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Update: Here is a video from the incident:
MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed ordered yesterday the release of all youths under 18 detained in connection with a fight near the Prophet’s Mosque early this week.
The order was issued on the directive of Interior Minister Prince Naif.
The youths are to be released on guarantees from their guardians.
The investigation into the involvement of other detainees in the fight would continue, Col.
Mohsin Al-Radadi, Madinah police spokesman, told Arab News yesterday.
The youths clashed with worshippers at the mosque on Monday evening but there were no casualties.
Another source claims it was a Sunni vs. Shia fight. The Shia were pilgrims, while the Sunnis were the mutawwa or religious police:
Nine held in clashes at Madinah
RIYADH: Saudi authorities have arrested nine people following clashes at the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Madinah, an official said yesterday. Some pilgrims clashed with worshippers at the mosque but there were no casualties, interior ministry spokesman Mansur al-Turki said.
Turki declined to comment on reports on Shia websites that the clashes were sectarian and pitted Shias against Sunnis.
“The security authorities will issue a statement later to clarify what happened, the nationalities of the participants in the fight and their motives, once the investigation is over,” Turki said.
Saudi newspapers have reported that on Friday religious police at a shrine in Madinah clashed with pilgrims, who responded by hurling stones at a police station.
Iran’s Arab-language satellite channel quoted witnesses as saying that on Monday evening two Saudi Shias from Al-Qatif in the oil-rich east of the kingdom were killed and four others wounded by anti-riot police.
Saudi group Human Rights First said religious police had attacked Shia pilgrims in Madinah. They condemned the attack, calling on the government to launch an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. – AFP
I don’t really know where the truth is, but I’ll update as I find reliable sources, inshaAllah.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A suburban Buffalo man who founded a cable TV station to promote better understanding of Muslims in the U.S. has been arrested on charges he beheaded his wife.
Orchard Park police arrested Muzzammil Hassan, 44, on Thursday for investigation of second-degree murder, The Buffalo News reported.
Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Her body was found at his business, Bridges TV.
Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004 amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light. Its slogan was “connecting people through understanding.”
According to authorities, Aasiya Hassan recently filed for divorce and had a protection order against her husband, the Buffalo News reported.
“Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Friday.
Many of the Muslims in America may have heard of Bridges TV which is the only Muslim TV channel available on cable. The main vision of BridgesTV is to portray Muslims in the positive light. Apparently the CEO wasn’t falling his own companies vision when he decided to kill his wife because they were having marital issues. This further proves my point of an increase in “extremism” in all sorts of Muslims. This is why we can’t really label people as “extremist” because it’s such relative term. From the TV shows that I’ve seen on Bridges TV, I can say that they are very open minded and liberal in some sense. So what made this guy do such a horrible crime? Many people will look at this and say “this guy is an extremist Muslim”, but the reality is. This guy is just a criminal who is Muslim by faith, that’s all. The act had nothing to do with his religion, unfortunately many non-Muslims will bring this up and blame it on Islam and many Muslims will brush it off with “he’s an extremist Muslim”. Both are wrong. Let’s be real and treat it as it is. He’s a murderer who happens to be Muslim.
May Allah (swt) forgive our sister with all of her sins and grant her jannat-ul-firdaus. May Allah (swt) make it easy for her family. Ameen!
Edit: for those who don’t think he’s guilty, he’s guilty from before sine his wife filed for a restraining order to do the physical abuse she endured. According to Islam and Allah’s words, this is forbidden. We don’t need to wait for man-made law to declare him a crminal. And Allah knows best.
Aasiya Hassan had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection on Feb. 6, barring her husband from their home in Orchard Park, police said.
“There had been problems before — there had been prior incidents of physical abuse,” said Corey Hogan, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding.
Hogan said discussions were being held about continuing arrangements for the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 6, and two older children, ages 17 and 18, from Muzzammil Hassan’s previous marriage.
Iraq will not renew the licence of US security firm Blackwater, which was involved in an 2007 incident in which at least 14 civilians were killed.
That’s some good news. These American thugs in Iraq killed many innocent people and some are being charged with these crimes. Click here if you don’t remember Blackwater. Unfortunately, another security firm is necessary:
An interior ministry spokesman said the US embassy had been told it will have to use another security company.
Video on Blackwater:
Farmers say much of their produce is being held in warehouses due to canceled orders, and fear a sharp decrease in fruit exports to countries such as Jordan, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries.
“We export persimmons, and because of the fighting a number of countries and distributors are canceling orders,” Giora Almagor, of the southern town of Bitzaron, told Ynet. He said some of the produce had already been shipped while some was awaiting shipment in warehouses.
Almagor said a large number of cancellations came from Jordan. “The produce stays packed in warehouses, and this is causing us massive losses,” he said.
“The longer the fruit waits in storage after sorting, the more its quality decreases. We also have to pay for cooling the merchandise that should have already left, and the cost in considerable,” he added.
Ilan Eshel, director of the Organization of Fruit Growers in Israel, said Scandinavian countries have also been canceling orders. “It’s mostly Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,” he said. “In Scandinavia the tendency is general, and it may come to include all of the chains.”
Even Denmark is supporting the Palestinians and many Muslims (including myself) were hating on them. See how Allah (swt) works. Remember sahabahs who were anti Islam but then became super pro-Islam. We need to act with more hikmah in the future when Islam is attacked, because we never know down the future they may join our side.
Why is even Jordan doing business with Israeli farmers? Wow.
Source: ynet News
LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNN) — Bolivia broke diplomatic relations with Israel on Wednesday over the Israeli incursion into Gaza, President Evo Morales announced. Morales also said his government will ask that Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be declared war criminals.
“The Israeli government’s crimes affect global stability and peace and have returned the world to the worst stage of crimes against humanity that we hadn’t seen except in World War II and in the last years in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda,” Morales said.
Venezuela has also broken ties with Israel over Gaza. May Allah bless these two countries and reward them for standing up for justice and standing up to the terrorist state of Israel.
Click here to see the graph that was in the video in detail.
The Gaza war has turned into an Israeli invasion and it is not related to defending Israel but to expanding it’s territory and boundaries illegally by force and with the use of terrorism. One-third of the dead are children. That alone is proof that the Israeli aggression is not concerned with just attacking Hamas, but attacking all inhabitants of the Gaza strip.
Giving gifts is nice, but giving gifts to Condoleezza Rice? Come on!
While Bush himself didn’t fare nearly as well, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raked in at least $316,000 in gem-encrusted baubles from the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia alone, making her one of top recipients among U.S. officials of gifts from foreign heads of state and government and their aides in 2007.
In January, Jordan’s King Abdullah II gave Rice an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings estimated to be worth $147,000, according to the State Department’s annual inventory of such items released Monday just in time for Christmas.
The king and his wife, Queen Rania, also gave Rice a less expensive necklace and earrings along with a jewelry box valued at $4,630, the document shows.
Not to be outdone, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia presented Rice with a ruby and diamond necklace with matching earrings, bracelet and ring worth $165,000 in July. The inventory also includes a $170,000 flower petal motif necklace the Saudi monarch gave to Rice in 2005, which the department says was not previously disclosed.
Are there orphans in Saudi Arabia? They could sponsor them all.
Source: Yahoo News
Sheikh Ibrahim al-Gaith, head of the feared Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, made the concession after last week’s breakthrough public showings in Jeddah of the comedy feature “Manahi”.
“A movie could possibly be acceptable if it serves good and is suitable under Islam,” Sheikh Gaith said.
Gaith pulled back from comments he made two days earlier branding movies “an absolute evil” in the wake of screenings in the Red Sea port city.
“I did not say that we reject all cinema, but I said that we were not consulted during the organisation of these movie showings,” he explained.
For more than a week from Dec 9, the Rotana entertainment group, controlled by Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, showed “Manahi” to rapturous audiences in Jeddah and nearby Taif.
The screenings, approved by the provincial governor, Prince Khalid al-Faisal, sparked hopes that Saudi Arabia would soon allow public cinemas.
Before the first projection of the film, local religious police inspected the facility, a 1,200 seat conference hall, to make sure that men and women would remain separated, adhering to the country’s strict laws on separation of unrelated members of the opposite sexes.
For the three showings daily, women sat in the balcony of the hall while men and boys were on the ground floor.
There are no cinemas in Saudi Arabia, but some coffee shops surreptitiously put on movies for customers and many Saudis enjoy films at home on DVD and satellite television.
To experience a cinema, they have to travel to nearby Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates or other countries.
Hope the good outweighs the bad with this move, inshaAllah. Has anyone heard of the movie, “Manahi”?
Muntadar al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC.
So that’s why Bush didn’t really care about it. Our dear brother Muntadar al-Zaidi is not only a hero to the Muslims but to all of humanity. Millions of humans around the world are proud of his shoe throwing experience. May Allah (swt) protect him. Ameen!
Although many were disappointed it missed, but let’s face it, journalists are not quarterbacks. This calls for exporting the game of American football into the Middle East so that they can learn how to throw faster and stronger. We need some Abdullah Manning’s and some Umar Brady’s!
Source: BBC News
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