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Mob storms National Museum, destroys Buddhist statues: “A significant part of our heritage is lost now” | Minivan News

In islam on February 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm


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Several historical artifacts exhibited at the Maldives National Museum, including Buddhist statues were destroyed in a mob attack on Wednesday morning, an act of vandalism that is said to have caused “unimaginable damage” to the treasured Maldivian heritage.

Speaking to Minivan News, a museum official said that a group of five to six men stormed into the building twice, “deliberately targeted the Buddhist relics and ruins of monasteries exhibited in the pre- Islamic collection, destroying most items “beyond repair”.

The official said that the details of the damage cannot be released as the police have asked the museum to withhold the information until the investigation into the attack is pending.”‘But I can say that attackers have done unimaginable damage,” he added.

“This is not like a glass we use at home that can be replaced by buying a new one from a shop. These are originals from our ancestors’ time. These cannot be replaced ever again,” the official exclaimed.

According to a source, a coral stone head of Lord Buddha, an 11th century piece recovered from Thoddoo in Alifu Atoll, was smashed up by the attackers, one of the most significant pieces at the museum inside Sultan’s Park.

The museum was built with Chinese government aid and opened on July 26, 2010.

Other pieces vandalised include the Bohomala sculptures, monkey statues and a broken statue piece of the Hindu water god, Makara, while the two five faced statues discovered from Male’ were also damaged – the only remaining archaeological evidence proving the existence of a Buddhist era in the Maldives.

The glass casings holding the items were also destroyed in the attack.

According to the museum official, some of the attackers who returned to the museum for the second time were apprehended by the police who arrived on the scene.

“Around five to six people were taken under police custody. But by then they had already done the damage they wanted,” he observed.

Minivan News could get the confirmation on the arrest from the police at the time of press.

The attack on the museum coincided with the political unrest that escalated in Male’ on late hours of Tuesday night, after a group of policeman and military allegedly joined the opposition protestors, forcing Former President Mohamed Nasheed to resign the following day.

AFP reported Nasheed as saying that the vandals included Islamist hardliners who had attacked the museum because they believed some of the statues inside were “idolatrous”.

The monuments gifted by the South Asian countries to the Maldives ahead of the 17th summit of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation SAARC, hosted in Addu city were also denounced as idolatrous monuments and vandalised, including the monument gifted by Pakistan.

Removal of the contentious monuments was one of the five demands of the December 23 protesters, including religious groups and opposition, who also demanded that the government prohibit Israeli airlines from operating in the Maldives.

The museum official who spoke to Minivan News earlier said that he cannot comment on whether the attack was connected to fundamentalists.

‘We are not trying to promote any religion here. These artifacts are used for the purpose of teaching, archeological research and showing Maldivian history to visitors,” he explained. “But a significant part of our heritage is lost now.”

British Islamist Anjem Choudary Launches Shariah for India, Vows to Demolish Hindu Temples and Bollywood; Muslims Urged to Join In New Delhi March Next Month Marking 88th Anniversary of the End of Islamic Caliphate

In islam on February 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

British Islamist Anjem Choudary and Omar Muhammad Bakri – both former leaders of British jihadist organization Al-Muhajiroun – have launched an organization called Shariah for Hind India to advance their agenda for reestablishing Islamic rule in India. The group has planned a major public event in New Delhi on March 3, 2012, which marks the end of the Turkey-led Islamic caliphate 88 years ago.It should be noted that during the British rule, Indian leaders like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Mahatma Gandhi campaigned for the Islamic caliphate led by Turkey – Gandhi doing so perhaps to gain Muslim support against British colonial rule in India.Shariah for Hind plans to campaign for reestablishing Islamic rule in India with an ideological agenda which outlines a much purer form of Islamic rule for the country than that which existed during various periods of rule by Muslim kings in India both before and during the British era.According to the ideological agenda stated on the groups website, Islamic Shariah will be enforced in India; temples and statues of Hindu gods and Indian leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi will be demolished; and Bollywood, the worlds largest movie industry, will be abolished in order to make way for a monotheistic Islamic rule in the country.Shariah for Hind – Leaders and Website DetailsIt appears that preparations for establishing Shariah for Hind began sometime in 2011; its website was launched in January 2012.The domain for the website was created on January 3, 2012, according to its registration details.[1] The registrant for this website is “Abu Rumaysah c/o Dynadot Privacy, PO Box 701, San Mateo, CA 94401, United States.”[2]The two leaders of this organization are identified as Sheikh Anjem Choudary and Sheikh Omar Muhammad Bakri. On the contact page of the website, these two names are published prominently: Sheikh Anjem Choudary, Judge of the UK Sharia Court, and Sheikh Omar Muhammad Bakri, who is identified as “Expert on Islamic Groups Worldwide.” Bakris phone number is given as 00961 70957759 – 961 being the country code for Lebanon.  Choudarys phone number is given as 0044 7956 600 569. The website of Sharia for Hind gives the name of its chairman as Abu Baraa and his phone contact as +44 7856827605. It also gives another phone contact, +44 7956041034, for Abu Rumaysah – Spokesman, a former Hindu, of Convert 2 Islam.

via British Islamist Anjem Choudary Launches Shariah for India, Vows to Demolish Hindu Temples and Bollywood; Muslims Urged to Join In New Delhi March Next Month Marking 88th Anniversary of the End of Islamic Caliphate.

LOOK HOW MUSLIM YOUTH TRY TO FORCE(JIHAD) ISLAM ON NON MUSLIMS.

In islam on November 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm
  • Shujaat Ali

    12 hours ago

    Shujaat Ali

    • I invite all of you to attend this 10 day Peace Conference of Islam…whatever doubts you have, can be asked in an exclusive open question and answer session to Dr.Zakir Naik…on 26th Nov…at 6.30pm Insha Allah…the last 3 days are very important to dont miss it….

  • Geet Sharma

    6 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • Not interested in any kind of communalism… why to see religion in every bit.

  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • ???? communalism ???? Mr.Geed it is a blunder on your part to assume and presume without proper inquiry , Dr.Zakir Naik has never been accused of inciting communal hatred which many Far Right Hindu Politicians have been and some have even been proven guilty… Dr.Zakir Naik had been internationally honored for his peace efforts around the world and also runs the BIGGEST CHARITY ORGANIZATION IN ASIA ALHUMDULILLAH

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  • Zafar Hashmi

    5 hours ago

    Zafar Hashmi

    • Totally Not agreed by Mr. Geet Sharma…..Dr. Zakir Naik is making a way to peace not communal.

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  • Geet Sharma

    3 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • I am not accusing him of any hatred. but i said i am not interested in any kind of community preaching.. and was just my reply to shujaat’s invitation..

  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • community preaching and communalism are 2 different things

  • Geet Sharma

    3 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • But i m not interested in eiether of 2.

  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • okay but u used the wrong phrase, Dr.Zakir Naik is not a communalist but a Community Preacher

  • Geet Sharma

    2 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • For u the word might be wrong. it wasn’t for me.

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  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • look..i don’t want to be a rude person and i am not but if you are living in the real world then you must use your words carefully, communalism and community preacher are two different things separated miles apart, if you want to SLANDER or ABDUSE SOMEONE then GO AHEAD .. YOU WILL JUST BE ANOTHER REGULAR IDIOT…

  • Geet Sharma

    2 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • Yes i am an IDIOT coz ‘i’ ‘d’o ‘i’t ‘o’n my ‘t’erms.

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  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • you have the right to choose, but that is not what IDIOT means… all the best with life to you

  • Geet Sharma

    2 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • What u think applies to u and what i think applies to me so thanks. and good bye.

  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • nope, u chose to be an IDIOT so what you think applies to you and what i think applies to you as well.. come out in the real world…

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  • Geet Sharma

    2 hours ago

    Geet Sharma

    • ok take it as u like… ur words have no effect on me..

  • Shaikh Atif الشيخ عاطف

    • bla bla bla…carry on john carry

  • Zafar Hashmi

    about an hour ago

    Zafar Hashmi

    • Ha ha ha …..Look Mr. Geet Sharma…if you committed any mistake just say sorry…its simple and matter will be finished…don’t stretch it any more.

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Rick Womick, GOP Tennessee state rep: All Muslims serving in the U.S. military should be removed, VIDEO  – NY Daily News

In International, islam on November 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

A Tennessee lawmaker is drawing intense criticism after calling for the removal of all Muslims serving in the U.S. military.

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick first made the controversial remarks Friday during a conference on Islamic extremism in America.

“Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military” and “if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me,” the U.S. Air Force vet told Think Progress.

When asked if Muslims should be booted from the military, he replied “absolutely, yeah.”

The Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations blasted Womick this week.

“The Tennessee General Assembly must formally rebuke Representative Womick for defaming all members of the military — including the thousands of Muslims who proudly serve our nation — and for sending a message of hate to the hundreds of thousands of Muslims serving alongside our troops in other nations,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a statement.

“It was particularly offensive that Womick made his un-American remarks on Veterans Day,” Hooper added.

Saleh Sbenaty, of the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which is part of Womick’s district, even called for the lawmaker’s impeachment, according to the Tennessean.

But Womick, a Baptist and member of the National Rifle Association, stuck to his remarks.

“Who are we at war with?” Womick asked Murfreesboro’s Daily News Journal.

“We are at war with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are Muslims. It’s a Catch 22. They are not allowed to kill their fellow Muslims, we’re at war with Muslims. The only solution I see is that they not be allowed in the military.”

There are approximately 6 million Muslims living in America, with about 3,500 serving in the military.

via Rick Womick, GOP Tennessee state rep: All Muslims serving in the U.S. military should be removed, VIDEO  – NY Daily News.

Now Porn Jihad against celebrities, an XXX site blackmails Taylor Swift with a topless pic

In International, islam on November 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

 

Protecting Taylor: Swift's legal team is threatening legal action against a website claiming it has a topless photo of the singer

 

The country singer’s legal team is threatening to file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the website Celebrity Jihad, after it posted a picture of a semi-nude woman claiming it is most likely Taylor.

The photo shows a blonde with long, curly hair that the site says ‘bears a striking resemblance’ to the country cutie posing on a bed with the caption ‘Taylor Swift Topless Private Pic Leaked?’

via Taylor Swift ‘topless picture’: Country star takes action against Celebrity Jihad | Mail Online.

Afghanistan’s marginalised Hindus | Reza Mohammadi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

In International, islam on November 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

During the reign of King Amanullah Khan (1919-1928) Radha’s father, Ranji Das, was finance minister, a role that had long been filled by the Hindus of Afghanistan. But the growth of religious fundamentalism has now pushed the Hindus out of government offices, forcing them into the bazaars. It is now many years since a Hindu held a government post in the country. But they are still running a major part of the Afghan bazaars, and come second in trading medical products.

Overlooking Kabul is a mountain called Asmayi. The name is apparently a Hindu term, deriving from the godess Asha. Today, the mountain has become the largest pilgrimage centre for Hindu worshippers. According to a Hindu tale, an eternal fire burns at the summit of Asmayi, a fire which has refused to die out for 4000 years. There are two other centres of worship in Kabul, the Harshari Natha temple in Kabul’s Baghban Kucha, and the Shorbazaar Temple. These are Kabul’s oldest temples, where Hindus celebrate divali and naradatar. They are also the meeting places of the Sikh and Hindu religious associations. In addition to these, Kabul today has many other newer and larger temples scattered in different parts of the city.

via Afghanistan’s marginalised Hindus | Reza Mohammadi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

Attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo for Prophet cartoon

In International, islam on November 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, French police say.

It comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its “editor-in-chief” for its next issue.

The magazine said the move was intended to “celebrate” the victory of an Islamist party in Tunisia’s election.

Charlie Hedbo’s editor is quoted as saying: “We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed.”

A single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the offices of Charlie Hebdo during the night and a large amount of material in the office was destroyed, police said.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Charlie Hebdo’s website has also been hacked with a message in English and Turkish attacking the magazine.

The magazine was criticised by Muslims in 2007 after reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that caused outrage around the Islamic world.

via BBC News – Attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.

भारतीय सेना के चीता हेलीकॉप्टर लौटाने की असल कहानी

In Exclusive, International, islam, National, New Delhi on October 28, 2011 at 6:34 am

खराब मौसम की वजह से भारतीय सेना का एक हेलीकॉप्टर रविवार को पाकिस्तान के कब्जे वाले कश्मीर (पीओके) में गलती से पहुंच गया। भारतीय वायुसेना का चीता हेलीकॉप्टर दोपहर करीब एक बजे रास्ता भटककर नियंत्रण रेखा के दूसरी तरफ पहुंच गया। पाकिस्तानी सेना ने अपने दो लड़ाकू विमानों को उड़ाकर हेलीकॉप्टर को स्काई इलाके में उतरने पर मजबूर कर दिया। हेलीकॉप्टर में सवार चारों भारतीयों से करीब चार घंटे तक पूछताछ की गई और उन्हें छोड़ दिया। शाम करीब छह बजे दो मेजर (पायलट, सह-पायलट) एक ले. कर्नल और एक जूनियर कमीशंड अधिकारी वापस कारगिल पहुंचे। घटना की जानकारी मिलते ही भारत के सैन्य अभियानों के महानिदेशक (डीजीएमओ) सक्रिय हो गए और मामले को सुलझाने के लिए हॉट लाइन पर अपने पाकिस्तानी समकक्ष से बात की। पाकिस्तान ने भारत का चीता हेलीकॉप्टर वापस करके सारी दुनिया में अपनी नेकनीयती का संदेश देने का प्रयास किया। उसने यह दिखाने की कोशिश की है कि इतने तनाव के बाद भी वह मानवता का तकाजा नहीं भूला और भारत को उसके इस कदम की सराहना करनी चाहिए। हम पाकिस्तान का इस बात के लिए तो शुक्रिया अदा करना चाहते हैं कि उसने हमारी गलती को समझा और हमारे सैनिक व हेलीकॉप्टर को सही सलामत छोड़ दिया पर पाकिस्तान द्वारा भारतीय हेलीकॉप्टर को छोड़ने के पीछे असल कहानी और है। सेना सूत्रों का कहना है कि पाकिस्तान ने हमारा हेलीकॉप्टर मुख्यत दो कारणों से वापस किया। पहलाöहेलीकॉप्टर में कुल चार सवारियां थीं और इस बात की कोई सम्भावना नहीं थी कि कोई पांचवां आदमी हेलीकॉप्टर में रहा हो जो जासूसी करने के लिए बीच में कहीं उतारा हो और दूसरी बात कि चीता हेलीकॉप्टर में जासूसी करने के लिए कोई उपकरण नहीं थे। हेलीकॉप्टर कोई जासूसी मिशन पर नहीं था। दरअसल हेलीकॉप्टर लेह से बिमबांट (द्रास सैक्टर) में एक मेंटेनेंस मिशन पर था खराब मौसम की वजह से भटक गया था। कहा गया है कि हेलीकॉप्टर को पाकिस्तान ने नेकनीयती की वजह से नहीं बल्कि अमेरिका के दखल के बाद छोड़ा था। एक खबरिया चैनल के सूत्रों के हवाले से दावा किया गया है कि भारतीय सेना के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों ने अमेरिका से पूरे मामले में दखल देने को कहा था। अमेरिका ने पाकिस्तान पर दबाव बनाया। अन्त में भारत और पाकिस्तान के वरिष्ठ सैन्य अधिकारियों ने आपस में बात की, जिसके बाद संकट का हल निकला और चीता हेलीकॉप्टर वापस भारत आया। दिलचस्प और चौंकाने वाली बात यह भी है कि जिस पाकिस्तान आर्टिलेरी हेलीपैड (नम्बर 90) पर जो एलओसी के बिल्कुल करीब बनाया गया है, के बारे में भारतीय सेना को कोई जानकारी ही नहीं थी। हमें यह भी पता नहीं था कि एलओसी के इतने करीब पाक सेना ने कब यह हेलीपैड बनाया। खैर! खबर है कि पाकिस्तान ने उस चीता हेलीकॉप्टर का जीपीएस डाटा चुरा लिया। बताया जा रहा है कि इस डाटा में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण जानकारियां थीं। यह भारतीय सुरक्षा की दृष्टि से बहुत महत्वपूर्ण थी। डाटा के हेलीकॉप्टर से भारत के तमाम हेलीपैड के सम्पर्प का ब्यौरा था। डाटा में 14वीं कोर के क्षेत्र में आने वाले सेना के सभी हेलीपैड का कोड नेम और कूट संकेत भी दर्ज था। भारतीय सेना के वरिष्ठ अधिकारी चीता हेलीकॉप्टर के चालक दल से पूछताछ कर रहे हैं। सवाल यह है कि जब हेलीकॉप्टर में जीपीएस लगा हुआ था तो वह कैसे रास्ते से भटक गया? शर्मनाक तो यह है कि चीता हेलीकॉप्टर एलओसी के पार मैरोल सैक्टर के जिस हेलीपैड पर उतरा (पाक आर्टिलेरी नम्बर 90), वह कारगिल सैक्टर से सटा है। इसके बावजूद भारतीय सेना को इसकी जानकारी नहीं थी। शुरुआती जांच से यह भी पता चलता है कि पाकिस्तान का हेलीकॉप्टर को जबरन उतारने के लिए मजबूर करने का दावा भी गलत है। न तो भारतीय चालक दल को पता था कि उन्होंने हेलीकॉप्टर कहां उतारा है और न ही पाकिस्तान को इसकी भनक लगी थी। सूत्रों के मुताबिक 14वीं कोर के कमांडर लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल रवि दस्ताने रविवार की सुबह कारगिल के पास दौरे पर जाने के लिए निकले थे। उनके एडवांस्ड लाइट हेलीकॉप्टर (एएलएच) में कोई तकनीकी खराब आ गई और उसे उतारना पड़ा। दस्ताने को दूसरे हेलीकॉप्टर से श्रीनगर ले जाया गया। एएलएच को ठीक करने के लिए मेंटेनेंस इंजीनियर को लेकर चीता ने उड़ान भरी। बाकी की कहानी तो आपको पता ही नहीं। असल में क्या हुआ इसका शायद ही सही पता चले?

PAKISTAN: A 12 year-old Christian is gang raped for eight months, forcibly converted and then ‘married’ to her Muslim attacker — Asian Human Rights Commission

In islam on October 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

PAKISTAN: A 12 year-old Christian is gang raped for eight months, forcibly converted and then ‘married’ to her Muslim attacker

via PAKISTAN: A 12 year-old Christian is gang raped for eight months, forcibly converted and then ‘married’ to her Muslim attacker — Asian Human Rights Commission.