Archive for February, 2010

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The Too-Hot-to-Touch Topic: Unity in Islam

February 17, 2010

By Saiful Islam

The spiel of unity is a bit of mission. Because when one person speaks of unity, there are about 100 people chopping at the poor man’s legs. Its a mission.

So, lo and behold I have conditioned and hardened my legs by kicking a tree everyday; I am going to speak about unity.  But my purpose is to clarify what is meant by unity – not necessarily encourage although, I guess I will inevitably do so at some point.

Unity is a tricky thing.  The moment you say, “brothers, sisters lets leave differences”, you have the inevitable, repeatedly rehashed petty arguments such as “akh, unity is with the Salaf(i)”, or “sidi Unity is on believing in mawlid”.  Okay may be I’m satirising the issue, but hey I’m not exactly far from it either.  “The Aqeedah needs to be sound before there can be unity”.  Now this is a statement I have heard from loads of different groups.  O, and lets not forget the “Khilafa can only bring unity” brigade.  All fair dos and respect to all the perspectives.

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Western Civilised Torture

February 13, 2010

By CoolnessofHind

“One of the most atrocious violations against human dignity is the act of torture, the result of which destroy the dignity and impairs the capability of victims to continue their lives and their activities.”[1]

If it is argued that Muslims have monopoly on suicide bombing, then without a doubt the “Civilised” West in the present era has made its claim to fame through torturing. The West cannot even legitimately criticise Muslims for suicide-bombing as the argument that is often used – killing innocent civilians – equally applies to the purveyors of democracy and human rights.  The critics conveniently forget to look in their own backyard when reports about 39 out 44 drone attacks targeting civilians surface.  The only difference between suicide attacks and drone attacks is that of proximity and bravery.  The US drones kill innocent civilians from the skies, the suicide-bombers are on the ground giving their lives for a cause they deem legitimate.  The allegation of torture however, is something states such as America and Britain are increasingly unable to refute.

The “Progressive” Regression of the West

Such is the nature of godless nations – they regress at the whimsical desires of man.  When voices from thinkers such Montesquieu and Voltaire in Europe came to the forth against the use of torture to extract confession the subsequent abolition of torture was received as the dawn of “enlightened conscious”.[2] Today, the great West has CIA torture cells in Europe with European ministers being complicit to crimes against humanity as they were fully aware of the existence of such hell-holes in which 70 year olds were being beaten into pulp.

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A Slap in the Face of American Justice – Dr Aafia Siddiqui CONVICTED

February 3, 2010

Dr Sumayya

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’oon (To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return)

Is it too soon to proclaim my despair?

Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a human, a woman, a daughter, a sister, and a mother – stripped of her modesty, rights and justice has been convicted in US courts for a crime she has not committed.  The framing nature of the prosecution case was too obvious a sham – with no forensic or physical evidence and conflicting prosecution witness accounts – but not for the US jury panel, who fell for the Looney tune case set up by the US prosecution team…

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