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Shaban/Ramadan 1422
November 2001
Volume 15-11 No:179

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Qardawi Barred from Entry into UAE
Torah Manuscript Found
Qatar-Bahrain Bridge
Iran Education: Fact File
Islamic Meet Urges Definition of Terrorism
ISESCO Seminar on Genes
Germany:Thousands Visit Mosques
Copts Opt for Islamic Law
People

Qardawi Barred from Entry into UAE

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File Photo: Dr. Yousuf Al-Qardawi receiving 'Islamic Personality of the Year Award' from
UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in December 2000

Dubai: Dr. Yousuf Al-Qardawi, renowned Egyptian Islamic scholar was barred from entering United Arab Emirates in the last week of October. Qardawi accused the UAE Government of acting at the behest of United States of America. The news was supplied by German News Agency DPA which quoted Saudi daily Arab News. The Government of UAE had honoured Dr. Qardawi with the ‘Islamic Personality of the Year Award’ only last December.

Qardawi said he visits UAE every week for recording a programme with the Emirates Television. He had been campaigning against the US bombing of Afghanistan on Doha based Al-Jazeera TV and had been advising the Muslim countries against supporting America in US’ war against Afghanistan. He had earlier refused to issue statements drumming up support for the Americans.

Dr. Qardawi said the UAE was the first country in the world that had turned him away from the airport.

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Torah Manuscript Found

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Abu Dhabi: A UAE businessman Abdullah Mubarak Al Amro has claimed to have discovered a manuscript of the Torah, the first part of the Old Testament. Amro who is of Yemeni origin told the Gulf News that the manuscript was found in a pot full of gold when his ancestral house was being demolished in the city of Shabwa, some 600 km south of Yemen. The book and the treasure were buried deep in the ground.

He said the manuscript is 1800 to 2000 year old and is in Old Hebrew. It is written on 65 pages made of gazelle skin. The skin looks like yellowish paper and its edges are blackened. Amro said he is trying to find a person who could read this script and would like this to be preserved in a museum. He refused to sell it to an Englishman who had offered five lakh dollars. He has approached several institutions in Abu Dhabi to preserve it as a national treasure and to find out how the present Torah followed by Jews is different from this manuscript.

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Qatar-Bahrain Bridge

Doha: Qatar and Bahrain will be linked through a 50-km bridge on the sea. It is estimated to cost $ 1 billion. The two emirates of the Gulf have resolved to join themselves through the “Friendship Bridge” to boost economic ties. Several MNCs are competing for the construction contract. The work will start in 2003.

Qatar sits over the world’s third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves and desires to diversify the economy by overcoming geographical barriers imposed by the sea and its peninsular shape. Qatar increased its GDP by 20 per cent last financial year through increased earnings. Currently Qatar aims to become the largest producer of natural gas by increasing the output from 13 million tons to 35 million tons.

Qatar will be hosting the next round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting on November 9-13. It will also be the venue of Asian Games in 2006. But currently, Qatar is surprising the world for giving a free hand to its Al-Jazeera TV which has earned credibility for its reporting of US bombing in Afghanistan. The independent reporting has even embarrassed the Americans who have applied pressure on the emirate to soften down its independence.

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Iran Education: Fact File

The US-supported despotic Shah of Iran was projected as “Progressive Monarch” while the Western media feels no qualm in dubbing the Iran after Islamic revolution as “regressive, conservative, orthodox and dominated by Islamic cleric”. But Iran has achieved remarkable progress in ensuring education and health for its people. Some statistics would prove the post-Shah progress. However, it must be borne in mind that Iran’s population has doubled between 1979 when the Islamic Revolution took place and now when Iran has held its fifth parliamentary elections.

Educational Progress in Iran
 
 

1979

2001

No of School Student

8 million

18.7 million

No. of Teachers 54,000 110000
Percentage of girl students 28 48
Pass percentage in school exams 79 89
Above 6-year illiterates 52.5 20
Graduates in Ministry of Education 35000 226000
Percentage of female employees In Ministry of Education NA 47

(Iran’s population stand at 60 million as per the new Census)

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Islamic Meet Urges Definition of Terrorism

Beirut, IINA: - Participants at the National Islamic Conference on October 10 urged the international legal minds to devise a definition of terrorism, saying that resisting occupation was a legitimate right. The conference’s final communiqué pointed out that what happened in New York on September 11 would leave significant long-term effects for the whole world. But the conference was of the opinion that there was not such thing as conflict between civilizations or between Islam and Christianity, and therefore no religion should be labeled as or linked to any religion.

The meet expressed solidarity with the relatives of the innocent civilians who were killed in the US. The conference also recommended that Arabs and Muslims should devise a plan for holding dialogues with American communities with a view to clarifying some of the erroneous concepts.

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ISESCO Seminar on Genes

Rabat, IINA: The Rabat-based Islamic Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the University of Qatar, will organize an international seminar here, to discuss the moral implications of genetic engineering. Participants will be scientists of various disciplines related to genetic engineering, plus a contingent of Sharia scholars from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and Syria.

Among the papers to be presented would be one on hereditary diseases and genetic engineering, pre-natal diagnosis, and the future of human genetic engineering, and its moral effects.

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Germany

Thousands Visit Mosques

Berlin, IINA : More than 100,000 people have visited mosques in Germany, following an announcement by the Islamic centers here that the doors of the mosques would be open to non-Muslim Germans, to celebrate Unification Day. The idea is to hold constructive dialogue and establish healthy relations with the Muslims and to acquaint the non-Muslims with the teachings of Islam and its tolerance.

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Copts Opt for Islamic Law

Cairo, IINA : Pope Shenuda III, Patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, has said that the new personal law project for the Copts does not contain any clauses on inheritance, saying that it is the Islamic Shari’a that postulates inheritance rules for all Egyptians, be they Muslims or Copts.

In his weekly lecture, Pope Shenuda said the proposal has been accepted by all the Christian sects in Egypt.

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People

Appointed: Ahmed Saeed Moolah has been appointed the interim leader of the Durban-based Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI). It was so far headed by Shaikh Ahmed Deedat who is ailing since 1996. Moolah is the former president of the Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa.

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