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    UK Muslims face far-right revenge attacks


    These attacks and incidents are happening in areas where Muslims are the majority as well as the minority.

    London, UK - British Muslims fear they could become “sitting targets” for far-right violence following a spate of attacks on mosques and a spike in other reported hate incidents in the week since the murder of a British soldier on a London street.

    The most serious attack occurred in the east coast town of Grimsby on Sunday night when three petrol bombs were thrown at a mosque as a meeting was taking place inside.

    Other attacks were reported on mosques in the southern towns of Braintree and Gillingham
    within hours of last Wednesday's killing.

    Elsewhere, a petrol bomb was thrown at a mosque in Milton Keynes, bacon was left on the steps of a mosque in the Welsh capital Cardiff, and there were reports of vandalism at Islamic centres elsewhere.

    Meanwhile, about 1,000 supporters of the far-right English Defence League rallied in central London on Monday chanting “Muslim killers off our streets” and heard Tommy Robinson, the EDL's leader, call for further demonstrations.

    “They've had their Arab Spring. This is time for the English Spring,” said Robinson, whose group also saw its number of Facebook followers surge from 20,000 to more than 100,000.

    Spike in Islamophobia

    Tell MAMA (Monitoring Anti-Muslim Attacks), a helpline set up to monitor instances of Islamophobia, said it had recorded 193 incidents since last Wednesday, compared to a usual tally of about four cases a day.

    “There is a background Islamophobia that is always rumbling,” Fiyaz Mughal, a director of the Faith Matters interfaith group that runs Tell MAMA, told Al Jazeera. “But if we take the latest figures, we are looking at about 40 cases a day and a ten-fold jump all of a sudden.”

    Salim Bhorat, a community activist in Bolton, a town in northwestern England with a large Muslim minority, said one mosque had been vandalised with spray paint, dog excrement had been thrown at another, and a woman had been attacked in the street. A car outside the mosque was also daubed with the words “Terrorist inside”.

    He said the killing of soldier Lee Rigby appeared to have reawakened the EDL in the area even as its influence appeared to be waning amid group infighting.

    “Nothing like this has happened in Bolton for a long time, so these attacks are a direct response to Woolwich and the mass hysteria afterwards,” Bhorat told Al Jazeera. “We've always had the EDL in Bolton and this has given them an excuse to rally their weary troops.”

    Bhorat said many local Muslims were nervous because unfounded rumours of attacks were spreading quickly via social networking and text messaging. “There has been a lot of scaremongering. People forward on messages without verifying them and that just creates a false sense of fear in the community.”

    'We are afraid'


    Sikander Sleemy, the secretary of a mosque attacked in the Essex town of Braintree, told Al Jazeera that a smoke grenade was thrown into the building last Wednesday evening by a man armed with two knives.

    “We were very fortunate because the prayer time was only 15 minutes away but there was only one person in the mosque. He was upstairs when he heard the bang and smelt the smoke and he could hear someone shouting and swearing downstairs, but he managed to escape onto the roof,” he said.

    Sleemy said Braintree's small local Muslim community had never experienced any problems before. “We do feel part and parcel of the community and my personal feeling is that this was just an isolated rage attack. But if idiots like those guys in Woolwich, if there are any more attacks like that, God forbid that there are, then we are afraid that we will become sitting targets.”

    Amid shock and condemnation, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, visited Leicester last week in a show of interfaith solidarity with Muslim leaders, praising the diverse city, where just under a fifth of residents are Muslim, as a “a shining example of how communities work together”.

    Suleman Nagdi, a local Muslim civic leader, told Al Jazeera he believed the city's Muslim community was well established and confident enough to face down any threats against it. “Leicester has mature relations between members of the different faith communities. We have a situation up and down the country that is concerning to us but we built those bridges many, many years ago,” he said.

    But Mughal questioned the assumption that Muslims in cities such as Leicester were better protected than those in areas with smaller and less established Muslim populations.

    “The fact of the matter is these attacks and incidents are happening in areas where Muslims are the majority as well as the minority. In Leicester we had a cluster of incidents last year. It's quite a hot spot because there is a concentration of far-right supporters in the area around the city.”

    Mughal said far-right activists were increasingly using the internet not just for recruitment and dissemination purposes but also to attack Muslims online. “If you get a woman whose avatar has a hijab they will bombard here with sexual abuse to humiliate here. That is the kind of activity we are seeing.”

    He also cited concerns about social networking sites and new guidelines for police which have raised the threshold in terms of what is considered prosecutable as hate speech online. “Our biggest issue is constantly having thousands of tweets out there that are just promoting deeply anti-Islamic feeling. We've never had that before,” he said.

    Media coverage

    Others raised frustrations about the mainstream media's coverage of the Woolwich attack, including the labelling of the perpetrators as “Islamic terrorists”. Nick Robinson, the BBC's political editor, apologised later that day after quoting a source who described the attackers as being “of Muslim appearance”.

    “We are the only community, in the UK certainly, which whenever an act of terrorism has taken place, the whole community is put in the dock for the criminal activities of individuals,” said Nagdi. “Acts of terrorism affect us all but it does seems odd that when it is a Muslim you always expect Muslims to condemn it. We do condemn it but there is a history of bias in the reporting mechanism that it is expected.”

    Sleemy also condemned the airtime given to Anjem Choudary, a radical cleric formerly of the banned al Muhajiroun group, on the BBC's flagship Newsnight programme.

    “He is not the voice of Muslims. He is a very extreme fringe group, and if people are watching that and they've got very little knowledge they are building a picture of a Muslim that he has portrayed,” he said.

    Mughal said positive media coverage of Muslim communities would help address Islamophobia but added that tougher police action was urgently needed.

    “The police have failed miserably dealing with some cases we've put through to them. They need to understand Islamophobia as a phenomenon that is deeply corrosive and they need to act quickly.”

    He said it was hard to predict for how long the current upsurge of anti-Muslim attacks would continue as no comparable data was available for events such as the 2005 bombings on the London transport network.

    But he added: “The fact is these effects are cumulative, and this was such a significant and barbarous attack that it will certainly add to the cumulative effect over time.”

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    Islamphobia in England

    I don’t know where to start? The Woolwich murder has brought to surface the ugly face of hatred and ignorance spewed by government rhetoric and media sensationalism.

    Whilst I believe any loss of human life is of course a tragedy and disgusting, it is shocking to see the venom, incitement to violence and hatred that is coming out on twitter, Facebook and online newspapers related to the Woolwich murder.

    Within the same day, even before any facts were fully confirmed, mosques were attacked and online hate messages, incitement to killing and beheading ALL Muslim children and raping women were being strongly vocalised! This is particularly worrying, as shown from our previous post, where hate crimes against Muslims in UK has dramatically increased and women are the ones at the brunt of it.

    Muslims in UK feel under siege! A whole community brushed with the same brush. But these comments should not come as any surprise to us because it is only natural that the average person in the West takes the news from popular news outlet that continuously labels crimes such as these to being ‘inspired by Islam‘ and by those ‘Muslimz’. The Leveson Inquiry described the portrayal of Muslims in the media as “overwhelmingly negative, stereotypical, inaccurate – and racist”.

    As shown in previous post, this has resulted in creating a climate of hysteria and fear towards Muslims and Islam in the UK, whereby Muslim women have become frontline targets of the racist and Islamophobic attacks. Their crime in the face of the attacker is that their hijab, jilbab, or niqab directly identify them as Muslim.

    There are a couple of factors we need to keep in mind when such horrific incidents occur:

    1. The reporting is clearly biased and is to blame for fuelling an anti-Muslim and anti-Islam emotional frenzy in the UK. This can be seen through numerous examples.

    2. No other incident or crime is ever given such a government and media reaction. Take for example when the London riots occurred, it took Cameron three days before coming back and addressing the nation!

    3. Also worth noting, that the media seems to ignore that London has become notorious for such crimes, where gang murders take place daily, where gangs knife each other, where drug dealers kill, where pimps rape and kill prostitutes, where women are killed as a result of a domestic violence, where young men are commuting suicide due a lack of jobs and prospects. It ignores the massive suicide rates amongst soldiers serving in capitalist wars. Crimes committed in London also include individuals from other religions and atheists too, but I don't see any other community being tarnished in the same way Muslims are and no other community is apologising for the crimes of individuals. They were individuals who committed the Woolwich attack, and the Muslim community and indeed Islam are not complicit in the crime.

    4. Media and government are grossly disproportionate in their reporting on Islamophobic attacks and killing of Muslims. For example, early May 2013, a Muslim elderly man, 75 years old in Birmingham, was knifed three times in the back on his way from the mosque. It was reported to be a carefully planned murder and was simply labelled a racist attack, rather than a ‘terrorist’ attack with little, attention, outcry and reaction from media and government. Language is a powerful government and media tool. Of course the British population looks at Islam and Muslims through the media lens and have a very distorted picture. This was an example of an Individual attack which is being cunningly labelled as terrorism – this was murder!

    5. “The sad fact is that it is local communities, both Muslim and non-Muslim, who have to face increased tensions and deterioration of relations with one another as a result of the irresponsible sensationalism of popular news outlets. Rather than provide the public with factual, unattached reports of high-profile incidents, such as the one in Woolwich, prejudices are fuelled with selective use of media jargon and political narratives are further upheld. “We, as a community, now have to deal with attacks and angry members of the non-Muslim community, as a result of being unjustifiably aligned by the media with the crime”

    We must defend Islam and speak out when Islam and Muslims are attacked and not allow the media or politicians to insult or spread lies about our deen without responding. We should also expose the real intentions behind the negative media propaganda and statements of politicians against Islam. We must not succumb to the fear being created within the Muslim community of speaking against unjust wars and injustice in the Muslim world. We should make a clear distinction that by speaking against foreign policy doesn’t make us commit acts of violence or become terrorists!

    We must carry the Islamic dawa to our non-Muslim colleagues and contacts, to explain the truth of Islam, its sublime values and laws, and the great qualities of our beloved Prophet (saw). In addition, we need to counter the lies and misconceptions about our deen including on issues such as the Shariah laws, the position and role of women in Islam, the Islamic dress code, and the system of Allah – the Khilafah, and highlight Islam as an alternative way of life that has solutions for problems faced even in the West.

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    Islam Hounslow, Dawah stall closed down and White revert Sister attacked, Wake Up !

    A group of Street Daa’iees experienced trouble in Hounslow yesterday. Police created unnecessary trouble and a white revert sister was also attacked not too far away from the Dawah Stall.

    Islam Hounslow has had a great impact on the community in Hounslow. Islam Hounslow has become household name in the Dawah Community across England. The Facebook account has about 2,000 friends and various videos online. Engaging with the locals in harmony and participating in friendly debates with the local pentecostal community. However yesterday it dramatically changed, when the police disturbed the dawah team.

    Brother Noaman (May Allah bless and reward him) explains ” it was a really beautiful day. We were dealing with a more receptive audience as usual. Considering the Woolwich incident which just took place a week ago”, he further elaborates ”There was this girl, non-muslim she said that she knows that Islam is the true philosophy behind the purpose of life, and that it has been misrepresented”. Brother Nouman( May Allah guide and give the highest ranks in Jannah) explains that it has never been as important for us to have dialogues with the general public clarifying erroneous concepts about Islam.

    As Amir Brother Noaman advised the team to stay calm and not to respond to any form of provocation. He says ”we came out with the intention to tackle all these misconception which were circulating”.

    Later that day the brothers were approached by the local Police. “Do you have a permit sir “? asks the Constables.

    Brother Noaman “No, why we don’t need a permit to talk to people, as it is in our legal right, we are not selling anything”.

    The Constables “I’m afraid that you will need a permit to carry on your activity or please pack up your store”.

    Slowly a crowd of people were accumulating at the scene. Public members engaging and defending the brothers on the dawah stall, Muslim and non-muslim.

    The Constable changes the narrative suddenly and says “Well we actually received complaints about you, several complaints, breaching of peace”.

    Baffled? Yes so were we, where is the transparency? First they say it’s legally not allowed which is not true, then they turn around and make up complaints? Interchange says” Confusedotcom”.

    Brothers and sisters bear in mind these people work in the legal department of this country. Honest integrity has not reached the highest rank in the police department’s moral hierarchy.

    Brother Noaman says “We actually experienced this before last year, where we had a meeting with the local authority approving us to be part of the community by giving dawah. He also thinks that ” he did not understand what the problem was in the first place. “we had a meeting with the authority after the police once tried to shut us down for no apparent reason, in November last year”

    “That is why I refused to comply with the request to move the table” I’m a law abiding citizen but I detest injustice and will speak out against it” Strong words from a Strong Man ( Ahsibu Noaman wallahu haseebuhu)

    Well these words were not so appealing to the police which created tension and lead to more rigorous ramifications.

    “You have 5 min to pack up your stuff or you will be arrested”

    Nouman recalls ” The police women was obnoxious, pushed a innocent bystander at this point i really felt harassed and degraded in front of the very community that knew me as ” The man that likes to hand a leaflet on Saturday and Sunday”

    While packing up their material and intending to leave the High street, just about to leave a sister approached the brothers. Tears in her eyes, seemingly traumatised: “Brothers please can you help me, down the road, down the road, I have just been attacked by four white girls, and start beating me”

    The Ameer recounts ” I was already upset at that point, but the expression in her face, i felt her pain it only got worse, the police still present realised what happened and went to the nearby police station”

    Arriving at the local police station the sister gave her description of the suspects. Four White female i was walking on bell road, calling me muslim bitch terrorist, beating and starting me, they were between 18 and 20 years old. They were wearing their hair in a bun and coloured in pink and blue. In her statement to the police she says” i was walking near bell road, and these four girls start calling me muslim bitch terrorist, and start beating me”.

    One of the brothers says that he saw the group of four girls at the High street. This was just before the sister approached the Dawah stall
    Bell Road is an area with few muslims, the sister was saying that she was screaming for help but no one was helping her. This is the state we are in, may Allah awake the men and women of this ummah to stand firm. Internchange will, with permission of Al Nasser ( the ultimate Helper), help and support the Ummah in the UK.

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    Public is as much guilty by being bystander witnesses who let such hate crimes go on. They let it go on becuase they approve such intolerance and violence while claiming to be civilized.


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    Extremist Group Burnt Masjid in London, No Arrest Yet





    London: Unidentified terrorists burnt Masjid in North London. Police has confirmed that there is suspect on English Defence League graffiti (an Extremist group against Muslims). The Affected building in Muswell Hill has Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and Al-Rahma Islamic Centre. Police told media that it’s looking revenge from EDL on killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Mohamed Ali from Somali Charity said that this attack has link with Woolwich incident. I invited those who did this for dialogue.

    Chairman of Somali Diaspora UK Mohamed Elmi said that this fire has created fear in London’s Somali Community. People are scared to leave home while women are also feeling fright on wearing Hijab on Road.

    The fire in residential area was started at 3 am. Local residents called for emergency. 3 fire engines took an hour to control blaze. The Building was completely damaged. Ahmed who is regular visitor of this Islamic centre told that hundreds of students used this centre weekly. They taught all types of subjects here. These centers were used by London’s Somali community.

    On other hand, English Defence League (EDL) has refused to take responsibility of this incident. Scotland Yard said has also called this fire as suspected. Police is also linking connection of EDL with this attack.

    Muslim leaders have expressed fears over the "massive spike" in Islamophobic abuse following the killing of a solider in Woolwich. Grimsby mosque was targeted with firebombs in the wake of the attacks and anti-Muslim graffiti has appeared in graveyards and mosques have had their windows broken.


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    UK mosques urged to install panic alarms and safe rooms


    US Islamic group says British centres at greater risk than in other western country since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. An American Islamic group has been advising British mosques on security measures, including the installation of safe rooms and panic alarms, warning that they are at greater risk than in any other western country.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has discussed its revamped security regulations with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) in light of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south-east London, which it said had even provoked attacks in the United States.

    The security improvements encouraged by CAIR, America's largest Muslim advocacy group, encourage the building of transparent fences around mosques, wire screens on windows, designated security officials, three-inch-thick doors, panic alarms and safe rooms.

    Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, said: "From the outside it definitely seems UK mosques are more at risk than anywhere, including the States. There have been a number of recent incidents targeting UK mosques, groups like the English Defence League marching on mosques and a spike in violent right-wing groups."

    Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the MCB, said, while a panic alarm that could instantly alert police might in certain areas be installed, it was vital mosques did not become too security conscious. "We don't want mosques going overboard, where it's almost like a fortified place. We want these places to be open, and seen to be welcoming places that people would not hesitate to visit. Clearly our American friends have shown concern for us and have shared their safety and security measures. Although not all are relevant, we can learn from each other's experiences. The common foe is a criminal we wish to keep out."

    According to Tell Mama, the government-funded monitoring project that records anti-Muslim attacks, about 12 mosques have been targeted since Woolwich, including one in Grimsby where three petrol bombs were thrown. Counter-terrorism police are investigating whether an arson attack on a Somali community centre in Muswell Hill, north London, was in response to the killing of Rigby. The letters EDL were found freshly painted on the building's walls, although the far-right group denies any involvement. Tensions have also been inflamed by Old Bailey hearings last week documenting a planned terrorist attack on an EDL demonstration that prosecutors say would have sparked a "tit-for-tat spiral of violence and terror" across the country.

    Fiyaz Mughal, director of the conflict resolution charity Faith Matters, said too many mosques remained vulnerable to attack in the aftermath of Woolwich. Mughal said that, of the UK's 1,500 mosques, 1,300 urgently needed to improve security. He added: "There are a significant number of mosques that don't have CCTV, that don't do an audit of their lighting around their building. Many of these mosques you can walk into without anybody asking anything. The vast amount of mosques really need to reconsider their safety measures. I would classify them as vulnerable, given the changing climate since 7/7. But Woolwich is a huge turning point and if the mosques don't realise that, they really need to wake up to it."

    Hooper said his group had recently contacted the FBI after a mosque in Georgia was vandalised with apparent reference to the murder of Rigby. The sign for the Islamic Centre of North Fulton was spray-painted with the phrase "London Justice".


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    CAIR Shares Safety Tips with Muslim Council of Britain After Mosque Attacks

    U.S. Muslim civil rights group now offers online version of security guidelines

    5/29/13

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today it has shared its recently-published security guidelines, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after a number of incidents targeting that nation's mosques.

    "We hope CAIR's new safety guidelines will help community leaders boost security at mosques in the United Kingdom during this time of crisis," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "While conditions may differ between our two nations, many of CAIR's safety recommendations may be applied in any situation."

    Hooper said CAIR also today announced the availability of an electronic version of its safety guidelines, which may be ordered free of charge online by Muslim community leaders. CAIR began distributing hard copies of the publication last week.

    To request a free e-copy of CAIR's "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," go to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html



    CAIR Distributes New Mosque Safety Guidelines


    23 May 2013

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today it is distributing new safety and security guidelines to mosques and other Islamic institutions nationwide.

    View the front cover and a sample page.

    The new CAIR publication, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," was produced in response to recent bias attacks, including a series of incidents last year targeting American Muslim institutions.

    Video: CAIR-San Diego Asks FBI Probe Threat Against Muslim School
    CAIR: Mosque Attacks Common Nationwide

    CAIR's guidelines, which include safety recommendations drafted by a leading security consultant, are designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.

    Along with its distribution to mosques and Muslim institutions, the publication may be ordered free of charge online by Muslim community leaders.

    REQUEST A FREE COPY:

    CAIR: Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety - http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

    The mosque safety booklet includes an introduction from CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad and sections outlining initial security steps to take and how to assess an institution's vulnerability to attack.

    Other sections include a checklist for safety preparation and planning, details on security equipment, how to deal with an armed intruder, procedures for handling bomb threats or suspicious packages, and links to security resources available from private and government sources.

    "Muslim community leaders, like leaders of other faith communities, have a duty to do whatever they can to ensure public safety and security," said CAIR's Awad. "These important safety guidelines should be studied and implemented by everyone in a community leadership position."

    Last year, CAIR issued "Thirteen Days in Ramadan," a report on a spike in anti-mosque incidents that occurred in late August of 2012. More recently, CAIR welcomed a 20-year jail sentence for the man who set fire to a Toledo, Ohio, mosque in September 2012. The trial for a man accused of firebombing an Oregon mosque in 2010 has been postponed by pre-trial motions. CAIR has responded to similar attacks on American mosques since its founding almost 20 years ago. As early as 1994, a nearly completed mosque in Yuba City, Calif., burned to the ground in what was ruled an arson attack.

    SEE: 1994 Calif. Mosque Arson Changed Community
    CA: Documentary Explores Story of 1994 Yuba City Mosque Arson

    In 1995, arson destroyed a Springfield, Ill., Islamic center. In 1996, a suspect was charged for involvement in an arson attack on a Greenville, S.C., mosque. In 1999, an arson attack severely damaged a Minneapolis, Minn., mosque. Also in 1999, a would-be terrorist was arrested after fleeing from the area of a mosque near Denver, Colo. The suspect's car was found to contain loaded weapons and bomb-making materials.

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    Woolwich murder: 200 Islamophobic incidents since Lee Rigby's killing

    Sharp rise in reported cases, including attacks on 10 mosques, raises fears of sustained targeting of Muslim communities

    Matthew Taylor and Haroon Siddique - 29 May 2013

    Fears that Muslim communities across the country are facing a sustained wave of attacks and intimidation have intensified after it emerged that almost 200 Islamophobic incidents had been reported since the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, last week.

    That number includes attacks on 10 mosques and follows a weekend of protests by far-right groups, the largest of which saw hundreds of English Defence League supporters stage a protest outside Downing Street that ended with bottles being thrown and 13 arrests. Four men have been charged with offences including possession of a bladed article, possession of class A drugs and public order offences following the EDL protest and a counter demonstration.

    The Tell Mama hotline for recording Islamophobic incidents said 193 incidents had been reported by Monday evening, with more expected to come in. Before the death of Rigby, the service recorded an average of three or four incidents a day.

    In Grimsby on Tuesday, two men reported to be former soldiers were remanded in custody at the town's magistrates court after a mosque was petrol bombed. Stuart Harness, 33, and Gavin Humphries, 37, were charged with arson with intent to endanger life. No pleas were entered and the pair are due to appear at Grimsby crown court next month.

    The Tell Mama co-ordinator, Fiyaz Mughal, from Faith Matters, said he feared there would be an escalation in attacks on Muslim communities. "These things are cumulative and I do not see an end to this cycle of violence," said Mughal. "There is an underlying Islamophobia in our society and the horrendous events in Woolwich have brought this to the fore and inflamed the situation."

    The latest round of Islamophobic attacks came as counter-terrorism police launched an investigation at a prison in east Yorkshire after three Muslim inmates assaulted two prison officers and held one of them hostage.


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/ma...bic-incidences




    Anti-Muslim Incidents On Twitter And Facebook Are Not Minor Attacks, Tell Mama Says


    By Felicity Morse - 03/06/2013

    Tell Mama, the charity which monitors anti-Muslim incidents, has hit back at claims they overstated Islamophobic attacks in the wake of the Woolwich killing.

    The government-funded project was attacked by the Sunday Telegraph for recording offensive messages posted on Twitter and Facebook as well as physical violence.

    Of the 212 anti-Muslim incidents recorded by Tell Mama, 57% took place online, the newspaper reported.

    Some of the incidents didn't take place in Britain and included in the tally were offensive remarks not directed at individuals but hate statements made publicly.

    Tell Mama, whilst admitting the article was correct, labelled journalist Andrew Gilligan's evaluation as "reductionist" and said their figures would be independently checked by Birmingham university for a report next month.

    The charity posted a point-by-point critique of the Telegraph's article online, arguing that many third party hate crime reporting organisations record reports of verbal abuse and "increasingly online abuse."

    It also argued that graffiti in graveyards and broken windows on mosques are not 'relatively minor' but serve to impact on community tensions.

    Online hate incidents should not be downplayed as they cause "emotional disturbance" and distress, Tell Mama added.

    If figures from Tell Mama did not marry with police reports, this was because many Muslims "are fearful of engaging with police and many have reported to us that their cases have been re-classified with race hate incident flags rather than with Islamophobia flags" the detailed statement said.

    However it did stress the United Kingdom was "still the safest place to live in and that it was one of the best countries for faith communities to be in."

    The charity added: "Thankfully, there is something inherent within the British public which detests violence and this may be why we had not seen an orgy of violence after the murder in Woolwich."

    On Saturday, the road outside the Palace of Westminster became a battleground as supporters of the British National Party (BNP) clashed with rival anti-fascist campaigners, predominantly members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF).


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    Gilligan & The Reductionists

    by tellmama - June 2, 2013

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    We received a call at around 5 pm on Friday the 31st of May by Andrew Gilligan, the Telegraph journalist and the Mayor’s cycle ambassador. He asked the Director of TELL MAMA a number of questions and was provided with a range of responses, some of which were simply not included in the article.

    We will go through the key elements of the article and provide some context and explanations which are sadly missing from Gilligan’s article. Also, it should be noted that throughout the last week and a half, the Director of TELL MAMA and Faith Matters – Fiyaz Mughal, was one of the first people to condemn the brutal murder of drummer Lee Rigby and to state that a ‘no holds approach’ be taken against those who seek to murder people on the streets of our country. Those comments have been reported on widely in various media sources.

    What are Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Projects?

    Hate crime third party reporting projects take in reports from people who perceive statements to be made prejudicially on the basis of say, their race or faith. The McPherson recommendations after the brutal racist killing of Stephen Lawrence led to the setting up of third party hate crime reporting projects, where reports of hate incidents could be made to independent organisations and who would then pass that information to police on a named or anonymous basis so that the incidents could be formally logged. It has also formed the basis of tension monitoring assessments that the police conduct. That has therefore formed the basis of the work of third party hate crime reporting projects, yet we within TELL MAMA believed that a more rigorous approach was needed, given that many would simply try and deny or erode data on anti-Muslim prejudice. Some we also believed, would try and underplay anti-Muslim prejudice in our country, others would attack the data recording and others would suggest that this was part of an ‘Islamophobia industry.’ Well, it seems that Andrew has certainly attempted to take positions along some of these lines.

    So, on the basis of McPherson’s recommendations, many third party hate crime reporting organisations usually receive reports of verbal abuse and increasingly, around on-line abuse. Thankfully, many do not receive reports of very violent attacks which they suggest, should immediately be reported to the police through 999. Like other projects, the TELL MAMA national project makes this clear across the face of its web-site. Indeed, it is the first thing that is stated on the site. So the attempt by Gilligan to underplay the impact of the incidents and suggest that many were non-violent, tells us that his initial assumptions are faulty and that he reads incidents as violence incidents. Nevertheless they are recordable hate incidents and which any third party hate crime project would record. Furthermore, attacks against mosques, including broken glass and graffiti against graveyard buildings, have been recorded and which Gilligan states as being, ‘relatively minor.’ No mention is made here of the community impacts and the re-enforcement of perceptions within the minds of Muslims who worship in the mosque and the impact on whole communities who use the place of worship. Gilligan simply glibly moves on after the statement.

    Verification of Data from Reports

    Gilligan then goes onto infer that statements on the number of incidents were made prior to all the cases being fully verified. What he fails to mention is that during the conversation, two clear elements were explained to him. To ensure due diligence and to counter charges of accepting cases without checks and balances, caseworkers drill down within conversations to find out whether victims were targeted with anti-Muslim statements, whether oral or written and whether off-line or on-line. The context of the incident, witness details and further material are extracted to provide a detailed picture to show whether the incident was indeed anti-Muslim in nature. At this stage, if there is no corroborating information, caseworkers in conjunction with a Senior Supervisor make a decision based on the available evidence, as to whether it is an Islamophobic incident. Gilligan was clearly informed that in 2012, 50 plus cases at this stage were not marked as Islamophobic in nature since there was little corroborating evidence and the descriptions provided by the victim simply did not pan out and show targeted anti-Muslim prejudice. Gilligan then talks of an ‘Islamophobia industry’. If TELL MAMA wanted to build such an industry, would it not be easier to simply include as many of these cases as possible? He also simply fails to mention the reclassification of those cases and which was clearly mentioned to him in the telephone conversation.

    So, let us further expand on the verification of cases. We welcome the fact that Gilligan mentioned the statement that 35 of the 212 post Woolwich incidents needed verification. What he fails to mention again and which was stated to him clearly in the phone conversation, was that a second stage verification is undertaken by the Director of TELL MAMA, where relatives and witnesses of the victim and other points of potential contact are liaised with. This second stage check and balance ensures that further validation takes place and with 4 staff working in the office at any one point on this project, case-workers were simply stretched given the volume of incidents reported in post the killing of drummer Lee Rigby. By Friday the 31st of May, over 170 cases has been recorded and had been through the two step verification process with only 3 cases being re-classified as not being anti-Muslim in nature. With such limited resources and with stringent verification processes in play, the thrust of Gilligan’s argument is to cast an aspersion on the figures, yet he was categorically told that at the second stage process there was a negligible number of cases which were re-classified. He also failed to mention this in his article.

    Using Police Data Alone as a Benchmark

    Most of Gilligan’s article then attempts to use police data and figures on Islamophobic hate incidents and he uses them as a benchmark. What he fails to grasp is that the MET and other forces across the country clearly state that hate crime reporting is under-reported and forces are open and vocal about this. Indeed, TELL MAMA and the MET are in the process of signing a data sharing Memorandum of Understanding on the number of cases that the MET and TELL MAMA receive and this is built on the practice of the CST, (the Community Security Trust), which ensures that anti-Semitic hate incidents are recorded appropriately on behalf of Jewish communities in the UK. What Gilligan also fails to mention is that the value of third party hate crime reporting projects is due to the fact that victims may feel that they do not want to waste police team and so report to projects like TELL MAMA. Also many Muslims post Prevent, (the Preventing Extremism agenda), are fearful of engaging with police and many have reported to us that their cases have been re-classified with race hate incident flags rather than with Islamophobia flags. Internally, officers within ACPO, (the Association of Chief Police officers), admit that classification and recording of faith hate incidents is a potential issue and TELL MAMA data is showing that race and faith hate language is on many occasions, intricately linked. So Gilligan’s reliance on police data is inaccurate and simply shows a lack of understanding of what is happening at a community level.

    Cycle of Anti-Muslim Activity

    Referring to the statement made that there is ‘no end’ to the cycle of anti-Muslim activity, a full and detailed description was provided to the reporter and which has widely been reported in media sources throughout the crisis. Before the brutal murder of drummer Lee Rigby, we received on average, between 4 – 8 cases a day of Islamophobic incidences. The Woolwich murder caused a major spike in Islamophobic hate incident recordings which has started to drop and this would be expected. Yet the background noise of Islamophobic hate incidents rumbles on and this was made clear to Gilligan. What we need to keep a watching brief on is whether the baseline daily figures start to rise and whether there are cumulative effects caused by incidents such as Woolwich. This will take time to assess in the future.

    Moving onto the online world, Gilligan regards on-line hate incidents as being minor or peripheral in nature and he refers to them as such within the article. He does not describe the impact they have on people, the emotional disturbance that they may cause and the distress that they clearly cause to many victims. Here for example, is what is reported into us and which Gilligan attempts to downplay.

    This material is pervasive in the on-line world and if we attempted to trawl through such postings, we would simply be inundated. Furthermore, we made clear to Gilligan on the phone that whilst people from overseas countries fed in incidents to us, (which amounted to no more than 10-20 cases last year, out of approximately 650 incidents), we are able to filter these out when exporting the data into an Excel file for evaluations to be made. Once again, he failed to state this in the article.

    Countering Far Right & Islamist Based Extremism

    Yet, there are more worrying elements in his article. He states that ‘part of its motivation appears to be an attempt to draw some of the sting from Islamist terrorism by equating it to the work of anti-Muslim extremist groups such as the English Defence League.”

    At no point would we argue that the Islamist threat should be downgraded or attention be diverted from it. Indeed, the Director of TELL MAMA has been involved in working through Prevent for over 6 years and was initially appointed after 7/7 in 2005 onto the Task Force set up by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. His engagement has been consistent in working on projects to counter violence and extremism coming from the small number of individuals within Muslim communities. Additionally, Gilligan was also told in the course of the conversation about the recent work that TELL MAMA did with a Shia member of the public who had been assaulted by a group around Anjum Choudhary, (the ex-leader of Al Muhajiroun), on Friday the 10th of May on Edgware Road in Central London. That work involved trying to ensure that legal and criminal action was taken against members of Anjum Choudhary’s gang. Yet, once again, this was not mentioned in the article.

    We also made clear that TELL MAMA and Faith Matters would continue to tackle extremists whether from the Far Right and from Islamist circles and that anyone fomenting hate within communities, would be seen as a threat to the peace and cohesion in our country; for Gilligan, the laser type approach on the Islamist threat which seems to be all encompassing, may also means that organisations which raise other societal threats, are seen negatively, possibly as if they ‘take away’ from the main focus which, it seems, Gilligan strongly believes is a pervasive Islamist threat. Yet the question is, why would he raise this point about TELL MAMA when many other organisations work on countering hate from both such elements within our country? Examples of such organisations involve Hope Not Hate. So why focus on TELL MAMA?

    Definitions of Islamophobia

    Definitions of Islamophobic incidents were also discussed and we made clear that the body of work on Islamophobia or anti-Muslim prejudice was still developing and that the phenomena was only categorised since 1997, when the Runnymede Trust published its groundbreaking report. We therefore took in reports based on perceived prejudice which we then verified and which may not be crimes and others which may have criminally infringed on existing public order offences for example. What we made clear to Gilligan, since he mentioned the work of the CST (Community Security Trust) and its classification of Anti-Semitism, was that we were some way away in setting a definition since the body of work was growing and it was one area where the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia would also be involved in. We also mentioned the fact that the work of the CST had spanned over 30 years and it had taken a long period of time to develop a robust, all encompassing and tangible definition, something that could not be expected of a project within a year of its launch.

    Safety of Communities in the UK

    Finally, we made clear to Gilligan that the United Kingdom was still the safest place to live in and that it was one of the best countries for faith communities to be in. We re-iterated this twice, yet he chose to make no mention of this. We also mentioned the fact that thankfully, there is something inherent within the British public which detests violence and this may be why we had not seen an orgy of violence after the murder in Woolwich. We have also gone on various news sources and stated that insults, abuse and attacks against Muslims and mosques simply play into the narrative of the two murderers of drummer Lee Rigby who wanted to start ‘a war.’ Once again, these comments are strangely missing from the article.

    Don’t mention Islamophobia

    There is one comment that we want to make and something that was mentioned to us by Gilligan. He asked us whether reporting anti-Muslim incidents played into an Islamist victim mentality. We have also heard this argument from others. In other words, do we keep issues private so that extremist narratives of victimisation are not re-enforced? Well Andrew. Just one thing to say on that. We must not forget the killing of Lee and the brutal manner in which it was carried out by two extremists purporting to come from Muslim communities. But we cannot hide from society and the wider public, the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice which is unfortunately alive and well in our country and which needs to be tackled. You can either chose to acknowledge that or focus on one area at the expense of another, hence the reductionism. It is as simple as that.

    http://tellmamauk.org/gilligan-the-reductionists


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    This article explains very well the problem with the these Kuffar and the Muslims. They dismiss, ignore, downplay, manipulate, alter, and many others thing to Muslims' reports of violence against Muslims. This article is just one example of the so many in the media and kuffar countries that it is a common practice among them now.

    UK is not a safe place to live and the writer of this article, like others, is just deceiving himself and other Muslims by making such statements. These three Islands (UK) have more Islamophobia than a whole a state from the 50 states of USA.


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    Anti-Terror Code (CONTEST 2) Government Plans to Label Every Muslim an "Extremist"

    Anti-terror code 'would alienate most Muslims'

    Draft strategy brands thousands as extremists
    Ministers ponder plan to be unveiled next month

    Vikram Dodd - 17 February 2009

    The government is considering plans that would lead to thousands more British Muslims being branded as extremists, the Guardian has learned. The proposals are in a counterterrorism strategy which ministers and security officials are drawing up that is due to be unveiled next month.

    Some say the plans would see views held by most Muslims in Britain being classed by the government as extreme.

    According to a draft of the strategy, Contest 2 as it is known in Whitehall, people would be considered as extremists if:

    • They advocate a caliphate, a pan-Islamic state encompassing many countries.
    • They promote Sharia law.
    • They believe in Jihad, or armed resistance, anywhere in the world. This would include armed resistance by Palestinians against the Israeli military.
    • They argue that Islam bans homosexuality and that it is a sin against Allah.
    • They fail to condemn the killing of British soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    Contest 2 would widen the definition of extremists to those who hold views that clash with what the government defines as shared British values. Those who advocate the wider definition say hardline Islamist interpretation of the Qur'an leads to views that are the root cause of the terrorism threat Britain faces. But opponents say the strategy would brand the vast majority of British Muslims as extremists and alienate them even further.

    The Guardian has also learned of a separate secret Whitehall counterterrorism report advocating widening the definition of who is considered extremist. Not all in Whitehall agree with the proposals and one official source said plans to widen the definition were "incendiary" and could alienate Muslims, whose support in the counterterrorism effort is needed. There were also fears it could aid the far right.

    Contest 2 is still being finalised by officials and ministers. Those considered extreme would not be targeted by the criminal law, but would be sidelined and denied public funds. Ed Husain, of the Quilliam Foundation think tank, said the root causes of terrorism were extremist views, even if those advocating the views did not call for violence. Husain, once an extremist himself, said: "Violent extremism is produced by Islamist extremism and it's only right to get into the root causes."

    Inayat Bunglawala, a former spokesman for the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said such plans would affect many British Muslims. Bunglawala, who now runs Engage, which tries to get Muslims to participate in politics and civic society, said: "That would alienate the majority of the British Muslim public. It would be counterproductive and class most Muslims as extremists."

    In a speech in December, the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, said the government's counterterrorism strategy had to include challenging nonviolent extremist groups that "skirt the fringes of the law ... to promote hate-filled ideologies".

    The Contest strategy was put in place in 2003 as the UK beefed up its response to the threat of al-Qaida inspired terrorism. But the security service's assessment shows no drop in those they consider dangerous and the UK's terror threat level remains at severe general.

    The Home Office said: "We don't comment on leaked documents."


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2...rategy-muslims


    "they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse." Quran [3:118]

    "They want to put out the Light of Allah (Islam) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate it." Quran [61:8]

    "They (the disbelievers, the Jews and the Christians) want to extinguish Allah's Light (Islamic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate it." Quran [9:32]

    "Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) till you follow their religion..." Quran [2:120]

    "They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah." Quran [8:30]

    "He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islâmic Monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the disbelievers hate (it)." Quran [61:9]

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    CONTEST 2: UK Government Leaked Plans to Label Every Muslim an "Extremist"

    Hizb ut-Tahrir - 20 February 2009

    Draft plans by the British government were leaked to the Guardian newspaper and BBC Panorama this week, which expose that the British government is once again playing politics with terrorism. The plans have nothing to do with preventing 'violent extremism' or promoting ‘community cohesion' as they tell people. The leak provides yet more evidence that the government's projects and funding for mosques, community centres, youth groups and women's groups are aimed at changing the deen that the Muslims hold. These projects are about gathering intelligence (though the police deny this) and their grants are so our communities become addicted to government money, so they can then dictate to us what we can and cannot think, believe or say.

    According to the Guardian, under the draft of the strategy Muslims would be considered as ‘extremists' if they believe in some of Islam's core ideas.

    They will accuse you of ‘extremism' if you advocate a Caliphate (Khilafah) in the Muslim world - an Islamic state that unifies Muslim countries. This Khilafah was explained by Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم who said:

    "Bani Israa'il were ruled by the Prophets, every time a Prophet died he was followed by another Prophet, and there will be no Prophets after me, and there will be Khulafaa and they will be many. [What do you order us?] Fulfil your pledge of allegiance to them one after another, and give them their rights, and truly Allah will ask them about their responsibilities." (Muslim)

    But according to the British governments draft plans it is unacceptable for the Muslim Ummah to have a Khalifah. According to these draft plans other states in the world may seek strength through ever closer unity but the Muslim Ummah must remain divided - ruled by tyrants and despots who serve the west. According to these draft plans a Muslim can support political movements in Zimbabwe or Burma, but must cut their ties with the growing Islamic revival and the call for Khilafah and end to dictatorship in the Muslim world.

    They will accuse you of ‘extremism' if you promote Shariah law - the law of Allah سبحانه وتعالى derived from the Quran, Sunnah, Ijmaa as- Sahabah and Qiyas. It is a law that is principled, which does not bend when placed under pressure, and that cannot be manipulated for any lobbyist. They manipulate the laws to suit capitalists and corporate interest groups even try to sell positions in the US Senate and votes in the House of Lords. The Shariah is the fundamental basis of Islamic law and the basis of the Muslims way of life. By attacking the Shariah their aim is for Muslims to abandon the halal and haram, the fard and the Sunnah and adopt their corrupt kufr criteria of benefit and pleasure that has brought so much harm to their own society.

    They will accuse you of ‘extremism' if you believe in Jihad, or armed resistance, anywhere in the world including armed resistance by Palestinians against the Israeli military. So, for the British government, when the Israeli war machine massacred over 1300 people in Gaza, including hundreds of children, it would be ‘extremist' for the Muslims to resist this massacre - despite the fact that Allah سبحانه وتعالى tells us:

    وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلاَ تَعْتَدُواْ

    "And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits"
    (Al-Baqara, 2:190)

    They will accuse you of ‘extremism' if you argue that Islam bans homosexuality and that it is a sin against Allah. Islam has given us clear rules for relationships, marriage and families. These values are in decay in this society. Peoples' sexual desires are fulfilled in any way creating a society that is in moral decline. They are trying to impose upon us the same breakdown of families, unhappiness of children, and promiscuity and immorality that is so damaging western societies.

    They will accuse you of ‘extremism' if you fail to condemn the killing of British soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan - even though this government sent these soldiers there to invade someone else's country; to kill and be killed in failed colonial wars which were motivated by greed and the seeking of wealth and power.

    Muslims the world over are being forced to leave their Islamic values and adopt western ones. This is what they mean when they say that the war on terror is to spread 'freedom and democracy'. This is what was said in a report by a think-tank called Civitas that advises British politicians when they said:

    "it is not enough for the vast majority of decent, peaceful, law-abiding Muslims to renounce terror in principle: they also need to renounce the view - frequently expressed by Islamists - of an inevitable war between Islam and the rest of the world. If they choose to live in Western liberal democratic societies, they must accept the values of liberal democracy - as Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and others have done for many years."

    It is clear to everyone that this war on terror is nothing less than a cover for a wider war against Islam. Allah سبحانه وتعالى tells us in the Quran in that:

    وَلَن تَرْضَى عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلاَ النَّصَارَى حَتَّى تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ

    "Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) unless you follow their millah (religion)."
    (Al-Baqarah, 2:120)

    Yet the values of liberal democracy, which they expect Muslims all over the world to adopt as their political and social ‘religion', are not even values that all people in Britain believe in. About 40% of people in mainstream society do not vote in elections, and many of the remaining 60% do not trust their elected politicians. Every week we read alarming reports about how badly children, the elderly, women, immigrants and asylum seekers are treated or how people with a religious conviction or illiberal view are treated by liberal society. And we now also see the collapse of disaster capitalism, which has been the back bone of the secular liberal democratic system for the past 200 years.

    Brothers and Sisters! Are these values, forced upon us in the UK and in the Muslim world, the values that we wish for ourselves and our children to adopt? Have we not seen the harm caused by the values in the west? Their way of life is one that has failed to bring harmony for their own society never mind for humanity. Their way of life is one that has encouraged individualism and selfishness, and the craving for material wealth. It is one that has meant ‘life liberty and the pursuit of happiness' even if it meant through colonising the world and making hundreds of millions of others suffer.

    Every one of us has to understand that this is nothing less than an attempt to change the deen of the Muslims. Sometimes they have attacked the women's dress code and sometimes they have attacked the modesty and family values of Muslims. At worse we have even seen our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Noble Quran attacked. Yet this is what our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم faced in his struggle in Makkah. He faced personal attacks, attacks on Islam, lies and slander. They labelled him صلى الله عليه وسلم with all kinds of names. Yet he responded with an intellectual dawah showing the superiority of the sublime Islamic values over those of kufr; proving the truth of the Islamic belief over other beliefs; meeting falsehood with the truth of Islam. And Allah made His صلى الله عليه وسلم call victorious.

    This should be our calling when faced with this attack. The response to this is that every Muslim has to know his or her deen, and know the political and social values that are being forced on us - not just here but all across the Muslim world.

    We should oppose government attempt to control our institutions but we should demonstrate and explain the superiority of the Islamic values and prove the truth of the Islamic belief. We must stand for Islam and expose falsehood when we see it.

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى commands us:

    ادْعُ إِلِى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ


    "Invite to the Way of your Lord with hikmah and fair preaching and argue with them in a way that is better." (An-Nahl, 16:125)

    That is our duty - to focus our efforts towards this dawah in the west, as well as supporting the call to replace tyranny, dictatorship and kufr in Muslim lands with a just Islamic leadership that rules by Quran and Sunnah - the Khilafah, which can show the world what the justice of Islam can bring for humanity.

    As to the success or failure of these plans, the very fact they have resorted to using bribery and force against Muslims, in order to achieve these goals, proves they cannot deal with Islamic ideas intellectually and that they have lost the battle of ideas. If any individual Muslim were to abandon the truth, he would do so to his own loss. But their plans can never succeed in replacing Islam in the heart of the Muslim community or anywhere in the world for Allah سبحانه وتعالى tells us:

    يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِؤُواْ نُورَ اللّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللّهُ إِلاَّ أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ


    "They seek to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths; but Allah refuses but to perfect His light, though the disbelievers may resent it." (At-Tawba, 9:32)


    http://www.khilafah.com/index.php/an...an-qextremistq

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    Exclusive: How MI5 blackmails British Muslims

    Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants.

    The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas.

    They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP Frank Dobson. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future.

    Intelligence gathered by informers is crucial to stopping further terror outrages, but the men's allegations raise concerns about the coercion of young Muslim men by the Security Service and the damage this does to the gathering of information in the future.

    Three of the men say they were detained at foreign airports on the orders of MI5 after leaving Britain on family holidays last year.

    After they were sent back to the UK, they were interviewed by MI5 officers who, they say, falsely accused them of links to Islamic extremism. On each occasion the agents said they would lift the travel restrictions and threat of detention in return for their co-operation. When the men refused some of them received what they say were intimidating phone calls and threats.

    Two other Muslim men say they were approached by MI5 at their homes after police officers posed as postmen. Each of the five men, aged between 19 and 25, was warned that if he did not help the security services he would be considered a terror suspect. A sixth man was held by MI5 for three hours after returning from his honeymoon in Saudi Arabia. He too claims he was threatened with travel restrictions if he tried to leave the UK.

    An agent who gave her name as Katherine is alleged to have made direct threats to Adydarus Elmi, a 25-year-old cinema worker from north London. In one telephone call she rang him at 7am to congratulate him on the birth of his baby girl. His wife was still seven months' pregnant and the couple had expressly told the hospital that they did not want to know the sex of their child.

    Mr Elmi further alleges: "Katherine tried to threaten me by saying, and it still runs through my mind now: 'Remember, this won't be the last time we ever meet.' And then during our last conversation she explained: 'If you do not want anything to happen to your family you will co-operate.'"

    Madhi Hashi, a 19-year-old care worker from Camden, claims he was held for 16 hours in a cell in Djibouti airport on the orders of MI5. He alleges that when he was returned to the UK on 9 April this year he was met by an MI5 agent who told him his terror suspect status would remain until he agreed to work for the Security Service. He alleges that he was to be given the job of informing on his friends by encouraging them to talk about jihad.

    Mohamed Nur, 25, a community youth worker from north London, claims he was threatened by the Security Service after an agent gained access to his home accompanied by a police officer posing as a postman.

    "The MI5 agent said, 'Mohamed if you do not work for us we will tell any foreign country you try to travel to that you are a suspected terrorist.'"

    Mohamed Aden, 25, a community youth worker from Camden, was also approached by someone disguised as a postman in August last year. He alleges an agent told him: "We're going to make your travelling harder for you if you don't co-operate."

    None of the six men, who work with disadvantaged youths at the Kentish Town Community Organisation (KTCO), has ever been arrested for terrorism or a terrorism-related offence.

    They have repeatedly complained about their treatment to the police and to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which oversees the work of the Security Services.

    In a letter to Lord Justice Mummery, who heads the tribunal, Sharhabeel Lone, the chairman of the KTCO, said: "The only thing these young people have in common is that they studied Arabic abroad and are of Somali origin. They are not involved in any terrorist activity whatsoever, nor have they ever been, and the security services are well aware of this."

    Mr Sharhabeel added: "These incidents smack of racism, Islamophobia and all that undermines social cohesion. Threatening British citizens, harassing them in their own country, alienating young people who have committed no crime other than practising a particular faith and being a different colour is a recipe for disaster.

    "These disgraceful incidents have undermined 10 years of hard work and severely impacted social cohesion in Camden. Targeting young people that are role models for all young people in our country in such a disparaging way demonstrates a total lack of understanding of on-the-ground reality and can only be counter-productive.

    "When people are terrorised by the very same body that is meant to protect them, sowing fear, suspicion and division, we are on a slippery slope to an Orwellian society."


    Last night MI5 and the police refused to discuss the men's complaints with The Independent. But on its website, MI5 says it is untrue that the Security Service harasses Muslims.


    MI5 and me: Three statements


    Mahdi Hashi: 'I told him: this is blackmail'

    Last month, 19-year-old Mahdi Hashi arrived at Gatwick airport to take a plane to visit his sick grandmother in Djibouti, but as he was checking in he was stopped by two plainclothes officers. One of the officers identified himself as Richard and said he was working for MI5.

    Mr Hashi said: "He warned me not to get on the flight. He said 'Whatever happens to you outside the UK is not our responsibility'. I was absolutely shocked." The agent handed Mr Hashi a piece of paper with his name and telephone contact details and asked him to call him.

    "The whole time he tried to make it seem like he was looking after me. And just before I left them at my boarding gate I remember 'Richard' telling me 'It's your choice, mate, to get on that flight but I advise you not to,' and then he winked at me."

    When Mr Hashi arrived at Djibouti airport he was stopped at passport control. He was then held in a room for 16 hours before being deported back to the UK. He claims the Somali security officers told him that their orders came from London. More than 24 hours after he first left the UK he arrived back at Heathrow and was detained again.

    "I was taken to pick up my luggage and then into a very discreet room. 'Richard' walked in with a Costa bag with food which he said was for me, my breakfast. He said it was them who sent me back because I was a terror suspect." Mr Hashi, a volunteer youth leader at Kentish Town Community Organisation in north London, alleges that the officer made it clear that his "suspect" status and travel restrictions would only be lifted if he agreed to co-operate with MI5. "I told him 'This is blatant blackmail'; he said 'No, it's just proving your innocence. By co-operating with us we know you're not guilty.'

    "He said I could go and that he'd like to meet me another time, preferably after [May] Monday Bank Holiday. I looked at him and said 'I don't ever want to see you or hear from you again. You've ruined my holiday, upset my family, and you nearly gave my sick grandmother in Somalia a heart attack'."

    Adydarus Elmi: 'MI5 agent threatened my family'

    When the 23-year-old cinema worker from north London arrived at Chicago's O'Hare airport with his pregnant wife, they were separated, questioned and deported back to Britain.

    Three days later Mr Elmi was contacted on his mobile phone and asked to attend Charing Cross police station to discuss problems he was having with his travel documents. "I met a man and a woman," he said. "She said her name was Katherine and that she worked for MI5. I didn't know what MI5 was."

    For two-and-a-half hours Mr Elmi faced questions. "I felt I was being lured into working for MI5." The contact did not stop there. Over the following weeks he claims "Katherine" harassed him with dozens of phone calls.

    "She would regularly call my mother's home asking to speak to me," he said. "And she would constantly call my mobile."

    In one disturbing call the agent telephoned his home at 7am to congratulate him on the birth of his baby girl. His wife was still seven months pregnant and the couple had expressly told the hospital that they did not want to know the sex of their child.

    "Katherine tried to threaten me by saying – and it still runs through my mind now – 'Remember, this won't be the last time we ever meet", and then during our last conversation explained: 'If you do not want anything to happen to your family you will co-operate'."

    Mohamed Nur

    Mohamed Nur, 25, first came into contact with MI5 early one morning in August 2008 when his doorbell rang. Looking through his spyhole in Camden, north London, he saw a man with a red bag who said he was a postman.

    When Mr Nur opened the door the man told him that he was in fact a policeman and that he and his colleague wanted to talk to him. When they sat down the second man produced ID and said that he worked for MI5.

    The agent told Mr Nur that they suspected him of being an Islamic extremist. "I immediately said 'And where did you get such an idea?' He replied, 'I am not permitted to discuss our sources'. I said that I have never done anything extreme."

    Mr Nur claims he was then threatened by the officer. "The MI5 agent said, 'Mohamed, if you do not work for us we will tell any foreign country you try to travel to that you are a suspected terrorist'."

    They asked him what travel plans he had. Mr Nur said he might visit Sweden next year for a football tournament. The agent told him he would contact him within the next three days.

    "I am not interested in meeting you ever." Mr Nur replied. As they left, the agent said to at least consider the approach, as it was in his best interests.


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u....s-1688618.html




    FBI detains and tortures Americans over seas

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/31/13) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it has joined with Oregon attorney Thomas H. Nelson in filing a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of a Muslim former resident of that state who claims he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the behest of the FBI and State Department.

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    Muslim graves at Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, desecrated by racist vandals

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    By Emma Mackintosh - 30th June 2013

    MUSLIM graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti.

    The vandals used white paint to write "Lee Rigby murder", "white power" and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery. They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).

    People visiting nearby graves spoke of their disgust and shock at seeing the painted messages, which were still wet this morning.

    Julie Thomas and her 89-year-old aunt Elfriede Robinson were visiting the grave of Mrs Robinson's husband George nearby. "I think it's absolutely disgusting," said Mrs Thomas, 51, who lives in Christchurch.

    "These people are dead and gone now, what is the point? It is the ultimate disrespect. What's next? My aunt is quite upset by the swastikas, she is German and has lived here for 60 years."

    Paul Burgoyne, 47, his wife Jill, 45, and their 19-year-old daughter Deanna, who were visiting his father Melville's grave, said cemeteries are neutral places.

    "Political views should stay outside cemeteries because the dead can't answer," said Mr Burgoyne. "This is consecrated ground. You can only see a name on a grave and what's in a name, you don't know their backgrounds."

    Mrs Burgoyne said: "My husband has French and Irish ancestry, what if they take a dislike to French people? How upset would we be if someone had done that to us?"

    Marc Collins, his mother Kay and his three-year-old son Olly were on their way to place flowers on the grave of his father Keith Collins when they drove past the vandalised headstones.

    "It is absolutely disgusting and appalling, and we don't agree with it or condone it," said Mrs Collins, 64. "If the relatives were here I would go up and apologise."

    Mr Collins, 35, said: "We come here every week and usually there are people at those graves at the same time as us. If it happened to us we would be very angry and upset, and we feel ashamed."

    Paul Hemmings, 46, who had driven more than 200 miles from London with his wife to visit his father's grave, said he had never been so angry after seeing the messages.

    "I am embarrassed to be white and to be British," said Mr Hemmings, who is originally from Newport. "These moronic buffoons ought to be ashamed of themselves. What has religion got to do with absolutely anything? Islamaphobia has gone far too far, you can't be Christian if you are doing this."

    The group of 15 newly dug graves are in a separate area of the western side of Christchurch Cemetery.

    Superintendent of Newport cemeteries, Charles Dare, said there are six Muslim plots in St Woolos cemeteries and apart from an incident 20 years ago when the headstones were pushed over, nothing like this has happened before.

    Newport council's graffiti team were trying to remove the messages when Gwent Police arrived at the scene, around noon yesterday.

    A police spokesman said: "We are working with the council to get the graffiti removed and contacting the relatives of the graves that have been affected."

    Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101


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    Merseyside footballer admits sending anti-Muslim tweets

    3 Jul 2013

    Merseyside footballer Shaun Tuck today admitted sending a string of anti-Muslim tweets in the wake of the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

    Former Marine FC striker Tuck, who now plays for Witton Albion, tweeted that mosques should be "gassed out or bombed", and that he would "be taking their kids' heads off".

    Appearing today at Liverpool magistrates court, Tuck, 26, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Communications Act.

    The Northern Premier League star, of Mollington Avenue, Norris Green, tweeted: "All the mosques in England should be gassed or bombed, or stormed by 50 lads with machetes, swords the lot. And make a statement."

    Other tweets, including the reference to beheading children, were sent between May 22 and 23, in the hours following the Woolwich attack.

    Lynn Clark, prosecuting, said when questioned by police Tuck said he "had a moment of madness" after drinking large amounts of vodka, and denied he was racist.

    Rachel Oakdene, defending, said Tuck earned £150 a week from football, supplementing his income with a job as a delivery assistant for a Bootle kitchen firm. She told magistrates Mark Harris, the chairman of Witton Albion, was in court to support the player and would give evidence of his good character if necessary. Ms Oakdene added: "They (the tweets) were posted over a matter of hours, so to that extent this is an isolated incident. "It is over a short period of time where the defendant has had a lot to drink."

    The court was told Witton Albion, which has suspended the player while proceedings are ongoing, had close links to the charity Help for Heroes, and the Woolwich tragedy had had a particular effect on Tuck. Ms Oakdene also said he was struggling to deal with the death of his father last year and had been drinking more than he should. She added: "As soon as these proceedings are resolved, he will return to the club and his normal terms of employment."

    Magistrates were told a number of sentencing options could be considered, including prison. They ordered a pre-sentence report to be produced before sentencing on July 10.

    Speaking outside court, Mr Harris told the ECHO Witton Albion remained supportive of Tuck while the proceedings were ongoing. He added: "Shaun Tuck remains suspended by the club, but we have a duty to him and his welfare as we have for all our players."


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    "In Vino Veritas" is a Latin phrase which translates as "In wine there is truth". It's saying that when a person is drunk then he is likely to blurt out the truth. This is what has happened here, if he was really drunk, he exposed himself as a bigoted racist and an Islamophobe terrorist who wants to bomb mosques and behead children. His allies are defending him and making excuses, instead of condemning this, like they demand of Muslims.

    "O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them." Quran [5:51]

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    Tipton mosque blast a terrorist incident, say police

    Counter-terrorism officers are investigating a suspected terrorist incident at a West Midlands mosque after residents reported a loud bang and nails were reportedly found in the debris.

    12 July 2013

    Video: http://bcove.me/t9erg9da

    West Midlands Police said that officers were alerted to the incident in Tipton just after 1pm. An investigation is being led by the area's counter terrorism unit, and is being treated as a terrorist incident. Several streets were sealed off by police after residents reported hearing a loud bang near a mosque near Binland Street, Tipton.

    A local councillor told Channel 4 News that police were focusing on a section of disused railway track, near the mosque but not on its premises. Reports that nails and other debris were found are being investigated. No injuries have been reported but a cordon has been set up in the Binfield Street area of the town, a police spokesman said.

    Busy time

    The loud bang was reported near the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association central jamia mosque in Binfield Street, said local councillors. The incident came on the same day that a private funeral service was held for murdered soldier Lee Rigby in Bury, Greater Manchester.

    The chairman of the Kanz-ul Iman mosque was inside the mosque at the time of the explosion, and said it had happened at what would usually be the busiest time of day. "If it wasn't Ramadan there would be at least 200 people here but thankfully at the time there were only a handful of people and everybody escaped without injury," said Mushtaq Hussain, according to ITV.

    'Loud bang'

    Councillor Syeda Amina Khatun said she was not aware of any previous attacks on the mosque. "The explosion has gone off on the disused railway line behind the mosque," she said. "There are lots of police around so there must be want for them to be here. "The whole estate has been blocked off. People are surprised that something like this has happened." Tipton Green councillor Ian Jones said that residents in the area described hearing a "loud thud".
    A police spokesman said: "Police have been called to Binfield Street in Tipton this afternoon following reports of a loud bang. "A cordon has been set up and the immediate area is being evacuated as a precautionary measure while police investigate what caused it. "Some residents have reported finding debris in the area and finding nails. This is being investigated by forensic officers at the scene."

    Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, called on people not to allow terrorism to divide the community. He condemned the attack and urged people to remain calm. "Like we will not let terrorism divide us when Lee Rigby was killed, we will not allow these thugs and terrorists to divide Muslims from wider society," he said.

    Among the road closures in Tipton are parts of Sedgley Road East, Dudley Port, Jays Avenue, Tudor Court, Park Lane East, Crompton Road and Victoria Road. Tipton is located between Wolverhampton and Birmingham, in the West Midlands.

    Previous mosque explosion

    Meanwhile, police are still investigating an explosion near a mosque in the Caldmore area of Walsall, also in the West Midlands.

    On 22 June, the remains of a home-made explosive device were found in an alleyway adjoining the Aisha mosque and Islamic centre in Rutter Street, Caldmore. The earlier incident, in which no-one was injured, forced the overnight evacuation of around 150 people from their homes in the surrounding area. Police are still investigating.

    Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is urged to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


    http://www.channel4.com/news/tipton-...olice-midlands


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    The Jinn devils maybe in chains during this month, but the human devils are not. Because of Ramadan, the prayer time was moved from 1pm to 2pm otherwise 200+ Muslims would have been hurt in this terrorist attack. Europe and UK is becoming more and more unsafe to live in, Muslims really need to start considering moving out.

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    Christian Extremist nailed Koran to pub wall in protest against Islamic centre plans

    1/24/2014

    A MEMBER of a far-right group nailed a copy of the Koran onto a pub which is due to be transformed into a Muslim education centre.

    Graham French also wrote “EDL” on the wall of former Melrose Arms in Shotton Colliery – which has been the centre of demonstrations by the English Defence League in the village, after planning permission to change the use of the building was granted.

    Since buying the property, local businessman Kaiser Javeed Choudry has been a repeat victim of crime, Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard.

    Prosecutor Vicky Wilson said there had been great opposition to the plans and Mr Choudry’s property had been targeted with spray paint and windows had been smashed.

    Ms Wilson said on December 14, EDL had been daubed twice in white paint on the building, causing £500 of damage, and an open Koran had been nailed onto a wooden board covering a window.

    She added: “Police took the Koran for forensic analysis and found several links to the defendant, including a palm print on the page.”

    She told the court that information on Facebook showed French, of Dene Crescent, Shotton, is a member of a group called the Shotton Defence League.

    When French was arrested, he said it was a “revenge attack” after he was followed home from the pub one day by a female wearing a Burka. A statement from Mr Choudry said: “The whole situation has got me upset.

    “We are trying to improve the building and make the area better.”

    French pleaded guilty to causing racially or religiously-aggravated criminal damage.

    Jaxon Taylor, defending, said the damage involved “a small amount of graffiti” and disputed that it could have cost £500 to fix.

    The case was adjourned until February 12 for a report to be prepared about French.

    Chairman of the bench, David Carr, said: “Not only is the daubing of the words racially aggravated, but the nailing of the Koran to the wall makes it even worse.”

    French was bailed on the condition that he does not contact Mr Choudry.


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    In 2014 - Can We Stop Blaming Everything on Muslims?




    It's Islamophobic to blame Islam for terrorism. There - I've said it. If you're scared of Islam, or want to "stand up to extremists," you are servile to an irrational fear. Is radical Islam somehow causally linked to acts of terror? No.

    Eliza Manningham-Buller, former director of MI5 describes how "our involvement in Iraq, for want of a better word, radicalised a whole generation of young people," and "spurred some young British Muslims to turn to terror." Obama said of Guantanamo Bay in April, "this is a recruitment tool for extremists"

    Muslim isn't even that well-represented among the terrorist demographic - only 6% of terrorists are Muslim.

    So to be scared of Islam because it drives terrorism is irrational - it's a phobia. It's Islamophobia.

    It was reported yesterday that hundreds of anti-Muslim offences are being carried out each year in liberal, tolerant, multi-cultural Britain. In London we've seen five hundred recorded incidents of Islamophobic crimes this year. The picture at the top of this post depicts just one of these disgusting crimes.

    Our politicians implicitly endorse these crimes - "We mustn't pander to extremists," said Gove, bluntly, of the gender segregation row surrounding Universities UK. He doesn't bother to engage in whether the issue was widespread, if it was dangerous, if it's spreading, or if the Muslim audience even cared. He just saw Islam and an easy opportunity to "look strong."

    Tackling extremism on campus, in our mosques and in madrassas abroad is certainly part of addressing terrorism. There is a role for addressing arguments, observing and monitoring potential jihadists.

    But there will always be collateral damage to our social fabric - fragmentation of our communities along religious lines, as we intrusively watch and listen. And fragmentation lead to more radicalism. Our obsession with extremism breeds more extremism.

    With this collateral damage such a clear and present danger, we need to be certain that radical Islam is really the cause of terrorism, and not the symptom of our own aggression.

    Islam itself certainly is not. While many citizens of the Middle East harbor ill-will to the West, very few take up arms. The same is true in the UK.

    But what drives someone into radical extremism - to blow themselves up? Or grab a chopping knife and attack an unarmed man in the street, then calmly announce to smartphone wielding passers-by that this was done in the name of Islam? Or walk into a shopping mall or hotel and start firing indiscriminately.

    It is not Allah. He is not moving in mysterious ways, moving men to murder. It is, as Lee Rigby's killers said, because we are waging war on "Muslims" abroad. Does Lee Rigby speak for all Muslims? No. But our foreign policy is systematically ignored in our understanding of terrorism.

    Our expeditions to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have been, without exception, failures. Our dismantling of the top rungs of Al Qaeda has led simply to more crazed men taking their place. Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars describes drone strikes as a surreal global whack-a-mole. Christians remain the most persecuted religious group globally. And Lee Rigby's murder, massacres in Kenya and India show how elusive, unnetworked individuals can carry out horrific acts of media-friendly terrorism with minimal resources. They will continue to do so.

    It is unlikely we will ever win the "War on Terror." Should we want to? According to the moral case, yes. A playground favourite - "they started it."

    The killing of thousands of Americans, provoked the war on terror. But advocates of the war have historical myopia. What provoked 9/11? Can they remember beyond that fateful day?

    Advocates of the war on terror forget decades of Western meddling in Iran, the crude sculpting of Israel out of Arab lands, the brutal autocracies supported and the oil dollars ruthlessly extracted. They forget how easy it is for young, unemployed and uneducated men to be recruited to an anti-West cause, when the evidence of the West's meddling and attempted imperialism is so profoundly obvious. Islam isn't the cause of this terrorism, it is a tool used by manipulative terrorist leaders to fight Western oppression in their lands, just as Catholicism was used by the IRA as an emotive recruiting tool to the cause.

    It is not religion that causes terrorism - it is meddling. We provide the arguments that the radical preachers need to radicalise their young cohorts - and send them to the West to terrorize us illegally and immorally. I am no apologist for terrorists, their acts are medieval and immoral. But it is not wise to give angry young men with capability of doing great harm reason to hate you, especially if they are trained by evil and wealthy men.

    We also need to firmly recognise that the legislative excesses of Iran and Saudi Arabia are bastardisations of Islam. "Islam is the religion that chops off peoples hands, that forces women to wear the burqa, that hangs people in the street. We don't want that here," oft goes the cry of the Islamophobes.

    Long before Western ideals started sweeping the Middle East in recent years, Iranians recognised that the justice delivered by revolutionary tribunals was far from Islamic. Mehdi Bazargan, first Prime Minister after the Shah fell, was highly critical throughout the Eighties. The machinations of these courts are still frequently observed as being far out-of-step with the Prophet Muhammed's teachings. Indeed the subjugation of women in nearby Saudi Arabia is cultural and political - not religious. The Qu'ran may lay out that the role of women is as child-bearers and wives, but fully endorses their rights to political life, a business, a vote and to go on Haj. Men are protectors of women, but they are equal. If anything, they owe a duty of care to their spouse. They are subservient.

    So before we blame radical Islam for terrorism and loss of freedom - consider that our Security Services blame our foreign policy, not any religion, for acts of terrorism. Radical Islam is a bastardisation of true, peaceful Islam. And the effect on our social fabric of continually scapegoating Muslims for our own aggression abroad is painful, and breeds yet more jihadists.

    If we want to really fight terrorism, we need to tackle the cause - and that cause is meddling in the Middle East.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alas...b_4514887.html

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    Muslim students pray in the rain after Queen Mary University denies them access to facilities

    Friday prayers conducted outdoors after QMUL claims usual rooms are unavailable

    Chloe Cornish - 01 November 2013

    Hundreds of students at Queen Mary University in London, braved the rain today to pray outside, in protest against what they claim is inadequate resources for Muslims on their Mile End campus.

    It was their second 'prayer protest' in two weeks, with the student union counting 350 demonstrators last Friday.

    Muslims account for 20 per cent of the student body, according to Islamic Society representatives.

    Previously, the college's 20-year-old Islamic Society had been able able to book several large communal spaces for congregational Friday prayers. But from the start of this academic year, students have been told the rooms are unavailable.

    Principal Professor Simon Gaskell suggested students attend local mosques for the mass prayer, and denied any change in policy. "We say we're here to accommodate private acts of worship... like most universities we are very pressed for resources," said the Principal, adding that the facilities are unavailable due to demand.

    However, Isoc dismisses this claim, saying that they carried out spot checks on the Great Hall and Octagon, rooms they were told were unavailable for booking, only to find them empty.

    They also say that local mosques are oversubscribed.

    Shahala Ahad, an engineering student, described the overcrowding of university-provided prayer rooms on Fridays, saying that stairs and hallways are rammed.

    "We are grateful for what the university has provided," said Awo Abib, who graduated last July, "but the facilities don't reflect the demographic."

    Queen Mary Student Union president Sarah Sarwar, leant emphatic support to the campaign.

    "We really believe it's the university's responsibility," she said. Progress in negotiations has been "positive so far."

    After leading today's prayers, Alamgir Islaam, the president of Isoc, told the Independent: "In order for the university to be in accordance with their claim to be inclusive to all faiths... they must take into consideration that this prayer must be performed in a certain way."

    It is obligatory for male Muslims to pray en masse on Fridays.


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    CAGE: Government has introduced cradle-to-grave surveillance state for Muslims

    Human rights group CAGE says the British government has introduced a cradle-to-grave surveillance state for British Muslims.

    In a report released yesterday CAGE said the government’s counter terrorism strategy Prevent mistakenly assumes that Islamic ideology is behind terrorist attacks when the real cause is British foreign policy.

    The report says that Prevent focuses on censorship and exclusion of certain political and religious views from public life, and reforming peoples’ ideas, beliefs and behaviour, rather than tackling actual violence.

    According to CAGE, this has led to widespread discrimination against Muslims based on their political and religious beliefs.

    The report’s co-author Jahangir Mohammed, said: “This report marks a significant step, as for first time we are being given a total picture of how the rights and freedoms of the Muslim community are being covertly eroded under the guise of security threats and terrorism. This comprehensive policy has far outstripped its stated remit and is specifically targeting the beliefs, values and ideas of the Muslim community.”

    Report findings

    The report states: “The state is encroaching on every aspect of Muslim life, with people being labelled, discriminated against, and prosecuted for their ideas and beliefs (often by panels, committees, and individuals). Moreover, there are no legitimate safeguards for Muslims to challenge these decisions or for the community to officially scrutinize its impact.

    “Prevent incorrectly conflates defeating an ideology (which it describes as Islamism) with defeating terrorism. All terrorists and acts of political violence have an ideology or goal. However, terrorism and political violence is not caused by ideology, it is a methodology.

    Rooting out an ideology or in this case a theology will not end politically motivated violence because it does not address the political causes. Prevent focuses on dealing with religious and political ideology as a means of dealing with politically motivated violence, instead of addressing the political struggles that lead to violence that need a solution.”

    The report says that:
    - Young people at school and further education are being targeted and identified early on those considered “vulnerable” or, “at risk” of being drawn towards extremism or violence.

    - Teachers, doctors, police officers, civil servants and local government officers are being trained and indoctrinated with a politicised understanding of Islam and Muslim political struggles.

    - Muslims who propose an alternative narrative or political analysis for the causes of violence in the Muslim world are seen as extremist radicalisers, and as potential pathways to violence.

    - Prevent seeks to eliminate alternative political discourse about western foreign policy amongst Muslims, even amongst children. It is a policy to silence Muslims and pacify/de-politicise their faith.

    - Hostile anti-Muslim websites and activists are putting pressure on institutions to ban events and exclude speakers by labeling them “hate preachers”.

    Foreign policy

    “Many of those convicted of terrorism have been part of British society and embraced its values. It is neither the West nor its values that provoke violent action, but the behaviour of the West in Muslim majority lands. They have made this repeatedly clear in their public statements,” the report states.

    “It is obvious that this flawed strategy will not end politically motivated violence, something highlighted by the killing of Lee Rigby. The government strategy does not recognise that anti-terrorism policy is failing, but rather introduces more layers of law and restrictions that impact Muslim communities. This amounts to collective punishment of the whole for the actions of individuals.

    This will create a two tier system of law in the UK, one for Muslims and one for the rest….

    This idea that a British government can interfere with, define and regulate the Islamic faith and ideology is insulting to Muslims. It further highlights the ignorant standpoint from which the Prevent policy is made.

    CAGE recommends that:
    - Muslims campaign against new proposals and create awareness through social media.
    - Muslims promote alternative narrative to Prevent theory.
    - Muslims challenge the policy as a whole and challenge it in the courts.


    http://www.5pillarz.com/2014/02/11/c...e-for-muslims/

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    UK Islamophobic Police 'made up' evidence against Muslim student

    A Muslim university student was held for seven days without charge as a suspected terrorist after police "made up" evidence against him.

    Documents from the professional standards unit of West Midlands police reveal that officers fabricated key elements of the case against former University of Nottingham student, Rizwaan Sabir.

    The highly controversial case generated a debate over the extent of Islamophobia within UK universities and also an international furore over academic freedom led by renowned US scholar Noam Chomsky.

    Sabir was researching terrorist tactics for a master's at the University of Nottingham in 2008 when he was detained under the Terrorism Act and accused by police of downloading an al-Qaida training manual for terrorist purposes.

    The 27-year-old, however, had downloaded a manual from a US government website for his research which could be bought at WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon as well as the university's own library. After seven days and six nights in police custody, Sabir was released without charge or apology.

    The incident so incensed the university's sole terrorism expert Dr Rod Thornton, a lecturer at its department of Politics and International Relations that he published an article condemning the University's handling of the arrest and treatment of Sabir.

    Police 'made up' evidence against Muslim student

    Rizwaan Sabir was held for seven days without charge as a suspected terrorist after police allegedly fabricated evidence

    In a paper prepared for the British International Studies Association, he alleged the university attempted to smear the student. Following publication of the article, Thornton was suspended by the university in Spring 2011 provoking an international outcry over academic freedom with an international coalition of professors and doctors, including Chomsky, demanding his "immediate reinstatement".

    The 67 figures, from universities around the world, said they were "deeply concerned" and called for an inquiry into the affair.

    Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act also reveal that the arrests were mentioned in a report, cited and disseminated by the Home Office, called Islamist Terrorist Plots in Great Britain: Uncovering the Global Network.

    Now, however, the results of the internal West Midlands police professional standards investigation into the affair following complaints by Thornton over the police's handing of the case is complete. It found that officers effectively invented what Thornton, the university's sole terrorism expert, told them about the al-Qaida training manual in a police interview.

    During the interview Thornton said that he merely told police that Sabir was studying al-Qaida, but was never asked to discuss the manual. Thornton says that officers invented claims that he had concerns over the manual which he says are an apparent attempt to justify the arrest and police anti-terror operation, codenamed Minerva.
    The findings of the force's standard's inquiry upheld Thornton's claim that officers "made up what he said about the al-Qaida manual."

    It also states that the actual minutes of the Gold Group meeting of the detectives assigned to the case "incorrectly recorded" their conversation with Thornton.

    Internal notes from the Gold Group meeting, dated May 17 2008, actually reveal police quoting Thornton as believing the manual was a "tactical document" and could not be considered relevant to Sabir's academic research into terrorism.

    Thornton has now referred the police treatment of him to the IPCC. The standards board, however, says that no officers will be investigated for misconduct.

    Thornton, a former counter terrorism officer in the British army who earlier this year left his post at Nottingham University by mutual agreement, said: "The police were totally unprofessional. After their mistakes they tried to cover them up. I've seen some altered police notes, I've seen evidence made up. The whole thing seems to be a complete tissue of lies, starting from the cover up of their mistakes in the first place."

    Sabir, now a PhD student at The University of Bath, said: "I have known that the police lied and deceived in order to justify my arrest and treatment and this has now been proven.

    "What should raise alarm bells is how and why the police think it is acceptable to make up information to send innocent Muslims to prison as terrorists. The onus is now on the IPCC to conduct a full and proper investigation into this matter."

    West Midlands police chief inspector Julian Harper, from the force's Professional Standards Department, said: "While certain aspects of his complaint were upheld, investigating officers found there was no case to answer in respect of misconduct.

    "As is standard practice, we advised the complainant that he could appeal this decision through the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    "As he has chosen to take this course of action, it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further."


    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/j...-rizwaan-sabir

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    Marine Le Pen, National Front Leader, Vows Pork-Free Menu Ban For French Schools


    National Front leader Marine Le Pen has said her party will not pander to Jewish and Muslim children by offering non-Pork alternatives for lunch.

    School canteens will no longer offer non-pork meal options in the 11 towns the far-right party won in local elections, because such arrangements are contrary to France's secular values, she said.

    "We will not accept any religious demands in school menus," Le Pen told RTL radio. "There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that's the law."

    Considering pork is forbidden under Jewish and Muslim dietary law, her comments have sparked a significant backlash.
    But she defended the decision saying it was necessary to "save secularism".

    Le Pen launched a fierce row before 2012’s presidential elections when she claimed all meat from abatoires in the Paris region was prepared using Islamic halal traditions and non-Muslim consumers in the capital were being misled.

    Her anti-immigrant party made historic gains in last week's municipal elections, which was seen as a significant electoral breakthrough for the party.

    But the French politician was fined 10,000 euros (£8,268) on Thursday over fake flyers distributed by National Front workers during 2012 legislative elections pretending to show a far-left rival calling for "Arab" votes in Arabic.


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    France's Far-Right To Ban Faith-Based School Lunch Options

    PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France's secular values.

    France's republic has a strict secular tradition enforceable by law, but faith-related demands have risen in recent years, especially from the country's five-million-strong Muslim minority, the largest in Europe.

    "We will not accept any religious demands in school menus," Le Pen told RTL radio. "There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that's the law."

    The anti-immigrant National Front has consistently bemoaned the rising influence of Islam in French public life.

    France has seen periodic controversies over schools that substitute beef or chicken for pork from menus to cater to Muslim children. Some of the FN's new mayors have complained there are too many halal shops in their towns.

    The party won control of 11 town halls and a large district in the port city of Marseille in municipal elections on Sunday, more than double its record from the 1990s.

    Le Pen hailed the victory as showing the party had finally established itself as France's third political force behind ruling Socialists and mainstream conservatives, and predicts a strong showing in May's European Parliament elections.


    (Reporting By Alexandria Sage; editing by Mark John)

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    This is nothing more than intolerance and bigotry. How can you represent the people when you are going against them and pushing your secular extremism down their throat.

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    Thug who smashed elderly Muslim’s skull in racist attack has sentence cut
    Jun 04, 2014
    Judges rule Fraser Giles must only serve six years for vicious attack on elderly man



    An Uxbridge teenager who booted a 79-year-old pensioner in the head - shattering his skull - during a racist attack has had his sentence slashed on appeal.

    Fraser Danny Giles, 18, punched and kicked the elderly man, launching into the brutal assault in Chiltern View Road, Uxbridge after asking the blameless grandfather in traditional Muslim dress if he was a ‘white Muslim’.

    Giles, who address was given as Enfield Close, was handed eight years’ detention in a young offenders’ institution, after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent at Isleworth Crown Court in December.

    But three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court have now upheld a sentence challenge by Giles, reducing his custodial term by a quarter to six years after ruling his original punishment excessive.

    Mr Justice Andrew Smith said Giles, then a 17-year-old hair salon trainee, had been drinking heavily before he approached the elderly victim, who was on his way to the Cowley Mill Road mosque for worship on July 5 last year.

    The teenager confronted the man, who suffers from a condition affecting his skin pigmentation and asked him: “Are you a white Muslim?”

    Giles punched the man, knocked him to the ground and kicked him to the head as he lay prone, leaving him hospital-bound for 12 days with ‘life-threatening injuries’, the appeal judge said.

    He suffered a skull fracture and bruising to his brain, which affected his ability to think properly and his speech; the injuries, according to his family, left him a ‘devastated man’.

    However, Mr Justice Smith said the attack was out of character for Giles, something confirmed by positive reports relating to his time in custody since.

    The judge said that, while the offence was committed against a vulnerable victim, and appeared to be religiously or racially motivated, it was not premeditated, and Giles had since shown genuine remorse.

    Gileses’ counsel argued that his sentence was manifestly excessive, given his mitigation, particularly his young age.

    Mr Justice Smith, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Sir Colin Mackay, said: “Dreadful though the offence was, and mindful as we are of the impact on the victim, we conclude that Gileses’ sentence should be reduced.

    “We consider that, taking into account his age, early plea and his otherwise good character, a sentence of six years constitutes an appropriate sentence for this offence and we reduce the sentence accordingly.”


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    They are considering his “good” character and behavior and this and that and reducing the sentence on that while they take young innocent Muslims and give them harshest punishments, sometimes for not even doing anything through “FBI entrapment”, where they think this person “was” going to commit a crime while this islamophobe terrorized and inflicted life threatening injuries to an elderly. Why? He is white and one of their own, that’s why!

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    "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol": Racially abused every day

    By Daniel Evans - March 27, 2014

    ASSAULTS, insults, sly remarks and threats. All have been hurled at Kelly Ziane since she converted to Islam at the tender age of 18. She was not coerced, nor did she change her religion in order to marry - she did so because she believed it was the "right" faith for her.

    For a white girl from Bedminster it was a bold and radical change to make, something she has been reminded of on numerous occasions since then.

    But the 36-year-old mum-of-three has not wavered from Islam - she says her skin has grown thicker and her resolve stronger, even when she felt forced to take her children out of their primary school because she was racially abused by another parent.

    Kelly contacted the Bristol Post after we reported on a racially motivated assault in a Bedminster shop last week.

    She said: "I saw the news the other night, about the Muslim women attacked at Poundstretcher in East Street, and there was a police officer saying racist incidents are very rare in Bristol. In my experience, that's not the case at all.

    "I converted to Islam 19 years ago. I grew up in Bedminster and over the last ten years it's got a lot worse. I don't have enough fingers to count on my hands the number of incidents.

    "It gets to the stage where you don't see the point in reporting everything that happens to you. I know I should, and I would urge everyone to report hate crimes, no matter how small.

    "The insults used to bother me, but over the years you get used to blocking it out and carrying on with your life. If you let it get to you, you would end up feeling so hateful towards everyone.

    "You have to have strength, otherwise you might end up thinking I can't do this, it's not for me."

    Kelly said the abuse has varied over the years, from being spat at by a man who tried to pull off her headdress (hijab) on her way home from work, to being called a "Paki" and a "raghead" by women in shops, to the ignorance of being asked whether she speaks English in everyday situations.

    Arguably the most extreme incident was in 2011, when a man drove his car at Kelly, her two daughters and son - whom she does not want to name - as they crossed a road in Bedminster.

    He revved his car and sped towards them before screeching to a halt and shouting abuse at them out of the window. Kelly says he was convicted of a driving offence and given penalty points.

    After that incident, one of her daughters, then 18 months old, started repeating the "Paki" slur she heard.

    Kelly also said she took her eldest two children out of their previous primary school, Compass Point on South Street, when she was racially abused by another parent in the school grounds and felt the school did not deal with her complaint as well as they could have.

    When asked why she feels she has been subjected to so much abuse, Kelly said: "I think it's a combination of things - negative stories in the media about Muslims, incidents like the killing of the soldier in London (Lee Rigby) and international events like 9/11. After things like that, it can get really tense."

    Kelly converted to Islam when she was 18, after going to a meeting about religion in Newport.

    The former Ashton Park pupil, who prays five times a day, recalled: "I was a Christian and had been looking for the religion that was right for me. I came out of that meeting and I knew Islam was. My religion has been a massive part of my life since."

    Kelly had an arranged marriage to Algerian husband Abdelkadir when she was 26.

    "I had a mixed reaction when I converted," she added. "I found the people who had a negative reaction didn't really have any idea what Islam was about. But I also had a lot of support. I've still got friends from when I was a teenager."

    The foot health practitioner added: "To be honest, most of the time I don't think it's about the color of my skin - I think it's purely because I have my head- dress on.

    "I often get asked if I'm Syrian, because I have very fair skin and I'm a Muslim. But I've also been called Somali and I've never seen a white Somali.

    "But there are lots of Asian and African Muslims who get abuse too. I lived in North London for a couple of years and didn't have any problems there - only when I moved back to Bristol."

    Her husband can only recall two incidents where he has been verbally abused.

    One of Bedminster's ward councilors, Colin Smith, can only remember one example of a resident coming to him after a racist incident, since he was elected in 2007 - a Somali family getting verbal abuse in Ashton Vale.

    "That is not to say there may have been other incidents but none brought to my attention," he said. "My ward is typical of most and I can honestly say there are no significant negative attitudes towards ethnic minorities and public incidents are extremely rare.

    "Bedminster is a traditional, working- class area, with a history of tolerance towards in-comers of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and lifestyles."

    "Having said all that, last week's incident in Poundstretcher was disgusting, abhorrent and disgraceful and I welcome the finding of the perpetrators by the police." POLICE spokeswoman Hollie-Marie Bone said: "Any report of race hate crime is taken very seriously and will always be investigated thoroughly."

    "We are working hard to ensure victims of race hate crime have the confidence to come forward and report incidents to us."

    "Better partnership working with organizations such as SARI and other agencies has led to an increase in reporting of hate crime."

    Kelly believes councils should encourage more racial integration in terms of where people live and would like to see those punished at court for racist crimes to be ordered to work in the community of the person they offended against, to "break down the barriers of racism".

    She also urges people to always report incidents to the police or organizations like SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). SARI can be contacted on 0117 942 0060. Call the police on 999 in an emergency, 101 otherwise.


    http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/TOUGH-L...ail/story.html


 

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