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  • Suspects linked to bin Laden, Iraq: Arrests of Arabs in Idaho, New York target terror financing

    02/28/2003 12:06:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 494+ views ^ | Friday, February 28, 2003 | By Art Moore
    The Saudi man arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force yesterday in Idaho has ties to close associates of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and to four Arab men charged at the same time with channeling funds to Iraq. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen – a University of Idaho doctoral candidate supported by the Saudi government – was a terrorist bagman, according to a federal criminal justice source quoted by a Seattle newspaper. Saudi student Sami Omar al-Hussayen "He's in touch with people who could pick up the phone, call [bin Laden], and he would take the call," the source told the...
  • ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq

    01/17/2015 7:19:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2015 | BY F. BRINLEY BRUTON
    Raising doves and pigeons is a deadly pursuit in ISIS-controlled Iraq. The popular hobby is in the sights of extremist Islamist fighters, who this week rounded up 15 boys and young men in the eastern province of Diyala for pursuing a pastime now deemed un-Islamic. Three have already been executed. The recent crackdown on bird breeders stems from ISIS' need for new fighters to battle the Iraqi and Syrian governments, as well as residents' growing desperation, according to the security official. Suspicion of bird-breeders stems from the fact they tend to feed their animals at the same time devout Muslims...
  • New Jihadis Break Stereotypes

    11/08/2011 9:44:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | November 4, 2011 | by Mawassi Lahcen for Magharebia in Casablanca
    SNIPPET: "The latest generation of jihadists has never been to an al-Qaeda training camp. These recruits learn everything they need to know online." SNIPPET: "This change, however, is not restricted to the younger generation. Many of the older elements have replaced the Afghan-style dress and long beard with an appearance that avoids attention from security officers." SNIPPET: "Herein lies the danger from sympathisers and supporters of al-Qaeda. That community is now deemed more active and effective than actual elements of al-Qaeda, especially after the crackdown by security agencies around the world. Therefore, we believe that al-Qaeda is now paying special...
  • Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi Issues Fatwa to Army to Kill Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi

    02/24/2011 4:23:47 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 2/21/2011 | Imam Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi
    Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 21, 2011: Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: The truth is that I do not want to say anything to Al-Qadhafi, because one should only address people who are reasonable. People who are not reasonable should not be addressed. That man is no longer reasonable. He has been crazy for a long time. Among the signs of his madness, as we have seen, he wanted to be a philosopher, and come up with theories, like Marx and...
  • A glance at Saudi government-approved fatwas

    10/11/2010 8:10:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/11/10 | Staff
    A glance at several official fatwas, or religious rulings, by the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, the body of government-appointed clerics that is the voice of Saudi Arabia's ultraconservative Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. The fatwas, viewable in Arabic and English at, are in most cases in response to questions sent in by Saudis seeking advice. TAKING FLOWERS TO THE SICK: - "This practice is impermissible as it entails wasting money on non-useful purposes and imitating Allah's adversaries in this custom." [Snip] RELATIONS WITH NON-MUSLIMS: "A Muslim should not begin greeting the non-Muslims.
  • Dueling Fatwas

    10/05/2010 8:10:20 PM PDT · by forty_years · 7 replies ^ | 10/5/2010 | Daniel Pipes
    Norris and all Americans currently live under the "Rushdie Rules," which punish whoever disrespects Islam, Muhammad, or the Koran. Make fun of Muhammad and you're on your own. Local and national politicians had nothing to say about her plight. Journalists, usually keen to protect one of their own, went silent. No organization sprung up to raise money for her protection.
  • Breastfeeding adult men sparks holy war

    08/05/2010 5:10:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 3+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 3, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    The Islamic population in the Middle East has been caught up in a new war, but it is its own enemy in the fight over a "fatwa" that authorizes the breastfeeding of adult men. "The fatwa-issuing thugs give orders, pass judgment, and make decisions: love is forbidden; looking [at a man] is a sin; expressions of love are contemptible – [but] as for breastfeeding, that is permissible, permissible, permissible," wrote Nadine Al-Budair, a presenter for the U.S. Arabic-language television station Al-Hurra. The dispute has been monitored by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which has compiled a history of it...
  • Muslim Egyptian Girl Who Converted to Christianity Subjected to Acid Attack

    04/18/2010 12:54:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,367+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | Friday, April 16, 2010 | by dan Wooding
    Note: Photos included. Friday, April 16, 2010 Muslim Egyptian Girl Who Converted to Christianity Subjected to Acid Attack By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT (ANS) -- The Assyrian International News Agency (, is reporting the shocking news that Dina el-Gowhary, a 15-year-old Egyptian Muslim-born girl who converted to Christianity, has been subjected to an acid attack, the latest in a string of failed attempts by Muslim fanatics against her and her father, 57-year-old Peter Athanasius (Maher el-Gowhary), who converted to Christianity 35 years ago. In a story written by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, several Fatwa's were issued...
  • Jihadist Booklet: Islamic Scholars Apply Double Standard: Praise Jihad in Gaza...

    02/10/2009 1:06:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 569+ views ^ | February 9, 2009 | n/a
    Special Dispatch - No. 2235 February 9, 2009 No. 2235 Jihadist Booklet: Islamic Scholars Apply Double Standard: Praise Jihad in Gaza, Condemn Jihad Elsewhere Jihadists have lately been complaining about what they perceive as a double standard in the response by Muslim scholars to the jihad in Gaza versus their response to jihad activity elsewhere. They point out that many scholars express unqualified support for the jihad in Palestine - especially for Hamas' resistance efforts in Gaza - but at the same time, these very same scholars condemn the jihad of Al-Qaeda, and even issue fatwas against it. This complaint...

    09/09/2008 12:34:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 291+ views
    ANSAmed ^ | 2008-09-08
    "A nine-year-old girl has the same sexual capacities like a woman of twenty and over". Thus reads a fatwa issued by Skeikh Mohamed Ibn Abderrahmane Al-Maghraoui, according to Moroccan daily 'Aujourd'hui Le Maroc'. This immediately sparked off a hot debate, with most of the public opinion absolutely against this stance which is a permit for paedophilia, many say, among other things. Among the various stances against the fatwa (in the Islamic culture, a decree of religious character issued by Islamic experts which regulates issues of topical character), the daily reported those of extremist MP Abdelbari Zamzami and the president of...
  • Book on Muslim prophet's wife canned

    08/18/2008 7:39:50 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 17 replies · 392+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 August 2008
    A US publisher has cancelled the publication of a novel about the youngest wife of the Muslim prophet Mohammed amid a growing controversy over the book. The Jewel of Medina, a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones about Mohammed's child bride A'isha had been due for release in the US last week. But publisher Random House released her from the contract amid the controversy and her agent said Jones was now looking for a publisher in another country to pick up the rights. "Random House made the decision to cancel its US publication of the novel The Jewel of Medina...
  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric quietly hints at harder views against US forces

    05/23/2008 7:53:47 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 39 replies · 69+ views
    AP News ^ | May 22, 2008 | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance against U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible — a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad. The edicts, or fatwas, by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani suggest he seeks to sharpen his long-held opposition to American troops and counter the populist appeal of his main rivals, firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia.
  • Muslim youth 'shop around for fatwas online'

    12/28/2007 5:41:45 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies · 312+ views ^ | 12/29/07 | Richard Kerbaj
    With counter-terrorism agencies keeping a close eye on radical imams, moderate leaders fear impressionable young followers are seeking religious orders from other sources. The concern centres on overseas-based websites issuing personal fatwas -- religious decrees -- on jihad or fighting in the name of Islam. Senior Islamic leader Ameer Ali warned that it was difficult to ascertain the qualifications and identity of the clerics issuing the dangerous rulings. The Australian Federal Police is investigating Somali community figures accused of encouraging young men to return to their war-torn homeland and fight alongside Islamic jihadists. Dr Ali said young Muslims who embraced...
  • WFPIST condemns Wahhabi Fatwa for desecration of Iraqi holy sites

    07/22/2007 9:48:04 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Islamic Republic News Agency ^ | Sunday July 22, 2007 | staff
    The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) condemned the Fatwas attributed to certain extremist muftis which threaten destruction of Shiite holy shrines in Iraq.The WFPIST statement read, "Such Fatwas are the maniac decrees that have been issued by certain wise looking but insane individuals without taking their grave consequences into consideration."It added that such decrees would have no benefit but serving Iraqi occupiers and providing them a pretext for their continued illegitimate presence in the Islamic land.It warned that desecration of holy sites in Iraq -- as was the case with the holy twin shrines of...
  • Fat-Waaah-Waaah-Waaah!

    06/13/2007 3:45:35 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 31 replies · 1,002+ views
    Imams and religious scholars interpret the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad to issue fatwas that guide the faithful on matters of Sharia law. The New York Times reports that in Egypt, there is growing concern that "too many fatwas are being issued, and that many of them rely on ideology more than learning. … government-appointed arbiters of Islamic standards say the fatwa free-for-all has led to the promotion of extremism and intolerance." Case in point: The breast-feeding fatwa.About a month ago, religious scholar Izat Atiyah issued a fatwa that unmarried men and women can be together at work only...
  • Shariah Courts Issue Fatwas,Religious Scholar Offers Reward For Death of Cartoonist (Rushdie Case)

    02/21/2006 7:29:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies · 560+ views
    02.21.2006 | fight_truth_decay
    The subscription site, STRATFOR or Strategic Forecasting, Inc. - issues almost daily a TERRORISM INTELLIGENCE REPORT with a self described "track record on accurate, insightful global intelligence and analysis earning itself a reputation as the world’s most respected private intelligence company". Strafor's Fred Burton updates the ongoing cartoon controversy (02.21.2006)as follows : "Fatwas and Rewards: An Inflection Point in the Cartoon Controversy" (I have highlighted key points received today via e-mail). "Two minor Shariah courts in India's Uttar Pradesh state have issued fatwas calling for the death of a Danish cartoonist who drew caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The fatwas,...
  • Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Attacks Islamic Clerics for Authorizing Sexual Abuse of Infants

    12/30/2005 6:10:58 AM PST · by burzum · 9 replies · 776+ views
    Interviewer: "What do you have against the Shari'a courts?" Ghada Jamshir: "I have a lot against them. What they have done to Bahraini women is not a trivial matter. For years women have been going into these courts, only to be oppressed and treated unjustly. We have reached the point that we say: Enough. We have reached the breaking point." [...] "We have a problem with family planning. We have no family planning in Bahrain. The Shiites in Bahrain have marriages for the purpose of mut'ah [pleasure]. They bring multitudes of children into the world, without thinking, who grow up...
  • God Is in the Rules (This is too much, Islamic soccer and fatwas!)

    10/15/2005 11:55:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 687+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 16, 2005 | GEOFF D. PORTER
    Fatwas, the legal opinions proclaimed by Islamic scholars, have proliferated in the Muslim world since the 1980's, driven by rising literacy rates and the Internet. The growth in fatwas - some of them contradictory - has led to a debate over who can legitimately issue them and has alarmed governments in the Middle East, since the decrees sometimes challenge state-sanctioned interpretations of Islam. Yet criticizing fatwas about divisive issues like the propriety of killing civilians and Shiites can be dangerous for officials. So the Saudi government is trying a different tactic, zeroing in on what it considers frivolous fatwas in...

    09/06/2005 4:13:50 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 30 replies · 489+ views
    adnkronos international ^ | Sep-06-05 13:19 | Slb/Aki
    Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti has called on the kingdom's Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to investigate scholars who issue "unofficial" fatwas which cause trouble in society. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Aal al-Sheikh's appeal follows a recent fatwa which claimed that Islam prohibits football prompted three footballers on the Al-Rasheed team in Taif to give up the game and join the Jihad in Iraq. Two of the young footballers have since died carrying out suicide attacks and the third is now in prison after being caught while trying to carry out such an attack....
  • Arab Intellectual: Why Has There Been No Fatwa Against Bin Laden?

    08/25/2005 10:40:13 AM PDT · by BayouCoyote · 13 replies · 851+ views ^ | 23AUG05 | Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi
    "The First International Islamic Conference, [that convened] in Amman, Jordan in July 2005, was attended by a large group of Islamic legal scholars and clerics…
  • Reality and Islam

    07/22/2005 7:39:06 AM PDT · by jan in Colorado · 19 replies · 1,133+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 22, 2005 | Diana West
    By refusing to confront the truth we are not only deluding, but hurting, ourselves On Monday, I outlined the problem of the age: the incompatibility of Islam with a multicultural West that hides away inconvenient history and disturbing doctrine under layers of political correctness. Without stripping them off to examine the problem, all we get is a lot of wishful thinking. Historian Niall Ferguson, writing in the Telegraph on the intensifying "Muslim colonization" of Europe, has decided that such "demographic shifts" are not "invariably a bad thing." After all, seven centuries of jihad-imposed dhimmitude for infidels in Muslim Spain...
  • Islamists target blogger (FBI calls to warn him!)

    07/17/2005 10:18:12 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 20 replies · 563+ views
    Liberty Cadre ^ | 7/17/2005 | Andrew Ian Dodge
    I always thought it would be Murray or I to get the first blogger fatwa but I was wrong. The AnarchAngel is the unfortunate recipient of what looks to be a very serious threat. The FBI is involved and he is not cowed but rather angry. We bloggers believe we have a right to free speech…alas Islamists don’t believe anyone has a right to free speech besides. After the events of 7/7 and how close some of my mates were to it all…this fatwa is indeed chilling.
  • Muslim scholars 'forbid' labeling apostasy (criteria for issuing fatwas)

    07/07/2005 4:51:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | July 7, 2005 | Sana Abdallah
    AMMAN -- Over 170 Muslim scholars, thinkers and historians agreed on Wednesday to forbid takfeer, or accusing other Muslims of apostasy, and decided to work out a criteria for issuing fatwas - religious edicts - in an attempt to unify the eight schools of Islamic thought and put an end to violence done in the name of the religion. The decision came in an unprecedented fatwa issued by leading clerics from the eight schools of Islamic jurisprudence following three days of deliberations in the Jordanian capital, Amman, where scholars from over 40 countries gathered in the first International Islamic Conference....
  • NYP: TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL by Amir Taheri - a theological history on the killing of civilians

    06/10/2005 5:31:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 652+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 10, 2005 | AMIR TAHERI
    An obscure Arabic word is making a comeback from centuries of oblivion to dominate the debate about whom Muslims are allowed to kill in the service of political goals. The debate has been triggered by the killing of large numbers of Muslims, including women and children, by Islamist insurgents in Iraq. Are such acts permissible? Judging by fatwas (religious opinions) and articles by Muslim theologians and commentators, the Islamic ummah (community) is divided on the issue. Those who believe that killing innocent people, including Muslims, is justified in certain cases, base their opinion on the principle of tattarrus. The word,...
  • Lynne Stewart's Just Desserts

    02/12/2005 10:39:15 AM PST · by MisterRepublican · 19 replies · 1,097+ views ^ | February 11, 2005 | FrontPageMagazine
    American jurisprudence and homeland security aligned yesterday, as a jury of her peers found terrorist lawyer-cum-facilitator Lynne Stewart guilty of aiding international Islamist murderers. After 13 days of deliberation, the federal jury found Stewart and her two co-defendants guilty on all counts, including providing material support to terrorism, conspiracy, and defrauding the government. The saga began in 1995, when Stewart defended and befriended “the Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In the ensuring years, Stewart – with the aid of co-defendants Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Mohamed Yousry – illegally passed on fatwas...
  • A Long-Time Threat

    10/19/2004 9:54:22 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 330+ views ^ | October 19, 2004 | By Avram Hein
    Much of the world saw the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a new threat to America whose perpetrators were a small group of terrorists known as al-Qaeda. They were unaware of the tremendous network and support that the terrorists received from the American Muslim community for many years. They were not aware of the role militant Islamic theology plays in mainstream Muslim groups and, as President Bush referred to Islam as “a religion of peace,” the justifications for 9/11 and cover-ups made by mainstream Muslim groups were all but ignored. In...
  • BREAKING NEWS Close associate of Osama bin Laden, Khaled al-Harbi, surrenders

    07/13/2004 10:05:09 AM PDT · by urbanrights · 246 replies · 12,089+ views
    BREAKING NEWS Close associate of Osama bin Laden, Khaled al-Harbi, surrenders to Saudi security officials in Tehran, Saudi official says. Details soon.
  • Cheerleaders for Terrorism: Radical lawyer Lynne Stewart continues her support for Islamic terror

    06/17/2003 10:40:08 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 1,130+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 18, 2003 | By Erick Stakelbeck
    Cheerleaders for TerrorismBy Erick | June 17, 2003 Two groups whom Islamic terrorists can count on for sympathy and support are radical lawyers and their counterparts in American law schools. Lynne Stewart is a hero of the National Lawyers Guild and a sought-after campus lecturer. While out on bail under indictment for colluding with a terrorist leader, she has been a sought-after speaker for law school audiences who relish her attacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft as a modern-day fascist and on her country for its imperialist and racist policies. Stewart made national headlines in April 2002 when she...

    10/12/2002 2:13:28 PM PDT · by alisasny · 4 replies · 249+ views
    10/12/02 | AP
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) . Iraq reserves the right to end cooperation with U.N. weapons inspections if it deems Washington is manipulating them, the Iraqi inspections chief said, clouding prospects of the high-stakes U.N. missions before they even resume. The Iraqi warning . made in the face of threatened U.S. military action . raises the possibility that old problems would haunt any new U.N. inspections to ensure Iraq can no longer produce weapons of mass destruction. Meanwhile, Iraq's parliament met in an emergency session Saturday, but said nothing about a resolution by the U.S. Congress...
  • Domains of Muslim-Christian Cooperation

    05/08/2002 8:31:07 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 8 replies · 472+ views
    IslamOnline ^ | Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
    In the light of the recurrent slogan of coming closer to the people of other faiths (People of the Book), how do you think this dialogue can be done? I mean what are the domains of this dialogue? There are many phrases used to describe inter-faith dialogue such as “narrowing the gaps between religions”. However, the right way to describe these dialogues is to use terms like co-operation, dialogue, participation or the like. Addressing the issue of Muslim-Christian cooperation and ways of enhancing it in view of the current state of affairs, the well-known Muslim scholar, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, states...