Seminar on Ar’baeen Symbolic Trek held in Bauchi, Nigeria / Pics

Ahlul Bayt News Agency –  Seminar on Ar’abeen Symbolic trek took place in Buachi on Sunday 15th November 2015 equivalent to 3rd Safar 1437H. The event was designed to capture the security measures and good conduct during the up coming Symbolic Trek.

Various lectures were presented at the occasion by different scholars on various topics such as, Good Morals, Brotherhood, Observing rules during the trek, Video show of the last year trek and speech of his Eminence Sheikh Zakzaky during the last year Arbaeen Symbolic Trek. etc.

The closing lecture was presented by the Amir of Bauchi Malam Ahmad Yusuf Yashi.

Iranian scholar: Paris attacks possibly a new 9/11

Ahlul Bayt News Agency – Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad-Taqi Rahbar referred to the deadly terrorist attacks which occurred in Paris on Friday night, stressing that we, as Muslims and free people, reject and condemn all acts of terrorism and crimes that occur anywhere in the world.

The temporary Friday prayer leader of Esfahan added that it is possible that a number of deceived people sought to launch a terrorist attack in France but it is also likely that this event was a new September 11.

“The September 11 attacks were an uncertain event that was not well understood,” he said, adding:

“Even some groups have suggested that there was no investigation in regard to this incident and after so many years is still not clear what indeed occurred. They have brought these arguments as proof that this incident was fabricated.”

He said that the fire from the wars that the West has launched in the Middle East and their exploitation of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group to kill innocent people throughout the Islamic world has now led to acts of terrorism being launched against them at home.

“Nonetheless, the acts of terrorism that ISIL has unleashed are efforts aimed at distorting and defaming Islam in the hearts of people around the world and to instigate a crusade led by non-Muslims against Muslims. The West has created these terrorist attacks in order to exploit them,” he said.

Hujjat al-Islam Rahbar emphasized that these criminal actions are condemnable, explaining that ISIL’s actions are aimed at undermining and damaging Islam. We know that Islam is a religion of mercy, forgiveness and kindness and the issue of terrorism and violence have no relation to the religion.

He added that the fact that this scheme was launched by the House of Saud and Takfiri groups to create conflict among Muslims in order to undermine and create pressure on them as an excuse to retaliate against Islamic countries is clear.

Hujjat al-Islam Rahbar added that the arrogant powers, Zionists and Arab reactionaries have realized they haven’t been able to achieve their goals in Iraq, Syria and Yemen so perhaps they sought to create a scenario which will permit them to launch further attacks against Islam and Islamic countries.


US offers $5 million reward for ISIL ‘gatekeeper’

Al-Jarba, 35, is described as a key member of Isil’s immigration and logistics committee. He arranges for Isil recruits to cross into Syria via the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, and to get back into Europe once they are ready to carry out terrorist attacks.

On September 29 al-Jarba was placed on the UN Security Sanctions List, imposing a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo on him. His details have also been circulated by Interpol.

But it is his suspected role in the Paris attacks that has put him in the international spotlight for the first time.

According to reports in France, at least three of the Paris terrorists used migrant routes across Europe. At least one was using a false Syrian passport, in the name of Ahmad al Mohammad, which is likely to have been supplied by his Isil handlers.

According to Le Monde, although the passport bore a “false photo”, it was “registered at each stage of its holder’s journey along the Balkans’ migrant route” – starting in Greece – leading Britain and Germany, among others to contact France to “anticipate any threat of this nature on their own soil”.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the attacks who was killed in a police raid on Saint-Denis on Wednesday, is also known to have travelled between Belgium, France and Syria on several occasions and was thought to be in Syria until fresh intelligence suggested he was back in France.

Police also suspect Samy Amimour, one of the Bataclan killers and subject to an international arrest warrant, returned from Syria to Belgium “in all likelihood via Greece”, according to a source close to the investigation.

Salah Abdeslam – believed to be among the gunmen and under an international arrest warrant – entered Europe from Syria via Greece “with his own passport”.

Al-Jarba was born in Iraq but is a naturalised citizen of Saudi Arabia. He is said to have joined al-Qaeda in 2005, later switching to Isil. Since mid-2014 he has been regarded by the US as Isil’s “leader for operations outside Syria and Iraq”, meaning he may have played a key role in planning other attacks in Europe.


ISIL Releases Video Threatening to Blow up White House

Terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group released a video on Thursday threatening the White House with suicide bombings and car blasts and vowing to conduct more attacks on France.

The six-minute video released by ISIL applauded last week’s Paris attacks, and comes one day after the militant group put out a video showing scenes of New York City, which suggested it was also a target.

ISIL claimed responsibility for last Friday’s attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed.

FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday he was not aware of any credible threat of a “Paris-type attack” in the United States.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told CNN that Thursday’s video was being examined to determine its “veracity.” “Everybody here in the United States government are taking these threats seriously,” he said.

The video opened with television news clips of the Paris attacks and then shows two militants separately speaking to the camera.

Titled “Paris Before Rome,” the video showed an ISIL gunman threatening to “pound” French monuments and vowing to strike at the White House.

“We will blow it up, the same as we blew up the idols in this good land,” one gunman said, referring to the White House.

The second gunman threatened US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. “We will grill them … with (explosive) belts and car bombs.”


Iran, Iraq to increase cooperation on eve of Arbaeen

Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on Thursday that Tehran and Baghdad would increase cooperation to provide necessary services for the pilgrims heading to Iraq on the occasion of the Arbaeen mourning ceremony.

The minister said talks have been held between Iranian and Iraqi officials on improving the quality of services for the Arbaeen mourners.

The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of Shiite Muslims.

Each year, pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located.

‘We are trying to create favorable conditions for the pilgrims,’ said Rahmani Fazli who flew to this southwestern province earlier on Thursday to visit the infrastructures of two border cities of Shalamcheh and Chazzabeh.

It is predicted that over a million people will travel to Karbala, Iraq, through Shalamcheh borderline.


Iraq forces discover booby-trapped dolls ahead of Arba’een

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Forat news agency on Thursday that the government forces discovered 18 toys laden with explosives on the road, just ahead of the Shia Muslim rituals of Arba’een, one of which is taking the road to the shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) on foot.

Arba’een, which in Arabic means forty, falls on December 3 this year and marks 40 days after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The development came a few days after police stormed a Daesh hideout in Yusufiyah township, south of the capital, confiscating three explosive-laden vests, 30 rocket-propelled grenades and an unspecified number of hand grenades.

Iraqi forces have tightened security to protect pilgrims against terrorist attacks ahead of the mourning rituals.

Last year, Iraqi officials announced that the number of pilgrims attending mourning rituals of Arba’een reached 17.5 million in Karbala, located southwest of Baghdad. The number of Arba’een pilgrims reportedly hit 20 million in 2013.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists began their campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.

The terrorists have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.


ISIL Created to Confront Islam, Muslims: Tehran Friday Prayers Leader

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, “The ISIL and other Takfiri groups have been created to fight Islam; these heinous phenomena were created when the Islamic awakening was underway in Muslim countries.”

He reiterated that the Takfiri terrorist groups, including the ISIL, have not even said a word against Israel, and even Israel accepts and treats their wounded in its hospitals.

The senior Iranian cleric pointed to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and said, “The French government is harvesting what it has sown by supporting the terrorist groups.”

Earlier this week, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian took the sponsors of terrorism responsible for the Friday night’s tragic events in Paris which killed over 150 people, and said they ignored Tehran’s warnings about the backfiring of their supports for ISIL.

“Certain regional and trans-regional states helped the ISIL to be born. We had warned that those countries which support the ISIL should know that these insecurities would spread to their countries too,” Amir Abdollahian told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

“We cannot say explicitly that which country has played a role in the formation of the ISIL but (we can say that) ignoring those warnings ended in such consequences,” he added.

Many high-ranking Iranian officials have since long time ago warned advocates of terrorist groups against the adverse results of their supports for terrorism and their instrumental use of terrorist groups.

In June 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked the masterminds and the states sponsoring the terrorist operations in Iraq and Syria to stop killing their Muslim brothers, warning that the terrorists would one day attack their supporters.

“We stress and advise all Muslim states and all those who unfortunately help the terrorists with their money and petro dollars to know that it will be their turn tomorrow, and they shouldn’t think that you have stimulated these savages merely against others,” Rouhani said.

He called on the sponsors of terrorist groups to stop their supports, and said, “Desist from violence; there is no confrontation between the Shiites and the Sunnis and they are brothers and have been living in Iraq, the Levant and Iran and everywhere beside each other.”

Rouhani underlined that any discord and conflict between Muslims merely gladdens the Zionists and the criminal powers, adding that the Islamic world needs unity more than any ever.


Paris attack survivor speaks of compassion not hate

Shafaqna conducted a very special interview this week as we talked to Claire Santana, a young French woman who, on November 13, witnessed first hand the terror preached by the Wahhabi clergy.

Rather than burden Claire with our questions, and risk to force to relive those moments she might chose to not speak of at the moment, we simply requested that she tells her story the way she wants it to be remembered.

Mother to a three-year old little boy, Claire moved to France from her home in Spain last September after her husband was offered a position at a PR firm in the French capital.

You said you wanted to share with others not your tale as a survivor of terror but a voice for peace – what do you mean by that?

I was at La Belle Equipe on Friday evening … I literally just got back inside when I heard loud noises … I thought people were shooting fireworks or something at first, and then I heard the screams.

I was pushed on the floor by someone next to me and after that it was pretty much darkness. I simply can’t remember … my mind literally went blank. All I remember is the smell and the screams of terror. I wouldn’t be able to tell you I long I was on the floor, only that someone got me back up and asked me if I was injured. I wasn’t … all these people dead and I was completely unharmed.

It is a strange thing to walk away from such devastation and think that a few meters, a few minutes could have ended my life. I am very fortunate I know this.

But I’m not angry. I can’t be, I don’t want to be.

All these people died because of hatred and ignorance and I refuse to follow the same standards. I will not be made to hate.

What do you make of politicians and media’s call on Muslims to apologize? Do you think Islam is to blame here?

No, absolutely not. Radicalism is just racism and fascism all rolled into one. I come from Spain and Spain knows exactly what fascism looks like … it’s not pretty I tell you. Islam, like Christianity or Judaism , or Buddhism cannot be blamed for the lunacy of a few.

I mean all religions have had their fair share of evil clerics … I don’t think the West has any lesson to give when it comes to fascism … especially when our history is full of men who built their powers on blood.

I don’t like politics very much but the way I see it politicians are using this tragedy to promote their policies and justify their wars and budget increases … they don’t care about the people.

If they did care for the people officials would have resigned over their failure as civil servants.

Did they though?! Not one came to apologize to the people for failing to keep the nation safe.

With all the technology they have, with all the spying and listening onto our conversations you’re telling they had no idea … well that is not acceptable to me!!! I want answers.

So Muslims need to apologize? Why would they? Did we apologize for colonialism? Did we apologize when we invaded, pillaged and robbed Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East across the centuries?

Did we blame Christianity for slavery? Did we call on all Christians to say sorry to every African American? This is the very definition of prejudiced to me.

The crazy thing is we are at war with the Middle East. Right now our leaders are killing civilians … they might not willingly target them but the result is the same – dead people. Have we issued an apology to all the families?

What would you like to tell people?

Well to begin with I don’t want all these people’s memories to be dishonored by calls for revenge. This is exactly what terrorists want us to do.

I also would like to know how terrorists managed to put their hands on military grade weapons. I heard in the media that they were very well trained and organized in the way they did thing.

We are told that refugees are to blame but this is ridiculous. Refugees fled the war, they fled the very people who attacked us.

My great grandfather was a war refugee at one point. He too fled the war and he was lucky enough to find good souls to give him shelter. Most Europeans have only to go back two generations to find their ancestors were war refugees at one point or the other so NO I refuse to blame the poorest among us.

We always talk about how Western society is better: more democratic, fairer and more tolerant … where is the tolerance, where is the justice and where is the compassion?

Claire chose not to share a photo with Shafaqna as she doesn’t want to draw more attention to herself. “I don’t want Friday to become this thing I carry around … I want to be me, the me I was before.”

Two ISIS terrorists die in police attack on suspected Paris attack mastermind

The shootout occurred in Saint-Denis on Wednesday in an operation by special police forces trying to catch a suspect from the Friday attacks in the city, which killed over 130 people.

The suspects were holed up in an apartment in the neighborhood.

Police blocked off the area around Place Jean Jaures in Saint-Denis and ambulances arrived at the scene.

Terrorists with the Takfiri group of Daesh staged bombings and shootings in several venues across Paris on Friday night, killing at least 132 people and injuring 350 others. The fatalities included 89 people who died when gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert venue and opened fire before blowing themselves up.

Saint-Denis is close to Stade de France, the country’s national stadium, which was the site of one of the Friday attacks.

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that the country was sending its nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East to “totally eliminate” Daesh, which has overrun about a third of Syria and Iraq, where it is tyrannizing the civilian population.

Police vans and fire trucks also rushed to the suburb, while a helicopter loitered overhead.

‘Hunt for mastermind’

French prosecutors have identified five assailants from Friday attacks, including four Frenchmen and a fifth man who was fingerprinted in Greece among refugees last month. They believe two men directly involved in the assaults have subsequently escaped.

Investigators have said the Paris attack was planned in Syria and nurtured in Belgium.

The French news agency also reported that today’s police raid was aimed at arresting the suspected mastermind of last week’s deadly attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

An unnamed source close to the French investigation has said the 27-year-old “appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” adding that investigators believe he is most likely behind the 132 deaths.

Explosion sounds heard during Paris raid

According to the latest reports, at least seven explosions were heard at the scene of police raid to arrest suspects in last week’s deadly Paris attacks.

Sounds like grenade blasts could be heard from the direction of the standoff in the heart of the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Casualties, arrests reported in Paris raid

French police sources say the standoff ended in two fatalities, including a woman who detonated the explosives she was carrying on her, while another suspect was taken out by a police sniper..

Seven people have been also arrested by the French police.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said in a statement that SWAT teams arrested three people in the apartment whose identities have not been revealed yet. Another man and woman were detained near the apartment.

Later on, France’s BFM television reported that two more people within apartment building were also taken into custody.

French military forces were also deployed to north Paris as standoff with terror suspects continued.

Hours later, French police sources said the assault on an apartment in northern Paris was over, adding that they are still working to secure the suburb of Saint-Denis after the six-hour raid, which was part of a manhunt for those linked to a devastating string of attacks on Paris late on Friday.