Twenty imams issue fatwa against attacks in Canada and the US

Twenty imams from across the country issued an edict condemning any extremists or terrorists who would launch an attack on the United States or Canada.

The fatwa, or religious guideline, says that “these attacks are evil and Islam requires … Muslims to stand up against this evil.” Religious leaders have a duty to show others around the world that Muslims in Canada and the U.S. “have complete freedom to practise Islam,” it says.

“In many cases, Muslims have more freedom to practise Islam here in Canada and the United States than (in) many Muslim countries.” The fatwa concludes that Muslims must therefore expose any person – no matter what their religious background – who plans harm to fellow Canadians or Americans.

Twenty imams from Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, various Ontario cities and Houston signed the fatwa.

Local Houston Muslim speaks about seizure of the Islamic Education Center

In this piece by Houston Chronicle web producer Samira Rizvi, the interests, activities and worshipers of Houston’s Islamic Education Center are discussed. The article paints a picture of the organization and the Muslims that are part of it from the perspective of one of its own members. The question of whether Muslims should apologize for Major Hasan’s actions is also addressed.

The Islamic Education Center is an asset that has been seized by federal authorities as part of an investigation of its owners—Iran’s Alavi Foundation—for alleged financial ties to the Iranian government.

The Houston mosque was one of four properties seized in an investigation of Alavi.

Neither the mosques nor any members are being accused of criminal activity, and authorities state they are allowing religious life to continue as usual in the mosques.

Pakistanis in U.S. Fear for Homeland

By Verena Dobnik NEW YORK — Pakistanis across the U.S., regardless of whether they supported Benazir Bhutto, mourned her on Thursday and worried that her assassination could destabilize their homeland and threaten the safety of family members living there. “I imagine this is how the people of this country felt after Kennedy’s assassination,” said Syed Hassan, a Houston resident who moved from Pakistan 20 years ago. “When these kind of things happen, it just shatters you.”