Articles by: 5Pillarz

Imam Sohaib Saeed

Q&A with Imam Sohaib Saeed on Scottish independence

UK September 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm 0 comments

Imam Sohaib Saeed is an associate imam at Furqan Mosque in Glasgow and a Muslim chaplain at Edinburgh University. He says that many Scottish Muslims are attracted to independence because of the prospect of a fairer, more democratic Scotland as well as a clean break from Westminster’s foreign policy. Q: [...]

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A plea to ISIS supporters to read the true story of Alan Henning

A plea to ISIS supporters to read the true story of Alan Henning

Opinion September 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

On August 13, 2014 I reported a story about a British aid worker who had been abducted in Dana, Syria, writes filmmaker Bilal Abdul Kareem. A few days ago that person appeared on ISIS’ beheading video of David Haines. His name is Alan Henning. Many ISIS supporters called me a [...]

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ISIS have made major advances across Syria and Iraq.

ISIS and “moderate” Syrian rebels strike truce

Middle East, Syria, World September 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

The “Islamic State” has reportedly struck a deal with “moderate” Syrian rebels not to fight each other and focus on toppling the Assad government. Some reports say the deal was brokered by the Jabhat Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. The IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, is preparing its forces [...]

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John Kerry

Dangers and hidden motives in the coming war on Islamic State

Opinion September 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm 0 comments

US Secretary of State John Kerry presided over a conference in Jeddah on Thursday aimed at garnering support from, and delegating tasks to, Middle Eastern nations recruited to the US plan to destroy Islamic State, writes Abdel Bari Atwan. Ten Arab countries – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf [...]

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Waris Ali

September 12, 2007: 7 years on from my “terror” arrest

Features September 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0 comments

Waris Ali, who was cleared of terror charges in a high-profile trial in 2008, reflects on his arrest, incarceration and trial, drawing lessons from his traumatic experiences for Muslim political activists today. Today marks the 7th anniversary of my arrest, imprisonment, house arrest and eventual trial for terrorism offences. Seven [...]

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Jordan is a key ally of the US

Jordan preoccupied with talk of the “Islamic State”

Opinion September 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

I spent some time in Jordan lately and, wherever you go in Amman these days, the only topic of conversation is the “Islamic State”, writes Abdel Bari Atwan. In restaurants, in newspaper offices, at ministerial conferences, even in taxis, all people want to talk about is Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s “Caliphate” [...]

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Moeen Ali’s father blasts “disgraceful” abuse by Indian fans

Moeen Ali’s father blasts “disgraceful” abuse by Indian fans

UK September 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm 0 comments

Moeen Ali’s father has hit out at the abuse directed towards the England all-rounder and labelled it “disgraceful”. The Worcestershire cricketer was subjected to booing by some of the Indian support during England’s T20 win over them at Edgbaston on Sunday. A complaint of racially motivated abuse from a member [...]

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Hundreds of British Muslims are fighting in Syria

CAGE: Returning jihadis should be re-integrated into society

UK September 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm 0 comments

Advocacy organisation CAGE, which argues that there’s no evidence to suggest that blowback will occur in Britain from returning jihadis, has issued a list of steps that should be taken to keep the UK safe and avoid community tensions being unnecessarily inflamed. In a press release CAGE says: 1. Returning [...]

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Metro, social media and MCB fall for Peppa Pig hoax

Metro, social media and MCB fall for Peppa Pig hoax

UK September 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

The Metro newspaper, many social media users and the Muslim Council of Britain appear to have fallen for a satirical campaign by Muslims against the cartoon character Peppa Pig. In a recent article Metro reported that “a small group of people are mounting an online campaign to have the animated [...]

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Mostar

Bosnia Herzegovina: Europe’s undiscovered gem

Editor's Desk, Reviews September 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0 comments

Like many British Muslims of my age, for me Bosnia Herzegovina is the place where a brutal war took place in the 1990s which sparked my political awakening, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. Those images of white Muslims getting slaughtered while the world looked on remain etched in our memories. But [...]

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