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Sunday, 10 November 2019 09:25

Taliban Terrorist Killed in Ghazni Operation

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Eight Taliban terrorist group were killed in Ghazni province last night.
Emal Momand acting for Thunder 203 army corps press office told BNA, the Taliban were killed in an operation of security troops in Koilaghach region, Ghazni province.
Four other insurgents were also injured in the operation, he added.
Another report says, two armed Taliban were killed and a motorbike of them was destroyed in an air raid in Seedkaram district, Paktia province.
T. Yarzada

 

Sunday, 10 November 2019 09:24

Drugs Seized in Baghlan

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Police forces of Baghlan province discovered and defused 25kgs of heroin in that province yesterday.
Colonel Mohammad Wais Samimi police chief of Baghlan told BNA correspondent, the officials of anti-narcotic discovered and confiscated 24kgs of heroin from a vehicle in Pul-e-Khomri police checkpoint.
A driver of the vehicle has been detained by police in the connection of the case, said Samimi.
Three days ago, the police officials of Baghlan province also arrested two men with numerous of narcotic drug from the same area.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 10 November 2019 09:23

Taliban Sustained Casualties in Jawzjan

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Taliban sustained casualties in Jawzjan province last night.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, a clash occurred between Taliban and security forces in Qarqeen District, Jawzjan province, two Taliban were killed and four others have been injured, he added.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Kunduz (BNA) A Red Unite Commander of Taliban was detained in a clearing operation of Commando forces in Kunduz province last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, Abdul Baset a Red Unit Commander of Taliban has been detained in a clearing operation of commando forces from outskirt of Chardara District, Kunduz province.
A vehicle, three motorbikes and a Kalashnikov were seized from the detainee.
Likewise, five hideouts, three weapons caches, a training center of the insurgents and several heavy and light weapons have been demolished in the operation, said Nooristani
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 09 November 2019 10:29

Milad-Ul-Nabi: The Birth of Prophet Muhammad

Saturday November 9, 2019
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.

Saturday, 09 November 2019 10:29

Who is the Prophet Muhammad?

Saturday November 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Muhammad   was born in Makkah in the year 570.  Since his father died before his birth and his mother died shortly thereafter, he was raised by his uncle who was from the respected tribe of Quraysh.  He was raised illiterate, unable to read or write, and remained so till his death.  His people, before his mission as a prophet, were ignorant of science and most of them were illiterate.  As he grew up, he became known to be truthful, honest, trustworthy, generous, and sincere.  He was so trustworthy that they called him the Trustworthy.1  Muhammad   was very religious, and he had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society. At the age of forty, Muhammad   received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel.  The revelations continued for twenty-three years, and they are collectively known as the Quran.
As soon as he began to recite the Quran and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered persecution from unbelievers.  The persecution grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate.  This emigration from Makkah to the city of Madinah, some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.
After several years, Muhammad   and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies.  Before Muhammad   died, at the age of sixty-three, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula had become Muslim, and within a century of his death, Islam had spread to Spain in the West and as far East as China.  Among the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the truth and clarity of its doctrine.  Islam calls for faith in only one God, Who is the only one worthy of worship.
The Prophet Muhammad   was a perfect example of an honest, just, merciful, compassionate, truthful, and brave human being.  Though he was a man, he was far removed from all evil characteristics and strove solely for the sake of God and His reward in the Hereafter.  Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of God.

Saturday November 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Milad al-Nabi or the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday is observed at a time when religious ulama consider the Prophet (PBUH) as bright history for all Muslims, saying that ‘the teaching of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was to promote peace and tolerance in Islamic societies.
Rizwani Bayani, head of ulama council of Shia, in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent while congratulating the auspicious Milad al-Nabi to all Muslims of the world said: “The teaching and behavior of the Prophet of Islam was to promote peace, tolerance, brotherhood and unity among Muslims in Islamic society; therefore, the birthday of the Prophet is a bright history to the Muslim nations.”
“The life of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was very simple and sincere as historians even those who were not Muslims have said that behavior and treatment of the Prophet of Islam was full of affection, kindness, tenderness and peace and was inviting all Muslim nations to peace and brotherhood,” Bayani added.
The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) though initially not welcomed, gradually gained such an abrupt momentum that people started converting to Islam in form of societies and delegations. The main reason behind the swift of flow of this divinely message was its basic principle Justice. It had been long since the last prophet on the earth that the people had been suffering from all sorts of injustices.
The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) brought them what they desperately desired. And this was sheer form of ultimate equality. According to the saying of Muhammad (PBUH): “O People! Indeed your Lord is same; you are all the offspring of the same father (Adam); neither an Arab has any priority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab is superior to an Arab; Being white or black in skin earns you no privilege; in the eyes of your Lord the best among you is the one who fears Him most.”
An Afghan Sunni scholar and advisor to chief executive on religious affairs Abdul Malik Ziayee says when the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was born, all the people were living in ignorance and infidelity and it was the blessing of the Prophet of Mohammad (PBUH) that the people started to prefer to live in peace and brotherhood than live in ignorance and violence.
“We should follow the path of our Prophet, end all kind of enmities with our people and live in peace as the teaching of our Prophet (PBUH) was to promote peace and tolerance among the people rather than violence,” Ziayee added.
He further said that spiritual equality, human brotherhood, coupled with the teachings of the earlier prophets was what Mohammad (PBUH) had been ascended with, adding that these precious and heavenly gifts were for all as kindness, justice and brotherhood were the basic necessities of all, Islam brought for all without any discrimination.
The Prophethood of Mohammad (PBUH) was free of the discriminations of ethnicity, nationalism and language. People from different countries, speaking diverse languages attended the gatherings of Mohammad (PBUH) as the migrants of Makkah and the Ansar of Medina were the audience of the prophet.
It is worth mentioning that there are mixed beliefs on how one observes Mohammed’s birthday. Some people see the Prophet’s birthday as an event worthy of praise. Others view the celebration of birthdays as contradictory to Islamic law.  Both sides cite the Hadith (narrations originating from the words and deeds of the Prophet Mohammed) and events from Mohammed’s life to support their views.
Suraya Raiszada

Saturday, 09 November 2019 10:27

The Prophet Muhammad and The Origins of Islam

Saturday November 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The rise of Islam is intrinsically linked with the Prophet Muhammad, believed by Muslims to be the last in a long line of prophets that includes Moses and Jesus. Because Muhammad was the chosen recipient and messenger of the word of God through the divine revelations, Muslims from all walks of life strive to follow his example. After the holy Qur'an, the sayings of the Prophet (hadith) and descriptions of his way of life (sunna) are the most important Muslim texts.
Early Life
Muhammad was born into the most powerful tribe in Mecca, the Quraish, around 570 A.D. The power of the Quraish derived from their role as successful merchants. Several trade routes intersected at Mecca, allowing the Quraish to control trade along the west coast of Arabia, north to Syria, and south to Yemen.
Mecca was home to two widely venerated polytheistic cults whose gods were thought to protect its lucrative trade. After working for several years as a merchant, Muhammad was hired by Khadija, a wealthy widow, to ensure the safe passage of her caravans to Syria. They eventually married.
Divine Revelations
When he was roughly forty, Muhammad began having visions and hearing voices. Searching for clarity, he would sometimes meditate at Mount Hira, near Mecca. On one of these occasions, the Archangel Gabriel (Jibra'il in Arabic) appeared to him and instructed him to recite "in the name of [your] lord." This was the first of many revelations that became the basis of the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam. These early revelations pointed to the existence of a single God, contradicting the polytheistic beliefs of the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula.
Initially overwhelmed by the significance of what was being revealed to him, Muhammad found unflinching support in his wife and slowly began to attract followers. His strong monotheistic message angered many of the Meccan merchants. They were afraid that trade, which they believed was protected by the pagan gods, would suffer. From that point forward, Muhammad was ostracized in Mecca. For a time, the influence and status of his wife and his uncle, Abu Talib, the chief of the clan, protected Muhammad from persecution. After they died, however, Muhammad's situation in Mecca became dire.
The Hijra
Emigration became the only hope for Muhammad and his followers' survival. In 622, they headed to Medina, another oasis town, where they were promised freedom to practice their religion. The move from Mecca to Medina is known as the hijra—the flight—and marks year 1 of the Islamic, or hijri, calendar.
Spreading the Message of Islam
In Medina, Muhammad continued to receive divine revelations and built an ever-expanding community around the new faith. The conflict with the Quraish continued, but after several years of violent clashes, Mecca surrendered. Muhammad and his followers soon returned and took over the city, destroying all its pagan idols and spreading their belief in one God.
The Night Journey and Ascension of the Prophet
Accounts of the ascension (mi'raj ) of Muhammad have captured the imaginations of writers and painters for centuries. One night, while the Prophet was sleeping, the Archangel Gabriel came and led him on a journey. Mounted on the heavenly steed Buraq, Muhammad traveled from the Ka'ba in Mecca to the "Farthest Mosque," which Muslims believe to be the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. There he prayed with other prophets such as Moses, Abraham, and Jesus, and ascended to the skies, where he was led by Gabriel through Paradise and Hell, and finally came face to face with God. He then returned to earth to continue spreading the message of Islam. According to Islamic belief, Muhammad was the only person to see Heaven and Hell while still alive.
After the Prophet's Death: Emergence of Shi'i and Sunni Sects of Islam
When Muhammad died in 632, he had not named a successor. One faction, the Shi'a, believed that only individuals with direct lineage to the Prophet could guide the Muslim community righteously. They thought that 'Ali, Muhammad's closest surviving blood male relative, should be their next leader (caliph). The other faction, the Sunnis, believed that the Prophet's successor should be determined by consensus and successively elected three of his most trusted companions, commonly referred to as the Rightly Guided Caliphs (Abu Bakr, 'Umar, and 'Uthman), as leaders of the Muslim community; 'Ali succeeded them as the fourth caliph.
Today the Islamic community remains divided into Sunni and Shi'i branches. Sunnis revere all four caliphs, while Shi'is regard 'Ali as the first spiritual leader. The rift between these two factions has resulted in differences in worship as well as political and religious views. Sunnis are in the majority and occupy most of the Muslim world, while Shi'i populations are concentrated in Iran and Iraq, with sizeable numbers in Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad
Featured in this unit are several depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. These portrayals, while somewhat rare, are not unheard of as there were (and still are) many different attitudes toward depicting the Prophet, and humans in general, in the Islamic world. These attitudes varied dramatically from region to region and throughout history; the societies that produced the works discussed here are among those that allowed the depiction of the Prophet. Commissioned by Muslims for Muslims, these images appear in biographies of the Prophet and his family, world and local histories, and accounts of Muhammad's celestial journey (mi'raj), as well as in literary texts. In each context, they serve a distinct purpose. They illustrate a narrative in biographies and histories, while in literary texts they serve as visual analogues to written praises of the Prophet. An image of the Prophet Muhammad at the beginning of a book endows the volume with the highest form of blessing and sanctity. Thus, illustration of him was a common practice, particularly in the eastern regions of the Islamic world.

Thursday November 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Bactrian treasures exhibition was opened in Hong Kong Museum of History here on Tuesday with participation of the officials of the two countries.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, deputy minister of culture, Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari pointed out to Afghan-China friendship and cultural ties, adding holding of such exhibitions would further bolster the bilateral cultural ties as well as would help introduce Afghanistan’s riche cultural heritage to the world. The Hong Kong Museum of History is hosting an exhibition of 231 items/sets of rare artefacts including goldware, glassware, bronze sculptures and ivory carvings, unearthed from the four famous archaeological sites of Tepe Fullol, A? Khanum, Tillya Tepe (Hill of gold) and Begram, now in the collection of the National Museum of Afghanistan. The artifacts include a crown from AD 25-50, and a statuette of a goddess and a glass fish, both from the 1st century AD.
The exhibition is co-presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the National Museum of Afghanistan, and it will run until February 10, 2020.

Thursday, 07 November 2019 06:16

Commentary

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) China and Afghanistan insist that the peace process in Afghanistan should be people - government pivotal and relation between Afghanistan and China is based on government and people relations.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes: it is due to China be the host of a session between Afghan political experts and Taliban.
The session was planned for the early current Afghan month, but the host country due to the holding four partied among America, Russia, China and Pakistan in Moscow, the session postponed.
The presidential palace has announced that Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has talked to the Chinese foreign ministry via telephone. At this telephone call the two sides discussed on successfully conducting presidential elections, peace process in Afghanistan, cooperation between the states and negotiation between Afghans and Taliban due to be held in China.
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes any session or program that is able to lead peace and stability in to the country and praise the efforts of countries that have a facilitating role in this humanistic move.
Previously Afghans were also witnessing of holding sessions among Afghans in Moscow and Doha which were mostly on Taliban’s demands.
In fact those sessions were mostly designed for identifying Taliban, even a number of participants as political experts from Kabul attended the sessions have been affected by events of the time and made no any effective work.
But the time has changed the political atmosphere also changed and Taliban cannot ask for more privileges and obliged to move according to the current facts and realities. Previously Taliban were against the attendance of Afghan state delegation in any program and session. While there is no need for imposing sanctions for reaching peace, specially one side cannot deny the presence of the other side.
The people who want peace should say no to all adventures, show good well and political moral and have a strategy for peace the strategy that be based on realities of Afghan community and no section should be placed in the margin
In previous sessions a number of countries tried to keep Afghan government in margin of peace process and insured relation with Taliban once called them terrorists and insurgents
What is important for Afghan government is this that the states in insuring their relations should observe the national interests of Afghanistan and should not forget that Afghanistan credits their role as a facilitator of peace process not their goals and programs.
The stance of China is appreciable. We hope the efforts of that country lead to peace and in to a comprehensive accord among Afghans.

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