Boston Islamic Seminary Faculty Promote Anti-Semitism

From Algemeiner:
New research by the Middle East Forum has uncovered evidence of extreme antisemitism among faculty members and guest speakers appointed by the Islamic Society of Boston to teach and promote its latest project: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS).

BIS was established in 2016 to “equip future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community.” Currently, it offers “continuing education” classes, but it hopes to offer an accredited graduate degree program by 2019, which will “train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts.”

And what exactly will this next generation of chaplains and imams learn at BIS?

Faculty listed on the BIS website include Yahia Abdul Rahman, who is described as an expert on “sharia-compliant” banking. On his social media accounts, Abdul Rahman has posted stories from “The Ugly Truth,” a website that describes itself as “intelligent ‘anti-Semitism’ for thinking Gentiles.” Elsewhere, Rahman has shared claims that any Muslim who fails to oppose Israel is no longer a Muslim, and is afflicted with a “Jewish heart.” Other posts of his claim the Jews were complicit in the 2008 financial crisis.

Another BIS lecturer, Suheil Laher, previously served as head of the (now-defunct) Al Qaeda charity, CARE International. On his old website, Laher published calls to jihad and linked to an Al Qaeda fundraising website. On his current website, Laher refers to homosexuals as “depraved sinners.”

Other current BIS faculty members include Amr El-Fass, who suggests that Jews are to blame for intra-Arab conflict; and Hisham Mahmoud, whom moderate Muslim groups denounced after he likened homosexuality to pedophilia, and advocated that homosexuals should be punished.

Guest speakers are BIS are just as extreme. In June 2016, BIS invited Abdelrahman Murphy to address a BIS audience. Murphy, who is a former employee of the Islamic Society of Boston, works for the Qalam Institute, which hosts a document on its website warning that Muslims who seek “cleanliness” and “purity” should “not resemble the Jews.” Murphy has stated: “There is no such thing as an innocent Israeli.”

Another speaker at the BIS event with Murphy was Yousef Abdallah, who serves as the “East Coast Operations Manager” for Islamic Relief, a prominent Islamist charity. Abdallah has posted jokes on social media about “stinking” Jews, has written that Chris Christie is “down on his knees before the jewish lords,” and has shared a story praising “martyrs” who provide guns to “kill more than 20 jews” and “fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”

The Middle East Forum has uncovered several other examples. We asked the Boston branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — which often talks about other examples of hate speech — for comment, but it did not reply. Curiously, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston also failed to respond.

For many readers, this must all seem like a familiar story. BIS is a project of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which, since its founding over 10 years ago, has displayed much evidence of extremism. Inaugural trustees of the ISB included Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was praised by Bin Laden,; and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an Al Qaeda fundraiser who was jailed in 2004 for conspiring with the Libyan regime to assassinate a Saudi crown prince.

In 2004, Boston Jewish leaders condemned another mosque trustee named Walid Fitaihi, after he denounced Jews as the “murderers of prophets” and claimed that they “would be punished for their oppression, murder and rape of the worshippers of Allah.” The very same Walid Fitaihi is now listed on the BIS website as a faculty member.

The Boston Islamic Seminary promises to educate the next generation of Muslims in Massachusetts. These chaplains, imams and community leaders will in turn educate Muslim communities all over America for many decades to come. Thus far, none of Boston’s political or religious leaders has expressed alarm over the extremists behind Boston’s newest Islamic institution. The question remains: exactly how much hatred for Jews and other minorities must be revealed before leaders will speak out?

Another Woman Whipped For Adultery In Moderate Indonesia

From Mirror:
Shocking images have emerged of a woman being brutally canned by a masked sharia law punisher for allegedly committing adultery.

The public canning was carried out by an algojo - a sharia law executor - who was dressed all in black with an eerie black and white mask covering his identity.

The woman, dressed in white, was forced to kneel beside the algojo to face her fate.

It is not clear whether there was any evidence of her wrongdoings, or even if a crime had been committed.

It is unlikely that she was given a trial or a chance to defend herself.

The woman and her partner were both whipped 100 times before they were given medical help.

Nine other people were sentenced to a public caning on Friday all on the same charge of adultery in Aceh.

They are thought to have been given less whips, with some receiving eight, and others hit 18 times.

Jhanto's Prosecutor General (JPU), Rivanli Azis, said that the prisoners confessed in front of the assembly and admitted committing adultery.

Mr Azis added that one of the convicted woman was spared the whipping as she was pregnant.

He said: "The pregnant [woman] we will whip after giving birth to her baby."

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which implements sharia law.

Whipping punishment is one form of punishment for those who break the sharia law.

Six Killed In Maiduguri Suicide Attacks

From Premium-Times-NG:
Police in Borno State said at least six person, including four suicide bombers, died during an apparently coordinated suicide attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri on Saturday.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported the attacks, citing two persons dead while waiting for further details from the security officials.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, the police said two different set of attacks occurred, starting from the very early hours of Saturday.
According to Mr. Isukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, the attack also left some other persons with serious injuries.

The statement reads:
“In the wee hours of today 18/11/2017, two female suicide bombers detonated their IED vests in the outskirt of Alakaramtii village in Jere LGA, killing themselves alone.

“Then at about 0650hrs, two other teenage female suicide bombers infiltrated Alakaramtii village. One of them hurriedly detonated her IED vest killing herself, her partner and an innocent boy while four others including the mother of the innocent boy, sustained injuries.

“The corpses and the injured have been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The police EOD team promptly rendered safe the unexploded IED and sanitised the area. Normalcy has since been restored to the area.”

Three Persons Of Same Family Killed

From Iraqi-News:
Two persons were killed, while a third from the same family was wounded in an attack launched by Islamic State militants against their house in south of Nineveh, an official was quoted saying on Friday.

“A group of IS members attacked, today, a house in Jahouni village, in Hammam al-Alil. They opened fire against the residents, which caused death of the father and one of his sons and injury of another son,” Khalaf al-Jabouri, head of Hammam al-Alil town, said.

“Security troops headed to the accident spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital and took the victims to forensic medicine department,” he added.

Earlier on the day, Jabouri called for opening the floodgates of Mosul dam to force the hiding militants get out of their havens, which they use to attack civilians in Hammam al-Alil.

Despite declaring the victory over IS in Mosul in July, the group’s former bastion in Iraq, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

ISIS Attack Kills Twenty Six Displaced People In Syria

From Channel-News-Asia:
A car bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday (Nov 17), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. 
The Britain-based Observatory said 12 children were among the victims of the attack on a gathering at a checkpoint run by US-backed fighters in Deir Ezzor province.
The militants are losing ground there to two separate offensives that have come close to ousting IS from Syria.

"Dozens of people were wounded, and the death toll could rise because of the number of serious injuries," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
The displaced people had been on their way to neighbouring Hasakeh province, where camps have been set up to house them in Kurdish-controlled territory, Abdel Rahman said.
Syria's state news agency SANA also reported an IS car bombing targeting "a gathering of displaced families from Deir Ezzor", giving a toll of 20 dead and 30 wounded.
IS controls roughly one quarter of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province but is battling for survival on two fronts.

One offensive is by Syrian regime forces backed by Russian air power, while the second is by a US-backed Kurdish and Arab coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The militant group appears to be seeking to prove it still has the capacity to carry out major attacks despite losing much of its cross-border "caliphate" to multiple assaults in Iraq and Syria.

In early November, an IS car bombing killed at least 75 displaced civilians who had fled fighting in Deir Ezzor, the Observatory reported.
IS fighters are now cornered in part of Deir Ezzor province around the border town of Albu Kamal on the frontier with Iraq.
Many civilians have tried to flee the affected areas.

The militant group seized large areas of both Syria and Iraq in a lightning 2014 campaign, but this year has lost much of the territory it once held.
Government forces fighting to flush the group from Syrian territory on Thursday entered Albu Kamal, the last town in the country held by the Islamic State group, the Observatory said.
Losing the town completely would cap the group's reversion to an underground guerrilla organisation with no urban base.
The Iraqi army on Friday retook the last IS-held town in the country, the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa, near the Syrian border.

Caliphate Promises Christmas Blood At The Vatican

From Mirror:
The terror group ISIS has made a chilling threat against the Vatican just weeks before tens of thousands of faithful gather there to celebrate Christmas.

A pro-ISIS propaganda channel made the threat in a poster depicting a car attack.

The poster - reading "Christmas blood" - depicts a masked jihadi driving a BMW towards St Peter's Basilica, where Pope Francis holds mass.

An assault rifle and a rucksack are visible on the seat next to the driver, who is using a sat nav and driving at high speed.

The poster was published by the pro-ISIS Wafa Media Foundation, according to the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist activity.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in Europe this year - including those in Manchester and London.

It has made frequent threats against Pope Francis and the Vatican, especially in the lead-up to big events including Christmas.

In December last year, 12 people were killed when an ISIS terrorist killed a lorry driver and ploughed his truck into the Christmas market in Berlin.

The new threat emerged on Tuesday with surviving militants on the run after they were driven out of their strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said the military will continue to fight ISIS "as long as they want to fight".

Separate forces backed by the US and Russia are battling to retake the last remaining pockets of ISIS-held territory in Syria.

Mr Mattis said the long-term goal is to prevent the return of an "ISIS 2.0".

He told reporters on Monday: "The enemy hasn't declared that they're done with the area yet, so we'll keep fighting as long as they want to fight."

US-backed forces recently declared victory in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the terror group's largest stronghold in the war-torn country.

Iraq May Allow Clerics To Preside Marriages Of Nine Year Olds

From IB-Times:
Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine and set women's rights back 50 years.

They are calling on Iraqi ministers to withdraw a draft of the Jafaari Personal Status Law which would allow Muslim clerics to have control over marriage contracts.

The legislation is based on the Shia principles of the Jaafari school of jurisprudence, which was founded by the sixth Shia Imam, Jaafar al-Sadiq.

The 2014 version of the bill, which was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers, includes provisions that would legalise marital rape, ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims and allow nine-year-old children to marry.

On 1 November, Iraq's Council of Representatives voted in principle to approve the amendment and the bill was signed by 40 parliamentarians. Iraq's elections will be held in May next year.

The law, which would cover the 36 million Shia citizens living in Iraq, would have a "catastrophic" impact on women's rights, according to Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East consultant for the advocacy group Equality Now.

"We are outraged," she told The Guardian. "We will be supporting women in Iraq by issuing alerts about the bill. We are also writing letters to the speaker of [parliament] and the president."

Activists from civil society organisations gathered in the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah on Sunday (12 November) to present a petition against the bill.

"This new bill to amend the Personal Status Law will authorize religious men to enforce illegal marriages and force girls under 18 to live with their in-laws. This is a setback to the achievements Iraqi women made and struggled for half a century ago," the petition read.

If the law is approved by the Iraqi parliament, it "would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," according to Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all," he said. "It flies in the faces of the Iraqi government's legal commitments to protect women's and girls' rights."

The United Nations in Iraq has also condemned the bill. "I call upon the Council of Representatives to seize this opportunity...to conduct a wider consultation on the draft amendments in a participatory manner to recommit to and ensure the full respect, protection and fulfillment of women and girls' rights in Iraq in relation to matrimonial and other matters," said Jan Kubis, the special representative to Iraq of the UN Secretary-General.

Man On Trial For Posting Blasphemous Content Online

From Khaleej-Times:
A 34-year-old Indian man has gone on trial in the Court of First Instance on the charge of disrespecting Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on Facebook.

He denied the charge of religion contempt via internet. He claimed that he was unaware of the post's content and meaning.

The case dates back to September 30. It was reported to the Bur Dubai police station by an Indian man who happened to see the defendant's account.

"I heard from work colleagues that the defendant had posted a caricature on Facebook. My friend then took a screenshot of it and showed it to me," the man who reported the incident to police, said. "He also posted a disrespectful line next to the photo."

A policeman said he went with the complainant to the workplace of the accused in the Business Bay area where the accused was arrested and his mobile phone seized. He then handed it over to the lieutenant in charge on that day.

The defendant admitted during investigation that he posted the photo. But he claimed he received it from a friend and shared it on his account without being aware of its insulting content.

A photo copy of the said caricature was enclosed by the public prosecution to the case file.

The court adjourned the trial to November 27.

Fourteen Killed In Kabul Attack Claimed By ISIS

From The-Hindu
A suicide bomber killed 14 people at a political gathering in the Afghan capital on Thursday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said another 18 people were wounded, and that the casualties included security forces and civilians. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attacker struck at the entrance to the wedding hall where the event was being held.

Taliban denies role

The IS claimed the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. The Taliban denied involvement.

Parliament member Hafiz Mansoor, who attended the meeting but was not harmed, said around 700 supporters of the governor of the northern Balkh province were attending a conference to highlight his work.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and other insurgents since the U.S. and NATO shifted to a counterterrorism and support role at the end of 2014. The Taliban have seized a number of districts across the country, and both groups have carried out major attacks.

Both the Taliban and the IS affiliate, which is largely made up of disgruntled former Taliban fighters, are at war with the government. Both groups want to impose a harsh version of Islamic law on Afghanistan, but they are fiercely divided over leadership, tactics and ideology, and have clashed on a number of occasions.

Eighteen Killed And Twenty Nine Injured As Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri

From Premium-Times:
At least 18 persons were killed and 29 others injured on Wednesday evening as two suicide bombers attacked a crowded suburb of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, police said.

Deafening blasts were heard echoing over the Maiduguri metropolis late in the evening of Wednesday as the suspected Boko Haram attackers let go their explosives.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force in Borno, Victor Isukwu, who later provided details via a text statement, said the attacks were carried out by four suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers.
He said the suicide bombers – two male and two female – targeted some crowded locations of Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri that falls under Konduga Local Government Area.

“Today 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in Konduga LGA, and detonated IED strapped to their bodies at different location,” Mr. Isukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, said.

“The first explosion occurred at a prayer ground, while the other explosions occurred thereafter, all within the community.

“A total of eighteen persons including the four suicide bombers, died in the multiple explosions. While twenty nine others sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to university of Maiduguri teaching hospital/State Specialist Hospital for medical attention.”

He added that police patrol and explosive teams were promptly mobilised to the scene of the attacks to ensure the place was sanitised and rendered safe.

“Normalcy has been restored to the community”, he said.
Wednesday’s attacks occurred about the same time suspected Boko Haram members stormed two communities in Madagali Local Government Area of neighbouring Adamawa State.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Adamawa State governor, however, said the attackers were eventually repelled by soldiers and local vigilante. The casualty from that attack is yet to be confirmed.

The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.