India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

Backed by USA and Gulf States, Israel bleeds Palestinians in Gaza!

Backed by USA and Gulf States, Israel bleeds Palestinians in Gaza!

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL

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Peace is a must for the survival and prosperity of people and since peace is meant exclusively for people, it is ridiculous if powers try to establish it by killing all those who demand it.

Unfortunately, not only Israel and its fascist ally USA, even the Arab nations are eager to kill all Palestinians in one go in order to create peaceful environment in the region, but for whom?

It is now becoming increasingly clear that Sunni Arab world, targeting Shi’a Iran and Syria, supports Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip repeatedly and as such Arab leaders share the blame for the genocides of Palestinians, including children and women.

Obviously, the Obama regime that solidly backs the Zionist terror operations over and inside Palestine Gaza has also obtained the tacit permission of Arab rulers for holocaust of people of Palestine in Gaza Strip its fascist ally Israel. .

In doing so, USA and Europe could divert the global attention from their defeat by Russia over Ukraine issue. Zionist invasion of Gaza Strip also suits Russia which was under pressure to given and let Ukraine stay undivided. The Kremlin, therefore, shut its mouth on Zionist genocides and destructions in Palestine.

Israel is doubly happy that it could kill as many Palestine as possible easily with US-Arab backing and none blames Israeli criminals for killing the civilians in Gaza. The way Israel now occupies global corporate media space is indeed amazing.

Upon its “historic” success in Gaza strip with hundreds of Palestinians dead bodies, Israel now openly admits the support it receives form Arab nations, especially from Egypt in trapping and besieging the innocent Palestinians. The Zionist security cooperation with Egypt and the Gulf states is unique. This is the best period of security and diplomatic relations with the Arab. However, everything is kept underground; nothing is public as all these nations coordinate their anti-Palestine operations. .Israel seeks a role for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the demilitarization of Hamas, in weakening the freedom movement. .

Saudi Arabia and Israel make comfortable bedfellows after the leaders shook hands a few years ago. They have enemies or rivals in common – Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Hamas in Gaza, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Despite the tension between the two West Asian governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Israel-Saudi duo have common allies, too – the US and British military industrial establishments, Fatah strongman and US asset Mohammed Dahlan who tried to take over Gaza once, and will probably be at hand when next required.

 

 

Already in 2010, when the notorious UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, Riyadh agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert. Saudi wants Israel to attack Iran even as America pursues a diplomatic solution to curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, met Saudi intelligence officials last year to gain assurances that Riyadh would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during the bombing run.

Zionist-Arab collaboration began in a big way. For the first time in their two countries’ history, there is open co-ordination between the two military powers. Abdullah’s nephew Prince Turki has been the public face of this rapprochement, which was first signaled by the Saudi publication of a book by an Israeli academic. The prince flew to Brussels in May to meet General Amos Yadlin, the former intelligence chief who has been indicted by a court in Turkey for his role in the storming of Turkish aidship Mavi Marmara.

Israeli intelligence experts say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are at least as worried as themselves and the West about an Iranian nuclear arsenal. Israel has sent missile-class warships and at least one submarine capable of launching a nuclear warhead through the Suez Canal for deployment in the Red Sea.  In 2007 Israel was reported to have used Turkish air space to attack a suspected nuclear reactor being built by Iran’s main regional ally, Syria. Turkey publicly protested against the “violation” of its air space.

 

Mossad and Saudi intelligence officials meet regularly: The two sides conferred when the former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was about to be deposed in Egypt and they are hand in glove on Iran, both in preparing for an Israel strike over Saudi airspace and in sabotaging the existing nuclear program. There has even been a well sourced claim that the Saudis are financing most of Israel’s very expensive campaign against Iran.

 

 

The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative supported by 22 Arab States and 56 Muslim countries would indeed have been a basis for peace had Israel not ignored it some 12 years ago. The Saudi prince Turk is a staunch supporter of a laudable peace initiative proposed by the Saudi King Abdullah and his wish to overcome ancient taboos that his motives are both peaceful and laudable. But Saudi endorsing the Israeli war in Gaza strip signals the height of madness as well. . Prince Turki’s promotion of the Arab Peace Initiative by supporting Israeli genocide sin Gaza comes at the cost of abandoning the kingdom’s historical support of Palestinian resistance.  There many intellectuals here in Saudi Arabia who oppose resistance to Israeli fascism.

This Saudi Israeli alliance is forged in Palestinian blood and can’t last for too long. Saudi’s attempt to peace in Mideast by helping Israel in its genocides plan can destroy the kingdom’s honorable claim to support and defend the Palestinian cause since the time of its founder, King Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud.

Peace cannot be achieved in Arab world by undertaking the tasks assigned by Israel or its sponsors USA and UK. There is no need for peace in Mideast by effecting the holocaust of Palestinians or Hamas people of Palestine.

Arabs, like others, resent any criticism of their misbehavior or corrupt regimes. But the fact remains they disown the Holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad (SAS) by targeting Iran by using the enemies of Islam, like Israel, USA and UK.

Islam: Can faith be authentic? -2

Islam: Can faith be authentic?  2

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Faith needs to be truthful- otherwise faith has no meaning. Helping
the people reach God through the right way is the objective of
religions.

The relationship between  us and  God is  explained by our attitude to
God and what we worship.  Some people worship any thing they like,
including gold and money because they consider them as the most
precious to them. .

Faith needs to be as far as possible authentic and inspiring truly.
False and vague faith has no spiritual authority.  True faith leads to
real spirituality. On the other hand, fanaticism as faith can destroy
the goal of religion even though there could be many people following
that religion. That faith indeed becomes false, a causality, a victim.

Propagating a faith which is not credible is not fair enough.

There could be many unanswered questions in the history of faith and religions.

Why are so many Muslims remain  hypocrites even as they are the target
of anti-Islamic forces and even nations.

What really happened to Jesus Christ, Isa Nabi? Is one major enquiry
of human civilization.
Was Isa Nabi or Jesus Christ or Isa Nabi, may peace be on him, a human
of highest order selected by God as His messenger?

Was He son of God? Was Jesus Christ Himself God?

If He is God, does He live?  Where?

Can God who created the universe and the balancing system, be dead,
crucified and humiliated?

What do the Christian believers think when they say “our Father”? Do
they mean God Almighty or Jesus Christ?

Searching for correct answers would be fruitless.

The Holy Quran says: “Allah made the son of Mary and his mother a
Sign, and gave them refuge on an elevated land of green valleys and
springs of running water.” (Al Quran 23:51)
The Holy Prophets of God do deserve that kind of highest rewards for
their services to humanity.

Many believe that Jesus Christ is still alive but many think He is no
more as He came did His spiritual work and disappeared.

Some others believed that Christ’s death brought about the salvation
of the world; others maintained that Christ’s death had nothing to do
with the salvation of this world; yet other groups insisted that
Christ had never actually died.

Then there is the theory that Jesus went into a swoon on the cross and
may have been just resuscitated and not resurrected.

Is it possible that there is no resurrection, the whole story is made
up and that is why it is contradictory?

One should examine what happened to Jesus Christ after he was put on
the cross, based on Bible, historical and medical evidence.

One view point: Jesus did not die on the cross. He was put on the
cross, but survived. He was in coma when taken off the cross and was
later able to escape as is evidenced from the empty tomb. It was an
everyday case of resuscitation and not the ever otherwise mentioned or
witnessed case of resurrection!

Sir Francis Bacon, who has remained extremely influential through his
works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the
scientific method during the scientific revolution, once advised,
“Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”

Familiar seems true and unfamiliar, however logical and rational,
seems fictional. Human memory leads to the illusion-of-truth effect,
meaning that we are more likely to rate those statements true that we
are familiar with, regardless of their veracity. As such familiarity
impairs judgment and prevents people from noticing let alone accepting
the obvious limitations in their views.

A fundamental statement of Christian belief declares that three days
after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the
eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story
in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the
source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling
block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics.

Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection,
as many traditionalist and conservative Christians believe? Or was his
rising a symbolicone — a restoration of his spirit of love and
compassion to the world, as members of some more liberal brands of
Christianity hold?As Easter approaches, many Christians struggle with
how to understand the Resurrection. How literally must one take the
Gospel story of Jesus’ triumph to be called a Christian? Can one
understand the Resurrection as a metaphor — perhaps not even believe
it happened at all — and still claim to be a follower of Christ?

Pope Francis has been making headlines recently by some of his liberal
yet controversial remarks.  In a recent interview he talked about God.
The Pope said in the interview with  the Italian newspaper La
Repubblica, as quoted by the Inquisitr. “Jesus is my teacher and my
pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This
is my Being. Do you think we are very far apart?”

The Pope did equivocate and hedge his bets, in his interview, but, if
we go with the statement quoted, he is describing Islam rather than
Catholicism and the heading covering the news, certainly talks about
Unitarian understanding of God.

However, this Islamic influence is not a recent phenomenon; rather it
dates to the very first interaction between the Muslims and the
Christians, in the seventh and the eighth centuries.
The Holy Quran presents and demonstrates pure Monotheism and
repeatedly stresses humanity of all the prophets, especially of the
Holy Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Jesus, may peace be on both of
them.

It is said that a third of the Holy Quran is about describing and
illustrating Monotheism of Islam and the Jewish and other prophets.

Trinity is the union of three divine persons in one being, according
to the Christian dogma, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, but,
in day to day life, in our times at least, the Holy Ghost finds little
coverage in most denominations of Christianity. So, literally in a
manner of speaking the Triune God has become Bi-une. However, given
the Christian constant obsession with the memory of Jesus of Nazareth,
there is a constant chant about Jesus along with genuine worship of
God the Father.

Nevertheless, they have dropped one person out of the three, in the
Triune conception, to an extent and it is not long before all the
Christians will follow President Thomas Jefferson’s vision of pure
Unitarianism, believing in God the Father to be the only God.

Jews wanted Jesus to be killed the cruelest way- through crucifixion,
so they can prove that Jesus is not a beloved of God, rather the curse
of God is on him. Jews could have killed him easily as they were in
hundreds of thousands in number and very strong. If killing should
have been their desire, they could have done it easily. Just like they
paid thirty pieces of silver to one of his disciples, if they would
have paid him more, he might have done this service too. But they
wanted him to be crucified so they can prove that he is not from God,
rather he is an imposter and a fabricator. If he was from God, then
God will definitely save him. May be that was the reason that Jesus
was so reluctant to suffer on the cross.

Did Jesus rise in a physical body or a spiritual one?  If Jesus was
given a spiritual body then how could Thomas poke it and feel Jesus’
wounds, why did his fingers not go through the phantom of a spiritual
body? If it was a spiritual body why did it eat, as mentioned in the
New Testament? Additionally, if it was a spiritual body, why was Jesus
trying to hide and be secretive. All right you understand the issue
now; it must have been a physical body.  Not so fast!

If it were a physical body, how would we explain that it walked
through walls?  Also remember what St. Paul was trying to weave, a
story of a spiritual body, to build his theology of vicarious
atonement?

Is it possible that there is no resurrection, the whole story is made
up and that is why it is contradictory?

Two of Jesus’ disciples commented that the chief Jewish priests and
our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified
him. (Luke 24:20). They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And
the Governor said what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more,
saying Let him be crucified…. Then answered all the people, and said,
His blood be on us, and on our children. (Matt 27: 22-25)

The criminal Jews answered him (Pilate); We have a law, and by our law
he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. (John 19:7)
The Jewish judges ordered the crucifixion of Jesus for no real
criminal reasons. .

Prophet of Islam sought good brotherly relations with Christianity,
among other religions – after all religions are duty bound to bring
people close to God

Since the time of Umar Farooq (Caliph from 634-644 CE), the Christians
had constant interaction with the Muslims in the Middle East, North
Africa and Asia Minor and gradually the pure teachings of Monotheism
in Islam, influenced some of the Christians. The Islamic influence is
most apparent, in the life history of Emperor Leo III (c. 685 – 18
June 741), who was Byzantine Emperor from 717 until his death in 741.

Christianity is the largest religion with two billion Christian
brethren and sisters belonging to it.  The premier position
Christianity wields is bound to stay as far as  we ordinary humans can
see.

However, currently Islam that came to save humanity from darkness
faces  formidable enmity, globally.

Muslims would do better to question themselves: Are we worshiping the
real God? Do we benefit from  our religion and vice versa? Do people
of other faiths take us seriously as believers?

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Indian Muslims: Abdul Nassar Madani – Victim of Hindutva Conspiracy

Originally posted on INTERNATIONAL OPINION:

Indian Muslims: Abdul Nassar Madani – Victim of Hindutva Conspiracy

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Muslims in India, remaining the so-called suspected ones since 1947 and  reactivated especially since the Sept-11 hoax, need to be extra cautious as they could be the target of state cum Hindutva attacks even for fun or sadistic pleasures.

It is indeed pleasant news that the Indian Supreme Court on July 11 Friday granted one month bail to Kerala Islamic scholar turned PDP chief Abdul Nassar Madani, a prominent victim of Hindutva conspiracy,  who has been in Bangalore Central Prison since October 2010. The conditional bail granted was based on the health grounds. Though he will be provided police security, he will not be under custody, allowing him to take treatment in any hospital of his choice.

SC directed Madani who has literally been on siege to take treatment only in Bangalore and said that…

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Mutual dependence makes USA and Russia secret allies

Mutual dependence makes USA and Russia secret allies
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Collaboration

The Cold War rivals USA and Russia that threatened the whole world with awful disaster to the humanity by their ideological antagonism leading to possible wars have always maintained secret ties and business relations. They don’t fight war on their territories but only resort to strong rhetoric off and on and get other countries fight wars in their countries with or without arms sold by USA and Russia. Afghanistan, Georgia and Ukraine are the best examples to show how these countries play international politics at the huge human costs outside their borders.

The mutual dependence theory being advanced by the western strategists to unite USA and Russia makes Russia a favorite as the US led western powers need the Kremlin to advance their agenda globally. Without the Russian support, Washington finds pursuing imperialist agenda extremely difficult at global scale, still Russia is considered to be a nuisance; its opposing strategy causes serious worry in western capitals.

Sept-11 hoax created the preconditions needed for all anti-Islamic nations come together to feel strongly for what is known as war on terror but in fact a long terror war on Islam and Islamic world. USA and Russia began working together since then.

Despite their loud rhetoric against each other over Ukraine and Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, among other issues, USA and Russia have been engaged in mutual cooperation since the end of World War One. Even during the so-called Cold war threatening the very existence of the world, American and Russia diplomats kept on meeting and deciding various issues though they did signal a cold fight on ideological grounds.
Both Russia and USA tired best to deviate from the plane crash issue by making conciliatory “discoveries”. The initial strain and tension with Western leaders was based on emotions and immediate political expediency, rather than facts. The USA appeared to back off when it presented its report on the investigation into the MH17 crash. US intelligence officials said that they have no evidence that the missile that was used to down the plane came from Russia. Russia is responsible for “creating the conditions” but there is no evidence of direct Russian involvement in the shooting down of the airliner. The rebels did likely shoot down the Kuala Lumpur-bound plane, mistaking it for a military plane, intelligence officials said, citing satellite photos, social media postings and other intercepts.
Dependence
Europe cannot afford to antagonize Russia now or in the near future. Antagonizing Moscow carries the risk of fueling the conflict in Ukraine further, bringing with it the prospect of disrupted gas supplies to European customers due to instability in the transit country. Limiting trade with Russia would be damaging because the 28-nation EU sold goods worth 120 billion euros ($161.7 billion) to Russia last year, even if that was only 7 percent of the bloc’s annual exports. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, accounted for one-third of sales to Russia, around 36 billion euros ($48.5 billion). Many of those goods could be restricted by sanctions: manufactured products including those used in defense and energy.

Germany is the swing state given its position at the heart of Europe and its weight as the EU’s most populous country. Britain, Poland and Sweden lead a group pushing for economic sanctions, and whose combined total exports to Russia are less than the size of those of Germany. Some 6,200 German firms are active in Russia with 20 billion euros ($27 billion) of investments there, while the jobs of 350,000 German workers depend on Russian trade.
Italy is among the states most strongly resisting tougher restrictions on Russia, along with Greece and Cyprus. Italian exports to Russia were second only to Germany’s last year at nearly 11 billion euros ($14.8 billion), double those of Britain and larger than the 8 billion euros ($10.8 billion) of the Netherlands, which has shifted to the pro-sanctions camp after 193 of its citizens were killed in the plane disaster. Much of the Italian sales were manufactured goods, transport machinery and chemicals — the kind of sophisticated products Russia’s raw materials-dominated economy needs. The Netherlands, a nation of 15 million, has an outsized share of imports from Moscow and foreign direct investment flows to Russia because of its position as an oil and commodities trading hub and a tax-efficient base for offshore corporations. Italy’s allies include southern European countries such as Cyprus, which stands to lose from sanctions because of the billions of euros Russian oligarchs have invested there. Of $94 billion in outward foreign direct investment by Russian residents in 2013, $11 billion ended up in Cyprus. Cyprus, where light regulation and cultural ties through Orthodox Christianity have long attracted the capital and savings of Russians, was only second to the British Virgin Islands, which took in $61.7 billion last year. Wealthy Russians took a hit when the euro zone imposed losses on big bank depositors in return for a 10 billion euro ($13.5 billion) bailout of Cyprus last year after a banking meltdown.

Like wars, the long arm of the US sanctions regime reaches well outside US borders, so, the Financial Times writes, the financial institutions in the capital and elsewhere cannot afford to be cavalier. Financial institutions are making sure the lists are fully up to date and applied properly throughout their systems to deny services to a sanction-hit Russians. Meanwhile, London City financial institutions are in damage control mode, assessing existing deals with Russia and reviewing client lists to avoid being hit by sanctions, with particular attention to those imposed last week by the USA. The Daily Telegraph reported that the threats seem to be having an effect, as Russian oligarchs have started moving their money out of London to keep it safe. The measures taken with regard to individuals and entities have got a correlation with some of the financial flows across Europe, including in London.
Europe does not want to lose gas and all economic advantages.
Convergence

Every regime gets its public opinion molded and shaped in the media to effect the desired foreign policy course to be accepted by the people. Today all parties are essentially hostages to the public opinion that they helped to agitate in the first place, which makes it difficult to reach a win-win solution. All sides have to present the situation as their victory, while the only way to end the crisis is to reach a compromise. A major responsibility for this whole crisis lies with the hawkish rhetoric from all sides. The way what is happening is described in Washington, Kiev and Moscow resembles a wartime discourse, which completely blocks any compromise

While, as usual, USA is eager to keep Europe under its control, European economic interests in Russia are being used by Washington to its own advantage. As such, USA does not object to Europe’s decision to maintain economic ties with Moscow that are very huge. Russia and Europe’s bilateral trade was worth more than $400 billion in 2012. More sanctions increase the price all of Europeans have to pay for this conflict. Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain’s overseas territories are soaking up the lion’s share of capital streaming out of Russia.
Europe depends heavily on Russia for gas and petroleum products. About a third of the gas consumed by Europe is supplied by Russia and is largely delivered via Ukrainian territory. Wary of antagonizing its main gas supplier Russia, the EU has used only small travel bans and asset freezes so far in reaction to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in Ukraine. An EU plan to consider limiting Russian access to European defense and energy technology more difficult with the impact of restricting trade with Russia would be far from even, despite pressure from the United States after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. EU said that those measures may be widened if Moscow does not cooperate with an investigation into the plane crash and fails to stop weapons flowing into the country.

While East Europe is conciliatory towards Moscow, the Baltic countries, which won their independence from the Soviet Union two decades ago and now supporting USA, however, are the most vocal about the need for sanctions against Russia despite strong trade ties. Almost three-quarters of Latvia’s drinks and tobacco exports go to Russia, while Lithuania sells a third of its food and live animals there. But the Baltics are eager to diversify away from Moscow. Lithuania badly wants to join its Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia in the euro zone, cementing a shift westwards. Interestingly, they see the Kremlin also promoting the US interests globally.

Conflict

Sanctions are always a problem both for those who are subjected to them and those who impose them. If large scale sanctions are imposed against Russia, its economy could dip into a recession, while if Russia sends troops into Ukraine, it could lose up to 20 percent of its GDP in several years.

Internal divisions in the EU failed to produce the consensus needed to support the tough talk of sanctions initiated by Washington immediately following the crash. EU governments are split over tougher sanctions, largely depending on the closeness of their ties with Russia.
America has seen how difficult it is for it to get Europe now to contain Russia when its economy is linked with those of European states. While the US attempted to consolidate all major Western powers in an attempt to isolate Russia, all the individual states have their own economic and political interests at stake that they were ultimately unwilling to sacrifice for the common goal.

The threat of the West slapping tougher sanctions on Russia after the devastating Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine has given London-based Russian oligarchs and firms the jitters, with both groups taking steps to avoid being caught out by further punitive measures.

Since the plane crash, President Vladimir Putin has come under pressure both internationally and domestically, forcing him to search for the least damaging solution to the intensified confrontation with the West without abandoning Russia’s interests in Ukraine. When the Kremlin annexed Crimea many conservative thinkers inside Russia and abroad have declared that Vladimir Putin has vouched for a more interventionist policy. Putin’s solution to the need to cooperate with the West economically and keep a stake in Ukrainian politics has been to adopt a conciliatory stance and wait for emotions to subside.
EU foreign ministers agreed to widen the list of individuals and entities targeted by asset freezes and visa bans, and also raised the possibility of restricting Russian access to European capital markets, defense and energy technologies. Cameron said he wanted broader sanctions to target “the cronies and oligarchs” around President Vladimir Putin and was ready to consider sanctions that would damage its own interests, including in the financial sector.
The British cross-party Commons Committee on Arms Export Controls accused the British government of failing to halt arms exports to Russia, saying that export licenses worth $225 million still remain in force. The revelation prompted accusations of hypocrisy directed at British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron had earlier urged the French government to scrap a deal to sell two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia. The head of France’s ruling Socialist party, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, said that Cameron must “start by cleaning up his own backyard,” referring to the number of Russian oligarchs in Britain and the strength of financial ties between Moscow and London.
Russia and the West are locked in mutual cooperation in many issues, like resolving Iran’s nuclear program. The US largely depends on Russia for moving troops and military equipment away from Afghanistan through NATO’s northern distribution network and transportation hub in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk, and also for maintaining security in Central Asia. In addition, Russia’s participation is essential in international efforts to resolve the ongoing war in Syria and the most recent wave of violence in Iraq.
The fact that USA could advance its energy cum route agenda fairly easily with timely help from Moscow following the Sept-11 hoax is a proof that USA cannot afford to antagonize Russia beyond certain point. Without Russian help thousands of American soldiers would have perished in Afghanistan and elsewhere. .

Notwithstanding their cold rhetoric on Ukraine and Malaysian plane crash issues, the governments of Russia and the USA appear to be adopting a more conciliatory rhetoric toward each other, demonstrating the constraints that drive their foreign policies.
The anti-Russian rhetoric is only a cover directed at the internal public in USA and EU countries. At the core there are tangible interests that ultimately drive foreign policy. The west is certain they need to see how they will cooperate with Russia in any new situation

Putin has adopted a course of de-escalation now, but he is also a hostage of the propaganda policy of the past year.
Maybe USA and Russia have managed to take a step back now and ease tensions, but, however, it does not mean that the crisis is over. Crippling the Russian power to make it an ordinary, rather weak country like Pakistan or Afghanistan remains one of the goals of US imperialism and most Americans want Russia to take orders from Washington high command.

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Absence of dotball techniques in Cricketism

Originally posted on Joint Cricket Exercises (JCE):

Absence of dotball techniques in Cricketism

There are only 2 cricket teams that apply dotball techniques to reduce runs and bring down run rate.  India and Sri Lanka, former British colonies that somehow managed to be “in form” teams so far, are very effective in dotballs only when    the opponent bowlers don’t offer enough runs to the batboys of India and SL and do not let them make a big score…. fakes….

That is cricket is a fake sport.

Unlike real sports, cricket teams decide the outcomes before hand at least in the coketail parties in the previous nights

SL would make Amla happy as the captain by giving him 100 plus as Ramadan gift so that SA cricket board need not change in in a hurry. After all he promoted jayawardane to be in form…

SA bowlers fooled themselves by promoting jayawardana letting him be “in form”. …

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Islam: Can faith be authentic?

Islam: Can faith be authentic?

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Faith needs to be truthful- otherwise faith has no meaning. Helping the people reach God through the right way is the objective of religions.

Faith needs to be as far as possible authentic and inspiring truly. False and vague faith has no spiritual authority. True faith leads to real spirituality. On the other hand, fanaticism as faith can destroy the goal of religion even though there could be many people following that religion. That faith indeed becomes false, a causality, a victim.

Propagating a faith which is not credible is not fair enough.

There could be many unanswered questions in the history of faith and religions.

Why are so many Muslims remain hypocrites even as they are the target of anti-Islamic forces and even nations.

What really happened to Jesus Christ, Isa Nabi? Is one major enquiry of human civilization.
Was Isa Nabi or Jesus Christ or Isa Nabi, may peace be on him, a human of highest order selected by God as His messenger?

Was He son of God? Was Jesus Christ Himself God?
If He is God, does He live? Where?

Can God who created the universe and the balancing system, be dead, crucified and humiliated?

What do the Christian believers think when they say “our Father”? Do they mean God Almighty or Jesus Christ?

Searching for correct answers would be fruitless.

The Holy Quran says: “Allah made the son of Mary and his mother a Sign, and gave them refuge on an elevated land of green valleys and springs of running water.” (Al Quran 23:51)
The Holy Prophets of God do deserve that kind of highest rewards for their services to humanity.

Many believe that Jesus Christ is still alive but many think He is no more as He came did His spiritual work and disappeared.

Some others believed that Christ’s death brought about the salvation of the world; others maintained that Christ’s death had nothing to do with the salvation of this world; yet other groups insisted that Christ had never actually died.

Then there is the theory that Jesus went into a swoon on the cross and may have been just resuscitated and not resurrected.

Is it possible that there is no resurrection, the whole story is made up and that is why it is contradictory?

One should examine what happened to Jesus Christ after he was put on the cross, based on Bible, historical and medical evidence.

One view point: Jesus did not die on the cross. He was put on the cross, but survived. He was in coma when taken off the cross and was later able to escape as is evidenced from the empty tomb. It was an everyday case of resuscitation and not the ever otherwise mentioned or witnessed case of resurrection!

Sir Francis Bacon, who has remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution, once advised, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”

Familiar seems true and unfamiliar, however logical and rational, seems fictional. Human memory leads to the illusion-of-truth effect, meaning that we are more likely to rate those statements true that we are familiar with, regardless of their veracity. As such familiarity impairs judgment and prevents people from noticing let alone accepting the obvious limitations in their views.

A fundamental statement of Christian belief declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics.

Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist and conservative Christians believe? Or was his rising a symbolicone — a restoration of his spirit of love and compassion to the world, as members of some more liberal brands of Christianity hold?As Easter approaches, many Christians struggle with how to understand the Resurrection. How literally must one take the Gospel story of Jesus’ triumph to be called a Christian? Can one understand the Resurrection as a metaphor — perhaps not even believe it happened at all — and still claim to be a follower of Christ?

Pope Francis has been making headlines recently by some of his liberal yet controversial remarks. In a recent interview he talked about God. The Pope said in the interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, as quoted by the Inquisitr. “Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being. Do you think we are very far apart?”

The Pope did equivocate and hedge his bets, in his interview, but, if we go with the statement quoted, he is describing Islam rather than Catholicism and the heading covering the news, certainly talks about Unitarian understanding of God.

However, this Islamic influence is not a recent phenomenon; rather it dates to the very first interaction between the Muslims and the Christians, in the seventh and the eighth centuries.
The Holy Quran presents and demonstrates pure Monotheism and repeatedly stresses humanity of all the prophets, especially of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Jesus, may peace be on both of them.

It is said that a third of the Holy Quran is about describing and illustrating Monotheism of Islam and the Jewish and other prophets.

Trinity is the union of three divine persons in one being, according to the Christian dogma, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, but, in day to day life, in our times at least, the Holy Ghost finds little coverage in most denominations of Christianity. So, literally in a manner of speaking the Triune God has become Bi-une. However, given the Christian constant obsession with the memory of Jesus of Nazareth, there is a constant chant about Jesus along with genuine worship of God the Father.

Nevertheless, they have dropped one person out of the three, in the Triune conception, to an extent and it is not long before all the Christians will follow President Thomas Jefferson’s vision of pure Unitarianism, believing in God the Father to be the only God.

Jews wanted Jesus to be killed the cruelest way- through crucifixion, so they can prove that Jesus is not a beloved of God, rather the curse of God is on him. Jews could have killed him easily as they were in hundreds of thousands in number and very strong. If killing should have been their desire, they could have done it easily. Just like they paid thirty pieces of silver to one of his disciples, if they would have paid him more, he might have done this service too. But they wanted him to be crucified so they can prove that he is not from God, rather he is an imposter and a fabricator. If he was from God, then God will definitely save him. May be that was the reason that Jesus was so reluctant to suffer on the cross.

Did Jesus rise in a physical body or a spiritual one? If Jesus was given a spiritual body then how could Thomas poke it and feel Jesus’ wounds, why did his fingers not go through the phantom of a spiritual body? If it was a spiritual body why did it eat, as mentioned in the New Testament? Additionally, if it was a spiritual body, why was Jesus trying to hide and be secretive. All right you understand the issue now; it must have been a physical body. Not so fast!

If it were a physical body, how would we explain that it walked through walls? Also remember what St. Paul was trying to weave, a story of a spiritual body, to build his theology of vicarious atonement?

Is it possible that there is no resurrection, the whole story is made up and that is why it is contradictory?

Two of Jesus’ disciples commented that the chief Jewish priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. (Luke 24:20). They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the Governor said what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying Let him be crucified…. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (Matt 27: 22-25)

The criminal Jews answered him (Pilate); We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. (John 19:7) The Jewish judges ordered the crucifixion of Jesus for no real criminal reasons. .

Prophet of Islam sought good brotherly relations with Christianity, among other religions – after all religions are duty bound to bring people close to God

Since the time of Umar Farooq (Caliph from 634-644 CE), the Christians had constant interaction with the Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Minor and gradually the pure teachings of Monotheism in Islam, influenced some of the Christians. The Islamic influence is most apparent, in the life history of Emperor Leo III (c. 685 – 18 June 741), who was Byzantine Emperor from 717 until his death in 741.

Christianity is the largest religion with two billion Christian brethren and sisters belonging to it. The premier position Christianity wields is bound to stay as far as we ordinary humans can see.

However, currently Islam that came to save humanity from darkness faces formidable enmity, globally.

Muslims would do better to question themselves: Are we worshiping the real God? Do we benefit from our religion and vice versa? Do people of other faiths take us seriously as believers?

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Islam: Is God far away?

Islam: Is God far away?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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All living beings die and disappear one day and never to return the world to resume the life.

Man destroys all non-living things and tries to dismantle even the balancing system of the universe so that none remains anywhere, both living and non-living.

Human beings, including those who claim to be gods themselves, know they must one day die because they see people and other living beings die.

And everyone knows that once died none can return to the world because none has come back after their death.

Of course, God who created this universe, including earth, sun and moon, and life on earth, can recreate humans and other living beings in His own ways. However, that part we leave to god to decide. We praise God.

So, whatever we do to please God needs to be done in life before the real death and not supposed to postpone virtuous things indefinitely.

We do many wrong and hypocritical things thinking that god does not see everything we do.

This means people presume God to be far away from us.

But where is God? Does God stay far away from us? How far?

God is all in all, omnipresent, stays very close to us,, but we may not see, though we could feel God’s presence at times .

It is the common view that god, if exits, stays far away from us and maybe therefore people always ok up when mentioning God,  thereby meaning that  God is far away up in the heaven only.

And, when no remedy is visibly done by the Almighty in the world to the suffering humans, living alone or in groups, the impression that God stays far away from us all gets sort of tacit acceptance of many.

However, those who can feel the presence of God will testify to the fact that God is very close to us, jus like wind and air is.

Today, remote techniques are employed by government as well as private agencies to watch what humans do in privacy.

But without these technological inventions and application God sees everything we do.

Human do what they please because they believe God does not see what they do.

Similarly, Muslims also do anything they want to do. They do not think God can be annoyed with their misbehavior.

For the same reason unity in Islam is badly suffering with divisions and disunity among Muslims.

True, Islam allows branching but for positive reasons- not to fight each other in public by claiming to be the real Muslims. Branching is for the convenience of the human society, Islamic society, but they need to coordinate their work.

God helps those who see reason and opt for cooperation through coordinated activities for helping improve faith among the people. And the branching in Islam should help Muslim live better.

The enemies of Islam target Muslims and their nations, they invade, attack and destroy infrastructures of Islamic nations, kill Muslims.

And, Muslims themselves behave like enemies of Islam, hate one another, and attack each other, killing themselves collectively.

It happens not because insensitive to the emerging grave situation but above all, they do not feel the presence of God and refuse to serve the Almighty.

Many Muslim organizations see the need to engage in inter-religious dialogues out of fear of other majority religions but they don’t want any inter-branch debate among Muslims on God and Islam.

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Islam: the spiritual message of Ramadan fasting & Eid Prayers

 

Islam: the spiritual message of Ramadan fasting & Eid Prayers 

       -By DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL

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Holy Ramadan month is a great favor bestowed upon humanity by God and His Prophet of Islam Muhammad (Peace be upon Him)  

FAITH 

 

Islamic faith gets recharged, refreshed and reinvigorate, every year in the holy month of Ramadan. In this month all aspects of Islamic faith are revived and  further revitalized to enable Muslims to be  strong in  health, mind and heart.

If performed with full dedication to and fear of Allah, the fasting gives to the believers new strength required to live as true Muslims.

In fact, every aspect of Islam has a message for humanity.  Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan has a very strong spiritual message.

A true man of faith has kindled the fire of faith within him, and fasting is something that enhances his faith. Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAS) said: “Fasting is prescribed for man to purify his soul.” In Ramadan, the month of fasting, you become the guest of God. Do praise Him with devotion.

How important the purity of thoughts, words and deeds while fasting could be gauged by an example from an incident from the life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAS). The Holy Prophet saw a woman, who was fasting on a day (not in Ramadan), abusing her girl-servant. Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAS) admonished her and asked her to break her fast formally. The woman protested arguing that it is not Ramadan month: “But I am fasting today”.  Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAS) explained to her that Islamic fasting is different from others and made her change his perception of Islamic fasting by asking  : “But was not your fasting broken by the abuses you were hurling upon that poor girl?”

Above said instance let us make our fasting pure and genuine so that Allah accepts our fasting and we get at least a pass mark.  THE point stressed here  is that not only servants  and subordinates  but no weak human should be   insulted. However, love, compassion, kindness and consideration we show to others during the Ramadan month by no means be artificial but genuine and sincere enough.  We must imbibe these virtues as our general perception of life. As Muslims we are model humans for the society.

Ramadan fasting is qualitatively different from other types of fasting. While general fasting activates the blood circulation it mainly purifies heart and soul. Besides, the modern medicine has proved that fasting is a remedy for diseases that affect the man of this century because of overeating and the variety of canned food. In this case, fasting is as being a treatment and even a preventive at the same time. The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension. Islamic fasting is different from diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake.

During the Holy month of Ramadan Muslims generally dedicate as much time as possible not only to recollect the bad and good things they have done thus far, seeking pardon of Allah but also to reading the Holy Quran, understanding and even memorizing its verses.

Fasting in Islam, like prayers, guard the believers against evil. In the month of Ramadan, one should therefore get to know the Holy Quran better and the victory over the false deity of the soul.

 

 

FASTING 

 

The Holy Qur’an has stated that the Prophet Muhammad (SAS) was sent to perfect good manners. Islamic fasting during the Holy Ramadan has important spiritual objectives. Ramadan is a month for Muslims to change their lives for the better, leaving behind un-Islamic and immoral practices, to lead an exemplary life, both in form and content. During Ramadan, Muslim faithful are trained to keep away from sins. The Prophet has advised them on that.

Islamic fasting is not a mere ritual; it is a serious obligation with remarkable results. Fasting is not a mere act of deliberate starving by abstaining from the delights of food and drink from dawn to dusk each day for a month. Islamic fasting is meant for more sacred goals in life and Hereafter.

Islamic fasting cleanses our body and mind from impurities. When fasting and worship is done purely for the pleasure and love of Allah, changes can take place in the mind, heart and body of humans. Likewise, it must purify our hearts and minds from all impure thoughts, improper desires and undisciplined sensations.

Conversely, if the believers are not striving to refine their character by fast, the fast will be a body without soul. Ramadan is a month-long training program for Muslims to change their lives. During this month, they engage in prayers seeking the forgiveness of Allah, recite and reflect on the Qur’an during night and day, perform the Taraweeh night prayers, and attend special Islamic classes and meetings.

Ramadan is regarded as the best of months. Its virtues are simply not found in any other month. Holy Ramadan helps Muslims with opportunities to earn the reward of their Lord easily. It is the month of solidarity, the month of great historic victories in Islam. Ramadan month helps the believers to imbibe the valuable human traits like respect of time, of word and promise, and so one becomes trustworthy, well estimated, able to carry out one’s responsibilities, and to fulfill one’s social duties. Ramadan makes Muslims trust worthy.

While major holidays of other faiths have largely become commercialized events, Ramadan retains its intense spiritual meaning. Fasting in Ramadan teaches Muslims to learn discipline, which is essential for them to make progress. The Prophet has made us adhere to discipline and strictness, strictness that does not lead to fanaticism or going outside the bounds that God has laid down.

By indulging in mischievous anti-Islamic things mentioned above while fasting, the Muslims in fact insult Islam, injure the fasting itself. Such fasting can be dangerous and self-destructive too. That even after fasting for years every year 30 days Muslims have not self purified and become greedier is not a healthy sign.

In fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan, the true believers could feel passing through the heavenly space of spirituality in Islam by purifying their soul and mind.  This is in fact an expression of commitment to Islam and set out for heaven.

In fact, upon completing the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are in fact reborn as new humans with a message for fellow Muslims and others to change quality of life and ensure safety here as well as Hereafter.

Allah says in the Qur’an: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. Muslims all over the world fast during the holy month, thus strengthening their unity and solidarity and they need this unity more than any time before to confront growing challenges. All the teachings of Islam urge the Muslim faithful to stand together and should not disintegrate. Unfortunately, today Muslims kill one another in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of the world, making their enemies happy.

Among the nights of Ramadan, there is one special night of Power (Qadr), which is highlighted in Surah Al-Qadr, saying it has the significance of being better than a thousand months. (Qur’an 97:3). This was the night when Qur’an was revealed to mankind. Prophet Muhammad (SAS) urged Muslims to seek this night in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.

 

FEAR OF GOD  

 

While expecting favors from Allah, the believers should also learn to mould behavior in words and deeds and to be kind to others. Ramadan is a month for fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world.

Honesty is important for the believers and especially while fasting. Control the tongue and speech. Islam teaches us not to tell lies or useless tales; do not spread rumours or, damaging gossips about other persons; keep aloof from falsity. Use the power of speech in spreading the word of God; in creating goodwill in the society. Do not inflict injury upon others by your actions, including in words; instead strive to help them as far as you can. These are important milestones Muslims are expected to achieve during the fasting days.

The fasting in the holy month develops a strong feeling among the faithful that Allah is watching all their activities. Socially, the connection between worship and social conduct is emphasized as the month of Ramadan offers an opportunity to catch up with friends and relatives for the breaking of the fast and additional collective prayers.

Ramadan encourages the faithful to engage in charitable and good activities beneficial to humanity. Patience is an important quality one develops during Ramadan through fasting. When one fasts from dawn to dusk, giving up food and drink and marital sexual relations for several hours, they learn restraint and patience. Muslim faithful compete with one another in charitable activities during Ramadan to win Allah’s pleasure and reward. The Prophet was the most charitable amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when angel Jibreel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month.” Charity and mutual help occupy a remarkable place, and brotherhood and equality triumph, which that is, the most human acts and the holiest purpose of the fasting. The daytime fasting and nighttime prayers spiritually energize the faithful to lead a new life, benefiting the whole humanity and opening a new chapter of peace and progress.

Check if what we eat is halaal. Talk only genuine things, lawful according to our heart and mind.

Holy Qur’an says: “The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Holy Qur’an, guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. Allah has guided and He expects the believers to be grateful to the Almighty.

Ramadan fasting is a confidential act which occurs between the human being and his Creator. This act must be impregnated with full sincerity and the deepest loyalty. Now in case fasting loses its honesty, it becomes hypocrisy.

In fact, Ramadan fasting is a stage where the human being is the closest to God. The fasting period, Ramadan is a time when one really submits to spiritual and social changes.

 

SELF PURIFICATION

 

The holy month of Ramadan has come to the believers both in the Islamic world and elsewhere, including China which creates hurdles to the faithful every year as a boon to them  and this Holy month has come to remind the Muslim faithful on the need to return to Allah by following His teachings in all walks of their lives in order to achieve peace in this world and the Hereafter.

Unfortunately, Muslims of being tricked away from real faith and converted into hypocrites- living only for themselves by  pleasing the anti-Islamic  forces, masters and rulers.  Even Holy Ramadan month doe snot n make them  genuine Muslims because they don’t desire that  as much as their masters do not allow them be  sensible  enough.  Money and other benefits lure  a sizable number of Muslims  in every Muslim nation and elsewhere.

Today, Islam and Muslims are under attacks but these Muslims do not feel the pain of the affected Muslims. They seek extra money and favors from the enemies of Islam and Muslims by betraying fellow Muslims and  insulting Islam. 

That is indeed most unfortunate. They all must return to Islam  to purify themselves from impact of crimes against Islam and from the guilt they have amassed so far .

Self purification is the goal and objective of fasting in Islam – and fasting not just for starving alone.  The heart and mind must be with Muslims in fasting. Because fast in its real sense, will not be complete unless your thoughts, our emotions, our actions – in short, all aspects of our life – become pure, clean and free from blemish.

In other words, Islamic fasting should effect in Muslims fundamental changes in viewing life. Muslims everywhere try to emulate the Prophet in generosity throughout the month. Human character becomes more pronounced during Ramadan as Ramadan is the month of renewal. It is a period when Muslims acquire determination for truthful existence.  No act of worship is truly beneficial if it does not transform one’s character and conduct for the betterment of society as a whole.

Of course science and technology contradict the divine laws by trying to disprove the existence and even usefulness of God. Their argument perhaps is that government alone is enough for people and God has no place in real life. But the believers should stay firm in their faith.  Even as efforts are undertaken constantly to challenge God and Islamic faith, believers should be steadfast in their faith. The true believers should not disobey God by thinking that surely the “Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.”

The faithfuls thank God for revealing the Holy Qur’an during this month as a blessing and guidance for the mankind. The Islamic nations need men and women that are strong willed, who can stand upon the Qur’an and Sunnah and not waver in front of the enemies of God and Islam.

Muslims need to earn the honest personality.

 

EID PRAYERS

 

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, has cautioned Muslims 14 centuries ago that the Ramadan fasting should have a real impact on their lives. He has advised the faithful that Ramadan should change one’s behavior, attitude and outlook toward life. While fasting, Muslims must ponder whether it had any effect in making them more God-fearing and pious.

Message of Eid ul Fitr day is also important for humanity. Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr on the first day of Shawwal -the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, following the month of Ramadan (in which the revelation started and ended 20+ years later, and which is also the month of fasting). Following a Lunar calendar, Muslims mark the beginning of the month with the sighting of the new crescent. Muslims attend a special community prayer in the morning and visit friends & relatives to exchange greetings of “Eid Mubarak” or “a blessed Eid” joyfully.

Eid ul-Fitr is not a usual festival it marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr day stands for fulfillment of one month long committed good work   and sacrifice as the central part of Ramadan fasting. ‘Fitr’ means to break and it signifies the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits. It is a show of joy at attaining spiritual prosperity after a month of fasting. The holy month of Ramadan which culminates into the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is a time for contemplation, spirituality, peace and brotherhood.

When a Muslim comes to mosque or payer-ground for offering his Ramadan prayer upon the close of Holy Ramadan fasting month, it is presumed that he or she has rectified their lives they have lived erroneously and to live afresh from that day onward like new genuine Muslims. Muslims come into the mosque completing the holy month of fasting and repentance and by gaining the virtue of patience, kindness, righteousness and self-confidence that could be seen as human victory in real life.

On Eid day, Muslims make new resolutions for a better refined life henceforth, serving the cause of Islam and Muslims. Meaningful completion of Ramadan month is indeed an achievement and a reason to be happy. It is not the form that matters for Islam and Muslims but the content which makes a Muslim live a really worthy Muslim. It is not mere formalities Muslims follow that make a human live as a Muslim but the essence of Islamic virtues.

Post-Ramadan life is a big challenge and responsibility for Muslims. while in mosque praying  to mark the Eid Muslims must  try to recollect if they have harmed any body last years;  told or spread lies; or insulted people or Islam. They must seek God’s forgiveness and take an oath not to repeat  them henceforth.  

God may forgive. 

Muslims should be wise to make maximum out of their Ramadan fasting after the Eid ul-Fitr prayers. Having the guest of Allah, Muslims should try their best to remember that special status and retain it for the whole year. If, by chance or otherwise, Muslims return to old habits, they should remember that they are indeed kicking the very fasting they undertook tediously.

Let us be away from sins during the Ramadan month and always.

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(This article is submitted as token of gratitude to Janab Saifuddin Haji of Vallakadavu -as president of the mosque – Trivandrum, Kerala, India)

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د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life.

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Prolific writer, Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books; Dr. Abdul Ruff has published his views globally in  hundreds of   printed as well as online newspapers.website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ (Account: No 62310377429 - CIF No: 78215311481- State Bank of Hyderabad, India)  Phone: 91-8129081217

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West Asia: India votes for UN resolution against Israel!

 

 

West Asia: India votes for UN resolution against Israel!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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In making its  foreign policy a bit clear now,  India has at long last expressed its anger and anguish over the Zionist fascist operations inside Palestine-Gaza during the Holy Ramadan month.
While the notorious UNSC which knew about Israeli invasion project  during Ramadan Holy month before hand remained silent on the continued  illegal occupation and  terror attacks on Palestine, killing civilians, including women and children each time,  the Arabs nations, both Sunni and Shi’a that claim full commitment  to the Palestine cause,  just made some anti-Israeli  rhetoric as usual.

 

 

After pretending to be supporting Israeli crimes inside Palestine, finally India on 22 July voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution, surprising for USA, to launch a probe into Israel’s military campaign on Gaza, which has claimed more than 700 lives so far. 29 countries out of 49 in the members UNHR council voted in support while 17 nations abstained.
Along with India, other members of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – too voted for a Palestinian-drafter resolution on “Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem”. Palestine needs Jerusalem which had been a part of Palestine as its future capital.

The west played its own Zionist card in their own ways, either by voting against the resolution or abstaining from voting- both modes mean the same pro-Zionist fascist mindset of the western civilization.  The US was the only country to vote against the resolution while European countries abstained.

The voting came as the death toll in Gaza neared 800 as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family.

The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas after 17 days of fighting, though some officials voiced optimism that a limited truce may be within reach.

Interestingly, the Indian government now of right wing Hindutva forces had earlier said its policy on Palestine remains unchanged and rejected calls for a parliament resolution on the violence in Gaza.

 

The Modi regime refused permission even to raise the Palestine issue in the Parliament which always stood by the Palestinians   for decades of its own existence as a free nation.  The ruling BJP opposed all anti-colonist struggles all over the world, including Kashmir fight for freedom and Palestine genocide issue.
The government reiterated its stand to accelerate the military ties with the Israeli criminal regime as an ally.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her reply to a debate on the Gaza violence, said the need of the hour was to support the Egypt-backed ceasefire proposal.  Sushma denied charges that the Narendra Modi government was changing the country’s foreign policy vis-a-vis Palestine. India, she told the upper house Rajya Sabha, desired good relations with both Israel and Palestine. Sushma Swaraj dismissed opposition charges that the government was silent on the issue, saying it had reacted to the Gaza bloodshed at the BRICS summit in Brazil.

 

However, since the Hindutva parties oppose Kashmir freedom struggle from India tooth and nail, they also oppose Palestine’s long struggle for breathing freely from Israeli military attacks and continuous genocides.

Officially, more than 700 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Israeli military attacks on suspected hideouts of the Hamas militant group that has fired rockets into Israel.

The unofficial and actual number of murders could be much more as Israeli military enjoys Palestinian blood and dead flesh.

Of course, what has happened at UNHRC is just a fact finding exercise on Israeli fascism and not essentially meant to weaken Israeli military prowess or end the Zionist invasions once for all.

 

Fact finding does not  solve the fascist issue with which Israel is associated  ever since its creation in Mideast in 1948, after all Israel was found guilty of  crimes, war crimes and violation of international law but it has never been punished.  Hence Israel remains a criminal bully in the region, attacking the besieged people of Palestine.

Therefore, what exactly should follow now on will definitely be decided only by US-Israeli terror twins.  The only interest and concern of Arab nations is to sell energy resources to USA and Europe for huge money so that they can contribute to crony capitalism in the Islamic Arab region which the west and its allies seek now-a-days.

 

USA and Europe continue to shield the criminal Jewish state in Mideast and so much so Israel thinks its unpunishable.  But cold blooded Israelis are perishable once for all for their crimes against humanity. .

 

To make Arab world safe and secure, Israel needs to be mercilessly disarmed first and if the criminal regime still seeks foreign blood, Israel should be completely shown the way out of Mideast so as to ensure peace, prosperity and stability in the region.

 

Will the UNSC and international courts ensure that?

India votes for UN resolution against Israel!

2014, July 23

 

India votes for UN resolution against Israel!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

__________________________

 

In making its  foreign policy a bit clear now,  India has at long last expressed its anger and anguish over the Zionist fascist operations inside Palestine-Gaza during the Holy Ramadan month.

While the notorious UNSC which knew about Israeli invasion project  during Ramadan Holy month before hand remained silent on the continued  illegal occupation and  terror attacks on Palestine, killing civilians, including women and children each time,  the Arabs nations, both Sunni and Shi’a that claim full commitment  to the Palestine cause,  just made some anti-Israeli  rhetoric as usual.

After  pretending to be supporting Israeli crimes inside Palestine, finally India on 22 July voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution,  surprising for USA, to launch a probe into Israel’s military campaign on Gaza, which has claimed more than 700 lives so far. 29 countries out of 49 in the members UNHR council voted in support while 17 nations abstained.

Along with India, other members of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – too voted for a Palestinian-drafter resolution on “Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jersusalem”.

The west payed its own Zionist card in their own ways,  either by voting agianst the resolution or abstaining from voting- both modes  mean the same pro-Zionist fascist mindset of the  western civilization.  The US was the only country to vote against the resolution while European countries abstained.

The voting came as the death toll in Gaza neared 800 as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family.

The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas after 17 days of fighting, though some officials voiced optimism that a limited truce may be within reach. 

Interestingly, the Indian government now of right wing Hindutva forces had earlier said its policy on Palestine remains unchanged and rejected calls for a parliament resolution on the violence in Gaza.

The Modi  regime refused permission even to raise the Palestine  issue in the Parliament which always stood by the Palestinians   for decades of its own existence as a free nation.  The ruling BJP opposed  all anti-colonist struggles all over the world, including Kashmir fight for  freedom and Palestine genocide issue.

The government  reiterated is stand to  accelerate the  ties with the Israeli criminal regime as an ally.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her reply to a debate on the Gaza violence, said the need of the hour was to support the Egypt-backed ceasefire proposal.  Sushma Swaraj denied charges that the Narendra Modi government was changing the country’s foreign policy vis-a-vis Palestine. India, she told the upper house Rajya Sabha, desired good relations with both Israel and Palestine. Sushma Swaraj dismissed opposition charges that the government was silent on the issue, saying it had reacted to the Gaza bloodshed at the BRICS summit in Brazil.

 

However, since the Hindutva  parties oppose Kashmir freedom struggle from India tooth and  nail,  they also oppose Palestine’s long struggle for  breathing freely form Israeli military  attacks and  continuous genocides.

Officially, more than 700 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Israeli military attacks on suspected hideouts of the Hamas militant group that has fired rockets into Israel.

The unofficial and actual number of  murders could be much more as Israeli military enjoys Palestinian blood and dead  flesh.

Of course, what has happened at UNHRC is just a fact finding exercise on Israeli fascism  and not essentially meant to weaken Israeli military prowess or end the Zionist invasions once for all.

What exactly should follow now on will  definitely be decided only by US-Israeli terror twins.  The only interest an concern of Arab nations is  to  sell energy resources to USA and Europe for huge  money so that they can contribute to crony capitalism in the Islamic Arab region which the west and its allies seek now-a-days . 

Israel needs to disarmed first  and if the  regime still seeks  foreign blood, its should be completely show the way out of Mideast so as to ensure peace, prosperity  and stability in the region. 

د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Prolific writer, Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books; Dr. Abdul Ruff has published his views globally in  hundreds of   printed as well as online newspapers. website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ (Account: No 62310377429 - CIF No: 78215311481- State Bank of Hyderabad, India)  Phone: 91-8129081217

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