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November 5th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Second deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

Editor's Note: CNN's Reza Sayah brings us this report from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Authorities in Pakistan are reporting a second deadly mosque attack Friday in the country's volatile northwestern region, a strike that killed four people and injured 18 others.

This follows a fatal blast that killed at least 67 people and wounded more than 80 others in a suicide attack that targeted anti-Taliban members at another mosque in the northwest, said government official Khalid Umarzai.

Both incidents occurred in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with the latest taking place during Friday prayers at Salman Khel village on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Reality

    Ahhh, more subjugation of the Muslim world by the long dead Arab aka Mohammed and his mythical friend Gabriel?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:37 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      The mythical friend Gabriel was the mythical friend of Jesus the Messaih accompanying him all time as per the Quran readings...this mythical friend is the right hand for God and was sent to nearly all messengers of God to deliver teachings from God to his messengers and Gabriel is the only Angel that has minimum number of wings reaching the sixth heaven as a limit...as per my readings and narrow knowledge...Reality you are playin with fire here show respect even if you are agnostic about all as you are only human and do not know the unknown of see the unseen or touch the untouched or feel the unfelt because even when you are alone you are not alone. There are two on your shoulders writing every word you say one on the left writes every bad words you say and right hand side writing all good words you say..just hope you are balancing that with charity work and show compassion to others in need. Any way beside those writers we could by sounded by other forms of life another dimension of time and speed? Finally it is said that the devil and his tribe are watching or spying on believers from where they can not be seen..
      There is a big world surrounding you that science yet has not reached a tip of a pin and already you are disbelieving in God and all? And should not dessert God for the faults of Mankind or Human Error? God is inspiration&revelation for those who obey,contact and connect "Mind&Heart" inter-vision and not eye vision! And who looks and search for the thing gets it but does not come alone with out effort... Some have reached levels with their knowledge and names of God to make thing happen just as Jesus was able to do but they are not sorcerers although might have got treated as ones.
      There are levels in belief as steps that has to be taken step by step up spiritually promoted...but what is happening now is that we are seeing people increasingly descending down the staircase rather than climbing up the staircase for salvation which has to be worked out as stated that who does this gets that...the promised heavens paradise,rivers,harem and all that mentioned in the Quran or otherwise if bad then all the promised horrors and chains fire been promised and the choice is yours and in your hands as God granted you..

      November 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • Muneef

      Buy it and use it as might save to learn much of what we were told by God to say and do;
      http://asgatechshop.com/en/packdge.php

      November 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Importance of First Ten Days of Zul-Hijjah
     
    The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days."(Bukhari)
     
     
    Almighty Allaah says, (By the dawn; by the ten nights) (Qur'aan-Al-Fajr 89: 1-2). Ibn `Abbas, ibn az-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations are of the opinion that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: "This is the correct opinion." (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413)
     
     
     The Holy Prophet, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam, has said, "One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of "Lailatul-Qadr". (Tirmizi)
     
    Every Muslim should avail oneself of this wonderful opportunity by performing as much Ibadah (acts of worship) as he or she can during this period.
     
    THE 9TH DAY OF ZUL HIJJAH
     
    The 9th day of Zul Hijjah is called Yowmul-Arafah (The Day of Arafah). This is the date when the Hujjaj (Haji pilgrims, plural of Haji) assemble on the plain of Arafat, six miles away from Makkah al-Mukkarramah, where they perform the most essential part of the prescribed duties of hajj, namely, making Tawbah (repenting) at the Wuqoof of Arafat.
     
    THE FAST OF YOUMUL ARAFAH
     
    For those not performing hajj, it is Mustahab (desirable) to fast on this day according to their calendar. It sometimes occurs that 9th Zul Hijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon. In such cases, Muslims of each country should observe Yowmul Arafah according to the lunar dates of their own country.
     
    The fast of Yowmul Arafah has been emphasized by the Holy Prophet, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, as a Mustahab (desirable) act. According to a Hadith, the fast of this day becomes a cause of forgiveness for sins committed in the past and future year. (Hadith-Muslim)
     
    TAKBIR-E-TASHREEQ
     
    Beginning from the Fajr of the 9th Zul Hijjah up to the 'Asr prayer of the 13th, it is obligatory on every Muslim male to recite the Takbir-e-Tashreeq after every Fard Salaah (in congregation or alone) in the following words: Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, La IlahaIllallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd. (There is no god but Allaah and Allaah is the greatest, Allaah is the greatest and to Allaah belongs all praise.)Male Muslims should recite it in a loud voice, while females should recite it in a low voice.
     
    May Allaah Ta’aala enable us to use these blessed days in attaining His pleasure.
     

    November 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  3. NM

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/world-day-of-god-2010/

    November 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Taking Advantage of world commotion and the weakness of system over taking peoples properties..but most of those as well although from the area but were imported with foreign agenda that was not here in the 90's

    November 7, 2010 at 4:06 am |
    • Reality

      What is really under the Islamic cloth?

      .Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      November 7, 2010 at 7:13 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.

      Kindly try to understand that Quran,Islam and Prophet are free from those pretending to be Muslims, therefore if you have any blame or bad word I kindly ask you to address it to Muslims for being not perfect but keep aside from that the Quran,Islam and Muhammed since only Muslims might be not as perfect as the religion is..
      Honestly I like you although I do not know who you are or your gender but you do not know what you are saying which on judgment date you will be held accountable for every word and that why I say maybe Muslims need to be insulted but not to insult God and those of God the Quran,Islam and Prophet Muhammed PUH.

      November 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Now if Taliban or AlQ did that then how can they be Muslims or Claim to be Muslims or we as Muslims be be lamed for their acts that are non of Islam as a religion?? Unless it is done by non Muslims and accused Muslims for it?

    November 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • honestanon

      You "said" you're in Yemen, right, Muneef? Be careful of that glass house of yours...

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkQfMZcybmo&w=640&h=360]

      Yep, it's those dastardly infidels doing it all and "blaming" the muslims for it..

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/8114572/Inside-Yemens-al-Qaeda-heartland.html

      November 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      @honestanan.
      Did I say that we don't have pigs taking advantage to the world wide commotion?! There are many of them hiding under the islamic cloth to do their ugly deeds of depriving the poorer and the weaker from their rights whether a business or lands or enslave them to do works for the stronger liked it or not...
      Any way double check this if would be able to understand because I didn't
      http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_globalmilitarism67.htm

      November 7, 2010 at 4:01 am |
    • honestanon

      @ Muneef

      "Any way double check this if would be able to understand because I didn't"

      It's a sensationalist / propaganda / crackpot website that also posts stuff like this:

      http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/esp_vida_alien_18u.htm

      It's very entertaining... and that's about all. There might be some truths buried in all the nonsense, but I can't take it seriously.

      November 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Muneef

    Guess where I was told to find out who was behind the wide spread killing of innocents at the American war zones between religious faiths,tribes and parties..con,flicts and as,sassi,nations!?
    Check this interesting link although no longer can tell difference between false and truth and that is one of the signs of the AlDijjal....
    http://www.maskofzion.com/2010/10/wikileaks-is-zionist-poison.html

    November 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  7. Dindy.....

    Pakistan government should protect these innocent civilians from bad wolves. People were just inside the Mosque when they died. Giving worship to Allah is also wrong? when they attacked USA what was the reason? It was Israel ?? Now what is the reason to kill innocent people in the mosque ?? May God bring the Justice!!!

    November 6, 2010 at 3:02 am |
  8. Reality

    The terror and horror will continue until Muslims realize they have been conned by Mahound aka Mohammed and his mythical friend Gibrieel aka Gabriel.

    A good start would be for all Muslims to read the following:

    From Sir Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses", p. 376, paperback issue – for those 1 billion Muslims to read as they are forbidden to purchase or read said book:

    One of the passages that prompted Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against Sir Rushdie:

    "The faithful lived by lawlessness, but in those years Mahound – or should one say the Archangel Gibreel? – should one say Al-Lah? – became obsessed by law.

    Amid the palm-trees of the oasis Gibreel appeared to the Prophet and found himself spouting rules, rules, rules, until the faithful could scarcely bear the prospect of any more revelation, Salman said, rules about every damn thing, if a man farts let him turn his face to the wind, a rule about which hand to use for the purpose of cleaning one's behind.
    It was as if no aspect of human existence was to be left unregulated, free. The revelation – the recitation- told the faithful how much to eat, how deeply they should sleep, and which se-xual positions had received divine sanction, so that they leamed that so-domy and the missionary position were approved of by the archangel, whereas the forbidden postures included all those in which the female was on top.

    Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch.

    He vetoed the consumption of prawns, those bizarre other-worldly creatures which no member of the faithful had ever seen, and required animals to be killed slowly, by bleeding, so that by experiencing their deaths to the full they might arrive at an understanding of the meaning of their lives, for it is only at the moment of death that living creatures understand that life has been real, and not a sort of dream.

    And Gibreel the archangel specified the manner in which a man should be buried, and how his property should be divided, so that Salman the Persian got to wondering what manner of God this was that soundedso much like a businessman.

    This was when he had the idea that destroyed his faith, because he recalled that of course Mahound himself had been a businessman, and a damned successful one at that, a person to whom organization and rules came naturally, so
    how excessively convenient it was that he should have come up with such a very businesslike archangel, who handed down the management decisions of this highly corporate, if noncorporeal, God."

    November 6, 2010 at 12:20 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Here you are putting the blame on al Islamic branches for one Islamic branch although the as branches contradict each other and they are always in disputes among them and that's was the reason they became branches rather than one Islam so really it is not fear to hold all at guilt for one misbehave or abuse...nor it is fair to address the whole Islam belief,Quran and Prophet of God for the fault of ones or few that are not in the right track of Islam being the religion of peace and justice to mankind..

      November 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
    • Reality

      So Muneef, the following is not true for some Muslims but not all?

      "Amid the palm-trees of the oasis Gibreel appeared to the Prophet and found himself spouting rules, rules, rules, until the faithful could scarcely bear the prospect of any more revelation, Salman said, rules about every damn thing, if a man farts let him turn his face to the wind, a rule about which hand to use for the purpose of cleaning one's behind.
      It was as if no aspect of human existence was to be left unregulated, free. The revelation – the recitation- told the faithful how much to eat, how deeply they should sleep, and which se-xual positions had received divine sanction, so that they leamed that so-domy and the missionary position were approved of by the archangel, whereas the forbidden postures included all those in which the female was on top.

      Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch. "

      November 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  9. Frogist

    I remember when Pakistan was regarded as a peaceful, moderate country. I feel for the people standing up to the cowardly ways of the Taliban. These are the people we need to support.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
    • honestanon

      @ Frogist

      Agree to the letter.. but, haven't we been (and are still) here? We support free Pakistan despite their corrupt government being replete with alternative agendas (India,) graft and power-grabs.

      Here's a good fer' instance:

      By ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press Writer Asif Shahzad,
      A/P, Oct 24, 2010 – 12:34 pm ET

      ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's foreign minister said Sunday that his country will deal with a key Taliban sanctuary along the Afghan border on its own timeline despite increasing U.S. pressure to move swiftly to help turn around the war in Afghanistan.

      Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke after returning from Washington for the latest round of high-level strategic talks with the Obama administration. His comments indicated a new $2 billion military aid package offered by the U.S. did little change Pakistan's strategic calculus.

      "We have our own priorities. We have our own sense of timing," said Qureshi when asked by reporters about U.S. pressure to launch an offensive against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal area who regularly attack foreign troops in Afghanistan.

      The U.S. believes an operation in North Waziristan is key to success in the Afghan war because the area serves as the main base for the Haqqani network — a militant group that military officials have said poses the greatest threat to troops in Afghanistan.

      Pakistan has resisted taking action. Analysts say the country is reluctant to target militants it has historical ties with and who could be useful allies in Afghanistan once foreign troops withdraw.

      Pakistan has denied that it has links with militants and has said that it cannot launch an offensive in North Waziristan until it wraps up operations in other areas of the tribal belt. We tried to encourage Pakistan to intensify its fight against extremists and offered them a five-year, $2 billion aid package to purchase American arms, ammunition and accessories from 2012 to 2016.
      END

      We tried to give Iraq the first free elections in their history, and our efforts overwhelmed by the ongoing civil war and distrust between tribes, including many of the newly established politicians. Argue as you will against American self-interests, sure. But the fact remains they have made their choice, eschewing democracy in favor of .. their own special form of government.

      Now we're spinning our wheels in Afghanistan, sticking our proverbial fingers in the multiple dam leaks of new Taliban recruits coming over the Pakistani border. At what point do the governments and 'moderate' populations of these volatile countries step up and take responsibility for their own safety? Have the governments of Al-Maliki, Karzai or Talibani? Or has there been a predominance of infighting, corruption, and finger-pointing at our alleged ineffectiveness that is simply mitigation of their inability to get along?

      And – how many billions of dollars in support did we give the mujahideen in the 80's? Enough to beat the Soviets, but not enough to stop them from fighting with each other after the Soviets left. Maybe it was our fault that we didn't build schools and hospitals then? Or would it have made a difference? How many schools and hospitals did we build in Iraq? How many were blown up?

      C'mon, Frogist. In for a pound? I have a Lebanese aunt.. not kidding... I really do. She sighs at the thought of it all and tells me in her first-generation accent "they'll never have peace over there.. they're all crazy; that's why I'm here." So exactly how should we support them? God knows they need help. For now it seem that poor sots like you and I can only idly sit by and fear for their safety, and ultimately the safety of the world.

      And read about all of our respective kids dying.

      November 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
    • Dindy.....

      Frogist ...I think the attack led by al -queda. They are trying to take the place of God. It is a human disease as they think they should be the rulers of earth But not God himself.

      November 6, 2010 at 2:55 am |
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