Thursday, July 07, 2016

Photos: Eid Al-Fitr prayer led by Ayatollah Khamenei

Thousands of believers, in Tehran, gathered at Imam Khomeini (ra) Mosalla on Wednesday morning, to perform the glorious Eid Al-Fitr prayer led by Ayatollah Khamenei.

Why Muslims Celebrate Prophet's Birthday

Ayatollah Sobhani stated that Wahhabis consider the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad as an innovation which is not mentioned in the Quran but stressed that this issue has been indeed emphasized in the Quran. 
Responding to a question from a viewer during his nightly television program “Spring of Knowledge,” which is broadcast during the holy month of Ramadan, Grand Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani, referred to one of the objections of Wahhabis, the issue of the sanctity of celebration the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, saying “Muslims around the world celebrate the 12th until the 17th of Rabi’ al-Awwal as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad but at the same time the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Shaykh, says this is heresy and an innovation because the companions did not do it. 

In response, the revered source of emulation explained that from the perspective of the Holy Quran, innovation is something which is not rooted in the Quran or in religious proof. “But if an issue has roots in the religion it is not an innovation. Even though this celebration does not have specific proof but we use custom as proof and those verses of the Quran which command us to revere the Prophet,” he said. 

Ayatollah Sobhani said that the mistake of Wahhabis is that they do not heed the Quran and added that in Surah al-A’raf, verse 157, it is obvious that the duties of the believers in regard to the Prophet Muhammad is to have faith, respect, adherence and to assist him. “Thus reverence toward the Messenger of Islam is a principle of Islam and the Quran,” he stressed. 

He added: “From the Wahhabis we ask whether their consciences accept that Muslims’ celebrations of the Prophet’s birthday, wherein they recite the verses of the Quran which were revealed about the status of the Prophet and read poetry in praise of him, is a form of humiliation of the Prophet?” 

The teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom stated that the celebration of the birth of the Prophet is considered as acting by the verses of the Quran and added that the Quran mentions that Jesus Christ and his Apostles sat down together, wherein the Apostles asked Jesus to pray to God to send down food for them. Jesus raised his hands in prayer and said: “[Oh God!] If you send down to us a table from the sky, it will be a festival for us until the Day of Judgement.” 

Ayatollah Sobhani said the Christians commemorate this event as the Last Supper and if the Last Supper was able to full the Apostles’ stomachs and they have permission to celebrate this event until the Day of Judgement, why can’t Musims celebrate the Divine Table that is the Prophet Muhammad who satiates the world? 

“Is not the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth not greater and worthy of being celebrated?” he said, stressing once again that it is not an innovation. 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

83 people killed in 2 bombings in Baghdad

Baghdad, Jul 3 - At least 83 people have been killed and 176 wounded in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital this morning, Iraqi officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a car bomb hit Karada, a busy shopping district in the center of Baghdad, killing 78 people and wounding 160, according to police and hospital officials.
It struck as families and young people were out on the streets after breaking their daylight fast for the holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement posted online, saying they had deliberately targeted Shiite Muslims. The statement could not be independently verified.
At dawn today, fire fighters were still working to extinguish the blazes and bodies were still being recovered from charred buildings. Many of the dead were children, according to Associated Press reporters at the scene.

Ambulances could be heard rushing to the site for hours after the blast.
An eyewitness said the explosion caused fires at nearby clothing and cellphone shops. Hours after the bombing, Iraq's prime minister visited the blast site. Video footage uploaded to social media showed an angry crowd, with people calling Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a "thief" and shouting at his convoy.

In the second attack, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The casualty figures were confirmed by police and hospital officials, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to release information to the press.

The Baghdad attacks come just over a week after Iraqi forces declared the city of Fallujah "fully liberated" from IS. Over the past year, Iraqi forces have racked up territorial gains against IS, retaking the city of Ramadi and the towns of Hit and Rutba, all in Iraq's vast Anbar province west of Baghdad.

Despite the government's battlefield victories, IS has repeatedly shown it remains capable of launching attacks far from the front-lines.

Before the launch of the operation to retake Fallujah, Iraq's prime minister was facing growing social unrest and anti-government protests in Baghdad sparked in part by popular anger at the lack of security in the capital. In one month, Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions รข€" was stormed twice by anti-government protesters.
IS still controls Iraq's second largest city of Mosul as well as significant patches of territory in the country's north and west.