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Some of the most powerful images from Bosnia.
1995: A grinning Ratko Mladic, military commander of the Army of Republika Srpska, pats Bosnian Muslim boy Izudin Alic, then 8, on the head and assures him everyone in Srebrenica, Bosnia, would be safe, as other young Bosnian Muslims look on. Just hours later, Ratko Mladic’s army murdered Izudin’s father and uncles and over 8,000 Muslim men and boys, in what is known as the Srebrenica genocide, and ditched them in mass graves. Izudin Alic escaped with his life to bear witness to the incident.
2011: Izudin Alic visits his father’s gravestone at the memorial cemetery Potocari, near Srebrenica. Alic recalls with crystal clarity the sunny day he met the former military commander who gave him chocolate, and who now faces genocide charges at the UN war crimes tribunal. “I was 8 and I didn’t know what was going on and who Ratko Mladic was,” Izudin Alic told The Associated Press.
The United Nations had declared the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, besieged by Serbs throughout the conflict, a protected area for civilians. When Mladic’s troops overran the enclave, 20,000 people flocked to the U.N. base outside Srebrenica for protection.
So did the Alic family — young Izudin, his two sisters, his mother and his grandfather.
When Serb troops reached the base, the outgunned and outnumbered 400 Dutch “peacekeepers” never fired a shot, and Mladic’s troops began separating out the men for execution.
People in Islam: Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy
Imam of the Grand Mosque of Kuwait, Sh. Mishary Alafasy is one of the most influential qari (one with proper recitation of Qur’an) and Islamic vocal artists in the world.
He began Islamic Studies at the College of Qur’an and moved onto the Islamic University and Medinah, specializing in ten readings and translations of the Qur’an.
His largest body of work, outside of being a Imam is his (personally the most amazing) recitation of Qur’an, which you can find here, his recitations are to be heard, but his popularity doesn’t end there. As a mushnid (someone who sings a form of Islamic music), his songs are incredibly popular in the Muslim world. From songs like “I am the slave”, “La ilaha ila Allah” to “Tala al Badru”, Sh, Alafasy’s faith is ever present in everything he does, from his sobering recitation of Surah Al Mu’minun, to the epic “Red Betarish”, Sh. Alafasy is leaving an indelible mark on Islam and the Ummah as it moves forward, reminding us in every way that our faith is to be carried with us, not as a burden but as a glorifying force in our lives.
How to take notes?
The best and most effective way of taking Tafsir notes, based on suggestion and experience of teaching over a past few years.
- Write the new translations down, some words are easy, some are difficult, mark the difficult words and their…
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
(They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”
(Soorah Aali-Imraan 3:8)
Islam began as a stranger and it will return to being a stranger as it once was. Therefore, blessed are the strangers who remain virtuous when everyone else becomes corrupt.