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Views on the News 14/5/09

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UK Muslims feel most isolated in Europe

Only one in ten Muslims in Britain see themselves as integrated into the rest of society, a large-scale international survey said last week. And it found that more than a third are dissatisfied with their standard of living. The levels of integration - or 'cohesion' as Labour ministers prefer to call it - compare badly with the way Muslims have mixed into the rest of the population in France and Germany. According to the Gallup Coexist Index, 35 per cent of German Muslims and 46 per cent of those in France regard themselves as integrated into their society. The findings sound a warning that despite the efforts of ministers and Islamic leaders since the 2005 London bombings to build common ground between some Islamic communities and their neighbours, doubts, mistrust and resentment continue to exist. The report, produced by the polling company and the Coexist Foundation, an interfaith think tank, said: 'The sizeable proportions of the populations classified as isolated show that interfaith dialogue will require significant efforts from all concerned parties.'

Spaniards sells kidneys in order to survive

What was once associated with poor countries in Asia and Latin America has sprung up for the first time in Western Europe as the credit crunch reduces Spaniards to selling organs to "transplant tourists". Spanish "kidney for sale" advertisements have proliferated recently on the internet as people struggle to make ends meet in a country whose 17% unemployment rate is the highest in Europe. Facua, a Spanish consumers' association, has recently reported dozens of internet organ advertisements to the police and an investigation has been opened in Seville into a man who offered a kidney for sale. The practice is likely to grow, however. Kidney problems affect about 10% of the global adult population. The World Health Organisation estimates that about 70,000 kidney transplants are performed each year, of which 20% are carried out on the black market in countries including China, Pakistan, Egypt and Colombia.

Somalia: Is the western backed Sharif government running out of time?

Somali Islamist leader and onetime president Sheikh Dahir Aweys has launched what appears to be a final assault on the fragile Somali transitional government. Five days of fighting, including heavy shelling, have left dozens dead, almost certainly ending hopes for negotiations to potentially win over Sheikh Aweys's support for, and inclusion in, the western backed government of president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. Both men had served in the short-lived Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) government of 2006, before it was removed by an Ethiopian military intervention. The assault casts serious doubt over the survival of the Sharif government, just days after international donors pledged $213 million to support it. At present, forces loyal to Sharif control roughly 25 city blocks in Mogadishu, including the presidential palace. About 4,000 African Union peacekeeping troops also protect the Sharif government, the seaport, and the Mogadishu airport. "There is no doubt Aweys wants a military solution. He wants to dislodge Sharif," says Rashid Abdi, an expert on Somalia for the International Crisis Group in Nairobi. "They're shelling the presidential palace and parts of the airport. This is looking like the final assault."

The man who insulted Islam is given warm welcome by the leaders of region

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI vehemently attacked Islam. Speaking in Germany, the Pope quoted a 14th Century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things. Today, the leaders of the Middle East have chosen to overlook his deep hatred of Islam; instead some of them have laid carpets so that the pope does not have to take of his shoes whilst making a mockery of Islam in the Masjid.

Zardari: ‘We have come together to save Pakistan'

Speaking at a meeting of overseas Pakistanis in New York, Zardari said that the situation in Pakistan called for a lot of courage and at the same time a lot of thinking. ‘We have to come together and save Pakistan,' he said. Democracy is part of the solution and a starting point for resolving all problems facing the country. Indeed Zadari idea of saving Pakistan involves allowing American forces to shed Muslim blood through predatory drone strikes on unarmed civilians in Waziristan. Mobilizing the Pakistani army to create a humanitarian disaster in Swat- the likes of which has not been witnessed, since the partition of India in 1947. And to top it all off Zadari is imploring the West to pay him and the military leadership a wage for the current carnage. Acting on American orders to spill Muslim blood is what Zardari calls courageous and has consumed all of his thinking.

On the eve of the Indian election Singh refuses to resume talks with Pakistan

Last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ruled out resuming talks with Pakistan until Islamabad took steps against militants India says were responsible for an assault in Mumbai last November."Our minimum demand is that Pakistan must take effective steps to bring the culprits of Mumbai massacre to book before we resume our dialogue," he told a news conference in Chennai. India had engaged with Pakistan for the last five years until the Mumbai attack, he said. Pakistan has already admitted partial culpability in the attacks but despite this India is refusing to engage Pakistan. Manmohan Singh is worried that any dialogue with Pakistan will be perceived negatively by the Indian voters who may choose to punish Congress by siding with BJP.


Views on the News 23/5/09

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No green shoots only economic misery

Despite all the talk in some western capitals about how their economies are showing signs of recovery the exact opposite is transpiring. This week the US Federal Reserve forecast predicts that the US economy will contract by as much as 2% this year, an increase from the 1.3% contraction previously estimated. In addition, recovery in 2010 and 2011 will also be slower than first thought, increasing by up to 3% next year, from an earlier forecast by as much as 3.3%, and by up to 4.8% in 2011, from an earlier estimate of up to 5%. The reduction in forecasts by the members of the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) suggests that the current recession will be deeper and more severe than first thought, and that that will have an impact on the strength of the eventual recovery. And for the UK economy things are looking gloomier by the day. The international ratings agency Standard and Poor's on Thursday downgraded its outlook on Britain's economy to "negative" from "stable" owing to the country's "deteriorating public finances." Minutes from the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, published on Wednesday, revealed that extra money supplies were being considered to boost the economy and encourage lending. According to the minutes, all members of the MPC voted in favour of increasing the quantitative easing plan by £50 billion, taking the total to £125 billion.

MI5 forces Muslims to become agents

On 21/5 the English newspaper The Independent revealed how MI5- Britain's domestic security service-coerced British Muslims to become agents. The paper states:' The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas. They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP Frank Dobson. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future.' Speaking about the episode Frank Dobson said: "To identify real suspects from the Muslim communities MI5 must use informers. But it seems that from what I have seen some of their methods may be counter-productive."

Nearly 25% of Iraqis live below poverty line

An Iraqi study showed Wednesday that 23 percent of Iraq's population live below the level of poverty line. Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, spokesman of the Central Statistics office which carried out the study said that 23 percent of the 27 million Iraqis live below the poverty line, most of them in rural areas of the Iraqi provinces. Hindawi told reporters the spread of poverty is attributed to the failed infrastructure, corruption and unemployment. The study comes as Iraq has the world's third-largest oil reserves, with more than 115 billion barrels. The American occupied country is struggling to rebuild its oil industry after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Pakistani Ulema condemn Taleban but fail to condemn Pak-American war against Islam

Leading Ulema of the country declared on Sunday that suicide attacks and beheading of people were ‘un-Islamic' acts and said that militants in Swat and Fata were pursuing the agenda of Pakistan's enemies. The edict was issued at a convention of Ulema and Mashaikh from different parts of the country. This is the first time that prominent Ulema and religious scholars, mostly belonging to the Sunni school of thought, have denounced the Taliban and their inhuman acts in such a categorical manner. A unanimous resolution adopted at the convention said: ‘The assassination of Ulema should be stopped and sacred places, including shrines, should be cleared of extremists. Suicide attacks and beheading is Haram'. Some of ulema even expressed their readiness to form their own Lashkar against the Taliban if security forces needed their help to eradicate terrorists from the troubled areas. However, the same ulema did not issue a single fatwa to condemn Pakistani government's alliance with America in fighting Islam.

Allah says in the holy Qur'an

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُمْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ يُخْرِجُونَ الرَّسُولَ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنْ تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ رَبِّكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ خَرَجْتُمْ جِهَادًا فِي سَبِيلِي وَابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِي تُسِرُّونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَأَنَا أَعْلَمُ بِمَا أَخْفَيْتُمْ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُمْ وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْهُ مِنْكُمْ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ سَوَاءَ السَّبِيلِ

‘O ye who believe! Take not my enemies and yours as friends (or protectors),- offering them (your) love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you, and have (on the contrary) driven out the Prophet and yourselves (from your homes), (simply) because ye believe in Allah your Lord! If ye have come out to strive in My Way and to seek My Good Pleasure, (take them not as friends), holding secret converse of love (and friendship) with them: for I know full well all that ye conceal and all that ye reveal. And any of you that does this has strayed from the Straight Path.' [TMQ 60:1]

Congress's grip on power undermines America's influence in the region

Last week the India's ruling Congress Party's secular alliance defeated the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the month-long Indian general election. The result means that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not only return to power, but also that his government won't depend on support from the Left, as exit polls predicted. With its newfound mandate it is expected that the pro-British Congress will usher in new economic reforms and continue its uncompromising stance on Kashmir. The latter may spell trouble for Obama, as he seeks to normalise relations between Pakistan and India in a desperate bid to change the Pakistani army's focus on India to fighting militants on the western border.


Hundreds gather at Hizb ut-Tahrir protests across Pakistan

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Hundreds of people gathered at protests held by Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan against America's war within Pakistan which is making Muslims fight Muslims on 11 May 2009. The protests were organised in Pakistan's largest cities, Karachi and Lahore, and also the capital, Islamabad. Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan demanded that America's war is immediately stopped and our sons in the Pakistan Army are no longer used as fuel for Obama's failing crusade. The party further demanded that all American presence, military, political and intelligence, is uprooted from the country for it is the cause of the continuous turmoil and chaos that the Muslims of Pakistan have faced since America launched its crusade.





Western Governments Attack Islamic Marital Law but Ignore Plight of Women under Liberal Democracy

Western governments have lined up to condemn a proposed law currently going through the Afghan parliament related to the rights of women within marriage. Puppet governments in the Muslim world have a track record of implementing faulty laws, incomplete Islamic systems, and a failure to implement Islam's framework of solutions that prevent problems arising.

The details of the proposed law that is causing this controversy cannot be properly known from western media sources. It is reported that it would oblige a wife to fulfil the sexual desires of her husband and that she cannot leave the house without his permission. However, whatever the specific details of this law it has unquestionably become yet another excuse to attack the Islamic social system.

Islamic marital law places importance upon strong marriages and consequently strong family units. It is also indicative of the high status Islam has afforded the woman in society that it obliges the husband to ensure her security and well-being when she leaves the home.

Regarding the proposed law, President Obama said, "I think this law is abhorrent" and Gordon Brown said it, "risks putting Afghanistan back to its past rather than towards a democratic future where men and women are treated equally." Terms such as "legalization of rape in marriage", "sexual enslavement", and "women's imprisonment" have contributed to the highly charged and emotive language fuelling the hysteria surrounding these proposed law.

Islam has a quite distinct view on the respective roles of men and women in marriage. Islam places great importance upon strong marriages and consequently strong family units, gives a woman a high status in society, and obliges wives to fulfil their marital roles as well as husbands to ensure the security and well-being of their wives when she leaves the home.

While attacking individual Islamic laws, Western leaders seem to ignore the "abhorrent" epidemic levels of abuse, violence, and rape facing women within their own liberal secular countries. In the UK, 1 in 4 women face domestic violence and 1 in 20 have been raped. In the US, a woman is sexually assaulted every two and a half minutes.

Furthermore, Western governments conveniently ignore the plight facing the vast majority of Afghan women following the introduction of a liberal democratic system in the country. Eight years post-invasion, millions of women in Afghanistan face lives of abject poverty, increasing violence and miserable living conditions. Prostitution has increased in the country, resulting from the dire poverty facing so many women "Sex for bread" has become a familiar term in the country.

Rapes and abductions are at epidemic proportions. More than 70% of Afghans are chronically malnourished. Over 80% of Afghan women are still illiterate. Girls continue to be married off to settle debts or tribal differences. The country boasts the 2nd highest rate of maternal mortality in the world with the Eastern province of Badakshan having the highest recorded rate in history. Afghanistan has the highest child mortality rate in the world with 1/5 of children dying before the age of 5. It also has the highest number of widows (proportionate to the total population) in the world due to armed conflict 1.5million out of a 26.6 million population. Self-immolation has become an increasing problem in the country with women setting themselves alight out of desperate misery due to wretched living conditions and abject poverty.

Regarding this controversy, Dr. Nazreen Nawaz, Women's Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said, "Western governments are presiding over a social and family meltdown within their own countries, just as they are trying to deal with a financial meltdown, with escalating levels of divorce, adultery, teenage pregnancies and broken families. The "freedom-loving" culture of liberal values has nurtured a hedonistic and care-free attitude to life based upon the pursuit of carnal and individual self-interest, rather than creating a mindset of responsibility. Furthermore, the rhetoric of "Gender Equality" in defining rights and responsibilities of men and women in society and family life has not stemmed the tide of abuse facing women within secular societies nor eradicated the oppressive treatment of women in the Muslim world due to traditional culture."

"As for accusing Islam of " female sexual enslavement" in marriage, this is farcical coming from leaders that govern over systems that have legalized the "sexual enslavement" of women under the guise of "liberty", through accepting pornography, brothels, and the exploitation of women's bodies in the advertising and entertainment industries. Western governments are therefore in no position to attack Islamic family law. Nor do they have any moral ground to preach "women's rights" to the Muslim world."

"Women in Afghanistan and across the Muslim world are fully aware of the disastrous impact of liberal democracy upon their lands. They recognise that the democratic system has not guaranteed for them their security, basic needs nor eradicated oppressive traditions from their societies. They realise that simply enshrining "gender equality" into their constitutions or symbolic gestures such as fixed quotas for women in their parliamentary systems, do not translate into an improved standard of living for ordinary women. They acknowledge that the selective - rather than the comprehensive implementation - of Islamic laws will not secure the rights Islam ordained for the woman. It is understandable then why millions of Muslim women across the world look forward to the establishment of the Khilafah "Caliphate" State a true alternative to the decrepit systems that currently plague their lands. It will be a system that will raise their status in society, eradicate oppressive tribal customs, provide their basic needs and guarantee a life free from a fear of violence."


Stop Joint Exercise with the British Naval Forces in the Bay of Bengal

The media have reported that 12 warships of the British Navy are on their way to the Bay of Bengal and two of them will participate in a joint naval exercise with the Bangladesh Navy and coast guard. Chief Coordinator and Official Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh Mohiuddin Ahmed in press release issued today said that British armed forces killed innocent Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan along with their partners in crime the terrorist United States.


Current Global Recession is a Sign of Capitalism's End; Only Islam can Solve Economic Problem of Mankind

Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh organized an Economic Conference today at the National Press Club titled "Global Recession: Impact on Bangladesh - Islam's Economic Alternative". Three speeches were delivered on the following topics:

  1. Capitalism is inherently flawed and causes crises;
  2. Causes of current global recession and failure of the patchwork solutions of Capitalism;

Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan campaigns to stop America's war which makes Muslims fight Muslims

Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan has launched a campaign against the government's creation of a wasteful civil war in Pakistan, to secure America's occupation in Afghanistan. On the one hand the Muslims are losing on all fronts, they are losing their soldiers in dozens, their mujahideen in hundreds, their women, children and elderly are suffering, their homes and their livelihood are being destroyed.


The Government Stops Discussion on Islam as an Alternative to Capitalism

A seminar titled ‘Global Recession - Impact on Bangladesh: Islam's Economic Alternative' organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh at the Engineering Institute, Chittagong could not be held due to police obstruction. Chief Coordinator and Official Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh Mohiuddin Ahmed strongly condemned and protested the government's decision to stop the seminar.

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