End of Times, Jesus Will Return: Why Not Muhammad?

 

Question

Here’s a question about Jesus returning at the end of time. A person is asking why is it that Prophet Jesus is returning first of all and why isn’t it that the Prophet Muhammad who’s returning?

answer:

Salam Dear Sister,

Thank you for your question.

This is an interesting question, based on the Muslim belief that Jesus will return at the end of times so why Jesus and not the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Saffiyah: So why Jesus in the first place?

Yes, if we were to justify that belief, you would say that for one thing the Quran says that Jesus speaks to people in his cradle and also in his manhood.

Now the terminology for manhood in the Quran may indicate something that is about forty years old at least. We know that many of the prophets received a revelation when they were about forty years old; specifically in the case of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Now the Gospels report that Jesus, on whom be peace, was about thirty years old when he began preaching and then about three years later he was crucified so that would be about 33 years old, and that would mean that he didn’t live till forty.

So in the Muslim tradition he returns, he dwells on earth for seven years and so he becomes forty and that will fulfill the prophecy in the Quran that he will speak to people in his cradle and also in his manhood which would be something like forty. That seems to be one justification or explanation for this salient belief.

Another explanation is that Jesus is one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in all of history as there have been many prophets and messengers of God. And we believe Jesus, on whom be peace, was a prophet and a messenger of God and that other people took him to be God despite his own teachings. Now at the same time there are some people who rejected him altogether.

So here we have like two extremes, on the one hand some rejecting him altogether, on the other hand some others deifying him. And Muslims, we believe, have the balance view between the two extremes.

Well we can keep telling people about this balanced view but some people will not believe us. But the idea is that when Jesus himself returns that will settle all of the questions so that those who previously rejected him will see the man and now believe in him, and those who previously deified him will see him now arriving in this context coming and becoming, being a part of the Muslim community in praying along with them, praying to the God that he always prayed to.

They will now have no questions remaining they will realize that Jesus is a man, a human being, a prophet of God who has been erroneously made into a God by the thinking of others.

Watch Dr. Shabir Ally’s Answer:

Saffiyah: So why not the Prophet Muhammad then?

I would say that there is no need for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to return as there has been no need for any of the umpteen prophets, we believe that there have been some 124,000 prophets in all of history, and the Quran says to every nation we have sent prophets and messengers but they will not all return.

Only Jesus is specifically singled out in this regard in Muslim and Christian belief as the one who will return towards the end of time. Some people thought that John the Baptist will also return some thought that Elijah will return.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Salam.

 

End of Times, Jesus Will Return: Why Not Muhammad?

LE PEN’S ROTHSCHILD RIVAL: MUSLIM MASS MIGRATION ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ Le Pen’s opponent claims “global warming” behind Muslim migration

Macron, former investment banker at Banque Rothschild and rival to Marine Le Pen in the French presidential race, shared his views at a “climate change” debate last week.

“We have entered a world of great migrations and we will have more and more of it,” Macron told the crowd. “In the coming decades we will have migrations from geopolitical conflicts that will continue to play, and we will have climate change migrations because the planet is in a state of deep imbalance.”

Macron also claimed “man-made climate change” was a “contributing factor” in the mass migrations of over a million Muslims that’s gripped Europe since 2015.

“France will not be able to stem it, and Europe will be affected immediately,” he said. “We will see a migratory phenomenon far greater than what we have seen [with migrants from] Syria.”

Macron’s comments come as no surprise given that Macron was working on an alliance with Hillary Clintonlast year after hosting a private roundtable dinner in October to address how to counter the rise of populist movements worldwide.

Populist candidate Le Pen said that the media was “campaigning hysterically” for Macron much like the US mainstream media did for Hillary Clinton.

“Mr. Macron went to Germany recently to express the admiration he had for their decision to welcome 1.5 million migrants,” she added, referring to German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s open-door migrant policy.

“French people can’t put up with mass immigration anymore!” she said to cheers.

The first round of the French presidential election will take place this April, and if no candidate wins a majority then a run-off election will occur in May.

Le Pen’s Rothschild Rival: Muslim Mass Migration ‘Unstoppable’

The Indian viral video that empowers women and the Oscars’ Muslim-designed dress

Screengrab of YouTube clip Nayi Soch

A female director sports a dress designed by a Muslim at the Oscars, an online funding campaign for Singaporean woman exceeds target amid deportation controversy and a viral video empowering women in India.

India’s ‘sweet’ campaign for women

A video promoting women’s empowerment has gone viral in India, racking up over 2.5 million views in 48 hours.

The clip, titled Nayi Soch (New thinking) was broadcast by the Hindi language Star Plus television channel.

It features prominent Indian actor Aamir Khan as fictional Gurdeep Singh, a sweet shop owner who speaks highly of his children for their role in his thriving business.

When a customer appears impressed at the work of the “very worthy sons”, Singh corrects him: “Not sons…my daughters!”

Screegrab from YouTube video Nayi Soch

The video shows Singh and his two daughters standing proudly in front of their sweet shop, Gurdeep Singh and Daughters.

“It not only questions the gender discrimination that still exists, but also iterates our belief that it is time for fathers to step up and inspire their daughters with confidence and self-belief,” said Uday Shankar, the chairman of Star India which owns the TV channel.

This isn’t the first time Khan has been linked to promoting the role of women in society.

Just two months ago, he starred in a Indian biographical sports film, Dangal, about a father training his young daughters to to become wrestlers. It became Bollywood’shighest-grossing film of all time.

The film is based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a state champion wrestler who coached his daughters in his craft, who became champions in their own right.


Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Muslim-designed fashion on Oscars red carpet

For a ceremony that was by no means short of politically charged acceptance speeches and controversy, there were also subtle political statements that went under the radar at the 89th Academy Awards.

One of such messages were made by director Ava DuVernay, 44, whose film “13th” was nominated for best documentary.

In 2014, she became the first African-American female director to be nominated for best director at the Golden Globes for her film Selma.

Last night, Ms DuVernay stepped on the red carpet in a gown designed by a man based in a majority Muslim nation: Lebanon.

“A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” she said in a tweet.

Screengrab of tweet by director Ava DuVernay

The studio mentioned by Ms DuVernay is Ashi Studio in Beirut, Lebanon which was launched by Mohammed Ashi in 2007.

Screengrab of Instagram post by Ashi Studio

Although Lebanon is not one of the seven countries included in US President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration pause, 54% of its citizens identify as Muslim.

Ms DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed documentary 13th – a reference to the 13th amendment to the US Constitution which abolished slavery – investigates “mass criminalisation and the sprawling American prison industry”.

Before heading to the event, Ms DuVernay also paid tribute to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, five years ago on 26 February. Mr Zimmerman was later found not guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter charges.

“On my way to Oscars. Taking a moment to remember Trayvon Martin. Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong,” she tweeted, holding up a grey hoodie with Trayvon printed on the front. It is believed that Mr Martin was wearing a grey hoodie during the shooting incident.

Screengrab of tweet by Ava DuVernay

Screengrab of Irene Clennell's funding campaign on gofundme.com

Thousands raised for woman deported from Britain

An online funding campaign to support a woman who was deported from the UK has surpassed its target amid reports that she had been sent back to Singapore.

Even after the campaign doubled its initial £10,000 target on Sunday – due to increased costs following her leaving the country – thousands of pounds were raised. More than £36,000 have been raised so far, exceeding the new £20,000 target.

Irene Clennell is a wife, mother and grandmother who lived in Durham. It is understood that Mrs Clennell stayed for long periods in Singapore to care for her parents which invalidated her residential status. The funding campaign was started by her sister-in-law Angela Clennell.

The Home Office says it does not comment on individual cases but a spokesperson said: “We expect those with no legal right to remain in the country to leave.”

She has been caring for her sick husband of 27 years. She told the BBC that the Home Office sent her back to her home country without warning.

“We need to raise £10,000 for legal fees to fight this injustice. Anything you can donate to our family so we can fight back against this unfair, draconian decision that threatens our family is so very appreciated,” says the campaign.

A user tweeted at Home Secretary Amber Rudd: “Does keeping the UK safe include deporting Irene Clennell with only £12 and the clothes she’s wearing?”

But not everyone was opposed to the move.

Screengrab of a Facebook comment by Mark Hodgkiss

“After all that time, you would think she could have sorted out her paperwork…The Home Office is doing its normal job… She is not an asylum seeker just someone who thinks laws do not apply to her,” one Facebook user said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39102539

In Pictures: Muslim, Aboriginal and outspoken

  • Aunty Halima, a Torres Strait Islander Elder, was the daughter of an Indo

 The National Census reported that 1,140 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians identify as Muslim. This figure has grown significantly in the last 15 years, almost doubling that of what was recorded in 2001. While Muslim conversion and identification is growing in Indigenous communities, there is already a long standing history with Islam.

Dating as far back as the early 1700s, influences came from Asian neighbours who worked, traded and socialised with First Nations’ people; Afghan and Indian cameleers in Central Australia, Malay pearl divers in the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula, and Indonesian fisherman in the Top End.

More recently, Indigenous people have become drawn to Islam independently, interested in its guiding principles, spiritual beliefs and the cultural parallels between the faith and traditional Aboriginal culture. However, each journey is as diverse as the people themselves.

In an 2012 interview boxing great, Anthony Mundine was asked about the portrayal of him in the media, to which he replied, “I’m three things that you shouldn’t be in this society, and that’s Muslim, Aboriginal and outspoken.”

Reflecting on Mundine’s powerful words and the preconceptions of minority groups, we consider national identity. NITV would like to thank the participants, those who are who are dedicated to their faith and simultaneously committed to keeping culture strong, for inviting us into their homes and sharing their stories with us.

 

Shaymaa Aboriginal Muslim

Shaymaa Aboriginal Muslim

Shaymaa, a Noongar woman, is a decedent of the camaleers, with her mother’s family name being ‘Abdullah’. Shaymaa began her journey with Islam before researching her family history, having many close Muslim friends and being drawn to its values and the supportive Islamic community around her.

Anthony Mundine Aboriginal Muslim

Anthony Mundine Islam

Anthony, a Bundjalung/Wiradjuri man, often socialised with Muslim friends, but became particularly drawn to Islam after reading the works of African-American leader and black rights’ campaigner, Malcom X.

Tahlia Aboriginal Muslim

Tahlia Aboriginal Muslim

Tahlia, a Nunukul woman from Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island began her journey to Islam while studying at University. Tahlia is a mother of three and happily married. Her younger sister Kaskade (pictured left, below) is also a proud Nunukul girl.

Omar and Obeid Aboriginal Muslim

Wiradjuri brothers, Obeid (L) and Omar (R), grew-up practicing Islam. Their Aboriginal mother came to Islam in her early 20s and their father is Syrian-Muslim.

Kaylaandfamily

Kayla, a Murrawarri/Gomeroi woman, has known her Lebanese-Muslim husband since she was a teenager. Despite being high school sweethearts, Kayla came to Islam years later and independently of her partner, interested in faith, identity and Aboriginality. Kayla and her husband Khaled have five daughters. Kayla’s father is Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Glen Doyle, a traditional and ceremonial performer in Sydney.

Mohammed Muslim Aboriginal

Mohammed, a Torres Strait Islander man, was born and raised Muslim. His father is a Lebanese-Muslim and his mother is a Muslim-Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander woman who was also born into the faith.

Mother and Daughter Aboriginal Muslim

Wiradjuri mother, Khadija began her journey searching for spiritual fulfillment in the late-1970s when Islam was making news. Her daughter, Shifaa, also a proud Wiradjuri woman, was born in Syria and raised Muslim in Australia.

Simone Aboriginal Muslim

Simone, a Gomeroi woman, grew up with no religious practice, but was always interested in existence, life and nature. She started researching Islam in her early 20s.

Aunty Halima Aboriginal Muslim

Aunty Halima Aboriginal Muslim

Aunty Halima Muslim Aboriginal

Aunty Halima, a Torres Strait Islander Elder, was the daughter of an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander woman and an Indo-Malay pearl diver and grew-up in a Muslim family on Thursday Island.

Pictured below: Aunty Halima with her granddaughters, Raheema, Maimunnah and Tasneem, and her close friend of 30 years, Khadija, and Khadija’s daughter, Shifaa.

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/02/27/pictures-muslim-aboriginal-and-outspoken

Syrian refugee Hala Kamil walks Oscars red-carpet in hijab

 

Syrian refugee Hala Kamil, the subject of the Oscar-nominated short documentary “Watani: My Homeland” attended the Academy awards in a purple and black two-piece velvet gown with a matching purple hijab by Lady Gaga’s stylist Brandon Maxwell.

Hamil was styled by Katy Perry’s stylist Jamie Mizrahi.

After President Donald Trump’s immigration ban last month, the mother of four was worried that she may not even be able to get into the country to attend the award ceremony. When the ban was lifted, Kamil’s trip was back on.

Maxwell reached out to design Kamil’s dress after director Chris Temple tweeted about her struggle to find an appropriate outfit.

“To me, every woman is a star and every star has a story. Hala’s story sincerely touched me and I am truly honoured that I had the privilege to create this look for her celebrating this momentous occasion. The goal for my collection is always to empower all women and to not just make them look beautiful, but feel beautiful as well.

“Hala’s strength and courage throughout her experiences is supremely admirable. Seeing her walk the red carpet full of confidence and elegance, and being a small part of her special night means the world to me,” the designer wrote on Instagram alongside Kamil’s picture from the Oscars red carpet.

 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/syrian-refugee-hala-kamil-walks-oscars-red-carpet-in-hijab/story-NzYvxNYMmCWJjB7zM6d5SO.html

DNC Chair Vote LIVE COVERAGE: Tom Perez beats Muslim Broterhood Hakim Muhammad

UPDATE: Tom Perez appoints Keith Ellison Deputy Chair. This is not surprising — Perez  is notorious for his work at the DoJ in support of sharia initiatives. As Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department, Tom Perez had a shameful record of pro-sharia initiatives and craven accommodation to Islamic supremacists at the DoJ.

Perez refused to answer questions whether DoJ would advance a proposal to criminalize speech against any religion. He refused to commit to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution that it would never advance a law criminalizing the right to criticize any religion.

UPDATE: Hakim Muhammad defeated. Tom Perez takes it!

UPDATE: Ballot #2 for DNC Chair being counted.

Ironically, the DNC won’t allow electronic voting. Paper ballots only? The Democrats explain by saying electronic voting could invite interference and was not reliable. They ought to know. They interfere and often.

“Dems are passing out paper ballots. There were groans when Brazile informed members they would not use the electronic voting system because it could invite “interference” and was not reliable.

The vote counting will take a while but round one is underway.”

If the Hamas Congressman wins, the lines are very clearly drawn – the party of freedom versus the party of treason.

Live updates on the Democratic National Committee chair vote in Atlanta. via The Hill

3:00 p.m.

Former DNC chairman Howard Dean, a Buttigieg backer, sent an email to DNC members saying he will now back Ellison. His statement nods to the earlier controversy of the Ellison campaign claiming they had Buttigieg’s endorsement, even though they don’t:

“This is Governor Howard Dean. I believe that Keith Ellison would be the most likely person to be able to successfully bring in the first global generation to the Democratic Party. (This is real)”

2:53 p.m.

 

2:37 p.m.

2:30 p.m. 

Perez came very close to winning DNC chair on the first ballot. There were 427 votes cast, making the threshold for victory 214.5 votes. (Some Democrats abroad and from the territories only get half votes.)

Perez received 213.5 votes. Ellison got 200.

The crowd is stunned. A second round of balloting is about to get underway. 

Idaho Democrat Boynton Brown dropped out and did not endorse. Air Force veteran Ronan dropped out and backed Ellison. Former DNC official Greene dropped out and backed Perez. Lawyer Petkarsky also dropped out and backed Ellison. 

Only Ellison and Perez remain.
 
The tension inside the room is off the charts.

2:20 p.m. 

After the first balloting, Perez falls a single vote short of winning. The race will proceed to a second ballot.

Perez received 213.5 votes, one ballot short of the 214.5 threshold to win. Ellison received 200 votes.

2:15 p.m.

A DNC member forwarded The Hill a text from the Ellison campaign touting a Buttigieg endorsement: “Keith is grateful to have the support of Mayor Buttigieg and we’re in a strong position to win on the next ballot. Can he count on your support?”

The problem: Buttigieg did not publicly endorse Ellison, sowing confusion among members. Two sources have told The Hill that the Ellison camp has corrected the erroneous text.

1:55 p.m.

Adam Green, an Ellison supporter and the founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, slammed the decision to use paper ballots. The move could give fuel to Ellison backers to argue that the vote was not on the level.

 

1:40 p.m.

The ballots are being collected. Vote counting will begin shortly.

1:29 p.m.

Dems are passing out paper ballots. There were groans when Brazile informed members they would not use the electronic voting system because it could invite “interference” and was not reliable.
The vote counting will take a while but round one is underway.

1:17 p.m.

12:50 p.m.

South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg drops out of the race, stunning the crowd. He is gay, 35-years-old a Rhodes Scholar, a military veteran and viewed by many as a next generation star of the party.

Buttigieg didn’t make an endorsement.

Buttigieg comported himself well at the debate. He is a polished speaker and debate and will have some role in the national party moving forward.

By dropping out instead of being voted out, he was allowed to give a farewell speech in which he encouraged Democrats to “pay attention to communities like ours in the heart of the country not as an exotic species but as everyday Americans.”

Buttigieg encouraged Democrats to engage with the next generation of liberals.

“There’s nothing wrong with our bench, we just haven’t called enough people off the bench and asked them to get on the field,” he said.

12:36 p.m.

It is clear who has the energy here. Ellison’s supporters are loud and in charge and erupting at every chance.

“Don’t mourn organize!,” declared Ellison backer and labor leader Randi Weingarten to an outburst of shouts and applause.

Minnesota Democratic leader Ken Martin followed, noting that Ellison’s district has gone from the lowest turnout in the state to the highest. “This party is going to rise from the ashes under Keith Ellison,” he said, turning out another standing ovation.

Like Perez, Ellison stressed unity.

“Unity is essential, we have to walk out here unified, not just between the candidates but the groups that support all the candidates,” Ellison said.

But if Ellison doesn’t win his enthusiastic supporters are going to be extremely let down.

12:18 p.m.

Perez takes the stage for a spirited address that stressed party unity.

“We are one family and I know we will leave here united today…. no matter who wins I know we’ll cross the finish line together because a united Democratic Party is not only our best hope, it’s a Donald Trump nightmare.”

Expect to hear that message a lot today, as Democrats are fearful that the divisions in the party will persist beyond Atlanta.

12:20 p.m.

Allies for the candidates are giving their nominating speeches. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti goes first, speaking on behalf of Perez, calling him “mi hermano” — “my brother” — and “one of the smartest people I’ve ever known.” Garcetti touted Perez’s work as Labor secretary, saying he repeatedly fought for workers’ rights in California.

South Carolina Democratic chairman Jaime Harrison followed. Harrison pulled out of the race on Thursday to back Perez and his supporters – more than a dozen – all went with him. Many believe they could put Perez over the top.

“When I look at Tom Perez I see a fellow fights, someone who gives me so much hope for my party’s future, for my country’s future, for my son’s future,” Harrison said.

12:08 p.m.

Here is a look at the clicker Democrats will use to register their votes, courtesy of Frank Leone, a DNC member from Virginia. Members will also fill out paper ballots that will be collected for a later audit.

12:08 p.m.

Here is a look at the clicker Democrats will use to register their votes, courtesy of Frank Leone, a DNC member from Virginia. Members will also fill out paper ballots that will be collected for a later audit.
There are believed to be several dozen members that are not on hand who instead sent proxies to register their votes.
11:55 a.m. 

Interim chairwoman Donna Brazile is giving her final speech as party leader.

She asks that the next chair allow her to continue to raise money and do outreach to state parties.

Brazile brought the house down for calling on the next chair to do a “Full and complete investigation into the Russian hack of the election.”

“The Trump administration must be investigated and please continue this work,” Brazile said.

She also brought jokes: “I want to let the next chair know that I sold the car. It was a big SUV and I needed the money.”

Instead, Brazile said she will leave behind a loaded Washington, D.C. metro card.

11:10 a.m. 

Democrats voted down a measure that would have reinstituted a ban on corporate lobbyists donating to the DNC. The measure was instituted by former President Barack Obama but quietly lifted by former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ahead of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential run.

After spirited debate, Democrats decided against reinstituting the ban. They feared it would limit donations from liberal activist groups at a time when the party is in the throes of a massive rebuilding projects.

Those who wanted to see the ban reinstituted argued that it was a symbolic measure to say to the nation that Democrats would not compromise their values.

If things got that heated over a resolution, the event is about to get sent into the stratosphere for the election.

10:50 a.m.

Ahead of the vote, Democrats will vote on resolutions about corporate and lobbyist influence on the party.

10:40 a.m.

Keith Ellison announces who will nominate him for DNC chair.

 

10: 26 a.m.

Democrats are worried that, no matter who wins today’s election, lingering divisions from the primary will continue to divide the party.

The election is a referendum on whether the progressive wing of the party, led by Ellison with support of Bernie Sanders, or the Obama-Clinton wing, represented by Perez, will lead the party going forward.

Nina Turner, a DNC member from Ohio and an Ellison supporter, told The Hill this week she’s unsure if she can support Perez if he triumphs today.

Here she is talking to the Washington Post:

 

10:13 a.m.

Brazile gives the two-minute warning. There are more than 400 DNC members seated up front in the room. Behind them, hundreds of chanting activists.

For Perez: “Who do we want for DNC? Tom Tom Tom Tom!”

For Buttigieg: “Pick Pete!”

For Ellison: “Keith for DNC!”

Brazile is urging everyone to be respectful and take a seat.

10 a.m.

The doors have swung open and DNC members and liberal activists are flooding the Atlanta Convention Center hall. It looks like it could get rowdy.

Supporters of Perez are decked out in blue with “Team Tom” signs. Ellison’s supporters have staked out a section nearby with green “Keith for DNC signs.” Interim chairwoman Donna Brazile is working the room trying to get everyone set.

Jaime Harrison, who dropped out of the race recently himself to back Perez, helps nominate him.

It’s Election Day for Democrats.

The party will elect the new head of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, a top leadership post for a party that has been cast into the electoral wilderness.

The Hill will post live results here as the votes come in.

President Obama’s former Labor secretary Tom Perez is the slight favorite to win. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a progressive favorite with the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is not far behind. Both men have been pumping their whip counts but commitments don’t mean anything at this point, only the hard vote will matter.

Perez and Ellison are angling for the support of the 442 DNC members gathered here at the Atlanta Convention Center. A simple majority is all that is needed to win.Five other candidates are also on the ballot – Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former DNC official Jehmu Greene, Air Force veteran Sam Ronan and lawyer Peter Peckarsky.

If no candidate wins a majority in the first two rounds of balloting the candidate with the least amount of votes will fall off the ballot in subsequent rounds until the last man or woman is left standing.

The candidates have been in town since Wednesday night, first for a national debate, and later for two full days of furious campaigning that turned the Westin Hotel into ground zero for the Democratic rebuilding project.

This is the first competitive DNC chair race since former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean won the election to lead the national party in 2005..

DNC Chair Vote LIVE COVERAGE: Tom Perez beats Muslim Broterhood Hakim Muhammad

‘It is embarrassing’: Muslim psychiatrist slams Q&A star Yassmin Abdel-Magied for ‘brushing off’ Islam’s abuse of women while she enjoys the ‘freedoms and privileges’ of the West

 

Former multicultural adviser Tanveer Ahmed slammed Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Dr Ahmed, a psychiatrist, said she had denied Islamic abuses of women and girls

Said Abdel-Magied had confused freedoms and privileges of the West for Islam

Argued engaging Muslims by their religion increased danger of Islamic laws

A Bangladeshi-born Muslim community leader has accused Islamic youth activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied of being in denial about how Islam is linked to the abuse of women.

Tanveer Ahmed – a psychiatrist, Sydney councillor and former multicultural adviser – criticised the founder of Youth Without Borders for telling the ABC’s Q&A program Islam was ‘the most feminist religion’.

Dr Ahmed, who also had a comic role with the Seven Network’s No Bingo game show, said the 25-year-old activist was an example of a Muslim who enjoyed the freedoms and privileges of the West but convinced themselves those luxuries were also ‘Islamic’.

Tanveer Ahmed, a pracisting Muslim, has slammed Yassmin Abdel-Magied for being in denial about abuses of women done in the name of Islam

‘Like Yassmin, they can brush off the human rights abuses against women and minorities across the Muslim world as cultural stains not consistent with their own enlightened understanding of Islam,’ the father of two daughters wrote in an opinion piece for Spectator magazine.

‘It is embarrassing that her views appear to be either denial of, or appeasement of, the most uncomfortable aspects of Islam.

‘This helps shield them from the foundations of the Enlightenment as the true source of their standard of living and allows them to maintain anti-Western stances couched in grievance.’

After that appearance on Q&A, Ms Abdel-Magied argued a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was cultural and not related to Islam.’

But she failed to address the issues of female genital mutilation, the forced marriage of girls or how a woman’s word was worth less than that of a man in court.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied told Q&A sharia to her meant praying five times a day before contacting for advice Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants a pan-Islamic state with sharia law

Dr Ahmed, who previously served on the board of the Australian Multicultural Council, said engaging Muslims by their faith would make them more likely to demand special Islamic laws.

‘A key danger to our societies is when Muslims begin thinking of themselves as Muslims, first and foremost,’ he said.

‘In doing so, they can argue they are acting according to Islamic teachings, which urge Muslims to give precedence to the ummah, or the global Islamic community.

‘They are also very much in keeping with trends in identity politics which allow them to seek privileges in the public space.’

Yassmin Abdel-Magied contacted Hizb ut-Tahrir after her polarising Q&A appearance

Earlier this month on Q&A Abdel-Magied, who was born in Sudan and grew up in Brisbane, asserted that sharia to her was praying five times a day, after Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie demanded sharia law supporters be deported.

Three days after that fiery exchange, she sought advice on Facebook from Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi, a frontman for the Islamist political group which is campaigning for a pan-Islamic state based on sharia law.

‘Salams! Well, I am always happy to take feedback. What specifically was problematic and how can I do better in the future inshallah?,’ Ms Abdel-Magied posted on Mr Doureihi’s Facebook after he called her arguments ‘indeed problematic.’

Mr Doureihi responded: ‘First of all, may Allah reward you for your tireless efforts. Not an easy task, but you consistently do so with grace, humility and courage.

‘In a nutshell, you’ve ended up framing Islam through a secular lens, aimed at a secular people and conscious of the presence of a secular government. The end result was always going to be ugly.’

This is the same man who refused to condemn Islamic State terrorist atrocities in an October 2014 interview on the ABC’s Lateline, despite being asked to do so 11 times by presenter Emma Alberici.

Dr Ahmed sits on the City of Canada Bay Council in Sydney’s inner west, and in 2011 was appointed to the Australian Multicultural Council by the Gillard Labor government.

He ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate for the old Marrickville Council in 2008.

His criticism for Abdel-Magied comes as a change.org petition demanding she be sacked from her role hosting ABC News 24’s Australia Wide program reached 28,812 signatures.

Last week, a former leader Hizb ut-Tahrir in the UK said Australia was making the same mistake as every other English-speaking country when it came to tackling Islamism, where political lobbyists push for Koranic laws in the West.

Former Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Maajid Nawaz says the Left is fearful of criticising Islamism

Maajid Nawaz posted this image on Facebook last week of Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Maajid Nawaz posted this image on Facebook last week of Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Maajid Nawaz, a secular Muslim opposed to Sharia law, posted a warning on social media with an image of Abdel-Magied after it was revealed she had contacted Hizb ut-Tahrir for advice.

‘US, Canada and now Australia, in every English-speaking country the regressive left is repeating the (now corrected) mistake that Amnesty UK made in partnering with pro-jihadist group Cage,’ he said on Facebook last week.

Mr Nawaz was previously a leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the UK, from the age of 19, and set up the group in Pakistan.

He also served as a political prisoner in Egypt in 2001 where the group was banned.

Maajid Nawaz posted this image of Senator Jacqui Lambie arguing with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Maajid Nawaz posted this image of Senator Jacqui Lambie arguing with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

‘I know this Islamist group, they are pro-caliphate, theocratic, Muslim supremacists,’ he said.

The 39-year-old Briton of Pakistani heritage ran as a centre-left Liberal Democrat candidate in the UK elections of 2015 and now runs the Quilliam Foundation in London to counter Islamism.

He coined the term ‘regressive left’ to describe the political Left’s reluctance to criticise Islamists for fear of being branded a racist or bigot.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which operates in 50 countries including Australia, is campaigning for a pan-Islamic superstate that implements sharia and has a constitution which calls for the killing of ex-Muslims, known as apostates.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Therea May last year ordered a review into the ‘harm’ caused by Sharia courts operating in Britain, when she was home secretary.

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For a Happy Marriage Life Follow These 9 Tips

Those who are involved in family counseling, or facing family problems themselves, will notice some recurrent complaints:

She doesn’t like to…”,“He doesn’t spend enough time in…” and so forth.

While often these problems are real, sometimes these complaints can be translated as: “She’s not like sister X”, “He doesn’t treat me the way brother Y treats his wife”, “She doesn’t look like sister Z…”.

One thing is certain: comparisons are the biggest killers ofhappiness.  One sure way to destroy your happiness is by comparing with others who seem to have more.  Allah says:

{And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them.} (Quran 20:131)

What others have always seems more appealing.  While what we have may be satisfactory, once we start comparing, we will always find someone who has it “better.”  Then what we have is not even acceptable anymore – it becomes bad, even terrible, in comparison.  We may even stop seeing the good things we have over other people, focusing on the “better” THEY have and failing to see the “better” that WE have.

We always compare because we’re always looking for the ideal in everything; in this case, the ideal spouse, the Soul-Super-Mate (SSM).  And this attitude is strengthened by overexposure to so many ideal love stories and cute romantic comedies in books and movies.  They show us that everyone, after some adventures, ends up finding their SSM and living happily ever after.

Thus, we reach a point where we think these ideals are indeed the norm, and anything short of that is not acceptable.  We think the one for me is somewhere out there, waiting; they actually exist and are easy to find.  Nothing less will be acceptable.

What happens then is every time we meet a potential for marriage, we hope they are the One.  We project all of our dreams and emotional baggage on the poor person.  We expect them to be that which they are not.  Then we get married and discover the true person. We divorce. Then we repeat the same cycle, living miserably ever after.

While some people do actually find their SSM, most people don’t (including the actors in those movies). Despite this, some people still live happily!  Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Love is not the only component for building successful families.”  Happiness can still be achieved with someone short of the ideal spouse.  The key is to accept what one has.

A beautiful Arabic proverb says: “Contentment is a treasure that never perishes.”  If a person is content with a difficult situation, he will be happy; if he is discontent with a good situation, he will never be happy.

Here are a few things that could help:

1.    Stop watching those romantic comedies.  Most of those stories are more ‘fiction’ than Avatar.

2.    Remember, you’re not perfect yourself, even if your mother thinks you are.

3.    Get to know your spouse as they are, not as you wish for them to be.  Each person has their own individuality, and if you accept them as they are, you may find someone very beautiful.  Put an effort into discovering your other half, without any prior judgment.  But essential for that is…

4.    … not to criticize them and to make them feel uncomfortable.  When people feel they’re constantly monitored and evaluated, they act very sloppy and awkward and could never blossom, showing their true beauty.

5.    Do not define them by their shortcomings.  In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah in Sahih Muslim, our Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“A believing man would never feel repulsed by his believing wife; if finds something about her that he dislikes, he will always find something else about her that satisfies him.”

6.    Keep in mind that Mr. or Mrs. Super-Perfect DOES NOT exist. What about Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her), you ask? She was perfect and real, wasn’t she?  Yes, she was real, for someone like the Prophet (peace be upon him). It would not be fair to hold that perfect woman as the minimum acceptable standard; that unless my wife is like her, she won’t be good enough.

Khadijah was indeed the maximum – the best a woman can be.  The Prophet (peace be upon him) said four women attained perfection. Only Khadijah amongst them was married to a prophet.  In a hadith narrated in the Musnad, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said Allah sent 124,000 prophets, yet only one of the perfect women was married to a prophet. So 123,999 prophets had less-than-perfect wives.  Some, like the great Prophets Nuh and Lut (peace be upon him) even had bad wives.  Something to think about.

7.    Have taqwa (God-consciousness) of Allah in whatever you do and keep in mind His reward.  Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “We found the joy of our lives in patience (sabr).”

8.    To make it easier on others, if you are blessed with a great spouse, then praise be to Allah.  Just don’t make it difficult on the others, by continuously telling them how perfect your spouse is.

9.    Finally, if you still feel a compulsion to compare with others, then you should compare with those that have less. The Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended for this, as “it makes it easier for you to appreciate the blessings of your Lord.”

I ask Allah to give us the clarity and strength to accept all that He decrees, and to place our happiness in it.

Ameen.

 

For a Happy Marriage Life Follow These 9 Tips

Starbucks Brand Crashes After Announcement of Plan to Hire 10,000 Muslim ‘Refugees’

The Starbucks Coffee brand has taken a major hit since the company’s announcement that it would hire 10,000 Muslim “refugees” in response to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel moratorium in January.

Starbucks was one of those early to criticize President Trump for putting a temporary hold on immigration from a list of seven terror-torn countries flagged by the Obama administration. In response, the coffee house giant pledged to hire 10,000 Muslim refugeesover five years in protest against Trump’s order.

But since the company issued its anti-Trump statement its brand name has lost its luster with customers. Perception levels of the Starbucks brand name fell by an incredible two-thirds since its January announcement, according to a YouGov survey, as reported by Yahoo Finance.

The survey measures how potential customers feel about a company’s brand and asks if they have “heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative.”

In the week before the company’s January refugees announcement, 30% of respondents said they would consider spending money at Starbucks. But after the statement that number fell to 24 percent, the survey discovered.

The company’s announcement immediately sparked a #BoycottStarbucks movement on Twitter and brought condemnation from coast to coast.

Not long after Starbucks issued its anti-Trump refugee statement, many Americans began to wonder why Starbucks is slighting the hiring of Americans — especially U.S. military veterans — in favor of refugees.

Ultimately, on the heels of its refugees announcement, the company felt enough pressure to issue a second statement to explain to America’s military veterans that the company doesn’t actually hate them.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/24/starbucks-brand-crashes-after-announcement-of-plan-to-hire-10000-muslim-refugees/

Muslim BBC boss who put an Islamic State backer on a reality show is rewarded with a promotion as she becomes head of religious TV

 

  • Fatima Salaria provoked uproar by giving Anthony Small role on Muslims Like Us
  • Former boxer  now known as Abdul Haqq and was associate of Anjem Choudary
  • Mrs Salaria said she wanted ‘authentic voices from a range of backgrounds’ 

The executive who put a terror sympathiser on TV now heads BBC religious programming on screen.

Fatima Salaria provoked uproar by giving Anthony Small a platform on Muslims Like Us, a reality-style show.

The convicted fraudster and former boxing champion, now known as Abdul Haqq, was a member of hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s inner circle.

He had previously expressed support for Islamic State but was cleared last year of trying to join the terror group.

Mrs Salaria, who is a Muslim, argued in December that it was important to hear ‘authentic voices from a range of backgrounds’ so viewers could ‘gain fresh insights and not just have their prejudices confirmed’.

Since then she has been quietly named commissioning editor for ethics and religion. This puts her in charge of all the BBC’s religious content on TV, including Songs of Praise and An Island Parish.

It is the second time the BBC has put a Muslim in charge of religious television programming.

Yesterday, Professor Anthony Glees, of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said: ‘If a BBC executive makes a programme that’s notorious and then the BBC promotes them, it tells me that the BBC has in that area lost its moral compass.

‘People will obviously think that this lady is more sympathetic to extremism and was trying to mainstream it in Muslims Like Us.

‘I thought the programme was deeply offensive to British Muslims as well as anyone else because it implied that an Islamist was a “Muslim like us”.

That programme gained a lot of notoriety and I find it extraordinary if notoriety is now an essential qualification for a senior role at the BBC. The fact that she is a Muslim is neither here nor there.’

In 2009, the corporation faced a backlash over its decision to make Aaqil Ahmed head of religion and ethics across all of the broadcaster’s output. More than 100 people complained, arguing that the BBC’s head of religion should be a Christian given it is the UK’s main faith.

In 2010 Mr Ahmed accused the Church of England of ‘living in the past’ and in 2015 broadcast Songs of Praise from the Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp. He left last year after his job was axed. He was replaced by an executive team.

Tory MP Bill Cash said the post ought to have been rotated between religions. He added: ‘We have got a very important situation regarding the sensitive handling of all matters of religion. It is really important that we have a proper balance, and it would appear that this is something that has to be evened out.’

Mrs Salaria’s job is overseen by James Purnell, the former Labour minister whose expansive brief now includes children’s and religious output, and the whole of radio.

Before Mrs Salaria commissioned Muslims Like Us she worked on a series of programmes about radicalisation, including one called Britain’s Jihadi Brides.

She has also argued on public platforms that the BBC needs to give more of a voice to Muslims.

She said last year: ‘We need more people like me to stand up and say: “This is our community and this is how we want these programmes to be made.”’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘People should be judged by their ability to do the job, not their religious background and Fatima was appointed as she is an extremely talented commissioner.

‘We’ve strengthened our focus on religion and ethics within television and have been clear that we plan to do even more to reflect the role of religion in modern Britain, with Christianity at the heart of our coverage.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4258176/Muslim-BBC-boss-backer-reality-rewarded.html