Tag Archive for Islam

Most Countries Restrict Mosque Outdoor Loudspeakers, So Why Can’t Israel?

 

Saudi Arabia ruled that calls to prayer could only be amplified by a mosque’s indoor loudspeakers, and the UAE & Egypt have restricted the use of loudspeakers, but, when Israel seeks to restrict the noise level, Palestinians make it an international affair.

By Aviel Schneider

 

Quite the controversy is raging over Israel’s proposed legislation aimed at muffling the five daily Muslim calls to prayer from local mosques. In recent decades, the call of the muezzin has been amplified by multiple loudspeakers, resulting in tremendous noise pollution starting at 4:30 AM every morning.

Loudspeaker system used in Israel - Photo/ IsraelandStuff/PP

Loudspeaker system used in Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

While Jewish residents have been most vocal in complaining about the muezzin loudspeakers, local Muslims have expressed outrage over the bill, which last week gained approval from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Continue Reading »

Palestinian officials threaten Israel over proposed Muezzin Law

 

view videoThe Palestinian Authority is furious, threatening Israel with ‘disaster’ over proposed bill that aims to prevent the “daily suffering” of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, Jews, Christians, and secular Muslims, from loudspeaker systems, blasting throughout the day and night.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Palestinian Authority is furious over a proposed law that would prohibit places of worship from using a loudspeaker system, and threatened to take Israel to the UN Security Council.

A Hamas representative called the bill “a dangerous and provocative development. Any interference on the part of the Israelis will be met with disaster. No one is allowed to interfere with our religious rituals.”

On Sunday, the “Muezzin Law” was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation. Continue Reading »

Dr. Sheikh Omer Salem’s Curious Voice for Peaceful Coexistence

 

Yale University lecturer with Phd from Al Azhar University in Cairo, Sheikh Omer Salem, says Muslims are the Jews’ protectors, and vows the Temple Mount will return to Jewish hands.

By Tsvi Sadan

 

Olam Katan (Small World) is one of many religious newsletters distributed in synagogues throughout Israel each Friday. It is the last place one would expect to find an interview with Yale University alumnus Sheikh Omer Salem who visited Israel last week. Salem’s December 26 lecture in Haifa University was heckled by an Israeli Arab student who just couldn’t stand a sheikh speaking on behalf of Israel. Continue Reading »

Firestorm erupts after Egyptian philosopher, expert on Arabic and Islamic studies, says Jerusalem is Jewish

 

By JACKIE HOGI

 

Dr. Youssef Ziedan was insistent on pronouncing the words “Beit Hamikdash,” or, Temple in Jerusalem, clearly and in Hebrew.

An Egyptian philosopher and expert on  Arabic and Islamic studies,  Ziedan sat in the Egyptian CBC studios and explained at length to his host why, in his opinion, Muslim claims over al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem are baseless. The CBC interviewer, Khairy Ramadan, challenged Zieden while taking in his words eagerly. Continue Reading »

Celebrated Egyptian Muslim Scholar: There’s No Connection Between Islam & Temple Mount

 

Youssef Ziedan, Egypt’s most distinguished & acclaimed scholar of Arabic & Islamic studies has recently outraged the Arab world with his latest decorations that contradict radical Islamic politics.

By Hillel Fendel

 

Renowned Egyptian scholar Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations of late, the purpose of which appears to be to anger his Muslim colleagues.

His main point has been to say that there is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam. When Islam was founded during the 7th century, he says, Jerusalem was a holy city to the Jews, while the Mosque of Omar was not even built until 74 years after Muhammed’s death.
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Hell on Earth: A Punishment Totally Devoid of Ethical Limitations

Based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law, & documented in early Islamic sources, the burning alive of a human being is a well known method of eliminating enemies.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

 

Islamic State publicized a horrifying twenty minute video this week, the high point of which was the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, by burning him alive. The film attempts to justify the punishment by describing Jordan’s part in the war against ISIS, using photos of ISIS dead, including women, children, men and mainly those burned to death.

Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh – Screenshot from Islamic State insurgents video

The rest of the film has the pilot describing the involvement of the air forces of Jordan, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and United States and notes that American planes take off from Turkish bases. Continue Reading »

Leaked Al Jazeera emails expose ideological decent over support for Charlie Hebdo

 

The leaked internal Al Jazeera emails exposed a clear moral conflict between the Qatar-based network’s Muslim & non-Muslim employees.

 

Leaked internal emails from The Qatari-based Al Jazeera news to the New York-based National Review magazine revealed a split in the network’s employees that ran across lines of the global campaigns “I am Charlie” and “I am not Charlie” in the wake of multiple terror attacks in France.

Al Jazeera logo - Wikimedia CommonAl Jazeera logo – Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Common

Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail last Thursday, reminding his staffers that “We are Al Jazeera!!!”

Khadr made suggestions for Al Jazeera employees on how to cover the Charlie Hebdo massacre, including, asking if it “really was an attack on free speech,” whether “I am Charlie” is an alienating slogan and whether this was really an attack against free speech and, or “European values” or really “a clash of extremist fringes.”

Kahdr finished by writing:”Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile.”

Khadr’s email was responded to by US-based correspondent Tom Ackerman, quoting an op-ed by Ross Douthat in the New York Times: “If a large enough group of someone is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization.”

Firing back at Ackerman’s response, Doha based correspondent Mohamed Vall Salem wrote: “I guess if you encourage people to go on insulting 1.5 billion people about their most sacred icons then you just want more killings because as I said in 1.5 billion there will remain some fools who don’t abide by the laws or know about free speech.” Salem added that he thought “what Charlie Hebdo did was not free speech it was an abuse of free speech,” and ended by condemning the “Heinous killings” but finishing in all caps “I’M NOT CHARLIE.”

Salem’s rejoined prompted Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent in Paris Jacky Rowland to write: “We are Aljazeera. Continue Reading »

Israel arrests US citizen with 3lbs of explosives, was approached by Palestinian to kill Obama

According to the Shin Bet,  Adam Everett Livvix, a 30 yr-old Texan Christian who was living in the Palestinian territories, was approached about assassinating U.S. President Barack Obama.

By Gili Cohen , Amos Harel & The Associated Press

 

The Israel Police and Shin Bet Security Service released information on Tuesday regarding a Christian American citizen arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack on Muslim holy sites in Israel.

Tourists pose for a picture in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Nob

Tourists pose for a picture in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City October 19, 2014.

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Cuba Balks at Erdogan’s Proposal to Build Country’s 1st Mosque

Communist government unhesitatingly says ‘no thanks’ to Turkish leader’s offer during a speech in which he claimed ‘Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus.’

By Ari Soffer

 

Cuba has reportedly rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s offer to build the country’s first mosque.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – AFP/File

Erdoğan’s offer came during a speech in Istanbul to Muslim leaders from Latin America, in which he made the bizarre claim that Muslims discovered the Americas nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus.

“Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178,” Erdoğan said at the televised address.

“Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast,” he added, and said that Ankara was even prepared to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Genoese explorer. Continue Reading »

Turkey’s President Erdogan: Muslims discovered the Americas Centuries Before Columbus

Turkish president declares that Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before the 1492 landing of Columbus.

By Deb Riechmann

 

AP – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a ceremony marking the anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s death, November 10, 2014 in Ankara. – Photo: AFP

 

Erdoğan made the comments on Saturday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America.

“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” the president said in a televised speech, according to AFP.

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Austria standardizes a German-language Koran to contain spread of Islamic extremism

Day after Austria announces anti-terrorism measures, the FM announces bill to create unitary version of Islam’s holy text.

By Albert Otti

 

DPA – The Austrian government plans a bill to create a standardized German-language version of the Koran, in order to prevent extremists from misusing the holy Muslim text, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday.

Islamic State fighter gives out copies of the Koran in Mosul, Iraq, June 22, 2014.

Islamic State fighter distributes Koran in Mosul, Iraq: Austrian bill meant to prevent ‘misuse’ of holy Muslim text. – Photo: AP

The bill was needed because Austrians should know the Koran’s content, said Kurz. Additionally, he argued mainstream Muslims are suffering because terrorists and their sympathizers are acting upon incorrect interpretations, said the minister, who is also responsible for integration policy.

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French Lawmaker Blasts His Foreign Minister for Improper Stance on Israel

French MP condemns Western leaders for not recognizing Israel’s crucial position in the world’s battle against Islamic extremism

By Yossi Aloni

 

In a sharply-worded letter sent late last month, French parliamentarian Meyer Habib (pictured) slammed French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza, even as his boss, President Francois Hollande, struck a far different tone.

French parliamentarian Meyer Habib

Habib noted in his letter that early in the Gaza war the French government “fully identified with Israel and its right to defend its citizens. …We prevented a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations…in order to change France’s position in regards to Israel.”

But, it seemed Fabius was not happy with this new direction.

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Hijab ban causes protests at East Jerusalem’s Christian schools

Christian schools’ refusal to allow its Muslim  students wear a hijab on school grounds has begun to test the institutions’ famed openness.

 

The church-run schools in East Jerusalem are considered the best schools in that part of the city — some would say in the entire city. Their Christian administrators are proud of the religious tolerance and openness that typifies their institutions, where a majority of the students are Muslim.

Women have made the hijab into a symbol of Islamic feminism and empowerment.

Women have made the hijab into a symbol of Islamic feminism and empowerment. – Photo: Reuters

But in recent years, these schools’ adamant refusal to let female students wear a hijab on school grounds has threatened to disrupt this openness.

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Jordanian Cleric Affirms the Koran Designates ‘Israel is the Land of the Jewish People’

Jordanian cleric, Sheikh Adwan writes Mecca, not Jerusalem, is the Muslim homeland – and the Koran proves it.

“According to our faith, Allah promised Israel to the Jewish people, and they are the sole official inheritors of that land. Therefore, the war of Muslims and Arabs against the Jews must stop, and they must let the Jews live in peace on their land.” writes Sheikh Ahmad Adwan.

By Tova Dvorin

 

 

The My Yesha Shabbat pamphlet, sponsored by the Yesha Council, features an article this week calling Israel “the Land of the Jews” – by none other than a Muslim Sheikh. Continue Reading »

Al Qaida-inspired jihadi movement challenging Hamas in Gaza

 

The rise of organized, heavily armed militant jihadi movements in the seaside strip poses serious threat to both Israel – and Hamas.

 

A leader of one of Gaza‘s secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area’s Hamas rulers.

Palestinian members from Youth Salafists group chant slogans

Palestinian members from Youth Salafists group chant slogans, Gaza, August 22, 2013.- Photo: AP

In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago.

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