Islam

What Is The Connection Between Religion And Terrorism

Islam - 11 hours 2 min ago

With the re emergence of religious motivations for terrorism over the last twenty odd years it would seem logical to accept some connection between religion and terrorism. This connection is a complex one. It focuses on the function that religion plays in legitimising violence. In this essay I will develop the current connection between religion and terrorism. To do this I will need to state some foundation of an agreed definition for religious terrorism and discuss topical issues such as the increased frequency of religiously motivated attacks, yet bearing in mind the distinction between religious terrorism and political terrorism if any. I will also address the significance of religion as a primary and secondary motive while identifying the nature of state sponsored religious terrorism using relevant examples. To be clear, I understand the main questions ‘connection’ to be the function that religion plays in legitimising a specific violent act.

“Religious terrorism is a type of political violence that is motivated by an absolute belief that an otherworldly power has sanctioned – and commanded – the application of terrorist violence for the greater glory of the faith.” [1] This definition of religious terrorism from Gus Martin captures his further thought that “one’s religious faith legitimizes violence so long as such violence is an expression of the will of one’s deity” In this modern world we have seen religion become a principal source of political violence however by no means is it alone as “nationalism and ideology remain as potent catalysts for extremist behaviour” For the first time though religious extremism is dominating the international community, and in this modern era we have seen an accelerated pace of religious terrorism in the rate of recurrence, magnitude and the widespread range encouraged by globalisation.

Regarding primary and secondary motives, it is understood that religion can be applied

in different ways; it depends on the specifics of the political and cultural environment

significant for that terrorist activity. “In some environments, religion is the primary

motive for terrorist behaviour. In other contexts, it is a secondary motive that is part of

an overarching cultural identity for politically violent movements.” So religion as a

primary motive would be at the heart of any extremist group’s political and revolutionary agenda. Religion is the catalyst behind extreme fundamentalists. These fundamentalists can be seen all over the globe, significantly from the Middle East with jihad Islamic fundamentalists and even in the United States with violent Christian anti-abortionists. I will briefly look at two small case studies that will clearly show the difference between religion as a primary and secondary motive.

State terrorism is understandably the most organised with the potential scope to apply further violence. It is considered the most organised because of the ample resources available to governments which do not exist for those sub state dissident groups. For example, if a political movement emerged and caused problems for your government’s enemy or a potential enemy, then the likely outcome would be for your government to support and assist that specific political movement. If this dissident group resorts to terrorist attacks on your enemy then it would seem logical from your government’s point of view to fund operations and supply weapons. “Governments might also train members of dissident groups in the use of weapons and provide expert training for the construction and detonation of bombs. State aid to dissident groups could also include use of diplomatic pouches for communications or arms or the provision of false passports, or even diplomatic passports.”  It is understood that such support would be of moderately low-cost to a government’s foreign policy budget and if and when the circumstances change, support can be withdrawn with little shortcomings. Thus resulting in a nation’s unequalled leverage to capitalise through acts of sponsored terror, making the connection between religion and politics ever closer. However it is noteworthy to appreciate that these dissident groups existed before they received external support and will continue to survive after support stops. “Any dissident political group capable of undertaking an extended political campaign of terror must be grounded in its own society”

Traditional government sponsorship is no longer limited to ideological or ethno- national movements it also includes sponsorship of religious revolutionary movements. This modern religious terrorism surfaced around 1980’s whilst other decades had seen movements of secular motivation of ethno- nationalists. A significant point in history would be the overthrow of the monarchy of Shah Muhammed Reza Pahlavi in 1979. The Revolution created a Theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran. We know that through the 1980’s Iran sponsored terrorist movement in many countries, with the aim of establishing the same Islamic regime that was in place in Iran. Its own revolution provided testimony to what could be accomplished. It also demonstrated to the world “what an enormously powerful motivating force religion can be, and again it was at a time of the decline of ideologies.”

A decent example of Iranian support can be seen in its ties with Hezbollah, an Islamic political organisation currently in power in Lebanon. “Hezbollah(Party of God) is a Shi’a movement in Lebanon that arose to champion the country’s Shi’a population. The organization emerged during the Lebanese civil war and Israel’s 1982 invasion as a strongly symbolic champion for Lebanese independence and justice for the Shi’a population.”  It is a significant connection between religion and terrorism because of Hezbollah’s actions stemming from extreme religious motives fused with the tense political environment in which it operates. Lebanon’s Shi’a population which makes up approximately half of the Muslims in Lebanon were significantly less politically influenced and historically inferior to the authority of Sunnis, Druze and Maronite Christians. Throughout the last two decades Hezbollah who have previously operated under such names as Islamic Jihad or Revolutionary Justice Organisation have been accountable for numerous acts of political and it could also be argued religious violence. These acts consist of suicide bombings, kidnappings and frequent attacks in South Lebanon towards Israeli interests. Hezbollah proves to be a successful case study because of its involvement in international terrorism combined with being a proxy for state sponsored terrorism. Its members specialise from religious dissident terrorism and have applied “asymmetrical methods such as high profile kidnappings and suicide bombings” Hezbollah is an established competent terrorist force with a diverse social organisation in place to compliment its religious movement. It has provided schools and hospitals for its followers as well as other business interests. These efforts are secondary motives and to some extent fund their initial terrorist movement which is ignited by religion, its primary motive. However you could argue that Hezbollah’s primary motive is to free Palestine and to achieve this goal they are using religion as a tool of communication and attraction.

Hamas are another Islamic resistance movement which control both the organisation of its own social services combined with its armed conflict that promotes jihad. Because of its vital social service factor it qualified for Iran’s Fund for the Martyrs which reportedly has paid out millions of dollars to Hamas. Iran has provided immense support and given direction towards the Hamas movement. It has trained Hamas associates in Iran and other Hezbollah training camps with a view to returning to the Gaza strip fully equipped with logistical support and military instruction. This is a clear example of state sponsorship of external aid. What is significant is that this sponsorship maybe valuable and key to its current success but it is not essential. More importantly foreign governments providing support do not control these groups. They have their own political agenda however with movements in similar regions “They might consult with their foreign allies and even take their interests into account, but they do not take orders from them.” The two previous examples of Hezbollah and Hamas make a compelling case for a connection between religion and terrorism. It is important to understand that a religious terrorist who may have been devout in practicing his or hers religion is insubstantial because “The key is whether they are using liturgy or religious texts to justify or explain the violence or attract recruits and whether there is some sort of clerical figures involved in some leadership roles.”

Before this modern era of religious terrorism, there were however terrorist activity which in some part was justified on religious background. The troubles in Northern Ireland, led to a Catholic-Protestant split. The Irish Republican Army for example was fighting for freedom and a united Ireland. However unlike the south which holds a majority of Catholic’s, the issue in the North is that the Protestants are a minority on the island as a whole but the Catholics are the minority in the Northern Province. So there is a struggle for each to try to uphold the majority status. A significant difference from Islamic extremism and the Catholic vs. Protestant struggle in Northern Ireland would be that they never considered themselves as terrorists but as paramilitaries. They do not address each other as religious groups but rather nationalists or unionists. They consciously do not make a religious connection and religion would be considered a secondary motive of the IRA. “Even if they go to church, they do not use liturgy or the Bible to justify their violence, they are not involving clerics in its justification or legitimization. I think it is very different from the contemporary religious terrorism we see today.” Unlike the IRA who had success against the British with non lethal terrorism “Bin Laden has made a distinction between good and bad Muslims. With secular groups, you still have some hesitation in inflicting casualties amongst members of their own ethnic group. We now see a twisted use of logic and justification of religion, saying there are good or bad Muslims, the bad ones are therefore fair game.”

Bruce Hoffman considers the connection between religion and contemporary terrorism vital as a means of communication. He uses the example of Osama Bin Laden and the fact that he has issued two fatwa’s despite not having any theoretical credentials. Nevertheless he knows that people will listen to them. This is an effective way for him to enhance Al Qaeda’s message in order to attract new support. Bin Laden is not alone, there are many “clerical figures in Islam, in Judaism, in white supremacist Christian Churches in the United States, using liturgy to justify violence, including Bin Laden citing the Quran again, a perverse interpretation of it.” Hoffman interprets the world more and more so as an increasingly void of ideology which he believes is being replaced by religion. “The struggle against Bin Laden is one of secular humanism against a very reactionary, retrograde interpretation of religion, of religious tradition.”  Bin Laden fuses the values of ideology with religion. “He has tied it up on one anti-US and anti-Western view that holds that the U.S. and the West are hegemonic powers. His message is not necessarily religious, but he is using religion to communicate it.”  The connection between religion and terrorism is growing. This conclusion can be made because we have observed terrorist groups broadening their constituency through the role of religion. Al Qaeda for example is a totally different network because it has no ‘top down’ structure, it holds no specific territory, and it has no state sponsorship declared. Reports suggest an estimated range of 35,000-50,000 operatives with potentially 5,000 of these recruits going through the training camps in Sudan or Afghanistan. It is also estimated that Al Qaeda has presence in 50-60 countries.  For instance Pakistani groups are branching out to like minded Muslims in Indonesia “Using religion, they are trying deliberately to spread their revolution beyond their borders in order to create something in which the sum is greater that the parts.”  Advantages of affiliating with a major religion outweigh the benefits of affiliating with an ethnic group. Traditionally there is very little support for ethnic groups outside of its region whereas affiliating with the Muslim faith for example creates a much wider constituency pool to attract support. In addition to that, mosques have the potential to become key communication vehicles. Well the ingredient of a large number of people meeting at a certain times offers a potential slot for those to twist existing Muslim faith into extremist beliefs

“This is why religion is so attractive for demagogues and for people seeking to use religion to further their causes: because you’ve got an easy way to communicate with a ready-made audience, and if you can tailor your message in exactly the right way, then you can communicate very effectively with this audience, and that’s really the cart driving the horse. It is not so much religion that is driving the terrorism, but people manipulating and exploiting religion in this world devoid of another system of strong beliefs and using it for wrong purposes.”

One worrying thought is that religious violence is more unconstrained than secular violence and potentially more irrational. This could be the result of religion being inherently violent as history has shown us or at least more so than secular ideologies. We have seen the devastation but “The trouble with September 11th was that it raised the bar, the way the criteria for judging terrorism all of the sudden went from a record of 440 victims to seven times as many. It almost created two different categories of terrorists.”  Acts such as these have only inspired other terrorist organisations as well as providing a wake up call to the USA, that they are not untouchable.

To concluded, the terrorist scene is always evolving and it is not that surprising how religion has become the clear motivation for terrorism since the end of the Cold War. Failing Ideology from the Soviet Union plus the failing establishment of liberal democracies to materialise across the globe have allowed religion once again to be used as a tool to get a means. It becomes clear that beliefs do not dictate a terrorist group’s agenda’s. However extreme fundamentalism occurs when groups who consciously manipulate beliefs in order to suit their agenda. So to sum up the significant connection between religion and terrorism would be the role of religion for extremist groups which legitimises specific violent actions in order to reach a goal. So in essence its not so much religion being a direct problem, it’s when it’s in the wrong hands combined with large populations living in repressive societies who would support religious violence to obviously better themselves and their family.

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Dakwah

Islam - 11 hours 46 min ago
Jika saja dulu Rasulullah tak berdakwah, maka takkan ada kafilah kaum Muslim datang ke rumah Arqam b
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The bookstore slows you down

Islam - 12 hours 14 min ago

Tucked along a row of shops offering carpets, Turkish food, hostels, and a museum of toys, you will find a chalkboard outside a shop that flaunts none of its wares on the sidewalk. The curious need to enter to discover what it holds.

This is Wardah Books. For 16 years, Ibrahim Tahir has steered this store from an idea to a warehouse to a carpet shop and now to a dedicated venue packed with books that he personally selects for the Muslim community.

All the books are in English, and they touch not only on religious philosophy, but also on poetry, politics, architecture, and stories that relate to the experience of Muslims.

Ibrahim leads us through his business journey, and he explains how a brick-and-mortar bookstore imparts a profound sense of self-discovery that cyberspace has yet to displace.

What inspired you to start selling books?

I have always enjoyed reading, but could not find a lot of books that I wanted to read in Singapore. Finally, I decided to import these books in bulk from publishers, store them in a warehouse, and supply them to local bookshops.

This was the original idea: I would become a book distributor!

In theory, this was a good idea. However, I discovered that my books weren’t selling in the bookshops. This didn’t make sense to me because they were good books!

This helped me pin-point that the lack of this genre of books was not due to poor supply, but due to a downstream issue at the bookshops.

These Malay bookshops only had a small section in the corner for English language books. When people walk in, they aren’t expecting to get English books. There was a mismatch in expectations.

How did you start your first brick-and-mortar shop?

At the time, I was working as an editor for a publishing house and was too busy to wrestle seriously with the idea of selling books. One day, however, I was chatting with the owner of an antique store at 709 North Bridge Road who told me that the shop next door was giving up their lease.

He asked: “Why not take over their lease and sell your books?”

The very next weekend, we found ourselves signing a contract— and we had a bookstore! Completely unplanned! We knew it had to happen, but we were not actively seeking it out.

In the beginning, we only had a narrow selection of books from three publishers, but people were still buying them. Soon, I could see that my theory was correct: the shortage of these particular books was a downstream issue at the bookshops, not a supply issue.

What happened when you got kicked out from your first bookshop?

We were paying our rent diligently, but the landlord saw it fit to kick us out with only two weeks’ notice. Thankfully, we found a carpet shop on Bussorah Street where the owner no longer wanted to have a carpet gallery on the second floor, so he let us lease the space temporarily.

This time, our customers had to make their way through a carpet store, and climb up the stairs to enter our bookshop!

But we noticed that business was not affected. This is when we realized that we were a destination site. People were coming to us.

At the end of the year, the carpet shop owner decided to return to Orchard Road, so we took over his entire lease. We were at the right place at the right time!

How do you explain the failure of bookshops – both big and small?

There is an epidemic of pessimism in the book industry, and it is an epidemic I refuse to succumb to. What keeps me going are the books themselves. Bookstores fail when they lose confidence in the book as a medium.

Due to this lack of confidence, they start selling caps and mugs and toys which dilute the business terribly. Heavy discounting is another sign of this poor business confidence. For example, Borders was constantly putting their books on sale.

Kinokuniya has a good formula, although they give discounts as well, which I do not understand – why would you discount a book like Harry Potter on the first day of its release?

However, the book buyers at Kinokuniya seem to know what they are doing. The selection is wonderful. Remember that they, too, are local and part of the community. They have their heart in the right place, and have their hearts close to the readers.

A day in a life of a bookseller – what does it look like for you?

My mornings are usually spent replying to emails, taking photographs of books for our website and social media, and packing books. Most of my time is spent sourcing for new titles, reading, reviewing books, reading reviews of books, pouring over catalogs, and contacting publishers and getting them to contact me when they have new books.

In the afternoons, I spend more time on the frontend interacting with customers.

At the end of the day, I spend time with my family at home, and then read for an hour before sleeping. I try to speed read all the books in my store so I have an idea of what I have!

How does it feel to peddle books for a living?

There is a book called The Reluctant Capitalist on the history of the book trade. The reluctant capitalist is the bookseller who treasures the books as something more than just a commodity, and yet they need to sell the books in order to make a living and keep the bookstore alive.

We are first and foremost lovers of books, and want to think of ourselves as being beyond profit and loss. However, we have to keep an eye on sales because we have a responsibility to our staff and our continued existence.

We don’t want to imagine a situation where the community doesn’t have a bookstore like Wardah.

Despite the pressure, I am happy to be involved in the book trade. There are some days when we don’t sell as many books, and some days when we sell a lot of books. In both cases, I’m equally happy because I’m doing what I love.

Have you had any big scares while running the business?

Our Achilles heel is our supply chain.

Our scariest moment is when we lost a whole container of books worth USD $5,000. We simply lost the shipment from the USA, and it was last seen in the Philippines.

We had no insurance—because we are a small business and did not want to add to our costs— so it was a complete write-off. The difficult part was when I still had to pay the publishers even though we never got the books.

Why should anyone bother going to a bookshop when they can buy online?

The experience is totally different. The Internet is a distracting medium!

The bookstore slows you down. Just being in the presence of a bookstore slows you down.

It puts you in a different mindset.

When you walk in, you are no longer thinking about your day-to-day. You can be there for your personal interests. This is something that you need as a person. You need that breather. You need to be able to aspire again: to let yourself aspire to new knowledge and aspire to different things.

The bookstore allows you this aspiration. In some ways, all shops do this, like Sephora, where you can imagine how a lipstick will look on you. But a bookstore sparks this feeling even more, because it’s like a wonderland across space and time.

If you go online, you will probably buy the book that you are interested in. But, when you come here, you will probably get other books as well. The physical store itself is value-adding.

It reminds me of this quote: “It’s not the book you seek, but the book next to it, that changes your world.”

Exactly.

There is this idea of the “angel of the book stacks” where you discover books that you didn’t know you needed – this is the “unknown unknown”.

Amazon uses plenty of algorithms to predict what book you might like based on your buying patterns, but it’s still a “known unknown”.

You will only chance upon the complete unknown unknown in a physical bookstore, especially when you discover a book that is in the wrong section—which happens more often than I care to admit [laughs].

It sounds like the bookshop pulls us away from the predictability of our everyday context, and plunges us into an atmosphere of quietude, ideas, and possibility. 

We are always rushing, but in my bookstore, we slow down, and we are open to discovery.

When we are online, we tend to be predatory, hunting for the best price. In a bookshop, you are in discovery mode.

There was an old man who used to take the train every month from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and he would spend the entire day reading on the couch in our bookshop. At the end of the day, he would take the long train ride back.

Bookstores are places of healing.

How do you choose your books?

Our bookshop is run by Malay Muslims, and we curate a selection of quality books of interest to Malay Muslims. So, we are a community space and a gathering place for lovers of books.

I have seen friendships and romances begin over here. At least 5 couples have met in this bookstore and gotten married, and they even took their wedding photoshoot here!

It’s a space that literally allows you to go up to someone and say: that’s a fantastic book. It’s okay to do that in an independent bookstore.

How do you design your shop in a way that “slows people down”?

The books alone do that. And the couch— it’s just as important as the books!

They say a bookshop is only as good as the bookseller. What do you think?

You judge a book by its cover, and you judge a bookstore by its catalog— by the kinds of books they have. It serves as a specialist place that people visit to pursue their niche interests, and they assume the booksellers have an understanding of the subject.

This makes a difference: your knowledge of the subject, and people’s expectations of your knowledge of the subject.

The number of books circulating out there is bewildering. People have come to appreciate our taste in books—our curation—and that’s why they come to us. 

When I travelled around the United Kingdom, I came across a variety of specialist bookstores, such as an occult bookstore (where you can expect to find the best occult books), or a leftist bookstore (that stocks up on Martin Luther King and Marxist books). These places galvanise communities and conversations.

What sorts of questions do your customers ask?

[Laughs] People have walked through the doors with a question like this: “I’m looking for a book… and… it’s black. Do you have the book?”

Not one to back away from a challenge, I try to get more information: “Can you tell me what it is about?”

And they will tell me everything about the book—everything, except the title! It feels like we are playing ‘book charades’! Slowly but surely, we work out all the details from the characters, plot, thickness of the book, genre, era – until we finally arrive at the title.

The bookshop is a space where people have forged friendships. Are booksellers like matchmakers?

I am a matchmaker of books. It’s a joy to put a book in unsuspecting hands!

We literally hand-sell our books. I’ll put the book in your hands and tell you—Chapter 3 is great, you can skip Chapter 2 because it’s iffy, and if you want to talk about the ideas in Chapter 8, come by so we can discuss it!

Sometimes, my customers are the only ones who read avidly in their social circle, so they enjoy coming here to talk about it with me. They just want to talk about it with another person.

Why is the bookshop important to society?

Bookstores are barometers of the intellectual life of a society. The livelier the bookstore scene is—or the library—the livelier you can assume is the intellectual life of the people.

Reading as a medium is a very important civilizational activity. Reading an article online is miles apart from what the mind does when you read a text. If a sizeable portion of the population does not read, I don’t know what will remain of civilization.

Curious to see this diverse collection of books that speak to the Muslim community?

If you’re in Singapore, you can pop into their beautiful space along Bussorah Street!

Shopkeeper Stories is a photographic documentary of small business owners with their trades around the world, sharing their insights and stories. You can catch all the posts on Facebook and Instagram @ShopkeeperStories. See you there!

 

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Sekolah Agama Terbengkalai Berjaya Diselesaikan

Islam - 13 hours 5 min ago
Foto: Jauhar JOHOR BAHRU – Kejayaan kerja-kerja pembinaan sekolah agama di negeri Johor yang akan me
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বড়ঞায় জালনোট সহ গ্রেপ্তার যুবক শুক্রবার

Islam - 14 hours 8 min ago
বড়ঞায় জালনোট সহ গ্রেপ্তার যুবক শুক্রবার ১৮ ই আগস্ট রাতে ১৬হাজার টাকার জালনোট সহ এক যুবককে গ্রেপ্তার
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The Beginning

Islam - 14 hours 25 min ago

“All set.

After taking almost forever to dress up that morning I was finally ready, and it was time for the mirror. I aimed for my phone then stopped, change of plans, it wasn’t a day for a phone-screen mirror.

Everything was perfect. The shirt, the tie, the trousers I had to spend extra time to iron because it had a little too much starch. I didn’t go through all that trouble for a dull reflection on a rough, seven-inch screen, my gratification would come from a proper mirror.

A boy was smiling at me. Young, suave and handsome (I dare say). He doesn’t have a beard and that’s a shame but he looks confident. I drop the mirror, satisfied.

All set.

I step out.

Now each step I took reduced the probability of me not meeting an actual human being, with each step was a reduction in my enthusiasm, and the question that had kept me back the past months resurfaced,

Am I ready?

For so long my mind was divided, I was undecided, but it was too late for Yin and Yang to re-establish their aged debate. It was the D-day, and I was dressed for it.

As I moved closer towards him I became less prepared, it was like I was in a sandstorm and everything was in disarray. The perfect responses I had prepared at the back of my mind, the “clapbacks”, my well-rehearsed straight face, everything was out of place and I could sense that my feet were as confused as my head,

I go first. No, you go first. No….”

This is it, the real test.

His pace slowed and with eyes so wide and a half-closed mouth he looks down, then up, and then down again. I’d known Ayo as a classmate for over 2 years but never for once had he shown me the face that I saw that day; it was a crossword puzzle but I couldn’t read more than a word off it,

“D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-M-E-N-T”.

What is wrong with your trousers?” he said, pointing instructively down at where hitherto, was the junction between the cuff of my trouser and my heel but now occupied by nothing more than a gulf of blackness, my sock.

Looking straight into his eyes, askance with a face exhibiting the right mixture of a wry, cynical smile and a friendly but unnerving one, I reflected his query,

What is wrong with my trousers?

As I walked past him, leaving him puzzled and obviously deflated, I knew I had crossed the rubicon. My confidence skyrocketed, one would mistake my face for that of a brother who just “met the Waliy” (if the meeting was fruitful). Although I was then having ideas of more wicked responses that would have left him dejected, it was a massive win for my psyche as it’s been all clockwork from thence on.

That moment signaled the start of a new phase in my life.

A memory to cherish forever.

We must wake up to the reality of the 21st century, ikhwaan. People are getting alienated from Islaam and it’s teachings by the day, so do not for a moment think there may yet be a time when people will see you in a Jilbaab, with a beard, or with trousers above your ankle for the first time and be happy, don’t!

 The thinking of the present-day muslim is perverted. He has exchanged the blessed, straight path trodden by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions (for him, it’s rather a “strait path”) for another, one defined through a lens standardized by the West and social media. Out of his folly, he calls himself a modern muslim. Would you rather mind the sentiments of the modern muslim or those of a non-muslim who is condemned to a life of torment in the hereafter, than do what pleases your Rabb? Each time you withdraw from doing anything that takes you closer to Allaah because of how ridiculous it will make you look before the general public, know that what you are saying by inference, is that you value the opinion a human being has of you more than that which the Creator does. Remember the golden words of the Prophet (PBUH) always,

“لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق “

(“There is no obedience to the created in disobedience to the Creator”).

“If we wait until we are ready, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives”

This should mean more to a muslim than just a another quote from an attention-seeking bloke. Do you know what’s left of the rest of your life? Do you know if you’ll ever get to see that next month in which you’re planning to turn a new leaf? A muslim should live each day as if it would be his last, it’s the bitter truth even though it’s easier said than done. Procrastination is a skill that is easy to acquire, much easier to master. Once one starts on that path, it becomes progressively more difficult to redeem one’s self.

Whenever you hear something of the Deen on which you are still deficient,

  • Arm yourself with knowledge about it.
  • Prepare your mind towards it.
  • Pray that Allaah makes it easy for you.
  • Start

May Allaah aid us in realizing the truth and adhering firmly to it.

By Jamiu Aboo Zayd Aliu.

28th Dhul Qa’adah, 1438 AH.

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Today Quran Hadith 21 August 2017

Islam - 16 hours 23 min ago

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MUSLIM FASCIST ATROCITY ROUNDUP: AUGUST 21st

Islam - 17 hours 35 min ago

MUSLIM VIOLENCE AWARENESS YEAR CONTINUES.

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I’m an atheist but there is no denying that Islam – the religion founded by the blood-soaked child rapist named Muhammad – is the most homophobic, misogynistic and otherwise intolerant religion in the world right now.

Here are just a few of the latest Muslim fascist attacks.

August 17th: Barcelona, Spain – A Muslim fascist acting on behalf of the Islamic State (Obamastan) used his vehicle as a weapon to kill 14 innocent people and injure over ONE HUNDRED THIRTY more. Coexistence! 

August 15th: Mandarari, Nigeria – Muslim fascist suicide bombers killed TWENTY-SEVEN innocent people and injured EIGHTY-THREE more.

August 12th: Quetta, Pakistan – Even in Muslim nations the Islamofascists kill OTHER MUSLIMS for worshiping differently than they do. A suicide bomber killed FIFTEEN innocent people and injured THIRTY-TWO more. IS IT ISLAMOPHOBIA WHEN MUSLIMS KILL OTHER MUSLIMS?

August 13th: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – Islamofascists attacked a restaurant, shooting EIGHTEEN innocent people to death and injuring 8 more. 

August 14th: Timbuktu, Mali – Muslim fascists opened fire on a U.N. office, killing 8 innocent people and injuring 7 more.

August 15th: Alijize, Kenya – Members of Al Shabaab, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, ambushed and killed 5 innocent people and injured 1 more.

August 11th: Naawagai, Pakistan – More Muslims killing other Muslims for not worshiping the same way as fanatics used bombs to kill 3 innocent people and injure TWENTY-SIX more. 

August 19th: Surgut, Russia – A Muslim fascist stabbed EIGHT innocent people outside places of business.

August 12th: Wanori, Nigeria – Boko Haram, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, attacked the town, burning homes and killing 4 innocent people while injuring 6 more.

August 12th: Zainapora, India – Islamofascists killed 4 innocent people and injured 3 more.     

           ** REMEMBER: Decades ago Muslims claimed that they would stop killing people in India as long as Pakistan was officially designated as its own state for Muslims. It was, of course, but Muslim fanatics have STILL not stopped the violence. THIS IS ALWAYS ISLAM’S PATTERN OVER THE DECADES  –

a) Use violence to force political, social, territorial and religious concessions from non-Muslims, promising to end the violence when those concessions are granted.

b) After the concessions are granted, refuse to stop the violence anyway. Repeat the process indefinitely. Plus in the 21st Century Muslims can count on the Left-Wing Archie Bunkers who pretend to be Liberals to provide PR aide by siding ONLY with Muslims who hate the Western World.   

August 18th: Turku, Finland – An Islamist screaming “Allahu Akbar” stabbed 2 innocent people to death and injured SIX more.

August 18th: Maleli, Kenya – Muslim fascists beheaded 3 innocent people.

August 16th: Alcanar, Spain – A Muslim clergyman constructing a bomb in his home accidentally kills 1 innocent person with the resulting explosion and injured 6 more.

August 16th: Nathawee, Thailand – Islamists raided a car dealership and shot an innocent man to death.

Due to limited space I cannot cover ALL of those daily attacks by Muslim fanatics in which 1 or 2 or 3 or so deaths result. 

THERE WOULDN’T BE ENOUGH SPACE ON HERE TO COVER ALL THE RAPES BEING COMMITTED BY MUSLIM “REFUGEES” (really able-bodied men) THROUGHOUT EUROPE. JUST SEARCH ONLINE FOR THEM.

As always these days many people are so paranoid about information that does not come from a site of their own choosing I’m not bothering with links. Just search online for this info and read for yourself from whatever site you prefer.

FOR A LOOK AT ALLEGEDLY “UNWINNABLE” WARS CLICK HERE:   https://glitternight.com/2014/09/14/unwinnable-wars-muslim-savages-brag-about-beheading-another-non-combatant/

FOR MORE ON LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES CLICK HERE:    https://glitternight.com/category/liberals-and-conservatives/

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Former US Diplomat To Europe Describes Elitist Strategy

Islam - 17 hours 47 min ago

Todd Huizinga, a former US diplomat, primarily based in Europe, wrote a book called, The New Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe.

He provided a lecture back in January of this year, summarizing the content of the book at his employer, Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College, where he is a Senior Research Fellow.

That lecture can be seen in full in the video below. His experience and research give him a clear perspective of what has transpired in Europe and what is also occuring here in the US.

To be sure, as Huizinga concludes, the EU is no longer about “freedoms” or “democracy.” And, he asserts “truth” is required for freedom but both have and are diminishing in both Europe and America due to strategic, top-down, schemes from “the elites” which will result in tyranny. No surprise, but it is a wonder why we continue to finance billions to the EU while they are steadily plotting and building up tyranny for the masses once again.

The protests and riots of our day, along with US exported wars, are far from truth and will not result in expanded freedoms for anyone in this climate. They will result, however, in bloodshed, wars and tyranny as the “elite” continue to advance their goals for tyrannical utopian global rule.

While it will be no surprise, as well, for many to hear that “respect for objective truth in America has lost ground to an unwitting relativism,” it would be quite stunning for most to admit (starting at about the 30 minute mark):
“Without realizing it, many Americans have succumbed to a trickle down form of postmodernism, in which objective truth is no longer authoritative. Instead, truth is in the eyes of the beholder.

A standard definition describes ‘postmodernism’ as…’characterized by broad subjectivism or relativism, a suspicion of reason, and an acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power.'”

Huizinga continues,

“This type of subversive relativism, the suspicion that truth is not really truth but simply the tool of the politically and economically powerful has seeped virtually into all areas of life.

It is the heart of identity politics, for example, and the heart of political correctness. Identity politics and political correctness are the two sides of the same postmodern coin. Political correctness, in my view, is nothing more, and nothing less, than the behavioral and linguistic code by which the elites, in the media, in the universities and so forth, force the populous to obey the dogmas of identity politics.

They both reject, political correctness and identity politics, reject the idea that there are any truth claim that can command greater allegiance than the feelings or opinions of any individual or group, especially if that group is deemed to be disadvantaged.”

Tyranny is coming. It will be no “joy ride.” The only antidote for our times is truth. It will require personal responsibility to grasp it. I have found, more and more, “Christians” are acting and serving as mouthpieces for the elite and their real goals. They need to wake up.

I highly recommend watching the full hour so that you can learn how many Americans are succumbing to nefarious forces of political correctness and identity politics in society, both in Europe and in America.

Watch the full lecture here:

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A Soft Heart

Islam - 18 hours 49 min ago

If your heart isn’t penetrated when listening to the Qur’an or reciting it, do istighfar and make du’a as it’s an extremely bad sign.

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“Sudanese children of Islamic

Islam - 19 hours 5 min ago

“Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya” – http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-children-idUSKCN1B00US

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Mark Steyn: “Progressive secular welfarism ... it’s a death cult."

Islam - 19 hours 39 min ago

 

“First, it’s true that the Central and Eastern European nations are markedly more America-friendly than the western ones. However, their long-term prognosis is not significantly different: they face the same deathbed demographics – right now, the only European country breeding at replacement rate is Muslim Albania.

Declining population isn’t necessarily a problem – my own New Hampshire town, for example, survived a 130-year population decline from 1820 to 1950, caused by the opening up of the west, the collapse of the sheep industry and the big mill towns down south. But New Hampshire’s entire social structure wasn’t founded on a welfarist model dependent on continuous population growth to sustain state benefits. For the states of Eastern Europe, one of the consequences of joining the EU, adopting the Euro and ratifying the European Constitution is that they’re also assuming collective responsibility for the cost of the unsustainable welfare burdens of Greece, France, etc.

There are two ways you could deal with this – either reform of the welfare states or massive immigration higher than America at its pre-World War One immigration peak. No European politicians have the courage to address the former (openly), so they’ve signed on to the latter (silently). In the end, the idea of using the Third World as your surrogate mother isn’t a long-term solution either: in 2020, a skilled educated Indian, Chilean, Chinaman, Singaporean will be able to write his own emigration ticket anywhere on the planet. Is it likely he’ll want to choose a part of the world where the basic tax rate will be 60%?

That means Europe will be almost wholly dependent on the Muslim world for immigration – and one of the features of super-tolerant anything-goes post-Christian Europe is that it radicalises hitherto moderate Muslims. Look at the number of Islamist terrorists who are creatures of the Euro-Canadian welfare systems – Richard Reid the shoe bomber, Zac Moussaoui, Ahmed Ressam, even Mohammed Atta’s political character was formed in large part by his time in Germany. A senior Dutch cabinet minister told me in 2003 that what really scared him was that young Dutch Muslims were more Islamist and less assimilated than the grandparents who’d arrived in the early Seventies.

There are two likely longterm outcomes of all this:

a) Europe will simply become Muslim, as is already happening in secondary Scandinavian and Benelux cities;

b) New opportunist political movements will take advantage of the situation and of the silence of the centre-left EU political establishment, as is already happening in France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany, Denmark. Europeans will see their declining economic fortunes, increasing crime, unaffordable welfare systems, etc, within the context of their demographic transformation, and some will react in the traditional European way – ie, violence, massive destabilisation, etc. Will this work in the long run? I doubt it. Like the “Take Back Vermont” campaign of five years ago, once you’re talking about taking it back you’ve already lost it.

There may be smart politicians in individual nations – Slovakia, Lithuania – who understand this. But, given that anyone who has the right to live in one EU country has the right to live in all – ie, a Swede is entitled to live in Greece and vice-versa – it’s unlikely that they’ll avoid the destabilising effects of their neighbours.

More to the point, we’re already seeing the start of a continent-wide equivalent of the “white flight” from US cities in the Seventies: the Netherlands is now a net exporter of its own people.

So: you tell me how we get to the happy ending.

Progressive secular welfarism is a great life – but only for a generation or two. After that, it’s a death cult.”

Mark Steyn

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Senator Hanson-Young flips her lid at the burqa!

Islam - 19 hours 49 min ago

I rarely have anything favourable to say about the ABC and I was surprised by their 4 Corners’ programme dealing with the Greens; exposing the Greens as a bunch of dangerous left-wing lunatics. The programme clearly showed how out of touch the Greens are as a party with reality and how immature and naïve party members are who are all recipients of welfare in the form of study payments. I am of the opinion that most, if not all, Green members and party faithful suffer from some form of mental health issues. The latest out burst by Senator Hanson-Young over Pauline Hanson’s wearing of the burqa in the Senate clearly demonstrates Senator Hanson-Young is mentally unstable and unfit to hold the office of Senator; Ms Hanson-Young said a stupid stunt, I think Ms Hanson-Young meant to say she was a stupid ctunt! Ms Hanson was simply trying to demonstrate how dangerous Muslims are.

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"What is “Kids 4 Peace” and why is this group asking a Jewish camp to raise the PLO flag?"

Islam - 19 hours 57 min ago

FRONT PAGE MAG
‪Buyer Beware: “Kids 4 Peace” May Want Israel In Pieces‬
by Micha Danzig
August 17, 2017

Recently, a well-known Jewish summer camp controversially decided to fly the PLO flag. Adding to the controversy, the Camp raised the PLO flag shortly before the observance of the most solemn Jewish holiday of the year – Tisha B’Av and right after the slaughter of three members of an Israeli family, following days of PLO-incited rioting. In response to the uproar caused by the decision to raise the PLO flag, the camp decided to issue an apology — actually, it issued a fake non-apology, in which they “apologized” to anyone who “may have been offended.” READ MORE

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Tempo // Distance 

Islam - 19 hours 59 min ago

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The Phantom Blot Strikes Again.

Islam - 20 hours 13 min ago

For some reason this Disney villain crossed my mind tonight and I cannot help but to see a certain resemblance to … hmmm … yeah, what does this remind me of?

✏️Vintage ISIL-terrorist.✏️#pencil #drawing #thephantomblot #spøkelseskladden #is #terrorist #disney #mickeymouse #art #stillinjured

A post shared by Kjetil Iden (@tablo_iden) on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:16am PDT

The Phantom Blot with his family :P #thephantomblot#spøkelseskladden#familyphoto

A post shared by metal4eternity (@isfrost_norway) on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:23am PDT

Depois de 3 anos, o meu pedido vem pras minhas maos, em breve emoldurado. Arte por @chandlervaz! Valeu pai! #art #ilustracao #manchanegra #thephantomblot #disney

A post shared by Ian Menezes (@ianmenez) on Jan 9, 2016 at 2:52pm PST

#spökplumpen #thephantomblot

A post shared by Fredrik Näslund (@naslund.fredrik) on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:11pm PST

#spøkelseskladden

A post shared by Rune Tysse (@runetysse) on Jul 22, 2017 at 1:30pm PDT

Joar har kledd seg ut til Halloween…. #spøkelseskladden #halloween #halloweenparty på #kred @cafekred #lørdag

A post shared by lailabrekk (@lailabrekk) on Oct 31, 2015 at 11:41am PDT

O maior vilão de todos os tempos. The worst villain. #manchanegra #cartum #thephantomblot #disney

A post shared by tiago lacerda (@elcerdo) on Jun 26, 2016 at 1:43pm PDT

The Phantom Blot for Meaniemonday . . . . . . . . . . #characterart #characterdesign #disney #thephantomblot #phantomblot #illustration #sketch #doodle #disneycharacter #disneyfanart

A post shared by Sarah Boeving (@sarahboev) on Jun 12, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT

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Wound

Islam - 20 hours 28 min ago

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Confucian-Islamic Dialogue 与儒家和伊斯兰教的对话: with Tu Weiming and Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Islam - 21 hours 49 min ago

 

This video shows a talk held by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University in 2010. Featuring Tu Weiming, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies at Harvard University, and Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, the subject of discussion is Confucian-Islamic cooperation in a globalising world.

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