750,000 May Die As Somalia Famine Worsens
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Riyadh newspaper published on Tuesday 6/9/2011, Issue No. 15779, an article entitled: 750,000 may die as Somalia famine worsens
Famine has spread to a sixth area of Somalia and tens of thousands of people have died as a result of severe food shortages, the UN has said.
A statement from the UN Somalia Food Security Nutrition Analysis Unit said: “In total, four million people are in crisis in Somalia, with 750,000 people at risk of death in the coming four months in the absence of adequate response”.
Previous figures announced by the United Nations in July indicated that there are 450,000 people facing death. The current population of Somalia is estimated less than eight million people.
The unit added that: there are tens of thousands have died; more than half of them are children.
Despite ongoing response to the humanitarian crisis, projections indicate that famine will become widespread throughout southern Somalia by the end of this year.
Famine implies that at least 20 per cent of households face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition in over 30 percent of people, and two deaths per 10,000 people every day, according to UN definition.
Up till now, only 59% of the aids required to the Horn of Africa have been delivered, i.e. more than a billion dollars out of 2.4 billion, according to UN figures up to the first of September, while countries in this region are facing an unprecedented drought. The five other areas hit by famine include the Bakool Agropastor
al communities in Lower Shabelle region, the Agropastoral areas of Balad and Cadale districts of Middle Shabelle, the Afgoye corridor which has the highest concentration of internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements, and the Mogadishu IDP community.
The drought affects 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa, in one of the worst drought in the last decades, and they in a mass need for the humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations. Somalia is the most affected country, since it has been suffering the civil war impacts since 1991. The conflict destroyed the infrastructure and make access to the centre and south of the country extremely difficult.
Riyadh newspaper also published on Wednesday, 7/9/2011, Issue No. 15780, an article entitled:
NYPD Surveilled Over 250 Mosques and Muslim Groups The New York Police Department collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in and around New York, often using undercover officers and informants to canvas the Islamic population of America’s largest city, according to officials and confidential, internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The documents, many marked “secret,” highlight the NYPD’s hunt for terrorists among groups of largely innocent people living their everyday lives in mosques and workplaces.
An Associated Press investigation last month revealed that a secret squad known as the Demographics Unit sent teams of undercover officers to help key tabs on the area’s Muslim communities. The recent documents are the first to quantify that effort.
Aljazira newspaper also published on Sunday 4/9/2011, an article by Wahib Al-wahaibi entitled:
24 relief aircrafts reach Mogadishu to deliver aids to the Somali people
24 relief aircrafts landed at the airport of Abdullah Adam in the Somali capital Mogadishu, coming from the air bases in Riyadh and Jeddah, as part of the air bridge directed by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.
The aircrafts carry more than (270) tones of relief items, include a variety of foods, provided by the citizens of Saudi Arabia National Campaign to help the Somali people after the call of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
The Saudi National campaign to relief the Somali people put an urgent plan, under the auspices of His Royal Highness Prince, Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior General Supervisor of the Saudi National Campaign to relief the Somali people, to distribute it to those most affected, and take all measures required to deliver it speedily, in collaboration with humanitarian actors. The charity campaign came as part of the humanitarian initiatives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his many and solemn charitable works, given to all the needy and afflicted by natural disasters throughout the Arab and Muslim world and to provide a helping hand to support them financially and morally, to overcome their difficult and bad circumstances and to mitigate their suffering.
The campaign continues to receive cash donations to the consolidated account of the National Bank No. 6000, or remittance from other banks for the campaign account at the National Commercial Bank No. SA 431 00 000201 77 777 000 104 or through Alahli Telephone number 920001000, and receive in-kind contributions in the warehouse of the Saudi National campaign to relief the Somali people in Riyadh, which receives in-kind donations 24 hours a day.

Al-Madina newspaper also published on Wednesday, 7/9/2011, an article entitled: D. Rifai: King Abdul Aziz established a global organization for dialogue to strengthen Arabic and the Islamic solidarity

Dr. Hamid Rifai, Chairman of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, clarified that the forum seeks to support and enhance the Arab and Muslim solidarity, through Muslim – Muslim dialogue.
As well as opening a dialogue with the followers of other religions, cultures and civilizations. Dr. Rifai referred that the forum is about to issue a joint book with Vatican, to document the results of the dialogue after fifteen years. The dialogue will also continue through websites… Here’s the dialogue:

*Does the Islamic charity work include non-Muslims?
– Muslim believes that all people are honoured just for being humans, regardless their identities…and being good to each other is one part of honouring.. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) linked good faith and its completeness to feeding the neighbour, he (PBUH) said: «whoever spend his night sated, and know that his neighbour is hungry, has not believed in what I have brought». Scholars confirmed that the meaning of (neighbour) in the Hadith includes all neighbours, Muslims and non-Muslims. He (PBUH) says: «None of you will believe till he loves for his brother what he loves for himself», Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali comments on the Hadith and said: “The Brotherhood here is the human brotherhood”.

*As a President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue… What is the main mission of this forum..?
– There are two main missions for the forum: 1. Supporting and enhancing the Arabs and Muslims solidarity… through Muslim – Muslim dialogue.
2. Opening dialogue with the followers of other religions, cultures and civilizations, to discover common grounds among different human culture, in order to formulate a fair human charter, that achieve a safe and fair coexistence for all human societies.

*Did the forum find any positive responses?
– Certainly, the others responses were great. To be fair, I confirm that: Practically, they are the owners of the lead in calling for a dialogue in modern history. We are who hesitate on the dialogue with the other, although the dialogue is the most prominent feature of the path of Islam. Until recently, there were Muslim parties refuse the dialogue with others and considers it a taboo!

*Is the mutual recognition a precondition for dialogue with the other?
– Islam religion decides one condition for dialogue with the other… Good say and abstaining from abusing others… For those who impose severe conditions for the mutual recognition of the dialogue, I say: If the mutual recognition already exists, then there will be no justification for dialogue.. On the other hand, the requirement of mutual recognition between contradictory beliefs would not be completed, unless one of the parties waives for the benefit of the other party’s belief which practically means moving from one side to another. To solve this dilemma, we have agreed with Vatican and the Council of Churches of the Middle East and other religious and cultural institutions fifteen years ago on the following principle: (mutual recognition: Is the recognition of existence.. not the recognition of belief) and Qur’an asserts this fact with its gold base: «you have your religion and I have my religion«.
* What is your vision concerning the dialogue with the other?
– Dialogue is the wise way adopted by Islam to spread its values and goals, and in dealing with others in life. The Holy Quran shows us scenes of dialogue which confirms the importance of dialogue… God the Almighty has engaged in a dialogue with angels…And engaged in a dialogue with his prophets and messengers…and engaged in dialogue with the devil.. The Quran shows us scenes of dialogue of the prophets and apostles with their own people.. The Sunnah gives many scenes of dialogue between the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the his people… And he (PBUH) meets the Christians of Najran, in his mosque, and engaged in dialogue with them. Dialogue in Islam: Is a religious duty, a civilized approach, and an ethical conduct. Dialogue is considered also as an urgent need to achieve mutual understanding among cultures and civilizations. The dialogue becomes even more and more urgent, when there are reasons necessitate it, and conditions which enhance it. On the other hand, the dialogue is not a goal by itself.. Dialogue is a wise approach to achieve mutual acquaintance among people.. And acquaintance, in turn, is the entrance to achieve understanding between them and Understanding is the basic point to develop joint humanitarian projects on the basis of cooperation and competition to achieve interests of communities and safe and fair coexistence between them.

* What are the main achievements of the modern dialogue?
– In 1926, King Abdulaziz Al Saud (may God has mercy on him), the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia established in Makka a global organization concerned with the dialogue (Muslim World Conference), and it still carry out this task until today.. And t is also has been registered in the United Nations since 1965.
In 1972, as a result of consultation through the representatives of His Majesty King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz (may God have mercy on him), King of Saudi Arabia, and His Holiness Pope Paul VI, Pope of the Vatican, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had received a delegation of leading scientists, thinkers and European legists under the chairmanship of Professor McBride, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland and the advisor to Pope Paul VI. The delegation met with a group of leading scientists, thinkers and legists from Saudi Arabia headed by Sheikh Mohammed Harkan, Saudi Minister of Justice at that time. The proceedings of the dialogue were recorded And documented in a book.
In 1974, a delegation of scientists and thinkers of Saudi Arabia headed by Sheikh Mohammed Harkan travelled to Europe to conduct a dialogue with their counterparts’ scientists and thinkers of Europe, chaired by Professor McBride.
In 1992, under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, king of Saudi Arabia, a delegation of scientists, intellectuals and Saudi legists, chaired by Dr. Abdullah Omar Nassif, and the membership of me and others held discussions with our counterparts scholars and thinkers in Vatican, Paris, and Madrid.
In 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, seminars for dialogue were held in Rome, Paris, Madrid and New York.
Since 1995 The International Islamic Forum for Dialogue holds a regular annual meeting for dialogue with Vatican.
Since 2001 The International Islamic Forum for Dialogue holds a meeting for dialogue every two years and regularly with the World Buddhist Council.
Since 2004, the Forum holds an annually meeting with the Council of Churches of the Middle East.
The Forum holds similar forums for dialogue with the cultural and religious institutions and authorities such as:
1. World Hindu Council. 2. World Council of Churches. 3. Anglican Church. 4. U.S. National Council of Churches of Christ. 5. World Committee of Religions and the U.S. State Department. 6. The Russian Cultural Centre. 7. World Conference for Religion and Peace, New York. 8. Institute of Development and Peace, New York. 9. Round Table for interfaith dialogue in Ireland. 10. And other international organizations.

* What are the efforts dedicated to promote the results of the dialogue? – Thanks to God and His help I have Issued 63 book about documenting the dialogue and mainstreaming the concepts of dialogue and the relationship with the other. Most of these books have been translated to English and some in French and other languages.
There are approximately eighty-five researchs, I have written about rooting the religious, cultural and civilization concepts and the relationship of Muslims with the others. We are about to issue a joint book with Vatican, to document the results of the dialogue after fifteen years.
The forum also has a website on the Internet visited by an average of two million visitors per week and other sites on Facebook and Wikipedia and others.

* What do you have for the future of dialogue and its development? – Thanks to God, and then thanks to the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the dialogue subject became a common issue in the Arab and Islamic world.. After the dialogue domains have been filled with those wishing to participate in the process.. a matter which makes dialogue faces a state of devastating chaos (tsunami), it became necessary to take urgent actions to achieve the following:
1. Development of the Charter of the Arab-Islamic dialogue sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League.
2. Developing a global charter for dialogue sponsored by the United Nations. 3. The formation of a global body for coordination in the fields of dialogue. 4. Establishing an International Centre for dialogue Research. 5. The establishment of research chairs of dialogue in the universities and high institutes. 6. Introducing the dialogue in the curriculum of education in all stages from the primary to the university. 7. Launching dialogue sites on the Internet and other means of electronic media.
Alsharq Alawsat newspaper also published on Tuesday 6/9/2011, an article by Emile Ameen entitled: Archbishop Rowan Williams is a friend to Islam and Muslims
I think it is quite important to look into the biography of those men who played an important role in linking between Islam and the West, in order to acquire more knowledge and to share their experience over the years.
The goal of this series is to emphasize that generalization is an unforgivable sin. In every place and every time there are people who are not filled with hate nor worship at the altar of hostilities. Including, Rowan Williams, the British Bishop of the Anglican Church.
Rowan Williams is the first religious leader in modern Europe calls for the application of Islamic law, especially for Muslims living in Europe, at the same time, he believes that the Apartheid Wall reflects the fear and despair, and by wall he means the Israel’s racist Apartheid Wall.
Rowan Williams does not deal with religious texts as not debatable or controversial, but believes it was revealed to serve the man, for that, he, recently, enraged the British government for his political interventions regarding the global financial crisis, and other political comments.
Rowan Williams says: «Those who achieve a great benefit from the state, i.e. bankers and members of parliament, should not ignore the poor, especially children, who did not choose poverty» He adds: «Many of the unemployed are not lazy or corrupt, but they are victims of circumstances which will lead them to the cycle of despair».
We can start talking about Rowan Williams from his last statements regarding the global financial crisis, that dominates the current international scene, especially in England, particularly that his recent statements in this context has raised a storm throughout Britain and in the international arena, and raised many questions about the role of religious institutions and clergy in general, in the public life of human societies. What did the Archbishop of Canterbury say which provoked all this reactions?
The well known British Cleric said: «The bankers are like the worshipers of idols, they did not declare their repentance yet», these comments has been said on the «News Night» program, clearly and unambiguously, and has included a fierce attack on the British and international banking system, and the greedy bankers who have breached all legal and ethical barriers in their quest to accumulate profits and personal benefits, to the point that exceeded the banks ability itself, and led to the collapse, bringing the tragedy, suffering, homelessness and hunger for hundreds of millions of ordinary innocent people who lost their savings and their jobs, and joined the unemployed and homeless.
The most interesting thing in Rowan Williams’ statements is his assertion that the current economic crisis and the widening gap between rich and poor, will inevitably lead to dysfunction of the entire community, and he has refused to consider that the economic crisis is over, and that the economy is important as it should not be left only to economists, which will indicate his personal intervention, as a Cleric, in the current debate about the economic crisis and its risks to the public life of the people. Are these statements the first controversial statements concerning Rowan Williams?
Absolutely not, in the last year, the man referred, on the sidelines of his many talks about the failure of the capitalist system, in one form or another, that Karl Marx, who is considered the spiritual father of the international communism movement, «was right in some aspects of his critique of the capitalist system», particularly, in his diagnosis of how the capitalist class turned to the worshiping of money, rather than worshiping God. This speech was published by the Bishop Rowan Williams in «The Spectator» journal, the mouthpiece of the British Conservative Party, the bitter enemy of communism, and he called for a fair distribution of wealth, and said that the successful and good capitalist is the one who «raises the standard of living of the people around him, not impoverishing them», he stresses the need to put an end to the capitalist class bogey, particularly the banks, which had been voiced by many in Britain that the classical buildings in the «City» district for business and finance in the central of London is similar to the ancient temples.
Not only did he repeat these talks verbally, but he recorded it in video cassettes and distributed it to all his followers, urging them to fight poverty.
In the seventh of February of 2008, over an invitation from British lawyers, Rowan Williams talked about the role of Islam in the British society, and he said: «The adoption of some Sharia elements into the British law is now irreversible », and that Britain should face the fact that there are a number of citizens do not rely much on the British legal system, and he added: «Applying of some Islamic rules could help to achieve social harmony », and he gave an example that Muslims can solve their family and financial disputes in legitimate courts. Williams said: « Muslims should not be imposed to choice between cultural loyalty and political loyalty».
The Anglican religious leader stipulated for this a deep understanding of the Islamic laws, noting that the public opinion at the present time still under the influence of some biased media reports.
He clarified that: «No sane man wants to see Sharia to be applied in this country the same way it applies wrongly in some other countries».
Rowan Williams was clear and honest with himself in saying: «It is inevitable that Britain should open the way for its 1.7 million Muslims; as it does not have to force Muslims to choose between cultural loyalty and national loyalty». And that «it is inconvenient to establish in our minds something similar to the market element, i.e. competition for the loyalties, as some see».. What was the reactions to the Archbishop of Canterbury’ views? Inevitably, the classic European Islamophobia was there in the scene to obstruct the views of the man, who was described as bishop for all ages.
The first of these responses came from the Labour government led by Gordon Brown, who said in a statement: «The Prime Minister believes that the British law which is based on British values should be applied in this country»
While the head of the Anglican Church expresses that opening the door for such discussions about this sensitive issue is very necessary to support social cohesion, and to stop the « expulsion » process for Muslim youth, after the attacks of 2005 in London. «The result will be social chaos» critics said.
Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Party, said: «Equality before law is the bond that connects our society together». Do Rowan Williams’ views stop at the borders of issues with theological or doctrinal dimensions, or does it extend to political issues and inflamed conflicts around the world?
Definitely, we see a clear, sharp and positive political positions for him, one of which has been demonstrated during his visit to the Cathedral of St. George of the Anglican Church in occupied East Jerusalem, as he considered the Apartheid Wall that Israel is building at the time as a symbol of terrible fear and despair felt by Israelis and Palestinians, and he called the two peoples to build a joint peace, he added: «The security wall is a terrible symbol of fear and desperation, which threatens everyone in this city and this country, and those who shares the Holy Land».
In his homily, Rowan religious background was geared to serve the interest of the historical rights of the Palestinian people, and he directed it to serve reconciliation between the two people. He said then that many people regard the wall, that Israel is building to separate itself from the West Bank, as a move by a group decisively turns its back to the other, and despairs to reach anything resembles a common solution or a joint future or peace.
Rowan Williams analyzes the wall phenomenon by saying: «The wall is not the only example of refusing to think of a common future, and the remains of the bodies of the bombers and their victims mark a deeper rejection of this future, and selecting a mutual alienation and darkness».
He summarized his view about this wall as the wall of hostility which must be eliminated, and cited with some Christian religious texts that referred to the historic old enmity between the Jews and othe ations around the world.
Rowan Williams’ remarks were shocking to the Israeli government, as the man comes from the country that gave the Balfour Declaration, which caused the tragedy of the Palestinian people till now, but it is a right and fair certificate.
The most important thing we can find in the biography of Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is that he is one of the faithful and those who believe the usefulness of interfaith dialogue. I myself have seen a meeting between him and the late Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, may God have mercy on him, at Al-Azhar in Cairo before his departure, the man has a wide horizon and a conciliatory spirit, and he has described Al-Azhar as a bastion of tolerant and moderate Islam, and he stressed that his church welcomes the dialogue with the Islamic world.

Rowan Williams is not uncommon for a large number of Arab countries, as during his serving within the Church, about 25 years, he spent nearly nine years serving the Church in Sudan, as a teacher in the Faculty of Bishop «Theology laws », and he spent the period of his service in Cairo, close to the Muslim community.
In a speech in the Ninth forum of the World Churches Council in Brazil, Dr. Rowan Williams recommended looking at the Christian identity in the context of a multicultural and multiple visions world, and he asked the clergy to hold their claim that they have the absolute knowledge.
Bishop Williams sponsors the «Muslim – Christian dialogue platform », which aims to achieve stability, and develop mutual understanding between adherents of both religions on the issues agreed upon, and the ones in which they are different, as well as seeking to upgrade their contribution to public life.
Dr. Rowan Williams believes that the driving force in the Holy Quran and throughout the Islamic history is the fact that religion includes the ability of political expression, and that religion is necessarily has a social dimension, and therefore Islam is keen on power. He adds that Islam is interested in formulating and shaping the society, even if that was an expression of a political doctrine, since Islam, certainly is a belief in the first place. For all mentioned above, is Rowan Williams considered a mark in the England Church?
It goes further than that; as he may already be considered as a bishop for all times and a friend to Islam and Muslims.
Riyadh newspaper also published on Saturday10/9/2011, Issue No. 15783, an article entitled: The Expansion Project reflects the care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of the Holy Mosque Visitors. A number of officials and heads of government departments in the Holy Capital, Mecca, praised the project of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to expand the Grand Mosque, which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud laid its foundation stone during last Ramadan to serve and bring comfort to visitors and pilgrims, with total cost exceeded 80 billion RS.
They stressed that this expansion reflects the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to do all can make rituals easier and comfortable for visitors through giving them special care and offering all comfortable means..
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of pilgrimage, Hatem bin Hassan Qadi, described the largest expansion in the history of the Grand Mosque as an unprecedented event in the history of Holy Mosque that indicates the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques) to provide all amenities for visitors and pilgrims – “The expansion is the most important work Saudi Arabia is doing to servre Islam and Muslims. Feeling the greatness of responsibility they have towards the Holy Mosque, the rulers of Saudi Arabia spared no effort in serving the Holy Mosque, giving priority to its maintenance including its expansion.” He said.
For his part, the assistant undersecretary of the Ministry of Pligrimage, Adel Ebeid, considered the project as an Islamic landmark that indicates the great efforts made by Saudi Arabia Islam and Muslims.

The Holy Mosque has been for years a focal point for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz . . This importance translated into this unprecedented expansion supposed to accommodate 1.000200 worshipers, providing more comfort during doing rituals.” He said. He also asked God to confer on this country the blessing of safety and stability rewarding its rulers for serving Islam and Muslims.
For his partthe Director General of Health Affairs in Makkah, , Dr. Khaled bin Obaid Zafar, praised such huge expansion , highlighting that it is the biggest in the history of the Holy Mosque and it is an extension of projects and expansions of the Grand Mosque in this prosperous era as part of mega-projects carried out and implemented by the State in Mecca for the service and convenience of Rahman visitors and pilgrims.
He also described this project as a historic event that all Muslims all over the world can take pride in and that will bring more comfort for the visitors of the Holy Mosque.
For his partthe Assistant of the Director General of Health Affairs in Makkah, , Dr. Hussein bin Abdullah Ghannam, praised the king`s interest in taking care of the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors including pilgrims. He also appreciated his commitment to provide all the amenities that can make it easier and comfortable for the pilgrims during doung their rituals. As for the expansion and other developmental projects to serve the Holy Mosque in Mecca , he described them as mega-projects and great achievements that reflect the interest of the country`s leaders in serving the Two Holy Mosques, and that demonstrate their keenness to the maintenance of the Two Holy Mosques, pointing out that the expansion is the largest in the history of the Grand Mosque and will have a big positive impact on all Muslims all over the world.
such huge project, he mentions, will positively affect the visitor of the Holy Mosque through increasing the capacity of Mosque to accommodate more than two million worshipers, where they can do their rituals in comfort and peace.
He affirmed that the history of the Holy Mosque has never witnessed before such this historic and unique project whither on the part of maintenance or quality. It is new projects that take place for the first time in the age of King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz. Such great projects stemming from the responsibility the king feels towards the Two Holy Mosques, he mentioned, are source of pride for all Muslims, Asking God to reward the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince, on their interest in the Holy Mosques and on what they do for the service of Islam and Muslims all over the world.

Riyadh newspaper also published on Tuesday, 6/9/2011, Issue No. 15779, an article by Abdul-Salam Al-Rimawi entitled: Jewish Terrorists Torch Mosque Near Naplus
Jewish terrorist settlers , set fire on a mosque in the village of Kusra southeast of Nablus, on Monday at down, destroying its property and spray painting slogans against Arabs on its fence outside, in response to the razing of three structures at the Migron illegal outpost by Israeli Authorities . Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said that Israeli government bear full responsibility for the continuation of these terrorist acts. The Israeli government bears full responsibility for these attacks against our people, property and sacred places, and the perpetrators of this attach should be brought to account Abdul Azim Wady, Vice President of the Municipal Council, told reporters that “the settler broke into Al Nourein mosque after breaking its windows, and burnt tires inside the mosque between 2:30 AM and 3:30 AM slogans insulting the Prophet (PBUH) were scrawled on the walls
The fire consumed the first floor of 285 square meters used as a place to recite Quran he added Wady explained that the terrorists, smashed windows, and torched the mosque with burnt tires . The neighbours of the mosque wake up to discover the mosque set on fire. We could not put out the fire because of heavy smoke from burning tires that led to damaging the mosque facades and its floors Wady said that his village is continuously attacked by the terrorist settlers, who always targets olive trees but this is the first time they attack a mosque in the village populated by 5,500 Palestinians away from Nablus 25 km.
The Israeli Authorities razed three structures in settlement outpost of “Migron”, hours before the attack, implementing to Supreme Court ruling. Some of the terrorist settlers have threatened the Palestinians that they will pay the price in response to the Israeli government’s actions taken against unauthorised structures. Not far from that, dozens of settlers stoned Palestinian vehicles near Yitzhar settlement between Huwwara and Nablus, smashing many of their windows. A U.N. office for Humanitarian affairs coordination which documents violence says settler-related incidents resulting in injuries and damages to Palestinians and their properties have increased this year by 50 %.
Alsharq Alawsat newspaper also published on Tuesday 6/9/2011, Issue No. 11970, an article by Ayed Qarni entitled: Liberating Man before liberating Homes
The prophet`s core message that he came with was to bring man out from the darkness of paganism to the light of monotheism. Spending ten years in Mecca calling for monotheism, he never sought to liberate it but the minds of its people. Inspired by revelation, He (PBUH) went on liberating man from worshiping God`s creatures. Only Allah, the creator and sustainer, he guided people to worship. It was his call of people`s equality before God regardless of their races and colors, since piety is only preference for one to another, that saved Bilal B. Rabah Al-habashi, Suhaib Alrumi and Salman Al-pharsi from the sufferings of torture and servitude they had at the hands of tyrants. Such teachings were employed in the prophet`s age and that of righteously guided caliphs, so that we had Zaid B. Haritha and his son as chief commanders of the Muslim army in the prophet`s age, however they were slaves. Another example was given by Umr B. Al-khattab, when he flagged the son of governor of Egypt, Muhammad Bin Amr Ibn Al`as, in retaliation for beating a Coptic man, saying: how to enslave who were given birth as free men?
Freedom is of core principals in Islam which implies no compulsion in religion nor dictatorship over others. It is of the bases of humanity, that’s why man is given birth free except for worshiping God. Regarding himself, work, thought, etc, man is free as long as he doesn’t violate freedom of others.
As Aristotle says: “complete freedom exists only in people`s minds”. I mean that Islam had begun with liberating man before it liberated lands. It valued man, restored to him the sense of humanity and gave him access to creativity and innovation. Hassan B. Thabit, For example, was a great poet in pre Islamic period. The prophet (PBUH) valued his talent and encouraged him to continue. The same was done with brave fighter khaled B. Al-Waled in Military affairs and with rhetoric talent of Thabit B, Qais in delivering speeches.
Though he is infallible and revelation is sent to him, the prophet (PBUH) had consultations with others for example, with his female -salve concerning Aisha issue and listened to the advice of his wife Um Salma, at Al-hudibyyah battle. Not only the prophet but also Umar did the same on a dowry issue when he appreciated a woman`s opinion saying: I am wrong and she is right. It could be useless if the territory of Mecca liberated while its people were still oppressed.
It happens sometimes that territories can get liberated however, its people remain humiliated idolaters and pagans. That’s why Islam came to make man feel free to believe, think, speak and write. It came to put an end to servitude of human beings to each other while approving the world agreed upon concept of authority of some over others that serve human interest and manages life`s affairs.
In his book “Republic state” Plato considered authority as a structure to manage life. The same view was held by the British historian Tunbi and expressed by Al- Pharabi in his book “Utobia”. Such authority is not a servitude but a kind of cooperation to better run life`s affairs. It is the same like an institution with manger, secretariat, accountant and bodyguard. It doesn’t mean that one of the four is a creator while the rest are creatures. In fact, all are creatures to God with equal rights and duties.
For all the world tyrants who violated the law of God and prevented man from his right to freedom, independence and creativity, they were humiliatingly toppled by their peoples. They restricted the right to expresses about thei ations only to themselves. Other voices were muted, opinions rejected and image of leading figures distorted. That’s why God denounced what tyrant “Pharaoh” said: I see you only that which I see correct” it means that his people had to think and speak according to what he believes. Live and die only for the sake of him. In this regard Al-kawkbi put it in his book “natures of dictatorship”:” “Talent, creativity and mental capabilities are killed in the ages of dictatorships”. In the west the inventor of atomic bomb was highly awarded by American president Torman, but in the developing countries, the inventors are brought to account in a punishment for their sheers of genius. In the age of dictatorship, Galileo was punished by the church for talking about earth`s rotation. On the contrary, la martin, Voltaire and other writers were awarded in the age of freedom and honored by giving thei ames to streets and universities in France.
The more nations respect and honor their scholars, the more they high ranked. The nations that fight its talented people and limit their mind ability are doomed to failure, simply because it goes against the wisdom of God and the law of life. Freedom is the key word that makes difference between developed and developing nations.

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