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MuslimKidsMatter | Muslim Teenager Posts

Muslim Matters - 7 December, 2014 - 17:25

Muslim Teenager Posts

By Nura F.

Don't you hate that awkward moment when you read a Teenager Post you can't relate to because of how different your lifestyle is from that of many other teens? I've stopped that, with my new Teenager Posts for Muslims! The point behind my Muslim Teenager Posts is to provide the countless Muslim youth with appropriate posts to view on the Internet, seeing as there are not that many appropriate ones. Muslim Teenager Posts can also show non-Muslim teenagers what it is like to be a Muslim as a teenager. It is a perfectly harmless, entertaining, and small way to spread Islam, especially since so many of the children these days spend their free time on the Internet. I hope that my Muslim Teenager posts will change the way people think about Muslims and will be relatable for Muslim teens everywhere.

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Nura F is sixteen years old and is working to become an author for both children and teens. Her two favorite genres to write about are humor and adventure. Outside of her writing career, Nura loves to bake, read, and draw. She is also an avid blogger and keeps a number of blogs: one about her baking creations, one containing passionate rants, and one about reflections on ayahs in the Qur'an (which she really, really needs to update). Nura lives in Texas, USA, with her parents, sister, and two younger brothers.

(Attention, writers!  Muslim Kids Matter is a regular feature at Muslim Matters.  New articles for kids are posted every other Sunday.  You're welcome to send in your entries to muslimkidsmatter@muslimmatters.org.)

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Checklist for Spiritual Development

Muslim Matters - 6 December, 2014 - 05:00

I wrote in my book, Islam for Beginners:

“It has been said that true bankruptcy is a full belly and an empty soul. Religion must be a matter of conscious choice.”

So here's a checklist to show us the state of our soul.

1. How much time do you spend in personal Ibaadah, by yourself alone, daily?

2. How much time do you spend in reflection daily and do you keep notes of lessons learnt?

3. How much Qur'an do you read daily?

4. Do you pray Tahajjud daily without fail?

5. What other Nawaafil do you pray?

6. Do you fast on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 days of Dhul Hijjah and 2 days of Ashoora regularly?

7. Do you make Itikaaf for the last ten days of Ramadan regularly every year?

8. What is the quality of your salah in terms of concentration, happiness in the heart, comfort to the soul and can you distinguish each of these clearly?

9. What is the extent of your charity?

10. What do people think and say about your Akhlaaq? How do you know?

11. How much do public approval and popularity matter to you? What's the proof of that?

12. Do you make money out of Islamic activity especially da'wah? Because Allah told us to spend in His path, not to make money out of the path.

13. Do you have a Musleh? Who is he and how is he qualified to be a Musleh?

14. What is the condition of your heart? How do you know?

15. How much of what you tell others do you practice yourself?

16. How careful are you with what you eat? Do you eat or drink something where the ingredients are unknown?

17. Is your income Halal?

18. How careful are you with what you look at and listen to?

19. When was the last time you wept in solitude for the love of Allah?

20. How many of your actions and words are influenced by what people may think and how many are purely for Allah's pleasure?

If all the answers are positive then rejoice because you're at zero. Not negative but at zero. You just passed kindergarten. You are at the threshold.

Welcome now to the rest of the journey which can only begin once we've crossed these hurdles.

Finally a meter with which to measure how successful we are in achieving our spiritual development:

اتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ

Recite (O Muhammad) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur'an), and establish As-salah (Iqamat-as-salah). Verily, As-salah (the prayer) prevents Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, shamelessness) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all rebellious deeds) and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah is the greatest indeed [than your praising Allah]. And Allah knows what you do. Ankabut 29:45. 

Allah states that the salah prevents us from all kinds of sins because it keeps alive His remembrance in our minds and hearts. It reminds us about who we obey and worship and that He is our witness. How can someone who claims to believe in Allah and is aware that Allah is watching and knows what one is doing, still commit sin?

So if we find ourselves praying but still lying, cheating, slandering, dealing in Riba, indulging in all kinds of shady activities, then we need to question our very belief. Knowledge that is not reflected in action, doesn't exist except as proof against ourselves on the Day of Judgment.

Allah also mentions the reward for the one who prays – that Allah mentions him in the presence of those who are around him. What more do we need to motivate us?

May Allah help us, protect us and save us from ourselves.

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US embassy in Abu Dhabi urges Americans to beware more terror attacks

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 December, 2014 - 22:28

Shaken US expats advised to ‘vary routines and schedules’ as UAE continues investigation into stabbing murder by veiled woman who planted bomb

The US diplomatic mission to the United Arab Emirates has warned American citizens to remain wary of further terror attacks after a school teacher was stabbed to death in a shopping mall and a bomb left outside the house of an American family.

In a statement released on Friday, the US embassy in Abu Dhabi said it was “engaged at the senior-most levels of the UAE government to ensure the safety and security of US citizens in the UAE.”

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Kansas City: Muslim Teenager Murdered By Man Who Hated Islam, Compared Quran to Ebola

Loon Watch - 5 December, 2014 - 22:18

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“Quran is a virus disease worestr than Ebola”

A young man of 15, Abdisamad Sheikh Hussein had his life stolen away from him, reportedly for no other reason than he was a Muslim. The perpetrator is an unidentified individual of 30, also a Somali who had a deep seated hatred of Islam and Muslims, even comparing the Quran to Ebola. The perpetrator sounds like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, except he was actually willing to carry out his hatred of Islam and Muslims in a personal bloody attack.

You can reach out to support the Somali community center and share your condolences at 816-842-2191.

The vile and hostile rhetoric from those who are a part of the industry of Islamophobia is creating monsters, monsters who dehumanize and kill. (h/t: Hadi)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old boy died after losing too much blood when his legs were severed in what police believe was an intentional attack outside the Somali Center of Kansas City Thursday evening.

Abdisamad Sheikh Hussein, who goes by the name “Adam” was getting into a car outside the Somali Center, 1340 Admiral Blvd., when he was hit by a man driving an SUV at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Adam is a student at  Staley High School, 2800 NE Shoal Creek Pkwy, in the Northland. He was rushed into surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital, but did not survive.  His family says he was brain-dead and they decided to take him off life support.

North Kansas City School District spokesperson Michelle Cronk says extra counselors are available to help Adam’s classmates as they learned the news on Friday.

“It became pretty clear that this was not an accidental crash, there is a considerable amount of evidence that leads us to believe it was intentional,” Sergeant Bill Mahoney with KCPD said.

According to some witnesses, the suspect, who is now in jail awaiting charges is a man known to them. They say he is also from Somalia, and that he has a history of hating Muslims.

FOX 4 had not named the suspect, pending charges.

Family and people heavily involved with the Somali Center near Admiral Boulevard and The Paseo say a man had been threatening people in the Muslim community for months now on Facebook. Several others say that same man pointed a gun at them, threatening to kill them because of their Muslim religion.

One friend of Adam’s recalled the man telling them that “Quran is worse than Ebola.”

Friday morning, Bridget Patton, FBI Public Affairs Specialist, said the FBI has opened the case as a Federal Civil Rights investigation and potential Hate Crime violation.

“A month or two ago he came to the Somali mall, two blocks from here. Things got bad, they started arguing and he pulled a gun,” Abdul Mohamed, a man who knows the victim, said.

Family told FOX 4’s Megan Brilley at the crime scene that Adam Hussein is the son of the Somali Center’s leader, and they were devastated by the events that happened Thursday night.

“Our family is very destroyed at what happened. He’s a sweet, loving kid. He doesn’t deserve this,” Khadra Dirir, the victim’s aunt, said. “I’m pretty sure it’s a hate crime from things I’ve been hearing. I hope that someone brings him to justice.”

Police quickly arrested the suspect.

“He tried to leave the scene but couldn’t get anywhere in the vehicle.  He bailed out of it, started running eastbound and was apprehended by officers,” Sgt. Mahoney said.

“He can exercise his First Amendment, but him actually come and try to run over kids, that’s just ridiculous. Like who does that?” said Khadra Dirir.

A second person hurt reportedly didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries.

Friday is a worldwide day of congregational prayer for Muslims and some were out early Friday morning at Admiral Blvd and the Paseo, where the prayer center is located.

The Heartland Muslim Council released a statement overnight which read, in part:

Kansas City Muslim community is deeply shocked at the hit and run, apparently intentional assault last evening outside a mosque on Admiral Boulevard in Midtown Kansas City. The attack resulted in the death of a teenager and serious injuries to another teenager. Our thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families and friends.

We ask the federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a possible hate crime. We commend the Kansas City Police Department for apprehending the suspected killer immediately after the crime. We hope the suspect will be charged and brought to full justice.

In light of the increased attacks on the mosques across the nation, we appeal to the law enforcement departments to provide extra safety and security to the mosques, Islamic schools and Muslim businesses.”

Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral in name-change row

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 December, 2014 - 18:44
Government of Andalusia says Diocese of Córdoba is ignoring site’s history as a place of worship for Muslims and Christians

Inscriptions from the Qur’an share space with a baroque altarpiece in Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, hinting at the building’s storied past.

But in recent years the word mosque has been removed from the monument’s website, leaflets and tickets; a move that might make it more difficult for visitors to appreciate the site’s history as a place of worship for Muslims and Christians, the regional government of Andalusia said.

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Chief constable warns against ‘drift towards police state’

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 December, 2014 - 18:40
Greater Manchester’s Sir Peter Fahy says it is not the police’s job to define what counts as extremism

The battle against extremism could lead to a “drift towards a police state” in which officers are turned into “thought police”, one of Britain’s most senior chief constables has warned.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester, said police were being left to decide what is acceptable free speech as the efforts against radicalisation and a severe threat of terrorist attack intensify.

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Friday Links | December 5, 2014

Muslimah Media Watch - 5 December, 2014 - 06:00
Last Wednesday was the funeral of Tugce Albayrak, a German woman of Turkish descent who died of her injuries after she intervened in the harassment of two girls, and was in turn attacked herself. May God grant her everlasting peace. Indian presenter Gauhar Khan was slapped during a live televised show for wearing revealing clothing, not [Read More...]

When You Feel Like Allah Doesn’t Listen

Muslim Matters - 5 December, 2014 - 05:00

As-salaamu alaykum,

I know a brother who was so committed to praying his prayers in the masjid and was always found in the first row. He was known that regardless of how the weather was (i.e. a blizzard, tornado, thunderstorm…etc.), he still made it to the masjid. What was really interesting is that he doesn't have a car, bus pass, bike or any sort of transportation, except that he walks there.

All of a sudden, a few days passed by without the brother seen in the masjid. It was obvious to me at that point that perhaps he got really sick, like REALLY sick; so I decide to go and visit him.

Once I arrived to his house, I knocked on the door and he opened up. I smiled and said, “As-salaamu alaykum!”

He replied saying, “What the F@#$% [curse word] do you want?”

I was so shocked to hear that and asked him, “What happened?”

He responded, “What do you want?”

I told him, “I didn't see you in the masjid for some time and I wanted to check on you.”

He said, “As you can see, I am alive and healthy. Thank you for coming. Now move on.”

I told him, “but what is wrong with you..?” and since he was a person I have known for some time I somewhat insisted to know so perhaps I can help. (Please note that this approach is subjective and may work for some people and not others).

He said, “Alright, follow me to the basement. (i.e. the lower level of his house)”

We sat there and he said, “for the past 6 months, I have been praying in the masjid almost every prayer. I am always in the first row and I make it to the masjid regardless how the weather is like. I don't drive or use a bus to make it to the masjid and I simply walk. After all that work and worship which I do to Allah, I have been making all kinds of different du'a'as (supplications) to Allah all these past months and not a single du'a'a was accepted. After all of that, why should I worship Him!?”

I was shocked and sad to hear that and I asked him, “have you never heard of the hadith of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) of what happens whenever a person makes du'a'a?” And I said to him an authentic hadith in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad”.

 ما من مسلِمٍ يَدعو ، ليسَ بإثمٍ و لا بِقطيعةِ رَحِمٍ إلَّا أَعطَاه إِحدَى ثلاثٍ : إمَّا أن يُعَجِّلَ لهُ دَعوَتَهُ ، و إمَّا أن يَدَّخِرَها لهُ في الآخرةِ ، و إمَّا أن يَدْفَعَ عنهُ من السُّوءِ مِثْلَها قال : إذًا نُكثِرَ ، قالَ : اللهُ أَكثَرُ Reference: الراوي:أبو سعيد الخدريالمحدث:الألباني  المصدر:صحيح الأدب المفرد خلاصة حكم المحدث:صحيح


The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “there isn't a single Muslim who makes a du'a, as long as it is not for something that is haram or that breaks the ties of kinship, except that Allah would give him or her 1 of 3 things: (what are these 3 things?)

1 Either Allah responds to caller by giving him/her what was asked for in this dunya
  • For example they someone would say:
    • “O Allah I am sick, please cure me.” And Allah cures them.
    • “O Allah, please help pay off my loan.” So he gets a promotion in his job or finds a new job that pays him more money
2 Or he turns away from him or her the like of it in trouble/evil/hardship;
  • So for example, you would say: “O Allah please cure me” and let's say Allah has decreed that you get afflicted with a more serious disease such as cancer. But due to your du'a'a Allah would lift the hardship of you being afflicted with cancer.
    • So you might say, Allah didn't answer my call and there was no benefit in my du'a'a. Actually, no, Allah did answer it and there was a benefit in your du'a'a. But you just don't know. Had perhaps you didn't make du'a'a you would've gotten cancer. So that du'a'a actually lightened and eased things up for you.
3 Allah will delay your reward til Jannah

Ok if Allah doesn't respond to me in this dunya, life, nor He lifts a hardship that was about to fall upon me, then what's the 3rd option? Allah would delay the response till the hereafter. And He would instead give you a reward on the Day of Judgment.

  • The sahabah, may Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) be pleased with them, upon hearing Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)'s explanation to what happens to a du'a when it is made they said: “Then we will make plenty of du'a” (e. it is a win-win-win situation)
  • What did the Prophet tell them in return? Did he say,no, no, don't exaggerate, don't ask Allah for too many things?” No! Rather, he said: “Allah is more plentiful (in responding).” (i.e. Allah will continue to respond, Allah is The Most Generous, Allah loves it when you make du'a'a to Him.)

I know many wonder what happened to the brother upon hearing this hadith. What really matters is how YOU feel after being reminded of what happens whenever you call upon Allah and make du'a. Are you as excited as the sahabah when they heard the hadith?

Know that the best option out of the 3 is the option…….. which…… Allah sees is best for you.

May Allah bless you and reward you. Be sure to share this beautiful hadith with your friends and family.

Wassalaamu alaykum

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Damage Found at Islamic Faith Centers in St. Cloud

Loon Watch - 4 December, 2014 - 21:27

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via. IslamophobiaWatch

Islamic leaders in St. Cloud are speaking out after saying their faith centers and worshipers’ property were targets of vandalism.

The latest case was discovered Wednesday morning by an imam, a religious leader, making his way into the Central Minnesota Islamic Center. The building is located just north of St. Cloud State University on Fourth Avenue South. Ten starburst cracks pepper a window about the size of a door frame.

Spokesperson for the center, Mohamoud Mohamed, said this is the third time the building has been vandalized over the last few weeks. Each case involved a damaged window. “At the beginning we were thinking it was isolated – a student or drunk person. But it isn’t,” he said. “It is some person or persons who are causing damage and targeting our faith facilities.”

It’s not just their building being targeted. Mohamed says vehicle windows are also being smashed as people attend morning prayer. This week, several worshipers reported damage done to vehicles outside the Islamic Center of St. Cloud, the mosque on Fifth Avenue South.

“(The vandals) know we pray before the sun rises and it is still dark,” he said. “They are coming to those parked cars and then disappearing,” he said.

Mohamed says they have reported each incident to the St. Cloud Police Department. Officers say they are investigating the crimes. Yet the damage is already done. Mohamed says repairs to just one of the center’s double-paned windows will cost nearly $1,000. He says the center also plans to install additional security cameras on the property.

“We are a part of the community and we don’t want to be singled out or targeted by a group of bad people,” Mohamed said. “We don’t want that kind of activity to divide us from the greater community.”

Mohamed says they will continue to work with police to stop the vandalism. He asks anyone who may see suspicious activity around their faith centers to contact police.

St Cloud Times, 3 December 2014

See also “CAIR-MN seeks federal hate crime probe of St. Cloud mosque vandalism”, CAIR press release, 4 December 2014

Pakistani police investigate preacher Junaid Jamshed over blasphemy claims

The Guardian World news: Islam - 4 December, 2014 - 19:35
Former lead singer of band Vital Signs and founder of fashion firm issues apology over remarks made in talk to small group

Rich businessmen, singers of patriotic pop songs and preachers with impeccably hard-line credentials are rarely among those accused of the deadly offence of insulting Islam in Pakistan. But Junaid Jamshed, a crooning evangelical Muslim being investigated by police under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws this week, is all three.

A household name who shot to fame in the eighties as the lead singer of the band Vital Signs, he later set up his own fashion empire and joined the Tablighi Jamaat, a group of itinerant preachers with an especially austere take on Islam.

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Keys To Improve Your Marriage with Haleh Banani: Communication

Muslim Matters - 4 December, 2014 - 16:20

An introduction to the series: Keys to Improve Your Marriage.

No matter what stage you are at in your marriage you can benefit from the information given by Haleh Banani who has her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with over 15 years experience giving marital and individual therapy. She will give you the necessary tools to improve your marriage by answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

 


Communicating with your spouse doesn't have to be a boxing match with the couple throwing punches and defending themselves. In this video Haleh Banani will discuss the common communication problems and ways to counter them. She will give specific tools in improving the communication with your spouse.

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Sorry, Myleene: yes, you can point at things and tax them. That’s what we should do to the City

Mahdi Hassan - 4 December, 2014 - 10:40

A bank transaction tax would win votes.

Myleene Klass and Ed Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda.Myleene Klass and Ed Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda.

You can’t just point at things and tax them,” declaimed the former pop star Myleene Klass on 17 November, becoming overnight a perhaps unexpected pin-up for the right.

Klass made her comment on ITV’s The Agenda as part of a longer rant aimed at her fellow panellist Ed Miliband, who wants to introduce a “mansion tax” on properties worth more than £2m. (What’s Klass complaining about? She sold her own home for a very modest £1.8m in 2013.) The Labour leader produced this rather feeble response: “I totally understand that people don’t like paying more in tax.”

Myleene and Ed are both wrong. First, governments can “point at things and tax them”. The 1st-century Roman emperor Vespasian levied a tax on urine; until the mid-19th century, the British government had a tax on soap. These days, in the US, different state governments tax different things: Alabama taxes playing cards; Arkansas taxes tattoos; Colorado taxes napkins; Kansas taxes hot-air balloon rides. “Pointing and taxing” is a perk of holding office.

Second, raising taxes isn’t always unpopular. Miliband’s “mansion tax” has the support of 72 per cent of voters, although he omitted to mention that on The Agenda. There is a range of other popular taxes out there, begging to be implemented or increased. The next Labour government, for example, could pledge to tax the UK’s 2,600-odd private schools – as the shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has hinted it might – by scrapping their ludicrous “charitable” status and saving the taxpayer about £100m a year. Only 15 per cent of voters think such schools should be allowed to keep their tax-exempt status.

Or Labour could listen to that notorious lefty John Major and impose a windfall tax on the profits of the “big six” energy companies, which are expected to rise by an astonishing 108 per cent in 2014. Public support for such a move: 52 per cent. It could even add a penny to the basic rate of income tax to help fund the NHS – 60 per cent of voters who expressed a view said they would support such a hike.

Then there’s the financial transaction tax (FTT) – also known as the “Tobin tax” or the “Robin Hood tax” – which has the support of 61 per cent of voters. It was conceived in the 1970s by the Nobel Prize-winning economist James Tobin as a small tax that could be applied to currency transactions to “throw some sand in the well-greased wheels” of international financial markets.

In 2013, it was resurrected by the European Commission as a proposed 0.1 per cent tax on the exchange of shares and bonds and a 0.01 per cent tax on derivatives and has since attracted support from 11 EU member states, including France and Germany.

You might think UK politicians, looking for new sources of revenue to help reduce the deficit, would be falling over themselves to sign up. You’d be wrong. George Osborne, a wannabe leader of a Conservative Party that derives half its income from the City of London, spent £68,000 of UK taxpayers’ cash trying (and failing) to persuade the European Court of Justice to strike down the commission’s FTT. The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, a former City minister, says he backs a financial transaction tax – but not without the participation of the US.

A Tobin tax won’t raise much revenue, says Osborne, and won’t work unless it is global, says Balls. There are two pretty simple responses to these objections. The first is academic: a 2011 review of the evidence by the economists Neil McCulloch and Grazia Pacillo concluded that an FTT is “feasible” and “could make a significant contribution to revenue”. The second is practical: we already have a mini-version of an FTT in the UK – how else to describe the UK’s 0.5 per cent stamp duty on shares, which raises £3bn for the exchequer each year?

This isn’t just about raising revenue, either. In 2009, Adair Turner, the then Financial Services Authority chairman, grabbed the headlines when he backed an FTT on the grounds that the City was “too big” and much of its activity “socially useless”.

Austerity having kicked in globally and the mega-banks having dusted themselves down with bailout money and continued with business as usual, the list of FTT supporters has expanded over the past five years: from the billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to the former JPMorgan executive Avinash Persaud, plus the Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011, 1,000 economists – including Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs – signed an open letter to the G20’s finance ministers throwing their combined intellectual weight behind the FTT. (Sachs, incidentally, doubles up as a “personal adviser” to Osborne on development issues.)

And consider some of the numbers involved. According to the Bank for International Settlements, £3.3trn was traded each day on the foreign exchange markets alone in 2013. According to the Austrian economist Stephan Schulmeister, a global FTT at a rate of 0.01 per cent could raise roughly £180bn. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, a British FTT on its own could bring in £20bn.

It really is a no-brainer: a tax that is popular with the public and backed by the experts and would raise revenue for the UK exchequer, while helping to stabilise a deeply unstable sector of the UK economy. As the 1,000 economists pointed out, an FTT is “technically feasible” and “morally right”. It is, you could say, a tax whose time has come. Even Myleene Klass might agree. 

Mehdi Hasan is an NS contributing writer and the political director of Huffington Post UK, where this column is crossposted

Could Islamic finance save capitalism?

The Guardian World news: Islam - 4 December, 2014 - 07:00

Islamic finance is widely misunderstood but its core principles could provide a blueprint for a sustainable global economy

Is there a place for ethics and morality in the global economy? Should we continue to rely on governments to tweak at the margins of financial regulation, or is there a credible argument that a root and branch reformation is required – a revolution in capitalism?

Anthropologist and co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement David Graeber believes – along with an increasing number of leading intellectuals – that the world’s reliance on our current banking system has had a catastrophic impact on society, leading to an increasing divide between rich and poor, an increase in contemporary versions of debt bondage, and perpetuating the idea that credit creation is a mark of human progress.

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Dutch Lawmaker: “No Place For Islam” in Netherlands

Loon Watch - 3 December, 2014 - 20:44

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders called his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the night of Nov. 26. The two spoke about the integration of Turkish and Muslim immigrants in the northern European country. AFP Photo

It’s not just Wilders, but other members of his PVV party who make grotesque statements about Islam and Muslims that should have no place in a 21st century pluralistic society. Interestingly enough, a major social democratic party, the PvdA is also being charged with facilitating a hostile attitude towards Muslims and Dutch citizens of Turkish descent.

Hurriyet Daily

Turkey concerned over ‘xenophobia’

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry had previously released a statement that complained to Dutch authorities about “aggressive and racist accusations” being made against the Turkish community in the Netherlands, and warned that the issue could harm bilateral relations.

Foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a written statement on Nov. 26 that Dutch government officials had prepared a xenophobic report about Turkish associations in the Netherlands.

“Aggressive and racist accusations toward Turks who are part of Dutch society and who come from a friendly allied nation are unacceptable,” read the statement. “We have difficulty understanding why these racist attacks, which are incompatible with our long history with the Dutch nation, have been on the agenda recently.”

Turkish officials are also infuriated by a report stating that around 80 percent of young Turkish people in the Netherlands support jihadist movements.

Mosque purge suggestion

Adding fuel to the fire, a Party for Freedom (PVV) lawmaker in recently proposed that all mosques in the Netherlands should be closed. However, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher said any closure of mosques in the country would be “unacceptable.”

“Dutch unity, identity and culture are being wrecked by immigration and incubation. We do not want Islam in the Netherlands,” PVV deputy Machiel de Graaf had said.

Two weeks ago, two lawmakers of Turkish descent from the Labor Party (PvdA) were expelled after refusing to support their party’s critical remarks about a number of Turkish organizations accused of being “too focused on promoting Turkish and Islamic identity.”

The expelled parliamentarians said they were asked to sign a declaration during a party meeting aimed at stepping up surveillance on four Turkish organizations, but they refused to do so and were removed from the party as a result.

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Eric Frein Survivalist Charged With Terrorism Wanted a Revolution

Loon Watch - 3 December, 2014 - 20:32

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Imagine the reaction of certain right wingers and liberal Islamophobes if he had been Muslim?! It would certainly be a massive story!

What if he were Muslim?

Eric Frein is charged with terrorism; he aimed to ‘wake people up’ By

Eric Frein, the Pennsylvania survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and shooting another, was charged Thursday with two terrorism counts after police said he told them he’d carried out the attack to “wake people up.”

After a seven-week manhunt, Frein, 31, was captured Oct. 30 and arraigned the next day on charges including murder and attempted murder. One of the new terrorism charges accuses him of trying to affect the conduct of a government. The other accuses him of trying to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.

Officials have said Frein staged an ambush-style shooting outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa., on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, was killed. Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was critically wounded.

In an amended criminal complaint filed Thursday, police said that while being interviewed after his arrest, Frein said that “he wanted to make a change [in government] and that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for.”

Frein also said that shooting the troopers was an effort to make that change and that the fatal shooting was an assassination, the complaint says.

In an amended criminal complaint filed Thursday, police said that while being interviewed after his arrest, Frein said that “he wanted to make a change [in government] and that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for.”

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