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Egypt presidential hopeful wants Sharia law-based constitution

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

Egypt's constitution should be based on the Quran and the Islamic Sharia law, presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi said.
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Fatwa allows Quran reading on smartphones

March 29th, 2012 Comments off

The National, Fatwa allows Quran reading on smartphones, 29 Mar 2012 

"Now, officially, Muslims in the UAE are allowed to stay connected to Islam while keeping up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

 ""There isn’t just one specified way of reading the Quran," said the fatwa, released by the Ifta centre of the Abu Dhabi General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf)."

 
Abu Dhabi
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Which is more violent? Bible or Qur’an?

December 14th, 2011 Comments off
“”Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible,” Jenkins says.
Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and Dark Passages , which has not been published but is already drawing controversy.   Violence in the Quran, he and others say, is largely a defense against attack.
“By the standards of the time, which is the 7th century A.D., the laws of war that are laid down by the Quran are actually reasonably humane,” he says. “Then we turn to the Bible, and we actually find something that is for many people a real surprise. There is a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide.””

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Arabic in Kufic Script

September 13th, 2011 Comments off


Kufic Quran, second/eighth century

by John F. Healey and G. Rex Smith

The Kufic Quran has reached its fully developed form by the end of the second/eighth century. It was invariably written on parchment, the letters in a black ink with dots, often red and green (the latter used with initial hamza) though sometimes in gold only, representing short vowels, and black strokes, single and double, distinguishing letters. The text thus written is made difficult by the spacing which would seem to be more to do the calligrapher’s artistic inclinations and his desire to justify his text precisely than with Arabic orthography. “Justification” here refers to what became the standard practice in printed books of making the lines even in length both at the beginning and at the end of the lines. Verse endings and other pauses call for gold: usually a cluster of three balls, one sitting on two others and quite elaborate roundels.

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Domain names

June 22nd, 2011 Comments off

LA Times, ICANN to let thousands of domain names bloom, 21 Jun 2011 "The group that governs Internet domain names is opening up the system far beyond the 22 existing suffixes so that companies and organizations can apply to create their own versions of .com, .org or .gov."

So, what price .islam or .quran? I’d imagine there would be an intense contest for these suffixes, if they ever became
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"General Petraeus is submissive to Sharia’ law!"

April 30th, 2011 Comments off

… and Obama appointed this guy to head the CIA?

GAFFNEY: We won’t have time here to go through this. Let me just mention several different ways in which this kind of influence operation is being run against those sorts of target sets. An important part of it is keeping us ignorant of what they are doing. I’m sure most of you witnessed General David Petraeus, the much admired military leader, responding to the Quran burning down in Florida by Pastor Terry Jones. Saying that the holy Quran – repeatedly – the holy Quran must not be desecrated, and in other ways, suggesting that what we are doing here is a kind of submission to this program, lest we give offense, which is a blasphemy and a capital crime under Sharia…”



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Is that rebel reading the Quran? Quick, that’s a scoop: "Libya is the new Afghanistan!"

April 6th, 2011 Comments off
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Pakistan govt told to block anti-Islamic websites

March 5th, 2011 Comments off

Times Of India, Pakistan govt told to block anti-Islamic websites – 1 Mar 2011 "With Facebook and several other websites allegedly featuring blasphemous material against Prophet Mohammed and the Quran, the Pakistan government has informed a court here that all required steps are being taken to block objectionable and anti-Islamic portals."
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Dude, You Have no Quran

September 18th, 2010 Comments off
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Afghans Demonstrate Against US Quran-Burning That Never Happened

September 12th, 2010 Comments off

Saturday witnessed a second wave of demonstrations against the threats by small American fundamentalist churches (especially the Dove Outreach group of some 50 in Gainesville, Fl.), to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, on September 11. News that the planned bonfire of the scripture had been called off did not reach the provinces in time to avert the rallies, which were sparked in part by Taliban pamphleteering against the US.

But it seems clear to me in any case that the threat of Quran-burning by a few dozen kooks in the US is only a pretext for these demonstrations, which inevitably are actually about the grievances of Afghans under foreign military occupation. That is why the story of the plans for burning the Quran has brought people into the streets in Aghanistan to protest in impressive numbers (in contrast to most other parts of the Muslim world, where there were no similarly-sized rallies).

The largest demonstration on Saturday was held in Pul-i Alam, the capital of Logar province south of the national capital of Kabul. (For basic information about Logar, see this pdf file). Pajhwok News Agency reports that some 10,000 demonstrators assembled in the streets of Pul-i Alam. Protesters burned tires in the streets and sometimes torched shops. At one point the crowd, enraged, began moving toward the governor’s mansion, and local police dispersed them, apparently by firing above their heads. The demonstrators briefly cut the road south linking the city to Pakistan. (Given that Pul-i Alam’s population is only about 88,000, I find the 10,000 figure hard to credit unless the demonstration was planned out by the Taliban and protesters were bused in from the rural areas.) Logar, with a population of around 320,000, is about 2/3s Pushtun, with the rest being speakers of Dari Persian, whether Sunni Tajiks or Shiite Hazaras.

Pajhwok maintains that in the Afghania Pass region of the Nejrab district in Kapisa Province just northeast of Kabul, some 6,000 protesters, including women, gathered from that and surrounding districts. They chanted anti-American and anti-Israel phrases. The agency interviewed a member of the provincial council from Afghania Pass, Haji Lutfullah Zakiri. He said that were the Quran to be desecrated by Americans, a large number of young men were ready to turn suicide bombers. He suggested that French NATO troops in the province of Kapisa would likely be assaulted first of all. (Again, 6,000 sounds to me like a large number to meet in a remote place).


Courtesy afghandesk.com.

A third rally was held in the central Parwan Province, in Koh-i Safi district, according to Pajhwok. About 1,500 people shouted “Death to America and Death to Israel.” The demonstrators released an ultimatum aimed at the United States, pledging a jihad or war against the United States if the Quran were defiled. Their resolution also threatened to set Americans ablaze in revenge for the burning of the Muslim scripture. Also just north of Kabul, Parwan is largely Tajik (Sunni Persian-speakers) and its residents fought the Taliban tooth and nail in the 1990s. My guess is that the small demonstration and threats were generated mainly by the Pashtuns, an ethnic minority in Parwan.

AFP reports in Arabic on 3 demonstrations in the northern Badakhshan Province. In the provincial capital of Faizabad, about 600 demonstrators gathered. in the afternoon briefly. Another small demonstration of just a few hundred was held in a rural district of that province.

The rallies come on the heels of large demonstrations launched after Friday prayers against the US in some 13 Afghan cities. The clashes left ten or eleven persons wounded, some of them taking police fire after radicals started throwing stones at the police. Some reports speak of one person having died.. Four policemen were wounded in the clashes.

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