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China bans long beards, veils in public places.

China is intensifying its crackdown against what it deems religious extremism in the far-west province of Xinjiang, which is home to 10 million Muslims.

To ensure this was achieved, authorities have ordered that people would no more wear long beards, no more wearing of veils in public places and there would be no home-schooling.

The latest measures outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars.

“They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose research focuses on China’s Uyghur minority.

The new legislation, which was published on a regional news portal run by the provincial government, appears to standardise, and expand across the whole province, piecemeal rules and regulations that have been enacted in individual towns and cities.

Specifically, it prohibits, advocating or propagating extremist thoughts, wearing or forcing others to wear full-face coverings and hyping up religious fanaticism through growing beards or choosing names in an abnormal way

Others include not allowing children to receive state education, interfering with state education and deliberately interfering or harming the implementation of family planning policies.

Publishing, downloading or reading articles, publications and audio-video material containing extremist content as well as rejecting or refusing state products and services that include radio and television programming.

The law didn’t explain these measures in detail or define abnormal, but the English-language state-run China Daily did say that long beards would be banned “as they are deemed to promote extremism”.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years; the government describes the perpetrators as terrorists inspired by religious extremism.

There has been a spate of high-profile attacks involving ethnic Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking minority, outside the province.

These include a 2014 attack outside a rail station in the southwestern city of Kunming that killed 31 people and an attack in Beijing in 2013 when a car drove into a crowd of tourists and killed five people.

 

Source: The Cable

Hijab wearing model participates in Yeezy Season 7 wearing her Hijab

Somalian-born model, Halima Aden who was the first Muslim to compete in a beauty pageant wearing Hijab has been signed on to one of the top modeling agencies in the world, IMG Models.

She shot CR Fashion book with Mario Sorrenti and walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 7 at the New York Fashion Week which just ended. She achieved all these wearing her Hijab.

“Never thought I would see the day that a woman dressed like me would grace the cover of a fashion magazine. Thank you SO much @carineroitfeld and my new @crfashionbook family for giving me the opportunity to feel represented in the most beautiful way ??”

‘Not in this country!’ Australian senator lashes out at pro-Sharia activist.

A debate on migration led to fireworks on Monday night’s Q&A program, with outspoken independent senator Jacqui Lambie getting into a shouting match with Islamic youth leader Yassmin Abdel-Magied over sharia law.

Key points:

  • Senator Jacqui Lambie said “anyone that supports sharia law should be deported”
  • Youth leader Yassmin Abdel-Magied accused Ms Lambie of being uninformed
  • Their differences were set aside regarding childhood education funding — both opposing the Government’s proposed funding cuts

The face-off occurred after an audience member asked if it was time to define new rules surrounding migration to avoid community conflict, leading Senator Lambie to reaffirm her position that anyone that supports sharia law be deported from Australia.

Ms Abdel-Magied interjected, asking the Tasmanian senator if she knew what sharia law was, before the two fought over its definition and women’s rights.

“My frustration is that people talk about Islam without knowing anything about it and they’re willing to completely negate any of my rights as a human being,” Ms Abdel-Magied said.

“Islam to me is the most feminist religion. We got equal rights well before the Europeans. We don’t take our husbands’ last names because we ain’t their property.”

Senator Lambie replied forcefully, saying there was only one law for Australians.

“The fact is we have one law in this country and it is the Australian law — not sharia law, not in this country, not in my day,” she said to cheers from the audience.

Ms Abdel-Magied retorted, saying Islam taught people to follow the law of the land they are on, before the pair sparred again, forcing host Tony Jones to put an end to the fracas.

The pair also traded barbs when US President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration was brought up, with Senator Lambie saying she supported a similar ban being introduced into Australia.

“This is what the majority want — the majority want to feel safe, be safe. And Donald Trump, if he wants to put that and put those on hold for three months, he has every right to do so,” she said.

Early childhood education debate unites warring pair

But Senator Lambie’s and Ms Adbel-Magied’s differences were put to one side when the discussion turned to the Federal Government’s plans to change its funding of early childhood education.

The pair turned their attention to Liberal senator James Paterson, who attempted to defend the Government’s position on activity testing parents in order for children to receive childcare.

“Oh mate, you know how many families who have been living in public housing — third and fourth generations — it doesn’t work like that,” Senator Lambie said, with Ms Adbel-Magied saying she was “with Jacqui on this”.

“Why should kids pay the penalty being stuck inside those houses? Get them out of there!”

Senator Paterson tried to respond but could not get a word in over Senator Lambie.

“Oh bullshit!” she said.

“I’m really angry about this. You need to get those kids out of there.

 

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Court block Trump’s ban, clears Muslim immigrants to fly to U.S.

The United States government has told airlines that previously stopped some categories of travellers from boarding planes to the country to start allowing them fly, according to U.S. media.

The instruction came hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald trump’s executive order banning citizens of some Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

However, the White House vowed late on Friday that it would challenge the “outrageous” ruling, saying it would seek a halt to the judge’s order and restore Mr. Trump’s “lawful and appropriate order”.

“The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people,” the White House said.

The government was “arguing that we have to protect the U.S. from individuals from these countries, and here’s no support for that”, said James Robart, a judge of Federal District Court for Washington.

Though far-reaching, the ruling was temporary. It will stay in place until the government is able to provide plausible arguments in support of its policy or obtain a stay of execution.

Mr. Robart’s order specifically targets two parts of Mr. trump’s order: its 90-day suspension of entry into the United States of people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — and its limits on accepting refugees, including “any action that prioritizes the refugee claims of certain religious minorities,” the New York Times reported.

The government had argued that the order, which barred the admission of refugees for 120 days and indefinitely for Syrian refugees, was to allow it to evaluate the process for vetting refugees and other immigrants in order to safeguard the country against terrorism.

It added that after the temporary halt, persecuted religious minorities would be given preference. In fact, Mr. Trump disclosed in an interview that the United States would give Christians from those countries priority because they had suffered “more so than others.”

“What we’re seeing here is the courts standing up to the unconstitutional ban that President Trump imposed. There’s obviously more litigation to come, but this is truly good news for the many people both in this country and abroad who have been unfairly targeted on the basis of their religion by this ban,” Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the A.C.L.U, told the New York Times.

The ruling rendered the decision of a Boston federal judge, Nathaniel Gorton, who ruled in a favour of the Trump administration few hours earlier moot.

The judge had declined to extend a temporary halt to the order in that jurisdiction.

Mr. Gorton, said that while the nation’s immigration history was a source of great pride and that the plaintiffs in that case — Iranian nationals who are academics — had compelling stories, “the public interest in safety and security in this ever more dangerous world is strong as well.”

 

Source: Premium Times

Christians, Muslims major problems of Yoruba tradition – LASU Don

A Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Danoye Oguntola-Laguda, has said that Christians and Muslims were the major problems of Yoruba tradition because they create a negative mindsets in individuals.

Mr. Oguntola-Laguda of the Department of Religions and Peace Studies, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, LASU, made the assertion at the institution’s 57th Inaugural Lecture Series on Wednesday in Lagos.

The lecture is entitled: “Esu, The Individual and The Society’’.

He said that Christians and Muslims should not misunderstand the personality of the “Esu’’ (devil) deity to the detriment of Yoruba traditional religious belief.

“Christians and Muslims are the major problems of the Yoruba tradition because they create negative mindsets in individuals that Esu is evil,” the don said.

According to him, the influx of imported religious ideologies such as Christianity and Islam into the Yoruba religious space has affected the traditional conception of the devil.

Oguntola-Laguda said the pristine traditional conception of Esu deity as noted in Yoruba traditional religion had been abandoned for the positions of Christianity and Islam on the deity to become popular.

He said: “Esu is evil, leads men astray, encourages them to do evil, works against the salvation plan of God for mankind and therefore must be avoided at all cost.”

The philosopher said that the ideology of the two religious beliefs is an attempt to locate a scapegoat for their moral weaknesses and absolve their God from evil activities.

“In Yoruba traditional thought, all things, including evil are possible only with the approval of God and evil is caused by God for good purposes.

“Just as the labour pain experienced by women is evil only momentarily, after the delivery of the child, joy and happiness always ensued,” he said.

Mr. Oguntola-Laguda explained that Esu is the name of a deity or divinity among pantheon of gods in Yoruba theology, which includes Orunmila (the wisdom divinity), Ogun (iron and war divinity).

Also, Obatala (creative divinity), while Olodumare (God) is the source of all beings, including the divinities which Esu is one of them.

“Yoruba religion believes that Olodumare created Esu as one of his lieutenants and gave him the primordial duties of inspecting rituals, sacrifices and worship.

“This (is) because Esu has the will-power to approve or disapprove of all worships and rituals directed to Olodumare or any other divinities, his primordial function earned him unfortunate appellations and misconceptions,’’ he said.

The professor said God seeks to bring man closer to himself by prescribing sacrifices and the devil makes sure such rituals were done according to prescription.

According to him, those who refuse to offer the prescribed sacrifice(s) are punished by the devil on behalf of God who gave him the role and this punishment are regarded as evil by humans.

“If these punishments are considered evil, then the prime cause of things — Olodumare should be liable for the actions of the Esu deity.

“This is because God allows evil to exist in order to derive greater good from it,’’ he said.

Mr. Oguntola-Laguda said that to blame Esu for the evil deeds of man was to create a paradox that might be difficult to explain.

“This is because man as created by God is a determined moral agent who has come to the world to act according to the script as designed and sealed by God.

“Therefore, man cannot do otherwise since there are no alternative courses of action laid out for him,” he said.

The philosopher said that men, unfortunately, desecrate and bring evil to themselves and the society because they do not want to do what is right.

He, however, urged all to believe in destiny, respect one another’s religion, do what is right, according to the culture of the society to enjoy sustainable peace and harmony.

Four States Sue Trump Over Muslim Ban

Four US states are suing the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning refugees and travellers from a list of predominantly Muslim countries from entering America.

New York, Massachusetts and Virginia joined Washington state on a growing list of states in launching legal challenges against executive order that wreaked havoc at airports at the weekend

Washington became the first state to sue the White House on Monday.

On Tuesday New York joined a federal lawsuit against Trump’s executive order brought by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the Urban Justice Center and others…

Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney general, described the order signed last Friday as unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-American

“Virginia has a substantial interest in protecting its public universities and their faculty and students from the academic and fiscal disruption posed by the executive order,” according to the state’s motion filed in the federal court of Alexandria

Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey said the state was also filing its own case seeking to have the ban struck down.

The executive order is harmful, discriminatory and unconstitutional. It

discriminates on the basis of religion and national origin, Healey said at a press briefing at her office

 

Source: www.washingtonexaminer.com

President Trump Defends Executive Order On Immigration Amid Mounting Criticism

U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. has sparked fierce backlash and condemnation, but the president maintained on Sunday that he would not lift the ban.

The Executive Order

Mr. Trump signed an executive order on Friday afternoon barring citizens of seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering U.S. soil for the next 90 days. Additionally, the order suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely banned Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.

Citizens from the above-mentioned countries that hold dual citizenship with the U.S., however, will be exempted from the ban.

Confusion

The new restrictions on immigration caused confusion at airports in the U.S. and abroad, as certain aspects of the ban remain unclear.

The New York Times reports that students, visitors, and green card holders (i.e., persons with permanent resident status but not U.S. citizenship) were denied entry into airports across the country. Many were detained in airports while others were sent back to their home countries. Others were prevented from boarding U.S.-bound flights departing from Cairo, Dubai, and Istanbul.

According to Reuters, 170 people were denied entry into the U.S. on Saturday night.

Many immigration officials and airport security workers, however, were on Saturday unclear as to who could and could not enter the country. Specifically, the status of green card holders caused confusion, as the executive order states that a green card holder could be barred from the restriction if it is in “the national interest” to do so.

Even White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus appeared to be confused over the restriction, as he appeared to contradict himself when discussing the ban on a Sunday morning talk show. After initially saying that the ban would not affect green card holders, he soon reversed course after being pushed for clarification.

“We didn’t overrule the Department of Homeland Security, as far as green card holders moving forward, it doesn’t affect them,” he said. But when asked again if the ban affects green card holders, Mr. Priebus replied, “Well, of course, it does. If you’re traveling back and forth, you’re going to be subjected to further screening.”

The Aftermath

Protesters stormed airports across the U.S. to express their anger at the ban, which many feel is a violation of civil rights and antithetical to American values.

Americans judges have defied the ban, saying it violates the U.S. constitution.

On Saturday night, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly of New York granted an order prohibiting the deportation of green card and visa holders being held at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York

Reuters reports that judges in Massachusetts, Washington, and Virginia granted similar orders on Saturday night.

While such orders do not strike down Mr. Trump’s executive order, they prove that it could be difficult for the federal government to enforce.

US Army okays beard, hijabs for Muslim officers

The US Army has given approval for Muslim soldiers and officers of other religious minorities to wear beards, head scarf or hijabs for women.

Soldiers who desire to wear any of the items are to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the military.

In a memorandum signed this week, Eric Fanning, army secretary, revised the uniform policy to set appearance standards for people seeking religious accommodations.

However, soldiers with such religious obligations must still be able to wear combat helmets and other protective headgears, and must modify their hairstyles to achieve a proper fit.

All head scarfs or hijabs must be of a similar colour to the uniform and be free of designs or markings, unless they are camouflage and worn with a camouflage uniform.

The new rules also enable brigade-level commanders to approve the religious accommodations, an authority that was an exclusive preservation of the army secretary.

If any soldier is denied religious obligations, he may then appeal to the army secretary.

According to the memorandum, once a religious accommodation is approved for a soldier, it may not be revised throughout the soldier’s career except by the approval of the army secretary.

“The accommodation will not affect job specialties or duty locations, except in a few limited cases,” read the memorandum.

“Our goal is to balance soldier readiness and safety with the accommodation of our soldiers’ faith practices, and this latest directive allows us to do that.”

The new rules were welcomed by the Sikh Coalition.

“We are pleased with the progress that this new policy represents for religious tolerance and diversity,” said Harsimran Kaur, coalition legal director.

Sikhs have a long tradition of military service in India and elsewhere and have served in the United States as far back as World War One.

But uniform reforms after the Vietnam War made it difficult for them to serve without violating the tenets of their faith.

Nigeria University reconciles Christians, Muslims divided by Boko Haram

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Tuesday took a major step to reconcile residents of Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Mubi is one of the local government areas in Nigeria’s North-east zone that Boko Haram insurgents overran and occupied for months in 2014.

During the crisis, the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the town said to be one of the largest in the state, was seriously strained.

But through its Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism campaign tagged, #IAmABeliever, the AUN brought members of Christian and Muslim self-protection groups together for training and sharing of stories on how they survived the Boko Haram carnage.

The programme titled, “Stories-for-Peace Workshop,” was organized by AUN students in collaboration with Illusions of Reflection – a Mubi-based youth group.

The workshop was attended by over 500 members of the Boys Brigade, a non-denominational Christian security group and the Nigerian Aid Group of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, a Muslim protection group.

Two highly revered religious leaders, Hamid Hammad and Ezekiel Williams, also attended the event.

Addressing the participants, Sheik Hammad lauded the AUN initiative and emphasised the importance of true and uniting stories in peace-building.

“It’s a welcome idea. Peace is very important in the world and in our society. When telling stories, please make sure what you are going to tell is genuine and is not going to cause any conflict in society,” he said.

Rev. Williams, who is also a leader of the Boys Brigade, shared stories of how he escaped with 50 other Christians after being trapped in Mubi under Boko Haram for five days.

He attributed their survival and escape to divine intervention.

Other Christians and Muslims faithful also shared stories of close shaves with death, personal losses and trauma when Boko Haram attacked the area.

The AUN’s Dean of Arts and Science, Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, who moderated the story-telling session, said throughout human history, shared stories have played a crucial role in bringing peoples and communities together.

“Stories provide a shared space for everyone to experience the tribulations and triumphs of the other, this can help bind a people together,” said Mr. Jacob.

The programme also featured a joint protection operation training for the Christian and Muslim groups.

AUN’s Assistant Vice President, Safety and Security, Lionel Rawlins, led the training on methods of protecting religious places from terrorist attacks.

Mr. Rawlins advised both groups to work together to protect each other’s places of worship.

The event ended with a 500-meter walk for peace, where Muslims and Christians marched holding hands to the gate of Adamawa State University in Mubi.

The university was among the educational institutions sacked by Boko Haram during the 2014 invasion.

More than a year after the Nigerian security forces liberated Mubi, tensions and mutual suspicion have continued to dog relationship between Christians and Muslims in the area.

The #IAmABeliever campaign is organized by students of Public Diplomacy & Strategic Media Intervention.

The course is part of a global university initiative to challenge extremism, with funding support from the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the US State Department and Facebook.

5-Year Jail Time For Anyone Who Celebrates Christmas In Brunei – Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Earlier in April, the rest of the world condemned monarch-ruled Brunei after announcing the introduction of the Sharia penal code that would include penalties such as the severing of limbs and death by stoning.

 

The tiny but prosperous state on the island of Borneo that is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah,  has now made international headlines once again after the state announced a ban on Christmas.

 

Banned Christmas: Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, it was announced today. Pictured, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah

Banned Christmas: Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, it was announced today. Pictured, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah

 

The ban was declared on the internationally celebrated Christian holiday because the religious affairs ministry said that publicly marking non-Islamic rituals or festivities could be seen as propagations of religions other than Islam.

 

Roughly 20 per cent of Brunei’s residents comprise of non-Muslims, including sizeable Buddhist and Christian communities.

 

Believers of other religions that live under the rule of an Islamic country – according to Islam – may practice their religion or celebrate their religious festivities among their community, with the condition that the celebrations are not disclosed or displayed publicly to Muslims,

 

Muslims should be careful not to follow celebrations such as these that are not in any way related to Islam… and could unknowingly damage the faith of Muslims.‘ Said the government of Brunei in a statement.

The tough restriction was put in place after children and adults were seen wearing clothes 'that resemble Santa Claus' - thereby promoting a religion other than Islam

The tough restriction was put in place after children and adults were seen wearing clothes ‘that resemble Santa Claus’ – thereby promoting a religion other than Islam

 

The statement also noted that businesses that publicly displayed Christmas decorations would be asked to take them down– to which the businesses had given their ‘full cooperation’ in the matter.

 

The penalty for celebrating Christmas in Brunei is punishable with a jail term of up to 5-years.

 

Brunei’s latest decision to ban Christmas officially will no doubt, attract more international criticism- following the harsh Sharia penal code that was announced to be implemented in the state in April by Brunei’s 68-year-old Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

 

So what is your take on the issue? Let us know!

“There is no Sharia Bill in the House” – Reps

The House of Representatives has said there is no bill before it seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria through an amendment to the constitution.

 

The House said the clarafication was in reaction to reports that a Sharia bill had passed through second reading on October 27, 2016 with allegations that no member raised an objection to it.

 

The spokesperson of the House, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, while briefing journalists yesterday, said there was a proposal seeking to amend the provisions of Sharia law in the constitution.

 

He said the amendment seeks to expand the powers of the Sharia courts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to hear criminal cases. It was referred to the constitutional review committee in May this year.

 

Namdas said the committee would refer the proposal back to the House if it is found worthy after its details are considered.

 

“The committee looks at all proposals sent to it, and the ones that survive are sent to the House for debate and deliberations,” he added.

Trump Removes ‘Muslim Ban’ from His Website

One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s most divisive promises — to ban Muslims from entering America — disappeared from his campaign website before reappearing on Thursday.

Trump‘s campaign staff told US media that text of the pledge, posted in December following terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, vanished because of a technical glitch.

It reappeared after journalists questioned the disappearance.

“The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly,” the campaign said in a statement.

Trump said in December that Muslim immigrants pose the United States a security threat and called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

It was one of a number of his statements — including a pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and criticism of women who accused him of sexual harassment — that prompted the greatest backlash against his campaign, with accusations of xenophobia.

Later, he shifted to say immigration should be suspended from any country “that has been compromised by terrorism.”

His stance apparently helped win him the presidency with the support of a majority of white, working-class voters.

AFP

 

With Trump’s victory, suspend your US trips – MURIC tells Muslims.

The Muslim Rights Concern has urged Nigerians to suspend their planned trips to the United States of America.

The position of MURIC is coming two days after Republican Donald Trump won the US presidential election.

MURIC said it was ill-advised for any Muslim to go to the US for now in a statement signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola.

The statement said Trump’s victory has serious implications for Muslims in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

It said his Americanisation of virtually everything coupled with his tortuous isolationism and a pathological obsession with Islamophobia calls for grave concern.

The statement added: “The contemptuous treatment of Muslims travelling in or out of America has long been a matter of serious concern to advocates of free movement and Allah-given fundamental human rights. Coupled with this is the horrendous policy of rendition whereby Muslims are kidnapped en route other destinations and forcefully taken to the dreaded Guatemala to face America’s notorious waterbodding and other forms of inhuman treatment.

“The advent of Donald Trump is the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The American President-Elect has divided America along racial and religious lines. He threatened to close mosques. He also swore to give Muslims a special data base in order to control terrorism.

“Trump may be an iconoclast, but the Americans who voted for him were not deaf. They heard him loud and clear. They heard all his threats. The victory of Trump, particularly coming hot on the heels of Brexit, means that Western democracies are jettisoning globalization for nationalism.

“MURIC respects the wish of Americans to stand by their national interest. We call on Muslims around the world to also respect the wish of the American people to be left alone.

“Nonetheless, we reiterate our avowed rejection of racist and hate speeches. We disown violent groups like Al-Qaidah and ISIS who instigate Muslims to kill Americans and attack American and Western interests. Qur’an 49:13 is a categorical vote for the universality of mankind and Islam is a religion for all nations. Therefore no nation should be set aside for hatred.

“We urge Muslims around the world to nurse no malice against Americans over Trump’s victory and the likely fallout. It should be noted that few Americans support Trump’s weird policies. He won the election via the electoral college but received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. The victory of Trump reveals the paradoxical underbelly of the world’s greatest democracy. American minority has had its way.

“Finally, we appeal to Nigerian Muslims to suspend planned trips to the United States until they know which way the cat will jump. Any Nigerian Muslim who ignores this advice is on his own. We also advise immigrant Muslims residing in the United States to return to their countries or be prepared for harsh treatments including increased Islamophobic attacks. Americans must be allowed to fix their own country.”

US Election: ISIS orders Muslims not to cast votes but slaughter Americans.

The Islamic State Jihadist group, ISIS, has ordered Muslims not to cast a vote but to attack voters during the US election.

 

The threat comes as polls open for the closely-fought race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

 

MirrorUK reports that the new ISIS threats were made in an essay published by the terror group’s Al Hayat media centre.

 

The essay said: “There is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in the US in their policies against Islam and Muslims.

 

“Militants have come to slaughter you and smash your ballot boxes.”

 

This is coming after the FBI was reportedly probing a major terror attack planned for the day before the US elections in multiple states.

No public school in Lagos should ‘punish pupils’ for wearing hijab.

Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, the Lagos state commissioner for home affairs, says no public school should prevent or punish pupils for wearing hijab, an Islamic headscarf.

Following the Appeal Court ruling which granted the use of hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos, the state government had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment.

Hence, the commissioner said all parties involved in the case should patiently await the outcome of the appeal.

Warning against a potential crisis that could emanate if the matter is not handled with caution, he said reports that some principals punished pupils for wearing hijab to school, were displeasing.

Abdullateef made the comments at a programme organised by the Muslim Congress.

“This government headed by Governor Akinkunmi Ambode is fair to all. We are not against any religion. Those punishing pupils for wearing hijab are not sent by us,” he said.

“We have not asked anybody to punish pupils for wearing it to school. We are aware of the court judgment and we have appealed to the Supreme Court.

“Pending the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement, I sincerely appeal to all concerned parties to keep calm. We don’t want crisis.

“We don’t want this to degenerate into crisis and we will continue to respect the right of everybody as enshrined in the constitution.”

Nigeria Does Not Belong To Christians, Muslims, APC, PDP– Bishop Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, has cautioned members of the National Assembly against making laws that could disunite Nigeria.

He gave this warning in Abuja while speaking at the 50th birthday celebration of Senator Osita Izunaso and the 11th anniversary of his Kpakpando Foundation for physically challenged persons.

Bishop Kukah said Nigeria has gone through a lot of tough times since the days of independence up to the present day, which has made the country fragile and sensitive, and has positioned the society on the brinks of disintegration.

He described as regrettable the plan by some lawmakers to call for the introduction of sharia law across the country and challenged all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion or party affiliation to join hands in making national cohesion a day-to-day reality for every citizen.

He said: “This country has gone through so much. We have shed so much blood. We are still going through the problem of Boko Haram. We are still going through the problems of Niger-Delta Avengers; we are still going through the problems of Biafra. “It saddens me to hear that politicians, again, are filled with the idea of Sharia law.

“I want to call out to the members of the National Assembly. Nigeria does not belong to nobody. It does not belong to Christians. It does not belong to Muslims. It does not belong to APC, or to PDP. It belongs to all of us.

Therefore, irrespective of our ethnicity, religion, social status, we all have a role to play in this country. Keeping this country united is paramount.

“The greatest challenge we face as a nation is National Integration. Everywhere you turn, the country is crying for justice and national cohesion.”

Kukah also faulted the structure of the Nigerian state and attributed the faults in the political system to the deficiencies of the constitution.

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Iran Condemns Attack on Nigerian Shia Muslims.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned deadly attacks on Shiite Muslims attending religious mourning processions in Nigeria, stressing the Nigerian government’s responsibility to ensure security for people.

Following Wednesday’s attacks on Shiite mourners in Nigeria’s cities of Kaduna and Funtua, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi called for efforts to end “cruel and violent acts by extremist and Wahhabi-affiliated forces that are, unfortunately, either supported or ignored by the Nigerian police.”

He underscored the need for the perpetrators of the bloody shootings to be immediately arrested and brought to justice.

Qassemi also highlighted the Abuja government’s responsibility for protection of Shiite mourners and ensuring security of the religious rites.

At least nine Shiite mourners were killed in Kaduna and Futuna on Wednesday after troops opened fire on them at Ashura processions, an event marking the anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite Imam.

Tensions have been running high between the regime and Nigeria’s Shiite Muslims who have been demanding the release of prominent cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky from prison.

The confrontation follows a spate of arrests over recent days of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the mainstream Shiite group led by Sheikh Zakzaky.

The government has imposed a ban to prevent the movement’s supporters from attending ceremonies marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Shiites to storm Abuja over detention of El-Zakzaky

Group under the aegis of Save Zakzaky Life group has said that following the expiration of a two week ultimatum given to the federal government to release its leader, it will now storm the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and stage a peaceful protest to demand the immediate release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

Recall that the group had issued a two week ultimatum followed by a one week ultimatum for the federal government to release its leader or they will storm Abuja in peaceful protest.

According to a statement released by the national coordinator of the group, Bashir Marafa, yesterday, the group said, “We would now storm Abuja in millions, for a peaceful and well organised protest and sit around.”

The statement reads in part, “Two weeks back, we had given an ultimatum to the Nigerian government, under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari, to release our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in detention since nine months back, with his wife Zeenatu, while his children as well as over thousands of his armless followers were massacred by the Nigerian army unjustly.”

Additionally, over 200 of his followers are still in detention in Kaduna prison.

“We can recall, immediately after the massacre, and the sporadic shooting against Sheikh Zakzaky and his arrest, he has been in DSS detention until now, several calls were made to the Nigerian government by well meaning individuals, within and outside Nigeria, to release him, since the DSS testified that he is not guilty whatsoever. According to them, they are only given him protection against some people attempting to harm him.

“As we always enquire: why has the Nigerian government failed to release Zakzaky, since it testified through its agent DSS that he is not guilty? Why has this injustice persist against him, despite the fact that, he is desperately in need of absolute and complete special medical care? Why is the Buhari “Junta” government interested in the continued detention of an illustrious Nigerian citizen, peace lover, with sense of humanity and foresight? Why is Zakzaky being humiliated in such a way that his children were shot dead at his presence?

“Indeed, it seems the massacre of Zakzaky’s followers, killing of his six children within one year by the Nigerian army, and the destruction of his Hussainiyya, his house and many more, are calculated and well planned by the Nigerian government with zeal to fulfil the mission it co-sponsored against him.

“Even though, Sheihk Zakzaky’s life group of Nigeria were pessimistic from the beginning of the ultimatum given to the Buhari government that the allies within the government would never restore to justice, yet we thought Buhari in person, as the Nigeria’s master propagandist will think twice, and release him unconditionally since he is not guilty, so that he will rush for an immediate perfect medical attention. Unfortunately as the ultimatum expires today, (Monday, 3th October), there is no sign of his release.

“At this point, Shaik Zakzaky’s life group would find a suitable time, to storm Abuja in millions, with our children, in what we call: A peaceful and well organized protest and ‘sit around’, we will never leave the city until our leader is released. Moreover, we are extending invitation to local and international human right organizations, human rights activists, media, as well as all other individuals with sense of humanity and love to witness and observe a peaceful move, to save the life of our oppressed leader.

“Let us at this juncture make it clearer that; Sheikh Zakzaky, for almost 40 years of his struggle to salvage humanity, has never taught violence. He is a peace lover. He thought peace, love of humanity and gave helping hands to the communities among others.

“So, as millions of his followers are coming into Abuja, we are not violent people, we are armless, our protest and ‘sit around’ is peaceful. We are Nigerians, and we have the right to show our grievances and concerns in peaceful manners.

“The police, soldiers and all other security agencies should take note. They should never harass, or intimidate us. Our slogan is free Zakzaky, our mission in Abuja is to seek the release of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. Nothing, but that!”

Jordanian Writer who Posted Cartoon Mocking ISIS and Muslims Killed Outside Courthouse

A prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar standing trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam was shot dead by an lone gunman outside a court house in Amman, the capital of Jordan. 56 year old Hattar was struck by three bullets as he made his way into the court house yesterday Sept. 25th.

He was preparing to enter the courthouse for a hearing when the gunman shot him at close range.

Hattar, a Christian, was arrested on August 13th after posting a caricature on his Facebook account that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women, asking God to bring him wine and cashews. He removed the cartoon shortly thereafter, saying “it mocks terrorists and their concept of God and heaven. It does not infringe God’s divinity in any way”.

It is not known who produced the cartoon. Many Jordanian Muslims found the cartoon offensive and against their religion. Authorities said Hattar violated the law by widely sharing the caricature. He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September. Spokesperson of the Jordanian government, Mohammad Momani, condemned Hattar’s killing as a “heinous crime”.

“The government will strike with an iron hand all those who exploit this crime to broadcast speeches of hatred to our community,” he told the Petra agency.

The gunman who shot him has been arrested and is to face investigation and trial.

Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning journalist and director of Community Media Network, told Al Jazeera Hattar’s killing represents a “scary situation where people with opinions we don’t like or the government doesn’t like become susceptible to assassination”.
“It’s a clear case of intellectual terror,” said Kuttab.
“The omen is that many people are now going to be worried about what they say … It’s a scary situation for people who believe in the freedom of thought and opinion and the right of expressing their opinion.”

Kaduna Pilgrims to Enjoy Telecom Services

The Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Alhaji Lawal Balarabe Abbas, has directed the Overseer of the Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Imam Hussain Tsoho, to liaise with the landlords of all the Houses where their pilgrims are lodged in Makka, so as to provide boosters that will enhance telecommunication services for their accommodation .

Alhaji Lawal Balarabe who gave this directive yesterday, said that it is necessary for pilgrims to communicate with their families at home. He emphasised that government is committed to pilgrims’ Welfare.

It will be recalled that some Kaduna State pilgrims had protested against the limited telecommunication services at their accommodation, an issue that elicited diverse comments on pilgrims social platform groups.

Speaking when he met with officials of the pilgrims board, the SSG said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been following the airlift of pilgrims from Nigeria to the Holy Land, adding that he has expressed satisfaction on the exercise so far.

The SSG further said that he has also monitored the Hajj exercise on both mainstream media and Hajj close groups platforms.

He added that he did not only inspect the Mando Hajj camp in Kaduna, but he also inspected the pilgrims’ accommodation in Makka.

According to him, the activities of Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board is one of the best in the country, adding that it returned only 60 seats out of the slots allocated to it by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), which represents the the lowest in the country.

Speaking during the meeting, the Overseer advised officials not to rest on their oars, having been up and doing in previous operations. He said that the SSG’s commendation should act as a catalyst for them to serve the pilgrims better .

This was contained in a statement issued by Kaduna State Pilgrims welfare board Public Relation officer, Yunusa Abdullahi.

Imam Tsoho emphasised that the task ahead is a daunting one, ranging from going to Muna, to Arafat, Muzdalifa and back to Muna before going to Jamarat.

In his own contribution, the Director of Operations, Alhaji Lawal Yakubu Ikara advised officials to ensure that pilgrims adhere to the new guidelines of stoning the devil ritual.

He warned that Saudi authorities are very serious about enforcing the guidelines and defaulters will be summarily deported.

Eid-el-Kabir:Federal Govt.Declares Monday Sept 12th & Tuesday Sept 13th As Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Monday Sept. 12 and Tuesday Sept.13 2016 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, M. Maccido, Minister of Interior, Retired Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government and wished all Nigerians, a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Eid-El-Kabir: Ram Sellers Lament Over Low Patronage

Ram sellers in Kaduna on Monday expressed regrets about the low sale they had recorded, barely a week to the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

 

Many ram selling points which include Zango, Bachama road and Rigasa markets in Kaduna metropolis saw the presence of many rams that remain unsold for days.

 

Alhaji Rabo Mohammad, who sells his rams at Bachama Road market, told NAN that the ram sellers had never had it so bad.

 

Mohammad, who came from Sokoto with rams, said he sold only five out of the 50 rams he brought to Kaduna two weeks ago.

 

The economic situation has contributed to the low patronage and is affecting even our pockets. There is still hope, as the festival is one week from now, we pray to make some sales before then. Returning the animals to Sokoto will be a great loss to me because of the expenses involved,“ he said.

 

Mohammad said prices of the animals ranged from N25, 000 to N120, 000.

Another ram dealer, Baballe Yaro, also blamed current economic recession as the main factor responsible for the low sales recorded so far.

 

The present economic meltdown has now become a threat not only to ram sellers but also to entire business activities in Nigeria. The Federal Government should do something urgently to address the suffering of the masses.

 

Although people want to buy rams for the festival, they cannot afford to due to the prevailing economic situation in the country.”

 

Yaro believed that the price may eventually crash as many traders would not want to return back with the animals.

 

According to him, some of the traders bought the rams from Niger Republic, Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina States.

 

But there is hope since we have one week before the celebration if all civil servants will have their salaries before Sallah,“ Yaro said.

Write Your Will Before Travelling For Hajj – Abuja Islamic Cleric Tells Pilgrims

An Abuja-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi, has advised intending pilgrims to settle their debts and leave their wills behind before travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Al-yolawi, who is the Chief Imam of Area 10 Mosque, made the call while delivering Jumma’at sermon title:“ Essential tips for Hajj Preparations“ on Friday in Abuja.

“An intending pilgrim should settle his debts and leave behind him a clear record as well as writing all his wills or what he intends to pass to his family,’’ he said.

According to the cleric, the need to leave a will behind is because the journey to Holy land may be the final journey for a pilgrim.

He explained that hajj was a unique and extra ordinary journey in the life time of all pilgrims, adding that it was an invitation from Allah to the most famous acts of worship.

The cleric said that journey to hajj required high level of patience as it was always accompanied with difficulties, fatigue, physical and social abnormalities as well as intolerance from other pilgrims.

“One should not allow Shaitan (devil) to hijack him and spoil his hajj out of ignorance or annoyance,” he said.

Mr. Al-Yolawi said there was need for pilgrims to fulfill all the hajj requirements and avoid all things that would nullify his hajj rites with a view to getting all the spiritual benefits of pilgrimage.

“This emphasises on the importance of piety as first ingredient of one’s journey to Mecca, which means to maintain good relationship with your Lord by devoting yourself to obey him.

“The intention behind one’s journey to hajj must be for the sake of Allah alone as whoever performs any act of worship in order to please people or gain popularity has spoilt his action.

“Prophets Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: learn your rituals from me, for I do not know whether I would be performing Hajj after this Hajj of mine,” (Muslim Hadith no 1297).

Mr. Al-Yolawi admonished pilgrims to ensure that their sources of finance and other materials things were clean and legitimate because “Allah accepts only that which is pure’’.

He also warned pilgrims against taking photographs for whatever purpose while observing hajj rite, saying that such action could contradict pilgrims’ sincerity of performing hajj for the sake of Allah.

Similarly, the cleric said women having their monthly period should be in a state of Ihram when they pass the Miqat, adding that they should shower and do Talbiyah like everyone else.

Mr. Al-Yolawi, therefore, prayed to Allah to continue to protect Islam and safeguard Nigerian pilgrims as they take off to Saudi Arabia.

“May the Lord accept their Hajj, prayers, grant their supplications and bring them back to us safely and peacefully,’’ he said.

French Police Enforce Burkini Ban By Ordering Woman To Remove Muslim Garments On Beach

Heavy-handed French police enforcing a ‘burkini ban’ forced a woman to remove her Muslim dress as she sunbathed on a beach.

Mum-of-two Siam, was approached by four officers in Nice and told to take off the baggy blue hooded top which she teamed with leggings.

The former air hostess, whose family members have been French citizens for at least three generations, said: “I wasn’t even planning to swim, just to dip my feet.”

Pictures show her soaking up the sun before being approached by the uniformed cops and
surrounded. She is then seen removing the garment. It is understood she was fined the equivalent of £32 for breaking a burkini ban.

The Nice administration issued an order on Thursday banning swimwear with religious connotations, citing security concerns.

Several other cities on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have banned burkinis this summer.

Obama Slams Trump’s ‘Loose Talk & Sloppiness’ Over Muslims

President Barack Obama on Tuesday charged that “loose talk” about Muslims by presidential hopeful Donald Trump and other Republicans was betraying American values and harming the fight against extremism.

“We’re starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we’re fighting, where this can lead us,” Obama told a news conference, two days after the Orlando attacks.

“We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America — language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence.

Where does this stop?”

Credit: Guardian

Saraki, Dogara, Tinubu Task Muslims

Senate President,  Bukola Saraki, has urged Muslims to use this year’s Ramadan fast to pray for peace, security and God’s intervention in tackling the myriad of socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.
In a statement to mark the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,  Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked God for the grace to participate in another holy obligation.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday appealed to Muslims to use the holy month of Ramadan to offer special prayers for Nigeria and her leaders at all levels.
Dogara, who described the month as a special one which Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving out charity and religious devotion, said Nigeria ought not be left out in this period of prayers.
He said through a statement by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan in Abuja that the country was in dire need of special prayers in view of the present state of the economy and the security situation in the country.

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ISIS Execute 250 Women For Refusing To Become Sex Slaves

ISIS has executed 250 women in Mosul for refusing to become s3x slaves under the group’s ‘sexual jihad’.

The victims had all been ordered to accept ‘temporary marriages’ to fighters in the terror group’s northern Iraq stronghold.

But when they refused the so-called s3xual jihad, they were butchered – sometimes along with their
families, according to an official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

Said Mamuzini told the AhlulBayt news agency that ‘at least 250’ have so far been executed by ISIS in the city ‘for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to IS’s request.’

Another official, from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, claimed women were barred from going out alone in Mosul and must be fully covered while in public.

They are also not allowed to choose their spouses.

Mosul has been under the extremists’ control since 2014.

News of the executions comes as Turkey revealed it had killed 32 suspected ISIS fighters close to the city near the Bashiqa military camp.

Law Student And Secular Activist Who Was Critical Of Radical Islamists Hacked To Death In Bangladesh

28 year old Bangladeshi law student and outspoken atheist Nazimuddin Samad was brutally killed in Dhaka on Wednesday, April 6 by attackers wielding machetes, the latest in a series of attacks on secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim majority country.

Syed Nurul Islam, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to AFP said :

“They hacked his head with a machete. As he fell down, one of them shot him in the head with a pistol from close range. He died on the spot,”

The master’s student of the state-run Jagannath University’s Law Department, who was critical of radical Islamists was killed by suspected Islamist militants in Old Dhaka’s Sutrapur area.

He was attacked by three assailants while walking to his home in Gendaria with another youth after completing classes at the university, near Bahadur Shah Park.
While murdering Samad, the killers shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest), witnesses said. The youth accompanying the victim has been missing since the incident, a police official said.

Nazim, who hailed from Sylhet, was the information and research secretary of Sylhet district unit of Bangabandhu Jatiya Jubo Parishad. He was also an activist of Gonojagoron Moncho’s Sylhet wing.

His friends said Nazim used to campaign for secularism on Facebook and was critical of radical Islamists. A day before the murder, he expressed concerns over the country’s law and order in a Facebook post.

The police cordoned off the crime scene. They recovered a bullet shell from the spot.
Nurul Amin, Assistant Commissioner of Sutrapur division, was quoted as saying that the police went to the spot and found the body in a pool of blood.

Nurul said it was clear that the assailants kept an eye on Nazim’s activities for long.
University Proctor Nur Mohammad said Nazim got admitted to the university two months ago.

“We have informed his family about the murder and are taking detailed information about him,” he said.

El-Rufa’i Pledges Equal Opportunity To All

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has pledged to offer quality service to the people irrespective of historical, ethnic or religious orientation. El-Rufai made the pledge in Kafanchan, shortly after the endorsement of a peace declaration by 29 communities in five local government areas of the state. The Kafanchan Peace Declaration was at the instance of Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD). “We recognize everyone as a citizen of Kaduna state and in accessing social services, have no regard for his or her historical, ethnic and religious orientation.

“ We as a government are pursuing an investment strategy anchored on our conviction that the private sector is the engine of job creation and growth. “We are investing in human capital so that our people can have the training to pick the jobs the private sector is creating,“ the governor said. He stressed the belief of the administration that the life, property and well-being of every person living in the state “are not only sacred but a burden of responsibility.

“We will therefore continue to pursue policies that exhibit equal concern for every person living in Kaduna state. “Policies that unite and integrate our people, educate their children free of charge, provide all affordable healthcare and engender an environment for job creation, gender empowerment and overall societal progress.

“Today is a landmark day for peace. I am delighted to be here to witness and receive the Kafanchan Peace Declaration. “This declaration is an emphatic statement by our communities in Southern Kaduna of their commitment to peace, and their choice of dialogue and non-violence in resolving differences.” El-Rufai said commended communities and leaders of Sanga, Kachia, Kaura, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a LGAs for “choosing dialogue over blows.“ “I am glad to see 29 ethnic communities headed by 32 chairs from these five LGAs, many of who have been involved in conflict in the past, sitting here as one.”

The Governor assured of the state government commitment to end impunity and ensure that perpetrators of ethno-religious violence were prosecuted. He said government would not allow specialists in hate speech, “who use derogatory words against others, who mobilize division acting in the mistaken belief that their bread is buttered where there is strife and turmoil to go free.

“We are opposed to the perpetuation of ‘no-go zones’ in any of our communities, and will instead promote integration in schools and residents. “ He stressed that the government is committed to fairness in promoting investments, jobs and infrastructure across the state. NAN report, that the Kafanchan peace accord wants the state government to create a body that would promote peace and reconciliation amongst communities and prosecute perpetrators of violence. “The excerpts recommend that both indigenes and settlers should consider the compensation of all affected persons and to address past wrongs, drawing on the wisdom and expertise of traditional conflicts resolution mechanisms. “Pubic apology , we represent some of the communities from the five (5) LGAs ,Sanga, Kachia, Kaura, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a cannot in ourselves , deliver reconciliation,

“Many of us belong to generation that remembers when Kaduna was a peaceful place in which ethnic and religious communities co-existed peacefully. “We want to go back to that Kaduna in which there is an end to violent conflicts and issues are resolved amicably. “To achieve this, we want to be the first to say to each other that we have wronged each other and are sorry for the suffering that each of our communities has contributed to and has suffered from. “The excerpts from Kafanchan peace declaration further called on the government to develop adequate infrastructures in the existing grazing reserves and reactivate the farmers marketing boards to carter for the needs of farmers.

“Government should take effective security measures in girls’ schools to protect female students from abduction, harm and violence. “Government should also take specific measure to reduce violence by organizing educational courses and campaigns to raise awareness on sexual violence against women.“ Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau participated at the event, which was supported by the Canadian Government, CAN and JNI.

Two Muslim Women Escorted Off Flight Due To The Way They Were Staring At Flight Attendant

Two women in Islamic attire were removed from a JetBlue flight 487 on Saturday after landing for allegedly filming the cabin crew. They were both arrested by the Police and escorted off the aircraft.
The arrest was posted online by a Wired journalist Mark Frauenfelder whose friend, Sharon Kessler, was on the same flight as the women but the video has since been made private after it went viral.

The airline has denied the women were ejected because of their presumed religion and says it was it simply paying “due diligence” to security procedures.
Footage of the event, which has now been made private, was posted online by former Wired journalist Mark Frauenfelder.
According to Frauenfelder, Kessler, in a facebook post said that she “overheard a flight attendant tell a co-worker that she didn’t like the way two Muslim women were staring back at her.”
Kessler said that the crew member told another member that “she didn’t appreciate being stared at – she did not seem rattled or scared – just smug,”.

“It was a terrible moment, honestly. These women sat quietly, watched movies – it felt like overkill from this flight attendant.”

JetBlue in a press statement denied that the removal of the wmone was because of their religion.
A spokesman said the same thing would have happened to anyone who filmed the crew and had also occurred in the past:

“This happened on arrival at LAX and did not impact the customers more than they had to wait a couple of seconds before getting off the plane.

“My understanding is that the two women who were addressed by local law enforcement were also allowed to go on their way.”

“More than 35 million customers from many cultures and backgrounds travel on JetBlue without incident each year.

“Our crewmembers’ first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of inflight procedures or the flight deck area.

“If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review.”

“In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologise for the inconvenience.”

The police were responding to a report from cabin crew that the women were recording “sensitive inflight activities,” the spokesman added, saying the response was a standard security procedure.

“We have to do due diligence to make sure everyone is on the up and up,” he said.

“Muslim Women Must Learn English Or Be Deported” – British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has declared that Muslim women who fail to learn English to a reasonable standard may face deportation from Britain.

This came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration.

In an announcement on BBC radio on Monday, Cameron also suggested that poor English skills can leave people more susceptible to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS).

He said, “Immigration rules already force spouses to speak English before they come to Britain to
live with their partners. Notwithstanding, they would also face further tests after two and a half years in the country to make sure their language skills were improving.

“You can’t guarantee you will be able to stay if you are not improving your language. People coming to our country, they have responsibilities too.”

Investigations have reportedly revealed that Cameron’s government estimates that around 190,000 Muslim women in England, about 22 percent speak little or no English.

Cameron said that lack of language skills could make Muslims in Britain more vulnerable to the message of extremist groups.

“I am not saying there is some sort of causal connection between not speaking English and becoming an extremist, of course not,” he told BBC radio.

“But if you are not able to speak English, not able to integrate, you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is and therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message.”

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s comments which drew criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties, Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said, “David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough.

Shafiq accused Cameron of ‘disgraceful stereotyping.’

Also, Andy Burnham, home affairs spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, accused Cameron of a ‘clumsy and simplistic approach’ which was ‘unfairly stigmatising a whole community.

Source: DailyPost.ng

Shittes & Another Muslim Sect Clash In Jos

There has been a clash between Shitte members and rival Muslim youths in Jos. The clash has left one person dead.

According to reports, hundreds of Shitte women dressed in black had staged a protest in Jos today demanding the release of their leader El-Zakzaky, his wife and some other members who have being in detention since the 12th of December after being arrested by the army during a clash that left some members dead.

Aside requesting for the release of their leader they are also requesting for the release of the dead bodies of their members killed by the army for proper burial according to Islamic traditions.

The protest which started off as peaceful turned violent leading to a clash and the death of one person. Security personnel have since been deployed to strategic places in the state while worship places are being heavily guarded.

All forms of rallies, protests and processions have been banned in the state or must get the permission of the police before commencing.

Dogara Felicitates With Muslims On Maulud Celebration

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday felicitated with the Muslim Ummah on the celebration of Maulud Nabiy.

Dogara also called on Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit of humility, gratitude and charity to one another as demonstrated by the life and times of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the Speaker, Mr Turaki Hassan, in Abuja.

Dogara said that the virtues of service and exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet should guide both leaders and the led on the need to give their all.

He added that giving their all should be in the overall interest of the nation.

“Let me use this occasion to call on us all to reappraise our commitment to the unity and progress of the country as entrenched by our forefathers.

“On our part as lawmakers, we shall continue to come up with legislative intervention that will guarantee a virile and united nation,” he said.

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Somalia Ministry of Religious Affairs Bans Christmas And New Year Celebrations, Says They Are Contrary To Islamic Culture

Somalia’s Federal government today Tuesday, December 22, banned the celebrations of Christmas and New Year in the capital Mogadishu. It says celebrating Christmas is against faith of Somali Muslims and won’t allow it happen in the country.
Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow announced the decision in a Press Conference held in Mogadishu along with the Vice Chairman of the Supreme Religious Council (SRC), Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan.
All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage aqidah (faith) of the Muslim community. He added:
“All security forces are advised to halt or dissolve any gatherings. There should be no activity at all.”
Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan, the deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia said that such events might motivate extremist group al-Shabaab to launch attacks in the capital.
“We [Islamic Scholars] are warning against the celebration of such events which are not relevant to the principles of our religion. Such events give also al-Shabaab to carry out attacks.”

Sources: Live From Mogadishu/Horseed Media

Video: Nigerian Army Officers Begging Shiite Members Who Barricaded The Road In Zaria

This video shows Senior Army officers appealing to Shiite members who barricaded a road in Zaria, Kaduna state, an incident that led to the clash between the Army and Shiite members that resulted in the death of over 60 Shiite members and the attack on the Muslim group leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Islamic Human Rights Commission Protest In London Over Killing Of Shiite Muslims In Nigeria

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), yesterday stormed the Nigerian High Commission in London to protest the killing of many Shiites whom the Nigerian Army had accused of trying to assassinate the Chief of Army staff on Saturday in Zaria.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as; Nigerian Army are killers”, “Nigerian Army are killing unarmed civilians now”, asking that such killings should be stopped. See more photos below…


 

Gambia Becomes Islamic Republic

The Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the West African nation from its colonial past, UK Guardian reports.

The tiny, formerly secular country joins the ranks of other officially Islamic republics such as Iran and Afghanistan.

“In line with the country’s religious identity and values I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state.

“As Muslims are the majority in the country, Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” Jammeh said on the state television.

The Gambia’s population of 1.8 million people are 95% Muslim. Jammeh said citizens of other faiths would still be able to practise.

Jammeh, an animated orator who has earned the reputation for making surprise declarations over the course of his 21-year presidency, pulled the Gambia out of the Commonwealth in 2013, calling it neo-colonial. In 2007 he claimed to have found a herbal cure for Aids.

In November the president announced he would outlaw female genital mutilation after international pressure that included a campaign by the Guardian. However activists have since said continued international pressure is needed for the president to pass his declaration into law.

Despite strong commercial ties with Britain and other European countries whose citizens are regular visitors to the Gambia’s white-sand beaches, relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years.

Donald Trump’s Name Taken Down From Dubai Luxury Golf Course Development

Following the Republican presidential candidate’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, his name has been taken down from a billboard advertising a golf course and luxury-housing development on the outskirts of Dubai. (the signboard before and after the removal) Developer Damac Properties Dubai Co, which is building two Trump-branded golf courses along with 104 mansions, said on Tuesday December 8, it would not comment on the “personal or political agenda” of the leading Republican candidate.

But by Friday morning, December 11, images of the US business mogul and his daughter, Ivanka, had disappeared from outside the Akoya real estate development. Damac began selling Trump-branded mansions with a starting price of 6.5 million dirhams (S$2.5 million) in March, the company said at the time.

At a press conference in Dubai last year, Trump said the golf course and housing project would be completed in 2017 and that he would be responsible for managing the development for the next 25 years.

Pig’s Severed Head Discovered In Mosque’s Toilet At Australian University

A certain Majdi who wishes to keep his surname anonymous found a severed pig’s head in the washroom of a mosque at an Australian University. He said he was getting ready for his regular prayers around 12:30 on Sunday at University of Western Australia when he made the gruesome find which he promptly reported to the authorities. 

The 31-year-old PhD student said the room, located on campus, is used mostly by Muslims for their ablutions – the traditional washing of hands and feet before performing prayers.
‘At first, I thought it was a human’s head because I didn’t have my glasses on,’ Majdi said. ‘But I had a second look and realised it was a dead pig’s head. It was shocking to see something like that, especially in a clean area. There was blood on the animal. I guess it is a message of threat as we, Muslims, do not eat pork. It was not a good start to the day.’
Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, who are forbidden from eating them.
According to a spokesman for the University of Western Australia, the matter has been reported to police for investigation.

The University is very saddened by this deplorable act,’ the UAW spokesman said.
‘It is concerning that people using the UWA Muslim prayer room have been targeted this way. We would like to reinforce that UWA strives to support a culturally inclusive and tolerant campus community and the University will offer help and support to our Muslim students at this time.’
 
On Sunday, Majdi posted shocking images of the incident on social media.
‘Everyone has been very supportive. We’ve received supportive messages around Australia from all walks of life,’ he told DMA. ‘But we need to be more alert about what has happened to protect the community. If you have any issues or misunderstandings, I’m sure the Muslim community are happy to talk to them. All Muslims are opened to discussions and move any issues forward. We’re here to build our future together. ‘

The incident comes about a year after worshippers found a pig’s head at a mosque’s courtyard in Wallsend in Newcastle’s western suburbs of NSW.

Pope Meets Muslims In Mosque In Besieged Area Of Central African Republic

Pope Francis ventured into one of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods on Monday to beg Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of hate, vendetta and bloodshed that has killed thousands over the past three years. Under heavy security, Francis crossed into the PK5 neighborhood where the city of Bangui’s Muslims have been unable to leave for months because of the armed Christian militia fighters who surround the capital city’s perimeter. The pope traveled in his open-air vehicle through the neighborhood despite the security risks. Armed U.N. peacekeepers stood guard in the minarets of the mosque.

Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace.

Pope Francis, after a speech by Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi, one of the local religious leaders trying to foster dialogue.

About 200 men seated inside the mosque welcomed Francis, who sat on a sofa. In comments to the chief imam, Francis insisted that Muslims and Christians are brothers and must behave as such. Francis removed his shoes, bowed his head and stood silently at the mihrab, or area of the mosque that faces the holy Muslim city of Mecca. The pope’s visit to the mosque marked the highlight of his three-nation African tour, with previous stops in Kenya and Uganda.

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“Northern Muslim Elites Are Hypocrites, They Laid Foundation For Boko Haram” – Bishop Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has accused some northern Islamic elites of indirectly sponsoring the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Speaking on ‘the Muslim agenda for Nigeria: challenges of development and good governance’ at a conference organised by the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University, Osogbo, Kukah said the fresh agitation for an Islamic state by Boko Haram could be traced to the promise made by northern leaders to ensure the total implementation of Sharia law.
He said, “A hypocritical elite continues to believe that it can claim the benefits of democracy but use it only to consolidate its hold on power. This is what has laid the foundation for what is now Boko

Haram.

“We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed of being Muslims. They preached Sharia Law but only for the poor. They preach a religion that encourages education, yet their own people are held in the bondage of ignorance.
“They did not wish to live by the same standards, so they decided to live their own Islam in the capitals of the world away from the prying eyes of their own people. Boko Haram began as a revolt against this mendacity, subterfuge and hypocrisy.”
“Now, I hear Muslims in northern Nigeria hiding under the cover of the facts by saying: ‘These Boko Haram people are not Muslims. They do not represent us’. Well, first, they are your own children. You must take responsibility for what has made them what they are today and to the rest of society.
“They claim they have been inspired by the Quran and no other holy book. They say they want to build an Islamic state. So, they are Muslims. After all, from the debates of the Constituent Assemblies of 1979, 1988, and 1995 and beyond, did their fathers and grandfathers not stage walkouts, demanding Sharia Law?
“The promise to institute Sharia has become the most potent tool for political mobilisation and organisation. Till date, the tactics may have changed, but the essence has not. Rather than face the tough questions of how and why over 15 million children in the northern states are on the streets; how and why the northern states are falling behind on almost every index of development, the northern Muslim elite continues to live for just the moment, with no plans for tomorrow.
“Should we pretend that a society that allows the forced marriages of its young daughters could frown on the idea of a group kidnapping and forcing young girls into sexual slavery? Islam must have an honest look at the mirror and have an internal discussion”, he stated.
The Catholic cleric urged northern leaders to stop pretending as if they did not know the root cause of Boko Haram.
He said they should ask themselves why Boko Haram was ‘headquartered’ in the North and not in other zones of the country.
“It is my considered view that northern Islam has to confront the realities of taking its religion into the modern world of democracy seriously. Muslims in northern Nigeria cannot accept democracy and reject the inclusive nature of its philosophy as it is the case today”, he added.

Source – Dailypostng.com

NYSC DG Says The Ban On Wearing Of Hijab In Camps Will Not Be Lifted

Members of Muslim Youths in Da’wah on Tuesday had a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps in Abuja against the ban on the use of hijab by female Muslim corps members, especially during orientation camps.
However the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General, Johnson Olawumi, insisted on the ban, saying it was “for security reasons” and will not be lifted.

The national coordinator of LMYiD, Luqman Hassan; and the Deputy Coordinator, Kamarudeen Adefila, had told the NYSC DG that a major protest by Muslims was averted because of the ban on hijab in most orientation camps.

Hassan told the DG:

“We are here to discuss with you about the incident that happened recently in various camps across the country. We have a guiding principle which is based on the Holy Q’uran. We are all Nigerians and the principle which guides us is the constitution and the African Charter on Human rights.

“Members of the NYSC are Nigerians who have contributed to the development of this country; female corps members deserve protection by the NYSC. We don’t believe that a female corps member putting on hijab has done any wrong against the Act establishing the NYSC. So they deserve the respect of the NYSC. We have travelled far and wide and visited different camps. Why are the rights of female corps members being infringed upon. We are here to register our displeasure.”

“Many Muslim organisations wanted to protest, but we said wait a while. In fact, we have to intervene to avoid the situation and if Muslims march on the streets, it will attract a lot of negative comments, but people won’t know why we are protesting,” Adefila had added.

Olawumi said:

“Under my leadership, the NYSC will accord respect to every corps member, irrespective of tribe and religion. The incident in Benue State was caused by the use of long hijab. The security situation in the country is tough. There is the danger of somebody using hijab for other reasons.

“Why are you so particular on your alleged infraction on the rights of youths without mentioning any one of such on Christian youths? Produce your evidence, write to us and I can assure you that we will act fast. When the incident in Benue State was reported to us, I swung into action and ensured that the camp commandant was decamped immediately. We are not magicians; if you have any evidence, write to us and we will not hesitate to act.”

The NYSC Legal Adviser, Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim, said the incident in Benue State was still being  investigated.
He said,:

“I’m a Muslim and in our camps, I know that we have treated everybody equally. You mentioned the fact that you would have proceeded to protest. Very minor issues could trigger off mass protest.

“We will see the way forward to this complaint. I can assure you that the issue will not be swept under the carpet. The NYSC is very sensitive to the issue of religion and immediately we heard of it, we swung into action and we are on it because issues of religion are very sensitive.”

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US Republicans Claim American Muslims Cheered 9/11 Attacks

Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ben Carson claimed on Monday they saw a video of Arab Americans cheering as New York’s twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

Within days of the 9/11 attacks, police, fact-checkers and US media had debunked the rumors that people were cheering from rooftops of Jersey City, across the river from Manhattan.

But Trump, the billionaire frontrunner for the Republican nomination, suddenly revived the story on the campaign trail Saturday, eight days after deadly attacks in Paris.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” Trump told a rally in Alabama.

Carson, who is currently Trump’s top rival in the race, told reporters a similar story Monday.

Asked whether he had seen footage of American Muslims in New Jersey cheering on 9/11, Carson said “I saw the film of it, yes.” Pressed which footage he saw, he said “the newsreels.”

ABC News published a video of Carson’s remarks in Nevada.

“There are going to be people who respond inappropriately to virtually everything. I think that was an inappropriate response,” Carson said of the cheering.

“I don’t know if on the basis of that you can say all Muslims are bad people. I really think that would be a stretch.”

The remarks, particularly by Trump, that there were large groups of Muslims cheering on the day of unprecedented terrorist attacks on the United States drew sweeping condemnation, including from George Pataki, who was New York’s Republican governor during the attacks and is currently running for president.

“Not sure what luxury spider-hole @realDonaldTrump was hiding in on Sept 11 but I saw Americans come together that day,” Pataki posted Sunday on Twitter.

Jersey City’s Democratic mayor, Steven Fulop, also called out Trump.

“Either @realDonaldTrump has memory issues or wilfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party,” he tweeted.

Challenged multiple times by ABC’s “This Week” talk show host George Stephanopoulos, who argued that police said the cheering did not occur, the brash real estate tycoon stood by his inflammatory remarks.

“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down,” he said.

Mali Attack: Gunmen Take 170 Hostages At Bamako Hotel

Security sources says hostages who were able to quote the Qur’an have been released, as US embassy in Bamako advises citizens to seek shelter.
At least two private security guards were injured in the attack, the hotel’s head of security said.Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said 10 gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel shouting “Allahu Akbar” before shooting at guards and taking hostages.Some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Qur’an, were later released, security sources told Reuters. A security source told AFP that the gunmen were “jihadis” and entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates.
“It’s all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,” AFP’s source said.The hotel is just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.In a statement the US-based Rezidor group, which owns the hotel, said 140 guests and 30 staff were being held hostage by two gunmen.
“The Rezidor Hotel Group … is aware of the hostage-taking that is ongoing at the property today, 20th November 2015. As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees,” the company said in a statement quoted by AFP.“Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order to offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel,” it added.The Chinese state news agency Xinhua said several Chinese tourists were among those trapped inside the building.The US embassy in Bamako said in a series of tweets that it was aware of an “ongoing shooter situation” and advised its citizens to seek shelter.

Muslim Man’s Rant Against ISIS Goes Viral: ‘These Impostors Pray In Our Mosques, Lets Hunt Them Down’

A Muslim electrician has found sudden online fame after his furious rant against ISIS jihadists who carried out the attacks in Paris went viral.
The video has been viewed more than four million times since it was posted on Facebook yesterday

In the video the 35-year-old electrical engineer, who calls himself Chronic 2 Bass, says it is up to Muslims to fight against ISIS terrorists and report potentially radicalised people as they share the same places of worship.He said:

“It’s up to us to hunt down these people down. It’s up to us to speak up about the
slightest hint of something fishy and to refer them to the authorities.

“It’s not snitching,”I’ve had enough of watching this b*****ks.””Let’s protect our beautiful religion. Let us rise up. Even though there is nothing to justify because the most intelligent people will know that Islam is not [violent].”It isn’t the authorities who will do the work, it’s not the spies, it’s us. All Muslims who go to the mosque.The solution can only come from us, because unfortunately these people go the same places of worship as us.

“Let’s go and hunt down these impostors who try to pass as Muslims and kill people.
“Enough is enough of these pseudo Muslims who dishonour two million Muslims.”

Muslim Man Tries To Kill Jewish Passenger Aboard Ethiopian Jet

A Muslim man has been detained for choking a Jewish passenger on a flight to Ethiopia and urging others to lynch him after discovering the man was Israeli. The Sudanese attacker realised he was seated behind the Jewish passenger about 30 minutes before the Ethiopian Airlines flight landed in Addis Ababa, on Thursday last week.

He then allegedly lashed out at him – striking him with a metal food tray and screaming ‘Allah Akbar’ and ‘slaughter the Jew’.

The victim, named as 54-year-old Arik, told Ynet: ‘He hit me over the head with a metal tray and shouted “Allah akbar” and “I will slaughter the Jew. Only after a few seconds, just before I was about to lose consciousness, did I manage to call out and a flight attendant who saw what was happening summoned her colleagues.’

Aside from the staff on board the Chad to Ethiopia flight, the only other person who came to his aid was a Lebanese passenger.

He said once they overpowered the attacker, Arik was sheltered at the rear of the plane while his attacker was guarded.

However, he said his Sudanese Muslim attacker even tried to convince the rest of the passengers to help ‘finish him off’.

According to Haaretz, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson said the attacker showed no signs of violence when boarding the flight in Chad.

‘He didn’t only attack the Israeli passenger, but other passengers and crew members as well.’

Olalekan Waheed: The Fight On Terrorism In Africa, How To Win This War

It is no longer news that terrorism is now an, if not the main, issue in African politics today. The terrorist did their very worst on 2 April, 2015. The Garrissa University terror attacks in Kenya by the notorious al-Shabab terrorist group which left 148 innocent students dead should at least be enough to convince even the most ridiculous doubting Thomas of the reality of the threat pose by these groups on our existence as a continent. The question then is how to fight it!

There have been various suggestions on how to deal with this disturbing trend. One central aspect in all the suggestions is the role of the Military. The perhaps only point of disagreement is methods or mode of its (Military’s) involvement.

Before we go on, we need to make some important clarifications. We have no issue against using the military to tackle terrorism can at best provide mixed results. This is from the fact that the military operates on conventional principles in prosecuting convention wars. National Armies are expected to observe certain laws in war such as treaties governing “Prisoners of War” and the likes. Professional Armies are by law prevented from training under aged as soldiers. Extraterritoriality often extended to friendly or allied militaries, particularly for the purposes of allowing that military to simply pass through some territories during war. All these do or may not apply to unconventional groups like guerrillas or terrorists. It is therefore illogical to fight unconventional elements using conventional means!

It is time for a more pragmatic approach to tackling this issue. The recent successes recorded by local hunters, in Nigerian towns of Mubi, Michika, and Madagali, and the efforts of the local group called Civilian Joint Task Force(JTF) in rolling back the notorious Boko Haram in Nigeria provides a vital clue to kick start the process. The success recorded by these efforts proves that the military may lack the thorough analyses as a result of poor institutional and system processes to really root out this menace.

To curb the menace of terrorists, there is need for a trans-border approach. We say these because terrorists are groups without territories of their own. This is where the African Union(AU) and other sub-regional blocs come in.

Like I argued in an earlier article the AU needs to do more than just depend on army recruits from member states. It must itself have its own standing High Command for its own specific operations and enforcements of its sanctions. The Union which has a rich history of armed struggle against colonialism, having through it powerful Liberation Committee, trained guerrilla groups against colonial and apartheid regimes, must rise up to its new challenge without much ado. The Union must ignite its historic spirit of struggle, and face this monster of terrorism.

It is on this note that I recommend an Anti-Terror Department (ATD) or any other suitable name under the direct supervision of the African Union(AU) for the specific purpose of combating terrorism. The ATD must be well-funded by member states, voluntary donations from individuals and organisations whose objectives are incidental with those of the African Union. It must have a secretariat of its own, and an effective means of propaganda. You heard us right “Propaganda” in the fight against terror.

We are equally recommending the ATD be trained under the guidance of professional soldiers in the art of conventional warfare. The ATD must be granted the full powers of extraterritoriality throughout the continent. This condition is not negotiable.

In some cases some governments for foreign policy reasons or any other politically-motivated reasons sponsor or harbour terrorist groups. This is where the efficacy of the propaganda machinery of the ATD will be put to test. The AU must do all within its powers: political, economic, social or any other to put pressure on such government by cutting of its arms supplies.

Volunteers for operations for the ATD must be regularly paid from funds available at its disposal. They must all be of African descent. Their camping base must be in strategic places in North, Central East and Southern Africa for effective operations.

The Garrissa University attacks and other nefarious activities of al-Shabab in East Africa and Boko Haram in West Africa should be seen as early warnings by the AU for further attacks whose next port of call is highly unpredictable.

We are aware some may take our recommendations as too simplistic. We agree. But a quick reminder here is that the United States-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation(NATO) have for more than a decade been in Afghanistan fighting Al-Queada and the Talibans the only mistake has been fighting terror using conventional methods!

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No Muslim Should Be US President – Ben Carson

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said Sunday no Muslim should be president of the United States, adding a new twist to a controversy roiling the party’s White House nominating race.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carson, a retired brain surgeon who often refers to his own deep Christian faith, was asked whether a president’s religion should matter.

“I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the
constitution, no problem,” he said.

Asked whether he believes Islam is consistent with the US constitution, he responded: “No, I don’t. I do not.”

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” he added

The issue abruptly surfaced in recent days when Republican front runner Donald Trump let pass unchallenged a questioner’s assertion that US President Barack Obama was a Muslim.

Trump later said he was not “morally obligated” to defend Obama against the man’s unfounded claim, but his handling of the incident drew fire from Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, the White House and some Republican rivals of the billionaire real estate mogul.

Carson, who slipped to third among Republican presidential contenders in opinion polls Sunday after running second to Trump for weeks, said he believed Obama was born in the United States and is a Christian.

His remarks predictably sparked ire from Democrats.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a presidential hopeful, said on the campaign trail in New Hampshire that he was “disappointed” in Carson, who is black.

“It took us too long to overcome the prejudice against electing a Catholic or an African-American president. People should be elected to office based on their ideas, not their religion or the color of their skin,” Sanders said.

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, said it was “hard to understand what’s so difficult about supporting an American citizen’s right to run for president.”

“Of course a Muslim, or any other American citizen, can run for president, end of story. To think otherwise is not only harmful to our political process, but it elevates and validates discrimination in this country,” she said, calling for an apology.

Photos Of Muslim Women Being Whipped For Having Unmarried Sex Hit the Net

Photographs which show women dressed in white and sitting with their heads bowed as they wait their turn to be punished for having unmarried sex in Banda Aceh, Indonesia have just been released.

 

Three women and 14 men arrested for sexual offences and gambling were caned in front of a mosque following Friday prayer. In one photo, a woman can be seen kneeling on a red platform as her back is
whipped with a cane in front of guards and members of the public. Further images show men also being punished.

According to DailyMail, Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that is allowed to implement Islamic Sharia law. Although public whipping is a common punishment in the province, it is rare for women to be caned.

Earlier this year, Banda Aceh banned women from entertainment venues after 11pm unless they are accompanied by a husband or male family member. Aceh district has also banned unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes. Gay sex, gambling and drinking alcohol are already punishable by caning in Aceh.

 

 

In June, pictures emerged of three couples being publicly caned after the unmarried university students were caught spending time alone together. On that occasion, a crowd of about a thousand spectators shouted as the three men and three women, aged between 18 and 23, were lashed several times each with a rattan cane in a square in Banda Aceh.

A fourth woman, aged in her 40s, was also publicly caned for committing adultery. One of the women fainted after being caned four times and had to be carried off by officials.
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Id-El-Fitr Message To The Nation From President Buhari

Sallah message from our president below..

Fellow Compatriots, I greet and felicitate with you all, especially our citizens of the Islamic faith on this auspicious occasion of the 2015 Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

I congratulate all those who have successfully completed the Ramadan fast in keeping with the injunction of our Creator.

Although we have come to the end of this year’s month of Ramadan, I believe that a greater acceptance by Nigerians of its key lessons of self-denial and sacrifice will serve our dear country well as we strive to overcome our present challenges, undo the damage done by years of bad governance and accelerate the pace of national development.

Reviewing our dire circumstances and the many missed opportunities of the past, some commentators and observers have said that this is Nigeria’s last chance to get its act together and finally begin to fulfill its God-given potential for greatness.

While not going that far, I certainly believe that now, more than ever before, our country needs greater self-denial, sacrifice and patriotism from all of its citizens, if we are to quickly recover from our numerous problems and start moving in a positive direction.

This current period of our life as a nation offers us a great opportunity to break from the vicious triangle of insecurity, corruption and under-developme

nt. We must collectively resolve to seize this opportunity and unite to confront our problems.

I remain wholly committed to giving the required leadership towards undoing the wrongs of the past, ensuring that Nigeria truly begins to unlock its great potential and that the benefits of our immense national resources are shared and enjoyed by all, not just by successive cabals of corrupt leaders and their cronies.

I was very aware of your high expectations when I assumed office and I reassure you, my fellow citizens, that since my inauguration on the 29th of May this year, I have been working with utmost dedication to meticulously plan and tackle the many national challenges which we identified and promised to resolve.

To succeed however, I need your continued support, understanding and patience.

I fully understand and share the thirst of my long-suffering compatriots for corruption-free government institutions that work efficiently to deliver visible development for the benefit of all citizens.

I also share the feelings of those who think that we should be moving faster. But I urge them and all Nigerians to trust that my commitment to real and positive change in our nation is as firm as ever.

There is indeed much work to be done, but we must do it well and carefully to ensure that the great opportunity which we now have is not lost to the “business as usual” group who selfishly or shortsightedly prefer a status quo that panders to their personal or group interests.

The adverse effects of years of rot, corruption, inept and bad governance on our nation are immense, but certainly not insurmountable if we all resolve now to place the well-being of our nation above all other considerations and work whole-heartedly with the present administration to achieve greater peace and security across the nation, and reposition our country for faster economic development and progress.

May Almighty Allah continue to guide us and bless our dear nation.

I wish you all happy Eid-el- Fitr celebrations.

Muhammadu Buhari
President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Emir Sanusi, Ganduje, Lead Prayers For Buhari, Nigeria

Hundreds of Muslims including the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday offered special prayers for sustainable peace and stability in Kano state and Nigeria.

NAN reports that the special prayer session, held at the Kano Central Mosque, was led by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen.

The prayer, organised by the Kano State Government in conjunction with the Kano Emirate Council, was attended by Imams of all Juma’at Mosques in the state.

It featured the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, followed by special prayers for Allah’s intervention to bring about lasting peace, stability and security nationwide.

In his remarks Governor Ganduje said said the current security challenges in the country necessitated the prayers, adding that it was principally aimed at seeking God’s intervention for sustainable peace in the state and Nigeria at large.

Similarly, the Emir prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari to steer the country out of its present economic predicament.

He also prayed for the new service chiefs and the military to win the war against insurgency in the country.

It Is Dangerous Marrying One wife As A Muslim, You Need Two & Above – Muslim Scholar

Well known for his tough lectures, popular Islamic scholar and preacher, Sheik Muyideen Bello is at it again. Bello has said a Muslim man will be doing himself more harm by marrying just one wife, but instead he will advise such a man to start with two. He made this known in one of his lectures titled Legal Marriage. Enjoy!

“Allah said a man should marry any kind of woman he likes. As a man, if you want to marry a fair-complexioned or dark woman, marry her. Allah said we should start from 2 women. I know women will not like to hear this. If you have to marry, start with 2 women, that is what the Quran says. The Yorubas have a saying that a man with 1 woman isn’t a real man. For instance if you are
married to 1 wife and she over-salts your food, you have just 1 wife. You don’t have a choice than to eat the food or buy food outside.

“I have received so many messages from people that why should I encourage polygamy. I tell them, is it me encouraging polygamy? Allah said you should marry 2, 3, 4. Allah said if as a man you know you can’t take care of them, then marry 1. Then if you are a me&my wife kind of man, the implications are too many. As Muslims, 4 women is the maximum a man can have, have 2 living with you then if you have 2 houses outside, you put the other 2 there. The implications in marrying just 1 wife are too many.

PMB Urges Muslims To Rise Against Boko Haram

Against the backdrop of the incessant terrorism attacks in Nigeria and the world over, President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday urged the Muslim community to make a strong statement that would condemn the activities of insurgents.

According to the president, speaking with one voice was a sure way of rejecting the attackers claim of acting in the name of Islam, stressing that it would also stop the abasement of their religion.

This is even as Buahri called on the international community to unite and forge a stronger worldwide consensus for more effective action against global terrorism.

The president’s injunctions came on the heels of the killing of about 150 men, women and children in Kukawa, Borno state on Thursday and also the recent murder of Egyptian Attorney General, Hesham Barakat, and the killing of about 70 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula by terrorists.

While strongly condemning the act, Buhari in separate statements issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja further stated that it was “a very heinous atrocity which must be unreservedly condemned by all people of conscience.”

He conveyed  his heart-felt condolences to families of the victims of Boko Haram’s dreadful killings in Kukawa just as he also condoled the government of Egypt and the families of the victims, reaffirming “Nigeria’s commitment to working with other countries facing terrorists’ threats to overcome the scourge of violent extremism.”

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Al Shabaab Attack Army Camp Killing Several People In Somalia

Several Somali soldiers were killed overnight Sunday when Shebab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region, officials and witnesses said Monday.

The attack is the latest in a string of assaults by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents, who last week stormed a base manned by the African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM), killing dozens.

Heavy gunfire was reported late Sunday for several hours, with the Shebab briefly taking over the camp near Kismayo and beheading some of those captured before looting supplies and leaving, witnesses said.

“There was heavy fighting that left several of the soldiers dead,” said security official Abdirashid Moalim, speaking from Kismayo.

“There were machine guns and rockets, and the fighting ended when the soldiers were overpowered,” said Abdi Bakar, a witness, who said he had seen nine bodies.

The Shebab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government which is propped up and protected by the 22,000-strong AMISOM force.

On Friday, the Shebab attacked an AMISOM base in Lego village, 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, manned by around 100 Burundian soldiers.

The Shebab later boasted of having killed 80 soldiers, and carried off the bodies of 60 of them.

Witnesses reported seeing dozens of bodies, but there has been no formal confirmation of casualties and the toll was not possible to independently confirm.

Under military pressure at home, Shebab is increasingly turning its attention to Kenya where it has launched a string of recent deadly assaults, as well as focusing on guerrilla style warfare in Somalia.

The Islamic militants commonly step up their attacks during Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan. On Wednesday six people were killed in a suicide attack in Mogadishu on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates.

Gov. El-Rufai Is Against Corruption In ‘Religious Feeding’ – Media Aide

The Kaduna State Government last week announced its decision to discontinue the practice of distributing food items and gifts during Ramadan.

While hosting religious leaders last week, the governor Mallam Nasir El Rufai, explained that Kaduna State is broke, and needs to tighten its finances to serve the people better, in a manner that befits their massive support for change. He made it clear that the state government will no longer tolerate the siphoning of government resources in the guise of gifts to prominent politicians, public servants and famous figures, or the feeding of indigent persons during religious occasions; neither will it be involved in sponsoring people 

The governor went further to explain that the government has stopped issuing contracts to so called ‘super’ politicians to supply foods, beverages and other essentials as Ramadan gifts across the state because the process is entirely fraudulent with nothing tangible to show for it, except playing to the gallery to score cheap political goals and fraudulently enrich few individuals. It is a known fact that the socalled feeding of the poor during Ramadan is a window created to loot the public treasury with impunity using religion as a cover

Findings have revealed how it is mainly prominent politicians and influential personalities that benefit from the Ramadan and Christmas gifts instead of the so called ‘poor’. Food stuffs, bought with public resources, are distributed to prominent government officials and other personalities, while the poor in whose name those foods are procured queue in droves for crumbs and are constantly subjected to several forms of hardships and degrading circumstances after such sham gestures. The hundreds of million of naira involved have not translated into visible feeding points in Kaduna.

The Governor is committed to always helping the needy in a transparent and sustainable manner.He is focused on providing sincere leadership, and that includes taking steps against the looting of the public treasury in the guise of feeding ordinary citizens who are deprived of social justice and basic amenities. 

The Governor’s position is simple. He will not dip his hands into the public treasury or aid the swindling of public funds using religion as a cover. Instead his generosity to the poor will continue  in his private status as a Muslim. His commitment to Zakat is constant and has been done for decades without any form of publicity. The Governor encourages people of means to do the same in their private capacities, and not abdicate their religious duty to care for the less well-off to the government. This year, Malam Nasir El Rufai and his friends are pooling resources to provide Ramadan feeding as private individuals to the vulnerable in our society. This is a healthy way of building a caring society, and if more widely adopted by people of means, will certainly provide for more persons than a fraudulent system of government provision that at best reaches only a few.

Samuel Aruwan 

Special Assistant, Media and Publicity 

23 June, 2015 

Buhari Asks Muslims To Promote Love, Peace As Ramadan Begins

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country as Muslims start the 2015 Ramadan.

This followed the declaration of moon-sighting by the president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday night.

In a congratulatory message released on Buhari’s behalf by his senior special assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period “by being helpful to all manner of people, learning and following the true message of the religion as taught by the Holy Prophet.”

The president in his message appealed to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from tarnishing the name of the religion.

“As we make collective efforts to bring to a permanent end the menace of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin countries, let me use this auspicious occasion to appeal to our misguided brothers to drop their arms, embrace peace and seek a better understanding of Islam during this Holy period and beyond,” Buhari said.

Meanwhile, while addressing newsmen in his palace, the Sultan stated that Thursday, June 18, marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436 A.H, and urged Muslims to use the 29 or 30-day period to offer prayers for peace and development of the country.

“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today, June 17, marked the end of Shaaban and, therefore, Thursday June 18 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436,” he said.

“Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country.”

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Only North, Muslims Can Defeat B’Haram- Gen Gumi

Former director of legal services of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Abdulqadir Abubakar Gumi (retd), has said that for the Boko Haram sect to be crushed  completely, the North must rise up in unison and adopt defence mechanisms peculiar and suitable to its brand of tradition.

Gumi, who is a son of the revered late Grand Khadi of Northern Nigeria, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, and brother of Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mahmud Gumi, noted that apart from the ongoing effort by the federal government, the Muslim community in the country had the obligation to complement the fight against the insurgents.

In a position paper made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, he noted that this edition of his paper on the topic is a little digression from the first edition published in this paper in February.

He said this edition, entitled ‘How To Break Boko Haram II’, was guided by democratic principles that seek “to reiterate the need for checks and balances without which projections and sharing of responsibilities may not be equitable.”

Gumi opined that beside the roles being played the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government, the North and the Muslim community must brace up to the situation.

This, he said, is informed by the fact that “Muslims were hitherto designated as the main complainants/victims of the insurgency and, by extension, the entire Northern Nigeria which formed the battleground.”

He faulted the situation whereby the war against the insurgents was left for the federal government to contend with, saying it was “erroneous for the Northern establishments to rely fully on the government or the National Assembly for all initiatives needed to prosecute the BH (Boko Haram) insurgency.”

“They (North) should bear in mind that no federal body is structured to either project the North, faith, regional-based entity or targeted situations. The North, being directly devastated by the insurgency as ground zero, needs to design its peculiar defence mechanisms common or suitable to its heritage.

“This would fill in survival gaps or at the least improve its disposition as to compel the constituted federal structure to be alive to its responsibilities whenever its social fabrics are threatened.

“The attitude to wait for an election year before action would amount to accepting the kind of casualties and losses realized within the period for the democracy we have chosen for ourselves”.

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Gov El-Rufai To Establish Peace And Reconciliation Commission

Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, on Thursday, said plans were underway to establish a peace and reconciliation commission in the state.

El-Rufa’i said this when the Northern Christian Elders paid him a courtesy visit at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.

He said the move was to further improve peaceful co-existence in the state.

The governor said his administration would take serious disciplinary measures against anyone or group found attacking one another on the basis of religion or ethnic differences.

He added that “we all serve one God but in different ways, therefore there is no need to fight each other over what you don’t have control of.’’

He pointed out that the time had come for all hands to be on deck in order to salvage the state.

He noted that “Kaduna State must be one again. Everyone will live in the area of his or her choice without any fear of attack on the basis of religious or ethnic divide.’’

The governor said that his administration was already making frantic efforts to bring back the lost glory of the state.

He thanked the Christian elders for the visit, and commended them for being the first to visit him officially since his assumption of office.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the forum, Elder Olaiya Felix, had said that the visit was to advance common objective, having seen the governor as a reformer and one who is practical.

He said that the forum had a duty as elders to ensure that peace existed everywhere, especially in the north.

“We are ready to do anything humanly possible to have peace and develop the north,” he said.

Felix also charged the governor to focus on agriculture and education. (NAN)

Igbo Corp Member Converts To Islam To Fulfill Buhari Vow

Chukwuma Austin Dike from Mbailtoli LGA, Imo State is a batch C corp member serving in Benue State, Konshisha LGA. He had made a vow that if now President Buhari won the election and is sworn in 29th of May, that he will convert to Islam.

29th May has come and gone, Buhari has been sworn in. Shortly after Buhari’s inauguration, Chukwuma accepted Islam at Jibwisb Mosque Gboko, Benue state. See more pics below…

 

 

In Pakistan, Man Builds Giant Bullet-Proof Cross, Challenges Muslim Extremists To Destroy It

In the recent wave of religious tensions sweeping across Pakistan, a Christian businessman in the country’s largest city is building a giant 14-storey cross outside the entrance to the largest Christian cemetery in Karachi.
Parvez Henry Gill a devout Christian who lives in Karachi, spoke to Washington Post about his mission. He said that God had come to him in a dream one night four years ago and challenged him with the divine task of finding a way to relieve Pakistani Christians from the constant fear of persecution and abuse frequently perpetrated by Pakistan’s radical Muslim community.
Gill says the construction of the giant cross is to encourage fellow Christians to stay in Pakistan despite the religious tensions in the country.
“I want you to do something different,” Gill remembers God telling him.
According to Christian Post, Gill admitted that he wasn’t quite sure what the best way to answer

God’s call was. After many sleepless nights, he awoke one morning with the realization that he needed to build a giant cross.

“I said, ‘I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,'” Gill asserted. “It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry free.”
Four years later, that giant cross is nearly complete, standing at the entrance to the Gora Qabaristan Cemetery in Karachi. With the cross measuring in at 140-feet tall, the cross bar is 42 feet in length.
Parts of Gora Qabaristan Cemetery, which dates back to the British colonial era, have been disrespectfully settled upon, and many of the headstones have suffered defacement by the Muslim community, which makes up about 96 percent of the Pakistani population.
Although many Pakistani Christians, who make up a little over 1 percent of the nation’s population, have been killed, beaten, burned, wrongfully jailed and treated like second-class citizens, Gill hopes that Christians around Karachi will see the cross as a positive sign that Christianity can exist there.
“I want Christian people to see it and decide to stay here,” Gill explained.
Considering the Muslim community in Karachi will have objections to the huge, noticeable symbol of Christianity and will likely attempt to tear it down, Gill said destroying the cross will not be easy because it’s “bulletproof” and sits on a 20-foot underground base.
“Tons and tons of Iron, steel and cement,” Gill stated. “If anyone tries to hit this cross, they will not succeed.”
Gill explained that getting construction workers to build the cross was a challenge.
Upon hiring workers, Gill said he did not tell them what they were building. But when the shape of the cross became obvious, Gill said about 20 of his Muslim workers quit. However, that did not stop other Muslims from continuing to peacefully work on the cross alongside Christians.
One particular Muslim named Mohammad Ali (not to be confused with the boxing legend, Muhammad Ali) works on the cross’ construction as a volunteer for an astonishing 98 hours a week and considers it a “work of God.”
“Henry has supported me well over the years, helping with the birth of my [seven] children, with medicine, their education, so I don’t need a daily wage,” Ali told the Post.
Many of the area Christians are concerned that the cross will only further escalate religious tensions in the area and bring about more attacks against them.
Although many of Gill’s friends are concerned with his safety since they believe he has a target on his back, Gill said he doesn’t worry about the possibility that Muslims are out to get him. He leaves his safety in the hands of God, who was the one who initially called him to take action. Gill referred to Psalm 91.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,'” Psalm 91 reads. “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”
Although Gill said he wanted to build his cross higher than any other cross in the world, his structure does not top the list of the world’s tallest crosses. “The Great Cross” in St. Augustine, Florida, still holds the title for the world’s largest cross, as it stands in at 208 feet in height. Gill said that his cross will be the largest cross constructed in Asia.
When the Cross and its lighting system are finally completed later this year, Gill said he plans to hold an inaugural ceremony to honor its construction and plans to invite Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Boko Haram: Every Muslim Leader Must Speak Up Now – Emir Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has challenged every Muslim leader in the country to speak up so as to put an end to the menace of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

“Silence will not be a solution and will not solve the problem or be a solution to major threats facing the coun try,” the emir said.

Speaking yesterday in an interview with CNN, he said that the federal government needed to eradicate poverty and create more employment opportunities in the country, stating that there are certain condition that have been created to make it possible for Nigerian youths to be radicalised.

Answering questions on a statement made by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)), Gen Muhamadu Buhari, to the effect that ‘’if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” he said only few people controlled the state’s resources for their personal interest.

The emir said: “For a long time, the Nigerian state has been captured as corrupt. The Nigerian political elite must recognise that need, and if this does not change, the country cannot survive indefinitely. There have to be more investment in infrastructure, health care, education and other major sectors of the economy. The state cannot just exist to make some few people very rich.

“Corruption is an old story in Nigeria; the story has always been bad. Corruption has hit the country badly. I have spoken a lot about this in the past, I don’t want to say much about these because it is close to election. I don’t want to deviate to politics. Gen Buhari is right.’’

Answering a question on the allegation of the missing $20 billion when he was the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), he said: ‘’My position in the Central Bank was always that there was this gap of $20billion between absolute reconciliation and the federation account, and I raised a lot of other issues that, I think, have not been adequately discussed and addressed sufficiently, and one of them is the appropriation by the National Assembly.

‘’I think all those issues need to be addressed and redressed properly, and the government should begin to close all the loopholes that can lead to corruption in the government revenue.”

He pointed out that the country was suffering the impact of the inability of the government to stop the illegal withholding of revenues from the federation account.

‘’The country is paying the price today: oil price has crashed; currency has been devalued; government revenues are in a very bad shape. Whichever way, this government or the opposition has to deal with it.’’

Emir suggests the way forward: ‘’I think what we need is to have both federal, state and local government focus; a focus on growth and economy that will create jobs and understand that there is a strong connection between political culture and violence.

“Corruption is creating opportunity for some people in the country to get rich and shooting up inequality between the rich and the poor. If the federal government does not recognise this, then it will be very difficult to develop,’’ he concluded.

ISIS Welcomes Boko Haram’s Pledge Of Allegiance

The Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance made to it by Boko Haram and vowed to press with its expansion, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman, the AFP is reporting.

“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph… has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad”, IS spokesman, Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group.

In the tape of some 30 minutes, the IS spokesman called on Muslims to join fellow extremists in West Africa and downplayed “victories” by the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces against his group.

It would be recalled that following heavy bombardment of Boko Haram terrorist group in Northeastern Nigeria by Nigerian Armed Forces and its counterparts from Cameroon, Niger and Chad, an audiotape purportedly released by the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau on Saturday, said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi”, referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Security analysts have said that pledge may only have propaganda value in the short term but could lead to closer links in the future.

14 Most Powerful Terrorist Organizations In The World. See Boko Haram’s Position

7) JAMAAT ANSAR AL-SUNNA

JAMAAT ANSAR AL-SUNNA

Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna is a terrorist group that was founded in 2003 in Iraq. They oppose the US forces in Iraq and also the Iraq government led by Nouri al-Maliki. It was once thought that they were working with Al-Qaeda but then it was discovered that the two groups are actually in conflict with each other.

6) REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA

FARC Guerillas In Colombia

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are also known as the Forças Armadas Revolucionárias da Colômbia or FARC. They are a Maxist-Leninst terrorist group that is in control of the majority of the illegal drugs in the world. They have over 12,000 members and they actually consider themselves as sort of modern day Robin Hood’s because they extort money from wealthy people and organizations and (they claim) distribute it to poor people.

5) KURDISTAN WORKER’S PARTY

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters

The Kurdistan Worker’s Party is also known as the PKK and it was founded on November 27, 1978. Their goal is to establish an independant Kurdish state. They are mainly active in Turkey but also in Iraq, Syria and Iran, making them much more than just a regional threat.

4) HAMAS

Hamas is a terrorist group founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. They are a socio-political terrorist group of Palestine who governs the Gaza Strip. They are supported by Hezbollah since they have similar goals of destroying Israel.

3) HEZBOLLAH

Hezbollah

Hezbollah is a Lebanon based terrorist group that formed during the Lebanese civil war of 1982. Their leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. A report by the CIA claims that about 41 percent of the Lebanese population is a part of Hezbollah. They even have seats in the government, radio and TV stations and social development programs.

2) TALIBAN

Taliban

Perhaps the next most famous terrorist group is the Talliban. Their name is derived from the word “students”. They actually managed to rule most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. They are famous for their strict interpretation of Sharia law and their oppression of women. They are currently working out of Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan.

1) AL-QAEDA

alqaeda

These are the biggest names when it comes to terrorism in the world right now. And though it is hard to measure power, there can be no doubt that these organizations are striking fear in the hearts of many across the world.

 Al-Qaeda is probably the first organization that comes to mind when you think of a terrorist group. Al-Qaeda was first formed in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden and despite the fact that their founder and leader was killed, they still thrive to this day. Their main mission is to bring Jihad on all of the sinners who do not follow the word of Allah. Their biggest act of course was the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11.

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Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015

All right, it might not start until 2016, these things can be awfully hard to predict exactly. However, surprising as it may seem, one way or another the end of ISIS is in sight, and it’s all resting securely in the hands of Jesus, peace be upon him.

There has been a great deal of mainstream media attention lately, both video and print, regarding the fact that ISIS is recruiting based on the promise that their fighters are actually participating in the rapidly approaching end of the world.

At the same time, mainstream orthodox Muslim websites are already predicting Jesus’ return as early as 2022, starting an Islamic prophetic clock set to run over the next 7 years, in the purportedly rapidly approaching run-up to Armageddon.

The good news is that even if they’re wrong, those claims ISIS is making about their own role in Islamic end-time prophecy spell their own certain end. Because even though ISIS claims they’re fighting on the side of the angels, it’s obvious they’re not,and it should become progressively clearer to even the most misguided Jihadi that either ISIS is wrong about Armageddon or that they’re on the wrong side, because of all the things Muslims know are supposed to happen.

And if it turns out they’re right, then we can all rest assured that by the time the dust has finally settled there will be no question left about who’s side they are really on, because it’s all going to be about Jesus.

Frankly, although I’d like to believe the orthodox predictions are correct, I think they’re premature, and that ISIS is crazy-stupid. We had a very informative event up here in Calgary last month hosted by the US State Department, where Dr. Michael Ryan of the Middle East Institute shared his valuable insights into ISIS’ recruiting strategy. We learned that ISIS actually complains in their internal communiqués about their difficulty recruiting informed Muslims, because “Islam makes them tend towards life and their community”. They find more success attracting Muslims they call “losers” — ignorant about their Islamic faith and marginalized by drugs, alcoholism, crime, mental illness or recent life-changing events. That’s not the sort of Muslim you would expect to know much about the religion, or to make good life — or end-of-life — choices either. Given that, I think we can discount their validity of their “good-guy” claims, even despite their despicable and deplorable actions which should in themselves be sufficient.

But even if we considered that they might be right about the impending apocalypse, what sort of events should the next few years bring according to confirmed Islamic eschatology?

  • First, the Euphrates River should soon be uncovering a mountain of gold, with the Arabian Peninsula becoming filled with meadows and rivers.
  • Then, some Muslims throughout the world will be inexplicably transformed into apes and pigs because of their attempts to make lawful some rather significant major sins. Personally, I think that one’s aimed squarely at al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and ISIS and their associates, and their rather liberal views regarding murder, tumult, oppression and slavery.
  • Then shortly thereafter you can expect the coming of the Mahdi, his uncovering of the Ark of the Covenant and his evangelism of a significant proportion of the world’s Jews, who will wake up and realize that they shouldn’t be ignoring and allowing Israel’s oppressing Muslims and Christians in Palestine.
  • Then, you will see the coming of al-Masih ad-Dajjal –the false Messiah or anti-Christ– the descent of ‘Isa ibn Maryam [‘alayhis-salam] –that’s Jesus– and his defeat of the anti-Christ followed by the coming of Ya’juj and Ma’juj –Gog and Magog–,followed by:
  • The rising of the sun from the west
  • The appearance of the Beast of the Earth
  • The wind that will take the souls of the believers
  • The ruin of al-Madinah –Medina–
  • The destruction of the Ka’bah –Mecca– by the Abyssinians
  • And the fire that will come from the Yemen to gather the people in Sham before the coming of Judgement Day.

I think you’ll all have to admit, that’s a lot to pack into the next seven years and it’s going to be hard to miss.
And with that 7 year clock running, if it all doesn’t start happening soon, you can expect to see ISIS supporters starting to slip away.

But if it does come true, what sort of a man is the Mahdi supposed to be? Muslim prophecies are actually frighteningly clear, and do seem to predict the current state of affairs in the Levant, hold out hope for the rest of us and promise an end to ISIS.

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Thousands Of Troops Could Return To UK To Fight Copycat Attacks After Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Thousands of troops stationed overseas could be sent home to help police cope with a Paris copycat attack amid fears they are not prepared for a large-scale bloodbath.

Ministers are examining plans to have ‘high-readiness’ battalions stationed across the country to respond to a terror attack within minutes.

The infantry units would provide back-up support to armed police and would be especially vital if there is more than one attack at any given time.

Currently there are hundreds of troops on standby for an onslaught by Islamic State fanatics. But there are concerns there are not enough armed police outside London, especially in villages.

If there was to be an attack outside the capital, it could be more than half an hour before the police have back-up from the Army

As a result, it is understood various government departments are now looking at having more soldiers stationed in places such as Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland.

A senior Whitehall source told the Mail: ‘The country has a force of more than 80,000 troops and they need to be deployed where the threat is. Homeland security needs to be stepped up and as part of that we are looking at where there are gaps. We are looking at bringing back soldiers from overseas.’

The Ministry of Defence last night denied that troops are to be brought home, but senior Whitehall sources insisted the plans were under discussion. Details are not yet clear but it is understood thousands of soldiers could be re-deployed across the UK from overseas.

The Army is stationed in more than 80 countries. There are thousands of troops in Germany – a legacy from the Second World War – as well as hundreds in Cyprus and hundreds in the Falkland

Source – Daily mail

Muslims Stage Angry Protests Over Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed Cartoon As Shekau Hails Paris Massacre

Charlie Hebdo’s decision to depict the Prophet Mohammed on its front cover today has angered Muslims around the world who called it a renewed insult to their religion.

Around three million copies of the French satirical newspaper hit the stands this morning for the first since the terror attack on its office which killed 12 people.

The front cover showed a weeping Mohammed, holding a sign reading ‘I am Charlie’ with the words ‘All is forgiven’ above him.

Such was its immediate popularity, the print run has since been increased to five million after issues sold out within minutes.

Copies have since been changing hands on eBay for three-figure sums as customers rush to get their hands on the edition.

But many Muslims believe their faith forbids depictions of the prophet and reacted with dismay – and occasionally anger – to the latest cover image.

Some felt their expressions of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo after last week’s attack had been rebuffed, while others feared the cartoon would trigger yet more violence.

‘You’re putting the lives of others at risk when you’re taunting bloodthirsty and mad terrorists,’ said Hamad Alfarhan, a 29-year old Kuwaiti doctor.

It came as Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram hailed the Paris massacres.

‘We are indeed happy with what happened in France,’ the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted online.

‘We are happy over what befell the people of France… as their blood was shed inside their country as they (try to) safeguard their blood,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Abbas Shumann, deputy to the Grand Sheik of Cairo’s influential Al-Azhar mosque, said the new image was ‘a blatant challenge to the feelings of Muslims who had sympathised with this newspaper.’

Who is Afraid of Muhammadu Buhari? By Anjuwon Oluwole

President Goodluck Jonathan was the toast of the Nigerian masses before the 2011 Presidential elections. As he enjoyed great amount of goodwill from Nigerians, to the extent that Parents christened their children ‘goodluck’ as a result of the perceived elements of luck which follows the President due to the fact many see him as someone who always has an easy ride to the top of any office he finds himself and believe he would make Nigeria a great nation. As a result of this goodwill he cleared the Presidential election in an atmosphere which was free and averagely fair.

From a personal research I made in October 2014, four out of five respondents who voted for President Goodluck in 2011 stated that they would not vote for him in 2015, but would rather vote for General Buhari.

Meanwhile, all the respondents who voted for General Buhari in 2011 maintained that they would still vote for him in the coming presidential election. This implies that President Jonathan has traded the goodwill he enjoyed in 2011 to General Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerians expected more from President Goodluck than he has delivered. Any Nigerian who is truthful and patriotic without allowing the sentiments of religion, ethnicity, political alignment and greed to override his or her sense of judgment knows that the Nigeria we all crave for isn’t the one we have this day. Those who state otherwise are simply unpatriotic.

Though the Goodluck Jonathan government has made some giant strides in the areas of agriculture and road construction but has failed woefully in dealing with corruption, insecurity, erratic power supply, unnecessary religious and ethnic rivalry among Nigerians.

President Jonathan and General Buhari are unarguably the two most powerful political brands we have in Nigeria as at today. The former has sizeable wealth and an astonishing incumbency factor in his favour. While, the latter is just a poor political figure, whose anti-corruption tendency and simplicity made him the toast of the masses.

The latter, General Mohammed Buhari is the ‘one man mopol’ we use in the local parlance, as he garnered over 12 million votes during the 2011 Presidential election without the goodwill he enjoyed now. With the goodwill he now enjoys, it’s clear Nigerians would witness the first ever defeat of an incumbent president come 2015 in a free and fair contest.

General Buhari is an incorrupt leader, who is ‘poor’ in relation to the type of wealth his fellow retired colleagues in the military have in their disposal. This is his Unique Selling Point, and that is what Nigerians crave for.

Nigerians know that corruption is the biggest problem the nation is facing and are looking for someone who would end this evil. They expect President Jonathan to deal decisively with corrupt practices, but were utterly amazed when he called cases of corrupt practices mere ‘stealing’. How then does he want them to convince them that the money meant for transforming the country is not stolen?

However the corrupt few who hold us to ransom by enriching themselves with our common resources, don’t want Muhammadu Buhari as president because they want to keep milking the nation dry.

They have also being making their privilege friends within business corridor rich at the expense of the masses.

In 2011, in one of the lavish dinners which were held to celebrate the victory of the incumbent president, one of the keynote speakers, a wealthy businessman, was quoted as saying “President Goodluck Jonathan, thank God you won. We are happy you won. If you hadn’t, most of us here in this hall would have gone on exile by now.”

This shameful statement give credence to the fact that our corrupt politicians and their friends in the business community knows the fate that would befall them, when the peoples’ general becomes President, and they have vowed in their closets to do everything within their reach to stop him,

These enemies of the Nigeria nation, has therefore branded Buhari as an Islamic fanatic, who would Islamize Nigeria and force every Christian to become a Muslim. Is this possible in the 21st century? As a military commander, Buhari permits his Christian officers to rest on Sundays and would not allow fellow Muslims to enjoy the same privilege on Fridays. Does this not rubbish the ‘fanatic’ label they have placed on him?

Furthermore, they tell us he is the sponsor of the dreaded Boko Haram, but still they haven’t come out with prove to substantiate their claim. As head of state, Buhari put an end to the evil activities of an Islamic sect known as the ‘Maitatsine.’ How then would he now sponsor Boko Haram?

Nigerians are now wiser and would not believe the many lies being put forward by the enemies of Nigeria to deny us from saving our dear country. We are ready to save Nigeria with our votes by voting General Buhari our president come 2015.

Anjuwon Oluwole @tweetjuwon

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#KakandaTemple ~ Islam: In Receipt of the Outsiders’ Criticisms

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I was seated in a tea stall in my neighbourhood, among an entirely Muslim clientele, when a conversation between two fellows struck me. One was a provision store owner in one of the illegally occupied parts of Life Camp and his colleague was just who I may call “a random hustler”—a fellow you may dial to supply you with water, do your laundry and even run an errand for a small fee. Both were people of amazing faith in God, in the future, in a kinder destiny. Though on the surface, they seemed similar being both homeless and living in the mosque, their worldviews would never co-exist. They were debating a post-prayer sermon delivered in the neighbourhood mosque a day before which the store owner disagreed with. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to condemn your good neighbours’ religion in that fashion,” the store owner said of the preacher’s sermon. He added, “There is always a need to respect one another in any religion!” I followed their conversations not only because the store owner panders to commendable political correctness, but in my amusement at the private exchanges of fellow Muslims. Especially among the supposedly unenlightened of the lower social classes, those who grow up in closed societies where the foreign is either inferior or unacceptable!

Last week, I followed the arguments against perceived unresponsiveness to terrorism among Muslims by some non-Muslim social critics who are not in the know of the frictions amongst Muslims along the lines of personal, ideological, cultural and sectarian differences. In their unjust reviews, terrorism thrives on the silence of the “moderate” or politically correct Muslims. Loudest among these are from professors Wole Soyinka and Okey Ndibe, who both insist that Muslims must “take back” Islam and “stand up to be counted” in their justified outrage over the killing of the middle-class citizens in Nairobi and of the socially subaltern citizens we mourn in north-eastern Nigeria. I do not consider their criticisms as mischievous, even though Soyinka has always struggled with the temptation to condemn an entire faith for the sins of some confused members. I was thus happy that this time Soyinka candidly observes in his commentary “Humanity and Against”, that “as for their (the terrorists’) claims to faith, they invoke divine authority solely as a hypocritical cover for innate psychopathic tendencies.” Gbam!

I testify to the corruptions of religions. I am a witness to the sheer lack of ability among my Muslim brothers and sisters, which is also so among Christians, to tell adherence apart from fanaticism. The line between the two is too thin; many, as I always offer, don’t know it when they cross the line. Fanaticism is when you obey the commands of your God without respecting the “live and let live” principle of existence. You’re a fanatic unless you respect that your neighbours and friends and fellow citizens who practise other religions are under no obligation to follow your Way. That they only owe you one thing: respect!

As a younger person, I witnessed an interesting drama that still remains with me. Once, I returned from the Koranic school with a revelation: never prostrate, kneel, squat or bow for anyone aside from Allah. I was afraid because it was going to affect my relationship with my beloved mother, and also because I was cautious about losing my spot as her favourite child. In my culture, it’s a mark of respect to squat or kneel down while greeting elders, and here my mullah asked me never to do this again. Even to my own mother. I invited Mum to the room and told her that I was going to offend her and that it was not meant to disrespect her—that thenceforth I was going to stop kneeling or bowing whenever I greet her. The following day, while we were in school, she stormed with other neighbours whose children and wards were also affected by the “revelation” to challenge the mullah’s ways. They called the mullah an “Izala”—a member of a religious group promoting what it views as abhorrence to “innovations” while promoting an adherence to a strict orthodoxy of their own strict interpretation. The parents said his attempts to corrupt us had failed. We, the children and wards, were then taken out of the school!

This and the example of the provision store owner are just instances from the many resistances to extremism and contested fundamentalism within Muslim communities. To the outsider, Islam has been taken over by extremists but among us they are simply a bunch of confused minority in whose minds are riots of identities and consequent loss of humanity. Muslims have always been sensitive to deviancy, so asking them to take back Islam reeks of the campaigners’ ignorance of the frictions within. You can only take back what has been taken over; there are two sides to everything, and here the statistics still favour the “moderate”. Every religion has always in the hands of two sides at every time and in every issue, every article of faith, sometimes in the hands of more than two schools of thought and practice even. In the case of this escalating terrorism, one may only rightly ask the government to regulate religious activities. Let’s at least recognise the efforts of the “moderate” who have suffered to challenge religious aberrations, to my mother and to every Muslim who have been risking their lives to stop the productions of religious robots. What method hasn’t been set up to defeat the ideologies of these insurgents? And if you’re expecting the Muslims to take up arms against the terrorist, the Civilian JTF are already up in the North-East. That our fanaticism devolves into terrorism is not due to the silence of the Muslims, it’s the insensitivity of the government. Yes, the only option right now is government—to defy this “Freedom of Worship” blackmail by regulating and stamping out any religious activity, especially education that threatens our existence. You don’t have to be Turkey’s Mustafa Ataturk to protect your citizens from the religious corruptions. Theirs is not religious, I agree! You’re not religious until you’re humane; you’re human first before you earned any other label. And until you’re able to reconcile your love for whatever you worship with your love for the humankind, my last words remain: May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda
@gimbakakanda (On Twitter)