Critics argue it is a ‘conveyor belt’ to terrorism, but the Home Office says it preaches non-violence
Australia and Denmark are debating whether or not to outlaw the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which operates freely in the UK, but is banned in a number of countries including Germany, Russia, China and Egypt.
It has been described as “one of Britain’s most shadowy political parties”, but the UK government has rejected calls for it to be banned.
هَلْ أُنَبِّئُكُمْ عَلَىٰ مَنْ تَنَزَّلُ الشَّيَاطِينُ
تَنَزَّلُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ أَفَّاكٍ أَثِيمٍ
يُلْقُونَ السَّمْعَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمْ كَاذِبُونَ
وَالشُّعَرَاءُ يَتَّبِعُهُمُ الْغَاوُونَ
أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّهُمْ فِي كُلِّ وَادٍ يَهِيمُونَ
وَأَنَّهُمْ يَقُولُونَ مَا لَا يَفْعَلُونَ
“Shall I tell you upon whom the shaytans descend? They descend on every evil liar. They give them a hearing and most of them are liars. And as for poets, it is the misled who follow them. Do you not see how they ramble on in every style and say things which they do not do”
The CAGE controversy over the past few weeks highlights the need for Muslims to strategically boycott certain media outlets and platforms, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih.
Unless you’ve been living on another planet you must have noticed the seemingly co-ordinated media attack against CAGE after they attempted to argue that Muhammad Emwazi’s actions were partially caused by security service harassment.
وَمَنْ يَرْتَدِدْ مِنْكُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِ فَيَمُتْ وَهُوَ كَافِرٌ فَأُولَٰئِكَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“As for any of you who revert from their deen and die kafir, their actions will come to nothing in this world and the Next World. They are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly, for ever.”
The Danish People’s Party has proposed a controversial nationwide program of assisting Muslims who want to renounce their religion. However, the ruling coalition wants the Danish state to distance itself from religious issues.
The opposition Danish People’s Party (DF), which according to a recent poll has 19.6 percent of voter support, has proposed that the Danish government could offer help to those Muslims who would like to abandon their religion but are afraid of threats and backlash from Islamist fanatics.
“We have seen many examples of people wanting to leave Islam but having a hard time doing it or not daring to do it because they fear reprisals from certain groups within the Muslim communities of Denmark. This is a way in which we can begin doing something about it,” the DF immigration spokesperson Martin Henriksen told Politiken, as cited by the Local.
أَفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ ۚ فَمَا جَزَاءُ مَنْ يَفْعَلُ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْكُمْ إِلَّا خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ
“Do you, then, believe in one part of the Book and reject the other? What repayment will there be for any of you who do that except disgrace in this world? And on the Day of Rising, they will be returned to the harshest of punishments. Allah is not unaware of what you do.”
In a classroom of the Catholic University of Paris, overlooking the dome of a 17th century church, three Muslim women from Algeria pore over the origins of the word “secularism.”
It is through weekly meetings in this unlikely setting and others that France — a strictly secular state with a Christian majority — hopes to train the nearly 2,000 imams and would-be Muslim chaplains, like these women, spreading the word to some 5 million Muslims, its largest minority.
Encouraging them towards a more moderate “French” Islam is an old idea that has again surfaced in the wake of the Paris attacks by Islamist militants that killed 17 people in January.
Aidan O’Neill QC said legal action against a Christian-run bakery could have far-reaching implications for ‘negative freedom of expression’
A human rights lawyer has claimed that a potential ruling that would force a Christian bakery to bake a same-sex marriage cake could set a sweeping precedent – that could see a Muslim printer ordered to print images of the Prophet Mohamed or an atheist web designer forced to create a website about God.
يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَنْ يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
“They desire to extinguish Allah’s Light with their mouths. But Allah refuses to do other than perfect His Light, even though the kafirun detest it.”
Expected declaration that laws are defined too narrowly comes after a review into the Muslim Brotherhood, which cannot be banned under current UK legislation
David Cameron is considering whether to recommend a review of the legislation in the Tory manifesto for the general election.
Nicholas Watt and Ian Black
David Cameron is prepared to say that Britain’s next parliament should consider changing the law to make it easier to ban extremist groups which actively promote terrorism, after the government decided that there are no grounds under current legislation to ban the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ninth century ring was discovered in a Viking grave in Sweden
The stone is coloured glass, not amethyst, as previously thought
Contains an inscription in ancient Arabic that says ‘for Allah’ or ‘to Allah’
Artefact adds weight to theory that Vikings traded with Islamic civilisations
By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE
A ring crafted more than 1,000 years ago confirms highlights the contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.
Discovered inside a ninth century woman’s grave in Sweden, the stone inset into the ring bears an inscription that says ‘for Allah’ or ‘to Allah’.
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يُعْجِبُكَ قَوْلُهُ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيُشْهِدُ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا فِي قَلْبِهِ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ الْخِصَامِ
وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهْلِكَ الْحَرْثَ وَالنَّسْلَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْفَسَادَ
“Among the people there is someone whose words about the life of this world excite your admiration, and he calls Allah to witness what is in his heart, while he is in fact the most hostile of adversaries. When he leaves you, he goes about the earth corrupting it, destroying crops and animals. Allah does not love corruption.”
The former Labour deputy prime minister appears to link the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the radicalisation of British Muslims as he says that Mr Blair “wants to invade everywhere”.
By Peter Dominiczak, Political Editor
Tony Blair’s “bloody crusades” in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to the radicalisation of a generation of young British Muslims, John Prescott has suggested.
Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, said that Mr Blair is “unfortunately” a supporter of regime change in the Middle East and that he “wants to invade everywhere”.
Andrew Jefferson, 52, stabbed Turkish shopkeeper in unprovoked attack
Screamed ‘you f****** foreigners coming to the UK to poison British people’
He then slashed Hilmi Uludag with a kitchen knife across the neck and arm
Jefferson was held by Mr Uludag’s colleagues and arrested by police
Mr Uludag needed stitches and ‘glue’ to the neck after savage assault
Now been found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced in April
“The best Jihad is the word of Justice in front of the oppressive Sultan.”
(Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, ibn Maja)
inthenewsThis joint statement expresses a position with respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain, their values as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.
We, the undersigned Imams, sheikhs, advocates, activists, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community, make the following points in this regard:
Expert says Vladimir Putin is likely preparing his next move if the US sends arms to the Ukrainian government
Russia has said that it has the right to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea, a year after Vladimir Putin seized the territory from Ukraine following a referendum.
Home to the strategic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, which already housed Russia’s fleet before the Ukrainian crisis erupted at the start of 2014, Crimea is significantly nearer central Europe than any nuclear base Russia is thought to control.
By AFP | Paris
France will maintain its deployment of 10,000 troops that have been patrolling across the country in the wake of January’s militant attacks, the presidency said on Wednesday.
“The threat of terrorist attack against our country remains high,” the office of President Francois Hollande said in a statement after a special meeting of top ministers.
“The head of state has decided to maintain the level of the army on the national territory at 10,000 troops in support of security forces from the interior ministry.”
It added that “7,000 of them are deployed primarily for surveillance and protection at religious sites that are particularly threatened.”
By AFP | Istanbul
Turkish police on Wednesday broke up protests in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The activists were marking the first anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan who died on March 11, 2014, after spending 269 days in a coma due to injuries sustained when he was hit by a tear gas canister fired by police in the mass protests of early summer 2013.
Germany’s military has admitted it must act over findings that ex-Bundeswehr soldiers have served in the ranks of “Islamic State.” Counter-intelligence suggests more than 20 are fighting for the militant Islamist group.
Calls for so-called “Islamist checks” arose on Monday in response to a warning from the head of Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service, the MAD.
The locals gathered today in a place Rastalica, in the municipality of Hadžići, prepared and conducted the funeral of the neighbor Milan Lalušića, who died and who had no family.
Congregation, led by Imam Muamer Mrkonja and the president of the local community Hazret Subasic, performed all the preparations for the funeral of the Orthodox neighbor who died in the age of 69.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لاَ يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالاً وَدُّواْ مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاء مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الآيَاتِ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
“You who have iman! do not take any outside yourselves as intimates. They will do anything to harm you. They love what causes you distress. Hatred has appeared out of their mouths, but what their breasts hide is far worse. We have made the Signs clear to you if you use your intellect.”
Socialist Pascale Boistard says: ‘I’m not sure the headscarf is part of higher education’ and reignites debate – but college leaders are against any prohibition
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
France is embroiled in a fresh row over the state’s attitude to the Muslim headscarf after the socialist minister for women’s rights appeared to support banning students from wearing veils at French universities.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used the Savarona, the official yacht of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, for the first time ever to host a foreign leader.
Erdoğan was originally scheduled to meet Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow aboard the Savarona, which sits moored along the Bosphorus, before hosting Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the historic Mabeyn Mansion in Istanbul on March 4.
The conference was held in the Bağlarbaşı Cultural Center in İstanbul’s Üsküdar district. (Photo: DHA)
A “caliphate conference” organized by a magazine named “Radical Change” took place in İstanbul on Tuesday, with executives of the outlawed fundamentalist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) in attendance as speakers.
Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir from across Turkey and other countries participated the event, which marked the 92nd anniversary of the abolition of the caliphate.