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Students chant while marching at a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker - RTX1VIPU

What is Hijab and Headscarf

In recent days, there have been shows of religious solidarity with Muslims made all around the country — even in a Chicago high school, where female students recently participated in a “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” initiative.  But two prominent Muslim women, in an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, are asking American women to refrain from such displays of […]

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Intolerance Has Increased in Pakistan

Intolerance Has Increased in Pakistan

By Michael Kugelman Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar a year ago and, during a rampage that involved taking 500 children hostage, killed more than 140 people. Since that massacre, the Pakistani military has intensified its campaign against the Taliban. The good news is that terrorist violence in Pakistan has decreased, and civilian deaths from terrorism are down about 50%. […]

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Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record

Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record

By Alexandra Sims The Qatar-based news network, Al-Jazeera, has prevented an article slamming human rights in Saudi Arabia from being viewed outside the US. The article, titled “Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism as an Excuse for Human Rights Abuses” and published on Al-Jazeera America’s website on 3 December, cites reports 50 people are intended to be executed for alleged terrorist crimes, […]

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Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer

Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer

By Dana Kennedy The border that terrorists are most likely to cross into the United States is not the one with Mexico, but Canada. Ignore growing Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Canada at your peril. That’s the message an increasingly vocal number of moderate and secular Canadian Muslims and counterterrorism experts want to send to the United States and the […]

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I Worry About Muslims

I Worry About Muslims

Mohammad Hanif KARACHI, Pakistan — I worry about Muslims. Islam teaches me to care about all human beings, and animals too, but life is short and I can’t even find enough time to worry about all the Muslims. I don’t worry too much about the Muslims who face racial slurs in Europe and America, the ones who are suspected of […]

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Afghan security forces stand guard near a terrorist attack site, close to the Spanish embassy, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. An Afghan official says a car bombing near a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul has wounded one person. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossain)

Asia’s Bleeding Heart

Mohammad Taqi The Heart of Asia Conference (HOAC) in Islamabad last week was bookended by two devastating attacks in Kandahar and Kabul. As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was being honoured with a 21-gun salute in Islamabad, the Taliban were in the midst of a 20-hour-long assault on Kandahar airport that killed at least 54. And before the ink dried on […]

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Inside Britain’s Sharia courts

Inside Britain’s Sharia courts

By Guy Adams for the Daily Mail Inside Britain’s Sharia courts: There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing ‘justice’ across the UK. This investigation into what really goes on behind their doors will shock you to the core Sitting in one room, a young Muslim woman tells an elderly cleric about the parlous state of her marriage to a 50-year-old […]

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Why Islam Cannot be Reformed

Why Islam Cannot be Reformed

by Junaid A. Malik Being a student of Islamic theology for last two decades, I can categorically tell you that ideology (Islam) cannot be amended or reformed. The only way of securing the world and our societies from radical or extremist version of Islam is to dis-empower the clergy, promote and strengthen secular values. I have heard several statements from […]

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University ‘safe space’ policies stifle freedom of expression

University ‘safe space’ policies stifle freedom of expression

Maryam Namazie calls for re-evaluation of policies after being threatened while giving a talk on freedom of expression by Rachael Pells Rules protecting university students from abuse on campus are being used to stifle freedom of expression, a human rights activist has warned.  Maryam Namazie has called for a re-evaluation of “safe-space” policies after she was threatened by student protesters while giving […]

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Is Pakistan Just a Huge Trumpistan

Is Pakistan Just a Huge Trumpistan

By Kashif N. Chaudhry I am a Pakistani immigrant to the United States. With the recent rise of Islamophobia here in America, we Pakistanis have suddenly become experts on minority rights. My social media timelines are filled with my friends urging the West to accommodate Syrian refugees escaping persecution, and be more accepting of pluralism. I also see them condemning […]

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Britain’s Islamic channels are propagating hatred

Britain’s Islamic channels are propagating hatred

  By Anila Athar An English colleague at work asked me one morning what I thought about pigs. I was a bit surprised as it wasn’t one of the usual questions we generally ask each other in the office. Hmm, err… It’s an animal like other animals…Why? I asked her. Her response had us both in stitches. Thank goodness we […]

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Is Farhat Hashmi willing to denounce jihad?

Is Farhat Hashmi willing to denounce jihad?

By Farzana Hassan   Al-Huda Canada, the Mississauga branch of a worldwide net of Al-Huda Institutes across the globe, has no known links to extremist organizations. Perhaps that explains the shock expressed over San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik’s links to Al-Huda’s chapter in Multan, Pakistan. However, I am not surprised for the simple reason that conservative Islam is a package […]

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Daughters of Al Huda

Daughters of Al Huda

by Khaled Ahmed An Islamic School not in Islamabad, Kabul or Cairo, but right here in Toronto. These are the future mothers of Canada/West-hating fanatics, being nurtured right under out nose.The picture is that of a classroom in the Al-Huda Islamic School for women set up by one Farhat Hashmi who entered Canada under a controversial visa and has now […]

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The Shame and the Disgrace of the Pro-Islamist Left

The Shame and the Disgrace of the Pro-Islamist Left

by Jamie Palmer By supporting fundamentalists, the Left simply chooses one camp in a political struggle without acknowledging it. ♦ Maryam Namazie, a trenchant campaigner against religious fundamentalism, made this observation last week during a fraught lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. It would turn out to be pertinent. Namazie’s appearance at Goldsmiths was causing trouble before the event had […]

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ISIS claim responsibility for California massacre

ISIS claim responsibility for California massacre

ISIS announced on radio that the couple were followers of the terror group  President Obama insisted today that the U.S. ‘will not be terrorized’   The first photograph of the woman behind the San Bernardino massacre, Tashfeen Malik, 27, finally surfaced on Friday  It was revealed as family claimed she wore a burka and didn’t speak to male relatives  The FBI […]

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Mullah Aziz Hits America

Mullah Aziz Hits America

Tashfeen Malik was his follower by Daily Mail UK The woman who took part in the ISIS-inspired San Bernardino massacre is linked to her native country’s most notorious radical mosque, American officials believe. Sources have told Daily Mail Online that US officials handed over information to their Pakistani counterparts about links between Tashfeen Malik and the Red Mosque in Islamabad. […]

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FBI says investigating California massacre as act of terrorism

FBI says investigating California massacre as act of terrorism

Reuters: WASHINGTON/SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. | By Mark Hosenball and Yasmeen Abutaleb The FBI is investigating this week’s massacre in which a married couple killed 14 people in California as an “act of terrorism,” an official said on Friday, as sources said that the female shooter apparently pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State. Tashfeen Malik, 27, […]

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San Bernardino Shooting Investigators Seek Clues to Motive

San Bernardino Shooting Investigators Seek Clues to Motive

The New York Times By IAN LOVETT, RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT  DEC. 3, 2015  SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Investigators on Thursday hunted for a motive in the backgrounds of a husband and wife suspected in a shooting rampage that left 14 dead and 17 others wounded here, while federal agents traced the origins of the four guns recovered […]

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They shut down my column

They shut down my column

By Mohammad Taqi Pakistan’s globetrotting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has been peddling the ostensible success of a military operation called Zarb-e-Azb in assorted world capitals. The director of the Inter-Services Public Relations, Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa, has unleashed a social and conventional media blitzkrieg that creates a halo of accomplishment, nay infallibility, around his boss, […]

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Pakistan’s Ahmadis battle mob and state for identity

Pakistan’s Ahmadis battle mob and state for identity

By Khurram Shahzad Islamabad (AFP) – “Are these the people with bullets who took my papa away?” two-year-old Sabiha Ahmad asked her mother anxiously when AFP visited her family, members of Pakistan’s persecuted Ahmadi minority, who are currently living in hiding. The toddler’s family have had little contact with anyone since they were forced to flee for their lives on […]

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