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, 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, 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:
Among the members of the Sabah Youth Group are (from left): Senad Topalovic, Elyla Sarajlic, Selma Salja, Melisa Sarajlic, Senada Gusic and Abdul Zhaiya. Photo courtesy of: Lincoln Star Journal
by, Erin Andersen | Lincoln Journal Star
Melisa Sarajlic and Senada Gusic were Lincoln kindergartners when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The girls, both Bosnian immigrants, didn’t grasp the magnitude of the event at the time, but they clearly remember hostility and distrust for anyone Muslim.
So they kept quiet about their faith, their beliefs and their traditions.
“Growing up was really hard. I was struggling with my culture and religion,” recalled Sarajlic, now 18. “In school when people talked about their religion, I didn’t want to tell them. It was so hard; I just wanted to fit in.”
Her parents fled Bosnia during the war. They chose to immigrate to the United States because of the promise of the “American Dream,” Sarajlic said.
“In our quest for the ultimate ‘American Dream,’ our parents realized that we were all going to lose our heritage and faith,” she recalled. “So all the parents decided to rent out a room at (what is now) the People’s City Mission (Homeless Prevention Center) for us to gather together and not be afraid to share our religion with each other.”
They created Sabah Youth Group — a cadre of about 20 teens and 20-somethings who pray, play and work together to live the tenets of a faith that calls for acceptance of all.
“It (Sabah Youth Group) is the only place where we aren’t judged for our religion, heritage and way of life,” Sarajlic said.
The group of mostly Bosnian and some Middle Eastern immigrants soon outgrew the tiny room at 27th and O streets — especially during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.
So the Sabah Youth Group held a donation night — asking their families and fellow Muslims to donate money toward finding a new building for the community.
They raised nearly $200,000.00
In 2008, they bought the long-empty Abundant Life Family Church at 1145 Furnas Ave. Hardworking parents and lots of elbow grease have transformed the church into a mosque. What was once the sanctuary is now the prayer room. Old church pews line the walls for people to sit and observe. A giant Turkish rug covers the floor. An area that once served as a stage for the church was tiled and transformed into rooms designed for the Muslim practice of washing hands, feet and faces before prayer.
In the old place, we had to clean our feet in a bathroom sink, Sarajlic said.
“You can just imagine an 80-year-old woman trying to put her feet in the sink,” she said.
Downstairs is a kitchen, a room for dining that is filled to near capacity during Ramadan and the breaking of fast at sundown.
Walls that once separated a long space into preschool classrooms are long gone. The area is the gathering place for Sabah Youth Group. Here they play ping pong, air hockey and video games.
Across the hall, another room is used for homework and child’s play.
Sabah Mosque opened one year ago. It is a home away from home for the youth group.
Gusic, 18, is a full-time freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, double majoring in political science and global studies and minoring in English. She also oversees the mosque, coordinating events and programs, teaching Sunday school and finding ways in which she and her fellow Muslim youth can give back to the community.
Sarajlic is a freshman at Southeast Community College but will transfer to UNL in the fall to pursue a degree in international business.
Between school and jobs, both women are stretched for time — but the youth group and the mosque remain a top priority.
Gusic remembers her parents’ concerns after living in the United States for several years. They expected their children to be Americanized, but they also wanted them to keep the traditions of their heritage and faith.
“My parents saw a change in my personality, and that’s when they went ‘Hey, listen up!’” Gusic said. “I got my heritage down, and now I needed to get my religion.”
In Sunday school she learned her chapters and verses with people her own age and of her own culture.
“I had a blast,” she said. “And I found out there were more Bosnians than just my family — the majority of the population came here from the war.”
The new Bosnian Islamic Cultural Center sits at 1145 Furnas Ave. just off of North Antelope Valley Parkway. The center and mosque opened its doors in November. / Photo by Hailey Konnath
It is this love of faith and humanity that drives Gusic and Sarajlic to spread the word about Sabah Youth Group — who and what they are. They want to attract Muslims, as well as people of other faiths or no faith to come and to learn — and more importantly, understand that Islam is not about terror and world domination, but of love, peace and worshipping God.
“We want people to know about us and accept us,” Sarajlic said. “Even some Bosnians and Muslims don’t come, because they are afraid if they are here everyone will characterize them and treat them differently.
“It takes courage to come.”
But maybe, one day, the fear will disappear, Gusic and Sarajlic said.
One way to do that is to give back.
“When we got here, we needed to rely on the help of others,” Gusic said. “They (community) helped us get on our feet, and we want to do the same for people who need it — that is just as big.”
Another way is to live their faith as it is truly intended to be — not what is often portrayed in the media.
“Religion is the most important thing. … It makes your footprint in the world,” Sarajlic said.
To learn more about Sabah Mosque and its youth group, visit the Facebook page: Sabah Youth Group.
Al-Tawheed Islamic Center, Jersey City, NJ. Photo courtesy of: Fox News NY.
by, Reuters | h/t Ban Islam & Shariah Law
Thick plumes of smoke and intense flames rip through a mosque in Jersey City, New Jersey. The two-alarm fire broke out just before 6:00 AM Friday morning. It took firefighters about an hour to bring it under control. Aerials from a news helicopter show firefighters on the roof of the Al-Tawheed Islamic Center. They used sledgehammers to break through windows to let the smoke escape. Local media is reporting no one was hurt in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
by, Emirates 24/7 | h/t Halal Pork Shop
A Muslim man from Myanmar used a kitchen knife to slaughter his wife and four children at home in Saudi Arabia, saying he did so because he loved them.
The murder, which has already sent shock waves through the conservative Gulf Kingdom, took place at dawn on Wednesday and police found all the family lying in a pool of blood inside their small apartment in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah.
The 42-year-old man, identified as Abu Al Kalam, confessed to police that he slit the throat of his 30-year-old wife and four daughters, aged between 9 months and six years. After murdering them, he phoned his Saudi employer and told him about the crime before heading for the Grand Mosque in nearby Makkah for prayers.
“Abu Al Kalam stayed there for several hours before going to the police and handing himself over,” the Arabic language daily Okaz said.
“He confessed to murdering his family, saying that he had imagined that he would die before them in the next few days…he said he did not want to leave behind his family living in misery so he decided to take them with him because he loves them.”
After being raped by her two older brothers and getting pregnant, they forced her to have an abortion to hide their crime.
by, Aydinlik Daily
KARS, Turkey: In the 11 years of the AKP’s time in power, violence against women has multiplied and today, even the most vile cases of rape are beginning to be seen as ‘ordinary events.’
Turkey has been shocked by the arrest of two imams in a village near Kars in eastern Turkey accused of systematically raping their own sister, forcing her to have an abortion after being made pregnant by one of her older brothers.
In the village of Yakutiye, 21 year old HB informed the police that she had been raped by her older brother MB the previous Friday, further claiming that her other older brother AB had systematically raped her while she lived together with him. The girl, who had lost her mother seven years ago and her father last year, asserted that she had at one point been left pregnant by one of her older brothers, both of whom are imams in the Directorate of Religious Affairs, and had to get an abortion.
After being arrested, the older brother of the 21 year old AB admitted to his crime, and stated that he had raped his sister due to pressure created by his position, while her other older brother MB added that he had given money to his younger sister as a part of the relationship he imposed.
Both imams are currently under arrest as prosecutors get to the bottom of this horrific crime.
Just imagine the sufferings of this young girl. First, she has lost her mother and dad who passed away. Then, her own brothers rape her. When she becomes pregnant by one of her brothers, they then murder her baby by forcing her to have an abortion. Please say a prayer for this young girl..that she may be filled with a peace and love that she is so deserving of. Thank you.
Thousands of Bulgarian citizens protest mosque in Plovdiv. Photo courtesy of: Bare Naked Islam
by, Robert Sibley | Ottawa Citizen | h/t Courtesy of the Kitty
You probably don’t read a lot of headline-making news out of Bulgaria, but recent events in the Balkan country suggest we should pay more attention to the southern European state. What’s going on there may be a portent of Europe’s future.
In recent days Bulgarian authorities have been confronting thousands of so-called nationalists who’ve been staging violent demonstrations in the southern European state’s second largest city of Plovdiv.
The nationalists are angered at a court-approved bid by local Muslim leaders to have an ancient mosque and its surrounding property in the nearby town of Karlovo returned to the Grand Mufti, spiritual leader of many of Bulgaria’s Muslims.
But it’s not just the future of one mosque that’s at issue. The Grand Mufti has lodged more than two dozen claims to properties lost to the Muslim community a century ago following the expulsion of the last Ottoman Turk overlords from the country in the late 19th century.
According to the online outlet The Sofia Globe, the court applications follow amendments to the country’s Religious Denominations Act, which allow such applications by officially recognized religious groups. (According to a 2011 census, about eight per cent of Bulgaria’s 7.3 million people are Muslim.)
The Mufti’s claims have sparked a series of often violent demonstrations, of which the one late last week in Koslovo was only the latest. Opposition to the Grand Mufti’s claims is particularly strong in Karlova. The town is the birthplace of Vassil Levski, a Bulgarian national hero — he’s been dubbed the Apostle f Freedom — who in the late 1800s led a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman tyranny.
The protestors behavior, both at the mosque and at the nearby Turkish consulate, was certainly ugly what with the rock-throwing crowd chanting xenophobic sentiments — “you are not Europeans, you are barbarians” was a favourite — as it smashed mosque windows. They have rightly been condemned for the pointless violence.
Perhaps, though, some historical understanding is needed. To be sure, Muslims have been increasingly targeted by ultra-nationalist groups in recent years following significant increase in refugees in Bulgaria from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly following the multiple failures of the Arab Spring. But Bulgarians’ memory goes back much further. They also remember that for five centuries – from the late 14th century to the late 19th century – their country was part of the Ottoman Empire and their Turkish rulers were often brutal.
As a one commentator puts it, “The Ottoman rule was a period marked by oppression and misgovernment and represents a deviation of Bulgaria’s development as a Christian European state.”
Only in 1878, after years of revolt, did Bulgaria gain its liberation from Muslim rule.
The current protests, I suggest, reflect this remembrance. The nationalists view the Grant Mufti’s land claims as imperialism-by-stealth, an attempt to Islamicize modern Bulgaria and slowly and quietly restore the lost Caliphate in Europe.
No surprise, none of this historical backstory receives much acknowledgement from the authorities. They denounce the protestors as vandals or hooligans or racists, that favourite, all-inclusive epithet aimed at discrediting people with whom you disagree.
But might this attitude reflect an inchoate concern for the future based on remembrance of the past? The Bulgarians can certainly look elsewhere in Europe to justify their concerns.
In Spain, for example, a growing Muslim population has for years demanded that the Roman Catholic Church effectively turn over the Cordoba Cathedral so it can be a mosque once again. Certainly, the building was once a mosque, when Islam dominated the Iberian peninsula – although Muslims conveniently ignore that it was an Arian Christian Visigothic church in the early 7th century before the Moorish invasions – but it has been a church for nearly eight centuries, ever since King Ferdinand III took the city of Córdoba in 1236 during the long Reconquista campaign to rid Spain of the Moors. (Only in 1492 was Spain finally freed of the Muslim imperium.
Of course, Muslim organizations say they only want to “share” the building, and claim the church’s refusal to allow that is a sign of intolerance. (You have to wonder what she would say about a Christian tried praying at a mosque in Saudi Arabia.) “In no way is this request about reclaiming our rights — far less any kind of reconquest,”Isabel Romero, a member of the Islamic Council of Spain, said in 2004.
Tell that to the two Muslim tourists who in 2010 attacked and seriously injured two security guards who told them they couldn’t use the church to pray to Mecca.
Nowadays, it seems, bids for tolerance, modest occupations, and claims of property rights, are the way to conquer your enemies, not marching armies (although maybe those come later).
Muslim Thieves Attempting to Steal the Christian Cathedral in Cordoba Spain:
Protesters at the Plovdiv court in Bulgaria. Photo courtesy of: Karlovo Press
by, Sofia | Reuters | h/t Blazing CatFur
Bulgarian police detained more than 120 people on Friday after hundreds of nationalists and soccer fans attacked a mosque in the country’s second city Plovdiv, smashing its windows with stones.
Over 2,000 people had gathered outside a Plovdiv court as it heard an appeal case dealing with the return of an ancient mosque in the central city of Karlovo, taken over by the state more than 100 years ago, to Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti, the Muslim religious authority.
The rally then marched through the city and some protesters, chanting racist slogans, approached a Plovdiv mosque cordoned off by police, police said in a statement.
“Firecrackers, torches and stones were thrown at the mosque. One policeman was injured. Some 120 people were detained,” it said.
Sofia prosecutors said they had charged eight people with hooliganism, crimes against religion and xenophobia.
TV footage of national BNT television showed several protesters who appeared to have suffered head injuries in clashes with police.
The Chief Mufti condemned the attack on the mosque and said the attempt to pressure the court put democracy at risk in the European Union country.
Muslims make up about 13 percent of Bulgaria’s 7.3 million people.
The Chief Mufti has launched some 26 court cases to try to restore Muslim ownership of 29 mosques and other property across the Balkan state, prompting some public opposition in the predominantly Orthodox Christian population.
No Books for You!
by, Dr. Modi Al-Zahrani | Al Jazeera | Saudi Gazette
I went to the Grand Mosque the other day. While I was searching for a place to sit, “The Library” sign caught my eye. I never knew there was one inside the Grand Mosque until I saw the sign. I was happy. I thought I should check it out. I went straight to the library, located on the second floor, only to discover that women are not allowed in there. There was a big sign on the door “No entry for women”. I was shocked.
I don’t understand why the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques would put up a sign inside the Grand Mosque banning female visitors from setting a foot in the library. I can’t wrap my head around such a ban.
And why are men, on the other hand, allowed to go in there and have access to the rich resources the library offers? It is really frustrating and disappointing that female Umrah performers, especially those coming from outside the Kingdom, cannot visit this important place. It would have been a good memory for them to take home and cherish.
The Grand Mosque is supposed to be the only place where visitors, male and female alike, should not feel they are being discriminated against. They should be treated equally. After all, Muslim men and women of all colors and races circle around the Ka’aba (the large cuboid building at the center of the Grand Mosque) together and at any time they like during the day or the night.
I also wonder why the praying areas designated for women inside the Grand Mosque are smaller than the areas for men. Most women bring in their children with them when they go there. They need a lot of space because a smaller space can be annoying to some women as the praying areas can get filled quickly. Why are women who want to pray in the second floor in order to get away from crowd denied this right while men are allowed to do so?
I can understand that such procedures are taken because the second floor gets crowded during prayers and this might bother the women. But I don’t understand why women are not allowed to enter the library although it is in an area that is not crowded.
Islamic Center of Manteca, California
by, News Fix Now
MANTECA, CA – Two eggs, some hash browns and a side of bacon spells one word — DELICIOUS! But one breakfast item is spelling hate for a California mosque.
Dr. Mohammad Elfarra says it all started after he came out of a daily prayer service and saw the front sign and parking lot had been spray painted with the words ‘F-word Islam.’ The vandals also left strips of bacon.
“Bacon, lard or anything from the pig is prohibited by the Bible and Koran,” said Elfarra.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Last year, vandals spray painted another hateful message on the sign. But members of the mosque say they’re not concerned about catching and punishing the vandals. They’re more worried that the hateful messages could turn into something far more dangerous.
The council on American-Islamic relations is asking the FBI to investigate.
Video Courtesy of: The CAIR/HAMAS Terrorist Organization
Scuffles break out as English Defence League supporters face a barrage of missiles from Muslim fascists in Slough while the anti-Islamic group staged a protest in the Berkshire town earlier today. All Photos Courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
- Violence erupted as EDL supporters marched into Slough’s High Street
- The EDL were opposed by fascists and the Slough Trades Union Council
- Police were forced to don riot gear and let dogs loose to regain control
by, Damien Gayle | Daily Mail Online – UK | h/t Blazing CatFur
Two police officers were injured and four people arrested when violence broke out between English Defence League marchers and counter-demonstrators today.
Bottles and railings were hurled and at least one smoke bomb was set off as the anti-Islamic group marched through the centre of Slough, Berkshire, where the fascists were waiting.
Officers were forced to don riot gear and let dogs loose in an effort to quell the violence, which resulted in four people being held for public order offences.
One police officer suffered facial injuries and another had an injury to his leg.
The EDL’s march through Slough was in protest against plans for an all-girls Muslim faith school in the city and a Muslim community centre in Langley.
It was met by counter-demonstrations led by the Slough Trades Union Council and the Fascist Network, who accuse the EDL of fascist tendencies.
Authorities estimate that up to 600 people took park in the opposing demonstrations today.
The march descended into violence as EDL supporters entered Slough’s High Street, where street fighting broke out with both police and antifascists.
Authorities estimate that up to 600 people took park in the opposing demonstrations, which were policed by officers from across Thames Valley Police, Hampshire Constabulary and the British Transport Police.
EDL supporters wave Welsh and Israeli flags and shout slogans during their demonstration, which was in protest against a new Muslim school and an Islamic community centre which are planned for the area.
A police spokesman said: ‘The two opposing demonstrations held in Slough passed off without major incident for Thames Valley Police and Slough Borough Council.
‘It is estimated that between 500 to 600 people took part in both demonstrations, one by the English Defence League and a counter demonstration.
‘A number of officers from across Thames Valley Police, Hampshire Constabulary and British Transport Police were visible during the demonstrations as part of a pre-planned comprehensive and proportionate policing operation.
‘A small amount of disorder did break out in the town centre. However officers quickly dealt with the incidents and maintained control of the situation. Four people were arrested for various public order offences.
‘Two officers were injured during the demonstration; one sustained facial injuries and the other an injury to his leg.’
Black-clad Islamic fascists clash with police as they try to oppose the EDL’s march down Slough’s High Street, where bottles and railings were hurled and at least one smoke bomb let off during the fracas.
Superintendent Simon Bowden, local police commander for Slough, said: ‘I am pleased that these demonstrations have passed off without major incident.
‘Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities.
‘There were a handful of arrests made over the course of the day, mainly for public disorder. However, the vast majority of those taking part were well behaved.
‘The demonstrations had understandably caused a great deal of concern amongst some of our communities and I would like to thank them for their tolerance, co-operation and patience.’
Councillor Rob Anderson, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: ‘It was a shame that some elements felt the need to resort to violence but the police dealt with it swiftly and appropriately.
‘Hopefully we can get back to normal in Slough now these groups have left our town.’
Blackburn, UK Imam Suleman Maknoijoa. Photo Courtesy of: Lancashire Telegraph
by, Emma Cruces | Lancashire Telegraph
A religious teacher sexually touched a schoolgirl as she prayed, a court heard.
Suleman Maknojioa, 40, of Audley Range, Blackburn was said to have ‘squeezed’ the youngster’s chest, by placing his hand beneath the long folds of her headscarf.
He denies seven counts of sexually touching a child. Giving evidence by video link yesterday, the youngster cried as she told Preston Crown Court she was ‘afraid of what he would do’.
The schoolgirl said the problems began some months after she started tuition of the Koran in Arabic.
She said inappropriate touching, which had occurred over several months, started ‘gradually’, beginning with the arms and head, then moving to the legs, feet and chest and her thigh.
Her brother also gave evidence and told how he and his sibling had noticed ‘inappropriate’ touching of his sister and favouritism towards her.
The girl, who was of primary school age, told the court that touching had typically occurred as she prayed; kneeling or cross legged while reading from the Koran.
She said: “He would put his hand under my head scarf on my chest and he would squeeze.
“He would only use the one hand. The other hand would be writing something or he would be pointing to my brothers and telling them to pray harder.
“No matter how hard my brothers tried to pray it wasn’t good enough. He would always say I was better even if I wasn’t.
“My brothers asked me what he had been doing and I didn’t know how to describe it. I told them he had touched me up.”
She became tearful as she added: “They told me to tell mum and dad – but I just didn’t want to tell anyone.”
Under cross examination, the girl was asked if it was not just ‘reasonable’ pats on the shoulder to say ‘well done’.
She replied: “No, it wasn’t like that. It was never to say well done. It went on for ages, his hand going up and down. You don’t do that to say ‘well done’.”
Defending, Frida Hussain asked if she disliked the lessons.
The girl replied: “Yes, because I was afraid of what my teacher would do.”
Giving evidence, her brother said: “I knew what was happening for about a month before my parents.
“My sister would get very upset at the idea of anyone knowing. It was difficult for me to know what to do.
“He favoured her and praised her. He would give her 10 pages to learn and we would only get three. That way he spent most of the lesson with her. He did it slyly so we didn’t notice.
“When it happened she was trying to pray and he would interrupt her.”
He added: “I have seen him touching her thigh in a stroking motion.”
The defence barrister added: “Was it in fact a reasonable teacher and pupil relationship where touching was done to console her?”
The brother said: “No, it was inappropriate.”
Atty. General Eric Holder: Sacrificing America’s Security at the Alter of Islamic Appeasement
by, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times | h/t Robert Spencer @ Jihad Watch
The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday.
The move addresses a decade of criticism from civil rights groups that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations.
The Bush administration banned profiling in 2003, but with two caveats: It did not apply to national security cases, and it covered only race, not religion, ancestry or other factors.
Since taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been under pressure from Democrats in Congress to eliminate those provisions. “These exceptions are a license to profile American Muslims and Hispanic-Americans,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said in 2012.
President George W. Bush said in 2001 that racial profiling was wrong and promised “to end it in America.” But that was before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. After those attacks, federal agents arrested and detained dozens of Muslim men who had no ties to terrorism. The government also began a program known as special registration, which required tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with the authorities because of their nationalities.
“Putting an end to this practice not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I.’s claims that it wants better relationships with religious minorities,” said Hina Shamsi, a national security lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.
It is not clear whether Mr. Holder also intends to make the rules apply to national security investigations, which would further respond to complaints from Muslim groups.
“Adding religion and national origin is huge,” said Linda Sarsour, advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities. “But if they don’t close the national security loophole, then it’s really irrelevant.”
Ms. Sarsour said she also hoped that Mr. Holder would declare that surveillance, not just traffic stops and arrests, was prohibited based on religion.
The Justice Department has been reviewing the rules for several years and has not publicly signaled how it might change them. Mr. Holder disclosed his plans in a meeting on Wednesday with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, according to an official briefed on the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.
Mr. de Blasio was elected in November after running a campaign in which he heavily criticized the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic, which overwhelmingly targets minorities and which a federal judge declared unconstitutional. The mayor and attorney general did not discuss when the rule change would be announced, the official said.
A senior Democratic congressional aide, however, said the Obama administration had indicated an announcement was “imminent.”
The Justice Department would not confirm the new rules on Wednesday night but released a short statement saying that the mayor and the attorney general discussed “preventing crime while protecting civil rights and civil liberties.”
In the past, Mr. Holder has spoken out forcefully against profiling. “Racial profiling is wrong,” he said in a 2010 speech. “It can leave a lasting scar on communities and individuals. And it is, quite simply, bad policing — whatever city, whatever state.”
Officials in the Bush administration made similar statements, however, which is why civil rights groups have eagerly waited to hear not just Mr. Holder’s opinion, but also the rules he plans to enact.
As written, the Justice Department’s rules prohibit federal agents from using race as a factor in their investigations unless there is specific, credible information that makes race relevant to a case.
For example, narcotics investigators may not increase traffic stops in minority neighborhoods on the belief that some minorities are more likely to sell drugs. They can, however, rely on information from witnesses who use race in their descriptions of suspects.
The rules cover federal law enforcement agencies such as the F.B.I. They do not cover local or state police departments.
That is significant because Muslim groups have sued the New York Police Department over surveillance programs that mapped Muslim neighborhoods, photographed their businesses and built files on where they eat, shop and pray.
Mr. Holder’s comments about the new racial profiling rules came up in a conversation about that topic, the official said. William J. Bratton, the city’s new police commissioner, has said he will review those practices.
While the rules directly control only federal law enforcement activities, their indirect effect is much broader, said Fahd Ahmed, the legal director of the Queens-based South Asian immigrant advocacy group Desis Rising Up and Moving.
For instance, he said, immigration bills in Congress have copied the Justice Department profiling language. And civil rights groups can use the rules to pressure state and local agencies to change their policies.
“Federal guidelines definitely have an impact,” Mr. Ahmed said. “Local organizers can say, ‘These policies are not in line with what’s coming from the federal level.’ ”
And where did this action originate from?
Our terrorist friends over at CAIR/HAMAS/WTF?
CAIR Video Action Alert: Call for an End to Racial Profiling in America
by, Staff Reporter | The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Manipur India: One Imam of a Masjid of Kyamgei Muslim has allegdly murdered his own wife, according to Barauddin, elder brother of the victim.
Speaking to media persons at his Paobitek office in presence of WAD secretary Sobita Mangshatabam, Barauddin said that his brother-in-law MV Siraj has confessed to murdering his sister Farida by strangulating her.
Farida’s four year and a half old son too stated that his mother was strangulated by his father.
Parental family members of Farida were informed that she expired inside their Masjid quarters at around 3.30 am today.
When Barauddin and his family members went to Kyamgei Muslim, Siraj told them that Farida was found dead on her bed this morning.
To perform the last rites, Farida’s body was taken to Siraj’s home at Santhel.
On the way, as the shroud covering the corpse was opened, strangulation mark was seen on Farida’s neck. Moreover, marks may slashing with a rope were seen on the back.
On being asked about these marks, Siraj at first maintained that he had no idea.
But when people suggested to conduct post mortem, Siraj confessed that Farida due to a ‘fatal mistake’ on his part, Barauddin said.
Their son, on being enquired, said that her mother requested to spare her repeatedly but Siraj did not pay any heed and continued beating his wife.
After it was learnt that Farida was murdered by his husband, the corpse was taken to her parental home at Paobitek for the last rites, said the elder brother.
At their parental home, people of the neighbourhood held a meeting together with family members of Siraj, Pradhan of Santhel Hayel Hangul Gram Panchayat and Paobitek Councillors.
The meeting decided to transfer all the properties of Siraj to the two surviving sons of Farida and also to expel Siraj and his family from Santhel.
Pictured above is the Masjid Ar-Rahman at W 15 St BC V7P 1N2 +1 604-250-2710 northvanmasjid.com. There was no picture available for the Al Ghadir Masjid Mosque in Vancouver.
by, Vancouver Sun | h/t Blazing CatFur
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia: Mounties evacuated gatherers at a North Vancouver mosque Monday evening after police received a call there was a bomb in the building.
Officers and a police dog searched the building in the 300-block of Lynn Avenue into the night but have not yet found any trace of explosives, said North Vancouver RCMP Spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong.
The threat came in around 5:50 from an unknown caller, he said. Police were told the bomb would go off at a certain time.
This mosque is the:
351 Lynn Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C4