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Benedict “deeply sorry” for Muslim outrage but violence continues

 
   CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews. com/news/701/ 17.php , September 18, 2006 (re-issued January 04, 2007)
   This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2006.  This story was originally published on 18 September.
   ITALY -- Pope Benedict [Ratzinger] told pilgrims yesterday that he is "deeply sorry" for the reaction to his quoted remarks of a medieval ruler who criticised Islam but violence continues with the killing of an Italian nun Somalia and the firebombing of several churches the Middle East.
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   "I am deeply sorry for the reactions some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensberg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims," the Pope told pilgrims yesterday at his Castelgandolfo summer residence, according to a Reuters report.
   "These, fact, were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not any way express my personal thought," the Pontiff said.
   "I hope this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the meaning of my address, which its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect."
   The comments, part of his regular Sunday Angelus blessing, came at his first public appearance since making the comments on Tuesday.
   New Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, had earlier announced on Saturday that the Pope was sorry Muslims had been offended and that his comments had been misconstrued.  […]
   …, former Iranian President Khatami and current Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Susilo endeavoured to calm the situation, warning against jumping to conclusions about the meaning of the Pope's remarks which he quoted criticism of Muhammad by 14th century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus.
   The emperor had said everything Muhammad brought was evil "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". […]
   On Friday, a prominent hardline Mogadishu cleric called for Muslims to "hunt down" and kill the Pontiff for his remarks.
   "Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim," Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin told worshippers at a mosque southern Mogadishu.
   "We call on all Islamic communities across the world to take revenge on the baseless critic called the Pope," he said, according to a Swissinfo report. […]   4 Jan 2007
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   [RECAPITULATION: The emperor had said everything Muhammad brought was evil "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". […] On Friday, …  "Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim," Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin told worshippers at a mosque in southern Mogadishu.  ENDS.]
   [MORE FACTS: As well as the Catholic nun, a Syrian Orthodox priest was beheaded also.  See newsitem dated October 19, 2006 – Fr Amer Iskender was kidnapped on October 9, a ransom was demanded, and his decapitated body was found some days later. ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: "These, fact, were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not any way express my personal thought," the Pontiff said. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Come on!  If they did not express the Pope's thought, why did he quote them?  The fact that people poured out of "places of worship" fired up to attack Christians of all sorts, shouting that they and the Pope ought to be killed, has proved the point that the mediaeval Emperor, AND THE CURRENT POPE, were both making.
   Apologies, as this case, usually encourage the violent to step up the pressure on non-Muslims.  The jihadists have nothing to lose if each increase in violence is met with soft words.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [3rd RECAPITULATION: "Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim," Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin told worshippers at a mosque southern Mogadishu. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: To be killed by the nearest Muslim does NOT sound like a good start to the naive Benedict XVI's invitation to dialolgue!  So, who whispered in the ears of the Western leaders after the September 11 attack on the U.S.A. that "Islam" means "peace," when every sensible scholar knows it means "submission"?  And why has history, as a string of dates and facts, been removed from school courses gradually over the past 50 years?  "An inconvenient truth," indeed, if the Muslim invasions, slave-taking, pillage, and rape had all been taught in history lessons to Westerners!  AND to non-Westerners! ENDS.]
   [KORAN DOCTRINE: 9:5:- So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
   9:73:- O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/009. qmt.html #009.073 . KORAN ENDS.]
   [See the fuller version of the newsitem in date order, Sep 18, 06]
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[Jan 4, 2007]

• Where she counts for little at all.  Saudi Arabia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/  Sudan / Soudan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Where she counts for little at all


   The Record (R.C. Perth W.  Australia weekly), by Paul Gray, Vista page 4, Thursday, January 4, 2007
   Much more depends on the plight of women Arab Muslim societies than most might imagine, writes The Record's national affairs editor, PAUL GRAY.
“Dogs and cats the developed world have more rights than Arab women do their own countries." So says the Saudi Arabian women's rights activist and journalist, Wajeha Al-Huwaider.
   Al-Huwaider was twice arrested and detained by Saudi Arabian police, August and September 2006.  She was instructed to cease and desist from all writing and activism concerned with the status of women the Arab-Muslim world.
   a recent English translation of Al-Huwaider's writings, the Middle East Media Research Institute drew attention to the abysmal status of women the Arab world.
   The heart of the problem is that women are not protected by law Arab countries, Al-Huwaider says.  "Legislation the Arab countries overtly discriminates against women, overtly oppresses their rights, and harms them as human beings.
   They are still treated as though they contaminate purity and arouse temptation and immorality.
   "The unresolved problems of women are not religious, but purely legal," Al-Huwaider says.  "Legislation that takes away the rights of the woman as a citizen must be replaced by legislation guaranteeing her full rights.
   "All the Arab regimes are UN members, and have ratified the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly decrees justice, equal rights and equal obligations for all citizens.  Nevertheless, our chauvinistic country" - here she refers to Saudi Arabia - "the woman is still considered the property of her family."
   Last May, Al-Huwaider wrote an article comparing the conditions of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the conditions for women living the Arab-Muslim world.
   Guantanamo Bay, though a "terrible inhuman prison" according to Al-Huwaider, is a better place than the home the Arab-Muslim world, from a woman's point of view.
   "In some Arab countries a woman is a prisoner her [own] home, and can only move with permission of her guardian, or, more accurately, her jailor.
   "Second, some Arab countries the woman's guardian is her owner, and the one who has the legal right to use her.  He controls all her affairs, great and small.  His role is very similar to that of a jailor at Guantanamo.
   "Third, a prisoner at Guantanamo, like many Arab women, is not the master of his own body.  He has no power to control his own fate and his personal freedom has been taken away, along with his right to protest his situation.
   "Fourth, the prisoners Guantanamo are not protected by law, and their lives are the property of their jailors, just as the lives of the Arab women are the hands of their guardians.  When a guardian feels that his wife has crossed a red line, she is doomed to die a terrible death."
  [Picture] Femininity under Islam? Nigerian Amina Lawal waits an Islamic courtroom Katsina northern Nigeria 2003.  She was appealing her sentence of death by stoning under the shariah - or Islamic law - for having a child out of wedlock.  Her case caused international outrage, while shariah's imposition sparked riots when it was extended from civil law to criminal law 12 northern Nigerian states 2000.  Thousands died violence between Christians from southern ethnic groups and Muslims the North.     PHOTO: CNS / REUTERS  
   One point which Guantanamo Bay prisoners are better off than Arab women is clothing, Al-Huwaider suggests. While Guantanamo Bay prisoners wear practical, light coloured clothing suitable for the climate, Arab women "are forced to wear impractical and suffocating garments colours that do not suit the scorching climate of our region."
   The brutal messages contained the writings of Al-Huwaider are reinforced by the recently published UN Arab Human Development Report.  The report points out that half of women the Arab world are illiterate, and all but four Arab countries fewer than 80 per cent of girls go to secondary school.  The report also shows that the maternal mortality rate Arab countries is about 270 per 100 000 live births, which is a rate almost twenty times higher than the USA.
   Women are not allowed to vote Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  Female workforce participation is only 33 per cent.  The home the Arab-Muslim world is described the report as a place where "any type of violence against women may be practiced".
   The details of violence practiced against women the Arab-Muslim world are well known and sometimes too grisly to put print.
   Commenting on the UN report last week, journalist Janet Albrechtsen said The Australian that what is needed is "nothing short of a Martin Luther-style reformation for Islam".
   At a time of year when Christians remember the unique missionary role of Mary, the mother of Jesus - a woman from the same region of the world where women now are so visibly oppressed - it is timely to remember the sufferings and status of Arab-Muslim women today.
   It may be considered fanciful to believe it possible to improve the living conditions of women Arab-Muslim countries.  Certainly the obstacles the path of such a development are enormous.
  “Dogs and cats the developed world have more rights than Arab women do their own countries.” So says the Saudi women’s rights activist and journalist Wajeha Al-Huwaider.  
   These obstacles include not only the customary conservatism of the Arab-Muslim world, but also the significant absence of freedoms, including a free media which such ideas can be discussed.
   Nevertheless, throughout history a great deal of human progress has been achieved the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties.  From the perspective of Christianity, with its emphasis on the never to be neglected role of divine grace, the possibility of improvement the living conditions of Muslim women can always be prayed for, at least, if not actually brought into existence.
   One of the central messages Rodney Stark's classic book, A History of Christianity, bears this out.  Stark demonstrates the essential role played by women bringing about the transformation of the ancient pagan world.  many early Christian communities, women outnumbered men by as many as twenty to one.  Women both carried and planted the seeds of Christianity throughout the pagan Mediterranean the centuries before the Emperor Constantine.
   It is Stark's thesis that pagan Rome adopted Christianity because of these women-led missionary endeavours, and that the fabled conversion of Constantine himself, presented as a miraculous and sudden event many early devotional traditions, was more of a symptom than a cause of the Roman Empire's adoption of Christianity.
   This process, it should be remembered, took centuries.  The transformation of the Arab-Muslim world likewise cannot be expected to occur overnight.
   What seems certain is that when and if such a transformation occurs, it will occur largely through the agency of women.  The securing of women's basic human rights is certain to have revolutionary effects throughout Islamic society.  This is a matter which should be of vital interest to the West.
   the course of the first four years after September 11, 2001, it has become increasingly clear that the greatest part of the struggle against totalitarianism arising from within the Arab-Muslim world will be political and civil rather than military.
   The building of political alliances with moderate forces Arab-Muslim countries is essential.  So too is any practical assistance which can be offered towards the development of a prosperous middle class whose vital interest is the safe and peaceful business of trade, rather than the anger and violence of war.
   Another vital strategy for the West is to support women the Arab-Muslim world - not least through the avenue of drawing attention to their situation and their needs.
   For the UN Arab Human Development Report, visit http://rbas. undp.org/ ahdr2005. shtml
   [COMMENT: Would another Martin Luther be able to reform a sect with scriptures and traditions like the following?  Paul Gray, at last, seems to be facing some of the facts of Islam's expansions leading to domination, and reversal of human progress, but has a "clerical" type mindset, thus refusing to admit that the old texts are bad.
   Al-Huwaider also seems to be overlooking the disdain which the founder had for women.  They are unclean, and her evidence is worth half a man's - if not Muslim, their evidence is worth nothing. 
   But Al-Huwaider's article has provided another excellent much-needed reminder of the Bush-Blair-Howard regime's inhumane illegal treatment of the civilians and prisoners-of-war at Guantanamo Bay (and, presumably, at the other illegal prisons run by the U.S.  around the world, and maybe by the U.K. too). COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE - Koran: 4:34 (or 38):- Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which Allah hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them.  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence, because Allah hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them: verily, Allah is High, Great.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/004. qmt.html #004.034 . DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [TRADITIONS - HADITH: 3, 17:4206 ff (Muslim's collection):- There came to him a woman …  and said: Allah's Messenger, I have committed adultery, so purify me.  He turned her away.  …  go away until you give birth …  wean him …  He entrusted the child to one of the Muslims and …  she was put a ditch up to her chest and he commanded people and they stoned her. …  he prayed over her and she was buried. ENDS.]
   [OLD TESTAMENT: Perhaps the Christians ought to read the strictures against non-Jews, and the orders to kill them, the first seven books of the Old Testament, instead of having a woolly optimism that the current fad for mixing faiths is the same as people JOINING the New Testament groups, "all one Christ Jesus." ENDS.] [Jan 04, 07]

• Terror link rocket launcher arrest.  Australia flag; Australian National Flag Association 

Terror link rocket launcher arrest


   The Australian website, www.the australian. news.com. au/story/ 0,20867, 21014593- 601,00.html , AAP, Friday, January 05, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: A 28-YEAR-OLD Sydney man is facing 17 charges arising from an investigation into seven stolen rocket launchers.
   A joint operation by Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and ASIO led officers today to a house Leumeah, Sydney's southwest, where the 28-year-old man was arrested.
   AFP Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast, who is the AFP's counter terrorism national manager, said the 28-year-old man supplied two rocket launchers to one man, and five of the weapons to another man.
   "The person who received five is facing terrorism charges on another matter," Asst Commissioner Prendergast said.  "It is a matter of great importance to us to recover the six outstanding weapons."
   The charged man is believed to be one link a "chain of supply", Asst Commissioner Kaldas said.
   Late last year, police were investigating claims that a number of anti-tank rockets had been stolen by Australian soldiers and sold on the black market to criminal gangs or even terrorist groups.
   On September 30 last year, police recovered one of the rocket launchers, believed to be the property of the Australian Defence Force.  The man has been charged with two counts of dishonestly receiving stolen property, seven counts of unauthorised possession of a prohibited weapon, and seven counts of unauthorised supply of a prohibited weapon.  He has also been charged with possession of ammunition.
   The 28-year-old man was due to face Sydney's Central Local Court today.  Details on the make of the missiles were unclear, but a number of reports suggested they were 66mm rocket launchers - a light, one shot, weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder by infantry.
   The weapon was designed by the US Army during the Cold War and packs enough punch to destroy a tank.
   NSW counter-terrorism police and Middle Eastern Crime Squad were thought to be looking for eight rockets said to have gone missing from army stocks some years ago.
   Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said the Defence Department was conducting a forensic audit of its rocket stocks and introduce radical measures to secure existing weapons.
   The investigation was to be spearheaded by the secretive Defence Security Authority, with assistance from the defence department's inspector-general.
   A second, wider security investigation examining all security aspects of the policies and practices that apply to the management of weapons, munitions and explosives across defence was set to be completed the first half of this year.
   a separate incident late last year, a 53-year-old sergeant from Victoria's Puckapunyal base was charged with the theft of army equipment, with police said to have removed "truckloads" of weapons and ordnance from his home.
   Earlier today, Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy said the Defence Department was investigating claims that former soldiers may have sold anti-tank rockets on the black market to criminals or even terrorists.
   He told reporters Canberra that the department was conducting an audit of all such weapons its armories around the country.
   "We've done a fair bit of work to do a stocktake of our own and the defence force announced before Christmas that we are imposing extra restrictions on their use to make sure they are used only for operational purposes," he said.
   "I think that we've taken quite stringent steps to make sure that we have control over the weapons our control and I think beyond that we should listen to what the Civil and other authorities are doing to investigate."
   Australian Federal Police will hold a press conference this afternoon Sydney. - AAP
   [COMMENT: "Terror link" is the heading, but time will tell. ENDS.] [Jan 5, 07]
• Dad Lebanese custody case willing to drop charges: lawyer.       

Dad Lebanese custody case willing to drop charges: lawyer

   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC News), www.cbc.ca/world/story/ 2007/01/10/lebanon-custody.html , Last Updated 1:43 PM ET | Wednesday, January 10, 2007
   CANADA – The Lebanese-Australian man who took his Canadian children to Lebanon despite not having custody of them won't pursue charges against his estranged wife for grabbing them back if she agrees to hand the kids over, his lawyer says.
   Canadian Melissa Hawach, a Calgary resident who is originally from Saskatchewan, recovered her children a few days before Christmas. She travelled to Lebanon and enlisted the help of several ex-soldiers to grab her two girls a daring operation at a seaside resort where they were staying with their father, Joseph Hawach.
  [Picture] Cedar Lourdes Hawach.  (Interpol)  
   Ever since, Melissa Hawach and her father, Jim Engdahl, have been hiding with the children: Hanna, 6, and Cedar, 3.
   Under Canadian law, Melissa Hawach has custody of the children. However, she is now wanted Lebanon and could face charges of child abduction.
   "We are ready to drop all the cases against her, and everyone involved with her, if the children are returned," Tony Tebchrany, the father's lawyer, told Nahlah Ayed of CBC News during an interview his office Jdeideh.
  [Picture] Hanna Anne Hawach.   (Interpol)  
   Two of the men who helped Melissa Hawach, an Australian and a New Zealander, are a Lebanon jail awaiting trial for their role the affair after being arrested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.
   Brian Corrigan and David Pemberton are accused of being paid mercenaries acting on Melissa Hawach's behalf. The men have said that they were simply helping out, and that they received no money for their assistance.
   Tebchrany's comments came following an in-camera hearing Lebanon Wednesday to determine what if any charges should be brought against Melissa Hawach. The case could go to trial as early as next week – with or without the mother's presence.
  [Picture] Joseph Hawach.   (Interpol)  
   Tebchrany said details of Wednesday's proceedings are secret and cannot be publicly discussed. But he said Melissa Hawach, whom he believes is still Lebanon, is a tenuous position.
   "There are legal channels Lebanon. But to hire a gang – even if she was the right – she's lost that right," he said.
   "There's no doubt she's trouble."
   Interpol seeking father, who faces extradition
   Joseph Hawach, who is believed to be hiding Lebanon, is not willing to speak publicly about the case. Interpol has circulated a warrant for his arrest and extradition to Canada.
   He is wanted Canada over allegations that he removed the children from their mother's care unlawfully.  Hawach first took them to Australia on vacation last summer, with his estranged wife's permission, but then travelled with them to Lebanon without her consent.
   Under Lebanese law, a father automatically has the right to custody of his children the case of a dispute, unless the mother can prove that he isn't fit to have it.
   Joseph Hawach also obtained a Lebanese court order that gave him custody of the children.
   Therefore, he has committed no crime, no matter what Canadian law says, Tebchrany said.
   Helpers' story discounted by lawyer
   the interview with CBC News, Tebchrany also cast doubt on the assertions of the two men currently jail, including their insistence that they conducted the operation for free.
   He said he has been told that Corrigan and Pemberton were well-equipped, carrying satellite phones and other surveillance equipment. He also alleged that they had a videotape which Melissa Hawach tells her daughters not to be afraid of the men, because they were bringing them to her.
   This week, the lawyer acting for Corrigan and Pemberton, Mohammed Khalil, called their participation the affair a humanitarian act.
   The men are facing a minimum of three years prison with hard labour, since the alleged kidnapping involved minors.
   Tebchrany also accused the Canadian Embassy Lebanon of being unco-operative the investigation.
   "We have many indications that lead us to believe that the embassy may be aware of the whereabouts [of the mother and children]," he said.
   Foreign Affairs spokesman Rodney Moore said he couldn't comment on the accusations against the embassy, because the case is before the courts.
   The ministry has only said so far that it's still providing consular assistance to Melissa Hawach, and that it has asked the local authorities to help ensuring the children return to their legal guardians. #
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   [RECAPITULATION: Under Lebanese law, a father automatically has the right to custody of his children the case of a dispute, unless the mother can prove that he isn't fit to have it. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: It isn't just Lebanese law that the father has custody -- it is the cultural law of the Arabs and Muslims.  Why don't the Westerners learn some factual truthful Comparative Religion and "Multicultural Contrasts" their schools and universities?  And read the footnotes and books that say the whole world is to be won for Islam, willingly or by compulsion.  Kidnapping children and raising them as Muslim soldiers (Janissaries) was done for centuries by the Turkish Sultans. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN: 3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion? …www.submission. org/suras/ sura3.html #83 > DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD: Mrs Melissa Hawach's book about her violent marriage, the kidnap, and the rescue, Flight of the Dragonfly is due out on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, HarperCollins Publishers, according to a March 23, 2008 newsitem. Aus. $35. ENDS.]
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The Sunday Times Magazine, then Metacrawler. ENDS.] [Jan 10, 07]

• Controversial mufti attacks Australia TV interview  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Controversial mufti attacks Australia TV interview

 
   The Age (Melbourne, Australia), www.theage.  com.au/news/ national/ controversial- mufti-attacks- australia/ 2007/01/11/ 1168105 116655.html , by Barney Zwartz, January 12, 2007
   EGYPT: CONTROVERSIAL Muslim leader Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali has savaged Australia an interview on Egyptian television, claiming there is no freedom or democracy for Muslims and that English people are the most unjust and dishonest. 
   The Mufti of Australia said Muslims were more Australian than Anglo-Saxons because they came here voluntarily, that Australians played the "fear card" to keep Muslims down, and that racial prejudice was the reason for the 55-year sentence given to gang rapist Bilal Skaf. 
   "Anglo-Saxons came to Australia chains, while we (Muslims) paid our way and came freedom.  We are more Australian than them. Australia is not an Anglo-Saxon country -- Islam has deep roots in Australian soil that were there before the English arrived," Sheikh Hilali said. 
   Australia's most controversial cleric was talking on the Egyptian news program Cairo Today, shown Australia on the Orbit satellite network on Tuesday morning. 
   The interview, Arabic, was about the furore he created last year with a Ramadan sermon which he compared scantily clad women with "uncovered meat", suggesting that they were responsible for rape, called women Satan's messengers to deceive men, and said thieves often stole because they were pressured by greedy women. 
   After the "uncovered meat" sermon, which was rejected by Muslims across Australia, Sheikh Hilali offered to stand down as mufti if an independent panel -- he first suggested the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner -- found he had blamed women for rape.  His future will be decided next month by the eight-man executive of a new national board of imams.  Sheikh Hilali is a member of the executive. 
   During the half-hour program, Sheikh Hilali said the controversy showed how standards were skewed and claims were fabricated.  "There is no freedom and no democracy (for Muslims) -- the most dishonest and unjust people are Western people and the English in particular."
   He said Australian law allowed freedoms that at times were "close to madness", that Australia had a third gender of "in-between people who are not male or female" and that Christian churches allowed people of the same sex to marry. 
  [Picture] Hilali: no freedom for Muslims.      Photo: AP  
   He also cited the Exclusive Brethren, saying they forbade TV, radio, mobile phones and mixed schooling but Prime Minister John Howard said that was their right and they were entitled to funding and social services. 
   He said the cause of the controversy over the Ramadan sermon was domestic politics.  "As we would say Egypt, they play the fear card to keep the Muslim community down, and they start with me because I am known that community."
   He insisted that he was not justifying rape and had been taken out of context. 
   Presenter Amr Adib asked who was responsible for rape, and Sheikh Hilali replied that the man was responsible but the woman also had a responsibility for her behaviour. 
   Fellow guest Sheikh Khalid al-Jindi, a regular commentator, interjected: "Is it the flies' fault if the food is on display? If you put petrol and then add a spark, won't the street be on fire?"
   Adib: "But where is the responsibility?"
   Sheikh Jindi: "The responsibility is first, second and third with the woman -- then with the man."
   Sheikh Jindi said they were not justifying anything, just trying to establish degrees of responsibility.  Sheikh Hilali replied: "If I put it that way Australia, the whole country would be in uproar."
   He mentioned a recent case Australia which a man was jailed for "forcing himself" on his wife.  "Three-and-a-half years!  I mean, it's a distasteful act, but . . ."
   Sheikh Hilali said that Islam Australia had grown because of the controversy. 
   On the gang rapes Sydney, he said: "A young man can meet a woman, smile, arrange a meeting, and then end up jail for 65 years.  (Bilal Skaf was sentenced to 55 years, reduced to 38 on appeal.)
   "He was judged the name of bin Laden.  He deserved to be jailed, no question, but for 65 years? This is not really about the crime, it is about racial prejudice."
   Sheikh Hilali is still Lebanon.  His former spokesman Keysar Trad, president of the Islamic Friendship Association, said some of the comments seemed ill-advised but were not intended to be malicious. 
   He said the sheikh's comments about coming to Australia voluntarily were to show that he loved Australia and saw himself as Australian. 
   Mr Howard was asked about the sheikh's reference to convicts and replied: "I think it will bring a wry smile, if it's , .  .  .  to the face of many Australians who sort of don't actually feel the least bit offended that many of our ancestors came here as convicts." #
   [RECAPITULATION: This is not really about the crime, it is about racial prejudice RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: He was talking about a Muslim who used "racist" taunts against non-Muslim females before, during and after raping them.  Please do NOT dismiss Al-Hilali -- he is following his religion's teachings, so is helping other people to understand them.  his view, Muslims had a foothold Australia before the British came! He would go well as a Professor of History -- Mogadishu! or Riyyad!
   P.S.  for young readers -- the Aborigines were here before the British, and showed not the slightest sign of stoning rape VICTIMS to death, cutting the hands off thieves, or cutting the heads off people who were not of their belief system.  many ways, they were less cruel than the British of those days, so could not possibly have been Muslims. 
   Furthermore, the guards and officials who controlled the convicts did NOT arrive manacles!
   The one freedom that Al-Hilali ought to exercise is the freedom to leave such an undemocratic prejudiced racist history-knowing country as Australia.  COMMENT ENDS.] [Jan 12, 07]

• Westerners are dishonest: Sheikh.  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Westerners are dishonest: Sheikh

 
   The West Australian, p 5, Friday, January 12, 2007
  [Picture] He's at it again: Australian Muslim leader Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly has attacked Australia on Egyptian television.   
   MELBOURNE: Controversial Muslim leader Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly has savaged Australia an interview on Egyptian television, claiming there is no freedom or democracy for Muslims and that English people are the most unjust and dishonest. 
   The Mufti of Australia said Muslims were more Australian than Anglo-Saxons because they arrived voluntarily, that Australians played the "fear card" to keep Muslims down, and that racial prejudice was the reason for the 55-year sentence given to gang rapist Bilal Skaf.
   "Anglo-Saxons came to Australia chains, while we (Muslims) paid our way and came freedom.  We are more Australian than them.  Australia is not an Anglo-Saxon country - Islam has deep roots Australian soil that were there before the English arrived," Sheikh al-Hilaly said.
   He was talking on the Egyptian news program Cairo Today, shown Australia on the Orbit satellite network on Tuesday morning. 
   The interview, Arabic, was about the furore he created October with a Ramadan sermon which he compared scantily clad women with "uncovered meat", suggesting they were responsible for rape.
   After the sermon, which was rejected by Muslims across Australia, Sheikh al-Hilaly offered to stand down as mufti if an independent panel - he first suggested the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner - found he had blamed women for rape.  His future will be decided next month by the eight-man executive of a new national board of imams.
   Sheikh al-Hilaly is a member of the executive.
   During the half-hour program, Sheikh al-Hilaly said the controversy showed how standards were skewed and claims were fabricated.  "There is no freedom and no democracy (for Muslims) - the most dishonest and unjust people are Western people and the English particular."
   He said Australian law allowed freedoms that at times were "close to madness", that Australia had a third gender of "people who are not male or female" and that Christian churches allowed same-sex marriage.
   He also said the Exclusive Brethren forbade TV, radio, mobile phones and mixed schooling but Prime Minister John Howard said that was their right.
   He said the controversy over his sermon was about domestic politics.  #
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   [RECAPITULATION: "…  Australia is not an Anglo-Saxon country - Islam has deep roots Australian soil that were there before the English arrived," Sheikh al-Hilaly said.
   …  the sermon, …  was rejected by Muslims across Australia … 
   "There is no freedom and no democracy (for Muslims) - the most dishonest and unjust people are Western people and the English particular." ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: And, Muslims also have deep roots Arabian soil, so why not go there?  The sermon was line with the principles of taqiyya, so like his other sermons has NOT been rejected by Muslims -- or else, why do so many people keep attending his Sydney mosque?  If the Westerners and English his opinion do not give freedom and democracy, and are dishonest and unjust, aren't there other countries which would be better for Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly and his followers to live in?  He gave the talk on Egyptian TV -- did he bring back some Egyptian immigration application forms? ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Recite: 3:118 (or 3:114). 
   4:89 (or 91):- …  Take therefore none of them for friends …  If they turn back, then seize them, and slay them wherever ye find them …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/004.  qmt.html #004.089
   5:51 (or 5:56):- O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/005.  qmt.html #005.051 .  DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Jan 12, 07]

• WA link to banned Muslim extremists.  Singapore flag; www.theodora.com  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

WA link to banned Muslim extremists

 
   The West Australian, By KIM MACDONALD, p 5, Friday, January 12, 2007
   SINGAPORE: A prominent South-East Asian terrorism research centre claims sympathisers for a Muslim extremist group which has been banned parts of Europe and the Middle East live WA and raise funds here.
   The International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University said its intelligence showed that up to a dozen sympathisers with the group Hizb ut-Tahrir were WA.
   The group claims to be a peaceful promoter of an Islamic superstate, but its alleged links with the terrorists behind the London bombings prompted British Prime Minister Tony Blair to call for it to be banned.
   The centre's head of terrorism research, John Harrison, said Indonesian members had flown to Perth for informal talks with local sympathisers several times recent years, but they did not currently appear to be any threat.
   "Certainly there have been individuals associated with the group Perth but any presence is strictly a support role, terms of fundraising," Dr Harrison said.
   The group was found to have booked a hall Sydney under a false name for a conference to be held a day after Australia Day.
   NSW-based Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi – who has refused to condemn the attacks of September 11, Bali or London – said the conference aimed to discuss Muslim politics and the eventual possibility of an Islamic superstate.
   But Christian critics claimed the conference would be a recruiting ground for the extremist group.
   The group has been banned the Netherlands and Germany after distributing anti-Semitic propaganda which called for Jews to be killed, and is also banned several Middle Eastern countries.
  ‘Certainly there have been individuals associated with the group Perth.’  
  TERRORISM EXPERT JOHN HARRISON  
   Its members have also come under fire for praising suicide bombers as martyrs and describing Israel as an illegal state. 
   The British plan to ban the group was shelved after authorities and civil liberty groups said the group posed no threat and that it was dangerous to push it underground.
   Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock yesterday reiterated claims that ASIO had also found the group posed no threat to Australian security.
   W A and Fedetal police declined to say whether or not they were aware of the group having a presence the State.
   The group is active 40 countries and has 5000 to 10,000 core members and tens of thousands of followers.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#wa_link_to
   [RECAPITULATION: …  called for Jews to be killed …  ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE - Koran: 33:26-27:- And those of the People of the Book who aided them - Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts.  (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners.  And He gave you their land, and their dwellings, and their wealth, for an heritage – even a land on which ye had never set foot:  for the might of Allah is equal to all things. 
   [GUIDELINE - HADITH: 41:6985 (Sahih Muslim's collection):- …  Allah's Messenger …  saying The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree … 
   [COMMENT: These are just a couple of anti-Judaism quotes.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock yesterday reiterated claims that ASIO had also found the group posed no threat to Australian security.
   [2nd DOCTRINE - Koran:    2:193 (or 189):- …  Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left. 
   71:26-27 (or 27-28):- And Noah said, 'Lord, leave not one single family of Infidels on the Earth:  For if thou leave them they will beguile thy servants and will beget only sinners, infidels.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [2nd GUIDELINE - HADITH: 4, 53:386: Narrated Jubair bin Haiya: Umar sent the Muslims to the great countries to fight the pagans.  When Al-Hurmuzan embraced Islam, Umar said to him.  "I would like to consult you regarding these countries which I intend to invade." […] Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give jizya (i.e.  tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:– "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e.  martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." […] GUIDELINE ENDS.] [Jan 12, 07]

• [Stop Muslim immigration letter and terror discussed; Act now on racist mufti.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

[Stop Muslim immigration letter and terror discussed]


WE DISAGREE
   The West Australian, Various Letters to The Editor, p 19, Monday, January 15, 2007
   Jim Benson-Lidholm (Letters, 11/1), I feel sure, would agree that while there have been some excellent letters to the editor on immigration, Graeme Campbell's (Stop Islamic migration, 9/1) was not one of them. 
   Mr Campbell complains that Australia is allowing "hordes" of Africans to come and live here.  Without burdening us with the slightest hint of evidence he tells us that these hordes are bringing diseases, live on welfare and have no affinity with our culture.
   But wait, there's more.  Mr Campbell, again without even a passing nod to any facts or figures, goes on to warn us that there has been a "massive" increase Islamic immigration.  Then he crassly declaims "that while not all Islamic people are terrorists….  most terrorists are Islamic".
   Kalgoorlie's very own Forrest Gump seems not to have heard of ETA, the Basque separatist movement, the murderous thugs that have operated Northern Ireland for 30 years, Black September, the Tamil Tigers, Shining Path and other South American terrorists–the list goes on and on with not an Islamic person sight.
   Mr Campbell should perhaps ponder for a while the obvious truth that all over the world, people of every religion and no religion want the same things.  They want justice, freedom, and acceptance – the very things that Australia and most Australians can provide. Daniel Baldwin, Bedford
[ETA, IRA, Tigers, Marxists, too]
   Unfortunately, Graeme Campbell has failed to adequately check his figures.  The ABS figures show that the growth numbers of Buddhists and Hindus entering Australia far outweighs that of Muslims.
   Similarly his claim that most terrorists are Muslims was misinformed because unfortunately he forgets about members of ETA, the IRA, the Tamil Tigers or the Marxist terror outfits Columbia and the Philippines.
   These are just some of the many non-Muslim terrorist organisations and, fact, at last count most terrorist organisations were shown to be non-Muslim. N.  Brkich, Noranda. 
[Unbelievable indeed; many no intention to assimilate]
   Replying to Jim Benson-Lidhohn's criticism of Graeme Campbell, one has to ask why it is that these people who have, as he says, suffered "unbelievable tragedy" their lives find it convenient to go back to the scene of their tragedy for a holiday or to "find a wife" when living on welfare our country.  Perhaps their tragedy is fact truly unbelievable.
   Most of the refugees who arrived here since World War I came from countries of Anglo-Celtic European origin and were culturally compatible and prepared to integrate into our society. 
   To say that we're a nation of immigrants is the fatuous chant of the often self-hating pro-immigration lobby.  a sense, just about every country is a nation of immigrants if a long enough time scale is used.  However, this country, like the US, the greatest growth population has come from the natural birthrate.
   What Mr Campbell said about most terrorists being Islamic is not a matter for historians, it is a matter of contemporary fact.
   It's nice to know that his organisation, West Coast Refugee Sanctuary Group, has supported more than a hundred refugees the past couple of years and most have successfully assimilated.  Perhaps we should make them responsible for the entire program. 
   The truth is that many do not assimilate and have no intention of doing so and are disproportionately involved crime and abuse of our laws and culture.

Act now on racist mufti

 
   Australia's leading mufti, Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly, has once again come out with verbal diarrhoea.  The same man who recently compared scantily clad women to uncovered meat, and implied those women were to blame if they were raped, has now come out saying that Australians are liars, excused gang rapists as being OK and claims Muslims have more right to live this country than descendants of convicts.
   Where does this man get off? Why is he not being deported for inciting racial-sexual-cultural violence and hate? If he thinks Australians are so horrible, he should leave.
   The words he breathes incite hate and can be classed as a form of terrorism.  He has no respect for Australians – especially women – and I would like to think that most men and women living this country would be disgusted with his comments. 
   Sadly, those who have small brains would welcome his comments, take them as gospel and act on them, thus breeding a group of criminals.
   We are trying to rid ourselves of terrorism and hate crimes, so the Australian Government needs to get serious about acting against people who hide behind religion to incite hate and violence.  We need to start looking more closely at those living this country under false pretences.
   Sheikh al-Hilaly has again shown he has no right to live this country when he spouts his evil hatred for the peaceful nation where he has enjoyed freedom for 20 years.
   If John Howard wants to get tough on terrorism here and overseas, then he needs to stand up right now and protect our beautiful country by being hard on extreme religious fanaticswho are against Australia. 
   He should deport this pathetic little man and prove that we not stand for such unwelcome, foreign hatred.  Kick him out under the terrorism laws. 
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#act
Enough's enough
   John Howard is wrong if he thinks Australians will react with only a wry smile to the latest comments by Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly – it will be more like with anger.
  [Picture] Sheikh al-Hilaly  
   They have had enough of the lefties changing everything our culture to appease the cultural sensitivity of a group that has brought nothing to this world so far but terrorism.
   As for the mufti's comments that Muslims paid their way to Australia and came freedom, they have paid for nothing.  It is Australians who are now paying for them, both through the welfare system and the loss of their freedom and cultural identity to make this group of individuals feel part of our society. 
Pity Muslims
   I feel sorry for the Muslim people of Australia with a religious leader who has the gall to have a shot at a country that he calls home.  If he does not like this country, he can feel free not to come back.
   Australia is a proud country because of its multicultural society and he is just making it harder for all.  I feel that the Muslim people may be better off with someone who is more compassionate and diplomatic.
Empty rubbish
   How very brave of Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly to firmly embed himself the Middle East and start mouthing off about Anglo-Saxon convicts and all the rest of his pure unadulterated rubbish.  A few Poms tried that on years ago and failed miserably.
   I'm fourth-generation Australian and proud of it.  Instead of talking about bringing the troops home from Iraq, we should be tipping a few of his type out with the rest of the garbage.
   There is no place Australia for people like him–end of story.
YOUR SMS
[No respect, you're not nice, not welcome]
   Comments made by the mufti again shows us he has no respect for Australia, its people and our way of life.  Mufti, do the right thing and stay Egypt.  You and your comments are not nice and not welcome.
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#stop
   [CONTACT: letters@ wanews.com.  au   ENDS.] [Jan 15, 07]

• Senior Muslim likens mufti's rant to Hitler.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Senior Muslim likens mufti’s rant to Hitler

 
   The West Australian, p 13, Monday, January 15, 2007
   SYDNEY – A senior Muslim has attacked outspoken Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly, saying he had damaged Islam Australia as much as Hitler damaged Christianity. 
   The Australian Federation of Islamic Council legal adviser Haset Sali said the sheikh's diatribe on Egyptian television last week was insane and his comments horrified most Australian Muslims.
   "Hilaly increasingly chooses to rewrite what he thinks should be the Holy Koran and his sick and vile comments his recent interviews are not only un-Islamic but inhumane and highly disgraceful," Mr Sali said.
   John Howard also berated the mufti, saying Australia's Islamic community risks embarrassment and hurt if it does not act against him.
   The cleric told Egyptians white Australians were "liars" and Muslims were more entitled to be Australia than people with a convict heritage.
   comments aired Australia last night, he said his detractors were racists who conspired to twist his words against him.
   The mufti also took a swipe at the Prime Minister, calling him "Mr Me Too" because "he waits for any news from America to say 'me too'."
   Asked if he was offended, Mr Howard said: "I have been insulted by experts."
   He said the mufti was entitled to return to Australia because he was an Australian citizen and had done nothing to breach that right.
   But he said it was Islamic Australians' own interest to do something about the cleric because he was damaging their community.
   "I worry about the damage his behaviour is doing to the image of Islamic Australians within our broader community," Mr Howard said.  "I don't want them to be hurt by him but they alone have it their hands to stop that happening."
   Islamic Friendship Association president and close friend of the mufti, Keysar Trad, said he welcomed Mr Howard's comments about leaving the sheikh's fate the hands of his own community.
   "I'm glad the Prime Minister recognises that this is an issue for Muslims.  However, I do believe that people have the right to hear from the mufti himself," Mr Trad said.
   The mufti was not expected back Australia before next weekend and he would advise him to further explain his comments on his return.
   NSW Premier Morris Iemma said he dismissed the sheikh's latest and earlier remarks.  "We should not attach much credibility to him because he just doesn't have any," he said.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#senior
   [RECAPITULATION: …  Prime Minister, …  "Mr Me Too"…  news from America …  say 'me too' …    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Clever!  Some cynics think of the PM and politicians' business mentors as "Mr Me First".    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE, Koran: 33:1:- O Prophet, fear thou Allah and obey not the unbelievers and the hypocrites; – Truly Allah is Knowing, Wise:
   33:48 (or 47):- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust Allah.  For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/033.  qmt.html #033.048
   33:61:- Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.   DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [REFLECTION: The more that the Unbelievers (i.e., non-Muslims) and Hypocrites (i.e., critical fellow-Muslims) criticise Al-Hilali's ignorant statements, the more pious Muslims will back his attacks on "Unbelievers".  A future instruction from such imams might be to declaim aya 33:61.   ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Most Muslim clerics' main education is learning the Koran off by heart, and hearing/reading commentaries and the dead-ends of the Hadith traditions about Mhd and the sharia law.  Just as former PM Gough Whitlam thought that Poland was a creation after World War I, so many Muslim clerics have below-average knowledge of humanity's great struggles for progress and freedom, because their minds are set on repression of freedom, the name of Allah.
   [PRONOUNCE NSW Premier Iemma's surname "Yemma".    ENDS.] [Jan 15, 07]

• The Koran. 

THE KORAN

 
   Thrice Holy website, http:// thriceholy.  net/Texts/ Koran5.html , found by MetaCrawler on January 15, 2007
   [Elegantly displayed, with footnotes.] [Found Jan 15, 07]
• Undercover Mosques: The Transcripts.
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Undercover Mosques: The Transcripts

   BRITAIN: MPACUK (Muslim Public Affairs Committee, United Kingdom), < http://mpacuk. org/content/ view/3266/ 34/ >, Monday, January 15, 2007
   MPACUK has learnt of a Channel 4 documentary claiming to reveal Muslim preachers certain Mosques urging their followers to ‘reject British Law’, ‘prepare for Jihad’ and to ‘hit girls for not wearing the hijab’.  The Dispatches documentary, which will be aired at 8pm on Monday 15th January claims to have video footage of these preachers praising the Taliban and making various comments about non-Muslims.  The documentary concentrates on a handful of mosques the Birmingham area claiming that they promote extremism.
PART ONE
Tonight on Dispatches – an ideology of bigotry and intolerance spreading through Britain with its roots Saudi Arabia

Sheikh Yasin: We Muslims have been ordered to do brainwashing
- on women’s rights
Abu Usamah: Allah has created the woman deficient
Sh Jibali: If she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her
- gay rights
Abu Usamah: take that homosexual man and throw him from the mountain
- living a multicultural society
Dr Mian: You have to live like a state within a state until you take over
- and holy war
Sh Feiz: The peak, the pinnacle, the crest, the summit, of Islam, is jihad
TITLES
A Dispatches investigation has uncovered a fundamentalist message, spreading from the Saudi Arabia religious establishment
through mosques run by major UK organisations
which claim to be dedicated to moderation and to dialogue with other faiths

Green Lane Mosque Birmingham is a high-profile mosque
- and one we’d heard receives theological guidance from Saudi Arabia

Caption: Undercover filming
Our reporter went undercover last summer, joining thousands of worshippers
He’s staying anonymous

Caption: 12 August 2006
The theme of today’s lecture is – don’t believe the arrests of alleged terrorists without proof
… as non Muslims are liars

Abu Usamah: I don’t believe them, because they are kuffaar, lying is part of their religion
Kuffaar is an Arabic word, meaning non-believer – an infidel
Abu Usamah: Unlike those kuffaar, they do whatever they want to do
It’s a term our reporter was to hear repeatedly being used a derogatory way
Abu Usamah: they are liars, they are terrorists themselves, liars, they will come before the people and talk and they are lying, you can’t believe them, these are pathological liars
Shots of Green Lane website
Green Lane Mosque calls itself a “centre for interfaith communication”, welcoming people of all religions
But our reporter filmed there over four months, and found this speaker, Abu Usamah, was their main English-language preacher
He says Christians and Jews are enemies to Muslims
Abu Usamah: It has come to pass that the Christians and the Jews, America, the UK, France, Germany, they have come against the religion of Islam.  Why give up your religion and your long legacy of Islam, to please someone who is an enemy to you?
Abu Usamah is an American convert and a very popular speaker at Green Lane
Abu Usamah (shaking hands with everyone): Hey, my man, how you doing?
He preaches against non-Muslim laws
Abu Usamah: We want the laws of Islam to be practised, we want to do away with the man-made laws
And says British popular culture is a threat
Abu Usamah: The popular culture, if you are a person who gives yourself to that, your mind is going to be controlled by the so-called powers that be, who make these man-made laws
Green Lane’s official website says the mosque is “designed to counter the negative publicity and stereotyping of Islam”
But after a few weeks, our reporter was told by fellow worshippers how to access another, much more difficult-to-find internet chatroom
It’s run by Green Lane Mosque, and broadcasts Abu Usamah’s speeches live to a small band of listeners
He says Muslims should obey British laws and contracts, if they don’t contradict Islam, but he condemns non-believers

Caption: Green Lane internet broadcast
Abu Usamah: No-one loves the kuffaar, no-one loves the kuffaar, not a single person here from the Muslims loves the kuffaar, whether those kuffaar are from the UK or the US.  We love the people of Islam and we hate the people of kufr, we hate the kuffaar
Filmed undercover, he says he doesn’t agree with the violent actions of Muslim terrorists - but he prefers them to non-Muslims
Abu Usamah: I don’t agree with those individuals, but at the same time they are closer to me than those criminals of the kufr
Cap: Green Lane internet broadcast
Abu Usamah: He’s better than a million George Bushes, Osama Bin Laden, and he’s better than a thousand Tony Blairs, because he’s a Muslim
The mosque films some of Abu Usamah’s speeches, and they’re sold locally as DVDs
Caption: The Major Sins: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2005)
In this one, he says even Muslims who don’t follow their strict rules can be ostracised as “kaffirs”
Abu Usamah: If you leave off the prayer out of negligence, then you are a kaffir.  If he dies like that you have to bury him with the kuffaar.  You can’t marry him
He preaches an ideal Islamic state
Abu Usamah: Muslims shouldn’t satisfied with living other than the total Islamic state
His vision of the Islamic state includes extreme punishments, as he outlines this DVD
DVD: The Major Sins: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2005)
Abu Usamah: Whoever changes his religion from Islam to anything else – kill him the Islamic state
The religious leader, or imam, can decide the punishments
Internet broadcast
Abu Usamah: If the imam wants to crucify him, he should crucify him.  The person is put up on the wood and he is left there to bleed to death for three days
Abu Usamah condemns the Western interpretation of free speech, which means the Prophet can be insulted, but he can be censored
Abu Usamah: If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs, that should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech isn’t it? But they’ll say no, I’m not tolerant, but they feel that it’s OK to say something about the Prophet?
Our reporter has found these views being regularly preached at the head mosque of a major Muslim organisation

Green Lane Mosque, Birmingham, is the headquarters of the Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-hadith, a registered charity which runs over 40 mosques and branches as well as Islamic schools
It’s an influential affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, which has praised it as “a national body”, “respected for its educational and outreach programmes”
But our reporter secretly filmed Abu Usamah teaching that a “jihad” is coming against the unbelievers

Abu Usamah: Verily Allah going to bring a group of people that he loves and they love him, these people will who will be soft and kind to the believers and they will be rough and tough against the kuffaar, they will fight the cause of Allah
I encourage all of you to be from amongst them, to begin to cultivate ourselves for the time that is fast approaching where the tables are going to turn and the Muslims are going to be the position of being uppermost strength, and when that happens, people won’t get killed – unjustly
After a few weeks, our reporter learns that Green Lane worshippers get regular religious instruction, direct from Saudi Arabia
Live, two-way video links are set up
Projected onto the wall is the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Caption: Saudi state television
He’s the country’s top religious leader– now being beamed live to worshippers Birmingham
They ask questions through an interpreter, and get fatwas – religious rulings (CHK?)
By now, our reporter has become a regular at the mosque
The man who supervises the video links tells him they’ve recorded them

Man: We actually record them onto DVDs. 
Reporter: You do?
Man: What we’ll do is, whatever the cost is of the DVDs you just contribute to that and it’s not a problem
And our reporter is given them
Man: These are the masters, whatever you want to do is fine
The DVDs show a Birmingham worshipper, who asks the Grand Mufti for a fatwa about understanding between Muslims and other religions
CAPTION: Saudi Broadcast, June 2006
Question: Some people say we shouldn’t call Christians and Jews kuffaar, and we should establish dialogue and good relations with them.  What’s your answer to this?
His answer is uncompromising
Grand Mufti: This is not true.  Jews and Christians who do not follow the Prophet Mohammed are kuffaar.  They will go to hell
He says Muslims can’t help non-believers
Grand Mufti: Anyone who helps or defends an apostate, or a pagan, or an atheist, or anyone who attacks Islam, will be cursed
Green Lane Mosque is spreading a brand of Islam originating Saudi Arabia – often known as Wahhabism
It’s a hardline theology, opposed by many British Muslims
Academic Dr Irfan Al Alawi investigates Wahhabism
He keeps his face hidden interviews because of the dangers of his work

ASTON: Dr Irfan Al Alawi
Islamic Heritage Foundation

Dr Irfan Al Alawi: Wahhabis believe that you cannot show tolerance to other religions, so the religion of Islam has to rule the world.  Green Lane Birmingham, that mosque is one of the extreme Wahhabi centres the UK
Caption: Saudi TV
Wahhabism is opposed to the traditional, tolerant beliefs of classical Islam, according to leading Muslim academic Abdal Hakim Murad
CAPTION: Abdal Hakim Murad
University of Cambridge

Hakim Murad: Its principle is totalitarian, it’s highly judgemental, it has no track record of dealing with other sorts of Islam or with unbelievers with any kind of respect.  If you are outside the small circle of the true believers you are going to hell and therefore you should be treated with contempt
Non-believers are called “kaffirs” or “kuffaar”
It’s a term they use as an insult, according to moderate British Muslims like Dr Taj Hargey

ASTON: Dr Taj Hargey
Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford

Dr Taj Hargey: The word kaffir is a very pejorative, negative, disparaging term.  When you call someone a kaffir, they are not worthy to be associated with.  This kind of intolerance is something that gives rise to extremists
Many children were present at the Green Lane lectures our reporter filmed, where intolerance and bigotry were openly preached
In a DVD of a conference at Green Lane Mosque, a preacher called Sheikh Al-Jibali says Muslim children should be kept away from non-Muslims

Caption: Preparing to Stand Before Allah: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2004)
Sheikh Al Jibali: What is sad to see is that many parents they send children to the kuffaar schools, they allow them to mix with the kuffaar, so that the lifestyle and beliefs of the kuffaar become deep rooted the hearts of the kids
In a fatwa given the video links, the Grand Mufti says children should be hit if they don’t pray
Saudi Broadcast, May 2006
Grand Mufti: Tell your children to pray when they are seven, and hit them when they are ten
The Ahl-e-hadith’s website directs readers to literature which says “Islam confers equal rights upon all”, regardless of sex
But a crackly internet broadcast, Abu Usamah says women are “deficient”

Green Lane Internet broadcast
Abu Usamah: Allah has created the woman, even if she gets a Phd, deficient.  Her intellect is incomplete, deficient.  She may be suffering from hormones that will make her emotional.  It takes two witnesses of a woman to equal the one witness of the man
Saudi-based clerics the video links preach male supremacy
Caption: Saudi broadcast May 2006
Sheikh: Khunayn: Men are charge of women.  Wherever he goes she should follow him and she shouldn’t be allowed leave the house without his permission
Sheikh Al Jibali says the hijab must be enforced on young girls, if necessary with violence
Caption: Preparing to Stand Before Allah: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2004)
Al Jibali:.  By the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab, and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her
Our reporter secretly filmed this preacher, Dr Bilal Philips, giving religious rulings at Green Lane
In a speech the mosque, which was also broadcast its internet chatroom, he claims marrying off a girl before puberty is permissible
He claims the Prophet Mohammed married a nine year old girl, so it’s permissible now

Dr Bilal Philips: The Prophet Mohammed practically outlined the rules regarding marriage prior to puberty, with his practice he clarified what is permissible and that is why we shouldn’t have any issues about an older man marrying a younger woman, which is looked down upon by this society today, but we know that Prophet Mohammed practised it, it wasn’t abuse or exploitation, it was marriage
RIGHT TO REPLY LIKELY FROM DR PHILIPS
Abu Usamah quotes what he says are the words of a companion of the Prophet, on the Islamic punishment for homosexuality

Abu Usamah: Do you practise homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain
And a DVD, he attacks the idea of gay rights
DVD: Preparing to Stand Before Allah: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2004)
Abu Usamah: They have given them unprecedented rights, so that your child can be exposed and introduced to lesbians.  Now they say, if you discriminate against them, you are going to jail
He says Muslims should discriminate
Abu Usamah: We’ll discriminate, but we’ll discriminate a way where we don’t get trouble.  The Muslim is a dentist and one of those people comes I’m going to take a big needle and stick it his gum
Then he says it’s a joke, as it might get the mosque trouble
Abu Usamah: They’ll take this and get us all trouble
On the anniversary of the 7th of July bombings, a speech by Abu Usamah was broadcast the Green Lane chatroom, condemning terrorism
Green Lane Internet Broadcast
Abu Usamah: We want to make an official statement here, no way are we agreement to what took place last year on this day the kuffaar calendar
But he does believe jihad
Abu Usamah: But saying that, we do not apologise for any aspect of this religion, there is jihad Islam.  What’s most beloved and favourite thing to Allah? Jihad the Way of Allah
He says the real jihad will come when the senior Islamic clerics declare it – and prays it will come soon
Abu Usamah: We ask Allah to bring about the means and the ways which the Muslims will get the power and the honour of repelling the oppression of the kuffaar, where we can go out and perform the jihad.  We ask Allah to bring that time, so we can be participants that
Abu Usamah he told us: “Islam allows for any Muslim to peacefully coexist here the UK with non-Muslims even though the UK is not an Islamic society
He said he had made it clear that it is a religious duty on all Muslims to obey UK law and the carrying out of Islamic law could only be done an actual Islamic state
He said: “Homosexuality is an abomination against Allah and all mankind and I will never condone it.  Even though this is the case, I do not believe disobeying the law when it comes to the way people deal with homosexuals.”

A hardline message, influenced by Saudi Arabian clerics, is preached at Green Lane Mosque Birmingham
An imam from the mosque has helped advise the government
Abdul Hadi sat on a government taskforce on extremism, set up after the 7th of July bombings
He was part of its working group on combating extremism mosques and imams

DVD: Preparing to Stand Before Allah: Ahlus Sunnah Productions (2004)
Yet this DVD shows he took part a Green Lane conference which other speakers urged Muslims to discriminate against homosexuals and hit girls who don’t wear the hijab
He seemed to have no worries at the extremism of the message

Abdul Hadi: It is very hard to conclude such a beautiful programme, but we have to
The head of the working group on mosques and imams was Lord Nazir Ahmed, Britain’s first Muslim peer
He’s previously praised Green Lane Mosque
In an interview with BBC radio 2003, he named it as his favourite spiritual place the country

Cap: Favourite Spiritual Places July 2003
Lord Ahmed: Number 20, Green Lane, Birmingham, is my favourite spiritual place
He said he’d worshipped there
Lord Ahmed: This is the most amazing place.  When I walk into the mosque, I feel I am entering the biggest palace on earth
Lord Ahmed recently said he would ask the Lord Chancellor to meet an organisation called the Islamic Shari’ah Council, including its Secretary General, a preacher called Sheikh Suhaib Hasan
The meeting would be to discuss the introduction of Islamic divorce laws into the UK constitution

Undercover filming at Green Lane
Our reporter filmed Sheikh Hasan speaking at Green Lane
He’s a senior imam at a major mosque East London, and a former President of the Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-hadith
In a speech downloaded from his mosque website, he proclaims the supremacy of Muslims encounters with the non-believers

Masjid Al Tawhid internet broadcast
NO SUBTITLES
Sh Hasan: And Allah made the words of the kuffaar dung/down and the words of the believers supreme (footnote for the press – HE SAYS IT IS DOWN, NOT DUNG)
In speeches on other Islamic websites, he predicts the coming of an Islamic state
Suhaib Hasan: True Understanding of the Khilaafah
Sh Hasan: Allah has decreed this thing, that I am going to be dominant, the dominance of course is a political dominance
The Islamic state he predicts will have a single, lifelong ruler with no opposition parties or elections and it will bring a strict version of Islamic law
Sh Hasan: The chopping of the hands of the thieves, the flogging of the adulterers and flogging of the drunkards
Then this state will launch jihad
Sh Hasan: Then jihad against the non-Muslims, against those people who are the oppressors
Sheikh Hasan told us that the word “kuffaar” was “not a racist or discriminatory term when heard its Quranic sense”
He said he’d stated many times that the re-establishment of a “single Islamic state”, would be peaceful
He said he had often praised the British welfare state, its judicial, health and education systems
He said: “I have never promoted any form of extremism, whether religious or otherwise”

Lord Ahmed told us that Green Lane Mosque was one of many mosques he visited
He said: “It would be ludicrous to suggest that by visiting an institution I become responsible for, or aware of, every word spoken at that establishment
He said he had asked for the meeting with the Lord Chancellor on behalf of all Muslims, and said he was not aware of all the views held by Sheikh Hasan
Next, we investigate claims that radicalism, linked to the Saudi religious establishment has spread across the country
….  even reaching into Britain’s biggest and most mainstream mosque

PART TWO
A Dispatches reporter investigated one of Britain’s biggest and most mainstream mosques
Green Lane Mosque Birmingham
uncovering a fundamentalist ideology emanating from the Saudi religious establishment
He found it promoting male supremacy

Abu Usamah: Allah has created the woman deficient
Green Lane preacher: If she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her
Condemning non-Muslims
Abu Usamah: We hate the kuffaar, we do not give obedience to the kuffaar
and predicting a future jihad
Abu Usamah: The tables are going to turn, and the Muslims are going to be a position of being uppermost strength
Now he was to discover how preachers trained Saudi Arabia are spreading the same message around the country
Last summer, a two-week Islamic Studies course was arranged at the mosque, and our reporter was accepted onto it
It was to be taught by clerics, flown specially from the University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia
But then it was cancelled at short notice
Our reporter went to their office to find out more
The preacher Abu Usamah tells him what the aim of the course was

Abu Usamah: From what I know is, people were going to come and teach the course from Saudi Arabia.  Part of the programme was, the students who did good like the first three or top five students, would get a scholarship to go.  That was part of the conditions they had agreed with the Professors who are coming, because the Professors are from the university
Reporter: Of Medinah?
Abu Usamah: Yes
The most devout worshippers at Green Lane are being offered scholarships to Saudi religious universities
Abu Usamah: It’s for people like you
The aim is to train new preachers, according to Dr Irfan Al Alawi, who keeps his face hidden interviews
Dr Al Alawi: Medinah University is a very hardcore Wahhabi institution.  Over the years they have been giving bursaries to students from United Kingdom and throughout the world to recruit students to be brainwashed, then they are trained to go abroad and teach their poison and inject it into others
Medinah graduates are now spreading the word mosques up and down the UK
Like Dr Bilal Philips, who says marrying girls before they reach puberty is permissible
.….  Sheikh Suhaib Hasan, who preaches a future Muslim supremacy
…….  and Abu Usamah himself

Hakim Murad: This is one of the most important items I think on the Saudi radical agenda, to push out the more hospitable types of religious leadership and replace them with firebrands, trained and programmed the major Saudi universities
Our reporter finds that Saudi-trained preachers are being promoted DVDs and CDs throughout the UK
He found typical examples being sold the car park at Green Lane Mosque
Children are buying them
And the stalls are manned by local kids

Reporter: Salamu aleikum brother
Reporter: Thank you brother
He buys a DVD of Sheikh Feiz, another Medinah-trained preacher
Reporter: Thank-you brother
- which he preaches jihad
Cap: Death Series: Islam Productions
Sheikh Feiz: The peak, the pinnacle, the crest, the highest point, the pivot, the summit, of Islam, is jihad
He criticises Muslim parents who don’t want their children to learn this
Sh Feiz: Today, many parents, they prevent their children from attending lessons, why? They fear they might create or place their hearts, the love, just a bit of love, of sacrificing their lives for Allah. 
We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam.  Teach them this, there is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid, put their soft tender hearts the zeal of jihad and the love of martyrdom
The Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-hadith, who run Green Lane Mosque Birmingham told us it was “committed to promoting interfaith dialogue and political harmony our society”
Scholars from many different backgrounds spoke at its mosque, and we had quoted many out of context
It had not known what each speaker would say beforehand and did not necessarily agree with everything that may have been said
It said the word kuffaar was a neutral term, and said:
“We reject the assertion ….  that we are influenced by and teach an extreme version of Islam…We accept the rule of law and we treat our non-Muslim neighbours with respect.”
It said Islamic punishments are an effective deterrent Islamic societies

The most notorious convert to preach Britain was Sheikh Al Faisal, who studied Islam at Riyadh University
He circulated his own tapes, urging followers to kill and to plant bombs, and was jailed for inciting racial hatred

Al Faisal cassette: You have to bomb the Indian businesses, and as for the Jews you kill them physically
In an interview with the BBC, Al Faisal claimed that he learned his anti-Semitic views from his university training Saudi Arabia
El Faisal: I learned at University that the Holocaust was orchestrated order that the Jews will establish a homeland Arab territories
The war to convert is waged on the internet
This website says it’s run by an Islamic charity, which is based Saudi Arabia
It directs readers to a fatwa website, which says it’s supervised by a Saudi scholar
Readers can email questions and get religious rulings
The rulings say Muslims the West must have “an attitude of enmity and hatred of the kaffirs ….  all of the kuffaar are the enemies of the Muslims”…
Jihad –“ pursuing the kaafirs their lands….  and fighting them if they do not … submit to the rule of Islam” – is a “communal obligation” on Muslims
….  “men are superior to women and are better than women” and husbands can hit their wives – though only lightly
…….  it recommends “prodding with the fist”

DVDs, books and the internet are all ways that the message is spread, according to Saudi expert Mai Yamani

Caption: Mai Yamani
Saudi analyst

Mai Yamani: Since the 1980s, there has been an increase the export of Wahhabi teachings to the Muslim world, from Kosovo to Jakarta, and to the United States and Great Britain, supercharged with oil money
They sent money for teachers, for schools, they printed books, they educated imams, so it is like a wave of teachings hitting at the shores of Western countries
Islamic bookshops Britain are offered free literature
Hakim Murad: A number of bookshops known to me have actually gone out of business because they have been undercut by the more fundamentalist literature being supplied for free by Saudi Arabia
Dr Taj Hargey set up the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford to promote an Islam of tolerance and peaceful co-existence
He’s opposed to Saudi influence over British Muslim life

Dr Hargey: The Saudi funding of British Muslim institutions come from a variety of official, semi-official and private sources, addition to government funding through the Ministry of Religious Affairs and other government agencies. 
Money from Saudi has even reached the most famous mosque Europe
London Central Mosque, better known as Regent’s Park Mosque, is the most recognisable symbol of moderate, mainstream Muslim life Britain
It says it acts on behalf of the whole Muslim community dealing with the government
The Saudi monarchy gave two million pounds to help build it, and the 1990s, they built its educational and administrative wing
Wajid Shamsul Hasan was a trustee of the mosque the 1990s, his capacity as the Pakistan High Commissioner to Britain
He had concerns about the direction the mosque was taking

Aston: Wajid Shamsul Hasan
Trustee 1994-1996

Wajid: The Islam that I personally would like to follow is liberal Islam.  This is a centre where 5,000 people once a week gather, it should be a cradle for the promotion of liberal Islam, but unfortunately, because of the predominant Saudi influence and Saudi money that comes in, it is supportive of Wahhabism
Caption: Undercover filming
The mosque’s official bookshop is run by a company called Darussalam
It’s a British company, but it’s linked to Darussalam Publications - a global publishing house, whose head office is Saudi Arabia
Our reporter visited – and bought another video of Sheikh Feiz, the Saudi-trained preacher – condemning the non-believer

Caption: Signs of the Hour: Islam Productions
Feiz: Kaffir, the worst word that can ever be written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt!
He calls Jews “pigs” who will be killed when the end of the world comes
Feiz: This creature will say Oh Muslim behind me is the Jew come and kill him.  They will be (snorting), all of them, every single one of them
Regular interfaith meetings with other religions take place at this mosque
Yet a DVD bought from its bookshop, a British-based convert called Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who studied Arabic Saudi Arabia, condemns the teachings of other religions

Cap: Changing the World Through Da’wah: IBC Ltd/1Islam Productions
Yasin: We don't need to go to the Christians or the Jews debating with them about the filth which they believe.  We Muslims have been ordered to do brainwashing because the kuffaar they are doing brain defiling.  You are watching the kaffir TV and your wife is watching it right now and your children are watching it and they are being polluted and they are being penetrated and they are being infected, so that you come out of the house and your children come out of the house as Muslims and come back as kaffirs
Cap: London Central Mosque website
In this DVD from the mosque bookshop, he preaches against the equality of women
Cap: Some Advice to the Muslim Women: 1 Islam Productions
Sh Yasin: This whole delusion of the equality of women is a bunch of foolishness….  There’s no such thing
In this DVD, he claims AIDS is a Western and Christian plot
Cap: Jihad or Terrorism?: Ahlussunnah wal Jama’ah
Yasin: Missionaries from the World Health Organisation and Christian groups went into Africa and inoculated people for diphtheria, malaria, yellow fever and they put the medicine the AIDS virus, which is a conspiracy
The mosque bookshop sells speeches by the Green Lane Mosque preacher, Abu Usamah
In this one, he says Muslims and non-Muslims cannot coexist

Cap: Natural Disasters: WISE Islamic Centre
Abu Usamah: The fire of the Muslim and the non-Muslim, they cannot co-exist, one of them is going to impact the other.  The non-Muslims have the authority, and they have the power, their lifestyle is going to impact upon the Muslims.  Because the good and the bad, they do not co-exist
And they sell audio CDs of Murtaza Khan, a preacher who speaks many UK mosques
He’s also an Islamic Studies teacher at Al Noor Muslim Primary School Essex
In this CD from the mosque, he claims the Koran condemns Jews and Christians

CD: Time to Return to the Quran: Knowledge Books and Audio
Murtaza Khan: Those whom the wrath of Allah is upon, is the Jews, is the Christians
And he criticises Muslims who follow their ways
Murtaza Khan: We have become Jews our clothing, Jews our eating, Jews everything that we do, and the other half is Christian everything we do.  Muslims are following one of these accursed nations.  And people are still not waking up to understand the fact that these people are enemies towards us
He says Muslims should become doctors, so women don’t have to go to non-Muslim doctors
Murtaza Khan: We should have a sense of shame.  For how long have we seen our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters have to go and uncover themselves before these filthy non-Muslim doctors?
Murtaza Khan told us: “My discourses have never been delivered with the intent to malign any individual/group or race.  They are delivered to inspire Muslims to better themselves and then to play a positive role for their own and wider community Britain.”

Al Noor Muslim Primary School told us: “We can confirm that Mr M.  Khan is employed as a teacher at Al-Noor Primary School and can also categorically state that the alleged remarks ..  do not reflect the views of this educational establishment.  No extreme or discriminatory views are expressed or taught at our school by any of our teachers”

Darussalam International Publications Ltd, which runs the mosque bookshop, told us it sells a wide range of material and did not necessarily agree with it
It said it was “totally unfair” to blame them for the views expressed the lectures

The current director general of Regents Park Mosque, Dr Al Dubayan, is from Saudi Arabia
A recent employment tribunal concerning a sex discrimination complaint at the mosque revealed that they had no jurisdiction over Dr Al Dubayan, because he’s actually a serving Saudi diplomat

Dr Hargey: It’s scandalous.  The director general of this mosque is a Saudi diplomat, he leads the largest and most prestigious mosque this country. 
Dr Al Dubayan told us his diplomatic status had been extended to him as a courtesy by the Saudi Arabian government following his appointment
He said the mosque bookshop was run independently and he was seriously concerned to hear that inappropriate materials may be on offer
The materials had been removed immediately until it was ascertained whether they were “damaging to the principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and equal rights.”
He said: “It is simply not true that the London Central Mosque has become dominated by the influence of Saudi Arabia and its religious teachings”

The Saudi government says it’s cracked down on clerics who preach extremism
It says it does everything it can to “confront and combat extremism”
It’s a major ally of Britain

Caption: May 2006
Jack Straw: We proclaim our shared attachment to civilisation and to the basic human values, of respect, of dialogue and freedom
Haras Rafiq heads the Sufi Muslim Council, which promotes a tolerant Islam and is opposed to the spread of radical teachings
Haras Rafiq: A lot of these institutions that are set up by and funded by Wahhabis and their offshoots, are teaching Muslims youngsters to be isolationist, are teaching Muslim youngsters to be segregationalist, are teaching Muslim youngsters that America and Britain are against them and therefore they need to get up against them and fight against them or struggle against them
Hakim Murad: Some Wahhabis believe that this is how the West is to be brought down, by spreading Wahhabism the heart of the West’s cities. 
Next, we find radicalism, openly preached at a major mosque run by an organisation praised by Tony Blair for its support for multiculturalism and interfaith

PART THREE
A Dispatches reporter has uncovered a message of bigotry and intolerance spreading through Britain from the Saudi religious establishment

Sheikh Feiz: We want to have children and offer them as soldiers, put their soft, tender hearts, the zeal of jihad
Now he was to find more radical speakers, preaching a mosque run by a major organisation praised by Tony Blair for its interfaith work

While filming undercover, our reporter met this preacher - Dr Ijaz Mian
He’s a travelling speaker, who talks at different organisations Britain
Our reporter filmed his talk at a mosque run by the Ahl-e-hadith organisation Derby
It’s the same organisation that runs Green Lane Mosque Birmingham, which our reporter found promoting extreme teachings
Dr Mian praises the Saudi religious police, saying they can imprison people for not praying

Dr Mian: They send the police, and they say, well, if you don’t come for prayer, close your shop, we will arrest you But if you don’t, then we have to bring the punishment on you, you will be killed, and nobody will pray on you
Dr Mian is yet another UK preacher who was taught Saudi Arabia
He spent six years studying Islam at Ibn Saud University Riyadh
He wants to see religious police operating on the street

Dr Mian: They would make sure that every person prays to Allah, five times.  Every woman will be covered properly, hijab, otherwise the police will just collect them
He has a radical plan for this country
Muslims shouldn’t accept British democracy

Dr Mian: King, Queen, House of Commons.  If you accept it, you are a part of it.  You don’t accept it, you have to dismantle it.  So you being a Muslim you have to fix a target, there will be no House of Commons.  From that White House to this Black House, we know that we have to dismantle it
Muslims must grow strength then take over
Dr Mian: You are a situation which you have to live like a state within a state, until you take over.  But until this happens, you have to preach, until you become such a force that the people they just submit to you, hands up, until you become strong enough to take over
It’s an extreme vision – that Muslims will one day take over Britain and bring about an Islamic state with sharia law
Dr Mian invites our reporter to visit Birmingham, where he’s based

Dr Mian: We can come to you, you can come to us
He takes him up on the offer and a few weeks later they meet Birmingham
Dr Mian takes him to Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, where he wants to arrange a talk
The centre is run by the UK Islamic Mission -- a major organisation dedicated to interfaith work
This is their annual conference last year Birmingham
It runs over 45 mosques and branches Britain and has 6,000 children its part-time Islamic schools
The Prime Minister has said the UKIM “is extremely valued by the government”, particularly for its “multi-faith and multicultural activities"

Caption: UKIM website
Yet despite his radical views, Dr Mian has worked with the UKIM and given talks at its events
At their annual conference, he was a guest on stage
Today, he’s making a presentation to the UKIM committee at the Sparkbrook Islamic Centre
He suggests that the committee invites a small group of non-Muslims to the mosque and tries to convert them

Dr Mian: Every kaffir has a right to Islam
He says Muslims cannot accept non-Muslim rule
Dr Mian: You cannot accept the rule of the kaffir.  We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others
Although his radical beliefs are obvious, the UKIM committee is happy to go ahead with his talk
UKIM man: If we invite people, would you be available to speak to them?
Dr Mian: Of course, this is my full time duty
UKIM Man: We will organise it
The UKIM hosts regular interfaith events at this mosque
Yet when our reporter joined the worshippers at Sparkbrook for a Friday sermon – he heard the UKIM imam preaching against non-Muslims

Preacher: God, help us win the fight against the kuffaar, every field, every department of life.  We beg you to help us fight against the enemies of our religion.  Help us fight the kuffaar
The UKIM runs dawah, or missionary centres, which spread the word
Our reporter visits one of them, at Alum Rock Islamic Centre, Birmingham, to see what kind of materials they circulate

Reporter: Is the dawah centre open upstairs?
Dawah man: Yes, what do you want?
Reporter: I’m looking for some books
Man: yes, yes
He’s given some free leaflets
Man: Yes this one.  If you start with these, these are easy to understand, for everybody who doesn’t know anything about Islam
They’re by a Pakistani religious leader called Sayyid Mawdudi
He was the founder of a fundamentalist political party Pakistan called Jamaat-Islami
The UKIM literature outlines his radical message

Pamphlet: “Islam is a revolutionary ideology which seeks to alter the social order of the entire world”
Muslims form an “International Revolutionary Party”
The pamphlets contain some of the ideas that Dr Mian preaches ….. 
that Muslims must work towards doing away with all non-Islamic governments, and set up an Islamic state
The party Mawdudi founded, the Jamaat Islami, has links to the Saudi religious establishment
Although it stands Pakistani elections, its aim is to set up an Islamic state run by shari’a law

Protesters: Long Live shari’a constitution!
The man who runs the missionary centre Birmingham says the UKIM is an independent organisation, with its own objectives
… but he says they follow the same ideology as the Jamaat Islami

Man: ideologically we are affiliated to Jamaat Islami
Reporter: It’s the same ideology?
Man: Yeah you can say that, it’s the same ideology
He claims the UKIM shares the same ideology with other fundamentalist organisations, like Hamas Palestine, and the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt
Bookshop man: Some are Pakistan, some are Egypt, wherever they are their ideology is the same, so you can say our ideology is the same with them
Our reporter finds the UKIM accepts money from Saudi sheikhs
Every week at its Sparkbrook mosque, a list of donors is read out

Speaker: Saudi Arabian Professor Sheikh
Caption: August 2006
Our reporter attended a day of talks, arranged at the UKIM’s Sparkbrook mosque
When we contacted the UKIM, they said they had hired their centre out to another organisation, who arranged this event
In public, the UKIM has told Muslims they can participate British democracy, and it invited politicians to its annual conference last summer Birmingham

Rob Marris, Labour MP: I’m here as a friend of Islam and as a Labour politician
But the day of talks their mosque, invited preachers condemned democracy
Speaker: Today we find ourselves bearing the brunt of a pervasive attack against Islam, trying to win the hearts and minds of Muslims over to become advocates and supporters of a democratic system
Never will the Jews and Christians be happy with you until you follow their way, and their system and their way of life.  Call the people to avoid and renounce the way of the Jews and the Christians, which is the way of freedom, which is the way of equality, which is the way of democracy
The next speaker is introduced as the deputy headmaster of Darul Uloom Islamic High School, a single faith secondary school Birmingham
The government has urged single faith schools to promote “tolerance … inclusion … and understanding between different sections of society”

Deputy head: They talk about integration, there is an overt as well as a covert plan, a programme, they talk about you need to integrate, if you don’t you are a freak, you’re strange, there’s something wrong with you, like if you have something against homosexuality, they’ve got a name to call you now, you’re a homophobic man there is something wrong with you, not with this gay – sorry homosexual.  Which part of this society are we supposed to take and adopt as our life, which one?
His criticism of Western society even extended to democracy itself
Deputy head: And they’ve got all these people, all these organisations talking about it, let’s be “democratic”.  And I disagree with using the word democracy.  They should call it according to the Islamic understanding of the word, which is kuffrocracy, kuffrocracy that’s their plan.  It’s the hidden, cancerous aim of these people

Darul Uloom School told us that the deputy headmaster had left the school after this speech was made and said his views and opinions did not represent those of the school
It said: “We` promote the view that students should integrate and become good and upright citizens of this country”
The UKIM works with the police and invited officers to its annual conference

Police officer: I take huge comfort from the really positive messages from the Muslim community
But the event which they allowed at their Sparkbrook mosque, another invited speaker said Muslims can’t join the police
Speaker: Is it correct, is it viable, to join the police? How can you be implementing the laws of kufr? It means a rejection of the concept of democracy, rejecting the entirety of the system
He mentions a Muslim who joined the British Army and was killed fighting the Taliban last summer
Speaker: There was an individual who was killed Afghanistan recently - what was his name? His name was a Muslim name you know what they’d written a tabloid newspaper? Hero of Islam!
A hero of Islam who went into the Muslim Afghanistan to kill Muslims.  Why? Because they are implementing Islam
Then, he praises the Taliban fighters who killed him
The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders. 
((((((IN LIEU OF THEIR STATEMENT TO COME, taken from the Oberver RTR and our letter)))))
The UKIM told us its Sparkbrook hall had been available for hire and said: “Some of the organisations that hired it allowed some speakers with views that are not our own.  No more external groups will be allowed to hire our community hall at Sparkbrook”
It said the UK Islamic Mission has no organic links with Jamaa’t-e-Islami Pakistan or any other Islamic party or society overseas
It said the UKIM believed “genuine plurality, multiculturalism, universal human rights, cultural diversity

Dr Mian told us that he did not advocate that Islam would be forced upon anyone, and said we had not quoted his many speeches condemning terrorism and the killing of innocent people

Our investigation has uncovered religious bigotry and intolerance spreading from the Saudi religious establishment through major, mainstream British organisations

Haras Rafiq: The radicalising power of this ideology is extremely dangerous.  We are losing our children to extremists
Hakim Murad: I regard what the Saudis are doing the ghettoes of British Islam as potentially lethal for the future of the community
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   BIRMINGHAM:
   Presenter (a woman): Tonight on Dispatches …  an ideology of bigotry and intolerance spreading through Britain with its roots Saudi Arabia.
   Male: We Muslims have been ordered to do brainwashing.
   Presenter: On women's rights.
   Male: Allah has created the woman deficient.
   Male (in white long headgear): If she doesn't wear hijab we hit her. 
   Presenter: Gay rights.
   Male: Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain. 
   Presenter: Living a multicultural society
   Male: You have to live like a state within a state until you take over. 
   Presenter: And holy war.  (0:33)
   Male: The pinnacle, the crest, the summit of Islam is jihad. 
   (Black screen shows words   Dispatches; Undercover Mosque    white)
   Presenter: A Dispatches investigation has uncovered a fundamentalist message spreading from the Saudi Arabian religious establishment through mosques run by major UK [United Kingdom] organisations which claim to be dedicated to moderation and to dialogue with other faiths.  Green Lane Mosque Birmingham is a high-profile mosque and …  receives theological guidance from Saudi Arabia.  Our reporter/s went undercover last summer joining thousands of worshippers staying anonymous.  The theme of today's lecture is Don't believe the arrests of alleged terrorists (12 August 2006) without proof as non-Muslims are liars. 
   Preacher: I don't believe 'em because they are kuffaar and lying is part of their religion. 
   Presenter: "Kuffaar" is an Arabic word meaning a nonbeliever, an infidel. 
   Preacher: Those kuffaar they do whatever they want to do. 
   Presenter: It's a term our reporter was to hear repeatedly being used a derogatory way
   Preacher: They are liars.  They are terrorists themselves.  Liars.  They will come before the people and talk and they are lying.  You can't believe 'em.  These are pathological liars. 
   Presenter: Green Lane Mosque calls itself a centre for interfaith communication [showing picture of internet webpage text] welcoming people of all religions.  But our reporter filmed there over four months and found this [?] speaker Abu Asama was their main English-language preacher.  He says Christians and Jews [2:22] are enemies to Muslims. 
   Preacher: It has come to pass that the Christians and the Jews …  America, the UK, France, Germany.  They have come against the religion of Islam.  Why give up your religion and your long legacy of Islam to please someone who is an enemy to you?
   Presenter: Abu Asama is an American convert, and a very popular speaker at Green Lane.  He preaches against non-Muslim laws.
   Preacher: We want our Islam and our laws to be practised.  We want to do away with the man-made laws.
   Presenter: And says British popular culture is a threat. 
   Preacher: The popular culture …  If you are a person who gives yourself to that, your mind is going to be controlled by the so-called powers that be who make these man-made laws.  (3:09)
   Presenter: Green Lane's OFFICIAL website says the mosque is designed to counter the negative publicity and stereotyping of Islam, but after a few weeks our reporter was told by fellow-worshippers how to access another, much more difficult to find, website.  It's run by Green Lane Mosque, and broadcasts Abu Asama's speeches live to a small band of listeners.  He says Muslims should obey British laws and contracts if they don't contradict Islam, but he condemns nonbelievers. 
   Preacher: No-one loves the kuffaar.  No-one loves the kuffaar.  Not a single person here from the Muslims loves the kuffaar.  Whether those kuffaar are from the UK or from the US.  We love the people of Islam; we hate the people of kufr, we hate the kuffaar.
   Presenter: Filmed undercover, he says he doesn't agree with the violent actions of Muslim terrorists, but he prefers them to non-Muslims. 
   Preacher: (Regarding Osama Bin Laden) …but at the same time he is closer to me than those criminals … 
   He is better than a million George Bushes, Osama Bin Ladin, he is better than a thousand Tony Blairs, because he's a Muslim. 
   Presenter: The mosque films some of Abu Asama's preaching and they are sold locally as DVDs.  this one, he says that even Muslims who don't follow their strict rules can be ostracised as kaffirs.
   Preacher: If you leave off the prayer out of negligence, then you are kaffir.  If he dies like that, you have to bury him with the kuffaar.  You can't marry him. 
   Presenter: He preaches an ideal Islamic state. 
   Preacher: Muslims shouldn't be satisfied with living other than the total Islamic state. 
   Presenter: His vision of the Islamic state includes extreme punishments, as he outlines this DVD.
   Preacher: Whoever changes his religion from El Islam to anything else, kill him the Islamic state. 
   Presenter: The religious leader, or imam, can decide the punishment. 
   Preacher: If the imam wants to crucify him, he should crucify him.  The person is put up on the wood, and he's left there to bleed to death for three days.
   Presenter: Abu Asama condemns Western interpretations of free speech, which means the Prophet can be insulted, but HE can be censored. 
   Preacher: If I was to call homosexuals perverted, dirty filthy dogs, that should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it? They'll say no, I'm not tolerant.  But they feel that it's okay to say something about the Prophet. 
   Presenter: Our reporter has heard these views being regularly preached at the head mosque of a major Muslim organisation.  Green Lane Mosque Birmingham is the headquarters of the powerful Jamiat Aleh Habeeb, a British charity which runs over 40 UK mosques and branches, as well as part-time Islamic schools.  It's an influential affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, which has praised it as a national body respected for its educational outreach programmes.  But our reporter secretly filmed Abu Asama teaching that a jihad is coming against the unbelievers. 
   Preacher: Verily Allah is going to bring a group of people that he loves and they love him.  These people will be soft and kind to the believers, but they'll be rough and tough against the kuffaar.  They will fight the cause of Allah.  …  the time that is fastly approaching where the tables are going to turn and the Muslims are going to be a position of being uppermost strength.  And when that happens people won't get killed - unjustly. 
   Presenter: After a few weeks our reporter learnt that Green Lane worshippers get regular religious instruction direct from Saudi Arabia.  Live two-way video links are set up.  Projected onto the wall is the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.  His country's top religious leader is now being beamed live to worshippers Birmingham.  They ask questions through an interpreter, and get fatwas -- religious rulings.  By now our reporter had become a regular at the mosque.  The man who …  the video link told him that they recorded them. 
   Voice: We actually record all of them on DVDs. 
   Reporter: You do?
   Voice: Yes.  So what we'll do is, you know, where the cost of the DVD is, whatever, you just, you know, contribute to our …  okay?
   Presenter: And our reporter is given them. 
   Voice: …  Whatever you are going to do, whatever. 
   Presenter: The DVDs show a Birmingham worshipper who asks the Grand Mufti for a fatwa about understanding between Muslims and other religions. 
   Arabic question: … 
   Translator: Some people say shouldn't call Christians and Jews kuffaar.  We should establish good relations with them.  What is your answer to this?
   Presenter: His answer is uncompromising. 
   Grand Mufti: (Arabic sentences)
   Translator: This is not true.  Jews and Christians who do not follow the Prophet Mohammed are kuffaar.  They will go to hell. 
   Presenter: He says Muslims can't help non-believers.
   Grand Mufti: (Crackling start to Arabic sentences)
   Translators: Anyone who helps or defends an apostate, or a pagan, or an atheist, or anyone who attacks Islam, will be cursed. 
   Presenter: Green Lane Mosque is spreading a brand of Islam originating Saudi Arabia, often known as Wahhabism.  It's a hardline theology, opposed by many British Muslims.  Academic Dr Erfan Al-Alawi investigates Wahhabism.  He keeps his face hidden because of the dangers of his work. 
   Dr Al-Alawi: Wahhabis believe you can NOT show tolerance to other religions.  So, the religion of Islam has to rule the world.  Green Lane Birmingham - that mosque is one of the extreme Wahhabi centres the UK. 
   (Arabic chant)
   Presenter: Wahhabism is opposed to the traditional tolerant belief of classical Islam, according to leading Muslim academic Abdul Hakim Murak,
   Murak: Its principle is totalitarian.  It's highly judgemental.  They have no track record of dealing with other sorts of Islam, or with unbelievers, with any kind of respect.  If you are outside the small circle of "the true believers" you will go to hell, and therefore you should be treated with contempt. 
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   [RECAPITULATION: Wahhabism is opposed to the traditional tolerant belief of classical Islam …  ENDS.]
   [KORAN: 5:33 (or 5:37):- The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them this world, and the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement. 
   48:16:- …Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam. …  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [HADITH: Vol.  2, Bk.  19, No.  173 (Bukhari's collection):- […] Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer.
   2, 23:414:- Narrated 'Urwa: ‘Āisha said, "The Prophet his fatal illness said, 'Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their Prophets as places for praying'." …  GUIDELINE ENDS.]
   [COMPLAINT: An English regional police force was asked to investigate the anti-community sentiments allegedly spoken by the preachers.  Instead, they reported Channel 4 Dispatches to some authority akin to "thought police."  To read more about this, visit www.islamophobia- watch.com /display/Search? searchQuery= undercover+ mosque& moduleId= 1290238.  ENDS.]
   [REPLY: Dispatches Undercover Mosque Reply by Dr.  Bilal Philips: www.youtube.  com/watch? v=eqH7 NNTvhq U&mode= related& search= .  ENDS.] [No.  1, Jan 15, 07]

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[No opposition parties or elections under a life-long ruler]
No.  2 of Undercover Mosque

   UK Channel 4, Dispatches, www.channel4. com/news/ dispatches/ , as displayed on YouTube at www.youtube.  com/watch?v= MuCLC8 kjWCI , Number 2 of 6, January 15, 2007
   BRITAIN:
   [Kaffir, kuffaar, intolerance]
   Presenter: Non-believers are called kaffirs, or kuffaar.  It is a term they use as an insult, according to moderate British Muslims like Dr Taj Madril
   Dr Madril: The word "kaffir" is a very pejorative, negative, disparaging term.  When you call someone a kaffir they are not worthy to be associated with.  This kind of intolerance is something that gives rise to extremists. 
   [Children not to mix, and to be forced to pray]
   Presenter: Many children were present at the Green Lane lectures our reporter filmed, where intolerance and bigotry were openly preached.  a DVD of the conference at Green Lane Mosque, a preacher called Sheik Al-Jibali says Muslim children should be kept away from non-Muslims. 
   Preacher: …  children to the kuffaar school, they allow them to mix with the kuffaar, so that … 
   Presenter: a fatwa given the video link, the Grand Mufti says that children should be hit if they don't pray. 
   Arabic Preacher: (Translator) Tell your children to pray when they are seven, and hit them when they are ten. 
   [Women, equal, or deficient?]
   Presenter: The …  website directs readers to literature which says Islam confers equal rights upon all, regardless of sex.  But a crackly internet broadcast, Abu Busama says women are deficient
   Abu Busama: Allah …  deficient …  … 
   Presenter: Saudi-based clerics the video links preach male supremacy. 
   Arabic Preacher: (Translator) Men are charge of women.  Wherever he goes, she should follow him, and she shouldn't be allowed to leave the house without his permission.
   Presenter: Sheik Al Kubali says the hijab should be enforced on young girls, if necessary with violence. 
   Preacher: …  it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab.  And if she doesn't wear hijab we hit her. 
   [Marriage before puberty]
   Presenter: Our reporter secretly filmed this preacher, Dr Bilal Silis (? Phillips), giving religious rulings Green Lane.  this speech the mosque, which was also broadcast on this internet chatroom, he claims marrying off of girls before puberty is permissible.  He claims the prophet Muhammad married a nine-year-old girl, so it's permissible now. 
   Preacher: …  the rules regarding marriage prior to puberty …  clarify …  and that is why you shouldn't have any issues about an older man marrying a younger woman …  looked down upon by the society today, but we know that Prophet Mohammad …  it was marriage. 
   Presenter: Dr Filis (? Phillips) told us we had quoted him out of context, and he said he was not advocating that Muslims …  the laws of the UK.  Muslims living non-Muslim countries are obliged to abide by the laws of the country. 
   [Homosexuals to be liquidated]
   Abu Busma quotes what he says are the words of a Companion of the Prophet on the Islamic punishment for homosexuality. 
   Preacher: …  homosexuality, …  take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain. 
   Presenter: And on the DVD, he attacks the idea of gay rights. 
   Preacher: They have given them unprecedented rights, so that your child can be exposed and introduced to, to lesbians.  Now, they said, if you discriminate against them, you're going to gaol. 
   Presenter: He said Muslims should discriminate.
   Preacher: But watch, we'll discriminate, but we'll discriminate a way where we don't get trouble.  …  (Laughter)
   Presenter: Then he said it's a joke, and it might get the mosque into trouble. 
   Preacher: …  get us ALL trouble. 
   Presenter: On the anniversary of the 7th of July bombings, a speech by Abu Busama was broadcast the Green Lane chatroom, condemning terrorism.  ike to make an official statement here.  Nowhere are we agreement with …  last year …  of the kuffaar calendar. 
   Presenter: But he does believe … 
   Preacher: …  don't apologise for any aspect of …  there is jihad Afghanistan …  Allah, jihad … 
   Presenter: He said the real jihad will come when the senior clerics declare it, and prays it will come soon. 
   Preacher: …  power …  policy of taking over this society …  jihad …  Allah …  that time, so we can be participants that. 
   Presenter: Abu Busama told us Islam allows for any Muslim to peacefully co-exist here the UK with non-Muslims, even though the UK is NOT an Islamic society.  He said he has made it clear that it is the religious duty of all Muslims to obey UK law; and the carrying out of Islamic law can only be done an actual Islamic state.  He said: "Homosexuality is an abomination against Allah and all mankind, and I will never condone it.  Even though this is the case, I do not believe disobeying the law when it comes to the way people deal with homosexuals."
   A hardline message influenced by Saudi Arabian clerics is preached at Green Lane Mosque Birmingham.  An imam from the mosque has helped advise the Government.  Abdul Harif sat on a government taskforce on extremism set up after the 7th of July bombing.  He was part of its working group on combating extremism mosques and imams.  Yet this DVD shows that he took part a Green Lane conference which other speakers urged Muslims to discriminate against homosexuals, and hit girls who did not wear the hijab.  He seemed to have no worries at the extremism of the message. 
   Preacher: …  what we have to do. 
   Presenter: The head of the working group on mosques and imams was Lord Nazir Ahmed , Britain's first Muslim peer.  He previously praised Green Lane Mosque.  an interview with BBC Radio 2003 he named it as his favourite spiritual place the country. 
   Lord Ahmed : Number 20 Green Lane, Birmingham, is my favourite spiritual place. 
   Presenter: He said he had worshipped there. 
   Lord Ahmed : This is the most amazing place.  When I walk into the mosque I feel I am entering the biggest palace on earth. 
   Presenter: Lord Ahmed recently said that he would ask the Lord Chancellor to meet an organisation called the Islamic shari’a Council, including its secretary-general, a preacher called Sheik Huheh Hassan.  The meeting would be to discuss the introduction of Islamic divorce laws into the UK constitution.  Our reporter secretly filmed Sheik Hassan speaking at Green Lane Mosque.  He's a senior imam at a major mosque East London, and a former president of the Makazi Jamiat Ale Hadeen.  this speech, downloaded from his mosque website, he proclaims the supremacy of Muslims encounters with the non-believers. 
   Sheik Hassan: (To be deciphered later)
   Presenter: speeches and other Islamic websites, he predicts the coming of an Islamic state.
   Sheik Hassan: …  I welcome the dominance …  the political dominance
   Presenter: The Islamic state he predicts will have a single life-long ruler with no opposition parties or elections, and it will bring a strict version of Islamic law. 
   Sheik Hassan: (Will decipher later) …  elections, and locking up the drunkards. 
   Presenter: Then the state will launch jihad.
   Sheik Hassan: Then jihad against the …  against those people who are the oppressors. 
   Presenter: Sheik Hassan told us that the word "kuffaar" was not a racist or discriminatory term when heard its Koranic sense.  He said he'd stated many times that the re-establishment of a single Islamic state would be peaceful.  He said he had often praised the British welfare state, its judicial, health and education systems.  He said: "I have never promoted any form of extremism, whether religious or otherwise, or justified violence conditions of peace. 
   Lord Ahmed told us that Green Lane Mosque was one of many mosques he visited.  He said: "It would be ludicrous to suggest that by visiting an institution I become responsible for, or aware of, every word spoken at that establishment."  He said he had asked for the meeting with the Lord Chancellor on behalf of all Muslims, and he said he was not aware of all the views held by Sheik Hassan. 
   Voice: Do brain-washing!
   Presenter: Next, we investigate claims that radicalism linked to the Saudi religious establishment has spread across the country.  #
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   [RECAPITULATION: Muslims living non-Muslim countries are obliged to abide by the laws of the country.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Are they?  Read the Koran.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN: 9:29:- Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given …  until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.www.submission.  org/suras/ sura9.html #29 >
   33:1:- O Prophet, fear thou Allah and obey not the unbelievers and the hypocrites; … 
   33:48 (or 33:47):- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust Allah.  …  < www.submission.  org/suras/ sura33.html #48 >
   AND read: 34:33 (or 34:32 or 34:34), 60:4, 49:1, 49:7.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: The Islamic state he predicts will have a single life-long ruler with no opposition parties or elections, and it will bring a strict version of Islamic law.  ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: History shows that absolute monarchies and/or "theocracies" always lead to serious oppression and the destruction of human rights, and have stunted human progress, whether pre-Christian, Inca, Aztec, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, or otherwise.  history those Islamic rulers who were progressive defied or disregarded many of the discriminatory and foolish strictures the Koran and other Islamic writings.  Sometimes they defied the ban on non-Muslims being ministers of state.  When extremists used violence and took over, the Muslim society went backwards.  ENDS.] [No.  2, Jan 15, 07]

• [Saudi preaching jihad dying, and to kill non-Muslim 'filth', 'pigs']   -- No 3 of Undercover Mosque Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Saudi Arabia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ 

[Saudi preaching jihad dying, and to kill non-Muslim ‘filth’, ‘pigs’] No.  3 of Undercover Mosque

   UK Channel 4, Dispatches, www.channel4.  com/news/ dispatches/ , as displayed on YouTube at www.youtube.  com/watch? v=x5t5EqW X92k&mode= related& search , Number 3 of 6, January 15, 2007
   BRITAIN:
   Presenter (woman): Our reporter investigated one of Britain's biggest and most mainstream mosques, Green Lane Mosque Birmingham, uncovering a fundamentalist ideology emanating from the Saudi religious establishment.  He found it promoting male supremacy. 
   Preacher: Allah created the woman deficient. 
   Another preacher: And if she doesn't wear the hijab we hit her. 
   Presenter: Condemning non-Muslims. 
   Preacher: We hate the kuffaar.  No-one loves the kuffaar. 
   Presenter: And predicting a future jihad. 
   Preacher: ..  where the tables are going to turn and the Muslims are going to be a position of being uppermost strength. 
   Presenter: Now he was to discover how preachers trained Saudi Arabia are spreading the same message around the country.  Last summer a two-week Islamic studies course was arranged at the mosque, and our reporter was accepted onto it.  It was to be taught by a cleric flown specially from the University of Medina Saudi Arabia.  But then it was cancelled at short notice.  (Knock, knock, knock.) Our reporter went to their office to find out more. 
   Voice: (Indecipherable). 
   Presenter: The preacher Abu Asama tells him what the aim of the course was. 
   Voice: …  come to teach the course from Saudi Arabia …  first three …  scholarship …  that was part of the conditions that they had agreed with … 
   Reporter: From Medina.
   Voice: Yes.
   Presenter: The most devout worshippers at Green Lane are being offered scholarships to Saudi religious universities. 
   Voice: It's for people like you. 
   Presenter: The aim is to train new preachers, according to Dr Erfan Al-Halawi, who keeps his face hidden interviews. 
   Dr Al-Halawi: Medina University is a very hard or Wahhabi institution.  Over the years they have been giving bursaries to students from the United Kingdom and throughout the world to recruit students to be brainwashed, then they train to go abroad and teach their poison and inject it to others.
   Presenter: Medina graduates are now spreading the word mosques up and down the UK.  Like Dr Bilar [### CHECK] Phillips says marrying girls before they reach puberty is permissible, Sheik Buhay Hassan, who preaches of future Muslim supremacy, and Abu Asama himself. 
   Male voice: This is one of the most important items, I think, on the Saudi radical agenda.  To push out any hospitable [### CHECK] types of religious leadership and replace them with "firebrands" trained and programmed the major Saudi universities. 
   Presenter: Our reporter found that Saudi-trained preachers are being promoted DVDs and CDs throughout the UK.  He found typical examples being sold the carparks at Green Lane Mosque.  Children are buying them, and the stalls are manned by local kids. 
   Voice: (Indecipherable). 
   Presenter: He buys a DVD of Sheik Maey, another Medina-trained preacher, which he preaches jihad. 
   Sheik: The peak, the pinnacle, the crest, the highest point, the pivot, the summit of Islam, is jihad. 
   Presenter: He criticises Muslim parents who don't want their children to learn this. 
   Sheik: …  parents, they prevent their children from attending lessons; why?  They fear that they might create a place their heart, the love, just a bit of the love, of sacrificing their lives for …  We want to have children and offer 'em as soldiers …  Islam.  Teach them this, that, there is nothing more beloved to me, than wanting to die as a mujaheed.  Put their soft tender hearts the jewel of jihad and a love of martyrdom. 
   Presenter: The ..  Jumniat …  El …  Hadeef, which runs Green Lane Mosque Birmingham, told us it is committed to promoting interfaith dialogue and political harmony our society.  Scholars from many different backgrounds spoke at its mosque, and we had quoted them out of context.  It had not known what each speaker would say beforehand, and did not necessarily agree with everything that may have been said.  It said the word "kuffaar" was a neutral term, and said: "We reject the assertion that we are influenced by, and teach an extreme version of Islam.  We accept the rule of law and we treat out non-Muslim neighbours with respect."
   The most notorious convert to preach Britain was Sheik Al-Feysal, who studied Islam at Riyadh University.  He circulated his own tapes, urging followers to kill and to plant bombs, and was gaoled for inciting racial hatred. 
   Voice: You have to bomb the …  businesses, and as for the Jews, you kill them physically. 
   Presenter: an interview with the BBC, Al-Feysal claimed that he learned his anti-Semitic views during his university training Saudi Arabia. 
   Voice: I learnt at university that the Holocaust was orchestrated order that the Jews will establish a homeland Arab territories. 
   Presenter: The war to convert is waged on the internet.  This website says it's run by an Islamic charity which is based Saudi Arabia.  It directs readers to a fatwa website which it says is supervised by a Saudi scholar.  Readers can e-mail questions and get religious rulings.  The rulings say that Muslims the West must have an attitude of enmity and hatred of the kaffirs.  All of the kuffaar are the enemies of the Muslims.  Jihad, subduing the kaffirs their land, and fighting them if they do not submit to the rule of Islam, is a communal obligation on Muslims. 
   Men are superior to women and are better than women, and husbands can hit their wives, though only lightly.  We'd recommend prodding with the fist. 
   DVDs, books, and the internet are all ways that the message is spread.  According to Saudi expert, Mayee Amadi:
   Woman expert: Since the 1980s, there has been an increase the export of Wahhabi teachings to the Western world from Kosovo to Jakarta, and to the United States and Great Britain, supercharged with Oil Money.  They sent money for teachers, for schools, they printed books, educated imams -- so it's like a wave of teachings hitting at the shores of Western countries. 
   Presenter: Islamic bookshops Britain are offered free literature. 
   Educated male voice: A number of bookshops known to me have actually gone out of business because they've been undercut by the more fundamentalist literature that's being supplied for free by Saudi Arabia. 
   Presenter: Dr Taj Hagi set up the Muslim Educational Centre at Oxford to promote an Islam of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.  He's opposed to Saudi entry into British Muslim life. 
   Dr Hagi: The Saudi funding of British Muslim institutions come from a variety of official, semi-official, and private sources, addition to government funding through the Ministry of Religious Affairs and other government agencies. 
   Presenter: Money from Saudi has reached the most famous mosque Europe, London Central Mosque, better known as Regent's Park mosque, the most recognisable symbol of moderate mainstream Muslim life Britain.  It says it acts on behalf of the whole Muslim community dealing with the Government.  The Saudi monarchy gave two million pounds to help build it, and the 1990s it built an educational and administrative wing.  The mosque's official bookshop is run by a company called Dar Es Salaam.  It's a British company, but it's linked to Dar Es Salaam Publications, a global publishing house, whose head office is Saudi Arabia.  Our reporter visited and bought another video of Sheik Hayf, the Saudi-trained preacher, condemning the non-believers.
   Voice: The worst word that can ever be written, a sign of infidelity, …  filth, a sign of dirt. 
   Presenter: He calls Jews "pigs", who will be killed when the end of the world comes. 
   Voice: This creature will say "Oh Muslim, behind me is a Jew.  Come and kill him." (Choking oink).  All of 'em.  (Laughter from audience.) Every single one of 'em. 
   Presenter: Regular inter-faith meetings with other religions take place at this mosque, yet a DVD bought from its bookshop a British-based convert called Sheik Kaleed Yassin, who studied Arabic Saudi Arabia, condemns the teachings of other religions. 
   Sheik: We don't need to go to the Christians or the Jews debating with them about the filth which they believe.  We Muslims have been ordered to do brain-washing, because the kuffaar, they are doing brain-defiling.  You are watching the kaffir TVs and your wife is watching it right now, and your children are watching it right now, and they are being polluted, and they are being penetrated, and they are being infected, so that your children and you go out as Muslims and come back to the house as kaffirs. 
   Presenter: this DVD from the mosque bookshop, he preaches against the equality of women. 
   Sheik: This whole delusion of the equality of women is a bunch of foolishness.  There's no such thing. 
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[AIDS conspiracy; Jews and Christians enemies towards us]
No.  4 of Undercover Mosque

   UK Channel 4, Dispatches, www.channel4.  com/news/ dispatches/ , as displayed on YouTube at www.you tube.com/ watch?v=y MztM0Z7 BYE , Number 4 of 6 (duration 5:32), January 15, 2007
   BRITAIN:
   Presenter (woman): this DVD he claims that AIDS is a Western and Christian plot.
   Male voice: No.  Missionaries from the World Health Organisation and Christian groups went into Africa and inoculated people for diphtheria, malaria, yellow fever and they put the medicine the AIDS virus, which is a conspiracy. 
   Presenter: The mosque bookshop sells speeches by the Green Lane mosque preacher Abu Busama.  this one he says Muslims and non-Muslims cannot co-exist. 
   Abu Busama: (unintelligible words ) …  kuffaar cannot co-exist.  …  …  cannot co-exist. 
   Presenter: And they sell audio CDs of Mekaza Khan, a preacher who speaks many UK mosques.  He is also an Islamic studies teacher the Ah Nun [?] Islamic Primary School Essex.  this CD from the mosque he claims the Koran condemns Jews and Christians.
   Preacher: Those whom the wrath of Allah …  is a Jew …  is a Christian. 
   Presenter: And he criticises Muslims who follow their ways. 
   Preacher: They have become Jews our clothing, Jews our eating, Jews everything that we do, and the other half is Christian everything that they do.  Muslims are falling into one of these accursed nations, and these are still not waking up to understand the fact that these people are enemies towards us. 
   Presenter: He says Muslims should become doctors, so women don't have to go to non-Muslim doctors. 
   Preacher: There is …  sense of shame …  seeing our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters have to go and uncover themselves before those filthy non-Muslim doctors. 
   Presenter: Mukaba Khan told us:-
   Male voice: "My discourses have never been delivered with the intent to malign any individual group or race.  They are delivered to inspire Muslims to better themselves, and then to play a positive role for their own and wider community Britain."
   Presenter: Al Noor Primary School told us:
   Male voice: "We can confirm that Mr M.  Khan is employed as a teacher at Al-Noor Primary School, and can also categorically state that the alleged remarks do not reflect the views of this educational establishment.  No extreme or discriminatory views are expressed or taught at our school by any of our teachers."
   Presenter: Dar Es Salaam International Publications Ltd which runs the mosque bookshop told us it sells a wide range of materials, and did not necessarily agree with it.  It said it was totally unfair to blame them for the views expressed the lectures.
   The current director-general of Regent's Park Mosque, Dr Aldou Bayan is from Saudi Arabia.  A recent employment tribunal concerning a sex discrimination complaint at the mosque, revealed that they have no jurisdiction over Dr Aldou Bayan, because he is actually a serving Saudi diplomat.  Dr Aldou Bayan told us that diplomatic status had been extended to him as a courtesy by the Saudi Arabian government following his appointment, as with his predecessors of different nationalities.  He said the mosque bookshop was run independently, and he was seriously concerned to hear that inappropriate materials may be on offer.  The materials had been removed immediately until it was ascertained whether they were damaging to the principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and equal rights.  He said: "It is false and misleading to make a sweeping generalisation that religious teachings from Saudi Arabia promote extremism, and it is also false to assert that the ICC is dominated by the influence of such teachings."
   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia told us:
   Male voice: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state, governed accordance with the teachings of the shari’a.  Islam is a religion of tolerance and respect for the human rights of all people, regardless of gender, age, religion or race.  Islam is a religion without national borders.  There is no such thing as the religious establishment Saudi Arabia.  Here, as every society, one can find extremists, as well as conservatives and moderates.  Saudi Arabia does not support radical or extreme ideology, and strongly condemns all those seeking to politicise Islam, preaching, inciting or fostering hatred and violence, or legitimising terrorist activity.  To this end, many imams have been re-educated recent years, and a misguided few have been dismissed.  Any financial donations, public or private, are scrutinised according to the highest international standards to ensure that no funds are sent to extremist groups.  Saudi Arabia has pioneered calls for greater international co-operation for the exchange of timely and specific information."
   Presenter: Har Es Refiq …  is a …  Muslim council which promotes a tolerant Islam and is opposed to the spread of radical teachings.
   Male voice: Wahhabis …  are teaching Muslim youngsters to be isolationist.  They are teaching Muslim youngsters that America and Britain are against them, and therefore they need to get up and fight with them or struggle against them.  Some Wahhabis believe that this is how the West is to be brought down by spreading Wahhabism the hearts of the West's cities. 
   Presenter: Next, we find radicalism openly preached a major mosque run by an organisation praised by Tony Blair for its support of multi-culturalism and interfaith … 
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• [Children to have jihad put into their soft tender hearts, to be soldiers - Muslim preacher]  -- No 5 of Undercover Mosque

[Children to have jihad put into their soft tender hearts, to be soldiers – Muslim preacher]
No.  5 of Undercover Mosque

   UK Channel 4, Dispatches, www.channel4.  com/news/ dispatches/ , as displayed on YouTube at www.youtube.  com/watch?v= V4Zv3BU mwqs , Number 5 of 6, January 15, 2007
   BRITAIN: A Dispatches reporter has uncovered a message of bigotry and intolerance spreading through Britain from the Saudi religious establishment. 
   Preacher: We want to have children, and offer 'em as soldiers.  Put it into their soft tender hearts, the jewel of jihad.
   Presenter: Now he was to find more radical preachers, preaching a mosque run by a major organisation, praised by Tony Blair [UK Prime Minister at the time] for its inter-faith work.  By filming under cover, our reporter met this preacher, Dr Ijad Nihan.  He's a travelling speaker, who talks at different organisations Britain.  Our reporter filmed his talk at a mosque run by the Alahadeet organisation Derby [pron.  Darby].  It's the same organisation that runs Green Lane Mosque Birmingham, which our reporter found promoting extreme teachings.  Dr Nihan praises the Saudi religious police, saying they can imprison people for not praying. 
   Preacher: They send the police, and they say "Well, if you don't come for prayers, close your shop, we will arrest you.  But if you don't, then we have to bring the punishment on you.  You will …  be killed, and nobody will pray for you."
   Presenter: Dr Nihan is yet another U.K.  preacher who was taught Saudi Arabia.  He spent six years studying Islam Ibn Saud University Riyyad.  He wants to see religious police operating on the streets. 
   <Preacher: They would make sure that every person prays to Allah.  Five times!  Every women will be covered from the top to the toes.  Hijab!  Otherwise the police will just collect them. 
   Presenter: He has a radical plan for this country.  Muslims shouldn't accept British democracy. 
   Preacher: King, queen, House of Commons; if you accept it then you are part of it.  You don't accept it, but you have to dismantle it.  So, you being a Muslim you have to fix it up.  There will be no such a thing as House of Commons.  From that White House to this Black House, we know that we have to dismantle it. 
   Presenter: Muslims must grow strength, then take over. 
   Preacher: You are a situation which you have to live like a state within a state, until you take over.  But until this happens, you have to preach, until you become such a force that the people, they just, just submit to you.  Hands up.  Until you become strong enough that you take over. 
   Presenter: It's an extreme vision, that Muslims will one day take over Britain, and bring about an Islamic state, with shari’a law.  Dr Nihan invites our reporter to visit Birmingham where he is based.
   Preacher: We can come to you, you can come to us.
   Presenter: He takes him up on the offer, and a few weeks later they meet Birmingham.  Dr Nihan takes him to Stalsbrook Islamic Centre, where he wants to arrange talks.  The centre is run by the U.K.  Islamic Mission, a major organisation dedicated to interfaith work.
   This is their annual conference last year Birmingham.  It runs over 45 mosques and branches Britain, and has 6000 children its part-time Islamic schools.  The Prime Minister has said the U.K.I.M.  is extremely valued by the Government, particularly for its multi-faith and multi-cultural activities.  Yet, despite his radical views, Dr Nihan has worked with the U.K.I.M., and given talks at its events.  At their annual conference he was a guest on stage.  Today he's making a presentation to the U.K.I.M.  committee at the Starsbrook Islamic Centre. 
   Preacher: (Some words)
   Presenter: He suggests that the committee invites a small group of non-Muslims to the mosque to try to convert them. 
   Preacher: (More words)
   Presenter: He says that Muslims cannot accept non-Muslim rule. 
   Preacher: (More words)
   Presenter: Although his radical beliefs are obvious, the U.K.I.M.  committee is happy to go ahead with his talk. 
   Preacher: (Words)
   Presenter: The U.K.I.M.  holds regular interfaith events at this mosque.  Yet, when our reporter joined the worshippers at Starsbrook for a Friday sermon, he heard the U.K.I.M.  imam preaching against non-Muslims. 
   Translation: God, help us win the fight against the kuffaar every field, every department of life.  We beg you to help us fight against the enemies of our religion.  Help us fight the kuffaar. 
   Presenter: The U.K.I.M.  runs Dawah, or missionary centres, which spread the word.  Our reporter visits one of them at Allanrocks Islamic Centre Birmingham to see what kind of material they circulate. 
   Voice: What do you want?
   Reporter: I'm looking for some books. 
   Voice: Okay, yes. 
   Presenter: He's given some free leaflets. 
   Voice: Start with these; they are easy to understand for everybody who don't know anything about it. 
   Presenter: They are by a Pakistani religious leader, Qud Said Madudi.  He was the founder of a fundamentalist political party Pakistan called Jemaah Islamaiya.
   Voice: (Harsh sounding words)
   Presenter: The U.K.I.M.  literature outlines his radical message.
   Preacher: Islam is a revolutionary ideology which seeks to alter the social order of the entire world. 
   Presenter: Muslims form an international revolutionary party.  The pamphlets contain some of the ideas that Dr Nihan preaches, that Muslims must work towards doing away with all non-Islamic governments, and set up an Islamic state. 
   Preacher: (Words)
   Presenter: The party will …  has links to Saudi religious establishment …  Pakistani elections, its aim is to set up an Islamic state run by shari’a law. 
   Crowd: (Shouts)
   Presenter: The man who runs the missionary centre Birmingham says the U.K.I.M.  is an independent organisation with its own objectives, but he says they follow the same ideology as the Jemat Islami. 
   Voice:
   Reporter: …  ideology … 
   Voice: Yeah, you can say that.  Yeah. 
   Presenter: He claims the U.K.I.M.  shares the same ideology with other fundamentalist organisations, like Hamas Palestine, and the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt. 
   Voice: (Words) Hamas Palestine, and the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt …  the ideology is the same, …  you can say that, the same idea. 
   Reporter: Thank you very much. 
   Presenter: Our reporter finds the U.K.I.M.  accepts money from Saudi sheikhs.  Every week at its Starsbrook mosque a list of donors is read out
   Voice: (Words)
   Presenter: Our reporter attended a donor talk arranged at the U.K.I.M.  Starsbrook mosque.  When he [? we] got to the U.K.I.M.  they said they had hired their centre out to another organisation, who arranged this event.  nbsp; public the U.K.I.M.  has told Muslims they can participate British democracy, and they'd invited politicians to its annual conference last summer Birmingham. 
   Speaker: …  is a friend of Islam, and is a Labour politician. 
   Presenter: But the day of talks their mosque invited preachers condemned democracy. 
   Preacher: Do we find ourselves bearing the brunt of a political attack against Islam, trying to win the hearts and the minds of the mujahadeen over to become advocates and supporters of a democratic system?  There never was a …  follow their ways and follow their system and follow their way of life …  avoid and renounce the …  of the Jews and the Christians …  freedom …  of equality …  of democracy. 
   Presenter: The next speaker is introduced as the deputy headmaster of Darralum Islamic High School, a single-faith secondary school Birmingham.  The government has urged single-faith schools to promote tolerance, inclusion, and understanding between different sections of society. 
   Preacher: They talk about integration, …  they talk about …  they talk about
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[No.  5, Jan 15, 07]

• [It needs a rejection of the entire concept of the democratic system]  -- No 6 of Undercover Mosque

[It needs a rejection of the entire concept of the democratic system]
No.  6 of Undercover Mosque

   UK Channel 4, Dispatches, www.channel4.  com/news/ dispatches/ , as displayed on YouTube at www.youtube.  com/watch? v=KvjvN ScmTQA , Number 6 of 6, January 15, 2007
   BRITAIN:
   Preacher: They talk about integration …  …  homosexual (laughter). 
   Presenter: His criticism of Western society even extended to democracy itself. 
   Preacher: …  evil …  democrat …  office …  people. 
   Presenter: Dar Es Aloon school told us that the deputy headmaster no longer worked at the school, and said his views did not represent the school's.  The former deputy head told us he had resigned, and said he did not believe that Muslims should isolate themselves from the non-Muslim community. 
   The U.K.I.M.  works with the police, and invited officers to its annual conference.
   Preacher: …  very positive messages for the Muslim community.
   Presenter: But the event which they allowed at their …  mosque, another invited speaker said that Muslims can't join the police. 
   Preacher: …  they join the police.&nbps; How can you be implementing the rule of kufaar?  It needs a rejection of the concept of democracy.  Rejecting all the entirety of the system. 
   Presenter: He mentions the Muslim who joined the British Army and was killed fighting the Taliban last summer. 
   Preacher: He was an individual who was killed …  Islam … 
   Presenter: Then he praises the Taliban fighters who killed him. 
   Preacher: (Words)
   Presenter: Starsbrook Islamic Centre told us that the hall had been hired out by another group, and said: "Under no circumstances should the U.K.I.M.  or Starsbrook Islamic Centre be held responsible for the event."  The U.K.I.M.  said: "The event did not reflect our policy or culture."  It said it had no organic links with Jamat Islami Pakistan or any other Islamic party.  It said it unequivocally rejected all our allegations, and said: "The U.K.I.M.  seeks to promote a two-way understanding between Muslims and their non-Muslim compatriots. 
   Dr Mian told us that he did not advocate that Islam would be forced upon anyone, and said that dismantling British democracy meant correcting its laws.  He said we have not quoted his many speeches condemning terrorism and the killing of innocent people. 
   Our investigation has uncovered bigotry and intolerance spreading from the Saudi religious establishment through major mainstream British organisations.
   Voice: The radicalising power of this ideology is extremely dangerous.  We are actually losing our children to extremists.  I regard what the Saudis are doing the ghettoes of British Islam as potentially lethal to the future of the community. 
   Male Channel 4 speaker: For a wealth of information and debate about issues from Channel 4's Dispatches, log on to channel4.com/dispatches .  #
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[No.  6, Jan 15, 07]

• Australian police looking into Islamic hate DVDs.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Lebanon flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Australian police looking into Islamic hate DVDs

 
   ReligionNewsBlog.com , www.religion newsblog.com/ 17198/ australian- police-looking- into-islamic- hate-dvds , News.  com.au (Australia), Luke McIlveen, staff and wires; Jan.  18, 2007
   Federal police are investigating whether an Australian Islamic leader has incited violence a series of DVDs which he calls on youngsters to give up their lives jihad, and calling Jews pigs.
   Sheik Feiz Mohammed's comments the DVDs called Death Series have brought widespread condemnation from politicians and community groups.
   The Australian Federal Police said it was looking into the DVDs and whether the sheik's comments breached sedition laws and incited violence.
   If they did, the AFP would launch a full investigation and he could face charges.
   NSW Premier Morris Iemma said Sheik Mohammed, the leader of the Global Islamic Youth Centre Liverpool, Sydney's west, was inciting terrorism.
   the DVDs, the Sydney-born cleric urges young Muslims to be prepared to sacrifice themselves for Islam.
   "We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam," he says.
   "Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid (holy warrior).
   "Put their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom."
   Mr Iemma said he had called on the Attorney-General (Philip Ruddock) to do whatever was necessary to have Sheik Feiz Mohammed's DVD withdrawn from sale.
   "This DVD goes a lot further than vilification," Mr Iemma said Sydney.
   "The sort of incitement that's taking place, or that the DVD encourages, is incitement to acts of violence and acts of terror.
   "I will take the advice of the Attorney-General but there are specific laws the Commonwealth jurisdiction on the sale of this material and that's why we'll be seeking the cooperation of the federal Attorney-General to take whatever steps are necessary."
   The sheik delivers his hateful rants on a collection of DVDs sold Australia and overseas.
   "This is just more disgusting commentary from a sheik who has no understanding of the values that we live by this country," Mr Iemma said.
   "I've called on the Commonwealth Attorney-General to take whatever necessary steps are available to try and have this DVD withdrawn (from sale).
   "They are disgusting, outrageous comments and he ought to be withdrawing them immediately."
   The Federal Government has denounced the DVDs with acting Attorney-General Kevin Andrews saying the situation was unacceptable.
   "The Australian Government denounces these reprehensible and offensive remarks," he said Adelaide.
   "We particularly denounce the outrageous comments made about the Jewish community Australia."
   Message of hate
   An Australian citizen, born Sydney, Sheik Feiz has spent the past year living Lebanon.
   "Today many parents, they prevent their children from attending lessons.  Why? They fear that they might create a place their hearts, the love, just a bit of the love, of sacrificing their lives for Allah," Sheik Feiz says the video. 
   "We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam.  Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid (holy warrior).  Put their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom."
   An Australian citizen born Sydney who has spent the past year living Lebanon, Sheik Feiz was exposed this week a British documentary Undercover Mosque [ See also www.youtube.  com/watch?v= KBZhUboF0Q4 ]
   Investigators found Sheik Feiz's DVDs being sold by children the carpark of the Green Lane Mosque Birmingham and other Islamic bookshops.  The entire set can be bought online for $150.  [WEBMASTER'S NOTE: On September 12 and 13, 2007, www.greenlanemasjid.org showed a symbol and message "Under Construction !!"  However, the sunrise and sunset times on the website can be accessed, to facilitate praying times.  END.]
   "The peak, the pinnacle, the crest, the highest point, the pivot, the summit of Islam is jihad," he declares the film, before denouncing "kaffirs" (non-Muslims).
   "Kaffir is the worst word ever written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt."
   an excerpt from a video lecture series called Signs of the Hour, Sheik Feiz then ridicules Jews as pigs.
   Sheik Feiz - who just two weeks ago said he felt like an "alien" his own country - leads about 4000 followers through his Global Islamic Youth Centre Sydney's southwest. 
   He also accused Australian authorities of being over-zealous their approach to clerics like him.
   "There are no sheiks preaching chaos there.  No one is telling people to raise arms against the Australian community," he said.
   Sheik Feiz left for Lebanon just before the arrest of 23 men Sydney and Melbourne November 2005.
   Public response
   Mr Andrews would not say whether Sheik Feiz would be welcomed to return to Australia.
   "It's disturbing that this man is the head of a global youth Islamic organisation," Mr Andrews said.
   "All good-minded people, regardless of their religious beliefs or faith or none, I believe, would find these comments to be reprehensible and offensive - that is certainly the view of the Australian Government."
   Community Relations Commission chairman Stepan Kerkyasharian has called for the sheik to be charged over his comments.
   "The public prosecutor, the federal prosecutor should really have a close look at what is being conveyed by this guy and whether it is breach of any laws and he should be charged," Mr Kerkyasharian told Macquarie Radio.
   Community groups have condemned the remarks of the sheik, who heads the Global Islamic Youth Centre Liverpool, Sydney's southwest.
   NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff said the sheik should not abuse his position to incite hatred.
   "It is of great concern when people positions of influence, who should be demonstrating responsible leadership, abuse that power to incite racial hatred," Mr Alhadeff said.
   "As a Jewish community, we work well and closely with moderate sectors of the Muslim community.
   "Hate speech such as these remarks by Sheik Mohammed has no place Australian society and must be vigorously condemned by all."
   With The Daily Telegraph and AAP
   Original title: Police probe sheik's DVDs
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   [DOCTRINE: 5:59-60 (or 5:64-65):- O people of the Book! …  some of them hath he changed into apes and swine …  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: So, calling Jews "pigs" is part of the Islamic scripture, and no amount of working "well and closely with moderate" Muslims will rub that out!  NSW Jewish leader Vic Alhadeff ought to remove his blinkers, put his glasses on, and read the Koran, the Hadith, the Biography, and the shariah!  Then he could meditate deeply on the parallels with parts of Jewish traditional texts such as the Torah and the Babylonian Talmud.  ENDS.] [Jan 18, 07]

• Don't let the Church Iraq die.  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Don’t let the Church Iraq die

 
   The Record (R.C.  newspaper W.  Australia), By John Pontifex, p 12, Thursday, January 25, 2007
   A visiting charity officer Iraq reveals the daily struggles of Christians the country
   The desperate struggle of Iraq's Christian community to rebuild their lives is revealed by a charity project officer who braved a visit to the country.
   Despite a bomb falling barely 200 metres away, youngsters and their parents braved the streets to attend a catechetical class at Kirkuk Cathedral, the north of the country. 
   Delighted to be free of the dangers of Baghdad, seminarians relocated to Ainkawa, a suburb of Arbil northern Iraq, are living a cramped pre-fabricated building.
   Risking the roads fraught with dangers, lecturers including a Redemptorist priest are driving across the country to provide courses at Babel Theological and Philosophical College, which has also been moved to Ainkawa from Baghdad's bloody Al Dora district. 
  [Picture] Struggling: Christian communities northern Iraq  
   Iraqi priests, who cannot be named for security reasons, described their trauma while captivity after being kidnapped during a spate of violence last year. 
   And the capital, where thousands of Christians live behind closed doors because of the fighting and extremism, the faithful overcame their fears and packed out churches for Christmas Mass.
   This portrait of a Christian community grappling with disaster comes an account by Marie-Ange Siebrecht, who travelled across northern Iraq as Head of the Africa-Asia Department organising projects supported by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church Need (ACN). 
   She said the situation had drastically worsened since her previous visit to Iraq May 2003.
   She said: "Just after Saddam went, there were so many signs of hope.  Now there are few if any signs of hope - people feel they can only turn to God for help.
   "God will not let down the people of Iraq - the cradle of Christianity.  We should not let them die."
  [Picture] Simple life: Students from St Peter's Seminary, relocated from Baghdad to temporary lodging Arbil, northern Iraq  
   Ms Siebrecht was barely 200 metres away when a bomb exploded outside a supermarket Kirkuk, where she was staying with Mgr Louis Sako, the city's Chaldean-rite Catholic archbishop.
   With up to half of Iraq's 1.2 million Christians having fled the country since 2003, Aid to the Church Need is sending essential aid - not just for those now Syria, Jordan and Turkey but the many who are refugees their own country. 
   The Kurdish Government is providing key support for droves of Christians who have fled thesouth - especially Baghdad.  Babel College has already received aid for running costs and ACN is planning to provide help for priests, especially those desperate need Baghdad.
   Christians arriving the north urgently need Bibles and other catechetical material Arabic and Aramaic because they cannot speak the local Kurdish language. 
   Ms Siebrecht stressed how the Church was losing ground to mainly US Christian groups, which had evangelised very effectively since their arrival Iraq soon after Saddam's downfall.
   The ACN project chief said the poverty she witnessed the north was "very saddening".  She described people living temporary accommodation and lacking proper heating sub-zero temperatures.
   She said: "How long is this chaotic situation going to last? I saw people who were really a bad situation.  There were queues and queues of people looking for jobs, and living on the little bits of money they brought with them.  Who knows what will happen when that money runs out?"
   Aid to the Church Need is running a Middle East appeal.  Please send donations marked for the Middle East to: ACN, PO Box 6245 Blacktown DC NSW 2148 Ph: 02 9679-1929 or visit www.aidto church.org
   [COMMENT: Well, Marie-Ange Siebrecht, who said Iraq was "the cradle of Christianity," spoke more truly than she perhaps knew.  One of the disputed Epistles states that Peter sent a greeting from the congregation Babylon (whose ruins are a few miles from the Muslim-founded city of Baghdad).  The Jerusalem apostles had previously sent Peter with John on a mission to Samaria (The Acts 8:14-25), he taught at Lydda and Jaffa (Acts 9:32 and 43), and Caesarea (Acts 10). 
   But, since the American-British-Australian invasion of modern Iraq, the persecutions and terror against the Christians of Iraq have increased, not decreased. 
   Evidently the supposed Anglo-Celt Christians who attacked the bloodthirsty Baathist socialist dictator Saddam Hussein, saying he was the terrorist Axis of Evil and had weapons of mass destruction that could be assembled 45 minutes, have no remedy for the Iraqi Christians.
   Perhaps those Orthodox and Catholic ceremonies with holy oils and incense have repelled Bush, Blair and Howard, who see other sorts of oil and gas, and to them it is profitable for their companies that they keep them out of the hands of the French and Russian branches of Multinational Corporations.    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: …  up to half of Iraq's 1.2 million Christians having fled the country since 2003, …   ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Koran/Qur'an 2:193 (or 2:189):- …  Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left. 
   9:28:- O Believers! only they who join gods with God are unclean! … 
   19:88-90 (or 91-93):- They say:  "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!"  Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!  At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down utter ruin, …  For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.  …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/019.  qmt.html #019.088
   48:29:- Those who follow Him are tender to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers.    DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [A REVERIE on the John Pontifex article, but wandering to ancient Antioch and the Lutheran religious revival movement, is at "Remembering Iraqis.  Reverie about Babylon (Iraq), St Peter's (Rome), and Antioch (Syria), while rambling through The Acts.
   [ON THE WEB: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#dont .  ENDS.] [Jan 25, 07]

• 'Freak show' sheik muzzled.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

‘Freak show’ sheik muzzled

 
   PerthNow powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W.  Australia), www.news.com.  au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21123686- 5005361, 00.html , By Paul Carter, 06:23pm, January 26, 2007
   SYDNEY: SHEIK Taj al-Din al-Hilali pulled out of giving the Friday sermon at his Sydney mosque today after being warned to tone down his "freak show" rhetoric.
   Members of the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA), which runs the popular Lakemba mosque, intercepted Australia's most senior Muslim cleric on his way to give the sermon.
   LMA president Tom Zreika said the sheik pulled out after being told his sermon had to be apolitical, avoiding talk of the Lebanese Muslim candidates expected to run at the March state election.
   The sheik yesterday ruled himself out of running, but said he would endorse the candidates, possibly all women, who are expected to run the Sydney seats of Lakemba, Burwood and Auburn.
   The sheik must give the LMA an undertaking that his sermons will be apolitical before he is allowed to give another sermon at the mosque, Mr Zreika says.
   "The mosque is not going to become a campaign office," Mr Zreika said, adding the LMA has nothing to do with the candidates, who are yet to be named.
   The LMA's move is sure to meet with opposition as the sheik is popular at the southwestern Sydney mosque that regularly attracts thousands to Friday prayers.
   "People come to the mosque because of the controversy.  He puts b*ms on seats," Mr Zreika said.
   "We will tolerate it if it's about Islam, but if it's relation to the coming election then we are not going to tolerate it.
   "It's becoming a bit of a freak show.  People come just to so see what he's going to say next."
   The mufti arrived home Sydney this week after his two-month self-imposed exile to Mecca and Egypt, following a controversial sermon last year comparing immodestly dressed women to "uncovered meat".
   an appearance on Egyptian television this month, his comments Arabic were translated as saying Muslims were more entitled to live Australia than Anglo-Saxons sent as convicts chains, and that westerners were liars.
   The comments prompted politicians to call on the mufti to stay away from Australia, and New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma challenged the sheik to "bring it on" a contest between the two for Mr Iemma's electorate of Lakemba, where the mufti is also based.
   But the mufti says he loves Australia and that his comments have been maliciously misinterpreted by the media and politicians.  #
   [COMMENT: Of course Al-Hilaly loves Australia.  That's a worry! COMMENT ENDS.] [Jan 26, 07]
• Govt invited firebrand cleric 2004.  [Ismail Yusanto] Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au /  Indonesia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Govt invited firebrand cleric 2004

 
   The West Australian Online, www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=351463 , AAP, 18:12 WST, January 29th, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: A radical Indonesian cleric who has called on Australian Muslims to prepare for jihad was invited to Canberra to speak at a security conference by the federal government three years ago. 
   Ismail Yusanto, the chairman of the Indonesian arm of Hizb ut-Tahrir, sparked outrage on Sunday by telling a crowd of about 500 Muslims at Lakemba, Sydney's south-west, that all military-aged Muslims should prepare for war.
   It has been revealed that Dr Yusanto had previously been invited to speak at a conference sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) August 2004. 
   The conference, run by think-tank the Council for Security Cooperation the Asia Pacific, was opened by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
   Dr Yusanto is also understood to be a regular guest at the Australian embassy Jakarta.
   A paper reviewing the 2004 conference says Dr Yusanto took part an "enlightening discussion" on the issue of the creation of an Islamic state.
   Hizb ut-Tahrir, which says it is non-violent, aims to create an Islamic superstate and is banned a large number of countries.
   The group is now at the centre of a row between the state and federal governments, with NSW Premier Morris Iemma calling on Canberra to outlaw the group.
   Prime Minister John Howard and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock have refused to outlaw Hizb ut-Tahrir.
   NSW Premier Morris Iemma stepped up his demands on Monday for the federal government to outlaw the group, saying its leaders were quite plainly advocating a holy war with Australia.
   But the Commonwealth insists it can't use tough anti-terror laws to slap a ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir, and says NSW has the ability to outlaw the group itself if it wants.
   Mr Howard said the federal government would not ban Hizb ut-Tahrir unless it breached anti-terror laws.
   "There is often a thin line between stupid extravagant language and language which is deliberately designed to incite violence …  or to threaten the security of the country," he told Southern Cross Broadcasting.
   "People can say a lot of ridiculous things and they should be able to say ridiculous things a democracy without that language constituting violence and extreme incitement to violence."
   Mr Ruddock said if the NSW government wanted to outlaw the group because it did not approve of its views, it could do so.
   "If the state government believes it should be banned as an organisation simply because they don't like their views, I would suggest they've got power to do it," he told reporters.
   "Or if they think that you need to have a national scheme for banning organisations of that type whose views you don't like, refer a power along with your state Labor colleagues to enable us to do it."
   Mr Iemma said NSW was unable to ban the group because it, along with the other states, referred powers to exclude terror groups to the Commonwealth 2002.
   "What's Mr Ruddock's problem reviewing the status of this organisation?" he told reporters.
   "If he wants evidence, listen to what was said.
   "They're advocating war with Australia, on Australians."
   Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi told the Nine Network his group's efforts were not directed at Australia, or its domestic politics.
   "The purpose of the conference was to highlight the political reality that currently exists the Muslim world," he said.
   Countries such as Iraq and Somalia which are subject to the tyranny and oppression of occupiers are the group's focus, Mr Doureihi said.
   He said the wishful call for an Islamic state ruled by shari’a law, and defended by jihad, is a self-defence reaction to the current occupation of Muslim countries by the west.
   "I don't think we should be concerned about the preparation for (a state's) self-defence against foreign aggression," he said.
   "We should be concerned, as we should be concerned about Iraq, about the foreign military aggression."
   However, Western Australia's Attorney-General Jim McGinty backed Mr Iemma's call, accusing Hizb ut-Tahrir of "threatening the very fabric of our community".
   Federal opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke said Dr Yusanto should have been refused a visa because his radical views could incite conflict Australia.
   "Why on earth this bloke was given permission to come to Australia is a complete mystery to me," Mr Burke told Macquarie Radio.
   A spokesman for the Immigration department said any person applying for an Australian visa had to meet strict character assessments, but refused to comment on specific cases.
   A spokeswoman for DFAT was unable to comment immediately.  #
   [RECAPITULATION: NSW Premier Morris Iemma stepped up his demands on Monday for the federal government to outlaw the group, … RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Is this the same Premier Iemma (pronounced Yemma) who is willing to hand the Murray-Darling river system to PM Howard's government that has proved itself "immigration happy" with his "skilled intakes" etc., and is likely to sell Australia's water supply to global corporations? Oh deary me! COMMENT ENDS.]
   [REFERENCE: Also see the newspaper of Monday, January 29, pages 1 and 11, "Calls for ban after sermon on jihad;" "Firebrand outlines plan for fundamentalist state." END.]
   AMBIENCE: To get the full "flavour" of the culture, see p 11 about a gang rape film (Bilal and Mohammed Skaf 2000 led a group that gang-raped four Australian women repeatedly), p 16 letter against a preacher of jihad hate, p 18 Iran says the USA is a terrorist state (true!), p 19 Lebanese elected leaders asking Hizbollah to stop their attempt to topple the parliament, p 20 a Pakistani suicide bomber, p 22 Gaza, Palestine, it is Muslim versus Muslim, p 22 a "nutty" type Judaist hugged the Iranian president who denies that Hitler murdered millions of Jews and others, p 22 Britain is still training overseas-born people nuclear science (in spite of the Pakistan-Iran-Russia revelations).  Regarding the nuclear training, translate Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat. ENDS.] [Jan 29, 07]

• Britain's young Muslims get more radical  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

Britain’s young Muslims get more radical

 
   The Weekly Telegraph Issue No.  810 (Britain, Australian edition), , weekly@ telegraph.  co.uk , by GRAEME WILSON, Political Correspondent, pp 1 and 2, Wed Jan 31 to Tue Feb 6, 2007
One eight admires al-Qa’eda
40pc want shari’a law
75pc want women to wear veil

   A BLEAK picture of a generation of young British Muslims radicalised by anti-Western views and misplaced multicultural policies is revealed this week. 
   A survey found disturbing evidence of young Muslims adopting more fundamentalist beliefs on key social and political issues than their parents or grandparents. 
   Forty per cent of Muslims between the ages of 16 and 24 said they would prefer to live under shari’a law Britain, a legal sysem based on the teachings of the Koran.  The figure among over-55s, contrast, was only 17 per cent.
   some countries, people found guilty under shari’a law face penalties such as beheading, stoning, the severing of a hand or being lashed. 
   The study, by the Right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange, also found a significant minority who supported Islamic terrorism. 
   One eight young Muslims said they admired groups such as al- Qa'eda that "are prepared to fight the West".
   Turning to issues of faith, 36 per cent of the young people questioned said they believed that a Muslim who converts to another religion should be "punished by death".  Among the over-55s, the figure is only 19 per cent.
   Three out of four young Muslims would prefer Muslim women to "choose to wear the veil or hijab", compared with only a quarter of over-55s.
   Support was also strong for Islamic schools, according to the Populus survey of 1,000 people commissioned by Policy Exchange.
   Forty per cent of younger Muslims said they would want their children to attend an Islamic school, compared with only 20 per cent of over-55s.
   Britain's foreign policies were a key issue among the Muslim population as a whole, with 58 per cent arguing that many of the world's problems are "a result of arrogant Western attitudes". 
   However, knowledge of foreign affairs was sketchy, with only one five knowing that Mahmoud Abbas was the Palestinian president.
   The findings emerged as David Cameron, the Conservative leader, criticised the Government for trying to "bully" immigrant communities into feeling British by telling them to run up the Union flag their gardens or spy on their children.  But a speech on Tuesday, Mr Cameron was due to warn the Muslim community that it cannot use the "screen of cultural sensitivity" to deny women their rights.
   The Policy Exchange report, Living Together Apart: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism, says there is strong evidence of a "growing religiosity" among young Muslims, with an increasing minority firmly rejecting Western life.
   Munira Mirza, the broadcaster and one of the authors of the report, argued that multicultural policies pursued by the Government had succeeded making things worse, rather than better.
   "There is clearly a conflict within British Islam between a moderate majority that accepts the norms of British democracy and a growing minority that does not."
   The report also raises questions about the scale of the problems created by Islamophobia, with 84 per cent saying they believed they had been "treated fairly" Britain.
   There was also criticism of the decision by some councils to ban Christian symbols case they offended Muslims or other communities.
   Three quarters said it was wrong for a council to have banned an advert for a Christmas carol service.
   Shahid Malik, the Muslim Labour MP for Dewsbury, said: "This report makes very disturbing reading and it vindicates the concern many of us have that we're not doing enough to confront this issue."
   Baroness Uddin, the Muslim peer, said: "Unlike their parents, our young people feel that this is their country and are saying why are we being told we do not belong here.  There is also a problem of a lack of opportunities.  Some people have been brutalised by their experiences with the police and this war on terror." #
   [RECAPITULATION: …  young Muslims, with an increasing minority firmly rejecting Western life.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: So, Enoch Powell was right after all! The newcomers will feel aggrieved, and will not become "Britons".  And there has been his prophesied "blood the streets" already.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [TRADITION: 41:6985 (Sahih Muslim's collection):- …  Allah's Messenger …  saying The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ fundamentals/ hadith sunnah/ muslim/041.  smt.html #041.6985 .
   9, 84:57:- "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him."
   9, 84:58:- Regarding a Jew who had become a Muslim, then returned to Judaism: "Mu'adh said, I will not sit down till he has been killed. …  and he was killed.  ENDS.]
   [MORE NEWS, ANALYSIS, and COMMENT: telegraph.co.uk/news ENDS.]

• Perth Islamic schools raided fraud probe.     

Perth Islamic schools raided fraud probe

 
   The West Australian Online, www.thewest.  com.au/def ault.aspx? MenuID=77& ContentID= 20104 , By SEAN COWAN, 6:45 WST, January 31, 2007
   PERTH: Police from the major fraud squad have raided Perth's three Australian Islamic College schools and the office of the schools' founder as part of an investigation into allegations of fraud involving government funding. 
   The simultaneous raids took place at 9am yesterday when officers converged on the Dianella, Thornlie and Kewdale campuses, while a separate group raided the college's Booragoon head office. 
   They seized boxes of documents from the head office, while officers at the schools took computers and hundreds of boxes of documents, including enrolment details. 
   Staff from the Federal Education Department investigations unit also took part the raids. 
   No charges have been laid. 
   Police said they were investigating allegations that the State and Federal governments' student subsidised funding programs had been defrauded.  It is understood the allegations relate to the inflation of the schools' enrolment figures. 
   The annual funding is based on the number of students at each school and is believed to be worth several thousand dollars per student.  It is understood the colleges' three campuses claim to have about 2700 students, from 30 nationalities, and more than 260 teachers. 
   2004-05, the State provided the college with $4.3 million the form of per capita grants, which all private schools are entitled to. 
   The school's founder Abdallah Magar, of Attadale, could not be contacted for comment yesterday as police swarmed over the office of his company, Magar Enterprises, which shares its offices with the college. 
   Mr Magar, a former industrial chemist who came to Australia from Egypt 1966, founded the college 1986 after teaching weekend Islamic classes at the Perth Mosque for years.  1990, he opened the Thornlie school, while Dianella was opened 1996 and Kewdale 2000. 
   Last year, Mr Magar joined the public debate on the future of controversial Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly after the mufti made comments about Australian women. 
   Mr Magar told The West Australian at the time that the issue had been blown out of proportion and that the media were to blame for creating the controversy.  But he has also previously said that equipping young Muslims to resist the lure of radicals and extremists was an important part of the college's work.  #
   [RECAPITULATION: 2004-05, the State provided the college with $4.3 million the form of per capita grants, which all private schools are entitled to.  RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Why are "all private schools" entitled to per capita grants? or any sort of grants, for that matter!  What misguided group interfered to change Australia's previous policies of funding only government schools?  And, isn't that the group that has been and still is trying to further lower the standards for immigration?  Will that group apologise now? ENDS.]
   [PROVERB: Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.  (From the Latin Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat., as quoted Hyman 1967, p 275.) ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: Mr Magar told The West Australian at the time that the issue had been blown out of proportion and that the media were to blame for creating the controversy.  ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: 8:30:- …  the unbelievers plotted against thee …  but Allah plotted : and of plotters is Allah the best!
   66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths.  …  ENDS.]
   [LINK: News release of January 31st, 2007, by Mr Abdallah Magar, Director and Founder: http://aic.  wa.edu.au/ PDF%20Files/ PRESS_ RELEASE.  pdf .  ENDS.]
   [UNRELATED QUESTION: What happened to the follow-up reporting of a prosecution of an alleged child sex abuser at the Perth Mosque, reported on June 11, 2006? ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD: June 28, 2008; April 1, 2010. ENDS.]
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#perth_islamic_schools
[Jan 31, 07]

• Barnabas Fund; © 2007,   What is Shari'a?   

What is Shari‘a?

   "It is through the Shariah, commonly translated as "Islamic Law", that Islam is expressed Muslim societies... Shariah had come to signify Islam per se. If Islam is submission to the Will of God, then Shariah is the path by which submission is enacted, the actual route map of religion as a way of life. Hence, for many Muslims, Islam is the Shariah and the Shariah is Islam." (Ziauddin Sardar, Desperately Seeking Paradise, London, Granta Books, 2004, pp. 216-217) What is Shari'a?, Barnabas Aid

Introduction
   the twenty-first century there are increasing calls for greater shari‘a-compliance the West, especially the UK, and for full shari'a to be practiced more Muslim-majority countries.
   Shari'a is an Arabic word meaning "path" or "way". Nowadays it is used to mean "Islamic law", the detailed system of religious law developed by Muslim scholars the first three centuries of Islam. This law expresses the Islamic way of life and - much more than the Qur'an - is the key to understanding Islam.
   Shari'a covers all aspects of life and does not separate the secular sphere from the religious sphere. It provides a framework of dos and don'ts, rituals and rules within which a Muslim leads his or her life.
   Most Muslims hold that shari'a protects them from sin like a fence or a roadblock. It also serves as an identity marker separating Muslims from non-Muslims. Shari'a strongly influences the behavior and worldview of most Muslims, even secular states where it forms no part of the law of the land.
The perfect divine norm
   Most Muslims believe that shari'a, as God's revealed law, perfect and eternal, is binding on individuals, society and state all its details. They therefore believe that any criticism of shari'a is heresy. Most Sunni Muslims believe it to be completely unchangeable, although Shi'as allow for the possibility of interpreting and adapting it to new circumstances.
   Muslims who deny the validity of shari'a or criticize it any way are labelled as non-Muslims (infidels or apostates) by traditionalists and Islamists. As such they face the threat of being prosecuted as apostates, a crime that carries the death penalty shari'a.

Development and characteristics of shari'a
Shari'a systematizes all human acts
   Shari'a is a complex legal system derived from the Islamic source texts Qur'an and hadith (traditions recording Muhammad's words and deeds) through interpretation, commentary and case law. It was created a context which Muslims held political power, and thus lacks guidance for Muslims living as a minority under non-Muslims.
   Shari'a tries to describe detail all possible human acts, dividing them into permitted (halal) and prohibited (haram). It subdivides them into various degrees of good or evil such as obligatory, recommended, neutral, objectionable or forbidden. It is a vast compendium of rules, regulating detail all matters of devotional life, worship, ritual purity, marriage and inheritance, criminal offences, commerce and personal conduct down to minute details of behavior. It also regulates the governing of the Islamic state and its relationship to non-Muslims within the state as well as to enemies outside the state.
Schools of law
   Four Sunni orthodox schools of law, named after their founders, developed and were codified by the end of the tenth century. These are the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali schools. These schools differ various details, including the way they arrive at legal decisions, but they accept each other as orthodox. The Shi'a version is very similar to the Sunni schools.
   The work of the founders was continued by their disciples, and over the centuries several widely accepted handbooks of law were composed by famous scholars which supposedly laid down all that was needed to be known about the law for all generations.
   Legal and scholastic experts interpret and apply shari'a by looking at the relevant Qur'an and hadith texts filtered through the long history of legal precedents, handbooks and commentaries. Modern Muslim jurists often differentiate between shari'a, the revealed divine law, and fiqh, the jurists' interpretation of shari'a.
Attempts at reform and the Islamist backlash
   Since the nineteenth century there have been efforts at reforming shari'a a liberal direction order to accommodate it to the modern world. Most reformers saw the return to the sources of Islam as the "golden key" that would cure Muslim societies of their backward state and political weakness.
   Many downgraded the authority of the four legal schools and of later traditions; this approach enabled jurists to select and mix from the different schools and to make the good of the community (maslaha) their ultimate guiding principle. Most such reformers stressed the importance of reason, and differentiated between a core of universal values shari'a (that was unchangeable and eternal) and the larger part dealing with social relations (that was open to change and adaptation to new contexts).
   the contemporary Muslim world, however, it is the traditionalists and especially the Islamists, upholders of the traditional view of shari'a, who are dominating Muslim public opinion. This leaves liberal reformers as a small minority surviving mainly the West. Liberal reformers face heavy pressure from Islamists and traditionalists who brand them apostates and infidels and attack them verbally legally and physically.
Shari'a and modern standards
   Muslims often claim that shari'a was quite moderate by the standards of the seventh to tenth centuries when it was created. However it has remained unchanged since then, and is thus extremely harsh compared to modern Western standards. It infringes many modern principles of human rights, religious freedom and equality of all before the law. Shari'a inherently discriminates against women, non-Muslims and "heretical Muslims" as well as against Muslims who choose to convert to another faith.

Five main areas which shari'a is incompatible with human rights
1. Hudud punishments
   These are the severe punishments prescribed by shari'a for some offences defined as being against God himself. The punishments for these crimes are seen as divinely ordained and cannot be changed by humans. These include 100 lashes or stoning to death for adultery; 80 lashes for false accusation of adultery; amputation of limbs for theft; 40 or 80 lashes for drinking alcohol; imprisonment, amputation or death (by crucifixion serious cases) for highway robbery; and the death penalty for apostasy from Islam.
   Many Islamic scholars, academics and popular preachers support the present day application of hudud punishments, seeing them as identity markers of true Islamic revival. Well-known Islamic scholars responded negatively to a call March 2005 by the popular Islamist professor, Tariq Ramadan, for a temporary stop to hudud punishments. One claimed any attempt at softening shari'a was giving to Western Christian concepts.
2. Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims
   Discrimination on the basis of religion is fundamental to shari'a. Islam must be dominant and only Muslims are full citizens, so Muslims are treated as far superior to all others.
   Jews and Christians are defined as dhimmis (literally "people of the pact {of protection}" i.e. permitted to live). However this protection is on condition that they do not bear arms, know their lowly place society, treat Muslims with respect, pay a special poll tax (jizya), and do not behave arrogantly. Numerous petty shari'a laws are used to restrict and humiliate dhimmis their daily lives. They could practice their faith inside their synagogues and churches but not public places (bells were not allowed to be rung). No new church buildings were allowed, nor were existing churches to be repaired. Dhimmis could not testify a shari'a court against a Muslim. They could not share their faith with Muslims. They could not hold any public office that placed them a position of authority over Muslims. At best, they could serve their Muslim rulers administrative capacities.
   The general attitude of contempt for non-Muslims created by centuries of applying such laws means that, even modern secular Muslim states that have constitutionally guaranteed equal rights to all citizens, non-Muslims are discriminated against numerous ways.
   Pagan non-Muslims were, classical shari'a, to be offered the choice of death or conversion to Islam.
3. Muslim heretics and apostates
   Muslims who accept teachings considered heretical by orthodox Islam are held by shari'a to have reverted to paganism and therefore to deserve the death penalty. The same is true for Muslims converting to another religion (apostates), who are considered as traitors. All schools of shari'a agree that adult male apostates from Islam should be killed. Even where the death sentence is not carried out, their marriages may be automatically dissolved and they face severe penalties such as exile, disinheritance, loss of possessions, threats, beatings, torture, and prison.
   Many liberal or secularist Muslims find themselves danger of being classified as apostates for views which the religious establishment or militant Islamist groups hold to be heretical. Muslim "heretical" sects are severely persecuted. This is especially true of the Ahmadiyya sect Pakistan and of the Bahai religion Iran.
4. Holy War - jihad
   Shari'a lays down jihad as one of the most basic religious duties, clearly indicating by the regulations listed that jihad is understood as physical warfare. Linked to the concept of jihad is the division of the world into two opposing domains: the House of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the House of War (Dar al-Harb). Muslims are supposed to wage jihad to change the House of War (where non-Muslims are politically dominant) into the House of Islam (politically dominated by Muslims). While some modern Muslims reject this aggressive understanding of jihad, most Muslims agree that jihad includes defending Muslim territory and Muslims from any form of aggression; this leaves the door open to interpreting any conflict involving Muslims as a case of defensive jihad. Islamic terror groups justify their atrocities by references to the shari'a rules on jihad.
5. Status of women
   Shari'a also discriminates on the basis of gender. Men are regarded as superior. Women are treated as deficient intelligence, morals and religion, and must therefore be protected from their own weaknesses. Shari'a rules enforce modesty dress and behavior and the segregation of genders. They place women under the legal guardianship of their male relatives. Women are inherently of less value than men many legal rulings. A man is allowed up to four wives, but women can have only one husband. A man can divorce his wife easily; a woman faces great obstacles should she want to divorce her husband. A daughter inherits half as much as a son, and the testimony of a female witness court is worth only half that of a male witness. cases of murder, the compensation for a woman is less than that given for a man.
   many Muslim societies gender segregation public is imposed or encouraged. Shari'a courts often display a clear gender bias. This is seen the widespread practice of accusing rape victims of illicit sexual relations (zina), an offence which carries punishments ranging from imprisonment and flogging to death by stoning. The victim is thus transformed into a culprit. Large numbers of Pakistani rape victims are prison because of this.
   a few countries, for example Turkey and Tunisia, secular codes have improved the situation for women. Recently Morocco passed a much more liberal version of the shari'a family code which gives greater equality to women.

Challenge of shari'a Western countries
   Shari'a poses a challenge to Western societies because of the constant pressure Muslim communities to implement it and expand its area of influence. For many Muslims the West, secular law lacks legitimacy especially the realm of family law. A recent survey showed that two-thirds of British Muslims would prefer to follow shari'a cases where UK law conflicts with Islamic law. Many Muslims claim they have the right as a religious minority to follow their own customs and laws, including shari'a. There have been calls for partial incorporation of shari'a into British civil law. Some Muslim groups have campaigned for the legal incorporation of Islamic family law into the British legal system. 1990 the Muslim Institute suggested "the creation of a Muslim legal framework to decide cases that may then be recognised as valid British law".
Creation of a parallel alternative legal framework
   Many Muslims the West try to live by shari'a regulations as far as possible, creating an unofficial enclave which Islamic religious scholars and lawyers offer their services. This has created an alternative legal structure of shari'a courts and councils.
   The stronger the parallel network of Islamic institutions becomes, the more pressure is exerted on Muslims to use these preference to non-Muslim institutions. Once a shari'a alternative is available, it becomes obligatory for Muslims to obey shari'a that specific case. A serious question is the amount of social, family and community pressure brought to bear on the most vulnerable members of the Muslim community - mainly women and children - to abide by the verdicts of such courts even when they place them at a disadvantage as compared with verdicts achieved the official British court system. For those living insular and tightly knit traditional communities such pressures to conform must be virtually irresistible.
   Many Muslim leaders are constantly applying pressure on Western society, institutions and legal systems to adapt as far as possible to Muslim shari'a concepts and models, while at the same time constructing their own alternative shari'a systems.
Marriage and divorce
   Women are undoubtedly the main victims of the shari'a system which inherently favors the husband. British law, for instance, recognizes Muslim marriages that were performed abroad before the partners entered the UK. However British residents the UK must contract marriage according to civil law order for the marriage to be legally recognized. It is very common, even for well-educated Muslims, to think it unnecessary to register their marriages the civil system. Some wrongly believe that the Islamic wedding ceremony is recognized by British law. cases of divorce the women are then left with the much lesser legal rights of a "cohabitee". Some Muslim men knowingly exploit the ignorance of their wives so as not to have to pay maintenance and repay dowry should they divorce them. Widows may find they lack pension rights and rights to their husband's property.
   Another problem is that many Muslim women the UK may get divorced under shari'a only, without getting their divorce ratified by a civil court. Some believe they are free to remarry, but under British law they are then committing bigamy (an offence punishable by seven years imprisonment).
Child marriages
   several Muslim countries child marriages are legal. For many traditional Muslims, child marriages are acceptable because Muhammad married his favorite wife Aisha when she was six years old and consummated the marriage when she was nine. This is why, following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Iran's new rulers lowered the minimum age of marriage for girls to nine. Recently India, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board attempted to gain an exemption for Muslims from the legal minimum marriage age of 18 set by Indian law. According to the board, child marriages are part of shari'a which is "absolute, final and non-negotiable".
   Even Britain it is possible that child marriages are happening. The Sharia Council of Darul Uloom London gives some rules for divorce on its website, one of which clearly indicates that the council envisages the possibility of divorcing girls below the age of puberty.
Polygamy
   Under shari'a a man is allowed up to four wives. Polygamy is allowed many Muslim countries but prohibited Western countries. This raises problems of Muslim residents the West who married another wife either before their immigration or while visiting their "home countries".
   The Muslim Parliament of Great Britain has complained that many families are being forced to live outside the law because their polygamous marriages are not recognized the UK. One estimate gives the number of polygamous families Britain at several hundreds.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
   Female genital mutilation is widespread among some Muslim communities, especially Egypt, East Africa, Yemen and Indonesia. Some Muslim leaders condemn it as un-Islamic but many believe that it is ordained the shari'a. They also believe it is essential for preserving women's chastity on which the all-important family honor largely depends. 1994 the former Sheik of Al-Azhar, Egypt, Jad Al-Haqq Ali Jad Al-Haqq, ruled that circumcision is an Islamic duty for women as well as for men. the UK it is a criminal offence under the 1985 Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act, but an estimated 7,000 girls Britain are of an age to be at risk from this procedure at any given time. The law is being evaded by families taking the girls abroad for a holiday and having the procedure carried out there.
Veiling
   shari'a there are differences between the various schools of law as to the extent of what a woman may reveal public. The Hanafi and Maliki schools of law permit face and hands to be revealed public, thus there is no need for a veil over the face. Among Hanbalis there are two opinions, some permitting the revealing of face and hands, others forbidding it. The Shafi'is demand that a woman's face and hands be covered public, thus demanding some kind of veil over her face. It would seem that the majority of classical scholars agreed that a woman's face may be displayed, and a minority said the face must be covered. Practice thus differed regionally depending on which school of law was followed that area.
   Both Qur'an and hadith urge modesty women's dress and command them to cover themselves public. The problem is a matter of interpretation of the original Arabic words used. One such word, jilbab, is obviously an outer garment, but what did it look like? Was it just a mantle-like garment that covered the under clothes, or did it cover head and face and ankles as well? Does another word, juyub, mean bosom only, or did it mean head, face, neck and bosom? Helmet-type veils
   Some modern Muslim women the West are adopting the strictest version as a way of asserting their Muslim identity. It appears that Muslim organizations the West are manipulating the issue to further the Islamization of their host societies.
   The problem of full veiling of the face for security and anti-terrorist measures is obvious. Yet the US the Council on American-Islamic Relations has managed to persuade the states of Kansas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Montana, and Washington to allow Muslim women to have their driving licence photo taken with their faces veiled showing their eyes only.
Economics
   the last two decades there has been a spectacular growth Islamic finance and banking around the world, especially Muslim countries but more recently also the West.
   the past there was no all-encompassing Islamic body of economic thought, but modern Islamists have transformed the various scattered shari'a rules on trade and financial transactions into a comprehensive economic system. However not all Muslims agree with the Islamists that a separate Islamic economic system is needed.
   The debate amongst Muslims centers on the meaning of the Qur'anic ban on riba. Some Muslims interpret riba as "usury" (extortionate interest); therefore they tend to allow interest at moderate rates. However Islamists, who interpret riba simply as "interest", hold that any kind of interest is un-Islamic; they therefore believe it is wrong to participate normal economic systems and demand separate Islamic financial products.
   The interpretation that sees all interest as prohibited seems to have won the day. addition to Western institutions offering shari'a-compliant financial products, the American Dow Jones company has produced a special Islamic Market Index (DJIM). As oil profits and other Muslim wealth sources are recycled into Islamic investment products, the Islamic financial market will claim an ever-increasing share of the global market. This will mean that Western institutions may choose to gradually Islamize their own systems, an attempt to retain their share this lucrative market. So non-Muslims will have little choice but to use Islamic financial products and systems.
Halal products
   According to shari'a, certain foods such as pork and alcohol are forbidden to Muslims. The shari'a also says that animals must be slaughtered by Muslims a religious ritual which includes slitting the animal's throat and draining its blood. Stunning of animals before slaughter is forbidden. Only meat produced by this type of slaughter is halal (permitted) for consumption. Halal food is provided many public institutions the UK such as schools, hospitals and prisons. Sometimes it is served to everyone, irrespective of faith. Likewise, most of the lamb exported from New Zealand is halal, whether it is going to a Muslim-majority country or to the West. The Muslim Council of Britain has recommended that the Islamic method of slaughter be adopted universally Britain for all consumers. This trend can be seen as part of a process of Islamization, whereby non-Muslims end up living by Islamic rules.
   Though the Qur'an specifically prohibits only pork and alcohol, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America has made a list of 36 different categories of food, drinks, and cosmetic products covering 301 products which meet shari'a requirements. Such products must not contain any prohibited ingredients and must be processed according to Islamic guidelines. To protect the certification process from fraud, Muslims New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Texas, Virginia and California have successfully persuaded their legislators to adopt a halal bill.

Shari'a principles used to allow the existence of Muslim minorities the West
   Under the traditional division of the world into the House of Islam and the House of War, Muslim scholars recommended that Muslims who found themselves under non-Muslim rule should migrate back to Muslim states so that it would be easier for them to live according to shari'a. Today, most scholars accept the validity of Muslims living the West under non-Islamic rule, but grapple with the legal justifications and implications of this situation. Some Muslim leaders the West make obedience to the law of the land conditional on such laws not contradicting shari'a. According to Imam Muhammad Taher of the Leeds Grand Mosque, whenever the law of the land contradicts shari'a, it is invalid for Muslims and must be disobeyed.
   However some modernist scholars have tried to redefine Western states as belonging to the "House of Islam" but this has been strongly opposed by most Muslims. Others have developed concepts such as defining Western states as "House of Security" (Dar al-Amari) or "House of Covenant" (Dar al-'Ahd) to justify Muslims living Western states and complying with non-shari'a norms.
   The shari'a principle of darura is used by many Muslim scholars to justify Muslim minorities living the West who adapt to Western norms, including complying with Western legal systems and being loyal to Western states. Darura states that emergency circumstances that threaten the life and welfare of Muslims, the unlawful may become lawful (necessity lifts prohibition), thus allowing Muslims a non-Muslim state to disregard shari'a rules that conflict with the law of the land. Sheikh Tantawi of al-Azhar University, Cairo used this argument to justify Muslims France obeying the new prohibition on wearing of veils schools and other public institutions.
   Other legal tools employed include the notion of public good (maslaha) and the permission to use suitable rulings from any of the schools of law rather than being limited to one's own school of law.
   While these are all useful tools for moderate Muslims to justify their living non-Muslim societies, they are generally considered merely temporary, applicable only times of Muslim weakness. The implication is that all good Muslims ought to struggle to change this not-ideal situation into the ideal of Muslim political domination and shari'a rule.

  Further reading  
  Doi, 'Abdur Rahman, Shari'ah: The Islamic Law (Kuala Lumpur: A.S. Noordeen, 1984).  
    A Muslim handbook on Islamic law.  
  Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf, The Lawful and the Prohibited Islam. (Indianapolis, Indiana: American Trust Publications, no date).  
    This book, by one of the most influential contemporary Muslim scholars, presents a wide selection of shari'a rules on what is lawful or prohibited Islam as well as explaining some of the principles behind these rulings.  
  Shari'a and Muslims the West (Barnabas Fund, 2007)  
    This booklet expands and develops the information given above on the contemporary practice of shari'a Western countries. #  
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   [RECAPITULATION: Muslims who deny the validity of shari'a or criticize it any way are labelled as non-Muslims (infidels or apostates) by traditionalists and Islamists.  As such they face the threat of being prosecuted as apostates, a crime that carries the death penalty shari'a. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: other words, violence and killing to prevent people thinking for themselves. ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: Jews and Christians are defined as dhimmis (literally "people of the pact {of protection}" i.e. permitted to live).  However this protection is on condition that they do not bear arms, know their lowly place society, treat Muslims with respect, pay a special poll tax (jizya), and do not behave arrogantly. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Westerners and others who bend to Islamist demands have subconsciously accepted the role of dhimmis, that is, second-rate submissive people (all women fill the role, Muslim minds, of THIRD-RATE people).  These idea are similar to the Nazi doctrine of untermenschen, "sub-humans," i.e., non-Germans, which was similar to far more ancient dogmas.  This and the anti-Judaist doctrines help to explain why the Grand Mufti of Egypt was feted Nazi Germany. ENDS.]
   [3rd RECAPITULATION: The Sharia Council of Darul Uloom London gives some rules for divorce on its website, one of which clearly indicates that the council envisages the possibility of divorcing girls below the age of puberty. ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the Angel Gabriel's message from Allah):  65:4:- If you are doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months.  The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated. DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [4th RECAPITULATION: The shari'a also says that animals must be slaughtered by Muslims a religious ritual which includes slitting the animal's throat and draining its blood. Stunning of animals before slaughter is forbidden. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT on 4th: Cruelty to animals and cruelty to convicted people with whippings and cutting living people up while alive (hanged, drawn and quartered) were features of British and other Western societies until recent centuries, until more enlightened thoughts overcame the Establishment.  Primitivism is just that -- primitivism, no matter how it is dressed up.
   Re-read "animals must be slaughtered by Muslims" and go back to re-read that section of the main text.  Will non-Muslims submissively lose their jobs the slaughtering and butchering industries?  Well, let us recite. ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the Angel Gabriel's message from Allah):  9:28:- O Believers!  only they who join gods with God are unclean! … DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Jan-Feb 2007]

• Regensburg address revisited. 

Regensburg address revisited

 
   The Record (W.  Australian Roman Catholic newspaper), ZENIT, p 8, Thursday, February 1, 2007
   Pope Benedict XVI's [Ratzinger] Regensburg address has also had soothing effects, says Father Maurice Borrmans, an authority on Islam.  "The address has led Muslim intellectuals to draw lines of renewal Muslim theology," Father Borrmans said.
   Father Borrmans, of the Missionaries of Africa, is author of the book "Guidelines for Dialogue between Christians and Muslims," and until recently, the editor of the journal "Islamochristiana," of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
   On Thursday, Father Borrmans attended a meeting at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies on reactions to Benedict XVI's lecture Regensburg.  The priest considers as significant four responses to the Regensburg lecture.
   The first is the open letter of the ulemas and muftis of the Al-al-Bayt Foundation of Amman, on October 15.  The second is the commentary of Libyan Muslim intellectual Aref Alas Nayed.
   The third is the personal reflection of the director of the Lebanese review Ijtihad.
   The fourth is the open letter of the co-chairman of the Islamic-Christian Research Group, Hmida Ennaifer.
   According to Father Borrmans, these four responses underline the need for a serious and scientific in-depth reflection on some essential aspects for Islamic-Christian dialogue.
   He explained: "The lessons that must be drawn from this misunderstanding are many.  One is that the theologian who became Pope saw how his address took on a universal dimension.
   "Not only the Pope, but all religious leaders, today cannot think only of their 'own' faithful but of all sensibilities, also those of nonbelievers."
   With his "successful trip to Turkey" and with the dialogue undertaken with Islam, "the Holy Father has brought the misunderstanding of Regensburg to its correct dimension," Father Borrmans added.
   Father Borrmans explained that the Regensburg address was directed "to colleagues and former students and was not setting out a global plan for all the religions of the world."
   "The quotation about Manuel Paleologo made some think that it was an international address, but the Pope did what we professors do, he mentioned a quotation from one of the latest books he had read on the subject," the priest continued.
   Father Borrmans stated that today "cultural sensibilities are very different" and he mentioned the case of the caricatures of Mohammed.  "A Parisian joke is not the same as an Iraqi or Iranian joke."
   "Our task as theologians and philosophers is to form journalists, professors and preachers: Each one has his responsibility," he added.
   Father Borrmans continued: "We see emerging from this address that theological research has the exigencies of reason: Faith is not irrational, and this is what the Pope wished to teach, having as a background the West's positivism.
   "I repeat: the Pope was thinking of Christian Europe which is forgetting its roots; he was not thinking of a worldwide inter-cultural scene."
   According to Father Borrmans, "An urgent need exists to take up dialogue again and address the dignity of man, the meaning of history, and the sacredness of creation."
   The priest, who has also been a professor North Africa and the Persian Gulf, counselled "prudence, wisdom and patience" dialogue, and stressed that the discourse on the reasonableness of the faith is crucial.
   He said he also hopes there will be "many studies of comparative mysticism because, when all is said and done, what is important is the experience of God." #
   [RECAPITULATION: "The address has led Muslim intellectuals to draw lines of renewal Muslim theology," Father Borrmans said. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Islam believes that the Koran is a copy of Allah's exact words, kept on a tablet Heaven.  So Fr Borrmans is just plain wrong.  Either his scholarship is faulty, or he is one of those people who will be like the Dutch movie-maker Van Gogh who after a pious man shot him, asked if he could talk it over, before the pious person used two knives to behead him.  Starry-eyed multiculturalism has little relationship to the cruelties being practised regularly large parts of the world.
   The whole article looks as if some RC leaders are trying to crab-walk out of the Pope's clear warning of the difference between "do unto others as you would they do unto you" and "strike off the heads of the disbelievers".  The Pope, too, backtracked after the worldwide violence after his speech threatened to escalate.  No wonder a footnote a certain Koran sneers at New Testament texts that seem cowardly. COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 01, 07]

• Nine held UK beheading plot.  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Nine held UK beheading plot

 
   PerthNow powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W.  Australia), www.news.com.  au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21152229-948, 00.html , by Phil Hazlewood Birmingham, England, 06:00am, February 01, 2007
   ENGLAND: POLICE have arrested nine British Pakistanis under anti-terror laws to foil an alleged "Iraq-style" plot to kidnap and behead a victim, possibly a Muslim soldier.
   If successful the alleged plotters, most arrested dawn raids the central English city of Birmingham, planned to post a video of the execution on the internet, as happened to a number of hostages Iraq.
   "It was going to be a beheading and this was going to be posted on the internet via a homemade video," a security source said late last night.
   "I think it would be somebody significant inside the Muslim community."
   Sky News said the intended victim was a serving Muslim soldier his 20s, who was recently given police protection after detectives learned that the attempted kidnap was only days away.
   Eight of the arrests, the result of a six-month investigation, took place dawn raids parts of the city with a large Muslim population.
   Yellow-vested police sealed off a number of streets for much of the day.
   fast-moving events, a ninth suspect was arrested later the day on a motorway the Birmingham area.
   Home Secretary John Reid declined to go into detail about the alleged plotters, but underlined the "real and serious nature" of the terrorist threat Britain faces.
   The country remains on a high alert since July 2005 suicide bombings which left 56 people dead on the London transport system.
   But confirmation of plans to bring the kind of video beheadings seen Iraq onto British soil would trigger a new level of alarm.
   The threat level to Britain from terrorism stands at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is "highly likely", according to the domestic intelligence service MI5.
   West Midlands Police said those detained were held "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000", while the Home Office said the arrests were part of a "nationwide operation".
   The police chief leading the probe underlined the seriousness of the threat.
   "We are literally at the foothills of what is a very, very major investigation," said assistant chief constable David Shaw.
   "The threat from terrorism remains very real."
   Local councillor Ansar Ali Kahn said the people arrested, including the Alum Rock and Sparkhill areas of the city, were British of Pakistani origin.  At least one Islamic bookshop was being searched by police.
   "The community doesn't know what's happening.  As a local councillor my main priority is keeping peace and calm the community," he said.
   "There is shock and worry amongst the community because it was very sudden."
   the heavily Muslim-populated streets of Alum Rock, locals voiced concerns about the impact of the arrests for the community.
   "Even if this guy is not guilty tomorrow, people will not want to visit our shops.  They won't come to our area," said Shabir Hussain, vice-chairman of the Alum Rock Islamic Centre.
   "This is damaging for integration and damaging for the community."
   Chief Constable Shaw said he was aware of the Muslim community's concerns.
   "We think it is critical that we involve them what is going on as much as we can.  They understand the reasons for doing what we're doing and similarly they're able to come forward to us and express their concerns," he said.
   The arrests come after police detained a total of five people raids Manchester, northwest England, and Halifax, nearby West Yorkshire, on January 23.  #
   [COMMENT:
               This England never did nor never shall,
               Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,
               But when it first did help to wound itself.     BASTARD
   -- William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, King John, 5, 7 112. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE:- KORAN: 8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/008.  qmt.html #008.012
   48:16:- …Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam. … 
   109:6:- To you be your religion; to me my religion.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [GUIDELINE:- HADITH: 2, 19:173 (Bukhari's collection):- Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer. www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ fundamentals/ hadith sunnah/ bukhari/019.  sbt.html #002.019.173 .  GUIDELINE ENDS.]
   [SIMILAR REPORT: The West Australian, Thursday, February 1, 2007, Page One, "Eight arrested UK beheading plot." The additional information this is:
   Officers arrested two 24-year-old men and a 32-year-old Manchester as part of an inquiry into the disappearance of a man being monitored under a control order, a loose form of house arrest for security suspects.
   On the same day, two men were arrested separately dawn raids Halifax by unarmed Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist officers supported by West Yorkshire police. 
   Two men from Halifax appeared court on Tuesday charged with a series of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000.  The charges relate to alleged possession of extremist material, said to include an al-Qaida training film and a computer file called "Hamas Bomb".
ENDS.] [Feb 01, 07]

• Police squads storm homes of suspects at 4am 

Police squads storm homes of suspects at 4am

 
   The Telegraph (Britain), www.telegraph.  co.uk/news/ main.jhtml; jsessionid= WK3VXGMYSW0 1HQFIQMGCFF WAVCBQUIV0? xml=/news/ 2007/02/01/ nplot101.xml ; By Nick Britten, Last Updated: 2:20am GMT, Feb/01/2007
   BIRMINGHAM: It was 4am when the police smashed down front doors and swarmed all over the homes of eight terrorist suspects Birmingham. 
  [Pictures] Police raids.   
   With the minimum of fuss, officers moved swiftly and removed the suspects and, some cases, members of their families.  Roads were cordoned off, four business premises quietly sealed and as dawn broke, the drama was over.
   The generational divide on the issue was starkly illustrated.  Gangs of young Muslim men huddled together near the cordons, speaking of conspiracy and the State's persecution of their faith.  First generation British Muslims spoke more of their concern at the effect of the latest terrorist raid as pictures were beamed worldwide.
   "We are talking about kidnap and beheading and yet here we are Britain," said Shabir Hussain, who preaches at the Ludlow Road mosque near to Jackson Road, where one man, named locally as Amjad Mahmood, was arrested.  Mahmood runs a grocer's shop, Khan's, which was shut down and searched.
   "This is having a very damaging effect on our society," said Mr Hussain.  "We came here to work hard and bring our children up as good British citizens.  What has gone wrong?
   "What is happening to our families when you challenge your son: where are you going; what are you looking at on the internet; what are you talking to your friends about? All it does is cause divisions."
   Ziah Khan, Mahmood's brother, said he was a hard-working businessman who worked long hours and lived for his job.  He said Mahmood, who has two young boys, aged three and seven, would never be involved terrorism.
   The raids took place across the city Washwood Heath, Edgbaston, Kingstanding and Sparkhill.  They included eight houses, two bookshops, an internet cafe and the grocer's.
   Throughout the day, locals continued to express bewilderment.  No one knew anything about anything.  All those arrested were quiet, hard-working and would not be involved criminal activities.  The shock soon receded and by mid-afternoon no one was stopping and staring.
   Some residents seemed genuinely surprised but the often heard "it's the last thing you'd expect around here" had a hollow ring to it - Birmingham and the West Midlands is becoming used to such activity.  Last September, officers raided addresses Washwood Heath allegedly linked to a plot to blow up America-bound airliners as they left British airports.
   July 2005, 50 counter-terrorism officers raided a house the Hay Mills area over the failed July 21 London Tube bombings.
   Moazzam Begg, a teacher from Sparkbrook, was held Guantanamo Bay for three years after being arrested Islamabad 2002, and three men from Tipton, West Midlands, were also held at the camp Cuba before being freed 2004.  Focus yesterday was thrown on potential meeting places such as the Maktabah bookshop Stratford Road, Sparkhill, known for its sale of Islamic literature, and the nearby internet cafe Blades.
   The area is predominantly Muslim with a plethora of fast-food joints, Halal meat shops, mosques and thousands of terrace houses.
   Maktabah is well-known and well-used but, despite selling anti-Western literature, no one who used the store would admit to knowing anything about any alleged link with extremism.  Outside the semi-detached house Ward End Park Road, Washwood Heath, where one of the suspects was arrested, young Muslims were furious that they were being picked on again.  One said the arrest was "nonsense, completely unbelievable".
   Publicly, West Midlands police were keen to play down accusations of heavy-handed behaviour and spent the day on a huge charm offensive, making repeated claims about how the community appreciated what it was doing and how they were working hand-in-hand with Muslims.
   Assistant Chief Constable David Shaw said that yesterday morning an Islamic centre offered police their rest facilities.
   Five thousand leaflets, printed various languages, would be distributed "key areas" to explain what they were doing.  The softly, softly approach, a marked departure from Tony Blair's call for communities to do more to root out extremists, was not universally appreciated.
   "No one here trusts the police," said Asif Khan, a 20-year-old labourer, voicing the thoughts of his group hanging around Poplar Road, the scene of several arrests.
   "They'll butter us up and talk nice, then come round, kick your door and arrest innocent people." #
   [RECAPITULATION: "No one here trusts the police," said Asif Khan, a 20-year-old labourer, voicing the thoughts of his group hanging around Poplar Road, the scene of several arrests.  RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: KORAN:- 3:73 (or 66):- And believe no one unless he follows your Religion.  Say: "True guidance is the Guidance of Allah".  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/003.  qmt.html #003.073 .
   3:118 (or 114):- O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you.  They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse.  …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/003.  qmt.html #003.118 .
   33:61:- Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter. 
   48:16:- …Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam.  … 
   48:29:- Those who follow Him are tender to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers.  DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Feb 01, 07]

• Cruellest cut the name of Islam.  Somalia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Cruellest cut the name of Islam

 
   The Weekend Australian, pp 26-27, February 3-4, 2007
Genital mutilation and forced marriage occurs even among educated Muslims in some countries, writes Ayaan Hirsi Ali – a shocking account of her early life in Somalia, in her new book
KORAN school was a shed down the road.  The other pupils were from the neighbourhood.  At first I liked it.  I learned to mix ink from charcoal, water, and a little milk, and to write the Arabic alphabet on long wooden boards.  I began learning the Koran, line by line, by heart.  It was uplifting to be engaged such an adult task. 
   But the kids at madrassah [Islamic religious school] were tough.  They fought.  One girl, who was about eight years old, they called kintirleey, "she with the clitoris". 
   I had no idea what a clitoris was, but the kids didn't even want to be seen with this girl.  They spat on her and pinched her; they rubbed sand her eyes, and once they caught her and tried to bury her the sand behind the school.
   The madrassah teacher didn't help.  Once a while he called her dammin, dunce, and kintirleey, too.  My teenage cousin Sanyar used to pick me up after madrassah.  One day she arrived just as a girl hit me in the face.  Sanyar took me home and told the story.  "Ayaan didn't even defend herself," she said in horror.  "Coward!" my family jeered.
   The next day Sanyar waited for me outside the madrassah with another teenager, the older sister of the girl who had hit me the day before.  They caught hold of the two of us and tugged us over to an open space, then ordered us to fight.  "Scratch her eyes out.  Bite her," Sanyar hissed at me.  "Come on, coward, think of your honour."
   The other girl got the same encouragement.  We flew at each other, fists tight, hitting, wrestling, pulling each other's hair, biting.  "Ayaan, never cry!" Sanyar called out.  The other children cheered us on.  When they let us stop, our dresses were torn and my lip was bleeding, but Sanyar was delighted.  "I don't want you to ever let another child hit you or make you cry," she said.  "Fight.  If you don't fight for your honour, you're a slave."
   Then, as we walked away, the other girl shouted after me, "Kintirleey!" Sanyar winced.  I looked at her, horror dawning on me.  I was like that other girl? I, too, had that filthy thing, a kintir? Somalia, like many countries across Africa and the Middle East, little girls are made "pure" by having their genitals cut out.  There is no other way to describe this procedure, which typically occurs around the age of five.
   After the child's clitoris and labia are carved out, scraped off, or, in more compassionate areas, merely cut or pricked, the whole area is often sewn up, so that a thick band of tissue forms a chastity belt made of the girl's own scarred flesh.  A small hole is situated to permit a thin flow of pee.  Only great force can tear the scar tissue wider, for sex.
   Female genital mutilation predates Islam.  Not all Muslims do this, and a few of the peoples who do are not Islamic.  But Somalia, where virtually every girl is excised, the practice is always justified in the name of Islam.  Uncircumcised girls will be possessed by devils, fall into vice and perdition, and become whores.  Imams never discourage the practice: it keeps girls pure.
   Many girls die during or after their excision, from infection.  Other complications cause enormous, more or less lifelong pain.  My father Abeh was a modern man and considered the practice barbaric.  He had always insisted that his daughters be left uncut.  In this he was quite extraordinarily forward-thinking.  Though I don't think it was for the same reason, Mahad, who was six, had also not yet been circumcised.
   Not long after that first fight of mine at the madrassah, Grandma decided that the time was right for us to undergo the necessary and proper dignity of purification.  My father was in jail and my mother was away for long periods, but Grandma would ensure that the old traditions would be respected in the old ways.
   After she made the arrangements, Grandma was cheerful and friendly all week long.  A special table was prepared in her bedroom, and various aunts, known and unknown, gathered in the house.  When the day itself came I was not frightened, just curious.  I had no idea what was going to happen, except that there was a festive atmosphere in the house and we - all three of us - were going to be cleansed.  I wouldn't be called kintirleey any more.
   Mahad went first.  I was driven out of the room, but after a while I stole back to the door and watched.  Mahad was on the floor, with his head and arms on Grandma's lap.  Two women were holding down his spread-eagled legs, and a strange man was bending down between them.  The room was warm and I could smell a mixture of sweat and frankincense.
   Grandma was whispering in Mahad's ears, "Don't cry, don't stain your mother's honour.  These women will talk about what they have seen.  Grit your teeth." Mahad wasn't making a sound, but tears rolled down his face as he bit into Grandma's shawl.  His face was clenched and twisted in pain. I couldn't see what the stranger was doing, but I could see blood.  This frightened me.  I was next.  Grandma swung her hand from side to side and said, "Once this long kintir is removed you and your sister will be pure."
   From Grandma's words and gestures I gathered that this hideous kintir, my clitoris, would one day grow so long that it would swing sideways between my legs.  She caught hold of me and gripped my upper body in the same position as she had put Mahad.  Two other women held my legs apart.  The man, who was probably an itinerant traditional circumciser from the blacksmith clan, picked up a pair of scissors.  With the other hand, he caught hold of the place between my legs and started tweaking it, like Grandma milking a goat.  "There it is, there is the kintir," one of the women said.
   Then the scissors went down between my legs and the man cut off my inner labia and clitoris.  I heard it, like a butcher snipping the fat off a piece of meat.  A piercing pain shot up between my legs, indescribable, and I howled.  Then came the sewing: the long, blunt needle clumsily pushed into my bleeding outer labia, my loud and anguished protests, Grandma's words of comfort and encouragement.  "It's just this once your in life, Ayaan.  Be brave, he's almost finished." When the sewing was finished, the man cut the thread off with his teeth.  That is all I can recall of it.  But I do remember Haweya's bloodcurdling howls.  Though she was the youngest - she was four, I five, Mahad six - Haweya must have struggled much more than Mahad and I did, or perhaps the women were exhausted after fighting us, and slipped, because the man made some bad cuts on Haweya's thighs.  She carried the scars of them her whole life. 
  [Picture] Mutilated: Despite having parents opposed to the practice, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was circumcised at the behest of her grandmother  
  I will never forget the panic in Haweya's face and voice as she screamed with everything her and struggled to keep her legs closed  
   I must have fallen asleep, for it wasn't until much later that day that I realised that my legs had been tied together, to prevent me from moving to facilitate the formation of a scar.  It was dark and my bladder was bursting, but it hurt too much to pee.  The sharp pain was still there, and my legs were covered in blood.  I was sweating and shivering.  It wasn't until the next day that my Grandma could persuade me to pee even a little. 
   By then everything hurt.  When I just lay still the pain throbbed miserably, but when I urinated the flash of pain was as sharp as when I had been cut. 
   It took about two weeks for us to recover.  Grandma tended to us constantly, suddenly gentle and affectionate.  She responded to each anguished howl or whimper, even in the night.  After every tortured urination she washed our wounds carefully with warm water and dabbed them with purple liquid.  Then she tied our legs again and reminded us to stay completely still or we would tear, and then the man would have to be called again to sew us back up. 
   After a week the man came and inspected us.  He thought that Mahad and I were doing well, but said Haweya needed to be resewn.  She had torn her wound while urinating and struggling with Grandma.  We heard it happening; it was agony for her.  The entire procedure was torture for all of us, but undoubtedly the one who suffered the most was Haweya.
   Mahad was already up and about, quite healed, when the man returned to remove the thread he had used to sew me shut.  This was again very painful.  He used a pair of tweezers to dig out the threads, tugging on them sharply.  Again, Grandma and two other women held me down.  But after that, even though I had a thick, bumpy scar between my legs that hurt if I moved, at least my legs didn't have to be tied together any more, and I no longer had to lie down without moving all day. 
   It took Haweya another week to reach the stage of thread removal, and four women had to hold her down.  I was in the room when this happened.  I will never forget the panic in her face and voice as she screamed with everything in her and struggled to keep her legs closed.  Haweya was never the same afterward.  She became ill with a fever for several weeks and lost a lot of weight.  She had horrible nightmares, and during the day began stomping off to be alone.  My once cheerful, playful little sister changed.  Sometimes she just stared vacantly at nothing for hours.  We all started wetting our beds after the circumcision.  In Mahad's case, it lasted a long time.
   When Ma came back from her trip this time, she was furious.  "Who asked you to circumcise them?" she yelled, more angry with her mother than I had ever seen her.  "You know their father doesn't want it done! Allah knows, I have never in my life been so betrayed as by you.  What possessed you?"
   Grandma turned on my mother fury.  She yelled that she had done Ma a huge favour.  Everyone was cut.
   ONE Friday afternoon at the end of January 1992, my father Abeh came straight from the mosque to our flat.  He never did that - never paid us a visit these days - and when he arrived he was completely excited.  "Ayaan, my daughter, I have good news for you - the best news - my prayers are answered!" he crowed.  "Today in the mosque a blessed man came to me with a proposal of marriage, and I offered him your hand!"
   I remember letting him talk while I felt my heels sinking into the ground.  I cleared my throat and said no, but he didn't hear me.  I said, "I'm not going to marry a stranger!" and my father, bubbling with enthusiasm, answered, "But he's not a stranger! He's not a stranger at all! He's your cousin! He's an Osman Mahamud!" He began chanting back all of this man's names.
   I said, "Not a stranger in that sense, Abeh," and he answered, "In what sense, then?" "But I haven't even met him!" I wailed.  My father told me, "That's fine - you will meet him tomorrow."
   My father had given me away to a man called Osman Moussa, a fine young Somali man who had grown up in Canada.  He had come to Nairobi to find and rescue family members who had been stranded by the civil war, and also to find a bride.  He thought the Somali girls in Canada were too Westernised, by which he meant that they dressed indecently, disobeyed their husbands, and mixed freely with men; they were not baarri, which made them unworthy of marriage.  And the civil war meant that daughters of the best families in Somalia were available for practically nothing.
   My father had met this young man in the mosque barely two hours before.  He was tall, he told me, with strong bones and white teeth, well fed on milk and meat in North America.  Osman Moussa must have approached him.  I can imagine the scene, the respectful recitation of lineage, finally the request: "You are the father of daughters, and I seek a bride." My father must have felt so very happy. 
   There was no bride price.  Because of the civil war, it would have been indecent to ask for one.  But this was a strategic marriage; Osman Moussa could boast that he was married to a Magan, and we would now have relatives Canada.  There were all kinds of reasons for my father to be happy about this match. 
   I summoned the strength to say to my father "Abeh, what if I am already with some other person?" but he wasn't even listening.  He said, "Allah has sent us the answer." He was overcome with his own cleverness.  The next day, my father came to the house with Osman Moussa.  […  and much more]
   Edited extract from Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, to be published next week by Free Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), $34.95.
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#cruellest
[Feb 3-4, 2007]

• Dangerous odyssey of Muslim Voltaire.  [Brave victim of Islam, author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.] Netherlands = Holland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Somalia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Dangerous odyssey of Muslim Voltaire

 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a rare public example of moral courage for the West, writes Rebecca Weisser
   The Weekend Australian, p 27, by Rebecca Weisser, February 3-4, 2007
THE threat to kill Ayaan Hirsi Ali was staked with a dagger into the chest of Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh who had been shot as he rode his bike along an Amsterdam street broad daylight.
   Van Gogh's last words to his assassin read like an epitaph for the Western enlightenment "Can't we talk about this?" he reasoned.  The response was immediate and final.  Mohammed Bouyeri slit Van Gogh's throat and silenced him forever.
   That Hirsi Ali has continued to talk in the face of this barbarity is just one measure of the extraordinary physical and moral courage of this delicate, 38-year-old Somali-born woman.
   What is more unexpected is that such a figure - a black, Muslim woman, a refugee from a forced marriage, a survivor of female genital mutilation and of a bloody civil war, a voice for the voiceless and most oppressed of the oppressed - should be viewed with suspicion by some on the progressive Left and with outright condemnation by others.
   Hirsi Ali has been prepared to attack ideas and people that the Left has treated as sacrosanct: Islam as a religion, Muslim men (as the oppressors of Muslim women), and multiculturalism and its postmodern handmaiden, moral equivalence, which postulates that all cultures and all religions are equally deserving of respect, support and government funding.
   For Hirsi Ali, Islam in its current incarnation is not just different from Judeo-Christian culture, it is fundamentally incompatible with the enlightenment values that underpin Western prosperity.  Her views about Islam echo those of Argentine scholar Mariano Grondona who identified 25 characteristics that mark a society as progress prone or progress resistant. 
  Even the scent of soap or the sound of high heels was enough to drive a man into a sexual frenzy  
   Islam, with its emphasis, on passive submission to the will of Allah and finding fulfillment in the hereafter rather than on earth, discourages the work ethic that is the motor for economically successful societies.
   Hirsi Ali's views have added weight because they are not those of an outsider or a dilettante.  She was born into a devout Muslim family and plunged deeply into her religion as a teenager choosing to veil herself completely in what her more worldly younger sister called "a tent" and joining Muslim Brotherhood groups to discuss Hasan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb. 
   "Everyone was convinced that there was an evil worldwide crusade aimed at eradicating Islam, directed by the Jews and by the whole godless West," she recalls in her autobiography.  "Our goal was a global Islamic government, for everyone."
   Even as Hirsi Ali became increasingly devout, she marvelled at "how many esteemed Muslim thinkers had philosophised at such length about precisely how much female skin could be bared without causing chaos to break out across the landscape".  Even the scent of soap or the sound of high heels was enough to drive a man into a sexual frenzy which, whether it resulted in rape or adultery, was always the fault of the woman..  "
   Hirsi Ali chafed at the fundamental inequality of men and women under Islam, finally asking her study group, "What about men? Shouldn't they cover? Don't women also have desire for male bodies? Couldn't they be tempted by the sight of men's skin?" Her companions fell about laughing.
   Despite her father's relatively progressive views, he decided to marry her off to a distant cousin living in Canada.  While waiting transit in Germany for her visa, she decided to make a bolt for freedom and took a train to The Netherlands where she sought asylum.  This was the real beginning of the education of Hirsi Ali.  Already fluent in five languages - Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Amharic and English - she became an interpreter for her community, began to learn Dutch and started studying, eventually gaining a masters in political science from the University of Leiden.
   Day after day, her work as an interpreter took her deep into the heart of the Muslim migrant community where she helped women who had been beaten up by their husbands but could find no protection within the Muslim community where male violence was a God-given right.  Others had been gang-raped and were terrified of being beaten or murdered by their relatives because they had shamed their family. 
   She heard the anti-Western views of the Muslim migrants who called the Dutch "kufr" (a derogatory Arabic word meaning infidel) and the Somalis who called them "gaalo" (a derogatory Somali word meaning non-Muslims).  They manipulated the system to extract as many benefits as they could from the welfare state and accused the Dutch of being racist if they weren't given what they wanted.
   … of Hirsi Ali's autobiography, Infidel, than the hatred she engenders in Islamic fundamentalists.  She is an infidel too in the eyes of many first and second-generation immigrants who see her as an uppity newcomer and an Uncle Tom apologist for indigenous Dutch people.  The Dutch migrant hip-hop band DHC wrote a song which started, "F- Hirsi Ali Somali; Just two months in Holland, and already so knowing; Cancer whore, sh*t stain, I'll smash your face…"
   Hirsi Ali is also an apostate to the self-proclaimed progressive Left and it's not hard to see why.  She is, in politically correct terms, a classic "victim", part of what sociologists these days like to call the "other", yet she calls for integration rather than multiculturalism.  She is a member of a racial minority yet she calls for an end to government support for Islamic schools.  She is a refugee yet she calls for restrictions on immigration.
   When the ABC's Kerry O'Brien suggested to Hirsi Ali last week that her traumatic background might have turned her into a reactionary, she replied, "I don't see what is reactionary about saying, 'Let's respect life as an end itself, liberty as an end itself, and the equality of men and women'."
   Author Ian Buruma writes his penetrating political critique Murder in Amsterdam that Hirsi Ali's dream of liberation for the Muslims in the West is being sabotaged "by the Western cultural relativists with their anti-racism, who say: 'If you're critical of Islam, you're a racist, or an Islamophobe, or an Enlightenment fundamentalist'."
   Buruma says Hirsi Ali sometimes reminds him of Margaret Thatcher but her real ambition is to be the Voltaire of Islam, to bring the Enlightenment to Allah with a Muslim Life of Brian.  It is dangerous work and Hirsi Ali, who was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr award for her activism, risks political assassination as did Luther King.
   "Even with bodyguards and death threats I feel privileged to be alive and free," she told O'Brien on The 7.30 Report.  "I know the threats are out there and I think that it's clearly worth fighting for the freedoms that I have come to benefit from in just 14 years.  I know them only for 14 years.  Probably that's why I'm more passionate about them than the people who are born into it." #
   [RECAPITULATION: Mohammed Bouyeri slit Van Gogh's throat …  barbarity … 
   Hirsi Ali has been prepared to attack ideas and people that the Left has treated as sacrosanct: Islam as a religion, Muslim men (as the oppressors of Muslim women), and multiculturalism and its postmodern handmaiden, moral equivalence, which postulates that all cultures and all religions are equally deserving of respect, support and government funding. 
   …  Islam in its current incarnation is …  fundamentally incompatible with the enlightenment values that underpin Western prosperity. 
   Islam, with its emphasis on passive submission to the will of Allah and finding fulfillment in the hereafter rather than on earth, discourages the work ethic that is the motor for economically successful societies. 
   …  her autobiography.  "Our goal was a global Islamic government, for everyone."
   Even as Hirsi Ali became increasingly devout, she marvelled at "how many esteemed Muslim thinkers had philosophised at such length about precisely how much female skin could be bared without causing chaos to break out across the landscape". 
   Despite her father's relatively progressive views, he decided to marry her off to a distant cousin…  she decided to make a bolt for freedom and took a train to The Netherlands … 
   …  she helped women who had been beaten up by their husbands but could find no protection within the Muslim community where male violence was a God-given right.  Others had been gang-raped and were terrified of being beaten or murdered by their relatives because they had shamed their family. 
   The Dutch migrant hip-hop band DHC wrote a song which started, "F- Hirsi Ali Somali; Just two months Holland, and already so knowing; Cancer whore, sh*t stain, I'll smash your face…"
   She is, politically correct terms, a classic "victim", part of what sociologists these days like to call the "other", yet she calls for integration rather than multiculturalism.  She is a member of a racial minority yet she calls for an end to government support for Islamic schools.  She is a refugee yet she calls for restrictions on immigration. 
   …  Hirsi Ali, who was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr award for her activism, risks political assassination …  RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [LINK/S: For a link to Islamic shariah Law, as a start click: www.masud.  co.uk/ISLAM/ misc/alshifa/ pt4ch1sec 1.htm .  On MetaCrawler http://www.metacrawler.com, try words like "+shari’a +punish +kill +fatwa ".  ENDS.] [Feb 3-4, 2007]

• Islamic theology and Iraqi Christians - Part II.  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Islamic theology and Iraqi Christians - Part II

 
   The Barnabas Fund (Britain), www.barnabas fund.org/news/ archives/ article.  php?ID_ news_items= 244 ; February 9, 2007
   IRAQ -- As the rising tide of sectarian violence Iraq pits Sunni against Shi'a, many the West struggle to understand why religion plays such a part the violence.  the fifth of a series of special reports on life within Iraq, Barnabas Fund looks further looks at some aspects of Islam that insurgents are using to place a low value on the lives of Christians. 
   Split between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims
   The sectarian divisions Islam date back initially to the seventh century and arguments over who should succeed Muhammad as leader of the Islamic community.  The Sunni and Shi'a branches of Islam now account for the majority of the Muslims the world, with many further divisions within each sect. 
   It is relevant to note that this divide arose out of a dispute over who should wield power over the Muslim world as Muhammad's legitimate successor.  History has of course seen the split become more entrenched as theological justifications were later formulated for each position.  Violent confrontations over long periods of time added to the bitterness.  Divisions today are rooted theology, history and politics.  Islamists both camps are seeking to dominate the new Iraq and shape it forcibly into their image.
   A key to understanding the enmity of Sunni to Shi'a lies the fact that some each side view the other as apostates - i.e.  those who have turned their back on the 'true' faith.  classical Islam the penalty for apostasy is death.  This fact, combined with factors such as influence from radical global networks such as al-Qaeda, from other Sunni and Shi'a countries the region - particularly Sunni Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and Shi'a Iran respectively - and ongoing retaliations for offences committed under the brutal reign of Saddam, all add fuel to the fire of warfare between the militia of both sects.
   Importance of power and authority
   It is difficult to overestimate the role of power and authority classical Islamic thought.  Islam itself means 'submission', and the faith requires complete submission to the will of Allah.  This covers every aspect of life at every level of society from individuals to states.
   Classical Islam divides the world into two parts - Dar-al-Islam, the 'House of Islam', and Dar-al-Harb, the 'House of war'.  According to classical Islam, it is the duty of every Muslim to work towards turning all parts of the world from Dar-al-Harb into Dar-al-Islam - where power is wielded according to Islamic law and everything is submission to Allah.
   One key aspect of Dar-al-Islam is that it is ruled by Islamic law, known as shari’a.  This all-encompassing legalistic structure for Muslims prescribes what is and is not acceptable all aspects of life.  Although based on the Qu'ran and traditions of Islam (known as 'Hadith') there are several different schools of sharia law.
   The position Iraq is further complicated by the fact that Sunni and Shi'a follow different interpretations of sharia.  This has implications when, for example, framing the laws for the new Iraq, since there exist sharp divisions between the two groups.
   Classical Islam views religion and the state as inextricably linked.  This concern to extend the reach of faith into all aspects of life, including the political realm, goes some way to explaining why Sunni and Shi'a government ministers Iraq are now staffing their ministries entirely with members of their own sect.  Whereas under the previous secular administration some Christians held high positions, due part to their predominately middle-class status and good education, they now find it increasingly difficult to find employment within ministries that are now either Sunni or Shi'a fiefdoms.  Furthermore, classical Islamic theology holds that non-Muslims should not have positions of authority over Muslims. 
   Sacred space
   Another doctrine that impacts upon the intensity of sectarian fighting and the situation of Christians is that of 'sacred space'.  Under this idea, any land that is occupied by Muslims becomes Islamic for all time.  It is strictly forbidden to give up any claims to such land.  This is worth bearing mind when looking at the scale of fighting between insurgent groups and coalition forces sectarian areas, with the insurgents determined not to cede ground to the 'occupiers'.  It is also relevant with regard to campaigns to drive Christians away from their homes.  Once Christians leave and the militia groups move in, there cannot be any return for those Christians to the towns where they were born and grew up. 
   Jihad
   The final concept of importance is jihad.  Jihad literally means 'struggle' and it applies, classical Islamic thought, to every aspect of life.  It can mean the struggle for piety, or the struggle to look after family and community.  However its predominant meaning has been that of war for the sake of God and Islam.  There is a duty on Muslims to rise up defence of their fellow Muslims if they are threatened or attacked.  Muslims also have a duty to struggle the cause of Islam, that is, to work towards converting their non-Muslim neighbours to the Islamic faith and their society to an Islamic state. 
   When the insurgent attacks against the coalition forces first began, the war was seen inside Iraq as a form of jihad against the outsiders.  For some insurgents jihad included attacks on Iraqi Christians who were assumed to be allies of the invading forces from 'Christian' countries such as the US and UK.  Now, many Iraq will tell you that the struggle is not against Western 'unbelievers', but against Muslim 'heretics' with whom they differ over doctrine and practice.  What began as a defensive 'holy war' has become an internal struggle for power and territory. 
   Standing up for their faith
   The nuances of the Islamic theology may be hard to discern, but its practical effects are everywhere to see Iraq.  Refugee flows are reaching record levels, with one eight Iraqis forced out of their homes.  For the Christian minorities that remain Iraq - and there are some, located the Kurdish North, Baghdad as well as specific areas the south - the pain of seeing the homeland torn apart as their former neighbours seek to destroy each other is further heightened by the knowledge that they might be next on someone's list.  When that happens, the real question is where the Christians of Iraq can go to be safe. 
   Having survived for almost two thousand years as a distinct community Mesopotamia (Iraq), Christians now face a threat to their very survival this Biblical region.  However hard they try to please their Muslim compatriots, the radicals always find justifications to attack them.  Only conversion or expulsion seem to be the terms on offer from the radical Sunni and Shi'a groups.  Committed to remain true to their faith and traditions, the Christians Iraq are a terrible quandary from which they can see no escape unless their homeland is to lose its Christian presence altogether. 
   [COMMENT: Sadly, this article doesn't mention the Judaists/Jews, who have lived in the Mesopotamia / Babylonia area for probably 2600 years or more, and for about 1000 years were a semi-independent community there and for a time independent with their own prince and priests, nor about the other religions of the country.  Still, the article will be useful if it awakens some "cuddly" Christians, or some "politically correct" people.  A Judaist professor lecturing Australia February 2007 has seen the danger, but the Jewish leaders then disowned him! COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 9, 07]
• Victorian Supreme Court ruling on Scot and Nalliah.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Victoria (Australia) flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 

Victorian Supreme Court ruling


on Scot and Nalliah
   Life News, (Life Ministries, 4 / 334 Wanneroo Rd, Nollamara, WA, 6061, Australia), www.life ministries.  org.au , by Roslyn Phillips, pp 4-5, February/March 2007
On 14 December 2006 three Victorian Supreme Court judges - Nettle, Ashley and Neave - handed down their decision to uphold the appeal by pastors Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah against their conviction for religious vilification.  We are praising the Lord!
   my view, Justice Nettle's judgement is a damning indictment of Judge Higgins' original decision to convict the pastors December 2004.  Justice Nettle lists about 20 separate instances where Judge Higgins of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) misrepresented what Daniel Scot had said his seminar on Islam March 2002 (eg Higgins wrongly claimed that Scot had said "Muslims are demons").
   Justice Nettle also points out that Judge Higgins effect failed to recognise the difference between hatred of the sin and hatred of the sinner, and did not acknowledge that it is possible to criticise certain beliefs without inciting hatred against those who hold those beliefs.
   Justice Nettle says Judge Higgins' views on the accuracy or inaccuracy of Pastor Scot's views on Islam and the Quran were not relevant to the case, noting: "In my view it was calculated to lead to error for a secular tribunal [like VCAT] to attempt to assess the theological propriety of what was asserted at the Seminar."
   Justice Nettle also notes that Judge Higgins paid insufficient attention to Daniel Scot's emphasis on the need for his audience to love Muslims, to show sensitivity for Muslim culture and respect for the Quran and Mohammed.
   Justice Nettle says at one point: "I have listened to the tape recording of the Seminar…  Unlike [Judge Higgins], however, I was unable to perceive from the tape anything the manner of Pastor Scot's delivery which rendered his statements more likely to incite the audience to hatred and other relevant emotion of or towards Muslims.  To the contrary, as it seemed to me, what one hears is a speaker who, although endowed with an admirable command of the English language, speaks it as a second language with all the difficulties which that sometimes entails.  I hear a degree of nervousness delivery, a pattern of speech which is idiomatically incongruous and consequent double entendre which the speaker sounds not to have intended.  Admittedly, his style is given to ridicule places, and the ridicule results cynical laughter at places.  But on any analysis his plea to love Muslims and to "minister" to them comes across as sincere enough as do the sounds of his audience's reaction to it."
   While Judge Higgins paid great attention to the hurt feelings of the three Muslims who attended the seminar, Justice Nettle says that "the affront to the feelings of the Muslim witnesses was largely if not wholly irrelevant.  The concentration needed to be on the members of the audience who were not Muslims.  What demanded to be assessed was whether the effect of the injunctions to love and to witness to Muslims was sufficient to prevent hatred and other relevant emotion by the non-Muslims towards Muslims.
   "In fact, the Seminar was replete with statements by Pastor Scot, to which neither Mr Thomas [a Muslim complainant] nor [Judge Higgins] made any reference, favourable to Muslims and ex facie calculated to persuade an audience of non-Muslims to love and 'witness' to Muslims (despite Pastor Scot's perception of the shortcomings of Islam)." Justice Nettle goes on to quote substantial parts of the seminar where Pastor Scot speaks of Muslims and their culture positive terms.
   Justices Neave and Ashley have written briefer judgements than Justice Nettle, and while supporting his main conclusion, do not agree with him on all points.  Judge Ashley was particularly critical of the conduct of the pastors' VCAT defence, which his view took up too much time irrelevant theological debate.  my view Judge Higgins was more to blame for allowing such debate and presuming, with no theological training, to decide who was right and wrong. 
   The orders (penalties) handed down 2005 by Judge Higgins have been set aside - and we praise God that the two pastors are once again free to preach and teach about Islam and hold seminars like the one Pastor Scot conducted a Melbourne church March 2002.
   Yet the case is far from over.  It has been sent back to VCAT - an action which could be perceived as passing the buck on this politically highly sensitive issue.  The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has been ordered to pay half the costs of the Supreme Court appeal.  A VCAT judge (not Higgins) will reconsider the evidence already given and make another decision next year - guided by comments of the three Supreme Court justices.
   The two Daniels have welcomed the Victorian Supreme Court decision and have again called for the repeal of the Victorian Racial and Religious Tolerance Act - which has demonstrably created more, not less, intolerance and disharmony Victoria's religious community as a result of cases like theirs. 
   Other cases such as the complaint of a convicted paedophile witch against a Salvation Army officer conducting a prison Alpha Bible course show that vilification laws like these can be and are used to harass groups with differing beliefs. 
   The entire 51 page judgement can be seen at: www.austlii.  edu.au/au/ cases/vic/ VSCA/2006/ 284.html
   Roslyn Phillips is the Research Officer for Festival of Light Australia.  Website www.fol.  org.au
[Feb-Mar 2007, received ~ Feb 11, 07]
• [W.A.  future?  "Sharia law in its extreme form can also be fairly barbaric."]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust.  Nat.  Flag Assn. 

Sharia law to solve Muslim disputes

 
   The West Australian, By KIM MACDONALD, EXCLUSIVE, Page One, Wednesday, February 14, 2007
   PERTH: Local Muslims will be able to resolve some of their marital, divorce, property and commercial disputes using a new mediation process that will hand down decisions based on sharia law.
   Under a controversial plan by the Islamic Council of WA, the State's top imams will oversee the mediation hearings, conducted under the auspices of an incorporated body.
   Abdul Jalil Ahmad, the religious adviser to the council, said the rulings would not override State and Commonwealth laws and could only recommend they be accepted by those involved. 
   Mr Ahmad said the imams would not recommend Muslims take actions that breached the law and they could not hand out punishments.
   But the proposal was criticised by the Ethnic Communities Council, which said it could damage the Muslim bid to integrate with the rest of society.
   ECC spokesman Suresh Rajan said it was wrong to mix religion and the law.  "I think sharia law is extremely strict and to me, running two systems that fashion is going to provide conflict, if not necessarily overt, there will be conflict of the mind of the individual," he said.  "Sharia law its extreme form can also be fairly barbaric."
   But Mr Ahmad rejected the accusation, claiming it would help prevent costly court cases.  "In that way we help because your system you cannot always resolve the problem out of court and a friendly way," he said. |
   He expected more than a dozen imams would sit on the new body, which is yet to be incorporated, and he said there were also talks to set up a national group.
   Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said the group was allowed to help people settle differences out of court but would not be allowed to adjudicate disputes.  #
   [RELATED NEWSITEMS: Sharia, or Islamic law, is gaining an increasing foothold parts of Britain, …  www.thewest.  com.au/default.  aspx?MenuID= 29&Content ID=15230
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   Almost 20 per cent of Indonesian Muslims support the efforts of …  knows and agrees with JI fighting to implement Islamic shari’a law the country.  …  www.thewest.com.au/printfriendly.aspx?StoryName=325187 .  ENDS.]
   [READING RECOMMENDED: A good summary of shari’a law's cruelty towards women could be found by carefully picking out the strands of shari’a law from among the tribal cruelties and violent illogical behaviour June 2002 exposed by Mukhtar Mai's book In the Name of Honour, 2006.  Brief account at Submit / Reading # Honour.  Read about other books on that webpage, including Not Without my Daughter, 1987.  The shari’a law states that no rape can be proven unless four male adult Muslims are witnesses, and that any woman who announces she has had sex outside marriage must be stoned to death.  A woman who had consensual sex, conceived, and was sentenced to death Muslim Nigeria 2001 wrote her account I, Safiya, 2003.  Then search for religious documents ordering wives to obey under threat of a thrashing / scourging / beating, and other women to be used as enforced sex partners if taken by force of arms.  ENDS.]
   [LINK/S: Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia Inc.  www.multicult ural.online.  wa.gov.au/ cgi-bin/ community.cgi? account= ecc wa&url=http:// www.multicult ural.online.  wa.gov.au/ wppuser/eccwa/ eccwa/home page.html
   Muslims Against Terrorism: http://www.rayhawk.com/classics/matusa/islam.html
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shari’a law objection supported.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

shari’a law objection supported

 
   Letter sent to newspaper by an Unusual Suspect, February 14, 2007
   I congratulate the Ethnic Communities Council of WA spokesman Suresh Rajan for opposing the start-up of shari’a law W.A., as reported by Kim Macdonald The West Australian ("Sharia law to solve Muslim disputes," 14/2)
   Muslim law demands that no rape can be proven unless four adult male Muslim witnesses give evidence. 
   On the other hand, a rape victim who complains, if the rape is not proven, has by her very action of reporting the rape admitted having sexual connexion outside marriage.  The penalty for that is death by stoning.  2001 a religious court Nigeria tried to stone to death Safiya Tudu, a seduction victim, who wrote a book about it called I, Safiya 2003.
   Now other Australians can see why the Sheikh Al-Hilali and the Muslim brothers who we say raped, but they probably think they won a woman battle, are so angry with our "Anglo" laws, which saw one of the men sentenced originally to 55 years imprisonment.  We are defying their idea of males' rights, under Allah.
   With such beliefs, how can the proposed committee of imams solve marital, divorce (man says "I divorce thee" thrice), property (daughters inherit half of the sons' shares), and commercial disputes (Koran 66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths.) ?
   Even our under-resourced W.A.  courts will give fairer decisions than these!
   The other major problem is that, under sharia law, both male and female non-Muslims are expected to act as second and third-class citizens, under various labels, one of which is dhimmi, and pay additional financial levies.  Dhimmitude is defined standard texts, but I recommend A People Betrayed, 2002 by Patrick Sookhdeo. 
   Serious politicians and judges ought to study the sharia law and the Hadith.  Good bookshops can obtain them English, and they are on such websites as the University of Southern California; visit http://www.usc.  edu/dept/MSA/ fundamentals/ hadith sunnah/ muslim/019.  smt.html
[Feb 14, 07]
• AIJAC 'dumps' scholar over Muslim remarks.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

AIJAC ‘dumps’ scholar over Muslim remarks

 
   AJN.  com.au , www.ajn.com.  au/news/news.  asp?pgID= 2564 , By Jason Frenkel, with Melissa Singer, February 16, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: THE Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has withdrawn its support for a visiting Israeli expert on Islam who earlier this week urged Australia to cap its intake of Muslim immigrants.
   AIJAC executive director Dr Colin Rubenstein issued a statement on Friday distancing the organisation, which has partly sponsored Hebrew University Professor Raphael Israeli's six-week Australian visit, from the academic's claims that "life will become untenable" unless the Muslim population is kept check.
   Professor Israeli said Australia was danger of being swamped by Muslims – especially from Indonesia – and called for a "preventative policy" to protect national security and ensure Muslims remained a "marginal minority".
   But Dr Rubenstein rejected Professor Israeli's "implication that the Muslim community as a whole is a threat or danger".
   "Islamist extremism is a genuine and serious global problem, but it is completely wrong to single out all Muslims for suspicion or negatively stereotype the Muslim community as a whole this way."
   Dr Rubenstein said AIJAC had censured Professor Israeli over the "unacceptable and unhelpful" remarks, and "will not be co-hosting any of his further appearances Australia".
   Professor Israeli had just begun a stint as a scholar-in-residence at the Shalom Institute Sydney, where he is teaching a course on "Understanding Islam".
   Shalom Institute CEO Hilton Immerman said that while Professor Israeli's views do not necessarily represent those of the Shalom Institute, which "rejects any form of racial stereotyping or ethnic quotas", the course would proceed.
   An author of 20 books on the Muslim, Arab and Chinese worlds, he was also scheduled to give talks Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand.  However, Dr Rubenstein told the AJN that he was unsure whether the talks would go ahead given that AIJAC had withdrew its support.
   an interview with the AJN, Professor Israeli said radical Islam would not be defeated by a war of words.
   "You have to infiltrate all those circles where the Muslim radicals operate, to arrest them, and to limit immigration into western countries where these Muslims, who are bent on destroying western civilisation …  to limit immigration, even students who apply to come from Islamic countries to the West," he said.
   "It serves no purpose when you have this home-grown terrorist, who has been preparing for years to blow up undergrounds London, and all you do is lead a war of words.  The war of words doesn't help.  There is a whole gamut of actions that are possible order to check this threat of Islam."
   Citing France, where Muslims comprise about nine per cent of the population, as an example, Professor Israeli warned growing Muslim communities could change the political, economic, and cultural fabric of a country.
   "You have to adopt some kind of preventative policy.  order not to get there, limit the immigration and therefore you keep them a marginal minority, which will be a nuisance, but cannot pose a threat to the demographic and security aspects of a country."
   But Islamic Council of Victoria director Waleed Aly branded the comments "ill-advised and foolish" and said Professor Israeli didn't understand Australia. 
   "It is clearly possible the current environment to say things about Muslims that you simply cannot say about anyone else," Aly said. 
   "The fundamental problem at the heart of this is that he seems to be suggesting that increased marginalisation of Muslim populations will somehow produce something other than mutual resentment.  It should be obvious to anyone really that it's doomed to failure."
   Officially, there are fewer than 300,000 Muslims Australia according to the 2001 Census, but Islamic community officials estimate the actual number to be at least 500,000 – about 2.5 per cent of the population. 
   "Even though it's so low, they are so vocal, and they make so much noise," Professor Israeli said.  "And therefore the situation has to be checked before they increase their numbers, because don't forget your immediate proximity dwells the largest or most populous Islamic country the world [Indonesia], and by necessity, there is demographic pressure from there to channel the surplus of populations to wherever it's possible.
   "And one of the big possibilities is Australia, so they will continue to come legally, or illegally, and settle here, and when they get to the rate of the 10 per cent like France, then you will see life will become untenable."
   He said France might already be at the "point of no return".
   "Then they control whole sections of the economy, there are areas France where you cannot be elected to Parliament without the support of the Muslims and so on.  And therefore, by increasing their numbers they start to have an impact on the social, economic, political and cultural nature of the country."
   He warned that radical Muslims would find it easier to "melt" into the community and plan terrorist acts without scrutiny from authorities if the growth of Australia's Muslim population was allowed to continue.
   "You will have then large concentrations of Muslims, so it's not thousands, it will be millions, and when they become millions it's a big mass where individual Muslims, including terrorists, can melt, and then go look for them.
   "In England they already have that problem, they cannot locate them, they cannot sort them out from the general population, and sometimes you have to impose a curfew on a whole area to catch one or two or three terrorists, and by doing that you do an injustice to an entire population, and then they start complaining that they are discriminated against."
   Immigrant Muslims had a reputation for manipulating the values of their adopted countries to suit their own ends, he said.
   "And that's why Islam has become feared western countries, which are open, democratic, and tolerant of others.  And Muslim populations, which are very often minorities, very often abuse that hospitality and use democracy, openness and tolerance to their benefit, to spread their faith and to intimidate their hosts, and very often, to impose their standards and values upon them." #
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: By courtesy of M.T.]
   [RECAPITULATION: "It serves no purpose when you have this home-grown terrorist, who has been preparing for years to blow up undergrounds London, and all you do is lead a war of words.  The war of words doesn't help.  There is a whole gamut of actions that are possible order to check this threat of Islam." ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: And the "politically-correct" Judaist leaders, instead of carefully considering the evidence of, e.g., Iraq imploding as Muslim kills Muslim over different interpretations of Islam, promptly disown the scholar they helped bring to teach here! COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 16, 07]

• [Some Muslims push for flags on mosques.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Muslims push for flags on mosques

 
   The Weekend Australian, www.the australian.  news.com.au/ story/0,208 67,21239882- 601,00.html ; by Richard Kerbaj, Page One, February 17-18, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: SENIOR Muslim leaders have called for the Australian flag to be flown outside the nation's mosques as an expression of the Islamic community's "loyalty" and commitment to this country.
   Muslim clerics yesterday urged Australia's 300,000 Islams to back the idea as a symbol of "integration" and pride.
   The former chairman of the Prime Minister's Muslim reference group, Ameer Ali, pushed the Australian Muslim community yesterday to adopt the flag.  "Even Muslim countries the mosque they fly the national flag .  .  .  (such as) Pakistan.  If that can be done a Muslim country why not Australia?" Dr Ali said.
   He said Muslims opposed to the flag being displayed outside mosques were religiously narrow-minded.  "I think they are looking at it from a very narrow, religious angle," he said. 
   Dr Ali said he spearheaded the initiative of displaying the flag outside Muslim schools owned by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils when he ran that organisation 2002. 
   He also ensured that students sang the national anthem during special functions. 
   "We are Australian Muslims," he said.  "And it (the flag) is a symbol of our national identity."
   One of Australia's most respected female Muslim leaders, Aziza Abdel-Halim, said displaying a national flag outside mosques would not conflict with Islamic teachings. 
   "Putting the Australian flag (outside mosques is) a good sign of integration, of being at one with everyone else this country and our pride being Australian," said Sister Abdel-Halim, also a former senior member of John Howard's Muslim advisory body. 
   "I don't see anything at all that would contradict Islamic teachings any way.  It would be a nice gesture to have it, especially now that Muslims really need to underline the fact that they are loyal to this country."
   Another respected imam, Amin Hady, said it would be especially important for the Australian flag to be flown outside mosques on special national occasions, such as Anzac Day and Australia Day.  "That is to me a good idea to reaffirm the commitment of anyone living this country, including the Muslims who are part of the population," the Indonesian imam said. 
   Islamic sources have told The Weekend Australian that the move to fly the flag was discussed by executive members of the Lebanese Muslim Association, one of the Islamic community's most prominent organisations. 
   But the move, backed by several LMA board executives, to display the flag outside Lakemba Mosque, Sydney's southwest, were staunchly opposed by some community members. 
   It is understood that the LMA's proposal came after a Muslim man tore down the Australian flag from the Lakemba office of the Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, last year and stomped on it to express his opposition to it. 
   It is believed that Sheik Hilali - who recently labelled Westerners liars and oppressors and said Australia belonged more to Muslim immigrants who "paid for our passports" than Anglo-Saxon convicts - reprimanded the man before ordering him from the office, on the same premises as the mosque. 
   But Muslim leader Keysar Trad said last night some community members would consider the idea of displaying the flag as "politicising a place of worship". 
   "I have no problem with the flag being at Muslim schools, but a place of worship is for all people to be equal and as such I believe places of worship should maintain the tradition of not raising the national flag," Mr Trad said. 
   And prominent Sydney-based Islamic cleric, Khalil Shami, expressed fears yesterday that hoisting the flag outside mosques would lead to potential violence and further division within the community among factions opposed to the idea.  " #
   [COMMENT: Ah, if only! If only the staunch opposition to the cross, which usually signifies claims that Jesus was far more than a prophet, could be sponged away so easily!  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: …  a Muslim man tore down the Australian flag from the Lakemba office of the Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, last year and stomped on it to express his opposition to it.  ENDS.]
   [BACKGROUND: Study: "Flag's Crosses Affront Some Residents; Don't burn Australian flag -- Anderson," By Colin Fortune, Perth, November 5, 2002.  ENDS.] [Feb 17-18, 2007]

!!!: [Judaist, Anglican, leaders want shari’a Law.] 

Religious leaders are out of step

 
   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Monday, February 19, 2007
   WA's top rabbi and the Anglican Archbishop have rejected criticism of the Muslim community's bid to set up its own mediation group based on shari’a law (report, 15/2).
   Once again we see church leaders, who pay no tax and have not been elected by the very taxpayers who finance their lifestyles, acting as politicians. 
   Like certain sections of the media and those who swan around the halls of academia, they come across as pseudo political forces, and fiercely anti-Western ones at that. 
   These groups have reinvented the proletariat.  No longer are the working classes the darlings of the Left.  They've been replaced by Muslims, homosexuals and refugees, as long as they're not white, like the victims of Robert Mugabe's murderous regime. 
   light of the way Islam has inveigled itself into the political and judicial systems of the UK, Europe and Canada, it beggars belief that Australia's politicians stand idly by and continue to allow those of that faith to continue to flood into the country as immigrants and refugees and proceed to chip away at our way of life. Ernest Della, Westminster.
[Feb 19, 07]
• London bomb suspect wore burka.   

London bomb suspect wore burka

   Reuters, via CNN UK, as summarised on ReligionNewsBlog, Item 17527, http://www. religionnews blog.com/ 17527/ london-bomb- suspect- wore-burka , February 20, 2007
   LONDON, England (Reuters) – The jury the trial of six men accused of plotting suicide bombings London on July 21, 2005, were shown footage on Tuesday of what prosecutors said was one of the suspects escaping a burqa after the failed attacks.
   Woolwich Crown Court was shown closed circuit television images of Yassin Hassin Omar, disguised as a woman and dressed the burka, at Digbeth coach station Birmingham on July 22 where prosecutors say he fled after the alleged bombings.
   Omar, who is accused of trying to set off a bomb on an underground train near Warren Street station, is seen moving through the station carrying a handbag.
   He was later arrested by armed police at a house Birmingham on July 27 where officers say they found him standing a bath with a rucksack on his back.
   Omar, along with Ramzi Mohammed, Muktah Said Ibrahim, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, Hussein Osman, and Adel Yahya, are all charged with conspiracy to murder over the alleged plot to blow up three underground trains and a bus. They deny the charges. #
   [LOOK FORWARD: Australian Muslims, and the kind-hearted, January 2009, insist that people ought to be allowed to wear face coverings shops and banks, and accuse a Queensland radio host of racism.  (Islam's oppression of women is a RELIGIOUS rule, amplifying the attitudes of Islam's two predecessor religions.  Religion is NOT race, so opposition to cultural obsessions is NOT racism.  Ignorance is fairly common among the anti-patriotic elements of society.) ENDS.]
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#london_bomb_suspect
[Feb 20, 07]

• [Remembering Iraqis: Reverie about Babylon (Iraq), St Peter's (Rome), and Antioch (Syria), while rambling through The Acts.] 

Remembering Iraqis: Reverie about Babylon, St Peter’s, and Antioch while rambling through The Acts

 
   By Quentin C. Fortis, of Perth, Friday, February 23, 2007
   While reading through "Don't let the Church Iraq die," by John Pontifex, The Record, of January 25, 2007, I was struck by some happy congruities. 
   The aid worker Marie-Ange Siebrecht, who said Iraq was "the cradle of Christianity," spoke more truly than she perhaps knew.  One of the disputed Epistles states that Peter sent a greeting from "she who is Babylon" (whose ruins are a few kilometres from the Muslim-founded city of Baghdad, Iraq). 
   Memories of the long-lived oriental Churches were aroused by mention of her lodging with Mgr Louis Sako, the city's Chaldean-rite Catholic archbishop.  Chaldea -- what an ancient world that word conjures up!  Iraq's Christians call themselves Assyrian Christians -- Assyria was a warlike empire Old Testament times. 
   But it was New Testament times that I wanted to dream about – it was apt that the Iraq seminary was named after St Peter. 
   You see, Peter's part the early Christian congregations has been subject of much preaching.  (When studying the gospels, remember that although they report occurrences BEFORE the departure of Jesus, they were written AFTER much of the New Testament.  other words, they were NOT written early as the original primitive stories told by preachers and parents.)
   PETER NOW A MYSTERY
   Peter is a mystery to me now.  The Jerusalem apostles had sent Peter with John on a mission to Samaria (The Acts of the Apostles 8:14-25), he taught at Lydda and Jaffa (Acts 9:32 and 43), and Caesarea (Acts 10). 
   Preaching to non-Jews at Antioch (Syria) was started by unnamed followers (Acts 11:20), Barnabas and Saul following up and staying a whole year..  Later John Mark was brought from Jerusalem by Barnabas and Saul (Acts 12:25).
   Paul and Barnabas then set off on a mission that included sailing to Cyprus (Acts 13) and a return trip through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch (Acts 14:21), sailing, we are told, at the end to Antioch (Acts 14:26)!!! 
   Converting Gentiles led to controversy, so Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem, and after a long discussion Peter spoke, then Barnabas and Paul spoke, then James supported Simeon's (yes, Simeon's) sentiments, and gave his "verdict" or "judgement" to accept Gentiles, and the whole church chose delegates to Antioch and two other cities. 
   The further adventures of St Paul continue The Acts, with him using Antioch as a base for missionary journeys including to Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, etc., and a trip to Jerusalem where he was arrested.  We read that as a prisoner he made contact with Judaists Rome (Acts 28:17) and preached there two years rented lodgings. 
   DISAPPEARED, POSTHUMOUS CHAIRS
   And where was PETER during all this?  He wasn't mentioned again The Acts of the Apostles after 12:18, following his miraculous rescue from prison.  So the Roman Church celebration of "St Peter's Chair at Antioch" (formerly celebrated on February 22, while St Peter's Chair at Rome was on January 18) might be a will-o'-the-wisp.  February 22 is now "The Chair of St Peter, Apostle."  Which chair? Where?
   At some unnamed time Cephas (is that Peter?) is supposed to have gone to Antioch, where Paul opposed him "to his face" for insincerity and not eating with gentiles (Galatians 2:11), though previously he had done so.  Hardly the attitude of a "Prince of the Apostles," was it?
   See what I learn from reading a disputed epistle "She who is Babylon, a chosen one, sends you her greetings, as does Mark my son." (1st Peter 5:13).  Slight support for my Babylonia trip theory though it may be, the seminary name still warmed my heart. 
   (You see, Babylonia, besides being a many-gods pagan empire, housed the main academies of Jewish learning until about A.D.  1040, under semi-independent rulers.  The trainee rabbis recited the Gemara and the Mishna, which later centuries we know as the Babylonian Talmud – it includes several anti-Jesus and anti-minim sections, and so [during Christian supremacy years] was persecuted by Churches of both the East and the West). 
   Peter was quite likely to have been sent to Babylon, the fount of the Pharisaic teachers who opposed Jesus, just as we read that Paul preached publicly Athens, a fount of polytheistic paganism (Acts 17:16-31).  Peter's personal experiences with Jesus and forthright speechmaking might have been thought to be more soul-taking than Paul's Pharisee training under Gamaliel. 
   (Another sidelight:  Is Judaism partly Babylonish?  A German Lutheran scholar of Jewish descent, Friedrich Delitzsch, wrote Babel und Bibel, 1902-03, claiming that several Old Testament narratives were of Babylonian origin, and that Judaism was essentially dependent on Babylonian culture.  Oh dear!  That's wasted another lot of sermons about the People of God struggling His name for centuries and worshipping Him only!)  Delitzsch details source: Elizabeth A.  Livingstone (ed.), 1977, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church; Oxford, Oxford University Press; p 148. 
   Another fact, and a digression.  The cathedral church of the diocese of Rome is St John Lateran.  St Peter's was one of the ordinary churches of Rome until the mediaeval Pope Leo X decided to tear it down and build a bigger one on the site.  The pope raised money by sending out fundraisers who sold indulgences AND pardons.  Martin Luther 1517 and others objected to this, and so another Christian revival movement started, which we call the Reformation. 
   "Come, and I will give you letters, all properly sealed, by which even the sins that you intend to commit may be pardoned." -- Tetzel.  (MERLE D'AUBIGNÉ, Jean Henri,The Triumph of Truth; A Life of Martin Luther, translated by WHITE, Henry, 1996; Greenville, Bob Jones University Press, p 67) 
   Luther, as a Catholic priest, while hearing Confessions was refusing to absolve the people who said they refused to abandon their sins, giving as their reason the pardon documents issued by Tetzel.  (Ibid, pp 79-80). 
   On October 31, 1517, Luther posted 95 theses (propositions) against the selling of indulgences and pardons.  Thesis "36.  Every Christian who truly repents of his sins enjoys an entire remission both of the penalty and of the guilt, without any need of indulgences."  "79.  It is blasphemy to say that the cross adorned with the arms of the pope is as effectual as the cross of Christ."
   But, I started about the persecutions and terror directed against the Christians of Iraq.  Evidently the supposed Anglo-Celt Christians who attacked the bloodthirsty dictator Saddam Hussein, saying he was the terrorist Axis of Evil, have no remedy for the Iraqi Christians.  Perhaps those Eastern and Catholic ceremonies with holy oils and incense have repelled Bush, Blair and Howard, who see other sorts of oil and gas they want to keep out of the French and Russian branches of Multinational Corporations.  How all this could lead to a discussion of Tetzel's blasphemous pardons and the Reformation landmark of 1517 only Q.C.Fortis can tell! #
   [ON THE WEB, ALSO: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6#remembering   .  ENDS.] [23 Feb 07]
• [US could release raping murderer ten years – wiped out al-Janabi family.]  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

US jails soldier for rape, murders

 
   The Weekend Australian, www.theaust ralian.news.  com.au/story/ 0,20867,2127 7941-2703, 00.html , Correspondents Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Baghdad, AFP, MCT, p 11, February 24-25, 2007
   A US soldier has been sentenced to 100 years prison for his role the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murders of her family.
   But under the terms of his plea agreement, Sergeant Paul E.  Cortez, 24, could be eligible for parole 10 years.
   Cortez, 24, admitted he was among five soldiers who plotted the rape and murders Mahmu-diyah, south of Baghdad, last March, while they were drinking gin and whisky and playing cards at a traffic checkpoint.
   Cortez was tears as members of his 101st Airborne unit testified on his behalf ahead of sentencing yesterday.  "I'm sorry I let you guys down, you guys treat me better than this," he said.  He was the second soldier to plead guilty the case.
   The military judge sentenced him to life prison without parole, as well as a dishonourable discharge.  But the judge acknowledged that, under a plea bargain overseen by the commanding general of the 101st Airborne, Cortez could only be sentenced to 100 years' imprisonment, which under military law allows the possibility of parole after 10 years.
   The case shocked many by accounts that the soldiers calmly plotted to violate a young girl they had seen walking down the street the Iraqi village and deliberately tried to cover up their crime by killing her family and setting their house alight.
   They decided Abeer Kassem Hamza al-Janabi would make a good target because her father was the only man the house, Cortez told a military court.
   a statement frequently interrupted by tears, Cortez described how a fellow soldier pinned the girl to the ground and held her down while he raped her.  Cortez then held al-Janabi down as Specialist James Barker raped her. 
   Barker also avoided the death penalty as part of a plea deal last November which he was sentenced to 90 years prison and agreed to co-operate with prosecutions of other soldiers.
   Private First Class Jesse Spielman and Private First Class Bryan Howard are awaiting courts-martial while accused ringleader Steve Green, who was discharged from the army before the case came to light, will be tried a federal court.
   During the trial, Cortez said he heard about four or five gunshots from the bedroom where Green had taken the girl's parents, Kassem Hamza Rachid al-Janabi and Fakhriya Taha Mohsine al-Janabi, and sister, Hadeel Kassem Hamza al-Janabi, 6.
   "After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said he had killed them all and all of them were dead," Cortez told the court.
   Cortez watched as Green raped the girl and then shot her the head.
   Baghdad yesterday, Iraq's Shia-led Government, which has spent most of the week denying a Sunni woman was raped by police, reacted to a second rape allegation yesterday by arresting four soldiers.
   both cases, the women appeared on TV to describe the alleged assaults, a rare public spectacle a region where the crime is rarely spoken of and where a woman's admission to being raped might be considered shameful to her family.
   The rape allegations have raised sectarian tensions the Iraqi security forces as they begin a long-awaited campaign to stabilise Baghdad.  AFP, MCT #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#uscould
   [RECAPITULATION: Cortez, 24, admitted he was among five soldiers who plotted the rape and murders Mahmu-diyah, south of Baghdad, last March, while they were drinking gin and whisky and playing cards at a traffic checkpoint.   RECAP.  ENDS.]
   [1st COMMENT: Drinking liquor and playing cards while on duty!  Australians can rest content with the supervision and morale of our senior partners!  They have seized Iraq, so why not declare that Wall Street owns Australia, too!   ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Out ten years, though his group murdered a whole family!  Let's show no prejudice against a Latino!  Who said multiculturalism isn't wonderful!  And the commander, who ought to have been on trial too for bad supervision and training, organised a plea bargain!  This is as good as the British, who allowed criminal police to remain receiving their superannuation payments, although they had ruined the lives of the Birmingham Four and the Guildford Six, framed for supposed Irish Republican Army bombings..    ENDS.]
   [3rd COMMENT: The Iraqi government, with its own criminal elements among its police and soldiers, cannot follow the rule of law.  Most of the people believe "eye for eye" (Koran 5:45 or 49), and killing opponents.  ENDS.]
   [4th COMMENT: Will such behaviour by the scourings of the U.S.A.  help "win hearts and minds" among the 1000 million Muslims the world? [Feb 24-25, 2007]

• [Kareeem questioned politicians and Islam – gets four years' jail]  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Egyptian web dissident gets four years’ jail

 
   The Weekend Australian, MCT, p 12, February 24-25, 2007
   CAIRO: An anti-government internet blogger has been sentenced to four years an Egyptian jail, a landmark case that has sent shockwaves through the country's growing community of online dissidents. 
   The case against Abdel Kareem Suleiman, 23, a former student at the Islamic institute of al-Azhar, was Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger specifically for online writings; other bloggers had been detained for their offline political activities. 
   Suleiman, who blogs as Kareem Amer, received three years prison on charges of contempt of religion and an extra year for defaming US-allied President Hosni Mubarak.
   "He's only 23 years old.  This verdict will ruin his future," said Mohamed el Sharkawy, another blogger and opposition figure who was arrested and allegedly tortured a crackdown on dissidents last year.
   "Security officials tailor-made this charge to shove bloggers and activists into jail.  This means that the state cannot tolerate anyone voicing his opinion."
   While human rights groups denounced Suleiman's sentence as further evidence of Mr Mubar-ak's authoritarian regime backsliding on promised changes, the blogger's postings about Islam were so inflammatory even some of the most fervent free-speech advocates couldn't bring themselves to support him.
   The case not only set a precedent for prosecuting bloggers, but also forced debate on the limits of religious and political expression conservative Egypt.
   "The bloggers are having deep disputes over whether to support this guy or not," said Tarek Mounir, of the Cairo office of Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom watchdog group.
  [Picture] Inflammatory: Abdel Kareem Suleiman is escorted court  
   "The bloggers here are like the political horizon.  Some of them are Islamists."
   To some activists, the young blogger is a powerful symbol of the fight for free speech and a tolerant, moderate Islam.
   To many others, however, he's a limelight-seeker willing to offend the sensibilities of his countrymen for a few minutes of fame.
   Suleiman's family, said to be conservative Muslims, publicly disowned him this week an interview with the local Masry al-Youm newspaper.
   For two years, Suleiman lashed out at government and religious institutions, taking particular aim at his own school, al-Azhar, one of the bastions of Sunni Muslim thought.  He accused al-Azhar clerics of advocating terrorism, stifling progress and spruiking for the Mubarak Government.
   According to a report by Amnesty International, Suleiman was detained briefly October 2005 for tarnishing Islam his writings about sectarian clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians.  Shortly after, he was expelled from al-Azhar for blasphemy.  He has been jail on the latest charges since November.
   While Egyptian bloggers debate the merit of his case, foreigners have turned him into a cause celebre.  the past week, demonstrators New York, Washington, London, Rome and several other European capitals marched front of Egyptian embassies with "Free Kareem" banners.  Newspapers, including The Washington Post and Lebanon's Daily Star, have called for the charges to be dismissed.
   Esra'a al-Shafei, a blogger Bahrain, even set up a website, www.freekareem.org, to draw attention to the case. 
   "I was offended by some of Kareem's blog writings.  But I cannot support his imprisonment merely because he said a few things that insult my identity.  Freedom of expression and open exchange of ideas must be respected," al-Shafei wrote a news release posted on her site.
   Cairo bloggers said the sentence left them fearful and angry.  #
   [DOCTRINE: 49:1:- O Believers!  enter not upon any affair ere Allah and His Apostle permit you … 
   49:7:- …  Allah hath endeared the faith to you …  and hath made unbelief, and wickedness, and disobedience hateful to you.  …    DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [ON THE WEB, ALSO: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#kareem .  ENDS.] [Feb 24-25, 2007]

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Israeli rule ‘like apartheid’

 
   The Weekend Australian, AP, p 12, February 24-25, 2007
   GENEVA: Israel's actions the West Bank and Gaza have been compared a UN report to apartheid South Africa - charges that drew angry rebukes from Israel and were sure to revive charges that the UN Human Rights Council is biased against the Jewish state. 
   The report by John Dugard, independent investigator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the council, is to be presented next month, but it has been posted on the body's website.
   it, Mr Dugard, a South African lawyer who campaigned against apartheid the 1980s, says: "Israel's laws and practices the (Palestinian territories) certainly resemble aspects of apartheid."
   The 24-page report catalogues a number of accusations against Israel, ranging from restrictions on Palestinian movement and house demolitions to preferential treatment given to Jewish settlers the West Bank.
   "Can it seriously be denied that the purpose of such action is to establish and maintain domination by one racial group - Jews - over another racial group - Palestinians - and systematically oppress them?" Mr Dugard asks.
   Israel says it aims mainly to prevent Palestinian suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed more than 1000 Israelis the past six years, and officials note that violence broke out 2000 after Israel's proposal to pull out of the vast majority of the West Bank and Gaza exchange for peace was rejected.
   Its ambassador Geneva criticised Mr Dugard for directing attacks only at the Jewish state.  "Any conclusions he may draw are therefore fundamentally flawed and purposely biased," Yitzhak Levanon said.
   The report will be presented next month at the rights council's first session of the year.  The new body has been criticised - even by its founder, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan - for only censuring one government the world, Israel's, over alleged abuses.
   Mr Dugard's report accuses Israel of "terror" by F16 fighter jets setting off sonic booms above residential areas.  the West Bank, "residents live fear of settler terror". 
   He says it is "grossly inaccurate" to say Israel's 2005 removal of settlers and soldiers from Gaza constituted an end to its occupation of that territory, captured from Egypt the 1967 war. 
   "Israel retained control of Gaza's air space, sea space and external borders, and the border crossings," he writes.  "Gaza became a sealed off, imprisoned and occupied territory."
   War crimes have been committed by both sides, he says: "This applies to Palestinians who fire Qassam rockets into Israel; and more so to members of the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) who have committed such crimes on a much greater scale." #
   [DOCTRINE: • "12 Take care you make no pact with the inhabitants of the country you are about to enter,  .  .  .  15 Make no pact with the inhabitants of the country …" -- Hebrew Torah, Exodus, 34: 12 and 15 (NJB)
   25  This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven …  -- Deuteronomy 2:25 (AV)
   • 6 Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.  -- Judges 1:6 (New International Version, © 1984.)
   • 12 So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them.  They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool Hebron.  …  -- 2 Samuel 4:12.  (NIV) [See variant Muslim scripture, Koran 5:33]   DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Savagery remains savagery, even if chanted or sung decorated buildings by people wearing interesting headdresses and robes.    ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: During the South African white regime, spite of world sanctions, the government obtained its weapons from -- Israel.  Can you see WHY?   ENDS.]
   [ON THE WEB: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#israeli   .  ENDS.] [Feb 24-25, 2007]

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Mother frees her two daughters

 
   The Sunday Times (Perth, W.  Australia), www.news.com.  au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21281817-9 48,00.html , World Exclusive, by Sandra Lee Canada, pp 1, 4, 5, 43, 46, 48-49, February 25, 2007
   A CANADIAN woman has spoken for the first time about how she freed her two daughters from their Australian father after he took them to Lebanon.
   [PICTURE] SAFE AT LAST: Canadian mother Melissa Hawach with her daughters Hannah and Cedar, who she freed from Lebanon where they had been taken by their Australian father
   Courgaeous Melissa Hawach has revealed how she executed a daring covert operation to retrieve her two young daughters and spirit them out of Lebanon after their father abducted them from Sydney last July. 
   Speaking just hours after she returned to Canada with her daughters Hannah and Cedar, an emotional Melissa Hawach told how she was reunited with her girls on December 21 and spent seven weeks constant fear of being caught and losing them again as they moved between safe homes villages across Lebanon. 
   The Canadian-born mother, whose daughters have dual Australian-Canadian citizenship, was relieved to be finally safe at home, ending a bitter and agonising seven-month, three-country custody ordeal. 
   "I was scared to death over there," Mrs Hawach told The Sunday Times this week an interview. 
   "I was never worried about the courts, I was never worried about being arrested.  I could not have cared less if I was thrown jail. 
   "But I knew that if I was caught, my children would get turned back over, I wouldn't know where they would go and I would never see them again. 
   "My greatest fear was losing them again." The 32-year-old mother retrieved Hannah and Cedar, then five and three, with the help of four former members of the elite Australian and New Zealand Special Forces who conducted an undercover surveillance operation at a resort 30km out of Beirut where the girls' father, Joseph Hawach, from the Sydney suburb of Rosehill, had been keeping them. 
   With the girls safely her custody, Mrs Hawach cut her blonde hair short and dyed it black to avoid standing out as she moved between four houses that were found by a network of trusted Lebanese friends. 
   "My children are half-Lebanese and these people took me into their homes, they treated me like their family," a grateful Mrs Hawach said. 
   Her lawyers worked steadily through official and diplomatic channels to secure her children's safe exit from their father's ancestral homeland. 
   On February 17, the exhausted mother and her daughters were returned home under a shroud of secrecy after a journey that took them via Syria and Jordan. 
   "I knew, even when I was as scared as I was, there was no other option for me," Mrs Hawach said. 
   "There is nowhere to rest your head when your children aren't their beds at night.  You can't stop, you just can't.  I wouldn't want them to think that I gave up.  Ever."
   Mrs Hawach's horrific ordeal began on July 15 last year when her estranged husband Joe, a dual Australian-Lebanese citizen, disappeared with their daughters part-way through an authorised three-week holiday to Sydney to visit his family. 
   Two days later, a distraught Mrs Hawach, who had remained Canada, was told by one of his family that "Joe has gone to the Middle East with the girls and I don't think that he is coming back". 
   Canadian authorities confirmed that Mr Hawach had taken his daughters across the border of Syria to bomb-ravaged Lebanon on July 22 – a day after a Canadian court awarded Mrs Hawach sole custody of her children and just 10 days after Lebanon and Israel went to war. 
   Mr Hawach was charged with two counts of child abduction and international warrants were issued for his arrest. 
   Within weeks, he made a rare phone call to his wife of six years from Lebanon and demanded sole custody of Hannah and Cedar a "parenting agreement" that would return them to Australia and prohibit them from leaving until they were 16.  If she agreed, she would see her children. 
   "He was just cold," Mrs Hawach said.  "This wasn't typical parental abductions - you just don't get phone calls back and demands.  It became like a kidnapping negotiation rather than an actual parental abduction."
   The anguished mother also spoke to her elder daughter for the first time since she and her young sister disappeared. 
   "She was confused.  (Joe) told them that I had left them.  Hannie seeks the truth.  She knows when she is being fed malarky," Mrs Hawach said, her voice choked with a mix of hurt at her husband's lies and pride at her daughter's strength of character. 
   "So, it wouldn't have made sense to her that Mummy had left them when she had gotten on two airplanes and gone to a country where she didn't even speak the same language. 
   "I just wanted her to know that I loved her and I said, 'Make sure you tell Cedar that I love her and miss her'."
   On December 13, Mrs Hawach and her father, Jim Engdahl, flew to Lebanon to have the local courts recognise her Canadian custody rights and investigate a tip-off from a tourist that her daughters were at the al-Rimal resort Jounieh. 
   When the courts failed her, Mrs Hawach moved to her plan of last resort.  She hired a local investigator who found that Mr Hawach's uncle owned a unit at the resort. 
   She also had the help of a Canadian private investigator with the Missing Children Society of Canada, a team of local lawyers, as well as Brian Corrigan, a former Australian soldier with the elite 3RAR parachute regiment Sydney. 
   Mr Corrigan teamed with NZ-born former Special Air Service trooper David Bruce Pemberton and put the resort under surveillance.  They soon knew that Hannah and Cedar were there with their father. 
   On December 20, they smuggled Mrs Hawach into the resort and she watched her daughters playing. 
   Her lawyers Beirut advised her to do nothing for fear of her husband's reaction and a crushed Mrs Hawach left without Hannah and Cedar. 
   "I cried all night.  I just kept saying …  I have made the biggest mistake of my life if I've lost them now for ever," she said. 
   After a horror night, a shattered Mrs Hawach was determined to retrieve her girls and returned the following day with Mr Corrigan, Mr Pemberton and two other former NZ Special Forces soldiers. 
   Hannah and Cedar returned from school, where their father had enrolled them only three weeks earlier, at 4.30pm. 
   "I just walked out, slow as you please, and just stood there watching for a little bit," Mrs Hawach said.  The men stayed the background and were not involved. 
   "And then I called to Hannie and I said, 'Hannie, Hannie', and she turned and looked at me. 
   "I had Hannie my arms and was holding Cedar's hand and I said, 'We're gonna go now, we're gonna go visit Bumpy' (their grandfather).  And we're going to talk to Dad a little bit later.  I'll tell Dad later. 
   "And that was it.  There was no rush, no grab.  It was unbelievable, actually, how smooth it was.  We walked out and got the van and left.  And they were as good as gold.  They were so happy."
   Before the night was out, Mrs Hawach and her daughters were hiding and her husband had filed a complaint of "forced kidnapping" against her with local police. 
   Mr Pemberton and Mr Corrigan, who had registered at the resort using his own name, were arrested as they waited to fly out of Beirut, but their two colleagues left undetected. 
   The men were charged with two counts of child abduction and remain a Beirut prison.  Last week the charge against Mr Corrigan was reduced to a misdemeanour. 
   "These men have committed no crime, they have done nothing wrong and they are being held there," Mrs Hawach said. 
   "There is still a long way to go and there are two amazing guys who have been apart from their family. 
   "They have sacrificed a lot of time with their own family to reunite me with mine, and that needs to be resolved and that's a priority for me."
   Mrs Hawach spent seven weeks "reconnecting" with her children, teaching Cedar how to write her name and Hannah how to read a clock.  They slept three-to-a-bed the homes of "complete strangers" local villages Lebanon. 
   But her children were desperate to return to Canada.  "Hannah could not understand why weren't we just getting on a plane and going home to Canada," Mrs Hawach said. 
   "She was worried about being tricked again.  She kept saying that her daddy tricked her. 
   "And she could see planes taking off from one of the rooms that we were staying and every time (she'd say), 'There's another plane, Mum, why can't we be on it?' "
   Last Saturday, they were.  Their fugitive father remains Lebanon.  #
   [Video: To see brief video of Mrs Hawach speaking, visit Perth Now at www.news.com.  au/perthnow and follow the link "Video".   ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: Mrs Hawach's horrific ordeal began on July 15 last year when her estranged husband Joe, a dual Australian-Lebanese citizen, disappeared with their daughters part-way through an authorised three-week holiday to Sydney to visit his family.  … 
   Mr Pemberton and Mr Corrigan, who had registered at the resort using his own name, were arrested as they waited to fly out of Beirut, but their two colleagues left undetected.  The men were charged with two counts of child abduction and remain a Beirut prison.  Last week the charge against Mr Corrigan was reduced to a misdemeanour.  ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: 4:34 (or 38):- …  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence, because Allah hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them:  verily, Allah is High, Great.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/004.  qmt.html #004.034 .
   5:8-9:- O believers!  when ye address yourselves to prayer, wash your faces …  purify yourselves.  But …  if ye have touched women, and ye find no water, then take clean sand and rub your faces and your hands with it. 
   33:57 (or 59):- Prophet, enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers to draw their veils close round them.  …
   64:14:- O ye who believe!  Verily, your wives and your children ye have an enemy:  wherefore beware of them.  … 
   66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. …    DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: So, now do you believe television's laughing Australian Muslim girls floating around with brightly coloured cloths, saying that is what they will wear, of their own free will, for their "scarves" or "hijabs"?  Or do you see the coalbags which subdued women walk about "pious" Muslim lands?  ENDS.]
   [STUDY GROUPS POINTS: Would Joe's actions, treating their children as chattels and showing no respect for his wife, be grounded his "belief system" and "culture"?  His actions are not unique the Muslim community -- their Islamic laws give fathers custody.  Is his culture on a collision course with modern Westerners'?  Is it sensible to invite more people to be new citizens, if they have no tolerance for the West's tolerant practices?
   Who should have charge of children when a marriage breaks down?  Whose law ought to prevail – that of the West, or shari’a?  Are men "superior" to women all matters?  Is dual nationality a safe principle for Australia, Canada, etc., etc.? Are Professor Israeli and Dr Fraser right? ENDS.]
   [RECOMMENDED: Books Not without my daughter (Mrs Betty Mahmoodi, 1987), In the Name of Honour (Ms Mukhtar Mai, 2006), I, Safiya (Ms Safiya Tudu, 2003), and Australian Jihad (Mr Martin Chulov, 2006).  Or read newsitems about Ms Amina Lawal of Nigeria.    ENDS.]
   [ON THE WEB, ALSO: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#hawach   .  ENDS.] [Feb 25, 07]

• Reid wins battle to deport cleric. 

Reid wins battle to deport cleric

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   The Telegraph (Britain), www.telegraph.  co.uk/news/ main.jhtml? xml=/news/ 2007/02/26/ nqatada126.  xml , By Philip Johnston and Joshua Rozenberg, Last Updated 1:19am GMT Feb/27/2007
Profile: Extremist cleric who came to UK on fake passport
   The Home Office has won a key legal victory a five-year battle to eject a suspected al-Qa'eda terror leader from Britain. 
  [Picture] Abu Qatada arrived Britain illegally 1993.   
   A court ruled that Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric described as Osama bin Laden's spiritual representative Europe, can be deported to his homeland. 
   Qatada, a London-based imam, has been fighting Government efforts to remove him to Jordan since 2002 claiming he faces torture or death.  His lawyers argued that under human rights laws, Britain was unable to deport him to a country where he could be ill-treated. 
   But the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) said assurances received from Lebanon about his treatment were enough to override human rights obstacles. 
   Mr Justice Ouseley, the Siac chairman, said there was "no real risk of persecution" of Qatada on his return. 
   Although a trial Jordan would not be independent enough to satisfy the Human Rights Convention, it would "not involve a complete denial of the right to a fair trial before an independent and impartial body," the court said. 
   Siac said Qatada's presence the UK was "not conducive to the public good" and there was no evidence that his views had moderated since he was first detained 2002. 
   His deportation would make "the lives and well-being of those resident here safer".  It was necessary "as a measure of defence for the rights of those who live here". 
   The ruling was greeted by ministers as a vindication of their policy of negotiating memoranda of understanding with countries to which they want to deport suspected Islamists. 
   Many of them, including Qatada, were kept jail without charge after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks America but were subsequently released after the policy was ruled unlawful. 
   Since then, most have been subject to control orders restricting their movements and contacts.  Qatada has been held immigration detention pending deportation. 
   Agreements have been sought with countries like Morocco and Algeria - but Jordan was seen as a test case because its judicial regime is considered to be among the more benign. 
   John Reid, the Home Secretary, said: "It is our firm belief that these agreements strike the right balance between allowing us to deport individuals who threaten the security of this country and safeguarding the rights of these individuals on their return."
   However, the matter is far from over.  Qatada's legal team said he would appeal and human rights campaigners denounced the Siac decision. 
   Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said "paper promises" that there would be no ill-treatment were insufficient. 
   "Dodgy little 'assurances' from regimes that practise torture convince few outside government," she added. 
   Qatada, 45, also known as Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, fled Jordan the mid-1990s and was later tried and convicted absentia on terrorist charges. 
   Gareth Peirce, representing Qatada, said he would face a retrial by a military court Jordan.  "Because trials of his co-accused have already taken place Jordan, we know that the evidence was obtained by the use of torture, during 50 days of incommunicado detention.  One of the primary defence witnesses has already been executed Jordan."
   She said Jordan had refused to give an assurance that her client would not face trial on other offences, for which he could be sentenced to death.  That amounted to a denial of justice, which was a bar to deportation, she maintained. 
   Tim Hancock, of Amnesty International UK, said it was of "profound concern" that Siac had discounted evidence showing the risk of torture if Qatada was returned to Jordan.  This included material documenting the "routine infliction of torture on 'security suspects' Jordan…a practice which continues with impunity". 
   Qatada became one of the UK's most wanted men December 2001 when he went on the run on the eve of moves to introduce new anti-terror laws.  He has been described court as the most significant extremist Islamic preacher the UK and the Spanish called him bin Laden's "ambassador to Europe."
   However, Qatada, a Palestinian, has always denied links to al-Qa'eda and says he has never met its leader. 
   Lord Carlile of Berriew, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, said it was Jordan's interests to honour the assurances it had given. 
   "Britain and Jordan have a long history of working together on various international issues.  Jordan will not wish to alienate the United Kingdom," he added. 
   Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury and chairman of the Parliamentary Group on British Victims of Terror, said: "No country takes lightly a memorandum of understanding that it has signed.  I am confident that Jordan will respect the memorandum." #
   [RECAPITULATION: Qatada, 45, also known as Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, fled Jordan the mid-1990s and was later tried and convicted absentia on terrorist charges.    ENDS.]
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#reid
[Feb 27, 07]

• Extremist who came to UK on fake passport. 

Extremist who came to UK on fake passport

 
   The Telegraph (Britain), www.telegraph.  co.uk/news/ main.jhtml? xml=/news/ 2007/02/26/ nqatada226.xml , By Duncan Gardham, Last Updated 1:19am GMT, Feb/27/2007
Reid wins battle to deport cleric Qatada
   Almost from the moment he arrived Britain, Abu Qatada has been providing religious and spiritual advice to extremist groups, according to the Home Office. 
   He has offered guidance response to requests for authority to carry out attacks and inspiration to terrorist cells motivated by his speeches and writings. 
   Among those he influenced were Mohammed Atta, one of the ring-leaders of the September 11 hijackers, who had a number of Qatada's videos his Hamburg flat.
   It is also said that he advised Rachid Ramda who is jail France for financing the bombing of the Paris Metro 1995 and Djamel Beghal an Algerian jail France for plotting to blow up the American embassy Paris. 
   Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mohammed Othman, arrived Britain from his native Jordan September 1993 using a forged United Arab Emirates passport and claimed asylum for himself and his wife and three children.
   He was recognised as a refugee and granted leave to remain the following June. 
   March 1995, Qatada issued an influential fatwa [religious ruling] which justified the killing of the wives and children of apostates Algeria.
   September 1998 he told his followers it was legitimate to break Western laws, steal and cheat "kaffirs" [non-believers] and take their women for sex or sale.
   The following year he used his base at the Four Feathers Social Club Baker Street, central London to issue a fatwa supporting killing Jews and Americans, whom he said were "no better than Jews."
   one sermon, apparently delivered Britain, Qatada said Allah "looked well" on killing a non-believer for the sake if Islam and told a questioner that suicide bombings were acceptable if they were for the benefit of Islam.
   He went into hiding December 2001, three months after the September 11 attacks, as the Government prepared to introduce a new Anti-terrorism Act which allowed the detention of foreign nationals deemed to be a threat to national security.
   The following October Qatada was arrested and 17 months later his appeal was dismissed by the Special Immigration and Appeals Commission (SIAC) which described him as a "truly dangerous individual" who was "heavily involved, indeed at the centre of terrorist activities associated with al-Qa'eda."
   A year later, March 2005, Qatada was released from Belmarsh after an appeal to the House of Lords which found the legislation contravened the Human Rights Act and placed under house arrest.
   The groups said to have asked for his guidance are thought to include al-Qa'eda, Islamic Jihad Egypt, the GIA and GSPC Algeria and other groups Iraq, Indonesia, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
   Qatada has been convicted twice Jordan his absence.
   He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts connection with bomb attacks on two hotels Amman 1998, carried out by the Reform and Challenge Group. 
   Jordan had asked for his extradition from Britain but it was not granted.
   He was also convicted of providing finance and advice to the Army of Mohammed which planned a series of bomb attacks Jordan to coincide with the Millennium.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#extremist
   [RECAPITULATION: Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mohammed Othman, arrived Britain from his native Jordan September 1993 using a forged United Arab Emirates passport … 
   March 1995, Qatada issued an influential fatwa [religious ruling] which justified the killing of the wives and children of apostates Algeria.
   September 1998 he told his followers it was legitimate to break Western laws, steal and cheat "kaffirs" [non-believers] and take their women for sex or sale.
   The following year he used his base at the Four Feathers Social Club Baker Street, central London to issue a fatwa supporting killing Jews and Americans, whom he said were "no better than Jews."
   one sermon, apparently delivered Britain, Qatada said Allah "looked well" on killing a non-believer for the sake if Islam and told a questioner that suicide bombings were acceptable if they were for the benefit of Islam.   ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Regarding forged passport, recite 3:47, 8:30, and 66:2.  Killing of families of apostates Algeria, recite 71:27-28, study 9, 84:57.  To break Western laws, recite 33:48.  Take non-Muslims' wives for sex or sale, recite 24:33.  [More texts to be listed when time permits] [Feb 27, 07]

• Living By Muhammad's Words And Deeds; The facts of Muhammad's life, and Jihadist Terror 
   Annals Australasia, annals australasia§ gmail.com , by Bruce Thornton, pp 28-30, January-February 2007
ANNALS AUSTRALASIA  28  JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2007
ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY
The facts of Muhammad’s life, and Jihadist Terror

LIVING BY MUHAMMAD’S WORDS AND DEEDS

 
Reviewed by Bruce Thornton
A mbrose Bierce once quipped that war was God's way of teaching Americans geography.  He could have said "teaching us history," for the enemy is emboldened by our ignorance not just of where he lives but of how he lives, his beliefs and values, and to understand these traditions we must understand their history. 
   Unfortunately, the current war against Islamic jihad we persist ignoring the documented history of Islam and its beliefs, accepting instead the spin and distortions of various propagandists, apologists, and Western useful idiots.
   This imperative to know the enemy's beliefs is particularly important for understanding the jihadists, for Islam is a fiercely traditional faith, one brooking no deviation from the revelation granted to Muhammad and codified the Koran, Hadith, and the sira or biography of the Prophet. 
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The Truth about Muhammad
by Robert Spencer. 
Regnery Publishing, 2006
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   As Robert Spencer shows his invaluable resource The Truth about Muhammad, these sources Muhammad is presented as "an excellent model of conduct," as the Koran puts it, his words and deeds forming the pattern for all pious Muslims to follow.
   "Muslims," according to Muqtedar Khan of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy, "as a part of religious observance, not only obey, but also seek to emulate and imitate their Prophet every aspect of life."  The facts of Muhammad's life, then, are paramount for understanding the beliefs that warrant and validate jihadist terror.  Presenting those facts clearly and fairly is precisely what Spencer accomplishes his new book.  Spencer has been for years a bastion of plain-speaking truth.
   Through books like Islam Unveiled, Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), and as director of Jihad Watch, Spencer has courageously presented the simple facts of Islamic history and thought that too many Americans, including some the current administration, ignore or distort.
   Spencer's new book continues this important service of arming us with the facts we need order to understand an enemy who wants nothing from us other than our conversion, death, or subjection. 
   Basing his description of Muhammad on the same Islamic sources revered by believers themselves, Spencer paints a portrait of the Prophet unrecognizable to any who have been deceived by the idealizations of apologists like Farida Khanam, whom Spencer quotes as claiming that Muhammad's "heart was filled with intense love for all humankind irrespective of caste, creed or color," or the British religious writer Karen Armstrong, who claims that "Muhammad eventually abjured violence and pursued a daring, inspired policy of non-violence that was worthy of Ghandi."
   Such fantastic delusions cannot stand up to the relentless quotations and facts Spencer gathers from Islamic sources, all of which show us a Mohammad justifying and practising violence the service of the faith he invented.
   As Spencer traces Muhammad's life, we see the behaviors practised by today's jihadists, who continually cite the Prophet as their justifying model.  The arrogant intolerance of any other religion finds its source Muhammad's assertion to Muslims, "Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing Allah."  The rationalization of violence by invoking the hostility of unbelievers is also warranted by Muhammad:  because of the rejection of him by his tribesmen the Quraysh, Allah "gave permission to His apostle to fight and to protect himself against those who wronged them [Muslims] and treated them badly."  Hence the various offences fabricated by today's jihadists to justify their aggression against the West.  But Muhammad justifies not just defensive warfare but also violence the service of the faith:  "Fight them [unbelievers] so that there be no more seduction,' i.e., until no believer is seduced from his religion.  'And the religion is God's,' i.e.  until God alone is worshipped."  We see here the jihadist's hatred of the West and globalization, whose political freedoms and hedonistic prosperity "seduce" believers from the faith. 
   As Spencer concludes, "The Qur'an .  ..  commands much more than defensive warfare:  Muslims must fight until 'the religion is God's' - that is, until Allah alone is worshipped.  Later Islamic law, based on statements of Muhammad, would offer non-Muslims three options: conversion to Islam, subjugation as inferiors under Islamic law, or warfare."  So much for the protestations of tolerance and co-existence constantly peddled by jihad's Western publicists. 
   Every aspect of Islamic practice and belief finds its basis Muhammad's words and deeds.  When Muhammad's lieutenant Abdullah attacked a Quraysh caravan during a month when fighting was prohibited, Muhammad's initial displeasure was changed by a "revelation" [i.e.  from the angel Gabriel, who dictated the Koran to Mohammad] saying "persecution [i.e.  of Muslims] is worse than killing," and Abdullah was forgiven. 
   "This was a momentous incident," Spencer concludes, "for it would set a pattern:  good became identified with anything that redounded to the benefit of Muslims, and evil with anything that harmed them, without reference to any larger moral standard.  Moral absolutes were swept aside favour of the overarching principle of expediency."
   As Spencer progresses through the Prophet's life, the evidence for Muhammad's model as the source of modern jihadist practice becomes overwhelming.  The penchant for beheading enemies displayed by jihadists is validated by Muhammad's decapitation of his enemy Abu Jahl after the batle of Badr against the Quraysh.  A "revelation" after the battle codified this practice and linked it to the terrorizing of the enemy that would help Muslims prevail: "I [Allah] will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers:  smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."  This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger:  "If any contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict punishment."  Given that "contend against" can be defined as any activity that "seduces" believers or stands the way of Muslim interests, the divine justification for the violence and terror perpetrated by jihadists from Indonesia to Africa, Israel to England is obvious. 
   So too with the practice of making tactical treaties and truces only to break them later.  "If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their covenant) to them, (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah lovest not the treacherous," a statement also revealing of the double-standard many Muslims take for granted when dealing with non-believers.   Armed with this loophole, Muhammad moved against the Banu Qaynuqa, a Jewish tribe who had resisted Islam but with whom Muhammad had a truce.  As Muhammad famously said, "War is deceit."  This precedent of deceit is obviously pertinent today, particularly for Palestinian Arab dealings with Israel.  We have seen agreement after agreement signed by Arafat and others, only to be violated when circumstances seem to favour force.
   The mistreatment of women, polygamy, child-marriage, stoning of adulterers, cutting off the hands of thieves, mutilation of enemy corpses, the sentence of death for apostasy, the subjection of dhimmi or Christians and Jews, even the killing of writers who displease the faithful - remember the sentence of death against Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, still force - all have their precedents the things Muhammad said and did. 
   And as Spencer documents his conclusion, this invocation of Muhammad is continually made by the jihadist terrorists themselves, who accurately link their violence to incidents and sayings from the life of Muhammad.  To pretend that these devout Muslims are ignorant of their own religion's traditions or are "hijacking" them is wilful blindness.
   Perhaps the most important precedent established by Muhammad, however, and one at the root of modern jihadist violence, is the demonization of Christians and Jews.  Centuries before the existence of Israel, the actions and words of Muhammad legitimized the hatred of Jews.  As Spencer shows, this disdain and resentment reflected the powerful barrier the Jews of western Arabia presented to Muhammad's new faith and ambitions, not to mention the extent of Muhammad's borrowings from Jewish scripture and traditions.  But the continuing refusal of the Jews to accept that Muhammad was the "seal of the prophets" eventually led to his war against these potent rivals, including the Qurayzah of Medina, 600-700 of whom were beheaded. 
   This hatred was justified by calling the Jews along with the Christians "renegades" who had turned against God and the true faith of their ancestors.  Thus throughout the Koran one finds codified an intolerance and hatred of Jews still infecting the Islamic world today.  The notion of apologists that Islam offers tolerant accommodation to Jews and Christians is belied by verses the Koran such as, "Oh ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors," and most notoriously of the Jews, "You brothers of monkeys, has God disgraced you and brought His vengeance upon you?"
   Given all this evidence, as Spencer writes, "It is nothing short of staggering that the myth of Islamic tolerance could have gained such currency the teeth of Muhammad's open contempt and hatred for Jews and Christians, incitements of violence against them, and calls that they be converted or subjugated."  And this historical evidence is ratified by contemporary events that show modern Muslims following to the letter the example of Muhammad, from continuing persecution of Jews and Christians Muslim lands, to the riots and calls for violence that attended (and validated) the Pope's quotation of a Byzantine emperor's observation that violence the service of religion is Islam's sole innovation.
   Spencer concludes with some common-sense suggestions, most importantly demanding that so-called "moderates" condemn jihad and teach against religious intolerance their schools and mosques.  Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen, given the power of Muhammad's example of enmity against unbelievers, and given the arrogant intolerance and unwillingness to compromise that typify too many Muslims. 
   The anxiety about appearing "racist" and the sentimental idealization of the "other" dominating American society make it even more unlikely that any politician will challenge Muslims about the facts of Mohammad's words and deeds that jihadists today use to justify their actions.  Unless we heed people like Robert Spencer, it seems that only another graphic example of jihadist violence within our borders has a chance of teaching us the history of the enemy.  #
ANNALS AUSTRALASIA  30  JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2007
   [ON THE WEB: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#living   .  ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: …  apologists like Farida Khanam, …  claiming that Muhammad's "heart was filled with intense love for all humankind irrespective of caste, creed or color," or the British religious writer Karen Armstrong, who claims that "Muhammad eventually abjured violence and pursued a daring, inspired policy of non-violence that was worthy of Ghandi." …
   The mistreatment of women, polygamy, child-marriage, stoning of adulterers, cutting off the hands of thieves, mutilation of enemy corpses, the sentence of death for apostasy, the subjection of dhimmi or Christians and Jews, even the killing of writers who displease the faithful - remember the sentence of death against Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, still force - all have their precedents the things Muhammad said and did.  […] To pretend that these devout Muslims are ignorant of their own religion's traditions or are "hijacking" them is wilful blindness.   RECAP.  ENDS.] [Jan-Feb 2007]

• Succumbing to PC Propaganda 

  Succumbing to PC Propaganda  

 
   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , p 28, January-February 2007
UNFORTUNATELY, Jihad-supporters are allowed to stifle Western defence capabilities by feeding them Politically Correct propaganda. 
   U.K.  police officers were given "diversity training" at an Islamic" school southeast of London, the private Jameah Islameah school East Sussex, that later became the centre of a terrorism investigation. 
   The county's police officers visited the school as many as 15 times for training to improve their awareness of Muslim culture and for advanced training so that they could themselves become diversity trainers. 
   August 2006, following the unveiling of a plot to blow up several airliners between Britain and the USA, Muslim leaders summoned to talks with the Government on tackling extremism made a series of demands, which included the introduction of shari’a law for family matters. 
   Dr Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland, said: 'We told her [the minister] if you give us religious rights, we will be a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.'
   - The Fijordman Report, Friday, September 08, 2006 'Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims,' by Baron Bodissey
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#succumbing
[Jan-Feb 2007]

• [Persistence Pays Off -- Multiculturalism.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 
   Newsletter, Council for the National Interest, Western Australian Committee, Summer Newsletter, Vol.  6, No.  1, pp 1-2, February 2007
   WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

[Persistence Pays Off – Multiculturalism]

 
Vol.  6 No.  1  February 2007

Telephone: (08) 9321 1925  Fax: (08) 9321 1798
GPO Box K 845, WEST PERTH  WA  6870
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CNI
COUNCIL FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST
Council for the National Interest
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COMMITTEE
Summer Newsletter
Persistence Pays Off Once
Multiculturalism:
   "As we understand our history, all Australians are migrants, long ago the Aborigines, then the Europeans and Asians and we do not condone discrimination against any of them.  Indeed without the rich heritage provided by our migrants, Australia as we know it could not have evolved.  However if MULTICULTURALISM means many different separate communities each living their own preferred part of Australia, each speaking their own language and observing their own customs, each manipulating politicians for favours and suffering manipulation for votes - THEN WE ARE TOTALLY OPPOSED TO IT."
   These words are taken from "Immigration Policy -A Recommendation" produced by the CNI Perth/Pearce Group July 1994.  The paper after providing examples of failed multiculturalism went on to say: "We do not believe that the racist sentiments and behaviour which provided our examples are supported or condoned by the majority of migrants.  Most will abhor such behaviour and would join the wider community condemning it.  What the examples show is that multicultural diversity must be encouraged for the advantages it brings to our society but it must be SUBJECT TO THE OVERWHELMING INFLUENCE OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP AND ALL THE VALUES WHICH THIS IMPLIES.  The continuing integration of all our citizens as Australians is essential to our well being, to our identification of ourselves and OUR HOME." and to recommend inter alia
   "That immigration policies be developed the national interest and for all Australians, and that the philosophy of immigration emphasis is given to Australia, the Australian identity and commitment to Australia." other words - Citizenship.
   ……..and relation to qualifying for citizenship "Achieving a defined and demonstrated skill English language and Australian history."
   Since 1994, CNI WA has, consistently and persistently lobbied federal politicians advocating these and related concepts stressing the importance of citizenship and the qualities needed to be demonstrated by immigrants and refugees to achieve it.  It has taken time but results have now come.  May 2006 Federal Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Robb espoused the need for English language skills and knowledge of Australia's institutions and values as a prerequisite for citizenship.  He was supported principle by the Federal Labor spokeswoman, Senator Annette Hurley. 
   The final "coup" has come with the Prime Minister's Ministerial reshuffle of January 2007 when the "Immigration and Multicultural Ministerial" portfolio became "Immigration and Citizenship" and the word "Multiculturalism" was dropped.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#persistence
   [COMMENT: Submission Study Unit would not break out into cheers just yet!  Andrew Robb's previous activities, such as breaking workers' resistance to lower pay, while overseas takeovers and Australian mines are being sold off, are not exactly part of a patriotic tapestry!
   Since this July 1994 declaration was issued, and spite of other protests, tens of thousands more people under various guises -- temporary visas, skilled temporaries, skilled permanents, business visas, student visas, refugees, etc.  -- have arrived, including people with an indiscriminate mix of cultures, some decidedly anti-Western.  This CNI Perth/Pearce group swam against the "politically correct" tide well before the wave of "revisionism" that swept some Australian electors after Pauline Hanson's January 1996 letter to the Queensland Times, so it deserves special respect from Australian Australians.  Australian electors the main have resumed dormancy since those days.    COMMENT ENDS.] [February 2007]

• The man who infiltrated al-Qaida's global war.  Morocco flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

The man who infiltrated al-Qaida’s
GLOBAL WAR

 
A Moroccan spy gives a disturbing insight into Islamic radicalism, writes John J.  Coe
   The West Australian, by John J.  Coe, Books, Weekend Extra page 8, Saturday, February 24, 2007
  [Picture of person holding up big placard "JIHAD IS OUR WAY PAK.  AFGHAN DEFENCE COUNCIL] The rise of jihad: Pakistani protesters send a clear message to the world just days after the 9.11 attacks the US.   
The controversy surrounding the hanging of Saddam Hussein serves as a macabre metaphor for the Western world's address of Islamic radicalism.  the context of the "war against terror" the invasion of Iraq was justified by the perceived need to destroy Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. 
   The consequent hubris was further justified by information provided under duress by captured senior al-Qaida leader, Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, alleging the existence of those weapons and links between Saddam and the global Islamic terrorist group. 
   But recent claims suggest another perspective: "No, Ibn Sheikh did not crack under the pressure of torture.  He handled his interrogators with the same skill that he used to handle his gun.  He knew what his interrogators wanted, and he was happy to give it to them.  He wanted to see Saddam toppled even more than the Americans did.  As he had told us at Khaldan, Iraq was the next great jihad." This claim is made by Omar Nasiri, the 'pseudonym' of a …
   …  terror cells of London the 1990s while working for European intelligence services.  If his claim is correct, America and its allies have miscalculated badly. 
   Nasiri's book, Inside the Global Jihad, provides an immediate perspective on the epochal period during which a loosely connected group of regional Islamist movements coalesced into al-Qaida's global jihad.
   The opening chapters provide a profile of an Arab-European growing up Belgium and Morocco; his childhood fascination with guns; a troubled and disaffected youth who slipped easily into the underworld of drugs and dirty dealings Tangiers, and his reconnection with his Muslim faith. 
   He recounts chilling detail life inside the Afghan training camps.  His explanation of the reasons why, and the process by which, young Muslims became mujahidin and his record of the ideological and military training provided the camps, should be of immense concern to all those engaged the twilight war of counter-terrorism and insurgency.  […]
   …  service to various French, British and German intelligence services reads like a Ludlum novel.
   Primarily however, Inside the Global Jihad is yet another depressing account of Western ineptitude addressing the question of Islamic radicalism.  Although it can be read on different levels, this is not just a blunt essay about intelligence failure but a critique of political will.
   Nasiri cites, as an example, the story of the radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza.  He first heard of Hamza during his explosives training.  His group was told about a previous training accident that blew off a "brother's" hands and destroyed one of his eyes.  On further inquiry they were told that this "brother" lives London now and preaches the mosques.  His name is Abu Hamza.  That he was allowed to preach hate there for so long without sanction, often with police protection, surely stands as damning testament to the dismal exercise of political will. 
   Although this book serves to remind us of the history and the universality of Islam terrorism […]
   …  is not just a war between Islam and the West but also a deadly war within Islam of schismatic proportions – the daily carnage Iraq testifies to this. 
   Nasiri's eventual disaffection with the practice of global jihad is understandable: "It is the logic of the supply chain: anyone who supports the enemy is fair game.  There are no civilians anymore.  Everyone is at war.  This is the logic of the global jihad, and I despise it."
   But, as a professing Muslim, he draws the distinction between global and personal jihad: "And that is why I have told my story.  I haven't told it because I want to save the West from the terrorists.  That was never my goal.  What I want more than anything is to save Islam from these terrible excesses and innovations."
   This is a compelling, disquieting book.  Whoever Nasiri is or why he wrote it is immaterial.  It is an important addition to the corpus of knowledge that helps us understand the canker the international community that is Islamic terrorism.
   Inside the Global Jhad, by Omar Nasiri #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#theman
   [RECAPITULATION: …  information provided under duress by captured senior al-Qaida leader, Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi …  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Did anybody ever hear of him before this book was published? COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: …  save Islam from these terrible excesses and innovations […] … is not just a war between Islam and the West but also a deadly war within Islam of schismatic proportions – the daily carnage Iraq testifies to this. ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: "Innovations?"  Read the Koran!  Read history about killing all the captured male Jews, and enslaving their wives and children.  Read about how "infidels" and "hypocrites" are lumped together to be attacked and killed. DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Feb 24, 07]

shari’a law [risks no separation of religion and state.]

shari’a law

 
   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Monday, February 26, 2007
   The debate about the adoption of shari’a law WA would benefit from some clarification.  this country there is a clear distinction between religious and secular life, but according to the World Wide Web, shari’a law that distinction is not made clear.
   One definition of traditional shari’a law declares that there is no separation of Church and State, and this writer can think of a number of Islamic states where that non-separation is perceived to be practised.
   However, it is also stated that a more modern liberal movement within Islam opposes this traditional view.  So the event that shari’a law is to influence issues within Australian Islamic society, what exactly is being talked about? #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#shari’a_law_risks
[Feb 26, 07]

• "I did lie, but I lied for a reason".  [Article about exposing a dishonest book Forbidden Love on Jordanian Muslims, and the ensuing film "Forbidden Lie$"] Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Jordan flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

 “I did lie, BUT I LIED FOR A REASON” 

 The inside story of disgraced author NORMA KHOURI 
   The Australian Women's Weekly, e-mail < openline§ acpmagazines.  com.au > by David Leser, extracts from pp 44-50, March 2007
   Feted then demonised, Norma Khouri, author of the best-selling book, Forbidden Love, was revealed as a fake.  On the eve of a new film about her, David Leser asks Norma why she conned him and thousands of others.
   IMAGINE CONCOCTING a story so fantastic - and initially so credible -that you end up with agents, publishers, journalists, booksellers and an adoring public eating out of your hands.
   You've become an international best-selling author, published 16 countries, translated into a dozen languages.  There are television interviews, feature-length articles about you, packed writers' festivals.  A fan has penned a love song your honour.  You've been given permanent residence a new land - this case, Australia – on the basis that you're a "distinguished talent".  …  Only trouble is, you're a con artist and a fraud.  […]
   Journalists Malcolm Knox [literary editor] and Caroline Overington of The Sydney Morning Herald broke the news that Norma was a fraud.
   Malcolm Knox …  was …  his kitchen …  phone …  February 2003 …  a tip-off from a Sydney-based Jordanian …  Two prominent Jordanian women ..  have begun compiling a dossier on the author.  This would result them asking Norma's publishers, Random House, to reclassify her work as fiction, a request which the publishers rejected. 
   "Khouri's real name is Norma Majid Khouri Michael Al-Bagain Toliopoulos and she only lived Jordan until she was three years old.  …  She is married with two children, 13 and 11.
   "She has four American siblings and a mother who are desperate to her news from her.  But she has managed to conceal this double life from her publishers, her agent, lawyers several continents, the Australian Department of Immigration and, until now, the public. 
   …  Anna Broinowksi …  says …  "I film her for a year-and-a-half and she cons us, too.  …"
   Anna Broinowski's documentary, Forbidden Lie$,  premieres on February 25 at the Adelaide Film Festival and is due for national release by Palace Films later this year.#
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#i_did
   [LOOKBACK dates: October 2003, July 24, 2004.  ENDS.] [March 2007]

• The Slave Trade
  [including by Christians and by Muslims]

THE   SLAVE TRADE

   The Word, www.the word.ie (RC magazine, Ireland), By PAUL KILDARE, pp 12-13, March, 2007
Europe's empires shipped 15 million African slaves to America 400 years. Tony Blair recently apologised for Britain's leading role the trade, which she officially ended 200 years ago this month. PAUL KILDARE recalls "a great international crime"
Men, women and children have been abused as slaves since history began. Ancient Greece depended on slaves for its prosperity. the Roman Empire at the time of Christ, nearly half of its eight million people were slaves. Even Medieval Europe slavery was still accepted everywhere.
   Muslim states were also slave societies. The Ottoman Empire's use of galley-slaves the Mediterranean was one of the most brutal forms of slavery ever. Other Muslim countries imported millions of black slaves from Africa up to 1905. There were serfs Imperial Russia until 1906 and Soviet Russia used slaves its Gulag concentration camps up to 1956.
   One little known aspect of the Muslim slave trade is that the 17th and 18th centuries one million European Christians were brought to Muslim North Africa. Some were captured at sea by Barbary corsair pirates - who seized 466 British trading vessels alone between 1609 and 1616 - while others were taken as prisoners daring Muslim raids on the coasts of Iceland, Norway, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Thomas Fellow, a young Cornish sailor, and 51 others
[PICTURE:] African Anti-slavery Congress, an initiative of Cardinal Lavigerie, Algeria 1885.
were captured from their ship at sea 1716 and sold as slaves Morocco. One of the few who survived to tell his tale, he escaped 23 years later, when he was rescued and brought home by a Capt Toolin from Dublin on his small sailing vessel. Fellow's extraordinary story was recently told by Giles Milton his book, White Gold.
   The most dramatic Muslim raid Ireland was that on Baltimore, West Cork, on 20 June 1631, when 231 Barbary coast pirates and Turkish Ottoman troops kidnapped 107 local people - 23 men, 34 women and 50 children - and brought them as slaves
[PICTURE:] Punishment on the Slave Ship 'Recovery' under Captain John Kimber. Etching, coloured, by Isaac Cruikshank (c.1756 - c.1810), London (S.W.Fores) 10 April 1792.
to Algiers. Father Pierre Dan, a French priest the city, reported seeing them being sold as slaves there: "It was a pitiful sight to see them exposed naked the slave market." This dramatic raid was recalled Thomas Davis' poem, The Sack of Baltimore, and more recently Des Ekin's book, The Stolen Village.
   But the greatest slave trade, of course, was that which saw an estimated 15 million Africans shipped 400 years by Europe's empires to North and South America. The British historian Hugh Thomas The Slave Trade (1997) states that Britain sent 4.5 million, Portugal 4.5m, France 2m, Holland 1.8m, Spain and the US 1m each. During the 18th century British ships carried about 3 million slaves, half of Britain's population then, and brought back sugar, coffee and tobacco.
   Most slave ships were very small, usually 200 tons, 80ft long and lasted only about ten voyages. They took two or three months to reach Africa from England and would remain off the African coast for about three months -collecting an average cargo of 350 slaves. The voyage across the Atlantic took about five weeks. Fear of mutiny by the slaves often led to brutality by the crew. When the slaves were let up on deck to eat, cannon were pointed at them, while at night they were crowded like sardines and chained to one another the holds below. 1587 a Spanish priest reported, "The very stench is enough to kill most of them." Many died from dysentery, plague and smallpox; others, especially women, went mad. About 12 percent or 40,000 a year died on the voyages.
   The trade started about 1535, when the Portuguese began carrying African slaves to Brazil. 1624 the Dutch West India Company, a slave firm, founded New York, first called New Amsterdam. Britain began slave trading a big way about 1650, but the 18th century, when the trade became respectable, was the great age of British slave merchants.
   late 18th century England many rich people often had black servants; these numbered 20,000, some of whom were later exported to the West Indies. Countless country mansions and estates were built or bought by slave traders and owners. The slave trade was then closely integrated with Britain's economy, the link between the Bank of England and the South Sea slavery
[PICTURE:] Elmina Castle (Ghana) built 1471 by the Portuguese as a headquarters for the slave trade.
company being particularly close.
   By the end of the 18th century there were nearly 7 million African slaves the New World. The contribution this huge labour force made to Europe's wealth was enormous, especially terms of sugar from the West Indies - twice as great as any other British import.
   Many popes condemned slavery. As early as 873 Pope John VIII urged that slaves be freed and 1462 Pius II condemned the slave trade, which Paul II 1467 called "a great crime". the 19th century Pius VII, Gregory XVI and Leo XIII all condemned the trade.
[PICTURE of WILLIAM WILBEBFORCE, ESQ.:] William Wilberforce, English politician and philanthropist(1759-1833) an engraving by Joseph Jenkins dating from 1836. Coll. Archiv. f.Kunst & Geschichte, Berlin.

   the early 18th century both British and American Quakers condemned the trade; 1761 they excluded slave merchants from their meeting-houses. 1787 some Quakers and Anglicans Britain formed a Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. This was led by Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce, who also campaigned, before Daniel O'Connell, for the emancipation of another oppressed group, Catholics Britain and Ireland. (Three of Wilberforce's sons became Catholics, one having been Anglican Bishop of Oxford.)
   They met with strong opposition from slave trade defenders, like Boswell, who said, "Slavery is a happier state of life for African savages. To abolish it would be the real crime - robbery to an innumerable class of our fellow subjects", meaning slave-owners and traders. But 1792 William Pitt, the Prime Minister, stated, "No nation Europe has plunged so deeply into this guilt as Britain."
   March 1807 the British parliament finally passed the Slave Trade Act, which made it unlawful to capture or transport slaves from 1 May - and paid the slave owners €33 million (a huge sum then) compensation! - although it was not until 1865 that the trade was totally ended. This was because it took the British navy, with too few ships, another 60 years to end it completely - by trying to intercept slave ships along the African coast. Between 1810 and 1865 the navy captured 1,237 slave ships and freed 150,000 slaves, but many others got through the blockade and brought about 500,000 slaves to the US alone. Slavery was not abolished there until 1863. Between 1790 and 1860 the number of African slaves the US grew from 657,000 to 3,839,000, one of the fastest population growths ever recorded anywhere.
   "The European slave trade to America," writes Hugh Thomas, "was of a barbarism unparalleled even old Africa or the ancient Mediterranean. It began when gunpowder enabled a few white men to dominate masses of others without effort. The Atlantic slave trade was a great international crime."
   Last November Prime Minister Tony Blair stated, "It is hard to believe that what would now be a crime against humanity was legal at the time (1807). Britain's rise to global pre-eminence was partially dependent on a system of colonial slave labour. I believe the bicentenary offers us not only a chance to say how profoundly shameful the slave trade was - how we condemn its existence utterly - but also to express our deep sorrow that it could ever have happened." ■
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#the_slave_trade
   [RECAPITULATION: The trade started about 1535, when the Portuguese began carrying African slaves to Brazil. 1624 the Dutch West India Company, a slave firm, founded New York, first called New Amsterdam. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: The article, giving approximately 1535 as the start of the kidnapping of black Africans and abducting them to the Americas, is only part of the story.  Slaving had been going on all the cultures of the Eurasian-African land mass for thousands of years, it seems.  It is explicitly approved by the Hebrew and Muslim scriptures, complete with rules of behaviour, and it is condoned the Christian scriptures, covered up the older translations by altering the Greek word for "slave" to "servant." ENDS.]
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Len and Marie Eva. ENDS.] [To this website 25 Jul 07 to religchron.htm; Issue of March 2007]

• [Statement to the Deliberative Poll on Muslims Australia: Pell.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Statement to the Deliberative Poll on Muslims Australia

 
   The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, www.sydney.  catholic.org.  au/Archbishop/ Addresses/ 200733_673.  shtml , By + Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Old Parliament House, Canberra, March/3/2007
   CANBERRA:
   Mr Chairman, Fellow Australians
   When I met the Sunni Mufti Kabbani Lebanon 2003 he asked me to help protect the Muslim minority Australia, I readily promised to do so.  This is one reason why I am here today.  Basically, however, I am here because I am a committed Australian.
   It is curious that the word 'religion' is met with twice only, and the second last paragraph of the Overview of this Deliberative Poll on cultural, political and social divides between Muslims and non-Muslims. 
# 'The Deliberative Poll survey asks multiple questions around the issues of refugees, assimilation, religion and cultural differences.'
# ' …  a comparison of trends of opinions within Australia on several sub-topics, for example immigration and religion'. 
   Yet most of the obstacles the way of assimilation or integration of the Muslim community into Australian or any non-Muslim society are generally couched by Muslim leaders religious terms, the context of the Qur'an and Islamic Religious Law.  Religion is not a 'sub-topic,' as the Overview suggests: it is the Topic.
   Muslims should be treated like any other minority Australia; justly, with respect.  They should not suffer discrimination.  We don't have to be close friends but we should try to get to know and understand one another and our religions, talk to one another and encourage our young people to know each other.  No one is obliged to think like the majority of Australians nor change his religion.
   All those who choose to come to Australia come as immigrants, not as colonists i.e.  they should be committed to freedom and democracy, refrain from advocating violence or indulging hate speech, while their political allegiance must be to Australia, not overseas.  All immigrants, Christians, Muslims, non-believers should meet these criteria.
   I have met many wonderful Muslims dialogue over the years, but there are Islamists who are at war with us the West.  Most of the victims of extremist Muslims are fellow Muslims.  So it is important to distinguish accurately your real friends from your enemies and those who only seem to be friends.
   Obviously I speak as a Christian and a Catholic, committed to one version of the principle of reciprocity.  Not an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but commitment to the principle that the rights we justly offer to all citizens here, including Muslim minorities, should be rights that are enjoyed by non-Muslim minorities the Muslim world.  This is not the case as I believe this conference could not be held Pakistan or Saudi Arabia! fact Christians are being harassed and even persecuted many countries ranging from Nigeria, through Sudan, where some are being sold as slaves, and the Middle East to Pakistan and Indonesia.  I would like to know where our friends stand on these matters. 
   a pluralist and free democracy every group is criticized at some time or other.  As Prime Minister Howard remarked last year, if Catholics rioted every time they were criticized there would be regular riots! It is not appropriate that Muslims regularly reply to criticism with insults, denigrations and evasions, while avoiding the point at issue.  We have seen too much of this from some Muslim personalities.
   Within a secular democratic society harmonious integration of minorities is achievable because all citizens, belonging to the majority culture, or minorities, are acknowledged to be equal the eyes of the law.  Equal rights, however, carry with them equal responsibilities.  Problems arise when minorities demand special consideration that places them outside the law as it applies to all other citizens.  Flexibility and adaptability are called for when refugees and immigrants arrive a host country.  But there is a limit [in adapting to minority demands] beyond which a democratic host society cannot go without losing its identity.
   I come friendship, prepared to help and look forward to the discussion.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#statement
   [RECAPITULATION: …  I speak …  committed to one version of the principle of reciprocity.  Not an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but commitment to the principle that the rights we justly offer to all citizens here, including Muslim minorities, should be rights that are enjoyed by non-Muslim minorities the Muslim world.  This is not the case …  But there is a limit [in adapting to minority demands] beyond which a democratic host society cannot go without losing its identity.  …  discussion …    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Let's define what the limit is.    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: 5:45 (or 49):- And we decreed for them it that:  the life for the life, the eye for the eye, the nose for the nose, the ear for the ear, the tooth for the tooth, and an equivalent injury for any injury.  …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/005.  qmt.html #005.045 .
   8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/008.  qmt.html #008.012 .   DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [REPUBLISHED under the heading "Non-Muslims and Muslims living harmony" Annals Australasia, page 8, March 2007.    ENDS.] [Mar 3, 07]

• Distinguish Muslim friends from enemies, says Pell.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Distinguish Muslim friends from enemies, says Pell

 
   CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews.  com/news/703/ 19.php , March 5, 2007
   Distinguishing "Islamists" from the "many wonderful Muslims" he says he has met, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says that most victims of "extreme Muslims" are fact Muslims.
   Speaking at a "deliberative poll" organised by the Australian newspaper, Cardinal Pell also said that the Muslim community is overly sensitive and is the only migrant group to have plotted violence against Australia.
   "In a democratic society, every group is criticised - Prime Minister (John) Howard said quite rightly last year that if Catholics rioted Australia every time they were criticised, there would be regular riots," Cardinal Pell said.
   "It's not appropriate that Muslims regularly reply to criticism with insults, denigration and evasions while avoiding the point of issue, and unfortunately we've seen too much of this from some Muslim public personalities."
   "But there are Islamists who are at war with the Western world - most of the victims of these extreme Muslims are fellow Muslims," he said.  "So its important to distinguish accurately your real friends from your enemies and from those who only seem to be friends."
   According to Cardinal Pell's comments, integration is a "key tool" for a harmonious and secular democratic society.
   "Equal rights however, carry with them equal responsibilities - problems arise when minorities demand special consideration that places them outside the law as it applies to other citizens," hesaid.
   "Flexibility and adaptability are called for when refugees and immigrants arrive our country but there is a limit (adopting) minority demands beyond which a democratic host society cannot go without losing its identity."
   Cardinal Pell also criticised the treatment of Christians Muslim majority countries.
   "I don't think we could be having a meeting like this Pakistan or Saudi Arabia," he said.
   "Christians are being harassed, they're being persecuted and even sometimes the Sudan being sold into slavery.  I would like to know where my Muslim friends stand on this issue."
   The Australian reports that before the deliberative poll, 35 per cent told Newspoll that Muslims were a threat to the Australian way of life.  However, following a weekend of deliberations, this fell to 21 per cent.
   Those who believed Muslims coming to Australia had a bad impact on national security nearly halved from 44 per cent to 23 per cent.  The 49 per cent who said the incompatibility of Muslim and non-Muslim values was a big contributor to terrorism fell to 22 per cent.  Just under a third originally thought that Muslims who come to live here made Australia worse but this shrunk to just 7 per cent.
   Organiser Pamela Ryan said last night the results showed how much ideas changed when people had the opportunity to learn about the issues and meet Australian Muslims.
   SOURCE: Muslims are too sensitive, says Pell (The Australian, 5/3/07)
Blueprint for coexistence (The Australian, 5/3/07)
Muslims are too sensitive, says Cardinal Pell (New English Review, 5/3/07)
   LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources): Cardinal George Pell, "Islam and Western Democracies" (Archdiocese of Sydney, 4/2/06)
Cardinal George Pell
   ARCHIVE:Pell to join Muslim poll panel (CathNews, 1/3/07)
Pell affirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims (CathNews 8/5/06)
Pell says Catholics should read the Koran (CathNews 4/5/06)
Pell comments portrayed as anti-Muslim slur (CathNews 15/11/04)
  HAVE YOUR SAY   Click here   
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#distinguish
   [RECAPITULATION: …  Cardinal George Pell says that most victims of "extreme Muslims" are fact Muslims.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Yes, this is true.  ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Read the Koran texts following the story of children kidnapped by a Muslim father at: Hawach.   DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Mar 5, 07]

• [No Golden Rule Islam.] 
I DISAGREE

[No Golden Rule Islam.]

 
   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 19, Monday, March 5, 2007
   Mark Hawken writes (Letters, 26/2): "There is so little difference between Christianity and Islam principle that it's a joke to suggest that we cannot coexist." How wrong he is. 
   Muslims themselves foster this erroneous idea order to gain greater acceptance the West.  If only people would first read the Koran and ahadith before voicing an opinion on Islam. 
   There is no commonality whatsoever between Christianity and Islam. 
   The Koran actually instructs Muslims to despise Jews and Christians ("Believers do not take Jews or Christians as friends.  They are but one another's friends.  If any one of you takes them for his friends, then he is surely one of them and God does not guide the evil-doers," 5:51 (or 5:56) [not 5.50]. 
   The Koran accuses Jews of corrupting scripture, Christians of being polytheists and declares emphatically that "The only true faith God's sight is Islam" (3:19 or 3:17). 
   What is more, if a Muslim were to convert to Christianity he would be put to death.
   So Mr Hawken, please don't lump Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, together with Islam.
   All other religions today contain within their teachings their own version of the golden rule: "Treat others as you would be treated."
   There is no such universal statement of ethics Islam.  Instead Islam divides humanity between "believers" and the rest of mankind and enjoins its followers to treat those others ruthlessly (48:29), attack them (8:39 or 8:40), kill them, (9:5), even behead them (8:12/47:8 or 47:9).  Islam stands alone preaching this hatred.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#nogolden
   [CORRECTIONS to the aya numbers have been added where necessary.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: The last sentence the letter is incorrect, more's the pity.  And so is the second-last paragraph.  ENDS.] [Mar 5, 07]

• Islam not the only hating religion. 

Islam not the only hating religion

 
   The West Australian, Letter e-mailed to The Editor, sent March 5, 2007
   Islam does NOT stand alone preaching hatred of other faiths, as Glenys Simons wrote (I disagree, 5/3). 
   There was much good her letter, however.  As Ms Simons says, Islam has hate texts (dozens, at last count), but no golden rule.  On the contrary, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" is the revenge mantra that many Moslems follow. 
   As that teaching demonstrates, Islam's texts owe a lot to even older religious texts preaching exclusivism, and "divine" orders to drive other religions out by killing and enslaving people, and/or destroying food trees and the land.  Passing babies into the flames for Molech is permitted, to this day, by the much-revered traditions of the elders!
   Both the Old World and the New World, archaeologists are finding the skeletons of babies and adults who had been put into the walls of cities and buildings as sacrifices to the so-called gods. 
   I recommend that journalists do a realistic course comparative religion (not Karen Armstrong's books, please), and from the ancient Near East to Central America, from ancient Egypt to ancient China, and from African voodoo to Pacific Islander headhunting and devilophobia, she will find violent and bigoted religions. 
   Most of them have a women-hating segment.  Women are degraded as trophies, sex objects, slaveys, and general victims. 
   Christianity misused old texts it inherited to bolster suppression of women, its invasions and slaughters, and slavery, just as Islam used its scripture from the 600s to this day places like Saudi Arabia and Sudan. 
   But we must not demonise Islam -- it is but one of the boils the human psyche.  I fear that even a Martin Luther or a John Huss cannot reform it. 
   So, any Muslim reformer is almost forced to break away, and the law of murdering "apostates" then comes into play.  But Islam does NOT stand alone this injustice, either.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#islamnot
[Mar 5, 07]

• St Petersburg Declaration  [seeking reform of Islam.] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

St Petersburg Declaration

 
   Secular Islam Summit, (report dated July 7, 2007), Actual occurrence Mar 5, 2007
   ST PETERSBURG (Florida), U.S.A.: At the Secular Islam Summit held here, a group released the "St Petersburg Declaration."
   (To read a report about this, go to the newsitem Link as shown below.)
http://www.multiline.com.au/johnm/submit/subchron6.htm#religion_call
http://www.multiline.com.au/johnm/submit/subchron6.htm#st_petersburg_declaration
[Occurred Mar 5, 07]

• [Mohammed taught "wish for your brother what you wish for yourself."] 
WE DISAGREE

[Mohammed taught “wish for your brother what you wish for yourself.”]

 
   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Saturday, March 10, 2007
   Glenys Simons clearly (Letters, 5/3) lives wonderland claiming that "there is no commonality whatsoever between Christianity and Islam".
   She goes on and cites Koranic verses out of context to portray Islam as violent. 
   Muslims believe Jesus Christ.  We believe his miracles and that he cured the blind and healed the leper.  We believe his miraculous birth and we believe that he was the one true Messiah.  We further believe his second coming, where he will establish the Kingdom of Heaven.
   Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, has reiterated many of Jesus Christ's teachings, including "wish for your brother what you wish for yourself."
   Still, Glenys Simons claims that we have no common ground and can't co-exist. Shaheer Tarin, UWA Muslim Students Association.
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#mohammed
   [HELP REQUESTED: Firstly, ask yourself who is the "brother" Islamic practice.  Secondly, anyone who can find the teaching "wish for your brother what you wish for yourself" Islamic texts, please e-mail the Webmaster.  It has not come up on Search Engines.  (Please note that Jesus did not teach to "wish", but rather "DO unto others as you would they do unto you.")  Also, note that if this Islamic text does exist, to wish for your "brother" is not the same as wishing for all other people, and so we see aircraft brought down, mosques misused as bases by extremists, markets and other places blown up, people kidnapped, and welfare workers beheaded or shot, with NO fatwas and punishments ordered by the Islamic imams.  ENDS.] [Mar 10, 07]

• [Islam as it is lived.] 

[Islam as it is lived.]

 
   The West Australian, Various pages, Saturday, March 10, 2007
   Page 23. "Enemies sit down for crucial talks."  NEAR EAST: Lebanon flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Talks between bitter enemies two Middle East conflicts are getting under way …  The meeting comes two days after leaders of rival factions Lebanon's Parliament met for the first time four months.  …  Saad Hariri …  said …  "We should get out of it a way that there is no victor and no vanquished.  Neither the majority nor the opposition can run the country on its own."
   Page 28. "Muslims marry at 13 with Malaysia's blessing."  MALAYSIA: Malaysia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Two 13-year-old Malaysians were the youngest among 10 couples who married a joint ceremony eastern Terengganu State.
   Page 34. "Muslim vice squad strikes." GAZA CITY, Palestine: Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  A note stuck to the door of his tiny music shop …  warned Mohammed al-Shaer that selling tapes or CDs of popular Arabic music was "haram" or forbidden by Islam.  …  a bomb went off outside his premises this week …  recent months, about three dozen internet cafes, music shops and even chemists have been attacked …  the Gaza Strip …  there are no cinemas or theatres …  a psychologist …  said …  "Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip 2005, hidden problems have come to the surface.  Everyone has guns.  There's no rule of law."
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#islamas
[Mar 10, 07]

• Muslim teachings against multiculturalism. 

Muslim teachings against multiculturalism

 
   Letter sent to The Editor, The West Australian, on Saturday, March 10, 2007
   Loyalty to the Muslim cause is admirable their young, and it might be true that the Prophet taught to "wish for your brother what you wish for yourself" as the UWA Muslim Students' Association spokesperson wrote (Letters 10/3)
   But I was taught: "Those who follow Him are tender to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers." (Koran 48:29)
   Two verses before that it reads: "Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam."
   Read also: "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." (8:12)
   Going back to the Association's letter, Muslims are taught about a watered-down Jesus Christ who was a prophet but not God, who did not die on the cross (a look-alike did) so had no resurrection, and was no saviour of the world as most Christians believe. 
   They are also told that the Christian Trinity belief is God, Mary, and Jesus -- a shameful claim, because no sect puts Mary into the godhead. 
   The watered-down Jesus is like the watered-down Moses, who their religion does not give out God's Ten Commandments. 
   But the teachings that do govern some of them around the world are to be found 8:30: "…  the unbelievers plotted against thee …  but Allah plotted: and of plotters is Allah the best!"
   Also recite: 66:2: "Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths."
   9:29:- "Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given …  until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled."
   47:4-6 (or 47:4-7): "Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks.  …  But those who are slain the way of Allah, He will …  admit them to the Garden which He has announced for them." See also 66:9
   What about female slaves? 24:33 [or 24:34]:- You shall not force your slave-girls into prostitution order that you may enrich yourselves, if they wish to preserve their chastity.  If anyone compels them, Allah will be forgiving and merciful to them.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/024.  qmt.html #024.033 .
   The teaching that strikes at the heart of orderly government and multiculturalism, however, is: "And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust Allah.  For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs." www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/033.  qmt.html #033.048 .  (33:48 or 47)
   Your other correspondent Glenys Simons was right saying "there is no commonality whatsoever between Christianity and Islam" (Letters, 5/3) #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#muslim
   [For Koran references not given above, see -- Mary as a god, 5:116 http://www.submission.org/suras/sura5.html#116 .  For others, click and seek: Koran .    ENDS] [Mar 10, 07]

• Muslim leaders warn of tax cheats  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Muslim leaders warn of tax cheats

 
   The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), www.news.com.  au/daily telegraph/ story/0,220 49,21372106- 5006505, 00.html , March 13, 2007
   SYDNEY: MUSLIM leaders have warned that hardline clerics are encouraging their followers to cheat the tax system because they consider paying income tax contrary to shari’a law.
   Sydney-based Islamic leader Fadi Rahman says extremist Muslim clerics who were preaching messages against paying income taxes were also staunchly opposed to western ideologies, The Australian reports.
   Mr Rahman said he had heard Friday sermons delivered by hardline clerics Sydney which highlighted the importance of cheating the tax system.
   "I mean, just like how you've got clerics (with) extreme views who are telling the Muslims the western world to declare war against the very country that they live and the very country that is paying for their day to day life, you'll find that these are the clerics that are telling them to dodge the tax system," Mr Rahman told News Limited.
   The youth leader and president of the Independent Centre for Research Australia said tax itself was not allowed Islam.
   "So they (clerics) encourage them that if there's any way that you can dodge paying the tax, then you should do it."
   Clerics pushing for the tax evasion espoused a fundamentalist form of Islam called Wahabbism, News Ltd reported.
   Prominent Islamic cleric Khalil Shami said he had heard of imams encouraging tax evasion.
   The fundamentalist Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaah Association, which is headed by cleric Mohammed Omran, rejected suggestions that his imams were calling on followers to cheat on their taxes.
   "Of course we pay taxes and we go as far as collecting money from our Muslim communities and donating it to organisations (such as the Royal Children's Hospital) to help," the Wahabbi organisation's spokesman Abu Yusuf said.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#muslimleaders
   By courtesy of SB. 
   COMMENT received Mar 14: A cynic might say they were expressing Australian values -- the very same values that made the Libs' sponsors rich.  But unlike the Great Unwashed the sponsors don't have to cheat the system because they design the system.  Even though they don't have to cheat the system that they have designed, many of them will still do so at every opportunity.  As for the Moslem clerics who want to throw us back to ecclesiastical "law", surely there are enough aircraft seats to take them back to the countries their cult has turned into hellholes.  Hardliners is just a term -- the same Koran and hadiths inform them as inform the rest -- the so-called "hardliners" are merely more open about what is them.  ENDS.] [Mar 13, 07]

• Hilaly accuses Rudd of 'Islamophobia'   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Hilaly accuses Rudd of ‘Islamophobia’

 
   The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), www.news.com.  au/daily telegraph/ story/0,220 49,21379143- 5006505, 00.html , for March 14, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: SHEIK Taj al-Din al-Hilali has accused federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd of "Islamophobia".
   Sheik Hilaly said his plans for a new political party would go ahead, despite Mr Rudd's opposition.
   Mr Rudd has said Australians would never vote for a man who defended gang rapists and denigrated Australian women.
   Sheik Hilaly said Mr Rudd's comments revealed the Labor Party was worried.
   "This is the best indication of the importance of this party and Rudd is talking Islamophobia and he is exposing his true position," Sheik Hilaly told News Limited.
   "This party (Australian Peace Party) will give society protection from such views."
   Sheik Hilaly said although the party was his vision, and he would help form a preparation committee, he would only be the figurehead for the party.
   He said he hoped it would target both state and Federal Governments.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#hilaly_accuses_rudd
   [RECAPITULATION: "This party (Australian Peace Party) will give society protection from such views."   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Through 30 lashes, one presumes?   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 14, 07]

• Extremist students take over mosque  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Saudi Arabia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/  Algeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Extremist students take over mosque

 
   The Australian, http://theaust ralian.news.  com.au/story/ 0,20867,21411 910-2702,00.  html?from= public_rss , by Richard Kerbaj, March 20, 2007
   NEWCASTLE [NSW, Australia]: HARDLINE international students have wrested control of a major NSW mosque, ousting the local cleric amid accusations the group is rapidly converting followers to extremist Islam.
   Up to 150 university students from Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Egypt who follow the fundamentalist Wahabbism ideology were central to the overthrow at the weekend of the executive board of the Newcastle Muslim Association. 
   Deposed association president Yunus Kara yesterday accused the students of pushing for new leadership of the port city's mosque order to advance their own extremist agenda and continue "brainwashing" local Muslims. 
   "The international students have used their puppets to come forward and dictate," Mr Kara told The Australian. 
   "They're driving them to whatever ideology that (suits them).  Their ideology is extremism …  but they teach under the banner of Islam."
   But the association's newly elected treasurer, Michael Cawley, denied the claims of the ousted leadership, accusing them of labelling opponents Wahabbis. 
   Mr Cawley, a convert, said the international students were merely visitors to the mosque and had no control over the new leadership. 
   "Basically, what happened is anyone who didn't agree with the (former) president's point of view were labelled Wahabbi," said Mr Cawley.  "It's unfair."
   Newcastle Mosque's deposed imam, Bilal Kanj, who was also voted out on the weekend, said while the students openly denied their Wahabbi beliefs and radical Koranic interpretations, they were converting people during prayer group meetings and other religious gatherings. 
   "If you were to ask them, they will deny they're Wahabbi," said the Australian-born cleric, who moved to Newcastle three months ago to work as a full-time spiritual leader. 
   "They play it very discreetly.  We've been studying them all of our life and we know how to spot them very easily."
   Mr Kara said the international students were aged between 20 and 30, and were known to make home visits to members of the port city's 600-strong Muslim population to preach their beliefs. 
   This home preaching may suggest that the appointment of a new imam is not an immediate priority of the new leadership. 
   Mr Kara said radical students had gathered more support over the past two years after they had begun to flock the mosque larger numbers. 
   He said an absence of proper religious leadership at Newcastle Mosque over the past 30 years - prior to Sheik Bilal's appointment - also meant the students could exploit the void to spread their own ideologies. 
   Sheik Bilal said the students were becoming more proficient at spreading their isolationist messages. 
   "During my presence here it was very, very quick," he said. 
   "Because they went really, really hard with (preaching) their beliefs."
   Sheik Bilal said the students were becoming popular with the locals by adopting name-and-shame tactics, spreading lies about the town's moderate Muslim leadership.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#extremiststudents
[Mar 20, 07]

• WA Muslims move closer to shari’a law.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

WA Muslims move closer to shari’a law

 
   The West Australian, by KIM MACDONALD, p 11, Tuesday, March 20, 2007
   PERTH: The State's Islamic community has moved a step closer to establishing a form of shari’a law WA by appointing nine local leaders to mediate civil disputes among Muslims through decisions based on the religious doctrine.
   Imam Abdul Jalil Ahmad said the local leaders, and a total of 77 nationwide, would preside over marital, divorce, property and commercial disputes under the auspices of an incorporated body.
   The appointments follow heavy criticism from the Ethnic Communities Council after last month's announcement about the mediation group that it would isolate the Muslim community.
   Mr Abdul said the nine imams would advise under shari’a law, provided it did not conflict with Australian law, on culturally sensitive civil issues but would not be able to hand down punishments or legally binding decisions.
   Issues which came within its jurisdiction would include advising women to remain "covered" public through clothing such as headscarves and long dresses.
   The mediation group would advise that women got custody of children aged seven and under but that children aged at least eight should make their own choice.
  [Picture of a row of men bowing foreheads to the floor.] Step closer: WA Muslims may be able to have civil disputes mediated.   
   Mr Abdul said the mediation group could grant married couples a spiritual divorce following a move by the husband to tell his wife writing, "I divorce you", claiming it would be culturally acceptable to do so by text message.
   The group would advise against alcohol consumption and would request Muslims to help poor people.  But conflict with the Australian law meant it could not advocate shari’a law which cites that women must be stoned to death for adultery and that men can marry up to four wives.
   Homosexuality and conversion from Islam to another religion are considered sins punishable by death under strict shari’a law.
   Faizel Gaffor, one of the chosen imams, said the process would be particularly helpful to Islamic women who had difficulty getting their husbands to agree to divorce because it would allow the imams to intervene on their behalf.
   University of WA professor Samina Yasmeen, director of the Centre for Muslim State and Societies, had some reservations about whether the body would ensure women's rights. 
   "shari’a law definitely provides for equal rights for men and women," she said.  "(But) it remains to be seen whether or not women's voices will be heard by this mediation group.  I do realise that this group recognises the huge responsibility it has taken on." #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#wamuslims
   [RECAPITULATION: Mr Abdul said the mediation group could grant married couples a spiritual divorce following a move by the husband to tell his wife writing, "I divorce you", claiming it would be culturally acceptable to do so by text message.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: No.  The reality is that the husband only has to say the words three times, and the wife is an ex-wife, with very few rights.  (A telephone text message for such a divorce might not pass muster Cairo!)  The children when they reach a certain age belong to the man, not the woman.  That's one reason why sensible women's groups oppose shari’a law, and people such as Africans on the edge of an Islamic creeping invasion sometimes take up arms against it.  Another reason is that Islam permits the taking of sex slaves and labouring slaves.    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAP.: University of WA professor Samina Yasmeen …  "shari’a law definitely provides for equal rights for men and women," she said.    ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Oo-oo-oops! What about those newsitems about women being sentenced to death for having sex? – even if they are rape victims?  Did you notice that the men involved were not court?  Another favourite you'll hear some fetching young female Muslims cheerily telling reporters is that females have equal inheritance rights to males.  END.]
   [DOCTRINE, Koran: 4:11 (or 12):- With regard to your children, Allah commandeth you to give the male the portion of two females.  …  but if she be an only daughter, she shall have the half; …
   4:14:- And your wives shall have a fourth part of what ye leave, if ye have no issue; but if ye have issue, then they shall have an eighth part of what ye leave, after paying the bequests ye shall bequeath, and debts. 
   23:1, 5, 6:- Blessed are the believers …  who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them …)
   (To read more, click: www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/koranhadith.htm#women .    DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Mar 20, 07]

• More warnings on radical group [Hisb ut-Tahrir].  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

More warnings on radical group

 
   The West Australian, by KIM MACDONALD, p 11, Tuesday, March 20, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: There are further calls to disband radical Muslim group Hisb ut-Tahrir after it was identified as a potential threat to Australian society because it had the potential to convince its followers to commit a terror attack.
   The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the group - banned parts of Europe and the Middle East - was a "warm-up track for violent radicals".
   The institute found that while the group forbids acts of terror until there is a holy war, it promoted a degree of racial hatred that could convince its followers into terror attacks.
   It was also accused of being the early stages of a program to spread intolerance and racism.  Hisb ut-Tahrir came to national attention January after a leader called for a holy war to create and defend an Islamic superstate that operates under shari’a law.
   It has about 200 members, including about 12 sympathisers living and fundraising WA, according to the centre for political violence and terrorism research at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. 
   The institute said: "Hizb ut-Tahrir advocates a revolutionary change to our social and political system…  It uses Australian tolerance to promote radical propaganda even against Australia itself."
   President of the Islamic Council of WA, Ahdielah Edries, urged the Government to ban the group.
   A spokesman for Federal Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock said "relevant agencies" - which he declined to identify - were reviewing the group, which has previously been cleared as a security threat by ASIO.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#morewarnings
   [RECAPITULATION: …  Hisb ut-Tahrir …  spread intolerance and racism.  …   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Here's a novelty – theoretically they might be caught by the very laws that the "multicultural industry" and the caffe-latte set had hoped to catch the good old True Blue Aussies – like Brian Burke!  Don't hold your breath waiting for a prosecution! ENDS.] [Mar 20, 07]

• Beslan – the inside story  Russia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Beslan – the inside story

 
   Australian Reader's Digest, by C.J.Chivers, p 118-135, received Mar 20, '07, issue of April 2007. 
   When ruthless Islamic militants captured a school, many of the hostages rose to extraordinary heights of courage and heroism.
   BESLAN, Republic of North Ossetia, Russia: Male and female Chechen terrorists who appeared as if from nowhere the morning at School No.  1 Beslan shouted Allahu akhbar!
   They took 1100 hostages.  Before they were overcome by the military on September 3, they had killed large numbers of men, women, and children. 
   They herded a large number of men into a room and murdered them with gunfire -- one man survived, and they spared him. 
   One of their habits during those long hours was to order people to kneel.  Some refused and were shot.  [*** Long article with pictures]
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#beslan_the_inside
   [DOCTRINE, Koran:
   2:193 (or 189):- …  Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/002.  qmt.html# 002.193
   3:83 (or 77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion? … 
   4:91 (or 89):- …  Take therefore none of them for friends …  If they turn back, then seize them, and slay them wherever ye find them …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/004.  qmt.html #004.089
   9:73:- O Prophet!  strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/009.  qmt.html #009.073 . DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Received Mar 20, '07, issue of April 2007]

• 20 years for beheading three Christian girls; AND, Nigerian Muslim students kill Christian teacher  Indonesia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

20 years for beheading three Christian girls

 
   CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews.  com/news/703/ 124.php , Mar 22, 2007
   INDONESIA: A Muslim militant from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, was yesterday sentenced to twenty years prison for masterminding the beheading murder of three Christian girls. 
 [Picture] 
   Hasanuddin, 34, who goes by a single name, along with co-conspirators Lilik Purnomo, 28, and Irwanto Irano, 29, were found guilty on Wednesday of decapitating the three Christian schoolgirls the town of Poso and dumping their bloodied heads nearby villages, judges said.
   The three militants had faced a maximum penalty of death by firing squad, but judges ruled that they deserved some leniency for co-operating with authorities, confessing and showing remorse.
   All three confessed to their role the crime and were forgiven by the victims' relatives.
   AsiaNews noted Indonesian press reports that the sentences corresponded to the demands of the prosecution.
   The alleged members of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network left a handwritten note close to the bodies, vowing more killings to avenge the deaths of Muslims earlier sectarian violence on Sulawesi island.
   "Wanted - 100 more heads," said Judge Lilik Mulyadi, reciting the letter's text.  "Blood must be paid with blood, lives with lives, heads with heads."
   The grisly nature of the beheadings - which occurred as the children were cutting through a cocoa plantation on their way to school - gave fresh impetus to the country's war on terrorism and was followed by scores of arrests.
   Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks recent years targeting local Christians and nightclubs, restaurants and foreign embassies.
   Judge Udar Siregar told the Central Jakarta District Court that Hasanuddin ordered the slayings and helped dumped their girls' heads three Christian-dominated villages.  Purnomo and Irano were found guilty of "ambushing and beheading" the teens, he said.
   Nigerian Muslim students kill Christian teacher Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   another story, Muslim students at a secondary school northeastern Nigeria beat a teacher to death today after accusing her of desecrating the Koran.
   Oluwatoyin Olusase, a Christian, was adjudicating an Islamic Religious Knowledge exam at the school Gombe state when the incident occurred.
   The students attacked her outside the school compound after the exam and killed her, witnesses said.
   It was not clear exactly what Olusase had done that angered the students.
   Police confirmed the killing and said their intervention had prevented the incident from turning into a riot.
   SOURCE
Indonesian militant gets 20 years for beheading Christian girls (Canada.com, 21/3/07)
Lenient sentence for those who beheaded three Christian girls (AsiaNews, 21/3/07)
Muslim pupils kill teacher (Herald-Sun, 22/3/07)
   ARCHIVE
Indonesian prosecutors allege man planned hundreds of Christian decapitations (9/11/06)
Indonesian govt arrests religious violence suspects (1/7/06)
Indonesia allows executed Catholic's body to return home (26/9/06)
Indonesian Catholics executed this morning (22/9/06)
Execution looms again for Indonesian Catholics (20/9/06)
Demonstrators call for execution of Indonesian Catholics (5/9/06)
Fate of Bali bombers raises hope for three condemned Indonesian Catholics (22/8/06)
Miracle last hour stay of execution for death row Indonesians (14/8/06)
Thousands rally to save death row Catholics Indonesia (11/8/06)
Indonesian Catholics to face firing squad on Saturday (10/8/06)
Indonesian death row Catholics lose court appeal (16/5/06)
Further appeal opportunity for Indonesian death row Catholics (19/4/06)
Activists maintain fight for death row Indonesian Catholics (10/4/06)
Second clemency plea for death row Indonesian Catholics (28/3/06)
Pope sends envoy to death row Indonesians (22/3/06)
Indonesian bishop condemns Catholics' death sentence (29/11/05)
Looming execution of three Indonesian Catholics (17/11/05)
Indonesian bishop concerned about resurgence of violence Poso (16/8/02)
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   [COMMENT: This is the law, skewed by shari’a law theories.  Kill a Muslim, firing squad; kill a Christian, prison sentence.    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: 8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/008.  qmt.html #008.012 .   DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [GUIDELINE: 9, 84:57:- "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him."   GUIDELINE ENDS.] [Mar 22, 07 ]

shari’a fears.  [Back to Dark Ages] 

shari’a fears

 
   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Thursday, March 22, 2007
   Whether it be by stealth or any other way, I'm appalled at the report about WA Muslims moving closer to shari’a law (20/3).
   The Muslim leaders seem hell-bent on usurping the law of Australia and having their own laws this free and democratic country.
   It has been repeated by our political leaders and been reported over and over letters to the newspapers that Australia does not and will not tolerate separate laws. 
   We are one nation with one set of laws for everybody, no matter what creed or colour.  We do not need any form of apartheid.
   To let the Muslim religious leaders get one foot the door with any form of shari’a law will be just the beginning, because then they will persist adding more until they get their amputations and stonings place for various crimes and Australia will begin heading back to the Dark Ages.
   We already have a "hate group" living our wonderful land, with a branch WA, the Hisb ut-Tahrir.
   Why we have to tolerate such people our midst is beyond my comprehension. 
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#shari’a
   [DOCTRINE: Apartheid (separateness): 4:76 (or 78), 4:91 (or 89), 5:51, 5:80, 58:22.    Clash of laws/customs: 33:48 (or 47).  Amputations: 5:33 (or 37), 5:38 (or 42).  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [GUIDELINES: Stonings: 3, 17:4206 ff;  8, 82:815.  END.]  [Mar 22, 07]

• [Bombers take child decoys in, and explode them.]  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Bombers let child decoys die

 
   The West Australian, World page, Edited by ALAN KIRK, p 20, Thursday, March 22, 2007
   BAGHDAD: Iraqi insurgents used children to get past a Baghdad checkpoint and then blew up their vehicle with the two youngsters still the back seat, according to the US military.
   The weekend attack killed the children and three bystanders, Maj-Gen.  Michael Barbero said.
   He said the vehicle was initially stopped at the checkpoint.
   "Children the back seat lower suspicion.  We let it move through," Maj-Gen.  Barbero said.
   "They parked the vehicle.  The adults ran out and detonated it with the children the back.  So the brutality and ruthless nature of this enemy hasn't changed.  I mean, they are just interested slaughtering Iraqi civilians to meet their ends."
   The attack occurred near a market the Adamiya district.
   Maj-Gen.  Barbero called it a new tactic but noted US forces had seen only one such occurrence involving children.
   recent times the insurgents have tried new and inventive ways to strike at their targets.  The use of chemical bombings has increased.  The three chlorine bombs detonated this past weekend brought the total to six such bombings since January.
   High-profile suicide and car bomb attacks by Sunnis against Shi'ites also had not abated, Maj-Gen.  Barbero said.
   But he said increased military force Iraq's capital had yielded some success, such as a reduction murders and executions of civilians.
   He also said hundreds of families had returned to Baghdad and the number of tips from Iraqi civilians about insurgent activity hit its highest mark ever February.
   Maj-Gen.  Barbero's comments come as the US Congress considers measures that attempt to force a timeline on the Bush administration to withdraw US troops.
   Democrat Congressman Ike Skelton, who chairs the House of Representatives armed services committee, said violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites would increase when the US left Iraq, regardless of when that pullout occurred.
   "Should there be a redeployment now, six months from now, two years from now, the sectarian violence will increase," Mr Skelton said.  "It's inevitable."
   Anbar province, US Marines and Iraqi troops backed by artillery and planes battled al-Qaida-linked insurgents for more than five hours on Tuesday.
   The clashes Amiriyah, 40km west of Baghdad, left eight insurgents dead and five Iraqi policemen wounded, the US military said.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#bombers
   [RECAPITULATION: So the brutality and ruthless nature of this enemy hasn't changed.  I mean, they are just interested slaughtering … 
   "Should there be a redeployment now, six months from now, two years from now, the sectarian violence will increase," Mr Skelton said.  "It's inevitable."   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Well, not inevitable if the Coalition did its duty.  For example, the Coalition ought to remove all people that Saddam Hussein's dictatorship moved into Kurdish or other areas, returning them to their home villages, with compensation.  The Sunnis and Shi'ites ought to be told that they must agree to population transfers, with compensation, because bad imams keep inciting violence.  (Reformers realise, also, that the US and UK secret services have been dressing as Arabs and taking explosives cars -- possibly to stir up sectarian hate and resultant violence.) 
   The Coalition ought to have stopped foreign fanatics coming across the borders, right from the first week of the liberation/invasion.  And ought to have ruthlessly stopped all looting and other crime. 
   And be merciless towards Coalition troops committing crimes -- murder ought to merit 30 to 60 years gaol or more, rape 10 to 30, etc., not the tiny sentences handed out by friendly fellow-combatants.  A lawless culture will not respect the moral law unless the conquerors do. 
   (The newsitem above has to be taken with some caution, because of the dishonesty the military and other "news-feeds" to journalists, and the fact that President Bush is removing government prosecutors who are trying to find criminal Americans and charge them with offences.    COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE REQUEST: (If any reader can find texts approving Muslims planning the death by explosion of children, and deceiving non-Muslims, please give details to Submission Study Unit.)   ENDS.] [Mar 22, 07]

• Poor old Muslims -- they get insulted -- we get beheaded. 

POOR OLD MUSLIMS – THEY GET INSULTED – WE GET BEHEADED

     Nick Maine, nmaine§bigpond.net.au , March 22, 2007
The Pope says that jihad violence is against God's nature, and officials fear that response, Muslims enraged by this insult will commit …  jihad violence.
A.  Muslims murder 3,000 innocents New York and…..  Expect no criticism.
B.  Muslims murder 202 tourists Bali and……………….. expect no criticism.
C.  Muslims murder 333 schoolchildren and their teachers Beslan and……………  expect no criticism. 
D.  Muslims murder 292 innocents, mainly Kenyans and Tanzanians at two US Embassies……….  and expect no criticism.
E.  Muslims murder 241 US and 58 French peacekeepers Beirut and………….  expect no criticism.
F.  Muslims fire 4,000 Katyusha rockets into Northern Israel killing over 50 innocent civilians and………………  expect no criticism.
G.  Muslims murder 52 London and 191 Madrid and…………………  expect no criticism.
H.  Muslims murder 200 Mumbai and…………….  expect no criticism.
I.  Muslims behead Western hostages Iraq, Buddhist monks Thailand and Christian schoolgirls Indonesia and…………..  expect no criticism.
J.  Muslims murder 500,000 Darfur and……………..  Expect no criticism. 
K.  Muslims regard Jews as 'sons of pigs and monkeys', and vow to nuke Israel and……………….  expect no criticism.
L.  Muslims force women to wear hideous sacks, stone to death women for getting raped and for leaving the home unescorted, engage honour killings of sisters and daughters for unapproved dating, and………………  expect no criticism.
M.  Muslims danced the streets and handed out sweets to their kids to celebrate the 9/11 atrocity, and……………….  still expected no criticism.
N.  Since 9/11 Muslims have killed over 26,000 and wounded over 50,000 terrorist attacks worldwide and…………….  expect no criticism.
Since 9/11 Muslims have committed terrorist attacks Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad, Chechnya, Dagestan, Denmark, East Timor, Egypt, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Jordan-Iraq, Kabardino-Balkans, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Gaza-Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan , Syria , Tajikistan, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey , United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, United States , Uzbekistan and Yemen, and…………………….  STILL expect no criticism.
Muslims have carried out over 5,800 fatal terrorist atrocities since 9/11 and countless thousands since Islamic conquest began 623 AD and expect no criticism.
But if a Pope dares to tell the truth about Islam or Danes publish cartoons about Mohammed, then let the outpourings of Islamic hate and outrage begin.
And, by some twisted reach of logic, the arrogant b..s demand the Pope issue an apology.
Keep this one going…
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#poor_old_muslims
[March 22, 2007]

• Muslims free to choose badly: PM.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

  Muslims free to choose badly: PM  

 
   The Record (R.C.  newspaper W.  Australia), p 6, Thursday, March 29, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister John Howard says he does not have a view on who should be the Catholic archbishop of Melbourne -- or the Anglican archbishop of Sydney -- and he does not have a view on who should be the mufti of Australia's Muslim community. 
   Such things are "a matter for the religious grouping," the PM said on Sky News. 
   However, he also said the reappointment as mufti of Sydney's Sheik Hilali has done damage to the Muslim eommunity.  "The impact of this decision will be extremely negative," the PM said.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#muslimsfree
   [COMMENT: The anti-Western Al-Hilali had been ejected from two Muslim countries, and was only allowed to stay Australia, spite of breaking the visa laws, by the connivance of Labor power-brokers thinking they would get Muslim votes.  It worked!
   Muslims see their re-appointment as a victory against the kufar (the non-Muslims).  They look forward to winning more battles before the final victory, Allah willing.  COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 29, 07]

• The Cross and the Crescent.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

The Cross and
the Crescent

 
   The Record (R.C.  newspaper W.  Australia), Vista page 2, Thursday, March 29, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (at the RCC Religious Education Congress):
John Allen - Rome-based correspondent
   John Allen analysed relationships between Catholicism and Islam, drawing attention to the fact that Pope John Paul II was the first Pope to visit a mosque, the Grand Umayad Mosque Damascus, reputed to contain the remains of John the Baptist, and itself an early Christian church.  From that visit, Pope John Paul was entering into dialogue with Islam, presenting our religions, not opposition but partnership.
   This outreach was even more crucial 2001, when within weeks of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center of New York, Pope John Paul journeyed to Kazakhstan, a country 47 per cent Islamic, but with a sizable Christian population, the descendents of those deported by Stalin to the country to the north of Afghanistan.
   Allen outlined one of the difficulties the dialogue faces is that Islam does not have a clear, central authority like the Vatican, and no hierarchy with which to dialogue.  But the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI [Ratzinger] see this inter-religious dialogue as necessary and a most consequential area.
   Allen said that Pope Benedict's Regensberg University address was not about Islam but about the relationship between reason and faith.  The Pope certainly had no intention to inflame Islam, but miscalculated the reaction.  Pope Benedict's refusal to issue an apology for the content of his talk indicates he does not intend to back down. 
   He is making a statement that dialogue means a willingness to talk about real issues.  He has issued a challenge to Muslims to reject violence the name of religion.
   Pope Benedict's prayer the Blue Mosque of Istanbul was a sign of respect, but he also wants Islam to reciprocate.  He wants Islamic countries to afford Christians the religious freedoms their constitutions guarantee or the Universal Declaration on Human Rights calls for.
   this regard, the Pope reminds Islam that the Rome Mosque, the largest Europe, built between 1984 and 1993 was the beneficiary of $29,670,000 while the over a million Catholics living Saudi Arabia, mainly as guest workers, have not one church and no bishops or priests. 
   Saudi Arabia has funded the building of mosques throughout the west, but will not allow any churches or Christian places of worship the kingdom.  fact, its religious police constantly harass priest chaplains and Christians attempting to bring their bibles or meeting houses for worship.
   The Pope is concerned for Christians persecuted for their faith Sudan and parts of Nigeria.  He is also concerned for the traditional Christian communities Egypt and Syria.  The Pope is deeply committed to dialogue, but he also wants reciprocation.  #
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#thecross
   [RECAPITULATION: Pope John Paul was entering into dialogue with Islam, presenting our religions, not opposition but partnership.  …  while the over a million Catholics living Saudi Arabia, mainly as guest workers, have not one church and no bishops or priests.  …  The Pope …  also wants reciprocation.    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Islam Saudi Arabia, which seems to have destroyed every Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and other religion's worship houses early on, has had since AD 610 to reverse its bad policies and "reciprocate".  Because the Koran was translated into Latin 1143, Popes since then ought to know that Muslims are prevented by their creed from reciprocating.  So to gently chide Islam about no churches or clergy Arabia, or the persecutions Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, and Syria, might sound good the West, but only shows jihadists that all that the infidels can do is talk.   COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: 2:212 (or 216):- War is prescribed to you.  2:191:- www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/002.  qmt.html #002.191 ; 3:73 (or 66) www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/003.  qmt.html #003.073 .  ENDS.] [Mar 29, 07]

• What we ignore at our peril.
     
  BOOKS  

What we ignore at our peril

 
   News Weekly (Australia), pp 20 and 22, March 31, 2007
BECAUSE THEY HATE:
A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America
by Brigitte Gabriel.
(New York: St Martin's Press)
Hardcover: 272 pages
Rec.  price: AUD$49.95

Reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg

   Lebanon used to be a bright spot a very dark Middle East.  It was a rare democracy with a Christian majority.  Muslims and non-Muslims could live together peace and calm, even at the political level.
   It was a beacon of hope and freedom to the surrounding Arab nations.  The Lebanese had the highest standard of living the area.  many ways it seemed more like a Western nation, and Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East.
   But all that changed 1975 when radical Muslims from surrounding nations declared jihad on the Lebanese Christians, and poured into Southern Lebanon to set up a Muslim state.  Radical Muslims who hated democracy and wanted to impose shari’a law turned the Lebanese oasis into a hell-hole.
Onslaught
   Among those who lived through the terror was one young Maronite Christian girl, Brigitte Gabriel.  She was 10 years old when the rape of Lebanon began.  For the next seven years she and her family would spend most of their time living an underground bombshelter, enduring the onslaught of Islamist anger and fury.
   She witnessed firsthand the murder, rape, hatred and genocide of a once-great land.  She experienced the terror, ethnic-cleansing and dictatorship of Muslim radicals.  And she also saw how these Islamists masterfully controlled and manipulated the media, to make it look as if they were the good guys, and the Christians and Jews were the source of evil the region.
   This book tells her story chilling and moving detail.  But the book is much more than a personal story.  It is also a warning.  It is a warning to America and the West that the very thing that happened to Lebanon is now happening to all Western democracies.
   Radical Muslims have declared a holy war against the West, and made clear their intention of destroying it. 
   Radical Muslims made their intentions known about Lebanon, and they did what they said they would do.  They are now telling us their intentions about the West.  And they are working to carry out those intentions.
This book is also a warning to America and the West that the very thing that happened to Lebanon is now happening to all Western democracies.
Gabriel asks: will we learn from the experience Lebanon? Or will the West close its eyes and pretend the threat of radical Islam does not exist?
   The recent incursion of Israel into Lebanon must be seen from the backdrop of the story told this book.  The hatred and venom that Muslims have for Jews is carefully discussed here.  The desire of 150 million surrounding Muslims to drive five million Jews into the sea is a daily reality for the Israelis.
   As Gabriel shows, the same media manipulation and deception are taking place now, as they did three decades ago.
   A favourite tactic of the Palestinians then, like Hezbollah now, is to set up rocket attacks from Christian villages.  After the rockets are fired, the Islamists quickly pull out, knowing full well Israeli reprisals will then fall on innocent Christian habitations.  The media of course will be there to record the Jewish "barbarism," while ignoring the initial terrorists' attacks. 
   The horrible tactics and the frightening aims of the Islamists are here carefully laid out.  So too are the lies and the deception Islamists are quite happy to resort to.  There are even Arabic terms for these: taqiyya (deception) and kitman (secrecy). 
   Radical Muslims are willing to present themselves as victims and oppressed peoples.  Meanwhile, apologists for the Islamists, and those who loathe their own Western heritage, readily find reasons to blame the West for Islamic terrorism.  Somehow the West is supposed to take the blame for acts of Islamist outrage.
   Yet, as Gabriel reminds us, it is foolish to suggest that we must somehow address their grievances.  "Their grievance is our freedom of religion," she says.  "Their grievance is our democratic process."
   These radicals have repeatedly made their goals known: they seek to destroy Western democracies and set up an Islamic state.  Says Gabriel: "Unless we take them at their word, and defend ourselves accordingly, they will succeed."
   She reminds us that Islam claims to have a sacred obligation to impose its rule on the entire world.  This is not a distortion of Islam, nor the ideas just of extremists, but the very heart of mainstream Islam.  "It is mandated by the holy writings of Islam, as interpreted by a vast majority of the classical authorities," she says. 
   other words, we must reject the myth of moderate Islam.  While there are many moderate Muslims, the religion itself is not moderate.  Religious and political freedoms are just not hallmarks of Muslim societies.  Indeed, the "only social liberal thinkers in the Muslim-Arab Islamo-fascist world are dead ones". 
   this important book, Gabriel documents the many Islamist assaults on the West, and asks why we even permit terrorists to live our own countries, as they prepare to carry out their acts of carnage and destruction. The parallels between what is now happening the West and what took place her homeland are too ominous to be ignored.  Yet the West seems intent on doing just that.
   Gabriel says we must wake up to the fact that a war has been declared against the West.  Do we have the will and the resolve to defend our way of life, or will we simply give up without a fight?
   She closes her volume with a number of hard-hitting recommendations which the West must heed if it is to prevail this conflict.  For America these include much stricter border controls, development of alternative energy sources, and security profiling of high-risk groups.
Hate
   These and other stringent steps must be taken if we want to win this battle against the Islamic terrorists.  Mere conciliation, arbitration and diplomacy will not reduce the threat.  The radical Muslims do what they do because they hate.  Until we learn that lesson the casualties will continue to mount, and freedoms will continue to be snatched away.
   To understand the hatred, and why this hatred is such a threat, all concerned citizens must read this book.
   If we do not want to see what happened to Lebanon take place on a far greater scale, then we must wake up to the threat that is staring us the face, and take appropriate steps response.
   This book is both a prophetic warning and a much-needed wake-up call to a sleepy and indifferent West.  But if we do not heed its warnings, we may well find that the free West will be no more.  #
NEWS WEEKLY, MARCH 31, 2007 – PAGES 20 & 22                  www.newsweekly.com.au
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#whatwe
   [RECAPITULATION: other words, we must reject the myth of moderate Islam.  While there are many moderate Muslims, the religion itself is not moderate.  Religious and political freedoms are just not hallmarks of Muslim societies.  Indeed, the "only social liberal thinkers the Muslim-Arab Islamo-fascist world are dead ones".    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: This fortnightly magazine, allied to the National Civic Council (NCC), seems alert to danger.  However, at a Perth gathering of the NCC within the past couple of years there were leaflets extolling the idea that Moslems are moderate, if only their neighbours could see it.  The leaflets were issued by a Jesuit think tank, so Submission Study Unit wrote to it pointing out opposing arguments.  No reply!  Recently, it was announced that a Sydney Jesuit think tank was "unsustainable", and would close.  Could this be because Sydney Cardinal George Pell has READ some of the Koran, and opposes its violence?  recent weeks the RC Archbishop of Perth said that Muslims ought to be welcomed into Australians' workplaces etc.  etc.  The supposed barque of Peter has run into the shoals, and goes this way and that!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 31, 07]

• Search of a Merciful God; The Qur'an and Islamic Law and Practice
 
   Annals Australasia, annalsaustralasia AT nareg POINT com POINT au , Editorial, by Dr Paul Stenhouse, pp 3-4, March 2007
ANNALS AUSTRALASIA     3     MARCH 2007
EDITORIAL
The Qur’an and Islamic Law and Practice

IN SEARCH OF A MERCIFUL GOD

 
By PAUL STENHOUSE, MSC
NON-MUSLIMS are perplexed by many western TV productions and radio interviews that treat of Islam.  Such programmes usually include segments of melodious Qur'anic chants, accompanied by images of smiling young people, and references to Islam as a merciful and peaceful religion - despite innumerable world-wide and continuing instances of barbarism, cruelty and mercilessness. 
   The Islamist suicide-bombers, kidnappers and murderers carry out their deadly campaigns against non-Muslims and their fellow-Muslims while holding aloft copies of the Qur'an, and shouting verses from it to justify their alleged fidelity to its tenets.  UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, echoing the constant politically-correct refrain of most Western leaders, recently described such Islamists as following a 'distorted' view of Orthodox Islam.
   How distorted is this view of the Islamists?  The concepts of Forgiveness and Mercy are kept to the forefront of Islamic consciousness by the repetition of the familiar mantra Bi-smillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim 'In the Name of Allah the Merciful and the Compassionate,' at the beginning of all correspondence, all public and private functions and especially all prayer.  Known as the Bismala, this formula occurs 114 times the Qur'an at the beginning of every Sura except the 9th.
   The nature of the invocation and the form it takes is modelled on and reminiscent of the Catholic practice of making the sign of the Cross.  Tertullian, 1 Minucius Felix, 2 St Ambrose, 3 St Augustine, 4 St John Chrysostom 5 et alii hundreds of years before Islam arose, remind Christians that from the moment of rising until they retire at night everything they do should be done 'In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit'.
   To understand what follows - which is mainly concerned with what Islam teaches about mercy and forgiveness -and not just what the spin-doctors would have us believe Islam teaches - one must appreciate the degree of equivocation not to say confusion that exists the Qur'an and the Islamic Tradition {Sunna}.  Ambiguities, anachronisms and contradictions abound.

  Global Jihad  

This is a hot war, fought on three continents.   Its evolution has largely been funded by Saudi Arabia.
   The Saudis have spent $US70 billion ($93 billion) over the past 20 years funding Wahhabism," Yael Shahar told me last week.  Shahar is on the faculty at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism Tel Aviv, the world's leading academic institute for counter-terrorism.
   Given that Wahhabism is the most rigid, and most aggressive form of Islam, it means that the West's appetite for oil and motor cars has fuelled not just global warming, but global jihad.
   Jihad and shahada have been the common denominators of the otherwise unrelated bloodshed Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and the violent arc of a dozen Islamic states from Pakistan to Morocco. 
   It is the common denominator of bloodshed Britain, France, Spain, Holland and the United States, all the scenes of terrorist attacks, and Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Italy, where growing Muslim threats and violence are part of what is now a global confrontation between Western values and medievalism.
- Paul Sheehan, 'An eyewitness view of the new world war,' Sydney Morning Herald, December 30, 2006
   When Islamists say that the Qur'an reveals a merciful God they are telling the truth; one of Allah's names is 'Merciful,' {Sura 17,110}.  But Allah can also be merciless {Sura 4,48 [or 4:51]}.  They also speak the truth when they say, for example, that Muslims and non-Muslims have equal rights Islamic countries.  But the truth is not what it seems.
   Allah is merciful and compassionate, and Muslims believe that he is 'the most merciful of those who show mercy' {Suras: 7,151 [or 7:150]; 12,64; 21,83 etc}.  But, according to the Qur'an, God's mercy is not bestowed upon all his creatures indiscriminately.  Not everyone, according to Islamic teaching, is worthy of his mercy.  6
   The rub is that, according to the Qur'an, Allah loves only Muslims; he does not love the unbelievers and unrighteous {Suras: 2:276 [or 2:277]; 3:32, 3:57, 3:140; 4:107}.  He is the 'enemy' of the unbelievers {Sura 2:98}.  He does not extend mercy towards infidels, and even forbids Muslims to pray for them or to ask pardon for them {Sura 9:84, 113-114}.
   Allah's mercy is reserved for Muslims - it doesn't extend to those who refuse to accept the 'da‘wa' or 'invitation to submit to Allah as Muslims'.  God will not forgive those who reject faith {Suras 4:168; 9:80; 63:5-6} and who persist doing evil {Sura 4:18}.  He shows no mercy to those who worship any god but himself {Sura 4:48, 4:116}.
   Muslims are to be 'hard of heart' towards unbelievers, but 'merciful' towards one another {Sura 48:29; 16:88}.
   God will not accept death-bed repentance {Suras 4:18; 6:158; 23:63-67, 23:99-101; 38:3 etc etc}.  Nor will he accept angelic or human intercession {Suras 2:123; 3:192; 4:109; 10:27; 39:54; etc}.
   All this has to be filtered through the Islamic and Qur'anic doctrine of predestination and fate: {Suras 15:4-5; 16:35; 18:57-58 etc}.  And also God's alleged fostering a predisposition to evil among sinners {Sura 2:7, 2:10, 2:15} and the fact that, according to the Qur'an, God is not impartial:  he favours {and, implicitly, forgives} whomever he chooses to favour and forgive {Suras: 2:105; 4:48-49; 6:83-88; 10:107; 33:17; etc}.
   Muddying the water for Christians and Jews who may be inclined to think that Islamic Law considers them to be acceptable objects of God's mercy, is the widespread and ineradicable association Islamic consciousness of the terms 'mushrikun', {polytheists} 'kafirun, kuffar {infidels, unbelievers} with Christians and Jews - despite the Meccan Suras that allegedly bestow privileged status on the 'People of the Book'.  This is because the few verses favourable to Christians and Jews the Qur'an {much quoted by Islamist sympathizers and beguiled western commentators} have been abrogated, annulled, by Sura 9:5, the so-called Verse of the Sword, 7 and other Suras like 2:216 and 47:4.
   fact, the Qur'an says, heaping insult upon insult, 'God will destroy' the Christians who say the Messiah is God's Son, and the Jews who worship Uzair (Ezra?) as God's Son {Sura 9:30}.
   Islamic literature is full of bellicose terms like these, especially when describing Jihads.  8  It has persisted down to today – with consequences like September 11, 2001, and continuing radical Islamist terror against the much-mocked 'People of the Book,' on the grounds of their alleged faithlessness and polytheism.  There is an all-out war declared on 'unbelievers,' {Suras 2:216; 8:39; 47:4} and this term includes Christians and Jews {Sura 9:29}.
   Of course there are Equal Rights Islamic countries for all the citizens:  Muslims are equal with other Muslims; and Christians are equal with other Christians; but Muslims and Christians are not equal.  That is impossible, because God hates infidels, and he is their 'enemy' {Sura 2:98}.
   practice, however, Qur'anic looseness of phraseology and ambiguity exposes Muslims to inequality even amongst themselves.  Such equality as exists depends on the race, colour, sect, tribe, wealth and language of the Muslims question.  Hence the lack of mercy and forgiveness shown to fellow Muslims the continuing Iraqi so-called insurgency which Sunni murder Shi'a {and vice-versa} and Arabs murder Persians, apparently without a qualm.  Darfur, Arab Muslims murder their poorer black African co-religionists mercilessly.
   To comprehend this 'anomaly,' non-Muslims must realise that even the time of the greatest of the Islamic intellectuals, 9  Islamic Law {shari’a} whose foundation is the Qur'an, and whose ostensible purpose is to direct the body politic and regulate every aspect of the life of believers, was clearly not doing so.
   This has been noted recently by a commentator on the killing-fields of the Sudan:  'The pure Islamist theory of transcendental struggle and divinely sanctioned violence to achieve the Kingdom of God is theoretically bankrupt, and politically impossible'. 10  All the more so, because, despite its rhetoric, the Qur'an leaves no room for a God who genuinely has mercy and compassion for his creation.
   Non-Muslims take no satisfaction pointing out these flaws inherent the Qur'an, which many good people take to be God's word and use as the touchstone for their conduct and beliefs.  But unhappy experience from the time of Muhammad's many bloody raids on his non-Muslim neighbours to the time of writing, has shown that to ignore these flaws, as many westerners prominent politics and the media seem to ignore them, will inevitably have fatal consequences for those who do so. #

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1.  De Cor Mil.  c.iii.
2.  See Justin Martyr Apol. 2
3.  Sermones 43, 56.
4.  Serm. 53 'De Verbo Dei'.
5.  Contra Judaeos et Gentiles quod Christus sit Deus; Hom. 50 'In S. Matthaeum'; etc
6.  For this, and for much of the following comment on the Qur'anic suras, see two articles by Daniel C. Petersen: 'Mercy,' Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, vol.3, Brill, 2003, pp.  277-280; and 'Forgiveness,' op. cit. vol. 2, pp. 244-245.
7.  See also verse 29.
8.  See Futuh al-Habasha, The Conquest of Abyssinia {16th Century} by Shihab ad-Din Ahmad bin Abd al-Qader bin Salem bin 'Uthman, translated by Paul Stenhouse, Tsehai Press, California, 2003,.  passim. [ www.amazon. com/Futuh- Al-Habasha- Conquest- Abyssinia- Al-Habasa/ dp/09723 17252 ]
9.  Muhammad al-Ghazali, {died 1111 AD}.
10.  Islamism and its enemies the Horn of Africa, Alex de Wohl ed., Shama Books, Addis Ababa 2004, p.22.  #
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   [RECAPITULATION, Paragraph 5: Ambiguities, anachronisms and contradictions abound. 
   Para. 8: Allah loves only Muslims; he does not love the unbelievers and unrighteous {Suras: 2:276; 3,32, 57, 140; 4:107}.  He is the 'enemy' of the unbelievers {Sura 2:98}.  He does not extend mercy towards infidels, and even forbids Muslims to pray for them or to ask pardon for them {Sura 9:84, 113-114}.
   Para 17: Such equality as exists depends on the race, colour, sect, tribe, wealth and language of the Muslims question. ENDS.]
   [DEFINITION Para.  6, Koran Sura 17:110: "…  one of Allah's names is 'Merciful'."  The word "Merciful" is Dawood's 2003 Penguin edition p. 205, and "God of Mercy (Arrahman)" Rodwell's 2001 Phoenix edition p. 118.  Yusafali's it is "Rahman", but both Pickthall's and Shakir's it is "Beneficent," which is an adjective with the meaning of doing good or being actively kind.]
   [RECAP.  Para.  14: "…  and the Jews who worship Uzair (Ezra?) as God's Son…"]
   [COMMENT on Para.  14: No Judaist sect known to S.S.U.  worships Uzair (Ezra).  If any reader has facts to say otherwise, please contact S.S.U.  This seems to be one of several complete misunderstandings that are exhibited the Koran.]
   [KORAN: 2:193 (or 2:189):- … Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left. < www.submission. org/suras/ sura2.html #193 >
   8:12:- … I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. < www.submission. org/suras/ sura8.html #12 >
   48:29:- Those who follow Him are tender to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers.  (48:29 is explained Dr Stenhouse's article.)
   49:9:- If two bodies of the faithful are at war, then make ye peace between them: and if the one of them wrong the other, fight against that party which doth the wrong, until they come back to the precepts of Allah: … 
   58:22:- You shall not find a people who believe Allah and the latter day befriending those who act opposition to Allah and His Apostle, even though they were their (own) fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kinsfolk.    KORAN ENDS.]
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• [Comments on Islam appreciated.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 
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Comments on Islam

 
   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , Letter from JOHN FLETCHER, St. Ives, NSW, 2075, p 6, March 2007
   Your content from time to time on aspects of Islam has been of particular interest due no small measure to my years chairing, with a secretariat based Manila, an Asia Pacific banking organisation which only three of the chief executives of the seventy-two members from thirty countries had English as a first language. 
   There was a strong Islamic group from Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia with a counter force of Hindus, Buddhists and the various 'ians' of the Pacific Islands. 
   That was followed by five years on overlapping consultancies from 1989 to 1994, one for the World Bank based Jakarta as an adviser and one, based Manila, for the International Trade Centre, a United Nations organisation, conducting training programs the Asia Pacific region, often Islamic Nations.
   Thus I follow developments that part of the world keenly and appreciate the well-informed nature of your contribution to the growing interest and debate Australia. 
   'Twas a pity there had to be any backing off from the Pope's statement of historical fact at Regensburg which could have been attributed to any number of impeccable sources right back to Muhammad himself as well as the long gone emperor who was quoted. #
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• Violence and the Threat of Violence in the UK.  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

  Violence and the Threat of Violence in the UK  

   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , by Baron Bodissey, p 16, March 2007
AFTER the plot against the airliners was uncovered, a large number of UK Muslim groups sent a letter with veiled threats to PM Tony Blair, stating that "It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both the UK and abroad," and that the British should "change our foreign policy," addition to allowing Muslims more shari’a.  The same thing happened after the bombs London 2005.
   If we watch closely, we will notice that Muslims are highly organized and have prepared long lists of demands.  Every act of terrorism, or Jihad as it really is, is seen as an opportunity to push even greater demands.  Radical Muslims and moderate Muslims are allies, not adversaries.  The radicals bomb, and the moderates issue veiled threats that "unless we get our will, more such attacks will ensue." It's a good cop, bad cop game.
   It is true that Jihad is not exclusively about violence, but it is very much about the constant threat of violence.  Just like you don't need to beat a donkey all the time to make it go where you want it to, Muslims don't have to hit non-Muslims continuously.  They bomb or kill every now and then, to make sure that the infidels are always properly submissive and know who's boss.
   Sadly, they frequently tend to get their will, and the donkey, or as this case, the British, do what the Muslims want.  A hospital northwest England has introduced a new surgical gown modelled on the burka, allowing female Muslim patients to cover themselves completely.  The blue "Inter-Faith Gown" is the first of its type Britain and has being tried out at the Royal Preston Hospital.  - The Fijordman Report, Friday, September 08, 2006 'Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims,' by Baron Bodissey.  #
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• Saudi Publications Promote Hate.  Saudi Arabia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ 

  Saudi Publications Promote Hate  

   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , by Freedom House Center for Religious Freedom, p 17, March 2007
The various Saudi publications gathered for this study [Report On Saudi Government Publications 2005] state that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping such "infidels" any way, or taking part their festivities and celebrations. 
   They instill contempt for America because the United States is ruled by legislated civil law rather than by totalitarian Wahhabi-style Islamic law. 
   Some of the publications collected for this study direct Muslims not to take American citizenship as long as the country is ruled by infidels and tell them, while abroad, above all, to work for the creation of an Islamic state. 
   The Saudi textbooks and documents our researchers collected preach a Nazi-like hatred for Jews, treat the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact, and avow that the Muslim's duty is to eliminate the state of Israel. 
   Regarding women, the Saudi state publications America instruct that they should be veiled, segregated from men and barred from certain employment and roles.
   these [Saudi Government] documents, other Muslims, especially those who advocate tolerance, are condemned as infidels. 
   The opening fatwa one Saudi embassy-distributed booklet responds to a question about a Muslim preacher a European mosque who taught that it is not right to condemn Jews and Christians as infidels. 
   The Saudi state cleric's reply rebukes the Muslim cleric: "He who casts doubts about their infidelity leaves no doubt about his." – New Report On Saudi Government Publications, January 28, 2005 – Freedom House Center for Religious Freedom.
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• Churches Indonesia [> 1000 obliterated].  Indonesia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

  Churches Indonesia  

   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , p 18, March 2007
Since 1969 it is estimated that over 1000 churches have been burned down or forced to close due partly to the existence of a special ministerial decree that made it difficult for churches, and sometimes other religious groups' houses of worship, to gain formal approval and registration for their existence. 
   Without having their paperwork order they stood as easy targets for militant groups or bigoted local residents of other faiths, with the police often being stuck the middle and having to side with the protesters and require congregations to move elsewhere or make do with holding services homes.
   The attacks on churches have intensified the last few years and this caused the government Jakarta to revise the law question (SKB (Surat Keputusan Bersama) Menag dan Mendagri Nomor 1/1969.), with the process of revision now having been completed and the Religious Affairs department about to begin an education program on the new rules.
   The most important aspects of the new rules for gaining permission to establish a house of worship are:
1.  Prospective houses of worship must gather together the names and identity cards of at least 90 people who belong to the proto-congregation.
2.  Prospective houses of worship must gather together the names and identity cards of at least 60 people who belong to other faiths, live the area, and have no objection to the proposed building.
3.  Formal approval must be gained from local head of the Religious Affairs Department.
4.  Formal approval must be gained from the local inter-faith communication forum (Communication Forum for Religious Harmony (FKUB)).
   If the above requirements are met but the proposed building meets with resistance from some local residents, the local government is required to find an alternative venue for services.  This is a new addition to the original 1969 law.
   The decree also says that congregations numbering fewer than 90 people can obtain two-year temporary permits.  Administrations are also required to protect and assist existing houses of worship which have yet to obtain permits.  #
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• [Feminists' silence about cruelty blighting Muslims' wives; New twists to PC.] 
   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , Morality and Lobby Groups, by Wanda Skowronska, pp 28-29, March 2007
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MORALITY AND LOBBY GROUPS
Feminism, Paradox and Silence

NEW TWISTS TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

 
By WANDA SKOWRONSKA
WHEN the London terrorist bombings occurred July 2005, Jack Cashill, author of a penetrating analysis into the radical politicisation of western elites entitled Hoodwinked (Nelson 2005) made a public bet. 
   He stated that he would personally buy the uncut version of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a film he intensely detested, if politically correct spin - of blaming the attacks on America - did not start within a few days of the bombings.  Cashill did not need to buy the film -sure enough, the reflex blaming started on cue various sections of the mainstream media. 
   Sometimes, however, political correctness takes strange forms.  There can be a union of previously opposed causes, inconceivable together, who join politically correct mantra chanting. 
   The media are unsure of what the causes stand for so they just report the unlikely unions without too much commentary.  This is especially apparent the recent link between Muslim activists and supporters of left-of-centre causes - feminism, gay rights, environmentalism and even Marxism. 
   How can leftists and particularly feminists, who are supposedly anti-authoritarian support an authoritarian system like Islam? these unlikely unions of opposed 'causes' there is a turning away from reason so as to aim at even larger PC victimhood territory - a kind of mutual spleen-venting without having to specify the cause - just a red-hot sense of 'us' against 'them'. 
   It is perhaps nowhere so visible as the strange alliance of feminists with radical Islamic groups.  When the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict was ensuing recently, British feminist Phyllis Baxter could not believe her eyes when she saw pro nuclear disarmament/feminist colleagues marching side by side with Muslim supporters carrying a placard announcing 'We are all Hezbollah now'.  She said disbelief:
   I could never have imagined that many of the same crowd I hung out with…  would today be standing shoulder to shoulder with militantly anti-feminist Islamic fundamentalist groups whose views on women make Western patriarchy look like a Greenham peace picnic.  1
   Writing further on this subject, Pamela Bone, a former 1970s feminist, highlighted the feminist-radical Islam nexus and the strange silence of Western feminists for their sisters Muslim countries.  Writing The Australian, she describes a peaceful demonstration of women Teheran June, 2006, where women asked for the right to have their testimony considered equivalent to that of a man court. 
   The result was that the demonstrators, most of them women, were attacked with tear gas and beaten with batons by officers from Iran's State Security Forces, according to Amnesty International.  What stunned Bone the most, however, was the silence of the western feminists where the peaceful demonstration itself was concerned and their continuing silence the aftermath of this well publicized event. 
   Do you think women Western countries marched solidarity with the Iranian women demonstrators? Of course not.  Do you think there are posters and graffiti at universities condemning the Iranian President? Of course not.  You know, without needing to go there, that any graffiti at universities will be condemning George W.  Bush, not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  (I concede Bush is easier to spell.) 2
   the same article Bone recounts the almost single-handed fight of a Canadian of Iranian background, Homa Arjomand, to lead the fight to stop shari’a courts being established Canada.  She did so with almost zero support from Anglo-Canadian feminists and academics who did not see merit, apparently, fighting to stop a system which would dramatically curtail their freedoms if it were introduced. 
   This same Homa Arjomand is now running a campaign to stop honour killings Canada - that is, killings of women some Islamic societies (even certain Islamic communities Canada) who are perceived to have lowered the family honour some way (perception is what counts here) - and again she does not appear to have the support of her feminist colleagues.  Bone makes the pertinent observation:
   The question is why so many Western feminists do not speak out about the cruelty that blights the lives of millions of women Islamic countries and would do the same to women everywhere else should the Islamists succeed their stated aim of creating a worldwide caIiphate…The reason, as writer Fay Weldon has said, is that these days racism is a much worse sin than sexism: a consequence, perhaps, of the success of the women's movement the West.  3
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WANDA SKOWRONSKA is a registered psychologist who works as a counsellor inner city schools Sydney.  She has done voluntary work for the Catholic pro life organisation Human Life International.
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1.  http://www.  theaustralian.  news.com.au/ story/0,20867, 20240784- 7583,00.html
2.  ibid
3.  ibid […]
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• The Muslim Brotherhood.  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , By RACHEL EHRENFELD AND ALYSSA A.  LAPPEN, p 34, March 2007

The Muslim Brotherhood

 
By RACHEL EHRENFELD AND ALYSSA A.  LAPPEN
G iven that political subjugation of non-Muslims is built into Islamic law, and that the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] desires to return to "classical Islam," it is not surprising that the organization was the fountainhead from which all Sunni terrorist organizations have flowed.  Its offspring include Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Gamaat Islamiyyah, the Philippine Abu Sayyaf group, and the Algerian Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) and Armed Islamic Group (GIA). 
   Between 1992-1998, the Algerian terrorists murdered an estimated 200,000 people.  Today, according to Italian security agencies, and as reported by Kathryn Haahr-Escolano of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, GSPC cells Italy not only target Italy, but "employ a dual-track approach to planning terrorist attacks and provide support infrastructure-safe houses, communications, weapons procurement and documentation-to GSPC networks other European countries."
   The ties of all these terrorist groups to the MB are evident from their identical strategies and overall Islamist agenda, and they often carry out joint operations.  The MB even influenced Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who developed the Iranian version of their ideology the 1970s.  Indeed, Khomeini adhered to the teaching of Egyptian MB leader Qutb and followed the lead of Muhammad Navab-Safavi, who was a guest of the MB Egypt 1953.  Navab-Safavi later formed the dreaded Iranian death squad, the Fedaiyon-e-Islam, or the 'Soldiers of Islam.'
   Egypt, where the group was founded 1928 and later banned, the Brotherhood worked under the Islamic doctrine of "concealment" (kitman) order to "Islamize" the country.  the 1930's and 1940's, the MB collaborated with the Nazis.  Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the MB chief British Mandate Palestine, strongly supported Arab links with the Nazis, particularly Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, where he backed the short-lived pro-Nazi regime of Rashid Ali al-Gailani 1941. 
   Egypt too, the MB orchestrated riots, occupied police stations and attempted coups d'etat.  Following their failed 1954 attempt to assassinate Gamal Abdel Nasser, MB loyalists fled Egypt to the universities of Saudi Arabia, where they were granted business monopolies to finance their future reemergence; 1961 the sympathetic King Sa'ud even funded their establishment of the Islamic University Medina. 
   October 1981, an MB offshoot group assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  the last decade alone, MB offspring including Gama'a al-Islamiya and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades repeatedly attacked Western tourists, killing hundreds and wounding many more. 
   Since the history of the MB is full of instigating civil wars and committing atrocities countries such as Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Algeria, their expansion and success elsewhere is destined to wreak more havoc and destabilize every nation which they are allowed to operate freely.  #
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• Islam and Slavery. 

Islam and Slavery

   Barnabas Aid magazine, Pull-out Supplement (4pp), March-April 2007
   The enslavement of human beings was practised by all the ancient civilisations of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa.  People became slaves - the property of others - through debt, by being sold into slavery by family members, by being captured war, or through kidnapping by slave raiders and pirates.
   Nowadays, when slavery as such is banned almost every country, there are still situations where people are effectively trapped employment under harsh conditions.  For example, they may be "bonded labourers" Pakistan, unable to change jobs because of debts to their employer.  Another scenario is that of expatriate domestic workers Saudi Arabia, whose employers have seized their passports, and who are locked the house to prevent them escaping.  Such individuals are slaves all but name.  There are also still true slaves some countries.
   The European slave trade is well known, but that of Islam is not.  Furthermore, Islam even played a part the European slave trade, as Arab traders were involved with African chiefs the business of providing Africans for the Europeans to enslave.
   the past, religions sought to justify the practice of slavery.  Whilst, thankfully, most have rejected this now, Islam stands out as the exception.
Muhammad and slavery
   Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, kept slaves.  One of his biographers, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, states that he had four slave girls and adds a list of 27 male slaves (some of whom he freed).
   Many slaves were gained as booty after victorious military campaigns.  After defeating a Jewish tribe called the Banu Qurayza 627, Muhammad executed all the men (numbering 600 to 900), and divided the women and children among his people as slaves.  On this occasion, he took Rihana, the wife of the leader of the tribe, as a concubine.  This story indicates the close linkage classical Islam between prisoners of war, slaves and concubines.  A prisoner of war was automatically a slave, and if female she was potentially a concubine as well. 
   Muhammad not only kept slaves and enslaved captives but also traded slaves, as did his companions and many other people the Arabian Peninsula at that time.  He also received slaves as gifts.  One of his concubines, Mary the Copt (apparently a Christian), was given to him by the ruler of Egypt.
   The example of Muhammad, who is traditionally considered by Muslims the perfect model for their own behaviour, has made any Islamic opposition to slavery difficult.  The argument that what he did was normal and acceptable society of that time but not the modern world carries little or no weight with conservative Muslims, who are interested only copying Muhammad's example. 
The Qur’an and slavery
   The existence of slavery is accepted uncritically the Qur'an, and slaves are often mentioned.  Captive women could be taken as concubines, special permission being granted to Muhammad to allow him to do this a Qur'anic verse:
O prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts who migrated (from Mecca) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her this only for thee and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess order that there should be no difficulty for Thee.  And Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful Q 33:50 [or 33:49]  1
   This verse clearly shows that, according to the Qur'an, taking slaves war was a God-given right.  These slaves were considered spoils of war, and the women were usually destined to be concubines of the victorious warriors.  Muhammad received his share enslaved women. 
   The right of Muslims to have sexual intercourse with female slaves is indicated Qur'an 23:1-6 which gives Muslims sexual rights over their wives and over those "whom their right hands possess".
   Many texts indicate that slaves can be used as a sort of currency to pay penalties imposed for the misdemeanours of their owners.  Qur'an 4:92 [or 4:94], for example, explains that the manslaughter of a Muslim could be paid for by freeing a believing (i.e. Muslim) slave and paying compensation to the relatives.  If a slave cannot be afforded then the penalty is a two months' fast.
   While the Qur'an does not condemn slavery, it does encourage kindness to slaves.  Qur'an 24:33 instructs Muslims to allow a slave of good character to buy their freedom if they so request, and even tells the slave-owner to contribute towards the sum to be raised.  This verse also prohibits compelling unwilling slave girls into prostitution.
…  And if any of your slaves ask for a deed writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed, if you know any good them; yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which God has given to you.  But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity….
   The freeing of slaves is included a list of virtuous acts (Q 90:12-13), and elsewhere the Qur'an commends spending money to ransom slaves (Q 2:177) [or 2:172].
Shari‘a and slavery
   The shari‘a (Islamic law) has much to say about slaves, including the acquisition of slaves, slave-trading, freeing slaves, the status of female slaves, and how to deal with runaway slaves and lost slaves.  wars against non-Muslims,
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1 Quotations this article are taken from The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary by A.  Yusuf Ali (Leicester: The Islamic Foundation, 1975).  Please note that the verse numbering varies slightly between different translations of the Qur'an so it may be necessary to look the verses just before or just after the reference given to find the same text another translation. 
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  [Picture, an engraving from an old book showing a "Berber" type man wearing a turban and holding a staff, controlling five black Africans with a long wooden "yoke" joining them all together.  The background is of a walking trade caravan.] Slave caravan  
prisoners of war were to be killed, exchanged for Muslim prisoners of war, freed for ransom, or enslaved.  The women and children were to be similarly exchanged or enslaved.  Many rules concerning the practice of owners marrying slaves and taking slaves as concubines were outlined order to determine paternity and ownership of children born to a female slave.  A slave concubine who bore children to her master would be elevated to the status of um walad (mother of his child) and her children would be equal to the legal offspring.  She could not be sold and was freed on her master's death.  If a concubine was freed she could not have legal status as a wife, but would live with her master as his mistress and her children would be illegitimate.  There were also rules about slaves marrying each other. 
   The four caliphs who came after Muhammad discouraged the enslavement of Muslims and it was eventually prohibited, but the enslavement of non-Muslims continued apace.  If a non-Muslim slave converted to Islam he or she remained a slave.  As an act of charity by the owner, however, a slave could be emancipated - but only a believing slave deserved freedom.  Muslim lands, a slave had few civil or legal rights: a slave had no right to be heard court; no right to property; any goods he did manage to accumulate would be inherited by his master not his children.  He could marry only with the permission of the owner; he could not give alms or make a pilgrimage; he was considered a mere piece of property. As all contexts where slavery was practised, the actual treatment of slaves varied: some masters were kind, and some were cruel.
Islamic expansion and slavery
   As Islam expanded by conquest (jihad), extending within a few centuries from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian subcontinent, and spreading to south-east Asia, central Asia and Africa, large numbers of people were enslaved. 
   The supply of slaves had to be constantly replenished because there was a high death rate amongst them.  Furthermore, marriage amongst slaves was not encouraged, and any case many male slaves were castrated (an operation which was often fatal).  But Muslims and non-Muslim minorities living under the protection of the Islamic state could not be enslaved.  So the need for more slaves became a motive for continuing to expand and conquer non-Muslim territories.
   A vast network of slave trading developed.  Within Islamic territories there were slaves from central Asia, from the Byzantine Empire, from sub-Saharan Africa and from Europe.  As far afield as Indonesia the business of seizing and selling slaves flourished, with the Muslim Acehnese active "man-hunting" even the early 20th century.
   As well as domestic duties, agriculture and concubinage, some were used as soldiers.  These slave-soldiers included the Turkic Mamelukes who eventually became a powerful force within Islam and set up their own states.
   High prices were paid for eunuchs, and the practice of castration persisted from the 9th century until the early 20th century.  Islam prohibits physical mutilation so many eunuchs were castrated before entering Islamic territory.
   The slave trade became a great source of wealth and power to Muslim states, and remained an important part of the economy of parts of the Muslim world well into the 20th century.
Slavery Africa
   Black slaves were imported into the Muslim world from Africa by a number of routes northward across the Sahara desert, and by sea into Arabia and the Persian Gulf.  Estimates of the number involved vary greatly but it seems that there may easily have been 10 million, perhaps even twice that number.
   Two-thirds of African slaves were female.  The males were considered to be troublesome.  An uprising of slaves from West Africa, the Zanj, who had been imported into the Tigris-Euphrates delta to reclaim salt marshland through their back-breaking labour, lasted from 869 until 883.
   The mortality rate was very high because of the harsh conditions, but the trade was so lucrative that merchants were not deterred by the numbers who died.  Harrowing eye witness accounts tell of the vast scale and miserable conditions of the slave trade Africa.  the 1570s many thousands of black Africans were seen for sale Cairo on market days.  1796 a caravan was seen by a British traveller leaving Darfur with 5,000 slaves.  Black eunuchs became favoured for the royal harems.  Even after Britain outlawed the slave trade 1807, a further 2 million Africans were enslaved by Muslim traders.
   The Arabic word abd which means "slave" or "servant" is used as an insult to black people Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.
Slavery the Ottoman Empire
   The enslavement of captives taken when the Ottoman armies raided Christian countries was part of the state system of the Ottoman Empire.  After he conquered Constantinople 1453 Sultan Mehmed wrote to various Muslim rulers boasting of the enslavement of its Christian population.  The Ottomans engaged slave trading from Gibraltar to Central Asia.
   The Balkan Christians of the Ottoman Empire suffered cruelly, particularly under the brutal and bitterly resented child-levy, the devshirme.  From the 15th century to the early 17th century the Ottomans would seize a certain proportion of Christian boys from their villages every few years, forcibly convert them to Islam and train them for the elite fighting force known as the Janissaries or for the state bureaucracy.  The devshirme was sternly enforced.  If any Christian parent tried to prevent the taking of his child he was immediately hanged from his own door frame.  It is estimated that between 500,000 and one million boys, from the ages of 8 to 20, were taken this way. 
   Occasionally, armed uprisings against the system took place, but they were quickly crushed.  Some children ran away, only to return and give themselves up when their parents were tortured.  Many resorted to bribery to escape recruitment. 
   the early 17th century the devshirme was abandoned and the Ottomans obtained their slaves from new sources - Georgians and Circassians of the Caucasus and Slav and Central Asian slaves captured and traded by the Crimean Tatars.  By the early 19th century this supply was reduced and the Ottomans turned to Africa. 
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   Eunuch slaves were high demand the Ottoman Empire, principally as guardians of the harems.  Prague became an important centre for the castration of European slaves being imported to the Ottoman Empire.
Slavery India
   The Arabs were the first invaders of India to capture and enslave large numbers of its inhabitants.  the 7th and 8th centuries, and later under the Ghaznavids (962-1187), huge numbers of Hindus became slaves.  Many more were enslaved under the Delhi Sultanate (1206-1526), the Timurid jihad (1398), and the Mughals (1526-1857).  K.S.  Lal claims that the slave-taking added significantly to the growth of the Muslim population India:"…  every slave captured war or purchased the market or sent lieu of revenue or tribute was invariably converted to Islam, so that slave-taking medieval India was the most flourishing and successful missionary endeavour."
   The nobility owned huge numbers of slaves and maintained large slave armies.  For example, a 14th century sultan kept 180,000 slaves of whom 40,000 were palace guards.  this situation of abundance the price of female slaves was very low.  The large numbers of slaves captured campaigns were either sold local markets or sent to markets central Asia.
Enslaving western Europeans
   Muslim pirates from the Barbary (North African) coast, authorised by their governments, were active seizing and enslaving white Christians from western Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. 
   They attacked not only ships but also coastal villages.  While Spain and Italy bore the brunt of these attacks, the Barbary pirates - often called corsairs - would also go to Portugal, France, England, Ireland and even Iceland.  The slaves were kept wretched conditions and many were worked to death, especially those unfortunate enough to be chosen to row the corsair galleys.
   Between 1530 and 1780 at least a million white Christian Europeans were enslaved on the Barbary coast.  Around the year 1600 there were estimated to be some 35,000 captivity there at any one time.  Many records of the letters sent home, telling of the terrible sufferings the slaves were enduring, still exist.  Some converted to Islam order to get easier duties or, the case of women the harems, to stay with their children who were being brought up as Muslims.
   The slaves' only hope lay being redeemed by payment of a ransom.  Churches collected offerings for this purpose.  Many of those who went to North Africa with funds to negotiate the release of the slaves were church leaders.  Spain and Italy ransoming slaves was considered an act of great merit: "Their [only] fault, their crime, is recognising Jesus Christ as the most divine Saviour …  and of professing Him as the True Faith."
   English slaves were largely neglected by their home country, especially comparison with those from southern European countries.  They knew this, and were demoralised.  An "Algerian Duty" was set aside from the customs income England to redeem slaves, but much of it was diverted to other uses.  Many English slaves died captivity.
Slavery modern times
   Although Tunisia, Egypt, and the Ottoman Empire abolished slavery the 19th century under pressure from the West, east Africa and other places it persisted into the 20th century, prompting the League of Nations and later the United Nations to condemn the practice.  The nations of the Arabian Peninsula were among the last to outlaw slavery: Qatar 1952, Saudi Arabia and the Yemen Arab Republic 1962, the United Arab Emirates 1963, South Yemen 1967, and Oman 1970. 
Saudi Arabia
   After abolition 1962, about 10,000 slaves were freed out of an estimated 15,000 -30,000.  1965 the Saudi royal family still kept hundreds of slaves.  Many Saudi Arabia advocate slavery even now.  Sheik Saleh Al-Fawzen, a leading scholar and author of a religious textbook for schools, has said, "Slavery is a part of Islam", and that those Muslims who oppose slavery "are ignorant, not scholars". 
   Saudi Arabia, the plight of migrant workers often amounts to slavery.  Domestic workers are often exploited, forcibly confined, beaten, underfed, and sometimes raped.  The lives of these workers are complicated further by deeply-ingrained gender, religious and racial discrimination Saudi society.  Government policies, the practice of private employers, and unfair legal proceedings all combine to oppress large numbers of poor and desperate foreigners trying to earn a living Saudi Arabia.
Mauritania
   ancient times slavery was common Mauritania.  the 8th century Mauritania came under Islamic authority.  From this point onward, only black Africans have been enslaved Mauritania.
   The old practice of forming slave armies was revived after the end of colonialism.  Black Mauritanians were forced into military units and sent into African villages to subdue and kill the inhabitants.  The soldiers were then settled on the lands of the villagers, and authorised to defend themselves and undertake punitive campaigns against the population.
   There have been several legal/constitutional rulings to outlaw slavery (in 1905, twice 1961, and 1981), but they have not been effective.  1994 there were still an estimated 90,000 black Mauritanians (Harratin) the possession of their Arab/Berber masters.  It was also reported that some 300,000 freed slaves were still serving their former masters because of psychological or economic dependence.  The 1981 ordinance abolishing slavery granted compensation to slave holders for the loss of their slaves, but the money was not forthcoming, which may be one of the reasons why most slave owners continued to hold their slaves.
   Although some try to defend the institution by noting that many families of slaves have worked for the same family for generations, and claiming that they are merely servants working for their keep, the testimonies of the small number who have managed to escape tell of brutalities and hardship which seem more like slavery.
   There do not seem to be any firm figures on the number of slaves Mauritania currently, but it is clear that slavery still continues there.
Sudan
   With the imposition of Islamic law 1983 by the Northern-based Arab Islamic government, the age-old practice of slavery the Sudan gathered momentum.  During the civil war which raged from 1983 until 2005, captured Southerners were frequently enslaved.  The men were often shot, the children were made slaves (herding cattle or performing other unpaid tasks) while the women became the sexual slaves of their owners.  Such slavery was abolished the 2005 peace treaty which ended the civil war.
   Since 1986 more than 200,000 people of the Dinka tribe are estimated to have been enslaved a complex network of buyers, sellers and middlemen, with many of the slaves brutally treated and some forcibly converted to Islam.
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Pakistan
   Pakistan, many lives are blighted as enormous numbers of people eke out an existence as "bonded labourers" unable to leave their desperately hard and low-paid jobs.  A high proportion of these are Christian workers with Muslim employers.
   Evidence came to light 2006 of the kidnapping and enslavement of young boys from Christian villages the Punjab, an operation coordinated by a leading member of a militant Islamic group, the Jamaat-ud Daawa.  The children, aged between 6 and 12, were held unspeakable conditions, beaten, barely fed, and forbidden to talk, play or pray, before being sold for approximately $1,700 each into the sex trade or into domestic servitude.
Conclusion
   Many Muslims agree that there is no place for slavery the modern world but there has as yet been no sustained critique of the practice.  The difficulties and dangers of confronting the example of Muhammad, and the teaching of the Qur'an and shari’a (which most Muslims believe cannot be changed) have dampened any internal debate within Islam.  While slavery still exists many Islamic countries, few Muslim leaders show remorse for the past, discuss reparations, or show that repugnance for the scourge of slavery which eventually led to its abolition the West.  It is time for Muslims to emphatically and publicly condemn the practice of slavery any form and ensure that their legal codes supporting it are changed. 
Christianity and slavery
   The Bible does not treat slavery as divinely ordained but rather as reflecting the condition of man.  Paul's words 1 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV) specifically condemn slave traders; he tells slaves to gain their freedom if they can (1 Corinthians 7:21); and he encourages Philemon to welcome the runaway Onesimus who had now become a Christian, no longer as a slave, but "as a dear brother" (Philemon 15-16).  Paul had exposed himself to punishment by sheltering Onesimus, and he makes it clear that Philemon ought to free Onesimus.  There is no endorsement of slavery as an institution; rather the goal of freedom pervades the New Testament. 
   western Europe slavery was virtually extinguished by the 11th century, until 1450 saw the rise of the evil and brutal transatlantic slave trade which lasted for nearly four centuries.  It is strange that slavery and the slave trade during this period were approved by some senior church leaders Europe and North America, some of whom owned slaves.  They even sought to justify the practice by theological arguments.  However, it was also Christians - a small group of them 18th century Britain - who took a leading role the long hard struggle against slavery.  The best known name is William Wilberforce who was motivated by the Biblical teaching about humans being made the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and by Jesus' command to treat others as we would like them to treat us (Matthew 7:12). 
   Their struggle eventually achieved the abolition of the slave trade (1807), and then the abolition of slavery itself throughout the British Empire (1833).  Other countries then followed suit.
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   [RECAPITULATION: But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity …  ENDS.]
   [CONTINUATION of THE KORAN verse: …  But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them). ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Their "Allah" will "forgive" the women slaves forced into prostitution!!!  Their masters do it to "make a gain the goods of this life."  But their male masters are NOT told they are evil to force women into prostitution!!! ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION (The CHRISTIANS): It is strange that slavery and the slave trade during this period were approved by some senior church leaders Europe and North America, some of whom owned slaves. They even sought to justify the practice by theological arguments. ENDS.]
   [A COMMENT about the CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES: It is NOT "strange," because both the Old and New Testaments praise and support slavery.  This statement shocks many Westerners, because most bible translations have skilfully changed the Hebrew and Greek words for "slave" into a variety of terms, such as "man-servant," "maid-servant," and such.  This website discusses this more detail the Religion secion. ENDS.] [March-April 2007]

• Anti-Christian TV Uzbekistan Prompts Backlash against Rural Christians.  Uzbekistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Anti-Christian TV Uzbekistan Prompts Backlash against Rural Christians

   Barnabas Aid magazine, p 9, March-April 2007
  [Picture] Cotton growing Uzbekistan.  Isolated Christians living rural areas are on the receiving end of a wave of hostile threats after anti-Christian programmes were shown on television.  Because they are few number, rural Christians are very vulnerable.   
   late 2006 Uzbek television broadcast programmes which accused Christians of corrupting people, especially young people, of using drugs, and of gathering to meet unregistered places.  They also said that missionary activity is funded from overseas and carried out by foreigners. 
   Christians were accused of breaking the law, distributing religious leaflets and making converts by force.  It was even implied that Christians would kill any church member wanting to leave. 
   If the programmes were intended to incite hatred against Christians they certainly succeeded.  Within a couple of weeks, Barnabas Fund was informed of a surge of hostility against Christians, especially isolated Christians living rural areas.  Some have been told by their Muslim neighbours that they must leave their villages. 
   One Christian, who had converted from Islam more than 10 years ago, began receiving threats from local Muslims after the programmes were aired.  They told him that he and his family must attend the mosque and renounce Christ.  A newspaper reported a mullah as saying that Christians will not be buried when they die. #
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[March-April 2007]

• AUSTRALIA: Appeal of two pastors against charges of "vilifying Muslims" is upheld.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 

AUSTRALIA: Appeal of two pastors against charges of "vilifying Muslims" is upheld

   Barnabas Aid magazine, p 9, March-April 2007
   On 14th December 2006 an appeal court Victoria State upheld the appeal brought by Pastors Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah against their 2004 conviction for what has often been described as "vilifying Muslims".  The two were accused a case brought against them by the Islamic Council of Victoria who had secretly infiltrated a seminar for Christians on Islam led by the two men March 2002.
   The appeal court ruled that the case must be reheard with the same evidence as before but with a different judge.  It also ruled that the penalties previously imposed on the pastors when they were found guilty should be set aside.  These penalties had included publishing large (and therefore expensive) advertisements several newspapers to acknowledge their guilt and agreeing never to make similar statements about Islam again.
   While rejoicing at the appeal court ruling, the two pastors must now brace themselves for yet more court proceedings.  Observers have commented that it is to be hoped that this appeal court ruling will cause the Victoria State government to look at amending its Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001) under which the two pastors were convicted.  Intended to promote harmony between different groups the state, it is practice doing the exact opposite.  #
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• Hope for Christian School-Children Pakistan.  Pakistan flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Hope for Christian School-Children Pakistan

   Barnabas Aid magazine, p 9, March-April 2007
   Pakistan's Ministry of Education is working to reform the country's school curriculum and text books to remove any bias against non-Muslim minorities.  For example, history books will start to include the fact that, when Pakistan was created 1947, all citizens of the new state were meant to be equal, irrespective of their religion or caste. 
   Conservative Muslim parties were quick to condemn the proposed changes, accusing the government of acting on orders from Washington.  Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi rebutted these charges on television, saying, "We are reforming our text books for the development of our children, and the people who are involved this process are Pakistanis - we don't have any American expert with us and we have not received any money from the US for reviewing our curriculum."
   Liberal Muslims and Christian leaders welcomed the proposed changes.
   Pakistan is one of many Muslim-majority countries where children are taught at school to despise non-Muslims.  This is one of the reasons why Barnabas Fund does so much to help Christian children such contexts get an education a Christian environment.  (See page 5.)
  [Picture] Christian children Pakistan may find it easier at government schools if proposed new changes to the curriculum and text books mean there is less bias against non-Muslims.   #
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[March-April 2007]

• The Islamic Republic of Iran.
  Iran (formerly Persia) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
Country Profile

The Islamic Republic of Iran

   Barnabas Aid magazine, Country Profile, pp 9-13, March-April 2007
  [Picture of what appears to be a wall, with carved figures of archers and spearmen.  Over the wall can be seen the upper parts of large buildings.  Perhaps at or near the Ishtar Gate?]  
Introduction
   Iran is a unique country. It is one of the oldest centres of world civilisation and empires. It has maintained a distinct identity within the Islamic world by retaining its own language - Farsi - and adhering to Shi'a Islam. Iran is the only Muslim state with Twelver Shi'a Islam as the official state religion. Indeed it is the only country where Shi'ism is unchallenged as the dominant form of Islam. Iran is one of the most ethnically diverse states the world. It holds some 9% of world oil reserves.
   The area to the north of the Persian Gulf, which is currently known as Iran, has had several other names the past. While Iranians have always called their country Iran (land of the Aryans) others used different names. For many centuries it was called Persia (from the Greek Persis), and under this name (in Hebrew Paras) it appears Old Testament books such as 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ezekiel and Daniel. Pars (Parsa Old Persian) is the region that was the ancient core homeland of the Persians from which they expanded to found their empire.
   The word Farsi (or Parsi) is used to denote the Persian language. Elam, the oil-rich coastal region now known as Khuzistan, was the homeland of the ancient Elamites mentioned the Bible. To the north of Elam were the regions of Pars, Media and Parthia.
History
   the 6th century BC the Persians under Cyrus the Great conquered a large part of the ancient world, including Media and Babylon, creating the vast Achaemenid Empire stretching from the Indus to the Nile. Its state religion was Zoroastrianism, which taught that a good creator god (Ahura Mazda) and an evil god (Angra Mainyu) were locked a perpetual cosmic battle. At the end of time the good god will finally prevail.
   After conquering Babylon 539 BC, Cyrus gave permission for all the foreign captives who had been living there to return to their homelands. Amongst those who benefited were many Jews who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt it. There is much recorded the Old Testament about the help, funding and protection given by various Persian emperors to the Jewish people over the next hundred years or so.
   The Achaemenid Empire was followed by the Seleucid (333-223 BC), the Parthian (223 BC-226 AD) and the Sassanid (226-642 AD) Empires.
   Weakened by incessant wars, the Sassanid Empire was quickly overrun by the Arab Muslim armies 636-642 AD. As the Persians were gradually Islamised they made great contributions to Islamic culture. the 9th and 1Oth centuries Farsi replaced Arabic as the dominant language of the eastern part of the Islamic Empire.
   From the 10th century onwards there was an infiltration of nomadic Turkic tribes into Iranian territory. The Turks formed a new military class that soon took over real power as the Grand Seljuks nominally under the Abbasid Caliphs Baghdad.
   The Mongols overran Iran and the Abbasid domains, sacking Baghdad 1258. Cities and countryside were devastated and their populations massacred. The Mongol rulers were eventually converted to Islam at the end of the 13th century.
   1501 Sheikh Isma'il, head of the Turkmen Safavi order (a type of Sufism or mystical Islam), conquered Azerbaijan, establishing the Safavid Empire (1502-1736). He soon gained control of most of Iran and declared Twelver Shi'a Islam the state religion an effort to unite his empire against the Sunni Ottomans. For two centuries there was warfare between the two Muslim empires until the border between them was stabilised.
  [Picture] Ghorban Tori: a convert from Islam who led a small house church of other converts. He was stabbed to death on 22nd November 2005, apparently by the security forces  
   1781 Agha Muhammad of the Turkic Qajar tribe seized the throne founding the Qajar dynasty (1781-1925). Under the Qajars Iran faced Russian expansion into its Caucasian provinces whilst the British sought commercial domination of Iran's trade and economy. Iran became a pawn between the two empires who divided it into Russian and British spheres of influence. This resulted an intensification of Muslim distrust of Christians.
The Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979)
   1925 Reza Khan, an officer of the Cossack Regiment, seized power and proclaimed himself shah (king). He imposed central authority on the unruly provinces and tribes and weakened the power of the Shi'a Islamic clerics. He modernised Iran by creating westernised military, educational and judicial systems, promoting anti-clericalism, secularism and a modern Iranian national identity based on the glorification of pre-Islamic Iran. His son Muhammad Reza Shah (1941-1979) continued his father's policies of centralisation, secularisation and modernisation. Growing oil revenues helped the shah push his modernisation drive on at an ever accelerating pace, antagonising the clerics who saw it as anti-Islamic.
Iranian Islamic Revolution and Islamic Republic
   Ayatollah Khomeini (1900-1989) introduced a new interpretation of traditional Shi'ism, the vilayet-i-faqih doctrine, which maintained that political leadership the Islamic state belonged to the leading cleric as the representative of the Hidden Imam. Following huge demonstrations against the shah, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran 1979 to establish the Islamic Republic.
   The Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) served to consolidate the regime, as nationalistic fervour was added to Islamic rhetoric. Most Iranians united under the regime against the foreign enemy.
   With the election of Mohammad Khatami as president (1997-2005) moderate reformist Islamists seemed to gain the ascendancy. The reformists however were kept on the defensive by powerful conservatives the government and judiciary and failed to make good on their promises. Khatami's liberal ideas put him at odds with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamene'i, and the Islamic hardliners around him. The hardliners managed to keep the reformists at bay and eventually made a comeback with the election of the hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president 2005.
President Ahmadinejad and the mahdi
   Shi'a Islam the supreme leader is called the Imam (equivalent to the caliph Sunni Islam). Twelver Shi'a Muslims believe that their twelfth Imam, who disappeared 874, exists today an invisible spiritual mode as the Hidden Imam and will return as an End-Time deliverer (mahdi) to set up God's Kingdom of peace, justice and harmony. The mahdi will purify Islam and establish it as the global religion, implementing shari’a (Islamic law). Non-Muslims will be killed unless they convert to Islam. (More details the box below.)

What does Islam say about the End Times?

   Islamic eschatology, both Sunni and Shi'a, predicts a period of great cosmic conflict before the final resurrection and judgement. During this period there will be natural catastrophes as well as terrible wars. An Antichrist figure (al-dajjal) appears who causes corruption and oppression all over the world for a limited period of time, deceiving many by his miracles and false teachings.
   A heaven-sent saviour, the mahdi, then appears to fight the forces of Satan, restore Islam to its original perfection and glory, and set up God's kingdom on earth. Jesus returns to earth as a Muslim, defeats the Antichrist and helps the mahdi. While Sunni and Shi'a beliefs concerning the End Times have many similarities, they differ from one another on several points.
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   a speech to senior clerics on November 16th 2005 the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that his government's main task was to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam mahdi". 
  [PICTURE] Issa Motamedi Mojdehi: a convert from Islam who got trouble with the authorities seven years after his conversion when he gave his baby son a Biblical name. Issa was detained for a month on concocted drugs charges, then released on bail on 24th August 2006    (Photo: Compass)  
   He also urged that Iran be turned into a "mighty, advanced and model Islamic society" so as to prepare for the mahdi. Reports allege that after his accession to the presidency 2005, Ahmadinejad told regime officials that, the Hidden Imam would return two years' time (i.e. 2007).
   Ahmadinejad seems to consider that creating the perfect powerful Islamic state is part of the necessary preparation for the return of the mahdi. The state can then be handed over to the mahdi for use to fulfil his programme.
   President Ahmadinejad is reported to be linked to the Hojjatieh, a mahdist group that believes generating chaos order to hasten the return of the mahdi. It could be that his reckless foreign policies, which seem to envisage nuclear war with Israel and the USA, are all part of a deliberate chaos-creating plan.
Christianity Iran
   The Christian communities Iran go back to the Book of Acts where we read of Parthians, Medes and Elamites hearing the apostles speaking tongues on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9). Soon churches were established which even to this day use the Syriac (Aramaic) language their worship: the Ancient Church of the East, the Assyrian Church of the East and the Syrian Orthodox Church.
   These Eastern churches expanded vigorously and by the time of the Muslim conquest 642 some 25% of the Iranian population were Christians. The Christians were persecuted severely by the Zoroastrian majority before the arrival of Islam. Later, under the Muslim Abbasid Caliphate the Eastern churches were recognised as protected religious communities. Many of the Christians attained high government positions as well as contributing to the new Islamic culture by translating Greek and Syriac texts into Arabic. The Assyrian and Syrian churches were great missionary churches who by the 8th century had spread to Arabia, southern India, Central Asia and China.
   The Muslim conquest of the Christian country Armenia caused the displacement of many Armenians into areas now Iran. Armenians suffered much persecution by various Muslim states starting with the Seljuk conquest of the Armenian heartland 1071 and culminating the Ottoman genocide which peaked 1915. Shah Abbas moved many Armenians from Eastern Anatolia to Esfahan (in Iran) the 17th century. The Armenian community gradually became the largest Christian community Iran.
   Missionary efforts since the 18th century Iran resulted the growth of a small Protestant group of churches. Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, many Muslims have become more open to the Gospel, and some have decided to follow Christ. There are no authoritative statistics on the number of Iranian converts from Islam to Christianity, but the number is growing both within the country and amongst Iranians living other countries.
   Under Islam, the status of the Christian minorities was regulated by the discriminatory dhimmi system laid down shari’a, which Christians were second-class subjects who submitted to Muslim rule, and paid a special poll tax (jizya). There were limitations on public expressions of their faith, and sharing Christianity with Muslims was forbidden. Various humiliating rules were enforced to emphasise the superiority of Islam.
   Once large, relatively powerful and missionary-minded, the Iranian Christian communities have gradually dwindled due to devastating wars, massacres, and long-term Muslim pressure. The majority Muslims see . the Christian communities as not truly Iranian, due to their ethnic, linguistic and religious differences.
   the colonial era Assyrians, Syrians and Armenians were tempted to look for protection and support to the Christian Western powers who manipulated them but could not deliver on their promises. Many Muslims saw this as inappropriate "assertiveness" by the Christian minorities who - according to the teachings of Islam - were supposed to behave a very submissive way. Therefore the Muslims became more aggressive towards the Christians. This aggression was one of the causes of the terrible genocide inflicted on Armenians (and Assyrians and Syrians) the Ottoman Empire which spilled over into the Iranian north-west territories.
Christians under the Islamic Republic
   Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution the shari’a forms the basis of the Iranian constitution and legal system. the Islamic Republic Christians form a separate electorate, not eligible to vote for Muslim representatives, but only for three Christian representatives to the Majlis (parliament). This effectively denies Christians any political power.
   While the constitution theoretically guarantees freedom of belief, various laws place limits on religious freedoms. These restrictive and often contradictory laws are found the Penal Code, the Theologians' Law (a body of law dealing with offences committed by clerics) and the Public and Revolutionary Courts' Procedural Law. Under Article 513 of the Penal Code offences classified as "insult to religion" can be punished by death or prison terms of between one and five years.
   Articles 6 and 26 of the Press Code forbid writings containing apostasy or anything against Islamic standards or Islam. cases where there are no specific codified laws, judges can deliver fatwas based on authoritative Islamic sources, and this has allowed them to give death sentences for apostasy from Islam (see below). recent years there have been many cases of arbitrary detention, unfair trial and imprisonment under these laws.
   Under the present Islamic regime, Christians and their institutions are intensely regulated, and subjected to intrusive interference by the Ministry of Information and Islamic Guidance, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, and the Ministry of the Interior and its notorious State Secret police. Many Christians are emigrating to the West, and the Christian population is now thought to be as low as 0.2% of the total population, although it was 1.5% 1975.
   Persecution of the churches operates a variety of ways:
1. Control by secret police.
   The secret police regularly infiltrate church meetings and services, often pretending to be converts from Islam. Church leaders and ministers who refuse to collaborate with the secret police are threatened with arrest, indefinite detention and even death. Church leaders' telephone lines are tapped and their mail frequently intercepted.
  [PICTURE] Haik Hovsepian Mehr: a prominent Armenian church leader who mysteriously disappeared on 19th January 1994,and was tortured and killed the following day. He had stood up to the Iranian authorities for the rights of Christians and had played a major role the campaign for the release of Mehdi Dibaj who had been sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam December 1993    Photo courtesy of CSI  

What is an Ayatollah?

   Ayatollah (meaning "sign of God") is a high-ranking title given to the best qualified Shi'a Muslim clerics (jurists) with outstanding scholarship. A few of the most prestigious Ayatollahs are granted the rank of Grand Ayatollah.
2. Restrictions on church worship and membership. The authorities actively restrict church activities and freedoms, demanding churches and leaders get permits for almost any activity such as weddings, preaching and travel. Churches are obliged to sign a document promising not to allow Muslims to attend their services. They also face pressure to proclaim that there is no religious persecution Iran.
   Church services are not permitted to be conducted Farsi, the language of the Muslim majority. All members must be issued with membership cards and membership lists must be submitted to the relevant authorities.
3. Discrimination. Christians are discriminated against admittance to universities and public employment. No Christian religious teaching is allowed public schools for Christian children. Some Christian public sector employees have been dismissed.
4. Closure of churches and institutions. A number of churches and house groups have been closed down, as have Christian training centres and other institutions.
5. Bureaucratic obstacles. Government authorities refuse to renew registration of some churches or to register new ones. They have also refused various requests to print Bibles, construct Christian places of worship, or engage registered charitable activities.
6. Suppression of Christian Scriptures and literature. Despite constitutional guarantees of religious freedom, it remains an offence to sell a copy of the Bible Iran. The offices of the Iranian Bible Society were closed 1980 and all its stocks confiscated. The Iranian government has refused permission to print or import Farsi-language Christian Scriptures and Christian literature.
7. Attempts to enforce the Islamic apostasy law. Article 167 of the Constitution provides the judge with the discretion to "deliver his judgement on the basis of authoritative Islamic sources and authentic fatwas." This opens the door for implementation of the shari’a apostasy law which specifies the death sentence for adult male converts from Islam. The most recent case of execution for apostasy was Hossein Soodmand l990.
  [PICTURE] Hamid Pourmand: a colonel the Iranian army who was arrested 2004, decades after he had left Islam to become a Christian. the end he was not charged with apostasy but with failing to inform the army of his new faith before he got promoted. Despite evidence that the army had been well aware he was a Christian, he was found guilty February 2005 and sentenced to three years jail. He was released early, on 20th July 2006  
8. Other ways of persecuting converts from Islam. Since the hanging of Hossein Soodmand, there have been no known executions of apostates. When Mehdi Dibaj was sentenced to death for apostasy December 1993 there was a great international outcry and he was released the following month. Nowadays it seems that the authorities choose other methods to persecute converts from Islam, for example, concocting drugs charges against them. Last year, for example, Issa Motamedi Mojdehi was charged with drugs offences and held prison for one month.
   He had converted from Islam seven years earlier and seems to have riled the authorities by giving his baby son a Biblical name, thereby identifying him as a Christian from birth. This would ensure that the child could never later life be accused of apostasy from Islam.
9. Assassination of Christian leaders. A number of prominent Christian leaders have been violently attacked and several have been mysteriously murdered.

Helping Christians Iran

   Barnabas Fund has helped with a variety of needs Iran. Most are too sensitive to publicise. If you would like to make a gift to help your Iranian brothers and sisters, please mark it for our Iran General Fund (reference 19-940).
   There was a spate of such killings 1994, one victim being the evangelist Mehdi Dibaj, whose death sentence for apostasy had been set aside a few months earlier, apparently response to international pressure.
   It is alleged that the assassinations of Christian leaders were carried out by a death-squad operating within the Iranian security structures on orders from the highest political levels.
   The election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad August 2005 has put Christians Iran under renewed pressure. an open meeting with regional governors November 2005, Ahmadinejad reportedly vowed, "I will stop Christianity this country." Christians believed this statement would be seen as a green light for security services to clamp down on Christians. Shortly after the meeting a convert to Christianity, Ghorban Tori, was stabbed to death by security forces on 22nd November 2005 and since then there has been a definite increase anti-Christian harassment and persecution.

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[March-April 2007]

• Shar'ia Law Non-Muslim Countries? 

  Shar’ia Law Non-Muslim Countries?  

   Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , p 35, March 2007
I n …  Western-supported, moderate Afghanistan, the police arrested six people for stoning to death an Afghan woman accused of adultery. 
   The arrests were made after the interior ministry sent a delegation to a remote village north-eastern Badakhshan province following reports that the woman was stoned to death. 
   Were they arrested because stoning was barbaric? No.  They were arrested because they were carrying out an unauthorized stoning: the mullah who authorized the killing was not a judge.
   Ashra[f] Choudhary, Muslim MP New Zealand, will not condemn the traditional Koran punishment of stoning to death some homosexuals and people who have extramarital affairs. 
   But the Labour MP – who has struggled with his "role" as the sole parliamentary representative of the local Muslim community – assures that he is not advocating the practice the West. 
   The question is not just of academic interest.  A 23-year-old Tunisian woman was stoned to death near Marseilles, France, 2004.  – The Fijordman Report, Friday, September 08, 2006 #
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[March 2007]

• Herald of a new Dark Age.  United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  European Union (EU) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Herald of a new Dark Age

 
   Life News (Western Australia), by Hal G.  P.  Colebatch, p 4, April/May 2007
   Book review: Mark Steyn, America Alone; Regnery Publishing, Washington, 2005
   Another book by the wittiest as well as probably the most prolific commentator of quality the world today is an Event.  Mark Steyn's brilliant tour de force, America Alone, deserves its position at the top of the best-seller lists.
   But the book is an edgy combination of witty style and disturbing subject matter.  Steyn sets off his pyrotechnics like the literary wizard he is, but the stylistic brilliance and jokes are the service of a profoundly serious message: European civilization is dying.
   "Whether we like what replaces it." he writes, "depends on whether America can summon the will to change at least part of the emerging world.  If not, then it's also the end of the American moment, and the dawn of the new Dark Ages (if darkness can dawn): a planet on which much of the map is re-primitivised."
   Not just "much of the map," perhaps.  Steyn has been haunted by demographics since 9/11.  "In 1970," he writes, "the developed nations had twice as big a share of the global population as the Muslim world: 30% to 15%.  By 2000 they were at parity.  Each had about 20%." terms of world history, that's a mighty quick change.
   The birth rates of all European countries–except for their rapidly-growing immigrant populations–are now well below the minimum replacement level of 2.1 births per couple.  Despite the Catholic Church's traditional hostility to birth-control, Catholic countries like Spain and Italy have a fertility rate near the bottom of the list–1.15 and 1.23 respectively.  The idea of large jolly Mediterranean families, as shown the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is an outdated myth.  Greece has a fertility rate hovering below 1.3 births per couple. 
   "Hollywood should be making 'My Big Fat uptight Protestant Wedding,' which some sad Greek only child marries into a big heart-warming New Zealand family where the spouse actually has a sibling."
   Once-mighty Russia is withering away with a birth-rate of 1.14.  There will shortly be 18 million fewer Russians than there were 1992. 
   Further, of course, the native European populations are rapidly ageing.  Spain and Germany have 14% of their population under 18, Saudi Arabia has 39%. 
   Japan is also beginning to empty, and its faltering economy shows it.  By contrast, the birth-rate Pakistan 5.08 per couple and Saudi Arabia 4.53.  both countries conversion from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death, as is homosexuality and, for females, adultery.  This is the culture which Steyn fears is being exported to Europe and which threatens to displace Europe's historic civilization.
   Further, the question obtrudes itself: how can the shrinking workforces of Europe support their ageing pensioner populations? "Across the developed world, we're at the beginning of the end of the social-democratic state." The US is the only major Western nation whose fertility rate is above replacement level.
   "September 11, 2001," Steyn writes, "was not 'the day everything changed,' but the day that revealed how much had already changed." The rapidly-growing Muslim populations Western Europe are increasingly a voting bloc able to dictate to governments.  shari’a Law is beginning to make its appearance a number of Western countries, including Canada, and demands that it be introduced Britain are becoming increasingly strident.
   So far, this has not meant the re-introduction of punitive amputation and death by stoning European jurisdictions, though these have been re-introduced recently either officially or semi-officially some formerly moderate Muslim countries.
   However, once the fundamentalist Muslim demographic and vote becomes big enough, as Steyn sees it, there is no particular reason why shari’a penal law should not be introduced Europe along with other Muslim institutions.  Already Dutch and English women parts of Amsterdam and London have begun going about veiled for fear of the consequences if they do not.
   Against this, he sees a feeble and appeasing Western political culture, with the nations of Europe "too mired cultural relativism to know what's at stake." The words from Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur linger the mind: "The last dim weird battle of the West."
   Steyn argues that the European welfare cultures cannot match the single-minded passions of the Ayatollahs, and indeed much of what passion many of their influential cultural figures have is directed against America, whose military protection during the Cold War enabled them to create those lavish welfare states.  He quotes the hatred of America spewed out by leading literary figures like Margaret Drabble and echoed by the likes of Harold Pinter.  "A suicide bomber may be a weak weapon, but not against a suicide culture."
   "The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lap-dancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion: the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews.  Too Jewish, too Christian, too godless.  America is George Orwell's Room 101: whatever your bugbear you will find it therein: whatever you're against, America's the prime example of it."
   Steyn sees America, with a few allies including Australia, as the only hope for the survival of Western and Christian civilization, and America itself as riddled with faint-heartedness: "We have been shirking too long, and that's unworthy of a great civilization.  To see off the New Dark Ages will be tough and demanding.  The alternative will be worse."
   Steyn's prescriptions for actual policies can be criticised as vague, but he could reply that this is a wake-up call, and policies will follow a realistic appraisal of the situation.
   Is Steyn too pessimistic? Possibly.  A few selectively-targeted tax incentives by governments might turn Europe's population decline around surprisingly quickly, if there is the political will to implement them.  Steyn himself points out how wrong prophets of doom like Paul Ehrlich have been.  But the meantime this book is a profoundly important and compelling read. 
   Our thanks to Hal G.P.  Colebatch for permission to reprint this review. #
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[April/May 2007]

• Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims.  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

   The Daily Mail www.dailymail.  co.uk/pages/ live/articles/ news/news.html? in_article_ id=445979&in_ page_id=1770 ; By LAURA CLARK - Last updated at 11:58am on April 2nd 2007
   LONDON: Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government-backed study has revealed. 
   It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. 
   More….
   • Teachers fear backlash over crackdown the classroom
   There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught local mosques. 
   The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history 'as a vehicle for promoting political correctness'. 
   The study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, looked into 'emotive and controversial' history teaching primary and secondary schools. 
   It found some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions class. 
   The researchers gave the example of a secondary school an unnamed northern city, which dropped the Holocaust as a subject for GCSE coursework. 
   The report said teachers feared confronting 'anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils'. 
   It added: "In another department, the Holocaust was taught despite anti-Semitic sentiment among some pupils. 
   "But the same department deliberately avoided teaching the Crusades at Key Stage 3 (11- to 14-year-olds) because their balanced treatment of the topic would have challenged what was taught some local mosques."
   A third school found itself 'strongly challenged by some Christian parents for their treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict - and the history of the state of Israel that did not accord with the teachings of their denomination'. 
   The report concluded: "In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history which pupils are steeped at home, their community or a place of worship."
   But Chris McGovern, history education adviser to the former Tory government, said: "History is not a vehicle for promoting political correctness.  Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable."
   The researchers also warned that a lack of subject knowledge among teachers - particularly at primary level - was leading to history being taught a 'shallow way leading to routine and superficial learning'. 
   Lessons difficult topics were too often 'bland, simplistic and unproblematic' and bored pupils.  #
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[Apr 2, 07]

• Hilali should go, Rudd says.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Hilali should go, Rudd says

 
   Australian Broadcasting Corporation, www.abc.net.  au/news/ newsitems/ 200704/ s1892285.htm , Sunday, April 8, 2007
   Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd says Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali cannot continue as the Mufti of Australia.
   The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the Sheik has not been paid for about eight months but denies reports he has been sacked.
   Mr Rudd says Sheik Hilali's views are inconsistent with the mainstream views of the Australian community.
   "It's time for Sheik Hilali to go and it's time that that happened as a matter of urgency," he said.
   "Most Muslims Australia would welcome Sheik Hilali going and the rest of Australia would welcome Sheik Hilali going as well." #
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   [COMMENT: Most conquerors' views are inconsistent with the views of the proposed prey! ENDS.] [Apr 8, 07]

• Heat mounts on Hilali over comments.  [Internet heading] Iran (formerly Persia) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Hilali’s backing for Iran

  [Printed newspaper heading, W.A.]
   The Australian, www.theaustral ian.news.com.  au/story/0,208 67,21524867- 601,00.html , by Richard Kerbaj, with AAP, pp 1-2, April 09, 2007
   FEDERAL Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews has called on controversial Muslim cleric Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali to think about leaving Australia.
   But he stressed there was no possibility of stripping the self-styled mufti of Australia of his citizenship. 
   Mr Andrews repeated calls for the outspoken sheik to resign amid a growing storm about his increasingly incendiary public statements.  [The statements by Mr Andrews presumably were obtained after the W.A.  printed copy.]
   published comments during a visit to Tehran, Iran last weekend Sheik  Hilali called on the Muslim world to unite behind the radical Iranian regime and to serve its "trenches". 
   The controversial Australian mufti was quoted as saying that the global Islamic nation would never "kneel" to its enemies. 
   Sheik Hilali was also quoted as saying that Muslims needed to overcome their sectarian divisions that have led to much "bloodletting" Iraq.  Leaders Australia's Muslim community have attacked the Egyptian-born cleric over his reported comments, saying he had no authority to speak on their behalf.  The comments will increase the pressure on the sheik, who caused a national furore last year when he compared scantily clad women with uncovered meat.  He is also under investigation by police over allegations that he passed money raised by members of the Muslim community Australia to supporters of al-Qa'ida and Hezbollah's terrorist arm during a visit to Lebanon last year.  Mr Andrews today urged the Egyptian-born sheik to quit his post and consider his future Australia. 
   "The cleric should resign immediately," he said.  "The Australian community has lost patience with the sheik. 
   "The sheik needs to say if he wishes to continue as a citizen of Australia or reside an alternate country."
   Despite the strong words, Mr Andrews' spokeswoman said there were no grounds for cancelling the Muslim leader's citizenship. 
   Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also backed calls for the sacking of Sheik Hilali as leader of Australia's Muslim community, describing him as a massive embarrassment. 
   Mr Downer said today Sheik Alhilali had become a completely discredited figure and the sooner the Islamic community Australia dealt with him the better. 
   "Here is a man who travels the world making all sorts of completely absurd and incredible comments," Mr Downer said. 
   This reflects on Australian Muslims and it reflects on Australia. 
   "This man is a massive embarrassment.  My view is that he has just got to be removed as the leader of the Islamic community Australia and some moderate and reasonable person needs to take his place."
   Sheik Hilali was granted citizenship by the Labor government 1990 after political intervention by former prime minister Paul Keating to prevent his deportation. 
   The sheik had been slated to be refused Australian citizenship, and would have had to leave the country. 
   As Tehran was involved a tense standoff with Western powers over the detention of 15 British naval personnel seized after they were accused of trespassing its waters last month, the Iranian media were using Sheik Hilali's quotes a propaganda drive. 
   The Australian revealed last week the Sydney-based Lebanese Muslim Association had raised $70,000 conjunction with other Islamic bodies following the Israel-Hezbollah war Lebanon.  The money was earmarked for war victims. 
   The weekend reports of Sheik Hilali praising Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hardline Islamic regime follow his January outburst on Egyptian television when he described Westerners as "the biggest liars". 
   "Anglo-Saxons came to Australia chains, while we (Muslims) paid our way and come freedom.  We are more Australian than them," he told Egyptian television. 
   Tehran, the mufti was billed as a celebrity by the Islamic Republic's newsagency. 
   "The mufti of Australia has called on the Islamic world to stand the trenches with the Islamic Republic of Iran which possesses the might and power," Iran's al-Alam News reported on its website Arabic on Saturday. 
   It reported that Sheik Hilali - who was Tehran for the three-day International Islamic Unity forum - told Alalam TV on Friday following the conference opening that he was committed to the unity of the Islamic nation. 
   "(Islamic unity) is what has brought all participants together at this Islamic unity conference, to show the whole world that they are dedicated to the one God and dedicated to Islamic unity and the Islamic nation will not kneel front of its enemies, never," Sheik Hilali was reported as saying. 
   Attorney-General Philip Ruddock yesterday told The Australian he was concerned about Sheik Hilali's reported comments. 
   "I would be concerned if any Australian was offering support and succour to Iran, particularly as it is intent on pursuing the development of the nuclear fuel cycle outside international scrutiny," Mr Ruddock said. 
   The Ahmadinejad Government has become a source of growing concern for Western leaders because of its nuclear ambitions and incidents such as the capture of the British sailors. 
   The Australian understands that Sheik Hilali remained Iran yesterday but will soon travel to Turkey to attend another Islamic conference. 
   Prominent Sydney-based imam Khalil Shami said Sheik Hilali was further damaging the image of local Muslims by wrongly expressing their commitment to the "radical" Iranian regime. 
   "As an Australian Muslim, it's very worrying to me that he's speaking on (our) behalf," he said.  "Because really, the Iranian people don't know that we're not behind Hilali.  And if you ask Sunni Muslims, you will find that 99 per cent are not with Iran.  So this hurts us and worries us."
   Another Islamic leader, Mustapha Kara-Ali, a former member of John Howard's Muslim Community Reference Group, warned that Sheik Hilali's support for Iran would be potentially used by extremists Sydney to recruit alienated young Muslims. 
   "Hilali's new (declaration) will play into the hands of underground extremists Sydney's southwest who will use this edict as ammunition to further recruit disenfranchised Muslim youth."
   Sheik Hilali's position remains under a cloud, with a significant section of the Australian Muslim community wanting him deposed. 
   But the new president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, dismissed reports that Sheik Hilali had been sacked as mufti. 
   "No, we haven't sacked the mufti …  (Sheik Hilali) is still the mufti," he said.  "The position of mufti itself is very much there and the …  incumbent, while not being paid for the position, is still the holder of the position."
   The federation said it was up to the Australian National Imams Council to decide the fate of the mufti, with a decision expected by the end of June. 
   Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said yesterday most Australian Muslims would like to see the controversial cleric sacked: "You cannot have someone who defends gang rapists being the mufti of Australia." #
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   [RECAPITULATION: Sheik Hilali was granted citizenship by the Labor government 1990 after political intervention by former prime minister Paul Keating to prevent his deportation.  This unethical act was to attempt to bolster the Labor vote the area.    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Yet another black mark against the "Undertaker" and his associates, at least one of whom has been imprisoned for unethical behaviour.    ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: The headline writer thought that a few words from Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews causes the "heat" to mount on al-Hilali.  The reverse is the case -- the words of kufar only give more resolve to the Faithful!    ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE, Koran: 33:48 (or 47):- www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/033.  qmt.html #033.048 .  Also see 47:37, 48:16, 49:9, and 66:9.  ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAP.: "Hilali's new (declaration) will play into the hands of underground extremists Sydney's southwest who will use this edict as ammunition to further recruit disenfranchised Muslim youth."  ENDS.]
   [3rd COMMENT: When did Muslim youth become "disenfranchised"?  Australia it is compulsory to be enrolled to vote, and to go to a polling place on election days.  Perhaps the speaker ought to turn his gaze onto how little power Muslim WOMEN have Islamic circles -- they are REALLY disempowered.  Muslim youth Australia are "disenfranchised" only the minds of people with a persecution complex, who wish to brainwash them into believing they are superior to those around them. ENDS.] [Apr 9, 07]

• 23 Dead 2 Bombings Algeria.  Algeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Morocco flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

23 Dead 2 Bombings Algeria

 
   Huffington Post, www.huffing tonpost.com/ huff-wires/ 20070411/ algeria- explosion? , by AOMAR OUALI | AP | 08:06 PM EST, April 11, 2007
   Associated Press Writer Aidan Lewis Algiers contributed to this report.
   ALGIERS, Algeria – Bombs heavily damaged the prime minister's office and a police station Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding about 160, the country's official news agency said.  Al-Qaida's wing North Africa claimed responsibility.
  [Picture] Police look for evidence a car which exploded next to a police station Algiers, Wednesday, April 11, 2007.  Bombs ripped through the Algerian prime minister's office and a police station, co-ordinated terror attacks that Algerian authorities said killed at least 23 people and wounded 160 others.     (AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)  
   Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, who was unhurt, called the attack a "cowardly, criminal terrorist act" as he spoke to reporters outside his wrecked offices.
   The attacks were a devastating setback for the North African nation's efforts to close the chapter on its Islamic insurgency that has killed 200,000 people.  After years of relative calm, the al-Qaida affiliate recently has recently waged several smaller attacks the oil- and gas-rich nation.
   According to Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, a spokesman for al-Qaida Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were carried out by three suicide bombers trucks packed with explosives.  The spokesman said the bombers targeted three sites: the government headquarters Algiers and the Interpol offices and a special police forces building the suburb of Bab Ezzouar.
   Belkhadem declined to say how many had been killed or wounded.  The official APS agency said at least 23 people were killed and 160 wounded the two attacks, but gave no breakdown.  The other bombing targeted the police station of Bab Ezzouar, east of the capital, Algiers, on the road to its airport.
   Witnesses said at least one of the attacks appeared to have been a car bomb.
   A charred, wrecked car lay on the pavement about 98 feet from the gates of the government building - a modern white, block-like high-rise that also houses the Interior Ministry.
   On Tuesday neighboring Morocco, police surrounded a building Casablanca where four terrorism suspects were holed up, causing three to flee and blow themselves up with explosives.  The fourth was shot to death by a police sharpshooter as he apparently tried to detonate his bomb.  A police officer was killed and 10 people, including a young child and a policeman, suffered injuries.
   Since five suicide bombings that killed 45 people Morocco May 2003, police have pursued an unprecedented crackdown on suspected militants, arresting thousands of people, including some accused of working with al-Qaida and its affiliates to plot attacks Morocco and abroad.
   Algeria's insurgency broke out 1992, after the army canceled legislative elections that an Islamic party appeared set to win.
   Since then, violence related to the insurgency has left an estimated 200,000 dead - civilians, soldiers and Islamic fighters - according to the government.
   Military crackdowns and amnesty offers had turned them into a ragtag assembly of fighters rural hideouts, and for several years, the government appeared to have them basically under control.
   Algeria's main militant group recently changed its name to Al-Qaida Islamic North Africa and began targeting foreigners - signs that the country's dwindling ranks of Islamic fighters were regrouping.
   The latest attacks, especially on Belkhadem's office, showed that the militants are far from beaten, even though experts say that they number perhaps no more than several hundred people.
   Belkhadem expressed bitterness at insurgents who refused the amnesty offers.
   "The Algerian people stretched out a hand to them, and they respond with a terrorist act," he said.
   Al-Jazeera said its office Rabat, Morocco, received a telephone call from a spokesman for al-Qaida Islamic North Africa, identified as Abu Mohammed Salah, who claimed responsibility for the attacks.
   The caller said that the explosions were carried out by three al-Qaeda members trucks "filled" with explosives.  His claims could not be independently confirmed.
   "We won't rest until every inch of Islamic land is liberated from foreign forces," the spokesman said a recording of the phone call played on Al-Jazeera.
   On an Islamic militant Web site, the group showed pictures of the three suicide bombers who allegedly carried out the attack, codenamed the "Badr Raid," after a famed 7th century battle by the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims against his opponents, according to Al-Jazeera and the SITE Institute, a U.S.  group that monitors militants' messages.
   the photos, provided by the SITE Institute, each bomber – identified as Muadh bin Jabal, al-Zubair Abu Sajda and Abu Dajjana – was shown sitting with automatic rifles propped on the wall on either side of him.  Abu Sajda and Abu Dajjana had green scarves covering their faces, showing only their eyes.  Abu Sajda and bin Jabal were wearing suicide vests.
   Fayza Kebdi, a lawyer who works an office opposite the government building, said the blast, about 10:45 a.m.  local time, shattered her windows and blew her husband clear across the room.
   "We thought the years of terrorism were over," she said.  "We thought that everything was back to normal.  But now, the fear is coming back."
   The attacks were the deadliest to hit the Algiers region since 2002, when a bomb a market a suburb killed 38 people and injured 80.
   Police cordoned off stairs leading up to the government building with orange police tape, and paramedics raced up the steps with stretchers.  Paramedics escorted a man with blood on his head into an ambulance.  Another woman, looking dazed and tears, was checked for head injuries.
   A March 3 bombing of a bus carrying workers for a Russian company killed a Russian engineer and three Algerians.  A December attack near Algiers and targeting a bus carrying foreign employees of an affiliate of Halliburton killed an Algerian and a Lebanese citizen.
   Al-Qaida Islamic North Africa – the new name for the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, known by its French abbreviation GSPC – claimed responsibility for both attacks.  #
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   [COMMENT: Reminder -- the Muslim rebels are rebelling against a Muslim government.  The doctrine of jihad is bitter the mouth of him who hears it!  Just calling Allah the Merciful is not the same as being an ordinary civilised human being! COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: "We won't rest until every inch of Islamic land is liberated from foreign forces," the spokesman said a recording of the phone call played on Al-Jazeera.  ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: But, wasn't "Islamic land" originally Medina Arabia?  So, why are there Arabs across North Africa and the Middle East, and other places?  Is all this now "Islamic land"? ENDS.]
   [KORAN: 49:9:- If two bodies of the faithful are at war, then make ye peace between them: and if the one of them wrong the other, fight against that party which doth the wrong, until they come back to the precepts of Allah: …    DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Apr 11, 07]

• Women ensure survival of terror groups.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Germany flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Women ensure survival of terror groups

 
   The Australian, http://the australian.  news.com.au/ story/0,208 67,2154 8418-2702, 00.html , by Richard Kerbaj, April 13, 2007
   SECURITY agencies are struggling to tackle hardline female Islamists, according to a leading counter-terrorism researcher who warns that security agencies need to recruit more women.
   German researcher Katharina von Knop also warns that the Islamist women are ensuring the survival of Islamic terror organisations such as al-Qa'ida and Jemaah Islamiah by passing on extreme ideologies to their children and relatives. 
   She told The Australian that Western intelligence gathering was being undermined by an inability to infiltrate underground Muslim women groups because of the lack of female operatives. 
   "There is an intense need to expand the capabilities right now," said Dr von Knop, whose latest research, titled "The multi-faceted role of women inside al-Qa'ida", will be published next month thejournal Studies Conflict & Terrorism. 
   "I feel we are half blind because there's a tendency to look at the guys, and there's a need to also look at the women," she said. 
   Dr von Knop, an adjunct professor at the George C.  Marshall European Centre for Security Studies Germany, said it was extremely difficult for counter-terrorism authorities to infiltrate Muslim women groups because they tended to remain as family units or small networks of trusted female allies. 
   She said national security authorities needed to look more closely at recruiting Muslim women to help gain a better understanding into how"sisterhood" groups operated.  "In the Muslim culture, the gender separation is very intense, and the woman is highly invisible," she said. 
   "(And) …  getting into these female societies is very difficult to do, because most of them are relatives.  They know each other since childhood. 
   "Normally women organise what they call a sisterhood. 
   "They are not a …  wing of a specific terrorist organisation."
   Dr von Knop said women played a more significant role then men Islamic terrorist organisations because they were responsible for raising finances and passing hardline ideologies from generation to generation. 
   "Women are more important for the survival of a terrorist organisation when they follow the female version of the ideology (by not carrying out attacks)," she says her paper. 
   "Because male terrorists are subject to arrest, could die an attack or get shot by security forces, the women are a position to provide continuity, to take care of the financial issues of an organisation, offer moral and ideological support and continue to educate the children the 'right' belief (system)."
   Dr von Knop cites a fatwa (or religious decree) by al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden which he praises women for propagating the idea of international jihad
   "Our women instigate their brothers to fight and the cause of Allah," she cites bin Laden saying in1998.  "Our women encourage jihad saying: prepare yourself like a struggler; the matter is bigger than words." #
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   [RECAPITULATION: "Women are more important for the survival of a terrorist organisation when they follow the female version of the ideology (by not carrying out attacks)," she says her paper.    ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Dr Katharina von Knop ought to read more newspapers!  A woman has confessed to trying to blow herself up at a wedding Jordan, showing there is no depth to which fanatics will not go.  Another disgrace was more recent -- children were put the back of a car to help lull the staff on a checkpoint into relaxing, they let the car pass, the car stopped, the adults ran away, and they detonated the bomb/s the car, killing the children.  END.]
   RECOMMENDATION: Hasn't it occurred to these learned people that a policy of financial incentives to repatriate the "square pegs the round holes" might lessen the burden on the security forces of the West?  After all, shouldn't the West adopt "the pursuit of happiness" as one of its mottoes?   ENDS.]
   [LINK: "Iraqi woman confesses to role Jordan blasts; Suspect, interviewed on Jordan TV, admits trying to blow herself up," MSNBC, www.msnbc.  msn.com/id/ 9979747/ , Updated: 5:04 p.m.  ET Nov.  13, 2005
   AMMAN, Jordan - The Iraqi wife of a suicide bomber made a chilling confession on Jordanian state TV Sunday, saying she also tried to blow herself up during a hotel wedding reception last week but the explosives concealed under her denim dress failed to detonate. 
   Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, made her statement hours after being arrested by authorities tipped off by an al-Qaida Iraq claim that a husband-and-wife team participated Wednesday's bombings at three U.S.-based hotels.  The attackers killed 57 other people at the Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels.  […]
   Jordan officials confirmed the three bombers were Iraqis.  Al-Rishawi did not name the other two, but Jordanian authorities identified them as Rawad Jassem Mohammed Abed and Safaa Mohammed Ali, both 23.  #
   [DOCTRINE - Koran: 2:216 (or 212):- Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you.  Allah knoweth, ye know not.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/ 002.qmt.  html #002.216
   [2nd COMMENT: Yup, Jordan is run by Koranists, but the Iraqi Koranists went there and murdered 57 people, mainly Koranists, at WEDDINGS.  At the head of all but one Sūrah the Koran are these words: "In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful."  Dear reader, "It does not compute," or, to quote an older classic, "When I use a word …  it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less."  (Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, Ch.  6).  [April 13, 2007]

• Jihadists praised by cleric  [Swaiti: Allah grant victory to mujaheddin.] Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Jihadists praised by cleric

 
   The Weekend Australian, by Richard Kerbaj, p 2, April 14-15, 2007
   CANBERRA: THE most senior Muslim cleric Canberra regularly praises Islamic jihadists Iraq and Afghanistan his Friday afternoon sermons.
   Mohammed Swaiti, who is being investigated by the Australian Taxation Office over claims he failed to pay income tax on thousands of dollars he allegedly received from the Saudi embassy, yesterday called on God to grant "victory to mujaheddin (Muslim holy warriors)" worldwide. 
   "God grant victory to the mujaheddin his name all places," he called out twice Arabic over a microphone at Abu Bakr mosque Yarralumla front of about 500 worshippers. 
   "God grant victory to mujaheddin Palestine, and Chechnya and Kashmir and Afghanistan and Iraq."
   Although Sheik Swaiti translated his sermon into English for non-Arabic-speaking audience members, the imam of Canberra's only mosque omitted the praise for Islamic jihadists the English version.
   After the 20-minute sermon, the Palestinian-born cleric, who works at the tax office Canberra, denied he was referring to Muslim holy fighters when he praised mujaheddin.  He said Islamic jihad referred not only to fighting but also to self-discipline. 
   "Jihad means no alcohol and no gambling," said Sheik Swaiti, who The Australian last month revealed was being labelled "very fanatic and radical by some of Canberra's Muslim community. 
   "If we followed the jihad of the self …  and followed the Koran, the whole world will be peace," he said yesterday. 
   When asked why he specifically singled out countries conflict such as Iraq and Afghanistan when he praised jihadists, he played down the comments, saying he only mentioned such names occasionally.  But after being pressed, he said: "Palestinian people are dying from hunger.  And those who are under occupation suffer more than any other."
  [Picture] 'Victory to mujaheddin': Sheik Mohammed Swaiti, imam of Abu Bakr mosque Canberra, who is also under investigation by the tax office.   
   Islamic Society of ACT president Sabrija Poskovic -- a long-time critic of Sheik Swaiti -- rejected the cleric's suggestion he was not referring to fighters his sermons.  He said the cleric was too radical and preached the wrong Islamic messages.
   "We don't like it when he's talking about jihad," said Mr Poskovic, whose organisation runs Abu Bakr mosque.  "He asks God to help fighters fighting against non-Muslims."
   Prominent Muslim leader Ameer Ali defined mujaheddin as "people who defend their country against injustices", especilly when praised the context of places such as Iraq and the Palestinian territories. 
   He said that although many people of Islamic backgrounds supported fighting against injustices, terrorism was not a justifiable means to an end.
   The sermon came days after the Howard Government announced a 300-strong task group to be sent to Afghanistan for at least two years as Taliban insurgents (also known as mujaheddin) threatened to regain control of key areas the south, includingsome parts of Oruzgan.  This brings Sheik Swaiti's praise to Afghani jihadists into question as Australian troops prepare to battle with the Taliban.
   The Weekend Australian has also obtained recordings of Sheik Swaiti praising jihadists during a sermon he gave more than a month ago the same fashion as yesterday.
   Sheik Swaiti, who has been the spiritual leader at Abu Bakr mosque for 13 yers, refused to answer questions relating to the ATO investigation.  The tax office, which refused to comment on its inquiry into Sheik Swaiti, is investigating allegations that he failed to declare clerical allowances of up to $US30,000 ($36,000) a year, allegedly paid to him by the Saudi Government's Dawah (donations) Office. 
   It was also alleged that Sheik Swaiti had been on the Saudi payroll for the past 12 years and had failed to declare payments he received from officiating at wedding ceremonies.  #
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   [RECAPITULATION: "God grant victory to mujaheddin Palestine, and Chechnya and Kashmir and Afghanistan and Iraq."
   "Palestinian people are dying from hunger.  And those who are under occupation suffer more than any other."   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Strangely, this could not be found on the newspaper's website, nor on that of The Canberra Times on April 14, 2007. 
   No Palestinians are dying of hunger.  The taxpayers of the world have been supporting the United Nations feeding programmes to such good effect that the number of refugee Palestinians today is much larger than after the invasion by the Jews. 
   Remember, the injustices Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, and Iraq are no excuse for the inhumane campaigns of the Koranists.    ENDS.] [Apr 14-15, 2007]

• Exodus under fire  [of the ancient Christian communities of the Near East.]

  EXODUS UNDER FIRE  

   The Word, www.the word.ie (RC magazine, Ireland), By ANTHONY O'MAHONY, pp 4-7, April, 2007
   As conflict increases throughout the Middle East, ancient church communities are fleeing westwards.  While this exodus is denuding traditional cradles of Christianity, ANTHONY O'MAHONY explains how it is also helping to heal the wounds of ancient schisms
A profound series of crises has overtaken Middle Eastern Christianity modern times.  Displacement by war, genocide and interreligious conflict, leading to loss, emigration and exile are the main experiences of its followers.  Some observers have even suggested that there is a "Christian barometer" that provides the world with an accurate measurement of the political atmosphere the Middle East, according to how the Christian minorities are treated. 
   The theory goes that as the Middle East becomes more free and prosperous, linked to the West and hospitable to minorities and women, the higher the
[PICTURE:] The Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim.  Meeting a delegation of Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican priests, nuns and laity from the USA, Ireland, the UK and Russia (including the Editor of The Word, Sarah Mac Donald) the Syrian city of Aleppo Autumn 2005, his Eminence urged Pope Benedict to continue the work done by John Paul II to support and promote the position of Christians the Middle East.  "His voice is very important for Christians here and we need it." Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim stressed that the visit of John Paul II to Syria May 2001 had had a very positive effect on relations between Christians and Muslims there.  "For two months the Syrian media and the people were focused on the history of Christianity and Syria as a centre of Christianity.  It was the first time many Muslims heard about our many churches and monasteries." He criticised the war Iraq, saying it had had a devastating impact on Christians that country.  "We have lost a third of our Christian population there ten years.  This can only impact negatively on the Christian community left behind, its churches, shrines and villages.  It is therefore hard to be optimistic about Iraq's future."
Photo: Sarah MacDonald
probability that Christians will continue to live there.  The most highly educated and multilingual Christians, who are part of a large diaspora Europe and North America, may even return.  But if Christians sense that things are getting worse, if the Arab countries they live lose their commitment to political, economic and religious freedom, they tend to emigrate from the Middle East.
   A major testing ground for the future of Christians the Middle East is Iraq since the fall of the Baathist regime 2003, and the extent to which they are tolerated today is being watched closely by the Maronites of Lebanon, the Copts of Egypt and other non-Muslim populations of the region.  So far the outlook is troubling. 
   Church bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations Iraq have resulted a large number of Christians leaving.  An estimated 250,000 Christians have fled the country since the downfall of Saddam.  Christians there are deeply worried by the rise of radical Islamic tendencies both the majority Shia and the former ruling class, the Sunni minority.  Christians have also lost large amounts of property and goods and there have been a number of kidnappings of Christian women (a conservative estimate puts it at 20). 
   some instances, the kidnapped women have been 'gang raped' and on release, this has precipitated them into suicide.  This type of sexual assault a traditional society can be very hard for a woman to bear.  It has also heightened the fear amongst Iraq's Christians and pushed families with young girls and young women into leaving. 

[PICTURE:] Part of the ruins of the Church of St Simeon, the Qal at Simân (the Mansion of Simeon) complex, northwest of Aleppo, which was built to honour the pillar saint - St Simeon the Elder (386-450) the ascetic who lived for 37 years on top of a pillar. Deir Samaan was founded the 5th century as a monastery and 412 St Simeon came to join it.  He later left the community to live alone on the hill above it.
Photo: Sarah Mac Donald


   Several priests from all denominations have been kidnapped - one Syrian Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos was beheaded the Mosul area.  Church communities are divided over whether they should highlight the treatment which is being meted out to them or whether they should keep their heads down, as drawing attention to these issues might only make matters worse.
[PICTURE:] Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at St George's church Istanbul for the Divine Liturgy last November. 
Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/AFP/Cetty Images

   Some Iraqi Christians have become refugees elsewhere the Middle East region, including around 60,000 Syria and 40,000 Jordan.  Some states have welcomed these newcomers and hope that they will stay and that their presence will add to a diversity society, which turn will help support 'moderate' politics.  fact previous generations of displaced Christians, particularly Armenians and other oriental Christians, arrived Lebanon and made that country (before the civil war of 1975-1990) a leading cultural and economic space for the region.  Now there are large numbers of Christians
[PICTURE:] The exterior of the 40 Martyrs' Armenian Cathedral Aleppo, Syria.  The Armenian and Syrian Orthodox communities Aleppo have been strengthened since the late 19th century by large groups migrating from places such as the city of Urfa or Edessa.  an article the New York Times (7 June 2003), writer William Dalrymple cited Syria as the only remaining haven for Christians the Middle East.  Dalrymple quoted the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim as saying, "If Syria were not here, we would be finished.  It is a place of sanctuary, a haven for all the Christians: for the Nestorians driven out of Iraq, the Syrian Orthodox and the Armenians driven out of Turkey, even the Palestinian Christians driven out by the Israelis 1948."

A water seller on the streets of Aleppo, northern Syria.  Christians belonging to a dozen different congregations (with a prevalence of the Armenian and Syriac Orthodox Churches) represent between 15-20 percent of its population, making it the city with the second biggest Christian community the Middle East after Beirut Lebanon.

[PICTURE:] A few kms east of the city of Mardin, stands Deyrulzafran, "the Saffron Monastery".  One of the most important centres of the Syriac Orthodox Church, its most ancient buildings today date from the early 6th century.  Between 1166 and 1932, it was the residence of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs.  October 2004, Britain's Prince Charles visited the monastery where he was presented with a copy of the Bible Syriac.
(Orthodox and Catholic) Galilee and south Lebanon who are caught, like so many others, between Israel and Hezbollah.
   Elsewhere, numbers are falling.  the last days of the Ottoman Empire, Christians made up 20-30 percent of the population.  Since then, the Armenian genocide of 1915, the massacre of the Syriac Christians near the end of the First World War, and the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey (there is still a debate about numbers but approximately 1.5 million Orthodox Christians and half a million Muslims) have taken their toll.
   Today there are barely 200,000 Christians Turkey's population of 70 million, although there might be up to two million people of Armenian descent who issue from the large numbers of Christians taken as slaves or forced into Islam at the fall of the Ottoman Empire.  A number of these each year retrace steps to their, more often than not, grandmothers' original Christian faith.  Christians Syria are down from 20 percent before the Second World War to fewer than 10 percent, around 800,000 today.
   During the Lebanese Civil War, some 670,000 Christians were displaced, compared with 160,000 Muslims.  Hitherto Lebanon had always had a Christian majority, but not now, which has allowed Shia Muslims to emerge as the majority community, and its political organisations, such as Hezbollah, to try to capture the state and challenge traditional Maronite Christian dominance.
   Iraq, since the beginning of the

[PICTURE:] The altar of the Virgin Mary Suryani Kadim church Diyarbakir, Anatolia.  2001, its priest, Fr Yusuf Akbulut was acquitted by the Diyarbakir State Security Court (DGM) for having told journalists that "Along with the Armenians, the Syriacs too were subjected to genocide", (referring to atrocities committed against the Ottoman Empire's Christian minorities during the First World War).  His acquittal saved him from a jail sentence of between 1-3 years.

1960s and the internal war against the Kurds, some one million Christians have emigrated from their northern mountain homelands, with Baghdad gaining large numbers of them and the Chaldean patriarchate relocating there 1950.
   Egypt, although several hundred thousand mainly Greek, Armenian and Syriac Christians left the 1950s, the large Coptic Christian population has traditionally not migrated until very recent times; now one estimate is that maybe 12 percent of Copts live abroad.  Meanwhile the Holy Land has seen some 230,000 Christians leaving since 1948, with the Christian population Jerusalem alone dropping from 30,000 to as few as 5,000 today.  Iran, there may be fewer than 150,000 Christians left after many departed following the 1979 Islamic revolution.
   Christianity the Middle East is often obscured, especially from the West.  Its history has been a contested one, with followers - Assyrians, Chaldeans, Copts, Maronites - caught between an Eastern Christian identity and a rich, diverse, Arab Christian one.  It is frequently forgotten that it was initially the Syriac Christians (and not Arab Islam) who handed on the heritage of science from the ancients through their translations into Arabic.
   The Christological controversies of the 5th and 6th centuries produced a three-way split among the Christian Churches that still continues to this day, although it is only among the Churches of Syriac liturgical tradition that all three doctrinal positions are represented. 
  Who’s who Middle Eastern Christianity  
The Churches of the Middle East can be grouped into five families, representing about 25 million Christians of whom about 10 million live the area
Oriental Orthodox Family
Armenian Orthodox Church; Syrian Orthodox Church; Coptic Orthodox Church; Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Courtesy: The Tablet
Eastern Orthodox Family
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch; Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria
Catholic Family
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (restored 1847); Greek Catholic Church; Maronite Church; Syrian Catholic Church; Armenian Catholic Church; Chaldean Church; Coptic Catholic Church; Hebrew Catholic Church
Evangelical & Anglican-Episcopal Family
Anglican and Episcopal Church (in Jerusalem and the Middle East); Various Protestant, Presbyterian and Lutheran Churches throughout the Middle East have emerged from Eastern Christian communities or from converts from Islam to Christianity
Assyrian Church of the East
One of the oldest and most self-contained of the Middle Eastern Churches.  Sometimes identified by its historical tradition as the Church of the 'East Syrians' or the Church of Persia.  Its Catholic counterpart is the Chaldean Catholic Church.  It is mainly found Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon
   [The table above is on page 6, one of the two additional pages of excellent information and colourful photographs.]
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   [RECAPITULATION: …  one Syrian Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos was beheaded the Mosul area.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: This is NOT the only Christian functionary who has been murdered the past five or so years the Near East and Middle East.  For example, the organised disorders some months after the Danish cartoons led to the deaths of an Orthodox priest and a Roman Catholic nun, as well as threats and burnings several countries.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: Recite: 9:31-32, 19:88-92 (or 19:91-93), 5:82 (or 5:85), and 8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
   [GUIDELINE: 2, 23:414:- Narrated 'Urwa: ‘Āisha said, "The Prophet his fatal illness said, 'Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their Prophets as places for praying'." …  GUIDELINE ENDS.]
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• New CDP Christian Immigration Policy.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

NEW CDP CHRISTIAN IMMIGRATION POLICY

   Christian Democratic Party (Australia) website, www.cdp.  org.au/ , (as sighted Nov 19, 2007) April 2007
   AUSTRALIA – The Muslim issue continues to be a very important issue the minds of many of our CDP supporters, especially ethnic communities including Coptic, Lebanese, Sudanese etc, who had suffered brutal persecution Muslim countries.  These Communities requested we clearly stated our policies on the Muslim issues as we faced an Election on 24th March, 2007.
   As a result, the CDP Campaign Committee produced an Information brochure on Aussie Values versus Radical Islam. It also adopted a Christian Immigration Policy that called for a top priority for persecuted Christians to be accepted as immigrants whilst implementing a Ten Year Moratorium on Muslim immigration, to replace Muslim immigrants with Christian immigrants.
   The Ten Year Moratorium will allow the current Muslim leadership and community, time to re assess their policies and attitudes to assimilation, for them to reject any attempt to establish an “Islamic Nation” within our Australian Nation and for them to accept Australia is a Christian nation with one law for everyone; not Shar’ia law.
   This Muslim Moratorium Policy was also endorsed by the NSW CDP Management Committee and the NSW CDP Council on Sunday 11th March, 2007.  addition, this policy has also been adopted by other CDP State Branches.
   As Immigration is a Federal Government responsibility, the CDP has produced an Internet Petition and a Printed Petition to the Howard Government, calling for the top priority acceptance of persecuted Christians into Australia and a Ten Year Moratorium on Muslim Immigration.  It also calls on the Howard Government to announce a review of our Australian Immigration Policy BEFORE the next Federal Election November, 2007.  April 2007 #
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[April 2007]

• Geneva mosque redundancies shock Muslim community.   

Geneva mosque redundancies shock Muslim community

   GenevaLunch.com , http:// geneva lunchcom. site. securepod. com/node/ 3479 , posted by Ellen Wallace, 07:07, April 11, 2007
   GENEVA, Switzerland – TSR, Fre -- The abrupt, forced departure of the management of the largest mosque the Lake Geneva region has caused consternation the Muslim community.  The announcement Sunday that those fired include Hafid Ouardiri, the mosque's high-profile spokesperson, and Mahmoud Fadl, the director of the mosque's school, were promptly followed by statements from the two men's lawyers that they will contest the action.  According to the lawyers, the men were given no warning and the redundancies were "politically motived." [? motivated]
   The official reason given by the Islamic Cultural Foundation, which oversees the mosque, was "economic" but Fadl's lawyer Razi Abderrahim mentioned to TSR the recent arrival of a Saudi Arabian as the head of the foundation and linked this to the change.  Political commentator Hasni Abidi, who notes that the mosque property is owned by Saudi Arabia, argues that "it is not normal" for the majority of the board to be non-Genevans who live elsewhere and who are not touch with the reality of life Geneva. #
   GenevaLunch.com .  Editor: Ellen Wallace.  Publisher: Zidao Communication.  Licensed under a Creative Commons License.

   [RECAPITULATION: ... the recent arrival of a Saudi Arabian as the head of the foundation ... the mosque property is owned by Saudi Arabia ... ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: If a religion can't find its own staff a country it is in, it ought to be allowed to wither and die, with no visas from the civil powers.  No sensible person would expect birds of paradise to thrive the Antarctic, or polar bears Papua-New Guinea. COMMENT ENDS.]
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[Sighted 04 Aug 2008; dated Apr 11, 2007]

• Sheik's hate and death film gets only PG rating.  [And deaths climb elsewhere.] 

Sheik’s hate and death film gets only PG rating

 
   The West Australian, Monday, April 16, 2007
  • p.  5: AUSTRALIA: Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au /  Lebanon flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Sheik's hate and death film gets only PG rating."  Jews were mocked as pigs, and children were urged to become "soldiers defending Islam" and to martyr themselves a film prepared by Australian-born Sheikh Feiz Mohammed, who is now exile Lebanon.  The movie, the DVD package "Death Series," has been given a PG (Parental Guidance) rating by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.  Attorney-General Ruddock told the States to change their censorship laws.  [Trendies who have invaded public life at all levels are, it seems, akin to lunatics.]
       The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff said it was outrageous such material could get into the country.
  • p 14: Editorial about THAILAND: Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Dual strategy needed to deal with southern Thai violence."  Southern provinces, taken off a Muslim sultanate 1909, have been scenes of terrorism and disorder.  Muslim protests have led to 2100 deaths three years.  [It included murders by Thai police who stacked prisoners horizontally lorries on a very hot day, after they had threatened a police station.]  Muslims claim they are discriminated against. 
  • p.  15: AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  "Our troops propping up corrupt Kabul."  Taliban reverses ban on opium-poppy growing, rely on it for money. 
  • p 18: IRAQ: Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Iraq's spies have their own shadows."  A Shi'ite, Sherwan Waeli, who is Minister for security, has his own unofficial intelligence group of 1200 agents.  General Mhd Abd.  Shahwani, who commands the official service, receives CIA money.  September 2004 his men arrested at least 50 members of a southern Shi'ite party and detained them for months.  Gen.  Shahwani says the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution Iraq has killed 10 of his agents. 
  • p 20: "Alarm bells sound Casablanca." MOROCCO: Morocco flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Two brothers blew themselves up attacks on United States offices Casablanca.  ALGERIA: Algeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  On Wednesday there was an attack on the Prime Minister's office, killing 33 people.  TUNISIA: Tunisia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Police claimed they had a gunfight with members of Al-Qaida the Maghreb.  "The cancer is spreading," said a US counter-terrorism official on Saturday. 
  • p 21: NEW YORK: United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Arabic school draws criticism."  An Arabic-themed public school will open Brooklyn.  Because it is a public school, it cannot teach religion, it was stated. 
  • p 23: KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghanistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags "Taliban score millions from poppy crops." July 2000 the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, saying that Islam banned drugs, banned opium poppies, and fearful farmers complained.  Now the elected government's officials state that the Taliban militia nets millions of dollars by forcing farmers to plant poppies, and "taxing" the harvest to raise funds to pay for armaments and wages.  2006 Afghanistan grew a record 6100 tonnes, enough to make 90 per cent of the world's opium. 
  • p 24: JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Former Garuda boss charged over poisoning of activist."  Indra Setiawan was arrested on a charge of arranging to poison leading human rights activist Munir Saud Thalib an aeroplane. 
  • p 24: NIGERIA: Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   "Election day deaths." Preliminary figures are that 21 people were killed duing state elections on Saturday.  There were 218 arrests. 
  • pp 26-27: IRAQ: Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  "Suicide bombers target Shi'ite districts with market, bridge attacks."
  • pp 26-27: IRAQ: "Sunnis declare war on al-Qaida, adding to the fractures that confuse Iraq's war."
  • http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#sheik
       ["PIGS": 5:59-60 (or 64-65):- O people of the Book! …  some of them hath he changed into apes and swine …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/005.  qmt.html #005.059 .    ENDS.]
       [DYING FOR ALLAH: Contrast Koran 4:33 (or 29) with these:
       3:151:- And if ye shall be slain or die on the path of Allah, then pardon from Allah and mercy is better than all your amassings; For if ye die or be slain, verily unto Allah shall ye be gathered. 
       47:4-6 (or 4-7):- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks.  …  But those who are slain the way of Allah, He will …  admit them to the Garden which He has announced for them.
       49:15:- The true believers are those only who believe Allah and His Apostle, and afterwards doubt not:  and who contend with their substance and their persons on the path of Allah.  … 
       For more study, click:www.multiline.  com.au/~johnm/ submit/ subtexts.htm   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: The New South Wales censorship people are so "politically correct" that they refused to ban or put severe limitations on a movie recommending that parents teach their children to wear bomb-belts and blow up themselves and non-Muslims.  They are, perhaps, going along the PC interpretation of Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which proclaims that any child is entitled to seek and impart information of all kinds on any subject, irrespective of borders.  Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights might also be supposed to apply.  The Liberal-National Federal Government is talking about banning Muslim hate literature – but this is an election year!  If anything happens at all, the likely result would be further restrictions on people exposing and opposing anti-social religions and cultures of various kinds!
       The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff's protest amused the Just World Campaign.  About 10 years ago the Jewish leaders Australia banned a Perth Jewish woman from leading opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." (based on Galatians 6:7)  Victoria, the Judaists ought to have opposed the censorship laws of that State, which ended up a year or so ago causing great loss of time and money to the two Dannys for exposing villification against most of the world's peoples, and suchlike teachings.    ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: Carefully note the newsitems the number of attacks by Muslims against other Muslims.  This is allowed by several verses the Koran, especially if the leaders label their enemy sect as Hypocrites or Polytheists.  The attacks on Jews, named as such or described as "People of the Book", and on Christians, named as such or under the description "Those who add other gods to God," are numerous the Koran.  Other religionists, often labelled as Unbelievers or Infidels, are subject to ferocious threats of violence.  addition, the POST-KORAN classification of Dhimmi must also be added to the labels that impressionable young minds are being taught.    ENDS.] [Apr 16, 07]

    • Discussion with follower of Submission. 

    Discussion with follower of Submission

       An Informed Source sent this by e-mail as a discussion-starter with an enthusiast of Islam, for a discussion group due to meet soon, (because of variations aya or "verse" numbers, some have been adjusted this internet version; nearly all Muslim writings cited have, on this internet version, been linked to an internet source), e-mailed on April 16, 2007
       Q 1: Women, obey, husbands may beat: The West Australian, "WA Muslims move closer to shari’a law," p 11, Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the last part about a group of imams going to decide family disputes WA reads:
       QUOTE: University of WA professor Samina Yasmeen, director of the Centre for Muslim State and Societies, had some reservations about whether the body would ensure women's rights.  "shari’a law definitely provides for equal rights for men and women," she said.  "(But) it remains to be seen whether or not women's voices will be heard by this mediation group.  I do realise that this group recognises the huge responsibility it has taken on." UNQUOTE
       Question: Can you see why I do not believe her, knowing as I do aya 4:34 (or 4:38) "men are superior to women," women must obey, and the order to the husband to chide, separate from, and "scourge" if they even fear the wife is disobedient ?
       Q2: Witness, women: Some societies the world have evolved to the point that people can walk around the streets without carrying firearms and swords and/or risk being blown to bits.  Women most of such societies are considered equal at law. 
       Question: Witnessing a debt document, is a woman's witnessing equal to a man's? Or am I correct interpreting 2:282 that it takes two women's evidence to equal one man's?
       Q3.  Inheritance, women: On television charming Muslim women assure us that under Islamic rule women's rights to inheritance after a family death are equal to men's. 
       Question: Can you understand why I do not believe such claims, having read 4:12 continued (or 4:14) that wives only get an eighth if there are children, or a quarter if there are no children.  And 4:11 (or 4:12), a daughter gets half what a son gets.  Also note that under 4:12 (or 4:13) if a WIFE dies without children, her husband gets HALF.  Can you understand why I do not believe the claims that Islam gives equal rights to inherit property?
       Q4.  Husband-wife.  Did Mohammed say this? "Had I ordered anybody to prostrate before any one, I would have ordered women to prostrate themselves before their husbands on account of men's rights over the women as ordered by Allah." (49 Mishkat al-Masabih, English translation, Book 1, Section 'Duties of husband and wife', Hadith No.  70.  Reported by Abu Dawood, Ahmad, Tirmizi, Ibn Magah and Ibn Haban.)
       Q5.  Jews are pigs, we hear on a Compact Disc or a DVD: Sheik Feiz Mohammed's statements were reported news media on January 18, 2007, when the Australian Federal Police were said to be looking into this.  that report, NSW wanted the Federal Government to prohibit or ban this because it was vilification, AND because the Sheik was calling on young people to be suicide bombers, so-called martyrs.  Now, according to a more recent news report, of Monday, April 16, 2007, the censorship people have given such a DVD movie a PG classification.  Once again the NSW and Federal Governments disagreed on what to do. 
       Question: the light of 5:59-60 (or 5:64-65) that some People of the Book have been turned into monkey and pigs, would it be against the laws of Allah for either government to ban such movies?
       Supplementary: Does the lack of action and shuffling of responsibility by the State and national governments lead you to believe that some politicians have been turned into monkeys?
       Q6.  Supplementaries to the pig and martyr question: If such a ban on the DVD was imposed, and was judged by the imams to be wicked, would you or your imam issue a fatwa against the Australian leaders who tried to stop people importing or possessing the DVD?
       Would 33:48 (or 33:47), which forbids Muslims to obey unbelievers and hypocrites, be the main religious reason NOT to obey such an Australian law if it were passed?
       Regarding the children to become martyrs, what relevance does 64:14 have, which says your wives and children are an enemy, and to beware of them?
       Q7.  Fatwas.  Years ago the Iranian leader a fatwa offered $1 million for the killing of Salman Rushdie.  Is murder forbidden? Is killing a person for their beliefs approved by Islam?  Did your mosque issue a fatwa against the threat to murder Salman Rushdie?  Or the murder the Netherlands of Van Gogh and the threats against the woman?  Or against the suicide bombings of men, women and children Israel, the United States, London, Madrid, AND Muslim countries like Morocco and Algeria? If not, why not?
       Q8.  How serious is the duty of converting non-believers by violence? The aya 3:83 (or 3:77) says that everybody the heavens and earth have submitted either willingly or by compulsion.  The aya 8:12 orders Muslims to strike off the heads and fingertips of disbelievers.  When is this planned for Australia?
       Q9.  Rape victims. Why do Muslim states sentence the VICTIMS of rape, which is forcible sex, to be stoned to death?  Is it because they quote the aya 4:15 (or 4:14, or 4:19) which demands FOUR witnesses for whoredom to be proved?  And do Muslim scholars want to blame even rape victims, because their beauty entraps men, and demand that the woman being forced into sex, if she wishes to prosecute the man, has to produce four witnesses?  AND, have you ever wondered why the FOUR WITNESSES did not immediately move to STOP the rape?
       Supplementary question: Why does the next aya, 4:16 (or 4:20), allow two men who commit the same crime to be let be, if they "turn and amend" ?  Is this fair and equitable?
       Q 10. Why are slaves and booty mentioned as if they were a part of normal life the Koran, the Hadith, and shari’a law?
       Q11.  The doctrine of taqqiyya, or deceiving, is discussed some literature.
       Question: Does the Koran 66:2, which says that Allah releases Muslims from their oaths, be the foundation of this doctrine? And would 3:54 (or 3:47) and 8:30, about Allah being the greatest plotter, also give permission to deceive non-Muslim people?
       Q12: Veiling of women: On television I have seen charming young Muslim women flourishing cloths of various bright and cheerful colours, and wearing such for hijabs.  But people who visit Arabia, Iran, and other places where the mosque rules, see all the women wearing all-over black unattractive coalbags, the "chador", and sometimes even headgear covering their faces, and religious police beat some women. 
       Question: Do you see why I doubt the words of the "moderate" women I see on television?
       Question: On other programmes I have heard schoolgirls and teenagers Western countries, who never wore the veils until after the murders of September 11, saying they did it voluntarily to show their support for Islam.  Some of them say it is not compulsory. 
       Question: Please comment on 33:59 (or 33:57), which orders the wives of true believers to draw their veils close around them.  Why are young girl children and unmarried women wearing veils or even the "chador"? #
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       [KORAN: 2:63 and 65:- …  We took your Covenant and We raised you above the Mount …  those amongst you who transgressed the Matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes.  Despised and rejected." DOCTRINE ENDS.] [Apr 16, 07]

    • Why some Evangelicals can't understand the true nature of Islam.  Iran (formerly Persia) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Egypt flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au /  Pakistan flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

    Why some Evangelicals can’t understand the true nature of Islam

       Barnabas Fund (Britain), www.barnabas fund.org , info§barnabas fund.org , Tuesday, April 17, 2007
       Some Christians seem to be bothered by Barnabas Fund exposing negative facts about Islam.  These argue that we should not busy ourselves with trivial matters, but concentrate on the main issues of presenting Christ and loving all people. 
       We have received some criticism of our recent communique on Faye Turney, the British servicewoman held captive Iran and recently released with the other fourteen captured servicemen.  As we now know, she was not only forced to wear the oppressive hijab, but underwent intimidation, mental torture and cruel manipulation tactics: she was isolated and blindfolded; stripped down to her underwear and feared rape; was told her colleagues had been released and she was the only one left captivity; was measured for what she thought was her coffin as she could hear the sound of sawing wood and nails being hammered outside her cell; and was threatened that she would face trial for spying if she did not co-operate with her captors' demands.  This treatment was meted out by the Islamic Republic of Iran, that claims to believe human rights, religious freedom and human dignity.  We cannot understand why some Western Christians questioned our highlighting this story or even defended what was done to her.  Can they justify inhumanity and injustice to a vulnerable woman?
       Christians the West face two converging threats: one from an increasingly secularised society, intolerant of public Christian expressions of their Biblical faith, and the other from an increasingly confident Islamic community bent on reshaping the West its own image.  These two naturally hostile forces have found a common agenda ensuring that Christianity is diminished its influence on Western society. 
       the name of multiculturalism, tolerance and political correctness, this coalition is intent on eroding freedoms and liberties accepted as basic Western societies, especially freedom of speech.  Islam, as a religion antithetical to Christianity, is culturally accepted, while Christianity, especially evangelical Christianity, is maligned. 
       A variety of legislative and other measures, each apparently of small effect, are being introduced that have a progressive cumulative impact on long-cherished liberties and freedoms.  This results efforts to suppress any criticism of Islam, ignore unpleasant facts about it and institute what can only be called a censorship regime. 
       Christians must wake up to the fact that there is no such thing as a trivial matter this process.  The whole programme is planned as a piecemeal strategy that will gradually constrict the living space for Christianity while according more space to neo-pagan liberal humanism and Islam.  The fact that these two ideologies are incompatible does not bother them at this time - once they have achieved their objectives there might be a fierce conflict between them for ultimate power the emerging new order. 
       Barnabas Fund clearly differentiates between Muslims as individuals, whom we are called to love, serve and evangelise, and Islam as an ideology with negative connotations hostile to our Judeo-Christian heritage that needs to be exposed.  Barnabas Fund recognises that there are many individual Muslims the West who wish to co-exist happily with their neighbours and are not anxious to buy into any situation of conflict.  Our concern is with Islam as an ideology and the uncompromising stance it takes toward Christianity and the democratic freedoms we take for granted the West. 
       Barnabas Fund does not only criticise, but takes positive action advocacy, lobbying and support of specific cases on behalf of the suffering Church and of individual persecuted Christians.  This has resulted real beneficial change to individuals and groups suffering persecution, harassment and limitations on their religious freedoms and human rights. 
       Barnabas Fund campaigned on behalf of Nadia Eweida, a British Airways employee who was banned last September from displaying a small silver cross while Muslim workers were allowed to wear the hijab headscarf and Sikh workers turbans and bangles.  Miss Eweida, a Christian from an Egyptian background, was not prepared to hide her faith and faced a number of internal disciplinary procedures over the issue.  Many Barnabas Fund supporters and others contacted BA to protest about the unfair repercussions of their former uniform policy which was effect biased against Christians.  British Airways finally gave to public pressure and announced a change their uniform policy which will allow staff to visibly wear a "symbol of faith". 
       We also campaigned on behalf of Pastor Daniel Scot Australia.  Pastor Scot is a Pakistani Christian who was forced to flee Pakistan 1986 under the threat of the notorious blasphemy law.  He, along with Pastor Danny Nalliah and Catch the Fire Ministries, were convicted under Victoria State's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001) by a judge at the Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal December 2004.  The complaint concerned comments made by the two pastors at a seminar on Islam for Christians held March 2002.  The judge ruled that they were breach of the Act which forbids incitement of "hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of" another person or class of persons on the ground of religious belief. 
       The two pastors were found guilty even though they had quoted from the Islamic source texts of Qur'an and Hadith to back up their statements.  December 2006, the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria finally ruled their favour and set aside the orders given by the Tribunal judge, ordering that the case be reheard at the original tribunal, with the same evidence as before, but with a different judge.  This decision was a victory for free speech.  While it is vital to protect people from physical injury or threat, this does not mean that beliefs and ideologies have to be protected from criticism. 
       Barnabas Fund also co-ordinated the successful campaign Britain against the proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill which if passed its originally proposed form would have severely restricted the right of Christians to express biblical views on a variety of relevant topics.  The House of Commons January 2006 voted to accept the amendments proposed by the House of Lords.  These amendments make it considerably more difficult than the government had planned to obtain a conviction of inciting religious hatred.  This means that it is possible to discuss and critique other religions, to preach the uniqueness of Christ, and to draw attention to the persecution of Christians Muslim contexts. 
       Barnabas Fund believes manifesting love towards Muslims as individuals - they are not our enemies.  However, Christians must learn to understand the true nature of Islam and not naively accept the sanitised form offered by the media, politicians and Islamic apologists.  Barnabas Fund believes that it is important to draw the attention of Christians to these issues which are of growing significance for us today.  Islam is a totalitarian ideological system that cannot accept opposition and divergent views, and this has been exacerbated by the Islamic resurgence and the growth of Islamic extremism.  This is evidenced daily by news of what is happening most Muslim-majority countries as Christians and other minorities face growing restrictions on their freedom, harassment, persecution, violence and death.  We find it strange that Western Christians who enjoy freedom, safety and security their own countries critique our support for the suffering Church Muslim countries.  They seem to sympathise more with the oppressive persecuting totalitarian Islamic systems rather than with their suffering brothers and sisters who face persecution and death. 
       Those who argue that Islam is peaceful and tolerant are either being deliberately obtuse, or have been misled by propaganda and lies.  How can they defend a system that is destroying their Christian brothers and sisters?
       Let us remember the tragic history of large segments of the Church Nazi Germany who long applauded Hitler as the saviour of Christian Germany (against Bolshevik atheism) and firmly shut their eyes to the evil within Nazi ideology.  A similar blindness to the negative aspects of Islamic ideology might have similar disastrous results for the church our times.  #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#whysome
       [RECAPITULATION: Faye Turney, the British servicewoman held captive Iran …  underwent intimidation, mental torture and cruel manipulation tactics: she was isolated and blindfolded; stripped down to her underwear and feared rape …This treatment was meted out by the Islamic Republic of Iran, that claims to believe human rights, religious freedom and human dignity.  …  Barnabas Fund co-ordinated the successful campaign Britain against the proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill which if passed its originally proposed form would have severely restricted the right of Christians to express biblical views on a variety of relevant topics.  […]
       Let us remember the tragic history of large segments of the Church Nazi Germany who long applauded Hitler as the saviour of Christian Germany (against Bolshevik atheism) and firmly shut their eyes to the evil within Nazi ideology.    ENDS.] [Apr 17, 07]

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    Four killed Turkey bible publisher attack

     
       CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), Apr 19, 2007
       MALATYA, Turkey: Three people had their throats cut and a fourth person also died after jumping from the third floor office a bid to escape from an attack on a Christian publishing house Malatya, Turkey.
      [Picture] [Two people tending a prone man.] 
       Quoting Turkish paper Hurriyet, AsiaNews reports that assailants killed four people late on Wednesday morning at the offices of Zirve, a Christian publishing house that distributed Bibles the city of Malatya.
       Three of the four victims had their throats cut, one of them being the owner of the publishing company.  The fourth victim died after jumping from the third floor where he was working order to escape.
       Still under shock, Zirve's general manager Hamza Ozant was on his way to the publishing house's offices but was able to tell a TV network that his company had been receiving threats.
       Founded a year ago, it had already requested police protection for its employees.  One reason is that many people Turkey resent the publication and distribution of Bibles Turkish.
       Although Mr Ozant said he could not say who made the threats, suspicions fall on Turkish ultra-nationalists, especially since the murder of Turkish Armenian journalist Dink Hrant.
       Coincidentally, both Mr Hrant and Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II 1981, were born Malatya.
       The victims had their feet and hands tied and had their throats slit, Malatya Governor Halil Ibrahim Dasoz told the NTV news channel, an AFP report added.
       "One of them is highly likely to be a German, the other is believed to be a Turk.  The third is also likely to be a Turk, but we still have doubts," Dasoz said.
       An aide to the Malatya governor told Agence France-Presse that the publishing house "was engaged missionary activities."
       According to AsiaNews, Zirve is probably a Protestant publishing house since Protestants are the only ones who distribute Christian texts the country.  Catholics also rely on them to have their own material printed.
       SOURCEFour killed, three with their throats cut, at Bible publishing house (AsiaNews, 18/4/07)
    Execution killings at Christian publishing house Turkey (Sydney Morning Herald, 19/4/07)
       LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources) Malatya, Turkey
    Mehmet Ali Agca
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       [COMMENT: And many Westerners wish to have "discussions" with Muslims, even after the Salman Rushdie $1million death reward and the 9/11 atrocity!   ENDS.]
       [KORAN DOCTRINE: 8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/008.  qmt.html #008.012 .
       47:4-6 (or 4-7):- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks. …  But those who are slain the way of Allah, He will …  admit them to the Garden which He has announced for them.    ENDS.]
       [POPE TRYING STILL: Read: "Faith key to avoiding clash of civilisations: Benedict," CathNews, April 19, 2007, www.cathnews.  com/ news/ 704/92.php .   ENDS.]
       [HUMANE TURK TRYING: Read "Ertugrul Ozkok: My throat constricts thinking about Malatya", www.hurriyet.  com.tr/english/ 6360692.asp? gid=74 .  An extract: We have all watched the campaigns carried out against the handful of people selling Bibles, or gathering makeshift churches.  No one has said anything about these campaigns; but people who we least expected became involved as agents of provocation all this.  Open your newspapers.  Take a look at the debates broadcast on local TV stations.  Is it really just the religious factions who are involved? Or is it the politicians who we have known for years as the "social democrats" and the "democratic left"? What about the accusations made about "misssionary activities," made front of masses gathered to defend secularity …    ENDS.]
       [MORE KORAN: 5:51 or 56:- O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/005.  qmt.html #005.051
       5:82 (or 85):- Of all men thou wilt certainly find the Jews, and those who join other gods with God, to be the most intense hatred of those who believe; and thou shalt certainly find those to be nearest affection to them who say, 'We are Christians.' …
       6:106:- …  withdraw from those who join other gods with Him. 
       9:28:- O Believers!  only they who join gods with God are unclean! … 
       9:29:- Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given …  until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.
       And recite: 9:30-35 and 48:29 .  ENDS.] [Apr 19, 07]

    • Al Qaeda-linked militants behead 7.   Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

    Al Qaeda-linked militants behead 7

     
       CNN, http://edition.  cnn.com/2007/ WORLD/asiapcf/ 04/19/ philippines.  hostages.ap/ index.html , POSTED: 1635 GMT (0035 HKT), April 19, 2007
       MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The heads of seven men believed to have been kidnapped by the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on a volatile southern island were delivered to a Philippine army detachment Thursday, the military said. 
       The men -- six road project workers and a dried-fish factory worker -- were kidnapped at gunpoint two separate incidents Monday near the town of Parang on Jolo island, where U.S.  troops have been involved counterterrorism training and campaigns to draw local support away from Muslim rebels. 
       Maj.  Gen.  Ruben Rafael, commander of military forces on Jolo, said a group of civilians was ordered to take the heads to Parang by Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad, who operates Jolo's mountainous forests. 
       Jolo Gov.  Ben Loong and other officials confirmed the grisly delivery. 
       "This is a retaliation for the killing of one of their commanders," Rafael said.  "This is a terrorist act that should be condemned by all."
       He said the company which employed the road workers had refused to pay a ransom demanded by the rebel leader. 
       The Abu Sayyaf has not issued any statements claiming responsibility for the kidnappings or beheadings.  The delivery people were told to tell the military that it was retaliation for the death of the commanders, Rafael said. 
       The Abu Sayyaf is on a list of U.S.  terrorist groups and has a reputation for bombings, mass abductions and beheadings the Philippines.  It has been the target of a massive U.S.-backed military offensive on Jolo that started August and has resulted the deaths of its top two leaders. 
       Loong has said the kidnappings show that Abu Sayyaf remains capable of banditry and terrorist acts despite a number of battlefield losses. 
       He said it was unclear whether the kidnappings were intended to divert troops who are hunting Muslim rebel commander Habier Malik and his men from the Moro National Liberation Front. 
       The MNLF was the largest Muslim separatist group the southern Philippines until it signed a 1996 peace pact with the government.  Many of its commanders, including Malik, refused to disarm and continued to maintain strongholds on Jolo and nearby islands. 
       Military chief Gen.  Hermogenes Esperon said Malik has provided sanctuary to Abu Sayyaf guerrillas and Indonesian militants who have been targeted by the U.S.-backed offensive.  Malik was blamed for deadly mortar attacks Jolo last week. 
       An estimated 300 to 400 Abu Sayyaf gunmen remain at large on Jolo, about 600 miles south of Manila.  Washington has offered large rewards for the capture of the Abu Sayyaf's top commanders.  Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.  All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  #
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       [DOCTRINE, KORAN:- 8:12:- …  I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Let us enter into discussions!!!  According to the RC Archbishop of Perth, we ought to welcome them into our workplaces and our homes!  a recent year, his diocesan newspaper had huge frontpage headlines "Open doors", encouraging readers to back an open-door policy on refugees.   ENDS.] [April 19, 2007]

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    Arrests over Turkey Bible publisher murders

     
       CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews.  com/news/ 704/100.  php , Apr 20, 2007
       Turkish police have arrested ten young men as suspects the throat slitting murders of three people at a Protestant Bible publishing house.
      [Picture] Man blue top, held by the arms.   
       Agence France-Presse reports that the murders raised fears and concerns over religious freedom among Turkey's tiny Christian community the mainly Muslim country which is also seeking to join the European Union.
       The victims, one of them a German, were found tied to chairs with their throats slit at the Zirve (Summit) publishing house, which is owned by Turkey's Protestant community.
       Five suspects, including a man who jumped out of a third floor window to escape capture, were detained at the scene of the crime.
       Announcing the arrest of the other five, Malatya Governor Halil Ibrahim Dasoz gave no details, but said they were all of the same age group - young men aged 19 and 20.
       Turkish newspapers said all the suspects apprehended at the scene were carrying copies of a letter that read: "We did it for our country.  They are trying to take our country away, take our religion away."
       They lived together at a local dormitory run by a religious foundation, media reports said.
       Police have yet to make a statement on the motives for the murders, but the press agreed today that nationalist and religious zeal were the likely cause.
       "We did not do this for ourselves, but for our religion…  Let this be a lesson to the enemies of our religion," one of the suspects allegedly said his testimony, the mass-circulation daily Hurriyet reported.
       Several newspapers linked the attack to others against Christian minorities Turkey, including the killings of Catholic priest Andrea Santoro last year and ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink January.
       Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul described the murders as "an attack against Turkey's stability, peace and tradition of tolerance".
       Speaking to reporters the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, European Parliament member Joost Lagendijk said the killings would send Europe a negative message.
       "Europe will perceive the killings to mean that those who attempt to seek converts to other faiths Turkey will face a similar fate," Mr Lagendijk said.
       The dead were identified named as 46-year-old German Tilman Geske and Turkish nationals Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel.
       SOURCE Police detain 10 over Turkish murders (News.com.au, 19/4/07)
       LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources) Andrea Santoro (Wikipedia)
       ARCHIVE Four killed Turkey bible publisher attack (CathNews, 19/4/07)
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       [KORAN DOCTRINE: 47:4-6 (or 4-7):- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks. … 
       48:29:- Those who follow Him are tender to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers. www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/048.  qmt.html #048.029   ENDS.]
       [BALANCING FACTS: Remember to read William Blum's Rogue State, 2000, Common Courage Press, Monroe; ISBN 1 84277 221 X pb, or hardback.  More often than not, the USA and other developed nations' armaments industry and political manipulators share the blame for much of the world's disorder, rebellion, murder, and refugee crises.  The armaments industries of Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, etc.  are among the guilty parties.    ENDS] [Apr 20, 07]

    • Prosecutor cut because of lecture.     

    Prosecutor cut because of lecture

       The Weekend Australian, by Brad Norington, p 11, April 21-22, 2007
       AUSTRALIA – ONE of Australia's most high-profile Crown prosecutors was removed from a sexual assault trial after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal ruled there would be a "perception of unfairness" if she continued to handle the brief.
       Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen was last month removed from the NSW District Court trial of a man known as MG, because of a lecture she gave to students at Newcastle University two years ago that contained details of the alleged assaults.
       Ms Cunneen also canvassed how defence lawyers used tricks to secure freedom for their obviously guilty clients.
       MG's lawyers argued successfully that because of her public statements, it could be seen by a fair-minded person that Ms Cunneen "may not discharge her obligations with appropriate fairness and detachment".
       Appeals Court judges Anthony McClellan, Virginia Bell and Cliff Hoeben said: "It is not for the Crown prosecutor to take a public role supporting the complainant as against the accused at a criminal trial.
       "Where this occurs, any reasonable person would seriously doubt whether the process is fair."
       The removal of Ms Cunneen from MG's trial on March 5 was the subject of non-publication orders until yesterday, when MG was acquitted of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of detaining for advantage.
       After spending six years as the prosecutor for MG's case and related trials, Ms Cunneen was replaced MG's trial with fellow Crown prosecutor Lou Lungo, who was given just six days to work on the brief.
       MG was a former associate of Bilal Skaf, the gang rapist successfully prosecuted by Ms Cunneen and sentenced to a maximum 38 years for a series of assaults committed 2000.
       Ms Cunneen also successfully prosecuted Bilal Skat's brother, Mohammed Skaf, who was sentenced to a maximum 26 years for his role assaults involving Skaf.
       MG, who was charged connection with the assault of Ms C, cannot be named because he was a minor aged 14 at the time of the offences.
       He is currently serving lengthy prison terms for other gang rapes.
       Ms Cunneen attracted controversy October when a committee of senior judges, including NSW Chief Justice Jim Spigel-raan, blocked her from being appointed to senior counsel.
       At the time, Ms Cunneen's blackballing was widely seen as punishment for criticising the abuses of some defence lawyers.
       Ms Cunneen declined to comment on her trial removal yesterday.
       But NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery leapt to her defence, voicing his complete support and confidence her to continue her role with "great skill, courage, integrity and commitment".
       Mr Cowdery also expressed complete support for Mr Lungo. He said the court's decision to remove Ms Cunneen was based on what it regarded as unusual circumstances of MG's case.
       Legal sources said the removal of Ms Cunneen could possibly make prosecutors and other barristers reluctant to speak on public matters, and to students, if their public views could later be used against them court. #

       [COMMENT: No, students must NOT be given examples by a person (from either the Crown Prosecutor's office or from the defence teams) from cases that are currently and out of the courts!  Already these rapes were six years old, and the cases and appeals and comments such as the self-revealing one from Sheikh Al-Hilali go on and on.  It is a shame that Ms Cunneen did not really understand that her job makes her a kind of servant of Crown JUSTICE, and although she might have thought she was helping students, she was not teaching them that Justice is above the law.  (Many defence lawyers, too, have forgotten that they have responsibilities to Justice.)  She really let the People down, by kicking an "own goal."
       The result of her action, and failure by her superiors, immediately after the talk, to appoint a substitute, was that her substitute had hardly any time to read up on the case, and this may have resulted the acquittal, which was possibly unmerited. COMMENT ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Contrast the above careful attention to Justice inherited from British Justice, with the newsitem below about how an Islamic gathering decided to execute a fellow Mohammedan.  No niceties about who might give the appearance of being prejudiced there!  And a boy of about 12, whose voice has not broken, is appointed as executioner!  Will he grow up to be a gentlemanly hospitable Muslim, like the desert Arabs that Ms Freya Stark wrote about back before World War 2? ENDS.
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    • Boy executioner reveals ugly face of Taliban justice  Afghanistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Pakistan flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

    Boy executioner reveals ugly face of Taliban justice

     
       The West Australian, www.thewest.  com.au/ default.aspx? MenuID=29& ContentID= 26768 , pp 1 and 13, 6:15 WST, April 23, 2007
       ISLAMABAD -- The boy with the knife looks barely 12.  a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. 
       Then he appears to hack off the captive's head to cries of "God is great!" and hoists it triumph by the hair. 
       The video circulating Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official killed a December air strike Afghanistan. 
       A reporter confirmed Nabi's identity when he visited his family Kili Faqiran, a remote village southwestern Pakistan. 
       The video, which reporters obtained the border city of Peshawar, appears authentic and is unprecedented jihadist propaganda because of the executioner's youth. 
      [Picture] Grisly end: Pakistani militant Chulam Nabi about to be beheaded after being accused of betraying a Taliban leader killed a US air raid.     Picture: Associated Press  
       Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's commander southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear, and it features songs praising supreme leader Mullah Omar and "Sheikh Osama" – an apparent reference to al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. 
       "He is an American spy.  Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate," says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified. 
       A continuous 2 1 /2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on rubble-strewn ground. 
       A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. 
       Other men and boys yell "Allahu akbar!" – "God is great". 
       The film, overlaid with jihadi songs, then shows the boy seemingly hacking and slashing at the man's neck until the head is severed. 
       A Pashto-language voiceover identifies Nabi and his home village of Kili Faqiran Baluchistan province, about a two-hour drive from the Afghan border. 
       Nabi's distraught and angry father, Ghulam Sakhi, confirmed his son's identity from a still picture. 
       He said neighbours told him the video was available at the village bazaar but he had no wish to see it. 
       Mr Sakhi, 70, said his son had been a loyal Taliban member who fought Afghanistan and sheltered the group's leaders the family's mud-walled compound. 
       He blames the Taliban and wants to avenge his son's death. 
       "The Taliban are not mujahedeen.  They are not fighting for the cause of Islam," he said.  "If I got my hands on them, I would kill them and even tear their flesh with my own teeth."
       Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, said he had no information about Nabi or the video and that none of the commanders he contacted could confirm the execution. 
       The method of Nabi's death is not unusual for informers Pakistan's lawless tribal border regions where al-Qaida and Taliban militants find sanctuary.  But such killings are rare the Taliban's increasingly frequent videos.  Using a child for a beheading stands out even among films by militants Iraq. 
       "This is outright barbarism," said Iqbal Haider of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.  "Whosoever has committed this they are enemy No.1 of Muslims."
       The strike Nabi was accused of killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, one of Omar's top three associates, on December 19.  He was the highest-ranking Taliban leader to die since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban late 2001. 
       The US said Osmani's death was a serious blow to militant operations. 
       Mr Sakhi, a retired preacher with a long gray beard, wept as he spoke unashamedly of his son's deeds with the Taliban.  He said Nabi fought the Northern Alliance that helped US forces to victory Afghanistan. 
       Pakistan, he ran a religious school and regularly sheltered Osmani and others.  Nabi also bought weapons for Taliban fighters and organised medical treatment for those injured fighting Afghanistan. 
       After Osmani's death, Nabi went to Peshawar and Wana, a tribal militant stronghold, to collect money from Taliban officials to buy guns and food for militants. 
       He said his son told him January a tribal council sentenced him to death on charges of tipping off the US about Osmani's movements despite his denials. 
       Pleas for clemency were rejected despite all his family had done for the Taliban.  "They are the enemies of Islam," he said.  "They are behaving like savages."
       Sam Zarifi, of Human Rights Watch, said using a child to commit such an act was a war crime and a "new low" Afghanistan.  #
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       [RECAPITULATION: "They are the enemies of Islam," he said.    ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Oh, no they're not!  They cried out the Islamic warcry!  See if Islam's mosque leaders declare a fatwa and offer a reward for the punishment of the boy murderer, and those who brain-washed him and assisted him.    ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAP.: "If I got my hands on them, I would kill them and even tear their flesh with my own teeth."   ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: These are the reported words of the grieving father.  Even having learnt of the savagery masquerading as Islamic zeal, he unveils the real Islam -- eye for eye, tooth for tooth, strike off their heads -- that had caused evil Muslims to incite a Muslim child to kill a Muslim, his own son!   ENDS.]
       [3rd COMMENT: The fact that such a video is SELLING a Muslim-populated area is evidence that such communities do not have a decent humane belief system.  COMMENTS END.]
       [DOCTRINE, Koran: 9:73:- O Prophet!  strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/009.  qmt.html #009.073
       12:106:- The majority of those who believe Allah do not do so without committing idol worshipwww.submission.  org/suras/ sura12.html# 106
       66:9:- O Prophet! make war on the infidels and hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them.  … 
       Also recite: 8:12, and 12:106, and 48:29.   ENDS.]
       [QUESTIONS: Who defines which Muslim is a HYPOCRITE?  The people with weapons!  Who defines the IDOLATORS, or the INFIDELS?  Ditto.  ENDS.]
       [ANOTHER MURDER: LAHORE, February 21, 2007 -- Statement about a Muslim extremist shooting the young Punjab Social Welfare Minister Zille Huma Usman, a woman, Gujranwala, at a public meeting, proving that no woman is safe the country and the government has totally lost its ability to maintain law and order and protect the lives of citizens.  Visit: www.hrcp-web.  org/P_releases.  cfm#Murder%20 of%20minister% 20terrible% 20tragedy .    ENDS.] [Apr 23, 07]

    • Arc of instability still threatens the West.  [Churchill wrote of fanatical frenzy and fatalistic apathy] Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  France flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Turkey flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Pakistan flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Afghanistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Iran (formerly Persia) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Syria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Lebanon flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Soviet flag (superseded ~ 1990); Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

    Arc of instability still threatens the West

     
    More than 90 years after the Anzacs went to war against the Turkish Empire, Middle Eastern Islamists wage war against Western values, says Paul Sheehan
       The West Australian, by Paul Sheehan, p 16, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       less than 48 hours the dawn services will begin, followed by the whole khaki extravaganza: the Anzac Day parades, the drinking, the two-up games and the footy.  So it is worth pausing to reflect that Australia is actually engaged a war, even if it is an unconventional, undeclared war.
       Australians have been killed and wounded their hundreds as a result of this conflict but the casualties don't happen to be Australian soldiers. Not yet.  We've been extremely fortunate.  It is only a matter of time, though, because Australia is now embroiled an arc of increasing anti-Western fundamentalism, stretching unbroken through Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon – 300 million Muslims, the same population as the US and almost the same as Western Europe's.
       Into the middle of this region of conflict without end, Australia will send 1000 more military personnel, to be deployed Afghanistan by the middle of next year.  The decision to commit these forces was made by Prime Minister John Howard and has been supported by Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd.  Both leaders have acknowledged the increased and inevitable risks involved.
       Australian forces will be going back into a country which has endured 20 separate wars, invasions, coups or state crises over the past two centuries, with no end sight.  For the record, this is the potted history of instability since Afghanistan became a nation: Afghan-Persian war (1816), Afghan-Sikh war (1836), second Afghan-Persian war (1836-38), first Anglo-Afghan war (1839-42), first Afghan civil war (1850-55), Persian invasion (1856-57), second Afghan civil war (1863-79), second Anglo-Afghan war {1878-80), Russian-Afghan war (1885), third Anglo-Afghan war (1919), third Afghan civil war (1928-29), first Pashtun crisis (1955-57), second Pashtun crisis (1961-63), Republican coup (1973), Marxist coup 1978, Armin coup 1979, Soviet invasion (1979-1989), fourth Afghan civil war (1989-92), fifth Afghan civil war (1995-96), American-led invasion (2001-present).
       These 20 eruptions represent more than 60 years of turmoil and sucked the three great imperial powers of the past 200 years: Britain, the Soviet Union and the US.  None of them has profited.  After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan 1979, 14,453 members of its armed forces were killed, 53,753 wounded and more than 400,000 fell ill the primitive conditions before the troops withdrew 10 years later.  What was won? Nothing. 
      ‘Within 10 years this arc of instability, from Pakistan to Iraq, could be controlled by Islamic theocracies.  ’  
       What was lost? the 28 years since the Soviet invasion, the once mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has ceased to exist.  The Islamic Revolution, which began Iran 1979, remains power 28 years on and has spread its influence into Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.  The Muslim population the region has doubled, while the population of Russia has declined.  And Islamic fundamentalism has been globalised.
       the clash between modernity and medievalism, modernity has been losing.
       Within 10 years this arc of instability, from Pakistan to Iraq, could be controlled by Islamic theocracies, with two of them, Pakistan and Iran, nuclear-armed. 
       Iraq is a disaster zone, exactly the opposite of what the Bush Administration intended when it invaded the country 2003.  Iran, emboldened by the American failure, has become a centre of instability.
       Afghanistan, as usual, is a quagmire for the West and Pakistan, with its 170 million people, the biggest Muslim nation the Middle East, is potentially the most worrisome of all.  Pakistan has nuclear arms. 
       It also has a burgeoning ultra-orthodox, anti-Western Islamic movement which mimics the insane excesses of the Taliban.  Pakistani militants masterminded the mass murder on the London Underground on July 7, 2005, and other bomb plots Britain.  The country's military leader, President Pervez Musharraf, has survived multiple assassination attempts by jihadists.  2003, he was saved from obliteration by an anti-jamming device his car when a powerful bomb exploded soon after his convoy passed.  Eleven days later, two suicide bombers died while trying to kill him.  He has survived three near-death experiences and lives a state of siege. 
       This region has proved a graveyard for Western vanities.  The famous Western imperialist Winston Churchill – the political villain of Gallipoli and political hero of World War II – was intimately familiar with the arc of instability which now confronts the West.  More than 100 years ago, he saw first-hand, and vividly described, the implacable anti-modernism and anti-Westernism of the Muslim heartland:
       "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy…  there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.  The effects are apparent many countries.  Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live … 
       "No stronger retrograde force exists the world.  Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith.  It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome." (The River War, 1899). Were Churchill alive today, it is unlikely he would be inclined to change his views.  #
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       [RECAPITULATION: The Muslim population the region has doubled, while the population of Russia has declined.  And Islamic fundamentalism has been globalised.  In the clash between modernity and medievalism, modernity has been losing.  […]
       Winston Churchill – the political villain of Gallipoli and political hero of World War II – was intimately familiar with the arc of instability which now confronts the West.  More than 100 years ago, he saw first-hand, and vividly described, the implacable anti-modernism and anti-Westernism of the Muslim heartland […]
       "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy…  there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.  The effects are apparent many countries.  Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live …    ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: But, wouldn't if have been better if the Great Powers and others had kept out of Afghanistan?  Then, maybe, there would be less of their people wanting to threaten the West.    COMMENT ENDS.]
       [Churchill's 1899 book comments are listed date order this series.] [This article is also displayed on the main directory at "cont9.htm#arc".] [Apr 24, 07]

    • [Violence of Islam, Jihad creed, Golden Age myth.] 
    I DISAGREE

    [Violence of Islam, Jihad creed, Golden Age myth]

     
       The West Australian, Letter to Editor, p 17, Saturday, April 28, 2007
       It was disturbing to read Paul Sheehan's principled and balanced warning about Islam described as a "hateful diatribe" by Shaheer Tarin of the UWA Muslim Students' Association (Letters, 26/4).  Shaheer Tarin makes a number of assertions which cannot go unchallenged. 
       As Serge Trifkovic has pointed out, Mohammed's unique contribution to human history has been the idea of "jihad", whether imposed physically through terror or more subtly through the tyrannical structure of the shari’a law system.  Whether the world's vast majority of non-Muslims see this as a "great blessing" is debatable, to say the least.
       Similarly, while I am sure that there are plenty of very nice Arab people, to describe the centre of world terrorism and tyranny as abounding gentlemen seems a bit far-fetched.
       The myth of the so-called "Golden Age" is then wheeled out, when fact the real story is of the Muslim plunder and destruction of the ancient Egyptian, Persian and Byzantine civilisations.  If anything, the endless Muslim aggression directed against Christian Europe only slowed down the transmission of ideas from these great civilisations – none of them from Islam.
       Some of the examples used by Shaheer Tarin illustrate the point.  Al-Farabi adopted the view that reason is superior to revelation, utterly heretical Islam, of course influenced by Aristotle.  Similarly, Averroes Spain (invaded by Muslim Arabs for seven centuries) had his writings criticised, leading to his banishment and many works being destroyed. 
       A cursory reading of Islamic history shows it's been the same old story for 1300 years, from the burning of the great library of Alexandria to the burning down of schools for women Pakistan today. 
       Pope Benedict [Ratzinger] recently drew attention to the warnings of the ill-fated Byzantine ruler Manuel II regarding the relationship between Islam and violence – which provoked what?  Reasoned discussion and debate, careful examination of the evidence?
       Rather, of course, it unleashed a global orgy of violence that only proved the Pope's point. 
       What is clear is that the Muslim world and its long-suffering inhabitants badly need the true enlightenment that comes from Western Christian and secular thought. 
       Only with the coming of freedom of conscience will the Muslim world ever escape the miserable state that Churchill described so accurately.  #
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       [RECAPITULATION: If anything, the endless Muslim aggression directed against Christian Europe only slowed down the transmission of ideas from these great civilisations – none of them from Islam.  […] …  the same old story for 1300 years, from the burning of the great library of Alexandria to the burning down of schools for women Pakistan today.   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: For example, the "Arabic numerals" that Europe, grudgingly and with Church resistance at first, adopted from the Muslim civilisation, had been copied from Hindu traders.  It seems that enlightened Muslim rulers bent the rules when they set up celestial observatories, and encouraged artistic painting.  However, the first invasion forces, impelled by "religious" zeal, destroyed artworks and major public works like irrigation systems.  (The Soviet acted a similar way Afghanistan, using bunker-buster bombs to destroy the underground food storage systems that Afghans had built over generations to lessen the harm of their harsh climate.)   COMMENT ENDS.] [Apr 28, 07]
     
    • Christianity and Islam have absolutely Nothing common.
     
       Editor Eddie, Booklet, P.O.  Box 9091, Wyee, N.S.W., 2259, Australia, received April-May 2007
       [This quotes peaceloving teachings of the Christian scriptures contrast to the Muslim Koran (Qur'an, or Qu-ran) Surahs and the Hadith (or Hadeeth).  This website has made the Internet links order to assist readers.]
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    Christianity and Islam
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    Nothing   in common

     

      [Picture] MECCA  
    Introduction
       Islam, the west, is fighting its battle of acceptance and legitimacy.  Muslim activists are working fervently trying to improve Islam's image.
       Their goal is to create an environment which Islam can be easily propagated.  Their tool is as old as Islam itself, but they just rediscovered it
       This tool is telling Christians that Islam and Christianity have a lot common, and that Islam is the fulfilment of Judaism and Christianity.
       They cite Islam's belief the Bible, God, Jesus, Mary, the prophets, the Day of Judgment and Paradise.
       This tactic is not new to Islam.  Fifteen centuries ago, Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, used it when he started preaching his Arabian religion Mecca.
       At the beginning when Mohammad was weak, he tried to remain reconciled and appeal to Christians.  He told them, "We believe what has been sent down to us (The Qur'an), and sent down to you (The Bible).  "Our God is the same as your God." Surah 29:45 [or 46]
       Later, Medina, after Mohammad became strong, all this changed.  Allah, allegedly, tells him then, "Fight the people of the Book (Christians and Jews) who do not accept the religion of the truth (Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior". Surah 9:29
       The fact is that the differences between Christianity and Islam are VERY DEEP, and inconsistent.
       Just before our brief study, let me mention a few important facts regarding Christianity and Islam:
       Christianity is not a new religion founded by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christianity is an extension of Jewish religion founded by Abraham, the father of all true believers.  Romans 4:11
       The Bible is a Jewish book, the Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew, His mother was a Jew, all the Apostles were Jews.  Jesus Himself said John 4:22 "Salvation is from the Jews".
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       According to the New Testament when a person believes and accepts the Lord Jesus Christ "The Jewish Messiah", at that very moment that person becomes a Jew from the heart, spiritually speaking. 
       The Apostle Paul says Romans 2:28-29 & Galatians 3:29 "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men but from God".
       "And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise".
       It is interesting to note that when a non-Jew accepts the Jewish Messiah, he or she does not start to wear Jewish clothes and act like a Jew, not even learn the Jewish language, Hebrew.  It has nothing to do with Jewish customs, traditions, language, and most certainly not with Israel's politics.  It is to do with Jewish faith.
       So Christianity is an extension of Judaism, not a first century religion. The word "Christian" means follower of the Messiah, the anointed One, "the King of the Jews", The Lord Jesus Christ
       contrast Islam is an Arabian religion.  The prophet Mohammad was an Arab, his father Abd-allah was an Arab, an animist, who died as a pagan before Mohammad was born.  His mother, Aminah, was an Arab. 
       It is important to know that Arabs are not descendants of Ishmael; the Arabs were the Middle East long before even Abraham was born.  Pre-lslamic Arabic genealogy Ishmael is never mentioned.  Ishmael's mother, Hagar was an Egyptian not an Arab! Gen. 16:1-15.
       Muslims try hard to fit Mohammad into the line of Abraham's descendants but that is a false claim, it is not true, Biblically and historically.  He is not like one of the Old or New Testaments prophets, why? Because he did not obey the Word of God, the Bible, for example:
       Mohammad never quoted the Ten Commandments! fact he broke each and every one of them, let me mention a few of them: He broke the First Commandment that says;
       "You shall have no other gods before me" Exodus 2O:3-6
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    He preached the name of his ancestors' god, namely Allah not the Triune God of Israel. 
       Mohammad never claimed that the God of Israel has sent him.  He never preached the name of the God of Israel "Jehovah", but the name of his ancestors' god, Allah, one of the 360 gods of Mecca.  Hadith Volume 3, Book 43, Number 658, Vol.  5, Bk.  59, no.  583
       He broke the fourth Commandment that says: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Exodus 20:8.  Mohammad never kept the Sabbath all his life, he and his followers worshipped their god on Fridays, facing Mecca not Jerusalem. 
       Note: He never accepted Moses' laws regarding offerings, sacrifices to God, especially the Day of Atonement "Sin offering".  Leviticus 5:11f, 17:11, "And without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" Hebrews 9:22.  Instead he invented a new way of so-called salvation.
       He hated the Jews, Called them pigs, he called non-Muslims Kaffir, the worst word ever written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt. 
       He claimed to have received a revelation from his god (Allah) and that Allah had cursed the Jews and Christians.
       (All quotations of Hadith are from Al-Bukhari)

       "..The prophet his fatal illness said, Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the grave of their prophets as place of worship….." Hadith Vol.  2, Book 23, number 414.
       By that statement Mohammad put himself, his god, his religion, and all Muslims under the CURSE of the God of the Old Testament, and the New Testament, according to the Bible
       "…  I (The God of Israel) will bless those who bless you (Jews) and the one who curses you I will curse………" Genesis 12:1-3
       "But even though we (Apostles), or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed……." Galatians 1:8-9
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       So how could Mohammad be a true prophet sent by the God of Israel? No, he was not sent by the God of the Bible.  That is a false claim.
       It is interesting to know that when a non Arab becomes a Muslim, contrast to Christianity, that person, male or female starts to wear Arabic clothes, and act like an Arab, and learn the Arabic language order to read the Qur'an, because Muslims believe that Arabic is the heavenly language, and men start to grow a beard like Mohammad to show their devotion to him.  The classic example is the English singer Cat Stevens.  They also take his name on themselves as a blessing!
       So it is clear that Christianity and Islam are not sister religions.  They never were, and never will be.
       Keeping mind the background.  Lets look at the reasons why "Christianity and Islam have absolutely nothing common".
       The topics include:
    (1) God vs.  Allah
    (2) Jesus vs.  Isa, Jesus of the Qur'an
    (3) The Holy Spirit vs.  angel Gabriel
    (4) Christian ethics vs.  shari’a
    (5) Salvation vs.  Muslim's straight path
    (6) Heaven vs.  Paradise
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    The God of the Bible is not their Allah
       Many people today believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God just under different names, as there is only one God.  But don't let that fool you.  Some Pagans also deal with one god, but they are still idolaters.
       And some think that God answers prayer to any name.  The assumption is that because Muslims believe one god, and Christians also believe one God, they must believe the same God.  But that is a logical error.
       Just because you believe one God does not mean that it is the same God.
       The God of the Bible is known as "The God of Israel", Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29 We do not have a new god call Jesus.  We worship the God of Israel, Isaiah.  4O:1-3, Matthew 3:1-3, Romans 2:28-29, John 5:39, Luke 24:27, who became a man.  Philippians 2-5-11
       The Old Testament prophets predicted that God would send His spiritual Son, namely The Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Savior of the World.  Psalms 2 & 22, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6,52&53,.  And this God has revealed Himself the Bible as the Triune God.  Genesis 1:1-3, Isaiah 48:16.  Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, l Corinthians 12:4-6
       By Trinity we mean that there are three Eternal distinctions ONE divine Essence, known respectively as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit One God Trinity, Trinity Unity. 
       When the Bible refers to God as ONE, it always refers to the Essence of Uniqueness of God.  When the Bible distinguishes between members of the God-Head, it refers to the activity or function of a specific Person.  1 Corinthians 12:4-6. 
       But at the same time the Bible teaches that, this Triune God is ONE God.  Deuteronomy 6:4.  Mark 12:29, 1 Timothy 2:5 which says; "For there is ONE God, and One mediator also between God and man, the man Christ Jesus "
       The God of Israel does not change, lie, or deceive.
          "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob are not consumed.." Malachi 3:6
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          "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever" Hebrews 13:8,
          "God is not a man, that He should lie,…" Numbers 23:19,
          "For God cannot be tempted by evil." James 1:13.
       To Muslims, the concept of a Triune God is a blasphemy.
       Allah the Qur'an is not Trinity, he is not a spirit, and he is not a father.  Surah 5:76 [or 5:73], it says,
       "They do blaspheme who say Allah is one of three…, for there is no God except one God "
       And those who believe God is Trinity will go to hell fire. "Those who disbelieve, among the people of the Scripture and the idolaters, will abide fire of hell; they are the worst of created beings".  Surah 98:6 [or 98:5].  See also Surahs 4:48 [or 4:46], 116 [or 4:115], 171 [or 4:169], 5:17, 72-73, 19:88 [or 19:91-93]

       Allah of Islam is changeable.
       "Our revelation we abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we substitute (with) something better or similar.  Knowest thou not that Allah hath power over all things." Surah 2:106 [or 2:100]
       Allah of Islam is Temperamental.
       "If we had so willed, we could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance, but the word from me will come 'I will fill Hell with jinns (demons) and men all together'," Surah 32:13, 19: 68-72 [or 19:69-73].
       Allah confessed that he is the best deceiver. 
       "And they (the disbelievers) deceived, and Allah deceived, and Allah is the best deceiver." Surah 3:54 [or 3:47], and also Surah 8:30
    Jesus of the Bible is not Jesus of the Koran
       The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ is spiritual Son of the Living God.
       David, the king of Israel, an Old Testament prophet said about the Son of the God of Israel:
       "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, "Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten thee." Psalms 2:7
       Three times God the Father, the God of Israel, the New Testament testified that, Jesus is His spiritual Son, Matthew 3:17 & 17:5, John 12:28     { 6 }
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    "This is My beloved Son, whom I am well pleased"
       Jesus Himself claimed that He is the Son of God,.  "And they all (The Chief priests) said," Are you the Son of God, then ?" And He said to them, "Yes I Am".  Luke 22:70.  See also John 17,3:16
       All the New Testament writers believed and wrote of Jesus, that He is the Son of the Living God.  John 1:14,18,3:16-18, Matthew 16:16, 1 John 3:8, Romans 1:1-4
       fact Jesus claimed to be God.  John 14:9,10:30,8:58,14:6. 
       "I and the Father are ONE", " ..he who has seen Me has seen the Father..", "..before Abraham was born, I AM.", "I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but [by] Me" [John 14:6]. 
       The Bible teaches us of Jesus' miracles, ministry/ Substitutionary Atoning Death, Bodily Resurrection, Glorious Ascension, and blessed Second Coming.  Luke 24:39, Acts 1: 6-11, 2:22 & 10:38.  1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 7:25-26 & 9:12-14, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. 
       "Behold, I AM coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done." Revelation 22:12.  "Jesus [has] been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead." Acts 10:42

       But the Qur'an says about Jesus (Isa) that he was a created human being like Adam, and that he was created from the dust.
       "The similitude of Isa (Jesus) before God is as that of Adam: He (Allah) created him from the dust, then said to him: 'Be' And he was." Surah 3:59 [or 3:52]. 
       Jesus of the Qur'an is just a prophet, like any other prophet. 
       "0 people of the Book (Christians) commit no excess your religion: nor say of Allah aught but truth, Christ Isa the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah." Surah 4:171 [or 4:169].
       Muhammad did not believe that Jesus Christ is The Son of Allah.  "No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with him" Surah 23:91 [or 23:93]. 
       We agree with Muslims that Jesus Christ is not the son of Allah, for a simple reason, Allah is not the God of the Bible.  fact he is not god at all, he is one the falling spirits.  Revelation 12:4, I Corinthians.  10:19-20.
       "For all the gods of the people (Nations) are idols (demons), But the LORD made the heavens" 1 Chronicles 16:26     { 7 }

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       The Qur'an says Jesus was not crucified! The crucifixion is not only Biblical, but an historical event and as such it must be decided on historical grounds.  Islam MUST offer historical evidence to prove their claim, they have not come up with one yet!
       Mohammad wrote his account of Jesus 600 years after Christ the Lord, from a so-called visionary experience.  It is not historically proved.  We have only Mohammad's word for it.
       "That they said (in boast) "we killed Christ Isa, the son of Mary"…  but they killed him not, nor crucified him.  Only a likeness of what was shown to them." Surah 4:157 [or 4:156]
       It is interesting to know Mohammad believed that Jesus is coming back to the earth to be the Judge.
       "Allah's messenger said, 'The hour will not be established until the son of Mary (Isa) descends amongst you as a just ruler (Judge).  He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the jizya (tax)…..' " Hadith.  Vol.  3, Chapter 43, number 656 [Booklet showed it incorrectly as 32, Internet shows it as Chapter 43]. 
    The Holy Spirit is not their Angel Gabriel
       The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune God-head, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active the work of creation, convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying and guiding the believer into all Truth.
       "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, …  and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water, Then God said, (the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:1,14) "let there be light"; and there was light.  Genesis 1:1-3
       This is what the Lord Jesus Christ said concerning the Holy Spirit. 
       "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be you." John 14:15-17.
       "And He (Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment ; concerning sin, because they do not believe Me".  John 16:8-9     { 8 }

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       "But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth;…..  He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you." John 16:13,14
       "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost." Revelation 22:17
       The Holy Spirit Islam is an angel.
       The Holy Spirit the Qur'an is given the title of the Angel Gabriel, through whom they believe revelation came down.  "Then we (Allah) sent to her (Mary) our Angel, and he (Angel Gabriel) appeared before her as a man all respects." Surah 19:17.
       "Say, the holy spirit has brought the revelation from thy lord truth, order to strengthen those who believe, and as a guide." Surah 16:102 [or 16:104].  It is obvious that the holy spirit the Qur'an is not the Holy Spirit of the Bible, since it neither acknowledges the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ nor glorifies Him. 
       The angel Gabriel the Qur'an according to the Apostle John is the spirit of antichrist.  1 John 4:1-3
       "Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 
       By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confess that Jesus Christ has come the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confesses Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already the world."

       According to the Bible, the spirit behind the religion of Islam is the spirit of the antichrist.     { 9 }

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    Christian Ethics are not Muslim shari’a
       Christian ethics are based on holiness, love, justice, forgiveness, equality, tolerance, and free choice. 
       Christianity possesses the highest ethics.  How? The answer is 'Look at the Founder'! The Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life.  No one can deny that, biblically and historically, and even the Qur'an itself teaches that Only Jesus was pure, sinless, and untouched by Satan.  Surah 19:19, pure, sinless, and Hadith Vol.  4, Bk.  54, no.  506 it says:
       "The prophet said, "When any human being is born.  Satan touches him at both sides of the body with his two fingers, except Jesus, the son of Mary, whom Satan tried to touch but failed,…"
       (Note: But Mohammad confessed his sins 70 times a day! " ..I heard Allah's messenger saying," By Allah ! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to him repentance more than seventy times a day".  Hadith Vol.  8, Bk.  75, no.  319.  See also, Surah.  47:19 [or 47:21], 40:55 [or 40:57], 48:1-2)
       Jesus taught His followers to:
       Love the God of Israel, the Father, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  Mark 12:29-30.
       Love your brothers from the heart.  John 15:12,17 & 13:34-35
       Love your neighbours as yourself.  Mark 12:31
       Love your enemies and do good to them!
       "…  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Luke.  6:27-28
       Jesus and His Apostles taught that, men and women are equal essence and value, and therefore, they should love, respect, and be loyal to each other.  Matthew 19:5-6, Galatians 3:26-29, Ephesians 5:25,28, 1 Peter 3:7.
       "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
       "For you are all sons of God through faith Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise." Galatians 3:26-29.      { 10 }

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       Husbands, love your wives, wives love your husbands. Ephesians 5:25, Titus 2:4.
       Nowhere the Bible does it say to beat your wife.
       Nowhere the Bible does it say that woman is a sex object on earth or heaven.
       The Bible makes it clear that monogamy and not polygamy is God's plan for marriage.  Genesis 1:27, & 2:18-25. 
       "And Jesus answered and said, "Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh". Matthew 19:4-6
       Divorce is not allowed, except extreme cases such as adultery.  Matthew 19:3, 5, 9.  Or if an unbelieving spouse wants to separate.  1 Corinthians 7:10-15.
       The Bible teaches that there would be no sexual intimacy in heaven, but holiness, and spiritual fellowship with God the father.
       "…For when they (men and women) rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given marriage, but are like angels in heaven." Mark 12:25.  Psalms 23:6, Matthew 8:11.
       "Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven, with the saving strength of his right hand." Psalms 20:6
    Ethics Islam
       Islam teaches revenge.  Surah 2:194 [or 2:190].
       "If any one transgress the prohibition against you, transgress likewise against him."
       Islam imposes harsh punishment on wrongdoers.
       A thief is punished by the amputation of hands. "As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: A retribution for their deed and exemplar punishment from Allah." Surah 5:38 [or 5:42]
       A drunk is punished by 80 lashes.  Hadith Vol.  8, Bk.  81, no.  770
       An adulterer is punished by 100 lashes public! According to the Qur'an.  But according to Hadith he/she must be stoned.
       "The woman and the man guilty of fornication, flog each of them with a hundred lashes:…And let a party of the believers witness their punishment" Surah 24:2 and 4:15 [or 4:19]
       Apparently Allah thinks stealing is more serious than adultery!     { 11 }

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       And about Muslim women, says Allah.
       "…  and if there are not two men, then a man and two woman, such as ye choose, for witnesses."
       "Allah directs you as regards your children's inheritance: to the male, a portion equal to that of two female; if only daughters, two or more, their share is two third of the inheritance…" Surah 2:228, 282, [Hadith Vol.  1, Bk.  6, No.  301], & Surah 4:11 [or 4:12]
       Mohammad taught that:
    Women are deficient mind and religion.  Hadith Vol.  3, Bk.  48, no.  826 [and Vol.  1, Bk 6, no.  301]
    Women are bad omens.  Hadith Vol.  7, Bk.  62, nos.  30 - 33
    Women are inferior to men.  Surah 2:228 & 4:34 [or 4:38]. 
       Allah considers a woman (wife) to be a possession. 
       " ..Women and sons, heaped-up hoards of gold or silver, horses branded and cattle, and well tilled land, such are the possessions of this world's life but with Allah is the best of the goods." Surah 3:14
       The husband has full authority over his wife, to beat her and sexually desert her.  Surah 4:34 & 2:226
       Allah permits a man to have up to 4 wives.  Surah 4:3, 33:37-38, 50-52
       (Muslims have found ways to practice polygamy even Western countries such as Australia!)
       Allah allows divorce.  A man can divorce his wife by oral announcement, (saying 3 times 'I divorce you').  [Surah 2:229-230], Surah 65:1, 66:5, 60:1-2.
       Note: If after such divorce, her husband changes his mind and wants to remarry her, according to the Qur'an it is not allowed, unless she is first (Marry), has sexual relationship with some one else; that person may be, the master's slave, friend, or a stranger, and then he can remarry her!
       "…..Allah's messenger said to her, perhaps you want to return to Rifa'a ? (Your husband) Nay, you can not return to him, until you enjoy the sexual relationship with Abdul-Rahman and he with you." Surah 2:230.  Also see Hadith Vol.  7, Bk.  63, no.  186
       Islam must be imposed by force, if necessary.
       "And fight them on, until there is no more tumult (seduction) or oppression, and there prevail justice, and faith Allah"     { 12 }

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       "….then fight and slay the pagans (i.e.  Infidels, non-Muslims), wherever you find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie wait for them every strategy of war." Surah 2:193 [or 2:189], Surah 9:5
       Jihad, so called "holy war", is a major teaching of the religion of Islam.  It is sometimes called "the sixth pillar of Islam".  Its founder, Muhammad, stated that jihad was the second most important command his religion.  Hadith Vol.  1, Bk.  2, no.  25
       He himself was engaged more then 66 wars his life time.  He was known as "prince of war". 
       Apostasy from Islam is punishable by death.  "The prophet also said to Al-Miqdad, "If a faithful believer conceals his faith from the dis-believers, and then when he declares his Islam, you kill him………" Hadith Vol.9, Bk.  83, no.5
       For a Muslim there is no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice, not even permission to question openly his/her religion!
       Allah says don't ask questions about your faith.  You were born a Muslim, you must die a Muslim.  Because if you ask too many questions you may lose your faith.
       "O ye who believe (Muslims), ask no questions about things which, if made plain to you, Some people before you, did ask such questions, and on that account lost their faith." Surah 5:101-102 "Allah has hated you for asking too many questions." Hadith Vol.  2, Bk.  24, no.  555.
       Islam presents a "straight path" of clear-cut duties and commandments of Allah.
    Christian Salvation is not the Muslim Straight path
       Christianity, salvation or redemption, means deliverance from sin, its power, and from punishment of sin, which is hell.
       Once again Christianity is unique when it comes to Salvation of the soul.  Why? The answer has to be again, "Look at the Founder". 
       The Lord Jesus Christ is the only founder, leader, prophet, and Saviour who was killed by the Romans on the request of the Jews, and came back to life after three days.      { 13 }

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    He predicted His own death and Resurrection over fifteen times the Gospels.  This is an historical fact.
       "From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day." Matthew.  16:21
       He was seen by more then 500 people after His Resurrection.  "And that He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more then five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep." I Cor.  15:5-6
       And the front of His followers He Ascended to Heaven.  John 3:13, Acts 1:5-6.
       The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned 104 times the New Testament alone.
       The records of history give further evidence of Christ's death:
       The pagan Romans historian Tacitus wrote about the crucifixion and suffering of Christ the year 55 A.D.
       Josephus, a Jew, recorded the event of Christ's crucifixion the year about 73 A.D.  And there are many more historical proofs. 
    May I ask, where is Buddha, Mohammad, or Baha'u'llah ? They are dead, and turned to dust.  But JESUS CHRIST is alive for ever more.
       Because of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Salvation is guaranteed by the redemptive work of Christ on our behalf on the Cross.
       When a person with all his/her heart believes Jesus as his/her Lord and Saviour, repents from his/her sins, and asks Christ to forgive his/her sin, and invites Him into his/her life, at that very moment he/she becomes a child of God and is saved from punishment of sin and of Hell.  John 1:12,1 John 2:1-2. 
       The Lord Jesus said;
       "I Am the resurrection, and the life; he who believes Me shall live even if he dies".  John 11:25
       "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him Who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." John.  5:24
       "And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is His Son.  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life." I John.  5:11-12     { 14 }

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       Muhammad the founder of Islam did not have assurance of salvation himself.  If he did not have assurance of his own salvation, what do you expect of his followers?
       When he was asked of his eternity, listen to his answer. "…the prophet said, "By Allah, though I am the messenger of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me,…" Hadith Vol.  5, Bk.  58, no.  266
       Islam there is no Original Sin, and no need for the Cross.  Allah has the supreme authority to punish or to forgive whomever he pleases, whenever he pleases.
       "He, (Allah) forgiveth whom he pleaseth, and punisheth whom he pleaseth, for Allah has power over all things." Surah 2:284
       Islam good deeds cancel bad deeds.
       "For those things that are good remove those that are evil" Surah 11:114 [or 11:116].  In Islam salvation is by so called good works. 
       The only assurance a Muslim has of going to so called paradise is through fighting for the cause of spreading Islam (jihad), and being martyred the process. 
       "And if you are slain, or die the way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all they could amass." Surah 3:157 [or 3:151].  In Islam, there is no saviour, and no salvation.
    Christian Heaven is not Muslim Paradise
       Christianity Heaven's pleasures are spiritual, of living with God and seeing Him face to face, worshiping Him holiness.
       The Bible says: The only way to God is through Jesus Christ, and a way of complete holiness.  Romans 10:9-10, Acts 4:12.
       "Pursue after peace with all men, and after the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews.  12:14,1 Peter 1:16
       The God of the Bible is a Holy God.  He is the God who's "eyes are too pure to approve evil", and cannot look on sin without punishing it.  Habakkuk.  1:13
       The Bible teaches that there would be no sex heaven, but holiness.
       "Jesus said to them (Jewish Pharisees), "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God ? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given marriage, but are like angels heaven". Mark.  12:24-25.      { 15 }

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       The Apostle Paul says these words Ephesians 5:5-7
       "For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance the Kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience, therefore, do not be partakers with them."
       But Muslim heaven (Paradise), the words of the Qur'an is "A garden of delight".  The Qur'an teaches a literal resurrection of the body and also an everlasting life of physical joy paradise, or physical torture hell.  Surah 2:28 [or 2:26], 3:185 [or 3:182]. 
       Allah promises a heaven full of wine, and free sex. Surah 56:10-22, 56:35-37; 2:25, 11:23 [or 11:25], 4:57 [or 4:60], and 47:15 [or 47:16].
       "And the foremost the race: Those are who will be brought nigh, the gardens of delight (paradise).  A multitude of those of old, and a few of those later time; on lined couches, reclining therein face to face.  There wait on them immortal youth with bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring…and there are fair ones with wide, lovely eyes… and raised couches.  Lo! We have created them a new Creation and made them virgins, lovers, friends…."
       According to the Hadith and Islamic teaching, each Muslim, (especially if he had fought very well on the earth for the cause of Allah), would be entitled to 500 houris, 4,000 virgins, and 8,000 non-virgins, making 12,000 women altogether, just for one man!
       No wonder Allah says his followers can have multiple wives here on earth.  Perhaps he intends that polygamy here is to serve as a training ground for that great beyond.
       It is interesting to know that the Qur'an is almost silent about the future of Muslim women, what will be their rewards Paradise?
       Perhaps the most degrading picture of women is that, Paradise will have beautiful women, whose only purpose is to satisfy the sexual urges of men.
       "Allah's Messenger said," paradise there is a pavilion made of a single hollow pearl sixty miles wide, each corner there are wives who will not see those the other corners; and the believers will visit and enjoy them……..".  Hadith Vol.6, Bk.  60, no.  402     { 16 }

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       The Qur'an also teaches that there are paradise handsome young men available to serve.  Surah 56:10-22, 24:32 [???]
       The Qur'an forbids wine on earth (Surah 5:1 [?], 2:219 [or 2:216]).  Perhaps it is to prepare Muslim throats for the great beyond.
       Why do so many Muslims blow themselves up for their religion?  Because that is the so called short cut, the quick way for a Muslim to get to Paradise!  Where they can enjoy sex for eternity.
       The fact is that the Qur'anic paradise does not exist at all.  It was the dream and imaginations of Mohammad. 
    Dear Christian brothers/sisters
       There is a new trend these days, among well-meaning Christians, that calls for understanding, making dialogue and building bridges between Christianity and Islam.  These words may sound good but unfortunately, many cases they have been wrongly applied.
       True understanding occurs when we try to know both the attractive side of Islam and the ugly side. 
       True dialogue occurs when we listen to them and we insist they listen to us.  True bridges we build with them go both ways.
       True love occurs when we tell them they are wrong if we know that they are wrong.
       The Muslim message to Christians the West, these days is, "We have a lot common, we are similar, accept us, listen to us…"
       It is a ploy, don't believe it; they use it only to spread their religion.  After they gain the upper hand, Muslims' message would be "We have nothing common with you; you are infidels who worship three gods and follow a corrupt Bible.  You must accept Islam or pay the price by losing your life."
       Then, there would be no understanding between Muslims and Christians, no dialogue, and no bridges.
       Don't be deceived into believing that Islam is a legitimate extension of Christianity.  The Bible makes it clear that, "last of all" God the Father sent His Son Jesus, Hebrews 1:1-3, John 3:16, and that the Bible is God's last Revelation, 2 Timothy 3:16, Revelation 22:18     { 17 }

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       The Lord Jesus warns, "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect" Matthew 24:24
       "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves" Matthew 7:15
       The Apostle Paul warns Ephesian Christians saying: "As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness deceitful scheming"

    A Million dollar question

    Are there any similarities, any common things, between Christianity and Islam? Profoundly, NO.

    Pastor Eddie
    (Psalm 20}

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       The LORD Jesus Christ said:
       "…The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the Gospel (Mark.  1:15)
       I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father (GOD) but through Me.  (John 14:6)
       But as many as received Him, to them He gives power to become children of God….  (John 1:12)
       That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as LORD, and believe your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9)

       The invitation of Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness of sins, peace with God and eternal salvation is open to people of all nations including Muslims.  You can bow your head right now prayer and humbly ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart, forgive your sins, and be your Saviour and LORD.
       Pray right now while you have the opportunity, Your eternity can start right now.
       This is a suggested prayer:
       "LORD Jesus, thank you for loving me and coming to earth to show me the Truth and the way to the Father.  I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sins and you raised from the dead to give me eternal life.  I am willing to repent, turn from my sin, and place my faith You, please come into my heart and be my LORD and Saviour, and control me with your Holy Spirit.  Show me how to live and help me to follow you every day.  Jesus' Holy name, Amen."

    - xx -
    OTHER TITLES FROM THE SAME EDITOR
  • The Reason Why I did not become a Muslim
  • The Unlimited Honeymoons Promises of Allah
  • Search for Salvation
  • The Ultimate Question - Jesus or Mohammed
  • Jihad and Violence Islam
  • The position of Women Islam
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Allah is the spirit of antichrist #
  • http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#christianity
       [Page 1 RECAPITULATION and COMMENT: "Christianity is an extension of Jewish religion founded by Abraham, the father of all true believers."  Well, Jesus reversed the revenge mentality of the early books of Judaism's scriptures, and opposed some leaders' hypocrisy.  some New Testament books the "cleanliness and purity" code banning the eating of many meats and shellfish was overturned by Apostle Peter, and refusing to eat with Gentiles was overturned by Paul.  To dispassionate observers, Jesus founded a new almost-unique religion of "doing unto others as you would be done by" on the ashes of an old wargod religion.  It is no accident that his followers started to worship Him as a God. ENDS.]
       [Page 6 COMMENT: More research suggested on whether this is correct: "jinns (demons)".  ENDS]
       [Page 11 RECAP.: But according to Hadith he/she must be stoned.  ENDS.]
       [P.  11 COMMENT: Neither of the booklet's two quotes is of a hadith, BUT it is true:  hadiths ordering the stoning of people include: Volume 7, Book 63, Number 236; Volume 8, Book 82, Numbers 803-806; Volume 9, Book 89, Number 280, and 9, 89:293; and Volume 9, Book 89, Number 303
       The second quote, from the Koran, says to confine an indecent woman ("whoredom" aya 19 of Rodwell's) to houses, until death or Allah provides otherwise.  ENDS.]
       [Page 13 RECAP.: Apostasy from Islam is punishable by death.  ENDS.]
       [P.  13 COMMENT: Better quotes are at Hadith 9, 84:57 and 9, 84:58. ENDS.]
       [Page 16 RECAP.: "…  making 12,000 women altogether, just for one man !" ENDS.]
       [P.  16 COMMENT: The Submission Study Unit doubts that this is a correct exposition of Islamic paradise theory.  ENDS.]
       [S.S.U.  NOTE: Some Hebrew and Christian Greek Scriptures above have been given links to Internet translations, and as many as possible of the Islamic texts have.  This booklet was displayed on the World Wide Web on May 13, 2007.  Helpful corrections/clarifications would be welcomed.  ENDS.]
       [TRANSLATION LINKS on this INTERNET VERSION: Most of the Hebrew and Christian Scripture translation links are through BibleGateway.com to the New American Standard Bible (NASB) online, Copyright © 1960-95 by The Lockman Foundation
       All of the Koran/Qur'an translation links are through the University of Southern California's USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts, giving for each aya three translations -- Yusufali's, Pickthall's, and Shakir's.  Also, the Koran texts were compared with the printed translations of N.J.Dawood (2003 edition) and J.M.Rodwell (2001 ed.)
       All of the Hadith/Hadeeth translation links are through the same USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts, selecting Sahih Bukhari's translation (because the booklet stated it used Al-Bukhari).  END.]
       [DISCLAIMER: The S.S.U.  does not endorse all the statements this booklet, and fact disagrees with some of them on factual grounds, but re-publishes it for the excellent coverage it gives of many major features of the Koran and the Hadith.  ENDS.]
       [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Thanks.  ENDS.] [Rec'd ~ Apr-May 2007]

    • Christians The Crossfire; Pro-war evangelicals have made exiles - and martyrs - of Iraqi believers.  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Annals Australasia, annals australasia §nareg.  com.au , by Doug Bandow, pp 31-34, April-May 2007
    MIDDLE EAST
    Pro-war evangelicals have made exiles – and martyrs – of Iraqi believers

    CHRISTIANS THE CROSSFIRE


    By DOUG BANDOW
    THE killing Iraq continues, and support for the occupation is waning even among Christian conservatives.  It would probably fall further if they were aware of what Fred Markert, director of Terra Nova missions, calls the "horrible, horrible climate for Christians Iraq." Before the invasion, Christians argued over the criteria of a just war.  But Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, asked another question: had war supporters "thought about their obligation to the Christian community Iraq?"
       Most leading evangelicals seemed to accept blithely the administration's war rationale.  For instance, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson said President Bush's arguments justified the invasion: "Of course, all of this presupposes solid intelligence." Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, pointed to Saddam's development "at breakneck speed of weapons of mass destruction he plans to use against America and her allies" and the "direct line from those who attacked the U.S.  [on 9/11] back to the nation of Iraq." D.  James Kennedy, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, blustered, "Why any churchman would choose to support [Saddam Hussein] rather than to support our own president, I don't know."
       Pat Robertson proclaimed that "carping criticism" of President Bush "amounts to treason." James Dobson of Focus on the Family opined, "Saddam Hussein must be stopped.  Appeasement of tyrants is never successful." Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, said, "Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a hell hole of torture and mass murder" and "he allowed Iraq to become a safe haven for terrorists." Rev.  Jerry Falwell wrote an article entitled simply: "God is Pro-War." his view, "Christians must live as Galatians 6:2 instructs: 'Bear ye one anothers burdens'."
       About the only Evangelical Christian leader who considered the fate of her Iraqi co-religionists was Roberta Combs of the Christian Coalition, who declared November 2003: "In the new country, under the new democracy, why should the official religion be Muslim? I think as Iraq becomes a democracy, there are going to be a lot of churches springing up."
       Alas, most of these arguments proved to be illusory.  The result is a tragic irony for Christians: while the invasion opened Iraq to evangelism, it also unleashed a violent tsunami that is driving many believers abroad.  As Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, observes, evangelicals strongly supported the war yet "their co-believers are suffering as a result."
       Unsurprisingly, Saddam Hussein did not exactly provide a warm home for Christianity.  Nevertheless, Samuel Rizk, a spokesman for the Beirut-based Middle East Council of Churches, noted July 2003: "There's not much you can say about the old regime.  But one thing you could say is that Christians enjoyed freedom to worship." Hussein used Christians to help provide political balance.  Still, living under a brutal dictatorship and international sanctions is hard, and the number of Christians fell from 1.4 million to 1.2 million or even fewer during the 1990s. 
       Saddam's ouster led to a dramatic increase indigenous evangelism and an influx of foreign Christians, including American troops.  "A lot of Iraqis were seeing Christianity for the first time," observes Jim Jacobson, president of Christian Freedom International.  The result was an "explosion of conversions" and "underground, nondenominational churches." However, notes Mindy Belz, international editor of World, that growth "tapered off as things have gotten worse."
       short, "there is a very important window of opportunity," as Jacobson puts it, which "probably will close soon."
       Many Iraqi Christians fear that this window has already shut.  Solaka Enweya, who fled to Syria with his three sons, told the New York Times: "When we heard that the Americans were going to liberate Iraq, we were so happy.  Yet our suffering has only increased."
       So far the government does not itself oppress, but Christians live - and die - fear.  They are targeted for robbery, extortion, and kidnapping because of their perceived wealth and the belief that they likely have foreign relatives with money.  Christians also suffer from insurgent and sectarian violence.  Car bombs don't discriminate; U.S.  translators are killed irrespective of their religion.  Carl Moeller of Open Doors USA says, "Christians find themselves literally caught the crossfire."
       Iraq's Christian leaders commonly argue that Christians are targeted no more than Muslims are.  But even if that is true, Christians are uniquely vulnerable because their religious communities and geographical enclaves are much smaller.  Nor do they possess an armed militia for defence.  And most observers believe this claim to be a vain attempt to reduce Muslim attacks and Christian fears.  After visiting Iraq, Lawrence F.  Kaplan of The New Republic wrote: "However much the clergy may deny it, Iraqi Christians suffer for their faith." Carl Moeller agrees: "Christians are targeted specifically for being Christians." CFI warns of "a silent reign of terror" against Iraqi Christians. 
       Most Iraqi Christians feel like human targets.  One problem is identification with America, even though Washington has been reluctant to offer any assistance.  Notes business analyst Glen Chancy: "Evidencing too much concern for Iraqi Christians, it is feared, would reinforce the idea that the U.S. is fighting a 'war on Islam.'" But the real issue is that they are not Muslims.  Younadam Kanna, elected to the Iraqi parliament 2005, told Kaplan: "The fanatics …  blame us for being Christian." Earlier this year Chaldean Catholic Bishop Rabban Al Qas of Amadiyah and Erbil said church bombings were part of "the continuing attempt by Arab fanatics to push the Christians out of Iraq."
       Attacks on Christians started early and have steadily increased.  February 2004 Paul Marshall of Freedom House warned that one sign of increasing |

      Islamisation is the Goal  

     
    We have to start from the assumption that the vision of Islam every means is good if it contributes to the final end of the installation of the Islamic state or the protection of Islam.  One sees this the Islamisation of education.  Every morning Egypt they start with the reading of the Koran; the texts of the teaching matter are full of references to Islam, whether mathematics, history or literature; the learning of the Koran is obligatory for all. 
    - 'Interview with Father Samir Khalil Samir,' by Vittorio Emanuele Vernole, Religious Freedom the Majority Islamic Countries, 1998 Report, Aid to the Church Need.  http://www.  alleanzac attolica.  org/acs/acs_ english/ report_ 98/aaa_ appendices.  htm
    Islamic extremism was the targeting of religious minorities.  The co-ordinated bombing of five churches mid-2004 triggered the first mass exodus of Christians overseas, perhaps 30,000 to 40,000.
       Car bombs were soon used around churches.  By Christmas 2004, people feared attending religious services.  Violence also escalated against shops that sold alcohol and music, most of which were owned by Christians.  Their stores were bombed and robbed; owners were kidnapped and murdered.  Christian women were harassed for not wearing hijab.  Some had acid thrown on them or were killed. 
       George Mushe, a Chaldean Catholic who fled from Baghdad to Istanbul with his family of five, told freelance journalist Yigal Schleifer, "Before the war they looked at us as different, but we could go to church, to work." Afterwards that became impossible, since if you leave your family "you don't know if you will see them again."
       Iraqi Christians tell wrenching stories that are repetitive their barbarity: fathers murdered, children killed and maimed, relatives kidnapped and tortured, families imprisoned at home, businesses destroyed, jobs lost, churches abandoned.  The Christians of Iraq website includes an 18-page list compiled by historian Fred Aprim of violent acts beginning April 2003 and running through July 2006. 
       Although violence is worst Baghdad, it reaches even into Kurdistan, where the political authorities are hostile.  Last year, reported Kaplan, the Kurdish religious affairs minister said, "those who turn to Christianity pose a threat to society."
       Although virtually all Iraqi Christians were pleased to be rid of Saddam, some now say the unthinkable: they were better off under him.  Even Richard Land told me that it is "very sad and tragic" that "Christians have had their level of suffering increased by the overthrow of Saddam." Shea and Rayis were more blunt: "The Chaldo-Assyrians have endured much throughout the last century Iraq, including brutal Arabization and Islamization campaigns.  But this current period may see their last stand as a cohesive community" before the Christian minority is "driven out of its ancestral homeland."
       Many Christians have fled, especially to Syria, despite its bad reputation America.  contrast, the U.S.  accepted barely 200 Iraqi Christians last year.  The administration simply denies the existence of religious persecution since doing otherwise would suggest that its Iraq policy was failing, explained The Estimates of the number of Iraqi Christian refugees vary widely.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees figured that roughly 36 per cent of the 700,000 Iraqis who had fled to Syria as of March 2005 were Christians.  Bishop Andreos Abouna recently estimated that about half of Iraq's pre-war 1.2 million Christians had left the country.  However, Mindy Belz says, "I tend to question those numbers, though I don't have any way of refuting them." For instance, these estimates might not reflect the growth of evangelical congregations.  Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, believes that "some of the slack has been taken up by independent churches." Still no one doubts a substantial Christian exodus that could eventually eliminate the historic Iraqi Christian church.  Johnson told me that "emigration is really the biggest thing" Iraq today.  Standard statistical projections are of dubious value a nation convulsed by conflict: "many have fled the last three to four months," he notes.
       Will they return? Bishop Abouna retains some hope - "once stability returns." But an authoritarian Shi'ite state would provide the wrong kind of stability.
       The problem is not confined to Iraq.  Carl Moeller says that the actions and words of the U.S.  government "have caused great harm to Christians on the ground all over the Muslim world." Similarly, Jim Jacobson observes that "everything we do has become much more difficult and dangerous because of Iraq." Radical Islamists "can't strike at us, so they strike at people they think of as surrogates for us," he adds.
       Afghanistan's threat to execute Christian convert Abdul Rahman this spring was "a huge wake-up call for a lot of people the evangelical Christian population," notes Jacobson.  It demonstrated that "democracy isn't the only answer and it does not resolve problems of religious persecution and problems of the heart."
       Oddly, the American evangelical leadership that campaigned for war has paid little attention to the catastrophe enveloping Iraq's Christians.  Few notables acknowledge any need to rethink the war.  Chuck Colson and Pat Robertson said they were too busy to comment.  Roberta Combs and D.  James Kennedy failed to respond to my calls.  Schedulers for Rev.  Falwell and Dr.  Dobson at least made an effort to accommodate my request for comment.
       Richard Land acknowledged the problem of increased violence, though he contended that Christians "are not being treated any differently than Muslims Muslim on Muslim violence." Michael Cromartie, vice-president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, made a similar argument: "the fact of the matter is that a lot of people are being shot and were being shot before" by Saddam.  "In Iraq everyone is getting killed," so he doesn't consider Christian persecution to be a "tragic irony," even though it "is a horrible situation."
       Land defends his support for the war, blaming current problems on the inadequate numbers of troops, "one area of Bush policy that I have disagreed with from the beginning." But is there something more? Land acknowledges that building democracy the Mideast "is going to be difficult." But it "is difficult large parts of the world," like Yugoslavia.  Despite all the problems, Iraq "is a battle that we cannot lose," he believes.
       Cromartie seems a bit more pessimistic.  He says he is listening to the continuing conservative debate over whedier "there is a culture that can be democratized" the Mideast.  He acknowledges that "culture and tradition are very important and need to be weighed before trying to reshuffle the decks of a very nasty place." Obviously, we can't "believe that the opening of a society means it will stay open."
       Gary Bauer forthrightly acknowledges that "this has been one of the things that has really troubled me, and I'm a strong supporter of what the president is trying to do." Although Bauer had thought building democracy the Mideast "would be a positive development," it is evident that we are not "dealing with a people who have a concept of Western values and the value of liberty." the Middle East, when people make democratic decisions they end up "persecuting those of different religious persuasions." The experience Iraq has "really pointed out the shortcomings" the administration's policy, despite "the noble goals."
       Several evangelical leaders with experience the region point to the administration's failure to recognize the power of culture and religion.  The expectation of easily planting liberal democracy abroad was "naive," says Richard Cizik, ignoring "very deep suspicions of American power." Carl Moeller notes that it "is a far more nuanced and complicated situation the Mideast than many Christians and Americans understand." Fred Markert is even more direct.  "The idea of freedom is at the very core of the Gospel message.  The opposite philosophy is at the core of the Koran." He doesn't believe that liberal democracy can take root until local people and institutions are transformed through Judeo-Christian ideas, a process that "there is no way to fast track." Military intervention just "can't solve problems of the human heart."
       Given this reality, Cizik told me that "evangelicals need to be really careful not to identify themselves with Caesar." Today, alas, "evangelicals are perceived by Muslims the Mideast as being league with the Pentagon.  The soldiers come first and then the missionaries," he explains.  the case of Iraq, "Evangelicals trusted the president's perception of the threat.  I was wrong.  Without casting blame, the threat was misunderstood, and some would say purposefully."
       U.S.  policymakers may not give much consideration to the status of foreign Christian communities.  But religious activists, especially evangelicals who talk about spreading the Gospel, should make fellow believers a high priority. At the time of the Abdul Rahman controversy, Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, argued, "Religious freedom is not just 'an important element' of democracy; it is its cornerstone." If Islamic states "don't democratize a way that protects religious freedom, it's almost not worth doing."
       Sadly, that appears to be the case Iraq.  Writes Paul Marshall of Freedom House, the U.S.  risks presiding "over the demise of one of Iraq's, and the world's, most ancient religions and peoples." Evangelical leaders might still believe that the Iraq War was worth supporting.  But they should reflect seriously on what has happened to their fellow believers.  As Catholic Archbishop Louis Salco of Kirkuk said earlier this year, Iraq's Christian community is becoming "once again a church of martyrs."
    ____________________
    DOUG BANDOW is vice-president of policy for Citizen Outreach.  A member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, he is writing a book on international religious persecution.  Copyright © 2006 The American Conservative #
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    • White Ants  [Islamising knowledge.]       
    From the director

    White Ants

       Barnabas Aid magazine, www.barnabasfund.org (Britain and international) , from the Director, p 2, May-June 2007
       The story is told of an Australian who came home one day to find his house had collapsed and little remained but a pile of dust and rubble. Unknown to him, white ants had been eating away at the foundations and supporting timbers of his house for years. While everything had continued to look normal from the outside, internally the house was being gradually consumed. Then one day it had finally crashed to the ground, destroyed by the tiny insects.
       many Western countries an insidious and destructive force is eating away at our Judaeo-Christian heritage. There may be little visible change but ideological Islam is eroding the foundations and supports of Western society, its culture and its religion, by a gradual process of Islamisation.
       The pull-out supplement the centre pages of this issue of Barnabas Aid is on the subject of truth. 1981 the International Institute of Islamic Thought (HIT) was established and registered the USA. Working the worlds of publishing and academia, the HIT has three objectives, which are set out below the Institute's own words:
    1. To provide a comprehensive Islamic outlook through elucidating the principles of Islam and relating them to relevant issues contemporary thought.
    2. To regain the intellectual, cultural and civilizational identity of the Ummah {worldwide Muslim community} through the Islamization of the humanities and social sciences.
    3. To rectify the methodology of contemporary Islamic thought order to enable it to resume its contribution to the progress of human civilisation and give it meaning and direction line with the values and objectives of Islam.
       To summarise, the HIT aims to transform the world by what they call elsewhere "the Islamisation of knowledge". Every academic subject and every aspect of every culture is to be "Islamised" so that all the civilisations of the world are guided by and imbued with Islamic values and Islamic objectives. This is effect to re-define truth. Facts are no longer objectively true or false, but their truthfulness depends on whether they fit with Islamic values or not.
       Twenty-six years after the institute was founded, the world is well on its way to being transformed. Islam now tops the public agenda across the globe a way it did not 1981. Islam seems to be laying claim to every achievement of the non-Muslim world. Here the UK we are told that Islam inspired the glorious architecture of our medieval churches and cathedrals. We are told that William Shakespeare may have followed a kind of Islamic mysticism. You will find many more examples of the "Islamisation of knowledge" the pull-out supplement.
       The message between the lines is repeated: "Islam is the source of all that is good your civilisation. So why not become a Muslim?" Effectively the Islamisation of knowledge is a form of da'wa (Muslim mission).
       Secular media are beginning to assist the process of disseminating Islamised knowledge. Even the respected National Geographic magazine has published a map of the Middle East on which is marked a journey made by Abraham with Ishmael and Isaac to Mecca, where, said the magazine, he built the kaba and established the haj pilgrimage. There is no hint the magazine that this is an Islamic version of events, completely at variance with the Biblical story; it is set out as established fact.
       1 Corinthians 2:14 Paul tells us that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned. Sadly it is not just the Western secular world that has been taken by the deception, but increasingly Christians are also being fooled. A prominent British evangelical leader now advocates that local churches should invite an imam to their Sunday morning worship and give him an opportunity to present his beliefs about Islam and let the Christians ask him questions. "I simply cannot think of a more impacting, prophetic and dynamic way of exposing believers to a major faith ideology of which most of us are entirely ignorant," comments the evangelical leader. This could lead to such an erosion of the Christian faith that the house collapses.
       Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director #

       [RECAPITULATION: ENDS.]
       [DEFINITION: "White ants" that eat woodwork is the popular almost universal term Australia for "termites." ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the Angel Gabriel's message from Allah):  66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. … DOCTRINE ENDS.]
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    [May-June 2007]

    • [Prison, harassment, for Mid-Asian Christians]    |         |    

    [Prison, harassment, for Mid-Asian Christians]

       Barnabas Aid magazine, "Newsroom," p 10, May-June 2007

    Church leader Uzbekistan given four-year sentence

      [Picture] David Shestakov.  
       DMITRI (DAVID) SHESTAKOV, a Christian pastor Andijan, Uzbekistan, has been found guilty of "incitement to religious hatred". David is very active ministry and particularly sharing the Gospel with non-Christians. As a result he is being persecuted by the state authorities who made three formal charges against him, and also appeared to be conducting a "smear campaign" by posting false information about him the media the run-up to his trial.
       During David's trial his defence lawyer was able to demolish many of the arguments of the prosecution and two of the charges were dismissed, including the most serious charge of running an illegal religious organisation. Instead of the 20-year prison sentence which had been suggested earlier, the prosecutor only felt able to ask for a 5-year sentence. On 9th March David was found guilty and sentenced to four years' deportation to a prison colony. Following the written notice of the sentence David had 10 days which to appeal.
       The outcome of David's trial will probably have serious implications for all involved this kind of Christian ministry this country. At the time of writing two Christians Karakalpakstan are currently facing similar charges. Makset Djabbarbergenov (26) and Salauat Serikbayev (32) each face up to five year's imprisonment if convicted under the Criminal Code of "violating the law on religious organisations". The two men were among 18 Christians detained on 15th January during a raid on a private home.
      [Picture] Map of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan (Kirghizia) and Tajikistan. (These countries are north of Iran and Afghanistan, and west of the Caspian Sea.) 

    Central Asia: increased harassment of churches

       CHRISTIANS CENTRAL ASIA are seeing a rise anti-Christian persecution, especially the area around south-east Uzbekistan.
       At the same time as an apparent crackdown on churches and church leaders, Kazakhstan is also intending to introduce a new Religion Law which proposes even greater restrictions on religious activities than those already place. If the law is passed its current draft form it could mean that all unregistered religious activity would be banned, and registered religious communities with fewer than 50 members would be prohibited - from publishing or importing religious literature, maintaining open places of worship or conducting charitable activity.
       A few examples of the persecution seen recent months are: In Qarshi, Qashqadaryo, Uzbekistan, police raided an unregistered church during the Sunday morning service on 25th February. They began filming the service and those present. Pastor Sergei Shandyvayev calmly continued the service. At the end the police officers sealed the doors and recorded the name and address of all present, then began to interrogate them. The worshippers were asked why they had become Christians and demanded to know from where the church received its funding.
      [Picture] Photos of the raid Qarshi, taken on a mobile phone.  
       The officers then searched the individual church rooms and confiscated Christian literature.
       Kyrgyzstan a church Osh has been refused registration with the reason given that it had previously been organising religious activities without registration. The church's leader Pastor Nikitin said the decision was absurd. "Nothing Kyrgyz law says that if a church has been functioning without registration and then wishes to obtain it, the Religious Affairs Committee has the right to refuse."
       On 7th March Pastor Fauzi Gubaidullin Shymkent, Kazakhstan, was given a three day custody sentence for failing to carry out a court order to close his unregistered church. Under Kazakh law Gubaidullin had ten days which to appeal his sentence, however the judge set his prison term to begin immediately. Gubaidullin was released on 10th March.

    Pakistan: Church given permission to rebuild university campus

       ON 23RD JANUARY 2007 the Peshawar High Court ruled that the reconstruction of a church building the campus of the University of Peshawar should not be stopped. Chief Justice Tariq Pervez said that there were no legal obstacles to building places of worship. He also pointed out that Muslims can build mosques and spread their faith without obstruction non-Muslim countries. "It has been a miracle indeed," commented the Bishop of Peshawar.
       The church had been attacked and ransacked the mid-1980s, by Islamic extremists. When reconstruction began December 2006 two Muslim students filed a petition against the church, stating that minority religious groups could not be allowed to build places of worship within institutions which were Muslim majority.
       There are 38 mosques on the University campus; the church, once rebuilt, will be the only church on the campus, serving 1,500 families.

       [RECAPITULATION: There are 38 mosques on the University campus. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: One wonders how much REAL study of the visible world goes on, if there is so much money and space given to planning actions for the invisible. COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the Angel Gabriel's message from Allah):  9:31-32:- 31.  They take their priests and their anchorites
    to be their lords beside Allah.  And (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One God:  there is no god but He.  Praise and glory to Him:  (far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).  32.  Fain would they extinguish Allah's Light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His Light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).
       9:34-35:- 34.  O ye who believe!  There are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in falsehood devour the wealth of men and hinder (them) from the Way of Allah.  And there are those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the Way of Allah:  announce unto them a most grievous chastisement– 35.  On the Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, -"This is the (treasure) which ye hoarded for yourselves: taste ye, then, the (treasures) ye hoarded" < www.­usc.edu/­dept/MS­A/ quran/009. qmt.html# 009.034 > DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [HADITH:  Volume 5, Book 59, Number 641:- Narrated Jarir: the Pre-lslamic Period of Ignorance there was a house called Dhu-l-Khalasa or Al-Ka'ba Al-Yamaniya or Al-Ka'ba Ash-Shamiya.  The Prophet said to me, "Won't you relieve me from Dhu-l-Khalasa?"  So I set out with one-hundred-and-fifty riders, and we dismantled it and killed whoever was present there. ... < www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ fundamentals/ hadithsunnah/ bukhari/059. sbt.html#005. 059.641 >. TRADITION ENDS.]
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    [p 10, May-June 2007]
    • Islam and Truth.
     

    Islam and Truth

     
       Barnabas Aid magazine, http://www. barnabasfund. org 4-page Pull-out Supplement, May-June 2007
    This series of pull-out supplements is intended to provide background information for Christians seeking to understand the nature of Islam and its contemporary expression.  One aspect of this relates to understanding the reason for the oppression and persecution of Christians various Islamic parts of the world, and another to the growing challenge which Islam poses to Western society, culture and Church. 
    Many people find themselves very confused about the doctrine and practices of Islam.  It seems to be a faith so full of contradictions.  What one Muslim says may be the complete opposite of what another Muslim says, even if they follow the same version of Islam.  More confusing still, what a Muslim says one day to one audience may be the complete opposite of what the same person says another day to another audience.  Why is this particular religion so hard to pin down?
    The puzzling duplicity of Islam
       There are two doctrines within Islam which explain why it seems to non-Muslims that there are so many discrepancies and differences what Muslims believe, say and do.  Understanding these two doctrines solves the conundrum of the apparent self-contradictions within Islam.  We shall return later to these two doctrines - taqiyya and abrogation - but first we shall look at what Islam says about truth and lies.
    Truth and lying
       One of the 99 names of Allah is "al-Haqq" meaning "the reality, the supreme truth".  The concept of truth is important within Islam, and the word occurs hundreds of times the Qur'an and the Hadith (traditions recording what Muhammad said and did).  Like Christianity, Islam is a faith which rejects relativism and believes its own teachings to be the absolute truth.  The Qur'an Arabic is considered to be the very word of God, exactly as engraved on a stone tablet heaven.  Muhammad is considered to be the final infallible prophet to whom the Angel Gabriel gradually revealed the Qur'an and whose life is a model for Muslims to imitate every detail.
    That God may reward the men of Truth for their Truth and punish the Hypocrites if that be His Will, or turn to them Mercy: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  (Q 33:24) 1
       Just as truth is commended, so also lying is condemned.
    Truly God guides not one who transgresses and lies! (Q 40:28) [or 40:29]]
       Yet, despite these clear teachings, another doctrine has developed within Islam which permits Muslims to lie certain specific circumstances.
    The doctrine of taqiyya
       The doctrine of taqiyya (dissimulation) was first developed for dealing with situations of religious persecution where Muslims could save their lives by concealing their true beliefs.  It was extended to allow such deception order to save not just their life but also their honour or their property.  Eventually what had originally been meant only for emergencies became effectively normal.
       As Hamid Enayat, a Muslim historian who was a Fellow of St.  Antony's College, Oxford, states:
    [Taqiyya has] "in practice become the norm of public behaviour among all Muslims - both Sunni and Shi'a - whenever there is a conflict between faith and expediency".
       Shi'as, a minority amongst Muslims who have faced prolonged persecution by the majority Sunnis for their religious beliefs, were especially involved the development of the doctrine of taqiyya.  order to protect themselves from harm, Shi'as often passed themselves off as Sunnis, while secretly maintaining their Shi'a beliefs.  Taqiyya is therefore particularly strong amongst Shi'a Muslims, but is also practised by Sunnis. 
       The Qur'anic basis is Q 16:106 [or 16:108], which absolves Muslims from Allah's wrath if they are forced into outward disbelief while their hearts they remain true Muslims. 
    Anyone who, after accepting faith God, utters Unbelief, - except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm Faith - but such as open their breast to Unbelief, - on them is Wrath from God, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty.
       Another Qur'anic text often used to justify taqiyya runs:
    And make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction but do good.  (Q 2:195) [or 2:192]
       It is interpreted as laying a duty on all Muslims to save life, honour and property from danger and unlawful destruction by any means possible.
       A Qur'anic warning against friendship with non-Muslims is also seen as lending support to the doctrine of taqiyya because of the phrase "by way of precaution" which can be interpreted as pretended friendship.
    Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than Believers; if any do that, nothing will there be help from God: except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them.  (Q 3:28) [or 3:27]
       Various Hadith provide details of other situations when lying is permissible.  For example:
    Allah's Messenger said, "Lying is allowed only three cases: falsehood spoken by a man to his wife to please her, falsehood war, and falsehood to put things right between people." (Al-Tirmidhi Number 5033: Narrated by Asma, daughter of Yazid.)
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    1 Quotations this article are taken from The Holy Qur'an: Text Translation and Commentary by A.  Yusuf Ali (Leicester: The Islamic Foundation, 1975).  Please note that the verse numbering varies slightly between different translations of the Qur'an so it may be necessary to look the verses just before or just after the reference given to find the same text another translation.
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    Recognising taqiyya
       Once it is realised that even the most senior, the most sincere and the most devout Muslim could be engaging taqiyya, many apparent contradictions are explained.  Taqiyya the defence of Islam allows Muslims to make contradictory statements depending upon whom they are addressing.  Much of what is said by Muslims about Islam to non-Muslims is likely to be untrue.  Occasionally they will even admit this.
       What is said English to Christians one day might be totally contradicted the next day by the same leaders speaking to their own people, perhaps Urdu or Arabic.  For example, Hamid Ali, spiritual leader of Al-Madina mosque Beeston, West Yorkshire, UK, publicly condemned the London bombings of July 7th 2005.  But a secretly taped conversation with a Bangladeshi-origin undercover reporter from the The Sunday Times he said the 7/7 bombings were a "good" act and praised the bombers. 
       There are even special translations of the Qur'an English which are designed to appeal to Westerners and to dispel all their anxieties about Islam.  These translations soften the more aggressive verses by wandering further from the original text and its traditional Islamic interpretation.
    The Islamisation of knowledge
       Some Muslims have embarked on a deliberate process they are calling the "Islamisation of knowledge".  The plan appears to be to enlarge and elevate the place of Islam within every academic discipline by grounding all arts and sciences the Islamic doctrine of the unity of God based on Qur'an and Hadith.  Their method includes a massive publication programme and the establishment of Islamic universities and research institutions. 
       They also engage revising text books the West by introducing Islam and the "Islamic legacy", thus disseminating "Islamised knowledge" to students, scholars and intellectuals.  But other methods of disseminating information are also used.  The purpose is both to revive the faith of Muslims and to be an Islamic witness to non-Muslims.
       However, the changes made are not just to introduce factual information about Islam to the text books.  There are also false or exaggerated statements introduced order to make Islam appear a better light, while the negative aspects of Islamic teaching or Islamic history are cut out.  One of the erroneous take-home messages is that Islam should take the credit for all that is best European civilisation, having been the original source from which Europeans derived their learning and skills.
       Some of the "Islamised knowledge" is easy to spot as many of the newer assertions still appear ridiculous to most non-Muslims.  For example:
  • Napoleon Bonaparte converted to Islam.
  • Muslim explorers reached America before Christopher Columbus did.
  • Islam arrived Australia the ninth century.
  • Offa, the eighth century Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia (in the British midlands) was a Muslim.
       But other examples have been around a long time and have become widely believed.  Here is a selection.
  • There was interfaith harmony Islamic Spain.  For some of the time Christians and Jews were tolerated so long as they submitted to various humiliating rules.  But some periods they were severely persecuted, e.g.  killing, expulsion and forced conversion of Christians and Jews to Islam.
  • Muslims led the field science and medicine during the Middle Ages.  While much of the learning of the time was written down Arabic, many of the scholars were Christians and Jews.  This is often not apparent because their names may be Islamised and some became Muslims for various reasons.  The first Arabic medical book was written by a Christian priest and translated into Arabic by a Jewish doctor 683 AD.  Furthermore, the scholars' work was basically no more than to translate into Arabic the work of earlier Greek scholars, with very little the way of new additions.  This applied to medicine, philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, zoology, chemistry, geography and technology.  "The crossing of the language barrier left the contents almost completely unchanged," says Professor Manfred Ullman of Tubingen University.  What medieval Islam did effect was to absorb the learning of other cultures, to re-name everything Arabic and then to claim it all for Islam. 
  • Muslims founded the first hospital.  The first hospital was founded Baghdad when this city was the capital of the ruling Abbasid caliphate.  However it was not started by a Muslim but by an Assyrian Christian called Jabrail ibn Bakhishu.
  • Muslims invented the Arabic numerals used the West today as well as the useful mathematical concept of zero.  The numerals 1,2,3,4 etc, came to the West via the Arabs but were originally derived from the Syriac alphabet.  The Syriacs are a Christian people.  The numerals now used the Arab world (١ , ٢ , ٣ , ٤ , etc.) were introduced from Hindu India the seventh century by a Syriac mathematician.  The idea of using a symbol for the quantity zero also came from India.
  • Muslims invented a beautiful new kind of architecture.  The domes and arches which are typical of mosques were copied from the architecture of Middle Eastern churches of the time.  The minarets resemble the stand-alone bell towers which many churches at that time had.  The famous Dome of the Rock Jerusalem was built by Byzantine (Christian) craftsmen.
  • Islam spread peacefully the early years.  The Muslims conquered non-Muslim countries and imposed Islamic rule by force with non-Muslims a subjugated position.  Some non-Muslims converted to Islam by choice and could have continued their old faith with the inferior status.  Others were offered a choice of death or conversion to Islam.
  • Women are equal to men Islam.  This is not true according to the normal Western understanding of "equal".  According to shari’a (Islamic law) women receive a smaller inheritance and less compensation for injuries compared with men.   Also their worth as a witness a trial is less than that of a male witness, and the rules for divorce are biased against women.  most Muslim countries, women continue to suffer from second rate status, illiteracy, unfair treatment cases of divorce and maintenance, and other legal handicaps.
      [Picture] This gold coin from the reign of Anglo-Saxon King Offa (died 796) is the only piece of evidence to back the claim that he was a Muslim.  The argument is based on the fact that it has an Arabic text around the edge, resembling the Islamic creed.  But one of the Arabic words has been written incorrectly, indicating that neither Offa nor his officials could read Arabic.  Before Offa there had been no gold coins England.  order to make his new gold coinage acceptable to Arab traders, Offa would have wanted to make his coins resemble theirs, a normal numismatic practice, hence the copying of what would have been to him unintelligible squiggles around the edge.  Offa built many churches and was a great benefactor of monasteries.  He anointed his son as his heir a strongly Christian ceremony. 
  • The Crusades were an unprovoked European assault on the peace-loving Muslims of the Holy Land.  The Crusades were a delayed Christian reaction to the initial Muslim jihad of the seventh and eighth centuries that had overrun many Christian provinces including Palestine, Syria, Egypt, North Africa and Spain.  The loss of the Holy Land to Muslim armies the initial Islamic jihad of the seventh century was deeply mourned across the Christian world but no action was taken by the Christians at the time.  The Crusades were also a response to ongoing Muslim attacks against the Christians of the Byzantine Empire which continued after the first jihad.  Two Byzantine emperors appealed to the Pope for help (1074 and 1095) and eventually, more than 300 years after the initial Muslim conquest, the European Christians came to the aid of their beleaguered fellow-Christians the Middle East. 
  • "Islam" means "peace" and jihad is nothing to do with war.  Islam means "submission" and jihad classical Islam is used mainly of military warfare to defend and extend the Islamic state.
  • The Qur'an says: "If you kill one soul it is as if you killed all mankind."  These or similar words, often cited to prove that Islam is only peaceable, are a misquote.  The actual Quranic text runs:
    If any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people.  (Q 5:35) [or 5:32]
       The meaning of the verse depends on what is understood by the part which is usually deliberately omitted - "murder" and "spreading mischief the land" - i.e.  what would then justify killing.  Some Muslims interpret "mischief the land" as meaning secularism, democracy and other non-Islamic values a land.  Some consider that "murder" includes the killing of Muslims Iraq by coalition forces.  This verse would then justify killing them retaliation for the "murder" they have committed.  When the whole verse is read, it is actually a justification for killing certain people.
    [Panel showing] The first ten letters of the Syriac alphabet
    [and then a transitional form, developing into the current Western figures 1 to 0]

    The numerals used today the West are derived from the Syriac alphabet

    Abrogation
       Another important doctrine within Islam which causes it to appear contradictory is known as abrogation.
       We have already seen that the Qur'an is regarded by Muslims as the perfect and unchanged word of Allah.  They believe it was revealed piecemeal to Muhammad over a period of some 20 years.  But the text of the Qur'an is full of internal contradictions.  Muslims deal with that problem by the doctrine of abrogation which, its commonest form, says that whenever two verses containing rulings contradict each other, the later-revealed verse abrogates (cancels) the earlier one.  So long as a Muslim knows the relative dates of the two contradictory verses, he or she will be able to tell which one to ignore (the earlier one) and which one to obey (the later one).
       fact, dating the verses is no easy matter, because the Qur'an is not arranged chronological order, and even the scholars disagree about the relative dates of some sections.  But there is some agreement on which chapters date from Muhammad's early years Mecca and which from after his move to Medina. 
       One of the sad consequences of the doctrine of abrogation is the violently hostile attitude of Islam to those of other faiths.  The reason is that most if not all of the peaceable verses the Qur'an date from when Muhammad lived Mecca.  At that time he was very friendly towards those of other faiths.  Later, when he fled persecution to set up his own Islamic state Medina, his attitude to other faiths changed completely, and verses dating from his time Medina are full of aggression and commands to fight against non-Muslims.  accordance with the standard rules of abrogation, the Medinan verses abrogate the Meccan verses i.e.  the aggressive verses cancel out the peaceable verses.
       But the peaceable verses are still there the Qur'anic text.    This explains why Muslims can quote peaceful-sounding verses to support the claim that "Islam is peace", while Islamic history shows us a faith which has set out to conquer territory by military might, killing or forcibly converting non-Muslims.
    Making and breaking agreements
       We cannot end this brief look at the subject of Islam and truth without considering why Muslims so often break the agreements they make with non-Muslims.  Amongst Islam's detailed rules for conducting wars, are rules about making peace treaties.  Muslims are allowed to make temporary peace treaties with non-Muslims but only if this is advantageous for the Muslims.  Such treaties should preferably not last more than ten years.  When circumstances change so that it becomes advantageous to the Muslims to break the treaty, they must do so (having given due notice of their intention). 
       There are modern liberal Muslims who would like to see a change to the classical Islamic doctrine the form of the possibility of making permanent peace treaties with non-Muslims.  Some of these however say that permanent peace should be conditional on non-Muslims submitting to the Islamic state, which is really no different from classical Islam.  Others hold that the only condition necessary is that Islam may be propagated without hindrance the other state.  As with taqiyya, the doctrine of breaking treaties has developed despite there being verses the Qur'an to support the keeping of treaties and promises.
    (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those pagans with whom ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you aught; nor aided any one against you.  So fulfil your engagements with them to the end of their term: for God loveth the righteous.  (Q 9:4) [or 9:5]

    …  break not your oaths after ye have confirmed them; (Q 16:91) [or 16:93]
      [Picture] This beautiful mosque Jerusalem, known as the Dome of the Rock, was built by Christian craftsmen 
    Prolonging the Middle East conflict
       According to Sheikh 'Abdul Rahman 'Abdul Khaliq, a Saudi Salafi scholar, peace treaties with Jews are made to be broken.  response to a question about the duty of a Muslim with regard to peace treaties with Jews he writes:
    The first duty is to firmly believe their invalidity and that because they contain invalid conditions they were born dead the very day they were given birth to … The second duty of the Muslim is to believe that these treaties do not bind him and that it is not lawful for him to give effect to any of their contents except under compulsion and necessity… The third duty is to work towards overthrowing these treaties…
       Saudi Arabia's former Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, also made it clear that any cessation of hostilities with Israel could only ever be a temporary measure, pending the time that Muslims became strong enough to gain possession of the whole land for themselves. 
    The peace between the leader of the Muslims Palestine and the Jews does not mean that the Jews will permanently own the lands which they now possess.  Rather it only means that they would be possession of it for a period of time until either the truce comes to an end, or until the Muslims become strong enough to force them out of the Muslim lands - the case of an unrestricted peace.
       With teaching like this being promoted, it is easy to see why peace the Middle East is proving so elusive. 
    Conclusion
       While many Muslims are honest and open their dealings with non-Muslims, the possibility of taqiyya always exists.  This makes it very difficult for non-Muslims to assess the reliability of statements made by Muslims to them.  It is easier to be sure of what Muslims think by checking what they say to each other and what they do.  # © Barnabas Fund, 2007
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       Barnabas Aid magazine, "Newsroom," p 11, May-June 2007

    Indonesian students and engaged couples forced to sit exams on the Qur’an

       ALL STUDENTS WEST SUMATRA, Indonesia, from elementary school through to secondary education, must now pass a written and oral examination on the Qur'an.
       The West Sumatran authorities adopted an ordinance, which will take effect from 2008, to place the exams as a required element of the curriculum.
       addition engaged couples who wish to marry must also pass exams on the Qur'an. The exams apply to all students, regardless of their personal faith.
       Local politicians have denied that the ordinance is discriminatory against non-Muslims, claiming that a Qur'anic education was aimed at giving young people "good morals, so they won't be lured by drugs and other negative activities".
       The only provision made for non-Muslims has been the exclusion of the Metawai Islands from the ordinance, as the population there is majority non-Muslim.

    Violence and harassment for Indian Christians

       ON THE EVENING OF 25TH FEBRUARY a mob of 70-80 Hindus surrounded the home of Pastor T.N. Jose Rajnandgaon district, Orissa state. The mob, some of whom are reported to belong to the Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal, accused Pastor Jose of forcefully converting villagers to Christianity, and threatened to cut him to pieces if he did not leave the village before the next morning. They forced Pastor Jose to sign a statement that no-one was forcing him to leave the village.
       Pastor Jose took refuge at another pastor's house close to the village. However the attackers took Pastor Jose's sister, keeping her with them until they could find Pastor Jose. They eventually released her the following evening, after which she ran through the jungle to a designated spot where her brother could collect her. Pastor Jose's sister is a doctor who runs a clinic the village, which has remained closed since the incident.
       Two days later on 28th February 500 Bajrang Dal members attacked a Bible College Orissa state. The Hindu mob systematically attacked the staff and students present on the campus. Five students and a director of the women's dormitory were hospitalised from their injuries. The attackers ransacked the campus, destroying roofs, and disconnected the electricity supply.
       Elsewhere India, Chhattisgarh state, Christians are protesting about the Government's attempts to confiscate the land on which the village chapel has stood for 30 years. The land is being taken on the pretext of "returning" it to its presumed original tribal owners. Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code states that "If a non-tribal or tribal purchases the tribal land through fraudulent and treacherous means it has to be returned to the original owner of the land." However the land on which the chapel was built was donated to the Christians by the father of a tribal church minister.
       When Chhattisgarh officials arrived to measure the property local Christians surrounded the building. They later sat inside the chapel until late the night. The chapel is also used as a community hall for the whole village.

    “Why can’t you put more good news Barnabas Aid ?”

       This is a very reasonable question which many Barnabas supporters ask, especially those who use the prayer diary regularly.
       Although the oppression and persecution of Christians is increasing many situations, there is also much to rejoice about, not least the fact that more Muslims are coming to Christ than at any time history. There are also encouraging incidents like the story on page 10 of the Pakistani Muslim judge who spoke up so clearly for the rights of Christians to restore the church building at Peshawar University. But why doesn't Barnabas Aid cover more good news? There are two questions we have to consider before publishing any news, whether good or bad:
       1. Is the story true?
       2. Is it safe to publish?
       Sad to say, some of the more exciting good news stories that reach the Barnabas Aid office turn out to be wild exaggerations. God is at work a wonderful way, but some reports have hugely inflated figures or over- dramatised the circumstances. We do not believe it is glorifying to Him to repeat stories which are not true.
       But even some of the true stories could be dangerous to publish. For example, if we said that there were X number of converts to Christianity country Y, there could be people country Y who took that as an insult and a challenge. Those people might take out their feelings on nearby Christians, or even start to search for the new converts order to punish them. Likewise there are some stories about individuals which could bring risk to those individuals if we published them.
       The Muslim world sees the growth of the Christian Church as an offence and a crime. There are Muslim groups who monitor Christian publications and keep lists of former Muslims who have become Christians. They aim not only to stop all Christian mission Muslim areas, but also to get rid of all converts from Islam. Because of this we have to be extremely sensitive what we write.
       So please bear with us and pray for wisdom for us as we decide which events and incidents to share public.  Be assured that whenever we can bring you good news, we do.

       [RECAPITULATION: ... a mob of 70-80 Hindus surrounded the home of Pastor T.N. Jose Rajnandgaon district, Orissa state [...] The Muslim world sees the growth of the Christian Church as an offence and a crime. ... They aim not only to stop all Christian mission Muslim areas, but also to get rid of all converts from Islam. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Hindus have incinerated a Christian minister, just as they have resumed incinerating widows.   However, spite of the Mohammedans mixing up Jewish and Christian words some of their texts, they are like Hindus treating Christianity as an offence and a crime, following other texts of theirs.
       It is a tribute to humanity that many Hindus and Muslims do not constantly attack their non-Muslim neighbours. COMMENT ENDS.]
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    Leaders “landmark” Aussie interfaith meet

     
       CathNews (from Church Resources, Australia), www.cathnews.  com/news/ 705/27.php , May 4, 2007
       SYDNEY: Christians, Muslims and Jews have come together for a "landmark" Middle East peace congress organised by Australia's bishops - but controversial Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly was not invited.
      [Picture] Melkite Catholic Archbishop Chacour of Galilee.   
       Key people from the three major Abrahamic traditions attended the conference at NSW's Parliament House on Wednesday at the invitation of the bishops to discuss "The Role of Religion Achieving Peace the Middle East."
       According to an Australian bishops' statement, speakers at the event included Archbishop Elias Chacour, Mr Jeremy Jones and Dr Mohommad Sammak.
       Melkite Catholic Archbishop Chacour of Galilee (pictured) told the audience he had come to Australia as a beggar - not for money, but for friendship and for solidarity with the Christian community the Middle East.
       The archbishop, a noted peace activist and advocate of reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, told the congress that the conflict the Middle East has never been a religious conflict or a social or racial conflict.
       "It is about the identical claims of two nations on the same territory," he said.
       He said the majority of Arabs and Israelis want peace and security.
       "But both Jews and Palestinians to my mind have made a major mistake - they wanted their old peace and their old justice.  Unless we all learn how to belong to the land, maybe we have only one solution - to be buried together different ways the same land."
       Archbishop Chacour said the role of Christianity was to bring forward an alternative to the pervading culture of death the Middle East.
       "We want to welcome the otherness of the other as a brother, not as an other," he said.
       Archbishop Chacour urged Australians who visit the Holy Land to go beyond the shrines and holy places to spend some time with the local Christian communities.
       Praise for Aussie interfaith relations
       Mr Jones of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council paid tribute to the extraordinary depth of inter-religious dialogue Australia and said it was the envy of much of the world.
       "We don't only meet together as Christians, Jews and Muslims, but we discuss things that bother us too," he said.
       Mr Jones said one of the key roles of religious leaders the political process is to pray, to try to imbue any political debate with a moral dimension and a forward thinking dimension.
       He warned against the tendency for people to cherry pick from religious beliefs.
       "It is easy to cherry pick religion without looking at what is meant and without taking a holistic view," he said.
       As the final speaker, the Secretary General of the Islamic Spiritual Council Lebanon, Dr Sammak spoke of the role which Australia could have helping to promote peace the Middle East.
       "Australia has no history of religious conflict but Australia can make history a role of promoting peace and reconciliation.  I believe that Australia can play this role of bridging not only the Middle East, but all over international communities."
       The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson gave the official welcome at the event, which was attended by about 90 key representatives.
       Sheik al Hilaly not invited
       However, Sydney's Daily Telegraph points out that one notable absence from the Muslim delegation was Sheik al Hilaly.
       The paper claims that several key leaders of Australian Muslims insisted the controversial mufti be left off the invitation list.
       The Telegraph quotes one prominent Muslim as saying that Sheik al Hilaly from the Lakemba Mosque Sydney was not invited because he does not represent Muslim views.
       Conference chairman Bishop Michael Putney, who confirmed Muslim and Jewish leaders decided who their representatives at the forum would be, said religious leaders could promote tolerance between communities.
       He said response to a question about the controversial Sheik's absence that "it is very easy for one person to become the focus of attention."
       Sheik al Hilaly was recently described a Sydney Morning Herald profile as "the mufti we love to hate" for his outspokenness on issues such as international relations and women's fashion.
       SOURCE: Australia has important role to play as bridge builder Middle East – ACBC inter-religious congress hears (ACBC Media Release, 3/5/07)
    Hilaly barred from faith forum (Daily Telegraph, 3/5/07)
    The mufti we love to hate (Sydney Morning Herald, 2/5/07)
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       [COMMENT: Well, if Christians and Judaists can't read what's on these webpages, on newsmedia seven days a week, and their own magazines, what chance is there for common sense?  Contrary to what Archbishop Chacour of Galilee said, IT IS a religious war, and the Muslim scriptures and subsequent writings and actions make that quite clear.  One of the best Judaist tricks is to claim they own Palestine because Yahweh told them so.  One of the best Islamic tricks is to claim that they own Palestine because of a supposed night flight to Paradise!  Isn't it about time that Yahweh and Allah appeared at the United Nations General Assembly and told the world's delegates His/His plans for Palestine?   COMMENT ENDS.] [May 4, 07]

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    Bombs found hidden walls of new school

     
       The Times Online (London), www.times online.co.  uk/tol/news/ world/iraq/ article 1750161.ece , From The Times, by James Hider Baghdad, May 5, 2007
       IRAQ: Insurgents rigged a girls' school under construction near Baghdad with explosives, building artillery shells into the walls and ceilings, a plan that would have killed scores of children, a US general said yesterday. 
       "We found artillery shells that were being literally built into the ceiling," said Major General William Caldwell, the senior US military spokesman Iraq.  "We found artillery shells, again all hooked up with wires, being built into the floors.  We found propane tanks – two very large propane tanks – built into the floors under the stairwells."
       The school was identified as the Huda Girls' School Tarmiya, a predominantly Shia area north of Baghdad.  The plot was discovered only when US soldiers spotted a detonation wire across the street from the building and followed it to the school. 
       "It was truly just an incredibly ugly, dirty kind of vicious killing that would have gone on here by al-Qaeda," General Caldwell said.  "Somebody had clearly taken and planned to take this school, a place of learning for these young children and turn it into a death trap."
       Al-Qaeda has not balked at wantonly killing children before, even using two small boys as camouflage to smuggle a car bomb past an American checkpoint a Shia area of Baghdad and then blowing them up with the device. 
       Dozens of children have been killed when car bombs targeting US convoys exploded as they gathered around, begging for sweets.  Sunni guerrillas also use boys as young as 12 to fire rocket grenades at US troops Fallujah and to plant roadside bombs. 
       As the American surge increases there are fears that al-Qaeda will resort to evermore ruthless or callous attacks as security forces limit their room for manoeuvre.  General Caldwell said that the latest plot was "obviously a sophisticated premeditated attempt to inflict just massive casualties on our most innocent victims – young children, girls this case". 
       Militants have long employed the technique of building improvised explosive devices into paving stones to ambush security patrols, but the Tarmiya plan appeared to be one of the most ambitious and ruthless uses of the technique so far.  The construction company building the school is under investigation. 
       The US military also announced the names of two more al-Qaeda operatives killed this week operations that also claimed the life of the terror network's "information minister".  The two men – reportedly part of a group of five al-Qaeda members killed Baghdad – were named as Sabah Hilal al-Shihawi, the spiritual guide of the killed propaganda chief Muhared Abdul Latif al-Jebouri, and Abu Ammar al-Masri, whose name suggests that he was of Egyptian origin. 
       US troops also detained 16 people Baghdad's main Shia militia area of Sadr City who were accused of smuggling armour-piercing explosives that had been made Iran. 
       An American soldier was also killed, by a roadside bomb, south of the capital yesterday, and five Iraqi policemen died while on patrol the violent Sunni area of western Baghdad. 
       Shias Basra and Najaf have staged angry protests against the television channel Al-Jazeera.  The demonstrators claimed that one of the station's presenters had insulted the revered Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, by questioning his leadership credentials. 
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#bombsfound
       [COMMENT: "…  armour-piercing explosives that had been made Iran" might not be a proven detail.  Previous claims were thrown into doubt when it was noticed that all the markings were English, using the Christian calendar.  However, the murky wars between Big Business and the Primitive Thinking, anything is possible! COMMENT ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: If a reporter questioned the leadership credentials of the Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, s/he might also question the credentials of the whole lot -- all are self-appointed, unelected, and subject to no higher earthly authority than the threat of violence.  Britain a "moderate" cleric the past few years has been chased out of his mosque, and Australia 2007 violence is breaking out a mosque, with a view to replacing its imam.  [May 5, 2007]
       [SELECTED METACRAWLER REPORTS: 1., 2., 9., and 13. Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built - CNN.com .  U.S.  troopers find girls' school rigged with explosives …  There were artillery shells built into the ceiling and floor, and another propane tank was found …  www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/03/iraq.school.bom…  [Found on Google, Yahoo! Search, Ask.com]
       3.  Bombs found hidden walls of new school-News-World-Iraq-TimesOnline.  Insurgents rigged a girls' school under construction near Baghdad with explosives, building artillery shells into the walls and ceilings, a plan that …  www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article1…  [Found on Google]
       4.  New Iraqi School Had Bombs Built | Drudge Retort.  American soldiers discovered a girls school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged "death trap," the U.S.  military said They found an …  www.drudge.com/news/93967/new-iraqi-school-had-bom…  [Found on Google, Yahoo! Search, Ask.com]
       6.  Cowards Build Bombs Into Girls' School.  An Iraqi girls school Baghdad was being built with explosives already built into it an attempt to cause mass casualties to innocent victims.  …  www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=62267 [Found on Google]
       8.  Girls' school wired as death trap - World - smh.com.au .  WASHINGTON: US soldiers stumbled on a plot to turn an Iraqi girls' school into an 'absolute death trap' by rigging it with explosives while it was under …  www.smh.com.au/news/world/girls-school-wired-as-de…  [Found on Google, Yahoo! Search]
       [FINAL WARNING: Cynics might need more evidence.  The U.S.A.  has a huge military propaganda unit, which, for example, actually turned the collection of a woman soldier, by request from brave Iraqi hospital staff, into a "rescue," filmed complete with pictures of hurrying "rescuers" and gunfire sound effects, of a brave heroine who had "fired" her gun until unable to do so.  Reality: When recovered enough, she stated the truth.  And she has again recently been on television saying she never fired a shot, and was wounded when the vehicle she was had an accident!  Instead of the incident being used to THANK the courageous Iraqi doctors, it was used for vainglory by the Bush "Establishment" and his military propaganda unit.  ENDS.]

    • [Three children, 10 police killed.]  Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Afghanistan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

    [Three children, 10 police killed]

     
       The West Australian, Monday, May 7, 2007
       P.  21: [Bomb kills three children of teacher] IRAQ: […] A wave of attacks across Iraq killed at least 50 people.  Kut, 160km south-east of Baghdad, a roadside bomb outside a teacher's house killed three of his children, all of three under the age of 10.  # -- "Al-Qaida claims victory; Bin-Laden's deputy mocks Bush boast of progress and says Congress Bill shows US beaten."
       P.  28: "Police killed." AFGHANISTAN: Eight Afghan police died a six-hour gunbattle after a Taliban ambsh and two were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a car into their vehicle and blew himself up …
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#three_children_10
    [May 7, 07]

    • [Gaza: 147 Palestinians killed by Palestinians three months; school sports day 'un-Islamic'].  Palestine Authority flag; Palestine Authority website 

    Islamists attack Gaza sports day

     
       The West Australian, p 20, Tuesday, May 8, 2007
       GAZA CITY – Islamic extremists killed one man and injured seven people when they attacked a school sports day the Gaza Strip on Sunday, saying that the event was "un-Islamic".
       The robe-wearing extremists threw bombs into the school the Rafah refugee camp after they were prevented from entering by armed Palestinian Authority security officers.
       The dead man was said to be a bodyguard of a senior member of the former ruling party Fatah.  He was killed front of his children.
       John Ging, a senior United Nations official the Gaza Strip, was visiting the camp but was unharmed.
       Demonstrators at the school accused Mr Ging of "turning schools into nightclubs".
       The Irishman, whose UN refugee relief agency is the biggest source of employment the Gaza Strip, also was accused of trying to undermine the Islamic faith.
       The extremists involved the latest incident were believed to be part of the same obscure, new group which recent weeks had launched a series of bomb and arson attacks on internet cafes, restaurants and pool halls. 
       The movement's attempts to impose its own notion of Islamic purity on the 1.3 million people the strip coincide with factional feuding between supporters of Fatah and the ruling party Hamas, still simmering despite a unity government deal reached two months ago.
       With law enforcement paralysed, security the fenced-in strip has degenerated into a mosaic of political and clan loyalties.
       A new report by Palestinian human rights group al-Mezan found that 147 Gazans, including 10 children, were killed by their fellow Palestinians the first three months of this year, compared with 252 for the whole of last year and 101 2005. 
       Gaza correspondent for the BBC Alan Johnston, 44, is still missing eight weeks after gunmen kidnapped him near his flat Gaza City.
       While it is widely believed that the motive for his abduction was ransom, a number of claims and demands have reportedly been issued by groups professing political aims, including one from a supposed al-Qaida affiliate claiming to have murdered the Scot. 
       Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh met Palestinian Authority President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend the latest attempt to agree on new security measures to end the lawlessness. 
       Hamas' nominee for interior minister, Hani Kawasmeh, has threatened to resign over attempts by Fatah to maintain direct control of the security forces – staffed mainly by its loyalists – despite having lost parliamentary elections last year.  #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#gaza
    [May 8, 07]

    • Second set of questions  [for a follower of Submission.]

    Second set of questions

       An e-mail giving a follower of Submission more discussion points, sent May 9, 2007
       SECOND SET OF QUESTIONS for [organisation name withheld]
       1.  KHAIBAR: the time of Muhammad, Khaibar was a fertile oasis the Arabian Desert.  It was populated by Jews, who maintained its irrigation systems and lived off its produce.  When Muhammad conquered the oasis 628, the Jews who lived there managed to negotiate a surrender.  The conditions of their surrender were that some of them could remain to tend the date palms and gardens but return they had to pay 50 per cent of their harvest to the Muslims.  The land itself would henceforth belong to the Muslim community.  The Jews of Khaibar were also granted permission to keep practising their faith. 
       (Khaibar also provided Muhammad with one of his wives, Safiya, a leading Jewish woman of Khaibar whom he selected for himself from among the enslaved captives.)  Soon after, the Arab Christians of Najran were forced to accept the same conditions. 
       The right of the Jews of Khaibar to stay on their former lands was a temporary concession, withdrawn 640 by Umar, obedience to Muhammad's dying wish: "Two religions shall not remain together the peninsula of the Arabs".  this same year the whole of Arabia was cleansed of non-Muslims. 
       (Facts from Online Opinion, Australia, "Amrozi's invocation of Khaibar says much about the terrorists' mindset," www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=989 , By Mark Durie, Posted Tuesday, December 09, 2003)
       Will this destruction of Jews be repeated worldwide if Islam were to conquer the world?
       2.  MURDER, SLAVERY: After the Battle of the Trench (Armstrong p 18), all the Jewish men of the Qurayzah tribe were murdered, and the Jewish women and children were enslaved.  Is this a good example for the world?
       3.  FATWAS: When Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a $1 million reward and fatwa against Salman Rushdie (Armstrong pp 148-149) for writing alleged blasphemy, the fatwah was declared un-Islamic by 48 of the 49 member states of the Islamic conference (Armstrong p 149).  Shouldn't the ayatolloh have been removed from office?
       4.  BEHEADING: the Koran, terror and striking off the heads of disbelievers is taught at 8:12.  The verses are recited by children.  Why did a recent video show a 12-year-old Muslim child cutting off the head of a fellow-Muslim with a knife?  Voices were saying Allahu akhbar while the murder took place.  Is this any way to bring up children?
       5.  KILLING: Killing disbelievers and others is taught the Koran 2:191 (or 2:187) and the Hadeeth 19:173 (Bukhari's collection), 41:6985 (Sahih Muslim's collection), and 9, 84:57-58.  "Slain" is the word used 33:61.  Does the list to be killed include fellow-Muslims if called hypocrites or polytheists, plus former Muslims if called apostates, and various non-Muslims such as Christians, Jews, and pagans?
       6.  SUBMISSION is the meaning of Islam, so why do various spokespeople and non-Muslims say Islam means "peace"?
       7.  FIGHTING: Muslims are ordered to fight by the following: Koran 2:191 (or 2:187), 2:193 (or 2:189), 2:244 (or 2:245), 4:74 (or 4:76), 4:76 (or 4:78), 9:123 (or 9:124), 47:4-6 (or 47:4-7), 49:9 (if two groups of Muslims); Hadith (Bukhari's collection) Volume 4, Book 53, Number 386. Please explain. 
       8.  WARFARE: Commanded by 2:216 (or 2:212), 2:278-279, 8:39 (or 8:40) [not 8:38], 9:29, 66:9
       9.  UNCLEAN: Various groups of non-Muslims are classified as "unclean."
       10.  APES and SWINE, Koran 5:59-60 (or 5:64-65):  Do you believe that some of the Jews have been changed into apes and swine?
       11.  COMPULSION: Koran 3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion? …  www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/003.  qmt.html# 003.083 .  But at least seven other verses forbid compulsion.  Please explain. 
       12.  ARABS PALESTINE: The Palestinians are often called Arabs, and speak Arabic.  The original home of Arabs is Arabia -- isn't warfare the way that these people are many kilometres away, Palestine?  And why are their [should be "there"] Arabs Sudan? Morocco?  And they were Spain -- how?
       13.  EARTHQUAKE, STAMPEDES: It was terrible to see the horrors of the huge earthquake Pakistan, and the stampedes that kill people every few years during the Haj Mecca, killing Muslims.  Please explain.
       14.  STONING WOMEN sex victims to death -- but hardly ever the men.    Is this really necessary? #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#second_set_of
       [COMMENT: Answers?  Not really.  COMMENT ENDS.] [May 9, 07]

    • [Lawlessness drives Iraqi doctors out, kills occupiers, 58 Iraqis.  Turkey marches against mullah rule.] 

    [Lawlessness drives Iraqi doctors out, kills occupiers, 58 Iraqis.  Turkey marches against mullah rule.]

     
       The West Australian, newsitems, Tuesday, May 8, 2007
       P.  26: "Saddam rule to stem doctor shortage." Iraq / Irak flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  BAGHDAD: Iraq is haemorrhaging doctors as violence racks the nation.  Medical schools are again forbidden to issue diplomas etc.  to graduates, to prevent them leaving the country, just as under the Saddam Hussein regime.
       P.  26: "US troop deaths will rise: officer." IRAQ: On Sunday Maj-Gen Rick Lynch said U.S.  casualties would rise as American troops dug into enemy territory. ; A roadside bomb had killed six US soldiers and a foreign journalist, and five other US troops other incidents at the weekend.  At least 58 Iraqis died attacks by extremists.  Last month, 104 US troops had been killed. 
       P.  31: "Turkish Islamist quits poll."  ANKARA: Turkey flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Turkish pro-Islamic Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan suffered a setback when a quorum did not attend parliament, so Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul could not be endorsed for president.  On Saturday tens of thousands of pro-secular Turks marched through two western cities. 
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#lawlessness
    [May 8, 07]

    • [Not by the sword was spread Islam, says missioner.]   

    [Not by the sword was spread Islam, says missioner]

       A talk, (Partial transcript), May 9, 2007
       […] Islam means surrender, submission, and obedience.  A Muslim is someone who surrenders, submits, and obeys Almighty God.
       […] Koran means that which is recited.  Nobody came and collaborated with him … Angel Gabriel … preserved for over 1400 years without the changing of a dot.  … Enclyclopaedia Brittannica or World Book …
       Dress Code: Islam believes modesty.  The covering for a man is from navel to knee, and for a woman from wrist to ankle.
       The Muslim women are trying to hang onto … value.
       Q: Suppressed?  She has the same rights to property.  She has the right to seek divorce, and an equal right to receive an education and enter into employment. … The key is to uphold all the … of Islam.  To prevent any women from getting an education is contrary to the teaching of Islam.
       Q: Jihad?  It is … to fight back against people who oppress you.  Fight until there is no more hostility or oppression.
       Jihad literally means struggle and applies to … There is no such thing as a holy war Islam.  Fighting a war can be jihad; it can only be done if it is done to be obedient to God's law.  It is not for race etc.  When he began calling the people of Mecca, some were tortured and even killed.  The Muslims were forced to flee to Medina.  The people of Mecca were intent on stopping Mohammed.  … During these patrols he forbade the killing of combatants.  He forbade the killing of women and children … He said …
       Spread of Islam?  Sword?  It was the force of truth, reason and logic.  There are many this world who are … we need place … Islam promotes people … to fight against opression.
       Historian's book Islam at the Crossroads, page 8: The legend of fanatical Muslims … fantastic myths. … Muslims have been lords of Arabia for hundreds of years … but Christians … India was ruled for a thousand years, yet the majority are non-Muslim.  Indonesia and Malaysia, and the east coast of Africa . …
       The Koran says Let there be no compulsion religion.  Truth stands out clear from error.  The fastest-growing religion America is Islam … to Europe. […]
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#not_by_the_sword
       [COMMENT: Did you pick up the "porky pies"?  Even the one about not even "a dot" being changed?  They didn't use the "dots and dashes" much in Arabic writing in Mohammed's day! COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN: 66:2 . DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [RECAPITULATION of CORRECT STATEMENTS: Koran means that which is recited. … Islam means surrender, submission, and obedience. ENDS.] [May 9, 07]

    • [Convert, or be beheaded; A saint for us all.]  Russia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

    A Saint for us all

     
       The Record (W.  Australian Roman Catholic newspaper), By Father James Gilhooley, p 8, Thursday, May 10, 2007
    M ost people are tired of would-be-Christians talking about Christianity.  They want to meet people practicing it to a heroic degree.  One recent example is Private Yevgeni Rodionov of the Russian Army.  The New York Times was so taken by him that it told his story half a page with pictures and a map one of its 2003 editions.
       The young man, called Zhenya by family and friends, was murdered at 19 years old Chechnya.
      [Picture] Love: Private Yevgent Rodionov's mother holds a photo of her son and an icon of him.   
       He became a prisoner of war 1996.  He was killed not because he was a Russian soldier but because he refused to turn his back on his Christian faith.  The young man, although Orthodox, is considered a martyr for Christ by his many Russian admirers, Catholics included.  Details concerning his death only became known when Muslim rebel soldiers approached his mother during a pause the Chechnya uprising against Russia.
       They offered to sell her his body for US$4,000.  Eagerly, she accepted their offer.
       They told her he and several other Russian soldiers were taken prisoner at a checkpoint Chechnya.  They remained captive for three months a basement.
       The Muslims ordered Rodionov to renounce his religion and to take off the small silver cross he was wearing around his neck.  He refused both requests.  For his refusal, he was beheaded by his captors.
       That was seven years ago.  When the mother was led to her son's body, she found among his remains the small silver cross.
       It was covered with several drops of dried blood.  She brought her son home to his tiny village of Kuriovo, west of Moscow.  There, she buried him, "forever young."
       His plot is the frozen earth on a hill near an ancient whitewashed Orthodox church.  She takes care of his grave faithfully.  The gallant story of Rodionov became the stuff of Christian legend in Russia.  For those people devoted to him, many of them young, he is a soldier-saint.
      [Picture] Pvt.  Yevgeni Rodionov  
       In a church near St Petersburg, his standing youthful figure icon form stands next to a figure of Mary holding the Christ Child, and his halo is as large as the Virgin's.  Icons of him are found throughout Russia.
       They come in many forms: Some picture him as an armed soldier; others put him a robe; and some have him holding a cross.
       But the similarity that marks them all is his halo.  His admirers say his icon sometimes exudes a fragrant perfume, a quality peculiar to several of the most venerated icons in Russian tradition.  The military come to his grave to pray, as pilgrims might come to a sacred shrine.  There, they leave notes asking for his intercession with Christ.  Veteran soldiers travel there to leave their decorations as tribute to his courage.
       Soldiers on active duty carry with them laminated pictures of Rodionov in uniform.  They consider him their own and hope he will send them luck and safety.  He is not canonised except by popular acclaim.  Long before Pope John Paul II canonised Padre Pio and beatified Mother Teresa, many considered them saints.
       I, who had met them both, was among that number.  There are other such examples over the long centuries in the Church, both West and East.  The Russian boy Zhenya told his mother that when he grew up, he wanted to become a cook.  Instead he has grown up to become a saint to thousands of Russians.
       As I said earlier, The New York Times introduced him to the West.  It will be interesting to watch what will happen to him here. His tale is not yet done.  - OUR SUNDAY VISITOR #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#convert
       [CONTACT: Record, PO Box 75, Leederville, WA 6902; Tel: (08) 9227 7080, Fax: (08) 9227 7087; cathrec§iinet.com.au ENDS.] [May 10, 07]

    • Mid-East Christians need our help: Melkite Archbishop.   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

      Mid-East Christians need our help: Melkite Archbishop  

     
       The Record (Perth), p 7, Thursday, May 10, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: The Australian bishops brought together prominent speakers from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to discuss the role religion can play creating peace the Middle East. 
       Speakers included Mr Jeremy Jones from the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council, Dr Mohommad Sammak from the Lebanese Christian-Muslim Committee for Dialogue and Archbishop Elias Chacour of Nazareth, the Melkite Catholic leader for Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and all Galilee.
       Archbishop Chacour urged Christians visiting sites the Holy Land to also visit local Christians, who need their "solidarity," he said.  #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/subchron6.htm#mideast
       [COMMENT: Talk, talk, talk!  The principle of reciprocity is unknown to some religions.  Other newsitems explain the method being used, for example, Britain, to chip away at its non-directional society.  ENDS.] [May 10, 07]

    • The way forward for Muslims and Catholics.  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Iran (formerly Persia) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

    The way forward for Muslims and Catholics

     
       The Record (Perth), By Cindy Wooden, CNS, p 9, Thursday, May 10, 2007
       Khatami says religious leaders must heal Catholic-Muslim wounds
      [Picture] Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Pope Benedict XVI [Ratzinger] exchange greetings during a private meeting at the Vatican on May 4.