Saturday, 11 July 2015

[] Remember ‪‎Srebenica‬


Remember ‪‎Srebenica‬

In the heart of Europe just 20 years ago thousands of Muslim were killed and girls raped ..... just because they were Muslim.

Between April 1992 and December 1995, an estimated 100,000 people were killed and 2.2 million displaced in a war that introduced the phrase ethnic cleansing. Up to 50,000 women, mostly Bosniak, were raped.

These Bosnian women are just like their amazing Palestinian sisters - they've lost everything and everyone, yet they carry on. Who is more patient than the Muslim woman?

Bosnia had been part of the Uthmani Khilafah until 1878 but was destroyed and In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces killed an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys all of them sons, husbands and brothers in the small town of Srebrenica.

We must learn from our History from the example of the likes of the Khalifah al-Muʿtaṣim billāh when he heard reports of a Muslim woman were attacked by the Romans in the Roman city Ammuriah. The Khalifah said, A report has reached me that one Muslim girl was attacked in a Roman city. Wallahi, I will send an army that is so big that when it reaches them it is still leaving our base. And tell me the strongest city of these Romans and I will send the army to that city.

We require a sincere and aware leadership with the determination to face up to any threat posed to this Ummah, a shield as described in many hadith to protect the lives and honour of this Ummah. So that when the likes of former the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadić mockingly questioned the Muslims in Bosnia as he slaughtered them, where is your Allah now? He would receive the decisive response he deserves.


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[] How can some exercise be taken as a test of nationalism?'


'How can some exercise be taken as a test of nationalism?'

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'I don't practise yoga. How am I less of a nationalist than the person who practises it? Is it a crime if I don't practice it?'

In the concluding part ofAsaduddin Owaisi's interview, the Hyderabad MP,left, below, discusses the yoga nationalism test, the Bihar and UP assembly elections and more withSyed Firdaus Ashraf.

Is the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) crippling the Muslim community economically, like with Maharashtra's beef ban and now derecognisingmadrasas?

This is the consistent behaviour of the BJP in Maharashtra. Be it the beef ban or denying reservations in education; making yoga compulsory and then making it optional after protests. And now this survey (to get a headcount of 'out-of-school' children in Maharashtra).

The BJP says Muslims should join the mainstream.

Let us assume that I am completely wrong and they are right. But where is the bright spot? Where is the development happening to the Muslim community?

They are contradicting themselves; the Maharashtra government has a scheme for supportingmadrasas. They are contradicting their own government in New Delhi which allocated Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) tomadrasas last year. So this is a deliberate contradiction.

They say that allmadrasa-going students are backward; they don't know anything.Arre, what are these people saying? It was themadrasas that gave afatwain the 1850s that Muslims must wage jihad against the British.
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M J Akbar, the journalist and BJP MP, asked in an article, 'Who is afraid of Owaisi? Congress, Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata.' Do you think the secular brigade is scared of your entry into politics in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal?

I don't require a certificate from anyone from the BJP. I am doing my own work. AndInshallah, if Allah wills, I will succeed and if people want to accept our party, they will do so.

Do you think the secular parties are afraid of your party?

I don't know who they are afraid of. I am only afraid of Allah Subhallah Tallah (the sacred and the mighty).

You are accused of being the BJP's 'B' team. How do you handle allegations that your party is helping the BJP, that you are indirectly supporting Narendra Modi's party?

I can tell you the answer if you can be specific about who is accusing me of this.

Aren't you helping the BJP indirectly by splitting the Muslim vote, which makes the BJP win elections?

Those who claim this are ensuring that the BJP-RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) combine wins 42 out of (Maharashtra's)48 seats in Parliament, I (his All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen party) did not contest a single Lok Sabha seat there (in Maharashtra).

Former Union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter Praniti Shinde accused you of dividing votes.

I don't want a certificate of secularism from anyone. Neither do I want a certificate of nationalism from the BJP.

I am as nationalist and secular as anyone else.

The Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh is not allowing you to hold rallies in the state. Is it because they fear that you may win Muslim support, the ruling Samajwadi Party's vote bank?

Yeah, but for how long can they do that? UP is not the personal fiefdom of the Yadav clan. It is a part and parcel of our great nation called India.

It is really pitiful that I can speak in Parliament but I cannot speak in UP against the Samajwadi Party's communalism.

They cannot stop me because it is my democratic right. I will definitely go to UP and put forward my views. Whether people like me or not is up to them.

Do you have any plans for the Bihar assembly elections?

As of now, I don't want to comment on it.

What about the UP assembly elections of 2017? Do you plan to contest those elections?

Most definitely.

Do you think you can form a government there with BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) chief Mayawati?

I don't want to speculate on this. Let me go there and win the people's confidence. These are big questions.

Many fear that the Muslim community, by refusing to engage with the mainstream and by clinging to their religion (like with the recent opposition to yoga), is digging itself into a deeper hole, and thus has itself to blame. Do you agree?

I don't practise yoga. How am I less of a nationalist than the person who practises it? Is it a crime if I don't practise it?

How can some sort of exercise be taken as a test of nationalism? I will not do yoga, to hell with anyone!

Will you brand me as an anti-national? I am equal to anyone who does or does not practise yoga.

But it is just exercise; you can ignore it if you don't want to do it...

I will not do it. That is what I am saying. How I am digging a hole?

Earlier, the same thing was said aboutVande Mataram-- that if you don't singVande Mataramyou were not a nationalist.

I respect people who singVande Mataram, but I won't (sing it).

Is it a crime not to singVande Mataram?

But it is the national song.

Jana Gana Manais our national anthem. So isSaare Jahan Se Achcha. Every Indian must take pride inJana Gana Mana, should stand up and pay respect to the national anthem.

You have been very vocal against Islamic State.

What the prime minister said in the interview with (CNN anchor) Fareed Zakaria last year -- that Indian Muslims are not part of any international terrorist organisation -- is enough.

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I once asked M J Akbar why no Indian Muslim had joined Al Qaeda or any international terrorist organisation, and his answer was, 'because they have democracy.' What do you think?

Democracy... (pauses). When the Constitution was made, our forefathers aspired and dreamt that India would be a participative form of democracy. But we now have a majoritarian form of democracy.

Also, even during peak militant activity in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Muslims were not a part of it.

Was it because they believed in a participative form of democracy?

In an ideal situation, it should be a participative form of democracy. Overall, Indian Muslims have never joined all these violent activities. There have been some instances, but the majority of Indian Muslims don't believe in violence.

Why does the rest of the world think like that Muslims are illiterate, violent or backward?

I don't know about the rest of the world. As far as my country is concerned, I can proudly say that we are not violent. We want our rights. We want justice, security. We want to be treated as equal citizens. This is our fight.

A century ago Allama Iqbal wrote, 'Barq girti hai toh becharay Musalmanon par (lighting only strikes poor Muslims). Looking at the sorry condition of the Muslim world, don't you agree that India, home to the second largest Muslim population in the world, is the safest home for the community?

I don't want to answer all these questions. I am not an international relations expert. You ask me questions related to India.

Would you say that Indian Muslims are much safer than those in Pakistan?

Why do you people always have to juxtapose Pakistan with Indian Muslims? As a community we rejected the two-nation theory. We did not go to Pakistan because India is our country.

Why do you have to always bring Pakistan into the equation?

Because it was felt in 1947 that Pakistan was a safe haven for Muslims of the subcontinent. That was not the case. Therefore, a comparison is inevitable as the conditions in Pakistan are terrible, unlike in India.

It is for those people to reflect because they took a decision. My forefathers took a decision that they would not accept (Mohammed Ali) Jinnah, they would not go to Pakistan.

Once the Muslim world was at the forefront of science, architecture and fine arts. Today it is known more for terrorism. When and what do you think went wrong?

We have to have more centres of learning and education throughout the Islamic world. If you see the period when Muslims were experts in every field, we had centres of learning whether in Andalusia or Baghdad.

We require moreGhazalis (Al Ghazali, a Muslim theologian and mystic from the 10th century) and more philosophers. We will have to focus towards education; and for that, you require more centres of learning.

Do you think Muslims failed as a society because they could not establish more centres of learning?

I am sure things can change. We have to be positive and I am sure that the Muslim community will realise that we require education, that they need scientists and philosophers.

The religion we practise demands that its followers become educated because the first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) wasIqra(read, or recite).

That was the message, that Muslims have to get educated. And only by becoming good human beings can we become good Muslims.


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[] Stuck in a time warp, the last 7 Jews of Kochi


Stuck in a time warp, the last 7 Jews of Kochi.

Time stands still here. Life, it seems goes in slow motion in this little locality in Mattancherry, in Cochin. A melancholy air hangs here and it's hard to believe that the locality, which used to bustle with a thriving Jewish trader community -- now is just reduced to just seven members -- most of them over 70.

M I Khan visits God's Own Country, and walks down the narrow streets of this area popularly known as the Jew town.

A lot of tourists visit the synagogue, which is situated at the end of the Jew Street, which has over a 100 shops, mostly selling antiques and arts and crafts owned by Kashmiris. Photographs: M I Khan/

According to a local, the street was once home to as many as 11 synagogues. But now only the Pardesi Synagogue stands, believed to have been built in the 15th century. Visitors now pay Rs 5 for an entry.

"We are doing what we can to ensure that the synagogue continues to be functional in view of the handful of Jews left here," says Yaheh Hallegua, who is in her early 40's, the youngest of the community. She works as the in-charge of the synagogue.

A lot of tourists visit the synagogue, which is situated at the end of the Jew Street, which has over a 100 shops, mostly selling antiques and arts and crafts owned by Kashmiris.

"It is difficult to believe that there were thousands of Jews here until the early 50s," says Sarah Cohen, 93, the oldest living Jew in the locality. A middle-aged Muslim looks after her, besides managing the household for nearly 15 years now, since the passing of her husband.

"We are on the verge of extinction. Over a period of time, most of us migrated to Israel and other places; now only the elderly like me are left here," she says with a sigh.

All her sisters and brothers left a very long ago. She has no children. "Sometimes, relatives visit me and brings gifts," she says.

"But I am proud to be breathing in the air of my birthplace and the land of my ancestors," the soft-spoken woman says with a smile.

"I decided not to leave the country as I have never considered myself other than an Indian, who was born here," she adds.

"The weekly Sabbath (prayers) takes place only if Jews from outside are visiting. But they (the tourists) are indifferent, at best, including fellow Jews from around the world; they feel as if they are part of a living museum exhibition," she adds.

According to religious rituals, a quorum of 10 male members is required for the prayer service at the synagogue.

Sarah Cohen, 93, is the oldest living Jew in the locality. A middle-aged Muslim man looks after her, besides managing the household, since the passing of her husband.

Her tiny souvenir shop -- 'Sarah's Hand Embroidery' -- in the alleyway to the synagogue in Jew Town, attracts lots of foreign tourists. The shop displays Kippahs (star-adorned velvet Jew caps), hand-embroidered handkerchiefs and cushion covers. The shop's walls have old black and white pictures dating back to her wedding and the 'glorious times' with her husband and other members of the community.

"Every Saturday, we used to have gala nights, where the young men and women would host house parties; they would eat, drink and make merry. All these days are gone, all I have left are memories," Sarah recalls.

"Sarah is the most popular and well-known among the seven living Jews," says Santhi John, a shop-owner and neighbour. "Both Indian and foreign tourists make a beeline to her shop because she is always happy for an interaction," she adds.

K J Joy, the Hindu caretaker of the Pardesi Synagogue for over 25 years informs with pride that the blue-and-white-tiled floors were imported from China and the candle-lamps from Belgium and other countries.

"This synagogue will keep functioning as long as there are Jews here. But once they are gone, it will just become a monument," he says.

When asked, Sarah is mum on politics, but expresses her pleasure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to visit Israel soon.

"It is a positive move for a close tie up between the two countries," she says.

"I pray for peace and well-being of the town; after all, it is the only place I have been associated with since my childhood. There is no question of me leaving my 150-year old house that was built by my ancestors. I would die here like just my husband and my grandparents," she adds.


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Re: [] Indian MP asking VIP Treatment at Heathrow Airport Sent to Mental Asylum


its fake news. about Indian MP sent to Asylum

On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM, Pramod Agrawal [Keralites] <> wrote:

Indian MP asking VIP Treatment at Heathrow airport sent to mental asylum London: 

An Indian lawmaker who was in London on a government visit had to face difficult time there as Heathrow airport officials refused to give him special treatment he sought. Mr. Chand Kumar, son of Mr. Surya Kumar, is 2 time MP from Baadshahgunj. He had contested from the seat which his father used to contest for several decades, and vacated for him on his 25th birthday. Mr. Chand kumar has good reputation in his constituency and known as Yuva Hriday Samrat. He has not traveled much outside India though. 

Sadly for Indian politicians, VVIP Racism doesn't work at Heathrow After his recent victory and formation of government he was selected to represent India in one of the seminar in UK on 'Citizen Empowerment'. He left his bungalow in Delhi 1 hour after scheduled departure time of Air India's Delhi-LHR flight. A phone call from his PA to Air India managed to create technical issue in the flight, which resolved itself after Mr. Chand Kumar boarded the flight. His 5 days visit to UK went very well. He touched all important points of the list that he prepared before the seminar, a visit to Madame Tussaud, Selfridges, personal visit to Soho and a fine Gentlemen's Club in west London. Having experienced all the perks as empowered citizen, he reached Heathrow airport and boarded a return flight to Delhi. Just before the flight was about to hit the runway he recollected that he forgot to buy souvenir for his family and friends from duty free shop. He immediately summoned the captain and asked him to return the flight. Captain tried his best to calm him down and requested him not to create a 'Situation' as these things may not be manageable with authorities here.

But Mr. Chand kumar kept on insisting on taking the flight back to the boarding gate. While the plane was stopped and missed its take off time the ATC took note of it and alerted airport security. Security personnel first thought it may be an act of terror but after captain's explanation over radio they concluded that its matter of unruly passenger. The MP was off boarded from the flight and taken for interrogation. This was huge shock for him as such requests never bothered anyone in India. In fact several employees in government and private sector feel blessed on getting such requests from an MP. During interrogation Mr. Chand started behaving rudely with the security staff. First he said, "Perhaps you don't know Who I am," and once you know about me you all will regret. Then he said "Tum Janate nahi ho mera Baap Kaun hai", then he told that he will transfer them from the airport. When security staff were not  responding  he threatened to suspend them with immediate effect. After interrogation the chief of airport security concluded that there is more than unruly behaviour They found it fit to send him to mental asylum to be treated for this disorder. Meanwhile, our sources tell us that Mr.Chand's father is writing to MEA to try and get his son out of the asylum.

 Is this guy for real?

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