Sunday, March 05, 2006

Iraqi Sunni Clans Order Protection for Shiites

The Sunni clans in Al-Anbar province have ordered protection for Shiite families in the predominantly Sunni cities from potential tit-for-tat reprisals in view of anti-Sunni attacks and killings by Shiite militants after the bombing of a celebrated Shiite shrine.
"The agreement stipulates protection of [Shiite] neighborhoods and bans assaults under any circumstances," a local resident of Abu Ghraib district told Sunday, March 5, on condition of anonymity.
The agreement is binding to all parties, he added.
Tribal chieftains agreed to provide the protection to the Shiite families in response to a call by the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), the highest Sunni body in Iraq, IOL's correspondent says. more...

Friday, March 03, 2006

Rafsanjani: Enemies target Muslim world unity

Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Friday that the enemies' unworthy measures and crimes in Iraq's Samarra targeted unity in the Islamic world.
Rafsanjani made the remark while addressing multitudes of worshipers attending this week's Friday prayers congregation at Tehran University campus.
"The enemies intend to sow the seed of discord and civil war in Iraq and other Islamic states. Such a danger does really exist.
"Bombing of the shrines of Shiite Imams (Ali al-Naqi and Hassan al-Askariya -- peace be upon them) in Samarra was an odd event. We are unfortunately witnessing such crimes in the era of freedom and wisdom.
"It can be interpreted that perpetrators of such crimes are targeting Muslim world unity which is in the shaping gradually," he said.
He pointed to desecration of the mosques of Shiites and Sunnis following bombing of two Imams' shrines and said that was a "criminal" measure.
"If ulema do not take actions to prevent such a crime, it will turn into a civil war.
"There are hands at work intending to fan sectarian violence among human beings." Referring to publication of caricatures deemed insulting to Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him), Rafsanjani said the measure was aimed at pitting Christians and Muslims against each other.
"Muslims should not fall into such traps. We can maintain the progressive unity in the Islamic world."

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Occupying forces fueling sectarian conflicts in Iraq

The occupying forces are trying to ignite sectarian and ethnic conflicts in order to dismember the country into mini-states, said an Iranian daily on Tuesday.
Commenting on the terrorist bombings of the holy shrines of two Shiite Imams in the Iraqi city of Samarra last Wednesday, 'Tehran Times' said the sacrilege was a result of an "unholy alliance" by the US, the Zionist regime of Israel and the terrorists operating in Iraq.
The editorial argued that the alliance planned the bombing of the holy shrines "in order to justify the continued presence of occupying forces in the country." The daily added that the US has changed its approach in Iraq and is now trying to create sectarian and ethnic strife in the country as soon as it realized that the democratic process in the war-torn country had not turned out as what they had planned and it had not benefited the US interests.
Referring to the recent comments of the US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Iraq, the daily said his remarks and the fact that he was claiming a veto right over cabinet appointments indicated that "the United States seeks to prevent the formation of a national government in Iraq by creating chaos in the country." Khalilzad recently said that the Iraqi interior, defense, oil, and security affairs ministers must be approved by the U.S. and no one opposed to U.S. policy should be allowed to become a minister in the cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
"Of course, the Iraqi people, and particularly the religious authorities, are monitoring the suspicious activities of the occupying forces, and they will not allow religious differences to cause the country to break apart," the article stressed.
It anticipated that after the formation of a national government, "the entire Iraqi nation will call for the withdrawal of the occupying forces, and then there will be no option left for the foreign troops besides withdrawing from Iraqi territory."

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Who was behind the Samarra blasts?

By Hassan Hanizadeh
Last Wednesday’s terrorist bombings of the holy shrines of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Askari (AS), in Samara, Iraq, was a very serious incident which increased the possibility of a civil war breaking out.
In addition, Shia Muslims all over the world are now accusing the U.S.-led occupying forces of complicity in the act.
The United States is suspect because it occupied Iraq on the pretext of establishing democracy in the country, but U.S. officials now realize that the democratic process has not turned out as they had planned and not benefited U.S. interests.
Thus, the U.S. has changed its approach and is now trying to create sectarian and ethnic strife in Iraq.
The obvious interference of U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in preventing the formation of a national cabinet reflecting the vote of the majority of Iraqis proves that the U.S. contention that it seeks to establish democracy in Iraq is a blatant lie because the U.S. does not want to accept the results of the parliamentary election.
Khalilzad recently said that the Iraqi interior, defense, oil, and security affairs ministers must be approved by the U.S. and no one opposed to U.S. policy should be allowed to become a minister in the cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
Khalilzad’s recent remarks and the fact that he is claiming a veto right over cabinet appointments indicate that the United States seeks to prevent the formation of a national government in Iraq by creating chaos in the country.
Alongside the U.S. efforts to trigger a sectarian conflict in Iraq, the Zionist lobby, surprised by Muslims’ united reaction to the Western media outlets’ insult of Prophet Muhammad (S), is now trying to break this unity.
The unholy alliance of the United States, the Zionist regime, and the terrorists operating in Iraq planned the bombing of the holy shrines in order to justify the continued presence of occupying forces in the country.
Of course, this treacherous plan to bomb the holy sites in Iraq will not be limited to the shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Askari (AS). Other religious sites may also face the same fate in the future since the occupying forces are trying to ignite sectarian and ethnic conflicts in order to dismember the country into mini-states.
However, both the religious authorities in Najaf and the religious-political leaders in Iraq are well aware of this devious U.S. plot and have therefore called on Iraqis to foster unity and avoid impulsive reactions.
This call was welcomed by all Sunni and Shia Iraqis, who have condemned the terrorist actions of the occupying forces.
Of course, the Iraqi people, and particularly the religious authorities, are monitoring the suspicious activities of the occupying forces, and they will not allow religious differences to cause the country to break apart.
Therefore, after the formation of a national government, the entire Iraqi nation will call for the withdrawal of the occupying forces, and then there will be no option left for the foreign troops besides withdrawing from Iraqi territory.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Iraqi Sunnis Rebuild Destroyed Shiite Shrine

In a gesture of goodwill, Iraqi Sunnis in the northern city of Samarra are working tirelessly to rebuild the Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines which was devastated in an odious explosion last week. ...more
Shiite and Sunnis scholars perform prayers together at Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad.

The day of brightness

By Morteza Karimi
Since the year of 61(A.H), Moharram got a month of grief and mourning but during the centuries, new sad events have fanned the flame of it's sarrow. 209 years ago in 26th of Moharram, many holy places of Mecca including several domes were demolished by a British hatched branch of Islam and today enemies of Islamic unity with a new name and face do the same about the dome of two of our Imams.
Yes: cruelty and evil-doing is not a matter fo past but it won't continue forever; In a day of brightness, there will appeare a man called Mahdi, the son of Imam Askari who will fight aggressors and make the world just and sate for all.

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.Sunnis, Shiites rally outside UN Headquarters to condemn Samarra blast
A number of Shiite and Sunni Muslims angered by the defamation of the shrines of two Shiite Imams in Iraq gathered outside UN Headquarters in New York on Sunday calling for an end to the clashes in Iraq.
The New York-based Muslims, in the rally, called on the Iraqi people to maintain their unity and not let enemies exploit the current situation to create divisions among Sunnis and Shittes.
Muslims from Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf littoral states, including Iran, took part in the protest rally to condemn the attack on the ancient shrine of two of Shiite Islam's Imams in Samarra, northern Baghdad.
The protestors, carrying placards, urged an end to the violence in Iraq and acts of desecration of enemies such as Wednesday's bombing of the the holy shrine of Imam al-Hadi and Hassan al-Askari which resulted in the destruction of its golden dome.
They carried placards saying `Muslims are brothers' and `Those responsble for the attacks are enemies of Islam'.
Shiites and Sunnis should forge an alliance to neutralize plots hatched by enemies of Islam to incite violence and stir up a crisis in Iraq, a Sunni, Jabir, told IRNA.
Dozens of people were killed and many more injured in a bomb blast in the holy shrine of two of Shiite Islam's Imams in Samarra, 100km north of Baghdad, last Wednesday which destroyed its golden dome.
.Sunnis Said Ready to End Boycott of Talks
Sunni Arab politicians are ready to end their boycott of talks on forming a new government if rival Shiites return mosques seized in last week's wave of sectarian attacks and meet other unspecified demands, a top Sunni figure said Monday. ...more

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Occupying troops involved in Iraq's terrorist bombings

An Iranian morning daily commented Sunday on recent bitter developments in Iraq saying that the occupying troops and intelligence services were directly involved in terrorist acts in the war-torn country.
Criticizing the 'barbaric attacks' on the holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Al-Askari (AS) in Samarra last Wednesday, the English-language daily 'Kayhan International' said that the occupying forces have failed to act based on the Geneva Convention.
"Articles 49, 50 and 51 of the 1949 Geneva Convention assert that 'The Occupying Power shall, with the cooperation of the national and local facilitate the proper working of all institutions devoted to the security, care and education in the occupied country'," said the editorial.
It further referred to the Article 34 of convention which 'asserts that The Occupying Power should never cause damage to the historic and religious sites of the occupied country and those committing such criminal acts should be brought to justice as per Article 36 of the same Convention'.
"The Geneva Convention signed by the majority of countries -- just like many other international conventions -- has become a useless law on paper, leaving nations no other option but to rely on their own capabilities for ensuring national security and defense," the paper argued.
It noted that based on the Geneva Convention, the US-led occupying forces, 'are fully held responsible' for what was currently underway in Iraq.
Stressing that according to the existing evidences, American and European troops played a central role in committing horrible crimes in Iraq, the article said, "Samarra has been under the strict control of American troops since the beginning of occupation.
"The cold-blooded terrorists took their time before planting the heavy explosives inside and outside the holy shrines in the early hours of the dawn," the daily noted.
It stressed that all these criminal and barbaric acts against innocent civilians and holy sites 'demonstrate the fact that the powerful Islamic pole plays a powerful and undeniable role in the current international equations'.
The daily further added given all facts which 'prove the direct involvement of occupying forces and intelligence services in the terrorist acts, particularly the recent bombings of the holy shrines in Samarra', the only way in front of the Muslim nations is to rely on their own capabilities to ensure their national security.

Iraqi national cohesion weathers the storm

The bombings of the holy shrines of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Askari (AS), on Wednesday pained the hearts of both Shias and Sunnis alike. The goals of the bloodthirsty terrorists are clear: to trigger sectarian conflict, create division among the ranks of officials, and destroy Iraq’s national unity.
These cruel deeds carried out in the name of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (S) actually sully the reputation of Islam in the outside world, and it could take many years to convince non-Muslims that Islam would never approve of such acts.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Samarra political crime

by Mahdi Moalla

The move of unity, every where in the Muslim world, followed a bomb attack on one of the holiest Shiite Islam sites in Iraq, the al-Askariyain shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on Wednesday.
Shiite religious leaders called for a week of mourning after two men blew up the famous golden dome in a dawn raid, and all of them called for calm and unity between Muslims and warned of the plots hatched by the occupying enemies.
Many believe if it wasn’t with Iraq occupiers’ cooperation, no terrorist could do a dirty crime like what happened to Shiite holy shrine and Sunny mosques in the recent days. Because:
1. it’s so easy for American and British forces to prevent such acts. Furthermore, American occupiers took the security of Samarra just a while before the holy shrine blast, with the excuse that this city has gone unsafe. but it was safe when in the control of Iraqis.
2. even if the claim is true that terrorist groups like Alqueda did this bombing, it's clear for all that in the current situations of Iraq, it's occupiers who benefit from such acts and it's aftermath- specially sectarian conflicts. Cause we all know that last week American ambassador to Iraq said things indicated American forces are not satisfied from Iraq last election results. And we all know the successful transition of power to an Iraqi government means the end of occupation for American forces and firms.
in these situations that -after unknown people killed Shiites and Sunnis both to threaten the unity- the danger of a high-intensity civil war is behind doors of Iraqi people. So Shiites and Sunnis leaders have to condemn and proclaim to be averse of Muslim groups that accuse other Muslims to infidelity.

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.Sunni and Shia in talks
Influential Shia and Sunni religious and political leaders have held talks in Baghdad saying they will join forces to ease sectarian bloodshed that has raised fears of civil war in Iraq. ...more

.UK Muslims protest against Iraq shrine bombings
Muslims in Britain Saturday were gathering in London to demonstrate against the evil destruction and bombings of the shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Al-Askari (AS) in Samarra, Iraq. ...more

.German Muslims voice outrage over Samarra blasts
German Muslims rallied in Berlin to express their outrage over the latest bomb blasts of the two holy Shiite shrines in Samarra, Iraq, IRNA said on Saturday.
Muslim Protestors, among them Iranians, Arabs and Turks, gathered in the city center, calling on Shiites and Sunnis to remain unified and vigilant in the wake of continued foreign plots to destabilize Iraq.
Carrying pictures of the two holy Shiite shrines in Samarra, demonstrators "condemned the terror attacks in the strongest possible terms".

UMAA calls for a demonstration

The Universal Muslim Association of America [UMAA] with other Muslim leaders and organizations is calling for a demonstration to denounce the barbaric attack on the Holy Shrine in Samarraa, Iraq.
When: Sunday, Feb 26,2006. between 12 noon and 3 PM.
Where: In front of the United Nations Head Quarters in New York city. On 47th street and 1st ave.

A press release was issued by UMAA early on Tuesday condemning the attack as a terrorist act not just against a Shia Holy site but against the whole Muslim ummah and human civilization.

Religious Terrorism

By Mohammad Reza M. Karimi

While the bomb blasts at the Samarra shrine infuriated Iraqi Shiites, the wave of protests and condemnation appears to have swept the surging Muslim anger against new accounts of western repressions under the carpet.Relations between the Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis have normalized considerably after the Sunnis were brought into the political mainstream in the wake of the Dec. 2005 parliamentary elections and the commitment of the Shiite majority to form a government of national unity. So the blasts are obviously aimed at instigating sectarian conflicts.
The sacrilegious attack on the Shiite shrine serves the external agenda of the Iraqi occupying forces more than anything else.
Read the full article

Friday, February 24, 2006

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With concerns of civil war in Iraq due to intensifying Shiite and Sunni tension, the spiritual leaders called on the public for moderation to stop the events. ...more
.Belgium condemns Samarra bomb attacks
Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht condemned Friday the bomb attacks against the holy shrines of Imam Hadi and Imam Hassan Asgari in Samarra, Iraq.
"It is necessary to break this vicious cycle of violence. The attack against the mausoleums of Imams al-Hadi and al-Askari of Samarra is aimed to fail the process of democratization and reconstruction in Iraq and to cause inter-confessional violence," he said in a statement.
De Gucht also condemned the reprisal attacks against mosques in Baghdad and other places in Iraq.
He encouraged all Iraqi political and religious authorities to condemn those acts of violence and to pursue the reconstruction of a peaceful and multi-confessional Iraq.
.Indian PM condemns bombing of Shia shrine in Iraq
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the "shameful and senseless" act of desecration of the 1000-year-old Shia shrine of Mahdi Al-Askari (AS), revered by millions in Samara, Iraq, including many Indians.
The news of the bombing of the holy Al-Askariya mosque in Samarra has caused great shock and grief in India, the prime minister's media adviser, Sanjaya Baru, quoted Prime Minister Singh as saying.
"India hopes that the leaders of Iraq will not let such heinous acts come in the way of building a unified, peaceful, stable and prosperous Iraq through dialogue and mutual respect," Singh said.
"India stands committed to assist in the process of building peace and stability in Iraq and in the reconstruction of the country," he added.

Samarra; Tomb of Mahdi's parents

.By Nader Talebzadeh
filmmaker and historical researcher focusing on epics that span Muslim history.
He finished his studies in America in 1970s.

.The incredible assault on the holiest of shrines in Iraq came as an insult to all Muslims. It came at time that one can't but suspect a close coordinator between the oppossry forces that do not wish to see a revival Iraq independent on its feet. one can only assume that it could rise from the evil ambitions of Zarquavi and Benladan. No one acts with more hatred and demon vices than these British brel branch of Islam namely the militia Wahabis.
Samarra is the buried tomb of tow Imams, namely Imam Hadi and his son the twelfth Imam, Imam Askari, the father of Imam Mahdi whose saviour of Islam's future. the same Imam Mahdi whose return is expected by Muslims along with Jesus the Messiah. It is on of the holiest sites of Islam because it bears the ground that Nargisus the mother of Mahdi is buried. the same Nargisus who historically is the describable by Saint Peter and all Shia Muslims revere. The buried grommet of the parents of Islami future saviour (along with Jesus, the son of Mary) is no meager shrine. The enemy know how to ignite the fury of the faithful.
and they will pay.

Cartoons ends to blast

Some experts believe the blast in the holy shrine of Askariain-a very sacred place of shiites in Iraq, is a new plan to divide Muslims after danish cartoons united them against western plots. The plot that many believe it was organised and and not accidentally.
Months after 12 cartoons published in Danish and other european country's newspapers, many angry Muslims around the world condemned this act and took out vast protest ralleis, united and from all sects.

Hakim calls for unity

Iraq ‘s most influential Shiite political leader called Friday for Sunni-Shiite unity and condemned the killing of Iraqis in a bid to help pull the nation from the brink of civil war after the wave of Shiite outrage triggered by the bombing of a Shiite shrine two days go.

Al-Hakim instead blamed Saddam Hussein loyalists and followers of al-Qaida in Iraq boss Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying "we all have to unite in order to eliminate them."

"We call for self-restraint and not to be dragged by the plots of the enemy of Iraq."

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.Muslims in S.Africa call crime in Samarra a plot to divide Ummah
Ahlul-Beit Foundation in South Africa in a statement issued Friday strongly condemned heinous attack on Sacred Shrines of two holy Imams in Samarra (Iraq).
The statement said a seditious bomb attack occurred destroying Holy Shrines of 10th Imam Ali Naqi (AS) and 11th Hassan Askari (AS) in Samarra (Iraq) in the early hours of Wednesday Morning. ...more

.Pakistan rallies, religious leaders condemn Iraq shrine attacks
Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday condemned the bombing of the Holy Shrines of Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hassan Askari resulting in their severe damage.

.Berlin Muslims to take to streets to deplore Iraq terror
German Muslims are to rally in downtown Berlin on Saturday in a bid to deplore the latest bombing attacks of two holy Shiite shrines in Samarra, Iraq.
According to a press statement, released by a group of Berlin-based Muslim communities, the rally's main aim is to promote unity, brotherhood and vigilance among Muslims in light of foreign plots to sow the seeds of discord between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis.
The Muslim protestors are also to "condemn in the strongest possible terms the desecration of holy Muslim and Christian sites".
The group pointed out that a "third party" was trying to create a rift between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis in an attempt to start a civil war in the country.

Iranians condemn shrine bombings

Tens of thousands of worshipers in Tehran marched in the street after the Friday prayers to protest against Wednesday's bombing of the holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Sammara.
The protesters condenmed the terrorist attacks and called for unity among Muslims to confront with such anti-Islamic acts.
They also asked the interntional bodies to denounce the crime and called for bringing the culprits involved into justice.
Chanting anti-US and anti-UK slogans, they called for an end into Iraq's occupation so that the war-torn country can feel peace and stability.

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.Britain's Islamic centers condemn Iraq blast, call for vigilance
Islamic centers in Britain have condemned Wednesday's blast at the holy shrine in Iraq, demanding vigilance and unity of the nation.
"We send our deepest condolences to Imam Al-Mahdi (AS) and all Muslims around the globe for the cowardly, despicable, and tragic assault on the holy shrine of the 10th and 11th Imams, Ali al-Hadi (AS) and Hassan al-Askari (AS)," said the London-based Islamic Center of England.
"There is no doubt that the contemporary world needs to establish peace and prosperity now more than ever. The wicked and inhumane strategists of global imperialism plan these shameful acts having them carried out by local agents. Their corrupt goals aim to sow dissent and create division amongst the devoted followers of various faiths and different factions." The Islamic Center of England urged all Muslims to remain aware and to maintain their unity so as to foil the insidious plans of the enemies of Islam.
"There is no doubt that Allah the Almighty shall secure the victory of Islam and of the Muslims provided that they retain patience and piety," it added.
Also the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) condemned bombing of the Hassan al-Askari (AS) shrine.
The IHRC further condemned any targeting of places of worship and targeting of civilians as senseless barbarity, which has no justification whatsoever in Islam.
It said the IHRC regards any acts of sectarian violence as "playing into the hands of the occupying forces, who have been attempting to stoke up such divisions for some time now to further their own political agenda".

.Iraqi Forces Fan Out to Enforce Curfews
Police and soldiers fanned out Friday to enforce an extraordinary daytime curfew in Baghdad and three provinces in a bid to halt the wave of sectarian violence that have killed about 120 people
.EU condemned the criminal and sacrilegious bombing
The European Union (EU) condemned Thursday "the criminal and sacrilegious bombing" of the Imam Ali al-Hadi (AS) shrine in Samarra on Wednesday that has provoked sectarian strife.