Ground Zero Mosque Thursday, May 27 2010 

Against:

  • “I think it’s despicable. That’s sacred ground. It’s a slap in the face. How could anybody give them permission to build a mosque there?”
  • “What I’m frightened about is that it’s almost going to be another protest zone — a meeting place for radicals.”

For:

  • “to establish a vibrant and world-class facility in New York City that promotes tolerance and pluralism that will strengthen relationships and attract those of other faiths to integrate and learn about Islam”.
  • “Religious intolerance, demagoguery, and fear-mongering have no place in the discussion about development on and around the World Trade Center site.”

From here.

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Terrorism and Pakistan Friday, Aug 11 2006 

Since the British Authorities succeeded in unravelling the ‘airline bomb plot’ and arresting the suspected Islamist terrorists in London, Pakistan is painstakingly portraying itself as playing a key role in the operation that averted a huge tragedy.

Pakistan wants to be seen by the international community as a front-line country fighting terror along with other nations and thereby gloss over the fact that its soil is still being used by terror groups.

Two of the arrests made in Pakistan in connection with the ‘airline bomb plot’ are Britons of Pakistani origin. Two of the British Muslims involved in London tube bombings last year had visited Pakistan prior to the bombings. Al Qaeda kingpins are believed to be hiding in Pakistan or on the Pak-Afghan border. Forces fighting Taliban in Afghanistan are aware of the bitter truth that Pakistan is slack in containing the Taliban menace.

And more than anybody else India knows that Pakistan is the breeding ground for Islamist terrorism. Because India is a victim of Pakistan instigated terrorism and has been left alone to fight it without any international support.

The latest major terrorist strike in India was on July 11th (7/11) this year. A series of seven well coordinated and precisely executed explosions in railway stations and on passenger trains that evening killed about two hundred people and injured thousands.

I don’t know whether Mumbai blasts made headlines in the rest of the world as the ‘airline bomb plot’ did.

But Pakistan held a series of press meets to deny its role and lecture India. Pakistan accused India of making baseless allegations and gave Indians some advice!

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A Strange Divorce Wednesday, Mar 29 2006 

Aftab Ansari and his wife Sohela went to bed as usual, but got up divorced! The reason is very strange: Aftab said ‘triple talaq’ in sleep.

Local Muslim leaders are bent on enforcing the divorce quoting Islamic procedures, but the couple, who have been married for eleven years with three children, refuse to split.

But there is a solution for that, too, in the hallowed procedures that the Muslim leaders quote: The couple can remarry after a period of at least 100 days, during which time Sohela should spend a night with another man and duly get a divorce from him.

I’m prone to ask a silly question: What if that man doesn’t divorce her after one night?

It seems that Sohela is a talkative woman who tells her friends what her husband utters consciously or unconsciously in bed. It has landed her and her husband in trouble.

Link to the news story.

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Conversion and Punishment Wednesday, Mar 22 2006 

Abdul Rahman, an Afghan, converted to Christianity 14 years ago, but he was arrested last month when his family and relatives reported the matter to the authorities. Rahman is in a prison in Afghanistan awaiting the death penalty for the unforgivable ‘crime’ of denouncing Islam and embracing Christianity.

A convert is considered a traitor, despised and denounced by all and condemned to death by Islamic law (Sharia).

“We will ask him if he has changed his mind about being a Christian,” Presiding judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah says. “If he has, we will forgive him, because Islam is a religion of tolerance.”(!!!) (Link).

“They want to sentence me to death, and I accept it,” Rahman told reporters last week, “but I am not a deserter and not an infidel.” (Link).

(Photo source).

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Terrorist Attacks in Varanasi Friday, Mar 10 2006 

Varanasi, the holiest city of the Hindus with an unbroken history of thousands of years, became the latest target of Islamic terrorists on Tuesday, 7th March 2006.

The terrorists struck at two places- the first at a temple and the second at a railway station- and triggered three explosions that killed more than 20 innocent people and injured many.

The 400 year old temple was teeming with devotees who had come for evening worship when the first bomb went off. This was the third terrorist attack at a Hindu temple in recent years. Muslim terrorists struck at Akshardham temple in Ahmedabad on 25 September 2002, killing 39 people; a six member suicide squad tried to storm the Ramajanmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya on 5 July 2005 and got killed (a woman devotee who had sustained injuries died later).

The Varanasi blasts once again show how vulnerable India is. Islamic terrorists can strike at a place of their choice at will.

The timing of these latest attacks was calculated to deflate the general mood of self-satisfaction in the Indian establishment prompted by the high profile visit of the U.S. President and the much publicized nuclear deal the two countries have signed.

By targeting devotees inside a revered temple in Hinduism’s most sacred pilgrimage center the terrorists have inflicted another deep wound in the Hindu psyche, which will keep aflame animosity towards Muslims in the collective conscience of the Hindus.

The Islamic terrorists (controlled by their masters in Pakistan) have proven a point and exposed India’s vulnerability once again.

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Riot And Reward Saturday, Feb 25 2006 

Yesterday was Friday and there was considerable anxiety and apprehension among the public and the police alike in Hyderabad. The police were nervous but on high alert fearing a repetition of last Friday’s incidents after Friday prayers.

In my last post I said the cartoon controversy received only a mute reaction from Indian Muslims. But last Friday (17 Feb 2006) the Muslim community in Old City (the stronghold of Muslims) of Hyderabad indulged in violent protests.

The riot broke out as a protest meeting and procession that was planned for the afternoon (after the usual Friday prayers) went out of control and spread to the neighboring areas. There were attempts at widening the conflict by attacking Hindu temples. The police did a commendable job by bringing the situation under control by evening.

The riot claimed no lives but caused considerable damage to public and private properties and sent shock waves throughout the city. Somprominent politicians and others have been taken into custody.

Old City of Hyderabad is one of the worst violence prone spots in India. Since any communally sensitive issue can plunge the region into violence, the police always keep vigil and remain ready to prevent a flare up.

The same day a minister in the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh announced a reward of 51 crore rupees (11491427 USD) for beheading the Danish cartoonist. (Apparently he believes that the caricatures were by one cartoonist). He was speaking in an after prayer meeting in the city of Merut. The minister instructed his listeners to be true to their faith by going after the cartoonist’s head.

His outburst provoked widespread condemnation even from Muslims. The government should have thrown him out of the ministry and arrested him for attempting to instigate violence and preaching death. Instead the U.P. Government made light of it by saying, “The minister’s reaction was the voice of someone whose religious sentiments have been hurt”.

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Cartoon Riot In Hyderabad Sunday, Feb 19 2006 

 
The virus of cartoon riot spread in Hyderabad on Friday afternoon, but the situation was brought under control by the police.
 
The trouble started as the congregation at Hyderabad’s prominent mosque in Old City resorted to slogan shouting and stone pelting when they were coming out of the mosque after Friday prayers. Old City is the stronghold of  Muslims in Hyderabad and one of the worst communally sensitive and violence prone spots in the country.
 
The protest gradually grew into a riot and spread into surrounding areas.
 
The occasion of Friday prayers keep the police on their toes because sloganeering and inflammatory rhetoric dominate the after prayer meetings in mosques. The potential of the crowd filled with explosive emotion to plunge the region into violence as they disperse is very high. So the police always keep vigil and remain ready to prevent a flare up.
 
The police did a commendable job on Friday. The situation was brought under control by using minimum force- lathicharge and teargas shells were effective. There was no loss of life. The rioters damaged public transport buses and set a police motorcycle on fire. Some shops were looted or damaged. There was attempt at widening the conflict by targeting temples.
 
A municipal councilor and a few others were taken into police custody.
 

Arabian Bloggers Monday, Feb 6 2006 

As I was reading a news blog on the Guardian on Hama’s win in the just concluded Palestinian election a link took me to ‘toot‘, a site that culls and presents at one place all popular blogs by Muslim bloggers writing in English and Arabic.

The range and coverage of the topics discussed in those which I tried to have a look at are really impressive. Toot is a beautifully designed site and its language is charming. It can serve as a window to the young, intelligent, sensitive and stylish Arab mind engaging itself with the world and the challenges it throws up to them.

One of the blogs that I’ve read on ‘toot’ is this one and I like it very much. I would like you to read it and discuss the point the author has made in it. My knowledge of the topic is rudimentary, if anything.

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We Are the Cause Sunday, Feb 5 2006 

“The world has come to believe that Islam is what is practiced by Bin Laden, Zawahiri, Zarqawi, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafis, and others who have presented a distorted image of Islam. We must be honest with ourselves and admit that we are the reason for these drawings. Any harm to the Prophet or Islam is a result of Muslims who have come to reflect the worst image of Islam and certain Arabs who have not conveyed faithfully the life and biography of the Prophet.”

–Muhammad al-Hamadi, writing in the United Arab Emirates’ Al-Ittihad

Link

It’s interesting to see how Arab Press has reacted to the cartoon controversy. The quote above clearly shows that there are some who dare shout that the king has no clothes on him.

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Radical Faith and Freedom of Expression Sunday, Feb 5 2006 

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
including one in which he is shown wearing a turban shaped as a bomb
with a burning fuse – it expected a strong reaction…[it] provoked demonstrations
in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, death threats against the
artists, condemnation from 11 Muslim countries and a rebuke from the
United Nations.

Flemming Rose, cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s largest newspaper,…said
he decided to commission the cartoons when he heard that Danish
cartoonists were too scared of Muslim fundamentalists to illustrate a
new children’s biography of Muhammad.

Annoyed at the self-censorship
he said had overtaken Europe since the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh
was murdered last year by a Muslim radical
for criticizing Islam’s treatment of women, he said he had decided to test Denmark’s free speech norms.

Link

Reading the entire news story gives us the necessary insight to
understand the ongoing debate and strife in democratic societies faced
with an alarmingly intolerant and radicalized Muslim reaction to
anything said or done in relation to Islam in the true spirit of
secular and democratic freedom. They begin to blackmail everyone.

The said cartoons were published on 30 september 2005.

But Islam’s claim that Prophet Mohammed hasn’t been portrayed in art because it has never been allowed is not true. You can see here a compilation of depictions of Mohammed spanning a considerable period of time in history.

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