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Prizren's Dervish Fakirs: The Newroz ...
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
08 Jul 2015

Ancient Shiite rituals were brought into the Balkans in the 15th century during the Ottoman invasion and dominion and have been kept intact up till our day, representing a parallel and very deep-rooted Islam amongst the people. In the town of Prizren in Kosovo there is the tariqa Rufai. To celebrate the Newroz, or Nevruz, the beginning of the new year which coincides with the arrival of spring, all the dervishes in the area meet up here to celebrate a propitiatory ritual. The ritual lasts five hours and is extremely exacting. The followers must go through a great test of physical and mental exertion. The dervishes pray, dance and sing and try to attain a state of trance. At the culmination of the ritual the feats of Fakirism take place. Whilst some of the dervishes play and sing, the shaikh takes long skewers and begins to pierce the mouths of the dervishes who willingly undergo this test, beginning with the children. The older dervishes, the braver and more expert, are pierced with a real sword. A blade is placed on their throat and the shaikh climbs on top of it. The ritual ends when the dervishes remove the skewers. Just a few drops of blood appear on their cheeks.

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President of Kurdistan Meets Arab Tribes
Dohuk
By Jawdat Ahmed
16 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015
Duhuk, Iraq


(IraqiNews.com) President of Kurdistan Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, that the doors are open for Arabs to fight in the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, calling the federal government to do its duty in the liberated areas. Barzani said during a meeting with Arab tribal elders attended by IraqiNews.com, “The doors are open for Arabs to join the Peshmerga ranks in their fight against terrorism, and without discrimination,” urging the federal government to do its duty and provide services in the liberated areas. Barzani added, “We should not feed grudges and hatred. Those who refused loyalty to ISIS must live freely and with dignity, while those who chose to be with ISIS, their fate will be like ISIS’ fate.” “All Kurdish areas have been liberated and are now ready to contribute in the operations to liberate the rest of Iraq,” calling on everyone to cooperate in order to build a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood.

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Leftovers of ISIS: Inside a Liberated...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Shiite militia officer, Abu Ismail, gives a tour of al-Alam, a suburb of Tikrit which until recently had been under the control of ISIS. Ismail shows ISIS graffiti on homes, a handmade explosive device hidden in an electronic tablet and detonators, as well as pro-ISIS leaflets giving instructions on the best way to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s caliphate.

In coordination with Shiite militias, the Iraqi Army was able to drive ISIS out of the area of al-Alam as part of their offensive to retake Tikrit.

Shot list/ transcription:

01:18
Medium of fighter spraying “Ali al-Akbar Brigade” on wall

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer
01:18 – 03:50

“This house, which we will raid, belongs to an officer in the Salahuddin Police. ISIS members took it by force. They closed it and left it behind. We begin with this writing [Reads in Arabic: “The State”] which ISIS fighters wrote. Please come with me so that I would show you the other writings.
[Lettering in Arabic reads: “Estates of the Islamic State”] ISIS members wrote this slogan on all the houses that they have taken over. They consider themselves to be the rightful owners of any house whose original owner supported the [Iraqi] government, is a Shiite, or does not follow their teachings. They confiscate the properties, cattle, land, women and anything that belongs to such a person. ‘The State of Islam shall remain.’ This is proof that they were present in this house. Now, God willing, we will open the house and see what is inside. These are detonators. This is a mobile tablet, commonly used but people for communication or guidance. This is the [explosive] dough. They have booby-trapped it. As soon as a call is made to this tablet, while the battery is in place, it will explode. These are the detonators, used to set off explosive devices. This house is in al-Dour housing complex. May the owner rest in peace. What is his name?
What is his name, Abu Hussein?
Regarding this issue…
Interviewer: Will this explode?
The battery is in place, however, the device should be charged to enable them to contact this device from another one. As soon a call is established between another device and this one, a detonation will be triggered. This little piece of dough, as we understood from explosives experts, can kill from four to ten people – this little piece of dough. If it was compressed, the explosion would be stronger.”

03:59 – 04:21
As soon as we entered the house – we still have not gone in deeply yet – we found military equipment and outfits [that were] used by ISIS members. They confiscated these outfits from police and army headquarters.

04:22 – 05:57
Close-up of ISIS pamphlet in Arabic, reads: “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer

04:27 –
These fliers were given out to people in various regions. This is about people pledging allegiance the damned Baghdadi. “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.” There is a drawing of hands, one belonging to Baghdadi and the other to the person pledging allegiance.
It was published by the hypocrite – a so-called muhajhid, but he is neither a sheikh nor a mujahid – Turki al-Ben Ali, Abi Sufian al-Salami.
Even the printing house –if the camera can show this clearly… this was published in the “Islamic State’s Printing Establishment.” Also, here is written “Al-Himma Bookstore.” These are the [visible] titles.
Here are written the conditions that the person pledging allegiance should follow. They start with specific points or titles that have nothing to do with Islam. They are far from any Islamic value.
We shall continue to search.
This flag… they have used as slogan these sacred words in every house, alley, village, region, or government office. They have nothing to do with this slogan.”

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The Visit 01
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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The Visit 02
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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The Visit 03
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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The Visit 07
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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The Visit 09
Tunis, Tunisia
By Zaid Abbour
20 Jan 2015

More than 100 Sufi worshipers and performers of Al-Rashidiya traditional music band gave an ecstatic show titled The Visit at the Tunisian capital’s municipal theater. The spiritual performance, which included traditional Sufi music and dancing, revolved around praising God, Prophet Mohammad and Sufi saints. The performance was directed by Sami Lajmi and featured artists Mohammad Dahlab, Haidar Amir and Munir al-Troudi al-Naat, as well as Sheikhs Mukhtar Bayyoud and Mahdi Abbas.

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Protest and clashes in bahrain
Bilad Qadeem
By MazenMahdi
16 Jan 2015

16 January, 2015
Bahrain, Manama

This video was shot on Friday 16 January 2015 in al-Bilad al-Kadim and shows the continuing demonstrations demanding the release of The shiite Sheikh Ali Salman, and the conflicts with the police that happen daily. The police use tear gas, tanks, law suits, and imprisoning to suppress these demonstrations.

Anti government demonstrations in Bahrain started in February 2011, influenced by the wave of uprisings in the Arab world at the beginning of 2011.

The demonstrations were led by the opposition in Bahrain, who demanded political, economic, and social adjustments.

Bahraini police suppressed the demonstrations in the central al-Loaloa square, which caused the people to move their protest to their villages demanding freedom.

In every demonstration in Bahrain, the people come into conflict with the police who fire tear gas and bullets into the crowd, resulting in injury or death.

In 28 December 2014, Sheikh Ali Salman was taken prisoner, he is the general-secretary in The Shia al-Wifak opposition organization. From that day the demonstrations have not stopped all over Bahrain. al-Bilad al-Kadim, Sheikh Ali Salman's home neighborhood, is the center of demonstrations in the capital of Manama.

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Police Clamp Down on Protests in Bahrain
Manama
By MazenMahdi
14 Jan 2015

January 15, 2015
Manama, Bahrain

This video was shot on Thursday 15 January 2015 in al-Bilad al-Kadim and shows the continuing demonstrations demanding the release of The shiite Sheikh Ali Salman, and the conflicts with the police that happen daily. The police use tear gas, tanks, law suits, and imprisoning to suppress these demonstrations.

Anti government demonstrations in Bahrain started in February 2011, influenced by the wave of uprisings in the Arab world at the beginning of 2011.

The demonstrations were led by the opposition in Bahrain, who demanded political, economic, and social adjustments.

Bahraini police suppressed the demonstrations in the central al-Loaloa square, which caused the people to move their protest to their villages demanding freedom.

In every demonstration in Bahrain, the people come into conflict with the police who fire tear gas and bullets into the crowd, resulting in injury or death.

In 28 December 2014, Sheikh Ali Salman was taken prisoner, he is the general-secretary in The Shia al-Wifak opposition organization. From that day the demonstrations have not stopped all over Bahrain. al-Bilad al-Kadim, Sheikh Ali Salman's home neighborhood, is the center of demonstrations in the capital of Manama.

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Handmade Yemeni Daggers, 10,000 Dolla...
Sanaa
By MENA Desk
01 Dec 2014

It is rare to see a Yemeni man in public without a traditional dagger on his waist. While many would think of a dagger as simply a weapon, Yemenis consider it a necessary tool in a man’s daily life.

Some Yemenis are even willing to spend a large amount of money for a dagger. Tens of
thousands of dollars, and more. Sheikh Naji Ben Abdil Aziz al-Shayef, the head of the Yemeni Sheikhs, is said to have paid one million dollars to buy a dagger once owned by Emam Ahmad Hamid Eddine, the ruler of Yemen from 1948 to 1962.

The al-Azizi Family has been handcrafting and selling daggers for over a hundred years. The craft has been handed down through generations. The family owns the most famous dagger workshop and store in Old Sanaa.

Hussein Mohamad al-Azizi, the family patriarch, says the dagger is an essential accessory, a
Yemeni tradition just like the ‘Oqal’, the white head dress worn by men in the Gulf. His son Hussein Hussein al-Azizi believes the dagger is a symbol of power and honor for Yemeni men.

Yemeni daggers consist of three parts. The first is the handle, which determines the price of the dagger based on the material used. The second part is the blade, and the third is the belt used to carry the dagger on the waist.

The fanciest and most expensive daggers are the ‘Seifani’, with handles made of the horn of a rhinoceros. These have become rare since the hunting and trade of rhinoceros parts was banned by international agreement.

The second level, ‘Ivory’, are daggers with handles made from the tusks of elephants. The third level, ‘Kerk’, have handles made of the horns of bulls. The lowest level, mainly manufactured in China, have handles of wood, fiberglass or plastic.

Interviews:

Hussein Hussein al-Azizi, Merchant:

(00:41-01:29) I carry the Dagger, because it is an accessory for myself, and a pride for all the Yemenis. It is not a weapon as many consider, it is an accessory for men, and they used it in the old times as a weapon when they used to travel from a city to another or from a village to another, and because Yemen is a wild area full of mountains, and because many wild animals are spread across the area, in that case it is used as a weapons for protection, for the lack of guns and mechanic weapons.

(01:37-02:20) What makes my dagger special is, apart from the fact that a man always prefers his own possessions, that it is made from the horn of a rhinoceros. I believe it is really special and better than other jambiyas and it is worth $10,000. There are even more luxurious ones but I believe in the old proverb which says, "My beast is better than the King's horse."

(02:26-03:09) The yemeni dagger has many usages, such as in weddings, it is used as an accessory specially by the groom, and it is essential in “al-Baraa” dance (traditional Yemeni dance). What differs the daggers is the shape and the way it is made. What determine its price is the shape and the type of horn it is made of.

Hussein Mohamad al-Azizi, Dagger Workshop Owner:

(04:27-06:47) It is made from the horn of the rhinoceros, dates back to the time of Bin Zi Yazan .

Dagger initially became popular because they are the main aspect of the Yemeni accessory. Daggers differ from city to another and from a village to another. For example; in Saade province, dagger have a specific shape, different from the one in Maareb, Taaz al-Mohabsha, Al-hadarmi, and Sanaa, which has a very special collection.

The best dagger currently is al-Azizi dagger, and al-Sefani, which dates back to 400-600 years. It is made from the horn Rhinoceros. There is a difference between the daggers made from the horn of the Rhinoceros and the Kerk dagger made from the horn of bulls, and the Chinese dagger, which ruined the market.
There has been a ban on hunting rhinos since 1982 enforced by The United Nations, especially for Yemenis, so we had to rely on Kerk daggers made of bull’s horns, so we can keep selling and not lose our profession and preserve this Yemeni accessory. Each country has it’s own accessory type, in Oman for example they used daggers, in the Gulf they use “Oqal” (the white head dress), every country has its own traditions.

I want to correct some misunderstood information about daggers; they say that Yemenis use daggers used as weapons. I want to correct this piece of information to say that; they used them as weapons back in the time when they used to travel from a city to another, and go through long roads, and face wild animals, that is the only case when they used daggers as weapons. Other than that case, they are only used as an accessory, even 2-4 year old children carry daggers that are made for them, different from al-Sefani daggers.

(07:04-07:32) As for the blade, the sharp metal part, we get it from Hadramout, We have different types, Jubi, Adani (from Adan), Taazi (from Taaz), Senaani (from Sanaa). I currently have all types.

Shot List:

Various shots of daggers in al-Azizi shop
Various shots show the production of the daggers in al-Aziz workshop
Various shots of grooms with daggers on their waists
Various shots of grooms dancing “al-Baraa” traditional Yemeni dance in a mass wedding

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Bekaa
By Walid
25 Jul 2014

Sheikh Walid Azzam : ( Kherbet Qanafar .West-Bekaa) A farmer for over 40 years, Sheikh Azzam owns and cultivates land in the legendary Bekaa valley.

Cheikh Walid Azzam : ( Kherbet Qanafar .Bekaa -Ouest) Agriculteur depuis plus de 40 ans, il possède et cultive des terrains dans la Bekaa.

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Mirrors: The Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Lebanon
By Walid
25 Jul 2014

2014
Lebanon

"Mirrors ..." is a dive into the contemporary life of Druze Sheikhs in Lebanon, a photographic testimony that attempts to capture the essence of an often misunderstood faith and people. For these Sheikhs, religion permeates all aspects of their life. Be they doctors, farmers, writers, or construction workers, their relationship with the world is full of compassion, integrity and a tender attitude to the environment. They all feed an insatiable thirst for knowledge regarding the living and themselves; a curiosity that is often and wrongly taken to a form of isolation from the world.

“Miroirs…” est une plongée dans la vie contemporaine des Cheikhs druzes, un témoignage photographique qui tente de capter l’essence d’une foi et d’un peuple souvent mal compris. Pour ces Cheikhs, la religion imprègne tous les aspects de la vie. Médecins, agriculteurs, écrivains, ouvriers du bâtiment : quel que soit leur métier, leur rapport au monde est empreint de compassion, d’intégrité et d’un regard tendre sur leur environnement. Tous, ils nourrissent une insatiable soif de connaissance vis-à-vis du vivant et vis-à-vis d’eux-mêmes. Une curiosité qui est souvent, et à tort, prise pour une forme d’isolement du monde.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
bzebdine
By Walid
14 May 2014

Sheikh Majed SERIEDDINE: (Bzebdine) :Farmer and Calligrapher. Passionate about poetry and literature, he also loves nature and is interested in social life and relations between people. He is responsible for religious events in his village and earns his living from nature as a farmer.

Cheikh Majed SERIEDDINE: (Bzebdine) Agriculteur et Calligraphe. Passionné par la poésie et la littérature, il aime également la nature, et s'intéresse a la vie sociale et aux relations entre les gens. Responsable des faits religieux dans son village, il gagne sa vie de la nature dans laquelle se reflète pour lui la Grâce Divine.

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“Miroirs… Les Cheikhs Druzes Mowahhed...
chouf
By Walid
07 May 2014

“Miroirs…” est une plongée dans la vie contemporaine des Cheikhs druzes, un témoignage photographique qui tente de capter l’essence d’une foi et d’un peuple souvent mal compris. Pour ces Cheikhs, la religion imprègne tous les aspects de la vie. Médecins, agriculteurs, écrivains, ouvriers du bâtiment : quel que soit leur métier, leur rapport au monde est empreint de compassion, d’intégrité et d’un regard tendre sur leur environnement. Tous, ils nourrissent une insatiable soif de connaissance vis-à-vis du vivant et vis-à-vis d’eux-mêmes. Une curiosité qui est souvent, et à tort, prise pour une forme d’isolement du monde.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Kfarhim
By Walid
20 Mar 2014

Sheikh Nizam BOU KHZAM: (Kfarhim ) Founder and President of the "The Lebanese Environment House" association and co-founder of the Spiritual Board of Mount Lebanon, he has been a social worker for 32 years. In France, he founded the "Cedar and Olive" (Chalon) association. He is also Supervisor of Arab Ministers of the Environment in the Arab League (Egypt). He is passionate about hiking, tourism, traveling and reading.

Cheikh Nizam BOU KHZAM: (Kfarhim) Fondateur et Président de l'association « La Maison Libanaise de l’Environnement », et co-fondateur de le Commission Spirituelle du Mont Liban, il est travailleur social depuis 32 ans. En France, il a fondé l'association « Cèdre et Olive » (Chalon). Il est aussi Superviseur des Ministres Arabes de l’environnement au sein de la Ligue Arabe (Égypte). Passionné de randonnée, de voyages touristiques et de lecture.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Batloun
By Walid
19 Mar 2014

Sheikh Karam KAMAL-EL-DINE: (Batloun): Painter for 22 years. He is holding a degree in psychology and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University. He teaches in public schools and manages a private studio called "Art House". He is the designer of some of the biggest mosaic canvas of the world and his work is visible today in the courtyard of Cultural and Sporting Club of Batloun.

Cheikh Karam KAMAL-EL-DINE: (Batloun) Peintre depuis 22 ans. Titulaire d'une licence en psychologie et d'une maîtrise en arts plastiques à l'Université Libanaise. Il enseigne dans quelques écoles publiques et gère un atelier privé appelé « Maison d'art ». Concepteur du plus grand tableau en mosaïque du monde, il est passe de l'idée à l’action, son œuvre étant aujourd’hui visible dans la cour du Club Culturel et Sportif de Batloun.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Hasbayya
By Walid
17 Mar 2014

A blacksmith specialized in the manufacture of water tanks and other products, he has been working in this field for 20 years. Employed by the Civil Defense, he is passionate about his job and is also a beekeeper.

Forgeron spécialisé dans la fabrication de réservoirs d’eau et d’autres produits. Il travaille dans ce domaine depuis 20 ans. Employé dans la Défense Civile, il est passionné par son métier de forgeron et exerce également l’apiculture.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Bekkifa
By Walid
15 Mar 2014

Sheikh Ali KREIDI: (Bekkifa) A shepherd since his childhood, he grew up in the house of his grandfather. He spent 15 years of his life with his herd of goats in the meadows, on the fringes of villages and their inhabitants in Jabal Al Sheikh. Today, he has a herd of 400 goats and earns his living from the sale of milk and fertilizer.

Cheikh Ali KREIDI: (Bekkifa) Berger depuis son enfance, il a grandi dans la maison de son grand père. Il a passé 15 ans de sa vie avec son troupeau de chèvres dans les prairies en marge des villages et de ses habitants à Jabal Al Cheikh. Aujourd'hui, il possède un troupeau de 400 de chèvres et gagne sa vie de la vente de lait et d'engrais.

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Druze Sheiks of Lebanon
Shwayya
By Walid
15 Mar 2014

Sheikh Farès DEIAYBES: ( West-Chouwayya-Bekaa) Blacksmith, carpenter and builder for 20 years, he is passionate about hunting, reading and collecting books.

Cheikh Farès DEIAYBES: (Chouwayya-Bekaa Ouest) Ferronnier, menuisier et constructeur depuis 20 ans, il est passionné par la chasse, la lecture et la collecte de livres.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
hammana
By Walid
09 Mar 2014

Sheikh Alaa ABOU Al-HISN (Ras el Metn) As a mechanic, Sheikh Alaa has been working with his father in their garage for 7 years. Feeding his passion for mechanics and automobiles, he has attended several courses in automotive diagnostics and currently attends seminars on the mechanics of 4x4 vehicles.

Cheikh Alaa ABOU Al-HISN (Ras el Metn) Mécanicien, il travaille avec son père dans leur garage depuis 7 ans. Il a suivi plusieurs formations en scanner diagnostique automobile et assiste actuellement à des séminaires sur la mécanique des voitures 4x4 dont il est passionné.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Ras el Matn
By Walid
04 Feb 2014

Sheikh Alaa BOU RESLAN : (Ras El Metn) kickboxing Coach at the Hilal Al Nasr club for 10 years and employee at the religious court. Holding an official certificate of the Lebanese Federation of Kickboxing, he has been practicing the sport for 18 years. After obtaining his black belt, he won the Lebanon Cup several times and continually encourages the growth of the sport.

Cheikh Alaa BOU RESLAN : (Ras El Metn) Entraîneur de kickboxing au club Hilal Al Nasr depuis 10 ans et employé au tribunal religieux. Titulaire d'un certificat officiel de la Fédération Libanaise de kickboxing , il pratique ce sport depuis 18 ans. Apres l’obtention de sa ceinture noire, il Gagne la Coupe du Liban plusieurs fois et encourage continuellement la pratique de ce sport.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Rashayya
By Walid
22 Aug 2013

Sheikh Ali AL QADAMANI( Rashayya) Boiler manufacturer for 10 years, he learned his job from his father. Sheikh al-Qadamani enjoys the job because he finds it creative, precise and complex.

Cheikh Ali AL QADAMANI( Rashayya) Fabriquant de chaudière depuis 10 ans, il apprend ce métier qu'il juge créatif, précis et complexe grâce à son père.

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Druze Sheikhs of Lebanon
Aghmeed
By Walid
05 May 2013

Sheikh Salah AL SAYFI: (Mechkiti) Entrepreneur. He has been practicing horse-riding for 30 years. His love for horses led him to establish an equestrian center that he has been managing for several years. He actively encourages the practice of horse riding, which he feels is beneficial for the body and soul, especially when it is exercised in nature.

Cheikh Salah AL SAYFI: (Mechkiti) Entrepreneur. Il pratique l'équitation depuis 30 ans. Son amour envers le cheval l’a poussé à fonder un centre équestre qu’il gère depuis plusieurs années. Il encourage la pratique de l'équitation qui est bénéfique pour le corps et l'âme, surtout quand elle est exercée dans la nature.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh returns to public ...
Sana'a, Yemen
By luke_somers
27 Feb 2013

On a large banner which also proclaimed that they were attending Wednesday’s gathering in Sana’a under the auspices of their sheikh, tribesmen from the town of Al-Qafra delivered the following message to United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar: “We will overcome your harassment with harassment of our own.”

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Friday speech of Sheikh Isa Qassim, B...
Diraz, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
30 Nov 2012

Friday speech of Sheikh Isa Qassim, Bahrain 30 Nov, 2012.
General scenes for the prayers, chanting during the Sheikh speech.
Some translated points from the speech:
·The crisis in Bahrain is political, caused by the oppression. ·Political figures in the opposition denounce violence while the authorities are still using it with the protesters . · Inhuman violations are happening now in Mehazza after Al-Eker against peaceful people. ·Once again the authorities brutally arrest a girl from her house late at night. ·The authorities ban protests again in violation to the BICI and the international community recommendations. · After the opposition's non-violence document there should be a similar document from the authorities.

*Full speech and translation are upon request.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech
bahrain diraz
By Media Made by Bahraini People
31 Aug 2012

Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini’s people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.

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Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech
bahrain diraz
By Media Made by Bahraini People
31 Aug 2012

Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini’s people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.

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Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech
bahrain diraz
By Media Made by Bahraini People
31 Aug 2012

Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini’s people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.

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Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech
bahrain diraz
By Media Made by Bahraini People
31 Aug 2012

Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini’s people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.

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Bahrain, Sheik Issa Ahmad Kasem Frida...
bahrain diraz
By Editor's Picks
31 Aug 2012

Sheikh Issa Ahmad Kasem Friday speech on August 31st about Bahraini people rights and the government’s attempts to silence the opposition.
In his speech, the shia sheikh denounced the violation by the government of basic human rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom of thoughts.
He ended his speech saying that the crisis that the country is now facing will only be solved when the government will recognize the importance of the people and the need for real reforms.

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anti-government protests in Bahrain (5)
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
19 Apr 2012

Sanabis, Bahrain | April 18, 2012

Anti-government protesters rally near a mourning site in Sanabis, a suburb of Manama, as Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad arrived to attend a funeral ceremony. Protesters held banners depicting victims killed by regime forces during previous demonstrations in Manama, and chanted anti-regime slogans.

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Protests in Bahrain
Manama, Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
18 Apr 2012

Sanabis, Bahrain | April 18, 2012

Anti-government protesters rally near a mourning site in Sanabis, a suburb of Manama, as Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad arrived to attend a funeral ceremony. Protesters held banners depicting victims killed by regime forces during previous demonstrations in Manama, and chanted anti-regime slogans.

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Sheikh Chaaban
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
11 Jan 2012

Sheikh Bilal Chaaban is the General Secretary of the Islamic Unity movement (Al-Tawhid), a Lebanese Sunni Muslim fundamentalist party who endorses Hezbollah’s political views in favor of the actual regime in Syria. Sheikh Chaaban preaches every Friday in support of the “Resistance axis” (Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah and the Sunni Palestinian armed movements) against Israel.

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Sheikh Dai al islam
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
22 Dec 2011

Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Chahal at his home in Tripoli. Dai al-Islam founded the Salafi Movement in Lebanon, the Islamic Association for Guidance and Charity and The Holy Quran Radio. He operates a wide number of mosques in North Lebanon where he preaches weekly in favor of the Syrian revolution.

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Dervishes of Prizren 02
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
19 Apr 2009

Prizren, Kosovo. Rufaì sekt. Fakir dervishes celebrating the Newroz (Nevruz), the beginning of the new year with fakirism rituals. A young dervish with his piercing, proudly shown. The pin is a symbol of courage and the piercing demonstrated that the dervishes are brave.