Articles by: 5Pillarz

Brothers jailed for attending Syria training camp

Brothers jailed for attending Syria training camp

UK November 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm 0 comments

Two brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for “terrorism training” in Syria. Mohommod Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 24, both from Stratford, east London, were sentenced to four-and-a-half years and three years respectively. They had admitted conspiracy to attend a terrorism training camp in 2013. The judge [...]

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Home Secretary Theresa May

IHRC: New counter-terror powers will only alienate Muslims

UK November 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm 0 comments

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has said that a week-long national police initiative to raise awareness about terrorism is ill thought out and will only serve to further alienate Muslims. Counter-terrorism officers intend to inform people at schools, universities, airports, shopping centres, cinemas and farms about terrorism. Police officers and theatre groups [...]

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Tunisia’s revolution runs out of steam

Tunisia’s revolution runs out of steam

Editor's Desk November 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm 0 comments

For a lot of people in Tunisia it’s really debatable if the revolution was worth it, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih in Tunis. It’s been three years since I visited the country so I’m definitely out-of-touch with what’s going on here and won’t pretend to be an expert. But the impression [...]

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Hundreds of British Muslims are fighting in Syria

CAGE urges govt to allow Syria fighters to return home

UK November 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm 0 comments

After contacting at least ten British fighters trapped in Turkey because of a fear of returning home, advocacy organisation CAGE has urged the government to adjust its anti-terrorism legislation to allow them and others the right to return. CAGE says it went into the region to locate returnees in order [...]

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IHRC: Open letter to British Muslims about ISIS

IHRC: Open letter to British Muslims about ISIS

Opinion, UK November 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm 0 comments

In an open letter to British Muslims, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) says we need to have an internal conversation about the ideology ISIS has spawned, its appeal to some young Muslims, and the divisions it is creating in our community. The conversation about “IS” cannot be about expedient [...]

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ISIS fighter Michael Dos Santos

Two Frenchmen named as killers in gruesome ISIS video

Europe, France, World November 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm 0 comments

A second Frenchman was today identified among the ISIS fighters suspected of beheading 18 Syrian soldiers in a video that also showed the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig. He is Michael Dos Santos, a 22-year-old originally from the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, in the Val-de-Marne department. Dos [...]

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Sunni or Shia? Simply Muslim, Thank God

Sunni or Shia? Simply Muslim, Thank God

Opinion November 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

Blogger, Muslim convert and PHD student João Silva Jordão argues that entrenched sectarian identities only weaken the Ummah and assist the enemies of Islam. Quran 3:103 – And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you [...]

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Latest ISIS video should open our eyes to the takfiri menace

Latest ISIS video should open our eyes to the takfiri menace

Editor's Desk, Opinion November 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm 0 comments

The latest ISIS video – which shows the brutal execution of several Syrian soldiers as well as American Muslim convert Peter Kassig – is the most gruesome, graphic and high-tech to date, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. As part of my journalistic research I had the displeasure of watching all 15 [...]

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William Shawcross

Report: Charity Commission targets Muslim groups

UK November 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm 0 comments

More than a quarter of the statutory investigations that have been launched by the Charity Commission since April 2012 and remain open have targeted Muslim organisations, an analysis by the Guardian can reveal – drawing criticism from Islamic groups that they are being unfairly singled out. Responses to freedom of [...]

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces “Islamic State” expansion plans

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces “Islamic State” expansion plans

Opinion November 15, 2014 at 11:56 pm 0 comments

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed Caliph and leader of the “Islamic State” surprised not only the world’s intelligence and media organizations but even his own followers with Thursday’s release of a new audio speech. This put a sharp stop to feverish claims that he had been killed or wounded in [...]

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