Trump designates Iran’s iIslamic revolutionary guard corps a terrorist group, calls for more sanctions-

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Hamas-linked CAIR indoctrinated Philadelphia public school teachers about “Islamophobia”

October 14, 2017 12:00 pm By Robert Spencer 4 Comments

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. A CAIR operative recently called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.

This unsavory gang of thugs and jihad enablers should not be allowed anywhere near any public schools. But that would, of course, be “Islamophobic.”

“Islamophobia” is a propaganda term designed to manipulate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror. It operates by conflating vigilante attacks against innocent Muslims, which are never justified, with honest analysis of the motivating ideology behind jihad terror.

 

“CAIR Conducted Sensitivity Training for Philadelphia Teachers,” by John Rossomando, IPT News, October 11, 2017:

Philadelphia’s public school system allowed the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to conduct sensitivity training for its teachers last year, CAIR press releases and school district documents obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show.

CAIR attorneys conducted a presentation for educators on Election Day, focusing on Islamophobia and the civil rights of Muslim students, a November press release said. The seminar was described as the first in a series of planned workshops on those issues.

“In the current political environment, Muslim American students are facing increased rates of bullying, emotional abuse, physical threats, and verbal epithets due to their faith, race, or ethnicity,” CAIR Philadelphia said in the release.

CAIR Philadelphia provides zero evidence to support this assertion.

Still, the director of the school system’s Multilingual Family Support Center argued that, “We need CAIR helping our schools.”

Asheq Fazlullah, a member of CAIR Philadelphia’s executive committee, and then-CAIR attorney Ryan Houldin conducted the Nov. 8 training, a school district email shows.

For a subsequent session, Fazlullah and Houldin would discuss “issues of diversity, equity, and fairness” at a January 3 professional development day, Colette Langston, principal at Philadelphia’s Swenson Arts and Technology High School, wrote in an email to teachers. The morning seminar was called, “Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Workshop #1 Topic: Islamophobia.”

The school district did not provide course materials in response to the IPT’s public records request. School district officials did not respond to queries as to whether they conduct sensitivity training for other religious groups including Christians, Jews, Sikhs, or Hindus.

The school district’s reliance on CAIR could raise constitutional issues because the group’s executive director has described CAIR as a religious ministry.

Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director, testified before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last spring that CAIR was a religious organization whose primary purpose is to spread Islam.

“[Awad] testified at length about the Employer’s role in conducting educational services in the fields of religion, culture, education, society, and history concerning Islamic issues. These services are provided to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. [Awad] described the Employer’s role in explaining the Islamic faith itself,” Charles L. Posner, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, wrote in an April 7 ruling.

Awad’s acknowledgement prompted the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to publicly back away from a CAIR-sponsored anti-bullying program. The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) was suing to bar CAIR from influencing public school programming.

San Diego’s anti-bullying plan violated California law, along with students’ 1st and 14th amendment rights because CAIR is a religious organization and because the program gave Muslim students special treatment, the lawsuit said.

Those arguments could apply equally to Philadelphia’s public schools. “The San Diego case is far from over, so there is no doubt it could have precedential value in a legal challenge to Philadelphia schools’ partnership with CAIR,” FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra told the IPT.

School districts may not aid one religion, one religion over another, or religion over non-religion, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal bulletin said. It cites the seminal 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case, Lemon v. Kurtzman.

“Under the so-called ‘Lemon test,’ a court must inquire (1) whether the government’s action has a secular or a religious purpose; (2) whether the primary effect of the government’s action is to advance or endorse religion; and (3) whether the government’s policy or practice fosters an excessive entanglement between government and religion,” the ACLU bulletin said.

In the San Diego case, FCDF argued that CAIR’s definition of Islamophobia is too vague and that what it considers bullying could ensnare legitimate criticisms of Islamic practice. FCDF also asserted that the SDUSD’s “anti-bullying” program unconstitutionally established Muslims “as a privileged group within the school community.”…

 

Trump designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group, calls for more sanctions

October 13, 2017 6:26 pm By Robert Spencer 3 Comments

This is absolutely justified. Said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: “The IRGC has played a central role to Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror. We urge the private sector to recognize that the IRGC permeates much of the Iranian economy, and those who transact with IRGC-controlled companies do so at great risk.”

The announcement of this move said the group provides “support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.”

Indeed. Find out just how bad the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps really is, and what it is doing in Iran and around the world, in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.

“Trump designates Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, calls for more sanctions,” by Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, October 13, 2017:

…”I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates,” Trump said in a White House speech.

“I urge our allies to join us in taking strong actions to curb Iran’s continued dangerous and destabilizing behavior,” Trump added.

“The IRGC has played a central role to Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday. “We urge the private sector to recognize that the IRGC permeates much of the Iranian economy, and those who transact with IRGC-controlled companies do so at great risk.”

As Trump spoke from the White House, the Treasury Department announced it was designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity under a White House Executive Order. That announcement said the group provides “support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.”

 

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And Israel?-

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Israel hasn’t lost the war against terror, but hasn’t won it either. The weakness of its leaders and the pressure of the “progressive community” again and again prevented it from bringing the game to an end. No one can guarantee that HAMAS will not come to power in the ‘West Bank’, will not assert its authority in Jordan together with the Muslim Brotherhood, and will not grip the “Zionist regime” tightly in its pincers.

However in comparison with the West, Israel is in a winning position. There is a high birth rate here; a significant part of the population is firmly tied to the land, having national and religious roots; the life in the besieged camp has developed people’s readiness  for elf-defense, made a habit of war and discipline, which is absolutely alien to Western youth.

Jihadists have developed a well-considered and thought-out strategy. They have tested it at their polygon in the Holy Land. They have fortified themselves in the very heart of the West. They have mastered the skill of brainwashing the Western mentality, acquired countless and powerful allies and, step by step using lies, terror and violence are subjugating the infidels, whose territories are considered by them to be  “Dar al-Harb” (“House of war”).

Wasp-parasites called Reclinervellus nielseni place larvae in other insects, such as spiders, turning them into zombie slaves. Wasps force their victims to feverishly build houses for them in the form of cocoons and then kill them. The game is over. It’s the perfect murder.

Alexander Maistrovoy-  The writer is a graduate of Moscow Univ. in Journalism, worked there in his field and made aliyah in 1988. He works at the Russian language newspaper Novosty Nedely, has had articles posted on many internet sites and authored “Ways of God” about different religious and ethnic groups in the Holy Land, and with Mark Kotliarsky the Russian book Jewish Atlántida.

Hamas-linked CAIR indoctrinated Philadelphia public school teachers about “Islamophobia”

October 14, 2017 12:00 pm By Robert Spencer 4 Comments

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. A CAIR operative recently called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.

This unsavory gang of thugs and jihad enablers should not be allowed anywhere near any public schools. But that would, of course, be “Islamophobic.”

“Islamophobia” is a propaganda term designed to manipulate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror. It operates by conflating vigilante attacks against innocent Muslims, which are never justified, with honest analysis of the motivating ideology behind jihad terror.

 

“CAIR Conducted Sensitivity Training for Philadelphia Teachers,” by John Rossomando, IPT News, October 11, 2017:

Philadelphia’s public school system allowed the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to conduct sensitivity training for its teachers last year, CAIR press releases and school district documents obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show.

CAIR attorneys conducted a presentation for educators on Election Day, focusing on Islamophobia and the civil rights of Muslim students, a November press release said. The seminar was described as the first in a series of planned workshops on those issues.

“In the current political environment, Muslim American students are facing increased rates of bullying, emotional abuse, physical threats, and verbal epithets due to their faith, race, or ethnicity,” CAIR Philadelphia said in the release.

CAIR Philadelphia provides zero evidence to support this assertion.

Still, the director of the school system’s Multilingual Family Support Center argued that, “We need CAIR helping our schools.”

Asheq Fazlullah, a member of CAIR Philadelphia’s executive committee, and then-CAIR attorney Ryan Houldin conducted the Nov. 8 training, a school district email shows.

For a subsequent session, Fazlullah and Houldin would discuss “issues of diversity, equity, and fairness” at a January 3 professional development day, Colette Langston, principal at Philadelphia’s Swenson Arts and Technology High School, wrote in an email to teachers. The morning seminar was called, “Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Workshop #1 Topic: Islamophobia.”

The school district did not provide course materials in response to the IPT’s public records request. School district officials did not respond to queries as to whether they conduct sensitivity training for other religious groups including Christians, Jews, Sikhs, or Hindus.

The school district’s reliance on CAIR could raise constitutional issues because the group’s executive director has described CAIR as a religious ministry.

Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director, testified before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last spring that CAIR was a religious organization whose primary purpose is to spread Islam.

“[Awad] testified at length about the Employer’s role in conducting educational services in the fields of religion, culture, education, society, and history concerning Islamic issues. These services are provided to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. [Awad] described the Employer’s role in explaining the Islamic faith itself,” Charles L. Posner, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, wrote in an April 7 ruling.

Awad’s acknowledgement prompted the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to publicly back away from a CAIR-sponsored anti-bullying program. The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) was suing to bar CAIR from influencing public school programming.

San Diego’s anti-bullying plan violated California law, along with students’ 1st and 14th amendment rights because CAIR is a religious organization and because the program gave Muslim students special treatment, the lawsuit said.

Those arguments could apply equally to Philadelphia’s public schools. “The San Diego case is far from over, so there is no doubt it could have precedential value in a legal challenge to Philadelphia schools’ partnership with CAIR,” FCDF Executive Director Daniel Piedra told the IPT.

School districts may not aid one religion, one religion over another, or religion over non-religion, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal bulletin said. It cites the seminal 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case, Lemon v. Kurtzman.

“Under the so-called ‘Lemon test,’ a court must inquire (1) whether the government’s action has a secular or a religious purpose; (2) whether the primary effect of the government’s action is to advance or endorse religion; and (3) whether the government’s policy or practice fosters an excessive entanglement between government and religion,” the ACLU bulletin said.

In the San Diego case, FCDF argued that CAIR’s definition of Islamophobia is too vague and that what it considers bullying could ensnare legitimate criticisms of Islamic practice. FCDF also asserted that the SDUSD’s “anti-bullying” program unconstitutionally established Muslims “as a privileged group within the school community.”…

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The perfect murder-

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Five stages bring the world to its knees.

Alexander Maistrovoy , 04/09/17

Israel has become a testing ground for jihad. The conquest of the West is to be carried out according to the scheme tried out in the Holy Land

It was deja vu. August 2017. Paris. A rocket launcher is found in a Paris No-Go Zone suburb. A few weeks earlier the same launcher is found in Lyon, near the madrasah in the Muslim quarter … The media is silent. Human rights defenders are against Islamophobia.
… Gaza … Hamas … Rocket launchers found in mosques. … The media is silent. Human rights defenders are against occupation.

Illusion? Obsession? Maybe…

By coincidence or Divine providence (depending on your preference), Israel has become a testing ground of the lethal alliance of the “jihad” and the lunatic progressives. Here, in the cradle of Judeo-Christian civilization, the most disgusting methods of terror and its laundering, as well as the know-how of legitimized and even sanctified violence were developed. Here the strategy of the “Red-Green” alliance was formed. This is the place where poisonous shoots appeared and spread their spores all over the world.

The mass outrage of savages was spawned here and came to the world under the romantic name of “Intifada”. Lone terror  – using knives, axes, cars, trucks, tractors – served as a weapon of the frustrated.  This  is  about shahids from down below wearing belts with explosives.

On  television we  see  Arab women wringing their hands. Murdered boys cheerfully jump from stretchers. Plush toys bought in San Francisco lie on ruins of the houses where terrorists used to hide. Hamas leaders interviewed on respectable TV channels. Crusades of human rights defenders for the liberation of Palestine. Rockets from Gaza, tunnels, kidnapping of hostages and – the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

The Palestinian problem is like a hypnotic spell. The terror in Paris, London, Nice, Berlin, Boston, Stockholm, Manchester, Barcelona – and Islamophobia – cast a spell.

Using Israel as a model we can determine several stages of jihad strategy.

STAGE ONE is a test of strength. Mass riots, violence – physical, verbal, sexual; desecration and destruction of synagogues and churches. The goal is to mark the territory and establish their own rules of the game. The intifada in Israel was just such a test of strength. The problem of occupation has nothing to do with this.

Lebanon accepted the Palestinian Arabs as refugees, but in return they robbed local people and raped Christian girls. The same scenario was repeated in Kuwait after Saddam’s occupation. The Rebellion in Tahrir Square: rapes, robberies, trashing of state institutions. The weakening of the Government in Syria and the fall of Qaddafi in Libya caused mass atrocities, lynches, violence.

These countries were not occupied. It happened because the regime unclasped the deadly grip. It got out.

Europe has already passed this stage. Intifadas took place in Paris in 2005, in London in 2011, in Stockholm in 2013 and 2017. We saw gangs of rapists in Scandinavia and England, mass rapes and robberies in Cologne and other cities on Christmas in 2016. In the USA there were riots of Black Life Matters and Antifa Anarchists. All of this was a test of strength – and the authorities failed the test.

STAGE TWO is establishing a quasi-state on a political, ethnical or tribal basis. [NOTE: The basis is the religion of ISLAM!] The head of the tribe or the “resistance movement” forms a repressive apparatus, intimidates rivals and gets rid of the unwanted. At first, the main victims of the PLO were local Arabs. Israel turned a blind eye to their misfortunes and paid a heavy price for this.

In Arab countries, the spontaneous violence of crowds was replaced with gangs, tribes and movements with exotic names, such as Saiqa brigade, Toubou Front for the Salvation of Libya, Zintan Brigade – in Libya, or Martyrs of Syria Brigades, Ahrar Souriya Brigade, Descendants of Saladin Brigade, Sultan Murad Division – in Syria. They strengthened their possessions and at the same time learned the crude lexicon of liberals.

This process was accompanied by tribal and criminal wars, where causes of the conflicts could be varied. For example, in November 2016 in the Libyan city of Sabha, a ruthless war between two clans continued for several days. The reason: a pet monkey belonging to the Qaddadfa clan stole a headscarf of a schoolgirl belonging to the Awlad Suleiman clan. The parties used tanks, mortars and machine guns. The result was about 20 dead, including (alas!) the poor pet monkey.

Arafat taught a brilliant lesson on how to make the most of the so-called “useful idiots” of the West and Israel. In Arabic he spoke about the land “from the Sea to the River”, in English – about peace and democracy. Americans trained his policemen, who later participated in the second intifada and killed, in particular, American people.

Today, anyone who has learned the simple repertoire of the liberals is considered a partner for progress and democracy. In Libya, Bernard-Henri Levy discussed the future of Libyan democracy with the gang leaders. The USA allocated half a billion dollars for the establishment of the “moderate Syrian opposition” – almost all of it passed on to jihadists.

Western Europe has also passed this stage. Quasi-states (No-Go Zones) with their own rulers and laws have been formed randomly. Caucasian gangs are at war with Arab gangs, Kurdish – with Turkish, Albanian – with African. The authorities and the media pretend that nothing is happening.

STAGE THREE. The victorious ruler establishes his own economy where the law of the jungle reigns: drug business, gambling business, human and weapons trafficking.

The main source of income here is government subsidies and humanitarian aid from the outside. Arafat turned the PA into a giant black hole, where billions of dollars and euros disappear without a trace. (Two billion euros disappeared here from 2008 to 2012, according to the European Court of Auditors, audit dated October 2013).

Arafat was a billionaire. Mahmous Abbas is a multimillionaire. Millionaires are the fat cats of the Fatah. However, make sure to remember that the miserable Palestinian economy is a victim of the occupation…

In Somalia, humanitarian aid successfully migrated to the pockets of local “barons”, such as Mohamed Aidid. The same happened in Libya, Syria, Yemen …

In Western Europe this stage has already passed into normalcy. The state subsidizes No-Go Zones. Social aid allocated to their inhabitants successfully migrates into bank accounts of the rulers of the enclaves in the form of expropriations. These zones glow, expand and form a global black market network. Kalashnikovs can be purchased here for several hundred dollars only.

STAGE FOUR. Since the majority of the populations of the enclaves are Muslims, and Islam is the most organized, oppressive and dominant religion, it becomes a dominant ideology. The ruler takes the side of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafis and jihadists. Otherwise they will overthrow him.

The first time this happened was in Gaza, when Hamas overcame the corrupt Fatah during 2007 election and then destroyed its opponents physically. Today, only Israeli bayonets prevent the establishment of HAMAStan in the ‘West Bank.’

The same process happened later in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, where mini-caliphates were established within the borders of the tribal formations. ISIS is the most striking, but at the same time typical, example of such phenomenon. The territories controlled by HAMAS, Front of Al Nusra, Islamists of Libya, the al-Qaida of Yemen – are the same mini-caliphates. Only a decisive general, such as al-Sisi or Khalifa Haftar, or an external force can oppose them.

In Western Europe these mini-caliphates with surreal names like Islamic Emirates or Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets have grown rapidly with endless mosques and madrassahs. They establish their own militias, find spiritual preachers, train future shahids and receive a strong support from abroad. In 2012, Qatar alone allocated 50 million euros to support Muslims in France. Malmo is controlled by the MB. Sweden, according to the Commissioner of the National Police Dan Eliasson, is “on the brink of a civil war”. Brussels and Parisian suburbs, like Seine-Saint-Denis, suburbs of British cities are ruled by Salafis. The streets of Germany are patrolled by Salafi bikers. About 60% of the mosques in Italy are under control of the MB.

In the USA, the BLM and its black ghetto has gone under the control of the Nation of Islam and CAIR – a branch of the MB. Indian reservations are influenced by Islamic radicals. The same thing happened in Canada, where rapid Islamization of the problematic neighborhoods has taken place after the retirement of Stephen Harper. Nihad Awad, the director of CAIR in Canada, calls on Muslims to support BLM.

In Arabic, imams call for raping and murdering infidels. In English, French and German they speak about Islamophobia and human rights. The Labour MP Naz Shah, a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, appealed to the victims of a Muslim gang rapists “to shut their mouths for the good of diversity.” Arafat heirs use his know-how in masterly fashion.

And eventually STAGE FIVE – the transition from solitary and spontaneous attacks inspired by preachers to an organized total jihad. HAMAS has developed an ideal terror guide taking into account liberal discourse and Western mentality. It tested this jihad strategy on the Holy Land and passed its know-how to jihadists around the world.

It includes not only terror by suicide but rocket attacks on the enemy’s civilian objects from the depths of the Muslim enclaves; living shields in hospitals, schools and mosques; capture of hostages; using mass death of the local population for the purpose of political propaganda; receiving empathy from the Western media; paralysis of the “state of infidels” and turning it into a hostage of the media, judicial structures, human rights defenders and international opinion.

In our time a few missiles in the Muslim suburb of Lyon, Paris, London or Hamburg are enough to paralyze the life of the city, provoke a mass panic and exodus.

If you believe that this is nothing but the ravings of a madman, you should recall that the scenario of mass murders on the streets of European megalopolises seemed unbelievable just two years ago.
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threats to women from hijab

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Here is the USA Today story. Is there any witness to this incident besides Grajek herself? Even if it did happen, it’s just some lout. People are rude and obnoxious to other people every day; it doesn’t make the news.

Because of the increasing threat that the hijab poses to women wearing it, many Islamic scholars are expressing the opinion that under these adverse circumstances, it is permissible for Muslim women not to wear the hijab. To protect themselves, Muslim women are also signing up for self-defense workshops, buying pepper spray, taking firearms training, and applying for permits to carry concealed weapons….

Carried to the extreme, tendencies toward seclusion and segregation can result in non-integration and Muslim ghettos, which have incubated Muslim terrorists in Western Europe. We, as Americans, should not let that happen here.

If there are going to be Muslim ghettos in the U.S., it will be Muslims who establish them. Last year, the former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, said that Muslims refused to assimilate. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said: “Assimilation is a crime against humanity.”

The Qur’an says to Muslims: “You are the best nation produced for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.” (3:110) Meanwhile, it says of unbelievers: “Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Book and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the most vile of created beings.” (98:6)

Why would one of the “best nation,” who “enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong,” want to integrate into the society of “the most vile of created beings,” who do not?

 

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Z. Mohamed is a muslim born and raised in the middle east

  1. .34kh.,b7New Jersey: Muslim claims his wife won’t leave home alone because of “Trump’s anti-Muslim hysteria”

Here is still more trumped-up victimhood propaganda. It’s much more likely that the only real reason why Fakhruddin Ahmed’s wife might not be able to leave the house is because he hasn’t given her permission to do so. Islamic law stipulates: “The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home…because of the hadith related by Bayhaqi that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to allow someone into her husband’s house if he is opposed, or to go out if he is averse’” (Reliance of the Traveller m10.4).

Much more commentary interspersed below.

“My wife won’t leave home alone thanks to Trump’s anti-Muslim hysteria,” by Fakhruddin Ahmed, Star-Ledger, October 15, 2017:

Hijab or headscarf-wearing women are disproportionately impacted by the anti-Muslim hysteria President Trump’s rhetoric and incitements has engendered. Hijab is a mystery to most Americans.

“Do these women wear it when they are intimate?” some wonder. (No, women take their hijab off as they enter the privacy of their homes.) Women aspire to enhance their spirituality by donning the hijab. However, those who think the hijab makes women obsequious do not know Muslim women!

Fakhruddin Ahmed leads off with a rhetorical straw man, trying to make any opposition to the hijab appear ridiculous. “Do these women wear it when they are intimate?” Does anyone ever really wonder that? It only seems to appear in Muslim and Leftist apologetics for the hijab, such as this egregious video from Vox.

Muslim Americans do not compel their womenfolk to wear the hijab, nor do they consider women not wearing it less Muslim. It is the woman’s choice. American society pressures women not to wear it. Those who do, consider it feminist, liberating and empowering. Hijab covers the head, not the brain, they stress.

“Muslim Americans do not compel their womenfolk to wear the hijab.” Maybe, but Muslims in the U.S. don’t have a different version of Islam from that held elsewhere, and elsewhere, multitudes of women have been compelled to wear the hijab. Has Fakhruddin Ahmed heard of Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Aqsa and Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the Muslim woman in Italy who was raped and beaten by her husband, and forced to wear a burqa? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; or the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents, or all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?

“American society pressures women not to wear it.” Really? Where? The hip, cool Leftist intelligentsia celebrates the hijab. Western feminists defend the hijab. So where is this pressure coming from?

Hijab is a symbol of modesty, privacy, and perpetual prayer. It is not a defiant religious statement. The Qur’an (24:30-31) implores Muslims –men and women — to lower their gaze and guard their modesty, and advises women to draw veils over their bosoms and not flaunt their beauty. While many women fulfill the Qur’anic exhortation by wearing the hijab, most men avoid wearing religious garb.

“While many women fulfill the Qur’anic exhortation by wearing the hijab, most men avoid wearing religious garb.” Why the dichotomy? Fakhruddin Ahmed doesn’t explain it, but actually it is because the hijab is a manifestation of a woman’s responsibility to prevent men from being tempted by her appearance. If they’re tempted anyway, and she is molested, it’s her fault — hence honor killings.

Women wear the hijab to discourage unwelcome prying eyes from male strangers. Although the hijab reflects a desire to be left alone, ironically, it makes the woman more conspicuous — and a target: Hijab-wearing women are the easiest to identify as Muslims, and bear the brunt of anti-Muslim prejudice.

Hijab-wearing women are the targets of verbal abuse, racial slurs, and taunts, such as “ISIS terrorist!” “Go back home!” Sometimes the attacks are physical, such as snatching away of the hijab exposing the woman’s hair, or punching the woman. In May, a substitute male teacher was charged with a hate crime for ripping off eight-year-old Safa Alzockary’s hijab in a Bronx school, injuring her eye.

Not surprisingly, Fakhruddin Ahmed’s account is misleading. The teacher must have been a white racist Trump supporter, right? Wrong. The teacher’s name is Oghenetega Edah, and he is black. Nor was his action some out-of-the-blue manifestation of “Islamophobia.” The New York Post reports: “The girl was misbehaving in class and sitting in the teacher’s chair without his permission. So the teacher tapped her on her arm to get her to move. When she wouldn’t, he threatened to take the scarf, cops said. ‘I’m taking it off,’ he said as he pulled the Hijab off her head, causing an injury to her right eye, according to cops.” So is Oghenetega Edah a bad teacher? Yes. Should he have pulled off Safa Alzockary’s hijab? No. But this is more an incident of poor classroom discipline than of “anti-Muslim hate.”

After enduring eight days of silent hostility and cold stares, and the Muslim and Syrian refugee bans, Rumana Ahmed, a hijab-wearing Obama National Security Council appointee, left Trump’s White House, according to a 2017 article she wrote in The Atlantic.

Here is Rumana Ahmed’s Atlantic article. It’s a classic piece of victimhood posturing, but she says nothing about “silent hostility and cold stares” in the Trump White House. Her article is all about how she opposes Trump’s policies, which made her a poor fit for his NSC anyway. She says: “I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim.” It was an insult, but she says nothing about any Trump staffer insulting her, and you can be sure she would have if any of them had done so.

Two American heroes were murdered and another injured on a Portland, Oregon commuter train on May 26, when they came to the assistance of a hijab-wearing 17-year-old Muslim girl who was being verbally assaulted and physically threatened by a 35-year-old white supremacist. The best and the worst of America were on display on that train. To express their gratitude, Muslim Americans raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the families of the three heroes.

In reality, the Portland killer ranted against Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He said: “You don’t like it? You got a problem with what I’m saying? F*** all you Christians and Muslims and f****** Jews , f****** die. Burn you at the stake… f****** die.” But the establishment media did not note that he included Jews and Christians in his hatred, and reported him as “Islamophobe.”

On June 18, another 17-year-old hijab-wearing teen, Nabra Hassanen, was murdered by a 22-year-old man, as she, along with a group of hijab-wearing women were heading toward a Virginia mosque for morning prayers after eating the early morning meal Suhoor at a fast-food restaurant in preparation for the day’s Ramadan fast. As the assailant got out of his car swinging a baseball bat, all her friends ran away. Hassanen, wearing the traditional long dress abaya, tripped. The man bludgeoned her to death with the baseball bat and dumped her body in a pond near his apartment.

The killing of Nabra Hassanen was a heinous crime, but the killer was not an “Islamophobe,” he was a deranged thug, and he did not kill her because she was a Muslim. Police found nothing to indicate that this was a hate crime.

Fear of such life-threatening encounters is persuading some Muslim women not to wear the hijab. On Dec. 16, 2016 USA Today related the story of Melissa Grajek of San Marcos, Calif., who stopped wearing the hijab after a man snatched away his son, who was playing with Ms. Grajek’s son, and said, “I can’t wait until Trump is president because he’ll send you back to where you came from.”

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students in saudi taught hatred towards all of a different faith

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  • “As early as first grade, students in Saudi schools are being taught hatred toward all those perceived to be of a different faith or school of thought. The lessons in hate are reinforced with each following year.” — Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director, Human Rights Watch.
  • The Saudis “are both the arsonists and the firefighters. They promote a very toxic form of Islam [NOTE: Islam does not come in toxic or non-toxic forms. Islam is the Koran + the Sunnah, and they are what they are. There is no non-toxic Koran, and there is no non-toxic Sunnah.] that draws sharp lines between a small number of true believers and everyone else, Muslim and non-Muslim” – which spur jihadis to take action — yet they are “our partners in counterterrorism.” — William McCants, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, to the New York Times, August 2016.
  • In fourth-grade second semester Monotheism textbook, Saudi students learn that polytheists, “the worst of creatures,” are condemned to Hell. They also study a Quranic verse in which Allah dictates that: “Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures.” (98:6, Sahih International)

A review of the Saudi Ministry of Education’s school religion books currently available at the portal for digital curriculum (visited on September 25, 2017) found out that the curriculum still has violent and intolerant teachings. These books were published for the school year 2016-17.

At a very early stage, the fourth grade, the curriculum begins to teach Saudi children that Muslims are essentially different but superior to all non-Muslims.

In a fourth-grade second semester Monotheism textbook, Saudi students learn that polytheists, “the worst creatures” according to the Quran (98:6), are condemned to Hell.

In a lesson entitled “Universality of Islam and Prophet Mohammed” fifth-graders are taught that Prophet Mohammed was sent to all human beings: “Say, [O Mohammed], “O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all (7:158).

They also learn that all human beings should believe in the Prophet Mohammed and in Islam, and leave supposedly corrupted religions.

 

In short, Saudi Arabia has not been upholding its commitment to reform its school curricula and remove incendiary lessons from the Education Ministry-produced textbooks used in religious-studies classes, also according to a recently released report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). A comprehensive review of material taught during the 2016-17 academic year found that:

“some of the content that first provoked widespread controversy for violent and intolerant teachings in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks remains in the texts today, despite Saudi officials’ promises to eliminate the intolerant language.”

The HRW examination of a set of 45 elementary, middle and high school textbooks and student workbooks — used in a course called al-Tawhid, or “Monotheism” — revealed that Saudi children are being taught to denigrate people, including Sufi and Shiite Muslims, who do not adhere to a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam (Wahhabi-Salafism). [NOTE: This is not correct. We are not talking about a “strict interpretation”. We are talking about following the Koran strictly.] They are also instructed to designate Jews and Christians disparagingly as “unbelievers.” [NOTE: That is what the Koran says.]

One fourth-grade book, for example, quotes the Prophet Mohammed saying, “No child is born except on the Fitrah [Islamic concept of human nature] and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian (Zoroastrian).” The same book also includes Quran verse 98:6, in which Allah dictates:

“Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures.”

In a lesson on the “Universality of Islam,” fifth-graders are taught Quran verse 7:158, which states that Mohammed is “Allah’s messenger” to all people.

A book for sixth-graders teaches that denying any of Islam’s pillars or mocking Allah, Mohammed or the Quran is the greatest kufr (denial of the truth).

“As early as first grade, students in Saudi schools are being taught hatred toward all those perceived to be of a different faith or school of thought,” said HRW Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson. “The lessons in hate are reinforced with each following year.”

In May this year, US and Saudi leaders announced the establishment of the Riyadh-based Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology as part of a joint effort to eradicate both rogue and state-sponsored terrorism wherever it originates and occurs. As a long-standing ally of the United States, Saudi Arabia is receiving money and a warm embrace from Washington to participate in this effort. Yet the Saudis continue to spread their Wahhabist ideology in mosques and schools around the world. [NOTE: This is not “Wahabist ideology. It is ISLAMIC ideology.] As Brookings Institution senior fellow William McCants told the New York Times in August 2016, the Saudis “are both the arsonists and the firefighters. They promote a very toxic form of Islam [NOTE: Again, there is no non-toxic form of Islam. Turkish President Erdogan said: “Islam is Islam, and that’s it.”] that draws sharp lines between a small number of true believers and everyone else, Muslim and non-Muslim” — which spur jihadists to take action — yet they are “our partners in counterterrorism.”

It is time for the administration in Washington to hold Riyadh accountable for its double game, and demand that the Saudi government make good on its stated intention to reform the educational curricula in its school system. After all, the classroom is where the seeds of jihad are first sown.

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The official name of Pakistan, by the way, is “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan”

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Pakistan, Land of the Intolerant: KARACHI, Pakistan — This country has a poor record of protecting its religious minorities, but we outdo ourselves when it comes to Ahmadis. Members of the sect insist on calling themselves Muslims, and we mainstream Muslims insist on treating them like the worst kind of heretics.

The day I wrote this piece, a small headline in a newspaper informed me that an Ahmadi lawyer, his wife and two-year-old child had been shot dead by gunmen at home, for being Ahmadis. Killings like this have happened so many times that the story wasn’t even the main news. On May 28, 2010, some 90 Ahmadis were killed during attacks on two mosques in Lahore. No public official attended the funerals.

You would think that the government, law enforcers and the courts would do something about such sustained acts of brutality. But they are too hard at work. I learned from another recent headline that a district court near Lahore, in eastern Pakistan, had sentenced three Ahmadi men to death for blasphemy. A fourth man was shot dead before the trial while in police custody.

It is always prudent not to ask what blasphemous act is said to have been committed, because under the law, repeating something blasphemous can itself constitute blasphemy. According to one newspaper report, the men were on trial for attempting to remove from a wall religious posters that incited hatred against Ahmadis. That’s right, they were sentenced to death for taking down posters that incited people to kill them. (The prosecution argued that since the posters were religious, removing them was an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.)

Pakistanis in Lahore mourned outside one of two mosques of the minority Ahmadi sect that were attacked on May 28, 2010, killing some 90 Ahmadis. Credit Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Ahmadi (or Ahmadiyya) sect is a reformist movement founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad toward the end of the 19th century in the city of Qadian, in what is today the Indian part of Punjab. Ahmad claimed to be the incarnation of a Messiah promised in Islamic holy texts. That challenged the mainstream Muslim belief that Muhammad is Islam’s last and final prophet. Ahmad was accused of being an agent of the British Empire.

There are no reliable statistics about the number of Ahmadis in Pakistan today. Many Ahmadis don’t publicly identify as Ahmadi; others refuse to take part in the census. Estimates range from 500,000 to four million.

In 1974, Pakistan’s elected Parliament declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. Religious parties had held street protests demanding this, and even though Parliament back then was full of liberals and socialists, there was hardly a dissenting voice when the time came to pass the law.

Our Parliament today is still at it. Last week Muhammad Safdar, a son-in-law of the recently deposed prime minister, thundered against Ahmadis, demanding they be banned from joining the armed forces. He also demanded that a physics department of a university in Islamabad be renamed because in 2016 it was named after Abdus Salam, the only Pakistani scientist to become a Nobel laureate. The Pakistani government had already taken close to four decades to name anything after Mr. Salam, a theoretical physicist, because he was Ahmadi. It appears that not a single parliamentarian spoke up against Mr. Safdar’s diatribe.

Earlier this month, Parliament also changed the oath that Pakistanis are required to take to get a passport or run in an election. A standard version of the statement goes: “I hereby solemnly declare that I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to be an impostor nabi and also consider his followers, whether belonging to the Lahori or Qadiani group, to be non-Muslims.” (Nabi means prophet.) Language in the election law was changed from “I solemnly declare” to “I believe.”

Desecrated graves in the minority Ahmadi sect graveyard in Lahore, Pakistan, in December, 2012. Credit Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

It’s not clear why this happened. The government claims it was a clerical error. But there was a public uproar over the change, including accusations that the government was going soft on Ahmadis. Parliament promptly backtracked, and we all resumed solemnly declaring rather than just believing.

The word “Ahmadi” was hardly even used during the debate in Parliament. We prefer to call the Ahmadis “Qadianis,” meaning from Qadian. Ahmadis consider the word derogatory, which is why we use it.

I got a call a few months ago from my family who still lives in my ancestral village in Punjab. A stranger had come asking about me, I was told. He claimed to be my friend from school. While I was still trying to put a forgotten face to the name, my relative asked, “Is your friend a Qadiani?” I suddenly remembered the boy from my school who was indeed a friend and happened to be Ahmadi. I asked the relative, “How did you know he was a Qadiani?” The reply shouldn’t have shocked me, but it did. “I have an inbuilt Qadiani detector. I can always smell them.”

I wanted to remind my relative that when I was a kid and he was a young man, all his best friends were Ahmadis and I had seen him locked in our bathroom smoking his first cigarette with those infidels. But then I remembered the slap.

It must have been around 1974. I was about nine years old and was taking my Quran lessons. My teacher was gentle. At the time, protesters in the bazaars were asking shoppers not to go to Ahmadi-owned shops. I asked my teacher who the Ahmadis were, and he patiently explained that they were heretics, because they challenged the notion that Muhammad was Islam’s last prophet. I said, even if they are heretics, does Islam say we can’t buy stuff from their shops? The slap was full and hard.

As I grew up, Ahmadis went from being treated as zealous reformist Muslims to non-Muslims to kafir, or heretics — worse even than Hindus or Jews. In the mid-1980s, a decade after Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims, another set of laws forbade them to act like Muslims.

This is the tricky bit, because Ahmadis insist on calling themselves Muslim and behave like Muslims. They pray in mosques, they call out the azaan at prayer time, they say “assalam alaikum,” they invoke Allah’s will or his mercy — and every time they do any of the above, they violate the law of the land. If they call their mosque a mosque, they become criminals. If they call their daily prayers namaz, as Muslims do, they risk imprisonment. Ahmadis have been charged with blasphemy for printing a verse of the Quran on wedding invitations.

Early this month, I saw Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, give an interview on television. He had just returned from a tour of the United States and had been accused of hobnobbing with Ahmadis while there. He was at pains to explain that he had never met an Ahmadi in his life. To prove his point, he said that once, while he was sitting in a restaurant in Islamabad, two boys came up to get a selfie with him. “I asked them, ‘I hope you are not Qadianis.’” The foreign minister and the show host shared a hearty laugh.

I called up my long-lost Ahmadi friend recently and the brief conversation that followed was full of blasphemies. He was acting all Muslim. “Assalam alaikum,” he greeted me. By the grace of Allah, he said, he still has a job. Sometimes, when people suspect him of being Ahmadi, he is thrown out of shops or business meetings. But Allah is kind, my friend insisted. His wife, a teacher of fashion design, still has a job at a university — though she doesn’t use the staff room because some people have become suspicious. The kids are doing well, thanks to Allah, but he has told them not to tell even their closest friends that they are Ahmadis.

He tried to make us both feel better: Thanks to Allah, it’s not as bad for us as it is for Shias. Look how many of them get killed for their beliefs.

Pakistan was essentially created to protect the religious and economic rights of Muslims who were a minority before India’s partition in 1947. But since the country’s inception, we have created new minorities and keep finding new ways to torment them.

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