Partition 3rd part

Muslims alone are responsible for the disgraceful and un-Islamic state of personal law in respect of marriage and divorce. As the Koran says:

“Verily God does not change the state of a people until they change the state of their own lives.”  (13:11)

“…The only religion in the sight of God is Islam…”    (Quran 3:19)

Pkai’s was the production of this perverted version as below the theory of hate in religious text…..In another verse of the Holy Quran, God states:

“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (their selves in the Hellfire).”                                      (Quran 3:85)

In another saying, Muhammad, the Prophet of God, said:

“Whoever testifies that there in none worthy of being worshipped but God, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and Prophet, and that Jesus is the Slave of God, His Prophet, and His word[1] which He bestowed in Mary and a spirit created from Him; and that Paradise (Heaven) is true, and that the Hellfire is true, God will eventually admit him into Paradise, according to his deeds.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

“You can marry four girls at a time, and you can enjoy slave girls under you” (Sura 70) There is no limit. They will make hell only.

Quran says that all those who disbelieve in Islam go to hell (Q. 5:10 ), they are najis (filthy, untouchable, impure) (Q. 9:28 ), and orders us to fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left (Q.2:193 ). It prohibits a Muslim to befriend a non-believer even if that non-believer is the father or the brother of that Muslim (Q. 9:23 ), (Q. 3:28 ). It says that the “non-believers will go to hell and will drink boiling water” (Q. 14:17 ). It asks the Muslims to “slay or crucify or cut the hands and feet of the unbelievers, that they be expelled from the land with disgrace and that they shall have great punishment in the world hereafter” (Q. 5:34 ). And tells us that “for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods” (Q. 22:19-22 ).and that they not only will have “disgrace in this life, on the Day of Judgment He shall make them taste the Penalty of burning (Fire)” ( 22:9 )

In the lectures he delivered in Chennai nearly 70 years ago, the poet-philosopher Iqbal posed a pertinent question: “Did the founders of our schools ever claim finality for their reasoning’s and interpretations? Never.” He upheld the claim of “the present generation of Muslim liberals to re-interpret the foundational legal principles in the light of their own experience.” Iqbal’s remarks, made 70 years ago, are relevant now: “In view of the intense conservatism of the Muslims of India, Indian judges cannot but stick to what are called standard works. The result is that while the peoples are moving, the law remains stationery.” (The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam by Sir Muhammad Iqbal, page 168).

Zeenat Shaukat Ali blends history, theology and the law in one erudite whole in a work of enormous labour. She proves to the hilt that: (a) the Koran does not sanction polygamy, (b) the triple pronouncement of divorce in one sitting is un-Islamic. An English Judge of the Bombay High Court aptly described it as “good in law, though bad in theology” and (c) the wife is equally entitled to divorce the husband. This is known as khula.

Today , there should be hardly any Muslim family among whose members someone’s life has not been ruined by this pernicious law.

Of the battle of Uhud, which had wiped out more than one-tenth of the nascent Muslim community of Medina and had left behind a large number of orphans and widows then take care of them polygamy is mentioned.

“Marry those among you who are single”  (24.32). Elsewhere it says “God has not made for any man two hearts in his (one) body” (33.4).

When someone sees an occasion to speak for the sake of God, but does not.  This is called one humiliate himself.

Cain and Abel  are two sons of Adam and Eve. The Qur’an mentions the story, calling them the two sons of Adam only.

Some interpreters take this to mean that Cain was literally the son of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. A parallel idea can be found in Jewish tradition,[6] that the serpent (Hebrew nahash נחש) from the Garden of Eden was father to firstborn Cain.

In all versions, Cain is a crop farmer and his younger brother Abel is a shepherd.[7] Cain is portrayed as sinful, committing the first murder by killing his brother,[8] after God[9] has rejected his offerings of produce but accepted the animal sacrifices brought by Abel.[10]

The oldest known copy of the Biblical narration is from the 1st century Dead Sea Scrolls.[11][12] Cain and Abel also appear in a number of other texts,[13] and the story is the subject of various interpretations.[14] Abel, the first murder victim, is sometimes seen as the first martyr;[15] while Cain, the first murderer, is sometimes seen as an ancestor of evil.[16] A few scholars suggest the pericopemay have been based on a Sumerian story representing the conflict between nomadic shepherds and settled farmers.[17] Others think that it may refer to the days in which agriculture began to replace the ways of the hunter-gatherer.[18] [19]

Allusions to Cain and Abel as an archetype of fratricide persist in numerous references and retellings, through medieval art and Shakespearean works up to present day fiction.

 

All Muslim are not bad but unfortunately good Muslim’s poor soft voice unheard by perverted fundamentalists to achieve their personal goal. It is very urgent to explain the design and implementation of persecution of minority by Muslim in using Islamic way.

Sarat Chandra Chatterji says “When press reporter asked to Muslim leaders, why they are silent regarding the kidnapping, raping, molesting of Hindu women? Repeatedly their community people are doing this, why they are not protesting? Why they are keeping quite? Kept mum!

But I(Sarat ch) think it is crystal clear from their silent meaning. Only they are unable to ask in folded hand that, Bapu, why should we object? If time suit and get a chance which is favorable for them, then they will also do the same.” Sarat-vol3, pg981.

Paki’s are responsible to rape British girls

Paki’s followers of perverted ideology are responsible for this irresponsible act. They do not understand the language of love. They took undue advantage of somebody’s weakness this must be punishing as per their sharia rules. Only their rules can control them otherwise they will repeat the same act again and again and the poor English girls will be suffer for their countries liberal rules.

Any religion with collision with the culture of a country and society society will be disappearing soon. A follower of perverted version of Islam is frustrated as you say their future is in dark and they will go to their hell..

I would like to mention in this connection is that unfortunate the religions which prevail in this country are not merely non-social; so far as their mutual relations are concerned they are anti social, one religion claiming that its teachings constitute the only right path for salvation, that all other religion are wrong. The Muslims believe that anyone who does not believe in the dogma of Islam is a kafir not entitled to brotherly treatment with the Muslims. The Christian have a similar belief. In view of this, it seems to me that we should be considerably disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of an institution of these controversies with regard to the truthful character of any particular religion and the erroneous character of the other were brought into juxtaposition in the school itself. (P423,v-13)

All most all religious scripture are outdated and wanted to control the women, whether it is Islam, Manuwadi, Christianity etc. Changes are there is in Bhuddism, Shikism and may be some other religion. Taslima has put on notice due her voice against Quran. She has describe in her Mayabela that her Mamu Sarif tried to do sex with her then her uncle did one day then her 3 husbands by turn. She analysis their behavior and compared it with Mohammad and men writer of Quran. Definitely it is hurting the sentiment of some followers. But it is her personal experience and  views. If any body  wants to know more then read some more religious book as cited by the author.

There are many Indians returning back from US to India permanetly. On the other hand many Pakistanis visiting India are not returning back to Pakistan. More and more movie actors and singers from Pakistan are trying their best to come over to India and try their luck in Bollywood. Same goes for Cricketers, Pakistani cricketers are crying to allow them to play in IPL. Now tell me amused Pakistani, how many Indian artists or cricketers are desperate to work or play in Pakistan. Also one more thing, I am working in Saudi Arabia and many colleagues of mine are from Pakistan but they never go on annual 30 days vacation to Pakistan as they are afraid that they will get killed there. Indians they go for vacation to India happily. Look at your own former general Musharraf, he has run away from Pakistan and taken self exile in UK and is afraid to come to Pakistan, why ? He is afraid that he will be killed. One woman dared to come to Pakistan, Benazir and everyone knows what happened to her. Amused Pakistani, be amused in your own false dreams and imagination.

Sure, Napakistan is improving day by day in target killings each day at the rate of 10 muslims killed by Muslims in Karachi alone. It is an every day affair. Napakistan is going from a dogs life to a pigs life with each passing day and that is an improvement. Napak-istan is taking money from USA to bomb and kill their own people by drone attacks. You swear as if it happens, what a loser, Before every match, be it Cricket or Hockey, Napak-istan captains say, Inshallah we will win but they will always end up losing. In the recent concluded Azlan Shah Hockey tournament, Napakis ended last. In the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour, Napakis lost 3-1. What a shame. When Napakis say Inshallah we wil win, it goes the opposite. Even Allah is not with Napakis.

Both grand son’s of Muhamod were killed by his own kin and kith ( one is by his one wife another is by his friends son Ajid) He was not able to save them though he know it in advance. What was the fault of Ajid when he tried to get married jainab and loved her in between why Husin send a proposal? Go through Karbalar prantar by Mir Musharaf Husain. You will get a lot of true face of Islam. Few days back I questioned one of my Muslim friends that God is mighty, alright, there is no need to fight, one thing at least God can do that stop rapist’s erection. Then no man can rape a woman. God is powerful please praying this ten times a day to him. Then if it is exists then no rape will be report in whole world. Do you know there is no rape in Meghalaya and some other state of eastern India. Why? Because matriarchal society is dominated in their society.  There no need to any God to save the women from the clutches of man. They save themselves. Their social power is saving them. Which even not seen any of the Muslim country.

Who is a Muslim? Those not pray 5 times a day, not wear Hijab, girls gone to school, attained co-ed school, use alcohol, help infidels, kafer, litchen Music, watch pictures etc.etc is not a Muslim. Then who is a Muslim? What is their number in the present day world? World wide may be only few thousand pure Muslims are there as per Taliban and other Islamic fundamentalist and they are frustrated to spare their perverted ideology but not possible. It is very clear Muslims will finish them and no need to other force.

In average 20 Hindu girls converted to Islam in NWP in Pakistan and taken shelter of Sharia law as write by Pakistan Human rights commission. This phenomenon is all Muslim country and it is their hidden agenda. On that effect Catholic Pope has taken a firm stand, that whoever marry Catholic girls and out of this inter religion children must be catholic. This should also be follow by other religions. As below a Muslim has given a good explanation of Islam.

If Islam is a religion of peace,  let Islam take the first step and talk, walk and act in peace. Muslims have a problem where ever they exist in the world. The ongoing disturbances and uprisings in the Middle East are eye opener. Civil wars in Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan. Chronic problems in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, etc., are for all to see. Muslims are quick to blame Israel, US, India, never themselves.  However, Muslims please introspect and check out your hateful doctrine and you will see that your minds have been blinded and your eyes are shielded from the truth about Islam.  Praying for souls to be saved from this nightmare of a doctrine and belief.  Peace to all! God bless us all!

Every body wants to save her/his country from evils. When a country is made up of evils then who can save it?

In Pakistan the Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhist etc were living side by side since long time due to infiltration of India by different culture. After 14th August 1947 the attitude and direction of Muslims in Pakistan shaped in such a way which need urgent address by Muslim community as well as others to arrest the bad tendency, other wise other community will start to follow it. Once others follow the same tactics which Muslims follows then it will be the same Muslim who will be suffers more. Poor’s will be more venerable than the rich.

What they are doing in Pakistan/Bangladesh as we faced and ultimately uprooted from there. Though it was, it is our land and we and forefather lives their since time unmemorable period.

We had enough property to manage our house hold expenditure for the family and relatives. How we lost it? Minorities has demoralized in such a way that they have to live on the mercy of the Majority. They have to follow the dictate of ignorant Muslims in the villages, generally Cunning Muslims use this Illiterate Muslims to score the goal, latter they pretend to become rescuer from the clutches of fundamentalists and grab the resources of Minorities offering token value with safety cross the Indian boarder. Some times they pretend as good Muslims and direct the bad one to loot the amount paid to them in lieu of their ancestral property and forced minorities to cross over in India empty handed.

How they design, execute and implement their evil intention to slowly eliminate the minorities? Suppose a farm land plot is there in the field side by side, one is own by Hindus is 5 kathas and one by Muslims is also 5 kathas and both the plot are is square shape. Both are divided in straight ways as per official record since 1947. After few years the straight line curve towards Hindu side, in first instant reaction to object to the owner and the Muslim owner will say ok it has done my servant, leave it this year like that I will rectify it in next year. Hindus understand this next year will never come and ultimately Hindus will suffer in different ways like threat to kidnap their cows, some time cut their croups, harass the womenfolk, force to convert the girls, once a girl taken away and kept hostage then compel her to admit the she is willingly ready to convert and marry a Muslim, because she has no other way to go back, as no body will accept her from her community. They will stage manage dacoities, beat them in false complain  and latter minorities will propose to cell the land to him if not agreed then they will move to police. If Minorities goes to police then the harassment machinery will be work fast and they will be whipped out without paying single penny. Minorities thinks, instead of being facing this harassment in coming generation it  is better to find a place where at least next generation will be able to settle a good future. Other option is to convert in Islam as done by Abul Husian Bhattacharji and he is the President of Islam Pracher samity in East Pakistan (now BD)

How still 15% out of 49% minorities is their? Some areas minorities’ concentration is large numbers which helps them to protect in few incident as I mentioned above.

LONDON(TOI 17.9.11) British House of Lords member Baroness Shreela Flather has accused a section of British Pakistanis and Bangladeshis of polygamy for larger families to milk the country’s welfare system.

“Parts of the benefits structure have become a lucrative racket for claimants who lack any sense of social responsibility,” wrote Flather in an newspaper article. “Britain’s social security system incentives, idleness and fecklessness.” She said the way some migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh exploit the system was the most worrying aspects of this.

“There is now a growing wealth of evidence that the generosity of the welfare state encourages some Muslims from these two regions – along with plenty of white families – to produce ever larger families in order to claim extra payments and publicly- subsidised housing,” she maintained in an earlier Lords speech. Flather, the first Asian woman to become a Lords member, was accused of prejudice and racism after the speech. Flather said a Pakistani man contracts a marriage in his native country and then brings his wife to England to start a family.

“Because they have been married only under Islamic law, she isn’t legally registered by British authorities as his wife. Even so, they are able to claim child benefit for any children they have,” she said. “But the state handouts do not end there for under Islamic Sharia law, polygamy is permissible. So a man can return to Pakistan, take another bride and then, in a repetition of the process, bring her to England where they also have children together – obtaining yet more money from the state.”

She said the welfare system regards such women as single mothers and entitled to the full range of lone-parent payments because such Islamic multiple-marriages are not recognized in Britain.

Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”;

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”

THE FBI’S ISLAM TRAINING DOCUMENTS, Militancy Considerations Strategic Themes and Drivers in Islamic Law, Doctrinal Basis for Jihad
Chart: Violence and Adherence to the Torah, Bible and Koran. These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired. In them, the Constitutionally protected religious faith of millions of Americans is portrayed as an indicator of terrorist activity. “There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology,” one FBI presentation notes. “The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.”The FBI isn’t just treading on thin legal ice by portraying ordinary, observant Americans as terrorists-in-waiting, former counterterrorism agents say. It’s also playing into al-Qaida’s hands. Focusing on the religious behavior of American citizens instead of proven indicators of criminal activity like stockpiling guns or using shady financing makes it more likely that the FBI will miss the realwarning signs of terrorism. And depicting Islam as inseparable from political violence is exactly the narrative al-Qaida spins — as is the related idea that America and Islam are necessarily in conflict. That’s why FBI whistleblowers provided Danger Room with these materials. Over the past few years, American Muslim civil rights groups have raised alarm about increased FBI and police presence in Islamic community centers and mosques, fearing that their lawful behavior is being targeted under the broad brush of counterterrorism. The documents may help explain the heavy scrutiny.

TOI 19.6.2012

WASHINGTON: Pakistan, a country which is run by a military obsessed with India and by a civilian elite that steals all it can and pay almost no taxes, has been ranked 13th in the latest ranking of failed states. The unique ranking compiled by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine is topped by African countries Somalia (114.9 points), Congo (111.2), Sudan (109.4), Chad (107.6) and Zimbabwe (106.3). Afghanistan with 106 points is ranked at number 6, followed by Haiti, Yemen, Iraq and Central African Republic.
Pakistan with 101.6 points, the magazine said, is ranked 13, a slight improvement from the previous two years.

In 2011 it was ranked 12th in the list of failed states, while in 2010 and 2009 it was ranked 10th.

“The country is run by a military obsessed with – and, for decades, invested in – the conflict with India, and by a civilian elite that steals all it can and pays almost no taxes,” Robert D Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, wrote for the Foreign Policy.

But despite an overbearing military, tribes “defined by a near-universal male participation in organized violence,” as the late European anthropologist Ernest Gellner put it, dominate massive swaths of territory. The absence of the state makes for 20-hour daily electricity blackouts and an almost nonexistent education system in many areas,” he wrote.

Explaining the reasons for Pakistan being in the list of a failed state, Kaplan said the root cause of these manifold failures, in many minds, is the very artificiality of Pakistan itself: a cartographic puzzle piece sandwiched between India and Central Asia that splits apart what the British Empire ruled as one indivisible subcontinent.

 

US Defense secretary Leon Panetta worned Paki’s

KABUL: 7.6.12 TOI Defense secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday pressured Pakistan to do more to root out the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani terrorist network from its territory, saying that US officials are “reaching the limits of our patience.”

The Haqqani group has been blamed for several attacks on Americans in Afghanistan, including last year’s attack against the US Embassy and Nato headquarters in Kabul. It also has ties to the Taliban and has emerged as perhaps the biggest threat to stability in Afghanistan.Lawmakers from both parties have been urging the State Department to designate the Haqqani network a foreign terrorist organization.The US has given Pakistan billions of dollars in aid for its support in fighting Islamist militants. Panetta made his comments at a news conference with Afghan defense minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, capping two days of blunt commentary on Pakistan.

“It is an increasing concern that the safe haven exists and that there are those — likely Haqqanis — who are making use of that to attack our forces,” Panetta said. “We are reaching the limits of our patience here, and for that reason it is extremely important that Pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven from taking place and allowing terrorists to use their country as a safety net in order to conduct their attacks on our forces.”

Panetta then underscored his point.

“We have made that very clear time and time again and we will continue to do that, but as I said, we are reaching the limits of our patience.” Wardak also said he thought Pakistan could do more to eliminate the sanctuaries that militants are using in Pakistan, saying the Pakistanis are in a better position to provide intelligence or take law enforcement or military actions. “I do hope that gradually they will come to the conclusion to cooperate with us,” Wardak said.

“If that cooperation starts, we will be able to disrupt their command and control, disrupt their training, disrupt their weapon recruitment and also will be able to eliminate or capture their leadership.”

“Without doing that, I think our endeavor to achieve victory will become much more difficult.”
Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday to take stock of progress in the war and discuss plans for the troop drawdown, even as violence spiked in the south. Making his fourth trip to the war zone, Panetta acknowledged the increase in attacks and that the insurgents appear to be much more organized. But he insisted that the overall level of violence was down, and that commanders had expected the uptick.

Panetta said he wants to get an assessment of the situation from the top US commander, Marine Gen. John Allen, and see how confident he is about Nato’s ability to confront the threats both from the Taliban and the Haqqani network. “I think it’s important to make sure we are aware of the kind of attacks they’re going to engage in … as we go through the rest of the summer,” Panetta told reporters traveling with him during a stop in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.

Speaking to troops gathered at the airport in Kabul, Panetta kept up the drumbeat on Pakistan that began two days earlier during his visit to India. Panetta told the troops that “we have every responsibility to defend ourselves and we are going to make very clear that we are prepared to take them on and we’ve got to put pressure on Pakistan to take them on as well.”

Panetta is arriving just a day after three suicide attackers blew themselves up in a marketplace in southern Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50 others. In the east, meanwhile, Afghan officials and residents said a predawn Nato airstrike targeting militants killed civilians celebrating a wedding, including women and children. A Nato forces spokesman said the coalition had no reports of civilians being killed in a raid.

Allen has to withdraw 23,000 American troops by the end of September, leaving about 68,000 US military personnel in the country. Officials have said the bulk of the 23,000 probably will not come out until shortly before the deadline. As those troops leave, Allen has said that Afghan forces will be used to fill in the gaps in the eastern and southwestern parts of the country. They will be buttressed by US advisory teams that will work with the Afghan units.

Once the 23,000 US troops depart, Allen is expected to review how the fighting season is going and then will begin to put together an analysis for President Barack Obama on how troop withdrawals will proceed next year. Panetta also was scheduled to meet with US ambassador RyanCrocker.

A senior US official acknowledged on Thursday that the recent increase in drone strikes on insurgents in Pakistan is due in part to frustration with Islamabad. Despite pressure from US commanders, Pakistan remains reluctant to go after insurgents, particularly the Haqqani network, which was likely responsible for recent deadly attacks on US forces.

Panetta’s explicit description of frustration, while visiting neighboring India, appeared to signal a somewhat tougher stance and a suggestion that the US is becoming even more willing and quick to strike terrorist targets inside Pakistan.

The defense secretary also joked with troops at the Kabul airport about the US strike that killed an al-Qaida leader on Monday, saying, “the worst job you can get these days is to be a deputy leader in al-Qaida, or for that matter a leader”

 

2.7.2012 TOI

LONDON: Nine members of a gang – eight Pakistanis and one Afghan – have been sentenced to jail for a combined 77 years by a British court for the sexual abuse and rape of up to 50 white girls, a media report said.

The gang plied teenagers with alcohol before abusing them in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, the Daily Mail reported. As many as 47 girls were given alcohol, gifts and money before being passed around to have sex with several men a day, several times a week, the report said.

At least one victim was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night when she was drunk, police said. Two became pregnant as a result of the ordeal. One of them was 13 and had an abortion. The ringleader, a 59-year-old who was not named, was jailed for 19 years for conspiracy, rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Kabeer Hassan, 25, was jailed for nine years for rape and three years, concurrently, for conspiracy.

Abdul Aziz, 41, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Abdul Rauf, 43, was jailed for six years for conspiracy and six years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Mohammed Sajid, 35, was sentenced to 12 years for rape, six years for conspiracy, one year for trafficking and six years, all concurrent, for sexual activity with a child. He will be deported back to Pakistan following the conclusion of his sentence.

Adil Khan, 42, was given eight years for conspiracy and eight years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation. He fathered a child from a 13-year-old victim.

Mohammed Amin, 45, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual assault.

Abdul Qayyum, 44, was jailed for five years for conspiracy.

Hamid Safi, 22, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking. He will be deported back to Afghanistan following his sentence.

Former Labour MP for Keighley Ann Cryer said the authorities had ignored complaints about the accused because they were afraid of being called racist.

Women MPs refuse to wear headscarf in Kuwait House

Women MPs are defying Islamists in Kuwait by refusing to wear the hijab, or head scarf, in parliament. Two MPs, Rola Dashti and Aseel Al-Awadhi, who were among the first four women to be elected to the country’s National Assembly in May, have angered their Islamist colleagues, who say they say they are flouting the sharia.

One of the two is going further by demanding the scrapping of an amendment to electoral regulations that says they have to observe sharia in Parliament. “You cannot force a woman going to the mall to wear a hijab and you can’t  force a woman going to work to wear the hijab, “ Dashti told the Daily Telegraph.  “This is not Iran or Saudi Arabia.”

In Kuwait, the issue has arisen as part of a campaign by Dashti, one of the countrys leading economists against what she regards as unconstitutional implementation of sharia. When electoral law was changed in 2005 to allow women in Kuwait to vote and stand for parliament. Islaminsts inserted a law-minute rider that “women have to follow sharia. It did not specify precisely where or how.(TOI-14.x.09)

Top imam orders student to remove veil

Last week, the rector Egypt’s leading cleric of al Azhar University in Cairo, the principal seat of sunni Islamic learning , while he was visiting an academy linked to the University banned women students from wearing the face veil in women-only classes and student dormitories, and was followed by other academic institutions there. Mohammed Tantawi, Azhar’s Grand imam, asked the student to take of her naqab when he spotted her in a classroom, student complied. Tantawi reportedly said the niqab was a tradition, not an Islamic obligation.

UK lets Saudi princess with lovechild stay

A Saudi princes who fell pregnant during an affair with a British man has been granted asylum here after she claimed she could face the death penalty if she went home. A British court granted refugee status to the young woman, who is married to a member of the Saudi royal family, after she told the judge her adultery made her liable to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia, the independent said.

According to the newspaper, the princess who was granted anonymity by the court is one of a small number of citizens of Saudi Arabia who claim asylum in Britain but whose cases are not openly acknowledged by either government.

The princess reportedly met her English boyfriend who is not a Muslim, during a visit to London. She became pregnant the following year and returned to  Britian to have the baby in secret. Since then her family  has broken off contact with her, and she persuaded a court that if she returned home then both she and her child would be subject to capital punishment under sharia law, namely flogging and stoning to death.

Misyar: Saudi license for sex sans strings

In conservative Saudi Arabia, men and women are increasingly availing misyar, a no-strings marriage of convenience focused primarily on sexual relations. Misyar allows couples to live separately, but come together for sexual relations. It deprives women of almost all the rights that a normal marriage would entitle them to, but offers men an “opportunity for a bit of fun on the side, in secret, and at a huge discount.” Misyar’s rising popularity also owes to the high cost of marriage in Saudi Arabia, as dowry, dinners, parties, decorating a flat and the honeymoon, set the groom back several hundred thousand riyals. Misyar for cash strapped men is a boon. A Saudi cited by the report claimed that he entered several misyar marriages after his first normal marriage fell apart. He said none lasted for more than six months and said the marriages had not been as cost effective as he had hoped, irrespective of the fact that he was hoping to find a compatible partner for a permanent relationship. He said that misyar wives were “crafty and inclined to extract money and gifts”. “These ladies say misyar husbands never tell their full-time wives about their relationships so why can’t misyar wives have similar arrangements?”

Internet ads for misyar marriages often reveal the desperation of those looking for partners, with some only demanding a women with the “ability to satisfy the needs of a man who desires things permitted by religion.” “Misyar is popular in the kingdom because in a society where extramarital and premarital sex is a cardinal sin it legitimizes sexual relations outside the framework of conventional marriage.(TOI 27.8.09)

UK ends automatic citizenship rights

A new method probationary citizenship will replace the existing automatic citizenship right for non-EU citizens in UK. These include Indians as well. In th new method, an applicant has to demonstrate commitment to the country through voluntary work and integration. Earlier, an immigrant became eligible for a British citizenship after working in UK for 5 years.  The new proposals unveiled by the Government go on a step further. Migrants will be awarded points based on the skills shortages  in Britain and their earning and qualifications. Points could also be removed ‘bad’ behavior. Under the new system applicants for citizenship require a total of 20 points to gain probationary citizenship. To gain full citizenship applicants must pass knowledge of life in the UK or English language test. Those who have failed either test will have to retake it.

Muslim nations should correct views on Islam.

“We need to inform the world of the reality of Islam”. “Semiliterate clerics who hold sway over the masses (have contributed) to the rise of extremism in the Muslim world as opposed to moderation. Musharaf told a meeting of the World Islamic Economic Forum. In a wide ranging speech he painted a bleak picture of the social and economic prospects facing the world’s 57 Muslim nations, pointing out that their combined gross national products were less than the GNP of a single European nation, Germany.

He attributed this to the low levels of education in the Muslim world. This is a major failure in the knowledge driven world of today, we are an agrarian society. Muslim’s 1.3 billion, 25% of population but less than 5% of global economy based on GDP.

He asked Muslim countries have to empower their women as they constitute 50% of the population but it is easier said than done, we need to develop their capacity first of all.(7.11.06. TOI)

The Islamic nation is in a crisis

It is suffering from a deep seated social economic and religious malaise with which it has so far proved incapable of dealing. In the words of the summit’s final communiqué: “The Islamic nation is in a crisis”. More than 50 nations met in Saudi Arabia to revamp existing mindsets amounts to nothing less than an attempt to modernize Islam.

With the issue of terrorism in mind, the panel on Islamic thought attacked “reckless fatwas by people who were not qualified to speak in the name of Islam.

Recognizing that the rights of women are clearly espoused in Islam the experts called for an effective strategy for the integration of women in society. These issues freely is certainly a big step but it is one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk (HT 16.12.05)

POPE Criticises Islamic extremism.

Using the words, “Jihad” and “Holly war” in his lecture the pope quoted criticisms of Prophet Mohammed by the 14th Century Byzantine Christian emperor, Manuel II. “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his  command to spread by the sword the faith he preached”.

“The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable”.

Martyrdom is celebrated like ‘living faith’ in fascism.

Islam, unlike Christianity, has not kept pace with modernity. Its uncomlpromising world view of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ has, therefore, been reinforced by feeling of victimization. This has resulted, despite Islam not sanctioning violence, in the existential reality of most terrorism and turmoil in the world featuring Muslim people.

Fascism denies free will. Islam, offering a complete universe to fit into, affords its believers no freedom to define themselves individually or continually to modernize their outlook. This last makes for a social pressure cooker situation, stoked by obscurantist mullahs and terrorist figure heads inciting violence, with nary a hint in Islamic quarters of ijtihas(use of reason) that the Holy Koran recommends. Only martyrdom is celebrated like ‘living faith’ in fascism. Misguided practitioners of Islam are the problem as were the fascists in their time. So, how are the black turbaned Taliban different from Mussolini’s  Black Shirts’ who;; marched on Rome.

Islam hijacked

Many people equate terrorism with Muslim fundamentalism, but do not know that Islam is strongly opposed to all forms of terrorism. Nor would they know that it is a fairly recent Islamic sec that has succeeded in capturing the minds of poor Muslims worldwide.

Most Muslims look upon the Qur’an as the infallible, eternal and unchangeable words of Allah. But not many know how much the teachings of the prophet have been revised over the past 14 centuries. The Quran only began to tbhe compiled 14 years after Muhammad’s death in 632 AD when Khalif Abu Bakr gave Zaid Ibn Thabit, one of the Prophets companions the task of writing it. The third Khalif Othman then announced the definitive Madina version in 665AD. Several other version were gathered and burned.

But the Suras, or verses of the Qu’ran did not answer all the questions of a changing society. Hence, Muslim clerics sought further scriptural authorities for interpreting Islamic law. Two hundred years later the celebrated Al-Bukhari added examples from the life of the Prophet at the Hadith. He travelled the entire Muslim world to compile most of it. But he was appalled by the credulity of people and on his own authority rejected 99.6% of 60,000 pious contribution offered to him.

The first schism occurred when the Shia sect split from the dominant Sunnis. Although it was originally a result of a battle for succession to the Khalifate, the Shia faith was widely adopted in Persia and allowed many Persian traditions like portraiture and glorious tombs to continue. It affirmed its faith in the Quran but developed its own Hadith. But many other sects, with their own interpretations of Islam, kept erupting. There were the Fatimids, Sufis, Kaljrijites, Ismailis, Zaidis, Nizaris, Alawis and several others. By the end of the 13the century the Sunni clerics on their own authority, declared that the doors to further revision were closed, but many revisionists continued to appear.

In the 18th century, Abd Al Wahhab began the Sunni Wahhabiya movement that, while accepting the Quran and Hadith as fundamental texts, opposed all innovations to espouse a narrow, puritanical interpretation of the fundamental texts. In  their opposition to idolatry, Wahhabis even opposed the worshipping of Muhammad or other saints and praying at tombs. They demanded very strict restrictions on the rights of women, wearing the Hijab or Burkah, prohibiting the wearing of charms, going to sorcerers, etc.

Many of the Wahhabi beliefs however went beyond the teachings of the Prophet. The word jehad is not found in the Quran but is referred to 199 timed in the Hadith. They interpreted jehad to mean a holy war, even though it had actually meant a striving and Mujahiddhin was no holy warrior but only one who strives.

Unfortunately, in 1924 the Wahhabi al Saud dynasty conquered Mecca and Madina, giving them control of the Haj. The enormous wealth earned from oil enabled then to fund the construction and repairs of mosques and finance madrassas. They were vigorous proselytizers, hence their radical influence quickly spread through the Muslim world to radicalize many previously moderate communities from Indonesia to Uzbekistan. Wahhabis attacked other gentler Muslim sects like the Bahais and Ahmadiyas.

More than 3000 Muslims Converts to Christianity in Britain risk Muslim attacks in UK. About 2000 of them are Iranians, while the rest are from Indian subcontinent and Afghanistan.

The moderate Muslim majority will not regain control of the mosques or places of religious education until the numerous poor Muslims can be educated enough or can earn enough, to be liberated from Wahhabi influence.

Muslim nations should correct views on Islam.

“We need to inform the world of the reality of Islam”. “Semiliterate clerics who hold sway over the masses (have contributed) to the rise of extremism in the Muslim world as opposed to moderation. Musharaf told a meeting of the World Islamic Economic Forum. In a wide ranging speech he painted a bleak picture of the social and economic prospects facing the world’s 57 Muslim nations, pointing out that their combined gross national products were less than the GNP of a single European nation, Germany.

He attributed this to the low levels of education in the Muslim world. This is a major failure in the knowledge driven world of today, we are an agrarian society. Muslim’s 1.3 billion, 25% of population but less than 5% of global economy based on GDP.

He asked Muslim countries have to empower their women as they constitute 50% of the population but it is easier said than done, we need to develop their capacity first of all.(7.11.06. TOI)

The Islamic nation is in a crisis

It is suffering from a deep seated social economic and religious malaise with which it has so far proved incapable of dealing. In the words of the summit’s final communiqué: “The Islamic nation is in a crisis”. More than 50 nations met in Saudi Arabia to revamp existing mindsets amounts to nothing less than an attempt to modernize Islam.

With the issue of terrorism in mind, the panel on Islamic thought attacked “reckless fatwas by people who were not qualified to speak in the name of Islam.

Recognizing that the rights of women are clearly espoused in Islam the experts called for an effective strategy for the integration of women in society.

These issues freely is certainly a big step but it is one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk(HT 16.12.05)

If it’s a Muslim problem, it needs a Muslim solution(Thomas L Friedman)

The West will do it in a rough, crude way – by simply shutting them out, denying them visas and making every Muslim in its midst guilty until proven innocent. And because I think that would be a disaster, it is essential that the Muslim world wake up to the fact that it has a jihadist death cult in its midst. If it does not fight that death cult, that cancer, within its own body politic, it is going to infect Muslim-Western relations everywhere. Only the Muslim world can root out that death cult. It takes a village.

Not all Muslims are terrorists, but sadly, almost all terrorists are Muslims.

Azad maiden riots in Bombay or Mausar village in Delhi suburb and lost of life in defense of what? Taking hostage, killing civilians all over the world in the name of religion, why? Are the Islam is so week philosophy? If it necessary to take the path of violence to save it. If so then is it possible to save it in this way?

What a pathetic record? What an abominable “achievement”? Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture? The images, when put together or taken separately are shameful and degrading. But let us start with putting an end to history of denial. Let us acknowledge their reality, instead of denying them and seeking to justify them with sound and fury signifying nothing. For, it would be easy to cure ourselves if we realize the seriousness of our sickness. Self cure starts with self realization and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, in the full knowledge that they are the4 sour grapes of a deformed culture.

Let us listen to Yusuf al qaradawi, the sheikh the Qatar based radical Egyptian cleric and hear him recite his fatwa about the religious permissibility of killing civilian Americans in Iraq. Let us contemplate the incident of this religious Sheikh allowing nay even calling for, the murder of civilians. This ailing Sheikh, in his last days, with two daughters studying in “infidel” Britain, soliciting children to kill innocent civilians. How can we believe him when he tells us that Islam is the religion of mercy and peace while he turning it into a religion of blood and slaughter?

We can’t call those who take school children as hostages our own. We cannot tolerate in our midst those who abduct journalists, murder civilians, explode buses; we cannot accept them as related to us, whatever the sufferings they claim to justify their criminal deeds. These are the people who have smeared Islam and stained its image. We cannot clear our names unless we own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women. We cannot redeem our extremist youths, who commit all these heinous crimes, without confronting the sheikhs who thought it ennobling to reinvent themselves as revolutionary ideologues, sending other people’s son and daughters to certain death, while sending their own children to European and American schools and colleges.

Ironically, no one can define the Islamic culture for which these Muslims are supposedly fighting. This ideology, besides being obviously destructive and suicidal, has plenty of contradictions. Its aims at destruction carnage and upheaval in the modern world. These Muslims want to destroy the modern, civilized world, to the development of which they have contributed little while enjoying all its comforts.

1400 years in desert culture Islam was already divided, the concomitant intrigues and hatreds leading to the murder of three caliphs our of four after Prophet Mohammed.

Thus, the entire cause of Muslim antagonism against all other groups religious, cultural and social might be said to be ideological confusion among various sects of Muslims and unresolved contradictions and conflicts with Muslim society from the very time of the advent of Islam. It is apparent that no exclusivist culture, especially the “Muslim” culture dreamt up by Islamists, would be able to survive in the free market economy that dictates contemporary geopolitics. This economy is completely in the hands of Jews and Christians against whom Muslims have declared a war without having prepared themselves for this cultural conflict.

Besides, Muslims  are also participating in and enjoying every kind of global activity and comfort – social, cultural economic, both IT and Diaspora driven. Thus, the quest for an exclusive Muslim society or culture with supposedly Islamic characteristics defies all logic. The entire civilized, cultural, affluent and educated world is in the hands of those whom militant Muslims consider their enemies and they have nothing practical to offer as an alternative to the things they want to destroy.

Breast –feeding fatwa.

First came the breast feeding fatwa. It declared that the Islamic restriction of unmarried men and women being together could be lifted at work if the woman breast fed her male colleagues five times, to establish family ties. Then came the urine fatwa. It said that drinking the urine of the Prophet Mohammad was deemed a blessing.

“We were very angered when we heard about the Danish cartoons concerning our prophet; however, these two fatwas are harming our Islamic religion and our prophet more than the cartoons, “Gala Amin, a professor of economics at the American University in Cairo, wrote in Al Masry Al Yom a daily newspaper.

Hirsa Ayan Ali writes, the values she grew up with were, on the one hand, those of the clan and ,on the other, those of Islam. While still a child she had to undergo the female genital mutilation commonly found in, though by no means exclusive to, the Islamic world.

Political Islam draws its lifeblood from the ideology of fighting the oppressor, but has clearly become the oppressor itself. Muslim must stop blaming the problem of extremism on catastrophic policies of foreign countries. For, two wrongs simply do not make a right. It is primarily a Muslim problem, threatening both Muslim and non Muslim societies. We need to acknowledge that there is a problem of theology when extremists talk of going straight to heaven after taking innocent live. The problem of Muslim extremism began in the Muslim world and the responsibility of resolving it lies with them. The inability to present Islam as a peaceful religion is a collective failure of global Muslim communities. It is time for the devout, silent and peace loving Muslim majority to speak for Islam and do not participate in political agitation after Friday prayer  in their respective Mosque.

They must come out like Sharifa Khanum president of STEPS who has 15000 strong member and has tried to set up a mosque for women only against the man made Sharia law. Even in Saudi Arabia king Abdulla  is staking $12.5 billion on a gargantuan bid to catch up with the west in science and technology. The king has broken taboos, declaring that the Arabs have fallen critically behind much of the modern world in intellectual achievement and that his country depends too much on oil and not enough on creating wealth through innovation. “There is a deep knowledge gap separating the Arab and Islamic nations from the process and progress of contemporary global civilization”. Women will also be allowed in this co education facilities which is unthinkable before this University.

 

 

Pakistan’s minorities, majority scared today—mosque-military alliance decides all, including Pathankot: Farahnaz Ispahani,January 18, 2016,

Pakistani writer Farahnaz Ispahani is author of ‘Purifying the Land of the Pure’. Speaking with Srijana Mitra Das, Ispahani, who’s married to former diplomat Husain Haqqani, discussed how Pakistan’s minorities were systematically marginalised, persecution politics, Preambles – and Pakistan’s fears over Pathankot:

You say Pakistan started by being liberal.

Well, Jinnah was a pretty secular man, a Shia Muslim from Mumbai, which is very pluralistic. Not even a year after Partition, Jinnah made a very powerful speech about religious minorities being equal citizens – but in his lifetime, that radio address doesn’t make air! Powerful bureaucrats and politicians gave orders not to run it – to this day, the tape hasn’t been found. But that script was found.

Very early, it was clear that for Pakistan’s religious minorities to be equal citizens was going to be very difficult. The first major sign was PM Liaquat Khan giving the Objectives Resolution soon after Partition, talking about a Muslim nation. Right off, the Preamble was not secular – anyone who’s not Muslim was already not being addressed in the same way.

In 1947, Pakistan had a healthy 23% non-Muslim population. Today, that number’s 3-4%. That’s counting the poor Ahmadis – now, every Pakistani who needs a passport must sign a form saying you consider Ahmadis non-Muslims.

There’s religious hatred everywhere. In America, Donald Trump says put Muslims into camps. But what makes Pakistan different is laws – the state itself is discriminating against people.

Why did Pakistan’s politicians begin persecution politics?

People like Liaquat had come from India. They didn’t have natural constituencies in Pakistan, no hometowns or voters – they turned to the mullahs for support.

There was what i term ‘Muslimisation’ from 1947-51 – a massive decline in Hindus and Sikhs because of Partition, making Pakistan more Muslim demographically. Then came ‘Islamic Identity’ over 1958-71, with statesponsored textbooks rejecting pluralism, trying to forge Pakistani identity purely on Islam. Mohenjo Daro, Taxila, Sufism – all were marginalised.

From 1974, stage three Islamisation was legislation against minorities, the first law by Bhutto which made Ahmadis non-Muslim. Bhutto was under great pressure between clergy and military. He thought this was a temporary measure. But it wasn’t – and it didn’t help him either.

From there to 1988, Zia does the rest. Stage four is terrorism and organised violence from the 1990s.

Organised by?

Jihadi groups, organised by the mosque-military alliance which owns everything now. They decide.

Things were going well with Modi and Sharif. But these groups have no interest in good relations with India. Anyone who knows this, like my husband and i, saw something like Pathankot coming.

JeM was banned 13 years ago – now, they’re saying, we’re closing their offices. What offices? I thought they were banned. People are being killed. And there’s no justice for 60,000 Pakistanis either who died in terrorist attacks on churches, mosques, temples.

I was there when Benazir Bhutto, Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti, died. I wanted to record the truth. My Pakistan had Faiz, qawwalis, poetry, Marx. It wasn’t this.

But it was where 1% practically owned the nation?

Of course – and 1% now pays tax. The middle class can’t afford being middle class anymore, it’s been wiped out. And the way the rich live is amazing. There’s no relationship between these realities today.

Do Pakistan’s minorities live in fear now?

Minorities are in a bad place. Shia massacres have been ongoing. Hindus, Christians, everyone who could leave, left. Those remaining are the poorest. No one’s looking out for them.

Is there no social support?

Many people who spoke up for a more liberal country were killed, like Saleem Shahzad and Sabeen Mahmud. Recently, NYT’s correspondent was apparently raided. Now, even people from the majority think differently.

People are really scared to speak.

When you suppress freedoms, you take away natural ways people come together and find something bigger than themselves.

India also suffered Partition – but your Preamble is secular. That was such a gift from your leadership.

But India’s leadership follows its citizens laying down the secular line – why not so in Pakistan?

We had our first democratic election only in 1970 – and Bhutto was hanged. Benazir wasn’t allowed to finish her terms. Nawaz Sharif wasn’t allowed to finish his terms. The 2008-12 regime was the first democratically elected civilian government that finished its term.

Imagine, we’re just on our second democratically elected government. And look what’s happening already to Nawaz Sharif. Look at Pathankot.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

HYDERABAD: A growing number of Muslim youth from the city are looking westwards for modern perspectives on – hold your breath – Islam! The educated and upwardly mobile youth armed with the internet are gravitating towards different interpretations of the second largest faith presented by scholars from American and European countries and the trend is fast gaining momentum across Hyderabad.

What is attracting the young Muslims is that many scholars from the West make no distinction between religion and modern education apart from having a practical approach to various issues, unlike a large section of the Indian Muslim clergy.

Take for instance 28-year-old Syed Zaheerddin who is a manager of an IT firm in Hi-Tec City. After logging out, Zaheer goes home and watches on Youtube lectures by Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, a UK scholar who uses logic and reasoning to present modern arguments on various theological subjects. “Like us, these scholars are university educated professionals which means that they can understand our problems and offer better solutions than traditional scholars. They present Islam in the right perspective and learning from them is easy,” he says.

Unlike many traditional scholars, these western-bred scholars deal with the issue of a balanced global identity of Muslims, he says. The Friday qutbah (sermon) delivered in mosques is diametrically opposite to this approach, he notes.

Arshia Ahmed Ayub, associate facilitator at the Henry Martyn Institute, echoes Zaheeruddin’s views. She says that the new generation of Western scholars deals with issues pertaining to the young Muslims. “They believe in a multi-pronged approach which tackles issues like peer pressure which is why young people flock to them.”

Voracious readers point out that books by British author Karen Armstrong and American William Chittick have influenced them apart from Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen’s works. “These authors are popular among the youth. Other authors like Said Nursi of Turkey also are widely read by them,” says Mohammed Shakeel from Huda Book Depot. Jamal Hasani, a young criminal lawyer, says the new breed of scholars whose lectures are available online are either Christian, Jewish or atheist, other than Yusuf Estes and Abdul Raheem Green. This has added to their already swelling following. “I listen to them often as they have seen major religions from the inside and are not afraid to point out the problems that Muslims face,” she says.

Many young men and women believe the culture of Islam should be understood vis-a-vis other cultures and that western writers provide them a route map to do so.

“I admire Lesley Hazleton for destroying the myth of 72 virgins which jihadis are supposedly promised. She says the word hoor is not described in the Quran as virgins with swelling breasts but anything that is pure. Incidentally she describes herself as an agnostic Jew,” Mujtaba Hussain, a 26-year-old advertising professional said.

Syed Rashid Naseem Nadwi, head of department of Arabic at the English and Foreign Languages University says, “This is a natural process and is a good thing. New people will have a new approach which can bring positivity.”

Attorney general Dominic Grieve of UK told “Some minority communities come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic. We as politicians have to wake to up to it”.  Asked if he was referring to the Pakistani community in his remarks, he said: “Yes, it’s mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community. I wouldn’t draw it down to one. I’d be wary of saying it’s just a Pakistani problem.”

But a Pakistani Labour Party MP Khalid Mahmood, who came to the UK from Pakistan as a child, said the attorney general was marking out the Pakistani community as “more corrupt” than other minority groups and trying to “divide and conquer” within communities.

Grieve, the Conservative Party MP, said the problem arose as some of Britain’s minority communities “come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture”.

“One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that is not the case and it’s not acceptable. As politicians these are issues we need to pay some attention to.” He pointed to electoral corruption being a particular issue among these communities.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Electoral Commission had announced it was considering introducing ballot box identity checks in Tower Hamlets, east London, in an effort to stamp out electoral fraud in areas with large South Asian communities. Later in a statement, the country’s senior-most law officer was forced to clarify his comments as they sparked anger among certain sections.

However, Grieve said: “The point I was making is that, as a law officer, it’s my duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld, and one of the issues that I feel requires close attention is any potential for a rise in corruption to undermine civil society.

“I believe this is an issue which needs to be addressed calmly and rationally. I am absolutely clear that this problem is not attributable to any one community, as I know very well from my many years promoting community cohesion.” Tory ministers have avoided singling out particular communities over political corruption.
However, in 2010, Pakistani-origin Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, now minister for faith in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet, had claimed the Tories lost three seats at the general election as a result of voter fraud within the Asian community.

 

 

 

 

 

LONDON: Former British PM Tony Blair who will always be remembered as a man who took UK to war with Iraq along with US president George Bush now wants Britain to join hands with Russia in another war — that against radical Islam.

Blair has asked the UK and the US to put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine and “co-operate” to fight a new enemy in the form of radical Islam which he felt governments in Europe and America had become “curiously reluctant to acknowledge”.

Blair, who is now an active mitigator of peace in the Middle East, called the region including Pakistan or Iran “as a vast unfathomable mess with no end in sight and no one worthy of our support”.

“An international programme to eradicate religious intolerance and prejudice from school systems and informal education systems and from organisations in civic society would have a huge galvanizing effect in making unacceptable what is currently ignored or tolerated”.
“Whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China. On this issue also, there is a complete identity of interest between East and West. China and Russia have exactly the same desire to defeat this ideology as do the USA and Europe. Here is a subject upon which all the principal nations of the G20 could come together, could agree to act, and could find common ground to common benefit.”

Blair said that Ukraine has served to push the Middle East to the inside pages, with the carnage of Syria featuring somewhat, but the chaos of Libya, whose government we intervened to change, hardly meriting a mention. However the Middle East matters. What is presently happening there, still represents the biggest threat to global security of the early 21st century.

Blair added, “The region, including the wider area outside its conventional boundary – Pakistan, Afghanistan to the east and North Africa to the west – is in turmoil with no end in sight to the upheaval and any number of potential outcomes from the mildly optimistic to catastrophe. At the root of the crisis lies a radicalized and politicized view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam’s true message. The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is de-stabilizing communities and even nations”.

Blair said there were four reasons why the Middle East remains of central importance. First it is still where a large part of the world’s energy supplies are generated. Secondly, it is right on the doorstep of Europe. Third, in the centre of this maelstrom, is Israel. Its alliance with the USA, its partnership with leading countries of Europe, and the fact that it is a Western democracy, mean that its fate is never going to be a matter of indifference. “Finally and least obvious, is a reason we are curiously reluctant to admit, in part because the admission would throw up some very difficult policy choices. It is in the Middle East that the future of Islam will be decided. Wherever you look – from Iraq to Libya to Egypt to Yemen to Lebanon to Syria and then further afield to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan – this is the essential battle”.

In the last 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytizing, organizing and promulgating coming out of the ME, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous.

“The Muslim population in Europe is now over 40 million and growing. The Muslim Brotherhood and other organisations are increasingly active and they operate without much investigation or constraint.

“In Syria, we call for the regime to change, we encourage the Opposition to rise up, but then when Iran activates Hezbollah on the side of Assad, we refrain even from air intervention to give the Opposition a chance. The result is a country in disintegration, millions displaced, a death toll approximating that of Iraq, with no end in sight and huge risks to regional stability. Then there has been the so-called Arab Spring. At first we jumped in to offer our support to those on the street. We are now bemused and bewildered that it hasn’t turned out quite how we expected”.

 

LONDON: In a controversial move, global private banking major HSBC has closed a number of “risky” accounts belonging to Muslim groups and individuals in the UK. HSBC has written to one of London’s biggest mosques at Finsbury Park and other organizations, including an Islamic think tank, saying that to continue providing services would be outside the bank’s “risk appetite”.

It said decisions to close accounts were “absolutely not based on race or religion”.

We do not discuss relationships we may or may not have with a customer, nor confirm whether an individual or business is, or has been a customer. Discrimination against customers on grounds of race or religion is immoral, unacceptable and illegal, and HSBC has comprehensive rules and policies in place to ensure race or religion are never factors in banking decisions,” it said.

Khalid Oumar, one of the trustees of Finsbury Park mosque, questioned the motives behind the letters. “The letters that we received do not give any reason why the accounts were closed in the first place,” he said. “That has led us to believe that the only reason this has happened is because of an Islamophobic campaign targeting Muslim charities in the UK,” he added.

Until 2005, the mosque was run by Abu Hamza, who in May this year was convicted of terrorism offences in the US. “The positive work we have done since taking over from Abu Hamza to change the image of the mosque, there is nothing really that can explain (HSBC’s decision),” mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar told BBC.

In 2012, HSBC had to pay US authorities $1.9 billion in a settlement over money laundering, the largest paid in such a case. It was alleged to have helped launder money belonging to drug cartels and states under US sanctions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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