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  • Germany set to take charge of imam education locally

    11/16/2019 7:17:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.16.2019 | Seda Serdar
    The government has long struggled with foreign involvement when it comes to the education of imams who lead Muslim communities across Germany. Now, a new educational association, with start-up funding from Germany’s interior ministry, is set to launch on November 21. Even though some Muslim organizations have been training imams for their own communities in Germany, the majority of imams working in the country are affiliated with the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB). Among Germany’s nearly 4.5 million Muslims, around 3 million are of Turkish origin. […] DITIB is Germany’s largest Islamic umbrella group, with 900 affiliated mosques. Its...
  • Mullah named as suspect for Turkey blasts

    12/06/2003 4:37:07 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 4 replies · 178+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12/07/03 | Damien McElroy
    A Syrian-based mullah already wanted in Germany and Italy has emerged as a leading suspect behind the Istanbul bombings that killed 61 people, including the British consul general. Damascus-based Mohammed Majid has a long history of involvement with extremist groups in Europe and is said to have financed a string of recent terror attacks across the Middle East. He has also been linked to efforts by Islamic fundamentalists to infiltrate Iraq. British and Turkish investigators believe that Majid's network of sympathisers in Syria is sheltering five figures involved in last month's attacks on the British consulate and a branch of...
  • ‘Pleasure Marriages’ Expose On How Iraqi Muslim Clerics Sell Little Girls for Sex (Tr)

    10/16/2019 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Geller Report ^ | October 15, 2019 | Pamela Geller
    Full title: 20,000 Sign Petition Demanding BBC Remove ‘Pleasure Marriages’ Expose On How Iraqi Muslim Clerics Sell Little Girls for Sex“According to Sharia, there’s no problem [with child marriages for sexual pleasure],” said one cleric. Of course not, they are following Muhammad, “the perfect example” whose favorite wife Aisha was six years old when he married her, nine when he consummated the marriage. Related: Undercover with Imams: little girls sold for sex in temporary ‘pleasure marriages’ that can last as little as an hour – cleric says ‘no problem at all’ to wed a nine-year-old As Robert Spencer points out:...
  • Mom: Dad wanted to perform exorcism on missing boy (Update: Child's Body found at NM compound)

    08/07/2018 2:38:15 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 6, 2018 | T.S. Last and Edmundo Carrillo
    TAOS – The mother of a disabled boy whose disappearance led to a law enforcement raid at a remote, ramshackle compound north of Taos last week told police in Georgia that the boy’s father wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Taos, the woman said Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, one of five adults now charged after the Friday raid, believed “the child is possessed by the devil” and that he intended to deny the boy his medication. ... the whereabouts of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, 4, who was allegedly abducted by Siraj Ibn...
  • Austria to shut 7 mosques and could expel dozens of imams

    06/09/2018 11:41:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 06/09/2018
    Austria is closing seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams from the country, the government has announced. At a press conference on Friday, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting down a Turkish mosque and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community, which runs six mosques. The Austrian government's actions stem from a 2015 law, which bans foreign funding of religious groups and required Muslim societies to have "a positive fundamental view towards [Austria's] state and society". "Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalisation have no place in our country," Kurz said. Austria is home to...
  • Austria to deport 60 Turkish imams and close 7 mosques

    06/08/2018 12:59:12 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 8 Jun 2018, 11:45 | ANF VIENNA
    Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that his country will deport the imams financed by foreign countries and close 7 mosques. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that the country will be deporting 60 imams and their families with ties to Turkey as part of the “fight against political Islam”. Kurz said 7 mosques will also be closed and that this decision has been taken particularly in relation with children dressed in military uniforms to reenact an Ottoman era war in Turkish mosques. The Chancellor held a press conference and said, “Paralle societies, political Islam and radicalization have no place in...
  • Maryland imam bankrolled purchase of weapons for jihad massacre inside U.S.

    08/24/2017 10:45:48 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 24, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    “The imam said he frequently gives money to needy people, particularly former members of his mosque.” Yes, the jihadi for whom he was buying the weapons was very needy. He needed to kill some Infidels. “Feds link Detroit terror suspect to ISIS supporter,” by Robert Snell, Detroit News, August 22, 2017: Detroit — Federal prosecutors Monday linked Sebastian Gregerson to a Virginia man who threatened to commit a domestic terror attack in support of the Islamic State. The link was revealed in a 47-page federal court filing that more fully describes ties between Gregerson and like-minded associates, including a radical...
  • YouTube Banned Me, But Not the Hate Imams

    06/07/2017 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    One of the many maddening takeaways from the London Bridge jihad attack is this: If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone. But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your video will get banned. I know. It happened to me in 2006. Eleven years later, the selective censors at Google-YouTube still can't competently distinguish terrorist hate speech from political free speech. Islamic hate preachers such as Ahmad Musa Jibril, whose bloodthirsty rants against non-Muslims reportedly inspired the London Bridge ringleader, have flourished....
  • Dearborn cleric reportedly involved in radicalization of London stabbing attacker

    06/05/2017 8:17:27 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 37 replies
    DEARBORN, Mich. - A Dearborn cleric known for his YouTube presence was reportedly involved in the radicalization of one of the attackers who killed seven people and injured dozens of others in a London stabbing. Investigators identified the attackers as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. Neighbors said they reported Butt to authorities at least twice when he tried to convert their children to radical Islam. Dearborn-based religious leader Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril is renowned among anti-terror sources as a favorite Imam of ISIS fighters, including one of the terrorists who carried out the attack in London over the weekend....
  • London terrorist had twice been referred to police over his extremist views

    06/04/2017 6:46:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 4 June 2017 | Martin Evans
    One of the three jihadists who murdered revellers in central London on Saturday had been reported to the anti-terror police on at least two occasions, it has been claimed. A former friend of the terrorist, who was shot dead by police along with two accomplices, claimed he had been radicalised while watching YouTube videos and said he contacted the authorities ­after becoming concerned over his friend’s extremist views. A neighbour also claimed she had contacted police in Barking, east London, after the suspect tried to convert her children to Islam and radicalise them. The man is not being named at...
  • Islamic center in Maryland keeps ties to Iran

    11/22/2009 2:06:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 692+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/22/2009 | Mehdi Jedinia
    A Potomac, Md., Islamic center maintains links to Iran despite its claims that it is independent of a foundation that is being sued by the U.S. government on charges of funneling money to the Islamic republic. Ali Mohammadi, the current manager of the Islamic Education Center (IEC) of Maryland, told The Washington Times that the center's only relationship to the Alavi Foundation is that of tenant to landlord. He quoted a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office as saying that forfeiture proceedings initiated earlier this month against the foundation - which also owns property in New York and other states...
  • 46 Imams Issue Fatwa Against 16 Year-Old Muslim After She Sings Against ISIS

    03/15/2017 12:36:59 PM PDT · by davikkm · 13 replies
    At least 46 Muslim clerics issued a fatwa against 16 year-old singer Nahid Afrin after she performed songs against terrorism and ISIS. The clerics want Afrin to stop all performances in public. It’s un-Islamic. Nahid Afrin is a lovely singer… https://twitter.com/IndiaTodayFLASH/status/842006747120205824
  • Ex-CIA officer has Trump administration to thank for extradition KO

    03/01/2017 4:26:23 PM PST · by Makana · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2017 | Cristina Corbin
    An "extraordinary" effort by the new U.S. administration prevented former CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa from being the first ever extradited for an alleged CIA misdeed, according to her spokesman. De Sousa, who was set to be extradited from Portugal to Italy over the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric, won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday. Sabrina de Sousa was one of 26 people convicted in absentia for the 2003 abduction of radical Egyptian cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. He was then transported to his native Egypt for interrogation where he says he was tortured.
  • Mohamed El Baradei has an Iranian wife? (Cueball nukes inspector)

    12/06/2004 3:56:51 AM PST · by dennisw · 21 replies · 6,850+ views
    free republic ^ | dec 5 2004 | Awatcher2
    Perhaps it was just a little “Pillow Talk” with his Iranian wife!  Who is Dr. Mohamed El Baradei? A quick Google search yields the following general biographical information:Dr. ElBaradei is the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], an inter-governmental organization based in Vienna, and formed under the auspices of the United Nations in 1957. He was appointed to the office effective Dec. 1 1997, and re-appointed to a second term in Sept. 2001. El Baradi was born in Egypt in 1942. He gained a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo, and a...
  • Dar al-Hijrah (Falls Church, VA) imam calls for "Arms for Jihad"

    02/22/2013 9:07:38 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 21 Feb 13 | CausingFitna
    Trying to downplay what came out of Imam Shaker's mouth. His comments on the Western World makes one wonder why he lives in the West. He also mentions that every Muslim should memorize the Quran, or if they can't, Muslims should keep it in their pocket...... I wonder if he ever encourages Muslims to keep the US Constitution in their pocket? I do encourage everyone to watch the entire video, but I understand that not everyone has the patience that I have. That is the reason for this edit, as the average person will not watch a video longer than...
  • Former Muslim police sgt who tipped off Al Qaeda associate in FBI investigation.

    06/14/2016 4:27:43 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 33 replies
    FrontpageMag ^ | 03/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Mohammed Weiss Rasool was an Afghani who immigrated to the United States and got a job as a police officer. And then he did what you would expect him to do. Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a Financial Management Analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s office. In 2008, Russell/Rasool was prosecuted for his role in tipping off Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque. According to the Justice Department’s Statement of...
  • Outspoken Imams To Speak At St. Cloud State (MN)

    03/31/2008 3:58:12 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 367+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/31/08 | Paul Walsh
    Two Muslim clerics with outspoken backgrounds are among the speakers at St. Cloud State University's Islam Awareness Week, which starts today. One of them is Siraj Wahhaj, who will speak on "What is Jihad?" at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre. Wahhaj, an American-born imam of a mosque in Brooklyn, N.Y., is on the executive committee of the Muslim Alliance in North America, a network of organizations addressing needs in American Muslim communities. In 1991, speaking to an Islamic association of Texas, Wahhaj called Operation Desert Storm "one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals...
  • In Poconos, Mysterious Turkish Cleric Shrouded in Mystery

    02/02/2016 9:39:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 1 February 2016
    The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey’s most-wanted list unfold in court. Rarely seen in public, Fethullah Gulen has long been one of Turkey’s most important scholars, with multitudes of followers in his native country and around the world. More recently, Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president, Recip Erdogan, has accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from his Pennsylvania idyll some 5,000 miles away. Gulen’s supporters call the charge baseless and,...
  • State Department Adds Former Gitmo Detainee to U.S. Terrorist List

    07/13/2016 3:09:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/13/16 | Natalie Johnson
    The State Department announced Wednesday that it has added two people to the federal list of designated terrorists, one of whom was once detained at Guantanamo Bay military prison. Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov, one of the newly added jihadists, was a former detainee at Guantanamo for less than two years from June 2002 until February 2004 before being turned over to Russian officials in his home country. Turkish authorities recently arrested Vahkitov in connection with the June 29 suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed 42 people. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, U.S. and Turkish authorities...
  • Italian Court Levies Judgment on U.S. Rendition Program (CIA employees sentenced)

    11/04/2009 3:27:45 PM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1,211+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11-4-09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Rachel Martin reports: The US intelligence gathering program known as “extraordinary rendition” was essentially put on trial for the first time - in Italy - and this week the court rendered a guilty verdict. Italian Judge Oscar Magi convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric on a street in Milan, Italy. The cleric, known as Abu Omar, alleged that he was abducted by CIA operatives who then shuttled him between US bases in Europe and then moved him to Egypt where Omar says he was tortured. The Italian judge tried the Americans, all but...