Friday, 29 November 2013 20:52
Saturday: After 'Isha Salah(8:30PM)
In Pursuit of Allah's Pleasure
Wednesday: After 'Isha Salah(8:30pm)
Minor and Major Signs of the Day of Judgment
ISLAMIC activist group Hizb ut-Tahrir described the arrests yesterday of two Muslims alleged to have tried to join the struggle in Syria, or to have arranged for others to do so, as a bid to "intimidate and silence" the Muslim community.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international organisation dedicated to the creation of a global caliphate to rule all Muslims around the world, said the federal government was hypocritical in criticising such activities at the same time it had troops fighting in Afghanistan.
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:17
Two Sydney men have been arrested for attempting to help terrorist organisations in the Syrian conflict in what police say is an Australian first.
Hamdi Alqudsi, 39, from St Helen's Park man was arrested on Tuesday, accused of being "actively involved" in recruiting six men and facilitating their travel to Syria to fight with terrorist organisations Jabhat Al Nusra and al-Qaeda affiliates.
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:10
COUNTER-terrorism officers have charged a figurehead of last year's Muslim riots and infamous Sharia "whipping" case over an attempted ATM ram-raid in Sydney's north.
Wassim Fayad, 46, one of two head spokesmen during the riots, was arrested at 7.30am last Friday at Auburn and charged over the failed ram-raid involving at least two other men at North Ryde on May 15.
The investigation, kept under wraps until now, has been continuing for several months, running at the same time as another case with the Joint-Counter Terrorism Team examining a syndicate sending young Australian Muslims to fight in the Syrian civil war. Police also have been investigating Fayad's activities to see whether he has any connection with the Syrian syndicate.
While the ATM attack would normally be left with local authorities, counter terror police are understood to have led the investigation because of their interest in how the alleged assailants had planned to spend the proceeds of the crime.
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:07
Muslim community leader Keysar Trad has been ordered to repay Alan Jones $10,000 after the broadcaster was granted the right to appeal against a tribunal decision Mr Jones had incited hatred of Lebanese Muslims.
The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal found in 2009 that Jones had “incited hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule of Lebanese Muslims” through comments made on air in April 2005.
The tribunal awarded $10,000 in damages to Mr Trad, ordered the talkback host make a public apology and directed Jones’ employer, Harbour Radio, to conduct a “critical review of its policies and practices on racial vilification” and staff training in such matters.
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:06
TEENAGE thugs bashed a young Muslim girl wearing a hijab in what has been described as a racial attack in Wantirna South.
The high school student was walking home from Westfield Knox along Stud Rd when she was set upon by a group of teenagers, according to Knox councillor Joe Cossari, who said it was a racial attack.
The teen was punched to the ground and kicked, but didn't report the assault to police because she feared reprisals, Cr Cossari said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:02
Friday, 29 November 2013 21:01
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have tightened controls on clerics over the crisis in Egypt and Syria.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been quietly reining in their clerics on concerns that preachers could use their influence to stir up trouble and inflame sectarian divisions at a time of high tension over the crises in Syria and Egypt.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have declined to respond to local media reports in recent months which said nearly 20 clerics had been sacked or suspended.
In Kuwait, which has a relatively open political system compared to other Gulf Arab states, the authorities have resumed the monitoring of sermons, pulled a television preacher off the air and deported a foreign imam.
Friday, 29 November 2013 21:00
A number of news outlets have reported that Angola has "banned" Islam and started to dismantle mosques in a bold effort to stem the spread of Muslim extremism.
Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article on Friday sourcing "several" Angolan officials, including the Southwest African nation's minister of culture, Rosa Cruz, who reportedly offered the following remarks, which have been translated from French: "The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice."
The media reports have not described why exactly Islam apparently faces a need to be legalized despite its presence in the country for many years.
OnIslam.net reports that the African economic news agency Agence Ecofin wrote that Cruz made the statement at an appearance last week before the 6th Commission of the National Assembly. The website goes on to note that, "According to several Angolan newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country."
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:58
Uzbekistan in July jailed prisoner of conscience Ravshan Rahmatullayev, a devout Muslim, for six years. Five other Muslims were given two to three year suspended jail sentences, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. The six allegedly met in a local teahouse to listen to sermon recordings and discuss religion. In what the indictment appears to see as an aggravating "offence", Rahmatullayev is stated to have prayed. Police were unable to name to Forum 18 anything the six Muslims had done, apart from exercising the internationally-recognised right to freedom of religion or belief, which constituted a crime. One of the lawyers told Forum 18 that "I cannot guarantee my own safety if I talk", and human rights defender Surat Ikramov states that the six were tortured. Many Muslims are jailed in Uzbekistan, but it is normally unclear why. The mother of a recently jailed Muslim, Bahodyr Akhmedov, with many family members in jail, told Forum 18 that "I don't know why they are arresting them". A police officer who arrested him told Forum 18 that "I was only obeying orders", and did not know the reasons for the arrest.
In Uzbekistan Ravshan Rahmatullayev, a devout Muslim young man, was sentenced to six years in jail in July, and five others given two to three year suspended jail sentences, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Relatives of the six Muslims, who wished to remain unnamed for fear of state reprisals, told Forum 18 that the six met in private for joint prayers and Koran reading, but totally denied the authorities' claims that any of the six Muslims were a threat to security. Police were unable to name to Forum 18 anything the six Muslims had done, apart from exercising the internationally-recognised right to freedom of religion or belief, which constituted a crime.
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:58
PARIS (Reuters) - A French appeals court, ruling in a hotly debated religious rights case, on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a Muslim daycare worker for wearing a headscarf at a creche that demanded strict neutrality from its employees.
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:55
"Nabila, a slight girl of nine with striking hazel eyes, asked a simple question in her testimony: 'What did my grandmother do wrong?'" writes Murtaza Hussain [Reuters]
Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC
On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid holiday. However on this day the terrible event would occur that would forever alter the course of this family's life. In the sky the children suddenly heard the distinctive buzzing sound emitted by the CIA-operated drones - a familiar sound to those in the rural Pakistani villages which are stalked by them 24 hours a day - followed by two loud clicks. The unmanned aircraft released its deadly payload onto the Rehman family, and in an instant the lives of these children were transformed into a nightmare of pain, confusion and terror. Seven children were wounded, and Nabila's grandmother was killed before her eyes, an act for which no apology, explanation or justification has ever been given.
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:53
NOVOSASITLI, Russia // A scrawny 15-year-old this summer became the first from his deeply religious Muslim village in Russia’s southern Dagestan province to die fighting alongside rebels in Syria.
Some regard him as a martyr for joining the rebels in the fight against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who is supported by Russia.
Moscow now fears that hundreds of Russian-born militants it says are fighting in Syria will return experienced in warfare to join an insurgency in Dagestan and its other North Caucasus provinces by militants fighting for an Islamic state.
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:49
YOUNG Muslims from Portsmouth heading to Syria to fight for a group linked to Al-Qaeda have been condemned amid fears more men from the city could follow in their footsteps.
As reported in The News yesterday, Ifthekar Jaman, from Southsea, is fighting with the Levant group, called ISIS, against the Syrian government.
Other men from the Portsmouth area, who worshipped at the Jami Mosque in Southsea, are also in Syria.
Friday, 29 November 2013 20:47
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