A Muslim girl that had her nose cut-off by her husband.
by, The Nation | h/t Halal Pork Shop
KARACHI, Pakistan: At least 1601 women were [murdered] in Pakistan in the name of honor or for other reasons in 2013. According to data provided by the Madadgar National Helpline Founder Zia Ahmed Awan, at least 370 women were raped while 185 incidents of gang-rape were reported across the country. He said that 2133 women were tortured during the same year while 887 faced torture by police. Similarly, 608 women were abducted, some 406 were forcefully married which included 176 cases of Vani.
He said that 217 women were killed after being raped, 220 of them were killed after being accused of Karo-kari, 1164 women were killed for unknown reasons while 452 committed suicide. Awan added that 193 women were burnt alive, 205 were smuggled and 220 ran away from their houses for different reasons. He said that at least 6516 incidents of crime against women were reported including 2602 in Punjab, 1883 in Sindh, 1181 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhua, and 864 in Balochistan.
He said that the given figures were compiled from different news reports and clients coming to the helpline for help. No such data about crimes against women was available with ministries at provincial and federal level.
He claimed that the given data had only some 10 percent of the incidents in Pakistan. Women who faced such situations were not able to register their cases with police due to their behavior, he said adding that women who face torture in marriage were reluctant to register criminal cases and only insist on divorce. He said that Pakistan could not progress until 51 percent of the population of the country is given its due respect and rights.
Documentary Violence Against Women in Pakistan
by, Ibn Kammuna | Islam Watch
In this article, I introduce certain stories about Prophet Muhammad. More than a billion human beings today claim that he was a merciful prophet of God. According to them, he was al-Insan al-Kamel, i.e. the perfect human being. Whatever Muslims may believe about Muhammad, the stories of his life as recorded in sacred Islamic texts serve as a ‘reality check’ of the “true persona” that he was. In this article, I will mostly quote the stories from the most trusted Islamic sources and let the reader judge. I believe that at the end of this essay, the reader would judge Muhammad as a cruel beast, not a saintly prophet of God.
The Making of an Orphan
We read in Sahih Muslim the following hadith:
Imran b. Husain reported that a woman from Juhaina came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said: Allah’s Apostle, I have done something for which (prescribed punishment) must be imposed upon me, so impose that. Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) called her master and said: Treat her well, and when she delivers bring her to me. He did accordingly. Then Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) pronounced judgment about her and her clothes were tied around her and then he commanded and she was stoned to death. He then prayed over her (dead body). Thereupon Umar said to him: Allah’s Apostle, you offer prayer for her, whereas she had committed adultery! Thereupon he said: She has made such a repentance that if it were to be divided among seventy men of Medina, it would be enough. Have you found any repentance better than this that she sacrificed her life for Allah, the Majestic? (Book #017, Hadith #4207)
The Medina visitors
We read in Sahih Bukhari the following hadith:
Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, “Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in ‘Al-Harra’ and when they asked for water, no water was given to them.” Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle.” (Book #4, Hadith #234)
Asma bint Marwan
Asma was a mother of five children. The youngest was still nursing. Muhammad had just assassinated a very old man called Abu Afak. Asma heard of the event and said some poetry not very complementing of those who listen to Muhammad and go again their own kin. Muhammad heard of that and said “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” ‘Umayr b. ‘Adiy al-Khatmi who was with him heard him, and that very night he went to her house and killed her. In the morning he came to the apostle and told him what he had done and he [Muhammad] said, “You have helped God and His apostle, O ‘Umayr!” When he asked if he would have to bear any evil consequences the apostle said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads about her”, so ‘Umayr went back to his people. (Sirat, p. 676)
The blind man story
We read in Sunan Abu Dawud the following hadith:
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas: A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet (peace be upon him) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace be upon him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her. Thereupon the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood. (Book #38, Hadith #4348)
Amr bin Ummayya and the one-eyed shephard
Muhammad sent Amr bin Umayya and an Ansari man to go to Mecca and assassinate Abu Sufyan. The mission failed. But out of it, we have an interesting story that can be found on page 673 of the Sirat. On his way back to Medina, Umayya met a one-eyed shepherd. The shepherd and the Muslim man both identified themselves as members of the same Arab clan. Prior to going asleep, the shepherd said that he would never become a Muslim. Umayya waited for the shepherd to fall asleep, and when the one-eyed shepherd was asleep, Umayya got up and killed him in a more horrible way than any man has been killed. Umayya put the end of his bow in his sound eye, then bore down on it until I forced it out at the back of his neck.”
Umayya returned to Medina and saw Muhammad, who asked him about what had happened. Umayya told him of what happened, and Muhammad blessed him.
Genocide of a whole tribe (nation)
Bani Qurayza was a rich Medinan tribe. Muhammad annihilated them in one day. That tribe ceased to exist after that day:
During the night, trenches sufficient to contain the dead bodies of the men were dug across the market place of the city. In the morning, Mahomet, himself a spectator of the tragedy, commanded that male captives to be brought forth in companies of five or six at a time. Each company as it came up was made to sit down in a row on the brink of the trench destined for its grave, there beheaded, and the bodies cast therein. …The butchery, begun in the morning, lasted all day, and continued by torchlight till the evening. Having thus drenched the market place with the blood of seven or eight hundred victims, and having given command for the earth to be smoothed over their remains, Mahomet returned from the horrid spectacle to solace himself with the charms of Rihana, whose husband and all her male relatives had just perished in the massacre. [Source: W. Muir, The Life of Mahomet, Edinburg 1923, p. 307-8].
There are many more such stories of hear-rending cruelties in Islamic sources that were committed by Muhammad. But probably the above few will suffice to make a call on the question set out in the title of this essay.
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini
by, Ershad Alijani - Nazanin | France 24 | h/t Halal Pork Shop
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch attempt to flee his public execution in Iran, while onlookers cheer him on.
In the video below, the young man is about to be hanged in front of a large crowd that has gathered to watch the execution. He was condemned for having gang-raped a pregnant woman along with two other men back in 2008. As a result, the woman reportedly miscarried and lost her baby. The executions of all three men took place on February 26. According to Iranian media, they took place in three different suburbs of Karaj, where the crime occured. However, it’s not clear in which one the execution of the man in the video took place.
As he’s about to be publicly hanged, he begins crying and begs to see his mother one last time. When the executioners refuse his last request, he lashes out and knocks several of them down.
Immediately, swarms of policemen rush onto the platform to restrain the condemned man. They forcefully wrap the noose around his neck, before lifting him onto a podium. The public rally to his side, initially supporting his attempt to break free of his executioners. Moments before his death, he can be heard asking his mother and the public to pardon his crime. Some people in the crowd respond by saying they forgive him.
According to the United Nations, at least 80 people have already reportedly been executed in Iran so far this year. That puts the Islamic Republic second on the list of countries with the highest number of executions, behind China. The Iranian government says it carries out executions in public to set a “harsh example” to would-be criminals, in the hope that they’ll be deterred from carrying out crimes in the future.
“These executions have no deterrent effect on the population”
Nazanin is a journalist in Tehran who has covered public executions.
The authorities don’t announce the executions ahead of time. They usually take place in the early morning, and people in the neighbourhood realise that an execution is going to take place when they see the stage being set up.
At all the executions I have been to, I have noticed that the people who gather to watch them are above all curious. They just wanted to see what it’s like to see a human die. Sometimes, people who stop to watch don’t realise exactly what’s going on until it’s too late, and are quite shocked. Meanwhile, some have their young kids with them — I once suggested to a mother that she may want to cover her little boy’s eyes, and she said, “oh, he’s a kid, he’ll forget about this anyway.”
Usually, everyone stays silent. In recent years, people have started bringing their mobile phones to take pictures and short films and put them on social networks.
The onlookers often feel sympathy both for the victims of the crime, and the criminal who is about to die. People have told me things like, “it’s such a shame, he’s so young”. And in the next breath they’ll say, “but then again he killed someone, so he deserves it.”
I witnessed an execution of a famous criminal in southern Tehran once. He had killed multiple people, and everyone in the neighbourhood was terrified of him. But at his execution, he addressed the crowd. He admitted his sins and talked about the difficulties he had faced in his youth. The crowd started to feel sympathy for him. In my opinion, these executions have no deterrent effect on the population.
Robert Williams, 41, appears in Albany County Court, left with his defense attorney Michael Jurena for sentencing Friday morning March 7, 2014 in Albany, N.Y. Williams was convicted in January of murdering his wife in her West Hills home last spring. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union)
by, Mike Goodwin | The Times Union | h/t Halal Pork Shop
But Williams received stern words from the sentencing judge on Friday for slaughtering her and then trying to strip her of “all dignity” by hiding her body in a closet.
Visiting County Judge Andrew Ceresia ordered the 41-year-old city man to serve 25 years to life in prison for the May killing.
“Every day, I have to live with regret and remorse,” Williams said, speaking in low tones. “I am way beyond remorseful.”
Ceresia acknowledged Williams’ remorse and the fact that he did not deny killing Wallace, but called the crime reprehensible.
“You attempted to strip all dignity from this woman by stuffing her in a closet,” the judge said.
Wallace, 37, known as Sakina, was stabbed more than 30 times in the neck inside 279 Sherman St. sometime between May 26 and May 29. Williams, who fled to New York City in an attempt to avoid arrest, admitted the killing to friends and spoke at length with Albany police.
The jury needed just over an hour to convict him of second-degree murder on Jan. 17.
Wallace’s aunt, Gladys Brangman, spoke on behalf of her family, asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence.
“We are all angry, hurt, frustrated and sickened,” she said.
Brangman said Wallace’s sisters and children are trying to learn how to live without her.
“None of our lives will ever be the same,” she said.
Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi requested that Williams receive the maximum sentence. “There is no justification for what happened,” he said.
Williams’ attorney, Michael Jurena, asked for leniency, noting that Williams, a convicted sex offender, did not deny killing Wallace.
During the trial, Rossi told jurors that Williams believed Wallace was cheating on him, but killed her because he objected to her behavior in their Muslim community.
He played for the jury part of Williams’ videotaped interview with police. A detective showed Williams a photo of Wallace and referred to the victim as a Muslim woman. Williams then said: “Muslim woman? If she was a Muslim woman none of this (expletive) would even exist.”
Jurena argued Williams killed his wife because of an “extreme emotional disturbance,” which is a defense in New York state against a murder charge, giving a jury the option to consider manslaughter.
Jurena conceded Williams killed Wallace, but said Wallace went at his client with knives and that his client was drunk at the time.
A Muslim Man Attacks His Daughter, a Christian Pastor and Two Others With a Machete
by, Ola Ajayi Ibadan | Vanguard | Osun Defender | h/t Pamela Geller and Midnight Watcher
Nigeria: The Oyo State Police command has arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of his daughter, Miss Kausara Isiaka for allegedly converting to Christianity.
The suspect was alleged by Reverend Daniel Oladimeji, one of the four persons he attacked with machete that he suspected him to be the brain behind the attack.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor, one Mary Oladimeji, of Calvary Church, Ayekale, Ibadan reported the incident at the station at about 02:00 hours of February 26th 2014.
Though, the police are yet to determine his culpability or otherwise, the suspect allegedly sneaked into the church premises and inflicted machete cuts on the four persons.
The victims’ names, according to the police, are Mary, Kausara Isiaka, Aanu and the pastor of the church.
It was further gathered that the father of the deceased who is a Muslim, allegedly pleaded severally with his daughter and threatened her to review her decision.
The police stated that the girl had to take refuge in the church.
But, on that fateful day, a yet-to-be identified attacker broke in and inflicted machete injuries on the victims while they were sleeping.
Out of the four victims, the police confirmed that her injuries were more severe than others.
Mary, the daughter of the suspect and other victims were rushed to Mobolaji Hospital, Oremeji, Ibadan where she later died.
“DSP Ilobanafor said the police visited the scene, took photographs and moved the remains of the deceased to Adeoyo State Hospital mortuary for autopsy. One suspect was arrested and case transferred to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department”.
I S L A M: T h e O N L Y ”R E L I G I O N”…
T H A T M U R D E R S Y O U f o r L E A V I N G I T !
Child bride via forced marriage.
by, AFP | IOL News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.
The district court in Sabah state on Borneo island found former restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, 41, guilty of raping the girl in February last year, his lawyer Ram Singh said.
The father-of-four was charged with rape shortly after the act, but in May last year told the court that he had married the girl.
The case caused an outcry and prosecutors continued to pursue the rape charge.
“The court says even though the marriage is still valid, he is guilty” of rape, Ram told AFP, adding he would appeal the verdict.
Riduan was also sentenced to a fine and two strokes of the cane. The court deferred the sentence pending appeal.
Ram said Riduan was also facing bribery charges in a separate court for paying the girl’s father 5 000 ringgit ($1 500) to give his consent to the marriage.
Child marriages are not uncommon in the conservative Southeast Asian country. Some 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people are Muslim.
Girls below the age of 16 must obtain the permission of Islamic courts, which regulate civil matters for Muslims. But activists say such permission is too readily granted.
Ivy Josiah, executive director of Women’s Aid Organisation, said Malaysia should make 18 the legal age for marriage for all.
“It’s not the end of the story. We keep hearing of isolated cases (of child marriages) but enough to raise concern,” she told AFP.
Muslims are allowed to have up to four wives in Malaysia. Riduan’s children from his first wife are aged three to 18, Ram said.
by, Emirates 24/7
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: A criminal court in Abu Dhabi sentenced a man from another Gulf country to five years in prison after he was found guilty of raping an Arab girl suffering from mental illness.
The girl had known the man through social networks and she had agreed to meet him after he assured her that he only wanted to be a friend.
After their first innocent meeting, the girl was encouraged to see the man again after she trusted him. But she was wrong.
“After the second meeting, he raped her and then threatened that he would tell all her family if she tells any one about what happened…he later called the girl and told her not to contact him again,” the Arabic language daily Alkhaleej said.
It said the girl collapsed and told her family, who reported the man to the police.
Another blatant example of Islam’s hate-filled Judeophobia as…
Four Muslim attackers hold a Jewish passenger down, strangle him and hit him in the face, telling him ‘you have no country’
by, JTA | The Times of Israel | h/t Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller
Four unidentified Arab men savagely beat a French Jew in a Paris Metro train, a watchdog organization reported.
The attack happened Sunday as the train was traveling from Nogent Sur Marne to Gare de Lyon, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
Two of the attackers held down the 28-year-old victim, who was identified only as A. Levy, while a third strangled him and beat his face, BNVCA said on its website Monday. The report said Levy sustained some injuries but did not specify.
His attackers shouted the Arab word for “Jews” before attacking Levy, who is a religious Jew belonging to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the report said. One of them also told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country,” according to the report.
They stopped assaulting Levy after one of the passengers said loudly that the police were coming, according to BNVCA.
The suspected attackers got off the Metro at the Chatelet-les Halles station in the heart of the French capital. Levy stayed on the train and filed a police complaint for aggravated assault at Gare de Lyon, the report said.
On Sunday, the SPCJ monitor unit of the French Jewish community reported in its annual summary that it had recorded 423 anti-Semitic incidents in France during 2013. The figure constitutes a 31-percent decrease over the previous year, but is still eight percent higher than in 2011.
CCTV Images of three Sudanese Child Gang-Rapists. Photo courtesy of: The Sydney Morning Herald
by, Rachel Olding | The Sydney Morning Herald | h/t fj.
SYDNEY, Australia: Family and friends of a 14 year-old girl allegedly gang-raped in a western Sydney park say they know who the perpetrators are and have pointed the finger at an African gang operating in the Blacktown area.
Police continue to hose down reports of retaliatory violence but an African youth was attacked by a group in Blacktown two weeks ago and was hospitalised with severe groin injuries. Community leaders say the attack was related to the Doonside assault last month.
Police released CCTV images on Tuesday of three men wanted over the alleged rape of the teenage girl.
The victim has told police she was walking through Bill Colbourne Reserve about 11pm on February 8 when she was assaulted by up to six men, whom she described as being of African appearance and in their early 20s.
A 16 year-old youth who goes to the same high school as the victim, turned himself in to Blacktown police days later and was charged with sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.
He claimed to be a member of Blackdanna, a self-proclaimed ”alliance of all niggas” in the Blacktown area who share photos of drugs, knives and graffiti online and wear black bandannas.
Police believe up to five more men were involved and they have released images of three men, one of whom is wearing a black bandanna, catching a train from Blacktown to Parramatta together in the hours after the alleged rape.
The victim’s brother had previously singled out Blackdanna members as the perpetrators and claimed to know which individuals were involved.
He said he was ”keen as f—” to take the group down and wanted them all dead for ”thinking they can run the world”.
”How would they like it if I dis it to there sister and said f— It [sic],” he posted online on February 28.
A young African boy responded by posting his address and taunting the brother and his friends to come fight him, saying ”get who ever you want i will blow they f—kin head of [sic]” and ”come to doony i will get a girl to flog ya”.
Despite the online threats, Detective Inspector Mick Haddow from the Sex Crimes Squad said on Tuesday there had been no ”wall of silence” from the community, but an ”enormous amount of support”.
He said the victim was doing very well considering her ordeal.
The youth charged over the incident has been granted conditional bail to reside with his family in Blacktown. Neighbours said they had seen groups of men staking out the house to intimidate the boy and his family, who came to Australia from Sudan 10 years ago.
Blacktown police said they were not aware of any incidents but had instructed officers to drive by the boy’s house on their nightly patrols.
Sudanese community leader Deng Thiak Adut said he feared the bashing of the African youth was related to the Doonside incident.
The youth, who is known to police, has refused to co-operate.
The NPD has recognized that people’s prejudices against Islam can be turned into political capital. In their party newspaper, Deutsche Stimme (“German Voice”) an article described how anti-Muslim campaigns can be used to “open doors for much broader anti-immigration sentiments.” Here, an NPD rally against a new home for asylum seekers in the Hellersdorf-Marzahn district in Berlin. Photo courtesy of: Der Spiegel
Editorial Preface: This article is from the Ultra Left-Wing Extremist “Der Spiegel” publication. Even though “we” are educated intellectuals and know that there is no such thing as “islamophobia” we will share their bottom-feeder smut:
by, Der Spiegel | h/t Blazing CatFur
Across Germany, right-wing organizations are using anti-Islam rhetoric to further their ideas — and finding a receptive audience. Now legal experts are debating whether it’s time for a new kind of hate-crime legislation.
Stachus is one of Munich’s nicest squares. It is rich in tradition and filled with pedestrians — and perfect for Michael Stürzenberger’s purposes. Hand balled into a fist, he paces back and forth and screams, “The Koran is the most dangerous book in the world.” Because a couple dozen people have come to demonstrate against Stürzenberger, police officers in bullet-proof vests are watching over the area.
A decade ago, Stürzenberger, 49, was the spokesperson for the Munich office of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. But since 2012 he has been active in a splinter party called Die Freiheit (“The Freedom”), of which he was elected federal chairman three months ago. He preaches hate against Islam and compares the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” For two years now, he’s been collecting signatures opposing the planned construction of an Islamic center in Munich. He has already held over one hundred anti-Islam rallies.
The Freiheit leader isn’t alone. Several supporters, have joined him on Stachus, some carrying signs such as “No mosque on Stachus,” or “Stop the enemies of democracy.” Stürzenberger screams that Sharia instructs men to hit women. His voice cracks. “We don’t want that in Bavaria!” A retiree asks where he can sign “against Islam.”
For most Munich residents, Stürzenberger’s verbal assaults are an embarrassment. CSU city councilwoman Marian Hoffman compares his incitements to the “droning speeches of the Nazis.” The city government of Mayor Christian Ude, a member of the center-left Social Democrats, is worried about possible conflict during the upcoming local elections. Munich, he says, has become the focus of “experimentation” by radical anti-Islamists with the right-wing populists from Die Freiheit testing whether or not their attacks on the Muslim minority have majority appeal. If Stürzenberger gathers enough signatures for a citizens’ initiative against the mosque, it would send a signal across Bavaria and beyond that Muslims are not welcome.
Growing Anti-Islam Movement
There have been plenty of movements such as Stürzenberger’s in Germany in recent years. They generally begin in response to the construction of a mosque: Reluctance turns into resistance, then hate and violence. Over the last two years, there have been arson attacks against Muslim prayer houses in Berlin, Hanau and Hannover. Politically Incorrect, the most prominent German-speaking anti-Islam website, has up to 120,000 visitors per day.
In addition to Die Freiheit, radical anti-Islamists have founded the political party Pro Deutschland (“Pro Germany”) and the citizens’ movement Pax Europa. They are currently attempting to gain influence over the euro-skeptic Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) — the former federal chairman of Die Freiheit has called for his followers to support the AfD in this May’s European elections.
According to a study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 56 percent of Germans consider Islam to be an “archaic religion, incapable of fitting into modern life” and many believe religious freedom for Muslims should be “substantially restricted.”
There are several potential explanations for the rising skepticism of Islam in Germany. For one, many third-generation Muslim immigrants are living more strictly than their parents did, making them more conspicuous. Also, in some neighborhoods in large German cities, Muslim girls are afraid of going outside without wearing a headscarf. There have also been several reports in the German media recently of ethnic-German men converting to Islam, radicalizing and going to Pakistan for terror training. Just this past week, the Minister of the Interior warned that a total of 300 German Jihadists have left Germany to fight in Syria.
Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, sees a “correlation” between the activities of the radical Salafists and far-right agitation.
There are about four million Muslims in Germany, almost half of which have a German passport. The BfV estimates that about 42,000 (or 1 percent) of them are fundamentalists and 1,000 are potentially violent.
Anti-Islamists generally don’t differentiate between Sunnis, Shiites and Alevi, or between militant Islamists and peaceful believers. In their imagination, Islam isn’t a religion but a political ideology that must be fought. Muslims are accused of trying to take over the world, undermining the sovereignty of democratic states, infiltrating their legal systems. The Politically Incorrect internet platform reads: “The spread of Islam means that our descendants — and probably us too — will live in an Islam-dominated social order oriented towards the Sharia and the Koran and no longer towards the constitution and human rights.”
The website of the “Nürnberg 2.0″ project shows wanted posters of supposed Muslim supporters — judges, journalists, politicians — who are to be brought to justice for the “Islamification of Germany” in the vein of “the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials of 1945.”
In the summer of 2013, a video by a self-described “Anti Islam Faction” made the rounds via Politically Incorrect. It showed a Koran being burned on a tree stump followed by the appearance of three men in aluminum foil masks who then burn another Koran and address Muslims in a distorted voice: “You are the most fascist and hate-filled religion in existence.” Then the video shows images of decapitations, blood-smeared fanatics, mutilated women’s bodies and faces that have been eaten away. It ends with the words: “Don’t give Islam a chance!” The Munich State Prosecutor has begun proceedings against the video’s creators.
In this 2011 photo, former Die Freiheit (“The Freedom”) Party Chairman Rene Stadtkewitz stands alongside Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders and Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss People’s Party at a rally for Die Freiheit. The party is part of the German anti-Islam movement. Photo courtesy of: Der Spiegel
Politically Incorrect (PI for short) was founded by Stefan Herre, a teacher from Cologne. Herre’s influence stretches beyond the Internet: He’s acquainted with right-wing populists like the Geert Wilders in Holland and Islamophobes such as the American pastor Terry Jones. Local PI groups have formed in many German cities, as well as in Austria and Switzerland; the Munich PI branch is being monitored by Bavarian state intelligence officials.
When Matthias Rohe, a Bavarian Islam scholar who argues for a more nuanced understanding of the religion, gives a talk, he is often booed and insulted by anti-Islamists. One PI comment reads: “In the future, people attending Mr. Rohe’s speeches should make sure to bring the appropriate equipment: a mop and a bucket, a camera, a nice big cross … and a nice sharp knife.”
In mid-November, the Leipzig fire department was called to the property of the Muslim Ahmadiyya congregation, where a garbage can was on fire. Next to it, emergency responders found five bloody pig heads impaled on wooden stakes. The floor had been covered with a blood-red liquid. The police suspects radical right-wingers were responsible.
The Ahmadiyya congregation is planning a mosque with two decorative minarets and prayer rooms for about one-hundred worshippers in the Gohlis quarter of Leipzig. Two weeks before the attack, the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NPD) had held a demonstration. By the end of last week, over 10,000 citizens had signed a petition called “Gohlis Says No!”. A CDU politician was instrumental in launching the signature drive; organizers insist that a mosque would “destroy” the quarter’s character.
Increased Visibility Spurring Hate
There’s no doubt that Islam has become more visible in Germany in recent years. Muslims now have risen to higher positions in politics and the economy. Mosques are no longer just being built in industrial areas on the edges of cities, but, as in Leipzig, downtown. But according to Yasemin Shooman from the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, this continuing Muslim integration is, paradoxically, one of the reasons anti-Muslim prejudice has become stronger.
The NPD has recognized how to transform skepticism and hatred of Islam into political capital. In their party newspaper, Deutsche Stimme(“German Voice”), an article describes how anti-Muslim campaigns can be used to “open doors for much broader anti-immigration sentiments”: “The Muslims — with their foreign origins, customs and religiosity — create unease, fear and resistance among most Germans. The NPD is therefore well-advised from an electoral tactical perspective to focus the immigrant question on the Muslim question and to offer up Muslims as a space on which to project everything the average German doesn’t like about immigrants.”
Maren Brandenburger, the head of the Lower-Saxony intelligence service, confirms that neo-Nazis are increasingly stirring up hatred against Muslims, a phenomenon she sees as a “strategic reorientation of organized right-wing extremism.” Anti-Islamic sentiment now comes in the guise of the average German man or woman.
‘Let That Melt in Your Mouth’
In the civic center of Bonn-Bad Godesberg, about 50 older men and women are listening to a talk by Marie-Luise Hoffmann-Polzoni, the chairperson of the Womenforfreedom association. Her subject: “Sharia vs. Human Rights.” On a table there are German books with titles like “The Jihad System” and “Endangered Freedom.” On the wall there’s a photo of a man whose back is covered in cuts, supposedly having been flogged because he converted from Islam to Christianity.
Hoffmann-Polzoni wears a black frilled dress and speaks with a tempered voice. The vision of Islam she paints is a grim one: stonings, crucifixions and decapitations are expected by Muslims as penalties for purported crimes like adultery. “Just imagine that,” she whispers.
Anti-Muslim speech has found its way into the center of society, stoked by politicians like Hans-Jürgen Irmer, the deputy floor leader for the CDU in Hesse. He warned state parliament that “Islam is set on global domination,” and that “we don’t need more Muslims, we need fewer.” Muslim groups, he said, could not be trusted — because deceiving non-Muslims is a central part of Islam.
Merely the expression of an opinion? From a legal standpoint, Islam can be criticized just as harshly as Christianity in Germany, says Maassen. In the case of Politically Incorrect, authorities are unsure whether to consider it a digital platform or an organization with leaders. Monitoring a blog for its opinions is considered legally questionable. Intelligence officials speak of a “gray area.”
Solution: American-Style Hate-Crimes Laws?
But perhaps gray areas can be eliminated. Last Tuesday, the anti-racism commission of the Council of Europe rebuked the German government for not following through on an initiative to include a provision in the penal code that “makes racist motivations an aggravating factor” in crimes. Countries like the United Kingdom and the United States are further along on this path: They have laws against so-called hate crimes largely to protect immigrants.
Ender Çetin, 37, is a victim of hate and racism. The head of Berlin’s Sehitlik Mosque Association has been attacked several times in the past three years. In addition, there have been four arson attacks against the mosque, balloons filled with paint were flung against the walls, tombstones were covered in swastikas and, one time, there was a pig’s head in front of the door. In April, Cetin received a letter: If he doesn’t immediately leave Germany, he will be shot.
Çetin asked for police protection, but the authorities played down the issue. Many members of his congregation are afraid, he says, particularly after murder spree undertaken by the neo-Nazi trio NSU. Now he has installed security cameras, paid for with private donations, at the entrance of the mosque.
BY: Hubert Gude, Maximillian Popp, Jorg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
Translated from the German by Thomas Rogers
by, Rami Rustom | Islam Watch
Most people think terrorism is a new phenomenon since the term terrorism was only recently used a lot in the media. But actually it’s much older than that. The term was first used in 1795 during the French Revolution, but that’s not a good way to figure out how old the phenomenon is. I mean, just because a word is 200 years old doesn’t mean that the idea the word refers to is 200 years old.
What is terrorism?
To figure out how old terrorism is, we need to know what it is, in other words, how to recognize it. According to a few dictionaries I checked, terrorism is the systematic use of violence in order to bring about political change.
So there are three parts to this. The act is violence, the goal is political change, and there is a coordinated effort among a lot of people to commit the acts of violence. One thing that is missing here is why these people would think that political change would occur. Well, it’s because they know that with fear comes capitulation. In other words, if I fear that my actions will bring about punishment, then I may change my actions in order to avoid the pain of the punishment. So really the goal is two fold – there is a means, and an end. The end is political change. The means is fear.
So terrorism is a systematic effort of a population to commit violence against another population with the goal of instilling fear so that they change their political actions.
How old is terrorism?
Now back to the question of how old terrorism is, let’s go back in history to look for cases that meet this definition. One case that comes to mind, and I’m sure this isn’t the oldest case, is Islam during Muhammad’s life. Most Muslims who don’t know the history think that Islam spread by voluntary conversion but actually it spread by the sword. Kingdoms were given a choice, convert to Islam and come under the rule of Muhammad, or die by the swords of Muslims. And most kings did not capitulate to Muhammad’s demands, so what resulted was Islamic invasions of those kingdoms. So Muhammad instituted a systematic approach of using violence in order to make these kingdoms into provinces of his own kingdom, which is political change. So Muhammad was a terrorist. Not the first terrorist, but definitely one of the worst in history — if we’re counting most deaths as the worst.
To be clear, had those kingdoms provoked the Islamic nation, then we could say that Muhammad retaliated in self-defense. But that’s not what happened. Muhammad sent envoys with his letters to these kingdoms unprovoked.
So terrorism is at least 1,400 years old, but really the fundamental idea underlying terrorism is much much older than that, and it pervades our societies a lot more than most people realize. Terrorism, at its most fundamental level, is an involuntary act with the goal of changing the mind of the victim (involuntarily). To help clarify this issue, let’s consider the alternative way of “helping” someone to change their mind. The only other way is voluntarily. Which raises the question: How do people change their minds voluntarily? The answer is simple, by discussion.
Why do people resort to terrorism?
In any given disagreement between two or more people, in order for agreement to be reached, all parties involved must find an idea that everybody involved agrees to. Otherwise, they are still in disagreement. Now, in a society where dissent is considered ok, if a disagreement does not end with agreement, then nobody involved retaliates against another with violence, and so they “agree to disagree”. That means that they still disagree about the issue they were discussing, but they agree on the narrow matter of leaving that disagreement alone. But, in a society where dissent is not ok, if a disagreement does not end with agreement, then one or more of the individuals involved may commit violence in order to force the dissenters to “change” their minds. Note that I put “change” in quotes because they don’t actually change their minds, and instead what they do is change their behavior in an effort to prevent retaliation from the terrorist.
Now that we’ve established the fundamental difference between terrorism and non-terrorism, let’s consider how pervasive this idea is in our societies. Who do you know that tries to “change” other people’s minds involuntarily? Parents. Parents often will punish their kids for disagreeing with them, as a means of causing them to “change” their minds. But as I said earlier, they don’t actually change their minds, and what actually happens is that they change their behavior in an effort to avoid the pain of punishment. Parents will also raise their voices, as a means of reminding the child of the punishment that will be delivered if the child doesn’t “change” his mind. Now, whether or not the parent intends to raise his voice as a means of instilling fear doesn’t matter. The act of raising one’s voice when somebody disagrees with you was designed to cause someone to involuntarily “change” their mind. So just because the parent doesn’t see it that way, doesn’t mean that the child is not fearful of his parent. My point is that what matters is whether or not the child is scared from the parent’s voice being raised, rather than whether or not the parent intends to instill fear.
I suspect that terrorism, defined as the act of instilling fear in order to “change” someone’s mind, is older than human civilization.
What’s the solution to terrorism?
So what’s the solution to terrorism? Well, as I said before, some societies embrace dissent, while other’s don’t. So what’s the critical difference between them? The difference is the tradition of criticism. If the people in a disagreement have a good attitude towards criticism, then they will enjoy their discussion. And if they don’t, then they won’t. More importantly, having a good attitude towards criticism means understanding that disagreement between people is common and ok. Dissent is good. Criticism is good. But to understand this, one must understand what criticism is, and what is its purpose.
A criticism is an explanation of a flaw in an idea. If the criticism is true, then the idea it targets is rendered false. Now I’ve made this sound pretty simple, but it’s a lot more complicated than this. For one thing, people are fallible, which means that we can be wrong about any of our ideas. So this means that we can be wrong about our criticisms too, since criticisms are themselves ideas. For this reason, it’s important to keep even our criticisms open to criticism.
So how does criticism work? In other words, what does criticism do to ideas? Well, when we have an idea, and if we find a flaw in it, then that idea is rendered false. But that doesn’t mean that everything about that idea is wrong. As far as we know, some parts of the idea are right, everything except the flaw. So one way to move forward is to create a variation of the original idea, by changing the flawed part such that the new variation doesn’t have the known flaw. So in this way, the criticism, together with the brainstormed variation, acts as a means of evolving the idea from flawed to less flawed.
So criticism is necessary for our ideas to evolve. Criticism is necessary for the evolution of our knowledge. With each criticism and the correction that follows it, we are evolving our knowledge. This is an important and fundamental feature of how evolution works. And it’s the same feature that genetic evolution has.
Genetic evolution works by variation and selection. Genes are created by mutation, which results in variations of the precursor genes, and then the fit genes are selected for when the hosts of the unfit genes die due to having unfit genes. Analogously, ideas are created by variation, and then the good ideas are selected for when the bad ideas are criticized.
Human knowledge is created by guesses and criticism, analogous to how genetic knowledge is created by variation and selection. So criticism is a good thing. It is required in order for our knowledge to improve. Without criticism, our knowledge stays static. Without criticism, our knowledge can’t evolve.
Now the tradition of criticism is not a new thing. The ancient Greeks had it, though they lost it later. The tradition of criticism sprang up again in the 1500′s or so, resulting in what we now call The Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was many things, and science was one of them. Science has a strong tradition of criticism. Scientists expect to have their ideas criticized by other scientists, and they try their best to make their theories more criticizable, so that flaws can be more easily found.
The Enlightenment resulted in a boom of knowledge growth, one that we are still experiencing today. It started in Italy, but many other cultures have adopted this tradition of criticism since then, and so they too have joined The Enlightenment era.
For terrorism to stop, people must adopt the tradition of criticism. For a society to stop forcing it’s will on other societies, that society must adopt the tradition of criticism. Analogously, for a parent to stop terrorizing his children, he must adopt the tradition of criticism.
by, Ahmed Mohamed | AP | The Vancouver Sun | h/t Blazing CatFur
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Thousands of people took to the streets, clashing with police in Mauritania’s capital after news spread that a Qur’an had been desecrated at a local mosque. A medical official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, says a 21-year-old man died after inhaling a large amount of tear gas.
The imam of a mosque, Mohamedoun Ould Mohamed Salem, said four unidentified men entered the mosque in the early hours of Monday, removed four copies of the holy book, and profaned them by throwing them in the mosque’s toilet.
The police opened an investigation, but the news of the desecration spread quickly, and before noon Monday, protesters were burning tires and barricading streets.
by, Rana Tanveer | The Express Tribune
LAHORE, Pakistan: Residents of Okara district allegedly vandalised an under-construction church and desecrated a cross, The Express Tribune has learnt on Tuesday.
The Christian residents in the district started construction of the church on a two-kanal piece of land owned by one of their community members.
Only a day after they had installed a cross on the partially constructed building, a group of local Muslims — allegedly over political differences – damaged the building and the land by ploughing the ground with the help of a tractor.
Javed Iqbal Masih — one of the Christian residents — told The Express Tribune that despite repeated requests, the group of 10 people damaged the building first with their hands and later with a tractor in the presence of local Christians.
Investigation officer Muhammad Javed said that police have registered an FIR under section 295-A and 506-B of Pakistan Penal Code against ten people for damaging the church and defaming the cross. He said police were raiding different areas to arrest the accused.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, Human Liberation Commission Pakistan chairperson Aslam Parvaiz Sahotra said the Christian community was not protected in Pakistan and that they face discrimination at every level.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus on Capitol Hill. Photo courtesy of: Jews News
by, Meghan Drake | The Washington Times
A small branch of Islam often persecuted and called heretical by larger Muslim groups has always found friends on Capitol Hill. Now, America’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community is getting official representation through a new House caucus to be officially unveiled Friday.
The new Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus will represent the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Ahmadis living in America, a small percentage of the nearly 3 million Muslims living in the United States.
President Obama has stood up for Ahmadis at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has championed the religious group’s cause in the face of reports of persecution in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world. Now, the group will have a caucus to represent the global Ahmadiyya community.
“We are talking on the global level to wherever people are being persecuted and prosecuted for their faith,” said Naseem Mahdi, missionary-in-charge and national vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “We will not take the selfish approach that we will only talk about the rights of Ahmadiyya Muslims. We will talk about the rights of every human being, especially the rights of every believer.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community was founded out of a movement began by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889 in the Indian city of Qadian, and is currently headquartered in London,* where its spiritual leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides. Ahmadiyya Muslims say they are the largest single largest Muslim group worldwide united under one leader.
Ahmadis believe in basic Islamic principles, but differ from mainstream Muslim theology in recognizing Ahmad as a prophet and messiah and arguing that Jesus died of old age. Because Ahmad believed himself a reformer of Islam, his followers see themselves as the propagators of the most perfect form of the Muslim faith.
Frank Griffel, professor of Islamic studies at Yale University, said although many mainstream Muslim communities view them as apostates, Ahmadis believe they are true followers of Islam.
“They are adamant that they are valid members of the Muslim community and protected by Islamic law in their worship,” Mr. Griffel said.
Severe persecution against the Ahmadiyya community has been seen in Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries.
The formation of the caucus comes at a time where many American Muslim leaders are encouraging more political participation from members of the faith. There are two Muslim members of Congress Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.
“We want to represent this country in a perfect way,” MD Rabbi Alam, American Muslim Political Action Committee founder and chairman, said.
Although many are doctors, engineers and professors, he said many U.S. Muslims do not understand the mechanics of local government and politics.
The new caucus boasts bipartisan leadership: Reps. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican, and Jackie Speier, California Democrat, will serve as co-chairs. Last June, Mr. Wolf was awarded the 2013 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim advocacy organization, welcomed the idea of the caucus, but said the involvement of Mr. Wolf, a leading voice for human rights on Capitol Hill, raises questions about the group’s agenda.
“While the Council on American-Islamic Relations supports the concept of a congressional Muslim caucus, we question Rep. Wolf’s involvement and genuine concern for issues of importance to our community given his long history of working with anti-Muslim fringe groups and causes,” Robert McCaw, CAIR government affairs manager, said.
Mr. Wolf noted the numerous trips he has made to defend the religious liberties of Muslims and his authoring of the International Religious Freedom Act.
by, TNN | The Times of India
MUMBAI, India: A maulana [Imam] of small mosque in Sangam Nagar in Wadala who used to sexually assault small children who came to learn Arabic, was arrested by Wadala TT police on Saturday.
Abrarul Haque (29) and his assistant Irfan both have been booked under IPC sections of 354, 509 and sections 8 and 12 of protection of children from sexual assault. While police have arrested Haque from the mosque, police are looking for Irfan who is absconding said Suhash Garood, senior inspector of Wadala Truck Terminals police station.
Haque was arrested after a 14-year-old girl and her parents walked-in to a police station on Saturday and filed a complaint mentioning that he passed lewd remarks and tried to molest her.
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project | h/t Creeping Sharia
How can the government use chaplains from a group that they know is extremist and involved in terror funding? U.S. Military Hiring Muslim Brotherhood Chaplains – Again!
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull.
ISNA has a well-documented extremist history. In 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood listed ISNA as one of its main fronts. Declassified FBI memos said ISNA is a component of the Muslim Brotherhood, who sees its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”
In 2007, the U.S. government labeled ISNA a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial involving the Holy Land Foundation funneling money to Hamas. The label was upheld in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. Last year, ISNA’s Canadian affiliate lost its status as a charity because of its accounting discrepancies and links to Pakistani terrorists.
The two chaplains endorsed by ISNA are Sgt. Mustapha Rahouchen, who will be used by the U.S. Army, and Captain Rafael Lantiqua, who was chosen by the U.S. Air Force.
In April 2013, the Clarion Project broke the story that the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps had paid ISNA almost $5,000 for two advertisements in its magazine. When we contacted the Air Force about ISNA’s ties to the Brotherhood, we received the following response:
“The Islamic Society of North America is one of many religious organizations recognized by the Department of Defense that satisfy the ecclesiastical requirements to endorse qualified religious ministry professionals to serve as chaplains within the Military Departments.”
This story speaks to the broader threat posed by Islamist involvement in Muslim chaplain programs.
The Muslim chaplaincy services for the military and prisons were started by Abdurrahman Alamoudi, who was convicted in 2003 on terrorism-related charges. He later admitted that he was a secret member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
ISNA is one of the groups that the U.S. military trusts to certify Muslim chaplains. The military’s former endorsing agent was Dr. Louay Safi, an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian. Safi, like Alamoudi, later admitted to having been a Brotherhood operative.
Safi wrote in 2003, “The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order.”
He continued: “It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of jihad. At one stage, Muslims may find that jihad through persuasion or peaceful resistance is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace.”
In 2004, he said that the “assertion by ‘world leaders’ that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam is nothing but a piece of propaganda and disinformation that was meant to appease Western Muslims and to maintain the coalition against terrorism.”
He was later suspended from working on U.S. military bases because of a criminal investigation. Safi is now working with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim activist opposed to Islamism who served in the U.S. Navy, wrote in 2010 that a friend of his in the U.S. Army recently told him of his troubling interaction with an active-duty Muslim chaplain.
His friend asked the imam what his response would be if a Muslim soldier asked him if Islam prevented him from participating in combat against fellow Muslims. The answer should have been easy: Serve your country as you swore to do. Instead, the imam said he’d tell the soldier that he’s not qualified to answer the question and to ask ISNA.
Former Defense Department Inspector-General Joseph Schmitz was alarmed enough by loopholes in the system of vetting chaplains that allowed extremist organizations like ISNA’s involvement that hewrote a letter in 2010 describing his efforts to close them. He revealed in 2004 that he urged the Pentagon to adopt a policy that would prevent extremist groups, Muslim or otherwise, from involvement in the chaplaincy program.
He said that a policy should disqualify groups that support violent sedition, have an endorsing agent with a criminal history, are on a terrorism watch-list or have leaders convicted on terrorism-related charges. The Armed Forces Chaplains Board rejected his advice because it was “legally problematic.”
Here’s what’s really “problematic”: The U.S. government says ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood entity and labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism trial. That same government is using ISNA to pick military chaplains and is a top outreach partner of the U.S. government.
by, News 24 | Halal Pork Shop
Johannesburg, South Africa: An Islamic organisation has voiced its disgust on Friday after a 10 year-old-boy was assaulted and molested at mosque in Lenasia.
Earlier reports said the boy was assaulted at a church, but according to Jamiatul Ulama South Africa the incident happened at a mosque in Lenasia’s Extension 11.
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa general secretary Moulana E I Bham said the victim was molested by three teenagers and a 23-year-old man, who have since been arrested.
“We would like to strongly denounce this incident and welcome the quick arrests which have so far been made of the suspects.”
Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said the crime happened on Wednesday during a prayer service when the suspects took the boy into an upstairs room away from the congregation.
Unbeknownst to the child’s attackers, the crime was captured on CCTV.
When the service ended, an elder went to check the CCTV footage and discovered the evidence of the crime.
The matter was reported to the police.
The teenagers would be taken to a place of safety and would appear in a special inquiry court for children soon.
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“Jamiatul Ulama” is a Council of Muslim Theologians.
The following is a Press Statement they released in response to this horrific crime: