Discord at the German Islam Conference: Interview with Abu Bakr Rieger

Abu Bakr Rieger, the president of the EMU Foundation, an umbrella organization for informing about and promoting Islam in Europe, comments in an interview on the German Islam conference. According to him, the whole project has had its downsides from the beginning, when former German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble invited “liberal Muslims”, who were very critical of Islam themselves, to outnumber the more conservative representatives. Today, Abu Bakr Rieger sees similar problems arising from current Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière’s approach that caused two of the major Muslim organizations to withdraw from the Conference. Furthermore, while admitting that Muslims benefit a lot from the German rule of law, Abu Bakr Rieger is disappointed with de Maizière’s denial of anti-Islamic sentiments in Germany.

Mosque site hunt over

A new mosque could be built in Cambridge for the city’s growing number of worshippers. The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque has outgrown its home in Mawson Road, which originally welcomed 200 people to Friday prayers, but last year more than 700 were turning up, with latecomers having to pray in the street. Now the Muslim Academic Trust, in partnership with the Cambridge Muslim Welfare Society, has bought the former Robert Sayle warehouse in Mill Road, which would be demolished to make way for a new mosque. Mohammed Mahmood, a member of the mosque, said it was time a purpose-built facility was developed in the city as groups had been looking for an appropriate site for years. Mr Mahmood said: “There are about 4,000 Muslims in Cambridge now, and they have been using temporary prayer areas, but there has never been a proper mosque. “Cambridge is a growing city, and we wanted to find somewhere in the city centre so the people living around the area could benefit from it. “At the moment, when it rains, people are just getting wet when they come to pray, and we have been looking for a site for a long time now.”http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=B8ABF63FB45077ECF71CF618&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Representative of the German Islamic Council hold Anti-Semitic Speech

A member of the board of the German Islam Council, the German convert Abu Bakr Reiger, had held an openly anti-Semitic speech. After a video of the speech was made public, the Council forced him to resign. The Islamic Council is a member of the Federal German Islam Conference, which is organized by the Federal Ministry of Interior. Jan-Philipp Hein, Yassin Musharbash and Anna Reimann report.

Caribbean: Alleged plot casts light on the Caribbean

The alleged terror plot against John F. Kennedy International Airport has cast a spotlight on radical Muslim elements in the Caribbean, including a group that launched the hemisphere’s only Islamic revolt and a former Florida man wanted by the FBI. In 1990, Yasin Abu Bakr, a Muslim leader on the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, led a six-day coup attempt against the government with his 113-member Jamaat Al Muslimeen organization. The prime minister was shot and wounded and 24 others killed. In an indictment unveiled in New York on Saturday, the U.S. government accused the four men of conspiring to plant explosives at the airport and of trying to contact Abu Bakr personally to seek his support. Two of them failed, but one of them claimed to have talked to Abu Bakr, the indictment said. Three of the men are natives of Guyana and one is from Trinidad. Two of the men were arrested last week in Trinidad and police are searching for a third suspect there. The fourth man was arrested in Brooklyn on Friday night. (…) Muslims, mostly Sunnis, make up about 9 percent of Guyana’s population of about 770,000. Though Guyana has not had the same level of activity as Trinidad, the FBI has been looking for Adnan Gulshair Muhammad el Shukrijumah, a former Broward County resident and one of the few alleged al-Qaida members known to have been in Latin America – in his case, Trinidad, Guyana and Panama. The Saudi Arabia-born el Shukrijumah lived with his parents in Miramar, Fla., until four months before the Sept. 11 attacks. An FBI statement at the time said he was “possibly involved with al-Qaida terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat.”