Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

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Muslims push “free books” on Hong Kong streets

May 4, 2012

Muslims have opened booths to give away “free books” to the residents of Hong Kong:

The video ends with an appeal for Muslims to do more to spread knowledge about Islam.

Indeed, everybody should learn more about Islam.

And we should also learn who has enough money for marketing campaigns and buy all these books to give them away for free.

Islamists are conducting a similar giveaway of Islamic literature to the people of Germany.

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The Hadith’s ban on forward contracts

April 25, 2012

Agreeing upon a price now for merchandize to be produced or delivered later, which is a pretty common, uncontroversial, and healthy tradition in free market economics, is banned by the Hadith, the collection of sayings and actions of Muhammad.

The following comes from one of the most important and widely accepted Hadith among Muslims, the Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 34 (The Book of Sales [Bargains]):

Chap. 33.  Al-Gharar (the sale of what is not present) and Habal-il-Habala (i.e. the sale of what is in the womb of an animal.)

1022.  Narrated ‘Abdullah bin’Umar:  Allah’s Messenger forbade the sale called ‘Habal-il-Habala which was a kind of sale practiced in the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance.  One would pay the price of a she-camel which was not born yet and would be born by the immediate offspring of an extant she-camel.

Similar language appears in Book 10 (The Book of Transactions), Chap. 8, of the Sahih Muslim, another widely agreed upon Hadith, which states that “it is invalid to sell the commodity before taking possession of it” in reference to grain.

It is unfortunate for the world’s Muslims and their economic development that Muhammad made this choice that forever limited the types of transactions available to willing buyers and sellers operating in a free market.

One Western source describes the benefits of production contracts which Muhammad seemed unable to understand:

There are several potential advantages for producers who may consider a production contract. Such contracts may provide for a more stable income for the producer by reducing traditional marketing risks. Such contracts may allow a producer to benefit from technical advice, managerial expertise and access to technological advances provided by the contractor. An agricultural production contract may provide the producer with a guaranteed market, provided that the commodities are produced in accordance with the contract. Finally, such contracts may allow a producer to increase the volume of his business with limited capital since the contractor may often supply the necessary production inputs…

From the contractor’s perspective, production contracts may provide an orderly flow of uniform commodities so as to allow the contractor to control production costs. And such contracts may allow contractors to better respond to changing market conditions. The use of such contracts may allow a contractor to protect its investment in genetics and other intellectual property associated with a particular commodity.

Contemporary sharia financiers have tried to distinguish a forward contract from a futures contract, saying that a forward contract is clear enough to satisfy the requirements of sharia law.  However, that interpretation still seems at odds with the plain language of the text above.  More on the contract loopholes of sharia finance (salam and istisna’a) later…

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Zakat used in Ethiopia to bribe Christians to Islam

April 8, 2012

Ethiopia, one of the oldest Christian nations on Earth, is under assault by foreign Wahhabi elements dropping money and incentives to lure local impoverished Christians to Islam.  In this video, the archbishop of Addis Ababa describes the problem, which he characterizes as proselytism to Islam “by financial means”:

H/t to the eceProject for uploading the original video last year.  The archbishop also explains the desire of the Wahhabis to impose sharia law on Ethiopia.

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An interview with Puneet Madaan: Germany repeating mistakes of India

February 28, 2012

Money Jihad recently sat down for an informative instant messaging interview with longtime reader and commenter Puneet Madaan.  In this interview, Puneet shares his story about the murders of non-Muslims during the partition of India, which resulted in the deaths of 60 percent of the older generations of his family.  Now living in Germany, Puneet finds that Europe is repeating the mistakes of India in the name of multiculturalism.  For example, the number of dangerous mosques in Germany (often with funding from Turkey) is increasing exponentially, and the government encourages it or turns a blind eye.  Puneet’s proposal?  Learn from history and adopt a clear strategy to combat the problem.

MJ:  Thanks for joining me for this IM interview!  How are you doing?

Puneet:  Fine, in fact, great.  My last day in India, flying back to Germany tomorrow.

MJ:  Were you in India on business or pleasure?

Puneet:  Just on vacation at a pretty interesting time, especially seeing how anti-Israeli propaganda is being pushed in the Indian media, even though the Indian public is more pro-Israel.

MJ: Perhaps the media bias has something to do with the oil that India buys from Iran?

Puneet:  Possibly.  They were blaming Israel for the attack on Israeli embassy personnel in Delhi…  I think we cannot fight it [radical Islam], till we put human rights above everything.

MJ:  Speaking of human rights, you’ve mentioned that you used to be involved with the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam. Could you say more about that?

Puneet:  Yes, HRCARI was an initiative–a learning curve for many–and it even includes Darfuri Muslims.  Yet the point I learned is the limitation on our side.  I, myself, am not in a single organisation that has a real goal… and I think till we define a clear goal, we will be defensive and losing ground day by day.  I do not want to say that one has to take weapon, but being on the offensive in an ideological war at least requires a clear goal, which is missing in ‘fighting terrorism’ side.

MJ:  But you’re no longer involved with HRCARI?

Puneet:  I’m one of the founding members, though I’m no more 100% active with it…

MJ:  I see. You also contributed to http://www.islam-watch.org?

Puneet:  Yes, I did, though I’m unsatisfied with it… not because I disagree, but rather because real change requires real debates and [bringing] taboo issues of Islam in public–issues like apartheid in Mecca and Medina, the mandatory 6th part of Islamic banking, etc.  And lobbies [interest groups] are not doing enough in this front.

MJ:  You’re saying that these groups aren’t doing enough?

Puneet:  Definitely not … If they were, wouldn’t we have sanctions against Saudi Arabia for its official apartheid signs on roads?

MJ:  Are people in the West are afraid to speak the truth?  You never seem to be afraid. You’ve gotten into some verbal tussles with Muslim commenters on our blog who don’t like the truth. They don’t scare you?

Read the rest of this entry ?

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Germans give Muslim theologians €20 million

February 9, 2012

A follow-up to the 2010 story about Germany’s plans for taxpayer funded Islamic education.  British and Spanish efforts to fund “moderate” expressions of Islam have backfired, and Germany should quickly rethink this strategic misstep.  From the Stonegate Institute on Jan. 19:

Germany’s New Islamic Centers

Funded by Taxpayers

by Soeren Kern

One of the oldest universities in Germany has opened the country’s first taxpayer-funded department of Islamic theology.

The Center for Islamic Theology at the University of Tübingen was inaugurated on January 16 and is the first of four planned Islamic university centers in Germany.

The German government claims that by controlling the curriculum, the school, which is to train Muslim imams and Islamic religion teachers, will function as an antidote to “hate preachers.”

Most imams currently in Germany are from Turkey and many of them do not speak German.

German Education Minister Annette Schavan, who attended the opening ceremony, said the Islamic center was a “milestone for integration” for the 4.3 million Muslims who now live in Germany.

But the idea has been fiercely criticized by those who worry the school will become a gateway for Islamists who will introduce a hardline brand of Islam into the German university system.

The three professors who will be teaching at the department (eventually there will be six full professorships) had to satisfy an Islamic advisory council that they were devout Muslims.

One of the professors is Omar Hamdan, a Sunni Muslim, says that critical analysis into whether the Islamic Koran was actually written by God is “completely out of the question.” Pointing to double standards, some of those opposed to the center say there should be critical distance between text and interpreter, as when Christianity is taught in German universities.

Critics also fear that conservative Islamic organizations will exert their influence over teaching and research at the center. There are only two independent experts on the advisory board of the Tübingen center. The other five individuals belong to groups such as the Turkish-Islamic Union for Islamic Affairs (DITIB), which is a branch of the Turkish government.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses DITIB to control over 900 mosques in Germany — to prevent Turkish immigrants from integrating into German society.

During a trip to Germany in November 2011, Erdogan said that Berlin’s insistence that immigrants who want to live in Germany must integrate and learn the German language is “against human rights.”

In February 2011, Erdogan told a crowd of more than 10,000 Turkish immigrants: “We are against assimilation. No one should be able to rip us away from our culture and civilization.” In 2008, he also said, “assimilation is a crime against humanity” and urged the Turkish immigrants there to resist assimilation into the West.

In March 2010, Erdogan called on Germany open Turkish-language grade schools and high schools, presumably to be controlled by DITIB.

Previously, Erdogan had said: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” — a declaration many interpreted as a call for the Islamization of Europe.

Aside from the center in Tübingen, Islamic theology departments are also set to open in 2012 in Münster/Osnabrück, Erlangen/Nürnberg and Frankfurt/Gießen.

The German government will pay the salaries for professors and other staff at all four Islamic centers for the next five years, at a total cost of €20 million ($25 million).

According to the Education Ministry, over the next few years Germany will have a demand for more than 2,000 teachers of Islam, who will be needed to instruct more than 700,000 Muslim children.

Germany is opening its doors to Islam at a time when its government is also cracking down on those who criticize Muslim immigration and the Islamization of Europe.

Less than a week before the Tübingen Islamic center was inaugurated, it came to light that the German domestic intelligence agency — the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) — is looking into whether German citizens who criticize Muslims and Islam are fomenting hate and are thus criminally guilty of “breaching” the German constitution.

The BfV’s move marks a significant setback for the exercise of free speech in Germany.

The issue has become part of the larger debate over the question of Muslim immigration and the establishment of a parallel Islamic society in Germany.

In November 2011, the German Federal Ministry of the Family released a 160-page report, “Forced Marriages in Germany: Numbers and Analysis of Counseling Cases,” which revealed that thousands of young women and girls in Germany are victims of forced marriages every year. Most of the victims come from Muslim families; many have been threatened with violence and often death.

In September 2011, a new book “Judges Without Law: Islamic Parallel Justice Endangers Our Constitutional State,” disclosed that Islamic Sharia courts are now operating in all of Germany’s big cities. The book argues that this “parallel justice system” is undermining the rule of law in Germany as Muslim imams are settling criminal cases out of court, without the involvement of German prosecutors or lawyers, before Germany’s law enforcement can bring the cases to a German court.

That same month, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich revealed that Germany is home to some 1,000 Islamic radicals who are potential terrorists. He said many of these home-grown Islamists are socially alienated Muslim youths who are being inflamed by German-language Islamist propaganda that promotes hatred of the West. In some instances, the extremists are being encouraged to join sleeper cells and one day to “awaken” and commit terrorist attacks in Germany and elsewhere.

Back in Tübingen, Education Minister Schavan says she is “placing a lot of trust” in the new Islamic center, which she hopes will “contribute to the further development of Islamic theology.”

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Irony: Muslim wives told not to squander money

December 20, 2011

This irony alert comes from the religion that Muhammad founded using money from rich woman he married, Khadija.  Islam very well might not have gotten off the ground or waged its earliest wars if it weren’t for the capital Khadija provided.

Granted, Abu Bakr‘s wealth from the family cloth merchant business helped too, but Muhammad only met Abu Bakr through Khadija, because both Khadija and Abu Bakr owned homes in the same ritzy neighborhood of Mecca.

Yet now, Muslim women are being told that they should not be wasteful or squander their husband‘s wealth.  This bit of ungrateful advice comes in this slide from a presentation entitled “The Duties of the Wife in Islam” uploaded to Slideshare a few weeks ago:

Islamic women advised not to squander their husband's cashIf I were a Muslim woman, I’d be so offended that I’d take off my trash bag and drive away in a car.  And if Khadija were alive in Saudi Arabia today, she’d be killed for it.

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Allah requested loan, offered interest

November 27, 2011

The Koran, Sura 57 (“Iron”), Verse 11 says “Who is he that will lend a generous loan to God?”  The verse continues by assuring that Allah will “double it” as repayment to the lender.

Several passages of the Koran parallel this verse.  From a theological standpoint, it is curious that an all-powerful god would request a loan from the people he created.  An outsider could wonder, as did some of the Jews in Arabia during the time of Muhammad, if “Allah is poor and we are rich.”

But Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s best friend and himself a rich man, did not like being confronted with the possibility of Allah’s state of financial dependence or the verse from the Koran which suggested it.  Here’s the story of the Jewish rabbi Finhas, who resisted Abu Bakr’s appeals by saying:

“We have no need of Allah, but He has need of us! We do not beseech Him as He beseeches us. We are independent of Him, but He is not independent of us. If He were independent of us, He would not ask for our money as your master Muhammad does [for a war against Mecca]. He forbids usury to you, but pays us interest; if He were independent of us He would give us no interest.”

At this, Abu Bakr became angry, and struck Finhas violently, saying, ‘I swear by Him in whose hands my life rests that if there were no treaty between us I would have struck off your head, you enemy of Allah!’

Abu Bakr wished he could cut off Finhas’s head for pointing out the contents of the Koran and the contradictions of riba.  Even assuming that the loan-to-Allah verse is a non-literal expression, we are still left with the contradiction that Allah will “double” the repayment of loans made to him, which sounds a lot like the riba (interest) or usury which is outlawed throughout most other texts of Islam.

Many Muslims now claim in public that the loan to Allah in Verse 11 is actually charity for the poor, but the preceding verse of the Koran suggests, as Finhas suspected, a more warlike purpose:  “Those among you who contributed before the victory, and fought, shall be differently treated from certain others among you!” (Koran 57:10).  Charity toward “victory”?  Charity toward “fighting”?  Charity toward “iron”?  No—in context, the loan does not appear to be for charity for poor people, but financing the conquest of Mecca and the establishment of the Islamic state.

Rewards promised to those who give their money toward the military victory of Islam are frequent throughout the Koran.