Swiss Cash is haraam!

Via Amanz, the National Fatwa Council decreed yesterday which was published in Berita Harian that internet investment programmes the likes of Swiss Cash is undoubtedly haraam, as it contains elements of riba’ (ursury). I will get that article translated and maybe I can find similar rulings from leading Islamic websites on the matter.

On another note, the Swiss Cash programme has been quite popular amongst the Malay-Muslim Malaysians in particular, and several times I have encountered people asking me whether I am involved in Swiss Cash when I reply that I earn my income from the internet. I find it troublesome to explain what is paid blogging (especially to IT-illiterate people who have never heard of computers, what more blogs), so I almost always ended up saying that I work freelance for advertisers.

Anyway, I digress.

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    1. It’s saddening to see that some foreign news agency reported this as the banning of all Internet related investment scheme.

    2. The Tiger says KHIR TOYO deserves a few nights under ISA until he proves he is innocent. OTHERWISE BN the STUPID and LAME DONKEYS SHOULD TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY……….INCLUDING BLADDY TAN SRI MUSA HASSAN………..
      For their reports that Therese Kok questioned the azan being too loud……………a false statement by whoever it is should be punished accordingly…………..
      Give a show cause letter to Berita Harian…………….just like they did to the other 3 papers………..

    3. According to Malaysia daily Berita Harian, Malaysia is one of the 12 country that in America’s goverment as anti-America ( include Indonesia, Afghanistan etc ). But American’s ambassador at Malaysia said it is false and just propaganda from some people. Do you believe it – Kuala Lumpur anti America?

    4. NEWS ASIA-PACIFIC: Malaysia issues fatwa on ghosts
      Genies are also a target of the decree [AP]
      A Malaysian museum has closed an exhibition on supernatural beings after Islamic religious authorities issued a fatwa, or decree, against it, state media have reported.
      The National Fatwa Council had ruled on Thursday that exhibitions on ghosts, ghouls and supernatural beings were forbidden, as they could undermine the faith of Muslims.Abdul Shukor Husin, the council’s chair, was quoted as saying that “supernatural beings are beyond the comprehension of the human mind.” “We don’t want to expose Muslims to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,” the Berita Harian newspaper quoted him as saying.
      Mythical attractions

      Thousands of visitors had attended musuem in the western state of Negri Sembilan since it launched the ghost and genie exhibition on March 10, due to run until May 31.

      Its curator had previously resisted calls from Malaysia’s arts minister and a religious leader for it to be shut down amid criticism that encouraging a belief in ghosts was un-Islamic.

      But Kamaruddin Siaraf, Negeri Sembilan’s state secretary and chair of the state museum board, said the exhibition was terminated after the National Fatwa Council ruled against such events.

      http://www.newscloud.com/read/....._on_ghosts
      What really bothers me is the coincedence of words and phrases used on this forum and on televison. As in:
      “UnIslamic”–UnChristian

      “We don’t want to expose Muslims to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,”– We don’t want to expose our children to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,”

      “They could undermine the faith of Muslims.”–Atheists or Pagans could undermine the faith of Christians.

      It’s what you might call a theocracy script

    5. According to Malaysia daily Berita Harian, Malaysia is one of the 12 country that in America’s goverment as anti-America ( include Indonesia, Afghanistan etc ). But American’s ambassador at Malaysia said it is false and just propaganda from some people. Do you believe it – Kuala Lumpur anti America?

    6. I came upon an magazine article (small one) in the december 8th ( mail ordered )issue of time magazine and saw a quote by Abdul Shukor Husin ( he is National Fatwa council chairman)

      ‘It( referring to yoga) can destroy the faith of a Muslim’

      this quote was to explain why Malaysia’s top Islamic body ruled against the practice of yoga by Muslims. I don’t see how the act of increasing your flexibility and concentration can damage or harm one’s faith. Can it?

      P.S. No racist comments from ignorant bigots(You know who you are) who know nothing of Islam but what they get from the media, this is a serious question.

    7. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Argentine oil company Bridas, led by its ambitious chairman, Carlos Bulgheroni, became the first company to exploit the oil fields of Turkmenistan and propose a pipeline through neighboring Afghanistan. A powerful US-backed consortium intent on building its own pipeline through the same Afghan corridor would oppose Bridas’ project.

      As of 1992, 11 western oil companies controlled more than 50 percent of all oil investments in the Caspian Basin, including Unocal, Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Pennzoil, Texaco, Phillips and British Petroleum.

      In October 1995, with neither company in a winning position, Bulgheroni and Imle accompanied Niyazov to the opening of the UN General Assembly. There, Niyazov awarded Unocal with a contract for a 918-mile natural gas pipeline. Bulgheroni was shocked. At the announcement ceremony, Unocal consultant Henry Kissinger said that the deal looked like “the triumph of hope over experience.”

      According to Ahmed Rashid, “Unocal’s real influence with the Taliban was that their project carried the possibility of US recognition, which the Taliban were desperately anxious to secure.”

      Unocal wasted no time greasing the palms of the Taliban. It offered humanitarian aid to Afghan warlords who would form a council to supervise the pipeline project. It provided a new mobile phone network between Kabul and Kandahar. Unocal also promised to help rebuild Kandahar, and donated $9,000 to the University of Nebraska’s Center for Afghan Studies. The US State Department, through its aid organization USAID, contributed significant education funding for Taliban. In the spring of 1996, Unocal executives flew Uzbek leader General Abdul Rashid Dostum to Dallas to discuss pipeline passage through his northern (Northern Alliance-controlled) territories.

      Bridas countered by forming an alliance with Ningarcho, a Saudi company closely aligned with Prince Turki el-Faisal, the Saudi intelligence chief. Turki was a mentor to Osama bin Laden, the ally of the Taliban who was publicly feuding with the Saudi royal family. As a gesture for Bridas, Prince Turki provided the Taliban with communications equipment and a fleet of pickup trucks. Now Bridas proposed two consortiums, one to build the Afghanistan portion, and another to take care of both ends of the line. By November 1996, Bridas claimed that it had an agreement signed by the Taliban and Dostum—trumping Unocal.

      The competition between Unocal and Bridas, as described by Rashid, “began to reflect the competition within the Saudi Royal family.”

      In 1997, Taliban officials traveled twice to Washington, D.C. and Buenos Aires to be wined and dined by Unocal and Bridas. No agreements were signed.

      It appeared to Unocal that the Taliban was balking. In addition to royalties, the Taliban demanded funding for infrastructure projects, including roads and power plants. The Taliban also announced plans to revive the Afghan National Oil Company, which had been abolished by the Soviet regime in the late 1970s.

      Osama bin Laden (who issued his fatwa against the West in 1998) advised the Taliban to sign with Bridas. In addition to offering the Taliban a higher bid, Bridas proposed an open pipeline accessible to warlords and local users. Unocal’s pipeline was closed—for export purposes only. Bridas’ plan also did not require outside financing, while Unocal’s required a loan from the western financial institutions (the World Bank), which in turn would leave Afghanistan vulnerable to demands from western governments.

      Bridas’ approach to business was more to the Taliban’s liking. Where Bulgheroni and Bridas’ engineers would take the time to “sip tea with Afghan tribesmen,” Unocal’s American executives issued top-down edicts from corporate headquarters and the US Embassy (including a demand to open talks with the CIA-backed Northern Alliance).

      During the final months of the Clinton administration, the Taliban was officially a rogue regime. After nearly a decade of fierce competition between the US-supported Unocal-CentGas consortium and Bridas of Argentina, neither company had secured a deal for a trans-Afghanistan pipeline.

      Immediately upon seizing the White House, George W. Bush resumed relations with the Taliban.

      Bush stocked his cabinet with figures from the energy industry with long-time ties to Central Asia (including Dick Cheney of Halliburton, Richard Armitage of Unocal, Condoleeza Rice of Chevron), and rode into office on the largesse of corporations with vested interests in the region (Enron). Suddenly, the prospects for a trans-Afghanistan oil and gas pipeline that would help ensure American dominance of Eurasia, described by Zbigniew Brezezinski as “The Grand Chessboard,” began to improve.

      The Bush family’s involvement in the Middle East and Central Asian oil politics, and its deep ties
      Nevermind, seems it didn’t fit…

    8. The headline:
      Malaysian cleric says Islam forbids botox

      The link:
      http://story.irishsun.com/inde.....3127/cs/1/

      The snip:
      Muslims in Malaysia have been advised not to undergo Botox treatments as it is forbidden in Islam, a cleric has said.

      Selangor Mufti Mohamad Tamyes Abdul Wahad said the National Fatwa Council had decided to list the beauty treatment as ‘haram’ (forbidden) as it had more adverse effects than good, The Star newspaper reported Thursday.

      He said those providing Botox treatments should stop offering such services.

      The business:
      none of theirs

    9. Ahmadinejad has been a vocal supporter of Iran’s nuclear program, and has insisted that it is for peaceful purposes. He has repeatedly emphasized that building a nuclear bomb is not the policy of his government. He has said that such a policy is “illegal and against our religion.”[76][77] He also added at a January 2006 conference in Tehran that a nation with “culture, logic and civilization” would not need nuclear weapons, and that countries that seek nuclear weapons are those which want to solve all problems by the use of force.[78]

      In April 2006, Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had successfully refined uranium to a stage suitable for the nuclear fuel cycle. In a speech to students and academics in Mashhad, he was quoted as saying that Iran’s conditions had changed completely as it had become a nuclear state and could talk to other states from that stand.[79] On April 13, 2006, Iranian news agency, IRNA, quoted Ahmadinejad as saying that the peaceful Iranian nuclear technology would not pose a threat to any party because “we want peace and stability and we will not cause injustice to anyone and at the same time we will not submit to injustice.”[80]

      Despite Ahmadinejad’s vocal support for the program, the office of the Iranian president is not responsible for nuclear policy. It is instead set by the Supreme National Security Council. The council includes two representatives appointed by the Supreme Leader, military officials and members of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government. It reports directly to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons in 2005.[81]

      Khamenei usually refrains from speaking in public, but has criticized Ahmadinejad’s “personalization” of the nuclear issue.[82] However, sources close to the president have said the article comes from Rafsanjani.[83] Ahmadinejad vowed on February 23, 2008, that Iran will not be held back from developing its peaceful nuclear program, and said the “nuclear technology is … the sort of technology that has been monopolized by a few countries”.[84]

    10. NEWS ASIA-PACIFIC: Malaysia issues fatwa on ghosts
      Genies are also a target of the decree [AP]
      A Malaysian museum has closed an exhibition on supernatural beings after Islamic religious authorities issued a fatwa, or decree, against it, state media have reported.
      The National Fatwa Council had ruled on Thursday that exhibitions on ghosts, ghouls and supernatural beings were forbidden, as they could undermine the faith of Muslims.Abdul Shukor Husin, the council’s chair, was quoted as saying that “supernatural beings are beyond the comprehension of the human mind.” “We don’t want to expose Muslims to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,” the Berita Harian newspaper quoted him as saying.
      Mythical attractions

      Thousands of visitors had attended musuem in the western state of Negri Sembilan since it launched the ghost and genie exhibition on March 10, due to run until May 31.

      Its curator had previously resisted calls from Malaysia’s arts minister and a religious leader for it to be shut down amid criticism that encouraging a belief in ghosts was un-Islamic.

      But Kamaruddin Siaraf, Negeri Sembilan’s state secretary and chair of the state museum board, said the exhibition was terminated after the National Fatwa Council ruled against such events.

      http://www.newscloud.com/read/....._on_ghosts
      What really bothers me is the coincedence of words and phrases used on this forum and on televison. As in:
      “UnIslamic”–UnChristian

      “We don’t want to expose Muslims to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,”– We don’t want to expose our children to supernatural and superstitious beliefs,”

      “They could undermine the faith of Muslims.”–Atheists or Pagans could undermine the faith of Christians.

      It’s what you might call a theocracy script

    11. Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council will soon come out with a ruling on whether to ban yoga exercises as some believe that practicing yoga can deviate Muslims from their beliefs. Do you think that yoga is purely a form of exercise or that it is religious since it can include chanting sacred hymns?

    12. Iran has been at war with the West for decades: Western-owned oil fields nationalized, the hostage crisis, Beirut, threatening nukes + missiles, a fatwa on Salman Rushdie, threatening Israel, training Iraqis & providing IEDs to them to kill my countrymen, repeatedly [for decades] screaming “death to America, death to Israel”… and more.

      Today, they’ve snagged English marines that will no doubt be “negotiated” [translate appeased] away.

      Iran is something of a super-sized penitentiary. They have power, power of the fist & boot, to the extent that we knuckle under to their bombastic foreign policy by rewarding them with alms. John Bolton, the last of Bush’s admin worth his salt, has it right: regime change is a required step to diminish this Iranian threat.

      Unfortunately, Bush has burned out his “democracy” message on a bunch of primitive hoodlums, where he should have merely put down the threat that was Sadam & co.
      We are in a hell of a mess these days; it requires more than retooling tactics. It requires razing the dead-end altruistic / pragmatist [non-]guide-post philosophy that has been steering us off of a very dark & steep cliff. We need an egoist foreign policy if we are to survive. http://www.aynrandbookstore2.c.....mber=HS25B

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