. But it is not only men who are choosing to live in a polygamous relationship. Aisha (not her real name) works for the NHS, has her own semi-detached house in Birmingham and is a divorced mother of three girls. Eight months ago she became a second wife after having a Nikka ceremony. Her first marriage broke up after she discovered her husband had been having an affair. But three years later she had an affair with a married man. Her new partner wanted to divorce his first wife and marry Aisha. But she had another idea. "(I said) 'I don't want to be with you 24/7. I appreciate you want to leave your wife but I don't want you to leave your wife'. "But he said 'I want to be with you. I want to be married to you'. So we sat down and I just said I want to be a second wife." Her husband had to break the news to his first wife who was very unhappy with the situation but eventually agreed to it rather than divorce. He agreed he would still support his first wife and their children, but she in turn said she did not want to know anything at all about Aisha, and she certainly did not want to become friends with her. Aisha's wedding ceremony was very small and held at home, and not all of Aisha's husband's family even know about her. She says it works well most of the time. "I have asked my husband if he loves his first wife, and he does say 'I do care about her' and yes he loves her as well. "That's the only time I do get jealous, but she was there before me, and you know I didn't want to take that away from her. Some Muslim women want nothing to do with their husband's second wives "I've not totally taken him away from his first wife." Khola Hassan's research has shown her that there are predominantly three types of men who are involved in polygamy. "There are the radicals, the orthodox who think polygamy is compulsory, almost sense of bravado or competition - 'oh he has second wife and I haven't'," she says. "The second group are those who have been forced into unhappy marriages usually to cousins from abroad, tried to make the marriage work, have children, and don't want a divorce as their parents will never speak to them again, so have taken a second wife. "Then there are those who have got a parent living abroad and want someone to look after them." Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, a member of the Muslim Council of Britain, says polygamy is something Islam permits as it is in the Koran. He says in the chapter on women, one verse details how men can marry up to four wives at any one given time. The situation came about in the 14th Century when there was a battle in which many Muslim men were killed, resulting in many widows and orphans. In order to safeguard their property and wealth it was suggested other men should marry them. But according to Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra there is more context which some Muslims are choosing to ignore. The Koran goes on to say if a man cannot treat his wives fairly, justly and equally then he can only marry one woman. Although Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra is not against polygamy, he believes in reality very few men can treat even their first wife equally and justly. "The moment it becomes secretive, or you start treating one less well than the other then you are contradicting the conditions that the Koran sets out. "And if it's purely done for sexual gratification then that in itself is not a valid reason," he says.
  12. http://www.presstv.i...ail/195008.html Think 50 years later they're gonna admit their role in Iran's 2009 unrest too :)
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