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Islamisation Tricks: The Second Coming Of Jesus Is A Doctrine Every Muslim Must Believe, Says Imam.


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The  Imam of Federal College of Technology, Yaba Mosque, Imam Saeed Salmon  has said that contrary to some belief by Muslims, Islam also subscribes  to the widely held Christian belief that Jesus Christ will return in  what has been described as his ‘second coming’, emphasising that any  Muslim, who does not believe in it, is not a true follower of Prophet  Muhammad (PBUH).Salmon, who spoke at a special lecture  held at the Lagos Central Mosque, Tinubu, said Jesus is a messenger of  God and would still return to a mosque in Damascus.“The  second coming of Jesus Christ is a doctrine that every Muslim must  believe. The teachings of Prophet Muhammad talks extensively about this.“The  Qua’ ran Chapter 4:157-159 teaches this but the teachings of Islam does  not support that Jesus was killed or resurrected, rather, he was raised  by Almighty Allah to his majesty.“Jesus is coming  again to refute the claim of the Jews that he was crucified and to  correct the doctrine of the Christians that he is the son of God.“Again,  the second coming of Jesus is to establish that there is a close  relationship between Prophet Muhammad and Jesus himself”, he said.The  Chief host and organiser of the lecture, Amir Ajala Kamardeen, noted  that he is under obligation as a true adherent of Islam, to educate the  public and to correct any misconception about the religion.“Jesus is a prophet and messenger of Allah and as a true Muslim, we are bound to believe all prophets of Allah.“The  holy book ,Qur’an points to the fact that the second coming of Jesus  Christ is a sign of end time but there are some group of Muslims in  Harvard University and in Cairo known as the fatimists and also  Ahmadists who are saying otherwise, so, I have put it upon myself to  correct them”, Amir Kamardeen added.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Hired Youths Attempted To Attack Sheik Zakzaky’s Home, Nigerian Shiites Say.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Members of Nigeria’s Shiite Islamic sect, which is led by Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, have claimed that some hired youths attempted to attack their leader’s residence in Zaria, a town near Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State. The sect claimed that the attack left three of their members with serious cuts inflicted with machetes.

The alleged attack on Mr. Zakzaky’s home followed a reported clash on Thursday between Shiites and some youths in the area where the Shiite leader resides.

A source in Zaria named Mohammed Garba told our correspondent that, but for the quick deployment of armed security operatives, the situation would have degenerated into serious widespread violence in the Gyallesu section of Zaria. Mr. Zakzaky resides in the area, which has also served as the location of the headquarters of his Islamic Movement for over 30 years.

In a statement issued by Ibrahim Musa, editor of its Hausa weekly newspaper, Almizan, the Shiites noted: “On Thursday a group of youths staged an attack on Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaky’s house in Zaria, though [they were] repelled by some Muslim Brothers of the Islamic Movement. The clash started on Wednesday when a Muslim sister driving her car found out that the Banadeen Street in Gyallesu Quarters, Zaria she was about to [take] had been blocked with big stones, and when a brother was trying to pave [a] way for her, some youths attacked him.

“In…response to the attack…members of the Islamic Movement came out to clear the impediments on the street [and] were attacked by some hired youths. During the fracas that ensued, three members of the Islamic Movement suffered machete cuts.”

Bello Aliyu, one of the traditional rulers in Gyallesu, did not return calls made from our New York office. A police source told SaharaReporters that security operatives were still patrolling the area to prevent any more outbreaks of violence.

Pope Denounces Discrimination, Violence Against Christians.


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VATICAN CITYPope Francis on Thursday denounced discrimination against Christians, including in countries where religious freedom is in theory guaranteed by law.

He delivered his traditional noon prayer and address to thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square on the day the Roman Catholic Church commemorates St. Stephen, its first martyr.

The 77-year-old Argentine pope asked the crowd for a moment of silent prayer for “Christians who are unjustly accused and are subjected to every type of violence.”

Francis, celebrating his first Christmas season as pope, said “limitations and discrimination” against Christians was taking place not only in countries that do not grant full religious freedom but also where “on paper, freedom and human rights are protected.”

“This injustice should be denounced and eliminated,” he said.

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Francis did not name any countries but the Vatican has long urged Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s holiest places, to lift a ban on Christians worshiping in public.This year there have been a number of incidents of intolerance and attacks against minority Christians in Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, and other countries where their rights are guaranteed by law.

Francis, departing from his prepared text, said he was sure that Christians suffering from either discrimination or violence were “more numerous today than in he early times of the Church.”

In the past, the Vatican has also expressed concern over what former Pope Benedict called “sophisticated forms of hostility” against Christians in rich countries, such as restricting use of religious symbols in public places.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Source: Newsmax.com

Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria: An Asset or a Liability? By Leo Igwe.


By Leo Igwe

Today, criticizing Islam has become a dangerous undertaking even when such criticisms are warranted. Islamic clerics and intellectuals freely voice out their oppositions and criticisms of other religions or moral philosophies to the extent of inciting violence and hatred of whoever they perceive to be an ‘enemy’ of Islam. But anyone who dares point out the abuses and crimes being committed in the name of Mohammedan religion risks being accused of blasphemy or islamophobia- a term recently coined by those who want to make criticizing Islam a crime around the globe.

Such accusations make a critic of Islam look like a criminal. They make the fellow an endorsed target for murder and elimination by the ubiquitous foot soldiers of Allah, seeking slots in paradise.This development has created a climate of impunity and apprehension in many places as Muslim extremists rampage, kill, maim, loot and destroy in furtherance of their own interpretation of Islam, Sharia and the will of Allah.

So what we have in many countries is a situation where local authorities and governments turn a blind eye on atrocities being committed by Islamist because they do not want to offend Muslim sensibilities. They do not want to be portrayed as anti-Islam.

One such place where Islamic extremism is raging and wrecking havoc is northern Nigeria. Most parts of northern Nigeria are currently under siege from fanatics, jihadists and theocrats with competing and conflicting ideas of Sharia implementation and Islamic state. To put the situation into perspective, a brief historical background  is helpful here.

Shortly after Nigeria‘s return to civil rule in 1999, Muslim majority states in the north imposed Sharia law.  The process was marked by bloody clashes between Muslims and Christians in states with significant number of non Muslims like in Kaduna and Bauchi, Many lives were lost. Many people were displaced and property destroyed. At the end of the day, Sharia ruled -fully or partially- in many of the states. Right now the situation remains volatile. Tension and unease calm reign across the region. Hatred, division and suspicion caused by the introduction of Sharia law is not going away too soon. At the beginning of Sharia implementation, governments in these states assured the people that the law would not apply to non Muslims; that the law was for Muslims only. But this is not the case today. Most Sharia implementing states have become full fledged Islamic states where non Muslims are treated as second class citizens. In fact many Sharia implementing states have made Islam a state religion and promotion of Islam a state business.

Recently the government of Katsina state voted to spend 359 million in building mosques in 34 local councils in the states. Building mosques? What is the business of the Katsina state with building mosques? What makes building mosques in local councils a priority today? Is that how the government is tackling poverty and unemployment in the state?

Meanwhile in Kano state, Sharia implementation is getting serious nowadays. Kano state has a state funded Sharia police called Hisbah. Hisbah have been very active in the state. The Sharia police have literally usurped the role and duties of state police. They enforce Sharia law in ways that flagrantly violate the constitutional rights of non Muslims as well as Muslims. Apart from compelling- and teaching- Muslims to fast during the month of Ramadan, Hisbah arbitrarily arrest and detain those whom they perceive to be prostitutes or homosexuals. They clamp down on the sale and drinking of alcohol.

Not too long ago, the sharia police destroyed  over 240,000 bottles of beer as part of its latest crackdown on ‘immoral practices’ in the state. Some of these goods belong to non Muslims or are for consumption by non Muslims. Who says that sharia implementation does not apply to non Muslims?

Sharia states have also been funding the propagation of Islam in the country. Two governors of sharia implementing states- Sokoto and Bauchi- were among those who gave cash rewards to mainly Igbos who converted to Islam in Abuja National Mosque. Couldn’t they have made better use of this money in developing there respective states? What is the business of state governors with the conversion of people from Christianity to Islam or vice versa?

Some of the reasons advanced for the Islamic insurgency in northern Nigeria are poverty, unemployment and marginalization of northern states. But here is a situation where the so called poor and marginalized states have enough money to waste building mosques and rewarding converts to Islamic religion. Is that really a wise way of spending or investing the scarce resources of these poor states? Today Sharia states have two layers of policing and court system. The Sharia layer of police and court is funded by the state government. Is that not a waste of limited resources?

The time has come for Sharia implementing states to call their politicians to order. They need to divest from state funding of Sharia and invest in building schools, colleges and skill acquisition centers. Sharia states should invest in schemes that create jobs, tackle poverty and empower the people; schemes that address the development needs of persons of all faiths and none.  Sharia implementing states should check the activities of Hisbah and other quasi Sharia policing organs in the region. These groups are spreading Islam-based hatred, fear and intolerance.If as they say, there is no compulsion in Islam, then there is no need for Sharia police at least in indigent Muslim majority states in northern Nigeria. Sharia agitators declared in 1999 that the destiny and development of Muslim majority states was tied to Sharia implementation. Going by the developments in northern Nigeria since then, one may ask: Is Sharia implementation now an asset or a liability?.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Jaiz Bank MD corruption Nigeria’s biggest problem.


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Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Muhammad Nurul Islam, has identified corruption as the biggest obstacle in the way of achieving the country‘s economic potentials.

He said: “If you remove this cankerworm out of Nigeria, the country would rival any nation because we have all it takes to be a great nation.”

Speaking in a keynote lecture at a one-day forum of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Abuja, which had as theme “Nigerian Economy: 50 Percent Empty, 50 Percent Full?” Islam said corruption had often given way to a situation where the wrong people have been given leadership responsibilities.

“The biggest problem is corruption,” he declared. “As it is, not only has God blessed us with resources, we also do not face some of the major challenges other countries face-no. Natural calamity and the weather is middle of the course.

“But because of corruption, we put wrong people in the wrong place and we create good policies which we refuse to implement.”

Represented at the occasion by one of the bank’s Executive Directors, Mr. Usman Hassan, the Managing Director stressed that the country would make significant progress in achieving its targets as a nation if the issue of corruption is effectively addressed.

Islam said FICAN had a critical role to play in exposing financial under-dealings, given that corruption is often about finance-people trying to benefit improperly either from the wealth of the nation or helping others to benefit inappropriately.

He added that corruption permeates all the realm of the economy and needed to be defeated in order to liberate the system.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Chairman, FICAN Abuja, Mr. Cobham Nsa, noted that the aim of the platform was to promote a mechanism for reviewing and analysing activities in the country’s economic sphere.

He said the theme of this year’s forum was apt given the contentious economic statistics bandied by both government and its critics.

Nsa noted that corruption could eclipse the desired impact of the country’s much-touted growth and development if left unaddressed.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Defendant in British Soldier Hacking Death: ‘I Love’ al-Qaida.


LONDON — A man accused of killing an off-duty British soldier in a frenzied knife attack on a London street defended his actions in court Monday, claiming he is a soldier fighting for the Muslim religion and declaring his love for al-Qaida.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, said that he attacked soldier Lee Rigby because he wanted to protest Britain’s invasion of Muslim lands. He claimed to be one of many fighters engaged in jihad, or holy war, against Western countries that wage war in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

When asked what his defense was, Adebolajo answered that he was a “soldier of Allah” and said he had no regrets for his actions.

“I will never regret obeying the command of Allah,” he said. “I’m a soldier. I can’t do anything else.”

Adebolajo spoke calmly and clearly as he was cross-examined at London’s Central Criminal Court on Monday, telling jurors that while he had never met anyone from al-Qaida, he was full of admiration for the terrorist group.

“I love them. I consider them brothers in Islam,” he said of the group responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

Adebolajo and fellow defendant Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murder in connection with Rigby’s death, a brutal slaying that shocked the country. Rigby, 25, was walking near his barracks in south London in May when he was run over by a car, then stabbed and nearly decapitated.

The two suspects deny the murder charge, and Monday’s hearing was the jury’s first chance to hear directly from one of the defendants about what led to the attack.

Adebolajo laid out his life story, saying his parents were Christian and he used to read from the Bible, but he became frustrated and converted to Islam during his time at university.

He said he had tried to travel to Somalia so that he could live under Sharia law, but was detained by Kenyan troops before he could get there. He also said that he had taken part in anti-war demonstrations, but felt that they were not effective.

The suspect was at times combative toward the prosecutor, but remained unemotional until he spoke about his family.

“I love my wife. I love all my children very much. It’s very difficult to leave them. But every soldier has to go through this,” he said.

Turning to the attack, he said that he was not motivated by any personal grievances against Rigby — rather the plan was just to find a British soldier. He said that he made sure that Rigby was a soldier before he killed him, and hoped the death could “indirectly save the lives of many.”

“I was keen that the reason for the death of this man is not misunderstood. I wanted people to understand. . . . It only happened for one reason only, and that is foreign policy,” he said.

Adebolajo said he stayed at the scene waiting for police to arrive, then rushed at them because his religion forbade him to run away from the enemy. He denied a charge of trying to kill a police officer.

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Source: Newsmax.com

The owners of the Zoo Sultan of Sokoto launches fatwa committee & 12 others.


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The Muslim umbrella body, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), inaugurated yesterday the Fatwa committee, which is saddled with interpreting Islamic jurisprudence and recommending appropriate sanction against offenders.

The fatwa committee was among 13 committees, majority of which are headed by traditional rulers in the North, inaugurated by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the national headquarters of the body in Kaduna.

Speaking at the event, the Sultan said setting up the committee was as a way of uniting Muslims, pointing out that it was important for Muslims to come together as one.

He said: “The work of Islam should be taken seriously, as our religion has problems and we should fight towards embracing peace and unity amongst ourselves to achieve what has been before.

“I urged the appointees to be proactive as they accept this wondrous task to serve in the different committees, and make sure that you discharge you duties diligently.”

The Secretary-General, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said the JNI has gone a long way in propagating the ideals of Islam, unity of the Ummah and protecting the overall interests of Muslims since its inception in 1961.

Aliyu added that the committees are to collaborate with stakeholders to source for support or counterpart funding and further articulate a blue print for the JNI.

JNI’s spokesman Umar Zaria said the Fatwa Committee was set up to look into current Islamic issues that do not have clear interpretations in Islamic Jurisprudence.

The committee, Zaria said, has the power to proffer advice, even the passing of a death sentence on an individual.

He said: “The Fatwa committee will look into areas of modern times and Islam. It would be saddled with the interpretation, for example, whether or not it is Islamically right to eat with fork, spoon or not.

“It would look into current trends as they concern Muslims and decide on the kind of judgment they would get.

“This would be more practical in areas where Sharia law is now being practised.

“Yes, on the passing of a death sentence, even if it is on a non-Muslim, the Fatwa Committee is capable of doing that.

“But, as I said, it all depends on whether the issue in question is in Islamic Jurisprudence. But the Fatwa committee is strictly on individual behaviour and not a communal committee. And Muslims are the most affected.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Egypt Arrests Most Famous Christian Convert.


 

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Bishoy Armiya, Egypt’s most famous Christian convert from Islam, has been arrested by national security forces. (CBN News)

Bishoy Armiya, Egypt’s most famous Christian convert from Islam, has been arrested by national security forces.

Armiya, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, had fought publicly to change his religion on his identification card. He and his family had been running for their lives after Muslim leaders pronounced a death sentence against him.

In a 2010 interview, he told CBN News he had been jailed and tortured by Egyptian state security agents who wanted him to return to Islam.

Now Mideast Christian News reports he’s been arrested again, this time for proselytizing.

“The defendant photographed military and police institutions, a Copt who was attacked by Muslim Brotherhood members, and Nazlet Ebeid and Badraman villages, where the defendant met with several Christian citizens. Security services tracked him down and were able to arrest him,” a security source told MCN.

While converting to Islam is considered the norm, Muslims who convert to Christianity risk prosecution or death at the hands of extremists.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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Something’s Wrong! By Kazeem Bolarinwa.


By Kazeem Bolarinwa

I’ve seen youths that are so visionary, proclaiming the future leadership of Nigeria and fervently committed to making it a better place.

It is lamentable that leaders of contemporary Nigeria are now aversive to stealing millions of Naira. You surprisingly become a celebrity when you embezzle billions- could this be called a celebration of engrained kleptomania?

It’s often said that when the mother cat chews, the cat watches- is it when  the national cake is totally squandered and the condition of Nigeria deteriorates beyond redemption that the  mission-critical and incorruptible youths will wake up from their slumber or how will we be tomorrow’s leaders if today’s leaders are glued to all available political seats?

Pope expresses hope, Imams preach Iman (faith) even babalawos caution “alawos”, all for the sake of doing things right. Thessalonian 5:22 in the Bible says “flee all appearances of evil” while the Holy Quran says “audhu billah mina ‘sh-shaytani ‘r-rajeem (which loosely translate to seeking protection in Allah, from the accursed Satan)” yet, the advocacy of doing things the way they should be done is a phenomenon that is looked down upon in my dear country Nigeria where the law-makers are even involved in several infractions, violating the law themselves. Why this?  I’m yet to get an exposition. I wondered, are we Nigerians holy at all?

Only if these greedy political leaders know that anything that is natural belongs to everybody, there wouldn’t be a situation where the philosophy of the rich getting richer while the poor and vulnerable are becoming more dispossessed will become the practice of Nigerians.

I took reflective moments to ponder on issues bedeviling Nigerians’ standard of living and reasoning compared to other developing African countries. I found out that we have undermined our values and over-flogged secondary heritages.

Imagine the Nigerian National Flag of the combination: Green-White-Green of which green denotes agriculture and the white sandwiched in between which denotes peace has now been put to shame as agricultural sector today receives little or no attention compared to other sectors like the oil and gas, banking sectors and their like. Peace in Nigeria is shattered to pieces by different disasters like the recent outrageous flood, the heavy rainfall that affected virtually half of the country over the last year leaving a lot of Nigerians homeless and dispossessed, the insurgences of the Boko Haram sect, kidnappers, MEND, Niger/ Delta militants and a lot more that continue to perpetuate insecurity which have consequently turned off potential investors both home and abroad and automatically decreasing the rate of commercial inclination in the country considering the cosmopolitan nature of my dear country. Now, is our national flag not outrightly defeated?

Nigeria, the proclaimed Giant of Africa, before reaching any conclusive decision constitutes an x-men committee, where x ranges; it could be 4,5,6 to tens, in which their outcome is always not applaudable rather, condemnable. To buttress this, I remember the recent Boston marathon bomb-blast in the U.S (an incident which I followed closely) that claimed three innocent lives and injured many. The two perpetrators were apprehended within four days after the incidence. FBI killed one and the other subjected to the law quite immediately without constituting any committee or panel to look into the situation. Boko Haram has gone a long way in dis-reputing the Islamic religion and discrediting Nigeria in the face of other nations by their incessant bomb-blast claiming people’s lives and properties in tens and hundreds, still, nothing spectacular has “successfully” been done to put a final halt to their menace and operations. Now, are we practically not the dwarf of Africa?

Isn’t it pitiable that 20 percent of Nigerians feed on less than $1 daily? (POLL Vanguard 21 May,2013.). For how long will this high rate of poverty, wretchedness and low standard of living persist?

Amongst all odds, as a matter of fundamental urgency, the Federal government and ASUU leadership MUST as soon as possible reach a compromise that will  consequently put an end to this strike that has left millions of Nigerian students idle and  frivolous. Remember, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. I cease to imagine how anarchical it would be if the aggrieved Nigerian students should decide to stage a protest.

Looking at the enormity of the problems that Nigeria is encountering in comparison to the epileptic approach taken by our hedonistic “rulers”  to proffer a far-reaching solutions to them, it then occurred to me that “Something’s Wrong (with Nigeria).”

Notwithstanding, I speak in oneness of young Nigerians, like you and I, claiming no other heritage or lineage, believing in Nigeria’s potential to become a developed nation, her futuristic plans of eradicating corruption, in whom the destiny of Nigeria lies to contribute our quota to making Nigeria a world class nation.

Remember, today is that tomorrow we wished for yesterday. How good we make use of today will determine how better tomorrow will be. Contributing our quota to the  betterment of our dear country Nigeria is just like building a reputation of a legend for ourselves as whatever we do today will definitely make up our history tomorrow.

Kazeem is a graduating student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Twitter: @kazzylauren

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

School Kids Labeled ‘Racist’ If They Miss Islam Workshop.


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A teacher at Littleton Green Community School in Staffordshire, England, wrote home that children who did not attend a field trip would be marked as racists.

Parents in Staffordshire, England, were told their children would be punished for racism—using a “Racial Discrimination” note attached permanently to the child’s school record—if they missed a trip to a workshop on Islam.

Head teacher Lynn Small made the trip—involving grades 4,5 and 6—mandatory in a letter last week, emphasizing all absences will be “investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.”

The letter said, “Children will be looking at religious artifacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.

“Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.”

Small has now apologized for “inaccuracies” in the letter and told parents to “disregard” a section of it.

Parents of children at Littleton Green Community School were outraged by the threat.

One father, David Rhys, said that if parents do not allow their children on a trip, “That doesn’t mean the parents are racist, and it certainly is not fair to label the children as racist for the rest of their school life.

“These children are very young, but something like that could affect the rest of their lives.”

Another parent, Tracy Ward, said she was “shocked” by the letter.

She said, “To be told my kids have got to attend this workshop is disgusting.”

Mother Gillian Claridge said, “It was a draconian move, and it’s left a lot of parents fuming.”

And Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, said the school’s approach had been “unfair,” “heavy-handed and slightly bonkers.”

Staffordshire County Council said that although this was an issue for the school, it had “strongly advised” the head teacher to reassure parents about their right to withdraw children from religious activities.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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