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Jihadi Telegram Channels Using Internet Archive To Spread Content From ISIS, Al-Qaeda, And Other Groups

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:20
Jihadi Telegram Channels Using Internet Archive To Spread Content From ISIS, Al-Qaeda, And Other Groups


In 2011, MEMRI began monitoring jihadi groups utilizing the Internet Archive ( to spread their propaganda, and the site has proven a jihadi favorite, as content is rarely removed from the site.[1]  According to its website, the Internet Archive is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library” by cataloguing files and web pages that would otherwise be no longer accessible to internet users.[2]

Online jihad supporters have been utilizing the Internet Archive as a file storage database and a venue for distributing their propaganda materials, as well as applications and file-sharing links, which are then shared by Telegram channels promoting the messages of jihadi groups including ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

The following report highlights examples of files in multiple media formats of media posted on the Internet Archive and linked to by jihadi Telegram channels.  File types include videos, audio fles, PDFs, and file-sharing torrents.


Video Files And Pictorial Reports

This channel shared a video playlist by Al-Hussam Al-Zarqawi Foundation, which includes various pro-ISIS and Al-Qaeda montages:

The Telegram channel “Islamic State Productions” shared a promotional video for an ISIS app that teaches children supplication:

This video, commemorating the Pulse Nightclub attack by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida was shared by the Telegram channel “Updates from the Islamic State”:

A link to Islamic State radio broadcast Al-Bayan, which is posted daily in multiple languages:

 Pictorial report showing the execution of Iraqi soldiers by ISIS:


Video “The Footsteps of Conquerors” was shared, along with a link to by the channel “Light of the Caliphate”:

The video “They Might Cease” was shared by the channel “Clashing of Swords”:

The video “And You’ll Be Superior” was shared by the channel “The Clashing of Swords”:

The video “With Patience and Certainty You Will Be Victorious,” detailing ISIS operations in Sinai was shared on the channel “The Strangers”:

The video “Glad Tidings to the Patient” was also posted on “The Strangers” Telegram channel:

 Al-Battar Media’s video “Who’s Next?” was released after the truck attack in Nice, France and promised more bloodshed on Western soil:

The video “The Nice Attack And The Crocodile Tears” showed graphic images of dead children in Syria to highlight the alleged “hypocrisy” of France:

Torrents And File Download Links

This news update from the fourth week of the month of Sha’ban was shared in a Torrent file by the channel “Islamic State Productions”:

A Torrent file to download archival content from ISIS’s official publishing house, Al-Himma Library, released between the years 1435-1437 (2013-2015) was shared by the channel “Islamic State Productions”:

MP3 Files

A Koran recitation of chapter 11 released by ISIS’s audio production company, Ajnad, was shared in mp3 format:

PDF And Text Files

AQAP’s magazine Al-Masra shared in PDF format:

The monthly Taliban magazine Al-Somood in PDF format:

A pamphlet titled “From the Inspiration of Fallujah,” written by the late Abu Anas Al-Shami, who was the head of the Shari’a Committee for Jama’at Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad, ISIS’s precursor in Iraq:

The ISIS news updates were shared in PDF format by the channel “Light of the Caliphate”:


This video, titled “Brief Messages To A Victorious Nation 2: Do Not Be Divided,” featuring Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was shared by the “Al-Firdaws” English-language channel:


This Taliban video of a jihadi training camp was shared by the “Al-Firdaws” English-language channel:


Video featuring Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri: “Brief Messages To A Victorious Nation 3: Fear Allah in the Matter of Iraq”:


This is a link to issue 49 of ISIS’s weekly newsletter Al-Naba’:

AQIM Video titled “Benghazi… And The Battlefield of Patience”:


[1] See MEMRI CJL report Al-Qaeda, Jihadis Infest the San Francisco, California-Based ‘Internet Archive’ Library, August 20, 2011.


Categories: Islam

'Hello Hijabs' - A Hijab For Barbie??

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:17

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised by this one. The left is always trying to force everyone to accept the horrible plague that is Islam.

Exposing young impressionable girls to the extreme violence and oppression that surrounds the entire religion of Islam – what could go wrong?

This brilliant idea comes from the mind of Safaa Bokhari of Oakland, Pennsylvania along with her friend Gisele Fetterman. They’ve teamed up with the Pittsburg non-profit organization For Good to create the Hello Hijab.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Bokhari said she hopes the “Hello Hijab will be used by both Muslims and non-Muslims, so that children get used to the sight of women wearing the headscarf.”

I thought feminists hated the idea of Barbie because it set unrealistic standards for girls? C’mon liberals, your hypocrisy is showing again.

Now they’re supporting the Sharia Barbie, which represents actual anti-woman culture. At least we know this Barbie won’t be traveling more than 48 miles without the company of Ken, because that’s what some Muslim groups believe.

In all seriousness, this is just the left’s attempt to desensitize us from their mediocre culture. The Muslim way of life is years behind that of the modern world. Trying to normalize it is just a waste of time at this point.

But good try.

Categories: Islam

Islamic State takes to social media, has about 46K Twitter accounts

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:08
Islamic State takes to social media, has about 46K Twitter accounts

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ISIS supporters preferred tweeting with Android over iPhone and Blackberry. “Typical Twitter profile pictures used by ISIS supporters include variations on the flag used by ISIS, images of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, and prominent ISIS members and leaders including “Jihadi John” and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,” report says. 115

The Islamic State terror organization is well known for its use of social media to distribute video and images of its affairs.

The Brookings Institute has quantified it, at least insofar as Twitter is concerned, and estimates there are a maximum of 70,000 pro-ISIS accounts, but it said 46,000 “is our most conservative” estimate. The report comes as the FBI issued a warning about American teens being susceptible to ISIS recruitment tactics.

The “ISIS Twitter Census” found that one in five of the accounts is in English while 75 percent were in Arabic. The report said that, “at a minimum,” 1,000 ISIS-supporting accounts were suspended between September and December 2014, and we saw evidence of potentially thousands more.” For its part, Twitter said it removed 2,000 ISIS-related accounts this week alone as supporters of ISIS have posted threats against Jack Dorsey, a Twitter co-founder.

According to the report, removing these accounts, however, might produce a paradoxical situation of sorts:

The process of suspension does create certain new risks. Most importantly, while suspensions appear to have created obstacles to supporters joining ISIS’s social network, they also isolate ISIS supporters online. This could increase the speed and intensity of radicalization for those who do manage to enter the network, and hinder organic social pressures that could lead to deradicalization.

The group’s presence on social media has garnered the attention of Ashton Carter, the new Pentagon chief. He told Congress this week that ISIS “is a social-media-fueled terrorism group in a way we haven’t seen yet.”

“People who are very distant from any battlefield, from any experience of radicalism, are suddenly becoming enticed through social media,” he added.

The preferred mobile tweeting platform was Android, the report found. Next was iOS and then Blackberry.

“Among users of the three most popular phone types, 69 percent had downloaded a Twitter client from the Google Play store or,” the report said. “Another 30 percent used a client downloaded from the Apple iTunes store, and about 1 percent had downloaded a client from”

The ISIS Twitter numbers are only a fraction of the 288 million users Twitter claims are active on the microblogging site.

The report said that 4 percent of the accounts had more than 5,000 followers, and none had more than 50,000 followers. Those numbers pale in comparison to President Barack Obama, for example, who has 56 million followers.

But while the pro-ISIS accounts began appearing last year, they likely reach millions of people worldwide.That’s because the Brookings Institute report found that between 500 and 2,000 ISIS-related account holders tweet in high volumes, and their messages can go viral.

“This activity, more than any other, drives the success of ISIS’s efforts to promulgate its message on social media,” the report said. “Short, prolonged bursts of activity cause hashtags to trend, resulting in third-party aggregation and insertion of tweeted content into search results.”

The report found that most of the tweets from the ISIS accounts originated in Syria and Iraq.

Categories: Islam

BBC Invites "Punishing Blasphemy" for Discussion

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 01:48

What is most shocking about this short clip is not how the caller was delighting in his most maddened theocratic fantasies.  What is baffling is how a liberal, western media outpost, such as the BBC, is publicly legitimizing the premise of Islamic thought crime. Notice how the posed question is not “do you support punishing blasphemy” (given a predefined understanding of “blasphemy), but rather which kind of punishment should be implemented (implying that punishing blasphemy is justified to begin with).  As the western media is busy providing spaces for such theocratic abstractions, there are people in the world who are actually paying the price for this moral stupidity with their own lives.

Should the project of western liberalism ever collapse (a considerable possibility), it will be under the weight of its own blindness and naivety.  It won’t be because of planes crashing into buildings or foreign invasions.  In fact, it may very well begin with the gradual corrosion of our free and liberal institutions, as evidenced by the pathetically treasonous concessions being made by programs such as the one shown below.

For furthering reading, I have discussed this cultural phenomenon before.

Categories: Islam

Stealth Blasphemy UK

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 01:47


As discussed here on this magazine a few days ago, the BBC Asian Network went a little off kilter last week. In case you missed it, they sent out a cheerful message in which presenter Shazia Awan, who just arrived from the Middle Ages, vacuously requested listeners to call in with their views on the appropriate punishment for blasphemy. The corporation had to cope with a backlash, and in the end Britain’s glorious state broadcaster apologised. Our selfless moral guides at the Beeb are no doubt now fretting over whether their lack of conviction with regard to persecuting sinners might have serious consequences in the next life.

It’s telling that the BBC could have put out such a question in the first place. How is it that there are staff on their books who wouldn’t have seen a problem with legitimising blasphemy laws? Don’t forget that the question wasn’t should there be punishments, but how should we punish people.

Tonight on the BBC we ask: "Stoning – are several small rocks better than a few big ones?"

— Richard Delingpole (@DickDelingpole) March 18, 2017

Which is not to say that asking if we should have punishments would be OK either. Such a debate would be deeply regressive and a waste of everyone’s time and money. So it should come as no surprise, if you keep up with the BBC’s state-funded pandering to theocratic, modern leftism, that on the Asian Network’s website they’re still asking precisely that question.

And let’s be clear that when we have to talk about blasphemy, it’s not the Church of England which is driving the illiberal, unpleasant conversation. Of course, it’s all about Islam. The Asian Network’s programme was made with reference to Pakistan, where blasphemy is punishable by death. But the very fact that they framed the issue as they did—not as a critical report, but as a topic that’s up for debate—highlights the creeping imposition, in secular Western democracies, of blasphemy policing by stealth.

Think back to last year when a video became public of Olympic athlete Louis Smith drunkenly pretending to engage in Muslim prayer as a joke. Smith was forced to offer the following apology:

“I am deeply sorry for the recent video you may have seen. I am not defending myself, what I did was wrong. I want to say sorry for the deep offence I have caused and to my family who have also been affected by my thoughtless actions. I recognise the severity of my mistake and hope it can be used as an example of how important it is to respect others at all times. I have learned a valuable life lesson and I wholeheartedly apologise.”

He also grovelled on ITV’s Loose Women, was dragged round some mosques, and still received death threats anyway. The threats weren’t, as far as I know, from the BBC Asian Network, but there might have been some Guardian journalists toying with the idea.

Which brings us to the current incarnation of useful idiots—arrogant, left wing barmcakes who are attempting to normalise brutal religious extremism and who fit right in at, for example, the BBC. These self-righteous cultural relativists are pompously dragging us into an oddly right-on religious dark age. Convinced of their own virtue, they’d blithely dispose of our basic human rights and throw us all under the bus in the name of diversity, inclusion or some other such cynical misnomer.

People like London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has stated that terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city”, a statement no self-respecting Londoner should put up with.

Or like those who blindly follow dodgy fake feminist Linda Sarsour, a woman who’s hijacked American feminism as a vehicle for her own Sharia-apologetic agenda.

Or supporters of motion M-103 in Canada, which is sold as tackling Islamophobia, but which critics say affords Islam with a uniquely protected status. If the motion passes then fair criticism might be reclassified as hate speech, and free expression will be curtailed.

Such developments are alarming, as is the fact that they’re underscored by fear. There’s the physical fear that opposition might bring violent reprisal from Islamists, but there’s also a tangible social fear, of being slurred, castigated and abused by the left, which currently believes itself to be battling some kind of apocalyptic fascist uprising. They’re caught up in this delusion because they lost a couple of votes, along with their grip on reality. They’ll call you racist, or deplorable, or actually a Nazi, if you step out of line. And much like the Islamists themselves, they won’t tolerate any criticism of Islam.

And so the perverse Left/Islamist coalition supports restrictions on free expression. If in the UK blasphemy is outlawed again, it won’t be done explicitly. Rather than calling it blasphemy, it will be called hate speech. But though ‘crimes’ against (one particular) religion might be rebranded to fit in with the aesthetics of the Millennial activist left, the end result will be the same. Our rights eroded, and a safeguard against religious tyranny removed.

The progressive mob went after Louis Smith, and now they nod along with discussions about punishing those who speak incorrectly. They can do all this without hesitation or reflection, because they’ve categorised Muslims as a class of oppressed people to be protected under the banner of social justice.

Ironically, considering progressives’ self-proclaimed opposition to bigotry, they draw no distinction between moderate Muslims and radical extremists. The nominal liberals are doing the very thing they warn others against—putting all Muslims into one homogeneous block, and as a result tarring the moderates and coddling the extremists.

Blasphemy laws were finally disposed of in the UK in 2008. But now we appear to have the threat of unofficial, de facto blasphemy policing taking their place, bolstered by expanding, repressive hate crime definitions. The BBC is enabling this process, while left-wing activists stifle dissent with unfounded cries of Islamophobia.

The danger contained in illiberal theocratic encroachment isn’t something to be kicked down the line or covered over for fear of causing offence, because the longer it’s avoided, the more difficult it becomes to address. And we can be quite sure of one thing: if we don’t confront it then it will, in the end, confront us.

Sam White is a writer for Country Squire Magazine and has written for The Spectator & Metropolis. Other Sam White articles can be found by using the search box below (just type in Sam White) and also by looking here.

Categories: Islam

​Adakah Tanda Hitam di Kening Rasulullah?

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 01:07

Di sebagian masyarakat ada persepsi yang mengaitkan antara keshalehan seseorang dengan tanda hitam di kening/dahi, sebagai tanda sering melakukan sujud atau sujudnya lama. Persepsi semacam ini boleh-boleh saja, bahkan boleh dikata sebagai anugerah dari Allah yang patut untuk disyukuri.
Akan tetapi jangan terkecoh dulu, belum tentu semua orang yang mempunyai tanda hitam di kening, adalah orang yang banyak sujud. Bisa saja tanda hitam di kening itu terjadi karena terbentur tembok, karena bekas luka, atau karena dibuat-buat agar orang lain menganggap dirinya sebagai ahli sujud.

Namun hendaknya husnudz-dzan lebih kita dahulukan, bahwa orang yang mempunyai tanda hitam di kening itu adalah orang rajin shalat, atau rajin sujud, karena husnudz-dzan bukan hal yang buruk, bahkan merupakan sesuatu yang wajib kepada siapa pun, apalagi kepada sesama muslim.

Ketika mencermati firman Allah:

مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ تَرَاهُمْ رُكَّعًا سُجَّدًا يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانًا سِيمَاهُمْ فِي وُجُوهِهِمْ مِنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ
“Muhammad itu adalah utusan Allah dan orang-orang yang bersama dengan Dia adalah keras terhadap orang-orang kafir, tetapi berkasih sayang sesama mereka. kamu Lihat mereka ruku’ dan sujud mencari karunia Allah dan keridhaan-Nya, tanda-tanda mereka tampak pada muka mereka dari bekas sujud” (QS al Fath:29). 
maka sekilas kita akan menyimpulkan bahwa persepsi sebagian masyarakat seperti di atas adalah benar.

Ketika menafsirkan ayat ini, ada sebagian ulama seperti Al-Imam Malik dan juga Sa’id bin Jubair, yang mengatakan bahwa bekas sujud itu adalah warna kehitaman yang nampak di dunia ini. Berbeda dalam hal ini adalah Ibnu Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu serta Al-Hasan dan juga Az-Zuhri. Mereka mengatakan bahwa yang dimaksud dengan tanda bekas sujud dalam ayat di atas ialah cahaya sujud yang terbesit di wajah, yaitu tanda sujud yang terus menerangi wajah mereka hingga di alam barzakh dan di hari kiamat. Jika yang dimaksud dengan tanda hitam itu adalah tanda hitam di kening maka tanda tersebut pasti akan hilang setelah tubuh dikubur.

Rasulullah –shallallahu alayhi wa sallam—sendiri tidak mempunyai tanda hitam itu. Tidak ditemukan penjelasan tanda hitam di kening itu dimiliki nabi, baik dalam buku-buku sirah nabawiyah atau dalam kitab-kitab hadits.

عَنْ مَنْصُورٍ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِمُجَاهِدٍ (سِيمَاهُمْ فِى وُجُوهِهِمْ مِنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ) أَهُوَ أَثَرُ السُّجُودِ فِى وَجْهِ الإِنْسَانِ؟ فَقَالَ : لاَ إِنَّ أَحَدَهُمْ يَكُونُ بَيْنَ عَيْنَيْهِ مِثْلُ رُكْبَةِ الْعَنْزِ وَهُوَ كَمَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ يَعْنِى مِنَ الشَّرِّ وَلَكِنَّهُ الْخُشُوعُ.
Dari Manshur, Aku bertanya kepada Mujahid tentang maksud dari firman Allah, ‘tanda-tanda mereka tampak pada muka mereka dari bekas sujud’ apakah yang dimaksudkan adalah bekas di wajah? Beliau menjawab, “Bukan, bahkan ada orang yang ‘kapal’ yang ada di antara kedua matanya itu bagaikan ‘kapal’ yang ada pada lutut onta namun dia adalah orang bejat. Tanda yang dimaksudkan adalah kekhusyu’an” (Riwayat Baihaqi dalam Sunan Kubro no 3702).
Syeikh Ahmad ash Showi dalam kitab tafsirnya mengatakan, “Bukanlah yang dimaksudkan oleh ayat adalah sebagaimana perbuatan orang-orang bodoh dan tukang riya’ yaitu tanda hitam yang ada di dahi karena hal itu adalah ciri khas khawarij (baca: ahli bid’ah)” (Hasyiah ash Shawi 4/134, Dar al Fikr).

Categories: Islam


Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:56

Atheist, agnostic, infidel, skeptic refer to persons not inclined toward religious belief or a particular form of religious belief. An atheist is one who denies the existence of a deity or of divine beings. An agnostic is one who believes it impossible to know anything about God or about the creation of the universe and refrains from commitment to any religious doctrine. Infidel means an unbeliever, especially a nonbeliever in Islam or Christianity. A skeptic doubts and is critical of all accepted doctrines and creeds.
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Surah 40. Ghafir, Verse 73:

ثُمَّ قِيلَ لَهُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تُشْرِكُونَ

kemudian dikatakan kepada mereka: “Manakah berhala-berhala yang selalu kamu persekutukan,

Surah 40. Ghafir, Verse 74:

مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ قَالُوا ضَلُّوا عَنَّا بَل لَّمْ نَكُن نَّدْعُو مِن قَبْلُ شَيْئًا كَذَٰلِكَ يُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الْكَافِرِينَ

(yang kamu sembah) selain Allah?” Mereka menjawab: “Mereka telah hilang lenyap dari kami, bahkan kami dahulu tiada pernah menyembah sesuatu”. Seperti demikianlah Allah menyesatkan orang-orang kafir.

Surah 40. Ghafir, Verse 75:

ذَٰلِكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَفْرَحُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَبِمَا كُنتُمْ تَمْرَحُونَ

Yang demikian itu disebabkan karena kamu bersuka ria di muka bumi dengan tidak benar dan karena kamu selalu bersuka ria (dalam kemaksiatan).

Surah 40. Ghafir, Verse 76:

ادْخُلُوا أَبْوَابَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا فَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى الْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ

(Dikatakan kepada mereka): “Masuklah kamu ke pintu-pintu neraka Jahannam, sedang kamu kekal di dalamnya. Maka itulah seburuk-buruk tempat bagi orang-orang yang sombong”.

40:73. They will be asked, “Where are the idols you used to worship,
40:74. “beside GOD?” They will say, “They have abandoned us. In fact, when we worshiped them, we were worshiping nothing.” Thus does GOD send the disbelievers astray.
40:75. This is because you used to rejoice in false doctrines, on earth, and you used to promote them.
40:76. Enter the gates of Gehenna, wherein you abide forever. What a miserable destiny for the arrogant ones.

Categories: Islam

Coexistence :

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:01

Isis, KKK, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…; all those has showed up that the world is in a religious war and make “coexistence” just a word, those recent terrorist organizations has slaughtered thousands of people; Isis is killing every non-Muslim person; KKK’s assassinating non-Christians and colored people; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that started  1948 has left many deaths in Israel & Palestine.

Coexistence is to live with others despite differences no matter your color, wealth, ethnicities, and RELIGION,

In the 18th century, every colored in any place was a treated as slave or criminal and it was legal but with revolutions this slavery has “died” and everybody thought the slavery and mistreating era has finished and they welcomed to the coexistence epoch, but for communities it is not, slavery did not finish, in the 19th century rich people has dominated the world and they made the poor people work for them for a  cheap prices and jail waits for you if you refuse working for them, and in the 20th century the colonial did the same things as previous centuries to the colonized countries but this time for wars, they had 2 choices you be a military slave and fight for them or jail. But with globalization there’s no more forcing things to do but the control you with financial debts and/or a media war and ruin  your primary law and then bang welcome to the civil war (Ex: The Arab Spring)

Nowadays Muslims and Arabs are terrorists by the medias specially after the 9/11 tragedy and after the election of Donald Trump, they are banned from entering to the U.S.A but the world has showed to the media that they are not stupid and they have supported the Muslims in the airports to let them walk free in uncle Sam’s land even the police officers have showed their support.

The media shows to the world fake news, I won’t deny that there are no religious conflicts, but the media must also show to the peace and coexistence between religious. In the USA there’s almost 3.480.000 Muslim American lives peacefully, and many celebrities in U.S.A are Arab-Muslims such as Muhammad Ali ,Rami Malek, Malcom X, Ice cube… and  in Morocco there’s Jews who live with no problem without forgetting that the seconds biggest community in Israel is Moroccan and we can find Arab Jews celebrities loved by the whole ;world like Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gad El-maleh… plus Andre Azoulay who’s the senior adviser to the king of Morocco.

Jew, Christian or Muslim; we are all the same, we are all from an Abrahamic religion and yes we live together peacefully even of some conflicts and the fake news that want to seditious between them.

Categories: Islam

Does Islamic Law, Sharia, pose a danger to women and girls? | Ghada Jamshir, Bahraini Women's rights activist (Video)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:50

What Ghada Jamshir describes as common place in the Muslim world is terrifying in its barbarism towards women and girls, and yet Western leaders are facilitating its spread into Western societies.

In this interview, Ghada Jamshir  offers the hope that Muslim women could find safe sanctuary in the West, in Europe to escape  abuse,  sexual exploitation… vaginal mutilation….  But that was over ten years ago.    Western Europe has changed.

Categories: Islam

Jeff Tayler on Sarah Haider, Islam, and the betrayal of liberal values by the Left

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:36

I call your attention to Jeff Tayler’s new piece at Quillette: “On betrayal by the Left: talking with ex-Muslim Sarah Haider.” I’m a big admirer of Haider, a co-founder and director of outreach for Ex-Muslims of North America. I’ve heard her speak several times; she’s thoughtful and eloquent, and deserves a wider audience. Haider, along with Ali Rizvi—and of course Ayaan Hirsi Ali—are the American equivalents of Maajid Nawaz. Rizvi has recently published a book (see here and here), and I look forward to a book from Haider, or at least some columns along the lines of those produced by Nawaz.

Haider is facing the same dilemma as all vociferous liberal Muslims or ex-Muslims: they’re being betrayed by the left—especially feminists—who view Muslims and their odious faith as worthy of respect because the believers are seen as oppressed people of color, as underdogs. When liberalism conflicts with pigmentation, it seems, pigmentation wins.

You can read Jeff’s piece for yourself; here’s a short excerpt:

The mainstream media, she says, seem not to care about their plight. She adduces an example: the June 2016 incident in which EXMNA called the local Wegman’s bakery and ordered a cake emblazoned with “Happy Three-Year Anniversary, Ex-Muslims!” The management refused to take their order, worried that such “inflammatory” verbiage might offend its Muslim employees. The Freedom from Religion foundation eventually intervened – businesses cannot deny services based on a customer’s faith or lack thereof – and Wegman’s relented. The rightwing press and blogosphere publicized the affair, but few other news outlets did. It goes without saying that similar incidents not long ago generated great public sympathy when the victims were gays.

There we have it: the rightwing press calling out behaviors scrupulously avoided by the “liberal” media! Tayler goes on. You may say, “Yes, but the press is doing that because they’re bigoted against Muslims.” Well, yes, perhaps, but who cares if they call these incidents to our attention?

Haider is still outraged. “When I read a news article about how a woman’s hijab was pulled off or how a stewardess refuses to give a Muslim woman an unopened can of Coke, it’s national news. But no one covers what we’re going through, no one covers our persecution. Of course we know there’s anti-Muslim bigotry, and that’s being covered. But our struggle should be covered as well. It’s appalling that our pain isn’t worth discussing. In fact, we’re often painted as the victimizers.”

That the rightwing media do at times report about them only leads to EXMNA being (wrongly) associated with the right.

The left’s rejection hurts all the more since the most menaced former Muslims are women. Female apostates, she tells me, face ostracism, beatings, harassment and threats from their families and communities, forced travel back to home countries to pry them free of Western influence, and forced marriage.

And on the regressive feminists:

The discussions in the aftermath of the 2015-2016 New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, gave her a chance to experience the hypocrisy of the left when it comes to Islam. She saw that older feminists strongly denounced the crimes, saying “’there’s no excuse, these assaults are rooted in religious patriarchy and we cannot allow them to happen.’ They have this idea that no culture can supersede women’s rights, but younger feminists look at things from a very strange perspective, a narcissistic perspective,” and believe it’s — “bigotry to even acknowledge that there are problems in certain cultures, unless of course you’re talking about Western culture, in which case I can acknowledge whatever I want. What could be a more effective roadblock to addressing the problems? I don’t know what world I’m living in when I can’t even acknowledge that there’s a problem and that it’s at a much more extreme level [in Islamic countries] than anything we have in the West, when saying that in itself is [considered] a form of racism, a form of bigotry.”

Criticizing Islam is especially dangerous in the Age of Trump, as Trump’s reprehensible immigration policies have led Leftists to defend Islam even more fervently than usual, as a kneejerk reaction. Everywhere hijabs are being extolled, and criticism of Islamic doctrine muted. Islamists like Linda Sarsour, who loves sharia law, are suddenly seen as feminist heroes, which is ridiculous. And so to finish, I’ll warn you against Sarsour, whose status as a “liberal feminist” is insidious as well as symptomatic of everything wrong with the Regressive Left. The quotes are from Haider:

“After Trump won, I was hoping the left might engage in some introspection” about how its refusal to hold an honest discussion about Islam had damaged the movement. (As I recently pointed out in Quillette, Hillary Clinton’s failure on the campaign trail to speak frankly about Islam and terrorism most likely put Trump in the White House). “But if anything they’ve dug in. So we see Linda Sarsour [heralded] as a warrior for women’s rights.” (This is an insult to reason and progressivism, even if Bernie Sanders would disagree. Sarsour calls herself a “racial justice & civil rights activist,” but supports Shariah law, declared herself “not Charlie” after the cartoonists’ slaughter at the hands of Islamists in 2015, and, in a 2011 tweet, said she wished she could “take away” Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s vagina.) Calling Sarsour a defender of women’s rights “is absurd on the face of it,” says Haider, “but it’s becoming more and more the norm. People will call us racist for criticizing a religion. They have no idea of what it actually means to be liberal.”

Amen. (That’s metaphorical.)

Oh, and here are two tweets from a feminist “hero”, one of the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Sarsour, realizing how they might look, subsequently deleted them. Perhaps someone told her that Hirsi Ali, as a victim of female genital mutilation, had already had part of her vagina taken away!

Extolling women in Saudi Arabia:

If you’re a Western feminist, this is certainly a persuasive argument to move to Saudi, right?

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Blasphemy @ the BBC

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:15

The BBC issues lengthy apology for “disgraceful” tweet which asked what the “right punishment for blasphemy” should be

Last week, the BBC Asian Network – which hosts the lively Big Debate radio programme – asked Twitter users to say what they thought was the “right punishment for blasphemy.”


Maryam Namazie, a prominent ex-Muslim and civil rights campaigner, called the question “disgraceful,” and labelled the British broadcaster the “Ayatollah BBC.”


On Saturday, I asked the BBC – which is funded by public money – if it believed that blasphemy should be punishable.

Today, I received this lengthy apology from the BBC Complaints Team:

From: bbc_complaints_website <>
To: Dean Jones <>
Subject: BBC Complaints – Case Number CAS­-4274202­-VR2YRX
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:07

Dear Mr. Jones

Thank you for contacting us regarding our programme, Asian Network’s Big Debate. We understand that you felt it was inappropriate to pose the question ‘What is the right punishment for blasphemy?’

Asian Network’s Big Debate is a live daily news and magazine programme. The first hour of the programme poses a question that the audience discusses on the phone, over emails and on social media. We regularly ask difficult and provocative questions on a wide range of issues that are relevant to a mainly British Asian audience usually on the basis of events in the news in the UK or South Asia.

The question was prompted by reports that Pakistan had asked Facebook to help investigate ‘blasphemous content’ posted by people in the country. Despite widespread condemnation, blasphemy is illegal in Pakistan, in some cases it is punishable with the death penalty.

We apologise for the poorly worded question and the way it was posted on social media, it was never our intention to imply that blasphemy should be punished. We agree that the question should have been better phrased and put properly into context.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints Team

Shortly after, I also received this separate response from the BBC Asian Network:

From: Asian Network Enquiries <>
To: sterling jones <>
Subject: RE: Quick question regarding “clumsily worded” blasphemy tweet
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:05

Hi Dean,

The Asian Network’s Big Debate asks difficult and provocative questions every day. This programme was an engaging discussion on the subject of blasphemy, but we admit that the question could have been phrased better and have since made this clear.

Kind Regards,

The Asian Network Team

It isn’t the first time the BBC has apologised for asking “clickbait rhetorical questions” and “legitimizing an indefensible POV – as award-winning British author Joanne Harris (MBE) charged in response to this September 2016 tweet by BBC Newsbeat re: video of US reality television star Kim Kardashian being accosted by “vile” Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk.


When I asked about the offending tweet, BBC Newsbeat said it had intended to “provoke conversation” but did not mean to legitimise Sediuk’s “prank.”

Last year, the BBC made over three billion pounds from publicly generated funding.

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To the people I love...❤

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:50

To the people I love:
What I wish most for you above all else, is to be content with getting close to God. Closeness to Him is a journey with many highs, and many more lows. But what I pray for you is that during the lows – you never quit.
You keep standing in prayer no matter how heavy it may seem to carry your sins, you stay in sujood a little longer no matter how hard it may be to keep your pride down, you raise your hands in prayer no matter how impossible the things you ask for may seem. I wish for you to always try, whether it’s an ounce or an ocean.
Above all else,
I pray that our inevitable meeting with our Lord happens at the best point of our journeys towards Him. And that someday on the other side we all meet past our sorrows and worries, and unite in gratitude over the fact that we never allowed them to stop us from coming closer to Him. I pray that we share that moment where it will all be worth it.
I pray for that moment to be enough
for you to hold on now,
and forever.

Before I met you, I used to think that all I needed was someone that makes me happy. someone that makes me smile,
someone that makes me laugh,
someone that makes me feel good.
But happiness is a temporary feeling, it comes and goes. Anyone can make you happy, anyone can make you smile, anyone can make you laugh, but very few people can truly understand you. Very few people can truly resonate with your soul and see deeper things than how they appear on the surface. Very few people see beyond, the smiles, the laughs and the goodness. Very few people understand that there is more to love than happiness. Maybe it’s not a case of being with someone who makes you happy, but being with someone who will be there for you even when you’re not.

I pray to Allah ‘Azzawajal to wake you up every single day. I pray for Him to protect you, to protect your heart and soul. I pray for Him to forgive our shortcomings. I pray to Him every day that you keep that beautiful smile of yours. I pray for Him to grant you sabr, peace and comfort until He accepts us in Jannah together. And if I ever have to die, I pray for Him to take me before He takes you from this world for I won’t be able to bear the pain of your absence.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (Radhi Allahu Anhu) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (Salla’Allaahu Alayhi wa Salam) said,

“Verily, those who love each other will look at their rooms in Paradise as if they were brilliant stars in the east or west. It will be said: Who are these? They will reply: These people loved each other for the sake of Allah the Exalted.”

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A Mad Saint, a Dervish, and a Flash-Flood

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:54
The following is a pair of Muslim saints’ lives, included in a biographical compilation (Luṭf
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Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:52


There are two types of fear, rational and irrational fear. I have two irrational fears.  I’m not too keen about spiders or heights. For some reason I’m not afraid of Muslims. I don’t have Islamophobia. It’s great. Irrational fears is some kind of a test in itself. Who needs it?

So far I have not come across rational Islamophobia.  (Rational fear, by the way, is what you would feel when facing a bear, realizing your brakes don’t work on the highway and imminent things like that.) Islamophobia is not rational at all. But it is possible to build up irrational fear, and create things to be afraid of. Just like the bonfire stories youth like to tell. It often starts in small groups. Among family, neighbors and friends.

So if you manage to build up Islamophobia, you have achieved two things. You have created something you don’t really want. And if acting out, you have started to hurt people around you.

The words hurt. The posts in social media hurts. The YouTube films hurt. The epithets screamed at schoolyards hurt. Because yes, children are very quick to learn, and they are taught hatred. The more of this that Muslims have to face in their daily life, the more they are likely to turn extreme. To find a way to respond to oppression.That’s how it works.

If you come by a Muslim that you think is not integrated – you got half the responsibility.

It comes to my mind that when I was living in a country where I couldn’t understand the language, I didn’t know people but every time I walked the dirt road to run an errand it took hours. Because all the neighbors invited me, wanted me to eat, share a few moments and that is how a learned their language. It started in gardens. I learned the names of the fruit. There’s riches to be discovered. And I hope you find yours.






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"Synagogues in the Islamic World" (Gharipour, ed.)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:44

In May, Edinburgh University Press will release Synagogues in the Islamic World:
Architecture, Design and Identity edited by Mohammad Gharipour (Morgan State University). The publisher’s description follows:

This beautifully illustrated volume looks at the spaces created by and for Jews in areas under the political or religious control of Muslims. Covering regions as diverse as Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, it asks how the architecture of synagogues responded to contextual issues and traditions, and how these contexts influenced the design and evolution of synagogues. As well as revealing how synagogues reflect the culture of the Jewish minority at macro and micro scales, from the city to the interior, the book also considers patterns of the development of synagogues in urban contexts and in connection with urban elements and monuments.

Key Features:
  • Uniquely explores the elements and concepts applied in the design of synagogues in the Islamic world
  • Shows connections between Jewish and Islamic architecture and the collaboration among Muslims and Jews in the design and construction of synagogues
  • Takes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach, providing a new setting for the analysis of Islamic architecture
  • Addresses historical, social, urban, and architectural aspects of synagogues throughout the Muslim world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Iran, and India
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Introducing New Series: HER Stories

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:30
Women. Ladies. Girls. Females. So many different names for us. Here in Scotland women can be referre
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Ikuti Rihlah, Peserta Angkatan 5 Belum Tentu Jadi Alumni SPI?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:24
“Teman-teman harap jangan merasa aman dulu, karena yang sudah ikut rihlah pun belum tentu dinyatakan
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Do we Really Have a Muslim Ban?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:50

I’m noticing this topic is rarely effectively addressed. Do we have an actual Muslim ban? I was watching a Keith Olbermann video titled, “Be Honest: Trump’s Banning Muslims & Purging Hispanics”, that was supporting the idea that the United States is undergoing a Muslim ban. The noticeable problem with the video was the fact that Olbermann was not addressing the topic of an actual ban. He was just talking about the discrimination of Muslims in the United States. By no means am I insinuating there is not a discrimination issue in the U.S against Muslim people. I had a Syrian friend that was constantly harassed at school for being Muslim. In fact, you can argue people who associate with Islam are more openly discriminated against than black people. The far right speaks on freedom of speech, but they don’t often speak on freedom of religion which is just as important. Even though Olbermann may be right about the discrimination of Muslims in the United States, he doesn’t prove the fact that we have a ban. The definition of a ban is to officially prohibit. For example, people are banned to use marijuana in many states in the United States. The countries Undergoing banns are:

  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Libya
  • Somolia
  • Sudan

The problem with this list is the fact that the majority of these countries didn’t even make it to the list of the top ten highest Muslim populated countries! The only one that did is Iran. In fact, the country with the highest population of Muslims is Indonesia and Indonesian people are welcome to immigrate to the U.S. Contrary to information given by the media, there couldn’t possibly be a Muslim ban if we still allow Muslim immigrants. Unfortunately when anyone tries to say that there isn’t a Muslim ban, people on the far left tries to shame them like JK Rowling against Pierce Morgan. It’s perfectly fine for an individual to believe our immigration policy shouldn’t be as strict, but there is no reason to make false facts to support that argument.

Click here for Olbermans Video

But guys what do you think about this topic? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below!

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Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:40

Street Poetry, by Alex Cheek (via Flickr (reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0 licence).

Happy World Poetry Day 2017! World Poetry Day is led by UNESCO, in recognition of the way in which poetry “reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.” To celebrate, here are three free essays published by our researchers over the past year that expose some unexpected poetic connections across cultures.

The Surprising Links Between Paradise Lost and the Qur’an

The universal themes and connections between people are revealed perfectly in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a great Christian epic that nevertheless drew on ideas from the Islamic world as well. Sharihan Al-Akras and Mandy Green co-authored an article exploring Milton’s sources. Read their article on Milton’s Iblis and the “Great Sultan” [paywall] or explore their key findings in this interview with Sharihan.

Coleridge, Isherwood and Hindu Light

Light plays a key role in Hinduism: divine light is seen as something literal, and to perceive and experience this light is the aim of devotees. The Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the twentieth-century poet Christopher Isherwood, both experienced personal struggles that led them to the light-based cosmology of Bhagavad Gita. Chris Murray (now at Monash University) shows how, in different ways, they turned to the light offered by Hinduism.

Turning to Dante: Shelley’s Adonais Reconsidered

While British Romantic poets such as Percy Bysshe Shelley sought to establish their own unique style and philosophy, they also looked to the continent for ideas and models to borrow and adapt. Michael O’Neill shows how Shelley turned to the Italian poet Dante. Shelley realised that Dante’s terza rima verse form could be used to present a “vision of experience that is alive to possibility and resistant to closure.”

If you want to enjoy some poetry aloud on World Poetry Day, check out our collection of sparkling poetry readings.

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