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4 Dec
When Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) entered Makkah with his ten thousand followers on 18th Ramadan 8 hijrah, the Qureish which had so cruelly ill-treated him was completely at his mercy. But in the hour of triumph every evil suffered was forgotten, every injury inflicted was forgiven.
The army of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) under his command entered Makkah — city of their bitterest enemies peaceably; no house was robbed, no woman was insulted.

It's been truly said that “Through all the annals of conquest, there has been no triumphant entry like unto this one”
Allah says in the Glorious Qur'an!

وَمَاۤ اَرۡسَلۡنٰكَ اِلَّا رَحۡمَةً لِّـلۡعٰلَمِيۡنَ (الأنبياء :١٠٧)
And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.
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28 Nov
P. Chidambaram who became Indian Home Minister after the Mumbai attack was asked by @BDUTT that why India did not attack Pakistan after 26/11? He said, ‘We did not want to repeat Parakram’.

So what was Operation Parakram which haunts the Indian leadership to this day?

Operation Parakram was a 10 month military stand off between India and Pakistan in 2001-02 in which Indian army lost more than 800 soldiers without fighting as a result of mishaps in minefields, mishandling of ammunition, explosive and traffic accidents due to ‘inexperience’ as..
..per the Indian war veterans. On being asked by General Padmanabhan on what the government expected from the war, Vajpayee is understood to have said: ‘woh baad mein bataayenge’ (that will be told later). Such was the beginning of Operation Parakram, where neither were the..
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26 Nov
Thread: ‘Who Killed Hemant Karkare during the 26/11 Mumbai Attack?’

The Mumbai Attack was facilitated by the Intelligence Bureau, prime security intelligence agency of India, with an objective of eliminating head of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) Hemant Karkare in order to save... Image
..the Saffron terrorists. Karkare who was known for his bravery and impartiality was shot dead at the instance of the Sang Parivar to save Pragya Thakur, Colonel Purohit and other terrorists who were involved in Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and Ahmedabad bomb blasts. ImageImage
‘Operation Kill K’ was planned, scripted, directed, choreographed and executed jointly by Abhinav Bharat, RSS and VHP in collusion with their facilitators in the IB. After Karkare's death, all Malegaon accused including Pragya Thakur who was arrested by Karkare were released.
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25 Nov
Tipu Sultan's victory against the British at the Battle of Pollilur in 1790 is often described as ‘the severest blow that the British ever sustained in India’, and resonated for years in both Britain and Mysore. By the end of year, one in five if all the British soldiers in....
..India were held prisoner by Tipu In his sophisticated fortress of Seringapatam. For thirty years, first Haidar Ali, Tipu’s father, then Tipu himself, had been at the forefront of the British public’s consciousness. Tales of attacks on British forces appeared in the newspapers.
Tipu was the most feared ruler of his time in Britain. When he died there were jubilant celebrations. Authors and play writers were also a part of it. The siege and looting of Tipu’s capital at Srirangapattana is the opening scene of Wilkie Collins’ famous novel, The Moonstone.
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22 Nov
I think Abhinandan will muster up enough courage someday to admit that he did not shot down any F-16 and that he has been used as a political pawn to conceal the humiliating defeat of IAF in the dogfight against PAF in 2019.

Why I call it a ‘humiliating defeat' is because...
..Indian govt categorically said that Pakistan's actions on the morning of 27th Feb were an ‘act of war’.

With a three times larger force, India should have responded but it's military leadership was in a state of paralysis after Pakistan's swift response in broad day light...
..along with the killing of 6 IAF personnel including a senior officer in fratricide when a surface-to-air missile hit a Mi-17. It all happened on a day when IAF was on its highest alert levels.

Giving Abhinandan a gallantry award is a red herring against the military failures.
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17 Nov
The Islamic month of Rabi al-Thani marks the death anniversary of the rose of Baghdad, Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani.

Someone asked what brought him to his high spiritual level, he said:

‘The truthfulness which I promised to my mother’. He related the following story:
“One day, on the eve of Eid al-Adhā, I went to my mother, who was then a widow and requested her, ‘Send me to the path of truth, give me permission to go to Baghdad to acquire knowledge, to be with the wise and those who are close to Allah”.
She cried, but she brought out 80 pieces of gold, which was all that my father had left as inheritance. She put aside forty pieces for my brother. Other forty she sewed into the armpit of my coat. Then she perimitted me to leave, but before she let me go she made me promise her..
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16 Nov
‘When Alexander and his forces marched through Balochistan in modern day Pakistan’

Arguably, the earliest account of Balochistan was written by Lucius Flavius Arrianus (Arrian) whose Anabasis of Alexander described Alexander’s campaigns and his epic march through the deserts...
...of Balochistan and the Makran coast on his way back to Greece. During the retreat in 325 BC, he was greatly harried by the Baloch. His biographer wrote, ‘I had never seen the Great Alexander so sad and dejected—filled with sorrow and uncertainty.…
The outcome of fighting with the Baloch people was disastrous for Alexander’s army and against himself.’ Alexander, in fact, had almost perished during the campaign that took the lives of almost three quarters of his army.
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15 Nov
Over 3,400 Muslims were killed in the violence triggered by L.K. Advani’s ‘Rath Yatra’ campaign in 1990 which brought BJP to the doorstep of power. In the 1984 elections, the BJP won only two Lok Sabha seats but in the 1991 general elections after the Rath Yatra, the BJP won...
..120 seats. Between April 1989 and April 1990, 262 people died in Gujarat, mostly were Muslims. In October 1990, days after Advani’s yatra began, 41 were killed in Ahmedabad. The same month, 52 were killed in Jaipur, 20 in Jodhpur, 33 in Lucknow, over 100 in Delhi, 37 in Assam,
18 in Patna and 165 in Hyderabad. Also in October, a pogrom against Muslims in Bhagalpur, Bihar, saw 960 killed in which 900 were Muslims. In November, 31 were killed in Agra, again mostly Muslim and 13 in Indore. In Dec, 60 were killed in Karnataka and 134 in Hyderabad.
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2 Nov
For those in Pakistan who think that India should be the least of our worries, here are some important facts:

1. As per the findings of @DisinfoEU report, Indian govt has been running 750 fake media outlets to undermine Pakistan across 119 countries from the last 15 years.
2. Despite losing 43,000 sq km of land equivalent to the area of Switzerland in the 1962 Sino-Indian war, Pakistan has remained the raison d'etre of Indian military. It has deployed 10 out of 14 corps exclusively for Pakistan along with 81% of Indian Air Force (IAF) bases.
3. India has amassed enough fissile material to make 2600 nuclear weapons.

4. As per the latest SIPRI report for 2020, India's defense spending is $72 billion out of which $18.52 billion has been allocated for buying equipment; more than total military spending of Pakistan.
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10 Oct
‘Thread: A man called AQ Khan’

Two letters have changed the course of history. Albert Einstein’s famous first letter to President Franklin Roosevelt dated August 2, 1939 and Dr A.Q. Khan's second letter in 1974 to Prime Minister Bhutto who remarked that ‘the man makes sense’. Image
In the state of Bhopal, India, the headmaster of a local school, Abdul Ghafoor, chose to retire in 1935. The following year, in April, he and wife, Zulekha, had their youngest son— they named him Abdul Qadeer Khan, famously known as A. Q. Khan.
A decade later, during the traumatic years that surrounded partition, Bhopal was the scene of intense Hindu-Muslim riots. Abdul Ghafoor’s family was profoundly affected by the prejudices of the Hindus and decided to immigrate to Pakistan in August 1952, and settled in Karachi.
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4 Jul
Mr Jinnah was "visionary" not just because he recognized the threat from Hindu Mahasabha but also from the Machiavellian perfidy of a Hindu body called ‘Congress’ which would inherit the political power from the Raj.

The 1914 Congress had a total of 856 delegates, in 1915...
there were 2190 and in 1916 there were 2249. Of these, the number of Muslims were less than 1% in 1914, 2% in 1915 and 3% in 1916. In 1937, 97%, membership of Congress was Hindu.

Dr Ambedkar said.
“It is foolish to take solace in the fact that because the Congress is fighting...
for the freedom of India, it is, therefore, fighting for the freedom of the people of India and of the lowest of the low. The question whether Congress is fighting for freedom has very little importance as compared to the question for whose freedom is the Congress fighting?”
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2 Jul
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a visionary leader who said in 1941, “The leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha want to treat Muslims like Jews in Germany”

Today the 200 million Indian Muslims are not just the largest religious minority in the world but also the most under represented...
community in any democracy. Narendra Modi's party BJP won a huge majority with 303 Lok Sabha seats in 2019. But there are no Muslim MPs. In 2014, BJP had 282 seats in Lok Sabha; without a single seat for any Muslim.
In Gujarat, where BJP has run the govt since 1998, there has been no Muslim BJP MLA for 22 years. There has been no Muslim representative of any party from Gujarat in the Lok Sabha since 1985. In the entire Hindi belt, there is no Muslim MLA in 2020 belonging to the BJP.
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21 May
The Israeli narrative is deeply entrenched in mainstream discourse of the US. The analysis of the media coverage of Israel’s occupation over the last 50 years across five major American newspapers shows that there are “deep pockets” of Israeli lobby.

Tho five newspapers include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

1. The number of headlines citing Israel over the 50-year period is more than four times than that of headlines citing Palestine. Image
2. Israeli sources are near two and half times (250%) more likely to be quoted as Palestinian ones.
3. The mention of “Palestine
Refugees” has declined by 93% over the 50-year period.
4. Israeli headlines were statistically more significantly positive than Palestinian ones.
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30 Apr
The tyrannical regime of Afghan communists finds few parallels in the annals of history. Two million Afghans died. 78% of the training institutions were destroyed. Hundreds of students were abducted and summarily executed.

In this thread, I'm sharing some important facts.
The Communist era in Afghanistan began on 27 April 1978 when President Daud and his 18 family members were massacred in a bloody coup d'etat by the militants of Afghan Communist Party (PDPA) who subsequently dignified it with the title ‘The Great Saur [April] Revolution’.
Kabul University is one of the oldest institutions in Afghanistan. In 1977, 750 faculty members were working. After the coup, 36 were executed and 276 were emigrated. Hundreds of students were abducted and summarily executed. Number of students reduced from 14000 to 6000 in 1984. ImageImage
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28 Apr
Hazrat Ali wrote a letter to one of his governors which eloquently explains the status and role of judiciary in Islam:

“Select as your chief judge one from the people who by far is the best among them; one who is not obsessed with domestic worries; one who cannot be...
intimidated; one who does not err too often; one who does not turn back from the right path once he finds it; one who is not self-centred or avaricious; one who will not decide before knowing the full facts; one who will weigh with care every attendant doubt and pronounce a...
clear verdict after taking everything into full consideration; one who will not grow restive over the arguments of advocates; one who will examine with patience every new disclosure of facts; one who will be strictly impartial in his decision; one whom flattery cannot mislead;
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