Saudi Court Bars Woman From Marrying By Choice

From Al Arabiya:
A Saudi woman who has been barred from marrying a Briton by a Jeddah court has taken her legal battle to the Court of Appeals in Makkah.

A judge of the Jeddah General Court had initially refused to approve the marriage of the academic to a British aviation engineer, who is Muslim.

He made the ruling after the woman filed an adhl (male guardians preventing women from getting married) case against her family.

The judge based his decision on a saying by the Caliph Omar that he would only marry off women of “good breeds” to men of the same social standard.

Three judges at the Court of Appeals in Makkah will review and rule on her case in the next few days.

The father, who is objecting to his daughter marrying a foreigner, has asked one of his sons to represent him.

His daughter is standing firm in her decision to marry the British man.

She cited a number of Ahadith (prophetic sayings) by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asking families to allow their daughters to marry if they are satisfied with the ethics and religion of the suitors.

Kenyan Police Identify Three Clerics Accused Of Radicalising Youth In Mombasa

From All Africa:
Kenyan police on Monday (April 21st) identified Muslim cleric Sheikh Iman Ali as one of three religious leaders responsible for radicalising youths in Mombasa's Majengo area, Kenya's The Star reported.

Ali has formerly led prayers at the Masjid Shuhada (formerly Masjid Mussa) and Masjid Mujahideen (formerly Majid Sakina), two mosques allegedly used by radicals to indoctrinate youth, according to Mombasa County police commander Robert Kitur. The police have obtained copies of Ali's sermons preaching violence, including threatening to avenge the killers of Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, known as Makaburi, assassinated in Mombasa on April 1st.

Ali, a madrasa teacher, is rumoured to be Makaburi's successor.

"Our officers have finished profiling him and are awaiting more witnesses to build their case before he is apprehended and charged in court of law," Kitur said.

He said undercover police officers and moderate Muslim clerics have already agreed to testify against Ali in court.

Police are also investigating a Swahili-language internet video that attempts to persuade Kenyan Muslims to wage jihad in Somalia and Kenya. Senior officials believe that most of the masked men that appear in the video are from Mombasa's Majengo area.

‘Carloads’ Of Terrorists Turned Oregon Ranch Into Training Camp

From the New York Post:
An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her family’s ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies — and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off.

But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.

“It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of one-eyed, hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hatley, a two-time witness-protection-program flunky who prefers going by her Muslim name, Ayat Hakimah, said other Muslims from London would soon arrive on al-Masri’s orders.

Hatley’s then-husband, Ivan Rule, was temporarily out of town “shepherding” while his longtime ranch was being overrun with terrorists-in-training, she said.

According to al-Masri’s lawyer last week, the camp was similar to being in the “Cub Scouts,’’ with the men riding horses, tending to little lambs and telling campfire stories.

But Hatley said one of the arrivals, militant Oussama Kassir, boasted about previously running training camps in Afghanistan and being a “hit man” for Osama bin Laden.

She said Kassir told her that al-Masri was his “leader” and that al-Masri sent him and others to the Bly ranch to create a “training camp” where men would learn to shoot guns, throw knives and do calisthenics along open, spacious fields abutting a ravine and desolate dirt roads.

“He said he was there to train men for jihad,” she said. “He said that Abu Hamza sent him. He intended to train them to fight.”

The visitors, she claimed, said the ranch resembled Afghanistan.

She added that some had CDs with information on how to make poisons to “kill people” and regularly “talked” about “robbing and killing truck drivers” on nearby roads.

Kassir, she recalled, claimed there were plans to eventually dig a hillside compound at the ranch for al-Masri to hide out in.

“I was shocked,” said Hatley, who claims she fled the ranch in fear in December 1999, four months after moving in.

During cross-examination, al-Masri’s lawyer Jeremy Schneider painted the gun-loving Hatley as paranoid and having a shady track record.

She admitted to him under oath that she agreed to marry her husband after only their first encounter — and had tricked him into thinking she had money.

She claimed she feared that Rule — who was married four previous times and had 18 kids — wanted to kill her and had “suffocated” his previous wife to death.

When asked if Rule, al-Masri, Kassir or others who stayed at the ranch had ever threatened her, she said, “No, but I am still afraid.”

Hatley went into witness protection in 2004 but was kicked out years later for telling one of her new neighbors her secret.

She was given a second chance, but the feds booted her again after she violated multiple rules, including driving with a suspended license.

Besides setting up the training camp, al-Masri, 56, is accused of conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of four tourists and committing other terror crimes. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, was convicted in 2009 of plotting to help al Qaeda recruit by trying to set up a weapons training post at the ranch and distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet.

Syria: German Rapper, Who Converted To Islam, Dies Is Suicide Bombing

From The National:
A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters.

Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha Al Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack on Sunday in an eastern province.

He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al Nusra Front, a rival Islamist militant group that is Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate.

Messages posted on militant internet forums announced his death.

“The Islamic nation is bleeding with the news of the martyrdom of the jihadist fighter, brother Abu Talha Al Almani. May he be accepted by God,” one message read.

“His death is the result of a suicide bombing carried out by the traitorous soldiers of (Nusra chief Abu Mohammed Al) Jolani against a house in which a number of ISIL brothers were staying,” it added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, also reported the suicide attack carried out on Sunday.

“Two members of Al Nusra Front blew themselves up the day before yesterday, killing 16 ISIL fighters,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Abdel Rahman said a fighter known as Abu Talha was among those killed in the attack in Deir Ezzor province near the boundary with Hasakeh province.

Since early January, ISIL has been in open combat with Al Nusra and other Islamist and moderate rebel groups, who accuse it of abuses against rival opposition fighters as well as civilians.

Both ISIL and Al Nusra have reportedly targeted each other with suicide attacks.

Mumbai Muslim Couple Sexually Abuse, Assault 11 Year Old Slave

From DNA India:
A Mira Road resident was on Sunday arrested for employing a minor girl as a maid and torturing her by making her eat chillies and denying her food. Sarjil Ansari, 38, a dealer in napkins, and his wife Farhat, 35, would assault the 11-year-old girl and increase the volume of the sound system to ensure that the neighbours do not hear her cries.

The police said the couple bought the girl from Badaun area of Uttar Pradesh for Rs15,000 a year ago, They promised the girl’s parents that they would take care of her and educate her in Mumbai.

However, the residents of Govind Nagar in Mira Road (East) forced the minor to do menial household chores and take care of their 18-month-old daughter.

She was denied food and assaulted. The police said whenever she urinated during the assault out of fear and pain, the couple would insert chillies in her private parts and force her to eat them.

Her trauma ended when the neighbours got to know of the torture and complained to the police.

“The minor girl revealed the torture she had to face. She said whenever she cried, the couple increased the volume of the sound system and assaulted her if she did not complete the chores in time,” said a police official.

“We have registered a case against the couple under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. While Sarjil has been arrested, his wife is absconding,” said inspector Arun Nikam of the Mira Road police station.

Nikam said the girl is in the custody of an NGO.

Syrian Rebels ‘Take Aim’ At Christian Toddler

From Jihad Watch:
When it comes to Muslim persecution of Christians, increasingly the past is a blueprint to the present.

According to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him.  The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is “Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab.”

Iran Refuses To Pull Terrorist U.N. Pick

From the Washington Free Beacon:
Iran is insisting that the United States accept its decision to appoint a former terrorist as it representative to the United Nations, which held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to address Tehran’s concerns over the matter.

President Barack Obama signed into law last week a widely supported bill preventing countries from appointing terrorists as their U.N. ambassadors.

The bill came in response to Iran’s selection of Hamid Aboutalebi [pictured] as its next envoy to the United Nations. The pick drew outrage on Capitol Hill and elsewhere after Aboutalibi was identified as having played a key role in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, as well as other terror activities.

The Obama administration announced last week that it would reject Aboutalibi’s visa, sparking outrage in Tehran and leading the country to force the issue at Tuesday’s closed-door U.N. session.

Iran lashed out over the decision, calling it a blow to international diplomacy. Tehran is now threatening to take legal action to ensure that Aboutalibi is stationed in New York City.

“Iran is persisting in attempts to somehow ram through a terrorist as its U.N. ambassador,” U.N. expert and human rights activist Anne Bayefsky told the Washington Free Beacon. “It makes sense for Iran, the lead state-sponsor of terrorism. It may even make sense for the U.N., which to this day has no definition of terrorism because of the chokehold of Islamic states on the organization.”

Bayefsky, who serves as director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust (IHRH), recommended that Congress take “the next step—taking a much closer look at the many NGOs that the U.N. accredits and for which it generates passes, and that encourage terrorism and violence against the United States and its allies.”

Reports emerging from the U.N. indicate that Iran is poised to employ legal action and other maneuvers to ensure that Aboutalibi is appointed as its representative.

“The Iranian government ruled out to make a new appointment, and predicted that it will have resort to diplomatic and legal means to guarantee the admission of the ambassador they have named,” the publication Prensa Latina reported on Tuesday.

U.N. officials are said to have “listened to the statements of Iran, who rejects Washington’s decision of denying visa to the Persian ambassador under the pretext of Aboutalebi’s alleged participation in the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979,” according to the report.

Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Australia, continues to maintain that he played only a minor role in the hostage situation.

Iran’s allies petitioned U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month over the U.S. refusal to grant Aboutalebi a visa.

“This decision of the U.S. government has indeed negative implications for multilateral diplomacy and will create a dangerous precedence and affect adversely the work of intergovernmental organizations and activities of their member-states,” read a letter submitted to the U.N. by Cyprus.

“The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran requests that the Committee addresses this issue in an extraordinary and urgent manner,” the letter stated.

Iran went on to express “its serious concern over the clear indication of refusal of granting visa by the host country authorities in breach of their legal obligations under international law and the headquarters agreement,” according to the letter.

“The denial of visa to a representative of a U.N. member-state is in contravention of the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter including the principles of sovereign equality of states and respect for their sovereignty and political independence,” it stated.

The U.N. Committee on Relations with the Host Country took up the issue during a closed session Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The relations committee was established in 1971 to deal with conflicts between the U.N.’s host nation and other countries. It is comprised of 19 nations, including the United States, China, Iraq, Libya, and Russia, among others.

The relations committee is not bound by U.S. law and can advise the United States on issues. It also can make recommendations on resolutions that should be taken up by the General Assembly.

While U.S. law, such as the new bill banning terrorist ambassadors, governs the United States, the U.N. can instruct the United States on some visa issues, according to the committee’s mandate.

A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N. did not respond to a request for comment on the meeting.

However, U.S. officials are expected to maintain their opposition to Aboutalibi.

Nigeria: Parents Say 234 Girls Missing After Mass Kidnap By Islamic Militants

From The Independent:
Up to 234 girls are missing from a Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists - significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor today.

The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234.

Security officials warned governor Kashim Shettima that it was too dangerous for him to drive to Chibok, 80 miles from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist network blamed for the abductions.

State education spokesman Musa Inuwo Kubo and the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School initially said that 129 science students were at the school to sit a physics exam when the abductors struck a week ago.

Twenty-eight pupils escaped from their captors between last Tuesday and Friday. Then another 16 were found to be day scholars who had returned to their homes in Chibok before the attack. That left 85 missing students, according to school officials.

The latest confusion comes after the military reported last week that all but eight of those abducted had been rescued - but then retracted the claim the following day.

Security sources have said they are in "hot pursuit" of the abductors, but so far they have not rescued any of the girls and young women, aged between 16 and 18.

Parents and other town residents have joined the search for the students in the Sambisa Forest which borders Chibok town and is a known hideout for the militants.

The kidnappings are believed to have been carried out by Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, known as Boko Haram.

Boko Haram - the name means "Western education is sinful" - is violently campaigning to establish an Islamic Sharia state in Nigeria, whose 170 million people are about half Muslim and half Christian.

It has been abducting some girls and young women in attacks on schools, villages and towns but last week's mass kidnapping is unprecedented. The extremists use the young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves, according to Nigerian officials...

Jihadist Group In Mali Announces Death Of French Hostage

From Digital Journal:
One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead.

The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy".

Yoro Abdoul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues Leal's death during a brief telephone exchange.

Pressed for evidence in the absence of any pictures or video footage of Rodrigues Leal's body, he said that "in the name of Allah, he is dead", before hanging up.

Last week another MUJAO official warned of "the end of life" for the 62-year-old hostage in a short message from a Malian mobile phone sent to AFP...

UK: ‘Muslim Morality Squads’ Accused Of Confiscating Students’ Easter Eggs In U.K.

From the National Post:
Children who took Easter eggs to class allegedly had them confiscated by “Muslim morality squads” patrolling a school in Birmingham, England, according to press reports.

The school is at the centre of an investigation into claims Islamic hardliners are attempting to infiltrate and run secular state schools in the city.

The mother of one of the students — who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals — told the Daily Express that groups of older students were taking the eggs from younger children and teachers were ignoring their actions.

“My daughter tried to bring in an Easter egg for a friend and one boy grabbed it and smashed it against a wall,” she said.

“Another girl of about 11 brought in a little Easter bunny toy that she wanted to show her friends. They grabbed that off her too. All talk of Christmas and other non-Muslim festivals is banned. The teachers just turn a blind eye to it.”

She added, “Older boys are going round in these morality squads telling off girls if they do not wear veils.”

At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education. This has included illegal segregation of students according to sex and discrimination against non-Muslims.

Up to 20 more schools are also under investigation.

A local Labour MP, Khalid Mahmood, said a small group of individuals was trying to change the ethos of schools by stealth.

On Monday, Jack Straw, a former Labour Cabinet minister, said schools, even if they were mostly Muslim, had to respect British values....