The film Innoncence of Muslims exposes US attitudes and abuses against Islam and Muslims carried out over the past decade
This week Moazzam Begg speaks about the work of groundbreaking work of human rights organisation, Cageprisoners, and the challenges it faces. Executive Director of Cageprisoners, Asim Qureshi and Arnaud Mafille, a researcher at the organisation join Moazzam in the studio.
Since the beginning of the revolutions in the Arab world the most disconcerting day of the week for rulers has been Friday - yaum al-Jum'ah, the Day of Gathering.
Glipses of Islam in the media with particualr reference to anti-terror measures will be discussed as part of the Islam Awareness Week, in a lecture delivered by Moazzam Begg.
GLOSTRUP, Denmark (Reuters) - Three men suspected of planning a deadly attack on a Danish newspaper appeared on Thursday before a court which charged them with an attempted act of terrorism and possession of weapons, officials said.
As I think of the sentence of our sister Aafia Siddiqui and indeed all the other prisoners, so many of them are people who lived their lives for the sake of Allah alone and were amongst the best of us, and thus do the promises of Allah come true.
Since its inception Islam has suffered repeated attempts by some civilisations and individuals to uproot it as an existential threat. At times it is presented as perilous to a particular way of life and at others an obstacle to the pursuit of influence and material gain. The desire by opponents of Islam to stem its influence perhaps cannot be stated more strongly that in the words of the Quran:
…they will continue to fight you until they turn you away from your religion, if they are capable of doing so … (2:217)
Terror cannot be defeated with military action, no matter how powerful or how well equipped the military that takes the action. Terror, let us not forget, is a feeling.
The post 7/7 “soft-approach” to challenging “extremism and terrorism within the Muslim community” became known as the ‘Prevent’ programme. I talk in the past tense because the policy, to all intents and purposes, is almost dead. The counter-terrorism review, which will disclose its findings at the start of 2011, will hopefully make this flawed and knee-jerk policy a thing of the past, and rightfully so.
The only known American soldier in Taliban captivity is training fighters in bombmaking and ambush, according to information reported Sunday from one of his captors and the Afghan intelligence agents working to free him.
Guantanamo Bay may be off the radar screens, with some people actually believing the place has been closed down simply because Obama had promised to do so within a year of his presidency but, how can the men held there for so many years simply be erased from our memories? The campaign against the US prison may not have achieved the ultimate goal of acquiring justice for all the prisoners but, it has ensured that the men of Guantanamo are not forgotten. At least that's what it should have done.