#Crusade or #Jihad Depends on who juggles the words

What do these words mean to you? Try this test:

Kuffar, Infidel, Takfir, Unholy, Savage, Civilised, God Fearing, Ungodly, Jihad, Crusade, Angel, Devil, Al Aksa, Jerusalem

Our world today, is stirred and  whipped up, almost to frenzy with anti-Islamic rhetoric in many different forms; “British Values” being a subtle form. From Sharia Unveiled to Jihad Watch or Robert Spence or G

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Kingdom of Male Guardianship criticises Norway over human rights record #FreeThe4

Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach.

Copied from article in the Independent Title Saudi Arabia critices Norway over Human Right record

Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway’s human rights record, accusing the country of failing to protect its Muslim citizens and not doing enough to counter criticism of the prophet Mohammed.
The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. It also expressed concern at “increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes and inequality in riches” and noted a continuation of hate crimes against Muslims in the country.
The Scandinavian nation came under scrutiny during the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review, in which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined.

Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system. They also recommended that Norway improve its correctional facilities for those applying for asylum status.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was in Geneva to hear the concerns from 91 other countries. He told Norway’s NTB newswire prior to the hearing: “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,” reported The Local.

Human Rights Watch last report noted that in 2012 Saudi Arabia “stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens.”

It continued “Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers. As in past years, thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention. The year has seen trials against half-a-dozen human rights defenders and several others for their peaceful expression or assembly demanding political and human rights reforms.”

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Anjem Choudary “The Pantomime Villian”

Excellent article by Imran Awan

Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary (Photo credit: darkroom productions)

As a British Muslim and Criminologist, one of my areas of research, is around British Muslim communities and counter-terrorism related issues. After yesterday’s guilty verdicts, following Woolwich, BBC Radio 4 Today, this morning began their analysis with the pantomime villain, Anjem Choudary. As I gasped with shock and horror at the news, reality began to set in. Choudary is after all a man, who knows how to cause controversy and stir up emotions and feelings of anger and hate. Indeed, Choudary has in the past been invited to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight programme in May when he refused to condemn Lee Rigby’s murder and today continued to espouse that same volatility, hate and animosity. At the time, the faith and communities minister, Baroness Warsi, said she was ‘angry’ that the BBC had given him a forum and had provided a platform for an ‘appalling man who represents nobody’. And I agree with her sentiment.

As a criminologist, we are interested in understanding the causes of crime, whether that be terrorism and the reasons for it. However understanding the causes, does not mean the BBC need to continuously invite Anjem Choudary for his ‘expert’ opinion. Surely, a more productive interview would have been with people who are on the ground and those who understand the nature of extremism and therefore can provide credible solutions in helping prevent another Woolwich happening again. And by that, I do not mean organisations such as Quilliam, who have little confidence from within Muslim communities.

Choudary added this morning that his radical and extreme views did not mean he acted outside of the law. He said: “I’m not inciting people to do anything, otherwise I’m sure I would be sitting behind bars”. But by giving him such a platform it does allow the ‘oxygen’ so many extremists crave. Clearly, there is a fine line between reporting a news story and simply acting as a sound piece for extremists.

The other person on the panel included Lord Carlile the former counter-terrorism legislation reviewer who made the case that Choudary risks exacerbating the conflict of extremism and creating more divisions. I agree that Choudary does risk acting as that individual that some young people may be inclined to follow. However, I was also uncomfortable with the continuous references made that the ‘Muslim community’ should do this and the ‘Muslim community’ should do that narrative. Extremism is a problem for us all and we all need to work together eradicating it and not simply single out one community.

Interestingly, Choudary also at numerous points used the term “we” to continue to make his argument and stated that: “We cannot control the actions of one individual… this is a problem we will continue to face.” I do hope, by this “we” he does not include the vast majority of Muslims who are opposed to everything he stands for. I think the phrase should have been: “You” and not “We” as the vast majority of Muslims do not like those associations made with Choudary.

In a paradoxical way, the media can act as a gatekeeper for helping extremists spread their message to a wider platform. We saw this happen with the BBC fascination with the former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson. The risk is if we continue to provide a platform for people like Choudary and extremists from the EDL all we are doing is providing the mood music by which people can dance too the tunes they set. Terrorism is a disease and we need to find a cure for it, but we need to start this process by engaging with serious people who can make a difference to the counter extremist narrative and not invite the likes of Choudary or organisations such as Quilliam who do not speak for British Muslims.

Arab Islamic Ummah is slavery for some darker Muslims.

Israel. A greedy Cuckoo. Nile to Euphrates. We need real justice in the world

and a real court to try world leaders for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

Gaza may not be an isolated incident. A starting point perhaps. Watch H Clinton’s travel pattern

Why does USA want to increase it’s presence in South East Asia?
A different stupid question; Now that all the rich oil states are in the pocket of USA and on the one hand you have some Muslims fighting for a Caliphate Islamic sate, allegedly. But America as a super-power is dancing to a yiddim tune, funding the collapse of Muslim Nations.
What if Israel is after the whole cake and not just a slice. Israel maybe sees itself as the next super-power in the middle east or a uni-polar world?. Think Big?

Why are there fires of unrest in a lot of Muslim countries?

Divided=Destruction.

There are a number of scenarios, I propose two:

  • Create a fear of Iran (which also has qts)and sell arms (provides income) at the same time fund the radicals within Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar etc
  • Continuous negative propaganda of a legitimately elected Government, while at the same time enclosing them, crowded into a land akin to (reservations) and then deprive then of economy, destroy their crops and infrastructure. When they retaliate cry out in a loud voice.
  • Read AJE Israel’s scorched earth policy in Gaza could prove fatal
    The US and other western governments have failed to publicly criticise Israel for its iron-fist policy on Palestine.

On 04 September 2001 a demonstration was held in Jerusalem to support of the Idea of the State Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates. It was organised by the movement Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”), headed by rabbi and historian Avrom Shmulevic from Hebron. According to Shmulevic, “We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the Land of Israel will not return under Jewish control…. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel…. We must remember that Iraqi oil fields too are located on the Jewish land.”

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Please watch these people demonstrate and listen to the words they use. Their language is always linked to genocide, rape and sexual imagery. They are foaming at the mouth. What kind of people?
Should every country in the world wake-up and beware, be-warned of these living consuming zombies, sorry zionist. Their greed has no limits. #WakewUpWorld #China #India #Brazil #Russia #Australia #Japan #Korea #Vietnam #Cambodia #Iran #Turkey #Iraq #Syria #ArabLeague.
The UN Security have lost their mandate by being consistently silent about the suffering of the down trodden.

Source of article and video are from twitter feed sorry I didn’t make a note of specific individuals hence credit goes to: #harryfear #palestinia #AJStream #Guardian #GazaYBO #ThisIsGaza #Dave Hawkins # George Galloway #ScoFowl #Samah Saleh #intifada #effie wyatt9 #SamahGAZA #occpal #ScottishPSC @docjazzmusic
Thank you all for tirelessly working on behalf of the innocent people of Gaza & Palestine. RESPECT

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Immigrant Tradition Vs Modern Life in UK

Meet at crisis points. Or at least come to the view of the wider public, because most of the time these lives go unnoticed, because they don’t rile anyone and go about their sad lives, in complete anonymity until a flash point occurs.

As in the life of Caneze Riaz, a 39 year old born in UK.

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She a well liked community worker and he a traditionalist from the North West Frontier of Pakistan, the back of beyond some would say.

Marriages across cultural divides need more work than the average marriage and when you consider that the average marriage has trouble surviving, how mush more effort is required across the cultural and religious divide.

This sad story begins with Caneze’s own father, a Pakistani, who came to Britain in the 60’s and married an English girl but when his daughter finishes primary school sends Caneze back to Pakistan. Fifteen long years later she comes back, but now with a husband, who has no grasp of the English language. On the other hand his wife has returned to the land of her birth and feels comfortable with everything British i.e. life, food, culture, language, humour etc.

This is how Ian Herbert of the Independent reported it last year (Published: 21 February 2007).

Muslim husband who killed his wife and children because of their Western ways

Mohammed Riaz made every conceivable attempt to prevent his wife and daughters enjoying their Westernised lifestyle. He destroyed their clothes – modest by Western standards but tight fitting by his own – when they came out of the wash and he railed against plans to allow alcohol at his terminally ill son’s 18th birthday party – which had been brought forward because of his prognosis.

Increasingly alienated and in despair over the illness of his son, Adam, the labourer killed his wife and four daughters by throwing petrol over them as they slept and igniting it.

At the inquest in Blackburn, Lancashire, yesterday the coroner, Mike Singleton, recorded a verdict that Caneze Riaz, 39, and her four daughters, Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 15, Alicia, 10, and Hannah, three, were unlawfully killed at their terrace home in Accrington, and that Mr Riaz, who died in hospital two days after the fire, took his own life. Adam died six weeks later.

Police investigations revealed how estranged Mr Riaz, a traditionalist and a practising Muslim who grew up in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, had become from his vivacious wife, a high-profile community worker who had co-founded the local Aawaz women’s group, mentored teenage girls at a high school in nearby Rishton, and was a school governor and board member on several diversity groups.

Mrs Riaz, whose father married an English woman after becoming one of the first Asian men to emigrate to the area in the 1960s, was sent back to Pakistan for 15 years after completing primary school, but she returned in the early 1990s with Mr Riaz, with whom she had an arranged marriage. The children flourished in Britain. The eldest daughter, Sayrah, was a “second mother” to her sisters, according to the family, and had a passion for fashion design; Sophia, 13, loved rap music and wanted to be an MC, while Alicia was the closest to her father. She embraced Asian culture the most and was a regular at the mosque.

While their mother thrived, their father struggled to find employment, eventually working for a plastic bag manufacturer in Blackburn. Their relationship had deteriorated rapidly after the death of Mrs Riaz’s father, in 2003, and her husband had taken to sleeping downstairs. The pressures on their relationship were made worse when Adam, who had moved in with his uncle, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Doctors said he would live only six months.

“[It meant] the financial situation was bad,” said Det Supt Mick Gradwell, of Lancashire Police. “A lot of money was being spent on presents for Adam as he was coming to the end of his life. They were spending a lot more than they earned – at Caneze’s will, not Mohammed’s.”

The pressures drove Mr Riaz to drink heavily. Sclerosis of the liver was found after his death. On their last afternoon, Mr Riaz saw his wife being dropped off after enjoying a meal with friends in Manchester, but police say there was no suggestion she was involved in a relationship with anyone else.

Early on 1 November last year, Mr Riaz decided the pressures were too much. As his wife and daughters slept in three upstairs bedrooms, he threw petrol over them and trailed more around the house, then lit three fires.

Police believe his wife awoke and may have tried to throw one of the two petrol cans he used away from her bed. But she died almost immediately. Mr Riaz stood downstairs and waited for the flames to come down and engulf him. When they didn’t, he ran back upstairs through a wall of fire and was found by firefighters in the bathroom. He died of 65 per cent burns and smoke inhalation.

Barry Khanan, 38, Mrs Riaz’s brother, said her alienation from Mr Riaz was a result of “the different ways in which they approached their lives”. He said: “She had become frustrated with his lack of emotional support and involvement throughout Adam’s illness. Caneze was outgoing and wanted to better herself. Her husband was more withdrawn. Words cannot express how we feel about the man we believe killed our family.”

Father killed family for being too western

By Nigel Bunyan

Mohammed Riaz

A father killed his wife and four daughters in their sleep because he could not bear them adopting a more westernised lifestyle, an inquest heard yesterday.

Mohammed Riaz, 49, found it abhorrent that his eldest daughter wanted to be a fashion designer, and that she and her sisters were likely to reject the Muslim tradition of arranged marriages.

On Hallowe’en last year he sprayed petrol throughout their terraced home in Accrington, Lancs, and set it alight.

Caneze Riaz, 39, woke and tried to protect her three-year-old child, Hannah, who was sleeping with her, but was overcome by fumes. Her other daughters, Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 13, and Alisha, 10, died elsewhere in the house.

Riaz, who had spent the evening drinking, set himself on fire and died two days later.

“She started to develop her own circle of friends and allowed the girls to express themselves in a more western way.”

She began to work with women who felt suppressed by Asian culture and many saw her as a role model for young Asian women.

How and where do we begin to change the mind set of a people, who are continually looking back at their old home-land with rose tinted spectacles, only to bring misery to the next generation.

These sad and soul destroying events are not exclusive to the Muslim community, but a reflection of life for, if not all; probably a high number of the immigrant population living in the modern, westernised societies.

Good site that offers advice.

Here is a support centre for Asian Women seeking help.

There are even blogs on the subject.

Muslimdilema has a tale to tell and a warning to heed.

Another similar story, but from a Hindu perspective.

Headscarf: Religion, Politics, Modesty or Culture

Lawmakers in Turkey, a nation that wishes to be part of the European Union by 2012, voted recently to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves; a move some Turks see as a threat to the traditional separation of religion and politics.

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nuns-by-mybluemuse.jpgIs it strange, that the issue of a Muslim woman´s choice of clothing should have such controversy.

“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) …’ (Qur´an 33:59)

It would appear (from a non-Muslim) point of view that it is acceptable for a Muslim woman to wear clothes that observe three simple rules:

1. Some parts of the body must be covered.

2. The clothing must not describe the shape of the woman´s body i.e. must be loose.

3. The clothing must be thick enough i.e. not see through.

The overall guidance is that she should not attract attention i.e. not be an attention seeking person. It is more about moral character than about morality. This instruction is surely personal empowerment.

I am sure most sensible people would agree with the above guidance offered to a woman. Especially, when you consider that in obese Britain, we have girls who wear skirts, where the straightline length from left to right at the waist, is greater than the vertical length. That is the point, when want to say, “girl, cover-up’ because even a horny male is put off by the sight of such un-aesthetic beauty.

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As a species we are ONE and yet we strive in every way to create the impression of the individual. I love the pursuit of the “individual’. You can see the dichotomy, I´m sure.

Individual – Group, Group – Individual.

The contention here is that, we take on group identity to add emphasis to our individual group because we are striving to find our individual identity. We dress “for the occasion’ so to speak.

No one could possibly disagree with the three point guideline of a Muslim woman´s attire.

If it were just a question of modesty, we would have no problems at all.

You want to cover up head to toe – fine.

You want to let it all hang out – fine.

Well that should be the consensus, however every single nation on this globe has differing laws to define modesty.

For a Muslim, they rely on their scriptures to guide their life.

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.’ [An-Nur:31] Quran 24:31

The issue in Turkey, in my (subjective UK) opinion, is specific to that nation and it is practically impossible for us from a UK (and you dear reader, please substitute your own nation) perspective to make a significant comment or appraisal except that we as humans cannot help but view the other from our own subjective point of view.

Here is what the media have to say.

BBC

A strict headscarf ban has been in force in universities since 1997. It was ordered by the secularist military.

The issue is highly controversial in a mainly Muslim country whose secular elite – including the powerful military – sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam, the

BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Istanbul says.

The move to ease the ban has been criticised by judges and university officials.

English Al-JAzeera

Secularists say the amendment will usher in a stricter form of Islam in the secular state

They fear lifting the ban would, over time, lead to heavy pressure on uncovered women to wear the Muslim garment.

CBS

The law forbids religious apparel and signs that “conspicuously show” a student’s religious affiliation. Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses would also be banned, but the law is aimed at removing Islamic head scarves from classrooms.

Turkish Daily News

If the headscarf is made a Constitutional rule, some female students will wear it and some will not. This will create, however, a separated class based on religious beliefs.

Whilst our near neighbour France in 2003

France is introducing a ban on the wearing of veils in schools, while in Germany, two states have proposed legislation which would also bar the scarf from educational institutions.

The measure is to take effect with the start of the new school year in September.

In the end the group identity becomes so important that the individual freedom no longer has any value, as in the case of the British dentist. Daily mail to the rescue

A Muslim dentist made a woman wear Islamic dress as the price of accepting her as an NHS patient, it is alleged.

Omer Butt is said to have told the patient that unless she wore a headscarf she would have to find another practice.

The opinion among Muslims is divergent as one would expect, because we are still each of us striving for that Individualism;

“To be a better ……….’

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The hijab in an invention of the 14th century, and it has not real basis in the Koran. In the Koran, “hijab’ comes from the root “hjb’, which refers not to an object, but an action: wearing a headscarf, pulling down a curtain or screen or reducing light so as to prevent others from prying or looking in.

The change to the word “hijab’, from signifying an action to meaning an object, comes in the 14th century. The jurist, Ibn Taymiyya, was the first to use the word “hijab’ to mean “headscarf’. It was a headscarf that distinguished Muslim from non-Muslim women. It came to distinguish a woman´s identity and religious association.

Ibn Taymiyya stated that a free woman has the obligation to cover herself with a headscarf, while a slave is not obliged as such He justified this based on a maximalist interpretation (cf. Koran, verse 21, sura 24), transforming the words of a generic statement into a principle, by giving it a binding or legal sense. Yet all this – and we do well to point it out – was still an interpretation, an interpretation which gave rise to a rule.

This change in language and social interpretation is a sign of crisis within the 14th century Muslim world: the end of the great Islamic empires and the invasion of Baghdad by a foreign power – the Mongols of Genghis Khan. The “ummah’ (the community of believers) had to therefore face and struggle with what nowadays we call the principle of “otherness’. This posed the same problem then as it does nowadays: today´s Muslims now must cope with how to be themselves in a society dominated by non-Muslims. The headscarf is a sign of the Muslim community´s defensive reactions and focuses on legal norms not to create leeway for freedom of expression, but rather to establish a form of control – on Islam itself.

In the words of Gammal Banna

“The headscarf mentioned in the Al-Ahzab surat (chapter) of the Koran meant a

curtain or a door and not a scarf to cover the head,” while the “Al-Nur surat

asks women to cover their chests.” “Wearing the headscarf or not is part of a

debate on morals and not on religious obligations,” he said. “An erroneous

interpretation of the Koran leads one to believe that women are obliged to cover

their head.”.

There is no simple neat solution for this debate on modesty, identity and choice regarding the head scarf that we in the wider world can pretend to understand. It is deeply embroiled in the history, religion and culture of nations who have embraced Islam. The observation from wider society suggests the ongoing striving towards group identity and the polarization with its own set of problems.

Views are invited on the proviso that we refrain from hate-speak as these are sensitive issues and feelings can be fueled for some to react inhumanely.

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