Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, Dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, was attacked by two gunmen on a motorbike as he was making his way in his car to a function at the city’s Iranian cultural centre. A junior teaching colleague was also hit and suffered an injury to her arm.
“A bullet pierced through his head, proving fatal,” senior police officer Pir Mohammad Shah told the Associated Press. “We are investigating the killing. It would be premature to state the motive at the moment.”
The 54-year academic was known as someone who had spoken out on many issues in Islam and written several articles. One of the articles had suggested Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslim men. He had also said Muslim women did not need to remove lipstick or make-up before going to prayer.
In 2012, Mr Auj, 54, had complained to police that four colleagues from the university had threatened him and sent him text messages accusing him of blasphemy. They had claimed a speech he had made that year in the US amounted to blasphemy.
One of the academics he complained about had previously held his position within the department. The four men face charges but are currently out on bail, according to reports. (Continue Reading.)
Several months ago, some Iranians made their own music video for Pharrell Williams's "Happy":
When the Iranian authorities found out about the video, they moved into action and arrested the dancers. Following an international outcry, the dancers were released, and the world went back to sleep. But the dancers still had to go to court, where they were convicted and sentenced to lashes and jail time. The sentences have apparently been suspended.
Fox News—Iran's latest crackdown on freedom includes lashes and prison for seven young adults who posted a video of themselves dancing to the American pop hit "Happy" and a death sentence for a blogger accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad.To his credit, Pharrell spoke out in defense of the Iranian dancers:
The seven men and women were arrested in May, but then released after self-professed "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani tweeted that the regime should lighten up. But the group was forced nonetheless to apologize on television and endure a trial in which they were convicted and each sentenced to 91 lashes. One was given a full year in prison while the others got six months, although their attorney told Iranwire.com the sentences were suspended.
“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” attorney Farshid Rofugaran said. For the Happy Group, that period will be three years. “When it’s a suspended sentence, the verdict is not carried out, but if during this period a similar offense is committed, then the accused is subject to legal punishment and the suspended sentence will then be carried out as well.”
The video was part of a global campaign launched by pop star Pharrell Williams and was viewed by more than 100,000 people on YouTube. The six who appeared on the video and a man who shot the footage apologized and said they had been tricked into doing it. After the confession, they were released on bail.
“We can accept the verdict or appeal,” said Rofugaran, adding that his clients are not banned from leaving the country. (Continue Reading.)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Here's more on the story from Reuters:
The Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq.
But in the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to "convey some facts" in a series of "programs," suggesting there would be further installments.
"Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, 'He's only doing this because he's a prisoner. He's got a gun at his head and he's being forced to do this.' Right?" the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says.
"Well, it's true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I've been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose."
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he had heard reports of a video on social media and said authorities would look closely at any material released online.
"These videos can be very distressing for the families of the individuals involved," he told reporters during a visit to Copenhagen.
U.S. President Barack Obama has been trying to build an international coalition to destroy Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim extremist group which has exploited the chaos of Syria and Iraq to seize swathes of territory in both countries.
The United States has already carried out scores of air strikes against the group in Iraq and Obama said in a policy speech he would not hesitate to strike it in Syria as well. (Continue Reading.)
But what happens when a Westernized Muslim admits that the Qur'an, without reinterpretation by modern reformers, supports ISIS?
Maajid Nawaz is a British politician and chairman of the Quilliam Foundation (a "counter-extremism" think-tank). Nawaz acknowledges that "ISIS-style slavery, beheading, lashing, amputation and other medieval practices" are all found in the Qur'an, but he maintains that reformers must reinterpret such Qur'anic teachings or face "an ISIL-style theocracy."
Unfortunately for readers who think Nawaz is on the right track in his attempt to reform Islam, the Qur'an doesn't allow such reinterpretation.
According to the Qur'an, Muslims can have no real faith until they make Muhammad judge in all disputes and have no resistance against his decisions:
Qur'an 4:65—But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.The Qur'an also declares that true believers have no option except complete obedience to the commands of Allah and Muhammad:
Qur'an 33:36—It is not fitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Apostle, to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Apostle, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.Since reinterpreting the decisions and commands of Allah and Muhammad are ruled out by the Qur'an itself, no one who sincerely submits to Allah can ever accept the reinterpretations of Westernized Muslims like Maajid Nawaz. The only outcome of true submission to Allah is, as Nawaz puts it, an "ISIL-style theocracy."
For a brief introduction to some Islamic teachings that Nawaz would like to reinterpret, watch this:
For more on jihad, watch this:
About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation -- the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State's propaganda arm in the Middle East.
Police allege that orders for the attacks came from Mohammad Ali Baryalei, a 33-year-old former Sydney nightclub bouncer who is believed to be the highest-ranking Australian in Islamic State, also known as ISIS. A 22-year-old Sydney man, Omarjan Azari, appeared in court Thursday and is accused of conspiring with Baryalei and others to act in preparation for or plan a terrorist act or acts.
Prosecutor Michael Allnutt said he was involved in a "plan to commit extremely serious offenses" that was "clearly designed to shock and horrify" the public. It is not immediately clear what sentence Azari faces if convicted. The accused did not apply for bail and did not enter a plea. His next court appearance was set for November 13. (Continue Reading.)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Iran—A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.
Agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Sarallah Base arrested Soheil Arabi, 30, and his wife in November 2013. Arabi’s wife was released a few hours later, but he was kept in solitary confinement for two months inside IRGC’s Ward 2-A at Evin Prison, before he was transferred to Evin’s General Ward 350. Branch 76 of the Tehran Criminal Court, under Judge Khorasani, found Arabi guilty of “sabb al-nabi” (insulting the Prophet), on August 30, 2014.
“The way he was arrested was illegal. It is not clear how the agents were able to enter their home at that time in the morning. All the doors were locked and family members were asleep. Agents entered his home and bedroom. He and his wife were arrested and some of their photographs and personal belongings were taken after their home was searched,” said the source.
“Soheil had eight Facebook pages under different names, and he was charged with insulting the Imams and the Prophet because of the contents of those pages. He has accepted his charges, but throughout the trial, he stated that he wrote the material without thinking and in poor psychological condition,” the source told the Campaign. (Continue Reading.)
CNN—A man who owns an upstate New York food store funded ISIS, tried to send jihadists to Syria to fight with the terrorist group and plotted to do some killing himself—by gunning down U.S. troops who had served in Iraq—federal authorities alleged Tuesday.For a brief introduction to what Islam teaches about non-Muslims, watch this:
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, was arrested on May 31, though federal officials didn't outline the case against him until Tuesday. According to an indictment, he faces three counts of trying "to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization" (namely, ISIS), one count of attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, two counts of having an unregistered firearm silencer and one for possessing guns or silencers "in furtherance of a crime of violence."
Mufid A. Elfgeeh
The public defender representing Elfgeeh, Mark Hosken, said Tuesday that he had seen the indictment and will enter a plea of not guilty when his client appears in court on Thursday morning.
The federal investigation into Elfgeeh began in early 2013 and a world away from the Middle East, where ISIS (also known as ISIL and the Islamic State) has waged a brutal campaign in recent years. Citing the terror group's threat to the region and gruesome tactics—such as the recent beheadings of two American journalists—the U.S. government has struck ISIS targets from the air in Iraq and threatened to go after it in Syria as well.
He allegedly wrote in one tweet: "Al Qaeda said it loud and clear: we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people." In another message, Elfgeeh purportedly stated ISIS "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah."
The affidavit alleges that he urged people to donate a third of their salary or, at least, "#Five_thousand_dollars_from_every_household" (as stated in one tweet)—stressing the importance of supporting groups like ISIS financially.
But the Yemeni-born owner and operator of Halal Mojo and Food Mart, dubbed Mojoe's by some, in Rochester may have wanted to be more than just a financial supporter. Court documents state that—if he couldn't sell his store—Elfgeeh wanted to export "those who are fed up (and want) to go to war and be jihadists."
The FBI informants were among those Elfgeeh actively recruited to join ISIS as jihadists, the affidavit states. He helped them by doing things like paying one of their passport costs, coordinating travel arrangements and setting them up with contacts in the terror group under the guise of going "to the university," which was code for joining ISIS. (Continue Reading.)
For more on jihad, watch this:
Washington (CNN)—Ali Muhammad Brown was focused on one thing, authorities say.
Ali Muhammad Brown
"My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day...[in] Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day. ... So, a life for a life."
That is what law enforcement say Brown told a police investigator in New Jersey when he was interviewed in July.
The U.S. government was doing "evil" within its own borders, too, Brown told law enforcement, according to court papers.
Brown, a 29-year-old from Seattle, is the prime suspect in a killing spree stretching from New Jersey to Washington state.
Between April and June, police say, Brown killed three people in Washington state, allegedly shooting them at close range late at night in quiet locations.
Also in June, 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin was found inside an SUV in West Orange, New Jersey, dead of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. Police say they traced the gun used in all of the killings to Brown.
Brown confessed, according to court documents, telling investigators he strictly follows the Muslim faith and had become angry with what he believed the U.S. was doing abroad.
Sources tell CNN that Brown was born in the United States and has family in New Jersey.
He was convicted of bank fraud in federal court in 2005 and served time in jail. The FBI tried unsuccessfully to link that case to fundraising for terrorists in Africa, said a former FBI official in Seattle.
Authorities say one of Brown's co-defendants in that case fled to Somalia to fight with the militant group Al-Shabaab. (Continue Reading.)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). In any event, if there is any division between a Muslim and a Christian on the grounds of dogma, belief, ethics or morality, then the cause of such conflict could be traced to an utterance of Paul found in his books ... in the Bible. (Ahmed Deedat, Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?, ch. 1, pp. 1-2)
This view expressed by Ahmed Deedat is common in the Muslim community. Muslims are taught that modern Christianity is not based on Jesus but on the teachings of Paul. Is this true? Is Christianity based on Paul and not Jesus? In this article I will examine the place of Paul in Christianity.
Paul and the Bible
The first point to understand is that the writings of Paul are approximately 7% of the Bible - 7%. The Bible contains the books of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Gospel.
|Law of Moses||The Prophets||The Psalms||The Gospel|
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Christians believe all of the prophets and make no distinction between them, therefore, they read all of the prophets. Christians do not just read Paul but all of the prophets, and what they believe about God comes from all of the prophets not just Paul.
At this point Islam is very different to Christianity. Islam is based on one man, Muhammad, but Christianity is based on all of the prophets.
Paul and the Prophets#1
The apostle Paul commands Christians to read all the prophets. Paul wrote:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV)
Therefore Paul does not turn people away from the earlier prophets to follow him, instead he commands Christians to read all the prophets, and this is what Christians have always done. Again, Christianity and Islam are very different at this point.
Paul and the Prophets#2
What the apostle Paul taught agrees with earlier prophets. ...
(This is the first part of a new leaflet on this subject. Read the whole leaflet here.)
Note that Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA try to silence all criticism of Sharia. Yet such criticism is often the only thing that saves victims like Mariam Ibrahim. In order to save more people from Sharia, we should be more vocal about the horrifying consequences of Muhammad's teachings.
Here is Mariam Ibrahim in her first interview since fleeing Sudan.
Monday, September 15, 2014
For more on the Islamic view of non-Muslims, watch this:
Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.
"Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy," Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told FoxNews.com. "It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments."
In Friday's crackdown, several Bibles were confiscated, according to reports from the Kingdom.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va, told FoxNews.com he will press the U.S. ambassador in Riyadh and the State Department to assist the arrested Christians.
“I hope our government will speak up,” said Wolf, adding that the anti-Christian raid was not surprising given that the Saudi regime “did not want our soldiers to wear crosses during the Desert Storm” operation in 1991 to stop Iraqi jingoism. (Continue Reading.)
Check out the reaction of a Muslim woman:
Notice she says that no non-Muslim has ever entered the Kaaba, even though it was a pagan shrine until Muhammad conquered Mecca and strong-armed it from the polytheists. Apparently, Muslims have rewritten the history of the Kaaba in order to keep it holy in their minds.
Why such a violent response to a video about a stolen pagan temple? Idolatry, anyone?
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
As with all such beheadings in the name of Allah, we can expect press conferences from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron defending Islam against any possible criticisms.
For more on the Islamic State, watch this:
(CNN) — British aid worker David Haines appears to have been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks.
David Haines with ISIS executioner
The ISIS video post showing Haines' apparent beheading called his execution "a message to the allies of America."
It is produced very similarly to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the last of which included Haines and the threat that he'd be killed next.
The new video pictures a masked ISIS militant placing his hand on another captive, whom he identified as Alan Henning, a British citizen.
News of the gruesome killing came the same day that Haines' family released a brief message to his captors through the British Foreign Office.
In it, the family says, "We have sent messages to you to which we have not received a reply. We are asking those holding David to make contact with us."
A logistics and security manager for the Paris-based Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, a nongovernmental humanitarian agency, the 44-year-old Haines was abducted in March 2013 near a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
At that time, Haines was working to arrange for the delivery of humanitarian aid to people staying at the camp. He had previously worked on aid operations for victims of conflict in the Balkans, African and other parts of the Middle East, according to an ACTED spokesman.
Haines' face became known to the world in the ISIS video, released September 2, in which he looks forward and kneels as a masked ISIS militant stands behind him.
The militant says in that video, "We take this opportunity to warn those governments who've entered this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone." (Continue Reading.)
Friday, September 12, 2014
The teenage activist was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen but recovered and went on to earn international plaudits for her fight for the right of all children to an education.
The detention of the 10 men, a joint operation involving army, police and intelligence agencies, came as part of the Pakistani military's ongoing offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist outfits.
"The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousufzai has been arrested," Major General Asim Bajwa told a news conference.
He said the group was part of the TTP and the plan to kill Malala came from network's current leader Maulana Fazlullah.
After narrowly surviving the assassination bid, Malala was taken to Britain with her family for treatment, where she now lives. (Continue Reading.)