Muslim Congress of N. America condemns savage killing of James Foley

What follows is a text of an email sent to subscribers to Muslim Congress’ newsletter. Muslim Congress is a North American based organization. You can visit their website here.

Dear brothers and sisters, assalamu alaikum

On Tuesday 19th, August 2014, James Foley an American videographer and reporter, abducted 21 months ago in Syria near the Turkish border, was beheaded by the savage terrorist group, ISIS. And the gruesome video of this decapitation was put on the internet as a threat to others.

This savage act of slaughtering human beings on camera or slitting chests of dead soldiers have now become commonplace; something that was unimaginable until a few months ago. Dropping workers from roofs of government offices in Syria or beheading and summarily executing Shia and Sunni Muslims, Christians and other people in Iraq are similar beastly crimes being routinely committed today. If the Western media and governments had taken this threat of religious extremism seriously and used its leverage over the corrupt Saudi and Qatari undemocratic West-sponsored despotic regimes backing such terrorist groups and had forced them to nip their financial and military support to ISIS in its bud, James Foley would not have become a victim of this slaughter.

Muslim Congress unequivocally and categorically condemns this indescribable barbaric tragedy, and offers condolence to James’ parents John and Diane Foley. May his soul rest in peace. According to the Islamic teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his progeny, people of all faiths – Christians, Jews, Hindus etc must be respected and dealt with the best of morals and ethics. Similarly the rights of reporters, journalists, other professionals and all civilians must be honored.

wassalam
Muslim Congress

Compilation of Muslim fatwas, protests, statements against ISIS/ISIL/IS

It is a refrain often heard-especially from Zionists and their right wing partners in North America and  Europe-why don’t Muslims condemn groups like ISIS? Of course, this is a contrived indignation that has at its core hostility to Islam and Muslims. Muslims are the biggest victims of groups like ISIS. Furthermore, condemnation has been swift and widespread. So, in order to provide our readers with a resource that they can readily use in the face of some bigoted attack, we will compile a list of prominent Muslims and Muslim organizations as they condemn ISIS. There are so many Muslim protests and fatwas and statement against ISIS that it will take time to tally all of them. It should be noted that ISIS is not a sectarian issue as the BBC and others like to insinuate. The international condemnations below are from disparate groups across the whole Muslim spectrum. We will add to this list on a continuous basis.

1) Muslim leaders in the UK issue a fatwa against ISIS:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/31/british-muslim-leaders-fatwa-jihadists-islamic-state-isis

2) Noted Muslim cleric in Kerala (India) issues fatwa against ISIS:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/muslim-cleric-in-kerala-issues-fatwa-against-isis/article6365856.ece

3) Norway Muslims protest against ISIS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/25/norway-muslims-protest-islamic-state_n_5711107.html

4) Michigan Muslims protest against ISIS:

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/171666-muslims-denounce-isis-enemies-humanity-dearborn-michigan/

5) Calgary Muslims protest ISIS:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/hundreds-of-calgary-muslims-protest-isis-violence-in-iraq-1.2683589

6) Ayatollah Sistani urged jihad against ISIS while condemning any Shia excesses against their Sunni brethren in retaliation (the links on this are widespread. just Google it).

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/ki-moon-supports-ayatollah-sistani-s-call-to-keep-away-from-sectarianism/

7) Imam of Al Aqsa mosque condemns ISIS:

8) Calgary Imam goes on hunger strike to protest ISIS:

9) Iranian air force jets deployed to fight ISIS:

10) King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia condemns ISIS and like groups:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amid-isis-violence-saudi-arabia-king-abdullah-warns-of-threat-to-us/

11) Syed Hasan Nasrallah of Hizbollah condemns ISIS:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117721-isil-is-a-monster-that-threatens-everyone-nasrallah

12) Muslim Congress, a North America based organization, has sent an email to its members strongly condemning the brutal murder of James Foley. You can read the text here. 

13) Al Azhar (one of the centers of learning for Sunni Muslims) graduate rejects ISIS and its notion of the “caliphate”.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2014/07/syria-iraq-isis-caliphate-egypt-azhar-reaction.html#

 

Video: Guantanamo guard converts to Islam

 

All credit for this goes to Vice News. This is a Vice News video. As a warning to all Muslims and non Muslims who like to protect their vision from anything untoward, please be careful if you do decide to visit the Vice website. It does have sections and content that are not suitable.

Having said that the video below makes for compelling viewing. It is about Terry Holdbrooks, a former Guantanamo guard who has since converted to Islam.


 

 

James Foley and his brutal murder.

The video of James Foley’s brutal murder filled me with horror, sympathy and anger. The horror was visceral, at the mere thought of what had transpired (I tried watching one beheading video a few years ago and was so traumatized that I haven’t even tried again). The sympathy was for this poor man, who did not deserve to be killed in this manner. The sympathy was also for his family. As a Muslim, I cannot even begin to express my condolences and sympathy for his family. The anger I felt was directed at multiple points: Primarily it was directed at ISIL. This cancer must be eradicated, plain and simple. The people who have bought into this twisted ideology understand only one thing: power. They need to be eradicated, period.

Unfortunately Hizbollah, Iran and others who have been fighting ISIL, Jabahat al Nusra and other Al Qaeda like groups in Syria and according to certain reports in Iraq have gotten no outside support. (Click here to read Syed Hassan Nasrallah, General Secretary of Hizbollah express his opinion on ISIS/ISIL).  This is in large part due to the fact that Israeli, big oil, arms manufacturers and other interest groups are determined not to let the American public learn about a reality that is well known in the Middle East: Hizbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups that believe in the integrity of nation states, the power of the ballot box and democracy are the archenemies of groups such as ISIL, which subscribes to an ideology that originated in Saudi Arabia. The reality is that the seeds for ISIL were planted in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of that country. Saudi, Pakistani and American intelligence agencies all played their role. President Regan invited Taliban representatives to the Oval Office and called them heroes. The Haaretz (an Israeli newspaper) recently ran a piece that cheerfully pointed out that ISIL was “refreshing” because they had no intention of attacking Israel. ISIL has also put out statement in which they have made clear that their primary target are Shia Muslims, not the Israelis. Prince Bandar, the former Saudi intelligence chief, was one of the architects of Jabahat al Nusra, an Al Qaeda inspired group that was rivalling ISIL at one point. Now, Jabahat al Nusra fighters have joined ISIL in droves. The irony here is that Jabahat al Nusra were supported by both Ayman Az Zawahiri, the current head of Al Qaeda as well as the Saudi government, not to mention the Turks and with a wink and a nod the Americans. ISIL is like Frankenstein, the ideology it espouses closely represents Saudi Wahhabi ideology, yet the original pit bull (Taliban etc.) has given birth to young that have turned on their masters. The Saudis are now just as terrified of ISIL as anyone else, in large part due to the support it finds within the Saudi regime. Let’s not forget that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, yet the U.S. government has redacted and refused to share any information that may signal Saudi complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Furthermore, relatives of Usama bin Laden were allowed to fly out of the U.S. at a time when U.S. Senators could not catch a plane. They left without any questioning, quietly in the middle of the night.

All this aside, the Israelis never miss an opportunity to present ISIL and Hamas/Hizbollah as the same brand of “terrorists” They know full well that by doing so, they are gunning for a scenario that would result in a broad, unlimited war with a vast swath of Muslims in the Middle East, thus saving their apartheid state from the righteous anger of millions of Muslims and non-Muslims. The reality is that Hizbollah is hugely popular with Christians in Lebanon while ISIL is slaughtering them when it can. The reality is that Hamas governs a besieged, impoverished open air prison in which both Muslims and Christian Arabs suffer equally. Christian Arabs support Hamas as much as their Muslim brethren and are united in their opposition to the brutal Israel regime. Despite the efforts of pro-Israeli writers such as Jonathan Schanzer, the fact is that Christians in Gaza have lived unmolested by Hamas since it took over the poverty stricken enclave in 2007.

In our humble opinion, the American people need to wake up.  Israeli, big oil and other interest groups that are pushing an agenda that lumps organizations such as Hizbollah with ISIL must be given a clear message: “your vested interests will not be allowed to jeopardize world peace.” The irony is that Israel is right now engaged in protracted negotiations with Hamas for a Gaza cease fire as it mounts a public relations campaign that attempts to conflate ISIL and Hamas. Wonder what would happen if the Israelis tried to “negotiate” with ISIL. It is time that the people of the United States realized that there are two groups within the Middle East: the majority, who do not harbor any enmity to the U.S. apart from its support of Israel and its opposition to their democratic right to control their countries and resources as they see fit, and a small minority that subscribe to a deadly ideology that represents Islam about as much as the LRA represents Christianity.

So what is the solution? The solution is for Western states, particularly the United States to subscribe to a foreign policy that does not have control of energy resources as its central driving tenant. It is the drive to have absolute control of resources that precipitated the European and then American support of their European proxy Israel. Israel has long ago lost any foreign policy utility (if indeed it ever had any, but that is not an argument for this article) in terms of securing resources. Gone are the days when resources could be won by direct or indirect (proxies such as Israel and client states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc) intervention.

Instead, the answer is to let genuine grass roots reform and political development take place in the Middle East. Israel should be dismantled. It is a threat to both Jews and Muslims. Instead, democracy is the solution to the issue of Palestine. A democratic, unitary state should come into existence, with (for example) a Jewish President, Muslim Prime Minister and Christian Speaker of the House. To some, this may seem implausible, but the reality is that until the 1920s, Jews and Arabs coexisted peacefully in the region.

If this central issue can be resolved, and if the West can resist interfering in the internal affairs of the Muslim lands, then the incentive to label and demonize genuine, grass roots Islamic-democratic systems such as Iran, Hizbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood will disappear. Proof of this is Hizbollah and Iran’s fight against ISIS for the past two years. Saudi Arabia’s animosity to the Muslim Brotherhood is also a component of this very dynamic. If this is allowed to happen, then groups such as ISIS will disappear virtually over night as their natural enemies (i.e. Islamic groups that oppose such a nihilistic vision that is anti-Islamic) rally to destroy them.

 

U.S. media glosses over blockading of Israeli ships in California

It is amazing how the U.S. media continues to ignore the blockading of an Israeli ship attempting to unload at a Oakland, CA port. Protestors and workers who are members of the  International Longshoremen and Warehousemen Unions (a group which also stood against the South African apartheid regime in 1984) are blocking the Zionist ship. The Zionist crews have tried various tactics such as trying to offload cargo early in the morning etc., but have failed so far. This story was reported by Al Akhbar English. You can read the full story here. The story was reported on the websites of Washingtonpost.com and other electronic outlets, but has not been featured as a main story or story of any significance on any major network.

NATIONAL GUARD CALLED IN: FERGUSON PROTESTORS FURIOUS

It’s unbelievable. This is something you would see on TV in a third-world country. Tear gas — I’ve never seen it escalate to that point

Martin McDonald, 38, a truck driver, speaking to LA Times

 

Somewhere out there, there’s still people’s houses getting broken into, people getting raped, kids getting molested. And they’re out here with people demonstrating peacefully. A peaceful situation turned into a war. We’re not here acting like animals

Nikki Chamberlain, 36, speaking to LA Times.

Justin Trudeau speechless on his shameful Palestine stance

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“What if someone occupied your house?”, “How would you feel?”, “You issued a statement about israel’s right to defend itself, what about the Palestinians’ right to defend themselves?”, Justin Trudeau was speechless and was unable to respond to the sixteen year old girl who challenged his shameful support of israel at a fundraising event for the liberal party on August 11, 2014 in Mississauga. The event was interrupted repeatedly by protestors who raised the slogans of “Free Free Palestine” and “Shame Shame israel” during the event. A number of them asked pointed questions about his recent pro-israel statement forcing Justin to defend himself and leaving him embarrassed and speechless on a number of occasions.
Outside the event the protestors raised the slogans of “Justin Trudeau grow a spine, Justice for Palestine”, “Justine Trudeau choose a side, Gaza or Genocide” and “Justin Trudeau you will see, Palestine will be free”. Justin Trudeau’s car had to be parked behind the building and he had to walk from the back to avoid the protestors. A significant number of bystanders and some of the area store owners also joined the protest and others came to the protestors to express their support and solidarity.
The regular protests across Canada clearly show that despite constant propaganda by zionist mouthpieces like Sun News, the large majority of Canadians abhor the israeli war crimes and find them contradictory to Canadian values. Justin Trudeau should follow the footsteps of his father and should stop pandering to the special interest zionist groups and represent the will of the Canadians who stands in solidarity with the oppressed and occupied population of Palestine.

  

Torontonians regather against Zionism

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The streets of Toronto were once again abuzz with the slogans of “Free Free Palestine”, “Shame Shame israel” and “israel is a terrorist state”. The protest organized by a number of anti-war groups on Sunday, August 9, 2014, attracted peace and justice activists from all walks of life and religions. The participants were protesting against the war crimes by zionists who believe that their god has given them the license to expel, injure, imprison and massacre the indigenous Palestinian population. The activists also conducted a protest inside of “Bed Bath and Beyond” against the store’s policy of selling Sodastream products produced on occupied Palestinian land. They also condemned “Chapters Indigo”  for its continued support of the terrorist state of israel. They praised the largest church of Canada, the United Church which has passed a boycott resolution against israel and also praised the Ryerson University Student body which has passed a resolution in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the israeli Apartheid.

There was a small counter protest organized by the terrorist organization called the Jewish Defence League (JDL) which truly represents the state of israel in Canada. JDL was declared a terrorist group by FBI and has been implicated in a number of racist and criminal activities. The thugs of JDL tried to provoke and harass the attendees of the rally but failed miserably in intimidating the highly spirited and passionate protesters. A number of JDL members were arrested by Toronto Police last week for attacking a peaceful protestor during the AlQuds rally. The police has charged the criminals with assault and banned them from Queen’s Park but the victims are persuading the attorney general’s office to charge them with a hate crime as their racially and religiously motivated assault clearly falls under this category.
The same day that thousands of Torontonians took to the streets, hundreds of thousands of people in London (UK) and millions around the world also protested against the israeli war crimes. The world is standing up in solidarity with the voiceless population of Palestine. The day is not far when the apartheid state of israel will no longer be able to continue its oppression.
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