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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

The Story of Prophet Hud (as) is a major lesson for all of us. It is a prime example of how civilisations grow arrogant, haughty and proud and then are brought down with the severest of punishments. The people of ‘Ad were well built and known for their craftmanship and building of lofty towers; they also had unjust rulers – remind you of any civilisation you know?

Prophet Hud (as), a descendant of Prophet Nuh (as) was sent to the people of ‘Ad to warn them of their disbelief and guide them to the straight path. They did not heed the warnings and were punished with hurricanes so fierce that nothing could withstand it.

We are witness to the havoc and destruction that is caused by hurricanes today. These hurricanes move across land and in the few moments that they pass an area, they have reduced it to rubble. Imagine then, the destruction of the people of ‘Ad, who were punished with the severest of hurricanes, which was unrelenting and smashing their cities for 8 days and 7 nights, continuously! Can you picture the destruction and the bodies being thrown all over the place, being bashed and battered? May Allah Protect us from the arrogance that led to this punishment.

Stories Of The Prophets By Ibn Kathir

The following are some snippets of the Stories of the Prophets as written by the renowned scholar (masha’Allah), Ibn Kathir and translated by Sheikh Muhammad Mustafa Geme’ah (Office of the Grand Imam, Sheikh Al-Azhar). I hope you will find them beneficial, insha’Allah.

THE DISBELIEVERS QUESTION HUD
The chiefs of Hud’s people asked: “Is it not strange that Allah’s chooses one of us to reveal His message to?” Hud replied: “What is strange in that? Allah wants to guide you to the right way of life, so HE sent me to warn you. Noah’s flood and his story are not far away from you, so do not forget what happened. All the disbeliveers were destroyed, no matter how strong they were.”

“Who is going to destroy us Hud?” the chiefs asked.

“Allah.” replied Hud.

The disbeliveers among his people answered: “We will be saved by our gods.”

Hud’s people started to flee. They ran to their tents to hide but the gale became stronger, ripping their tents from their stakes. They hid under cloth covers but the gale became stronger and still
and tore away the covers. It slashed clothing and skin. It penetrated the apertures of the body and destroyed it. It hardly touched anything before it was destroyed or killed, its core sucked out to
decompose and rot. The storm raged for 8 days and 7 nights.

Almighty Allah recounts:
“Then when they saw it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they said: “This is a cloud bringing us rain!” Nay but it is that torment which you were asking to be hastened! a wind wherein is a painful torment! Destroying everything by the command of its Lord! (Ch 46:24-25 Quran)

Allah the Exalted described it thus:
“And as for Ad, they were destroyed for a firious violent wind which Allah imposed on them for seven nights and eight days in succession, so that you could see men lying overthrown (destroyed) as if they were hollow trunks of palm trees! (Ch 69:6-7 Quran)

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

The uprising in Egypt has caught world attention. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have been taking to the streets, protesting against the government. It’s been brewing for a while and recent events like the bombing of a church in Alexandria on New Year’s Day have escalated tensions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12314366

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12308443

Whilst I applaud the Egyptians for standing up against a corrupt and oppressive regime, a government, run by Hosni Mubarak, that has co-operated with the US government in imprisoning and torturing many sincere and righteous Muslims who are standing up for Islam, I urge caution.

True, Hosni Mubarak is not the leader we need in these times and his actions have infuriated the people of Egypt and it is high time that he was ousted. Insha’Allah may the people of Egypt overthrow this leader who allies himself with those who defy Islam. Friends of the enemies of Allah and Islam are simply enemies to ALL the Muslims! Mubarak has oppressed the people of Egypt, former land of the previous oppressors, the Pharoahs, and prevented the country from truly being a major boost to the ummah. We do not want people like this ruling over Muslim lands.

Mubarak must go!

But, all these protests will amount to nothing if the Egyptians do not remember Allah.

NO SUCCESS EXCEPT ALLAH’S SUCCESS

Only Allah Can Bring prosperity and respect and peace to a country like Egypt. So I urge Egyptians to protest but protest and stand up in the Name of Allah! Do only those things which are allowed and halaal. Without Allah, what will become of your efforts? Do not replace the regime of Mubarak with another weak, power-hungry, corrupt and oppressive regime. Replace him with Islam, with someone who can help bring the Eygptian nation under the banner of Islam, for there is no success except Allah’s Success!

On my visits to Egypt, I have seen that there is so much potential for the people to benefit from practising Islam in ALL their affairs. Cast aside those ways which only benefit in the duniya and do nothing for your akhira. Why do you think Egypt has ended up in this position in the first place?

And what of Obama, urging Mubarak to give Egyptians democratic opportunities? Obama, this is not your country, so keep out and do not interfere. Egypt needs something much much better than democracy, and that is ISLAM! Do you think that Obama would be saying this, if he didn’t have a vested interest in Egypt? Obama is not out to side with the Egyptians, the Muslims – he’s only out for his own selfish gains. Obama, you don’t even know what’s good for yourself, never mind the US, never mind Egypt, never mind the world. So go away, hide in your White House and let the Muslims sort their own affairs.

THE REST OF THE UMMAH NEEDS TO WAKE UP!

Muslims around the world should take heed of what is happening in Egypt. Oppressive governments should be challenged and stood up against. Indeed Prophet Ibrahim (as) stood up against Nimrud, Prophet Musa (as) stood up against Firaun, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) against the rulers of Quraysh. But learn the lessons, all the Prophets who stood up against leaders and oppression and wrongdoing, did so in the Name of Allah. The uprising in Egypt shows that we do not need to act weak, we can stand up against oppressive rulers – they are only people, not some mighty and powerful beings.

The Muslim Ummah is not weak – we only think it is.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Yet again, Jack Straw, former home secretary and MP for Blackburn, is causing a stir and offending Muslims across the UK.

In 2006 Jack Straw, then the Leader of the House of Commons, created uproar by asking Muslim women to take off their niqabs when addressing him. Asked whether he would prefer veils to be abolished completely, Straw said: “Yes. It needs to be made clear I am not talking about being prescriptive but with all the caveats, yes, I would rather.” [Source]. The arrogance of the man! Now, on 8th January 2011, this former government minister and jew, has openly attacked the integrity of Pakistani men.

After two Pakistani men were jailed for raping and abusing girls in Derby, Jack Straw made a sweeping statement, racially stereotyping Pakistani men as preying on white women! The judge in the Derby case said that the races of the victims and their abusers was coincidental – a fact that Jack Straw has blatantly ignored in his insensitive and condemning comments on the Pakistani community.

Jack Straw said: “Pakistanis, let’s be clear, are not the only people who commit sexual offences, and overwhelmingly the sex offenders’ wings of prisons are full of white sex offenders.

“But there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men… who target vulnerable young white girls.

“We need to get the Pakistani community to think much more clearly about why this is going on and to be more open about the problems that are leading to a number of Pakistani heritage men thinking it is OK to target white girls in this way.” [see BBC website]

It seems that Jack Straw is leading the charge against Muslims and our communities. He has labelled all Pakistani men as being immoral and as sexual predators lusting after white women. He focused heavily on Pakistani men and hardly mentioned other races. This is Britain, where inter-racial relationships are commonplace but for some reason, according to Mr. Straw, it’s a big no no for Pakistani men. Out of the rapes and abuses against white women in the UK, do Pakistanis represent the largest number of offenders? Are Pakistanis the only men who go after white women? The answer is simply NO! And to label an entire race in this way is completely and utterly wrong and unjust.

Jack Straw is a Member of Parliament representing Blackburn, which has a sizeable Pakistani community – how dare he misrepresent his constituents in this manner! And there is a lesson here for those Muslims in Blackburn who voted in Jack Straw! Clearly there should be calls for an apology from Mr. Straw and for him to step down from such a public position. Where are his statements on white men preying on white women, or asian women, or black women? Where are his statements on black men preying on white women? He has made a statement that is completely unfair to Pakistanis and Muslims, demonising and unfair to men and women of all races and cultures.

There is bad and good in all communities and religions, so why single out Pakistanis? This is no different to the way the Black community in the UK was singled out in the 70s and 80s – the racism that is being displayed by this Member of Parliament is disgusting! He may as well join the BNP. Do not men of other colours and faiths not prey on women and girls?

Another point is maybe Mr. Straw should not be talking in such a racist manner when his own brother was convicted for sexual assault on a 16 year old girl. See this article by the Independent newspaper. Obviously Mr. Straw knows how damaging such a conviction is, not only for the accused but for the accused’s family. So does this mean that Jack Straw will openly say that White men are sexual predators, preying on young women from all races?? Such a hypocritical view being displayed here by Mr. Straw, considering his history.

WHAT’S ISLAMOPHOBIA GOT TO DO WITH PAKISTANIS?

So why connect this incident with Islamophobia? Jack Straw is clearly talking about Paksitani men, not Islam, so why am I putting the two together?

The reason I am doing this is because the public will be doing this. A sizeable proportion of the Muslims in this country are Pakistani and the public do not see Pakistanis as being different to Muslims. To them, Pakistanis are Muslims and Muslims are Pakistanis. This is the general public image of Islam in the UK, even though Muslims are from every race and colour and culture. If you asked a member of the public in the UK to describe a typical Muslim man, what would they come up with? A black man? A white man? Not likely. A Pakistani looking man? More likely.

So Jack Straw’s attack on Pakistani men, rightly or wrongly, is an attack also on Muslims. People don’t see the two as being separate and different, so for all intents and purposes, it’s an attack on both. And any attack on Muslims is Islamophobia in action! Anyone with Jack Straw’s political background will be well aware of this.

What’s the real purpose of this outburst by Jack Straw? Is his jewish heritage playing a role here? Don’t forget he was against the niqaab and was one of the first high profile figures in the UK to speak out against the niqaab – and look what happened after that! People felt more brave to speak out against the niqaab and it has become one of the campaign messages for fascist and racist groups like the BNP (British National Party) and EDL (English Defence League). People feel it is OK to attack Muslims and Islam and have no fear in doing so. Not once are they questioning whether their attacks are founded in truth or stereotype, whether their attacks are driven by fear or sound reasoning and understanding of the issues.

Now that Jack Straw, a high profile figure in UK politics, has made such comments, what is to come? More attacks on the Pakistani community? More reasons to make the community feel isolated, picked on and demonised? Is this an underhand campaign to drive out Muslims from the UK?

Stand up against this man and his comments! Don’t let him influence the rest of UK politics and the general public with his distorted opinions and views.

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BBC News – Jack Straw: Some white girls are ‘easy meat’ for abuse
The Independent – Jack Straw’s brother found guilty of indecent assault on girl, 16
Jewish Chronicle – How jewish is Jack Straw?
Guardian newspaper – White girls seen as ‘easy meat’ by Pakistani rapists, says Jack Straw
This is Lancashire – Jack Straw in Wikileaks ‘whispering campaign’ claim
Asian Image (Lancashire) – From terrorists to sexual predators: Who’d be a British Pakistani man right now?
BBC News – Dutch government backs burqa ban
The Economist – Banning the burka: A bad idea…

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Islam Misconceptions med

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

I have quickly written about some common misconceptions about Islam – if you would like me to expand and explain any one of these statements, please leave a polite comment to let me know and I will do my best to answer.

Islam is NOT… Forced Marriages
… but it is about Arranged Marriages that are agreed upon by the spouses-to-be and it’s not about relationships outside marriage.
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Islam is NOT… praying to the dead and at graves for help
… but it is about praying to Allah for Help at least 5 times a day.
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Islam is NOT… about celebrating birthdays (not even the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, peace be upon him)
… but it is about preparing for the Hereafter, which nears every moment of the day.
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Islam is NOT… about dancing (like the sufi mystics do, or ANY kind of dance)
… but it is about avoiding the temptations and misguidance of Shaytaan.
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Islam is NOT… about music
… but it is about reciting the Qur’an, which is the height of any poetry available in the world and at any time.
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Islam is NOT… oppressive to women
… but some men do abuse their positions (as in ALL societies and religions).
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Islam is NOT… about freedom of speech
…without taking responsibility for your actions and the impact you have on others!
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Islam is NOT… about inequality to women
… but it is about recognising the differences between men and women on a lot of levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically.
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Islam is NOT… about killing innocent people
… but it is about standing up for the truth and defending those who are being opressed from reaching the truth.
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Islam is NOT… a backward and out-of-date religion
… but it is about tackling the weaknesses of mankind, which haven’t changed from day one!
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Islam is NOT… about worshipping any of the creation; not man, not beasts, not the sun, not animals, not any form of creation
… but it is about worshipping the Creator of all things, My Lord and Your Lord (even if you reject belief in Him); it is about worshipping Allah!
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Islam is NOT… about having no fun and living a miserable life in servitude
… but it is about knowing your place in life, which in itself is liberating to no end, and the start of enjoying life in this world and the Hereafter.
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Islam is NOT… about a lack of love and kindness
… but it is about being the best that human character can offer, including love, kindness, charity, help and assistance, caring and other such qualities.
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Islam is NOT… about integrating with other religions at the expense of our deen and responsibility to Allah
… but it is about engaging with people from other religions so that they know about Islam and the truth. It is about having an understanding about other religions so we can educate them about Islam. But we do not suport the things that other religions do wrongly against Allah. (By integrating I mean that we compromise our deen and hide things away to please the disbelievers rather than talking the truth about Islam).
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Islam is NOT… about men using women for their own desires
… but it is about men being responsible, providing for them and protecting them and guiding them and being partners for them.
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Islam is NOT… the terrorism that is reported so unfairly in the media and spread across the world
… but it is about enlightening everyone in the world with the TRUTH of things, with clear evidences and proofs.
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Islam is NOT… about following man-made rules and laws
… but it is about following and accepting divine guidance, which can clearly be distinguished from man-made rules and laws.
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Islam is NOT… about celebrating Christmas, nor Easter, nor Diwali, nor any other celebration from another religion
… but it is about showing a better way to celebrate what has been Blessed to us by Allah.
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Islam is NOT… about degrading women
… but it is about liberating women, giving them their high status and freeing them from their depiction of being sexual objects, as apparent in advertising, movies and general culture in places like US, UK, Europe and many other places around the world.
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Please learn about TRUE Islam and not what you hear in the media.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

I keep hearing about the atrocities that are committed by the Israelis against the Palestinians. Let us not forget that this is a cycle of violence that keeps repeating. Those who have tuned in, in the past year, to the oppression of the Jews on the Palestinians, need to realise how much wrong has been done over the last 50 years and more. This conflict has been going on for far too long and there have been many more Palestinians who have been butchered, murdered, raped, harmed, attacked and humiliated than you can imagine. Palestinians have been persecuted again and again, day after day, for over 50 years.

Of course, the Israelis are not without complaint too. They too have had their people killed and attacked over the years. But nowhere near as many as the Palestinians. And neither have the Jews been subjected to rape, humiliation, the loss of their homes, the loss of their children in abundance. The jews do not live in poverty but the Palestinians do. The jews are hiding behind armour and tanks and artillery, which is the envy of the world. The Palestinians cannot match them for weapons and defences. So yes, the jews have complaints too. But not on the same scale although to listen to them, you would think that they are defenceless victims and are being oppressed and humuliated and hounded by the Palestinians.

This is not true. And there is one story that keeps coming back to my mind. Something the world witnessed, condemned and then walked away, doing nothing about it.

That is the story of Muhammad Al-Durrah. The pictures that were captured by a French journalist and sent across the world. Which proved who was the aggressor – the Israelis.

Muhammad Al-Durrah

Muhammad Al-Durrah

Muhammad Al-Durrah was only 12 years old when both he and his father, Jamal Al-Durrah, were caught in gunfire from the Israeli forces. For 45 mins, his father tried to shield him from the bullets and cried out for the shooting to stop. They weren’t armed. They weren’t causing any disturbance or even attacking the Israelis. The Israelis, who WERE the aggressors didn’t listen. They didn’t heed the pleas from the father. They didn’t care about the frightened and innocent boy.

Instead, they shot him dead. Four Israeli bullets, sponsored and supplied by the likes of the US and the UK, hit Muhammad Al-Durrah. They killed him.

Muhammad Al-Durrah

You can read about this story and nothing that I have said contradicts what is already out there. Here’s one example by the BBC news:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/952600.stm

Here’s another blog: http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/in-memory-of-mohammad-al-durrah/

The images above are haunting. But let them be a reminder to you of what happens against the Palestinians. Let it be a reminder that the Israelis have the firepower to exact revenge and indiscriminate brutality against innocent children. And they do not hesitate in doing so. This conflict is not an equal one. The Israelis have always shown and flexed their military might. To them, Palestinian life, even those who are innocent, has no value.

Muslims – you need to help stop this oppression which the Palestinians face each and every day. We are ONE UMMAH! Not separate countries and states.

Non-Muslims – many of you have already spoken out against these atrocities and the blatant disregard for human rights by the Israelis and their governments and the countries that support them. Please continue to do this. This is injustice at the highest level but plain for all to see.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Those idiots are at it again!

Creating mischief, mayhem, fear and ignorance wherever they go! They are ruffians, troublemakers, bigots, the dregs of society!

They are the EDL – the notorious English Defence League.

You may have heard of them. If you haven’t be warned – they spread nothing but hatred and supremacy in favour of ‘British’ people; meaning ‘white’ people (even though they have their token Indian member!! Poor guy, doesn’t even know when he’s being used!). The EDL is an ANTI-ISLAM, ANTI-MUSLIM group, full of louts and thugs and football hooligans. They have been campaigning across the country and caused upheaval, stress in communities, created divides amongst peaceful people, and spread fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims wherever they have gone. They verbally abuse and attack Muslim men, women and children. They hold nothing sacred except their own Nazi-like, supremacy values. They supported the burning of the Qur’an, the banning of the burka, the ridicule of our Muslim women, attack our Masjids and caused fights within the towns and cities that they have visited.

Does the EDL represent you? Is this the kind of behaviour you want to be known for? If so, SHAME ON YOU!

The EDL are holding demonstrations on Saturday 27th November 2010 in Preston, Peterborough and Nuneaton as well. They made a surprise visit to Wolverhampton, last week on Saturday 20th November 2010 and were quickly dispatched by the Police. Stall holders in Preston have already said that they will be closed during the demonstration by the EDL – look at the fear that is spreading with the very mention of this facist, extremist, right wing group!

I commend the Muslims and non-Muslims who actually do turn up and demonstrate AGAINST the EDL. I commend the Hope Not Hate campaign and the United Against Facism group, who are actually doing a lot of leg work against the EDL.

http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2010/11/21/police-disperse-unplanned-wolverhampton-edl-protest-66331-27685917/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-11848188

http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2010/11/2/preston-police-say-edl-is-a-peaceful-non-racist-organisation.html

FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR ANYONE BUT MUSLIMS

How much more of this despicable and disgusting behaviour do we have to put up with – all in the name of Freedom of Speech??? If a Muslim cleric was chanting the kind of things that the EDL chant, he would have been arrested, locked up and sent to Guantanamo Bay under terrorist charges. Just look at the double standards on portray here for all to see.

Where’s the terrorist squad now? Why aren’t they doing something about the EDL and keeping our streets safe from them? Why aren’t there any sentences and court cases brought against EDL members who incite hatred and violence in each and every demonstration they have held? Why? Why? Why?

If the roles were reversed and it was Muslims who were holding demonstrations, we probably wouldn’t even get THAT far! We would probably have all been arrested and banged up in a cell, awaiting an unfair court trial with no definite date of release, with no word to our families of our whereabouts, with an extremely stiff sentence for doing nothing more than speaking. That’s what would have happened to Muslims under the terrorist laws of this country.

So why don’t these laws apply to the English Defence League? From where I see it, they do apply but the authorities are choosing not to do anything about it. Where’s the justice in this? There isn’t any when it comes to Muslims.

Everyone is quick to jump whenever anyone even squeaks something anti-semetic! Everyone is quick to condemn whenever there’s anything said against the ‘6 million jews killed in the second world war’. Why isn’t the same being applied to Anti-Islam, Anti-Muslim groups like the English Defence League, the National Front, the British National Party?

Do you not see the hypocrisy here?

It’s time Muslims, non-Muslims, those who would see and support justice, started to stand up and stand against this behaviour. And I’m not talking only about the EDL and groups like them. I’m talking about the Government, the Police authorities, the Home Office, the judicial system – all of these have a hand in being fair to the citizens of this country and yet, by allowing the antics of the EDL to continue, they are clearly showing where their priorities lie and where Muslims sit in all of this – Muslims are being made out to be the third class citizens of this country.

We are NOT third class citizens. We work as hard as everyone else, we contribute as much as everyone else, we pay our taxes as much as everyone else, we make mistakes and commit crimes as much as everyone else. BUT we are NOT beneath everyone else!

Enough of the double standards! Enough of the hypocrisy!

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MY PREVIOUS POSTS ON THE EDL

Terrorist EDL in Leicester: Government needs to ban them!

Stand up against EDL’s hate campaign: Leicester 9th October

English Defence League show their true racist colours in Bradford UK

Don’t fall into the English Defence League trap

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Some of you will by now be familiar with my blogs on the terrorist activities of the EDL (English Defence League). If not, I will list the links at the bottom of this post but there’s a wealth of information about the EDL on the web.

So the EDL came to Leicester on Saturday 9th October 2010 and, again, were sent packing by the locals and those who came to defend the communities and stood up against the evil ways of the EDL. Yes, there’s no other way to describe the EDL – they are EVIL (Evil Defence League). In Leicester, as they did in Bradford on August 28th 2010, the EDL protestors threw smoke bombs at the police. Some also ran away from the protest area and ended up clashing with Asian youths.

Reports about the EDL’s despicable behaviour in Leicester:

http://uaf.org.uk/2010/10/leicester-antiracist-demo-says-edl-not-welcome-here/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8052875/Violence-flares-at-English-Defence-League-protest-in-Leicester.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-11505724

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Violent-clashes-break-EDL-black-Asian-people-Leicester/article-2741048-detail/article.html

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Protesters-smash-windows-International-Arts-Centre/article-2740968-detail/article.html

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Fireworks-bricks-thrown-police-protesters-Leicester/article-2740945-detail/article.html

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20101009/tuk-edl-protest-turns-violent-in-leicest-dba1618.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/04/english-defence-league-march-banned

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/143368.html

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/English-Defence-League-Protesters-Attack-Sky-News-Satellite-Truck-In-Leicester-Protest/Article/201010215755108?f=rss

IT’S TIME THE EDL WERE STOPPED FROM PROTESTING AND INCITING HATRED AND TROUBLE

Wherever the EDL have gone, they have caused trouble for those communities, stirred up and incited hatred and caused damage to community relations, insulted people and their religion, and caused mayhem. On top of that, it costs the UK taxpayer millions (yes, millions) in policing, preparing for the EDL protests and then trying to bring peace and order to these communities after the EDL have left. The Bradford protest preparations alone are amounting into millions of pounds (if you’re not convinced, send in a Freedom of Information request to Bradford Council or West Yorkshire Police). This level of disruption should not be allowed to continue. There is a line to be drawn between protesting peacefully and inciting hatred and violence. The EDL have proven time and time again that they are not peaceful, they are violent. They do not promote peace but incite hatred towards Muslims.

How many times does the Home Secretary have to ban a march by the EDL? Why even impose a ban unless there was the threat of violence, of public safety being at risk? This is ridiculous! There is a limit to freedom of speech and the EDL have crossed it time and time again. It’s time that the government banned groups like the EDL and the BNP (British National Party), or even arrested them for inciting hatred. You cannot allow freedom of speech when that speech clearly leads to people taking up violence to drive out and persecute others. Or is that we turn a blind eye when Muslims are persecuted?

With the new terrorism laws, there have been a number of Muslim clerics who have been arrested for inciting hatred – some have even been deported from the UK. This was done on very little evidence. Now here is the EDL, inciting hatred, clearly racist and demonstrating with violence – many a video on YouTube testifies to the violent and extreme nature of the EDL. There is more evidence here than was used against Muslims in the ‘fight against terrorism’. What about the terrorism of the EDL? There is much concern about the issue of home-grown terrorists in the UK. Well, wake up everyone, EDL members are your terrorists and your extremists and your fundamentalists!

Why is there a double standard by the government here? Does the government actually agree with the EDL’s actions? Are they secretly happy to allow the EDL to go from city to city, from town to town, from community to community, spreading their hatred of the Muslims? If they aren’t, then why aren’t they taking the same action against these terrorists, that they do against ‘Muslim terrorists’? What’s their excuse this time?

Enough of these double standards. Ban the EDL!

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My previous posts on the EDL

https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/stand-up-against-edls-hate-campaign-leicester-9th-october/

https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/english-defence-league-show-their-true-racist-colours-in-bradford-uk/

https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/dont-fall-into-the-english-defence-league-trap/

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Other Terrorist activities by the EDL

27th November 2010 – Peterborough
27th November 2010 – Preston (against masjid expansion)
27th November 2010 – Midlands (against masjids)
15th January 2011 – Harrow (against halal meat)

Previous Terrorist activities by the EDL

9th October 2010 – EDL in Leicester
28th August 2010 – EDL in Bradford
22nd July 2010 – EDL in Luton
17th July 2010 – EDL in Dudley
3rd June 2010 – EDL sets up jewish division http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/32535/edl-step-their-jewish-recruitment
29th May 2010 – EDL in Newcastle
1st May 2010 -EDL in Aylesbury
3rd April 2010 – EDL in Dudley
20th March 2010 – EDL in Bolton
23rd January 201 – EDL in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
5th December 2009 – EDL in Nottingham
31st October 2009 – EDL in Leeds
10th October 2009 – EDL in Manchester
11th September 2009 – Against Harrow masjid
4th July 2009 – EDL in Birmingham
24th May 2009 – EDL in Luton

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

The English Defence League (EDL) – a racist, terrorist and islamophobic activist group, full of thugs and fallouts from society – has been going round the UK, stirring up communities (both Muslim and non-Muslim) and spreading hatred. They came to Bradford on Saturday 28th August, trying to recreate the riots of nine years ago, trying to stir up trouble and leave the city in stress and turmoil. The opposite happened.

The people of Bradford, Muslims and non-Muslims, people from other cities and towns, coming from as far as London and Cardiff and Scotland, showed the EDL where to go. They sent a message to the EDL to leave Bradford alone, leave the Muslims alone, leave the communities alone – there’s no room for hatred in the city! The EDL were outnumbered, Muslim youths did not riot, non-Muslims stood firm as well and EDL were exposed to be racist, bigoted, mindless trash.

The EDL were sent packing from Bradford – a failed campaign! But now they are trying to cause trouble in Leicester on 9th October. These poor souls will just never learn. So we need to continue to send them a message! And keep sending them that message, wherever they go!

Stand up against the EDL and protest – peacefully and do not get drawn in by the hatred spread by the EDL. Have strong slogans against the EDL. Tell them they are not part of a tolerant British Society and have no room here in the UK – so maybe they should leave!

I have written about the EDL before, and yes, they are terrorists – terrorising people, spreading lies against Islam and Muslims, sometimes violently:
English Defence League show their true racist colours in Bradford, UK!
Don’t fall into the English Defence League trap!

There are campaign groups against the EDL, for example ‘United Against Facism’ and ‘Hope Not Hate’. But where is the Muslim campaign?

Oh Muslim Brothers and Sisters! You need to start Standing Up 4 Islam and being more organised in tackling, peacefully, the likes of the English Defence League, the BNP and other haters of Islam and Muslims. Don’t leave the hard work to others – after all, this is YOUR religion and it is YOU who is being targeted, YOUR SISTER who is being targeted, YOUR BROTHER who is being targeted, YOUR PARENTS who are being targeted, YOUR CHILDREN who are being targeted.

If you do not Stand Up 4 Islam and allow this hatred to spread, then you allow people to become brave enough to attack innocents (see my post on 13-year old boys attack Muslim schoolgirl). Is that what you want to allow to happen?

Stand up against those who spread hate against Islam and Muslims! Stand Up 4 Islam!

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Here are some links to those who oppose the English Defence League:

http://johnager.co.uk/2010/09/30/harmony-in-diversity/

 

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

This article was shared to me by a tweeter from Sweden. It was originally posted online in Swedish here: http://www.sydsvenskan.se/lund/article1253500/Pojkar-polisanmalda-for-misshandel-av-flicka-.html. I then got it translated using Google Language Tools and copied and pasted the article here.

This is awful!

Boys reported to the police for assault of girl

Text: Tommy Lindstedt Text: Tommy Lindstedt
Updated September 30, 2010 21:48 Published September 30, 2010 16:56 2010-09-30 16:56:03

Two boys are reported to the police of beating and kicking a 13-year-old girl bloody on her way to school. The assault must have occurred because the girl wore a headscarf.
Lund . – The boys tried to pull the girl’s hair under her headscarf, “said Commissioner Stephan Söderholm, police in Lund .

The incident took place on Monday when the girl was on her way to school. The two boys, same age as her, should then have gone to the girl and started pushing and pulling on her.

According to the police pulled the boys up the girl’s shirt and scratching her stomach with a few keys. They should also have tried to pull down her pants. The assault went on to the boys pulled the girl’s hair was covered by a veil.

The 13-year-old girl tried to protect itself from the two boys but fell over. Lying on the ground, she received several kicks – She was bleeding from the vagina, but I see a doctor. This is serious and something that the school must face, “says Stephan Söderholm.

According to the school’s operations manager, several meetings were held with the girl and her parents. Daily contacts have also been with the two boys and their parents. In connection with the contacts, the family offered the support of the school’s student welfare staff – Yet they have not come to us and asked to speak. However, we have had daily contact with the boys and their parents, thereby giving them aid, “says operations manager.

The head knows that the girl has previously been harassed by students at the school because she wears a headscarf. According to him, the two police notified the boys not having taken part in these occasions  – The few times we have investigated the incidents and put in measures that they should not be repeated. We were able to bind some students to this harassment, however, not all those who we believe were involved.

In the current school is being draw up plans for how to act in similar future situations. As a result of the work, all classes after the holidays in November to jointly for sixty minutes every Monday morning, meet with each class teacher to talk about abuse and bullying.

Since the incident on Monday, the girl has not been to school – Both the girl that her family is supported by us. And when she rested at home, she will return to our school, “says operations manager.

Because they suspected the boys is not yet criminal responsibility, the matter to social services.

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This is awful and I cannot express at the moment the horror I am feeling at a story like this! This is hatred gone mad!

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Muslims and Islam have been long suffering from the communities they live in turning against them. Why?

Muslims haven’t been creating havoc in the towns and cities in which we live. So why is there so much hatred and animosity against Muslims? Why is it that if I walk on an estate or past a pub or just past a group of young non-Muslim men, I will get looked at weirdly, have comments muttered at me and sometimes even have racist and degrading obscenities shouted at me?

I haven’t done anything to them! Or anyone else for that matter. So what’s brought this on? None of the Muslims in my community have done anything either! So where is all this anger at us coming from? What exactly is it that we have done?

We don’t impose on our non-Muslim neighbours and force them into doing things against their will. We contribute and work hard in the local economies, pay our taxes, visit the Masjid, go shopping, play in the park, wear Islamic dress, joke around. We live in a society where there are supposedly ‘equal opportunities’ and where we are allowed to practise our deen, just like others are. So what is it, that we have done to harm the people around us?

The answer: WE haven’t done anything!

But the media has!

The media is the world’s worst enemy! It drums up stories, exaggerates them, sensationalises them to the point where lies are being told, people are being slandered, gossip reigns, and the communities are being influenced into believing things that simply aren’t true! Some stories do not even serve any kind of public interest at all! A story may have a couple of truths contained with it but around that are twisted opinions and language that inflames the people and turns them against the Muslims, against Islam and makes them brave enough to slander us and march and protest in the streets against us (see my post on the English Defence League: https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/english-defence-league-show-their-true-racist-colours-in-bradford-uk/).

The media has been waging a brutal campaign against Muslims for years – the jewish-controlled media, may I remind you! They are no different to those who are actively inciting hatred against the Muslims, such as the BNP (British National Party), the EDL (English Defence League) and other terrorist groups. And they hide behind the guise of freedom of speech – what rubbish! There is no such thing as freedom of speech unless you think it’s ok to demonise, slander and degrade people. Every action bears some responsibility – especially those actions from the tongue!

“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is the One Who Accepts repentance, Most Merciful” [Al-Hujuraat 49:12]

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet pbuh said, “Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger Know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah pbuh said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” [Muslim]

Sahl ibn Sa’d narrated that the Messenger of Allah pbuh said, “Who protects his tongue from unlawful utterances and his private parts from illegal sexual intercourse, I shall guarantee him entrance into Paradise.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Below is a list, which I will try to keep updated, of what the Sun newspaper is propagating in the UK. reaching millions of people monthly. There are many articles that I will probably have missed – if I have, please contact me and let me know. This clearly shows that the Sun has an agenda against Muslims and Islam. It is building up hatred in our societies and this cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged.

So challenge this and write in to the Sun, complain EVERY time they label Muslims and Islam, slander Muslims and Islam, degrade Muslims and Islam.

Stand Up 4 Islam!

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Latest Daily Headlines and Stories in The Sun:

9th October 2010: No veil in court, JPs tell Muslim
Photo of a woman in niqaab but not the woman whom the story is about. Muslim woman wearing niqaab was asked to take off her veil whilst testifying in court.

24th September 2010: College ban on veil
Photo of woman in niqaab. Burnley college bans the veil. Sarah Sharples, 18, said: “They might as well put up a sign saying anyone wearing a headscarf is a terrorist.”

20th September 2010: Terrorist Brit held in swoop at airport
Article about a muslim ‘terrorist’ arrested by Dutch officials – article calls him a terrorist without any evidence that he IS a terrorist!

20th September 2010: Halaal meat secretly served to thousands
A picture is used to show ‘halaal butchers’ slaughtering a cow – there isn’t even a Muslim in the photo. Article uses exaggerations like ‘storm of protest’, ‘the butchery method’, ‘barbarically cruel’ – surprising isn’t it that the Sun doesn’t complain about the Kosher food of the jews.

18th September 2010: Rangers star nicked in Dubai
Britain is intolerant and does not respect the laws of other countries – uses words like ‘harsh punishment in the Arab state’

27th August 2010: 800 fanatical Muslim lags
Muslims described as fanatical – always linking religion to negative terms. We don’t see regular articles that “White Christian man rapes woman” or “Greedy Jewish banker swindles customers’ money”. Article uses words like “Islamic terror groups”, “preachers of hate”

26th August 2010: Terror rant on Extremist site
Articles uses words like “Terror”, “fanatics”, “hate preachers”

6th August 2010: Brit Mum arrested in Dubai strip row
Britian is intolerant to and ignorant of and disrespectful of the laws of other countries. Describes Muslim woman’s reaction as “screaming” – an exaggeration? Claims the British woman was “subjected to a three-day ordeal” and provides no evidence to support the claims of the article.

27th July 2010: Race Yob jailed for two years
Shows photo of a woman in a niqaab but the article is about a Muslim woman whose hijaab was “ripped off”.

19th July 2010: We’ll keep the burka says Green
Shows photo of a woman in niqaab. Article says “Muslim Women will be allowed to continue to wear the burka” – this is not for the UK to say what is ALLOWED to Muslim women. Article claims it is “…offensive for women to be denied face-to-face contact” – they are not denied, this is choice and respect for Muslim women!

5th July 2010: Pool blacked out for Muslim Swim
Shows photo of a woman in niqaab. Article is very negative about local Council listening to the views of Muslim women – “stark, raving mad” are some of the words used. So much for tolerance!

19th June 2010: Muslim who abused troops is ex-Boxing ace
Describes a Muslim ex-boxer as a chump – dishonouring him in public! Exaggerated language – “Muslim screamed abuse”. The Muslim is described as an extremist for acting in a way that people who are against war behave.

3rd June 2010: I’ll go to jail for right to wear the face veil
Comments under this article are nothing short of inflammatory.

18th May 2010: First case of burka rage
Photo of woman in niqaab. Using wording like BURKA RAGE is obviously degradign and inflammatory. Article is against the burka with no comments to balance this view.

12th May 2010: Muslim scarf row girl ‘truant’
Article shows the disrespect Britain has for Islam. The article shows no respect for the dignity of the Masjid.

12th May 2010: Hunt for burka wearing robber
Article about a man dressing up in a niqaab to carry out robbery. No comments about whether this behaviour should be condemned, on top of the burglary.

12th May 2010: Freedom, equality? Not for Muslims
Photo of woman in niqaab. Comments by sun reporter who clearly does not support the niqaaba nd says so in the story – how is this balanced?

30th April 2010: Belgium first to ban the burka
Shows photo of woman in niqaab. No comments to balance the article from those in support of the niqaab.

28th April 2010: The Simpson shows support for South Park after they upset a Muslim Radical group
Why describe Muslims as ‘radical’ when TV programs are offensive to Muslims?

24th April 2010: Woman driver fined for wearing a burka
Photo of a woman in niqaab shown – clearly a model dressed up. Story from anti0burka France with n counter comment to balance the article.

22nd April 2010: Muslim fanatics warn South Park
Similar to above article

9th April 2010: Woman killed by burka on go-cart
Photo of woman in niqaab used – clearly the photo is of a non-Muslim wearing a niqaab. Clearly the article is trying to attack the burka as being unsafe, rather than question the normal practise of drivers wearing helmets whilst go-karting.

8th April 2010: CIA attempt to assassinate radical Muslim Anwar Al-Awlaki
Sheikh is being accused in the article without any evidence being put forward and described as ‘radical’

1st April 2010: Mum braves TV burka backlash
Photo of woman dressed in niqaab. Story about a mother who appears on Saudi version of X-Factor in niqaab. Some very anti-Islamic terminology used but no counter-balancing comments.

23rd March 2010: MPs race hate burka probe
Photo of woman in niqaab, clearly not a Muslim. MP makes derogatory comments about burka – nothing in the article to say that he was wrong but plenty of comments from him.

12th January 2010: Muslim fanatics set free to rant against freedom
Muslims described as “hate-filled”, “fanatics”, “ranting”

9th January 2010: Ban the burka?
Sun uses two ‘Muslim’ women, who do not wear niqqb, to argue for and against the niqaab. This is a religious thing, not something determined by women who do not wear niqaab. No scholarly comment asked for.

7th Janary 2010: Women to face £700 burka fine
Photo of woman in burka. Story say £700 fine but it’s about the situation in Framce, so why use pounds sterling and not euros? This starts to create tension with people cos they will think it is happening in UK. No balanced views in this story.

2nd January 2010: ‘BBC prefer a Muslim to me’
Exaggerations galore – writer “attacks” BBC and degrades Muslims by saying the selection process is unfair and biased – what has this to do with Muslims? This is about the policy and procedures of the BBC – Muslims shouldn’t have been brought into it.

28th December 2009: Bomber at the Palace
Article uses terms like “extremist”, “potential mass murderer”

9th December 2009: Hotel bosses bomb rant
Two hotel owners insulted a Muslim guest – not a guest, a Muslim guest – why does the Sun always describe people’s religious beliefs when portraying Muslims – this isn’t done for any other faith. The article is reporting on a case going through court and ensuring readers draw conclusions without having listened to the whole case – very irresponsible reporting. Also, why report on this?

5th December 2009: Don’t call extremists ‘extremists’
Article reports that guidance on how to label Muslims is “daft”

29th November 2009: Barbie in a burka
Inflammatory article – look at the comments under the article which show how people react to the article.

5th November 2009: British Muslim cleared
Article describes ‘accused’ as “…the Muslim could go free..”

3rd November 2009: Mum hid bomb kit in her burka
Article uses words like “DIY terror kit”

24th October 2009: College bans Muslim woman for refusing to remove veil
Photo shown of woman in niqaab. Intolerance against Muslim women.

19th October 2009: Hate Preacher Tells Queen: Turn Muslim
Exaggerated language: “Hate preacher… sparked fury”, “rabble rousing cleric”

14th August 2009: MP’s fury at Muslim wedding row
An MP was invited to a Muslim wedding and “left fuming” – what a show of disrespect towards a host! Again, intolerance towards Islam and Muslims.

4th August 2009: ‘Muslim Day’ for officers
Muslim initiative described as a “waste of taxpayers money” – again, negative story against Muslims, building on a negative image against Muslims and Islam. No applauds for trying to strengthen communities and tolerance.

14th March 2009: Muslim radicals made me hate Britain
“Muslim radicals” – why describe ALL Muslims like that? Other negative language includes “terrorist haven Pakistan”, “Muslim fanatics” etc

7th March 2009: Kids’ gym axed in Muslim fury
Muslim fury??? Every Muslim?? Photo of a woman wearing niqaab.

9th February 2009: Ban after Muslims goes Christian
Another case of intolerance

5th January 2009: Muslim’s £16.7m bid for bank ‘sex slur’
A bank worker is described as Muslim and then the article highlights the case which has nothing at all to do with the woman being Muslim.

Call against reading these papers! Write in to the papers and stop their incitement! Complain about the attitudes of the newspaper and the way it negatively portrays Muslims and Islam.

To contact The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/article296174.ece

Stand Up 4 Islam!

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