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  1. Pakistan Taliban claims it carried out CIA attack By RASOOL DAWAR, Associated Press Writer Rasool Dawar, Associated Press Writer Sat Jan 2, 1:03 am ET MIR ALI, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban claimed Friday that they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out a suicide bombing that killed seven American CIA employees in Afghanistan as revenge for a top militant leader's death in a U.S. missile strike. The announcement was nearly impossible to verify independently because it involves covert operations in a dangerous region. It is highly unusual for the Pakistani Taliban to claim credit for an attack in Afghanistan, and the proclamation followed indications the Afghan Taliban may have been involved in the attack. CIA spokesman George Little could not confirm the account. "There is much about the attack that isn't yet known, but this much is clear: The CIA's resolve to pursue aggressive counterterrorism operations is greater than ever," he told The Associated Press. The suicide bomber struck the CIA's operation at Camp Chapman in eastern Khost province on Wednesday. The base was used to direct and coordinate CIA operations and intelligence gathering in Khost, a hotbed of insurgent activity because of its proximity to Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, former CIA officials said. Among the seven killed was the chief of the operation, they said. Six other people were wounded in what was one of the worst attacks in CIA history. Qari Hussain, a top militant commander with the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be a suicide bombing mastermind, said militants had been searching for a way to damage the CIA's ability to launch missile strikes on the Pakistani side of the border. Using remote-controlled aircraft, the U.S. has launched scores of such missile attacks in the tribal regions over the past year and a half, aiming for high-value al-Qaida and other militant targets. The most successful strike, in August, killed former Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud at his father-in-law's home. The latest strike, on Friday, killed three suspected militants in a car. The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA base has been at the heart of overseeing this covert program. The newspaper cited two former intelligence officials who have visited Chapman as saying that U.S. personnel there are heavily involved in the selection of al-Qaida and Taliban targets for the drone aircraft strikes. Hussain said a "CIA agent" contacted Pakistani Taliban commanders and said he'd been trained by the agency to take on militants but that he was willing to attack the U.S. intelligence operation on the militants' behalf. He did not specify the nationality of the "agent." "Thank God that we then trained him and sent him to the Khost air base. The one who was their own man, he succeeded in getting his target," Hussain told an AP reporter who traveled to see him in South Waziristan on Friday. The region is where Pakistan's army is waging a military offensive aimed at dismantling the Pakistani Taliban. Two former U.S. officials told the AP that the bomber had been invited onto the base and not searched. One official, a former senior intelligence employee, said the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp. The Pakistani army's offensive in South Waziristan is believed to have forced many Pakistani Taliban leaders to go on the run to other parts of the tribal belt. The group's recent claims that it has sent most of its fighters to help its brethren in Afghanistan were met with skepticism by analysts who said it is trying to worsen the already tense relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. Ishtiaq Ahmad, a professor of international relations at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, said the Taliban's latest claim was likely untrue and just another attempt at driving a wedge between the allies because of the military campaign. "Since the Pakistan army is succeeding, they are trying to complicate Pakistan-U.S. relations," he said. "It only reflects increasing depression." After Wednesday's attack, Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said an Afghan National Army officer wearing a suicide vest had entered the base and blew himself up. There has been no independent confirmation of the bomber's identity. It was unclear if the Afghan Taliban statement was a claim of responsibility or simply an accounting of what the militants alleged happened. The Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban are separate, though linked, insurgent movements. The Afghan Taliban are focused on ridding Afghanistan of Western troops and toppling the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, while the Pakistani Taliban are primarily determined to overthrow the U.S.-allied government in Islamabad. Both militant movements are largely driven by Pashtuns, an ethnic group that straddles both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border and whose members easily slip back and forth between the countries. In Washington, CIA director Leon Panetta said Thursday that the seven killed in the Khost attack "were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism." A U.S. intelligence official said the attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive counterterrorism operations, and said the climate at CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, is "determined."
  2. CIA bombing raises question about safety protocols By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 1, 8:11 pm ET WASHINGTON – The brazen attack that killed seven CIA employees at a remote outpost in Afghanistan is likely to raise questions about whether the agency could do more to protect its operatives on dangerous assignments. Lawmakers on Thursday issued their condolences and withheld any judgment. But officials said they expected an eventual inquiry as to whether the CIA should re-examine how it deploys individuals in hostile regions and the lengths operatives are allowed to go to get information. "We owe these brave men and women, and their families who are forever impacted, our deepest appreciation and thanks," said Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who had met with the CIA team on a recent trip to Afghanistan. Wednesday's bombing was a devastating blow to the tightknit spy community. Among the seven CIA employees killed was the chief of the CIA post, whom former officials identified as a mother of three. Six more agency personnel were wounded in what was considered the most lethal attack for the CIA since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001 and possibly even since the 1983 embassy bombing in Beirut. The bombing occurred at a former military base on the edge of Khost city, the capital of Khost province, which borders Pakistan and is a Taliban stronghold. The Taliban claimed responsibility, with a spokesman saying the bomber had been an Afghan National Army officer who blew himself up inside a gym at the base. U.S. officials would not confirm that the bomber had been a member of the Afghan army, leaving open the possibility that the uniform had been stolen. Two former U.S. officials told The Associated Press that the man had been invited onto the base and had not been searched. One of the officials, a former senior intelligence employee, said the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp. Another U.S. official, a former CIA employee, said it's not uncommon for an operative to forgo additional security if it means gaining a potential informant's trust. "When you're trying to build a rapport and literally ask them to risk his life for you, you've got a lot to do to build their trust," the former employee said. President Barack Obama and CIA Director Leon Panetta were joined by several leading lawmakers on Thursday in praising agency employees for their work. "Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism," Panetta said Thursday in a statement confirming the deaths. "We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their families that we will never cease fighting for the cause to which they dedicated their lives — a safer America." In a letter to CIA employees, Obama said their fallen colleagues came from a "long line of patriots" who had helped to keep the nation safe despite grave risks. Harold E. Brown Jr. of Fairfax, Va., was among the dead, according to his father, Harold E. Brown Sr. The elder Brown said his 37-year-old son, who grew up in Bolton, Mass., served in the Army and worked for the State Department. He is survived by a wife and three children ages 12, 10 and 2. The CIA did not release information about the victims, citing the sensitivity of their mission and other ongoing operations. ___ Associated Press writers Adam Goldman in New York City, and Pamela Hess and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
  3. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismillā hir Rahmā nir Rahīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): First and foremost Muslims realize and are reminded that Allah does not change a person's condition until they actively change themselves.The Shahada (Declaration of Faith) is a contract establishing obligations and rights between Allah and his servants. Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) 8:53 8:53 (Y. Ali) "Because Allah will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things)." Ar-Ra'd (The Thunder) 13:11 13:11 (Y. Ali) For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people's punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect. The Origin of New Years Resolutions[using large font size is not allowed] The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year. The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn't begin on that date everywhere today. It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year's Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common New Year's gifts. In the Middle Ages, Christians changed New Year's Day to December 25, the birth of Jesus. Then they changed it to March 25, a holiday called the Annunciation. In the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar, and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1. The Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar calendars. Some cultures have lunar calendars, however. A year in a lunar calendar is less than 365 days because the months are based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese use a lunar calendar. Their new year begins at the time of the first full moon (over the Far East) after the sun enters Aquarius- sometime between January 19 and February 21. Although the date for New Year's Day is not the same in every culture, it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year. Ancient New Years The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23, although they themselves had no written calendar. Late March actually is a logical choice for the beginning of a new year. It is the time of year that spring begins and new crops are planted. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison. The Romans continued to observe the New Year on March 25, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the New Year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days. Global Good Luck Traditions With New Year's upon us, here's a look at some of the good luck rituals from around the world. They are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the coming year. AUSTRIA - The suckling pig is the symbol for good luck for the new year. It's served on a table decorated with tiny edible pigs. Dessert often consists of green peppermint ice cream in the shape of a four-leaf clover. ENGLAND - The British place their fortunes for the coming year in the hands of their first guest. They believe the first visitor of each year should be male and bearing gifts. Traditional gifts are coal for the fire, a loaf for the table and a drink for the master. For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Guests who are empty-handed or unwanted are not allowed to enter first. WALES - At the first toll of midnight, the back door is opened and then shut to release the old year and lock out all of its bad luck. Then at the twelfth stroke of the clock, the front door is opened and the New Year is welcomed with all of its luck. HAITI - In Haiti, New Year's Day is a sign of the year to come. Haitians wear new clothing and exchange gifts in the hope that it will bode well for the new year. SICILY - An old Sicilian tradition says good luck will come to those who eat lasagna on New Year's Day, but woe if you dine on macaroni, for any other noodle will bring bad luck. SPAIN - In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead. PERU - The Peruvian New Year's custom is a spin on the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at the turn of the year. But in Peru, a 13th grape must be eaten to assure good luck. GREECE - A special New Year's bread is baked with a coin buried in the dough. The first slice is for the Christ child, the second for the father of the household and the third slice is for the house. If the third slice holds the coin, spring will come early that year. JAPAN - The Japanese decorate their homes in tribute to lucky gods. One tradition, kadomatsu, consists of a pine branch symbolizing longevity, a bamboo stalk symbolizing prosperity, and a plum blossom showing nobility. CHINA - For the Chinese New Year, every front door is adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, red being a symbol of good luck and happiness. Although the whole family prepares a feast for the New Year, all knives are put away for 24 hours to keep anyone from cutting themselves, which is thought to cut the family's good luck for the next year. UNITED STATES - The kiss shared at the stroke of midnight in the United States is derived from masked balls that have been common throughout history. As tradition has it, the masks symbolize evil spirits from the old year and the kiss is the purification into the new year. NORWAY - Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year's and hide one whole almond within. Guaranteed wealth goes to the person whose serving holds the lucky almond. Chinese New Year Except for a very few number of people who can keep track of when the Chinese New Year should be, the majority of the Chinese today have to rely on a typical Chinese calendar to tell it. Therefore, you cannot talk of the Chinese New Year without mentioning the Chinese calendar at first. A Chinese calendar consists of both the Gregorian and lunar-solar systems, with the latter dividing a year into twelve month, each of which is in turn equally divided into thirty- nine and a half days. The well-coordinated dual system calendar reflects the Chinese ingenuity. There is also a system that marks the years in a twelve-year cycle, naming each of them after an animal such as Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar. People born in a particular year are believed to share some of the personalities of that particular animal. Only ten percent of people maintain their resolutions. source: http:// ezinearticles(contact admin if its a beneficial link) /? The-History-of-New-Years-Resolutions&id =245213
  4. Men Restricting Womens Rights!

    ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismillā hir Rahmā nir Rahīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Josh: Alhamdulillah (ÇáÃãà ááå). I really wonder if the Muslimah in the broader Islamic Community even realize what is being imposed to restrict their many choices that Allah has provided are not based on Islam but culture. If a Muslim doesn’t have access to a basic Islamic education they usually rely and trust others to instruct them and interpret observances and obligations.Without receiving a formal Islamic education or educating yourself (usually why we observe the opinions not based on Quran and Sunnah) it is difficult for a person to established if what is being instructed is based on Quran and the Sunna of Nabi Muhammad (Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÓáãý) and not culture. If you read Sahih Bukhari volumes 1-9 and Sahih Muslim volumes 1-4 in its entirety you can actually differentiate someone practicing and implementing the Quran and Sunna and someone who is not. The Sunna (Way,actions,deeds) provides a glimpse of why certain obligations, rites, and prohibitions were established. A qualified Mujtahid (Arabic: ãÌÊåÃý, ) (Person qualified to make a religious decision) is required more than ever in todays challenging world.
  5. Seven Stars added to the CIA's Falling Star Wall Memorial. 90 Total. http:// themoderatevoice. com /57682/ the-falling-stars-seven-cia-killed-in-afghanistan-by-taliban/
  6. Arabic study may have been cover for bomb suspect By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Writer Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press Writer 27 mins ago SAN'A, Yemen – The Nigerian suspected of trying to bring down a U.S. airliner with explosives might have used Arabic studies as a pretext for entering Yemen before disappearing for months, perhaps into one of the lawless country's al-Qaida strongholds, fellow students and teachers said. Interviews with staff and students at the Institute for the Arabic Language this week have revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was frequently absent from classes and spent at most one month at the school in Yemen's capital, San'a, starting in late August before vanishing. Authorities say he didn't leave the country until December and that his whereabouts during that period remains a mystery. Adding to the notion that his studies were a ruse, one teacher at the institute said the young man stood out because he already spoke Arabic with a considerable degree of fluency. "I noticed he understood the language very quickly and he was eloquent and convincing in his speech," Ahmed Moajjib said. U.S. investigators have said the 23-year-old Abdulmutallab told them he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives in Yemen. He is accused of trying to detonate an explosive device hidden on his body as a Northwest Airlines flight carrying 289 people approached Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. His links to Yemen have focused attention on al-Qaida's growing presence in the impoverished and lawless country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot of Osama bin Laden's group, claimed it was behind the attempt to bomb the flight. Yemen's government has said Abdulmutallab spent two periods in the country, from 2004-2005 and from August to December of this year. He was enrolled at the language school during both periods to study Arabic. Information Minister Hassan al-Lozy said on Tuesday that investigators were working on the assumption that Abdulmutallab entered the country "under the pretext of studying Arabic during his last stay." Another teacher at the institute, Ahmed Mohammed, said Abdulmutallab spent the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan sequestered in a Masjid and attended barely four hours of the 20-hour course he enrolled in. On Thursday, Yemeni security officials said Abdulmutallab overstayed his visa by three months and should have been stopped by authorities from leaving the country in December. The visa was valid from Aug. 4 to Sept. 4. The language institute said he received a visa extension until Sept. 21. Ahmed Hassan, a 28-year-old Arabic language student from Singapore who was his roommate at the institute, said Abdulmutallab spoke of wanting to also study in Yemen's eastern Hadramawt province. Hadramawt is a remote area of barren hills and canyons that extends to vast expanses of desert to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. It is also one of the areas of the country where al-Qaida has sought refuge, despite the government's efforts to fight the group. In one confrontation, Yemeni security forces raided the town of Tarim in Hadramawt province in August 2008. Five militants and two Yemeni troops were killed. Those arrested included al-Qaida members who confessed to plans to attack oil facilities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, officials said at the time. Hassan said his roommate left the San'a institute in a hurry on Sept. 21 and didn't even say goodbye. Hassan returned to their room to find the doors open and Abdulmutallab's belongings gone. Administrators at the school said they thought he had left the country in September. "We arranged a taxi to take him to the airport on Sept. 21 and we said goodbye," school director Muhammad al-Anisi told The Associated Press on Thursday. "Our responsibility toward him ended that day." Al-Anisi was questioned in police custody for about two days before being released. Security officials said Thursday that Abdulmutallab didn't leave Yemen until Dec. 7 on a flight to Ethiopia. A few days later, they said, he continued on to Ghana, where he is believed to have purchased the ticket for the flight from Lagos to Detroit via Amsterdam. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case with the media, pending the outcome of an investigation. The probe will look into why the Nigerian was not detained, questioned and prohibited from leaving the country by Yemen's airport authorities, they said.
  7. The Issue Of Halal Meat

    ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismillā hir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa Ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Abu Hajira bin Abdul Hamid: The ﺩöﻴáDaleel-Evidence you presented was refreshing. Usually what is offered are opinions with titles following without evidence from Quran and Sunnah. The explanation you provided was concise and clear for those who seek to follow the truth and not the nafs (Desires) food cravings. Understanding the historical background on why a ayat verse was revealed is very important in the science of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Surah Ali Imran 3:1-8 # 3:1 (Y. Ali) A. L. M. # 3:2 (Y. Ali) Allah. There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-Subsisting, Eternal. # 3:3 (Y. Ali) It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong). # 3:4 (Y. Ali) Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer the severest penalty, and Allah is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution. # 3:5 (Y. Ali) From Allah, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens. # 3:6 (Y. Ali) He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. # 3:7 (Y. Ali) He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding. # 3:8 (Y. Ali) "Our Lord!" (they say), "Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure.
  8. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Why is it important to know your history on holidays and celebrations? So you will not be committing Shirk (Sharing as an equal partner with Allah, mushrikūn (ãÔÑßæä) "those who commit shirk and plot against Islam) Surah Tauba 9:1-15 (Description of a Mushrikun) Brief history on the celebration of New Years: Probably observed on March 1 in the old Roman Calendar, New Year's Day was fixed on January 1 by the period of the Late Republic. Some have suggested this occurred in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls (after whose names the years were identified) entered into office on that day, though no consensus exists on the matter.[2] Dates in March, coinciding with the spring equinox, or commemorating the Annunciation of Jesus, along with a variety of Christian feast dates were used throughout the Middle Ages, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December Among the 7th-century pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands, it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year, a pagan custom deplored by Saint Eligius (died 659 or 660), who warned the Flemings and Dutchmen, "[Do not] make vetulas, [little figures of the Old Woman], little deer or iotticos or set tables [for the house-elf, compare Puck] at night or exchange New Year gifts or supply superfluous drinks [another Yule custom]." The quote is from the vita of Eligius written by his companion, Ouen. Most countries in Western Europe officially adopted January 1 as New Year's Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, was the first day of the new year until the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The 25 March date was known as Annunciation Style; the 1 January date was known as Circumcision Style, because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day counting from December 25.[citation needed] New Year's Days in other calendars Main article: New Year In cultures which traditionally or currently use calendars other than the Gregorian, New Year's Day is often also an important celebration. Some countries concurrently use the Gregorian and another calendar. New Year's Day in the alternative calendar often attracts more elaborate celebrations than the Gregorian New year.[citation needed] [edit] Other celebrations on 1 January Some churches celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on January 1, based on the belief that Jesus was born on December 25, and that, according to Jewish tradition, his circumcision would have taken place on the eighth day of his life (which would be January 1). The Catholic Church has also given the name Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God to their holy day on January 1. source: wikipedia, google (Origins of Holidays and Celebrations)
  9. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Please post your honest and truthful ROI (Return On Investment) from your program. No Haram (Unlawful) Pyramid Scheme postings. If your opportunity is on the scams, scambusters, hotscams, complaints, complaintsboard, ripoffreport, or FTC (Federal Trade Commission) complaints sites do not post it here. This is an Islamic site and be mindful of that. If your program isn't providing a product, promises compensation for recruiting or promises unrealistic returns you are more than likely involved in a unlawful scheme. Disclosure: I am not affiliated with nor promoting any Multi-Level Marketing Program. We Day trade in the security exchanges. Surah (Chapter) Al-Baqarah 2:275-282 2:275 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury," but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever). [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:276 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:277 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:278 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if ye are indeed believers. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:279 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] If ye do it not, Take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger. But if ye turn back, ye shall have your capital sums: Deal not unjustly, and ye shall not be dealt with unjustly. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:280 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him time Till it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:281 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] And fear the Day when ye shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall every soul be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly. [using large font size is not allowed][using large font size is not allowed] [using large font size is not allowed] <li>2:282 (Y. Ali)[using large font size is not allowed] O ye who believe! When ye deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse to write: as Allah Has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs the liability dictate, but let him fear His Lord Allah, and not diminish aught of what he owes. If they party liable is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable Himself to dictate, Let his guardian dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her. The witnesses should not refuse when they are called on (For evidence). Disdain not to reduce to writing (your contract) for a future period, whether it be small or big: it is juster in the sight of Allah, More suitable as evidence, and more convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves but if it be a transaction which ye carry out on the spot among yourselves, there is no blame on you if ye reduce it not to writing. But take witness whenever ye make a commercial contract; and let neither scribe nor witness suffer harm. If ye do (such harm), it would be wickedness in you. So fear Allah. For it is God that teaches you. And Allah is well acquainted with all things. [using large font size is not allowed]
  10. Sister Needs Advice

    ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): The following sites are for those in the IT field who work independently and online. bid4myjobonline taskfreelancer getafreelancer freewebdesignbid designquote
  11. Islamic Banking

    ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Shabeer: I was surprised that you didn't receive numerous replies on a subject that all Muslims should strive to engage. How many of the practicing Muslims in countries not dominated by Islam conduct their banking affairs based on non riba (Interest, usury) principals? I have provided some sources that practicing Muslim I know use. The side lariba dot com. I am unable to post links until my 50 post. But you can google lariba. Albaraka in the Middle East Devon Bank Insha Allah I hope this information will be helpful. Please perform you due diligence because my listing of the above information is not an endorsement just informational purposes.
  12. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Surah (Chapter) Ma'idah 5:6 5:6 (Y. Ali) O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful. Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 5, Number 267: Narrated Muhammad bin Al-Muntathir: on the authority of his father that he had asked 'Aisha (about the Hadith of Ibn 'Umar). She said, "May Allah be Merciful to Abu 'Abdur-Rahman. I used to put scent on Allah's Apostle and he used to go round his wives, and in the morning he assumed the Ihram, and the fragrance of scent was still coming out from his body." Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 13, Number 33: Narrated Salman Al-Farsi: Allah's Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, "Anyone who takes a bath on Friday and cleans himself as much as he can and puts oil (on his hair) or scents himself; and then proceeds for the prayer and does not force his way between two persons (assembled in the Masjid for the Friday prayer), and prays as much as is written for him and remains quiet when the Imam delivers the Khutba, all his sins in between the present and the last Friday will be forgiven."
  13. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): Muslims are exhorted and obligated more than any other religion to use water before performing various religious obligations from prayer or before handling the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) also encouraged using fragrances before various religious observances. Why are there complaints regarding the musky odor and smell of the un-bathed in the ranks when performing congregational Salat (Prayer)? The adherents country of origin ranges from the Middle East to Africa and not limited to those continents and regions. This has been experienced on worldly travels. Why does this problem persist and what are some solutions?
  14. AP sources: Suicide bomber was invited on base By PAMELA HESS and ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press Writers Pamela Hess And Adam Goldman, Associated Press Writers 10 mins ago WASHINGTON – The Associated Press has learned that the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees at a remote outpost in southeastern Afghanistan had been invited onto the base and was not searched. A former senior intelligence official says the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp. The official says a senior and experienced CIA debriefer came from Kabul for the meeting, suggesting that the purpose of the meeting was to gain intelligence. The former senior intelligence official and another former official with knowledge of the attack spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The CIA has declined to comment.
  15. ÈÓã Çááå ÇáÑÃãä ÇáÑÃíã Bismi-llāhir Raḥmā nir Raḥīm In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ÇÔúåóÃõ Çäú áø Çöáåó ÇöáóøÇ Çááøåõ æó ÇóÔúåóÃõ Çóäóø ãõÃóãóøÃð ÇÚóÈúÃõå æó ÑÓæáå Ašh hadu al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa ašh hadu anna Muḥammadun ʿabduhu wa rasūluhu I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger As-Salāmu `Alaykum (ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã): CIA Director: 7 CIA workers killed in Afghanistan By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer Amir Shah, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 6 mins ago KABUL – The Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for infiltrating a CIA post with a suicide bomber who set off an explosion that killed seven American intelligence staffers and wounded six others in an attack believed one of the worst in the agency's history. In Washington, CIA director Leon Panetta said the seven killed in Wednesday's attack "were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism." The attack was a blow to the CIA, which has lost only four operatives in this country since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It also was the deadliest for Americans since eight soldiers were killed Oct. 3 when insurgents attacked a remote base, also in eastern Afghanistan. Among those killed was the chief of the CIA's operation at Camp Chapman in the Khost province of eastern Afghanistan, The Associated Press has learned. Former CIA officials said the base chief, a mother of three, would have directed and coordinated CIA operations and intelligence gathering in the province, a hotbed of Taliban and insurgent activity because of its proximity to Pakistan's lawless tribal region. "There's still a lot to be learned about what happened," said CIA spokesman George Little. "The key lesson is that counterterrorism work is dangerous. Our fallen and wounded colleagues were on the front lines, conducting essential operations to protect our country." A U.S. intelligence official said the attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive counterterrorism operations, and said the climate at CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va. is "determined." Earlier, a U.S. official who was briefed on the blast said eight U.S. civilians and an Afghan were killed. Harold E. Brown Jr., of Fairfax, Va., was among the dead, according to his father, Harold E. Brown Sr. The elder Brown said Thursday that his 37-year-old son, who grew up in Bolton, Mass., served in the Army and worked for the State Department. He is survived by a wife and three children ages 12, 10 and 2. The attack, which wounded six according to Panetta, came on a bloody day for NATO forces. A roadside bombing, also claimed by the Taliban, killed four Canadian soldiers and a Canadian journalist in southern Afghanistan. Elsewhere, police said militants beheaded six Afghans on Thursday for cooperating with government authorities. Also Thursday, the United Nations said a preliminary investigation showed that a raid last weekend by foreign troops in a tense eastern Afghan province killed eight students. The attack sparked protests by Afghans against foreign troops. Meanwhile, France's Foreign Ministry said two French journalists and their local guides were missing in Afghanistan. It was unclear how the suicide bomber was able to circumvent security at the U.S. base. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that an Afghan National Army officer wearing a suicide vest entered the base and blew himself up inside the gym. The U.S. official said it took place in the gym. There was no independent confirmation that the bomber in the attack on the U.S. base was a member of the Afghan military. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said no Afghan National Army soldiers are at the base. But an Afghan official in Khost said the U.S. has hired about 200 Afghans to help with security at the base. They are usually deployed on the outer ring of its walls, although some work inside, the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. "It's not the first time that Afghan forces have conducted such an attack to kill Americans or foreigners," the Taliban statement said, citing the alleged killing of an American soldier and the wounding of two Italians this week in Badghis province. NATO has provided no details of that incident, but Afghan Gen. Jalander Shah Bahnam said an Afghan soldier opened fire on a base in the province's Bala Murghab district. An online message posted by the Afghan Taliban said 20 CIA staff were killed and 25 other people were wounded, according to SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based terrorist tracking organization. The Taliban routinely exaggerate claims of enemy casualties. Afghan officials said no members of the Afghan National Army or Afghan National Police worked at the base. Only four known CIA operatives had been killed in Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. CIA officer Micheal "Mike" Spann was killed in a prison uprising in November 2001. An agency officer died in a training exercise in 2003, and two contractors operating out of a CIA base in Shkin district of Paktika province were killed the same year. Forward Operating Base Chapman used to be a military base, but was later turned into a CIA base, according to a U.S. official. Some military men and women work there on a Provincial Reconstruction Team, one of several joint civilian-military units that secure and develop areas of Afghanistan. A NATO spokesman said "other personnel" operate from Chapman as well, but he said he could not elaborate. All the U.S. officials and former CIA officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Chapman is not the only U.S. base in Khost city. Also there is a major U.S. military base known as Camp Salerno, which includes a large Soviet-built airfield. Camp Salerno and its outlying fire bases have been the focus of repeated militant suicide, artillery and sniper attacks over the past several years. One of the most brazen of the war occurred in August 2008 when a group of about 100 Taliban fighters broke through the perimeter of the base, which houses about 2,000 allied troops. After a two-hour firefight, the guerrillas were forced to retreat by attacking helicopter gunships. In Wednesday's other attack, NATO said the four Canadian soldiers and the reporter embedded in their unit died when their armored vehicle hit a bomb while on an afternoon patrol south of Kandahar city. Michelle Lang, a 34-year-old health reporter with the Calgary Herald, was the first Canadian journalist to die in Afghanistan. She arrived in the country just two weeks ago. Lang "was one of those journalists who always wanted to get to the bottom of every story so this was an important trip for her," said a Calgary Herald colleague, Colette Derworiz. The Canadian military identified the four soldiers as Sgt. George Miok, Sgt. Kirk Taylor and Cpl. Zachery McCormack. According to figures compiled by The Associated Press, 32 Canadian troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year; in all, 138 have died in the war. ___ Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Jim Heintz and Dusan Stojanovic in Kabul; Matthew Lee, Pam Hess and Pauline Jelinek in Washington; and Adam Goldman in New York City contributed to this report.
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