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Gwyneth Paltrow, beaded and adorned in clothing Africanus, looks out at us breathtakingly in the way only superstars can. It’s that sultry “bite me, you’re not this hot and successful yet still humble” look. Said look is usually accompanied by an artificial breeze. “I am African”, declares a wind-swept Gwyneth, looking more Gucci than Ghana....
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Tariq Nelson links to Steven Sailer’s well-known Muslim “buyout plan” and invites some comment. For those that don’t know, here’s the shorter version of the plan: Sailer argues that, given the situation in Europe, it makes more sense for European nations to offer their expanding and increasingly disenfranchised Muslim minority money to repatriate themselves. In...
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Roger Howard has an interesting piece over at the Social Affairs Unit. He writes of meeting the leaders of al-Muhajiroun in June 2001 and his conclusion that far from being interested in martyrdom, Omar Bakri and his crew were more interested in celebrity. Far from telling me stories of suffering or of the Prophet Mohammed,...
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Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, of the United Kingdom, has been very active in analysing and critiquing some of the various models for Islamic finance that have appeared in the West.  I recently came across a fatwa from the Sheikh on particular scheme: In this short fatwa, I would like to identify a scheme that I am...
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The recent Israeli misadventure in Lebanon has exposed to the world the depth of feeling in the Muslim world against the state of Israel. That should surprise no one, but what should concern Muslims is how our faith seems to be hijacked by current political conflicts and perceived cultural contests. I have seen so-called “secular...
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In the late 1990s the All Blacks force in decline, an ageing pack and timid game plan should have ensured their failure, and yet they remained competitive. It was due entirely due to the “Lomu” factor, the two meter tall man mountain who was 120 kg of muscle on the left wing. When the ABs...
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Following on from the Prime Minister’s call for “a minority of Muslims” to learn English, the treasurer Peter Costello turns the rhetoric up a notch by calling on Muslims, yet again, to condemn terrorism. “This is where we really need the Islamic leadership of this country to stand up and contend unequivocally that terrorism, no...
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In a remarkable piece of attention seeking behaviour (even for a politician), Australian Democrats MP Sandra Kanck stood up in the South Australian parliament and described, in detail, methods for committing suicide. As it is illegal, under federal law, to publish such details, Ms Kanck took advantage of parliamentary privilege to make the statement. It...
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The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) is back in court defending an appeal by Catch the Fire Ministries (CTFM) against a finding of religious vilification last year. For those that may be unfamiliar with the case and the law under which it is being prosecuted, I refer you to this piece in Spiked-Online which provides...
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A commenter on Hood Bradford’s excellent Islamic Law etc recently posted an entirely off-topic but interesting quote from the American satirist and political writer PJ O’Rourke. Also, the Islamic religion has the right attitude. In the Koran, Sura II, verse 275, states, “God hath permitted trade.” The Koran orders the use of honest weights and...
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