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THIS DAY March 24

Posted by Shiva on March 24, 2009

Today’s khutbah (Islamic sermon)

Al-Maidah 5.59-60

Say: “O People of the Book! do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?”

Say: “Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped Evil, these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even Path!”


Neturei Karta (Aramaic: נטורי קרתא “Guardians of the City”) is a tiny group of Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews who reject all forms of Zionism and actively oppose the existence of the State of Israel.

While many in Neturei Karta chose to simply ignore the State of Israel, this became more difficult. Some took proactive steps to condemn Israel and bring about its eventual dismantling until the coming of the Messiah. Chief among these is Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, Neturei Karta’s self-proclaimed “Foreign Minister”, author of its prayer book Siddur Vilna, who served in Yasser Arafats cabinet as Minister for Jewish Affairs.
Rabbi Hirsch and his followers maintain that a community of (Haredi) Orthodox Jews can and should be a viable minority in an Arab-controlled Palestinian state. Their main synagogue is the beis midrash ‘Ohel Sarah’ in the center of Meah Shearim.
Rabbi Hirsch claims that there is a striking accord between the views of Neturei Karta and those of Fatah, which was the dominant party in the Palestinian Authority until the 2006 Palestinian election: both favour a secular and non-sectarian government in Palestine.
In October 2005, Neturei Karta leader Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss issued a statement criticizing Jewish attacks on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Weiss wrote that Ahmadinejad’s statements were not “indicative of anti-Jewish sentiments”, but rather, “a yearning for a better, more peaceful world”, and “re-stating the beliefs and statements of Ayatollah Khomeini, who always emphasized and practiced the respect and protection of Jews and Judaism.”
In the UK, Rabbi Yosef Goldstein testified on behalf of Abu Hamza al-Masri of the Finsbury Park Mosque, who in recordings has called for the murder of Jews and infidels. Rabbi Goldstein testified that he and Abu Hamza had a “friendly and cordial relationship.”
In March 2006, several Neturei Karta members visited Iran where they met with Iranian statesmen, including the Vice-President, and praised Ahmadinejad for calling for the State of Israel to be “wiped from the pages of history.”
The spokesmen commented that they shared Ahmadinejad’s aspiration for “a disintegration of the Israeli government”. When asked by reporters, the group also mentioned that they were not bothered by Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial. In an interview with Iranian television reporters, Rabbi Weiss remarked, “The Zionists use the Holocaust issue to their benefit.
We, Jews who perished in the Holocaust, do not use it to advance our interests. We stress that there are hundreds of thousands Jews around the world who identify with our opposition to the Zionist ideology and who feel that Zionism is not Jewish, but a political agenda…What we want is not a withdrawal to the ‘67 borders, but to everything included in it, so the country can go back to the Palestinians and we could live with them…”

In December 2006, members of Neturei Karta, including Yisroel Dovid Weiss, attended the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, a controversial conference being held, Iran that has attracted a number of high-profile Holocaust-deniers.
Neturei Karta’s representative upheld the reality of the Holocaust during his speech to the assembly, although he went on to say, “Zionists have given much higher figures for how many people were killed.” They praised Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for the destruction of the Israeli state, and expressed solidarity with the Iranian position of anti-Zionism

March 24, 2009: Jalula , Iraq. A suicide bomber struck a tent filled Monday with Kurdish funeral mourners, unleashing a huge fireball that killed at least 23 people in a northern town where Kurds and Arabs are competing for power.
The provincial security office said 23 people were killed and 34 wounded in the suicide attack in the town of Jalula some 80 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad.
A member of the provincial security committee, Amir Rifaat, said 24 people were killed and 28 wounded.
The difference could not be immediately reconciled. Karim Khudadat, whose father was being mourned, said he was receiving visitors when the bomber struck. “I was with my relatives outside the tent receiving people who came to offer condolences when suddenly the explosion took place,” Khudadat said. “Suddenly a huge flame engulfed the tent and I was wounded in my head and legs.”
Also Monday, Turkey’s visiting president pressed the Iraqi government to crack down on Kurdish rebels who stage cross-border raids into Turkish territory from sanctuaries in northern Iraq.PKK guerillas gather in a tent at their base deep in the mountains of northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, in 2006. Iraq on Monday warned Turkish Kurdish rebels based in its northern mountains to lay down their guns or leave the country, during a landmark visit by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul
March 24, 2009: Baghdad, Iraq. Eight people were killed and 10 wounded in a bombing near a bus stop west of Baghdad March 24, 2009: Tal Afar, Iraq.A policeman died and eight people were wounded in a suicide blast at a market in the northern town of Tal Afar.March 24, 2009: Islamabad.Pakistan. A bomber blew himself up at a police station housing the country’s terrorism intelligence offices late Monday, killing himself and one officer.
The blast on Pakistan’s national day was the first bombing in the capital, Islamabad, since last September, when more than 50 people were killed in a suicide truck bomb attack on the Marriott Hotel. Islamist militants are blamed for near-daily attacks in the Western-allied but increasingly unstable country, though little information on Monday’s bomber was yet available.
The man detonated explosives at the gate of the police station in the center of the capital, Interior Ministry secretary Kamal Shah said. He said an officer who was apparently challenging the bomber died in the blast.
The police station houses the offices of the Special Branch, which is responsible for intelligence gathering about terrorism, sectarianism and political activities in Pakistan.
“We were on high alert, but there is no way to detect a person who is determined to blow himself up,” Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said.

March 24, 2009: Narathiwat Thailand. Bombs exploded in two districts of the southern province of Narathiwat Monday morning, injuring 11 local residents and security personnel.
The first bomb exploded at about 6am in a fresh market parking lot on Phupha Phakdee Road in the provincial seat, injuring 10 persons who were sent to Narathiwat Rajanakarin Hospital.
The bomb squad inspecting the scene and determined that the explosion was a five kilogramme home-made bomb hidden in the motorcycle fuel tank. The bomb was detonated by mobile phone signal.
The bomb not only totalled the vehicle carrying the explosive, but seriously damaged five nearby cycles.
Witnesses saw a teenage male park his motorcycle and enter the market with other shoppers.
Afterward four police on two motorcycles arrived for security duty at the market but the suspect hidden in the crowd used mobile phone to trigger the bomb.
The second bomb occurred an hour later in Sungai Kolok district when a roadside coffee vendor told police of a suspicious metal box near her kiosk at Kolok Thepwimon Temple.
A bomb squad sent to the scene arrived too late to defuse the explosive device as an unseen bystander used a mobile phone to detonate the bomb at the moment the security team reached the box.
One security officer was hurt by shrapnel and a bomb squad pick-up truck was damaged by the fragments.
March 24, 2009: Sheffield, Britian. Three teenage thugs have been caged after subjecting a man to a brutal beating in broad daylight – tackling him to the ground before repeatedly jumping on his head and kicking him. Sheffield Crown Court was shown shocking CCTV footage of the vicious attack on Craig Rocket, who tried twice to stagger away before stumbling, dazed, to the ground.
Judge John Swanson called the footage “quite horrifying” – and said he had presided over murder cases in which far less violence had been used.
Mr Rocket was on his way home from an afternoon out with friends when trouble erupted outside the bus station in Rotherham town centre as he finished off a cigarette.
A gang of around five or six Asian youths ( moslem invaders) started following him and threatening comments were made.
Mr Rocket became so worried he took out his mobile phone to pretend he was talking to a friend, and eventually ran off from the group in fear.

But Easem Rariq, aged 19, and Moseeb Zabear, 17, chased after him, along with another teenager, Howis Iqbal, also 17.
Rariq rugby-tackled Mr Rocket to ground before Zabear jumped on his head. Iqbal then joined in, repeatedly kicking Mr Rocket to his body.
Judge Swanson said the level of violence Mr Rocket endured was “almost unbelievable”. “I have seen a video of what happened which is quite horrifying,” he told the court. “I have known murder cases where there was considerably less violence used than in this case.” In fact, miraculously, Mr Rocket escaped with only superficial injuries from the attack on September 20 last year.
Rariq, of Boswell Street, Rotherham; Zabear, of Clough Green, Masbrough; and Iqbal, of Shawsfield Road, Broom, Rotherham, all pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Stomping on some-one head is an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm.

On this day Main Events

March 24, 809 Death Of Harun al-Rashid
The most famous Abbasid Caliph whose reign coincided with the zenith of caliphal absolute power, and who presided over a magnificent cultural florescence.
Harun al-Rashid succeeded to the Caliphate in 786 and ruled like an absolute monarch with elaborate pomp. Courtiers kissed the ground when they came into his presence.
The executioner stood behind him, to show that the Caliph had the power of life and death.
The Caliph Harun al-Rashid no longer supervised the affairs of the ummah himself, but left government to his vizier. His role was to be a court of ultimate appeal, beyond the reach of factions and politicking.
He led the prayers on Friday afternoons and led his army into major battles.
Harun al-Rashid ‘s caliphate was a political and economic success in these early days,The degree of fear and dhimmitude attained by al-Harun can be gained from the fact that when the Byzantine King Nicephorus I demanded the return of the tribute already paid, Harun was inflamed with rage and true to his word, captured Hiraqlah and Tyana in 806 and in addition to the tribute, imposed an ignominious tax on the Emperor himself. Caliph Harun al-Rashid’s rule of tyranny and fear flourished indefinitely. Upisings had been ruthlessly quashed, and the populace could see that opposition to this regime was pointless – people were able to live more normal, undisturbed lives,of squalor and misery while the elite lived in refinement and luxury.

The Caliph and his entourage lived in splendid isolation and far from confining themselves to the four wives prescribed in the Qura’an, they had vast harems.
By the end of the reign of Harun al-Rashid, it was clear that the caliphate had passed its peak. No single government could control such vast territory

The economy was in decline. Harun al-Rashid had tried to solve the problem by dividing the empire between his two sons, but this only resulted in a civil war between the brothers after his death.

And after the execution of the Barmaki family (Yahya Barmaki was his grand Vizier) in 803, his affairs fell into confusion, and rebellion broke out. Harun Al-Rashid was born near Tehran, and he died at Tus of an apoplexy.

Today’s Islamic Trivia Special

First Saturday people, then Sunday people
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As for you masters of Europe and your treachery;

one day your sly anti-Semitism will come back to haunt you.
Over the centuries, you have uprooted a thousand synagogues and replaced them with ten thousand mosques.
Wait, now,
and see what grows from the soil of Ishmael.
Your churches are next.
For Sunday is coming,
Sunday bloody Sunday.


Anggun Cipta Sasmi
Place of Birth: Jakarta, Indonesia
Anggun is a popular Indonesian singer. Her name means “Grace born out of a dream”. At a young age, Anggun decided to become an entertainer like her father, Darto Singo.
During her early years, she was influenced with rock sound by listening to native Javanese artists and the rock & roll icon, Elvis Presley. Dancing, singing and piano became her natural means of expression, and the stage an extension of her playgrounds.
She was educated in Catholic schools because her father wanted Anggun to have high quality education, and for her to learn to respect other religion. Anggun began performing at age 7 and recorded her first album two years later. By the time Anggun was 17, she was a successful national rock star.
Anggun began to feel unsatisfied with her success in Asia and at 19, she left Indonesia in hopes of breaking through in the European music charts. Anggun moved first to London, then moved to Paris, France where Anggun met music producer Erick Benzi. Benzi was quite impressed by Anggun’s talent and immediately offered to work with her on her new album.
Benzi persuaded Anggun to move away from her original rock influences and experiment with more sensual and romantic sound. Anggun’s smooth new style would prove an immediate success in France. Her first French album, Au Nom de la Lune not only skyrocketed Anggun to fame in France, the album was also a major hit in her native country, Indonesia.
The first fruit of this new life was “Au nom de la Lune” (the title of the international version was “Snow On The Sahara”), released in 1998. Her second album, “Désirs Contraires” (international version “Chrysalis”) came in 2000. Both were silken showcases for the singer’s voluptuous sensitivity. She scored a significant success in France with “La Neige Au Sahara” (the most widely-played single on the radio in 1998)
In 1998, Anggun toured in the Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan and other musicians. And in 2000, Anggun received an invitation from the Vatican asking her to perform at a Christmas concert where she sang her rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for the Pope, John Paul II.
Anggun Cipta Sasmi’s second album, Desirs Contraires(in French), was also a major success, certified Platinum Export. It went Gold in Italy in just a week! The first single reached the Top 5 in Europe.
In certain Asian countries, her new life as a French citizen encouraged many young people to learn French, especially in her native Indonesia.
Her success – not purely commercial, but cultural too – naturally won Anggun recognition at the Midem 2003 in January. In the presence of Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Minister of Culture, she received a Diamond Record for her sales outside France.
In 2005 a new album, titled Luminescence, was released. The difference of this album compared with the previous ones is that both the French and English version share the same title. Anggun’s first single from the French album is Être Une Femme.
Todays Picture

‘The Prodigal Son’ The French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, The French President Jacques Chirac, The French State Minister of Economy and Finance Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the background.

Other Events

On This Day Since 9/11

March 24, 2008: Mogadishu, Somalia. A civilian is among four people killed when Islamic terrorists attack a police station.
March 24, 2008: Yala, Thailand. A 48-year-old man is murdered by Muslim gunmen after dropping his wife off at work.
March 24, 2008: Baghdad, Iraq. The bodies of two American civilians are found mutilated following their kidnapping.
March 24, 2008: Alleroi, Chechnya. Mujahideen murder two policemen with a homemade bomb
March 24, 2008: North Waziristan, Pakistan. A young man is executed by al-Qaeda with a gunshot to the head
March 24, 2008: Kunduz, Afghanistan. Two more mine-clearing workers are murdered by the Taliban.
March 24, 2008: Heart, Afghanistan. Religious extremists kill two farmers and four local police in an ambushMarch 24, 2007: Narathiwat, Thailand. Two Buddhist policemen are shot to death at point-blank range at a market by Muslim radicals.
March 24, 2007: Haswa, Iraq. Eleven people at a rival mosque are killed by a suicidal Muslim blasting his way to paradise.
March 24, 2007: Tal Afar, Iraq. A Fedayeen bomber blows himself up in a market, killing eight shoppers at a pastry shop.
March 24, 2007: Fallujah, Iraq. Sunni terrorists murder a dozen people.
March 24, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. A suicide truck bomber kills rival Muslims in a neighborhood, as sixteen bodies are found elsewhere.
March 24, 2007: Sirba, Sudan. Three African villagers are killed by Arab militias in a deadly raid.
March 24, 2007: Grozny, Chechnya. A Russian is killed in a Mujahideen roadside bomb attack.
March 24, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. Nine Iraqi children playing soccer are deliberately machine-gunned to death by Sunni terroristsMarch 24, 2006: Datta Kheil, Pakistan. One person is killed when al-Qaeda backed militants fire a rocket at a security post.
March 24, 2006: Baghdad, Iraq. Fundamentalists bomb a bake shop killing five people including four bakery employees
March 24, 2006: Boumerdes, Algeria. Islamic fundamentalists shoot a town’s mayor to death outside his home.
March 24, 2006: Mahmoudiya, Iraq. Muslim radicals shoot four members of a family to death in their home, including a child. The mother is critically injured.
March 24, 2006: Khalis, Iraq. Five worshippers are killed, and seventeen wounded, when radical Shias bomb a Sunni mosque.
March 24, 2006: Baghdad, Iraq. Three policemen are killed in an ambush by radical Sunnis and eighteen bodies are found at three locations in the cityMarch 24, 2005: Petropavlovskaya, Chechnya. Islamic terrorists assassinate a government official
March 24, 2005: Basra, Iraq. A female Christian college student is kidnapped and beaten to death by Shiite radicals. A man coming to her rescue is murdered as well.
March 24, 2005: Baghdad, Iraq. Jihad gunmen open up on a van carrying cleaning women from their job at an American base. Five women are shot to death.
March 24, 2005: Yala, Thailand. Four people, including an elderly Buddhist monk are injured by a bomb that Islamic militants trigger with a cell phone.
March 24, 2005: Bakhipora, India. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen invade a civilian’s home, kidnap his son and nephew then execute them in captivity.March 24, 2004: Baghdad, Iraq. Terrorists kill a 3-year-old boy, his grandmother, and another relative with a roadside bomb targeting infidels.
March 24, 2004: Rajouri, India. Militant Muslims kill a 15-year-old girl in an IED attack that also injures her mother.March 24, 2003: Latkoo, Afghanistan. Taliban attack against a routine patrol leaves four dead and six injured. In a separate incident in Yewar, Taliban terrorists captured five allied troops, slaughtered them and amputated their limbsMarch 24, 2002: Kashmir, India. Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists are thought responsible for three attacks that leave six security force members dead.
March 24, 2002: Ramallah, Israel. A woman is killed by a Palestinian sniper while riding on a bus

On This Day in Before 9/11
March 24, 2001: In Russia, an IED was detonated near the central market in Mineralnye Vody. Ten people were killed and many more were wounded seriously. Several of those wounded later died from their injuries.
This was one of three bombings which occurred on this day in this region, all of which were believed to have been perpetrated by a Chechen Muslim group. A total of 23 people were killed and over 150 were wounded.
March 24, 2001: In a city that describes the religion it promotes, Islamabad, Pakistan (the land of pure Islam), a homemade time bomb exploded in a mini-bus killing one and injuring nine others.March 24, 2000: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a large car bomb was intercepted a day before President Bill Clinton’s scheduled visit which had him landing at the Air Base at Rawalpindi.March 24, 1994: A time-bomb exploded in Kapalicarsi’s Covered Bazaar in Turkey. Two Romanians were among the four tourists injured. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was blamed for the blast because they had recently announced a campaign against tourists in Turkey.March 24, 1986: U.S. Navy forces crossed the Libya’s “Line of Death” in the Gulf of Sidra and engaged Libyan patrol boats. Four Libyan vessels were sunk or damaged and an SA-5 radar site was crippled.
Thats all today folks
Merry Mo,s Murderous Mob

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