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Muslim Converts 3: Kristiane Backer: Islam Is Compatible With Science, Islam Is A Religion for People Who Think
Akbar Ahmed

Kristiane’s love for the Prophet is, as is ultimately all love, a mystery and a miracle in itself. Consider: a European TV presenter and author, hobnobbing with the likes of Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, and Annie Lennox, voluntarily converts to Islam and becomes a champion of the faith....

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Muslim Converts: 2 — Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen: For Me, Being a Dane and Being a Muslim Is Just Expressing Islam in A Danish Way of Living

 

If Trump Axes Iran Deal, World Unsafe
Talmiz Ahmad

This will feed into Israeli and Gulf paranoia, encouraging Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s facilities, even as Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council allies embark of acquiring nuclear weapons of their own. Whatever the specific provocation, West Asia is likely to witness widespread and destructive conflict, already presaged by the wars in Syria and Yemen....

 

You Cannot Trap the ‘Magic Rat’: Trump, Congress and Geopolitics
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

A wonderful thing about observing and analysing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyse. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at least it provides an unending source of ‘entertainment’. The phenomenon that I want to discuss in this article is what Anita McKone and I call the ‘magic rat’....

 

Zionism has always recognized that in order to create and maintain “a Jewish state for a Jewish people” it would have to dominate and displace the native Palestinian population.  Early Zionists like Ze’ev Jabotinsky recognized the necessity of ethnic cleansing; more recently, Zionist historians like Benny Morris have acknowledged that Israel could only have been founded on the back of the expulsion of some 750,000 Palestinians....

 

Trump Administration Presses Middle East on Religious Freedom
Laura Rozen

“We remain concerned about the state of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia,” Tillerson said. “The government does not recognize the right of non-Muslims to practice their religion in public, and applied criminal penalties, including prison sentences, lashings and fines, for apostasy, atheism, blasphemy and insulting the state’s interpretation of Islam....

 

Muslim Converts: 2 — Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen: For Me, Being a Dane and Being a Muslim Is Just Expressing Islam in A Danish Way of Living
Akbar Ahmed

Like other European converts, Pedersen can be thought of as a living bridge between Islam and Europe. He remains proud of his Danish identity and feels it is fully compatible with Islam, “for me, being a Dane and being a Muslim is just expressing Islam in a Danish way of living.” As a Dane, Pedersen feels particularly connected to his Viking roots. He showed us the artwork of his daughter, who painted a calligraphy of the Arabic Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim in the shape of a Viking ship....

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Muslim Converts: 1 — Dr Tim Winter: ‘Islam Is Inclusive, and Uncompromising; Pure Prophecy’

A Masjid in London
Khaled Ahmed

A Masjid in London
Khaled Ahmed

Why is the Finsbury Park mosque stamped in the British mind as the spawning ground of jihadist terrorism? The Guardian noted that the mosque was linked to the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Al-Masri was the single most effective advocate of al-Qaeda’s worldview in the UK and attracted Jihadis from all parts of Europe....

 

UK: Still Welcoming Jihadis
Douglas Murray

What excuse is there in a country which has now seen and suffered the effects of Islamist terror so many times, a country that the Prime Minister has claimed has had "enough" of this terror, for precisely the same two clerics to return to the UK for another tour? And not just to return but to take part in a meeting of faith leaders in Oldham which claimed to be organised with an intention to "bring communities together and address terrorism"?...

 

Media Bias and the Israel Lobby in the United States
Kenneth E Bauzon

Constraints imposed by time and space do not permit deeper exploration and more elaborate examples of media bias and the role of the Israel lobby in predetermining the outcome both of the US political process and the formulation of US foreign policy specifically with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more broadly, Middle Eastern affairs. ....

 

‘The Palestine Exception’: War on Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Is Now a War on American Democracy
Dr Ramzy Baroud

This Bill exposes Israel, as well as its hordes of supporters, in Congress. Moreover, it presents human rights defenders with the opportunity to champion BDS, thus the rights of the Palestinian people and also the rights of all Americans. It would be the first time in many years that the battle for Palestinian rights can be openly discussed and contextualized in a way that most Americans find relevant to their everyday life....

 

The End of the CIA’s Dirty War in Syria
John Wight

Washington’s announcement that the CIA has cancelled its program to support ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria – estimated to have cost the US taxpayer over $1billion and which has helped perpetuate a conflict in which up to 400,000 people have died, many in the most heinous way – was made recently in the manner of a multinational corporation wrapping up a failed business venture overseas....

 

Three Conspiracy Theories Which Have Controlled Arab Minds
Mamdouh AlMuhaini

This plot summarizes the popular saying that there is a war against Islam and Muslims. But if we look at reality a little, we see that Muslims thrive and succeed in Western countries more often than they do in their countries of origin. If there were an actual state of war, why are they allowed to live there? Why give them the chance to succeed? Whoever distorted the image of Islam are not the Westerners but Zarqawi, Baghdadi and the leaders of terrorist organizations....

 

Muslim Converts: 1 — Dr Tim Winter: ‘Islam Is Inclusive, and Uncompromising; Pure Prophecy’
Akbar Ahmed

A native of London, Winter converted to Islam in the late 1970s, at the age of 19, when he was an undergraduate student at Cambridge. He noted that at the time many English people conceived of Islam as "something you'd encounter when you were serving with the colonial office or as a missionary, but otherwise it was not there on the English radar at all, for good or for ill." He also noted, "There were quite a lot of people also coming into Islam at that time. There's perhaps 100,000 converts in the U.K. at the moment."...

You will find Muslims in the media, comedy shows, law, sports, high tech businesses, and armed forces. They may be your next Uber driver or NY cab driver (going 60 MPH in a 35 MPH zone). There is a good chance the good doctor who takes care of you is a Muslim, even though his/her name may not “sound Muslim” and he/she may not “look Muslim”. Why do they not “look” Muslim is because Muslims are a diverse ethnic group and not everyone is of a “foreign origin”....

 

Sunni support for ISIL was encouraged not just by the disastrously anti-Sunni sectarianism of the previous Iraq’s Al-Maliki, a Shia, but by the butchery of Assad, also Shia-aligned. Because the Al-Maliki regime openly persecuted Sunnis, ISIL’s call to arms resonated with those who normally wouldn’t support its extremism. This is one of the reasons the Iraqi army folded at the sight of the oncoming ISIL hordes in 2014.....

 

The War America Can't Win: How the Taliban Took Back Afghanistan
Sune Engel Rasmussen

For more than 15 years, women’s empowerment has been claimed as a central pillar of western efforts in Afghanistan. Yet in Helmand, adult women are almost entirely invisible, even in the city. They are the property of their family, and few are able to work or seek higher education, independent medical care or justice....

 

“For 10 years I suffered an intense amount of racism, questions about why I'm here, when I'm [going to] go back home,” Hussain says. “I shut down. I struggled. You're projected as this threat ... just someone who doesn't belong.” He became westernised, he says. Part of that meant speaking English as well as he could, forgetting his mother tongue along the way and trying to assimilate to the local culture. But those efforts did not change where he was from – he heard comments such as “Oh you're alright for a Paki”....

 

‘Muslim Town’: A Look inside Philadelphia’s Thriving Muslim Culture
Abigail Hauslohner

In Philadelphia, there is a plethora of Muslim-owned businesses, an Islamic history museum, and numerous Muslim community organizations and charitable initiatives. There is a Muslim city council member and a Muslim state senator; the chairman of the city Board of Commissioners is Muslim, and there has been a Muslim police chief. The Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Kabir are observed holidays within the Philadelphia school system....

The Quran is a book of many levels and can be interpreted in many ways. The Quran’s flexibility and universality has allowed it to become the spiritual guide for many different forms of worship. Today it can be read and understood as an “agnostic” interpretation which changes nothing of its universal message and its unchanging indications on how to live a good and just existence....

 

UK Terrorism: 'Enough' is not 'Enough'
Douglas Murray

The attackers that night on London Bridge behaved as such attackers have before, in France, Germany and Israel. They used a van to ram into pedestrians, and then leapt from the vehicle and began to stab passers-by at random. Chasing across London Bridge and into the popular Borough Market, eye-witnesses recorded that the three men, as they slit the throats of Londoners and tourists, shouted "This is for Allah."....

What Should Europe Do With the Children of ISIS?
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

The boy had spent two years away from his European homeland in a place where counting was taught by the strokes of a whip across a torture victim’s back; where watching public beheadings was part of the school curriculum; where his only role was to be moulded into a future Jihadi, or a “cub of the Caliphate.” His years in the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, had turned him into brutalized, radicalized and deeply confused young boy....

 

The Birth of the Modern Middle East
Jason Goodwin

 Western scholars had themselves trooped to Spain to learn about science and Greek philosophy from the Arabs. While their effort contributed to the Renaissance in the West, in the Muslim world the doors of interpretation were actually closing, as traditions of speculative thought and inquiry that flourished in Islam’s classical age were being snuffed out. If philosophy presented a full account of life, the clerics grumbled, what was left for revelation and the Prophet? Ijtihad, or independent reasoning, was a danger to the established order, and so the schools were filled with Taqlid, or emulation....

 

Therefore, the big question is whether Trump could be toying with a “Syrian option” in Afghanistan. The heart of the matter is that no matter what Trump decides to do, there is no way forward sans getting China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan on board. It is only by addressing the concerns and interests of these “principals” surrounding Afghanistan can the war on terror be brought to successful conclusion and the major challenges fuelling regional tensions tackled effectively....

 

Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War
Prof. Alon Ben-Meir

If anything, the situation today is even worse both in the political and security spheres, and the prospects of developing sustainable conditions on the ground and a functioning government in Kabul are next to zero. Sadly, Defence Secretary Mattis resembles a gambling addict pouring money into a slot machine, but ends up leaving depressed and frustrated for having lost every dollar, hoping against hope to win a jackpot that never pays out.....

 

Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims
Dr Ramzy Baroud

Being of Arab background often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for ‘added security’, I was asked numerous questions about my politics, ideas, writing, children, friends and my late Palestinian parents....

 
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