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THIS DAY March 28

Posted by Shiva on March 28, 2009

Today’s khutbah (Islamic sermon)At-Touba 9:123[123]
O ye who believe! Fight the Unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.

March 28 2009: Jamrud, Pakistan. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded Pakistani mosque during prayers, killing at least 48 people, a government official said.
“So far we have counted 48 bodies,” Tariq Hayat Khan, the top administrator in the Khyber region in the north-west of the country, told reporters.
The death toll could rise, perhaps to 70, he said. About 70 wounded had been taken to hospitals, he said.
“It was a suicide attack. The bomber was standing in the mosque. It’s a two-storey building and it has collapsed,” he said.
Between 250 and 300 people were in the mosque, he said.
Police initially said a bomb blew up at a police post next to the mosque near Jamrud town.
“It’s surprising, those who claim that they are doing jihad and then carry out suicide attacks inside mosques during Friday prayers,” Mr Khan said.
“They are infidels. They are enemies of Pakistan. They are enemies of Islam,” he said.
Worshippers searched through piles of bricks, pulling out bodies and carrying them to ambulances in sheets and on rope beds, television pictures showed.
There was no claim of responsibility but Islamist militants opposed to the government’s support for the United States have mounted a violent campaign against the security forces and others.

“They are infidels. They are enemies of Pakistan. They are enemies of Islam,”
The Giardia Lamblia parasite
The owners of a restaurant which caused nearly 90 people to fall ill with a rare form of food poisoning had deliberately tried to obstruct an investigation into the outbreak, a court heard today.
Abdul Ghafoor, of Fagley Road, Fagley, and Mohammed Ayub, of Westlands Grove, Allerton, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of breaching food hygiene laws and an additional six counts of obstructing Bradford Council’s inquiry into the now defunct Saffron restaurant in Ilkley.
The now defunct Saffron restaurant
The charges related to serious breaches of food hygiene rules which led to an outbreak of a rare parasitic infection in late 2007. Traces of the Giardia Lamblia parasite, usually associated with the Middle East and which causes gastro-intestinal illness, nausea and stomach cramps, were found in 87 people who had become ill after eating at the restaurant.

The Skumbags

Magistrates decided they had insufficient powers to sentence Ghafoor and Ayub and committed them to be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on May 8. After the case, Bradford Council’s environmental health manager, Angela Brindle, said: “It has been a very difficult case to investigate as the Giardia parasite is not normally associated with food-borne outbreaks of this nature and, in fact, we believe it is the first Giardia outbreak associated with a food business in this country.
“The restaurant staff were totally ill-prepared for the job. “They had no food hygiene training and no experience of running a food business safely. “Staff did not know how to wash their hands properly and even carried on working when they had diarrhoea.

March 28 2009: Divic, Bosnia. Church leaders are spending 100,000 GBP moving a chapel half a mile — so it doesn’t offend Muslims.
The Orthodox church was built on the site of a derelict mosque in Divic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and is being taken away to improve relations with local Muslim worshippers.Builders will spend a week driving the church to its new location on a massive low loader truck.
The article doesn’t mention the fact that any mosque that now exists in Bosnia was — figuratively if not literally — built on the ruins of a church as well as on mounds of Christian corpses.
Are Christians offended by this fact?

March 28 2009: Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan believes Israel was behind airstrikes on its soil last month that targeted weapons smugglers, apparently on suspicion the arms were destined for Hamas militants in Gaza, a senior Sudanese official said Friday.

Word of the airstrikes in a remote area of northeastern Sudan emerged this week. If Israel were behind them, it would be a rare instance of the country taking military action beyond its borders to try to cut off the flow of arms to the Palestinian militant group in the Gaza strip Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel would not comment on the reports. But outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday hinted Israel had carried out the strikes. “We operate everywhere where we can hit terror infrastructure,” he said in a speech, without directly mentioning Sudan.

Earlier, Sudan’s State Minister for Transportation Mubarak Mabrook Saleem blamed the United States for the strikes, which he said took place a week apart in early February in a region near the Sudan-Egypt border. He said they hit smugglers trucks carrying weapons, but also trucks carrying African migrants seeking to sneak across the border. U.S. officials denied involvement.
On Friday, a senior Sudanese official noted the American denials, and said Khartoum suspects Israel in the attack.

March 28 2009:Wellington, New Zealand. Two men were jailed today for the 2007 rape of a 19-year-old woman in the backstreets behind Wellington’s main nightclub and bar area.
Chala Sani Abdula, 27, was found guilty by a jury in Wellington District Court of rape and jailed for seven years.Ahmed Ahmed, 35, was found guilty of unlawful sexual connection and being a partner to rape.
He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.The sentences were delivered to a near-full public gallery, with friends of the accused and of the victim in attendance.
The rape of the 19-year-old student took place in the early hours of Sunday, April 29, 2007.The court was told the woman was walking down College Street after drinking on Courtenay Place.
She asked Ahmed if she could use the toilet of the business he was working in. He walked her to, then accompanied her into the cubicle, telling her to sit down and remove her panties.Ahmed then sexually assaulted her.
Shortly after, Abdula entered the toilet cubicle, then had sex with her.The woman then escaped the cubicle and went on to the street, leaving her clothes where they fell.
Ahmed followed her, trying to kiss and hug her. She told him to “f*** off”, the judge told the court in his summary of facts.
Initially, Abdula had been called as a witness in the case, but became a defendant when his DNA was found inside the complainant.Judge Mike Behrens said he was satisfied the men had not planned the rape and sexual assault, and that Abdula had only taken advantage of the situation Ahmed had presented to him.
Judge Behrens reduced his sentence by a year for this. Ahmed had been tortured in his home country and had serious psychological issues from this, the judge said.”[It is] a regrettably horrific thing to have happened, but the wider community of Wellington needs to have its interests protected,” he said.
Judge Behrens recognised that, though he was a New Zealand national, because he did not speak English well prison was going to be hard for him.”Given your part in the whole affair and that you started this off, in the guise of helping the complainant”, Judge Behrens did not make Ahmed’s sentences concurrent, but consecutive.
“Her life came to a stop. Her studies and her relationship were destroyed. She is now, as she puts it, `building a new life’.”

On this day Main Events

March 28 1930 Constantinople & Angora changes names to Istanbul & Ankara
When the “Sick Man” was overthrown, and modern Turkey was established in 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk made a point of doing away with the subservient Ottoman attitude and in preserving Turkish dignity .
Those who insist that Turkey made the “name change” in 1930 can now see this name was changed long before. What happened in 1930 was not a name change. . What happened in 1930 was a reminder that these names were already changed, and a request that the arrogant West please get with the program.
The name of Istanbul existed for the Turks centuries before the city’s conquest


Following the Muslim conquest of Egypt Abu Ayyub moved to a house in Fustat adjacent to the mosque of Amr bin Al’aas which was completed in 642 CE. Several other notable Companions were his neighbors, including Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, Ubaida, Abu Zar, Abdullah ibn Umar and Abdullah ibn Amr bin Al’aas.
He also led a distinguished military career. Of him it was said,

He did not stay away from any battle the Muslims fought from the time of Muhammad to the time of Muawiyah unless he was engaged at the same time in another.

Last Military Campaign
Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari records under A.H. 49 a number of raids against the Byzantines, including the one led by Muawiyah’s son Yazid against Constantinople.
Abu Ayyub is among the notables listed as accompanying Yazid.
He was an old man, but that did not prevent him from inlisting. After a short time engaged in battle, he fell ill and had to withdraw.
Yazid came to him and asked:
“Do you need anything, Abu Ayyub?” To which Abu Ayyub replied, “Convey my salaams (Islamic greeting) to the Muslim armies and tell them: “Abu Ayyub urges you to penetrate deeply into the territory of the enemy as far as you can go, that you should carry him with you and that you should bury him under your feet at the walls of Constantinople.” Then he breathed his last. The Muslim army fulfilled his request and pushed back the enemy’s forces until they reached the walls of Constantinople where Abu Ayyub was buried.
Final Resting Place
His resting place was venerated during Byzantine times but later fell into an unkempt state until it was rediscovered by Aq-Shamsuddin, the Sheikh of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II
After the conquest of Constantinople a tomb or Turbe was constructed above Abu Ayyub’s grave and a mosque constructed in his honour. From that point on the area became a sacred locality and many Ottoman officials requested burial in proximity of Abu Ayyub
Seyh Aq Semseddin was also charged, upon the Sultan’s order with locating the tomb of Ayyüb al-Ansari. Its discovery by the Seyh was no les miraculous and significant than the conquest. It assured the Muslim that providence was still on their side.
Later, Mehmed built a mausoleum at the site, a mosque and a dervish convent, which rapidly grew into a town outside the walls of the city on the Golden Horn, became the most sacred place in Istanbul.
Each day hundreds of believers would visit with offerings and seek the saint’s help. The most famous of the dervish convents as well as a huge cemetery clustered around the tomb. At the site, the most venerated Seyh of the day girded the Sultan with the sacred sword of ghaza.
Thus, the saint’s presence not only made the whole area of Istanbul a consecrated place for Muslims, but also gave the Sultan rule over the Muslims a religious sanction.It should be noted that every Ottoman city had its own wali or saint whose tomb, usually located on a hill-top outside the city, combined Islamic mystic tradition with a pre-Islamic mountain cult.
Cities were regarded as persons and a prayer formula recited each time the name of the city was mentioned.Constantinople becomes ‘Islambol’ After the conquest, Mehmed’s first act was to convert Constantinople into an Islamic city.
The preamble of his waaf deed for his mosque reads: Sultan Mehmed conquered Kostantiniyye with the help of God. It was an abode of idols … He converted its churches of beautiful decoration into Islamic colleges and mosques.’ There were six churches converted into mosques and one into a college.
In general the best sites were assigned either to members of the military or to the men of religion including the Süfi orders.On the day following the conquest the Sultan went straight to St Sophia church and converted it into a mosque, saying there his first prayers, an act that symbolized the dedication of the city as an Islamic one.
He also solemnly gave it the name ‘Islam-bol’ (Islam abounds), which actually reflects the centuries — long aspiration of Muslims to convert the great city of Constantine (‘Qostantiyya al-Kubra) into a city of Islam.
The new name was hereafter strictly maintained by the ulema, though the people at large continued to use the pre-Ottoman Turkish name Istanbul.
Folk memory of the congregational prayers after the conquest, as described by Evliya Çelebi, records: ‘When the muezzins began to recite the verse inn’ Allaha wa mala ’ikatahu’ in a touching tone, Aq-Semseddin, taking Sultan’s Mehmed by his arm in great respect led him to the pulpit.
Then be called out in a strong deep voice, “Praise to God, Lord of all creatures,” and the ghazis present in the mosque, deeply touched, broke into tears of joy.’
Islamic faith and the popular imagination combined to convert Constantinople into Islambol. For the Ottomans it was a Muslim city from the time it held the sacred remains of the Prophet’s companions.
In Islamic tradition, a place where Muslims had built a mosque and prayed was considered Islamic territory. The churches, Hagia Sophia in particular, were admired as works of God which the Muslims believed He would ultimately grant to the true religion.
Legend tells us that Abü Ayyub al-Ansüri performed his prayers there before his martyrdom. Also, while an area or a city of non – Muslims who had submitted to a Muslim state was accepted as, administratively, a part of Islamic territory, its ultimate Islamization remained a constant hope
Tolerant enough to resettle the city with Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, Mehmed the Conqueror nevertheless took measures to ensure that ‘Islambol’ had a Muslim majority — a policy systematically applied to the major cities conquered for Islam.

Today’s Islamic Trivia Special
A little girl shadowed by her future.


Papua New Guinea lady

Todays Picture
Faridkot, the home town of Mohammad Amir Ajmal Qasab the surviving gunman from the terrorist massacre that claimed 165 lives in Mumbai last November
The Urdu graffiti on the wall in this photo reads,
“Go for jihad. Go for jihad.”
Other Events,On This Day Since 9/11

March 28 2008: Heart, Afghanistan. Religious extremists ambush a vehicle, killing a young man inside.
March 28 2008: Baidoa, Somalia. Islamic gunmen assassinate a government worker.
March 28 2008: Narathiwat, Thailand. A 65-year-old man is shot to death by Muslim militants while sitting in a tea shop.
March 28 2008:Yathrib, Iraq. A Fedayeen suicide bomber at a marketplace blasts thirty-three Iraqi shoppers to Allah
March 28 2008: Albo Efan, Iraq. A suicide attack leaves three civilians dead. A woman is shot to death elsewhere.
March 28 2008: Tal Abta, Iraq. Two women and four children are among the dead when al-Qaeda gunmen attack a Sunni village.March 28 2007: Mogadishu, Somalia. Two girls are among five killed in two rocket attacks after Islamic groups vow to step up the violence.
March 28 2007: Pattani, Thailand. A 56-year-old truck driver is gunned down on the job by Islamic radicals.
March 28 2007: Mogadishu, Somalia. Three people are killed when Islamists bomb a market.
March 28 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. A Jihad car bombing kills at least three people at an intersection.
March 28 2007: Mussayab, Iraq. Three members of a Shiite family are killed in their home by Islamic gunmen.
March 28 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. Five people near a bakery are killed by a Sunni suicide bomber.
March 28 2007: Mosul, Iraq. Eight young border guard recruits are brutally gunned down in a machine-gun assault by Muslim gunmen.March 28 2006: Sulu, Philippines. Abu Sayyaf terrorists kill a police chief in front of his family
March 28 2006: Sydan Banda, Pakistan. A woman is among four people killed when radicals open fire on a train in a sectarian attack.
March 28 2006:Baghdad, Iraq. A grisly scene as nine people are killed at a Shiite mosque by a car bomb detonated by radical Sunnis. Nearly forty others were injured.
March 28 2006: Baqubah, Iraq. Four people are killed in three separate Jihad attacks, including a woman inside her home.
March 28 2006: Kunar, Afghanistan. Eight Afghan soldiers are killed by two Taliban landmines, the second designed to kill those trying to help the first.
March 28 2006: Baghdad, Iraq. A brutal shooting attack in which a Fedayeen holds a gun to a woman’s head before killing her.
March 28 2006: Jolo, Philippines. Militant Muslims shoot a policeman in the head in front of a bakery. The same group beheaded another man in a separate attack in the same area.
March 28 2006: Gursai, India. A civilian is abducted and hanged to death by the Mujahideen.
March 28 2006:: Sangsilla, Pakistan. Three members of a family, including two women, are blown apart in a roadside bomb blast.March 28 2005: Suwayrah, Iraq. The decomposing bodies of twenty-one Iraqi truck drivers hauling food are found two days after their convoy was ambushed by Islamic radicals. They had all been burned inside their vehiclesMarch 28 2004: Jijel, Algeria. Islamic extremists kill four patrons at a roadside cafe. Three are shot and one has his throat slit
March 28 2004: Grozny, Chechnya. Six security forces are killed by Jihadist remote-controlled IED.
March 28 2004: Oktyabrsky, Chechnya. Jihad fighters strip three Russian soldiers of their weapons then shoot them to death.
March 28 2004:Narathiwat, Thailand. Buddhist official killed by Muslim gunmen.
March 28 2004:Baghdad, Iraq. Four police officers (two cousins and two brothers) are killed in drive-by shootings as they travel to work.
March 28 2004: Iskandariya, Iraq. At least fifty-three people are killed by a massive truck bomb outside a police station. Some one-hundred and fifty others are injured.March 28 2003: Naushki, Afghanistan. Taliban attack on an Afghan vehicle checkpoint leaves seven dead and twelve wounded.
March 28 2003: Mindanao, Philippines. Muslim guerillas kill three soldiers and injure eight more in an ambush. Soldiers were on a morning jog.March 28 2002: Bouqra, Algeria. Drive-by shooting leaves two young Israelis dead and four others wounded
March 28 2002: Be’er Sheva, Israel. Islamic fundamentalists slaughter a family of six in a senseless and barbaric attack.

On This Day in Before 9/11

March 28, 1994: Islamic fundamentalists assassinated a Russian Embassy employee in Algiers, Algeria. He was the fourth Russian to be slain by the Armed Islamic Group, an offshoot of Algeria’s most popular religious and political party, in the past six months.March 28, 1994: A bomb exploded in the St. Sophia Church in Istanbul, Turkey. It had been turned into an Islamic religious shrine and tourist attraction. Three European tourists from Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands were injured The Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed credit for the bombing as part of its campaign to ruin Turkey’s tourist industry.March 28, 1994: Three Dutch engineers working on a water supply project in Yemen were kidnapped near Sanaa by Islamic jihadists.March 28, 1993: An Indian Airlines plane was hijacked shortly after takeoff from New Delhi. A Hindu man, pretending to be a Muslim with explosives strapped to his body, ordered the pilot to fly to Pakistan where the plane was denied permission to land. The pilot then flew to Amritsar and landed there. The hijacker released all of the passengers unharmed and surrendered himself after five hours of negotiation. He said he was protesting the violence Muslims were perpetrating against Hindus in India.March 28, 1991: A Palestinian Muslim stabbed a 76-year old Israeli man in the back as he was shopping. Islam’s victim survived the attackMarch 28, 1989: A bomb exploded near the British Council library in Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamic fundamentalists were once again protesting a book which they had not read.March 28, 1986: Sticks of dynamite were used to bomb the John Kennedy Center near the American University in Beirut. The “Special Forces of the Leader Umar al-Mukhtar” claimed responsibility. They too said that it was in retaliation for American aggression against Libya. The same day, three antitank rockets were fired at the U.S. Embassy in West Beirut. The Umar al-Mukhtar Special Forces of the National Revolutionary Command claimed responsibility for this assault as well. Omar al-Mukhtar was a Libyan who became a folk hero throughout the Muslim world due to his fight against Italian colonialism.

March 28, 1986: Leigh Douglas, a British political science professor, and Philip Padfield, director of the international language center at the American University, were abducted in West Beirut. They were executed on April 17th. The Islamic terrorists who murdered the teachers said that it was in retaliation for the U.S. raid on Libya and British support of that raid. The Arab Revolutionary Cells, an Abu Nidal affiliate, claimed responsibility. Abu Nidal’s primary benefactor was the Qadhafi, the Marxist Muslim, OPEC, syphilitic dictator of Iraq.March 28, 1983: One IDF soldier was killed and two soldiers were wounded by bazooka fire in an ambush east of Beirut.March 28, 1981: In Islamic Indonesia, five members of the Commando Jihad, a group of Muslim fundamentalists dedicated to Iran-style Islamic theocracy, brandished machine guns and dynamite to hijack a Garauda Indonesian Airways DC-9. There were 57 passengers including three Americans. The jihadists diverted the domestic flight over Indonesia to Bangkok.

There they presented their request for the release of 20 political prisoners held in Indonesia. Their other demands included the punishment of the Indonesian Vice President for allegedly taking kickbacks from a U.S. aircraft company as part of their weapons programs. Being good anti-Semitic Muslims, the jihadists demanded the expulsion of all “Jew officials and Israeli militarists from Indonesia.” Being good covetous Muslims, they requested a $1.5 million ransom. As it had been with Muhammad, terrorism was once again Islam’s most lucrative business.

The Indonesian government agreed to all their demands, including the expulsion of Jews, but they asked for time to assemble the prisoners and find a country to accept them all. On a roll, the hijackers quadrupled their demands to 80 Islamic convicts and the Indonesians agreed, ostensibly because the Islamic regime governing Indonesia was sympathetic to the terrorist’s mission, save their desire to overthrow the current regime. Simultaneously, Indonesian dictator Suharto requested permission of the Thai government to send in commandos to overpower Commando Jihad.

During the second day of the ordeal, a British passenger made a daring escape through the emergency exit. Another passenger, an American, attempted to duplicate this tactic but was shot in the back and dumped on the runway. Next, a crewman was bludgeoned by the Muslims. His body was also thrown off the plane. His crime had been making standard hand signals to a refueling crew.

With information from the escaped Brit, the Indonesian commandos staged their rescue attempt – but not before America rallied to their side. On March 31st, Indonesian Muslims stormed the jet and killed four out of five of the jihadists. The pilot and a member of the assault team were wounded, but the hostages were freed. It was later reported that a military team trained in antiterrorist tactics had been flown in from the United States to assist the Indonesians in their assault, bringing with them the rather sophisticated American equipment and tactics.March 28 1917: Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
During World War I in Palestine, the embattled Young Turk government actually began deporting the Jews of Tel Aviv in the spring of 1917 – an ominous parallel to the genocidal deportations of the Armenian dhimmi communities throughout Anatolia. Indeed, as related by Yair Auron,

“…Fear of the Turkish actions was bound up with alarm that the Turks might do to the Jewish community in Palestine, or at least to the Zionist elements within it, what they had done to the Armenians. This concern was expressed in additional evidence from the early days of the war, from which we can conclude that the Armenian tragedy was known in the Yishuv [Jewish community in Palestine”

Auron cites a Reuters press release regarding the deportation which states that,

” on April 1 [1917] an order was given to deport all the Jews from Tel Aviv, including citizens of the Central Powers, within forty-eight hours. A week before, three hundred Jews were expelled from Jerusalem: Jamal Pasha [one of the triumvirate of Young Turk supreme leaders, Minister of the Navy, and commander of the Fourth Army in the Levant] declared that their fate would be that of the Armenians; eight thousand deportees from Tel Aviv were not allowed to take any provisions with them, and after the expulsion their houses were looted by Bedouin mobs; two Yemenite Jews who tried to oppose the looting were hung at the entrance to Tel Aviv so that all might see, and other Jews were found dead in the Dunes around Tel Aviv.”

Although Auron remains neutral as to why the looming slaughter of the Jews of Palestine did not occur, he cites a very tenable hypothesis put forth at that time in a journal of the British Zionist movement suggested that the advance of the British army (from immediately adjacent Egypt) and its potential willingness
..to hold the military and Turkish authorities directly responsible for a policy of slaughter and destruction of the Jews” may have averted this disaster.

Thats all today folks

Merry Mo,s Murderous Mob

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