Shiva Amini is a popular Iranian female football player, who won also many medals in international tournaments. Few weeks ago she was in a private trip in Europe – in Italy and Switzerland. Here, she played soccer with friends, in unofficial games. Feeling far and free from the Iranian Islamic dress code constrictions, Shiva decided to play with men, without wearing the veil. After the games, she posted videos of her experience on her Instagram account.
Unfortunately, also the representatives of the Iranian football federation saw her videos and pictures: immediately they decided to ban Shiva Amin from the Iranian national women team. As it is possible to see (and listen) in a video published by the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, Shiva protested against the decision, underlining that she was in Europe for private reasons, not playing for the Islamic Republic. The Iranian officials, answered that she is always a representative of the country, and she must behave always in an “Islamic way”. One of the representative of the national Football Federation of Iran, attacked also Shiva for her decision to visit Europe, “a place which is against our culture”.
If you only watch American media, you’ll think that Pentagon has defeated the IS in Afghanistan with one big MF MOAB on 4/13/17.
BBC’s reporter, Auliya Atrafi, went to the site to inspect the damage first hand and said this:
The BBCreporter also said that the MOAB did kill many IS fighters but more IS fighters who wear 6 pairs of socks (no shoes so that they can sneak up to government soldiers) come back. Maybe the U.S. needs to drop more MOAB to scare the IS fighters into submission, otherwise, Trump may want to send in more American boys and girls to fight the IS on the ground.
In any case, read or watch BBC News to get the real scoop instead of the make-naive-Americans-feel-good fake news.
Auliya Atrafi has this to say at the end of his report:
Orang-orang beriman yakin sepenuh hati bahwa apa yang telah ditetapkan oleh Allah SWT melalui perantaraan Rasulullah SAW merupakan yang terbaik untuk kita. Islam sebagai jalan hidup tidak hanya mengatur tata cara beribadah kepada Sang Khalik tetapi juga mengatur setiap segi kehidupan, terutama dalam persoalan harta.
Salah satu ilmu yang paling penting untuk dipelajari, dimengerti dan diamalkan dalam kompilasi hukum Islam adalah ilmu tentang mawaris (pembagian harta warisan). Sudah banyak contoh kasus di mana ketidakmengertian dan pengabaian ilmu mawaris menimbulkan persengketaan, percekcokan antar keluarga dan banyak yang berakhir dengan permusuhan sampai saling pukul dan saling bunuh, hanya karena kejahilan mengenai hukum waris.
Hal yang harus kita sebagai orang-orang beriman pahami mengenai harta warisan adalah bahwa harta orang yang sudah meninggal dunia otomatis menjadi milik Allah SWT sehingga pembagiannya hanya Allah SWT yang berhak menentukan, dan sudah ada perhitungannya yang jelas termaktub secara eksplisit di dalam Al Quran. Tidak ada alasan apapun bagi orang-orang beriman untuk mengingkari ketetapan Allah SWT tersebut. Tidak seperti hukum sekuler, keinginan dari orang yang meninggal (pewaris) tidak diakui jika bertentangan dengan ketetapan Allah SWT. Karena itu jika orang yang telah meninggal itu membuat surat wasiat yang mengatur siapa-siapa yang memperoleh hartanya setelah ia wafat, akan gugur wasiatnya jika bertubrukan dengan hukum waris dalam Islam.
Orang-orang Muslim yang menolak menjalankan pembagian waris sesuai hukum Islam diancam dengan siksaan yang sangat pedih di neraka karena sesungguhnya mereka telah memakan hak orang lain dengan cara yang batil.
Permasalahan Mawaris di Indonesia
Umumnya kesalahan paling utama yang terjadi dalam memperlakukan harta warisan dari orang yang sudah meninggal adalah menunda-nunda pembagian warisan. Di Indonesia sendiri sering kali dianggap tidak sopan untuk membicarakan pembagian harta warisan segera setelah mayit dikuburkan. Hal tersebut dianggap tabu dan pelakunya dicap haus harta.
Padahal menurut syariat Islam harta warisan dari orang yang sudah meninggal harus segera didata, dihitung dan ditetapkan besaran untuk masing-masing ahli waris. Permasalahan apakah eksekusi pembagian tersebut disegerakan atau ditunda itu memang bisa dimusyawarahkan lagi, terutama apabila harta yang ditinggalkan berupa harta tidak bergerak yang kemungkinan masih dimanfaatkan oleh salah satu ahli waris.
Contoh kasus yang umum terjadi adalah warisan berupa rumah dari seorang laki-laki yang telah wafat yang meninggalkan istri dan anak-anak. Umumnya anak-anak akan merasa segan untuk membagi-bagi warisan berupa rumah tersebut karena rumah itu masih ditempati oleh ibu mereka (istri dari orang yang sudah meninggal itu). Dan parahnya, sering kali sang ibu malah merasa bahwa rumah yang ditempatinya tersebut menjadi haknya 100% ketika suaminya meninggal dunia sehingga anak-anaknya tidak berhak menuntut rumah tersebut dijadikan obyek warisan dari almarhum ayahnya.
Awal mula kesalahan ini tentunya adalah karena banyak orang yang menyangka bahwa dalam kehidupan rumah tangga tidak perlu menentukan porsi kepemilikan harta. Perlu dipahami bahwa dalam Islam tidak ada istilah harta gono gini dalam pernikahan. Harta milik istri sepenuhnya miliknya sendiri dan harta miliki suami juga miliknya sendiri.
Dalam contoh kasus ibu yang menguasai rumah mendiang suaminya tersebut perlu ditelusuri bagaimana sebenarnya status kepemilikan rumah tersebut. Jika memang rumah itu adalah 100% hasil pembelian dari harta pribadi sang ibu, tentu memang rumah itu menjadi miliknya 100% dan anak-anaknya tidak berhak menuntut rumah tersebut dijadikan obyek waris atas wafatnya sang ayah.
Tetapi apabila rumah tersebut ternyata dibeli 100% oleh sang ayah, ibu sebagai istri dari orang yang sudah meninggal hanya berhak atas 1/8 dari nilai harta tersebut. Dan sisanya 7/8 bagian adalah milik ahli waris lainnya, yaitu anak-anak almarhum, orang tua almarhum (jika masih hidup) dan ahli waris lain yang tidak terhijab seperti saudara kandung almarhum, cucu dan lain-lain (semuanya harus masih dalam keadaan hidup).
Dan apabila rumah tersebut dibeli bersama oleh ayah dan ibu, perlu ditelusuri secara jelas berapa porsi kepemilikan ayah dan ibu. Apakah ayah:ibu = 50:50, 70:30, 30:70 dan lain-lain. Jika sudah diketahui porsi kepemilikannya, berarti ibu berhak atas nilai rumah tersebut sesuai porsi kepemilikannya dan juga berhak atas 1/8 bagian dari nilai porsi kepemilikan ayah.
Demikian pula jika rumah tersebut diperoleh atas andil dari anak-anak (sebagian ahli waris). Perlu dikeluarkan dulu porsi yang menjadi hak mereka baru diperhitungkan berapa nilai yang murni merupakan harta miliki pewaris.
Demikian pula jika pewaris (orang yang sudah meninggal) memiliki wasiat sebelum ia wafat. Perlu diingat bahwa wasiat tidak boleh diberikan kepada orang yang memang merupakan ahli waris. Jadi tidak boleh misalnya orang yang wafat membuat wasiat supaya rumah peninggalannya diberikan kepada istri atau salah satu anaknya menurut keinginannya. Wasiat diberikan kepada pihak yang bukan ahli waris, misalnya anak angkat, lembaga kemanusiaan, saudara yang bukan termasuk ahli waris, dll. Dan perlu diingat bahwa harta yang bisa diwasiatkan tidak boleh melebihi 1/3 harta peninggalan sang mayit.
Sekali lagi harta orang yang sudah meninggal merupakan harta yang otomatis menjadi milik ahli waris dan pihak-pihak penerima wasiat (yang tidak bertentangan dengan syariat Islam) sehingga jika ada upaya untuk menghalangi mereka dari menerima harta tersebut adalah sebuah kezaliman besar yang diancam siksa neraka. Tidak boleh jika ahli waris menuntut haknya lantas di-bully atau dihina dengan istilah-istilah haus harta dan lain-lain karena menuntut hak adalah diperbolehkan bahkan diwajibkan dalam Islam. Hal ini tentu saja untuk menjaga supaya ahli waris lain tercegah dari memakan harta yang bukan menjadi haknya.
Rukun islam yang terakhir adalah melaksanakan ibadah haji. Ini dikhususkan bagi orang-orang yang sudah mampu dari segi hartanya.
Perintah melaksanakan haji dalam Al-quran Surat Ali imran ayat 97:
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Syarat yang paling pertama seseorang untuk menjadi seorang muslim adalah mengucapkan dua kalimat syahadat. makna Syahadat adalah mengucap dengan lidah, membenarkan dengan hati dan mengamalkan melalui perbuatannya. Bunyi 2 kalimat syahadat yaitu:
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On the 26th of April I posted an article criticising the political agendas and the rise of consumer products that surround ANZAC Day. In this piece I never once disrespected the ANZAC soldiers that were killed in warfare, nor did I preach political ideologies of my own. This article was also ready to be posted on ANZAC day itself, but was reserved until April 26th in respect for people that may be mourning their fallen ancestors.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, an ABC Muslim spokesperson, did not grant this same respect. On ANZAC Day, Abdel-Magied posted,
This created a monumental uproar as over 12,444 citizens have since signed a petition for her position at the ABC to be terminated. This only comes a few months after Abdel-Magied again caused controversy on the political panel show Q&A. She was involved in a public spat with Senator Jacqui Lambie over the use of Sharia Law in Australia, which led her to infamously state that Islam is the ‘most feminist religion in the world’.
Video courtesy of ABC’s Q&A
Australian politicians have also come out in arms against Abdel-Magied since the post. Liberal senator Eric Abetz personally asked the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to remove Abdel-Magied from the board for Australian-Arab Relations, stating that she was ‘unfit for the job and lacked judgment’. The ABC quickly released a statement washing their hands of the post, stating that Abdel-Magied’s opinions and behaviours outside of the ABC is none of their business and do not represent their own views.
Abdel-Magied has since taken down her post, editing the original to simply say ‘lest we forget’, but the damage is already done. She posted a very weak apology in the aftermath saying that, ‘It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologise unreservedly’. This apology reminds me of a pubescent boy with a black fringe covering his eyes, kicking the dirt beneath him, murmuring ‘I guess I’m sorry you were offended’, which is a fitting comparison to Abdel-Magied’s own immature behaviour.
Eric Abetz is correct in his opinion of Abdel-Magied. She seems to completely lack an understanding of human behaviour and what is and is not acceptable. The horrendous nature of this post had to be ‘brought to her attention’! It baffles me to understand how such a prominent member of the Australian-Muslim community could not see the insensitivity of her post. It was irresponsible, especially since her position is to specifically promote Australian and Arab relations, which are at an all time low. Furthermore, how could she not expect Australian citizens to be outraged at the notion of widespread Sharia Law throughout the country?
There is a pattern of behaviour here. This behaviour is obvious attention seeking, coming from seeds of insecurity. Even the Muslim community has come out against Abdel-Magied. A Muslim leader, Abbas Aly said that he was struggling to deal with Abdel-Magied’s comments and that he was ‘at a loss’. Aly labeled her as ‘damaging towards the Islamic community’ and accused her of ‘seeking publicity’.
Perhaps it would have been more appropriate for Abdel-Magied to tweet ‘lest we forget’ the countless Muslim women who are in abusive relationships with violent Muslim men (but only as a last resort). Lest we forget how a Muslim woman is considered half the worth of a Muslim man in the Arab world. Lest we forget all of the Muslim women who are deemed stupid and worthless just for being female or how they do not share the same divorce rights as Muslim men. Lest we forget the legal forced marriage and rape of under-aged countless Muslim girls and lest we forget the worrying problem of in-breeding in the Islamic world. How is that for the ‘most feminist religion in the world’?
Granted, the problems on Nauru and Manus island are serious. This was not the time or the place to herald yourself as a saviour of the people. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, before you criticise Australia on ANZAC day or publically take part in al-Taqiyaa on national television, take a moment to have a look in your own back yard first.
just read the quote, below, then try to tell me this is what ‘they’ voted for—The president of Austria has raised quite a few eyebrows after stating that there may come a day when all women are asked to wear headscarves out of solidarity, citing discrimination faced by Muslims in the country. Alexander Van der Bellen, who made the statements while speaking to students on Monday, began by stating that he believes it is “every woman’s right to wear whatever she likes.” However, referring to discrimination against Muslims in Austria, the leader went on to state that “if this continues… with the widely spreading Islamophobia, the day will come when we have to ask all women to wear a headscarf – all – out of solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons.”
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—but then again, it could always be those knavish Russians twisting the truths spoken to make traps for fools* .
Force them to wear whatever they like? I’m hip!
Force them to label themselves as brain-dead slaves to a system created a thousand years ago in the name of an invisible intangible spook by a pederast? Not good … but someone voted for him …
* Fools like moi. I always bite the red herring. (Bite? Hell, I savage the little buggers…)
Planting the seeds of awe and fear of Allah in children is far more important than them memorising the Qur’an when they are young. However, memorising the Qur’an is praiseworthy.
Agus Salim dikenal sebagai perkokok berat. Kebiasaan menyulut rokok kretek ini pun menjadi gaya khasnya yang unik saat berada di negara-negara barat.
Misalnya saat H. Agus Salim pada tahun 1953 diundang mengajar di Cornell University untuk 2 mata kuliah tentang agama Islam dan pengaruhnya di Asia Tenggara, Timur Tengah, khususnya Indonesia dan Pakistan.
Dengan penampilan berjas dan dasi, Agus Salim juga melengkapi penampilannya dengan peci. Peci ini peci yang dibuat khusus, bagian sampingnya bisa dibuka untuk menutupi daun telinganya saat cuaca dingin.
The Grand Old Man ini punya kebiasaan tidak akan memulai perkuliahan kalau belum merokok.
Karena bau rokok kreteknya yang khas, para mahasiswa akan bisa mengenali apabila Agus Salim mendekat ke dalam kelas. Atau apabila ruang kuliah dipindahkan, para mahasiswa hanya perlu mengikuti bau kretek rokok Agus Salim.
Agus Salim memaparkan 31 materi perkuliahannya dalam Bahasa Inggris, digelar setiap Sabtu siang. Hebatnya, meski menjelang malam mingguan, mahasiswa yang hadir selalu banyak.
Kisah lain tentang kebiasaan menyulut rokok kretek Agus Salim yang spektakuler adalah ketika dalam rangkaian acara kerajaan Inggris yaitu penobatan Ratu Elizabeth yang menggantikan ayahnya yang mangkat pada 4 Juni 1953.
Padahal Agus Salim sudah diwanti-wanti oleh diplomat pendamping, Robert Brash untuk tidak melakukan kebiasaannya itu di Westminster Abbey, saat penobatan Ratu Elizabeth berlangsung. Brash meminta agar Agus Salim berjanji untuk berhenti merokok sebelum memasuki gedung. Soalnya dalam perjalanan di mobil itu Agus Salim bagai kereta api yang terus menerus merokok.
Tiba waktunya jamuan makan malam yang berlangsung di Buckingham Palace. Agus Salim melihat Duke of Edinburg, suami sang Ratu nampak canggung. Agus Salim kemudian menghampiri Pangeran Phillip dan melambai-lambaikan rokok kretek yang telah disulutnya.
Agus Salim lalu berucap, “Apakah Paduka mengenal bau rokok ini?”
Pangeran Phillip ragu menjawab, “Rasanya saya tidak mengenal aroma ini, Tuan.”
“Inilah yang menyebabkan bangsa Paduka beramai-ramai mendatangi negeri saya,” balas Agus Salim, yang membuat Sang Pangeran tertawa sehingga suasana menjadi cair.
Itulah diplomasi rokok kretek Agus Salim yang memberikan kesan bagi Pangeran Phillip hingga ia mengenalkan Agus Salim kepada sang Ratu, “This gentleman comes from Indonesia.”
This topic is very interesting because each one of us is involved in it one way or another and we don’t realize the grave danger it poses to us as individuals and to our societies. It is very common to laugh at someone’s deficiencies such as pronunciation of a word perhaps in a different language, dressing style, lack of common sense or even pride of being from a particular tribe.
It is easier for us to judge and comment on other people than to judge and comment on ourselves. That’s the underlying fact of such behavior. No matter how much a person denies such a statement, he/ she knows that they are unable to judge and comment on themselves but very easily judge and comment on others. A very simple test will be to ask 10 of your friends to give their thoughts about such and such person and then observe. How many of those 10 friends will come out and say, I can’t comment on him/ her because I am not good enough or I am not the judge of that or we shouldn’t be doing this. With my experience the answer is 0. Yes zero. Now if you take 3 or 4 of these scenarios, then you may find 1 or if you are very lucky 2. Which comes out to say that 19 out of 20 or 38 out of 40 people find it easy and have no problems at all passing judgement and comments on other people. That is a staggering 95% of the people you interact with approximately daily. For a lot of people this is a type of entertainment and time kill activity. They make fun of someone, pass comments about that person or mimics their way of speaking, way of walking and what not, for no real reason.
The Supreme Power has created human beings and divided them into different tribes, countries, colors, languages, dialects, etc. Hence the diverse cultures we see today with anti-racial and anti-discrimination laws. Every language is different even though various words and meanings could have been derived from the same source. For example, Spanish language have a very strong presence of the sound ‘se or sa’ and no matter what the word is, there starting would be from the tongue in between the teeth. Similarly, Urdu has a letter called ‘pe’ which in English may represent the letter ‘P’. On the other hand Arabic doesn’t have any letter that represent ‘P’, hence they use ‘ba’ which in English may represent the letter ‘B’. So if you hear an Arabic person say Pepsi, it will sound like Bebsi and Poland will sound like Boland. Given these differences in letters and pronunciations, when a person lives his life in a certain country for extended periods, he/ she picks up the culture and norm of that country in order to gain acceptance and also to become a strong part of the community with effective communication skills.
The problem is when these people return to their home countries or travel to other places using the same dialect, it sounds funny to locals and everyone may share a laugh or two (in a lighter sense). However, there is a difference between laughing in front of the person, which is more or less a friendly gesture/behavior, as compared to laughing about that person on his/ her back with a group of like-minded friends or family, which is very rude. If that person heard the way you were making fun of his pronunciation, do you really think he/ she will laugh with you or he/ she will be hurt inside? This is a question that you need to think about.
If an English person can’t pronounce Arabic words or a British person can’t pronounce Australian English Dialect or an Asian can’t pronounce English words, yes it would be funny in a very gentle way. However, if you go to a group of friends or family and tell them, ‘Oh, did you know what happened today? Oh, did you know what David said?’ then you are in the wrong. Anything that you say at someone’s back and you know it will hurt him/ her, then you are doing something wrong and honestly speaking, there are very few things which will sound good in front of them and behind their backs. Most of things we generally talk about are offensive, rude and unethical.
Making fun, joking around and picking on someone is fine as long as it fulfills these conditions:
Looking at so many conditions gives another message and that is simply invest your time talking about something which is more useful than to make fun of someone.
Today’s generation may not agree with this post because our present environment is the opposite. However, I urge anyone and everyone who is reading this to reflect upon the subject matter for a brief moment, at the very least.
Most of my friends are getting married and having kids and here I am in my late twenties…still unmarried with no beau in sight and my ovaries nearing the date of expiration. Dramatic huh?
I used to feel really darn sad about it especially when all the Somali aunts would ask me when I’m getting married. Even felt so sorry for myself. I could just picture myself living alone with all my cats….just kidding! Okay, I lied I’m not really kidding. For a while I felt pretty depressed about the whole damn thing. Why couldn’t I find a decent, good looking man who was successful and could sweep me off my feet? What is wrong with me? What am I doing wrong? Why don’t I like any of the guys I talk to? Am I incapable of having feelings of attraction and love? It was pretty damn depressing and I was a pathetic mess shedding tears every time I ended things with someone. I took it so personally.
It was only in the recent year that I realized that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me and that I wasn’t devoid of any emotions. Last year I realized that none of the guys I had been talking to were my type nor were a good fit for me. They just weren’t right and it wasn’t my fault.
On top of that, when I finished my degree, I also realized that Allah was just trying to help me stay focused on my education. Every time I was involved in a fling with someone, my studies sort of tended to suffer. SO NOT OKAY. On top of that, I also think that I had a bit of growing up to do. When I think of who I am today and who I was when I was in my early twenties….I am much more mature and wiser now. More confident as well! I love who I am and I like how I look like unlike before. In the past, I was really self-conscious about my looks. I was always trying to look good so I can impress any potential cutie I may come across. It’s pretty sad and pathetic. Now, I don’t care what any man thinks about me. My physical features and my fashion style is who I am. They can accept and love me for me or keep it moving.
So now, it doesn’t bother me so much. I have an impressive educational background and I’m about to start a wonderful and fulfilling career unlike many of my “taken” friends. On top of that, I trust God. I know that I’ll meet whoever He intended for me soon and I’ll know it when I meet him.
This week, a delegation of more than 100 representatives from Malaysia’s tourism sector were in Dubai, making a case for tourists from the Gulf countries to make Malaysia a primary travel destination.
Presenting at the Arab Travel and Tourism Market, the Malaysian Minister of Tourism encouraged governments and companies in the region to work with Malaysian tourism entities to create promotional programs touting Malaysia as a must-see locale, The Independent Recorder reported earlier this week.
They didn’t have to push hard to do so. Malaysia is not only a Muslim-friendly destination, but one that beckons to travelers from all over the world.
Last year, Malaysia was named a leading destination at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia, and visitor arrivals to Malaysia have been increasing, as the country received 26.8 million tourists in 2016 as compared to 25.7 million tourists in 2015, according to a December 2016 New Strait Times report.
When most people travel Malaysia, they think of Kuala Lumpur, which hosts roughly 11-12 million arrivals per year, or Malacca, which welcomed about 12.7 million arrivals last year, according to their respective tourism boards. That means just under half of the 26.8 million people visiting Malaysia decide to visit these two tourist hot spots. Even Penang is high up on the list accepting roughly 6-7 million visitors each year.
Instead, consider escaping to the less-traveled Borneo island, which plays home to the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. Sabah, in comparison, received 3.42 million visitors last year, or about 12% of the tourists visiting Malaysia, according to the Sabah Tourism Board.
Here, against the backdrop of the South China Sea and the lure of equatorial jungles, you’ll find a thriving seaside city on one side – which is increasingly becoming an industrial center – and a teeming mountainside rainforest on another.
I had the opportunity to visit Sabah for a short stopover on the way back from India in January 2013 before resuming spring semester of business school. With only two days to tour Sabah’s state capital of Kota Kinabalu, we were still able to see a lot by sticking with group tours to make the most efficient use of our time. If you only have a couple days in the “land below the wind” here are some places you’ll want to check out.
Day 1 – Tour the City
Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village
I know most people don’t like to visit museums while traveling because there are certainly many more interesting and unique things to see when you’re in a foreign land, but I actually enjoy at least one museum visit at the start of a trip because I think it provides good historical and cultural context for the sites you will visit during the rest of your stay.
Sabah’s state museum and heritage village does just that, with collections illustrating the ethnographic, zoological, and archaeological development of the region, with special exhibits devoted to ceramics and the Islamic Civilization.
Sabah State Mosque (Masjid Negeri Sabah)
As you’ll quickly learn from a visit to the state museum, roughly 60% of Malaysia’s population is Muslim, so it’s no surprise to see numerous mosques throughout the country, and Sabah is no exception. Even in hotel rooms throughout Malaysia in general, green arrows on the floor or ceiling indicate the direction of Mecca to assist faithful Muslims in their daily prayers.
The Sabah State Mosque, designed by architects from Malaysia, Italy and Egypt, is located at the heart of the city’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, and can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers, including a separate balcony that can hold up to 500 female worshippers. Its exterior towers are gilded in a golden band of Quranic scriptures, while inside, its walls and floors are adorned with mosaic and marble tilework, according to the Islamic Tourism Board.
Though we did not go inside because we were not dressed appropriately, the mosque does offer tours to non-Muslims as long as tourists do not visit during prayer times and are modestly dressed.
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Banked by a reflective man-made pool, the mosque appears to float, giving it a dreamlike appearance under both the brilliance of the midday sun as well asthe shadow of night when it is illuminated.
Its exterior is the main attraction, as there isn’t much to see inside, though as in the case of the state mosque, visitors can tour during non-prayer hours and if clothed properly, according to Lonely Planet.
Signal Hill Observatory
Atkinson Clock Tower
On the way to Signal Hill Observatory, you can stop at his unique structure, the oldest in Kota Kinabalu, which once served as a beacon for ships during the days of British colonization. Today, it is one of three structures that remains following World War II, when the region was blasted with air raids. The clock in the tower continues to run, according to the Sabah Tourism Board.
Day 2 – Tour the Kinabalu Mountainside
Kinabalu National Park
You’ll need a full day to tour Kinabalu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 4,095 meters, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, according to the UNESCO website. There are certainly many hiking trails trekkers can follow to hike to the top. But again, given the short timeframe and since we were traveling with a small child (my niece), we went with a group tour to get the most out of our visit to the park.
Ther’s more to the park than the mountain, though it does command most tourist attention. Bus tours typically take more than two hours to get into the park and make stops along the way to the platform where one can catch picturesque views of the summit. Tour groups include a stop for lunch at resthouse on the way. I was surprised by the decent vegetarian food available even at such a remote location.
Being a cloudy day, the peak of the mountain was shrouded in mist.
There is no shortage of flora in the lowlands of the mountain, where you can visit the “Mountain Garden”, or Taman Botani botanical gardens. This garden reminded me very much of the botanical gardens in Fiji mainly because of its location and not so much because of its size or variety. The gardens in Fiji seemed more impressive to me, but that could just be because it seemed as if there were a wider array of flowers in bloom at the time.
Here at Kinabalu, the gardens boast more than 2,000 varieties of flowering plants, according to Sabah Parks.
Poring Hot Springs
This family-friendly hot springs are not like the traditional springs you visit in other places where the pool is natural with algae-covered rocks. Instead, picture a spa resort nestled into the verdant hillside and where the steaming pools resemble the tiled or concrete public baths of of Western classical civilizations. They are sourced by the hot water from the springs, but it is not the natural milieu one might expect. Huts situated along the manmade pools provide shade for families visiting.
If public baths aren’t your thing, the hot springs also offers private rooms, but these, too, are concrete pools fed by the sulphurous water of the hot springs.
One thing I wish we had done, which we did not have time for, was visiting the Sepilok nature preserve where you can see orangutans. In fact, given a longer stay, I would have liked to explore more of the natural attractions, such as hiking the trails of Kinabalu or the snorkeling along the coast of Sabah’s honeyed beaches. I suppose I’ll save those adventures for another time.
Troops of the Nigerian army recorded a big success on Thursday after neutralizing 15 Boko Haram elements in Northern Nigeria. The soldiers recovered huge weapons and artillery from the terrorists. The raid was carried out in Sambisa forest, Borno state.
The troops killed 15 of the terrorists, destroying 1 vehicle bound improvised explosive device (VBIED), belonging to the terrorists and they recovered three mortar tubes, one PKM Gun, one G3 rifle, one Buffalo Gun truck mounted with Long Barrel Shilka gun, two general purpose machine gun, AK-47 rifles and two FN rifles.
Victor Ezugwu, acting general officer commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian army, praised the soldiers for “delivering a devastating deep punch to Boko Haram terrorists leading to the capture of large quantities of terrorists’ equipment”.
He further stated;
“The troops’ resilience paid off with heavy battering of Boko Haram terrorists leading to the terrorist sustaining huge casualties in fighters and equipment. The terrorists paid dearly as the troops neutralized 15 of them and wounded several others,”.
He urged the soldiers to remain steadfast in the fight against Insurgency in the north until all the remnants of Boko Haram are ‘flushed out’.
When I was 19-years old I had a chance encounter with an Armenian Muslim. The man, who was originally from Afghanistan, was rather strange. The first thing about him that had me curious was that he did not think the Koran to be a holy book; he also thought the so-called prophet Muhammed was a deceiver. He told me that there was no reason to rely on prophets for divine revelations as humans are able to directly communicate with the angels if they know how.
From him I learned that Islam had pre-dated Muhammed and the Koran by thousands of years and that it had remained an oral tradition and secret for generations among select Persian and Arab tribes. He also told me that the infamous Muhammed tricked one of these tribes into teaching him many of those secrets and that Muhammed in turn corrupted the information which he had been given and claimed it as his own.
The mysterious man turned out to be a tribal leader and he told me that I had a great destiny and that the Archangel Melek Taus desired to use me to defeat modern, radical Islam. He told me he had received a vision that he was to give me the Black Doctrines of Islam which had been given to the ancient Black Arabs upon the Black Mountain and that through this knowledge I would one day be able to expose the Koran as a fraud and assist in saving the world from the degenerate followers of the evil false prophet Muhammed.
The man, who I call the Black Chief, bestowed upon me a blessing that made me a spiritual brother of Yazdânism. He made me swear an oath that I would worship the fallen angels for the rest of my earthly existence and that if the day should come I would openly embrace the Gates of Hell as my eternal abode for the sake of my Beloved (the Queen of Sheba in my case). This I agreed to.
I ended up being fully initiated into this antinomian Indo-European cult on Mount Shasta by the Black Chief. It began with the ritual consumption of a very strong entheogen and then I was introduced to a rather supernatural looking Arab woman in her mid-50s. At this point I was told that this woman was one of my many spiritual wives and that to be fully accepted by the fallen angels and Lord Shaitan that I would have to copulate with her—which I did.
The Black Chief later laid his hands upon my head with great force and I was reminded of my days as a child in the Pentecostal church. My eyes were being painfully pushed on by the Black Chief as he recited some mantra which I did not understand but I assumed was in Old Arabic.
When I woke up on Mount Shasta after being unconscious the Black Chief was standing over me reading the Black Book of the Yazidi from memory.
When the Armenian spoke the words of the Black Book to me in Old Arabic I felt a seething force of electromagnetic energy run through me and I knew that I had become more than the sum of all my parts. There was something beyond me—a Black Sun—and I immediately realized that this was the same ancient god that the Mesoamericans knew as Quetzalcoatl. I too had penetrated the secrets of the Underworld and like Orpheus before me I too was able to tame the spirits who resided there. The Initiation had of course involved ritual consumption of an entheogen, as previously stated—but none of these things mentioned were out of the ordinary for me as a spirit seeker. No, what was strange was something else entirely different.
Because hovering above us were the fallen angels.
Asalaam Alikym Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
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Irish man and British woman in their 20s questioned by gardaí investigating Islamic extremism.
Gardaí are Thurday evening continuing to question a couple arrested in Waterford as part of an investigation into Irish links with international Islamic extremist groups.
The couple, who are both in their 20s, were arrested by gardaí at a rented flat in Waterford city at around 10am on Thursday morning.
The man, who is Irish and from Waterford, and the woman, who is British, were arrested on suspicion of having committed offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offence Act 2005.
Gardaí suspect that the couple may have been involved in facilitating terrorist offences abroad. The legislation allows for the prosecution of a suspect for offences outside as well as inside the State.
It is understood the arrests follow a lengthy intelligence led operation involving gardaí from the specialist Crime and Security Branch based in Dublin as well as local officers in Waterford city. It is understood gardai have also liaised closely with a number of overseas security agencies including those in the UK charged with monitoring the activities of Islamic extremists.