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  • The Month of Muharram
    By E Islam INTRODUCTION With the sighting of the new moon the Islamic New Year is ushered in. The first month Muharram, is a month of great reward and virtue. Muharram itself means `sacred' and is from those months which have been mentioned as sacred in the Holy Qur’an. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qur’an: "Four of them ( Zil-Qadah, Zil-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are sacred."(Surah At-Tawbah:36) From out of the four sacred months, Muharram has been blessed with certain specific virtues:- The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadhan is the fasting of Allah's month of Muharram."(Hadith-Muslim) "The one that keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast (in this sacred month)."(Hadith:Tabraani) Although...
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  • 6 Productive Tips to Tame Your Child’s Foul Mouth
    "What!?" You shift around to glance at your 6-year-old. You give him a heavy stare and then ask again, “What did you say?” He repeats the word again with the casualness of a morning greeting. Your 6-year-old just blurted a word of profanity!
      How do you handle this delicate situation? Well, there are several things you can do to discourage your child from saying bad words. Here are 6 productive ways to get started: Try to determine if older family members, friends, or TV viewing are providing your child with the improper words he is using. Young children are excellent mimickers. If they are hearing inappropriate words from those they regularly interact with, you might have a continuous battle trying to get them to stop using the words themselves. If you conclude they are getting the words from others around them, attempt...
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  • Sri Lanka landslide: Three dead and 150 missing
    At least 150 people are missing and three people are dead following a landslide in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials say.   The landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed dozens of houses in Badulla district, officials said. Security forces have been mobilised in search and rescue operations. Much of Sri Lanka has been lashed by heavy rain in recent weeks, with mudslide warnings issued. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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  • කොස්ලන්දේ මහා නාය යෑමක් :400 ක තොරතුරුක් නෑ
    2014 ඔක්තෝබර් මස 29 09:47:20 | . , සමන් පාලිත නානයක්කාර දින කිහිපයක් තිස්සේ පැවැති වැසි සමඟ හල්දුම්මුල්ල කොස්ලන්දේ මීරියකන්ද පාමුල ලයින් කාමර හතක් ,වතු නිවාස පහක් ,කඩ දෙකක්,කිරි එකතු කිරීමේ මඨ්‍යස්ථාන දෙකක්,නාය ගොස් ඇතැයිද කන්ද දිගටම නාය යතියිද පොලීසිය කියයි. මෙම පෙදෙසේ සිටි පිරිස පිළිබඳව තොරතුරක් නැතැයිද පොලීසිය පවසයි. මීරියබැද්ද...
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  • Communal clashes erupt in Indian capital
    At least 33 people have been arrested following clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Trilokpuri area of India's capital, New Delhi, India Today website reported quoting the police. "Ten people were arrested on Friday and 23 today for rioting in the area," an unnamed police officer was quoted saying on Saturday. Clashes between the two communities took place after Diwali celebrations in Trilokpuri's B-Block, with the two groups pelting each other with stones. It was still unclear what prompted the unrest. Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi chief minister, hinted at role of vested interests in a tweet. Tensions continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, with the India Today reporting that  Read More...
  • ‘ඉල්ලා අස්වුනා නොවෙයි ඉවත් කලා’ – සිංහල රාවයේ පිපිරීම ගැන සභාපති හිමියෝ කියති
    October 28, 2014 at 4:06 am | lanka C news සිංහල රාවය ජාතික සංවිධානයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක සහ උප සභාපති හිමිවරුන් ඉවත් වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම සංවිධානයේ සභාපති පූජ්‍ය අක්මීමන දයාරතන හිමියෝ අදහස් දක්වති. ලංකා සී නිවුස් වෙත අදහස් පල කරමින් උන් වහන්සේ සඳහන් කලේ ඉල්ලා අස්වීමක් සිදුව නොමැති බවත් එක දිගට සංවිධාන වාර පහකට සහභාගී නොවීම නිසා ව්‍යවස්ථානුකූලව එහිමිවරුන්...
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  • How anti-Muslim sentiment hit one Australian
      By Phil MercerBBC News, Sydney At the end of September Arif Hussain Khan, a former refugee from Afghanistan who has lived in Australia for more than 20 years, was quietly praying in a park in Wollongong, south of Sydney, when he was confronted by a middle-aged woman. "As the screaming and the yelling became louder and louder, I started to recognise what this woman was saying," said Mr Khan, a 26-year-old youth worker. The woman called him a terrorist, told him to go back and fight for extremists in Syria and yelled racially-charged, expletive-filled comments at him. "It just kept going on and on," he said. "It was just a tirade of abuse and threats - threats again my life and against the lives of Muslims." "I started getting really upset because I started feeling really isolated, I started feeling separated from, I guess, an accepted...
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  • සිංහල රාවය දෙකඩයි..
    October 27, 2014 at 9:08 am | lanka C news සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ ඇති වූ ප‍්‍රබල මත ගැටුමක් හේතුවෙන් එහි ජාතික සංවිධායක යක්කලමුල්ලේ පවර හා උප සභාපති පූලියද්දේ සුදම්ම යන හිමිවරුන් ඉන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී ඇතැයි වාර්තා වෙයි. සංවිධානයේ ගොඩනැගූ මූලික අරමුණුවලින් පරිබාහිරව සභාපති අක්මීමන දයාරතන හිමියන් විසින් එය දේශපාලනීකරණය කිරීමට උත්සාහ කිරීම නිසා උන් වහන්සේලා...
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  • Australia parliament reverses face veil rule
    Parliament House backtracks on controversial decision to make women covering their faces sit in separate enclosures.   Australia's parliament has abandoned amid an outcry a controversial plan to make women wearing the niqab or the face veil sit in separate glassed public enclosure in the building due to security concerns. The backdown on Monday followed a decision on October 2 to seat people wearing face coverings in areas normally reserved for noisy school children while visiting parliament. It followed heated debate about potential security risks since the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) organisation. The ruling was condemned by human rights and race discrimination groups, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked that it be reconsidered. Race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane told Fairfax...
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Morsi camp claims Egypt presidency win

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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".

He also reached out to Egypt's Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of "his family". He also said he was not looking for "revenge", and promised to work for all Egyptians.

"Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy," he said, vowing to work for a "civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state".

The Brotherhood's numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera's tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.

El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.

All of the results released on Sunday night are unofficial and a final tally will not come out until later this week.

Representatives from Shafiq's campaign told several local media outlets that they would not accept the Brotherhood's tally, and would wait for final results.

In a statement, Shafiq, the final prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, also accused the Brotherhood of fraud.

"The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi," the statement said. "They used intimidation, threats and violence against supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafiq."

Turnout was lower than during the first round of voting in May, according to Hatem Bagato, the secretary-general of the presidential election commission, who held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. About  46 per cent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the first round.

SCAF issues its constitutional annex

The new president will take office amid great political uncertainty.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's military rulers, added to the confusion on Sunday night, when they released their long-awaited "constitutional annex", a decree outlining the powers of the new president.

Those powers are quite limited: He may declare war, for example, only after seeking SCAF's approval. The decree also reminds the president that he can call on the military to quell "unrest" inside the country.

SCAF dissolved parliament last week following a ruling by the supreme court, which found the legislature unconstitutional. The court ruled that provisions of the electoral law - which allowed political parties to compete for seats reserved for independent candidates - violated the constitution.

With the legislature gone, the generals reasserted control over the legislative process, and over the country's budget.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 [the article on legislative power]... until the election of a new People's Assembly," the decree states.

The decree issued on Sunday promises fresh legislative elections, but not until a new constitution has been drafted. Before it was dissolved, the parliament appointed a 100-member assembly to draft that constitution; it will be allowed to continue its work, though if it runs into "obstacles", SCAF will appoint a replacement.

The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the decree, calling it "null and unconstitutional" in a brief statement on Twitter. Asked about the decree during the group's press conference, Ahmed Abdel-Atti, Morsi's campaign co-ordinator, said he expected "popular action" against it in the near future.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

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