Indonesia says rise of One Nation party in Australia a 'concern'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 23 February, 2017 - 22:05

Statement comes amid calls from party leader Pauline Hanson for a ban on Muslim immigration, surveillance in mosques and a royal commission into Islam

The rise of political parties with challenging views on Islam such as Australia’s One Nation are a “concern”, the Indonesian foreign ministry says.

The minor party’s leader, Pauline Hanson, has called for a halt to Muslim immigration, surveillance cameras in mosques and schools and a royal commission into whether Islam is a policy or an ideology.

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Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: 'Can we not kill them all?'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 23 February, 2017 - 12:00

The meeting of a far-right group in Kernersville has stirred fears across the state as Muslim leaders call on authorities to take action

Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck in the private dining room of a seafood restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina, on a recent Thursday evening.

The presentation marked a coming-out of sorts for Jones, who had announced the event a month earlier at a regular weekly luncheon in nearby Winston-Salem that features different conservative speakers and Republican elected officials. About 20 people attended, representing professional conservative activists, GOP volunteers and militia types.

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When He Leaves For Her: An Unaccepted Reality In Our Communities

Muslim Matters - 22 February, 2017 - 18:43

By Umm Aasiya

I’ll never forget the morning I found out that my husband was having an emotional affair with one of my close friends. They were sharing intimate thoughts, desires, and feelings of love with each other. I paced back and forth in the living room where the memories we made were now broken.

My first reaction was to ask him. He wasn’t going to lie. After all, this was the man I trusted more than anything, and he would be the one that would have answers. Little did I know that he was also the man that was going to cause me extraordinary amounts of pain through the choices he made.

See, Muslims assume that emotional or physical affairs never happen in the Muslim community. I assumed they didn’t either. But they do, and more often than we’d like to admit.

Things had been fairly normal between my husband and I. We had the usual arguments from time to time, but what marriage doesn’t have that? Nothing major had seemed wrong at all, so when I found out about my husband’s relationship with another woman, I blamed myself for it all. All the flaws I thought I had were suddenly magnified in my own eyes.

Why I Stayed

I am not a believer in the statement: “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” I wholeheartedly believe people have the ability to change when they’re given a chance, and sometimes that’s all some people need. A chance.

So I made the conscious decision to stay with my husband and give him another chance. I told myself that I wanted to work things through, that I wanted to stay and fight to save my marriage. I was determined to make it better than it ever was before. So I gave him one chance.

And another.

And another.

With each failed chance I found more details revealing the emotional involvement that was still ongoing. With each new detail, a wound that had barely started healing was torn open again. Each tear took longer to heal, and before I knew it I was on the road to self-destruction.

There were countless times my husband was dishonest about what was going on, but I believed him. My blind faith and belief in him came from the amount of trust I put in this man. I had married him based on faith and character, not for money or career. He played a big role within his community, and many spoke very highly of him.

He was such a good man, he had such high standards- and it was because of those high standards that I could not accept that he would consciously cause me so much pain. Therefore I blamed myself.

So did he.

I was made to feel crazy for having suspicions, even when my suspicions turned out to be correct. I was told I was the one that needed serious help, and that I needed to get my issues under control.

In my desperation to make things work I made myself extremely vulnerable. Some may even say I was being naïve. But there I was, ready and willing give all I had in me to save my marriage and the man I had committed myself to. At the end of the day, his heart was somewhere else, but I have no regrets. I know I did everything I possibly could in order to make my marriage work.

It Really Was For Her.

Soon after our divorce, he married her.

Finding out made me feel validated – I wasn’t a crazy woman for suspecting his emotional affair was ongoing. I wasn’t wrong for doubting him when he said he didn’t want her.

Being right was satisfying, but it also tore me apart. Seeing him get married to the woman who broke my home, my family, my life. This woman who had been my friend, my confidant. A sister of mine through Islam. It turned out this woman was really my enemy.

This woman told my husband how much she loved him. This woman wore my husband’s pajamas to bed at night. This woman was now living in the same space that I had shared with my husband.

The man I trusted, respected, and married believing I would spend my entire life with – he married this woman. And now, he was her husband instead.

I don’t know what was worse, living through the affair or being destroyed by the losing fight to save my marriage. I live in the pain of silence while they continue with their lives as though nothing wrong was done. People within my own community accept them and what they’ve done. His family, that I was once a part of, is silent about my disappearance and replacement.

Maybe. Just Maybe.

Maybe I should’ve spoken up instead of trying to protect him. Maybe I should’ve confronted her when I had the chance. Maybe I should’ve done something differently, maybe if I was just stronger…maybe maybe maybe.

I can make a long list out of things I should’ve or could’ve done differently. Or, I can accept that this was all part of Allah’s plan. Like all struggles we go through, we have to remember there is a bigger plan behind the things that happen to us.

Maybe we think we have the perfect plan for our lives… get married, have kids, have an amazing career, and when those things don’t work out for us, we fall into deep depression and disappointment. What we fail to see is that Allah took those things away from us because He is planning to replace what we lost with something better.

“Do they think that they will be left to say “We believe,” and they will not be tried?” [Ankabut:29].

We have to leave it to the One who has the power to create all good, and trust that He will give us good in ways that we never imagined.


To the Woman Dealing with Her Husband’s Affair:

“No person earns any sin except against himself, and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another.” Surah Al-Anam 164

If you’re currently in this situation, please put the burden of blame down before it sets in permanently. We’re all grownups here, and he should never blame someone else for his actions. Flaws in a marriage call for mercy, communication, and compromise – not infidelity.

“As a defense mechanism, the cheating spouse will often talk his/her spouse down and belittle them in order to deflect from their own major sin while also gaining sympathy from the onlookers.”

-Sheikh Omar Suleiman, Infidelity and Misplaced Blame…,

Take care of yourself. Do not neglect your emotional, mental, or physical well-being. Build yourself back up and remember that Allah does not burden any one more than they can bear.

“Allah does not place a burden on a soul greater than it can bear.” Surah Baqarah, 286

It will feel unbearable at times. You may feel like ending it all, or feel like you have nothing left to live for, but in those vulnerable moments, remember that no one understands your pain more than Allah.

When others run out of words of comfort, or begin to understand your pain, remember that Allah understands your heartbreak.

Be Bigger: Allah says: “And who is better in speech than the one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, ‘Indeed, I am of the Muslims.’ And not are equal the good deed and the bad. Repel evil by that which is better.” [Fussilat: 33-34]

No matter how much it hurts, keep this in mind: We are commanded to repel evil by doing that which is BEST. It will be hard, but it is crucial that you remember that the reward given to those that have patience in times of hardship is a reward given without measure.

There is a fine line between being patient and staying no matter how bad his treatment of you gets, and how little he cares about rebuilding your trust. If you see no hope for a change to the positive, you should stand up for yourself and know that Allah has something better in store for you.

Dr. Neil Warren, author of Triumphant Marriage, says: “…75 percent of all divorces involve marriages in which at least one partner is emotionally unhealthy.” No matter how much you would like to or how much you try, if the unhealthy individual is not willing to own the problem, confess it, or seek personal restorations, the marriage is headed for disaster.

To the Woman Involved with a Married Man:

No matter how much you try to convince yourself that what you’re doing is justifiable, it is not. If a man is married, regardless of what excuses he gives you, it is not okay to get emotionally or physically involved.

Put yourself into the situation of the woman whose husband you’re “having a good time with.” Could you trust a man who snuck behind his wife’s back? Knowing that he treats his wife in such a way, how could you trust him if you were his wife instead?

Know that this man left his first wife by lying and cheating on her. Know that you are not safe from such behavior.

If you do go through with it all and marry this man, know that you are responsible for destroying the life of another woman and breaking up a family. Congratulations, you’re doing shaytaan’s work for him.

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Iblis places his throne upon water; he then sends detachments (for creating dissension between people); the nearer to him in rank are those who are most notorious in creating dissension. One of them comes and says: “I did so and so.” And he says: “You have done nothing.” Then one amongst them comes and says: “I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between a husband and a wife.” Shaytaan goes near him and says: “You have done well.” He then embraces him” (Sahih Muslim; narrated by Jabir Ibn ‘Abdullah).

Even if you care nothing for the betrayed wife, remember that you’re trying to marry someone who cheated on their spouse. Someone who didn’t like what they had at home so they went looking for something better. When your honeymoon wears off, will he go looking for that better someone?

It doesn’t really matter who started it. It doesn’t matter if you were tricked and didn’t know at first that he had a wife at home waiting for him. At the end of the day, Allah knows all the details, He is constantly watching, and everything will be laid out in front of you on the Day of Judgment. Stop it while you still have control, and gain some dignity.

If you don’t do it for anyone else, do it for Allah’s sake. Remember, “…He is with you wherever you are, and He is seeing of what you do.” (57:4)

End the affair to please Him, and He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will give you something better.

The Only Way is Up.

In the end I’ve learned that once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. I can say now that life after such a sordid affair does get better, but, it only gets better with time. In the moment everything is happening you will feel broken and shattered, but everything you go through has a purpose, and it will make you stronger than ever before if you let it.

When we hit our rock bottom, we have to remember that if we turn to Allah, He will make a way out for us, no matter how lost we may feel. My personal journey and struggle is still ongoing but I see glimmers of bright and sunny days ahead, InshaAllah. I will continue to persevere.

I see now the chance that Allah has given me to make myself into a better person, one who has Allah as a Protector, Guide, and Confidant. I am learning to leave it all to Allah, because at the end of the day He knows what’s best for us and we know nothing. In Him I put my trust, and let all those that trust, put their trust in Him. (12:67)

Fox News in Bed with Nazi Apologist from Sweden

Loon Watch - 22 February, 2017 - 16:37

Fox News has strange friends. Fox News have discussed Sweden quite a lot the last days, after the statement by Donald Trump about Sweden and “immigrant criminality”. That “information” he picked up from Fox News. But how did Fox News get their intelligence about Sweden? Well after the Trump statement they interviewed the Swedis counterjihadist Ingrid Carlqvist, that openly have stated that she wants to collaborate with the Swedish Neo Nazi party, Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen.

Fox News interviewed Ingrid Carlqvist from Sweden recently. She was invited and was allowed to claim that Sweden is plagued by Muslims.

But why invited people that cooperates with Nazis? Ingrid Carlqvist is an apologist for Swedish neo Nazis. And is seeking to unify theefforts of the neonazis and the counterjihadists.

Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen

There are real nazis in Sweden. People that openly like Adolf Hitler and are proud to be nazis. One such organization is Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen. They are a real threat. If you do a search on the internet you will find plenty of articles in Swedish about them and the violence they promote.

Ingrid has a podcast in Sweden, Ingrid and Conrad. In July they talked about how to start cooperation with Neo Nazis and the most extreme movements connected to Alt Right here, like Motgift. When discussing Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen Ingrid said:

…”om nordiska motståndsrörelsen vill hjälpa till att rädda Sverige från islam, och den fruktansvärda situation vi befinner oss i nu, då är jag helt beredd att jobba ihop med dom tills den dagen vi räddat Sverige, sen går vi skilda vägar”

…”if the Nordic Resistancemovement wants to help us saving Sweden from Islam, and the terrible situation we are in at the moment, then I am ready to collaborate with them, until they day we have saved Sweden, then we will go separate ways.”

Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen is a neonazi party. For real. I wrote about them recently in Swedish, for those who are interested in facts that they are nazis.

The “noses”

The rest of the discussion on the podcast is equally disgusting. Besides the normal hatred against Muslims a caller appeared on the show claimed that “The Noses”, that is the Jews, run the Hillary campaign. Ingrid did NOT say anything against this.

They had a chat with Dan Eriksson, a founder of a podcast called Motgift too. Motgift is not officially pro-nazi but openly speaks well about Hitler and nazis and are holocaust deniers and antisemites. Ingrid and Dan agreed that the times has come for cooperation to save Sweden from the Muslims.

The Golden One

Ingrid and Conrad recently invited another Swede to their podcast, that speaks well about Adolf Hitler too. Namely the Golden One, Marcus Folin.

Folin is a denier the Holocaust (“300.000 died” because of “malnutrition”). He spreads conspiracy theories about the Jews and is positive to Adolf Hitler.


I have already written about Ingrid Carlqvist on Loonwatch in the context of the international Counterjihad movement, 2012. Some day ago she appeared on the Jamie Glazov show, an important show for the American counterjihadists. She is still big among some internationally. Even Breitbart has interviewed her.

But she was fired from Gatestone after she praised the Nazis.

Many of us that work against antisemitism and islamophobia, have warned that counterjihadists ultimately will find friends among the antisemites and nazis. Ingrid is a good example of this.

But not all that hate Muslims want to cooperate with nazis. I wonder if Fox News really want to end up in bed with proponents of Swedish neo nazis?

This at least tells us something important about Fox News. That they are ready to air any kind of racist crap, without checking their sources.


Turkey lifts military ban on Islamic headscarf

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 February, 2017 - 14:47

Army was final Turkish institution in which women were prohibited from wearing headscarves

Turkey will lift a ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces, according to state media.

The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that have allowed it to be worn in education, politics and the police.

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Generation M: how young Muslim women are driving a modest fashion revolution

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 February, 2017 - 12:43

The first ever London modest fashion week brought hijabs, burkinis and kimonos to the catwalk this month. Now the British high street is finally beginning to cotton on

Last weekend more than 3,000 people, most of them young, Muslim women, streamed into London’s Saatchi Gallery for a fashion event unlike any other. Some were dressed in shimmering tunics and silk turbans; some wore leather caps perched on top of their hijabs and had septum piercings through their noses; others wore nude-coloured kimonos that trailed the floor. There were fashion shows with models in burkinis and hijabs, and a burqa-clad designer pitching her clothing line to the Dragon’s Den of the fashion world. This was the scene at the first ever London modest fashion week (LMFW) launched by online fashion marketplace, Haute Elan.

More than 40 designers, hailing everywhere from the UK to Saudi Arabia, showcased clothes that weaved culture and religious identity into yards of fabric. Designs weren’t limited to abayas (a long tunic traditionally worn by Muslim women in the Middle East). There were lush velvet palazzos from Maslea; pastel-coloured flared jumpsuits by Syomirizwa Gupta; satin emerald-green dresses with puffed shoulders from Foulard; trendy burkini-wear by Lyra; and beaded evening gowns by Sahee London that could have floated off the pages of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel.

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Kansas town reels months after foiled mosque bombing: 'I'm still scared'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 February, 2017 - 11:00

Against the background of the 2016 election, a militia allegedly targeted Garden City’s 500-strong Somali community. With anti-Muslim hate groups reportedly surging, residents seek healing – and prefer not to talk about Trump

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Lindsay Lohan: 'I was racially profiled and asked to remove headscarf at Heathrow'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 February, 2017 - 10:17

The actor, who has been studying Islam, has said she was ‘freaked out’ by the request during an airport check

Lindsay Lohan, the actor best known for her roles in films such as Mean Girls, has said she was “racially profiled” at Heathrow airport recently.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Lohan, 30, said she was requested to remove her headscarf by security staff queuing for a flight to New York, having lately returned from Turkey.

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