Friday, June 29, 2012

72 Virgins in Paradise? What does Islam actually say?

I also want to add according to hadiths narrated by Aisha (RA) the good believing women of this world will be MORE BEAUTIFUL than those women in Paradise.

Here is notable Canadian scholar Shabir Alley also enlightening us on this. Take note of what the Bible says about erotic sex as well.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ugandan Pastor arrested for raping woman

Police is in custody of a Kampala pastor, William Muwanguzi, commonly known as pastor Kiwedde for conspiring to rape two women on Tuesday night.

The embattled pastor was arrested by police yesterday to answer charges of conspiring to rape the two women and by yesterday evening Kiwedde was still in police cells at CID headquarters in Kampala.

The deputy police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba said that Kiwedde and three other men picked up the two women from MM Pub in Kabuusu and offered to take them to another location for a drink
However, the group is said to have stopped at undisclosed place in Mengo area where the pastor and one man left claiming to have gone to get drinks.

But it is reported that when the women got suspicious of the remaining two men, they tried to escape but only one woman managed to escape leaving the other being raped.

The escapee immediately rushed to Lugala police post and reported the incident claiming that though they did not know the other three men, they recognized pastor Kiwedde.

Pastor Kiwedde has in the past been implicated in other criminal cases of shooting and stealing a car which was recovered from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nigerian Pastor arrested for murdering six year old girl

A Lagos pastor, Rev. Tom Joseph, has been arraigned before the Yaba Magistrate’s Court following an allegation that he gave some concoction to a six-year old girl, Victoria Duff. She allegedly died instantly after drinking the substance.

The pastor is now facing a murder charge before the presiding Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo.
It was learnt that the 49-year old cleric allegedly prophesied to the parents of the victim that she was possessed of evil spirits and needed to be delivered.

During the deliverance at his church located at 2, Joseph Kayode Street, Oke-Ira, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, he reportedly gave the girl some concoction which she drank.

P. M. NEWS gathered that immediately the girl drank the substance, she slumped and died.
The parents of the victim insisted that their daughter was killed by the pastor due to the poisonous substance she drank.

They argued that it was not the popular anointing oil often used for deliverance as claimed by the pastor, otherwise their daughter would not have died.

The matter was reported at the Oke-Ira Police Station and the pastor was arrested while the matter was transferred State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos where he was interrogated before being charged to court.

The police alleged that the offence he committed was contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.

He pleaded not guilty and the presiding magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties who must own a landed property in Lagos State.

The matter was adjourned till 12 July, 2012 while he was remanded in prison custody at Ikoyi pending when he would meet the bail conditions.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ohio Pastor arrested for raping homeless woman

The pastor of a North Jackson homeless shelter has been arrested on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition after a three-month investigation by Jackson Township Police.

Police said Ronald Lee Pyles, Jr., 58, who operates Victory Harvest Ministries at 13243 Palmyra Road, is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old woman who was staying at the shelter on several occasions between October 2010 and March 2011.

A police report states that the woman reported the assaults to her guardian, who notified police. The woman is now living with a guardian in Youngstown, the report states.

Pyles is being held at the Mahoning County Jail pending his arraignment in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The Jackson Police Department is asking anyone who may have been a victim of a similar incident to contact them at 330-538-3093.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Philippines Pastor arrested for raping seventeen year old girl

A PASTOR of Lord of Nations Church was arrested by agents of the Criminal Investigation Group after a 17-year-old girl complained that he had been abusing her for almost 10 months until the time of her rescue on Monday in Mandaluyong City.

CIDG head Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao identified the suspect as Antonio Llamado, 45, a pastor of the LNC and resident of Mandaluyong City.

Pagdilao said elements of the Women and Children Protection Division, led by Senior Superintendent Emma Libunao, rescued the victim from the house of the suspect where he also arrested.
The victim claimed Llamado recruited her into his church last year with the promise that she would be sent to school, but eventually raped her and repeatedly abuse her whenever his wife was not at home.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Notable Pastor at megachurch arrested for beating up his daughter

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home.

Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., Investigator Brent Rowan said. The 50-year-old pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He bonded out of Fayette County jail Friday morning. Dollar's lawyer Nikki Bonner said he's gathering information on the case and had no comment.

Dollar is the pastor for World Changers Church International in College Park, which serves nearly 30,000 members, according to the church's website. World Changers Church-New York hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week, the website says. There are also four satellite churches in Georgia and others in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston.

He and his wife Taffi, a co-pastor at the church, have five children, according to the website.
Known for his pinstriped suits and charismatic sermons, Dollar was among a group of high-profile ministers whom Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley urged in 2007 to answer questions about their spending, board oversight and involvement in for-profit businesses.

Dollar resisted, comparing Grassley's inquiries into church governance with questioning churchgoers about their prayers and confessions. The investigation wrapped up in January 2011 with no penalties for the pastors who refused to cooperate and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.

Honor Killer's wife, brother and parents call for death penalty

Of course no western media outlet would ever cover this. People need to understand, that Sharia Law penalizes such fools.
DUBAI The family of a man who allegedly tortured and killed his eight-year-old daughter before dumping her body in the desert has called for his execution. The parents and siblings of Hamad, 27, a jobless Emirati and the prime suspect in the death of his daughter Wadeema, said he must face the gallows.
Dubai Police found Wadeema’s remains near Al Fayah, a village off the Hatta-Oman road earlier this week following a complaint filed by Mohammad, 29, the suspect’s eldest brother.

What he [Hamad] did was horrible. The whole family does not want to see him anymore. We are calling for the maximum penalty — death

Suspect's oldest brother
On Tuesday, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited Latifa Hospital to meet Wadeema’s younger sister Meera, seven, who was also allegedly tortured but survived. Also on Tuesday, Shaikh Mohammad ordered the drafting of a federal child protection law to ensure a secure and stable future for children.
Hamad, a former government employee who lost his job due to an unspecified offence, is third in a brood of seven. In an exclusive interview with XPRESS at the family’s five-bedroom villa in upscale Barsha 3 in New Dubai, the suspect’s parents said they want to see their son face capital punishment.

Hamad’s father Saud, 52, a former government employee, said: “This is not a simple matter. The family has made a decision. I want him [Hamad] executed.” His wife Aida told XPRESS: “We seek the maximum punishment for this crime.”
Mohammad, the suspect’s eldest brother, said: “What he [Hamad] did was horrible. The whole family does not want to see him anymore. We are calling for the maximum penalty — death.”

Sordid details of a life of abuse allegedly endured by the two girls at the hands of their father and his live-in partner were shared with XPRESS by the family on Tuesday as they welcomed visitors offering condolences in the family’s villa where the girls also spent part of their lives.
Aida, the victim’s paternal grandmother, described Wadeema as “mild tempered”. “They preferred to keep to themselves. Wadeema and Meera did not like to play around. They preferred to do house work, they cooked and cleaned at a tender age.”
She said the travails of the young girls apparently started when Hamad came to his parents’ house in December to pick up his daughters. “At that time, Hamad claimed he needed the girls to come with him to testify in court against their mother,” said Aida.
Hamad divorced his wife in 2006 but the children were caught in a custody battle. “Wadeema begged me not to allow them to be handed back to their father. I let them go because as a grandmother, I thought that the girls must go to a school their father chose for them, and because of the court hearing,” the matriarch said. Before the girls left, Aida said she had lectured her son: “I told him ‘they are your daughters, treat them with kindness. Girls are not like the boys’.”
The grandparents were made custodians of the children.
“But then when the children were sent to live with us, their mother claimed we kidnapped the children and the police took the children back to their mother,” said Aida, adding the mother later abandoned Meera outside their house without letting them know.
On the night of May 30, Mohammad went to Hamad’s flat at the International City upon the insistence of Aida to check the girls. At that time, Hamad was already detained by Fujairah police for another offence.
Mohammad heard Meera inside crying for help. She was alone in the flat, which was locked. When Mohammad phoned Hamad’s live-in partner, he was disturbed by her answer. “She told me that everything was fine but refused to come to International City to open the door.”
Disturbed by the hysterical crying of his niece, Mohammad desperately tried all the keys he had with him to open the main door. Luckily, one key worked. What he saw was shocking. Meera had wounds all over her body.
“It was the first time I talked to Meera in many months,” said Mohammad who decided to take his niece to Abu Dhabi where he lives. “During the drive, Meera told me that Wadeema was wrapped by her father after she lost consciousness, taken out of the house and never came back,” he said. Shocked by her revelation, he turned his car back, drove to Rashidiya Police station and lodged a complaint.
The family believes that Hamad’s live-in partner, who is a childhood friend of the girls’ mother (Salma), also tortured the girls. The live-in partner is also in police custody.
The family alleged that the live-in partner sent text messages to Salma in the past stating she would treat her children badly.
In March, at a family gathering in Khor Fakkan, Hamad appeared with his live-in partner and Meera.
The suspect’s maternal uncle, Hammad Mohammad Salman, 42, said: “When we asked him about Wadeema, he said she was with her mother. And we believed him.”
The family believes Wadeema had been dead for at least three months. Other family members also insisted on capital punishment for both Hamad and his live-in partner.
Saeed, 28, the second-eldest brother of the accused, said: “I cannot believe a person can do something so horrible. If found guilty, he must face justice, death.”
“We want him to pay with his life for his crime; he has no right to be in this world,” Hamad’s younger brother Hamdan, 18, said. “I would never visit him in jail. He deserves to die,” he added.
On Tuesday, Dubai Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan said the investigation was expected to conclude on Wednesday and the suspect had been questioned.

Meera’s condition
Dr Raymond H. Hamden, PhD (USA), Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, said, “We’re looking at a scenario that could be quite difficult for her [Meera] because foster homes don’t provide the kind of nurturing needed to raise a child to be connected. The child may feel orphaned and may have no sense of belonging. To have watched her sibling die may make her feel helpless....unless she’s sponsored by the government and placed in an international facility with appropriate learning conditions. Neglect can make a child grow up with a fear of being rejected. She needs to be placed in an environment where she learns that she’s done nothing wrong, that it was not her fault.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Israeli school suspends female exam obsevers because they were not married

This article is in Hebrew but Google translated it for me. So don't mind some of the grammer.
And unless someone corrects me, I can't find a single article on this OUTSIDE the Hebrew only newspapers, like this one.

Three minders, assigned yesterday to examine the GEMS math in elementary school ultra-Orthodox city of Beitar Illit, were not allowed to go to class on the grounds that are not dressed modestly enough. Ministry of Education backed the institution and authorized management to unusually reserved school students will watch the external test. - bill : shall be allowed in civil trials - Petition to: allow single women to the mikveh - religious extremism in schools in Tel Aviv

Noam Boone and Karen are members of the house Levitan, secular young girls 23 who had served in an education officer. Every week they are embedded to another school where they can perceive the Matriculation Examination, or GEMS, in both cases national examinations that require external supervision. when he learned them they must go to an Orthodox school for girls in Beitar Illit, they decided that out of respect for the nature of the local population did not wear the clothes usual, but wear a long dress that covers their legs and a long shirt that covers his hands. But for the school board that was not enough. for school entry minders grades must be accompanied by very modest, like socks up over your knees and clothing less colorful. But more than anything interfered with the administration the fact that the two unmarried daughters 23. Three of the four minders felt unwanted from the start, and soon were informed that will not take classes. they had to wait outside the gate of the institution until the end of the exam. attendant Fourth, religious, married with a kerchief on her head, was allowed to watch the students.

I was very careful about my dress," says Noam Bonn. "Even I wore panty hose atom, carrying a handkerchief in case they seek cover your head. But chose to treat us like aliens. We respected the other, but they would respect us. Their looks, not words, made us feel unwanted. How this happens at schools should teach you about mutual respect, the difference from you

Boone adds, "the attendant religious thought that we are religious because of the dress and asked us what Ulpana we are." See girls of 23 are not married was enough for them to not let us in class, because a single girl that age is a bad example. " friend of Boone, Karen Levitan , says: "It was very unpleasant event. We knew we were going to religious school and we decided to come with a skirt that covers the whole leg and shirts

Closed out of respect. We waited 20 minutes while affecting our teachers unpleasant stares, until it was one of my teachers at school and said they wanted to send overseers to be dressed differently and we do not go to class. " The Education Ministry said in response: "minders arrived educational institution dress does not fit the character of the institution. Subject was dealt with by the National Authority for Measurement and Evaluation, and exam took place as planned".

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Notable Jewish Professor: Islam saved Jewry from extinction

Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth. The argument for it is double. First, in 570 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad was born, the Jews and Judaism were on the way to oblivion. And second, the coming of Islam saved them, providing a new context in which they not only survived, but flourished, laying foundations for subsequent Jewish cultural prosperity - also in Christendom - through the medieval period into the modern world.

By the fourth century, Christianity had become the dominant religion in the Roman empire. One aspect of this success was opposition to rival faiths, including Judaism, along with massive conversion of members of such faiths, sometimes by force, to Christianity. Much of our testimony about Jewish existence in the Roman empire from this time on consists of accounts of conversions.
Great and permanent reductions in numbers through conversion, between the fourth and the seventh centuries, brought with them a gradual but relentless whittling away of the status, rights, social and economic existence, and religious and cultural life of Jews all over the Roman empire.
A long series of enactments deprived Jewish people of their rights as citizens, prevented them from fulfilling their religious obligations, and excluded them from the society of their fellows.

This went along with the centuries-long military and political struggle with Persia. As a tiny element in the Christian world, the Jews should not have been affected much by this broad, political issue. Yet it affected them critically, because the Persian empire at this time included Babylon - now Iraq - at the time home to the world's greatest concentration of Jews.

Here also were the greatest centres of Jewish intellectual life. The most important single work of Jewish cultural creativity in over 3,000 years, apart from the Bible itself - the Talmud - came into being in Babylon. The struggle between Persia and Byzantium, in our period, led increasingly to a separation between Jews under Byzantine, Christian rule and Jews under Persian rule.

Beyond all this, the Jews who lived under Christian rule seemed to have lost the knowledge of their own culturally specific languages - Hebrew and Aramaic - and to have taken on the use of Latin or Greek or other non-Jewish, local, languages. This in turn must have meant that they also lost access to the central literary works of Jewish culture - the Torah, Mishnah, poetry, midrash, even liturgy.
The loss of the unifying force represented by language - and of the associated literature - was a major step towards assimilation and disappearance. In these circumstances, with contact with the one place where Jewish cultural life continued to prosper - Babylon - cut off by conflict with Persia, Jewish life in the Christian world of late antiquity was not simply a pale shadow of what it had been three or four centuries earlier. It was doomed.

Had Islam not come along, the conflict with Persia would have continued. The separation between western Judaism, that of Christendom, and Babylonian Judaism, that of Mesopotamia, would have intensified. Jewry in the west would have declined to disappearance in many areas. And Jewry in the east would have become just another oriental cult.

But this was all prevented by the rise of Islam. The Islamic conquests of the seventh century changed the world, and did so with dramatic, wide-ranging and permanent effect for the Jews.

Within a century of the death of Mohammad, in 632, Muslim armies had conquered almost the whole of the world where Jews lived, from Spain eastward across North Africa and the Middle East as far as the eastern frontier of Iran and beyond. Almost all the Jews in the world were now ruled by Islam. This new situation transformed Jewish existence. Their fortunes changed in legal, demographic, social, religious, political, geographical, economic, linguistic and cultural terms - all for the better.

First, things improved politically. Almost everywhere in Christendom where Jews had lived now formed part of the same political space as Babylon - Cordoba and Basra lay in the same political world. The old frontier between the vital centre in Babylonia and the Jews of the Mediterranean basin was swept away, forever.

Political change was partnered by change in the legal status of the Jewish population: although it is not always clear what happened during the Muslim conquests, one thing is certain. The result of the conquests was, by and large, to make the Jews second-class citizens.

This should not be misunderstood: to be a second-class citizen was a far better thing to be than not to be a citizen at all. For most of these Jews, second-class citizenship represented a major advance. In Visigothic Spain, for example, shortly before the Muslim conquest in 711, the Jews had seen their children removed from them and forcibly converted to Christianity and had themselves been enslaved.

In the developing Islamic societies of the classical and medieval periods, being a Jew meant belonging to a category defined under law, enjoying certain rights and protections, alongside various obligations. These rights and protections were not as extensive or as generous as those enjoyed by Muslims, and the obligations were greater but, for the first few centuries, the Muslims themselves were a minority, and the practical differences were not all that great.

Along with legal near-equality came social and economic equality. Jews were not confined to ghettos, either literally or in terms of economic activity. The societies of Islam were, in effect, open societies. In religious terms, too, Jews enjoyed virtually full freedom. They might not build many new synagogues - in theory - and they might not make too public their profession of their faith, but there was no really significant restriction on the practice of their religion. Along with internal legal autonomy, they also enjoyed formal representation, through leaders of their own, before the authorities of the state. Imperfect and often not quite as rosy as this might sound, it was at least the broad norm.

The political unity brought by the new Islamic world-empire did not last, but it created a vast Islamic world civilisation, similar to the older Christian civilisation that it replaced. Within this huge area, Jews lived and enjoyed broadly similar status and rights everywhere. They could move around, maintain contacts, and develop their identity as Jews. A great new expansion of trade from the ninth century onwards brought the Spanish Jews - like the Muslims - into touch with the Jews and the Muslims even of India.

A ll this was encouraged by a further, critical development. Huge numbers of people in the new world of Islam adopted the language of the Muslim Arabs. Arabic gradually became the principal language of this vast area, excluding almost all the rest: Greek and Syriac, Aramaic and Coptic and Latin all died out, replaced by Arabic. Persian, too, went into a long retreat, to reappear later heavily influenced by Arabic.

The Jews moved over to Arabic very rapidly. By the early 10th century, only 300 years after the conquests, Sa'adya Gaon was translating the Bible into Arabic. Bible translation is a massive task - it is not undertaken unless there is a need for it. By about the year 900, the Jews had largely abandoned other languages and taken on Arabic.

The change of language in its turn brought the Jews into direct contact with broader cultural developments. The result from the 10th century on was a striking pairing of two cultures. The Jews of the Islamic world developed an entirely new culture, which differed from their culture before Islam in terms of language, cultural forms, influences, and uses. Instead of being concerned primarily with religion, the new Jewish culture of the Islamic world, like that of its neighbours, mixed the religious and the secular to a high degree. The contrast, both with the past and with medieval Christian Europe, was enormous.

Like their neighbours, these Jews wrote in Arabic in part, and in a Jewish form of that language. The use of Arabic brought them close to the Arabs. But the use of a specific Jewish form of that language maintained the barriers between Jew and Muslim. The subjects that Jews wrote about, and the literary forms in which they wrote about them, were largely new ones, borrowed from the Muslims and developed in tandem with developments in Arabic Islam.

Also at this time, Hebrew was revived as a language of high literature, parallel to the use among the Muslims of a high form of Arabic for similar purposes. Along with its use for poetry and artistic prose, secular writing of all forms in Hebrew and in (Judeo-)Arabic came into being, some of it of high quality.

Much of the greatest poetry in Hebrew written since the Bible comes from this period. Sa'adya Gaon, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Ibn Ezra (Moses and Abraham), Maimonides, Yehuda Halevi, Yehudah al-Harizi, Samuel ha-Nagid, and many more - all of these names, well known today, belong in the first rank of Jewish literary and cultural endeavour.

W here did these Jews produce all this? When did they and their neighbours achieve this symbiosis, this mode of living together? The Jews did it in a number of centres of excellence. The most outstanding of these was Islamic Spain, where there was a true Jewish Golden Age, alongside a wave of cultural achievement among the Muslim population. The Spanish case illustrates a more general pattern, too.

What happened in Islamic Spain - waves of Jewish cultural prosperity paralleling waves of cultural prosperity among the Muslims - exemplifies a larger pattern in Arab Islam. In Baghdad, between the ninth and the twelfth centuries; in Qayrawan (in north Africa), between the ninth and the 11th centuries; in Cairo, between the 10th and the 12th centuries, and elsewhere, the rise and fall of cultural centres of Islam tended to be reflected in the rise and fall of Jewish cultural activity in the same places.

This was not coincidence, and nor was it the product of particularly enlightened liberal patronage by Muslim rulers. It was the product of a number of deeper features of these societies, social and cultural, legal and economic, linguistic and political, which together enabled and indeed encouraged the Jews of the Islamic world to create a novel sub-culture within the high civilisation of the time.
This did not last for ever; the period of culturally successful symbiosis between Jew and Arab Muslim in the middle ages came to a close by about 1300. In reality, it had reached this point even earlier, with the overall relative decline in the importance and vitality of Arabic culture, both in relation to western European cultures and in relation to other cultural forms within Islam itself; Persian and Turkish.

Jewish cultural prosperity in the middle ages operated in large part as a function of Muslim, Arabic cultural (and to some degree political) prosperity: when Muslim Arabic culture thrived, so did that of the Jews; when Muslim Arabic culture declined, so did that of the Jews.

In the case of the Jews, however, the cultural capital thus created also served as the seed-bed of further growth elsewhere - in Christian Spain and in the Christian world more generally.
The Islamic world was not the only source of inspiration for the Jewish cultural revival that came later in Christian Europe, but it certainly was a major contributor to that development. Its significance cannot be overestimated.

David J Wasserstein is the Eugene Greener Jr Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. This article is adapted from last week's Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion at the School of Oriental and African Studies.