Milan derby dates confirmed as Serie A release fixture schedule for the 2022/2023 season

Organizers of the Serie A have officially released the fixture schedule for the 2022/2023 campaign. The season will begin on the weekend of August 13th, 2022 and there will be a lengthy pause because of the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar and the traditional Christmas break – with no Serie A action expected between […]

Milan Derby Dates Confirmed as Serie A Release Fixture Schedule for the 2022/2023 Season

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On this day, June 18, 656 CE, Ali bin Talib was elected as Caliph

On this day, June 18, 656, Ali bin Abu Talib was elected as the fourth Rashidun Caliph.

After the assassination of Uthman bin Affan, the Muhajirun and the Ansar gathered around Ali. Initially, Ali refused to accept the office, but when some notable companions of the Holy Prophet ﷺ, in addition to the residents of Medina, urged him to accept the offer, he finally agreed. A number of other notable companions gave allegiance to him, while there were others including Muawiyah bin Sufyan who rebelled against him.

Here is Ali’s first Khutab as the caliph:

“Almighty and Glorious Allah has sent down a Book that guides. In it, He has made clear what is good and what is evil, so take hold of the good and leave the evil. Perform the religious duties to Allah, and He will lead you to Paradise.

Allah has made a number of inviolable ordinances, which are well known, and He has favored the inviolability of the Muslim over all others, strengthening the Muslims with the declaration and belief in one God.

A Muslim is someone from whom people are safe, except when there is just cause; and it is not allowed to harm a Muslim, except when it is obligatory. Hasten to the common cause, because the particular cause of each individual is death.

The people are in front of you and behind you, urging you on, remember, it is the Hour! Keep your load [of sins] light, and you will reach [Paradise quickly]. People are simply awaiting their Hereafter.

Servants of Allah! Fear Him in your dealings with His other servants and His places. You are responsible even for land and animals, so obey Almighty and Glorious Allah!

Don’t go against Him! So when you see good, follow it; when you see bad, leave it alone. “Remember when you were few in the land and considered weak.”

As reported by al-Tabari

On this day, June 17, 656 CE, Caliph Uthman bin Affan was assassinated

On this day, June 17, 656, the third Rashidun Caliph Uthman bin Affan was assassinated by the Egyptian rebels after a brief siege of his house in Medina.

There are a number of narrations of why the rebels rose against Uthman. One of them is that Uthman bin Affan was accused of practicing nepotism by appointing his Umayyad relatives to important offices in the state. As a result, a rebellion broke out in Kufa, Basra, and Egypt.

When Uthman heard of a deputation coming from Egpyt, Ali bin Abu Talib convinced him to address their grievance. Things were sorted out and the deputation was returning back to Medina.

According to Ibn Khaldun, when the deputation was returning to Egpyt, they found a letter, carrying the seal of the Caliph, ordering the execution of the rebel party. After reading this letter, the Egyptians rushed back to Medina to question the caliph about the letter.

When Uthman heard about this letter, he was stunned. He said, “By Allah, I did not write it, I did not order it (to be written), I did not take counsel about it, I did not know about it.” According to the narrations, this fake letter was written by Marwan bin Hakam.

The Egyptians besieged Uthman’s house and asked him, “So who wrote it?”
Uthman responded, “I don’t know.”

They said, “A man like you should not govern. Remove yourself from this office as God has removed you from it.”

They broke off the siege of Uthman’s house only when they had killed him. This assassination marked the beginning of the first Islamic civil war.

Bill Clinton: ‘Fair chance’ US could ‘completely lose’ its democratic system

Former US President Bill Clinton says he’s never before been so concerned about the country’s foundational future, lamenting there’s a “fair chance” that the United States could “completely lose our constitutional democracy.”

Clinton appeared Wednesday on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and responded to a question from host James Corden that alluded to Donald Trump’s presidency without mentioning the ex-commander in chief by name. Corden asked Clinton how he stays “so positive in what has been a very, very dark few years.”

While saying that witnessing his grandchildren grow up makes it “impossible to be pessimistic about the future,” Clinton added, “Now, you shouldn’t be Pollyanna.”

“I actually think there’s a fair chance that we could completely lose our constitutional democracy for a couple of decades if we keep making — if we make bad decisions,” Clinton, 75, said.

“I’m not naive about this. I’ve been in a lot of fights. I’ve lost some, won a bunch. I’ve been elated and heartbroken,” he continued.

“But I’ve never before been as worried about the structure of our democratic form of government,” the 42nd president told Corden.

Clinton’s remarks come a day after a poll found that nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. might “cease to be a democracy in the future.” Fifty-five percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans surveyed in the Yahoo News-YouGov poll released Wednesday said they believe the country will “likely” not be a democracy one day.

Clinton said that he’s holding out hope his concerns don’t become a reality.

Notes on Ottaman Sultan Murad I

This Ottoman victory at the plain of Kosovo firmly established their rule in the Balkans. The allied European forces were led by the Serbian Prince Lazar. Both Lazar and Sultan Murad I lost their lives in the battle.

The sources differ on the assassination of Sultan Murad. According to the western source, Murad was killed in action but his son Prince Bayezid assumed leadership and led the Ottomans to final victory. While according to the Ottoman chroniclers, the victory was in fact led by Murad, and that he was assassinated shortly afterward by a Serbian assassin, named Miloš Obilić.

Sultan Murad is also known to use the title of Sultan for the first time in Ottoman history. Both Osman and Orhan had used the title of Bey. The famous Janissary troops were also formed by Sultan Murad I for the first time and interestingly on the same day (June 15, 1826) they were later disbanded by Sultan Mahmud II.