12-23-2005 JERUSALEM, Israel (AINA) A Christmas Present From the Jihadists. Christians all over Mid-East are in a state of an Islamic siege. They are getting squeezed out by the burgeoning demography and escalating fanaticism of Muslims.
12-23-2005 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Egypt opposition leader denies Holocaust.
Following the elections, Akef promised that Brotherhood
parliamentarians would represent all Egyptians - Muslims, Coptic
Christians, men and women - in an attempt to calm widespread fear of
the group among Christians, women and secularists. But in his
Thursday article, Akef said the group will press to implement "the
correct teachings of Islam." "You Brothers, you are the guardians of
Shariah. Your main concern should be the heritage of Shariah, which
you uphold," he wrote. The Brotherhood calls for implementing
Islamic law but is vague about what that means. Many skeptics accuse
it of using a moderate tone in public while backing hard-line
stances in private that it will implement if it takes power through
12-22-2005 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Frontline) Denmark: Art and Religion Collide. It was a provocation, Rose told me. A provocation to artists, writers, translators, actors and comedians who, he believes, are intimidated when it comes to addressing issues that some Muslims might find offensive. "The point was that we have some people who submit themselves to self-censorship," Rose said. "And they are doing so not out of respect, but out of fear."
12-21-2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq (CSMonitor) Iraqi vote points to Islamist path. Stretching newfound democratic muscle upon their first chance to elect a full-term government, Iraqis overwhelmingly threw their support behind religious parties defined along sectarian lines and ethnicity. A bloc of Shiite religious parties close to Iran has, according to results released Tuesday, attracted the largest percentage of voters.
12-21-2005 JAMKARAN, Iran (CSMonitor) Waiting for the rapture in Iran. For those who believe, the devotion is real. Tears stream down the cheeks of 2,000 men ripe for the return of the Mahdi, the 12th Imam they expect will soon emerge to bring justice and peace to a corrupt world.
12-20-2005 ISTANBUL, Turkey (icCheshire) Jihad is 'Muslim obligation'. A lawyer defending al Qaida-linked suspects standing trial for the 2003 suicide bombings in Istanbul told a court that jihad, or holy war, was an obligation for Muslims and his clients should not be prosecuted.
12-19-2005 VICTORIA, Australia (Brookes News) Muslim bigots impose blasphemy laws on Victoria. At the behest of Muslim bigots and multiculturalist fanatics the Bracks Government suspended free speech in Victoria by imposing a blasphemy law dressed up as an anti-vilification law. This has given Islamo-fascists a freehand to attack critics of Islam.
12-15-2005 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Gulf News) Saudi curriculum blamed for breeding hatred. The Saudi curriculum is mainly responsible for breeding hatred towards non-Muslims, said many participants at the ongoing Fifth National Dialogue Forum.
12-15-2005 SYDNEY, Australia (Australian) Church attacks spark fears. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican Church in Macquarie Fields in the city's far southwest. Arab Christians have suggested the attacks on churches may have been meant as a violent attempt to "shame" the city's Lebanese Christian community into supporting Lebanese Muslims in the race-hate war, which began as a battle against young white males over use of suburban beaches.
12-15-2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Women Legislators' Reviews Mixed in Iraq. But Yanar Mohammed, a women's rights activist who is not in parliament, argued that to meet the quota, some political parties stacked their lists with women who had no interest in women's causes but were put there simply to rubber-stamp party decisions. Mohammed, who has received death threats from militant groups because of her calls for secular laws, accused female legislators of passing a constitution that undermines women's rights. "A constitution that is based on a religious law that gives men the right to marry four wives is one that is against women," she said. "All the gains that Iraqi women have made since the 50's have been taken away."
12-14-2005 LAFIA, Nigeria (Crosswalk) A Teenager in Nigeria Counts the Cost of Embracing Christ. The 31-year-old pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church in Akwanga, in central Nigeria's Nasarawa state, was arrested twice in September for harboring a Muslim who converted to Christianity. After the second arrest, he spent seven days in a cell in Lafia, the state capital.
12-13-2005 MOSCOW, Russia (Daily
Times) Russian Muslims upset at Christian symbols on state emblem. Nafigulla Ashirov looks at St George slaying the dragon and the surrounding crosses on Russia's official state emblem and sees an affront to his Islamic faith. ... "And of course, Muslims are indignant about this, and they are reacting to this," Ashirov, head of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of the Asian Part of Russia, said in an interview with the news agency. Ashirov's demand that all religious symbols be removed from state life...
12-13-2005 CAIRO, Egypt
(Islam OnLine) Saudi Prince Gives Millions for Islamic Studies in US. Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal has donated $40 million to two leading US universities to expand their Islamic studies programs in order to promote interfaith understanding and knowing more about Islam, according to news reports Tuesday, December 13. Harvard University and Georgetown University each announced Monday that they had received $20 million donations from Prince Talal, who is also a famous businessman, The New York Times said.
12-12-2005 PRINCETON, NJ (Al Jazeera) Rare Islamic texts to go online. A treasure trove of information about life in the early Islamic world is to go online, enabling Muslims, scholars and the merely curious to peer into a window on the faith's rich history. Numbering more than 10,000 texts, Princeton University's collection of handwritten Islamic documents, books and letters is the largest in North America.
12-10-2005 Denmark (NewpaperIndex) UN to Investigate Jyllands-Posten ‘Racism’. Responding to a complaint by the Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC) over twelve caricatures of the prophet Muhammad published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last September, Louise Arbour - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - has appointed two UN experts on racism to carry out a detailed investigation into what Arbour characterizes as a “disrespect for belief.”
12-3-2005 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Australian) Death call for Mohammed cartoonist. Denmark said it had issued a warning to travellers to Pakistan after fundamentalists reportedly offered a reward for the deaths of cartoonists who drew the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.
12-2-2005 NEW YORK, NY (National Review) Under God or Under Darwin?. Sadly, it was secularist Europe — and especially, theophobic France — rather than the religious United States that the Islamic world encountered as "the West." No wonder, then, that the West eventually became synonymous with godlessness. Moreover, within Muslim societies, Europeanized elites grew in number and were seen — with a lot of justification — as soulless, skirt-and-money-chasing men drinking whiskey while looking down upon traditional believers as ignoramuses.
12-1-2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq (Persian
Journal) Another reason why, Islam is dangerous backward ideology. "It is the first time that we see that a Western woman, a Belgian, marrying a radical Muslim, and is converted up to the point of becoming a jihad fighter," said Glenn Audenaert, Belgium's federal police director.
UK) Blood debt women offered up for rape. A village council in Pakistan has decreed that five young women should be abducted, raped or killed for refusing to honour childhood "marriages".
CAIRO, Egypt (Herald
Egypt's Brotherhood Wins 25 Pct. of Seats. The banned Muslim Brotherhood won about a quarter of the parliamentary seats open in the second round of balloting, according to results released Monday -- an unexpectedly strong sign of Egypt's increasing turn toward conservative Islam and dissatisfaction with the U.S.-allied regime.
WASHINGTON, DC (Herald) Gitmo prisoner wants a Bible, but government says no. Paracha's American lawyer filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, demanding that Paracha be given the Bible and copies of "Hamlet" and "Julius Caesar." The government responded that certain books are kept from prisoners because they could "incite" them.
11-18-2005 BRUSSELS, Belgium (ENI) European Union report criticises religious rights in Turkey. The European Commission has criticised Turkey for infringing Christians' religious rights, a month after the country began talks with the aim of joining the 25-nation European Union.
AMMAN, Jordan (ABCnews)
Al-Zarqawi Tape Threatens Jordan's King. "Your star is fading. You will not escape your fate, you descendant of traitors. We will be able to reach your head and chop it off," al-Zarqawi said, referring to the king.
DUBAI, UAE (AP)
Saudi teacher sentenced to 750 lashes. A Saudi high-school chemistry teacher accused of discussing religion with his students has been sentenced to 750 lashes and 40 months in prison for blasphemy, officials said Thursday.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CSM) Danish editor tests right to violate Muslim taboos. "Some Muslims are asking for an apology pointing to a lack of respect," he says. "They're not asking for respect; they're asking for subordination - for us as non-Muslims to follow Muslim taboos in the public domain." Although Rose expected some complaints, he was unprepared for the deluge of criticism. Among those who attacked the newspaper's lack of sensitivity was prominent Copenhagen imam Raed Hlayhel, saying "I will not tolerate this. If this is democracy, we disagree with democracy."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
Year After Murder, Netherlands on Edge. Today, a year after the gruesome murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim extremist, pride has given way to tension and suspicion.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iranian Leader: Israel Will Be Destroyed. "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury, any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world," Ahmadinejad said.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Pak Tribune) Infidels come to Muslims'
rescue. It is very hurting that the so called well-wishers of
Islam, who always vow saving Muslims around the world by announcing
Jihad, did not think even for a minute to give a similar call for
saving the lives of their own countrymen hit by the worst
KABUL, Afghanistan (Pak Tribune) Editor sent to jail in Afghanistan. A women's magazine editor has been sentenced to two years in jail after being convicted of blasphemy for publishing anti-Islamic articles, including one challenging a belief that Muslims who convert to other religions should be stoned to death, a judge said Sunday.
Golden Lake, ON
(SG) A chill on progressive Islam: Sharia proponents insinuate that adversaries are apostates or bigots. Canadian Islamic Congress chairman Mohamed Elmasry was writing about Muslims who oppose Sharia law in Canada (including us), and reacting to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's September decision to end provincially sanctioned religious arbitration in family-law disputes. Stung by a political defeat he had not anticipated, Elmasry accused his Muslim opponents of being traitors to their faith — an allegation that is read as a charge of apostasy, with all its ugly consequences. ... If such hateful and inflammatory literature can be distributed in downtown Toronto, one can imagine what is being said in the confines of private gatherings. Islamic extremists are taking advantage of Canada's liberal democracy to spread fascist ideology.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (CNN) Christian DVD sparks riot: Muslims clash with police outside Egyptian church; 1 dead, 90 wounded. The Interior Ministry described the protesters as "fanatic elements" who "escalated a negative reaction to a play." The ministry said about 5,000 Muslims marched to the church after Friday noon prayers at mosques.
USA (AT) Slave-girls as sexual property in the Quran. But no women subject to the rule of Quranic law are more unfortunate than slave girls. According to the eternal and unchanging scripture of Islam, men are permitted to treat them as sexual property regardless of their wishes, under certain specified circumstances.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (BBC) Muslim anger at Danish cartoons. The ambassadors of 10 Muslim countries have complained to the Danish prime minister about a major newspaper's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Phoenix, Az (AD) The Threat of Quiet Islam. American Muslims are now petitioning that the call to prayer be blasted over loud speakers five times a day in quiet neighborhoods and towns. This is Islam’s first step in using democracy to destroy democracy. Always on the move, the quiet side of Islam is every bit as dangerous as the terrorists. Their goals are the same, only the method varies.
(AP) For Muslim relief workers, burden of fasting during holy month of Ramadan added to rescue work. Bent over for hours, the men labored to remove the debris that was once the Agrotech Education College, searching for bodies buried deep below. It was backbreaking work, made all the harder because they never allowed themselves even a sip of water.
(Seattle PI) Religious leader wants Islamic Somalia. An influential religious leader and alleged al-Qaida collaborator vowed in an interview Wednesday to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, a lawless Horn of Africa nation the United States fears could grow into a major base for Islamic terrorists.
(National Intelligence) Letter from al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi, October 11, 2005. The document has not been edited in any way and is released in its entirety in both the
English translated forms. The United States Government has the highest confidence in the letter's authenticity.
Indonesia (Al-Ahram) Panic in paradise: Terror returns with a vengeance to Indonesia's fabled island resort of Bali. Bin Husin, a former Reading University (Britain) student, uses TNT and metal slugs in his deadly attacks. He trains young Indonesian militants in the latest explosives technology. Chilling footage released by the Indonesian authorities hit the international headlines and graphically demonstrated to the whole world the horrors Bin Husin and his ilk are capable of unleashing on defenceless bystanders.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Editor of Afghan Women's Magazine Arrested. The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material - including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday.
India (Outlook India) Primers Of Hate: History or biology, Pakistani students get anti-India lessons in all their textbooks. These textbooks came under the scanner following a story in the Los Angeles Times highlighting the tilt against non-Muslims. "Thousands of Pakistani children learn from history books each year that Jews are tight-fisted moneylenders and Christians are vengeful conquerors," the newspaper said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (LubbockOnline) More details emerge about allegations against two Muslim men caught in anti-terrorism sting. A memorandum filed by prosecutors also includes reference to a poem prosecutors say was written by Aref in December 1999 that read: "Raise the Jihad sword ... Raise the Koran with blood ... So we can bring back the freedom for ourselves and the entire people of this Earth."
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (PakTribune) Islamic laws 'men' made and not 'God' made: Masood "Islamic laws and jurisprudence don't exist in the Holy Quran. There are only hints in the Holy Quran and the men derive Islamic laws from them. Such indications can be found in natural laws. This testifies that Islamic laws are not God made and are rather men made. These can be changed repeatedly", he said this while addressing a seminar held here Tuesday under SDPI on " Enactment of Islamic laws between book and tradition, he argued.
LONDON, England (Guardian, UK) Extremist groups active inside UK universities, report claims. a report due to be published next week by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's centre for intelligence and security studies, lists
more than 30 institutions - including some of the most high-profile
universities in the country - where "extremist and/or terror groups"
have been detected.
Washington, D.C. (Human Events) Does CAIR Care? And, what about the leaders of CAIR? As of Aug. 15, 2005, up to six of CAIR’s leaders have either been indicted, convicted, deported or otherwise implicated on terrorism charges. So, is it possible, as some might proclaim, that all of this is a coincidence–the funding–the terrorist leaders – the silence after 9/11 – the failure to condemn specific terrorist countries or terrorist groups?
LONDON, England (ITN) Bomber's widow condemns attacks. Samantha Lewthwaite, 21, believes the mind of Jermaine Lindsay became poisoned by visits to radical mosques. Lindsay, 19, blew himself up on a Piccadilly Line train near King's Cross station, killing 26 people. ... She said she believed his mind had been poisoned by visits to radical mosques in London, Luton and the North.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Star) Appeal to delete ‘Islam’ from IC rejected. The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by a woman who filed an originating summons to delete the word “Islam” from her identity card and claimed she is free to practise the religion of her choice.
PATTANI, Thailand (Taipei Times) Thailand may be turning into a killing ground. What was once idyllic countryside in the south has become a dangerous region, with some links to Islamic militant groups in neighboring countries.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Daily Times) ‘Blasphemy case’: Residents seek extremists’ help to press govt. Chungi Amer Sidhu’s Muslim residents have approached extremist religious organisations, Tehrik-e-Khatam-e-Nabbowat and Difa-e-Islam Mahaz, to press the government to sentence alleged blasphemer Younis Masih (40).
Indonesia (CT) CSW Warns of Massive Church Closures in Indonesia Under Threats of Extremists. On Aug. 17, the RLC reported that thirty-five churches had been closed in West Java since the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics (MUI) discussed the "problem" of Christian expansion in Indonesia at a four-day national congress in late July. To solve the “problem,” the congress released an 11-point fatwa (edict) denouncing liberal interpretations of Islam, secularism and pluralism as un-Islamic. ... MUI claimed that the three women offered the children gifts with a purpose of converting them to Christianity. But the CSW clarified that no evidence of this was given in court and, indeed, no children had converted to Christianity. "The case is symptomatic of the growing harassment faced by Christians in the area of West Java," CSW concluded. CSW's Advocacy Director, Tina Lambert said, "A huge injustice has been done to these three women. This in itself is a travesty but it is made all the more worrying by recent church closures and an observable strategy by militants over recent years to slowly chip away religious freedom across Indonesia.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (Herald) Tens of thousands gather for Hamas rally. She added that Hamas would not lay down its arms "as long as there are Jews in Palestine." Hamas does not accept the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East, though it has said it would accede to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza as a temporary measure.
LONDON, England (Telegraph) Radical imam like pope, says mayor. An Islamic scholar who has been accused of supporting suicide bombers was likened by Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, yesterday to Pope John XXIII.
Pakistan (CT) Christian Delegation to Pakistan Calls for Repeal of Blasphemy Laws. A delegation to Pakistan from the human rights advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) returned this week from a fact-finding visit.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (DanielPipes.Org) Christianity Dying in Its Birthplace. "Is Christian life liable to be reduced to empty church buildings and a congregation-less hierarchy with no flock in the birthplace of Christianity?" So asks
Daphne Tsimhoni in the
Middle East Quarterly. It is hard to see what will prevent that ghost-like future from coming into existence.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) Jailed Indonesian Christians dispute court ruling. Three Indonesian Christian women jailed for inviting Muslim children to church events have appealed against a court decision imprisoning each of them for three years, a court official said on Monday.
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (LA
Times) Gazans Burn Synagogues in Israeli Soldiers' Wake.
Palestinians surged triumphantly into demolished Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip early today, torching empty synagogues and firing shots into the air, as the last Israeli soldiers withdrew after 38 years of occupation..
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Yahoo) Palestinians Set Fire to Empty Synagogues.
Flames shot skyward from four abandoned synagogues in the Gaza Strip
on Monday, as thousands of celebrating Palestinians thronged through
former Jewish settlements and headed straight for the only buildings
TORONTO, Canada (National
Post) Ontario rejects sharia law. Tarek Fatah, of the ''progressive'' Muslim Canadian Congress, said the premier's decision sends a ''huge message'' to Islamic fundamentalists that they cannot impose their laws on Canadians.
(CT) Flight 93 memorial decried as Islam symbol: Memorial's crescent shape criticized as inappropriate.
There's a growing outcry that one element of the newly chosen Flight
93 National Memorial represents Islam and is a slap in the face to
the passengers and crew members who died on the hijacked plane four
years ago. The winning design, announced Wednesday in Washington,
D.C., includes what is called the "Crescent of Embrace."
(CT) Archbishop of Westminster: Iraq Constitution Draft a Threat to Religious Freedom. Noting a mass exodus of Christians from Iraq, Murphy-O’Connor warned that if the clause remained it could have "devastating consequences" for Iraq’s ancient Christian minority, and "fatally undermine" plans for a stable democracy in the region.
(American Thinker) A challenge to Islamic correctness. The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims by Andrew Bostom (Editor). The documentation is so profuse, much of it recorded by Muslims themselves, the reader begins to wonder why all this has been kept away from the public by Islamic scholars and academics whose job it is to inform. As the great Islamic scholar and critic Ibn Warraq (the author of Why I am Not A Muslim) asks in his brilliant Foreword: why did it take Dr. Andrew Bostom, not an Islamic scholar but a medical scientist, to bring out this monumental compilation? Where were the Orientalists, historians, Islamic scholars and other sundry academics?
(icSouthLondon) 'Shot dead by armed muslim gang'. A GANG of heavily armed Muslims had a man shot dead after trying to convert him to their faith, a court heard.
(Globe & Mail) A Muslim woman's sharia ordeal: Ontario wrestles with regulation. Under sharia law, her husband had to consent to the divorce-- even though he had abandoned the family four years earlier and married another woman in a South Asian country where polygamy is legal.
(Serbianna) The West Must Learn Islam. Streusand’s analysis is based on a sound fact that the main challenge to the future of the European civil society is the possibility or, more precisely, the impossibility to integrate Muslims into the European cultural milieu.
Muslim activity: Blasphemy laws negate the dream of a moderate Pakistan. Munawar Ali Shahid reacts to the recent arrest of a Hindu couple in North Western Frontier Province, who were accused of desecrating the Koran. — The dream of a moderate and progressive Pakistan – upheld by President Musharraf – will never become reality as long as discriminatory legislation like the blasphemy laws remain in force.
(BBC) Man 'killed by Islamic zealots' A man was shot five times in the head at close range in an "execution" plotted by a group who had failed to convert him to Islam, a jury has heard.
(JP) Muslims ransack Christian village. "More than 500 Muslim men, chanting Allahu akbar [God is great], attacked us at night," said a Taiba resident. "They poured kerosene on many buildings and set them on fire. Many of the attackers broke into houses and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances." With the exception of large numbers of PA policemen, the streets of Taiba were completely deserted on Sunday as the residents remained indoors. Many torched cars littered the streets. At least 16 houses had been gutted by fire and the assailants also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary.
(CathNews) Kirkuk Archbishop fears for future of Iraq Christianity. A constitution acknowledging the primacy of Sharia would, he said, make it very difficult to be a Christian. They would, he said, suffer everything from pressure for Christian women to wear the hijab veil through to severe restrictions on building or repairing churches. Christians would have little protection in law, with prejudice weighted firmly in favour of Muslims.
(GulfNews) Iraqi secularists denounce 'Islamist' constitution. "The draft aborts the democratic process Iraqis hoped for and is a big victory for political Islam," said writer Adel Abdel Amir. "Islamic law, not the people, has become the source of authority," he said of the proposed constitution which assigns a primary role to Islam as a source for legislation.
(Telegraph) 'Jihadists' like Nazis. Tory leadership hopeful David Cameron today likened Islamic "jihadists" pursuing a holy war against the west to the Nazis of the 1930s and communists who built a totalitarian state.
(MICHNews) Cair Wins, Free Speech Loses At ABC Radio. On
July 25th, the Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded that I
[Michael Graham] be "punished" for my on-air statements regarding Islam and its
tragic connections to terrorism. Three days later, 630 WMAL and ABC
Radio suspended me without pay for comments deemed "hate radio" by
CAIR. CAIR immediately announced that my punishment was insufficient
and demanded I be fired. ABC Radio and 630 WMAL have now complied. I
have now been fired for making the specific comments CAIR deemed
"offensive," and for refusing to retract those statements in a
management-mandated, on-air apology.
(Scotsman) US gives ground on Islam to meet deadline for Iraq. But a secular
Kurdish politician said Kurds opposed making Islam the main source
of law - a reversal of interim legal arrangements - and subjecting
all legislation to a religious test. "We understand the Americans
have sided with the Shi'ites," he said. "It's shocking. It doesn't
fit American values. They have spent so much blood and money here,
only to back the creation of an Islamist state. I can't believe
that's what the Americans really want or what the American people
want." Washington, with 140,000 troops still in Iraq, has insisted
Iraqis are free to govern themselves yet made it clear it will not
approve the kind of clerical rule seen in Shi'ite Iran, a state US
President George Bush describes as "evil".
(BreakPoint) Shafting Nineveh: The Fate of Iraqi Christians.
Nina Shea of Freedom House isn’t that optimistic. She points out
that the most recent draft of the constitution went from calling
Islam “a source of law” to “the main source of law.” It also
includes a “repugnancy clause” that says no law can “contradict
Islam.” Shea believes, with ample justification, that by “Islam” the
drafters mean “Sharia law,” similar to that applied in places like
Iran and Saudi Arabia. The efforts of those countries, combined with
a possible “religious majority” in the parliament, might eventually
turn Iraq into a de facto “Islamic Republic.”
(Daily Times) ‘Blasphemy’ convict in danger. A man sentenced
to life imprisonment for blasphemy is being kept in solitary
confinement because of fears other inmates will harm him for
insulting Islam, police said on Tuesday.
(AP) Group criticizes Iraq constitution panel. The
party said in a statement that federalism is only suitable in the
Kurdish-self ruled areas and not elsewhere. It also insisted that
the new constitution affirm the country's Arab and Islamic identity.
The party, which has roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, also demanded
that Islam be declared the main source in legislation - a measure
opposed by Kurds and women's activists.
(ANS) The Islamization Of Europe. The ultimate goal of taking control of society, as depicted by the Islamic Council of Europe in 1980, is clearly in the minds of at least some Muslim leaders. A Dutch Imam has stated that Islamic law is superior to other forms of legislation so there is no need to obey other laws. Some Finnish imams preach on the Islamic duty to kill a Muslim who converts to another faith, adding that it is difficult to carry this out in Finland at present because Muslims do not yet “own the state”.
(Christian Today) Churches in West Java Being Shut Down by Radicals. Eight Churches close as the trial of three Christian Woman in West Java continues.
(CNSNews) Persecution of Kosovo Christians Said to Reveal Larger Threat. International intervention to halt the persecution of Christians in Kosovo is a "complete failure," according to a former diplomat and other political analysts who briefed Capitol Hill staff late last week, pointing to the destruction of 150 churches and the simultaneous construction of 200 mosques. ... The new mosques are funded by "Wahhabist nations," the diplomats said, raising the specter of radical Islam incubating on the doorstep of Europe in a province rife with illegal arms and narcotics trafficking.
NEW YORK, NY
(Australian) Henry Kissinger: Messier than Vietnam and more dangerous. We face a shadowy enemy pursuing four principal objectives: to expel foreigners from Iraq; to penalise Iraqis co-operating with the occupation; to create a chaos out of which a government of their Islamist persuasion will emerge as a model for other Muslim states; and to turn Iraq into a base for training for the next round of fighting, probably in moderate Arab states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan.
(BBC HARDTalk) Justifying acts of terror? In a HARDtalk interview on 8 August, Stephen Sackur talks to the former UK head of al Muhajiroun, Anjem Choudary.
(Herald News) Ideology of radical Islam terror cells. The new al-Qaida is finding fertile ground for recruits, particularly among the children of Europe's immigrants, Post said. ... At the same time, fiery Muslim preachers offer a radical ideology — with few moderate voices strong enough to drown out their voices. Some 4,000 fundamentalist Web sites further spread the hate, he said.
(Times of India) Kids' novel on suicide bomber a hit. A new children's novel featuring a 16-year-old girl being recruited by a terrorist group for a suicide bomb attack has become a British best-seller in the wake of the London bombings.
(Muslim Weekly) Islam, faith and power. We must not forget that only accepting Islam is voluntary. Volunteerism ends with surrendering oneself to Allah. Going to or financing war was a matter of free will for a short period of time. Later on, it was made obligatory. Allah did not like the Prophet’s (PBUH) granting exemptions to some individuals from joining Jihad (9:38-55). Even their contributions were not accepted (9:53). It is also clear from the Qur’anic verse 2:216 that war was not voluntary? Allah clearly says: "Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you..."
(Desert Sun) 7 more arrests in failed bombings: Police
question suspects in London attacks, ties to Saudis. Police have discovered that Hussain called Saudi Arabia hours before his arrest, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, and the Sunday Times said another bombing suspect - Ethiopian-born Briton Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27 - took a monthlong trip to Saudi Arabia in 2003, telling friends he was receiving training there.
U.K.) The myth of moderate Islam. The funeral of British suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer was held in absentia in his family’s ancestral village, near Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of people attended, as they did again the following day when a qul ceremony was held for Tanweer. During qul, the Koran is recited to speed the deceased’s journey to paradise, though in Tanweer’s case this was hardly necessary. Being a shahid (martyr), he is deemed to have gone straight to paradise. The 22-year-old from Leeds, whose bomb at Aldgate station killed seven people, was hailed by the crowd as ‘a hero of Islam’.
(Counter Terrorism) The American Islamic Leaders' "Fatwa" is Bogus. In fact, the fatwa is bogus. Nowhere does it condemn the Islamic extremism ideology that has spawned Islamic terrorism. It does not renounce nor even acknowledge the existence of an Islamic jihadist culture that has permeated mosques and young Muslims around the world. It does not renounce Jihad let alone admit that it has been used to justify Islamic terrorist acts.
(Radio Free Europe) Iraq: Draft Constitutions Signal Loss Of Rights. One draft, published in Baghdad daily "Al-Mada"
(http://www.almadapaper.com), states that Iraqi citizens, in
addition to the rights laid out in the constitution, "shall enjoy
the rights stipulated in international treaties, agreements, and
international legal documents....so long as these do not contradict
Islam." Another draft, published in the daily "Al-Sabah" (http://www.alsabaah.com),
calls for the government to be a parliamentary democracy with a weak
executive branch; a single legislative body, elected every four
years; and an independent judiciary. Regarding Islam, the draft
states: "Islam is the official religion of the state. It is the
basic source for legislation. It is forbidden to pass a law that
contradicts its fixed rulings."
(Union Leader) MORE ARRESTS: Britain arrests 9 more men in July
21 attacks. Anti-terrorist officers arrested nine men in raids
early Thursday in connection with the botched July 21 attacks on
London's transit system, bringing to 20 the number of people police
have in custody, including one of the alleged bombers.
(MSNBC) Red Sea attacks fuel Egyptian debate on Islam. “There
is no use denying. ... We incited the crime of Sharm el-Sheik,” ran
a bold red headline of a lead editorial Wednesday by Al-Musawwar’s
editor in chief, Abdel-Qader Shohaib. The bombers “didn’t just
conjure up in our midst suddenly, they are a product of a society
that produces extremist fossilized minds that are easy to be
controlled,” Shohaib wrote. In Al-Ahram, columnist Ahmed Abdel Moeti
Hegazi wrote: “This is not just deviation, it is a culture,”
(Iran Focus) Iran weekly advertises “application form” for suicide operations.
“Martyrdom-seeking operations embody the pinnacle of a nation’s
greatness and the apex of its epics” His Eminence the Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Statement for Recruitment of
(CNN) Musharraf calls for jihad against preachers of hatred, violence.
Under pressure after the London attacks and accused of not doing
enough to tackle terrorism, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on
Thursday night called for jihad against the preachers of hatred and
violence. ... Referring to the London terror strikes, he said three
of the four accused had Pakistani parentage. But they were British
nationals, born, educated and bred in England. The General said one
of the extremist organisations in Britain had passed an edict on his
life but continued to operate freely.
(LFP) The myth of the 'moderate' Muslim. Violence has been
an integral part of Muslim history, irrespective of whether it is
sanctioned by Islam, and Muslims who unhesitatingly use violence to
advance their political ambitions have created a climate within
their faith-culture that any Muslim who questions such practice is
then deemed apostate and subject to harm. Consequently, what might
pass for "moderate" Muslims, the large number of Muslims unaccounted
for as to what they think, in practical terms constitute a forest
within which extremists are incubated, nurtured, given ideological
and material support, and to which they return for sanctuary.
(CNN) London mayor: West fueled terror. London Mayor Ken
Livingstone has said that Western "double standards" in the Middle
East have contributed to the growth of Islamic extremism and
terrorist groups such as al Qaeda.
(CNN) Suspicious Man Stopped At Church Service. Man Left Briefcase, Claims To Have Message From Allah
(Memri) Director of London's Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical
Studies Hani Sibai: There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law; The
Bombing is a Great Victory for Al-Qa'ida, Which "Rubbed the Noses of
the World's 8 Most Powerful Countries in the Mud"
(Telegraph) Where is the Gandhi of Islam? The faith Mohammed
taught does not just hope that the world will become Muslim. It
wants all human society and politics to be governed by religious
law: it draws no distinction between the secular and religious
sphere (except to condemn the secular). Therefore, Muslim leaders
find it very difficult to resist the hotheads who say that Sharia -
the divine law - should be imposed wherever possible.
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(CNN) Father, son arrested in terror probe: Islamic leaders in
California town also in custody. Federal agents searched the
homes of two Islamic leaders in Lodi, California, and have made four
arrests since Sunday, part of an ongoing terrorism investigation,
according to the FBI and witnesses.
(WND) U.S. Muslims desecrate American flag. A group of
American Muslims produced a
video that shows its members on a city street corner
declaring Islam's dominance over America as they tread on a U.S.
flag and then rip it apart. In the video, released by the New
York-based Islamic Thinkers Society, one of the Muslims is shown
placing a sign on the flag that says, "Oh Muslims! Do you know your
enemy? Isn't it obvious?"
(WND) Islam on march south of border. Islam is on the move
in Mexico and throughout Latin America, making dramatic gains in
converting the native population, increasing immigration,
establishing businesses and charities and attracting attention from
U.S. government officials who have asked their neighbors to the
south to keep an eye on foreign Muslim groups.
(CNN) U.S. cites 4 Gulf allies in trafficking report. The
report found that "hundreds of thousands of low-skilled workers"
from South Asia and Africa who arrive in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf
countries fall into either forced begging or "involuntary servitude,
suffering from physical and sexual abuse, nonpayment of wagers,
withholding of travel documents and restriction of movement."
(Seattle PI) Muslims protest alleged Quran desecration.
Muslims spat on the American flag, threw tomatoes at a picture of
President Bush and burned the U.S. Constitution in protests Friday
from Iraq to Indonesia over the alleged desecration of Islam's holy
book at Guantanamo Bay prison.
(CNN) Muslims protest U.S. from Asia to Mideast. Alleged
desecration of Quran at center of demonstrations. Thousands of
Muslims marched Friday in Islamic countries from Asia to the Middle
East, burning symbols of the United States to protest the alleged
desecration of the Quran by military personnel at a American prison
in Guantanamo, Bay, Cuba.
New York, NY
(Wall Street Journal) Hypocrisy Most Holy: Muslims should show some
respect to others' religions. As a Muslim, I am able to
purchase copies of the Qur'an in any bookstore in any American city,
and study its contents in countless American universities. American
museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and
heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim
brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia—where I come from—are not even
allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi
government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces
confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on
Christian expatriates worshiping privately.
"Sadiq 'Abd al-Karim Mal Allah, a Saudi Arabian Shi'a
Muslim, was executed in 1992. Neither he nor his family knew
that he was under sentence of death or for what "crime" he
had been convicted. He was apparently charged with smuggling
a copy of the Bible into Saudi Arabia. He denied the charge,
but was reportedly requested to convert to Wahabism, an
interpretation of Islam favoured by the state. When he
refused, the judge was reported to have told him: "You
abandon your rejectionist belief or I will kill you." On 3
September 1992 he was publicly beheaded in al-Qatif."
(Sudan Tribune) Sudan suspends publication of daily over blasphemy claim. Hundreds of angry Sudanese gathered Thursday outside the court demanding the death sentence for Ahmed. Blasphemy and insulting Islam can bring the death penalty in Sudan, which has been governed by strict Islamic Sharia law since 1983.
(Proche-Orient) Les signes et manifestations d’appartenance
religieuse dans les établissements scolaires. Le prosélytisme
musulman, le seul dont on nous a parlé, plus que de vraiment
convertir, a d’abord pour objet la réislamisation de populations
dont la foi est jugée impure et la piété imprégnée de superstition
et de paganisme. See also
French Schools Lurch Toward Islamization
(Conservative Voice) The Power of Islam. I ran across a
video called, “Sudan—Children
of Terror.” It is a chilling example of what Islam is doing
quietly and insidiously and the world barely notices. In this film,
hundreds of four to six year old boys are shown being indoctrinated
into Islam. Their training is quite simple. They are taught to hate
and they are taught to kill.
(American Thinker) Jihad begot the Crusades. The late
Jacques Ellul’s penetrating analysis of the jihad argued
convincingly that in fact, …the idea of a holy war is a direct
product of the Muslim jihad. If the latter is a holy war, then
obviously the fight against Muslims to defend or save Christianity
has also to be a holy war. The idea of a holy war is not of
Christian origin. Emperors never advanced the idea prior to the
appearance of Islam.
(CT) The Real History of the Crusade. With enormous energy,
the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly
after Mohammed's death. They were extremely successful. Palestine,
Syria, and Egypt—once the most heavily Christian areas in the
world—quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had
conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh
century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey),
which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman
Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was
reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in
Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking
them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.
(CT) Lay Pastor May Face Martyrdom. Convert from Islam
accused of evangelizing Muslims. Iranian Christian Hamid Pourmand, a
former Muslim, faces possible execution, the first religiously
motivated death sentence in Iran since 1990. ... Arrested last
September when security police raided a church conference he was
attending, the Assemblies of God lay pastor faces charges of
apostasy from Islam and of proselytizing Muslims. Both "crimes" are
punishable by death. Pourmand, 47, converted from Islam to
Christianity nearly 25 years ago.
(Pakistani Newpaper) Three Pakistani expatriates win in British
elections. Among the Labour Party candidates, Pakistani
expatriates winning the elections included Khalid Mahmood romping
home victoriously from Perry Bar constituency of Birmingham,
Mohammad Sarwar triumphing from Glasgow Central, while a Pakistani
British lawyer Sadiq Khan emerging victorious from the constituency
of Toting in London.
New York, NY
(Independent Record) Muslims reaping what they sowed. In
part, the Arab-Muslim world is reaping something it sowed. Way too
many Arab intellectuals and religious and political leaders were
ready to extol suicide bombing when it was directed against
Israelis. Now they are seeing how this weapon of nihilism — once
sanctified and glorified — can be used against their own societies.
It was wrong when it was used against Jews, and it is wrong when it
is used against Muslims. You can't build a decent society on the
graves of suicide bombers and their victims.
(BBC) Sudanese demand death for editor. Angry crowds
have demanded the death penalty for a Sudanese newspaper editor over
an article allegedly questioning the parentage of the Prophet
Muhammad. Hundreds of people waving banners and chanting "God is
great" protested outside a court as Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed was
charged over the article. His Al Wifaq newspaper is being suspended
for three days from Friday.
(Christian Post) No Apology from Pastor in Muslim Vilification
Case. A pastor found guilty of vilifying Muslims in Australia
says that his conscience would not allow him to apologize for his
2002 comments. Penalties by the court are still pending. ... “By
allowing its court system to become a sermon review board that
censors religious expression, Australia not only violates
international law but also undermines the true basis for tolerance,
that is, the freedom to openly discuss and debate views that differ
from one’s own,” said Roger Severino, counsel for the Becket Fund
for Religious Liberty.
DEARBORN, MI (Detroit News) Dearborn man to be tried in
terror case. A 41-year-old Dearborn businessman sought to
support the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah by collecting at least
$600 to send to relatives of suicide bombers, the FBI said Tuesday.
(Aljazeera) Kuwait fails to pass women's vote bill. Kuwait's
parliament has failed to pass a law giving women the right to vote
and stand in municipal elections for the first time.
(Chicago Tribune) Showing skin, risking hide. The Miss
Universe contestant from Muslim Indonesia is caught in a firestorm
of conservatives' anger over the swimsuit competition. ... The
debate may seem frivolous—especially in Indonesia, with its rampant
prostitution and an anything-goes attitude in certain quarters.
(Jihad Unspun) TRANSCRIPT: Al-Zarqawi: O People Of Islam!
Strength, Strength! Praise be to Allah, whose Help glorifies
Islam, whose irresistibility humiliates Skirk (rejection of
oneness), whose Command manages all affairs, whose Planning draws
the Kafirs (unbelievers) in little by little, whose Justice causes
days of blessings and days of suffering to alternate, and whose
Grace makes final victory belongs to the pious. And peace and prayer
be on the one that with his sword, Allah elevated the status of
(Government of Brunei) Moslem are warns of ways of deviating the
Ummah. "Muslims beware..!... Among the techniques used to
deviate Muslims is befriending and helping needy people. ... The
targeted people are given something called black water to drink,
that turns their tongues black and prevents them from uttering the
Syahadah or Islamic pledge when they hear the Azan or call to
prayer. Strangely, the black water is given to Muslims only."
(Liberty University) First Former Muslim to Become Dean of an
Evangelical Seminary in the U.S.
Liberty University announces Dr. Ergun Caner as the new Dean of the
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Caner fills the post vacated
by Dr. Danny Lovett who leaves to assume the presidency of Tennessee
Temple University in Chattanooga. Caner, the first former Muslim to
become the dean of an evangelical seminary in the United States, has
spent two years at Liberty University teaching Theology and Church
History in the School of Religion. A very popular professor, Caner
energizes his listeners through both his humor and direct preaching.
(Strategic) THAILAND: School Teachers Busted As Terrorist Leaders.
The government believes that Islamic radicals teaching in Islamic
schools have been indoctrinating adolescent boys and turning them
into Islamic terrorists. This is a pattern found throughout the
Islamic world. The schools are often set up and subsidized with
money from Saudi Arabian religious charities. Islam in Saudi Arabia
promotes intolerance towards other religions, and support for
violence against non-Moslems.
(American Daily) Pakistani Christian Beaten After Refusing To
Denounce His Faith. After refusing to renounce his Christian
faith and embrace Islam, a Pakistani man was seriously beaten. ... Masih said, APMA reported, "You can kill me but cannot convert
me." Hearing this, Masih's captors pistol whipped him. There was no
one there to hear his cries. When Masih lost consciousness, the
Islamics thought he was dead. They called Hussein to remove his
(St. Olaf News) St. Olaf College to explore Islamic diversity
St. Olaf College will host an Islamic conference, "Diversity in
Islam and the Development of an Islamic Identity in the United
States," co-sponsored by the St. Olaf Muslim Student Association and
the Muslim students at Carleton College. The event will be held on
Saturday, April 30, in the Black and Gold Ballroom of Buntrock
Commons at 11:30 a.m.
(IHT)French Islamic group offers rich soil for militancy.
Raouf Ben Halima, 39, sleeps on his side, never on his stomach. He
enters the bathroom leading with his left foot, but puts his pants
on leading with his right. He does not use a fork when he eats; he
uses his index finger, middle finger and thumb. Halima is a member
of the Tablighi Jamaat, or Preaching Party, a global army of Muslim
missionaries helping to expand their religion and reinforce their
faith. They believe that emulating the habits of the Prophet
Muhammad is the surest way to restore Islam to its intended path.
'Teacher' jailed for abusing boys. He was sentenced at
Snaresbrook Crown Court having earlier admitted nine counts of
indecent assault on children and further counts of indecency. Police
found more than 30,000 pornographic images on his computer. The
court heard Islam converted to the Islamic faith when he was
21-years-old and went on to work as a cleaner at a London mosque
where he befriended the brothers and their family.
ALEXANDRIA, Va (Star
Muslim Cleric Found Guilty in the 'Virginia Jihad' Case. After
deliberating for seven days, the jury convicted the cleric, Ali al-Timimi
of Fairfax, Va., on all six counts in the indictment, including
counseling others to wage war against the United States and use
firearms and explosives in furtherance of violent crimes. Mr. Timimi,
who will remain under house arrest until sentencing on July 13,
faces a mandatory life sentence under federal guidelines.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (Seattle PI) Riot highlights Gulf working conditions.
A riot by 700 workers from Bangladesh has thrown new focus on what human rights groups call the slave-like conditions many Asian workers endure across the affluent Persian Gulf, including salaries of just dollars a day or no wages at all.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (JP)
Militant groups report 'Dewa' to police for defaming Islam.
Islamic militant groups filed a complaint to the police against
popular rock band Dewa on Monday, who they said had committed an
offense against Islam by using Koranic- looking calligraphy on their
album art and TV footage.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia detains 40 Christians. Saudi Arabia has detained 40
Pakistani Christians for holding prayers at a house in the Muslim
kingdom, where practicising any religion other than Islam is
illegal, newspapers said on Saturday. A group of men, women and
children were attending the service in the capital Riyadh when
police raided the house, Al Jazirah newspaper said. It said
authorities also found Christian tapes and books.
Mecca suspected as source of Yemen polio cases. Polio has broken
out in Yemen and may have been imported by pilgrims returning from
Mecca, international health officials said. The disease, which
appeared to have been on the verge of eradication in early 2004, has
since spread to Saudi Arabia and several countries across Africa.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (International Crisis Group)
The State of Sectarianism in Pakistan.Pakistan. Sectarian conflict in Pakistan is the
direct consequence of state policies of Islamisation and
marginalisation of secular democratic forces. Co-option and
patronage of religious parties by successive military governments
have brought Pakistan to a point where religious extremism threatens
to erode the foundations of the state and society.
United Nations (UN News Centre)
UN human rights commission urges action against religious
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has called on the
international community to open a global dialogue to combat the
defamation of religions, citing specifically the ethnic and
religious profiling of Muslim minorities after the terrorist attacks
against the United States on 11 September 2001.
Switzerland (Pak Tribune)
Commission on HR adopts resolution on combating defamation of
The 61st Session of the Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday
adopted resolution Combating Defamation of Religions which expressed
deep concern at particular intensification of the campaign of
defamation of religions in particular ethnic and religious profiling
of Muslim minorities.
Nations (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)
Combating defamation of religions.
Alarmed at the continuing negative impact of the events of 11
September 2001 on Muslim minorities and communities in some
non-Muslim countries and the negative projection of Islam in media,
and the introduction and enforcement of laws that specifically
discriminate against and target Muslims,
Nations (United Nations Development Programme)
Arab Human Development Report 2004.
As they tighten and grow, the constrictions of the chain on freedom,
in time, become internal constraints on the self. Suppression leads
individuals to become their own censors and to contain every urge to
speak or act. This complicated process has led Arab citizens,
including some among the intelligentsia, to a state of submission
fed by fear and marked by denial of their subjugation. —
Executive Summary, p. 14.
AMMAN, Jordan (World Magazine)
Religious identity laws in Jordan and other largely Muslim countries
are the coda to basic human rights. Denied a new religious identity,
Samer cannot hold a job, maintain custody of his son, retain legal
title in his marriage, or own property. He is regarded as an
apostate, and other Muslims can legally attack—even kill—Samer.
Cyber-dissident reportedly arrested in Tobruk.
Al Mansouri's arrest has not been confirmed by the authorities. It
reportedly took place on the evening of 12 January in the eastern
city of Tobruk. He is said to have been transferred to a prison in
Tripoli two days later. His family have had no news of him since his
arrest. He began posting articles on the UK-based website http://www.akhbar-libya.com
in 2004. A 52-year-old bookseller, he wrote about social issues and
criticised human rights violations by the Libyan authorities.
LONDON, England (CNN)
Darfur death toll 'may be 300,000'.
As many as 300,000 people may have died in Sudan's western Darfur
region in a conflict the international community is doing too little
to stop, a British parliamentary report said on Wednesday. The
report also urged the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on
Sudan, extend its arms embargo and refer war criminals to the
International Criminal Court (ICC). "The world's failure to protect
the people of Darfur from the atrocities committed against them by
their own government is a scandal," said Tony Baldry, chairman of
the cross-party International Development Committee.
Turkey State Minister Warns Against Missionary Propaganda.
Responding to a parliamentary questionnaire concerning missionary
activities in Turkey, Mehmet Aydin said missionaries were not simply
spreading their religion by exercising freedom of belief but were
intervening in people's freedom of belief by capitalizing on their
ignorance, according to a report Monday by the Ankara-based Turkish
KAMPALA, Uganda (ABCNews) Ugandan Muslims March in Defense of
Hundreds of Ugandan Muslims demonstrated in the capital on Tuesday
to protest a proposed restriction on polygamy they see as an affront
to their religion. Under Islamic law, a Muslim man is allowed to
take up to four wives, as long as he can provide for all of them
equally. But a domestic relations bill being debated by Uganda's
parliament says Ugandan Muslims should have to seek approval from
their first wife before marrying again. "Islamic law has been there
since it was passed on from Allah to the Prophet Mohammed, it cannot
be re-written now," one of the protesters, Bukulu Haruna, told
Statesman) Inside Islam's ''terror schools''.
Madrasas are now more dominant in Pakistan's educational system than
they are anywhere else; but the general trend is common across the
Islamic world. In Egypt the number of teaching institutes dependent
on the Islamic Al-Azhar University increased from 1,855 in 1986 to
4,314 ten years later. The Saudis have also stepped up funding in
Africa: in Tanzania alone they have been spending $1m a year
building new madrasas. In Mali, madrasas now account for around a
quarter of children in primary schools.
Iraq (Times) A Jihadist's Tale: How a young Jordanian left his American life and died an insurgent in Iraq.
The lethality of the jihadists was highlighted on Feb. 28 when a
suicide bomber detonated himself outside a health clinic in the city
of Hilla, killing at least 125 people, the worst single massacre
since the U.S. invasion. On March 11 the Amman daily newspaper Al-Ghad
identified Ra'ed al-Banna as the attacker, in an article purporting
to describe the family's wedding-like celebration of his martyrdom.
MANILA, Philippines (ABCNews) Terror Suspect Details
A terror suspect on Wednesday said the southern Philippines has
become a major training ground for regional terror group Jemaah
Islamiyah graduating 23 bomb experts just days ago and a refuge for
Indonesians involved in major attacks, including the 2002 Bali
ROSEBURG, OR (News Review) Author says churches need to get
more masculine to draw in men.
Murrow's theory on why men hate going to church is that over
decades, Christian churches have become feminized. To him, this
trend must be reversed to save Christianity and he is on a crusade
to put masculinity back in the pew. He wonders why there is not the
same gender gap among Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism and why Muslim
men practice their faith with such pride. "Early Christianity was a
magnet to men, but today's church repels them," he said. His
research, he wrote, shows that over the centuries Christian ritual,
ministry and practices have slowly evolved to meet the needs and
expectations of a feminine constituency.
DUBAI, UAE (Sun
News) Held missionary seeks
A Myrtle Beach missionary charged with distributing Bibles in the
Muslim-dominated city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, could be
deported this week, if orders for her to leave are signed by the
city's attorney general. Officials with Tom Cox Ministries, an
Arkansas-based religious organization, were waiting for word Monday
that Vivian Gilmer of Myrtle Beach could leave Dubai. The
72-year-old grandmother is a longtime member of First Baptist Church
in Myrtle Beach.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Seattle Times)
Many Dutch bid farewell to home.
But he was taken aback in November when a Dutch filmmaker was shot
and his throat slit on an Amsterdam street. In the weeks that
followed, Hiltemann was inundated by e-mail messages and telephone
calls. "There was a big panic, a flood of people saying they wanted
to leave the country," he said.
CAIRO, Egypt (ABC News)
Single Mother Shocks Egypt by Keeping Baby.
It began, el-Hinnawy said, when she entered into an "urfi" marriage,
an unofficial arrangement that has become popular as a way to skirt
Islam's ban on premarital sex, with Ahmed el-Fishawy, a 24-year-old
TV star. Urfi marriages have no official contract and are often kept
secret. Although a document is signed in front of witnesses, the
marriage can be broken simply by destroying that paper. Such
marriages have become more frequent, often for poor Egyptians who
cannot afford to marry or as temporary unions for people who want to
legitimize their sexual activities in a strict Muslim society with
its stricture against premarital sex.
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN)
Election reform announced in Egypt.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the constitution changed to
allow multi-candidate presidential elections in September, making a
surprise reversal Saturday that could pit him against a challenger
for the first time since taking power in 1981. The announcement
followed increasing opposition calls within Egypt for political
reform and historic Iraqi and Palestinian elections that brought a
taste of democracy to a region.
PEKAN, Malaysia (Bernama)
Suggestions On Islam Must Consider Sensitivities: Najib.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin
said yesterday that the proposed interfaith commission could not be
formed in the country as it contravened the Federal Constitution.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (USAToday)
Iraqi women eye Islamic law. She is quick to tick off what
sharia will mean for married women. "[The husband] can beat his wife
but not in a forceful way, leaving no mark. If he should leave a
mark, he will pay," she says of a system she supports. "He can beat
her when she is not obeying him in his rights. We want her to be
educated enough that she will not force him to beat her, and if he
beats her with no right, we want her to be strong enough to go to
WASHINGTON, DC (Commentary)
When Muslims Convert. In the Islamic world, there is a broad
consensus, both popular and scholarly, that apostates deserve to be
killed. A rich theological and intellectual tradition, stretching as
far back as Muhammad and his companions, supports this position.
Though official proceedings against those who reject Islam are
fairly rare—in part, no doubt, because most keep their conversion a
closely held secret—apostasy is punishable by death in Afghanistan,
Comoros, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen.
It is also illegal in Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman,
PARIS, France (USAToday)
Europe's rising class of believers: Muslims. Europe is becoming
Islamicized," warned Fritz Bolkestein a few weeks before he left his
job as the EU's competition commissioner last December, noting that
the two biggest cities in his native Netherlands, Amsterdam and
Rotterdam, will be minority European within a few years.
Christian jailed for insulting the Koran. A Pakistani court has
convicted and sentenced a Christian man to seven years in prison for
insulting Islam's holy book, the Koran, as he practiced magic,
police said today.
WAYNE, IN (News Sentinel)
Can West resist the momentum of Islam’s relentless expansion?
Europe’s intellectual climate offers some resistance to Islam, but
the post-modernism of most Western European societies leaves an
idea-vacuum struggling to withstand robust Islam. Banning
headscarves in public schools is a flimsy defense unless Europe
reclaims a concrete moral core.
BOSTON, MA (Herald)
Anti-Christianity: The accepted form of bigotry. In the first
class of the semester, a Georgetown professor called the crucifixes
that hang upon the walls in every classroom "weaknesses that look
down upon us." He said this during class, before all his students.
No one said a word to him, not even after class. All were silent as
Christ was mocked and Christianity denigrated. ... Christianity is
the easiest religion to bash in academia because there are no
repercussions. It is little wonder university professors do not bash
Islam or Judaism. Radical Muslims would kill in the name of Allah
for a comment against their faith.
KANSAS CITY, MO, (Sun Herald)
Afghan Christian says faith might cost him his life. He has
lived in the United States since 1996, but U.S. immigration
authorities are trying to deport him for visa violations - despite
evidence that his sister was killed for her Christian faith in 1993
by religious soldiers answering to a warlord still active in
Afghanistan. ... "In today's Afghanistan, I am sure that the Karzai
government would not support a death penalty for apostasy," he
wrote. "But there are some very conservative elements in the country
who might feel it their obligation to take things into their own
ZAKHO, Iraq (AsiaNews)
Christian convert killed in Iraq. A Christian convert from Islam
was killed for his faith. Ziwar Muhammad Isma’il, who worked as a
taxi driver in Zakho in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern
Iraq, was shot dead by Abd al-Karim Abd al-Salam at a taxi station
early on the morning of February 17. Abd al-Salam approached Ziwar
and told him to return to Islam. When Ziwar refused he opened fire
with an automatic rifle.
BEACH, VA (CBN) Former Muslims Pay Price for Christian Faith.
Violence is nothing new for Muslims who convert to Christianity.
Indeed, in the Islamic world, leaving Islam and living for Christ
can mean a death sentence. Emir Caner is a former Muslim who now
teaches at a Baptist seminary. He has written a book about some of
these brave converts. Recently he came to our studio to tell us
about it. ... Let's talk about your new book "The Costly Call."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters)
Muslim world falls short on tsunami aid.
Parts of the Islamic world are "big on talking about jihad" but
have fallen short in aiding Muslim victims of the South Asian
tsunami, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said on
Thursday. ... "There's been very little generosity so far from parts
of the Muslim world that are big on talking about jihad and other
things, but when 200,000 people — all of them Muslim in the case of
Indonesia — died in this catastrophe, there's not much help
forthcoming," Wolfowitz said.
LONDON, England (Frontpagemag) Islamophobia Myth. In reality,
discrimination against Muslims is not as great as is often claimed.
When making a film on Islamophobia for Channel 4, I discovered a
huge gap between perception and reality. One issue is police
harassment of Muslims.
TEHRAN, Iran (AsiaNews)
No more court martial for Protestant clergyman who converted from
Islam. Military espionage charges are dropped but apostasy and proselytising still hang over his head. Pastor is still liable for
the death penalty. Hamid Pourmand, an Iranian Protestant clergyman,
is no longer accused of espionage and will soon be able to leave the
military prison where he has spent the last three months. However,
he will now have to face charges of apostasy and proselytising. His
trial will thus be exclusively based on the intolerance Iran’s
religious theocracy has towards the country’s religious minorities.
NAJAF, Iraq (SL
Tribune) Clerics push for Islamic law.
With religious Shiite parties poised to take power in the new
constitutional assembly, leading Shiite clerics are pushing for
Islam to be enshrined in the new constitution, governing such
matters as marriage, divorce and family inheritance. On other
issues, opinion varies, with the more conservative leaders insisting
that Shariah, or Islamic law, be the foundation for all legislation.
NAJAF, Iraq (Khaleej Times) Iraqi Shia leaders demand Islam
be the source of law.
Iraq’s Shia leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and another top
cleric on Sunday staked out a demand that Islam be the sole source
of legislation in the country’s new constitution. One cleric issued
a statement setting out the position and the spiritual leader of
Iraqi Shia made it known straight away that he backed demands for
the Koran to be the reference point for legislation.
LONDON, England (London Times) Muslim apostates cast out and
at risk from faith and family.
While Christians who turn to Islam are feted, the 200,000 Muslims
who turn away are faced with abuse, violence and even murder. The
first brick was thrown through the sitting room window at one in the
morning, waking Nissar Hussein, his wife and five children with a
terrifying start. The second brick went through his car window. ...
He and his family have been regularly jostled, abused, attacked,
shouted at to move out of the area, and given death threats in the
street. His wife has been held hostage inside their home for two
hours by a mob. His car, walls and windows have been daubed in
graffiti: “Christian bastard”.
NEW YORK, NY (Freedom House) Saudi Publications on Hate
Ideology Fill American Mosques.
The research, translation and principle analysis of the materials
for the report were carried out by both Muslims and non-Muslims who
wish to remain anonymous for reasons of security. In light of the
recent targeted assassination and death threats for speaking out
against Islamic extremism in the Netherlands, such concerns appear
especially valid. All involved did so out of a conviction that the
Saudi Arabian publications in this study, which espouse an ideology
of hate and purport to be the authoritative interpretation of Islam,
continue to be in plentiful supply at some of our nation’s main
mosques and continue to be used as principal educational resources
on Islam for Muslims in America.
NEW YORK, NY (New York Sun) Christians on PalTalk Chat
Service Tracked by Radical Islamic Web Site.
A radical Islamic Web site systematically tracks Christians on
PalTalk.com, an Internet chat service on which a New Jersey man
received a death threat two months before he and his family were
murdered. The password protected Arabic Web site, at the address
www.barsomyat.com, features pictures and information about
Christians who have been particularly active in debating Muslims on
PalTalk. One page from barsomyat.com features a group of photographs
of a Syrian Christian, "Joseph," who now lives in Canada.
Barsomyat.com's users have posted personal information about Joseph,
including his brother's parole status, and make clear that they are
actively trying to track down his current address.
Carol Stream, Il (CT)
'There Can Be No End to Jihad'. The
"Magnificent 19" or "terrorists" are personally accountable for
their actions. If these were based on God's commands, they will be
rewarded; if against his commands, they will be punished. The 19
referred to a divine text, Surah AL-Baqara 2:190: "Fight in the way
of Allah against those who fight against you … " Muslims believe
that non-Muslims are kaffir—those disbelieving in Islam. This is not
an insult; it is a description. The God in whom we believe did not
come from the womb of a mother. The USA is a kaffir state—and kaffir
includes those U.S. Muslims who ally with non-Muslims, e.g. in the
U.S. Army, as in Iraq, and are therefore legitimate targets of
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) Iraqis vote amid violence.
Polls have closed in Iraq's first free election in a half century,
with the independent election commission reporting a 72 percent
turnout of registered voters nationwide by mid-afternoon amid
attacks and threats of violence. ... "There has been a vast turnout
in Iraq," Rashid said. "The news is freedom has won," Al-Lami said.
"We have conquered terrorism." ... In the northeastern town of
Baquba, CNN's Jane Arraf found a polling station where a long line
of Iraqi voters chanted and clapped their hands in front of the
camera. One voter told Arraf that Sunday's vote was a "bullet in the
heart of the enemy."
England (ABC News) Iraqis Worldwide Continue Casting Ballots.
Fistfights broke out at an Australian polling station for Iraqis
abroad Saturday when a group of Islamic extremists chanted slogans
against those casting ballots, while Iraqis around the world voted
for a second day in their homeland's election. ... Iraqis elsewhere
were enthusiastic as they lined up at the ballot boxes, even turning
out in the hundreds in the Jordanian town of Zarqa, the hometown of
Iraq's most feared terrorist leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, election
Washington, DC (Insight) Islamism's feisty female foe.
Having worked in women's shelters, she exposed the sexual abuse,
incest, violence, frequent suicides of young girls and forced
abortions in Muslim families. According to Hirsi Ali -- who as a
6-year old girl in Somalia suffered circumcision, an excruciatingly
painful experience -- 60 percent of all abortions in the Netherlands
are performed on Muslim women.
New Jersey (Weehawken Reporter) A 'cult-like' killing? A week
of questions and anger after Egyptian family's murder.
Two unnamed Jersey City police officers, independent of one another,
told the Hudson Reporter this past week that based on their years of
experience in handling homicides and robbery cases, the murders
could likely have been religious or even cult-like in nature. One
officer said his reasoning comes from the fact that most
investigations into homicides in any large city initially come with
a solid lead pointing to low-level criminals operating within that
city. However that hasn't happened in this case.
TEHRAN, Iran (Gulf Daily News) Order to kill Rushdie still
on says Iran. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has
labelled British author Salman Rushdie an apostate whose killing
would be authorised by Islam, according to message carried by
Iranian media yesterday. "They talk about respect towards all
religions, but they support such a mahdour al-damm mortad as Salman
Rushdie," Khamenei said. In the Sharia, or Islamic law, "mortad" is
a reference to someone who has committed apostasy by leaving Islam
while "mahdour al-damm" is a term applying to someone whose blood
may be shed with impunity.
TEHRAN, Iran (Arab Times) Iranian leader slams 'Western,
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has labelled British
author Salman Rushdie an apostate whose killing would be authorised
by Islam, according to message carried by Iranian media Wednesday.
JERSEY CITY, NJ (American Daily) Jihad In New Jersey.
Yesterday, Hossam Armanious, his wife Amal Garas and their
daughters, Monica (8) and Sylvia (15) were found murdered in their
New Jersey home. The reason this family was so brutally murdered
appears to be that they were outspoken critics of Islam. The family
was bound and tortured, before their throats were slit in accord
with the instructions for executing nonbelievers, as detailed in the
Koran: (47:4) "Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, smite at
their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a
bond firmly [on them]." They were Coptic Christians, an Egyptian
sect of Christianity especially hated by Muslims for their refusal
to convert to Islam. Hossam Armanious had received death threats
from Muslims. According to a family friend, one of the threats read,
"You'd better stop this bull, or we are going to track you down like
a chicken and kill you.” Sylvia was especially brutalized,
apparently due to the tattoo of a Coptic cross on her wrist. The
girl’s throat was not only slit, but she was stabbed repeatedly in
the chest and wrist where she bore the sign of her faith.
JERSEY CITY, NJ (NY Post) 'Islamic Hate' Eyed in Slays.
The father of a murdered New Jersey family was threatened for making
anti-Muslim remarks online — and the gruesome quadruple slaying may
have been the hateful retaliation, sources told The Post yesterday.
Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was
found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would
regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room, one source
said. ... The married father of two had recently been threatened by
Muslim members of the Web site, said a fellow Copt and store clerk
who uses the chat room. "You'd better stop this bull---- or we are
going to track you down like a chicken and kill you," was the
threat, said the clerk, who was online at the time and saw the
ACEH, Indonesia (Globe & Mail) Indonesia cracks down on
tsunami relief effort.
Indonesia clamped military restrictions on the international aid
effort for hundreds of thousands of tsunami-disaster victims on the
devastated island of Sumatra yesterday, annoying the White House and
BERLIN, German (ABC News) 14 Islamic Extremists Arrested in
Police arrested 14 people during raids of apartments and mosques in
five German states Wednesday in a crackdown on an Islamic extremist
organization suspected of aiding terrorists, authorities said.
Netherlands (iAfrica) Plot to murder Dutch Islam critic.
A plot to murder Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch lawmaker of Somali
origin who is a leading critic of radical Islam, has been uncovered
in the course of the investigation into the assassination of
film-maker Theo van Gogh, the daily De Telegraaf said on Wednesday.
MANILA, Philippine (Philippine Daily Inquirer) Authorities foil plot to bomb Black
Nazarene procession: 16 suspected Islamic militants arrested.
Police on Friday arrested 16 suspected Islamic militants planning a
weekend suicide bomb attack on a Roman Catholic procession in the
capital, officials and reports said.
CAIRO, Egypt (China Post) Coptic crises pour dampener on
Orthodox Christian celebrations in Egypt? "Copts are suffering
from being denied their basic right to build places of worship by
discriminatory legislation that makes it easier for Muslims to build
mosques than Christians to build churches," said Youssef Sidhom, the
editor of the Coptic newspaper Watani.