Alexander Hitchens writes about the launch of Kafa which kicked off at Bishopsgate last Friday. Kafa positions itself as a campaign againt Islamophobia but features the same old tired bunch of Islamists from, amongst others, the Cordoba Foundation and the Muslim Security Forum. It boasts in it’s ranks Hamas operatives and, of course, Stalinists and Trotskyites from the StWC all of whom we’re used to seeing on the same platform.
This is Alexander’s take on this latest incarnation:
Exposing the Kafa project’s extremist supporters will only go so far. The best way to combat them is to provide a sane alternative, with speakers and supporters who are honestly devoted to helping Muslims in this country and who will not push a pro-Islamist and anti-western agenda. Muslims are currently being done a great disservice by the StWC, the MCB, and their cohorts — we must put a stop to this as well as to anti-Muslim discrimination.
When discussing the presence of US and UK troops in Afghanistan, Islamists will invoke the dogma of jihad as the expression of resistence against Western occupation. Front groups for Jamaati Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood operating and spreading their poison in the west will pump up their chests and use “Jihad” as a rallying call against “soldiers of kufaar” and the “forces of colonialism”. Before you know it, they have appointed themselves the proxy of 32 million Afghans.
When you believe in your own moral infallibility to the extent western-based Islamists do, what Afghans living in Afghanistan think about their quality of life, how to fight back a resurgent Taliban, dealing with the presence of US military forces, the massive corruption in Kabul and their future and welfare is immaterial.
Let’s just look past their fiction for a second: According to a poll conducted in December 2008 and January 2009 for broadcasters ABC, ARD German TV and the BBC, the question was asked
Although the news has not been confirmed, we have come to learn that Azad Ali, the Islamist civil servant who was suspended from his job in HM Treasury for publishing anti-British and pro-jihadi views on the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE) blog is, according to Inayat Bunglawala’s site IEngage, “back at work”.
I discussed Azad Ali’s pro-jihadi views which were published in an article called “Defeating extremism by promoting balance”. In that blog entry, Ali promoted the ideologies of two violent-jihadi extremists, Abdullah Azzam and Anwar al-Awlaki. Ali’s thesis is very simple: Terrorism is not jihad. However, fighting British troops where they are occupying ‘Muslims lands’ such as Iraq and Afghanistan represents a proper and “balanced” form of justice and therefore a justified execution of the jihad doctrine.
just to introduce myself and give a bit of context, for those who haven’t come across me before. i am what you might call a “grassroots activist” particularly with regard to interfaith dialogue activities. i’m a traditionally observant jew (although i wasn’t always observant), from a sephardi/indian/baghdadi background, although i have a pretty wide acquaintance across the jewish community from the secularist ultra-left to the religious ultra-right. i don’t speak for anyone but myself and i do not hold a brief for any community or political organisation. although i’d describe myself as a “religious zionist”, that probably doesn’t mean what you think it means (i’m also a supporter of palestinian self-determination) but that’s a discussion for another day.
From Maryam Namazie
Neda Agha-Soltan, the 27 year old shot in the chest by the Islamic regime of Iran’s Baseeji security forces on June 20 died before our very eyes.
We witnessed her last breaths; and felt the rage of the millions on the streets of Iran.
In an interview with Persian media, her fiancé, Caspian Makan, said that some news sites had erroneously reported that she was a supporter of Mousavi. ‘This is not the case’ he said, ‘She was never supportive of either of these two groups. She wanted freedom; freedom for everyone.’
There are times in history when individuals or tragic events become symbols and, today, Neda has become ours.
She symbolises all the beloved we have lost to this indiscriminate killing machine. But she also represents the refusal to kneel and the desire for a life worthy of 21st century humanity.
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The leader of al-Qaeda (AQ) in Afghanistan, Abu al-Yazid (aka Abu Saeed al-Misri – the Egyptian), has said they would use Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to fight against the ‘Serpent’ United States of America.
God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans
Interviewed by Al-Jazeera, Abu al-Yazid also commented on AQ’s future strategy:
The strategy of the … organisation in the coming period is the same as in the previous period: to hit the head of the snake, the head of tyranny — the United States.
That can be achieved through continued work on the open fronts and also by opening new fronts in a manner that achieves the interests of Islam and Muslims and by increasing military operations that drain the enemy financially.
Islam4UK have been road trippin’ for a ‘dawah’ (proselytising) mission around the UK. Latest destination: Tooting Broadway, London. Date: 20 June 2009.
Islam4UK is an odious organisation headed by Anjem Choudary, the new head of the-should-be-banned-extremist-outfit al-Muhajiroun. Islam4UK’s followers – who have been dubiously re-named as the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’aah (ASWJ), lit. meaning ‘Adherents to the Sunnah and Community’ (a vague term) – propagated ‘the Deen [religion] of al-Islam to the local community’ in Tooting, and provided an ‘illuminating foretaste of how Britain would transform under the Shari’ah [Law].’
Don’t be fooled. These aren’t just a bunch of guys literally trying to follow in the footsteps of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed’s example (Sunnah), but manipulate the term to create front organisations and generally act as thugs while doing their so-called ‘dawah’ (more like distorting the Prophet’s example) work.
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Rafia Zakaria makes a profoundly necessary point about Obama’s “muslim speech” in Cairo. Not the content of it – that’s been done to death – but how muslim reactions to it throws particular Arab perceptions of Southasian issues into stark relief. In particular, this is a comment on how Arab muslims interpreted the parts of the speech that was directed at the Arab World to be of far greater import than the sections the President dedicted to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Given the reaction of some Arab commenters, you could well think Islam is all about the importance of being an Arab muslim. Unfortunately Arabs and Southasians are both guilty of promulgating this racist quackery.
While the speech itself was careful to include Pakistanis in the “Muslim” world, it was interesting to see the responses of several Middle Eastern anchors and commentators. Not only did many insist on focusing on the “Arab” portions of the American president’s speech but several insisted that the speech was in fact targeted exclusively to Middle Eastern Arabs.