Month: July 2015

ISIS secretly planned to provoke ‘end of the world’ by attacking India to try and entice USA into all-out war

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Islamic State secretly planning to provoke ‘end of the world’ by attacking India to try and entice USA into all-out war, document reveals

  • Urdu document passed to U.S. media by Pakistani with links to the Taliban 
  • Preparations underway to attack India as a way of enticing U.S. into battle 
  • Urges Taliban factions to join with ISIS in bid to form a worldwide caliphate
  • Worldwide caliphate will ‘behead every person that rebels against Allah’ 
  • U.S. intelligence officials say they believe the document is authentic

A recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants has revealed the terrorist group’s plans for all-out war to bring about ‘the end of the world’.

The Urdu document, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke…

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UK: Muslim who tried to buy ricin to kill 1,400 people is found guilty of acquiring chemical weapons

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  • Father-of-two Mohammed Ali found guilty of trying to buy chemical weapon
  • The computer geek had ordered enough poison ricin to kill 1,400 people
  • A psychologist said the idea was ‘implanted’ in his mind by Breaking Bad 
  • He did so on the ‘Dark Web’, a clandestine black market on the internet
Mohammed Ali, from Liverpool, has been found guilty of ordering 500mg of deadly ricin - enough to murder 1,400 people - from clandestine black market site Dark Web

A father-of-two who tried to buy enough poison to kill hundreds of people after being ‘inspired by Breaking Bad’ has been found guilty of attempting to acquire a chemical weapon.

Mohammed Ali, from Liverpool, ordered 500mg of deadly ricin – enough to murder 1,400 people – from clandestine black market site Dark Web, a court heard.

Under the online alias Weirdos 0000, the 31-year-old…

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Saudi Arabia pumping millions to promote Wahhabism in India

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India TV News Desk[ Updated 01 Jul 2015, 23:33:15 ]
Saudi pumping millions to promote Wahhabism in India

The diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks last week have revealed that Saudi Arabia is pumping in millions of rupees into India for opening of religious trusts and non-governmental organisations.

WikiLeaks have disclosed an undated document that contains a list of Indian institutions and societies that have applied for financial assistance from the Arab nation.

The document suggests that the government of Saudi Arabia itself pledged donations to nine such institutions located across different states, including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala and Maharashtra.

Saudi Arabia pledged 4.5 million Saudi Riyal (SR) to different institutions in Kerala only.

Similarly, In Uttar Pradesh, 75,000 SR were pledged to two different societies for establishing a Madrasa building and a vocational centre for girls.

The documents also reveal that the Secretariat General of the Muslim World League in Mecca, a controversial organisation with alleged…

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New Look, Old Tactics: Shaykh Tahir-ul-Qadri and the Counter-Extremism Agenda


ShaykhTuqQuilliamExtremismThe last blog I wrote was originally an introduction to this piece. It was meant to provide the context so that one could fully comprehend the gravity of what is to be outlined here. Please do take a read of that first (see here).

I had noted that the model of promoting “moderate Islam” – i.e. an Islam reduced to rituals and subservient to Western interests – was to be promoted using mainly Sufi scholars to give legitimacy to draconian policies. Previously, I have brought to the fact that this model had become resurgent and highlighted Imams Online, which was using traditional/Sufi scholars in a similar fashion to Radical Middle Way: to project a particular narrative of events in the context of Muslims. It was also promoting “scholars” associated with deformation of Islam, such as Khola Hasan, Usama Hasan and Manwar Ali.

Since then, the model has gained…

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Tunisia: UK tourists ask to leave immediately in concerns of another attack

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UK tourists fly home as Tunisia criticises new travel advice

Tunisian ambassador says British government playing into hands of terrorists by tightening travel advice two weeks after Sousse massacre.

A tourist police officer patrols the beach in Sousse, Tunisia, where flowers lie in tribute to the 38 people killed.
A tourist police officer patrols the beach in Sousse, Tunisia, where flowers lie in tribute to the 38 people killed. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Jamie Grierson, The Guardian
Friday 10 July 2015

British tourists are being flown back from Tunisia despite the country’s ambassador telling the UK government it is playing into the hands of terrorists by tightening travel advice for the North African country.

The diplomatic row between the UK and Tunisia was sparked by the Foreign Office’s advice to British tourists on Thursday to leave immediately, with a warning against all but essential travel to the country following intelligence that a terrorist attack was “highly likely”.

Tunisia massacre: funeral for first victims to take place

The move came a…

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Wearing the hijab doesn’t mean you’re no longer objectified


Last week I had an article published about a video on the Guardian that went viral, in which a British woman named Hanna Yusuf describes her hijab as a “feminist statement”.

Since then Hanna decided to follow up with an article, which does not really address some of the points that I, or others, raised. I won’t repeat everything I wrote earlier – for that you can read my piece here and here.

Hanna begins the piece by writing:

It seems that the only time a hijabi’s voice is valued is when she gives a testimony describing her struggle for emancipation from Islam. Otherwise, she is either lying or in denial. I found this out the hard way in the past 10 days.

First of all, Hanna herself chose to make a video to talk about the hijab. She wasted an opportunity to make a video about any…

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New Look, Old Tactics: British Muslim Youth and the Counter-Extremism Agenda



Continuing the theme which sees a resurgence of organisations calling for “engagement” and which use and abuse particular scholars in an effort to try and create themselves some space in the already crowded but lucrative counter-extremism industry, is the youth-focussed organisation, British Muslim Youth (BMY).

The Not So Forgotten “forgotten voice”

BMY seems to have been a local organisation which dealt with the Rotherham child abuse scandal and subsequently rebranded and nationalised. Its “CEO”, Muhbeen Hussain comes from a family connected to local politics: his uncle is Mahroof Hussain, Labour councillor for Rotherham.  He and his relative and BMY press officer, Vakas Hussain, are leading the charge to revive the “forgotten” voice of Muslim youth in the context of radicalisation.

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