You might find the headline a little peculiar, but in so many ways that is the truth for the Palestinians – they can never do enough to please Israel as long as they live on their own land. We can only imagine the backroom dealings of the pro-Israeli and pro occupation predators that work tirelessly to maintain the status quo, the question on many people’s mind is will Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) stand firm in his bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders? Continue reading Freedom…how long is a piece of string?!
“In the good old days we could leave our front door open without fear”. How often do we hear that sentiment from the elderly in our community? The “good old days” is now only mentioned in the past tense. It is a “bygone era”.
The days when neighbours knew each other on a first name basis, when people looked out for each other, socialised together and shared common interests and concerns, seem long gone. The pace of life in 21st century Britain and indeed elsewhere in the world has become too fast and furious, beating to the drum of globalisation. Traditional communities are crumbling and relations with our neighbours are all-too-often reduced to a curt nod. Continue reading ‘Becoming Good Neighbours’: IFE Launches Nationwide ‘My Neighbours Project’
Martin Bright the ‘self-confessed Islamophobe’ is the political editor of the paper which published an article, under the headline “This Was No Peace Activist” by Geoffrey Alderman, glorifying the killing of an innocent peace activist Vittorio Arrigon, with the statement: “Few events – not even the execution of Osama bin Laden – have caused me greater pleasure in recent weeks than news of the death of the Italian so-called ‘peace activist’ Vittorio Arrigoni.”
Bright’s hatred towards the Palestinians is illustrated when he attacks a trustee of London Citizens under the headline “London Citizens stand by Islamist hardliner”, and accuses Junaid Ahmed of supporting ‘Hamas terrorist leaders’.
The [false] premise in his ranting is that ‘Hamas is a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK.’ This of course is not the case at all. A simple visit to the Home Office website reveals Continue reading Newspaper that takes ‘pleasure’ in peace activist’s death, teaching virtue!
I was quite surprised to hear  that some people wanted to demonstrate against the royal wedding. Yes this is a non-Muslim wedding; nonetheless, they are celebrating and upholding a great institution here. Why should they demonstrate? There is nothing in the Shari’ah where it states that non-Muslims aren’t allowed to marry. They are allowed to marry, have children and this right (men and women getting married together) has been given by God to all human beings, irrespective of their religion or culture, and it should be celebrated.
God states in the Qur’an:
‘And God has made for you partners of your own nature, and made for you, out of them, sons and daughters and grandchildren, and provided for you sustenance of the best: will they then believe in vain things, and be ungrateful for God’s favours?’ Continue reading The royal wedding, demonstrators, and a touch of Maqasid
‘Just as someone once said that a nation can wage perpetual war for perpetual peace, some supposedly progressive people like to ban things just so as to make people free.
The latest example of such idiocy is the French ban on face veils, which takes effect today. Apparently legislating for what people wear, and invoking the coercive power of law to impose such legislation, is just the thing for a modern and secular society.
Of course, to use the criminal law in such a way is illiberal and inappropriate. It may well be that, at the extremes; the law . . . → Read More: Maqasid al-Shari’ah and the Veil ban
The recent hullabaloo regarding Usama Hasan and his public pronouncements on matters of Islamic belief, has drawn an interesting line between the Muslim communities in the UK. There are many issues regarding Usama’s latest controversy, but I want to focus on two issues. Leaving aside the personalities, it’s very interesting how and where some people (those shouting the loudest) chose to draw their line.
Usama was asked the question, “You believe that Adam’s parents may have been apes”? To which he replied, “Sayyidina Adam alayhis salam… Yes, this is a matter of science etc. Continue reading Denying clear Islamic principles and inciting violence – both are unacceptable