Madinah Munawwarah Future Plan. Here's how the City of Prophet Muhammad will look like in the next few years when the projects are done.
Two British Architects to Redevelop Mecca Expansion Project
Lord Foster and Zaha Hadid 'asked to redevelop Mecca'
Lord Foster and Zaha Hadid, two of Britain's best-known architects, are reported to be candidates for potentially the world's biggest building project: redesigning Mecca.
The two architects are reported to be among a group of 18 who have been approached over a commission to redevelop Islam's holiest city, which is in Saudi Arabia's Makkah Province.
Authorities from the city are seeking a design for a complex of mosques capable of holding three million people. About that number visit the city each year during the Hajj pilgramage, which all Muslims are supposed to make at least once in their lifetime.
The pick of Lord Foster, a non Muslim, is not without controversy.
Makkah Redevelopment Project 2008 - 2020 in Photos:
Shah Rukh Khan on Islam and Terrorism
Indian Bollywood mega star Shah Rukh Khan has this to say on his upcoming movie, Islam and terrorism:
"The movie is about a Muslim person's strife to tell people that 'my name is Khan but I am not a terrorist.."
"I think the whole concept of jihad, the whole concept of warring needs to be explained as Allah meant it to be in the Quran."
Islam does not in any way tell you to be violent, he said, adding it does not support terrorism.
Intel Develops Significant Breakthrough in Silicon Photonics Development
Intel is claiming world record performance in optical communications using silicon photonics, in a development announced in the journal Nature Photonics.
Silicon photonics-based photo dectors are used to send and receive optical information, particularly in very high-bandwidth applications like supercomputers. Intel says silicon photonics is essential for "ultra-fast transfer of data (in) future computers powered by many processor cores."
The development is significant because it is based on silicon--a readily available, low-cost material used in semicondutor chips today--and outperforms more exotic, pricier materials. To date, Silicon photonics technology, using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) techniques, has suffered from performance shortcomings.
Sabra and Shatila massacres remembered
Martin Asser of BBC reminds us:
There's another significant anniversary this week, but not one that's attracted the sort of attention the 11 September commemorations have.
On 16 September 1982, under the watchful eye of their Israeli allies who had encircled the area, Lebanese Christian militiamen entered Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps bent on revenge for the assassination of their leader Bashir Gemayel.
There followed a three-day orgy of rape and slaughter that left hundreds, possibly thousands, of innocent civilians dead in what is considered the bloodiest single incident of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Based on Al Jazeera's finding:
... a former LF fighter, who spoke to Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity, insisted that the Israeli military, and not the Lebanese, should shoulder full responsibility for the killings.
He said: "After Bashir Gemayel was killed, Lebanon was at a boiling state. We were angry, we were lost. We knew that something was going to happen but didn't know what."
He admitted that the LF was angered by the assassination of Gemayel but had no idea what was planned at Sabra and Shatila. The soldier, who began fighting with the LF when he was 13 in 1979, said his unit had been confined to barracks at the Beirut airport and not allowed to leave after Gemayel's murder until they were deployed around Sabra and Shatila.
"It was not the LF [who were responsible for the killings]. It was the Israeli soldiers who went inside those camps," he said.
Mumbai Terrorists Caught
Pakistani authorities claim they've caught some of the Lashkar operatives responsible for India attack:
Late Sunday afternoon scores of Pakistani soldiers, backed by helicopter gunships circling overhead, moved on a militant encampment less than three miles outside Muzaffarabad, the small hillside capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. According to local villagers, there were exchanges of small-arms fire as the soldiers launched an assault on the rural camp that was run by Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charitable, public face of the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla outfit that India has blamed for planning, organizing and carrying out the Mumbai massacre late last month. While Pakistani officials are not commenting publicly, they confirmed privately that between three and eight Lashkar operatives were captured, including perhaps Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, whom Indian officials have fingered as a top controller of the 10 gunmen who staged the Mumbai attacks that killed at least 164 people.
Muslim hajj pilgrimage culminates on Mt. Arafat
Muslim hajj pilgrimage culminates on Mt. Arafat:
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) Creating a sea of white robes, nearly 3 million Muslims converged on a rocky desert hill outside Mecca on Sunday to perform the ritual of forgiveness marking the climax of the annual hajj.
Chants of "at thy service, my God, at thy service," reverberated through the valley as the pilgrims stood to pray for God's forgiveness in the most spiritual moment of the entire pilgrimage.
It's official: Men really are the weaker sex than women
Unsurprising research finds:
The male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife, startling scientific research from around the world reveals.
The research – to be detailed tomorrow in the most comprehensive report yet published – shows that a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people.
AIDS Vaccine Possible Within 5 Years
Nobel medicine laureate sees progress on AIDS vaccine:
STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Luc Montagnier, co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Saturday stood by his view that a "therapeutic vaccine" for the AIDS pandemic could be created within four to five years.
"It is difficult to say, but it is perhaps a case of four to five years," he told AFP, following a press conference in Stockholm ahead of receiving the prestigious prize next week.
In October Montagnier, 76, said an AIDS treatment could be possible in the future with a "therapeutic" rather than preventive vaccine for which results might be published in three or four years if financial backing is forthcoming.