On 19th January 2016 Oxfam published a report titled “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more” showing worsening health inequality around the world. It showed that the world’s richest 1% owned 48% of the world’s wealth. They also found that whilst the top 80 billionaires saw an increase of $600 billion in their wealth over […]
Wherever capitalism’s ruling system, Democracy, is implemented, soaring crime rates are evident, and Pakistan is no exception. Ranging from target killings to kidnappings, and rapes to robberies, the media carries shocking news of crimes. What’s worse is that in Pakistan, many criminals continue roaming free due to their influence or status. In fact many times […]
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The capitalist ideology emerged in the 18th century as a result of intellectual struggle between the medieval church and philosophers/liberators inside Europe. Since then almost all the European countries and the United States afterwards following upheavals adopted it. Currently the United States is the primary custodian/promoter of this ideology that is being aggressively propagated globally […]
By the will of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, we have lived to see another month of Muharram and the start of another year in the Islamic calendar. How is this marked? What memories are evoked as a result of it? What is the content of the khutbahs on the hijrah of the Prophet ﷺ? How is […]
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On Tuesday 19 May 2015, a court in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom ruled against Asher’s Bakery who refused to bake a cake with a pro gay marriage slogan on the basis of discrimination. This took place a week before Ireland went to the polls for a referendum on the legalisation same sex marriages. This has […]
“I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies”– Thomas Jefferson Western banks have a habit of embroiling themselves in scandals that involve large sums of money. Last week the FBI stated six global banks were involved in criminality “on a massive scale”. The banks will pay circa $5.6 billion for rigging […]
The comment of the present Pope Francis in the aftermath of the attacks on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo is a reminder of the deep contradiction between religion and freedom of speech. Pope Francis remarked, in simple layman terms, that if someone were to say something offensive about the Pope’s mother then he could expect to receive a punch in the face. Speech, in other words, has serious consequences and cannot be conducted irresponsibly.
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American Sniper is a 2014 high-powered American action and drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. It is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”. With 255 kills in Iraq, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense, Kyle is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. He earned himself several so-called praised titles such as the “Legend” and Longest recorded sniper kills list. At the same time, a tremendous spike in racist fueled hate crimes and threats against the Muslim Arab communities has been reported in the United States.
As the media cameras began to roll on the Charlie Hebdo attack, Muslims globally held their breath, anticipating yet again another cycle of assault on their Islamic beliefs. They were not wrong. As details of the incident emerged, so did the bombardment of condemnatory and accusatory statements from journalists and politicians alike, that Islam’s strong rejection of any insult against the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم or its sacred tenets was somehow to blame for this act of violence. Muslims were then presented with an ultimatum. They had to make a choice – either they were with the so-called defenders of freedom of speech and accept for their Prophet and beliefs to be insulted OR they were on the side of those who perpetrated this bloodshed. This absurd “them or us” ultimatum was based upon the twisted logic that those who oppose the right to vilify religions are somehow ‘closet sympathisers’ of those who kill journalists and cartoonists. It’s on par with accusing those who disagree with the values of Islam as being ‘closet sympathisers’ of Anders Breivik, the far-right mass-murderer who killed dozens of people in Norway in the name of his anti-Islamic ideology.
Recently, America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), officially issued extracts of the report about the CIA conduct towards prisoners in the so-called ‘War on Terror’. The entire report extends to about 6000 pages, though only 400 of its pages were allowed to be published. However, these 400 pages are enough to reveal the inhumane and cruel face of the Western governments. According to the report, the prisoners were deprived of sleep for six continuous days, forced to stand. As a consequence of this psychological torture, prisoners suffered mental illness. Two prisoners had their leg bones broken. One prisoner was threatened that if he denies co-operation, his mother will be subjected to sexual harassment. This “civilized” intelligence agency also tortured people using water boarding which is one of the worst forms of torture in human history. In this technique the face and nose of a person are covered with cloth and then water is poured over him repeatedly such that he feels as if he is drowning. According to the report, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was tortured in this way 183 times.
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Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh respected Scholar, our Ameer Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah,
Respected Scholar Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah, I have a problematic question in the book “Structuring of a Party”; where the word “sincere” was mentioned in the saying: “even if he wished to be insincere he could not be”, what does this mean? As well as I hope to clarify the meaning of “logic sensation (manTiq al-Ihsas)” and the “intellectual sensation”. Thank you very much and May Allah reward you with Khilafah in your era and you become our Imam, Ameen.
Mohammed Dhuha, Indonesia, Wa Assalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
The number of people killed by Ebola has reached almost 7,000 as it emerged the World Health Organisation has missed ambitious targets to contain the deadly disease.
The death toll currently stands at 6,928, according to the U.N. health agency, with the total number of people infected with the killer virus having surpassed 16,000.
The figures, released today, come almost two months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched an ambitious plan to stop the outbreak in West Africa by aiming to isolate 70% of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by December 1st 2014.
Many shoppers were determined to bag a bargain, regardless of what it was. Louise Haggerty, a hairdresser and waitress, shopping at 1am at a Sainsbury’s in north-east London, said: “I got a Dyson but I don’t even know if I want it. I just picked it up.” The 56-year-old said she had wanted a new flatscreen TV, “but so many people pushed in the queue, we didn’t have a chance. People were behaving like animals, it was horrible.”
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Nearly 36 million men, women and children are living in modern slavery worldwide in 2014, according to the second edition of Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index (GSI) describing modern slavery as a “hidden crime” and “big business.” The organisation defined modern slavery as the deprivation of individual liberty for the purpose of exploitation. This broad definition includes many slavery-related practices such as human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation and the sale and exploitation of children.
Al-Wa’ie: Dhu-l-Qa’dah 1435/September 2014
The Muslim revolutions: That which is required to make them a sound and productive process towards change and the path forward.
Four years ago the talk was about a radical change from the roots and a comprehensive revolution within the Arab lands which was met with huge scepticism and mockery by many at the time. Then the region exploded like a volcano which tossed its lava out in all directions following the ‘Bouazizi’ incident witnessed by the small town of Sayyidi Bouzaid in Tunisia. The storm then spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Al-Iraq whilst having a much lesser effect in Jordan, Morocco and Sudan amongst other lands.
On Monday, November 3rd, after the capsizing of a boat at the Bosphorus entrance, which was constructed for 8 people, but loaded with 42 illegal immigrants; 10 children, 4 women and 10 men were found dead. While only six men were rescued, the search after the other lost passengers, including 2 children and 3 women is still in progress. In addition, it was found out that these illegal immigrants had to pay each 7000 Euros for this journey of hope, trying to reach Romania and Europe overseas. This story once again brings to mind the facts of human trafficking throughout the world and especially in Turkey.
It seems nowadays that not a day passes in the UK when an issue related to child sex abuse or exploitation doesn’t hit the news. Just this past week, three major stories dominated the headlines – firstly, a report by MP Ann Coffey found that the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children has become the social norm in some parts of Greater Manchester, with over 13,000 cases over the last 6 years; secondly, Fiona Wolf, the woman appointed to chair the inquiry into claims of a historical paedophile ring operating amongst former MP’s, government ministers, and others in the higher echelons of British society, was forced to resign due to her political links with the establishment; and thirdly, a young junior doctor working in paediatrics pleaded guilty of sexually abusing boys as young as 12 and was found in possession of more than 1.2 million images of abuse.
The Secular Liberal West presents itself to the world as firm practitioners of sound rational thinking while portraying the adherents of Islam as fanatical followers of meaningless, superstitious dogma. By doing so, they seek to bring world public opinion to their side, to justify their interventionist wars in the Muslim world, and their numerous occupations of Muslim lands. The West, they claim, is eminently reasonable, willing to engage in open discussion with anyone, but discussion with Muslims is not possible because of the alleged irrationality of their demands; so war is the only remaining option.
The issue of population extinction of South Korea – that emerged since the beginning of last September – was a shocking concept to the ordinary public. The first question that comes to mind is why the societies with advanced technology, high levels of welfare and the rapid pace of modernization are actually at risk of extinction? This question needs an answer.
UNICEF UK has just released a report in which it states that a child is killed by violence every five minutes in the world, saying that most of those deaths occur outside war zone. This report’s aim is to call for new targets to end all forms of abuse, which it calls a global “epidemic” – by 2030.
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The incident of six teenager’s deaths at the ‘Future Music Festival Asia 2014, Malaysia’ apparently has not given a lesson when Malaysia has permitted once again the organization of Mariah Carey’s concert. Mariah was scheduled to travel to Malaysia for the second time after her first concert a decade ago. Mariah is slated to perform a concert known as ‘ME. I AM MARIAH’ live in Malaysia 2014 in Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur at 8.00pm this 22nd October. Malaysia is one of the Asian countries chosen in the initiative of promoting her latest album, apart from Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and China. Malaysia Major Events in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will organize the concert.
On September 21, it was announced that according to data from TUIK (Turkish Statistical Institute), substance abuse and involvement in crime in recent years has shown a large increase. The number of children involved in crime recorded at security forces reached 273,571. While experts are discussing possible measures in the light of such terrible data, they also raise concern about the possible increase of the problem in the near future, as the closer school environment builds the most important drug market for the 16 million 400 thousand pupils who started with school. Accordingly, 57.9 percent of the children are aged between 15-17; 25 percent between 12-14; and 17.1 percent are aged between 11 and 6 years, while this ratio has increased by 14.5 percent in 2013 and those are only cases reflected on the date of security units.
27th August 2014 marked the fourth anniversary of the new Kenyan constitution. All the hopes that the Kenyan people had put into it seem to have been eroded leaving hopelessness and despair in their hearts. The new constitution took the government expenditure on wages alone up to $ 4.6 billion leaving only $2.3 billion for development due to the increase of the number of government employees. A survey conducted recently indicated that life has become harder in 2014 compared to the year 2013 due to heavy taxes imposed on citizens in order to suffice the almost KSH2 trillion budget.
On 11 August 2014, the world was shocked to hear that the Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home. His representative, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that he had lately been “battling severe depression.” In a statement, the local sheriff’s office said that it was treating the death of the 63-year-old star as a suspected suicide quoted Guardian. And then confirmation came that Robin Williams had committed suicide.