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Islam and the West

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has for the first time openly said what has been the West's worst kept secret. According to him, the Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism - the main source of the fundamentalist ideology of terrorist groups like ISIS began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter Russia during the Cold War....

 

Since the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency in January 2017, many American Muslim leaders have been busy fighting back against the repressive, Islamophobic policies designed and implemented by his administration....

“I spend my time trying to convince fellow Muslims that liberal democracy gives them all the freedom they need to practise their faith, so there is no reason to pursue Islamic rule,” he says. “Whenever a Western country imposes its cultural norms on Muslims, winning those arguments becomes more difficult.”...

Of course, along with this “special responsibility” comes a geopolitical advantage: by providing this service, the United States cements its status as the world’s sole superpower and places every other oil-importing nation -- and the world at large -- in a condition of dependence on its continued performance of this vital function….

 

To hate all Muslims because of their faith and not to make a distinction between extremist Islam and ordinary decent Muslims is of course wrong. It is moreover hurtful and alienating of the secular and reformist Muslim allies that we have in this fight against Islamism...

 

Arabs becoming less religious,” proclaimed The Times of Israel. “Arab world turns its back on religion,” agreed The Guardian. Arabs chorused The Times of London were “losing their religion.”...

 

Both the Shi’ite Islamism of the Ruhollah Khomeini-dominated Iran and the Islam of Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s Islamic State are “religious supremacist” ideologies, and both would commit any crime to prove their supremacy...

Indeed, Mr Trump could not resist thanking Tehran for having spared a US aircraft ferrying 39 “terrorists” to heaven knows where. The “terrorists” in question are actually soldiers. The term “terrorists” is Iranian tit-for-tat, a reciprocal insult because Mr Trump had designated the Iranian National Guard as “terrorist”....

El Fadl rejected their response. "You have killed our religion," he spoke of ICSC officials before his own congregation. "Allah is ashamed to look at you" and your "decrepit, immoral intellectual legacy." He even went so far as to deem ICSC staff as "not Muslims”...

On the last day of Passover, an extremist attacked a synagogue in San Diego, murdered a woman, and posted a violent, anti-Semitic manifesto online just before the attack. In March, the Christchurch mosque attacker published a white supremacist screed online and then live-streamed his attack on Facebook....

 

The title — just like Smith’s premise — is a thought-provoking assertion. If one goes by Smith’s argument, it is time to rethink counterterrorism strategies because a person’s ideology and faith — or lack of it — doesn’t matter quite as much as their record of violence against women....

 

Britain’s recent history with Iran is, for the most part, shaming. Nineteenth-century imperialists and traders exploited and bullied, redrawing its borders with the Raj. British armies invaded and occupied and, in the 1920s, helped to elevate Reza Shah to the peacock throne....

 

Darakshan Raja, co-director of the Washington-based Justice for Muslims Collective, observes that the "rise of surveillance capitalism" has produced an "industry that is worth over 200 billion" dollars, with harmful repercussions for minority communities....

While short on specifics and totally lacking a political component, the plan calls for a $50 billion (Dh183.6 billion) investment fund for the Palestinian economy and that of neighbouring Arab states, and a $5 billion transportation corridor between the occupied West Bank and Gaza....

 

How? The first culprit, as always, has been the UN’s Security Council, where Russia and China predictably vetoed an otherwise very strong and unusually popular resolution to censure Myanmar for the human rights abuses in the country...

 

Prohibiting specific religious dress is a textbook example of religious persecution. Where is the recognition of the values of equality and fairness public servants need to be able to bring to their roles? ...

I believe that we will one day reflect on this period in American history where migrant children are being separated from their parents, some having been kept in cages, and think to ourselves: How did this happen?...

 

The dead girl in the desert in Arizona, the African women and children at the US border, the thousands of Mexican and Central Americans in detention in the United States, the stranded Pakistanis still languishing in camps in Bangladesh, the Afghan refugees still facing discrimination in Pakistan, are all faces of the human cost of this coming era. ...

 

In 1993, the United States (US) blacklisted Sudan under Bashir as an international sponsor of terrorism. Osama Bin Laden himself, exiled from the Saudi kingdom, bought property in one of the finest neighbourhoods of Khartoum....

A small number of prisoners within the group were perceived by those interviewed to be operating as a gang under the guise of religion and were reported to cause a significant management issue at each establishment. The gang had clearly defined membership roles including leaders, recruiters, enforcers, followers, and foot-soldiers....

 

At the same time, however, others should not make the mistake of judging Islamic civilization by looking at its worst products, many of which are now rampant. It is a great civilization that has made significant contributions to humanity, especially the West....

... if a search does not end up promoting hate preachers such as Choudary who distort Islam from within, it often leads to WebPages that defame Islam from without. Such websites include Jihad Watch...

This ruthless obsession with imposing its version of Islam on the entire globe is, in the view of its adherents, of such paramount importance that its achievement justifies the use of any means, however excessive....

By the end of World War I, almost all Muslim land was occupied by the Western powers. Nonetheless, rapidly flourishing movements of independence were followed by the foundation of a number of more or less independent states. Meanwhile, population growth has begun to lean in favour of Islamic countries....

 

“Muslims have no majority race — they are equal part black, white or Arab. Half of American Muslims were born in the US, and the vast majority are citizens. Muslims are the faith community most likely to report a low income.”...

 
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