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  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • This Year's Pilgrimage to Mecca May Come with Extra Dose of Ebola

    10/16/2014 8:03:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/16/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In Islam, making a ritual pilgrimage to Mecca is almost as sacred as beheading a screaming infidel. These pilgrimages often come with their own death tolls as Muslims throw rocks at a pillar representing satan and generally trample each other and have a good time.In the past, African Muslims would be tricked into making the pilgrimage only to be left with nothing and then sold as slaves. Today there’s a different sort of threat for them on the horizon. Anxious to safeguard Islam’s haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa...
  • Saudi Arabia bans Ebola-stricken countries from hajj pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-2-14 | Ayan Sheikh
    With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of travelers from three countries currently dealing with the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The decision to reject visa requests from these countries has affected 7,400 people, according to the Associated Press. Hospitals in Saudi Arabia are also preparing in the event of an outbreak by setting up isolation and surgery units as well as dispatching medical staff to airports. Despite...
  • Saudi Arabia downplays Ebola fears as hajj begins: Two million journey to Mecca pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | 10/02/2014 | Mokhtar Shehata And Benjamin Wiacek
    MECCA, SAUDI ARABIASaudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea the countries hardest hit in the Ebola epidemic from getting visas as a precaution against the virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 pilgrims from the three countries. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in...
  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city as ancient as time itself, and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque will surpass the architectural beauty of Indias Taj Mahal. Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islams holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Meccas history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site. The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does notmeasure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic...
  • Man Wearing Strange Clothes in Makkah Held

    07/07/2014 5:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 07, 2014
    Security men in the sacred Saudi town of Makkah arrested a man wearing strange clothes inside the Grand Mosque, saying his costume detracted worshippers. Many curious men had left their prayers at the mosque and surrounded the man to take a close look at his apparel, prompting the mosques security men to intervene. He was told to go and change his clothes because they are distracting the worshippers from their prayershe left but returned with the same clothes, Sada daily. It said police arrested the bearded man for interrogation after he entered the mosque for the second time with the...
  • ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia

    06/30/2014 5:16:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 90 replies
    APA ^ | June 30, 2014 | Baku. Rashad Suleymanov
    Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia. APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here. ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.
  • State Dept Spends $150K On Black Arch Mecca ArtAn Endless Multiplying Energy Field

    12/04/2013 1:58:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Eric Scheiner
    In the days before the October government shutdown, the State Department spent $150,000 on The Black Arch, an art installation piece referencing Mecca. A 2011 press release describes the work as a profound collaboration between Shadia and Raja Alem. It is very much about a meeting point of the two artists; of two visions of the world; from darkness to light, and of two citiesMakkah (Mecca) and Venice. The State Department tells CNSNews.com, The Black Arch will be installed at the new U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Black Arch was one of several artworks that were...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect Natl Security

    06/06/2013 11:07:50 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/6/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    More than two million Muslims descend on Mecca for the annual Hajj each year. Saudi authorities are advising pilgrims to wear face masks in overcrowded places. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) (CNSNews.com) As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries. Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or...
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Daniel Pipes: Terror's apologists go mute

    08/12/2003 1:16:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 185+ views
    National Post ^ | August 12 2003 | Daniel Pipes
    Howls of rage went up after the Joint Terrorism Task Force, guns drawn, arrested Maher Hawash in the parking lot of an Intel Corporation facility in March, 2003, and placed him in solitary confinement. The protests intensified as prosecutors detained him without charges for more than a month in an Oregon jail while they pored over the evidence. Given Maher Mofeid "Mike" Hawash's biography, this all came as a particular shock, for he personified the American success story. A Palestinian born in Nablus in 1964 and reared in Kuwait, he arrived in the United States in 1984, earning degrees in...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Nigeria suspends Hajj flights over women deportation

    09/27/2012 11:23:42 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 September 2012
    Nigeria has suspended all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there deported more than 170 women who had arrived without a male escort. About 1,000 Nigerian women intending to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca have been detained since Sunday.
  • UK TV channel's Islam history programme sparks outrage among Muslims

    09/03/2012 1:37:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Indian Express ^ | September 3, 2012
    Historian Tom Holland has claimed that Koran makes little or no reference to religious city of Mecca. London : A British channel has come under fire over a programme it broadcast on the history of Islam. The programme, Islam: The Untold Story, broadcast on Channel 4, triggered nearly 550 complaints to both the television regulator Ofcom and the channels presenter Tom Holland. According to the Daily Mail, Holland has been accused of distorting the history of Islam by claiming the Koran makes little or no reference to the religious city of Mecca. He has also been subjected to a number...
  • US Army Suspends Class That Suggests Nuclear Destruction Of Islamic Sites

    05/11/2012 11:57:33 AM PDT · by Fennie · 43 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | May 11, 2012 | The Associated Press
    A course for U.S. military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden. The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.
  • Bomb the Kaaba And Eliminate Islam

    03/02/2012 8:35:43 PM PST · by Jean Cauvin · 53 replies
    Here me out before you conclude. I have a rational argument for what I am proposing. In WWII, to defeat Japan America used psychological warfare as part of the battle. They knew that the ultimate destruction of the Japanese Empire at that time was to defame their leader/god figure. By humiliating him on national television forcing him to claim to the world that he is indeed not god and that he has been defeated allowed Japan to succeed and renew in the future. What we did is why Japan is such a successful country today. Islam is using that exact...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia to buy nukes if Iran tests A-bomb (From "Arab Spring" to nuclear Middle-East)

    02/10/2012 4:42:39 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/10/2012 | staff
    Saudia Arabia would move quickly to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran successfully tests an atomic bomb, according to a report. Citing an unidentified Saudi Arabian source, the Times newspaper in the U.K. (which operates behind a paywall) said that the kingdom would seek to buy ready-made warheads and also begin its own program to enrich weapons-grade uranium. The paper suggested that Pakistan was the country most likely to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons, saying Western officials were convinced there was an understanding between the countries to do so if the security situation in the Persian Gulf gets worse. Pakistan and...
  • Siege of Mecca and Juhayman al-Otaibi: CIA and GIGN operatives converted to Islam

    12/22/2011 11:18:51 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | 12-19-11 | Lee Jay Walker
    Juhayman ibn Muhammad ibn Sayf al-Otaibi believed that an Islamic uprising was needed in order to create a more fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state. From an outside point of view this may appear rather strange given the fact that Islamic Sharia law governs Saudi Arabia and not one single Christian church or Buddhist temple is allowed. However, according to Juhayman al-Otaibi the ruling elites in Saudi Arabia were self-serving and radical change was needed. This single event in late 1979 still shakes the Sunni Islamic world today and the same applies to covert work done by CIA operatives. After all, the...
  • Prominent Saudi Preacher Urges the Arabs to Manufacture Nuclear Weapons and Gain Military Strength

    12/01/2011 10:10:33 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    nmen.org ^ | 11-18-11 | Not Listed
    In a November 8 article titled The West Wages Jihad But Forbids Us From Doing So published in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, prominent Saudi preacher Dr. Aidh Al-Qarni wrote that the Wests hypocritical stance of engaging in warfare and stockpiling arms while at the same time urging others to be peaceful and to refrain from manufacturing weapons is simply a clever tactic of warfare. The West, Al-Qarni said, understands that power and military supremacy are far more important than cultural heritage or moral virtue; therefore, it builds up its own strength while keeping its rivals weak by...
  • Will Mecca Time replace Greenwich Mean Time?

    11/11/2011 6:51:39 PM PST · by americanophile · 64 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | 11/11/11 | Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
    The new tower on the skyline in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, looks incredibly like Londons Big Ben and theres a good reason. A number of Muslims are calling for Greenwich Mean Time the standard by which the world sets its clocks be replaced by official Mecca time. This summer, the worlds largest clock began its first official duty: marking time during Ramadan in MeccaIslams holiest city, reports Salman Hameed writing for Religion Dispatches. This colossal clock bears a striking resemblance to Big Ben, and the tower that hosts it is six times taller than the British landmark, making...
  • President Obama marks the Hajj and Eid al-Adha

    11/07/2011 10:59:54 AM PST · by yoe · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | November 5, 2011 | Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.
    Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the worlds largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites. As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abrahams willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the...
  • Marines Warned: Don't Spit Towards Mecca

    11/05/2011 8:39:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/5/11 | Diana West
    Uncle Sam is getting a little weird. Make that a lot weird. Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan--populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist primitives--to no avail, he has hit on a new plan for winning those ever-elusive Afghan ''hearts and minds.'' (snip) When nature calls, Uncle Sam has decided he wants every U.S. Marine equipped with a map and compass, or some other way of knowing direction. This is to ensure that no U.S. Marine in Afghanistan urinates in the direction of Mecca ever again. Now, there's a winning strategy.
  • U.S. Marines In Afghanistan Told Not To Spit Towards Mecca

    10/27/2011 7:01:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers /NCtimes ^ | October 27, 2011 | Weasel Zippers
    PC lunacy has no place on the battlefield.(NCtimes) -As the war in Afghanistan enters its 11th year, thousands of Camp Pendleton troops are getting much more detailed training in Afghan cultural practices. Years of lessons learned about roadside bombs also are being tapped to better prepare more than 7,000 base troops leaving for Afghanistan in about 12 weeks to spot the weapons responsible for most deaths and injuries. The training is a lot more thorough and mission-oriented now, said Gunnery Sgt. Dan Tremore, who was helping to oversee training sessions last week for nearly 100 troops. Its extremely important in...
  • The Major Religions of the World ....Revisited: The Significance of Mecca

    08/29/2011 5:03:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Major Religions dot com ^ | 2008 | Robert Fawcett
    It needs to be noted that Arabs had been making the pilgrimage to Mecca-to the enormous granite Ka'aba, the old shrine at the center of the city-for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, before Islam to pay tribute to these 360 gods represented inside the Ka'aba's walls. Muhammad destroyed all but two -- that of the Virgin Mary, and that of Christ. However, even those representations would eventually be banned under Islam's subsequent prohibition of images. This prohibition was not endorsed by the Prophet. Controversies have exploded over images depicting the Prophet Muhammad, namely his depiction as a turbaned terrorist in...
  • Abdullah opens work on Mecca mosque extension

    08/19/2011 1:13:12 PM PDT · by americanophile · 19 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | August 19, 2011 | AFP
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will officially launch a $10.6-billion (7.3-billion-euro) extension project Friday for the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, media reports said. The project is intended to allow the complex to accommodate some two million worshippers at a time, the daily Asharq al-Awsat said. The site, where 10,000 workers are already working round-the-clock covers an area of 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet). The project envisages a multi-level extension on the north side of the complex, together with stairways and tunnels to facilitate worshippers access to the mosque, built around the...
  • The Myth of Mecca

    09/27/2001 10:45:41 AM PDT · by JoeGOP · 10 replies · 343+ views
    PoliticalUSA.com ^ | 9/27/2001 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    The most sacred spot on earth to all members of the Islamic religion is the Holy City of Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Mohammed. It is one of the five basic requirements incumbent upon all Moslems that they make (if their health will allow it) a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lives (the other four: recognize that there is no god but Allah, that Mohammed is Allah's prophet, ritually pray five times a day, and give alms to the poor). The founding events of Islam are Mohammed's activities in Mecca and Medina, a city north of Mecca. The ...
  • The Myth of Mecca

    09/27/2001 6:56:26 AM PDT · by francisandbeans · 147 replies · 1,370+ views
    PUSA.com ^ | 9/27 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    The most sacred spot on earth to all members of the Islamic religion is the Holy City of Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Mohammed. It is one of the five basic requirements incumbent upon all Moslems that they make (if their health will allow it) a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lives (the other four: recognize that there is no god but Allah, that Mohammed is Allah's prophet, ritually pray five times a day, and give alms to the poor). The founding events of Islam are Mohammed's activities in Mecca and Medina, a city north of Mecca. The ...
  • New Era Set For 9/11 Site

    07/10/2011 6:56:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 11, 2011 | SOPHIA HOLLANDER
    Water pours through the north memorial pool at Ground Zero. On Sept. 12, 2011, when the public is allowed to step onto the World Trade Center site for the first time in 10 years, the approach will be more pedestrian than poignant. Visitors will pass through police screening gates and walk past barriers designed to prevent bombs from tearing through the site again. But this sobering reintroduction to the World Trade Center site is perhaps a fitting transition from the past decadewhen the public's last direct experience of the site was a morning of terrorto a new era. As visitors...
  • Jews being 'kept away' is obviously quite "normal" in the (Apartheid) Arab world

    06/24/2011 12:57:01 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies
    (Dutch) Daily Standard ^ | June 24, 2011
    (Free translation) Jews being 'kept away' is obviously quite "normal" in the (Apartheid) Arab world The Daily Standard What amazes mostly, is that Saudi Arabian Airlines is (largely) state property. Thus Saudi-Arabia is the owner of the business that handles in a form of Apartheid. ...ways on the merits of the islamic culture and the Middle-East as whole. Apartheid is there, the order of the day...(Original text)Joden weren is kennelijk heel normaal in de Arabische wereld‎ De Dagelijkse Standaard Geplaatst door Willem Jan Hilderink op 24 juni, 2011 - 14:18 Delta zou dan meewerken aan de praktijken van Saudi Arabian...
  • In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face Mecca<

    05/29/2011 10:23:43 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 21 replies
    CFP ^ | May 30, 2011 | V Sharpe
    In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face MeccaVictor Sharpe Sunday, May 29, 2011 The late Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren Sounds the Shofar (Rams Horn) upon the Recapture in June, 1967 of Jerusalems holy Jewish site, the Western Wall, from Jordanian Muslim occupation Jerusalem Unification Day has again been celebrated in Israel and throughout the world with the exception of that 7th century alternate universe: the Muslim world.It marks 44 years since the amazing and miraculous event took place when the Jewish peoples 3,000 year old capital city was restored to the Jewish state in the 1967 Six-Day War....
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and in a departure from authorities practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate

    03/22/2011 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jerry Markon
    BERKELEY, Ill. Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca. The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the critical end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway. Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion: that the school districts decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan. They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her...
  • Facing Mecca for Lent?

    03/19/2011 3:29:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Get Religion ^ | March 18, 2011 | Mollie
    I’m still here in Israel on an Act For Israel media fellowship. After many days, packed with meetings, yesterday we visited the Golan Heights. On our way from there, we stopped at Yardenit, a site on the Jordan River where, in honor of Jesus’ baptism near there, some are baptized into the Christian faith.While there, a young woman was wearing a white robe indicating she was to be baptized. I overheard a conversation she was having with someone else. She said she was going to be baptized but “not really” as she’s not very religious and just wanted to...
  • Justice Department Sues School for Refusing to OK Teacher's Pilgrimage to Mecca

    12/14/2010 8:18:18 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 69 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Via The Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2010 | Associated Press Staff
    The federal government sued a suburban Chicago school district Monday for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion.
  • Barack Obama's grandmother 'prays he converts to Islam'

    11/25/2010 9:06:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov. 25, 2010
    Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother has said she prayed for the US president to convert to Islam, according to reports. Sarah Omar, 88, who was on hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, told the Al-Qatan Saudi daily: "I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam". The paper said that Ms Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Mr Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren. Ms Omar told the newspaper that she could only discuss hajj matters and would not comment on Mr Obama's politics.
  • Obama's grandma (Sarah Omar) 'prays for him to convert to Islam' during Mecca visit

    11/28/2010 3:20:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    New Kerala ^ | 11/26/10
    Obama's grandma 'prays for him to convert to Islam' during Mecca visit London, Nov 26 : US President Barack Obama's grandmother has admitted praying for him to convert to Islam while she was on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Obama, whose middle name is Hussein, has always maintained he is a 'committed Christian'. But the news of his grandmother Sarah Omar's wish to convert to Islam follows a poll, which found one in five believes he is a Muslim. During her visit, she reportedly told a Saudi newspaper, "I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam," reports the Daily...
  • Obama's hajj grandmother 'prayed for him to be Muslim'

    11/25/2010 4:41:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 56 replies
    AFP ^ | 11/25/2010
    US President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother says she prayed during a hajj pilgrimage to Mecca for the American leader to convert to Islam, a newspaper revealed on Thursday. "I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam," said Sarah Omar, 88, in an interview with Al-Watan Saudi daily held in Jeddah after she had performed hajj. The paper said that Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren.
  • No Shortage of Zamzam Water

    10/30/2010 10:06:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Saudi Arabia has reassured Muslims worldwide that there will be no shortage of Zamzam water as more than two million pilgrims prepare to converge on Makkah, Islams holiest shrine, local newspapers reported on Friday. The water level of the Zamzam Well at the Grand Mosque has increased, they quoted Yousif Al-Wabil, Assistant Deputy President for Affairs of the Grand Mosque, as saying. This has happened because many private wells dug by citizens are no longer draining water from the Zamzam Well. Al-Wabil said the previous homeowners in Al-Shamyia neighborhood in the holy city had dug these wells in their houses...
  • The Tolerant Pose

    08/17/2010 9:29:59 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | August 17, 2010 | Andrew C. mcCarthy
    Non-Muslims are barred from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina not merely barred from building synagogues or churches, but barred, period, because their infidel feet are deemed unfit to touch the ground. This is not an al-Qaeda principle. Nor is it an Islamist principle. It is Islam, pure and simple.
  • World's Biggest Clock Begins Ticking in Mecca

    08/12/2010 2:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 12, 2010
    A giant clock on a skyscraper in Islam's holiest city Mecca began ticking on Wednesday at the start of the fasting month of Ramadan, amid hopes by Saudi Arabia it will become the Muslim world's official timekeeper. The Mecca Clock, which Riyadh says is the world's largest, has four faces measuring 43 metres in diameter. It sits 400 metres up what will be the world's second-tallest skyscraper and largest hotel, overlooking the city's Holy Grand Mosque, which Muslims around the world turn to five times a day for prayer. "The Holy Mecca Clock started with the order of King Abdullah...
  • Saudis Want 'Mecca Time' to Replace GMT

    08/11/2010 12:29:48 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 81 replies
    aolnews ^ | 08/11/2010 | Lauren Frayer
    For centuries, an astronomy observatory in Greenwich, London -- the namesake of Greenwich Mean Time -- has been the reference point for lines of longitude, ships' navigation on the world's seas and the time zones used today. But Saudi Arabia wants to change that. It's building what it calls the largest clock in the world, atop the second-largest skyscraper in the world, in the Islamic holy city of Mecca -- in hopes of replacing GMT with "Mecca Time." The clock dwarfs London's Big Ben, with four huge faces each about 130 feet in diameter and inscribed with the Arabic words...
  • Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich

    08/11/2010 5:28:46 AM PDT · by paulycy · 125 replies · 5+ views
    Telegraph.co,uk ^ | 11 Aug 2010 | Adrian Blomfield
    Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day. But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the worlds 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches. Due to start ticking on Thursday as the faithful begin fasting during the month of Ramadan, the timepiece sits atop the Royal Mecca Clock...
  • Saudis Hope Giant Clock Will Set 'Mecca Time' (It's Mecca Time)

    08/10/2010 1:42:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 100 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/10/2010 | Yahoo News
    Muslims around the world could be setting their watches to a new time soon when the world's largest clock begins ticking atop a soaring skyscraper in Islam's holiest city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia hopes the four faces of the new clock, which will loom over Mecca's Grand Mosque from what is expected to be the world's second tallest building, will establish Mecca as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median. The clock is targeted to enter service with a three-month trial period in the first week of the holy month of Ramadan on or about August 12, according to...
  • Saudi Landmark Commission Approves New Mecca Synagogue (satire)

    08/05/2010 3:10:38 PM PDT · by SvenWaring · 4 replies
    DotPenn.com ^ | 08-05-2010 | Sven Waring
    The Mecca Synagogue and Jewish Cultural Center, a 13-story Jewish cultural center proposed for a site two blocks from Mecca, an Islamic holy site, cleared its likely final hurdle when the Mecca and Medina Landmarks and Preservation Commission voted 9-0 to deny protected landmark status to the building currently occupying the site, a "I Hate The Jews" t-shirt stand. The decision is believed to be the last legal impediment to the project going forward. The commission, whose 11 members are all appointed by Saudi King Abdullah, held its meeting yesterday morning in lower Mecca, in the shadow of the Masjid...
  • Indonesian clerics: Our mistake _ you're facing the wrong direction during Islamic prayers

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) People in the world's most populous Muslim nation have been facing Africa not Mecca while praying. Indonesia's highest Islamic body acknowledged Monday it made a mistake when issuing an edict in March saying the holy city in Saudi Arabia was to the country's west. It has since asked followers to shift direction slightly northward during their daily prayers. "After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they've been facing southern Somalia and Kenya," said Ma'ruf Amin, a prominent cleric of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI. "We've revised it now...