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Dialogue with Boko Haram is dialogue with Satan and highly suicidal for Nigeria.


A particular group of notorious elements called the Boko Haram Sect has been bombing, killing and destroying lives and properties. They have created a generalised atmosphere of fear and distrust. Everyone is afraid. To worsen the situation, they have succeeded in tampering with churches. Abomination! They have killed and driven many away from serving their God. They have been on the offensive. Unrepentant, hell-bound souls.

Let’s think: we religious leaders of ethnic or regional groups should examine ourselves if we have directly or indirectly assisted Boko Haram and their likes in their deadly activities. Where are the Imams and Alfas? Where are the political leaders of this notorious and deadly group? These evil agents surely go to mosques. What are their Imams saying? Assuming as some of the Igbo leaders advised their kinsmen to move back home in the wake of Boko Haram bloody campaign, assuming they too started acting heartlessly like the Boko Haram group, what will befall the country? Thank God, they did not react.

There is no state or village in this country that you will not see northerners. So why are they against strangers? Those sponsoring Boko Haram and their group are sincerely not reasonable at all. They are being used by Satan. They are fulfilling the signs of the endtime. It is now left for the federal government to act. THEY HAVE TO FACE THE MUSIC. No government worth its salt will sit down and watch a group of misguided people turning the country upside-down. The government should see the imminent reality of the evil before us and take the necessary action. Delay is dangerous, lives have been lost, lots of properties worth billions of naira have been destroyed. Where indeed are we going?

The necessary action needs be taken and also we need to wipe out all forms of insincerity in us. Greed, too, which has eaten deep in us has to be purged. Diversion of funds, deception from high places has to be made away with, because a deceptive person has no authority to judge a killer because they are in the same group.

If real justice has to be done, their sponsors, too, must be brought to book. Digging deep into the activities of the Boko Haram sect, exposing its activities without bringing them to justice is a wasted effort on the part of the government. The arrest would then mean nothing.


We have the characters like Kabiru Sokoto in the churches, mosques, police force and other arms of security forces, in the government and private sectors. All dubious ones should be exposed and disgraced. They must face the music. No favouritism.

If nothing is done to the Boko Haram offending group, it is like inviting more groups to emerge and surely they will.

These northern politicians should be made to face the music too (those perpetrating this evil with the sect). No one is above the law. No man has power to take life. TERRORISM should be fought with everything possible.

No one, I mean, no one has the right to take life, it is God alone. These evil merchants must be dealt with. We cannot embrace death; we cannot sit and watch these groups of misguided elements continue throwing more bombs to destabilise the country. We need their operations to be clarified and checked (both locally and internationally). If now that Kabiru Sokoto is arrested and obviously much has been exposed, if an urgent action is not taken, what will then happen next? Will they be made to face the music or will they be handled with kid’s glove? And if that is done, what will, for God’s sake discourage another sect from coming up and doing even worst? This sect has constituted the greatest source of insecurity Nigeria has ever witnessed. It is indeed a great shame. Our security operatives have tried with Kabiru’s rearrest and their effort should not be mocked at by inaction on the part of our leaders.

These deadly boys need deadly treatment, whatever anyone sows, he reaps. Federal Government, it’s up to you now, we have to kick against falsehood.

Nigeria as a nation is in this mess because we lack genuine leadership. That aside, most of the people following are focus-less and Godless. Most of the political officers are the wrong candidates. Greed is our major problem. From the government to the family level, there is great insincerity. WITCH HUNTING IS A DAILY OCCURRENCE. Must you betray or blackmail someone to meet your needs? Must you lie or kill someone to be loved? I wonder what each and everyone of us will leave behind as legacy. Everyone is badly chasing after the food that will perish. How many are sincerely thirsting after the things that lead to life eternal? Vanity upon Vanity, all is Vanity.

We have to kill tribalism, dishonesty and its likes. We have to turn back totally from our evil ways.

If I were the president, I would seriously consider this. This sect is still part of our mosques and churches. Their Imams, Alfas and pastors should be held responsible, too. In this era that Satan is rearing his ugly head all over the place and religious leaders are celebrating themselves, busy encouraging their members to idolise them, most are busy taking God’s glory. I suggest the government should look in this direction to curb this evil. Anyone perpetrating evil has to be traced to the church or mosque and its leader has to join in the punishment too. If these so called leaders warn against evil, we will not be in this mess, their members would comply. With these activities of the Boko Haram sect the bravest one in our midst has been shocked and greatly pained.

Any dialogue with this sect is a child’s play. They need no dialogue. No terrorist should be dialogued with. A killer is a killer and must face the music. Any atom of dialogue with this deadly and evil group is a suicide attempt on the side of the federal government. The idea of dialogue is from the pit of hell. It is the devils initiative to hold the country captive. We are tired of a failed political system and religion. Everything is bastardised. We have to fight terrorism with every drop of our blood.


Source: Radio Biafra.

Islam in America: Mosques Popping Up Across US.


mosques in United States
New mosques are popping up across the United States. (CBN News)

New mosques are popping up across the United States.

Virginia Beach, Va., is now poised for its first mosque. A city planning commission has voted for the “Crescent Community Center” project to go forward in a rural part of the city.

And in neighboring Maryland, the government of Turkey is building a $100 million mega mosque.  The Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center will cover 15 acres in the town of Lanham.  Earlier this year, Turkey‘s Islamist Prime Minister attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the mosque.

Meanwhile, the Clarion Project reports that about 1,200 mosques are now operating in the U.S., and almost 80 percent of them were built within the last 12 years.

The majority of those mosques are led by Wahhabi clerics—from the same branch of Islam that Osama bin Laden followed.



Accused Bomber’s Family Wants Funeral in Boston.

The Islamic Society of Boston has been contacted about holding a funeral for the Boston bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended the mosque, and an uncle of the brothers, Alvi Tsarnaev, asked about holding a funeral for 26-year-old Tamerlan, CNN reports.

The mosque said it has passed the information on to an Islamic service that handles funeral arrangements.

The brothers are also accused of shooting an MIT police officer to death, sparking the chase and manhunt that left Tamerlan dead and Dzhokhar captured after hiding in a boat for almost a full day.

If the funeral is held at The Islamic Society of Boston a layperson will officiate, CNN says, because none of the top imams at the mosque want to appear to be condoning the bombing that killed three and injured more than 250.

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By Greg Richter

Syria’s Aleppo bears scars of five-week battle.


The blast of a tank shell smashing into a mosque sends Abu Fadirunning for cover into a building used by fighters bent on taking over Aleppo in their campaign to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Bashar is willing to waste 1,000 shells just to hit one person,” said the shaken resident of Seif al-Dawla, Abu Fadi, an elderly man who had picked out a corner near the mosque in the belief that it was beyond the line of fire.

The shell that scared Abu Fadi hit the Al-Nasar mosque and raised a massive cloud of dust, correspondents at the scene said.

Tank and mortar fire unleashed by Assad’s army on Wednesday also rocked the adjacent neighbourhood of Salaheddin.

Mosques and buildings across Aleppo carry the scars of five weeks of bombing and shelling.

The offensive has shown no mercy to the historic city in northernSyria that once drew thousands of tourists to its commanding Citadel and lively souks.

The commander of the Rasul Allah brigade in Aleppo, who gave his name as Abu Abdullah, said his men had “taken out one tank” which Assad’s soldiers then hastily retrieved using a bulldozer.

At least six rebels were wounded in Wednesday’s shelling, according to an AFP tally based on reports from activists and rebel commanders in the city.

Medics at two separate hospitals refused to share records of opposition fighter casualties but one volunteer indicated they were low compared to the civilian toll.

Doctors at Al-Shifa hospital said two women and a child were killed in Wednesday’s shelling and that they treated more than 32 wounded people.

The hospital also received the corpses of four men.

Three were identified as rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters who had rope burns ringing their wrists. Blood encrusted the face of a man who had an eye socket blown open.

All four bodies were dumped on a street with notes indicating their respective names and neighbourhoods, a nurse said.

“Their names and addresses were written on a sheet of paper,” she told AFP.

Meanwhile, scenes of almost normal daily life unfolded in other areas.

In neighbourhoods where the FSA flag flew over checkpoints — including Fardoss, Al-Shaar, Qadi Askar and Sakhur — commerce and traffic had partially resumed with families flocking to bakeries and fruit stalls.

The battle for Aleppo, Syria‘s second largest city, has been raging since July 20, with the army unable to dislodge the rebels. But civilians have been the hardest hit by the fighting.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 74 people were killed in violence countrywide, including 50 civilians.

Fierce fighting on Wednesday also pitted the Syrian army against rebels in and around Taftanaz military airport, which lies between Aleppo and Idlib in northwest Syria, it added.

Syrian rebels said they destroyed five helicopters, while state television said an attack was repelled with no damage to the facility.


By Dominique Soguel | AFP

After long fight, opening day for Tenn. mosque.


  • A woman takes a picture of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after midday prayers on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Opponents of the mosque waged a two-year court battle trying to keep it from opening. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)A woman takes a picture of the …
  • Ahmed Ragab, second from left, hugs Saleh Spenaty as they greet each other following midday prayers are held at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Opponents of the mosque waged a two-year court battle trying to keep it from opening. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Ahmed Ragab, second from left, …

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)Muslims in the Tennessee city of Murfreesboro said Friday they hope the opening of their new mosque after more than two years of controversy will be a new beginning for relations with the community, particularly their opponents.

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro members include immigrants fromIraq, Egypt, Syria and other countries, as well as American converts. Many of them said that before the opposition to their new building they had always found Murfreesboro to be a welcoming community.

If it were not, the congregation would never have grown to the point where they needed to build a new mosque, they said.

“We are here 30 years and I never had a problem with the people here,” said Safaa Fathy, a member of the mosque’s board of directors. “It only started two years ago.”

That’s when the Islamic center received permission to construct a new mosque to replace their overcrowded space in an office park. Since then they have had to deal with public protests, vandalism, arson of a construction vehicle and a bomb threat. Opponents of the project held a protest rally and then sued the county to stop construction.

Their attorneys claimed in court that Islam was not a real religion deserving First Amendment protections. They also claimed that local Muslims were part of a plot to overthrow the U.S. constitution and replace it with Islamic law.

They were unable to prove those claims, which were thrown out by the judge, but construction was nearly halted anyway when that judge ruled in May there was not sufficient public notice for the meeting where mosque construction was approved.

Last month, a federal judge granted the mosque’s request for an emergency order that would open the building in time for the holy month of Ramadan, which is still under way.

Matt Miller had just converted to Islam and begun worshipping at the mosque when the controversy erupted. He said all of his friends, whom he describes as “regular American bar-hopping citizens,” support the new mosque and are happy for the congregation.

He does sometimes worry that opposition to the mosque could turn violent, but said a friend told him to think about it this way: “If the way you go is praying in the masjid (mosque) during Ramadan, what better way is there?”

Miller said he thinks the opposition will die down after the mosque holds an open house and people “see that there are no underground tunnels. We’re not here to take over the world. We just don’t want to worship in a shoebox anymore.”

Fathy’s daughter Amirah Fathy drove up from Atlanta on Friday to celebrate the mosque opening with her parents.

She said she never felt hostility because of her religion while growing up in Murfreesboro. When the controversy over the new building started it was “so strange,” she said. “I think we just got too much attention and people got nervous. People fear what they don’t understand.”

She remembers the congregation meeting in a one-bedroom apartment when she was a child. “It was such a mess,” she said.

Surveying the spacious, 12,000-square-foot building with its high ceilings, tile hallways and numerous windows, she said, “The feeling is just overwhelming, the feeling of joy, happiness.”

About half of the building is taken up by the large, open worship space. Worshippers sit on the floor, where a decorative carpet pattern divides the space into rectangles about 2′ by 4′ each, showing members where to sit and pray. Because they prostrate themselves during prayers, men are in the front of the room and women in the back.

Soon, there will be a nursery for small children, but on Friday, the little ones ran around their mothers, playing and sometimes shouting while older siblings tried to quiet them.

Some men were dressed in suits, while others wore button-down shirts and slacks or T-shirts and jeans. A few wore the traditional clothing of their countries, including long shirts that fall to the knees and small, brimless hats.

The women covered their hair with colorful scarfs and wore robes or long skirts. Some younger women pulled on skirts over their jeans as they walked in.

In the front of the room, the imam stood in front of a small alcove with an arched opening. On either side, windows looked out on construction vehicles, still at work landscaping the property.

During his sermon, Imam Ossama Bahloul told the congregation that sometimes people worried about the opposition they have faced will ask him “Why us?”

In his answer, he turned the idea that mosque members are victims on its ear.

“Maybe it’s because God knows we are strong enough to deal with this,” he told them. “So be proud.”


Associated PressBy TRAVIS LOLLER | Associated Press 

Joplin mosque razed in fire; 2nd blaze this summer.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, officials said.

The fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s department said the building was a total loss. No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed.

Imam Lahmuddin, who leads the mosque and was in the building until late Sunday, said he was “sad and shocked” about the fire.

“I’m still in front of the building looking at the damage and nothing can be saved,” Lahmuddin said in a telephone interview Monday. “But since we are people of faith we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen, and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, control our emotions, our anger.”

A blaze at the same building July 4 caused minor damage and was determined arson. No arrests were made and the FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in that fire.

The agency released video footage of what appeared to be a man starting the July blaze that did not cause extensive damage. Sharon Rhine, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the center’s security cameras were burned in the Monday fire.

The FBI is investigating the cause of the latest fire and whether or not it was also the result of arson, said agency spokeswoman Bridgett Patton.

A Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization meanwhile called for more police protection at mosques and other houses of worship following the Joplin fire and a deadly attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The Council on American-Islamic Relations also offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the mosque fire.

About 50 families belong to the Islamic Society of Joplin, which opened in 2007 as a mosque and community center. The FBI led an investigation in 2008 when the mosque’s sign was torched. That crime also remained unsolved.

Lahmuddin, who has lived in Joplin for about four years, said several people were at the center late Sunday. He said despite the attacks, the center’s members have good relationships with residents and other churches. He said many are doctors at area hospitals.

On Sunday, a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. The imam said it was a cause of great concern that both faiths had seemingly come under attack.

“I heard that yesterday, and this morning we see this happen in our place,” he said. “We are more fortunate that no one here got hurt in this incident.”


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Judge May Dismiss Ground Zero Mosque Suit.

mosquecroppedThe public relations battle over building a mosque at Ground Zero is cranking up even as a New York Supreme Court judge considers whether to allow the suit to go to trial.

CNN is running an opinion piece that suggests “Mosques are a positive force in America.”

 The cable news network also rehashed a six-month-old Islamophobia report last week.

And a Boston University professor thinks Mormons should support a Ground Zero mosque because they know what it’s like to be a hated religious minority.

All this led up to a Tuesday hearing to decide whether or not the case of a New York City firefighter who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be heard before a jury.

 The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed suit on behalf of the firefighter, who opposes the mosque.

The ACLJ argued today in New York Supreme Court that the building that would be replaced by the Ground Zero mosque must be preserved.

“This site, in the shadow of the Twin Towers where landing gear from one of the hijacked planes landed, is part of sacred, hallowed ground and not the place to build a mosque,” says Brett Joshpe, counsel for the ACLJ. 

 “Attempting to do so deeply offends many Americans—including family and friends of the 9/11 victims—and is simply wrong.”

The ACLJ filed suit against the city, naming the New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), the New York City Department of Buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the mosque’s developers.

The defendants filed a motion to dismiss, but the ACLJ argued that the LPC abused its discretion by declining to landmark the building that would be replaced by the mosque, a building that was severely damaged on 9/11 but remained standing.

 The ACLJ alleges that political pressure from Mayor Bloomberg’s office caused the LPC to act in contravention of prior precedent and to treat the subject building different from nearly identical buildings in the past.

Bloomberg nor the LPC could not immediately be reached for comment.

“Because of the political correctness surrounding a proposed mosque at the site, the Landmarks Commission deviated from its own procedures and succumbed to pressure from the Mayor’s office in failing to landmark the building at issue,” Joshpe says.

New York City already has landmarked 148 similar buildings.

 The ACLJ calls the city’s rationale for not landmarking the building “the very definition of arbitrary and capricious.”

Attorney Virginia Waters represented the city.

 According to WNYC, New York’s flagship radio station, Waters argued, “The court must defer to the agency’s decision, and the agency’s decision was that it wasn’t closely connected to September 11.

” Adam Leitman Bailey represented Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal, which is building the proposed mosque and Islamic center.

Judge Paul G. Feinman said he would rule on the lawsuit within a month.

By Jennifer LeClaire.

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