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Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani participated at a grand ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and congratulated this auspicious day to the Islamic World, including the Muslim people of Afghanistan on Thursday. President Ghani termed the day historic, where two powerful strata of the country namely the Afghan Defense and Security forces as the guardians and esteemed Ulema as the guides of the country celebrate such a blessing day together. The president said, “Afghanistan Defense and Security forces are guardians of the Afghanistan Constitution, which is the world’s most Islamic constitution.” “As an Islamic country, governed by an Islamic government, we are honored that the construction process of over one thousand mosques across the country is being completed,” added the president. President Ashraf Ghani said what can be done through peace, cannot be done through war, calling the ongoing bloodshed in the country illegitimate. President Ghani referred to the unity between Hanafi and Ja’fari jurisprudences in the country and said at the time that the Islamic civilization was second to none, others were plunged in darkness, underlining that there is no link between the holy religion of Islam and terrorism. M.A.Ansari

Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with public health provincial directors at the Presidential Palace discussed an array of issues including reforms at health sector, looming second wave of Covid-19, and budget management late on Thursday. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, Acting Minister of Public Health briefed the meeting participants on the ministry’s reform plan. He said the master plan of the ministry which aims at improving health service delivery is currently being implemented. Acting minister of Public Health said the plan is believed to attract international commitments for Afghanistan in the upcoming Geneva Conference to support the country’s health sector for the following five years. Provincial Public Health directors of Herat and Maidan Wardak, who were speaking on behalf of others, talked over their efforts enabling them to overcome the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic in spite of being faced with lack of facilities and proper systems. They pledged to undertake any possible efforts to properly deal with the looming second wave of coronavirus. They asked the president to assign delegations that include professionals and experts to be able to move forward the investigation in an appropriate manner and ensure transparency. President Ashraf Ghani lauded the directors for their good performance enabling them to successfully deal with the first wave of covid-19 in their relevant provinces and instructed the directors to be fully prepared, alerted and coordinated to be able to tackle with the impending second wave. President Ghani described the provincial health directors as national assets and said monitoring and inspection are principled processes where you can defend your positive performance and help you address shortcomings. The president also attached importance to management of polio, reforms, and clear definition of authorities at the health sector, saying that the ongoing condition of the health sector is not acceptable. President Ghani highlighted that the private sector is willing to make investment on construction of hospitals and health centers and expressed hope the investments be expanded to the remote provinces as well. M.A.Ansari

Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In presence of President Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority and Group 42 of the United Arab Emirates signed three contracts in the areas of security services, operation management, ground handling and aviation systems and technology, this afternoon at the Presidential Palace. In the event that the national security advisor, acting minister of Finance, Director General of AOP and a number of other senior officials were also president, Dr. Mohammad QasimWafayezada, Head of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority and Mansoor Al-Mansoori, Chief Operating Officer of Group 42 of the UAE signed the aforementioned contracts. Ataullah Nasib, Head of Investment Facilitation Unit of Office of the President said UAE’s Group 42 develop and deploy high-impact industry solutions in the sectors of aviation, energy, healthcare, oil and gas and extractive industry, adding that the company showed willingness and commitment to enter into cooperation with Afghanistan in areas related to civil aviation, mainly for Afghanistan’s four international airports. G42 COO Mansoor Al-Mansoori said he was honored to have come to Afghanistan and signed cooperative agreements with Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in presence of President Ashraf Ghani. He provided information regarding the experiences of G42 in the areas of civil aviation management and services and said the contracts signed today would create more opportunities for cooperation between Afghan and UAE institutions. Mr. Mansoori said Afghanistan and UAE enjoy historical and friendly ties which have been further consolidated within the recent years. Terming the contracts ‘truly strategic, President Ashraf Ghani said, “We celebrated the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) this morning and signed strategic cooperation agreement with the UAE company in the afternoon.” He added that historical and political relations between Afghanistan and UAE can be named as ‘comprehensive economic partnership’. President Ghani said unfortunately the great potentials at Afghanistan international airports haven’t been utilized. He stressed that the government has entered into cooperation with G42 as the company has great experiences the fields of security services, ground handling, and aviation systems and technology. The president stressed, “I am confident that officials, service personnel of airports, clients, and our people will feel the tangible changes upon implementation of these contracts.” “Our airports are our vital infrastructures so we need to ensure standard service delivery which are essential in terms of operation management and ground handling,” added the president while underlining that export of Afghan products through air corridor should meet those standards. President Ashraf Ghani highlighted that Hamid Karzai International Airport has great potentials to turn to a cargo platform. He added that international airports of Ahmad Shah Baba and Herat can serve as connection points with UAE and Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi airport can link Afghanistan to Central Asia, which altogether create a suitable network of airports. M.A.Ansari

Friday October 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar attended the India – Central Asia Dialogue, held via video-conference, on Wednesday. In this meeting the foreign ministers of India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic participated. The foreign ministers exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including economic, political, security, trade and transit, the importance of regional connectivity on security and prosperity, humanitarian and cultural affairs as well as on other regional and international issues. The Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan in his speech thanked the participating countries for their continued commitment and cooperation to Afghanistan for the past two decades as well as their support from the Afghanistan peace process. Mr. Atmar added that regional consensus is vital in preservation of the democratic achievements and peaceful settlement of violence and success of the peace talks in Afghanistan. The participating states renewed their commitment and support to the Afghanistan peace talks and the preservation of the achievements of the past 19 years in Afghanistan. The participants called this meeting an important platform to further strengthen cooperation between India and Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan. M.A.Ansari

Thursday October 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad (pbuh) was born in Mecca (Makkah), Arabia, on Monday, 12 Rabi’ Al-Awal (2 August A.D. 570). His mother, Aminah, was the daughter of Wahb Ibn Abdu Manaf of the Zahrah family. His father, ‘Abdullah, was the son of Abdul Muttalib. His genealogy has been traced to the noble house of Ishmael, the son of Prophet Abraham in about the fortieth descend. Mohammad’s father died before his birth. Before he was six years old his mother died, and the doubly orphaned Mohammad was put under the charge of his grandfather Abdul Muttalib who took the tenderest care of him. But the old chief died two years afterwards. On his deathbed he confided to his son Abu Talib the charge of the little orphan.
When Mohammad was twelve years old, he accompanied his uncle Abu Talib on a mercantile journey to Syria, and they proceeded as far as Busra.
The journey lasted for some months. It was at Busra that the Christian monk Bahira met Mohammad. He is related to have said to Abu Talib:
‘Return with this boy and guard him against the hatred of the Jews, for a great career awaits your nephew.” When Mohammad was twenty five years old, he traveled once more to Syria as a factor of a noble and rich Quraishi widow named Khadijah; and, having proved himself faithful in the commercial interests of that lady, he was soon rewarded with her hand in marriage. This marriage proved fortunate and singularly happy. Khadijah was much the senior of her husband, but in spite of the disparity of age between them, the tenderest devotion on both sides existed. This marriage gave him the loving heart of a woman who was ever ready to console him in his despair and to keep alive within him the feeble, flickering flame of hope when no man believed in him and the world appeared gloomy in his eyes.
When Mohammad reached thirty-five years, he settled by his judgment a grave dispute, which threatened to plunge the whole of Arabia into a fresh series of her oft-recurring wars. In rebuilding the Sacred House of the Ka’ba in A.D. 605, the question arose as to who should have the honor of raising the black stone, the most holy relic of that House, into its proper place. Each tribe claimed that honor. The senior citizen advised the disputants to accept for their arbitrator the first man to enter from a certain gate. The proposal was agreed upon, and the first man who entered the gate was Mohammad “Al-Ameen.” His advice satisfied all the contending parties. He ordered the stone to be placed on a piece of cloth and each tribe to share the honor of lifting it up by taking hold of a part of the cloth. The stone was thus deposited in its place, and the rebuilding of the House was completed without further interruption. When Mohammad reached forty, he would seclude himself in the cave of Mount Hira and worship three days and nights. He would, whenever he wished, return to his family at Mecca and then go back again, taking with him the necessities of life. Thus he continued to return to Khadijah from time to time until one day the revelation came down to him and the Angel Gabriel (Jibreel) appeared to him and said: “Read!” But as Mohammad was illiterate, having never received any instruction in reading or writing, he said to the angel: “I am not a reader.” The angel took a hold of him and squeezed him as much as he could bear, and then said again: “Read!” Then Prophet said: “I am not a reader.” The Angel again seized the Prophet and squeezed him and said: “Read! In the Name of Your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), has created a man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen, has taught man that which he knew not.” (Ch 96:1-4 Quran).
The following is the timeline of Mohammad’s life:
570- Born in the town of Mecca. His name (Abu al-Qasim Mu%ammad ibn Abd Allah ibn Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf ibn Qusai ibn Kilab) derives from the Arabic verb hamada, meaning “to praise, to glorify”.
575- Orphaned upon the death of his mother and placed in the protection of his paternal grandfather, then his uncle.
595 - Marries Kadijah - an older, wealthy widow. They had six children.
610- Receives first revelation from God during the month of Ramadam.
613- Took his message public, these would later become the Qu’ran, Islam’s sacred scripture.
622- Emigrates with his followers from Mecca to Yathrib, soon to become known as Medina.
624- The start of three major battles with the Meccans - the Battle of Badr (victory), 625 the Battle of Uhud (defeat), and 627 the Battle of the Trench (victory).
628- The two sides signed a treaty recognising the Muslims as a new force in ARabia. Meccan allies breached the treaty a year later.
629- Orders first raid into Christian lands at Muta (defeat).
630- Conquers Mecca (along with other tribes).
631- Consolidated most of the Arabian Penunsula under Islam.
632- Returned to Mecca to perform a pilgrimage.
632- Dies in Medina after a brief illness. He is buried in the mosque of Medina.
References:
1. Wardak, Abdul Hamid, “Nabavi Seerat”, 1394, Kabul.
2. Ministry of Hajj, “Iftikhar-e-Basharyat Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh), Kabul.
3. Quraishi, “Dast hayee Makhfee wa Syasat hayee Alani”, 1383, Peshawar.
Abdul Hadi Quraishi

Thursday, 29 October 2020 07:08

Milad-Ul-Nabi: The Birth of Prophet Muhammad

Thursday October 29, 2020

Kabul (BNA) One of the important Islamic festivals celebrated all over the world is Milad-Ul-nabi or Maulid. This day commemorates the day of birth of the prophet Muhammad. It is also the day of his death. The day is remembered through songs, stories and preaching where the prophet’s life and his teaching are discussed. It is a day of happiness and festivities.
The legend behind Milad-Ul-Nabi
Prophet Muhammad is the founder of Islam. Milad-Ul-Nabi is the day commemorating his birthday. The festival was begun by the descendants of the prophet through his daughter, Fatima’s house. In 8th century, the house where the prophet was born was transformed into a place of worship by the mother of Harun –Al –Rashid – the most famous Caliph of Baghdad. The festival gained popularity since the 12th century and today, it is celebrated throughout the Muslim world and also in India.
When is Milad-Ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad –Ul-Nabi is celebrated on the twelfth day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic calendar. This was the day on which the prophet was born. However, the Shia community celebrates the festival on the 17th day. This day is both the day of birth and death of the prophet. It is also the day on which the spiritual reins of the Islamic world was handed over to Hazrat Ali.
Milad-ul-Nabi is known by a number of other names. The most popular one of them is Mawlid meaning the birth of the prophet. It is also known as Eid-e-milad.
How is Milad-ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad-ul-Nabi is the time for celebration. It marks the joyous occasion of the birth of the prophet. Though the prophet passed away on the same day, it is not a time for mourning because Muslims believe mourning beyond three days after death is not good for the soul.
Rituals of Milad-Ul-Nabi
The various rituals associated with this festival are as follows:
People dress in new clothes and gather together to remember and discuss the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Special prayers are offered to Allah for his graciousness in sending Prophet Muhammad to show the path of salvation. Night long prayer meetings are also held.
Lectures and recitations are held on the life of the prophet and people attend to them throughout the day.
Often, poetry is recited after the prayers.
People visit friends and relatives in social gatherings.
Alms are given to the poor.
Festive banners are hung.
Processions are taken out in many areas.
At the Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir, Milad-ul-Nabi is of huge importance.
A hair from Prophet Muhammad is preserved here. Thousands of Muslims gather here to pray and the holy relict is put on display after the morning prayers.
One of the common rituals associated with milad-ul-nabi is Urs. This is a holy procession where symbolic footprint of the prophet engraved on stone is put in a decorated glass casket and anointed with sandal paste as it is taken on a parade.
 

Thursday October 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) 12th Rabiul-Awal coincides the birthday of one of the most respected and great profile of humanity Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him).
The day is recognized as one of the auspicious moments in the universe when Almighty Allah decided to send one of the highly sacred and a great personality to lead the human community towards the right path and protect them from the ignorance, social disparity, discriminations and classifications on the basis of cast, race language, color, ethnicity and injustice.
The revelation of the Holy Qur’an on prophet of Islam (Peace be upon him) aimed to guide the human community towards the right direction so that the human community forge a civilized way of life which is excluded from suppressions, oppressions, injustice, social disparity. The prophet of Islam sacrificed his whole life to guide the people toward the will of Allah.
The prophet (PBUH) tolerated massive repressions after he publicly announced his prophet hood and asked the Arabs to avoid worshiping the man-made statues and seek allegiance to the Islamic religion. The mission totally changed the Arabian society and it led to implementation of major social, economic and cultural reforms. Before the emergence of Islam, there were no respect to human dignity and honor, slavery was on its highest peak. The authoritarian in particular areas had imposed dozens of unlawful and illegal restrictions on the common people. The birth of female child considered as humiliation and they were burying them alive.
This was really a pathetic trend and against the human values. The reforms implemented by the prophet followed harsh reactions from the oppositions Quraish community, because they weren’t culture and their traditions. But the truth of Islam and Qur’an changed the whole world after couple of decades and the people in various parts of the world realized the truth of Islam and the message of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). So people in different parts of the global started converting to Islam on the call of the great Prophet.
If we analyze the era of 21st century, today Islam is on top of the growing religions in the world, because, those who are seeking truth and will of Almighty Allah have confirmed the endorsed, the truth of Islam.
However, global particularly western media have initiated major anti Islam campaign, but the religion getting more followers each day and even some countries in the west have expressed apprehensions over the growing Muslim community in their respective countries. It’s a historic fact that the emergence of Islam laid the foundation of human rights, social reforms, economic parity and brotherhood. Islam interprets the relations between the believers, the ties between two brothers. The very first verse of the Qur’an which was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was the word “Iqra” or “Read”, it means that Islam is the founder of education and knowledge. The central aspect of the mission pursued by the Prophet was to educate the human society and flourish their minds with the candle of education so that their souls are enlightened.
It’s quite important to mention that, the western governments avoid the extremist elements from encouraging Islam phobia, because such trend could to the clash of civilizations and these inhuman and negative activities shouldn’t be allowed under the pretext of freedom of speech and terrorism. Insult to the greatest prophet of Allah is an insult to the humanity and the whole prophet, because, such elements by propagating against Islam or burning the copies of the Holy Quran never achieve their objectives. Islam is the only religion and Qur’an is the only constitution.
Islam has strongly condemned the act of terrorism and militancy in all its forms and manifestations. In the Holy Qur’an it has been stated that those who kill an innocent civilian means he kills the whole humanity and those who save a human is to save the whole humanity. The philosophy of Qur’an is beyond the imagination of human being. It would be better to those who maintain opposite idea to Islam to read this sacred book and represent a true interpretation from the Qur’an. There is link between Islam and terrorism. Terrorism has no religion and the Muslims have been the victims of this trend.

Thursday October 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan national defense and security forces by discovering and neutralizing eight round of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents in northern Baghlan province.
217 Pamir army corps in a statement reported, the mines have been discovered and confiscated in relevant areas of Guzargah Noor district of the province.
Taliban fighters have planted the mines to target innocent civilians and Afghan security forces that the mines have been discovered and defused by engineering team of 217 Pamir army corps with cooperation of local people, the statement added.
Guzargah Noor is a remote districts of Baghlan province that Taliban fighters twice have launched attacks to capture the district, but foiled.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday October 29, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Afghan national police personnel succeeded to detain seven people accused of different criminal cases in northern Kunduz province during the last 48 hours.
Hejratullah Akbari spokesman of Kunduz police told BNA reporter, the people were arrested accused of murder, robbery, narcotic drug selling and forging documents in various parts of the province.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday October 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Six members of a same family lost their lives following mortar attack carried out by Taliban fighters in northern Balkh province.
Adel Shah Adel spokesperson of Balkh police chief told BNA correspondent, the mortar shell that fired by Taliban fighters hit on a residential house in Sholgara district of the province.
Six members of a family were killed and another was wounded following the incident, Adel added.
The incident occurred, after Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan national army’s installations in Halqajar region, Sholgara district.
M.A.Ansari 

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