UNITED KINGDOM, August 2014 – The Fatwa issued by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and got support from six senior Islamic scholars called the Islamic State (IS) “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group”. The fatwa prohibits would-be jihadists from joining ISIL/ISIS and opposes the promotion of the “poisonous ideology” in the UK.
U.S.A., August 2014 – Muslim leaders gathered on the steps of Dearborn City Hall (Dearborn, Michigan) strongly condemned the Islamic State or ISIS, saying the militant group in Iraq and Syria doesn’t represent Islam or Muslims. ISIS members are “crazy criminals who are abusing our religion,” said Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. “You’re a bunch of gangsters … you’re not Islamic.”
INDIA, August 2014 – Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad All India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulema said favoring the extremist organizations was antithetical to the Islamic Sharia. Supporting their (ISIS) activities through any means is forbidden. Their ruthless activities against people in Iraq and Syria are not meant for helping Muslims but to defame Islam. Their anti-Western interpretation of Islam is only aimed to serve their political agendas in the wider Muslim world.
EGYPT, August 2014 – Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam had condemned ISIS for atrocities they have been perpetrating in the countries and their violation of principles and teachings preached by Islam. He said the terrorists are members of a corrupt and extremist organization, describing the group as a danger to Islam as a whole.
EGYPT, August 2014 – The top Islamic authority Dar Al-Ifta in Egypt has launched an online campaign to correct the image of Islam distorted by the crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), urging media sources to avoid calling the militant group as “Islamic State”.
SAUDI ARABIA, September 2014 – The Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh and religious council declared ISIS terrorism a “heinous crime” under Sharia. “Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, which is innocent of this deviant ideology … [terrorism] is nothing more than corruption and criminality rejected by Islamic sharia law and common sense.” Any Muslim who thinks that jihad (which means “struggle”) means joining a terrorist group “is ignorant and has gone astray”.
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The photo above shows inside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s $5 billion National Ignition Facility (NIF), where scientists are getting closer to their goal of creating a controlled fusion reaction by mimicking the interior of the sun inside the hardware of a laboratory.
In the latest incremental advance, reported recently online in the journal Nature, scientists in California used 192 lasers to compress a pellet of fuel and generate a reaction in which more energy came out of the fuel core than went into it.
There’s still a long way to go before anyone has a functioning fusion reactor, something physicists have dreamed of since Albert Einstein was alive. A fusion reactor would run on a common form of hydrogen found in seawater, would emit minimal nuclear waste and couldn’t have the kind of meltdown that can occur in a traditional nuclear-fission reactor.
NIF is funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration and does fusion research only part of the time. Usually it is engaged in tests that help scientists understand the processes involved in nuclear weapons explosions.
From article by Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, February 12, 2014