Jump to content
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!) ×
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!)
In the Name of God بسم الله


Basic Members
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Profile Information

  • Religion

Previous Fields

  • Gender

Recent Profile Visitors

285 profile views
  1. So the Imam of Harrow Mosque (a Sunni Muslim) gave a talk on the 8th of Muharram, in the Shi'a Ithna Ashari Community of Middlesex Here a short, edited version of it:
  2. A poll of 1,000 Lebanese across the sectarian divide showed support for Hizbullah’s actions against armed militants in Syria, lack of trust in the International Tribal and support for a pro-Hizbullah President. Summary of results: Poll 1 Christians only The majority of Christians support Hizbullah’s actions in Lebanon and Syria. 62.6% of Christians believe that Hizbullah’s confrontation with takfiris (term for Nusra Front and ISIS) is for the protection of Lebanon. 58.2% do not support the replacement of Hizbullah’s forces with UN forces. A resounding 65.2% of Christians disagree that takfiris threaten Lebanon because Hizbullah entered Syria (a key claim by anti-Hizbullah political parties in Lebanon). http://foab.org/poll-shows-solid-support-hizbullahs-controversial-actions/
  3. Link to article: http://foab.org/saudi-hesitates-sheikh-nimr/ On Wednesday, the jury in Shaykh Baqir Nimr's trial were scheduled to give the final verdict. They planned to sentence Nimr to death. In a move that shocked observers, the judge postponed the trial. He asked the security services that arrested al-Nimr to give a testimony. (Nimr is accused of using violence against them). Nimr is the leader ("spiritual father" according to one activist we spoke to) of a peaceful protest movement in the Shi'a Muslim region of Qatif, east Saudi Arabia. He criticised the Government publicly, and directly. This is unprecedented in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's balancing act This led to his arrest in 2012. He was charged with “inciting sectarian strife,” “aiding terrorists,” and “insulting Gulf leaders and scholars.” Nimr denies all charges. Saudi Arabia fears the reaction of its Shi'a Muslims, if Nimr is sentenced to death. Many Shi'a Muslim scholars and leaders, including from Iran, Hizbullah and Ayatullah Ali Sistani, warned that this will cause fitnah (sedition). However, the Government also wants to be seen as strong and dignified. Nimr's nephew Saudi Arabia did hand down a death sentences to Nimr's nephew, Ali Nimr, on similar charges. If they go ahead and execute either Nimr, this could act as a deterrent to future protests. However, Saudi Arabia will be condemned internationally and risks further protests.
  4. 65 of Maliki’s MPs rebel against him Nouri al-Maliki, outgoing Prime Minister, will claim that his party betrayed him. His party will claim that they are working for the national interest, and obeying Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani. 65 out of 92 MPs of the Maliki-led State of Law Coalition (SoL) left the SoL and backed Haider al-Abadi as PM. The 65 were joined by 34 MPs from the Ahrar bloc (party of Muqtada al-Sadr) and 29 of Citizen bloc (party of Ammar al-Hakim) to take the total to 128 MPs. The President, Fuad Masum, defined them as the largest bloc and asked them to form a Government. They have 30 days to do so. Rebellion The initiative to oust Maliki was led by Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a widely respected Shi’a Muslim politician. Maliki is not going to leave easily. He has called the nomination unconstitutional and used Generals loyal to him in the army to protect the Green Zone (the centre of Iraq’s politics). Even if he has a constitutional case, he has lost the support of the majority of his MPs. Only 27 MPs support him, he will struggle to find 138 other MPs to support his nomination and form a Government. Only factions within the army support Maliki (the army does not act unless there is absolute unity among its ranks). Many within the SoL were frustrated at Maliki for not obeying Ayatullah Sistani’s orders. Link. This was key to the rebellion. Maliki defends himself by rejecting Ayatullah Sistani’s intervention in politics. Maliki was eager not to leave his position in a terrible situation. He believed he had the political legitimacy and capability to save Iraq. Political process Iraq’s two previous PM left only when Ayatullah Sistani took a strong stance against them. This is a bad precedence. A PM should know when it is time to step down, without a religious authority demanding it. A functional political process must punish poor governance. Maliki’s second term as PM was poor. Corruption, mismanagement and the fall of Mosul are the biggest signs of failure. Maliki’s ouster is good for the Iraqi people. However, Iraq’s corrupt political culture is not going away easily. The ISIS question How the new PM will be successful will depend on not only support from Sunni Muslims but support from the West. The West, especially the US is are responsible for the success of the ISIS. The West supported the rebels in Syria against the Assad regime. Extremist groups took over most of the rebel movement, out of which ISIS emerged. Maliki warned the US and the West very early on that these rebels would destabilise Iraq, but it fell on deaf ears. In addition, the US refused to sell military aircrafts and other munitions to Iraq to defend itself against such an eventuality. The new PM and new Government will not be able to defeat ISIS overnight. The Sunni Muslims in the north, who already have devolved power, will now try and squeeze as much form the central government as possible to fight against ISIS. It will be a dangerous move by the US and the UK to arm the Peshmerga as they may use this to against the Iraqi army once ISIS is defeated.
  5. Zanjeer Court ruling effectively outlaws the practice The future of Zanjeer (self-flagellation by Shi'a Muslims) in the UK is called into question. The High Court judged that the Jaaferiya Idara in Tooting, UK, does not have not have adequate insurance to organise or initiate sessions "including but not restricted to Zanjeer Matam, Qama Zani or Blade Matam." The wider implications are that centers all of the UK will face the same difficulty in obtaining adequate insurance. They will be forced to stop the practice or go underground. FOAB in studying the case and seeking legal advice on the implications. Further, charges were brought against them by the trustees of the Jaaferiya Idara. The trustees claimed that the center did not have adequate insurance for self-flagellation (a practise where Shi'a Muslim spill their own blood in mourning - usually using sharp objects) and that the blood will make the prayer hallnajas (which makes prayer on it invalid, according to the rulings of Ayatullah Sistani). But the 22 accused the trustees of trying to change the ideology of the center (which has allowed self-flagellation for years). The dispute turned bitter when the center closed its doors, in fear of individuals self-flagellating. The response was vocal protests outside and inside the center. The trustees claimed that they facilitated places for those who wanted to self-flagellate (a marquee and a basement). The 22 disregarded it and went inside the prayer hall and self-flagellated. Following this the trustees took the issue to court. The trustees won the case. Details of the charges could be read here. Link. Written by Friends of Ahlulbayt To subscribe click here
  6. Bahrain Baroness Warsi surprises everyone For future prosperity, Bahraini authorities need to come clean Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Senior Minister at the Foreign Office, provoked controversy over Bahrain by indicating that the UK has not seen "specific evidence" for torture in Bahrain. She was sent a written question by Baroness Jennifer Tonge: "To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Bahrain concerning allegations of the use of torture to extract confessions." To which Baroness replied "The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. The UK has not received any specific evidence of the use of torture to extract confessions but it continues to work with the Bahraini authorities to share best practice on torture prevention measures and address allegations of torture and mistreatment." (See here) This seems to go against the overwhelming evidence of torture in Bahrain. Not only are there allegations by those who have faced Bahrain's justice system, but numerous human rights organisations have documented evidence of torture including the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). (Seehere, here and here). The BICI, commissioned by the King of Bahrain, published a damning report, in a ceremony held by the King, in November, 2011 (see here). The inquiry concluded that there were five deaths due to police torture. Other cases of torture did not lead to deaths. Although the authorities arrested some of those responsible, all the cases were dropped or pending and, so far, not even one person has served a jail sentence for torture. There has not been an independent inquiry since. FOAB contacted a UK based human rights organisation, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that they were surprised by Warsi's statement. They said that "there is plenty of credible evidence of torture in Bahrain". They accused her of "deliberately misunderstanding the questions to avoid giving a clear answer". All the human rights organisations we contacted (Amnesty, Redress and Human Rights Watch) told us that they are working on an official response to Baroness Warsi's statement. The strong evidence of torture is, perhaps, why Bahrain is refusing to commission another independent inquiry. Bahrain refused to host a UN Special Rapporteur who wanted to investigate the torture. The British Foreign Affairs committee recommended the following: "We recommend that the Government make securing an invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture a priority in its next Joint Working Group with the Bahraini authorities." Former Bahraini MP, Ali al-Aswad, (who resigned as a protest against human rights violations) told FOAB, "It is hard to determine how Baroness Warsi can claim that the UK Government has no evidence of torture. The BICI confirmed that torture has taken place." Al-Aswad added, "We, in the opposition, would like the UK Government to clarify on Warsi's comments. Otherwise, we fear it will serve as a green-light for the tortures to continue with impunity." We hope Baroness Warsi will pressure the Bahraini authorities to allow the UN Special Rapporteur to investigate torture, as strongly recommended by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  7. To credit the article, this article came from the Friends of Ahlulbayt newsletter - the only way to receive more great stories is to subscribe here: http://friendsofahlulbayt.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8fb83bf4e6e5c5460c24c4300&id=48bc62ebac BTW, the story about the Christian soldier was old and it was put in to remind people.
  • Create New...