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Sales of books on Islam rocket in France

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

“We will show them Our Signs on the horizon and within themselves until it is clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough for your Lord that He is a witness of everything?”

(Fussilat: 53)

The Local

Books on Islam are selling out in France after the deadly extremist attacks in the capital have raised uncomfortable questions about Europe’s fastest-growing religion.

A special magazine supplement focused on the Koran has flown off the shelves, and shops are selling more books on Islam than ever after the Paris attacks in January that left 17 dead.

Woman recounts being attacked on Montreal subway ‘for wearing hijab’

رُبَمَا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْ كَانُوا مُسْلِمِينَ

ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُوا وَيَتَمَتَّعُوا وَيُلْهِهِمُ الْأَمَلُ ۖ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ

“It may be that those who are kafir will wish that they had been Muslims. Leave them to eat and enjoy themselves. Let false hope divert them. They will soon know.”

(Al-Hijr, 15:2-3)


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

A veiled woman was victim of an attack this week in downtown Montreal, Canada-based Le Journal de Montreal reported.

Hanane Mehdi, who was taking the subway to go to work, was aggressed for wearing the Islamic veil by another woman.

She was told to “return to your country” by a woman who later hit her in the face.

“She started hitting me in the face, which got all red. I felt her hitting me from behind until people got involved,” Mehdi said.

Russian prosecutors ask media watchdog to block websites supporting Hizb ut-Tahrir

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.”

(At-Tawba, 32)

Moscow, April 3, Interfax – The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has urged the country’s information technology and media watchdog (Roskomnadzor) to limit access to websites that support the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami terrorist organization, Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax on Friday.

Russia Detains Two Alleged Members Of Banned Group In St. Petersburg

مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَنْتَظِرُ ۖ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا

“Among the believers there are men who have been true to the contract they made with Allah. Some of them have fulfilled their pact by death and some are still waiting to do so, not having changed in any way at all.”

(Al-Ahzab, 33:23)


Security officials in Russia’s second largest city say they have detained two alleged members of a banned Islamic organization.

Federal Security Service officials in St. Petersburg said on April 2 that the two Russian citizens, whose names were not disclosed, are suspected of leading a cell of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir group in the city.

Syria: Jordan shuts border after rebels raise Islamist flag at crossing


By Arij Limam

Jordan has closed its border with Syria after rebels fighting Bashar Al Assad seized control of crossing between the two countries.

It was not clear which rebel group had taken the Nasib border post from Assad’s forces, with various reports claiming that Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Al Qaeda-linked Jabat Al Nusra and another rebel faction, the Southern Front, was in control.

Other sources said that a coalition of groups calling itself the Islamic Front had captured the crossing, a major gateway for the Syrian government.

Saudis Warm to Muslim Brotherhood, Seeking Sunni Unity on Yemen



Ever since the Arab Spring began four years ago, Saudi Arabia waged a two-front campaign against its Shiite nemesis Iran, and against the Sunni Islamists—led by the Muslim Brotherhood—whose rise across the region had challenged the kingdom’s legitimacy.

The unexpectedly broad Sunni coalition that Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman managed to assemble last week against pro-Iranian Houthi forces in Yemen heralds the end of this balancing act.

John Hopkins lawsuit: Almost 800 sue after victims were unknowingly infected with syphilis in US Government experiment

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.”

(Baqara, 2:204-205)


John Hopkins denies it was involved in ‘reprehensible’ Guatemala study


Almost 800 people have filed a $1 billion (£676 million) suit against the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp after hundreds were unwittingly infected with syphilis, gonorrhoea and other infections as part of study into sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) conducted by the US Government more than 65 years ago.

French court summons ex-Guantanamo chief in torture probe


AFP, Paris

A French court on Thursday summoned former Guantanamo prison chief Geoffrey Miller over accusations of torture by two former detainees, their lawyer told AFP.

Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, both French citizens, were arrested by U..S forces in Afghanistan before being transferred to the notorious prison set up in Guantanamo Bay to hold terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks.

Tunisia restores diplomatic relations with Syria


The Associated Press, Tunis

Tunisia’s foreign minister says that diplomatic relations with Syria will be restored at a consular level, following a long hiatus that began during the Arab Spring.

Taieb Baccouche told journalists Thursday that Syria had responded positively to the suggestion to restore relations, which were cut in February 2012.

GCC in tough U.N. talks with Russia on Yemen

 وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

“Do not help each other to wrongdoing and enmity. Have taqwa of Allah. Allah is severe in retribution.”

(Al-Maida, 5:2)


AFP, United Nations

Gulf countries are locked in tough negotiations with Russia on a U.N. draft resolution to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on Yemen, diplomats said Wednesday.

The resolution would seek to re-launch a political dialogue that broke down after Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels pressed ahead with an offensive, forcing President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Muslim population in Europe to reach 10% by 2050, new forecast shows

قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ اسْتَعِينُوا بِاللَّهِ وَاصْبِرُوا ۖ إِنَّ الْأَرْضَ لِلَّهِ يُورِثُهَا مَنْ يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ۖ وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

“Musa said to his people, ‘Seek help in Allah and be steadfast. The earth belongs to Allah. He bequeathes it to any of His slaves He wills. The successful outcome is for those who have taqwa.'”

(Al-A’raaf, 128)


Pew Research study predicts that America’s Muslim population will grow to 2.1% by 2050, and Muslims will exceed Christians worldwide by 2070

Alan Yuhas in New York

Muslims will nearly double their numbers in Europe – to more than 10% – by 2050 and will outnumber Christians worldwide by 2070, according to a new forecast of the growth of religions around the world.

Al-Azhar: Houthis have crushed Yemen security

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

مَنْ سَكَنَ الْبَادِيَةَ جَفَا وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ الصَّيْدَ غَفَلَ وَمَنْ أَتَى أَبْوَابَ السَّلاَطِينِ افْتُتِنَ

“Whoever resides in the deserts he becomes ignorant, whoever follows game he becomes heedless, and whoever comes to the door of the ruler he will suffer a fitnah.”

(Tirmidhi, 2256)


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

The head of Egypt’s al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious centers of Sunni Islam learning, on Wednesday accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of tampering with the country’s security and obstructing political solutions to the crisis.

300 Cases Launched Against Russians Accused of Joining Foreign Terrorist Groups

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ

“Those who persecute men and women of the believers, and then do not make tawba, will have the punishment of Hell, will have the punishment of the Burning.”

(Al-Burooj, 10)

The Moscow Times

An Islamic State flag hangs on the wall of an abandoned building after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of the area.

Criminal cases have been launched against hundreds of Russian citizens suspected of having joined the ranks of terrorist organizations abroad, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

“At present, criminal cases have been launched with respect to 300 people,” Vladimir Makarov, deputy head of the Interior Ministry’s anti-extremism department, said in comments carried by RIA Novosti.

Number of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters drastically down in Crimea – Russian Interior Ministry

يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ

“They desire to extinguish Allah’s Light with their mouths but Allah will perfect His Light, though the kafirun hate it.”

(As-Saff, 61:8)


Moscow, March 31, Interfax – The number of supporters of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization active in Crimea has been reduced since the peninsula rejoined Russia a year ago, Vladimir Makarov, deputy director of the Russian Interior Ministry’s central department for the fight against extremism, has said.

“Thanks to the preventive measures taken by us, the number of supporters of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami outlawed terrorist organization, which, however, has not been prosecuted in Ukraine, has seen a significant decrease – from 10,000 to 2,500 people,” Makarov told a meeting of the Kremlin Human Rights Council.

U.S. ‘supports’ unified Arab military force


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

Arab plans to create a unified military force to counter growing security threats in the Middle East are being supported by the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday.

Carter said the Pentagon would cooperate with the force where U.S. and Arab interests coincide.

Carter told reporters during a visit to Fort Drum in New York that U.S. military leaders who met with him in Kuwait several weeks ago thought that regional members of the coalition fighting ISIS militants should be encouraged to do more if they were able.

Seven Arrested in Bulgaria’s Pazardzhik, Plovdiv for Preaching Radical Islam on Facebook


Bulgaria: Seven Arrested in Bulgaria’s Pazardzhik, Plovdiv for Preaching Radical Islam on Facebook Photo by BGNES

Seven people were arrested early on Tuesday in the Roma neighborhoods of Plovdiv and Pazardzhik for preaching radical Islam on Facebook.

The arrests were made in the Roma districts of Plovdiv, Asenovgrad, and Pazardzhik under the supervision of the prosecuting authority, according to reports of the Focus news agency.

Why Morocco Wants To Become A Major Islamic Training Hub


Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated last Friday a huge education center for foreign Imams in the capital city, Rabat. This $20 million facility is primarily intended to Muslim scholars and imams from all over the world, including Mali, France , the UK, and China.

However, for some, its aim goes way beyond religious objectives. It also has geostrategic goals. Indeed, one can only wonder why a middle-income country like Morocco – with approximately $110 billion of annual GDP- is ready to spend that much money on such a center?

In fairness, the initiative taken by Morocco to train foreign imams is not new. Since the early 60’s, the Kingdom has been providing training to foreign scholars and imams in order to disseminate its “Islam of the middle path doctrine,” a vision of religion based on tolerance, intercultural dialogue and respect of other faiths.

Yet, this is the first time that the North African Country is scaling up this initiative.Why now?

Indonesian govt blocks Islamic websites to prevent spread of radicalism: VP Kalla

Antara News

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla said here on Monday that he had ordered Indonesian Minister of Informatics and Communication Rudiantara to block Islamic websites that were spreading radicalism.

“I asked Rudiantara to block websites that were found to be clearly part of a propaganda for radicalism, following a thorough study,” he stated in his office.

He added that Islamic websites carrying content on radicalism were blocked following a request from a security institution.

Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

“The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have taqwa of Allah so that hopefully you will gain mercy.”

(Al-Hujjurat, 10)

Arabian Business

By Reuters

Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to join the coalition fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday, joining several Gulf states, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco.

Islam Karimov re-elected Uzbekistan’s president in predicted landslide

Bukhari on the authority of Abu Musa the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Verily, Allah Most High gives rope to the oppressor so that when He seizes him, he does not get away.”The he صلى الله عليه وسلم recited:

وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَخْذُ رَبِّكَ إِذَا أَخَذَ الْقُرَىٰ وَهِيَ ظَالِمَةٌ ۚ إِنَّ أَخْذَهُ أَلِيمٌ شَدِيدٌ

“Such is the iron grip of your Lord when He seizes the cities which do wrong. His grip is painful, violent.”

(Hud, 11:102)


Election criticised by western observers for irregularities and lack of competition as Karimov wins more than 90% of preliminary vote

Alec Luhn

Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president since 1990, has won re-election in a predictable landslide victory that will put him in office for another five years.

According to preliminary results announced on Monday by the central Asian state’s electoral commission, Karimov, 77, won 90.39% of the votes in Sunday’s election, which was roundly criticised by western observers for irregularities and lack of competition.

The majority of voters doubt that Islam is compatible with British values

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ

لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ

وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ

وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَا عَبَدْتُمْ

وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ

In the name of Allah, All-Merciful, Most Merciful

Say: ‘Kafirun! I do not worship what you worship and you do not worship what I worship. Nor will I worship what you worship nor will you worship what I worship. You have your deen and I have my deen.’



How can politics unite two communities that don’t trust one another?

By Joel Faulkner Rogers

Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis once divided his colleagues into “lumpers” and “splitters”. Those in the first camp usually sought to generalise about neat patterns that reduce the untidiness of history, he noted, while the second group preferred to reject these patterns in favour of complexity and endless distinctions. Getting the right balance between lumpers and splitters, wrote Gaddis, was “no easy thing”.

It seems a cultural version of the lumper-splitter problem now burdens the painful debate on why a steady flow of young Britons are aspiring to become jihadi brides and henchmen.

Personalised ‘Islam’ number plates banned by DVLA ‘in case they cause offence’


Government officials turned down a driver’s application for the number MY15 LAM – the Muslim Council of Britain said it was not aware of the decision

PAMY15 LAM number plateDecision: Plates can be withheld on political, racial and religious grounds

Personalised number plates that potentially spell out the word Islam have been banned by the DVLA – for fear of causing offence.

The new ruling was ­revealed when one driver who tried to ­order a MY15 LAM plate – my Islam – was told no, reports the Sunday People.

A DVLA spokesman said: “We regularly review the appropriateness as ­society changes.

Muslim family gets jail for practicing religion in China


In another crackdown on religious freedom against Muslims, a Chinese court recently sentenced a Muslim couple from Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uyghur Region of China for practicing their religious belief.

A 38-year-old Muslim man was sentenced to six years in prison for growing his beard, while his wife was given a two-year sentence for wearing a veil.

China’s Xinjiang region, which is home to millions of Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, has seen an upsurge in violence that has left hundreds dead since 2012.

How to spot a terrorist, according to US airport security


Leaked document suggests that whistling and excessive laughter could see you singled out for additional screening

By Oliver Smith

Excessive yawning, strong body odour and arrogance are among the suspicious signs that US airport staff are trained to associate with potential terrorists, a leaked document has revealed.

A confidential security checklist used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the organisation in charge of airport screening in the US, was published by The Intercept last week.

Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws to curb ISIS militants


By The Associated Press | Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s government Monday proposed two new laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts in an attempt to curb militant activities.

The government late last year said new measures were needed after arresting some 100 Malaysians suspected of supporting the Islamic State militant group. More than 60 Malaysians were believed to have joined the war in Syria and Iraq, as well as another 10 who have been killed.

Can the US figure out which groups to support in Syria? Not easily.

أَفَأَمِنَ الَّذِينَ مَكَرُوا السَّيِّئَاتِ أَنْ يَخْسِفَ اللَّهُ بِهِمُ الْأَرْضَ أَوْ يَأْتِيَهُمُ الْعَذَابُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ

“Do those who plot evil actions feel secure that Allah will not cause the earth to swallow them up or that a punishment will not come upon them from where they least expect?”

(An-Nahl, 45)


With large influxes of cash and military training, the US military often ‘super-empowered’ the wrong people in Iraq and Afghanistan. It faces the same tough issues in Syria.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer

WASHINGTON — As the US grapples with whether it should pursue a larger role in the Syrian War – and just how much military aid to give Iraqi troops battling the Islamic State – it is also trying to figure out how to avoid one of the most basic and nettlesome blunders of all: inadvertently creating a Frankenstein’s monster in the form of corrupt local power brokers.

Nine-months-pregnant Muslim woman beaten up by duo in France after she dropped her children off at school

وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ اللَّهَ غَافِلًا عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ ۚ إِنَّمَا يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ لِيَوْمٍ تَشْخَصُ فِيهِ الْأَبْصَارُ

مُهْطِعِينَ مُقْنِعِي رُءُوسِهِمْ لَا يَرْتَدُّ إِلَيْهِمْ طَرْفُهُمْ ۖ وَأَفْئِدَتُهُمْ هَوَاءٌ

“Do not consider Allah to be unaware of what the wrongdoers perpetrate. He is merely deferring them to a Day on which their sight will be transfixed, rushing headlong – heads back, eyes vacant, hearts hollow.”

(Ibrahim, 14:42-43)

Daily Mail

Attackers pulled 29-year-old Kadedija’s veil and threw her to the ground

They also pulled a knife on her and threatened to kill her as they escaped

Baby is unharmed but her husband says she has not stopped crying since

French authorities are concerned about increase in Islamophobic attacks

128 incidents were registered in two weeks after January attacks in Paris


Islam Karimov set to reprise presidential role as Uzbekistan heads to the polls


Critics say incumbent, who is without a credible election opponent, is flouting constitution by standing again after 25 years in office

Joanna Lillis in Tashkent

Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s president, heads for the polls on Sunday, in a vote guaranteed to cement another five years in office for the septuagenarian leader who has ruled the repressive central Asian state with an iron fist for a quarter of a century.

Karimov is being castigated by critics for holding a sham election in which his rivals are effectively campaigning for him – but many voters are staunchly in favour of their authoritarian leader clinging on to power.

Syria’s Idlib city falls to Islamist insurgents

وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ يَنْصُرُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ

“On that day, the believers will rejoice in Allah’s help. He grants victory to whoever He wills. He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.”

(Ar-Rum, 30:4-5)


Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“After five days of fighting, “Al-Nusra Front and its allies have captured all of Idlib,” the Britain-based Observatory said.

Al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, announced the capture of the northwestern city on its Twitter accounts.