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Recent and previous
newsletters were interesting due to diversified
news/information from Islamic groups to wedding.
I would like to tell Eliya that if her daughter is
near 5 or will start prep in 2013 then she can admit
her daughter in Algester Madrasa at Algester Masjid.
But they will not consider students under Prep.
One more thing, your published letter to Santa by a
Muslim kid, will help me a lot in explaining my
daughter to maintain your Muslim identity. She is in
prep and asking many questions about Christmas and
Santa. It's true we can't isolate our kids but
handling their query in a correct manner is
necessary to build their base.
Our Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten is open for 3-5
Children can come 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week for
whole days or part days if required.
Our phone number is 07 3172 7850. Office hours 8am
til 6pm. Opening hours 6am til 6pm. We are open this
calls for equal gay marriage exemption for
UK: The Guardian, Independent, Daily
Telegraph and Daily Mail have all reported
on the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) press
release criticising the lack of religious
equality in the new gay marriage legislation
proposed by the Government. The legislation,
which will allow same sex couples to legally
marry, contains exemption provisions for the
Church of England and Church of Wales,
something the MCB argues should be extended
to cover other religious groups in the UK.
The MCB Secretary General Farooq Murad said,
“We find it incredible that while
introducing the bill in the House, culture
secretary Maria Miller could keep a straight
face when offering exemption for the
established Church while in the same breath
claiming, ‘fairness to be at the heart of
He added that it was not just the
established churches that expressed strong
opposition to the legislation, but that “the
Muslim Council of Britain along with most
other faith groups also made equally strong
representation…no one in their right mind
should accept such a discriminatory law. It
should be amended to give exactly the same
exemption to all the religions."
The press release states that the MCB is
“seeking an urgent meeting with the Culture
Secretary to express the concerns of the
Muslim community on the proposed
Le Pen lays the blame for France's retreat
from its position as "one of the richest countries" on
FRANCE: In a
recent interview with Al Jazeera in which
she expounds on the alleged threat France
faces from radical Islam, Marine Le Pen
(pictured above) - president of the
far-right National Front party and member of
the European Parliament - seeks
international validation for her
country in the world... would accept to
go through the fast and sizeable
immigration of people who, without a
doubt, have a different religion and
seem, of course, that many places in the
world have already gone through this very
process - including, for example, certain
former French colonial possessions, which
were also treated to military invasions,
widespread killing, torture and
expropriation of resources.
Now the tables have turned, however,
prompting right-wing hallucinations of an
Islamic empire under construction in Europe.
According to prominent neo-conservative
propaganda, the imperialist strategy rests
on a number of subtle subversive manoeuvers
such as "the demonisation of courageous
opponents of Islamic imperialism".
Though Le Pen refrains from referencing the
empire, she does hint in her interview at
possible additional tactics such as the
surreptitious force-feeding of halal meat to
[Millions of French people eat halal
food every day without realising it... [I]t's
a problem because it breaks our law on
secularism. This is because making
people who are not religious consume
halal food is contributing, due to this
consumption which lacks transparency, to
financing a cult... If in a Muslim
country[,] Muslims were made to eat
consecrated bread, they would scream.
majority of the French population has not
been screaming about the threat of unwitting
ingestion of halal meat was suggested in a
March 2012 article in the British Guardian,
which reported "surveys showing that
[French] voters were less concerned about
halal meat than they were about the weather
Undeterred, Le Pen reiterates France's
unique torment: "[T]here is no reason to ask
the French to accept things that no other
people in the world would accept."
When in doubt, bring up the Nazis
As if the halal plot weren't bad enough,
Muslims have also engaged in more visible
assertions of control over French territory,
prompting Le Pen's December 2010 comparison
of Muslim street prayers to the Nazi
occupation of France.
In the event that we
wanted to defend Le Pen's sensational analogy, we could
always argue that she didn't mean it in an overly
negative way; after all, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen,
penultimate president of the National Front party,
described said occupation as "not especially inhumane".
A more relevant Nazi analogy might however recall the
handy practice of scapegoating certain religious and
ethnic groups in times of national decline and economic
Le Pen lays the blame for France's retreat from its
position as "one of the richest countries in the world"
on contemporary administrations and "anarchical
immigration in our country which creates the conditions
for conflict, for the disintegration of society, which
disturbs our indivisibility, our laws, including our law
In Le Pen's ideal indivisible nation, "religious
personnel can have religious clothing but all the others
should not be able to distinguish themselves, as it
were, by presenting their religion before presenting
themselves as individuals". Following this logic, it
would seem that her definition of France as a country
where "Christian civilisation" is decisive in "determin[ing]
our whole way of life [and] our calendar" might also
constitute an example of religious-over-individual
presentation. In other words, calendars may need to be
banned along with headscarves.
In the latest foretelling of impending Islamic hegemony
in France, meanwhile, it was revealed earlier this month
that French authorities had requested the lifting of Le
Pen's parliamentary immunity in order to enable
prosecution on a charge of incitement of racial hatred.
The dangers of immense love
Le Pen has countered hate-related allegations with the
hatred towards nobody, but I have
immense love for my people and for my
country that I will defend in all
Without delving into the
issue of the obvious right of non-citizen immigrants in
France to live free of persecution, it is worth noting
that Le Pen's "immense love" facilitates persecution of
Muslims who happen to be national citizens and who
therefore ostensibly also qualify as "my people".
In the first round of France's presidential election
this past April, the pro-love politician garnered 18
percent of the vote, a record for the National Front.
Impressive levels of fanatical attachment to one
"people" have also been registered in other European
locales such as the Netherlands, where politician Geert
Wilders has warned of the "Islamisation of our
societies", declared Islam "fascist" and compared the
Quran to Mein Kampf.
Italy's recurring malady Silvio Berlusconi meanwhile
rivals Le Pen for ignorance of historical realities such
as the role imperialism can have in future migration
patterns. In 2009, Corriere della Sera quoted the
then-Prime Minister's latest philosophy [IT] on
unacceptable that sometimes in certain
parts of Milan there is such a presence
of non-Italians that instead of thinking
you are in an Italian or European city
you think you are in an African city. We
do not accept this.
In typical incoherent
fashion, Le Pen prefers to highlight other European
trends such as "multiculturalism in Great Britain",
which has resulted in "conflict" and "hate speech".
Decrees Le Pen: "I don't want that for France."
Apparently, then, divisive discourse will save France
In response to Al Jazeera's question of whether radical
Islam does indeed boast a substantial presence in French
suburbs, Le Pen provides the following damning evidence:
good question. It's up to them to ask
it. What's for certain is that attitudes
are being radicalised, Madame. There you
As for Len Pen's theory
that the job of radical Islamic recruiters is
facilitated by "social uneasiness" and a lack of
immigrant assimilation, the National Front leader could
perhaps sabotage recruitment efforts by abstaining from
analogies between Muslims and Nazis.
Belen Fernandez is
the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at
Work, released by Verso in 2011. She is a member of the
Jacobin Magazine editorial board, and her articles have
appeared in the London Review of Books blog, Al Akhbar
English and many other publications.
Then They Started Shooting: Growing Up in Wartime
are nine years old. Your best friend's father is
arrested, half your classmates disappear from
school, and someone burns down the house across the
road. You think your neighbours were planning to
kill your family. You are eight years old and
imprisoned in your home by your father's old
friends. You are ten years old and must climb a
mountain at night to escape the soldiers trying to
What happens to children who grow up with war? How
do they live with the daily reality of danger,
hunger, and loss--and how does it shape the adults
In Then They Started Shooting, child psychiatrist
Lynne Jones draws the reader into the compelling
stories of Serbian and Muslim children who came of
age during the Bosnian wars of the 1990s. These
children endured hardship, loss, family disruption,
and constant uncertainty, and yet in a blow to
psychiatric orthodoxy, few showed lasting signs of
trauma. Thoughts of their personal futures filled
their minds, not memories of war.
And yet, Jones suggests in a chilling conclusion,
the war affected them deeply. Officially citizens of
the same country, the two communities live separate,
wary lives. The Muslims hope for reconciliation but
cannot believe in it while so many cannot go home
and war criminals are still at large. The Serbs
resent the outside world, NATO, and fear the return
of their Muslim neighbours. Cynical about politics,
all of them mistrust their elected leaders. War may
end, but the persistence of corruption and injustice
keep wounds from healing.
The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you will go.
you like to see the cover of your favourite book on
our book shelves below?
KB says: I have to
thank Farieda Tofie for this refreshing dessert
which she made for a tea party this week.
Wikipedia, Ambrosia is a variation on the
traditional fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes
contain fresh or sweetened pineapple, mandarin
oranges or fresh orange sections, miniature
marshmallows, and coconut. Other ingredients can
include maraschino cherries, bananas,
strawberries, peeled grapes, or crushed pecans.
Ambrosia can also include whipped cream (or
whipped topping), sour cream, pudding, or
yogurt. The mixture is refrigerated for a few
hours or overnight before serving.
1 bag miniature marshmallows
1 tin crushed pineapples (450g)
1 tin mandarin segments (310g) drained
1 cup shredded coconut
300 ml light sour cream
all the ingredients together and refrigerate for
several hours before serving.
Jallaluddin and his brother, Hukummudin, both farmers,
fall on hard times and are in financial trouble.
In order to keep the bank from repossessing the farm,
they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed
their own stock.
Upon leaving for the bull markets,
Jallaluddin tells Hukummudin, 'When I get there, if I
decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out
after me and haul it home.'
Jallaluddin arrives at the market, inspects the bull,
and decides he wants to buy it.
The man tells
Jallaluddin that he will sell it for $599, no less.
After paying him,
Jallaluddin drives to the nearest town to send his
brother Hukummudin a telegram to tell him the news.
Jallaluddin walks into the telegraph office, and says,
'I want to send a telegram to my brother telling him
that I've bought a bull for our farm. I need him to
hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here
so we can haul it home.'
The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to
help him, and then adds, it will cost 99 cents a word.'
Well, after paying for the bull,
Jallaluddin realizes that he'll only be able to send his
brother one word.
After a few minutes of thinking, he nods and says, 'I
want you to send him the word 'comfortable.'
The operator shakes his head. 'How is he ever going to
know that you want him to hitch the trailer to your
pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back
to your farm if you send him just the word
Jallaluddin, 'My brother's a bit dumb. The word is big.
He'll read it very slowly....
Guess how Hukummudin reads
it ........ before you
seek refuge with the Lord of
the Dawn, From the mischief
of created things; From the
mischief of Darkness as it
overspreads; From the
mischief of those who
practice Secret Arts: And
from the mischief of the
jealous one as he practices
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