Islam, Muslims, Terrorism, Sharia, Women etc

Date: 29 Dec 2007


Islam, Muslims, Terrorism, Sharia, Women etc... in the news by Malika: (From

jihad / terrorism -  Propaganda / takiya 
Non-muslims in islam -  children and women in islam 
islam / sharia / islamization -  political correctness, dhimmitude 
muslim islamocriticism -  islamocriticism 
non-muslim awaking or radicalization -  Miscellaneous 

JIHAD / TERRORISM: * koran 9:111 "The Believers fight in Allah's Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed." 
* koran 8:12 "I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them" 
* Tabari VIII:189 "... ordered that their hands should be tied behind their backs. Then he put them to the sword, smiting their necks, killing them." * "Any time a threat of violence is designed to achieve a political goal, it should be classified as an act of terror" said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Bosnia has deported the first of dozens of Muslim former fighters identified as threats to security after investigations requested by the US
Algerian-born Atau Mimun, 37, was among hundreds of foreign volunteers who arrived in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war to fight alongside Bosnian Muslims against Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats, and stayed on after marrying local women. He was deported to Algeria on Sunday, the Nezavisne Novine daily quoted a senior security official as saying. "It was established that this person jeopardised national security," said Dragan Mektic, the director of the foreign affairs service within the state security ministry. "We believe he is linked with people who have been under surveillance in connection with terrorist activities," he told the newspaper. Neither security officials nor any representative of Mimun were immediately available to comment.

Washington asked Sarajevo to deport all foreign-born ex-fighters in the late 1990s, after the Bosnian government closed what it said was a training camp for terrorists. It repeated the request after the Sept. 11 2001 attacks against the United States. Most left Bosnia after that and those who remained have been under close scrutiny.

Over the past 18 months, a government commission revoked around 500 citizenships out of 1,300 awarded to foreigners from a wide range of countries during and after the war. Most are expected to appeal and may be allowed to remain. Dozens, however, are set to be deported because the government has said they represent threats to national security. Complicated legal procedures had delayed the deportations but Bosnia's parliament has been discussing a new anti-terrorist law to simplify the process. 

Mektic said nobody else would be deported for the moment because conditions have not been fulfilled. "They are only waiting for this law to speed up the deportations," Syrian-born Imad Al Husayn, who has also been called a threat to national security and who is now waiting for a court ruling on his appeal, told Reuters on Friday. Husayn and others deny any terrorist activity. (Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; editing by Ellie Tzortzi and Philippa Fletcher) 
  Yes Husayn, we know, you and your friends came to Bosnia during the war only to be peace-makers, to remind the Muslims islam is the religion of peace and mohamed was the biggest peacenik of history. [/sarcasm]

Previous article about Bosnia here. 

USF Explosives Case Leads To 3rd Student’s Arrest
TAMPA - Two days before he was to graduate, a University of South Florida student was arrested Thursday on a weapons charge in connection with a case against two other students accused of transporting explosives. Karim Moussaoui, 28, went to a shooting range with the two other students, Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, on July 11, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Moussaoui told the FBI he took pictures and didn’t fire any weapons, the complaint states.

Mohamed, 26, and Megahed, 21, both Egyptian nationals, were arrested in South Carolina on Aug. 4 and charged with having explosives in their car. Mohamed later was accused of trying to help terrorists by posting on the Internet a video in which he showed how to use a remote-controlled toy as a bomb detonator.

According to the complaint against Moussaoui, Megahed signed a membership agreement and rented a Glock 17, a 9 mm handgun, on July 11 at the Shoot Straight Gun and Archery Range at 3909 N. U.S. 301. Moussaoui and others are shown entering the range eight days later on a surveillance video that Shoot Straight provided to the FBI, according to the complaint. Agents searching a computer found in Megahed’s home found pictures of Moussaoui “standing at a firing lane possessing a shoulder-fired weapon and wearing the type of hearing protection shooters use at a shooting range.”

Federal authorities have charged the international student with “possession or receiving of a firearm by a person admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa.” The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

“We’ve known since the summer they were interested in this person,” said USF spokesman Ken Gullette, referring to Moussaoui.

'We Are Only Servants of Allah'
Two men accused of plotting behind prison walls to launch attacks on military sites, synagogues and other targets in 2005 pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to levy war against the United States. Kevin James, 31, and Levar Haley Washington, 28, both pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges. Washington also pleaded guilty to using a firearm to further that conspiracy. James faces as many as 20 years in prison when he is sentenced March 31. Washington faces as many as 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge and five years to life for the firearms offense when he is sentenced April 28. Prosecutors said Washington used a shotgun to rob a Torrance gas station on July 4, 2005. 

Authorities claimed that the plot was hatched in prison and that James, Washington and two others were a cell of radical Muslims planning attacks on military facilities, synagogues and other sites in the Los Angeles area. Prosecutors assert that James even prepared a press release that the men planned to send out after an attack. “This incident is the first in a series of incidents to come in a plight to defend and propagate traditional Islam in its purity,” 

James allegedly wrote. “We are not extremists, radicals or terrorists. We are only servants of Allah.”
  And we, the infidels, are only the vilest beast of Allah, aren't we? (koran 8:55) 

Also indicted in the case were Gregory Vernon Patterson and Hammad Riaz Samana. Samana is a Pakistani national, while the others are U.S.-born Muslim converts. Patterson and Samana are charged with conspiracy to levy war against the U.S. government through terrorism, conspiracy to possess and discharge firearms in a violent crime, conspiracy to kill members of the U.S. government uniformed services, and conspiracy to kill foreign officials. Patterson is also charged with a robbery count and using a firearm in a violent crime.
  Please read this article about the al-qaida guide to Muslims, of how-to take over a jail. Converting criminals is one of the advices. 

Washington converted to Islam while imprisoned with James, then looked to recruit other members for the group, authorities said.

Neu said Patterson and Samana were recruited in part because they had no criminal records and could acquire weapons without suspicion. Washington, Patterson and Samana - who attended the same Inglewood mosque - are accused of conducting surveillance of military sites, synagogues, the Israeli Consulate and El Al airline facilities in the region, as well as doing Internet research on Jewish holidays, prosecutors said in 2005. James preached that JIS members should target for violent attack any enemies of Islam, or "infidels," including the U.S. government and any supporters of Israel, according to court documents. 

He also created a document he called the "JIS Protocol," which advocated the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the U.S. that followed Shariah law, or Islamic law. 

"Sit back, build and attack!" prosecutors say James wrote in his document. "Our obvious targets being the Western forces of the U.S. and their ... society." James spelled out in a separate document that JIS members must learn Arabic, acquire two pistols with silencers, learn bomb-making and become "legitimate." "Acquire identification, drivers license. ... Keep regular contact with your parole agent," prosecutors say James wrote. "Your dress code must not bring attention. ... We have work to do." 

PROPAGANDA, TAKIYA (lying for the sake of islam):
* Bukhari 007.071.662 "Allah's Apostle said, ‘Some eloquent speech is as effective as magic.'" * Imam Abu Hammid Ghazali, one of the most famous and respected Muslim theologians of all time, says: "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible."

An imam from Calgary is planning a weekend hunger strike to highlight how domestic violence is against the teachings of Islam, after the death of a Toronto-area teen this month
  Great! No riots but an hunger strike for a change! But, still the same goal, to force us to agree to a claim...Although, what is 2 days hunger strike for a imam who fast ramadan all his life and will fast again those 30 days next week? A drill?

By the way, if she was wearing the hijab she would not be dead so it was caused by the way the father sees islam (and actually the way all the religious Muslims - true Muslims - see islam, read here) and it wasn't death but killing if not murder. 

Any violence involving families is "absolutely un-Islamic," Syed Soharwardy of the Calgary Islamic Centre said Friday. 
  Was the prophet mohamed unislamic when he hit his child bride Aisha on the chest? (Sahih Muslim Book 004, Number 2127)
Is allah unislamic when he allows the husband to beat his wife if he fears her disobedience? (koran 4.34)

I knew and fear the honnor killing will be disguised as family violence, it's all over many muslim posts I read on the net, that and the supporting lies that the daughter was using drugs and sleeping around. 

"We should not be using religion as a scapegoat to justify what we need. We should resolve our disputes based on reasoning, logic [and] cool-mindedness." 
  We are not justifying, the murderer was, when he strangled his daughter because she didn't want to dress islamically. 

Read opinions article here and here 

The imam's comments came after the killing Monday of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez of Mississauga, Ont., said to have had a long-standing dispute with her family over her apparent reluctance to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf, the hijab.

Her father, who has not yet entered a plea, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Soharwardy, who is also national president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said family violence plagues every group in society, but it seems that faith is only used as an excuse when it comes to Muslims. 
  That is not true, the mother who drowned her 5 children was said to be Christian and that she followed the voice of God in her head. We were told it was Sikh terrorists in the Air India bombing in Canada etc... But because this doesn't happen every other day, we don't focus on those religions.

islam is named like the others, but is for a time now associated with violence because we can't lie to ourselves anymore and not acknowledge that terrorism is particularly Muslim. Or that honnor murders are predominantly in Muslim families where the honor or the shame depends on the women and girls behavior and dress, please read this article by Ali Sina, were he explained that the western society is guilt based while the Muslim society is shame based. 

He also said it is against his religion to force Islamic will upon others. "Islam wants people to have a righteous and a pious life, but Islam leaves that decision up to that person." This week, other Canadian Islamic leaders have also publicly emphasized that their religion condemns violence and teaches its followers not to force their beliefs upon others. 
  Muslims, the truth is out, thanks to the internet we all are able to read your scriptures and Ex-muslims are able to speak out without being killed. And anyway, it's not like we don't see your "non compulsion in islam" in practice everyday everywhere. (for the truth behind koran 2:256, please click here.)

Anyway, the imam of Calgary says islam doesn't teach to force islamic beliefs upon others but other imams disagree with him in this article: 

[at a tense news conference at the Islamic Society of North America Canada headquarters in Mississauga, Muslim leaders have said that] some parents would view themselves as having failed in their duty if their daughter chose not to wear the hijab. 
  And again, allegations or libel: 

Imam Alnadvi said that judging from the information he received, hijab was only one of the issues. "This girl she refused to stay at home," he said. "There were feelings that she is going in some wrong direction ... going with some other boy or some other thing."

After he made those comments, two females in hijabs interrupted him and started to disagree, before abruptly leaving the gym where the conference was held. In an interview afterward, the women - a mother and daughter - said they had taken Aqsa into their home on various occasions, but would not offer any more information. 
  It sounds they disagreed with the imam's allegations, there were no boys or drugs... if critics weren't afraid to talk, against the imam or against islam... 

The convener of the event, Sheikh Alaa Elsayed, said that one of the keys to getting daughters to wear the hijab is teaching them about religion at a young age. The other, he said, is "a proper spouse." 
  Is this imam talking about teen marriages? So not only we have more and more honor murders (this is not the first in Canada) but he wishes there were teen marriages here too like in Muslim countries? Actually, I fear they are here already... like in Europe... 

Based on both the Koran and mohamed's Sunna, pillaging and plundering infidels, enslaving their children, and placing their women in concubinage is well founded, see koran 9:5, 9:29, 4:24, 4:92, 8: 69, 24:33, 33:50, etc...

There is growing intolerance and increasing extremism in Malaysia which are inimical to successful nation building and the latest instance is the demand for the removal of the Christian cross and the demolition of Christian statues in mission schools
During the policy debate on the 2008 Budget on Oct. 29, 2007 the Barisan Nasional Member of Parliament for Parit Sulong, Syed Hood bin Syed Edros, supported by the BN MP for Sri Gading, Datuk Haji Mohamad bin Haji Aziz called for the removal of the Christian cross and the demolition of Christian statues in the mission schools. 

The loyalty of mission schools was questioned, with the baseless allegation that they refuse to observe Aidilfitri public holiday and close the schools. There was even the preposterous accusation that the mission schools were administered by churches outside the country, including the Vatican. 

I asked Noh Omar whether he is aware that the extremist demands by the two BN MPs have created a furore, particularly on the Internet, and why the Education Ministry was condoning such extremism by its silence when such statement should be denounced without equivocation. 

I also reminded the Deputy Education Minister that it is wrong and mischievous to assume that Muslims studying in mission schools are potential apostates, when mission schools had made great contributions in nation-building and produced many Malay leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Education Minister himself, the Perak Raja Muda Raja Nazrain Shah and the Sultan of Selangor who had been products of mission schools. 
  Please read more in Galadriel's post, notably the events of the last 50 years re. islamization of Malaysia. 

When Christians in the southern Philippines heard that the government and Islamic rebels had agreed to expand a homeland for Muslims on their island, they panicked
  Maybe it is because history show that the problems don't finish when autonomy or independance is given to the Muslism... 

"We started buying some weapons to defend our families and community," said Berting, a coconut farmer, whose farm sits in the heart of a mainly Muslim province in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Berting, who declined to give his last name, is a Catholic whose grandfather settled in the area nearly 80 years ago when Christian farmers moved to the lush jungles and valleys of mostly Muslim Mindanao.
  Settled or came back? 

A conflict between Catholics and Muslims has raged on the island for the past 40 years, resulting in the deaths of 120,000 people. But now the sides say that they are close to a final peace deal and might sign an agreement next year. After a decade of stop-start negotiations, the government and the country's largest Islamic rebel group agreed last month on the boundaries of a proposed homeland for Muslims, who make up around 20 percent of Mindanao's population.

The thought chills Berting. "If things don't turn out that well, we might sell what we have here and move to my wife's place in another part of Mindanao. My neighbours were thinking the same thing, we'll leave this place and re-settle elsewhere."

In the 1960s, Muslims and Catholic militia groups fought violent wars over land ownership as the Christian settlers started to outnumber the original inhabitants. "We don't want to go back to those days," said Moner Bajunaid, head of an Islamic education organistion in Mindanao. "There must be real efforts by the two sides to allay the fears of the Christian settlers that their Muslim neighbours will reclaim their homes and farms."

Local politicians in nearby North Cotabato province, where hundreds of Muslim-dominated villages will be included in a proposed ancestral domain, said Berting's reaction reflected common fears within the minority Christian communities. "It's bad news," Mohaqher Iqbal, chief peace negotiator of the MILF rebel group, told Reuters at the rebels' camp. "We never intended to separate the Muslims and Christians ... Our doors are open to all," he said. 
  Yes of course, the Copts, the Christian Lebanonese, the Mandeans, the Christian of Cyprus, the Christian Bosnians, Serbs and Croats etc... can all be witnesses that Muslims never want to separate from the Christian country... because they want the whole country! 

About five percent of the Philippines estimated 89 million people are Muslims, and about 81 percent of the population are Catholic.

In a two-day meeting in Kuala Lumpur last month, negotiators for the government and the MILF agreed to mark the land and sea boundaries of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE), which refers to the areas that will be covered by the proposed ancestral homeland for Muslims in the south. The new borders will expand the six provinces and one city covered by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The ARMM was created in 1989 based on an agreement with the older Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). But the MNLF are not happy with the prospect of being supplanted by the MILF and the two groups have yet to work out a compromise. Smoothing over differences with fellow rebels is just one of the potential hurdles to a final, historic deal. The issue of governance, which has yet to be agreed, could also spell trouble. Powerful southern-based political clans would likely use force to prevent any loss of influence in one of the most resource rich areas of the country. Military commanders with a vested interest in maintaining the conflict to boost their powers and careers may be another factor.

* Muslim book 8 chapter 10 It is permissible for the father to give the hand of his daughter in marriage even when she is not fully grown up: [mohamed] married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old. * koran 4.34 As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them

Manipur, India: Muslim girls forced to dress as per the sharia
Islamic extremism is now targeting Muslim women in the northeast. The outlawed People's United Liberation Front (PULF), an Islamic outfit active in Manipur, has issued a diktat banning Muslim schoolgirls and college students from wearing frocks and skirts. "From the next academic session (2008), they should wear the traditional Manipuri phanek or salwar-kameez, which covers their ankles as prescribed by Islamic law," the outfit said. A number of Meetei Pangal (Manipuri Muslim) organisations backed the decision. 
  Oh well, and we are told that in islam, Muslim women and girls are the ones who decide how to dress! (see here or here) 

The attempt made by a few Muslim women to offer mass prayer at a masjid here last month drew severe flak from religious heads, who then issued a ‘fatwa’ (religious edict) to thwart any such attempts in future
The controversy surfaced for the first time in the city on November 23 when some 100 Muslim women, under the banner of the Muslim Women Welfare Organisation (MWWO), gathered at Mangalabag mosque to offer mass prayers. They were, however, denied entry into the mosque by the head priest. Anjuman-Islamia Ahle Sunnat -o-Jammat, the apex body of the community in the city, issued a fatwa to all the 33 mosques in the locality to stop women from praying at public places. Imams of the mosques had already started implementing the fatwa, which was issued in the form of a guideline by an authorised Mufti. 

“Women should not enter mosques, as the Shariat prohibits them from doing so,” said Wajhul Qamar, the Mufti. 

“The fatwa entrusts Imams to enlighten Muslim men on the Shariat (code of law derived from Koran and the teachings of Prophet Mohammed), especially on the code and conduct of women through discourses during Friday prayers at mosques,” said M.A. Ahad, secretary of the organisation.

“When Koran has banned women from offering mass prayers in mosques, how can they be allowed to do so now?” questioned a senior political leader and former State minister Mustafiz Ahmed. 

“The fatwa, we hope, will be effective in bringing in self-regulation among women through their husbands,” he added. 
  Yes of course, the husbands who fear disobedience are allowed by allah in koran 4.34 to admonish them, jail them in their room, beat them. Don't forget in Arabic there are no "first", "then", "at last", "lightly", those where added by the apologists for the gullible Muslims and Non-muslims. 

Secretary of the state unit of the MWWO Farhat Amin, who reportedly led the women for a mass prayer, in a release, however, clarified that neither the women had any intention of offering prayers nor did they seek permission from the head priest to prayers in the masjid last month. She alleged that she was misquoted in newspapers.
  She better hurry to appologize, women are cheap in Muslim countries, mostly because of islam. 

* Sharia is the comprehensive Muslim law derived form two sources, a) the Quran b) the Sunnah or traditions of Prophet Muhammad
* koran 2:193 And fight with them until there is no fitnah (sedition), and religion should be only for Allah"
* Based on both the Koran and mohamed's Sunna, pillaging, plundering and killing the infidels, enslaving their children, and placing their women in concubinage is well founded, see koran 8:12, 9:5, 9:29, 4:24, 4:92, 8: 69, 24:33, 33:50, etc...

The secretary -general of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA), Dr. Sheikh Salah Al-Sawy issued a fatwa stating that marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man is forbidden and invalid, and that children born of such a union are illegitimate
[She] has removed herself from the fold of the Muslim community - and one who has done so knowing that it is wrong, has done something strictly forbidden, and has committed an open [act of] abomination that may hurl her into the abyss of heresy and apostasy. "Woman is weak by nature, and the guardianship of a [non-Muslim] man affects her powers of reasoning. [Marriage to a non-Muslim] may thus cause a woman to follow the ways [of her husband], or at least to abandon her [own] religion and neglect its rituals. [By so doing,] she is neither a Muslim nor one of the People of the Book [i.e. a Christian or Jew like her husband]... 

"The same applies to the children who are the product of these marriages, for they are raised by a polytheist father who may urge them to renounce or disparage [Islam], thereby [causing them] to lose both this world and the world to come. 

"A person must have some buffer between him and [deeds] that will bring him to perdition. A person about to commit suicide may expect society to intervene in order to safeguard his right to live. This is why shari'a prohibits marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man - because it is the first step towards religious suicide, whether [it is the woman's] suicide or that of the children she will bear. This [form of] suicide is much worse than actual suicide, which also [involves] the murder of [unborn children]. The woman can expect Muslim society to stand between her and this fate, thereby safeguarding her faith and her salvation in the world to come. 
  But of course it is ok to kidnap a Christian woman and force her to islam and marry her to a Muslim against her will (ref.) and there would be a row if somehow someone would try to prevent a Christian woman to marry a Muslim (ref.). 

Ahmadinejad will become the first sitting president of Iran to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca next week following a formal invitation from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a long-time regional rival
Relations between revolutionary Shia Iran and the conservative Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia have been improving since the first visit to Riyadh by an Iranian president in 1999. Twelve years earlier, more than 400 people, mostly Iranians, were killed in clashes between Iranians and Saudi security forces during the Hajj, BBC News online reported Friday. 

Earlier this month Ahmadinejad became the first Iranian president to attend the annual summit of six Arab Gulf states - all strong US allies - in neighboring Qatar. Iran and Ahmadinejad are among Washington's most vocal critics in the region. It will be his third visit to Saudi Arabia as president. 

The pilgrimage rites, which last five days and involve at least 1.5 million Muslims, begin Dec. 18. 

"If two-thirds of the Dutch population should want to introduce the Sharia tomorrow, then the possibility should exist" said Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner (ref.)

It's never easy writing about media freedom
No freedom is absolute, yet some media are a great deal freer than others. In the Arab world, in general, the media have been heavily politicised. 

But then, one day, along came the internet. And it was as if someone had blown open a few million doors. 

Now, everyone can write - weblogs, or blogs, were born, giving everyone with access to the internet exactly the same opportunity to write and publish as th e most powerful media tycoon. In Egypt, bloggers can claim some successes: after they posted video images of police torturing detainees in custody, police officers were put on trial and jailed. 

But being online does not mean being free of government restrictions. one blogger has himself been jailed for insulting Islam, defaming President Hosni Mubarak, and "spreading information disruptive of the public order". 

  One blogger... and BBC couldn't name him? He is in jail for speaking against violence, do you care at all BBC? Oh well, in Britain (and in fact everywhere in the free world nowadays) the media is free UNLESS it censors itself re. islam.

The blogger in question is our friend Abdel Kareem. Please visit his blog and write to him in jail, thank you. 

Others face harassment and live in fear of arrest. 

So are the "new media" - blogs, websites, chatrooms - now becoming the only truly independent media in the Arab world? That was the question at the centre of a BBC debate I chaired in Cairo last week - and the response from the audience, despite the restrictions still in place, was overwhelmingly Yes. (Mind you, I had the impression that most of the audience were themselves keen bloggers, so they may not have been an entirely representative sample.) 

Many contributors to our debate said they trust what they read on blogs much more than what they read in the newspapers or hear reported on the official broadcast media. To which the response from the "old media" journalists was: but who checks what the bloggers write? Who edits it? If you do not even know the blogger, how do you know they are trustworthy? 
  As if the "old media" is trustworthy... Blogs have made many of us aware of misinformation, desinformation, political correctness and events that happen in other countries we are not told of. Hopefully, now people double-check the old or the new media. 


Who will speak for Aqsa Parvez?
  Ayaan Hirsi Ali is, Wafa Sultan is too and more and more Ex-muslims and the Non-muslims who have learn the truth about islam. We all will and we won't stop until islam is eradicated so no more girls and women are murdered because of islam, and more. 

Most Islamist men and women say that a woman chooses to wear the hijab. But, all too often, that choice is taken away from young Muslim girls. They are being told by their parents and their imams that if they don't wear the hijab, they are no longer Muslim. This occurs even though the Koran, Islam's holy book, does not say that a woman has to cover her hair. 
  Yes but islam is not only the koran, but the sahih ahadith, the sunnah and from all of them, the shariah. The veil is islamic, get over it! 

Take a walk in downtown Toronto, Montreal, Windsor or other cities with large Muslim populations. You will see little girls, as young as four, five and six, wearing hijabs on their way to school. Did these little girls really make a choice to wear the hijab? Did they make a declaration to their parents that they want to be religiously pious and sexually modest? Common sense indicates that these children did not choose for themselves. 

The innuendo 
Meanwhile, the mullahs and Islamists are busy dismissing the idea that Aqsa's alleged murder had anything to do with religion. They are circulating rumours on-line that she had a black boyfriend, that she was sexually promiscuous, that she was a drug pusher. These are cited as reasons why her family was strict with her. 

Why are they so afraid of acknowledging that obsession with a religious ritual may have been a factor? It is because they fear their own culpability in this horrible tragedy. Before their congregations, these religious leaders tell men to control their daughters, wives and sisters. They have brought into Canadian homes the radical Islamist notion that a man's honour is encompassed in the sexual and physical body of the women in his family, that's why they must be covered up and kept inside. Muslim fundamentalists have made a woman's body the fighting ground for their religious wars, and it is unfortunately women who pay with their lives for the sake of their men's honour. 
  Muslim fundamentalists or islam? 

Please read this article by Ali Sina, were he explained that the western society is guilt based while the Muslim society is shame based, and this shame is primarly seen as brought by the females.

Other articles about Aqsa parvez R.I.P. here and here.

By the way the father of this journalist is Tarek Fatah, and the following is what he answered a Muslim on Facebook, who was denying Aqsa's death had anything with islam: 

"A Muslim father allegdely kills a Muslim daughter with the help of her Muslim brother and you feel the necessity of organzing an "Inter-Faith Conference" on women's abuse? 

Why cannot you address the issues that ail the Muslim community rather than trivialize the enormity of the crime committeed by insininuating that this is just one more murder among many others where cultural issues become the rigger. 

If you believe that the Hijab is a manadatory attire for Muslim women, then a murder triggered by a dispute over Hijab is NOT a cultural issue, but rather a religious issue of Muslims. Period. 

One cannot have it both ways. First insiting that Hijab is an Islamic mandatory attire and that Muslim women who don;t wear it will go to hell, and then describe a murder reslting from the Hijab ias non-religious." 

Anwar Shaikh: "The problem is not Muslims, the problem is Islam".

Girl's death puts Islam in hot seat
Treating it as political ideology increases conflict with Western culture
If nothing else, the death of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez should put to rest forever the yearning by some for sharia law in Ontario. 

Perhaps her death by strangulation for allegedly refusing to wear a hijab, or traditional Muslim (in her case, Pakistani) clothing, was not an "honour killing" but an accidental death. Perhaps her father, charged with her murder, was simply angry and lost control. We don't know. A brother is also charged with obstructing the investigation. There seems little doubt that the father, a taxi driver, loved his daughter. But as a Muslim, cultural differences with his daughter were clearly rampant. 
As for the sorry case of Aqsa Parvez, who died because of her eagerness to blend into Canadian culture, it is instructive to look at what another Islamic dissenter has to say -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali refugee who became an MP in Holland. 

In an interview with Britain's Spectator magazine, here's some of what Hirsi Ali has to say, and which could apply to Aqsa Parvez: "I don't believe there is such a thing as 'moderate' Islam. It's better to talk about degrees of belief and degrees of practice. The Koran is quite clear that it should control every area of life. If a Muslim chooses to obey only some of the Prophet's commandments, he is only a partial Muslim. If he is a good Muslim, he will wish to establish sharia law." 

To her, Christianity is different from Islam because Christianity allows questioning and debate, and Christians must obey secular rule of law -- something that Islam "has not (yet) acknowledged." 

Hirsi Ali, who endured sexual mutilation and fled a forced marriage, recalls that "I was a Muslim once, and it was when I was most devout that I was most full of hate." 

While Islam cannot be banned, Westerners should stop converting, she says, and the veil should be banned in schools (a symbol of subservience) and "close down Muslim schools because that's where kids are indoctrinated." 

She adds: "Islam is different from other faiths because it is not just a faith, it is a political ideology. Children learn that Allah is the lawgiver, and that is a political statement." 
  How will I ever choose between Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders for the hero of the year? Thank you Ayaan, you do are the softest voice :) (from here) 

Hirsi Ali now lives in Washington, but requires bodyguards and protection -- rather as author Salman Rushdie did, or does. She makes it clear that she is not at war wit h Muslims, but "I am at war with Islam." 

She sees education and reason -- especially for Muslim women -- as a hope for the future: "If we keep on asking questions, maybe Muslim women will realize, as I did, that they don't have to be second-class citizens." 

How much of Hirsi Ali's views apply to Aqsa Parvez is uncertain, but it seems a safe bet that the teen, who was waging a cultural war against the culture of her parents, would identify with the Somali heroine who speaks for freedom. 

It is too late for Aqsa, but may not be too late for others who think as she did, and seek to reconcile the culture of parents with the culture of Canada. 

Perhaps the rest of us do too little to encourage them. 
  You are, Mr. Worthington, thank you. And more and more are joining.

Other articles about Aqsa parvez R.I.P. here and here 

Those to whom evil is done usually try to protect themselves.

Quebec: All rights still equal, but re ligion can't trump gender
Jean Charest's government tabled legislation yesterday to shore up women's rights in the face of perceived threats from groups whose religious practices are deemed discriminatory.The proposed amendment to Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms fulfills a recommendation of the province's Council on the Status of Women, which has expressed concern that women's rights are being undermined in the name of religious freedom.

It comes amid Quebec's politically charged debate on the "reasonable accommodation" of cultural and religious minorities.

The bill will modify the preamble of the Quebec Charter to add respect for the equality of men and women as one of the foundations of "justice, liberty and peace." And it adds the following clause: "The rights and freedoms set forth in this Charter are guaranteed equally to women and men." Christine St-Pierre, the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, said the change will not give equality of the sexes priority over other rights, as critics had feared when Mr. Charest first announced his intention to make the change in October. Christiane Pelchat, president of the Council on the Status of Women, called the tabling of the bill "a great day for the rights of women."
  And hopefully a great day for the rights of men, because sadly, sometimes, women do get more rights and why should they? 

Ms. Pelchat said her group had never sought to create a hierarchy of rights with equality of the sexes at the top. "What we asked for was that, on a case-by-case basis, when judges interpret a conflict between the equality of men and women and freedom of religion, the equality of the sexes has to be taken into account, and you cannot limit the equality of the sexes in the name of freedom of religion," she said.

A similar clause exists in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Quebec's Charter, unlike the federal one, covers private dealings as well as actions of the state. She said the change could allow a saleswoman to file a complaint if a customer says that for religious reasons he will only do business with a man. Others have speculated that in some cases, the change could allow employers to refuse to hire people who wear religious symbols that reflect the subjugation of women.
  Well the niqab for sure is one. 

Pierre Bosset, a professor of law at Universite du Quebec a Montreal, said he is relieved the government decided against giving primacy to the right to equality. But he questioned why the change is necessary. The Quebec Charter already protects against discrimination based on gender, and an existing provision says all rights and freedom -- including freedom of religion --must be exercised in respect of "democratic values, public order and the general well-being of the citizens of Quebec." 

Mr. Bosset said the reform is a response to a political problem more than a legal one. "I continue to believe it was not really necessary," he said. "Legally, it is not harmful, but the message it sends is that perhaps there are some rights that are more important than others, and I have philosophical problems with that." 

Mr. Charest has so far been silent on the other major recommendation of the Council of the Status of Women: a ban on the wearing of "ostentatious religious signs" in the workplace for public-sector employees.