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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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • සිංහල රාවය දෙකඩයි..
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  • Australia parliament reverses face veil rule
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Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."

"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."

He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military.

Congratulations from abroad

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule."

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies."

Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms.

Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians".

The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign.

Political uncertainty ahead

Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.

In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.

Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.

"This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.

"It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front."

Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.

SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.

Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.

Either way, the military council - which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" - will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.

Courtesy: Al Jazeera



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