The Woman Who Dropped Out Of Cambridge PhD To Enter Into Polygamous Marriage To Muslim Businessman With Two Other Wives

From Daily Mail:
Studying for a PhD in engineering at Cambridge, she might not seem like  a prime candidate to  enter into a polygamous marriage.

But that is what Nabilah Phillips did, dropping out of university to become the second woman married to businessman Hasan Phillips who has since acquired a third wife.

Yesterday it emerged that Mrs Phillips, from North London, is among thousands of Muslim women entering into such relationships which are illegal in the UK but allowed under sharia law which permits men to have four wives.

A new television documentary, The Men with Many Wives, exposes the rise in these unions – of which there are believed to be as many  as 20,000 in Britain – and the dating agency, Muslim Marriage Event, responsible for setting many of them up.

Having already been through a divorce Mrs Phillips, 35, originally from Malaysia, signed up to a similar matrimony service specifically looking for a married man.

She told the programme: ‘I  was looking for someone who  had been married or was already in a marriage.

‘I was married before and having gone through one divorce, you kind of know what you want in marriage, so I wanted someone who already knows how to be a husband.

‘I really enjoy being in a polygamous relationship. We are not stupid people who are forced into this type of relationship.’

Through the service she signed up to she met 32-year-old Mr Phillips – also divorced but re-married to City worker Sakinah, 33, – and decided to abandon her studies to become his second wife.

The wives occasionally meet when Mr Phillips, who as well as being a businessman also works for a charity aiming to spread the word of Islam, organises family outings.

Nabilah Phillips said: ‘If any problem happens between co-wives it’s usually his fault. Praising somebody too much. “Why don’t you be more like her, she’s this, she’s that”. If he didn’t say that, we would all be happy.’

She has two children with Mr Phillips, who has six in total, and helps to run his import-export business. But abandoning her high-flying academic career was not her only change after she married. She  also began wearing the Muslim veil, the niqab.

She told Radio Times: ‘I wanted to wear one before I got married – being married to Hasan has given me the opportunity to wear one and be steady at it. The only prejudice I have met so far has been from other Muslims.’

During filming Mr Phillips, who converted to Islam from Christianity when he was 16, marries a third woman, Somalia-born Anub, 41.

He did not invite his other two wives to the small ceremony, held at the local mosque, saying: ‘I don’t think it would be right to invite them. Even though they are accepting of polygamy, you don’t want to really rub it in their faces, “Look, I’m getting married”, and expect them to be happy and have a party about it.’

Each wife lives in a separate house in London and Mr Phillips spends three nights in each home before moving on to the next.

The programme, to be broadcast at 10pm next Wednesday on Channel 4, also speaks to Mizan Raja, who claims to have more than 50,000 clients on the books of Muslim Marriage Event, which appears to facilitate polygamous marriages.

He said the popularity of such arrangements is driven by the women who are having difficulty finding a husband, and admits that while these women are looking for security, many of the men have baser motives.

He said: ‘Most men who want to do polygamy, probably 80 per cent, it’s a sexually driven thing.’

New York: Police, National Guard Patrols Stepped Up In NYC Area Amid Heightened Terror Threat

From CBS Local:
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that National Guard troops and additional police officers would be at mass transit points and other sites in the New York City area – amid an increased threat of terrorist activity.

As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, Cuomo’s decision to launch his own war on ISIS adds another layer of anti-terror measures to a metropolitan area that has been constantly on guard since Sept. 11, 2001.

“I think it’s safe to say, Marcia, that the state of the metro area will never have been as well-protected as it will be with this plan in operation,” Cuomo told Kramer.

Cuomo has directed the heads of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the New York State Police, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase security at sites including LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and Metro-North Railroad and Long
Island Rail Road stations.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the “across the board” security crackdown comes amid heightened tensions with ISIS, or ISIL, in the Middle East.

Cuomo emphasized that New York City remains a prime target.

“While we have not received any credible threats, New York City is an international symbol of tolerance and resilience, and therefore continues to be a top target for terrorists,” Cuomo said in a news release. “With that in mind and in light increasing terrorist activity overseas, we are increasing security measures across the board at mass transit sites in the region. New Yorkers should rest assured knowing that public safety is our highest priority, and we will do whatever we need to do in order to keep our communities safe.”

A full security plan will be announced next week, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But Cuomo said more National Guardsmen will be deployed as a precautionary measure.

Four People Tied To Jihad Groups Arrested At US/Mexico Border

From Jihad Watch:
Jihadis have been entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico for years.

In June 2014, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) enunciated the concerns that increasing numbers of people have about jihadists exploiting our open Southern border when he said: “This jihadist group ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have promised direct confrontation with America. He is looking forward to that day and he has said that publicly, we should believe him when he says that. These folks hate everything about the United States.” What’s more, “Of course the way they would come to the United States would be through the porous border with Mexico. The drug cartels will bring people into the country no matter who they are — for money. Everyone in the world knows that the border between the United States and Mexico is completely porous.”

Jihad terrorists and their enablers and accomplices have been entering the U.S. illegally by means of the Mexican border for many years. According to TheBlaze, “Hezbollah members and supporters have entered the U.S. through the southern border as early as 2002, with the case of Salim Boughader Mucharrafille, a Mexican of Lebanese descent. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison by Mexican authorities on charges of organized crime and immigrant smuggling. Mucharrafille had owned a cafe in the border city of Tijuana, near San Diego. In 2002, he was arrested for smuggling 200 people into the U.S., including Hezbollah supporters, according to a 2009 Congressional report.”

Nothing has changed since then. It’s only gotten worse.

“4 Possible Terrorists May Have Tried to Enter US Through Texas-Mexico Border, Says House National Security Subcommittee Chairman,” by Samuel Smith, Christian Post, September 19, 2014:
The chairman of the House subcommittee on National Security said that he had heard reports that four individuals connected to Middle East terrorists groups have tried to cross the southern border and have been apprehended.

In a House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he was informed that four individuals with known ties to Middle Eastern terrorist organizations were apprehended on Sept. 10 trying make it through the Texas-Mexico border.

Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, said previously in the hearing that “no specific cases come to mind” when asked if he knew of any apprehensions of known terrorists. Johnson was later asked about the specific incident Chaffetz mentioned and said that he had “heard reports to that effect.” Johnson also said he didn’t know how much “credence” to give those reports.

“I have reason to believe that on September 10th there were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border who were apprehended at two different stations that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East,” Chaffetz said.

Considering a number of conservative politicians are saying there is an ISIS threat to the Homeland looming and reports from earlier this month claiming that terrorists have been operating in a Mexican border town, there is concern that Islamic State terrorists will have no trouble entering the U.S if they use the southern border like hundreds of thousands of immigrants do each year. Although the four men with terror ties were apprehended, border patrol does not have a high apprehension rate.

“Over the last 351 days, yet by Homeland Security’s own numbers, 157,000 people got away. And the people we did capture, they come from 143 different countries. Thirteen were from Syria, six were from Iraq, four were from Iran,” Chaffetz said. “We have a porous border. We are worried about every story on the news tonight is about ISIS. I’m worried about them actually coming to the United States and crossing that porous border and getting into the homeland.”

Johnson admitted that since there are so many people that cross the border, it is hard for DHS to track when terrorists cross the border.

“I do think that in any situation where there are large number of people who are undocumented, there is a risk that it hinders our ability to track those individuals,” Johnson said. “Which is why from my homeland security perspective, I want to see those people come forward and get on the books so that I know who they are.”

The head of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew Olsen, said at Tuesday’s hearing that there have been a few social media posts saying that ISIS is looking at infiltration through the southern border but said there is no evidence of a concrete ISIS plan regarding a push through the southern border.

“There has been a very small number of sympathizers with ISIL who have posted messages on social media about this, but we’ve seen nothing to indicate there is any sort of operational effort or plot to infiltrate or move operatives from ISIL,” Olsen said.

The Department of Homeland Security maintains that there is no significant evidence of a cross-border ISIS attack.

Kenneth Palinkas, the president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, the union that represents America’s immigration caseworkers, issued a written warning that there is an “extremely real and serious threat” that ISIS has or soon will use the southern border to access America.

“It is also essential to warn the public about the threat that ISIS will exploit our loose and lax visa policies to gain entry to the United States,” Polinaks wrote.

Palinkas said the nation’s immigration policies are “letting terrorists into the United States right through our front door.” He criticized the Obama administration for not enforcing the law against those overstaying their visas.

“The Administration has also blocked our partners in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from enforcing visa overstays. The 9/11 hijackers got into the U.S. on visas and now, 13 years later, we have around 5 million immigrants in the United States who overstayed their visas – many from high-risk regions in the Middle East.”

Morocco Expands Laws Against Jihad Seekers

From ABC:
With hundreds of Moroccans heading to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremists groups, Morocco has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists or attempting to reach their camps.

The new law, which will go before parliament in October, comes as Morocco is expressing increasing concern about the number of its citizens fighting with groups like the Islamic State, which controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Those convicted of seeking out training camps will face five to 15 years in prison and fines of between $5,800 and $58,000, according to the draft law, which was announced by the government late Thursday.

After Tunisians, Moroccans are the largest group from North Africa joining the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, with at least 1,200 fighting there.

Morocco has already announced the dismantling in the past year of dozens of recruitment networks aimed at sending Moroccans abroad to fight.

Many of these networks have been centered in the mountainous northern city of Fez and have links to the Spanish enclaves on Morocco's Mediterranean coast.

On July 16, the government announced a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack, especially from Moroccans fighting abroad, and since then anti-aircraft missile batteries have been seen around the airports of Casablanca, Tangiers, Marrakech and key refineries and power plants.

The new law will allow the government to charge Moroccans engaged in terrorist activity abroad as well as those doing it inside the country.

Islamic State: Find U.S. Soldiers’ Homes, “Show Up And Slaughter Them”

From Jihad Watch:
The Islamic State has repeatedly called for jihad terror attacks in the U.S., and boasted that its jihadis are already here. Maybe they are just trying to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). But the number of Muslims from the U.S. who have gone to join them in Iraq and Syria shows that they do have support here.

“Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil,” by Jana Winter, FoxNews.com, September 17, 2014:
A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”

There will be “a continued call – by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations – for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. “These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.”

In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers.

“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” the tweet read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”…

Saudi Businesswoman And Member Of A Human Rights Group Fined For Driving Herself To Hospital

From The Independent:
A female member of a Saudi human rights organisation was reportedly fined by police after she drove herself to hospital.

Aliyah Al Farid, a businesswoman and member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), suffers from a chronic condition which means she is occasionally forced to visit hospital.

In Saudi Arabia, it is not illegal for women to drive on the road, but it is illegal for them to be granted a driver’s license – effectively making the former law meaningless.

Worried by her condition and unable to find a chaperon, Al Farid, who has reportedly been caught driving twice before, set off in her husband’s car, but was caught by police during her journey, Al-Hayat daily reported, according to the Saudi Gazette.

When Al Farid explained to police that she was very ill and did not have anyone to help her, officers agreed that she could drive to hospital on the condition that they would wait for her outside.

Leaving the facility in an undisclosed location, she found four traffic police vehicles and she was taken to the local Traffic Department.

Al-Farid told reporters: "I told the traffic officers that I had to drive because it was an emergency case.

"I didn’t do it on purpose and I’m not after fame or media hype. I was very sick and that was it."

Al-Farid, who learned how to drive in Bahrain does not have a Saudi driver’s license.

"There are no laws here that ban women from driving cars on the road," she said, adding she had refused to agree to a police request to never drive again.

Al-Farid owns a centre caring for people with special needs and on occasion must rush her patients to hospital.

"We can’t leave an epileptic patient convulsing on the ground while waiting for our male driver to come and transport him to hospital.

"I have to get behind the steering wheel and do it," she told the newspaper.

And as the area where she lives is remote, taxi drivers often refuse to drive her for fear that their cars might get damaged, she added.

Iranians Behind Tehran Version Of 'Happy' Sentenced To Six Months In Prison And 91 Lashes

From The Independent:
A group of seven Iranian men and women who created and starred in their own version of a video for Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ have each been given suspended sentences of prison time and 91 lashes.

The fun-loving friends were arrested in May after posting their homemade music video ‘Happy in Tehran’ to YouTube.

They were forced to publicly confess and apologise on national television before being released on bail, with police chief Hossein Sajedinia warning others that the video was “a vulgar clip” which “hurt public chastity”.

Their lawyer Farshid Rofugaran told English-language Iranian news outlet IranWire that six of the group were yesterday given six months in prison and 91 lashes, while a seventh – the Director of the video – was also given 91 lashes but one year in jail. The sentences are suspended for three years.

“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” he said.

“When it’s a suspended sentence, the verdict is not carried out, but if during this period a similar offense is committed, then the accused is subject to legal punishment and the suspended sentence will then be carried out as well.”

The announcement of the arrests earlier this year drew widespread criticism and even led to Pharrell Williams tweeting that it was “beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness”. 

Prior to their detainment, the group had given an interview to IranWire, stating that they were all involved in the arts and wanted to respond to singer Mr Williams’ viral campaign which had aimed to get people around the world to upload videos of themselves “demonstrating their happiness” for the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

“We wanted to tell the world that the Iranian capital is full of lively young people and change the harsh and rough image that the world sees on the news,” said Neda, one of its stars.

She said they had shown the finished product to their parents who were proud and concerned in equal measures because they knew the group liked to challenge perceptions and “push the envelope”.

Lawyer Mr Rofugaran said that the group were pleased that the sentences are suspended and that they could either accept it or appeal.

When asked about the terms and conditions of the sentence he confirmed: “They are not banned from leaving the country. Some of them have even travelled abroad during this time.”

Champa Patel, from Amnesty International UK, censured the sentence and told MailOnline: "Arresting people for dancing in a video tribute to a song called Happy is taking things to a new level of dark irony even for the authoritarian Iranian authorities.

"Iran already stamps all over freedom of expression, banning the use of satellite dishes, filtering the internet, and jailing journalists, artists and film directors. The authorities should stop persecuting these people and drop this ludicrous case against them."

A cartoon entitled 'Anti-Happy Decision in Iran' was published on IranWire depicting a mouth being dragged into a frown by Lady Justice.

The end credits of the video – which can still be viewed online though the original has been made private – reads: “We have made this video as Pharrell Williams fans in 8hrs with iPhone 5S. ‘Happy’ was an excuse to be happy. We enjoyed every second of making it. Hope it puts a smile on your face.”

ISIS Militant Brands Gay People The 'Worst Of Creatures'

From Gay Star News:
A militant allegedly associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has described gay people as the 'worst of creatures'.

In an eight-minute clip, a masked man holding a rifle calls upon recruits to leave their countries and join ISIS in a rogue Islamic state where they've enacted sharia law.

Sharia law punishes homosexuality with being stoned to death.

'If you come to this place, here, we have houses, we have security, we have a beautiful rivers ... we have a lot of brothers and sisters already here that came and are giving all of their good ideas to implement good, strong Islamic community,' says the man, whose identity has not been confirmed.

'Now, if you have family in these kafir (infidel) countries, what is gonna happen most probably [is] you don't have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it's a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools.

'And whose gonna teach your children? It's gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile. You know? So it's very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people.

'Allah says that they are the worst of creatures. You prefer to live among the worst of creatures than live among the mujahideen ... make your decision.'

FiSyria, confirmed by the Middle East Media Research Institute as a legitimate website, has been active for a couple of years - showing video messages and reports of jihadi material.

While it was originally posted in April, it has gone viral recently online.

Earlier this month, GSN revealed the Lebanon LGBT community, which borders Syria, are terrified of a massacre if ISIS gets in the country.

Their eyes are now on the Bekaa Valley, a Christian-dominated area in the east of Lebanon where ISIS could break through.

Jewish Groups Calls On Authorities To Take Action Against Anti-Semitism In Europe

From Jerusalem Post:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday called on German authorities to take concrete steps against what is seen as a growing anti-Semitic threat in the country.

In a joint Berlin press conference with the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin, the associate dean of the center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, called on the German Justice Ministry to issue an arrest warrant for Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail, a Danish imam who called for the extermination of the Jews at Berlin’s al-Nur mosque in July.

Ismail said it was necessary to “Destroy the Zionist Jews…” and to “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them… Make them suffer terribly.”

Cooper demanded faster action from the authorities, saying, “We were quite shocked that someone could come to your city, and to this country – which has the strongest anti-hate laws in the Europe – get up, preach on a Friday… [and] call for the annihilation of the Jews.”

“He [Ismail] made a genocidal statement in Berlin about Jews and went home. Nothing was done,” he added.

Following the incident, German authorities vowed to make anyone who spread such propaganda “bear the consequences of his abuse,” and that “the police will act against all anti-Semitic utterances.”

On Wednesday, federal authorities told The Jerusalem Post that the investigation was still ongoing. “There is at the present time no result, the investigation is not finished, so we have to wait,” said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor’s office.

According to German media reports on Tuesday, the office of Berlin’s prosecutor said that due to multiple criminal complaints of incitement to hate the investigation against the imam is ongoing.

Cooper claimed that at a meeting on Monday with the German justice minister, the minister “had not heard of this incident at all,” and that the state secretary told him he had “read about the incident but not known the details.”

A spokeswoman for the Federal Justice Ministry told the Post that Justice Minister Heiko Maas has taken strong stands against displays of anti-Semitism on many past occasions, and that Maas had discussed the prosecution of Ismail with Cooper, but that the question of jurisdiction falls with the local authorities, not the federal ones.

“It goes without saying that violence or incitement to violence must not be tolerated, regardless of who is targeted. Federal Minister Maas has made this very clear in connection with the anti-Israel demonstrations, and had repeatedly stressed that Jews must never feel threatened again in Germany – we all stand by their side when they are vilified with intolerable hate speech,“ spokeswoman Anna Zimmerman told the Post.

Cooper cautioned that “people in this country [Germany] who hate Jews and hate Israel are probing the limits of what it is that Germany will put up with.”

The co-organizer of the Berlin press conference, Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin Director Michael Spaney, stressed that “the anti-Semitism on German streets in the summer of 2014 was clearly Israel-related anti-Semitism.”

“It was Israel’s defensive operation against the terror organization Hamas that triggered the worst anti-Semitic incidents on German soil since decades, including fire attacks on synagogues,” he said.

Cooper said the next step would be to transition from “the heartfelt words expressed on Sunday by Chancellor [Angela] Merkel and others [at an anti-Semitism rally], into a short practical list of things that we hope will be done by German authorities; to back up the goodwill with specific actions that need to be taken.”

He accused the German police of frequently not taking enough action against anti-Semitic incidents, or at times even facilitating anti-Israel protesters.

“We’ve asked the German authorities to take a look at what happened over the summer, and to take better steps to invigorate the law enforcement authorities,” Cooper said.

Bosnian Children Attend 'ISIS Summer Camp' In Syria

From J-Post:
Children are among the ranks of the organization striking terror in the hearts of people across the Middle East and making headlines in the West with brutal executions recorded and distributed over the Internet.

A video placed online by the Islamic State, and translated by MEMRI, shows some of the youngest ISIS recruits, a group of Bosnian children who appear to be under 10 years old in Syria, holding the group's black flag.

In the clip, the children chant "Allah Akbar," and "the Islamic State is here to stay."

The children of Bosnian militants, one of the many groups that has arrived in Syria from abroad to fight with the organziation, are seen playing with firearms as well.

Two of the children send greetings to "al-Baghdadi and his lions," referring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.

The children say that their adherence to Sunni Islam and the Koran will bring them victory.

"Send a message to the Crusaders of America," the children chant in unison, "Your grave will be in Syria, our state is victorious."