The Washington Post reports that President Trump issued a statement on Ramadan — a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims around the world — that focused primarily on violence and terrorism. In his statement, Trump called recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and in Egypt, “acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”
Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children. Hijazi was released from jail on Tuesday, having been held for nearly three years.
She was flown to Joint Base Andrews, the U.S. military airfield on the outskirts of Washington.
President Donald Trump had privately asked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to help out in the case when Sisi visited the White House on April 3, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In light of the American consideration of classifying the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, we share this 2015 UK news about the British experience on this topic.
In 2015, British then-Prime Minister David Cameron pulled a report which was expected to say that the Muslim Brotherhood is not terrorist organisation. The government likely did not publish the report because it would have hurt the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, countries which have all banned the Muslim Brotherhood and consider it to be a terrorist organisation.
Chris Doyle, the director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, critiqued the unpublished report for being too political and for possibly contributing to the stigmatisation of Muslims within the UK.
Al-Azhar, one of the most prominent sunni Islamic institutes of higher learning, has condemned a broadcast on Dutch television that showed cartoons about the Islamic prophet Muhammed. According to the institute located in Egypt the caricatures conceal a “sick fantasy”.
The video was produced by the anti-Islam political party PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid) of Geert Wilders and was showed during the Dutch Broadcasting Time for Political Parties. In a declaration Al-Azhar calls upon Muslims to “ignore this act of terror.” “The stature of the prophet of mercy and humanity is too high and honorable to be damaged by drawings that do not respect moral or decent norms.”
The PVV leader Geert Wilders preceded the video with the words: “The best way to show terrorists that they will never win is by doing that which they are trying to prevent us to do. The cartoons were not shown to provoke but to show that we defend freedom of speech and will never bow to violence. Freedom of speech should always win vis-a-vis violence and terror.”
Maher H (20) is suspected of terrorist actions in Syria. He is the first one to stand trial. He claims he has provided (humanitarian) assistance; organizing package with food, clothing and medicines, but he doesn’t name the organization he was working for. Explaining a picture of himself posing with a kalashnikov he stated it is not allowed to show off your good deeds in Islam.
Imad el O. was convicted today for wanting to take a 16 year old girl to Egypt and Syria. Imad el O. claims they didn’t want to go to Syria, but to Egypt to study and to marry. His lawyer stated that the girl wanted to go with him, because she didn’t want to live with her parents anymore.
Grand Mufti Shawki Allam received an invitation from the Muslim MP in the European Parliament, Amjad Bashir, to spread true Islam in Britain.
A statement from Dar al-Ifta on Wednesday said the European MP considers the mufti as the voice of moderation in the Islamic world because he comes from the Al-Azhar institution, the castle of moderation in the world.
The Grand Mufti’s visit to the European parliament in Brussels and his speech at its special meeting (that was held for the first time in the history of the European Parliament) for a Muslim scholar was greatly welcomed by the members of the European Parliament.
An Egyptian court has found a Dutch journalist guilty of assisting the banned Muslim Brotherhood, and sentenced her to 10 years in jail, in absentia. The journalist left Cairo in February following the intervention of the Dutch Embassy. The Netherlands does not have an extradition treaty with Egypt.
Rena Netjes is one of a group of journalists on trial for supporting the now banned group and spreading false news. Three other journalists for Al Jazeera were sentenced to 7 years in jail for the same offences. They had spent the past six months in a Cairo jail.
Netjes had contact with Al Jazeera staff as part of her job working for Dutch media outlets. Egyptian authorities say the broadcaster supports the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Al Andalus Brigade had sent nine ‘fighters’ from Spain and Morocco to be integrated into the terrorist factions in Iraq and Syria. Specifically, had connections with groups from seven other countries. The group, one of the leading suppliers of terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), had managed to form its own structure and to maintain connections with groups in France, Belgium, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey and Syria, as reported by the Ministry of Interior.
The group had significantly increased their activities in recent days, so the researchers considered a serious threat to national security.
Al-Qaida’s American spokesman has accused the United States of colluding with military leaders in Egypt to topple the democratically-elected president last summer, saying the U.S. supports the Egyptian army because it “protects the borders of the Jewish state.”
In a video posted on militant websites on Friday, Adam Gadahn, a former Osama bin Laden spokesman, also criticized Egypt’s current rulers, saying the regime has been unchanged for 60 years.
He described the army-backed overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July as a “bloody secular and fascist coup.”
He also urged Muslims around the world to fight the United States to diminish its power and influence so they can choose their own governments.
A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, setting the stage for the second major terrorism trial in Manhattan in two months.
Eight men and four women will hear evidence in the government’s case against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa after opening statements Thursday. The trial comes weeks after a jury convicted Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith of charges stemming from his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. He likely faces a life sentence.
The 55-year-old Mustafa also will face a life sentence if he is convicted of conspiring to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., by arranging for others to attend an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and by ensuring there was satellite phone service for hostage-takers in Yemen in 1998 who abducted two American tourists and 14 others. Four hostages were killed.
The white-haired Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, turned London’s Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s into a training ground for Islamic extremists, attracting men including Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid.
Jailed since 2004 in Britain on separate charges of inciting racial hatred and encouraging followers to kill non-Muslims, Mustafa was brought to the United States for trial in fall 2012.