Archive for March, 2017

News and Analysis (3/30/17)

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Rejecting the government’s request he lift or narrow the order, the judge  made it a preliminary injunction so parts of the ban “can’t be enforced until the case makes its way through the court system”; …

… “every jihadist who conducted a lethal attack inside the United States since 9/11 was a citizen or legal resident”; …

… The fiction that “the causes of terrorism are embedded in the Qur’an and hadith” is the pretext for “a grossly illiberal and violent programme … in a … long tradition of nationalism and supremacism”:

As Turkey fires “reform-minded imams” in Germany while those “loyal to Erdogan … [are] caught red-handed submitting lists of suspected Gulen supporters to Turkish authorities” …

… Germany’s “deputy finance minister, called for the training of imams, teachers of religion and counselors to be paid for with tax money”:

“[T]his is not just Muslims’ problem. Most people who rear sheep and goats are Hindus. I know so many Hindus who have come here from their villages to sell their animals and are now stuck”;

“[To] raise awareness about domestic violence, plus provide tangible aid for women and children at the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter, [t]hey said they wanted to combat hate with love and education”:

“[S]eeing how quickly and overwhelming people of all backgrounds have come together to show support has restored our faith in America and in humanity more than ever”:

“It’s time to hear from a community that’s often talked about but rarely given the chance to speak”:

It’s mainly due to but “23 percent of Muslim Americans identify themselves as converts … [including] an increasing number of whites and Latinos,” about 67% ex-Protestants and 10% ex-Catholics”:

Officer Sabet claims that instead of addressing his complaints, the department threatened “possible termination” for “dishonesty” if he denied allegations he made “discriminatory comments about Jews”:

“42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jewish and 20 percent of Protestant parents”:

News and Analysis (3/27/17)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“After witnessing the car-and-knife attack from his office window, Muddassar Ahmed launched a crowdfunding campaign” …

… Muslims will let neither the far-right nor Daesh “define the British values that we hold[,] … to misrepresent us … [or] to define us. Because we are defined by a shared value of love thy neighbour” …

… Muslim women demonstrate solidarity with the victims after Internet trolls falsely smear one visibly distraught Muslim woman at the scene of the attack as indifferent to the suffering:

This entrepreneur-philanthropist explains “35 per cent of the business in America, especially in the Silicon Valley, is from immigrants” who not only create wealth and also generate jobs for others”:

Refuting the Muslim Personal Law Board‘s support of triple-talaq, the Qur’an “sanctions divorce only after a period of reflection and attempted reconciliation, usually lasting three months”:

Modi was chief minister of Gujarat “at the time … of … one of the worst outbreaks of religious violence in independent India.” Now that he is PM, is it starting again? …

… but this time Modi’s appointment of Yogi Adityanath’s as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh puts Christians at risk as well as Muslims:

“The fledgling alliance … west, is not truly Muslim and … Shia countries are conspicuously missing from this decidedly Sunni alliance …viewed … as a move to counter growing Iranian influence”:

“For now, the Texas state attorney general’s office says it has no problems with the prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco, as long as it’s open to any student of any faith during non-class time”:

“The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights … said a week-long campaign of U.S-led strikes … had killed at least 90 civilians, a quarter of them children, while injuring dozens”:

News and Analysis (3/23/17)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

“The impact of this move will … fall on nine airlines, including Gulf-based carriers that U.S. airlines have been asking President Trump to punish since the day after his election“:

Trying to understand the source of gender “inequality … they decided to re-read the Qur’an.” They were surprised to find “Talk about  justice, about equality between men and women”:

“NYPD’s ‘Radicalization of the West report must be removed from city websites, and it must “realize the impact of their conduct on ‘lawful political or religious activity of individuals, groups, or organizations”:

“The timing makes it seem obvious — Hollywood power players, most of whom are vehemently anti-Trump, are pushing back against what they see as his exclusionary policies”:

“I did not realise the man had cancer. I don’t want him to go to prison. He did a bad thing in anger. It hurt and frightened me, but I don’t seek any kind of revenge”:

The government claims that the only travel plan provision not already blocked by the courts “have no practical effect on how the government issues visas.” The judge has deferred a ruling until a later date:

“[M]y Tennessee born daughter was denied entry back to her country,  … for no apparent reason other than border patrol would not clear her United States passport for entry…. Is this the new Great America?”

“As of Tuesday afternoon, the Trump administration had not confirmed Gabriel’s meeting, but she later posted photos of herself at the White House on Facebook”:

“Islam gives me my strength and hope. So, really, being a Muslim girl means everything to me. I now know that there is nothing wrong with me, and that I am just as American as that white boy”:

News and Analysis (3/20/17)

Monday, March 20th, 2017

This is the same man who previously sued a school principal “to keep a Bible quote on a door” and now “has failed to respond to [this school’s] enquiries since issuing the [incendiary] press release:

The appointment of the extremist priest suggests that “the BJP agenda may see further divergence from the ‘maximum governance, minimum government’ mission Modi promised in 2014”:

“After the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, … [t]he terms caliph and caliphate … became almost synonymous with emperor and empire”:

The workshops aim to help young Muslims know that “they are not alone….  By preparing them to respond to the questions, we help give them a voice, and that makes them feel empowered”:

Zaheer “Ali’s lecture focused on how the diffusion of Islam in African American communities reshaped public spaces and communities in the 20th century”:

One man got $1,000 compensation for the kiling of his son; another got $10,000; while third got zilch aftert 20 relatives were killed:

“While a number of people came [to hold hands in a circle around the mosque] from supportive congregations and religious groups, others were propelled by concern over national leadership and politics”:

News and Analysis (3/18/17)

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

“On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish. Even Nigerian Muslim bank manager and sometime poet Albasheer Adam Alhassan”:

Trump departs “from former President Barack Obama’s policy, which prioritized deportations only of those convicted of serious crimes”:

“The Muslim ban is … meant to dismantle our American identity, … strongly rooted in the belief that diversity is our greatest strength and that welcoming the world’s most vulnerable is our moral obligation”:

“Trump has vowed to take the fight all the way to U.S. Supreme Court” but conservatives urge him “to time [any] appeals to reach the Supreme Court after Gorsuch is confirmed” …

… but “Trump and his henchmen keep ruining their Muslim ban by bragging about it like dumb movie villains”:

Burgess blamed alcohol for his attack. No wonder Muslims despise alcohol:

When a woman chooses to cover her hair,  “since her body is first and foremost hers, no one has the right to question that choice, let alone prohibit her”:

The assailant yelled “You did nothing but I am going to kick your [expletive deleted] ass….  [Expletive] Islam, [expletive] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. Ask Germany”:

In Texas, a certified teacher tweets “Islam is not welcome in the USA” and “Your religion is cancer and totally justifies the notion that the Crusades did not go far enough” …

… while a school denies that non-Muslims are prohibited use of a room for prayer:

News and Analysis (3/15/17)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Judge “Watson said the state of Hawaii showed a strong likelihood of success in its claims that the order violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution” …

… Speaking of travel bans, when the head of the only country to ban women drivers says Trump understands Islam, Muslims in the rest of the world take that as evidence that he doesn’t:

“America is not about any one color, or one ethnicity, or one faith. America is about self-government, the rule of law, freedom and the liberties and rights given in our Constitution” — Rep. David Young:

Asked if he supports Sharia Law, this Muslim Marine answers, “[D]o you know what Sharia law means? It’s a moral code, it tells me to be nice to you, to be a good person, that’s what Sharia law is”:

Facing both a U.S. Justice Department … investigation of the north metro county for religious discrimination [and] … the threat of civil litigation from the state’s Muslim community”:

The “exhibition ‘America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far’ showcases the history, art and traditions of Muslims, with the belief that education will beat back ignorance and hate every time”:

Opponents Catholics with disloyalty, saying “newcomers would bring with them radical political beliefs … [and] follow the secret, mystical and dangerous dictates of the leaders of their religion”:

“A federal judge has approved a settlement that puts a civilian watchdog on the NYPD panel charged with protecting Muslims from unconstitutional surveillance, court documents show”:

The court ruled prohibiting employees from wearing religious symbols at work is not direct discrimination under EU law, but some Muslim woman wear headscarves out of modesty not religious identity …

… “the question as to whether such rules impact the Muslim religion disproportionately will have to be settled by national courts”:

“The People’s Lawyer and the Blind Sheikh”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

[This is an abridged version of Hajj Mauri’s remembrance of Lynn Stewart.]

Remembering Lynne Stewart: “The People’s Lawyer”

By El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

Unusual among America’s recent political prisoners, Lynn Stewart  was not young, male, or Muslim.

The establishment would have us believe that Lynne Stewart was a lawyer of little consequence before she encountered a certain foreign-born client; and that this particular client became the source of her downfall from anonymous respectability. Nothing could be further from the truth. Long before Lynne Stewart met ‘the blind Egyptian cleric,’ Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, she had already made a name for herself as a ‘people’s lawyer.’

‘The World Can’t Wait,’ a New York-based grassroots organization, had this to say about Lynne’s passing:

“Lynne Stewart, people’s lawyer who defended many political activists and prisoners over 40 years, died March 7 at home in Brooklyn.  After a long struggle, she was released from federal prison three years ago, suffering from cancer, and expected not to live long.  Yet she lived three more years, during which she continued to defend peoples’ rights, in prison, and out.  We will miss her so much.”

Another admirer of Lynne’s, Pakistani neurologist Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui (the sister of another female political prisoner Dr. Aafia Siddiqui), wrote to me that Lynn “was an inspiration and a pillar of courage for people like us.”  Lynne had been imprisoned at the same institution that still confines Aafia Siddiqui – FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. After Lynne was released she participated in two demonstrations we organized for Aafia despite her cancer.

With that said, let us now examine the case that caused the stature of Lynne Stewart to be elevated in some quarters and hatefully vilified in others, as demonstrated in an article published shortly after Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman died on February 18, 2017 – following 22 years of solitary confinement in U.S. custody – by Benjamin Weiser in The New York Times titled, “Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for ‘Blind Sheikh’ Omar Abdel Rahman, Has No Regrets.”

Mr. Weiser first marvels that (by the Grace of ALLAH) Lynne Stewart outlived her 18 month medical prognosis, then at the fact that she was unbowed and unbroken vis-à-vis the opinion she still held regarding her former client. Mr. Weiser then proceeds to paint Lynne Stewart as having been embroiled in her own terrorism conspiracy. Let me set the record straight! Lynne ended up being prosecuted, and having her license to practice law taken away, solely because of her courageous and zealous defense of a vilified client (and that client’s human rights). Her prosecution was also meant to send a chilling message to members of the New York Bar Association, that if you as practicing lawyers cross certain lines, this is what can happen to you!

Following his conviction for “seditious conspiracy” – not for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center – Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was imprisoned under a SAMs (special administrative measures) order – which entails highly restrictive, and closely monitored, confinement conditions. During a tumultuous period in Egypt (during the Mubarak era), when there was an opportunity to secure some measure of peace, Lynne publicly delivered a message from Sheikh Omar on the matter at hand (via press conference). This was the reason she ended up not just being administratively sanctioned, but criminally prosecuted!

With that said, there does indeed appear to have been a conspiracy to attack a number of targets in New York City in the early to mid-90s, and at the heart of that conspiracy was an Egyptian-born, FBI paid, informant-provocateur by the name of Emad Salem. This government agent had reportedly served in the Egyptian army, and later came to America in search of security and his slice of the American dream.

In his thought-provoking memoir, My Life As A Radical Lawyer, the late William M. Kunstler, wrote (on page 335): “I had evidence that Emad Salem, the government’s confidential informer, was himself involved in the WTC bombing. Not only had he confessed to the crime during a conversation with an FBI agent that he had secretly recorded … but he was hospitalized less than three hours after the blast with a middle ear attack. We had information that Salem was prone to these attacks when exposed to shots or explosions; he has suffered a similar attack when he fired a rifle on a practice range without wearing earplugs.” In the late 90’s, a producer at WBAI-FM presented this writer with an audio copy of that same telephone conversation that Emad Salem had with his FBI handler.

It should also be noted that after Sheikh Omar and his alleged co-defendants were safely put away, Emad Salem received a large sum of taxpayer dollars and a new identity (for services rendered) courtesy of Uncle Sam!

Sheikh Omar told Time magazine, “When I came here, I was fleeing oppression. Now I am facing the same oppression. I came here to avoid prison, and I was put in prison. I came here to smell freedom; I found it to be suffocating [in America].”

I sincerely believe that a significant number of innocent Muslims were wrongfully imprisoned as a result of the “terrorism conspiracy” trials, and the associated entrapments, of the 1990s – and that the post 9/11 era has seen a dramatic increase in the number of “bogus” (to use Lynne’s description) terrorism-related convictions.

With the passing of Lynne Stewart we have one less soldier on the field of battle to help us salvage the American ideal of liberty. May ALLAH be pleased with what she gave; and may we all learn from her example.

The struggle continues…

 

 

 

 

Islam: The Religion of Libertarianism?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

[An interview with Minaret of Freedom Institute President Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad reprinted from glibertarians.com]

Islam: The Religion of Libertarianism?

Posted by Old Man With Candy | Mar 13, 2017 | Interviews, Religion, Society | 116 |

Dr. Dean Ahmad, President and Director, Minaret of Freedom

In which a Palestinian Arab Muslim and a secular Zionist Jew find much accord.

Many take it as a given that Islam and any notion of liberty are diametrically opposed. People are quick to point out the number of Islamic dictatorships and repressive theocracies, and generalize that (for example) to Muslims in America. Dr. Imad Ad-Dean Ahmad, a scholar of Islam and history, would disagree. His organization, Minaret of Freedom, is dedicated to spreading a different narrative, that of a religion which values economic and social freedom, despite its use as a tool of repression by autocrats and theocrats in the Middle East and South Asia.

OMWC: Your background was originally in science. What sort of work were you doing?

Ahmad: My dissertation at the University of Arizona was on “Heavy Element Radio Recombination Lines from the Orion Complex.” (Robert Williams, then an Associate Professor at the astronomy program there, told me years later when he was the director of the Space Telescope Science Institute that mine was the only dissertation from which he could still remember the opening sentence: “From the belt of Orion hangs a sword.”) I focused on radio astronomy and on the conditions in the proto-stellar nebulae in which stars are formed. Comparing observations that I made with the National Radio Observatory’s 140-foot antenna with theoretical calculations I made with the Kitt Peak Observatory’s (at the time) state-of-the-art CDC 6400 computer, I was able to resolve an apparent contradiction in the astronomical literature as to the precise location from which the radiation was emitted.

I worked in astrophysics for another fifteen years after getting my doctorate, publishing models for the solar atmosphere and stellar winds, using mainly X-ray and ultra-violet data.

OMWC: What prompted your career change from science to social and religious activism?

Ahmad: By the late 1980s, I had become increasingly concerned about the inefficiency, immorality, and counter-productivity of American policy in the Middle East. I became painfully aware that of the role that ignorance and political agendas played in formation of bad policy. The so-called experts on the Muslim world had not seen the Iranian revolution coming and their retrospective attempts to account for it were incoherent. Having been a practicing Muslim and a libertarian all my adult life, I realized that the research discipline I had learned as a scientist was much more badly needed in the realm of Islamic studies.

I made the transition by writing a book on the role Islamic Civilization played in the development of modern science (Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science). After I gave a talk on the book for the Honors program at the University of Maryland (College Park) the head of the program invited me to offer a course there on Islamic Civilization. At the same time, the great libertarian historian Leonard Liggio introduced me to the good people at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, who helped me to start the Minaret of Freedom Institute, the Islamic libertarian think tank I have headed for 23 years (www.minaret.org). The Muslim community also came to appreciate my work, initially because of my knowledge on issues related to the Islamic calendar, but gradually on an increasingly wide range of matters from Islamic civilization to Islamic law and chaplaincy.

OMWC: What was the thing or things which led you to libertarian thought in the first place? Were you raised with this or was it reading or experiences that took you in that direction?

Ahmad: My father (a businessman) was politically conservative and my mother (a teacher and media personality) was politically liberal, so my upbringing provided me a choice. The main sources that influenced how I managed to navigate between their very different views were, in order of encounter (and I think in order of importance) the Qur’an, Henry David Thoreau and Ayn Rand. From the Qur’an I learned the non-aggression principle (“Let there be no compulsion in religion” 2:256) and of the individual’s direct responsibility to the Creator (“There is none worthy of worship but God” 37:35) and the corollary of the idolatry inherent in arbitrary human authority over other humans (“Do not fear them but fear Me” 3:175). From Thoreau I learned of the value of individualism (Walden) and of the power that a righteous individual has over a corrupt state (“Civil Disobedience”). From Ayn Rand I first learned the how markets work and why state intervention is both morally evil and consequentially destructive.

OMWC: In some of your writing, you state that (in essence) you regard the Quran as axiomatic. Does your view of libertarianism derive from those axioms?

Ahmad: Axiomatic is your term, not mine. If by that you mean that I find the values articulated in the Qur’an to be the starting point of my weltanschauung, I agree: Every individual is directly responsible to God (37:35), no one bears the burdens of another (35:18); speak truth to power (28:37); stand for justice even against your own self or near of kin, rich or poor (4:135); say to those who reject your way of life, “to you your way and to me mine” (109:1-6); trade is good (4:29) and fraud (83:1-2) is bad; respond to an injury only in kind, or better yet forgive in order that you should be forgiven (42:40); defend yourself (22:39) but do not aggress (2:190).

OMWC: To clarify, I used the word “axiomatic” because of your statement “There are some things we shall take as a given. We shall not question the text of the Qur’an. While the Qur’an itself invites individuals to ascertain for themselves its authenticity by investigating its inimitability, we, as an institution, take the received Arabic text as our starting point.” So at least in my naive view, it would look like an axiom.

Ahmad: I see your point. The distinction is that an axiom is “self-evident,” whereas, the starting points for a Muslim are inherent in the definition of a Muslim. A Muslim, by definition, believes there is only one God and that Muhammad is His Messenger (i.e., that the Qur’an is His message). This is true regardless of whether the Muslim arrived at that point because he finds these things self-evident or because he had previously questioned them and found the answers convincing.

OMWC: Where in the current Muslim world do you see the possibility of libertarian approaches to social and cultural issues as having the greatest chance for a toehold? Can a Muslim country be culturally libertarian in the sense of treating all belief and disbelief equally under law?

Ahmad: I think that Tunisia is the most promising, with the Nahda Party holding fast to these principles whether their fortunes are good or bad. More secular people than I may think Dubai is the most promising since, despite its undemocratic political structure and strong religiosity of its rulers, it seems to be very tolerant socially and culturally. Until recently, Muslim countries were historically much more tolerant than the West on treating subjects of various religious belief under the law. When the Jews were evicted from Spain, they dared not move to any other Western country, but the Sultan of Turkey invited them to the Ottoman lands promising them absolute freedom to work, worship, and raise their families as they saw fit. Oppression of religious minorities in Muslim countries today is no more inherent in Islamic teachings than the oppression of Muslims (and others) in France is inherent in “Liberté, égalité, fraternité.” The one area in which Muslim tradition is a serious obstacle is in the question of equal citizenship. I do not see this as a problem inherent in Islamic law so much as in the conflict of the Westphalian notion of the modern nation-state with the Muslim traditional system of autonomous confessional communities. I am not the only one who has pointed out that the resolution to this conflict may be found in the Prophet Muhammad’s remarkable covenant for the governance of Medina.

OMWC: Do you think that the US has a responsibility to promote liberty in other countries and in other cultures? (This begs the question, of course, of whether the US has a responsibility to promote liberty internally!)

Ahmad: The best way to promote liberty in other countries is to be “the shining city on a hill” and practice it here. The next best way is to trade freely with other countries and facilitate, not impede, cultural and social exchange. Speaking frankly to them can be a good way, if done with discretion and respect. Direct intervention into their internal affairs is generally counter-productive, and military intervention is the absolutely worst way, being immoral, ineffective, and counter-productive.

OMWC: In a related question, does the US, in your view, have a moral imperative to assist in the overthrow of despots where there isn’t a specific threat to us?

Ahmad: No. And there would be far fewer despots if we would stop propping them up.

OMWC: In Europe, Muslims have not seemed to have been integrated into their societies in the same way as Muslims have been in the US. When I hear about the Muslim “threat” here and examples from (say) France or Germany are cited, I ask, “Where are the American banlieues? Why are Naperville, Devon, Lincolnwood, or Orland Park (to choose Chicago suburbs with significant Muslim populations) not hotbeds of crime?” In the US, Muslims tend to be better educated and more economically successful than average, and media posturing aside, apparently as integrated as Jews or Hindus. To what do you attribute that difference?

Ahmad: It is true that Muslims in Europe have not integrated as well as those in the U.S., and while, statistically, Muslims in the U.S. have above average educations and material success, those factors alone cannot account for the more successful integration, since even those American Muslims who are undereducated and in poverty are better integrated than European Muslims. I think the most important single factor accounting for the better integration of Muslims (and other minority religion members) in America than in Europe is the unique American notion of secularity that incorporates both the disestablishment of state from religion and complete freedom of religion. Allowing Muslims the ability to freely interpret and practice their religion with neither interference nor support from the state threatens neither Muslims (and other religious minorities) nor the majority. Under French secularism, the suppression of religion from public life such as the ban on headscarves (and yarmulkes) alienates Muslims (and Jews), and even “neutral” Switzerland bans minarets as a threat to national identity. In England, the state gives preference to Anglicans over other (especially non-Christian) religions, which is a driver of discontent. In Germany the state supports all religions, which provokes resentment in the Christian majority.

OMWC: A rather open-ended question: What would you consider, in general, to be a rational US immigration policy?

Ahmad: Anyone who comes here for a peaceful and positive purpose, including to work or study, should be allowed to do so with a path for citizenship if they want it. Those who demonstrably seek to engage in crime or violence should be denied. The government welfare system should be reformed (or abolished) so that it does not attract freeloaders, and lets private and religious social service agencies carry the load of resettlement.

OMWC: What do you think is the greatest misunderstanding among American libertarians about Islam in a cultural (rather than theological) sense? If a libertarian wanted to understand more about Islamic culture beyond the usual prejudices, what should he or she be reading as an introduction and overview to gain a clearer and more accurate understanding?

Ahmad: The greatest cultural misunderstanding about Islam is the belief that it is culturally monolithic. Islamic culture spans an enormous range of nationalities, ethnic groups, cuisines, literature, arts, architecture, and political systems. If I had to recommend a single book it would be The Cultural Atlas of Islam by Ismail and Lois Faruqi. When you’ve finished reading that book head over to your local mosque and chat with the people there. (Just make sure to talk to more than one person!) Better yet, visit a few different mosques. Muslims are your neighbors and most of them would be delighted to chat with you.

OMWC: And my final question: Given an audience of libertarians with a rather wide range of views on Islam and how it relates to American culture, which question do you wish I had asked? And what over-arching message would you want to convey?

Ahmad: Given that the apprehension about Muslim immigrants is found even among some professing libertarians, I would have welcomed a question along these lines: You note the wide diversity of political views among Muslims. Since you clearly see the Qur’an as a document with some strong libertarian content, why are overt libertarians such a small minority among Muslims? I would have replied that I also see the U.S. Constitution as with a document with some strong libertarian content, and I wonder why are overt libertarians are such a small minority among Americans? In both cases I believe that ignorance of the Quran and the Constitution respectively are the problem, a problem compounded by corrupt political leaders whose interest in power motivates them to keep their respective constituencies in a state of ignorance.

OMWC: I really appreciate the time you’ve taken and the information you’ve given us. My own feeling is that ignorance is the root cause of fear, and your mission to dispel ignorance is far more valuable and effective than the moral preening and name-calling that passes for political discussion these days.

News and Analysis (3/13/17)

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A rabbi and a minister declare, “Each of our religious traditions, Islam included, regard hospitality to those different from us as a sign of faith and obedience to God”:

“Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries” demonstrating that freedom of speech is only for some:

“Ningxia Communist Party secretary Li Jianguo drew comparisons to the policies of US President Donald Trump’s administration to make his point”:

“[A] new generation of women has [inspired] … the growth of even more Islam-themed businesses for women … [and] has given women access to new forms of community and new positions of authority”:

“Lloyd told detectives he assumed the owner was Muslim and that angered him because of “what they are doing in the Middle East”:

“She alleges she was held back while white colleagues were allowed to work more complex investigations, … [and] that … male colleagues made discriminatory comments to her and other women officers”:

The Saudis aim “to promote the private sector and make state-owned companies more efficient, … to sell up to 5 percent of state oil giant Saudi Aramco[,] … [and] to reduce state spending”:

News and Analysis (3/10/17)

Friday, March 10th, 2017

He hated Islam so much he wanted “to blow up a local mosque.” Then he learned what it teaches and now the retired Marine sergeant is president of the Islamic Center of Muncie:

“The university does not tolerate intolerance” — Libby Roerig, director of communications at ISU:

The report warned that the risk that UK aid could cause ‘unintended harm’ to vulnerable migrants or prevent them from reaching a place of safety had not been adequately assessed”:

She quoted the Prophet (pbuh) saying, “Women are not created weaker but more generous than men … [and] closer to the angelic nature than men, as they are readier than men to carry angelic light”:

“We’re part of the problem, but we also desperately want to be part of the cure…. If … you watch the whole thing as a whole, … you’ll see who the bad guys really are and you may have surprises in store for you”:

“An Israeli law to limit the Muslim call to prayer from mosques has won preliminary approval though opponents have denounced the measure as racist”: