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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7729487.stm By Heather Sharp BBC News, Jerusalem Fawzia al-Kurd, 52, raises her black cloak to show the bottoms of the pyjamas she is still wearing several days after she and her wheelchair-bound husband were forced from the home he had lived in for five decades. She had no time to change or gather her possessions when the Israeli police arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning. In borrowed shoes, she shows us around the tent that she now calls home near the single-storey, two room house in East Jerusalem. Jewish Israelis who had already moved into the extension the Kurd family had built for their son, have now taken over the rest of the flat. 'Never forgive' Mohammad al-Kurd, 55, who is partially paralysed and suffers from heart and kidney problems, diabetes and high blood pressure, is now staying with relatives. He had lived in the house for 52 years when the Israeli Supreme Court served an eviction order on him in July. "I will never forgive the Israelis for what they have done to me and my sick husband, kicking us out of our own house in the early hours of the morning. I may forgive other things they have done, but not this," said Mrs Kurd. The eviction is the culmination of a decades-long legal dispute between the Kurd family and organisations seeking to boost Jewish residency in the Israeli-occupied east of the city. The case, followed closely by international activists, goes to the heart of one of the most hotly-contested issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks - the status of Jerusalem. Palestinians fear an Israeli drive to create "facts on the ground" in the part of the city where Palestinians are the majority and want to locate the capital of a future state. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital and has annexed to the east of the city and extended its municipal boundaries into the West Bank. But the international community sees it as occupied, along with the West Bank, since the 1967 Israeli-Arab war. The few houses draped in blue and white Israeli flags with their own armed guards, amid a cluster of cream stone Arab-style properties, are therefore considered illegal settlements under international law. Their inhabitants will not speak to the media. 'Not forced out' But Daniel Luria of Ateret Cohanim, an organisation which promotes Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem says "nobody's forcing anyone out - the courts ruled they [the Kurds] were living there illegally". The Kurd family were among some 700,000 Arabs who fled or were forced from their homes in what is now Israel during the 1948 war that followed the creation of Israel. Jordan, which controlled the West Bank and East Jerusalem after the war, and the UN housed them and several other families on the plot of land. But after 1967, a Jewish association laid claim to it in the courts on the basis of Ottoman-era documents. An Israeli lawyer working for the Kurd family agreed to relinquish their ownership claim to the land in exchange for "protected tenancy status". The family maintain they were unaware he was doing this and fired him as soon as they found out. July's court ruling followed a labyrinthine legal battle, but was apparently based on the Kurd family's refusal to pay rent to a trust fund established in case the Jewish claim was finally validated. Side-by-side Since 2001, a group of Jewish settlers has been living in the Kurds' extension. Their argument is that it was built without official permission - as is much Palestinian construction in East Jerusalem because the Israeli authorities rarely grant building permits. Both sides say the other harassed them as they lived side by side, the front doors metres apart. Mrs Kurd said her Jewish neighbours would teach their children to shoot toy guns at pictures of Palestinian children; the Jews have said they had excrement and stones thrown at them by local Arabs. Jewish groups also point out that the house is near the site held to be the burial place of 3rd Century BCE Jewish high priest Shimon Hatzadik, and an old synagogue there was used as a rubbish dump and goat shed until they sought access to clean it up. A Jewish settlement company has already proposed a 200-unit development where 27 families neighbouring the Kurds currently live. They fear they will be next. Mr Luria says that the eviction is an unusual case. Counting just over 100 families that have moved into about five sites in what he calls the "Holy Basin" around Jerusalem's Old City in the past five years, he says most cases are straightforward transactions. "No-one acts individually to just drive someone out - an Arab wants to sell, he sells and a Jew moves in." The sales are usually at inflated prices, sometimes done through middle men to protect the vendors from recriminations. Mrs Kurd says she turned down an offer of US$10m for her modest apartment. Daniel Siederman, a left-wing lawyer specialising in Jerusalem, says the location is one of several targeted by Jewish organisations which effectively ring the Old City, home to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites. "The battle for the Old City has begun, and these are the crown jewels," he says. "The Kurd family has been run over by historical forces beyond their power." He says the situation is very different for Palestinians trying to reclaim pre-1948 property from what is now Israel. "We have a very unlevel playing field and it doesn't work the other way round." To Mr Luria, the Green Line - the 1949 ceasefire line - between East and West Jerusalem is meaningless, whatever the international community says. "God gave the land to the Jewish people. Full stop." But the Kurds are currently mounting a legal challenge, based on Jordanian documents which have recently come to light. Mrs Kurd says she is hopeful she will one day return to the house: "It is my homeland, it is my right."
  2. LOL anonimo lay of babybeaverisakit, you are going to annoy her!
  3. I'm not so sure. By my reasoning there are two issues here: 1) I am assuming the coating is in liquid form, i don't think it's a solid film type thing applied on top, although i may be wrong. Anyhow that would mean as soon as the wet coating comes into contact with somethign najis it would become najis as well right? 2) If water is soaking all the way throught the shoe from outside in, then it must be passing through the leather layer at some point. I guess if the coating was not a liquid when it came into contact with the leather and was absolutely water tight then it might be a different story, but i don't think it is. Any textile experts here?
  4. (wasalam) I think you seem to be taking some unfair flak on this, i don't think people realise that you did not intentionally send you rchildren to a party where alcohol was being consumed. I think the fact that you are asking this question shows it's clearly a concern to you! My two cents, i think there are two things here, the fiqh perspective and the ehtical perspective. From the fiqh point of view i gather there is probably a difference of opinion amongst scholars, ranging from not eating at the same table probably all the way to not being in the same room or building. But then i think the halal and haraam of it is the minimum requirement right? Generally we would want to do more than just the bare minimum, like just s[Edited Out]ing a pass on a test. I think from an ethical perspective i would personally politely excuse myself from the gathering. Of course it's easy to say that being in my position, i don't know what your situation is and it may well be much more difficult, i gather you live in an area with very few muslims. On a side note, my feeling is that we should avoid eating at anyones house (or restaurant) where alcohol or even haraam food is consumed for another reason too. I have read from some ulema (and you can check on this yourself for confirmation) that utensils that have been had alcohol in them should be washed three times, and even utensils that have become otherwise najis should be washed three times. In my mind i would find it highly doubtful that people would wash their utensils three times if they didn't feel they had a need to. In my mind it seems so unlikely that i don't think there can be any benefit of doubt. Also i have heard that whatever you (or your children) consume can affect you (or them) spiritually, even if it was inadvertant, so maybe it's better to be safe than sorry. Maybe someone can shed more light on that? Anyhow these are my thoughts and in no way a judgement on anyone elses actions.
  5. ^^^LOL Anyways cmon quit talking about killing already, can't we all just get along?!
  6. LOL, isn't it her duty to make it tahir though?! I've had to clean the carpet before when kids have had their way with it! (Not my kids!)
  7. Sorry that isn't sufficeint evidence. Personal experience is wrought with bias and will therefore be disregarded.
  8. LOL, well i don't live in the US, and a lot of these vegatarian shoes companies offer international shipping, but you may have to pay a bit more. From what i have seen europe is better when it comes to the vegetarian and ethical clothing market, most of the online stores i have seen i think originate from europe. They do seem to often charge a premium for vegetarian branded shoes though, although the quality is good. However i think most countries have their version of the budget shoe store where you can find synthetic material shoes. As you can see i possibly spent way too much time researching non leather shoes! One thing that i do think about sometimes though, ok so you go to a lot of effort to ensure your shoes are non-leather and in mantaining taharat, but then most people wear any shoes and so you go to the mosque, people are walking around with wet feet on the carpet, you are walking on the same carpet and usually your feet are a little moist, and if you do wudhu or wash you are wet, so then all that effort but indirectly your are still coming in contact with it. Anyhow i guess yo uhave to draw the line somewhere and take the benefit of doubt, right?
  9. (wasalam) Actually this used to be an issue for me too. As for your question, i am not exactly sure what coated leather is, but i'm assuming if it's leather it's an animal product and therefore would take the same status right? As for treated leather, again i can't see how that changes it's status? I mean, and i'm no scholar by the way, my understanding is that najisul ayn (something intrinsicly najis) cannot be made pure except by chemical change. I can't see that treating it would fall in that category. I don't know if it helps, but i have found a lot of online stores that sell "vegetarian" shoes, and the cheaper shoe stores sell some non-leather shoes too. Ok admittedly they are not the height of fashion, and i'm constatnly mocked for wearing "vegetarian" branded shoes, but hey who cares?! And actually, from what i have seen the womens selection of shoes is a lot better than the mens so you shouldn't have a problem.
  10. Wa alaykum salaam, Interesting question, i guess it comes down to personal preference doesn't it? From a religious point of view, i'm not aware of necessity, although i'm no expert. I think in the old days they didn't in arab custom, did they? From my limited observations i think its largely a cultural thing, in that i think south asians and caucasions seem to prefer the name change, but it doesn't seem as common in arab communities. Not sure about other cultures. From a personal point of view i think i would like it if my wife took the same surname, to me it gives more of a famly feel if that makes sense? Like it would feel a bit wierd, for example, introducing ourselves as mr. x and mrs. y or something like that. Also i always wonder, wouldn't the girl feel a bit left out when her husband and kids all have one surname and she has another? Having said that i don't feel it's a big enough deal to not marry someone over it, in the grand scheme of things it's probably a minor issue. What are your thoughts on it (op)?
  11. I disagree. Please provide statistics on how many girls entertain more than one proposal compared to guys. The information i have contradicts this.
  12. Salaam alaykum, London is a big place, you have to be more specific, theres loads of centers here. I work in medical field. If you are interested in observing hijab i'm not sure it's the right place to do nursing, from what i've seen nurses usually have to wear short sleeve tops, something to do with infection control apparently.
  13. Lol well i have possibly encountered several situations where the girl has been entertaining more than one proposal.
  14. Lol my impression is that girls more often considering more than one guy at a time than guys do with girls!
  15. Salaam, Well one tactic that seems to work is keeping your hands busy, like pulling out a chair for someone as they come in (not pulling it out from under them!) so that your hands arent free to shake. Keep loads of files in your hands. Act like you have the flu and cough and splutter in your hands, i don't think many people will offer a hand then. I did hear of a guy who put fake cast on his arm when he went for an interview!
  16. If you look at the books of fiqh, they say you can prostrate on earth, there is no specification that it has to be from Iran or any other country. Also if you think about it, it would be quite hard for lots of people in the world to have access to soil from Iran. It's called turba, it's arabic btw. ICEL is Islamic Centre England London, the one in maida vale.
  17. Do you mean kurba or turba? I'm not sure where you can purchase them, people usually bring them form overseas. You can just go into your garden and make some out of the earth though. Go to somewhere like ICEL and explain your situation and ask if you can take some. Just ask anyone who is going to somewhere like Syria or Iran to get as many as they can carry for you.
  18. Salaam alaykum, I don't think anyone really has a right ot judge people on this issue, everyone has a right to choose their marriage partner right? Some families/girls do not want to talk to the guy, they want a meeting first. So is the guy duty bound to marry this person who he has never spoken to? Isn't one of the reasons for meeting someone to assess whether you two are compatible for marriage etc.? What about girls rejecting guys who come over and meet them? Is the girl duty bound to marry a guy who has come over to her house? I mean some guys fly half way round the world at great expense and get rejected, and they don't go around complaining about it. Everyone should have a choice in who they marry. However you are entitled to your own views, if you don't believe it's right then go for an arranged marriage where everything is decied before you meet. Otherwise you should be prepared for rejection, it's part of life.
  19. Wa alaykum salaam, Most planes i have seen have a channel which shows the direction of the flight, so you can easily use that to find the direction. If not ask a member of cabin crew, i'm pretty sure the pilot would know which direction the plane is flying in! There is usually space somewher to pray, at the back, by the exit etc. As for timings, wouldn't it be pretty easy to see when night comes? Just look out of the window!
  20. Salaam alaykum, Is salaat al ayaat supposed to be prayed aloud or silently? I can't find anything in the fiqh books. Thanks.
  21. This doesn't seem to accord with logic. There has been no attempt, or declaration, by the AKP to establish any type of Islamic state. All they are doing, with the apparent support of the majority of the population, is trying to allow religious freedom. I don't see any attempt to enforce Islam. The fact is that at present secularism is enforced on the people, and they do not have religious freedom.
  22. Syed al khoie has a very substanitial work on ilm al rijal, and is considered by many to be one of the foremost contemporary scholars in this field.
  23. Where were you panning for gold? i want to get in on that.
  24. Thats true. Also in some ways it may be quite inline with the intention of mahr. From what i understand the mahr is a gift, but also a kind of safety for the woman should anything happen, so she can support herself. It would seem that education may well serve that end in these times.
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