Alislam-eGazette Publishes an Historic Collection about Christianity: How Jesus Became God?

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthews 5:1-3)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthews 5:1-3)

Alislam-eGazette is an international electronic publication of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, since 2007, with more than 40,000 subscribers.

This month it published an historic collection of articles about Christianity.  Earlier this week, Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, called Britain ‘A Post-Christian Country.’

Williams told the Sunday Telegraph that Britain is no longer a “nation of believers,” and the era of widespread worship is over.

He characterized Britain as a “post-Christian” nation, “in the sense that habitual practice for most of the population is not taken for granted,” reports the BBC.

In Europe almost half of the population characterizes herself as agnostic or atheist and up to a quarter in USA and Canada do the same.  If these numbers are a slight exaggeration for the total population, they are certainly true for the younger generation.

There is certainly a pressing need, in this age of information, in our Global village with rampant and constant dialogue between religions, to better understand all religions, especially Monotheism of the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Click here to read the volume.

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A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

Epigraph: Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah; and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (Al Quran 57:2)

Hydrogen burning in the center of a massive stars occurs at a temperature of approximately 40 million Kelvin, as compared to 10 million Kelvin in the center of the sun

Hydrogen burning in the center of a massive stars occurs at a temperature of approximately 40 million Kelvin, as compared to 10 million Kelvin in the center of the sun

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

This popular article in Google-knol was first written by me in December of 2009.

Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work.  However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening to how Islam resolves their conflict; Islam as understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Click to Read: If Atheists and the Christians Debate, Islam Wins!

Unlike the 19th century physics the twentieth century physics demands that there ought to be a creator of this universe. The concept of ‘multiverse,’ is confabulation of atheist scientists to get out of this difficulty. Here is a clear and lucid challenge to Professor Richard Dawkins in which carbon is used as a general proxy for physics. This article references several recent works.


Professor Richard Dawkins seems to divide the physical reality of the universe into simple things like stones and clouds and complex things that are the living beings.  He opens his book the Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design, with the following words:
“We animals are the most complicated things in the known universe. The universe that we know, of course, is a tiny fragment of the actual universe. There may be yet more complicated objects than us on other planets, and some of them may already know about us. But this doesn’t alter the point that I want to make. Complicated things, everywhere, deserve a very special kind of explanation. We want to know how they came into existence and why they are so complicated. The explanation, as I shall argue, is likely to be broadly the same for complicated things everywhere in the universe; the same for us, for chimpanzees, worms, oak trees and monsters from outer space. On the, other hand, it will not be the same for what I shall call ‘simple’ things, such as rocks, clouds rivers galaxies and quarks. These are the stuff of physics. Chimps and dogs and bats and cockroaches and people and worms and dandelions and bacteria and galactic aliens are the stuff of biology.

The difference is one of complexity of design. Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. Physics is the study of simple things that do not tempt us to invoke design.”1

But, tell this to a quantum physicist that rocks, clouds and rivers are ‘simple things,’ and do not require an explanation!  Dawkins claims that ‘physics is the study of simple things that do not tempt us to invoke design,’ not so fast!  This is only his assumption created by the anesthesia of familiarity, and a passionate desire to prove atheism. Non-living things certainly require an explanation and of course the living things require a greater explanation.  The assertion that the stone does not require an explanation is only his delusion and with his passing years it has become more entrenched in his mind.
Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Such an assertion could have been true prior to the Big Bang theory but no more.  According to Aristotle the universe was eternal and this continued to be the physics of the nineteenth and the twentieth century until Edwin Hubble’s discovery of the expanding universe.  Where did the Big Bang come from?  Who made the laws of nature and why do they conspire to make this universe suitable for life?  Is multiverse universe science or only confabulation of those scientists who are fundamentalists in their atheism? Here we will focus on only one type of evidence and only one type of element or stone for our purposes, namely carbon and why it requires an explanation.  A diamond is a precious stone and is made entirely of carbon (just like the graphite in a pencil). But, while graphite is very soft, the carbon atoms in diamond form in such a way as to create the hardest known substance. The word carbon probably derives from the Latin carbo, meaning variously ‘coal,’ ‘charcoal,’ ‘ember.’ The term diamond, a corruption of the Greek word adamas, ‘the invincible,’ aptly describes the permanence of this crystallized form of carbon.  Pure diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance known.  The Encyclopedia Britannica describes, “On a weight basis, carbon is 19th in order of elemental abundance in the crust of the Earth, and there are estimated to be 3.5 times as many carbon atoms as silicon atoms in the universe. Only hydrogen, helium, oxygen, neon, and nitrogen are atomically more abundant in the cosmos than carbon.”  Encyclopedia summarizes that originally in the universe, carbon has been produced by a nuclear reaction involving helium atoms, “Carbon is the cosmic product of the ‘burning’ of helium in which three helium nuclei, atomic number 4, fuse to produce a carbon nucleus, atomic number 12.”2  Life as we know it would not be possible without carbon.  The Encyclopedia Britannica describes:

“More than 1,000,000 carbon compounds have been described in chemical literature, and chemists synthesize many new ones each year. Much of the diversity and complexity of organic forms is due to the capacity of carbon atoms for bonding with each other in various chain and ring structures and three-dimensional conformations, as well as for linking with other atoms. Indeed, carbon’s compounds are so numerous, complex, and important that their study constitutes a specialized field of chemistry called organic chemistry, which derives its name from the fact that in the 19th century most of the then-known carbon compounds were considered to have originated in living organisms.”3

The life as we know it would not be possible without water and carbon, yet there was no carbon around at all for tens of millions of years after the Big Bang.  Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee write in their book Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe:
“The cosmic choreography that led to the formation of Earth, all other bodies in the Universe, and (ultimately) life began with the Big Bang, the very ‘beginning of time.’ The Big Bang is what nearly all physicists and astronomers believe is the actual origin of universe. Born in an instant, the entire universe started out as an environment of incredible heat and density, but subsequent expansion led to rapid cooling and more rarefied conditions. During the first half-hour, conditions existed that produced most of the atoms that are still the major building blocks of the stars-mainly hydrogen and helium, atoms that make up over 99% of the normal (visible) matter in the universe. In itself however, the Big Bang generated little chemical diversity. It gave us little or nothing beyond hydrogen, helium, and lithium to fill the periodic table. It did not produce oxygen, magnesium, silicon, iron, and sulfur, the elements that constitute more than 96% of the mass of our planet. It did not produce carbon, a chemically unique element whose versatile ability to form complex molecules is the basis for all known life. But the Big Bang did produce the raw material (hydrogen) from which all heavier and more interesting elements would later form.”4
The simple fusion process of hydrogen changing into helium is the secret of the stars. It is the reason why the night sky is not dark, the reason why Earth’s surface is not frozen, and the reason why planets can exist; it is the energy source that powers life on Earth. This process commonly occurs inside stars, but it was also the major nuclear reaction in the Big Bang. In stars the fusion of hydrogen to yield helium provides a critical long-term energy source. In addition to being the first nuclear reaction to produce new elements, the formation of helium from hydrogen (thermonuclear fusion) has handed advanced life a double-edged sword. On the one hand, fusion is the only known process that could be used in future reactors to provide truly long-term energy sources for advanced civilizations. The sun has continued to provide solar energy to the earth, by thermonuclear fusion for its 4.5 billion years of existence and will continue to do the same for billions of years to come.  But the same life bestowing thermonuclear fusion cannot be happening on the planets that harbor life.  So, on the other hand, bombs based on the fusion of hydrogen are one of the surest means of destroying advanced life forms completely on our planet earth on a wide scale.  In the early universe we had only few elements, mostly hydrogen and helium.  Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee explain that we did not have any carbon for a period of over 2 billion years after the Big Bang:
“The fusion of hydrogen to form helium was the end of the road for element production during the Big Bang. The key process that would lead from helium to the production of heavier elements could not occur under the conditions that prevailed in the early Universe. When the temperature was high enough to produce them, the spatial density of atoms was too low and the reaction rates too small. Thus it was not possible for Earth-like planets to form in the early Universe, because their formation depends on elements heavier than helium. During the first 15% of the age of the Universe, a period of over 2 billion years, stars could form, but there was not enough dust and rocks for them to have terrestrial planets. When modern telescopes are used to observe more and more distant objects, we are actually seeing further and further back into the early history of the Universe. If it were possible to detect life with a telescope, we would observe a ‘dead zone’ beyond a certain distance beyond a certain time, that is, when the Universe was without life or planets or even the elements to produce them.”5
One needs to glance at the Periodic Table and how it mentions the number of electrons in each element and their atomic weight and how each individual element relates to other elements.  One needs to glance at hydrogen, helium, carbon and oxygen especially to grasp the rest of the story.

Eulogizing the inherent organization of the periodic table, Thomas David Parks writes in an article, Plain water will tell you the story:

“Probably to a chemist the periodic arrangement of the elements is the most arresting. One of the first things a freshman chemistry student learns is the periodicity or order found in the elements. This order has been variously described and classified but we usually credit Mendeleev, the Russian chemist of the last century, with our periodic table. Not only did this arrangement provide a means of studying the known elements and their compounds but it also gave impetus to the search for those elements which had not yet been discovered. Their very existence was postulated by vacant spaces in the orderly arrangement of the table.
Chemists today still use the periodic table to aid them in their study of reactions and to predict properties of unknown or new compounds. That they have been successful is sound testimony to the fact that beautiful order exists in the inorganic world.”6 7
To understand the process of manufacturing of carbon and complexities involved let us turn again to Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee:
“Carbon formation requires three helium atoms (nuclei) to collide at essentially the same time: a three-way collision. What actually happens is that two helium atoms collide to form the beryllium-8 isotope, and then, within a tenth of a femtosecond (1/10,000,000,000,000,000 second) before this highly radioactive isotope decays, it must collide with and react with a third helium nucleus to produce carbon. Carbon has a nucleus composed of six protons and six neutrons, the cumulative contents of three helium atoms. Once carbon had been made, however, heavier and heavier elements could be formed. The production of heavier and more interesting elements occurred in the fiery cores of stars where temperatures ranged from 10 million to over 100 million degrees Celsius. The sun is currently producing only helium, but in the future, in the last 10% of its lifetime, it will produce all of the elements from helium to bismuth, the heaviest nonradioactive element in nature. Elements heavier than bismuth are all radioactive, and most are produced by the decay of uranium and thorium. The elements heavier than bismuth were produced in the cores of stars ten times more massive than the sun that underwent supernova explosions, dramatic events in which a star brightens by a factor of 100 billion over a period of a few days.”8
So, what is the great difficulty in three helium atoms combining to yield an atom of carbon?  Paul Davies explains:
“After beryllium, carbon is the next-heaviest element. It has six protons and six neutrons. Could it be that stars have found a way to vault over lithium and beryllium and go straight from helium to carbon? This would require three helium nuclei to come together at the same moment. The proton and neutron arithmetic (3 x 2 x 2 = 6 + 6) works out correctly, and the end product would be stable carbon nuclei. Because more protons are involved in a triple nuclear encounter than in the original hydrogen fusion, the electrical repulsion is correspondingly greater, so the temperature must be higher to overcome it and allow the nuclei to get close enough for the shortrange strong nuclear force to act. That isn’t a problem: by further contracting, a star’s core can raise the temperature to a high enough level. There is, however, a fundamental difficulty with the reaction itself. The likelihood of three helium nuclei coming together at the same place and the same time is tiny. To be sure, they don’t have to arrive at exactly the same moment; two helium nuclei could first form a very unstable nucleus of beryllium, and before it fell apart a third helium nucleus might slam into it. But at first sight the numbers look very unfavorable, with a typical beryllium nucleus disintegrating too quickly to give a third helium nucleus a decent chance to hit it. On the face of it, then, that route to carbon seems to be blocked too.”9
To elaborate further the detailed and complex process of evolution of the stars, let me quote Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee again:
“The matter produced in the Big Bang was enriched in heavier elements by cycling in and out of stars. Like biological entities, stars form, evolve, and die. In the process of their death, stars ultimately become compact objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or even black holes. On their evolutionary paths to these ends, they eject matter back into space, where it is recycled and further enriched in heavy elements. New stars rise from the ashes of the old. This is why we say that each of the individual atoms in Earth and in all of its creatures-including us-has occupied the interior of at least a few different stars. Just before the sun formed, the atoms that would form Earth and the other planets existed in the form of interstellar dust and gas. Concentration of this interstellar matter formed a nebular cloud, which itself then condensed into the sun, its planets, and their moons.”10
Paul Davies describes the unusual circumstances that are needed for the helium atoms to merge, leading to the creation of carbon in the following words in his book, Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life:
“The carbon story left a deep impression on Hoyle. He realized that if it weren’t for the coincidence that a nuclear resonance exists at just the right energy, there would be next to no carbon in the universe, and probably no life. The energy at which the carbon resonance occurs is determined by the interplay between the strong nuclear force and the electromagnetic force. If the strong force were slightly stronger or slightly weaker (by maybe as little as 1 percent), then the binding energies of the nuclei would change and the arithmetic of the resonance wouldn’t add up; the universe might very well be devoid of life and go unobserved.
What are we to make of this? When Hoyle drew attention to this issue, the orthodox view was that the strength of the nuclear force is simply ‘given’ – it is a ‘free parameter,’ the value of which is not determined by any theory but must be measured by experiment. A common response was to shrug the matter aside with the comment ‘The value it has is the value it has, and if it had been different, we wouldn’t be here to worry about it.’ But that attitude seems a bit unsatisfactory. We can certainly imagine a universe in which the form of the strong force law is the same but the actual strength of the force is different, just as we can imagine a world in which gravity is a little stronger or weaker but otherwise obeys the same laws. The fact that the value of the strong and electromagnetic forces in atomic nuclei are ‘just right’ for life (like Goldilocks’ porridge) cries out for explanation.”11
In the above quote, Paul Davies has drawn our attention to the absolute value of the strong force and the electromagnetic forces, and how they are neither too high and nor too low, just about right to make our earth and the universe suitable for life or biophilic.  The attention to the complex details draws our attention to the Providence of God, as the Holy Quran says, “You see not any imperfection in the creation of the Gracious God.  Return your gaze, do you see any flaw.   Then return your gaze again and again.  Your gaze comes back to you dazzled, perplexed and fatigued, having found no incongruity.” (Al Quran 67:4-5)  So, what are the strong and electromagnetic forces that are conspiring to give ‘Goldilocks’ porridge,’ in the nuclei?   According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:
“Strong force is a fundamental interaction of nature that acts between subatomic particles of matter. The strong force binds quarks together in clusters to make more-familiar subatomic particles, such as protons and neutrons. It also holds together the atomic nucleus and underlies interactions between all particles containing quarks.

The strong force originates in a property known as colour. This property, which has no connection with colour in the visual sense of the word, is somewhat analogous to electric charge. Just as electric charge is the source of electromagnetism, or the electromagnetic force, so colour is the source of the strong force. Particles without colour, such as electrons and other leptons, do not ‘feel’ the strong force; particles with colour, principally the quarks, do ‘feel’ the strong force. Quantum chromodynamics, the quantum field theory describing strong interactions, takes its name from this central property of colour.”12

Unlike the gravitational force the strong force increases with increasing distance, ‘As the distance between two quarks increases, the force between them increases rather as the tension does in a piece of elastic as its two ends are pulled apart. Eventually the elastic will break, yielding two pieces.’13 The strong force falls sharply to zero beyond about a ten-trillionth of a centimeter, which is roughly the size of an atomic nucleus, so only by getting very close will protons come under its influence. When they do, the nuclear force is strong enough to overwhelm the longer-ranged electrical repulsion.14  Mark Mahin in his book, the new scientific case for God’s existence, has explained the issues at hand in regards to the strong force and the electromagnetic forces in detail.  He writes pertaining to the strong force:
“Protons and neutrons are the two types of nucleons; they are called nucleons because they are found in the nucleus of the atom. If two nucleons are separated by a hundred billionth of a centimeter, there is very little mutual attraction between them. Yet when two nucleons are separated by a distance of less than a ten trillionth of a centimeter, they feel an extremely strong force of attraction. This force between nucleons is called the strong nuclear force or the strong force. After the appearance of the theory that protons and neutrons are composed of quarks, some physicists suggested that the force binding nucleons is only a remnant of the much stronger force binding quarks. In this book when I refer to the value of the strong force constant I mean only the strength of the force binding nucleons. This force is about 1011 times stronger than the gravitational force.

During the first few minutes after the expansion of the universe began, roughly 25 percent of all hydrogen was converted into helium. A number of scientists have said that if the strong force had been only a few percent stronger, essentially all of the universe’s hydrogen would have been converted into helium.  In such a case intelligent life would not exist in our universe, for three reasons. First, there would be no water; for water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen. It has often been said that water is probably necessary for the evolution of life anywhere; for no other waterless liquid is even half as suitable for biological purposes. Second, hydrogen is a crucial element in the proteins and nucleic acids needed for life. Third, if all hydrogen had been converted into helium early in the universe’s history, stars like the sun would never have existed. Only relatively short-lived stars made of helium could have existed. It took over three billion years for life on our planet to evolve from the most primitive level to the level of man, and if all stars were relatively short-lived, intelligent life would probably never have evolved. According to some scientists, if the strong force had always been more than a few percent greater, protons would not have formed from quarks. In such a case there would be none of the atoms needed for life. So if the strong force constant had always had a value greater than twice its actual value, intelligent life would not exist in our universe.

Things also would have been very different if the strong force had always been much weaker. The strong force of attraction between protons is roughly 100 times greater than the electromagnetic repulsion between them. If the strong force constant had a value less than a hundredth of its actual value, protons would not stay together in the cores of atoms, and there would be no living things (there would not even be any rocks). So if the strong force constant had always had a value less than a hundredth of its actual value or more than twice its actual value, intelligent life would not exist in our universe. In other words, intelligent life would not exist in our universe if the strong force constant did not have a value between .01f and 2f.  Here I use f as a symbol for the actual value of the strong force constant-that is, the strength of the attractive force between nucleons, which is about 1011 times greater than the gravitational force.”15

It is not only the strong force and the electromagnetic force that are finely tuned but almost every force known to mankind appears to be manipulated to make the universe biophilic.  Pertaining to the lengthy details about electromagnetic forces please see the actual work of Mark Mahin in his book the new scientific case for God’s existence.  Paul Davies writes about the weak forces:
“The weak force is implicated in the carbon story, not only in the manufacturing the carbon but also in disseminating it.  The carbon atoms inside your body were forged inside a star, some billions of years ago.  How did they end up on earth?  A good way for a star to divest itself of carbon is by exploding.

If the weak force were weaker, the neutrinos will lack the punch to create this explosion.  If it were stronger, the neutrinos would react more vigorously with the stellar core and wouldn’t escape to deliver their blow to the outer layers.  Either way, the dissemination of carbon and other heavy elements needed for life via the process would be compromised.”16

No wonder, Stephen Hawking said, “The odds against a universe like ours emerging out of something like the Big Bang are enormous.  I think there are clearly religious implications.”17 Professor Dawkins may find it convenient to ignore what Mark Mahin or I have written.  But he certainly cannot casually dismiss the writing of Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, who is an English cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004. He became President of the Royal Society in December 2005.  He writes in his book Our Cosmic Habitat:
“A universe hospitable to life–what we might call a biophilic universe–has to be very special in many ways. The prerequisites for any life–long-lived stable stars, a periodic table of atoms with complex chemistry, and so on–are sensitive to physical laws and could not have emerged from a Big Bang with a recipe that was even slightly different. Many recipes would lead to stillborn universes with no atoms, no chemistry, and no planets; or to universes too short lived or too empty to allow anything to evolve beyond sterile uniformity. This distinctive and special-seeming recipe seems to me a fundamental mystery that should not be brushed aside merely as a brute fact.”18
Professor Richard Dawkins may also recall, that he had adequately defined ‘complicated thing’ in his book, the Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design:

“A complicated thing is one whose existence we do not feel inclined to take for granted, because it is too ‘improbable’. It could not have come into existence in a single act of chance. We shall explain its coming into existence as a consequence of gradual, cumulative, step-by-step transformations from simpler things, from primordial objects sufficiently simple to have come into being by chance. Just as ‘big-step reductionism’ cannot work as an explanation of mechanism, and must be replaced by a series of small step-by-step peelings down through the hierarchy, so we can’t explain a complex thing as originating in a single step. We must again resort to a series of small steps, this time arranged sequentially in time.”19

One would hope that given the above explanation of carbon, Dawkins will not want to be pompous and obscurantist and will stop calling stones ‘simple things.’ Dawkins might believe that ‘multiverse,’ concept may come to his rescue.  Multiverse is the main ploy of the atheists to wriggle out of the evidence of the finely tuned universe.  Antony Flew explains, “This fine tuning has been explained in two ways.  Some scientists have said the fine tuning is evidence for divine design; many others have speculated that our universe is one of multiple others—a ‘multiverse’—with the difference that ours happened to have the right conditions for life.  Virtually no major scientist today claims that the fine tuning was purely a result of chance factors at work in a single universe.”20

A true scientific explanation, says Paul Davies, is like a single well-aimed bullet. The idea of a multiverse replaces the rationally ordered real world with an infinitely complex charade and makes the whole idea of ‘explanation’ meaningless.21  Richard Swinburne is just as strong in his disdain for the multiverse explanation: “It is crazy to postulate a trillion (causally unconnected) universes to explain the features of one universe, when postulating one entity (God) will do the job.”22


Indeed in the creation of the Heavens and of the earth, and in the alternation of the night and of the day, are there signs for men of understanding. They who, standing, sitting or reclining, bear Allah in mind and reflect on the creation of the Heavens and of the earth, saying: ‘O our Lord! You have not created this in vain.’ (Al Quran 3:189-190).

Click here to read and view the Debate: Does the Universe have a purpose?

Most agnostic or atheist scientists are witness to the above verses of the Holy Quran, from Sura Al Imran, when they see the order, beauty and complexity in the Universe.  For example Baron John Rees, President of the Royal Society of UK writes in his book, Just Six Numbers: the Deep Forces That Shape the Universe describes:

“I have highlighted these six because each plays a crucial and distinctive role in our universe, and together they determine how the universe evolves and what its internal potentialities are; moreover, three of them (those that pertain to the large-scale universe) are only now being measured with any precision.

These six numbers constitute a ‘recipe’ for a universe. Moreover, the outcome is sensitive to their values: if anyone of them were to be ‘untuned’, there would be no stars and no life. Is this tuning just a brute fact, a coincidence? Or is it the providence of a benign Creator?”23

To drive home the full force of the fine tuning of these six numbers from physics, Martin Rees further quotes a very useful metaphor:
“There are various ways of reacting to the apparent fine tuning of our six numbers.  One hard-headed response is that we couldn’t exist if these numbers weren’t adjusted in the appropriate ‘special’ way: we manifestly are here, so there’s nothing to be surprise about.  Many scientists take this line, but it certainly leaves me unsatisfied.  I‘m impressed by a metaphor given by the Canadian philosopher John Leslie. Suppose you are facing a firing squad. Fifty marksmen take aim, but they all miss. If they hadn’t all missed, you wouldn’t have survived to ponder the matter. But you wouldn’t just leave it at that – you’d still be baffled, and would seek some further reason for your good fortune.”24
But as most of these authors do not believe in accountability or hereafter, in other words deny the last portion of the above quoted verses, ‘Holy art Thou; save us, then, from the punishment of the Fire,’ their thinking is vulnerable to go astray. When we read the above verses in totality they read:
“Indeed in the creation of the Heavens and of the earth, and in the alternation of the night and of the day, are there signs for men of understanding. They who, standing, sitting or reclining, bear Allah in mind and reflect on the creation of the Heavens and of the earth, saying: ‘O our Lord! You have not created this in vain; nay, Holy art Thou; save us, then, from the punishment of the Fire.’” (Al Quran 3:189-190).
It is denial of accountability, by the atheist scientists and their preconceived conclusions about atheism that make them weave artificial explanation for the order, beauty and organization that they have observed in the universe and in the living organisms on our planet earth.  Now watch how Baron Martin Rees starts manufacturing smoke screens in the concluding chapter of the book that I am quoting here.  The chapter is titled, Coincidence, providence—or multiverse, he writes trying to be an apologetic for concept of ‘multiverse’:
“Some people may be inclined to dismiss such concepts (multiverse) as ‘metaphysics’ (a damning put-down from a physicist’s viewpoint). But I think the multiverse genuinely lies within the province of science, even though it is plainly still no more than a tentative hypothesis. This is because we can already map out what questions must be addressed in order to put it on a more credible footing; more importantly (since any good scientific theory must be vulnerable to being refuted), we can envisage some developments that might rule out the concept.”25
He chooses to put multiverse genuinely in the province of science while the multiverse is by definition outside of our universe and there is no hope of us ever studying or observing it, except in make belief stories.  He knows it himself also as a little bit later he confesses, “These universes would never be directly observable; we couldn’t even meaningfully say whether they existed ‘before’, ‘after’ or ‘alongside’ our own.”26

In summary, the processes leading to the formation of what Dawkins calls ‘simple things,’ are hugely complex and unusual and the assumption that they do not require an explanation is presumptuous.  Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee explain:

“The near-ideal nature of Earth as a cradle of life can be seen in its prehistory, its origin, its chemical composition, and its early evolution. What are the most important factors that allowed Earth to support advanced life? Earth has offered (1) at least trace amounts of carbon and other important life-forming elements, (2) water on or near the surface, (3) an appropriate atmosphere, (4) a very long period of stability during which the mean surface temperature has allowed liquid water to exist on its surface, and (5) a rich abundance of heavy elements in its core and sprinkled throughout its crust and mantle regions.
Earth is actually the final product of an elaborate sequence of events that occurred over time span of some 15 billion years, three times the age earth itself.  Some of these events have predictable outcomes, whereas others are more chaotic, the final outcome controlled by chance. The evolutionary path that led to life included element formation in the Big Bang and in stars, explosions of stars, formation of interstellar clouds, formation of the solar system, assembly of Earth, and the complex evolution of the planet’s interior, surface, oceans, and atmosphere. If some god-like being could be given the opportunity to plan a sequence of events with the express goal of duplicating our ‘Garden of Eden,’ that power would face a formidable task. With the best intentions, but limited by natural laws and materials, it is unlikely that Earth could ever be truly replicated. Too many processes in its formation involved sheer luck. Earth-like planets could certainly be made, but each outcome would differ in critical ways. This is well illustrated by the fantastic variety of planets and satellites that formed in the solar system. They all started with similar building materials, but the final products are vastly different from each other. Just as the more familiar evolution of animal life involved many evolutionary pathways with complex and seemingly random branch points, the physical events that led to the formation and evolution of the physical Earth also required an intricate set of nearly irreproducible circumstances.”27
With every passing year more and more information has pooled to suggest that there aught to be a Creator for this universe.  Some of this information is discussed in this article and much more is documented in the form of short book reviews and some videos in theFebruary 2010, Al-Islam eGazette:
The human condition is, as Plato would make Socrates say in the Republic (7.514a ff.), comparable to that of prisoners of an underground cave, whose unfortunate fate is to confuse reality with passing shadows created by a fire inside their miserable abode and kept in motion by clever manipulators, who in the name of politics, religion, science, and tradition control the human herd.   This is the drama that the atheist scientists have played on the masses, in the last two centuries.

Dawkins is able to see the beauty and organization in biology, as he confesses in the Blind Watchmaker, commenting on the famous book of Reverend William Paley, “One thing I shall not do is belittle the wonder of the living ‘watches’ that so inspired Paley. On the contrary, I shall try to illustrate my feeling that here Paley could have gone even further. When it comes to feeling awe over living ‘watches’ I yield to nobody.”28  He further concedes describing the beauty of bats, “We shall look at a particular example and shall conclude that, when it comes to complexity and beauty of design, Paley hardly even began to state the case.”29  It is time for Dawkins and like to stop hiding behind the smoke screens of ‘multiverse’ universe and confess that the very building materials of all life forms on our planet, especially carbon, demand that there ought to be a Creator!

I conclude in the words of the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as he describes the purpose of human life and nature of human brain in his book Hakika Tul Wahee (Essence of Revelation):
“Let it be clear that man has been created with the ultimate purpose to recognize his Creator.  Man is supposed to have full awareness of his Creator and to understand His attributes to a level that his cognizance reaches a degree of certainty.  Therefore, Allah has designed the human mind with two different talents.  On the one hand, he has been given intellectual abilities.  As a result of these abilities he is able to study Allah’s creations, and by observing divine purpose in every particle of nature, by studying the organization and order in the natural systems of the universe, he is able to fully realize that this elaborate infra-structure of the earth and the heaven cannot be by itself, without a creator.  He can conclude that there should be a Designer and a Maker of all this!

On the other hand Allah has gifted man with spiritual powers and perceptions as well.  This dual gift from Allah is for the reason, that, whatever limitations and short comings are left from the domain of intellectual capacity should be satisfied with the spiritual abilities.  It is obvious that intellectual abilities given to man are only able to study the earth and the heaven and observing individual details declare that this profound and organized universe should have a creator.  It is beyond the capacity of the intellectual abilities to go further and declare that such a Creator of this universe does exist!  It is not within their scope to announce that there is indeed such a Maker!”30

The role of revelation in human affairs is subject of a different article: Al Aleem God: The Bestower of true Dreams.

Additional Readings:

Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God

Richard Dawkins’ tweets on Islam are as rational as the rants of an extremist Muslim cleric

Richard Dawkins and the Unbearable Smugness of Tweeting

Is Richard Dawkins Really the World’s Leading Intellectual?

Richard Dawkins, ‘Islamophobia’ and the atheist movement

New Atheists Attacked by Fellow Secularists for ‘Islamophobia’

Richard Dawkins’ anti-Islam/anti-Muslim propaganda exposed: The facts

Atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris Propagating Populist and Crude Hatred of Islam

Richard Dawkins Stands in Awe of Nature but Cannot Seem to See Under the Surface

Richard Dawkins Follows Prophet Muhammad’s Teaching on Freedom

Dawkins’ False Papal Fatwa: ‘Einstein was a Pantheist and not a Deist?’


[1] Richard Dawkins.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.  WW Norton & Company, 1996.  Page 1.

[2] “carbon (C).” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 08 Dec. 2009.

[3] “carbon (C).” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 08 Dec. 2009.

[4] Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee.  Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe. Copernicus Books, 2000.  Page 38.

[5] Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee.  Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe. Copernicus Books, 2000.  Page 39.

[6] This article is published in a book the Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe edited by John Clover Monsma, published in 1958.


[8] Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee.  Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe. Copernicus Books, 2000.  Page 40.

[9] Paul Davies.  Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.  Page 135.

[10] Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee.  Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe. Copernicus Books, 2000.  Page 43-44.

[11] Paul Davies.  Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.  Page 138.

[12] “strong force.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 09 Dec. 2009.

[13] “strong force.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 09 Dec. 2009.

[14] Paul Davies.  Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.  Page 134.

[15] Mark Mahin.  The new scientific case for God’s existence.  Mindlifter Press, Boston, 1985. Pages 56-58.

[16] Paul Davies.  Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.  Page 140-141.

[17] J Boslough.  Stephen Hawkings universe.  William Morrow, New York, 985.  Page 121.

[18] Martin Rees.  Our Cosmic Habitat.  Princeton University Press, 2001.  Page xvi of prologue.

[19] Richard Dawkins.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.  WW Norton & Company, 1996.  Page 14.

[20] Antony Flew. There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. Harper One, 2007.  Page 115.

[21] Paul Davies, “Universes Galore: Where Will It All End?”

[22] Richard Swinburne, “Design Defended,” Think (Spring 2004): page 17.

[23] John Rees.  Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.  Basic Books, 2000.  Page 4.

[24] John Rees.  Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.  Basic Books, 2000.  Page 165-166.

[25] John Rees.  Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.  Basic Books, 2000.  Page 166-167.

[26] John Rees.  Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.  Basic Books, 2000.  Page 168.

[27] Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee.  Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe. Copernicus Books, 2000.  Page 36-37.

[28] Richard Dawkins.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.  WW Norton & Company, 1996.  Page 5.

[29] Richard Dawkins.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.  WW Norton & Company, 1996.  Page 21.

[30] Promised Messiahas.  Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, pp. 7-8.

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Pope visits Al-Aqsa, calls for end of Israeli occupation

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pope Francis on Monday visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

The pontiff was welcomed by Prince Ghazi bin Mohamed, the Jordanian king’s personal representative and special adviser on religious matters, whose country is overseeing all Muslim and Christian religious sites in Al-Quds since the 1950s.

A host of Palestinian dignitaries, topped by Al-Quds Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, were also on hand.

The pope toured the Dome of the Rock Mosque with Prince Ghazi giving a presentation, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

Israeli authorities prevented Muslim worshippers from performing the Fajr (dawn) prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a few hours before the visit.pope_mosque



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Breaking News: An other Ahmadi Doctor is martyred!


Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed

Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed


An other picture of Shaheed.

An other picture of Shaheed.

According to news Dr Mehdi Ali of USA who came for Waqfe Arzi at Tahir Heart has scummed to his injuries caused due to bullets fired at him in front of Bahishti Maqbra Rabwha-Pakistan.  He went to Bahishti Maqbara to offer prayers with his family.  Innah lillah wa innah elahe rajeoon. Details awaited about this Shahadat.

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That ‘earthquake’ in Europe?

Source: CNN

(CNN) — Far-right parties appear poised to secure a stronger foothold in the European Parliament after a vote that France’s Prime Minister described as an “earthquake.”

France’s far-right National Front party was projected to win a nationwide election for the first time on Sunday following the parliamentary vote, French media reported, citing exit poll results.

Right-wing parties also gained ground in Denmark and Austria, according to projections posted on the European Parliament’s official elections website.

Voters across Europe have been casting ballots for days in the parliamentary vote. There are 751 seats from 28 countries up for grabs.


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Maple Motorcyclist killed in crash


Motorcyclist killed in Vaughan crash

Ornge air ambulance - Teston Road

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after a serious crash in Vaughan, May 24, 2014.


Motorcycle Crash Vaughan Motorcycle involved in the fatal crash


An motorcyclist has died after a motorcycle crash in Maple, Vaughan, York police say.

The single-vehicle crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday on Teston Road just west of Highway 400. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was airlifted to the hospital.

York police said the man lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree. Roads in the area were closed for hours while police investigated.

TMT – Our heartfelt condolences to Shaheed’s parents and wife. He was a resident of Peace Village. To Allah we belong and to him we all return……………….. Inna lillahe wa inna elahay rajenoon May Allah bless his soul, and keep him in eternalpeace. amen

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International Press Surprised By Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV Election Loss

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

Source: Dutch News

The international press is concentrating its coverage of the Dutch EU elections on the loss sustained by Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV, the FD reports.

The British Daily Telegraph sees the defeat of the PVV as a surprising turn of events after earlier polls, and points out that the party lost out to pro-European parties.

Reuters headlines its article: Far right suffers Dutch surprise. It calls the loss of seats (down from five to three) ‘an unexpected defeat’ for Wilders ‘who was leading in the polls for months’.

The French newspaper Le Monde calls the result ‘a bad score for the Dutch extreme right’. The paper thinks Wilders’ chant of ‘do you want more or fewer Moroccans’ is a possible reason.

Read more: Dutch News

Additional Reading

Book Review: EXTREMIST: A Response to Geert Wilders & Terrorists Everywhere

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Real Madrid swamps Atletico t win Champions League final

The Star 2014/05/25

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Real Madrid's victory over Atletico in the Champions League final on Saturday in Lisbon.

Shaun Botterill / GETTY IMAGES

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico in the Champions League final on Saturday in Lisbon.

LISBON, PORTUGAL—Real Madrid’s record 10th European title will be written down as a seemingly convincing 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.

In reality, “La Decima” was a lot harder to come by.

Atletico was minutes away from its first Champions League title Saturday when Sergio Ramos began Real’s comeback by heading in the equalizer in injury time. Real then broke down Atletico’s resistance with three goals in the last period of extra time to create an unfairly lopsided score.

“It’s the most important goal I’ve ever scored,” Sergio Ramos said of his game-changing strike. “We made history against a great rival.”

As Atletico faded, Gareth Bale scored the winning goal with a header in the 110th minute, before Marcelo slotted in the third in the 118th and Cristiano Ronaldo polished off the win with a penalty at the end.

“Madrid was better,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who lost his temper toward the end after failing to complete a La Liga-Champions League title double. “They were able to get out on the break and that hurt our chances.”

Diego Godin had put Atletico ahead when his 36th-minute header looped into a Real goal left vacant by captain and veteran goalkeeper Casillas’ reckless rush out.

Atletico — which had to substitute striker Diego Costa early in the first half — then simply wore out in extra time as the team failed to follow up on the Spanish league title it secured last weekend.

Had Atletico held on for its first European title, Ronaldo and Bale would have shared some of the blame for a series of missed chances in the 90 minutes.

Instead, the star forwards added to their storied club’s illustrious history in club football’s most prestigious competition.

“I’ve learned from past experiences to keep going, to forget about the chances you miss and keep persevering,” Bale said. “The celebrations of the crowd meant everything to me.”

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti also ties the record with three European Cup victories as a coach, after winning in 2003 and ’07 with AC Milan. The Italian becomes the fifth coach to win with two different clubs.

“The hardest thing was to tie the game because it was so tough for us at that point,” Ancelotti said. “They suffocated the space and were doing it so well. The goal gave us strength.”

Casillas also won his third Champions League title, being the only player remaining from the club’s previous 2000 and ‘02 victories.

After Ramos’ goal made up for his own mistake, Casillas ran deep into Atletico’s half to share a long celebratory hug with Marcelo.

Bale’s decisive goal sparked wilder celebrations, while Ronaldo pulled off his shirt before provoking tempers with a muscle-flexing pose after scoring his penalty — extending his record for a Champions League season to 17 goals.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone — known for his fiery temper — came on the pitch for a second time in extra time in the final minutes and confronted Real defender Raphael Varane after he kicked the ball toward the Atletico bench. Simeone had to be restrained by his own staff and was sent to the stands.

“He’s a young player with a bright future, hopefully he learns,” Simeone said.

For pulling off his shirt, Ronaldo earned one of 12 yellow cards shown by referee Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands in an often physical match.

Ronaldo and Bale were both sent tumbling by tough tackles within three minutes, but it was Atletico’s 36-goal forward Costa who had to quit early.

Costa hobbled off after just nine minutes, making it clear that the gamble by coach Diego Simeone to put him in the starting lineup had backfired. Costa also exited last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Spanish league decider and received a horse placenta treatment on his right hamstring in midweek.

Four minutes after Bale wasted Real’s best early chance, scooping a left-foot shot wide from 12 metres (yards), Godin made Real pay.

Casillas charged from his line when Juanfran lifted a high ball toward the penalty spot, and was stranded when Godin rose to loop a header toward the empty goal. The ball crossed the goal line before the veteran ‘keeper could swipe it away.

In a second half of increasingly hectic Real attacks, Ronaldo tested Thibaut Courtois with a curling free kick but was off target with a pair of headers.

Bale was guilty of a series of miscued shots with the outside of his left boot, and a handball in the Atletico penalty area that added to Real fans’ frustrations.

Atletico was less than two minutes from the title when its tough defensive line was finally breached by Ramos’ sixth goal in seven games, including two in the semifinal against defending champion Bayern Munich.

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Of Islam, Boko Haram and sexual slavery

Daily Times: Most victors would take the women from the enemy ranks as slaves, rape and torture or even kill them. However, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) did not allow any of this. He allowed the female captives to earn their freedom

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram recently kidnapped more than 200 young girls, allegedly to sell into sexual slavery. Extremist Muslim clerics and extreme critics of Islam have long shared the conviction — amongst some others — that Islam allows keeping slaves, at least in certain circumstances, and permits their rape. This myth is unfounded. Slavery was the norm in the Arabia that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) opened his eyes in. Anyone who could afford to buy a slave, kept one. Unfortunately, these slaves — especially girls — had no dignified status in society. They were bought and sold like property. They were overworked, abused and looked down upon as inferior beings.

Deeply troubled by this social injustice, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) set out to emancipate slaves. He did not do this with the stroke of a pen. Letting the slaves go free, having to fend for themselves, be homeless and form isolated settlements would not ensure equal rights and status. Instead, he embraced them, assimilated them into society and made them useful contributors to the growing Muslim community. He uplifted them and ousted their inferiority complex. He instructed the Muslims to free the slaves who could stand on their own feet and forbade slave trade at all costs. He taught that all humans were equal and so it was not proper to address a slave with that word. He said: “Let none of you call out to his slave saying, ‘My slave boy!’ or ‘My slave girl!’ nor let a slave call out to his master saying, ‘My Lord!’ but let the master call out to the slave saying, ‘My young man!’ or ‘My young woman!’ and let the slave call out to the master as ‘My chief!’”

Islam offered many ways for former slaves to be incorporated into society. One such means was marriage. No Arab noble would have ever conceived of marrying a slave but Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) broke this taboo with his own example. He inspired a new way of thinking in Arab society. He taught: “He who has a slave girl, educates and treats her nicely and then marries her will get a double reward.”

While Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was starting a social revolution in Arabia, he found himself in a very hostile environment. Muslims were persecuted for over a decade in Mecca. They were boycotted, thrown out of the city and forced to migrate to Medina. Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) enemies were persistent. They pursued him there as well. Just two years after his immigration, a 1,000-man strong army marched out of Mecca with the intent to finish the Muslims forever. It was at this time that fighting was first permitted in self-defence (2:190). The Muslims, only 300 in number, defended themselves and won this battle decisively at Badr. Muslims had to counter many more offensives. Thus, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) laid down clear rules and regulations for warfare. No women, children, elderly, monks, worship places and trees, for example, were to be hurt during fighting.


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Egypt’s New Strongman

Source: NY Times:

CAIRO — Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former army officer soon to be Egypt’s president, promises to remedy Egypt’s crippling fuel shortage by installing energy-efficient bulbs in every home socket, even if he has to send a government employee to screw in each one.

“I’m not leaving a chance for people to act on their own,” Mr. Sisi said in his first and most extensive television interview. “My program will be mandatory.”

Mr. Sisi, 59, disciplined and domineering, is universally expected to become Egypt’s head of state after a pro forma election scheduled to begin Monday. He has already been the nation’s paramount decision maker since he ousted Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last summer.




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Notable Female Leaders

Bio. —

Aside from their gender, female leaders don’t have much else in common. Some have brought peace to troubled lands, while others have strewn discontent. Some have been competent or brilliant, others inept or corrupt. They come from political positions ranging from arch-conservative to ultra-leftist and represent all the world’s religions.

Visit BIO’s Women’s History group for more lists of the world’s most fascinating women!


Golda Meir

Golda Meir

Golda Meir was best known as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel and the world’s third woman to hold the title.
  • (1898–1978)
Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

The first female prime minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher was a controversial figurehead of conservative ideology during her time in office.
  • (1925–2013)
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was India’s third prime minister, serving from 1966 until 1984, when her life ended in assassination. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.
  • (1917–1984)
Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I was the long-ruling queen of England, governing with relative stability and prosperity for 44 years. The Elizabethan era is named for her.
  • (1533–1603)
Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra VII

As queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is one of the most famous female rulers in history. The stories surrounding Cleopatra’s tragic life inspired a Shakespeare play.
  • (C. 69 BCE–C. 30 BCE)
Catherine II
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Pope Francis waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Source: N Y Times:

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Pope Francis waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace-making soon after arriving here on Sunday, issuing an extraordinary invitation to President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and President Shimon Peres of Israel to join him in his home in the Vatican for “a heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace.”


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Over 60% of US drone targets in Pakistan are homes – research

The CIA has been bombing Pakistan’s domestic buildings more than any other targets over the past decade of the drone war launched by the US, says the latest research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Almost two thirds, or over 60 percent, of all US drone strikes in Pakistan targeted domestic buildings, says joint research conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), a London-based non-profit news group, along with Forensic Architecture, a research unit based at Goldsmiths University, London, and Situ Research in New York.

The authors of the paper analyzed thousands of media reports, witness testimonies and field investigations to obtain the data on drone strikes in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

According to the study, at least 132 houses have been destroyed in more than 380 strikes over the past decade with at least 222 civilians being among the 1,500 or more people killed.



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Peres, Abbas accept papal invitation to pray for peace at Vatican

 The Jerusalem Post:

Pontiff extends invitation to Israeli, Palestinian Authority presidents a month after negotiations break down.
President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted on Sunday Pope Francis’ invitation to both leaders pray for peace at the Vatican.
“The president welcomes the pope’s initiative and says he appreciates any effort that is being made towards achieving peace between Israel and her neighbors,” a spokesperson for Peres said.



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NSA SPYING : Greenwald advocates Swiss asylum for whistleblower Snowden and agencies
May 24, 2014 – 11:47

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke revelations about spying by the United States government, says Switzerland should offer whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum and wouldn’t be punished for doing so. But he adds the Swiss are a partner in certain US spy operations.

“A stable, well-off and important country like Switzerland can take Snowden in,” Greenwald said in an interview with the Tages-Anzeiger and Der Bund newspapers, adding it was the responsibility of any country benefiting from Snowden’s revelations to offer him asylum.

Snowden, a former NSA contractor who fled the United States in June 2013 after leaking millions of documents revealing widespread domestic and international spy operations to Greenwald at The Guardian newspaper and to the Washington Post, is now living under asylum protection in Moscow. But his asylum permit runs out in August.

Although he believes Switzerland has an obligation to offer to take Snowden in, Greenwald said the NSA documents show the Swiss are second-tier partners for the US in spy operations, after English-speaking countries like Britain, Canada and Australia. Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said last year the Swiss had no role in the NSA’s operations.

“The US sees the Swiss as a monitoring partner,” Greenwald said, “for example, with regard to specific countries or in the supervision of certain regions or individual groups”.

Greenwald also said Snowden’s documents show the NSA is spying on the Swiss banking sector, but that “those documents need to be examined more closely”.

Parliament has indicated it wants to meet with Snowden to find out more about the implications of his revelations for Switzerland and to talk about asylum possibilities. But Greenwald says Snowden should make sure the deal isn’t one-sided.

“The question is whether Snowden should help countries that don’t want to help him,” he said. “If I were in his situation, I would think twice about whether I would talk to representatives from countries that wanted to take away my rights and help land me in prison.”


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Qur’an lesson for today: 131. Pilgrimage a source of cleansing

131. Pilgrimage a source of cleansing

[22:30] ‘Then let them accomplish their needful acts of cleansing, and fulfil their vows, and go around the Ancient House.’

[2:198] The months of the Hajj are well known; so whoever determines to perform the Pilgrimage in these months, should remember that there is to be no foul talk, nor any transgression, nor any quarrelling during the Pilgrimage. And whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And furnish yourselves with necessary provisions, and surely, the best provision is righteousness. And fear Me alone, O men of understanding.

Curtesy Amjad Tariq, Sydney

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eDigest: Pope urges end to “unacceptable” Israeli-Palestinian conflict


 And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud. (Al Quran 5:83)  

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the Pope at his palace

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the Pope at his palace

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Pope urges end to “unacceptable” Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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(CNN) – A year ago, President Obama delivered a speech at the National Defense University in Washington in which he made the case that it was time to wind down the “boundless global…

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Israel continues digging tunnels underneath Al-Aqsa mosque

PNN/Jerusalem The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf reported yesterday that the Israeli authorities have almost finished a network of tunnels underneath one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa mosque…

UN Panel Slams Vatican On Priest Sex Abuse, Citing Anti-Torture Treaty

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New bus ads in DC say Qu’ran promotes Jew hatred – A merit-less, dangerous accusation!

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UK: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association 5k Fun Run, Sunday 1st June, Kelvingrove Park

Source: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association 5k Fun Run is back!! Sunday 1st June, Kelvingrove Park The fourth annual AMYA 5k Fun Run takes place in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow…

“Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions” by Harris Zafar

Source: | Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim…

Who are the #Ahmadiyya Muslims?

Source: Introduction given by its founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), the Messiah & Mahdi.…

Nearly 300 runners for Ahmadiyya’s Bradford West Gwillimbury race

Source: Approximately 250-300 runners participated in the 4th annual Run for BWG today, a 3k and 5k event that raises funds for local services. The race was organized by and…

10 ways to become closer to God by Imam Shamshad A. Nasir

Source: Dear readers: here are 10 ways you can become closer to God. These were written 125 years ago by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,…

eDigest: Pope Francis arrives in Jordan today at start of Holy Land trip

Epigraph: Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with…

Islam Abhors Kidnapping

Source: The Malta Times By Laiq Ahmed Atif, who is president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta. The Gracious God will have mercy on those who are merciful. Have mercy on those…

Qur’an lesson for today: Commandment regarding Pilgrimage for going around Ancient House (Kabah)

130. Commandment regarding Pilgrimage for going around Ancient House (Kabah) [22:30] ‘Then let them accomplish their needful acts of cleansing, and fulfill their vows, and go around the Ancient House.’…

Applaud U.S. pragmatism on Hamas

May 21, 2014 12:11 AM By Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star STORY SUMMARY This is a significant change from the situation eight years ago, when Hamas won the January…

Smoke rises from Somalia’s parliament building after attack

Source: CNN Mogadishu (CNN) — Smoke and flames rose from Somalia’s parliament building in Mogadishu after militants launched an attack Saturday. People could be seen lying on the ground, as…

Persecution against Ahmadis in Pak increased manifold: Report

IBNlive-Press Trustt of India — Acts of persecution against the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan have increased “manifold” over the past year as seven community members fell prey to religious…



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Is it a tacit recognition of a Palestinian state by Pope?

Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

Source: Times of India (TOI)

BETHLEHEM: Pope Francis landed on Sunday in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he began a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage. 

Previous popes always came to the West Bank after first arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel. Francis, however, landed at a Bethlehem helipad from Jordan aboard a Jordanian helicopter and immediately headed into an official welcoming ceremony and meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. 

In its official program, the Vatican referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.” 

“The fact that he is coming straight from Jordan to Bethlehem, without going through Israel,” is a tacit recognition of a Palestinian state, said Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian Christian who is a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization. 

In November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly recognized a “state of Palestine” in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem _ lands Israel captured in the 1967 war — as a non-member observer. The recognition still has little meaning on the ground, with Israel remaining in full control of east Jerusalem, which it annexed in 1967, and the West Bank. 

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Pope urges end to “unacceptable” Israeli-Palestinian conflict


 And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud. (Al Quran 5:83)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the Pope at his palace

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the Pope at his palace

Source: BBC

Pope Francis has called for an end to the “increasingly unacceptable” Palestinian-Israeli conflict during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

His comments came as he met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as part of a three-day tour of the Middle East.

He is holding an open-air mass for 8,000 local Christians by Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

The tour’s official purpose is to improve ties with the Orthodox Church.

Later, the Pope will travel to Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem where he will meet Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.

However, correspondents say Palestinians are hoping for a show of support as his visit comes just weeks after peace talks with Israel broke down.

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Fisk tells of life in Middle East


ACCLAIMED journalist Robert Fisk was in Enniskerry recently, where he was interviewed by David McWilliams for a live and enraptured audience.

Nelofer Pazira, Robert Fisk and Jessica Carey.

Nelofer Pazira, Robert Fisk and Jessica Carey.

Fisk lives and works in the Lebanon, basing his existence around a flat in Beirut. He is the Middle Eastern correspondent for The Independent and author of several books.

His vast knowledge was at the disposal of the crowd gathered in the Summerhill House Hotel, where he spoke about his distinguished career, which has included speaking to Osama Bin Laden, and regularly putting his life at risk and the volatile political climate in a vast area.

A controversial figure, Fisk is fiercely passionate about his subject matter and insists his bias is only towards the innocent victim in any given situation.

The evening was organised by Enniskerry Heart Savers and was completely sold out.

The Cardiac First Response Group was started in September 2013. ‘Our aim is to provide accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public places, to teach members of the community how to provide CPR, and to act as first response to patients in the area who are suffering with cardiac issues while an ambulance is on its way,’ explained group Chairman Pat Carey.

‘Given the remoteness of our village and surrounding areas, not to mention the poor access especially in winter months, this service is extremely important.’

Both David McWilliams and Robert Fisk were at the event in Enniskerry free of charge.

Thanks to individual sponsorship and fundraising they now have three AEDs and one heated cabinet in the area.

With help from Joe Dowling from the Irish Heart Foundation they have over 100 locals trained in CPR and AED use. This training was provided free of charge to the community. These AED’s are located in The Powerscourt Arms Hotel, Curtlestown School and Keegan’s Farm Shop.

‘We will be working under the umbrella group Wicklow Cardiac First Responders (WWCFR) and thanks to them in early April, 9 locals completed a two days course and are now fully trained First Responders,’ said Pat. ‘Our next aim is to purchase training equipment and supplies for trained First Responders who will be on call with the central ambulance control.’

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Israel continues digging tunnels underneath Al-Aqsa mosque


The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf reported yesterday that the Israeli authorities have almost finished a network of tunnels underneath one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The Foundation also said in a press release that Israel has finished digging tunnels and excavations near the Ablution Gate, and has connected them to other networks of tunnels located underneath the western wall of the mosque, reports WAFA.

The Foundation has declared that these excavations have been done secretly by Israel, under the pretence of archeological excavations and funded by the radical settler organization Ateret Cohanim, and that with the digging they have uncovered large vaulted halls that will be open soon to the Israeli public.

WAFA quotes the Foundation declaring that “All the archeological findings date back to various successive Islamic periods, especially the Mamluk period; however, Israeli occupation authorities claim they date back to the Temple era”.

The Foundation concluded saying that the network of tunnels run under the vicinity of the western border of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, less than 50 meters away from the mosque, and penetrate deep into underneath Ablution Gate, located within the mosque itself.


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UN Panel Slams Vatican On Priest Sex Abuse, Citing Anti-Torture Treaty


And what is the matter with you that you struggle not in the cause of Allah and of the weak — men, women and children — who say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this town, whose people are oppressors, and make for us some friend from Thyself, and make for us from Thyself some helper?’  (Al Quran 4:76)

United nations General Assembly

United nations General Assembly

Source: Huffington Post

Posted: 05/23/2014 

GENEVA (AP) — In a report that could expose the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found Friday that the Vatican does exercise worldwide control over its bishops and priests and must comply with the U.N.’s anti-torture treaty.

The U.N. Committee Against Torture concluded that Vatican officials failed to report sex abuse charges properly, had moved priests rather than discipline them, and had failed to pay adequate compensation to victims. Although the panel did not explicitly say that the Holy See had violated any of its obligations under the anti-torture treaty, which it ratified in 2002, panel members said that was implicit in the criticism.

“Legal scholars will tell you that when the committee addresses a problem and makes a recommendation, it sees the state as not meeting the requirements of the convention,” the panel vice chair, Felice Gaer, told reporters. “It’s absolutely clear what we’re saying.”

But the Vatican dismissed the 10-member panel’s conclusions as “fundamentally flawed” and insisted it didn’t exercise direct control over its priests worldwide.

The report’s most immediate impact may be to empower victims pressing the Vatican to take more legal responsibility for priests who raped and molested children. The Holy See long has sought to distance itself from the conduct of pedophile priests and the bishops overseeing them, saying the church’s own structure isn’t the centrally organized, top-down hierarchy that the lawyers for victims have often described.

Earlier this month, the Holy See revealed to the committee that it had defrocked 848 priests and imposed lesser penalties on 2,572 others since 2004. Those figures reflected only those complaints handled directly by the Holy See, not those left in the hands of dioceses, so the total number of sanctioned priests worldwide could be much higher.

Crucially, the committee rejected the Holy See’s position that it should be legally liable for enforcing the treaty only within the tiny confines of Vatican City itself. Church leaders consistently have argued that legal responsibility for abuse lies with the bishops and the leaders of individual congregations of priests, nuns and brothers.

The committee said the Vatican, like all parties to the treaty, must ensure that the treaty isn’t violated by its representatives anywhere worldwide. It said the Vatican’s contention that it did not enforce control over church personnel outside Vatican City borders was “not consistent” with the treaty or the Vatican’s own laws.

The panel said ratifying parties to the torture treaty, including the Vatican, “bear international responsibility for the acts and omissions of their officials and others acting in an official capacity or acting on behalf of the state.”

In reply Friday, the Vatican accused the panel of sloppy reasoning. It insisted the committee was wrong “to give the impression that all the priests serving around the world are indirectly, legally tied to the Vatican.”

The Vatican said it was not even indirectly responsible for enforcing the treaty’s anti-torture obligations on all the world’s 440,000 priests and the Vatican’s own laws do not imply such a level of legal control.

Asked about that Vatican statement, Gaer told reporters: “We’re not suggesting that the Holy See is responsible for the actions of every Catholic. But the officials of the Holy See do exercise control over a significant range of conduct that takes place outside the four corners of Vatican City.”

The Vatican stressed that the committee’s report had not explicitly stated whether it believes that rape and sexual abuse constitute a form of torture and therefore violate the Holy See’s treaty obligations. It said the U.N. report makes “an implicit fundamental assumption” that any sexual abuse is equivalent to torture, an assumption not supported by the treaty.

Panel members, however, say it has been firmly established in international law that rape and sexual violence can amount to torture, on a case-by-case basis. They said the torture committee had referred to cases of rape and sexual abuse in about 50 other reviews over the past decade.

“We’re not saying that any sexual abuse is equivalent to a form of torture. We need to see the circumstances. The issue here is the responsibility of a state,” said the committee’s chairman, Claudio Grossman. “A responsibility of a state comes into play if there was no prevention or there was no investigation and punishment.”

In 2001, the Vatican required bishops and religious superiors to forward all credible cases of abuse to Rome for review. That followed findings that pedophile priests were being shuffled from diocese to diocese, rather than facing church trials or police investigations. The Vatican in 2010 told bishops and superiors they must report credible cases to police when required by local laws.

The committee’s review marked the second time this year that the Vatican has been forced to appear before a U.N. committee in Geneva and peppered with questions about its handling of abuse cases.

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded in February that the Vatican systematically placed its own interests over those of victims by enabling priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children through a code of silence.


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