News and Analysis 1/9/23

January 9th, 2023

Homes, wells, young people, the PA, its own Arab citizens, and a PTA are among the targets of the apartheid state:

The silence of Muslim political thinkers stands “in stark contrast to the deeply egalitarian message emphasised in both the Quran and Mohammed’s teachings”:

The son of a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany now faces discrimination for not excluding Israel from his campaign to blow the whistle on oppressive governments:

“Both hijab bans and hijab mandates exist to control women”:

It’s more of the same as the Democrats replace Nancy Pelosi (if the Capitol “crumbled to the ground,” we’d still be aiding Israel with Hakeem Jeffries (“Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever”):

“When the Phules were thrown out by their families for promoting education among Dalits and other castes, Fatima Sheikh encouraged the couple to establish the first all-girls school … at her home”:

AI technology pretends “impartiality, while remaining flawed on topics, such as racism in politics and the Palestinian issue”:

News and Analysis 1/8/23

January 8th, 2023

At the time Tunisia’s presidency “denied US pressure to dismiss” its ambassador to the UN, who had “prepared the draft resolution condemning ‘deal of the century'”:

Amnesty International “said all of those facing death sentences had been denied the right to adequate defense and access to lawyers of their choosing”:

As Israeli continues it violence against the legitimate owners of the land and their children …

… the new national security minister expresses his pleasure that those who resist will not be treated moire humanely:

An exploration of Keralan Muslim women “redefining themselves within the Islamic traditions … on issues like widow remarriage, the right to property, the purdah system, and the Islamic ways of life … against the State and religious oppression”:

Poor representation of women and complete absence of Muslims makes the “managing committee [look like] a unit of the political party headed by the current government”:

The election of Muslim woman to the Wisconsin statehouse is a novelty …

… but in New Jersey a Muslim mayor who’s “seen both Democrat and Republican mayors who are Muslim win elections in New Jersey” says, “We can get over the stereotypes and biases if we serve our communities well”:

“[A]lthough the marriage is valid in Islam, if couples fail to register with Jais, their marriage is not recognised” leading problems “like dealing with their children who are getting married” and inheritance”:

“[I]t was the first time a cultural object has been returned to the Palestinian people from the United States”:

News and Analysis 1/5/23

January 5th, 2023

Sweden’s “progressive” child protection service has taken Muslim children away from their parents on mere suspicion of potential physical abuse and turned them over to sexual abusers:

MPAC declares its opposition to ” the ideology of compulsion in general” stems “not from a political or partisan perspective but from a deeply held sense of moral and religious obligation flowing from our Islamic faith and sincere commitment to God”:

The convicted terrorist’s plan to go to al-Aqsa raises concerns not only among Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, the UN, and a former Israeli PM, but even in the U.S. government:

A “stateless Palestinian who was held … in Juneau, Wis., … for overstaying his visa … says Christians were allowed to participate in unsupervised group prayer”:

A young woman held up with the Qur’anic commandment to all Mulsims, male and female, Iqra, which means Read!. Rather than take the advice, the Taliban took away her placard:

Israel continues its rampage of detentions, demolitions, expulsions, and the murder of children:

“France’s Foreign Minister … dismissed the outrage and said Iran ‘practices violence against its own population’ and, unlike France, doesn’t have freedom of the press”:

She “won a special election … after a hard-fought campaign scarred by Islamophobic attacks. She will represent the First Ward … [of a Minnesota] city of about 71,000”:

“If I hadn’t had the research background I have, … I would be afraid of basically all Muslim leaders in Sweden” —  Emin Poljarevic, associate professor of sociology of religion:

News and Analysis 1/3/23

January 3rd, 2023

The increasingly flagrant nature of Israeli racism may have no immediate effect on U.S. government policy, but its effect on the American Jewish community is visible in an open battle over free speech:

“Swedish authorities have rejected the allegations [of Islamophobia], saying they reserve the right to oversee private school activities.” Since the 1990s the private schools have been funded by the government:

India killed almost two dozen innocent Kashmiris per month in 2022, and so far in 2023 the pace is picking up:

“Ghaz?l? (d. 1111), in his treatise The Just Balance (2016), not only develops a model of critical thinking from the Qur??n itself, but he also coined the term from a Qur?anic verse, ‘And weigh with the just balance’ [26:182]”:

A 15-year-old and a 17-year -old are among those shot dead by Israeli troops:

Charges that night raids are really aimed at creating suspicions about Muslims are supported by an officer’s response to the question as to why the police had seized books, “What else can we do? We cannot return with bare hands”:

“Syria blamed Israel for an airstrike on Damascus International Airport overnight between Sunday and Monday” which is “the second attack on the airport since June”:

The Passing of Ali Memon

December 31st, 2022

Former Minaret of Freedom Institute’s board member Ali Memon passed away yesterday, leaving behind his wife Razia and two sons Kamran and Nauman. Today, I joined them and other members of his family and many friends at his burial where we prayed for him and put the earth over his grave.

Ali is remembered by his acquaintances for his ready smile and welcoming demeanor. We at the Minaret of Freedom Institute remember him for his dedicated service during a critical time in our growth when he appropriately used his oversight position as a board member to insure that we crossed our t’s and dotted our i’s. There is no doubt that his efforts made a difference in the success of our humble organization.

May God forgive him and grant him paradise and comfort all who love and loved him. To God we belong and to Him we return.

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

News and Analysis 12/30/22

December 30th, 2022

Calling an an art history class display of a historical Muslim image of Muhammad (pbuh) Islamophobic “has privileged a most extreme and conservative Muslim point of view. . [and] flattened the rich history and diversity of Islamic thought”:

As Israeli oppression continues to mount …

… one act of IDF terror leads to charges:

Her campus activism “made her the target of online hate mobs, … her father was arrested on what she describes as flimsy and specious pretenses and has been held since, and finally, she speaks about the shocking destruction of her family home by a bulldozer”:

“Authorities apprehended him in September 2017 amid a widespread crackdown on Islamic clergy and other prominent Uyghurs, for traveling to the holy city Mecca in 2015”:

“[I[n Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan in particular. Islam and Muslim organizations operate also as social actors and have social agency, especially women”:

The man Lady Warsi accused of having “the same ‘crazy’ anti-Muslim policies as Donald Trump” wants to publish a report distracting from the real threat of right-wing nationalism with the bogeyman of Muslim extremism:

“The biggest victim of [BJP intolerance] have been members of communities of religious minorities of India, especially Muslims and Christians” …

… and Sikhs tradition is collateral damage:

“Rouhani said Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) valued the opinion … of the people and consulted them on matters, … even … when he held a different opinion himself”:

The Global Islamic Council objects to Google placing a factual definition of Jews second to a slur:

News and Analysis 12/28/22

December 28th, 2022

Blaming “Western countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia of fomenting the unrest,” and “arrests of dozens of dual nationals, … [aims] to shift blame away from the Iranian leadership”:

Initially in opposition to the Soviet Union, now of Russia and China, and always in support of “oil and Israel,” the U.S. has  fostered division in the region:

Vowing to appeal, one of the banned “school’s board members in a statement said: ‘The board thinks it is an unfair decision. There is no evidence for what we are accused of'”:

If the Prophet says “Seeking knowledge is a duty for every Muslim, male and female,” who are the Taliban to prevent women from their duty?

Israeli oppression continues to mount:

Once “the most significant social movement and political opposition in Egypt, … the group has been all but destroyed, with most of its leaders either imprisoned, killed or in exile”:

Activation of Starlink in Iran is “part of a U.S.-backed effort ‘to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information’ to Iranians”:

News and Analysis 12/25/22

December 25th, 2022

Muslims look at Christmas in America …

… and in the land of Jesus’s (pbuh) birth:

On the heels of its unIslamic ban on women’s higher education …

… the Taliban takes the bread out of the mouths of Afghani families by prohibiting Afghani females from working with foreign aid agencies:

Sen. Warren and Rep. Jacobs charge that the DOD “is undercounting U.S.-caused civilian casualties in the Middle East and failing to make condolence payments even for [those] deaths it does acknowledge.”:

Netanyahu committed to recognise up to 100 illegal outpost communities across the Palestinian territories, to the dismay of Israel’s international partners”:

“In yet another demonstration of Islamophobia in India, there is no outcry over Twitter’s arbitrary suspension of our editor Ahmed Khabeer” — The Jamia Times:

Those fighting real antisemitism say she is targeted “to silence her and to undermine her mandate as a senior UN official reporting about Israel’s violations of human rights and international law”:

News and Analysis 12/22/22

December 22nd, 2022

“‘You can’t stop the truth,’ said Nafar, speaking after the concert which Israeli police failed to shut down” …

… but in Germany a “new report by ministers and senators seeks to lay the legal basis for outlawing Palestinian groups, and even banning maps of historic Palestine”:

Demonstrating their contempt for the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), the “Taliban on Tuesday banned women from all universities in Afghanistan”:

“Israeli forces and settlers have killed 166 Palestinians, including at least 30 children, in the West Bank in 2022,”while “29 Israelis, including soldiers, have been killed by Palestinians in the same period”:

“The new criminal code … includes articles that ban insulting the president and state institutions, and spreading views counter to the state ideology

“Jews from the Ottoman Empire pioneered the Christmas-lights market a century ago — but nativism, antisemitism and Islamophobia obscured this history”:

Do “this Imam and his kind have no idea that women not only congregate in mosques in many Islamic and non-Islamic countries, but also at the Masjid Al Haram itself?”:

“Mounties say, MAC should take its concerns to other authorities, even though the records include faked RCMP search warrants and phony records of payments to informants”:

As Israeli oppression increases …

… there are signs of a U.S. pushback “expected primarily to affect settlers living in the occupied West Bank”:

The EU Court of Human Rights has upheld the politician’s €3,000 fine for saying French Muslims must choose “between Islam and France”:

News and Analysis 12/19/22

December 19th, 2022

“[D]uring a time of especially heavy Israeli state violence” one rights group reported 700 instances of censorship and another “that nearly half of the Palestinian-themed content that disappeared off of Instagram” …

… so Musk’s selection of Bari “Weiss as one of the journalists to break a story about censorship is exceptionally ironic, given Weiss’s history” suppressing “suppress academic freedom for Palestinian and Arab scholars.”:

The skeptics notwithstanding, Qatar ends up hosting “the best game of all time”:

In their fanatic push to conflate ant-Zionism with antisemitism, Zionists now “want a *government entity* to dictate what is and isn’t a *legitimate Jewish belief*”:

“Reform of Islamic jurisprudence challenges a key pillar of autocratic strategies in the Muslim world designed to ensure the survival of repressive regimes”:

The illegal “deportation of lawyer Salah Hamouri, a Jerusalemite who holds French citizenship, to France yesterday” is meant to intimidate non-Jewish residents of the city into submission …

… but Israel refuses to explain its detention of a Palestinian-American attempting to enter Jerusalem with a permit:

The creator of That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story and Yes, I’m Hot in This says fans must wait for the televised version of her work until studios can find a Muslim showrunner:

In the wake of the IDF murder of a 15-year-old girl, a settler rams his car into two brothers fixing a tire on the roadside …

… and Palestine’s PM calls for UN “teams stationed in Palestine to deploy monitors on the roads and in the areas targeted by settlers”:

“We are habituated to curfews, snow, and we grew up amidst bullets and militancy, … but the internet is the oxygen of our business”:

A report on the “constant obstruction, harassment and persecution, from tear-gassing nurseries to arbitrary checkpoints and night raids, used to drive Palestinians from their land”: