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2009-02-20 09:17:13

An Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia said using ethanol or other alcohol-derived fuels in vehicles may be a sin for Muslims. Sheik Mohamed al-Najimi of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy told Saudi newspaper Shams that the prophet Mohammed banned alcohol for all uses -- including buying, selling, carrying and manufacturing, Al-Arabiya reported Friday. Najimi said Muslims who use biofuel, which is made from fermented plants, in their cars are violating the ban since the substance is...

2008-11-30 12:11:12

A British Catholic cleric says the Walt Disney Co. is corrupting the minds of children by making its products irresistible. Abbot of Worth Christopher Jamison said Disney has created a child pilgrimage site out of Disney World and used spirituality to market its various products, The Daily Telegraph reported. The message behind every movie and book, behind every theme park and T-shirt is that our children's world needs Disney, Jamison said. So they absolutely must go to see the next Disney...

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2008-04-25 18:15:00

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for an end to Iraqi bloodshed on Friday and said his threat of an "open war" applies only to U.S.-led foreign troops - stepping back from a full-blown confrontation with the government over a crackdown against his followers. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, took a hard line against al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia and other illegally armed groups, setting conditions for stopping military operations against them that included surrendering...

2006-08-11 09:54:43

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen angered by criticism of a Shi'ite cleric ransacked offices of President Jalal Talabani's Kurdish party in southern Iraq on Friday, while hundreds in Basra took to the streets in protest. Jameel Zangana, a senior official with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Kerbala, said gunmen smashed windows and doors of the PUK office in the city. In the nearby city of Kut, police said a guard was injured during a similar attack by about 50 men on the PUK...

2006-07-14 07:42:14

KARACHI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed himself and one other person in an attack that seriously wounded a leading Pakistani Muslim Shi'ite cleric, Allama Hassan Turabi, in Karachi on Friday, police said. "The suicide bomber and a nephew of the allama were killed in the attack. The allama was seriously wounded and two of his guards were also wounded," Mushtaq Shah, a deputy inspector general of police told Reuters. The attack took place outside the cleric's house in a...

2006-06-14 03:13:09

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir walked out of a Jakarta jail on Wednesday after serving time for links to the 2002 Bali bombings, calling on jubilant supporters to join forces for the spread of Islamic law. Australia's prime minister said millions of his citizens would be extremely disappointed because of the release and a U.S. embassy spokesman said there was cause for concern. Wearing his trademark white skullcap and red-and-white...

2006-06-13 20:33:10

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hardline Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir walked out of a Jakarta jail on Wednesday after serving time for links to the 2002 Bali bombings, returning to an Islamic school once dubbed the "Ivy League" of militants. Wearing his trademark white skullcap and shawl, a smiling Bashir was surrounded by supporters shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest). "I thank God almighty, also my lawyers and the gentlemen who defended me during my trials,"...

2006-04-19 02:13:50

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian militant sentenced to death over the 2002 Bali bombings told a court on Wednesday he never asked permission from cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to carry out the attacks, a Bashir lawyer said. The attacks killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists, on Indonesia's prime resort island. Amrozi and two other militants were sentenced to death for the blasts and are awaiting execution. Wirawan Adnan, citing Amrozi's testimony in the Central Java appeals...

2006-04-05 05:07:56

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - Indian police have arrested six Islamic militants, including a cleric who helped plan bomb blasts in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi last month which left 18 people dead and dozens wounded. Police said on Wednesday the cleric, Waliullah, was an Indian who acted as the local commander of a Bangladeshi Islamic militant group, Harkatul Jihad-al Islami, and was a conduit for three Bangladeshis who carried out the Varanasi blasts. "Waliullah is the mastermind...

2006-03-28 03:09:07

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 26 people have been killed in clashes between factions led by rival Muslim clerics in Pakistan's tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, intelligence officials said on Tuesday. A Pakistani cleric incited tribesmen to attack Afghan families settled in the Khyber area, who were following a rival Afghan preacher, the officials said. The clashes took place around Fort Salop, some 15 km (nine miles) southwest of Peshawar, the main city in...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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