Islamic Terrorist in the UK, Anjem Choudary.
by, Natalie Glanvill | The Waltham Forest Guardian | h/t The Iconoclast
Extremist Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after campaigning in a van inscribed with the logo of Syrian opposition group with close links to al-Qaeda.
Choudary, based in Walthamstow, and his followers took to the streets of Dalston last weekend in a white transit van adorned with the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham) (ISIS).
ISIS is a jihadist group established in the early years of the Iraq War which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is fighting with opposition forces in Syria.
The Islamic Khilafah for the UK:
In a video Choudary can be seen sticking the leaflet on the van.
Chants in praise of ISIS can later be heard during calls for Shariah Law to be established in the UK.
The video also shows the ISIS logo being pinned to the coat of a young child.
Police have confirmed officers are investigating events in Dalston last weekend. No arrests have been made.
The event has been condemned by Allama Junaid Alam Qadri, a member of Waltham Forest Islamic Association (WFIA) and Imam at Lea Bridge Road Mosque.
He said: “Any kind of racism or promoting terrorism especially among our youth is be strongly condemned by Muslims and any other persons.
“I don’t believe they are doing this for Islam as Islam does not support their causes. This is not a Muslim country; we should not impose our religion on other people.”
“He cannot interfere with the system of government. We live in a democracy, [Choudary] is living in a stupid world and has no sense.”
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.
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 !
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.
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, 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, 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.
Team Obama Wins Fight to Have Christian Home-School Family Deported
by, Todd Starnes | Fox News
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.
“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.
“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking,” he told me in an exclusive telephone interview. “I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay.”
Had the family stayed in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, they would have faced the prospect of losing their children. Like the Pilgrims, they fled their homeland yearning for a place where they could be free.
Farris said the religious bias perpetrated by the Obama administration is “palpable.”
“It’s a denial of the essence of America,” he said. “The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home.”
There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. You’d think the Obama administration could find a place eight immigrants who want to live here legally.
Farris said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their children.
“This administration thinks it’s a privilege to home school – not a right,” he told me. “We’d better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the way.”
As for now, the Romeike family will be able to stay at their four-acre farm in the eastern Tennessee. But it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration begins formal deportation proceedings.
Last year, I interviewed 15-year-old Daniel Romeike, a soft-spoken boy with aspirations of one day becoming a mechanical engineer. He told me he was afraid of what might happen if the family was deported. He feared being taken from his parents and placed in government custody.
“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told me.
So on behalf of the Romeike family, I would like personally appeal to President Obama.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free. They left their homeland to escape religious persecution. Please, sir. Welcome them to our land with open arms. Bestow upon them a small measure of grace so they might be able to raise their children in the land of the free, the home of the brave.
Please spare these dear souls.
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.
Fadi, a Syrian Christian Beheaded by Muslims for Wearing a Cross on His Necklace. Photo courtesy of: Shoebat.com
by, Theodore Shoebat | Shoebat.com | Fides News Agency
A Muslim gang in Syria seized a young Christian man and as soon as they spotted his Crucifix, they violently decapitated him and shoved his crucifix through his chest.
Here is the heart wrenching video of the victim’s mother recalling the deplorable and sadistic murder of her beloved son.
The police arrested the five terrorists who committed the murder (two of whom were not Syrian) and when they told the mother that they caught the killers of her son, she replied, “May the Lord forgive them.”
Muslim Terrorists Chop and Saw a Man’s Hand Completely Off.
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Of course we have the video. Don’t we always?
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On the left is the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in Raqa, Syria on September 16, 2013 with the cross. On the right is the same church on September 28, with the cross removed and the ISIL Islamic flag on top. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abdul Aziz). Photo courtesy of: Yahoo News
by, AFP | Yahoo News
A jihadist group in Syria said Wednesday that Christians in the city of Raqa will have to pay taxes and hold religious rituals behind closed doors, under a set of rules.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed 12 rules which made up an “agreement” with Christians in the northern city to provide “protection.”
The terms, bearing the stamp of ISIL which controls Raqa, were distributed on jihadist forums.
They include a provision that Christians must pay a “jiziyeh” tax, as imposed in early Islam on non-Muslim subjects.
It said wealthy Christians must pay up the equivalent of 13 grams (half an ounce) of pure gold, that middle-class Christians pay half that sum, while the poor pay a quarter.
The agreement also demands Christians “do not put on display a cross or anything from their book, anywhere on Muslims’ path or markets” and that they should not “use megaphones to make their prayers heard.”
Christians must also refrain from “holding any of their rituals… outside the church.”
The jihadist group demands that Christians follow “rules imposed by ISIL, such as those relating to modesty in clothing.”
ISIL is rooted in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which also imposed the jiziyeh tax on Christians after the US-led invasion of 2003.
Raqa was once home to some 300,000 people, and less than one percent were Christian. Many Christians fled the city after ISIL started attacking and burning churches.
ISIL also said that Christians “must not restore any monasteries or churches… in their city or elsewhere in the vicinity.”
Christians must not carry arms, it said, warning that offenders of the rules would suffer “the fate that the people of war and rebellion faced.”
ISIL is accused of holding scores of people prisoner, including peaceful activists, rival rebels, foreign journalists and aid workers.
It is facing an all-out war by rival anti-regime forces in other parts of Syria.
Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
by, AP | ABC News | h/t Blazing Catfur
GAZA CITY, Gaza: A Palestinian rights group says assailants have attacked a Catholic church in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says an explosive detonated in the church’s yard. The group said an “abusive slogan” was written on the church wall. No further damage or injuries were reported.
Hamas police spokesman Ayoub abu Shaar said Thursday an investigation was opened into the attack, which occurred Wednesday.
Fewer than 3,000 Christians live among 1.7 million Muslim residents in Gaza. Their numbers rapidly have shrunk in recent years because of turmoil in the territory.
In recent years, several Christian institutions were attacked by suspected Muslim hard-liners. In at least two cases, including the torching of a local YMCA, assailants were caught and sentenced to prison.
At least 37 Christian students murdered by Muslim terrorists. Photo courtesy of: Reporters 365
by, AFP | Yahoo News
KANO, Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 37 people in three separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, including at a theological college, a local government official and residents said on Thursday.
The coordinated attacks in Adamawa state late on Wednesday came just a day after Islamist militant fighters were blamed for killing 43 people, most of them students, as they slept at a boarding school in Yobe state.
The chairman of the Madagali local government area in Adamawa, Maina Ularamu, said “a large number of militants carried out three separate attacks on Shuwa and Kirchinga in my local government area and on Michika in neighbouring Michika (district)”.
“The gunmen divided themselves into three groups and separately attacked the three locations,” he told AFP.
He had earlier put the death toll in Shuwa, part of Madagali local government area, at 17.
But he later told AFP that eight more bodies were recovered in the village, including three from a Christian college, confirming the account of a resident about the three burnt corpse found in the seminary.
“The death toll in the Shuwa attack now stands at 25 after eight more bodies were recovered, including three discovered under the burnt debris of the theological school,” Ularamu said.
In Shuwa, several buildings were burnt, including a Christian theological college and a section of a secondary school.
In Kirchinga, Samuel Garba said the gunmen were all dressed in military uniform — a tactic frequently employed by the militant fighters in previous, similar attacks.
“The gunmen… killed eight people in our village and burnt many houses,” he added.
“Four people have so far been confirmed dead in Michika,” said Abdul Kassim, who lives in the village.
The dead were a young boy who was trying to run away and three security guards, he added.
In a statement, the military confirmed the attacks on multiple communities in Adamawa but said that only one soldier and three civilians were killed. Troops repelling the raids also killed six suspected Islamists, according to the statement.
The military further claimed that the militants, “in desperation for money and food…looted and burnt banks (and) shops”, and were trying to escape across the Cameroon border.
The top military commander in Adamawa last week ordered that the state’s border with Cameroon be sealed to block Boko Haram’s purported escape routes.
Residents in Michika described earlier how people fled to the nearby foothills when the attackers arrived in four-wheeled drive trucks and on motorcycles.
Michika resident Abdul Kassim said militants arrived at about 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Wednesday, “armed with RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and explosives which they hurled indiscriminately at homes and public buildings”.
The attack reportedly lasted for more than four hours. Various residents said four banks were razed, as well as hundreds of shops, a police station, government buildings and dozens of homes.
One witness, who requested anonymity, said the village looked like a “war zone” and that some 90 percent of all businesses had been destroyed.
The military and police declined to comment when contacted by AFP.
Adamawa is one of three northeastern states placed under emergency rule in May last year following waves of Boko Haram attacks.
The top military commander in the state last week ordered the complete closure of the border with Cameroon in hope of blocking the movements of insurgents and weapons.
The ongoing military offensive has failed to crush the insurgency and nearly 300 people have been killed in a range of attacks already this year.
The United Nations meanwhile said on Thursday that nearly 300,000 people, more than half of them children, had fled their homes in the three states from May to January 1 because of the violence.
by, The Daily Star | h/t Blazing CatFur
GAZIPUR, Bangladesh: Unidentified miscreants vandalised idols in a Hindu temple in Bathania Chala under Kaliakoir upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
Dilip Kumar, a member of Sarbojanin Temple Committee, said miscreants desecrated all the idols in the temple, including the Durga, Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik, Ganesh and Asur.
All the damaged idols were dumped in a field near the temple. The thugs also left notes threatening the Hindus to stop worshipping idols or face bomb attacks.
General secretary of the temple committee Surja Mohan Sarker said they left the temple about 7:30pm on Tuesday night. But in the following morning they found that all the idols have been vandalised.
A case has been filed with Kaliakoir Police Station in this regard.
On February 10, miscreants damaged two idols at the house of Nepal Chandra Barman in Gachgari area of the upazila.
Officer-in-Charge Muhammad Omar Faruk of Kaliakoir Police Station said the attack on the temple was a stray incident.