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  • Muslim Inquires If Having Sex With Camel Would Inviolate His Islamic Obligation To Visit Mecca

    07/25/2015 8:08:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Muhammad
    Muslims Are Required To Fulfill Five Demands for Being a Good Muslim, one in Which He Must Visit Mecca Islam: Haj Pilgrimage incomplete without hot Camel sex *SNIP* "If He Had Sexual Intercourse with His Camel would that make his hajj void" http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Bestiality#cite_note-E.L._Masters-8 http://www.barenakedislam.com/2009/06/13/islams-rules-for-having-sex-with-animals/ Islamic Scripture Qur'an In contrast with what secular and non-Islamic religious sources say about bestiality, this is what the Qur'an has That's right - absolutely, positively nothing. Unlike the Qur'an's clear-cut rulings on the morality of homosexuality, Polygamy, rape, and pedophilia, the permissibility of bestiality seems to have been left open to ‘interpretation.’ If Islamic teachings...
  • Missing Iranian scientist surfaces in Washington

    07/13/2010 12:01:04 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    Yahoo AP ^ | July 11, 2010 | Matthew Lee
    A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who Tehran claims was abducted by the U.S., has taken refuge at a Pakistani embassy office in Washington and is planning to return to his homeland, the State Department said Tuesday. It was the latest development in a murky case that has been shrouded in mystery since the scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. "He has been in the United States of his own free will and obviously he is free to go," department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. "In fact, he was scheduled to travel to Iran...
  • Revealed: Names of Seven American Muslim Leaders at White House ‘Anti-Muslim Bigotry’ Meeting

    02/05/2015 10:22:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The White House has still refused to name the “American Muslim leaders” with whom President Obama met to “discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.” According to a White House statement on the President’s meeting, the domestic issues discussed were the “Affordable Care Act, anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.” On the foreign policy front, “the President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” while also congratulating Muslims on...
  • Hajj stampede death toll reaches 244

    01/07/2015 6:58:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 94 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1-8-15
    <p>In the worst tragedy in seven years at the annual Muslim pilgrimage, 244 worshippers were trampled to death and hundreds more were hurt beneath a crush of people making their way to a ritualistic stoning of the devil.</p> <p>Panic ensued when a few pilgrims fell on a bridge, and others tried to escape the push of the oncoming crowd, authorities said. Safety measures were in place at the site -- one where fatal stampedes have been frequent -- but "caution isn't stronger than fate," Saudi Hajj Minister Iyad Madani said.</p>
  • More people hospitalized in Turkey, suspected having Ebola

    10/22/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    Image: The Ebola Virus More people hospitalized in Turkey, suspected having Ebola. (Taz). Three people suspected Ebola were hospitalized in the Turkish provinces of Izmir, Kahraman Marash and Konya, the Anadolu Turkish news agency said Oct.22. One of the hospitalized is a Turkish student who studies in Somalia and returned to his homeland, and the rest returned from the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Thus, the number of hospitalized suspected Ebola in Turkey reached five people, four of whom are persons returned from the Hajj. Earlier it was reported that 45 special hospitals were allocated in 36 provinces of Turkey in...
  • 5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown Symptoms

    10/14/2014 6:33:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown SymptomsPosted By Daniel Greenfield On October 13, 2014 @ 6:04 pm In The Point | 13 Comments The last thing Muslims brought to Boston was the Marathon Massacre. Now Boston has a new, though probably unintentional Muslim threat to worry about. The plane, Emirates flight 237 that arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.Airport officials said that none of the passengers taken ill had come from West Africa. Family members said they had come from Saudi Arabia.The U.S. Customs and Border Protections...
  • Saudi Arabia bans Ebola-stricken countries from hajj pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-2-14 | Ayan Sheikh
    With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of travelers from three countries currently dealing with the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The decision to reject visa requests from these countries has affected 7,400 people, according to the Associated Press. Hospitals in Saudi Arabia are also preparing in the event of an outbreak by setting up isolation and surgery units as well as dispatching medical staff to airports. Despite...
  • Saudi Arabia downplays Ebola fears as hajj begins: Two million journey to Mecca pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | 10/02/2014 | Mokhtar Shehata And Benjamin Wiacek
    MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA—Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the countries hardest hit in the Ebola epidemic — from getting visas as a precaution against the virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 pilgrims from the three countries. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | September 30, 2014 | by Lynne Al-Nahhas
    MECCA, Saudi Arabia: As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people,...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • Nigeria: Hajj 2014 - Ogun Commences Airlifting of Pilgrims Today

    09/10/2014 3:30:33 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    All Africa ^ | 9-7-14 | Ishola Balogun
    The Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements for the commencement of airlifting of the first batch of pilgrims for the 2014 Hajj exercise today, Sunday, 7 September, 2014. The Executive Secretary, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Sefiu Rasheed, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday, affirming that all eligible pilgrims whose names fall in the category (A) of the first batch list are expected to converge on the Board's headquarters at Governor's office Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta by 7.30am, for onward movement to the International Hajj camp, Lagos, in anticipation of their flight to Saudi Arabia. Sefiu added that...
  • Liberia shuts hospital where Spanish priest infected, Ebola death toll hits 932

    08/06/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | 8/6/2014
    In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October. Liberia, where the death toll is rising fastest, is struggling to cope. Many residents are panicking, in some cases casting out the bodies of family members onto the streets of Monrovia to avoid quarantine measures. Beneath heavy rain, ambulance sirens wailed through the otherwise quiet streets of...
  • American Pilgrim Commends Saudi Govt For ‘a Job Well Done’

    10/27/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 27 October 2013 | Siraj Wahab
    A visiting Pakistani-American radio journalist has commended Saudi Arabia for the successful organization of this year’s Haj. Qamar Abbas Jafri of Voice of America’s Urdu Service described Saudi efforts “as a job well done.” Jafri was among 200 international journalists invited by the Ministry of Culture and Information to perform Haj and report on it. “I performed Haj and did a number of reports from the holy sites,” he told Arab News on Friday before heading back to Washington, D.C. “I am really impressed; it is a wonderful experience to be here.” Jafri said this was his second Haj. “I...
  • Filipino Muslim 'Stoned the Devil' and Died

    10/26/2013 2:55:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, October 25, 2013
    Ricky converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia in 2007 and became Abdul AzizA Filipino whose dream was to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) after converting to Islam in Saudi Arabia six years ago finally fulfilled his dream but did not live long enough to enjoy the achievement. He died in the middle of Hajj just after stoning the devil. Ricky converted to Islam in 2007 a few years after arriving to work in the Gulf kingdom and was determined to perform Hajj before his death as he was suffering from Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. Ricky, who speaks eight languages including his...
  • Americans performing Hajj attacked in Saudi Arabia

    10/21/2013 4:20:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 18, 2013 | Afshain Afzal
    A group of Americans visiting Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj were threatened and attacked earlier this week on Oct. 16 by a radicalized group of extremists. On one of the nights where Hajj pilgrims are required to stay overnight in the city of Mina, a group of young men began asking different sets of pilgrims if they were from the United States. When they encountered a group that identified themselves as not only Americans, but also as Shiite Muslims, they were threatened and attacked by the group of men, who were apparently armed with knives and other blades. During the...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect Nat’l Security

    06/06/2013 11:07:50 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/6/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    More than two million Muslims descend on Mecca for the annual Hajj each year. Saudi authorities are advising pilgrims to wear face masks in overcrowded places. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) (CNSNews.com) – As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries. Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Nigeria suspends Hajj flights over women deportation

    09/27/2012 11:23:42 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 September 2012
    Nigeria has suspended all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there deported more than 170 women who had arrived without a male escort. About 1,000 Nigerian women intending to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca have been detained since Sunday.
  • Taliban leader says U.S. faces defeat in Afghanistan

    11/25/2009 2:23:46 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies · 638+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/09 | Laura King
    As President Obama prepares to unveil his long-deliberated war strategy, the Taliban's supreme commander declared today that U.S.-led forces would find only defeat, dishonor and "a bed of thorns" in Afghanistan. The warning, contained in a statement by Mullah Mohammed Omar , the movement's reclusive leader, was issued on the eve of one of the year's most important Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. It marks the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which is made by millions of observant Muslims. In his missive -- punctuated by the flowery phrases and high-flown rhetoric typically...
  • Injustice in the Name of the Hajj

    12/09/2011 8:23:06 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | 12-07-11 | Mohshin Habib
    The Hajj each year brings untold suffering for the poor Muslim families in the poor Muslim states. My country, Bangladesh, home to 170 million, was once known internationally as the poorest country in the world. It is still a poor country. In recent years, hunger has been reduced from famine-like to "just" a hand to mouth condition in this densely populated tiny land. This minute change came about mainly from the ready-made garments, or textile, sector in which four million girls, aged twelve and up, work exhaustedly ten hours a day. Every single dollar that comes into Bangladesh represents an...
  • Twelve Tunisian Hajj Pilgrims Die in Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2011 5:14:49 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    tunisia-live.net/ ^ | 11-14-11 | Wiem Melki
    The Ministry of Religious Affairs announced that twelve Tunisian pilgrims passed away close to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the land of the holy Muslim shrines during the annual Hajj celebration. Every year, some pilgrims die during the pilgrimage to Mecca. While some pass away due to natural reasons, others die during the stoning of the devil ritual in Mina. On that day almost three million people gather and some people at the front of the crowd are crushed to death or mortally wounded by stones that are thrown. The Saudi Press Agency reports: “As a result...
  • President Obama marks the Hajj and Eid al-Adha

    11/07/2011 10:59:54 AM PST · by yoe · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | November 5, 2011 | Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.
    Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites. As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the...
  • Flight schedule for intending pilgrims to be issued on 15th

    08/07/2011 10:49:20 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 2 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 7 august 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 7 August 2011, Flight schedule for intending pilgrims would be issued on August 15. An official of ministry of Religious Affairs told Journalists that PIA has issued flight schedule to ministry in July and it would be dispatched to the successful pilgrims by August 15. He said process to hire buildings for intending pilgrim has already been completed. He said intending pilgrims belonging to same districts will be accommodated in one flight and one building. While the PIA will allot them terminals in advance to save the time of the intending pilgrims, he said. He said the ministry will...
  • Jews being 'kept away' is obviously quite "normal" in the (Apartheid) Arab world

    06/24/2011 12:57:01 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies
    (Dutch) Daily Standard ^ | June 24, 2011
    (Free translation) Jews being 'kept away' is obviously quite "normal" in the (Apartheid) Arab world The Daily Standard What amazes mostly, is that Saudi Arabian Airlines is (largely) state property. Thus Saudi-Arabia is the owner of the business that handles in a form of Apartheid. ...ways on the merits of the islamic culture and the Middle-East as whole. Apartheid is there, the order of the day...(Original text)Joden weren is kennelijk heel normaal in de Arabische wereldā€ˇ De Dagelijkse Standaard Geplaatst door Willem Jan Hilderink op 24 juni, 2011 - 14:18 Delta zou dan meewerken aan de praktijken van Saudi Arabian...
  • Obama Issued Proclamations for Ramadan, Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, Hajj and Earth Day--But Not Easter

    04/26/2011 6:55:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Obama Issued Proclamations for Ramadan, Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, Hajj and Earth Day--But Not Easter Tuesday, April 26, 2011 By Fred Lucas Washington (CNSNews.com) – The White House updated its response to questions Monday to explain why the president did not put out a formal proclamation for Easter--after putting out proclamations for Muslim holidays and Earth Day. Obama attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington on Easter Sunday and held a White House prayer breakfast last Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pointed out. On Friday, the President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Earth Day. However, two...
  • Pakistani students will work as khudam Ul Hujaj in Hajj Operation 2011

    04/03/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    own ^ | 4 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    Peshawar 4 April 2011, government will increase the strength of Khudam Ul Hujaj from year 2011. The action has been taken because some of Khudam Ul Hujaj misplace after Hajj Operation in Saudi Arabia. According to sources of ministry of Hajj government of Pakistan talk with the Saudi government and they agreed the new step of Pakistani government. In 2011 Hajj Operation 46 thousand rupees will reduce the fees of Hajj and the new Hajj Policy will announce in the last week of this month. Sources confirm that from coming year Khudam Ul Hujaj whose visit Saudi Arabia from Pakistan...
  • Eggheads at DOJ push door wide open on Muslim teacher case

    03/26/2011 6:10:21 PM PDT · by Crush · 23 replies
    The US Report ^ | 24 March 2011 | Kay Day
    At the moment, eggheads don’t only control the US Senate, they also control the Executive Branch of our government. Some of those eggheads employed by the US Dept. of Justice have pushed a controversial door wide open with a lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim teacher. By the way, this isn’t the first time DOJ has gone out of its way for a faith whose tenets of government run contrary to Western standards. The Washington Post said the Chicago teacher, 29 year old Safoorah Khan, wanted to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj. Muslims view making the...
  • Gitmo Detainee: Joooos Used Witchcraft on Prisoners... Cat Was Trying to Have Sex With Me…

    12/20/2010 9:36:12 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    (MEMRI)- Following are excerpts from an interview with Walid Muhammad Hajj a Sudanese released from Guantanamo Prison, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on December 12, 2010: Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. The most common method to wear down the brothers was witchcraft. Interviewer: How did they do this? Walid Muhammad Hajj: There were, of course, Jews among the [staff of] the Guantanamo Base, and they would set traps for the guys. Interviewer: Give me an example of witchcraft. Walid Muhammad Hajj: Witchcraft was used on most of the guys. Interviewer: They would cast a spell on them? Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes,...
  • Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha

    11/15/2010 4:26:09 PM PST · by omega4179 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    whitehouse.gov ^ | 11/15/2010 | wh press secretary
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 15, 2010 Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid-ul-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing Hajj. This year, nearly three million pilgrims from more than 160 countries - including the United States - have gathered in Mecca and neighboring sites to perform the Hajj rituals and stand together in prayer. On Eid, Muslims around the world will commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, and distribute food to those less fortunate - a...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • Travel and Broad Minds

    06/15/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 124+ views
    Vale Adurni ^ | 6/11/10 | Fr. Sean
    Travel broadens the mind—or a part of one's anatomy—it has been said. And as the poem by Joyce Grenfell puts it, I also enjoy travelling in my head, which is to say, by reading travel literature. The wonderful books by Patrick Leigh Fermor, for instance. More recently, I have been reading something quite different in that category. This is The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, in the translation by Roland Broadhurst. Abu 'Husayn Muhammed ibn Ahmad Ibn Jubayr was secretary to the Moorish Governor of Granada in the year 1182. His employer forced him to drink, against his Moslem conscience, seven...
  • North American Muslims issue fatwa

    01/08/2010 10:20:13 PM PST · by spyone · 425 replies · 14,076+ views
    http://www.islamicsupremecouncil.com/iscc-fatwa-against%20terrorism.htm ^ | January 8, 2010 | Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
    Date: January 8, 2010 ISCC affiliated Imams Issue Important Fatwa Attack on Canada and the United States is Attack on Muslims Over 10 million Muslims Live in North America Calgary) Twenty Imams affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada have issued a Fatwa today declaring the attacks on Canada and the United States by any extremist will be the attack on 10 million Muslims living in North America. This is the first Fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the United States as attack on Muslims. Following is the text of the Fatwa. FATWA (religious edict)...
  • The Terrorist-Certified Chaplains Who Minister To Muslim Soldiers

    12/27/2009 3:14:32 PM PST · by starczar66 · 6 replies · 626+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/16/09 | Paul Sperry
    ...Alamoudi, who was given power of attorney by several Gitmo detainees, even persuaded the Pentagon to let an al-Qaida-tied Saudi charity fly planeloads of Muslim-American soldiers to Mecca...
  • Security breach: Man travels in Air India plane hidden in toilet

    12/27/2009 5:35:02 AM PST · by Sarajevo · 17 replies · 1,245+ views
    NDTV (India) ^ | Sunday December 27, 2009, | NDTV Correspondent,
    In a major security breach, an Indian national working as a cleaner at Medina airport in Saudi Arabia managed to travel on an Air India flight, carrying 273 Haj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to India, hiding in the toilet of the aircraft. Habib Hussain, 26, from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, told the police that the contractor who employed him there had taken away his passport and harassed him. Finding no other way out to return home, he sneaked into the Air India flight to Jaipur. Habib's presence came to light about half an hour after the flight took off...
  • Obama's Christian grandmother made pilgrimage to Mecca

    12/04/2009 1:27:53 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies · 910+ views
    FTO South African Blog ^ | 12/3/2009 | FTO
    As we all know, Obama's grandmother was supposedly a Christian woman, or so he told us during the US elections. Obama also claimed he is a Christian, but for now we can probably confirm that Obama's grandmother is not a Christian, unless she went to Mecca during Hajj for other reasons, which we also doubt. On November 25, Obama's grandmother arrived in Saudi Arabia for none other than Hajj, the muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which all Muslims are required to make if they can in their lifetime. Sarah Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia for Hajj on the 25th of November....
  • Millions of Muslims Practice Safer Stoning of Satan During Hajj (video report)

    11/29/2009 11:22:20 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 573+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 29, 2009
    CNN: Jamarat is a re-enactment of an event when Prophet Abraham stoned the devil and rejected his temptations, according to Muslim traditions.
  • Photos of Tragic Saudi Arabia Hajj Flash Floods

    11/28/2009 3:00:53 PM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 78 replies · 3,858+ views
    Accuweather.com ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:39 AM | Jesse Farrell
    The Associated Press says that at least 100 have been killed by flash flooding in Saudi Arabia Wednesday that affected the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that is ongoing this week. Given these pictures uploaded this morning from AccuWeather.com Photo Gallery user addhna, I would think that death toll would continue to rise in this terrible tragedy; this article says that 350 are still missing.The Associated Press says: "The official says rescue teams were looking for possible survivors from the downpours that caused heavy flooding in the coastal city of Jiddah, the main entry point for the millions of Muslims performing...
  • The Muslim Hajj: a pilgrimage worth risking life for

    11/26/2009 9:15:00 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 19 replies · 729+ views
    ABC News Australia ^ | Nov 27, 2009 | Nic MacBean
    It may be a gruelling and at-times dangerous journey for Muslim pilgrims, but Brisbane man Omar Saghir says the Hajj last year was the most amazing experience of his life. Millions of Muslim pilgrims have already risked floods and swine flu this year on the annual journey to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina. But the 28-year-old wants to make the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia again as soon as he can save up the money. "The experience for me, because I'm Australian-born and I've never really been outside of Australia, it was a very, very, very intriguing experience,"...
  • Obama's Muslim Granny makes the Haj

    11/26/2009 8:53:44 AM PST · by Astronaut · 7 replies · 724+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 11/26/2009
    The 87-year-old Kenyan grandmother of President Obama – once described by the Associated Press as a "Christian" – is making the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, the Hajj, according to news reports. The annual Islamic tradition was noted by the president, who issued a special statement today as Sarah Obama was reported to be a guest of the Saudi Arabian king. "Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid al-Adha...
  • On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims

    11/26/2009 4:51:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 2,131+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 25, 2009
    Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions. During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less...
  • Obama greets muslim pilgrims

    11/25/2009 2:36:06 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 249 replies · 9,183+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/25/09 | Foon Rhee
    President Obama continued his outreach to the world's Muslims today, sending greetings to pilgrims to Mecca. .... "Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions," Obama said in a statement. "During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand...
  • Obama sends hajj, Eid greetings to Muslims

    11/25/2009 5:05:48 PM PST · by mylife · 61 replies · 2,076+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/25/09
    1 hr 36 mins ago "The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world's major religions," read a White House statement. "On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season -- Eid Mubarak," Obama said, using a traditional Muslim greeting.
  • Obama's "Christian" grandmother in Mecca for Hajj

    11/25/2009 2:54:22 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 34 replies · 2,284+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 25 | Robert Spencer citing AP, AKI
    Why the deception? And who was behind it? AP? The Obama camp? Someone else? What was its purpose? AP, March 5, 2008: "In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents," she said. She, too, is a Christian. --- Is she really? "Saudi Arabia: Obama's grandmother in Mecca for 'Hajj' ceremony," from AKI, November 25 (thanks to C. Cantoni): Mecca, 25 Nov. (AKI) - The grandmother of US president Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 'Hajj' or Islamic pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, a Saudi daily said on Wednesday. Sarah...
  • Saudi Arabia: Obama's grandmother in Mecca for 'Hajj' ceremony

    11/25/2009 1:49:09 PM PST · by T. Buzzard Trueblood · 36 replies · 2,262+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | 11/25/09 | Adnkronos
    Mecca, 25 Nov. (AKI) - The grandmother of US president Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 'Hajj' or Islamic pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, a Saudi daily said on Wednesday. Sarah Obama, 87, is being accompanied by a nephew and Obama's cousin, Omran. On Wednesday Sarah Obama was in the valley of Mina with an African delegation, according to the Saudi daily Okaz. Obama, the mother of the American president's father, lives in a village in Kenya and is one of the many guests of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud....
  • The Hajj: Thinner crowds and lots of rain

    11/25/2009 10:00:30 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies · 910+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | November 25, 2009 12:47 p.m. EST
    Mecca, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- The Hajj, an obligatory pilgrimage for Muslims, began this year on Wednesday with two twists: thinner crowds and heavy rain. A rare rainstorm inundated pilgrims in the city of Mina, flooding tents and making conditions miserable for the 2.5 million pilgrims performing the ancient rituals, according to Isha Sesay, CNN's correspondent there. The tents, where pilgrims plan to spend the night in prayer and contemplation, were leaking and flooding, giving rise to fears of disease, Sesay reported.
  • OBAMA’S GRANNY IN MECCA FOR HAJJ

    11/25/2009 9:06:16 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 32 replies · 1,682+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | November 25, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    President’s Muslim Roots Family Makes Thanksgiving Pilgrimage thelastcrusade.org The grandmother of President Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 'Hajj' or Islamic pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, a Saudi daily confirmed on Wednesday. Sarah Obama, 87, is being accompanied by a nephew and Obama's cousin, Omran.On Wednesday Sarah Obama was in the valley of Mina with an African delegation, according to the Saudi daily Okaz. Sarah Obama, the mother of the American president's father, lives in a village in Kenya and is one of the many guests of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin...