The rule is always and everywhere the same: in Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Islamic sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Islamic sensibilities.
A 54-year-old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman on a subway and hurling homophobic slurs at her.
Allasheed Allah from Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood was arrested on Thursday and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment against 20-year-old Avneet Kaur during the November 30 attack in New York City’s Queens borough, the police said.
Allah is also accused of hurling homophobic slurs at the woman before physically attacking her and leaving her with a fractured spine, NBC News reported on Friday. He faces up to 15 years in prison for the attack and will return to court on December 27.
During the incident, Allah allegedly approached the victim, who was standing with another woman, while they were riding a Manhattan-bound E train through Queens during evening rush hour.
Kaur said her friend gave her a kiss on the cheek while she was making a Snapchat. This, according to the police, made Allah angry and he flew into a rage at the sight.
The man then engaged Kaur in a verbal dispute. Threatening the women, Allah said: “Don’t do that gay s**t in front of me! Do that one more time and watch what happens!”
The women tried to walk away, but Allah followed them. He approached Kaur from behind and punched her in the back of her head, causing her to fall to the ground and strike her head and neck on a pole before hitting the floor, the police said.
The victim was rushed to a hospital with a fractured spine.
The police, who had publicised a photo and video of the suspect earlier this week, said a tip from the public helped them apprehend Allah, who allegedly fled the scene of the crime….
Huda al-Saleh, Al Arabiya English
For the first time in US political history, two Muslim women joined the ranks of the US Congresswith Western and Arab media widely reporting on their win during the first midterm elections under US President Donald Trump. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, is the first Somali American to serve in Congress and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib is a Palestinian American.
The common ground between Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib is that both are anti-Trump and his political team and options, especially his foreign policy starting from the sanctions on Iran to the isolation of the Muslim Brotherhood and all movements of political Islam. Those sponsoring and supporting the two Muslim women to reach the US Congress adopted a tactic to infiltrate through their immigrant and Black minority communities in general, and women’s groups in particular. One example of that is the Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour with roots in Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations known as CAIR
A social media site still carries a previous US Department of State promotional tweet, published in July 2014 saying: “Share with Mrs. Linda Sarsour about Islam in America.”
As she said in one of her conversations with the Arab Muslim community in New York via Skype: “What happened in the Middle East revolutions inspired the Arabs in the United States,” adding that: “After the Arab Spring, we worked harder than the last four decades, because in this country there are rights and freedoms which do not exist in the Arab countries. We began to exercise our rights here. Tthe Arab Spring encouraged us to be involved in the political life – you gave us courage.”
The document, entitled “Explanatory Note to the Strategic Objective of Muslim Brotherhood in North America,” was presented in 1991 by Mohammed Akram, the secretary of the group’s Shura Council, in what he described as an attempt to explain the long-term plan adopted by the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American Shura Council in 1987, in which he notes that the Empowerment Memorandum is based on the realization of the overall strategic objective of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America, namely, the establishment of an Islamic movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood that embraces Muslim issues locally and globally and proposes Islam as an alternative to civilization.
The document consideres the work of Muslim Brotherhood in North America as a kind of great jihad in the removal and destruction of Western civilization.
A 32-year-old Muslim woman of Shivagadhiya in Lumbini has been allegedly facing sexual harassment on a regular basis at the hands of her father-in-law.
Once she decided to seek police help, but before she could do anything her father-in-law warned her of dire consequences. Her father-in-law threatened to expel her from home and entire village if she reported the matter to police. Since then, she is continuously facing sexual harassment, but she has not been able to raise her voice for justice.
Her husband is in Malaysia. Police came to know about her situation, but could not do anything as there was no complaint registered against the accused.
Najira Khatun (name changed) of Madhuwani has a similar story to share. Khatun got married to a man from Bethari, Rupandehi, three years ago. she is facing unwelcome sexual advances from her brother-in-law and father-in law. If she speaks against them, they beat her. She shared about it with her husband, but instead of getting moral and other kinds of support from him, her husband beat her up saying that charges were false and she intended to defame his father and brother.
Since then she has been living with her parents, who have not yet filed any complaint against the perpetrators.
These two women are just the examples how women suffer sexual violence within family and get no support for justice. This paints a grim picture of the society. In case of sexual or other sorts of violence in family, Muslim women rarely show courage to speak about it in public or report to police as they fear that it would defame their family and tarnish family’s prestige.
Police collect data about such violence through several means, but in the absence of written complaints, they cannot respond to such cases. Police concludes that many Muslim women become victims of sexual violence within their family but most of the cases go unreported.
UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discriminations against Women considered as a bill of women rights to which Nepal is a state party, defines sexual relations with women against her will, physical touching, teasing, uttering abusive words and winking eye targeting her and showing vulgar pictures and photographs to her and forcing her to keep physical relationship as sexual violence against women.
Police Inspector at Area Police Office Lumbini Shankar Pokharel said only few cases of sexual violence were reported to police due to life threats from perpetrators, who are usually the family members.
District Police Office, Rupandehi, says that in the first four and half months of the current fiscal, 123 cases of violence against women were registered followed by 38 cases of human trafficking, 27 of attempted rape, nine cases of rape, two murder cases and one case of child marriage.
Assistant Sub-inspector of Police Meena Acharya said women did not report cases of sexual violence due to fear and government had failed to guarantee safety and security of women who become the victims of such violence.
According to the police record, women from the Tarai region face sexual violence more. Many VAW cases go unnoticed as many of such cases are solved within family or community, said Inspector Pokharel.
According Area Police Office, Butwal, chief Dil Bahadur Malla, victims tolerate the violence silently fearing shame.
According to him, lack of support from family is one of the major factors that discourages women from seeking police help.
Human rights activists Indira Acharya said role of family and society would be important to ensure justice and create safe environment for victims to raise their voice against injustice.
Besides monetary aspect, complex legal procedure, lack of support from family and fear of shame compel victims to keep mum and tolerate pain in isolation.
A version of this article appears in print on December 02, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.
It isn’t, of course, the Bible part that has anyone upset. Eggi Sudjana, a politician from the National Mandate Party, “claimed Natalie’s position on sharia went against the Koran and was potentially blasphemous.
When Indonesian politician Grace Natalie pledged her party would not support discriminatory local laws based on “the Bible or sharia”, she probably did not expect to be investigated by police.
But on November 22, 11 days after the ethnic Chinese Protestant addressed members of her Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and their guest, President Joko Widodo, she was summoned for seven hours of questioning.
Eggi Sudjana, a politician from the National Mandate Party, which supports Widodo’s opponent Prabowo Subianto – had reported her comments, which also included a call for an end to the forced closure of places of worship.
Sudjana claimed Natalie’s position on sharia went against the Koran and was potentially blasphemous….
Observers say Natalie’s predicament carries uncomfortable parallels with the case of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese known by his nickname Ahok, who was sentenced last year to two years in jail for blasphemy, after he referenced an Islamic verse on the campaign trail. Ahok’s conviction, which shocked many moderates, followed street protests involving thousands of Muslim hardliners, including Sudjana. It is still making waves today, with a rally this weekend marking two years since the demonstrations against him began.
Yet, unfortunately for moderates, the outlook for people like Natalie is, if anything, even gloomier than when the former governor was jailed. Observers say that religion, in particular Islam, will only become an even more fraught political issue as the April 2019 election looms.
RELIGION AND POLITICS
In the face of demands for an apology, Natalie has stood firm, arguing that her comments were grounded in data. The National Commission on Violence Against Women has reported that more than 400 religion-based regional by-laws have been implemented since the country’s democratisation in 1998, many of them discriminating against women.
“PSI will prevent injustice, discrimination, and all form of intolerance in this country,” Natalie, a former television journalist, said. “We want to fight this because Indonesia is diverse, if we do not maintain this diversity Indonesia could become like Syria or Iraq, and nobody will benefit from this.”…
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Islam now is the second largest religion in Canada with a total Muslim population of around 1.5 million. The number is increasing geometrically and according to statistics, the size of Muslim population in Canada may cross 15 percent of the total population by 2030. The most Muslim populated areas in Canada are Greater Toronto and Greater Montreal. Just remember, in 1991, the Muslim population in Canada was 0.9 percent of the total population. Almost every Muslim country in the world has sent immigrants to Canada – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Albania, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fertility rate for Muslims in Canada is higher than the rate for other Canadians (an average of 2.4 children per woman for Muslims, compared with 1.6 children per woman for other populations in Canada). Due to rise in the Muslim population, number of mosques and madnassa (Islamic seminary) are increasing with mostly funding from the Arab nations. According to strategists, rise of Islam already is posing potential threat to non-Muslim Canadians, especially Jews and Christians. Muslim dominance has also been increasing significantly in the country.
In my opinion, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of religious expression is working as a shield to Muslims in growing the size of the Muslim population at the same time getting involved in radical Islamic activities, conversion of non-Muslims into Islam and even taking part into radical Islamic terrorism.
Hijab and burqa culture:
Under Section 2(a) of the Charter, the wearing of Islamic attires such as hijab is permitted in schools and places of work, although Quebec has ruled that medical faculties are not required to accommodate Muslim women who wish to be served by female employees. In 2011, the Harper government attempted to ban the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. In 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the ban, and the Supreme Court turned down the government’s appeal.
Rise of Islam in Canada:
Let us not forget, four years after Canada’s founding in 1867, the 1871 Canadian Census found just 13 European Muslims among the population. A great number of Bosniaks (from Bosnia) went to Ameican soil; some came before the First World War. The first Muslim organization in Canada was registered in 1934 in Regina, Saskatchewan, consisting of immigrants from Lebanon. The first Canadian mosque was constructed in Edmonton in 1938, when there were approximately 700 European Muslims in the country. This building now is a part of the museum at Fort Edmonton Park. The years after the Second World War, Canada saw an increase in the Muslim population. However, Muslim still was a distinct religious minority. It was only after the removal of European immigration preferences in the late 1960s and early 1970s that Muslims began to arrive like tidal waves in a significant numbers.
Bosniaks were the initiators and one of the main participants in founding of all first mosques in Toronto. First mosque, out of which the three oldest mosques in Toronto came were founded by Bosniaks and Albanians in 1968. The first mosque in Toronto was named Jami Mosque (56 Boustead Ave. Toronto). Later, with the initiatives of Professor Qadeer Baig of University of Toronto, it was purchased by Asian Muslims, while Albanians and Bosniaks later founded their own mosques: Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto on 564 Annette St. and Bosanska džamija (Bosnian Mosque) at Bosnian Islamic Centre.
The first Madressa (Islamic seminary) in North America; Al-Rashid Islamic Institute was established in Cornwall, Ontario in 1983 and has graduates that are Hafiz (Quran) and Ulama. The Seminary was established by Maulana Mazhar Alam, originally from Bihar, India, under the direction of his teacher the leading Indian Tablighi scholar Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi and focuses on the traditional Hanafi school of thought. Due to its proximity to the US border city of Massena the school has historically had a high ratio of US students. Their most prominent graduate Shaykh Muhammad Al Shareef completed his Hifz in the early 1990s then went on to form the Al Maghrib Institute.
Charity status of a number of mosques were stripped off by the Canadian authorities because many of the guest speakers were misogynistic, homophobic, and racist and promoted radical Islamic militancy. But, during past several years, especially after Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister, Islam and Muslims in Canada have found an advantageous situation as Trudeau is heavily inclined towards appeasing radical Islam and even jihad. Since then, Canada in fact has turned into a breeding ground of radical Islam while a large number of ISIS and even Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab terrorists are getting shelter in Canada.
Muslims in Canada although are “very proud” to be Canadian, they have started considering the non-Muslims, particularly Christians and Jews as their arch rivals. More than half the Muslim population in Canada dream of establishing Sharia rule in that country thus “bringing Canada under the flag of Islam.”
Its not love – its Jihad!
In the recent years, there is a growing tendency in the Canadian Muslims in marrying non-Muslim girls and boys (or males and females) thus getting them converted into Islam. In all of such cases, Muslim males and females enjoy huge encouragement and patronization from their families as they considering such conversions as a noble task. Young Muslim boys and girls are injected radical Islamic indoctrinations as well as provocations in attracting non-Muslim males and females as their romantic partners. They consider such romantic relations as jihad.
Destroying the non-Muslim society:
As part of master plan, Muslims, particularly those from Afghanistan and Pakistan are increasingly getting involved into trafficking in narcotics into Canada. They even do some “sacrifices” in the wholesale or retail prices of such drugs with the dangerous agenda of getting larger number of customers. Their targets are non-Muslims. Drug dealers consider this as a holy task. I call it – narco jihad.
Huge patronization from the Arab nations:
Muslim NGOs and mosques receive huge amount of fund (declared as well as discreet) mostly from the Arab countries. To my knowledge, major stake of this donation comes from Jakat (Islamic charity) fund, which again amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. As Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions, and it is customarily 2.5 percent (of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth above a minimum amount known as nisab), the total amount of Zakat only from the oil-rich Arab nations would stand at few billion dollars. Donors prefer giving this mandatory charity mostly to Islamic seminary (madrassa). They also can give Zakat fund to various Islamic publication and media projects. Meaning, most of these mosques and Islamic seminaries would have no financial constraints. To my knowledge, several Islamic television channels are running with the Zakat fund and it is anticipated that such broadcast jihad would further expand in the years to come.
Is Canada heading towards total Islamization?
My reply unfortunately is affirmative. While radical Islam is growing and expanding like bonfire under huge patronization of the Muslims, including the Muslim philanthropists, there really is no such effective measure taken by the non-Muslims in empowering the anti-Islam establishments. Rather, there is clear lethargy amongst the non-Muslim individuals and groups in extending wholehearted support to groups and individuals who actually are working with a noble goal of saving Canada from being totally Islamized. This is extremely unfortunate and even worrisome – but this is the reality that exists around us.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. He can be reached in his Facebook account.