Cartoonist: Habib Haddad
Source: Al-Hayat. London, July 31, 2009
Clerics from Al-Azhar and from Algeria have vehemently attacked the new good by Khaled Bentounes, the leader of the Alawi order in Algeria.
The book, in French and titled Soufisme, l'heritage commun, includes drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, his companions, and kings, which the critics are claiming is forbidden in Islam.
The book also includes a picture of 19th century Algerian hero Sheikh 'Abd Al-Qadir inside a star of David, and texts advocating the unity of all religions.
Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, July 31, 2009
A dispute in Hamas has broken out over permitting Fatah members to exit Gaza to attend a Fatah conference in Bethlehem.
Hamas military wing members, headed by Ahmad Al-J'abari, are rejecting the idea of giving them permission to leave as long as Hamas members are imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Members of Hamas's political leadership are willing to settle for a PA commitment, to which Syria will be a guarantor, to free the detainees after the conference is over.
The Fatah website reports that Al-J'abari has threatened Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Isma'il Haniya that "if necessary we will shoot the Fatah members who are supposed to participate in the conference."
Source: Al-Dustour, Jordan; palvoice.com, July 31, 2009
Egypt's Family Court has complied with a grandfather's demand for custody and guardianship of his seven-year-old grandson; the demand is because the child's parents had became Baha'is.
The court ruled that because the parents left Islam, they are not fit to raise their Muslim son.
The grandfather said that he first went to Egyptian Mufti Ali Gum'ah, who advised him to consider his daughter dead and to sue for custody of his grandson.
Source: Al-Sharouq, Egypt, July 31, 2009
Iraqi national security advisor Dr. Mowaffaq Al-Rubaie has denied reports that members of the Iranian opposition group Mojahedeen-e Khalq would be transferred from Ashraf camp in Iraq to Pakistan.
He said that the U.S. had considered the move with the aim of setting the organization against Iran in Pakistan, but that now, after security authority has been transferred to the Iraqi government, it has decided not to remove the organization from its territory.
A senior Mojahedeen-e Khalq official confirmed that there is no intention to remove the organization from Iraq.
Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, July 31, 2009
The Syrian authorities have closed the Damascus offices of the Syrian Al-Mashriq satellite TV channel, which broadcasts from Dubai, following its unauthorized photographing of the Damascus marketplace and following the channel owner's criticism of "Syria's media and political elite."
The Syrian Communications Ministry has prevented, for the fourth time running, the distribution of an edition of the Syrian Shabablek publication, for tackling the subject of the blocking of Facebook in Syria.
Source: Thisissyria.net, July 30, 2009
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri yesterday announced to Lebanese Treasury Minister Muhammad Shatah that Saudi Arabia would give Lebanon a loan at preferred conditions for completing the paving of the Beirut-Damascus highway.
According to Shatah, the loan is for $50 million, at 2% for 20 years.
Source: Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon, July 31, 2009
In a new 40-minute video titled "Somalia: The Summer Cloud Has Dispersed," senior Al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya Al-Libi offers advice to the mujahideen in Somalia in their fight against the government and African Union troops. He urges them to be unwavering in their dedication to jihad, to fight on a religious basis and not on a nationalist one, and to welcome the foreign fighters in their midst. He also emphasizes the importance of the jihad against the transitional government in Somalia, saying that it has aborted a Western conspiracy to establish acquiescent governments throughout the Muslim world...
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According to a report on the Al-Manar website, Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah reiterated today a commitment to the "path of calming and tranquilization that followed the parliamentary elections in Lebanon" and highlighted that the government that will emerge will be one of real participation.
Speaking during a cultural ceremony organized by Hizbullah, Nasrallah assured all the national opposition bases and forces that achievement in this regard requires that they stay away from formalities.
The report quoted him as saying: "We completed a very important step... Therefore, I assure all opposition forces and popular bases that the cabinet that will be formed is actually a true partnership government."
He said that the political process of the cabinet formation was completed.
Source: Almanar.com.lb, July 30, 2009