Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Jews in Israel are not true Jews(Rev. 2:9, 3:9)

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

6 new Dubai mega projects announced

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New ‘cities’, attractions & more: 6 new Dubai projects announced

Dubai Municipality has revealed the new projects they’ve got planned for Dubai, including a ‘vertical’ city and the ‘Dubai steps’.

More ambitious buildings and attractions are coming to the city: yesterday, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, paid a visit to the Dubai Municipality offices to find out about the new projects planned, and he gave many of them the go ahead.

Here are the projects that Sheikh Mohammed gave the green light to…

– Further plans for the area being built in Al Jaddaf (near the Palazzo Versace hotel and across the creek from Dubai Festival Centre) were announced. The main element revealed is an egg shaped convention centre that will be spread across five hectares and will have a 7,000 seat capacity hall called Rashid Hall. The centre will also be home to offices and two hotels. It will be next to Mohammed Bin Rashid Library. Here’s what the plan looks like, you can see the egg shaped centre sitting just in front of the book-shaped library to the right of the image:
dubai municipality conference centre
– They also discussed a project called ‘Safari Golf’, which, yes, will involve golf. There will be a golf academy and the whole thing will be spread over 100 hectares (the average golf course is about 30 hectares). What exactly the ‘safari’ element of the project will be is unclear, although WAM did report that the “safari project will be open to everyone with a fee to be set by the municipality”.
– One of the most intriguing announcements was that of the Dubai Stairs project, and while details are scant it’s been billed by the Dubai Municipality as “a cultural and sports project” that will consist of 500 stairs that, as you can see, hang up high in the sky and feature vertical gardens. The location hasn’t been set, but the renderings below make it look like it will be near the water and across the Creek from the Burj Khalifa:
dubai steps
– The intriguingly named Dubai Vertical Industrial City was announced for the Al Layan area of Dubai (behind Arabian Ranches and near Al Qudra Lakes). This will be a 280 hectare “fully integrated” industrial city made up of four parts – industrial buildings, residential buildings, hotels and a business park. Here’s what it will look like:
dubai munici verical industrial city
– The Municipality also announced that they’re building a 460,000 square feet Hardware and Bicycle Market in the Al Warsan area of Dubai (near International City). The market will be finished by the end of September 2016 and will feature 53 bike showrooms as well as shops selling construction materials and four solar power generation panels.

– In a less glamorous but very important announcement, Dubai Municipality also confirmed that they are going to start work on a network of sewage tunnels across the city. The network will be complete by 2020 and will be made up of 121 pumping stations and sustainable tunnels that last for up to 100 years. The project should help cut the carbon emissions currently put out by Dubai’s sewage system.


As part of Dubai Municipality’s goal to turn Dubai into a sustainable city by 2021, Sheikh Mohammed also signed the ‘palm document regulations’ yesterday, which will evaluate green buildings. This means bronze, silver, gold and platinum ‘palm’ awards will be given to developers who build green buildings.

The classification will begin in October and it hopes to slash carbon emissions by 34 per cent.
Here’s video of Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan evaluating the projects yesterday:

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Flight MH370 Is At Diego Garcia - Here's The Proof

YouTube Investigator: ‘Flight 370 landed at Diego Garcia military base, plane and passengers then put in a Faraday style hangar’

Most recently Montagraph produced a video detailing the possibility that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 was landed at Diego Garcia, a top-secret military base controlled by the U.S.

(INTELLIHUB) — Montagraph, who is also the face behind the popular “Montagraph” YouTube channel, is known for his thought-provoking videos. In his most recent video titled “Flight MH370 Is At Diego Garcia – Here’s The Proof,” Montagraph laid-out a brief timeline of events that really make sense. In fact his theory makes more sense then any of the mainstream media’s recent conjecture.
In fact, the video details how flight 370 departed Malaysia’s Kuala Lampur Airport at 12:41am on the Mar. 8, disappearing from radar and tower communications around 1:21am after making a rather sharp turn-back to the west. This is key information which led Montagraph to the next part of his investigation.
According to Montagraph and others, the plane was seen flying low at the southern tip of the Maldives Islands around 6:15am, on the morning of Mar. 8, 2014. After referencing flight times and distances, Montagraph concluded that the plane would have been in the vicinity of the Maldives around 6:25am. “That’s only a ten minute difference,” stated Montagraph.
Montagraph then stated that MH370 most likely landed at Diego Garcia and the plane may have been ushered into a massive “Faraday cage” style hangar to avoid passengers from communicating with the outside world. 
Montagraph speculates that the plane will later be crashed into the ocean for press coverage and none of the passengers will be retrieved as they likely are still being held at a military facility.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016


From the 1001 Inventions House of Wisdom canvas © 1001 Inventions
For thousands of years women left their mark on their societies, changing the course of history at times, and influencing significant spheres of life at others. In Muslim Civilisation, extraordinary women from different faiths and backgrounds worked alongside men to advance their communities. Their inspiring stories, charismatic personalities and determination to contribute to the development of their environment make them beacons that guide young women and men today.
Women at the time participated in all fields of life. There were women who championed educational and cultural efforts like Fatima al-Fihri, others who excelled in mathematics such as Sutayta al-Mahamili, the medical field, administration and management, philosophy and the arts. Others played key political roles and ruled important territories in the Muslim Civilisation, some of those included Labana of Cordoba of 10th century (Spain), Sitt al-Mulk of 11th century (Egypt), Melike Mama Hatun of 12th century (Turkey), Razia (or Raziyya) Sultana of Delhi of 13th century (India) and many more...
In celebration of International Women’s Day we pay tribute to some of these extraordinary women and highlight their contributions, hoping that new research into unedited manuscripts archived around the world would shed light on more women achievers from that period.
Let us meet some of those amazing women.


The Qarawiyeen Mosque (Image Source) and al-Fihri figure © 1001 Inventions
Fatima al-Fihri played a great role in the civilisation and culture in her community. She migrated with her father Mohamed al-Fihri from Qayrawan in Tunisia to Fez. She grew up with her sister in an educated family and learnt Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and Hadith. Fatima inherited a considerable amount of money from her father which she used to build a mosque for her community. Established in the year 859, the Qarawiyin mosque had the oldest, and possibly the first university in the world. Students travelled there from all over the world to study Islamic studies, astronomy, languages, and sciences. Arabic numbers became known and used in Europe through this university. This is just one important example of the role of women in the advancement of education and civilisation.


Astrolabes (Image Source) and Al-Ijliya figure © 1001 Inventions
The making of astrolabes, a branch of applied science of great status, was practiced by many include one woman from Aleppo (Syria), Mariam* “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya (Al-'Ijliyah bint al-'Ijli al-Asturlabi), who followed her father's profession and was employed at the court of Sayf al-Dawlah (333 H/944 CE-357/967), one of the powerful Hamdanid rulers in northern Syria who guarded the frontier with the Byzantine empire in the tenth century CE.
*First name Mariam was provided by the Syrian Archaeological Society, but remains to be corroborated. 


Illustration of a Seljuk woman (Image Source
Sutayta was taught and guided by several scholars including her father. She died in the year 377H/987CE. Sutayta did not specialise in just one subject but excelled in many fields such as Arabic literature, hadith, and jurisprudence as well as mathematics. It is said that she was an expert in hisab (arithmetics) and fara'idh (successoral calculations), both being practical branches of mathematics which were well developed in her time. It is said also that she invented solutions to equations which have been cited by other mathematicians, which denote aptitude in algebra. Although these equations were few, they demonstrated that her skills in mathematics went beyond a simple aptitude to perform calculations.


 From the cover of Hilal Kazan's book "Jewels of Muslim Calligraphy: Book Review of “Female Calligraphers: Past & Present "
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Zaynab was a famous female calligrapher renowned for her work in fiqh (Islamic law) and hadiths, in addition to her husn-I khatt. She was highly praised and positioned, and was appointed as teacher of Yaqut, the last Abbasid Caliph. She was also the calligrapher in the Musa Palace. She was a brilliant, well-established teacher and many people had the opportunity to study with her and to receive their ijaza from her. The fame of Zaynab was well established when she was named Siqat al-Dawla because of her association with al-Muktafibillah, the Abbasid Caliph. She spent her time studying science and literature.


Nesibe Sultan Statue (Image Source) and Gevher Nesibe-Ghiyâthuddîn medical school and hospital combination of Kayseri constituted the first example of a medical madrasa in Islam (Image Source)
Gevher Nesibe Sultan "was an early 13th century princess of the Sultanate of Rum, the daughter of Kilij Arslan II and sister of Kaykhusraw I, and the namesake of a magnificent complex comprising a hospital, an adjoining medrese devoted primarily to medical studies, and a mosque in Kayseri, Turkey. The complex (külliye in Turkish) that she endowed, is considered one of the preeminent monuments of Seljuk architecture. The hospital was built between 1204 and 1206, and the medrese, whose construction started immediately after Gevher Nesibe's death in 1206, was finished in 1210. The complex takes its name from the princess. The medrese within is known under a variety of names: the Gevher Nesibe Medrese; the Çifte Medrese (Twin Medrese); or as the Gıyasiye Medrese, after Ghiyath al-Din Kaykhusraw I, who was responsible for its construction. The tomb within the medrese is said to belong to Gevher Nesibe."(Source)


Queen Amina of Zaria (Image Source) and Old Arabic Africa Map (Image Source)
During Muslim civilisation, numerous women excelled in various fields in Subsaharan Africa. Among them was Queen Amina of Zaria (1588-1589). She was the eldest daughter of Bakwa Turunku, who founded the Zazzau Kingdom in 1536. Amina came to power between 1588 and 1589. Amina is generally remembered for her fierce military exploits. Of special quality is her brilliant military strategy and in particular engineering skills in erecting great walled camps during her various campaigns. She is generally credited with the building of the famous Zaria wall.


The painting Lady Mary Wortley Montagu with her son, Edward Wortley Montagu, and attendants attributed to Jean Baptiste Vanmour (oil on canvas, circa 1717). (Image Source)
Maybe she is not directly from Muslim Civilisation but the English aristocrat and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) is today remembered particularly for her letters from Turkey, an early example of a secular work by a Western woman about the Muslim Orient. When Lady Mary was in the Ottoman Empire, she discovered the local practice of variolation, the inoculation against smallpox. Unlike Jenner's later vaccination, which used cowpox, variolation used a small measure of smallpox itself. Lady Mary, who had suffered from the disease, encouraged her own children to be inoculated while in Turkey. On her return to London, she enthusiastically promoted the procedure, but encountered a great deal of resistance. However, her example certainly popularized the practice of inoculation with smallpox in British high society. The numbers inoculated remained small, and medical effort throughout the 18th century was concentrated on reducing the risks and side-effects of the inoculation process.


© From the 1001 Inventions House of Wisdom canvas © 1001 Inventions
To celebrate Women’s Day on 8th March, no way is better than reproducing a collection of articles written by FSTC scholars and associates on the achievements of women in Muslim Heritage in various fields. We focused in our work on this topic of contributions made by women in science, technology, medicine, social care, management and patronage.
In view of the growing importance of the subject of gender and women in society, this collection of articles we present below represents some of what we currently know about some famous Muslim women. We hope that this will initiate debate and start the process of unearthing what could be a most significant find:

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

A real underground kingdom in Vietnam

In 1991, a simple farmer stumbled across a previously unexplored cave in Phon Nha-Ke Bang national park, Vietnam. A terrible roar of water emanated from the entrance, frightening him, and he decided not to go inside. The local inhabitants named the cave Son Doong, but none of them dared to explore it.
It was only in 2009 that a group of British scientists led by Howard Limbert, having once again located the cave, decided to go inside. What they found was an entirely self-contained world, five kilometres long and 150 metres wide. Having explored it, they were able to confirm that Son Doong is in fact the largest cave on the planet.
This unique place has its own flora, fauna, lakes and even clouds. Bright Side decided to share some photos and impressions of this incredible new world that’s been discovered.
In order to get into the cave, you have to descend 80 metres under the ground using a rope.
There’s a river in the cave, with a relatively fast current.
There are small, emerald-coloured lakes, and even beaches.
The cave contains a wealth of ancient fossils and stalactites.
Stalagmites of record size — up to 70 metres tall — also ’grow’ there.
A thick jungle of three-metre-thick trees has grown up. Various different kinds of animals inhabit the cave, including monkeys, hornbill birds, and bats.
The cave even has its own unique climatic conditions; clouds form there due to a sharp difference in temperature with the outside world.
Photo credit: flickr