Bektashi Order Of Islam

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The Shī‘aa Imāmī Alevī Bektāshī Ṭarīqah, or The Bektashi Order (Turkish: Bektaşi Tarîkatı), is a dervish order (tariqat) of Islam named after the 13th century Alevi Wali (saint) Haji Bektash Veli from Khorasan, but founded by Balim Sultan. The order is mainly found throughout Anatolia and the Balkans, and was particularly strong in Albania, Bulgaria, and among Ottoman era Greek Muslims from the regions of Epirus, Crete and Macedonia. However, the Bektashi order does not seem to have attracted quite as many adherents from among Bosnian Muslims, who tended to favor more mainstream Sunni orders such as the Naqshbandiyya and Qadiriyya. The order represents the official ideology of Bektashism (Turkish: Bektaşilik).
The founder of the Baktāshī sufi order Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli (Ḥājjī Baktāsh Walī), a murid of Malāmatī-Qalāndārī Sheikh Qutb ad-Dīn Haydar, who introduced the Ahmad Yasavi’sdoctrine of “Four Doors and Forty Stending” into histariqah.
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Sufism and Tariqat
In addition to the spiritual teachings of Haji Bektash Veli, the Bektashi order was later significantly influenced during its formative period by the Hurufis (in the early 15th century), the Qalandariyya stream of Sufism, and to varying degrees the Shia beliefs circulating in Anatolia during the 14th to 16th centuries. The mystical practices and rituals of the Bektashi order were systematized and structured by Balım Sultan in the 16th century after which many of the order’s distinct practices and beliefs took shape.
A large number of academics consider Bektashism to have fused a number of Shia and Sufi concepts, although the order contains rituals and doctrines that are distinct. Throughout its history Bektashis have always had wide appeal and influence among both theOttoman intellectual elite as well as the peasantry.
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World Headquarters of the Bektashi Community in Tirana, Albania

A vast majority of Janissary were followers of the Bektashi Sufi order.
The Bektashi Order is a Sufi order and shares much in common with other Islamic mystical movements, such as the need for an experienced spiritual guide—called a baba in Bektashi parlance — as well as the doctrine of “the four gates that must be traversed”: the “Sharia” (religious law), “Tariqah” (the spiritual path), “Marifa” (true knowledge), “Haqiqah” (truth).
Bektashism places much emphasis on the concept of Wahdat-ul-Wujood وحدة الوجود, the “Unity of Being” that was formulated by Ibn Arabi. This has often been labeled as pantheism, although it is a concept closer to panentheism. Bektashism is also heavily permeated with Shiite concepts, such as the marked reverence of Ali, The Twelve Imams, and the ritual commemoration of Ashurah marking the Battle of Karbala. The old Persian holiday of Nowruz is celebrated by Bektashis as Imam Ali’s birthday.

In keeping with the central belief of Wahdat-ul-Wujood the Bektashi see reality contained in Haqq-Muhammad-Ali, a single unified entity. Bektashi do not consider this a form of trinity. There are many other practices and ceremonies that share similarity with other faiths, such as a ritual meal (muhabbet) and yearly confession of sins to a baba (magfirat-i zunub مغفرة الذنوب). Bektashis base their practices and rituals on their non-orthodox and mystical interpretation and understanding of the Quran and the prophetic practice (Sunnah). They have no written doctrine specific to them, thus rules and rituals may differ depending on under whose influence one has been taught. Bektashis generally revere Sufi mystics outside of their own order, such as Ibn Arabi, Al-Ghazali and Jelalludin Rumi who are close in spirit to them.
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Bektashi khanka on the Kuz-Baba Hill inVlorë, Albania
Bektashis hold that the Quran has two levels of meaning: an outer (zahir ظاهر) and an inner (batin باطن). They hold the latter to be superior and eternal and this is reflected in their understanding of both the universe and humanity (This view can also be found in Ismailism—seeBatiniyya).
Bektashism is also initiatic and members must traverse various levels or ranks as they progress along the spiritual path to the Reality. First level members are called aşıks عاشق. They are those who, while not having taken initiation into the order, are nevertheless drawn to it. Following initiation (called nasip) one becomes a mühip محب. After some time as a mühip, one can take further vows and become a dervish.
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Bektashi Tekke
The next level above dervish is that of baba. The baba (lit. father) is considered to be the head of a tekke and qualified to give spiritual guidance (irshad إرشاد). Above the baba is the rank of halife-baba (or dede, grandfather). Traditionally there were twelve of these, the most senior being the dedebaba (great-grandfather). The dedebaba was considered to be the highest ranking authority in the Bektashi Order. Traditionally the residence of the dedebaba was the Pir Evi (The Saint’s Home) which was located in the shrine of Hajji Bektash Wali in the central Anatolian town of Hacıbektaş(aka Solucakarahüyük), known as Hajibektash complex.
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The founder of the Baktāshī sufi order Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli (Ḥājjī Baktāsh Walī), a murid of Malāmatī-Qalāndārī Sheikh Qutb ad-Dīn Haydar, who introduced the Ahmad Yasavi’s doctrine of “Four Doors and Forty Stending” into his tariqah.
The Bektashi order was widespread in the Ottoman Empire, their lodges being scattered throughout Anatolia as well as many parts of particularly the southern Balkans (especially Albania, Bulgaria, Epirus, and both Vardar Macedonia and Greek Macedonia) and also in the imperial city of Constantinople. The order had close ties with the Janissary corps, the elite infantry corp of the Ottoman Army, and therefore also became mainly associated with Anatolian and Balkan Muslims of Christian Orthodox convert origin, mainly Albanians and northern Greeks (although most leading Bektashi babas were of southern Albanian origin). With the abolition of Janissaries, the Bektashi order was banned throughout Ottoman Empire by Sultan Mahmud II in 1826.

This decision was supported by the Sunni religious elite as well as the leaders of other, more orthodox, Sufi orders. Bektashi tekkes were closed and their dervishes were exiled. Bektashis slowly regained freedom with the coming of the Tanzimat era. After the foundation of republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk banned all Sufi orders and shut down the lodges in 1925. Consequently, the Bektashi leadership moved to Albania and established their headquarters in the city of Tirana. Among the most famous followers of Bektashi Sufism in the 19th century Balkans were Ali Pasha and Naim Frashëri.
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Despite the negative effect of this ban on Bektashi culture, most Bektashis in Turkey have been generally supportive of secularism to this day, since these reforms have relatively relaxed the religious intolerance that had historically been shown against them by the official Sunni establishment.
In the Balkans the Bektashi order had a considerable impact on the Islamization of many areas, primarily Albania and Bulgaria, as well as parts of Macedonia, particularly among Ottoman-era Greek Muslimsfrom western Greek Macedonia such as the Vallahades.

By the 18th century Bektashism began to gain a considerable hold over the population of southern Albania and northwestern Greece (Epirus and western Greek Macedonia). Following the ban on Sufi orders in the Republic of Turkey, the Bektashi community’s headquarters was moved from Hacıbektaş in central Anatolia, to Tirana, Albania. In Albania the Bektashi community declared its separation from the Sunni community and they were perceived ever after as a distinct Islamic sect rather than a branch of Sunni Islam.
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Tomb of Gül Baba
Bektashism continued to flourish until the Second World War. After the communists took power in 1945, several babas and dervishes were executed and a gradual constriction of Bektashi influence began.

Ultimately, in 1967 all tekkes were shut down when Enver Hoxha banned all religious practice. When this ban was rescinded in 1990 the Bektashism reestablished itself, although there were few left with any real knowledge of the spiritual path. Nevertheless, many “tekkes” (lodges) operate today in Albania. The most recent head of the order in Albania was Hajji Reshat Bardhi Dedebaba (1935–2011) and the main tekke has been reopened in Tirana. In June 2011 Baba Edmond Brahimaj was chosen as the head of the Bektashi order by a council of Albanian babas. Today sympathy for the order is generally widespread in Albania where approximately 20% of Muslims identify themselves as having some connection to Bektashism.

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A vast majority of Janissary were followers of the Bektashi Sufi order.
There are also important Bektashi communities among the Albanian communities of Macedonia and Kosovo, the most important being the Harabati Baba Tekke in the city of Tetovo, which was until recently under the guidance of Baba Tahir Emini (1941–2006).

Following the death of Baba Tahir Emini, the dedelik of Tirana appointed Baba Edmond Brahimaj (Baba Mondi), formerly head of the Turan Tekke of Korçë, to oversee the Harabati baba tekke. A splinter branch of the order has recently sprung up in the town ofKičevo which has ties to the Turkish Bektashi community under Haydar Ercan Dede rather than Tirana. A smaller Bektashi tekke, the Dikmen Baba Tekkesi, is in operation in the Turkish-speaking town of Kanatlarci, Macedonia that also has stronger ties with Turkey’s Bektashis. In Kosovo the relatively small Bektashi community has a tekke in the town of Đakovica (Gjakovë) and is under the leadership of Baba Mumin Lama and it recognizes the leadership of Tirana.
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Shia Islam Mirror writing
In Bulgaria, the türbes of Kıdlemi Baba, Ak Yazılı Baba, Demir Baba and Otman Baba function as heterodox Islamic pilgrimage sites and before 1842 were the centers of Bektashi tekkes.
Bektashis continue to be active in Turkey and their semi-clandestine organizations can be found in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. There are currently two rival claimants to the dedebaba in Turkey: Mustafa Eke and Haydar Ercan.
A large functioning Bektashi tekke was also established in the United States in 1954 by Baba Rexheb. This tekke is found in the Detroit suburb of Taylor and the tomb (türbe) of Baba Rexheb continues to draw pilgrims of all faiths.
Arabati Baba Teḱe controversy
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Interior view of Arabati Baba Teḱe, Tetovo,Republic of Macedonia.
In 2002 a group of armed members of the Islamic Community of Macedonia (ICM), the legally recognized organization which claims to represent allMuslims in the Republic of Macedonia, invaded the Arabati Baba Teḱe in an attempt to reclaim the tekke as a mosque, although the facility has never functioned as such. Subsequently the Bektashi community of the Republic of Macedonia has sued the Macedonian government for failing to restore the tekke to the Bektashi community, pursuant to a law passed in the early 1990s returning properties previously nationalized under theYugoslav government. The law, however, deals with restitution to private citizens, rather than religious communities.

The ICM claim to the tekke is based upon their contention to represent all Muslims in the Republic of Macedonia; and indeed, they are one of two Muslim organizations recognized by the government, both Sunni. The Bektashi community filed for recognition as a separate religious community with the Macedonian government in 1993, but the Macedonian government has refused to recognize them.
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Kutuklu Baba Tekke in Greece.
Poetry and literature
Poetry plays an important role in the transmission of Bektashi spirituality. Several important Ottoman-era poets were Bektashis, and Yunus Emre, the most acclaimed poet of theTurkish language, is generally recognized as a subscriber to the Bektashi order.
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Calligraphic hat in Alevi-Bektashism.
A poem from Bektashi poet Balım Sultan (died 922 AH/1516 ):
İstivayı özler gözüm, (My eye seeks out repose,)
Seb’al-mesânîdir yüzüm, (my face is the ‘oft repeated seven (i.e. the Sura Al-Fatiha),)

Ene’l-Hakk’ı söyler sözüm, (My words proclaim “I am the Truth”,)
Miracımız dardır bizim, (Our ascension is (by means of) the scaffold,)
Haber aldık muhkemattan, (We have become aware through the “firm letters”,)
Geçmeyiz zâttan sıfattan, (We will not abandon essence or attributes,)
Balım nihan söyler Hakk’tan, (Balım speaks arcanely of God)
İrşâdımız sırdır bizim. (Our teaching is a mystery. )
Arabati Baba Tekke, in Tetovo
The telling of jokes and humorous tales is an important part of Bektashi culture and teaching. Frequently these poke fun at conventional religious views by counterpoising the Bektashi dervish as an iconoclastic figure. For example:
A Bektashi was praying in the mosque. While those around him were praying “May God grant me faith,” he muttered “May God grant me plenty of wine.” The imam heard him and asked angrily why instead of asking for faith like everyone else, he was asking God for something sinful. The Bektashi replied, “Well, everyone asks for what they don’t have.”

A Bektashi was a passenger in a rowing boat travelling from Eminönü to Üsküdar in Istanbul. When a storm blew up, the boatman tried to reassure him by saying “Fear not—God is great!” the Betktashi replied, “Yes, God is great, but the boat is small.”
An imam was preaching about the evils of alcohol and asked “If you put a pail of water and a pail of rakı in front of a donkey, which one will he drink from?” A Bektashi in the congregation immediately answered. “The water!” “Indeed,” said the imam, “and why is that?” “Because he’s an ass.”

Imirat Mohamed Ali Tekka in Kavala, Greece.

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Mohamed Ali’s Slaughter of the Mamluks On March 1st 1811 In Cairo.

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As if 9 wives and fathering 12 legitimate and 83 illegitimate out of wedlock children was not enough for one lifetime, Muhammad Ali was also the father of modern Egypt. A Muslim born in Macedonia, known alternatively as Mehmet Ali, he went to Egypt in 1801 as second-in-command of the Albanian contingent of an Ottoman army to retake control of the country after the French occupation. His commanding officer was soon killed and Muhammad Ali succeeded him. With a potent blend of shrewdness, ruthlessness and charm he rapidly made his way up until in 1805 he was appointed the country’s Wali, or viceroy. He went on to finish the job the French had started of destroying Egypt’s traditional political system and founded the dynasty that would rule the country until 1952 (see Philip Mansel’s article ‘The Man Who Remade Alexandria’, December 2010).
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Muhammad Ali’s Palace collage
Muhammad Ali made his way by forming alliances with one set of potential opponents against the others and eliminating one group after another in turn. He had a major obstacle in the Mamelukes, descendants of slave-warriors who had been recruited from abroad centuries before and trained into a first-class army. The French invasion had weakened them, as it was intended to, and they were now split between two main factions, led by Elfi Bey and Bardisi Bey. Elfi wanted to create a Mameluke-ruled Egypt which would be independent of the Ottoman sultan in Constantinople and he hoped for British help. Muhammad Ali allied himself with Elfi against Bardisi while stirring the pot of Egyptian resentment of both the Mamelukes and the Ottomans.

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Muhammad Ali, the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, looks on as Mameluke leaders are massacred on his orders, in a contemporary engraving.
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As it happened, both Elfi and Bardisi died in 1807 and Sultan Selim III in Istanbul had his hands too full with opposition there to pay much attention to Egypt. He was deposed that year, but trouble continued for another 20 years. By 1811 Muhammad Ali was strong enough to deal with the Mamelukes. He organised a grand ceremonial procession in Cairo to which he invited some 500 Mameluke notables. Assembled in the citadel, they were warmly welcomed and treated to coffee, sweetmeats and polite conversation, but when the time came for the procession they had to go down a narrow, winding passageway between high walls in single file. Suddenly the gates at each end were slammed shut and the Wali’s soldiers appeared on top of the walls and opened a murderous fire with muskets. All or possibly all but one of the Mamelukes were killed. More Mamelukes were swiftly hunted down and killed in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, to a total of perhaps 3,000.
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It was the end of the Mamelukes in Egypt. Muhammad Ali continued modernising the country and by the time he died in Alexandria in 1849 aged 80 he and his family had effectively been recognised by Istanbul as the hereditary rulers of Egypt.

Reign 17 May 1805 – 2 March 1848
Predecessor Ahmad Khurshid Pasha
Successor Ibrahim Pasha
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Born 4 March 1769
Kavala, Macedonia, Rumeli eyalet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Greece)
Died 2 August 1849 (aged 80)
Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Egypt Eyalet, Ottoman Empire (present day Egypt)
Burial Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo Citadel, Egypt
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Khadija Ziba
Shama Nour
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Ibrahim Pasha
Tusun Pasha
Hatice (a.k.a. Nazli)
Sa’id Pasha
Ali Sadik Bey
Muhammad Abdel Halim
Muhammad Ali the Younger
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Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, Cairo
Albanian Mehmet Ali Pasha
Arabic محمد علي باشا
Turkish Kavalalı Mehmet Ali Paşha
Dynasty Muhammad Ali Dynasty
Father Ibrahim Agha
Mother Zeinab
Religion Bektashi Order

The prevailing historical view of Muhammad Ali is as the ‘Father of Modern Egypt’, being the first ruler since the Ottoman conquest in 1517 to permanently divest the Porte of its power in Egypt. While failing to achieve formal independence for Egypt during his lifetime, he was successful in laying the foundation for a modern Egyptian state. In the process of building an army to defend and expand his realm, he built a central bureaucracy, an educational system that allowed social mobility, and an economic base that included an agricultural cash crop, cotton, and military-based manufacturing. His efforts established his progeny as the rulers of Egypt and Sudan for nearly 150 years and rendered Egypt a de facto independent state.

Others, however, view him not as a builder, but rather as a conqueror. Of Albanian rather than Egyptian origin, throughout his reign Turkish rather than Arabic was the official language of his court. Some argue that he exploited Egyptian manpower and resources for his own personal ends, not Egyptian national ones, with the manpower requirements that he placed on Egyptians being particularly onerous. Taken together in this light, Muhammad Ali is cast by some as another in a long line of foreign conquerors dating back to the Persian occupation in 525 B.C. This view, however, is at odds with the majority opinion of Egyptian, and other Arab historians, and Egyptian public opinion

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A lithograph portraying the artist David Roberts’ audience with Muhammad Ali in May 1839. The Pasha is shown sitting cross legged with his shisha. Roberts is sitting next to a Lieutenant Waghorn and is holding his hat while Louis Linant de Bellefonds is depicted standing to the left of the Pasha and wearing standard Ottoman attire including a red fez (tarboosh)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Won His First Oscar

Let’s party! Oscar winners Leo and Brie celebrate their triumphs as JLaw, Taylor, Miranda and Kate lead the A-listers letting their hair down at the glamorous Hollywood after-parties

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for his performance in The Revenant after four previous unsuccessful nominations. The actor used his lengthy acceptance speech to deliver a lecture on climate change, and was able to speak for a longer period than other winners when the producers failed to play ‘wrap-it-up’ music as he used up his allotted time. DiCaprio was hugged by Kate Winslet, his co-star in 1997 Oscar-winning movie Titanic.


He had the whole world rooting for him after four unsuccessful nominations at the Academy Awards.
So the fanbase’s reactions to his Best Actor win on Sunday night were even better than his own, as the internet erupted with memes supporting The Revenant star on Monday morning.
With everyone from the old lady in Titanic to the wild bear he had to right in his recent blockbuster rushing to congratulate the 41-year-old on social media, the online jokers best captured the wave of relief for Leo.
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Sealed with a kiss: Leonardo DiCaprio reserved a kiss from the bear from The Revenant in one alternate reality of Sunday night’s Oscars, as the internet erupted with memes

Leonardo is seen giving the big grizzly a kiss on the cheek as he walks up to collect the award, in one alternate reality of the moment his name was read out.
Elsewhere, users joked that the actor would begin his acceptance speech with the words ‘It’s been 84 years…’ just as Rose Dewitt Bukater introduced her story of how she met Leo’s Jack Dawson in the 1997 epic.
The sentiment was echoed in another viral post that said: ‘At least your Monday won’t be as long as Leo has been waiting for his Oscar…’

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Platform: Leonardo was given the award for Best Actor for his part in The Revenant
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A long time coming: Others began Leonardo’s acceptance speech in the same way that Titanic’s Rose Dewitt Bukater started her story about how she met Jack Dawson

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Monday blues: Feeling the end-of-weekend blues, most users used it as inspiration to get through Monday
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One last middle finger: Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to point out that Leo could have been sending a message to organisers

Leo was robbed of his trophy in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape when he was just 20 years old, then again for 2004’s The Aviator, 2006’s Blood Diamond and again in 2013 for the Wolf Of Wall Street.

Some eagle-eyed viewers picked up on the fact that Leonardo was clutching his gold awards envelope with a middle finger pointing to the camera, and interpreted it as one last message to the Academy.
The prized golden Oscars trophy took the focus for many of social media’s avid photoshop fans, even so.
It appeared in place of his co-star Kate Winslet at the bow of the ship during their famous romantic clinch in Titantic while others had it in place of actress Margot Robbie in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
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Photoshop fans: Leo was pictured clutching the award at the bow of Titanic, where Kate Winslet once stood
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Who’s that girl? The Oscar replaced Margot Robbie in The Wolf Of Wall Street in one meme
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Cloud nine: The next day, some imagined Leo walking down the street, holding his award
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Mood: Some of the social media community tried to channel Leo’s mood on Monday, posting pictures of his happiest moments

Some users imagined Leo to be walking on cloud nine the very next day and posted pictures of him clutching the Oscar in his every day life.
For most though, many just wanted to mimic Leonardo’s ‘#mood’ on Monday morning with newly-surfaced shots of the Hollywood heavyweight shirtless and brandishing a water pistol in the sun.
According to Brandwatch, Leonardo’s win took almost 10% of the total when data recorded what people were talking about on Twitter on Sunday night.

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Thanks: The big grizzly from The Revenant was one of the first to congratulate
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Feeling it: According to Brandwatch, Leonardo’s win took almost 10% of the total when data recorded what people were talking about on Twitter on Sunday night

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Smug: Using a picture from The Great Gatsby, it was believed that Leo would be feeling a bit smug

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Finally: The relief was felt across the internet and Leo was seen dancing in The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Congratulations: The bear was put into one of the boxes in one alternate reality
Some of the world’s biggest celebrities also took to social media to congratulate The Revenant star on Sunday night.
US musician Kanye West tweeted: ‘Finally!!! Our guy!!! We’re so so happy for Leo!!!’
And model Erin Heatherton, who dated the actor in 2012, posted a photo of Leo accepting his Oscar with the caption: ‘Yay Leo!!!!!!!!!!!!!’
Other famous names who expressed delight at The Revenant star’s victory included Ellen DeGeneres.
His reaction: One Flipbooks creation captured Leonardo’s acceptance perfectly

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Class act: Model Erin Heatherton shared a photo of Leo with his Best Actor Academy Award and congratulated her ex-boyfriend on his success

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Finally gets his moment: Oscar gold has previously eluded the celebrated star, who has won plenty of other honours over his two decade long career
Partner in crime: Kate Winslet was one of the first to congratulate the star before he took the stage to accept his award
‘Where’s my mom?’ Leonardo was heard yelling when he and his entourage arrived at the Academy Awards Governors Ball held on the top deck of the Dolby Theatre.
As aides went in search of the newly minted best actor Oscar winner’s mother, DiCaprio tucked into a slice of chicken pizza. ‘I’m so hungry’, he was heard to say.
He reportedly begged to be allowed to eat in peace as his table later that night after he was swarmed by well-wishers and photographers.
Soon security officers ringed his table to keep onlookers at bay. ‘Leo is asking for a little bit of privacy’, one of the security detail said.

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The long haul: The two stars, who rocketed to international fame with 1997 film Titanic, made sure to take in the milestone together
Hugging it out: It was plain to see the close bond and affection between the two A-list friends

Hugging it out: It was plain to see the close bond and affection between the two A-list friends
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Proud moment: Kate – who scooped a Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader (2008) – welcomed Leo into the club
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The winners: Leo, 41, congratulated Brie Larson on her win for Best Actress for Room
Winning combination: Leo’s turn as a frontiersman in The Revenant has seen him sweep the awards season
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Man in waiting: Oscar gold has previously eluded the celebrated star four times in the past
The 2016 Oscars: Highlights from the 88th Academy Awards

Alejandro Inarritu took best director for a second straight year, a feat matched by only two other filmmakers: John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
His brutal frontier epic The Revenant, which came in with a leading 12 nods and the favorite for Best Picture, also won Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.
Renowned for his use of natural light in lengthy, balletic shots, Lubezki became the first cinematographer to win three times in a row (following wins for Gravity and Birdman), and only the seventh to three-peat in Oscar history.
‘What a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and to make sure for once and forever that the color of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair,’ said Inarritu.
So proud of him! Leo’s Titanic co-star was brought to tears as she saw her friend win Best Actor
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So proud of him! Leo’s Titanic co-star was brought to tears as she saw her friend win Best Actor
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Shout out! Tom Hardy received recognition from his The Revenant co-star

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His time to shine: The actor looked to be quite emotional as he left the stage after delivering his acceptance speech
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The closing of the ceremony: Laszlo Nemes looked on as Larson, left, took a photograph of Emmanuel Lubezki, DiCaprio, and Alejandro G. Inarritu on stage
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Making history: Inarritu took best director for a second straight year, a feat matched by only two other filmmakers: John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Toast to us! Leo and Alejandro held up their trophies as the show came to a close
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Class of 2016: Mark Rylance, Brie, Leo, and Alicia Vikander posed backstage after winning in the acting categories

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Special treatment: The host singled out DiCaprio as someone who always gets good roles each year

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Winner: Spotlight

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abraham, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Boy and the World
Winner: Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
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Former Obama Intelligence Official: Hillary Clinton Should Withdraw from Presidential Race

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Lt. Gen.Michael Flynn

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama’s former top military intelligence official said Hillary Clinton should pull out of the presidential race while the FBI investigate her use of a private email server for official government communication while secretary of state.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the call in an interview with Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

“If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail,” said Flynn, who decried what he said was a “lack of accountability, frankly, in a person who should have been much more responsible in her actions as the secretary of state of the United States of America.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon later told Tapper the general’s suggestion was “just silly” and pointed to similar FBI probes of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and of aides to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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“In both of those two cases, you now have the same agency looking at their emails, personal emails, and saying that there is information that in retrospect they think should be treated as classified,” Fallon said. “The exact same situation playing out in the two previous secretaries before Secretary Clinton. So I think that tells you everything about the relative seriousness of this.”

When pressed by CNN, Flynn said, “I don’t have any personal evidence” that Clinton or one of her staffers took material off a classified server and put it on an unclassified server.
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Philippe Reines.HillaryClinton’s top communications strategist aide at Secretary of State
Since leaving office, Flynn has been fiercely critical of the Obama administration’s approach to the Middle East and has told Tapper that the President’s advisors are more concerned with appearances than hard realities. Flynn said he has made himself available for advice to any presidential campaign that has asked, Democrat or Republican, and five campaigns have taken advantage of the offer, including Donald Trump’s.
The FBI confirmed in a February 2 letter to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that it is officially investigating Clinton’s use of a private server at her home in Chappaqua, New York, to conduct business while she was secretary of state.
Judge Andrew Napolitano
Two government agencies have flagged emails on Clinton’s server as containing classified information, according to a January 14 letter that Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III sent lawmakers. Some emails were on “special access programs,” a subset of the highest “Top Secret” level of classification that falls under even tougher control rules than other Top Secret information.

The Democratic presidential candidate has repeatedly pointed to State Department findings that at the time the emails were sent, the information wasn’t classified. The State Department has said that some emails were classified retroactively.
State Department will not release 22 ‘top secret’ Clinton emails
The Clinton campaign has also pointed to a dispute between the State Department and the intelligence community over which kinds of documents should be classified. And it has charged that the investigation is politically motivated.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) receives a note from her aide Huma Abedin (L) as she testifies about the State Department's FY2012 budget during a hearing of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Secretary Clinton has recently warned that proposed budget cuts would have a negative effect on U.S. national security policy. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
Huma Abedin, a longtime confidante and staffer to Clinton affiliated with the Moslem Brotherhood
Fallon has said Clinton’s campaign believes McCullough is working with Republican lawmakers to make sure the information becomes public to embarrass their candidate. Republicans asked the inspector general to investigate in March.

“This over-classification excuse is not an excuse,” Flynn said Friday. “If it’s classified, it’s classified.”
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Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and sometimes blocked their release

Flynn, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 to August 2014, told Tapper that Clinton “knew better” given the roles that she has had as a senator, a secretary of state, “even back when she was married to the president of the United States, she was going to have privileged information in that regard.”

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Bill To Ban Muslim Brotherhood Advances In Congress

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Egyptian defendants including the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, center in orange, react to a court ruling in a makeshift courtroom at the Police Academy courthouse, in Cairo. (AP)

Jihad: Washington’s strategy to defeat terrorism is lacking in many ways, but none more than its failure to attack it at its root: the Muslim Brotherhood. But that may change with the fast-tracking of a bill to outlaw the terror network.
In a major development on this important front, the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday passed a bill to effectively ban the Muslim Brotherhood as a designated terrorist group, 17-10.

The legislation — which freezes Brotherhood assets and also outs its front groups, including hundreds in the U.S. — is headed for the House floor. Its passage there is likely since the GOP leadership supports HR 3892, which has 28 co-sponsors and is steadily gaining new backers each week.
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If a companion bill introduced in the Senate by GOP Sen. Ted Cruz passes, it would tee the ban up for a GOP president to sign into law — a dream of FBI case agents across the country, who find elements of the Brotherhood showing up in virtually every terrorism case they work.
The pro-jihad Brotherhood gave rise to Hamas and al-Qaida, and shares ideology with ISIS.

Earlier this month, Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson, R-Wis., endorsed the companion bill. Now it will also need support from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
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Officially designating the Brotherhood a terrorist organization would not only deny U.S. entrance to any foreign national tied to it, but force banks to block financial transactions related to it. What’s more, it would make it a crime for anybody in the U.S. to provide material support to the Brotherhood.

This, in turn, would criminalize hundreds of Brotherhood front groups and mosques in the U.S. that the FBI says secretly support and finance terrorism, allowing the agency to finally put them out of business and turn off a major spigot of jihad flowing in the American Muslim community.

The bill explicitly identifies several mainstream, supposedly “moderate” U.S. Muslim organizations as Brotherhood entities, and cites evidence tying them to the Brotherhood and its Palestinian terrorist wing Hamas.

“Federal prosecutors implicated a number of prominent United States-Islamic organizations in this conspiracy, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),” the text of the bill states.
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Thanks To HUma they got into the White House
“These groups and their leaders, among others, were named as unindicted co-conspirators. The Department of Justice told the court that these United States-Muslim Brotherhood affiliates acted at the direction of the international Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorism in a July 2008 court filing,” which revealed:

“ISNA and NAIT, in fact, shared more with (the Holy Land Foundation) than just a parent organization. They were intimately connected with (HLF, now a convicted terrorist front) and its assigned task of providing financial support to Hamas.

“CAIR was later added to these organizations. The mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support Hamas.”

The FBI says the Brotherhood’s goal in the U.S, according to secret documents that agents uncovered after 9/11, is to carry out a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying (America) from within.”
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As ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller testified, “Elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism.”

Indeed, many of the terrorist attacks here in the U.S. — including 9/11 and the Boston bombings — were launched with key support from the Brotherhood network. ISIS’ American poster boy, Ahmad Abousamra, was radicalized in a Brotherhood-controlled mosque, as were the San Bernardino and Chattanooga terrorists.

There is no doubt that the Brotherhood is a terrorist group. Making its designation official would dry up a lot of homegrown terrorism.
Huma Abedin Moslem Brotherhood Mole and Hillary’s eyes,ears and Companion for the past 20 years.She can be officially First lady If Hillary is president.

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