Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri was one of architects of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. He was due to succeed Ayatollah Khomeini but this never transpired because of a falling out with the Majlis and Khomeini over policies that infringed or denied the basic human rights of the people of Iran. He has since earned the accolade of ‘Iran’s dissident ayatollah’.
For the last 30 years, Hossein Montazeri has been a vocal critic of the Iran’s domestic and foreign policy and an advocate of civil and women’s rights in the Islamic Republic.
Montazeri has published an open letter which has been translated into English and posted here.
In the name of God
People of Iran
These last days, we have witnessed the lively efforts of you brothers and sisters, old and young alike, from any social category, for the 10th presidential elections.
MPACuk are a clutch of nasty, pro-jihadi buffoons who like to call themselves the “biggest Muslim group in Britain”. They are led by the fantasist, Asghar Bukhari who is serially courted by the BBC whenever Newsnight needs a rent-a-gob Islamist to peddle their putrid, incendiary bigotry. In his personal psycho-dramas, Bukhari believes his enemy is the “right-wing press”. But this hasn’t stopped him from donating money to the far-right neo-Nazi revisionist, David Irving and publishing antisemitic material copied from European and US neo-Nazi websites.
In a characteristic display of intolerance and misogyny, MPACuk proceeded to publish a series of private photos from the facebook account of Shifa Patel.
Shifa Patel, who dressed for work in a traditional hijab (head covering) and full-length robe, was targeted after photographs of her with short hair and wearing a shirt and trousers were copied from social networking site Facebook.
Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered an investigation into claims of vote-rigging and fraud in last week’s presidential election, Iranian state TV reported today.
The report said Khamenei had told the guardian council, the clerical body that oversees elections, to examine the pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi’s claims of widespread rigging in Friday’s poll.
The government declared the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to have won in a landslide victory.
Today’s news represents a surprising turnaround for Khamenei, who had previously welcomed the results.
Mousavi has cancelled a rally planned for later today after being warned that militias responsible for policing it would be equipped with live ammunition.
The rally had earlier been banned by Iran’s interior ministry, but it remained unclear whether protesters would take to the streets or not because many may be unaware that the demonstration had been cancelled.
Global Issues Society will be hosting a debate between Anjem Choudary, who will argue that Sharia law should take precedence because it is “divine”, and Douglas Murray (Centre for Social Cohesion, Director), who will argue that British law supercedes. The debate will take place on the 17th of June 2009 (click on the poster image for venue details and timing).
This will be the first time that Anjem Choudary will be speaking as the new UK head of al-Muhajiroun. Exiled hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed set up this foul, fringe and extreme Islamist group in 1996 and was it previous leader. The group disbanded in November 2004 before the government could ban it. Now they have re-launched, and unfortunately, the group is still legal.
Please do come to this event and support the motion against Choudary, and let’s challenge him and his followers.
Information about the high levels of interwoven activity between Labour Party councillors working for Tower Hamlets council and Islamist activists in East London Mosque (London Muslim Centre) appears to be reaching the public domain.
An article in the Sunday Express yesterday, by Ted Jeory, details the extent to which the Labour party in Tower Hamlets is infiltrated by members of the Saudi-backed hardline Islamist group, the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE):
The growing influence of the East London Mosque, whose education wing was built with Saudi money, on the Labour party is causing concern in Downing Street.
Gordon Brown, Justice Secretary Jack Straw and new Communities Secretary John Denham have been briefed on Islamic groups based there.
Party officials have held crisis talks about one group in particular, the Islamic Forum of Europe.
Senior party members fear it has infiltrated Labour and exerts too much power over MPs and councillors in areas with large Muslim populations.
Iran’s Interior Ministry has declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of yesterday’s election. This has been rejected by all the three opponents of Mr. Ahmadinejad, Messrs Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi, and Mohsen Rezaaee.
The second day of protests have flared up in Iran in retaliation against the re-election of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is now an accepted fact that the Iranian election results have been rigged against the opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
“When the leader did not respond to Rafsanjani’s protest letter,” said another man standing by, “I knew the game was over. We should have never voted in the first place.” He was referring to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iran’s Expediency Council, who had written a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week, sharply criticizing Ahmadinejad’s accusations against him and his family in a TV debate, and asking that the leader ensure fair elections.
Abdur Raheem Green, a British convert to Islam, is one of the founders of the “Islamic Education & Research Academy” (iERA). As reported here, iERA hopes to host extremists Bilal Philips and Hussein Ye in a UK dawah (Islamic propagation) tour running from June 23 to 29.
Green’s father was a colonial administrator in Africa. According to Green, he took pride in the Empire. His father in turn was a high court judge in Bombay. Well, here is Green himself admonishing Pakistan for not being Islamic enough:
Naturally Israel too must be scourged. This is from an Islamic Voice magazine interview in 1997:
In the much-vaunted delivery to Muslim delegates in Cairo last week, President Obama’s speechwriters scored a small but significant point. They did this by making the conscious decision to have Obama avoid using the term “Muslim world”, wisely replaced instead by other terms like “Muslim majority countries” or “Muslim communities”.
To me this is just good style, an attention to detail and a healthy sign that the US administration is cognisant that the useage of “Muslim world” is a shoe-horning into one easy-to-pack term the totality of 1.5 billion people all speaking dozens of languages and dialects from every possible racial background and political stripe and stratified into untold numbers of of spiritual sects and sub-sects. If Obama’s address to Muslims, which has global repurcussions, can make a respectful nod to their localised diversity, it can only be a good thing.
Mehdi Hasan, a senior political editor at the New Statesman, does not agree.
Nicky Davison, an 18 year old from Durham County, accused of plotting a terror attack, appeared in Westminster court yesterday.
Nicky – initially arrested for inciting racial hatred – and his father, Ian Davison, were arrested on the 6 June 2009 under the Terrorism Act 2000, on suspicion for being part of a global network of white supremacist terrorists, plotting to attack ethnic minorities by using the deadly substance ricin. A tiny grain of ricin is enough to kill someone if they came into direct contact with the substance. Police found in the men’s home a jam jar that contained the poison, and is believed to have been kept in a kitchen cupboard for two years.
In uncovering the white supremacist plot, Durham’s assistant chief constable Mike Barton rightly stated “This shows that the terrorist threat in the UK is real and present.”
Many Islamist groups exist in Bangladesh today. Among them are: Islamic Oikye Jote, Hizb-ut-Tahrir and (the largest one) Jamaat e Islami. The Islamist goal in Bangladesh is to create an Islamic state which will impose its version of Shariah on the land. The next step would be to unite with other Muslim countries and create an Islamic super state which will eventually take over the world. The call for Muslim unity however does not resonate well with the Bangladeshi people. After all Bangladesh was created after a bitter struggle with what was then West Pakistan. The Muslim on Muslim violence that followed left any hopes of Muslim unity in tatters. These events however have not deterred them and they are still working towards their goal.