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Palestinian youth throw stones at Israeli military vehicles following a vandalism incident in al-Mughayir, in the West Bank on March 5, 2015. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

Suspected Jewish extremists from a nearby illegal settlement torched two cars and scrawled hateful graffiti on a wall in the West Bank village before dawn, Palestinian residents said, the latest in a series of vandalism attacks.

The Rotation of The Earth – Shaykh Uthaymeen

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen was asked: ”The astrologers hold that the earth rotates; is there a legislated proof to establish that?”

Answer:

They do not have a legislated proof for that; Their statement that the earth rotates and that the sun is stationary is in opposition to what is witnessed, and (it is in opposition to) the legislated texts.  Allaah (The Most High) said concerning what Ibraaheem said: ‘’Verily! Allah causes the sun to rise from the east; then cause it you to rise from the west.” [Soorah al-Baqarah Ayah2:258]

And Allaah (The Most High) said: ‘’And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed).’’ [Soorah Yaaseen: Ayah: 38].  And He (The Most High) said about the moon: ‘’and has subjected the sun and the moon, each running its course for a term appointed; and that Allah is All-Aware of what you do.’’ [Soorah Luqmaan: Ayah: 29]

The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said to Abu Dharr (radiyallaahu-anhu) at the time of the setting of the sun: ‘’Do you know where it goes?’’ (1)

Narrated Abu Dharr (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) asked me at sunset, ‘’Do you know where the sun goes?’’ I replied: ‘’Allaah and His Messenger know best.’’ He said: ‘’It goes till it prostrates itself underneath the Throne, and takes the permission to rise again, and it is permitted. And then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will ask permission to go on its course, but it will not be permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come, and so it will rise in the west. And that is the interpretation of the statement of Allaah (The Most High): ‘’And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of Allaah The All-Mighty, The All-Knowing.’’(2)


Question to Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz about the sun’s return to its course

Question: Does it (the sun) return to its course?

Answer: It returns to its course and comes out in the east, and sets in the west.  When it faces the Throne, it prostrates a prostration that is befitting for it, and Allaah knows its how-ness.  Allaah (The Most High) said: ‘’See you not that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth…’’ [Soorah Al-Hajj: Ayah:18] (3)

Sources:

[1] [Source:Fataawaa Fadeelatus Shaikh Al-Allaama Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen Fil Aqeedah: Vol: 1-2: page:126: Question Number:52]

[2] Saheeh Al-Bukhaari: Vol: 4; Number: 3199; English Translation, Daarus Salaam Publishers]

[3] Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Ta’liqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari: Vol: 3; page: 44; footnote: 1]

Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah al-Gambi)

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Civil Rights chess set by Lisa Mathews

"Radical" side of board: Huey P Newton, Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Bobby Seal[e], W.E.B DuBois, Lena Horne, James Brown, Harriet Tubman, Cornel West, Stokley Carmichael, Muhammad Ali and Marcus Garvey.

"Nonviolence" side of board: Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott-King, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Frederick Douglas, Willie Mays, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Joseph Lowery, Maya Angelou and Booker T Washington.

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Israel orders dismantling of camera that captured murder of Palestinian boys

June 20 2014

On 15 May, Israeli security forces fatally shot Nadim Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, 16, at a demonstration near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia. Four days after the killings, on 19 May, Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) released footage from Zayed’s security cameras that showed the boys walking slowly in a calm scene when they were shot.

Now the Israeli military has ordered Fakher Zayed, the man whose security cameras captured the closed circuit TV footage that shows Israeli security forces shooting the two teenage boys, to dismantle his cameras within 24 hours or face legal proceedings/ (The footage and an earlier interview with Zayed can be seen in the DCI-Palestine video above.)

The Israeli military had already confiscated Zayed’s recording equipment on 22 May, and on 13 June seized all other recording equipment in the area — such as that owned by other shopkeepers. They now demand that Zayed remove his security camera as well, from which a live stream can be watched but not saved for subsequent viewing or examination.

On 22 May, CNN released its own footage from the day’s events showing an Israeli security officer shoot in the direction of Nuwara. The soldier caught firing the gun in that footage was suspended. On 11 June the autopsy on Nuwara was completed. It indicated the boy had been killed by live ammunition, confirming all other physical evidence and eyewitness reports.

In the face of the autopsy and video footage, the Israeli military continues to claim that the footage was doctored and that no live ammunition was fired. It is currently conducting its own investigation into the killings.

“You are nothing”

According to statements given to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and DCI-Palestine, on the afternoon of 17 June, four Israeli military vehicles and more than twenty Israeli soldiers arrived at Zayed’s carpentry shop in Beitunia while he was making deliveries, and warned an unnamed witness, “if [Zayed] is not here in five minutes we are going to burn this carpentry shop down.”

When Zayed returned, the Israeli soldiers “confiscated his identification document, told him and his employees that he was not being arrested but taken for questioning, and drove him to the nearby Ofer military base,” as DCI-Palestine and HRW reported.

At the military base, the military officers repeated their original allegation that his footage was forged and told Zayed that he was “up against a very powerful force.” He said that they told him, “We will squish you like a bug, you are nothing” and threatened to “unleash dogs on my children.”

The videos prompted international attention and outcry. After reviewing the footage, witness statements and photographs, Human Rights Watch called the shootings a “willful killing of civilians” and a “war crime.”

But it must be noted: while the attention these killings garnered is exceptional, the use of lethal force by the Israeli military during demonstrations by Palestinians is not. In February, Amnesty International published “Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank,” a report that documents Israel’s use of force against Palestinians protesters. In 2013 alone, for example, 22 people were killed, 14 during demonstrations.

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Incredible Photos Of Muslims Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr Around The World

1. Indonesian muslims women walk on ‘sea of sands’ as they prepare for Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

2. Indonesian muslims perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer on ‘sea of sands’ at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

3. A relative guides a girl in prayer at the grave of their loved one in a cemetery in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

4. Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Reuters/Junaidi Hanafiah

5. Public park in Manila, Philippines.. Photo Credits: Erik De Castro / Reuters

6. Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

7. Herat, Afghanistan. Photo Credits: Aref Karimi/AFP / Getty Images

8. Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits:  AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi

9. Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Romeo Gacad/AFP / Getty Images

10. Bilin, West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Photo Credits: Abbas Momani/AFP / Getty Images

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West Virginia chemical spill declared federal disaster

West Virginia schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the cause and extent of the incident remained unclear.

The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency-service agencies in the nine affected counties.

Shortly after the Thursday-night chemical spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city. Thursday night, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for the affected counties and advised residents not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes in the water and to use it only for flushing.

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Photo: Tyler Evert/AP