Extremism

I do my best to make this page a sanctuary. A place where people can come to find inspiration and comfort.

But today I am angry.

Two days ago a 19 year old white male walked into a Florida high school, with a legally obtained AR-15 assault rifle, and massacred 17 people. Mostly children.

The killer, Nikolas Cruz, was a member of a white supremacist group and one of his profile pictures showed a man whose face was covered and wearing a hat that read “Make America Great Again.”

His instagram had pictures captioned “arsenal,” showcased collections of firearms, including what appears to be a Savage Axis bolt-action rifle, a Smith and Wesson M&P15-series rifle, and at least two shotguns.

But in case law enforcement wasn’t alerted to any of this, since they only spy on Muslims, Cruz actually *spelled it out* for them. On Sept 24, 2017, he wrote on a public YouTube comment: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” Using his *full* *real* name.

The comment was screenshot and immediately reported to the FBI. They did absolutely nothing. I suppose I can understand why. They are too tied up spying on, and arresting innocent brown Muslims to have time to actually do their job protecting America against *actual* terrorism. Can you imagine if a Muslim wrote, “I’m going to be a professional shooter”?

One of the teachers who survived the massacre summed it up perfectly: “Our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe.”

And I couldn’t agree more.


“How ISIS was created by the U.S. invasion of Iraq” – the second episode of my new #blowback video series for The Intercept is now up online. Do pls watch and share the video/link below:

In this second episode of our Blowback series, Mehdi Hasan explains how the U.S. built, ran, and supervised a recruitment center for men who would go on to create ISIS. https://interc.pt/2DKLt7X

Alhamdulillah! Truly Allah guides whom He wills!

The AfD party in Germany (‘Alternative for Germany’) is an extremist, Far-Right, anti-Muslim party whose platform calls for the banning of all Muslim immigrants, stopping a construction of mosques, preventing women to wear the niqab, and continuously warning of the ‘dangers of Islam’ in Germany. Their website explicitly states, “Islam does not belong to Germany for us. We see the ideology of multiculturalism as a serious threat to social peace and cultural unity.”

Well, they might claim that Islam doesn’t belong in Germany, but that won’t stop the spread of Islam even in their own ranks!

Arthur Wagner, who was a member of the AfD, and an elected politician, resigned from the party leadership and from his post, after converting to Islam.

May Allah make him a shining example for the members of his now ex-party!!

http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/member-of-germany-s-far-right-afd-party-converts-to-islam-


Dear friends, I’ve launched a new short video series for The Intercept on foreign policy, terrorism and #blowback – the first film (below) is on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Pls do watch, enjoy and share 🙂

In the first episode of a six-part Blowback series, Mehdi Hasan explores how U.S. drone strikes abroad produce blowback and “unintended consequences.”

The inescapable truth is that you cannot bomb, kill, invade, occupy, and torture, and then expect no pushback, no retaliation, no blowback. https://interc.pt/2mXgvOS

Great to know that Dr Zakir is free and not guilty of all those foolish crimes the Indian government accused him of! Alhamdulillah. All those duas paid off!

BREAKING NEWS: ALHAMDULILLAH My friend and brother DR ZAIKR NAIK CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES
(Share if you like Dr Zakir Naik)

New Delhi – Justice Manmohan Singh FINDS DR. ZAKIR NAIK INNOCENT Of ALL CHARGES – Including Hate Speeches, Inciting Terrorism Or Money Laundering!
https://youtu.be/IpYO_LuYExk


BREAKING NEWS: DR ZAIKR NAIK CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES
(Share if you like Dr Zakir Naik)

New Delhi – Justice Manmohan Singh FINDS DR. ZAKIR NAIK INNOCENT Of ALL CHARGES – Including Hate Speeches, Inciting Terrorism Or Money Laundering!
https://youtu.be/IpYO_LuYExk

Judge Singh also orders the Enforcement Directory to return all confiscated properties of Dr Zakir Naik.

Judge Questions the Enforcement Director for Any Evidence of speeches by Dr Zakir Naik supposedly linked to Dhaka terror or any recorded statement from misguided youth as to being mislead by talks of Dr Zakir Naik – and there are none.

After the judge himself, listened to Dr Zakir Naik’s speeches, he found nothing whatsoever objectionable.

Alhamdulillah (Praise Be To God)

Justice Manmohan Singh also grilled the Enforcement Directory for not acting against tens of hindu baba preachers who amassed 10,000 crores (millions) & facing criminal charges of rape and more; such as Swami Asaram Bapu.

https://youtu.be/IpYO_LuYExk

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1962998980688987&id=1422309318091292Please read the indian news, link below: “Justice Manmohan Singh grilled ED for not acting against tens of hindu baba preachers who amassed 10,000 crores & f…

Remember how the Bush administration falsely claimed Saddam was working with Al Qaeda to justify an invasion of Iraq? Well, the Trump administration is doing the same again – this time with Iran and Al Qaeda (!) to try and justify a new war. Pls do read and share my latest op-ed for the New York Times:

Opinion | Is Trump Going to Lie Our Way Into War With Iran?

The current administration is borrowing tactics from the days before the invasion of Iraq. Let’s hope they don’t work this time.

Trump bombing ISIS ‘ten times harder’ will only make the ISIS terror threat to Americans much worse – my latest column for The Intercept on the fallout from the New York truck attack:

Donald Trump’s Vow to Hit ISIS “Ten Times Harder” Guarantees More Terrorism Against Americans

The truck attack in Manhattan underscores the cycle of violence fueled by U.S. bombing campaigns in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

STATEMENT BY Majlisul Ulama Zimbabwe MUZ (Council of Islamic Scholars) on the Mufti Menk issue

We have been following with regret and dismay the news on social media regarding the ban imposed on our Senior Mufti, Dr Ismail Menk, by the authorities in Singapore, who allegedly claimed his preaching to be divisive and unfit for multi-cultural, multi-religious Singapore.

The allegations are based on an inaccurate perception of one of his lectures where they concluded that our Mufti prohibits greeting people of other faiths on their religious festivals such as saying Merry Christmas or Happy Diwali. This, according to them, is deemed divisive.

We would like to place on record that our Mufti has never prohibited greeting others during their festivals. However, he has maintained that the wording should be inclusive to ensure that it is agreeable to all. In his opinion, greetings such as Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Have a Good Day are fine.

To claim that his preaching is divisive because of this is unfortunate, unfair and seems to be done without understanding the middle ground he has always taught in this regard.

We are aware of a very short edited clip that was used to prove the allegation against our Mufti. The entire sermon was not heard. This, we believe is the reason why such a misguided decision was made.

Mufti Menk has been an asset to multi-cultural, multi-religious Zimbabwe where we have never seen any religious tension. Similarly, he has proven his value on the world stage and in similar settings.

Mufti Menk has played a pivotal role in the global war on extremism by maintaining a very balanced approach and educating the Muslims regarding their duty to respect people of other faiths and inclinations.

Among the Muslims too, Mufti Menk has been a breath of fresh air, strongly promoting the respect of other Muslim sects.

Guided by our Mufti, we serve on several interfaith boards working with members of most religious denominations and we enjoy the best relations.

Our Mufti has very good relations with leaders and people of other faiths.

Mufti Menk is himself a graduate of a Christian College in Harare and holds a doctorate of Social Guidance from a Christian University.

We place on record that he has never said it is “blasphemous” to greet others during their festivals. He teaches that everyone has the same right to celebrate their festivals, without any fear or restriction.

We urge those concerned to listen to some of his sermons in full and not an edited clip of a few minutes. These talks are available online. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or instagram to see the moderate path he has chosen.

We stand with our Mufti and are very proud of his achievements and guidance over the last two decades.

Yours sincerely

Shaikh Umar Phiri
President of MUZ

I was asked to weigh in on what needs reform in Islam as a reflection on the Protestant reformation. My answer was condensed and included in the piece below. Would love your thoughts!

Imam Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and Islamic Studies professor at Southern Methodist University:

“The Protestant Reformation revolved around Christians challenging papal authority and demanding their own direct access to religious texts. For that reason the event, and the word “reformation,” are seen through modern eyes as success — liberation from an oppressive religious institution. This is not how “reformation” is seen in the Muslim world.

Historically, rather than keeping power and knowledge to themselves, Islamic scholars shared both with the masses — facilitating education and the promotion of independent thinking, known in Islam as ijtihad. And while Islamic scholars have generally been strict regarding essential principles of the faith (such as belief in God, Mohammad as his messenger), peripheral issues (such as how economic transactions work) have always been considered matters of debate and discussion.

It’s only in the past century that this has changed dramatically, as the Muslim institutions that oversaw such decisions were violently dismantled by colonial powers prior to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. That led, eventually, to groups like ISIS.

Today, for Muslims in America (and elsewhere), the term “reform” conjures not enlightenment but chaos and destruction by groups like ISIS who claim they are “reforming” Islam through their horrific actions.

In Islam, the reform we want is more of a revival of our faith’s traditional fundamental principles — equity, harmony, compassion — in the face of a modern aberration. Then the Muslim community can serve humanity according to the Prophetic example.”

Perspective | The Protestant Reformation was 500 years ago. What needs reform in American religion today?

To mark the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, The Washington Post asked faith leaders and readers: “What do you think needs reforming in the practice of religion in the United States today?”

We cannot turn our backs on our political prisoners. It’s happened too many times in our community where leaders and organizations were unjustly dealt with, only to find a community of silence rather than support. We can say their names and support their families. We can demand fair trials. We can stand for justice. And we can do all of this while unambiguously rejecting terrorism and whatever it is they may be accused of.

But if we turn our backs on others, we may find ourselves in the same situation one day.

“So who needs Islamic State when you have the NRA? That might sound hyperbolic but consider the numbers. By the morning after the Las Vegas shooting, according to the Gun Violence Archive, there had been 11,656 gun-related deaths in the United States in 2017. Among the dead were 545 children. And what’s the death toll from Isis-related terror attacks on US soil this year? Zero.” – my new column on mass shootings and the NRA for the New Statesman:

After Las Vegas, who needs to fear Isis when you have the NRA?

Like cars and French fries, guns are everywhere in the United States.

Terrorism

Baton Rouge Arrest White Male For Killing 2 Black Men and Attempted Murder On A Black Family

And there it is.

After letting him go twice, Baton Rouge Police just arrested this man for targeting and killing Black folk across the city and for the attempted murder of someone else.

http://therougecollection.net/therouge/baton-rouge-arrest-white-male-for-killing-2-black-men-and-attempted-murder-on-a-black-family/

The terror perpetrated against the Muslim #Rohingya of #Myanmar has reached levels of criminality that put the Muslim community and the nations of the world to shame. Their failure is the only explanation for this campaign of genocide to continue unabated.

The deafening silence surrounding this issue is but a manifestation of the hypocrisy of the both the civilised world and the Islamists and their political and human-rights proclamations.

Is the world waiting for the oppressed of Myanmar to be pushed to the brink and become terrorists, just as we witnessed in other countries from Palestine, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, Syria to Yemen? Are they waiting for this to happen so the “Islamic” terrorism file can remain an exploitable factor in political scheming?

I make an appeal to everyone, and whatever is left of our humanity, to do what they can to help the Rohingya by donating to the UN Higher Commision on Refugees (UNHCR), educating people around you about the realities of the situation in Myanmar, and lastly, praying for them “And they have no one to relieve them except Allah.”

So despicable and heart breaking. It’s not ISIS. It’s thousands of innocent human beings, including children, being beheaded and burnt alive for being Muslim.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting calls of action regarding the Rohingya genocide. Spread awareness about their plight.

Myanmar army ‘beheading children and burning people alive’ according to eyewitnesses

Fears of mass atrocities against Rohingya civilians in Myanmar were growing after eyewitness accounts emerged of children being beheaded and people burned alive.

Still, today, we have hearts that are unable to let go of sectarianism and cannot but drift behind the very people who ignite it.

Sectarianism is a tribulation that is triggered by blind-sighted extremists from all sects.

Politicians from across the political spectrum play this ugly game and yet they have no loyalty nor any sincere affiliation to any one sect. They employ sectarian rhetoric to fulfill their own political ends.

God, guide my people, for they do not know.

Note: thank you to whoever drew this very poignant picture

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Stephen McGown opens up about six years as al-Qaeda hostage and how he converted to Islam

A Briton held captive by al-Qaeda for six years has described how his conversion to Islam saved his life and insisted that he would retain his Muslim faith.

Stephen McGown, 42, who also holds South African citizenship, was kidnapped at gunpoint by extremists in Mali in 2011, with two tourists, from Sweden and the Netherlands.

McGown said although he had been well treated, he was distraught to have not be freed before his mother died.

ISIS fighters know nothing about Islam. Study after study shows religion to not be the main recruiting tool for this group and others like it.

Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’

NewsUKHome News Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’ Research shows economic factors and ‘lack of meaning’ in life makes warzone attractive Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent Friday 4 August 2017 More than 850 people have left the UK to join Isis…

Looking forward to teaching this course at SMU for the first time this Fall. The Next SMU Course in Islamic Studies – Now Available:
The Islamic Seminary of America is pleased to announce our continuing collaboration with SMU, and the next course in Islamic Studies to be offered at the SMU Main Dallas Campus in the Fall of 2017:

Islam and the American Civil Rights Movement
Instructor: @[219543788065670:274:Omar Suleiman]
SMU Main Dallas Campus
3 Master’s Credit Hours

Examines Islam and important Muslim figures that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement to include orthodox Islam, the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, H. Rap Brown and other Muslims that played an important role in crafting both the theory and practice of black activism. Students will also explore the current role of Islam and Muslims in the discussion of black empowerment. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice; humanities; American studies.

Click Here to Download Syllabus: https://www.islamicseminary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/SOSC-7383-Islam-and-the-American-Civil-Rights-Movement_Fall-2017_Omar-Suleiman-1.docx

Apply directly via SMU Admissions: http://www.smu.edu/Simmons/AreasOfStudy/GLS/MLS/Admission

Preferred Deadlines for Admission

The preferred deadlines for applications are May 1st for Summer admission, December 15th for Spring admission and July 1st for Fall admission. If you have missed one of our deadlines but are still interested in applying, call our office at: 214-768-4273 for information about a possible extension.

Examples of Additional Courses Offered in Upcoming Semesters:

The Islamic Civilization
Islamic Textual Criticism
Major Themes in Islamic Law
Human Rights in Islam
Terrorism, Torture, and International Law
The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East
Islam, State and Society

PROGRAM OPTIONS
Certificate of Advanced Study (18 Credit Hours) – For those who already have a master’s degree but are interested in pursuing a specific concentration in a specific curricular field only.

Master of Liberal Studies (36 Credit Hours) – For those who pursue the full degree program.

Non-Degree Option (3-6 Credit Hours) – For students wanting to try the program may take 1-2 courses. Credits can be applied to the Certificate or Master’s programs.

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Please do find out more about the case of these forgotten soldiers that fought for a cause that was none of their making!





Did you know that millions (yes, millions) of #Muslim soldiers and labourers from around the #world volunteered in #WW1?

..that #Jews, #Christians, #Muslims, #Sikhs, #Hindus, among others, of different sects, casts, nations and tribes, came together at a time of great upheaval, and specifically asked to be buried next to each other?

Regardless of one’s views about the #politics of #war, we should honour their unknown #sacrifice too.

But more relevant to today, with growing #xenophobia against #minorities and #refugees, and ‘#religious’ and far-right #extremism dividing #communities, it’s time to recognise the #diversity, and shared #heritage, in the #history of #Europe, to challenge those who seek to divide us.

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Over the last few years the problem of Muslim fuelled terrorist ideologies has brought terror and strife to our communities and countries. The community of Islamic religious scholars and leaders stood up to this terror. Hundreds have survived assassination attempts, been placed on target lists, and paid the highest price to confront, challenge and reject the claims of these ideologies.

Just as we confronted the extremists within our midst, we ask the governments and religious leaders of the world to face up to another form of terrorist ideology. The problem of Zionist ideology is real and can no longer be ignored. We risk doing so at our own peril.

#StopZionistTerror