#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN September 27 – A female British militant believed to be in ISIS-controlled Syrian territory has slammed Prime Minister David Cameron for “waging wars” against Muslims and said she wants to see his “head on a spike,” reported the Mail On-line on Tuesday.
“In sha Allah a day will come when David Camerons head will be on a spike as he continues to wage war on the awilya of Allah,” the 18-year-old, whose twitter handle @UmmKhattab__, said in a post dated Sept 7.
In sha Allah a day will come when David Camerons head will be on a spike as he continues to wage war on the awilya of Allah
— Al jazraweeya (@UmmKhattab__) September 7, 2014
The teen has also recently called for raising the flag that has come to be associated with ISIS over Downing Street and described as “laughable” Britain’s plans to strip militants of their citizenship.
“I really do not understand why Britain is threatening to remove our citizenship like we care lool its actually quiet laughable (sic),” she added.
I really do not understand why Britain is threatening to remove our citizenship like we care lool its actually quiet laughable
— Al jazraweeya (@UmmKhattab__) September 7, 2014
In one tweet, the teen also encourages other British women to head to Syria to join the militants.
#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – September 21 – Russia, which has criticized U.S. plans to launch strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, could soon become a victim of the militant group, whose members include extremists from Chechnya.
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The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that some 200 Chechen fighters were involved in the Syrian conflict.
Earlier this month, ISIS jihadists released a video threatening Russia shortly after they captured an air base in Raqqa, eastern Syria, and seized Russian-made fighter jets.
In the video, a militant said: “This message is addressed to you, oh Vladimir Putin. These are your aircraft which you sent to [Syrian President] Bashar [al-Assad], and with the help of Allah we’ll send them back to you. Remember this. And with the permission of Allah, we’ll liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus.”
Marvin Kalb, a senior adviser to the Washington-based Pulitzer Center, told Al Arabiya News: “Putin worries constantly about local insurgents getting field training in Syria, or now in ISIS, and then returning to Russia to implement their new skills.
“Putin doesn’t want them back in Russia, and this is a chronic nightmare for him.”
Alex Melikishvili, a senior analyst at U.S.-based research giant IHS, said it is “entirely conceivable” that returning ISIS fighters would wage war against Russia, just as Chechen insurgents have done over the last two decades.
“The longer it takes to destroy ISIS, the higher the likelihood that some of its battle-hardened militants will make their way to the North Caucasus,” Melikishvili told Al Arabiya News.
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#AceWorldNews (Exclusive) – Opinion – South East Asia News – September 18
For long, Malaysia has been a multi-religious country where most people can adhere to their own religion even though Islam is the official religion. A state with a history of its diverse faith followers that lived in peace with each other. However, recent years have seen a drastic rise in growing intolerance towards the religious and ethnic minorities.
In recent developments, are the infamous Malay Court Ban limiting the use of the Arabic word Allah for Muslims “ONLY.”
The country has come under fire for its systematic evidence of targeting Christian community; the church burnings, grave desecration and the seizure of 300 Bibles. This Bible raid was justified under the Court ruling as it contained the word Allah. Come again.
When one thinks that the word Allah has been used by Malaysians for over 600 years and the name Allah was used in the Gospel printed in Malaysian 400 years ago, we can better comprehend the senselessness and impropriety of this prohibition. Ridiculous:.
The followers of Christ in the Arabian Peninsula, including some 12 million followers of Christianity are using the word Allah without any qualms or statutory rulings.
So why and what is wrong in Malaysian Christians using the word Allah?
The Koran itself is very clear on this subject, by affirming that Muslims should say to Jews and Christians that “our God and your God is one”.
However, many Malay Muslims have a rigid and schematic view of Islam. The challenge is to “educate the masses” and to promote religious freedom. Moreover, the government says Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims — who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s 29 million people — because if other religions use it that could confuse Muslims and lead them to convert.
For crying out loud, is this really happening?
“The Allah ban is a direct result of our failure in Nation Building as a peoples. Everyone is responsible for it and everyone should play a role in the reconciliation process. We will have to look back as a nation and ask where did we go wrong. Then from there, we will need to find new creative ways to bridge the cross cultural gaps that led to this point,” says Malaysian human rights defender and Director, Dignity International (an international human rights based organization) Adrian Periera.
On-ground human rights groups have joined hands with Malaysian Catholics in campaigning against this ruling. One good that came out of this inanity, is the renewal of the Malaysians spirit that is seen into coming together as a united force. Needless, the Malays Catholics don’t find themselves alone in this battle and can count on the support of Muslim groups.
Organizations like Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the Front for Islamic revival (IRF) have launched initiatives on social networks to promote accurate information removed from the ideology and propaganda of the government and extremist movements.
“God, what is your religion?” This cryptic question, spotted on a T-shirt worn by a Malay Muslim woman demonstrator in a public protest for expressing solidarity with minority Christians over who can use the term ‘Allah’.
This debate has crossed national borders and sparked a debate among Muslims around the world.
In Pakistan, the English daily newspaper Daily Times questioned the ruling, asking why Malaysia would deny people of other faiths to “own God in all His attributes”. Similarly a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates called the court ruling “wrong”, and said the word Allah was never exclusive to Islam but used by both Christians and Jews to refer to God even before the advent of Islam.
“So. My God is not your God. And your God is not mine”
Is this making sense to any sane person within Malaysia and elsewhere? I guess not.
Reza Aslam, Muslim Academic writer said that the world was “laughing” at Malaysia over the court ruling that he described as a political decision more than anything else. “That you can control people’s ideas, their behavior, their faith and their minds simply by trying to control the words that they use, is absurd. It is an embarrassment to a modern, constitutional, democratic and deeply Muslim state like Malaysia,” said the religious scholar.
Indeed, congratulations to Malaysia being the first country to ban God’s name and to limit God to themselves.
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#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 09 – Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Harem and its kidnapping of 200 school girls, saying the militant Islamic group is “set up to smear Islam.” Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said the radical movement, which wants to create a pure Islamic state in Nigeria, was “misguided”.
His comments come as religious leaders in the Muslim world, who often do not comment on militant violence condemned Boko Harem’s leader Abubaker Shekau, for saying that Allah had told him to sell the kidnapped girls as forced brides.
Boko Harem kidnapped 270 girls from a secondary school on April 14, fifty have since escaped.
#AceNewsServices – April 26 – The leader of al Qaeda has reportedly called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, so they can be exchanged for militants being held in jails.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was previously the extremist movement’s number two until the death of Osama bin Laden, said he hoped it would enable the freeing of an Egyptian convicted of attacking New York landmarks.
“I ask Allah the Glorious to help us set free Dr Omar Abdel-Rahman and the rest of the captive Muslims,” Zawahiri said, according to the SITE website monitoring service.
“And I ask Allah to help us capture from among the Americans and the Westerners to enable us to exchange them for our captives.”
Abdel-Rahman, known as The Blind Sheikh, is serving a life term in the US after being convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack several New York City landmarks, including the United Nations.
Among the offences he was convicted of was seditious conspiracy in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Centre.
Zawahiri’s interview was posted on-line. Reuters said it could not verify the authenticity of the Zawahiri tape, but that the voice resembled that of the al Qaeda leader.
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#AceNewsServices saysMalaysia King says ‘Allah’ is only for Muslims
Edited time: January 21, 2014 13:00
Muslim Protestors’ display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word ‘Allah’ at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur (AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan)
Intervening in the dispute for the first time, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah urged Sunday representatives of all other communities to respect Muslims’ exclusive right in order to maintain stability and harmony in Malaysia.
“In the context of a pluralistic society, religious sensitivities especially related to Islam as the religion of the federation should be respected,” the King said in a speech, cited by Malaysian state news agency Bernama.
“Confusion and controversy can be averted if there is adherence to the provisions of the law and judicial decisions,” he added.
The term ‘Allah’ came to the language used by the nation’s dominant Malay ethnic group from Arabic and is used to describe ‘God’ by people of all faiths.
Sultan Abdul Halim, 86, is one of the nine sultans who take turns every five years to serve as head of state.
The king’s role in Malaysia is largely ceremonial and his powers are limited. However, he is considered a defender of Islam and enjoys the respect of the Muslim population.
Sultan Abdul Halim recalled that back in 1986 the National Fatwa Council ruled that several words, including Allah, could be used by Muslims only, writes New Straits Times.
But even though fatwas, or rulings, by clerics are followed by many of Malaysia’s Muslims, they are not legally binding. Two years later, in 1988, the restriction on the use of a bunch of words was passed into law by the Barisan National regime. The enactment, many argue, violates the country’s constitution that guarantees equal rights to all the citizens.
In October last year, the ban on the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims was supported by a court. Three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court voted unanimously to overturn a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah to refer to God.
The October court verdict prompted protests by both Catholics – who say their rights are violated – and Muslims who demand the rule is followed by representatives of other religions.
Deepening the tensions even further, in November the Senator of the Malaysian state of Selangor issued a decree last November prohibiting non-Muslims from referring to God as “Allah”. On January 3, Selangor’s religious authorities moved to enforce the decree and seized over 300 Malay Bibles from a Christian group.
Christians make up about 9 per cent of the country’s 29-million population. It is the third largest religious group in Malaysia after Buddhists.
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Several independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Malaysian Government to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.
“Freedom of religion or belief is a right of human beings, not a right of the State,” the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, <“http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=14023&LangID=E“>stressed in a news release. “It cannot be the business of the State to shape or reshape religious traditions, nor can the State claim any binding authority in the interpretation of religious sources or in the definition of the tenets of faith.”
The Bahasa Malaysia, or standard Malay, translation for one God is ‘Allah’, which entered the language from Arabic and has been used by Christians in the region for many centuries, according to the press release.
In January 2009, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered the newspaper Herald-The Catholic Weekly to stop using the word ‘Allah’ or face losing its publication permit. The newspaper argued the ban was unconstitutional and won an appeal in the Malaysian High Court.
However, last month, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that non-Muslims cannot use ‘Allah’ to refer to God. It stated that the usage of the name ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity.
“Such usage, if allowed, would inevitably cause confusion within the community,” the appeal court judges ruled. The case is currently pending consideration at the Federal Court level.
Mr. Bielefeldt cautioned that “the current case may affect the right of all non-Muslims in Malaysia to use the word ‘Allah’ while referring to God.”
Also speaking out is Rita Izsák, the Independent Expert on minority issues, who said discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief constitutes a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in this instance is a breach of the rights of a religious minority to freely practice and express their faith.
“Such actions may present an obstacle to friendly and peaceful relations between faith communities,” she warned.
The Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, called on the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Malaysian Government to take steps to immediately secure the right to freedom of opinion and expression of the newspaper and withdraw unconditionally from further litigation on this issue.
Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
New York, Nov 25 2013 1:00PM