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Cartoon: President Macron horrified over growing boycott campaign of French products in Arab World

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European Muslim groups urge Macron end ‘divisive rhetoric’

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Macron has  faced a backlash from Muslim activists after claiming in a speech a month ago that Islam was “in crisis globally” and announced his plan “to reform Islam” in order to make it more compatible with his country’s republican values.

In an open letter published on Saturday, the organizations from several countries including the Netherlands, Finland and Italy said the French leader has failed to provide “strong moral leadership” following the killing of a teacher and three worshippers at a church last month.

“Maligning Islam and your own Muslim citizens, closing mainstream mosques, Muslim and humanitarian rights organizations, and using this as an opportunity to stir up further hatred, has given further encouragement to racists and violent extremists,” the signatories said, urging Macron to rethink what they called his “unilateral assault on Muslims, Islam and Prophet Muhammad [(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)]”.

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November 2, 2020 - 12:46 PM News Code : 1082869 Source : ABNA24.comLink:   

Frustrated over a growing boycott campaign of French products in the Arab world, French President Emmanuel Macron says he understands the feelings of Muslims who are shocked by the displaying of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.

Cartoon by: Mohammad Sabaaneh

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I think people in the west are most afraid of Islam's lack of human rights awareness.  until that changes, there will always be Islamophobia.  

Islamophobia is virtually non-existent in reality in point of fact. Pure, unadulterated, irrational haters are few and far between and the label "Islamophobe" is largely an invention, a rhetorical sle

No it's not. This is a delusion, and the faster you get over it, the better. What is "Islam?" What is a "Muslim?" How any nominal "Muslims" understand this "Islam" as you comprehend it, how many of t

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Photos: Prophet's Birth Aniv. & Unity Week Celebrated at Imam Sadiq Mosque of Istanbul, Turkey / Özgündüz condemned anti-Islamic remarks by French president

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‘Rasulullah ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) Symbol of Humanity’ webinar planned in France

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The webinar will be held on November 3 from 7:30 p.m. local time.

It can be watched on YouTube and the Instagram page of the Islamic center.

Sheikh Abdulsalam Muhammad Abdullah, Al-Azhar teacher and expert in comparative religions from Egypt, Ayatollah Abdullah Javadi Amoli, Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Reza Ramezani, secretary general of Ahl-ul-Bayt (عليه السلام) World Assembly, and Sheikh Badr bin Salim bin Hamdan Al-‘Ibri, researcher and author from Oman, will deliver speeches at the webinar.

It will be also addressed by Hojat-ol-Islam Seyyed Abulhassan Navab, president of the University of Religions and Denominations, Sheikh Khalid Almulla, head of the Iraqi Scholars’ Society, Sheikh Muiz Reza from Hazrat Zeynab (SA) Center of Paris, Hojat-ol-Islam Seyyed Ziauddin Makki, head of the Islamic Center of France and Jamal Al-Hami, head of the Islamic Studies Research Center of Paris.

‘Rasulullah (PBUH) Symbol of Humanity’ webinar planned in France

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French Instagram page of Imam Kahmenei blocked

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On Friday, Instagram Social Network blocked the official account of Website of Office for Preservation and Publication of Works of Leader of the Islamic Revolution in French.

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a letter on Wed. to the young people in France, calling on them to question the double standards of their president over freedom of expression.


Following recent flagrant insults to the Holy Prophet of Islam in France, the strong support of the French President Emmanuel Macron and the Cabinet of that country for these malicious actions under the guise of "freedom of expression," and also the role played by that government in spreading Islamophobia, Ayatollah Khamenei has raised important questions in a message to the French youth.

In another part of the letter, the Leader asked, "Why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) is allowed?"

Now, the new French page of the Leader of the Revolution on Instagram has initiated its work at the following address: instagram.com/fr.Khamenei.ir as a replacement page for the blocked page.

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Iran’s Quranic community condemns insults to Holy Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم))

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Islamophobia in Austria;

After hijab ban Austria’s new law on 'political Islam' opens door for crackdown on Muslims

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Austria’s right-wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced a raft of new measures which would make “political Islam” a criminal offence.

Kurz used Twitter to announce the new policy stating “In the fight against political Islam, we will create a criminal offense called ‘political Islam’ in order to be able to take action against those who are not terrorists themselves, but who create the breeding ground for such.”
 

The announcement caught many by surprise. The draconian measures do not define “political Islam” nor do they lay out the extent that daily Muslim practices and needs could be now criminalised as a result of this new law.

Kurz went on to add, “There will be further possibilities for the closure of the places of worship, the introduction of an imams register, the symbol and association law will be tightened and measures will be taken to drain financial flows for terrorist financing.”

In the past, Austria has shut down several mosques which it deemed to be political. The move at the the time was condemned as a “reflection of the Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave” in the country.

Farid Hafez, an Austrian political scientist at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg, speaking to TRT World, condemned the latest actions taken by the Kurz government.

“This is the latest step by the government to crush Muslim civil society and send a message out that no one is safe,” said Hafez.

“Making ‘political islam’ a criminal offense would open the doors for every future crackdown,” imperiling all future Muslim activism added Hafez.

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Turkey condemns Pompeo: Focus on racism, Islamophobia in US before preaching on religious freedoms

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The U.S State Department said in a statement Tuesday that Pompeo would travel to Istanbul to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Greek Orthodox Christians.

“It would be more advisable for the United States to look in the mirror first and to show the necessary sensitivity to human rights violations such as racism, Islamophobia and hate crimes in its own country,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement.

“Our reaction on this matter was conveyed to the U.S. side, and it was suggested that (Washington) focus on increasing cooperation between our countries on regional and global issues,” the Foreign Ministry said.

 

The top U.S. diplomat plans to discuss religious issues in Turkey and to promote “our strong stance on religious freedom around the world,” the statement read.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rebuked the statement “as extremely inappropriate,” insisting that the country protects the rights of citizens of various faiths to freely practice their religions.
 

In July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan converted Istanbul’s landmark Haghia Sophia into a mosque. The site was built as a cathedral during the Byzantine empire, but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

Erdogan later also announced a decision to transform the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, another Byzantine-era church in Istanbul, into a mosque as well.

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Islamophobia in US: NYC woman accused with hate crime in attack on Muslim couple

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Muslim woman activist kicked off American Airlines flight, spent four hours in custody

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AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A Queens (New York City borough) woman accused of shouting an anti-Muslim slur while grabbing a woman's headscarf and then attacking her husband was charged Friday with assault as a hate crime and other offenses, authorities said.

Giselle DeJesus, 35, was being held on $10,000 bond after her arraignment Friday, court records show. A message seeking comment was left for her lawyer.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz called the episode a “malicious assault” that left the husband with extensive facial fractures that needed surgery.

“A family was terrorized because of their religious beliefs,” the Democrat said.

According to prosecutors, DeJesus and the couple live on the same street in the Rego Park neighborhood, and DeJesus harassed the wife and the couple's two children in an encounter Sept. 27.

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The incident happened on Saturday when Amani al-Khatahtbeh, a congressional candidate and founder of Muslimgirl blog, attempted to travel from Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to a statement from American Airlines, the incident between Al-Khatahtbeh and an unidentified white passenger began during TSA screening.

American Airlines indicated that her arrest came after the on-plane confrontation, but her brother and the New Jersey chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations said al-Khatahtbeh was handcuffed for refusing to remove her hijab.

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Al-Khatahtbeh later shared her experience on Twitter. She said the man had her removed from the flight because she made him feel 'uncomfortable'.

She then tweeted the airline directly stating: 'ONE OF YOUR MANAGERS IS TRYING TO GET POLICE TO REMOVE ME OFF 9:55 EWR (Newark Liberty Airport) TO CHARLOTTE.'

Al-Khatahtbeh shared a photo of police escorting her off the plane, saying 'Simply flying as a Muslim woman makes people uncomfortable.... unbelievable.'

On Facebook Live, she posted a video showing all passengers disembarking the plane after she and the man both refused to leave.   

Her brother later shared an update on Twitter saying that he was en route to Newark Liberty to try and find further information.

He and CAIR-NJ executive director Selaedin Maksut both claimed that Al-Khatahtbeh was only handcuffed after she refused to remove her hijab.

'@Amani2020 was handcuffed by EWR police officers bc she refused to take her hijab off during processing. Muslim woman should not have to endure such humiliation bc they hold firm to their religious beliefs. Do better,' wrote Maskut.

'Only after our @CAIRNJ attorney asked to speak with EWR Port Authority police did they remove the handcuffs and allow for @Amani202 to remain in the cell with her hijab.'

Additional footage of the incident was taken and shared by an American Airline passenger who witnessed it.   

The passenger also shared video footage of al-Khatahtbeh speaking with airline crew and police before she was booted off the aircraft.

'Had to get off my flight because a man asked a Muslim woman to get off the plane. @AmericanAirlines employees followed his request and gave the woman no explanation,' the passenger, @yesjaketapia, wrote beneath a video of the woman speaking politely to flight crew.

The activist - was named one of the 25 most influential Muslim Americans by CNN - is the founder of the blog MuslimGirl.

American Airlines added in its statement: 'We are aware of an incident that took place between two passengers before and during boarding of flight 2029 at Newark Liberty International Airport. We are concerned by these allegations and our team is working to understand what occurred.'

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UK: One in four Muslims experience Islamophobia in Labour Party

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Five anti-Islamic Danish far-right activists arrested for plotting to burn holy Quran

Twelve men charged in Germany with plotting mosque attack, murder Muslims

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“They aimed through attacks on mosques and the killing and wounding of as many Muslims as possible to create civil war-like conditions,” the prosecutors announced in a Friday statement.

The prosecutors identified the suspects as 11 gang members and one accomplice – all German nationals between the ages of 31 and 61 – adding that they had met regularly to plan the terror attack with all but one pledging to contribute thousands towards a 50,000-euro scheme to finance the purchase of weapons

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Austrian Muslims concerned over rising Islamophobia

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Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called them ticking time bombs. But the most controversial part of the new measures is the creation of a new criminal offense that the government calls political Islam. If approved, this law would make it easier to close mosques or detain imams on charges of creating the breeding ground for terrorism.

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The Labour Muslim Network, which is the largest group of Muslim members and supporters of Labour and is behind the findings, carried out a survey between July and August, interviewing 422 Muslim members and elected officials.

“There are definitely undercurrents of Islamophobia within the Labour Party, stemming from ignorance and systemic racism, which may not be overt but does exist,” said one female respondent.

Nearly 44 percent respondents said Labour does not take Islamophobia seriously, while 55 percent did not trust the party to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment.

“We must take swift action to tackle Islamophobia within our ranks,” said Labour MP Afzal Khan, in a foreword to the report. “Whilst the Labour Party has enjoyed overwhelming support of the Muslim community for decades, we cannot take their support for granted.”
 

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AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Five Danish far-right activists suspected of planning to provoke Muslims in Belgium by burning a holy Qur’an have been arrested and ordered out of the country, officials said Thursday.

According to their group’s Facebook page, those arrested are members of “Stram Kurs” or “Hard Line” — a group led by Danish anti-Islam and anti-immigration militant Rasmus Paludan. According to the site, Paludan himself was arrested in neighboring France and has also been expelled.

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Turkish security forces arrest 19 people for belonging to ISIS in Istanbul

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Counter-terrorism division teams carried out an operation to arrest foreigners who entered Turkey illegally after a period in Iraq and Syria fighting with the group.

Security teams launched simultaneous raids on wanted in nine districts of Istanbul.

Police noted that the operation, which was conducted with the support of special forces, resulted in the arrest of 19 foreign members of the organization, as well as confiscating its organization documents and digital materials.

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I feel that Islamophobia in west is because of the highly violent image of Islam their. Moreover, lack of awareness about many things that are really important but are neglected easily. 

1. Extremism :

Extremism has contributed a lot to Islamophobia. In the west, saying Allahu Akber out loud can be dangerous for a muslim. Because people will think of him as a suicide bomber or some fake jihadi. Definition of Jihad is completely violated. Definition of Sharia has become 'some sort of an extremist law'. 

2. Fake Islamic Nations:

They still call Saudi Arabia as a vatican of Muslims. So, whatever the regime of Saudi Arabia does is a point for them to blame Islam and Muslims. Their dictatorship, their extremist laws, their extremely strict laws on women's rights etc. 

3. Westerners believe 'Quran is enough':

From many debates on BBC and Guardian and Oxford Union or Cambridge, it can be easily understood that when they blame Islam directly, they base their arguments on the strong verses of the Holy Qur'an. They will provide you a whole stack of versrs from Qur'an that they have taken out of context. While they focus little on Islamic History. They know nothing about th ed life of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and you cannot talk about Ahl ul Bayt (عليه السلام) with them. 

4. Politics:

An extreme amount of politics is done to brainwash the minds of the westerners. Defaming the Islamic nations. Use of media to infiltrate false informations about muslims etc. 

5. Secular Islam as a defender

Some muslims don't practice Islam and are just follow some rituals. They don't pray much, they don't fast much. They are deemed as moderates and real Muslims because they can accept anything and they justify all their acts through illogical arguments. They simply try to justify secularism rather than putting the real image of Islam.  Such people present an apologistic image of Islam which is dangerous itself. People debate them on Islam and obviously find that their reasoning is not accurate. So, the questions are left unanswered.

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German footballer Özil: We should answer growing anti-Islam sentiment with kindness

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In a Twitter post, Özil quoted a verse from the Quran, "Good and evil cannot be equal. Respond to evil with what is best, then the one you are in a feud with will be like a close friend."

"Unfortunately Islamophobia & Antiislamismus [Anti-Islamism] is growing in Europe and in other parts of the world with media playing a big role in that," he said.

"My personal answer to that: We should respond to Islamophobia & Antiislamismus in a way that will not reinforce it, but rather disarm and silence it with kindness," the 31-year-old midfielder said.

https://en.abna24.com/news//german-footballer-ozil-we-should-answer-growing-anti-islam-sentiment-with-kindness_1088211.html

 

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The head of Chicago’s police union faces possible termination from his position with the Chicago Police Department over multiple inflammatory social media posts, including one in which he said Muslims “all deserve a bullet.”

https://news.wttw.com/2020/12/18/chicago-police-union-president-could-be-fired-over-social-media-posts#.X-JuHry5zRk.twitter

Possible termination?

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The Muslim Council of Britain elected their first leader

So the BBC ask her how many female Imams there are.

If that number had been adequate they would have moved onto the number of gay imams and then transgender and so on.

You know the drlill.

 

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2 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

So the BBC ask her how many female Imams there are.

If that number had been adequate they would have moved onto the number of gay imams and then transgender and so on.

She started off well by asking the interviewer to specify what a 'female imam' is (at which point the interviewer got stuck), but after that she seemed to struggle whereas she could have easily pointed out that women are probably leading prayers all over the country and that one doesn't need to be registered to lead prayers or to preach in Islam.

Anyway she is new to the job and will probably be better prepared next time. 

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3 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

The Muslim Council of Britain elected their first leader

So the BBC ask her how many female Imams there are.

If that number had been adequate they would have moved onto the number of gay imams and then transgender and so on.

You know the drlill.

But she tackled it nicely. Jazakallah. 

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On 2/7/2021 at 2:14 PM, Haji 2003 said:

The Muslim Council of Britain elected their first leader

So the BBC ask her how many female Imams there are.

If that number had been adequate they would have moved onto the number of gay imams and then transgender and so on.

You know the drlill.

 

 

BBC interview called out for being Islamophobic:

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“The framing of the interview and clipping up of the ‘female imam’ segment for social media mirrored the style and tone of an accountability interview with a politician, rather than authentically recognising and engaging in what this represented for British Muslim women. Moreover, the false equivalence between imams with rabbis and priests in a religion that has no clergy reflected a basic lack of religious literacy needed for authentic engagement with British Muslim communities.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/feb/17/bbc-under-fire-over-strikingly-hostile-interview-of-muslim-council-of-britain-head

 

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Some people think that brewing Islamophobia in the West may help their tribal struggle in the Middle East, but the prejudice genie doesn't discriminate:

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Description: Être identifiée comme femme musulmane en Suisse, c’est se retrouver à la croisée de plusieurs oppressions : islamophobie, racisme, sexisme. Dès lors, comment faire face aux discriminations et comment prendre confiance en son pouvoir d’agir, collectif et individuel ? Quelle place pour les femmes musulmanes dans le mouvement féministe ?

Les Foulards Violets, collectif de femmes musulmanes ou non, portant le foulard ou non, solidaires avec celles ayant décidé de le porter, vous convient à cette après-midi de réflexion et d’exercices pratiques pour mieux comprendre les concepts-clé du féminisme.

https://lesfoulardsviolets.org

 

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Description: To be identified as a Muslim woman in Switzerland means to find yourself at the crossroads of several oppressions: Islamophobia, racism, sexism. So how can we face discrimination and how can we gain confidence in our power to act, collectively and individually? What place for Muslim women in the feminist movement?

Les Foulards Violets, a collective of Muslim women or not, wearing the headscarf or not, in solidarity with those who have decided to wear it, invites you to this afternoon of reflection and practical exercises to better understand the key concepts of feminism.

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, "students [Muslims, inevitably] refuse to have lessons in classes with red furniture because red would be the color of the devil"

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