Saturday, March 24, 2012

NYPD targets activists around the US

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MI Imams Condemn French Muslim Killer

Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups

The document provides the latest example of how, in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies. The FBI, for instance, has collected information on anti-war demonstrators. The Maryland state police infiltrated meetings of anti-death penalty groups. Missouri counterterrorism analysts suggested that support for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, might indicate support for violent militias — an assertion for which state officials later apologized. And Texas officials urged authorities to monitor lobbying efforts by pro Muslim-groups. [...]
At the NYPD, the monitoring was carried out by the Intelligence Division, a squad that operates with nearly no outside oversight and is so secretive that police said even its organizational chart is too sensitive to publish. The division has been the subject of a series of Associated Press articles that illustrated how the NYPD monitored Muslim neighborhoods, catalogued people who prayed at mosques and eavesdropped on sermons.
"The only threat was the threat of ideas," he said. [...]
"I think this idea of secret police following you around is terrifying. It really has an effect of spreading fear and squashing dissent."

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Sherman A. Jackson's Sufism for Non-Sufis? available for pre-order

Comes out May 18th in sha Allah

Obama Muslim Rumors Persist Among Illinois Republicans: 39 Percent Believe President Is Muslim

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Muslim Advocates and 110+ Groups Demand Federal Investigation of NYPD


         Muslim Advocates Organizes Major Push for U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of NYPD

On Monday, Muslim Advocates, working in coalition with over 110 civil rights, faith, community and civic groups, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding an immediate investigation of the NYPD's surveillance practices for violations of the constitutional rights of American Muslims.  Since August 2011, the Associated Press has released a series of reports, based on the NYPD's own documents, about NYPD intelligence gathering programs that specifically targeted Muslims throughout the Northeast.  Based on information released to date, they have spied and collected intelligence on approximately 350 mosques, schools, businesses, and individuals, without any apparent evidence of criminal activity.

The letter to the Attorney General comes after New York Mayor Bloomberg and New York Attorney General Schneiderman's refusal to look into the matter, several months after 34 members of Congress asked Holder for an investigation, and after scores of organizations asked the Department of Justice to investigate the NYPD. 

The diversity of the organizations represented in the letter sent a clear message that law enforcement's targeting of religious communities is an issue that concerns all Americans.  The signatories to the letter included: Center for Constitutional Rights, NAACP-NY, Occupy Wall Street, Interfaith Alliance, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Asian Law Caucus, NY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Alliance for Justice, Sikh Coalition, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

End Religious & Racial Profiling

Strengthen Charities

Protect America's Promise




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French [Jewish and Muslim] religious leaders join together in wake of killings

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Update: Chris Hedges Sues Obama Over NDAA - Truthdig

Terry Eagleton slams Christopher Hitchens

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Terry Eagleton/The Meaning of Life

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sheikh: Ali gomaa Forty Nawawi Episode6 Part_02

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sheikh: Ali gomaa Forty Nawawi Episode6 on the 5th Hadith regarding bida'

Just found this series of short clips commenting on the Arabeen of Imam Nawawi ma sha Allah (in Arabic with English subtitles)

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Pakistani charity founder [Edhi] nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Modern Day Lynching": Outrage Grows Over Trayvon Martin Murder by Neighborhood Watch Patrol

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"Six months later, Randy goes to the Cambridge mosque to convert

and has a conversation with the imam that will impact him for years to come.

'Your family is Christian and may have fears about your conversion, especially now, the imam says. 'Instead if debating and arguing with them about the merits of one religion versus the other, let your behavior speak for you. Let them see the change in you. Let them see that being a Muslim has made you a better son, brother, and man.'"

Love, InshAllah, pg. 56.

Prayer as a scheduled meeting with the Divine

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Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel

John Andrew Morrow bio

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Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Mathnawi al-Arab al-Nuri - Lecture 4

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