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9 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE PROPHET’S MOSQUE

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By: Muhammad Wajid Akhter

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Seeing a scene of impeccable beauty, we often hear the term “Heaven on Earth!” But there is only one place that literally has the right to proclaim itself heaven on Earth. There, deep in the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)(masjid Nabawi), covered by green carpets and the tears of millions, lies a “garden from the gardens of paradise.” It is a place known to every Muslim who has ever lived, yet there’s still much we don’t know about it. Here are just some of the interesting facts and mysteries of the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) Mosque:

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Congress doubles money for Israel’s Iron Dome

American Senate defence subcommittees approves a new bill, which provides $621 million for Israel’s Iron Dome System. This bill solidifies the US’s stance on this conflict, proving that they value Israel’s safety over Palestine’s.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4544315,00.html

Senate defense subcommittee approves new spending bill providing $621 million for Israeli missile defense.

The US Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets and mortars. In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing Israeli deaths.

“It works,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and chairman of the subcommittee.

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Since 1988 and the early days of US-Israeli cooperation on missile defense, presidents have proposed a specific amount for the program knowing full well that members of Congress will increase the funds, especially after they hear from Israel.

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Overall, the defense bill would provide $549.3 billion for the fiscal year beginning October 1. The bill spares several of the weapons programs that the Pentagon had proposed scaling back or eliminating, including the A-10 Warthog, the close air support aircraft and the USS George Washington aircraft carrier.

Durbin emphasized research and development within the military. The bill would provide $25 million to fund a competition to develop a new domestic rocket engine. Durbin said reliance on a Russian-built version made no sense.

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