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  1. According to Ahlul Bayt (A) News Agency – ABNA.ir – Clerics have opened up a pitched battle in Saudi Arabia over who can issue fatwas, or religious edicts, as hardline and progressive religious scholars, judges and clerics have taken the fight public. Much of the fight in the past week has focused on a fatwa endorsing music issued by Adel al-Kalbani, a Riyadh cleric famed as the first black imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest city. Kalbani, popular for his soulful baritone delivery of Koranic readings, said he found nothing in Islamic scripture that makes music "haram", or forbidden. But, aside from some folk music, public music performance is banned in Saudi Arabia, and some ultra-conservatives say it is forbidden even in the home. "There is no clear text or ruling in Islam that singing and music are haram," Kalbani said. Also in recent weeks, a much more senior cleric, Sheikh Abdul Mohsen al-Obeikan, raised hackles with two of his opinions. First, he endorsed the idea that a grown man could be considered like a son of a woman if she breast-feeds him. The issue is seen by some as a way of getting around the Saudi religious ban on mixing by unrelated men and women. It brought ridicule and condemnation from women activists and Saudi critics around the world. But Obeikan, a top advisor in the court of King Abdullah, who is believed to be supportive of less severe rules in his kingdom, also angered ultra-conservatives when he said the compulsory midday and mid-afternoon prayer sessions could be combined to help worshippers skirt the intense heat of summer. While the choice is allowed for individuals in certain circumstances, conservatives say such a broad ruling for everyone is wrong. The comments by Obeikan and Kalbani brought rebukes from top-level clerics in a debate that has erupted into freewheeling public discussions in the media and on the Internet. In his Friday sermon at Mecca's Grand Mosque, the influential Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais lashed out at what he labelled "fraudulent" fatwas, likening their originators to market vendors selling fake or spoiled goods. The effect, he said, goes so far as to undermine the country's security. Meanwhile, the country's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, warned of a crackdown. "Those who offer abnormal fatwas which have no support from the Koran should be halted," he said on Al-Majd television on Sunday. "If a person comes out (with fatwas) and he is not qualified, we will stop him," he said, comparing such a person to a quack doctor allowed to treat patients. Crucially, the government is also moving to build a consistency in the sharia law-based legal system, where judges are all clerics for whom fatwas play a crucial role. The government wants only one body, controlled by the powerful Council of High Ulema, to issue fatwas, which other clerics must accept. Some people want fatwas more attuned to modern life. "The people are governed by old ideas," historian and columnist Mohammad al-Zulfa said. "People are forming a new mentality. (Many) have been waiting for such fatwas for a long time," he said about Kalbani. "We are part of the world. We have to develop the legal system to meet the needs of the modern time," he added. Earlier this year there was an embarrassing fight over the apparently free-thinking head of Mecca's religious police, Ahmed al-Ghamdi, who shocked many by endorsing mixing by men and women. He was fired, and then reinstated, in a behind-the-scenes skirmish between conservatives and progressives. Hamad al-Qadi, a member of the Saudi Shura Council, called the fatwa fight this week "chaos". "The Islamic world follows whatever comes out of our country and its scholars concerning Islam," he said, according to Al-Hayat newspaper. For his part, Kalbani said he was open to discussion on the issue. "The problem is that there are some who do not accept debate at all," he said. He clarified that he was not endorsing all music, using two often risque Lebanese pop singers as examples. "I am talking about decent singing, which contains decent words, and supports morality," he told the online newspaper Sabq.org. "I am definitely not talking about the songs of Nancy Ajram or Haifa Wehbe or other indecent songs." However, "if Nancy Ajram sang a song with a positive message, then she would be within my fatwa." Link : http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=194083
  2. Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), BEIRUT: Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric has been hospitalized after suffering complications from a liver problem, an official close to the influential religious authority said Friday. Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, 75, has been receiving treatment in a Beirut hospital for the past 12 days, but his condition deteriorated Friday when complications from a liver problem led to an internal hemorrhage, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Fadlallah’s office issued a terse statement saying the cleric has been hospitalized and is being treated by a medical team. A statement issued later by Bahman hospital, where Fadlallah was being treated, denied some reports that he was in a critical or terminal state, describing his condition as “stable.” The Iraqi-born Fadlallah is an influential Shiite cleric in the Middle East, with followers in Lebanon and in his native Iraq. Fadlallah has not led Friday prayers at al-Hasanein Mosque in Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik for several weeks due to his illness. His son has usually taken Fadlallah’s place, although on Friday he was replaced by one of his followers, Sheikh Hassan al-Khishin, apparently because his son is at Fadlallah’s side at the hospital. Link ; http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=194192
  3. Turkey's prime minister is quoted as saying Monday that his country has closed its airspace to Israeli flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=193676
  4. The 119-minute documentary took six years' work, involving shooting all over the country, visits to 112 mosques, conversations with imams and politicians, intellectuals and some of the exponents of the world of Islam better known to the media. The author also plans to edit a shorter version of the DVD with translated texts for the Arab countries from whence many of Italys Moslem immigrants originate. .... Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=193705
  5. So for Ms Abdullah, a visit to the largely Shia coastal region of Qatif was an eye-opening experience. She was surprised to learn that Saudi Shia speak Arabic not Farsi and revere the Koran, rather than "texts sent from Iran". Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=193669
  6. The Iranian authorities’ quick hearing and execution of Rigi also points to another fact, i.e., the willingness and the resolve of Iran to track down and punish those beasts who kill in the name of religion or ethnicity. Now compare the Iranian response to terrorism with the Pakistani response to terrorism. Read More : http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=192852
  7. The death toll from the Israeli navy's takeover of a Gaza aid convoy has risen to 20 and over 60 injured while Israel carefully censors reports on the casualties from the attack. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=190142
  8. Nasebi terrorists on Sunday killed Mashoor Hussain in Dera Ismail Khan. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=190152
  9. Renowned Jewish-American scholar Noam Chomsky has warned of a madness-charged Israeli war on Lebanon, amid Tel Aviv's recurrent threats against the country. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=190021
  10. He (Muhammad) continued to say that his villages in France has converted to Islam and followed the creed of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), explaining that the village embracement of the Islamic religion and the doctrine of the prophet's household members was due to Dr (Mohamed Tijani). Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=190022
  11. The Muslim Woman "Unveiled" You look at me and call me oppressed, ~~ Simply because of the way I'm dressed, ~~ You know me not for what's inside, Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=189752
  12. On 6 May 2010 The World Federation of KSIMC was invited to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Hussaini Masjid in Northolt, London. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=189754
  13. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has given first aid training to dozens of Taliban terrorists members in Afghanistan. Read More : http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=189760
  14. Seyyed Ali Mirsharifi’s book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S), “The Messenger of Blessing” was translated from Persian into French. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=189762
  15. After our proposal to build a community and cultural center two blocks from the World Trade Center site, I was pleased and gratified by the outpouring of support from city officials and a wide range of people who understand our mission, said Feisal Abdul Rauf, leader of proposed Muslim center. Read More: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=189764
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