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  1. Whoopi Goldberg Questioning Taliban, Hamas Terrorist Status Sparks Anger Story by Jon Jackson • 4h ago Whoopi Goldberg stirred up controversy Tuesday when she seemingly questioned if the Taliban and Hamas are considered terrorist groups by everyone. Her comments have since resulted in angry messages on social media. During Tuesday's episode of The View, Goldberg's co-host Sunny Hostin discussed what she called constant "attacks" by GOP Representative Kevin McCarthy on Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. At one point, Hostin said Omar has not made remarks about the U.S. and Israel in relation to Afghanistan and Hamas since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked her to apologize for a 2019 tweet that criticized pro-Israel lobbying. Sara Haines, another member of The View's panel, interjected and said Omar compared the U.S. and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas last year. "She has maybe way more knowledge and experience in the very complicated Middle Eastern relations," Haines said. "But I did find that being on a foreign committee and comparing the country to a terrorist, known terrorists, those are organized terrorist communities. Not Israel, but Hamas and the Taliban..." "Depends on who you talk to," Goldberg said. Hostin agreed with Goldberg's remark questioning Haines' "organized terrorist communities" characterization, which has since resulted in tweets that questioned Goldberg's line of thinking. "Who would you like to ask?" wrote one Twitter user. "Terrorist Sympathizers?" Andrew Ghalili, a senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, tweeted a similar message, writing that people who disagree about the label being applied to Hamas and the Taliban "are terrorist-sympathizing bigots." The U.S. Department of State classifies Hamas—a militant group and prominent Palestinian political party—as a designated terrorist organization. The Taliban are not listed as such by the State Department, but they have long been accused of violent acts that many people have characterized as falling under the definition of terrorism. "Figures Whoopi would say that, but she would never vacation in a Hamas/Taliban ruled area and feel safe and welcomed," read another tweet. "If she went to Israel she would get treated with respect and feel safe."
  2. CNN FollowView Profile Why Arabs and Muslims feel stung by coverage of the Qatar World Cup Story by Nadeen Ebrahim • 1h ago React1 Comment| 2 “Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker,” FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said in a fiery tirade on Saturday, comparing his own plight as a redhead son of migrants to that of marginalized communities. His ostensible empathy with Qatar was due to the barrage of criticism the nation has faced in Western media for hosting the tournament. But it’s hypocritical of the West to be giving lessons in morality to others, he said. Those statements on the eve of the World Cup went viral, inviting much anger and ridicule. But to many Arabs and Muslims, they resonated strongly. Omar Alsaadi, a 21-year-old Qatari, told CNN that Infantino vocalized “from a Western point of view” what many of his compatriots have felt about being targets of racism. In the run-up to the tournament, Western media coverage has been dominated by the controversies surrounding the event rather than the sport itself, including the Gulf nation’s treatment of migrant workers, its rules on LGBTQ people and its tight social restrictions. Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC, refrained from airing the opening ceremony on television, opting instead to cover criticism of the host nation. The BBC said it did broadcast the ceremony on their video-on-demand service. This year’s World Cup is certainly like no other before it. It is the first to be held in a Muslim country and Qatar has gone a long way to give the event a distinctly Arab and Muslim flavor. The Bedouin-themed opening ceremony on Sunday began with a female singer donning a traditional burqa, a kind of face covering that has been banned in several European countries. It also cited a verse from the Quran about God creating humanity into “nations and tribes” so they can get to know each other. According to social media reports, some hotel rooms in the country offer visitors QR codes to learn about Islam, and Muslim volunteers have been teaching visitors about Islamic fashion. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), which is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure projects and planning for the World Cup, didn’t respond to CNN’s request for comment. But in an earlier statement to CNN, the SC said it was committed to “an inclusive and discriminatory-free” World Cup. “Everyone is welcome in Qatar, but we are a conservative country and any public display of affection, regardless of orientation, is frowned upon. We simply ask for people to respect our culture.” The visibility of Islamic symbols in Qatar hasn’t escaped those attending. An on-air joke by a French journalist about the presence of “a lot of mosques” in the country caused outrage among Muslims on social media. Western news outlets have also been accused of peddling stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims. The Times of London on Monday said “Qataris are unaccustomed to seeing women in Western dress in their country” in a photo caption that was later deleted after being flagged on social media. Around 87% of the country’s population of 2.9 million is made up of expatriates, many of whom are Western. “I think that the Western media is biased because they don’t want to see an Arabic success, a Muslim success in the delivering and hosting of a global cup for football in a third [world country],” Najd Al-Mohanadi, a 20-year-old Qatari, told CNN. But some in the Western media have spoken out against stereotyping and alleged biases. Ayman Mohyeldin, an MSNBC host who previously worked for Qatar’s Al Jazeera, said recent coverage of Qatar shows “the depths of Western prejudice, performative moral outrage and, perhaps most significantly, gross double standards.” The Economist and the New York Times have also run articles defending Qatar’s right to host the tournament. The Times of London ran an essay saying criticism of Qatar was “laced with hypocrisy.” “I always question the timing [of the criticism], as migrants throughout the region endure poor living arrangements for meager pay, while also working under strenuous physical and mental conditions,” said Mira Al Hussein, a postdoctoral researcher from the UAE who is studying at Oxford University in England. “Scrutiny is overdue and it makes no sense to tie it to global events where virtue-signaling becomes deeply problematic,” Al Hussein told CNN. “Especially when it comes from non-NGO entities that are themselves embroiled in human rights violations within and across their borders.” James Lynch, director of the human rights group FairSquare and a former British diplomat in Qatar, said that while some of the coverage around Qatar in the West has reinforced negative stereotypes about the Arab Muslim world, most of the criticism has been “fair and proportionate.” “It’s absolutely right to call out instances of that kind of coverage, but wrong to generalize from those examples to imply that all, or most, criticism is driven by racism,” he said. Workers in the country continue to “face harsh, abusive working conditions and severe exploitation, with domestic and construction workers among those most at risk,” he said, adding that Qatar’s women and LGBTQ people “face serious discrimination and repression, both in law and practice.” Critics of Western media coverage of Qatar have countered that other countries with questionable human rights records didn’t receive such scrutiny when hosting global sporting events. “At the risk of engaging in whataboutism… Qatar’s human rights records, as poor as they may be, cannot possibly be more outrageous than other countries, such as Russia, China and Israel,” said Al Hussein. “Qatar is certainly not engaging in ethnic cleansing, nor are migrants living in concentration camps, despite the poor living conditions.” Maryam AlHajri, a Qatari researcher at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, said some of the recent rhetoric around Qatar shows that some Western critics have been more concerned with feeding into an “orientalist discourse,” referring to language aimed at imposing Western worldviews, than human rights. “This should not be read as a justification to cease criticizing the migrant worker condition in Qatar,” she said. “Rather, it should be interpreted as an argument for the necessity to contextualize the migrant workers situation as part of a globalized economic order built on colonialism and racial capitalism.” She noted however that some over-zealous defenders of the government on the Qatari side have neglected the country’s human rights shortcomings. “Many of the people defending Qatar are also using terrifyingly pro-government language,” she said, adding that it reaches a point that doesn’t help the cause of Qatar’s migrant workers. “The plight of migrant workers in places like the US or the UK does not take away from the fact that we have problems in Qatar,” AlHajri told CNN. “It shouldn’t be about whataboutism.” With additional reporting from Mariam Dirar Alqasem in Doha Iran protests Social media videos have emerged allegedly showing Iranian security forces sexually assaulting female demonstrators on the streets. With media access inside Iran severely constrained, CNN went to the region near Iraq’s border with Iran, interviewing eyewitnesses who’d left the country and verifying accounts from survivors and sources both in and outside Iran. The covert testimonies revealed sexual assaults on male and female activists as a women-led uprising spreads throughout Iran. US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley on Tuesday tweeted it is “a reminder of what is at stake for the Iranian people - and of the lengths to which the regime will go in its futile attempt to silence dissent.” Read the article here. Here’s the latest on the protests in Iran: UN human rights chief Volker Türk said on Tuesday that the rising number of protest-related deaths highlights the “critical” nature of the situation in the country. The UN said its sources had reported over 40 deaths “in mainly Kurdish cities in the past week.” Forty foreign nationals “affiliated in riots” have been arrested in Iran since protests started in September, Iranian judiciary spokesperson Masood Satayshi said without revealing their nationalities. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the US is taking steps to “push back against actions Iran is taking to repress its own people.” Mobile internet was restored in Iran after a major disruption on Monday, according to internet watchdog NetBlocks, which said that cellular data was down for about 3.5 hours as security forces cracked down on protesters in the Kurdish region of Iran. World Cup Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in an astonishing Group C match. Many had expected the South American team, ranked third in the world, unbeaten for three years and among the favorites to win the tournament, to sweep aside its opponent, ranked 48 places below it in the world rankings. Watch CNN’s Becky Anderson speak to celebrating fans of the Saudi team: Also read: A brief history of World Cup shocks. Watch: hilarious moments of Saudi fans celebrating. Many are wondering how a tiny nation with little footballing history ended up hosting one of the biggest sporting events. Find out here. Some of those attending the matches have experienced difficulties when trying to enter stadiums wearing clothing in support of LGBTQ rights. How World Cup politics explain the modern world. Here’s what fans can’t do in Qatar. Qatar is a minefield for World Cup advertisers. One team has already lost a sponsor. The digest Teenage student dies in twin explosions in Jerusalem Two explosions shook Jerusalem early Wednesday, killing one person and injuring 18 others in a suspected “combined terror attack,” according to an Israeli police spokesperson. The first explosion occurred at a bus station near the entrance of Jerusalem, killing a 16-year-old student at a Jewish seminary, his family told local media. The second explosion occurred almost half an hour later at the city’s Ramot junction. Initial investigations indicated that explosive devices were placed at both blast sites and a search is underway for suspects, the police spokesperson said. Background: The attack brings the number of people killed on the Israeli side of the conflict to at least 29 this year. This year has also been the deadliest for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2015. Why it matters: Jerusalem has not seen a double bombing like this one in many years. Prime Minister Yair Lapid said after participating in a situation assessment with security officials that the incident was “different from what we have seen in recent years.” The explosions come after months of tensions in the occupied West Bank. Russia to build attack drones for Ukraine war with the help of Iran, intelligence assessment says Iran and Russia have reached an agreement to begin the production of attack drones in Russia, according to a new intelligence assessment from a country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program. Iran is beginning to transfer blueprints and components for the drones to Russia after the initial agreement was struck earlier this month, said a source familiar with the assessment. Background: US officials have said that Russia has received hundreds of drones from Tehran which have had a deadly effect in Ukraine. Earlier this month, the Iranian government acknowledged for the first time that it had sent a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of its invasion of Ukraine. Why it matters: The move would further cement the partnership between Tehran and Moscow and likely provoke significant anger from Ukraine and its western allies including the US. Sources explained that the goal is for Russia to produce thousands of new attack drones using Iranian components and blueprints. Saudi Arabia says it may take steps to balance market Oil rose on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia said OPEC+ was sticking with output cuts and could take further steps to balance the market, outweighing global recession worries and concern about China’s rising Covid-19 case numbers, Reuters reported. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman on Monday was also cited by state news agency SPA as denying a Wall Street Journal report that said OPEC was considering boosting output. Background: The Wall Street Journal earlier on Monday reported an output increase of 500,000 barrels per day was under discussion for the next meeting of OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, on December 4. The report cited unidentified OPEC delegates. The report sent oil prices plunging by more than 5%. Why it matters: The oil cartel last month cut production by 2 million barrels per day in an effort to stabilize the market “in light of the uncertainty that surrounds the global economic and oil market outlooks.” The oil cut was made despite strong US pressure against it. Potential further cuts could exacerbate already tense relations between the US and Saudi Arabia. LM Add a comment 1
  3. Kataib Hezbollah leader offers American 'liberation movements' advice and training after US Capitol riot by Michael Lee, Social Media Writer | January 13, 2021 03:51 PM An Iraqi Hezbollah militant has offered to train Americans planning “liberation movements” in the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week. “A senior military official from Iraqi Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah Abu Ali al Askary has offered to ‘provide direct and indirect advice and training for liberation movements inside the United States of America, and special sites will be provided for this… USA The End,’” reported NBC News analyst Evan Kohlmann on Twitter. Kohlmann added that it “is not entirely clear if al-Askary’s offer is genuine, or whether this is merely Kataib Hezbollah using social media to taunt the U.S. government in the wake of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.” Kataib Hezbollah is an Iranian-sponsored militia that operates in both Iraq and Syria. The group was responsible for many of the roadside bombings that killed U.S. forces in Iraq following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of the country. After the American withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the militia pivoted to defending the Assad regime in Syria and has been involved in terror activity in Iraq’s Anbar province. National News correspondent Joyce Karam provided a screenshot of Askary's social media post after the militant’s account was suspended by Twitter. “In God’s name,” a translation of the post reads. “Security consultants for the Islamic Resistance are up and ready to offer direct and indirect training and advice for liberation movements inside the non-United States of America and will assign special locations for that.” The post comes as lawmakers are still debating the fallout of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead, including four rioters and one police officer. Some lawmakers have directly assigned blame to President Trump, who held a rally immediately before the riot where he repeated claims that the election was “stolen” and urged his followers to fight back by making their voices heard at the Capitol. Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against the president, holding a vote Wednesday on whether or not to charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
  4. Hadith (or tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and the basis of modern Shiite Islam. According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a "tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West." Commanding "the strongest army on earth," the new ruler in the West will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: "Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us."
  5. so your saying shifa and tasswaul was in bida innovation that came later in islamic history?
  6. The Associated Press FollowView Profile Officials: IS militants kill 4 Iraqi soldiers in northwest Story by By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press • 15h ago React1 Comment| 7 BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants attacked an Iraqi army position in the northwestern governorate of Kirkuk early Saturday killing four soldiers, security sources and a local government official said. This is a locator map for Iraq with its capital, Baghdad. (AP Photo)© Provided by The Associated Press IS fighters in the district of Dibis took the soldiers' weapons and communications gear and left the scene, security sources said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give statements to the media. It was the first such attack in nearly a year. In January, Islamic State gunmen broke into a barracks in the mountainous al-Azim district outside the town of Baqouba, where they killed a guard and shot dead 11 soldiers as they slept. Rakan Saeed al-Jiboury, the governor of Kirkuk, told The Associated Press that the attack “is a result of negligence and lack of care by the security forces." He added that the site of the attack is an area where authority is divided between the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces "so there is no coordination, and (IS) takes advantage of this.” IS's territorial control in Iraq and Syria was crushed by a years-long U.S.-backed campaign, but its fighters continued with sleeper cells that have killed scores of Iraqis and Syrians. LM Add a comment 1
  7. I know many of you might think im ignorant, but im a convert who does not know the holyquran well. Im asking this because when i told you when i said ya hussain because at ashura i felt something and thought it was shifa and went home and said ya hussain, but any way i wanted someone to explain this verse, for i was ignorant and absent minded, does it disprove shifa? i think i just messed up!!! @cool "Do not call onto any beings other than Allah. These are capable of neither benefiti nor harm. To do so is therefore guilty of wrongdoing. When Allah inverts you with an affliction, none can remove it except Him." [Al-Qur'an 10:106-107]
  8. Why does it seem like these people are attacking symbols of islam? like burning down howzas,mosques, and attacking clerics? And Cemetaries? Are these people even muslim?
  9. The Wall Street Journal. FollowView Profile Nancy Pelosi to Step Down as Democratic Party Leader in House Natalie Andrews - 39m ago WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said she wouldn’t seek to remain Democratic leader after her party lost control of the House in the midterms but would continue to serve in Congress. Nancy Pelosi to Step Down as Democratic Party Leader in House© denis lovrovic/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images “I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” she said on the House floor in a speech that recounted her career. “For me, the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.” The first woman to serve as speaker received a lengthy standing ovation from Democrats and Republicans and was embraced by lawmakers after the speech. On Wednesday evening, Republicans clinched a narrow majority of seats in the House with a victory in California, ending two years of Democratic control of both chambers of Congress and the White House. Democrats will continue to control the Senate. Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York is seen as the front runner to lead the caucus now that Mrs. Pelosi is stepping aside. He had been holding meetings with colleagues and testing their support, according to lawmakers and aides. Another potential candidate, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has taken himself out of the running. Mrs. Pelosi entered the House chamber wearing a white suit, a color she and other women in Congress have embraced for past major events due to its association with the suffragist movement. The daughter of a Maryland congressman, she recalled riding in the car with her brothers into Washington when she was a young girl. “They were thrilled and jumping up and down and saying to me, ‘Nancy, look, there’s the Capitol.’ And every time I’d say, ‘I don’t see any capital. Is it a capital A? A capital B? Or a capital C?’ And finally, I saw it.” She highlighted work with President Biden and past presidents of both parties on major energy, climate and healthcare legislation. She also reflected on the results of the midterms, the first nationwide election after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. “With these elections the people stood in the breach and repelled the assault on democracy,” she said. Related video: Nancy Pelosi expected to announce 'future plans' after GOP wins House She also cited the growing diversity of Congress in her decades there, citing higher numbers of women and members of minority groups. When she arrived in Congress, there were 23 women in the House. In the most recent Congress, there were 123 women, with 91 Democrats and 32 Republicans. She said she would continue to represent her district. “There is no greater official honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco,” she said. Her decision had been closely held. Mrs. Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a tweet Thursday that Mrs. Pelosi had prepared two versions of a speech Wednesday night. Lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday morning said they didn’t know what she planned to say. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) is set to take over from Mrs. Pelosi as speaker in the next Congress, if he can keep his caucus mostly united. For years, Mrs. Pelosi was a political target for Republicans, who campaigned in many areas with the slogan “fire Pelosi” and regularly referenced her in attack ads. “It’s official. One-party Democrat rule in Washington is finished. We have fired Nancy Pelosi,” said Mr. McCarthy on Fox News on Wednesday. Headed into the election, Republicans had been heavily favored to win the House, due to voter concerns about the economy and crime, as well as President Biden’s low approval ratings and the historical tendency of the party that controls the White House to lose seats in the midterms. While the GOP did win the majority, their gains were less than expected, which analysts and lawmakers attributed to independent voters’ concerns over abortion access as well as Republicans’ messaging on issues such as election fraud and the influence of former President Donald Trump. The results were seen as potentially changing the calculation for Democratic leaders’ plans, as the minority could potentially have greater power in a narrowly controlled chamber. Mrs. Pelosi, 82 years old, had pledged when Democrats last took the majority, in 2019, to serve just two more terms as speaker, which ends with this Congress. Also in question are the futures of her two top deputies, Reps. Steny Hoyer, 83, of Maryland and Jim Clyburn, 82, of South Carolina. Asked about his plans Thursday as he walked into a Democratic party meeting, Mr. Hoyer said: “I’m going to wait for the speaker to make hers … I’m not going to say anymore. It’s premature.” The California Democrat was the first woman to become speaker of the House and the first speaker to lose and regain the gavel in more than 60 years. Her ability to count votes and twist arms is venerated, even by her opponents who had to at times seek her out to pass legislation. She clashed repeatedly with Mr. Trump, at one point dramatically tearing up the text of his State of the Union speech at the conclusion of his address. Under her leadership, Democrats impeached him twice; he was acquitted in the Senate. She led House Democrats in passing the party’s legislative accomplishments in recent years, such as the Affordable Care Act under former President Barack Obama and sweeping Covid-19 aid, healthcare, climate change and social policy packages under President Biden, as well as a bipartisan infrastructure bill. The announcement came just weeks after her husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home, requiring surgery and time in intensive care. Mrs. Pelosi said earlier that the attack would influence her decision.
  10. When or if Shia islam will spread in the west like Sunni or Salafi, i know in the west and muslim world, most of shia converts are from sunni,when will it appeal to non muslims like Sunni or Salafi? I know they get help from dawah ad media coverage and more money spent on literature like books, pamplets, internet media,ect. But When will Shias have this oppretunity,i know Saudi and other countries outspend and outreach more then shias, even the western entertertainment puts sunni out like movies and television shows like erturl and djjn and others and movies about ottomans. When will it be Shias time to Shine, anybody?
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