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Type: Opinion

Summary: 
  • Although the internet evidently did play a role in the radicalization process, the study showed that face-to-face encounters were more important, and that dawa, the proselytizing of Islam, played a central role in this process, as the men themselves became missionaries for Islam.

  • The third factor was the establishment of a "them and us" distinction between the radicalized men and the rest of the world, especially the belief that the West is an enemy of the Muslim world. The distinction also involved a rejection of democracy and a commitment to the establishment of a caliphate governed by sharia law, which the men want to bring about either through dawa(proselytizing) or violence (jihad).

  • "The Islamic State is a byproduct of Al Azhar's programs. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic? Al Azhar says there must be a caliphate and that it is an obligation for the Muslim world. Al Azhar teaches the law of apostasy and killing the apostate. Al Azhar is hostile towards religious minorities, and teaches things like not building churches, etc. Al Azhar upholds the institution of jizya [extracting tribute from non-Muslims]. Al Azhar teaches stoning people. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic?" — Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Nasr, scholar of Islamic law, graduate of Egypt's Al Azhar University, explaining why it refused to denounce ISIS as un-Islamic, 2015.

Type: News

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
13/11/2017
Summary: 
  • Queensland Islam convert says Muslims should shun Christmas celebrations
  • He also says they must not only reject it but disassociate from any festivitities
  • The Logan Mosque imam Sheikh Zainadine Johnson says this is to respect Allah
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Country: 
Austria
News Date: 
18/11/2017
Summary: 
  • "While outside the mosque there is constant talk of integration, the opposite is preached inside. Only in rare instances are parts of the sermon -- or even more rarely, all of the sermon -- translated into German..." — Constantin Schreiber, author of Inside Islam: What Is Being Preached in Germany's Mosques.

Country: 
Egypt
News Date: 
17/09/2015
Summary: 

Egypt is adding mosque surveillance, private security and book bans to its efforts to control extremism and support moderate religious thought.
 

Country: 
Switzerland
News Date: 
29/09/2017
Summary: 

Switzerland’s legislature has voted to ban the foreign funding of mosques, including from Saudi Arabia, as well as to force mosques to use local languages instead of Arabic or other foreign tongues. The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted by a narrow majority to ban the financing of mosques from abroad and for generally increasing the transparency of how mosques are funded. If the law passes the Senate, individual mosques will need to declare who they are backed by as well as preach in one of Switzerland’s official languages, namely German, French, Italian, or Romans

Country: 
Switzerland
News Date: 
28/09/2017
Summary: 
  • What you would never know, from all this hand-wringing about "Islamophobia," is that only a few weeks before the conference, the country's media had reported on a popular imam in Biel who, in his sermons, "asked Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam -- Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians, and Shiites."

  • The imam in question, Abu Ramadan, preached that Muslims who befriended infidels were "cursed until the Day of Judgment" -- which, of course, is not radical at all, but is straight out of the Koran.

Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
14/09/2017
Summary: 

Jewish groups are disappointed that the Crown will not bring charges against two imams who made anti-Semitic statements, including a call for the death of Jews, in a Montreal mosque, due to the amount of time that’s passed. The men gave the contentious sermons at the Al-Andalous Islamic Centre in the St-Laurent borough of Montreal in 2014. Both the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and B’nai Brith Canada filed complaints against the men with Montreal police, charging that they had incited hatred and violence against Jews.

Country: 
Indonesia
News Date: 
08/09/2017
Summary: 

Many Western politicians and intellectuals say that Islamist terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. What is your view?

Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam. There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus regarding this matter, we cannot gain victory over fundamentalist violence within Islam.

Country: 
Belgium
News Date: 
27/08/2017
Summary: 

“One in five mosques checked for extremism in 2016,” Brussels Times, August 27, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
28/07/2017
Summary: 

A Sheffield-based Muslim radio station has had its license revoked for broadcasting more than 25 hours of sermons “encouraging and condoning” violence against non-Muslims.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
13/07/2017
Summary: 

An imam accused of glorifying and drumming up support for Islamic State in his sermons is to stand trial later this year. Islamic leader Kamran Sabir Hussain faces eight terror-related offences in connection with his work at a mosque in Tunstall.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
23/06/2017
Summary: 

An Islamic school that hosted radical clerics and segregated teachers by gender is accused today by the Charity Commission of mismanagement and misconduct. The regulator expressed concern that the Rabia Educational Trust, which caters for 128 pupils and charges up to £2,300 a year, had failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views. Ofsted has inspected Rabia girls’ and boys’ school in Luton four times since 2014 but it continues to fail to meet educational and management standards and remains under regulatory action by the schools inspectorate.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
16/06/2017
Summary: 

A former teacher at a mosque is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually touching four girls as young as five while they read to him in Arabic from the Quran. Mohammed Haji Saddique, who taught at the Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years, would call the girls to sit next to him on the pretence of getting them to read from the Muslim holy book, Cardiff Crown Court heard during his trial

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
28/05/2017
Summary: 

THE mosque where bomber Salman Abedi ­worshipped hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and gays and adulterers to be stoned to death.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
01/05/2017
Summary: 

Where did Samata Ullah learn his understanding of Islam? Are British authorities looking into that? Have they visited his local mosque? Why not?

A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”

Country: 
Russian Federation (the)
News Date: 
22/08/2016
Summary: 

Muslim Leader Says FGM Necessary to Curb Girls’ Sexuality

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
18/04/2017
Summary: 
  • A Melbourne man has pleaded guilty to marrying 14-year-old girl in September
  • Mohammad Shakir, 34, was initially charged with having sex with the child
  • But on Tuesday, the charge was withdrawn by at Melbourne Magistrates' Court
  • Instead, Shakir was charged with marrying a person not of marriageable age 
  • The ceremony was conducted at Noble Park by former imam Ibrahim Omerdi
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Country: 
Denmark
News Date: 
01/03/2016
Summary: 

A prominent Danish mosque has told their congregation that apostates, adulterers and any one who harms a Muslim should be killed.

Country: 
France
News Date: 
02/02/2017
Summary: 

The Dar-es-Salam mosque in Aix-en-Provence was the subject of an administrative closure during the state of emergency on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Radical ideology calling for discrimination ".

It is the first mosque closed as part of the state of emergency in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone, a police source told AFP.

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
31/03/2017
Summary: 

Where have Christians been given space for Christian prayers at a mosque?

Anyway, no one should be surprised by what he said. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
17/03/2017
Summary: 

The 36-year-old sales rep, from the Midlands, hopes her story will help to stop others from having to ‘suffer in silence’. I WAS abused almost every day between the ages of seven and 11. My abuser was the leader of my mosque, the Imam.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
20/03/2017
Summary: 

A religious leader in Coventry who beat children as young as nine has been spared jail. Mohammed Karamat attacked four children during a six-day period - slapping one of his young victims and stabbing another with a pen.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
22/08/2008
Summary: 

Now Hardcash has made a follow-up programme for Channel 4's Dispatches, to be broadcast next month, in which a female reporter attends prayer meetings at an important British mosque which claims to be dedicated to moderation and dialogue with other faiths.

The programme-makers, who are not naming the mosque at this stage, say she secretly filmed shocking sermons given to the women-only congregation in which female preachers recited extremist and intolerant beliefs.

Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
01/03/2017
Summary: 

This is not some aberration. There are many more mosques where this kind of thing is preached, because the Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
27/02/2017
Summary: 

A woman has given a harrowing description of the daily sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an imam for nearly five years as a young girl. Nabila – not her real name – was sexually abused almost every day from the age of seven in a small mosque operating within an imam's home in the West Midlands. Speaking to 5 live Daily’s Amara Sophia Elahi, Nabila described how she also started self-harming as a way of dealing with the abuse. The abuser, Hafiz Rahman, was found guilty in 2016 of six counts of indecent assault and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
21/02/2017
Summary: 

AN IMAM accused of a string of terror offences including allegedly encouraging his flock to support the Islamic State in a series of sermons appeared in court today.

Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
08/02/2017
Summary: 

O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in Jihad in Palestine, O Lord of the Worlds

O Allah, make their feet firm

O Allah, make their feet firm

O Allah, unite their ranks…

O Allah, destroy the accursed Jews

O Allah, show us the black day you inflict on them

O Allah, show us the wonders of your power and ability inflicted on them, O the most Merciful

Shook the ground beneath their feet

O Allah, kill them one by one

Country: 
Belgium
News Date: 
09/02/2017
Summary: 

The Belgian terror watchdog, the Unit for Coordination and Threat Analysis (OCAD), warns the number of radical Salafist imams in Belgian mosques is growing across the country. The OCAD report, which was obtained by Belgian press this week but was published in October 2016, says Salafism is presenting a much more confrontational view to non-believers and is actively working to change Belgian society and make it more Islamic, Deredactie reports.

Country: 
Mauritania
News Date: 
14/11/2016
Summary: 

A body of Muslim clerics in Mauritania has called for the death sentence to be carried out against a blogger convicted of apostasy in 2014. Mauritania, an Islamic republic, has not applied a death penalty since 1987. The Forum of Imams and Ulemas says Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 29, should be executed despite the fact that he repented for an article criticising Mauritania's caste system. The clerics want him to be killed according to the "law of God".

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
14/10/2016
Summary: 

A paedophilic Imam and father of seven found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls has fled to Bangladesh to avoid being jailed. Hifiz Rahman, 57, absconded on Saturday, the day after being found guilty of five counts of indecent assault at Wolverhampton Crown Court, committed at Queens Cross Mosque in Dudley in the 1980s.

Admin: Why was he free to abscond?

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