Muslim Lawyer Defends EDL Supporter?

Muslim Lawyer Defends EDL Supporter?

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

Lutfur Rahman threatens legal action if Met doesn’t apply for ban on EDL march

DateFriday, August 19, 2011

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has given the Metropolitan Police Commissioner until Monday to seek a Home Office ban on the English Defence League marching through London’s East End on September 3. Lutfur Rahman has thrown the gauntlet down and told the commissioner he will go to court unless an application is made.

“I will instruct lawyers on Monday to go to the High Court and seek injunctive relief if the Met Police fail to act,” he told a Town Hall news conference this-afternoon. “We will not let the EDL or any other bunch of extremists divide our community. The EDL just wants images of our young people fighting on the streets to show that multi-cultural Britain doesn’t work – but we stand united in the East End against hatred and Racism. The authorities must act to ban the EDL.”

He is challenging Home Secretary Theresa May to use her powers to stop the EDL coming to Whitechapel on September 3 on the grounds of public safety. He was backed at the news conference in his call for a ban by community and religious leaders who have come together under the United East End alliance.

“Fear and anxiety grows every day that passes without action from the police of Home Secretary,” the mayor added. “If no action is taken, we have no option but to protect our residents and take the police and Home Secretary to court.”

Tower Hamlets council‘s legal department has written to the Acting Commissioner to demand they apply to the Home Secretary to ban the march under the Public Order Act, in the light of last week’s London riots. Legal proceedings will begin, they warn, if there is no response by Monday or if the response is not in favour of a ban.

East London Advertiser, 19 August 2011

And it is this group, the EDL, that we find a solicitor with an Arabic name defending. Is it possible that he is Muslim?

DateFriday, August 19, 2011

A member of a far-right group threatened to burn down mosques during a drunken rant in Halifax town centre, a court heard.

Andrew Ossitt, 40, from Newquay, came to Halifax on April 2, along with around 60 other English Defence League protesters. He was part of a group who came into town after a demonstration in Blackburn. They congregated outside the Courtyard pub, Wards End, Halifax.

Another man, Dennis Farrell, 26, of High Lees Road, Halifax, also appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court. He will face trial on November 3 after denying two charges of using threatening words and racially or religiously aggravated harassment.

Scores of police went to the pub at 6pm and marched the group back to the train station.

Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said: “Officers’ attention was drawn to Andrew Ossitt. He was walking along, slightly behind the group. He raised both arms in the air and shouted, ‘These are our streets, Muslims off the streets’.”

Ossitt admitted using threatening words to cause harassment alarm or distress and a second charge of religiously aggravated harassment and was fined £100.

Mohammed Farooq, representing Ossitt, told the court although he joined in with chanting, he was not an instigator. He said: “At no point was it his intention to be part of any demonstration outside the pub. A few members began chanting, a few more joined in. Due to him being in drink at the time he began to chant ‘You burn the poppies, and we will burn the mosques’.

“Andrew Ossitt says at the time of making these remarks he did not feel he was going to cause anyone any alarm, harassment or distress. With hindsight he said had there been members of the Muslim community there, they would have done.”

His solicitor said Ossitt felt “aggrieved” at being prosecuted. “He has been singled out from that demonstration and used as a scapegoat here in court. He has said there should be 60 or so EDL stood next to him,” said Mr Farooq. He said Ossitt has not attended any English Defence League meetings since April.

As well as the £100 fine, chairwoman Anthea Atkinson told Ossitt to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. “Our aim is to punish you, which we believe this will do. If this offence had not been religiously aggreviated, you would have paid £30 but it has been increased to reflect the religious aggreviation,” she said.

Halifax Courier, 19 August 2011

The EDL, in their own words:

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Scottish Defence League Protest in Edinburgh

Police officers police a EDL Protest

Protesting Islam |Scottish Defence League protest in Edinburgh

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

Ever heard of the Scottish Defense League? Well, just as the SIOE[Stop the Islamization of Europe], which developed from a xenophobic anti-Muslim Dutch hate group, has its own satellite hate group in the U.S.[SIOA(Stop the Islamization of America), the English Defense League[EDL] has a few satellites of it’s own, namely the ADL and SDL, the Australian Defense League and the Scottish Defense League repectively.

Despite a wave of protestation and the certainty of a large counter-protest which will probably bring riots and unrest, like most EDL demonstrations or marches, police in Scotland are most likely to approve this planned protest in Edinburgh.

A controversial far-right group is set to win permission to stage a demo in Edinburgh after police chiefs said they had no objections to the Scottish Defence League being allowed to stage a parade – despite protests from politicians, trade unions and anti-racism organisations.

Critics believe the group has deliberately chosen the date to inflame racial hatred and capitalise on recent publicity linking its sister group, the English Defence League, with Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

The SDL has given Edinburgh City Council, which will rule on the application tomorrow, “freedom of speech” as the main reason for holding the event, which it expects to attract around 200 supporters.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill wants the protest banned, claiming the group is known to espouse “both racist and homophobic views” and expressing concern the march could pose a threat to public safety. Local MSPS are also among those against the application.

Lothian and Borders Police has warned the local authority to consider the group’s proposed demo “in the context” of the recent riots that flared across several English cities.

But it has effectively given the green light to the march, which will include a rally beside the statue of the Duke of Wellington, despite admitting the group’s views are “controversial” and that a sizeable “opposition rally” is likely to be held.

Superintendent David Carradice has told the council he is confident the force can handle a demo by the SDL and any planned counter-demonstration, insisting it is used to catering for groups that want to “exercise their right to protest”.

He said: “Whilst there can be no guarantees there will be no disruption to the daily business of the community, we are confident that, with the assistance of the council, an operation can be put into place to minimise such and thereby allow the SDL rally to go ahead and cater for an opposition rally too.”

Scotsman, 19 August 2011

Here is what the SDL is about.

Update:

Scottish Defence League march banned

DateFriday, August 19, 2011

A far right group will not be allowed to march in Edinburgh on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist atrocity.

The Scottish Defence League wanted to rally in the capital’s east end. However, Edinburgh City Council backed opponents who said the gathering would be a threat to public safety.

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) is an offshoot of the English Defence League which has been associated with trouble at gatherings south of the border. That group was cited by Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik as an organisation he admired.

About 50 SDL supporters held a rally in Edinburgh last year. They were outnumbered by 2,000 counter protesters marching under the banner of Scotland United.

The SDL notified the council they intended to march from near the American Embassy to the east end of Princes Street on 10 September.

The decision to turn down the proposal was made by members of the council’s licensing committee on Friday over fears of public disorder.

BBC News, 19 August 2011

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Muslim Family Targeted in Boonton, NJ assault

Muslim Family Targeted in Boonton, NJ Assault

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

BOONTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in Morris County say a woman was killed and her husband wounded after both were shot while walking with their 3-year-old child Tuesday night at around 11 p.m.

WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reports: Family Members Baffled By Shooting

The shooting happened in Boonton near Cedar Street. Family members said 27-year-old Nazish Noorani and her husband, 26-year-old Kashif Pervaiz, were confronted by several men shooting at them as they walked between family homes.

Noorani was killed and Pervaiz was shot four times. Their 3-year-old son was in a stroller and was not hurt. The couple also has a 5-year-old son, who was at home at the time of the incident.

Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said in a statement that the shooting appeared to be “target specific” and that ”there is not a continuing danger to the general public at large.”

The Mayor of Boonton, Cyril Wekilsky, told CBS 2′s Christine Sloan that “indications are” that the shootings were not random.

Wednesday night, the family was mourning the loss just steps away from where the barrage of bullets flew. They are still awaiting word from investigators on what was ultimately behind the shooting.

Noorani’s brother made a plea for anyone in the public who may know something to say something.

“I just wanted to say like whoever has any information about this shooting or anything, just come forward and…tell the police or anyone,” Kaleem Noorani said.

Pervaiz and his wife were in town from Boston for the holy month of Ramadan, when practicing Muslims refrain from eating during daylight hours. Family members said the couple was breaking fast when the attack occurred.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Friend Says Couple Appeared To Be Targeted

The couple had dinner at a relative’s home two blocks away and were walking back to Noorani’s childhood home when they were shot. According to Hyder Kahn, Pervaiz’s childhood friend, Pervaiz told authorities there were three attackers.

“Apparently someone was waiting for them,” said Kahn. “It wasn’t a robbery, from what it seems like. They didn’t ask them for money. They just hopped out and shot at them. They were looking to kill them.”

Witnesses said they heard five shots. Three suspects reportedly fled the scene and at least one was reportedly armed with an automatic rifle.

Noorani, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, was wearing traditional Pakistani clothing at the time of the shooting. Her husband is from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

The couple married six years ago in Boonton and lived in Boston, where Pervaiz is a PhD student in architecture and engineering at Harvard.

Boonton has a large Pakistani Muslim community and relatives said they’ve never been subjected to racism. Meanwhile, Pervaiz’s father, Shafq Hassan, said he is desperate to see his son and grandchild.

“I have no idea what to do,” said Hassan. “I just want to see my son.”

Investigators towed away the family’s car Wednesday morning. They also stopped by the family’s home in Boonton. Her family said she was a loving and caring mother.

The couple’s children are with their grandparents and other family members. Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are still investigating the shootings.

In a most bizarre turn of events the husband of the murdered Pakistani-American Muslim woman, 27-year-old Nazish Noorani, who was shot and killed in front of her child, has been arrested and charged as an accomplice in her death. There is tentative evidence that a month earlier the wife sent a text revealing that she feared for her life from her husband:

 “He abuses me. I dont want him to scare the kids. If you should find me dead someday… It was Kashi.. He wants to kill me.”

Inna lilah wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May Allah pen the doors of Jannah to Nazish Noorani.  InshAllah ta’ala Rabbil alamin.

Family and Friends Mourn

So what does this have to do with Islamophobia one might ask. After all this “targeted” shooting does not appear to be a hate crime against Muslims at this point. Apparently even a tragedy like this could not stop the haters from going off into long, hateful diatribes about honor killings, creeping sharia, and the subjugation of Muslim women by Islam itself. Muslims seem to be unable to win with the bigoted crowd, no matter the circumstances. Thankfully, just as the Muslim extremists are a minority, these hateful bigots are a minority

Sources:

http://muslimmatters.org/2011/08/17/muslim-family-targeted-in-assault-mother-killed/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/08/17/husband-shot-wife-killed-while-walking-with-3-year-old-son-in-boonton/

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Islamic Online University

Islamic Online University

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

The Islamic Online University has launched the worlds first tuition-free, online Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. This path-breaking initiative plans to utilize the worldwide presence of the Internet and advanced open source online learning technology to bring low-cost, university level Islamic education within reach of anyone on the planet who has access to a computer and the Internet .

Dr. Bilal Philips founded the Islamic Online University. It is said that he envisioned an institution that would offer online intensive, undergraduate, and graduate courses in Islamic Studies completely tuition-free. The IOU was launched in 2007 from Qatar with an offering of completely free diploma courses. In 2010 the IOU launched the world’s first virtually tuition-free, online Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. This is a great opportunity for the average person, even if they are not Muslim to acquire Islamic knowledge from the comfort of their home. The IOU, originally a product of Dr Bilal’s teaching courses in Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai for seven years soon blossomed into a full fledged Islamic educational Institution.  The material developed for its courses has even  beenused to establish a department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University – Ajman, UAE and three years later the department had its first batch of BA graduates.

Interesting Fact:The BA & MA programs of the IOU represent the online version of the Islamic Studies Academy’s accredited BAIS & MAIS programs, which are the only accredited BAIS & MAIS programs of studies available on the internet.

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979 and a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985 at the University of Riyadh, College of Education. In 1994 he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. Bilal founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE.

In the year 2001, Dr. Bilal established the Islamic Online University, the first accredited Islamic university on the Internet. He was a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University, head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University-Ajman, UAE, a lecturer and director of Da’wah and Education at Qatar Guest Center, Doha, Qatar, and is currently the Dean of the Islaamic Studies Academy in Doha (see: http://www.islaamicstudiesacademy.com ) More information about him and his activities may be found at www.bilalphilips.com

Dean’s Message

It is my great pleasure to welcome you, Islamically, to the IOU experience in which the various avenues of divinely-revealed knowledge have been opened for you. This opportunity has been made possible by the ‘accidental’ invention of the Internet, a human creation resulting from divine inspiration. At a time when Islamic learning is caught between fossilization and revival, hijacked by modernism and extremism, a chance to promote its teachings in their original unadulterated form was born. Allahu Akbar – surely this is a mercy from Allah. I sincerely hope that you will take full advantage of this unique opportunity to deeply understand the major areas of Islam, apply what you learn in your lives, and share this divine legacy to the world around you.

Dr. Bilal Philips.

Founder & Dean

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Women in Islam

Women in Islam | The Derogation of Women in Islam

Posted by Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

A great article on HuffPost by Dr. David Liepert, Muslim Author, Leader, Spokesperson, Host of “The Optimistic Muslim” on webtalkradio.net/

For Muslims, Ramadan is a month of fasting, purification, study and prayerful reflection. And after two weeks of prayerful reflection, I have concluded there is no tragedy that has befallen Islam and the Muslim people of the world greater than the derogation of Muslim women. Why?
Two reasons:

  1. Because that abomination has made our communities, our faiths and our religion more vulnerable to catastrophe and less effective in meeting challenges for at least the last thousand years.
  2. Because we did it to ourselves.

Every Muslim will tell you proudly how Islam began as the most egalitarian of religions. From the Quran’s declaration of the equality of all persons (male and female, regardless of race, creed or gender) under God’s (thankfully merciful) judgment, through Muhammad’s own egalitarian practice, that message is consistent throughout. He even worked for his first wife Khadija as her employee, made the woman Umm Waraqah one of Islam’s first imams and told his followers to learn half their religion from his youngest wife Aisha, for Heaven’s sake! But let’s all be honest for a change: Many Muslim men from the very beginning haven’t been comfortable with the way Muhammad exalted women. Even Umar, our second Caliph, admitted he didn’t like the way men’s power over their wives was diminished. But when he tried to impose his own wishes −- by limiting the financial clout of Muslim brides -− one lone woman had the power to put him back in his place, by calling him back to the letter of the Quran’s revelation and the example of Muhammad’s exemplary Islam. Now it’s obvious that didn’t last. However, instead of learning from our mistakes, most Muslims (both men and women, strangely enough) prefer to gloss over the profound difference between our bright beginnings and the state of Islam today. Few Muslims will even admit to Umm Waraqah (and when they do they get bogged down in mechanical issues over her authority to lead prayer for men, women or family members, either from in front or behind), or the fact that more than a dozen of Islam’s most honoured early leaders were women, including Aisha. Instead, for reasons that were primarily political, pertaining to the early disputes that began the Sunni-Shiite split, Aisha’s age of marriage to Muhammad was artificially diminished from 18 to less than 10, taking her authority with it. And Muslim men -− perhaps jealous of the marital authority of their Christian and Jewish compatriots -− adopted interpretations of Quranic revelations that gave women half the worth of Muslim sisters who lived before them. They ignored verses proclaiming that God even made men the way we are solely to make it easier for us to provide for our families, preferring interpretations that confirmed the male right to beat their wives at their own discretion. Despite the fact that, at least while Muhammad was alive, everyone knows that right was taken away. No scholar worth his beard will deny these truths, even though most will quickly leap to defend those strange decisions that earlier scholars made. But the tragedy is this: Muslim men have been denied the wise council of Muslim women, when according to Allah that’s something we need. According to the Quran, it’s simple: to govern the world, our families and ourselves to the best of our abilities, men need women and women need men. Thank God that’s finally beginning to change. To me one of the most interesting (and exciting) aspects of the “Arab Spring” has been the leadership structure, so different from the patriarchal systems previously in place. It’s decentralized, lead visibly by women and similar to the earliest days of Islam. While others have noted the Arab Spring’s longevity and focus, I know that wouldn’t have surprised the first Muslims. Because Muslims then knew something that Muslims today are beginning to wake up to. The Muslim world is finally changing because Muslim women are waking up to the power and authority they really have under Muhammad’s Islam.

Original Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-liepert/women-in-islamic-history_b_929221.html?ref=tw

A Great Talk from Abdur Raheem Green

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Islam in Japan

Islam in Japan |Abdullah Taqy: the only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

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Abdullah Taqy is the only Japanese Imam in Tokyo. A chance meeting with a foreign Muslim 12 years ago in Tokyo’s Shibuya district and a life spent studying various religions led him to convert to Islam 3 ½ years ago. He completed the Hajj, the worlds largest annual religious pilgrimage, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia 2 ½ years ago at the invitation of the Saudi Arabian government. Shortly after, a meeting with the man who started him down his path to Islam 12 years previously led him to becoming the Imam at a small mosque in the Kabukicho area of Tokyo.

Population of Japan – 127,000,000
Population of Tokyo – 13,000,000
No. of Muslims in Japan (estimate) – 100,000
No. of Japanese Muslims (estimate) – 10,000
No. who converted to Islam NOT for marriage(estimate) – 2 or 300
No. of Japanese Imam’s in Japan – 5
No. of Japanese Imam’s in Tokyo – 1

A talk by Imam Abdullah Taqy Takazawa, the only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo. He is the Imam at a Small mosque in the Kabukicho area of the city. Oxford University Islamic Society was fortunate enough to hold this unique event where the Imam gave a talk on Islam in Japan – past, present and future. He also talked about his own fascinating journey to Islam.

Early history

Altough the few and isolated records of contact between Muslims and Japan  are doubted before the opening of the country in 1853 to foreigners,  some Muslims did arrive in earlier centuries. The first modern Muslim contacts were reportedly with Malays who served aboard British and Dutch ships in the late 19th century. In the late 1870s, the life of Prophet Muhammad(saws) was translated into Japanese.

Another important contact was made in 1890 when Ottoman Turkey dispatched a naval vessel to Japan for the purpose of saluting the visit of Japanese Prince Komatsu Akihito to Istanbul several years earlier. This frigate was called the Ertugrul, and was destroyed in a storm along the coast of Wakayama Prefecture on the evening of September 16, 1890.

20th century

The first Japanese person to go on the Hajj was Kotaro Yamaoka. He reverted to Islam, after coming into contact with Russian-born  Muslim writer, Abdürreşid İbrahim, and he took the name Omar Yamaoka.  His official reason for travelling was to seek the Sultan’s approval for building a mosque in Tokyo (completed 1938). This approval was granted in 1910,by  Abdülhamid II. Another early Japanese convert was Bunpachiro Ariga, who about the same time went to India for trading purposes and converted to Islam under the influence of local Muslims there, and subsequently took the name Ahmed Ariga. Yamada Toajiro was, from 1892 for almost twenty years the only resident Japanese trader in Istanbul. During this time he served unofficially as consul. He converted to Islam, and took the name Abdul Khalil, and made a pilgrimage to Mecca on his way home.

Turko-Tatar Muslim refugees from Central Asia and Russia arrived in the wake of the October Revolution. These Muslims, who were given asylum in Japan settled in several main cities around Japan and formed small communities. The Kobe Mosque was built in 1935 with the support of the Turko-tatar community of traders there. The Tokyo Mosque, planned since 1908 was finally completed in 1938. Its first imams were Abdürreşid İbrahim (1857–1944), who had returned in 1938, and Abdulhay Qorbangali (1889–1972). Japanese Muslims played little role in building these mosques. To date there have been no Japanese who have become Imam of any of the mosques with the exception of Abdullah Taqy and the Shi’a Shaykh Ibrahim Sawada, imam of the Ahlulbayt Islamic Centre in Tokyo.

According to our favorite source, wikipedia:

The Greater Japan Muslim League (Dai Nihon Kaikyō Kyōkai 大日本回教協会) founded in 1930, was the first official Islamic organisation in Japan. It had the support of imperialistic circles during World War II, and caused an “Islamic Studies Boom”.[4] During this period, over 100 books and journals on Islam were published in Japan. While these organizations had their primary aim in intellectually equipping Japan’s forces and intellectuals with better knowledge and understanding of the Islamic world, dismissing them as mere attempts to further Japan’s aims for a “Greater Asia” does not reflect the nature of depth of these studies. Japanese and Muslim academia in their common aims of defeating Western colonialism had been forging ties since the early twentieth century, and with the destruction of the last remaining Muslim power, the Ottoman Empire, the advent of hostilities in World War II and the possibility of the same fate awaiting Japan, these academic and political exchanges and the alliances created reached a head. Therefore they were extremely active in forging links with academia and Muslim leaders and revolutionaries, many of whom were invited to Japan.

Interesting fact:One Shūmei Ōkawa completed a translation of the meaning of the Qur’an in prison.

A World War II Story

The Turks have been the biggest Muslim community in Japan until recently. Pre-war Japan was well-known for its sympathy and favour towards Muslims in Central Asia, seeing in them an anti-Soviet ally. In those days some Japanese who worked in intelligence circles had contact with these Muslims. A few converted to Islam through these contacts, and embraced it after the war ended. There were also those who went to Southeast Asia as soldiers during the war. The pilots were instructed to say “La ilaha illa Allah”, (“There is no God but Allah”, the Muslim declaration of faith) when they were shot down in these regions, so that their lives would be spared. It was reported that one of the pilots was actually shot down and captured by the inhabitants. When he shouted the words to them, to his astonishment they changed their attitudes and treated him well.

Masajid

According to japanfocus.org:

There are currently between 30 and 40 single-story mosques in Japan, plus another 100 or more apartment rooms set aside, in the absence of more suitable facilities, for prayers.

Muslims in Japan seem to face the same difficulties as Muslim in the West and other parts of the non-Muslim world with respect to communication, housing, child education, Islamic identity issues, community (mis)perception, dawah, and the availability of authentic Islamic knowledge and even halal food. Alhamdulillah they are not facing the same Islamophobia.

Japanese Children Reciting Qu’ran

Native Reverts

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Halfway Through Ramadan

Caption saying Ramadan Kareem that I have created

Halfway Through Ramadan

Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Haqq

 As-salamu alaykum rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Insha’Allah you are all well. We are halfway through Ramadan and I would like to give you all two points of information. Firstly, we are almost finished transferring everything from this wordpress.com blog to this site. Please remember that after ‘Id the old blog will no longer be updated. Secondly, please watch the video below and use it to analyze the effectiveness and benefit of your Ramadan.

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The Arches Quarterly Analysis

Anas Altikriti

The Arches Quarterly Analysis| Anas Altikriti

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

The Cordoba Foundation presents its Spring / Summer 2011 edition of Arches Quarterly, a journal providing  analysis of the issues and developments in  dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West.

Insha’Allah we will be presenting an analysis and op-ed of this publication, beginning from the beginning and up until the most recent issues.

Below is a video with Anas Altikriti talking about the issue of Islam and the Media.

Anas Altikriti is President and founder of the Cordoba Foundation. A leading figure in the British Anti-War movement, Altikriti also served as president of the Muslim Association of Britain between 2004 and 2005.

Altikriti holds an MSc in Translation and Interpreting. He teaches translation and interpreting on part-time basis at Leeds University. He headed the Respect Yorkshire and Humberside slate for the European elections in 2004.

Altikriti organised more than twenty major demonstrations including the demonstration against the Iraq war organized in London on February 15, 2003. He was also special envoy to Iraq to negotiate the release of Western hostages. As a commentator in the International and Arab media (e.g. BBC, CNN, ABC, SKY, Al-Jazeera, etc.) on Muslim and current affairs, he has appeared on HARDtalk and the Doha Debates (both withTim Sebastian), ‘Lateline’ on Australian ABC and BBC’s Newsnight as well as a number of prominent programs on a variety of international channels. Altikriti has contributed a number of articles to The Guardian, Al-Ahram Weekly and Islam Online.

Disclaimer: IslamophobiaTV has no personal, or professional, financial, connection with the Cordoba Foundation and does not particularly endorse its mission, ideology, or other than that. Their publications are presented simply for the issues they raise and the opportunity they present for critical analysis and dialogue.

http://www.thecordobafoundation.com/publications.php

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Ramadan Around the World

Ramadan Around the World| Obama’s Ramadan Speech

Obama Honors Muslim 9/11 Service During Ramadan

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq

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Obama delivers a speech during the iftar of the White House’s Ramadan Dinner, a long-standing tradition, a month before the 10th Anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and I am completely ambivalent about the idea. The struggle in my mind this Ramadan deals with Muslims in serving Western militaries and other law enforcement agencies, especially intelligence agencies. I understand how non-Muslim Americans might appreciate their sacrifices, but what of the larger question of assimilation versus integration for Muslims. Should Muslims be serving in these agencies, and is this something that we need to do in order to be accepted in American(also Western) society-at-large? How for does integration go before it become assimilation? I would think that as a Muslim, for political as well as religious reasons, as Muhammad Ali(the famous boxer born as Cassius Clay) before us, we should refrain from such service.

My ambivalence brings me to the fire-firefighters, EMT’s and other first responders on the scene in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy and how proud I was to hear that some of these first responders were Muslims. My ambivalence about Obama’s gesture (and those U.S. presidents before him) also makes me notice the uncovered Muslim women who would be in hijab if this iftar was in a masjid.

Obama in his own words:

“In one month, we will mark the 10th anniversary of those awful attacks that brought so much pain to our hearts. It will be a time to honor all those that we’ve lost, the families who carry on their legacy, the heroes who rushed to help that day and all who have served to keep us safe during a difficult decade. And tonight, it’s worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds, including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans.

“Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes, including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child. They were workers in the Twin Towers — Americans by birth and Americans by choice, immigrants who crossed the oceans to give their children a better life. They were cooks and waiters, but also analysts and executives.

“There, in the towers where they worked, they came together for daily prayers and meals at Iftar. They were looking to the future — getting married, sending their kids to college, enjoying a well-deserved retirement. And they were taken from us much too soon. And today, they live on in the love of their families and a nation that will never forget. And tonight, we’re deeply humbled to be joined by some of these 9/11 families, and I would ask them to stand and be recognized, please.”

Here is a blurb of his speech from last year:

A little light-hearted satire

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Ramadan Around the World| Reminder

Caption saying Ramadan Kareem that I have created

Ramadan Around the World| Reminder

Ramadan is your Opportunity- w/Sh Dr Ibrahim Dremali.

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