Archive for March, 2011

Julian Assange case: Overuse of the European Arrest Warrant – a threat to human rights?

March 15, 2011

Read Thomas Hammarberg´s latest Human Rights Comment:

Overuse of the European Arrest Warrant – a threat to human rights

The request made by Sweden to the United Kingdom for the surrender of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, put the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in the headlines. The EAW was created in 2002 as a response to the risk of further terrorist actions after the September 2001 attacks in the United States.

Maternal health project

March 13, 2011

Bismillah. There was an excellent session on this today at the London Muslim Centre, Whitechapel. Here are some facts & links:

Key facts & figures

* 358,000 women around the world die from complications relating to pregnancy & childbirth every year

* That’s over 1,000 a day, or one death every 90 seconds

* Over 7 million every year are left with disabilities and injuries

* When a mother dies, their young children are 10 times more likely to die too

* 80% of these deaths are due to entirely preventable factors such as excessive bleeding, high blood pressure, infection & unsafe abortions

* £1 per woman could make a significant difference

Where?

* 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world

* Around 50% occur in Muslim-majority countries

* Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Somalia & Sudan have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world

* The lifetime risk of dying in childbirth is 1 in 11 in Afghanistan, compared to 1 in 4700 in the UK

* It is one of the leading causes of death & disability for women in the developing world

LINKS:

At Our Mothers’ Feet
http://www.atourmothersfeet.org.uk

Amma Life – http://www.ammalife.org

Muslim Agency for Development & Enterprise (MADE) – http://www.madeineurope.org.uk

Participants included Mufti Barkatullah, Mawlana Abdurrahman Madani, Khalid Sofi, Omar Faruk, Arri Coomarasamy, Amy Wilson, Sarah Atkinson, Nadeem Javaid, Dr. Sadia Malick & Sayyidah Zaidi. May Allah bless all those who participated.

NEW: Muslim Community Helpline

March 12, 2011

Bismillah

NEW WEBSITE:

http://muslimcommunityhelpline.org.uk

MUSLIM COMMUNITY HELPLINE

An independent emotional support service for Muslims provided by experienced, former Muslim Women’s Help Line counsellors

0208 904 8193 / 0208 908 6715 (core hours 10 am to 1 pm Mon-Fri; extended to 3 pm according to staff availability)

Address: MCH, PO Box 803, Harrow HA1 9DY

A huge “Thank you”

March 10, 2011

Bismillah. This is to say a huge “Thank you!” to everyone who’s contributed to public letters, petitions & statements of support over the past few days. My family and I have been extremely touched by your kindness, and we hope that we are able to repay it in some way.

A Further Clarification and Retraction

March 4, 2011

With the Name of Allah, All-Merciful, Most Merciful

A FURTHER CLARIFICATION &
RETRACTION

Further to my detailed statement dated 15th February 2011 about evolution, I would like to state, after reflecting on the matter and listening to the advice of others:

1. I regret and retract some of my statements in the past about the theory of evolution, especially the inflammatory ones.

2. I do not believe that Adam, peace be upon him, had parents.

3. I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologise to others for any offence caused.

4. This does not excuse the cowardly and fraudulent campaign spreading lies and slander against me over the last two months.

5. Neither does it excuse those who have continued their mediaevalist, hair-splitting theological and jurisprudential discussions whilst remaining silent about the clear incitement to murder uttered by some in their midst. “Slaughter the people, but worry about killing mosquitos.”

Usama Hasan
London, Friday 4th March 2011

Tawhid Mosque – statement

March 3, 2011

http://www.masjidtawhid.org

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

A STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF MASJID & MADRASA AL-TAWHID TRUST

To all those concerned about Masjid al-Tawhid and the wider issues affecting Muslims in Britain,

as-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah.

I am writing in response to the letter issued by Mr. M. I. Sethi, Secretary of the Trust, dated 24th February 2011 that contained a number of untruths and was circulated via notoriously fanatical websites. I am therefore obliged to address this matter publicly.

I would like to confirm that Dr. Usama Hasan remains Vice-Chairman of the Trust.

The meetings held by some trustees on 26/1/2011 & 23/2/2011 were unconstitutional for several reasons, including the fact that there are 12 members of the trust and the quorum of 7 was not met. Therefore, any decisions made in those meetings are null and void.

The ridiculous attempt by this faction of trustees to remove Dr. Usama as Trustee, despite his clear statement dated 15th February 2011, only shows that they were bent on pursuing their vicious, predetermined agenda.

Mr. Sethi failed to mention that Dr. Usama’s lecture on 22/1/2011 was disrupted repeatedly and he was not allowed to clarify his position, something that he had to do later via his blog. He also failed to mention that most of the people who disrupted the lecture were not from the Masjid Tawhid community, and that some of them clearly incited murder against Dr. Usama, both verbally and by distributing a cowardly, anonymous leaflet. It would therefore appear that Mr. Sethi approves of their behaviour.

Mr. Sethi also failed to mention that the controversy caused by Sheikh Sadlan’s fatwa was hugely inflamed by a website called “Save Masjid Tawhid” and associated petition that was launched around January 3rd 2011, and that spread lies and slander around the world directed against Dr. Usama. This website was fraudulently registered using the name and address of the Masjid without the permission of the Trust, and Mr. Arif Saleem, a trustee, was allegedly involved in the setting up of the website. Rather than addressing this sensitive matter directly via the Masjid Trust, it is extremely unfortunate that Mr. Saleem appears to have chosen to spread fitnah in this way, actions which directly resulted in the attempted disruption of Friday Prayers on 14/1/2011 and in the above-mentioned death threats directed against Dr. Usama. I had repeatedly mentioned to Mr. Sethi and other trustees that this behaviour of Mr. Saleem was to be discussed in the next full meeting of the Masjid Trust, but again they have conveniently ignored this issue.

The “Investigative Report” mentioned by Mr. Sethi contains a number of further untruths. For example, strong statements against Dr. Usama and myself were attributed to Sheikh Wasiyullah al-‘Abbas, a close friend of mine who graduated many years after me from the Islamic universities of Makkah and Madinah. I spoke to him on the morning of Monday 28th February 2011 after Fajr Prayer, and he expressed his astonishment as to how his statements had been totally distorted by a man called Muhammad al-Maliki, upon whose testimony the report depends.

O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done. (Qur’an, 49:6)

In any case, none of the people who claim to have authored the “Investigative Report” are qualified religious scholars, are therefore unfit to author such a document. Note also that the report is clearly largely the work of one man, i.e. Mr. Arif Saleem, who is himself accused of fraudulent behaviour as stated above.

Finally, I would like to warn those who engage in clandestine activities to harm our mosque, that their efforts will ultimately fail, in sha’ Allah.

Who is more unjust than he who forbids that in the places for the worship of Allah, Allah’s name should be celebrated, whose zeal is in fact to ruin them? (Qur’an, 2:114)

Verily, Allah will defend those who believe: verily, Allah loves not any that is a traitor to faith, or shows ingratitude. (Qur’an, 22:38)

Dr. Suhaib Hasan
Chairman, Masjid & Madrasa al-Tawhid Trust
26th Rabi’ al-Awwal 1432 / 1st March 2011

6 Billion Ways: Making another world possible, Sat 5 Mar 2011

March 3, 2011

Bismillah. 6 Billion Ways: Making another world possible

Saturday 5 March 2011, 9.30am-Midnight, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1

http://6billionways.org.uk

Organised by: Friends of the Earth, War On Want, World Development Movement, People & Planet, City Circle & others

Don’t fund another Gaddafi

March 2, 2011

Bismillah. Received from ONE.org – work like this is of course promoting goodness & correcting evil:


We’re all appalled by Gaddafi’s oppression of the Libyan people – and wondering what we can do to help. Well, one thing we can do is help stop the flow of funds to such oppression.

Gaddafi has been able to fund his regime in part because of a lack of transparency in the deals between the government and the oil companies operating in Libya. Mubarak’s regime in Egypt also exploited this lack of transparency. It is for precisely this reason that we need to call for a law requiring companies to disclose how much they pay governments to extract natural resources. It’s a critical measure to help people hold their governments to account on how money is being spent.

Please click on the link below to ask George Osborne to ensure all European oil and gas companies must disclose their payments to governments:

http://one.org/international/actnow/uk/transparency/o.pl?id=2174-5297101-y_b5efx&t=2

Dear George Osborne,

Please make a public statement in support of laws across the EU that will require big oil, gas and other extractive companies to declare exactly how much they are paying developing country governments.

Gaddafi has clung on to power by using the proceeds from hidden international oil deals. Companies that have wanted to extract oil in Libya have had to deal with him for years and as a result some of the payments they’ve made have gone to help finance his oppression of the Libyan people.

Due to the wider work that ONE has been doing as part of the Publish What You Pay coalition, real momentum is building to get this payment information made public. The United States has already passed a law requiring its companies to publish what they pay other governments and French President Sarkozy recently declared his support for similar laws across the EU.

Thank you for taking part.

Stuart McWilliam, ONE.org