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Smuggling children from Yemen into Saudi Arabia to beg for money

Religious Extremism Exposes a Pair of Countries in the Dark Ages

Study: American Muslims Exemplify Diversity

Local Militants Struggle with Taliban Government for Control of Pakistan

White House: 'Jihadists' and 'global war' no longer acceptable terms

Christians in Pakistan Attacked for Religious Beliefs

Cleric: Iranian nation is united and vigilant

Iraq bombs targeting Shi'ites kill 50

Jihadi testifies against fellow Georgia terror suspect

Afghan Taliban say unhurt by Mehsud’s death

Iraqi girl jailed for attempted suicide bombing

Rs 200 million for rehabilitation of Christian victims of rioting in Pakistan

Muslim Girls Honoured for Completing 'Hunar' Courses

Art and Architecture of Islam – a Trinidad Perspective

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau




Begging for life!

Hamid Al-Sulami | Arab News

MAKKAH: Smuggling children from neighbouring Yemen into Saudi Arabia to beg for money, especially during pilgrimage season and the holy month of Ramadan, is a rising phenomenon. Nobody really knows how many children are trafficked into the country and forced into bondage as child beggars. Estimates vary from a few dozen to as many as 10,000.


Whatever the number, it is recognized to be a problem that lies in the area of child exploitation and child labour. It is a violation of UN conventions on children’s rights, and it robs countless children of not just their childhood but adulthood as well, as they are kept out of school as virtual slaves to racketeers as slimy as the worst mafia captains. These overseers and criminals can even be the heartless fathers of these children.

Child begging rackets often involve a number of kids who are tossed out into the streets to beg or sell trinkets, forced to sleep on the street until they have accumulated an amount of money that is enough to keep them from being physically abused by their masters, and hopefully get a decent meal.

These kids can be seen begging in front of mosques or near gas stations and shops.

Yusuf Ali, 8, who was seen begging near a gas station in Jeddah, told Arab News that he was smuggled into the Kingdom a few months ago with a group of adults. His parents handed him off to a man who promised that the boy would find work in Saudi Arabia and send money home. “When I arrived in the Kingdom, a man named Abu Ayyoub placed me in front of this mosque and asked me to beg for money from the worshippers when they come out of the mosque after prayers,” said the boy. “He also asked me to beg at gas stations when it is not prayer time.”

The boy said his master takes about SR75 of the SR150 he usually makes in a day. He claims to live in a house he knew only as “Al-Izba” where several other beggars are housed. “I do not know when I can go back to mom,” he said in tears.

Ahmed Alami, a 10-year-old Yemeni boy begging at a rest house on the road to Makkah, said he lives alone in the nearby mountains. He says that he takes in about SR20 an hour, but half of that goes to the man to whom his father entrusted him. “My father sent me to Saudi Arabia to work with a friend of his in selling vegetables, but that man asked me to beg instead,” he said.

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Religious Extremism Exposes a Pair of Countries in the Dark Ages

Aug 6, 2009

Two stories this past week from different parts of the world caught my attention as having a common theme -- the dangers of religious extremism in a pair of countries that have devolved into the world's backwaters.

In Pakistan, more than 100 homes in a Christian community were attacked and eight people killed in a riot led by a Sunni Muslim militant group. The massacre was inspired by rumours that a Koran had been burned at a Christian wedding party. That such an action -- most deemed to be a false rumour -- could inspire eight hours of chaos and murder is appalling. But Pakistan, which is 95 percent Muslim, has a blasphemy law said to be frequently used to terrorize minorities. Read more here.

In Sudan, the country that brought us the Darfur genocide, a woman accused of violating Sudan's indecency law by wearing trousers in public could face 40 lashes for her crime. The law is based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law. About 100 women protested outside a court hearing in the case, now adjourned for a month. And some of the women were beaten. Read more here.

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Study: American Muslims Exemplify Diversity

Priscilla Martinez, Aug 6, 2009

"Oh humankind! Indeed, we have created all of you from a single male and female.

Moreover, we have made you peoples and tribes, so that you may come to know one another.

And, indeed, the noblest of you, in the sight of God, is the most God-fearing of you.

Indeed, God is all-knowing, all-aware." (The Qur'an, "The Chambers," verse 13)


This quote from the Holy Scripture is often used to show the religious diversity inherent in Islam.  Early this spring, The Muslim West Facts Project released the first-ever national study of randomly selected American Muslims, revealing that they are the most diverse religious group in the country.

Gallup, a leader in opinion research and polls and located in Washington, DC, has partnered with The Coexist Foundation, a UK registered charity, to collect and disseminate data from the Muslim world and the West about beliefs held in the topics of education, religion, culture, and democracy.  Their goal is to promote better understanding among members of the Abrahamic faiths as well as in their relationships with other religions and the secular world, and to provide Muslim and Jewish leaders with information to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism globally.  This initiative has been named The Muslim West Facts Project.  Dalia Mogahed, who serves on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and was a keynote speaker at the Islamic Society of North America 2009 Convention, is Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies.

The report, titled "Muslim Americans: A National Portrait," compares the opinions of Muslim Americans with those of specific religious groups and with those of the general U.S. population.  Its eye-opening results uncover important differences in ideas of gender equality, civic engagement, life evaluation, and religiosity, among others.

A sampling of the report's findings about American Muslims:

    * 35% are African-American, 28% are White, and 18% are Asian.

    * 36% are aged 18 to 29, with 37% aged 30 to 44.

    * 40% have a college degree or higher.

    * 80% say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

    * 70% report having a job, the highest percentage among the groups surveyed.

    * 41% see themselves as "thriving," while 56% say they are "struggling," and 3% identify themselves as "suffering."

    * 10% identify themselves as "very liberal" or "very conservative" with the remaining bulk identifying themselves almost equally as "liberal," "moderate," or "conservative."

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Local Militants Struggle with Taliban Government for Control of Pakistan’s Khyber Agency

By Mukhtar A. Khan, Aug 6, 2009

Pakistani security forces have not yet established their writ in parts of the volatile Khyber tribal agency. Despite a drawn out military operation dubbed Sirat-e-Mustaqeem (Straight Path), the wary Islamist militants are still at large. Some call it a friendly game of hide-and-seek, others call it a staged drama, yet over 600 people have been killed in the fighting. Several thousand more have been displaced due to the exchange of fire between the Taliban and Pakistani security forces.

Last year, the government claimed to have killed or seriously injured Mangal Bagh – the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI)—described as a Robin Hood-like character who has gathered several thousand disaffected people around him. Mangal Bagh is still alive and dwelling in the Tirah Valley, where he controls most parts of the agency. Mangal Bagh does not allow his organization to be aligned with the Baitullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), but has imposed the same strict Shari’a rules in those parts of the Khyber agency under his control. Anybody who is not wearing a head covering has to pay a fine of 100 rupees. He has also imposed a jazia (also called a jizya, or protection tax) for the non-Muslim communities living in Khyber. Each non-Muslim individual has to pay him 1000 rupees annually, with exceptions for women, children and the handicapped (Daily Mashriq [Peshawar], June 2).

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White House: 'War on terrorism' is over

'Jihadists' and 'global war' no longer acceptable terms

By Jon Ward and Eli Lake Aug 6, 2009

It's official. The U.S. is no longer engaged in a "war on terrorism." Neither is it fighting "jihadists" or in a "global war."

President Obama's top homeland security and counterterrorism official took all three terms off the table of acceptable words inside the White House during a speech Thursday at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

"The President does not describe this as a 'war on terrorism,'" said John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, who outlined a "new way of seeing" the fight against terrorism.

The only terminology that Mr. Brennan said the administration is using is that the U.S. is "at war with al Qaeda."

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Christians in Pakistan Attacked for Religious Beliefs

Aug 6, 2009: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community denounces violence against Pakistan's Christian minority.

(GOJRA, Pakistan) - The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) strongly condemns the violence towards Pakistan's Christian minority last week in the town of Gojra.

In response to a report that a Quran had been defiled, a mob of up to 20,000 individuals in Gojra rioted and, on Saturday, attacked local Christian residents for no other reason than their religious beliefs.

More than 100 Christian houses were burned and looted in a rampage that lasted 8 hours and resulted in 20 injuries and seven deaths. Pakistani authorities later stated that the report that spurred this violence was spurious.

Such episodes of religious intolerance and violence have become increasingly common since the passing of Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws in 1984.

Many legal experts say the laws have been badly misused since their introduction by the military dictator General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq.

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Cleric: Iranian nation is united and vigilant

TEHRAN - Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani has said that the Iranian nation is “united and vigilant” and that is why all plots against the Islamic Republic have failed so far. He made the remarks in a sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran.

Ayatollah Kashani also stated that the Supreme Leader’s approval of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency on Monday was an endorsement of the fact that “republicanism and Islamism” are inseparable in Iran.

The system founded by Imam Khomeini was an Islamic republic, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the people, he noted, referring to the 1979 referendum in which 98 percent of the people voted “yes” to the Islamic republic system.

The Imam and the voters sought to establish a republicanism based on the spirit of Islam, and the “Constitution is also based on this,” he added.

He also mentioned the extreme pressure imposed on the Islamic Republic over its efforts to utilize nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and the intense propaganda campaign launched against Iran after the June 12 presidential election.

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Iraq bombs targeting Shi'ites kill 50

By Jamal al-Badrani, Aug 7, 2009

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed 38 people as they left a Shi'ite Muslim mosque just outside the volatile northern Iraqi city of Mosul, officials said Friday, while bombs in Baghdad killed another 12.

Police said 140 people were wounded in the suicide bombing, one of several attacks in recent weeks targeting Shi'ite religious gatherings. The provincial governor, Atheel al-Nujaifi, said 37 people died in the attack and 276 were wounded.

A week ago a series of blasts outside Shi'ite mosques in Baghdad killed 31 people. Sunni Islamist militants like al Qaeda, who consider Shi'ites heretics, are often blamed.

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Jihadi testifies against fellow Georgia terror suspect


ATLANTA — A few weeks ago, Syed Haris Ahmed sought to convince a federal judge his talk of terror attacks was just boastful online chatter. He apparently failed and was convicted of plotting to support terrorist groups.

He stood in the same courtroom Wednesday as a key prosecution witness against his friend and suspected cohort Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, who is charged with sending video of Washington landmarks to overseas terrorists and travelling to Bangladesh to pursue "violent jihad."

Ahmed told jurors that he and Sadequee discussed travelling to Pakistan to "obtain military-style jihad training." He said the two talked about targeting oil refineries to disrupt the American economy. And he said he took Sadequee with him to Washington to make the video clips so Ahmed could raise his own prestige in the online jihad community.

"I just wanted to prove to someone I could be of some benefit," said Ahmed, who is awaiting sentencing. "I wanted to raise my reputation so I thought, 'What if I could make videos?'"

Sadequee could face up to 60 years in prison on four counts that he plotted to aid terror groups and ultimately took concrete steps to help them.

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Afghan Taliban say unhurt by Mehsud’s death

August 08, 2009

KABUL: The reported death of Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud will not hurt the Taliban cause in Afghanistan, an Afghan Taliban spokesman said on Friday. “The Taliban’s jihad against foreign forces in Afghanistan will not be affected if a Pakistani Taliban leader is killed on the other side of the Durand line,” Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said from an undisclosed location. “We feel sympathy for our brothers who fight for the same cause, but resistance against the Afghan government and its foreign allies will continue.” Pakistani officials claim Mehsud was killed by a missile strike two days ago. Reuters


Iraqi girl jailed for attempted suicide bombing

15-year-old Rania Ibrahim sentenced to seven and half years, though it remains unclear whether she was forced to act against her will

Aug 6, 2009 A teenage Iraqi girl has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for attempting to blow herself up at a checkpoint in north-eastern Iraq, but questions remain as to whether she was victim or villain.

Rania Ibrahim was sentenced in a juvenile court on Sunday for the attempted attack in August 2008 on Iraqi forces near the town of Baquba, about 40 miles north of Baghdad, a provincial judge, Zaid Khalaf, said today.

The incident was captured in dramatic police footage that was seen around the world on You Tube, but conflicting accounts surrounded her arrest from the outset. US officials said the 15-year-old turned herself in after being wired up to the explosives against her will, while Iraqi police said she was caught by a patrol after arousing suspicion while walking in Baquba town centre.

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Rs200 million for Gojra rehabilitation

By Tariq Saeed

TOBA TEK SINGH, Aug 6: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Thursday that rehabilitation of Christian families affected by recent incidents in Gojra would cost Rs200 million, half of which would be provided by the federal government.

 Addressing members of the Christian community and other people here, he said there would be no point-scoring and the federal and provincial governments would work jointly to rehabilitate the affected families....

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Muslim Girls Honored for Completing 'Hunar' Courses

Patna: August 6, 2009

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday handed out bank passbooks with a balance of Rs. 2,500 to a number of girls who successfully completed courses in various skills including sewing, knitting, handicraft, nursing, and cosmetology under the 'Hunar' scheme to purchase tools of their choice.

The event dubbed as 'Auzaar', or tools, was held at the S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna and was attended by thousands of girls who successfully completed the program that was introduced by the Chief Minister a year ago.

Touting the success of the scheme, officials said nearly 12,000, out of a total of 13,768 graduated from the training programs that prepare girls from the minority community to start their own career in the field of their likings.

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Art and Architecture of Islam – a Trinidad Perspective

By NicolaGamaldo, Augt 07 2009

The place of worship for followers of Islam is called a mosque. The mosque originated from the Arabic word ‘Masjid,’ meaning a place of worship. The mosque is a sacred place of quiet and male Muslims are obliged to attend service there every Friday.

Here in Trinidad, the normal mosque consists of a large covered court, with fountains attached to the building to facilitate ablutions before worship. Most of them were fairly recently constructed, each with a floor plan in either a rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal shape. Traditionally, the mosque is painted in white (symbol of purity) and green and its domed structure was inherited from the Christian Byzantine architectural tradition in the Near East.

However, the domes in Trinidad show variety and are not of the traditional shape of the Arabian mosques.

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     At a time when all the Muslim country of the world is plagued by the Suicide Bombing virus, they are yet to develop a comprehensive prevention let alone a cure against proliferation. International community could successfully tackle mad cow, Bird flu and quite commendably subduing the Swine flu virus, but failing miserably in tackling the Faith Based Terrorist (FBT) virus. In computer parlance a common axiom is anti-virus companies’ launch virus to sell their anti-virus software. Right or wrong is debatable but if a virus producer has a different objective than only selling anti-virus, what is the tool to detect that? If the virus producer wants to destroy the computers of a target group, he will provide fund, training and different other anti-virus support till all targeted computers are destroyed or compromised. This is the pathetic scenario of Muslim countries of the world; they take anti-virus support from the producers of virus who have hidden agenda. Afghanistan, Iraq used wrong anti-virus. Pakistan doing the same, what are we doing? If the target of virus producer is the nuclear plant of Pakistan or sovereignty of our country, what are we to do?

    China did not purchase anti-virus vaccine to fight bird flu, they produced their own. A casual search would let know who produces and supply bird flu anti-virus throughout the world. A very interesting finding is, why some ME countries does not have any serious blowup of suicide bombing? Is it because they are party to the process of making Suicide Bombers (SB) in different Muslim countries of the world? Terrorism is basically a problem of drifted faith, manipulated with extreme efficiency by providing a perception strong enough to commit suicide as a “one way ticket to the heaven”. Our ignorance is so much that we not only fail to anticipate the big picture we fail miserably in detecting the obscure game being played by the professional perpetrator at grass route level.

    Modern world not only know, “prevention is better than cure” this has become a dictum. Chemotherapy is applied to counter cancer but world body spending billions each year in search of a vaccine. For any pandemic first immediate action: look for the vaccine. It is only terrorism that we are happy only with curative chemo never bothered about a vaccine. FBT are not imported, they grow from within. Why Muslim countries’ fail in stopping recruitment of such FBT? The very first reason is poor knowledge of Islam by the mass and morally corrupt administration. Secondly, under the cover of protocol the perpetrator continuously visit the target countries decision/policy makers to provide a counter terrorism (CT) perception that is sure to fail. Besides, perpetrators ensure presence of policy makers in target country as “their men”, who recommend that suggestions provided are the best to fight FBT.

    Through war gaming perpetrator specifically identify that how the Muslim countries administration going to react to such crisis. Accordingly they activate their diplomatic apparatus to visit the target country decision/policy makers under the cover of “help”. But the hidden agenda is to infuse a perception where CT effort is directed towards physical level not towards faith level, where perpetrator perpetually turning young Muslims into terrorist. 3rd World Muslim countries’ miserably fail to develop an effective counter motivational effort to keep own people within the fold of main stream (basic teaching) Islam. Neither Muslim administrators can develop a solid defense nor the Wahabi priests, will ever be obliged to offer a genuine help to the administration.  As Wahabi priests are an integral part of the process of the destruction of Islam in this century.

    When administration makes a success in unearthing a big cache of terrorist or successfully provides death sentence to some, instead of complacency the question should be, how these people have turned into terrorist at the first point? What administration was doing when innocent people were indoctrinated by the perpetrator? Finding out cache is a success but compared to detection of indoctrination process and prevention, it is nothing at all. This is where perpetrators are making a continuous success and we are failing continuously.

    Terrorists are not only drifted from the traditional Islam they are trained, armed, equipped and also provided with satellite intelligence support. That is why Saddam Hussain was caught and hanged but Bin Laden still remains out of touch of anyone; same is the case with Baitullah Mehsud of Pakistan. Pakistan army now fighting their own people under Mehsud in Swat, FATA and different other places. What intelligence had been doing when innocent citizens were getting drifted, trained and equipped? They need to find out who provide Baitullah Mehsud the latest weapons and communication equipments to fight and remain safe like Laden? In fact, all are coming from the same origins, drifted faith and money from ME and weapon and technology from the perpetrator.

    Let us discuss what could be the likely mission of these professionally efficient perpetrators in the so called War on Terror:

    a. Create a drifted faith group from the main stream of Islam who can subsequently be launched as SB.

    b. Different Jihadi groups may take different names based on local influence such as Al-Qaida, Harkatul-Jihad, Deccan-Mujahideen, JMB etc but the basic faith is always the same as Wahabi’s.

    c. Under the cover of training; bring Defense, Home and Foreign ministry officials of target country.   Hook some of them using baits to turn them into own agent (long term mission).

     d.  Once hooked, they are gradually placed into decision making positions to manipulate the target countries administration according to the mission. (Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa fired his defense minister and military intelligence head for being hooked up by the intelligence agency of Global Rambo).

    e. Penetrate the intelligence setup of the target country under the cover of counter terrorism (CT) support and disable them from producing any actionable intelligence.

    f. There will be constant visit of foreign affairs delegates and high level defense officials to the target country decision and policy makers. The purpose is to give them a perception to fight the terror at physical level (the way Pakistan army is fighting today).

    g. Meanwhile drifted faith/hooked up clergy to continue producing SB, provide them training, weapons and explosives.

    h. Give them (SB) targets which create psychological response in target country, culminating into a situation favorable to perpetrators mission.

    i. Create a non-state actor like Laden, Jarkawi and so on, use the massive media machinery and blow out of proportion their destructive capability.

    j. Conduct falls flag operation like 9/11, a blatant lie like WMD or declare a Muslim country as a failed/rouge state and consequently destroy innocent civilian in millions as collateral damage.

    After taking lesson from the perpetrators expected mission if we fail to prevent breeding of SB, not only the country’s sovereignty will be at stake, future generation will never forgive us for our wrong doings. There can be thousands of measures to stop the breeding; here we are elucidating only few:

    a. Minimum 10 case study (synopsis) of captured SB’s indoctrination process need to be read to people through all mosques and Madrasas of the country. Each in every Jumma prayer. Government to ensure that maximum people are made knowledgeable on this surreptitious indoctrination process. This will force the perpetrator to give up or device new technique.

    b. All the references of   Quran, Hadees, Ijmah and Qyias that killing innocent civilian is strictly prohibited in Islam should be printed in bold letters. Such posters should be hanged in all types of academic institutions and Mosques for regular view of the students and visitors.

    c. SB arrested even before the commitment of crime should be hanged as per the law of the land. But the motivators should be publicly hanged like that of Iran. This will deter the Wahhabi and hooked up clergies from motivating the innocent young Muslims to be an SB.

    Due to the lack of basic religious knowledge based on classical ISLAM, it is extremely difficult for Muslim countries’ decision makers to fathom, that exactly where the drift is taking place from the main stream. Solutions are there “off the shelf”; all we have to do is; reaching out and find the right person for the job. Never again, turn to a Wahhabi priest or perpetrators for the help or suggestion.

    Trying to solve a problem without knowing is basically becoming party to the problem. Pakistan is trying to solve Taliban problem for last 8 years but instead of resolve, the government have become party to the problem. They are now under threat not only from east and western fronts they have now a new front from within. Since liberation all Bangladeshi government tried to solve the corruption problem but every government became party to the corruption problem and bolted out of power either by force or my mandate. “Knowledge is power”, if we believe in this axiom, we better quickly be knowledgeable before the planned blow up of FBT suicide bombing onslaught.

    By Saleem