CAIR Condemns Vandalism of Mass. Synagogue with Pro-Palestinian Graffiti

July 15, 2014

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemn vandalism of a Massachusetts synagogue with pro-Palestinian graffiti.

Police are investigating graffiti, which included “Free Palestine” and “God Bless Gaza,” spray-painted on the Montefiore Orthodox Synagogue in Lowell, Mass.

In a statement, CAIR said:

“Whatever views one holds on the current round of violence in the Middle East, attacks on houses of worship must be condemned and the perpetrators brought to justice.”

Hate Crimes in MA, NY Follow Boston Bombings

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said hate incidents in Massachusetts and New York occurred following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

A Bangladeshi man was beaten at Applebee’s in ‘revenge attack’ over Boston Marathon bombings.  The man has claimed he was beaten at a New York City Applebee’s in retaliation for the Boston Marathon bombings – because of the color of his skin.

Abdullah Faruque, 30, says that he was heading out of the restaurant to smoke a cigarette when he noticed a group of Hispanic men who had been at the bar followed him out.

They then confronted him.

He said he was only beaten for a little over a minute, but he suffered a dislocated shoulder and was nearly knocked unconscious in the attack.

He told the Post that he knew he was outnumbered, and just did his best to protect himself.

He said it wasn’t until he got home when he turned on the TV and learned of the bloodbath in Boston.

Eldest Boston bomber was thrown out of his mosque for ‘raged filled rant’ against Martin Luther King three months ago – as FBI hunts mysterious religious leader who ‘brainwashed’ him

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, angrily disrupted a January talk at a Cambridge mosque when a speaker compared the Prophet Mohammed and the peace activist Martin Luther King Jr., the second time in recent months that Tsarnaev’s radical theology collided with mainstream Muslim faith at a public religious talk.

In the days since the suspects were identified last week, a picture has emerged of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the elder of the two brothers, who was killed Friday in the battle with police — as an increasingly militant immigrant, whom family members described as unhappy and mean.

In disrupting the talk in January at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s shouted at a speaker: “You are a Kafir” – a nonbeliever, according to Yusufi Vali, a spokesman for the mosque. Tsarnaev went on to say the speaker was contaminating people’s minds, and accused him of being a hypocrite. The congregation disagreed, according to Vali, and “shouted him out of the mosque” on Prospect Street in Cambridge, MA.

A member of the congregation, also conveyed that, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of his local mosque for ‘crazy’ behavior after getting involved a ‘shouting match’ with his imam.

Tsarnaev also interrupted a talk last November when a speaker said it was fine for people to celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving and July 4, in the same way you celebrate the birthday of the Prophet. Tsarnaev challenged him and the two talked after service. “The brother was angry, but he left,’’ Vali said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was not a member of a local mosque, but began attending infrequently about a year ago, Vali said. His brother also attended.

This revelation comes as Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of Tamerlan, claimed that his nephew had fallen under the spell of a mysterious religious leader in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who radicalized him and his brother Dzhokhar into committing Monday’s terror outrage.

British Police is accused of making up evidence against Muslim student

14 July 2012

 

Rizwaan Sabir, a British Muslim student from Nottingham University was arrested by the Police under the Terrorism Act, in 2008. He was accused of downloading an al-Qaida training manual for terrorist purposes. Sabir was doing an MA on terrorism tactics at the time and he had downloaded the manual from a US government website for his research. After remaining seven days in police custody, Sabir was released without charge.

 

The incident then became a flagrant demonstration of the Islamophobia rooted in the British Universities.  The university’s sole terrorism expert Dr Rod Thornton, published an article condemning the University’s handling of the arrest and treatment of Sabir and alleging that the university attempted to smear the student.

 

An internal investigation carried out by West Midlands police into the affair following complaints by Thornton over the police’s handing of the case has now been completed. It found that officers effectively invented what Dr Thornton told them about the al-Qaida training manual in a police interview. The case has now been referred to Independent Police Complaints Commission.

 

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Obama makes a positive impact for Muslims in America

Because of the Obama Administration’s bridge-building approach to relations with the Muslim world, Muslims in America are more engaged in society and politics to share in shaping the country and its foreign policies.

“Contrary to perception outside, Muslims in the US are completely free to express their views. They are interacting with academia. Islamic Studies is being made a subject of research in universities. They are also holding interfaith dialogues. This all is helping in removing misconception about Muslims and Islam in the US,” says Dr. Omar Khalidi, writer and staff member of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

More News on the European Assembly of Muslim Imams and Spiritual Guides

The European Assembly of Muslim Imams and Spiritual Guides (Al-Tagammu Al-Urubi Lillaimah val Murshideen) has been established following meetings in Brussels over more than 100 Imams from around Europe at the end of February 2008. According to Shakib Benmakhlouf, the President of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), the assembly’s goal is to preserve Muslim identity and prepare Muslims to play a civilizing role in their European homelands. It also aims to educate imams about European history, law, culture, society and politics. The Assembly is a non-governmental organization and will be based in Brussels with branches in other European countries. Wanis El-Mabrook was elected as the leader. El-Mabrook has an MA which examined fatwa in Western countries from Wales University and is the former manager of an Islamic Center in Sheffield, England. He is also currently a professor of Fiqh and director of the European Institute for Humanitarian Studies in Birmingham.