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  • The uncomfortable truth: Haj pilgrims to Mecca and the spread of illnesses

    09/09/2018 11:53:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Simply raising this topic is almost certain to be denounced as “Islamophobia,” but disease vectors don’t care about theology.  In the past week, there were two health scares at major US airports with passengers quarantined on airliners that landed from overseas with very sick passengers on board. On Wednesday, an Emirates Airline 380 super jumbo jet from Dubai was quarantined at JFK Airport, with 100 passengers initially reported as ill. Eventually, nineteen passengers were confirmed as ill, and ten passengers were hospitalized with respiratory illnesses. The following day, two American Airlines flights from Europe were quarantined upon landing at...
  • House Hacking Suspects Father Transferred Data To Pakistani Government, Ex-Partner Claims

    04/19/2018 7:39:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 4/19/18 | Luke Rosiak, Wajid Ali Syed
    FAISALABAD, Pakistan The father of Imran Awan an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made unauthorized access to House servers transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the fathers ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged. Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awans father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to change the U.S. president. Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when...
  • January 2018, 'Extraordinary' Boom in Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

    02/05/2018 6:20:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/5/18
    The presence of Chinese, Russian and Eastern European pilgrims increased significantly. The "controlled" reaction of the Palestinians against Trump's decision on capital Jerusalem. Pilgrimages "good for the whole population": They help fight terrorism and fundamentalism.Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - 2018 began with an "extraordinary boom" in pilgrimages. The Christian Information Center recently announced this, confirming the statistics of the Israeli ministry for tourism: the tensions over Jerusalem have not affected the steadily increasing number of pilgrims arriving in the Holy Land. In the month that has just ended, 770 groups of pilgrims went to the Holy Land, for a total of 26...
  • Farmer Found Guilty of Murdering US Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago

    04/07/2017 3:38:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Local ^ | 6 April 2017
    Denise Thiem disappeared on the camino de Santiago on April 5th 2015. Photo issued by Thiem Family A farmer from northern Spain has been found guilty of the brutal murder of American Denise Thiem, who went missing as she walked the pilgrimage route to Santiago. Miguel Angel Muoz Blas, 41, was convicted by a court in Len on Wednesday of the murder of a 40-year-old woman whose body was discovered on his land five months after she disappeared while walking the Camino de Santiago. Denise Pikka Thiem, from Arizona, was last seen on April 5th 2015 in a rural area...
  • Spaniard Walks 6,000 KM From Paris en Route to Makkah

    11/05/2016 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 5 November 2016
    Issac the traveler as he is known on social media has so far walked almost 6,000 km and has now reached Kuwait. But the Spanish traveler of Algerian descent has about 1,356 km to go to reach the holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah. Umrah is a non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage made by Muslims to Makkah, which may be performed at any time of the year. From Paris - Issacs starting point - the traveler took five months to reach Kuwait, passing through 16 countries. The only device he has with him to help him reach the goal is simply...
  • Anglicans to Build New Centre in Spain for Pilgrims on 'The Way' to Santiago de Compostela

    07/29/2016 10:08:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 7/28/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    A new $5 million Anglican Centre is to be built in Spain in Santiago de Compostela, the end of the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage route the Way of St James. The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, which is part of the Anglican Community under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to begin fundraising with the help of Trinity Church, Wall Street in the United States. The new Anglican centre in Spain will have instant and enormous appeal to Christians from through the Anglican Communion worldwide. Santiago de Compostela is believed to be the burial site of the disciple James,...
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • 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 Presidents 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'Providence' at Hand During Movie Filming, Says Writer-Director Estevez

    02/24/2011 7:19:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/23/11 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "I've stopped using the word coincidence" to describe how the upcoming film "The Way" got made, said its writer-director-producer, Emilio Estevez. "It was providence. ... It was the divine." "The Way," which stars Estevez's father, Martin Sheen, tells the story of four Westerners walking the 500-mile pilgrimage route from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Sheen, who joked during a Feb. 18 interview with Catholic News Service that "I did my own walking" in the movie without a stunt double's help, recalled the first time he tried to make the pilgrimage himself. "It was in...
  • Eric Holder sues school for Muslim who was refused Muslim pilgrimage leave

    12/15/2010 4:23:43 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 15, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Eric Holder sues school for Muslim who was refused Muslim pilgrimage leave. Attorney General Eric Holder, who refused to prosecute Black Panthers for voter intimidation and was actually connected to a company that was tied to a terrorist group, is using the might of the federal government to sue the Berkeley school district in the state of Illinois. The Chicago-area school district is a party in a lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court just this past Monday, and its all on behalf of a Muslim woman by the name of Safoorah Khan. It seems that Khan thought that McArthur Middle...
  • Thieves Try to Rob Padre Pio's Tomb

    08/09/2010 11:27:25 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/10/2010 | Tancred
    Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. Rome (kath.net/KAP) Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. The thieves broke into the chapel crypt of the south Italian city of Saint Giovanni Rotundo, according to the Roman daily 'La Republica' (Monday-Edition) which was reported to the local police. There the perpetrators broke through the bulletproof glass, behind which the reliquary of the Capuccin Monk is located.
  • British government removes online petition (on own site) protesting pope's visit

    07/20/2010 5:50:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    USC ^ | July 19, 2010 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- The British government has removed from its website a petition protesting Pope Benedict XVI's Sept. 16-19 visit to England and Scotland. The petition had urged the British prime minister to dissociate the government from the pope's "intolerant views" and not to support the state visit financially. The secularist coalition Protest the Pope sponsored the petition, which had attracted more than 12,300 signatures. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who drafted the petition, said July 16 that the government had removed the petition three months before it was due to close, and that it had not allowed signatures since...
  • Mike Tyson goes on Mecca pilgrimage

    07/03/2010 1:31:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 1+ views
    FORMER boxing champion Mike Tyson, who converted to Islam while in jail in the 1990s, is visiting the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina on pilgrimage.Tyson, who was world heavyweight champion from 1986 to 1990, arrived on Friday in Medina with the Canadian Dawa Association for the umrah, or minor pilgrimage, the newspaper Okaz said. From Medina he will travel on to Mecca and plans to visit other Saudi cities, it reported. Tyson, 44, converted to Islam while serving a 10-year prison sentence, later commuted to three years, for raping a US beauty queen in 1991.
  • US seminarians begin Lenten pilgrimage to Rome's ancient churches

    02/17/2010 11:11:16 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 177+ views
    cns ^ | February 17, 2010 | Father Matthew Gamber
    Deacon Greg Ihm, a seminarian from the Diocese of Madison, Wis., prays during an early morning Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Father Matthew GamberCatholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- For seminarians at the Pontifical North American College, Lent did not begin with receiving ashes in the warmth of the seminary chapel; it began with a long, cold walk in morning darkness down one hill and up another to the Church of Santa Sabina. Once inside the fifth-century basilica, they received their ashes Feb. 17 and began the college's...
  • US, Iraqi troops prepare route for pilgrimage

    02/03/2010 3:43:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 189+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Meghan E. Keefe, USA
    SALAH AD DIN Shi'a Muslims here will soon begin their pilgrimage to religious shrines in observance of Arba'een. Meaning 40 in Arabic, Arba'een is the 40th day after Ashura, or the death and martyrdom of Iman Husain ibn Ali, the 3rd Imam and grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The religious observance is known to some as the Muharram ritual and has many variations around the world. During this time, observers make their pilgrimage to the Husyan and Abbas shrines in Karbala, Iraq, by traveling on roadways that, in the past, have had threats imposed on them from improvised explosive...
  • Storms stall pilgrims at Islam's annual hajj (Bad Weather In Mecca!)

    11/25/2009 2:44:50 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 16 replies · 814+ views
    The heaviest rain to hit Islam's annual hajj pilgrimage in years soaked the faithful and flooded the road to Mecca, snarling traffic as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites. The downpours add an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about the spread of swine flu. Pilgrims in white robes holding umbrellas, some wearing face masks for fear of the flu, circled the black cube-shaped Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, the opening rite for the hajj. But the shrine Islam's holiest site and the nearby rain-soaked streets did not see the usual massive,...
  • 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....