News and Analysis (3/26/19)

March 26th, 2019

The history of Muslims in New Zealand, which goes back to 1769, includes helping “in the construction of Christchurch Cathedral by transporting stones from the Port Hills quarry” …

… yet the community has been spied on, and even a government official’s statement saying not all Muslims are terrorists suggested that “she could only ever see a terror threat coming from Islamic extremists” …

“[T]hose in the West who promote the idea that Islam and liberal democratic values are incompatible … demonise Muslim communities by conflating Islam and the Wahhabi ideology that the West has empowered”:

An ex-Marine planned to blow up an Islamic Center. When he saw his little daughter’s reaction to his murderous hatred, he instead went to the center to learn about Islam. What he learned changed his life:

Claiming they are Indian citizens falsely caught up in the BJP’s anti-immigration sweep, question the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s jurisdiction saying their village is in another district:

A minister “in Cape Town, has been accused of heresy’ by two other ministers, because he referred to Muslims ‘as ‘brothers and sisters’ and ‘children of God'” … in solidarity with the [Christchurch] victims”:

The video suggests that IDF soldiers executed not car-ramming assailants, but innocents who “collided accidentally with an Israeli army vehicle that had broken down on a narrow road in the middle of the night”:

Shortly before the PA legislature swore in its first Muslim legislator, another legislator delivered an opening prayer asserting “Jesus, you are our only hope” and thanking God that Trump stands with Israel …

… while in the UK despite suspensions over “objectionable content, including calling Muslims ‘cavemen,’ Saudis ‘sand peasants’ and comparing Asian people to dogs … most … have been readmitted to the party”:

“It was the disparity between the life of Khadija and the lives of some modern British Muslim women, still repressed under cultural rules in the 21st century, that inspired me to become a women’s rights activist”:

A look at the Australian cesspool in which an “’absolutely inter-related’ mix of misogyny and racism” which meet in “white male supremacy” has bred both the Christchurch shooter and the politician who defended him:

News and Analysis (3/23/19)

March 23rd, 2019

Penalties for students “who criticize the Kingdom while abroad are daunting: passport freezes, death threats, intimidation, retraction of scholarships, and attempts to lure them back to the country”:

“62 Palestinians [were] also wounded by Israeli forces” and the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s “‘apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force’ against civilian protesters”:

“I feel like she understands us, and she understands what we need… She’s talking to the world about how you should be treating your Muslim population” …

… and “[i]n a day without precedent, people across New Zealand were planning to observe the Muslim call to prayer Friday”:

“Religious detainees have had their religious texts and items confiscated, been forced to eat forbidden foods, and have even watched as U.S. immigration agents threw their holy objects into the garbage:

“An American bigot told her to cease defending Islam because were she to remove her headscarf her father would beat her up, but her Saudi father said, “That’s no man’s decision to make… I’ll support you” either way:

“Several Arabic and Muslim teenagers were assaulted in separate incidents this past week … [apparently] by students from John F. Kennedy High School who traveled to South Paterson after school looking for victims”:

“Our aim will be that whatever we can do for conciliation in the Middle East, we want to play that role” — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

News and Analysis (3/20/19)

March 20th, 2019

“When minority identity politics overreaches, it lamentably forces Christians to bake cakes for gays. When a majority united by ethno-nationalistic passions does so, mass violence … isn’t off-limits”:

Until Australian media and politicians realize their role in what led to the Christchurch tragedy, they will continue to “kill the deceased and march in his funeral procession”:

Erdogan responds to white nationalism with Turkish nationalism, “we have been here for 1,000 years and God willing we will be until doomsday. You will not be able to make Istanbul Constantinople”:

Unlike Spike Lee’s BlackKKlansman, who sought to expose the KKK, this “35-year-old black man – had called the Ku Klux Klan over and over again because” he shares their hatred of Islam:

Delayed entry to help bury victims due to remarks he denies making about gays, he is on ISIS’ hit list for opposing “violence in the name of Islam, and urges people to follow the laws of the country they live in”:

“Oyub Titiev, 61, had worked for years investigating allegations of abuse ranging from torture to murder under the increasingly autocratic rule of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov”:

“[T]he French state wants to regulate and confine the Muslim presence – in particular, the visibility of Muslim women – through legal means” …

… and although “there is still no indication by the Australian government that anyone of a Muslim or migrant background is welcome or safe in this country,” one Aussie Muslim woman declares, “This time I am done hiding”:

“The Malay parties in Pakatan Harapan have to pander to the conservatives by regressing to religio-racial supremacy in order to maintain a foothold in the Malay vote bank, especially in view of … [recent] crushing defeats”:

His plan to designate the IRG “as a foreign terrorist organization … would be the first time the United States designated a unit of another government’s military as a terrorist group.” Is sauce for the IRG sauce for the IDF?

News and Analysis (3/18/19)

March 18th, 2019

“New Zealand Muslim leaders on Monday conveyed messages of love, compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received after a lone gunman … [killed] 50 people and injur[ed] dozens more” …

…. The first victim responded to the man pointing a rifle at him “with clear intentions to kill … [him] with the most gentle and sincere greeting of ‘hello brother’”:

“[T]he Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has set up a fund for the victims.” of the New Zealand shooting, “reciprocating the kindness of Pittsburgh’s Muslim community after” last year’s synagogue shooting”:

[W]hite nationalists’ major motivators is ‘the great replacement’ conspiracy theory. They fear that Jews, blacks and Muslims will replace white people and eventually subordinate them”:

“[A]nti-market policies of the 1980s … were … the result of … the … war with Iraq and the flight of the Pahlavi-era upper class. In the early 1990s, … the government’s rhetoric and policies radically shifted to become pro-market”:

Hearing the call to prayer, a college student cried for her “brothers and sisters suffering around the world … in Chinese internment camps and …. in Palestine[,] …in Afghanistan[,] in Yemen[,] … here[, and] … in New Zealand”:

Statement on the Terror Attack in Christchurch

March 16th, 2019

The Minaret of Freedom Institute stands in solidarity with Muslims around the world, and all people of good will, in condemnation of the horrific murder of 49 innocent people in Christchurch, New Zealand. May God be with the victims and their families, and guide us all through this time of grief and sorrow.

We deeply appreciate the kind words, gestures and continued support of people of all religions and those who follow no particular faith, but whose conscience as to right and wrong remains pure and uncorrupted. We renew our commitment to defeat hatred and bigotry with compassion and love.

We are well aware that such disgraceful incidents are enabled by those politicians, hate-group leaders, and trolls who seek to advance their own power and status by dividing us against one another, but we refuse to respond in kind and will continue to support and comfort one another with an unshakable faith in the Oneness of the Divinity that has created us all and challenged us to compete in the doing of good.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (3/14/19)

March 14th, 2019

“Pirro doesn’t know the constitution, doesn’t know American history, doesn’t know her own tradition of Catholicism, and doesn’t have the slightest idea about Islam”:

“This is 100 percent the same thing as making children take their test on Christmas or Easter. It would never happen”:

The arrest of Serikzhan Bilash by Kazakh police for “inciting ethnic hatred … has raised questions about China’s efforts to silence critics of its policies in Xinjiang”:

“The senior noncommissioned officer believed that Valdovinos, 26, who has an approved exemption from her brigade commander to wear a hijab in uniform, was wearing her hair out of regulations underneath it”:

“This is the harshest sentence Amnesty International has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities … are stepping up their repression” …

… national security laws “are so vague that any peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression can also be interpreted by the Iranian authorities to repress those who criticize them”:

A “proposed transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia has raised concerns in Tehran’:

“Rouhani’s meeting with Sistani and the generally positive reception the Iranian leader received in Iraq is a reminder of the limits of the “zero-sum prism that [the United States] views much of its regional rivalry with Iran”:

“Palestinians in the West Bank live under a system that was supposed to last just five years … [but] Israel dug in by building an extensive network of roads, military bases, settlements and quarries”:

News and Analysis (3/11/19)

March 11th, 2019

“Lebanese-American businessman George Nader” reported “that [at the] meeting … the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to aid Trump in his bid for the White House”:

Palestinians like  the “15-year-old lay dying … after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers … didn’t get a mention in the resolution Democratic leadership pushed through … that condemned various forms of hate”:

“After Parveen was released from custody and spoke to HuffPost in an earlier article about being fed pork,” his green card was denied and he now faces possible deportation:

The school now claims that as a private school it need not honor its “offer [to] the boys’s parents [of] a ‘generally positive indication of acceptance’ of prayers” and its suggestion of available space in the library:

“Ramy … is a practicing Muslim who truly believes in his faith, and that alone makes a show centering on his experience a startling, welcome exception to an increasingly monotonous rule”:

Al-Issa noted the Qur’an explains that God deliberately created diverse people, and opined that “only an aware group of people will be able to overcome [negative] difference by realizing God’s wisdom in diversity” …

… and a Malaysian argues that the Qur’an teaches that “differences of opinions but they are meant for human beings to achieve progress and happiness through the course of life”:

News and Analysis (3/7/19)

March 7th, 2019

As Democrats hastily try to rebalance the wording in their resolution …

… we wonder if their hair trigger for the woman who apologized for her insensitive remarks rather than the man unrepentant about defending real anti-Semites is because she’s black, Muslim, female, and calls out apartheid?

Elhady “she was put in a freezing holding cell for hours, causing him to shake uncontrollably and his lips to turn blue. He was eventually taken to a hospital for treatment”:

An ex-CIA officer is shocked by an article “based on the premise that war with Iran is desirable for the United States and, acting behind the scenes, Israel, so it is therefore necessary to come up with an excuse to start it”:

Israel brazenly “claims that water sources in the area are illegal … [although] the water comes from wells in the village and inside Palestinian lands”:

Not allowed to select her own counsel “she refused to attend the trial” where she was convicted in absentia on charges of “encouraging corruption and prostitution” (i.e., defending woman who remove their headscarves):

News and Analysis (3/4/19)

March 4th, 2019

“The increased contacts between the evangelical community and the Arab world could certainly contribute to changes in how Arab countries conduct their ties with Israel”:

“Calculating that both the public and many in the political elite would rally behind him, his wager compelled key Iranian leaders to renew their confidence in him” …

… In Zarif’s view, the [ anti-terrorism financing] law is essential to help the European Union develop a way of getting around American sanctions. But opponents of the law … bogged the legislation down … committee”:

Two supporters of Israel warn that the failure of Kushner’s plan for the Palestinians to exchange core values such as right of return for economic incentives will come”with a cost” to Israel:

“For first time since 2014, some 800 Palestinians are permitted to leave for Umrah pilgrimage via the Rafah crossing”:

Noting that in the Qur’an, “monogamy was the rule and polygamy a restricted exception,” Egypt’s grand mufti argued that the practice is “often an injustice to women and children”:

More than a response to “heightened anxiety … and fears of a growing tide of hate crime” Muslims believe that “there are certain cases where we feel if we had been around we could have served as a preventive service”:

“We have allowed national level politics to become a cancer on our state, to become a cancer on our legislature, to invade our chamber in a way that frankly makes me ashamed” — WV Republican House Speaker:

News and Analysis (3/1/19)

March 1st, 2019

If a U.S. citizen joins a terrorist organization at war with the U.S., you would expect the government to prosecute her under U.S. jurisdiction. Not the Trump administration:

Although the author finds that Islamic “concepts or practices that express religious freedom … fall short of a full and broadly” respecting that right, the “Muslim world … contains the potential for far more” religious freedom:

Poor job prospects “due to [his] past history” made finding him a job that allowed a beard “an undue pressure on public funds” so requiring he shave “is deemed to be an acceptable infringement of the religious freedom”:

Immigrants say that “officials at the detention center “ignored or denied” requests for “religiously compliant [meals], … to make their five daily prayers …, and to have access to … like prayer rugs and copies of the Quran”:

The court ruled regarding “a claim of illegal surveillance at Orange County mosques that the government could not cite state secrets privilege in denying a class action lawsuit brought by the ACLU”:

China no longer limits its repression of Islam and Muslims to its own citizens:

“One staff member was physically injured during the morning’s confrontations, and another official resigned after being accused of making anti-Muslim comments”:

Our European allies are not engaged in a bluff on Iran, but in “what the game theorist and nuclear strategist Thomas Schelling calls a tripwire“:

Self-styled “private mossads” hound American citizens and seek to alter the outcomes of American elections …

… “Probe finds ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ snipers intentionally shot at children, civilians during 2018 Gaza rallies” …

… “men, women and children said nothing would keep them away from the holy site”:

… To paraphrase Bob Dylan, “Like Pharaoh’s tribe it was drownded in the tide”:

“I’m comfortable covering my hair the same way you’re comfortable covering your tits. And it’s not for me to say you’re oppressed by your top and your bra”: