Here is some more drollery from the East London Mosque:
The controversial speakers who were able, in the past, to speak via third-party bookings of our facilities (circumventing our procedures) have now all been banned. All accusations of ‘extremism’ links are also historical: it is two years since the Awlaki issue arose, for example, and since then we have tightened our procedures and policies accordingly, to ensure no such issues arise again. Let me state once more: we deplore extremism of all kinds and fully support democracy.
Earlier this month the mosque’s London Muslim Centre hosted the Cageprisoners crowd, including Cageprisoners patron Yvonne Ridley and Asim “it is incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad” Qureshi. The purpose of the meeting was anti-American agitation on behalf of Aafia Siddiqui, the crudely antisemitic woman convicted earlier this year of attempting to murder US soldiers and officials in Afghanistan.
India's grand master: forced to flee his homeland due to Hindu extremism and state censorship
Nick Cohen has a remarkable piece on the continuing suppression of freedom of speech and the glorification of “offence taking” by the far-right Hindu extremists in India, led by Bal Thackeray and the army of thugs from the Shiv Sena:
Why pick on Husain for sketches no one found disturbing when he first released them? Read his accusers, and they cannot justify their charges of blasphemy or obscenity. How can they when Husain’s paintings are not remotely pornographic but part of a deliberate attempt by the artist and his contemporaries to continue Indian traditions?
This is a cross-post by Edmund Standing from Harry’s Place
Now that I’ve got your attention…
Being a politically correct, multicultural type, I ventured out to Birmingham today in hope of some inclusive, touchy feely, culturally sensitive, rather-embarrassed-to-be-British Winterval fun. I’ve read the tabloids, so naturally I have a fully informed opinion on the matter and am aware that Birmingham City Council is in the grips of an Islamist conspiracy and is so PC it constantly bends over backwards to eschew any possible connection to British traditions. Sounds ideal!
Unfortunately, things were not as diverse and inclusive as I had expected…
Shortly after arriving at the market, I came across this unashamed example of militant Christocentric bigotry:
At least I could rely on Birmingham City Council to keep things multicultural, though, right? No!
This is a cross-post from ConservativeHome by Haras Rafiq and Rashad Ali who are Directors of CENTRI, an organisation that specialises in countering extremism
Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, the Stockholm suicide bomber, spent a short though eventful period at the Luton Islamic Centre, a Salafist mosque, about which the Observerrevealed more details on Sunday. By their own admission, they found that he was a takfiri – a branch of Salafism identified almost exclusively with Al Qaeda and jihadist terrorism.
But although they identified it, they were unable to persuade him that he was wrong. Furthermore, they say that they did not recognise his potential for violence, and therefore did not report him to the police. The reason they gave was that, if they took such action, their strategy in tackling extremism would fail.
In its first three years, the Bad Faith Award was won by well-known public figures. But sometimes an individual can make a statement so irrational, bizarre and pernicious that lack of fame is no obstacle to success. So step forward Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, head of the UK Islamic Sharia Council, an unofficial body which provides arbitration for the resolution of civil disputes, such as divorces. In an interview with the Samosa blog last October, Sayeed provided readers with his enlightened views on the question of spousal rape. “Clearly there cannot be any ‘rape’ within the marriage,” the “Sheikh” opined. “Maybe ‘aggression’, maybe ‘indecent activity’.”
Andrew Gilligan reports on the Charity Commission’s failure when it comes to regulating organisations linked to Islamic fundamentalist groups. The Charity Commission which began investigations into Muslim Aid, earlier this year, after it was reported that it was funding terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Muslim Aid states that it did not pay money to al-Ihsan after it was designated, in its own right, as a terrorist organisation in May/ June 2005. This claim is the slender thread on which the Charity Commission felt able to give MA the all-clear on the al-Ihsan issue. However, by its own admission, Muslim Aid did pay money to al-Ihsan in 2002 and 2003. At that time, al-Ihsan was already well known as having formal links to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, then as now a designated terrorist organisation. In December 2001, al-Ihsan was actually closed down by the Palestinian Authority (in the territories it controlled) for precisely that reason. (See the evidence below.)
Wikileaks of cables from the US Embassy in Delhi have elicited angry reactions from the Hindu religious far-right, particularly Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and Gujarat’s chief minister. What has irked the two high-priests of Hindutva religious fundamentalism?
Rahul last year told US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer that “the growth of radicalised Hindu groups” may be a “bigger threat” to India than support to some Islamic terror groups from the Muslim community, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
Rahul told Roemer that although “there was evidence of some support (for Islamic terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba) among certain elements in India’s indigenous Muslim community, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community”, the Guardian reported on Friday.
“Through the WikiLeaks expose, it has been revealed who has given all the information to the US. Now, it is clear why the US is backing Pakistan,”
This is a cross-post by Shiraz Maher from the Standpoint blog
IEngage, once Inayat Bunglawala’s vanity project, has written about my piece in the Wall Street Journal from a few weeks ago.
In my piece I condemned the London Muslim Centre, inter alia, for hosting Khalid Yasin who has described the beliefs of Christian and Jews as ‘filth’. IEngage replies:
…note that Khalid Yasin should now be added to the long line of Muslim speakers to whom certain views are attributed without any indication of when they expressed those views, what the subject matter was and in what context those views were expressed
For the sake of clarity, here are the details.
Khalid Yasin makes his comments in his lecture, ‘Changing the world through Da’wah’ which is part of his ‘Purpose of life’ series. The publisher was IBC Ltd/1Islam Productions.
In Islamic doctrine the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy sites of Mecca and Medinah, represents the highest point of Islamic liturgy. It is believed to be an obligatory experience when men and women of every race, colour and creed stands before God as equals, stripped of their wealth, their worldly possessions and their social status, just as in death.
This great annual convention of faith demonstrates the concept of equality of mankind, the most profound message of Islam, which allows no superiority on the basis of race, gender or social status. The only preference in the eyes of God is piety as stated in the Quran: “The best amongst you in the eyes of God is most righteous.”