In a bid to counter the rise of extremist ideas about Islam, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced a decision to double the number of university courses teaching Islam, promising not to issue any laws controlling the religion practiced by a large minority.The PM added that the new courses will be funded by the state.He added that the government will not push for new laws to define Islam, leaving this freely to the Muslim community.
Amid huge criticism from the Muslim community, the Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country’s century-old law on Islam, adding more restrictions on mosques, imams and funding of worshipping houses.Austria’s new Law on Islam will prohibit Muslim organizations receiving funding from abroad.
This will also affect imams who work in Austria but are financially supported by Turkey, banning them from renewing their visas once they expire.
Currently, some 300 imams work in the country, including 65 Turkish scholars.
Moreover, mosques with less than 300 community members will be closed within a year and those with more than 300 will have to register as a legal entity.
The new “reforms” amend a 1912 law which made Islam an official religion in Austria, that has been widely held up as a model for Europe in dealing with Islam.Austrian Muslims are estimated at about half a million or nearly 6 percent of the European country’s 8 million population.
In Vienna, Islam is the second-largest religious grouping, after Roman Catholicism.
The world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries has announced plans to sue Charlie Hebdo over the publication of new cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), amid increasing anger among Muslims worldwide.
“OIC is studying Europe and French laws and other available procedures to be able to take legal action against Charlie Hebdo,” Iyad Madani, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), told a Saudi newspaper, the Independent reported.
“If French laws allow us to take legal procedures against Charlie Hebdo, OIC will not hesitate to prosecute the French magazine.”
On his personal Twitter feed, Madani added: “These cartoons have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.
“Freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others. No sane person, irrespective of doctrine, religion or faith, accepts his beliefs being ridiculed,” he said.
Muslims have been campaigning to obtain a ban on insults against religions and prophets.
Since 1999, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has annually sponsored a defamation of religions resolution in the UN Human Rights Council.
The OIC has pressed the UN to adopt a binding international covenant against the defamation of religions.
In 2009, the UN Council adopted a non-binding resolution, proposed by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, condemning religious defamation and calling for respect of all faiths.
Yet in March 2011, the OIC approved, under heavy pressure from the US, to set aside its 12-year campaign to have religions protected from defamation.
The OIC decision was followed by an approval from the UN Human Rights Council on a broader plan on religious tolerance.
In a time of fear driven by global instability, Scot Muslims in eastern Scotland city of Dundee have launched new ad campaign on buses to change misperceptions about their faith.The campaign followed Paris attacks earlier in January which left 12 people killed in Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly.The ad campaign is not the first effort to be made by Dundee Muslims to correct misconceptions about Islam.
Last week, Dundee’s Muslim Message Society handed out roses and a message of peace to city center shoppers.
Each rose was accompanied by this quote from Mohammed: “Shall I inform you of something that holds a higher status than fasting, praying and giving charity? Making peace between people.”
One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam’s second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the mosque is Saudi Arabia’s ageing monarch King Abdullah.
When I mentioned this issue of the plans to redesign the Mecca and Medina mosques a few months ago on this forum, it raised a lot of dust on this forum. I was challenged to produce the evidence that the “arrogant” Saudi Arabia leadership was planning to tamper with the resting place of our beloved Prophet, I gave up. How on earth can one expect a soul so many miles away from Saudi Arabia, and moreover not even a sheikh to be in possession of such evidence?
My argument then and now still remains that no one should take up the right to destroy any evidence of our religion. I find the argument put forward by our Saudi Islamic scholars to remove the Prophet’s body from his resting place so as to prevent believers from committing shirk very shallow and ill-intentioned. It is as if ALLAH has given these people the power to look into other people’s mind and see who performs shirk or not. In my simple mind I think those scholars are mad and need psychiatric help.
Anyone who has been to Medina during Umra and Haj can bear witness what kind of feeling overwhelms you even by mere entering the city of Madina al munawara. This feeling is partly due to the anticipation of visiting the tomb of the greatest man who ever lived on earth, The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I would not agree for even a second that such an overwhelming feeling amounts to shirk. If get something feeling before meeting a President of a country, what about the greatest man of all times?
The Saudi Arabia authorities should only concern with themselves what is physically manifest. They are already doing enough to prevent any Muslim from praying near the tomb or besides the tomb. Everything is already camouflaged that a lay Muslim can not even spot where the grave is. What more do they want from the Muslim global community? And it is not for the Saudis to be the controller of mankind. Soon those “self-styled all knowing” will be suggesting that people are praising the Kaba instead of ALLAH so let us destroy the Kaba to prevent people from committing shirk. Sometimes our scholars take the argument of shirk too far that they end up delving into gray areas that they themselves don’t understand and the knowledge of which is with ALLAH. Hope those guys are not in cohorts with those who want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Something just does not smell right here.
I don’t think that the most holy or knowledgeable persons about Islam are only found in Saudi Arabia. By not consulting other Muslim scholars all over the world is taking Muslims for granted and abusing the trust, and by the way which trust nobody gave them in the first place. They should should appreciate/accept that man’s understanding/knowledge has a limit and leave our Prophet rest in peace. If they want they should cordon off the area around his tomb but leave ALLAH’s Prophet alone untill ALLAH decides to call an end to this world.
Our Prophet is our number one evidence of our religion. Other religions such as Christianity and Judaism don’t have this kind of powerful evidence.
ALLAH knows bests.
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A new count of the population of Norway’s capital city Oslo has revealed that Mohammad, the name of Islam’s Prophet, is the most common name for the first time ever in the European capital’s history.The survey was made by SSB for the male names in Oslo.The results found that 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name.
Therefore, Mohammed has passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).
The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men’s name list for Oslo.
Similar results were revealed in Britain after statistics found that the name Mohammad, or its variations, has topped the list of the baby names.
The estimates showed that the Muslim name was the most multi-cultural London and the West Midlands, while Oliver came out top in the South East, South West and Wales.
Norwegian Muslims are estimated at 150,000 out of the country’s 4.5 million population, mostly of Pakistan, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds.
There are nearly 90 Muslim organizations and Islamic centers across the northern European country.
We hear these justifications all the time : Israel is responding to Hamas’ “provocation.” The “provocation thesis” is often used to justify the visual reality of disproportionate murder. It was used during and after the Holocaust too by indecent and immoral analysts to justify the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. Or, the other noxious justification: Israel has a right to react to a Nazi-type existential threat from Hamas.
It is one thing to be pro-Israel in all things relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That is okay. BUT, it is “immoral” to use the Holocaust and the Nazi slaughter of German and other European Jews to justify the current bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli government. There are former IDF soldiers who have spoken loudly about their government’s approach . Hamas has its excesses as an armed group. But, it is not the Nazi State by any informed comparison. Therefore, to compare an armed Hamas group to a totalitarian Nazi state with an anti-Jewish racial and biological ideology, as Nazi Germany was, is to overdraw one’s historical analogies.
Even in our collective helplessness to do anything about what is going on in Gaza, what we should not do is to indirectly justify the murder of the innocent by reaching for comparisons that overstretch the historical record. We become like the perpetrators of murder when , in the cocoon of our own prejudices, we put the victims of murder beyond our universe of moral obligation , as the perpetrators do, to even consider the humanity of the victims . What happened to our sense of perspective, if not proportion?
Hamas does not have that capability to destroy Isreal, and we all know it. Hamas does not pose that threat to the Jewish State of Israel. Not even the entire defense forces of all the Arab countries together do. They have tried and failed at least three times since the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.The conditions under which Palestinian Arabs live is the most urgent concern of both FATAH and Hamas.
The conditions are so bad that it should not be acceptable to anyone anywhere in 2014. Many Israelis know this for a fact. They condemn the conditions. It is the conditions and FATAH’s abject failure to negotiate real improvements in the conditions that helped to create Hamas. Hamas is a child of circumstance. If Hamas is destroyed, another probably hardline resistance organization may take its place. Is that gamble worth it. It has not been in the past.Israel’s security is for the most part settled. What Israel needs and should seek and find is peace with its Palestinian neighbors not the domination of them.
Those of you who pray to Jerusalem, did you forget that historically Jerusalem was a Jebusite City, fully built and protected, but conquered by David? It was not a no-man’s land or fallow land, or was it? …….can you imagine the injustice of the settlement of Palestine by hordes of Jews, displacing the Arabs who were on the land for hundreds and thousands of years? So, it is even worse, post Balfour Declaration: how has the fate of Palestinians in Palestine been protected by the rest of the world from occupation?
A few moments ago on CNN’s “Crisis in the Middle East” news program (Sunday August 3, 2014), Yousef Munayer, Director of the Palestine Center, provided an illuminating perspective on the physical and symbolic violence of Occupation. He said that the Palestinians are the only people in the world who are required to provide security for their occupiers, and Israel is the only occupying force allowed to demand security from the victims of its occupation.Insightful, isn’t it?
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I would like to know from the historians whether there is any evidence in history of a sustainable nonviolent resistance to occupation,before we blame what Hamas is doing?
There seems to me to be a weakness with the World War 11 analogy. The Resistance then had friends, powerful friends. The Nazis were not defeated by the Resistance only but with the assistance of powerful friends like the United States that planned and led the invasion of Europe. The Palestinians have practically no friends. They are mostly on their own except for humanitarian aid that is compelled by the Israeli occupation, and sketchy military assistance.
Israel withdrew from Gaza nominally. Her iron-clad blockade of Gaza makes the withdrawal practically meaningless. Israel withdrew from most of the West Bank earlier. She has been seizing Palestinian land there since. Who is to say the same was not going to happen in Gaza.
Hamas may seem stupid attacking Israel today but there is an area parallel. The establishment of the state of Israel is believed to have been hastened by the armed attacks on British Administration and Army by Jewish terrorists. The “worst” of the attacks was the bombing in 1946 of the King David Hotel- headquarters of both the British administration and army in Palestine and Transjordan, by Jewish “terrorist” led at the time by Menachem Begin- a Polish Jew and a future prime minister of Israel.
While one may not support the desperate armed attacks of Hamas and other Palestinian resistance against Israel, one understands their despair and frustration with the worsening state of their daily existence in their homeland. We remember “Give me liberty or give me death” credited to the United States’ Patrick Henry. For some Palestinian Arabs, death is becoming preferable to living under an Israeli occupation that arguably has no equivalent anywhere in the world in 2014. Hamas has said over and over again in current cease fire negotiations that she will not accept a ceasefire without a lifting of the Israeli blockade albeit supervised, on Gaza. That for me say everything.
Do you know of a more asymmetric war? What happened to measured response? Is collective punishment moral? Is collective punishment justified given the real “victimness” of powerless non-political children, women, and other non-combatants (including the infirm and elderly) in the “out of their control” situation that they find themselves? Is a military solution to the Palestinians’ situation feasible? Your hope must be that the current war in Gaza will achieve better than past wars there did namely- a less motivated, resolute, and violent Palestinian resistance. Does History teach anything? George Habash and his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were called terrorists and destroyed.
Then came Yasser Arafat and his Fatah organization/ Palestine Liberation Organization who were also branded worse terrorists and mostly ignored. Then came HAMAS who are now described as worse terrorists still.
Those who wish to destroy HAMAS are well advised to pause and think about her possible replacement(s) given recent history, before they do so. People in the Middle East have long, very long memories. The unfolding tragedy that is the current Gaza war should be beneath the human race in 2014. Should we all not be ashamed that we let and watch it happen?
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Israel with the active primitive backing of USA and the Christian world are the guilty party here. They fund Israel, give it the weapons of mass destruction it uses, and shield Israel from international law. It is the worst form of apartheid after South Africa to be inflicted on any people in modern history.
We all need to understand what is happening. Many morally outraged countries have recalled their ambassadors from Tel Aviv, but the criminal Whitehouse seem to continue to cover for Israeli Holocaust on Palestinians. A little over ten years ago, a whole city, known as Jenin was wiped off the face of the earth. All efforts to investigate what happened was scuttled by Israel and USA!
The root cause of the problem of the world is traceable to the injustice in the Arabian Desert, a patch of which Israel occupies with Western financial, military and religious backing.
This is a disgrace to all of us who call ourselves human beings. Much as we all condemned Hitler, we should all be horrified by what is happening in the Middle East. This is the genesis of the problem in the whole world. It is why we have to have Obama kill Muarmar Gadaffi in the streets like a dog, why Bush had to kill Hussein, why Morsi cannot be President of Egypt, and why in spite of South Sudan, there is no peace there. It is why in Uganda we are not just humans, but Muslims and Christians.
It is mind boggling that some members of a group that has suffered persecution and death, are very mindlessly oblivious of the suffering, persecution, and death they continue to visit on their neighbors. Even Spiderman knew that with great power comes great responsibilities not only to self but to others.The Israeli occupation of The West Bank and Gaza is no longer about security or even peace. It is about land grab. Mr. Abbas and his PLO are not a threat to Israel. What do they have to show for it? Going from the known to the unknown, it is not likely that the recognition of Israel by Hamas will make a significant real difference to Israel’s craving for Palestinian land.
Israel will more likely contrive another pretext to continue her occupation and acquisition of Palestinian land. Remember that Israel argues that “natural growth” justifies her acquisition of Palestinian land for new settlements even though Palestinian Arabs have a higher rate of population growth. Netanyahu and his supporters continue to do a great job of making reluctant opponents of many friends of Israel. There comes a time when bias and self-interest must give way to justice and peace
So, let us skip the propaganda of human shield and get real. We condemned Boer occupation of South Africa, Zimbabwe has not gone away because of land, and Palestine will be on our conscience if we are just, fair and human.
I guess the key challenge in analyzing the Israeli- Palestinian question is when we refuse to bring politics and ideology back-in. Religion and so-called war on terror has made murderers to be celebrated as heroes. The first question to ask us what is Zionism? Second question what was the Pre-1967 map and why is Israeli government scared of any talk about it?Third, why did the Oslo Peace Accord fail? Fourth, what was the basis of the First Intifada? Fifth, why are Palestinian exiles denied the right of return? Sixth, why is the Israeli government angered by the future of East Jerusalem as capital of the Palestinian (as opposed to an “indivisible” Jerusalem”), Seventh, why is it that even Palestinian refugee camps are bombed, as was the case with the massacre in Jenin? Eighth, what is the overwhelming role of AIPAC in all this? Ninth, why were PM Rabin, Ahmed Yasin, Dr Rantissi and his sons murdered?
Many people even for get that about 25% of Palestinians are Christians and this is far more than Jews that are Christians. Many also forget that even the UN had recognized the Palestinians as oppressed people and placed Zionism on the same platform as Apartheid.
This current massacre took place in December 2008. Livni, Ehud Barat and Netenyanhu only halted the massacre after over 1,500 Palestinian women and children had been killed just in honour of Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.
Israeli government ride on, it’s power relations! But will that bring justice? Will it bring peace? Will it make Israeli people safer?
My point is this military pounding will remain cyclical like the yoyo game. It cannot be the basis of the quest for peace. Throughout history no oppressed people have been cowered by use of violence against them; indeed repression and violence only breeds counter-violence that is what my reading of Frantz Fanon suggests.
For the record: Hamas has only killed 2 israeli civilians, and one foreign worker dead. The rest are soldiers who died in combat, under 50.Does that constitute to war crimes compared to Israel that has killed over 1800 civilians?
Most Christian fundamentalists erroneously believe that the Israel of the cherished Bible is the same as Israel of today. They use that false assumption to justify all types of atrocities.Here are some questions to ponder:
1.Were the Hebrews the predecessors of the Canaanites in that region or is it the other way around?
2.Did the Hebrews not migrate from the land between the two rivers .i.e Mesopotamia before settling in the land of the Canaanites – who some scholars believe were the ancestors of the Palestinians.
3.Should all settler colonists of the world, past and present, claim a God – given right to occupy territory? Where and how would we draw the line?
4.Is Israel of today not a settler colony created in 1948 by the British?
5.Was Hitler a Palestinian?
Several failing attempts have been conducted to bring along a unity government that would solve the Gaza-West Bank division. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and other parties were faced with the conditions that the two parties, Hamas and Fateh, place ahead of negotiations.
Fateh, currently controlling the West Bank and led by President Mahmoud Abbas, condition negotiations with Hamas on the return of Gaza under the former’s rule, while Hamas desires negotiations with Fateh while keeping the status-quo as is.
Occasionally and in the midst of the mediation efforts, tensions rise on both sides as a result of the several provocative announcements by leaders and media stations. Imprisonment of the other’s group members also contributed much to entangling the agreements’ efforts.
The closest the negotiations came to a final agreement was in early June 2014 when a national consensus government was formed, which was paving the way towards the election of a new president and parliament. Israel, however, announed that it would not negotiate any peace deal with the newly formed government and would push punitive measures. About a month later Israel launched its “Protective Edge” offensive military attack against Gaza.
Assalamu alaikum. My views on international organizations especially the ICC have been changed by what’s happening in Gaza. I used to argue for the ICC but not anymore……..it’s all bullshit. Africa should have it’s own African Criminal Court(ACC)!
This is not about changing for the sake of it but it is about seeing things differently outside the box. For years, We have been made to believe that Israel is a nation that respects human rights while Hamas, on the other hand, are a terrorist organisation. Today, those who support Israel’s all out bombing policy are justifying this by saying that Hamas is to blame because they hide behind civilians, and that makes everything(UN buildings, hospitals, universities, mosques, e.t.c) a target.
As far as I know, if there’s a single thing that separates legitimate warfare from simple terrorism, it’s the effort to distinguish civilians from soldiers, and combatants from noncombatants. This does not mean that noncombatants don’t die in “legitimate” wars, or that states don’t accept civilian deaths or casualties in wars, but effort has to be made to save civilians.
Surely, from the images we have seen in the last three weeks, Israel has been bombing anything that looks “ugly” to them and its within their sight in Gaza. Unfortunately, we have ended up with 80% of the total so far killed as civilians according to UN. That’s purely state sponsored terrorism. There are no two ways about it, and if the ICC cannot see it that way, we have been wasting a damn long time with them.
Here is what professor Thane Rosenbaum, a senior fellow and director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at New York University Law School, wrote in the Wall Street Journal recently, while supporting Israel’s policy, as my respectable mate,Simon Okurut, has done on UAH:
“On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets.”
PM Netanyahu has justified his actions by alluding to something similar as the professor, but they are still not branded “terrorists”. I sometimes wonder about this so called professors and why are given such tittles. I thought Mr.Bukenya Gilbert would be the last person to cause embarrassment to that tittle with his poor strategies and indecisiveness on 2016 elections,but hey, the list is still growing. Now, compare Thane’s statement with what Bin Laden said after the NewYork towers were hit on September,11th:
“The American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.”
If anybody wrote justifying the Sep 11th attacks in the context of Prof Rosenbaun, I’m sure their careers were finished long time ago, but nothing is gonna happen to the professor , again simply because of the double standards people usually put on display when it comes to Israel. It just goes on to show that the characters in the ‘Animal farm’ are almost everywhere, and I guess this is where you are supposed to tell me:” welcome to the real world, Abbey”.
Yes, I’m now in the real world, and ICC is not for me anymore, mate! I may as well use my time campaigning to start Kangulumira TV and its sister newspaper than wasting time on organisations supporting selective justice.
Africa is led by imbeciles but they are our own imbeciles, and we will eventually find a way to deal with our imbeciles from now onwards.My previous arguments that the ICC acts as a deterrence to African dictators committing crimes against their own people still carries weight, but it should not be at the expense of selective justice.
Few days ago, I was watching Fox News, and I saw how Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, was putting his case to the world that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza. The moderator,Huckabee, and the audience just didn’t wanna believe him , simply because they have been made to believe that Israel is always the victim in Gaza. What is happening in Gaza has been a reality check to a lot of people on so many fronts. I don’t think we have seen or read anything this bad probably since 1945, but where is the so called ICC?
How did I fail to see through the ICC? I think I should listen more to what people say or write on our forums rather than fronting my own opinions. It seems they are people out there who have already walked through the same roads some of us are planning to use, and its good to give them an ear every now and then. Anyway as Brian Tracy said: “No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”
I’m ,therefore,never gonna rubbish anybody’s opinion on something again, even when it looks faulty. There is a lot to learn out there, and it seems most of us are in infant stages! I really feel for the Palestines. Nobody deserves to be bombed while in a cage.
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Israel are committing genocide and the whole world can see. Is that simply put enough?The whole world can see what’s happening they can’t hide this! I wonder if anyone knows that it was them who created Hamas in the 80’s to combat the PLO.These factions were created as a result of occupation and years of isolation and despair!
Israel/US created a terrorist group Al-Qaeda to serve their purpose. Now they have created another Group in Iraq ISIS, its caliph (Bagdadi ) was Jews , his name was SAMUN YULUT as per Snowden leaked documents. Recently many more people Converting to Muslims to promote Violence & giving Islam a Bad name . Wake up Muslims these are Conspiracy of Israel/US and Rothschild in UK
Lets put this straight: yes the UN and the USA have been controlled by Israel for many many years.The Jewish lobby is strong in the USA unfortunately and pulls all strings to their benefit.America must wake up and see who really governs them because it aint Obama nor the next president to follow.If they don’t get the Jewish lobby out of the way we will have more wars.They only think of money and how to make profit even if they have to vanish a whole society.
Basically, this is a summary of what is happening in Gaza right now: Israel is bombing. Soldiers are invading. Mujahideen are fighting. Children are dying. Mothers are dying and crying. Fathers are dying and mourning. Hearts are breaking. The war is continuing. The Arabs are sleeping. The youth is exposing. America is funding. Egypt’s Sisi is terrorizing. Aid isn’t coming. Hospitals are being bombed but some are running. Morgues are filling. Bombs are raining. Buildings are falling. Bodies are vanishing. Death toll is increasing. Zionists are celebrating. News channels are lying. Countries are boycotting. Hamas is resisting. Gaza is screaming. No one is hearing. Above all this, Allah is WATCHING and the Ummah is still SLEEPING.
Israel and their government and those who back them are to blame for these war crimes and inhuman acts against the Palestine people and this is the truth look at the news for yourself and see who is killing babies and children.Israel is like a blood sucking leach draining the life out of all the land and all the people around it until everything is destroyed and consumed. Netanyahu is no better then Hitler to me.The Israeli’s must end the illegal occupation of Palestine, stop all crimes of humanity and allow the Palestinians to live under the umbrella of human rights.
An American friend has told me that the news there is slanted in support of the Israeli Zionists. Those journalists who have dared to speak out in favor of the Palestinians find themselves banished by the media. His heart is breaking for Gaza. I don’t think the Israeli government has ever been concerned with the Palestinian people rebuilding. The aggressive expansion of settlements throughout recent history has shown that to be true. Right now the Israeli army is duck hunting in an open air prison full of innocent Palestinians.
Like the USA, UN is also the servant of Israel. They will do nothing for the Palestinian. Shame on them.
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The Ministers of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement met in Tehran on 4th August 2014 to address the crisis situation being faced by the Palestinian people, particularly the brutal military aggression committed by Israel in July and August 2014 against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip,which resulted in the killing of more than 1857 Palestinians including hundreds of children and women, and the injury of more than 8500 Palestinians and the wanton destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes, business properties, vital civilian infrastructure; mosques, schools, hospitals, public institutions, farms, and several UN facilities. In this regard the Ministers paid tribute and expressed their support to the heroic steadfastness and unity of the Palestinian people in the face of this brutal aggression.
The Ministers expressed their appreciation to the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their warm hospitality and timely action in convening the NAM Committee on Palestine. They also commended H.E Dr. Hassan Rohani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his important statement delivered at the meeting.
The Ministers strongly condemned the lethal, indiscriminate and excessive use of force by Israel, the Occupying Power, against Palestinian civilians and vital civilian infrastructure, including water and sanitation networks, electrical power plants and numerous hospitals and medical centers, as well as against humanitarian and emergency personnel and journalists. They deplored the relentless military assaults carried out deliberately and wantonly by the Israeli occupying forces, which have led to the killing and injury of of thousands of defenseless Palestinians, a great majority of them being children and women, in blatant and systematic violation of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights laws.
The Ministers demanded the immediate and unconditional cessation of this Israeli military aggression against and collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza as well as throughout the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. They called for exertion of serious, collective efforts to ensure an immediate ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative on the basis of November 2012 ceasefire in close coordination with the State of Palestine.
The Ministers fully endorsed the unified legitimate demands of the delegation of the State of Palestine and in this context demanded also the immediate and full lifting of the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, which constitutes the massive collective punishment of its inhabitants in grave contravention of international humanitarian and human rights laws and has led to acute shortages of basic necessities and dire humanitarian and healthcare situation in Gaza. They stressed the Israeli responsibility as the occupying power, and therefore the urgency of efforts to immediately and unconditionally open all boarder crossing points into and from Gaza with a view to allowing the entry of emergency humanitarian assistance and the access of medical and relief workers to those in need. They further stressed the need for an end to all illegal Israeli policies and practices that deprive the Palestinian people of their land, properties and natural resources and have caused widespread distress and deteriorating socio-economic conditions.
The Ministers requested all members of the international community, the United Nations and other international organizations to help provide the victims of the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip with humanitarian assistance on an urgent basis. They recognized the vital role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza, including in addressing emergency needs during this period of crisis and urged the international community to provide the necessary support to the Agency as well as other United Nations agencies delivering humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people at this time of need, including the more than 180,000 Palestinians displaced in the recent period.
The Ministers called upon the UN Security Council to uphold its Charter duties and live up to the expectation of the international community to act forthwith to address this crisis situation in Occupied Palestine, which clearly constitutes a threat to regional and international peace and security. They called on the Security Council to adopt measures to compel Israel, the occupying power, to cease its military aggression against the Palestinian people and to comply forthwith with all of its obligations under international law, particularly the 4th Geneva Convention and the relevant United Nations resolutions. They stressed the urgency of serious and credible action by the Security Council towards bringing an end to the impunity Israel has unduly enjoyed, stressing the need to act collectively to hold it accountable for all its breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights violations.
The Ministers expressed support to the Algerian initiative to convene an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly to address the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and mobilize the international community in this regard.
The Ministers requested the International Criminal Court to uphold its mandate to address the war crimes and crimes against humanity that are being committed against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. They emphasized the centrality of justice in bringing an end to such crimes and impunity.
The Ministers expressed their support to the Lebanese initiatives to communicate information to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and demanded that NAM countries parties to the Rome Statute seize the jurisdiction of the Court on war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Palestinian people.
The Ministers also expressed grave concern over the plight of more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including administrative detainees, held captive by Israel, the Occupying Power. They condemned the abuse and physical and psychological mistreatment, including torture, of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including children, women and elected officials, among them members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, including more than 800 people detained since 13 June 2014 and demanded their immediate and unconditional release.
The Ministers further condemned the continuing colonization of Palestinian land, by Israel the occupying power. They demanded an end to the confiscation of Palestinian property and the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements and the Wall, in grave breach of international humanitarian law and flagrant disrespect of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice. They also expressed grave concern over the frequent acts of violence, terror and incitement against Palestinian civilians and the destruction of the Palestinian properties by Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and called for action to hold the perpetrators accountable for these crimes. They expressed deep concern also in this regard about the provocation and incitement by Jewish extremists against Muslim and Christian holy sites especially in Occupied East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and warned of the dangerous consequences of such continued provocations and aggressions.
The Ministers welcomed the decision by the UN Human Rights Council to launch an official international independent inquiry into all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law resulting from the recent Israeli military aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip. They stressed the need to fully investigate all violations by Israel, the occupying power, of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, towards establishing accountability and justice for the victims of these crimes.
The Ministers also supported the request by the State of Palestine for the rapid convening of a Conference of High Contracting Parties to the 4th Geneva Convention to examine measures, in accordance with Common Article 1, to ensure respect and enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. They called on Switzerland, in its capacity as Depository, to undertake the necessary efforts for the timely convening of such an important Conference, with a view to addressing the grave breaches of international human rights law being perpetuated by Israel, the occupying power, and to ensuring protection to the Palestinian people. Further in this regard, the Ministers supported the call by President Abbas to the Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon for the United Nations to take all effective measures at its disposal to ensure the protection of the Palestinian civilian population under Israel’s occupation.
The Ministers stressed the need to continue meeting and consulting within the NAM Committee on Palestine, as well as within the larger Coordinating Bureau of the Movement, with a view, inter Alia, to drafting a plan of action for the NAM in order to follow up on all of these critical issues at the United Nations and in all other appropriate political, legal and judicial forums. They underscored in this regard the need to compel the necessary international action to resolve the root causes of the conflict and address the question of Palestine in all its aspects according to international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions. They also called for continued efforts in support of the achievement of the full recognition and membership of the State of Palestine at the United Nations.
The Ministers welcomed all initiatives undertaken by several countries to boycott Israeli products and withdraw their ambassadors from Israel, including by many Latin American countries, and encouraged all other member states of NAM to do so.
The Ministers reaffirmed their unwavering support for the just cause of Palestine and solidarity with the Palestinian people. They reaffirmed their principled and longstanding support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the achievement of their legitimate national aspirations, including for freedom, independence, justice, peace and dignity in their homeland.
*(Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Columbia, Egypt, India, Senegal, South Africa,Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Indonesia
The Fresh statistics tells us that now there more than 1.5 billions Muslims living in different part of the world. Islam is now fastest growing and most practiced religion in the world. in coming decades it will surpass the christian population in the world.The religion to which most people are converting is also Islam surprisingly even in countries like US, France and UK.
Indonesia – 205 million Muslims
Pakistan – 190 Million Muslims
India – 180 Million Muslims
Bangladesh – 150 Million Muslims
Egypt – 80 Million
Nigeria – 79 Million
Iran – 74 Million
Turkey – 75 Million
Algeria – 34 Million
Morocco – 33 Million Muslims
These are the top 10 Countries with most Muslim population. Most important Islamic country Saudi Arabia has over 25 million Muslims. among these countries the country which has the largest growing population is Pakistan and it is hoped that soon it will cross Indonesia to become country which most Muslim population.
France’s interior minister revealed a stricter anti-Jihadists’ bill on Wednesday, July 9, amid growing concern its nationals are travelling abroad to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.
The bill was revealed by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at Wednesday’s weekly cabinet meeting.Current legislation targets those who associate with a group suspected of planning or staging terrorist acts.
The new bill would intercept French nationals suspected of being radicalized from travelling to Syria and clamp down on online recruitment.
The ban on foreign travel would be valid for up to six months on individuals suspected of being radicalized and would give authorities the right to confiscate and invalidate their passports.
If those suspected of having firm links to a jihadist network, still manage to leave the country, they will be issued an international warrant, the draft bill added.
The restrictions included under the new bill may be applied not only to adults but also to minors as the country’s authorities are trying hard to prevent young French Muslims from becoming radicalized.
The law will also be tightened to make individual plans of terrorism a punishable offence, aimed at those identified by authorities as “lone wolves”.
Also the authorities may hold and question individuals on “suspicion of conspiring in relation to terrorism,” even if the evidence against them is insubstantial.
what takes place now in Palestine was predicted by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). However, Muslims should not wait for miracles to happen rather than work hand-in-hand to defend their lands, lives, and honors.
He did say that this occupation is one of the signs that the end of the world is near. He clearly mentioned in that hadith that Jews (Zionists today) will commit all types of atrocities and oppression against believers. But a time will come when the Muslims will take over and achieve victory. Muslims’ victory is confirmed, and the stones as well as the trees will all be on the side of the Muslims except a tree called gharghad.
In the light of this hadith, we should not be surprised about what is happening. At the same time, Muslims have a duty and obligation to do all the best to counter and defend themselves against these atrocities and oppression.
Muslims should not wait for miracles to happen rather than work hand-in-hand to defend their lands, lives, and honors. Muslims won’t be successful if they don’t repent to Allah and fear Him in all their deeds and sayings.
Our fellow Palestinians have to work together and avoid any division or petty quarrels among themselves. They have to think about the interest and welfare of all Palestinians. They have to do their best and never ever give up their rights upon their lands, honors, properties, and, of course their dear lives.
May Allah hasten the victory of beloved Palestinian brothers and sisters over the oppressors.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Militias of UK’s far-right Britain First have invaded another mosque in south east London, giving the imam a seven-day warning to remove signs indicating separate entrances for Muslim men and women at the mosque.
“In this country we have equality,” one member says, as the Muslim man protests over the group refusing to take off their shoes in the place of worship, Huffington Post reported.
“When you respect women, we’ll respect your mosques,” they argue.
The hateful conversation was carried on in a bizarre video uploaded by Britain First “Kent battalion activists” who invaded a mosque in Kent.
The mosque of the North West Kent Muslim Association, like all mosques, Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras, has separate entrances for men and women.
The controversial group is led by a former BNP councillor, Paul Golding, while their political guru, Jim Dowson – a hardline evangelical anti-abortion activist – was previously in charge of BNP finances.
In a recent interview with Channel Four News, Dowson admitted to pursuing a “holy war” on the streets of Britain.
Members of far-right Britain First party invaded several mosques in London, Bradford and Glasgow to hand out Christian leaflets and bibles over the past weeks.
According to representatives of Britain First, an offshoot of the British National party which is contesting this month’s local and European elections, mosque visits were part of a “Christian crusade” campaign against Islam.
The attacks have raised Muslim concerns over their safety if those “Christian patrols” continued.
“Dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil,” Ozil announced on his Facebook page.
Ozil is one of the key players in Germany’s national team which won its fourth World Cup last July 13 in a final against Argentina.
According to media reports, Ozil earned a £237,000 bonus for helping Germany win the final and £118,000 for his side’s semi-final win.
Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, is a practicing Muslim and he recites the Quran before games.
The announcement comes after reports initially stated Ozil would be donating his winnings to the children of Gaza.
The claim was denied by the soccer player’s representative Roland Eitel.
The government of the Muslims’ most holy city of Makkah has designated one million square meter area for a new project to defend Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and offer the true teachings of Islam and its Prophet.
According to a report published on Tuesday, May 27, by the Saudi Gazette, the new project, titled “Peace be upon the Prophet,” was suggested to combat hate campaigns that have targeted Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in different countries.
Located at the Haram boundaries on the Al-Haramain Expressway, the project will give Muslims an easy access to the teachings of the Prophet.
The Wise Leader (Peace be upon him)
The project will include an exhibition, university, electronic gate center, library, printing press, translation center, hotels and other facilities
Moreover, the managers of the project will also oversee the printing of an encyclopedia on the Prophet (pbuh), his companions and Islam.
Made up of 500 volumes and 350,000 pages, the encyclopedia on Qur’an and Sunnah has been registered with the Ministry of Information in the Kingdom, and in other countries such as Egypt and Malaysia.
“The exhibition will consist of Allah’s 99 names, an explanation of the Prophet’s character and manners, Islam and other prophets and messengers,” the Gazette said.
The project library would include all material published about Prophet Muhammad and Islam in several languages. A media center will also include a number of satellite channels and media in different languages to highlight the cultural and educational teachings of Islam.
An electronic center for websites dedicated to the Prophet, a translation and printing centers would also be included in the project.
The university will specialize in the Qur’an and Shari`ah, and graduates will be granted certificates in such subjects.
Western media has allowed repeated insults of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
In September 2012, massive protests swept the Muslim world over a US-made film insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Scores of people were killed in the protests against the film titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which was produced by a California man convicted of bank fraud.
The insulting material, which was promote by anti-Qur’an pastor Terry Jones, has also caused strain between the Muslim world and the West over the freedom of expression.
A French magazine has also published insulting cartoons of the prophet on the pretext of freedom of expression.
Insulting the Prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam.
The list of 100 women has been chosen from over 250 candidates from around the world from eight categories or power bases: billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and NGOs, politics and technology.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Shiekh Hasina Wajid has been given the rank of 47 on the list, the highest among the five.
Bangladesh’s PM was followed by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the Minister of International Cooperation and Development in United Arab Emirates at number 55.
From the business field, Saudi Arabia’s Lubna S. Olayan, CEO of Olayan Financing Company, was listed as the 86th most powerful woman.
The fourth Muslim woman who made it to the list was Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani; daughter of Qatar royal family and chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority. Al Thani has been ranked on 91.
The fifth place reserved by Muslim women was granted to Fatima Al Jaber at 94th rank. She is the Chief Operating Officer of leading construction firm Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The top-notch list was topped by powerful German Chancellor Angela Merkel who reserved the place for the fourth consecutive year.
Janet Yellen, the first-ever female chair of the Federal Reserve, made a strong debut in the number two spot.
This year’s list features nine heads of state, 28 CEOs, 18 entrepreneurs, 13 billionaires and nine celebrities, according to the business magazine’s summary.
Forbes says the 100 female leaders have a social media footprint that exceeds 812 million followers and fans.
Islam, as a divine religion, sets down rules that strike a balance between men’s responsibilities and women’s rights.
Woman is recognized by Islam as the full and equal partner of the man in the procreation of humankind.
By this partnership, she has an equal share in every aspect.
She is entitled to equal rights, she undertakes equal responsibilities, and she has as many qualities and as much humanity as her partner.
Achieving their country’s first trophy in history, Palestine’s triumphant football team on Sunday, June 1, received a warm welcome from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who greeted the players in a ceremony in Ramallah.
“It is time for our people to celebrate this great victory you brought. You have raised our heads high, I wish you all success and progress,” Abbas said in a brief speech at the reception of the national team, Wafa news agency reported.
During the ceremony, Abbas met the team and posed with them for photographs, while holding the much-coveted cup.
Palestine’s football team won the Asia Challenge Cup last Friday in a match against the Philippines. The victory allowed Palestine to secure its place in the AFC Asia Cup that will be held next year in Australia.
The match is the first victory in an international soccer contest for the Palestinians since the establishment of the Palestine Football Federation in 1928, sport officials said.
“Congratulations to our people, Palestine today is proud of such an historical achievement,” Jibril Al-Rajoub, chairman of the Palestine Football Association, who watched the match among hundreds of fans in the West Bank city of Ramallah, told Reuters.
In Gaza City, thousands watched the match on large screens on the sandy beach, beating drums.
A hijab-clad Greek woman has become the first ever Muslim candidate to represent her country at the coming European Parliament elections, hoping to prevent anti-Muslim discrimination and ensure equality for the religious minority.
“I have been nominated from the Eco Green Party Greece – the ecological political party that is a member of the European Green party – as it perfectly reflects my opinions,” Anna Stamou, a former yoga teacher and now an activist politician, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, May 7.
Nominated from Greece Green party, Stamou is the first veiled nominee in the European Parliament (EP) elections on May 25.
If elected, she would be the first EU parliament member to do the Islamic headscarf.
Being a graduate of business management and once a yoga trainer, he life as a politician started after reverting to Islam at the age of 30.
Stamou says she was born an Orthodox Christian but “found the answers to her questions” in Islam after delving for years into all religions.
Leading a Muslim life since she embraced Islam, she is responsible for the public relations at the Muslim Association of Greece and is wife of the head of the Muslim Association also.
She now opts for politics after her “activist” years along with being a teacher.
Greek candidates will stand for 21 seats in the European Parliament during the European Election on 25 May, coinciding with the local elections in the country.
The number of seats allocated to Greece declined from 22 to 21, as a result of the 2013 reapportionment of seats in the European Parliament.
In the 2009 elections, the Ecologist Greens of Greece won only one seat at the EP after receiving 3.49 percent of the votes.
Equal Life for Muslims
Taking the career of politics, the veiled Muslims hopes to serve her country and guarantee equal life for the Muslim community.
“What drew me to politics is my objective of guaranteeing a life for Muslims in Greece with equal rights to those of other Greek citizens through all means,” she says.
Donning a hijab, she said her nomination for an EP seat was part in the fight against any discrimination of people by their appearance.
Stamou added that every citizen should do something for their country.
“I will exert all my efforts for ensuring that Muslims do not consider themselves as a minority in Greece,” she said.
“If I get elected for the EP, I will fight for equal right for Muslims and the prevention of discrimination against Muslims.”
Moreover, she asserted her plan to work towards recognizing Greek Muslims as citizens and fulfill the country’s responsibilities towards them.
A mosque in Athens, the only European capital without a mosque, was also a top priority.
“My message to the Greek Muslims is to actively participate in the EP voting process and enjoy their rights to elect and be elected without the fear of their voice falling on deaf ears,” she added.
Muslims account for nearly 1.3 percent of Greece’s 10.7 million population.
A California court has ruled that YouTube must take down within 24 hours an inflammatory anti-Islam film that had provoked outrages and mass protests across the Muslim world, prompting an outcry by Google which vowed to challenge the ruling.
“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Cindy Lee Garcia who participated in the movie, was quoted by Reuters on Thursday, February 27.
“The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”
US actress Cindy Lee Garcia has filed a copyright lawsuit against Google Inc. over its refusal to remove the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, from YouTube that she was duped into performing in.
Wednesday’s ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned an earlier ruling by the lower court ruling that maintained Google’s copyright to unblock the film at YouTube.
The plaintiff stressed that she was deceived by the film produces who told her that she will be acting in a move titled “Desert Warrior”.
However, Garcia said that she didn’t realize that it will be a provocative material against Muslims until it was broadcasted at YouTube.
The Judge argued that Garcia may face “irreparable” harm in case Google insists to keep the movie.
“Garcia’s performance was used in a way that she found abhorrent and her appearance in the film subjected her to threats of physical harm and even death,” the Judge wrote in the 37-page ruling.
“Despite these harms, and despite Garcia’s viable copyright claim, Google refused to remove the film from YouTube.”
According to the court ruling, Google was granted 24 hours to pull the inflammatory film and take reasonable precautions to hinder uploading the movie again.
Following the court ruling, Pakistan campaigners urged the government on Thursday, February 27, to unblock YouTube in the country.
“We think that now the government of Pakistan has been left with no excuse to continue blocking access to YouTube,” Shahzad Ahmed from Bytes for All told AFP.
“But the ban on YouTube has got more to do with the government’s desires and efforts to impose censorship, content filtering and moral policing and we are fighting against them in court through a constitutional petition.”
Yet, Google appeared far from accepting the ruling, vowing to challenge it the courts as infringing its copyrights and freedom of speech.
“We strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.” Google said in a statement.
“Our laws permit even the vilest criticisms of governments, political leaders, and religious figures as legitimate exercises in free speech.”
Titled “Innocence of Muslims”, the film, produced by an American-Israeli real estate developer, portrays Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a fool, philanderer and a religious fake.
In response, thousands of Muslims took to the streets worldwide to protest the defamatory movie. Dozens were killed in days of protests against the film.
The US ambassador in Libya and three other diplomats were also killed when protestors attacked the US consulate in Benghazi.
“I am building schools for girls in Islamic countries and studying the Holy Qur’an,” Madonna the US pop icon said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Sunday, October 6.
“I think it is important to study all the holy books,” she added.
The pop star added that she agrees with what one of her friends tell her, that a good Muslim is a good Jew, a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth.
Pop star Madonna has been dubbed the “Material Girl” in the 1980s.
Although the 55-year-old star has retrospectively lamented that moniker, it was, and still is a reflection of the collective societal mind with reference to materialism.
Speculations over the singer’s interest in Islam have sparked in recent years after the star began dating Brahim Zaibat, a Muslim of Algerian descent.
Last year, she was pictured in Turkey with Zaibat as she wore a headscarf to visit a mosque in Turkey, according to news reports.
Recently, Madonna sparked controversy after posting a picture on Facebook from a photo shoot in which she wore what looked like a chainmail niqab.
The picture was accompanied by the words: “The Revolution of Love is on…Inshallah [Arabic for ‘God willing’].”
The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
The Noble Qur’an consists of 114 Surah (chapters) of varying lengths.
There is only one Qur’an which is in Arabic and many translations of the Qur’an in several languages.
There could be multiple translations by different authors in the same language such as English.
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“We condole the international community on this loss of the distinguished man of charity and benevolent work,” Marzouqi Al Ganem, the Parliament Speaker, said. “He is a great man who dedicated his life to serving people throughout the world.”
MP Ali Al Umair said: “Kuwait and the world have lost a remarkable humanitarian figure who had been an outstanding leader of benevolent action.”
Fellow lawmaker Talal Al Jalal said that his death meant a huge loss for Kuwait and for the world.
“He had dedicated his life to helping people and engaging in charitable action until he became one of the most distinguished international figures in the field,” Al Jalal was quoted by local Arabic daily Al Watan as saying.
“While we condole ourselves on his death, I call for naming a street in Kuwait after him to help his name live through the collective memory of the nation,” he said.
MP Mohammad Al Huwaila said that Shaikh Abdul Rahman had devoted his time, energy and wealth to serving people.
“He worked for the sake of his country and humanity in general,” he said.
Several other lawmakers expressed their grief over the death of Shaikh Abdul Rahman and praised his outstanding work. The local blogosphere and social networks were flooded with comments paying rich tribute to the philanthropist.
Shaikh Abdul Rahman, a medical doctor, was born in Kuwait in 1947. He is credited with establishing the Direct Assistance Association, initially known as the African Muslims Committee.
According to reports, around 11 million converted to Islam through his efforts over 29 years he spent spreading the word of Islam in Africa, an average of 972 new Muslims a day.
He was awarded several medals and prizes for his works of charity, including the King Faisal Award for serving Islam. He used the SR750,000 (Dh734,521) of the award to launch an educational programme in Africa that helped many Africans pursue their higher education.
However, his life in Africa was not always a fairy-tale and he was repeatedly the target of attacks by armed militias disturbed by his overwhelming support for the poor and needy.
He also had to endure some of Africa’s other challenges such as deadly animals, scarcity of water and power interruptions. He spent much of his time in Africa and went to Kuwait either for short visits or to receive medical treatment.
His trips into the African continent were invariably filled with risks, but he persisted on conveying the message of peace and providing assistance to those needed it. Even though his body was frail, he was ready to endure physical hardships and to bear sufferance, driven by a strong belief in helping people.
However, despite his strong determination that for decades challenged his own illnesses (diabetes, constant back and foot pains), his health had recently deteriorated and he had to be hospitalised in Al Mubarak Al Kabeer hospital in the capital Kuwait City until he passed away.
His son Suhaib said that he would be buried on Friday.
Assalaam alaikum w w
Can you have a second look at the events as they have been unfolding for the Muslim nations. And the history is not so ancient. But the out come seems to be exactly the same!
The Iran, Iraq (of Saddam Hussain) war lasted 8 good years. All the muslim and Arab gurf states (then) backed (Saddams) Iraq. The west with the support of ALL the Arab states were out to finish off Iran. Muslims on both sides killing each other were claiming to be engaged in a HOLY JIHAD. Imagine a holy Jihad where one side is being armed by the western Christians!! you can check out how many Muslims perished in that war. And the results – both weakened.
Then again two Muslim states, Iraq and Kuwait. Again the west and all the Arab states (this time) backing Kuwait against Saddam Hussain. All the Muslim countries eagerly offered their support to finish off another Muslim nation – Iraq.
Then the attack on Afghanistan by the West came around. Again the poor Afghans were devoured with all the Muslims looking the other side. Before our very eyes we saw the West attack Muamar Gadafis Libya. With the full support of Many Arab States. Gadafi was trapped like a rat and Killed.
Again the west and the Muslim states are at it again, this time against Syria. Always its fighters armed by the west financed by the very Muslim nations crashing a fellow Muslim nation.
I have never seen history repeating its self so frequently with the same results like in the case of the Muslim states and their (so called western friends). the west will never offer one (christian) nation to be attacked. always its a Muslim nation to be attacked with the support of Muslims. They always hope that OK its an attack on that nation its not on us. until their turn comes.
I can assure you, like this all will be finished off one after the other. I think the west must be amazed at the unconditional support they are receiving from the Muslim nations on (their crusade of) finishing off the Muslim nations.
Where will this game end????
By CHARMAINE NORONHA Associated Press
TORONTO October 12, 2012 (AP)
A spokeswoman for U.S. pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that Canada has denied entry to the preacher, whose congregation held a Quran burning in March 2011 that triggered deadly protests in Afghanistan.
Stephanie Sapp said fellow pastor and her husband Wayne Sapp, along with Jones, were turned back at the Michigan-Ontario border after being detained for several hours. Jones, who leads Florida’s tiny Dove World Outreach Center, and Wayne Sapp, were scheduled to attend Freedom Showdown, an inter-faith debate Thursday evening outside the Ontario Legislature.
Stephanie Sapp said Jones was denied entry because of a fine he got in Germany almost 20 years ago for using the title “doctor” there (he had received an honorary doctorate in theology from a Californian university in 1993). Also, both men had been charged with breaching the peace at a planned rally in Detroit last year.
The spokeswoman told The Associated Press that Jones had paid the German fine at that time and won his appeal to the German government for the right to use the title “doctor.” She said border officials told Jones the Canadian government requires documentation of the whole case to be brought to a Canadian Consulate in America in order for them to consider allowing Jones into Canada again.
As for the Detroit-related charge, she said that case was overturned in a higher court on appeal.
“We consider this to be a grievous blow to freedom of speech. We hope that this is a lesson for the Canadians and the Americans for us to stand up, unite together, and protect our freedom of speech,” said Jones in a statement.
Canadian border officials said it is not their practice to confirm whether someone has been denied entry into Canada.
In 2010, Jones issued a call to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, alarming the U.S. military, which feared the move would endanger the lives of American troops fighting Islamist extremists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although Jones called off the burning at the time, thousands of Afghans encouraged by the Taliban set fire to tires in the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Jones’ congregation went ahead with a Quran burning in March 2011, triggering protests across Afghanistan after video of the ceremony was posted on the Internet. In the most violent protest, hundreds of protesters stormed a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.
Jones was slated to participate in a debate Thursday about “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Muslim film that has recently sparked violent protests in the Arab world, the most violent of which led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi last month.
Both pastors were questioned repeatedly by border officials about the film and a protest sign that read “Koran Burning Site” and another saying, “Islam is the New Nazism,” were confiscated at the border, said Stephanie Sapp. She said they were asked several times if they were bringing a copy of “Innocence of Muslims” into Canada.
Freedom Showdown organizer Allan Einstoss said the event went ahead as planned, but lamented Jones’ absence from the debates. Interference from border officials, he said, has quashed an opportunity for a meaningful dialog on free speech.
“That’s the government’s choice, that’s what they wanted,” Einstoss said. “We could have had a nice civil evening, but that’s their decision.”
Last month, Germany forbade Jones from entering the country for a screening of “Innocence of Muslims.”
29-year-old Muslim woman named culture minister of Norway
Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Sep 2012
The first ever Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet is Hadia Tajik of Pakistani origin, who was handed the culture portfolio
On Sunday, with no precedent in Norwegian history, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed Hadia Tajik, a 29-year-old Muslim woman, as minister of culture, making Tajik the youngest minister in the Norwegian Cabinet and the first ever Muslim in the Norwegian government.
Tajik, of Pakistani origin, anounced that her programme will focus on cultural diversity as part of the Norwegian people’s daily lives and how this reflects on Norweigan society as a whole. The programme will delve into the protection of minority rights, whether cultural or racial, including the right of Muslims to wear the veil in public places, among other issues.
The new focus, however, will not be unopposed. Most right wing groups are against these policy changes, considering the increase in diversity in society a challenge to European culture.
Last year Anders Breivik randomly shot 69 people at a summer camp organised by the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party afterblowing up a Norweigan state building. During his trial, Breivik reasoned that multi-cultural policies are harming Norway, adding that he considers Islam his enemy.
Born in Strand, Norway, on 18 July 1983, Tajik studied human rights at the University of Kingston in the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and Master’s in law, the latter awarded by the University of Oslo this year.
An activist from a young age, Tajik led the Young Workers Movement between 1999 and 2002. She also worked as a political advisor to Norway’s minister of justice, 2008-2009. During this time Norweigan women members of the police were afforded the right to wear the veil at work. The decision was, however, rescinded due to harsh criticism from conservative parties.
In 2009, Tajik was elected to parliament as a member of the Labour Party in the Oslo constitutency. She was placed on a list of six seats generally considered safe for the party.
My dear bothers and Sisters
Assalaam alaikum w w
These (western powers) Americans are at it again. First it was the Satanic verses (God forbid) of Salman Rushdie in the UK. Showing that the holy Qur’an is a collection of satanic verses. Then came the the cartoons(God forbid) depicting the holy prophet Muhammad(s.a.w) in derogatory manner by a Swedish man called Lars Vilks. Then there was the burning of the Holy Qur’an by a one John Terry in America and now its the filthy film about the holy prophet Muhammad (s.a.w)
I have closely scrutinized all the above events and I have came to one conclusion. There is a hand behind all this. On the face of it, they may seem isolated but read between the lines, its like a script that is being acted in a sequence. The sick minds which are coming up with these evil plans are very cunning. They have clear aims to achieve. fortunately for them their adversaries just keep falling for the game plan as they anticipated . They can simply tell what the reaction will be and it happens.
These enemies of Islam have been scheming against Islam since the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w) unfortunately for them the spread of Islam was unstoppable spreading and reaching out to the whole world. Their hatred for Islam burning in their hearts was never extinguished.Now they have changed Tactics; lets tarnish the reputation of Islam and the Muslims.
Now, what they are doing is to provoke Muslims, whom they know that they will react violently. More so the violent activities will be in their own countries. They will destroy their properties in their countries- burn buses, markets, cars, and any thing that comes their way. not only that they will kill their fellow Muslims.
Then these plotters will only be by standers watching as the whole world is stunned by the barbaric Muslims who are venting their anger at their fellow innocent brothers and sisters. The end result – Muslims will get a bad press.
Surely these activities are deplorable to say the least. I have no words to condemn them. But are these violent demonstrations the best reaction? are we not playing to the tune of our detractors with these Violent demonstrations?
They provoke us into over reacting and we do exactly what they expected of us. No No we should change tactics.
In the Name of Allaah, Most Gracious, Most MercifulAssalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhuHope and pray this finds you and your family in good health and in high spirits.
Sent on behalf of ASSOCIATION OF CONCERNED MUSLIMSWESTERN REGION.
ASSOCIATION OF CONCERNED MUSLIMSWESTERN REGIONPRESS RELEASECONTACT: Alhaji Saeed JalloTel: 0243420018/0273940900EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgThis release is in reaction to an incident that happened on Thursday 13th of September 2012, when a young Muslim student, FatimataUthman went to the Takoradi Secondary Schools’ Assembly Hall in Takoradi to write for her physics paper. Fatimata was in her Islamic veil (hijab) and was confronted and refused entry into the hall to write her paper by Madam Aya Harrison who happens to be one of the invigilators.Madam Aya Harrison ordered Fatimata to remove the veil or risk being prevented from writing the physics paper. Fatimata pleaded for entry and reminded the invigilator that she had been allowed entry in all the other centres since West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) does not discriminate against the Islamic dress code (hijab) but all her pleadings fell on deaf ears.It took the intervention of another invigilator before Fatimata could enter to write her exams, by that time her colleagues had already spent about 45 minutes. Unfortunately she was not given additional time to make up for the 45 minutes lost, notwithstanding Mr. Moses Ansah (the exams supervisor) had earlier agreed to do so when contacted by Alhaj Saeed Jallo, a media practitioner in Takoradi who rushed to the scene to talk to the supervisor.This is not an isolated case, there are several issues going on all over the country to which the Muslim community is not happy about. A gentleman in the Northern Region complained about the same ill-treatment meted out to his wife who eventually had to take off the veil (hijab) just to satisfy the invigilators, whilst two ladies from Kasoa and AkimOda in the Central and Eastern Regions respectively also narrated their ordeal on the same subjectOur checks with WAEC have revealed that, the Council allows Muslim students to use their hijab to take passport pictures for the examination. This is after lots of deliberations by the Council to which they agreed that this was part of the dress code of the Muslim women so they should be allowed to take their pictures with it.Another issue of concern is the compulsion of Muslim students to attend church services in some schools whilst being deprived of the liberty to exercise their daily religious obligations. This is widespread in the second cycle institutions in the western region and throughout the other nine regions of the country and we see it as a deliberate agenda of some Christians to fight against the Islamic religion in this country.We wish to send a clear message to the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and all other relevant bodies that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; we are no more going to sit down and witness this blatant disregard of our children’s constitutional rightsWe are going to take action and ensure that the dignity of the Muslim student is restored in all our public institutions and that whoever tries to stand on our way will not be spared.We are therefore calling on the institutions mentioned above to come out with clear statements on the status of the Muslim student on campuses and examination centres.We wish to remind our Christian friends that Ghana is a secular state and therefore any individual or group with an agenda to trample on the rights of Muslim students is going contrary to the provisions of the 1992 constitution.We also want to take the opportunity to draw the attention of WAEC to the fact that the student, FATIMATA UTHMAN, lost 45 minutes of the paper’s allotted time and therefore could not answer her final question.This time round, we are going to explore all legal means available to us, even if it has be a law suit, to ensure that this kind of mistreatment meted out to Muslim students by some misguided and unpatriotic Christians NEVER happens on the soil of our beloved country Ghana. An apology will not make up for the psychological imbalance FatimataUthman may have gone through, with serious implications on her performance. FatimataUthman could be the next Muslim medical doctor or nurse to serve the people of Ghana, both Muslims and non-Muslims.We will seek redress in the law courts to rectify this unbridled behavior of some ignorant and prejudiced Christians who want to draw a wedge between Muslims and Christians in Ghana. We will demand the maximum sanctions in this case to serve as a strong deterrent for any education official who will want to deliberately step on the rights of Muslim students in the discharge of their duties.Lastly, we will want to take this opportunity to educate Madam Aya Harrison and her ilk that if she can take off the veil from all the portraits and statutes of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ (may Allaah’s peace be upon them), who is the mother of God in the theology of some Churches, then we Muslims will not have any reason to react in any manner.Thank you.__________Malam (Abdul-Fattah Twahir-Akinyele)Data Processing ManagerBusiness interactive consultinG (BiG), the business intelligence groupOffice:+233302782892Mobile: +233244642385
Please find attached the Press Statement issued today at the Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) World Press Conference/General Meeting.
The full text is also reproduced below:
CIO‘s Position on the Film ‘Innocence of Muslims’
Presented at the World Press Conference/General Meeting Held on Thursday, 20 September, 2012 at Beleke Smith Memorial Central Mosque Hall, Surulere, Lagos.
The Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO), having observed the global protests triggered by the misguided and very provocative attempt to slander our beloved Prophet (SAW) through a film produced in the US and the public outbursts of rage and indignation expressed by Muslims across the world, decides to take steps to correct the unfortunate situation through a meeting between the representatives of CIO and the officials of the US Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria.
· Representatives of CIO and the officials of the United States of American Embassy led by the Consul General, Mr Jeffrey Hawkins, met in Lagos at Ansar Ud Deen Society of Nigeria, National Headquarters on Monday, 17 September, 2012 to discuss steps that could be taken to promote better understanding between Muslims in Nigeria and the government and people of US on the back of the continuing protest against the film Innocence of Muslims and to look at measures to prevent a recurrence of future orchestrated attempt to misrepresent symbols that are considered sacred to Islam.
· The Consul General, Mr Hawkins, acknowledges and appreciates the non-violent and constructive dialogue approach adopted by the CIO and most Muslims in Nigeria.
· He condemns the film as well as any deliberate effort to ridicule, insult or attack symbols considered sacred by other religions and cultures.
· He expressed outrage at the attack on US interests in parts of the Muslim world as a fall out of the protests.
· The Consul General acknowledges the positive contribution of Muslims and Islam to the development of the US and would rather want to see a strong and united Nigeria where Muslims and Christians, North and South work together for the progress and development of the country.
· Sheikh Abdurrahman Ahmad who spoke on behalf of the CIO commended the US government for this effort to seek the views of Muslims on how to promote better relations between the Muslim world and the US following the protests over the film on our Prophet by a US citizen.
· He condemns the film “Innocence of Muslims” in the strongest possible terms and described the producers and promoters as pathological haters, enemies of international peace and security and agents of the devils.
· He stated that even though Muslims the world over are absolutely enraged by the provocative film, majority of them are being cautioned in their reactions by the teachings of their prophet (SAW).
· There can never be a more effective guarantee of international peace and security than justice, equity, reciprocal respect and mutual understanding.
· Muslims want a better understanding of Muslims and Islam as a way to guarantee mutual respect and understanding especially in the following areas:
· Muslims will never accept that the symbols of Islam, such as our Creator, Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and all other prophets sent by God, the Qur’an, and our places of worship are subjected to ridicule, insult and attack in the name of freedom of expression.
·Islam abhors the taking of lives of innocents and guilty by association syndrome where a country (as in the US) and a people (as in the Muslims or Islam) will be punished the offence committed by a misguided and mischievous individual or group. That is why all well-meaning Muslims and members of CIO condemn, unequivocally, the deplorable death of the US Ambassador to Libya and three other US Embassy staff. This has no place in Islam.
· One very important lesson that we can all take from this is that it is absolutely wrong to judge a country or a people by the deeds of the minority of bad people in that country.
· While acknowledging that freedom of expression is indeed fundamental human rights, we hold that no human freedom can be absolute, and indeed none is absolute. We therefore urge the US government to provide legal guarantees that prevent people from infringing on the rights, honours and freedom of others while exercising their rights to freedom of expression.
· Muslims appreciate the fact that the US government cannot put curbs on the enjoyment of constitutionally guarantee freedom of expression in the country, we urge the US government to provide legal guarantees that prevent people from infringing on the rights, honours and freedoms of others while exercising their right to freedom of expression will not be enjoyed in a way that it will put the rights of Muslims religion and human dignity.
· The sort of legal guarantees put in place to limit the freedom of expression of people who deny the Holocaust or write negative things about the Holocaust is the minimum the Muslims demand from the US Government.
· Muslims in Nigeria commend the initiative of the US Government on interreligious dialogue but urges even-handedness and a level-playing ground approach in the way the US relates with Christian and Muslim bodies in Nigeria. At the moment we feel Muslims don’t get equal and fair treatment.
· We express our readiness to work with the US to promote our mutual interests and are willing to support measures that can advance these interests.
Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad
Imam Abdullahi Shuaib
We the Muslim Leadership in Kenya in Solidarity with Muslims all over the World take great exception to the acting and airing of the a blasphemous Film which depicts Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) and Muslims as immoral people. The film is no doubt meant to provoke Muslims.
It is shocking that such a film could be acted, edited, promoted and funded in the U.S.A, a Country that claims to be the Champion of respect for fundamental rights.
In total disregard to the obvious limitation to the Freedom of expression as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which expressly states that in the exercise of one’s right of freedom to expression, there should be due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others besides meeting the requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare of society. This is a universally accepted principle.
That America could allow such a Film to emanate from its Soil uncensored speaks a lot about the deliberate and calculated conspiracy against Islam and Muslims.
It is not lost to us that the Film is promoted by some sworn enemies of Islam and peaceful co-existence, the likes of Rev. Terry Jones who desecrated the Holy Quran and was bitterly opposed to the construction of a mosque in New York.
While we do not expect the West to have anything good to say about Islam, we did not expect Americans to bend this low all aimed at provoking Muslims. Is the US really committed to promote and uphold world peace and harmonious co-existence between people of different faiths? We highly doubt it.
It is totally unacceptable for the American leadership and sections of western media to only focus on the reaction of Muslims in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the world, rather than address the root cause of that reaction. It smirks of hypocrisy, insensitivity and double standards.!!
At this juncture we strongly condemn the film and those behind it. We also strongly protest to the U.S government for allowing such a provocative film to emanate from its territory all in the name of FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!!
We call upon the Government of Kenya to censure the US mission in Kenya as this is a pure recipe for religious disharmony-especially following the prevailing situation in the country after the assassination of Sheikh Aboud Rogo in Mombasa and the aftermath, and also the bloody Tana River crisis.
The Government should uphold the fundamental rights of all religious communities and the freedom of expression should not be used to cause religious disharmony .In the meantime we call upon Muslims to restrain themselves,remain united and calm as we take up the matter with the concerned.
I can’t even bring myself to watch this YouTube link. From what i have read so far in newspapers, i think somebody crossed the red line but at the same time, i urge fellow Muslims to remain calm and not kill anybody. The death of the USA ambassador in Libya is so regrettable and it gives a certain image of Libyans we wouldn’t want to see again. Nobody deserves to be killed because of somebody Else’s mistakes. This man was probably a father and husband , and his kids are gonna miss him. So, it’s really sad to see him die like that. Nobody deserves to be killed and this is the reason why some of us are probably always sad because of the unjustifiable murderous stories we usually read in Uganda newspapers daily.
Such provoking films should not be acted at all because religion is something so sensitive. The world should have learnt from the ‘Mulushid’ satanic verses and let somethings rest. I wonder where this is gonna end but i think religious leaders, USA leaders, Middle East leaders and the Film/movie Associations have got a big role to play to make sure that the situation does not get out of hand. We don’t want anymore death than what we have already seen, but this film should be banned anywhere in the world to avoid a repeat of what we saw on our TVs yesterday.
Nze bwendaba banange
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
YouTube will not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Mohammad that has been blamed for anti-US protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it in those countries.
The clip, based on a longer film, depicts the prophet as a fraud and philanderer and has been blamed for sparking violence at US embassies in Cairo and Benghazi. US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats were killed by gunmen in an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday.
Google’s response to the crisis highlighted the struggle faced by the company, and others like it, to balance free speech with legal and ethical concerns in an age when social media can impact world events.
Analysts say they have seen a handful of internet companies generally take a more hands-off approach to controversial political speech, perhaps motivated by idealistic and business considerations.
In a brief statement on Wednesday, Google officials rejected the notion of removing the video on grounds it did not violate YouTube’s policies, but restricted viewers in Egypt and Libya from loading it due to the special circumstances in the country.
“This video – which is widely available on the Web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube,” Google said in a statement. “However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt, we have temporarily restricted access in both countries.”
The company added: “Our hearts are with the families of the people murdered in yesterday’s attack in Libya.”
The 14-minute clip is a trailer for a film called the “Innocence of Muslims,” widely attributed to a man who described himself as a California-based Israeli Jew named Sam Bacile.
Under Google’s procedures, YouTube users can flag objectionable content. It is reviewed by a team of Google staff scattered around the world. By late Thursday, a copy of the video had been viewed more than 122,000 times and had been flagged by users for removal, but it remained.
When videos come under review, YouTube weighs the content against ” community guidelines, ” which prohibit hate speech, including speech that attacks or demeans a group based on religion.
“They’ve had a number of years to be thinking about free speech issues,” Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain said.
“I can see them trying to keep an eye on the longer term and not wanting to go down the slippery slope of entertaining more and more demands to take things down. That can be corrosive in the longer haul.”
Observers say Google has grown more averse to removing videos. After its 2006 acquisition of YouTube, it was accused of censorship in several high-profile controversies.
“They’re squeezed on all sides,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow at the New America Foundation. “But because of pressure from a lot of people who feel they made the wrong decisions, they now generally err on the side of keeping things up.”
In recent years, Google has used technology to filter out videos in certain countries to comply with local regulations. Twitter announced a similar technology to censor tweets by country this year.
Others say Google has not done enough and bears a responsibility to police hate- speech more closely.
In 2008, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut accused Google of not doing enough to remove YouTube videos produced by Islamic militants. An Italian court in 2010 convicted four Google executives of invasion of privacy after faulting the company for not moving quickly enough to pull a video of an autistic child being bullied.
On Wednesday, Afghanistan’s general director of information technology at the Ministry of Communications, Aimal Marjan, told Reuters: ” We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down.”
YouTube did not respond to a request for comment on the Afghan government’s move.
Underscoring Google’s quandary, some digital free expression groups have criticised YouTube for censoring the video.
Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said given Google’ s strong track record of protecting free speech, she was surprised the company gave in to pressure to selectively block in an attempt “to be seen as doing something in response to the violence.”
“It is extremely unusual for YouTube to block a video in any country without it being a violation of their terms of service or in response to a valid legal complaint,” Galperin said. ” I’m not sure they did the right thing.”
Zittrain said th e dilemmas facing YouTube will persist as the flow of online content continues to balloon.
“It’s a more vibrant and chaotic speech marketplace than we’ve ever known,” Zittrain said.
Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters on this Forum. Assalam Alaikum Warahumatullah
Let’s not get tired of praying for the sick, they need our prayers. We seek for Allah’s guidance and forgiveness in whatever we do. We also ask Allah to help our brothers and sisters in other countries to surmount the endless challenge they face every day. Ameen.
I have been on a working visit in Europe for the last three months now– going from one country to another. In the process, I have encountered several things, but the discussion I heard with a sheikh at the Central Mosque in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday has prompted me to write this detailed article. We talked about so many things with this sheikh but one particular issue of major significance is how Satan in many countries including Uganda is increasingly winning over Muslims using Sex and Alcohol.
It’s with profound sadness that in Uganda, many of our Muslim brothers and sisters have become know drunkards. The new breed of Muslim drunkards. They shamelessly take alcohol and cheered by non-muslim friends as they stagger in pubs. They buy “rounds” for their friends and they call shout Muslim names in these pubs. Muslims, particularly, the some elites have become a thorn in the body fabric that holds Islamic faith intact. This is not to suggest in any way that outside the corporate world, it’s paradise. This is not the case, actually some are even worse.
Others don’t drink but they sell alcohol. Others don’t drink but they serve alcohol. others never used to drink but because they have non-muslims boy/man-friends and girl/women friends, they have learnt to drink. Others drink because they want to “fit in” in a ludicrous drinking club of friends- they don’t want to loose buddies. In fact, because of the new breed of Muslim drunkards, we are increasingly finding it difficult to sustain the argument with non-muslims that Islam prohibits drinking alcohol. The unfortunate part of this crisis is that when one “Muslim” drinks, they say “Muslims are drunkards”.
Whichever we look at this problem, it remains another concern in our faith today. Whether its about the poor child upbringing/parenting or our personal weaknesses in faith, then, we must ensure that as parents we lead by example. What kind of society are we creating if we call ourselves Muslims yet we cannot even perform swalah (the five daily prayers) and continue to drink either in public or in secret. This is wrong.
I don’t want to believe that we do these things because we don’t know that they are Haraam. Prophet Muhammad PBUH said:“That which is Halaal is clear and that which is Haraam is clear, and between the two of them are ambiguous (mutashabihat) matters about which many people do not know. Thus he who avoids ambiguous matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honour, but he who falls into ambiguous matters (eventually) falls into that which is Haraam, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allaah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it be whole, all the body is whole, and which, if it is diseased, all of (the body) is diseased. Truly, it is the heart.” [Related by al-Bukhaari and Muslim.
It is clearly stated in the Holy Quran, that “intoxicants (alcohol etc) and games of chance- gambling” are “abominations of Satan’s handiwork,” intended to turn people away from God and forget about prayer, and Muslims were ordered to abstain (5:90-91). Prophet Muhammad PBUH also instructed us to avoid any intoxicating substances — (paraphrased) “if it intoxicates in a large amount, it is forbidden even in a small amount.” For this reason, most observant Muslims avoid alcohol in any form, even small amounts that are sometimes used in cooking.
Just as there lies great wisdom in the gradual revelation of laws prohibiting alcohol, there is also wisdom in the strait enforcement of severe punishment for drinking alcohol. Therefore, the Prophet referred to alcohol as the mother of sins because after consuming it, man can indulge in other major sins. This is why we must stop and ask for Allah’s forgiveness.
As we delved into the complexities of Alcohol, the Sheikh narrated this- Once a pious man met a woman, who invited him towards committing a sin (adultery). The man flatly refused. After her constant insisting, she still failed. Thereafter, she gave him a choice of options, 1. Committing adultery with her or 2. To murder her newly born child, whom had she begot from her previous husband. Or 3. To consume some alcohol which she possessed. If he were not willing to comply then she would scream and falsely inform the inhabitants of that place that he had raped her. The man upon pondering decided to consume the alcohol, taking it to be least harmful of the three sins. Upon the consumption of alcohol, he became intoxicated, and then consequently, he killed the child and also committed adultery with the woman.
This is the story of alcohol- Omwenge.
Other matters will be for another day but, it’s not too late to stop, the door for Tawubah (Repentance) is always open. You should give up drinking for the sake of Allah and not for any other reason such as not being able to do it or repeat it, or being afraid of what people will say, for example. The person who gives up a sin because it may affect his standing or reputation among people, or because it may cost him his job, cannot be described as having repented. The person who gives up sins for the sake of his health and strength cannot be described as having repented, such as a person who gives up adultery and immoral actions for fear of contagious deadly diseases, or for fear that they may weaken his body and his memory.
The word Tawbah (repentance) is a great word with deep meaning. It is not, as many people think, merely words to be uttered whilst persisting in sin. Think about what Allah says: “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance”. As Human beings, we are not all perfect, but those who realise their mistakes and repent never to do the same again, are the saints before Allah. We pray that Allah guides our brothers and sisters to the true folds of Islamic faith. I thank you.
May Allah Bless You All.
Daily Monitor/The Times of London
Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,
Assalam Alaikum warahumatullah. Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah PBUH, said, “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He should not wrong him nor surrender him to his enemy. Allah will take care of the needs of anyone who takes care of the needs of his brother.. [Agreed upon].
First, I thank Allah who made it possible for us to complete the holy month of Ramadhan. We pray that He accepts our Ibadah and we fast the six days of Shawwal. Those who are sick we continue to pray for them and those who received Allah’s bounties, we thank Him for that. Those who have lost their dear ones, we ask Allah to forgive their mistakes and grant them Jannah. Ameen.
I know that as Muslims in Uganda we are still grappling with several challenges. But as we confront these domestic problems of disunity, discrimination, hatrade, poverty, unemployment of our youth and HIV/Aids pandemic etc, I thought I needed to remind you about the plight of Muslims in Burma.
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand and it capital is called Rangoon. It had dictatorship for years but calm is slowly returning with a new leader in power although for the minority Muslims it’s a nightmare.
We need to pray for these Muslims. It appears there a systematic plan to politically eliminate Muslims in Burma. The Opposition leaders in Parliament and Government of Burma have denied Muslims citizenship in this country yet Burma is their country. Muslims are being killed in large numbers and the silence of the international community and human rights activities has made things worse. The implicit decision is that Muslims must be jettisoned.
When Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Opposition Leader visited Britain in June this year, I happened to be in the Westminster Hall that day and I saw her begging the West to help Burma realise true democracy. She condemned human rights abuses and kept silent on the mass killing of Muslims in Burman. In the end she received a standing ovation and that was it.
To date, she looks on when Muslims are slaughtered in streets by the security forces. This woman pretends to be an icon of human rights in Myanmar (Burma) but does not consider Muslims as citizens and therefore they should be eliminated. She is keeping quiet as Muslims genocide goes on for fear of losing support ahead of 2015 elections.
She is no longer a political dissident trying to stick to her principles. She’s a politician and her eyes are fixed on the prize, which is the 2015 majority Buddhist vote. Hypocrite!!!
As Western powers make encouraging sounds towards Burma’s recent political reforms, on the country’s far-flung northern border with China a dark conflict is still raging. Muslims must be recognized as citizens because Burma is their country. Racism and persecution of Muslims must stop.
The sanctions must not be lifted until a solution is found- this is purely a case of genocide and gross abuse of human rights by the state. The Muslims are surrounded- the Opposition and those in authority- they all targeting them. It’s our duty as Muslims to pray for our brothers and sister in Burma and those who can write even if it’s a letter to the Editor in a newspaper/local and international you must do it now. The situation is getting out of hand and millions of Muslims are dying every day and in big numbers. God bless You all.
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The online version of Time magazine Wednesday said halal food, or food made in accordance with the Quran, is popular among Muslim businessmen in Hong Kong. The city and China have raised trade with Islamic countries like Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, so more restaurants in Hong Kong are selling halal food or dumplings without pork for Muslim businessmen. Pork is widely used in Chinese food but banned by Islamic law.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board says the number of tourists to the city is growing 20 percent annually. The number of halal-certified restaurants and markets jumped from just 14 in 2010 to three times that figure in a year, with the Tsim Sha Tsui district alone having 13 halal-certified restaurants.
Tourists from the Middle East, Pakistan and Indonesia usually buy wholesale mobile phones manufactured at mainland factories for resale at home.
The magazine said establishing Muslim-friendly services in Hong Kong could well be part of a multi-pronged attempt to establish a stronger business relationship between the resource-rich Muslim world and the greater China region, which is in dire need of fuel for its burgeoning economy.
“Mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the Muslim world is extremely important to China,“ said Ma Hongjian, president of the Beijing-based China-Arab Council for Investment Promotion.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., he said, trade partnerships between the two have skyrocketed because many Muslim entrepreneurs could not obtain visas to the West and instead started going to China in droves.
“There are so many examples of the Chinese government trying to provide facilities to our Muslim guests,” Ma added.
With soaring exchanges between China and the Islamic world, Hong Kong has positioned itself as a conduit for Muslim business with mainland China. In addition to offering more dining options to the Islamic community, the city is also developing a strong platform for Islamic finance.
“We hope to develop a wholesale Islamic capital market,” a spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau said.
Creating an Islamic capital market has been a major issue since Hong Kong`s first discussion on the matter at parliament in 2008, including Islamic bonds known in Arabic as “sukuk.”
Sukuk pays investors in assets to avoid the exchange of interest in accordance with Islamic law. Initiated by the Planning and Strategy Ministry, the Korean government since 2009 has attempted to revise its Special Tax Treatment Control Act, under which investment return of sukuk is not taxed because it is considered interest that attracts oil money from the Middle East.
Due to a backlash from Christians over sukuk, the revised bill failed to pass the National Assembly in February. Discussion has also not resumed on the matter in parliament