Author: bilal-cleland

Anzac commemoration should include Muslim contribution

The broadcasting of the azan to the world at the memorial service the Friday after the killing and the frequency with which Maori groups showed their respect for the Muslim community in Australia and New Zealand with their performance of the haka, built strong bonds between the world Muslim community and New Zealand.

However, as in most societies, there is a racist and bigoted rump despite the overwhelming compassionate response of the nation.

When a NZ veteran of the Afghan war, a member of the Wellington Returned and Service Association, who was organising Anzac Day, suggested an Islamic prayer be performed at the dawn service, he received threats of violence.

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The dangerous blindspot in counter terrorism

The Ceska Murders between 2000 and 2007 involved the murders of eight ethnic Turks, an ethnic Greek and a German policewoman.
The case ran for 18 years and the 5 year long trial ended only in 2018 with Beate Zschape of the National Socialist Underground found guilty of 10 counts of racially motivated murder and given a life sentence.
The German police had a blindspot.
As it dealt with Turks, they focused on mafia and drug related crimes. “…the media stereotyped the serial killings as the “Kebab” or “Doner Murders”, even though only one of the victims worked in a food outlet.”

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Remembering Malcolm X

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white’–but the ‘white’ attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.”

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Dispelling anxiety – the psychology of Ibn Hazm

This service to God was described in the following terms: “Do not use your energy except for a cause more noble than yourself. Such a cause cannot be found except in Almighty God Himself: to preach the truth, to defend womanhood, to repel humiliation which your Creator has not imposed upon you, to help the oppressed. Anyone who uses his energy for the sake of the vanities of the world is like someone who exchanges gemstones for gravel.”

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Emergence of three great indigenous Muslims during the British Empire

“And God sets forth, as an example to those who believe the wife of Pharaoh: Behold she said: ‘O my Lord! Build for me, in nearness to Thee, a mansion in the Garden, and save me from Pharaoh and his doings, and save me from those that do wrong’ “ [Quran 66:11]
Her name has been honoured for thousands of years.
In more recent times, from the depths of the then centre of world oppression, the British Empire, three great Muslims emerged, who have made a major contribution to the spread of the knowledge of Islam and awareness of the nature of imperialism.

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