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Akin Etin- Ojehomon Sr Although there was sufficient evidence to put Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida on trial, justice is again denied for a Great Nigerian DELE GIWA. Read on...... Babangida’s Ex-chief Press Secretary Opens Up, Says ‘yes, IBB Killed Dele Giwa’ / Maryam B Read more ... abangida Killed Dele Giwa & Left Bongos Ikwue (her Ex-hubby) For Ibb / Who Killed Dele Giwa? Was IBB Involved? (1) (2) (3) (4) (0) (Reply) (Go Down) “mohammed Buba Marwa Delivered The Letter Bomb That Killed Dele Giwa” -- Dr. Tai by profits1: 5:07pm On Jun 19, 2009 Monday, 08 June 2009 21:11 Mohammed Marwa On Sunday, Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade gave a bombshell interview to the NATION newspaper in which he made startling revelations about those who killed Dele Giwa in 1986. In a subsequent chat with Saharareporters, he spoke specifically about the role of former military administrator of Lagos State Buba Marwa in the assassination of the journalist. Dr. Ogunade disclosed that soldiers loyal to the slain General Mamman Vatsa identified Marwa as the person who delivered the parcel bomb that killed Giwa, the Newswatch magazine founder. He said the revelation came from a confidential discussion he had with one of the military boys who came to the City University of New York (CUNY) to press the college to train Nigerian military officials in “Peace and Conflict Resolution”. He said that Vatsa gave a four-hour long testimony to the military tribunal that tried and later sentenced him to death for a phantom coup plot against former military dictator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. Saharareporters: Do you know who delivered the bomb that killed Dele Giwa? Ogunade: I believe that Buba Marwa did it. Some Mamman Vatsa boys told the full story in New York during a visit to my college to lobby our college to accept to train Nigerian military officers. Ambassador Olusola was on that entourage. [My informant] told me Dele Giwa was killed because he was in possession of a tape containing Vatsa’s testimony before the military tribunal. For four hours, Vatsa requested to tell the full story about how the Babangida regime was operating and his knowledge of the workings of IBB’s mind. He pointed out that after Halilu Akilu and Col. A.K Togun of the military intelligence prepared the parcel it was handed over to Buba Marwa to deliver to Dele Giwa. Marwa is a well–known “IBB boy”. But I was the one who gave Dele Giwa the tape. Saharareporters: How did you get the tape? Ogunade: Vatsa had a copy made by his friends in the tribunal and smuggled out to me and I “loaned” it to Dele Giwa who got on the case immediately. I still don’t know how Dele Giwa found out that I had the tape till this day. Saharareporters: Do you still have a copy? Ogunade: Yes, but you know I left Nigeria hurriedly after the death of Dele Giwa. I left [the tape] with my aged mother, who did not know the value then. I won’t say more, let the military release that tape to the Nigerian public. Saharareporters: Did Dele Giwa return the tape to you? Ogunade: Yes, he returned it after 24 hours. Don’t forget that I loaned it to him; I think he went and played it to Babangida’s people and they eliminated him after they heard the tape. Saharareporters: What about Gloria Okon? It’s been said that Dele Giwa’s discovery of her was the reason he was killed? Ogunade: Gloria Okon is actually Chinyere, that’s her real name. She married Charles "Jeff" Chandler, the fellow who killed Nzeogwu and was killed a day later. Chinyere, Maryam and Princess Atta were young friends who hung out together. They all married into the military, because the military was a proud and respectable profession then. Charles Chandler, who was Tiv, married Chinyere who I think is from Imo State . IBB married Maryam from Asaba and Mamman Vatsa married the princess. So Chinyere became a widow and resorted to trading between UK and Nigeria . And then she was caught with drugs; Mamman Vatsa was the person who put Chinyere on the next available flight from Kano to London – and then claimed that she was dead by parading a dead woman picked out of the mortuary. Dele Giwa later found out that she was in London having delivered a baby by another man. He sent a French photographer to the place and they saw Maryam Babangida at the event. Kayode Soyinka brought back the photographs. Dele was sitting across the table from Kayode examining the photos taken of “Gloria Okon” (Chinyere, Richard Chandler’s wife) at the naming ceremony in London . Maryam Babangida was there. And then a letter parcel was delivered to him and he said excitedly that it must be from “Mr. President” referring to the discussions he had with IBB days earlier. The bomb exploded and severed his lower abdomen; he died a few hours later. Saharareporters: Did you ever meet Marwa again? And did you ask him about his involvement? Ogunade: Yes, Marwa was very active in the Nigerian embassy in New York . For a long time he was the “military attaché” to the Nigerian mission in New York while I was a professor of Black Studies at the City University of New York. He came to my college to sign a $30 million contract with the college so that members of the Nigerian military could attend a “Peace and Conflict Resolution program” and then be awarded a masters degree upon completion of the program. I fought bitterly against it, but the chair of the department, John Muyibi Amoda, badly wanted the money. I kept fighting and one day the college authorities acceded to my request. When I got home the college had dismissed me, but also I got a fax message saying the $30 million had been returned to Marwa. But between Marwa and Abacha they never returned that money to the Nigerian treasury. They shared it. I heard between him and Abacha, over $250 million was laundered through an account used by the New York mission of the Nigerian embassy. Marwa later set up an airline with his share of the loot. When he showed up to run for president I was the one who petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate him. He confessed to money laundering in handwritten statements to the EFCC, but today he is the ambassador of Nigeria to South Africa . The police officer that investigated him, Ibrahim Magu, is permanently suspended from the police force after he was humiliated by the EFCC. It is a shameful country. Saharareporters: What else did you do? Ogunade: We helped start the Obama phenomenon in Chicago . Saharareporters: How? Ogunade: We fought and exposed Carol Mosley-Braun who was Abacha’s agent in the US Senate. She was removed from the US Senate because she took $5 million from Abacha to help cover his tracks in the US . We exposed her, which was how it became possible for the brilliant Obama to become the US president today. We set the stage for it.
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Jill Armentor Richard Paul Evans Sun · Edited · A Candid Letter to My Readers. Dear Reader, I'd like to speak candidly with you. Many of my readers have told me that the Michael Vey series isn't their "thing". I've even had readers ask why I would "waste" my Read more ... time with a youth series. Indeed. I actually get paid much less to write this series than my adult novels. So why should you, or I, care about my Michael Vey series? Please give me just a moment of your precious time to tell you why, on a deeper level, this series matters. Michael Vey is one of the best-selling Young Adult series in the world right now, one of the few series to hit #1 on the New York Times without a movie and multi-million dollar promotional budget behind it. Yet many of America's publishers didn't think Michael Vey would even sell one percent of what it already has and rejected it. Why? The answers to this question should concern you. First, Michael Vey didn't look like the darkness the publishing world has been feeding our children–youth who hate or disregard their parents and disdain society, as if our youth needed more dysfunctional life scripts. Michael Vey is a "good" kid. What does that mean? Well, to begin with, he is loyal, kind and he loves his parents. He is humble. In today's world of swagger, he's an oddity. Second, The Michael Vey series is hopeful. It is not dystopian, it is not occult. It is scary sometimes and exciting, but Michael Vey believes in the best of humanity, that we can be good and that some things are worth fighting for, even if we don't personally profit from the results. In short, he's a hero. Third, Michael Vey appeals to youth with disabilities. (If you didn't know, Michael Vey has Tourette's syndrome.) Last week we had nearly 3,000 youth attend our Michael Vey launch party. One volunteer estimated that a fourth of those youth had disabilities. I personally spoke to six youth with autism. All of them expressed their gratitude for Michael Vey. Why? Because they see someone like them who is defined not by his "disabilities" but by his choices. By his heart. One woman told me that it was Michael Vey who got her child to go out in public again. One more peculiar thing. I have personally come under attack for having a male hero. Imagine that. Think about it, the most recent major series have all been female protagonists: Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight. Female heroes are important. It's important that our girls have strong role models and, as a father of four daughters, I understand this. Michael Vey has some very strong female heroes, especially Taylor, who Michael often goes to for counsel. But I also have a son and I know that we can't "overcorrect" and neglect our boys. Our boys, our grandsons, still need a hero and role model, even a literary one. Our boys are dropping out of school, and life, at an alarming rate. Many have stopped reading and the stereotype of the "reluctant male reader" has become a frightening and ubiquitous trend. We need to reach our boys. The most frequent comment we receive is this: "You got my boy to read again." When the movie of my book, THE CHRISTMAS BOX, was about to be released, I was contacted by the publicity department of an international church seeking to help promote my book. When I asked why they would help, the man replied, "If a book this big fails in Hollywood, Hollywood will use it as a clear example to stop making inspirational movies and proof that only trash sells. I'm pleased to say that The Christmas Box went on to be the most watched television movie of the year in America with viewers in the tens of millions, prompting the production of many more inspirational films. So even if you don't think Michael Vey is for you, the cause may be. I invite you to join the cause, because this is one where we can make a difference shaping culture. Introduce Michael Vey to your children, your grandchildren, to a neighbor. Purchase a copy or two and donate it to your school or church. Many schools have library waiting lists for Michael Vey numbering in the hundreds. (Trust me, if you're 300 on the waiting list, you're not going to get to read it.) Michael Vey will be a seven book series. The Fourth book in the series, Hunt for Jade Dragon, comes out this Tuesday. The first book in the series is Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. Here's a complete list of the books. Michael Vey 1: The Prisoner of Cell 25 Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere and, the new book, Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon (Jade Dragon is the name of an autistic Chinese girl) (You can click on the link below and find all the books listed.) Also, if you think this cause matters, please share this letter on your Facebook page. (You may have to copy and paste this letter.) Thank you and God Bless, Richard Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael an... amazon.com Unlike·Comment You, Susan Fairchild Bodin and 1,069 others like this. Post Jill Armentor Well said Rick!!!!!! Keep up your GREAT work and positive attitude!! Like · 3 · Reply · More · Yesterday at 10:27pm Marilyn Fowler Gravelle Almost every student I have recommended this series to devours each book in days. These are 5th and 6th graders. You hit on the very reasons I like the series so much. No dystopian and the good people try the honest way. Thank you for writing this and I will pass this on to my fellow librarians and teachers. Like · 7 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:10pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 3 replies Stephanie Durbin Matthews There will always be negative people, haters. You shouldn't listen to them ever. You are so inspiring to me! Your books have helped me get through some very dark days in my life. I haven't read Michael Vey yet, but I plan on it. I don't know why people care that you would write a series for young adults? They need hope, and inspiration too! Like · 13 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:46pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 3 replies Julie Threlfall You are an amazing author that has touched my life in such a positive way that I cannot completely explain online. You are "my author". You have helped me to try to be more positive through the darker parts of my life when depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse & chronic illness are the daily reality. I have not started Michael Vey yet as I am working on finishing the Walk series right now, but do look forward to reading All of your books. I have read & own about two dozen of your books which says a lot since we are low income & cannot just purchase them myself. You are always the first item on my wish list for birthdays & holidays & I make sure they are hardbound as I reread your books so often to help me get through this thing we call life. I thank you for allowing me to have strength & hope. I will keep reading as long as you keep writing! Thank you. Like · 6 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:37pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Scott Harper Mr. Evans, I have a 17 year old son who has had the pleasure and honor of meeting you twice at B&N in Layton you. To see his excitement built before seeing you is incredible, he loves your books but he loves the "hope" you give him, he has ADHD and Tourettes, he can relate to you, he can relate, he sees a man of faith, a man who has compassion, a man with a gift... Don't ever let others persuade you differently, you have a vision that includes many... You are a blessing in our lives, especially my sons life... I hope if and when you come to layton we can see you again... Like · 8 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:35pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Stephanie Hartsfield-Pittman My son has Tourettes and LOVES these books. They have helped bring him out of his shell and for that we can never thank you enough. Seriously. Like · 8 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:52pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Karen West And by the way, my son has Auditory Processing Disorder and ADD and this series has inspired him not to give up on himself just because he has disabilities. Like · 3 · Reply · Yesterday at 8:56pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Ursula Ferraro I have read all your books and my 3 sons two of whom have TS and Aspergers have really enjoyed the Michael Vey series and are really looking forward to your 4th book. Keep writing there are more people who enjoy what you write than those who don't. Like · 3 · Reply · Yesterday at 5:57pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Josephine Bonadio I have tried to read every book you have written, even the children's book. I love every one of them and hope you continue in all areas of your writing-adult, teen, and children and even your non-fiction books about lessons you have learned. Thank you Richard Paul Evans! I work at a library and recommend your books every chance I get. Like · 2 · Reply · Yesterday at 8:53pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Julia W. Wilson Ready to book my reservations to China! Like · Reply · Yesterday at 7:34pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Nancy De Witt I think you are a fantastic author...have read all your books since the beginning. I think it's wonderful you are as appealing to the younger generation. I'm definitely going to donate Michael Vey to a place where the youth can enjoy you as much as I have all these years. Stay true to yourself and your calling to write whatever you want. Push the negative comments from your mind and focus on the people who love your writing. Take care. Like · 2 · Reply · Yesterday at 7:04pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Sellard Julie My family loves the series! My 12 yr old son has High Fuctioning Autism and we are happy to hear about the new character Jade! Like · 2 · Reply · Yesterday at 6:47pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Carolyn Jonas I constantly recommend Michael Vey to my middle schoolers--they love them! Just re read the first three books, looking forward to number 4 on Tuesday Like · 2 · Reply · Yesterday at 5:04pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Robin Holden Whitfield Will you be doing a book signing in the Atlanta area? Like · 1 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:54pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Rosanne Balison It is very important for today's kids to get into reading. It opens so many doors. I am glad you are writing this series to reach the young boys today. I have purchased many of your books and have donated to libraries as well. The Michael Vey story is not my cup of tea but I think it was written for the young adult reader and thats a good thing. I have also given away several of yur books as Christmas gifts . Thank You Richard. Like · 3 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:47pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Norma Ann Bosley I appreciate what you wrote and agree that we can support the cause, even if the series isn't our usual reading preference. A funny story...right before the Key West cruise we were discussing the Michael Vey books, and your brother Boyd was seated nearby. I said I just couldn't get into the first book and he said I couldn't go on the cruise if I hadn't read all of your books. That led to a great conversation, and he knew so much about the Christmas Box angels. I jokingly said that he must be related, and Ann said "Are you his brother?" I knew he resembled someone and we all had a laugh about it. And I constantly ran into him every day, at odd times and places. So I am so glad that you wrote what you did just now. Anything that gets our male youth to read is a blessing. Thank-you for that. I will help spread the word. Like · 1 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:44pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Janet Pender I have read your adult books (and loved them very much) but I haven't read these. What age group would the Michael Vey books be for? Like · Reply · Yesterday at 3:35pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Linda Slattery Do you have a new Christmas Book coming out this year? Like · Reply · Yesterday at 3:30pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 1 reply Wendy Doepp I want to share your post about the book but clicking on share only shares the book. Is there a way to share your post as well? Like · Reply · Yesterday at 3:29pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Karen Goodman Richard- have you written a Christmas novel this year?? Like · Reply · Yesterday at 3:22pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Amy Thoreson Shared! Like · 1 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:17pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Sheila Blume DuBois Did not have to read this ....... I already KNOW and love Michael Vey,,,, One of the girls I cross at school brought me her SIGNED book and showed me and I her told LOVE the series!!! I Have two sons with autism. and my oldest also has Tourette's Edited · Like · 2 · Reply · Yesterday at 10:23pm Richard Paul Evans replied · 2 replies Kathy Smith Thomas If it gets teens to read and it isn't full of R rated scenes it has to be a good thing! I have read the first Michael Vey and although it wasn't my "taste" it was a good book. It was one of the few books my young nephew (who IS NOT a reader) has ever been excited about - how can that be bad??? Like · 13 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:13pm Patti Campbell Richard, I have NO IDEA why your adult readers would have a problem with you penning a positive book for youth. Seriously, people... Have you seen the trash out there for youth to read? Is it any wonder we are shocked about the things some youth do to and on this planet? I applaud you, Richard! I say BRAVO for stepping out of the box and remembering that our youth are soaking in your words. Thank you for choosing them wisely! Like · 10 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:22pm Kimberly Thouviner Vangol I'm 33 and love to read this series! We all have a little kid hiding inside us somewhere. Plus I refuse to grow up! Keep'em coming! Like · 9 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:05pm Stephanie Tarrant Martin I actually haven't read any of your books but I will now be purchasing this series for each and every reason you listed in this post. We must have heroes of both genders, with and without "disabilities", who are well adjusted, who love their families and who are not dysfunctional, dark, brooding and emotionally traumatized. Thank you a million times!!!!!! Like · 7 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:17pm Charlene Harris Issler Iam 65 and I enjoy the Books. I love to read!!!!! You have the Talent to write books for different ages Good for you!! The simple solution for those that complain is just don't read it Like · 7 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:07pm Amy Whyte Allred My 12 year old boy LOVES the series! Jayden has an unknown syndrome with characteristics that are similar to autism. Even though he seems to be unaware of his "oddities" I think he was drawn to the series because there was a connection with Michael Vey, that he understands on a personal level. Like · 6 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:04pm Tracy Justice I'm a fifth grade teacher and I have seen reluctant readers become avid readers because they found your Michael Vey books. Don't you dare stop writing these books. They are wonderful and I thank you for writing them. Like · 6 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:47pm 2 replies Carlyn Bessette I'm 59 and loving the series! It's about kids choosing right from wrong. It's about kids accepting differences in each other! They are all hero's for various reasons Thank you for all your books Like · 6 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:14pm
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Ashley Wurm First of all I would like to say thank you Lord for giving me another day. Second I am a single mother of two wonderful boys that I have raised and taught them morals and respect. Your name does not roll out of my mouth its a bad taste so I don't Read more ... say it. And I don't care to say it. I don't tell my boys anything about you your actions is what tells them about you. Third of all don't try to tell me that my life is miserable because you don't know nothing about mine or MY boys life. My life is GREAT . I got rid of one stressor over 6 years ago in my life one good thing i got from it was MY boys. Then I got rid of another stressor in my life. I'm doing great MY boys are doing great I'm amazingly loving life now living it day by day. My boys loving life, they love their mom can be a mom and a dad. A mom who can Teach them to play football an baseball. Teach them how to change a tire on a car to change oil something that a dad should do for once again I am the dad. One is growing in to a young man an no thanks to what I yes (me), have taught him. Another who is going to be turning into a young man is honestly just like me but you wouldn't know nothing about that an its not my fault. you took off for over 3 years I have raised them I have taken care of them, so don't tell me I have a miserable life when evidently you are the one with miserable life because My boys an i love the way our life is and we're not going to change it for anyone. you walked out of there's. I've never denied you any visits. so your measly little message that you had sent to me was wrong. You can't just walk back into someone's life after 6 years no matter how hard you try I don't tell them who they can and can't like they make their own decisions and when you call them by the wrong name on Christmas that really irritates them and then when you promised to send them gifts an send in like 3 months later or longer or you send them something that you don't like. Things that they can't have. Yes I'm glad you don't have to speak to me because I don't have to speak to you but the problem is I've never argued with you I've never had issues with you you're the one that has issues with me I've done nothing but open my home for you to come see them you have choosing not to come see them this is all on you I have done nothing wrong but raise my two boys to have respect. I recall you took me to court you took money from my boys that I had to pay to get a lawyer so don't tell me I'm the one keeping them from you like I said they make up their own mind you have yet to call them in over a year since you filed I mean really they thrive from your love. (NOT) its a small things like that. I had two pinch an take money from them. And then they asked mom can we get that and I say no have to pay a lawyer that's what irritates them you have taken the money from them. I was giving you the information that I am given and when she is released to talk to you to she will contact you until then I don't have any other info. Its been over two months since court really if that was me I would of contacted right after court. This is the problem when it's convenient for you and you want to be a dad or so called one then decided to but any other time you don't care any other time, And Miss Dunning is real. Thank you Lord for this day and for the beautiful boys you have gave me. Have great night everyone.
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I was a surgeon in the United States Army during the Civil War. After the battle of Gettysburg, there were hundreds of wounded soldiers in my hospital. Many were wounded so severely that a leg or an arm, or sometimes both, needed to be amputated. One Read more ... of these was a boy who had been in the service for only three months. Since he was too young to be a soldier, he had enlisted as a drummer. When my assistants came to give him Chloroform before the amputation, he turned his head and refused it. When they told him that it was the doctor's orders, he said, "Send the doctor to me." I came to his bedside and said, "Young man, why do you refuse the chloroform? When I picked you up on the battlefield, you were so far gone that I almost didn't bother to pick you up. But when you opened those large blue eyes, it occurred to me that you had a mother somewhere who might be thinking of you that very moment. I didn't want you to die on the field, so I had you brought here. But you've lost so much blood that you're just too weak to live through an operation without chloroform. You'd better let me give you some." He laid his hand on mine, looked at me in the face and said, "Doctor, one Sunday afternoon, when I was nine and a half years old, I gave my life to Christ. I learned to trust Him then. I know I can trust Him now. He is my strength. He will support me while you amputate my arm and leg." I asked him if he would at least let me give him a little brandy. Again he looked at me and said, "Doctor, when I was about 5-years-old, my mother knelt by my side with her arms around me and said, "Charlie, I am praying to Jesus that you will never take even one drink of alcohol. Your father died a drunkard, and I've asked God to use you to warn people against the dangers of drinking, and to encourage them to love and serve the Lord." I am now 17- years-old, and I have never had anything stronger than tea or coffee. There is a very good chance that I am about to die and go into the presence of my God. Would you send me there with brandy on my breath?" I will never forget the look that boy gave me. At that time I hated Jesus, but I respected that boy's loyalty to His Savior. And when I saw how he loved and trusted Him to the very end, something deeply touched my heart. I did for that boy what I had never done for any other soldier. I asked him if he wanted to see his chaplain. Chaplain R. knew the boy well from having seen him often at the tent prayer meetings. Taking his hand he said, "Charlie, I am sorry to see you like this." "Oh, I am all right, sir," answered Charlie. "The doctor offered me chloroform, but I told him I didn't want any. Then he wanted to give me brandy , which I didn't want either. So now, if my Savior calls me I can go to Him in my right mind." "You must not die, Charlie," said the Chaplain, "but if the Lord does call you home, is there anything I can do for you after you're gone?" "Chaplain, please reach under my pillow and take my little Bible. My mother's address is inside. Please send it to her and write a letter for me. Tell her since I left home I have never let a single day pass, not matter if we were on the march, on the battlefield, or in the hospital, without reading a portion of God's word, and daily praying that He would bless her." "Is there anything else I can do for you, my lad?" asked the Chaplain. "Yes. Please write a letter to the Sunday School teacher of the Sands Church in Brooklyn, New York. Tell him that I've never forgotten his encouragement, good advice, and many prayers for me. They have helped me and comforted me through all the dangers of battle. And now, in my dying hour, I thank the Lord for my dear old teacher, and ask Him to bless and strengthen him. That is all." Then turning to me, he said, "I'm ready, doctor. I promise I won't even groan while you take off my arm and leg, if you don't offer me chloroform." I promised, but I didn't have the courage to take knife in my hand without first going into the next room and taking a little brandy myself. While cutting through the flesh, Charlie Coulson never groaned. But when I took the saw to separate the bone, the lad took the corner of his pillow in his mouth and all I could hear him whisper was, "O Jesus, blessed Jesus! Stand by me now." He kept his promise. He never groaned. I couldn't sleep that night. Whichever way I tossed and turned I saw those soft blue eyes. The words, "Blessed Jesus. Stand by me now" kept ringing in my ears. A little after midnight , I finally left my bed and visited the hospital - something I had never done before unless there was an emergency. I had such a strange and strong desire to see that boy. When I got there, an orderly told me that 16 of the badly wounded soldiers had died. "Was Charlie Coulson one of them?" I asked. "No , sir," he answered. "He's sleeping as sweet as a babe." When I came to his bed, one of the nurses said, "at about 9 o'clock two members of the YMCA came through the hospital to sing a hymn. Chaplain R. was with them. He knelt by Charlie's bed and offered a fervent and soul-stirring prayer. Then, while still on their knees, they sang one of the sweetest of all hymns, 'Jesus, Lover of my Soul.' Charlie sang along with them, too. I couldn't understand how that boy, who was in such horrible pain, could sing." Five days after I performed the operation, Charlie sent for me, and it was from him that I heard my first Gospel sermon. "Doctor," he said, "my time has come. I don't expect to see another sunrise. I want to thank you with all my heart for your kindness to me. I know you are Jewish, and that you do not believe in Jesus, but I want you to stay and see me die trusting my Savior to the last moment of my life." I tried to stay, but I just couldn't. I didn't have the courage to stand by and see a Christian boy die rejoicing in the love of that Jesus who I hated. So I hurriedly left the room. About 20 minutes later, an orderly came and found me sitting in my office with my hands covering my face. He told me that Charlie wanted to see me. "I've just seen him," I answered, "and I can't see him again." "But Doctor, he says he must see you once more before he dies." So I made up my mind to go and see Charlie, say an endearing word and let him die. However, I was determined that nothing he could say would influence me in the least bit, so far as his Jesus was concerned. When I entered the hospital I saw he was sinking fast, so I sat down by his bed. Asking me to take his hand, he said, "Doctor, I love you because you are a Jew. The best friend I've found in the world was a Jew." I asked him who that was, and he answered, "Jesus Christ, and I want to introduce you to Him before I die. Will you promise me, doctor that what I am about to say to you, you will never forget?" I promised, and he said, "Five days ago, while you amputated my arm and leg, I prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ and asked Him to make His love known to you." Those words went deep in my heart. I couldn't understand how, when I was causing him the most intense pain, he could forget about himself and think of nothing but the Savior and my unconverted soul. All I could say to him was, "Well, my dear boy, you'll soon be all right." With these words I left him, and 12 minutes later he fell asleep safe in the arms of his Savior. Hundreds of soldiers died in my hospital during the war, but I only followed one to the grave, and that was Charlie Coulson. I rode 3 miles to see him buried. I had him dressed in a new uniform, and placed in an officer's coffin, with a United States flag over it. That boy's dying words made a deep impression on me. I was rich at that time so far as money was concerned, but I would have given every penny I possessed if I could have felt towards Christ as Charlie did. But that feeling cannot be bought with money. Alas, I soon forgot all about my Christian soldier's little sermon, but I could not forget the boy himself. Looking back, I now know I was under deep conviction of sin at that time. But for nearly 10 years I remained unrepentant, until finally the dear boy's prayer was answered, and I surrendered my life to the love of Jesus. About a year and a half after my conversion, I went to a prayer meeting one evening in Brooklyn. It was one of those meetings where Christians testify about the loving kindness of God. After several had spoken, an elderly lady stood up and said, "Dear friends, this may be the last time I have a chance to publicly share how good the Lord has been to me. My doctor told me yesterday that my right lung is nearly gone and my left lung is failing fast, so at the best I only have a short time to be with you. But what is left of me belongs to Jesus. It's a great joy to know that I shall soon meet my son with Jesus in heaven." "Charlie was not only a soldier for his country, but also a soldier for Christ. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and was cared for by a Jewish doctor who amputated his arm and leg. He died five days after the operation. The chaplain of the regiment wrote me a letter and sent me my boy's Bible. I was told that in his dying hour my Charlie sent for that Jewish doctor and said to him, "five days ago while you amputated my arm and leg I prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ for you." As I heard this lady speak, I just couldn't sit still! I left my seat, ran across the room and taking her hand I said, "God Bless You, my dear sister. Your boy's prayer has been heard and answered! I am the Jewish doctor that Charlie prayed for, and his Savior is now my Savior! The love of Jesus has won my soul!"
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Paul Silivale
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Read this story by Pita Waqavonovono on his brutal torture by the Fiji Military at the very hands of Dictator Bainimarama, the man now seeking a legal mandate at Wednesday's Election to have 4 more years running government in Fiji. Youth activist na Read more ... mes Bainimarama as his attacker Human rights activist and the youth president of the SODELPA Party, Pita Waqavonovono publicly names Frank Bainimarama as the ring leader of the attack on him at QEB on Christmas Eve 2006. "I looked up to see Frank Bainimarama kicking and verbally abusing me. He called soldiers to come and drag me to the cricket pitch." I want to share with you a short explanation of one of the reasons why I feel Frank Bainimarama cannot be allowed to run Fiji. I have seen the true face of Bainimarama's leadership. I know many people in Fiji share the same experience as I do. Christmas Eve 2006, myself and other pro-democracy activists were taken from our homes late at night and brought to the QEB Military Camp under the guise of a meeting with the Military Council. What happened instead was an attack on all of us. When I was brought into the camp, there were two things that directly stood out for me. One is that all the lights in the QEB were turned off and secondly was the overbearing smell of alcohol. I recall the events of that night clearly. It involved soldiers punching and kicking us, and threatening to murder us. At one point, I was certain that I would not leave that place alive. Notable people at the QEB Military Camp that night were Frank Bainimarama, Roko Ului Mara and Pita Driti, all visible under the moonlight. Only a group of about 15 men were involved in the attack. While we were being attacked by a few soldiers in the army ground, I looked up to see Frank Bainimarama kicking and verbally abusing me. He called soldiers to come and drag me to the cricket pitch. On the cricket pitch soldiers were ordered by someone to run over us and I recall been told at this point to keep my head down. A soldier came to me and pulled me by the hair, and started cutting patches of my hair off. I was told that he would cut me up and throw me in the sea – that no one would care about me. During this assault, there were men singing Christmas Carols by the ground and cheering on their peers. I also recall been ordered to run to Lami and take down banners at the Vugalei Democracy Shrine. While we ran, I was especially targeted by three soldiers who kept hitting and swearing at me. They later pinned me down, and proceeded to kick and punch me; they put me in a military truck and drove up towards Nadua Secondary School, where they literally threw me out of the moving truck. At this point, another truck with a different set of soldiers, took me back to the Military Camp. A soldier in this truck gave me water and asked for apologies. He told me that not all soldiers were doing this and they were following orders ‘from the top’. When I reached the camp, I was hurried into a cell; and joined by 3 soldiers who told me that Bainimarama was very angry with my comments. They proceeded to further torture me, trying to get me to promise to never speak out against Bainimarama. This point of the ordeal was very traumatic. Another soldier with the voice similar to Roko Ului intervened and told off the people in the cell. He ordered that the beatings stop, and after this they put me in a car and they drove me out towards Nabua Secondary School, where they asked me to get off. I recall been helped by two young boys from here, who took me to the Matua Taxi Base in Mead Road, where I got onto a taxi and went straight home to a family that was clearly angered at what the Military had done. All soldiers that participated in the attack smelled of alcohol. I was told that night, to leave Suva. I left on Boxing Day for Levuka where I was informed by my family that someone had sent soldiers to my house in Suva, to take me in for another meeting. I was later informed via the media that I was put on a travel ban. I recall thinking to myself, that if these men with guns feared a young person’s mouth or opinions, than I was definitely in the right. That's why they fear us, because we breathe and preach Freedom. We are willing to die to purchase a better Fiji. I have never gone silent and since then I have been arrested three times for just speaking out against the Bainimarama Government. In joining SODELPA I have invested much of my energy and time into ensuring many young people understand the dictatorship we are trying to dethrone. Every day I report to the SODELPA office and stand alongside many other Freedom Fighters who have been arrested and abused for refusing to accept the Coup of 2006. There is a sense of honor in their daily activities, a dedication to serving people and safeguarding Fiji. We do not have a bad Military. We just have very bad self-serving leaders. This man Frank Bainimarama is a paranoid control freak, a man who masks all his crimes with freebies and development. Do not be fooled, Frank is afraid of you! He is afraid that more people will hear the truth about the bitter road we have had to endure for the last 8 years. Frank Bainimarama is pumping as many resources as he can in order to prevent the truth from been heard. We the People, have a simple solution - Change the Government. Friends, after all the nepotism, militarisation of the state, the corruption, the torture and the intimidation, and even after all the deaths at the hands of the state, we have been asked to now vote for a Government of the People. And Bainimarama is pretending to be a Saint or our Savior. I am voting for the party that will bring about real change. I don't need anything to be given to me free. I am voting for the Party that will seriously look into human rights violations and take action. The Party that will restore and protect elements of the Fijian administration and my culture. I am voting for SODELPA because I know that peace is guaranteed. And many young people feel the same. When election day comes, I know it will be an emotional day for me and many other people in Fiji. My hopes, anger, aspirations and dreams will all rest on that tick. I pray that this message can be used, to show the true heart of people in SODELPA for Freedom Hope and Glory and an end to the Coup Culture. Pictures: Waqavonovono, targeted several times by military, Bainimarama revealed as thug, and QEB - hosting school visits during the day but used to torture citizens at night.
48 minutes ago
Dorothy Penker Speed
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Cheryl Richards Helms *CAT OF THE DAY in Marion Co. Animal Shelter in SC* SWEET, SHY Buff Colored Adorable Boy MILO - So scared at the shelter - but wants someone to love him so badly! Would be fine in a multi-cat family - only 3 years old - but has been at the shelter FA Read more ... R too long! Located in Mullins SC, - full shelter - gorgeous Milo is urgent and being overlooked as are all the furbabies - won't you please share them all individually for a miracle adopter or rescue please? They need a loving forever now! Begging for lives - Look - share to save - please! \\\\\ Out of state welcome also and transport can usually be arranged to you for free even into parts of Canada - do not let these gorgeous furbabies down- so adoptable and so precious - they need YOU now please... do not let them sit alone in these cages any more please? https://www.facebook.com/PawsToTheRescueAtMarionCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.181903628588485.34202.181656871946494/516066431838868/?type=1&theater
Cats & Kittens in Need of Rescue
Located in Mullins SC, Milo is urgent! Paws to the Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization~ All donations are tax deductible! ID# 140399 Hi my name is milo, i'm sort-of shy, and i need lots of love and attention. i shy away from your hands, be Read more ... cause i think you're going to hurt me. I ended up at the shelter, someone just dumped me here. It hurts me to think that no one cares about me, because all i've ever wanted was someone to love me, so i could love them back Breed: DSH buff tabby Approximate Age: 3 years Weight: 7lbs HW or FeLV STATUS: FeLV/FIV negative SEX: male INFO: Super sweet – good with other cats but doesn’t really like dogs. Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to provide Questions? Please visit our Welcome Page: https://www.facebook.com/ — with Viki Pringle Singleton and 7 others.
Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues Read more ... interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com
51 minutes ago
Khan Shee Faaz
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Hi Friends…… this is a true but silly love story……… Once there were Two Guys, The boy was Muslim and the girl was Christian who became friends through facebook…….. They chatted all day and night, they used to share every thing, they bec Read more ... ame best friends in such a way that no one can separate them,,, Their life became very colorful as they were never such happy ever before He had feelings for her but he was afraid that he would lose the girl if he proposed her. One day the boy went to a place that is far away from their home town. He did not meet her or see her for more than 3 days… they both missed each other very much but they did not express their feelings because of their religion problem. Days passed and they were friends….. Eventually they became lovers; they did not propose each other but they came to know that they became lovers. They were happy at the starting but the fighting started between them, they used to fight seriously for silly things but the very fine next morning they were normal…. One day the girl asked the boy to leave her. The boy got angry and started to scold her very badly, the boy thought that that was their break up and cried very much and later decided that their parents also won’t accept for their marriage and decided to break up…… but the boy could live with out her. He apologized the girl the again they compromised and became lovely, But one day the girl doubted the boy friend about a small matter, the boy was very hurt because he thought that the girl did not believe him, He asked the girl weather she loves him really or not, the girl did not reply and asked the boy for a promise, the boy promised that he would do what ever she asked,, the girl asked the boy to love another girl… he said no, But the girl forced him to do. Later the boy got ready to act like loving a girl and then cheat her, but the girl told him to love sincerely and marry her. The boy said that he would love you or just go away from her but he wont love any other girl and left the girl……………………….. Is he Right leaving the girl? Or d he want cheat another girl for the sake of her GF??? — with Nikisha Navneeta and 47 others.
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Cheryl Richards Helms *CAT OF THE DAY in Marion Co. Animal Shelter in SC* SWEET, SHY Buff Colored Adorable Boy MILO - So scared at the shelter - but wants someone to love him so badly! Would be fine in a multi-cat family - only 3 years old - but has been at the shelter FA Read more ... R too long! Located in Mullins SC, - full shelter - gorgeous Milo is urgent and being overlooked as are all the furbabies - won't you please share them all individually for a miracle adopter or rescue please? They need a loving forever now! Begging for lives - Look - share to save - please! \\\\\ Out of state welcome also and transport can usually be arranged to you for free even into parts of Canada - do not let these gorgeous furbabies down- so adoptable and so precious - they need YOU now please... do not let them sit alone in these cages any more please? https://www.facebook.com/PawsToTheRescueAtMarionCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.181903628588485.34202.181656871946494/516066431838868/?type=1&theater
Cats & Kittens in Need of Rescue
Located in Mullins SC, Milo is urgent! Paws to the Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization~ All donations are tax deductible! ID# 140399 Hi my name is milo, i'm sort-of shy, and i need lots of love and attention. i shy away from your hands, be Read more ... cause i think you're going to hurt me. I ended up at the shelter, someone just dumped me here. It hurts me to think that no one cares about me, because all i've ever wanted was someone to love me, so i could love them back Breed: DSH buff tabby Approximate Age: 3 years Weight: 7lbs HW or FeLV STATUS: FeLV/FIV negative SEX: male INFO: Super sweet – good with other cats but doesn’t really like dogs. Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to provide Questions? Please visit our Welcome Page: https://www.facebook.com/ — with Viki Pringle Singleton and 7 others.
Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues Read more ... interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com
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Cheryl Richards Helms *CAT OF THE DAY in Marion Co. Animal Shelter in SC* SWEET, SHY Buff Colored Adorable Boy MILO - So scared at the shelter - but wants someone to love him so badly! Would be fine in a multi-cat family - only 3 years old - but has been at the shelter FA Read more ... R too long! Located in Mullins SC, - full shelter - gorgeous Milo is urgent and being overlooked as are all the furbabies - won't you please share them all individually for a miracle adopter or rescue please? They need a loving forever now! Begging for lives - Look - share to save - please! \\\\\ Out of state welcome also and transport can usually be arranged to you for free even into parts of Canada - do not let these gorgeous furbabies down- so adoptable and so precious - they need YOU now please... do not let them sit alone in these cages any more please? https://www.facebook.com/PawsToTheRescueAtMarionCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.181903628588485.34202.181656871946494/516066431838868/?type=1&theater
Cats & Kittens in Need of Rescue
Located in Mullins SC, Milo is urgent! Paws to the Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization~ All donations are tax deductible! ID# 140399 Hi my name is milo, i'm sort-of shy, and i need lots of love and attention. i shy away from your hands, be Read more ... cause i think you're going to hurt me. I ended up at the shelter, someone just dumped me here. It hurts me to think that no one cares about me, because all i've ever wanted was someone to love me, so i could love them back Breed: DSH buff tabby Approximate Age: 3 years Weight: 7lbs HW or FeLV STATUS: FeLV/FIV negative SEX: male INFO: Super sweet – good with other cats but doesn’t really like dogs. Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to provide Questions? Please visit our Welcome Page: https://www.facebook.com/ — with Viki Pringle Singleton and 7 others.
Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues Read more ... interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com
53 minutes ago
Sandra Lunsford Howard
Timeline Photos
A Tribute To James "Jimmy" Martello who died on 9/11/01. World Trade Center BIG MAN WITH A BIG HEART Jimmy Martello wrote a lot of checks he did not have to. This foundation, that foundation, this friend in need, that stranger with the brain tumo Read more ... r and three children. He had grown up solidly middle class, a hefty Jersey guy -- 6 feet 3, 240 pounds -- who became a varsity linebacker at Rutgers and an impressively successful trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. Feeling blessed, he was always thinking of ways to give back. His credo, said his wife, Sheila, was, "If it needs to be loved, love it; if it needs to be given, give it; if it needs to be done, do it." In late August, the Martellos moved to Rumson, N.J., to be 10 minutes from an office that the company was readying. Mr. Martello, 41, hoped to scale back in a few years to attend more of his two sons' activities. He had already been coaching the 7- year-old's football and roller hockey teams. The boys were robbed of that dream. They will keep the images of Mr. Martello tossing them in the air in the backyard pool, and playing King of the Basement, scooping them up and whirling toward the couch. Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 12, 2001. JAMES MARTELLO, 41, LINEBACKER, TRADER James Martello moved into his dream home a month ago. He was attracted to the Rumson property because of its proximity to the water, a perfect spot for him to indulge his love of jet skiing. Next summer he planned to teach his boys -- James Jr., 7, and Thomas, 5 -- to fish and water ski. The family would go boating. Those dreams vanished Sept. 11 when a hijacked plane dove into One World Trade Center, where Mr. Martello worked as a partner and equity sales trader for Cantor Fitzgerald Securities. He worked on the 104th floor. "The boys don't understand," said his wife, Sheila Martello. "They want to know why he had to go to work that day; why there are bad people." She said she is still trying to cope with the loss of her 41-year-old husband of nine years, a man who would give money or his labor to any cause. Mr. Martello took on whatever he could: installing cabinets, fixing broken windows, landscaping the front yard. He coached football and roller hockey. During the week, he focused on trading stocks. "That's what he loved," his wife said. "He was very good at it, and he was honest and he loved going to work." Mr. Martello, who was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Kinnelon and lived in Montville for 15 years. He moved to Rumson a month ago. Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald 21/2 years ago, Mr. Martello worked as a senior managing director for Bear Stearns in New York for 16 years. Before embarking on his professional career, Mr. Martello earned a degree in economics and finance at Rutgers University in 1982. He also played middle linebacker for the Scarlet Knights. Though his team during his senior year struggled through a 5-6 season, family members recalled Mr. Martello played his best game in a 47-3 loss against the University of Pittsburgh and their All-American quarterback, Dan Marino. A one-time letterman, Mr. Martello earned the Scarlet Knights' Upstream Award for earning the team's highest grade point average. His wife said he got A's and B's. In addition to his wife and two sons, Mr. Martello is survived by his parents, Alexander and Michele of Montville, and two brothers, Alex of Towaco and Paul of Parsippany. Profile by Judith Lucas published in THE STAR-LEDGER.
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Paws To The Rescue Adoptables and Pledgies *CAT OF THE DAY in Marion Co. Animal Shelter in SC* SWEET, SHY Buff Colored Adorable Boy MILO - So scared at the shelter - but wants someone to love him so badly! Would be fine in a multi-cat family - only 3 years old - but has been at the shelter FA Read more ... R too long! Located in Mullins SC, - full shelter - gorgeous Milo is urgent and being overlooked as are all the furbabies - won't you please share them all individually for a miracle adopter or rescue please? They need a loving forever now! Begging for lives - Look - share to save - please! \\\\\ Out of state welcome also and transport can usually be arranged to you for free even into parts of Canada - do not let these gorgeous furbabies down- so adoptable and so precious - they need YOU now please... do not let them sit alone in these cages any more please? https://www.facebook.com/PawsToTheRescueAtMarionCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.181903628588485.34202.181656871946494/516066431838868/?type=1&theater
Cats & Kittens in Need of Rescue
Located in Mullins SC, Milo is urgent! Paws to the Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization~ All donations are tax deductible! ID# 140399 Hi my name is milo, i'm sort-of shy, and i need lots of love and attention. i shy away from your hands, be Read more ... cause i think you're going to hurt me. I ended up at the shelter, someone just dumped me here. It hurts me to think that no one cares about me, because all i've ever wanted was someone to love me, so i could love them back Breed: DSH buff tabby Approximate Age: 3 years Weight: 7lbs HW or FeLV STATUS: FeLV/FIV negative SEX: male INFO: Super sweet – good with other cats but doesn’t really like dogs. Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to provide Questions? Please visit our Welcome Page: https://www.facebook.com/ — with Viki Pringle Singleton and 7 others.
Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues Read more ... interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com
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Cheryl Richards Helms *CAT OF THE DAY in Marion Co. Animal Shelter in SC* SWEET, SHY Buff Colored Adorable Boy MILO - So scared at the shelter - but wants someone to love him so badly! Would be fine in a multi-cat family - only 3 years old - but has been at the shelter FA Read more ... R too long! Located in Mullins SC, - full shelter - gorgeous Milo is urgent and being overlooked as are all the furbabies - won't you please share them all individually for a miracle adopter or rescue please? They need a loving forever now! Begging for lives - Look - share to save - please! \\\\\ Out of state welcome also and transport can usually be arranged to you for free even into parts of Canada - do not let these gorgeous furbabies down- so adoptable and so precious - they need YOU now please... do not let them sit alone in these cages any more please? https://www.facebook.com/PawsToTheRescueAtMarionCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.181903628588485.34202.181656871946494/516066431838868/?type=1&theater
Cats & Kittens in Need of Rescue
Located in Mullins SC, Milo is urgent! Paws to the Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization~ All donations are tax deductible! ID# 140399 Hi my name is milo, i'm sort-of shy, and i need lots of love and attention. i shy away from your hands, be Read more ... cause i think you're going to hurt me. I ended up at the shelter, someone just dumped me here. It hurts me to think that no one cares about me, because all i've ever wanted was someone to love me, so i could love them back Breed: DSH buff tabby Approximate Age: 3 years Weight: 7lbs HW or FeLV STATUS: FeLV/FIV negative SEX: male INFO: Super sweet – good with other cats but doesn’t really like dogs. Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to provide Questions? Please visit our Welcome Page: https://www.facebook.com/ — with Viki Pringle Singleton and 7 others.
Located in Mullins, SC- Marion Co. Animal Shelter/Paws to the Rescue MCAS is a high-kill, open-intake COUNTY shelter. Every animal is considered URGENT at all times! Out of state adoptions and rescue welcome! FREE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED!!! Rescues Read more ... interested in pulling? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com Interested in adopting? Please email SaveAMarionKitty@gmail.com
56 minutes ago
Keni Kawalevu
Sai Lealea
Read this story by Pita Waqavonovono on his brutal torture by the Fiji Military at the very hands of Dictator Bainimarama, the man now seeking a legal mandate at Wednesday's Election to have 4 more years running government in Fiji. Youth activist na Read more ... mes Bainimarama as his attacker Human rights activist and the youth president of the SODELPA Party, Pita Waqavonovono publicly names Frank Bainimarama as the ring leader of the attack on him at QEB on Christmas Eve 2006. "I looked up to see Frank Bainimarama kicking and verbally abusing me. He called soldiers to come and drag me to the cricket pitch." I want to share with you a short explanation of one of the reasons why I feel Frank Bainimarama cannot be allowed to run Fiji. I have seen the true face of Bainimarama's leadership. I know many people in Fiji share the same experience as I do. Christmas Eve 2006, myself and other pro-democracy activists were taken from our homes late at night and brought to the QEB Military Camp under the guise of a meeting with the Military Council. What happened instead was an attack on all of us. When I was brought into the camp, there were two things that directly stood out for me. One is that all the lights in the QEB were turned off and secondly was the overbearing smell of alcohol. I recall the events of that night clearly. It involved soldiers punching and kicking us, and threatening to murder us. At one point, I was certain that I would not leave that place alive. Notable people at the QEB Military Camp that night were Frank Bainimarama, Roko Ului Mara and Pita Driti, all visible under the moonlight. Only a group of about 15 men were involved in the attack. While we were being attacked by a few soldiers in the army ground, I looked up to see Frank Bainimarama kicking and verbally abusing me. He called soldiers to come and drag me to the cricket pitch. On the cricket pitch soldiers were ordered by someone to run over us and I recall been told at this point to keep my head down. A soldier came to me and pulled me by the hair, and started cutting patches of my hair off. I was told that he would cut me up and throw me in the sea – that no one would care about me. During this assault, there were men singing Christmas Carols by the ground and cheering on their peers. I also recall been ordered to run to Lami and take down banners at the Vugalei Democracy Shrine. While we ran, I was especially targeted by three soldiers who kept hitting and swearing at me. They later pinned me down, and proceeded to kick and punch me; they put me in a military truck and drove up towards Nadua Secondary School, where they literally threw me out of the moving truck. At this point, another truck with a different set of soldiers, took me back to the Military Camp. A soldier in this truck gave me water and asked for apologies. He told me that not all soldiers were doing this and they were following orders ‘from the top’. When I reached the camp, I was hurried into a cell; and joined by 3 soldiers who told me that Bainimarama was very angry with my comments. They proceeded to further torture me, trying to get me to promise to never speak out against Bainimarama. This point of the ordeal was very traumatic. Another soldier with the voice similar to Roko Ului intervened and told off the people in the cell. He ordered that the beatings stop, and after this they put me in a car and they drove me out towards Nabua Secondary School, where they asked me to get off. I recall been helped by two young boys from here, who took me to the Matua Taxi Base in Mead Road, where I got onto a taxi and went straight home to a family that was clearly angered at what the Military had done. All soldiers that participated in the attack smelled of alcohol. I was told that night, to leave Suva. I left on Boxing Day for Levuka where I was informed by my family that someone had sent soldiers to my house in Suva, to take me in for another meeting. I was later informed via the media that I was put on a travel ban. I recall thinking to myself, that if these men with guns feared a young person’s mouth or opinions, than I was definitely in the right. That's why they fear us, because we breathe and preach Freedom. We are willing to die to purchase a better Fiji. I have never gone silent and since then I have been arrested three times for just speaking out against the Bainimarama Government. In joining SODELPA I have invested much of my energy and time into ensuring many young people understand the dictatorship we are trying to dethrone. Every day I report to the SODELPA office and stand alongside many other Freedom Fighters who have been arrested and abused for refusing to accept the Coup of 2006. There is a sense of honor in their daily activities, a dedication to serving people and safeguarding Fiji. We do not have a bad Military. We just have very bad self-serving leaders. This man Frank Bainimarama is a paranoid control freak, a man who masks all his crimes with freebies and development. Do not be fooled, Frank is afraid of you! He is afraid that more people will hear the truth about the bitter road we have had to endure for the last 8 years. Frank Bainimarama is pumping as many resources as he can in order to prevent the truth from been heard. We the People, have a simple solution - Change the Government. Friends, after all the nepotism, militarisation of the state, the corruption, the torture and the intimidation, and even after all the deaths at the hands of the state, we have been asked to now vote for a Government of the People. And Bainimarama is pretending to be a Saint or our Savior. I am voting for the party that will bring about real change. I don't need anything to be given to me free. I am voting for the Party that will seriously look into human rights violations and take action. The Party that will restore and protect elements of the Fijian administration and my culture. I am voting for SODELPA because I know that peace is guaranteed. And many young people feel the same. When election day comes, I know it will be an emotional day for me and many other people in Fiji. My hopes, anger, aspirations and dreams will all rest on that tick. I pray that this message can be used, to show the true heart of people in SODELPA for Freedom Hope and Glory and an end to the Coup Culture. Pictures: Waqavonovono, targeted several times by military, Bainimarama revealed as thug, and QEB - hosting school visits during the day but used to torture citizens at night.
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James Nelson The Rambo cousins was written in recognition of our most recent family reunion. The Rambo Cousins: For at least three generations and most likely longer, members of the Rambo clan believed their heritage to be from a long line of French gentry named Read more ... Rambeau. The American conduit of that line was Roy Rambo. My grandfather Roy, who my mom told me was known as “Frenchy” or “Doc”, somehow found himself deposited in the small rail town of the Chicago Great –Western called Randolph, Minnesota. The details of that depositation were not related to me as a young man. Here I should note that I am now an old man. In the 1920’s, Randolph was mostly a subsistence “plow horse” farming community some 30 miles south of the twin cities. The town was hit by the occasional tornado whose damage was left in shambles well into the 1950’s when I visited the Nelson grandparents as a kid. Randolph was a speck on the map but it had the benefit of a rail siding, depot, and a co-op grain elevator where the horse drawn farmers could bring their excess grain to store on the way to market. In addition to his job as a maintenance man on the CGW, Roy ran his own subsistence farm to keep the family fed while raising a gaggle of children as was the fashion of the day. There were a couple of brothers with whom we have lost touch and have most likely have passed on by now. The three sisters, Idella, Stella La Vada and Joyce were the mothers of me and our get together cousins. My mother, La Vada, was one of the sweetest persons I ever knew. There must be something about sons and their mothers. I never got to know aunts Dell or Joyce very well but from what little I did see of them, they were certifiable characters. Perhaps the products of being locked in during the Minnesota winters which begin sometime in October and end roughly around June or so. This change in seasons is just to give the mosquitoes a chance to begin their summer’s Minnesota as the state bird attack. There are only two seasons in Minnesota: Winter and the road fixin season. This does not provide a very comfortable place for the descendents of a comfort loving French culture. They don’t even like lutefisk. I do remember a hysterical ride in 1963 when all three sisters decided to drive us home from Randolph to Mt. Lakes NJ in our ’62 Impala convertible. This ride was not as scary as the time that cousins Denny and Jeff egged aunt La Vada to take the 55 rambler with the Packard engine and styling by Pinna Farina to over 100 mph on our way back from Cannon falls. Nor was it quite as memorable as the drive home when a Minnesota state cop pulled dad over because cousins Billy, Butch and I were flying a plastic bag on a stringout the back of our ’58 Chevy wagon. That was before the day of safety and seat belts. Poor Captain Nelson didn’t have a clue as to what was going on back there. Still, our trip with the sisters was a memorable one. Dell and Joyce each brought along their bean bag ashtrays and a supply of unfiltered Camels sufficient to get us to NJ without a sign of nicotine withdrawal. All of the cousins are now in our 60’s and 70’s. We get together from many corners of the world once or twice a year. Always in Northfield, Minnesota. We come together not so much in memory of our mothers but in a migratory reenactment that must be inherent in our genetic makeup as it was with our mothers. None of us knew before Grandpa Roy before he met his end. He was killed long before any of us were born when a CGW dispatcher put him and his small rail motor car on the same track as a freighter steaming its megaton way Southbound from the Twin Cities. The guys in the cab were unaware that Doc was on the track. Over the years, legend has had it that that this behemoth engine had earlier that week been in a minor crossing accident in St. Paul. As a result, that behemoth was not wearing its cow catcher the day when he met my Grandpa Roy. Poor grandpa Roy ended up like a summer June bug on the windscreen of a 100+ ton Packard. A short legal battle ensued. This was in the 1930’s. The battle pitted the little guy, Our Grandma Mary, and her young small town lawyer, against the Goliath and now defunct rail road armed with their experienced in-house legal staff. Evidently, such railroad employee “accidents” were rather commonplace in the day. While workmen’s compensation had yet to be refined, the concept of 100% contributory negligence must have been. In short order, our Grandma Mary Rambo was left out on the curb with not much to show from her husband’s dedication to his employer but a hand shake and a wish you well. Small consolation! As it turned out, Grandma Mary’s young small town lawyer was one Harold Stassen, who later became the governor of Minnesota. He also went on with active campaigns running for president of the US ten times from 1948 to 2000. Too bad Harold didn’t represent our grandma Mary later in his career. Also too bad that the railroad employee protective acts enacted in the 1940’s and 50’s were not in place then. Grandma Mary would have had a much more comfortable last few years. I don’t remember that she ever complained. I also remember that she always smelled of Dial soap. Grandma Mary sold the family farm and moved to a 1920’s bankrupt bank’s building in Randolph where she lived out her remaining days. No use being bitter. She was just happy to be near family who surrounded her in this small town of 200 or so. As fate did have it, my dad’s father, Grandpa Jim Nelson, was moved from his job with the CGW from Hayfield, Minnesota to Randolph in order to replace the late Grandpa Roy. Grandpa Jim held this job until the late 1960’s when he retired. The transfer of Grandpa Jim to Randolph lead to my dad’s meeting of his high school sweet heart, Stella la Vada, Rambo. They were married for over 60 years and this meeting is why I am here to tell this convoluted story. The cousins, our moms and everyone for many generations before us thought that the Rambo moniker was a bastardization of the French “Rambeau” which was changed as a passage of crossing by the “TSA” of Ellis Island around the turn of the last century. Dell, La Vada and Joyce went to our loving maker believing they were of French descent. This French Connection living in inhospitable central Minnesota never squared in my mind. That being the land of the Neilsons, Larsons, Stensons and all of the Sens and Sons who formed the Giants of the Earth as described in Rolvaag’s novel. My youngest son, Lars, has never admitted to any frog heritage. He always felt that he was fully 50% Norseman and 50% Cuban. He calls himself a mixture of maritime wizards and resolute conquers. He’s not a bad sailor and has recently made his way out west to conquer LA. Many of the cousins and later, their sons and daughters, have had a strong connection to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. St. O’s student roster may boast a full page of Olsens or Olsons or Nelsons and Nielsons in any given semester. I attended St. O with a Rolvaag descendent who was son of the then governor of Minnesota. He was a shy person. One time the Viking bullies chose to “depants” him during a pep rally bond fire. I wonder where he is today? Boys will be boys! As it turns out, my suspicions about French aversions to environmental discomfort have proven to be true. Earlier this year, cousin Mary’s former husband, Mark, provided as a Christmas present to their kids a genetic research project of doctoral quality documenting the fact that Roy Rambo was not a descendent of French lineage. Our family name traces back to one Peer Gunnarsson who emigrated from Sweden to the US in 1640 before it was the US, to what is now Wilmington, Delaware. Somewhere along the line, great grandpa++ Peter or “Peer” choose to Americanize his surname to Rambo through the conjunction of two Swedish words roughly translated as “raven’s mountain.” According to the historical accounts, Peter who first served his term as an indentured servant, was an instrumental character in the founding of the city of Philadelphia. This puts our rag-tag bunch of Minnesotans right up there with the snoots I ran into when I worked in Boston who swore their forefathers came over on the Mayflower or some such dribble. The Englanders however were not smart enough to choose more hospitable climes for their settlements. Little known is that while the English choose the cold, rocky and less hospitable climates of New England and to the North or the Southerly bug infested areas such as James Town and Croatan (wherever that was) the wily Swedes choose or lucked into populating the fertile, more hospitable environs along the Delaware River from the Schuylkill River in the North to well South of what is now Wilmington, Delaware. As an added bonus, Mark’s research found that we are distant relatives of Abraham Lincoln. Ironically, honest Abe made much of his early fortune, which was later spent away by Mary Todd, (a rather plump, silver spoon cherub) by representing railroad companies as their lawyer robbing and condemning honest citizens of their rightful properties in the rail roads’ quest to expand Westward. That was progress. On my father’s side, my great grandfather was a Danish sailor. Neils Neilsen settled in Stillwater in the late 1800’s. I remember a Swedish film from 1971 staring Liv Uhllman which recreated the strife of our Scandinavian forefathers. Her family also chose to settle in Stillwater. Upon Nels’ arrival and since those annoying metal detectors had not yet been invented, the 19th century version of the TSA had nothing better do but to “Americanize” incoming immigrants’ names and to send young kids back to their European points of origin. Those $5.00 a month Ellis Island stewards chose to Americanize great grandpa’s name from Neils Neilson by re-dubbing him Nels Nelson. Pretty creative, no? What do you expect from the TSA dopes of that or any other period in our great country’s history? With the help of a pen and a phone, the whole immigration problem should soon go away. Our great country will then become 50% Hispanic along with the earlier take down of the once greatest health care system in the world. Because of his relation to Nels, my son, Lars-Christen Nelson, has always fancied himself a direct descendent of the Vikings. He produces his writing and his short movies under the trade name and web site he chose to call “The Norseman Productions.” This is despite the fact that his mother was born in Havana. She can easily trace her family’s Cuban roots back to the 1600’s when those from the valley, the del Valles, sailed over from Spain. Needless to say, brother Lars was elated to learn that he is now 100% Norseman if you were to ignore his 50% Cuban part. Although the cousins grew up and are growing older in various parts of the world, we seem to have independently developed identical life values which have served us well and have given us joy in life while providing us with prosperity in our chosen professions. As I grow older and not necessarily wiser, I have concluded that these simple maxims have also been genetically implanted in us, perhaps as far back as Peer Rambo or possibly further back to the Gunnarssons of Sweden. The basic tenants of this particular strand of DNA are quite simple: 1. In life; Always show a proper degree of respect to all. Help others to the best of your ability. When you can’t help out, don’t feel bad. Just do the best you can because that’s all you can do. Along with this one, keep in mind that the family is most important and family always comes first. This may explain the annual migration to Northfield, Minnesota. Interesting to note that next year’s migration venue will be to Jay and Gayle’s manse in NJ so the cousins can take on Manhattan and move on to Philadelphia in search of more details of Peers Gunnarsson’s time in the colony. We know there is a stone honoring him somewhere in Philly. We are going to find it! 2. In dealing with others; you are always right until someone proves you wrong. Upon that proof you then happily accept the differences without any resentment. 3. In finance; save as much as you can. You might need it for the next great depression. More likely you will have amassed as much money as possible to pass on to your kids so they have more to pass on to their kids when they have saved as much as they can and they, also, have skipped the next great depression. If Peer had kept had kept the hundreds of hectares of Philadelphia land originally granted to him by William Penn, I’m sure we would not be the rag tag bunch we are today. In my 20 plus years as a Main Line Philadelphia resident, I found the trust fund deadbeats, who never had to work to earn their bread and Porsches, to be a most boring lot. Main Line Philadelphia has more than its fair share of such boors. Most of them may be identified by membership in the Merion Cricket Club. Merion Cricket as it is known by those in the know, is a ridiculous club founded in cricket which sports neither golf links nor swimming pool. I guess they just don’t get it. 4. Be charitable and ready to lend to those you trust and are in need. This one cost my great grandpa, Nels, much of his rich Wisconsin farm land, his profitable creamery and his Hupmobile dealership in the 1930’s when the local Scandinavian farmers he had lent money to defaulted during the last great depression. No bitterness as he was surrounded by loving family scattered about the Stillwater area. Nels lived well into his 90’s and did a head stand on every birthday until his last. As before, family always comes first. The peculiar converse to this one is that one never accepts charity or financial help from family members. You have to dig your way out of your financial woes as they are most likely of your own making. 5. In business: show up on time or a bit early. Do the best you can all the time. Again, your best is all that you are capable of doing. That should provide sufficient momentum to get you ahead of those who don’t. Try to do business with people you like and be respectful of those who you don’t care for. You never know who will show up where. 6. Enjoy life and family! There is one well known Scandinavian trait that leaves a slight doubt in my mind about our Swedish. Danish and Norway side heritage. This trait is well documented in the short lived book of the 1980’s entitled Scandinavian Humor and Other Myths. I received a copy of this book long ago from my friend Edd Erickson of Omaha, Nebraska. The basic theme of the book still rings true and reminds me of many of the students and teachers I met during my breif time at St. Olaf. When the Rambo cousins converge like a chattering group of magpies. They are hysterical. The ribbing, jibbing and generally dry display of humor usually sets the background for our various events and group meals. While this jolly atmosphere does not ring true with the stoic Swedish character, I have come to the conclusion that ours must have been derived from the intermingling of the Rambo genes with those of other nationalities over the years since Peer set foot in Wilmington. My son, Fred, who came along this year, couldn’t agree more. This was his first exposure to the cousins and he fit right in. I apologize to the Rambo cousins for spending so much time on the Neilson side. Fact is that over the years, I’ve lived and have heard more stories from that side than I have from the Rambo side. I also apologize for the apparent over use of commas. I have always been a fan of Strunk and EB White’s little book which tells us that when in doubt, use the comma. We’re getting old but longevity stemming from the Gunnarsson genes should prove to provide the Rambo cousins with a good number of chances to get together again many times before we pass along the mantle. Going back to the 1600’s the family tree shows that most of the Rambos who stayed away from trains lived well into their 70’s or 80’s. We will all be glad to continue this wonderful tradition. All of the best to my cousins and to their families Jim Nelson III
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Omar Aouar Challenged by Baya Ahlem Chebarli to list 15 movies that will always stick with me Rules: don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies that will always stick with you. List the first 15 movies that you can recall in no more than 15 mins. Tag Read more ... 15 friends including me ok: 1- Step Up 4 Revolution 2012 2- Magic Baskets 3- 8 Mile 4- American Pie 5- Arrow (série) 6- Tupac: Resurrection 7- Bad Boys 8- Braveheart 9- That's My Boy 10- Stomp the Yard 11- Fast and Furious 6 12- Love & Basketball 13- I Am Legend 14- Spoof Movie 15- Project X so i'll challenge: Salim Kikou Ramzu Mimi MiGhi Wafaa Inâam Be Brahim Mamba Khorsi Mounir SķriiŁex Zeradib Tdj Djéki Riadh Baba Aissa Imane Laaouane Abderrahmen Takriet Mehdi Amazouz Kikou Rafik Phoenix Evil-men Tsukuyomi Bilkastore DK Mes Mohamed
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***TIPS FOR A WORN OUT PARENT*** 1. Lower your standards for cleanliness and order. 2. Did that? Lower them even more. 3. Your house will never look like a magazine spread, END OF! Embrace that. 4. No matter how many baskets you buy to contain toys, Read more ... they will always be visible. Embrace the Toys ‘R Us/ student house look! 5. You can never have too many Ice-pops in the freezer. How many bad moods have been fixed by a simple Ice-pop? 6. If you can’t change them, change your perspective. For example I read recently – probably on Satan’s website Pinterest – that toothpaste is great for cleaning things like taps. So now when I go into the bathroom every day and see toothpaste splatter all over the bathroom tap I think about how my children have done half the chore of cleaning for me. How considerate of them! 7. Those chores that no one ever wants to do. Decide if you would rather do it yourself, badger your child to it, or let it go. If you are confused about what to do, see Number 1 on this list. 8. No one cares what is stuffed under your child’s bed, why should you. Unless it is old food. In that case, you should get a dog. 9. If you have boys, your bathroom will always faintly stink like pee. Invest in some Febreeze and count down the days until they move out and you can go visit them and pee on their bathroom floor. 10. Don’t buy white furniture. Unless you enjoy screaming at your children every time they go near it. 11. However bad a situation might seem, one day it will be funny. I have a few for which I am eagerly awaiting for the funny to kick in. Any time now…. 12. When your child is a young teen there will be nothing more embarrassing than your very existence. Use this to your advantage. Start planning early. 13. Do not paint any walls in your house with flat paint. 14. Be okay with letting your kids stumble sometimes. Whether that is handing in their homework late because they didn’t do it or wearing an outfit so hideous you have trouble looking at them without laughing. 15. Noise cancelling headphones are great for blocking out whining, bickering and the endless episodes of Peppa pig. 16. Socks do not have to match. Every day is Crazy Sock Day at my house. 17. The crayons will break and it is okay to throw them away rather then save them to make some sort of craft that involves the hair dryer. In fact, I give you permission to not feel guilty about all the crafts you know you will never do. 18. Your children will not die from eating the occasional Mcd's or frozen pizza. And by occasional I mean more than you are really willing to admit. 19. If your children are driving you crazy arguing with each other, start an argument with them. Then your children will bond over their mutual hatred of you and be quiet. 20. Children do not appreciate throws or scatter cushions. Buy neither. 21. Homework time is the worst time of the day. Help your kids and yourself by having a designated time and a quiet place to do homework. Preferably in a neighbour’s home. 22. Just say NO to ironing. 23. Last, but not least, some chocolate and some really bad TV makes everything seem a little better. :)
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WARNING, long, but please read if you ever plan on buying a puppy from a breeder... In July of 2011, I purchased a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy from Anthony Gurrola of Mastini Della Forte in Amarillo, TX. I purchased him sight unseen, thinking that bec Read more ... ause Tony had some of the top show Neos in the country, it would be okay. I sent him a check for just shy of $3000 for the puppy and ear cropping. My family and I drove down to Amarillo to pick up this puppy that became affectionately known as “Dumm Dumm Dave”. When we were down there, we met DDDave’s mother. I have to be honest, if I had met her before I gave him any money, I would have turned right around and driven back to MN. She was very unfriendly. I chalked it up to having puppies and knowing that Neos can be sensitive having strangers on their property at the time. Turns out, DDDave was very much like his mother. DDDave was a very special dog. Not special in the way that he was the best dog ever, but special in the way that, at 4 months old, he sat frothing and lunging at a dog in his puppy class that was unstable-I had to remove him from class that day because every time he saw that dog, he would freak out. This was my first hint at what the next year and a half would be like with him. I took him through several obedience classes, and he grew up in my grooming shop, so he was pretty well socialized. I also tried to take him out and about, but he hated riding in the car. I didn’t kennel him often because he would thrash and cry and carry on for hours upon hours when I did. I couldn’t trust him around people because he was very suspicious and paranoid of everybody, and nipped at several of our friends. I couldn’t trust him to be out when my teenage sons friends were coming and going, but it was hard to kennel him too because he hated the kennel so much. He would continually try to attack the other dogs in my house, and my old male standard poodle had to be stitched up 2 times from incidents with him (Aaron, the poodle, was fine with every other dog in the house). I couldn’t take him for a walk and allow people to pet him because I never knew if he would accept someone or not (most likely not, anyhow, so it didn’t really matter). When I walked DDDave, I had to put both a prong collar AND a shock collar on him just to control him-somewhat. He was miserable to walk, but I kept thinking that if I worked with him and walked him and exercised his body and mind, he would get better. Anyone that has lived with a dog like this would understand. I even tried him on several anti-anxiety medications as well. Euthanasia was always in the back of my mind, and I had spoken with the vet several times about putting him down because he was so untrustworthy. This poor dog was riddled with anxiety for the 2 years he was alive. This was incredibly hard for me because I am such an animal lover, and he was SO young still, I wanted to give him every chance I could. In June of 2013, Dave seemed unusually calm. I put him in his kennel because we had to leave, and he was quiet. I distinctly remember even posting on Facebook that I didn’t know if I should be happy that he is finally growing up and accepting the kennel, or if I should be worried that he is sick-which I knew, in my heart of hearts, it was the latter of the two. I waited a day to see if he would bounce back to his usual awful self, and he didn’t. I took him into the vet, had some tests done, and he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. Addison’s disease can be a very difficult disease to manage. It is also extremely expensive, especially for a dog of his size. The vet quoted me $200-300 a MONTH just for meds and that didn’t include all of the vet visits/bloodwork that he would need regularly to get it under control, much less if he went into a crisis. I tearfully decided, with as much consultation I could get from friends and family in a very short amount of time, that he would be euthanized. After everything I had tried to do for this young dog and his ill temperament, it was all gone in a flash. I drove home, crying all the way. It is very difficult to lose a pet that is so young. I called friends for consolation, and when I got home, I sent Tony a message letting him know what happened. He said he was very sorry for my loss, and Tony’s girlfriend, April, offered me another puppy, free of charge. I was so shocked and elated, I couldn’t believe it! First they offered me a 6 month old male puppy, then a 2 year old, intact male. I turned them both down because with the group of dogs that I have, I have to be careful what I bring in, and bringing in an older puppy or an adult (especially intact) Neo can have bad consequences as they have a tendency to have same sex aggression towards other dogs. In October of 2013, they offered me an 8 week old male puppy out of DDDave’s mother (she was bred again, even knowing about DDDave’s temperament and health issues). I turned that puppy down for two reasons, 1) I was leaving to go out of town for a couple of weeks right after he would arrive and I didn’t feel it was fair to leave a young puppy kenneled for 12 hours a day for that long of a period, and 2) the puppy was out of DDDave’s mother, the same dog that had the aggression that I believe DDDave got it from. They had several litters after that, and offered me several female puppies because that was what was left after their deposits were all fulfilled. I turned them down because I have a very dominant female miniature poodle that had a likely chance of being killed by a female neo (same sex dog aggression), and I just wasn’t going to take the chance, not to mention that my husband didn’t want a female anyway, that is why we didn’t buy one in the first place. In February of 2014, I sent April a message, asking if we could come to an agreement on a small amount of money so that we could be bumped up on their list of buyers, since we were constantly being pushed to the bottom of the list of boys, under those that would be paying for a puppy. Nothing really ever came of that, and again, we were waiting. In August of 2014, April messaged me, telling me that they had two male puppies available, and I could have my pick for $1750. I was shocked at that price, to say the very least, since full price is normally $2500. I waited a day or so before I replied, and finally told her that I thought that was steep, that I said I was willing to pay some money, but the difference between free and $1750 is quite a lot of money. She and Tony finally counter offered with $1250, after telling me that circumstances had changed and they had already offered me many puppies/adults (mind you, NONE of them were a good fit-I didn’t want a female, I didn’t want a male from Dave’s mother, and I didn’t want an adult male-all with good reason). I agreed. I was thrilled that we would finally be getting our neo puppy! We talked on the phone, and I asked about ear cropping. Tony hmmd and hawed about it, not wanting to do it, telling me that he had a friend that lost a couple of puppies during ear crop. I insisted on it, so he finally said yes and quoted me an extra $450 for ear cropping. I was confident all would go well as he knew and worked with the vet that would be doing it, and she had done many ear crops over the years, and many neos, including my DDDave’s ears. In the meantime, I had also realized that the puppies tails hadn’t been docked. I have had bad experiences with large and giant breed dogs splitting their tails open, and them not healing, so I also asked if they could dock the tail at the same time as the ears were done. I sent Tony and April a check for $1850, $1250 for the price of the puppy, $450 for ear crop, and $125 for him to drive 3.5 hours to meet us to deliver him. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, the puppy was scheduled to have his ears cropped. I got a call that afternoon from Tony stating that the puppy had coccidia, and that they couldn’t crop the ears that day, that they had to treat him first (I mentioned this to several vet tech friends, and they all thought it was strange and that the puppy could have had surgery anyway, it shouldn’t have been a problem). I shrugged it off, figuring that everyone was different, and that they really had the best interest of the puppy in mind. The following week, the puppy was again scheduled for ear crop/tail dock. I had a sinking feeling all day that I would get the dreaded call saying that the puppy didn’t make it through, and low and behold, I was right. I got a call around 5 pm from April telling me that the puppy had died on the table and that Tony was really “Pissed off” right now, so pissed that he couldn’t talk to me. I was understandably upset, and sent Tony a message stating that I needed proof that my puppy had died, to send him to me, or whatever, I didn’t care, I just needed that proof. The reply I got back was stunning to me. Tony: “Not happy? I bred this baby! I told you it’s a risk…..I told you we don’t guarantee this cosmetic ELECTIVE procedure. Trust me we are crushed…pissed off at people that continue to electively opt to do this horrific procedure April is beyond pissed and holds YOU accountable she tried to talk you out of this. You will pay for him to be held you want to get down for this you are vain states your post on FB! Now your vanity cost him his life!” Messaged exactly as quoted, word for word, along with a screen shot of a post that I had on FB about why I like ears cropped-which I would never deny anyway. As if I had no loss in this situation. No financial loss, no loss of the puppy. I fully admit that I like a cropped ear on a neo and that yes, I opted for it, understanding that there are slight risks. It doesn’t make me a bad person or a bad pet owner. I would have had to put that puppy under for a neuter, and likely cherry eye as well, anyway. For proof, Tony sent me blurry pictures and blurry videos of a puppy on a table with ears done and tail bandaged up. On August 21, 2014, I messaged Tony saying that I just wanted the $125 back for the delivery of the puppy and I would wash my hands of the situation, what else could I do anyway with him being so far away from me? He agreed to send it back, but as of yet (September 12, 2014), I still haven’t received it. I will never know why that puppy died under anesthesia. It is very uncommon for that to happen. I do know that DDDave died of Addison’s Disease at 2 years old, and April told me that 2 of DDDave’s brother’s have also passed (they would have been 3 this year), and that DDDave’s mother was bred again after his litter, knowing the issues with the puppies she produced. My reason for writing this is to hopefully open up the eyes of potential puppy buyers. Know who you are getting your puppies from, and visit them if possible. If it isn’t possible to visit, get references from previous puppy buyers and look online for reviews on the breeder. The health of the dogs is also very important to look into, and I strongly encourage everyone to do research, a LOT of research, before you decide on a breeder. I have given Tony close to $5000 in 3 years and have nothing to show for it, don’t let this happen to you.
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Rajkumar Cheluvappa “MAKE MARTYRDOM WHAT YOU SEEK” • The bullets hit your hearts like the stings of a bee • You fall on your face as all you can see • Are the Gardens so wide when you’re put in the ground • You’ve been searching for years and now you hav Read more ... e found • The Ultimate Prize, so sacred, so sweet. • Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete, • Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief • Who gave all you had for your precious belief, • You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more • Now you can enjoy what He’s kept in store • An endless reward for those who stood by • The covenant they made that towards death they would fly, • While graves burn the sinners and squeeze them so tight • You’re shown your places in the Garden, so spacious and bright, • On the Day when Great Terror shall steal all their words • Your souls will rest in the hearts of green birds, • Under the Great Throne with beauty beyond measure • At you ar-Rahmaan laughs, expressing his Pleasure, • Sufficient is this as a heavenly prize • But prepared for you is that never before seen by the eyes, • On your head is placed a crown, one jewel of which is worth • More than all of the jewels contained in this Earth, • You are brought to a GATHERING WITH COMPANIONS SO BEAUTIFUL (NON-SPECIFIC) • The Prophets, the righteous and those who are truthful, • Al-Firdaws, where those of the Right Hand shall meet • Where the soil is white musk, so smooth and so sweet, • You scoop up a handful and throw it in the air • You are relaxed by the rivers flowing everywhere, • Water, milk and honey gushing forth non-stop • So thick and delicious you want to devour each drop, • You drink so much you almost end up falling • Into the flowing current, then you hear voices calling, • You turn and behold! The voices are singing • COMING FROM MAIDENS SO FAIR AND ENCHANTING, • THESE ARE THE HOOREES WITH ROUND AND FIRM CHESTS • PURE UNTOUCHED VIRGINS, THEY’RE BETTER THAN THE BEST, • (SEVENTY-TWO) IN ALL, WITH LARGE EYES OF DARK HUE • EACH ONE CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, • They call our your name asking where you are • But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far, • Your heart is intoxicated by the pleasures of this life • Fear (of death) has wounded your manhood like a sharp knife, • A knife sharpened by the callers to Hell’s every door • Who pulled the sword from your hand and threw it to the floor, • AND GIVEN YOU WOMEN, children and money instead • Convincing you ‘this is better than ending up dead’ • But no! They are alive, rejoicing and provided for! • When asked what they desire, they will answer no more! • So be from the cream of this heavenly crop! • Shake off your fear and let your doubts drop! • Pick up the sword and grab your horse’s reins tight! • Throw off your armour and jump into the fight! • Make your path be none other than ISLAM’S HIGH PEAK (FOR MEN ONLY) • Whose mountain is climbed by making death what you How do Muslims fire up the troops? Poems about virgins, of course ! The FBI monitored communication between two Boston Muslims, Tarek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra. One of the messages between Mehanna and Abousamra was a 2008 poem written by Mehanna, describing the afterlife for a holy warrior. The ode, which includes the promise of 72 virgins with “round and firm chests,” was distributed online. It still pops up to recruit Westerns to the life of jihad. http://nypost.com/2014/09/13/isis-pens-poem-about-72-virgins-to-ignite-base/ ===================== “PARADISE” IN MUHAMMAD’S WORDS • QURAN 78:31 As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and high- bosomed virgins for companions: a truly overflowing cup. • QURAN 37:40-48 ...They will sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches. • QURAN 44:51-55 ...Yes and We shall wed them to dark-eyed houris. (beautiful virgins) • QURAN 52:17-20 ...They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To dark-eyed houris (virgins) we shall wed them... • QURAN 55:56-57 In them will be bashful virgins neither man nor Jinn will have touched before.Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny ?" • QURAN 55:57-58 Virgins as fair as corals and rubies. Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny ?" • QURAN 56:7-40 ...We created the houris (the beautiful women) and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right hand.. " • QURAN 55:70-77 "In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair... Dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man nor Jin will have touched before.. • Al Hadis, Vol. 4, p. 172, No. 34 Ali reported that the Apostle of Allah said, "There is in Paradise a market wherein there will be no buying or selling, but will consist of men and women. When a man desires a beauty, he will have intercourse with them." • QURAN 52:24 Round about them will serve, to them, boys (handsome) as pearls well-guarded. • QURAN 56:17 Round about them will serve boys of perpetual freshness. • QURAN 76:19 And round about them will serve boys of perpetual freshness: if thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered pearls. • QURAN 47:15 Here is a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised. In it are...rivers of wine... • QURAN 37:40-48 But the true servants of God shall be well provided for,...they shall be served with goblet filled at a gushing fountain, white and delicious to those who drink it. It will neither dull their senses nor befuddle them. • QURAN 56:7-40 They shall recline on jewelled couches face to face, and there shalt wait on them immortal youths with bowls and ewers and a cup of purest wine: • QURAN 83:23-26 The righteous will surely dwell in bliss. Reclining upon soft couches they will gaze around them: and in their faces you shall mark the glow of joy. They shall be given a pure wine to drink, securely sealed, whose very dregs are musk... • Sahih Muslim Book 39, Number 6798, Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: I heard Allah's Apostle (pbuh) as saying that the inmates of Paradise would eat and drink but would neither spit, nor pass water, nor void excrement, nor suffer catarrh. It was said: Then, what would happen with food? Thereupon he said: They would belch and sweat (and it would be over with their food), and their sweat would be that of musk and they would glorify and praise Allah as easily as you breathe." • QURAN 22:23 As for those who have faith and who do good work, God will admit them to gardens watered by running streams. They shall be decked with pearls and bracelets of gold, and arrayed in garments of silk. • QURAN 43:68-73 Enter ye the Garden, Ye and your wives, in beauty and rejoicing. To them will be passed round, dishes and goblets of gold: there will be there all that soul could desire, all that the eyes could delight in: and ye shall abide there in.. • QURAN 55:70-77 ..They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets. Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny ? • QURAN 44:51-55 As for the righteous, they shall be lodged in peace together amidst gardens and fountains, arrayed in rich silks and fine brocade... • QURAN 55:54-55 They will recline on carpets, whose inner linings will be of rich brocade... • QURAN 56:7-40 They shall recline on jewelled couches.. • QURAN 76:13-21 ..They shall be arrayed in garments of fine green silk and rich brocade, and adorned with bracelets of silver.. ===================== MUHAMMED WAS A PERVERTED WOMANIZER WITH HIS PRIORITIES BEING POWER/PELF AND SEX. Muslims will tell you a Muslim man can have up to four wives at a time, based on Sura 4:3. Strictly speaking that is not the complete truth, as a Muslim can also have unlimited concubines and can have sex with "women their right hands possess". (Sura 23:5-6; 33:50,52; 4:24; Sura 70:29-30). Regardless, though, Mohammed recited a verse in the Qur’an (Sura 33:50) that made an exception for one individual: himself. Why is that? ‘Aisha remarked, "It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire." Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 no.3453-3454 p.748-749. On the other hand, a Muslim told me that every marriage was for humanitarian or alliance purposes. ‘Aisha and some wives were daughters of powerful chiefs Mohammed need the support of. Others such widows, "taken care of" by Mohammed after their previous husband died. I asked, incredulously, was the Muslim really taught that every marriage was for those reasons? When he said "yes", then I said, "what about Safiyah and Zainab bint Jahsh? Since he was not aware of those, other Muslims (as well as non-Muslims) might not be either. As to the accuracy of the sources of my information, it all comes from either the Qur’an itself or authoritative hadiths of Sunni Islam. Mohammed’s “Wives” Here is a list of wives of Mohammed by the Muslim scholar Ali Dashti. He probably based much of this on an earlier list in the History of al-Tabari vol.9 p.126-241. It should be mentioned that scholars and Hadiths are not entirely agreed on the wives of Mohammed. For example some hadiths (not Bukhari or Sahih Muslim) mention a couple of wives of Mohammed that he divorced, and these are not shown here. Nonetheless, Ali Dashti’s list, while perhaps not entirely agreed upon as being comprehensive, shows many of the wives. Following this is the evidence from the hadiths, independent of Ali Dashti, for these relationships. 1. Khadija/Khadijah bint Khuwailid/Khywaylid - died first 2. Sauda/Sawda bint Zam’a 3. 'Aisha/Aesha/’A’ishah - 8 to 9 yrs old, 2nd wife 'Aisha's Slaves 'Aisha and the Battle of the Camel 4. Omm/’Umm Salama/Salamah 5. Hafsa/Hafsah 6. Zaynab/Zainab of Jahsh 7. Juwairiya/Jowayriya bint Harith (captive) 8. Omm/Umm Habiba 9. Safiya/Safiyya bint Huyai/Huyayy bint Akhtab (captive) 10. Maymuna/Maimuna of Hareth 11. Fatima/Fatema/Fatimah (briefly) 12. Hend/Hind (widow) 13. Asma of Saba (Sana bint Asma') 14. Zaynab of Khozayma 15. Habla? 16. Divorced Asma of Noman / bint al-Nu’man Slaves / concubines 17. Mary the Copt/Christian 18. Rayhana/Raihana/Rayhanah bint Zayd/Zaid uncertain relationship - 19. Divorced Omm Sharik 20. Maymuna/Maimuna (slave girl?) 21. Zaynab/Zainab the third? 22. Khawla / Khawlah 23. Divorced Mulaykah bint Dawud 24. Divorced al-Shanba’ bint ‘Amr 25. Divorced al-‘Aliyyah 26. Divorced ‘Amrah bint Yazid 27. Divorced an Unnamed Woman 28. Qutaylah bint Qays (died right away) 29. Sana bint Sufyan 30. Sharaf bint Khalifah 31. Women of Mohammed’s Right Hand Mohammed Turned Some Women Down Some Women Turned Mohammed Down Ali Dashti missed at least nine possible other "women in his life". Mohammed married 15 women and consummated his marriages with 13. (al-Tabari vol.9 p.126-127) Bukhari vol.1 Book 5 ch.25 no.282 p.172-173 said that [at one time] Mohammed had nine wives. Following is a short description of the hadiths and early Muslim historians say about the wives of Mohammed. 1. Khadija/Khadijah (pronounced ka-DI-ja) bint Khuwailid/Khuwaylid Sahih Muslim vol.4 book 29 no.5971-5972 p.1297 died three years before 'A'isha married Mohammed. She is mentioned in Bukhari vol.5 book 58 no.164,165 p.103. The full name of Mohammed’s first wife was Khadijah, daughter of Khuwaylid bin Asad bin. ‘Abd al-‘Uzza bin Qusayy. al-Tabari vol.39 p.3 Mohammed was 20-some years old when he married Khadijah, a widow. al-Tabari vol.9 p.127. ‘Aisha says that Khadija took Mohammed to a Christian convert who used to read the Gospels in Arabic. Bukhari vol.4 book 55 ch.17 no.605 p.395 A’isha was jealous of Khadija. "On that, the Prophet remembered the way Khadija used to ask permission, and that upset him. He said, ‘O Allah! Hala!’ So I [A’isha] became jealous and said, ‘What makes you remember an old woman amongst the old women of Quraish an old woman (with a teethless mouth) of red gums who died long ago, and in whose place Allah has given you somebody better than her?’" Bukhari vol.5 book 58 no.168 p.105 2. Sauda/Sawda bint Zam'a/Zam’ah Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 no.3451 p.747; Bukhari vol.3 book 34 ch.4 no.269 p.154; vol.3 no.853 p.29; Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 7 no.2958 p.651; Sahih Muslim vol.2 footnote 1918 p.748 says that probably ‘Aisha was married to Mohammed before Sauda, but ‘Aisha did not enter Mohammed’s house until after Sauda was married to Mohammed. There is disagreement about whether Mohammed consummated the marriage with Sauda or A’isha next, but al-Tabari vol.9 p.128-129 says it was Sauda. Sauda’s ex-husband, al-Sakran b. ‘Amr b. ‘Abd Shams became a Christian in Abyssinia and died there. al-Tabari vol.9 p.128 Physically, ‘Aisha called Sauda "a fat huge lady". Bukhari vol.6 book 60 ch.241 no.318 p.300 When Sauda was old she was afraid Mohammed would divorce her, so she gave her turn to ‘A’isha. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2130 p.572 Sauda is also mentioned in al-Tabari vol.39 p.169. 3. 'A’isha A’isha was Abu Bakr’s daughter. Her moth was named Umm Ruman according to al-Tabari vol.9 p.129. She married Mohammed when she was (six) 6 years old, went to his house when (nine) 9. Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.60 no.88 p.65; Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 no.3309,3310,3311 p.715,716 Contrary to this marriage being important for political reasons, Abu Bakr was the first convert to Islam. This wife of Mohammed is mentioned in many places, including Sahih Muslim vol.1 book 4 no.1694 p.372; Abu Dawud vol.1 no.1176 p.305; vol.1 no.1268 p.335; vol.1 no.1330 p.350; Abu Dawud vol.1 no.1336 p.351; vol.1 no.1419 p.373; vol.2 no.2382 p.654. ‘Aisha played with dolls while Mohammed was present. Sahih Muslim vol.4 book 29 no.5981 p.1299 ‘Aisha was 6 (or 7) years old when she was married, and the marriage was consummated when she was nine years old. al-Tabari vol.9 p.130,131 A’isha was married when she was six years old, and nine when she went to Mohammed’s house. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1876 p.133 A’isha was seven years old when she married, nine years old when she lived with Mohammed, and 18 years old when he died. (not Sahih) Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1877 p.134 A rationale trying to explain why Mohammed married such a young girl is given in Sahih Muslim vol.2 footnote 1859 p.715. It says that "it was some exceptional circumstances that Hadrat ‘A’isha was married to the Prophet… The second point to be noted is that Islam has laid down no age limit for puberty for it varies with countries and races due to the climate, hereditary, physical and social conditions." They also mention support from the disreputable Kinsey report on Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female. Mohammed himself once deliberately struck ‘Aisha "on the chest which caused me pain", according to Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 4 ch.352 no.2127 p.462. There was other discord too. One incident, started by A’isha was so bad, Mohammed kept away from his wives for a month 29 days) Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2060 p.241. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2063 p.243. This is the context of Sura 50:1. A’isha’s Slaves ‘A’isha had at least one servant who cooked for her during the time of the delegation from Banu’l Muntafiq. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.142 p.34 A’isha had a male Muslim slave she later freed named Abu Yunus. Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 no.475 p.340 A’isha had a slave girl. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.371 p.96 Barirah was a female slave of A’isha’s, whom she later freed. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2223 and footnote 1548 p.601 A’isha was quick-tempered too, striking the hand of a servant and breaking a bowl of food from another wife for Mohammed. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.3560-3561 p.1011 ‘A’isha had a strong, loud voice. al-Tabari vol.17 p.65 ‘Aisha reluctantly freed many slaves due to a broken vow. "He [Ibn Az-Subair] sent her [‘Aisha] ten slaves whom she manumitted [freed] as an expiation for (not keeping) her vow. ‘Aisha manumitted more slaves for the same purpose till she manumitted forty slaves. She said, ‘I wish I had specified what I would have done in case of not fulfilling my vow when I made the vow, so that I might have done it easily.’"(1) Footnote (1) says, "‘Aisha did not specify what she would do if she did not keep her promise, this is why she manumitted so many slaves so that she might feel at ease as to the adequacy of her expiation." Bukhari vol.4 book 56 ch.2 no.708 p.465. Just how many slaves did ‘Aisha have? Or how much money did she have to buy forty slaves? The hadiths do not say. The only two clue I have found are 1) Mohammed’s wives could command for tents to be set up. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1771 p.67. 2) One-fifth of the war booty went to the Muslim treasury, and Mohammed could take of that for he and his wives. Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2347,2348; vol.2 footnote 1463 p.519; Bukhari vol.4 book 51 ch.80 no.153 p.99; vol.6 book 60 ch.297 no.407 p.379 A’isha and the Battle of the Camel ‘Aisha originally supported those who wanted to kill ‘Uthman. She claimed ‘Uthman became a disbeliever. However, after ‘Uthman’s murder she changed her mind and wanted to avenge ‘Uthman’s killers. Another Muslim called her to task for that. al-Tabari vol.17 p.52-53 After this, Mu’awiyah had Mohammed bin Abu Bakr executed for murdering ‘Uthman, then put his body in the carcass of a donkey, and then burned the donkey in 38 A.H.. A’isha mourned her half-brother greatly and made extra prayers for him. al-Tabari vol.17 p.158 4. ‘Umm Salama ‘Umm Salama bint Abi Umayyah (discussing intimate things with the apostle) Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2455 p.540 Umm Salamah’s real name was Hind bint Abi Umayyah bin al-Mughirah bin ‘Abdallah bin ‘Umar bin Makhzum. al-Tabari vol.9; p.133; vol.39 p.175. Um/Umm Salaim/Salama (not said to be a wife) Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2992 p.656; vol.2 no.3445 p.746; wife Bukhari vol.4 book 53 ch.4 no.333 p.216; Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.34 no.56 p.40. Ibn-i-Majah vol.2 no.1634 p.473; Abu Dawud vol.1 no.383 p.99. Mohammed was married to Umm Salama, widow of Abu Salama (died 4 A.H. in Abyssinia). Al-Tabari vol.39 p.175. Umm Salama died when in 59 H. when she was 84 years old. Sahih Muslim vol.2 footnote 1218 p.435. Umm Salama was pregnant when Mohammed married her, and her daughter was Zainab bint Abu Salama (Sahih Muslim vol.2 no. 3539-3544 p.776-777. (This is the same girl as Zainab bint Umm Salama) This wife of Mohammed is mentioned in Abu Dawud vol.1 no.274 p.68; vol.3 no.4742 p.1332; vol.2 no.2382 p.654; Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 no.240 p.228; Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1779 p.72; al-Tabari vol.17 p.207; al-Tabari vol.39 p.80 ‘Umm Salamah had a son before she married Mohammed. Her son went with A’isha, al-Zubayr, and Talhah. al-Tabari vol.17 p.42 Clients of Umm Salamah were Nabhan (=Abu Yahya) and Ma’in bin Ujayl(=Abu Qudamah) al-Tabari vol.39 p.320 5. Hafsa/Hafsah The daughter of ‘Umar bin Khattab is mentioned in Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2642 p.576; vol.2 no.2833 p.625; vol.2 no.3497 p.761; Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2448 p.675; vol.3 no.5027 p.1402. She was the daughter of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab. She was the 18-year old widow of Khunais when she married Mohamed in 625 A.D. She was born in 607 A.D., and died either 647/648, 661/662, or 665 A.D. She is also mentioned as a wife in Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2086 p.258 After Hafsa’s husband died of wounds received at Uhud, Hafsa’s father thought of her marrying ‘Uthman, but ‘Uthman declined because he knew Mohammed wanted to marry her. They married in 3 A.H. She was four years older than ‘A’isha. Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #32 p.117. Thus Mohammed did not marry her just to provide for her. Rather he married someone who otherwise would have been married to someone else. ‘Umar told his daughter Hafsa not to be misled by ‘Aisha who is proud of her beauty and Mohammed’s love for her. Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.106 no.145 p.108. Hafsa said to ‘Aisha "I have never received any good from you!" Bukhari vol.9 book 92 ch.5 no.406 p.299-300 ‘Umar said Mohammed divorced Hafsah (revocable divorce) and then took her back. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2276 p.619. According to Ibn Ishaq, Mohammed divorced Hafsa but then took her back. al-Tabari vol.9 footnote 884 p.131. "Yahya … from Malik from Muhammad ibn Abd ar-Rahman …that he heard that Hafsa … killed one of her slave-girls who had used sorcery against her. She was a mudabbara. Hafsa gave the order, and she was killed." Muwatta Malik 42.19.14 Hafsa ordered killed on of her slave girls that had used sorcery against her. Muwatta Malik 43.19.4 Hafsa, wife of Mohammed, died when she was 60 years old. al-Tabari vol.39 p.174 6. Zainab/Zaynab bint Jahsh Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2347 p.519; vol.2 no.3330 p.723,724; vol.2 no.3332 p.725; vol.2 no.3494 p.760. Bukhari vol.3 book 33 ch.6 no.249 p.138; vol.3 no.829 p.512; vol.4 no.6883 p.1493; Zainab's original name was "Barrah", but Mohammed changed it to Zainab Bukhari vol.8 book 72 ch.108 no.212 p.137; Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4935 p.1377-1378. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.1498 says Juwairyiha’s name used to be Barrah. Sura 33:36-38 in the Qur’an says, "It is not for any believer, man or woman, when God and His Messenger have decreed a matter, to have the choice in the affair. Whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has gone astray into manifest error. When you said to him whom Allah had blessed and you had favoured, ‘Keep your wife to yourself, and fear Allah,’ and you were concealing within yourself what Allah should reveal, fearing other men; and Allah has better right for you to fear him. So when Zaid had accomplished what he would of her, then We gave her in marriage to you, so that there should not be any fault in the believers, touching the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished what they would of them; and Allah’s commandment must be performed. There is no fault in the prophet, touching what Allah had ordained for him." Zainab bint Jahsh was married to Mohammed’s adopted son, until Mohammed spoke the Sura that she was to divorce his son and marry Mohammed. Zainab "used to boast before the other wives of the Prophet and used to say, ‘Allah married me (to the Prophet) in the Heavens.’" Bukhari vol.9 book 93 ch.22 no.517 p.382. Also vol.9 book 92 ch.22 no.516,518 p.381-383; al-Tabari vol.9 p.133. In other words, in the eternally existing uncreated Qur’an in heaven, Zainab’s marriage was mentioned. "One day Muhammad went out looking for Zaid (Mohammed's adopted son). Now there was a covering of hair cloth over the doorway, but the wind had lifted the covering so that the doorway was uncovered. Zaynab was in her chamber, undressed, and admiration for her entered the heart of the Prophet". (The History of al-Tabari, vol. 8, p. 4) Narrated by Yunis, narrated by Ibn Wahab, narrated by Ibn Zaid who said, "The prophet -pbuh- had married Zaid son of Haritha to his cousin Zainab daughter of Jahsh. One day the prophet -pbuh- went seeking Zaid in his house, whose door had a curtain made of hair. The wind blew the curtain and the prophet saw Zainab in her room unclothed and he admired her in his heart. When Zainab realized that the prophet desired her SHE BEGAN TO HATE ZAID. English translation of al-Tabari's Arabic Commentary on Sura 33:37: Zainab of Jahsh had a brother who died before her. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2292 p.624 Alleged statement that Zaid first divorced his wife Zainab just so that Mohammed might marry her. al-Tabari vol.39 p.180-182 Zainab bint Jahsh died when she was 53 years old. al-Tabari vol.39 p.182 Zainab (unspecified) Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2641,2642 p.575,576. Zainab bint Jahsh should not be confused with Zainab who was Abu Sa’id al-Khudri’s wife. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2031 p.223 Zainab [verbally] abused A’ishah, so Mohammed told A’ishah to abuse her. "…The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) came upon me [A’ishah] while Zainab daughter of Jahsh was with us. He began to do something with his hand. I signaled to him until I made him understand about her. So he stopped. Zainab came on and began to abuse ‘A’ishah. She prevented her, but she did not stop. So he (the Prophet) said to ‘A’ishah : Abuse her. Then she abused her and dominated her. Zainab then went to ‘Ali and said : ‘A’ishah abused you and did (such and such). Then Fatimah came (to the Prophet) and he said to her : She is favourite of your father, by the Lord of the Ka’bah! She then returned and said to them : I said to him such and such, and he said to me such and such. Then ‘Ali came to the Prophet (may peace be upon him) and spoke to him about that." Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4880 p.1364-1365 In the Bible Malachi vol.2 no.16 says that God hates divorce. 7. Juwairiya/yya/yah bint Hareth (captive) Juwairiya bint Harith/al-Harith was a captive. Bukhari vol.3 book 46 ch.13 no.717 p.431-432. Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.2349 p.520 says that Mohammed attacked the Bani Mustaliq tribe without any warning while they were heedlessly grazing their cattle. Juwairiya was a daughter of the chief. Sahih Muslim vol.3 no.4292 p.942 and Abu Dawud vol.2 no.227 p.728 and al-Tabari vol.39 p.182-183 also say Juwairiya/Juwairiyyah was captured in a raid on the Banu Mustaliq tribe. She had been married to Musafi’ bin Safwan, who was killed in battle. Mohammed’s wife Jawairyiyah used to be named Barrah. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.1498 p.392. However, Bukhari vol.8 book 72 ch.107 no.212 p.137; Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4935 p.1377-1378 say Zainab’s name used to be Barrah. Juwayriyyah bint al-Harith bin Abi Birar bin Habib, great grandson of Jadhimah al-Mustaliq of the Khuza’ah group, was taken as booty when Muslims raided the al-Mustaliq tribe. Her husband, Musafi’ bin Safwan Dhu al-Shuir bin Abi Asrb bin Malik bin Jadhimah was killed in the battle. She was a prisoner of war who agreed to marry Mohammed. al-Tabari vol.39 p.182-183; al-Tabari vol.9 p.133. Juwayriyyah was captured at the Battle of al-Muraysi [against the Banu Mustaliq]. al-Tabari vol.39 p.183 Juwayriyya married Mohammed when she was 20 years old. al-Tabari vol.39 p.184 8. Omm/Umm Habiba Umm Habiba was the daughter of Abu Sufyan al-Tabari vol.9 p.133; Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.3413 p.739; vol.2 no.2963 p.652; Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.1581 p.352; vol.2 no.3539 p.776 Ibn-i-Majah vol.5 no.3974 p.302; al-Tabari vol.17 p.88 Umm Habiba was 23 years younger than Mohammed. Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #60 p.127 Umm Habiba and her first husband ‘Ubaydallah were Muslims who went to Abyssinia. ’Ubaydallah converted to Christianity. al-Tabari vol.39 p.177 Mention of Zainab bint Jahsh. al-Tabari vol.39 p.180-182 Umm Habiba, wife of Mohammed should not be confused with another woman was also named Umm Habiba. She was the daughter of Jahsh, wife of ‘Abd al-Rahman and sister-in-law of Mohammed, since Zainab of Jahsh was his wife. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.288 p.73 9. Safiya/Safiyya/Saffiya (captive) Safiya bint Huyai/Huyayy was a captive Mohammed married after slaughtering her father, brother, husband and the men at Khaibar, according to Bukhari vol.2 book 14 ch.5 no.68 p.35; vol.4 book 52 ch.74 no.143 p.92; vol.4 book 52 ch.168 no.280 p.175 and al-Tabari vol.39 p.185. Safiyah’s husband was named Sallam bin Mishkam bin al-Hakam bin Harithah bin al-Khazraj bin Ka’b bin Khazraj. al-Tabari vol.9 p.134-135. Safiyyah was called Safi, for the first share of the booty, which went to Mohammed. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2988 p.848; Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2985-2989 and footnote 2406 p.846-849 Safiyya was purchased by Mohammed for seven slaves. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2272 p.357. She was 17 when Mohammed married her. al-Tabari vol.39 p.184 Mohammed felt kindness toward Safiyya. "If Safiyyah were not grieved, I would have left him [her husband whom Mohammed executed] until the birds and beasts of prey would have eaten him, and he would have been resurrected from their bellies." Abu Dawud vol.2 no.3130-3131 p.893 Physically, Safiyyah was short. Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4857 p.1359 There was discord between wives. Zainab did not want to loan a camel to Safiyya when Mohammed asked her to. Zainab called Safiyya a "Jewess" Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4588 p.1293 Mohammed had nine wives at one time, including Safiyya bint Huyayy, and later he did not give her a "turn". Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.3455-3456 p.749 This wife of Mohammed is also mentioned in Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.3325; vol.2 no.2783 p.605; vol.2 no.3118 p.678; vol.2 no.3497 p.761; Bukhari vol.3 book 33 ch.8-13 no.251-255 p.139-143; vol.2 book 21 ch.22 no.255 p.143; Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1779 p.72; Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2464 p.681; al-Tabari vol.39 p.169 Safiya bint Abi 'Ubaid Mohammed’s wife in Bukhari vol.4 book 52 ch.136 no.244 p.151 is probably the same person. 10. Maimuna/Maymuna bint Harith/Hareth Sahih Muslim vol.1 no.1671,1674,1675 p.368-369; vol.2 no.1672 p.369. Mohammed married Maymunah bt. Al-Harith in 7 A.H. while Mohammed was in a state of ritual purity on the journey to Mecca. al-Tabari vol.8 p.136; al-Tabari vol.9 p.135 Maymuna had been divorced once, and widowed before marrying Mohammed. al-Tabari vol.39 p.185. Maymuna was 80/81 when she died. al-Tabari vol.39 p.186 Maimuna was 30 years old when the 53-year old Mohammed married her. Mohammed died four years later. Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #43 p.120 Mainuma bint al-Harith had a slave girl. She asked Mohammed if she could free her, and Mohammed said instead to give her to Maimuna’s sister to take care of her. Muwatta’ Malik 54.4.9 Maimuna, Mohammed’s wife, screened Mohammed Bukhari vol.1 book 5 ch.22 no.279 p.170-171. People were screened when they bathed or went to the bathroom. Nothing was wrong with that though, for she was his wife. ‘Ata bin Yasar was a man who was a client of Maymunah. al-Tabari vol.39 p.317 Slaves: Maimuna’s freed slave girl was given a sheep, which later died. Ibn-i-Majah vol.5 no.3610 p.93 This wife of Mohammed is also mentioned in: Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2408 p.435; Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 no.809 p.492; vol.2 no.1124 p.108; Abu Dawud vol.1 no.1351 p.356; vol.1 no.1359,1360,1362 p.357; Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 no.243 p.229. 11. Fatima/Fatema/Fatimah (briefly) Fatima was mentioned by ‘Ali Dashti. al-Tabari vol.9 p.39 states that Mohammed briefly married Fatimah bint al-Dahhak bin Sufyan (also called al-Kilabiyyah). Mohammed married Fatimah bint Shurayh/Sara’. al-Tabari vol.9 p.139. It is unclear if Shuray and al-Dahhak were two different people, making this two Fatimas, or they were alternate names for the same father. Mention of Fatimah bin al-Dahhabi, Aliya bint Zahyah, Sana bint Sufyan al-Tabari vol.39 p.186 Mohammed consummated his marriage with "the Kilabiyyah" (i.e. from the Kilabi tribe). This would be Fatimah bint al-Dahhak bin Sufyan or ‘Aliyah bint Zabyan bin ‘Amr bin ‘Awf or Sana bint Sufyan bin ‘Awf. al-Tabari vol.39 p.187 Fatima, Mohammed’s daughter is different The following could be Mohammed’s wife, but was probably his daughter. In the year of the conquest of Mecca, Fatima screened Mohammed. Ibn-i-Majah vol.1 no.465 p.255 and Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 no.228 p.224; vol.1 no.417 p.307 A Fatima screened Mohammed while he was bathing in Bukhari vol.1 book 5 ch.22 no.278 p.170-171. However, Mohammed was taking a bath and was screened by his daughter Fatima in Bukhari vol.4 book 53 ch.29 no.396 p.263. Fatima was Mohammed's daughter and the wife of 'Ali in Bukhari vol.3 book 34 chg.29 no.302 p.171; Bukhari vol.4 book 53 ch.1 no.325 p.208. Mohammed did not want ‘Ali to marry anyone else besides his daughter Fatima. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.1998-1999 p.202-204. However, ‘Ali later had a captive slave girl, the daughter of Rab’iah, who bore him a daughter name Umm Ruqayyah. al-Tabari vol.11 p.66. Wanted a slave: While Mohammed gave many slaves to A’isha, Fatima thought she got a bad deal. Mohammed’s daughter Fatima complained to Mohammed about her using the grinding stone and asked for a slave (prisoner of war). Mohammed did not give her one, but he said he gave her something better. He told her to say glory be to Allah 33 times, Praise be to Allah 34 times, and Allah is most great 34 times. Abu Dawud vol.3 no.5044-5045 p.1405 12. Hend/Hind (widow) Hend/Hind was formerly married to Abu Sufyan, who was a very stingy man, according to Sahih Muslim vol.3 no.4251-4254 p.928-929. 13. Sana bint Asma’ / al-Nashat Mohammed married al-Nashat bint Rifa’ah of the Banu Kilab bin Rabi’ah, allies of the Qurayzah. Some called her Sana bint Asma’ bin al-Salt al-Sulamiyyah; while others say Sana bint Asma’ bin al-Salt of the Banu Harm. However, she died before the Prophet consummated his marriage with her. She was also called Sana. al-Tabari vol.9 p.135-136. al-Tabari vol.39 p.166 says the same thing about Sana bint al-Salt. 14. Zainab/Zaynab bint Khozayma/Khuzaima This Zainab belonged to the tribe of Banu Hilal. She was divorced from a Muslim named Tufayl, then married his brother ‘Ubaydah, who was killed at Badr. Then she married Mohammed. She was born 595 A.D. and died in 626 A.D. at 31. See al-Tabari vol.7 p.150 footnotes 215,216 and al-Tabari vol.39 p.163-164 for more info. al-Tabari vol.9 p.138 also says she died while Mohammed was alive. Mohammed married Zainab bint Khuzaima, but she died before he did. Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #64 p.129 15. Habla? Habla is on Ali Dashti’s list, but I have not been able to independently verify this. 16. Divorced Asma’ bint Noman Asma bint Noman, or Asma bint al-Nu’man bin Abi Al-Jawn, of the Kindah tribe, was married to Mohammed, but the marriage was never consummated. al-Tabari vol.10 p.185 and footnote 1131 p.185. Daughter of Al-Jaun / Jahal was married very briefly to Mohammed. Bukhari vol.7 book 63 no.181 p.131,132 On the other hand, al-Tabari vol.10 p.190 says that Al-Nu’man al-Jawn offered his daughter to Mohammed, but Mohammed declined. Perhaps "declined" means Mohammed divorced her before ever sleeping with her. Mohammed married Asma bint al-Nu’man bin al-Aswad bin Sharahil. However, she had leprosy, so Mohammed gave her money and divorced her. al-Tabari vol.9 p.137. Why would he do that to a woman he loved? ‘Asma bint al-Nu’man was a widow Mohammed married Either Hafsa or A’isha tricked ‘Asma by telling her Mohammed would be pleased if she said she took refuge in Allah from Mohammed. al-Tabari vol.39 p.188-190 Brief mention of ‘Asma bint Nu’man in al-Tabari vol.39 p.190. Mohammed divorced one woman Mohammed because she took refuge in Allah from Mohammed. He divorced another because she had leprosy. There is some mixup of which name is with which case in al-Tabari vol.39 p.187. 17. Mary/Mariya the Copt/Christian Mary was a wife [concubine] of Mohammed’s according to al-Tabari vol.9 p.141; Sahih Muslim vol.4 footnote 2835. p.1351;. Mary the Copt gave birth to Mohammed’s son Ibrahim in al-Tabari vol.9 p.39. He died when he was two years old. The Muslim emissary Hatib b. Abi Balta’ah returned from al-Muqawqis [Egypt] with Mariya [Mary the Copt], her sister Sirin, a female mule, sets of garments, and a eunuch. Hatib invited them to become Muslims, and the two women did so [according to Tabari]. Mariyah was beautiful, and Mohammed sent her sister Sirin to Hassan b. Thabit. Sirin and Hassan were the parents of ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Hassan. al-Tabari vol.8 p.66,131. A Muslim might say Mohammed had to marry her because she was a gift from Egypt, but her sister Sirin was also a gift, and he did not marry Sirin. Mary was a gift from the governor of Alexandria. al-Tabari vol.39 p.193 It was claimed that Mary became a Muslim, but Mohammed still kept her as a slave rather than a regular wife. al-Tabari vol.39 p.194 Mohammed "had intercourse with her [Mary] by virtue of her being his property." al-Tabari vol.39 p.194. Footnote 845 explains, "That is, Mariyah was ordered to veil herself as did the Prophet’s wives, but he did not marry her." Mary the Copt died in 637/638 A.D. al-Tabari vol.39 p.22 18. Rayhana/Raihana/Rayhanah bint Zaid/Zayd Rayhana was a Jewish captive from the Quraiza tribe. Mohammed offered to make her a wife instead of a slave, but she decline and remained Jewish according to al-Tabari vol.8 p.39. See also al-Tabari vol.9 p.137,141. However, the source in al-Tabari vol.39 p.164-165 says Mohammed set her free and then married her. Mohammed had two concubines: Mariya bint Sham’un the Copt, and Rayhanah bint Zayd al-Quraziyyah of the Banu al-Nadir. al-Tabari vol.9 p.141. Mariya was an um walid of Mohammed according to al-Tabari vol.13 p.58. 19. Divorced Omm/Umm Sharik / Ghaziyyah bint Jabir Omm/Umm Sharik is the same person as Ghaziyyah bint Jabir in al-Tabari vol.9 p.139. She was called "Umm Sharik" because she was the mother of a son named Sharik by a previous marriage. "When the Prophet went to her he found her to be an old woman, so he divorced her." al-Tabari vol.9 p.139. However footnote 922 says Ibn Sa’d in Tabaqat, 8 p.110-112 "gives a different account and lists her among the women to whom the Prophet proposed but did not marry. It was she who gave herself to the Prophet and the Qur’anic verse 33:50 refers to her." 20. Maymuna / Maimuna Maimuna was a woman who offered herself to Mohammed according to Sahih Muslim vol.2 footnote 1919. It could be the same Maimuna as 10, or a different one. Married in 7 .H. An unnamed woman said she gave herself to Mohammed as a wife. Mohammed did not accept her, but gave her to a poor Muslim. The only thing the poor Muslim could give as a dowry is his memorization of a sura of the Qur’an. Muwatta’ Malik 28.3.8 21. Zaynab/Zainab the Third? Ali Dashti lists this wife, but I have not found independent evidence of this. 22. Khawla / Khawlah bint al-Hudayl It is said that Mohammed married Khawlah bint al-Hudayl. al-Tabari vol.9 p.139. She was a wife of Mohammed’s according to al-Tabari vol.39 p.166 23. Divorced Mulaykah bint Dawud Mohammed married (married is the word in the text) Mulaykah bint Dawud al-Laythiyyah, but when she was told that Mohammed was the one who had her father killed, she took refuge in Allah from Mohammed. So Mohammed separated from her. al-Tabari vol.8 p.189. The same thing is told of Mulaykah bint Ka’b (who is likely the same person) in al-Tabari vol.39 p.165 Mulaykah bint Ka’b was married very briefly to Mohammed. A’isha asked her if she wanted to marry the man who killed her husband. She "took refuge in God" from Mohammed, so Mohammed divorced her. al-Tabari vol.39 p.165 24. Divorced al-Shanba’ bint ‘Amr Mohammed married al-Shanba’ bint ‘Amr al-Ghifariyyah; her people were allies of the banu Qurayza. When Ibrahim died, she said that if he were a true prophet his son would not have died. Mohammed divorced her before consummating his marriage with her. al-Tabari vol.9 p.136 25. Divorced al-‘Aliyyah Mohammed stayed a while with ‘Aliyyah bint Zabyan bin ‘Amr bin ‘Awf bin Ka’b, then divorced her. al-Tabari vol.39 p.188 Mohammed married al-‘Aliyyah, but then divorced her. She died while Mohammed was still alive al-Tabari vol.9 p.138. 26. Divorced ‘Amrah bint Yazid Mohammed divorced ‘Amrah bint Yazid because she had leprosy. al-Tabari vol.39 p.188 Mohammed married ‘Amrah bint Yazid (no mention of divorce) al-Tabari vol.9 p.139. Mohammed divorced ‘Amra. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2054 p.233 vol.3 no.2030 p.226 (daif [weak], not Sahih) Mohammed divorced a woman because she had leprosy. al-Tabari vol.39 p.187 27. Divorced an Unnamed Woman Mohammed divorced an unnamed woman because she would peek at those leaving the mosque. al-Tabari vol.39 p.187 28. Qutaylah bint Qays (died right away) Mohammed married Qutaylah bint Qays but she died before they consummated the marriage. Curiously, it also says he and her brother apostacized form Islam. So she must have apostacized after the marriage and before her death perhaps? al-Tabari vol.9 p.138-139. 29. Sana bint Sufyan Mention of Mohammed’s brief marriage with Sana bint Sufyan. al-Tabari vol.39 p.188 30. Sharaf bint Khalifah Mohammed married Sharaf bint Khalifah, sister of Dihyah bin Lhalifah al-Kalbi, but she died while Mohammed was still alive. al-Tabari vol.9 p.138 31. Women of Mohammed’s Right Hand "…abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess - for (in their case) they are free from blame," Sura 23:5-6. See also Sura 4:24 "He [Mohammed] replied, ‘Conceal your private parts except from your wife and from whom your right hands possess (slave-girls).’" Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4006 p.1123 Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4443-4445 p.1244 shows that having sex with a slave-girl a man owns is fine, but a man will be flogged for having sex with his wife’s slave-girl. As was typical of wealthy Arab men, Mohammed apparently had need of a few slave girls too. See Bukhari vol.7 book 64 ch.6 no.274 p.210. Salmah for was a maid-servant of Mohammed. Abu Dawud vol.3 no.3849 p.1084 Maimuna was the freed slave girl of Mohammed. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2531 p.514; Abu Dawud vol.1 no.457 p.118 Mohammed briefly had a "very beautiful" captive before he gave her to Mahmiyah b. Jaz’ al-Zubaydi. al-Tabari vol.8 p.151 One of the slave girls belonging to Mohammed house committed fornication with someone else. It is the "someone else" part that was a problem. Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4458 p.1249 Mohammed called a black slave-girl to come and conceal Abu Dharr behind a curtain while he was taking a bath. Abu Dawud vol.1 no.332 p.87 Mention Umm Ayman (=Barakah), a client (slave-girl) of the prophet. al-Tabari vol.39 p.287 Mohammed definitely had a sense of humor. Umm Ayman, the Prophet’s client [i.e. slave whom it was lawful for him to spend the night with]. According to al-Husayn … Umm Ayman: [One] night the Prophet got up and urinated in the corner of the house into an earthenware vessel. During the night I got up, and being thirsty, I drank what was in the vessel, not noticing [anything]. When the Prophet got up in the morning he said ‘O Umm Ayman, take that earthenware vessel and pour away its content.’ I said ‘By God, I drank what was in it.’ The Prophet laughed until his molar teeth showed, then said ‘After this you will never have a bellyache.’" al-Tabari vol.39 p.199 In general, Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4443-4445 p.1244 teaches that having sex with a slave-girl a man owns is OK, but a man will be flogged for having sex with his wife’s slave-girl. But, having sex with a wife’s slave girl is OK if the wife made her lawful for him. Note that he did not have to be married to the slave girl. Ibn-i-Majah vol.4 no.2551 p.12 Mohammed Turned Some Women Down! A’isha felt jealous of the women who offered themselves to Mohammed [as wives]. Sahih Muslim vol.2 no.3453 p.748. But it was OK that a woman offered herself to Mohammed. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 no.2000-2001 p.304-305 Some thought Mohammed married al-Ash’ath, but al-Tabari says that is false according to al-Tabari vol.39 p.190i. (Overall, al-Tabari did a masterful job of trying to keep up with all of Mohammed’s women.) Some Women Turned Mohammed Down Mohammed asked to marry Ghaziyyah on account of her beauty, but she declined. Tabari claims she was in a state of infidelity but provides no evidence. al-Tabari vol.9 p.136. There is no evidence she was unfaithful and Mohammed was lax in not punishing her, or that she was and Mohammed punished her. Layla clapped Mohammed’s shoulder from behind and asked him to marry her. Mohammed accepted. Layla’s people said, "’What a bad thing you have done! You are a self-respecting woman, but the Prophet is a womanizer. Seek an annulment from him.’ She went back to the Prophet and asked him to revoke the marriage and he complied with [her request]." al-Tabari vol.9 p.139 From to al-Tabari vol.9 p.140-141, Mohammed proposed marriage to, but ended up not marrying: 1) Umm Hani’ bin Abi Talib [Hind] because she said she was with child. 2) Duba’ah bint ‘Amir but she was too old. 3) Reportedly he proposed to Saffiyah bint Bashshamah, a captive. She was allowed to choose between Mohammed and her husband, and she chose her husband. 4) Umm Habib bint al-‘Abbas but since al-‘Abbas was his foster brother so it would not have been lawful so Mohammed backed out. 5) Jamrah bint Al-Harith. Her father falsely claimed she was suffering from something. When he returned, he found that she had already been afflicted with leprosy. It is inconsistent on whether Umm Hani’ became a Muslim before or after Mohammed asked her to marry him. al-Tabari vol.39 p.197 and footnote 857 p.197
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