Archive for May, 2011

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Judge Jury and Executioner – The American Murder of Osama Bin Laden

May 7, 2011

By Saiful Islam

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole…”

Noam Chomsky’s Reaction to the Osama Bin Laden’s Death

AP PhotosDuring WWII the Jews were gassed and massacred on a huge scale; a genocide no-less.  The perpetrators of these crimes were brought to the now famous Nuremburg trials to face justice.  Later we saw the atrocities and genocide in Bosnia as the world looked on.  Having read parts of the incredibly long judgement some of the crimes are stomach-churningly revolting. Foetus’ were practically ripped out of mother’s wombs and stomped on by the Christian Serbs. Suckling babies were stomped on before the eyes of their wavering parents and mothers repetitively gang-raped before their husbands and children. And these were not one-off events; this was systematic throughout the Serb forces.

Tadic, a Christian Serb conducted ethnic cleansing of Muslims in his home-town and later became a leader. He was caught and then tried at the Hague.  A criminal he was indeed, but in order to be convicted of the various crimes against humanity he perpetrated he had to satisfy a burden of proof.  It is remarkable analysing the verdict of his hearing.  Out of the thirty-one counts, Tadic was found to be not guilty of twenty counts and guilty of eleven, which were arguably comparatively less severe in nature in some instances.

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It’s Only Sunnah Bro!!!

May 2, 2011

By Saiful Islam

ISSM Turban“It’s only Sunnah bro…!”

That is the statement often made by those who when encouraged towards a Sunnah, pull out as an excuse to justify the non-adoption of a particular act, dress code or method which was conducted by the beloved Messenger of Allah(SWT), MuhammadSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallam.

Here is a tangible example.  Coming out of a shop, a brother wearing jeans half hanging down and a D&G t-shirt came out “bopsing” awkwardly and poorly imitating the 50 Cent et al.  It just so happened that I knew him from our younger days at school.

“SALAAAAAAAMALAIKUM CUZZZIEEEEEE, WA GOWAN!!!”

Standing there, I looked at his state, and thought, MashaAllah, the salam (greeting) is still there!  “Walaykum salam bro”, I said.  After the usual catching up phase of our discussion where the obligatory “hows it goin”, “you married yet” questions are asked, I shifted the conversation to his state.

“Bro your trousers are falling down”, I said laughingly.  With a smirk on his face he replied, “bro its style man, I can’t be seen with my trousers up, it’s just weird.”  Excuse me?! Was I hearing right?  I knew he was into his rap music, so I deliberately asked, “is that some rap culture style?”, to which he responded, “yeah man”.  The following conversation then ensued:

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