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August 31, 2013
A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported.

The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.

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Read: 'Tomatoes are Christian,' Egyptian Salafi group warns - HurriyetDailynews

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In which there’s that.

12:31 // 11 months ago
May 22, 2013
The American people are owed a full explanation of how [Abdulrahman al-Awlaki] wound up dead. ‘We weren’t trying to kill the 16-year-old American we blew up’ isn’t sufficient explanation.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on Eric Holder’s letter to Congress, in which Holder acknowledged that the Obama administrated has killed four US citizens via drone stroke—only one of whom was actually being targeted. source
22:53 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
It’s truly alarming that this has happened. They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people.
Timbuktu mayor Ousmane Halle • Expressing great frustration after rebels overtaking the country of Mali set ablaze a library including thousands of ancient documents. While some of the documents have been hidden or moved to protect their contents, others were not so lucky. The Islamist rebels in the country have set off on a major path of destruction, destroying ancient artifacts — including the tombs of ancient saints (such as the tomb of tenth-century saint Sidi Mahmoudou), saints which al-Qaeda officials say conflict with Islam by taking the focus off of Allah. source
8:43 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012

Apparently sectarian bombings strike Iraq during Eid al-Adha

  • 30 people killed in Iraq today, during the four-day Islamic festival Eid al-Adha. Both Sadr City, a Shi’ite stronghold, as well as the Shi’ite neighborhood of Shula in Baghdad were struck by bombings, as well as a bus carrying Iranians on a pilgrimage. Sectarian violence has long been prevalent in Iraq — just last month, a series of bombings killed over 100 Shi’ite Muslims. source
17:14 // 1 year ago
October 13, 2012
We will never be subdued by the militants and their acts. Islam gives us the right to education and we will fight for our rights. We will never ever give up our mission. …This land needs us and we can only help Pakistan if we can complete our education.
An anonymous teenager, who attended school with Malala Yousafzai • Speaking out against the Pakistani Taliban, who earlier this week attempted to murder the 14-year-old Yousafzai in retaliation for her anti-Taliban activism and blogging. The school Yousafzai attends has been closed since the attack, in which she was shot, but a contingent of her classmates showed up today to pray for her safety. Yousafzai currently remains in a coma, under the care of military surgeons. source
16:45 // 1 year ago
October 2, 2012
In Libya it’s only been a year and the idea of democracy and political parties is difficult for people to absorb. The people have not responded to this imported, packaged democracy. We don’t accept it. We have a religion that needs to be taken into account
Abdul Qader Azouz, former political prisoner in Libya • Expressing his, and many other eastern Libyans’, unhappiness with the state of the country one year after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Azouz was one of the few survivors of a massacre, targeting prisoners that Gaddafi believed to be dangerous Islamic fundamentalists, that claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people. Many like Azouz, who fought or lost loved ones (in many cases, both) to Gaddafi before/during the Libyan revolution, feel as if yet another Western-backed government is being installed which will ignore and/or oppress the community in eastern Libyan cities like Derna. source
15:53 // 1 year ago
September 29, 2012
We are not saying stop free speech. We are staying stop hate speech. …You have to see that there is a provocation. You should understand the psychology of people who revere their prophet and don’t want people to insult him.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation • Advocating for a global ban on denigrating the character of the Islamic faith’s prophet, Muhammad. This is a red-hot issue, as it was six years ago, when a series of Danish cartoons mocking Muhammad sparked worldwide protests and riots, seeing the assault and burning of multiple Danish embassies. The distinction between “hate speech” and “free speech” seems to be a sticking point, here — one which may illicit very different answers from different people, especially across the religious/secular divide. What do you think? source
16:45 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
nbcnews:

Purported anti-Muslim film producer arrested in probation violation case
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LOS ANGELES — Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Cerritos man who many believe to be behind an anti-Muslim video that has inflamed the Islamic world, was arrested Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles said.

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It will be interesting to see how this case plays out.

nbcnews:

Purported anti-Muslim film producer arrested in probation violation case

(Photo: NBC News)

LOS ANGELES — Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Cerritos man who many believe to be behind an anti-Muslim video that has inflamed the Islamic world, was arrested Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles said.

It will be interesting to see how this case plays out.

(via nbcnews)

19:53 // 1 year ago
September 26, 2012

Iran plans boycott of Oscars over denounced anti-Muslim film

  • this year In a resounding victory for Iranian filmmakers everywhere, the drama “A Separation" won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film, a victory which the Iranian government played up heavily after it happened.
  • next year Don’t expect a repeat. In reaction to the incendiary film “Innocence of Muslims” — which, by the way, is an extreme long shot for a nomination — Iran is boycotting the Oscars next year. The country had planned to submit the film “A Cube of Sugar” for consideration, but not any more. source
10:13 // 1 year ago
Controversial anti-Islam NYC Subway ads draw expected response
Remember conservative blogger Pamela Geller? Oh yeah, her. Well, her organization released these ads all over the New York subway system to tell people how awful Islam is. (FWIW, the NYC subway system only allowed them to run after going to court over the ads.) Understandably, people reacted strongly, defacing them and covering them with stickers that say things like “RACIST.” You can see why they might do that considering the content of the ads. Well, it looks like these protests have led to an arrest — and it was actually someone sort of famous. Well-known Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for spraying graffiti on one of these ads Tuesday evening. “I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate,” she said in a video of her arrest. (photo via Mondoweiss)

Controversial anti-Islam NYC Subway ads draw expected response

Remember conservative blogger Pamela Geller? Oh yeah, her. Well, her organization released these ads all over the New York subway system to tell people how awful Islam is. (FWIW, the NYC subway system only allowed them to run after going to court over the ads.) Understandably, people reacted strongly, defacing them and covering them with stickers that say things like “RACIST.” You can see why they might do that considering the content of the ads. Well, it looks like these protests have led to an arrest — and it was actually someone sort of famous. Well-known Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for spraying graffiti on one of these ads Tuesday evening. “I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate,” she said in a video of her arrest. (photo via Mondoweiss)

0:07 // 1 year ago