December 20, 2013
Dutch politician Geert Wilders has recently generated public controversy after posting a sticker on the door of his parliamentary office resembling a Saudi Arabian flag and reading “Islam is a lie, Mohammed is a criminal, the Koran is poison.”
The government condemned the sticker, with deputy prime minister Lodewijk Asscher calling it ‘disgusting’ and aimed only at hurting people. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans stated that, “Insulting their religion is not the way to combat extremism but plays into extremists’ hands… the Dutch government is distancing itself from this.”
Lobby group Landelijk Beraad Marokkanen, led by former GroenLinks MP Mohammed Rabbae also issued a complaint against the sticker.
Following the attention to the sticker, Wilders established an email account to field comments, email@example.com. He later claimed that Gmail had blocked the account.
Dutch News (1): http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/12/government_condemns_wilders_an.php
Dutch News (2): http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/12/gmail_blocks_wilders_anti-isla.php
News Agencies – November 1, 2011
A Canadian imam who was arrested by religious police while on a pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian city of Medina thanked the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the Canadian media and his supporters across the country for their efforts in ensuring his release. Edmonton-based imam Usama Al-Atar said he felt “deeply relieved” and “very grateful” to be reunited with his friends after spending 36 hours in a Medina city jail, according to a statement he issued on behalf of the IHRC, a U.K.-based organization that spearheaded an urgent appeal effort that brought international attention to his case.
He said the detainment facility he stayed in was “horrid” but didn’t elaborate on the specific conditions. He said that because he was staying in Saudi Arabia for two more weeks to complete his pilgrimage, it would not be “sensible nor wise” of him to speak to the media about his experience with Saudi authorities.
Al-Atar, a prominent Islamic scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta chemistry department, was leading 10 pilgrims in prayer at a religious burial site in Medina when a group of Saudi religious police began to harass the group, according to witnesses, including Hayward. The religious police first asked Al-Atar to lower his voice and then asked the group to leave the cemetery, witnesses said. The police then accused Al-Atar of being a thief before restraining him, Hayward said Sunday. Eventually one of the religious police officers pushed Al-Atar into a small kiosk area where he reportedly struggled to breathe.
On Wednesday, 30 mosques all over Germany were raided. The police were looking for Saudi Islamist literature that promotes discrimination against women.
The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons had previously classified passages from the book “Women under the protection of Islam” as “dangerous”. The passages of the chapter “Beating of women” says that physical violence against women is permissible if no other measures were “successful”, and describes in detail how to beat women without leaving any visible bruises.
The book, which is the German translation of a Saudi Arabian publication, first appeared at a lecture of radical preacher Pierre Vogel in 2009. The police confiscated books, data storage media and computers.
The Muslim Community of Alnor Senter in Tromsø has been promised 20 million Norwegian kroner by an anonymous Saudi Arabian donor to build an “arctic Mosque.” The total cost is estimated to 50-100 million kroner. If the mosque plans are realized, it would be the most northern mosque in existence on the planet.
Sandra Maryam Moe, leader of Alnor Senter says to the Christian newspaper Vårt Land that the Saudi contribution is regarded a gift, and that the congregation will be totally independent from the donor.
Moe wants the mosque to be inspired by the local architecture, and instead of the traditional call to prayer (adhan), she is wants a northern lights-inspired light show to mark times of prayer.
Attempted Nigerian terrorist Abdulmutallab told authorities he was the first of many al-Qaida linked terrorists in training in Yemen. The group al-Qaida in the Arabian Penninsula, comprised of Yemeni and Saudi operatives, claims the attack and cites recent US-backed airstrikes on Yemen as their motivation.
A closer look into Yemen reveals a recent increase in US military aid, as well a significant increases in refugees, extremists, and Saudi Arabian al-Qaida operatives, the result of President Ali Abdulaah Saleh’s inability to prevent members from training and organizing.
Major Hasan, perpetrator of this year’s earlier shooting at Fort Hood, TX, also had contact with a Yemeni cleric.
A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in the UK after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.
Her case is one of a small number of claims for asylum brought by citizens of Saudi Arabia which are not openly acknowledged by either government. British diplomats believe that to do so would in effect be to highlight the persecution of women in Saudi Arabia, which would be viewed as open criticism of the House of Saud and lead to embarrassing publicity for both governments.
Tough economic times in the United States is having an effect on American Muslims looking to perform the pilgrimage of Hajj. Many report that saving up money to make the trip is becoming difficult, as some have even weighed taking out loans – but Hajj is not supposed to be a huge financial burden for the faithful. Nair Al-Jubeir, spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian embassy said that 11,801 visas have bee issued this year for those wishing to make the pilgrimage – down nearly 2,000 from last year. Travel agents also report that the economy has taken a toll. An agent in New Jersey specializing in Hajj packages says that the economic crisis has resulted in a nearly 40 percent drop this year.
Hardline female ‘preachers of hate’ are radicalising Muslim women at one of Britain’s top mosques.
The Saudi Arabian preachers were secretly filmed ordering women to murder gays and ex-Muslims.
Undercover reporters from Channel 4’s Dispatches recorded the lectures in the women’s section of Regent’s Park Mosque in London. An unnamed Saudi woman is seen mocking other religions – labelling Christianity ‘vile’ and an ‘abomination’. Another, known as ‘Angelique’, claims Britain is a ‘land of evil’. The investigators attended lectures for two months at the mosque, which had promised a clean-up after another Dispatches probe just 18 months ago exposed it for spreading extreme Islamic views. During one sermon, a woman called Um Amira says: ‘He is Muslim, and he gets out of Islam…what are we going to do? We kill him, kill, kill.’ In the programme, to be screened tomorrow, she adds that women adulterers should be stoned to death and people who have sex before marriage should get ‘100 lashes’. Regent’s Park Mosque is one of the biggest and most prestigious Islamic institutions in the UK. Opened in 1944 by King George VI, it can hold up to 5,000 worshippers.
After the 2007 Dispatches investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service was asked to advise by West Midlands Police on whether the preachers featured in the programme should be prosecuted. Tom Harper reports.
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A Muslim man of Arab descent was awarded $11,000 by the British Colombia Human Rights Tribunal to compensate for his co-workers’ paranoia that he helped organize the 9/11 attacks. Ghassan Asad was questioned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after co-workers at a high-tech firm reported that he’d visited New York and Washington a few weeks before the attacks, and his boss claimed he resembled the terrorists known to be involved in the attacks. The police spent three days questioning Asad, but no charges were laid. He is of Saudi Arabian origin but received Canadian citizenship one month before 9/11. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal concluded that the management engaged in improper conduct that had a serious and substantial impact on Asad. The second part of his claim – that he was unfairly fired in March 2003 – was dismissed by the tribunal.
On Friday, Muslim nations condemned the film ‘Fitna’ which accuses the Quran of inciting violence, and Dutch Muslim leaders urged restraint. Iran called the film heinous, blasphemous, and anti-Islamic. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation and former Dutch colony, said that the film was an insult to Islam, hidden under the cover of freedom of expression. The Saudi Arabian embassy in the Hague said that the film was full of errors, incorrect allegations, and could lead towards hatred of Muslims. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the film.