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  • The black stone of Elagabal {maybe now of allah?}

    07/23/2015 1:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    "Elagabalus Aureus Sol Invictus" by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.  http://www.cngcoins.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The reverse of the imperial coin depicts horses pulling a wagon on which there is the sacred black stone from the temple of god Elagabalus in Emesa, modern Homs in Syria. The stone was associated in Rome with the cult of Sol Invictus by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (c. 203 – March 11, 222).  After his death he is commonly known as Caesar Elagabalus according to this his favorite god. The name is the Latinized form of the Syrian Ilāh...
  • Bible Prophesied About Obamas Nuclear Deal With Iran & Predicted A Complete Catastrophe

    07/16/2015 10:34:44 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 27 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | By Walid Shoebat
    There is much in the Bible about Iran and it even described the nuclear catastrophe that will result from Obamas nuclear deal with it. You think this is far-fetched? Just read. For years, Bible prophecy analysts had missed the verses and for years, we have been on record stating that Iran will gain its nukes and so far we were the few who were correct, while the rest still contemplate Israel removing the threat before it happens. We were no geniuses to figure all this, we just read the Bible as Muslims and saw in it that we needed salvation,...
  • Countdown to Mecca by Michael Savage, a book review

    07/04/2015 7:49:31 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 17 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 07/04/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has written his third and final book in the Jack Hatfield series.
  • Islamic State Militants Eye Mecca, Medina

    06/09/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    VOA ^ | 6/9/15 | Jeff Seldin
    From the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, the terror group known as the Islamic State is preparing yet another front in its quest to reestablish an Islamic caliphate, this time hoping to wrest Saudi Arabia from a royal family that has long maintained its grip on power. Saudi Arabia might seem to be an unlikely target for the Islamic State. Unlike countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya, it is not a failed state. Also, just like the Islamic States leadership, Saudi Arabia's rulers are adherents of Sunni Islam. Still, counterterrorism officials, former diplomats and analysts say the threat to...
  • City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

    05/25/2015 12:05:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2015 | Oliver Wainwright
    <p>Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy citys crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the worlds largest hotel when it opens in 2017.</p>
  • Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage [tr]

    05/21/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.
  • Report: Major Problems with U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

    05/09/2015 5:01:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/15 | Sierra Rayne
    The CSP report should serve as a wake-up call for those who have seen something unusual taking place in their town, but perhaps haven't been able to put the pieces together yet A report by the Center for Security Policy (CSP) has uncovered major problems within the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). The foreword by Frank Gaffney describes the source of the concerns: According to the sacred texts and traditions of Islam, Mohammed left his home town of Mecca in the 7th Century and traveled with a small band of followers to the city of Yathrib (now Medina), in what has...
  • Saudi Arabias Attempt To Create Sunni Alliance vs Iran Will Fail, Mecca to be destroyed by Muslims

    03/12/2015 10:12:22 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 12 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Saudi Arabia’s Attempt To Create A Sunni Alliance Against Iran Will Fail And Mecca The Pride Of The Muslims Will Be Destroyed By The Muslims Themselves! By Shoebat Foundation on March 11, 2015in Featured, General By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) In the Middle East, everything could turn on a dime. Who would have imagined that powers such as Turkey and Iran, which both recognized Israel soon after it declared independence in 1948 would become now two of its arch enemies, while Arab states who were Israel’s arch enemies have come to realize that Israel is no longer their primary concern,...
  • Saudi Arabia: Indian Arrested for 'Liking' Photo that Showed Mecca Mosque as Hindu temple

    03/04/2015 10:18:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3-5-2015 | Mugdha Variyar
    Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Indian national for posting a controversial photo of Mecca's Grand Mosque juxtaposed with Hindu religious symbols on Facebook. The photo depicts Al Masjid Al Haram mosque as a temple, photoshopped with Hindu symbols over the Kaaba, the holy building at the centre of the mosque, according toGulf News, which cited a local daily's report on Tuesday. A Saudi citizen who saw the post brought it to the notice of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the kingdom's religious police. The Indian was detained when he was at an...
  • YOUTUBE: The atomic explosion of the Kaaba in Mekka (just a dream for now)

    01/08/2015 8:37:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2015 | HumanRightsTV
    WE CAN DREAM
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity, Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • Torture temper tantrum will cost American lives

    12/13/2014 8:07:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Tom Tancredo
    During a presidential primary debate in 2007, I and the other seven candidates on the stage were asked about waterboarding. The question was: As president, would I agree to waterboard a captured terrorist if three bombs had gone off in this country and we were awaiting the big one and we had a captive who we believed knew when and where it would happen? I replied, not only would I waterboard the guy, but Id be looking for Jack Bauer, the superhero character from the television series 24. That was my answer after all other candidates said no because John...
  • Pope Francis Prays in Turkey's Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

    11/30/2014 3:46:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca. The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio. He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses...
  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • This Year's Pilgrimage to Mecca May Come with Extra Dose of Ebola

    10/16/2014 8:03:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/16/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In Islam, making a ritual pilgrimage to Mecca is almost as sacred as beheading a screaming infidel. These pilgrimages often come with their own death tolls as Muslims throw rocks at a pillar representing satan and generally trample each other and have a good time.In the past, African Muslims would be tricked into making the pilgrimage only to be left with nothing and then sold as slaves. Today there’s a different sort of threat for them on the horizon. Anxious to safeguard Islam’s haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa...
  • 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 ARABIASaudi 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...
  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city as ancient as time itself, and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque will surpass the architectural beauty of Indias Taj Mahal. Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islams holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Meccas history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • 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...
  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site. The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does notmeasure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic...
  • Man Wearing Strange Clothes in Makkah Held

    07/07/2014 5:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 07, 2014
    Security men in the sacred Saudi town of Makkah arrested a man wearing strange clothes inside the Grand Mosque, saying his costume detracted worshippers. Many curious men had left their prayers at the mosque and surrounded the man to take a close look at his apparel, prompting the mosques security men to intervene. He was told to go and change his clothes because they are distracting the worshippers from their prayershe left but returned with the same clothes, Sada daily. It said police arrested the bearded man for interrogation after he entered the mosque for the second time with the...
  • ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia

    06/30/2014 5:16:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 90 replies
    APA ^ | June 30, 2014 | Baku. Rashad Suleymanov
    Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia. APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here. ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.
  • State Dept Spends $150K On Black Arch Mecca ArtAn Endless Multiplying Energy Field

    12/04/2013 1:58:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Eric Scheiner
    In the days before the October government shutdown, the State Department spent $150,000 on The Black Arch, an art installation piece referencing Mecca. A 2011 press release describes the work as a profound collaboration between Shadia and Raja Alem. It is very much about a meeting point of the two artists; of two visions of the world; from darkness to light, and of two citiesMakkah (Mecca) and Venice. The State Department tells CNSNews.com, The Black Arch will be installed at the new U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Black Arch was one of several artworks that were...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect Natl 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...
  • 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...
  • Daniel Pipes: Terror's apologists go mute

    08/12/2003 1:16:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 185+ views
    National Post ^ | August 12 2003 | Daniel Pipes
    Howls of rage went up after the Joint Terrorism Task Force, guns drawn, arrested Maher Hawash in the parking lot of an Intel Corporation facility in March, 2003, and placed him in solitary confinement. The protests intensified as prosecutors detained him without charges for more than a month in an Oregon jail while they pored over the evidence. Given Maher Mofeid "Mike" Hawash's biography, this all came as a particular shock, for he personified the American success story. A Palestinian born in Nablus in 1964 and reared in Kuwait, he arrived in the United States in 1984, earning degrees in...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • 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.
  • UK TV channel's Islam history programme sparks outrage among Muslims

    09/03/2012 1:37:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Indian Express ^ | September 3, 2012
    Historian Tom Holland has claimed that Koran makes little or no reference to religious city of Mecca. London : A British channel has come under fire over a programme it broadcast on the history of Islam. The programme, Islam: The Untold Story, broadcast on Channel 4, triggered nearly 550 complaints to both the television regulator Ofcom and the channels presenter Tom Holland. According to the Daily Mail, Holland has been accused of distorting the history of Islam by claiming the Koran makes little or no reference to the religious city of Mecca. He has also been subjected to a number...
  • US Army Suspends Class That Suggests Nuclear Destruction Of Islamic Sites

    05/11/2012 11:57:33 AM PDT · by Fennie · 43 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | May 11, 2012 | The Associated Press
    A course for U.S. military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden. The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.
  • Bomb the Kaaba And Eliminate Islam

    03/02/2012 8:35:43 PM PST · by Jean Cauvin · 53 replies
    Here me out before you conclude. I have a rational argument for what I am proposing. In WWII, to defeat Japan America used psychological warfare as part of the battle. They knew that the ultimate destruction of the Japanese Empire at that time was to defame their leader/god figure. By humiliating him on national television forcing him to claim to the world that he is indeed not god and that he has been defeated allowed Japan to succeed and renew in the future. What we did is why Japan is such a successful country today. Islam is using that exact...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia to buy nukes if Iran tests A-bomb (From "Arab Spring" to nuclear Middle-East)

    02/10/2012 4:42:39 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/10/2012 | staff
    Saudia Arabia would move quickly to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran successfully tests an atomic bomb, according to a report. Citing an unidentified Saudi Arabian source, the Times newspaper in the U.K. (which operates behind a paywall) said that the kingdom would seek to buy ready-made warheads and also begin its own program to enrich weapons-grade uranium. The paper suggested that Pakistan was the country most likely to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons, saying Western officials were convinced there was an understanding between the countries to do so if the security situation in the Persian Gulf gets worse. Pakistan and...
  • Siege of Mecca and Juhayman al-Otaibi: CIA and GIGN operatives converted to Islam

    12/22/2011 11:18:51 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | 12-19-11 | Lee Jay Walker
    Juhayman ibn Muhammad ibn Sayf al-Otaibi believed that an Islamic uprising was needed in order to create a more fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state. From an outside point of view this may appear rather strange given the fact that Islamic Sharia law governs Saudi Arabia and not one single Christian church or Buddhist temple is allowed. However, according to Juhayman al-Otaibi the ruling elites in Saudi Arabia were self-serving and radical change was needed. This single event in late 1979 still shakes the Sunni Islamic world today and the same applies to covert work done by CIA operatives. After all, the...
  • Prominent Saudi Preacher Urges the Arabs to Manufacture Nuclear Weapons and Gain Military Strength

    12/01/2011 10:10:33 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    nmen.org ^ | 11-18-11 | Not Listed
    In a November 8 article titled The West Wages Jihad But Forbids Us From Doing So published in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, prominent Saudi preacher Dr. Aidh Al-Qarni wrote that the Wests hypocritical stance of engaging in warfare and stockpiling arms while at the same time urging others to be peaceful and to refrain from manufacturing weapons is simply a clever tactic of warfare. The West, Al-Qarni said, understands that power and military supremacy are far more important than cultural heritage or moral virtue; therefore, it builds up its own strength while keeping its rivals weak by...
  • Will Mecca Time replace Greenwich Mean Time?

    11/11/2011 6:51:39 PM PST · by americanophile · 64 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | 11/11/11 | Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
    The new tower on the skyline in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, looks incredibly like Londons Big Ben and theres a good reason. A number of Muslims are calling for Greenwich Mean Time the standard by which the world sets its clocks be replaced by official Mecca time. This summer, the worlds largest clock began its first official duty: marking time during Ramadan in MeccaIslams holiest city, reports Salman Hameed writing for Religion Dispatches. This colossal clock bears a striking resemblance to Big Ben, and the tower that hosts it is six times taller than the British landmark, making...
  • 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 worlds largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites. As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abrahams 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...
  • Marines Warned: Don't Spit Towards Mecca

    11/05/2011 8:39:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/5/11 | Diana West
    Uncle Sam is getting a little weird. Make that a lot weird. Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan--populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist primitives--to no avail, he has hit on a new plan for winning those ever-elusive Afghan ''hearts and minds.'' (snip) When nature calls, Uncle Sam has decided he wants every U.S. Marine equipped with a map and compass, or some other way of knowing direction. This is to ensure that no U.S. Marine in Afghanistan urinates in the direction of Mecca ever again. Now, there's a winning strategy.
  • U.S. Marines In Afghanistan Told Not To Spit Towards Mecca

    10/27/2011 7:01:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers /NCtimes ^ | October 27, 2011 | Weasel Zippers
    PC lunacy has no place on the battlefield.(NCtimes) -As the war in Afghanistan enters its 11th year, thousands of Camp Pendleton troops are getting much more detailed training in Afghan cultural practices. Years of lessons learned about roadside bombs also are being tapped to better prepare more than 7,000 base troops leaving for Afghanistan in about 12 weeks to spot the weapons responsible for most deaths and injuries. The training is a lot more thorough and mission-oriented now, said Gunnery Sgt. Dan Tremore, who was helping to oversee training sessions last week for nearly 100 troops. Its extremely important in...
  • The Major Religions of the World ....Revisited: The Significance of Mecca

    08/29/2011 5:03:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Major Religions dot com ^ | 2008 | Robert Fawcett
    It needs to be noted that Arabs had been making the pilgrimage to Mecca-to the enormous granite Ka'aba, the old shrine at the center of the city-for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, before Islam to pay tribute to these 360 gods represented inside the Ka'aba's walls. Muhammad destroyed all but two -- that of the Virgin Mary, and that of Christ. However, even those representations would eventually be banned under Islam's subsequent prohibition of images. This prohibition was not endorsed by the Prophet. Controversies have exploded over images depicting the Prophet Muhammad, namely his depiction as a turbaned terrorist in...
  • Abdullah opens work on Mecca mosque extension

    08/19/2011 1:13:12 PM PDT · by americanophile · 19 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | August 19, 2011 | AFP
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will officially launch a $10.6-billion (7.3-billion-euro) extension project Friday for the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, media reports said. The project is intended to allow the complex to accommodate some two million worshippers at a time, the daily Asharq al-Awsat said. The site, where 10,000 workers are already working round-the-clock covers an area of 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet). The project envisages a multi-level extension on the north side of the complex, together with stairways and tunnels to facilitate worshippers access to the mosque, built around the...
  • The Myth of Mecca

    09/27/2001 10:45:41 AM PDT · by JoeGOP · 10 replies · 343+ views
    PoliticalUSA.com ^ | 9/27/2001 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    The most sacred spot on earth to all members of the Islamic religion is the Holy City of Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Mohammed. It is one of the five basic requirements incumbent upon all Moslems that they make (if their health will allow it) a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lives (the other four: recognize that there is no god but Allah, that Mohammed is Allah's prophet, ritually pray five times a day, and give alms to the poor). The founding events of Islam are Mohammed's activities in Mecca and Medina, a city north of Mecca. The ...
  • The Myth of Mecca

    09/27/2001 6:56:26 AM PDT · by francisandbeans · 148 replies · 1,370+ views
    PUSA.com ^ | 9/27 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    The most sacred spot on earth to all members of the Islamic religion is the Holy City of Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Mohammed. It is one of the five basic requirements incumbent upon all Moslems that they make (if their health will allow it) a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lives (the other four: recognize that there is no god but Allah, that Mohammed is Allah's prophet, ritually pray five times a day, and give alms to the poor). The founding events of Islam are Mohammed's activities in Mecca and Medina, a city north of Mecca. The ...
  • New Era Set For 9/11 Site

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    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 11, 2011 | SOPHIA HOLLANDER
    Water pours through the north memorial pool at Ground Zero. On Sept. 12, 2011, when the public is allowed to step onto the World Trade Center site for the first time in 10 years, the approach will be more pedestrian than poignant. Visitors will pass through police screening gates and walk past barriers designed to prevent bombs from tearing through the site again. But this sobering reintroduction to the World Trade Center site is perhaps a fitting transition from the past decadewhen the public's last direct experience of the site was a morning of terrorto a new era. As visitors...
  • 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 wereld‎ De Dagelijkse Standaard Geplaatst door Willem Jan Hilderink op 24 juni, 2011 - 14:18 Delta zou dan meewerken aan de praktijken van Saudi Arabian...
  • In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face Mecca<

    05/29/2011 10:23:43 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 21 replies
    CFP ^ | May 30, 2011 | V Sharpe
    In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face MeccaVictor Sharpe Sunday, May 29, 2011 The late Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren Sounds the Shofar (Rams Horn) upon the Recapture in June, 1967 of Jerusalems holy Jewish site, the Western Wall, from Jordanian Muslim occupation Jerusalem Unification Day has again been celebrated in Israel and throughout the world with the exception of that 7th century alternate universe: the Muslim world.It marks 44 years since the amazing and miraculous event took place when the Jewish peoples 3,000 year old capital city was restored to the Jewish state in the 1967 Six-Day War....
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and in a departure from authorities practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate

    03/22/2011 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jerry Markon
    BERKELEY, Ill. Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca. The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the critical end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway. Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion: that the school districts decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan. They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her...