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Iranian spy service hacks, threatens, blackmails global media outlets

“Outlets such as the BBC and Voice of America have been subjected to threats and in some cases have had their computers hijacked by Iran, according to the report, which states that ‘all international media outlets with Persian-language services are concerned’ about the Islamic Republic’s often-secret efforts to blackmail reporters in order to gain positive headlines.

This explains a lot.

“Iranian Spy Service Threatening, Blackmailing Global Media Outlets,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 6, 2017:

Iran’s clandestine spy network has been threatening and blackmailing scores of journalists, even going so far as to detain and threaten the family members of these reporters, in order to ensure positive coverage in global media outlets, according to a new report that estimates at least 50 international journalists have been threatened in just the past year.

Iran uses its network of spies and its hardline judiciary to threaten journalists with punishment and in many cases detain family members in order to use them as leverage against Western reporters, according to a new report by Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, a watchdog group that advocates for freedom of the press.

Outlets such as the BBC and Voice of America have been subjected to threats and in some cases have had their computers hijacked by Iran, according to the report, which states that “all international media outlets with Persian-language services are concerned” about the Islamic Republic’s often-secret efforts to blackmail reporters in order to gain positive headlines.

The effort is just one part of how Iran blackmails, threatens, and manipulates journalists and dissident voices in order to suppress coverage of its human rights abuses and other illicit activities, such as an ongoing massive military buildup aimed at confronting Western nations such as the United States.

“In the past year, RSF has learned of ten families of journalists who have been summoned to such interviews, usually with intelligence ministry agents,” according to the report. “In all, at least 50 journalists based abroad have been threatened in some way in the same period. At least 16 of them have received death threats.”

During international nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Lausanne, and elsewhere, the Washington Free Beacon independently witnessed Iranian reporters allied with the country’s state-controlled media organizations monitoring reporters and snapping pictures of them as they worked.

This is part of Iran’s efforts to monitor and track reporters who cover the country for a range of influential outlets, sources told the Free Beacon.

“It was insane,” one writer who is critical of Iran and attended the nuclear negotiations in Vienna told the Free Beacon. “They would openly get in the faces of Iranian reporters from Western outlets and take pictures just to make sure that the journalists knew that the regime knew who they were and they were being watched. It’s impossible to imagine this didn’t significantly influences the coverage that came out of the nuclear talks, and even more broadly.”

Sources who spoke to RSF, often anonymously to avoid repercussions from Iran, such as imprisonment, told the organization that the country’s intelligence services have issued threats and in some cases detained the family members of these reporters.

“It is not just BBC Persian employees who are targeted,” the report states. “All international media outlets with Persian-language services are concerned, regardless of the country in which the media are based. Journalists with Radio Farda (Radio Free Europe’s Persian-language section), with such state-funded broadcasters as Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and Radio France Internationale, and privately-owned broadcasters such as Manoto TV and Radio Zamaneh have also been threatened by Iran’s intelligence services or judicial system.”

Most of those who spoke to RSF about Iran’s activities to monitor and threaten the press “asked not to be identified” out of fear of reprisals from the regime. However, some did speak on record.

Arman Mostofi, the director of Radio Farda, was quoted as telling the organization that at least four of his reports have been targeted with death threats.

“These threats are obviously not signed,” Mostofi told RSF. “They sometimes take the form of a comment beneath an article. The journalist may subsequently be contacted in another way but it’s exactly the same message that will be transmitted. Sometimes the message includes information that only members of the intelligence services could know.”

Family members also have become the subject of threats, according to the report.

Fahimeh Khezr Heidari, a Radio Farda host, recounted efforts by anonymous individuals to force the broadcast’s cancellation.

“Ms. Khezr Heidari, Monday will be a horrible day for a member of your family because you did not take our last warning seriously. Thank you, my corrupt sister,” read one message sent at the reporter.

Mohammadreza Nikfar, editor-in-chief of Radio Zamaneh, disclosed that the family members of some reporters have been seized by Iranian intelligence agents.

“The family of one of our journalists was summoned by intelligence ministry agents,” Nikfar recounted. “After showing articles by him that had been posted on our website, they said: ‘Tell him to stop collaborating with Radio Zamaneh.’”

“Another journalist, a former prisoner of conscience, has been threatened several times by telephone. They tell him his family will suffer the consequences if he does not return to Iran,” Nikfar said.

The threats and intimidation tactics also extend to the cyber arena, according to others who experienced attempts by individuals to hack their computers.

At least five journalists have been arrested upon landing in Iran and handed harsh sentence’s ranging from three to 12 years in prison, according to the RSF report.

The tactics have a tangible effect on these reporters and the stories they file, RSF concluded.

“When your father calls and an intelligence ministry agent takes the phone and says, ‘your father is here and we’re talking about you,’ and you know that your family is being harassed and is in danger of being arrested, how can your write freely?” one reporter for an international outlet who declined to be named was quoted as telling RSF. “After members of my family had been summoned for questioning, I could no longer work as I had before.”…

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VIDEO: Pretending to Be Muslims — Why? Understanding the Quran Versus 9:56-57

“In Surah 9, verses 56-57 of the Quran, we read about people in the early Islamic community who were pretending to be Muslims because they were afraid of being killed by Muslims. But if Islam is a religion of peace, why would anyone need to pretend to be a Muslim out of a concern for personal safety? David Wood and Robert Spencer discuss the issue.”

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Linda Sarsour says her hijab transformed her from ‘white’ into a ‘person of color’

Elder of Ziyon has made the most amazing discovery: Linda Sarsour “magically changed from white to a ‘woman of color’ in an instant,” just by putting on a hijab.

Sarsour says in the above video: “When I wasn’t wearing hijab I was just some ordinary white girl from New York City.” That comes from a Vox video published in January 2017.

But in an April 2017 interview, there is this:

After watching Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Dangerous Minds, Sarsour decided to become a high school teacher, “inspiring young people of color like me, to show them their potential.” She graduated a year early, gave birth to her eldest son, and enrolled in community college.

I’ve often argued against the idea that opposition to jihad terror is “racist” by pointing out the Islam is not a race, and that converts to Islam don’t change their race when they change their religion. But now I see how it works, courtesy of Linda Sarsour: conversion to Islam, or at least devout observance of Islam, really does change one’s race! It’s magic! Sarsour should help a sister out and call Rachel Dolezal to tell her that all she has to do in order to become a member of her preferred race is don a hijab.

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Brooklyn Muslim: ‘Then we will go to FBI headquarters, kill the FBI people’

Apparently Akhror Saidakhmetov didn’t get the memo on how the FBI steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat, falsely claims that “right-wing extremists” are as much or more of a violent threat than jihadis, and apparently tried to get foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression murdered. If he had known all that, he might have had a better sense of who his friends were.

Akhror Saidakhmetov

Akhror Saidakhmetov is a resident of Brooklyn.

“Man arrested in Villa Park, charged with fundraising for ISIS fighters,” by Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, September 1, 2017:

A 31-year-old truck driver living in west suburban Villa Park was arrested by the FBI on Thursday on charges out of New York that alleged he raised money in 2015 to help send fighters from the U.S. to ISIS fronts in Syria.

At a hearing in federal court in Chicago, prosecutors asked that Dilshod Khusanov, a native of Uzbekistan, be detained as a flight risk and danger to the community.

He would then be taken to Brooklyn to face the two-count indictment charging him with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and a second terrorist organization, al-Nusrah Front. Each count carries a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted….

According to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, Khusanov was part of a cell of “like-minded individuals” seeking to aid ISIS and al-Nusrah Front in Syria.

Four other members of the support group, as well as two people who allegedly tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS fighters, have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy, according to prosecutors.

The investigation began when one of Khusanov’s co-conspirators, Abdurasul Juraboev, posted on an Uzbek-language website that he wished to martyr himself on U.S. soil, possibly by assassinating then-President Barack Obama, according to prosecutors.

Another co-conspirator, Akhror Saidakhmetov, was arrested in February 2015 at Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to travel to Turkey and then Syria “for the purpose of waging violent jihad on behalf of ISIS,” according to the charges.

Khusanov helped fund those efforts by providing his own money and promising to raise other funds to help pay Saidakhmetov’s travel expenses, prosecutors alleged….

In one conversation from November 2014, Saidakhmetov talked about joining the U.S. military as an ISIS spy, according to a criminal complaint. When Juraboev criticized that plan, Saidakhmetov responded he could always just “open fire on American soldiers and kill as many of them as possible,” the complaint alleged.

Two months later, Saidakhmetov was recorded by an FBI informant talking about another plan to secure an automatic weapon and shoot a police officer, the complaint alleged.

“Boom … then we will take his gun, bullets and a bulletproof vest (and) do the same with a couple of others,” Saidakhmetov allegedly said. “Then we will go to FBI headquarters, kill the FBI people.”

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Muslims condemn ‘Islamophobic’ posters warning about Muslim rape gangs

The BNP is or at least was an avowedly race-based party, and “alt-right,” when it has any substance at all and isn’t just an establishment media smear term, generally refers to racist and anti-Semitic views. These are not views I support; I’ve always maintained that opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression is not a racial issue, despite establishment media and Islamic supremacist claims that such opposition is “racist.”

But all that is really beside the point here. It is a manifest fact that the rape gangs were Muslim, and that British authorities feared to do anything about them for fear of being seen as “racist.” 1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped and brutalized by Muslims in Rotherham, and “several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

The Muslims in Worcester, if they actually oppose the Muslim rape gangs, should acknowledge the fact that these gangs were operating on Islamic principles, and work to reform them, instead of denouncing these posters as “Islamophobic.” The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

But for the Worcester Muslim Welfare Association to acknowledge that would mean rejecting Qur’anic dictates, and it is never going to do that.

“Muslims condemn ‘divisive’ Islamophobic posters plastered across Worcester by far-right British Renaissance Policy Institute,” by Matthew Dresch, Worcester News, September 2, 2017 (thanks to Winds of Jihad):

A FAR-right group has claimed responsibility for putting up “hate crime” posters in the city, linking Muslims with child grooming gangs.

Police are treating the posters as a hate crime and the Worcester Muslim Welfare Association has condemned the posters.

They say the ‘mischievous’ posters are aimed at dividing a peaceful community in Worcester.

The association says the posters have been plastered across the city centre over the last two weeks.

The posters say: Protect Children … Fight Grooming Gangs (which is written in Arabic typography).

The right-wing British Renaissance Policy Institute (BRPI) said its members were responsible for the poster campaign.

Jack Sen, the founder of the BRPI, said: “I am pleased my men have taken the initiative to do something on their own.

“The British Renaissance Worcester branch are the ones putting up the signs in Worcester. We have 25 members in Worcester.

“We had a meeting in Worcester two-and-a-half months ago and encouraged them to protest peacefully and legally.

“We gave them different ideas. We don’t want them to go into the streets…and behave like a terrorist organisation and cause trouble.

“We have to do it in an aggressive but legal manner. Those [posters] I’m assuming are the leftovers from the British National Party (BNP). [Nick] Griffin had nothing to do with it, he’s not involved in any way.”

Mr Sen, aged 40, who affiliates himself with the American ‘alt-right’, grew up in Malvern and previously stood as a UKIP parliamentary candidate in West Lancashire before he was suspended and joined the BNP.

He also lived in America for 16 years and said he was recently involved in the Charlottesville protests….

Mohammed Iqbal, general secretary of the Worcester Muslim Welfare Association, condemned the posters, which have appeared ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations.

He said: “The aim of these posters and using symbols associated with our religion is pure mischievousness and nothing more than to create division between our peace loving community of Worcester.

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Church accused of being ‘anti-Muslim’ for not allowing Qur’an studies

Which mosques in Wales host Bible studies? Right, none. Which are accused of being “anti-Christian”? Right, none.

“Church denies being ‘anti-Muslim’ after group barred from using Caernarfon hall for Koran studies,” by Hywel Trewyn, Daily Post, September 2, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A Christian church has been accused of a “lack of unity” after it rejected a Muslim group’s bid to hold Koran studies in its hall.

A group of Muslims wanted to use the Feed My Lambs church hall – a former infant school – for “Koran and cultural studies”, and they had already used it twice.

But after initially being allowed to hire the space, their cheque for hiring it again was returned to them.

Today, the Church in Wales said the hall – which was part-funded by Heritage Lottery money – was available for “secular” activities.

But Kenny Khan, the councillor representing the Muslim group – said the decision was disappointing and seemed like a backwards step.

‘I was very clear that they were Muslims’

He added: “It was all explained clearly to the church that it was for religious and cultural classes.

“I was very clear that they were Muslims. There was no ambiguity.”

Three days after their first meeting, Cllr Khan received a phone call from Llanbeblig Rector, the Reverend Roger Donaldson who, although not party to the arrangement, said there had been “a misunderstanding” and that they couldn’t accept the cheque for £320, which was sent to Llanbeblig Parochial Church Council.

Mr Khan – who is not Muslim himself – added: “Christians and Muslims joined together in Bangor after the Manchester bombing.

“The church knew it was going to be used for cultural classes.

“Two men from the church came into the hall to collect the cheque and actually saw the congregation praying on their mats.

“These people pay local taxes. The hall has been Lottery-funded and is for the use of the community. They’ve accepted the cheque and something has happened.”

But Rev Donaldson told the Daily Post there had been a “misunderstanding”, and that it was initially thought the group were looking to use the hall for bible studies.

He said: “The understanding was they were going to hold ‘bible readings’.

“We are not against Islam; no way. Everybody has the right to worship as they please.

“We are not against colour or race. It was just not possible. There has been a breakdown in our public relations.”

In a further statement issued today by the Church in Wales, Reverend Donaldson said: “Feed My Lambs is used for Christian worship and is considered to be a place of worship….

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Security chief says United Kingdom is home to 35,000 Islamic terrorists

The European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, “singled out the UK as having more radicalised Muslims than any other country in Europe,” with as many “35,000 fanatical Islamists.” France has around 17,000, he says, and other areas of Europe, “tens of thousands.”

This is what trusted authorities are subjecting their citizens to in the UK and elsewhere in the West. It is an appalling neglect of duty. De Kerchove also issues a dire warning:

that radicals were increasingly using the islamic concept of “taqiyya” – concealing their religious beliefs from those around them – in order to prevent detection.

Aiding jihadists even more is the abuse of the word “Islamophobia,” which aims to shut down criticism of Islam and beat up critics.

Britain is also home to up to a million young girls being raped by Muslim grooming gangs, and some 85 sharia courts, which are returning women to abuse in “marital captivity.”

Meanwhile, this has been reported about Hungary and Poland: “no refugees, no terror”.

“TERROR WARNING: Britain home to 35,000 Islamist fanatics, says security chief”, by Tom Worden, Express, August 31, 2017:

BRITAIN is home to up to 35,000 fanatical Islamists – with 3,000 of them “worrying” MI5, Europe’s top anti-terrorism official said today.

European Union’s counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove singled out the UK as having more radicalised muslims [sic] than any other country in Europe.

Mr de Kerchove also warned Islamic State will attempt a cyber-attack on nuclear power stations or air traffic control systems within five years – possibly by paying Russian hackers to break into vital computer systems.

The official, who is in regular contact with security services, as well as terror experts and governments around Europe, said: “The United Kingdom has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals.

Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention.

“France has 17,000. Spain many less, but more than 5,000 I suppose. In Belgium almost 500 have been to Syria and there are around 2,000 radicals or more.

“I wouldn’t like to put a concrete figure on it, but (in Europe) tens of thousands, more than 50,000.

“We must select those who are really worrying and the most dangerous, and they should be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Mr de Kerchove, who has been in his position since 2007, was speaking in an interview with Spain’s El Mundo newspaper.

He warned European countries will suffer further attacks inspired by ISIS – and said greater measures must be taken to prevent them.

Asked about the 12-man cell who murdered 16 and injured more than 100 in attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on August 17 and 18, he said: “It’s early to draw definitive conclusions, but we know that we need much greater efforts in prevention.

“How do we detect the first signals (of radicalisation), no matter how weak they are? They succeeded in preparing the attacks under the radar.

“We will suffer more attacks. Most, except for Brussels and Paris, were not directed from Raqqa, but they were inspired there. And later Islamic State claims responsibility.

“The propaganda of the organisation no longer requires people to go to the caliphate. They can attack in their places or origin, including on a small scale with home-made weapons.”

Mr de Kerchove said it was vital that European intelligence agencies and police properly analyse the data they collect and share.

For example, police in Catalonia had been warned about Abdelbaki Es Satty, the alleged leader of the Barcelona cell, by counterparts in Belgium, but failed to recognise the danger he represented.

The counter-terrorism official warned that radicals were increasingly using the islamic concept of “taqiyya” – concealing their religious beliefs from those around them – in order to prevent detection…..

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At the federal level in Britain, there can be no Christian prayer in government meetings.

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First Survey of Muslims In France Reveals Love for Sharia [Islamic] Law and Bin Laden

Dateline, Paris, France 2016: There is a reputable think tank in France called “Institut Montaigne.” The Institut Montaigne is a French think tank founded by Claude Bébéar in 2000 (he is a successful French businessman – a Warren Buffet of France. He is the founder and former CEO of AXA, a global financial services giant based in Paris). The Institut Montaigne was founded with the aim to promote both competitiveness and social cohesion and to help shape public policy to improve both economic and social environment in France. In translation – this means that the entrenched parasitical interests of profit and money wish to pacify French patriotism in order to allow the world to run over the nation of France in the interests of worldwide economic profit. The true capitalists of the West (masters of the democracy of the stock-exchange) have long ago betrayed the national interests of the countries in which they began. Still, Institut Montaigne is not as bad as it could be. It leans conservative, even though it is on the fence about many important issues on which the Left must be opposed because they lead to the ultimate suicide of France and the West. It almost broke a taboo in conducting a survey of Muslims. So this think tank produced recently an important survey of the French Muslims in which some startling findings were presentedChief among them is the preference for Shariah Law over any other among a full third of the French Muslims – and that Bin Laden’s Islam of no compromise is craved by a half of young French Muslims! The secular education system fit for spiritless materialists has failed! The emperor has no clothes! French culture, French literature, French history and the biographies of prominent men of French history – absolutely DO NOT inspire the immigrant Muslims in France – but ISIS and the Islamic culture of violence does!?

Benoit Rayski wrote a cynical assessment of the Institut Montaigne survey on Muslim attitudes and preferences because the reality of the situation forced him into the cynical corner. The cowardly LEFT misrepresents survey results to make the public drugged by lies into the sleepiness of the oblivion in which the West will perish unless an awakening is made to happen somehow. Rayski is a historian, a somewhat conservative writer, and journalist, one of a few Frenchmen with public access that are unafraid to speak up.

Of course, we would be reasonable to assume that those Muslims who responded to the survey better or more favorably to France’s interests are not clearly separated from their brethren that are openly supporting the radical Islam sentiment. A sizeable chunk of them could be considered as leaning radical, at the end of the day – just as their sympathies lie against Israel, which is always a solid litmus test of bottom-line Islamic attitudes.

How can France survive as a nation? Bear in mind that nations are NOT economic units (contrary to what the Left will falsely make you believe) but political, cultural and ultimately – spiritual entities or unities emerging from the depths of political history! No economics can ever create a nation! So, economic immigration is a death-knell for every Western nation. It is a sign of an inorganic state of the West, because economics by themselves cannot be in the interest of any nation, just as people need food but don’t live just to eat!That is what history proper teaches us. How can we make the Left understand its errors? Are surveys enough? Of course, no….

MUSLIMS OF FRANCE: THE SURVEY THAT SURPRISES? NO, THE SURVEY IS SCARY!

Often, just as it is in the case of gifts, everything is a matter of packaging. The gift papers are, according to the designers who designed them, more or less pretty. And there – this is the Journal du Dimanche – which presented a terrible survey in packaging that has been treated so that the appearance is full of charm. But inside, it’s all but a gift …

In the “one” of the newspaper, this title appeared as a result of the published survey: “Muslims of France, the inquiry that surprises”. And we rush – a surprise, it’s always tempting – to see. The investigation for the survey, thorough and meticulous, was carried out by Ifop for the Institut Montaigne.

And, in a first impulse, we let ourselves be taken in by the packaging. The figures that are highlighted give off the sweet and soothing fragrance of the roses of our gardens. Coeducation ? “Do you agree to go to a mixed pool?” Answer: 75% yes in men, 56% in women. It’s good, no? “Are you in favor of wearing the full veil?” Answer: 65% not in men, 61% in women. It’s not too bad, right?

But we have the temptation – diabolical, not to say Islamophobic – to tear the wrapper in order to savor indiscriminately what is inside. The same figures quoted above say that 25% of men and 39% of women refuse to go to a mixed swimming pool! It’s worse, isn’t it? They also say, in these figures, that 20% of men and 39% of women agree on the full veil! That too is more or less good, isn’t it?

We continue ? Yes, and it will be even better. 29% of the Muslims and Muslims surveyed say that the Sharia is more important than the law of the Republic! Yes, 29%, that is to say a third of the population who declare themselves Muslim … This figure is not worrying: it is appalling. And to add to this – a [Muslim] declaration of war on France, for it is specified in the survey that this devouring passion for a rigorous, fundamentalist Islam is overrepresented among young Muslims: 50% of the under 25 years fervently advocate it!

I’m sorry to have to remove the veil (no pun intended) which is the subject of this survey’s investigation … Sorry also to say that, alas, there is nothing, strictly nothing, surprising in this survey. We all know, and for a long time, what is the status of Islam in France. It was subdued and seething: the figures, naked and cruel, prove it. So much the worse for the obtuse and blind supporters of the “no amalgam Islam”, the so-called religion of peace and love.

It is true that the expert of the Institut Montaigne who comments on these damning results tries to relativize them with a new concept. For him, we must just see the consequence of a breath of revolt which he calls “Islamic pride” (very naive). A bit like the “gay pride” that allowed homosexuals to show themselves and assert themselves. Do not stop here. Will we see one day a “catholic pride”, a “jew pride”, a “french pride”? And why not a “corsica pride”? Ah! But that’s already done.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Muslim Cleric bans a noted Muslim scientist for not being ‘a true Muslim’ in Hawaii?

I came across this strange story from Hawaii about a Muslim cleric warning his fellow Muslims to avoid any contact with another Muslim because he is not “a true Muslim.”

In a August 21, 2017 MeriNews.com article titled “In distant Hawaii an Arab cleric expels a Pakistani scientist” S.K. Saksena wrote:

This narrative would possibly not have been penned, if our family friend Dr [Saleem] Ahmed, a soft spoken, scholarly, devout Muslimhad not been expelled by the Arab cleric of Honolulu’s small mosque, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The cleric also claims that Hawaii was not discovered by Captain Cook, but by Arabs. Much in the style of our own PN Oak who claims Taj Mahal to be of Hindu origin!

[ … ]

Not understanding the nuances of any religion, I would not venture to pass judgment. I leave it to Akbar S Ahmed, of Brookings Institution: ‘…Some Muslims have moved away from their own identity perhaps because of the controversy surrounding Islam. We came upon an example in Honolulu, that most pluralist of American cities. Hawaii has a small Muslim community of between 3,000 and 4,000, which I was asked to address after Friday prayers at the main mosque. Hakim Ouansafi, the Arab head of the mosque committee, and the president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, welcomed us but warned us not to be in touch with Saleem Ahmed, someone we were anxious to meet. Hakim said irately that Saleem reputedly gave interviews in the media and talked to interfaith communities claiming to represent Islam, which he did not. Indeed, according to Hakim, Saleem was not even a true Muslim.’ [Emphasis added]

Read more.

The key phrase in this article by Mr. Saksena is, “Some Muslims have moved away from their own identity perhaps because of the controversy surrounding Islam.”

This moving away from Islam is apostasy and causes Fitna in the Muslim community (the Ummah) in Hawaii.

A key to understanding why some Muslims, like Hakim Ouansafi, expel (excommunicate if you will) a fellow Muslimhad is captured in one word: Fitnaphobia.

The Mayo Clinic defines phobia as, “[An] overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.” Fitna describes “[F]orces that cause controversy, fragmentation, scandal, chaos, or discord within the Muslim community, disturbing social peace and order.”

Fitnaphobia is defined as:

An overwhelming and unreasonable fear of forces that cause controversy, fragmentation, scandal, chaos or discord within the Muslim community, thereby disturbing social peace and order within the Ummah (the Muslim community).

Fitnaphobia is based upon Quran versus 2: 191-193, which reads:

And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

Fitnaphobia requires the killing, expelling and fighting disbelievers where ever they are found. Fitna (resistance) “is worse than killing.” A Fitnaphobe will kill because disturbing the peace and order of the Muslim community is worse than the slaughter of innocents, such as the 5,000 annual honor killings by Muslims of their family members.