Category Archives: IRBF

09Jan/16

ISIS is sending terrorists in with the refugees. Is it?

1. ISIS is extremely wealthy, which means it can afford fake passports, first-class air-fares, hotel rooms and automatic weaponry.

2. The refugee line is months long, and provides uncertain results:

A terrorist from Raqqa would have to walk hundreds of miles, find a people-smuggler, cross the Mediterranean without being apprehended or drowned, trek through Southern Europe, dodge the authorities, get over the razor-wire at the Serbian border, travel to Calais, scale the Eurotunnel fence without being arrested, cling to the underneath of a truck without falling off and being killed, and then land in the UK.

Now imagine ISIS wants to inject more than one fighter into a Western country. The refugee line gives no guarantee that expensively-trained fighters, primed and ready to die for the cause, will even get to their target country alive, let alone before their martyrdom-zeal wears off.

Therefore, this idea is militarily absurd and operationally impossible.

3. Daesh strategy is to inspire home-grown fighters; and failing that, to ensure their terrorists are in the target country legally. To risk an operation on the grounds of visa problems or illegal immigration would be ridiculous.

We must remember that the 7/7 bombers and the murderers of Lee Rigby were British, the Paris terrorists were EU citizens, the Charlie Hebdo killers were French, and the 9/11 attackers were in the United States legally.

4. Conclusion: The idea that ISIS sends terrorists along with refugees is a racist fantasy.

Edwin Stratton-MacKay

07Jan/16

Muslims in Leicester Help Flood Victims

Hasan Salmaan and a group of his friends, including Riaz Khan, were watching the devastation from the recent floods and decided that they needed to do anything possible to help.

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They used social media as well as their own money to fill a van of appropriate aid. When they got to the village affected, they distributed the aid to residents and got stuck in straight away clearing debris from the flood. After this, they travelled to several other affected areas and volunteered to assist the clean up operation for those affected in this region as well. I received the following quote from Hasan regarding his experience.

‘The locals were very welcoming to us and it has helped break down a lot of barriers. Community cohesion has taken place without it being our primary aim.’ He also stated that many friendships have been made and that all of those involved would not hesitate to do it again as it was such a rewarding experience.’

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This just shows you how people of all faiths and ethnicity can get together, fighting adversity and building relationships that will last a lifetime. Well done Hasan and Riaz. Hopefully this story can help counter the lies and scaremongering that such groups as Britain First spout.

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J.Kaouklis

07Jan/16

Proscribe Britain First Petition close to 10,000

Nice to see that the Proscribe the ‘Political Party’ Britain First has nearly reached 10,000 signatures. Anyone wanting to sign can click here

Although many will not agree that Britain First need proscribing (basically banning), citing Free Speech as the reason, we all know that they do not allow free speech themselves and censor/ban any dissenting voices.

The Proscribe petition explains why it is so important that Britain First are banned:

Proscribe the ‘political party’ Britain First

Britain First are an extremist offshoot of the BNP. Via the internet and social media the group spews out anti Muslim propaganda in order to fulfill their goal of an ‘Holy War’ against the Muslim community in the UK.
The UK Government must proscribe this party before they achieve their aims.

Their founder, James Dowson as to why he set up Britain First:
“In an interview with Channel Four News, Dowson admitted to pursuing a “holy war” on the streets of Britain:
“One thing I agree with Mr Choudry on, there is such a concept as a just war, a holy war. He calls it Jihad. We call it a crusade,” he told Paraic O’Brien.
“Without any shadow of a doubt, this is a holy war.”

Britain First the Violent New Face of British Fascism

31Dec/15

Where were you Britain First?

Where were you Britain First?
Where were you Britain first as Yorkshire and Lancashire slowly sank below the water?
How many of your supporters opened their doors on Christmas Morning to welcome us into their homes as the 700 families of our village were evacuated due to the floods?
Where were your supporters yesterday as we were allowed to return to our homes?
Where was the help today as we had to stand knee deep in mud and silt shoveling it off our streets? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh all stood shoulder to shoulder all day filling skip after skip with mud and filth, even the two Hare Krishnas who stand outside the post office every afternoon singing and chanting come rain or shine joined in. Where were you and your followers Golding and Fransen? two Labor councilors and the local MP managed to make it and mucked in with the clear up, where were you? Even David Cameron put in an appearance and he’s as popular around here as a dose of Herpes.
Our local Parrish church was so badly damaged the cost of repairing it will make even Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes water, maybe Britain First could hold a fundraiser on their page to help with the repairs Mr Golding? If every one of your page followers chipped in just £1 it will more than cover the costs with a shed load left over to throw a big street party in your honor. Sounds good yes? But we won’t hold our breath waiting for your help after all helping others will not do anything to line your own pockets will it?
So my original question still stands Britain First and all your followers where were you the last few days? Watching Football on Sky Sports no doubt, laughing as we sank below the water.
Britain First, in a few of weeks you are going to be holding a march in Dewsbury and as you shamble along the road between the Railway station and the market just listen to the jeers and catcalls and as you wonder about the vast number of people along the route who are opposed to you just think about this, their ranks will be swelled by 700 not because of something that you have done, but because of something you did not do
You did not help, the village that almost drowned is only six short miles away from Dewsbury and i personally guarantee you the hottest of welcomes on 30th January 2016.

28Dec/15

ISLAM AGAINST RACISM AND PREJUDICE

ISLAM AGAINST RACISM AND PREJUDICE
Islam’s manifesto of Universal brotherhood of human beings
by Abdul Malik Mujahid
From the Quran
“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you” (Quran 49:13).
Explanation: There are several principles, which this verse presents:
This message is not just for Muslims only because God is addressing all of humanity. While Muslims are one brotherhood, this is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity.
God is telling us that He has created us. Therefore He knows the best about us.
He says that He created us from one man and one woman meaning then that we are all the same.
It also means that all human beings are created through the same process, not in a manner in which some are created with a better mechanism than others.
God is the One who made human beings into different groups and people.
These differences are not wrong, rather a sign from God (“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colors. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know” [Quran 30:22]).
Note that no word equivalent to race is used in this ayah or any other verse of the Quran.
Islam, however, limits the purpose of these distinctions to differentiation and knowing each other. This is not meant to be a source of beating each other down with an attitude of ‘my group is better than your group’ or false pride as is the case with tribalism, nationalism, colonialism, and racism.
The only source of preference or greatness among human beings is not on a national or group level, but it is at the individual level.
One individual who is (higher in Taqwa), more conscious of his Creator and is staying away from the bad and doing the good is better, no matter what nation, country or caste he is part of. Individual piety is the only thing that makes a person better and greater than the other one.
However, the only criterion of preference, Taqwa, is not measurable by human beings. Indeed God is the One Who knows and is aware of everything so we should leave even this criterion to God to decide instead of human beings judging each other.
These are the deeply embedded ideals of Islam which still bring people to this way of life even though Muslims are not on the best level of Iman today. This is what changed the heart of a racist Malcolm X when he performed Hajj in Makkah. This is the power that brought Muhammad Ali to Islam. This is what still attracts the Untouchables of India towards Islam. This is the theory which convinced noted historian Professor A.J. Toynbee in 1948 to say that: “The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”
Let’s ask ourselves if the Muslim Ummah today, in its individual and collective behavior is striving to adopt and promote these Islamic ideals?
From the Sunnah
1. Prophet’s response to racist comments:
A man once visited the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah. There he saw a group of people sitting and discussing their faith together. Among them were Salman (who came from Persia), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an African. The man then said:
“If the (Madinan) tribes of Aws and Khazraj support Muhammad, they are his people (that is, Arabs like him). But what are these people doing here?”
The Prophet became very angry when this was reported to him. Straightaway, he went to the mosque and summoned people to a Salat. He then addressed them saying:
“O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab.” (As quoted in Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid p. 125)
2. Statement of the universal brotherhood in the last Sermon:
O people, Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and good action (Taqwa). Indeed the best among you is the one with the best character (Taqwa). Listen to me. Did I convey this to you properly? People responded, Yes. O messenger of God, The Prophet then said, then each one of you who is there must convey this to everyone not present. (Excerpt from the Prophet’s Last Sermon as in Baihiqi)
3. Don’t take pride in ancestry:
The Prophet said: Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).
4. Looking down upon other people will stop you from entering the Jannah:
The Prophet said: Whoever has pride in his heart equal to the weight of an atom shall not enter Paradise. A man inquired about a person who likes to wear beautiful clothes and fine shoes, and he answered: God is beautiful and likes beauty. Then he explained pride means rejecting the truth because of self-esteem and looking down on other people (Muslim).
5. The Prophet condemnation of Arab racial pride:
There are many hadith, which repeatedly strike on the Arab pride of jahiliyyah. Arabs before Islam used to look down upon others specially blacks. The Prophet repeatedly contrasted the believing Africans versus non-believing Arab nobles.

Ifzal Hussein

 

24Dec/15

Katie Hopkins – Islamophobic Bigot

A family group who also happened to be Muslim were prevented from boarding a flight from Gatwick Airport to the USA recently. They were not given an explanation. Their MP, Stella Creasy, has had no success in getting the US authorities to explain themselves, and has now written to the Prime Minister. But one pundit knows all about what really happened: pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins has been on the case.

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Ms Hopkins has the nudge-nudgery on the go from the start: “This lovely big British family aren’t exactly conventional. They are two brothers – and 9 children… between 8 and 19 years old … I’m sorry? Two brothers and nine children. All called Mahmood … When was the last time two grown men, took nine ‘kids’ abroad on their own?” But one of the brothers was accompanied by his sister in law. Katie hasn’t bothered checking.

And then comes a really clumsy smear: “And then there’s their address in Waltham Forest, a known hotbed of extremism … Anjem Choudary – Britain’s loudest extremist hate speaker – came from Waltham Forest”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, Choudary comes from Welling, in the borough of Bexley – not Waltham Forest. And two, he now lives in Ilford, which is in the borough of Redbridge.

So that’s more smears combined with crap research, or, as many people call it, lying. But on she goes: “And if it wasn’t enough that two Muslim men from an extremist area of England, plus their nine children were flying together without any women, to set off alarm bells there’s the fact that they have confirmed links with Al Qaeda … Yup. Intelligence was received about a Facebook page connected to the family address, containing extremist material sympathising with Al Qaeda”. Not really, no.

Over to CNN, that hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism: “A check by CNN on Wednesday of traveling family members on the UK Electoral Roll showed an email address associated with 18-year-old Hamza Mahmood that links to a suspicious Facebook page … The page appears to belong to a Birmingham resident with a similar name, whose occupation is listed as Supervisor at Taliban and Leader at al-Qaeda”. There’s more.

When asked by reporters about the Facebook link, the family said the email listed on the electoral roll is incorrect, missing some characters, and that the son lives in London, not Birmingham”. So Katie is talking out of the back of her neck once again. Have another go: “Tariq’s brother was also detained in Tel Aviv for 8 days before being ejected from the country”. No and no. He wasn’t detained in Tel Aviv. He never got past the airport.

He was refused entry to Israel, and was detained overnight. But readers should know to expect this from a pundit who talks about “playing my usual game of ‘spot the terrorist’ at the airport, (beard -5 points, rucksack – 10 points, sandals – 5 points – be honest, you’ve all done it)”. No Katie, we haven’t all done it. You’re just a cheap and nasty bigot.

And your pants are on fire too. No wonder the Sun sacked her.

Tim Fenton

04Dec/15

What is Strive (Jihad)?

What is Strive (Jihad)?
In the Qur’an God encourage the believers to try their best and making the effort to achieve their goals. “And We charge no soul except [with that within] its capacity,23/62”
Jihad it is highest possible effort the person can do to achieve that. “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.29/69”
Wrongly Jihad been associated with fighting. Nevertheless, Jihad has very wide meaning and ways. Start from striving against the self, to make the self able to accept the right path and avoid evil, “And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.29/6” to strive against aggressive army that trying to destroy your home or your life by giving everything you can for this cause. “Go forth, whether light or heavy, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah. That is better for you, if you only knew.9/41”
The biggest strive is through (the Qur’an) by fallowing the teaching and spread its mercy and wisdom. “So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur-an a great striving. 25/52”
Jihad in the Qur’an does not linked only with the believers. In few places might be associated with people who are polytheists. “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents, but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. 29/8”
Jihad used to demonstrate believing in God through all the monotheist religions that fallowed the prophet Ibrahim teachings. “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Ibraheem.22/78”
In general, there are no war such as (the holy war) in Islam. The subject KETAL or fighting need more attentions in different research. Main while (striven in a cause of Allah) is for people who defined themselves and their beliefs from an armed transgressor without breaking any law of Allah laws and those people who do this strive will get the highest reword. “The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers [of success].9/20”
In Islam, it is mandatory as a nation to protect itself and its people. It is not mandatory for each individual or person to do so. However, those people who do will get great reward because they fulfil their test. “Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward.4/95”
Moreover, all Muslims have to defend other people who are under transgression. In only one condition which is if they do not have treaty with the other part. “Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided – they are allies of one another. But those who believed and did not emigrate – for you there is no guardianship of them until they emigrate. And if they seek help of you for the religion, then you must help, except against a people between yourselves and whom is a treaty. And Allah is Seeing of what you do.8/72”

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