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  1. (salam) (bismillah) Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajaoon This is very tragic and sad news. My condolences to his family, friends, followers and all free thinking people of the world May Allah (swt) grant him a place amongst the 14 masoomins. My thought also goes out to all those innocent people who have also been martyred in Najaf today as well. My condolences to their families and friends as well. May Allah (swt) give patience and strength to all those who are suffering at the hands of the evil people of this world. In these times we Muslims need to unite and not let anyone divide us. Be it Shia-Sunni or Shia-Shia. ( Bear in mind the excellent post here by Hassam quoting the example of Imam Ali a.s.).
  2. (salam) (bismillah) I thought you may like to see this article: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=0&section=1&...d=22&m=6&y=2003 Mesyar: A Convenience or Contentious Issue Omaimah Al-Salak • Arab News Staff RIYADH, 22 June 2003 — “Mesyar” or marriages of convenience are a contentious issue. Fatwa follows fatwa on the matter, some saying they are lawful, some saying they aren’t. Despite these disagreements, they persist, with men preferring them over adultery and women prepared, for the sake of having a man at their side, to give up the right to a home, any claim to be kept in style, and sometimes even to have children. Sayidaty conducted a survey on recently, and found Saudis roughly evenly divided on the issue. Fahad is from Riyadh and works in Jubail. He told the magazine there was in his opinion nothing wrong with a marriage of convenience. “The traditional marriage is very expensive these days. But I don’t have much money at the moment, so for the time being a Mesyar marriage is the only thing for me.” He says he spends the week at work and sees his wife at weekends. “My family don’t know about her. I am sure if I ever have to go back to Riyadh I will leave her behind, but not until we reach some kind of agreement.” Khaled has plumbed for a Mesyar marriage to avoid the responsibility of a proper marriage. “I dream of having a wife, family and children, like everyone else. It isn’t that I am irresponsible. It’s just that a proper marriage is such a big step, and I just can’t handle the responsibility at the moment.” He says he has seen many of his friends’ marriages fail. “A Mesyar marriage takes a lot of the pressure off,” he adds, “at least for now.” Abu Majed is 26 years old and dreamed of having a child of his own. But after five years of marriage he has four children, and he claims he is not happy. He has asked his friends to find him a woman that will agree to a Mesyar marriage. “My marriage cost me over SR100,000. I feel less like a husband and more like a bank for my family.” He says his wife has stopped taking care of him. “She only pays attention to the children. When I ask her to go out or spend some time with me somewhere else she insists on taking the kids with her. When one of them is sick, she won’t go out at all.” Abu Majed is therefore back to his bachelor lifestyle. “I spend most of my time with my old friends. I am serious about a Mesyar marriage. I need a woman that will understand me, someone who will go out to dinner with me a couple of nights a week. “Let my first wife spend time with children if she wants. The only condition that I have for this Mesyar marriage is that she doesn’t have children with me. I have enough children from my first wife”. Eyad comes from another Arab country and is married to a Saudi woman in a Mesyar arrangement. “Our marriage is more like a business deal that we both agreed to. She wants a husband and children, something that I am willing to give to her. She does not care is she sees me once or twice a week. What I need from her is money and financial aid in this country. It is something that she gives me. We live by this agreement and we are both happy.” Because of his happy experience with the arrangement, Eyad is matchmaking for his friends as well. “Why do people get upset about this kind of arrangement? There are a lot of unmarried women out there who like Mesyar marriages.” Saudi researcher Abdulmalik Al-Mutlaq carried out a detailed study of Mesyar marriages. Among his findings were that Mesyar marriages are a legal contract even if women choose to give up their right of housing and expenses. There are advantages to the arrangement. One is to help solve the problem of unmarried women. It also enables men in financial difficulties to get married. For men, it can be a marriage for pleasure only. Detailed answers were as follows: Does society accept this kind of marriage? No: 36.25% Yes: 16.25% Depends: 38% Don’t know: 11% Could Mesyar marriages be better than marrying more than one wife? No: 36.25% Yes: 26.25% Depends: 18.75% Don’t know: 18% Would you consider entering into a Mesyar marriage (for both men and women)? No: 49.25% Yes: 36.75% Depends: 14% Does Mesyar marriage help men who cannot afford a traditional marriage? Yes: 51.25% No: 13.75% Depends: 28.75% Don’t know: 6.25% Does Mesyar marriage comply with women’s rights? Yes: 36.25% No: 26.25% Depends: 26.25% Don’t know: 11.25% Do men use this kind of marriage for their pleasure? Yes: 66.25% No: 8.75% Depends: 13.75% Don’t know: 6.25%
  3. (salam) (bismillah) For a long time shias have been persecuted in Saudi Arabia. Many are being tortured in Saudi prisons. Just look at the search results: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=...udi+arabia+shia http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr=&ie=U...hia&sa=N&tab=wn http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/internatio...fm?id=660772003 http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=...G=Google+Search By the way, Is this the school mentioned in Shia News: http://www.nafa.net/p_school_intro.htm
  4. (salam) (bismillah) Here is an interesting link: http://web.bham.ac.uk/sue_blackwell/politics/pal/ See some of the current news on Palestine.
  5. (salam) (bismillah) Thanks for the article Here is some more info: http://web.macam.ac.il/~arnon/Int-ME/water...20PALESTINE.htm http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2002/08/1853.php http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2588
  6. (salam) (bismillah) Please refer to this interesting article : http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,...,975423,00.html Quote by Oona King MP. "I have sadly come to the conclusion that, given the scale of the atrocities and collective punishment waged by the Israelis against the Palestinians, I have no choice but to boycott Israeli products. On reflection, whether Jewish or not, you might decide to do the same. "· Oona King is Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow You can write to her at: miahr@parliament.uk
  7. (salam) (bismillah) Innali- llahi wa-inna ilay-hi raji-un This is very tragic. A loss such as this will be very hard to bear. May Allah give patience to his family, friends and near ones. May Allah favor our brother Hussein Choucair in a favored place amongst the 14 masoomins (as ) ==================================================== His Supplication when Death was Mentioned His Supplication when Someone's Death was Announced to him or when he Remembered Death ------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 O God, Bless Muhammad and his Household, spare us drawn out expectations and cut them short in us through sincerity of works, that we may not hope expectantly for completing an hour after an hour, closing a day after a day, joining a breath to a breath, or overtaking a step with a step! 2 Keep us safe from the delusions of expectations, make us secure from their evils, set up death before us in display. and let not our remembering of it come and go! 3 Appoint for us from among the righteous works a work through which we will feel the homecoming to Thee as slow and crave a quick joining with Thee, so that death may be our intimate abode with which we are intimate, our familiar place toward which we yearn, and our next of kin whose coming we love! 4 When Thou bringest it to us and sendest it down upon us, make us happy with it as a visitor, comfort us with its arrival, make us not wretched through entertaining it, degrade us not through its visit, and appoint it one of the gates to Thy forgiveness and the keys to Thy mercy! 5 Make us die guided, not astray, obedient, not averse, repentant, not disobedient or persisting, O He who guarantees the repayment of the good-doers and seeks to set right the work of the corrupt! http://www.al-islam.org/sahifa/dua40.html
  8. (salam) (bismillah) You may like to refer to these sites: http://www.playandlearn.org/muharram/index.htm http://www.angelfire.com/ak/akilkanani/Ama...maalAshura.html http://follower.4t.com/amal.html http://www.irna.ir/en/occasion/religious.shtml http://www.irna.ir/occasion/moharram79/ http://www.irna.ir/occasion/moharram/eng/ http://www.ziaraat.com/intro.html
  9. (salam) (bismillah) Please refer: The Memory Hole : http://www.thememoryhole.org/index.htm
  10. (salam) (bismillah) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/internat...&partner=GOOGLE NAJAF Tales of Iraqis' Silent Suffering Now Find Voices By SUSAN SACHS NAJAF, Iraq — The sprawling cemetery that surrounds this city is called the Valley of Peace, a striking misnomer for a place that has known so much violent death. Over 14 centuries, its boundaries advanced methodically, keeping pace with the normal rhythm of life and death. But in one decade of Saddam Hussein's rule, the cemetery expanded to eight times its previous size to accommodate the casualties of war and repression. Its humble stone tombs, sun-bleached to the color of sand, tell just a few of the stories of Iraqi suffering. Only now, after the collapse of Mr. Hussein's government, are people in Najaf able to recount the events of those years to outsiders. Raadi Hussein, a lean toothless man of 65, was reluctant to talk at first about the bloodshed he had witnessed and the bullet-torn bodies he had helped bury in unmarked graves. Finally, encouraged by a circle of rapt young men who gathered around him in the shade of one of the old shrines, Mr. Hussein, the keeper of the graveyard, spoke about "the days of chaos." Some of the worst, he said, were in early 1991. The Iraqi Army had been driven out of Kuwait by American-led forces. In the days following the surrender, Shiite Muslims in southern cities like Najaf launched a rebellion against Mr. Hussein, killing Baath Party officials and burning government buildings. Members of the Baath government ran into the cemetery, where they were pursued and shot by the rebels hop-scotching among the closely packed tombs. The bodies had not yet been removed before the Iraqi Army regrouped to retaliate. For 15 days, the insurgents tried to hide among the graves and inside the underground crypts. The Valley of Peace shook with gunfire and mortar rounds. The carnage was nothing short of sacrilege. The Najaf cemetery is the holiest of all resting places for the world's 170 million Shiite Muslims. Nearby is the revered Imam Ali shrine, the presumed burial spot of Ali, the prophet Muhammad's son-in-law. It was Ali's thwarted bid to succeed the prophet that caused the great schism in Islam. His followers came to be known as the Shiites, who split from the main body of Muslims, or Sunnis. Adding to the sanctity of the area is another Shiite conviction — that Ali is buried in the same spot as the Biblical figures Adam and Noah. Two other early Islamic prophets, Hood and Saleh, are also thought to be buried in the Valley of Peace, under a dome of colorful mosaics near the entrance of the graveyard. Shiites also believe that the Biblical patriarch Abraham passed through the area that is now the city of Najaf and made a prophecy: that one day a tomb would be built on the site that would draw tens of thousands of people to paradise. The presence of so many venerated tombs and so much religious history only sharpened the pain of the fighting in the cemetery in 1991. "When the shelling was over, there were bodies everywhere around the graves," recalled Raadi Hussein, the guardian of the shrines. "The army finally gave us permission to bury the dead. They opened up a big hole and we put them in there." All of them, about 200 people in all, were tossed into the same pit — whether soldier, rebel or Baathist. Later, in the calm following the storm of killing, families from town crept into the cemetery at night to remove the bodies of their relatives and bury them separately. "It was a sad time," Mr. Hussein said softly. "There was crying. Yes, lots of crying." But more grief was to come. Two months after the battle, the Iraqi Army returned, this time with bulldozers. Methodically, the soldiers plowed through the closely packed headstones, crushing ornately carved stone memories into powder. When they finished, a grid of 50 new streets cut through the eighth-century graveyard, wide enough for a future military incursion. "They went through the graves area by area, paving new streets over the tombs so they wouldn't have another problem like that again," Mr. Hussein said. "They wanted to be able to get inside with their equipment to find people hiding here." The demolishing of the tombs left scars in a cemetery that had grown tremendously over the previous decade because of another of the Saddam government's military ventures. During the Iran-Iraq war, which lasted most of the 1980's, the dead arrived at such a clip that Mr. Hussein and the gravediggers could barely keep up. "Sometimes we could have 100 families a day coming to bury their sons," the graveyard sentinel said. "We'd get so many, especially during the big ground assaults. Soldiers killed in battle. Soldiers executed, too, by their officers." Over the course of the war, the Valley of Peace grew from about 250 acres to more than 2,000 acres. "It just kept filling up," Mr. Hussein said. With the fall of the government, the graveyard has started to yield more of its secret memories. This month, an old man from town came forward to admit his role in hiding the bodies of Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Sadr, a noted famous Najaf Shiite cleric, and his sister, Bint al-Huda, who were executed in 1980. The government had never revealed the location of their graves, apparently to prevent them from becoming pilgrimage sites. Now Mr. Hussein has helped place a temporary fence around the unmarked sliver of land where the two Sadrs lie. "We will build a shrine for them," he said. "Something for the people to visit. This is a holy place, you know."
  11. (salam) (bismillah) Please refer: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/23_05_03_c.asp
  12. (salam) (bismillah) Thanks. We have equal concern. Thread is also here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?ac...ST&f=19&t=10444
  13. (salam) (bismillah) Sesame Street breaks Iraqi POWs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3042907.stm http://www.psyop.com/
  14. Another link: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/09/...2280442005.html
  15. (salam) (bismillah) Just heard that the funeral of James Miller who was shot by the Zionist is being held today. Heard by chance on the Radio ( BBC from our own correspondents) Saira Shah, who was with James at the time of execution , speak about James. Links here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/from_our_...ent/default.stm http://www.palestinemonitor.org/updates/fo...list_killed.htm http://www.channel4.com/life/microsites/A/...n/return_t.html http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-...ler++saira+shah Autopsy Confirms: Shot by Israelis http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=748 ( I am pasting this article, so that it is not lost ) Autopsy Confirms: Shot by Israelis Updated Friday May 09 2003 Autopsy of British cameraman shows he was killed by IDF fire By Haaretz Service and Agencies Thursday 8 May 2003 British journalist James Miller, who was shot dead last week in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, was hit by IDF fire, not by Palestinian fire, according to an autopsy carried out at by the Forensic Institute, Israel Radio reported Thursday. A pathologist sent from Britain by Miller's family participated in the autopsy, the radio said. The dissection showed that the cameraman was shot from the front, and not from behind, as the IDF claimed. He was wearing a helmet and a flack jacket, but was hit in the neck. Courtesy alla at togethernet Dead Cameraman Carried White Flag By Justin Huggler – The Independent 4 May 2003 Israeli soldiers who killed a British television cameraman, James Miller, in southern Gaza could have been in no doubt about his identity as a journalist, according to witnesses. They said yesterday that he was shot at close range while in a group carrying a large white flag and shouting repeatedly that they were journalists. Mr Miller, who lived in Devon with his wife and son, was working with the producer Saira Shah, with whom he made two acclaimed documentaries about Afghanistan. They were working on a film about the lives of Palestinian children in Rafah. His death comes just three days after two Britons carried out a suicide bombing that killed three people in Tel Aviv. The cameraman was killed in the area where the streets of Rafah run close to the Egyptian border. The houses are riddled with bullet-holes, and the area is overlooked by Israeli army watchtowers. Local Palestinians keep to the back alleys, saying that if you can be seen from a watchtower you can be shot. Abd al-Rahman Abdullah, a Palestinian translator working with the journalists, gave a detailed account yesterday of the shooting. The details were confirmed in a separate interview with Tamer Zeyara, a Palestinian cameraman for the Associated Press news agency who also witnessed the killing. Mr Miller was the third foreigner to be killed or seriously injured by Israeli soldiers in Rafah in the past two months. Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in March. Tom Hurndall, a British peace activist, is in a coma after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper while trying to rescue Palestinian children from Israeli fire. Mr Miller and the other members of the crew, Ms Shah and assistant producer Daniel Edge, were in a house filming Israeli soldiers preparing to demolish another house nearby. The army regularly demolishes houses in the area, claiming that they are used by Palestinian militants. Mr Abdullah told how the group of journalists debated whether it was safe to leave the house. Eventually he, Mr Miller and Ms Shah decided to walk straight towards two Israeli armoured personnel carriers parked outside, making their identity as journalists clear, rather than risk being mistaken for militants by trying to take a back route. All three were wearing helmets and bullet-proof vests. Mr Abdullah persuaded Mr Miller to swap his helmet, which was unmarked, for one with "TV" clearly marked in yellow fluorescent tape. Ms Shah's vest had the same markings. In addition, Mr Abdullah carried a large white flag that the group borrowed from the Palestinian owner of the house, and the camerman held up a torch and shone it at the flag. As they walked towards the soldiers, the three continually shouted that they were foreign journalists in both English and Arabic. The soldiers had shouted insults in Arabic at the inhabitants of the house earlier, and clearly understood the language. When they got about 10 yards from the house, Mr Abdullah said, a soldier began firing at them from the APCs. Both Mr Abdullah and Mr Zeyara denied claims by the Israeli army that the soldiers were coming under fire from Palestinian militants and that Mr Miller was "caught in the crossfire". Mr Abdullah and Ms Shah both dived for cover. "After the second or third shot, James was hit," said Mr Abdullah. The translator managed to get back to the house, where he called a relative to get an ambulance. But it failed to appear, and the relative told him the Israelis were not letting it through. "I ran towards the APCs then. I could not help myself. I was screaming for help," he said. An Israeli officer opened the hatch of one APC and told the journalists to bring Mr Miller over. The cameraman lay on the ground untended for 25 minutes between being shot and being taken to hospital. It is not clear if the delay contributed to his death. The killing comes after the Israeli army issued an order to soldiers to crack down on foreign peace activists. Mr Zeyara said he saw foreign activists being shot at by Israeli soldiers in the area earlier on Friday evening.
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