UK: Son and 16-year-old charged with murder after woman stabbed at luxury home

Son and 16-year-old charged with murder after woman stabbed at luxury home | Mail Online:

“The 21-year-old son of a wealthy businesswoman and a 16-year-old were charged with murder today after the older man’s mother was stabbed to death.

They are due to appear in court this afternoon.

Assia Shahzad, 40, suffered multiple wounds during the bloodbath at the  £600,000, six-bedroom family home. 

Neighbours and family friends said that she was estranged from her husband.

A friend said: ‘Her husband does not live at the house. We have been told that Mrs Shahzad had been seeing other men.’ 

Another added: ‘Assia was a strong-minded, independent, modern woman.’ 

…’It’s a devastating time, not only for her family but for the community. She was a very community-spirited lady.

She helped where she could, particularly with Asian women’s issues by filling in their forms and advising them

He said that the dead woman’s parents were ‘ absolutely devastated‘.

Apparently she had her hands severed in the course of the bloodbath. Now, we all agree that betraying your partner (whether the betrayed is the wife or the husband) is wrong. But killing someone on those grounds?

Det Ch Insp Vince Grey said: ‘I have been made aware there are rumours circulating that this was a so-called “honour killing”. I would like to categorically state that we do not believe this to be the case but that we are dealing with a domestic dispute.’

There are two probable explanations: one is the honor killing, the other is the money. We’ll see what are the results of the police investigation.

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Spain: Muslims protest Bishop’s petition not to call Cordoba’s Cathedral as a "Mosque"

They say “Muslims defend Spanish and European values“.

The Bishop of Cordoba, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez, wrote this weekend’s edition of ABC Córdoba, that Córdoba Cathedral has been a Catholic house of worship for eight centuries, “declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is open only the Catholic faith.

The prelate also noted that “the Catholic community of Cordova has been involved in its maintenance” and “celebrates every day the mysteries of the Christian faith” in it:

When the Muslims arrived in Cordoba in 711, the place was already a sacred place. It was the ancient Basilica of San Vicente Martyr, which was destroyed to build the mosque.

King Fernando III the Saint came out of blood in the city on June 28, 1236 and ordered to consecrate the temple which was built as a mosque, and was saved from destruction by the good King Fernando negotiations with the occupying Muslims, who wanted to destroy it before surrendering. “

Therefore, Bishop Fernandez believes that the term “mosque” in the signs to the city are wrong. The bishop of the city claims to be called to the scene as it is 800 years: the Cathedral of Cordoba

There is no problem recognizing the Muslim caliphs of Córdoba spent large quantities of money to build this temple for God, which is the jewel in the city of Cordoba. But just calling it a Mosque plants at least confusion, in some cases intentionally. We must all join force to call a spade a spade“.

Islamic Board has called this proposal “inappropriate“. Mohamed Escudero, coordinator of the Information Center of the Islamic Board, said that “it is a closed stance and contrary to what the dialogue with Islam and that affects the image Cordoba as a place of exchange and dialogue:

The position of the Cathedral Chapter has always been reluctant to dialogue, especially with Muslims, and the Catholic Church has always tried to preserve the Mosque-Cathedral as a strictly Catholic, without linking it to Islam and its relationship to the past. They have tried at all times, to break the relationship of the temple with the history of al-Andalus. The position of the Cabildo and the Church is reactionary to Islam. Spanish Muslims defend the values of democracy and other Spanish and European values. “

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Bosnia: "Islam in Europe Destroyed by Radicalism", Professor says

Islam in Europe Destroyed by Radicalism? | The Weekly Standard:

“The “virus” of Saudi-financed Wahhabi radicalism has “destroyed every chance” for the development of European Islam, according to a leading Muslim theologian from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Professor Resid Hafizovic of the Sarajevo Faculty of Islamic Studies, in an interview with the Bosnian secularist daily Oslobodjenje (Liberation), condemns Wahhabism as “a new plague,” promoted by “Muslim puritans and perpetual world fixers.”

He chastises the radicals as “unschooled, uneducated, confused people, who forbid their own children, for example, to study biology in school.” He describes the followers of the Saudi state sect as “a movement unsatisfied with and intolerant of everything which does not fit its ideological views, and which therefore is often predisposed to the methods of murderous ideologies that use any means to achieve their goals.”

In a broad critical assessment of European Islam, Hafizovic, an expert in traditional Islamic texts, assails the adoption by Muslim women of the burqa and face veil (niqab) as a recent affectation in which “faith and religious belief” are the least element. “Some Muslims,” he says, “are unable to comprehend that a billion more important issues than this exist.” He describes the world’s Muslims as capable only of presenting themselves as a large part of the world’s population, but lacking “vital influence in the global market of ideas and related achievements.” He continues, “I would be happier to see in tomorrow’s Bosnia as many of the best trained Muslim women university professors as possible, with a strong consciousness of their own religious identity and values, whether they wear a headscarf or not, than to see a crowd of women trapped in the burqa and face veil, cut off from the world and life“.

Regarding the 2009 Swiss vote to ban minarets from mosques, Hafizovic says, “Muslims in Europe and in the West often bear responsibility for such a climate. Inept in their own intellectual tradition and infected by the virus of Muslim puritanism, they are unable to establish communication even between Muslims, and even less communication with their environment.”

Ranging yet more widely, the Bosnian professor cites an obscure American Jewish writer, Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, author of an 1887 volume published in Kansas City, Jews and Moors in Spain, in describing the state of Arab Islam after the Muslims lost their connection with Western Europe: “a deep, much too deep darkness reigns now on the Arabian peninsula.” Hafizovic summarizes: “In line with that, when the Muslims, especially those in the West, change their attitude toward their own tradition of thinking and believing, they will also change their present situation, as well as their relationship with their neighbors.”

Iran: Jailed Filmmaker Challenges Khamenei

Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Challenges Supreme Leader – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty � 2010:

“Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mohammad Nourizad has written an open letter (Persian) to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arguing that the United States does more to protect religious freedom and moral values than Iran, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.

Nourizad — who has been in Tehran’s Evin prison since August — wrote in his letter on October 10 that since Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election, violations of people’s privacy has become more common.

He said religious mobs have attacked the home of Ayatollah Yusef Sanei, a critic of Khamenei. In the United States, by contrast, he said personal privacy is strictly protected by law.

Nourizad previously wrote for the conservative newspaper “Keyhan” and said he fully supported Khamenei until last year’s controversial presidential election caused him to speak out against the government.

He was arrested late last year after publishing several open letters on his blog deemed as disrespectful to Khamenei and other senior officials. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. He also was sentenced to 50 lashes on charges that remain unclear.

He was released on June 24 but summoned back to prison in August after writing a blog post that was critical of Khamenei.

Referring in his letter to religious freedom in the United States, Nourizad wrote: “The American judicial authority defends Muslims’ rights and allows them to build mosques just a short distance from the Twin Towers. But in Islamic Iran, Sunni Muslims are not allowed their own mosque to worship without fear in Tehran.”

Comparing morality in Iran and the United States, Nourizad wrote: “Americans have been brought up in such a way that they seldom lie, while lying is clearly evident among the people and authorities in our country.””

Germany: Sharia Law Being Used in Muslim Domestic Disputes

Sharia Law Being Used in Germany in Muslim Domestic Disputes | Newsnet 14:

“A leading law professor has contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that Sharia law was not practiced in Germany, saying a variety of Sharia-based rulings were being made all the time

We have been practising Islamic law for years, and that is a good thing,” Hilmar Krüger, professor for foreign private law at Cologne University, told Der Spiegel magazine. 

Family and inheritance rulings were often made according to Sharia law, he said, listing a range of examples. 

Women who are in polygamous marriages legal in their countries of origin can make claims of their husbands in Germany regardless of the fact that their marriages would not be lawful here. They can claim maintenance from their husbands and a share of an eventual inheritance, said Krüger.”

Background:
“Muslims should obey Law, not Sharia”, Merkel says.

Saudi Arabia: Top political body ‘rejects pact over Mohammed cartoons’ with Denmark

AFP: Top Saudi body ‘rejects pact over Mohammed cartoons’:

“A top Saudi political body has rejected a bilateral pact with Denmark over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, media reports said on Tuesday. 

The Shura Council voted 62 to 56 on Monday against a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations after several members expressed unhappiness over the cartoons, the newspapers Okaz and Shams reported. 

Several council members clapped and cheered at the rare political rebuke from the all-appointed body, which reviews legislation, policies and treaties but only advises the government.
The Saudi foreign ministry and Danish diplomatic officials could not be reached for comment on details of the pact, which the Shura Council sent back to committee for review. 

Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper published 12 caricatures of Mohammed in 2005, triggering Muslim anger worldwide and violent protests in some countries.”

Background:
Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book.
Yale University publishes press release on the Danish cartoons.
Aftenposten reprints Mohammed cartoons.
Metropolitan Museum pulls images of Mohammed from its collection.
East African Terrorism Comes to Scandinavia.
Denmark: Suspect in bombing masks his ID, Danish police sees Jylands-Posten as target.
Book: The Tyranny of Silence.
Mohammed Cartoons: “We condemn the publication of The Tyranny of Silence”, OICSG Ihsanoglu says.

Spain: more on the expansion of Islamism

Only a few days before the start of the school year, the debate on Islamic headscarves in schools will continue and this will be hardened by petitions to prohibit the burqa. But the discussions on these kinds of symbols could also get radicalized in the coming months, just as it seems that the traditional or fundamentalist versions of Islam sticklers are growing fast in Spain. A strange situation, the experts say, in contrast with the religious attitude and behavior that prevails among the urban middle classes in countries like Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan. This is the case of the Syrian president’s wife, Asma al-Assad, who came to Spain in July. Perhaps impressed by the debonair and European looks of Asma, a woman who has modern looks, wears short dresses and trousers, swims and rides a bike, and seems the same as the president, a reporter asked if that that was normal in her country, which she replied to that it was “a mirror of Syrian society.” 

Islam In Spain also differs. Judging from positions that we can read on Islamic groups’ webs in Spain, the manner in which they responded to hijab or burqa bans or the attitudes of some imams, it doesn’t seem that Asma al-Assad is the prototype of the female Muslim Spain. Even among Spanish converts (between 35,000 and 40,000 people practice a moderate Islam). “What is not clear,” says Fernando Bravo, TEIM (International Mediterranean Studies Workshop) of the Autonomous University of Madrid, “is whether this apparent spread of a more traditional Islam, even a fundamentalist one, is due to an increase in religiosity or an attitude of claims arising from the feeling, stronger in Europe than in their countries, that their identity is threatened“.

Both the Union of Islamic Communities (UCID) and the Federation of Islamic Religious Entities (FEERI), the two major religious federations that make up the Islamic Commission of Spain (CIE), have been taking a hard line on major issues seems to be due, according to specialists, that many of the grassroots communities that form them, are increasingly penetrated by elements from groups like Justice and Charity, Salafists or Tabligh, with sensitivities at least fundamentalists and those who stood in the wide world of political Islam. FEERI, founded in the 80’s by a group of converts, has gradually been taken much more fundamentalist stances. As explained by Mansur Escudero, who served as president for 14 years: “I left the presidency in 2003 because FEERI that year groups advocating ideas very different from our managed the majority. There was no chance of reconciling our positions with their own. ” (By the way, Mr. Escudero was not as “moderate” as he claimed to be -he died recently-.  A former Communist and a doctor, he asked the Government to pass a law, legalising polygamy after the homosexual marriage was approved in Spain. But instead of asking the Govt to regulate it, he said that “it was regulated already in the Qu’ran”. So, it seems that he was asking the Govt to accept polygamy but not any polygamy, but Islamic polygamy, as that expression can actually mean, that Islamic organizations were interested in making legally bounding Qu’ran’s regulation on the subject).

In Muslim circles it is recognized that the instability that exists inside the Spanish Muslim community has much to do with the flood of Muslim immigrants to Spain, which has increased since the late 90’s. And that has also caused its composition to be much more varied. For example, the Moroccans, who make up 70% from about 1.1 million Muslim immigrants in our country have grown from under 100,000 in 1996 to 200,000 in 2001 and nearly 900,000 at present. But there are more than 60,000 Algerians or 55,000 Pakistanis along with people from 25 other nationalities. A result of this invasion, the converts were practically driven out of large organizations and replaced by nationals from Morocco and some of these other countries.

This greater diversity has led to all groups and all radical Islamic sensibilities – from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Salafists, the Tabligh or members of the Moroccan Justice and Charity, who advocates the maintenance of their identity, a certain separation from local population and even the implementation of Sharia-, are already present in Spain. They control many mosques (there are about 400 but only 11 or 12 may be considered as such) and maintain close ties with their parents in countries of origin. In addition, a group of such proportions can not be either ignored by Arab governments, especially those of a more autocratic, who feel compelled to sponsor Islam outside their borders.

Apart from these radicals, we must not forget that Muslims living in Spain, moderate or not, are very traditional. Just look, for example, the tone in announcing the creation of an Islamic school in Granada by the Islamic Community in Spain, by a group belonging to the Morabitum (very close to the Moroccan regime) and also planned to build the mosque of Los Bermejales in Seville. In an introductory part, their leaders explain the main reason for establishing a Muslim school in Spain: “Protecting our youth, protect the Imam and his heart, and to guard against the lies and ignorance of secular education and their views about life and existence“. Later they say: “We want our children to learn about the truth and make a true transmission of the religion of Islam to ensure, insha’llah, to become men and women under their Lord and active in strengthening the Ummah“. And concludes that “the Qur’an and Sunnah are the main source that determines, nourishes and gives meaning to the diversity of the different aspects of education, the Quran is the main source of all knowledge“.

Meanwhile, the Government has sought to obtain reliable information from all over the map within Islam, although it seems that with little success. As experts say, the project to mark these groups and the idea of having representative partners have failed. The aim to ensure, through them, the development of an Spanish Islam, more moderate and distanced from both Morocco or Saudi Arabia, which was the goal to create the Islamic Commission in 1992, has also failed.  

Part of the problem of radicalism may also being caused by some loss of importance by the two federations mentioned, who fear being overtaken by new associations. Among them there are some very radical ideology, although more moderate communities are born. A new cause of division within the Islamic world. 

The CIE (Spanish Islamic Commission) has been, experts say, a failure, because it has no operativity and hasn’t met for years. It doesn’t have even a phone number or an email. A scenario that the Justice Ministry wants to solve looking for a new system of representation that accommodates everyone. To achieve this, the Govt has warned this year that either everyone comes to an agreement allowing the participation of all or public grants are suspended. A decision that would hurt everyone, especially the UCID, which has among its affiliates 58% of all Islamic Communities in Spain and whose president, Riay Tatari, seems unconcerned with that ultimatum and defends himself against accusations of monopolizing the representation “I tried to reform the Islamic Commission in 2006 that could solve these problems if it had been accepted by the Ministry,” he says. Nor does he seem very concerned with the growing split between Muslims in Spain: “Between us there is no division on the essentials. Muslims share the same principles, rules, religion and jurisprudence. We are united.

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So, if they are all united, that leaves the organization in a very bad situation, because it would mean that they share the core of Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafism, etc.

Background:
Nightclub “Mecca” of Águilas (Murcia) reopens, gets threats by Jihadists, changes its name...
dangers of locating mosques in industrial areas.
Was Spain an AQ target before 9/11?
counter-terrorism report alerts about possible suicide attacks.
Burqa’d 18-year-old Sumaya can’t listen to music, her husband says.

Al-Qaeda kidnappers tell France to drop veil ban

Al-Qaeda kidnappers tell France to drop veil ban – The Irish Times – Tue, Oct 12, 2010:

“ISLAMIST MILITANTS who have been holding five French citizens since kidnapping them in Niger last month have demanded that France withdraw its ban on Muslim face veils and pay a €7 million ransom to secure their release, it was claimed yesterday.

Al-Arabiya television reported that initial contacts with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) via intermediaries in the Sahel region were “not encouraging” due to the nature of the demands.

The abductors have unrealistic demands which Mali and France could not accept . . . including withdrawing a ban on the face veil in France and the release of some of the group’s elements detained in France, Mauritania and other countries,” the channel quoted unnamed sources.”

Background:
7 foreigners kidnapped near uranium mining site.

Sudan: Sudanese bishops’ conference concerned about persecution if South supports independence

The secretary general of the Sudanese bishops’ conference is expressing concern that the Church in the northern part of the nation will suffer persecution if the residents of southern Sudan opt for independence in a January 2011 referendum. In addition, “the lives of southern Sudanese in the north are under threat,” said Father Santino Maurino Morokomomo.
Two million lost their lives in the long Sudanese civil war (1983-2005) between the Muslim north and the largely animist and Christian south. The civil war ended when President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, later indicted by the International Criminal Court, granted the south limited autonomy and promised a January 2011 referendum. Since 2005, the nation’s 5.8 million Catholics have fallen under two sets of religion laws. In the north, all schools– even Christian schools– must offer instruction in Islam, and converts from Islam to Christianity face not only criminal charges but also death at the hands of their families. In the south, Christians enjoy religious freedom.
15% of Sudan’s 37.2 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.”

Background:
Sudan rejects Gaddafi’s warning.
Gaddafi: Israel is responsible for Sudanese crisis.
Spain: Sudanese refugee alerts about links between Sudanese Govt and Al-Qaeda.

Chomsky: "Europe won’t accept Turkey because of racism"

Chomsky: EU won’t accept Turkey because of racism:

European racism is the main reason why Turkey will not be accepted into the EU, says Noam Chomsky according to Turkish newspaper, Today’s Zaman.

Europe can claim with some justification that Turkey has not satisfied all of the human rights conditions. On the other hand, I don’t really think this is the reason. …I think it is plain racism,” Chomsky said in an interview with the newspaper on Sunday.

…Chomsky added that there are worse human rights violators among European countries and pointed to Britain which participated in the war in Iraq.

“Has Turkey done anything like that? On the contrary, it refused to participate in the invasion. That’s a much higher level of observance of human rights and even international law…I always felt Europe was more racist,” he said.

The MIT professor visited İstanbul on Friday to participate in an international conference on the freedom of expression, and said he had seen great improvements in Turkey’s approach to human rights, especially in its treatment toward the Kurds.

So, now it results that after 500 years of Ottoman dominion over the Balkans (with the mixture of races and physical types that causes), Europe lets Balkan countries enter the EU and not Turkey but the problem is racism. It’s amazing this guy can sell books…

Nigeria: Rioters burn police station, Boko Haram’s involvement suspected

Rioters burn police station in northern Nigeria | Top AP Stories | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle:

Rioters set a police station ablaze in northern Nigeria near where a radical Islamic sect operates, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The attack was similar to one that sparked a wave of violence last year that left more than 700 people dead

Nigeria federal police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told The Associated Press the attack occurred sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning in the village of Gamboru, just northeast of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s Muslim north. Ojukwu said he had no immediate casualty figures. 

A similar attack on a police station heralded a violent uprising by the radical Boko Haram sect in July 2009. A subsequent security crackdown led to more than 700 deaths. However, Ojukwu said he didn’t know whether the sect was involved in the attack. 

An Associated Press reporter heading toward the police station Tuesday morning said he saw a strong police presence on roads heading out of Maiduguri, the city where the sect once had its main mosque. The reporter said he saw officers patting down every passer-by, checking for hidden weapons. 

Authorities fear Boko Haram, which means ‘Western education is sacrilege‘ in the local Hausa language, has regrouped and rearmed since the 2009 violence. The group wants a stricter version of Islam’s Shariah law in place across Nigeria.”

Background:
150 killed in clashes between Islamic sect and the police.
Hostages held by Boko Haram, freed.
HRW asks for an investigation into death of Boko Haram’s leader.
13-yr-old girl forced to watch her pastor’s murder by Boko Haram.
Islamist sect Boko Haram vows to continue Jihad.

Malaysia: Adam Lambert’s show too glam for Islam

Malaysian authorities said Tuesday they would not ban US singer Adam Lambert’s concert despite protests from conservative Islamist groups over his openly gay performances, but would require him to tone down his act.
‘Our decision remains the same. The concert can go on as long as they follow our guidelines,’ a spokeswoman from the government agency that vets permit for performance by foreign artists said.
Adam Lambert, 28, shot to fame as a contestant in the 2009 American Idol singing competition. His Glam Nation Tour was scheduled to hold a concert Thursday at the indoor Putra Stadium in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
But his eyebrow-raising stage antics have not escaped the attention of the Pan Islamic Party (PAS). The country’s largest opposition party has called on the government to cancel the ‘wild, lewd and extreme’ concert because Lambert is deemed to be a purveyor of the Western ‘yellow,’ or depraved, culture.
‘Adam Lambert has not only publicly disclosed that he is gay but he has wantonly displayed his gayness by kissing male dancers and performed lewd acts on stage with his fellow rock band,’ PAS youth wing head Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi said.
His concert would ‘destroy the morals of our youths,’ he added.

Netherlands: prosecutors call for partial Wilders acquittal

Dutch prosecutors call for partial Wilders acquittal | Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Prosecutors in the trial of anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders say he should be acquitted of group defamation.

The populist Dutch MP is standing trial for defamation of Muslims as a group because of his comparison of the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He is also charged with inciting hatred and discrimination.

Public prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman now say his comments on the Qur’an referred to Islam and its holy book, and not to Muslim people.

In explaining their call for acquittal on the defamation charges, the prosecutors also explained that statements contained in the MP’s film, Fitna, referred to Islam as a religion and not to its followers. Even though the statements could hurt the feelings of Muslims, that was not the same as defamation of the group.

On Friday, the prosecutors will either press for Mr Wilders to be found guilty on the incitement charges or for him to be acquitted. If they call for a guilty verdict, they will also put forward what they consider an appropriate sentence.”

I don’t understand how he can be accused of discrimination and hatred when he was speaking only of the Qu’ran and Islam, and not of Muslims. That would be like saying you are feeling hatred for Germans for speaking about Nazis and Nazism.

Background:
New Dutch Government agrees to ban burqa, cut deficit.
Geert Wilders on trial.