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[Jalabad] Afghan City Closes Video Game Store - 15 Jul 03
Authorities in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday
closed hundreds of shops where children played video games and watched
movies, accusing the merchants of "corrupting the morals" of young
people, a senior police official said. "We closed more than 300
shops," said Haji Ajab Shah, chief of Jalalabad police. "People would
gamble and drink alcohol in those video game shops" despite
prohibitions under Islam, the dominant faith in Afghanistan, he said.
Police were acting on orders issued late Monday by Mohammed Asif
Qazizada, deputy governor of Nangarhar province. He said he was
reacting to complaints from parents that their children spent time and
money in the shops instead of going to their schools, Shah said.
Many of the video game shops were in basements of newly built shopping
centers in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. Besides playing video
games, customers watch DVD movies for a fee.
[Zabol] Afghans give their views about the new constitution in
southern province [Afghan news agency Hindokosh] - 14 Jul 03
Zabol governor Hamidollah Tokhi asked the people to take an active
share in the process of seeking viewpoints about the constitution. He
highlighted that the people's views must be included in the
According to reports, people showed various reactions against this
process. They demanded that those warlords who have been involved in
killings of people must be put on trial, so as to provide the ground
for people to express their ideas. Moreover, things are not made easy
for women to take part in such sessions. They demanded that the United
Nations and the world cooperate with the people to improve the
Intellectuals and scholars of Zabol Province did not participate in
the session. This was due to fear of the Taleban and on the other hand
they think that the constitution has been prepared by outsiders and it
might be imposed on the people and it may be likely to be contrary to
Shari'ah [Islamic] law.
[Uruzgan] Taleban sets out conditions for new Afghan constitution
.. [Afghan news agency Hindokosh] - 14 Jul 03
The Taleban also participates in the three-days opinion poll [for
constitution] in Urozgan Province. Mr Mohammad Omar Sati, member of
the regional office of the Constitution Scrutiny Commission in
Kandahar Province, announcing this report said: Taleban members were
hiding in public places over the first two days, but no-one could
recognize them. On the third day of the opinion poll they revealed
themselves, however, and later on one of them representing others
stated the conditions of the Taleban as follows: The formation of
legal [shari'ah], justice and shari'ah decisions based on the Hanafi
Enforcement Blitz On Karaoke Joints For Second Time - 13 Jul 03
The fifth 'Ops Sepadu Bahagia' was aimed at conducting surprise
inspections on restaurants that allegedly operated illegal karaoke or
dances and also served alcoholic beverages at their premises. Though
many possessed the appropriate licences to operate a restaurant, some
failed to obtain any entertainment licences to establish karaoke at
their restaurants. Some also failed to comply with the rules and
guidelines when operating karaoke outlets such as closure during
Thursday night, during the Azan call for prayers and also respecting
time of religious significance according to the Acting OCPD of the
Jerudong Police District DSP Mohd Hassan.
The 10 foreigners including five males and five females from
Indonesia, India and the Philippines, who were detained, failed to
produce any valid travel documents. They were all brought to the
Sengkurong Police Station for further investigation. The police and
the Immigration Department again reminded employers to provide their
workers with the appropriate travel documents or copies of these
documents to prevent them from being detained during any enforcement
operations conducted. Foreign workers have been detained although they
have the appropriate and valid travel documents but in most occasions
their employers hold these documents.
Many exceed 30pc shade limit to car windows - 12 Jul 03
With the decision of the authorities to allow motorists, both UAE
nationals and expatriates, to tint car windows up to a specified
percentage of opacity, more and more cars with tinted windows can now
be seen on the roads in the country.
The compliance to the regulations pertaining to tinted automobile
windows, however, is a different issue, as many motorists exceed the
specified limit of 30 per cent tint, inviting objection from the
authorities. The majority of the violations of the tinted glass limit
rule are recorded among the youngsters, who generally tend not to
respect or observe other traffic regulations, Brigadier Abdul Rehman
Rafie, Director of the General Directorate of Dubai Police Traffic
Department, told Khaleej Times.
"The 30 per cent allows us to clearly see the driver and passengers,
who will not be visible if the percentage exceeds this limit. However,
if motorists claim that they are within the limit, we have special
devices to verify their claim," the director of traffic department
said. First Lieutenant Ibrahim Abdullah Al Hosani of Sharjah Police,
hoping that all will observe the limit of 30 per cent tint, said in
the latest issue of the Sharjah Police magazine Al Shurti that he does
not agree with the claims that tinted glass hide women or decrease
heat, noting that UAE women leave their homes covered as per the
traditions and Islamic Sharia. "As for the heat, our ancestors lived
in the even harsher conditions and never felt the need for
airconditioners or tinted glass."
Muslim world can't repel U.S. media invasion - 13 Jul 03
Documentarian Charles Stuart wanted to gauge the popularity of
American entertainment among Muslim youths, so he decided to put a
camera crew in front of a small video store in Cairo.
With governments no longer able to control the content of satellite TV
and home video, American images have become virtually impossible for
Muslims to avoid, and many perceive them as an insidious threat to
their way of life. "Whether it's intentional or not, some people (see)
this as an overt effort by Americans to push their values on another
culture," Stuart said by telephone from his production office in
Concord, Mass. Stuart, who also narrates the hourlong documentary,
said he wanted to hear directly from Arabs about what he calls a
"love-hate relationship" between Muslims and American media. From
Lebanon to Egypt, where a "Friends"-inspired cafe is a Cairo hot spot,
what Stuart heard was fear - fear that American media are undermining
Muslim religion, traditions and identity.
Court rules against French civil servant who wore Islamic headscarf
.. - 12 Jul 03
A court has ruled that a French civil servant who wore an Islamic
headscarf on the job committed a "particularly serious offense'' and
may face disciplinary action because she violated the separation of
church and state. Nadjet ben Abdallah, a 33-year-old work inspector in
the central city of Lyon, had argued that a disciplinary committee's
decision to sanction her for wearing the headscarf at work was unjust.
The administrative court in Lyon disagreed and in a decision released
Friday, the court said the woman was wrong to go to work "wearing an
item of clothing that ostentatiously expresses membership in a
France to Get Its First Muslim High School - 13 Jul 03
French educational authorities have given their green light to the
creation of the Lycee Averroes in the city of Lille in northern France
in September. The School will be France's first Muslim high school.
Lycee Averroes was told three times by regional educational
authorities that it could not open come Autumn for a series of
The only difference, he says, is that students, who will be subject to
a basic curriculum devoted largely to the sciences, will have the
option of taking courses in Arabic language and Islamic civilization.
Also, adds Mameche, "we will impose no rules as to the wearing of the
Islamic headscarf, students can do what they want, those who want to
wear it will be able to do so, those who don't certainly won't be
Athens set to build its first mosque -- but where? - 12 Jul 03
Athenian Muslims, who include immigrants from nearby Albania and
elsewhere in the Balkans but also considerable numbers of Nigerians,
Pakistanis, Egyptians, Indians and Sudanese, were first promised a
formal place of worship over 20 years ago.
Although the sites for the [2004 Summer Olympic] Games will have their
own worship facilities for different religions, the government would
certainly like to boost its credentials with Muslim countries by
opening the mosque while the world spotlight is on Athens. The
promoters of the project, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia, are
therefore hoping that the Games will provided the needed impetus to
get the building up, but the mayor of the suburb selected [Paiania]
has in effect declared that he doesn't want it in his backyard.
"The centre should be built in the western suburbs, where most of the
Muslim immigrants live," he added. More controversially, the mayor
cited the location of the proposed mosque, close to the main Athens
airport, as an argument against the plan.
[Gujarat] Muslim polygamy a mere myth: Survey - 12 Jul 03
A survey conducted in Muslim-dominated areas of Ahmedabad stands
contrary to the general belief surrounding the community's alleged
polygamous tendencies, the staple diet of the Sangh Parivar's
diatribe. The survey, conducted in 1993, found that only two persons
had four wives, two others had three wives and 279 had two wives. The
survey covered eight blocks in the old city and some other areas,
which together account for almost the entire Muslim population of
While Muslims have often been jeered, that fact is that Hindus are
also involved in polygamous practices. As many as 29,951 cases of
'Maitri Karar' (friendship contract) were found officially registered
at the District Collectorate at that time. The Maitri Karar was a pact
between a married Hindu man and his 'other woman' to circumvent
provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act that prohibits another marriage
while the wife is still alive, said sources in the legal fraternity.
"It was not legally enforceable, but the Maitri Karar was meant to
give a sense of security to the married man's 'other woman'," said
lawyer Girish Patel. Among the Muslims too, the survey - conducted by
the Gujarat affiliate of MARG - found that most of the second
marriages could be attributed basically to extra-marital affairs,
which were legitimised taking advantage of the Shariat laws.
Islamic college to ban female students wearing tight clothes - 12 Jul
An Islamic university in Indonesia's second city Surabaya will soon
ban female students from wearing tight clothes following complaints
from other students, a report said on Saturday. Forty percent of
female students at the State Institute of Islamic Studies are wearing
"modish" clothes that show their figures and other students have
complained, said Hamid Syarief, one of the institute's deputy rectors.
Students who are not wearing proper attire will not be expelled from
classes but will be asked to change, he said, adding that the rule
will be in force on July 14.
Iraq's history already written - By K Gajendra Singh - 15 Jul 03
Iraqi Fatwa bans trading with Kuwaitis - 13 Jul 03
Some Iraqi businessmen resident in Kuwait recently disclosed a fatwa
"religious ruling" has been issued in Iraq which bans trading with
Kuwaitis, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The businessmen were quoted by
the daily as saying when a Kuwaiti merchant made a deal to buy a shop
from an Iraqi man in south Iraq, the Iraqi man initially agreed to the
sale deed, however one day later he refused to part with the shop
saying a fatwa had been issued stating trading with Kuwaitis was
religiously illegal. The owner of the shop said the fatwa had been
issued by a prominent Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr.
The Iraqi businessmen accuse 'some' Iranians of enforcing their
influence in South Iraq and standing in the way of strengthening
brotherly ties between the people of Kuwait and Iraq and taking
advantage of the fatwa to prevent Kuwaitis from participating in the
rebuilding of Iraq. They also said the Iranians and their supporters
have taken control of Shatt Al-Arab private university and the
Education Directorate and have assigned a person to impose strict
religious instructions such as forcing girls, even Christians, to wear
Islamists Blamed in Mauritania Coup Attempt - 14 Jul 03
Mauritania's president, who survived a coup attempt last month, has
accused Islamists in the northwest African country of inciting people
to support the failed uprising.
"The assailants made the troops believe that the presidency had been
attacked by looters," the pro-Western president said on Saturday at
the formal opening of an iron mine. "At the same time, people in the
mosques and elsewhere incited the population to rise up against the
authorities by presenting the coup plotters as protectors of Islam and
saying it was everybody's duty to join them," he added. The coup
attempt followed the arrest of dozens of Islamists and activists of
the pan-Arab nationalist Baath party sympathetic to Saddam Hussein
amid signs of unrest after the US-led war on Iraq.
Court sentences 10 Islamic extremists to death - 12 Jul 03
Throughout the trial, which began June 26, [the accused] Fikri and
Damir said the five murders considered at the trial were committed in
the name of the Islamic Sharia law. The other defendants said the
thefts and aggressions were committed against "impious'' people.
Moroccan courts have sentenced people to death in previous cases
unconnected to militant groups. The death sentence has not been
carried out in this Muslim North African kingdom since 1992.
[polio] Muslim Clerics Criticise Vaccination Programme - 11 Jul 03
http://allafrica.com/stories/200307110676.html [This Day - Lagos]
Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria (SCSN) and the Kaduna State
Chapter of Council of Imans and Ulama have described the Federal
Government's polio vaccination programme as "dangerous." Rising from a
joint meeting in Kaduna yesterday, the groups also asked the Federal
Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Radio Kano to withdraw
immediately the Hausa advert on HIV/AIDS.
the groups said that "the muslim Ummah (should) be wary or the polio
vaccination being aggressively and religiously pursued by the Federal
Government and the United Nations agencies (World Health Organisation
and UNICEF) because of its potential dangers to the Ummah.
"It also called on the FRCN Kaduna and Radio Kano and the sponsors to
order the immediate withdrawal of the Hausa advert on HIV/AIDS,
because it negates the teachings of Islam, as it is an open invitation
to people to indulge in sexual behaviour, provided it is restricted to
one person or the condom is used".
For the polio vaccination programme, Suleiman said the council of
Imams was in possession of evidence that the vaccine would reduce the
fertility of the children when they grow up.
[Bauchi] Ulamas hail Muazu over Sharia - 14 Jul 03
Bauchi State Government has been commended for the adoption and
implementation of the Sharia legal system in the state as a means of
cleansing the society of all societal ills. The state chairman of the
council of Ulamas of the Izalatul Bidia Waikamatu Sunna, Shiekh Salisu
Suleiman Ningi, gave the commendation when members of the council paid
a solidarity visit to Governor Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu in Bauchi.
While stating that Sharia was a way of life for all true Muslims, he
appealed to the Muslim community in the state to support the
government towards the success of the Islamic legal system. He
congratulated the governor on his re-election for a second term and
appealed to the government to provide his council with plots of land
for the construction of schools. The cleric disclosed that the
Izalatul group was at present operating nusery, primary and
post-primary schools at Tilden Fulani, Bauchi, Ningi and Jama' are in
rented apartments and called on the state government to come to their
aid by providing plots of land for the construction of the schools'
Courts and the Constitution - 14 Jul 03
Pakistan's minority Christians to challenge proposed Islamic law
.. - 12 Jul 03
Pakistan's minority Christians said Saturday that they will challenge
a bill introduced by a radical Islamic leader in [federal] parliament
to impose Islamic law on mainly Muslim Pakistan.
"We are not against Islam. We only want that religion should not be
used as tool to victimize minorities ... and deprive them of their
basic fundamental rights,'' Sindhu said. His comments came weeks after
a radical Muslim parliamentarian, Azim Tariq, introduced a bill that
would have this Islamic nation governed by Islamic laws. Parliament
has yet to set any dates for debate on the bill, which is not likely
to pass because religious parties lack a majority in parliament.
Balochistan forms body for Sharia enforcement - 13 Jul 03
Taking the lead from NWFP, the Balochistan Government has taken a
historic decision to make all the provincial laws compliant to Sharia
(Islamic laws) and for this purpose the Chief Minister has set up a
Council for Enforcement of Sharia in the province. According to
official sources the council, headed by Maulana Abdul Bari MPA, would
examine the entire provincial, local and special laws and propose
amendments to them in the light of recommendations of the Council of
Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body at federal level to ensure
that the laws comply with Islamic teachings.
NWFP governor yet to sign Sharia Bill - 13 Jul 03
Frontier Governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah has not signed the
Shariat Bill as yet. The bill was put forward to the governor a month
ago after the provincial assembly approved it. The Frontier Assembly
approved the Sharia Bill on June 7 and it was sent to Governor
Iftikhar Hussain Shah for signature through the Frontier Law
Department. A month and five days have passed but the Law Department
has not received the signed document. According to the Constitution,
it is necessary for the governor to sign the bill within a month.
[NWFP] Anwar Syed - Economic aspects of Shariat - 13 Jul 03
[NWFP] 'Laws enforced by MMA baseless' - 14 Jul 03
Speakers at a seminar on 'Implications of Sharia Bill and Hisba Act in
NWFP', organised by the Aurat Foundation [NGO], said laws enforced by
the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) were "baseless and outside the
domain of the provincial government."
Religious scholar Dr Mohammad Farook Khan and Supreme Court Bar
Association (SCBA) President Hamid Khan said the legislation was
"declaratory, reactionary and unprecedented in Islam". Prominent among
the participants were three women activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami
(JI), one of the major parties in the MMA. Dr Khan said Islam had not
made the enforcement of Islamic laws compulsory. He said the Sharia
Bill was a "vague law" which did not define rules and boundaries
properly. He said it was an "eyewash" to satisfy MMA's voters.
SCBA President Hamid Khan said the Sharia Bill was a "mixture" of the
Enforcement of Sharia Ordinance promulgated by Gen Ziaul Haq in 1988
and the Enforcement of Sharia Act tabled by the Nawaz Sharif
government in 1991. He said there was no need to enforce Islam in a
country with a 98 percent Muslim population. He said the MMA's
legislation was an attempt to divert attention from the real issues
like law and order, the economy and unemployment. He said the
vagueness of the law would allow its misuse. "Any judge might use it
according to his own prejudice," he added.
Germany suspends financial aid to NWFP - 14 Jul 03
The German government has decided to suspend all financial assistance
to the NWFP due to the latest changes in the province after the
adoption of the Sharia Bill by the Frontier Assembly, APP reported on
Sunday. Sources said the decision was taken after the NWFP government
imposed restrictions on a shelter home being constructed by the German
government for homeless women in the province. They said that although
the relations between Pakistan and Germany were improving, the recent
political developments in the Frontier were affecting ties but added
that projects undertaken by the Germans in other parts of the country
German NGO GTZ and Aurat Foundation [NGO] had launched the Rs 10
million [EUR 155.000,-] Mera Ghar project for destitute women in
Peshawar. However, the NGO developed differences with the MMA
government and ultimately cut off all contact with the provincial
government last month.
[NWFP] Jirga bans NGOs from Orakzai Agency - 13 Jul 03
A loya jirga (tribal council) in [federal administered tribal area]
Orakzai Agency on Saturday banned the presence of all non-government
organisations (NGOs) in the area and warned that violators would be
fined one million rupees [EUR15.000,-]. The council, which also banned
televisions and video cassette players, set a week's deadline for the
NGO staff to leave. It banned NGO-sponsored schools run in private
However, a government official in the tribal zone expressed ignorance
about the Jirga's decisions and said no NGO was operating in Orakzai
Agency. "We don't know much about the Jirga's decisions," the official
said on condition of anonymity.
SC strikes down state power to certify 'halal' food - 15 Jul 03
Government, through the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA), has no
authority to issue certifications for the so-called "halal" food, or
food which does not contain pork or its derivatives, the Supreme Court
said in its ruling. In its 17-page decision, the SC granted the
petition filed by the Islamic Da'wah Council of the Philippines
questioning the validity of Executive Order 46, which ordered the OMA
to implement the "halal certification scheme" of the government. In
ruling as null and void the EO, the SC sided with the petitioners'
claim that "a government agency like OMA cannot perform a religious
function like certifying qualified food products as halal."
OMA had been originally formed in 1981 to ensure the integration of
Muslim Filipinos into the mainstream of Filipino society.
The government, through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), for
its part, argued before the SC that "the freedom of religion is
subservient to the police power of the State," adding that "the
government seeks to protect and promote the Muslim Filipinos' right to
health, and to instill health consciousness in them." "By arrogating
to itself the task of issuing halal certifications, the State has, in
effect, forced Muslims to accept its own interpretation of the Qur'an
and Sunnah on halal foods," the SC said in ruling against the state.
Halal industry to bring peace in Mindanao: Bian - 15 Jul 03
"A strengthened halal industry may just be one of the cures to the
peace and order problems in the underprivileged areas," Mindanao
Business Council (MBC) Chair Joji Ilagan-Bian said on Monday. Citing
poverty and lack of business opportunities as the root causes of the
Mindanao conflict, Bian called for a broader support for the halal
industry to bring in more livelihood opportunities and income for our
MBC has been initiating efforts to make Mindanao a key market player
of the halal industry, since it is located strategically in the Brunei
Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga).
Over 90 percent or 27 million of the total Muslim populace in the
country are found in Mindanao.
Philippines to conduct Shariah bar examination on July 20 - 14 Jul 03
The 2003 Special Shariah bar examination to be conducted by the
Supreme Court in coordination with the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)
will be held on July 20 and 27. The OMA headed by executive director
Zamzamin L Ampatuan announced yesterday that Persons, Family Relations
and Property and Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Customary Laws (adat) will
be held on the first day, while Procedure in Sharia courts and
Succession, Wills/Adjudication and Settlement of Estate will be held
on the final day.
Maria Cristina B Layusa, Supreme Court deputy clerk of court and bar
said 70 Shariah seminar graduates have already registered for the test
to be held at the Supreme Court building on Taft Ave, corner Padre
Faura street in Manila.
Those who pass the test will join a pool of Shariah counsellors
numbering 287 from which judges will be appointed for the five Shariah
District Courts and 58 Shariah Circuit Courts, all in Muslim Mindanao.
The government had already established the five Shariah District
Courts in Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zambonga City, Marawi City and Cotabato
City, but only one has a judge due to transfer to the Regional Trial
Courts and death of Shariah judges. Of the 58 Shariah Circuit Courts,
only 23 had been established, with the rest still not functioning.
[OMA] is also seeking the help of the Supreme Court for setting up of
an extension officeof the Shariah courts in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu
and Davao City for the facilitation of civil registry functions, like
registration of birth certificates, marriage contracts, death
certificates and other documents concerning personal status among
Muslims in those areas and its neighbours.
Shariah Court ruling on Jihad - 15 Jul 03
In its recent Fatwa (Islamic legal opinion), the Shariah Court in
Qatar has banned the travel of young Muslims to another country for
Jihad (holy war) without having the permission of their parents. "It
is considered against Islam to travel to another country for Jihad
without permission from one's parents," the Sharia Courts said in
statement yesterday. Quoting the Holy Quran, sayings of Prophet
Mohammed (pbuh) and several Islamic scholars, the Sharia Court said in
its Fatwa that young Muslims should know the conditions of Jihad and
the provisions of Islamic thinking before leaving their country. The
Court also said the permission of "those charged with authority among
Muslims" is necessary to initiate Jihad.
Riyadh sets up body to control Islamic charities - 14 Jul 03
Saudi Arabia's Shura Council on Sunday approved a bill setting up a
new body to oversee Islamic charities as part of the kingdom's bid to
clear its name over terror-funding charges by Washington. The
government-sponsored bill, calling for the establishment of the
"Supreme Saudi Relief and Charity Foundation," was overwhelmingly
passed by the consultative council, secretary general Hmoud al-Bader
said. Under the bill, the foundation will control and regulate the
raising and spending of charity funds and appoint external auditors to
scrutinize the accounts of charity organizations.
Charities, many run by well-known Islamic organizations, are the
backbone of Muslim fund-raising and relief activities throughout the
world. .. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia boasts more than 230 non-profit-
making societies which raise about one billion riyals (267 million
Pak nukes not 'Islamic bomb': Saudi Arabia - 12 Jul 03
Stressing that nuclear proliferation must be seen in terms of
"regional realities", a key Saudi military strategist has said Saudi
Arabia does not accept the notion that "Pakistan's nuclear bomb is an
Islamic bomb". "(Nuclear) proliferation must be seen in terms of
regional realities - the Israeli monopoly of nuclear weaponry,
defiance of non-proliferation regimes by India and Pakistan and
reported efforts by both Iran and Iraq to acquire nuclear weapons,"
Prince Naef bin Ahmed al-Saud, a key Saudi military official "with
responsibilities for strategic planning", said in the Joint Forces
Quarterly, published by the Institute for National Security Studies
for the National Defence University.
Islamic University's Board for Sciences and Technology in Afghanistan
.. - 12 Jul 03
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsin Alturki, Secretary General of the Muslim
World League (MWL), chaired here [Jeddah] on Saturday the meeting of
the Islamic University's Board for Sciences and Technology in
Afghanistan. The meeting discussed a number of topics pertaining to
developing the curricula of the university and means of utilizing
technology. The meeting also touched upon cooperation between the
Islamic University and Islamic Authority for Learning.
[opinion] Absence of Alternatives in Our Society - 13 Jul 03
Whenever Islam prohibits something we naturally need, it always gives
us a better alternative.
While families have options, bachelors don't. What can millions of
singles do for entertainment? Go to malls, beaches, cafes? Then what?
Even getting accommodation for singles is becoming a challenge.
Besides, treating them with suspicion (many deserve it, though)
everywhere they happen to be even when walking in public parks, is
forcing them into summer exile. What better options do they have?
While we forbid cinemas, which can be censored and controlled, we let
our homes' space open for all kind of really bad programs without the
slightest control. While we set rigid rules to segregate sexes, we
drop all rules in tourist villages and chalets. As we spend billions
on sports facilities, we forget to provide public parks and
playgrounds to neighborhoods. Expensive malls and commercial tourist
facilities are built everywhere, but few public beaches and children's
playgrounds are provided.
On our highways, we prohibit pedestrian crossing, but neglect to
provide pedestrian bridges. We don't allow private help at lessons at
homes but provide no after-hour schools. Our children are not allowed
to study in international schools, but we don't provide equal
alternatives. Non-Saudis are not allowed to have their own schools
according to their countries' curriculum, and yet we don't allow them
to study in our public schools.
[comment] Is Hard Punishment Justified? by Sayyid Qutb - 11 Jul 03
Islam neither suppresses natural feelings, nor considers them dirty.
It only regulates, purifies and elevates them above the physical level
so that they become central to much psychological and social values.
By contrast, adultery, and prostitution in particular, removes from
such natural desires all the exquisite feelings, attractions and
values that have been refined over the long history of human life. It
leaves it naked, dirty and more coarse than in animals. In many animal
and bird species, couples live together in a regulated life. They do
not have the sort of sexual chaos that adultery spreads in some human
communities, particularly where prostitution is rife.
In order to spare man this type of setback, Islam prescribes such a
hard punishment for adultery. Needless to say, this offence causes
numerous social ills that people often mention when they speak about
Correction: Spain-New-Mosque Story - 11 Jul 03
In a July 10 story about a new mosque, The Associated Press reported
erroneously that it was the first mosque to open in Spain since
Moorish rule ended more than 500 years ago. It was the first mosque to
open in Grenada in that time span. Mosques have previously opened
elsewhere in Spain.
Top Islamic scholar due on Thursday - 13 Jul 03
One of the leading authorities in the world on Islamic banking,
particularly on the concept of Riba (usury) as defined in the Holy
Quran and Hadeeth, Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein is due in Sri Lanka on
July 17 on a five-day lecture tour at the invitation of the Al Islam
Foundation of Sri Lanka.
Sheikh Imran Hosein, who is a citizen of Trinidad-Tobago, served as
Principal of the Aleemiya Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachchi as
well as in the Trinidad Foreign Office. He has delivered the Friday
prayer sermons at the United Nations, New York for ten years and also
served as Imam of Masjid al-Quran, Long Island, New York. He has
authored a number of books comprising the religion of Abraham and the
state of Israel, the Prohibition of Riba in the Quran, Jerusalem in
the Quran, Dreams in Islam and Islam and Buddhism.
The main event of the Sheikh's visit here will be a full day seminar
on 'Riba and Islamic banking' on Saturday July 19 at the Galadari
Hotel. The eminent scholar's programme is organised by the Al Islam
Foundation, the publishers of 'Al Islam' the longest published Muslim
monthly in Sri Lanka.
Sudan rejects peace proposals - 13 Jul 03
Emerging from a week of talks in Kenya with the rebel Sudan People's
Liberation Army (SPLA), the government dismissed a draft document
proposing solutions to key power- and wealth-sharing issues as
[Sudan's deputy ambassador to Kenya, Ahmed] Dirdeiry said major
sticking points include the document's proposal to set up two central
banks for the north and south of the country, and exempt Khartoum in
the Muslim north from Islamic sharia law. Last year the two sides
agreed to waiver Islamic law in non-Muslim areas and to allow
southerners a referendum on secession after a six-year transitional
period. But they have since struggled to agree on issues like how to
distribute power and wealth, and how to structure the army. Despite a
temporary ceasefire due to expire at the end of September, fighting
The Machakos Protocol provides that the Sharia shall be the source of
legislation in the north. For that reason Machakos may be regarded as
a retrograde step in comparison to the 1994 IGAD Declaration of
Principles, which provided for Sudan's religious freedom and the
separation of state and religion. In the meantime, the Machakos
Protocol offers a mechanism whereby the south may opt out of any
Sharia-based enactment. However the protocol is silent on the nearly 3
million southerners presently residing in the north. Thus only
southerners in the national capital are guaranteed exemption from the
Sudanese leader tells peace mediators to "get lost" - 14 Jul 03
Excerpt from speech by President Umar al-Bashir while inaugurating an
agricultural project at Nur-al-Din on 14 July; broadcast live by
As for our brothers who have joined [Sudan People's Liberation Army
leader John] Garang, we ask God to forgive them and guide them, God
willing. We are telling them that Garang will never benefit them, as
they have paid a price for nothing. You [who have joined Garang] have
sold shari'ah for nothing, and we have paid a very high price for it.
It is for shari'ah that we have sacrificed martyrs and have lost
blood. We have made a pledge with the martyrs, God and with you, the
Sudanese people. We have an agreement with the martyrs who have gone
[died] ahead of us. By God, we will never retreat. We will meet [the
late vice- president] Al-Zubayr and we are going to keep our promise,
and we are telling them [martyrs] that Sudan and its people are fine,
and shari'ah is still intact. We are saying that we want peace and we
are for peace, but we shall not submit or surrender. .. To IGAD and
what it brought [the peace proposal document] and those supporting it,
we say: Get lost and disappear.
N.J. food law still not in effect worries Muslim community - 14 Jul 03
In July 2000, New Jersey became the first state to pass a law to
protect consumers of halal food, but three years later the rules still
have not been implemented, to the dismay of the Muslim community.
The law established guidelines that sellers and distributors must
follow when labeling food halal, the Islamic equivalent of kosher.
Genene Morris, spokeswoman for the Division of Consumer Affairs, which
is responsible for enforcing the law, said a draft version of
procedures to implement it is being reviewed by the Attorney General's
office. Language in the bill, signed by then-Gov. Christie Whitman on
July 12, 2000, called for its implementation within 180 days.
Once the procedures are approved, they will go into the New Jersey
Register where people will be able to comment on them before adoption,
she said. The halal statute is modeled after New Jersey's kosher food
law. Much of the statute simply restates the kosher food guidelines,
substituting "halal" for "kosher."
Since New Jersey passed its law, similar versions have been passed in
California, Illinois and Minnesota. The law applies to distributors
and restaurants as well as grocery stores.
The delay has not slowed the rapid expansion of halal food options in
the state. .. Now, there are halal pizzerias and halal Chinese
restaurants. The word "halal," Arabic for "permitted," appears on city
storefronts and restaurant windows throughout Newark and Paterson.
Militant's lawyer appeals death verdict in missionaries' killing
.. - 14 Jul 03
Kamel, who pleaded innocent, had told the court that he killed the
Americans "out of religious duty" because they were allegedly
proselytizing and trying to convert "Muslims from their religion and
made them unbelievers." Kamel's lawyer, Mahrous Oqba, challenged the
constitutionality of the law used by the court to convict his client,
saying it contradicted Islamic law - or Sharia - which prohibits
non-Muslims from proselytizing. The constitution of this
overwhelmingly Muslim state says Sharia is Yemen's main source of law.
Jibla residents, however, have said the slain missionaries never
discussed religion and, instead, provided vital health care services.
Morabaha - Islamic mode of financing and its misuse by the banks
http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=31698 11 Jul 03
All the three constitutions adopted so far in Pakistan, all reports of
the Council of Islamic Ideology and findings of various commissions/
committees constituted on the subject of Islamisation of economy/
financial system unanimously called for elimination of Riba.
Towards the end of eliminating interest based banking, the State Bank
of Pakistan has issued various circulars. The most important circular
issued by way of standing instructions to banks is the BCD circular No
13 dated 20.6.1984, on elimination of 'Riba' .
As described in step (vii) of the operational methodology of a
Morabaha transaction that the marked up price is to be paid on a
definite date, this means that the particular agreement is for a fixed
and definite period. No markup can be charged beyond that period.
The Islamic Bankers under the title of Morabaha Financing are treating
this kind of finance as an ordinary interest bearing loan. At the
expiry of the fixed term e.g. 180 days of the transaction, they simply
recover the markup (difference in sale and purchase price) by debiting
it to the current account of the client and renew the transaction by
preparing a new set of documents and giving it a new reference number.
3. Renewal of Morabaha transaction is not permitted but the Islamic
bankers are doing so, not only once but again and again and again. In
one instance, e.g this process of renewal was carried on for six
years, until it was challenged in the court of law and decided against
4. Renewal of Morabaha transactions is illegal, markup charged by the
bank upon renewal is illegal, mere debit and credit entries shown in
the Morabaha account statement are fictitions entries, with no actual
cash disbursements, with no actual sale and purchase of goods. These
are all sham transactions.
[Pakistan] NBP chief hopeful of modaraba's future - 12 Jul 03
President National Bank of Pakistan, Ali Reza said on Friday the First
National Bank Modaraba (FNBM) will cater to the credit needs of SMEs,
industrial and business houses, which prefer Sharia compliant
He hoped that with the flotation of FNBM, the modaraba financing that
has been dormant since 1992 would revive and help speed
industrialisation. Besides musharika and morabaha financing, the FNBM
would also enter into leasing business. It would initially target the
Punjab and NWFP and later on enter the remaining two provinces, he
said. He said by using extensive branch network of the bank, the FNBM
would be able to cater to a large market of modaraba financing.
Scandals Spark Tougher Screening Of Western Investments - 11 Jul 03
Stunned by the exposure of huge frauds, insider dealing and corporate
greed, Islamic financial institutions are to discuss new and tougher
screening techniques for future investment in the West.
This issue will be debated openly at the International Islamic Finance
Forum (www.iiff.net) - a major gathering of Islamic bankers and
financiers taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month,
organised by the Dubai offices of the Institute for International
The Dow Jones Islamic Market Indexes track Shari'ah compliant stocks
around the world for Islamic investors. Included is a broad Islamic
Market Index with 1,600 plus companies with market capitalisation of
$9 trillion, from which about 29 Islamic indexes have been created
covering all regions and almost all economic sectors.
[Indonesia] JSX okays syariah investments - 11 Jul 03
The National Syariah Council signed on Thursday a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) to pave the
way for the development of syariah-based investment portfolios in the
country. Under the agreement, the council would make sure the syariah
portfolios like bonds and stocks are in compliance with syariah
(Islamic law) principles, said JSX president Erry Firmansyah.
Under the plan, the council can also explore other types of
syariah-based investment portfolios like state warrants and mutual
fund products. Erry said that with the above agreement, all related
market organizations are obliged to accommodate transactions in
syariah-based investment products, and they must also provide
necessary facilities to facilitate the transaction.
Muslim Commercial declared 'Best' bank in Pakistan - 13 Jul 03
Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) has been declared the 'Best Bank' in
Pakistan by Euromoney Awards for Excellence-2003. MCB has been awarded
the Euromoney award for excellence thrice in the last four years.
[Kuwait] CBK likely to give go-ahead for eight new Islamic banks
.. - 14 Jul 03
The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) is expected to give the green light
for establishment of eight new Islamic banks in the local market by
the end of this year, say senior banking sources. The sources also
told the Arab Times Sunday a number of existing local banks have
finalized necessary arrangements to inaugurate Islamic branches in six
months time. They added these banks have submitted applications to the
Central Bank to open independent Islamic branches that operate
according to Sharia. They said the Central Bank is assessing the local
market's potential to accommodate new Islamic banks after the
enactment of the Islamic Banks Law recently approved by the National
Assembly. The assessment study also proposes a set of measures
governing the Central Bank dealings with the new expected Islamic
The Islamic Banks Law gives traditional banks the right to completely
convert themselves into Islamic banks, in addition to the Kuwait
Finance House (KFH). The Central Bank, the sources said, has a six
months period to pave the way for the local market to receive the new
Islamic banks after the publication of the law in the Kuwaiti gazette,
"Kuwait Al-Youm." The sources added the six months period expires by
the end of this year, which is the reason some local banks expect to
get the Central Bank response of their applications to open Islamic
branches also by the end of the year.
The sources indicated most local banks will not require major changes
if they wish to open Islamic branches or completely transform into the
Islamic banking sector. They added a majority of banking activities
and transactions offered by the existing banks are not much different
from services currently provided by the Kuwait Finance House.
[Bahrain] ABC Islamic Bank E.C. hosts signing of USD 80million
Modaraba syndication - 15 Jul 03
ABC Islamic Bank E.C. Bahrain today hosted a group of regional and
international banks at the signing of the successful first stage
Modaraba syndication of a USD80 million commercial master Murabaha
structured for Vitol S.A. of Switzerland.
Vitol S.A. and ABCIB Islamic Asset Management (IAM) have signed an
$80,000,000 Master Murabaha Agreement that forms the basis of this
successful Modaraba for participating Middle Eastern banks. The
Murabaha transactions envisaged under the arrangement involve IAM in
the individual purchases of physical Refined Oil Products such as Jet
Fuel from a refinery supplier at the tap of their storage tanks, and
their sales to Vitol S.A. on deferred payment terms. The Facility is
the first Islamic financing to be arranged for Vitol S.A., one of the
world's largest physical oil traders and has an innovative structure
that focuses upon the real underlying physical trade that is the basis
for Shariah-compliant financing.
[Malaysia] Malaysian Investment Banking giant to join forces with
Dallah Al Baraka Group to form Global Islamic Investment Alliance
http://www.ameinfo.com/news/Detailed/26225.html - 15 Jul 03
A landmark Memorandum of Understanding was announced today between
Commerce International Merchant Bankers Ltd. (CIMB), Malaysia's
leading investment bank, and Al Tawfeek Company for Investment Funds
Ltd., one of the world's leading Islamic financial institutions and
part of Dallah Al Baraka Group [Saudi Arabia], aimed at creating the
world's first truly global Islamic investment banking alliance.
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