Category Archives: Muslims demand money

Outrage over Canada’s compensation for former Guantanamo child soldier is misguided

More than two years after he was out on bail, Khadr is engaged to be married and attending a private Christian university. Like many juveniles (including child soldiers) who have transitioned successfully into mainstream society, Khadr has shown every sign that his past is behind him.

Khadr remains to date the only child soldier who has been prosecuted for war crimes since World War II. At the time of his trial in front of a sham US military tribunal, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, asserted that “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice”.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: We Should Fight Polytheists who Refuse to Convert to Islam or Pay Jizya

From MEMRI:

In an Al-Aqsa Mosque address, posted on the Internet on May 1, Sheik ‘Issam Amira said that polytheist enemies should be given three options: “They must convert to Islam, or pay the jizya poll tax, or else, you should seek the help of Allah and fight them.” “You should fight them even if they do not fight you,” Amira stressed.

Following are excerpts:

Issam Amira: Today, our honorable Islamic scholars talk about defensive Jihad. “Fight for the sake of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress, for Allah does not like transgressors.” In other words, you should always be polite, never go against anyone, and never point your weapon at anyone, unless someone attacks you. In all other cases, everything must be peaceful. No!

When you face a polytheist enemy, you should give him three options: They must convert to Islam, or pay the jizya poll tax, or else, you should seek the help of Allah and fight them. You should fight them even if they do not fight you. Seek the help of Allah, and fight them. Let the scholars hear this: You should seek the help of Allah and fight them. Only when they fight you? No! When they refuse to convert to Islam, and refuse to pay the jizya. In such a case, it is meaningless [to let them] keep enjoying their life in this world, eating from the sustenance bestowed by Allah, yet disbelieving in Him. No! against their will, we shall subjugate them to the rule of Allah, without forcing them to convert to Islam.

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h/t Elder of Ziyon

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‘Human rights activist’ – wife of Maher Arar – to speak in Kamloops, BC

KAMLOOPS – Human rights activist Dr. Monia Mazigh will be speaking about Muslim woman at Thompson River University later this month.

Mazigh was thrust into the spotlight when she was forced to fight for the release of her husband Maher Arar from a Syrian prison. Arar was detained by the United States when returning back to Canada from a holiday in Tunis. Suspected of being a member of al-Qaeda, the United States sent him to Syria where he was jailed and tortured for over a year.

In the fight to restore her husband’s reputation Mazigh sought reparations. In 2007, after a lengthy inquiry, the Canadian government issued Arar and his family an apology and offered financial compensation.

Mazigh is an author, human rights activist and Tunisian immigrant who came in 1991. She authored a memoir of her ordeal entitled Hope and Despair. Mazigh currently lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children…

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Australia: Islamist groups ‘target the young and the isolated’

Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service managers Sarkis Achmar and Mary Malak. Source: NewsLocal

Homeless and isolated young Australian men have been targeted by Islamist groups who have persuaded them to adopt Muslim names and wear prayer caps.

It’s contact that can be the first step in the recruitment of foreign fighters for the war in Iraq and Syria, and an example of where the highly complex process of “deradicalising” young men and women can begin at pavement level in Australia’s cities with carefully focused personal attention to vulnerable individuals.

Attorney-General George Brandis will announce today the distribution of grants worth $1.6 million to 34 community groups across the nation that have developed ways to steer those targeted away from violent extremism.

The Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service in southwest Sydney, which will receive a $50,000 grant, has already persuaded young men and women to leave an Islamist orbit that might have taken them to the ­Islamic State terror group’s headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.

The youth group’s tiny team of workers use down-to-earth techniques they’ve developed over 30 years working the streets and parks of Bankstown to seek out and care for young people who have fallen on hard times.

The group’s Get Real project will provide added training in ­deradicalisation techniques to its staff and leaders in other community groups and schools to help them better engage with young people at risk…


Aussie ISIS doctor Tareq Kamleh doesn’t fit that profile in any way.

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Anti-Israel Mondoweiss: From SJP to JVP to Open Hillel, the joint struggle is transforming the campus debate

As someone who has participated in programs on a number of campuses and has a child in college, I have been inspired by the organizing taking place for justice in Palestine. My own organizing has been strengthened by what I have seen. Through Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Muslim Student Associations (MSA), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), organizing for justice in Palestine on campuses across the US has been thoughtful, principled and bold. Further, the movement to open Hillels to those voices supporting justice in Palestine has also been a positive development.

Despite seemingly insurmountable challenges, the organizing has creatively highlighted and challenged Israel’s ongoing apartheid. It has opened up spaces for discussion and dialogue that college administrators and defenders of Israeli government policy have tried to shut down. Perhaps most importantly, student organizers have made important links and connections among different movements for justice. Just this past fall, SJP’s national conference, held at Tufts University, had as its theme, “Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the US to Palestine.”

I spoke at two Boston campuses recently on Islamophobia and Israel, co-sponsored by the SJP and the MSA at Suffolk University and Tufts University. Yasmeen Hamdoun, one of the organizers of the event at Suffolk, told me why she organized such an event: “I believe the Islamophobic narrative is so pervasive, and people often don’t reflect about who is benefiting from this narrative and its repercussions. As a Muslim in America, I face the consequences of the misrepresentation of Muslims in the media through discrimination on a daily basis, but the Muslims overseas, such as the Palestinians, face it even harder. The Islamophobic propaganda campaign driven by the imperialist powers, such as the U.S. and Israel, dehumanizes Muslims overseas and thereby justifies violence against them”…


There is a point here: sheer demographics alone are increasing the Muslim population in the West. The US is less affected — so far.

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Iraq to ask US for billions of dollars in arms to fight Islamic State; will go to Iran if turned down

There are thousands of signs depicting Iran’s supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war (picture from 2012). Source.

Iraq’s prime minister will seek President Barack Obama’s help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other US arms to fight Islamic State during a US visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is grappling with an insurgency by militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that emerged from the chaos in Iraq and neighboring Syria and seized much of northern and central Iraq last year.

He is also facing a cash crunch thanks to a plunge in oil prices that is ravaging Iraq’s state finances. The government is projecting a budget deficit of roughly $21 billion this year.

Visiting Washington for the first time as prime minister, Abadi hopes to convince a war-weary United States Iraq deserves more US manpower and arms three years after US troops withdrew from the country in December 2011, as his fledgling army confronts Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

“ISIS is everybody’s problem now,” said the senior Iraqi official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “You can’t run away from the problem if it comes to Canada or goes to France,” he said in reference to attacks by people influenced by Islamic State or al Qaeda in those countries.

The senior Iraqi official hinted Baghdad could turn to Tehran if it did not get the aid it wants from Washington….

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Australia: Islamic Council of Victoria says give us some money to fight ‘radicalization’

The secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria says more money must be allocated in the federal budget for counter-radicalisation programs, that are better targeted and can be rolled out in schools.

The federal government will next month announce the recipients of $1 million in grants for community programs to combat extremism.

It’s understood about 100 applications were received for the scheme, which comes under the $13.4 million Living Safe Together initiative unveiled in August as part of a $630 million national security package.

Seyfi Seyit, from the Islamic Council of Victoria, which is in continuing discussions with Attorney-General George Brandis’ office, and is forming its own counter-radicalisation strategy, said the funding announced in August should be regarded as a starting point.

“While not enough is being allocated and none of that money has actually trickled down to the community as yet, it’s not exactly fair to say that it’s being neglected by the government,” Mr Seyit told AAP…


The problem is not money for fighting ‘radicalization’ — the problem is Islam itself. Muslims need to fix it and they must do on their own. Throwing money at it just encourages more people relying on government funds.

As the managment-speak phrase goes, the Muslims need ‘to take ownership’ of this problem.  The last thing we should do is give them taxpayers’s money.

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Demand for more mosques in France raises tension

Nantes Christmas shoppers hurt as man drives van into crowd. Source.

A call by Muslim leaders for the number of mosques in France to be doubled has aggravated community tensions barely three months after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

“We have 2,200 mosques and we need double that within two years,” the Rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, told applauding French Muslims at a conference.

Many Muslims believe local authorities in France block applications to open or build mosques and prayer-rooms, leading to overcrowding and protests over prayers held in the streets.

However, the conservative daily Le Figaro said the comments by Dr Boubakeur, generally considered a moderate, were “provocative”.

The paper said he and other “mainstream” Muslim leaders had “lost control” of increasingly radical young French Muslims and “it is not the mass construction of new mosques that will change things”.

Commentator Yves Threard said French Muslim leaders had “no one but themselves to blame” as they had only condemned violence half-heartedly until Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris in January.

“Their disorganisation, their rivalries and their silence are guilty and they explain, in part, the growing influence of the most fanatical ideas,” he said.

The demand for more mosques is unlikely to find favour with the government, still struggling to work out common strategies with Muslim leaders to combat radicalisation in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and concerned about a rise in support for the far-Right Front National…

However, there is conflicting views: French minister agrees that lack of mosques encourages radicalisation:

A French minister has poured fuel onto the debate about proposals to double the number of mosques in the country within two years, by conceding that France doesn’t have enough mosques.

Thierry Mandon, the minister of simplification, said that the lack of “decent” places of worship for French Muslims was partly to blame for some believers turning to radical Islam.

That is certainly the stupidest thing I have read today. Maybe even this week.

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French Muslim leader calls for more mosques

Is there any other religion that resorts to mass street prayers as a weapon of intimidation? I cannot think of any others.

Speaking at a weekend gathering of French Islamic organisations, where participants asked for respect in the face of a rise in anti-Muslim attacks, Dalil Boubakeur said the 2,200 mosques in the country did not adequately represent Europe’s largest Muslim community.

“We need double (that number) within two years,” the head of the French Muslim Council and rector of the Paris mosque said in the town of Le Bourget near the capital.

“There are a lot of prayer rooms, of unfinished mosques, and there are a lot of mosques that are not being built,” he added Saturday at the Muslim gathering, billed as the largest in the Western world…


They expect the taxpayers to build their mosques? The article does not say.  

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CBC: Muslim students struggle to pay tuition due to religious law

Under Sharia, Islamic religious law, charging interest, known as Riba, is forbidden.

For Muslim students facing the high cost of post-secondary education, abiding by that law can pose a serious obstacle.

Video at link.


If they don’t want to pay interest, let them go to university in a Muslim country.

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Australia: Bendigo mosque backers ask non-Muslims to help fund the project

An artist’s impression of the mosque.

The backers of a controversial plan to build a mosque in Bendigo want non-Muslims to help fund the project.

Australian Islamic Mission Victorian spokesman Dr Seyed Sheriffdeen said his group would ask government authorities, local businesses and other organisations for assistance.

“If you look at the facility it’s an asset for the local community in Bendigo,” he said.

“We will ask the local community to support this, they are the stakeholders of this project.”

The Shire of Greater Bendigo has approved the plan, but opponents have appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal with the hearing due to start this week.

Dr Sheriffdeen said his group would challenge a council permit condition not to allow political discussion on the mosque site, saying it was discriminatory…

…Community tensions intensified earlier this year when the council approved the project, despite opposition from a well-organised protest group…

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