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Awantipora, Nov 14: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two militants affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen outfit in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“Two militants of Hizb ul Mujahideen arrested in Awantipora. Arms and ammunition recovered,” police said on Twitter.

Reports said the duo was arrested from Panzgam area of Awantipora. They were identified as Jan Muhammad of Dogripora and Naseer-ul-Islam of Panzgam.

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SRINAGAR, NOV 14: The government has slapped one more Public Safety Act (PSA) on the incarcerated Muslim League chairman Masrat Alam Bhat.

This is 37th PSA on him, according to Muslim League spokesperson while condemning his shifting to Hiranagar Jail in Jammu.

The League’s spokesperson Sajad Ayoubi said, “The court, while quashing the 35th PSA order against Masrat Aalam on 26.10.17 had directed the authorities to release him immediately. But instead of releasing, he was re-arrested in connection with a frivolous FIR of 2015 lodged against him in Handwara and slapped 36th PSA which stands invalid now as its has expired as per duration”.

This time, he has been re-arrested for an FIR lodged against him in Baramulla and slapped with one more PSA, which has been described as a “lawless law” by the amnesty international.

Ayoubi said that the government is afraid of Masrat Aalam’s popularity which is why he is being put behind bars again and again.

“It is the worst demonstration of political vendetta,” he added. 

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SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 14(KMW): As per the communication of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, there is a danger of avalanches from November 13, 2018 (1700 hrs) to 14th November 2018 (1700 hrs) in avalanche prone areas of Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Leh and Kargil districts of Kashmir Division.

The Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts have been asked to advise people not to venture out in avalanche prone areas during the period.

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By Mahmoud Mostafa

Islam and the Divine Feminine? Really?

Yes, as improbable as it may seem, really. In our times we have become so accustomed to a male-dominated, authoritarian and repressive interpretation of Islam that has all but eliminated the feminine dimension from our spiritual life causing serious imbalances in our lives, our communities and our world.

But it wasn’t always this way. In its original revelation and manifestation, Islam was, and remains, a guidance system that brings the human being into balance and integrates our masculine and feminine aspects into a unified whole. In Islamic terminology, this is the state of the soul at peace, Nafs Al Mutma’inah, where our inner conflicts and contradictions are resolved, our hearts are healed and we come to experience our existence as wholesome beings reflecting the Divine Unity. This is the oneness of Tawheed. This concept of Tawheed, which is so central to Islam, does not mean a theological principle that there is one god. It is actually a verb meaning to make one, that is, to integrate, to bring to unity that which is fragmented. On the human plane it is the act of realizing God’s oneness in ourselves.

Such a state cannot be attained if the feminine aspect of life is not properly integrated and honoured in ourselves and in society. This integration is not possible as long as our paradigm of the Divine is rooted in mostly masculine symbols, language, and meanings. Islam in its original form is rich with symbolism that brings forth the feminine aspect of the Divine to help guide our knowing of God, who is without gender, yet whose qualities are manifest in existence in a symbiotic balance of both the masculine and feminine.

So What Are Examples Of The Divine Feminine In Islam?

We begin with the most basic and well-known divine quality of Rahmah, which is unconditional love, and is the preeminent divine quality that is accepted universally by Muslims. God’s best known and most often used name among Muslims is Rahman. This name comes from the root verb R-H-M and it means womb and this of course is a uniquely feminine quality. God is the Divine Womb that encompasses all things and from which all existence comes into being or is birthed.

It’s difficult for us to shift our habitual perspective of God as a He, or male, especially with the limitation of a gendered language like Arabic that defaults to the masculine for indeterminate gender. Yet, if we recall that the feminine embodies such qualities as receptivity, subtlety, surrender, empathy, gentleness, peacefulness, healing, sharing, flowing, reconciliation, loving, tenderness, forgiveness, nurturing, patience, origin and mystery, we will see there are many other divine qualities that are feminine in nature among these are, Peace (Salaam), Faith (Mu’min), Creator (Khaleq), Subtle (Lateef), Gentle (Halim), Wise (Hakim), Inner (Baatin), Living (Hayy), Bestower (Wahhab), Loving (Wadud), Tender (Ra’uf), Forgiving (Ghafur) as well as many others.

If we contemplate and reflect upon the Divine Names without our deeply ingrained gender bias, we may open up to understanding the feminine aspects of many of Allah’s Divine Qualities.

We can look further into some of the symbolism in the Quran to explore how feminine symbols are presented to help guide our spiritual development and integration of our souls. Here are two examples:

The Mother of the Book (Umm-ul Kitab):

This profoundly mystical term is used in the Quran to refer to the source of divine wisdom, and is closest to God’s unknowable essence. It is the source from which all revelation emanates directly to the hearts of the prophets. The use of the imagery of motherhood, of birthing, of nurturing and caring to describe this metaphysical concept is beautiful and sublime. It takes one to a depth of understanding that divine guidance is motherly in its unconditional loving, its nurturing of our souls, its acceptance of our limitations, and in embracing us with love and forgiveness.

The Houris (Huur-in ‘Een)

This term has become generally accepted as referring to the beautiful virgins awaiting the male believers in Paradise. Although this term is often confused with the male-centric sexual fantasy about the afterlife, the word Huur comes from the root verb H-W-R which has the primary meaning of turning or changing, that is transforming. It also has the meaning of the radiance of the eyes, or eyes that shine brilliantly. It also means to be purified of all faults, to be made fit for the companionship of the prophets! The word ‘Een comes from the word for eye, ‘Ayn, which also has the meaning of the essence or origin of something. In the Quran this term is used in the context of pairing of souls in the sense of bringing two halves together to make a whole.

Contemplation of these verses may open us to understanding of the realization of our full humanness, when we become complete by the pairing of our masculine and feminine dimensions, that is when our physical, active self (masculine) opens up and connects with our inner, subtle self (feminine) which transforms us from fragmentation, suffering, and conflict (Hell), to the peace and bliss of unity (Paradise).

We can see the Divine Feminine in the symbolism of the Prophet Muhammad. He is named in the Quran, and is most commonly known to those who love him in two ways. One is as Mercy to All Worlds (Rahmat-ul Alameen), this womb-like quality is characteristic of the Prophet’s nature and is a feminine quality as we mentioned earlier.

The second is as the Prophet of the Mother (Nabiyy-ul Ummiyy), this term is often understood and translated as the unlettered prophet or the gentile prophet but Ummiyy literally means of the mother or the motherly and it refers to the fact that he received wisdom and guidance directly from the source, from the Mother, not from books or from other men.

Finally, we take a look at the symbolism of the mosque and its characteristic architecture. The interior space of traditional mosques is defined by two things, a dome and a prayer niche (Mihrab). The Mihrab is a really important aspect of the mosque; it orients the worshippers to the direction of Mecca. But the Mihrab also holds a profound feminine symbol. In the Quran we are told that the blessed Virgin Mary used to keep solitary retreat in the Mihrab. It was while she was in solitude in the Mihrab that she was visited by the Angel Gabriel and given the revelation that she would bear and give birth to Jesus. Mary symbolizes the receptive feminine energy that opens to the divine effulgence and gives birth to divine spirit into the physical world.

Mary is the archetype of the devoted human heart that is in complete trust and surrender to the Divine. In the Quran, Prophet Zechariah learns from Mary’s devotion how to call upon God and how to trust in the divine generosity despite his doubts, and thus he receives his portion of the divine blessing.

For centuries, it was traditional to see this verse from the Quran about Mary adorning the Mihrab of mosques. The Mihrab is known as Mary’s Station (Maqam). Mary is the Owner of the Station of the Mihrab, her spirit stands at the front of every worshipper in every mosque. She is the Inner Imam of every mosque. The dome of the mosque encompasses the prayer space and symbolizes Mary’s womb and the Mihrab symbolizes the birth channel from which Jesus, the Messiah, comes into the world. When we are inside the mosque we are held within Mary’s womb, which is a reflection of God the Rahman, and when our hearts are properly oriented towards the Mihrab we may be prepared to receive Jesus, God’s Spirit, into our hearts.

In this way mosques hold the symbolism of the mystery of the divine flow through the inner, subtle feminine dimension of our being and its manifestation into the active masculine dimension of the physical world.

May we be guided to an authentic state of unity where our masculine and feminine dimensions can be in proper proportion and balance that we may taste the truth of Tawheed.

Source: patheos.com/blogs/livingtradition/2016/10/feminine-symbols-in-islam/#comment-3995985109.

courtesy : newageislam

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Is a experienced and superb Wildlife photographer .He via his versatile images of wildlife is making kashmir. In an exclusive interview talks to Rameez Makhdoomi.

Q1:- Tell us about your academic life?
Ans:- I earned my post graduate degree in Radiation sciences From Kasturba Medical College .While my education exposed me to the physics in medicine and biology, modern technology and research in advanced medical imaging, the rest of my education was how to serve human life. I certainly learned things outside of the classroom including time management, how to work with your team and how to be intrinsically motivated.
Q2:-How did you got inclined towards photography?

Ans:- A decade ago , looking for a hobby I bought a basic digital camera and I focused on night landscape photography. Shooting Landscapes during the night can make a stunning photos. I was overwhelmed by the cameras ability to capture the most minute details and the most intense colors. A few years later I discovered the world of bird photography and I outfitted myself with the best possible camera gear for small fast moving subjects .It didn’t take long until i expanded my focus to all wildlife.
“ MY LIFE’S ITINERARY IS SET BY NATURE’S BEAT.” I work out the best times to photograph a subject and organise my life around that with a deep commitment to conservation.
Q3:-What motivated you to choose wildlife photography as a passion?

Ans:- Once I realised that I had never truly used my eyes until I found these wild creatures all of which live within our surroundings .As we all know our state has a rich bio-diversity with Alpine forests , Himalayan moist temperate forests, Himalayan dry temperate forests, Subtropical pine forests, Subtropical dry deciduous forests Minor forest type and then we have wetlands more than 50. Imagine how much we have missed, neglecting to stop and share a moment with these beautiful species that share the same home we call planet earth. Wildlife photography makes me happy .It excites me and gets me out of bed at 3 am in the morning. So I think wildlife photography is a type of meditation itself.
Q4:-what is the scope of wildlife photography?

Ans:- Wildlife photographers provide publications with images of animals, plants and environments from across the globe, although some self-publish as independent artists. In addition to understanding photographic techniques and methods, they must also comprehend the subjects of their images. This sounds easy but believe me it is very hard to do so .My personal advice is keep it a passionate hobby only.
Q5:-What tips you want to give young wildlife photographers?

Ans:- Try to understand the wildlife as much as possible. Research the animal behaviour as much as possible so that you can try to understand it. This will enable you to increase your chances of being in the right place at the right time. You can also try to utilise local knowledge about where you can find certain species.
Secondly, you almost always need a good deal of patience when photographing animals in the wild. They are inherently unpredictable and you often need to wait for the right situations to arise.
Practice as much as possible and to really try to hone your skills.
Please visit our website www.wildboxphotography.com or www.awildbox.com for further knowledge and information.

Q6:- What is Your career goals?
Ans:- I want to create opportunities for others and take control .Off course I have primary and secondary goals .Recently I have started a photographic firm which sells wildlife photography accessories, kids event and offers wildlife tours across india. The basic vision behind this mission is conservation of our forests and wildlife. Whatever money we will earn would be used to plant new saplings, stop illegal trade of wood smuggling, and legal actions against land mafia and corrupted wildlife employees.

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Srinagar, Nov 12 (KMW): Government forces on Monday night launched a cordon-and-search operation at Drabgam and Kareemabad villages in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Reports reaching news agency said that a joint team of army’s 55 RR, 182, 183 CRPF and SOG Pulwama laid a siege at Hergam area of Kareemabad late this night.

The joint team, reports said, have also installed lighting facility in the area.

All the entry and exit points have been sealed by a strengthened posse of the joint forces, they said.

Meanwhile, the joint team also laid a seige at Drabgam village late this night.

A police officer also confirmed both the operations and said that they were launched following inputs about the movement of some suspected militants. 

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JAMMU, NOVEMBER 12(KMW): Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Parvez Ahmed today called on Advisor to Governor, Kewal Krishan Sharma.

Chairman briefed the Advisor about several initiatives being taken up by the Bank for expanding its services. He informed that the bank has a total of 1.12 crore accounts across the country besides having a branch in almost every block of the state.

The Advisor asked the Chairman to explore more avenues in J&K as well as other States for the growth of the bank

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Srinagar, Nov 12(KMW): As the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir experienced fresh snowfall, the Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was closed for traffic Monday as a precautionary measure, officials said.

Light snowfall was reported from various high-altitude areas, including Peer Ki Gali along the Mughal road, since Sunday night, the officials said.
In view of the snow forecast especially in the higher reaches, Sub-divisional Magistrate Surankote Saleem Ahmad ordered closure of the Mughal road for three days from Monday.

” because of the snowfall from November 1 to 3 at Peer Ki Gali, a number of private and commercial vehicles got stranded on the road, putting the lives of commuters at risk. After tremendous efforts by the police and Army more than 100 people were rescued.

“Keeping in view the above incident and inclement weather conditions and forecast of snow, the vehicular movement stands suspended on the Mughal road with effect from November 12 to November 14,” Ahmad said.

The Mughal road was opened for one-way traffic on Saturday after remaining closed for eight days due to heavy snowfall along Peer Ki Gali.

The meteorological department had predicted widespread rain or snow across the state till November 14.

“Chances of heavy rain or snow is very less, although, snowfall of 5 to 10 inches on mountains cannot be ruled out either,” State Meteorological Department Director Sonum Lotus said.

The Mughal road usually remains closed for winter months due to heavy snowfall along the Peer Ki Gali.

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway is the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country and is open for one-way traffic, the officials said.

They said the traffic was moving smoothly from Srinagar to Jammu as per the one-way arrangement which came into force in early last month to facilitate smooth movement of vehicles.

The traffic plies alternatively from the twin capitals on the highway.

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Raipur, Nov 11 (news agency) Nearly one lakh security personnel have been deployed in the Naxal-affected districts going to polls in the first phase in Chhattisgarh on Monday, amid the threat from Maoists who have called for a boycott of the elections.

On the eve of the polls, a sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) lost his life when Naxals detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kanker district while a Maoist was gunned down in an encounter in Bijapur district.

Voting will be held on Monday in 18 seats spread over eight Naxal-affected districts in the state.

Naxal outfits have given calls for boycott of the election and executed over half-a-dozen attacks in the last 15 days, three of them major ones which left 13 people dead including a cameraman of national broadcaster Doordarshan who was covering the election campaign.

According to police, escorting polling parties to their destinations and bringing them back after the polls pose challenges to them in the Naxal hotbed.

“Around one lakh security personnel, including central paramilitary force, have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling in the first phase,” Chhattisgarh’s Special Director General (anti-Naxal operations) D M Awasthi told PTI.

All counter measures have been taken to thwart attempts by Maoists to disrupt the poll process, he said.

A total of 650 companies (roughly around 65,000 security personnel), including of paramilitary forces like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and other state forces, have been sent by the Centre for poll duty, he said.

These units are apart from the paramilitary personnel and 200 companies of state forces already engaged in the anti- Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh, Awasthi said.

He said around 650 polling booth parties were airlifted by helicopters on Saturday to remote areas while other teams were being sent by road on Sunday.

Choppers of the Indian Air Force and the BSF were pressed into service for the purpose, he said.

“The challenge is to escort all polling parties safely to their destination in Naxal-affected areas and later to conduct polls and bring back them safely,” Awasthi said.

He said there are inputs of Naxals planning to plant IEDs to target security men. “Therefore, a hawk eye was being kept on roads in such areas,” the official said.

Awasthi said forces that have arrived from other states have been advised to avoid using any road unless it has been sanitised by “road opening parties” (ROPs) or subjected to a de-mining exercise to detect and clear IEDs.

Security men have also been asked to avoid patrolling on foot as Naxals are known to place iron spikes to inflict injuries, he said.

They have also been asked to maintain extra caution and sanitise polling booths and other premises in sensitive areas, he said.

In the last 10 days, over 300 IEDs were recovered from the Bastar region and Rajnandgaon district by security forces, he added.

Another state police official said as many as 198 polling booths have been relocated in the eight districts going to polls, in view of the Maoist threat and convenience of locals.

The highest number of 76 polling booths were shifted in Bijapur, followed by Sukma-40, Kanker-25, Dantewada-21, Narayanpur-18, Rajnandgaon-12, Kondagaon-four and Bastar- two, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Drones have been deployed in sensitive areas to track the movements of Naxals as they might target polling personnel on way to the booths, he said.

Police have been asked to maintain a strict vigil on the borders with Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

Due to the Naxal threat, polling in 10 constituencies – Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta – will start at 7 am and end at 3 pm.

In the other eight seats Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot the polling time will be 8 am to 5 pm.

On November 8, four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when Naxals detonated a bus with an IED in Dantewada district.

Before that on October 30, three police personnel and a cameraman of national broadcaster Doordarshan were killed in a Maoist attack in Aranpur area of Dantewada.

On October 27, four CRPF personnel were killed and two others injured after Maoists blew up their bullet proof bunker vehicle with an IED in Bijapur district.

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SRINAGAR, NOV 11 (KMW): A militant of Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit killed in a brief shootout in Handwara area of Kupwara district has been identified as Ishtiyaq a resident of Pakistan.

Police spokesman said that a group of militants while moving through Handwara was intercepted by a naka party near Chattipora in the jurisdiction of Police Station Handwara.

He said that militants opened fire, triggering a brief gunfight in which a militant was killed.

“Consequently one militant got killed in the exchange of fire. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the slain militant,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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