shahid saleem

‘I don’t have one because policy won’t let me work with a beard,’ might be the answer of the future. Shahid Saleem from Croydon was employed by the Vodafone store in Sutton. On his first day at work, he was told he was not allowed to work as he had a beard, under the guise of supposedly violating the work dress policy. He requested to see the official dress policy, but for some bizarre reason, he was refused and sent home.

His comments reflect the trauma he faced because of this ordeal: “Throughout the whole time [the store manager] was talking to me, he spoke to me condescendingly in public in front of a Vodafone employee, which completely demoralised and upset me as well as causing me distress.” He added, ”He did not mention anything at all about my clothes; he only stated that he did not want me working with him if I had a beard.”

Apparently, Mr Saleem’s appearance was “rather scruffy and not business appropriate” and for some reason they had a fascination with his beard. Furthermore, Vodafone admitted that their dress code has no mention of beards, but only that their employees have a “professional appearance”.

Indeed we are glad to know the case has been resolved. However, just imagine if the conclusion was a negative one. In this day and age, where there is a lot of blatant Islamophobia, there are unfortunately a lot of cases, where unlike this one, they end badly and turn sour. It is a lesson for those people who highlight how important the beard is, that they understand the beard is not the be all and end all of Islam. Political action is more important and because without it, Muslim men may not even be allowed to keep beards and Muslim women banned from wearing the hijab. Just look at France’s relationship with hijabi women now and look at Tunisia under Ben Ali’s dictatorship, where beards were banned. It is wonderful that MP Malcolm Wicks commented on the issue. Just imagine if there was a Zionist Islamophobe in place?

This is just one case that highlights the obligations of defending the right to practice Islam coming before any Islamic ritual.

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Ustadz Hartono Ahmad Jaiz: The Syrian Forces Are Crueler Than The Serbian Forces At Slaughtering Muslims

Rabīʿ al-Ākhir 05, 1433 A.H, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

JAKARTA – The massacres of Sunni Muslims in Syria by the Fir’aun Bashar Assad and his troops, is assessed as crueler than the massacres of Muslims in Bosnia by the orthodox Christian of Serbia.

This was expressed by an expert in deviated sects, Ustadz Hartono Ahmad Jaiz, after a silaturahim (friendship) occasion with Sheikh Ghiyath Abdul Baqi from Syria, which talked about the development of “The Tragedy in Syria” at the Islamic Center Al-Islam, Bekasi, West Java, Saturday night,(25/2).

“The Serbian army atrocities were still faced with the weapons of the Muslims, but Syria’s Army are massacring Muslims who have no weapon,” said Ustadz Hartono who had visited Bosnia during the war there.

Ustadz Hartono explained that the Serbian forces in Bosnia were still facing fierce resistance from the Muslims with arms, thus Serbia was only able to attack Muslims and the masjids from a distance, however what is happening in Syria is that, the army of Bashar Assad directly carry out attacks in the masjids and houses of civilians.

“The civilians in Bosnia were still protected because the State and the youths were still carrying out resistance and the massacred civilians were the refugees. Different from Syria, all civilians are massacred,” he explained.

In the meeting, Sheikh Ghiyath explained about the brutality of Bashar Assad’s army in attacking unarmed civilians by using modern and sophisticated weapons. Not only killing the adults, Assad’s army are also killing old people, children and women.

It is not rare that the Syrian Muslimahs are raped first before being tortured and murdered, as well as burnt so that their bodies could not be recognized.

Besides murders, the brutality of the Fir’aun Assad’s loyalist army was complemented by forcing the prisoners and Muslim captives to say and confess that Bashar Assad is the one and only worshiped idol (god). If they refuse then heinous tortures await them.

Sheikh Ghiyath Abdul Baqi bin Ibrahim

Ustadz Hartono also added, the Muslims in Bosnia at that time still had the international aids, but now the people of Syria do not have the support, either militarily or medically, from any country.

“In fact Iran, the Shi’ah Hizbullah of Lebanon, Iraq, Russia and China are supporting the action taken by Bashar Assad,” he said.

In addressing this Syrian crisis, he assessed that the Muslims in Indonesia have to strengthen the process of socialization and information about the actual situation of Syria, so that the vast majority of the people who are not aware of the issues of Syria can know about it.

“After we have explained to the ummah, only then we decide on what steps are to be taken up,” Ustadz Hartono concluded.

Muslims Urged to Pray Qunut Nazilah for the Ahlus Sunnah of Syria

BEKASI, Indonesia – The Islamic Ummah of Indonesia specifically are urged to perform the Do’a Qunut Nazilah for the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Muslims in Syria. The appeal was delivered by Sheikh Ghiyath Abdul Baqi bin Ibrahim at the Islamic Center Al-Islam, Bekasi, last night (25/2).

“We expect the Muslims in Indonesia to help our Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah brothers in Syria’s and don’t forget to pray for them so that Allah gives them victory over the atrocities of Bashar Asaad and his henchmen. We beg all Muslims to pray especially in the solat, namely the Qunut Nazilah,” Sheikh Ghiyath said.

From the data presented, since (15/03/2011) to (15/02/2012), the number of people assassinated by the regime of Bashar Asaad(la’natullah ‘alaihim) is more than 10,000 people, amongst them were 600 women and 430 children, and 5000 wounded. Those imprisoned are more than 100,000 and those who take refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others are more than 530,000.

More than 300 districts, sub-districts and villages are attacked by Bashar Assad (President of Syria) with tanks, rockets and bombs. Dozens of masjids and the Muslims praying in them are attacked, amongst those who are still alive, some are imprisoned, beaten and there are also those who fled.

The regime of Bashar Asaad (la’natullah ‘alaihim) treats the Ahlus Sunnah cruelly, to the extent that their Muslimahs are brutally raped, murdered and burnt. Naudzubillah.

“The Muslimahs of the Ahlus Sunnah are also arrested, imprisoned and then raped and murdered thereafter, not satisfied with that, they are also burnt and thrown at the roadside, till they cannot be identified,” Sheikh Ghiyath delivered with a tone of indignation that he shed his tears.

The Muslims of Syria are also forced to utter “Laailaaha illa Bashar Assad” (No god besides Bashar Assad), if this is not obeyed, they will be threatened with murder. Astaghfirullah…!! They are forced to prostrate to Bashar Assad (La’natullah ‘alaih).

A Tabligh for Solidarity with the Ahlus Sunnah of Syria with Sheikh Ghiyath Abdul Baqi bin Ibrahim last night was attended by hundreds of Muslims, as well as a number of personages, among others were Ustadz Farid Achmad Okhbah, Ustadz Abu Muhammad Jibriel and Ustadz Hartono Ahmad Jaiz, and teams from the Islamic media were also present.

The event commenced after the Maghrib prayer, intermitted with the azan of Isya’ and then continued until 21.30 local time, after the event ended, then it was time for the Isha’ prayer and Qunut Nazilah for the victory and glory of Islam all over the world.Ameen.

Alhamdulillah, infaq fie sabilillah was also collected on that night for the Ahlus Sunnah of Syria amounting to Rp. 12,050,000, a watch and a Handphone (HP) and presented to Sheikh Ghiyath Abdul Baqi bin Ibrahim to be delivered to the Islamic Ummah of Syria.

A Glimpse at the Long History of Oppression Against the Ahlus Sunnah of Syria

Syria has been in turmoil since 15the March 2011. Demonstrations have been conducted by the people in different cities and villages. The people are demanding for the equality of rights, freedom and a secure life. They are also demanding for the freedom of speech and a civilized democratic state.

A democratic state that they want will demonstrate the citizens’ equality of rights to live in peace without the presence of oppression and fear for the iron bars of the prison. A democratic state without the oppressive tools of the police. Without the military tanks that run over the citizens.

Since 15th March 2011, a series of military institutions led by Bashar Assad, the President and the Interior Minister of Syria, covering 17 military institutions of the state, the intelligence and presidential Special Forces have killed innocent demonstrators. The demonstrators took to the streets with bare chests, without carrying rocks, sticks or other weapons. They only cried: “Peace… Without Violence… Freedom… The Honor Of The State …”

To date, the number of victims killed by bullets of the State military forces has reached more than 5,000. Even small children were killed because they wrote on the walls of their school:

“We want freedom… We want independence… and we do not bow except to Allah”.

Nowadays in the prisons of Syria, more than 100,000 people are caged. They are the best of youths. And it is not known how many have been killed from being tortured and how many are still alive in the prisons.

The State military forces have also arrested more than 70,000 people. Most of them are campus activists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, ulama’s, as well as scholars who generally are still young.

The Syrian military have been doing all kinds cruel and sadistic oppressions and tortures in the prison. There are currently about 20,000 political prisoners who are under military tortures. Besides that, there are around 20,000 people who are wounded from the military bullets, some of them are even disabled and limbless.

A look at the incidents that happen on the Syrian people, there is an important question, why do the people of Syria, either in the towns or villages, take to the streets demanding a revolution, freedom, democracy and change?

The thing that has certainly happened in the history of Syria is that, the military regime has ruled the Syrian State system since the military coup that took place in 1963. And in 1970, the cruel general, Hafidz Assad started to get hold of the leadership and became a president after the military coup killed dozens of generals and soldiers, as well as hundreds of civilians.

In 1973, Syria under the leadership of President Hafidz Al Assad suffered a total defeat in front of Golan. In 1979, President Al Assad committed slaughters against the leaders of Ikhwanul Muslimin, lawyers, engineers, doctors, who were clearly denying the rule of Hafidz Al Assad.

In 1980, the regime of Hafidz Al Assad again committed massacres in the prison of Tadmur. This time the massacre was led by a General who led the presidential Special Forces on the orders of Hafidz Al Assad. The number of victims in the massacre reached 1,200 people consisting of prominent opposition figures, intellectuals, scholars and lecturers of higher institutions.

In 1982, the Syrian forces under the control of President Hafidz Al Assad and his brother Raf’at Al Assad were again committing massacres against the city of Hama. In the 1 month long assault, they managed to take control of the city and slaughter more than 70,000 residents of Hama city. They kidnapped more than 20,000 inhabitants, carried out rape against women,destroyed houses, buildings, masjids, churches, as well as markets. In the attack, more than 10,000 residents were forced to flee their homes out of Hama city.

In 1984, the Syrian forces entered Lebanon and stayed there for quite a long time. During that time, they again committed crimes and massacres against the population of Lebanon and Palestinian refugees who were scattered in various refugee camps in Lebanon.

Hafidz Al Assad ruled since 1970 and died in 2000 due to suffering from cancer. During his reign, Hafidz Al Assad slaughtered tens of thousands of the residents of the city of Hama, Aleppo, Tadmur, Lattakia, Jisr Suqur and others.

After the death of Hafidz Al Assad, General Raf’at Al Assad immediately prepared the youngest son of Hafidz Al Assad, named Bashar Al Assad, who was still 30 years old, to replace his father, although such measures might require changes to the laws of the State, which was done only a few hours before the appointment of Bashar Al Assad as the President.

After his appointment, Bashar Al Assad followed the steps of his parent by not giving the freedom of speech, politics and to be democratic. During his reign, collusion, nepotisn and corruption are rampant in the various State agencies. The abduction and arrest of thinkers, scholars, lecturers, teachers and Sheikhs intensified.

It was this that forces the Syrian society to come down to the streets, demanding their rights and to convey their aspirations. The youths also contribute, and they must face the strength of the weapons of al-Assad’s regime, which causes blood to be shed every day in every corner of streets in the cities of Syria .

The UN and the organizations that oversee the humanitarian issues, that are in Europe, America and Arab countries, as well as the mass media, whether it be the print or electronic, confirmed and gave clear evidences on what is happening in Syria.

Presentation Of Infaq To Sheikh Ghiyath

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Israel declares Guenter Grass persona non grata

Israel has declared German author Guenter Grass a persona non grata, after a critical poem published by the Nobel laureate described Tel Aviv as a threat to world peace.

On Sunday, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai barred Grass from entering the entity and accused him of fuelling the fire of hate against Tel Aviv.

In the poem titled “What Must Be Said,” which was published in the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday, Grass accused Israel of threatening world peace.

“Why do I say only now … that the nuclear power Israel endangers an already fragile world peace? Because that must be said which may already be too late to say tomorrow,” Grass wrote.

The 85-year-old author says Iran is in danger of a nuclear attack from Israel and expresses concern over the consequences of the zionist regime attempting to carry out an act of aggression against Iran.

“We could be suppliers to a crime that can be foreseen, which is why none of the usual excuses would erase it,” Grass writes, referring to Germany’s plan to sell Israel a sixth nuclear-capable Dolphin-class submarine.

The poem has drawn the ire of the Israeli regime. The Israeli embassy in Berlin issued a statement on Wednesday, saying the entity is “not prepared to assume the role that Gunter Grass assigns us.”

Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it has never allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities nor has it joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

According to a survey conducted in 2011 by the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation, more than 50 percent of the European people believe Israel is the most serious threat to global security.

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Gaza rockets hit Israel after drone attack

JERUSALEM — Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, police said.

“A rocket fired from Gaza fell into an uninhabited area near the city of Sderot this evening. There were no injuries or damage,” police spokeswoman Lea Samri told AFP.

She said two other rockets were fired into southern Israel near the city of Netivot early on Sunday, hitting open ground without causing casualties or property damage.

On Saturday night, a rocket fired from an Israeli drone wounded two Palestinians riding a motorcycle in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The military said they had been on their way to fire rockets at Israel.

“Aircraft thwarted a rocket launch in the southern Gaza Strip,” a military spokeswoman told AFP.

Last month, a series of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket salvoes followed Israel’s killing of Zuhair al-Qaisi, head of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, prompting other militant groups to fire rockets.

Palestinians in Gaza fired more than 310 rockets at Israel, and Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes, killing 25 people, among them 14 members of Islamic Jihad.

Israeli public radio said that the two rockets fired on Sunday morning were of the Soviet-designed Grad type, the same as those fired early on Thursday from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat.

It was the first rocket attack from Egypt since the collapse of the regime of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Since he was toppled, a wave of unrest has swept the restive Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel.

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Muslim Population


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Muslim population has been ever increasing through birth rate as well as high rate of conversions. Islam is fastest growing religion and consequently this religion has become now the largest followers on this planet. At this moment Muslim population stands at 2.1 billion which is far greater than currently estimated 1.6 to 1.7 billion whereas Christian Population is 1.98 billion []. According to some sources Muslim populations in India, China, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and in some other countries are displayed less than the actual population they have. In many parts like Europe[Cambridge University], North America[CNN], Christian’s are getting away from their religious belief, On the contrary among the Muslim Population the faith to their religion is ever increasing [CNN]. Consequently the present so called higher no of Christian population as stated in different sources, practically do not have any significance. It is expected that if present rate of increase of Muslim population continues that   by 2030 One out of Threeperson will be Muslim. However from the past experience it is observed that the rate of increase of Muslim Population are continuously increasing.
All data taken from Authentic Sources (ReferenceClick here).

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Egypt’s Islamist candidate says IMF deal unlikely

“I have to agree to a loan, somebody else gets to spend it, then I have to pay it back? That is unjust:” said Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate.

“I have to agree to a loan, somebody else gets to spend it, then I have to pay it back? That is unjust:” said Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned the government it will not support an IMF loan unless the terms are changed or it moves aside and allows a new administration to oversee how the funds are spent, its candidate for president said on Sunday.

The government has been negotiating a $3.2 billion loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it avert a balance of payments crisis caused by the political and economic turmoil of the last year, and an IMF technical team is now in Cairo.

The IMF has said that before it agrees to a loan, the government must first sell the plan to the country’s political groupings, especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which won nearly half the seats in the new parliament.

“We told them (the government), you have two choices. Either postpone this issue of borrowing and come up with any other way of dealing with it without our approval, or speed up the formation of a government,” Khairat al-Shater said in an interview.

He said he realized the country’s finances were precarious and a severe crunch could come by early to mid-May as the end of the fiscal year approached, but that this was the government’s problem to resolve. Egypt’s fiscal year runs to June 30.

“It is not logical that I approve a loan that the transitional government would take for two or three months, then demand that I, as a permanent government, repay,” he told Reuters.

The government has been financing much of its fiscal deficit by borrowing from domestic banks, which are reaching the limits of their ability to lend.

“I have to agree to a loan, somebody else gets to spend it, then I have to pay it back? That is unjust.”

The Brotherhood could also accept a loan if the size of the initial disbursement were reduced so that most of the funds were paid out after the completion of a presidential election in June, when a new government is scheduled to take power, Shater said.

“We are not opposed in principle. We are opposed to the timing and the method of implementation,” he said.

“If it were $500 million instead of a billion and a bit, and there was a clear plan on how it would be spent, we might take another look at it,” Shater said.

Foreign reserves

Planning Minister Faiza Abu el-Naga said on April 2 that she expected the government to sign a memorandum of understanding with the IMF within a few weeks and seal a final agreement by June, when half of the loan would be disbursed.

Egypt has spent more than $20 billion in foreign reserves since last year’s uprising to prop up its currency, limiting its slide to only 3.65 percent against the dollar since January 2011 despite the loss of some of the country’s main sources of foreign exchange.

Egypt’s reserves fell another $600 million in March to $15.12 billion. This is equivalent to less than three months’ worth of imports and includes $4 billion in gold bullion the government would be reluctant to draw down, economists say.

Shater, a businessman, said he strongly supported a market economy. He added that a lack of government resources would force Egypt to rely almost exclusively on private investment to build infrastructure over the coming two to three years.

The formation of a permanent coalition government would benefit Egypt in this regard as well, Shater said.

“When we met with lots of investors around the world, all of them said they would not begin investing until there was a permanent government or presidential elections. But in this current situation, nobody wants to enter the country,” he said.

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Ashrawi ‘concerned by assaults on free expression’

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi
RAMALAH (Ma’an) — Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi expressed concern on Sunday about recent assaults on Palestinian free speech.

“Freedom of expression and access to information is enshrined in the basic principles of the Palestinian Basic Law … it is unacceptable to detain journalists, bloggers or Palestinian activists,” the official, who is also head of the PLO Department of Culture and Media, said in a statement.

Palestinian forces have detained two journalists, an academic, and at least one other person in recent weeks for reports and Facebook comments critical of the Palestinian Authority, which authorities say are slanderous.

The arrests have provoked outcry among local and international press freedom groups. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate has launched a boycott of the new PA-sponsored press freedom prize, announced amid the wave of detentions.

Ashrawi called on Sunday for protection of journalists, and steps to enable them to work freely.

“This attack on civil liberties is a dangerous precedent affecting the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, and will undermine the building of a free, democratic and pluralistic society,” Ashrawi said.

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Reflections on Israel and Palestine

I’ve been duped.

Do you know the frustration you feel when you believed in something strongly and then you realize that the information that made you believe was from a source with an agenda to deceive?

I just watched a powerful and courageous documentary called Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land. It certainly has its own agenda and doesn’t present balanced coverage. Still, it showed me how my understanding of the struggles in the Middle East has been skewed by most of our mainstream media. I saw how coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian problem is brilliantly controlled and shaped. I pride myself in understanding how the media works… and I find I’ve been bamboozled.

Invest 75 minutes in watching this, because most of the time we only hear one viewpoint when it comes to the interminable struggle in the Holy Land. While this documentary would never be shown on commercial TV in the USA, it can be viewed online (Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land). In my view, many Palestinians live under inhumane conditions, and U.S. taxpayers help to make it happen. Please, watch this and then share your impressions.

Criticism of Israel’s policies is not automatically anti-Semitic (see J-Street for an example of a pro-Israel, pro-peace group). In fact, the irony is that for Israel’s hard-liners, their clever PR strategy could be their own worst enemy. While Israel certainly deserves security on its land, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory (in Gaza and the West Bank) degrades Israel and drives Palestinians to desperation. The question of whether Israel is conducting a brutal military occupation or a reasonable defense against terrorism gets no real airtime. If we care about the long-term security of Israel, we have a responsibility to understand what our government is funding and supporting.

I believe that watching this documentary is a painful first step to finding a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. If you are a friend of Israel, you must watch Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land.

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Ahrar warns of Israeli intention to attack Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Ahrar movement has warned that the Israeli occupation was preparing for launching a new war on the Gaza Strip.

It said in a statement on Sunday that Israeli war threats would not terrorize the Palestinian people who would defend themselves in face of any new Israeli military adventure.

Ahrar held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the consequences of any military escalation against Gaza.

It said that the Palestinian factions were abiding by calm while the Israeli occupation forces were escalating militarily against the Strip after claiming that rockets were fired from the Strip at Israeli targets on Saturday night.

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German marchers criticize Israel’s threats against Iran

German Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass

Threats and war preparations poison the political climate.”

Pro-Peace Organizer Willi van Ooyen

Traditional Easter rallies for peace across Germany have expressed support for Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass who criticized US and Israeli policies in the Middle East.
About 1,000 Germans took to the streets of central Berlin on Saturday and called for an end to Israel’s threats against Iran.

Grass accused Israel of plotting against Iran in his recent poem published on Wednesday.

“Gunter Grass is right,” and “Thank you, Gunter Grass” read banners in the northern city of Bremerhaven, the venue of one of about 70 demonstrations organized across the country.

Also on Saturday, speeches in support of Grass were given in the southwestern city of Stuttgart, where about 1,000 people held a demonstration, Willi van Ooyen, spokesman for the organizers said.

“Threats and war preparations poison the political climate,” van Ooyen said referring to Israel’s threats against Iran’s nuclear energy program.

About 400 demonstrators took to the streets in the southern city of Munich and 100 in Leipzig in the east.

Iran has lauded Grass’s poem as a “literary work of human and historical responsibility.”

In an interview with Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published the poem, Grass hit back at “hordes of journalists” who would allegedly rein in his freedom of expression.

Grass, a long-time leftist activist, accused Israel of threatening world peace in his poem.

Easter marches have been organized in what was then West Germany since 1960 and generally target armed conflicts and nuclear power and the threat it represents for humanity.

In 2011, Germany decided to definitively abandon nuclear power by 2022.

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